Originally Posted by Scrap Irony
HS catchers are the epitome of a poor draft choice. Right up there with college 2B and HS flamethrowers with questionable mechanics and poor control. Sure, you could name a Johnny Bench, Chase Utley, or Nolan Ryan. But that's the extreme exception.
Stassi has bust written all over him. Questionable bat, HS catcher, but good intangibles? No thank you at any price. I'd rather have Barnhart and the cash for other choices.
This idea that Cincinnati somehow went Lindner-style cheap is laughable.
I don't care all that much about Stassi specifically.
My point in all of this is that I wish the Reds would take some more chances with "first round talent" that slides due to signability reasons. It certainly doesn't have to be a HS catcher- whether it's von Rosenberg, Oliver, Bailey, Cain, Stassi, etc. I'd just like to see the Reds go after some "premium talent" as opposed to constantly churning out role players. If you look at Buckley's record over the past four drafts- that's what he has repeatedly done, whether you're looking at the first round or the fourth or the fourteenth. It's definitely good to have some of those (especially in the later rounds) but when you've failed to secure the premium guys in the first round- whether it's because their price tag is too high (Mesoraco over Porcello) or because you slightly misjudge (Alonso over Beckham) or because you simply whiff (Stubbs over Lincecum), you may want to try to secure some premium talent in the later rounds. Unless you have the best scouts that can find the premium talent (which the Reds clearly don't) it means that you'll have to pay a couple hundred grand extra. It's a risk worth taking, IMO, especially in light of all of the other factors.
They did it once with Sulbaran last year, and he is now one of the better pitching prospects in the system (and one of the few if not the only one with alleged TOR potential.) Why not take some chances and do it a few more times, especially when it costs less than half of a Taveras?