Originally Posted by Mario-Rijo
Of course it would be a poor plan which is why people refuse to believe it had anything to do with it. The fact is at least according to various pieces of information all over this site they did pass on better guys OR they aren't that hot at judging talent. Well we know they aren't completely devoid of the latter they have done a fair job of judging solid guys. I guess the other explanation is those reports we get have no merit, ok fine let's just go with that one so we feel better now and put off our disappointment for later. If his bat is as advertised by some evaluators he won't make it to the bigs and/or stick for very long ala Brandon Larson, high risk move. If his arm is as advertised by some he will have a fair disadvantage on defense as well. We know he is a below average runner and doesn't move like a cat behind the plate. So why are you drafting this guy with such risk and with such a low ceiling in the 1st round? At best he sounds like a David Ross type with a lesser arm. I just think it is a poor selection and I am just as entitled to feel that way as anyone is to feel like he is a good selection. The reports we have back up my argument and it's the cuban connection that give some rationale for the pick.
I'm sorry MR, but I think you are completely off the mark here.
The Royals wanted him at 4, and the Indians wanted him at 5. It was only because they didn't like how he handled predraft negotiations that both of these teams passed on him, at least, according to ALL published reports.
BA, Keith Law, Frankie Pilerre, and just about every other scouting website had him ranked as the best catcher available and a top 20 player overall. So all of your talk about his sub-par scouting report is simply exaggeration at best and nonsense at worst. The fact that he speaks Spanish could be a hidden bonus, but he is no less than the 3rd Reds 1st round pick out of the last 11 years to be from Miami and of Cuban descent. The other two were drafted long before anyone had ever heard of Aroldis Chapman.
Besides, so what if Mesoraco or Hanigan catches Bailey and Leake (and Wood/Maloney/LeCure if/when they pitch) while Grandal ends up catching Cueto, Volquez, and Chapman?