Originally Posted by Benihana
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?
How am I exaggerating? He does have a sup par scouting report. And just because he was ranked so high doesn't make it right to draft him high. I believe in scouting reports if they are done by guys who can be trusted to accurately judge the players. Now it's certainly no gaurantee that the reports I have read on him are accurate but that is all we have to go off of currently. I could be completely off base on the guy, I can admit that now and if need be I will in the future. But I am not gonna just trust he is a good pick because the Reds made it. I am skeptical in part because it's just in my nature I guess thru years of other vast majority of players not being as advertised. SO as I sit and question why the Reds would take a guy who people think may have some potentially large and serious flaws I have to think of any positives he might have and I think he might have more value to the Reds than most with his ability to communicate with a very important some might say critical young player/pitcher. I am not saying his entire value is there to the Reds but I think maybe they gave it more merit than other teams did, considering the circumstances.
As for other teams liking him well let's just say if it were someone with a better track record than the current KC and Cleveland regimes I might be swayed. Just to put this to rest let's just say I am leaning skeptical of this pick and would have liked someone else (several of them actually) with less downside and more upside. That doesn't mean I think he's a definite bust because again where I heard the negatives could be wrong. Why everyone is up in the air because I think his ability to communicate with Aroldis gave him a little more value to the Reds is a bit mind boggling. And the only reason I am arguing back is because others think it had nothing to do with it, that just doesn't make any sense to me.