Originally Posted by lollipopcurve
Turner had value (used in the Hernandez trade), and it remains to be seen what the org gets out of the other 3. But each one does carry value as a guy who has played well through AA and in spurts at AAA.
Billy Hamilton is probably more to your liking, but he's got a long way to go before anyone can visualize him in a big league uniform.
I would argue that Turner was more of a throw-in with Freel, Waring and salary relief being the centerpieces of that trade. The fact that Turner was recently released by the O's seems to corroborate that.
Have they provided more value than third round picks of the past like Alan Moye and Jose Rondo? Sure. But early in the draft, I'd like to see more picks like Billy Hamilton- guys who may miss, but could have huge impacts if they hit. To be fair, the Reds philosophy appears to be going after these types of guys on the international market.
To me, guys like Drew Sutton, Chris Valaika, Justin Turner, etc. are a commodity. No need to pay someone close to a league minimum salary to sign and maybe
turn out to be one of those guys one day, when you can acquire one at the big league level for the same cost.