Originally Posted by lollipopcurve
I think I'd prefer an arm (late round gets like Sulburan, Cisco, Garrett and Romano are much less likely under the new rules) or a LH bat. Marrero seems to be falling and who knows if Giolito will fall as far as the Reds, so those are a couple possibilities that would not have seemed realistic a few months ago...
I like the idea of building a wave of young, high-ceiling arms, so I'd like to see at least 1 of their 3 top picks be on a HS pitcher. Usually a few of those guys will start climbing the board in the spring (like Stephenson did last year), so I figure the Reds will have a shot at at least one of them in the top 50.
Generally speaking, there's more talent in the HS crop these days. Over the last several years, most top high schoolers have signed. So, I'm inclined to prefer the Reds go young at the top of the draft.
Agree on going young.
While I really wanted us to sign him three years ago when we drafted him in the 17th round, I don't want Marrero in the first round this year. He doesn't project to be above average offensively, and we have Cozart with DiDi and Hamilton in the pipeline. No need to draft an almost-ready college SS that doesn't have the stick to play anywhere else.
I'd rather go for a high upside HS arm or a high upside HS bat.