Originally Posted by lollipopcurve
Some had Wacha in the running to go #1 overall a few weeks ago. It's a cliche that you can never have enough pitching, and it's true.
I'd be fine with drafting a pitcher -especially a high-upside one from HS. I just don't want to use a first round pick because a pitcher is "close to the majors." Seems to me that Zimmer, Appel and Gausman are the college pitchers with the most upside. Gioloto and Fried are the interesting HS arms (to be considered at 14). Any one of those five I'd be fine with, but I don't see the point in putting a premium on a pitcher just because he's close to the big leagues, especially when evaluating the current state of our system.
If we're going to put a premium on a player because he is close to contributing, I'd prefer to do it on a 3B or OF, which would seem to be the biggest organizational needs for the next few years- which is one of the main reasons I'd be happy with Richie Shaffer (and Victor Roache in the sandwich round).