Originally Posted by Benihana
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).
I just looked through Callis' mock and I was about to post pretty much the exact same thing. Wacha does nothing for the Reds that they don't already have. Sure, starting pitching depth is great, but I don't want a guy who has two plus pitches, but neither of them is a breaking ball.
If Richie Shaffer is there, I really want the Reds to take him. The only thing I question about him is his ability to stick at 3B. Courtney Hawkins would also be preferrable to Michael Wacha (I do realize Hawkins was off the board by the time the Reds picked in this mock).