Originally Posted by Steve4192
Lamarr gets a bad rap IMO.
His upside is a defense-first CF who can run the bases and has decent on-base skills. If his defense is as advertised and he can keep his OBP near his minor league levels, he could be a useful starter for some major league teams.
First off, my pick of Lamarre is based upon the names listed and not John Oliver and Chad Motolla.
Lamarre had some solid statistics coming out of UM his senior year, but that senior year was inflated by a ridiculous .463 BABIP. He never was a toolsy guy and his ceiling is as you list: a starter on some bad to decent teams in centerfield based upon his glove, but a fourth outfielder for a contending team. Certainly, a Ryan Lamarre won't cost you many games, but he is never going to be an all-star.
Granted, he was taken #62 overall and it's not like he was taken over guaranteed successes, but Drew Smyly, Andrelton Simmons, Addison Reed, Tyler Thornburg & Rob Brantly were all drafted after Lamarre and have already had success in the majors.
Most of the other guys listed on this poll have/had upside that could lead them to becoming an all-star. I don't think that was ever a possibility for Lamarre.
This pick comes down to personal preference because I would rather have upside out of my minor league system rather than guys who have a better possibility of being back-ups, like Lamarre.