Re: 2005 Draft
It looks like Maybin is still in the realm of possibilities?
On a different note, just looking over Reds' drafts from '78-92 and it is just depressing. Yes, we drafted Eric Davis, Barry Larkin, Paul O'Neill, Gary Redus, Kal Daniels, Tom Browning, Nick Esasky, Kurt Stillwell, Rob Dibble (secondary phase #1), but I saw far few major leaguers drafted, just wondering how it compares to other organizations historically.
It just seems like a current inefficiency that can be capitalized on, with a "reverse draft" like Steel promoted in another thread, whereby more focus is put on stocking the minors with deals involving minor leaguers. Not insignificant releases from other teams, but purposeful minor league deals that yield talents such as Edwin Encarnacion in deals of marginal major league talent.
Millions of dollars spent on signing bonuses, scouting, and travel for a system that will be lucky to ever pay for itself. Fine if we do not want to divert those resources from the draft, but it would seem a better scouting system of the minor leagues and more significant minor league deals would increase the probability that the development $ are producing more major league players. I know this line of reasoning is incomplete at this point, but being draft day, it just seems like an animal that may be too wild to tame, so another method to stock the organization needs to be developed.
Can't win with 'em
Can't win without 'em