Originally Posted by Kc61
But is there a "quick sure thing" at pick number 8? According to BA there is no college arm after pick 7 worthy of the top ten.
My view is that you can load up on college arms in the draft without picking one in the first round. With number 8 pick, you need to go with the best talent. Even if it is not a pitcher at all.
That will change in the coming months. If Dallas Buck has another big season you can expect him to join the top 10. I also expect the draft will work out so that one of Miller, Bard, Kennedy or Scherzer drops to the #8.
For instance, I don't for a second think the Dodgers would take Kennedy. IMO they'll be hot for Chris Tillman if he has a big season.
I'll echo what WOY said, the Reds deserved a lashing if they draft a HS with that #8 pick. You've got to be aware of where you are and what the draft offers. The Reds need to find an arm who can be an effective starter in the majors by 2009 and the quality of this draft lies in college pitching. There will be a college arm who fits the team's needs available on the #8 pick. The key is to identify him.
Kennedy's my pick as of the moment. I'm with jmc, if Kennedy's there on #8 the Reds don't need to do any thinking, just draft him.