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.
I agree with you there. If there's no "sure thing" college arm at #7, you take the best player available, particularly if it's close to a "sure thing" positional player.
I agree with M2 that by the time the draft rolls around, there may be a college arm worth taking at #8, but I don't think it should be written in stone to take the best college arm in the first round.
Historically, the Reds have found a few college pitchers in rounds after #1 (Williamson, Sullivan,.. I forget if Browning was a #1 pick, but he was a college guy).
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