Re: BA's Early 2006 Draft Preview - Has Reds picking....
You may be right. I'm just a BPA guy, and I think the best HS arms are undervalued these days. I see draft choices as long-term investments that should not be tied to any immediate needs on the major league club. In my book, it's draft serves the minor league system, minor league system serves major league club. If you know what I mean.
However, I am sympathetic to the notion that in their system the Reds lack pitchers in that 21-23 age range (which results from several years in not finding any pitching at all in the draft), therefore it might be a good idea to get a top-notch college pitcher who will likely have immediate value as a prospect at least.
In terms of pitching, the Reds minor league system hasn't been serving the major league club for a long time. Isn't that at mostly because so many of the young HS arms the Reds picked in the early rounds didn't pan out?
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