And I agree to a point. I have less of a problem with Stubbs than the picks in rounds 2 and 3. There were some legitimately ranked choices there and we got a reliever and a SS. Check out what BA said about the DBacks.Originally Posted by IslandRed
Dan from Chandler AZ asks:
Talk about the Dbacks Draft. Obviously they went heavy on pitching. Good Selections??? Thanks for the chat
A: John Manuel: Hey everyone . . . let's dive in because it's been an exhausting day. The Diamondbacks once again come out looking good on the draft's first day. Their first four picks were pitchers I'm fond of in Max Scherzer (who, when healthy, is as good as any pitcher in the draft); a power arm in Brooks Brown, who needs to get his mechanics straightened out but at the very least can be a productive reliever; Brett Anderson, a steal in the second round as a three-pitch lefty with a knack for the strike zone and plenty of polish; and Dallas Buck, a warrior who will be a huge steal if his stuff ever returns to 2005 form. So yeah, I think they've done well. I also am a Hector Ambriz apologist, I just like two-way guys who seem to get better when they focus on pitching.
Cincy could have had Scherzer, Anderson or Buck in the first 3 rds, all starters. Would you have really rather had a SS, OF and RP over at least one of those starters? And I'd be willing to bet that Anderson and Buck sign for more than who the Reds took in those rounds.