Stubbs is a nice guy to have in the system.

But it's almost a year since the pick & I still can't understand the logic of eschewing pitching (starting or relief) and / or a big bat for the sake of speed & defense.

Good pitching and big bats are the two costliest needs to acquire either as a FA or via trade. That's what you draft.

Speed & defense? That's for lower in the draft.