Thought I'd start a thread that looked back at some of the successes and failures of previous drafts- especially in the first round (not just for the Reds, but MLB in general.)
First thought: How top-heavy was the 2001 draft? Sure it produced two perennial all-stars (Mauer and Teixiera), one major league veteran (Gavin Floyd), and two shooting stars that faded quickly (Mark Prior and Dewon Brazelton)- but that was all in the top 5.
The next 12 of the 15 guys drafted immediately after that were complete and total busts:
Jon Van Benschoten
and of course, Jeremy Sowers.
They were all Top 20 picks. Wow.
Contrast that with 2002, where the top 5 were Bryan Bullington, BJ Upton, Chris Gruler, Adam Loewen, and Clint Everts. Not exactly Mauer, Prior, Floyd and Teixeira.
However, 5-20 in 2002 included
What a difference a year makes.