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Thread: Looking back at past drafts

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    Looking back at past drafts

    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:

    John Karp
    Jon Van Benschoten
    Chris Smith
    Colt Griffin
    Chris Burke
    Kenny Baugh
    Jake Gautreau
    Kris Honel
    Mike Jones
    Gabe Gross
    Daniel Denham
    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

    Zack Greinke
    Prince Fielder
    Jeff Francis
    Jeremy Hermida
    Scott Kazmir
    Joe Saunders
    Khalil Greene
    Nick Swisher
    Cole Hamels
    James Loney
    Denard Span

    What a difference a year makes.
    Last edited by Benihana; 05-06-2010 at 02:50 PM.
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    Re: Looking back at past drafts

    So, you're saying drafting is a difficult and inexact science and that any major leauge success should be viewed as a good draft choice?

    Got it.
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    Re: Looking back at past drafts

    Quote Originally Posted by Scrap Irony View Post
    So, you're saying drafting is a difficult and inexact science and that any major leauge success should be viewed as a good draft choice?

    Got it.
    I took from it that every first round draft choice should be a perennial all-star, and any team that fails to draft such a player in the first round will have had a bad draft and possibly need to look into getting new personnel in the scouting department. You may have noticed that I reserve most posts of this nature for a different username in which I refuse to incorporate reason and logic. It's a lot of fun when posting in this forum.

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    Re: Looking back at past drafts

    so, talent differs from year to year. Can we do the 13th round too? That's the Pujols round right?
    Suck it up cupcake.

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    Re: Looking back at past drafts

    Was just posting a simple observation in looking back at this successes and failures of previous drafts. Tough crowd.



    Especially for a 5,000th post.
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    Re: Looking back at past drafts

    congrats on the milestone.

    To me the post shows that the draft is a crapshoot. But using the line of taking the BPA only works if you know who that is, and are willing to pay for it.
    Suck it up cupcake.


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