The only position that remotely makes sense to draft for proximity at this point is SS, and I would argue 1. Don't draft for need and 2. There are no great college SS in this draft.
We don't have immediate needs (organizational or otherwise) at any other positions that would necessitate us drafting for proximity to majors, and even if we did I go for upside over polish everyday of the week. Give me more Robert Stephensons and Jesse Winkers and less Mike Leakes and Ryan LaMarres.
I think the pick will be Marco Gonzales.
"I can't take this homerism anymore." - 10xWSChamps, August 11, 2010. A Cardinals fan having a problem with all the homerism on Redszone. Classic.
"Man do I miss the days where were didn't need a calculator and an encyclopedia of baseball metrics to enjoy a baseball game ... - MikeS21" - 8/2/12 game thread
Looks how the Braves got Heyward is how some lucky teams are going to get Meadows and Frazier. Braves got Heyward so low due to teams not even pitching to him.
Reminiscent of this year's draft when Courtney Hawkins, a similar player that I also wanted, went the pick before us.
Also in both of those drafts, we passed on the other guy I wanted - the consensus best pitcher in the draft (Rick Porcello and Lucas Gioloto)
(No way were the Braves going to let the local product slide by them though)
Kyle Serrano anyone?
From Baseball America's mock draft: http://www.baseballamerica.com/draft...ock-draft-1-0/
http://sbb.scout.com/2/1288174.html27. REDS: Tennessee high school righthander Kyle Serrano will be difficult to sign away from a commitment to play for his father Dave at the University of Tennessee, but Cincinnati is one of the clubs most determined to try. If the Reds strike out there, they could pursue Tim Anderson.
PROJECTED PICK: KYLE SERRANO.
One thing that bothers me with the MLb draft is unlike with the NBA and NFL draft, MLB is all about what are you doing lately. For example, I dont see how you frown upon Austin Meadows or Clint Frazier after 80 high school at bats. It seems like the NFL and NBA take into account what you did for 4 years along with Senior Bowl and Combine unless you played at Kentucky . I dont see how MLB teams forget so quickly how Meadows was knocking the cover off the ball with Team USA. They did this last year with Addison Russell and David Dahl.
If its such a bad draft why not just go with your gut feeling on players from early January ?
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Late-rising high-school arm, like Stephenson and Travieso were, so it fits a pattern for their late first rounders these days.Kyle Serrano anyone?
He's got a bizarre delivery from the windup -- kind of a half-stretch. Not a big deal. Otherwise, he's very smooth and the breaking ball looks strong..
Funny thing, I think Mark Serrano, released by the Reds this spring, is Kyle's brother.
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CNNSI First-round mock draft:
CNNSI has the Reds selecting Aaron Judge.
Scouting report plus video:
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A list of scouting reports from Coast2CoastProspects, including some of the above-mentioned names.
That CNNSI mock draft has JP Crawford, Austin Wilson and Tim Anderson still on the board. Interesting.