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05-27-2008 07:37 PM #1
Your Draft Philosophy
If asked to state it, what is your draft philosophy?
05-27-2008 08:22 PM #2GCL O's
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It is very simple- draft the best player on your board at the time with no consideration to signability. Of course your board needs to be accurate. I like JJ's philosophy is taking a bat early and finding pitching later. I would agree with that by just taking into consideration the injury factor (Hale, Stahl, Smith, Loewen, & Townsend, etc in the 1st round). So much more can go wrong with a pitcher -elbow & shoulder can be career injuries. Position ploayer should be able to recover albeit maybe not as strong a fielder/arm as they were previously.
05-27-2008 10:32 PM #3
BPA, always - if you compound, trade for gaps.
Ties go to College before HS - giving greater weight to reaching the majors sooner than ceiling on higher risk HS'ers
Ties go to the pitcher - giving greater weight to a skill that costs more at the ML level.
05-27-2008 10:33 PM #4
Always best player available but if it is extremely close between 2 guys, take the bigger area of need.
For example, if the Orioles grade Matusz at 90% and GBeck at 88%, take GBeck.
05-27-2008 11:17 PM #5
05-30-2008 12:21 PM #6
Besides the BPA angle, which I generally agree with, I wanted to add another important personal way of looking at the process.
For me, I'd rather take a HS kid with big upside than a college guy who projects as average ML'er tools, and is the safer bet.
Last year, as an example, I would've taken Texas HS'er Will Middlebrooks in the 4th Round, whereas the O's took pitcher Tim Bascom. I like Bascom, truly, but in my view Middlebrooks seemed to be the bigger upside prospect. Bascom may wind up as the better player, or not, hard to say... but regardless, I think it's important that we get away from last year's fiasco of taking 98% collegians. Some point out it was our desire to fill the roster of the new affiliate with plenty of ready talent... but the key word is 'talent'. There is no way that we had these college guys rated higher in virtually every round, in comparison to some higher upside HS'ers. It seems that the decision was out of JJ's hands, and he did what he could... that's my best guess. It was a bad idea then, and hopefully the process reverts to BPA this year. I believe it will. I'd also take waaaaay more chances with players considered unsignable or demanding too much $. Nick Adenhart and others have signed and been worth the 'risk'.
While I like him, the jury is still out on Joe Jordan.
Last edited by Greg Pappas; 05-30-2008 at 12:39 PM. Reason: 'It' was a bad idea... not 'I' =P
05-30-2008 12:35 PM #7
05-30-2008 12:38 PM #8
05-30-2008 01:06 PM #9Shorebirds
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Always BPA! Never draft for need.
Dont like to take a college pitcher in round 1 unless it's a Lincecum, Price type.
05-30-2008 02:22 PM #10
Take the best overall player, no matter the position, college player is preferable, show him the money, hitters with plate discipline and athleticism.
Last edited by byrdz; 05-30-2008 at 02:28 PM.
05-30-2008 07:23 PM #11Plus Member since 04/04 Major Leagues
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05-30-2008 08:24 PM #12Norfolk
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pray that Pedro falls to us and anything else is playing with the houses money.
06-01-2008 12:08 AM #13
I'm starting to think with a deep draft at 1b I'd go Alvarez, T Beckham and then Matusz in order of preference in the 1st and look for a big bat like Allan Dykstra in Rd 2.