Don’t know why you’re prolonging this argument. It’s confusing to mention a CF/RF when we are talking about who a prospective 1B/LF/DH might be competing with. If you meant that Diaz might force Santander to LF, you should have said so. But who cares, you’ve said it now, so I get it.
Teams draft a disproportional number of CF and SS because the best players on a particular team (therefor more likely to be drafted) are more likely to play those positions. If you are in left field as a high school player odds are you aren't going to be a ML prospect down the road.
By the time I left LA in 2006, I felt like the only way to survive there was to find a neighborhood where almost everything you liked or needed was within walking or biking distance or, in extreme cases, a few stops away on an express bus route. I considered myself fortunate to find a life where I used my car only once or twice a week for mid-morning shopping expeditions and trips to places like the dentist's office. But it really cut down on the number of parties I could go to.
Joshua Tree is a fantastic place. I went there often on my motorcycle (what I relied on for about 8 of my years there instead of a car, again because of the nightmare of L.A. traffic). Sometimes I would stay at one of the spa motels in nearby Yucca Valley or Desert Palm Springs--so serene and arid it was a perfect place to read and write. Other times, I would just unroll a sleeping bag under one of the big boulders in the park, listen to the coyotes, and see their pawprints in the sand around me when I woke up.
I think Elias subscribes to best player available. But, he has a philosophy on who the best players are.
To be crystal clear, if Torkelson looks like the best hitter available at no. 2, I wouldn’t be hesitant to pick him. So long as Elias is completely sold on his bat. But, that’s 7+ months away.