For anyone who wants more info before drooling over Bitsko .... Article says Bitsko has elite FB characteristics and is improving secondary stuff. He could go as high as 8th overall to San Diego. A Pennsylvania product, Bitsko might not get past the Phillies at 15.
I personally think Jammer's first three picks suggestion with Veen would be outstanding, but it is looking highly unlikely to me. Dropping from the second rated talent in Martin to Veen around sixth and scooping up Dax Fulton and Bitsko would be a bit risky with the high school lean, but a mouth-watering amount of talent - however unlikely.
IMO, the issue with the savings with Veen, or as has been mentioned on-line at multiple sources, Heston Kjerstad, could be $2M+. With that kind of savings, IMO, the question starts to become whether we can spend that savings. Our second pick, the first in the first supplemental round and 30th overall carries slot at $2.4M. IMO, it is difficult to think a pre-draft deal with someone at 30 would be for $ in the top 15 picks or $3.5M. We have been rumored to be targeting Dax Fulton - rated in the 40s per some services - with that pick. Fulton has undergone TJ surgery and might well have been drafted in the middle of the first round without the injury.
Our third pick, second in the second round and second on day 2, at 39th overall carries slot at $1.9M. We could be sitting on Day 2 with over $1M in extra slot $ at our disposal to use on a prospect who simply fell out of the first round, but I expect some bonus requests to come down entering day 2. It almost becomes a scenario of whether we can spend that $ - perhaps on an overslot signing with our third or fourth round picks, but IMO it is very difficult to game that far ahead and assume a certain prospect or pool of prospects will be there - especially since we don't know if other teams are going to use senior signings in rounds 3, 4 and/or 5 in order to go overslot on one other player after the first round.
The entire scenario could also blow up if Dax is popped in the first round. I am sure we would have a back-up plan at 30 and would have an entire night to plan how to spend remaining slot savings, but IMO there is plenty of risk - who knows, perhaps Elias would laugh and say he has little doubt he could spend extra slot $ - and Elias could walk away from this draft with four prospects signed at over $2M each.
I would think it is much safer to just draft Martin, Fulton and the prospect we like best at 39 even if we need a senior sign in the third or fourth round to find more slot $. Then grab two more prospects at slot in our top 150.
Couple of things. I don’t recall 100% now from where- I think it was a local radio interview- but Callis poured some cold water on the whole Correa $ underslot comparison. He basically said many teams had him at the top and his agent really screwed up.
I really hope we take Martin. Callis thinks he is a .300, 20 HR type. We know he can get on base. Try him in CF and then move him to 2nd base if that doesn’t work out. You are a perennial All Star at those spots if you put up those kind of numbers. I can’t stand the guy but Pedroia was a big part of some good Red Sox teams. Martin’s bat has some comparisons.
The Brewers have been able to mix and match their way to some success but in general you better build your position player core from within. We see how much players age now so quickly.
Most contending teams in recent years have a strong position player core from within. Look at Cubs- Bryant, Baez, Contreras, Rizzo. I know Rizzo was a trade and the White Sox traded for Moncada and Jimenez but we really don’t have assets to deal right now to get back top prospects. We need to hit on these picks and hopefully hit on some International players. I have some faith that are new staff can get more out of the pitching we have than previous regimes. I would not be angry about Lacy but I would take my chances on some arms at picks 30 and/or 39.