Since the inception of pro baseball in the 1870s something like 15 billion people have been alive.
Let's say for the sake of argument that half of a percent of those people have played some form of organized baseball. That would be 75 million people.
In history maybe 200,000 or 250,000 people have appeared in a minor league game.
About 20,000 people have appeared in a major league game.
2,327 players have been a catcher for at least one game.
Of those 2,327 Matt Wieters is the 91st-best catcher of all time by JAWS.
So he's in the top 4% of all Major League catchers of all time, which puts him among the top 0.4% of professional catchers, which puts him in the top 0.0001% of everyone who's ever caught a game, and in the top 0.0000007% of all humans in catching ability.
You'd have to pick the best catcher out of every Japan-sized group of people to come upon someone who was as good a catcher as Matt Wieters.
Is that a tragedy? I guess it depends on your perspective.
I don’t think you would need to trade up to get Jackson. He may not be there in the second, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see him fall. He’s losing momentum as guys like Ezra Cleveland and Isaiah Wilson are rising. I heard on some podcast that the Browns are hot for Cleveland and may move back to get him later in the first.
Pittman in the second would be a good pick. He may fall back to the third, but he’d fit nicely with a late second.
How in the heck did we get JT Brubaker for a song? This is a guy with incredible stuff who doesn't walk a ton of guys or give up a ton of home runs. Strikeouts are a bit lacking, and he's a bit old, but still the guy has done pretty well everywhere and he was 97-99 as a starter (though scouting reports I read seem to think he's more mid-90's as a starter and high 90's as a reliever)
He's even a rare University of Akron baseball draftee. Go Zips!