20/20 hindsight. Which is kind of a cynical way to look at the draft through a retroactive crystal ball.
The Tigers didn't have the greatest scouts ever, or a bunch of wizards, telling them to pick Justin Verlander #2 in 2004. They just had the #2 pick and most of the league would have taken him. Just like in 2006 when the Rockies took Great Reynolds #2, they weren't idiots, he was going to go in the top few picks in any case, but he just didn't work out.
Bowden is going back in time and telling us which lottery numbers were worth it based on which got picked out of the ping pong ball machine.
I like Tork too, but what you have outlined are Mark Trumbo's 162 game avg. And people were upset at his 3yr-37.5 mil contract. So, if that is the player I am getting with defensive limitations, hard pass.
What if EVERY year the MLB holds a pre-season draft, just like Fantasy Baseball? The players can renegotiate a new contract each year based on their most recent experience, and it evens the playing field for all teams.
The players (many of them anyway) clearly don't care about the fans, so let's show them we only care about the uniform.
The comp is more to do with them having similar stances, slightly pull heavy swings, and profile than production.
I googled Mookie Betts as a prospect and his scouting grades: Hit: 65 | Power: 45 | Run: 60 | Arm: 45 | Field: 55
Here is Martin's scouting grades from the same place:
HIT: 65 POWER: 50 RUN: 55 ARM: 50 FIELD: 55
Pretty similar profiles. Of course 95% of players with those scouting grades don't produce like Mookie Betts will.
On this day in 1970, the Orioles defeated the Indians 5-4. Dick Hall was credited with the win for his 1/3 of an inning of work in relief of Jim Palmer: Hall got Ray Fosse to pop out to second to end the 7th inning. The Birds scored three runs in the bottom of the 7th which led to Hall's victory.
Palmer hit his first homerun of the season leading off the third inning. Don Buford went 1 for 3 with 2 RBI as well.
For the record, Pete Richert recorded the save for the Orioles.