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Who the O's pick at 4... a no brainer.


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From what I"ve read there are 4 "elite" prospects in the draft this year...

Alvarez, Beckham, Matusz, and Crow...

Take which ever one falls to us... I'd be happy with any of them.

I think you have to add Justin Smoak and Eric Hosmer into the equation. Smoak is a switch hitting, slick fielding first baseman that should be on the same track as Wieters. Hosmer is considered by some to be the best pure hitter to come out of High School in several years. If Alvarez, Beckham, and Matusz go 1,2,3 I think that Crow would be in play, but so will the other two.

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I can't see Crow getting past KC. Local product, talent to go number 1, it just makes too much sense.

Alvarez still probably wouldn't fall to us, correct? If Crow goes to KC, the Rays don't need a 3B, but I'm sure the Pirates would select him. Does anybody know how likely Alvarez is going to stick at 3B in the pros' and if not there what other position (SS or LF?). I subscribe to the take the best talent available philosophy but I'd love for us to take an offensive player with the 4th pick after we stockpiled so many arms (albeit not really any #1 or #2 potential) in the Bedard and Tejada trades. Then again, we might have an even higher pick in the next draft. Any thoughts?

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I think we should take the best college hitter available in the next draft, and use our top 5 pick in 2009 (it seems to be a lock we will have one) on the best available pitcher.

I would spend our second and third round picks next season on shortstops and go with pitchers in 2009.

Obviously, it would mean that a talent would have to be there, but I'd like to see us stockpile a few shortstops in the upcoming draft.

In 2009, it will be time to really focus on pitching, again.

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Alvarez still probably wouldn't fall to us, correct? If Crow goes to KC, the Rays don't need a 3B, but I'm sure the Pirates would select him. Does anybody know how likely Alvarez is going to stick at 3B in the pros' and if not there what other position (SS or LF?). I subscribe to the take the best talent available philosophy but I'd love for us to take an offensive player with the 4th pick after we stockpiled so many arms (albeit not really any #1 or #2 potential) in the Bedard and Tejada trades. Then again, we might have an even higher pick in the next draft. Any thoughts?

I'd be shocked if the Rays didn't take Alvarez with the #1 pick. I have a feeling we'll draft either Beckham or Smoak.

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I'd be shocked if the Rays didn't take Alvarez with the #1 pick. I have a feeling we'll draft either Beckham or Smoak.

Isn't there some reason that the Rays have avoided a ton of the consensus top overall picks (Drew, Miller, etc.)? Is it a Boras thing? I thought they avoided him and thats why a lot of guys started to drop, same with KC and PIT. That is the only reason I think we have a shot at top talent here, because we seem to be the worst team willing to deal with Scottie B. (at least as of last year)

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Isn't there some reason that the Rays have avoided a ton of the consensus top overall picks (Drew, Miller, etc.)? Is it a Boras thing? I thought they avoided him and thats why a lot of guys started to drop, same with KC and PIT. That is the only reason I think we have a shot at top talent here, because we seem to be the worst team willing to deal with Scottie B. (at least as of last year)

That's a very good point. Here's hoping Alvarez does fall to us at #4! :)

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Considering what the Rays paid for Price last year, I don't think Boras representing anyone will be much of a factor for them.

Many times, save for drafting Townsend, the Rays have dished out big $ with their top pick.

Yeah, but it's not about the money, some teams have policies not to deal with Boras. Mostly because Boras is the agent that has no regard for the "slot price" that MLB sets, and dealing with him is saying choose between your draft pick or MLB. Check what they signed for and see how much IF any of those signings were above slot. Guys like Brackman, Porcello, Drew, Weaver...all guys these teams could have used and had, but walked away from. I wouldn't be surprised to see at least 2 of those top guys slide because of the same reason.

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