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who would YOU take? Again, you are the Scouting Director & GM all roled into one. Have fun. :)

Just copy & paste this below and fill in the names. Comments welcome.

1 Tampa Bay Rays >

2 Pittsburgh Pirates >

3 Kansas City Royals >

4 Baltimore Orioles >

5 San Francisco Giants >

6 Florida Marlins >

7 Cincinnati Reds >

8 Chicago White Sox >

9 Washington Nationals >

10 Houston Astros >

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1 Tampa Bay Rays > Posey

2 Pittsburgh Pirates > Alvarez

3 Kansas City Royals > T Beckham

4 Baltimore Orioles > Smoak

5 San Francisco Giants > Matusz

6 Florida Marlins > G Beckham

7 Cincinnati Reds > Skipworth

8 Chicago White Sox > Crow

9 Washington Nationals > Alonso

10 Houston Astros > Hosmer

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1 Tampa Bay Rays > T. Beckham

2 Pittsburgh Pirates > P. Alvarez

3 Kansas City Royals > B. Posey

4 Baltimore Orioles > B. Matusz (damn I want a hitter, but he will be too good to pass)

5 San Francisco Giants > J. Smoak

6 Florida Marlins > A. Crow

7 Cincinnati Reds > E. Hosmer

8 Chicago White Sox > G. Beckham

9 Washington Nationals > T. Melville

10 Houston Astros > K. Skipworth

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1 Tampa Bay Rays > Posey

2 Pittsburgh Pirates > Tim Beckham (won't be ready to compete for a college player)

3 Kansas City Royals > Smoak (scared by Pedro's contract demands)

4 Baltimore Orioles > Alvarez (duh!)

5 San Francisco Giants > Matusz (Lincecum needs a friend)

6 Florida Marlins > Skipworth (will look for someone ready for new stadium)

7 Cincinnati Reds > Crow

8 Chicago White Sox > Hosmer (Konerko's replacement)

9 Washington Nationals > G. Beckham (could go as high as #4)

10 Houston Astros > Hunt (need to rebuild)

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1 Tampa Bay Rays > Alvarez

2 Pittsburgh Pirates > T. Beckham

3 Kansas City Royals > Posey

4 Baltimore Orioles > Smoak

5 San Francisco Giants > G. Beckham

6 Florida Marlins > Matusz

7 Cincinnati Reds > Crow

8 Chicago White Sox > Hosmer

9 Washington Nationals > Skipworth

10 Houston Astros > Alonso

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1 Tampa Bay Rays > Posey (best fit taking cost, position, skill set)

2 Pittsburgh Pirates > Alvarez (best available)

3 Kansas City Royals > Matusz (best pitcher)

4 Baltimore Orioles > T-Bex (best available)

5 San Francisco Giants > G-Bex (toss-up with Smoak -- G-Bex is sexier pick right now)

6 Florida Marlins > Skipworth (high ceiling HS talent)

7 Cincinnati Reds > Crow (power arm to match with Bailey/Cueto/Volquez -- scary)

8 Chicago White Sox > Smoak (best available)

9 Washington Nationals > Alonso (best bat)

10 Houston Astros > Hunt (impact power pitcher for weak system)

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1 Tampa Bay Rays > Posey

2 Pittsburgh Pirates > Tim Beckham (won't be ready to compete for a college player)

3 Kansas City Royals > Smoak (scared by Pedro's contract demands)

4 Baltimore Orioles > Alvarez (duh!)

5 San Francisco Giants > Matusz (Lincecum needs a friend)

6 Florida Marlins > Skipworth (will look for someone ready for new stadium)

7 Cincinnati Reds > Crow

8 Chicago White Sox > Hosmer (Konerko's replacement)

9 Washington Nationals > G. Beckham (could go as high as #4)

10 Houston Astros > Crow (need to rebuild)

Crow must be pretty good to get drafted twice in the top ten;)

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1 Tampa Bay Rays > Buster Posey, C

2 Pittsburgh Pirates > Pedro Alvarez, 3B

3 Kansas City Royals > Brian Matusz, LHP

4 Baltimore Orioles > Gordon Beckham, SS (elite college bat, tossup w/Smoak but Beckham plays SS)

5 San Francisco Giants > Tim Beckham, SS

6 Florida Marlins > Justin Smoak, 1B

7 Cincinnati Reds > Kyle Skipworth, C

8 Chicago White Sox > Aaron Crow, RHP

9 Washington Nationals > Yonder Alonso, 1B (won't meet Hosmer's demands)

10 Houston Astros > Eric Hosmer, 1B

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who would YOU take? Again, you are the Scouting Director & GM all roled into one. Have fun. :)

Just copy & paste this below and fill in the names. Comments welcome.

1 Tampa Bay Rays > Buster Posey

2 Pittsburgh Pirates > Pedro Alvarez

3 Kansas City Royals > Brian Matusz

4 Baltimore Orioles > Tim Beckham

5 San Francisco Giants > Justin Smoak

6 Florida Marlins > Aaron Crow

7 Cincinnati Reds > Gordon Beckham

8 Chicago White Sox > Eric Hosmer

9 Washington Nationals > Kyle Skipworth

10 Houston Astros >Yonder Alonso

See my answers above.

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Yeah. I was just about to ask that as well. Perhaps he meant 'won't be ready to compete as soon as a college player'?

Hmmmm. still a little confused. That is his reason for taking Beckham? That he wont be ready to compete as soon as a college player? I would think that would be a negative. :D

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Sorry but I don't understand. What do you mean "won't be ready to compete for a college player?" Thanks

Sorry, I was trying to keep it to one line :)

They won't be ready to compete by the time a big time college bat is ready to hit the majors, so at this point, if I were PIT, I would be taking the highest rated HS player I could find, and hope that I can get a great nucleus together for 4-5 years down the road rather than 2-3.

Trading Bay, Wilson, Marte, and whatever else they deal off this year, and they will, if they are targeting lower level, high ceiling types of players that I feel they will be, Beckham will be ready right about the same time, barring some redic. development like Justin Upton.

There are just too many holes to fill in 2 years of the draft to be ready to think competition when Alvarez is ready, much like I would say if we hadn't made the trades this offseason for some mid-high level prospects, and drafted Wieters, and having Markakis already here, I would say the same thing for us. One could make a case with some of their special players PIT is about the same level of rebuild as we are. Doumit, McClouth, McCutchen, Snell are a great foundation, but unless they get high level advanced prospects for their trade chips this season, I think they are still a step behind us, and should be reloading the lower levels with HS prospects if they are up there talent wise.

Alvarez versus Tim Beckham is an interesting best player available scenario, personally I take Alvarez, but I think on the whole as an organization for PIT, they are better served taking a HS player, and it was a TOUGH choice between Beckham and Hosmer here for me, but I ultimately went with Beckham because of the SS premium.

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Sorry, I was trying to keep it to one line :)

They won't be ready to compete by the time a big time college bat is ready to hit the majors, so at this point, if I were PIT, I would be taking the highest rated HS player I could find, and hope that I can get a great nucleus together for 4-5 years down the road rather than 2-3.

Trading Bay, Wilson, Marte, and whatever else they deal off this year, and they will, if they are targeting lower level, high ceiling types of players that I feel they will be, Beckham will be ready right about the same time, barring some redic. development like Justin Upton.

There are just too many holes to fill in 2 years of the draft to be ready to think competition when Alvarez is ready, much like I would say if we hadn't made the trades this offseason for some mid-high level prospects, and drafted Wieters, and having Markakis already here, I would say the same thing for us. One could make a case with some of their special players PIT is about the same level of rebuild as we are. Doumit, McClouth, McCutchen, Snell are a great foundation, but unless they get high level advanced prospects for their trade chips this season, I think they are still a step behind us, and should be reloading the lower levels with HS prospects if they are up there talent wise.

Alvarez versus Tim Beckham is an interesting best player available scenario, personally I take Alvarez, but I think on the whole as an organization for PIT, they are better served taking a HS player, and it was a TOUGH choice between Beckham and Hosmer here for me, but I ultimately went with Beckham because of the SS premium.

Thank you. Makes much more sense now. I wasn't trying to be disrespectful. I was really interested in your opinion. I really hope you are right. Alverez would be the perfect player for us IMO.

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Thank you. Makes much more sense now. I wasn't trying to be disrespectful. I was really interested in your opinion. I really hope you are right. Alverez would be the perfect player for us IMO.

Oh, no problem, it's my fault for not wording it better, I just didn't want to put too many cents into a one word answer space :)

I really hope we get Alvarez, or T. Beckham in that order too. I honestly don't know if he slips 3 times though, since all 3 teams are looking at him. I can really see TB taking Posey, Alvarez or Beckham, PIT I could see taking Hosmer, Beckham, Alvarez, or Matusz, and KC I see with Smoak, Alvarez, Matusz or Beckham.

Can't wait for draft day :)

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