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Kind of hard to hate that draft. We didn’t go for any of the sexy flamethrowing highschool pitchers, but maybe that’s not such a hot idea anyway. We drafted a bunch of “lefties with a pulse”, continued the quest for a @#$%#$% SS with our first pick, and made one surprise selection of a Canadian who’s always been underrated, is huge, and could be a late blooming steal.

Personally my draft strategy would be “take every pitcher you can find who throws heat and find (or trade for) some bricks who can slug later” (hmmm…the exact opposite of my fantasy draft strategy), but we did get some arms and infielders, which is probably what we’ll need in 4-5 years when we actually have to think about any of these guys again…

Oh yeah, and a big longshot high ceiling guy in Eric Eiland who J.P. is going to spend a million dollars to sign just so nobody can say he’s a big wuss who only takes polished college middle relievers any more. Yeah, I’m looking at you, Hamid.


Written by halejon

June 8, 2007 at 7:14 am

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  1. I was wondering about that strategy, though it would make for a very interesting minor-league system (that would score zero runs a game).

    In today’s world of insanely overvalued pitching, would it not be best to put all your eggs in that basket and use your lower picks for “filler” for all the other positions. Maybe just focus on extremely raw (I’m talking blue here) HS guys that are very athletic in the hopes that one miraculously emerges with solid coaching and fundamentals.

    Heck, if you happen to strike gold on even 2 or 3 more guys then any of the other teams, you’ll have some fantastic trade bait.

    Plus, above average sluggers are pretty much a dime-a-dozen these days and can be replenished yearly via Free Agency with all that money you’re NOT spending getting Ted Lilly and Gil Meche to be your new #1 starter.

    Not to mention getting plenty of depth to cover all the inevitable injuries and random come-backers to the mound.

    Heck, if your pitchers can actually survive mentally having no run support for the first 3 years of their professional career, they’d be more then ready for the show.

    The new model is no longer the “moneyball” A’s, its the Tigers with loads of young, cheap, emerging pitching surrounded by older, experienced FA bats.


    June 11, 2007 at 3:19 pm

  2. *jumps up and down* I wanna get drafted!! Draft me!!! Draft me!!!

    Jamichael Oxley

    June 11, 2007 at 3:41 pm

  3. And i can be a starter or closer. Just gimme da ball and i finish the job. Im the black gagne!! lol

    Jamichael Oxley

    June 11, 2007 at 3:43 pm

  4. It’s an interesting idea. I think the only problem is that HS pitchers are getting insane signing bonuses now and are still a total crapshoot In Moneyball, Bonderman was reviled as a bad first round pick because it’s just too risky (and then Beane basically dumped him). But jeez…when the payoff is getting a rotation ace? They don’t exactly grow on trees…I guess the argument is you may as well go for the surer thing with a position player and spend the big bucks you saved on Buehrle in the offseason.

    But when you can’t even trade Rios for Brett Myers, it makes you wonder why you’d ever draft anything but power arms.


    June 11, 2007 at 4:57 pm

  5. Exactly. I’m surprised today’s mantra hasn’t become Pitching, Pitching, Pitching! The only way to offset some uncertainty is to invest in more. Anyone with a glut of pitching instantly becomes the best friend of the rest of the league – and the GM with the “nuts” in every trade talk – no matter how much the press dumps on the exorbitant FA contracts, they show no sign of slowing. Burnett is still just 64-63 (though leading the league in Ks) and his deal is only looking better each off-season that passes.

    How valuable would an extra, pre-free agent, under contract, front-of-rotation arm be in today’s market. You’d probably be able to trade for entire KC Royals and you could go and make them your AAA squad!


    June 11, 2007 at 5:33 pm

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