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post Jun 12, 2017 -> 10:03 AM
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QUOTE (iamshack @ Jun 12, 2017 -> 10:54 AM) *
Ack, I just can't get behind choosing a 1b here without more power than these guys. I get the lack of good hit tools in our org, but IMHO, you want to use your 1st round choice to select the player with the chance to be really special, particularly if you are rebuilding and envision having a lot of money to spend on payroll.

Spend the money for the high OBP 1b in free agency, please.


Same. It just seems like these types are already way too close to their ceilings on draft day, nearly every time. There are some exceptions, of course, but I'm not seeing anything to suggest that Smith/White look like those exceptions.
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post Jun 12, 2017 -> 10:04 AM
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QUOTE (caulfield12 @ Jun 12, 2017 -> 08:32 AM) *
Not to mention Robert has a lot of the same tools...so not quite the same amount of pressure to find a future CFer on Hahn right now. (And Basabe.)

This is not a good reason to not draft someone. There are so many reasons as to why players don't make the MLB that it is poor policy to not draft someone just because there is a similar player in the minors.

They should draft their highest rated person, period.
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post Jun 12, 2017 -> 10:05 AM
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QUOTE (Buehrlesque @ Jun 12, 2017 -> 05:02 PM) *
I don't think he "clearly" has to move to the OF just because he won't hit a lot of HRs. It would be refreshing to see a good bat, great glove 1B in the Sox system, and there is literally not a single prospect in his way through the ranks.


And let's face it, even a slightly above average Major League position player is better than what most of the roster has been the last five years
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QUOTE (iamshack @ Jun 12, 2017 -> 09:54 AM) *
Ack, I just can't get behind choosing a 1b here without more power than these guys. I get the lack of good hit tools in our org, but IMHO, you want to use your 1st round choice to select the player with the chance to be really special, particularly if you are rebuilding and envision having a lot of money to spend on payroll.

Spend the money for the high OBP 1b in free agency, please.


Moreland and Logan Morrison two of the best FA deals.
M. Reynolds, Smoak, Alonso, Thames, Holliday, T. Shaw, Gyorko, Jay Bruce also come to mind.
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QUOTE (DirtySox @ Jun 12, 2017 -> 11:00 AM) *
If they are really sold on the player and can reallocate the draft allotment to get harder to sign premier talent in later rounds, its totally a viable strategy. Happens every year with certain teams. The Braves do it often. Did it with Ian Anderson last year I believe.


And when you have an extra high pick like the Rays do this year (or the Braves did last year) with their Comp Round A pick that is probably when it makes most sense.
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post Jun 12, 2017 -> 10:06 AM
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QUOTE (smalls2598 @ Jun 12, 2017 -> 11:01 AM) *
Today's Baseball America mock has the Sox taking Pavin Smith:

http://www.baseballamerica.com/draft/2017-...UDeI7U6gv2Lp.97


I'm not really down for the Pavin Smith selection, as he is a 1B/DH only player which grow on trees. The approach is solid, but I would argue that Brent Rooker appears to be the better bat than Smith
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QUOTE (Eminor3rd @ Jun 12, 2017 -> 05:03 PM) *
Same. It just seems like these types are already way too close to their ceilings on draft day, nearly every time. There are some exceptions, of course, but I'm not seeing anything to suggest that Smith/White look like those exceptions.


But with someone like Smith, a change from the UVa conservative philosophy could boost his power
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post Jun 12, 2017 -> 10:07 AM
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MLB Draft Discussion is split into a few places now, so I am going to close this one and direct everyone to the PHT threads. There's a pinned main discussion and tracker thread, and a predictions thread there too.
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