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The Rule 4 draft kicks off this Thursday. Players of interest to the Rangers seem to be :players Phillip Ervin, Hunter Renfroe, Cord Sandberg and Dominic Smith: with arms of note: Hunter Green, Hunter Harvey, Rob Kaminsky, Carlos Salazar. The Rangers have the 23rd and 30th choices. Who should they draft, and who will they, with best guess, actually draft?
les-get a life.
I admittedly don't know much about many of the players that will likely be available when our slots come up, but I am of the belief, and I believe I read somewhere that JD is, too, that you should simply draft the best available player. Keith Law has them taking a high school SS at 23. Looks like a kid with lots of raw talent and has/projects to have 60 power. Makes sense to me.
I agree JDW,, most teams have elaborate list rating each player by position. They cross the names off when drafted prior to their choice. There are some differences, a challenged team will take as much ready for the majors player as possible. An in depth team, like the Rangers, will often go with players with high upside but also with a high learning curve. The top three shortstops are: J P Crawford, Tim Anderson and Oscar Mercado available. Anderson at C.C. level fits best that description. JD my life is about over, judging from your posts, yours is just beginning. May your life be successful, fulfilling and above all a happy one with as few hurts and regrets along that long and winding path.
I'm guessing a smallish lefty pitcher, and an up the middle athlete.
Aww Les--that was sweet.
Thank you for your contributions and positive attitude.Im not giving up on JD either..bless his heart.
LSB has profiled a number of prospects that the Rangers have been linked to for various reasons, including a number of sample drafts. They include an inordinate number of middle infielders, a bit to my chagrin.
The Rangers' biggest strength is in MIF. I don't think any other team has the talent or depth that our team has, present and future. I realize that the Rangers may just want to take the best player available to them at the moment of their pick, but I hope their first pick ends up being a pitcher or hitter with a high ceiling, even if a low floor.
I realize that depth is a great thing, and that a MIF that can hit can always find a job, so those guys are tradeable as prospects. Still...I hope to see someone else. At least on 1st pick.
Reading up on the draft I think Dominic Smith would be great for the Rangers, but I don't know if he'll fall to us.
Smith would be a nice choice, but kind of agree that he may not be around for the 23rd choice. Much of the Rangers drafting brass seem to indicate pitching, especially from the port side and high school level. But three names that are intriguing: Tim Anderson a short stop out of East Central C.C. of Mississippi, Nick Ciuffo a catcher who bats left and has been compared to AJP, and a local from Plano's West H.S. who has been compared to Josh Hamilton, and ironically has been the 30rd choice in some Mock Drafts, Billy McKinney.
I'm in on the catcher if he throws lefthanded.
I has to be an awesome chance to get better.It would sure make a better story if the Rangers struck gold with the compensation pick @ #30---for Josh Hamilton!
Yes it would. They got Gallo for Wilson, and while it's far, far too early to be proclaiming him a golden find, he does indeed have a pretty high ceiling. I'm excited watching his progress.
It's a crapshoot. Take the best player on the board, even if it's another SS/2B.
I heard on mlb this morning that St. Louis got Michael Wacha with its comp pick for Albert Pujols.
By the way, again, astute job by the front office to pocket both of their 1st round picks. I was not in favor of signing Michael Bourn or Kyle Lohse, but I was one of the people banging on the table saying it wouldn't hurt the Rangers as much as it would other teams, because we had more than one first-round pick.
In retrospect, I'm glad we didn't forfeit either of our picks, and it's the type of practice Jon Daniels has excelled at in recent years.
When considering who to take in the draft, consider the recent trends:
(1) In recent years, the first pick has been used on a lower-ceiling, easily singable player, thus giving the Rangers flexibility to take more expensive, higher-ceiling players in later rounds. Think Lewis Brinson vs. Joey Gallo, Kevin Matthews vs. Zach Cone, Jake Skole and Kellin Deglan vs. Luke Jackson, Mike Olt, and Cody Buckel. I could keep going.
(2) Two things the Rangers really like: Toolsy outfielders and left-handed pitching.
I don't expect anything to change. Look for a cheap first pick, a risky, big-bang second pick, and lots of goodies after that. The farm system is only going to get better.
There are a few players drafted every year that do not fall into the 'crapshoot' category. They are usually top college level pitchers. In the first round Appel, Gray and Shipley fit that mode and Knebel out of Texas, who will probably fall to the second round, The first three will be gone before the Rangers draft. But the Rangers seem to like high upside players out of high school. Those do essentially fall into the crapshoot category. Brinson, Gallo and Williams fall into that group. All three could make it to the top of the game or never even have true success at AA. If you look at the numbers, most high profile major leaguers fly past the . 300 barrier. So far Brinson and Gallo can not even approach .250, but it is very early in their careers. JD, if the Rangers were to draft Nick Ciuffo you would almost get your wish, he is a natural left hander, but like Bill Dickey was told to convert to throwing right handed, even knowing it is not his best arm. Biases are hard to change.
"If you look at the numbers, most high profile major leaguers fly past the . 300 barrier. So far Brinson and Gallo can not even approach .250, but it is very early in their careers."
[Imagine a picture of Clippy here]
It looks like you're trying to use stats to prove a point. But you're quoting batting average. Would you like some help?
Anyone know the trade equivalent for the competitive balance picks? It would be great to see JD have a contingency plan in the event there are guys sliding to us, such as a Manea or other difficult signs that could be impact guys, and make moves to acquire one or two of those picks to utilize the slot money. I'd be curious as to their value.
Thank you Andy, who I have seen from your posts over the years sensible words of baseball wisdom, convinced me for this forum that I am just too old to get into sync with the others that are more sabermeterically oriented then I am. So good posting on the BBTIA, and you and others that I have enjoyed over the years posts, focused on baseball. Do this, direct the forum in that direction, and it can make a comeback to the past level of discussions.
Andy, that took me back to, like, 1998-2004.
Shut up with this lefthanded bullshit. But I have to admit Yogi Berra would have made an even better catcher had he batted right and threw left.
great. grimm has as much control as Yu
hello, bullpen! ha, we're just keeping 1st place warm for OAK
ha. kirkman. what a joke we are.
Sure glad we have no interest in Cliff Lee.
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