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Old 05-10-2017, 07:15 PM
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Just draft as many positional players / hitters as you can get your hands on. That is by far the Sox biggest need.
I care about value in any draft. That goes doubly for baseball, which is the biggest crapshoot of all. Draft the best talent available.
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Old 05-10-2017, 09:36 PM
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I care about value in any draft. That goes doubly for baseball, which is the biggest crapshoot of all. Draft the best talent available.
I agree with this philosophy 99.9%....however, it's really rough watching the Sox trying to fill up 7 minor league teams with actual positional player talent. I almost want them to just go with the best available hitter for the next 5 years regardless.
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Old 05-10-2017, 11:24 PM
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I agree with this philosophy 99.9%....however, it's really rough watching the Sox trying to fill up 7 minor league teams with actual positional player talent. I almost want them to just go with the best available hitter for the next 5 years regardless.
Agreed. They have pitching out their rear end. Hitters? Outfielders?? Few and far between.

They are drafting high enough so that there isn't going to be that serious a drop off in talent if instead of taking a pitcher with #11 pick who may be ranked slightly higher on the boards, they take a good hitter.

We're not talking about taking a guy who may be ranked #145th just because he's a hitter.
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Old 05-18-2017, 10:07 AM
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Prediction count as of 5/18

Jeren Kendall, OF, Vanderbilt (3)
Jordon Adell, OF, Ballard HS, Louisville (2)
Adam Haseley, OF, Virginia (2)
Austin Beck, OF, North Davidson HS, NC (1)
D.L. Hall, LHP, Valdosta HS / Alex Faedo, RHP, Florida (1)
Seth Romero, LHP, Houston (1)
Kyle Wright, RHP, Vanderbilt (1)
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Old 05-18-2017, 01:55 PM
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Prediction count as of 5/18

Jeren Kendall, OF, Vanderbilt (3)
Jordon Adell, OF, Ballard HS, Louisville (2)
Adam Haseley, OF, Virginia (2)
Austin Beck, OF, North Davidson HS, NC (1)
D.L. Hall, LHP, Valdosta HS / Alex Faedo, RHP, Florida (1)
Seth Romero, LHP, Houston (1)
Kyle Wright, RHP, Vanderbilt (1)
Based solely off of what I've read, it seems like Kendall fits the "toolsy athlete" mode and isn't considered a sure thing as a hitter. Same for Adell. Haseley seems to be considered more advanced as a hitter.
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Old 05-18-2017, 02:35 PM
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Based solely off of what I've read, it seems like Kendall fits the "toolsy athlete" mode and isn't considered a sure thing as a hitter. Same for Adell. Haseley seems to be considered more advanced as a hitter.
Kendall is the kind of player that most of us associate with a Kenny pick. Not very polished, athletic, free swinging, etc. The scouts love Adell, he's probably has the most upside of any player in this draft. But again, free swinging and not very polished. Haseley as a pick would signal a different direction, but unfortunately we are probably too low to land him as scouts are starting to put the Benintendi label on him.

If given my choice Haseley would be my pick of the three followed by Adell. I have zero interest in Kendall, even though he has been labeled a first round pick for two seasons.
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Old 05-18-2017, 02:41 PM
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I am coming around on Adell just because his upside might be better than anyone in the draft. That is different than, say, Mitchell or Hawkins who didn't have that elite ceiling.

That said, Pavin Smith is still my guy in this draft.
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Old 05-18-2017, 03:02 PM
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I'm also in the Pavin Smith or Haseley camp.

Wish we could trade up in MLB drafts...
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Old 05-18-2017, 03:06 PM
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I am coming around on Adell just because his upside might be better than anyone in the draft. That is different than, say, Mitchell or Hawkins who didn't have that elite ceiling.

That said, Pavin Smith is still my guy in this draft.
Mitchell was such a question mark, no one knew how good he might become due to his two sport status. That CWS pushed him up the boards, I can't really say I was disappointed in the pick, he was a very enticing athlete. That said, you shouldn't pick question marks in the first round, that pick was just stupid in hindsight.

I don't agree about Hawkins, the scouts were in love with his power and athleticism. He was at the MLB studios on draft night for a reason.

Would be so awesome to get Smith, but that ship sailed a month ago. Barring a significant injury, there's just no way that he's going to be available at our pick.
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Old 05-19-2017, 09:32 AM
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Mitchell was such a question mark, no one knew how good he might become due to his two sport status. That CWS pushed him up the boards, I can't really say I was disappointed in the pick, he was a very enticing athlete. That said, you shouldn't pick question marks in the first round, that pick was just stupid in hindsight.

I don't agree about Hawkins, the scouts were in love with his power and athleticism. He was at the MLB studios on draft night for a reason.

Would be so awesome to get Smith, but that ship sailed a month ago. Barring a significant injury, there's just no way that he's going to be available at our pick.
There's usually one or two guys who fall for no good reason on draft night. I hope Smith is the guy that falls to 11.
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Old 05-19-2017, 10:50 AM
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Another college bat to keep an eye on is Brent Rooker a 1B/OF from Mississippi State. He's absolutely killing the ball and has moved from a possible 3/4th rounder at the beginning of the year to a late 1st rounder. Scouts are basically concerned about his age, as he redshirted his freshman year.
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Old 05-19-2017, 11:03 AM
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New batch of mocks today. Current results:

Jeren Kendall, OF, Vanderbilt (3)
Jordon Adell, OF, Ballard HS, Louisville (2)
Adam Haseley, OF, Virginia (2)
Alex Faedo, RHP, Florida (2)
Austin Beck, OF, North Davidson HS, NC (1)
D.L. Hall, LHP, Valdosta HS / Alex Faedo, RHP, Florida (1)
Seth Romero, LHP, Houston (1)
Kyle Wright, RHP, Vanderbilt (1)
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Old 05-19-2017, 11:04 AM
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There's usually one or two guys who fall for no good reason on draft night. I hope Smith is the guy that falls to 11.
Actually, just seeing a few write-ups that scouts are concerned with Smith's sub-par ACC season. Maybe he will drop...
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Old 05-19-2017, 11:32 AM
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Actually, just seeing a few write-ups that scouts are concerned with Smith's sub-par ACC season. Maybe he will drop...
Sub-par season? He is having his best season yet.

http://www.virginiasports.com/sports...th_917402.html
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Old 05-19-2017, 11:56 AM
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Sub-par season? He is having his best season yet.

http://www.virginiasports.com/sports...th_917402.html
I was referring to his ACC season stats: .288/.387/.423
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