So, with a few days after the draft I can't help but think there is a clear change in philosophy on the draft and a clear improvement in what we are doing.
When you go through all the picks a few things stand out. Drafting for Velocity and that they guys we have picked are BASEBALL PLAYERS. There are not the (what seemed like usual) drafting of athletes and potential and then planning on turning them into something. We have a bunch of guys that were successful in their last seasons (for the most part), pitchers with ERAs under 3.00, hitters that hovered around .900 OPS or higher (some much higher). Players that are actual players, that may also have physical attributes that make one think they can succeed in the next level. Obviously only 10-30% will succeed, but it seems like we have some draft picks up and down the list that it seems possible, not pipe dreams like Randolph or Reggie Taylor that are just as likely to succeed in basketball or football as baseball.
Anyone else feel that way?
I guess Ruffcorn is the perfect example. He might be able to be in the bullpen at the end of next season, he is already that advanced, and he was our #8 pick. He will never be great, maybe not even average, but he is serious value in that it isnt crazy to think that he could pitch 20IP next year out of the bullpen in the last third of the season.