I'll say that what I wrote seems twisted to make a point. I know it is too early to judge Bohm and Stott -- in fact I said I thought Bohm was a very well spent pick, what I've seen about Stott is plus, including the career-opening HR, and that I thought the last two drafts have been well managed. I'm fine with Haseley, if he can play a credible CF. I don't think what we've seen of his bat thus far translates to an above average, probably not even average, MLB starting corner OF. So I stand by the Phillies not hitting on that particular 1st rounder. I think Moniak will be an MLB player, but again have seen nothing suggesting he can be an above average MLB overall-package CF. So I can't say we hit on that pick, either. The Phillies may have given up on and somewhat ruined Crawford in short-term, but thus far can't say they really hit on that pick, either. Crawford may become an above average MLB starting SS, but know sign of that to date. Yes LGJ was a 1A, but he was a horrible 1A pick, on both talent and motivation, and to me, he is an example of our scouting department gushing over batting practice power and spending a 1A on a guy very far from being a complete player. I see that pick as fairly inexcusable and on a par of incompetence with failing to sign to guys from the middle of the top 10 rounds and then acting in pique to rat them out to the NCAA. I think Austinfan is correct that we have also done less well than is to be expected on second rounders, although we've had pitcher derailed by injury. Discounting the two Koreans of a long time ago, our largest international bonuses, spent in a quest for power, also don't look good -- Encarnacion is gone and Ortiz, while still being young and having a chance, looks at present not to be a hit. To me, panting after batting practice power, is as bad a job of chasing the wrong 'tool' as drafting Hewitt for speed and athleticism and hoping he can learn to hit and play defense. Golson was much the same. The Phillies have done better with later round picks (Brown, Altherr and Hoskins, Cozens) than some of the very incomplete talents upon which we squandered 1st round and 1A picks.
I didn't use the word 'bust', but did apply synonyms for LGJ and Randolph. I'll stand by that.
Eric Valent showed a ton more in his baseball career than LGJ ever did.
It would be nice if a 1.1 pick yielded a HOF player, but I don't require that to consider the pick a success. I do expect a player who is clearly an above average MLB starter at his position for multiple season. I'll be thrilled to find I'm wrong, but I just don't see Moniak meeting that standard..