TheOmen wrote:tomdoyle3 wrote:i'd much rather have Ramon Hernandez in the 16th round than Mauer in the 7th-8th.
Easy to say that now...but there was no gaurantee Hernandez would be great. I took Mauer in the 5th knowing what I was getting, and enjoy every minute of 1st place.
Joe Mauer has limited power (at this stage of his career), limited speed (for a 5th round pick), will end up with about 130 games played this year, is an injury risk, and plays in a terrible lineup.
Ramon Hernandez has been playing alot longer than Mauer. He has more power, hits for a solid average, plays in a better lineup, and he can be picked 10 rounds later.
Not only is Hernandez more valuable 10 rounds later, but I'd rather have him, barret, Varitek, Posada, Johjima.. The list goes on.
Also, Mauer is in his 2nd year, we can't yet say that we know what we are going to get out of him.