Field wrote:I've been very happy with Stephen Drew's performance this year. Not really sure why people drafted Tulo (even before the injury) in the 4th round when you could have had Drew in th 15+ round or even off the WW.
C'mon, people drafted Tulo that early (admittedly at least a couple rounds too early in most leagues, but still) because he projected higher and Drew hit .238 last year.
Couple this with the fact that no one expected the D-backs to be an offensive juggernaut they've been this year, and this is almost like saying "Not sure why people drafted Johan Santana when you could have had Cliff Lee" or "Not sure why people drafted Vlad Guerrero when you could have had Nate McClouth."
All I'm saying it, hindsight is 20/20.
I think you are making a lot of assumptions here that are just off the mark....
I voiced my opinions on Tulo way before the season started, so while hindsight is 20/20 so is the ability to avoid players who have a very good chance under-perform based on draft position. I would also never make a similar comment about proven studs like Johan and Vlad .... Tulo certainly doesn't even come close to their level. Why would you ever draft a guy in the first 5 rounds that had/has absolutely no chance to finish the season as a top 25 player? Here's one post where I mentioned his over-valution: viewtopic.php?t=323127&hilit=tulo&start=10
and here's another where I was in the Stephen Drew pre-season camp: viewtopic.php?f=7&t=319052&hilit=+tulo
Batting average is deceiving especially in rookie campaigns and anyone who expected Drew to hit sub .250 again just didn't do their due diligence. There are probably about 10 others threads where I mentioned Tulo being overvalued especially in the Draft/Trade/Keeper forum.
Shortstop is a position that has an abundance of servicable guys and only a few elite options, so there was no real need to reach for a player in drafts due to "position scarcity".