da bears wrote:I understand his average might not be something to write home about but doesn't the progress Mark Reynolds has made at the plate deserve some top 25 recognition? 30-20 at 3rd or 1st, I'll take it.
I don't think so. To be a Top 25 pick, you've got to have almost zero to no risk. Of course high picks bust all the time, look at this year's class (Wright, Sizemore, Rollins, Reyes, etc.) But the guys who have had at least a couple stud years are the only ones deserving to be drafted in the top 2 rounds because they offer the most minimal risk and high return investment due to their record. I think that's why Longoria was such a hard classification this year, because many people thought he could be a first rounder but didn't want to take a chance on him that early. Mark Reynolds has never shown he can hit for average, and I'm not buying his steals (his rate has dramatically decreased even prior to the second half.) I don't think you can call him a perennial 40 homer guy until he does it again next year too.