Art Vandelay wrote:There's no way you take the best stats available with every pick with no consideration to position. That's ridiculous. I'd take Pujols first and let the rest of the draft sort itself out, but Aqua has a good point and people are acting like taking the (near)consensus No. 2 overall guy at No. 1 is some crazy plan that will derail a whole draft.
Of course it won't but I still couldn't imagine taking someone other than Pujols at #1. Some people have different styles of building a team, but I don't see how passing on the value that Pujols presents at #1 can possibly be fully recouped with any series of subsequent picks. I'm not a Reyes guy either. Like someone else said, I'll take Pujols/Howard over Pujols/Reyes. Not to say you can't build a championship team with Hanley at #1, just that Pujols at #1 is a no brainer and passing on that value is a net negative however you slice it. Of course anything can happen, Pujols could get hurt, Hanley could go 40/40, Lance Berkman could hit 35 HRs and be this year's Paul Konerko, rewarding somebody who passed on all the top 1Bs. Just saying that at this moment, with everything we know, Pujols is an obvious pick.