since i was the one who took jshields "early" i will attempt to defend my position...
i took him w/the 65th pick and my next selection wasnt until #86..i didnt think that he would make it back to me and i wasnt crazy about having jcueto, medlen, bmorrow, ikennedy, jjohnson, dfister, tlincecum as my #2 SP (the pitchers taken after pick #86)... he probably averages as a 6th rounder but in this draft, i wanted him when it was my pick in the 5th
simply, imo he is a horse..5 consecutive years of 200+ IP w/ last 2 yrs striking out over 200.. 1.04 and 1.17 whip the last 2 yrs..solid, consistent, safe
his xERA has been under 4.01 for 5 straight years.. GB % is rising and FB% is dropping
and he'll face houston 5 or 6 times this season
i have him as the 12th best SP
p.s. i almost took kmedlen w/the 95th pick..nice value there