I figure I should discuss my thoughts with Kershaw at #8...
I am usually that guy. The guy who does not draft pitchers until the 4th -5th round. The depth is amazing and the free agent market is strong during in-season play to pick up the hot arm. I decided to do something different this year.
While pitching is deep, there is such a clear separation in Kershaw and the rest of the field. The ratio help that he provides (potential sub-2.00 ERA and sub-1.00 WHIP) along with the high K total gives me an advantage in the pitching category. He's an anchor in the deepest position in baseball. They say a rising tide raises all boats. My tide turned into a tsunami.
In comparison to the hitters remaining, I see major flaws or question marks in the remaining first rounders. I was hoping Adam Jones fell to me, but with Cargo, Miggy, Trout, Goldy and McCutch all gone, I can't see a hitter providing a boost that Kershaw can provide.
Cano was considered. But then, the effects of Safeco has me concerned. I considered Jacoby Ellsbury, but injury concerns and his fit in the Yankees line-up concerns me. Chris Davis and his ability to repeat THAT performance again. Then I started looking at who would be available in the second round. No Davis, then I can pick up Beltre or Fielder. No Jacoby, then I can pick up Wright and supplant the missing SB later in the draft. There's not a big separation between 1st round hitters that were left vs. 2nd round hitters. But a huge difference in Kershaw and the next guy.