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Postby baseballchick123 » Sun Jun 13, 2004 3:00 pm

Too much pitching in the draft?

Over 56% of the draftees in the first 5 rounds were pitchers. The yanks and sox even advertise their lust for pitchers in the draft on their websites. Is this gonna turn the tide on a hitting-based MLB?

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Postby wkelly91 » Sun Jun 13, 2004 3:07 pm

I agree too much :-?
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Postby baseballchick123 » Sun Jun 13, 2004 3:12 pm

me too..........wait this was my post. :-B

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Postby Andy1234 » Sun Jun 13, 2004 4:16 pm

Pitchers always seem to be drafted in bunches in the MLB draft, so I went and looked up past drafts and here is what I came up with.

2004 - 53% were pitchers (I know you said 56%, I counted twice)
2003 - 46%
2002 - 51%
2001 - 53%
2000 - 57%
1995 - 50%
1990 - 45%
1985 - 47%
1980 - 46%

For most of the last 10 years, pitchers have been going at around 52%, so 2004 was a little high but I think its a bit early to signify the start of a big change. If the trend continues upward then we could look back and say that this was the begining.

From my data it looks like a change was made in the early 90's toward more pitchers being drafted.
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Postby LBJackal » Sun Jun 13, 2004 5:31 pm

She said in the first 5 rounds 56% were pitchers. I'm not even sure if that's an anomaly, or if it's normal for hitters to be drafted near the end of the draft :-? But either way, I don't see much of a change. Except a lot fo the focus seemed to be on Jered Weaver and those Rice guys. Maybe that's why we get the feeling that it's pitcher-based. But I'm sure the Rickie Weeks/BJ Upton/Delmon Young/Prince Fielder cal;ibre hitters will appear within a year.
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Postby Andy1234 » Sun Jun 13, 2004 5:34 pm

All my percentages were for the first 5 rounds of the draft, I wasn't about to look at 50 rounds for each year.
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Postby baseballchick123 » Sun Jun 13, 2004 6:03 pm

Andy1234 wrote:2004 - 53% were pitchers (I know you said 56%, I counted twice)


I just added quickly once...i suck at math. Sorry bout the error guys. :,-(
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Postby LBJackal » Sun Jun 13, 2004 8:51 pm

Andy1234 wrote:All my percentages were for the first 5 rounds of the draft, I wasn't about to look at 50 rounds for each year.


Oh I thought you got the stats from somewhere. Geez, that's still a lot of work to do. And I still think that since the draft focused on Weaver/Rice pitchers people think it's pitcher based. But probably nothing out of the ordinary.
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Postby wkelly91 » Mon Jun 14, 2004 7:20 am

I guess I was looking at this from a different angle when presented. When Chick brought it up I thought about drafting from a fantasy baseball perspective.

I think you would have a better chance of a position player panning out in a draft of young players than a pitcher. In "Moneyball" Beene never drafted High school phenoms because statistically they just didn't payoff as often as college pitchers. :-?
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