HulkSmash wrote:Yes, he's a good pitcher, but I still can't fathom the idea of taking Santana in the first round, especially the first pick. I'm kind of past the idea of taking Lugo, allbeit, he's a decent utility pick. Granderson and Lowry are alright too, still would think of trading/dropping them.
Santana was the 4th pick in the 1st round. It is a CVERY rare darft where Santana does not go in the 1st round ... and Santana usually goes in the Top 6 picks.
The good thing if you end up with Santana is that you do not have to worry about starting pitching for another 7-8 rounds.
We had suggested Santana with the 4th pick, if he fell there, given who was taken with the 1st 3 picks (cannot remember who, but Pujols and reyes, I think, were in the 1st 3, and maybe Soriano). We then recommended making sure he got the 2 best available hitters with his next 2 picks.
I suggested getting a strong MI in the 1st 5 picks, if one was available ... and CONSIDERING a closer, if a top flight SECURE one was available. But after Santana, other than maybe a secure closer, to focus on HITTING in the first 8-10 rounds.
I thought he did a good job ... and being able to get Freel and Phillips, back to back, was a good fill of his MI, with Freel's position flexibility a bonus ... and needed pick up of SB's.
Harden is a gamble, but a HUGE potential steal in the 14th round.
His position make-up goes like this:
C - Johjima
1B/3B/CI - Delgado, Chavez, Lugo
2B/SS/MI - Tejada, Phillips, Freel, Lugo (repeated)
OF - Sizemore, Matsui, Freel Willingham, Granderson
UT - Hafner
SP - Santana, Cain, Haren, Harden, Lowry
Closers - Ryan, Hoffman
RP - Zumaya, Broxton