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Yoda wrote:I'd go with Wright, Utley then Reyes.
Wright is getting better and he already has a 30-30 season under his belt. Utley over Reyes simply because I value power over speed in early rounds.
OneLoveBoomer wrote:As many know, I am all for picking Utley first among these three -- I actually pick him third overall. I have a few reasons. First and most obviously, he's the top at his position...which is actually a pretty useless argument because of course he is -- he's a first round pick. But there is something to say for plugging his numbers in at 2B. I don't buy many arguments about others approaching him this season.
The other reason is a more practical one that I've come to find through a series of mock drafts. Picking Utley first guarantees a solid 2B that no one else approaches, and leaves you to value pick your other positions in the next four rounds or so. In one draft I just picked Utley first, then used my next two on Carlos Lee and Carl Crawford (sweet! ... 12 teamer). It is entirely reasonable to expect that I could swing around and grab Aramis or Atkins (though maybe not, and if I was that worried about 3B I could have spent it instead of Crawford here). Value picks on Berkman or Hafner can take care of 1B very nicely, and I have been able to grab Jeter in the 4th round quite regularly. In drafts where I haven't picked Utley first, I really dislike the prospect of spending too early on Phillips or Cano, and dislike filling the roster spot with a Polanco or someone of that sort. In this year's draft particularly, value grabs are easy to come by, especially since the young hype players are pushing solid vet picks to attractive places. Bobby Abreu and the 5th round is a regular grab! In short, put yourself far ahead at 2B first and get steals at your other spots. (oh, and for pitching, go grab Halladay and Oswalt really late).
Many will disagree with this position, which is of course fine. I think Utley is a fantastic early first round pick.
Yoda wrote:Position is overrated in the early rounds. I'll take the guy who is 4 years younger and his best season which also happens to be the last season is better than the older guy has ever done.
OneLoveBoomer wrote:Yoda wrote:Position is overrated in the early rounds. I'll take the guy who is 4 years younger and his best season which also happens to be the last season is better than the older guy has ever done.
Generally I agree, but there is an element of degree involved. I wouldn't take just anyone too early because they provide better than average numbers at a scarce position, but this is Utley we're talking about. If you can get: .332AVG 22HR 103RBI 104R 9SB in the same season in which you broke your hand, and you can provide those numbers at the ultra-scarce 2B position, then you've qualified as a very early 1st round pick in my books. To that end, I also defer to jfg's arguments pertaining to Reyes and Wright above (except that I add Atkins to his good 3B list).
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