I think there is a thread a little bit lower, but this is more of an "advice" topic than discussion. Though I am sure it could turn into a bit of a discussion.
I have the first and seventh overall draft picks in my league's Minors draft. It is just the players from the 2008 draft. My league values guys that are closer to the Majors over high school guys, though we certainly do have a spot for them (a guy like Tim Beckham would go probably in the middle of the 1st round). I'm not looking for pitchers too much.
For my first pick, I'm pretty much torn between Pedro Alvarez and Justin Smoak. I liked Alvarez a ton going into 2008, and though he got hurt and it really sapped his power and performance for the rest of the season, he is still, obviously, a top prospect. But I worry about how good he ends up, whether he sticks at 3B, and the Pirates anemic offense. Smoak also has a ton of upside. He can absolutely mash, has good fundamentals at the plate (solid BB and K numbers), and has big-time power. Plus, hitting in that stadium in that lineup is pretty attractive - Hamilton, Young, Davis, Kinsler, Cruz - that's some solid protection. But do I pass on him to take Alvarez, a guy with unlimited potential?
For the seventh pick, I am looking at the Beckham's, possibly (but unlikely Alonso), Posey, Hicks, Wallace. I doubt I would draft Tim Beckham or Aaron Hicks, simply because they are too far away and the talent that will hopefully still be available would be tough to pass on. I really like Buster Posey, but he'll probably be taken - plus, he has the San Francisco effect. Brett Wallace is another guy, but he's going to be very blocked because he cannot play anywhere except 1B. I am a huge fan of Gordon Beckham in Chi-Town - the ball flies out there, he's got some serious pop, and they're sticking him at 2B.
So what do you guys think?
OF (x3): CarGo, M. Bourn, D. Jennings
UTIL (x2): E. Encarnacion, C. Hart
BN: Cuddyer, C. Ross, J. Montero
SP: Price, Gallardo, T. Hudson, Lester
RP: Chapman, Jansen, Rodney, Putz, Cishek, Bailey