Re: 2014 Draftees crack soxprospect rankings.
posted at 6/20/2014 6:32 AM EDT
In response to Kingface12's comment:
In response to ctredsoxfanhugh's comment:
1st pick Michael Chavis comes in at #12 behind Raphael Devers and in front of Sean Coyle.
the Sox 2nd first round pick Michael Kopech comes in at #17 right behind Trey Ball.
2nd round Sam Travis cracks the top 20 at 20.
3rd round pick Jake Cosart comes in at #26
11th rounder Karsten Whitson comes in at #50
and 5th rounder Joshua Ockimey comes in at #54.
Great.....so this years 1st round picks both are pretty much ranked the same or better than last years top 10 pick....... Didn't like the pick then....was proved right once he actually started throwing a baseball for our minor league teams....really don't like it now. Hopefully some of these picks start to pan out so they can be packaged for a good young, controllable stud pitcher or power OF bat.....
You can't judge a draftee when he is less than 40 innings into a career at 19, literally no one ever does that except fans that sit at home and scout the box score. The Sox drafted a raw pitcher they knew would take years to develop. So you weren't proven right, you just proved that you don't really know much about player development, and you have little patience. The Sox have switched strategy's the last couple years and moved onto drafting high school players. High School players are much more raw, just learning the game, and further away. The Sox often go safe college pitchers early but with one of baseballs strongest farms they've decided to increase their risk and go for higher ceiling high school players. Even if guys like Trey Ball, and Jon Denney become busts it's still a good strategy and there is ZERO validity to any argument that tries to say a kid, again, who has just turned 19 and in his first professional season, is a bust.
Michael Kopech will probably be the next 1st round draft pick people bash. He has a funky delivery and needs a major overhaul of his mechanics, that could lead to some pretty ugly numbers his first couple years. But if he puts it together the Sox will have a kid who is built for pitching and can touch 99 MPH.
Anyone the Sox drafted this year or last won't be high enough in the system to provide any real value for at least a couple years. So with one of the strongest systems in the league, they have all the chips to pull that trade off right now, at the trade deadline, or at the winter meetings....there is no waiting for them to pan out...they have that ammunition NOW. And I highly doubt the Sox are going to wait 2-3 years to try and fix the offense, they will do something at the deadline, and or in the winter.