Re: Starts at the top
posted at 9/20/2011 11:14 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Starts at the top
[QUOTE]In Response to Starts at the top : Good points about the Rays ... David Price (2007) and Jeff Niemann (2004) were first-round picks who were taken before the Red Sox had a pick, but the Sox passed on James Shields (16th round, 2000), Wade Davis (3rd round, 2004) and Jeremy Hellickson (4th round, 2005).
Posted by hill55[/QUOTE]
The Rays have had a nice run -- everything goes in cycles -- but before we annoint Andrew Friedman as some kind of wunderkind GM, it's worth nothing that Nieman, Shields, Hellickson and Davis were all drafted by Chuck LaMar's regime.
Also remember, it was Duquette who passed on Shields in 2000.
And let's put some more context.
In 2004, the Sox had just one pick before Davis was drafted and took Pedroia in the second round, which of course was a much better pick. Davis has yet to show he's anything more than a mediocre starter (4.07 ERA last year, 4.41 ERA this year).
As for 2005, Hellickson was the fourth player the Rays took in that draft and the 118th overall. Here's who they took before him
As of now, Hellickson is the only one who has done anything.
Here's who the Sox took before Hellickson was drafted:
Hanson (disappointment but was used to get Bay)
Now you tell me, who drafted better in 2005.