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Dave Cameron of Fangraphs gave a quick thought about the #1 pick in the 2016 draft.
College pitchers succeed more often — in addition to guys like Carlos Rodon andGerrit Cole in the last five years, colleges also get to boast David Price andStephen Strasburg a few years before that — but neither Puk nor Hansen seems to be the kind of consensus top selection that those guys were, and equating the best college arms in a weak draft class with past elite prospects simply because they’re also pitching for NCAA schools seems intellectually dishonest.
So for the second time in three years, there seems to be a decent chance that a high school pitcher could go #1 overall, after having it not happen for over two decades. And given that there doesn’t appear to be any real low-risk option on the board this year, it might not be entirely crazy.
Bryan Grosnick of Beyond the Box Score talked about how position changes and team needs change a players legacy.
Most players probably aren’t considering their long-term legacies when they swap positions. The changes they make aren’t likely to move the needle in huge amounts in any direction, so it’s more important for these players to consider their teams’ needs, and the immediate challenges presented by practicing the skills needed to succeed in the place they’ve been moved to. When we perform our analysis, it may color our perceptions of players on the fringes, especially now that we understand the importance of defensive value. Greatness often wins out, but sometimes a player on the cusp of All-Star, Hall of Fame, or MVP status might be pushed under the imaginary line.
It’s important to remember that sometimes, teams put players in a position where their overall numbers (by WAR), ability to win awards, or legacy can all be affected. And it’s simply by running them out, day after day, at a less than optimal position. What’s good for the team is not always what’s best for the player’s Baseball-Reference page.
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