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A couple of things, draft geeks…

First, my Top 20 is up over on MLB.com. Take a look and share your thoughts…

Second, I’m going to be chatting on the draft momentarily. Come and ask some questions, won’t you?

That’s it. As you were.

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So I was in your chat today but none of my questions were answered so thought I would post them here and see what happens.

I was told by someone that for a player to allow a team to redraft him, they have to give consent. I’ve noticed a few times you have the Jays taking Wallace. I was just curious if that is actually a rule, maybe where it came from (draftees aren’t in the MLBPA) and does that ever cause problems with a teams draft plans?

There were a couple other questions but I can’t remember them so I’ll just ask about Zach Stewart. How do you think he matches up with the likes of Fields, Cashner, Perry who keep being mentioned as first rounders? I thought Stewart was right up there with his plus-plus FB with nasty movement, pretty good slider and plus command.

Thanks as always.

Hey JFish. Sorry I didn’t get to your questions in the chat. I believe you are correct in terms of re-drafting, though I’ll have to check to see if it’s just in cases of re-drafting the following year. I’ll get back to you on that. I don’t think that it’s ever caused a real problem, though.

Stewart is up there, yes, and his power stuff does matchup. But he’s been a little hittable (.268 average against) and has walked 21 in 47 IP (not that the others haven’t had issues there). Fields and Cashner have been unhittable (Fields has a .092 batting average against!) and Perry has been lights out lately, which always helps. Also, as I pointed out, the fact that some see Perry as Cashner as possible starters will help their stock. I still think Stewart will go pretty well considering his arm strength and stuff.

No it’s cool, I understand how those things go. Only so many of 289375982 questions you can answer in an hours time.
Also I’ve read a lot of talk about Nieto the last week or two on various sites. Not so much from the analysts and bloggers but their readers. What is your take on him? Is he any relation to the Mets coach? It sounds like a lot of people think he could likely be the best C prospect in the draft but I haven’t heard any analysts or bloggers going out on that limb.
Thanks again.

Nieto is not related to the Mets coach. He’s got a good story, having come over from Cuba on a raft at age 4. His performance has been uneven this year, which hurt him early on. He’s come on strong lately and had a huge game in the Florida state championship the other night. Next up is the All-Star Game in Sebring, a chance to make a last impression. Best C prospect in the draft? No. He’s still behind at least Posey and Skipworth, if not others. But he might end up being a real nice draft in, say, the second round.

I’ve noticed two tiers of college hitters in this draft. Alvarez, Alonso, Smoak, Wallace, Davis, Posey and Beckham make up the first tier. Who would you say is the next best college bat after those guys? Gillaspie? Havens? Weeks? Someone else?

Hey, Johnathon. I had a question on the White Sox #8 pick. If Justin Smoak is available, why don’t they go after him? You have them going with the SS Gordon Beckham out of Georgia, with Smoak going #9 to the Nationals. Wouldn’t it make more sense for the Sox to take a guy like Smoak so when Thome retires (which I think will happen after the ’09 season), they can have Smoak play first and Konerko DH? A guy like Smoak just seems so rare to me…a switch-hitting power-hitter, with a ton of strength, and a solid glove. Even is Orlando Cabrera and Uribe leave the South Side after this year the Sox still have other middle infield options in Alexei Ramirez, Pablo Ozuna, Chris Getz in the farm, Josh Fields if they resigned Crede and converted him to a 2B, and free agency after the ’08 campaign. Could you give me some insight on what you think of my logic and their pick? Thanks.

Hey, Johnathon. I had a question on the White Sox #8 pick. If Justin Smoak is available, why don’t they go after him? You have them going with the SS Gordon Beckham out of Georgia, with Smoak going #9 to the Nationals. Wouldn’t it make more sense for the Sox to take a guy like Smoak so when Thome retires (which I think will happen after the ’09 season), they can have Smoak play first and Konerko DH? A guy like Smoak just seems so rare to me…a switch-hitting power-hitter, with a ton of strength, and a solid glove. Even is Orlando Cabrera and Uribe leave the South Side after this year the Sox still have other middle infield options in Alexei Ramirez, Pablo Ozuna, Chris Getz in the farm, Josh Fields if they resigned Crede and converted him to a 2B, and free agency after the ’08 campaign. Could you give me some insight on what you think of my logic and their pick? Thanks.

Hey guys, sorry, forgot to check the comments here for a bit. Let me get to your questions.

I think Havens is a nice choice for the top of that next tier. Saw him get three hits here at the SEC tourney yesterday. Nice player, not exciting, but nice. Weeks is one of the few college guys who looks to be able to hit a bit and run. Gillaspie will hit, but not for power. I’d also throw in the next tier of college 1B like David Cooper at Cal, Allan Dykstra at Wake Forest…and, if you’re searching, maybe an OF like Dennis Raben…

As for the White Sox pick, that’s not bad logic and it wouldn’t shock me if they were to take Smoak (or Wallace or Alonso for that matter). But while it is rare to find a switch-hitting power hitter as you say, middle infielders who can hit really don’t grow on trees, either. Even if Beckham can’t stay at short and ends up at 2B, to have a guy who’ll be good defensively there and hit the way he should, it’s hard to pass up. And as a White Sox fan, are you honestly excited about the MI options currently in the system? Listen, there’s a lot to still be decided and it could go in many ways, but I think most teams would take the MI with a bat like that over a 1B.

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