The thinking with Cecchini is that an average major league shortstop has more value than average major leaguers at other positions.
Courtney Hawkins is a corner outfielder which are much easier to find.
>>>"I have read scouting reports."<<<
What is relevant is how he does, not what one or two scouts out of a bunch might have said about him.
The only way to truly know what a kid is or isn't, is to put in the time and patience to find out. He's been here for a mere heartbeat so far. You have to wait at least a couple years to gauge your picks. That's what player development is all about.
Some of the people on this site killed Omar for picking Ike and Harvey at the top of their draft. And they really killed Omar even more when Ike had a bad first season in the minors. But then Ike took off after that and never looked back. And Harvey was steller and is in the majors now.
It's about patience and not being reactionary. It a process, not a fast food order.
>>>"He is projected as a .280 hitter, 10 -15 HR's, average defender at SS, average speed"<<<
while the consensus seems to be that he was fairly polished and "safe" for a hs pick, there was relatively little upside in comparison to the average 1st round hs pick, which tends to have more risk but also more possible reward
that is really why i continue to dislike the pick...while a league average short stop certainly has value, there is very little chance that he ever evolves into more
From what Ive read, he's not seen as a potential superstar player, but could be a very good-to-All Star caliber player.
I think there are variations in the scouting reports - which one expects for all but the most elite of the elite prospects.
PLUS hitter. Line drive gap-to-gap. Only modest power. Average-to-PLUS defenderPLUS speed PLUS intangiblesPLUS leadership skillsPLUS work ethic
All of this could mean something, or nothing. I think we have to wait longer and find out.
yeah i just prefer that, if they going after a hs guy that is so far away, they go upside ...thats why i liked the nimmo pick
to me, if you are going to go safe, you may as well draft a college guy who will by that guy in 2 years instead of 5....i dont really think that gavin had more upside than the college players that were taken around the same time, even though hes not much more of a risk than those guys either (just will take much longer)
Using your own .280/10-15, do you know how many MLB SS hit that last year? Four. Starlin Castro, Jose Reyes, Ian Desmond, and Derek Jeter.
Anyway, BA ranked Cecchini as our best position player prospect, and second behind Wheeler before our acquisition of guys in the Dickey trade. I did not want Cecchini, but let's stop acting like he was an absolutely horrible pick and can't be valuable at a premium position, even with his bat.