With all the talk of Bourn and the 11th pick in the draft I thought I’d look for myself to see what an 11th pick in an MLB Draft can return. I pay absolutely no attention to the MLB Draft so I came into this with no idea what I would find. Maybe the 11 is a total waste of time, maybe it is gold.
With the 11th pick in the 2000 Draft the Brewers took…..Dave Kryznel.
I needed to Google Dave. Dave got 47 PAs in 2004 with Milwaukee and batted .220. In 2005 he 0 for 7 PAs, and for those of you who like OPS, his OPS is listed as minus 100 whatever that means. Is that even possible?
With the 11th pick in the 2001 Draft the Tigers took….Kenny Baugh.
I had to Google him too. Kenny went 55-47 in a seven year minor league career and never made it for even a cup of coffee.
I have heard of 2002′s Jeremy Hermida. He may not be great but he’s had a major league career. 2003′s “Robert Aubrey” played 2 years with the Orioles as Michael Aubrey.
2004′s Neil Walker is an OFer with the Pirates…and right about now his 2012 stats of .280 14 and 69 are numbers you’d take from Cowgill/Baxter in a heartbeat.
In 2005 the 11 got you Andrew McCutchen who would look great not only in the lineup but would look great on the cover of the yearbook.
2006′s Max Scherzer may not excite you but he is 52-42 in the majors.
2007′s Phillipe Aumomt made it to the bigs in 2012 with the Phillies.
And while 2008′s Justin Smoake might not light up your eyes, keep in mind he was included in the 2010 trade by the Rangers to get Cliff Lee from Seattle.
Aaron James Crow has an awesome name, and he’s played in two major league seasons so far with the Royals.
I’ll stop there because then the guys get a little too young to even look at yet.
10 seasons – one McCutchen, a few bona fide major leaguers and a few busts.
Would you take a 1 in 10 chance in Sandy picking a McCutchen? I’d rather take that shot than having locked in four years of Bourn money for a 2013 team that I think is going nowhere. Putting lipstick on a pig might change the win total from 63 wins to 68…but keep in mind this team won 74 games in 2012 with the Cy Young. Even if Matt Harvey goes 20-6, there are a lot of wins to be found to get this team to 95 victories. Michael Bourn was not a 20 game difference maker. I’ll try my luck that there’s a McCutchen to be found at number 11.