We didn't come out here to play tiddlywinks, son.
I'm looking forward to the rant. Let's see. Last year's #1 is looking like he might never make it out of AA ball. Carlos Correa is hurt and who knows if he'll ever play at the same level again. The #1 picks aren't looking great, and now we don't even have a #1 pick. I want to see how the Astros can possibly spin this to make it look good.
Who might we draft with our two number one picks next season?
Relax and take a deep breath, Constable. Count to 10.
The way we are getting hammered in the press I'd like to see the GM's explanation.
I think we dodged a bullet and escaped with the 2nd pick next year. I'm mad that we didn't draft Jackson but the draft is a crap shoot.
It was just bad luck. The Astros did what was best for the team. Hopefully the MLB will see the need to have complete, detailed physicals BEFORE the draft.
The short term fallout is going to be significant, and I fully expect the Astros to get pounded in the press. We won't know if it is the right decision for a decade or so. That said, one could choose to focus on the fact that major league baseball is back, baby!! Personally, I will be watching the game today - mostly because of bets with my brother-in-law who is a white sox fan - and concentrating on the 2015 draft. Boom!
Stupid double poster. Dumbass.
There were consequences to the Crane/Luhnow rebuild model: Alienating most of the fan base;Not securing a healthy TV deal due to a lousy product;Setting futility records on the diamond; andLosing respect of the baseball community.BUT, they secured top picks and loads of signing money. It's been well worth it. Absolutely brilliant strategy.
It really bothers me how all these people who don't read EVERYTHING about it (like I do) give their input and are dead wrong. The Astros ARE NOT to blame and neither is the Aiken camp. The CBA is to blame because it doesn't allow for a pre-draft physical. Aiken has an abnormally small UCL (not damaged, just small) which isn't something that can just be taken care of with Tommy John. It's a medical concern that will very likely diminish his ceiling drastically. He likely won't be a front of the rotation starter. The fact that his UCL is small is likely contributing to his velocity. So this isn't something to take lightly on a 1-1 pick. The Astros did the right thing and the Aiken camp did what they thought was in their best interest. End of story. The Astros will still get a 1-2 pick next year and will likely target a college player who will reach the majors sooner than Aiken would have (health assumed). The only thing lost is the Nix signing. ONE PLAYER. The rest of the draft still has to speak for itself. The 2014 draft IS NOT a bust because of one player not signing.Not to mention, Crane and Jeff Luhnow BOTH said that the money will be reallocated. Maybe we will be able to outbid a team on a free agent with that money or something!P.S. What if he did sign? ...all that bad blood...
I concur with Ryan's last sentence. Once you talk about an injury and reducing the bonus, all rapport is lost.
I also agree with you, Ryan. The fact that it was a 1.1 pick is what riles people up but business wise, risk wise, and potential future impact wise this was an asumption that Luhnow and co. had to take. That's also the beauty of the MLB draft, there's loads of talent that can be found in all rounds, not just the top 10 (like MLB, NFL, etc).. Probably not much difference in a 1.1 pick this year and a 1.2 next.
The only real negative here is perception, most significantly with the agents. Close is well respected, and from what I've read he and Luhnow had previously had a good working relationship (brought up time and again during the Tanaka saga..). The fallout from the agent community I fear will force the Astros to overspend to bring in whatever free agents they do pursue. Prospect wise this is not a travesty, as the 1-2 pick in '15 has every bit as good a shot to be an all star or a bust as Aiken does.
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