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The second column highlights the crapshoot of the draft as only the top two draft slots have a success rate of at least 80 percent while the rest of the slots are rather all over the place. For example, just 26 percent of players taken in the 18th spot of the draft have made it to the major leagues but 69 percent of players taken one spot after that have made it to the major leagues. The average WAR value per position can get a bet skewed by a single player as well. For example, the high number at 30 is due to Mike Schmidt and 31 is where Greg Maddux was taken.
This is not an exact science, but it is helpful to know how history has treated each position in the draft. You can find productive players anywhere in the first round, but once you get out of the top ten, there is at least a 30 percent chance your investment will never see the light of day.
A few thoughts about the first round:
- NL-only dynasty players that took Rendon before the draft assuming he was a lock to the Pirates have to be happy that both the Mariners and the Orioles passed on him. In mixed leagues, the fact Rendon won't have to play in Safeco Field is just as welcome.
- I know the wait will be long, but I'm more interested in Starling and Nimmo than I am the early pitchers. TINSTAAPP rings loud and clear for many and when in doubt on FAAB or draft day, I always go hitter.
- I love the Cron pick by the Angels and glad to see a guy that may need to play DH get taken by an American League team so Cron's climb to the big leagues will not be extended due to a positional issue as it is for NL prospects.
- The Rays fan in me hates the Red Sox got exactly what they needed and wanted in Parker and Swihart. That said, no chance I would invest FAAB on a first-round catcher given the history of the position as I covered last month.
- Speaking of the Rays, their two selections were not supposed to be in those slots. If they can get Guerreiri to forgo his commitment to South Carolina, he would be in their Top-10 prospect list next season. Mahtook could move through the organization quickly because there is not a lot in his way once Brandon Guyer and Desmond Jennings get out of Durham.
- While it is not a sexy pick, I am intrigued with Atlanta's selection of Gilmartin. He did not have a good first round of the NCAA Regionals, but I've seen him a few times on television and like how he pitches.
My apologies for the brevity this week but it is a terribly busy travel week for me which is why I can't make a radio appearance this week. I will, however, make a commitment to check the comments to this article a few times a day so please leave your questions about anything minor-league related and I will get back to you ASAP.