This article is part of our The Z Files series.
Earlier this week, Dissection of an Early Draft, Part One was posted. Here is the exciting conclusion. Sorry, I guess I've been watching too many two-part episodes of the Six Million Dollar Man.
By means of a quick reminder, I co-manage this team with a guy who has a bionic voice, Derek VanRiper. I'll do my best to minimize "We took him because he's good at baseball"-level analysis and focus on some of the behind the scenes build-up to each pick.
13.191 Triston McKenzie
As was discussed last time, we were full throttle in the "get your guy" portion of the draft. We had both been mentioning McKenzie for a few rounds. Our starters to this point are Corbin Burnes, Logan Webb, Shane McClanahan and Logan Gilbert, so we're taking on significant risk in terms of lacking a foundation with a track record. Even with Burnes, it can be argued he hasn't proven he's worthy of a first round pick. Shown? Yes, but not proven, there's a difference.
Even so, I could tell DVR was intrigued with McKenzie, as am I. We're not concerned about the perceived durability issues since he's such a thin guy. Cleveland has a knack for managing their arms to maximize production. The exchange went a little something like this:
Todd Zola, Oct 7, 3:08 PM
I think we're close to, if not in "if we like McKenzie, we better get McKenzie" territory.
Derek VanRiper, Oct 7, 3:44 PM