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It was an honest tank.  There was no utility in winning, but greater utility instead in seeing what the kids could do. It was a product of a vast and unsympathetic logic with good intent.  If Jeremy Bentham were alive he would wet his pants with joy. 

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Some recent number 5 draft picks:

2018 - Johnathan India

2017 - Kyle Wright

2016 - Corey Ray

2015 - Kyle Tucker

2014 - Nick Gordon

2013 - Clint Frazier

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41 minutes ago, Mr. Bigglesworth said:

I think 'The Honest Tank' is a good name for a solid children's story.

I like it.  The Little Engine that Could's not so popular cousin.  

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4 hours ago, irvink said:

Some recent number 5 draft picks:

2018 - Johnathan India

2017 - Kyle Wright

2016 - Corey Ray

2015 - Kyle Tucker

2014 - Nick Gordon

2013 - Clint Frazier

We're doomed, might as well restart the rebuild.

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8 hours ago, IdahoBert said:

It was an honest tank.  There was no utility in winning, but greater utility instead in seeing what the kids could do. It was a product of a vast and unsympathetic logic with good intent.  If Jeremy Bentham were alive he would wet his pants with joy. 

Jeremy Bentham, wow.  Last seen in a History of Political Economy class in about 1971.

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Jeremy Bentham was still working on his changeup, last I checked. 

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59 minutes ago, Charles Liston said:

Jeremy Bentham, wow.  Last seen in a History of Political Economy class in about 1971.

Thank you. More still, I likened Bentham’s utilitarianism to a “vast unsympathetic logic” which is how HG Wells described the Martians in War of the Worlds.  I’ve never read that book — and probably no more Jeremy Bentham than anyone else — but I’ve seen the movies and that line is memorable. 

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10 names from Henning

1. Bobby Witt Jr., SS, 6-1, 185, Heritage High, Colleyville, Texas: Son of a former big-league pitcher, this teen has five-tool plus scores.

2. Adley Rutschman, C, 6-2, 215, Oregon State: Switch-hitter with Jake Rogers-grade talents behind the plate.

3. Shea Langeliers, C, 6-0, 190, Baylor: Right there with Rutschman. Could be an intriguing duel next spring between him and Rutschman.

4. Riley Greene, OF, 6-2, 190, Hagerty High, Ovieda, Fla.: Might not make it to No. 5 overall, all because of left-handed power and fine corner-outfield skills.

5. Matt Wallner, OF, 6-5, 220, Southern Mississippi: Not a bad early wager here. The Tigers need precisely this brand of first baseman in their system. And while Wallner ranks as a corner outfielder and pitcher, first base is an easy option for a player so athletic.

6. Rece Hinds, SS/3B, 6-4, 210, Niceville (Fla.) High: Top-shelf power and a plus arm could make him an even earlier pick. He’s a right-handed stick and almost surely will be gobbled up somewhere in the Top 10.

7. C.J. Abrams, SS, 6-2, 185, Blessed Trinity High, Roswell, Ga.: Terrific athlete with speed, an arm, and major offensive upside.

8. Bryson Stott, SS, 6-3, 195, Nevada-Las Vegas: Had a nice summer at the Cape Cod League and might slide into the Top 5 by June. He’s a left-handed hitter, which doesn’t hurt.

9. Braden Shewmake, SS, 6-4, 190, Texas A&M: Another big, left-hand stick who could shift to first base.

10. Drew Mendoza, 3B, 6-4, 220, Florida State: Major power from the left side, which makes him one worth inspecting as the Tigers release the scouting hounds when college baseball gets rolling in February.

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11 hours ago, RatkoVarda said:

10 names from Henning

1. Bobby Witt Jr., SS, 6-1, 185, Heritage High, Colleyville, Texas: Son of a former big-league pitcher, this teen has five-tool plus scores.

2. Adley Rutschman, C, 6-2, 215, Oregon State: Switch-hitter with Jake Rogers-grade talents behind the plate.

3. Shea Langeliers, C, 6-0, 190, Baylor: Right there with Rutschman. Could be an intriguing duel next spring between him and Rutschman.

4. Riley Greene, OF, 6-2, 190, Hagerty High, Ovieda, Fla.: Might not make it to No. 5 overall, all because of left-handed power and fine corner-outfield skills.

5. Matt Wallner, OF, 6-5, 220, Southern Mississippi: Not a bad early wager here. The Tigers need precisely this brand of first baseman in their system. And while Wallner ranks as a corner outfielder and pitcher, first base is an easy option for a player so athletic.

6. Rece Hinds, SS/3B, 6-4, 210, Niceville (Fla.) High: Top-shelf power and a plus arm could make him an even earlier pick. He’s a right-handed stick and almost surely will be gobbled up somewhere in the Top 10.

7. C.J. Abrams, SS, 6-2, 185, Blessed Trinity High, Roswell, Ga.: Terrific athlete with speed, an arm, and major offensive upside.

8. Bryson Stott, SS, 6-3, 195, Nevada-Las Vegas: Had a nice summer at the Cape Cod League and might slide into the Top 5 by June. He’s a left-handed hitter, which doesn’t hurt.

9. Braden Shewmake, SS, 6-4, 190, Texas A&M: Another big, left-hand stick who could shift to first base.

10. Drew Mendoza, 3B, 6-4, 220, Florida State: Major power from the left side, which makes him one worth inspecting as the Tigers release the scouting hounds when college baseball gets rolling in February.

We need one of the SSs.

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On 10/2/2018 at 9:37 AM, LooseGoose said:

We need one of the SSs.

While we need pitching, the problem with the SS is they are all high schools. I think the Tigers would prefer a college bat.

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58 minutes ago, Keepleyland2 said:

While we need pitching, the problem with the SS is they are all high schools. I think the Tigers would prefer a college bat.

I’m not sure that it matters at this point.  A very good HS player should be ready after 3-4 seasons in the minors, which has him in position to contribute by 2023, which is within our anticipated timeframe.  Just get the best guy available.

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1 hour ago, Tenacious D said:

I’m not sure that it matters at this point.  A very good HS player should be ready after 3-4 seasons in the minors, which has him in position to contribute by 2023, which is within our anticipated timeframe.  Just get the best guy available.

A HS guy under the best case scenerio will be reaching the bigs in 3 years after his draft. So 2023 under the best case just to reach the bigs, Then a couple years of development. Might not be a really good piece until 2026. 

Hence why they probably perfer a college bat. 

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2 hours ago, Tenacious D said:

I’m not sure that it matters at this point.  A very good HS player should be ready after 3-4 seasons in the minors, which has him in position to contribute by 2023, which is within our anticipated timeframe.  Just get the best guy available.

This is how I see it.  Get the best talent you can into the system and don't worry about estimated time to reach the majors.  

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1 minute ago, tiger337 said:

 

This is how I see it.  Get the best talent you can into the system and don't worry about estimated time to reach the majors.  

Sure, but you can still prefer one thing over the other. You don't only go with Righthanded pitching, or college bat or people born in July. But, its silly not to have a preference. 

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3 minutes ago, Keepleyland2 said:

Sure, but you can still prefer one thing over the other. You don't only go with Righthanded pitching, or college bat or people born in July. But, its silly not to have a preference. 

You can have a preference, but I still think you always have draft the best player available even if it doesn't match your preference.  Maybe if there are two players they value equally, they might take college guy.  

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12 minutes ago, tiger337 said:

You can have a preference, but I still think you always have draft the best player available even if it doesn't match your preference.  Maybe if there are two players they value equally, they might take college guy.  

If there is any predisposition, it should toward HS hitters. I think it costs a hitter more to lose professional time between 18 and 21/22 than it does a pitcher.

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Draft a toolsy High School OF... so we can trade him next OF for a Cano/Diaz package = 2020 AL Central Champ.  

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1 hour ago, irvink said:

Draft a toolsy High School OF... so we can trade him next OF for a Cano/Diaz package = 2020 AL Central Champ.  

YES

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2 hours ago, Charles Liston said:

I want a high school first baseman whose nickname is Spaz.

He could follow Daz in the lineup.

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