TuckerBlair89 wrote:This is one guy I have never seen pitch, and hopefully get a chance to seem him this year.
It sounds as if he could be a potential bullpen guy, but I question why he was drafted so high for just that.
In today's game the closer is often one of the three best pitchers on the team. I'm not sure I like that idea but it's a fact.
The idea of using a high draft pick on a late inning reliever is not new to this organization, or baseball. We chose Gregg Olson with the fourth pick of the 1988 draft. We also chose Jay Powell in 1993 and Alvie Shepherd in 1994 as our first picks. You could argue that first pick Beau Hale in 2000 was drafted to be a reliever. In 2009 the Nats used their 1st pick on Drew Storen. He was one of the guys I was hoping we would pick.
Clearly, a dominant starter has more value to a team than a dominant reliever but if that starter isn't there when your choice comes I don't see anything wrong with a first rate reliever.