The MLB Draft is today, and as I’ve said before, this is a pivotal draft for this current administration. Who are the Reds going to draft? Who should they draft?

Let’s discuss this draft, and previous drafts, right here. Feel free to use this as an open thread to discuss the draft as it happens this evening, as well. Remember, the draft is going to be televised in part, on MLB Network.

Here are Redleg Nation‘s exclusive Draft Trackers for previous years: 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003. These are always linked over in the right sidebar, and they’re an interesting resource. Bill Lack does a great job keeping these updated for us.

So, what are your thoughts about the draft?

UPDATE: The Reds have selected Mike Leake, a RHP from Arizona State University, with their first pick in the 2009 MLB Draft. Initial impression: strong selection for the Reds. I’m a fan of Leake.

24 Responses

  1. Rich

    I would take Matzek if he is still available. If not, I think that I would take Leake. He has a small frame, but he has been outstanding in college. He also has pretty good mechanics, and three quality pitches. He might be another Roy Oswalt in the making?

  2. doug

    Its starting to look like Aaron Crow is going to drop. If he is there for the Reds and they pass on him, I would be fairly disappointed. They loved him last year and if he is there again and they don’t take him, it would really surprise me.

  3. GregD

    What would you expect for the signability of someone like Crow. Does it hurt or help his bonus/salary demands? He wouldn’t want to play another year of independent ball, yet would still think he’s worth as much as he was last year…in the background is the worsening of the economy and the scaling back of free agent $contracts last year.

  4. doug

    I would offer Crow the same contract we gave Alonso last year.

  5. Josh

    I’d like to see Crow or Matzek. Keith Law has Crow dropping to round two because of signability issues, but like you said, GregD, i don’t see him wanting to go another year of Indy League ball and put off his eventual FA another year. How sweet would Crow look at 43?

    In Matzek I have to claim preference for a power lefty on the hill. Hopefully the Reds just go with what makes sense. I like drafting the best avialable, so hopefully they stick with that. Its all I can really ask for.

  6. Josh

    Matt, I thought the EXACT same thing. If they leave Jay Bruce off, there is little credibility.

  7. Sultan of Swaff

    Looking back at the last few drafts, we seem to have done pretty well, especially compared to the Cubs. In broad terms, what do you guys consider the bare minimum a draft should produce? For me, the goal should be one ML rotation or positional starter, two role players, and a reliever. Is that too much?

  8. RiverCity Redleg

    In the 2nd round, I’d love to see them take Chris Dominguez out of UofL. I’m not sure what the scouts are saying about him, but watching him play for three years, I know this kid is a gamer. He hits for power and average, and I’m not a UofL fan at all (I am just the opposite), but this kid can play.

  9. Chris

    Yes, quite a bit. Multiply that out by a few years, and you exceed the number of spots on the roster by quite a bit – once you account for foreign players who aren’t subject to the draft. One starter + a contributor + some guys traded as prospects = a successful draft.

  10. Mike

    What’s happened to Kyle Gibson? He was a consensus top 5 pick and I’ve seen drafts without him even in the 1st round.

    If he fell all the way to the 2nd he’d be a steal, although I guess he’s a junior so he could go back to school.

  11. Rich

    Gibson is hurt, but I have read that Reds still like him. From what I have read recently, a lot of people think that the Reds will have a shot at either Crowe or Leake?

  12. Bill Lack

    I think the Sultan has a great question..how do you define a good draft?

    To me, I look at it in terms of prospects…guys that can play at the ML level. It’s great to have future All Stars, but I don’t think that’s a given EVER and is be far the exception, not the rule. I’d rather have a lot of guys playing productive minor league baseball and moving up at least a level per year… then when they get to the bigs, I’ll take my chances.

  13. Bill Lack

    I may have said this the other day, but man, the Reds ’03 draft was awful…Chris Dickerson is the only player from that Reds draft still in baseball.

  14. GregD

    The 2003 draft was about 1 month before Bowden was fired?

  15. brublejr

    You take whoever you think is the best player available. This year’s class is pretty weak at the top in everything but pitching, so it should be a pitcher.

    Out of the draft as a whole, I’d like to see a decent catching prospect, a SS who will actually project to stay as a SS, and sinkerball pitchers with some control.

  16. Chad Dotson

    I’m pretty happy with the selection of Leake. He’s a college guy, so less risk, and he reminds me of Roy Oswalt and/or Tim Hudson.

  17. Mark in CC

    Not a bad pick. He looked good the other night.

  18. Mark in CC

    Wasn’t Mike Leake, Kelly Leake’s dad in the Bad News Bears?

  19. Sean

    Billy Hamilton (2nd Round pick 3-sport athlete) said this after being drafted by the Reds:
    “I think I’m going (with) baseball,” Hamilton, a shortstop and outfielder, said moments after his selection. “I really don’t know yet, but I’m pretty sure I am, though.”

    So that’s good! Supposedly, he is a tremendous athlete and could be a steal in the draft if he chooses baseball.

  20. Matt Steele

    I’m not a big fan of our 2nd pick, that guy from USC Brad Boxberger but I thought Leake was a good pick… I’m intrigued by this Hamilton guy…. any word on whether or not he’s going to stick with baseball?