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By The Baseball Beginnings Guy
March 13, 2012
Number 4 on the Compton Countdown, it’s a philosophical pick: left-handed pitcher or raw power. Teenage lefty who can touch 94-95 and pitch at 91-93 or bat speed kids with raw power.
I love pitching, I do, I really do, but can you name me 10 guys in the major leagues with plus, plus raw power? Good, neither can I.
Therefore, Max, who on some lists in SoCal this year is probably two, goes four for me on this list. And it’s still rough, because I like Fried. But let me explain how I think and understand that I think the top four guys on this list are all going to be major league regulars.
It’s gutty and even risky and probably an unconventional pick in this industry, but it’s fine by me. I gotta have hitters with raw power in an age of pitchers. I just do. This is a damn good pitching draft and there are very, very few hitters I have seen who are major league regulars with power for me. Hey, I’m sorry, blame my old boy Bob Zuk for teaching me to respect power when I see it. (Alas, he wanted Ryan Klesko and got cross-checked into some other dude instead. Damn, Bob was pissed.)
I have to go with the raw power at 3 and 2, which means Max Fried slips to 4 in this itty bitty little countdown which makes great content but really means a whole lot of nothing.
And this reminds me, I never used to do lists on this site, why did I start now? Serioulsy, preference lists inside the baseball industry are savage — draft table discussions are brutally honest and cut-throat. Machiavelli could be in some draft rooms and say, “Damn, guys, take it easy.” I hate rankings because it makes me say why I don’t like players, which I HATE doing. So this is it. From now on, I’m keeping all my rankings in-house.