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  1. List is missing Justin Upton, drafted as a SS.

    Comment by Dre — May 26, 2010 @ 11:17 am

  2. Just looking at 1988-2002 here. Will check in on the 2003-2009 guys tomorrow. You can bet Upton will be mentioned.

    Comment by Bryan Smith — May 26, 2010 @ 11:20 am

  3. If you can forget to mention Matt Bush it would be appreciated.

    Comment by Drakos — May 26, 2010 @ 11:33 am

  4. This strikes me as potentially really, really valuable research for any club’s scouting department. I wonder what teams, if any, conduct this research angle and adjust their scouting and draft priorities accordingly.

    Comment by ClosetM'sFan — May 26, 2010 @ 12:03 pm

  5. totally missed the time range… d’oh!

    Comment by Dre — May 26, 2010 @ 12:27 pm

  6. Seems to me the moral is to draft the best athlete you can afford. Coaches can improve skills and athletic players can learn new positions.

    The difficult part seems to ne seperating a player’s performance from their level of competition … Especially among HS players. Elite travel teams may make this simpler as elite prospects will play with and against each other more often.

    Comment by Circlechange11 — May 26, 2010 @ 8:53 pm

  7. I’m surprised moe SS don’t move to C since both positions require quick feet, agility, soft hands and a rocket arm as well as being a general in terms of defensive strategy.

    Perhaps the move does happen … Just at the college level.

    Comment by Circlechange11 — May 26, 2010 @ 8:57 pm

  8. Circle, I was listening to an interview on XM/MLB channel with Buster Posey yesterday. I believe he stated he used to play SS but was converted to a catcher in college. Just one instance, but still…you could easily be right.

    Comment by Heather — May 27, 2010 @ 1:18 am

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