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  1. Moskos vs. Wieters was easy to understand. The Pirates didn’t want to fork over the greenbacks. Moskos over Heyward was just plain insanity. They were not on the same level talent-wise, and (not that this is particularly important), the Pirates did have need of Heyward’s abilities (terrific hitting corner OF).

    Comment by Mike Green — June 7, 2010 @ 2:51 pm

  2. The only team considering Heyward before the Braves pick that year was Florida. Scouts just never got a chance to see him. The East Cobb baseball program (best in the country) discouraged its players from participating in national showcases (where cheap teams do the majority of their HS scouting) and scouts rarely got to see him swing in HS because he got pitched around constantly and never took BP on the field, opting to do so in the cage instead. Most teams just never got any sort of read on how good he actually was, so I think its tough to place any blame on the blame on the Pirates for passing on him.

    Comment by Alex — June 7, 2010 @ 3:02 pm

  3. “The only team considering Heyward before the Braves pick that year was Florida.”

    This is inaccurate. It was revealed after the draft that Heyward was a back-up plan for a lot of teams in front of the Braves, but the perfect storm allowed him to drop. You are right that he didn’t get to show scouts much as a high school senior, but it’s just not true that there weren’t others considering him.

    Comment by Bryan Smith — June 7, 2010 @ 3:05 pm

  4. How about seriously considering then? I’m not sure what teams said after the fact and when they said it, but the Braves were clearly very confident that only one team picking ahead of them might actually take him. They were in constant contact with Heyward, and I get the feeling that he didn’t think any other team, outside Florida, was considering him prior to the Braves pick. Heck, Florida wanted him to come in and hit at a private workout, but he declined because he wanted Atlanta to pick him. Not to mention consistently lowballing his own size (apparently listed at 6’1″ 198 lbs at one showcase he went to).

    Comment by Alex — June 7, 2010 @ 3:13 pm

  5. Also, on the Tony Sanchez pick, isn’t it obvious now why they made the move? They didn’t want to overpay with their top pick, instead choosing to go overslot on a lot of their later round picks. At this point we can’t judge if it was a smart move or not, but I think the willingness to think outside the box was at least a step in the right direction.

    Comment by Alex — June 7, 2010 @ 3:19 pm

  6. Love this kind of article… Definitely need more of it wrt draft hype and predictions in general.

    Comment by GZ — June 7, 2010 @ 3:26 pm

  7. Jason Heyward was pretty obviously a beast, and most observers thought so at the time. That other teams didn’t choose him reflects (except in the case of Wieters) a widespread error of the type that led quite a few teams to pass over Frank Thomas. It amazes me that teams still do not take adequate account of strike zone judgment from time to time, and this would be one of those instances.

    But, to choose Moskos over Heyward in the Pirates’ position takes a special kind of, um, quality.

    Comment by Mike Green — June 7, 2010 @ 3:28 pm

  8. I thought it was common knowledge that Heyward would goto UCLA if Atlanta did not draft him.

    Comment by Dw — June 7, 2010 @ 3:47 pm

  9. Alex — I will give you some credit. On draft day, reviewing Kevin Goldstein’s mock draft from that year ( — it seems that only the Rockies and Marlins were seriously considering Heyward. I think I’ve projected my own curiosity as to why the Brewers weren’t interested — they were drafting for power, after all.

    Comment by Bryan Smith — June 7, 2010 @ 3:53 pm

  10. No problem, it seems like Heyward was a guy that actually got more love from the media and fans than from actual teams. I guess scouts not getting to see him swing enough and thinking he was too passive at the plate turned a lot of teams off. Seems silly in retrospect, but how many of us would be pushing for our team to take a guy we saw swing a couple times with our jobs as a scout depending on it?

    Comment by Alex — June 7, 2010 @ 3:59 pm

  11. Re: Minor and the criticism of college players in general being what they are. Can we please stop? Very few college pitchers start as freshmen, their catchers often have no idea what they’re doing, and in almost no programs are they developed for the major leagues but rather pitch to win college games. Just different. That said, I believe Minor pitched in the Cape and maybe wasn’t much different, but that is a testament to the Braves staff for seeing a quick arm that wasn’t getting the velo he was capable of instead of just going along with the industry storyline.

    Comment by Paul — June 7, 2010 @ 4:01 pm

  12. I think the ultimate head scratcher (my polite term for this pick as a Rockies fan) is still Greg Reynolds. Longoria, Morrow, Andrew Miller, Kershaw, Lincecum, Scherzer. Reynolds didnt ever do anything to merit being a #2 pick and if you have Tulo/Longoria on the left at Coors the NL is a whole different story. Still pisses me off to this day every time draft day approaches.

    Comment by Kenneth Weber — June 7, 2010 @ 4:34 pm

  13. Another thing about Sanchez — He’s playing with a bad right shoulder, which probably accounts for a lot of his throwing problems. In fact, he’s DHing quite a bit for that reason.

    Comment by WTM — June 7, 2010 @ 4:51 pm

  14. I will eternally be amused by the Markakis pick, which I and almost everyone else thought was solely signability. Adding that he was picked as a OFer instead of a pitcher, I was furious at the Orioles that day.

    Comment by Laura — June 7, 2010 @ 8:08 pm

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