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  1. Posada, though, was drafted as a 2B and later converted to C.

    Comment by Rob in CT — September 29, 2009 @ 7:52 am

  2. The inherent wackiness of the baseball draft makes the type of analysis you are trying to do very difficult. Because of the slotting system and agents (or in this case “advisors”) and asking prices and different team budgets, it’s next to impossible to look at draft positions and assign value.

    Teams pick players early in the draft because they will sign for less, and other teams pick players late in the draft because they are asking for lots of money, so you end up with a situation where a player picked in the 10th round asks for and receives more money than a player selected in the 2nd or 3rd round. I applaud your effort, but you can’t simply go by where a player is drafted and expect that to be any type of indicator of their level of quality.

    Comment by mattymatty — September 29, 2009 @ 8:49 am

  3. It would be interesting to note what stage in their career these players are as well. For instance, Posada was developed by the Yankees but they also signed him long term after he could have left as a Free Agent. It could be useful to know if these stars are all in their pre-FA years, signed by their original teams to longterm extensions, or signed on the free agent market.

    Comment by Aaron/YYZ — September 29, 2009 @ 8:53 am

  4. “and his reputation is that of a jackass”


    Even though I was not a fan of either team, that BS interference call a few years back still gets under my skin. The “how are you feeling” story from a spring training a few years back also is a classic. At least the Twins mauled another team when they traded him away a few years back!

    Comment by Anthony K — September 29, 2009 @ 8:56 am

  5. Wieters joins this list soon…

    Comment by Matt B. — September 29, 2009 @ 9:01 am

  6. Mike Piazza should be the posterboy of this list.

    Comment by Matthew Nolan — September 29, 2009 @ 10:20 am

  7. Maybe a better way to approach this would be “How old are the stars?”

    It would essentially lead to the same conclusion, but would have a more reliable relationship to causation.

    Comment by Gabriel — September 29, 2009 @ 10:25 am

  8. Three words Buster Fucking Posey. . . that is all.

    Comment by Brian Recca — September 29, 2009 @ 12:42 pm

  9. Actually, Posada was drafted at SS, moved to second in his first year with the organization.

    Comment by Travis L — September 29, 2009 @ 1:02 pm

  10. Looking at all this I’m starting to think it’s totally random.

    Comment by Rob A from BBD — September 29, 2009 @ 9:07 pm

  11. Don’t forget Russell Martin. His bat took a shit this year outside of his walk rate, but his defense is as strong as ever and he has shown signs that he can recover the hitting going forward.

    Comment by Alireza — October 1, 2009 @ 8:26 pm

  12. Unfortunately for the Angels Scioscia will probably play Mathis more than Napoli in the playoffs.

    Comment by stolenbases — October 4, 2009 @ 7:50 am

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