Crag Burley at The Hardball Times has posted a fun thought exercise. You play the role of a MLB GM with the 9th pick in the upcoming amateur draft. Burley has has posted scouting reports on 7 potential (fictional) amateur draft pitcks that your scouting team tells you are the best available picks, given your draft position: 2 pitchers, 1 pitcher/hitter, and 4 hitters. They are a mix of high school and college players. Which player do you choose, and why?
Burley is taking submissions via e-mail, but I'd love to hear what you folks think in the comments here. I'll post my rankings later this week. For the sake of argument, let's all assume we're drafting for the Reds this year. We'll also assume that ample "slot" money is available for our #9th overall pick.