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Littlefield versus the neighbors in the draft

The right comparison is to look at the players taken right after Littlefield picked in 2003. I suppose one could make the case that the Pirates should have taken Aaron Hill or Ian Stewart, but none of the other general managers looks like a genius.

Taken

Team

Player

Pos

Bonus

 

 

 

 

8

PIT

Paul Maholm

LHP

 $2,200,000

981

IP

95

ERA+

9

TEX

John Danks

LHP

 $2,100,000

213

IP

117

ERA+

10

COL

Ian Stewart

3B

 $1,950,000

1,120

AB

96

OPS+

11

CLE

Michael Aubrey

1B

 $2,010,000

135

AB

97

OPS+

12

NYM

Lastings Milledge

OF

 $2,075,000

1,655

AB

91

OPS+

13

TOR

Aaron Hill

SS

 $1,675,000

3,213

AB

97

OPS+

14

CIN

Ryan Wagner

RHP

 $1,400,000

165

IP

90

ERA+

 

In 2004 there's a bit more happening. Jered Weaver and Stephen Drew were both college juniors and commanded much higher bonuses than the high schoolers in the neighborhood. But hey, we've got Josh Fields now.

Taken

Team

Player

Pos

Bonus

 

 

 

 

11

PIT

Neil Walker

C

$1,950,000

462

AB

112

OPS+

12

ANA

Jered Weaver

RHP

$4,000,000

896

IP

123

ERA+

13

MON

Bill Bray

LHP

$1,750,000

140

IP

113

ERA+

14

KC

Billy Butler

3B

$1,450,000

1,975

AB

118

OPS+

15

ARI

Stephen Drew

SS

$4,000,000

2,736

AB

99

OPS+

16

TOR

David Purcey

LHP

$1,600,000

147

IP

81

ERA+

17

LA

Scott Elbert

LHP

$1,575,000

0

IP

NA

ERA+

18

CWS

Josh Fields

3B

$1,550,000

713

AB

86

OPS+


In 2005 it's really hard to fault the player taken, even if you're not an avid fan of McClutch. You might prefer to have Jay Bruce, but it's not an easy call. Plus the Bucs have Jeff Clement (taken 3rd), Aaron Thompson (22nd), and Craig Hansen (26th). Of course Littlefield missed the chance to take Nolan Reimold and Chase Headley  in the second round, but lots of GMs missed that opportunity. And C.J. Henry was sort of a disappointment on the Kansas basketball team last year, though his brother was really good (until the tournament).

Taken

Team

Player

Pos

Bonus

 

 

 

 

11

PIT

Andrew McCutchen

OF

$1,900,000

1,003

AB

120

OPS+

12

CIN

Jay Bruce

OF

$1,800,000

1,267

AB

110

OPS+

13

BAL

Brandon Snyder

C

$1,700,000

20

AB

89

OPS+

14

CLE

Trevor Crowe

OF

$1,695,000

625

AB

74

OPS+

15

CWS

Lance Broadway

RHP

$1,575,000

55

IP

88

ERA+

16

FLA

Chris Volstad

RHP

$1,600,000

418

IP

95

ERA+

17

NYY

C.J. Henry

SS

$1,575,000

0

AB

0

OPS+

My take is that the Pirates personnel shortcomings don't stem from what happened in round 1. After round 1 are we talking judgement, scouting, or luck? 

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of the managing editor (Charlie) or SB Nation. FanPosts are written by Bucs Dugout readers.

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