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Neal Huntington speaks about the Draft06/10/2009 12:32 AM ET
Why Tony Sanchez with the #4 overall pick?
In our minds, Tony Sanchez is an outstanding pick and a quality, premium position player. We put players on our board without signability as a primary factor. It does factor into all decisions, without question, but if we felt like there was a player worth a huge chunk of our signing bonus budget that was available we would have gone in that direction.
There was also a chance to allow us to position ourselves to go out and get some quality arms later in the draft. Some of these arms may even still have the potential as the pitchers taken earlier, but they just haven't flashed that caliber of stuff to date. Several of these pitchers have the opportunity to come on to the scene in terms of their maturity and stuff.
How would you rate Sanchez's offensive ability?
But with that being said, we're excited about his total package. As the total package comes into consideration, he is a plus defensively with the chance to be among the elite in the game if he continues to work hard and the game-calling elements come together.
Some scouts have compared his throwing arm behind the plate to a shut-down type of catcher like Yadier Molina. Is that a fair comparison?
Do you know what level Sanchez will start at once he is signed?
How much did this pick have to do with your perception that since the draft is so deep, there will be later picks that might have higher demands, thus you will need the funds to spread amongst those picks?
Again, I don't want to take away from Tony Sanchez. I can't emphasize enough that he was the top guy on our board when it was our turn to pick at number four.
When you look at the first round, is it a case that once you got past the first two picks, there really weren't a ton of guys that would merit above slot type of bonuses?
There may be some guys later in the draft that we take shots on and maybe their asks come down, which would allow us to get even a deeper and talented draft class. In this situation it would have been a great year for traded draft picks to occur, like the NFL, because one team may covet one player more than another team with a higher draft pick.
That being said, All-Stars come out of all rounds of the draft. If you look at last year's All-Star team, there were players taken in the 20th round or later. And certainly in the 3rd-10th rounds. The draft is, without question, not a science but an art. We have organizational philosophies and a vision on how we want to go about evaluating players and what types of players we believe fit in the Pittsburgh Pirates We're going to draft the players that we believe fit those criteria and can help up the most in every single pick.
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