As you have undoubtedly heard, RaysProspects.com is running out there prospect predictions, as they do every year. Here at DRaysBay, we have decided to complement that predictions series by addition our own. The format is essentially the same, except instead of asking the questions to bloggers, the questions will be asked to a handful of prospect experts. Each of the experts was asked the same seven questions, and the answers to one of the questions will be reviewed each day for the next week.
After the jump is a list of the participants, today's question, and their answers.
The experts that decided to take part in the list are as follows: Jim Callis of Baseball America, Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus, Frankie Piliere of Scout.com, David Rawnsley of Perfect Game, and John Sickels of Minor League Ball.
Here is today's question, followed by the answers:
1. In the 2011 draft, the Rays possessed a historic seven supplemental first round picks. Which of these picks was your favorite?
Jim Callis: I'll go with Tyler Goeddel, and not just because he had the highest price tag ($1.5 million). He's an ultraprojectable player who really fits the third-base profile with bat speed, power potential, arm strength and athleticism. I also like Brandon Martin and Grayson Garvin a lot as well.
Kevin Goldstein: I like Goeddel the best of the group, but I do think we have to be realistic about what all of these picks mean. I wrote an article last year about these picks and how they anything but guarantee a bunch of future big league players for the Rays. There's just not a good track record for picks in the 30-50 range.
Frankie Piliere: I'm a big Tyler Goeddel fan. I love the combination of athleticism, projection, and present hit tool.
David Rawnsley: The Rays paid a big chunk of money for him ($1.5M) but I’m a big fan of Tyler Goeddel. We first got to know the Goeddel family at Perfect Game when his brother, RHP Erik Goeddel (now with the Mets), was a freshman back in the early 2000’s. David Goeddel, Tyler and Erik’s dad, is a legend in the biotech field and it’s a great family.
I'd like to thank these experts for choosing to participate. The next question will be posted tomorrow, so be sure to check it out!