Big news out of Arizona this morning, thanks to Baseball America. The Diamondbacks have eliminated all but four players from contention for the #1 pick in the draft: Justin Upton, Luke Hochevar, Mike Pelfrey, and Craig Hansen, a college reliever.
So, barring an extreme change, the D’Backs won’t be selecting Alex Gordon number one overall. This makes sense considering their organization’s depth at his potential positions, but it does go away from the “best available talent” philosophy. It’s hard to argue that you’d rather have Craig Hansen than Alex Gordon, all things being equal.
But that’s not for us to quibble. So, essentially, the M’s simply have to hope that the Royals pass on Gordon, and they’ll get a shot at selecting the player I believe is the best in the draft.