Game 143, Royals at Mariners
Looks like no thread went up for last night’s exciting Furbush vs. Williams pitching match-up/Liddi’s debut. Whoops.
Hochevar vs. Vargas
The 2005 draft gets a lot of press for being that time when everything went right for everyone but the Mariners and the Cubs (Mark Pawelek!) and valuable players were had by most. People don’t talk about the ’06 draft in the same way, for a number of reasons. Hochevar was supposed to set an uncomfortable precedent by going back to the independent leagues instead of signing with the Dodgers and then pitching himself into first overall. To date, Brandon Morrow accumulated more WAR as a Mariner than Hochevar has over nearly six hundred innings with the Royals.
Greg Reynolds, who went second to the Rockies, was a polished pitcher with good stuff who was thought to be able to move quickly because he had great command of his heater and solid secondary offerings. To date, he’s logged fewer than a hundred innings in the majors and has had a negative WAR. Brad Lincoln, another top five prospect who was regarded as near major league ready, went to the Pirates and had an oblique injury and TJ postpone his debut until June of last season. His positive contibutions this year haven’t yet negated the negative ones from the previous season, and he’s struggling to strike batters out at a reasonable clip. And who could forget that Andrew Miller, the top ranked prospect by most, dropped to the Tigers due to his demands, was traded twice, and now has parts of six seasons in the majors where at no time has he been a positive contributor. Also the Orioles drafted Billy Rowell. This guy.
Morrow was picked over the local guy who went on to make good. In a sense, even if he had done well for us, he probably would have always been regarded as getting in the way of a more obvious pick. But for all his struggles here, he turned out way better than a lot of the guys selected early in that draft.