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06-06-2013, 08:42 PM
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Originally Posted by FLYguy3911 View Post
I'm not a big fan of college arms so missing out on Shipley, Stanek (still on the board), etc. didn't bother me. I just think their upside is lower and there is more injury risk due to the college workloads.
I understand that, but my belief is that they are infinitely more projectable players given age and physical development and, in most first round cases, played against significantly better competition than the high school kids.

Basically, the high school guys have higher upside, but infinitely lower floor. I never say "OMG, we need a college bat or a high school arm". It's about the player to me. The Orioles have done well in that regards... Bundy the HS pitcher, Gausmann the college arm... both panned out big time through 2 very different roads.

Shipley has two plus pitches right now.... compares pretty well with Michael Wacha, who is now breaking in with the Cardinals.

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