Was Austin Martin and "elite talent"? His numbers in AA this year don't scream "elite" to me. Elias used all of his draft capital last year. Not the way you wanted him to but he did use it. To get a fair assessment of how he did, we'll need a little luck in the health department to see Kjerstad back on the field. We'll also need 2-3 years to see if Austin Martin truly was an elite talent or just a very average run-of-the-mill prospect.
Elias, in his mind, is trying to maximize his "draft capital" when he doesn't view your "elite" talent as quite as "elite" as you do. EVERYONE said this draft was not top heavy in high end talent but deep in overall talent. That alone tells you that none of these guys at the top are really considered "elite" talents as there may have been in some other drafts. I read some articles that mentioned Kalil Watson going top 5 and maybe #1 overall. Where did he go? 14?
Having said that, I was actually rooting for the Orioles to take Rocker because I though he fits a need and has a high ceiling.
Last thing. It's good to be skeptical. It's also good to have an open mind. Just ragging on every pick for the sake of ragging on every pick is just weak, especially for someone who has no idea.
First of all, I was really hoping for one of the top end arms in last years draft, but I digress.
I'm well aware of what the strategy is. My point is that Elias isnt trying to win, and the players he likes (or guys in that vein) would still be there if they were picking later in the 1st round. Almost everything he's been doing he could still do if he were making a good faith effort to help the team win. Why are we throwing away seasons for guys like Cowser?
I don't rag on every pick. What irks me to no end however is this mindset that it's better to have a bunch of pretty ok prospects rather than a few excellent talents. When I see a team that is so top heavy in pitching talent passing over someone like Rocker, it drives me crazy.
Is Rocker a guarantee? No, nobody is. I hope Cowser becomes the best player in the draft. However, the approach is maddening to me when we are so critically needy for pitching, and Elias seems to feel like you don't need high end pitching prospects to consistently develop high end pitchers.