There is Stephen Strasburg. And there is everyone else.
There are the Washington Nationals. And then there are baseball's 29 other teams.
The Seattle Mariners essentially kick things off, selecting Second Overall from a group of everyone except San Diego State's righty phenom Strasburg. Scouts consider this year to be a "down year" in terms of the depth of talent at the top but in the Mariners' front office we aren't complaining...sure, Strasburg would be nice, but if you don't laugh at our pick we won't laugh at yours. There is a lot of uncertainty this year and it starts when the M's are on the clock.
Besides pick #2, Seattle holds picks 27, 33, 51, and 82 (that's as high as we're going in this excersise).
As scouting director, I can't get out to see ALL of the best players in the country, so please, send me your recommendations as to how I should continue to stockpile talent in our farm system. In the end, the decision is mine, but take pride in knowing you did your part to make the Seattle Mariners a winner.
Be sure to vote in the poll...and I'll keep you updated as to what we're thinking here at HQ.
Who do you think the Mariners, led by Andrew Stebbins, should select with the second overall pick in 2009?
Grant Green, ss USC (2 votes)
Tanner Scheppers, RHP St. Paul Saints (7 votes)
Dustin Ackley, cf UNC (79 votes)
Donovan Tate, of Cartersville, GA H.S. (4 votes)
Bobby Bochering, 3b Bishop Verot H.S., FL (3 votes)
Alex White, RHP UNC (1 vote)
Someone else...who? (4 votes)
100 total votes