Class strengths and weaknesses 

March, 6, 2010

I send out feelers to at least a half-dozen talent evaluators to get their thoughts on what they saw that very night, and like we did a bit last spring, I'll occasionally send out a poll-type query. This week the inquiry was as follows: Rank the areas of depth in this year's class, weighing the impact talents within four categories: college bats, college pitching, high school pitching, high school bats.

Nine responses, one from a scouting director on the West Coast, revealed a strong tilt toward prep pitching. One reply began with a caveat. "It's kind of even, including at the very top of the draft, but the first day may be filled with these high school arms, but I'm not sure a lot of them go early."