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A look at all 30 teams' draft philosophies

6/3/2009

Scouting directors and their respective teams often have tendencies when drafting amateur talent. This is a brief analysis of those tendencies for all 30 teams.

WASHINGTON NATIONALS

Day 1 Selections: 1, 10, 50, 81

Scouting Director: Dana Brown

History and Tendencies: The Nationals drafted very heavy on college arms the past two years, but Brown and Assistant GM Mike Rizzo are fond of big names and big velocity.


SEATTLE MARINERS

Day 1 Selections: 2, 27, 33, 51, 82

Scouting Director: Tom McNamara

History and Tendencies: Seattle has taken a college player in the first round in three of the last four years, and the new regime leans toward the college talents early.


SAN DIEGO PADRES

Day 1 Selections: 3, 52, 83

Scouting Director: Bill Gayton

History and Tendencies: Gayton is highly performance-based and tends to stay away from pitching early in the draft. Typically leans heavily toward college talents. Several brains of power are in the draft room, including the club's VP of scouting and player development, Grady Fuson.


PITTSBURGH PIRATES

Day 1 Selections: 4, 49, 53, 84

Scouting Director: Greg Smith

History and Tendencies: Thirty-five of their first 41 picks since 2005 have been college players; Smith has shown a willingness to jump at all types of talent without prejudice.


BALTIMORE ORIOLES

Day 1 Selections: 5, 54, 85

Scouting Director: Joe Jordan

History and Tendencies: The O's have opted for the quick-return talents early in recent drafts, looking for upside and tools in later rounds. Jordan and the Orioles' suits are willing to play ball with Scott Boras clients.


SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS

Day 1 Selections: 6, 55, 86

Scouting Director: John Barr

History and Tendencies: Twenty of the first 21 selections last June were college players, which is somewhat typical of the Giants, despite their taking prep talents with six of first seven in '07. Barr stayed on the college trail in his first draft as scouting director, taking 21 college talents among his first 23 picks, including the first nine.


ATLANTA BRAVES

Day 1 Selections: 7, 87

Scouting Director: Roy Clark

History and Tendencies: Clark always prefers high school players versus college talents; only two college first-rounders have been picked in the past 18 years. The Braves like to stay local, too.


CINCINNATI REDS

Day 1 Selections: 8, 43, 57, 88

Scouting Director: Chris Buckley

History and Tendencies: No strong tendency as an organization, but Buckley's approach is tools-oriented and traditional. Eleven of the first 12 picks last year were college players.


DETROIT TIGERS

Day 1 Selections: 9, 58, 89

Scouting Director: David Chadd

History and Tendencies: The Tigers took 11 pitchers in their first 13 picks over the past two years; Chadd loves power arms, and Detroit will spend money on the right talent.


COLORADO ROCKIES

Day 1 Selections: 11, 32, 34, 59, 90

Scouting Director: Bill Schmidt

History and Tendencies: Three arms and two shortstops in first round over the past five drafts; the Rockies typically look to stay at or under slot. Greg Reynolds, anyone?


KANSAS CITY ROYALS

Day 1 Selections: 12, 91

Scouting Director: J.J. Picollo

History and Tendencies: The Royals have spent a lot of money in recent drafts, taking Boras clients three years in a row. Picollo is in his first year, but GM Dayton Moore was a traditional tools-based scouting director.


OAKLAND ATHLETICS

Day 1 Selections: 13, 92

Scouting Director: Eric Kubota

History and Tendencies: Oakland was college-heavy the past two years -- first 14 in '08, first nine in '07. The A's will go over slot outside the first round and have had some recent success with prep arms.


TEXAS RANGERS

Day 1 Selections: 14, 44, 62, 93

Scouting Director: Ron Hopkins

History and Tendencies: Texas has mixed it up well the past five years among college and prep talents, both on the mound and with bats. Pitching has been the focus of late.


CLEVELAND INDIANS

Day 1 Selections: 15, 63, 94

Scouting Director: Brad Grant

History and Tendencies: The Indians have preferred polished players, mostly college bats, and the organization's performance-based philosophy reigns supreme for the draft, too. In Grant's first draft in '08, seven of the first eight picks were college players, including first-round selection Lonnie Chisenhall.


ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

Day 1 Selections: 16, 17, 35, 41, 45, 60, 64, 95

Scouting Director: Tom Allison

History and Tendencies: Six of first seven picks last year were college talents, but Allison will go with a prep player in Round 1. They aren't likely to spend money on Boras clients.


FLORIDA MARLINS

Day 1 Selections: 18, 66, 97

Scouting Director: Stan Meek

History and Tendencies: The Marlins' recent track record in the first round is not great -- RHP Brett Sinkbeil, 3B Matt Dominguez and C Kyle Skipworth are all struggling.


ST. LOUIS CARDINALS

Day 1 Selections: 19, 67, 98

Scouting Director: Jeff Lunhow

History and Tendencies: The Cardinals are extremely college-heavy in the draft, with SS Pete Kozma the only prep selection in first round since 2004. Stats-oriented draft room usually wins out.


TORONTO BLUE JAYS

Day 1 Selections: 20, 37, 68, 99, 104

Scouting Director: Jon Lalonde

History and Tendencies: Lalonde leans heavily toward college talent, except Travis Snider in the first round in '06 and some early rounds in 2007. Only one prep pitcher was drafted in the first seven rounds last season.


HOUSTON ASTROS

Day 1 Selections: 21, 69, 100, 111

Scouting Director: Bobby Heck

History and Tendencies: Astros stay within slot recommendations, often overdrafting in Round 1. Last year's top pick, catcher Jason Castro from Stanford, is off to a nice start in 2009, but C Max Sapp, P Brian Bogusevic and OF Eli Iorg haven't fared well as Houston first-round picks.


MINNESOTA TWINS

Day 1 Selections: 22, 46, 70, 101

Scouting Director: Deron Johnson

History and Tendencies: Leans a tad toward high school talent, particularly pitching. Organization values foot speed more than any other club. It's Johnson's show, as GM Bill Smith isn't as involved as other GMs.


CHICAGO WHITE SOX

Day 1 Selections: 23, 38, 61, 71, 102

Scouting Director: Doug Laumann

History and Tendencies: Sox have taken a college player in the first round every year this decade with the exception of 2001, when they selected RHP Kris Honel, who is now out of the organization. Good bet it's going to be a college kid again in '09.


LOS ANGELES ANGELS

Day 1 Selections: 24, 25, 40, 48, 80, 110

Scouting Director: Eddie Bane

History and Tendencies: Six of their last eight top picks have been prep talents, but no first-round selections in the past two years. The club is extremely tools-based and much prefers the upside of the high school player.


MILWAUKEE BREWERS

Day 1 Selections: 26, 39, 47, 73, 74, 105

Scouting Director: Bruce Seid

History and Tendencies: Milwaukee hasn't leaned heavily toward college or prep talent in early rounds recently, but GM Doug Melvin is thought generally to prefer college talent, which is something the organization has focused on largely after Round 1 the past handful of drafts.


BOSTON RED SOX

Day 1 Selections: 28, 77, 107

Scouting Director: Jason McLeod

History and Tendencies: Boston and McLeod bring a mixed approach to the draft, combining upside with probability, and are always in search of untapped talent and hidden value. Sox '05-06 drafts produced CF Jacoby Ellsbury, RHP Clay Buchholz, SS Jed Lowrie, RHPs Daniel Bard and Justin Masterson, and top prospect Lars Anderson. Boston will spend money on the right talent.


NEW YORK YANKEES

Day 1 Selections: 29, 76

Scouting Director: Damon Oppenheimer

History and Tendencies: The Yankees don't generally lean in one direction or another, but 12 of their first 14 picks the past two years have been college players, and they've been pitching-heavy the past four drafts.


TAMPA BAY RAYS

Day 1 Selections: 30, 78, 108

Scouting Director: R.J. Harrison

History and Tendencies: The Rays mix it up in the first round but typically favor the prep talents with upside. Pitching is the exception -- Tampa has tabbed college arms David Price, Wade Townsend and Jeff Niemann with high picks this decade. They are starting to spend a little money on the right players, but they remain focused on middle defenders and upside.


CHICAGO CUBS

Day 1 Selections: 31, 79, 109

Scouting Director: Tim Wilken

History and Tendencies: Wilken is a traditional scout at heart, and his drafts are proof. He's not shy about taking the player he prefers over the consensus. Shows no extreme tendencies toward college or prep talent.


LOS ANGELES DODGERS

Day 1 Selections: 36, 56, 65, 96

Scouting Director: Tim Hallgren

History and Tendencies: The Dodgers have been heavy on prep talent the past decade, booming on Chad Billingsley, Matt Kemp and Clayton Kershaw, and there's no reason to believe they won't continue down the same path under Hallgren, who continues to work under assistant GM and former scouting director Logan White.


NEW YORK METS

Day 1 Selections: 72, 103

Scouting Director: Rudy Terrasas

History and Tendencies: The Mets have recently been heavy on college arms and prep hitters until they popped 2B Reese Havens and 1B Ike Davis a year ago. They typically lean toward probability over upside, at least in the early rounds.


PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES

Day 1 Selections: 75, 106

Scouting Director: Marti Wolever

History and Tendencies: The Phillies and Wolever have been all about the tools and upside, in search of the superstar athlete. See: Hewitt, Anthony, 2008. Twelve of the club's first 17 picks since 2006 have been prep players, many ahead of more polished talents.