I’ve been debating when to make this topic for awhile now. But after this article , I felt a little extra motivation to do it today. In the MLB draft, there are really three different approaches you can take at each and every pick. I thought I’d break them down a little more for further discussion. By the way, in case you do not know, BPA stands for ‘Best Player Available’.
We always hear the term, “Do not draft for need.” But why is that? Many times you really have to take that into consideration if you are severely lacking in positional depth in the farm system, or the opposite when maybe have a saturation of a particular position. I think that ideal came up when some team in the past drafted a player seen further down in the talent spectrum when compared to other draft candidates mainly because said team felt the need to get a particular position filled. In doing that, you could very well be bypassing a very good general talent.
Best Player Available (BPA from here on out) is currently the Cardinals main approach to the draft. When you do such a good job of building up the farm system a certain way with no glaring holes to fill, that would be the logical way to go. And that is usually the draft ideal you hear the media industry talk about too. But I wonder if they mainly say that so their projections of Mock drafts and pick predictions have a chance of being more accurate or if its just the easy way to go? I wouldn’t put it past them if its about their own accuracy however (cue foreshadowing music for a rant about the media in the future. no, not the draft projection media industry but the media in general).
Okay, I will admit, I made up the phrase, “Ranged BPA for Need Approach”. But honestly, can you come up with a better phrase/terminology? Basically, it is the merger of both those ideals into one. To lay it out a little further, when your pick in the draft is upcoming, you take a range of all the candidates who may be available for selection, and then lend further weight to the possible selection of a candidate if they play at a position of organizational need. To me, I think that is the way to go with every single pick. We know they do that in the later rounds to fill out rosters for the lower levels. Why not take that approach for every single pick, including round 1? Take a look at my personal draft board where I put that theory into practice.
Odds and Ends
- Make sure you keep tracking the Reference Links post due to I am constantly updating it
- Join us at the Cards Talk forum for really great discussion on the draft in general here: STLtoday.com • View topic – 2013 MLB Draft talk
- Check out one of my favorite blogs to visit regarding our minor league system at, CardinalsFarm
- How’d my first official blog topic go?