So thinking back on the draft yesterday, I feel kinda bad cause I was swearing out Posey because I didn't think he was a worthwhile pick. Now that I think about it, it actually made a lot of sense to take him. And I also think it shows that the management was thinking ahead. Buster Posey is supposed to be an unusually good prospect in that he can both hit for average and some power and he can also actually play his position. And that position happens to be a very important defensive position. Apparently it's very unusual that there is a catcher in the draft that can both play catcher decently and hit. So if he works out like he should, he will be a premium hitter at a position where you usually don't give a shit how well they can hit.
So why not take him if there might not be another one next year? There will almost certainly be another Justin Smoak in next years draft. Talented 1st basemen aren't that unusual. There might even be a Pedro Alvarez and another Tim Beckham next year. And depending how bad we do the rest of this year, we could/should have first dibs at one of them, maybe 2nd or 3rd because the Padres are godawful right now and the Rockies and Royals are, too. But we can almost guarantee at least another 5th pick. And you can guess/hope that they would spend that next pick on another hitter to round out a potential future infield. I would hope they pick a 3rd baseman or a shortstop. I would prefer a 3rd baseman because that's a better hitting position, so we could get someone that makes a signifigant difference in the lineup.
So in the last three years we will have drafted 2 damn good pitching prospects in Alderson and Bumgarner, a good 2nd base prospect in Noonan, a catcher, and either a shortstop, thirdbaseman, or 1st baseman, although I doubt we'll be picking a 1st baseman if Villalona keeps up his work in Augusta. That means we will have almost built a new, extremely talented infield completely from scratch in just a few years. And if they all live up to their potential, along with our assload of worthwhile pitching, we will finally be competing with the Dodgers and Dbacks for the NL West again. Hooray for not sucking!