I rememeber following the draft in 2003 and hoping that the A's would draft Carlos Quentin out of Stanford.
As the 1st round got deeper I was A-Mazed to see that Carlos was still on the board when the A's two back to back picks came up.
They shock and awed me without the awe.
In succession they chose Brad Sullivan ( A pitcher who'd already had arm troubles) and Brian Snyder (A third Baseman).
Being that 3 of the next 4 chosen were Barton, Duncan and Quentin we can safely say that the A's whiffed on a 45 MPF fastball in the 2003 draft.
I also find it odd that Duncan and Quentin are two names that the A's bring up in trade talks and Barton is already aboard. Do you think that the 2003 draft is in some way eating at Mr. Beane?
Being the competitor that he is I would not be surprised if he does somehow end up with either Duncan or Quentin before too long.
Anyway, I was looking up Sullivan's numbers today because he is the one I keep track of as the "Why in the hell did we pick that guy" choice.
Well he has an ERA near 10 in rookie ball and is probably on his way out of the organization soon.
He has given up 12 eared runs in 11 2/3 innings walking 5 and giving up 17 hits. He is probably behind every pitcher we just drafted and is currently in Vancouver (Madsen, Kilby, Schull, Davis, Ray, Shields...).
When I look at the 2004-05 draft I see where Billy has gone with the high talent in the first round now, not any more Jeremy Browns, and has been raking in the talent.
I wonder if Blez can ask him in his next interview about that draft and the fact that he has tried to land those players afterward?
Also if that draft did in any way change the way he approached the first round.
I mean Snyder and Sullivan?
Below is the first round of 2003.