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Brad Grant interview

Postby TonyIBI » Fri Mar 18, 2011 4:59 pm

Will be talking to Brad Grant on Sunday morning. Doing a little pre-draft work. Thought I would check in for any questions people may have for the upcoming draft. Obviously they can't answer everything, but my idea was to kind of talk about how they start preparing for the draft, what they are doing now, what their general feeling is of the draft, etc.

Have been talking to a lot of scouts and they keep saying that this year there is a lot o f high end talent available. Not nearly as deep of a draft pool as last year, but a good chance to get a high end guy at #8 and maybe even in the 2nd round.
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Re: Brad Grant interview

Postby Rocky55 » Fri Mar 18, 2011 7:01 pm

Don't know who you're talking to but most sources say that this draft is way deeper than last year. It's not a matter of being able to get a "high end" talent at #8, it's which one do we pick. Don't get me started.

Ask the god of the draft, I mean Brad Grant, whether he's decided HS or college, position or pitcher. I'll bet he doesn't admit anything.

The most important thing I'd really like to know is if the team is going to be as agressive as last year. I hope so. Keep feeding the system with stud specs.
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Re: Brad Grant interview

Postby Upper Box Woodchuck » Fri Mar 18, 2011 11:43 pm

Does he see any realistic chance of the 1st round pick playing in the system this year (regular season, not instructs)?
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Re: Brad Grant interview

Postby MadThinker88 » Sat Mar 19, 2011 12:03 am

Hypothetical (to see if there are any leanings):
If 2 players were there for the Tribe's 1st pick - both graded the same as high end prospects and both are from the same level (ie both from High School or both from College) and the lone difference was 1 was a pitcher and 1 was a position player - which player (the pitcher or the position player) would the Tribe take and the main reason why that 'player' would be taken...
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Re: Brad Grant interview

Postby petes999 » Sat Mar 19, 2011 6:19 am

Will they be as aggressive after the first round as they have been by shifting more money to the draft or was that just due to the money saved from the trades of Victor and Cliff?

How much of last year's draft signings was credited due to trades of Woods (saving $1.5 million), Kearns, Broussard, .... In other words, would they have signed everyone if they hadn't made some of those trades?

Will their scouting for first round be more focused on the college pitchers with lower downside risks or will they seriously look at taking a high school arm that has more upside but at a greater risk of flaming out?

In his opinion, when they trade some of our Type A/B free agents at the July deadline, do they consider what they get back in return versus what he could get in supplemental picks? Or, does he feel that given an ample budget that the money that would have been spent on a supplemental pick (if we kept the player) can be used later to pick up a draftee that falls like a Wolters or Lavinski? In other words, how much benefit is it to get a supplemental pick if there is a pre-designated budget spent on the draft?

How much does the pre-assigned draft budget affect his pick selections (does he gamble more in the early-mid rounds on picks that have fallen due to signability concerns)?

Do they ever go over budget on the draft to get one or two players that opened some eyes in the summer league that they hadn't plan on signing?
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Re: Brad Grant interview

Postby GeronimoSon » Wed Mar 23, 2011 7:46 am

MadThinker88 wrote:Hypothetical (to see if there are any leanings):
If 2 players were there for the Tribe's 1st pick - both graded the same as high end prospects and both are from the same level (ie both from High School or both from College) and the lone difference was 1 was a pitcher and 1 was a position player - which player (the pitcher or the position player) would the Tribe take and the main reason why that 'player' would be taken...
While it's virtually impossible to say two players (one a pitcher and one a position player) are equal, the Indians would be more likely to take the player that gives the best chance to sign & sign early. This is where "agent" issues come into play. The Indians' fans have seen a few players move directly onto other major league clubs and believe the Indians are missing something as they are much more conservative in their approach to bringing young prospects to the major leagues without first experiencing the pratfalls of life in the bushes. That said, it takes some amazing talent to go from high school or college directly or near directly to the ML's.
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Re: Brad Grant interview

Postby jellis » Wed Mar 23, 2011 7:39 pm

Are they going to have the same draft budget as last year, or was last years the result of freed up money and feeling that exceptional talent fell to them. How he feels about the fact that his 2nd rounder is basically now a 3rd thanks to comp picks.
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