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Thinking About the #1 Overall Pick

I like to think outside the box. Many of you who have read my writings over the past couple of years know that. I don't do it to be different or to get attention, I do it because it's who I am. I have never done things the way I have been taught. I always look for different paths to the same end. I remember in 7th grade math class a teacher was teaching us Algebra. I had never seen anything like this before but it was interesting to me. He started to show a problem and each step of how the process worked. I understood it. Then I turned him off. I sat at my desk, looked at the next problem and found a way of doing it that was quicker and easier, eliminating steps. Isn't that the best way to learn something. Why do I need 7 steps when I can do it in 3? Why do things the way everyone tells you too when doing something else will end up better?

That is my point. Why spend 10 million on a draft when you have 25 and could get that much return and then some? That was my question in 2010 and 2011. Why spend $7.2 million on the top pick and only have $4 million to spend on the other 10 top picks? That is my question for 2012. I don't have the new CBA, no one does that I know of, so I can't really look for loopholes. However, with the #1 overall pick, there is an obvious one to me.

The Astros' advantage this season is their ability to make 9 people millionaires. The 1st overall pick would get an offer of 3.5 million dollars from me at the most. I would maybe take someone along the lines of James Ramsey, Tyler Naquin that I think would take that type of money. I'm just speculating here but scouts would have a good idea of who would jump at that kind of money. Maybe even a high level talent would accept that. I don't know.

This is all speculation right now. I don't know if this would be a good idea or not. The fact that I already have a player in my shadow Astros system that is in the running at theat #1 spot gives me this option. There are a lot of branches to this. I don't know if what I am suggesting works within the CBA. I assume you can offer under slot and still get compensation the following year if they don't sign. I don't know that as fact.

So, we wait until the CBA is done so I can find a good loophole.

What am I talking about, I'd probably just take Giolito and enjoy adding him to this loaded system.


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Aaron Deguire , C , El Camino College
Aaron Dunsmore , OF , Dayton
Aaron Fanning , SS , Northwest (TX) HS
Aaron Gretz , C , Apple Valley, Apple Valley, MN
Aaron Johnson , LHP , Dunham, Baton Rouge, LA
Aaron Knapp , MIF , Granite Bay Granite Bay CA
Aaron Moore , RHP , Westwood Austin TX
Aaron Nola , RHP , Catholic, Baton Rouge, LA
Aaron Novak , OF/RHP , Germantown Academy (PA)
Aaron Thomassen , RHP , Nathan Hale Seattle WA
Aaron Westlake , 1B/OF , Vanderbilt
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Name POS Schools
1 Bryce Harper C Southern Nevada CC
2 Jameson Taillon RHP The Woodlands (Texas) HS
3 Anthony Ranaudo P LSU
4 Drew Pomeranz LHP Mississippi
5 Nick Castellanos 3B Archbishop McCarthy HS, FLA
6 Bryce Brentz OF Middle Tennessee State
7 AJ Cole P Oviedo HS, Orlando
8 Zack Cox 3B Arkansas
9 Austin Wilson OF Harvard-Westlake HS, CA
10 Deck McGuire RHP Georgia Tech
11 Karsten Whitson RHP Chipley HS, Bartow, Fla.
12 Christian Colon SS Cal State Fullerton
13 Matt Harvey P North Carolina
14 Levon Washington 2B/OF Chipola JC
15 Manny Machado SS Brito Prep, Miami
16 Josh Sale OF Bishop Blanchet HS, SEA
17 Chris Sale LHP Florida Gulf Coast
18 Jedd Gyorko 2B West Virginia
19 Brandon Workman P Texas
20 Stetson Allie 3B St. Edward HS, Lakewood, Ohio
21 Brian Ragira OF Martin HS, Arlington
22 Dylan Covey P Maranatha HS, Pasadena, CA
23 Derek Dietrich SS Georgia Tech
24 DeAndre Smelter P Tattnall Square GA
25 Kevin Gausman RHP Grandview HS, Aurora, Colo
26 Cameron Bedrosian P East Coweta HS, Sharpsburg, GA
27 Jos…