I think it was 2011 that he went first overall in many drafts. Certainly top 5 that year, right? Or am I not recalling correctly?
So he went to the Sawx, underperformed horribly, turned out he was hurt, tried to play through it, got worse, spent the better part of a year in denial, came back for a short time last year, was still hurt, and finally gave up the ghost, went to the DL and had the surgery.
This year's rankings are pretty typical: he's the #42 OF (though Grey says he could end up being a #1 OF).
I was curious to see where last year's #42 landed overall. It was Swisher, and he was ranked #140-something overall. 14th round.
Assuming Crawford falls to the 14th this year, isn't his upside a steal? I mean, he'll turn 32 August, so it's not like he's in the sunset of his career. He's got some great bats behind him (not sure how that'll help/hurt re: speed).
I dunno. If he's healthy and looks good in the spring, I'm thinking he''s worth at least 9th or 10th round pick on the chance that he returns 2nd or 3rd round value.
ESPN 12 team, All MLB Auction $260 budget
C: Brian McCann (kept 1 yr @ $5)
IB: Eric Hosmer (through 2016, $17)
2B: Anthony Rendon ($5)
3B: Manny Machado (through 2016, $14)
SS: Ian Desmond (kept 1 yr @ $8)
MI: Jean Segura (through 2017, $10)
CI: Edwin Encarcion (kept 1 yr @ $27)
OF: Bryce Harper (through 2015, $14)
OF: Nick Castellanos ($7)
OF: Ben Revere ($5)
OF: Curtis Granderson, ($8)
OF: Brett Gardner ($4)
Util: Billy Butler ($13)
P: Stephen Strasburg (kept 1 yr @ $14)
P: Michael Pineda ($4)
P: Danny Salazar (through 2017, $14)
P: Aroldis Chapman (kept 1 yr @ $21)
P: Zack Wheeler (through 2017, $14)
P: Grant Balfour ($13)
P: Nate Jones ($10)
P: Yordono Ventura ($8)
P: Sonny Gray ($14)
B: Miguel Montero ($4)
B: Gregory Polanco ($3)
B: Denard Span ($1)