I watched a few minutes of the ESPN coverage of the MLB draft yesterday afternoon. After every pick Steve Phillips would say of the draftee: “He’s a ballplayer.” You’re kidding? He plays ball? You mean the Devil Rays didn’t just draft an electrical engineer from Tulane who starred on the chess team? He was a member of the baseball team? He knows how to run? And throw? And hit?
My favorite moment occurred when St. Louis drafted Brett Wallace from Arizona State University. Wallace is a big third/first baseman (6’2″; 235 lbs) who can really hit. Scouts have some reservations about his weigh distribution (one report states: “Wallace has been described as a good athlete trapped in a bad body”). To state this bluntly, he has large thighs and a large posterior. When the ESPN analysts were interviewing him after he was drafted they fired this beautiful question at him: “Do you feel you will be limited by your lower half?”