Originally Posted by Boondock Saint
You can't pick guys who've already been drafted, so while it's more of a crapshoot, you want to have a deeper pool to choose from. Take 2007 as an example. If the Sox had just lost just two more games in 2007, they would have been in position to draft Buster Posey. That's not to say they would have drafted him, but it's a bit of a kick in the pants to think that two meaningless wins might have been the difference between drafting Gordon Beckham at #7 and drafting Buster Posey at #5.
The first pick overall in that draft, Tim Beckham, has yet to see The Show.
Of the six guys picked ahead of Gordon that year who have been in The Show (everyone except Tim Beckham), Gordon has the second highest WAR after Posey.
It's a distant second, of course.