Cubs Selected 3B Kris Bryant with the Second Pick in the 2013 MLB Draft

The Cubs selected 3B Kris Bryant with the second pick in the first round of the 2013 MLB Draft. Bryant was considered the best position player in the draft. The 21-year old third baseman from the University of San Diego Bryant has special power and led college baseball with 31 home runs in 62 games this season.

Bryant, a right-handed hitter, is known as a patient hitter that does not chase out of the zone. Bryant walked 66 times this season and ended with a 1.313 OPS. Bryant’s power projects as a 70 on the 20 to 80 scouting scale and many see him with 30-homer potential.

Kris Bryant is 6-foot-5, 215 pounds and projects to hit the middle of the lineup. Questions remain if Bryant will be able to stick at third base. The Cubs project Bryant as a third baseman and he will start his professional career at the hot corner.

According to reports, Kris Bryant was number two on the Cubs’ board behind RHP Mark Appel, who went 1-1 to the Houston Astros. The selection of Bryant should not come as a surprise. Jason McLeod has been dropping hints for weeks that Bryant would likely be the Cubs’ selection.

Kris Bryant was advised by Scott Boras … and is now represented by Scott Boras.

Jason McLeod thinks Bryant will advance rather quickly but would not put a timetable on when they expect him in the big leagues. Bryant will have to adjust to wood bats.

Kris Bryant loves playing third base and sees the position as a challenge. Bryant is hoping to stick at third base and that is where the Cubs have him projected to play.

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  • Ray Ray

    I am happy to hear they are going to start him out at 3B. You can always move him to a corner OF spot down the road.

    • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

      Agreed Ray

  • Suzy S

    I know a lot of people wanted Bryant…I’m disappointed.

    to win a world series…you need at least one Ace…probably 2. If the Cubs can’t find a potential Ace with the number 2 pick in the draft…then perhaps they never will.

    The signals were there….that they would go with a position player…I’ve read the arguments….Mark Prior…risky arms…adderol etc. And still…I believe pitching is the key.

    I’m extremely disappointed at this point.

    • Ray Ray

      You need to not draft on need Suzy. Appel was #1 on the Cubs board. He got picked. Bryant was #2.

      • Cubs1908

        impossible to say bryant is better than gray; they are the same and the cubs need pitching. since they are hell bent on trading garza; a huge mistake; who is under 30; this team will have real trouble by 2016 when they hope the hitters are ready to have any pitching. plus now we have lake-castro-vitters-villeneuva-bryant-baez to play SS or 3b.

        too many players not to mention vogelbach and rizzo at 1st. and NO pitching. look at 2013 FA pool and you’ll notice nothing of value except…garza.

        in the end; bad pick.

        and for those in love with hitters; let’s recall karl pagel, earl cunningham, ty waller, felix pie, corey patterson, ryan
        harvey, rick wilkins, jerome walton (ROY and them flamed out) geo soto,
        josh “6 yrs in minors” vitters, etc, etc. of cubs legendary suspects prospects who did not pan out.
        this is not football where player project or basketball; baseball is a crap shoot (unless your have bryan harper or strasburg) so saying braynt is so much better than gray so don’t draft for need is foolish and proven inaccurate over the course of how players make the majors.

        • Ray Ray

          He hit 30 plus HR’s with a BB COR bat! He is the best hitter in the draft ranked by almost every scout. This is not a Hayden Simpson pick. The Cubs just got better today!

          • John_CC

            Right on Ray. This was the only pick for the Cubs. They will take 10 pitchers in the next 15 rounds. Gray is NOT Strasburg or Verlander at this point in his career and short of that kind of certainty, you don’t take a one-year pitcher with this pick.

        • cc002600

          none of those hitters you mentioned were #2 picks that have been dominating college baseball.

          Your point is irrelevant.

          you are way off.

        • RynoTiger

          is trading Garza really a big mistake? Look at his numbers..he’s actually been mediocre with the Cubs. In his 8 years as a pitcher in the majors, he’s only 2 seasons in which he’s won more games than he’s lost. His ERA has typically been mid 3’s and higher. He’s started more than 30 games in 4 of those 8 seasons. He typically has given up almost as many hits as innings pitched. He’s been prone to giving up HRs, hasn’t been durable and healthy enough to make an impact and when he has been healthy, again he’s been mediocre. At best, he’s a #3, stretching it into a #2, but definitely not an ace or #1 guy.

          • Ripsnorter1

            Here, Here!

          • Ray Ray

            You can pick apart 99 % of pitchers in the game today. The point that you need to understand is that he is the only top of the rotation the Cubs have right now. Who else is?

        • Ripsnorter1

          Garza is soooooo good, it’s hard to see how the Cubs could live without him. In almost 3 years, he’s won a grand total of …..16 games. Of course he’s lost 17 in that span. But for his career he’s gone 58-61, so you can see he’s a sub-.500 pitcher.

          This year he’s had 4 starts, and only 1 has been a quality start.

          Plus he’s lived on the DL the past three years as well.

          The Cubs are paying Garza $10 million this year, and I expect he’ll win his 5 games again.

          IN short, Garza is overrated by Cubs’ fans.

          • Ray Ray

            almost 3 years? I hope you don’t age as fast as those 3 years you are saying he has pitched.

        • John_CC

          Bad Pick? Really? These guys have studied young baseball players for years and years. It is most of theirs only job. And the top of the FO has a good track record. And you are going to say it is a bad pick?

        • JasonPen

          lol!! Garza? You are putting your hopes on Garza? The guy is a #3 (when healthy). I’m still as upset about that trade as I was the day they made it.

          • Ray Ray

            so who is a #2 or even #1 on the Cubs staff? And don’t even utter the words Samardjija because he hasn’t even come close to 200 innings in his career and he throws a ton of pitches per start

          • JasonPen

            well, on most teams… the Cubs staff has a way to go. But on a WS contender, Garza would be at most a 3, maybe a 4.

          • Ray Ray

            Hahaha. I think the Rays are still upset at that trade today. Could cost them a WS with who they are throwing out there this year! Lol

          • JasonPen

            well, meanwhile the Cubs are paying 10 mil for a trade chip. They won’t even get close to the package they gave up for him.

    • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

      I can’t shake the feeling that someday when Appel has turned into the next Verlander we’ll be saying “we were one pick away!” Just hope it’s he and not Appel we’re saying that about.

      • Ripsnorter1

        Way too early to panick. This is not Hayden Simpson pick where the entire world could see that he was a reach. I think we’ll be in great shape. But we shall all have to wait and see. Albert Almora has looked pretty good so far. I was happy with the pick last year, and he’s making us all smile thus far this year.

        So cheer up, my good Boardrider!

      • JasonPen

        Neither one will be the next Verlander. Plus, Gray’s career is doomed from the beginning. He got drafted by the Rockies. A 100mph fastball in Coor’s field, just means it leaves the stadium that much faster. Appel is pitching in a division with the Hard hitting Rangers and the Angels (who will turn it around soon). Plus I think Appel just had the benefit of being the best pitcher in a weak draft. In my opinion, the best pitchers in this draft won’t be Appel or Gray. They are just the most major league ready.
        If I had to guess, it will be Cole Stewart, Trey Ball or Ryne Stanek.
        Cole Stewart has the highest ceiling, and the other two pitch for great teams. Just my opinion anyway, we will see in a few years if I am right.

    • Ripsnorter1

      Sober up, Suzy. Just wait a few more years and see what we got with this pick, as well as what happens to Appel and Gray.

      I still think this was the best move by far.

    • J Daniel

      Suzy, you are correct in that you need 2 aces to win it but they need to draft the best player available. They are still a long ways away, need impact bats, and can draft a pitcher with every pick left and maybe hit on a couple.

      • Ripsnorter1

        Let’s see…

        2012 WS winner = SF had these Aces:

        Cain…32 starts, only 21 quality starts

        Vogelsong…31 starts…22 QS

        Bumgartner….32 starts…19 QS

        Lincicum….33 starts…13 QS

        Zito….32 starts….17 QS

        Now which one(s) are Aces? I mean, if 2 out of 3 are quality starts, then the Cubs have two aces right now:
        Travis Wood….12 starts…11 QS

        Samardzija has 12 starts…8 QS

        And 2 near Aces: Feldman…11 starts, 7 QS…..Villanueva…8 starts, 5 QS.

        And we drafted only Samardzija, and he was a 5th round pick.

        Relax, Suzy. We just drafted Chipper Jones. Relax.

    • cc002600

      suz, totally disagree

      you don’t pick #2 based on need…..you pick the best player.

      This was a great pick

      yes, you need pitching, but you know what ? This might sound weird, but Pitching is dominating baseball right now, I think its easier to find good pitching right now than it is to find a big, run producing 3rd baseman.

      How many REALLY good 3b’s are out there ? think about it.

      and remember, you can always trade from strength to acquire pitching. They could trade Baez or castro and get some pitching

    • paulcatanese

      Suzy, I agree with you’re opinion, and you make as much sense as anyone on the draft. No one knows how Bryant will turn out, at this point he is a prospect.

      I felt confident with any of the three, but leaning towards Appel, when he was gone to the Astros

      it really didn’t matter to me if they took Bryant or not.

      I felt that Appel was and is the top prospect drafted today, and he will provide almost immediate help to thee Astros. The Cubs could have used that arm.

      • RynoTiger

        well by that logic, then Appel is a prospect too and no one knows how he’ll turn out either. As others on this board have said before, a prospect is just a suspect until proven otherwise. So the entire draft is a crap shoot.

        • Ripsnorter1

          Yup.

        • paulcatanese

          Exactly, no one knows how he will react in front of 50,000 people( well not at an Astro’s home game). As said though, I would have preferred Appel, but he was gone, period.

          Not saying Bryant was not a good pick

    • John_CC

      I’m sorry you are disappointed Suzy. Appel was the consensus #1 pick, and he was picked #1. Bryant is a proven hitter at the collegiate level with prodigious power. He was the far safer pick than Gray.

    • JasonPen

      Where is it written that you need at least one ace, and maybe 2 aces to win a world series? Where is the crystal ball that says Gray would have been an Ace? I liked Gray as much as anyone, even more than Appel, but he isn’t a guarantee. Plus, look at what they’ve been able to do with the current staff. Samardzja could be that ace you are looking for. Wood isn’t that bad either.
      The Cubs need offense just as much as a deep pitching staff, and Bryant was, by far, the best offensive player in this year’s draft.

      As for your “you can’t win a world series without an ace” comment, I’m pretty sure the White Sox did it in 2005, the name Buerle and “ace” have never been mentioned in the same sentence. Unless it was to say that Mark Buerle is not an ace.

      But, let’s assume you are right. You can’t win a world series without at least one or 2 aces….

      Who says you have to draft your aces in the first round? Who says you have to draft them at all?

      The 2009 Yankess had only 1 SP on their team that they drafted, (37 year old Andy Pettitte) and they drafted him in the 22nd round. Their Ace (CC Sabathia) was acquired in Free Agency.

      The Phillies also had recent success with home grown hitters. They signed Cliff Lee and traded for Roy Halladay. Sure, they have Cole Hamels, but he is a borderline ace, and they picked him with the 22nd overall pick (not a top 5 pick).

      The Cubs front office is doing things the right way. I just wish some of the haters on here would give them a little bit of credit.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil
    • J Daniel

      GREAT ARTICLE! Definitely the right pick as of now, time will tell if it was.

  • triple

    I’m happy with this pick. I would have preferred Moran (I know that seems nuts), but I think taking either of the 3rd basemen is/was the safer choice. Just too many high pick pitching failures when compared to offensive players. Btw- Greg Maddux was drafted in the 2nd round. Maybe we get that type of guy with our next pick!

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      There is a lot of similarities between Vitters and Moran, I like this pick better of the two.

      • Ripsnorter1

        Here, Here!

        • J Daniel

          Shows you what they think of Vitters.

    • paulcatanese

      Not nuts, Moran is a left handed hitter, my favorites.

  • gary3411

    I really hope he can play somewhere besides first base. If not, questionable pick with Gray on the board.

    We shall see, but I hope it’s high ceiling HS and a few college pitchers the rest of the way.

  • gary3411

    Ok, after reading a few more reports I am starting to really warm up to this Kris Bryant guy. Much more athletic than I originally thought. Maybe I got him and another player mixed up. If he can player LF or RF that is perfectly fine if he can’t stay at 3rd! I was under the impression it was third, first or a slow LF. That is not the case. This guy’s plate discipline also seems to be legit, which is awesome. Let’s just get pitching in these next few rounds. Hard throwing high schoolers and a few LH pitching college guys with great change ups and command.

    • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

      I like the plate discipline too. They went with a guy that fits ‘the Cubs way’

  • WidespreadHisPanic

    Like I was hoping and been posting! They should take the kid from SD and they did!

    Great pick hope it works out :)

  • Ray Ray

    LOL! Bryant: “I’m open to playing anywhere in the field as long as I’m in middle of the lineup”

    • Denver Mike

      Haha, I like where this kid’s head is at!

    • paulcatanese

      I would have liked it better if he had said “as long as I’m in the lineup”.

    • triple

      You gotta like his confidence in feeling like he belongs in the middle of an MLB lineup. And btw, his coach at SDU batted Bryant leadoff to prevent him from being pitched around so much, and he took 66 walks. I don’t think you have to worry about him being a team player and doing what the manager wants.

  • oldanddisgusted

    Scott Boras!!!

  • Brp921

    Start him at third tomorrow night!

  • Denver Mike

    I was driving home from work, while streaming the draft live through my “At Bat” app, with the audio playing through my car stereo via my iPhone aux cable (technology is amazing!), and I was really surprised by a comment Harold Reynolds made. After the Astros’ pick of Appel, he stated he wouldn’t be shocked to see Appel pitching in the majors THIS July! Now I know as well as anyone that TV personalities love to throw some preposterous statements out there just to make waves, but does anyone else actually believe that? I don’t doubt that his stuff could play in MLB right away, but what would be the point of that? With all the talk of Houston’s financial position, why lose the year of arbitration? I probably pay more attention to Reynolds because I was always a fan of his at ESPN, but that one just blew my mind.

    • Ray Ray

      Yea. I heard Harold say that too. If the team drafted him was in a playoff hunt maybe that would be case but the Astros GM said they will not rush him

    • 07GreyDigger

      He said that? I know they have to say things to stand out, but that’s ridiculous. I always liked him too until that whole beating his wife thing.

      • paulcatanese

        He did say that, I believe in Harold, sharpest one on there.

      • paulcatanese

        I never knew about the wife beating thing, that’s sorry to hear about him.

    • JasonPen

      Well, the Astros also need to sell tickets. Why not send him to the show. If they think he can handle it, go for it. He wouldn’t be the first player drafted that skipped the minors.

  • Brp921

    So, where will Bryant land on the Cubs prospect list?

    • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

      Top 5?

      • DWalker

        once he plays, if he is looking like he stays at third, He might be our new #1. A 1.2 college draft pick is going to be a top prospect in probably any system. I think it really depends on how close you think he is to MLB ready and if he stays at third. Hit tools wise, he’s as good as the top 3 it sounds like and he may be more defensively advanced than Baez and more mature at the plate. Considering he is a college draftee, he may be closer than any of the others, or he might be right there with them. If you think he’s closest to the bigs, I’d say he’s a 1-2. If you think he’s a little farther out, or don’t think he’ll stay as a 3rd base, might drop him down. I think I’d put him as #3 on my list with Almora and Soler, and before Baez with the caveat he hasn’t actually played yet. This winter, I think he’s a good chance at being #1 being at 3rd base unless Baez kicks it into high gear all around (short the fail caveat). Either way, I think we now have 4 really stand out prospects at the top 4.

      • Brp921

        With him being a little older and hitting the way he did with the college bats I think maybe he could crack the top three.

        • JasonPen

          I’d like to see a September call up, let’s just see what he’s got.

          • triple

            That’s a long shot, but if they get him signed quickly and he reports to AZ rookie league, and he settles in there quickly, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him promoted to Kane County and maybe even Daytona by the end of the year. I imagine he’ll make a stop in Kane county though, b/c I’m sure Jed/Theo/Howyer want a good look at him. I easily think if he has success though, that he’d play a good chunk of next year at AA, and get a Sept call up next season.

            As far as where Bryant, will rank, my money says he’ll be ranked 4th to start (behind Baez, Almora, and Soler), and once he gets some playing time, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him move up to 2 or 3.

    • gary3411

      Depends how he does this year (offensively and defensively), Being able to play third base is a pretty big asset we are unsure about at this point.

      Also, he played in a weak college conference. He will be tested with good breaking balls right away at Boise.

      If Bryant does well and looks like he has a shot to stay at third, I think he takes over the 2-spot in the rankings behind Almora. Soler and Baez havn’t been spectacular this year so far he should jump them.

    • cc002600

      #1

    • Tom U

      Until he plays, sixth

      The top five would be:
      1. Jorge Soler, OF
      2. Albert Almora, OF
      3. Arismendy Alcantara, IF
      4. Pierce Johnson, RHP
      5. Javier Baez, SS

      • Suzy S

        Tom, I find it interesting that you have Baez at 5. He’s dropping a little bit.

        • Tom U

          Drafting Bryant now kind of locks in Baez at short. With Alcantara ahead of him and the slick fielding Carlos Penalver behind, Baez has to start showing he can actually play the position.

    • daverj

      I would put him 4th right now … but he could jump even higher fairly quickly.

      1. Soler
      2. Baez
      3. Almora
      4. Bryant

  • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

    Great pick! Welcome to the family Kris. How long do we think until he could crack the lineup? Rookie in 2016?

    • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

      I had heard comparisons to Harper as far as once in a decade talent. We’ll see. If he’s 60% of that he could still be an all-star.

      • paulcatanese

        Don’t know about that comparison, Harper is an animal, not human, feeds on raw meat, takes chunks out of bases when he slides head first.
        Bryant looks human, shaves, as pretty as Kevin Ori was.
        Never liked Harper, but after a year, I admire the kid, and you are right, if he is 60% of Harper, he’s a winner.

        • 07GreyDigger

          Don’t insult the guy and compare him to Kevin Orie.

          • paulcatanese

            I agree with the end result, but he was the “Cats knees” when first brought up.

    • gary3411

      He should be able to make it sooner than that. He’s already 21. That would be 24 in 2016. mid-2015 is probably a good guess but sometime next year is not out of the question if he’s doing well at third and we still don’t have one.

      This isn’t a high school player we’re talking about and used to the last few drafts (Almora, Baez, Vogelbach). This is a polished college slugger who should zoom through the system if he’s as good as we hope.

      • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

        Will he go to rookie leagues or maybe go ahead to Daytona? Would that be unheard of?

        • gary3411

          Boise (short-A, basically rookie league) to start after maybe a couple games in true rookie league (Arizona). If he tears it up there it’s not unheard of to see him in Daytona by the end of the year, certainly by the start of next year.

          Don’t think they’d send him straight to Daytona especially not coming from a great D-1 baseball conference.

        • paulcatanese

          One has to wonder if the 500 AB’s applies here, I wouldn’t think so.

    • cc002600

      2016 ? are you kidding ?

      No way…..he’s up next year at some point

      he will be 22 in January….he’s not a 17 year old high school kid

    • JasonPen

      He’s way before 2016. I say 2015, with an outside shot at 2014 mid season call up.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Maybe Team Theo isn’t quite as ignorant as I thought…..

    • Tony_Hall

      You think….

  • Tom U

    Apologies to everyone at the CCO, as I was unable to respond to their questions.

    After signing Bryant, the first question will be how well he responds to using wooden bats. He will probably spend some time with the AZL Cubs until they are sure he has adjusted.

    Right now, the most likely landing point is with Daytona. The Cubs are very interested in prospects Jeimer Candelario, Jesse Hodges, and Mark Malave at their lower levels, as well as power hitting Miguel Rico in the Venezuelan League. Its as if the organization was holding the spot for Bryant at Advanced-A. They moved Dustin Geiger to first, haven’t played Javier Baez at third, and now have Ben Carhart playing there.

    With the selection of Bryant, you can say that the organization has now achieved positional redundancy at third base.

  • Bryan

    So, looks like a good, solid pick. What I get stunned by is that in our entire farm system there isn’t a single pitcher ready to make an impact. So it looks like we suck this year, and likely next as well…and then hope that all these position players progress as hoped, stay healthy, don’t become head cases etc. Lot’s of wishful thinking. At some point Theo’s master plan has to start producing results at the major league level.

  • SomeGuy27

    So…If Sean Manaea (73.1IP 1.73ERA 49H 93K 1.039 WHIP) falls to 41 do we grab him or is there something in his medicals causing him to fall this far down?

    • SomeGuy27

      Nevermind…

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    The Cubs selected LHP Rob Zastryzny with their second round pick in the 2013 Draft (41st overall)

    • Tom U

      The Cubs have gone heavy on Canadian players in recent years. The list includes Wes Darvill, Justin Marra, Brian Smith, Jesse Hodges, Jasvir Rakkar

      And, of course, honorary Canadian Trevor Gretzky

      • Ray Ray

        Tom, I believe he is from Corpus Christi Tx. I would have preferred Ryan Eades from LSU

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          He was born in Canada, Tom is correct.

    • paulcatanese

      When are the Cubs going to start drafting players with names that can be pronounced?:)

  • Ray Ray

    Big Reach for the 2nd pick! Not crazy about this pick at all

  • gary3411

    Puzzling pick in the second round. Although I am a fan of solid command/changeup/lefty/college proven combination in the draft because there are plenty of those type pitchers at the top of major league rotations, I’m unsure why this Zastryzny gave up more hits than innings pitched this past year as a junior? That somewhat scares me. That and the fact that this guy may have been there next round if they really liked him that much.

  • cloycub13

    Zaz is a college lefty with size and the ability to mix his pitches and speeds. And he projects as a starter. Maybe a reach, but a solid reach that could come in under slot.
    Really digging the Bryant selection. I would also have preferred Appel, but que sera. The Cubs now have a silly amount of bats. Think about this for a sec…
    Castro, Rizzo, Almora, Soler, Bryant, Baez, Vogelbomb, Golden etc… the list goes on. Do you know what happens when you have a list of bats, You are in a position to deal for arms. I think the core of starting pitching is not here. It is elsewhere and it will get mined. If If If If If the suspects in the everyday lineup grow, progress and live up to potential, AND all arrive about the same time. Look out. The lineup would be athletic and powerful, and those that are just below get dealt for pitching.
    Go Cubs, the plan becomes clearer every day, and I for one have bought in.

    • Ripsnorter1

      I think Castro is a goner. Team Theo will flush him away sometime in the next year.

      • gary3411

        Wish they did when they first took over. His value was crazy high. Not worth it now unless he has a great second half.

        Plus, he has been locked up. I’ve never heard of a young player like that sign such a contract and then get traded not long after. It may have happened, just not that I can think of.

    • paulcatanese

      You are right, the trade flag is slowly rising.

    • John_CC

      Exactly.

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  • JasonPen

    I love the pick! It seems like alot of the people like to discredit the decisions Epstein and Hoyer are making, but overall, I feel like the team is taking a turn for the better. Bryant over Gray was a good decision. When you are trying to build a high character team, you have to pass on a player that has suspicions of drug use.
    Plus, when you examine the FA market, and the pitchers that might be available via trade, Bryant was a no-brainer. The guy hit 31 HRs and had an OPS of over 1.300. Anyone who feels dissatisfied with that kind of production doesn’t have a leg to stand on.
    As to some comments I see with people wanting Moran more than Bryant? I have no idea what you are looking at. Bryant’s numbers are clearly better across the board.
    Any chance Bryant makes it up in September? I know it’s a long shot, but it could happen.

  • J Daniel

    No question a good pick. We know they will not all pan out but it appears that they are building a pretty good team to put on the field on a daily basis.

    I agree they need pitching desperately but they also need power! How about Bryant and Rizzo at the corners along with Soler, Almora, and Lake in the outfield? I believe that Castro will be moved but not until next year. IMO they should let him do his thing and NOT try to change him – he WILL hit and when he starts hitting again like he has in the past – then move him. Not sure if Baez is ready to take over but there are many David Ecksteins out there that you can win with.