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For instance, the Royals had just five college hitters in our sample, and we're only looking at their first year of professional ball.
The first thing that jumps out at us when comparing the college statistics of draftees is that there are definite groupings. Teams like the Astros, Red Sox, Mets, and Padres obviously look at drafting players who have had superior offensive seasons in their draft-eligible years. Other teams - among them the Royals, Tigers, Twins, and even the Reds (led by Walt Jocketty, Luhnow’s former boss) - have turned toward players who may not have done as well in college statistically, probably with the idea of exploiting the players’ tools through coaching and development.
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