■ Q&A with Rangers general manager Daniels (Victoria Advocate)
Q: When it comes to drafting young players, high school kids who are leaving the house for the first time, how important are their families to helping ease their sons into being a pro baseball player?■ How a botched draft pick turned into Drew Storen (DC.SBNation.com)
A: That's a part we really stressed with our scouts - get in the home, see what these kids are like, are they going to be able to handle it. Not everybody is ready to go out and sign right away. A lot of it comes down to their families.
We put our managers at our three lowest levels stateside with them. Jayce Tingler (MU 00-03) has really worked with a lot of young kids and has a really good feel for that. He's the first guy who's going to teach them how to be a professional.
Would you trade Drew Storen for a Double-A starter with an ERA over five? Thankfully, Jim Bowden sort of did, and the Nats are better for it.
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But, because the rules of the draft had changed, it wasn't truly a squandering, and that's what leads us to Storen. When Aaron Crow didn't sign, the Nats received a compensatory selection in the 2009 draft. In effect, the team traded 2008 Aaron Crow for 2009 Drew Storen.