Last Friday, we had a good discussion over whether or not the Detroit Tigers made a mistake by leaving catcher James Skelton off their 40-man roster, thus allowing another team to select him in the upcoming Rule 5 draft.
Some think the Tigers could regret not protecting a promising young catcher. Others believe Detroit is taking the correct risk, given the unlikelihood of another team picking up a third catcher that would have to remain on the major league roster next season.
The first side might find it interesting to see who our SB Nation broham Bucs Dugout highlighted as the best position player available among Rule 5 eligible players:
This year, the best position player available that I've seen is catcher James Skelton of the Tigers. He's worth considering because he's not old and he looks like he might become a plus hitter if he stays behind the plate, but his defense is apparently not very good, and he's pretty small, so his power may not come along. Also, he's a lefty, so he wouldn't really complement Ryan Doumit.
However, the second side would note that Charlie didn't say the Pirates would (or should) select Skelton. He prefers Rays reliever Eduardo Morlan as someone who could stay on the major league roster and make a contribution.
So whose point is better supported by this? Is it notable that another blogger thinks Skelton is the best position player available? Or does the assertion that pitchers are more likely to be drafted mean the Tigers probably made the right decision in not protecting him on the 40-man roster?