This one is alot closer then people like to think. It's a battle between two different types of players, and two different draft stratgies.
Strategy one- draft the best player available regardless of postions.
Strategy two- draft speed early and often, pick up cheap power bats later.
If you're in camp a, then you're going to be the one drafting Hanley Ramirez, the down side is, you've got to have the first overall pick, or the the second pick, and hope that the other guy like A-Rod, or Pujols more.
With Hanley you know that you're getting a game changer and a bona fide stud. He's got the talent to put up a 40/40 season. Though I doubt he will. Last season he did post 33 hr, and 35 sb. A 4 hr improvement over 2007, but a 16 sb decrease. Granted he made 50 less AB, but in only one less game played. Attribute that the Marlins looking to move his powerful bat lower in the lineup, ideally the number 3 slot.
The move down to the RBI slots will ultimately improve his RBI totals and maybe even the HR, but the hit in sb will be significant. I'd also be looking for a slight decline in runs as well if he moves down.
Of course this no slight to Hanley, he is the best power option at ss but...
Jose Reyes, is a burner. The guy can flat out fly. Sure last season was a relative "disappointment" but if 58 sb is a poor season, sign me. But only of course if it goes along with 113r, 16hr, 56rbi, and a .297avg. Pretty sure those are good numbers.
I know that some out there are screaming, you want ELITE PRODUCTION FROM 5 CATS WITH YOUR 1st ROUNDER!
Well maybe not screaming, but you get the picture. The argument for Reyes stems largely from the fact that it is much more difficult to draft great speed later on then it is to draft good power. (Note this more draft strategy related then Hanley vs Reyes)
The difference between Reyes and Micheal Bourn and Wily Taveras is that Reyes does not provide shallow steals. He provides production across the board. He doesn't hurt you in any manner, and is a great trading chip should you need the power.
Think about this. It's the 20th round, and you've drafted Jose Reyes in the 1st and you're looking at drafting Mark Reynolds. It looks likes a great match. Combined you're looking at 45+hr, 160+rbi, 225+r, 70+sb, and a .270avg. Not to bad.
Or this, the guy right after you drafted David Wright, and he's looking to sneak 40sb onto his roster, so he drafts Wily Taveras. Combined he's managed to wrangle up 35+hr, 140+rbi, 190+r, 80sb, .285avg.
The numbers seem close, but the fact that Reyes provides solid numbers across the board, allows you to grab a strike out prone bat with potential that could explode. Either that or you're stuck rostering a SB threat with terrible peripherials.
In a scratch draft, based on my own drafting tendencies I'm apt to select Ramirez, but I wouldn't fault anyone for selecting Reyes in this argument.