I thought I'd go dig out some quotes from Michael Lewis's book, especially from the chapter on the 2002 draft. Billy Beane desperately wanted Nick Swisher with the 16th pick, and was worried about other teams taking him first, especially the Mets, drafting one spot higher. Then he finds out the Mets might take Scott Kazmir.
"Scott Kazmir is yet another high school pitcher in whom the A's haven't the slightest interest. Billy's so excited he doesn't even bother to say how foolish it is to take a high school pitcher with a first round pick."
Drafting one spot after the A's, another team was foolish enough to waste a first round pick on a high school lefthander, and Cole Hamels went to Philadelphia.
Tomorrow, Kazmir and Hamels will face each other in the world series. Hamels will have to face another high schooler from that draft, Bossman Upton Jr. Of course, the A's didn't blow that draft, as their first rounders Nick Swisher and Joe Blanton have had major league value, though they eventually just became trade bait. Blanton will start game four of the world series.
The mocking tone Lewis uses for all the teams that fail to share the A's draft strategy does not pass the test of time though. There were many good players in that draft, and while the A's got two, they are nowhere near the best of the 2002 draft.