Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Season 9 Draft Recap - Anaheim through Durham

Cortez Mack - Cobb Times Herald

Wayne Burns
Age: 21B/T: R/R
Born: Kansas City, MO
Position(s): 3B
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Anaheim Sharks
--Anaheim scored a good first round pick in Wayne Burns, a good hitting everyday 3b who can really toast lefties. His only downside is his average defense for 3b, and his weak batting eye, but it is still a good value pick at #31, projecting to an 81 overall. Second round pick Harry White didn't sign, and nobody else that the Sharks drafted has any real major league potential. Burns is a good player, but not enough to make this more than an average draft.
Grade: C+

Sammy Hunt
Age: 22B/T: R/R
Born: Sylva, NC
Position(s): C
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Charlotte Dogs
--The Dogs had an interesting draft, picking up several solid role players and perhaps the best catcher in the draft in Sammy Hunt. Hunt may have been the highest picked catcher at #10, but his skill set doesn't appear at first glance to be worthy of a top ten pick, with only average fielding and pitch calling abilities being evident. 2nd round pick SS Bernie Javier has a potential gold glove, and SP Bobby Colin was a steal for a 5th round pick.
Grade: B

Placido Tarasco
Age: 21B/T: L/L
Born: Morganfield, KY
Position(s): P (SP1)
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Chicago Sabercats
--The Sabercats continued their recent trend of drafting very good starting pitchers with their first pick in Placido Tarasco, a tricky lefty with impeccable control and devastating movement. Tarasco has what it takes to be a #1 starter, and was definitely a good pick at #11. 2nd round pick SP John Cooper also has big league potential, although his movement isn't nearly as deceptive as Tarascos. The rest of the draft drops in quality significantly with the 3rd round pick, all looking like career minor leaguers. But getting a pitcher like Tarasco is always a good way to have a solid draft.
Grade: B+

Tanner Halama
Age: 18B/T: S/R
Born: Channelview, TX
Position(s): P (SP3)
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Durham Pitbulls
--The Pitbulls drafted who many scouts considered to be the second best pitcher in the draft behind Eric Houck in Tanner Halama, and because he signed, Durham scored the best pitcher in the draft at the #9 pick. Halama has the potential to be a top of the rotation starter. Control and Splits project excellently and he has 4 pitches that project over 60, including a knuckler projected at 100! His velocity projects to be outstanding and excellent durability and health are a plus as well. Drawbacks are low stamina and low GB/FB ratio. He should be able to over come these and form a powerful 1-2 punch at the top of the rotation with Omar Valenzuela in the future. The Pitbulls draft didn't stop with Halama however, as all of their rounds 1-5 picks have big league potential. This was debatably the best draft in the league this season.
Grade: A+

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