Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Season 9 Draft Recap - Fargo through Huntington
Fargo Fug Nuts
--The Fug Nuts didn't have a first round pick, but with their recent history of draft disasters, it probably wouldn't have mattered much anyways. Still, the Fug Nuts managed to pick a potential long relief pitcher in Corban Brush with their 2nd round pick, and 3rd round pick 2b Royce McGee has some big league potential as well. The rest of the draft is a bust however.
--The Hellraisers had a very successful draft, scoring a front end starter at #16 in Pablo Sisqueros. The high schooler could be a #2 starter, with pinpoint control and 3 good pitches. The lefty has decent splits and has been dominating the rookie league (0.88 WHIP, .176 OAV). 1st compensatory pick (#38) Ernie Muratore is a left-handed starter who has better splits than Siqueiros, but doesn't have the control or the three good pitches. He has 1 great pitch and another good pitch, and is very tough against lefties. 2nd compensatory pick (#46) Esmailyn Alfonzo should be an average 2nd baseman if he develops defensively, or a below average outfielder if he doesn't. 2nd round pick Max Guapo has potential to make the bigs as a relief pitcher, and 3rd round pick Abdul Duckworth boasts major league power and should make a lineup somewhere at some point.
--Honolulu had a mildly successful draft, netting at least two legitimate major league prospects. First round pick (#8) Randall Slaughter is a hard throwing right hander with pinpoint control, above average splits, and no weak pitches. He definitely has #1 or #2 starter potential. 2nd round pick RP Neil Brush is more of a risk, who projects to be dominant at closer if (and it's a big if) he can overcome his suspect control. 3rd and 4th round picks Gregg Durbin and Philip Brinkley should make a major league squad in some capacity as well.
--For what seems like the 9th season in a row, the Hillbillies drafted a power hitting 1b with their first round pick. Jude Harris, taken at #21, is definitely solid gold as a hitter, with his only drawback being his lack of power for the position. 2nd round pick C Hector Mercado has a major league bat, but his catching skills are only average. 3rd round pick SP Tony Kramer is good vs. righties and boasts above average control, but only having 3 average pitches is a detriment. After Kramer the talent level starts to drop considerably. This was a solid but not specatacular draft, considering Huntington basically used their top two picks on positions where they are already very deep.