Thursday, August 28, 2008
Season 9 Draft Recap - Iowa City through Mexico City
Iowa City Corn Dogs
--The Corn Dogs picked up a winner with the #12 pick in the draft with 2b Carl Alexander. Projected to reach lofty heights near a 90's OV ranking by some scouts, the power hitting Alexander shows absolutely no weak spots and has top 5 pick talent. 2nd round pick 2b Weldon Anderson is solid with the glove and above average with the bat, but lacks Alexanders power. 3rd and 4th round picks 2b A. J. Monroe and SP Ernest Bryant also have enough talent to make it as role players for a major league team in the future. Definately a productive draft with a can't miss prospect for Iowa City.
--To be completely honest, the Pollocks did not have a good draft. 1st round pick Bobby Bell is a marginal bench player at best, and the rest of the draft pretty much goes downhill from there. The only thing keeping this from being an 'F' is 2nd round pick SP John Lowe, who has the control and pitch selection to make it to the major leagues in some function.
Kansas City KILL
--The KILL had the opportunity to make a big splash with the #2 overall pick in the draft, and they did just that with the signing of RF Vinny Jang. A complete package at the plate, Jang should post Hall of Fame numbers over the course of his career if he doesn't get injured. Jang is also above average defensively for RF as well. 2nd round pick RP Don Coleridge is an exciting bullpen prospect with good control, splits, and pitches. The 3rd through 5th round picks should also make the big leagues as well, especially 4th round pick RP Phil Koh, whose only weak point is his suspect control. This was a solid draft for the KILL.
--The Tysons made the best of their late pick in the draft by selecting LF Randy Rose with the 26th pick. An exceptional contact hitter, Rose should hit for a high average, but only with average power. Supplemental pick (47) Sandy Tatum may actually turn out to be a better player, as he is better with the stick than Rose in all areas other than contact. 3rd round pick 3b Sid Sheffield might make it as a backup, but the rest of the draft is nothing but career minor leaguers.
Mexico City Diablos Rojos
--Mexico city used their first pick (23) on SP Danny Beamon, a hard throwing rightie with excellent control, splits, and two lights out pitches (90+). The only problem with him is that his only other pitch projects to a 32, so it will be interesting to see if he can get by on his top two pitches alone. Still, it was a very good pick for that position in the draft. Supplemental pick (40) RP Geoffrey Knight projects to be a solid setup man in the pen, while 3rd round pick SS Lawrence Cornelius should be a wiz with the glove with some surprising skill at the plate vs. right handed pitching. The rest of the draft is composed of AAAA players to career minor leaguers.