Thursday, August 28, 2008
Season 9 Draft Recap - Nashville through Pawtucket
Nashville Rebel Riders
--With the 18th pick in the draft Nashville chose RP Bret Cosby, a hard throwing right hander with all the tools to be a top tier closer. His only potential weakness is his GB/FB ratio, but if he develops fully he should be able to overcome that problem. Supplemental pick (39) Peter Hinske could be a steal if he can overcome his control issues, as the rest of the package with him is right on for a back end starter, from his splits to his 3 excellent pitches. 3rd round pick SP Morris Eckstein is a fringe player at best, but 3rd round pick P Pedro Serra should be very good in a setup role in a major league bullpen. 4th round pick Albert Gutierrez has an elite major league glove, but after him the draft gets weak.
New York Pick Pockets
--With the 13th pick in the draft the Pick Pockets selected SP Al Morales. Morales has all of the tools necessary to become a front end starter, but needs to spend enough time in the minors to fully develop his skills vs. right handed hitting, which currently are weak. But lefties better watch out vs. Morales, who has a knack for putting them out. 2nd round pick SP Al Santos doesn't have the skills necessary to be anything other than a minor leaguer, and the same can be said for the other 16 pitchers taken by New York in the draft. Outside of Morales, there really isn't much to write about here.
New York Titans
--With pick #24 the Titans selected SS Joel Valentin, an above average hitter for the SS position, but with a projected glove rating that probably makes him better suited to 3B. He should still be a productive hitter at the hot corner however, but don't expect to see him at SS in the majors. Supplemental pick (41) Trever Street should be able to overcome the horrible misspelling of his first name and his suspect durability to become a solid pitcher in the bigs. 2nd round pick Alfredo O'Keefe didn't sign, and the rest of the draft contains fringe players at best.
--The Sluggers picked very late in the draft at #30, but still managed to score a very good offensive player in Harry Ordaz. Ordaz has good power for the 2b position, and above average hitting skills elsewhere. Supplemental pick (43) Don Walker should make it as a back of the rotation ML starter. Omaha's 3rd through 5th round picks are all fringe players who might make the bigs on lesser teams, and after that the quality of the draft starts to suffer.
--Due to the bonanza of picks the G's had, the Cobb Times Herald took this scouting report directly from the Pawtuckets scouting office. Ajax Worley (29) is a slugging 1B/DH who apparently likes to smoke a lot weed. Look at his eyes, he's high right now. He was the third rated 1B in the draft but the G-Maniacs needed to add a heavy bat to lineup which Worley should provide in a few years. Now only if we could get him off the dope, he'd be a true DITR. Trever McMillon (32) should be a valuable long relief pitcher with good control, splits against righties and a dominant first pitch. His other pitches are hittable and will hold him back from being a top pitcher. Albert Velazquez (34) is a slick fielding 3B with a decent bat and a great eye. He should be a valuable piece to a championship team as a starter or a utility player. Howie Owens is a contact hitting right fielder with a decent arm who looks like he could be a number two hitter in the future with his excellent bunting skills. Buck Jenkins (36) is a RF/LF with a fair bat but a great eye. He will most likely be a role player. Sandy Jefferies 42) is a slick fielding, slap hitting short stop who will be very valuable to a defensive minded team. The rest of the draft contains quite a few AAAA players. This was a very deep draft, although lacking in star power outside of Worley.