Thursday, August 28, 2008

Season 9 Draft Recap - Philadelphia through Scranton

Vladimir Espinosa
Floppin' Phils
Age: 22B/T: L/R
Born: San Marcos, TX
Position(s): C
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Philadelphia Floppin' Phils
--The Phils only had 2 high picks due to their type A FA binge in the offseason, but they made them count in #15 overall pick C Vladimir Espinosa, probably the best overall catcher in the draft. Espinosa can hit quite good, and has excellent defensive and pitch calling skills. #45 pick Guillermo Sanchez is a better hitter, but less talented behind the plate, and is probably better suited to be a very talented DH. There is nothing else worth noting in the Phil's draft, but for having so few picks, they made them count.
Grade: A-

Vance Scheppers
Age: 22B/T: L/L
Born: Chittenango, NY
Position(s): P (SP1)
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Pittsburgh SSP
--The SSP took SP Vance Scheppers with the #20 pick in the draft. Scheppers is a workhorse SP who should make the bigs, but his weakness vs. right handed hitting could be a crucial issue in determining whether he is a starter or long relief. But his control and velocity are excellent, so there are high hopes he will fulfill his promise. 2nd round pick Beamer Stevenson projects to be a solid but not spectacular setup man in the pen, and 3rd round pick Eric Helling could make the bigs if he can overcome his control issues. 4th round pick Emmet Shields skill vs. right handed pitching could land him a spot on an ML roster, but after him there really aren't any big league prospects in the draft.
Grade: C+

Brian Wesson
Age: 18B/T: S/L
Born: Pensacola, FL
Position(s): P (SP1)
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Richmond Cohibas
--By now everybody knows about the spurning of the Cohibas by #1 overall pick Eric Houck, which was a shock to the league when one of the best pitching prospects in recent memory decided to pursue a career in fashion design. Richmond still managed to snag a couple of good prospects in spite of the Houck fiasco in SP Brian Wesson and RF Bernie McNamara. Wesson sports good control and pitches, but has some problems vs. right handed hitting. McNamara is a slap hitter with a good eye, but lacks the power for a corner OF position. 4th round pick RP Bo Peterson might make the bigs, but after him the Cohibas draft doesn't show much talent.
Grade: C-

Roosevelt Fox
Santa Fe
Heat Wave
Age: 18B/T: L/L
Born: Edison, NJ
Position(s): P (SP3)
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Santa Fe Heat Wave
--With the #5 pick in the draft, the Heat Wave went for a future ace in SP Roosevelt Fox. Fox sports all the tools necessary to become a #1 starter once he fully develops. His control, velocity, and splits are above average, but what makes him special is his awesome pitch selection with 4 65+ pitches, and a 45 rated 5th pitch. 2nd round pick P Carson Wise should make the majors in some capacity, as should 3rd round pick 3b Walter Haney. The Heat Wave's draft drops in quality significantly after Haney, although 14th round pick C Bing Munoz could be a sleeper to make a name for himself. The scoring of Fox was a pitching prospect this team desperately needed.
Grade: A-

Fausto Rojas
Age: 18B/T: R/R
Born: Garland, UT
Position(s): 3B/MIF/RF/DH
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Scranton Dragons
--The Dragons took IF Fausto Rojas with the 28th pick in the draft, and in doing so added a player who can play multiple positions in the field with a solid bat for all of them. Boasting above average splits and power, Rojas also has a good enough glove to play anywhere except SS. 2nd round pick Nap Nickle is a CF with a major league glove and a minor league bat. 3rd round pick P Ricardo Rivera has bullpen potential, but after him there isn't really anyone else who might make the bigs.
Grade: C+

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