Friday, August 29, 2008
Season 9 Draft Recap - Toledo through Wichita
--With the #3 pick in the draft Toledo took potential megastar SS Sal Fox. Fox is a hitting machine who has just enough glove to play SS, but may see a shift to 3B or CF in the future if he doesn't develop fully defensively. His bat though needs no conditioning, he will be very good in the lineup for years. 2nd round pick CF Al Cook is very solid defensively, with good contact and batting eye skills at the plate, but is otherwise weak with the bat. SS Roscoe Hill and 2b Raymond King might make the bigs as backups, but otherwise the only other notable pick in the Toledo draft was 6th round selection Beamer Blowers, who gets the Times Herald award for best name in the draft.
Toronto Blue Jays
--The Blue Jays draft was a bust, with 1st and 2nd round picks RF Melvin Gonzalez and P Wilton Bates electing not to sign. That left their highest signed pick 3rd rounder SS Rolando Hernandez, an average hitting and fielding SS. 5th round pick LF Stephen Smart shows some major pop with the bat, but otherwise there isn't anything worth mentioning in the Blue Jays draft. The sting of the non signings was lessened significantly by the signing of international superstar SP Benito Beltre, but this draft still did not turn out well for Toronto.
--With the 19th pick in the draft, Vancouver selected SP Ed Mills. He looks like a potential ML 3-4 starter. He'll have enough stamina to stay in games late, and he has two decent pitches (slider and curve ball), an average fastball, and a crappy slider. His high health and makeup are also very handy. Supplemental pick (33) SS Erubiel Bonilla could be a steal at 33. Bonilla has the potential to be a star ML shortstop. He is projected to be a great fielding SS, but his bat is what makes him an exciting prospect, with above average hitting skills across the board. 2nd round pick RF Dan Lincoln is solid, as is 4th round pick 2b Tom Cornelius. 5th round pick 3b Xavier Caminiti has major league power and might make it as a backup somewhere. This was a pretty solid and deep draft for Vancouver.
--The Wankers used the #17 pick in the draft on 1B Vic Flores, a slugger with no weaknesses at the plate. The health nut should be able to play most games, and has a better than average glove for 1B, but it is his awesome skill with the bat that makes him a very solid pick. 2nd and 3rd round picks Mo Hodges and Steven Neal might make the majors in the bullpen, and 5th round pick 2b Stevie Milligan has some intriguing splits and skills at the plate that might allow him to be a backup somewhere. Otherwise it's just a bunch of minor leagues in the Wankers draft.