Thursday, November 20, 2008
Season 10 Draft Recap - Kansas City through Nashville
Kansas City Express
--With the #8 pick the Express took RF Derrick Brumbaugh, a good hitter with excellent splits and the durability to play 162 games. His power is a little weak for a corner outfield position, but seeing as how there was only one or two players who could actually hit a home run in the draft, this was a good pick. SP Shane Witte has lights out control, but his splits are worrisome, which will probably relegate him to a bullpen role if he makes the majors. SS Tito Norman has a gold glove, but a lead bat, but should make the majors on the merits of his defensive play.
Anaheim Sharks (Los Angeles)
--Picked at #31, SP Joe Lorraine is a potential 4 or 5 starter, with above average splits and excellent pitches. His control is only so-so, and he gives up quite a few fly balls, but he should be able to make the majors. 2nd round pick Sam Dunham is only a borderline prospect, but 3rd round pick RP Sal Torres has big league splits and pitches, which should help him make the majors as a solid setup man. There is a definite quality drop after Torres, but considering how late they picked, this was an ok draft.
--With the #21 pick in the draft the Tysons selected RP Dusty Joyce. Joyce boasts incredible control, but his splits are only average, and his pitch selection is only average as well. He might make the bigs as a setup man. Ray Buckley and Cecil Scott are borderline prospects to make the majors, but the rest of the Tysons draft looks to be minor league filler. Definitely not Louisvilles best draft, especially with the number of supplemental picks they had this season.
Mexico City Diablos Rojos
--With the #15 pick the Diablos Rojos selected the only true slugger in the draft in Darryl Young. A natural 1B, Young boasts tremendous power and excellent hitting skills, with only a slight weak spot against right handed pitching. His durability may also be an issue in the future, but he should still make the majors with the bat he possesses. Supplemental pick RP Davy Key has the potential to be a left hand specialist out of the pen, and LF George Kirwan packs big punch in his bat, and both have the potential to make the majors. Not a bad draft at all by Mexico City.
Nashville Rebel Riders
--With their highest pick being 3rd rounder Luis Navarro, the Rebel Riders were not too concerned with building through the draft this season, which turned out to be a wise move. Navarro is a career minor leaguer, as are the rest of the teams picks this season. Nashville doesn't get an F simply because they were smart (or lucky) enough to avoid this draft.