Saturday, November 22, 2008
Season 10 Draft Recap - New York through Pittsburgh
New York Titans
--The Titans selected SP Phil Harris with the #27 pick in the draft. Harris is a high control, high velocity pitcher with a top notch selection of pitches. His splits are only slightly above average, but his other attributes should put him in a ML rotation at some point in the future. Supplemental pick SS Kevin Vining and 2nd round pick CF Brad Killebrew probably have a future as backups in the majors. The rest of the Titans draft yielded solid but not spectacular minor league filler.
New York Pick Pockets
--The Pick Pockets took SP Stephen Carson with the 18th pick in the draft. Carson boasts lights out splits, stamina, 3 good pitches, and doesn't give up many fly balls. But there is one problem with him, and it is a major one, his projected mid 30's control. It is very difficult to make it in the majors with control at that level, although with his other talents he might be able to pull it off. 2nd round pick C Dan Mottola has better big league potential with his excellent splits and capable fielding skills. 3rd round pick P Ruben Gonzalez also should make the majors with his above average splits and 4 great pitches. New Yorks draft drops off in quality after these picks, but it was a good job overcoming the risky first pick with two steals in the following rounds.
--The Sluggers gambled with their first pick of the draft, P Jorge Ordonez, who hasn't signed after demanding 8.5 million dollars out of the gate. Omaha was able to sign it's supplementary round picks however, and ended up with a collection of similar pitchers who all have potential to make the majors. While none of their 1st round picks will be stars, the Times Herald likes the potential of Jack Carter the best, although Dave Holloway, Zachary Sterns, and Derrick Bird all boast similar potential to be either setup men or back of the rotation starters. The rest of the sluggers early round picks all boast attributes that could land them on a ML roster at some point, even 5th round pick RF Archie Lee. While there may be no outstanding player in this draft, the depth of the Sluggers picks in a horrible draft class is commendable, especially without the signing of their top pick.
--With the 24th pick in the draft Pawtucket selected SP Norman Michaels, a workhorse pitcher with 5 good pitches, including a nearly unhittable 4 seam FB. His control and splits are slightly above average, but his pitch selection will make those attributes a bit better. #28 overall pick LF Randall Rogers is potentially a bigger star in the making, with exceptional hitting skills, including splits vs. right handers projected in the mid 90's. The G-Maniacs continued their run of solid picks in the supplemental round with pitchers King Gonzales and Wolf Caruso, who both have potential to be top line starters or relievers. Gonzales especiall has the control, splits, and pitch selection to be a #3 starter in the majors. In fact pretty much all of Pawtuckets picks in the first 5 rounds could conceivably make the big leagues, which in this seasons draft is a major accomplishment. Pawtucket scored what is probably the best draft of the season.
--The SSP took SS Jack Carpenter with the #20 overall pick in the draft. Carpenter is a solid fielding SS with exceptional hitting talents vs. lefties, and great speed and baserunning ability. He will need to fully reach his fielding projections to be effective at SS, so he might need to see a move to another infield spot in the future. 2nd Round pick Juan Suarez shows good power but needs to work on his other hitting abilities if he is to make the bigs, and 3rd round pick SS Vladimir Nunez has one of the best gloves in the entire draft, and is golden in the field. None of the other picks by the SSP show ML potential.