Saturday, November 22, 2008

Season 10 Draft Recap - Richmond through Sioux Falls

Harold Austin
Age: 18B/T: R/R
Born: Spooner, WI
Position(s): P (SP1)
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Richmond Cohibas
--With the #3 overall pick in the draft the Cohibas drafted future #1 starter Harold Austin. Austin boasts incredible splits, control, velocity, and three pitches projected above 80. In sum, Austin will be dominant if he stays healthy through his development. Supplemental pick SP Adam Reagen might make the majors if he can overcome his control issues, and 2nd round pick 2b Carlton Curtis can field well and play every day, but unfortunately doesn't project to have big league hitting skills. The same can also be said about 3rd round pick 2b Michael Carpenter. The rest of the Cohibas draft yielded some decent minor league filler. The pick of Austin brings this draft grade up from what would have been an otherwise low score.
Grade: B

Blade Haas
Age: 18B/T: L/L
Born: San Juan Bautista, CA
Position(s): P (SP2)
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Salem Bitches
--The Bitches took SP Blade Haas with the #2 overall pick in the draft. Haas is a healthy workhorse SP with great control and good pitches, with above average splits. He should surely be an effective pitcher in the majors if he fully develops. Supplemental pick SP Chris Hosmer could also make the majors based on his control and pitch selection, which will have to overcome his subpar splits vs. right handed hitting. The following rounds brought in a few minor league workhorse SP's and some lineup filler for the rookie squad.
Grade: C+

Mitch Diaz
St. Louis
Age: 22B/T: R/R
Born: Colorado Springs, CO
Position(s): P (ClA)
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St. Louis HoundDogs
--First round pick Henry Baker would have been solid if he would have signed. But that is looking like it is not a possibility, leaving St. Louis with 2nd round pick Mitch Diaz as their best draftee this season. Diaz has some potential as a reliever in the bigs, but will have troubles overcoming his 2nd pitch, which is only projected to a 52 rating. His splits and control are definitely good enough though. The rest of St. Louis's draft brought in a bunch of minor league workhorse pitchers who should never see a major league roster.
Grade: D

Victor Santayana
Age: 18B/T: R/R
Born: Ontario Center, NY
Position(s): P (SP1)
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Scranton Dragons
--With the #23 pick in the draft the Dragons took SP Victor Santayana. Santayana is an extremely hard throwing workhorse with excellent control and 5 very good pitches. His splits are above average but not spectacular, but his pitch selection and velocity are ML quality, and will land him a rotation spot. Pitchers Darrel Gagne and Alex Hernandez are borderline prospects who might make the majors someday, but will likely cap out at AAA. 5th round pick SS Bob Shaw has a ML glove, but the rest of the Dragons draft yielded no further prospects of note.
Grade: C+

Marv Hollandsworth
Sioux Falls
Corn Cleats
Age: 19B/T: S/R
Born: Yellville, AR
Position(s): P (SP2)
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Sioux Falls Corn Cleats
--The Corn Cleats selected SP Marv Hollandsworth with the #16 pick in the draft. Hollandsworth projects to have very good splits, velocity, and control, and an adequate pitch selection. He probably will not have a future as a starter however as his stamina will probably top out in the 50's, so it looks as if his role will be in the pen as a setup man or closer. Supplemental round pick RF Wilt Lewis has potential to be a backup in the bigs, but after him the Cleats draftees are borderline prospect at best.
Grade: C+

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