Thursday, February 12, 2009

Season 11 Draft Recap - AL South

AL South

Ralph Woods
Age: 22B/T: L/R
Born: Portland, OR
Position(s): C
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Charlotte Dogs
--With the #10 pick in the draft the Dogs picked up mega slugger C Ralph Woods. Woods has everyday durability, is above average defensively, and can hit the hide off of nearly every baseball thrown his direction. If Francisco Espada weren't in this draft, Woods would hands down be the best catcher in it, but still is a franchise player once he develops. The rest of the Dogs draft features some AAAA players who might make the bigs, with P Arthur Spier having the best chance due to his control and pitch selection. Woods is worth his weidth though, and gives the Dogs a good grade.
Grade: B+

Thurman Tresh
Kansas City
Age: 22B/T: R/R
Born: Palm Harbor, FL
Position(s): SS
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Kansas City Express
--The #3 pick has it's benefits, and in this instance it was the selection of future superstar SS Thurman Tresh. Tresh has an amazing glove, and some of the best hitting stats in a SS since Dallas Kline. He doesn't have the everyday durability you would like to see in a franchise player, but should still be able to get 130+ games in over a season, which is still pretty good. 2nd round pick 2B Tanner Carillo has a solid eye and a good glove, and has ML potential. After that the K.C. draft descends into minor league filler. Tresh has the potential to be great though, and brings up K.C.'s score.
Grade: B+

Norman Shields
Mexico City
Diablos Rojos
Age: 21B/T: R/R
Born: Grandview, WA
Position(s): 2B
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Mexico City Diablos Rojos
--When your best pick is a 3rd rounder who hasn't signed, and you are left showcasing a 4th round minor league powerhouse, you know that it probably won't equal a grade A draft. But somebody had to provide all those supplemental picks for other teams, and that would be Mexico City. Since they really didn't focus on the draft this season, they probably don't care that they don't receive a passing grade.
Grade: F

Mariano Ramirez
Rebel Riders
Age: 18B/T: L/L
Born: San Diego, CA
Position(s): P (SP1)
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Nashville Rebel Riders
--Nashville used the #27 pick on P Mariano Ramirez, a hard throwing lefty with projected 100 control, and 3/5 pitches near or above 80. Ramirez doesn't have the stamina to make him a true starter, but he would excel in the bullpen as a 2 inning closer, and is a very good first round choice. Supplemental pick RP Dwight Averill has ML potential as a left hand specialist, and 2nd round pick C Ronnie Jacobsen has starting lineup capability. 4th round pick C Bill Parker could also make it into the majors as a backup, and completes a pretty solid draft for the Rebel Riders.
Grade: B+

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