Monday, February 16, 2009

Season 11 Draft Recap - AL East

AL East

Theodore Hafner
Age: 18B/T: R/R
Born: Oakland City, IN
Position(s): P (P)
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Cleveland Steamers
--The Steamers used the #22 pick in the draft on talented but injury risk SP Theodore Hafner. In a cruel twist of fate, Hafner was injured for 320+ games in the first inning of his first game in the Rookie League this season. So the verdict is out on whether or not he will actually be any good, but with a career opener like that, the odds are not in his favor. If he can overcome his injuries, then he has good splits, control, and pitch selection to work with. Clevelands second round pick Casey McDonald has a gold glove for a 2b/CF, but his hitting is strictly minor league. No other top five round picks signed for Cleveland, leaving this class based mostly on Hafner, who is mostly in the hospital.
Grade: D+

Kurt Small
Age: 22B/T: R/R
Born: Somerset, NJ
Position(s): P (SP4)
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Pittsburgh SSP
--#14 overall pick Kurt Small is a very talented pitcher who has great splits, pitch selection, and control. He doesn't have the stamina to make it as a starter however, but will be extremely valuable in the bullpen as a setup man or a closer, as he should be able to log 150+ innings in a season with a very nice skill set. The two other top five round picks who signed for the SSP are good for the minor leagues, but not talented enough to make the major league squad, leaving this a one man draft pretty much based on the potential big gains from Small.
Grade: B-

Patrick Ramirez
Age: 21B/T: L/L
Born: Houston, TX
Position(s): LF
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Scranton Dragons
--For not having a 1st round pick until #39, Scranton did very well in selecting Patrick Ramirez, a well rounded LF with no real weak spots at the plate. Ramirez also shows exceptional speed, but his baserunning skills are only average. Still, for where he was selected it was a pretty good deal for the Dragons. The rest of Scrantons early draft picks consisted of a CF with a decent glove and no hitting skills, and a selection of pitchers who probably won't be good enough to make the majors in anything other than a long relief or mopup role.
Grade: B-

Jeff Christians
Washington D.C.
Age: 22B/T: L/L
Born: Upper Lake, CA
Position(s): P (SP2)
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Washington D. C. Patriots
--The Patriots, picking late in the draft at #23, took a gamble on talented SP Harry Acevedo, who is a pretty big signing risk. He hasn't signed yet, but there is still hope for D.C. as he hasn't declined their offer at this point. If he signs, D.C. gains a workhorse SP with good all around skills on the mound. Supplemental round pick SP Jeff Christians is good enough to make the bigs with his impressive control and stamina, and capable splits and pitch selection. The rest of D.C's early round picks brought some AAAA players into the fold who might make the majors, but will probably spend most of their careers in the minor leagues. If Acevedo signs, this is a very good draft, if not this is an average one at best.
Grade: B+/C depending on Acevado signing.

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