Friday, February 13, 2009

Season 11 Draft Recap - NL South

NL South

Russ Hall
Age: 18B/T: S/L
Born: Lafayette, LA
Position(s): P (none)
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Huntington Hillbillies
--With the #18 pick in the draft the Hillbillies selected SP Russ Hall. Hall is a workhorse innings eater with pinpoint control. He get's into trouble vs. right handed hitting sometimes however, and has a tendency to give up more fly balls than you would like to see. Supplemental pick SP John Damon would be good if his control projected to something higher than 23, but with an arm like that you can expect him to enjoy the good life in the minor leagues. 2nd round pick Tom Dunn is a borderline prospect who might make it to the majors in a bullpen role. The rest of the draft was pretty unremarkable.
Grade: C-

Morgan Kirby
Age: 18B/T: L/R
Born: Naperville, IL
Position(s): SS/IF/OF/DH
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Jackson Pollocks
--The Pollocks selected SS Morgan Kirby with the #12 pick in the draft. Kirby is a speedy SS with above average hitting skills and some pop in addition to his solid glove. There is no reason to think that he won't be an every day starter at some point, although it will probably be at 3B as his range is on the low end for a SS. Supplemental round pick SS Jimmie Nash has a ML quality glove, but is light on the hitting side of the spectrum. 2nd round pick C Ron Allen is very good vs. right handed pitching, and should make the majors because of his hitting skills. SS Fernando Franco and RP Tedd Thurman could both potentially make the majors as backups. This was a solid draft for the Pollocks, much better than the previous two seasons.
Grade: A-

Tim Collins
Age: 20B/T: R/R
Born: Hamilton, ON
Position(s): 2B/1B/COF/DH
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Montgomery Burns
--The Burns had the #2 pick in the draft, and with that pick selected monster slugging 2B Tim Collins. Collins has the glove to play 2B or CF, and a bat as good as any slugging 1B or OF in the league today. Simply put, he was a very good pick at #2 overall. Montgomery used their 3 supplemental round picks on pitchers, all three of whom should make the majors in some capacity. Their 2nd, 3rd, and 4th round selections were all pitchers as well, each of whom also has ML potential in the bullpen. This was a very good draft for the Burns, netting seven players who could see time in the majors if things go right, including a megastar, which is a good a haul as you are going to see in a draft.
Grade: A+

Mandy Reagan
Age: 18B/T: R/R
Born: Culpeper, VA
Position(s): SS
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Richmond Cohibas
--The Cohibas used the #9 pick in the draft on SS Mandy Reagan, a great hitting SS with a very good glove and durability. His range isn't very good for a SS, but all of his other skills are top notch for the position. Supplemental round pick Tony Espinosa is a slugging RF who should eventually start in the majors as well. 2nd round pick 3B Ernest Carver and 3rd round pick P Ed House should also make the majors in some role in the future. The Cohibas draft starts to diminish a little bit after those players. Still the Cohibas drafted 4 players who could make an impact in the big leagues, including two very nice first round picks.
Grade: A-