Thursday, February 12, 2009

Season 11 Draft Recap - NL West

NL West

Charlie Erving
Age: 22B/T: R/R
Born: Hatch, NM
Position(s): LF/1B/2B/DH
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Honolulu Islanders
--The Islanders used the #5 pick in the draft on baserunning maestro 2B Charlie Erving. Erving has enough skills with the bat to ensure that his incredible projected 100 speed and 100 baserunning abilities will wreak havoc on any weak armed catcher he goes up against. He should be a run scoring machine. The rest of the Islanders draft featured a collection of AAAA players who could make the bigs, but have some weird skill deficiencies that will probably ultimately keep them in the minors. The quality of the first pick though makes this a respectable draft.
Grade: B-

Walt Poole
Iowa City
Corn Dogs
Age: 22B/T: L/L
Born: Chino, CA
Position(s): CF
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Iowa City Corn Dogs
--The Corn Dogs used the #4 pick in the draft to select C Francisco Espada, who is quite possibly the most gifted catching prospect Cobb World has ever seen. Espada, who has yet to sign, is durable and gifted defensively, although he only projects to a 50 PC. His bat however is legendary, projecting near or past 90 in every category. In short, Espada is a beast who has HOF potential if he signs. 2nd round pick Walt Poole is a capable defensive CF, but his bat is lacking ML potential. None of the other top 5 round picks have signed for the Corn Dogs, so this draft is entirely dependent on the signing of Espada.
Grade: A- if Espada signs, D if he doesn't.

Willie Gandarilla
Age: 21B/T: L/L
Born: Barrow, AK
Position(s): CF
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Omaha Sluggers
--The Sluggers had a bounty of 1st round picks, with 5 total including the supplemental round. Their fist pick, #31, was used on CF Willie Gandarilla, a speedy CF who really owns right handed pitching. Pitcher Jim Alexander will be a solid ML reliever, 2B Brett Moore is very good vs. lefties and has some pop. Meanwhile RF Ryan Little is average for his position, and RP Hector Villareal has great control but isn't good enough vs. right handed hitting to cut it in the bigs. The rest of Omaha's draft yielded some solid minor leaguers. This was all told a pretty good haul for the Sluggers, who pick late every season. There were no major stars in the bunch, but still this is a solid class wth some depth.
Grade: B+

Pablo Vincente
Age: 18B/T: R/R
Born: Chittenango, NY
Position(s): P (SP1)
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Salem Bitches
--Salem welcomed their newest Bitch in Pablo Vicente with the #11 pick in the draft. Vicente is a workhorse pitcher in the Vance Weaver model, good control, velocity, GB/FB, good pitches, and good vs. righties. He should be a #1 or #2 pitcher in the majors when he matures. Supplemental pick SS Darren Paquette also has ML potential, with an above average bat for the SS position, and a capable glove. 2nd round pick CF Rondell Richardson has a very good glove and ok hitting skills, enough to make it in the majors. After him the Salem draft drops off into minor league filler territory. Still, 3 ML potential players including a top of the line starter make this a very good draft for the Bitches.
Grade: A-

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