Thursday, May 28, 2009

Season 12 Draft Recap - AL West

AL West

Roscoe Jenkins
Age: 19B/T: R/R
Born: Osborne, KS
Position(s): P (SP2)
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Anaheim Sharks
--Drafting at #27, the Sharks picked SP Roscoe Jenkins, a high control flame thrower with above average splits. On the downside he has low stamina for a starter, and his pitch selection isn't too great. But the total package should be enough to be a #4 or 5 starter in the bigs. Supplemental pick 2B Matty Hall was a nice pickup as well, and should be a backup in the majors at some point, as he has a decent bat and glove. The rest of the draft is pretty weak, but picking up to ML players at late spots in the draft order is a nice piece of work, even if they aren't going to be all stars.
Grade: B

Sean Holt
Age: 19B/T: R/R
Born: Prinsburg, MN
Position(s): 1B
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Arizona Phoenix
--The Phoenix drafted every left handed pitchers worst nightmare in 1B/LF Sean Holt, a massive slugger who absolutely owns left handed pitching. His batting eye is superb, his power is Herculean, and his split vs. lefties is dynomite. The downside is that he hits righties worse than Pedro Serrano hits a curveball, and his contact is pretty much mediocre at best. Still he was a nice pickup at #16, a slugger who can run the bases smartly with good speed is tough to come by. Supplemental pick SP Brandon Kroeger is a fringe prospect who might make the majors as a relief pitcher or back end starter. 4th round pick Bob Hoover was a steal at the spot, as he has a bat better than 80% or more of the players selected before him. Not much else was had from the Phoenix draft, but it has to be considered a good one due to the 3 potential ML players, including a slugging regular.
Grade: B+

Gary Whitehill
Jerry Gang
Age: 18B/T: R/R
Born: Philip, SD
Position(s): P (SP5)
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Tacoma Jerry Gang
--With the #14 pick in the draft, the Jerry Gang added just what their fans were clamoring for, a stud pitcher. Whitehill looks like he could develop into a very nice pitcher with his superior control, great splits, and 3 good pitches that complement his high velocity. Pitching in the Tacoma stadium should only highlight his skills. The only problem is his below average stamina, which could end up makin him a monster out of the bullpen, an RP with 150 inning potential. 2nd round pick RP Bobby Kelleher is another good looking relief prospect, who projects to be more of a setup man than a closer, but still good enough for the bigs. 4th round pick RP Bip Riley is also in the mold of Kelleher, but with better control, and also has big league potential. It was a nice haul of pitchers for Tacoma, with three solid bullpen arms.
Grade: B+

Enos French
Age: 19B/T: L/L
Born: Harvey, ND
Position(s): CF
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Vancouver Grizzlies
--The Grizzlies picked up a very nice CF prospect in Enos French with the #15 pick in the draft. French has great range, speed, and a good glove. But what separates him from the pack is his superior power and ability to hit right handed pitching. He should hit for high power and average while playing a difficult defensive position, which is a type of player everyone would want on their team. Supplemental pick SS Jerry Walls wasn't as good a pick, an average glove with a weak bat who probably will top out at AAA. The rest of the Vancouver draft brought on some good defensive CF's and an RP prospect who might make the bigs, but nothing special really. In the end though this draft comes down to French, and he's pretty good.
Grade: B

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