Thursday, May 21, 2009
Season 12 Draft Recap - AL South
The Dogs only had one pick before the 3rd round so they had to make it count, and they did in a big way by landing SS Brutus Meyers at #9 overall. Meyers is an extremely durable SS with a pretty good skillset, both in the field and at the plate. He has an exceptional batting eye, and owns left handed pitching, and is also a pretty fair runner on the base path. The rest of the Dogs draft was pretty worthless, but Meyers is an exceptional talent, which keeps the draft score respectable.
Kansas City Express
With the #2 overall pick in the draft, Kansas City needed to pick a franchise player, and they got what they needed in talented SP Henry Kelly. Kelly is a workhorse pitcher with near perfect control, electrifying speed, great splits, keeps the ball down, and has two very good pitches, and two capable ones. When he is ready to make the majors he will be a #1 quality starter for certain. The rest of the Express draft were either unsigned picks or minor league filler, which means the draft gets graded on Kelly, but he's good enough to make it worthwhile.
Mexico City Diablos Rojos
At #21 overall, the Diablos Rojos took RP Raymond Hawkins, yet another great closer prospect from this years draft. All of his splits and skills are great, save for his tendency to give up the fly ball. But with control, velocity, and splits like his, the chances of a player making enough contact to get the ball in the air are pretty slim. Supplemental pick RP Felipe Gonzalez is another one of those freak pitchers with perfect control and mediocre splits who might make the bigs. After that the Mexico City draft degenerates into unsigned picks and minor league lifers. Hawkins is pretty good, but not enough to carry the score as high as Kelly or Meyers.
Nashville Rebel Riders
Soriano is a very nice defensive CF, with great range and good glove. He makes great contact on the ball, but has trouble some times seeing things at the plate. But he is a lightning fast baserunner with great instinct on the bases, and reminds the Times Herald a lot of current ML speedster Alfredo Cruz. Supplemental pick RP Max Flores is another potential closer, if he can get over his just barely adequate control, and the exact same thing can be said of 2nd round pick RP Herbert Christian. 3rd round pick P John Foster is intriguing because of the quality of his pitch selection, but the rest of the draft is strictly minor league. There are some decent players in this draft, but it doesn't look like there is a game changer in the bunch.