Fargo Fug Nuts
--The Fug Nuts aren't known for their draft prowess, but they did an ok job this season by selecting SS Davey Thebeau with the #24 pick. Thebeau boasts one of the best gloves in the draft this season, and a very high batting eye. The rest of his hitting skills are suspect, but he shouldn't be an embarrassment at the plate. He seems well suited to NL style baseball, and could be a gold glove regular. Unfortunately for Fargo that's where there good luck ended and where they relapsed back into form with a procession of unsigned picks and minor leaguers. Chuck Biscuits found himself listening to Flogging Molly when he wrote this recap, singing along, "We find ourselves in the same old mess, singing drunken lullabies." How true.
New York Pick Pockets
--With the #23 pick in the draft the Pick Pockets landed perhaps the best closer prospect in the draft with RP stud Bert Miceli. Miceli has it all in terms of closer material, with L/R splits projecting near 80/100, major velocity, two excellent pitches, very nice control, good stamina and durability, and a GB/FB rate good enough to make it happen. There is a big worry though about his health, as he might be spending a fair amount of time on the DL, but still, New York had to be very pleased with this pick, as it was great value for the spot. The rest of the draft features some good minor leaguers who probably will never see the ML squad. But still, Miceli has the potential to be as good as any closer in the majors today, which is a nice haul by any measure.
Sioux Falls Corn Cleats
--The Corn Cleats added another LF to their already overstocked farm system with Ozzie Ward, taken at the #30 pick. Ward was a decent value pick, with a nice bat in a weak hitting draft with all hitting skills projecting to 70 or above. 2nd round pick RP Candy Pressley is another one of the good crop of closing prospects, with elite pitching skills, but low stamina and durability. The rest of the draft is pretty much minor league material. But considering where they were drafting, the Cleats didn't do so bad in picking up two ML prospects.
--The Lions have to be happy with the #3 overall pick, RF Wascar Galvez, a superior masher with impressive durability and health. Galvez projects to have incredible power, excellent splits and batting eye, and decent contact at the plate. His defensive skill set is pretty good for a RF, but really, that's not why the drafted him. The Lions picked him up because he has Jose Barrios potential, and really, who can argue with that? Moving on, 2nd round pick SP Jamie Carlson has ML potential based on his extremely good selection of pitches, which could counteract his average control and splits. The rest of the draft devolved into minor league players with no ML potential. But drafting a hitter the calibur of Galvez makes any draft a success.