Thursday, May 21, 2009
Season 12 Draft Recap - NL South
When you have the #12 overall pick, you normall expect to get a pretty nice player. But Huntington dropped the ball with thier pick of SP Allie Kingman, who has a projected skill set of a 2nd rounder, not a high first round pick. He has pretty good control, velocity, and capable pitches, but his splits are mediocre to the point where it's hard to see him being anything other than a long reliever at the ML level. Supplemental pick RP Brett Douglass was another nice closer prospect, with great control, splits, velocity etc... After that there isn't much to speak about in the draft, with minor league lifers running amok. Hard to give this team a passing grade, but they just manage it thanks to Douglass.
The Pollocks took a risk in their attempt to sign the very talented SP pitching prospect Miguel Moreno at #11 overall. But that backfired and he hasn't signed, leaving Jackson with a collection of High A players at best from the draft. If Moreno would have signed it would have been an ok draft, without him it's ok to call it abyssmal.
The Burns put their collective heads together to draft a very nice SP at #4 overall in Cesar Viriato. Everything about Viriato says "ace," and there is absolutely no reason to think that this pinpoint control pitcher with excellent splits and pitches won't be anything other than a future #1 starter in the majors. Supplemental pick SP Jerry Stein could make the bigs based on his pitch selection and control, and 2nd round pick SS Melvin Lemon has the glove to make it happen in the majors as well. 3rd round pick Pedro Matos also might make the majors as well, as he too has a great pitch selection and decent splits. After that the draft weakens a bit, but this was still a very nice haul for Montgomery.
The normally solid drafting Cohibas misfired this season with their selection of SP Rafael Terrero at #13 overall. Terrero has 4 good pitches, but that's about it as his splits aren't that great and his control is pretty weak. Not at all what you would expect with the #13 pick. 2nd round pick SP William Shinjo looks good until you notice his pitches, of which he has 3, and only one of them projects above the 40's. Still, he might make it as long relief in the majors. The rest of the Cohiba draft is pretty much minor league for life. With Richmond's draft recapped it's pretty much safe to say that the NL South did not have a good year, and might need to hire some new talent scouts.