Thursday, May 28, 2009

Season 12 Draft Recap - NL West

NL West

Honolulu Islanders
--To date, none of the Islanders top 5 picks have signed. Nothing more needs to be said, really.
Grade: F-

Furio Kydd
Iowa City
Corn Dogs
Age: 21B/T: L/L
Born: Smithtown, NY
Position(s): P (SP1)
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Iowa City Corn Dogs
--With the #1 overall pick the Corn Dogs selected SP Furio Kydd, who is about as awesome of a SP prospect as Cobb World has ever seen. His stamina only projects to the mid 60's, but his stuff is so nasty he will probably only need 80 pitches a game anyways so that really isn't an issue. Think former Cy Young winner David Rosado, but with better control. Really, barring injury Kydd has Cy Young potential on a yearly basis, this was a very nice pick. 2nd round pick 2b Bruce Montgomery also has ML potential, most likely as a backup, but he is good enough to make it. 3rd round pick SS Ricardo Alvarado has an elite glove, and very good contact skills, and could make it to the bigs as a defensive specialist, with gold glove potential, he was a good value pick. 4th round pick RF Marino Ferrer also has the potential to be a ML regular, with projections similar to the retired Clyde Bird, who was productive for many seasons in Cobb World. 5th round pick SS Rick Grey also has an ML glove, and a good batting eye, and could make it as a backup. This was as good a draft as you could get this season, well done.
Grade: A+

Steve Morton
Age: 20B/T: R/R
Born: Queens Village, NY
Position(s): 2B
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Omaha Sluggers
--The Sluggers pulled their usual solid draft with late picks, this time around selecting 2B Steve Morton at #31 overall. Morton projects to have CF range and glove, with splits vs. all pitching approaching 100. He's got some pop too, and should be able to be a very nice player in the bigs, especially with his speed. The next two picks yielded a pair of RP's who might make the bigs as setup men in the future, and after that it was pretty much minor leaguers for the Sluggers. This was a pretty solid draft for a consistently late picking team.
Grade: B

Matthew Jenkins
Age: 18B/T: R/R
Born: Lanoka Harbor, NJ
Position(s): P (SP2)
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Salem Bitches
--With the #6 pick in the draft Salem added their newest Bitch in future ace SP Matthew Jenkins. Jenkins projects to have awesome control, great splits, and good pitches. Plus he's a workhorse who shouldn't have problems topping 200+ innings a season. He's just what this team needed in their farm system. 2nd round pick SP Alan Hubbell is also pretty decent and should make the majors at some point as well. The player quality starts to dip after that, but picking up two ML quality SP's in one draft is always a plus, especially when one of them is a #1 quality pitcher.
Grade: B+

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