Chuck Biscuits - Cobb Times Herald
The Times Heralds second draft update installment takes a look at the season two draft, the first draft in which owners could kind of rank their prospects, although the scouting system was still light years behind what is available today. As a result there were some odd picks at the top, and some scores in later rounds, including a really odd draft from the Chicago Sabercats, who completely blew their #11 pick but picked up a megastar in the 2nd round. To find out more about those picks, the lack of pitching talent, and the incredibly deep pool of hitting talent that was selected, read on.
Season Two Draft
Top Pick: Enrique Guardado - Chicago Cubbies - Guardado was certainly a solid #1 pick, a SS with good skills in the field and at the plate. While he turned out to be good, a 2 time all star and 2 time Silver Slugger, he was by no means the most dominant player taken in the draft. That being said he certainly a solid pick at the #1 position, and qualifies solidly in the realm of stud.
Biggest Steal: Kory Arnold, #62 - Chicago Sabercats - The Arnold pick is probably the biggest steal in the history of all Cobb drafts. The 2nd round pick has since gone on to win 4 MVP awards, a ROY, and many All Star and Silver Slugger awards. This was perhaps the greatest draft pick in Chicago Sabercat history, and the fans are probably rueing the day he was traded to Anaheim.
Best Hitters: Enrique Guardado, Kory Arnold, Wayne Wilson, Bill Norton, Ken Puffer, Josh Price, Jeremy Hernandez, Walter Stewart, Ron Leon, and Jim Green.
Best Pitchers: Kirt Hooper, Steven Booker, Harold Charles, and Glenn Nye.
Duds: Louis King is royalty among draft duds. Taken by the Wichita Wankers with the #6 pick in the draft, he has made a grand total of 57 ML starts, compared to his roughly 300 appearances in the minors. He is currently tandem starting in AAA. When you look at all the players selected after him, one can't help but think this was one of the biggest draft busts of all time.
Honorable Mention: Robin Daniels, #11 - Chicago Sabercats - Daniels put together an amazing ML career averages of .273 BA/.335 OPS/.773 OBP before becoming an unsigned free agent.
Unsigned Picks: #3 pick 1B Chad Surhoff, #5 pick P Tris Damon, #7 pick P Seth Shelley, #19 pick P Dan Muratore, and #32 pick P Danny Adams are the notable unsigned picks from this seasons draft.
Prime Studs of the Draft: There were some monster hitters drafted in season two. Wayne Wilson, Ken Puffer, Enrique Guardado, and Josh Price are among the best, but it's hard to argue with four MVP's, which is why the Times Herald selected Kory Arnold as the Prime Hitting Stud of the draft. Not bad for a 2nd rounder! On the pitching side, it isn't close, Kirt Hooper was far and away the best pitcher taken in season two.