Chuck Biscuits - Cobb Times Herald
The season five draft featured the arrival of some big name hitters and pitchers, most of whom seem to be playing for the Syracuse Beagles these days. The top pick was a worthy selection, and King Louie Tarraga was introduced to the world. Surprisingly though the best pitchers in the draft were selected at the bottom half of the first round, and there were more than a few duds to be had. Read on to find out all about the season five draft.
Season Five Draft
Top Pick: Jamie Beimel - St. Louis Silver Sluggers - Beimel was the top player taken in the season five draft, and he has proven himself to be worthy of the position in the majors. His career ML averages are impressive, a .315BA/.940OPS with 200 HRs, Beimel is a run producing machine. He qualifies as a definite stud.
Biggest Steal: #35 Phil Hinch- Syracuse Beagles - There weren't any obvious steals in this draft, as most of the talented players went where they were supposed to go. But seeing Hinch go in the supplemental round was a score for the Beagles, and he has produced in a big way at the ML level, posting a career record of 74-30, with a 3.22 ERA. Not to shabby at all.
Honorable Mention: #49 Hawk Gutierrez was a steal as well, a dynamic leadoff man who can hit for some pop and is a terror on the bases.
Best Hitters: #1 Jamie Beimel, #4 Lawrence Shave, #5 Louie Tarraga, #17 Santiago Matos, #36 Trenidad Pelaez, and #49 Hawk Gutierrez.
Best Pitchers: #13 Clyde Ford, #16 Jerry Ross, #18 Barney Johnson, #32 Buzz Boswell, and #35 Phil Hinch.
Duds: There were many major misses in this draft, but the worst offender was the Toledo (now Trenton) franchise, who selected SP Ned Lieberthal at #6 overall. His 17-34 record and 4.80 have been anything but top ten material.
Honorable Mention: #10 pick SS Rudy Rose was yet another weak hitting marginal SS taken by the NY Brokers in their run of ruining the franchise through poor drafting decisions.
Unsigned Picks: #2 pick SP Leon Green, #23 pick P Leon Croushore, and #30 pick Bill Kirwan were the unsigned picks in this draft.
Prime Studs of the Draft: This draft class featured several very good hitters, but as good as Beimel, Matos, and Shave are, none of them have the MVP hardware that Louie Tarraga has on his trophy shelf. Tarraga also has superior career numbers in every category, and is truly one of the elite players in the game today, and therefore is the prime hitting stud of the draft. On the mound it's a much closer call, as all of the pitchers who have made it to the highest level have similar award histories and career numbers. But Phil Hinch has the best win totals, and has been more consistent in his ML career, thus earning the nod as the prime pitching stud of the draft.