Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Season 13 Draft Recap - Montgomery through Richmond
--The Burns used the #4 pick on RF Doyle Grey, who in addition to enjoying Earl Grey tea, is a beast of a hitter at the plate. Grey has a nearly perfect contact/splits combo, with decent power and a good batting eye. He should hit for high average with 30+ HR's per year in the majors, and is an above average defensive RF. The four other top picks for the Burns are all potential major league players, thanks to their defensive skills, especially 3rd round pick SS Mark Rudolph. This was a very solid draft.
Nashville Rebel Riders
--The Rebel Riders selected power hitting RF Morris Coomer with the #19 pick in the draft. Coomer has trouble hitting a ball off a tee, but Nashville didn't select him for that, they chose him for his clubbing power, great splits, and sixth sense that helps him overcome his ability to make good contact on the ball. He is also a great baserunner, and should draw plenty of walks. Seeing as how RF is a power position, he definitely has a solid ML future. Supplemental round pick SS Doug Edwards was a nice pickup as well, with what might be the best glove in the draft, and pretty nice splits vs. left handed pitching. He should see ML time in the future as well. The Rebel Riders only other signed top prospect is a minor league quality pitcher, but the landing of two legitimate ML regulars late in a draft that befuddled many teams is a very nice accomplishment.
New York Pick Pockets
--The Pick Pockets used the #14 pick in the draft on RP Wilkin Pena, a closer prospect with incredible splits, pitches, control, velocity and every other skill for the position save two. Those two lacking skills are stamina and durability, which means that Pena is probably only good for 10 pitches every three games, and maybe 30 innings in a season if they are lucky. Those 10 pitches will be great, but after that Pena needs his beauty sleep. Supplemental pick RP Bo Henderson has a nice future as a ML setup guy, but probably won't be an all star. NY's other top picks are all minor league fodder. The Pick Pockets grade would have been higher if Pena were able to pitch a bit more.
--The Sluggers took SP Alex Kent with the #38 pick in the supplemental round. Kent is a decent enough pitcher, with great control, slightly above average splits, and 3 good pitches. He should be a great long man in the majors. Supplemental pick Jake Guerrero is also a nice long relief prospect. Supplemental round pick CF Wilt Daily is a very nice CF prospect for where he was taken in the draft, with an exceptional glove and range, and better splits and batting eye than most ML CF prospects. The only other pick of note for Omaha is 3rd round selection SS Keith Alexander, who has a major league glove and great contact hitting skills, and should see ML time as a backup for sure. Considering where the Sluggers picked, getting 4 potential major league players was a draft well done.
--The G-Maniacs took CF Stevie Rowan with the #27 pick in the draft, scoring a very nice CF prospect with a great glove and solid hitting skills across the board. Rowan has the potential to be a ML starter at CF/2B for most teams in the league today. Supplemental pick SP Lewis Stanton will be a minor league workhorse, but doesn't have the stuff to make the big leagues. The same statement could be said of the next few Pawtucket picks as well, who are all above average pitchers for the minors, but probably not good enough for every day work on the ML squad. But picking up a starter at pick #27 is a nice grab.
Philadelphia Cheese Steaks
--The Cheese Steaks only had a 4th and 5th round pick due to many free agent signings in the offseason. But they did manage to sign their picks, even if they will only be of help in the minor leagues. But they did better than Huntington, so that's something at least.
--After the latest throwing in of the towel in Pittsburgh, the fans were getting restless. But the drafting of stud 2b prospect Clarence Truby at #12 in the draft helped abate some of those worries. Truby has the glove of a wizard, and great range as well. His bat is also refined, with excellent splits vs. righties, a great batting eye, and above average speed and base running skills. He's definitely a keeper. Supplemental pick RP Rick Browning is also ML capable once he matures, with nice splits, velocity, and pitch selection. Supplemental pick SS Bob Sutton has the potential to be a ML backup, but probably not a starter at the position. The rest of the SSP draft yielded an assortment of minor league regulars.
--With the #27 pick in the draft the Cohibas selected P Garland McMillan, a solid pitching prospect with good control, splits, pitch selection, and velocity. His stamina is only so-so, which may confine him to the bullpen, but he should see the majors in his career. The Cohibas other top picks yielded 3 minor league starters and one minor league SS, who will be good in the minors, but not really good enough to contribute at the big league level.