Thursday, June 10, 2010
Season 16 Draft Recap - Pawtucket through Montgomery
--With the #22 pick in the draft the G's selected slugging SS Pedro Rosado. Rosado boasts an elite glove and tremendous power at the plate. His defensive skills are more than worthy enough for the major leagues, while his power bat is an unexpected bonus for the position. He won't hit for average though, and is very sluggish on the basepath. 2nd round pick 3B Anthony Remlinger is a good but not great 3B prospect, with a good glove for the position and good power, but the rest of his bat is average to suspect. 3rd round pick Kevin Jordan was projected initially as a SS, but realistically is only a 3b defensively. He has a bat in the same vein as Rosado and Remlinger, great power but suspect skills elsewhere. No other top round picks signed for Pawtucket, leaving them with three players of essentially the same type, with Rosado having the best chance at being a ML regular.
--The Sluggers selected SS James Quinn with the #17 overall pick in the draft this season. Quinn actually seems much better suited to play 3B at the ML level, but will be a very good defensive 3B with a great ML bat showing good power and pretty good skills elsewhere at the plate. The Omaha draft drops considerably in talent from there however, with the subsequent picks being little more than minor league filler, leaving this to be a one man draft. Quinn was a good pick though, and keeps this draft from being a waste for Omaha.
New York Pick Pockets
--In the long history of draft reviews that I have done for the Cobb Times Herald, I don't think I have ever had to review a draft this awful. New York has had some winners, notably the Vasco Bennett pick, which at the time was called quite possibly the worst top round draft pick in history, but this years draft as a whole is a new level of futility. To start there were no first or second round picks due to type A free agent signings in the offseason, which is forgivable. What isn't forgivable is using the 3rd round draft pick on a projected 56 overall setup man who is demanding 8.5 million dollars. Obviously he didn't sign, and the Pick Pockets were left with two minor league scrubs in the 4th and 5th rounds. Until further notice this draft sets the bar for worst in Cobb History.
New York Expos
--Going into this years draft the Expos had a bunch of picks to work with, including the #4 overall selection, SP Charley Knapp. Knapp is a workhorse SP, with huge stamina and above average velocity, splits, and control. His pitch selection is weak, but in this years draft he was one of the better starters out there to choose from. Supplemental pick CF Brad Giambi is weak defensively for the position and might be better suited to 2B, but has a nice bat and hit righties pretty well and is a threat on the base path. Supplemental pick SP Lyle Wolf looks like a lock to be a ML long reliever some day, as he has great pitches, but only slightly above average splits and middling control. 2nd round pick SP Lou Barker is another one that has a future in long relief thanks to his high control and good pitches but weak splits. The same can also be said of fellow 2nd round SP Denny Tomlin. From the 3rd round onward for the Expos the draft yielded some AAAA pitchers and career minor leaguers. Not the best draft for the number of picks allotted to them, but the Expos did sign at least 2-3 future major leaguers, including a nice starting pitcher.
Nashville Rebel Riders
--Picking very late in the 1st round at #32 overall, the Rebel Riders were just hoping that someone with a modicum of ML potential would be available. They found a player in SS Eric Dreifort, who projects to be a nice backup SS at the ML level, and a player who can start in a pinch. Dreifort has an average to slightly below average glove for SS, and a slightly above average bat, making him either a weak hitting 3B or a good hitting SS with defensive liabilities. But he is a legit ML prospect nonetheless. 3rd round pick SS Milt Lloyd has a nice glove, and some pop at the plate but seems best suited to a backup role, and is the only other ML calibur prospect netted in this years draft for the Rebel Riders, making the net haul pretty thin.
--The Burns were looking good with the #2 overall pick this year, and with it they signed arguably the second best available SP in Sherman Rogers. In addition to his Eric Collins like mustache, Rogers has good control, splits, and pitches, and really keeps the ball down. He's a pretty solid pitcher who projects to be a #1 or #2 depending on the rotation he's put in. But in the Times Herald opinion they actually netted a better player with the #21 pick in the first round, C Terry Bannister. Bannister is quite simply a beast at the plate, with off the charts power and batting eye, and great contact and splits. He also calls a pretty good game for a slugging catcher, and was a real find and better than many players selected before him, making him a top value pick. 2nd round selection RF Al Wagner was a nice value pick as well, with good hitting skills vs. righties and a decent glove for the OF. All told this was a very nice draft for the Burns, mostly due to the unexpected gift at #21 in Bannister.