Thursday, June 3, 2010
Season 16 Draft Recap - Santa Fe through Richmond
Santa Fe Greyhounds
--The Greyhounds had the #7 pick in the draft this season and bet the farm on signing risk SS Phil Beltran. Predictably Beltran gave the Greyhoundsthe proverbial middle finger and decided to go to college, leaving Santa Fe with nothing to show for a top ten pick other than a type D pick next season. Supplemental round pick CF Milt Romero is a decent backup at CF, with a glove that is average for the position and a bat that is ok but not really outstanding. Supplemental pick SS Edwin Potvin would be a nice SS if his glove weren't going to top out at levels more suited to the outfield. 3rd round pick Lawrence Blair could make the majors as a long reliever/mopup man. All told this wasn't the best draft Santa Fe has ever had.
--There weren't many impact bats in this years draft, and Seattle managed to sign one of them in RF D'Angelo James. James is a true beast at the plate and barring injury will be a dominant hitter, even in the vacuous Seattle stadium. There is nothing wrong with his hitting skills at all, and he is a decent defender for RF, making him a true stud. Supplemental pick LF Bill Tracy is an above average bat, and was a pretty good value pick at #50 overall, especially in a talent thin draft. Tracy isn't quite the bat you would like to see at LF, but his baserunning skills are top notch and he will be a solid top of the order hitter. 2nd round pick 2B Randy Rodgers was also a very nice find, a great contact hitter with top speed, another leadoff threat that should make the majors someday. 4th round pick C Eric Sheffield is a top defensive catcher, his bat isn't too great but he might be the best field general behind the plate in this years draft. The rest of the Seattle draft features players who will be career minor leaguers. This was as good a draft as you could get this year and was well done.
San Francisco Earthquakes
--Sometimes despite the best efforts of management, a draft just doesn't go the way you want it too. That is the case with San Francisco this season, as their top pick, SS Pedro Guerrero refused to sign. The Earthquakes didn't have a 1st round pick this season, which left them with future AAA starter Jim Pelfry as their top pick who signed. Pelfry can't pitch to right handed batters, which means that he might even struggle at AAA. The rest of the players in the Earthquakes draft are average minor league fodder. There's always next year.
--Another team without a 1st round pick, the Cohibas top selection was 2nd round 2B Don Maurer. Maurer could actually play 3B, but his bat is pretty weak and will probably keep him stuck in the minors for his career. 3rd round pick SS Julian Buscher is one of the best value picks in the draft, having some of the best potential defensive ratings of any SS in the game today, which should land him a spot on a ML team in the future. No other players in the Richmond draft really impress or look to emerge from the minor leagues. Bushcer saves this draft from being a complete disaster.