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Friday, August 8, 2014

Season 26 Team Previews

Charlotte Tar Heels

Last season was another disappointing finish in the playoffs.  Its hard to get too frustrated because the playoffs are such a crapshoot and the toughest part is getting in and then all bets are off, but the core of this team has been together for so long and been so successful, its hard not to be frustrated with only 1 World Series Championship.  We'd love to squeeze one more out before the team has to be torn down.  We've made some moves over the past couple seasons to inject some youth to balance out the stars who are aging quickly.

Our big offseason move was to bring in Doug Sullivan to anchor the middle of the lineup, but its strictly as a one season rental which is not a typical move we'd make, but we really want to win a another series as the core of the team enters the end of their careers.

We will also bring up promising youngsters Ed Priest (SP) and Fred Joseph (SS/IF).  Priest will be a long reliever and bide him time to eventually enter the rotation.  Joseph has a really nice bat and a borderline glove for SS.  he'll probably play a bunch of different positions.

Our goal is to win the NL East, earn a bye, and hopefully bring home a World Series Championship.

Huntington Thundering Herd

Last season saw an underperforming offensive performance combine with an underperforming pitching staff to create a very disappointing season. After looking over free agency and the trade market, the Herd mostly stood pat on offense, only moving OF Doug Sullivan in order to acquire some pitching depth. That means the Herd returns an offense with lots of power and hopefully a higher average. 

Pitching staff wise we exercised the option on staff ace Fausto Gimenez (11-11, 3.75ERA, 1.19WHIP). We then added 300-game winner and surefire hall of famer Jack Daley and former Cy Young winner John Kramer to the rotation to give us a very strong top 3 of the rotation. The bottom 2 is quite unsettled at this point. We also added former Fireman of the Year and 2-time all-star reliever Ozzie Lange to the bullpen that already included some talent in it. RHP Albert Moreland looks to come over in the Doug Sullivan deal to make an impact in the rotation. 

Right now, the Herd has only 10 position players on their ML roster as management decides how to move forward. There is a plethora of options in the minors to strengthen the bench, but the rotation and bullpen could stand to add some depth to it as well. Operating on a budget really sucks sometimes.

Added: C Derrick Longoria, RHP Jack Daley, RHP John Kramer, RHP Ozzie Lange
Lost: RHP Lew Whitaker (34 GS), LHP Ralph Myette (33 GS), RHP Gregory Cloud (31GS), LHP Jerrod Moylan (31GS), LHP Jason Cole, RHP Luther Stockton, RHP Cole Mitchell, OF Doug Sullivan (.265/.359/.459).

Detroit Wolverines

Management didn't do much to the club this off-season liking where we are at. We made some big trades to get SP Carlos Martinez and Marino Megias last season which provided us with 36 wins between them. LF Galahad Cox was brought up after arb deadline last season as well and managed to hit 30 home runs so we’re expecting big numbers out of him this season. The Wolverines had 6 players hit 30+ home-runs last season so we really didn't feel like we should mess with the lineup much. Jamie North may get called up to play first base after arb depending on how Nerio Diggins starts out but he hit 35 home runs and drove in 105 so we really don’t just want him sitting on the bench. The club locked up Douglas Lawrie long term this off-season and will have a few more players next season to sign long-term. With 95 win season last season and our core 27 years or younger we feel like we should be competing for the NL North for quite some time and hopefully get lucky in the playoffs.

Philadelphia Owls

Players Lost : Relief pitcher Carrera Martin and C Derrick Longoria. 

New players: PH/DH Hooks Cheney.

Rookies expected to contribute: SP Buddy Bravo.

After a great season 25, here in Philadelphia, we look forward to another great season but with a better final.

Offensively, the team is coming back with almost the same line-up, the only change is the arrival of a pinch hitter/designated hitter Hooks Cheney.
Clarence Christensen and Bruce McMahon will split the job of catcher.
At first base, our young star Benji Guzman is back.
The middle of the infield is in good hands with 2B Terrell Kelly and SS Juan Dali.
At third, Frieri Santiago is back after his best offensive season with 44 HRs, 127 runs and 133 RBIs.
The outfield is very solid with, from left to right, Keith Petersen, Julio Cueto and Mateo Lugo.
And the DH job is also in good hands with Terry Lee and Hooks Cheney.

The rotation, lead by Vernon Black should be more than OK with Shigetoshi Tabaka, Brandon Gragg, Tito McGee and young lefty Buddy Bravo.
In the bullpen, everybody's back except Martin, it should be OK.

Maybe this year is the year for you, Owls fans! 

Cincinnati Bearcats

Coming off a 68 win season, the Bearcats bid adieu to two long time veterans. Bradford and Hodges played a combined 5,135 games for Cincy. There is no chance either of their numbers will be retired. Except for pitching, hitting, and defense, the Bearcats are in good shape. The front office has hired a team of retired FBI agents to see if they can find any talent in the Minors. The ML roster currently carries 22 names; but, there are only a dozen or so major leaguers there. The upcoming season carries lofty expectations. The number crunchers are predicting 69 wins.

Nashville Commodores

The young nucleus of the Nashville Commodores took a major step last season by making the playoffs for the first time in 5 seasons. The entire pitching staff returns this season, but still looks to be the teams weak spot. Led by starters Livan Rosales and Erubiel Matos, and with Troy McEnroe in the bullpen, this seasons group looks to be solid, but not spectacular. Management is hoping another season of experience will help the staff improve.
Nashville added veterans Dickie McDill in CF, and Paul Igarashi in RF via trades. Harry Zorilla will make is debut at 1B/DH at some point during the season. The lineup looks to be solid, with more power than the Commodores have had in the past. An above average defense should help the young pitching staff improve, but the offense will be the key to challenging for the playoffs once again.

Kansas City Wildcats

It is another rebuilding year for the Kansas City Wildcats. Future Hall Of Famer Craig Sanders retired. Closer Bing Charles left for Free-Agency. There is hope for improvement. This year there are 7 first round picks starting on offense. Top prospect Louie Cook will be promoted to the majors this year. Five free agent pitchers were signed to improve the pitching staff. We have a lot of talent in the low minors Al Corino, Ralph Martin, Wes Story and Carson Lilly.

Anaheim Trojans

There have been no roster changes this offseason. Two major trades last year brought in veterans Bartolo Vargas, Benji Ramirez, and Max Chavez. We are expecting that they will all provide improvements. The bullpen, lead by Vargas should be strong. The offense, which was second in the majors in runs scored should only get better as our young guys improve. Our rotation is made up of a bunch of #3 -4 starters, with no ace. This might prevent us from a long playoff run.

Texas Tech Red Raiders

Season 25 was an all time low for the Texas franchise. It was the worst season in team history and also marked the 5th straight season that this squad has missed the playoffs. From a franchise that was always a playoff contender, earning a playoff berth in 11 of the 12 previous seasons, this level of ineptitude was unacceptable. The fans would tolerate it no longer, and the GM's job is most certainly on the line. As a result, Season 26 produced the most active offseason I've ever been a part of. Ten of the men on the ML roster weren't around last season. Two rookie were called up, international pitcher Ariel Maranon and former #6 overall pick, RF Del Todd. While most of the position players will return from last season (it was mostly pitching that was needed), a couple of key players were signed to make the offense more potent. Former All Star and 4x World Series Champ Angel Sanchez will be playing 1B. Former All Star and World Series Champ Marino Terrero will play LF and add a professional bat, solid defense at the corner and much needed team speed. Veteran SS Jumbo Cortazar, added via trade, will anchor the team defensively. The pitching staff was completely gutted, adding 5 FA pitchers. The biggest names were former Red Raider SP Ralph Myette, lefty SP Alfredo Carreras and veteran Bill Johnson. The primary expectation for this team is to return to respectability after last season's embarrassment. I think, that if everything bounces just right, that this squad can be an 82-86 win team, which will keep us in the mix for the Wild Card.

Boise Broncos

The Boise Broncos hope to be very competitive this season. This team should hit quite well. All position players are returning vets with the exception of CF where the FA addition of Jaime Reed should give the Broncos an effective CF platoon. Starting pitching will again be the critical issue for the team and the continued improvement of both Trever Christian and Ray Dawkins are key elements in the eventual success of failure of the team. The bulk of the stating work will again rest on the veteran arms of Carlos Jose, Paredes Mendoza and Vic Keefe. The excitement in Boise will remain focused however, on our young stars, Pedro Rosario behind the plate, Red Dreifort at 1B, Javier Martin at second base, Rickey Brush at short and Frank Hughes out in RF.

Arizona Lumberjacks

Key additions: Pedro Gonzales
Key losses: None

The Lumberjacks bring back a nearly identical team as last season. However, after losing two world series in a row, Arizona pulled the trigger on adding power bat Pedro Gonzales to the lineup. The expectations in Arizona are to win another division title and continue to make noise in the playoffs.

Little Rock Razorbacks

Another rebuilding year. We have some young guys in the majors that we hope will develop a little more. Also, there are some young guys in the minors that we hope will make a huge step forward. The minors is headlined by a player that was acquired via trade last year.

Iowa City Hawkeyes

Iowa will try once again to get off the bottom and try to be competitive and hopefully back into the playoffs. 

Not a lot of changes to the lineup, we made a trade for Olmedo Acosta to try and improve our bats as well as signed Bartolo Estrada to become faster. 

We took a chance on a couple of Rule 5 free agents in Shelley Bard and Melky Gonzales. 

Hopefully the team will gel and will make waves in the league

Louisville Cardinals

There is excitement and optimism in Louisville for season 26 after a 17-8 (.680) finish lasr season as new GM Nittany88 took over. Upgrades in coaching and ML roster with fiscal discipline make a wild card challenge a real possibility with an $85mm moneyball lineup for this season and full flexibility with $22 in contracts for 27 and then only $11 for 28 and 29.
The biggest offseason regret was losing the Pedro Gonzales FA pursuit.
New players: 
2B Ron Dougherty from AAA
SP Damian Martin from FA
RP Bill Perez from FA
RP Jose Rodriguez from FA
C Bo Nixon appears ready for a midseason promo

Lost : (aging players)
C Hooks Cheney
3B Robert Frederick
RF Thomas Lucano
SS Bob Dodd
SP John Lewis

Trades: None

Jackson Rebels

Not much to report out of the Jackson camp this season. The roster pretty much remains unchanged from last year. A season that saw the big league club go through an 18 game win streak to open the season (longest in franchise history) to basically hitting a downward spiral the rest of the year.

Rookie catcher Carmine Hale was promoted and is expected to bring another big bat to compliment the $20 million dollar man in Lyle Daly, who remains a huge force in the Rebel lineup. Hale will be platooned often as his health number (61) will prevent him from quality playing time. Benito Tejeda was the only free agent signing and it was to bring depth to the infield and to give SS Fernando Segui a break.

Pitching remains a huge question drastic changes were made here. Yonder Santos, the aging veteran, will begin the year as the #5 in the rotation after several season of the being the #1 and the norm for Opening Day. Jordan Stephens was expected to be the ace when drafted but he never reached his potential after elbow surgery in Season 22. More than likely, this will be Stephens' last year in a Rebel uniform. Nash Messmer will once again anchor the bullpen as the closer. He has been the only consistent in the bullpen but like Santos, he is aging and his role could change as well.

As for the season expectations..well, management refuses to do as the inconsistencies continue to throttle this team year in and year out. Playing .500 ball is not an unreachable goal but this team finds a new way to disappoint every single freaking year!!

Memphis Tigers

Players Added: Bucky Arnold SP

Key Players Lost: None

Key Transactions: None

Rookies to watch for: Mack Brush LF

The Tigers will be entering their 26th season with the same core group from a year ago, a year which saw Memphis in position to grab a wild card spot , only to again falter down the stretch. With no major losses to a line-up and pitching staff that finished 3rd in the NL south last season, management expects this season to be comparable to last, while maintaining hopes for more consistency throughout. Look for rookie Mack Brush be the opening day LF with Riku Martin moving over to 1B , while rookies Niko Vaughn and Jhonny Aguilera will look to platoon at 2b. The Tigers grabbed Pokey Allen via the Rule 5 to help on defense and provide speed off the bench. Also, Memphis welcomes SP Bucky Arnold, who was brought in to compete for the 2nd or 3rd spot in the rotation lead by Carver.

Seattle Huskies

Pitching, pitching, pitching. Seattle will live and die by its pitching staffs performance. The rotation is headed by Ivan Cano, Patrick Pettibone, Travis Jackson and Henderson Edwards. An exceptional 4 man rotation if the Huskies could ever get in a playoff series. Roberto Moya headlines the billpen. Aurielio Navarro goes back into the primary set up role this year. Those 2 along with the supporting cast can shorten games, if only leads can be gained. Offensive production has improved but remains mediocre at best. LF/1B Thumper Junge and 2B Albert Grza will be counted on to drive in runs. Donaldo Renteria will man SS with great defense and hopefully score many runs. The offense will scrap an claw for every run. Hopes are high. The playoffs are within reach and Seattle hopes to punch its ticket this season.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Season 24 - Amateur Draft - First Round Review

1 - Kansas City Wildcats - Al Corino

I looooooooooooooooooove Corino, but thats also coming from the guy who had to face Seay for approx 20 seasons.  As long as he doesn't get hurt, he is a future hall of famer.

llcc - The KC Wildcats took Al Corino as the number one overall pick in this year’s draft. He is going to play first base. He is one of very few players that have ever had quad 90 projections for his hitting abilities, Contact 93, Power 100, VS LHP 98, and VS RHP 94. 

2 - Nashville Commodores - Jack Hurst

Hurst is another fantastic hitter.  He should anchor the Commodores lineup for many seasons.  His speed is nothing to sneeze at as well so he won't be clogging up the basepaths.

cctigerfan - Jack Hurst should develop into an every day RF for Nashville. He has excellent power with good splits, contact and eye, A solid pick at number 2 overall,

3 - Fargo Bison - Robb Kelly

The top pitcher in the draft goes #3.  I see him as a true top of the rotation pitcher with a fantasstic #1 pitch and very good splits.  Nothing wrong with the top 3 picks so far.

bigsammich - The scouts in Fargo saw Robb Kelly as being the best starting pitcher in the draft. The hard throwing right hander already has ML quality pitches, but will need to develop his control and effectiveness vs R/L batters to really blossom into the dominate arm the Bison need in the future. 

My gut tells me Callaway will end up being a bust as a top 5 selection primarily because his control is so weak.  His other ratings are solid, but if he can't find the plate, there will always be issues.

5 - Kansas City Wildcats (type D from last season) - Ralph Martin

I don't love this pick either.  he looks like a solid corner outfielder, but those aren't too hard to find nowadays.

llcc - My second first round pick at number five is Ralph Martin. He is projected to play right field. Martin is going to be a power hitter that can steal a few bases but his health could be an issue.

We are on a run of corner outfielders!  he is the most polished hitter in the draft and one could argue could do some damage at the ML level right now.  He probably should be playing at a higher minor league level, but looks like the Red Raiders are bringing him along slowly.  Solid prospect, but again, seems a little high.

mongoose_22 - After four seasons of stellar play at the collegiate level, Del Todd proved he was ready for the next level. He was probably the most polished player in the class, and could very likely be the first player from his class to make it to the big leagues. A lefty with above average contact and power combined with an excellent batting eye and speed makes Todd an ideal #1 or #2 hitter. He should develop into a solid defensive RF or, at worse, a very good defensive 1B. The Red Raiders were very happy to land Todd at #6. Our scouts project him to be a very good every day starter, with the potential to be an All Star.

I really like this pick and think he could have gone several spots higher.  Really nice SP prospect.  His combination of control, splits, and two excellent pitches should serve him really well in Seattle.

8 - Huntington Thundering Herd - Carter Lawson

Another solid SP prospect, although health could be an issue.  There are already bets being made to see if Lawson ever makes it to Huntington or is shipped off by the most trade happy owner in NCAA.

hurricane384 - Not the guy I was hoping for, but a pick I was more than happy with. He's not quite an ace, but should definitely be a good SP in the rotation...or trade bait.

9 - Detroit Wolverines - Jaime North

Really nice hitting prospect who is definitely overqualified for Rookie Ball right now.  His vR looks a little iffy, but the rest of his ratings show him to be a very good hitter.

tk21775 - Continuing the trend with offense, the Wolverines took Jaime North with the ninth overall pick. We liked his bat, his vR hopefully will reach it's projection but he'll make for a nice 1B bat for the future or to package with some other prospects for that young SP we can't seem to find.

10 - Chicago Blue Demons - Mo Pierce

I'd like this pick a lot more if he had 5-10 more rating points in STA.  As he looks now, he is a super reliever.  Nothing wrong with that, but his pitching ratings don't look quite good enough to be a shut down reliever.

11 - Portland Ducks - Donnie Taylor

It will be interesting to see if Taylor develops enough to be a SS which is doubtful.  He looks more like a 3B.  Nothing wrong with that as its not easy finding a solid hitting, great fielding 3B.  He demanded a huge amount of cash to sign, almost $8 mil so hopefully he works out!

12 - Helena Grizzlies (type D from last season) - Mandy Menechino

I see Menechino in a slightly more favorable light than owner drichar.  I think if all things go well he could be a solid #3 as opposed to a back of the rotation guy.  Solid ratings across the board.

drichar138 - Menechino projects to be a back of the rotation starting pitcher at the major league level. He has great control and is very good at inducing ground balls, but his splits and pitches are average at best. 

Once again I like French a bit more than the drafting owner does...I am sure drichar is hoping my take turns out versus what he projects.  French is the top true reliever to be taken so far.  His righty split is huge and will be a huge benefit to helping the Grizzlies bullpen.

drichar138 - French is a "righties specialist" if there was such a thing. He destroys right handed pitching and has a great combination of control, velocity and groundball inducing stuff. He struggles a bit vs left handed hitters and his second pitch is suspect.

I will absolutely love this pick if he develops just enough to play a legit CFer.  If he doesn'tand is stuck as a COF, then the pick isn't as exciting.  If he does, then he is a steal.

15 - Memphis Tigers - Jacob Little

Little is the second true reliever chosen.  He looks like a solid, if not spectacular, reliever.  Maybe slightly more of a setup B than setup A.

mh17 - We are happy to get Little with the 15th pick, good splits, pretty good command of his pitches, and can locate them decent. Should he reach his potential, he could work late innings and pick a few saves here and there.

16 - Buffalo Bulls - Charlie Stuart

Don't love the pick because he is so far away from being a good defensive CFer and since he is left handed, he will be stuck as a corner OFer and doesn't really have a good enough bat to lock up a starting position.

Its doubtful Hubbard will progress enough to play even average defensively at 3B so he probably is another COF with a solid bat.  This draft is turning into "The draft of the corner outfielders."

The future for Bailey all comes down to his splits.  His control and pitches look solid enough to be a decent SP, but he needs to make some big strides in getting his splits up there as well.  If not, then he is a long reliever/spot starter type.

allright - The Bearcats went for pitching in the first round. The 18 yr. old drafted is a project that the 'Cats promise to enjoy. The sinkerballer is a sure fit for the ballpark in Cincy.. He does not project to be a #1 or #2, and may not even be a #3; but, he should get to the bigs as a back of the rotation starter. He will have to show steady control improvement to offset stamina concerns. All in all, a decent pick from the 'Cats position in the draft. Coulda done better, coulda done worse.

19 - Boise Broncos -

I wish his righty and lefty split were flip flopped and I could get on board more easily.  Right now looks like a lefty platoon and utlity player with some unique talents.
abesmem - Boise is very happy grabbing David Castro with the 19th pick. Castro has great speed and range for a second baseman and has the durability to be an everyday player. It remains to be seen if he can develop into a solid leadoff hitter as his splits against righties are a bit weak, but he brings superior contact skills with him and the best batting eye I’ve seen in quite a while. If his batting eye can compensate for his less than dominant splits, he can become a very productive top of the order hitter. Regardless of where he ends up in the batting order, he should be an impact player in the majors within a few seasons.

20 - Anaheim Trojans - Hasn't signed and doesn't look like he will.

vino5 - My pick decided not to sign. He was asking for $8 mill and I thought he was worth a gamble at that point in the draft.

It will take him awhile to get there, but Gray should be a back of the rotation or long reliever who can possibly eat a lot of innings.

I really like this pick considering who went 5-10 spots ahead of him.  He should be a really nice reliever. Nice value!

z0601 - Lohse was just outside the Top 5 on our board and was a decent pickup with the 22 pick in this years draft. Lohse will hopefully develop into a decent relief arm out of our bullpen in the coming seasons. Oakland management hope his control and outstanding sinker make life really tough against lefties.

23 - Syracuse Orange - Tony Felix

Felix looks like another solid relief pitcher at nice value considering who went before him.  Nice job to z0601 and evil for grabbing these guys as they slipped.

Evil Doers - The Orange think they might have something here with Right Handed reliever Tony Felix. Is he future Cy Young winner, no. But we think with the 23rd pick that he'll definitely help the big team. His splits aren't fantastic but we love that he has great control and great velocity combining with a very good pitch and then a decent one as well. He'll also be able to go a couple of innings per appearance. We like him.

24 - Buffalo Bulls (Type A from losing Joaquin Nunez) - Benito Bogaerts

Another reliever!  I don't like Bogaerts quite as much since he is already 22 and has a good ways to go to be a go to guy in the bullpen, but could be a setup B.

25 - Seattle Huskies (Type D from last season) - Edgmer Johnson

Johnson has a really unique set of ratings.  He almost certainly won't be a C which will leave him as a DH with a really high OBP and should hit lefties really well.

26 - Louisville Cardinals - Billy Byrne

Byrne looks like a bust.  I don't think he can succeed much with splits and pitches so average, but maybe he will prove me wrong!

27 - Portland Ducks (Type A from losing Nolan Boone) - Timothy Davenport

We're starting to get to the point in the draft where there isn't much to say since its clear this draft was pretty weak.  Davenport will hopefully get to a point where he can be a back of the rotation guy, but is probably a long reliever at best.

28 - Louisville Cardinals (Type A from losing Orlando Galvez) - Don Caldwell

I would have loved this pick for an AL team and maybe one will come sniffing around in the offseason.  He is a nice bat to grab in a weak draft this late in the first round.

29 - Columbus Buckeyes (Type A from losing Dallas Parrott) - Lee Powell

Nothing much to see here.  Utility guy at best, maybe a AAA guy at worst.  None of his ratings really stand out.

30 - Charleston Cougars (Type D from last season) - Alan Tracy

Great value here as the top fielding player in the draft goes #30.  Considering some of the guys who were picked prior, Tracy is a steal as he definitely projects to be a plus defender at SS.  Nice value.

dgtrache - Alan Tracy projects as a very good fielding shortstop with a decent bat for the position. The challenge in developing Tracy will be whether he actually attains the lofty fielding projections that Charleston’s scouts are reporting given his poor make up.

31 - Dover Fightin Blue Hens - Fernando Eusebio

A SS who has already been converted to a CFer. Probably at best a utility guy as his defense doesn't look quite good enough to overcome his unique ratings at bat.

byers61 - With the 31st pick, Dover selected CF Fernando Eusebio. He is an okay pick that late, but he would have benefited from better genetic engineering. He has the range and arm to be a gold-glove shortstop, but alas, he is a lefty. He is a very good contact hitter but lacks the batting eye and base-running skills to be a true lead-off hitter. At this stage he is a poor hitter against righties, and at age 22 he doesn't have the time to grow to his potential much.

32 - Charleston Cougars - Chico Torrealba

Solid selection here at the end of the first round.  If he progresses, he will find a spot onto the Cougar ML roster.

dgtrache - Accidentally deleted this quote, please re-send to me dg!

Bleh.  Ford has a skillset that we usually don't chase after, but this draft stunk.  I'm glad his vR is the split that projects higher, his D is solid, and speed is great.  If we hold onto him, he'll be a solid utility guy.

34 - Richmond Spiders - Rudy Stone

Could be the steal of the draft.  Personally, I've had terrible luck with sub 18ish STA guy, but his splits and pitches look fantastic.  Really nice value.

cmthieme - I really like his projections, but he has a long way to go to reach them, so we'll see where he ends up. He won't throw a lot of innings but if he gets near his projections he could be a solid 1-inning closer-type. Picking this low, I'm happy to get a guy that can even make the team in the future, so I'm happy with this pick.

Can hopefully be a platoon CFer against lefties if he can progress enough defensively.  Keep him the heck away from righties!

36 - Minnesota Golden Gophers - Hasn't signed

37 - Minnesota Golden Gophers (Type D from last season) - Hasn't signed

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Season 23 - Amateur Draft - First Round Review

Courtesy of hurricane384...thanks for putting this together!

1.            2B Bill Fick – Fargo Bison
Solid range and glove. Weak arm. A true leadoff type who won’t strike out much, but can get on base. Not outstanding at driving the ball. Very fast.

2.            RHP George Priddy – Louisville Cardinals
Solid control. Solid combination of pitches. Decent splits. Solid stamina/durability. A little lacking for the #2 pick, but should be a solid contributor.

3.            RHP Charles Dean – Chicago Blue Demons
Tremendous splits. Solid control. Great stamina. Only 3 pitches and below average durability. Might struggle as a starter.

4.            CF Bill Palmer – Kansas City Wildcats
Remains unsigned as of press time.

5.            RHP Anthony Painter – Detroit Wolverines
Great control. Solid splits. Doesn’t throw hard. Average GB pitcher. Good pitches. Typically don’t like relievers this high, but knowing what the draft looked like, this was a solid pick.

6.            LF Lance Owens – Memphis Tigers
Solid power. Will strike out. Good range. Good arm. Great speed. Dominates RHP. Average eye.

mh17 says: It will be interesting to see Owens develop. Lance has good power and ability hitting lefties and rights, but seeing the ball and making contact may hinder his production, great speed but base running is questionable, and he’ll be very durable if he can avoid injuries. Would like to see him develop his defense a little more. Overall we are content with our selection.

7.            C Pedro Rosario – Boise Broncos

Tremendous defensive catcher. Great durability. Will struggle against RHP but should dominate LHP and won’t strike out much. Can definitely reach base. Fast for a C.
abesmem says: Boise was very happy to grab C, Pedro Rosario with the 7th overall pick. Pedro projects to be an “every day” backstop with solid defensive and pitch calling skills. He is no slouch at the place either with average power, good contact projections and a better than average eye at the plate. Pedro is already fairly well along in his development and is starting out in the organization at AA. He could be up with the big club in 2 years or less.

8.            RHP P.T. Durazo – Iowa City Hawkeyes

Tremendous stamina/durability. Solid control. Good splits. Keeps ball down. Underwhelming pitches.

9.            SS Fred Josephs – Huntington Thundering Herd

10.        P Deacon Ball – Helena Grizzlies
Remains unsigned as of press time.

11.        LF Al Brandt – Cincinnati Bearcats

Great power and dominant against RHP. Will struggles against LHP. Won’t strike out much. Average eye. Not much on defense.

allright says: Al Brandt has numbers that suggest that he will be a power hitter. He does not pull enough to be a 50 homer/year type; but he projects to be a solid 30+ homer hitter. He should handle RHP and maintain a high OBP. A solid prospect who should make The Show in 3 or 4 seasons. No HOF in his future, maybe not even an all-star; but, a solid ML contributor as a # 5 or #6 in the lineup.

12.        2B Luis Morlan – New Orleans Bayou Bengals

Dominates LHP. Will struggle against RHP. Great speed. Lacks durability. Solid defender who could fill in at several positions. Solid contact. Solid eye. Decent power.

13.        CF Gregg Wells – Philadelphia Owls

Tremendous power. Solid eye. Solid splits. Lacks top-end range, but good enough to be an everyday CF. Great glove. Great speed. Will strike out some.

14.        C Pepe Zurbaran – Texas Tech Red Raiders

Doesn’t call a great game but has a solid arm. Good power. Won’t strike out too much. Solid splits. Not good with the strike zone.

15.        RHP Roger Urich – Jackson Rebels

Lacks any semblance of control. Solid stamina & durability. Better against RHP than LHP. Great pitches and keeps the ball down.

16.        P Joey Camili – Oakland Golden Bears
Unsigned as of press time.

17.        RHP Rob Ray – Anaheim Trojans

Tremendous stamina/durability combination. Solid control. Only 3 pitches. Solid velocity & splits.

18.        3B Damon Wells – Nashville Commodores

Solid defensively. Average power and contact. Dominates LHP. Average against RHP. Average eye. Average pick here.

19.        3B Ahmad Russell – Little Rock Razorbacks

Lacks ideal range, but has a solid glove and good arm. Drives the ball well. Can work the count. Decent power. Strikes out a lot. Not durable.

20.        3B Lonny Lyles – Portland Ducks

Tremendous power. Drives the ball extremely well. Good range, great arm. Lacks ideal glove. Will strike out. Might be the steal of the draft.

21.        RHP Lou Jamison – Columbus Buckeyes

Tremendous control. Will get pounded on the ML level due to his inability to keep the ball out of hitting zone. Decent pitches. Doesn’t throw hard. Somewhat of a head-scratcher.

22.        RHP Dwight May – Seattle Huskies

Unsigned as of press time.

mcgupp says: He is projected as a lock down closer prospect. Unsure at this point if we will get him signed.

23.        RHP Buddy Swann – Buffalo Bulls

Great control. Throws hard. Solid stamina. Decent at keeping the ball out of hitting zone. Solid pitches. Keeps ball down.

24.        LHP Randy Montana – New York Red Storm

Average control. Can go deep into games. Solid splits. Throws hard. Flyball pitcher. Great pitches.

mamidu says: He decided to sign. I feel lucky to have landed him at #24. Has decent control and his splits project to be very good vL and above average vR with very good velocity. I have him projected to have 2 great pitches with the 3rd being average. I think he'll be a decent #3 SP.
25.        RF Erick Wright – Dover Fightin Blue Hens

Great arm. Really struggles against RHP. Average all around. Fast and a great baserunner.

26.        P Yonder Rodriguez – Charleston Cougars

Unsigned as of press time.

dgtrache says: Charleston would prefer that Yonder Rodriguez pursue his hockey career rather than accept the team's qualifying offer. Should he decide to play baseball, he has the potential to be a decent set-up man.

27.        RHP Manuel Quentin – Louisville Cardinals

Lacks ideal control. Throws hard and keeps the ball down in the zone. Keeps ball out of hitting zone. Great stamina/durability. Only 3 pitches. Could be a good one.

28.        RHP Derrick Velandia – Seattle Huskies

Dominant against RHP. Throws softly but keeps ball down. Lacks good control. Bit of a ‘tweener. Decent pitches.

29.        RF Vernon Blake – Salem Beavers

Makes a ton of contact. Lacks power. Struggles against LHP but does well against RHP. Good eye. Good baserunner with speed. Definitely a COF defensively.

30.  LHP Buddy Counsell – Charlotte Tar Heels
Tremendous control. 3 good pitches. Keeps ball down. Solid at keeping it out of hitting zone. Decent durability & stamina. Doesn’t throw hard at all.
hopkinsheel says: Pretty happy getting Counsell so late in the first round. We think he can be a solid addition to our bullpen one day

31.  RF Cory Gabriel – Syracuse Orange

Tremendous glove with solid range. Decent at making contact. Drives the ball average. Average eye. Tremenous speed.

Evil Doers says: One of the drawbacks of having a very successful regular season is of course, the low draft pick the next year. Having said that, the Orange are optimistic with the pick of Cory Gabriel. Some scouts had him as an up-the-middle player early in their reports but it appears that's not the case. The speedster would be a great addition if he was. He might not have the power for a corner position but he'll still make a nice addition to the school, even as a higher profile role-player if nothing else.
32.        RHP Bruce Nielsen – Richmond Spiders

Great control. Solid stamina/durability. Good pitches. Doesn’t throw hard and is a flyball pitcher. Does a decent job keeping ball out of hitting zone.

33.  RHP Brian Barnum – Minnesota Golden Gophers

Unsigned as of press time.

bighead34 says: really happy with Brian Barnum considering the lack of talent in this draft. hoping he can be an above average LRA if he signs...had him ranked 4th overall, but with limited scouting not sure how accurate my projections are...regardless he seems destined to be a MLer.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Top RF

TOP RF courtesy of hurricane384

1. Franklin Cornelius (LR)
Far and away the best hitter in RF, maybe in the world, Cornelius doesn't strike out, hits for elite power, and can work the count. He drives the ball well. Has a good arm.

Franklin Cornelius
Little Rock
Age: 28B/T: S/L
Born: Hammond, WI
Position(s): RF/1B/LF/DH
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2. Justin Crosby (IA)
Has elite power. Makes good contact. Drives the ball well. Has a good eye. Very good defensive RF.

Justin Crosby
Iowa City
Age: 28B/T: L/L
Born: Oakland, NJ
Position(s): RF/1B/LF/DH
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3. Doug Sullivan (HUN)
Struggles against RHP but dominates LHP. Strikes out at a little bit higher clip than most, but has power to make up for it. He knows how to work the count. Not a good defender.

Doug Sullivan
Thundering Herd
Age: 31B/T: R/R
Born: Phoenix, AZ
Position(s): RF/1B/DH
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4. Brian Komatsu (RIC)
5. Marino Terrero (NY2)
6. Terrence Shields (CH2)
7. Dante Itou (CHA)
8. Gorkys James (BOI)
9. Paul Igarashi (HEL)
10. Mateo Lugo (PHI)

Friday, November 15, 2013


Top CF courtesy of hurricane384

1. Albert Garza (FAR)
Although not an elite defender, Garza makes up for that with a great eye and good ratings across the board. He is weaker against RHP than he is against LHP. Good power and good contact. Good speed and good baserunner.

Albert Garza
Age: 31B/T: R/R
Born: Barahona, DO
Position(s): CF/IF/OF/DH
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2. Markus Crosby (HUN)
Has quality range and a solid glove. Doesn't strike out too much. Has some power. Drives the ball well. Has a good eye. Runs the bases poorly, but at least he's fast.

Markus Crosby
Thundering Herd
Age: 28B/T: S/R
Born: Muldrow, OK
Position(s): CF/1B/MIF/OF
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3. Bernie Diaz (MIN)
Dominates RHP while doing well against LHP. Average power. Makes solid contact usually. Has the range for CF but lacks the glove. Average speed. Solid eye.

Bernie Diaz
Golden Gophers
Age: 28B/T: S/R
Born: Santo Domingo, DO
Position(s): CF/2B
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4. Craig Parrish (CHR)
5. Benji Ramirez (BUF)
6. Henry Knight (RIC)
7. Jaime Lowery (DOV)
8. Len Whitesell (CIN)
9. Geoff Snyder (OAK)
10. Dwight Wood (LOU)