It's time to review picks 6-10 in this seasons draft. Once again I'll throw in some reviews of players taken by each franchise in rounds 2-5 as well. I think it adds a little bit to the review and gives teams something to think about. If not, then it at least interests me.
St. Louis Vipers
1(6). Sean Shipley(P) S/L, 18, Hiland, IL
Shipley is a pitcher with some tremendous upside. The knock on Shipley is his stamina projections, but with his durability and control, this guy could be a 200 inning a season pitcher. He projects to have outstanding control to go along with good velocity. He'll be really tough on both right handers and lefties alike. He should develop a good 4 seamer and a really good second pitch slider. His change up will be pretty good for a third pitch and his curveball will be a great fourth pitch. Throw in a split finger fastball as a fifth pitch to keep hitters thinking. He's not much of a groundball pitcher, but I doubt that will stop him from being a great pitcher. This guy has the projections to be a top pitcher in Pine Tar down the road.
5(177). Kevin Craddock(LF) L/L, 22, Hinsdale, NH
Usually I wouldn't write anything about a 5th round pick, but this guy surprisingly has some decent projections and could eventually spend a little time in the bigs. I doubt he'll ever be a regular, but he could fill in for sure. Low contact, decent power, good splits and a decent eye, make this guy a fringe major league talent.
1(7). Bucky Simpson(P) R/R, 18, Thomasville, GA
Simpson is right in line with what a team would expect with this pick. He's not great, but he's still pretty good. He has low to average stamina with good durability. He projects with very high control which will help him pitch deep into games even with the lower stamina. He'll only be average against lefties and just above average against righties. He has lower velocity and won't be much of a groundball pitcher. He does project to have a decent 4 seam fastball to go with a good slider a below average change up third pitch and pretty good fourth pitch curveball. I don't think he'll be a cy young winner, but he should have some good seasons.
1(53). Brian Lowrie(SS) S/R, 18, Sabinal, TX
Lowrie was drafted as a shortstop, but ideally he's more of a thirdbaseman. He has the range and arm to play the position but his glove doesn't look like it will develop to that point. He's not fast, but he isn't slow either. I don't see him stealing bases, but he won't hurt a team with his base running. He projects to have good contact with really good power. His splits are both projected low, but he does have a decent eye. This is a solid pick at number 53 and he should be a major leaguer in the future, but not much of an impact player.
2(81). Vincenzo Tenbrink(LF) L/L, 20, Shelton, CT
To think that with the 81st pick of the draft this team was able to get Tenbrink shows the depth of this draft. While he isn't projected to be a great player, he should still be able to crack the major league roster in the future. He has lower contact, but good power. He is below average against lefties, but he'll hit righties pretty good. He doesn't have much of an eye at the plate. He projects to have good base running, but he's not fast. Tenbrink should be a solid role player one day.
3(114). Hack Washington(SS) R/R, 21, Blooming Grove, TX
Washington isn't much of a hitter, but has a little bit of power. He projects to have a decent glove with a phenomenal arm. He could spend time in the bigs as a reserve, but not much more.
4(146). Darren Urich(C) R/R, 22, Red Oak, OK
Ok, seriously? How in the heck did this guy fall all the way to pick 146? Am I missing something? He projects to be a decent catcher behind the plate. He looks like he'll have good contact, good power, with really good splits and a decent eye. If this guy isn't a major leaguer then maybe I'm seeing his projections incorrectly. He should have a solid big league career if I'm right.
5(178). Jerry Twitchell(SS)
Charlotte Bad News
1(8). Rafael Unamuno(LF) R/R, 18, Los Olivos, CA
Another solid selection at the top of the draft with Unamuno. He'll be a solid fielder out in left and won't hurt the team there. He isn't much of a base runner if there is any knock on him. He projects to have real good contact and power. He should crush left handers and still be pretty good against righties. He also has a real good eye at the plate. Unamuno should be able to bat a .300 with a .380 OBP and throw in 30-40 homers. This is a pretty good get at the 8th spot in the draft.
1(54). Edwin Reese(CF) R/R, 18, St George, UT
Reese could be a great centerfield glove one day. He projects to have really good range and a pretty good glove to go with it. His arm isn't great but isn't terrible either. He has good speed and base running and will be a stolen base threat. He has lower contact and very little power. He is below average against left handers, but real good against righties and has a below average eye. I could see Reese manning center in the bigs eventually and having a solid career.
3(115). Logan Hearn(P)
4(147). Daryl Jensen(P)
5(179). Miguel Ugueto(P)
1(9). Gil Wainwright(LF) L/L, 22, Leamington, ON
Wainwright projects to be a solid ML player in the future, but not a difference maker. I'm not sure he has the abilities to be an all star, but he should help out the big league team. He isn't much in the field but should be OK out in left. His hitting projections are better than his fielding. He should have good contact, and decent power. For a left hander he'll hit lefties pretty good and do fairly good against right handers as well. His batting eye worries me a bit, but it isn't terrible. He should be a real good base runner for a slow guy. He should develop into a .280+ hitter with 20 homer potential.
2(83). Pedro Delgado(SS)
3(116). Clark Truman(P)
4(148). Ricardo Megias(C)
5(180). Luis Ozuna(RF)
Kansas City Kardinals
1(10). Elroy Epstein(SS) R/R, 18, Hartland, WI
Epstein should turn out to be an average shortstop in the field. He could be a really good thirdbaseman as he lacks ideal shortstop range. He has average speed and good base running projections. He may be able to steal a couple bases in his career but not many. Epstein shows average contact projections with some power. He has good splits and a decent eye. I could see him hitting around .270 with 10 homers regularly.
2(84). Kenneth Miceli(P) R/R, 18, Swampscott, MA
Miceli is a decent pick at this spot. He has good stamina, and durability. His control will be an issue that may keep him from ever being a major leaguer. His splits are good and he's a groundball pitcher. He projects to have a good 4 seamer and cut fastball. His third pitch curveball is good and he has a decent change up for his out pitch.
3(117). Alton Trammell(SS)
4(149). Stuffy Hyers(P)
5(181). Lance LaRocca(2B)