Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Season 16 draft review

Half of the draft reviews are finished and now it's on to the second half of the round. Picks 16-20 are now up for review.

Oklahoma City Prairie Dogs
1(16). Henry Griffin(SS) R/R, 18, De Pere, WI
           Still unsigned, Griffin is available for me to see. Not a bad pick here but not a pick that wows anyone. I would say that his demands are a bit too high for his talents and slot in the draft. He was drafted as a shortstop, but his glove is on the lower side for the position. He has good range projections and should develop a very good arm. He has good speed and could be counted on for about 20 steals a season. His drawbacks are that he has bad contact and not much power. He could hit double digit homers but 20 seems unlikely. He makes up for those with good splits and a decent eye. Griffin looks like a 250 hitter with 10 homer potential.

2(90). Felipe Siqueiros(CF) L/L, 18, Melba, ID
          I like this pick at 90 better than the teams pick at 16, but that may be just because this is my style player. Siqueiros looks to be a solid centerfielder with decent range and glove for the spot. He doesn't have a good arm, but that isn't a necessity at the position. He has really good speed and his base running should develop nicely. He could be a real speed threat and steal over 50 bases a season if not more. He has good contact projections but very little power. His splits aren't good and his eyes projects decent, but he could still hit 250-260.

3(123). Peter Martin(2B) R/R, 18, Norfolk, VA
            Martin is another pick I like by this franchise. He should have real good range and glove for secondbase and a good enough arm to play the position. He has great speed and will develop good enough base running to be another 50 steal threat. He has very good contact but very little power. His splits aren't good and his eye is only decent. Another 250-260 hitter that will steal plenty of bases and provide a good glove.

4(155). Aaron Worley(3B)
5(187). Sam Hubbard(2B)

Helena Ass Hats
1(17). Willie Crawford(P) L/L, 19, Machesney Park, IL
          While not a great pick, Crawford is a solid pick. He has decent stamina and real good durability for a starting pitcher. He should have real good control and he'll be tough on lefties, but below average against right handers. He has low velocity and will not be a groundball pitcher. He should have a real good 4 seam fastball and curveball. His third pitch change up isn't very good, but he has a real good 4th pitch slider. Crawford should see some time in the majors, but won't be any better than a 4 starter.

1(25). Mat Stults(P) R/R, 22, Latham, NY
          I'm not sure what happened here, but this pick is much better looking to me than the pick they made 8 spots earlier. Stults shows decent stamina and really good durability for a starter. He should have real good control and decent splits as well. His velocity is good and he is a real groundball pitcher. His 1st pitch 4 seam fastball is real good and second pitch curveball is good as well. His third pitch slider is good and his change up is below average. His sinker is useless. Stults is 22 and has less developemental time than the younger players, but he should still become a 3 or 4 starter in the majors.

1(38).  B.J. Hennessey(SS)
           Hennessey has not signed and I can't see anything about him.

1(48). Paul Cho(2B)
1(59). Tony Vega(LF)
2(79). Elmer Jennings(P)
2(91). Will Neal(1B)
3(124). Khiry Rhodes(P)
4(156). Roger Warden(P)
5(188). Jacob Burks(LF)

Tampa Bay Thunder
1(18). Talmadge Bradshaw(RF) L/L, 18, Montverde, FL
          Bradshaw is a less than impressive pick here. He has the range to play rightfield but the glove is not very good. He has a good arm for the position though. His speed is decent and has decent base running. He has lower contact and not good power either. He is below average against left handers but decent against right handers with a really good eye. Bradshaw could see time in the majors but I'm not sure he'll be a regular.

1(60). Les Nixon(CF) L/L, 18, Live Oak, CA
          Nixon surely has the glove to play centerfield and has decent range to go with it. His arm isn't very good but good enough for center. He has real good speed and good baserunning as well. His contact should be great and he has some power to go with it. His splits are terrible though, but he has a decent eye. Another big drawback on this player is his health. Nixon may see some time in the majors but the splits will keep him from doing much.

2(92). Ryouta Vanguri(P)
3(125). Jamile Kennedy(CF)
4(157). Buzz Corbin(P)
5(189). Daric Padgett(C)

Scottsdale Scorpions
1(19). Heinie Hutton(P) R/R, 21, Colton, CA
          Hutton looks like a good pickup at 19. He has decent stamina to be a starter and good durability. He has good control and will be tough on right handers and decent against lefties. He has good velocity projections and is a groundball pitcher. He also has a good 4 seam fastball, a decent change up, and average to below curveball, slider and palmball pitches. Hutton isn't a dominant pitcher but he will still be able to hold down a spot in the ML rotation if he pans out.

1(39). Bret Roberts(SS) R/R, 21, Grand Island, NY
          Roberts isn't a great pickup, but at 39 he is solid. He doesn't have the range or glove to make it as a major league shortstop but could play RF, 3B or 2B. He has a good arm, but also not ideal for short. He's not a speedy player and can't be expected to steal many bases. He projects to have decent contact and power. His splits are below average and his eye is decent. Roberts projects to be a backup in the majors.

1(61). Daniel Smith(CF) L/L, 20, Little Elm, TX
          Smith is a real nice take at this spot. He's not much of a hitter, but he has gold glove potential as a centerfielder. He has real good range and pretty good glove as well. His arm strength and accuracy are great and if he was a right hander he'd be an awesome shortstop. He has real good speed and should be a good base runner as well. His contact projects low and his power is below average. He can't hit lefties at all, but will do decent against right handers and has a good eye as well. Smith should be a major league platoon centerfielder and defensive replacement.

2(80). Darren McPherson(2B)
2(93). Lucas Moore(SS)
3(126). Mandy Mohr(LF)
4(158). Harry Felix(RF)
5(190). Grant Herrmann(P)

Los Angeles Regulators
1(20). Willie Cairo(P) R/R, 22, Leonard, TX
          Cairo projects to be a starting pitcher in the future. Another solid 1st round pickup at pick 20. He projects to have decent stamina and good durability. He should be good for 180 innings a season. His control is below average and could hold him back from that innings projection. His splits project real good, but he has low velocity and below average gb/fb. He has a decent 4 seam fastball and good change up. His curveball is really good as a third pitch and he has a decent slurve as well. Cairo won't be an all star, but he should be a solid major league starter.

1(40). Preston Hubbard(P) L/L, 18, Elida, OH
           Hubbard is a decent pick at 40. He has low stamina but decent durability projections. He has really good control but his splits are below average. He has good velocity and gb/ fb. His 4 seam fastball is below average for a first pitch and his slider is as well for a second pitch. His curveball is average and his change up is good as a fourth pitch. His split fastball is decent enough. Hubbard probably doesn't project to be a major leaguer.

2(94). Jaime Murray(P)
2(102). Clyde Magnuson(P)
3(127). Tim Decker(P)
4(159). Mike Flores(3B)
5(191). Josh O'Rourke(CF)

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