Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Rays Draft Report

What happened in the negotiations with Levon Washington? Scott Boras even said he wished it would have gotten done. That means Levon wanted more that Boras could get him. I like Washington's skills, but I really don't like his attitude now. Kenny Diekroger, who also didn’t sign, rated high on tools, but I don’t see him as a big loss to their drarft. Todd Glaesmann could be a 5 tool OF and I think he is one to keep an eye on, especially if he can develop power. 5th rounder Jeff Malm could be a 1st rd talent if he develops power, which he has the body for as a 6’4”, 225 LB guy. I like Devin Fuller and he could be a good 6th round pick. Cody Rogers is a JC guy who has some upside. Brett Nommensen could be an outstanding hitter if he does half of what he did in college this season. Jacob Partridge is a personal favorite and could develop into another in the long line of Rays pitching prospects. Gabe Cohen could turn into a Gabe Kapler kind of player with a bodybuilder body and brute power. Besides the top 2 picks, they also drafted but did not sign Derrek Dennis, Pierce Johnson, Dylan Floro, Alex Besaw, Austin Maddox and James Pazos. Several of these guys could have been good replacements for missing out on the top 2. I would have definitely paid Dennis and Maddox mid to high six figures.

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