Monday, May 31, 2010

Top 300 Draft Prospects

My Top 300 from 2-11 can be found here
I'm still ironing out the end, so for now, here is my top 100:
Name Last Name POS Schools
1 Bryce Harper , C , Southern Nevada CC
2 Jameson Taillon , P , The Woodlands (Texas) HS
3 Drew Pomeranz , P , Mississippi
4 Manny Machado , SS , Brito Prep, Miami
5 Josh Sale , OF , Bishop Blanchet HS, SEA
6 Karsten Whitson , P , Chipley HS, Bartow, Fla.
7 Matt Harvey , P , North Carolina
8 Anthony Ranaudo , P , LSU
9 Yasmani Grandal , C , Miami
10 Nick Castellanos , 3B , Archbishop McCarthy HS, FLA
11 AJ Cole , P , Oviedo HS, Orlando
12 Brandon Workman , P , Texas
13 Zack Cox , 3B , Arkansas
14 Michael Choice , OF , Texas-Arlington
15 Stetson Allie , 3B , St. Edward HS, Lakewood, Ohio
16 Asher Wojciechowski , P , The Citadel
17 Kevin Gausman , P , Grandview HS, Aurora, Colo
18 Chris Sale , P , Florida Gulf Coast
19 Deck McGuire , P , Georgia Tech
20 Dylan Covey , P , Maranatha HS, Pasadena, CA
21 Garin Cecchini , SS/3B , Barbe HS, Lake Charles, La.
22 Jesse Hahn , P , Virginia Tech
23 Reggie Golden , OF , Wetumpka ALA
24 Drew Cisco , P , Wando HS, Mt. Pleasant, S.C.
25 Levon Washington , 2B/OF , Chipola JC
26 Chris Hernandez , P , Miami
27 Chavez Clarke , OF , Marietta GA
28 Seth Blair , P , Arizona State
29 Yordy Cabrera , SS , Lakeland FL HS
30 Alex Wimmers , P , Ohio State
31 Austin Wilson , OF , Harvard-Westlake HS, CA
32 Cameron Bedrosian , P , East Coweta HS, Sharpsburg, GA
33 Kolbrin Vitek , 3B/2B , Ball St.
34 Kris Bryant , 1B , Bonanza Hs, Las Vegas
35 Griffin Murphy , P , East Valley HS, Redlands, Calif.
36 Christian Colon , SS , Cal State Fullerton
37 Chad Lewis , 3B , Marina HS, Huntington Beach, Calif.
38 DeAndre Smelter , P , Tattnall Square GA
39 Peter Tago , P , Dana Hills Hs, CA
40 Chance Ruffin , P , Texas
41 Micah Gibbs , C , LSU
42 Kaleb Cowart , P , Cook County, GA
43 Bryce Brentz , OF , Middle Tennessee State
44 Michael Lorenzen , P/OF , Union HS, Fullerton, CA
45 Cameron Rupp , C , Texas
46 Delino DeShields , 2B/OF , Woodward Academy
47 Gary Brown , OF , Cal State Fullerton
48 Brett Eibner , P , Arkansas
49 Justin O' Conner , SS/C , Cowan HS, Muncie, Ind.
50 AJ Vanegas , P , Redwood Christian School, CA
51 Angelo Gumbs , OF , Torrance HS, CA
52 Drew Smyly , P , University of Arkansas
53 Mike Olt , 3B , Connecticut
54 Rob Segedin , 3B , Tulane
55 Tyrell Jenkins , P , Henderson, TX
56 Rob Rasmussen , P , UCLA
57 Kyle Blair , P , San Diego
58 Jake Thompson , P , Long Beach State
59 Ryne Stanek , P , Blue Valley HS
60 Dave Filak , P , SUNY Oneonta
61 Tony Wolters , 2B/SS , Rancho Buena Vista HS, Vista, Calif.
62 Austin Wates , OF , Virginia Tech
63 Taijuan Walker , P , Yucaipa HS, CA
64 James Paxton , P , Grand Prairie AirHogs
65 Jedd Gyorko , 2B , West Virginia
66 Christian Yelich , 1B , Westlake HS, Thousand Oaks, Calif.
67 Aaron Sanchez , P , Barstow, HS
68 Jared Lakind , 1B , Woods HS, Cypress TX
69 Josh Spence , P , ASU
70 Sammy Solis , P , San Diego
71 Matt Price , P , Virginia Tech
72 Mike Kvasnicka , C , Minnesota
73 Jordan Swagerty , P , Arizona State U.
74 Kendrick Perkins , OF , La Porte HS, TX
75 Scott Frazier P Upland
76 Todd Cunningham , OF , Jacksonville St.
77 Kellin Deglan , C , Langley BC
78 William Swanner , C , La Costa Canyon HS, CA
79 Hunter Morris , 1B , Auburn
80 Jacoby Jones , SS , Richton HS, Miss
81 Dominic Ficociello , SS , Union HS, Fullerton, Calif.
82 Robby Rowland , P , Cloverdale HS, CA
83 Zach Alvord , 2B , South Forsyth HS, GA
84 Barret Loux , P , Texas A&M
85 Addison Reed , P , SDSU
86 Derek Dietrich , SS , Georgia Tech
87 Tyler Holt , OF , Florida State
88 Jarrett Parker , OF , Virginia
89 Kevin Jacob , P , Georgia Tech
90 Jacob Petricka , P , Indiana State
91 Brian Ragira , OF , Martin HS, Arlington
92 Niko Goodrum , SS/CF , Fayette County HS, GA
93 Kevin Keyes , 1B , Texas
94 Zach Lee , P , McKinney (TEX) HS
95 Mike Foltynewicz , P , Minooka HS, IL
96 Cody Buckel , P , Royal HS, Simi Valley, Calif.
97 Chad Bettis , P , Texas Tech
98 Josh Rutledge , SS , Alabama
99 Justin Grimm , P , Georgia
100 Sam Dyson , P , South Carolina
101 Rob Brantly , C , UC Riverside
102 Perci Garner , P , Ball State
103 Jimmy Nelson , P , Alabama
104 Trey Griffin , OF , King HS, Stockbridge, GA
105 Jason Adam , P , Blue Valley HS, Kansas
106 Aaron Shipman OF /LHP Brooks County
107 Rick Hague , SS , Rice
108 Stefan Sabol , C , Aliso Niguel HS
109 Alex Lavisky , C , St. Edward HS, Lakewood, Ohio
110 Jordan Cooper , P , Wichita St. U.
111 Kevin Jordan , OF , Northside Columbus HS GA
112 Marcus Knecht , OF , Connors State JC
113 Jesse Biddle , P , Germantown Friends School, Philadelphia
114 Robbie Aviles , P , Suffern HS, NY
115 Josh Slaats , P , Hawaii
116 Evan Rutckyj , P , St. Joespeh HS, Ontario
117 Matt Lipka , SS/P , McKinney (TX.) HS
118 Sean Coyle , 2B , Germantown Academy, Fort Washington, Pa.
119 Kevin Ziomek , P , Amherst Regional HS, Amherst, MA
120 Luke Jackson , P , Calvary Christian HS, Clearwater, Fla.
121 Rod Segedin , 3B ,
122 Bryan Morgado , P , Tennesee
123 Gauntlett Eldemire , OF , University of Ohio
124 John Simms , P , College Park HS, The Woodlands, TX
125 Tyler Green , P , Brazoswood HS, Texas
126 Seth Rosin , P , U of Minnesota
127 Adam Duke , P , Spanish Fork HS, Salem, UT
128 Cody Wheeler , P , Coastal Carolina
129 Eric Jaffe , 1B , Bishop O' Dowd HS, CA
130 Randy LeBlanc , P , Covington HS LA.
131 Kevin Chapman , P , Florida
132 Dixon Anderson , P , University of California-Berkeley
133 Kyle Waldrop , OF/P , Riverdale HS
134 Conrad Gregor , OF/1B , Carmel HS, IND
135 Kevin Walter , P , Legacy HS
136 Krey Bratsen , OF , Bryan HS, Texas
137 Ryan Bolden , OF , Central HS, Madison, Miss.
138 Leon Landry , OF , LSU
139 Austin Kubitza , P , Colleyville Heritage HS, Texas
140 Chris Hawkins , OF , North Gwinnett HS
141 Zach Cates , P , Northeast Texas JC
142 Mason Williams , OF , West Orange (Fla.) HS
143 Daniel Gibson , P , Tampa Jesuit HS
144 Dickie Thon , SS , Academia Perpetio Socorro, P.R.
145 Joe Leonard , 3B , University of Pittsburgh
146 Kevin Munson , P , James Madison
147 Taylor Morton , P , Bartlett (Tenn.) HS
148 Andrew Knapp C Granite Bay (Calif.) HS
149 Cole Cook RHP Pepperdine
150 Adam Plutko , P , Glendora (Calif.) HS
151 Nick Tepesch , P , Missouri
152 Devin Lohman , SS , Long Beach State
153 Gabriel Encinas , P , St. Paul HS, Santa Fe Springs,Calif.
154 Dan Klein , P , UCLA
155 Kyle Parker , OF , Clemson
156 Blake Forsythe , C , Tennessee
157 Cody Stanley , C , UNC Wilmington
158 Tyler Thornburg , P , Charleston Southern U.
159 Ryan LaMarre , OF , University of Michigan
160 Ty Linton , OF , Charlotte Christian School, NC
161 Tyler Austin , C/3B , Heritage HS, GA
162 Drew Vettleson , OF , Central Kitsap HS
163 Josh Mueller , P , Eastern Illinois U.
164 Tyler Burgoon , P , U of Michigan
165 Ross Wilson , 2B , Alabama
166 Tony Thompson , 3B , Kansas
167 Sean Dwyer OF Tavares (Fla.) HS
168 Daniel Tillman , P , Florida Southern
169 Kevin Rhoderick , P , Oregon State
170 Mike Antonio , 3B , Washington HS, New York City
171 Bobby Wahl , P , West Springfield HS, VA
172 Burch Smith , P , Howard College
173 Austin Wood , P , St. Petersburg College
174 Jordan Shipers , P , South Harrison HS, MO
175 Cole Green , P , Texas
176 John Barbato , P , Varela HS, Miami
177 Jabari Blash , OF , Miami-Dade CC
178 Marcus Littlewood , 2B/LF , Pineview HS, UT
179 Rhoderick Shoulders , 1B , Brandon, FL
180 Stewart Ijames , OF , Louisville
181 Brooks Pinckard , P , Baylor
182 Heath Hembree , P , Charleston
183 Nick Longmire , OF , Pacific
184 J.R. Bradley P Nitro
185 Michael Goodnight , P , Houston
186 Thomas Keeling , P , Oklahoma State
187 Jimmy Hodgskin , P , Bishop Moore HS, FL
188 Tony Dischler , P , LSU-Eunice JC
189 Cory Hahn , OF , Mater Dei HS, Santa Ana, Calif.
190 Lonnie Kaupilla , SS , Burbank (Calif.) HS
191 Jaren Matthews , 1B , Rutgers
192 Jacob Felts , C , Orangefield HS, Texas
193 Mark Canha , OF , U of Cal
194 Mike Kickham , P , Missouri State
195 Mike Ojala , P , Rice
196 Joc Pederson , OF , Palo Alto (Calif.) HS
197 Dan Burkhart , C , Ohio State
198 Matt den Dekker , OF , U of Florida
199 Matt Roberts , C , Graham (N.C.) HS
200 Bryan Holaday , C , TCU
201 Bobby Doran , P , Texas Tech
202 Michael Palazzone , P , Georgia
203 Cito Culver , P , Irondequit HS, Rochester, NY
204 Pat Dean , P , Boston College
205 Thomas Royse , P , University of Louisville
206 Robbie Ray , P , Brentwood (Tenn.) HS
207 Kevin Patterson , 1B , Auburn
208 Greg Peavey , P , Oregon State
209 Nick Kingham , P , Sierra Vista HS, Las Vegas, NV
210 Clay Schrader , P , San Jacinto JC
211 Jason Hursh P Trinity Christian Academy, TX
212 Chad Sheppard , P , Northwestern State
213 Jimmy Reyes , P , Elon
214 Mitchell Taylor , P , Spring HS
215 John Gast , P , Florida State
216 Vincent Velasquez , P , Garey High, Pomona, CA
217 Andrew Smith , P , Roswell GA
218 Casey Mulholland , P , Pendleton School, Bradenton FLA
219 Blake Dean , 1B , LSU
220 Nick Rumbelow , P , Bullard HS, TX
221 Justin Nicolino , P , University HS, Orlando
222 Russell Wilson , 2B , NC State
223 Victor Sanchez , 3B , U of San Diego
224 Daniel Palka , 1B , Greer HS, SC
225 Jake Skole , 2B , Blessed Trinity HS, GA
226 Andy Wilkins , 1B , Arkansas
227 Andrelton Simmons , P/SS , Western Oklahoma State College
228 Mel Rojas , OF , Wabash Valley
229 Tommy Kahnle , P , Lynn University FLA
230 Jake Eliopoulos , P , Chipola JC
231 Martin Viramontes , P , Loyola Marymount U.
232 Chris Bisson , 2B , U of Kentucky
233 Donn Roach , P , CC of Southern Nevada
234 Zack Weiss , P , Northwood HS
235 Connor Narron , 3B , Aycock HS, NC
236 Kellen Sweeney , OF , Jefferson HS, Cedar Rapids, IA
237 Austin Southall , OF/1B , Baton Rouge, LA
238 Keenan Kish , P , Germantown Academy, Fort Washington, Pa.
239 Matt Bywater , P , Pepperdine
240 Ryan Brett , OF , Highline HS, Seattle, WA
241 Bryan Harper , P , Southern Nevada CC
242 Brian Dupra , P , Notre Dame
243 Alex McRee , P , University of Georgia
244 Matt Szczur , 3B/C , Villanova
245 B.J. Guinn , 2B , California
246 Dan Burawa , P , St. John's
247 Tyler Kuresa , 1B , Oakmont HS
248 Zach Neal P Oklahoma
249 Hayden Simpson , P , Southern Arkansas
250 AJ Berglund , P , St. Francis High, CA
251 Dallas Gallant , P , Sam Houston State
252 Michael Arencibia , OF , Westlake HS, Thousand Oaks, Calif.
253 Tanner Robles , P , Oregon State
254 Dan Grovatt , OF , U of Virginia
255 Mike Nesseth , P , Nebraska
256 Bret Mitchell P Minnesota State-Mankato
257 Josh Osich , P , Oregon State
258 Craig Fritsch , P , Baylor
259 Aaron Senne , 1B , Missou
260 Tyler Shreve , P , East Valley HS, Redlands, Calif.
261 Brian Fletcher , OF , Auburn
262 Greg Brodzinski , C , Bishop Eustice, Turnerville, NJ
263 Kole Calhoun , OF/P , Arizona State
264 Logan Ehlers , P , Nebraska City HS
265 Rudy Acosta , P , Mount Miguel HS, SD
266 Logan Darnell , P , Kentucky
267 Evan Grills , P , Simclair SS Ontario
268 Jesus Valdez , P/3B , Hueneme HS, Oxnard, Calif.
269 Brandon Tessar , P , Chaminade HS, Simi Valley, CA
270 Jeff Ames , P , Lower Columbia JC
271 Joey Leftridge , OF , Howard JC
272 Zak Adams , P , Flower Mound HS
273 Kevin Gelinas , P , UC Santa Barbara
274 Blake Hassebrock , P , UNC- Greensboro
275 Nathan Foriest , P , Harpeth HS, Kingston Springs, TX
276 Patrick Cooper , P , Bradley
277 Deshun Dixon , OF/P , Terry HS, Jackson, Miss
278 Blake Kelso , 2B , Houston
279 Chris Triplett , 2B , Sandy Creek HS, GA
280 Cory Vaughn , OF , San Diego State
281 Eric Arce , C , Lakeland FL HS
282 Shane Rowland , C , Tampa (FLA)
283 Shawn Tolleson , P , Baylor
284 Cam Booser , P , Fife HS
285 Mickey Wiswall , 1B , Boston College
286 Daniel Bibona , P , UC Irvine
287 Micheal Fuda , OF , Rice
288 Chris Marlowe , P , Navarro JC (TX)
289 Scott Alexander , P , Sonoma State
290 Matt Suschak , P , Toledo
291 Mike McGee , OF , FSU
292 Chris Epps , OF , Clemson
293 Aaron Barrett , P , Mississippi
294 Kyle Roller , 1B , East Carolina
295 Mott Hyde , 3B , Calhoun HS, GA
296 AJ Griffin , P , San Diego
297 Jonathan Jones , OF , Long Beach State
298 Case Nixon , C , Hillcrest HS, ALA
299 JD Williams , OF/2B , Brooks-DeBartolo Collegiate HS, FLA
300 Aaron Westlake , IF/C , Vanderbilt

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Draft Projections

We are closing in on the draft and I'm working on my draft board. Right now, I have 263 players projected to have a chance to be picked in the first 7 rounds.

Rounds 1-3
Jason Adam , P , Blue Valley HS, Kansas :
Stetson Allie , 3B , St. Edward HS, Lakewood, Ohio :
Zach Alvord , 2B , South Forsyth HS, GA :
Dixon Anderson , P , University of California-Berkeley :
Tyler Austin , C/3B , Heritage HS, GA :
Robbie Aviles , P , Suffern HS, NY :
Cameron Bedrosian , P , East Coweta HS, Sharpsburg, GA :
Chad Bettis , P , Texas Tech :
Jesse Biddle , P , Germantown Friends School, Philadelphia :
Chris Bisson , 2B , U of Kentucky :
Kyle Blair , P , San Diego :
Seth Blair , P , Arizona State :
Rob Brantly , C , UC Riverside :
Bryce Brentz , OF , Middle Tennessee State :
Kris Bryant , 1B , Bonanza Hs, Las Vegas :
Yordy Cabrera , SS , Lakeland FL HS :
Nick Castellanos , 3B , Archbishop McCarthy HS, FLA :
Michael Choice , OF , Texas-Arlington :
Drew Cisco , P , Wando HS, Mt. Pleasant, S.C. :
Chavez Clarke , OF , Marietta GA :
AJ Cole , P , Oviedo HS, Orlando :
Christian Colon , SS , Cal State Fullerton :
Dylan Covey , P , Maranatha HS, Pasadena, CA :
Kaleb Cowart , P , Cook County, GA :
Zack Cox , 3B , Arkansas :
Sean Coyle , 2B , Germantown Academy, Fort Washington, Pa. :
Todd Cunningham , OF , Jacksonville St. :
Logan Darnell , P , Kentucky :
Derek Dietrich , SS , Georgia Tech :
Brian Dupra , P , Notre Dame :
Sam Dyson , P , South Carolina :
Brett Eibner , P , Arkansas :
Gauntlett Eldemire , OF , University of Ohio :
Jacob Felts , C , Orangefield HS, Texas :
Dave Filak , P , SUNY Oneonta :
Kevin Gausman , P , Grandview HS, Aurora, Colo :
Micah Gibbs , C , LSU :
Daniel Gibson , P , Tampa Jesuit HS :
Reggie Golden , OF , Wetumpka ALA :
Yasmani Grandal , C , Miami :
Conrad Gregor , OF/1B , Carmel HS, IND :
Trey Griffin , OF , King HS, Stockbridge, GA :
Justin Grimm , P , Georgia :
Jedd Gyorko , 2B , West Virginia :
Rick Hague , SS , Rice :
Jesse Hahn , P , Virginia Tech :
Bryce Harper , C , Southern Nevada CC :
Matt Harvey , P , North Carolina :
Chris Hernandez , P , Miami :
Jimmy Hodgskin , P , Bishop Moore HS, FL :
Tyler Holt , OF , Florida State :
Luke Jackson , P , Calvary Christian HS, Clearwater, Fla. :
Kevin Jacob , P , Georgia Tech :
Kevin Jordan , OF , Northside Columbus HS GA :
Dan Klein , P , UCLA :
Marcus Knecht , OF , Connors State JC :
Mike Kvasnicka , C , Minnesota :
Jared Lakind , 1B , Woods HS, Cypress TX :
Ryan LaMarre , OF , University of Michigan :
Leon Landry , OF , LSU :
Zach Lee , P , McKinney (TEX) HS :
Ty Linton , OF , Charlotte Christian School, NC :
Marcus Littlewood , 2B/SS , Pineview HS, UT :
Manny Machado , SS , Brito Prep, Miami :
Deck McGuire , P , Georgia Tech :
Alex McRee , P , University of Georgia :
Bryan Morgado , P , Tennesee :
Hunter Morris , 1B , Auburn :
Justin O' Conner , SS/C , Cowan HS, Muncie, Ind. :
Jarrett Parker , OF , Virginia :
James Paxton , P , Grand Prairie AirHogs :
Adam Plutko , P , Glendora (Calif.) HS :
Drew Pomeranz , P , Mississippi :
Brian Ragira , OF , Martin HS, Arlington :
Anthony Ranaudo , P , LSU :
Rob Rasmussen , P , UCLA :
Addison Reed , P , SDSU :
Kevin Rhoderick , P , Oregon State :
Mel Rojas , OF , Wabash Valley :
Robby Rowland , P , Cloverdale HS, CA :
Stefan Sabol , C , Aliso Niguel HS :
Chris Sale , P , Florida Gulf Coast :
Josh Sale , OF , Bishop Blanchet HS, SEA :
Victor Sanchez , 3B , U of San Diego :
Aaron Sanchez , P , Barstow, HS :
Rod Segedin , 3B , Tulane :
DeAndre Smelter , P , Tattnall Square GA :
Sammy Solis , P , San Diego :
Austin Southall , OF/1B , Baton Rouge, LA :
Josh Spence , P , ASU :
Peter Tago , P , Dana Hills Hs, CA :
Jameson Taillon , P , The Woodlands (Texas) HS :
Nick Tepesch , P , Missouri :
Tony Thompson , 3B , Kansas :
Daniel Tillman , P , Florida Southern :
AJ Vanegas , P , Redwood Christian School, CA :
Drew Vettleson , OF , Central Kitsap HS :
Kolbrin Vitek , 3B/2B , Ball St. :
Bobby Wahl , P , West Springfield HS, VA :
Kyle Waldrop , OF/P , Riverdale HS :
Taijuan Walker , P , Yucaipa HS, CA :
Levon Washington , 2B/OF , Chipola JC :
Austin Wates , OF , Virginia Tech :
Cody Wheeler , P , Coastal Carolina :
Karsten Whitson , P , Chipley HS, Bartow, Fla. :
Russell Wilson , 2B , NC State :
Austin Wilson , OF , Harvard-Westlake HS, CA :
Tyler Wilson , P , Gaffney HS, SC :
Alex Wimmers , P , Ohio State :
Asher Wojciechowski , P , The Citadel :
Tony Wolters , 2B/SS , Rancho Buena Vista HS, Vista, Calif. :
Brandon Workman , P , Texas :
Christian Yelich , 1B , Westlake HS, Thousand Oaks, Calif. :
Kevin Ziomek , P , Amherst Regional HS, Amherst, MA :

Rounds 4-5
Rudy Acosta , P , Mount Miguel HS, SD
Jake Barrett , P , Arizona State U.
Daniel Bibona , P , UC Irvine
Jabari Blash , OF , Miami-Dade CC
Krey Bratsen , OF , Bryan HS, Texas
Gary Brown , OF , Cal State Fullerton
Cody Buckel , P , Royal HS, Simi Valley, Calif.
Kole Calhoun , OF/P , Arizona State
Mark Canha , OF , U of Cal
Garin Cecchini , SS/3B , Barbe HS, Lake Charles, La.
Blake Dean , 1B , LSU
Pat Dean , P , Boston College
Kellin Deglan , C , Langley BC
Matt den Dekker , OF , U of Florida
Delino DeShields , 2B/OF , Woodward Academy
Tony Dischler , P , LSU-Eunice JC
Jake Eliopoulos , P , Chipola JC
Ryan Enos , OF , Dallas Baptist
Mike Foltynewicz , P , Minooka HS, IL
Blake Forsythe , C , Tennessee
Scott Frazier , P , Upland HS, Upland, CA
Drew Gagnier , P , Oregon
Niko Goodrum , SS/CF , Fayette County HS, GA
Cole Green , P , Texas
Tyler Green , P , Brazoswood HS, Texas
AJ Griffin , P , San Diego
Evan Grills , P , Simclair SS Ontario
Dan Grovatt , OF , U of Virginia
Angelo Gumbs , OF , Torrance HS, CA
Cody Hawn , 1B , Tennesee
Jake Hernandez , C , Los Osos HS, CA
Tyrell Jenkins , P , Henderson, TX
Jacoby Jones , SS , Richton HS, Miss
Lonnie Kaupilla , SS , Burbank (Calif.) HS
Kevin Keyes , 1B , Texas
Mike Kickham , P , Missouri State
Wade Kirkland , 3B , Florida Southern
Joe Leonard , 3B , University of Pittsburgh
Chad Lewis , 3B , Marina HS, Huntington Beach, Calif.
Taylor Lindsay , OF , Desert Mountain HS, ARZ
Matt Lipka , SS/P , McKinney (TX.) HS
Michael Lorenzen , P/OF , Union HS, Fullerton, CA
Barret Loux , P , Texas A&M
Mike McGee , OF , FSU
Aaron Meade , P , Missouri State
Matt Miller , P , University of Michigan
Kevin Moran , P , Boston College
Taylor Morton , P , Bartlett (Tenn.) HS
Kevin Munson , P , James Madison
Griffin Murphy , P , East Valley HS, Redlands, Calif.
Rafael Neda , C , New Mexico
Mike Ojala , P , Rice
Mike Olt , SS , Connecticut
Kyle Parker , OF , Clemson
Kevin Patterson , 1B , Auburn
Nick Pepitone , P , Tulane
Jacob Petricka , P , Indiana State
Turner Phelps , P , James Madison
Matt Price , P , Virginia Tech
Robbie Ray , P , Brentwood (Tenn.) HS
Jared Ray , P , University of Houston
Donn Roach , P , CC of Southern Nevada
Kyle Roller , 1B , East Carolina
Seth Rosin , P , U of Minnesota
Chance Ruffin , P , Texas
Cameron Rupp , C , Texas
Evan Rutckyj , P , St. Joespeh HS, Ontario
Josh Rutledge , SS , Alabama
Jordan Shipers , P , South Harrison HS, MO
Rhoderick Shoulders , 1B , Brandon, FL
Andrelton Simmons , P , Western Oklahoma State College
Drew Smyly , P , University of Arkansas
Ryne Stanek , P , Blue Valley HS
Cody Stanley , C , UNC Wilmington
Jordan Swagerty , P , Arizona State U.
William Swanner , C , La Costa Canyon HS, CA
Kellen Sweeney , OF , Jefferson HS, Cedar Rapids, IA
Jake Thompson , P , Long Beach State
Dickie Thon , SS , Academia Perpetio Socorro, P.R.
Tyler Thornburg , P , Charleston Southern U.
Vincent Velasquez , P , Garey High, Pomona, CA
TJ Walz , P , Kansas
Ross Wilson , 2B , Alabama
Sam Wilson , OF , El Dorado HS NM
Mickey Wiswall , 1B , Boston College
Austin Wood , P , St. Petersburg College

Round 6-7
Mike Antonio , 3B , Washington HS, New York City
Eric Arce , C , Lakeland FL HS
Michael Arencibia , OF , Westlake HS, Thousand Oaks, Calif.
John Barbato , P , Varela HS, Miami
AJ Berglund , P , St. Francis High, CA
Joey Bergman , 3B , College of Charleston
Ryan Bolden , OF , Central HS, Madison, Miss.
Cam Booser , P , Fife HS
Ryan Brett , OF , Highline HS, Seattle, WA
Cole Cook , P , Pepperdine
Jordan Cooper , P , Wichita St. U.
Cito Culver , P , Irondequit HS, Rochester, NY
Eric Decker , OF , Minnesota
Deshun Dixon , OF/P , Terry HS, Jackson, Miss
Adam Duke , P , Spanish Fork HS, Salem, UT
Gabriel Encinas , P , St. Paul HS, Santa Fe Springs,Calif.
Dominic Ficociello , SS , Union HS, Fullerton, Calif.
Brian Fletcher , OF , Auburn
Nathan Foriest , P , Harpeth HS, Kingston Springs, TX
Craig Fritsch , P , Baylor
John Gast , P , Florida State
Kevin Gelinas , P , UC Santa Barbara
Sean Gilmartin , P , FSU
Cory Hahn , OF , Mater Dei HS, Santa Ana, Calif.
James Harris , SS , Etowah HS, GA
Devin Harris , OF , East Carolina
Jordan Haseltine , P , Wood HS, Vacaville, Calif.
Jonathan Jones , OF , Long Beach State
Blake Kelso , 2B , Houston
Matthew Kirkland , 3B/C , South-Doyle HS, Knoxville
Keenan Kish , P , Germantown Academy, Fort Washington, Pa.
Austin Kubitza , P , Colleyville Heritage HS, Texas
Alex Lavisky , C , St. Edward HS, Lakewood, Ohio
Connor Mason , P , Home Schooled, Suwanee, GA
Casey Mulholland , P , Pendleton School, Bradenton FLA
Connor Narron , 3B , Aycock HS, NC
Justin Nicolino , P , University HS, Orlando
Case Nixon , C , Hillcrest HS, ALA
Daryl Norris , P , Fairhope (Ala.) HS
Sean O'Brien , 2B/SS , Clearwater FLA
Josh Osich , P , Oregon State
Daniel Palka , 1B , Greer HS, SC
Joc Pederson , OF , Palo Alto (Calif.) HS
Kendrick Perkins , OF , La Porte HS, TX
Eric Pettis , P , UC Irvine
Mark Podlas , OF , Westhampton Beach - NY
Matt Roberts , C , Graham (N.C.) HS
Tanner Robles , P , Oregon State
Shane Rowland , C , Tampa (FLA)
Rob Segedin , 3B , Tulane
Tyler Shreve , P , East Valley HS, Redlands, Calif.
John Simms , P , College Park HS, The Woodlands, TX
Jake Skole , 2B , Blessed Trinity HS, GA
Tyler Skulina , P , Walsh Jesuit HS, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
Andrew Smith , P , Roswell GA
Shawn Tolleson , P , Baylor
Isaiah Turner , , Stocksdale HS
Jesus Valdez , P , Hueneme HS, Oxnard, Calif.
Cory Vaughn , OF , San Diego State
Aaron Westlake , IF/C , Vanderbilt
Andy Wilkins , 1B , Arkansas
Mason Williams , OF , West Orange (Fla.) HS
JD Williams , OF/2B , Brooks-DeBartolo Collegiate HS, FLA

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Testing...



I've posted a few of my reports, but I really don't like the way the text looks. So I spent some time working with microsoft access tonight. This is what I came up with as something different. Hope you like it.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

3 by request..

MiLB:
Jordan Lyles, RHP, HOU

Floor-Ceiling, Likely outcome, % likelihood to reach ceiling
5-8, 6.3, 39.74%

Age on 4-1-10, Birthdate
19.46, 10/19/1990

Bats-Throws
Right-Right

Height Weight Round Year Signing Bonus
6'4", 185, 1, 2008, $930,000

IP/G-WHIP-Results-Control-Pitchability-Dominance-Efficiency-Age
50-50-65-80-80-55-80-70

Level League Big League Debut
A, SAL, 2011

MiLB:
Liam Hendicks, P, MIN
Floor-Ceiling, Likely outcome, % likelihood to reach ceiling
4-7, 4.7, 23.37%

Age on 4-1-10, Birthdate
21.15, 2/10/1989

Bats-Throws
Right-Right

Height Weight Round Year Signing Bonus
6'1", 187, Australia, 2007, $-

IP/G-WHIP-Results-Control-Pitchability-Dominance-Efficiency-Age
60-45-40-40-70-55-45-60

Level League Big League Debut
A, MWL, 2013

MiLB:
Jean Segura, 2B, LAA
Floor-Ceiling, Likely outcome, % likelihood to reach ceiling
4-7, 4.2, 8.29%

Age on 4-1-10, Birthdate
20.05, 3/17/1990

Bats-Throws
Right-Right

Height Weight Round Year Signing Bonus
5'11", 193, D.R., 2007, $-

Contact %-Walk %-Clutch-Vision-Contact-Speed-Power-Age
94-6-45-40-25-80-40-35-50

Level League Big League Debut
R, PIO, 2014

Hak Ju Lee report

MiLB:
Hak Ju Lee, SS, CHC

Floor-Ceiling, Likely outcome, % likelihood to reach ceiling
5-9, 6.3, 31.86%

Age on 4-1-10, Birthdate
19.42, 11/4/1990


Bats-Throws
Left-Right

Height Weight Round Year Signing Bonus
6'2", 170, Korea, 2008, $725,000


Contact %-Walk %-Clutch-Vision-Contact-Speed-Power-Age
82-11-55-40-40-50-35-70


Level League Big League Debut
A-, NWL, 2013

What my floor-ceiling #'s mean

Hitters , Pitchers
10 All-time great , All-time great
9 Superstar , Ace
8 Solid Starter , #1 or #2, Closer
7 Starter on some teams , #3-5, Setup man
6 Part-time player , swingman/ 7th inning guy
5 bench warmer , 12th pitcher
4 top level minor leaguer , top level minor leaguer
3 middle level minor leaguer , middle level minor leaguer
2 low level minor leaguer , low level minor leaguer
1 won't last long , won't last long

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

International Signings

The International signing season typically begins on July 2nd each season, but there are others who can sign, as they have reached the eligible age.

Adeiny Hechevarria broke open the season by signing for $10 million over 4 years with the Toronto Blue Jays. He won't have the glove that fellow Cuban defector Jose Iglesias has, but will be a solid SS. It was good enough for Cuba to move Jose Iglesias over to 2B in 2007 at the World Junior Championships. His bat will play better than Iglesias' in my opinion, at least with the power aspect.

Jean Carlos Batista is a switch hitting shortstop who just signed with the Houston Astros. He was hitting .283 in 15 games in the newly formed Dominican Prospect League(DPL). He showed solid defense at SS, but at 6'2", 175 LBS, he will probably have to move off short to 3B but could be a solid SS for a few years until he outgrows the position. He will begin his pro career in the Dominican Summer League(DSL).

Michael Feliz is a 6'4" RHP who has a good downhill motion and can throw in the low 90's. Oakland recently signed him from the DPL and he could be one of the better pitchers in the DSL this season.

Erik Olivo is a similar 6'3", 185LB RHP who can throw in the low 90's and has a decent slider besides. He recently signed with the Yankees for $300,000. The signing is pending due to his age, which is allegedly 19.

Eduard Reyes did not last long in the DPL before the 19 year old was signed by the Brewers. He pitched 8.1 IP over 5 games, walked 2, gave up 2 hits and K'd 15. He may make it to the states later this year to pitch in the Gulf Coast League.

As of July 2nd, one name to watch is Yoel Araujo. He looks like a future star CF. He has a great swing that looks like it could generate a lot of power, especially if he bulks up a little. He has great speed, a good arm and will more than likely, be a millionaire come July.

Esteilon Peguero is a 6'1", 185 LB shortstop. He has long limbs and good actions in the field. He generates a lot of power with his swing. He has been putting up some of the best offensive numbers in the DPL and looks like a future star. I'm sure he'll struggle with good breaking balls at first, but his selectivity in the DPL shows that he has a good plate approach.

A few other names for July 2nd are:
Geronimo Fransua, LHP
Edwin Moreno, RF
Hector Veloz, 3B
Carlos Pereira, 3B
Jefferson Olacio, LHP
Iago Januarrio, P
Raul Mondesi, OF..not as good as his father, but could be a decent pro ball player.

More to come as the day approaches...

Friday, May 7, 2010

Are the Nats rushing Strasburg too quickly?

I don't have all MLB debuts in my database, but I do have MLB service time for most players. If I take the year a player was drafted and factor in his age compared to service time, I can get a decent idea as to when he made his debut, or at least became a regular MLB player. Some of the names at the top surprised me, well kinda.
It's kind of a mixed bag for pitchers, but one thing is for sure, even the top draft picks with huge upsides are pretty inconsistent, except Lincecum.
The hitters are better in my opinion.

Within the last year, I have said that I would rush Strasburg to the bigs, at most giving him 10 starts in the minors. Lincecum only had 13, and I think Strasburg could beat that, but after seeing this, I would hesitate with others. I think Strasburg is in a different tier than most of these guys but if your favorite team rushes your top pitching prospect to the majors, just give them time and they will be inconsistent. Brian Matusz, Dan Hudson, Madison Bumgarner and others like that should be watched closely.

Pitchers

Huston Street , P , COL
Joba Chamberlain , P , NYY
Brandon Morrow , P , TOR
Tim Lincecum , P , SF
Andrew Miller , P , FLA
Barry Zito , P , SF
Daniel Schlereth , P , DET
Joe Smith , P , CLE
Shawn Kelley , P , SEA
Ryan Perry , P , DET
Dan Hudson , P , CHW
Brian Matusz , P , BAL
Justin Verlander , P , DET
Rick Porcello , P , DET
Darren O'Day , P , TEX
Jered Weaver , P , LAA
Micah Owings , P , CIN
Luke Hochevar , P , KC
Jeremy Bonderman , P , DET
David Price , P , TB

Hitters
Ryan Zimmerman , 3B , WSH
J.D. Drew , RF , BOS
Gordon Beckham , 3B , CHW
Daric Barton , 1B , OAK
Troy Glaus , 3B , ATL
Alex Rodriguez , 3B , NYY
Connor Gillaspie , 3B , SF
Mark Teixeira , 1B , NYY
Buster Posey , C , SF
Alex Avila , C , DET
Albert Pujols , 1B , STL
Ken Griffey , DH , SEA
Mark Kotsay , 1B , CHW
Rickie Weeks , 2B , MIL
Troy Tulowitzki , SS , COL
Jacoby Ellsbury , CF , BOS
Justin Upton , RF , ARI
Todd Helton , 1B , COL
Matt Wieters , C , BAL
Ian Kinsler , 2B , TEX

Thursday, May 6, 2010

MiLB Prospect Statistical scouting: Jake Odorizzi

MiLB:
Jake Odorizzi, P, MIL

Floor-Ceiling, Likely outcome, % likelihood to reach ceiling
5-8, 5.8, 26.56%

Age on 4-1-10, Birthdate
20.03, 3/27/1990

Bats-Throws
Right-Right

Height Weight Round Year Signing Bonus
6'2", 180, 1, 2008, $1,060,000

IP/G-WHIP-Results-Control-Pitchability-Dominance-Efficiency-Age
30-45-30-30-55-55-40-50

Level League Big League Debut
R, PIO, 2012

If you want to know about a certain player, feel free to ask. I have most of my top 2000 rated in the same way. If not, I can run it for the person. Just ask me on formspring via the link at the top of the page or comment here.


What my floor-ceiling #'s mean

Hitters , Pitchers
10 All-time great , All-time great
9 Superstar , Ace
8 Solid Starter , #1 or #2, Closer
7 Starter on some teams , #3-5, Setup man
6 Part-time player , swingman/ 7th inning guy
5 bench warmer , 12th pitcher
4 top level minor leaguer , top level minor leaguer
3 middle level minor leaguer , middle level minor leaguer
2 low level minor leaguer , low level minor leaguer
1 won't last long , won't last long

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

My 2009 draft

I continued with my same pattern as last season, although I didn't think this draft had the depth the 2008 one did. I had the 2nd overall pick in the draft I traded away Jarrod Washburn, Reed Johnson, Carl Pavano, Doug Davis, Tony Gwynn Jr. and in an unusual move, Lars Anderson. I received the #3 overall pick, a 2nd round, 6th and 11th round pick for him. I also traded my #4 overall pick(as i was the 4th worst team in the league due to my selloff) and a 2nd round pick for the #2 overall pick and a high 3rd round pick. I really wanted to get Ackley and I got him with the #2 overall pick. At #3, I had a hard time deciding between Donovan Tate, Tyler Matzek and Grant Green. I even though about Bobby Borchering and Matt Davidson here, but it was just too high for them, but I really believe in their bats. I passed on Matzek because I didn't think he'd sign and I hadn't seen Tate enough to be sold on his potential. I also thought he might not sign and I'd loose his rights. Well on to the rest...

1 Dustin Ackley OF SEA
1 Grant Green SS OAK
2 Max Stassi C OAK
3 Kentrail Davis OF MIL
3 Max Walla OF MIL
4 D.J. Lemahieu SS CHC
5 Kendall Volz P BOS
5 Jonathan Singleton 1B PHI
6 Brad Stillings P MIN
6 Neil Medchill OF NYY
6 Daniel Tuttle P CIN
7 Virgil Hill OF STL
7 Preston Guilmet P CLE
8 Eric Decker OF MIN-didn't sign
8 Gavin Brooks P NYY
9 Austin Kirk P CHC
10 Sequoyah Stonecipher OF FLA
11 Nelfi Zapata C NYM
11 Aaron Baker 1B PIT
12 Michael Heller P PIT-didn't sign
13 Renny Parthamore P BOS
14 Justin Bour 1B CHC
15 Alibay Barkley 1B LAA
15 Kyle Smith P CLE
15 Ryan Hinson P SD
15 Wade Kapteyn P DET
16 Jack Murphy C TOR
17 Claudio Bavera P KC
18 Matthew Tone P MIN
23 Nick Tindall C MIN

I was excited to get Max Stassi in the 2nd round. I had him as the 8th best prospect in the draft. Then I got Kentrail Davis, who I had as the 13th best prospect in the draft. I liked Walla and thought his bat would play, even if the rest of the tools aren't there. His first season hasn't shown it yet. Lemahieu isn't hitting much either. Volz, Stillings, Tuttle, Guilmet, Brooks and Kirk are all pitchers that have a high ceiling but all have a high likelihood to bust. Jonathan Singleton has a huge upside and I was really happy when he signed. Neil Medchill had a good season last year, but is starting slowly this season. I was hoping Eric Decker would sign but..oh well. Nelfi Zapata, Justin Bour, Alibay Barkley and Aaron Baker are all 1B who have power potential. Renny Parthemore is one to watch though and I am hopeful he will turn into a top prospect.

My 2008 Draft

This season I traded the likes of Boof Bonser, Luke Scott, Mike Mussina, Tim Redding, BJ Ryan and the big ones...Shane Victorino and Carl Crawford(who I had traded for the season before). My team really did poorly in 2007 and without going into it too much, needed my fingerprint on it. I took over a team in which the owner quit the league and I kind of wanted to blow it up and make it my own. I planned on building thru the draft and I saw the 2008 draft as a deep draft, so I stockpiled. Here is what I came up with.

Round Player Pos Team
1 Justin Smoak 1B TEX
1 Brett Wallace 1B STL
2 Jake Odorizzi RHP MIL
2 Jaff Decker OF SD
2 Lance Lynn RHP STL
3 L.J. Hoes 2B BAL
3 Isaac Galloway OF FLA
4 T.J. Steele OF HOU
4 Tyler Chatwood RHP LAA
5 Brett Hunter RHP OAK
5 Matt Hague 3B PIT
5 Edwin Quirarte RHP SF
6 Jason Knapp RHP PHI
7 Adam Milligan OF ATL
7 Tony Delmonico SS LAD
8 Nate Tenbrink 3B SEA
8 Brett Oberholtzer LHP ATL
8 Brandon Crawford SS SF
8 Michael Palazzone RHP ATL-didn't sign
9 Nino Leyja SS OAK
9 Matt Clark 1B SD
10 Clayton Cook RHP CLE
10 Mikey O'Brien RHP NYY
10 Chase Hentges RHP KC
11 Aaron Luna OF STL
12 Phil Disher C HOU
13 Pat Venditte RHP/LHP NYY
14 Matt Magill RHP LAD
15 Ryan Mantle OF SF
16 Byron Wiley OF CIN
17 Delta Cleary OF COL
18 Oliver Drake RHP BAL
19 Daniel Thomas RHP OAK
25 Damarii Saunderson OF PHI

It is far too early to rate this draft, but it looks good so far. I took a variety of players. Polished college bats in Smoak and Wallace, an athletic P in Odorizzi, a big bat in Decker, who was picked ahead of me, but I traded a lower 2nd rounder and a 5th to get him. I wasn't going to pass on him like I didn't trust my gut on Heyward earlier. Lynn looked like a polished college arm who could make it to the bigs quickly. Hoes and Galloway were toolsy high school players. Steele a college player but still big ceiling and raw. I did the same with Crawford, Tenbrink and Milligan. Knapp, Hunter and Quirarte are power arms who could be back of the bullpen arms, and maybe be closers in the long run. I hoped Chatwood would develop into a short righty along the lines of Roy Oswalt. I know not all these guys will hit, but I feel like I did a good job identifying talent where it was available. I even like Luna, Venditte, Cleary, Drake and Saunderson as potential big leaguers. I know only one of them will if I'm lucky but you never know.

Monday, May 3, 2010

My 2007 draft

In 2007, I had a year of experience in the league and I made a few trades. I traded my 2nd, 4th and 6th picks along with JR Towles and Aaron Thompson for Jeff Francouer. And then I did something dumb. I wanted to trade up to 9th overall in the draft, as I had the 13th overall pick. The owner of that pick wanted a 1st and 3rd eound pick for that pick. Considering I had earlier moved my 2nd and 4th for Frenchy, I thought it was a little steep, and the guy I wanted wasn't going to be that much better than the guy I would get, either Matt Dominguez or Kevin Ahrens. Jason Heyward wasn't worth a 1st and 3rd...oops.
Well onto what I actually did.

Round Name POS Team
1 Matt Dominguez 3B FLA
3 Collin DeLome CF HOU
4 Matthew Rizzotti 1B PHI
5 Matthew Brown CF CLE
5 Adam Reifer RHP STL
6 Kade Keowen CF BOS
6 Ryan Wehrle SS NYY
6 Bradley Meyers P WSH
6 Kentrail Davis CF COL-DNS
7 Mike McCardell RHP MIN
8 PJ Dean RHP WSH
9 Steven Cishek RHP FLA
9 Jonathan Holt RHP CLE
9 Paul Koss RHP LAD
9 Jeff Greenwalt RHP HOU
10 Matthew Cusick 2B HOU
11 Matthew Moore LHP TB
11 Steffan Wilson 3B MIL
13 Micheal Richard SS OAK
14 Robert Carson LHP NYM
14 William Conlon CF SD
15 Kevin Boggan RHP TB
16 Josh Collmenter RHP ARI
16 Jacob Cowan RHP BOS-DNS
17 Preston Clark C CHC-DNS
18 Kevin Patterson 1B CHW
18 Angel Mercado RF SD
19 Jiwan James RHP PHI
20 Luke Sommer RF CHC
21 Joey Williamson RHP COL
22 Stephen Vento RHP CHC
23 Dom Duggan CF SF
24 Jose Alvarez 3B NYM
25 Calvin Lester CF BAL
26 Curtis Pasma LHP MIL
27 Gabriel Casanova 2B LAD
28 Brandon Whiting CF WSH
29 Evan Scribner RHP ARZ
30 Jake Shafer RHP NYY
31 Brain Tracy RHP PIT
32 Matthew Reynolds LHP COL
33 Bryan Collins RHP OAK
34 Fred Jones RHP NYY
35 Thomas Hill C KC

I took Matt Dominguez, expecting him to be a Mike Lowell type. His bat hasn't delivered quite as well as I had hoped but he has time. Collin DeLome can hit the ball a mile, but has contact issues but could be a nice platoon OF'er.
Matt Rizzotti is haveing a nice season this year, but has been underwhelming to this point. Brown sounded like a 5 tool player out of college, but has shown no power. I really overdrafted him. Adam Reifer had some elbow issues and slid a little, so I gave him a shot and he still has a power arm but his command is erratic. Kade Keowen was a 6'6" toolsy moster. Big raw power, speed and good arm. He was playing CF at the time and I thought he could have a big future. He batted .241 last season with 10 HR, and 91K's in 315 AB. He was released just a couple weeks ago by Boston. Wehrle quit baseball after the 2007 season, as far as I can tell. Meyers had a great season last year. Kentrail Davis didn't sign and went to Tennesee. McCardell was a polished player out of Div. II college and has shown that while being brought along very slowly by the Twins. PJ Dean missed the 2009 season due to TJ surgery. Cishek could run it up to 95 and is now a power arm out of the pen.
Jon Holt was released this spring and Koss and Greenwalt aren't lighting the world up. But...as we get lower, I read about Matt Moore and he looked like a solid pick. A high school lefty who needed some polish and could be good. I underrated him at that point.
I read about this toolsy raw OF/P Jiwan James. He was a late sign and an overslot sign, so I thought he could pay off. I rolled the dice and he is flying up prospect lists this season. At this point, the draft looks like it has a couple big prospects, but not as many future big leaguers as the 2006 draft.

My 2006 Draft

Round Name Position Team College
1 Kyle Drabek RHP PHI Woodlands, Texas
2 Chris Tillman RHP SEA Fountain Valley, Cali
3 Matt McBride--traded for 4,6,11 TRADED
4 Dallas Buck RHP ARI Oregon State
4 Chris Errecart OF MIL U of Cali
5 Jason Donald SS PHI U of Arizona
6 Casey Hudspeth RHP HOU Sarasota, FL
6 Jake Brigham RHP TEX Central Florida Christian Academy
7 Jim Negrych 2B PIT U of Pitt
8 Doug Fister RHP SEA Merced College
9 Stephen Holmes RHP NYM U of Rhode Island
10 Alex Presley OF PIT U of Mississippi
11 Ryan Khoury SS BOS U of Utah
11 Shawn Scobee OF TOR U of Nevada
12 Hunter Mense OF FLA U of Missouri
13 Paul Coleman LHP LAD Pepperdine
14 Jamie Arneson LHP CIN Fresno State
15 John Hester C ARI Stanford
16 Charles Benoit LHP PIT Caroll, TX
17 Josh Roenicke RHP CIN UCLA
18 Jacob Dempsey OF PHI Winthrop
19 Micheal Campbell OF SD U of South Carolina
20 Micheal Cowgill 2B MIN James Madison U
21 Kyle Parker RHP SEA U of Washington
22 Matt Manship RHP OAK Stanford
23 Adam Hale RHP HOU Rice
24 Matt Michael LHP STL Grand Canyon U
25 Justin Brashear C ARI U of Mississippi
26 Mark Shorey OF STL Liberty U
27 Zach Dials LHP TOR U of Kentucky
28 Tony Watson LHP BAL U of Nebraska-did not sign
29 Anthony Esquer C CIN Cal Poly Pamona
30 Baron Frost OF TOR USC
31 Jarrod Dyson OF KC Southwest Mississippi Community College
32 William Bashelor OF NYM Dartmouth
33 Jared Cranston LHP SF Seward Community College
34 Gordon Gronkowski 1B LAA Jacksonville U
35 Aaron Baker C MIN Oklahoma commitment-Unsigned--Denton, TX

It's far too early to grade a draft from 2006, but Drabek and Tillman are potential front line pitchers. McBride has been a decent prospect and is now a 1B,RF instead of a catcher but his bat could get him to the majors. I think he could be a decent catcher yet and a change of scenery could help him. Buck has never recoverd fully from Tommy John surgery. He pitched thru it for a while and I thought it would help him learn to pitch, but it didn't work to this point. Donald and Errecart looked like solid college players with a good shot at being big leaguers, as did Negrych. Hudspeth sounded like a bulldog with 3 average or plus pitches who could hit mid 90's. Brigham sounded like a 1st round caliber talent who slid due to performance. He has since had TJ surgery and had an inconsistent 2009 but is off to a decent start for 2010. Fister was a tall RHP with a lot of potential. He didn't improve much from HS to this draft, but he has made it to the bigs and is off to a great start this season.
John Hester looks like he can have a big league career as a backup catcher and Josh Roenicke has a great arm, but is getting old for a prospect. He's up in the bigs now, but hasn't had much opportunity yet.
Tony Watson and Aaron Baker were the 2 guys I drafted that didn't sign. I didn't retain their rights due to that, but both of them still have a chance to be good ball players.
I am kind of proud of this draft as it was the first year I had delved into the draft since my hiatus.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

My history in the draft...(very long)

When I was a kid, I didn't konw much about the draft. Growing up in rural Minnesota, I didn't have much access to information. The first thing I can remember about the draft, other than reading the information on the back of baseball cards, which I started collecting in 1986, was the #3 overall pick in the 1991 draft: David McCarty. I tried to stay informed through farm reports and stats in the Star Tribune on Sundays, which I would get occasionally from a gas station about 10 miles from where I lived, after church. He did ok in the minors if I recall and when he debuted in 1993, he flopped. He had no power, a long swing and struck out all the time. I was disappointed. I was 12. I was looking for another star to join my recent World Series winning Twins, and I couldn't have been more sad. I started to collect minor league cards to get more knowledge in the minor leagues. Help for the Twins had to come from somewhere and it wasn't coming from free agents, that was for sure. Dan's sports cards in New Ulm, MN was my connection and I spent every penny I got from chores there, and then some(I talked my Mom into paying the tax, it wasn't fair for a kid to have to pay tax..haha). Cliff Floyd and Manny Ramirez were my favorites out of that draft, along with Pokey Reese. How can you not love that name. Mike Neill also became a favorite. Yep, that was a swing and a miss. This was the start of my baseball prospecting. My goal then was to get the best cards, it's different now, but still a similar idea.
1992 was a great year for me and the draft. I got a Topps Gold of a kid named Derek Jeter and I had a favorite. Dan Serafini was drafted as the Twins top pick and we obviously had the next Koufax. I still remember how he rounded the bill of his cap. He was can't miss, right. I like the Orioles Jeff Hammonds, Pookie(Preston) Wilson(all name), Charles Johnson(I was an aspiring catcher), and Trey Beamon. Beamon's .700 batting average in high school, or whatever it was, was amazing. Rich Ireland was also a favorite, basically because he had a cool lefty pose in his card.(Wow, never got out of GCL as a 3rd round pick.) Another miss, but hell, I was only 11.
1993 was the year the greatest prospect who has ever lived(slight sarcasm) was drafted 1st overall. I had never heard of him until I got a 1994 Action Packed card. Wayne Gomes with that funky delivery and Matt Drews with his long lanky delivery were my favorites(Now, I was an aspiring pitcher). Brooks Keischnick fascinated me, because he was an OF and pitched. Jason Varitek was a favorite because he was a future Twin and I still wanted to be a catcher. Ryan McGuire and Jose Valentin(Twins) were a couple more favorites. All of my information was from baseball cards and Beckett magazines, with the Star Tribune mixed in, but that was all Twins and Minnesotan's. It really angered me when the Twins didn't sign Varitek. I was confident he was going to be a superstar but since he didn't sign, I hated him from that point on.
At this point I was looking for more info, but in the middle of Southern Minnesota didn't offer a lot of access to information, until one day I found a magazine called Baseball America. All of a sudden I had access to so much information. College players like Todd Walker and my hated Jason Varitek, Paul Wilson and Jose Cruz. Gotta love Josh Booty and his bat carving, Terrence Long and Hiram Bocachica. Brian Buchanan was a massive human, how could he not succeed?
1995 was the year I wanted to become Kerry Wood. I wanted to throw 100 MPH as a high schooler. My favorites that year were Jaime Jones, Reggie Taylor, Juan Lebron and Mike Barrett. Wow, I blew that.
1996 was the year I fell in love with Billy Koch in the college world series. What a rocket for an arm. I didn't want Travis Lee for my Twins..and in the end I didn't get him. We missed out on another top pick, just like with Jason Varitek, but Tampa got him and I was excited for the expansion teams. How could they go wrong with 2 top players like Lee and Matt White. This was the first year I watched college baseball much thanks to cable at my grandparents house, and I was impressed by Mark Kotsay's sweet left handed swing. Chad Green sounded like he was going to be a terror on the bases and Dermal Brown was a left handed Bo Jackson.
At this point, I was irritated by the Twins job of drafting, so I started doing my own version of the draft and picking one player in each round. This was a while ago, so I don't remember all my picks, but I did it when I received the BA draft issue with all the picks of every team. I didn't care where the player was picked. I just picked one per round. As good as Mike Cuddyer sounded, I went with the big SS Troy Glaus. He reminded me of a favorite in Mark Mcgwire. I also liked Ryan Anderson, but I wanted Glaus. I stuck with Mike Restovich in the 2nd round. He was a home state kid and sounded like he had a good shot of making it to the majors. Matt Riley was my pick in the 3rd round. 4th: Alan Webb, 5:Jon Hamilton, 6:Kris Wilken, 7: I remember vividly: Matt Garrick, 8:Vicente Rosario and I can't remember who I took past that.
in 1998, I was intrigued by J.M. Gold because he was from Toms River, NJ, but I went with a different LHP, CC Sabathia. I think it was the right choice. In the 2nd I took Nick Neugebauer, 3:Steve Bechler, 4:Eddy Furniss, 6:Jake Esteves. That is the extent of waht I remember. I'm proud of that because I hit on CC. I will always remember that.
In 1999, I wouldn't let myself take to top guys, so I went with my favorite from the middle of the round. Vince Faison. Yuck, it was between him and Keith Reed. Yep, that was bad. 2:Ben Broussard, 3:Kiki Bengochea(way better than Morneau) 4:Matt Zepicky, 5:Nick James. I know I went deeper in these drafts, but I can't remember past this. I graduated from High School in '99 and went to college in 2000. I went to a 2 year school for civil engineering, and was very busy. I didn't continue with my version of shadow drafting after 1999.
I continued following the draft in 2000 and 2001, but then I went out into the real world. I was working 40-75 hours a week and had no time to keep up on baseball. My hiatus toward the draft and the minors in general began. I even let my BA subscription lapse. I paid a little attention, grabbing a BA at the news stand occasionally, but didn't read much. I continued working ridiculous hours for years.
In 2005, I really started missing baseball and decided to delve into fantasy baseball. I found a league called the General Managers Instructional League. It is a 24 team league, that has a system to replicate MLB, with a FYPD draft in July/August and a Free agent draft for international signings in the winter.
My obsession was reignited.
To be continued.....