2081 Draft Grades

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  1. Roggie

    Roggie Well-Known Member Staff Member

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    Let's try something new. I'm going to look at team's picks and give them an overall grade on the talent acquired. Obviously weighing early picks far, far heavier than late (first 5 rounds are the main grade) but if I see a late pick I like, that will factor in as a bonus.
     
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    Roggie Well-Known Member Staff Member

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    Arizona Diamondbacks:

    Round 1: CF Sam Brandt
    Round 2: SP Nicholas Flynn
    Round 3: CL Alejandro Garcia
    Round 4: RF Thomas Brown
    Round 5: SP Juan Rodriguez

    Later picks to keep an eye on: R8 CF Brian Day

    We already know my thoughts on Brandt. Flynn, in this draft, is a solid pick in round 2, although the remaining bats were far superior. Garcia could be an all-star talent closer. Brown looks like a very nice grab in round 4 as a corner outfielder, while Rodriguez is a guy that I don't really see making the majors at any point. Day is a CF showing some decent growth and can defend. He's a long shot currently, but he could be a sleeper.

    Grade: B+ Superstar with their first pick, possible all star in round 3, and a solid piece in round 4 keep this grade high, although round 2 was a positional grab instead of high talent.
     
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    Roggie Well-Known Member Staff Member

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    Atlanta Express:

    Round 1: LF Paul Wheeler (Traded)
    Round 2: CF Julio Eleazar
    Round 3: SP A.R. Rice
    Round 4: 3B Dan Rogers
    Round 5: SP Nick Martinez

    Wheeler is a superstar, but he's been traded for a guy who looks to be on the downside of his career. The rest of the draft, I'm not impressed with at all. Eleazar could be a possible starting OF, but I'm not a fan. Rice was a reach. Rogers has a decent bat, but is probably just a backup corner infielder. Martinez is already regressing and not very good.

    Grade: D
     
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    Roggie Well-Known Member Staff Member

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    Baltimore Orioles:

    Round 1: 1B Dennis Long
    Round 2: SP Chris Yates
    Round 3: 1B Sherwood Green
    Round 4: RP Angelo German
    Round 5: RP Nick Moore

    Long is a monster bat. He is going to be good. Very good. Yates should be a solid middle of the rotation SP. Green, I don't get. Long is a 1B and a stud, while Green is a 1B who isn't very good for a 1B. Could have gone outfield or reliever and gotten a much better value. German should be a decent reliever in his career, while Moore has work to do.

    Grade: C+
     
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    Roggie Well-Known Member Staff Member

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    Boston Red Sox:

    Round 1: CL Gordon Clemons
    Round 2: CF Guillermo Moreno
    Round 3: 2B Otis Ingram
    Round 4: CL Jeff Griffith
    Round 5: SP Ezra Cole

    1 word summarizes this draft: Meh. Clemons is great, but man, that is early for a reliever. Moreno is good defensively, but probably has to move to left/right field, and won't wow anyone with the bat. Ingram, same story, but has to stay at 2B due to no arm. Griffith, decent reliever but that's all. Cole, crap.

    Grade: C-
     
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    Roggie Well-Known Member Staff Member

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    Chicago White Sox:

    Round 1: SP Willie McCann
    Round 2: SP Chris Gates
    Round 3: CL Doug Robinson
    Round 4: SP Tony Reed
    Round 5: 2B Cliff Valenzuela

    In a very pitcher weak draft, the White Sox went pitcher heavy. Their 1st round pick has about the same ceiling as their 2nd rounder, which, in this draft, just shows that first pick as being weak. Doug Robinson is a very good closer prospect. Tony Reed doesn't look like a major leaguer, and major league bats were still around in round 4. Valenzuela is okay, but nothing special. If he gets a bit better defensively, we could see him be a good utility backup, which would be decent value here, but that's something we won't know for a couple years. I feel like the White Sox just missed this draft. Even if it's a farm needing SPs, they reached and ignored far higher ceiling players.

    Grade: C-
     
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    (Roggie has asked me to pinch-hit so people won't gripe if he gives himself an A.)

    Chicago Cubs

    Round 1: RF Rafael Reyes
    Round 2: SP Dave Gray
    Round 3: SP Mathew Wells
    Round 4: 1B Garrett Griffin
    Round 5: LF George Forbes

    Later picks to keep an eye on: R7 1B Tex Drake

    As always, Chicago uses its position at the end of the draft to stock up on role players. Reyes is raw and hit a bump in his pro debut, but his sensational sophomore college campaign showed an all-around threat with baserunning smarts, good corner defense, and a bat that will prove especially menacing to lefties. Garrett Griffin played first for Miami, but he's a natural third baseman - did the coaches drink too many Hurricanes? - who could have been drafted two rounds earlier. Wells' his power slider could carry him to a setup role, maybe even setting up Dave Gray, the fastball-focused groundballer who could be a fearsome closer. Watch out, too, for Tex Drake, whose combination of bigtime power, fearsome first name, and adequate glove suggest he could follow Griffin to 3B. There may be no stars in this group, but useful contributors should emerge.

    Grade: B+
     
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    Roggie Well-Known Member Staff Member

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    Detroit Tigers:

    Round 1: 3B Gilberto Fuentes
    Round 2: RF Mike Bennett
    Round 2 Supplemental: SP Alfonso Ruiz
    Round 3: CL Arnold LaFitte
    Round 4: SP Kendrick Pope
    Round 5: 1B Bob Palmer

    Sleeper: Round 14, 2B Andy Stout

    There's some solid players in this group. Fuentes is good, but was a bit of a reach. Bennett dropped due to injury, but he could be a solid outfielder. Ruiz is an okay SP spec, while LaFitte is an okay closer spec. Palmer could see time in the majors in the future, while Pope needs to get stronger to have any hope. Stout looks like a guy who could steal a spot somewhere in the future at 2B with decent defense and an okay bat.

    Grade: C+
     
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    Roggie Well-Known Member Staff Member

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    Florida Marlins:

    Round 1: SP Steve McDonald
    Round 2: 3B Francis Williams
    Round 3: CL Terry Garcia
    Round 4: RP Arlen Peterson
    Round 5: SP Tony Harris

    Sleeper: R9 RF Jackson Quinn

    I'm really not sure about McDonald anymore. SP was weak in this draft, but Florida could have gotten someone like him in round 2 and added a monster prospect at pick 7 instead. Williams looks like, at best, a backup corner infielder. Garcia projects as a monster lefty in the bullpen, and Peterson looks like a very respectable setup man in the future. Harris was an absolute lottery shot, as scouts have started warming up on him, but he throws everything so flat that if someone makes contact, it's gone. Jackson Quinn is one of the rawest prospects we've seen in a long time. He's so far off that he has time to improve, and if his defense does get better, he could end up a steal in round 9. But the front end of this draft is just drastically underwhelming, and really hurts them.

    Grade: C-
     
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    Roggie Well-Known Member Staff Member

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    Houston Astros:

    Round 1: 2B John Lof
    Round 2: SP Steve Regas
    Round 3: RF Marvin Rogers
    Round 4: SP Dave Johnson
    Round 5: 3B Will Lancaster

    Sleeper: R7 SS John Olson
    Lof is a solid 2B prospect. He'll do well leading off or batting 9th and play respectable defense. Regas looks more like a long reliever than a SP spec to me, unless he can add some strength. Rogers screams backup corner OF. Johnson is a career AAA player, if that. Lancaster needs to improve defensively massively to have a ML chance. Olson has no skill at the plate, but he is a wizard defensively. Could be a respectable utility man.

    Grade: D+
     
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    Roggie Well-Known Member Staff Member

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    Kansas City Royals:

    Round 1: RF/1B Ron Garrett
    Round 2: SP Alex Mitchell
    Round 3: SP Arthur Shelton
    Round 4: CF Antonio Perez
    Round 5: CF Bill Gray

    I honestly have no clue. Garrett is a good bat, but I don't know if his first step will let him stay in the outfield or force him to 1B. Mitchell and Shelton are long shots as SPs. Perez is an amazing defender, but his bat is garbage. Gray is not a guy who will be a major leaguer. Only one guy in this group, as of now, has any shot at the majors in any main role, while another has a shot at being a roster filler.

    Grade: D-
     
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    Roggie Well-Known Member Staff Member

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    Los Angeles Dodgers:

    Round 1: RF/1B Sam Jackson
    Round 2: SP Rafael Hernandez
    Round 3: SP Gregg Davis
    Round 4: SP Pedro Rivera
    Round 5: RP Shaun Rogers

    Jackson is a great bat who probably has to move to 1B due to defensive deficiencies. Rafael Hernandez could be a steal in the second round with this weak pitcher class. Davis and Rivera probably never top AAA, while Shaun Rogers could be a middle reliever in the future. Not much depth here, but 2 good picks early.

    Grade: C+
     
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    Roggie Well-Known Member Staff Member

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    Minnesota Twins:

    Round 1: SP Hugh Wilkerson
    Round 2: CF Miguel Perez
    Round 3: 2B Dave Rutledge
    Round 4: SS Duane Mitchell
    Round 5: LF Jim Meeks

    Minnesota clearly went into this draft looking for contact guys and that's it. Wilkerson is a future ace. Perez is good defensively and makes contact but has no power or eye. Rutledge can't throw but has a little power. Mitchell, same as Perez. Meeks, worse than the rest but same mold. Not really sure why someone would take 4 players of the exact same skillset. A lineup can't survive like that.

    Grade: D+
     
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    Roggie Well-Known Member Staff Member

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    Montreal Expos:

    Round 1: LF/1B Joe McCullough
    Round 2: RF William Myers
    Round 3: CL Randy Davis
    Round 4: SP Lorenzo Gonzales
    Round 5: Jason Hall

    McCullough is a nice piece, although he'll probably have to move to 1B. Myers looked better at draft time, but he's showing some regression. Randy Davis, I have no clue why this guy was drafted here. Makes no sense. Gonzales has a shot as a long reliever. Hall isn't much of anything.

    Grade: D+, although the grade is that low due to Myers regressing post draft.
     
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    Nashville Stampede:

    Round 1: C Wilbert Hoffman
    Round 2: SP Lonnie Barraclough
    Round 3: LF Will Warren
    Round 4: SS Norm Burks
    Round 5: SP Tom Parington

    This draft started out great. Hoffman was a steal. Catchers are so rare and he's elite. Barraclough was also a nice 2nd round pick, as he seems to have more upside than most of the 2nd round SPs in the draft. Warren is a toss up. Could make it, might not. Burks and Parington are massive longshots.

    Grade: B
     
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    New Orleans Rivermen:

    Round 1: 2B Chris Smith
    Round 2: SP Jim McGee
    Round 3: SP Alex Griffin
    Round 4: SP Pedro Duran
    Round 5: 3B Rob Conder

    Smith is a giant bat, but he's probably going to be forced to move to 1B or DH, and there were better 1B bats still there at the time of drafting. McGee, I'm not a fan of. Griffin could probably do work as a 5th SP. Duran is a long relief prospect just like McGee. Conder, that is a really good 5th round pick. He could see some time. This draft has some decent later picks as well in Adam Reynolds and John Anderson.

    Grade: C+. The depth here saves this class.
     
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    Roggie Well-Known Member Staff Member

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    New York Yankees:

    Round 1: SP Brian Davis
    Round 2: SP Tim Sandoval
    Round 3: 2B Jack Ahern
    Round 4: SP Arnold Stanley
    Round 5: SP Cliff Fontain

    Brian Davis should be a solid SP in this league. Sandoval and Stanley are basically the same talent, so it looks like Sandoval was a reach in Round 2 for sure. Ahern has a shot at being a decent 2B. Fontain is pretty mediocre and throws very soft, so if he can't figure out how to get some MPH on his pitches, he'll never come close.

    Grade: D+
     
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    New York Mets:

    Round 1: SS Harry Doyle
    Round 2: SP Dan MacKinley
    Round 3: SP Brian Seals
    Round 4: SP Corbin Petere
    Round 5: SP Bob Bunch

    Sleeper: R7 2B Rob Douglas

    I really like their first 3 picks. Doyle is a great infielder. MacKinley is a guy who can end up being a #3 or #4, which is better than most SPs taken around him. Seals has the stuff to make it as a good reliever or possibly a #5 SP. Petere and Bunch, they aren't very good. Douglas could make it at 2B in the future.

    Grade: B
     
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    Roggie Well-Known Member Staff Member

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    Oakland Athletics:

    Round 1: SP Dave Nelson
    Round 2: SP Dane Kelly
    Round 3: 1B Cedric Orr
    Round 4: SP John Lee
    Round 5: RP Michael Higgins

    Sleeper: R8 3B Alex Alicea

    Nelson looks like a #4 in the future. Hard sell for me when there were every day bats still around. Kelly probably ends up a reliever. Orr has a shot at being a decent 1B if he can keep the strikeouts down. Lee probably never reaches the majors unless he adds strength. Higgins is a very mediocre reliever who has a lot of work to do to make the majors. Alicea has a shot at being a decent platoon bat someday. But overall, I don't see a lot of ML talent in this class.

    Grade: D
     
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    Roggie Well-Known Member Staff Member

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    Philadelphia Phillies:

    Round 1: 1B Pedro Salcido
    Round 2: 1B/3B Brian Wiliams
    Round 2 Supplemental: SP Antonio Heredia
    Round 3: 3B Keith Leon
    Round 4: LF Rick Phillips
    Round 5: SS Chris Porter

    Sleeper: R8: C Patrick Gibson

    This draft is great. Salcido can be one of the best 1B in the league with his bat/defense combo. Brian Williams looks to be an outstanding corner infielder. Heredia can be a #5 or long reliever. Leon is a respectable 3B. Phillips, his range in the outfield probably keeps him out of a ML job. Porter has good enough of a bat to make a roster as a backup infielder due to his defense. Gibson, in a catcher weak league, can definitely make it as a backup C.

    Grade: A
     
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