Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Season 2 Draft Review Countdown: Picks 16-1

Let's pick up where we left off...ready for pick number 16.

Pick 16: Los Angeles Dodgers (NL) - Owner: jamesb007
Carlos Gandarillas
Los Angeles
Age: 19B/T: R/R
Born: Kenner, LA
Position(s): P (SP1)
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The Dodgers spent their first pick in the draft on what could be their future ace. Gandarillas is projected to have great command of his pitches and with his ability to keep the ball out of the air, the defense behind him will have plenty of opportunities to rack up GG votes.

Pick 15: Philadelphia Phillies - Owner: Estrada13
Anthony Moore
Age: 22B/T: R/R
Born: Laquey, MO
Position(s): P (SP1)
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The Phillies picked up Moore out of the JUCO ranks. This is a very good grab in the middle of the round. With four above average pitches, this kid should be able to mix it up enough to keep hitters guessing. Add into the mix that he has great makeup and pinpoint accuracy, Moore could be a very dominant pitcher when he matures a bit more.

Pick 14: Toronto Blue Jays (AL) - Owner: jpveronn
LORENZO GONZALES - Has not signed as of 1/19/2011

Pick 13: Detroit Tigers (AL) - Owner: gnocc

Monte Milner
Age: 20B/T: R/R
Born: Corning, CA
Position(s): SS
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The Tigers have grabbed themselves an amazing defensive player in Milner. This kid could be a perennial GG winner. He won't thrill with his bat, but he should be a regular in the lineup due to his tremendous glove.

Pick 12: Florida Marlins (NL) - Owner: kumbiakings

Freddie Schlereth
Age: 20B/T: S/R
Born: Canyon Country, CA
Position(s): 2B
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Kumbiakings went out and got their future starting 2b with this pick here. Schlereth will provide an above average bat with power and play stable defense. He has good speed and sweet mustache to boot.

Pick 11: New York Mets (NL) - Owner: dirtyhill03
Les Diaz
New York
Age: 18B/T: S/L
Born: Mooresville, IN
Position(s): P (SP1)
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The Mets have added a nice SP piece with Diaz. This kids has a full arsenal of pitches, with five above average pitches to choose from. Will he be the staff ace in the future? At only 18 years old, he has plenty of time to develop into that. Mets' fans are thinking positive!

Pick 10: Washington Nationals - Owner: burk

Phillip Durham
Washington D.C.
Age: 18B/T: R/R
Born: Sandusky, MI
Position(s): P (SP4)
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This is the part of the draft that we will see mostly all pitching come off of the board. The Nationals didn't quite get their Strasburg with this pick, but Durham will be a very reliable pitcher. In the worst case scenario, he would be an end of the rotation innings eater. Best case, he will probably top out as a two or three starter, which isn't much to complain about!

Pick 9: Oakland Athletics - Owner: peltier
Bob Hiatt
Age: 18B/T: L/L
Born: Montgomery, NY
Position(s): P (SP1)
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The A's used the 9th pick in the draft to land Hiatt, an 18 year old pitcher coming out of high school. Four plus pitches and great command will help this kid land in the majors in a few seasons, depending on how quick his makeup will let him develop. Will peltier use Hiatt as a building block or a bargaining chip ala Billy Beane?

Pick 8: Seattle Mariners (AL) - Owner: willsauve
ERNIE ROSALES - Has not signed as of 1/19/2011

Pick 7: St. Louis Cardinals (NL) - Owner: habsfan1
Matt Redding
St. Louis
Age: 18B/T: S/R
Born: Powell, WY
Position(s): 2B/CIF/OF/DH
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WOW! That is all I can say about this kid. He was originally listed as a CF, but has been moved to 2B to start his career. This move could be just to develop his defensive skills or as a permanent home. Either way, I think there could be some GG's in this kids future. My one nit-pick with Redding is that you would like to see his RH split a little higher, but with his batting eye, LH split, and power ratings, he should have no problem becoming a cornerstone player for this franchise.

Pick 6: Arizona Diamondbacks (NL) - Owner: scottermcray

Justin Jacquez
Age: 19B/T: S/R
Born: Mcalester, OK
Position(s): P (ClA)
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The D-backs went out and snatched up Jacquez from the JUCO circuit. It looks like scootermcray has moved Jacquez to the closer's role for now. Is this a permanent spot for him? If not, it is most likely his spot for now until he lifts up this stamina a bit. If so, he might be one of the most versatile closers this game has seen. Great command and four above average pitches will help this youngster move right up the rankings and into the ML in a couple of seasons.

Pick 5: Houston Astros - Owner: gerald007
Jimmie Rodriguez
Age: 18B/T: R/R
Born: Marblehead, MA
Position(s): C
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Are we looking at a future HOF here? Just from project ratings alone, I certainly think so. I know it is the 5th pick of the draft, but the Astros may have the steal of the draft right here. A great defensive catcher with great power and good batting ratings. What is not to like about this kid?

Pick 4: Baltimore Orioles (AL) - Owner: tswayne11
Ricky Duffy
Age: 18B/T: R/R
Born: Warwick, RI
Position(s): P (SP1)
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Baltimore fans can stop hiding bodies in the vacants at least for a while. The team is playing well right now and they were able to add this future ace with the 4th pick in the draft. If groomed properly and he hits his projected ratings, Duffy will be contending for Cy Young awards every season.

Pick 3: San Diego Padres (NL) - Owner: royfranklin
Daryle Duffy
San Diego
Age: 19B/T: R/R
Born: Lake Geneva, WI
Position(s): P (SP1)
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The Padres are touting this pick as "The Better Duffy" as they had a choice between Daryle and Ricky. They both had sweet facial hair, but I think the Padres went with the sideburns as a tie breaker. It is really splitting hairs trying to decide between the two, but the main differences I see here are that this Duffy has a bit better health and makeup ratings. That could ultimately push "The Better Duffy" to be better. We shall see. Maybe the two will meet when they start in the All-Star game?

Pick 2: Boston Red Sox - Owner: qtip32
Brett Kerr
Age: 20B/T: R/R
Born: Little Chute, WI
Position(s): P (SP1)
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I saw someone comment on the World Chat about the fact that the Red Sox and Yankees had the first two picks in the draft. In real life or in HBD, that seems like it shouldn't happen. Kerr is planning on making this a fluke and took an ad out in the local paper with a headline of "These Sox Don't Fade." Here is looking forward to a couple of seasons down the road when this kid makes his ML debut. I'm sure it will probably be against the Yankees and ESPN will have the coverage, like always!

Pick 1: New York Yankees (AL) - Owner: mamidu

Herbert Buckley
New York
Age: 22B/T: R/R
Born: Greensboro, NC
Position(s): P (SP2)
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With the first pick, you have the ability to pick the best player available. The Yankees did just that. Buckley will be able to hit the ML in a few short seasons and really anchor the pitching staff for a long time to come. Let's just hope that he doesn't succumb to the pressures of listening to Mike Francesa bash him on air if he happens to have an off game!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Season 2 Draft Review Countdown: Picks 32-17

The Gary Carter Season 2 Amateur Draft was held last week and now that most of the first round picks have had a chance to sign, let's take a look at who went where. I am going to start at pick 32, the last pick in the first round, and countdown to pick 17. On the next review, I will start at pick 16 and countdown to 1. Here we go:

Pick 32: Anaheim Angels (AL) - Owner: ronaldb03
Jake Williams
Age: 22B/T: R/R
Born: State Center, IA
Position(s): 2B/1B/LF/DH
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With the last real pick in the first round, the Angels went out and picked up a very nice, future ML, 2B in Williams. With above average defensive skills and above average batting splits and power, Williams could find himself in the starting lineup in the future. If not a starter, he will definitely be a very good bench/role player.

Pick 31: Colorado Rockies (AL) - Owner: bigdaddysalm
Miller Edwards
Age: 19B/T: R/R
Born: Mulvane, KS
Position(s): 3B/2B/COF/DH
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The Rockies picked up a solid utility player in Edwards. He won't thrill you with any one thing, but can do a lot of things above average. If the Rockies ignore his lack of power, Edwards could find himself carving out a long career as a utility player.

Pick 30: Atlanta Braves (NL) - Owner: RisingStar1
Eddie Reilly
Age: 19B/T: S/L
Born: Flossmoor, IL
Position(s): CF
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Atlanta went out and picked up this speedster with the 30th pick in the draft. Reilly will most likely be a candidate for a Gold Glove if he stays in CF. When you combine his batting splits with his speed, Reilly could turn a lot of singles into doubles and doubles into triples.

Pick 29: Cleveland Indians (AL) - Owner: wonderin32
Jamie Ross
Age: 21B/T: R/R
Born: Newton, KS
Position(s): P (SP1)
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With the 29th pick, and their 2nd of the draft, the Indians took the last pitcher of the first round (first of the review though!). Ross has solid projected numbers, but what worries me is that he is 21 years old and his makeup won't help him improve as much as he can. Still Ross could see some time at the ML level, even if it is in the role of an innings eater.

Pick 28: Kansas City Royals (AL) - Owner: northerngaul
Daryle Willis
Kansas City
Age: 18B/T: L/L
Born: Hays, NC
Position(s): CF
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The Royals went out and picked up Willis, an 18yr old CF, with the 28th pick. Will he stay at this position throughout his career? I'm not 100% sold that he will due to his lack of speed for that position. Either way, this kid could win some Silver Slugger awards with his plus power rating. Nice grab here late.

Pick 27: Oakland Athletics - Owner: peltier
Raymond Duffy
Age: 19B/T: L/L
Born: Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Position(s): CF
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And one pick before Kansas City, the A's go out and pick up their own slugging CF. The main difference between Duffy and Willis is the extra speed Duffy possesses. I'll be interested to see which of these two young, talented CFs has the best career.

Pick 26: Minnesota Twins (AL) - Owner: dh0220
Jair Flores
Age: 18B/T: S/R
Born: Bonner Springs, KS
Position(s): DH
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The Twins pick up a stud DH with this pick. Flores isn't going to win any sprints in practice, but with his batting splits and power, he probably won't be too worried about trying to leg out an infield single. Move the walls back and add some height to them when the Twins come to town.

Pick 25: Anaheim Angels - Owner: ronaldb03
DIXIE PLESAC - not signed as of 1/17/11

Pick 24: Chicago Cubs - Owner: shesaid
Albie Villafuerte
Age: 18B/T: R/R
Born: Braidwood, IL
Position(s): 1B/COF/DH
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Villafuerte was listed as a RF in the pre-draft rankings, but shesaid has wisely moved Albie to 1B with his amazing lack of speed. I don't know that I've seen anyone that slow in a long time, myself excluded of course! Villafuerte has some awesome power though, so we might see Villafuerte face off with Flores in the HR Derby in the future.

Pick 23: San Juan Tiburones (AL) - Owner: bignr37
Braden Cash
San Juan
Age: 18B/T: R/R
Born: Plainwell, MI
Position(s): 2B
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San Juan picks up a nice speed/defense prospect here with Cash. With his plus RH batting split, this kid could see a lot of time in the lineup. I look for a lot of plus plays on defense as well.

Pick 22: Montreal Expos (NL) - Owner: sirius07
Steve Carver
Age: 19B/T: S/R
Born: Orland Park, IL
Position(s): SS/IF/OF/DH
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The Commish went out and picked up a solid all-around JUCO SS with this pick. Again, he is the type of player that won't do one thing great, but will do a lot of things well. Teams need these kinds of players and Les Expos (my extent of using French) are no exception. Carver could be a pleasant power surprise though.

Pick 21: Chicago White Sox (AL) - Owner: cinmark44
Patrick Xavier
White Sox
Age: 18B/T: R/R
Born: Flora, IL
Position(s): P (SP3)
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At pick 21, the White Sox were determined to grab a pitching prospect and they certainly grabbed one with a lot of potential. Xavier rates out to have plus control and plus against right handed hitters. With three above average pitches, he could find himself in long relief out of the bullpen or at the end of the starting rotation.

Pick 20: Texas Rangers (AL) - Owner: jeanpaul22
Buzz Hogan
Age: 21B/T: S/L
Born: Galesburg, IL
Position(s): P (SP2)
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What's all the buzz about? Well, in Arlington, it is about young Hogan. The Rangers were looking to add pitching depth to their organization and that is what they did here in the first round. Hogan will most likely hit the Majors in his career, but I do worry a bit about his splits. Here is to me being wrong (as I usually am)!

Pick 19: Cleveland Indians (AL) - Owner: wonderin32
Rafael Tejera
Age: 22B/T: L/R
Born: Plymouth, NH
Position(s): SS/IF/OF/DH
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The Indians first pick of the draft comes here at pick 19. Tejera is a kid that may just be a season or two away from making his way onto the ML roster. He is listed as a SS, but probably is best suited for another position. This kid's bat should be something special though.

Pick 18: Pittsburgh Pirates (NL) - Owner: mowbs69
Manny Christenson
Age: 18B/T: R/R
Born: Diamond Bar, CA
Position(s): P (P)
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The Pirates really cashed in here with Christenson. This kid projects to be a middle of the rotation pitcher, at the worst. I'm not super thrilled about his splits, but with his pinpoint control and the ability to keep the ball out of the air, Christenson could quickly become the Man(ny) once he makes it to the ML squad.

Pick 17: Kansas City Royals (AL) - Owner: northerngaul
Floyd Hatcher
Kansas City
Age: 18B/T: S/R
Born: Storm Lake, IA
Position(s): RF
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Northerngaul used the first of his two picks in the first round to grab a good looking RF in Hatcher. With plus speed this kid could be trouble on the base paths. You'd like to see his RH split and batting eye a little higher, but he should do well enough to warrant a starting role with the Royals in a few seasons. Plus, he is from around the area, so that should attract a few more fans to Kauffman during the hot Summer days!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Season 2 - Free Agency Review

Chet Lieber (1B) – Milwaukee Brewers
Lieber got 75 millions for 5 years. He is a great power hitter, but he is average in defensive. Since he is playing in the NL league, he has to play at first base. Last season, Lieber hit more than 40 home runs, and this year he is going for more. This is a nice addition for the Brewers.

Keith Roa (LF) – Baltimore Orioles
Roa is a very good left fielder, and was signed by the Orioles. His contract last for two seasons, and worth 15 millions, including a 5 millions bonus for the first year. This guy can hit the ball and also run on the bases. His first season in San Juan was not bad at all, with 24 home runs and 22 stolen bases. He may reach the same numbers this year.

Sidney Capps (P) – Oakland Athletics
Capps signed a 5 years contract, including a team option for a total of 42 millions. Last season was not a good one. He was traded and finish with a losing records. His second season seems to go the same way. Capps has a nice control and one good ball. He is also a left-handed pitcher. This is a good starting point for the Athletics if they want to win in their strong division.

Tony Gomez (P) – Detroit Tigers
The Detroit Tigers made a nice signing in Gomez with a 5 years contract with player option for a total of 44 millions. Gomez has all the abilities for a starting pitcher. He can throw a lot of balls, has a good control and two nice pitches. Therefore, if the Tigers didn’t keep him in shape, Gomez may decrease fast and he may be overpaid for his last two seasons of his contract.

Doc Patterson (P) – Cincinnati Reds
This is a huge signing. A 5 years contract with mutual option for a total of 62 millions. At the age of 30, the Reds will have to keep a high training budget to allow Patterson to keep the pace. This guy may become overpaid in his lasts seasons of his contract.

Johnnie Buckley (P) – Milwaukee Brewers
This is a very interesting contract, only two years for 14 millions. Buckley has all what it needs to start in the ML. His 21 wins last season make me think that the Brewers made the best deal with this signing. Even if his second season didn’t start very well, I’m sure that he will be a great pitcher.

Stu Morgan (P) – San Diego Padres
The Padres got Morgan for about 13 millions with a player option and a no-trade clause. This right-handed pitcher has a great control and he is good against righty. His first season in the ML was not bad, but this year is he doing much better. He is on a pace for a great season.

Collin Walsh (SS) – Cincinnati Reds
Walsh signed a 5 year contract with mutual option for a total of 35 millions. It seems that the Reds still want their division title for season 2. Walsh is a good defensive shortstop and can hit the ball.

Miguel Velazquez (P) – Pittsburgh Pirates
This young pitcher was not supposed to be free agent, but for the good of the Pirates, he was left unprotected at the end of the first season. Velazquez signed a 5 years contract of 36 millions. At 24 years old, he is a promising ML pitcher. His current contract will end, and Velazquez will still be a great pitcher. The Pirates made a great deal here.