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!

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