Let's get the first half of the draft reviewed!
1st pick: St. Louis Silver Hawks (AL) - Coach: shynent
Well, he isn't Benny Blanco from the Bronx, but Miguel Blanco from Texas will serve this struggling franchise quite well in the future. This future ace has the makings of Roy Halladay. Watch out for this kid in a couple of seasons!
2nd pick: Charlotte Chimps (NL) - Coach: wylie715
Here is wylie's take on Cornelius:
"Cornelius is projected to be an ace. He has 5 pitches and his control is excellent over all of them. His stamina, velocity, splits and makeup are all outstanding as well. The only questions is whether he will sign with the Chimps or go on to college first."
Looks like Don Cornelius' offspring decided to sign his contract, much to the delight of wylie!
3rd pick: Toledo Christian Beavers (NL) - Coach: bkevin
With the 3rd pick, Gruber seems as a bit of a reach here, but when you need pitching, you are willing to make that exception. Gruber has good splits and a fastball that is already lights out. If Gruber can keep the ball in the park, then the Christian Beavers could have themselves a future ace on their hands!
4th pick: Milwaukee Sturgeon (NL) - Coach: pat007ohmss
Barrios seems to be an end of the rotation pitcher by the time he hits the Majors. He has outstanding stamina, but I worry about his low health rating and the fact that he doesn't have an above average makeup. If healthy, Barrios will eat a lot of innings for this organization, ala Jeff Suppan. Milwaukee probably could have gotten much more bang for their buck with this pick here.
5th pick: San Diego Salmonbellies (AL) - Coach: mdymond
Here is mdymond's review:
"Salmonbellies were hoping to get one of the 2 top pitching prospects but will happliy settle for Dick Heilman. He's an absolute stud hitter with a good eye and has good glove to go with decent range. He'll start at 2b but might move to LF if he and Victor Ramirez are in the same lineup. Salmonbellies also wanted to let everyone know that they are not going to trade him so don't bother offering."
NO TRADES UP IN HERE! NOT UP IN HERE...NOT UP IN HERE!
6th pick: Trenton Tripods (NL) - Coach: boehnerm
The tripods cashed in on this sweet swinging 1B with their first pick of the draft. Dawley will most certainly send a lot of fans scurrying into the alleys and gutters of Trenton chasing the mammoth shots he will put out of the park. I worry about his defensive ratings, but when your offensive abilities are this good, you tend to look the other way.
7th pick: Fargo Prairie Dogs (AL) - Coach: aaronwayne
Here is aaronwayne's take on Leonard:
"Fargo had the 7th pick in draft,and then nothing until pick #146, so the Dogs knew they needed to hit on that 1 pick. With the pick, the Dogs went for offense, drafting LF/1B Kevin Leonard . Leonard is a 22 year old senior out of the University of Portland. His defensive ratings are all in the low to mid 50's, but that's not why he was drafted. Chicks dig the long ball, and Leonard should be able to provide, with a power projection of 98-100. He'll K his share, but with a solid contact projection of 71, he'll hopefully be no Rob Deer. Lefties may be an issue for Leonard, but he does have split projections of 75 for them and 84 for righties, and a decent eye with projection of 75. While no base stealer, Leonard can run a bit, with speed in the low 60's, and baserunnnig projecting to the low 70's. His big drawback is probably the health, which rates in the 60's. Due to his advanced age and skill set, Leonard should move through the system pretty quickly. His best position will be 1B, where the lefty should be very good. The rest of the Dogs draft is pretty much minor league filler, but there are a couple of kids who have an outside chance."
Nice and thorough!
8th pick: Tacoma Toyotas (NL) - Coach: Sandberg10
With the 8th pick, Ortiz will most likely be an end of the rotation pitcher or find himself specializing in long relief. With plus control and some pop on his fastball, Ortiz could turn into a Bronson Arroyo type of pitcher. Nothing fancy, but gets the job done.
9th pick: Seattle Supersonics (NL) - Coach: kevingrt13
Nice pick here with Wise. A future stud closer for Seattle is already showing off his talents in AA this season. He has great control and splits and his curveball and fastball are good enough to finish a lot of games for this franchise.
10th pick: Jacksonville Manatees (NL) - Coach: Sandleaguer
Cogan is a prime example of a guy that does a lot of things good, but not great. He can be a guy that you plug into the lineup at any position and get some kind of positive result from him. A true do it all and a solid pick here at 10.
11th pick: Salem Miracle (AL) - Coach: itsamiracle
P.T. Cabrera - has not signed as of right now. It will be a miracle if he does.
12th pick: New Orleans Hip Waders (NL) - Coach: lagzilla
Peterman projects to be a solid defensive 2B in this league for a long time. It doesn't hurt that he has an above average bat with solid power. With high durability and health, Peterman should be a regular in the lineup in the future.
13th pick: Vancouver Totems (NL) - Coach: madmuldoon
I would say Walker was a solid pick here, but since mad decided to go play with his "rig" I am going to trash this pick! Just kidding, here is Mad's review on Walker, Ontario Ranger:
"I didn't have alot of time to prepare my draft. So I'm happy I picked up a Starting pitcher with great control and a 90+ fastball. The screwball concerns me. It may Screw me in the END!! In the End Dan "The Texas Ranger" Walker may have a tough time reaching his projections."
14th pick: Charleston Tobacco Farmers (AL) - Coach: nwsheehy007
With the 14th pick the Tobacco Farmers grabbed a kid straight out of Compton...well, San Andreas, which Grand Theft Auto lead me to believe is just as bad as Compton. Anyway, Patrick should develop into a very tough closer for this organization. Good control, splits, and a nice fastball, teamed with a sneaky slider will ruin a lot of hitters post game groupie numbers. In other words, Mac Patrick hates the groupies!
15th pick: Cincinnati Howlers (AL) - Coach: jmuthoff
Here is jmuthoff's take on this fine Irishman:
"The Howlers were pleased to see Derrek O'Brien available at number 15 this year. With control projecting at 85 watch out for his 80 rated fastball and devastating 98 rated slider. His 67 change up and 49 forkball should keep hitters off balance. A Stamina rating of 59 is a bit low but is balanced with a durability of 36 which we think he has a good chance of reaching with a 90 Health and 92 Makeup. Rookie pitching coach Clem Hutton currently has O'Brien working as a closer converting 8 of 9 opportunities and allowing only 2 earned runs in 11.2 innings"
The AL EAST added three tough closers in the first round. Who didn't? Me, naturally!
16th pick: Chicago Aztecs (AL) - Coach: kumbiakings
Gabriel probably fell a little more than he should have in this draft, but hey, every draft has to have that one guy that drops for no real reason. The Aztecs will be happy to plug Gabriel into their lineup with his plus offensive skills. He could also turn into a GG contender at 2B. At 20 years of age, he still has a lot of time to hit his projected ratings, but his lower makeup might leave him a bit short. Still, a very nice pick for the middle of the round.