Filling in for Mad this year for the Draft Reviews, I had asked for some input from the owners to get their thoughts on their draft picks. Some of the owners sent in their reviews, so for those that did, I will note that. For those that didn't, don't beat me up too much for it!
17th pick: Tucson Ectoplasm (NL) - Coach: Snowedin
Ross looks to be a future lead off man. With his contact ability and his very good splits, Ross should be on base quite a bit. Add to that, the fact that he has plus speed, he could lead the league in doubles and/or triples. He also looks to have GG potential in CF. The one thing that bothers me about Ross is his lower makeup. If he hits his projected numbers, Snowedin has himself a future All-Star.
18th pick: Wichita Wind (NL) - Coach: Hoopcoach07
Black looks like he is going to be a stud on offense. Defensively, I'm not sold on him as a future 3B, but he definitely has a lot of plus tools in his bag. With great speed, splits, and power, Black could find himself pushing for a future Triple Crown title.
19th pick: Nashville Posse (AL) - Coach: illicit
Where's the Beef? It's right here in the form of Miguel "Don't Call me Joan" Baez and his massive power. This kid could be a future HR Derby winner and 1B/DH regular in Nashville's lineup. We need to get a ruling on his bat though. Apparently his bats are corked with super balls.
20th pick: Hartford Crushers (AL) - Coach: ARomano
Hartford picks up a kid that I have nicknamed "The Filthy Beast." I had him ranked in my top 3 targets and he went three picks before me. Allen has ridiculous control, splits, velocity, GB/FB ratio, and a very good fastball as his 1st pitch. With an above-average makeup, I hope to see TFB hit his projected numbers. Though, I don't look forward to facing him in the future in the AL-East.
21st pick: Portland Pandemonium (AL) - Coach: pbsilver11
Has not signed - Doesn't look like he will. Here is PB's take on his pick:
"Portland decided to go very aggressive to try and pick up a player that other teams passed on because of the questionable chance of signing the player. This worked in our favor as Lariel Ugueto was still available at #21. Good ML catchers are not all that common so I was pleased, till the greedy chump asked for $8,500,000. I offered $8 mil. which he said he was content with but would have to think it over. Finally he agreed if I would raise the offer to $11 million. That was out of my league so he gets tossed back into the pool. I hope he gets injured while playing in the international league. So I'll get that provisional pick next year in the first round."
Bitter much? We barely knew ye Lariel....we barely knew ye
22nd pick: Tucson Ectoplasm (NL) - Coach: Snowedin
Tucson went for the Daily Double on CFs with the 17th and 22nd picks. Rapp has similar makeup as Jason Ross on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball, but Ross should be the better offensive player when all is said and done. Rapp has been moved to his new defensive home of second base. Snowedin has improved his up the middle defense and top of the lineup offense with these two picks.
23rd pick: Indianapolis Indians (AL) - Coach: Ardthomp
I missed out on my first target with Howard Allen and my projections had Hayes rated quite a bit higher than what he ended up with, so I feel some bitterness with the Hayes pick. His high health, makeup, 1st, and 2nd pitches make me happy, but his below average GB/FB ratio and control leave me wanting a re-do. But, Hayes is from Sweetwater, Texas and I have learned that you don't mess with Texas, so hopefully he will hit all of his projected numbers and then some!
24th pick: Albuquerque Turkeys (AL) - Coach: Jaredpaventi
The Turkeys went after a college educated young man with the 24th pick in the draft. Trinidad looks to be a very good future starting pitcher on the ML level. At 22 years of age, he only has a few more seasons before his ratings level off, so hopefully he can improve at a high rate. With his control, the Turkeys could be looking at a future Mark Buerhle.
25th pick: Memphis Blues (AL) - Coach: Tchagnon
Pence is going to be a solid defensive catcher that can handle his pitching staff with ease. This Thurman Munson re-incarnation is going to be an absolute nightmare for opposing pitchers along his way to the Majors. This kid is going to rake and he will make you pay for mistakes with his great power. With his batting ratings starting off at a high clip, I look for him to push the .350 to .400 range in the low minors. Nice pick for the World Champions!
26th pick: Boston Knights (AL) - Coach: avantrael
Avantrael was able to add a future ML Closer to his organization with the 26th pick. A kid that I did not even see, so imagine my surprise to see another divisional opponent add a stud closer! The only negative I can see with this kid is his lower Lefty split. But, when all of your other ratings are awesome, then it probably won't matter much! Nice pick here.
27th pick: Kansas City Spittoons (NL) - Coach: zmoty9
Here is zmoty's take on this cornfed kid from Mississippi:
"My 18 million in high school scouting had Steve rated much higher than my 2 million in advanced does at the moment. But we're expecting Steve to take the 1B position from Tyrone Beck in the future. Hopefully the high school scouts know what they're doing and he is much better than currently projected."
Garcia prefers to let his bat do his talking.
28th pick: Helena Barking Moonbats (AL) - Coach: sordie
Mule projects to be a solid ML player. With his versatility, he should see himself in the lineup quite a bit. He isn't going to blow you away with one certain ability, but he does a lot of things average to slightly above average. A nice pick toward the end of the 1st round.
29th pick: Tampa Bay Rays (NL) - Coach: jmas410
Monroe is another solid defensive catcher with plus offensive ratings. If the Rays grow impatient with this youngster behind the plate, he would be a top DH in the American League. I'm sure jmas410 will enjoy Monroe's skills.
30th pick: San Juan Santurce Crabbers (NL) - Coach: rbedwell
Rbedwell stated this about his two picks:
"I had a late first rounder and also a supplemental pick, but both of them decided not to sign."
Damn you Thom Redman!
31st pick: Tucson Ectoplasm (NL) - Coach: snowedin
Tucson rounds out their actual 1st round picks with this solid future end of rotation pitcher. Palmer has amazing stamina and control, so if anything, he will be a great innings eater for this team. You would like to see his pitches be a little better, but at this point in the draft you are basically splitting hairs.
32nd pick: Syracuse Moose (NL) - Coach: rugby1
What a steal with the last official pick of the 1st round. Mieses will find himself in the lineup with his hitting and defensive abilities combined. Mieses is a true utility man and his speed makes him a very valuable asset. The World Series runner-up really cashed in with this pick!