This years draft was a tough one. Many of the top draft picks were problematic in their demands. Many decided to forego Signing while others held out for more cash. Still, we have some really nice talent added to Wrigleyville . And thats always good. Thanks to all who added their views to this years draft.-Mad
Sam "Pay the" Price held out for more cash. Shocker!! This is the mesaage Jmuhtoff got after he offered 4,000,000 to Sam : "Sam is mulling over your offer. You've given him the big league deal he wants,but we're still debating whether he could get more next year after a season in indy ball. Give us time, and we'll get back with you. More money may make that call come quicker." Looks like Sam wanted another million and the Howlers payed his Price.This guy would be worth 4 times as much in the IFA market so I think everybody is happy. This kid is a 5 tool player and has very few weaknesses. With his max contact he will put many balls in play. Nice pickup by the Jmuhtoff.
I had Chris "Mas" Burke as my #1 rated prospect and obviously so did Hoopcoach. This stud is a 5 tool player to the extreme. He can play any position and will crush the ball at the plate. His max health and make-up coupled with Wichitas 19 training budget, Chris Mas should reach projections. Merry Chritmas Wichita!!
The Stars picked up Khalil "Bargain" Price with their pick. And he will be a nice addition to the Stars with great eye, hitting splits and power. His nice defensive skills at 3rd base should make him a solid big leaguer. On the downside his contact and speed are low and should hamper his on base percentage.He was ranked #6 on my draft board.
Albie Romo was picked by the Toyotas at #7. Offensively he should be a .300 average hitter with 20 some home runs.Defensivley he has good range and arm strength but his glove is very weak. Couple that with a leftie throwing arm and you get a Silver Slugging RF'er.
The Black Sox only spent 5 million on College Scouting and thats why Ernest "Goes to Camp" Spencer went so high.While he's not a bad player, he just isn't top ten material. His 70's stamina and 90's control make him a great innings eater . But his low splits will make him average at best. The Balck Sox transfered more cash to free agency so the draft was never a priority.
The Posse picked Malcolm Ashley from Hanna Wyoming at #9 . Believe it or not I've been to Hanna Wy and they have some big open pit coal mines there. But this speedy defensive gem is no lump of coal. He will swipe many a base and hit many a homer in his career.His homeboys at Dingy Dans Bar and Grill will be cheering him on.
The Knights pick up a future solid starting pitcher. Brennan "Venus and" Marson Is not going to win any Cy-Youngs but he will probably give you 10 -12 wins a year. He is still 20 points from his overall projections but should be in the bigs soon.
Ardthomp grabbed Danny "Boy" Wilson with the 11th pick. He's projected to be a #2 or #3 starting pitcher with good splits, velocity and a killer cut fastball. His control is a concern and he may walk too many hitters for my tastes. But he's young and healthy and can throw alot of pitches. Atta boy Danny.
ARDTHOMPS VIEW: The Pirates took Danny Wilson with the 11th pick this year. The draft was a bit down, so the Pirates decided to go after Wilson,who they see as a project player, but if he hits his projected numbers, could prove to be a nice 2 or 3 in the rotation. If he doesn't, then look for him to be a back end of the rotation or long relief type of player.
NOT SIGNED OR SCOUTED
PB SILVERS VIEW: my guy, Bart Zavala refused to sign. Gonna play hoops. Hope he pops a knee!
Blues picked up a blue chip Set-up/closer and Tito Meredith is a great pick at #13. This kid is projected to have great control,splits and 2 very nice pitches. Add Max health,patience and make-up..........well you have a future FOY. For some reason I had him ranked #10 on my board and should have ranked him higher. But I doubt he would have been there when I picked at 17, so its a moot point. Nice pick Tchagnon.
Louis "I Know a" Little Knows about Love and Hatton gave him some. With an extra 3 million in bonus money, Louis is feeling the Love! And from what I can see of this kids projections he will return the love in-kind. With good control and a nice RH split to go with one of the best fastballs in the league. This kid knows a little about pitching and baby he can guess the rest.
I had Matt "First" Person ranked #3 on my board. Matt always knew he would go high in the draft because Matt has good control,splits,velocity and 3 M L pitches. " Matt is very happy to play in Austin. I hear they have fine bitches there" Matt said when he signed with Austin. I have Matt projected as a #1 or #2 starting pitcher and he should be in the bigs in 3-4 years.
Britt "I'm your Father" Lukasiewcz held out for another 4 million. Hshack felt the force and paid happily. Britt can pitch deep into games with max stamina , great control and light sabre of a fast ball. This future #1 starting pitcher will be good and his RH Split is the only thing that will hold him back from becoming a Jedi.