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Monday, August 10, 2009

S13 Amateur Draft Review: Round 1

1. Scranton - Ivy Latham (P)
Ivy Latham
Scranton
Nala Dogs
Age: 21B/T: R/R
Born: Brentwood, MO
Position(s): P (SP1)
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A tall, skinny right-handed junkballer from Pacific. Latham excels with impeccable control, outstanding movement and inducing grounders consistently. Has excellent durability, uses an outstanding curveball with a great slider and changeup. Potential #1.

2. Charlotte - Steve Hamilton (P)
Steve Hamilton
Charlotte
Hornets
Age: 20B/T: L/L
Born: Fallbrook, CA
Position(s): P (SP1)
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Another durable starting pitcher, Hamilton combines plus control with outstanding movement. Hamilton holds solid velocity yet his fastball is the only pitch that rates as a good one. Slider is above avg. Mid-rotation starter.

3. New York - Allen Flair (2B)
Alan Flair
New York
Yellow Cabs
Age: 20B/T: R/R
Born: Saddle River, NJ
Position(s): 2B
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A speedy centerfielder out of Hostos CC. Flair possesses all the tools, combining plus speed and baserunning with enough defense to stick in CF. Good contact, great power and average patience should make him a solid bat. Flair's only hole is against LHP. Rare player who can handle all 162 games and should make multiple All-Star appearances.

4. Chicago - Quinton Trammel (SS)
(UNSIGNED)

An outstanding HS arm from Utah, the Panthers are trying to buy Quinton away from his commitment to play basketball for the Utes. May be slightly below avg at short, would make an outstanding 3B/2B. Outstanding ability to take great at bats make up for avg power and contact. ++ batting eye combined with great speed would make Trammel a great table setting IF.

5. Scottsdale - Sal Clarkson (P)
Sal Clarkson
Scottsdale
Sidewinders
Age: 19B/T: L/L
Born: Acton, MA
Position(s): P (SP1)
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A tall, durable, lanky lefty that projects as a nice mid-rotation sinkerball pitcher. Plus tools for Clarkson include movement, velocity, control and the ability to keep it on the ground. Flashes an avg curve but everything else is below avg. 200+ IP and sub 4 ERA makes Sal a valuable pickup.

6. Baltimore - Anthony Patterson (P)
Anthony Patterson
Baltimore
atoms
Age: 18B/T: L/L
Born: Kailua Kona, HI
Position(s): P (SP1)
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The run on pitching continues as another sinker baller comes off the board. This HS lefty is durable, has great velocity, induces a lot of bad swings and keeps it on the ground. Like Clarkson has an avg breaking ball but everything else is below avg. Solid #2.

7. San Jose - Derrick Burgess (SS)
Derek Burgess
San Juan
Stingrays
Age: 18B/T: R/R
Born: Lonoke, AR
Position(s): SS
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Burgess is a HS SS whose tools are are all above avg or plus across the board. A legit SS with an outstanding arm. Burgess should be a consistent performer combining great swings with a solid batting eye. Durable and great makeup, Burgess should become a consistent All-Star SS.

8. Los Angeles - Carson Hardy (SS)
(UNSIGNED)

A potential monster bat from Maine, Hardy is giving deep thoughts about honoring his baseball scholarship to Vanderbilt and remains unsigned. A shortstop in HS, Hardy lacks the range for MIF but his hands should make him a great 3B. ++ contact combined with outstanding power and consistent swings make Hardy a potential #3 hitter. Maine's short seasons make his durability an issue and could limit him to 120 games, limiting his value.

9. Cincinnati - Bubbles Judd (P)
Bubbles Judd
Cincinnati
Redlegs
Age: 18B/T: S/R
Born: Graham, TX
Position(s): P (SP1)
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The best arm in the draft gets his nickname by turning baseballs into dancing bubbles. Judd flips unhittable curveballs and sliders that make Clayton Kershaw jealous, and is effective against both righties and lefties. Outstanding control and below avg cutter, splitter and change. Judd fell this far likely due to being very raw and having makeup issues. Another question mark for the Redlegs front office is his lack of stamina, making him a 5 inning starter or dominant bullpen arm.

10. Anaheim - Randall Scott (P)
Randall Scott
Anaheim
Stars
Age: 18B/T: R/R
Born: Milledgeville, GA
Position(s): P (ClA)
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Short RH high school reliever possesses a big fastball and pinpoints it with outstanding control. Not only does Scott bring the heat but it has great movement and his curveball projects as outstanding as well. Unhittable against righties. With the ability to take the ball everyday, Scott should become a dominant closer in 1530.

11. Cleveland - Benj Harang (2B)
Benj Harang
Cleveland
Wahoos
Age: 22B/T: R/R
Born: Prosper, TX
Position(s): 2B
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A senior from San Diego State, the Aztec 2B is a blazer with average tools across the board. While nothing stands out scouts love Harang's ability to everything. Below avg defense at second and limited durability. Bat will play above average at 2B but may not be enough in a corner OF spot.

12. Pittsburgh - Sergio Westin (P)
Sergio Weston
Pittsburgh
Partymen
Age: 22B/T: L/L
Born: Beverly, MA
Position(s): P (SP1)
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A small lefty from the University of D.C., Westin provides a solide FB and outstanding control. Avg movement, a good curveball, avg change and cutter. Great health, advanced age and the ability to handle 250+ innings make Westin a valuable SP3-4 and should move quickly.

13. Portland - Hub Davey (2B)
(UNSIGNED)

I can't see Davey, if someone wants to shoot me a blurb I will add it.

14. New Britain - Chip James (LF)

Chip James
New Britain
Red Coats
Age: 18B/T: R/R
Born: Eastsound, WA
Position(s): LF
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Another top HS bat from an unlikely state. All of James hitting tools rate as good to great with outstanding power. Below avg in LF but would be plus at 1B. Good baserunner but below avg speed. Great durability, health and makeup. Needs some seasoning but should become middle of the order bat.

15. Pawtucket - Wilson Simas (P)
Wilson Simas
Pawtucket
Red Stockings
Age: 18B/T: R/R
Born: Maple, WI
Position(s): P (SP1)
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Another HS from the north, Simas has great stamina and control. A soft tosser, Wilson overcomes his lack of velocity with good movement and good stuff: a four seamer, change and curve. A consistent performer and good makeupshould put this arm as a potential SP3.

16. Memphis - Lariel Cordero (SS)
Lariel Cordero
Memphis
Pharohs
Age: 19B/T: R/R
Born: Fayetteville, WV
Position(s): SS
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A grinder from Gulf Coast CC with great durability and makeup. Stretched at SS, likely to end up at 3B due to below average tools for the position. Good power and swings against both LH and RH. Poor contact will lead to a lot of strikeouts. Below avg 3B or great utility player.

17. Durham - Gerald Sherman (2B) (From Albuquerque for Eddie Reese)
(UNSIGNED)

Another top HS bat from Utah who is likely to honor his baseball scholarship to Arizona St. A short, thick switch hitter who should hit for both average and power from both sides. Outstanding batting eye, speed and baserunning. Drafted as a 2B will likely move to a corner OF spot. Very low durability may also push him to DH.

18. Seattle - Russel Lieberthal (P)
Russell Lieberthal
Seattle
Sealth
Age: 21B/T: R/R
Born: Seneca, KS
Position(s): P (SP2)
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A short, stocky righty who is a soft tosser from Davis and Elkins College. Outstanding durability, stamina and control. Average movement to go with a good fastball, average change and below avg curve/cutter. Projected back end innings eater.

19. Texas - Louis Conner (SS)
Louie Connor
Texas
Texan Stampede
Age: 22B/T: L/R
Born: Portsmouth, OH
Position(s): SS
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Durable grinder from Portsmouth, OH. Drafted as a SS but will likely not stick due to lack of range and hands. Good contact and power, may struggle against lefties. Should be an average 3B who can handle all 162 games.

20. Montgomery - Dennis Rice (P)
Dennis Rice
Montgomery
Burns
Age: 21B/T: L/L
Born: Oakley, KS
Position(s): P (SP3)
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A soft tossing lefty from the University of Miami that gets consistent outs via the groundball. Great four seamer, good change and sinker. Outstanding stamina and control. Will give up a lot of contact to righties. Grounballs and innings should make Rice a valuable back end starter.

21. St. Louis - Darren Parkinson (2B)
Darren Parkinson
St. Louis
Cardinals
Age: 19B/T: R/R
Born: Bell Gardens, CA
Position(s): 3B
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A 3B from Miami-Dade CC, Darren mashes lefthanders and has average contact, power and baserunning tools. Poor batting eye will lead to a low OBP. May be a touch below average at 3B. Solid durability and mental makeup. Projects as an avg everyday 3B.

22. Vancouver - Dwight Humphries (1B)
Dwight Humphries
Vancouver
Otters
Age: 18B/T: R/R
Born: Apache, OK
Position(s): 1B
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Big time righthanded HS bat out of Oklahoma. Outstanding contact and power potential. Will crush lefties and hit enough against righties. Great batting eye and above average defense. Limited durability. Should become one of the best hitters in 1530 and a great pick at 22.

23. Buffalo - Adrian Gonzales (2B)
(UNSIGNED)

Switch hitting 2B that attended UC Santa Barbara will likely need to move to corner OF. Outstanding contact and ++ power. Good durability and above average eye. Spent more time in the trainers room as a Bananna Slug than on the field may have scared off a top of the first round talent. Unsigned as of now but stated before draft that he would sign for first round money.

24. Charleston - Andres Lee (CF)
Andres Lee
Charleston
Chews
Age: 18B/T: L/L
Born: Hotchkiss, CO
Position(s): CF/1B/OF/DH
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A HS burner for Colorado who already possesses a thick mustache. Top line speed and range make Lee a potential Gold Glove centerfielder. Outstanding contact, limited power and will stuggle against righties. Defense, speed and average should make Lee a solid above average regular.

25. Oklahoma - Guy Dalrymple (CF)
Andres Lee
Charleston
Chews
Age: 18B/T: L/L
Born: Hotchkiss, CO
Position(s): CF/1B/OF/DH
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A speedy 2B from Clifton CC, Guy has excellent range and should have enough D to stick there. The high contact rate and outstanding speed should produce a high average. Should be an excellent base stealer who rakes against lefties. Will struggle against righties.

26. Honolulu - Alex Mairena (P)
Alex Mairena
Honolulu
Tropics
Age: 18B/T: R/R
Born: Albany, LA
Position(s): P (SP6)
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A short, thick HS righty from Louisiana, Mairena pairs average control with an outstanding four seamer and three good pitches: splitter, slider and change. Alex does not get much movement or have much velocity which limits his upside. His ability to get groundballs should make him a solid back end starter.

27. El Paso - Tom Perez (LF)
(UNSIGNED)

A speedy athlete from an Illinois HS. Flashes 100+ steals ability with combo of speed, baserunning and batting eye. Add in solid power and Perez projects as a power/speed combination that should see plenty of All-Star games.

28. St. Louis - Benito Colome (P)(From Durham for Ricardo Samuel)
Benito Colome
St. Louis
Cardinals
Age: 18B/T: R/R
Born: Old Orchard Bch, ME
Position(s): P (ClA)
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Another HS from Maine, Colome brings a blazing 4-seam FB and good sinker to pair with excellent movement on those pitches. Colome also locates the ball very well and keeps the ball on the ground. His max effort style limits him to only a couple of batters per game and may not make it through entire innings. Projects as a great closer.

29. Burlington - Delino Oliva (P)
Delino Oliva
Burlington
Coat Factory
Age: 18B/T: L/L
Born: Rockton, IL
Position(s): P (SP1)
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Oliva is a HS lefty who thrives on movement on all his pitches. His 4-seam FB is his only good pitch, while the rest rate as below average. Good control but is a flyball pitcher. Movement on his pitches should allow him to excel as an SP4-5.

30. Arizona - Tomas Bautista (CF)
(UNSIGNED)

A Junior centerfielder from Nebraska University, scouts doubt he has the ability to stick there and might have to slide to a corner. A switch hitter, Bautista should be solid against righties but will stuggle against lefties. Durable, great speed and an average runner. Currently unsigned.

31. Montreal - Geronimo Lunar (CF)
Geronimo Lunar
Montreal
Garde Impériale
Age: 18B/T: R/R
Born: Hanford, CA
Position(s): CF/2B
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A high school CF with good range and a solid glove. Durable, fast and a good baserunner. Will hold his own against righties but will struggle against lefties. Should be an average starter with solid defense.

32. Houston - Donnie Minor (RF)
Donnie Minor
Houston
Hangovers
Age: 18B/T: R/R
Born: St. Joseph, MO
Position(s): RF
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A HS outfielder from Missouri, Minor makes solid contact and rakes left handed pitching. Below average pop and batting eye. Solid baserunner. Average starter whoese durability increase his value.

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