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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

NL South Draft/IFA Combo

Tampa Bay
Top Draft Pick
SP Dave Darr (active)
Season 4, Round 1, Pick 1
Peak Rating - 87
Stats - 320-141, 3.28 ERA, 1.18 WHIP
Awards - 10 X all-star, 4 x Cy Young, 3 x WS Ring, 2 X Silver Slugger
The best SP that the game has seen. Oh, what bats would do to turn back the clock and stop the previous owner from shipping Darr off to Boston (and then Houston).
Runner-up -Eli Vasquez
SS Ignacio Cruz (retired)
Season 1, $4.1 million
Peak Rating - 82
Stats - .271 BA, .778 OPS, 356 HR's, 1296 RBI's
Awards - 6 x all-star, 1each Gold Glove, Silver Slugger, WS Ring
The franchise has never been a big IFA spender. In his prime, Cruz was a plus defender at SS with very good contact, power, and vs. LHP. He had an awful eye, but was otherwise was among the best SS's to ever play the game.
Runner-up - Felipe Navarro

Top Draft Pick
C Adam Gose (active)
Season 16, Round 1, Pick 26
Peak Rating - 71
Stats - .328 BA, 1.036 OPS, 195 HR's, 556 RBI's
Awards - 2 x all-star, 2 x silver slugger
Amazing statistic - Houston has never picked below #17 in the first round. For that reason, the pickings were slim, but Gose should have gone much higher. A better DH than Catcher, Gose can flat out rake.
Runner-up - Russ Titan
RF Louie Delgado (active)
Season 8, $17.6 million
Peak Rating - 86
Stats - .293 BA, .962 OPS, 695 HR's, 1889 RBI's
Awards - 6 x all-star, 4 x silver slugger, 2 x MVP, 2 x WS Ring, ROY
Houston has has great success in the IFA market, finding two potential HOF'rs in Delgado and Owen. Delgado has elite power and vs. LHP to pair with above average other ratings.
Runner-up - Esteban Owen

Top Draft Pick
1B Ken Daly(active)
Season 6, Round 1, Pick 29
Peak Rating - 81
Stats - .312 BA, .999 OPS, 805 HR's, 2143 RBI's
Awards - 12 x all-star, 11 x silver slugger, 4 x MVP, 1 ROY
Perhaps the best draft pick of all time, Daly is a legend. Excellent power paired with very good contact and splits and an above average eye.
Runner-up - Naoki Xaio
RF Jesus Ortiz (active)
Season 25, $5.8 million
Peak Rating - 50 (and climbing)
Stats - .290 BA, .813 OPS, 10 HR's, 76 RBI's
Awards - none
Montgomery does not spend money on IFA's, Ortiz will make the majors, but there really wasn't much to choose from.
Runner-up -Jose Galvez

Top Draft Pick
SP Jeff Woods(active)
Season 5, Round 1, Pick 1
Peak Rating - 85
Stats - 264-169, 3.88 ERA, 1.29 WHIP
Awards -8 X all-star, 4 x WS Ring, 2 gold gloves, 1 Cy Young
A true #1 SP in his prime, Woods had protypical ratings for an SP. High stamina, control, vs LHB, Velocity, and GB/FB. He also had quality pitches and elite make-up.
Runner-up - Bobby Melfi
C Roberto Mercado (active)
Season 25, $23.3 million
Peak Rating - 50 and climbing
Stats - .349 BA, .993 OPS, 15 HR's, 77 RBI's
Awards - none
Signed just this season, Mercado projects as a Catcher with excellent batting ratings. Should make multiple all-star games and win multiple silver slugger awards.
Runner-up - Louie Tavarez

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