Power Rankings – Catheter Bag Half Full

14 03 2011

Mid-Season Power Rankings

We are a little beyond the halfway point. We’ve had the All Star game. We’ve had patrickm forget to give us Diamonds in the Rough. We’ve had Fregoe decide to start tanking.

It’s about time for another set of power rankings.

I wanted to get a gauge of the consensus opinion, so I solicited for people to supply their Top Ten and Bottom Five. I received votes from 8 people, including myself.

Here you go, whiner:

1.      San Antonio – 62-33 – Previously ranked first overall, San Antonio has gone 31-22 since our first Power Rankings installment. Of the eight voters, rlahann’s squad received five first place votes. They’re pacing the league in most pitching categories, and it’s really quite remarkable when an American League team who is subjected to facing Designated Hitters has the fewest runs allowed of all teams.

2.      Montgomery – 59-36 – Ranked 8th at the quarterpoint, Montgomery has gone 35-18 and made up ground on rlahann for best record in the division, much less the league. The recipient of the other three first place votes, Montgomery recently squandered an opportunity to gain more ground on San Antonio. The series coming out of the All-Star break saw the Stan Rhodes Memorials take the first two games before a rough outing in the third game and a heartbreaking 17-inning defeat in the fourth game, ensuring a series split.

3.      San Diego – 59-36 – San Diego has been on an incredible tear since the quarterpoint, skyrocketing up the power rankings after going 38-15 over the last few weeks. They graded fairly highly on most ballots, except for one by a rival and another by someone’s statistical theory.

4.      Salem – 57-38 – Moy has gone 30-23 since our last update. He’s distanced himself in his division, somewhat. While some could argue that this team has played above expectations, it consistently placed in the middle of all top ten lists.

5.      San Francisco – 54-41 – Acecards’ team has gone 32-21 since the last update to move further up the rankings. They actually had the same number of weighted votes as our next team, but got a bump because they were consistently higher ranked and the only low ranking came from an NL rival. One ranking metric that was used included runs per at-bat as a consideration, and San Francisco fares exceptionally well in this ranking, especially compared to their National League counterparts.

6.      Mexico City – 54-41 – The Quetzalcoatl have gone 29-24 since our last update, but still don’t have much separation in what’s looking like the National League’s best division. With the highest expected winning percentage in the National League and an unfortunate 2-10 record in Extra Inning games, there is still room to improve.

7.      St Louis – 52-43 – The fastest risers on this list, St. Louis has gone 33-20 since the last update to contend in the National League South. The fact that users with advanced metrics as a determining guide for their rankings have St. Louis as high as they do is indicative of the progress they’ve made, because they were off to a terrible start in the beginning of the season. It went beyond a regression to the mean, and the pendulum has swung in the complete opposite direction. With a talented roster, St. Louis is starting to look like a much more significant opponent down the stretch in the NL

8.      Dover – 52-43 – Tylermathias losing his job and actually paying attention to this team has led them to go 25-28 since our last update. They still hold a secure lead of the NL East, but it’s beginning to slowly dwindle. Excluding divisional games, against what is generally a weak group, this is just a .500 team.

9.      Montreal – 52-43 – Gin has gone 31-22 since our last ranking, mostly out of spite. He’s moved past a slumping Toledo team to take control of a division in flux. Potential reason? This is the most walked team in the league. Low-control pitchers will really struggle against this line-up.

10.  Kansas City – 48-47 – Kind of a surprise final entrant, considering of the eight voters they only made it onto two ballots. But because of the depth/mediocrity of this league, the back-end votes were split amongst many franchises. Kansas City actually held the edge because robusk gave them a second-place vote on the heels of a measurement that shows Kansas City has been performing very well in both facets of the game, and is proven largely unlucky. I never double-checked his math, but Babypop says this team has the biggest difference between BABIP and Batting Average, which is odd because they actually lead the league in batting average.

Other teams receiving votes included an Albuquerque team that just swept San Antonio not too long ago, and has steadily decreased moy’s division lead… Memphis was on the most ballots of the teams that didn’t make the cut, but with consistently low placing, most teams apparently don’t have much respect for the 53-42 record, which sits as the fourth best in the NL… Philadelphia, Fargo, Milwaukee, and Norfolk each had one lone supporter. It’s especially interesting that Fargo received votes for this previous list, and our next one:

The Bottom Five

28. Louisville – 41-54- Bret has made progress with this team compared to the first quarter, as they’ve gone 28-25 in that span. The peripherals suggest that maybe Louisville’s slow start was just a result of epically bad luck, but the issue probably resides with a league worst .293 opponent’s batting average allowed. While they have made some strides since starting off so abysmally, they’re still awfully awful.

29. Buffalo – 40-55 – tracyr’s squad has gone 23-30 since our last update. They have the second-most strikeouts in the league, and were one of only two teams to make each of the five “Worst Five” ballots submitted.

30. New York (AL) – 37-58 – The DANZAS have gone 21-32 since the last update. They’re the most struck out team in the league. I guess compared to the awful start, this is still progress. But they still suck.

31. New York (NL) – 39-56 – The Bowie Mafia have gone 24-29 since the previous power rankings. They haven’t shown much improvement. Either that can be traced back to dherz spending too much time with his geriatric neighbors in Tampa Bay, or the complete lack of talent on the ML roster. Regardless, they don’t score nearly enough runs. It’s the most anemic offense in the league by most statistical analysis, and it has squandered a decent pitching performance.

32. Cleveland – 35-60 – They’ve really gotten shitty. One has to suspect if dmurphy has began tanking, because last we checked they were 21-21 and were making improvements as an organization. To go from there, lose 39 out of 53 games, and shit the bed so profusely that you have to wonder if they know what a toilet even is. They are closing in on the Triple Crown of Pitching Failure, as they have the worst ERA, the worst WHIP, and are right there as the worst OAV. The pitching staff isn’t bad enough to warrant this performance. Also, he owes me money from our fantasy football league. Scumbag.


Season 14 Draft Retrospective

3 03 2011

We just had our Season 19 Draft, which I chronicled in amazing detail already. But to show you how this draft nonsense plays out, here is a view of what we can potentially expect five seasons from now.

This is the Season 14 draft. It had been blogged about on this site by someone else at an earlier point, so I figured it was a fair enough place to start and highlight where these guys are at now.

  1. Milwaukee, under the previous owner mikesons and stationed in Minnesota, took Sam Swindell first overall. Where is he now? On my roster. He took $4,000,000 to sign as a 19 year old. His low stamina kept him stationed as an elite closer in the minor leagues until he made his pro debut last season. How’d he do? Co-Rookie of the Year, bitches. The control and splits are still awesome, and as long as he’s managed properly he’ll put up nice numbers.
  2. Tpete took Kyle Leary with the second pick of this draft. What has he done since then? He plowed through the minor leagues and made his major league debut last season, when he became the ace pitcher on the World Series champions.  His ERA/OAV/WHIP don’t look as pretty as they should, but he’s been a quality pitcher and has a ring to show for it. He won four games during the Milwaukee playoff run last season.
  3. Patrickm took Randy Pote with the third pick. Compared to the first two, he’s not been that awesome. But he did make the NL All-Star team last season as a rookie last season. He’s been traded twice so far in his career, but he seems to be quite happy in Mexico City with cbriese.
  4. It’s looking like this was a nice draft for pitchers. With the fourth pick, golfteach took Harry Lewis. Lewis made his Major League debut last season in St. Louis and wound up winning 16 games and taking home the NL Rookie of the Year. He’s the foundation of the St. Louis rotation, and a still-improving player.
  5. Our next player off the board was the first hitter in the draft. Robin Leonard was part of a blockbuster trade in Season 17 that sent him from Cincinnati to Salem, and he wound up being an instrumental part of their World Series run. Leonard deserved postseason MVP consideration when he put up a ridiculous 1.296 OPS on Salem’s title-winning run. Since then he’s already put up a 51 home run season and an All-Star appearance.
  6. Matty Duran went off the board next as a lower-control pitcher who offered high peripherals in every other regard. He’s still playing in Albuquerque, and a career 3.48 ERA indicates he’s doing pretty well.
  7. Bill Fornataro was picked out of college by Milwaukee, which is now Minnesota, and was traded to Minnesota, which is now Toledo. Already a Gold Glove winner at the ML level, Fornataro is in the middle of a career year that is helping the Tapefaces push for a bye in the American League. His .323 average places him in the league leaders.
  8. Blackmink picked Jamie Green, a college catcher, and he decided he’d just rather not sign. I don’t blame him. But considering the talent in this draft, it’ll seem like mink is awfully retarded.
  9. Trading card magnate, Don Russ, went ninth overall to kbjone’s Vancouver squad. Since that point, he’s been traded to Norfolk, where he’s been serving as the team’s primary set-up man this season. His stats haven’t been bad, and his ratings suggest he can thrive in this role.

10.  Tracyr selected Al Adams as the Centerfielder of his future. He was one of the first players in the Major Leagues drafted in this class, and has produced adequately. He hit for 29 home runs in his first full season, last year.

11.  Philadelphia selected LHP Ajax Hogan, and wound up acquiring a very solid arm. Hogan is still developing and has had to get over more injuries than his health rating would indicate, but he’s grown into a solid pitcher in one of the National League’s best rotations. His stats aren’t showing his ability at this juncture, but he will be an instrumental part of any playoff push that Philadelphia were to make.

12.  When I had said with this most recent draft that bret’s pitcher was better than ones he had taken in previous drafts much higher, you can hastily throw Ringo O’Neill into that group. He does have his merits, however. He won a Gold Glove as the American League’s best defensive pitcher last season. After making a jump from AA to the Majors last season, O’Neill wound up pitching 199 innings, and going 9-8 with a 3.84 ERA. That’s Stan Rhodes numbers if you consider he was pitching for bret. Yet somehow this season he’s regressed horribly and has been demoted to Long Relief duty.

13.  With jwelsh’s second pick of this draft, he selected Rafael Oliva. Oliva never had the range to stick at shortstop, but he’s made his debut in right field in Philadelphia this season. He’s held his own by hitting .274 and having stolen 11 bases so far this season.

14.   I remember when mbriese selected Kirt Garcia, people seemed to think he was worth the risk. Like if he signed he’d be right up there with any of the other top players that came out of this class. I really wish HBD let you see a player’s profile after he chooses not to sign. Regardless, he shot mbriese down.

15.  Alcheez took switch-hitting first baseman Philip May. He made his ML debut last season and hit .333 and finished somewhere on the NL Rookie of the Year ballot. For some reason you can’t see voting results other than the top vote-getter once you’re beyond that season.

16.  Dover selected utility player Kent Sheldon, despite injury concerns, and have been using him semi-frequently as a third baseman. His ML numbers are underwhelming at .240/.316/.402, but they should improve with more playing time. It just doesn’t appear his defense will ever reach the projected levels that would have had him near a Gold Glove level.

17.  Cleveland selected high-contact Ed Wagner out of college. His range never developed enough to adequately play centerfield, but some of the blame could be the fact that he’s been sitting in AA every season since Season 15. Could be our first draft choice from this class to retire if he continues to stagnate.

18.  Dherz drafted Harry Valenzuela out of college to serve as a potential closer of the future. He wound up getting traded to Boise in Season 17, and he’s been an effective set-up pitcher at the Major League level this year.

19.  When stu was able to get pitcher Matty Villafuerte this late in the draft, it seemed to be consensus opinion to be a steal. Villafuerte doesn’t have ideal health, but it was enough where he can be relied upon as a starting pitcher. Unfortunately, a brutal arm injury set him back greatly in season 18 and his progress was cut off. His projections seemed Cy Young caliber when he came out, but now he’s settled into a middle-of-the-rotation pitcher. Still 23, it’s not inconceivable that he improve some more, but it’s still a tale of wasted potential already. His ML career numbers of 3.36 ERA, .231 OAV, and 1.22 WHIP indicate that he’ll be productive for the bulk of his career. Just not what he could have been.

20.  The Danzas selected Morgan Haney later in the draft, and wound up centering their rebuilding project around him. With good splits and high speed, Haney’s Major League debut this season has been a bright spot on a dark season. Of course, all that speed with that bad of baserunning is going to get him caught an awful lot. Going 1 for 8 in the Majors this year is pretty terrible…

21.  When Montreal drafted Wilfredo Mercado, they acquired a potentially elite closer. Mercado’s development was slow after being promoted quickly and traded twice, but it’s picked up greatly the past few seasons where his splits and peripherals indicate he has the potential to be a reliable, if not All-Star caliber, closer.

22.  Montgomery drafted Reggie Walker and he wound up signing late in the season, but proceeded to develop quickly. His high make-up got him promoted relatively quickly through the minor leagues. He has the jawline of a Bruce Campbell. He wound up being an integral part of a blockbuster trade which sent him to Scottsdale. So far in the Majors, he’s been hitting a .267/.332/.454 line and getting caught stealing near two-thirds the time. Will be a large part of Scottsdale’s most recent rebuilding project.

23.  San Diego drafted Randall Young despite him not fitting the usual model of tisi’s Chicken Fukkar. He wound up being part of a significant trade that relocated him to Montgomery, where he’s proceeded to develop into a premier power hitter and AL Co-Rookie of the Year with teammate Sam Swindell. He’s flashed an ability to hit for a .300 average and hit 40+ home runs a season, and will be a core player in Montgomery for a while.

24.  Philadelphia’s third pick of the first round was LHP Marshall Sanders, who was eventually sent to Texas via trade. Despite being 27 years old, he has yet to make his Major League debut. He does, however, have more ability than the sort of pitchers vandydave tends to post on the league chat around the time of arbitration hearings.

25.  Salem selected DH Tanner Miller as a future replacement for Hootie Stewart. He never could play a position in the field with any skill, but he could be a designated hitter and had the contact, power, splits, and eye to be a dominant bat. His first taste of the Majors was during Salem’s run towards the World Series where he managed to drive in 10 runs in 12 games. While his durability, health, and fat face prohibit from playing as many games as an owner would like, he’s proven to be a great value. After an offseason trade to Montgomery, he’s putting up career numbers with a .323/.404/.677 line where he’s hitting a home run every ten at bats.

26.  San Diego’s second pick of the first round was elite defensive shortstop Tony Lawrence. While his glove and arm accuracy are still developing, he’s getting his first taste of the ML this season. While his bat has been cold (.180 average),  his defense has been strong. He’s valued as one of the more important young players in tisi’s organization.

27.  Acecards broke from an organizational staple of picking players with speed when San Francisco selected Galahad Fowler and his powerful bat in the first round. He’s particularly adept against right-handed pitchers, so he’s been mostly involved with a platoon now that he’s making his Major League debut.

28.  Detroit drafted Bob Schmidt due to his high splits, good power, and projectable arm for RF. But Schmidt has never stayed in one place for long, as he’s been traded four times in five seasons. He currently calls Minnesota’s AAA affiliate home. A recent injury has derailed his progress a bit, but his high patience and make-up has him still improving.

29.  Scottsdale selected Emmanuel Figureoa, but traded him to Montgomery in the next offseason. Since that point, Figureoa won many accolades across the minor league level and wound up making his first appearance in the Major Leagues last season. He has plus-power, and is starting to flourish in a powerful Montgomery lineup, which if you haven’t noticed has a lot of these first round picks playing for them. Figureoa has a .291/.351/.515 line going this season.

30.  Spacecoyote selected Alex Woo, who overcame an early career shoulder surgery, to develop into a versatile player. He was traded to Salem in Season 18, and been a large part of that team. He does a really good impression of Leslie Chow from The Hangover when he runs around naked in the lockerroom.

31.  Mexico City wound up drafting Bing Sutton, and he fits their mold of plus-defense players. While his arm accuracy has never fully matured, his other defensive ratings have him at Gold Glove caliber at a few positions. That’s not good enough for cbriese, so he traded him to Albuquerque. Even though his splits are skewed towards hitting left-handed pitchers, he’s had a very successful season this year with a .286/.333/.508 batting line.

32.  Vandydave selected Johnny Dipoto as a powerful catcher. His plus-power and good eye helped him tear through the minor leagues, which showcased him before he was eventually traded to Colorado. His power plays well at Coors Field, as he possesses a career .864 OPS in the ML.

33.  With the last pick before the sandwich picks, San Antonio selected pitcher Phillip Friend. While not having the health one normally looks for in a pitcher, Friend possessed good peripheral stats. He was promptly to Norfolk where he’s done all his developing. He saw his first action last year when he threw for 153.2 innings and went 6-13. This season hasn’t been much better, but he has the potential to be an above average SP5 for stu.
So what can we take out of this draft? Other than that I’m awesome at trades?

First of all, this was an incredibly deep draft. Some of the guys going in the 20’s wouldn’t have made it out of the top ten this season. But it also highlights that talent can be acquired at any point in the draft. And that blackmink is awful.

There are many players who are already making huge Major League impacts drafted outside of the first round, I’m just too lazy to go through them all.

Season 19 Draft Backlash

1 03 2011

Season 19 Draft Review


It’s going to take several seasons before we really see who did well with this draft, but that doesn’t mean I can’t go through the first round and nitpick.

Let’s see if your franchise managed to hold up to scrutiny.


1.      New York Danzas – LHP Kurt Newman – Based on conversations I had with topoftheworl, this was about the best he was getting with the rather small amateur scouting budget in New York. Not the flashiest pick, and definitely not a franchise-altering player, but there have been worse top picks. He’s a relatively safe middle-of-the-rotation pitcher. Though, there had to be some thought in NY to bump a “Probably Won’t Sign” prospect up to the top of the board, knowing that he’d turn down the contract, and being content with the second pick next year when they can better allocate money towards the draft…

2.      Memphis Blues RHP Larry Brennaman – There’s a good chance that he emerges as the top pitcher to come out of this draft, depending on your opinion of pitch ratings. The control and splits indicate an ace-quality pitcher, but the precipitous drop-off from a plus fastball to mediocre to bad auxiliary pitchers makes you wonder if he’ll need to work in battery with a high pitch-calling catcher for most his career. But his core ratings indicate that he’s worth the $3.9M signing bonus.

3.      Hartford Dark Blues LHP Fred Karnuth – If it weren’t for the signing risk, there’s a chance that Karnuth could have surpassed Brennaman as the top projected pitcher from this class. With a higher stamina, control, vs. L, and an arsenal of plus pitches, Karnuth has the ability to fare well. However, he’s still considering playing college baseball and is asking for $6.320M off the bat from Hartford, with the chance that he’ll ask for even more down the line. Still, it’ll probably be cheaper than a comparable pitcher on the International market.

4.      Fargo Eh LHP Lawrence Ball – Moving away from blackmink’s usual habit of drafting health risks, he decides to instead pick a signing risk. Ball is considering professional basketball, but if he chooses to stick with baseball could find himself with a solid career as a SP3. Coming into the draft as a 21 year old, he still has a lot of room to improve to hit his projections, but he does carry the patience and make-up to come close to those goals.

5.      Cleveland Aboriginii SS Vin White – The top overall projected rating in this draft, without really being that good in any one facet. Probably won’t have the range to stick at shortstop. Neither a contact nor a power hitter, with okay splits and eye. He’s extremely durable and very speedy. He won’t be the impact player his overall rating suggests, but he’ll be a starter for most his career.

6.      Albuquerque No Names C Torey Tapies – I’m doing winepimp a service by listing him as a catcher. Honestly, he has the arm to play the position, but he just doesn’t have much pitch-calling ability. He could conceivably split time between DH and catcher and get his at-bats that way. And really, the only thing that matters with Tapies is the at-bats. He’s one of the better pure hitters in this draft. Highly durable, with good splits and plus-power. Hitting from the Isotopes ballpark, he should have pretty awesome career numbers. Seems high for the kind of guy we’ll see later on in the draft, but winepimp needed a middle-of-the-order bat for his future.

7.      Boise Mays 3B Vincente Pulido – He won’t ever have the range for shortstop, but he’ll be able to play at the hot corner. His splits are each projected to be 80+, and his glove and arm could be gold glove caliber at third base later in his career.

8.      Buffalo I’m stopping with the team nicknames at this point because I don’t know all of them and it’s a hassle to doublecheck the retarded things other people think are clever 2B Herb Richard – The first of several early picks owned by tracyr. Capable of playing 2B or CF defensively, with good speed and great durability. His best trait might actually be his batting eye, but his bat is adequate enough to be a significant player in a lineup.

9.      Montreal RHP Kendry Colome – Very skewed splits, but will be pretty effective against right-handed batters. Upside probably tops out at SP3.

10.  New York (NL) RHP Benji Duran – Future short-relief pitcher. Has the control and splits to be a high level closer, but also lacks a second pitch. Durability and health suggest that he might not be able to pitch as frequently as the closer position can necessitate.

11.  Texas LHP Luis Lind – Possesses a three inch overbite. His face from the side looks like that Spy vs. Spy cartoon. As such, he possesses a formidable drool ball. His control projects favorably, his splits will top out in the low 60’s if he reaches expectations.

12.  Buffalo RHP Rick Romanski – Here’s a great idea: Take an injury-prone 18 you just drafted and throw him right into Hi-A. That won’t backfire. He has the potential to be pretty good if he stays healthy, as his control, splits, and pitches all indicate a strong upside. But Buffalo has other plans for him.

13.  Scottsdale RF Dick Meadows – Fregoe only picked him because it sounds like somewhere he’d like to visit. But other than that, Dick has a very low contact rating that he hopes to cancel out with his very strong batting eye.

14.  Philadelphia LHP Lawrence Hunter – Better than his overall rating suggests, Hunter will hold back-of-the-rotation value. Should reunite with his cousin Shawn who lives just outside Philadelphia, as long as Shawn’s BFF Corey doesn’t get too jealous of their friendship.

15.  Cincinnati RHP Clyde Moore – Nellie was looking to avoid a signing risk, and the signing bonus being commanded might be too much. But Moore is a solid pitcher. His control, vs. RH, and two plus pitches indicate that he has the potential to be worth the contract he’s asking for. It’s just an issue of Nellie finding the room under the budget.

16.  Norfolk LHP Javy Sanchez – Very low durability, which could restrict him from playing as often as stu would like. His pitching skill commands playing time, however. With strong control, splits, and pitches, Sanchez has the ability to be a top level pitcher if he could ever be relied upon. He just isn’t durable enough to pitch every fifth day, and doesn’t have the stamina to throw many pitches when he does start.

17.  Toledo – RF Phil Wilson – I can’t see this prospect. I’ll assume it’s because he has spent his adolescent life in a mental institution with a lesbian-haired Angelina Jolie.

18.  Honolulu – 1B Al Mateo – One of the steals of the draft. A legitimate power thread from the left side of the plate, he should produce many seasons of 40+ home runs.

19.  Louisville – RHP Jorge Vincente – Might be the best starting pitcher that bret has ever drafted in this world, and he happened to do it with a pick substantially later than he’s usually picking from. He has good control, good splits, great pitches. His weakness is his low health rating. Bret very much needs Vincente to stay healthy.

20.  Mexico City – RHP Glen Killefer – Low splits, but a solid groundball pitcher that will benefit from the top defense in the league.

21.  Detroit – 1B Napoleon Jones – Very good value for a highly regarded power bat. The question is whether his glove is good enough to play in the NL.

22.  Scranton – RHP Jack Gutierrez – Solid relief pitcher. Potential to close down the line. Good control, good splits, and a durability/health rating that’ll allow him to play as often as possible.

23.  Kansas City – C Peter Fox – A pick that rlahann considers the top value in the draft, Fox is probably below average defensively as a catcher, but has phenomenal splits and batting eye. His contact and power are high, and he has the potential to be an all-star caliber bat from the middle of the order.

24.  Minnesota – CF Wally Miller – Could also play second base, projects to have an above average glove and range for either position. His bat, however, is merely average. He yells at the screen when watching Dora the Explorer, and doesn’t have children. He just likes TV shows that encourage him to interact. Sometimes he just screams letters at people on TV when he’s watching the Price is Right.

25.  Dover – 3B Josh Ruebel – Probably going to wind up in RF or something. He’s really trying hard to grow a beard so the veteran players in Dover don’t make fun of him for being the rookie. But his face looks like Rob Tracy’s sweaty back.

26.  Salem – C Matty Neruda – Doesn’t really play well enough defensively to be a reliable catcher, and he has nothing on Jizz Bomber. His vL split and batting eye are very strong, but otherwise will probably be lost somewhere in moy’s system.

27.  San Diego – RHP Peter Balfour – Tisi drafted a few decent relievers this season, and Balfour is one of them. One of many San Diego relief prospects. So I’m just going to forget who he is because there are like five more just like him.

28.  Montgomery – LHP Ronald Acker – Solid enough pitching prospect who is more of a case study in what a 100 projected range would affect a pitcher. His control is very strong, as are his pitches. The splits will hopefully reach the low 60’s. But he’s the first of a pretty strong Montgomery draft.

29.  Montreal – 3B Buck Stanley – Not good enough to actually play shortstop. Doesn’t really do much beyond not get hurt, but he’ll probably have some value in a depleted system.

30.  Detroit – RHP Russ Dobbs – robusk might not be able to get this guy signed, but he’s a back of the rotation pitcher. Two plus pitches, great control, and the potential for good splits. Is one of the few people who goes out of their way to read antonsirius’s movie reviews.

31.  Buffalo – 3B Harold Rolle – Definitely not a shortstop defensively. Potential signing risk, but might be worth the compensatory pick next season if he does shoot Buffalo down. Nothing really interesting about him as a prospect.

32.  San Francisco – LHP Cal Bukvich – Does anyone read these previews for players that they didn’t draft themselves? I wonder if it’s a waste. Hey Ace. How’s it going? Surprised this wasn’t some guy with 90+ baserunning. Or is it? I seriously did just double-check. That’d be pretty fast for a relief pitcher. But this guy is decent. Good control, the durability/health/stamina to be relied on frequently, and a couple good pitches.

33.  San Antonio RHP Tom Bruce – Might not sign. A very high stamina considering his health and durability will allow him to pitch frequently. Probably exploitable in a tandem, but his splits really don’t really look great. He has two phenomenal 90+ projected pitches, so there could be some value in him. If he signs.

34.  Fargo RHP Lonnie Thompson – It’s like moy purposely targeted players with higher health and durability, just to spite robusk. Thompson is elite as far as he can pitch a few innings in nearly every game. But his low splits and the fact his stamina might not improve enough mean that he might just be a mediocre pitcher who can just happen to pitch all the damn time.

35.  San Antonio LHP Aubrey Strickland – Very good relief pitcher prospect. Has a weird first name. You wonder if his parents were hoping he was a girl, but just kind of got confused between a b and a d. I remember when I was four that was a sticking point. Maybe his parents are four year olds.



That’s the end of the first round. I’m not doing the compensatory picks because you jerks aren’t worth it.

Looking over the rest of the draft, it’s clear that the teams with the higher amateur scouting budgets had a distinct advantage. Even if moy doesn’t think anyone worthwhile goes at this point in the draft, I can see several. I’m just too lazy to name them.