The next division up for review is the NL East. Let's see how these teams did in this season's draft!
First round pick Jody Gragg is an excellent hitter, with projected great splits and batting eye. His power is good, not great, and his contact is mediocre. It looks he won’t be all that useful in the field, and is better off as a DH. Still, his bat will definitely warrant him being in the lineup as a DH. 2nd rounder Earl Cook is another nice bat, not quite the level of Gragg, but still good, and looks like he can be solid defensively behind the plate. After that, they got a handful of offensive prospects – a few could make the majors as backups.
Final Analysis: Very nice 1st and 2nd round picks – solid players for sure.
NY’s first rounder was right Cory Ramirez who looks like he can be a workhorse – his other pluses are good splits, the ability to keep the ball down in the zone, and 2 very good pitches. His big downside is his control, which projects to be very mediocre, and we’re not sure his other skills are good enough for him to be dominant. Still, he should be a serviceable #5 SP in the bigs, who can eat up a lot of innings. Supp pick Luke Montgomery is a hold out, and the Gazette has no info on this player. Best of luck with those negotiations! After that,
Final Analysis: Ramirez is ok, but not great.
Grade: C- (for now, higher if