Sunday, March 22, 2009

Season 4 Draft Recap - NL North

Leon Jackson - Cobbfather Post Gazette

It's time to look back at this season's draft and dish out the grades. This season, we'll go by division. The NL North is up first. Let's see how the NL North teams did in this season's draft!

Detroit Shooters

Detroit gave up their first round pick by signing a Type A Free Agent, so their first pick was in the supplemental round. Top pick, pitcher Preston Lee, has great control, great velocity, and solid RH split, GB/FB ratio and has 2 decent pitches; however, he has a major liability in that he has extremely limited durability. Perhaps that is why Detroit hasn’t signed him. And we’re not going to attempt to explain why they haven’t signed any of their other early draft picks either. It looks like this draft was a total waste for Detroit.

Final Analysis: Not good at all.

Grade: F

Ottawa Renegades

Clarence Fleming
Age: 21B/T: R/R
Born: Logan, UT
Position(s): P (SP1)
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Top pick Clarence Fleming looks to be a workhorse starting pitcher with great durability, control and he can keep the ball on the ground. His splits are good, but not great. And he has 3 good pitches, but lacks a dominating one. All in all, he looks great, but not quite an ace. The rest of their picks early on featured pitchers who are borderline major leaguers, at best.

Final Analysis: Fleming is extremely solid, but they could have done more with their picks after the first round.

Grade: C+

Rochester Rolling Rocks

Arthur Camilli
Rolling Rocks
Age: 18B/T: R/R
Born: Guyton, GA
Position(s): P (ClA)
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First rounder Arthur Camilli projects to be a lights out closer with tremendous control, splits, velocity, and also has 2 great pitches. He pretty much has no weaknesses. 2nd rounder Curtis Jacquez looks to be a good value pick, as he is a solid hitter with major league potential. 5th rounder Derek Gonzalez projects to be a defensive wonder at SS, although doesn’t have much of a bat.

Final Analysis: Camilli is a future stud closer, and they got a couple of other players with Major League potential as well.

Grade: B+

Syracuse Sycophants

Zeus Dixon
Age: 19B/T: L/L
Born: Garden City, MI
Position(s): P (SP1)
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First rounder lefty hurler Zeus Dixon looks like he could be a god-like SP. His ratings project out strongly across the board. His best assets are superb control and a killer 4-seam fastball. Only weakness is slight concern of injury. 2nd rounder Eddie Ruth was a nice value pick, and should be a solid major league reliever. They got a couple of more good relievers, and a very nice 3B in round 4.

Final Analysis: A very deep draft for Syracuse this season, well done.

Grade: A

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