Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Season 7 Draft Review -- Houston Space Cowboys

A relocated franchise that has enjoyed just one owner since Cobbfather started, Houston has been a remarkably successful franchise. Houston has drafted low in the order each year, but they haven't let that stop them from adding solid talent to their farm system just about every season. Let's see if the trend continues for season 7.

1st rounder Efrain Brosius was taken out of HS, and while he shows nice potential, he has a long way to go to reach it. A legit starting pitcher prospect, Brosius shows a very good ability to command his pitches and has a chance to develop a hard and heavy splitter that should generate a lot of groundballs for him. Has a long way to go, and with only 2 legit pitches (also has a slightly above average fastball) Brosius may end up as a long reliever (he's currently a starter in Low-A), but there's every reason to expect Brosius will be given a real opportunity to develop as a starter.

Houston really didn't have much else in their draft, as the next prospect they were able to sign was 10th rounder Gerald Liverman. They are fielding a Rookie Ball team though, and have both positional players and pitchers on the team, so they do get a D+ for their draft. Really though, an organization can't make a habit out of signing only 2 of its first 10 picks and expect to continue to be able to build from the farm.

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