Monday, October 20, 2008
Draft Class: Season 5 Round 1 Review
This years Amateur Draft class was perhaps the class that will be remembered for having a very small amount of impact players, and for being low in overall talent in general. Here is a quick glance at some first round gems. Harry Rivera appears to be the best overall hitter drafted, being taken by Minnesota with the 30th pick. Only 3 arms went in the first 10 picks that may have the potential to be front-line starters: Ronnie Hundley, Patsy Brewington and Albie Espinoza. As far as valuable position players go, SS Hunter Robertson was arguably the best player available and was nabbed by Texas with the 3rd pick. I had my eyes on outstanding C prospect Scott Ward, who ended up getting swooped up happily by Atlanta with the 38th pick. A couple of potential closers also went in the first round in Louis Black, who looks to be an extreme workhorse already, and Vic Olmeda. Hopefully, next years class will be a bit more like previous seasons. The general consensus gathered from GM's was that there was enough to plug a few holes in the system here and there, but overall it was quite the disappointment. With that, here's to the future Diamond's in the Rough that we all hope this draft was full of!