I wrote this post in three parts, after each of the draft’s three days. Hence the groupings.
Here’s a quick breakdown of the top 10 rounds.
|- Anthony Rendon||2b/3b||1/6 Rice Jr. Boras client, slipped b/c of shoulder injury #1 BA ranked|
|- Alex Meyer||rhp||1/23 UKentucky Jr. big starter, 97mph|
|- Brian Goodwin||of||S1/34 Miami Dade Juco (was unc). lefty leadoff/cf type.|
|- Matt Purke||lhp||3/96 TCU Soph. Fantastic pick, was a top10 talent, shoulder bursitis issue.|
|- Kylin Turnbull||lhp||4/127 Santa Barbara Juco. 6-4, 93mph|
|- Matt Skole||3b||5/157 Georgia Tech Jr. Big bat. 47homers in 3yr college career. wow.|
|- David Hill||rhp||6/187 Vanderbuilt Sr.|
|- Brian Dupra||rhp||7/217 Notre Dame Sr.|
|- Gregory Holt||rhp||8/247 UNC Sr.|
|- Dixon Anderson||rhp||9/277 California Sr.|
|- Manny Rodriguez||rhp||10/307 Barry University Sr.|
First day observations: Wow, that’s a lot of pitching. 8 of our first 11 picks are college arms. Not ONE high school guy.
Looking at the next 20 rounds (where there’s less of a chance the guy pans out):
|- Caleb Ramsey||OF 11 Houston Sr.|
|- Blake Monar||LHP 12 Indiana Jr.|
|- Blake Kalenkosky||1B 13 Texas State Jr.|
|- Cody Stubbs||OF 14 Walters State JuCo J2|
|- Zach Houchins||SS 15 Louisburg JuCo J1|
|- Deion Williams||SS 16 Redan (Ga.) HS (Committed to Georgia State)|
|- Esteban Guzman||RHP 17 San Jose State Jr.|
|- Nicholas Lee||LHP 18 Weatherford College JuCo J2|
|- Hawtin Buchannan||RHP 19 Biloxi (Miss.) HS (Committed to Ole Mis/Mississippi)|
|- Josh Laxer||RHP 20 Madison (Miss.) Central HS (Committed to Ole Mis/Mississippi)|
|- Todd Simko||LHP 21 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Jr.|
|- Travis Henke||RHP 22 Arkansas-Little Rock Sr.|
|- Khayyan Norfork||2B 23 Tennessee Sr.|
|- Kyle Ottoson||LHP 24 Arizona State Jr.|
|- Erick Fernandez||C 25 Georgetown Sr.|
|- Shawn Pleffner||OF 26 Univ. of Tampa Jr.|
|- Bobby Lucas||LHP 27 George Washington Sr.|
|- Kenneth Ferrer||RHP 28 Elon University Sr.|
|- Sean Cotton||C 29 Tusculum College Sr.|
|- Bryan Harper||LHP 30 South Carolina Jr.|
In rounds 11-30, here’s some highlights:
- A grand total of 3 high schoolers. And I’d be shocked if any of them sign based on college commitments and their relatively low draft rankings. I could be wrong though, especially with Williams. We’d pretty much destroy Ole Miss’ recruiting class if we took both guys who committed there.
- 11 more pitchers, making 19 out of the first 31 players we’ve drafted in 2011 arms.
Day 3: here’s rounds 31-50
|Josh Tobias||SS||31||Southeast Guilford HS (NC) (Florida committment)|
|Billy Burns||OF||32||Mercer Univ. (GA) Jr.|
|Trey Karlen||2B||33||Univ. of Tennessee-Martin Sr.|
|Calvin Drummond||RHP||34||Univ. of San Diego (CA) Jr.|
|Alex Kreis||RHP||35||Jamestown College (ND) Sr.|
|Ben Hawkins||LHP||36||Univ. of West Florida Jr.|
|Derrick Bleeker||RHP||37||Howard College (TX) Juco J2|
|Brett Mooneyham||LHP||38||Stanford Univ. (CA) Jr.|
|Peter Verdin||OF||39||Univ. of Georgia Jr.|
|Stephen Collum||OF||40||Cartersville HS (GA) (? commit)|
|Bryce Ortega||3B||41||Univ. of Arizona Sr.|
|David Kerian||SS||42||Bishop Heelan HS (IA) (? commit)|
|Mitchell Morales||SS||43||Wellington Community HS (? commit)|
|Matt Snyder||1B||44||Univ. of Mississippi Jr.|
|Richie Mirowski||RHP||45||Oklahoma Baptist Univ. Sr.|
|Tyler Thompson||OF||46||Univ. of Florida Jr.|
|Timothy Montgomery||LHP||47||Rockmart HS (GA) (? commit)|
|Michael Bisenius||OF||48||Wayne State College (NE) Jr.|
|Hunter Cole||OF||49||Dorman HS (SC) (? commit)|
|Anthony Nix||OF||50||Univ. of California-Riverside Sr.|
Round 31-50 stats:
- 6 high schoolers, most with very little chance of signing (why sign in the mid 30s for a pittance when you can go to college, get an education and improve your draft status and bonus money?)
- 13 of the last 20 picks non-pitchers
- A number of these 30-50th round guys are college juniors, meaning they’re likely to go back to school.
- 7 more pitchers, bringing the total in the draft to 27 pitchers overall. Only ONE high school arm.
Coincidentally, “Sue Dinem” has already updated the Draft Tracker xls (one of my favorite Nats resources online: thanks Sue!).
In terms of the first few drat picks: i’m presuming that all Scott Boras clients will NOT sign til 10 minutes before the August 15th deadline, so that means Rendon, Meyer and Goodwin we’ll see you in Viera next spring. Purke; he’s going to be an interesting negotiation, since he turned down top10 money 2 years ago and presumably can threaten to go back to school. His negotiations probably go down to the wire as well. Most likely he pitches in the Cape Cod league, and if he shows he’s got any sort of velocity coming back, we’ll offer him first round money. Otherwise he’ll return for his third year and the Nats will get a 3rd round compensation pick in 2012. Not the best solution for us but workable if he’s completely damaged goods.
From Turnbull on down to about the 20th round, i’m guessing everyone signs, and signs fast. We’ve got a ton of college seniors with no place else to go, and little room for bonus money negotiation. These guys are going to sign quickly and go directly to Auburn.
I’m a bit surprised at the pitcher focus frankly. I perceive that we’re rather thin on positional players in our low-minors right now. Looking at Baseball America’s top 30 for the organization at the end of 2010, the breakdown was as follows:
- Outfielders (5): Harper, Perez, Hood, Burgess, Ramirez
- Catchers (2): Norris, Ramos
- Infielders (8): Espinosa, Marrero, Lombardozzi, Hague, Sanchez, Kobernus, Martinson, Moore
- Right Handed Starters (7): Cole, Peacock, Maya, Morris, Tatusko, Meyers, Holder
- Right Handed Relievers (4): Kimball, Ramirez, Carr, Pena
- Left Handed Starters(4): Solis, Ray, Milone, Rosenbaum
- Left Handed Relievers (0)
Of these 30 players, 2 have since been traded away (Morris, Burgess) while several more are now on the 25-man roster (Ramos, Espinosa, Maya for the time being and Kimball). That leaves a breakdown of 12 positional players and 12 pitchers in the minors at the top level of BA’s analysis. But its hard to look at most of positional players left in the minors and really say “those guys are a sure thing.”
Now we have 26 more arms to fit in, and not a bunch more hitters frankly. The short-A and GCL are going to be stocked with arms and probably making due with what’s left in extended spring. There’s approximately 24-26 pitcher slots to fill in short-A and GCL … but we still have a number of arms in extended spring that will be competing. I wonder how many guys are about to get pink slips.
Get ready for an interesting summer.