MLB Draft Round-Up: AL East

June 13, 2009 at 1:22 pm 1 comment

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Below are my thoughts on how each American League East team did in the 2009 Rule-IV draft.

Baltimore Orioles – The Orioles seemed, to me at least, to take a conservative approach in this draft. I was hoping they would’ve been more aggressive with the impressive group of youngsters coming up thier system now. Matthew Hobgood was a good pick, but I thought they should’ve gone with a Tyler Matzek or Aaron Crow here. Round 2 pick Mychal Givens is an intriguing pick. He has plus tools as a runner and a fielder but his bat needs a lot of improvement. He is a good prospect on the mound and I would develop him as a pitcher, but it is unclear to me how the O’s will develop him. 9th round pick Ryan Berry is a good late pick with a big arm that could be in the pen by next season.

Boston Red Sox – I can’t say that I ever dislike the Red Sox drafts. I absolutely love their first pick, Reymond Fuentes. He was my favorite high school position player in the draft and he has good bloodlines (he’s Carlos Beltran’s cousin). He has blazing speed (clocked at 3.68 seconds from home to first on a bunt) and should hit for average with power to come once he fills out his frame. William Wilson is a candidate, for me, to be in the Sox’s bullpen by next year although I believe the Sox like him as a starter. Other picks of note are David Renfroe (3rd) and William Volz (9th).

New York Yankees – Top pick Slade Heathcott is an interesting pick for the Yanks in the first round. He is a true centerfielder with plus speed and defensive skills. He has power that should develop into 15+ homers a year. The main knock on Heathcott is his make-up. He is a guy that I would not have taken in the first but he offers high reward. John Murphy is a good catching prospect that should have no problem staying behind the plate. He has a stroke that should produce line drives and a good average. I am a bit surprised the Yanks didn’t take more signability guys. They seemed to appraoch this draft like they had a low budget.

Tampa Bay Rays – The Rays took a high-risk/high-reward appraoch in this draft. They also steared towards toolsy high school players early on. LeVon Washington is a guy that should sign fast, and for slot. He’s a local kid (Gainesvile, FL) with good speed and defensive skills in center. He has room in his frame to fill out but the risk/reward is high. My favorite pick by the Rays is Luke Bailey (4th). Before being injured, Bailey was a potential first rounder. He has a chance to be an All-Star caliber catcher and is already a pretty polished hitter. He is set to go to Auburn but if the Rays throw some money at him, especially since they saved on their first round pick, they will get themselves their best catching prospect. 2nd rounder Kenny Diekroeger was a slight reach for me but has tools to develop into a solid regular. I also love the picks of Todd Glaesmann (3rd), Jeffrey Malm (5th), and big-time catching prospect sleeper (if he signs) Austin Maddox (37th).

Toronto Blue Jays – I love what they did at the top of their draft. They nabbed two college starters that should be big-league ready in no more than two years in Chad Jenkins and James Paxton. Paxton has more upside as a potential #1-2 guy but Jenkins has the frame to be a good #3-4 that will eat innings. High school starters Jake Eliopoulos (2nd) and Jake Barret (3rd) are great high risk/reward picks after Jenkins and Paxton. Jacob Marisnick (5th) is another solid pick if they can sign him away from Oregon. He should be a plus defender in a corner with a very good all-around skill package if all works out.

-Jonathan C. Mitchell

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  • 1. Baseball Almanac  |  June 13, 2009 at 2:35 pm

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    […] New York Yankees – Top pick Slade Heathcott is an interesting pick for the Yanks in the first round. He is a true centerfielder with plus speed and defensive skills. He has power that should develop into 15+ homers a year. … […]

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