- Texas Wildcats
Needs: ace SP, depth
Current catching platoon is adequate
infield has many stars on the rise
Outfield also has much talent in the system
the trick will be to figure out who should play where
Solid core of SP prospects need development time and there is no clear number 1
Bullpen also full of young talented arms
Player budget: bottom of league (25 mill)
Prospect budget: Top of league (45 mill)
Draft budget: Moderate-high (both college and high school at 16 mill)
Number of Draft Picks Rounds 1-5: 5
Round 1 Pick 4 LF Welington Rijo
Future superstar slugger who can play either corner outfield position. His mammoth contact and batting eye projections make his superior power all that more dangerous. Think Pujols. With a good health rating, Rijo should enjoy a highly productive career.
ML Proj: 520-550 AB/45+ HR/100+ BB/.340+ BA/15 SB
Round 2 Pick 67 SS Nerio Robertson
Solid SS has average fielding numbers and slightly better than average hitting numbers for his position. He will sit at the bottom of your batting order and not embarrass you.
ML Proj: 530 AB/10 HR/.250 BA/15-20 SB
Round 3 Pick 102 1B Delwyn Redman
Surprisingly good find at pick 102. Has ML quality hitting numbers, and if he can't find work at 1B, he should be picked up by an AL squad as a DH. Good durability and health numbers means he should be reliable every day.
ML Proj: 600 AB/20 HR/.280-.300 BA
Round 4 Pick 135 SP/RP Tony Rucker
Good left/right splits and 3 quality ML pitches may give him a shot at the ML roster, but he will be hampered by poor control, and a propensity to give up too many long balls.
ML Proj: 120 IP/5 W/4.50-5.50 ERA
Round 5 Pick 167 SP Einar Melendez
Minor league SP. Ceiling AAA
Hidden Gems: none apparent
Overall Grade: A-
Carseneau came into this draft without any real pressing need. He does however, need to find an anchor to his young pitching staff sometime in the next few seasons. Having a top 5 pick this year presented just that opportunity. While he did well to obtain a future superstar position player, opportunities to obtain a superstar SP in the draft are few and far between. All in all, he had an extremely productive draft.