Needs: C, CF, RP
Weak hitting platoon catchers need replacement
Infield appears set long-term
Outfield depth is lacking, and CF should become a priority
The current starting rotation is weak, but a long sequence of talented youngsters are gaining experience in the minors
The bullpen is filled with a mixture of arms, but could certainly be upgraded with higher quality talent.
Player budget: Near league average (79 mill)
Prospect budget: Very high (29 mill)
Draft budget: Extremely low - little access to prospects
college scouting (9 mill) high school scouting (4 mill)
Number of draft picks Round 1-5: 7
Round 1 Pick 15 SP/RP Jolbert Galvez
Talented starting pitcher with problems maintaining stamina. Tires
very quickly after the 5th inning. Good health and makeup. Excellent
left/right splits. Works all four of his ML quality pitches
effectively. Feature pitch is the sinkerball. Moderate velocity and good
control means he relies on ball movement to get outs. Very good FB/GB
ML Proj: 150-180 IP/12-14 W/2.60-3.20 ERA
Round 1 Pick 51 (supp) SP Sherman Sweeney
Mid-rotation starter projects to number 3 or 4, or possibly 5 on a
good staff. Uses velocity and control to get hitters out. Overall low
pitch command will make him hittable, especially to big bats looking for
the long ball. FB/GB ratio will help to keep the HR numbers down.
ML Proj: 190-200 IP/12-15 W/3.50-3.80 ERA
Round 1 Pick 61 (supp) RP Alberto Beltre
Mixed bag late inning reliever. Will tirelessly work innings out of
the bullpen with good durability and stamina projections. Above average
control will mix with moderate velocity to serve up many hittable
pitches to hitters. 2 ML quality pitches with outstanding command.
Feature pitch is the fastball. FB/GB ratio is a concern.
ML Proj: 100+ IP/4.00-4.50 ERA
Round 2 Pick 79 RP Timothy Lennon
Overall, Lennon should be a more reliable reliever than Beltre.
Fewer big innings and better adept at holding the opposition at bay for
the late inning staff to close the door. Good health and makeup.
Excellent control and low velocity. Most effective against southpaw
hitters with 2 solid ML pitches. Feature pitch is the screwball.
ML Proj: 90-100 IP/2.80-3.30 ERA
Round 3 Pick 113 CF Ned Sveum
Lack of range means he would be better suited to LF. Does not bring
enough to the plate to warrant a ML job. Ceiling AA, possibly AAA
Round 4 Pick 146 LF Charlie Haynes
Signing issues that are not relevant since he is not worth the 2.1 mill he is demanding. Ceiling AAA
Round 5 Pick 178 LF Doug Zimmerman
Hidden Gems: none apparent
Overall Grade: B-
Added 4 potential big league arms to the pitching staff, providing
depth for both the rotation and the bullpen. The needs behind the plate
and at CF were missed entirely, and will become even more urgent next