Monday, April 23, 2012

Helena Peacemakers Draft Review

Round 1 Pick 5: Gerald Hull (CF) – A rare five-tool player, Hull is undoubtedly the top offensive prospect in this year’s class and has the durability to play all 162 games. Hull can hit for both average and power in addition to drawing a lot of walks and was one of the fastest players in this year’s draft. Hull will be the anchor of the Peacemakers’ lineup for the next decade plus and a perennial MVP candidate.

ML Projections: .330 BA, 1.000 OPS.

Round 2 Pick 85: Enerio Valenzuela (P) – An absolute flamethrower, Valenzuela has a good shot at the majors once he fully develops, assuming he is able to stay healthy. More effective against LH batters than RH may lead the Peacemakers to use him on a situational basis.

ML Projections: 1.60+ WHIP, .300+ OAV

Other notable selections: None.

Grade: A. The Peacemakers have to be thrilled that they were able to pick up the top offensive prospect in this year’s draft at pick #5, a sure sign that the three teams drafting in front of them will be reorganizing their scouting departments.

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