Monday, April 23, 2012

Milwaukee Boomers Draft Review

After several seasons of 3rd and 4th place finishes within their division, the Boomers have emerged this year as the dominant team within the NL North fueled by a good mix of veteran and young talent.

Round 1 Pick 65: Ellie Grant (SS) – A top tier defensive SS with an exceptional eye, Grant was a solid pickup at pick #65 and should be able to contribute at the ML level, although his durability and health ratings suggest it will be in a utility role as opposed to an everyday starter.

ML Projections: .215 BA, .620 OPS.

Round 2 Pick 105: Jerry Gleason (C) – At the 105th selection, the Boomers drafted one of the top defensive catchers in this year’s draft. Good value at this point in the draft, Gleason projects to be a platoon player and late inning defensive replacement at the ML level.

ML Projections: .200 BA, .650 OPS.

Other notable selections: None.

Grade: B+. While the Boomers didn’t have a selection until pick #65 and only two selections within the first two rounds, they were able to identify two players that will be able to contribute at the big league level. An excellent job of targeted drafting.

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