Monday, April 23, 2012

Rochester Rakers Draft Review

Round 1 Pick 7: Alvin Ford (LF) – A solid pick at #7, Ford could solidify the middle of the Rakers lineup almost immediately. Above average power, superior effectiveness against both RH and LH pitching and a propensity to draw a lot of walks will make Ford a force to be reckoned with for the foreseeable future. Ford’s durability and ability to stay healthy also bode well for the Rakers.

ML Projections: .325 BA, .930 OPS.

Round 1 Pick 56: Dante Ducey (P) – Ducey has some of the raw skills necessary to make an impact at the ML level, including good control, velocity and a lively fastball. That said, he only has mediocre effectiveness against both LH and RH batters and doesn’t really have a second ML grade pitch to keep hitters off balance, which when coupled with a low work ethic suggest Ducey only has an outside shot at the big leagues.

ML Projections: 1.50 WHIP, .275 OAV

Other notable selections: None.

Grade: B. The Rakers first round selection of Alvin Ford will benefit the team for years to come, but after him there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot there that will make a noticeable contribution to the team’s long-term success.

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