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.
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.
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