- The Water Wolves have been one of the least successful
franchises in A Rod history, obtaining the #1 draft pick in 4 of the
last 5 seasons. This year included, Seattle has drafted three pitchers
#1 overall, hopefully providing a solid foundation for the future.
Round 1 Pick 1: Ignacio Flores (P) – The top pitching prospect in this year’s draft, Flores has absolutely nasty stuff. Excellent control, good velocity and four ML grade pitches, Flores will be an ace for the team over the next decade. The only question mark is Flores ability to stay off the DL. Provided he is able to stay healthy, he projects to be a perennial All-Star and Cy Young contender.
ML Projections: sub 1.00 WHIP, sub .200 OAV
Round 2 Pick 82: Al Parker (P) – With the 82nd selection, Seattle selected pitcher Al Parker, a borderline ML prospect. While Parker has excellent control, he is not exceptionally effective against either right or left handed batters. While it seems clear that Parker will devote the time necessary to fully reach his potential due to his exceptional work eithc, his health remains a concern.
ML Projections: 1.60+ WHIP, .300+ OAV
Other notable selections: None.
Grade: B-. Seattle nailed its first round selection, but outside of Flores there does not appear to be much in this draft that will produce at the ML level.