Monday, April 30, 2012

Toledo Mud Hens Draft Review

Round 1 Pick 10: Edward Jeffries (CF) – The Mud Hens closed out the top ten by selecting Edward Jeffries, a very effective hitter against both LH and RH pitching. Jeffries has above average power and is adept at putting the ball in play, which when coupled with his exceptional speed allow him to leg out a lot of infield singles. Durability and a relatively weak arm are the only concerns for what looks to be a very solid ML player.

ML Projections: .300 BA, .840 OPS.

Round 2 Pick 90: Stephen Stavinoha (P) –A hard throwing pitcher that tends to keep the ball on the ground, Stavinoha is equally effective against both RH and LH batters and has two very good ML pitches, although he does tend to be a bit erratic from time to time. If the pitching coaches can get his control up, Stavinoha has a shot at the big league level.

ML Projections: 1.55 WHIP, .275 OAV

Other notable selections: None.

Grade: B. Both of the Mud Hens selections were slot picks, although I prefer Andrew Turner at #11 and Rob Sanders at #16 to Jeffries. Nonetheless, the front office did a good job of drafting the best player on their board in Jeffries, but I’m sure the team was hoping that players who could address more immediate needs would fall to them.

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