What could have been from the 2012 draft
Posted 23 May 2013 - 04:40 PM
Let me start with one of the two 2012 Purdue players who I loved last year. Now, catcher Kevin Plawecki was selected by the Mets at a spot higher than even I had imagined and the Twins pick before that was Berrios. So I have no problem there. Plawecki is dominating A ball this year with a 1.042 OPS, 19 doubles, 5 homers, and a 16/20 BB/K rate. I made a claim that Plawecki would end up being better than Zunino. That may have been wrong, but he is surely holding more than his own right now.
The real complaint comes in the 9th round of last year's draft. The Twins drafted LJ Mazilli at 280 and he didn't sign. Looking back, it was VERY predictable that he wouldn't sign at that spot in the draft. Seven picks later the Marlins selected Purdue's Nick Wittgren.
Between low-A and high-A in 2012 and 2013, Wittgren has pitched 54 and 2/3 innings. He has 74 strikeouts, an ERA of 0.99, only 9 walks, and a WHIP of 0.933. He is a dominant reliever and it is unfortunate that the Twins didn't see this while they were so reliever-crazy last year. Wittgren will be closing for the Marlins within 3 years.
Posted 23 May 2013 - 04:47 PM
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MLB teams are lucky if they draft 5 players each year that end up in the majors at some point. Maybe 1 of those becomes a player that spends more than a few years in the majors. Maybe every 4-5 years you draft a player that is an all-star type of player at some point.
Posted 23 May 2013 - 04:56 PM
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Our first pick that year, Trevor Plouffe.
Posted 26 May 2013 - 02:57 PM
Anyway, The Puck, you are right about that year and Pedroia. Even when Pedroia was verging on the majors, though, I didn't think there was any expectation for him to be this kind of offensive player. I believe that the defense was his projected best part of his game.
Jokin, it's the Mets so WHO KNOWS? I can't imagine him not seeing AA this year, so that could mean all sorts of things for next year.
Wittgren has improved on those numbers from just a few days ago.
Posted 26 May 2013 - 05:43 PM
Posted 26 May 2013 - 06:09 PM
Last year I was hoping for a College Pitcher with the first pick... Only because I was scared to death of the pitching depth at the time. I figured a College Pitcher would arrive and provide something we needed bad quicker... I hadn't seen any of them so I wasn't praying for Gausman over Zimmer or vice versa but I really did want a college arm.
Reading Boxscores this year from Cedar Rapids has put my mind at ease. Buxton looks like an amazing pick so far. I really can't argue with it all.
Besides Gausman... The only player that I have seen play with my eyes to this point is Wacha and he blew me away... That guy has stuff on top of stuff. If anybody gets a chance to watch him. Do it... This kid is for real.
In hindsight... I really wish there was way that we could have drafted Wacha. Our slots and his draft position didn't really match though.
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Posted 26 May 2013 - 06:21 PM
By the way to most of the rest of, my first example was of a non-signee, and a fairly predictable one at that. That's just not the same as comparing player to player (and pooh-poohing that).
Posted 26 May 2013 - 06:49 PM
People that I respect a ton in the industry have used superlatives that I've never heard before, about any prospect.
Jim Callis recently said his upside could be a combination of Harper and Trout.
The O's can have the MLB ready guy, I'll take that upside all day, even if it flames out.
Posted 27 May 2013 - 07:06 AM
Not complaining about getting Buxton- at all- but how about "what could have been" by drafting Kevin Gausman, who debuts for the Orioles tonight. Or drafting Kevin Appel and getting two high picks this year instead of just one?
Since Gausman and Buxton are better than anyone in this draft, not signing someone last year would have been a true fiasco. Even Kevin Appel!
Posted 27 May 2013 - 07:41 AM
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