It’s a thin talent pool that’s been picked over for the Rule 5 draft so far, and everyone’s passing in the second round of the major league phase. No one drafted a player. Seventeen (17) players went in the major league phase.
Nothing exceptional in the first round, no Josh Hamiltons, no one with Joakim Sorai upside. If I’m wrong about that in a year or two, I’ll happily eat those words.
Minor league phase to follow.
Some quick major league phase analysis:
• Surprised Arquimedes Caminares didn’t go, but it is a big league roster spot, and he’s barely pitched above short-season ball.
• Chuck Lofgren is one of the best stories taken. In 2007 he started the Futures Game for the U.S. team in his hometown of San Francisco, and he’s a physical, athletic lefthander. He’s had massive control issues the last two years and his star obviously has fallen from when he ranked second on our Indians Top 10.
• Lefty Zack Kroenke might go straight into Arizona’s Top 10.
• Righty David Herndon, whom the Phillies took and whose first name I blew in the first blog, has interesting stuff. He struggles with lefthanded hitters, but he has a solid-average fastball and pretty decent slider and splitter. He’s another groundball pitcher who walked just 14 in 65 innings at Double-A this year.
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