Sunday, June 7, 2009

MLB First-Year Draft June 9-June 11

On the slim chance that some of you haven't yet heard of Stephen Strasburg, he is supposed to be the greatest thing since sliced bread, as my mother would say.
A dominating power pitcher, he was the only amateur player on last year's Olympic team. Some say (and "some" are rarely wrong) if he was in the majors right now he would be one of the five best pitchers in the bigs.
The Washington Nationals have the #1 pick and they'd be crazy not to take him. Of course he's going to want huge bucks.
The next pick goes to Seattle, then San Diego, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, and then YOUR San Francisco Giants.
Prominent position players available are Dustin Ackley, an OF/1B from UNC, and Grant Green, a shortstop from USC.
The top stud high school hitting prospect is Donovan Tate from Georgia.


M.C. O'Connor said...

From Fan Graphs:

Prep right-hander Tyler Matzek is a name being associated with the Giants by most reputable mock drafts.

M.C. O'Connor said...

Though I note he's a lefty!

FanGraphs made a boo-boo. As much as we need hitters, at position #6 you get the best talent you can, even if you have a surplus in that area.