Draft Rights: The Next Step

 

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Who wants the next version of Cuban superstar prospects? You? WELL YOU HAVE YOUR SHOT

– June 19, 2017

And now some Minor League news from your Minor League Coordinator:

 

Hello “friends”. I’ve been dragging my feet a bit on this, mostly because I’ve been fairly busy with some real life (SAD!) stuff, so I have finally gotten to a computer to do work, and this is what I’ve decided to start with. Without Further ado:

THURSDAY 7/13 Draft Rights Player Draft Guidelines:

  • Draft start time is TBD
  • YOU DO NOT HAVE TO PARTICIPATE IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO. I understand some of you do not really care too much for this process, and you may simply decide to not risk anything and just PASS on your picks. This makes my life easier, and allows this process to move quickly.
  • Draft will be 3 Rounds – Drafted in a fixed 1-10 fashion (based off of last season’s regular season record)
  • You may only have (3) draft rights players at a time. This means you must make a decision on your currently owned players prior to drafting.
    • If you decide to keep any of your rights players, you will forfeit your picks in the draft in descending order (3,2,1) depending on how many players you keep.
    • Deadline for decisions on currently owned players will be Sunday (7/9) prior to the draft at 11:59 pm.
    • If you renounce the rights to your draft rights player, they will be available in the draft. If they’re not drafted, they are ineligible to be selected in any form until they show up in the system, or the offseason draft.
    • An updated spreadsheet of rights players will be provided.
  • A spreadsheet with draft order (full with trades and such) will be provided within the next day or so. Maybe even today I don’t know.
  • Obviously, trades are acceptable for draft rights picks and players. There have already been a few. Picks for the offseason draft are also available to be traded. This is already being tracked, and a spreadsheet will be provided in short order.
  • Unattached players ARE eligible to be drafted but with the following conditions:
    • If a player is drafted in this year’s draft rights draft, they MUST sign with an organization by 7/13/18. If they are not attached to a team by that time, they will be released back into the pool for the next year’s draft.
    • This is not negotiable. This is a risk that you take for picking this player. You are being warned.
  • Again, just a little refresher on the draft rights process:
    • If you draft a player, you are obligated to make a decision on his roster status for your team the second he is found to be available in the ESPN player pool.
    • You are free to add him or decline and send him back to the player pool.
    • If you add this player, you will use your waiver spot. Your waiver spot will be used REGARDLESS of whether we notice a player is on or off waivers at the time.
    • If you relinquish the rights to a player, he’s available (via waivers or free agency) to the rest of the league.
    • Its simple, really.

Ok, so there may be added questions, but I will help streamline the process as much as I can, once I get any questions or comments. But I think we’re pretty clear on the process, and enjoying just how complex and convoluted we could make this league.

 

QUESTIONS? COMMENTS? PLAUDITS? Please bring it up on the chat!

 

Hugs and Kisses,

Mike

Draft Rights: The Next Step

Trade Review: WEEK 1 POSSIBLE OVERREACTIONS EDITION

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The lesson from this one was, as always:  Fuck Brian McCann

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THE TRADE:

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The Barnegat Banana Slugs trade [High Minors] SP/RP Matt Strahm, CF Ender Inciarte and RP Cam Bedrosian to the Manchester MooniniteZ for CF Carlos Gomez and SP/RP Juan Nicasio.

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THE BANANA SLUGS RETURN:

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CF Carlos Gomez – 31 year old Rangers CF/possible head case/possible guy who just DOESN’T RESPECT THE GAME. I personally enjoy his antics. .292 OBP, 22 doubles, 1 triple, 13 HRs, 45 Rs, 53 RBIs, 18 SBs across 411 ABs in 2016. Much like the other part of the Slugs return it is perhaps best to look at the latterest parts of Gomez’ 2016 season, because prior to arriving in Texas he was awful. However for the Rangers in August and September he sported a .362 OBP, 6 doubles, 8 HRs, 18 Rs, 24 RBIs, 5 SBs across 116 ABs. The Slugs are certainly hoping they acquired that version of Gomez, and there are signs the Rangers made some serious adjustments to Gomez’ swing/approach. If he’s right a return to a 20/20 season is not at all out of the question.

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SP/RP Juan Nicasio – 30.6 year old FIRE MAN or what have you for the Pirates. The Bucs attempted him as a starter last season and he was terrible, but was muchhh better as a reliever. 2nd half ERA of 3.50 (1.91 FIP), aka once he got to the relieving. 63 Ks in 44.1 2nd half IP (12.79 K/9 [14.54 in July, 13.21 in August, 11.21 Sept/Oct.]). The Pirates have a bit of a crowded field in the bullpen but nobody especially inspiring, Nicasio can very easily pitch himself away from a long man role and into a more high leverage (aka holds) role very early on. The MooniniteZ like him a lot and wish him all the best.

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THE MOONINITEZ RETURN:

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SP/RP Matt Strahm – 25.5 year old Royals lefty set up man/future starter probably, their second ranked prospect according to Baseball America. 2-2, 1.23 ERA (2.06 FIP), 30 Ks in 22 IP (12.27 K/9), 6 Holds in 2016. REALLY GOOD in 2016, enough to work himself into the setup man conversation for KC to being 2017. REALLY BAD yesterday, which probably kinda sorta lead to this trade in the first place. Should eventually get a crack at the rotation but should also spend just about all of 2017 in the bullpen. Could (hopefully) be a solid source of holds out of a minors-eligible SP-eligible arm in the early going for the MooniniteZ, before transitioning to a majors SP-eligible holds source. I forget if I was doing major league comps for high minors guys but DOING ONE NOW, simply to show that it is possible to do a Matt Strahm comp whilst avoiding the LAZY Danny Duffy comparisons that are out there. Major League Comparison: DAMMIT, it’s Danny Duffy (pre-velocity boost and abandoning of curveball).

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CF Ender Inciarte – I already dropped him so not much point talking about him but HE IS PRETTY GOOD. I encourage someone in need of CF or OF help to give him a look. Here is things I previously wrote about him (he keeps getting traded):

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Inciarte is completely devoid of power, but like a good little slap hitter he doesn’t strike out too often/can draw the occasional walk/can steal some bags.  Inciarte should bat leadoff for the Braves this year and if the offense ever gets their shit together, that would be to his fantasy benefit as it could get him to score a few more runs.

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26 year old Braves CF coming off an ever so slightly injury shortened season that might have hid his sleeper potential a wee bit. .351 OBP, 24 doubles, 7 triples, 3 HRs, 85 Rs, 29 RBIs, 16 SBs in 2016. Should bat leadoff in ATL and AS I ALREADY NOTED LAST TIME HE WAS TRADED, could be a good source of runs (as all leadoff guys can be I s’pose) if the Braves offense gets its proverbial shit together.  Let’s let Fangraphs contribute another thing:

  • A strained hamstring cost Ender Inciarte the first month of the season and likely had some impact on his awful May (.216 AVG, .539 OPS), but he was even better than the strong 2015 version from June on with a .308/.363/.411 line in his final 470 PA (.303/.338/.408 in ’15). Could be a sneaky runs asset if the Braves are anywhere near their second half prowess all season.
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RP Cam Bedrosian – 25.5 year old Angels set up man/should be closer but who fucking knows with Mike Scioscia. 2-0, 1.12 ERA (2.13 FIP), 51 Ks in 40.1 IP (11.38 K/9), 1 Save (1 BS), 7 Holds in 2016. Good mid 90s fastball and slider combo, easily the best reliever in the Angels pen so there is LITERALLY no reason why he shouldn’t just be named the closer outright. The MooniniteZ aren’t sure if they even want that but it is probably an inevitability, given that it is only Andrew Bailey and eventually Huston Street standing in the way.

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RETURN SEAN LIKES MORE:

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MINE. I always like mine. Unless I guess Carlos Gomez has SUCH a dominant April that it becomes clear I wouldn’t have just dropped him upon Ian Desmond‘s return, and THEN he continues to dominate all year and looks like 2014 Carlos Gomez. Then I might have some regrets. Until then MINE.

Trade Review: WEEK 1 POSSIBLE OVERREACTIONS EDITION

Trade Review: Featuring the Smiley Bastard Below

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THE TRADE:

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The OceanGate Trout Fishing Club trade [Low Minors] CF Ronald Acuna to the Manchester MooniniteZ for 3B/SS Eduardo Nunez.

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THE FISHING CLUB RETURN:

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3B/SS Eduardo Nunez – 29.8 year old former Yank current Giant fresh off his BREAKOUT 2016 campaign. 6 year old CAME OUTTA NOWHERE type guy for the Milwaukee Brewers. .325 OBP, 24 doubles, 4 triples, 16 HRs, 73 Rs, 67 RBIs, 40 SBs across 553 ABs in 2016. A PLEASANT SURPRISE considering he had never done much of a damned thing in the past. Could very well lead off for the Giants against lefties, against righties could bat in the 2 hole or else god know where. AT&T just MURDERS HRs so that 16 will be hard to get to again, 40 SBs is hard to repeat in general BUT a spot near the top of the Giants order all year could boost scoring opportunities for the guy. Shoulder has been getting cortisone shots like every other fucking day all ST which is something for the OGTFC to keep an eye on.

 

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THE MOONINITEZ RETURN:

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[Low Minors] CF Ronald Acuna – 19 year old prospect for the Braves, most recently listed as their #6 ranked youngin’ by Baseball America (#67 overall BA, UNRANKED MLB.com, #31 Baseball Prospectus). 4 HRs and 14 SBs (caught 7 times cuz he is young and foolish) across 148 ABs for the Braves A affiliate last season (.387 OBP). Also foolish are THESE PROSPECT LISTS because by the end of the year he should be getting the Robles talk, the Braves already compare him to Andruw Jones.  Here here’s the fangraphs prospect tools thingie:

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Signed: July 2nd Period, 2014 from Venezuela
Age 19 Height 6’0 Weight 180 Bat/Throw R/R
Tool Grades (Present/Future)
Hit Raw Power Game Power Run Fielding Throw
30/60 55/60 30/55 60/55 45/55 55/55

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I mean the Braves already gave THEIR comparison but now I will give my own, since I think my point was to always pick dudes still in the majors and I do believe Andruw Jones hung up the cleats.  Major Leaguer Comparison: Curtis Granderson.

 

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RETURN SEAN LIKES MORE:

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MANCHESTER MOONINITEZ.  Because I root for my own interests, and WHO NEEDS Nunez his shoulder is hanging on by a thread and he will lose his SS eligibility next year and I just don’t need any more 1B/3B types on my roster. And Ron Acuna is the next Andruw Jones.

Trade Review: Featuring the Smiley Bastard Below

On the Farm

(Lobman’s Note: Soooo everyone, someone decided to grace us with some #content for the blog. After much formatting issues and margaritas THANKS SEAN, I have decided to really put this together so Brian could have himself a good read. And guys, it’s like 5000 words or so. I have left this bitch raw, but I have decided to put my input from time to time. But without further ado)

 

Written by: Gregory P Heroy

 

-With our newly improved minor league system now set in place after our First Year Player Draft, I figured it was the best time to take a look at everyones current minor league situation. I will review each team’s high minors, low minors and Draft Rights’ Players, with MLB.com’s prospect rankings (and only their rankings, who do you think I am Sean? I don’t have the time to research a million articles for fluff, this shit is all my opinions, so its 100% FACT). I will add in my thoughts, and how each player fits into the future for that team. I know we still have a little over a month until rosters need to be set, so I won’t try to penalize teams for not having their minors filled out just yet, but it will come into consideration with overall grades. Now onto the good stuff:

The teams listed are in no particular order, other than from ESPN’s drop down list

(Lobman’s note: Its fucking shitty to use MLB.com’s rankings, because they’re, in fact, bad. But OK let’s do this)

 

Springfield Isotopes

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The ‘Topes decided to give this young guy a shot
Level Player MLB.com Ranking  
High Minors Josh Bell 27 128 AB’s
  Aaron Judge 45 84 AB’s
  Manuel Margot 23 37 AB’s
  Mauricio Cabrera NR 38.1 IP
Low Minors Cody Bellinger 12  
  Erick Fedde 60

High Minors: To start, the Topes have some decent talent in their high minors system. Josh Bell is only ranked 27, but had a nice start to his MLB career last year with the Pirates. He burst onto the scene with a grand slam, but also had his struggles along the way, mainly in the field. Which cost him a lot of AB’s which may be a good thing for the Topes since he is still minor league eligible. He will need to sure up his defense if he looks to get consistent AB’s on the Pirates team this year, and only has 2 AB’s left of minor league eligibility. So that will be another bench bat for the Topes after his first game.

They also just acquired Margot to add some steals to their repertoire, and he should help them in CF with his DRS metric…. right fantasy baseball here. He should get them some steals that this team desperately needs. Back to the power side that this team is more known for, Aaron Judge. Let’s just say Aaron Judge can hit some monster homeruns, but the most intriguing storyline following Judge this year is if he can hit at least 10 less homers than Bryce Harper. There is a nice $100 bet riding on the fact that he can’t and won’t. Mauricio Cabrera is on the roster since he can get some holds, and keeps his minor eligible status for now. He is on a bad team with at least two other pieces in front of him to garner saves.

Low Minors: This won’t take long. The Topes are notorious for not knowing players born from 1986 on, and it shows with his low minors and draft rights players on his roster. Cody Bellinger isn’t a bad player to own, he has power from the 1B position and the Dodgers have an eye for talent and developing them into stars over recent years. The Topes were also able to pick up Erick Fedde in the FYPD that took place over the weekend. Another promising piece for the future that has a chance to show up in Washington as early as this year, especially with the Nats other top pitching prospects out of the picture.

Draft Rights Players: None

Overall Minor Grade: C-

Even though the Topes have a few nice pieces in the high minors, the cupboard is only half full in the low minors, and completely bare when it comes to any DRP’s. The fact that Bell only has 2 AB’s remaining doesn’t help his case, and I’m not sold on anyone else being a true difference maker moving forward.

 

River City Bad Dudes

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Bryce Harper: Cuban Style
Level Player MLB.com Ranking
High Minors Frankie Montas NR 15 IP
Low Minors Vlad Guerrero Jr. 34
Ahmed Rosario 5
Francis Martes 20
Yadier Alvarez 49
Joe Jimenez NR
Amir Garrett 66
DRP Lazarito Armenteros NR

High Minors: The Bad Dudes only have one player in their high minors system, and they aren’t a very exciting “prospect”. Frankie Montas wasn’t picked up to be a stud but to fill a need. He is a minor eligible holds guy, so he fits the bill for the team from River City.

Low Minors: This is the meat of the farm system (pun not intended, but works nicely) for the Dudes. Rosario is the headliner of the group and at a premium position, for the Dudes favorite team nonetheless. He finally put it altogether this past year in the minors and showed why he deserves the top 5 ranking. One to watch for the future and can slot into the starting lineup once he comes up. To reminisce for a moment, I remember watching a guy hit a ball that bounce to the plate over the wall for a homerun, and then throw someone out at the plate from RF on the fly. That man was fun to watch, and that man now has a kid coming up in the Blue Jays system. Mikey T would be able to tell you all about Vlad Guerrero, since that was the last time he watched baseball. Back to the Bad Dudes, there are already tales about the kid hitting balls out of stadiums. Who knows what Vlad Jr. can become, but if its half what his dad was, he will be a good one. To compliment his young bats, Lobman also has some power arms in the system. Francis Martes is a hard thrower who really took a step forward in 2016 after struggling in the early part of the season. Alvarez looks to be a future pen piece for the Dodgers, and the same can be said for Joe Jimenez. With the value of bullpen pieces skyrocketing in The Backyard, those are two arms to keep an eye on. Amir Garrett profiles as a nice middle of the rotation arm, and has the opportunity to compete for the 5th rotation spot this year with the Reds.

DRP: Nicknamed “The Cuban Bryce Harper” was all the Bad Dudes needed to hear to spend their third round pick on Armenteros. With not much out on this guy, all I know is that he has a nickname that makes me think he will be the next Yasiel Puig. Sell high.

Overall Minor Grade: B+

The Bad Dudes boast one of the top hitting prospects at a premium position and a power arm that will end up in the top end of the rotation. To top that off, they have some intriguing pen pieces for now and the future.

 

Main St. Mooninitez

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Level Player MLB.com Ranking
High Minors Dan Vogelbach NR 12 AB’s
Carl Edwards Jr. NR 36 IP
Grant Dayton NR 26.1 IP
Alex Reyes 14 46 IP
Low Minors Lewis Brinson 18
Mitch Keller 48
Michael Soroka 78
Kolby Allard 53
David Paulino 54
DRP AJ Minter NR

High Minors: We all know the story behind Alex Reyes, but to rub it into Sean’s hippy wounds a little more, LET US DISCUSS MORE. Reyes was destined for the Cardinals rotation and to dominate the NL Central this year. Sean was envisioning a boatload of strikeouts and still had a few IP left of minor league eligibility, BUT he went down for the season and now Wacha won’t become a holds eligible SP. Since the Moonz loves to use the system to aid him in the current season, he has a few holds players on the roster. Nothing flashy about them, but they are there for a purpose and serve that purpose well. They also recently traded for Dan Vogelbach, and I don’t think we really need to discuss him, ON WE GO.

Low Minors: If this was written a week ago, Sean would get my full support of his low minors for owning a future stud. That stud was shipped out of town with another promising prospect for Keon Broxton. Back on track of what he does have, stock in the Braves pitching coaches. Since he went crazy and picked up three overall (2 low minors) Braves prospects. It is well publicized that the Braves have a lot in their minor levels, so Sean is banking that his curse is only on Cardinal’s prospects. Insert Oscar Taveras jokes here, followed by Alex Reyes elbow pictures. To pile on top of the old saying, “You can never have enough pitching”, the Moonz also added Mitch Keller and David Paulino to their growing stable. I like both of those young fellows and it sure seems anything the Pirate’s touch turns to gold. So Keller is someone to watch in the next few years. The cream of the crop is Lewis Brinson. Brinson has shown flashes through his time in the minors. From climbing the ladder from High A ball to AAA in the same year, but then showing he isn’t quite ready, .280 OBP at AA last year. After being dealt to the Brewers at the deadline, he was red hot in AAA and should get his chance to start for the lowly Brew Crew.

DRP: AJ Minter is another one of those Braves pitching “prospects” that I honestly don’t know much about. He is a reliever that pitched at 3 levels of the minors last year and had a very nice K rate. Not someone who is going to move the needle.

Overall Minor Grade: B-

Sean gets saved from receiving a C because of his depth in the minors and having Alex Reyes. One of the many pitchers he has on the roster, has to turn into something just based off percentages (I’m not researching the percentage of pitching prospects to turn into something, you can do that if you are so inclined). Brinson and Reyes are top prospects that will be contributing by next year.

 

Rojo’s Resurgence

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Level Player MLB.com Ranking
High Minors Tom Murphy NR 44 AB’s
Andrew Toles NR 105 AB’s
Ty Kelly NR 58 AB’s
Edubray Ramos NR 40 IP
Chris Beck NR 25.1 IP
Low Minors Kyle Tucker 35
Corey Ray 30

High Minors: While the first edition of this was being written, the Resurgence had an abundance of high minors players, and some that served a pretty good purpose. Things have since changed with a shakeup from management earlier today. The Resurgence had a useful speedster that hit for good average in Andrew Toles, but he was shown the pink slip earlier today. So was Ty Kelly, and the only reason that upset me is because I had a joke that his age almost matched his number of AB’s (there I still fit the joke in anyway!). With those two gone it leaves Rojo with two minor league eligible relievers that will attain holds. It seems that is how a lot of teams are using their high minors these days. It makes sense for a man who is already losing every week he begins without a closer on his roster. He also has Tom Murphy, and well he seems to be a bench bat with the addition of Stephen Vogt earlier today.

Low Minors: Until the draft, the Resurgence were even more scared of the idea of getting younger than the aging Isotopes. With a new format, brings new ideas. Rojo was able to pluck two prospects ranked in the 30s which isn’t an easy feat at this point. A decent amount of teams loaded up on prospects after the Trout Fishing Club won their first ever title, be happy that is the first selfish plug so far. Although neither prospect will be confused for Mike Trout or Mookie Betts or Kris Bryant, they are a start for the Resurgence on their quest to find their Surgence.

Overall Minors Grade: D-

I don’t like failing anyone, especially if there is effort being put forth. Since Rojo finally added some low minors players in the draft, he avoids the daunting F. He still needs his parents to sign his test so they know how terrible he is doing to this point. Everyone is responsible!

 

Barnegat Banana Slugs

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Actually, The Slugs did NOT end up with this guy
Level Player MLB.com Ranking
High Minors Robert Gsellman NR 44.2 IP
Matt Strahm NR 22 IP
Low Minors Tyler Beede 88
Franklin Barreto 52
Tyler O’Neill 36
Derek Fisher 83
Kyle Lewis 29
DRP Zack Collins 81

 

High Minors: The Banana Slugs have a couple of very useful high minors in their system. With Gsellman, you get a Jacob DeGrom clone. Literally. He wants to be just like Jake, take a look at that hair. He can also pitch like DeGrom, when DeGrom was healthy. Since they are both Mets, I bet they don’t stay healthy. Still useful at this point though. Strahm is going to be extended this spring to become a starter, so we will see how this experiment works out. Last year he was a strikeout machine that got holds. As a minor leaguer in our system, that is as good as it gets.

Low Minors: Don’t let the MLB.com rankings fool you. The highest rated player is Kyle Lewis at 29, but Brian has had an eye for talent for quite a while. This is where I show Mikey T a proper segue. SPEAKING OF KYLE LEWIS, he was a top pick in the draft and had a great start with power and speed combo, until he went down for the remainder of the season with an injury. It will be interesting to see how he bounces back, but I think he will be fine. He is young and athletic. Other young and athletic talent on the roster is Franklin Barreto, a middle infielder with double digit power and plenty of speed to boot. These kind of players are hard to come by, so we will see if Franklin can make his skills translate to the majors when his name is called. Possibly flanking Lewis in the Mariners OF one day is Tyler O’Neill. He has shown plenty of pop throughout the minors, and may get his chance at a call-up at some point this year for the M’s. Brian keeps the talent coming with Derek Fisher. Another OF on the fringe of the majors with a nice power/speed combo. Instead of talking about Tyler Beede’s year at AA Richmond, I will just leave you with this: https://t.co/8b67RDwzCS?ssr=true

DRP: The only player designated with the DRP on the BS roster is Zack Collins. Another lower rated prospect whose numbers seem to show he should be ranked higher. The BS have an eye to the future with the selection of Collins. Martin is getting up there in age, and it seems Brian already his replacement waiting in the wings.

Overall Minors Grade: B

This is a very solid group when put together. The combination of power and speed from almost every player can have the Banana Slugs back to losing the Championship game in no time.

 

Point Loma X-Rayz

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Can Keanu Reeves hit a homer tho?
Level Player MLB.com Ranking
High Minors Roman Quinn NR 57 AB’s
Charlie Tilson NR 2 AB’s
AJ Cole NR 47.2
Low Minors Ozzie Albies 10
Willy Adames 21
Jorge Mateo 47
Victor Robles 7
DRP Delvin Perez 91

High Minors: For a team that normally relies heavily on their high minors to fill out their major league roster, it seems fairly light at this point. Roman Quinn is a player I have personally been waiting to get his shot in the Bigs. He is exciting and loves to steal every chance he gets. Although, he doesn’t get many chances because he has an extensive injury history that cannot be ignored. He played his most games in a season this year with a combined 92. He can steal plenty of bases when he plays, but don’t expect him to play too many games. Tilson was destined to start the season as the starting CF of the White Sox, until he also got injured. It sounds as if it isn’t anything serious, and if that is the case, he will provide the man from Point Loma with some more speed. Since we all know that is his weak area….The X-Rays also have AJ Cole sitting in their high minors, but only for another 2.1 innings.

Low Minors: What a difference a week makes for the PLXR. They were able to add a pair of top ten prospects via trades in Robles and Albies. Both players carry plenty of risk, but also plenty of reward if they pan out as expected. To go along with a few common themes of the X-Rayz minor league system, he has some more speed demons at the premium middle infield positions. Willy Adames, Jorge Mateo and DRP Delvin Perez all bring the speed element that X-Rayz management builds their team around.

Overall Minors Grade: B+

The X-Rayz almost adjusted the curve with the first A, but I am not one to buy into the ranking for Albies. Among other reasons, Robles carries a ton of risk, even though I believe he will still be a useful piece if he doesn’t reach superstar levels. Also, the one area where the X-Rayz need help is the power department, and these players will only help him extend his current all-time steals record.

 

Pine Lake Punchouts

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Level Player MLB.com Ranking
High Minors Andrew Benintendi 1 105 AB’s
Yoan Moncada 2 19 AB’s
Low Minors Rafael Devers 17
Austin Meadows 9
Anderson Espinoza 25
Blake Rutherford 37
Jason Groome 41
Alex Verdugo 61

High Minors: You know your high minors is set when your worst player is the second ranked prospect in all of baseball. Andrew Benintendi got the call-up to Boston last year and never looked back. He started producing from the second he took the field, and still has 25 AB’s as a minor leaguer. Moncada on the other hand, didn’t impress quite like Benintendi. That doesn’t mean he won’t be productive, its just a matter of time until he breaks into the White Sox lineup and shows why he got paid so much as the top international player a few years back.

Low Minors: To continue the prospect onslaught, the Punchouts roll out another three prospects in the top 25, with only one out of the top 50. Meadows should see time in the Pittsburgh OF this year, and will definitely see AB’s once that selfish, over-the-hill prick McCuthcen is traded (miss you buddy). Devers seems to get overlooked because of the talent in the Red Sox system. He is a power 3B that even provided 18 steals last year. Espinoza, another former Boston prospect, has a ways to go until he lands in San Diego’s rotation, but he has the stuff to get him there. The pitcher I am more excited to discuss is BARNEGAT native, Jason Groome. Brian just got angry seeing that Groome isn’t on his team again, and for some odd reason, that makes me happy. Groome was projected to go as high as the top pick in the draft in June, but fell to Boston at 12. He definitely has the stuff to be a front of the rotation arm, but there are questions about his maturity. Another first round pick last year was Blake Rutherford, this time by Boston’s rivals. The Yankees scooped up another top prospect that fell in the draft, and Ryan did the same when he drafted him in our FYPD. He also drafted Alex Verdugo, who honestly doesn’t deserve any other mention because he doesn’t compare to the other names on this list.

Overall Minors Grade: A+

It is hard to argue that anyone has a better farm system than Ryan right now. He has the top of the line stars, depth with all 8 slots filled and combination of bats and arms. Even if he doesn’t make it back to the playoffs this year, it won’t take him long to get there and be a force for years to come.

 

Ocean Gate Trout Fishing Club and defending Backyard Champions (Fuck you Greg)

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Clutch your trophy for now, Fuckface
Level Player MLB.com Ranking
High Minors Lucas Giolito 11 21.1 IP
Tyler Glasnow 8 23.1 IP
Jose De Leon 33 17 IP
Low Minors Brendan Rodgers 15
Eloy Jimenez 13
Ian Happ 28
Francisco Mejia 40
DRP AJ Puk 69
Cal Quantril 97
Kevin Maitan 32

High Minors: This is where you will find the future aces in the majors, or at least OGTFC hopes. With the stars not shining as bright as they did last year, Giolito and Glasnow hope to get their shot at a rotation spot instead of the spot starts they were awarded last year. Meanwhile, Jose De Leon looks to showcase his skills in both real life and fantasy. After coming over from the Moonz in an off-season BLOCKBUSTER, De Leon is hoping to stay healthy, and carry his minor league success to the OG.

Low Minors: The current champions won the title because of the talent they brought up through their system. Guys like Trout, Betts, Bryant, Turner, McCutchen, Posey and Bregman were all brought up by Greg. You would think after all of that talent graduated to the majors there would be nothing left in the minors, well you would be DEAD WRONG! This team still boasts some minor league talent with Rodgers and Jimenez showing they are ready for the next level. While Ian Happ had a successful spell across high A and AA, and Franky Mejia only had the longest hitting streak in the minors in like ever. It looks like the TFC’ers are ready for life after Posey.

DRP: The crown jewel of the OGTFC system is none other than Kevin Maitan. I will describe him using the words of professionals, “The Venezuelan teenager has been compared to Miguel Sano and his ceiling has been put side-by-side with the likes of Miguel Cabrera and Chipper Jones.” Those are two names that Mikey T actually knows, whereas Maitan will be one he wished he had. AJ Puk was recently acquired as a DRP from the Bad Dudes. He was successful at Florida and outside of one bad outing towards the end of the season, seems to have translated that success to the professional ranks. Quantril has a cool name and a semi successful father, which is why he was drafted.

Overall Minors Grade: A-

Even after offloading one of their more talented minors players in Bradley Zimmer this week, the OGTFC still own 8 players in the top 50 ranking. That is more than the Punchouts, and is why they have the second best grade to this point. The only downside of having that much talent in the minors is that they also have an exorbitant amount of talent on the major league roster. The toughest decision the TFC management will have to make this year is how to fit all of their talent on the same roster once players get their call-up.

 

Q-Tip City Morning Wood

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The Phillies drafted a FUCKING TODDLER
Level Player MLB.com Ranking
High Minors Dansby Swanson 4 129 AB’s
Hunter Renfroe 42 35 AB’s
Jharel Cotton NR 29.1 IP
Carson Fulmer 71 11.2 IP
Low Minors Dominic Smith 63
Gleyber Torres 3
Josh Hader 38
Michael Kopech 16
Brett Honeywell 31
Mickey Moniak 19
DRP Matt Manning 74
Braxton Garrett 43

High Minors: Shane came in and had a long road ahead of him to rebuild this team. One piece left from the previous owner was Dansby Swanson. Although he only has 1 minor league AB left, he is going to be a good player for a long time in Atlanta. As evidenced by his abilities at the end of last season. Hunter Renfroe was an addition that should help add some power the the Wood lineup. While Cotton and Fulmer are promising rotation arms moving forward with some major league time under their belts already.

Low Minors: Other than Dom Smith, everyone else on this list is a result of new management. Which is saying a lot when you look at the depth and talent that was added in such a short period of time. The Wood smartly picked Torres off the free agent list since no one else had faith in him. He went on to scorch his way through the Arizona Fall League and become the youngest MVP the league has ever seen. He also acquired fireballer Michael Kopech in a trade with the Bad Dudes (seems to be a theme that the Bad Dudes trade away a lot of talent). We have all heard the stories about Kopech and how hard he can throw, but there is a negative to throwing 105 MPH. That is sometimes you don’t know where the ball is going to go. He has enough time to work on some mechanics before he gets to the majors anyway. To help stabilize an already stacked pitching staff, Shane was able to bring in Josh Hader and Honeywell also. Honeywell had success in AA with a pitch that is rarely seen. He dominated with a screwball last year to the tune of a combined 2.34 ERA across high A and AA. Another addition was number 1 pick (real life and fantasy) Mickey Moniak to the Wood’s roster. With only a few games under his belt in rookie ball, the verdict is still out on Moniak.

DRP: As if this team didn’t already have enough pitching at all levels, they added a few more names in the FYPD. Garrett is a high risk high reward type player, but where the Morning Wood picked them, it was a no brainer. Matt Manning is a product of a Tiger fan trapped with the team of a former Met homer. He was also the number 9 overall pick this past year, so is obviously talented.

Overall Minors Grade: A-

With new ownership came a new approach regarding the minor league system. Shane decided he wanted to put an emphasis on improving the young talent in his minors, and in just a few months has accomplished just that. Adding Torres to go along with Dansby gives him a pair of superstars. He also has 8 prospects ranked within the top 50, which is why the Wood deserve this ranking. Top young talent and depth will help this team win more than four games in no time.

 

Forked River Three-Eyed Fish

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Nice fucking mustache Freddie Mercury. Button that jersey! 
Level Player MLB.com Ranking
High Minors Trey Mancini NR 14 AB’s
Ramiel Tapia 90 38 AB’s
Matt Olson NR 21 AB’s
Low Minors Nick Senzel 26
Sean Reid-Foley 64
JP Crawford 6
Clint Frazier 24
Bradley Zimmer 22
DRP Ian Anderson 86

 

High Minors: The 3EF have some talent lying in their high minors system, starting with the talented Tapia. Even if MLB.com doesn’t like Tapia, it is hard to argue with his output over the years. He has never hit under .300 at any level of the minors, and has included some speed to go along with the hit tool. Olson is someone that is not far removed from power numbers at the minor league level. It hasn’t translated much with the A’s but he has plenty of time until he hits his minor league limit. Trey Mancini, well what is there to say about him, I honestly have nothing.

Low Minors: With the third pick in the draft, the 3EF were able to snag the top player available. So for that, Connor gets a kudos. Senzel started his pro career at Low A after being drafted this past year, and he put on a display. He can hit for power, average, and even throw in a few steals for good measure. Being a college player, he has the opportunity to move quickly through the Reds system and start paying dividends for the team from Forked River. Another recent addition, from yours truly, Bradley Zimmer brings a rare combination of power and super speed. In his two years in the minors he has an average of 41 steals and 15.5 HR. If Zimmer can cut down on his strikeouts and impress Terry Francona, he may earn his way to the Cleveland OF before the season’s out. Reid-Foley looks like a complete douche, but may be able to back up that terrible looking face with some nice stats. A team known for drafting talented pitchers recently, the Blue Jays took Reid-Foley, honestly who the fuck has hyphenated names now-a-days and get rid of that mustache. I’m done discussing him. Some believe that JP Crawford will be the real deal, while others believe he will be a better real baseball player than fantasy player. I fall into the latter. Although he will still provide enough stats to be relevant, I don’t see Crawford being a centerpiece of a fantasy team. Someone who may take those honors is Clint Frazier. The man is known for his elite bad speed, and if Sean was writing this article, you would be reading research from fan graphs about bat speed translating into some new age stat that helps guys hit more home runs and lower their estrogen levels. Well I am not Sean, and I am glad, because I’m not sure I could live with Herpes like he does. Back to Frazier, he will be in the bigs by 2018, and should produce solid numbers on a young talented Yankees roster.

DRP: The 3EF were able to somehow find another Braves pitching prospect, that somehow wasn’t picked up by the Moonz. They have a ton of young talent throughout the minors and Anderson is ranked towards the bottom, but still can emerge as a reliable option down the road.

Overall Minors Grade: B

This was a tough team to grade. I love the additions of Senzel and Zimmer to go along with Tapia and Frazier. I just don’t see Crawford and the rest of the bunch producing enough to grade the entire system any higher. In my book, a B is extremely solid and there are plenty of pieces to make this team better than the Isotopes which is all anyone really cares about.

On the Farm

How We Started: The Original Draft, 2008

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Without any fancy buildup, this is how our league started. Take a gander and laugh at some of the more hilarious picks made and how stupid and naive we all were. Ahhhhh Memories:

ROUND 1
1 Jose Reyes, NYM SS   River City Mashers
2 Alex Rodriguez, NYY 3B Orlando Stunnaz
3 Miguel Cabrera, Det 3B Scarlet Knights
4 Hanley Ramirez, Fla SS WVU Bombers
5 David Wright, NYM 3B THE PIMPS
6 Johan Santana, NYM SP Rebuilding Stage
7 Chase Utley, Phi 2B Whitestone Bulldogs
8 Jimmy Rollins, Phi SS Toms River Tar Heels
9 Matt Holliday, Oak LF   Southside QUITTERS
10 Carl Crawford, TB LF Somerville Sluggers

ROUND 2
11 Albert Pujols, StL 1B Somerville Sluggers
12 Ryan Braun, Mil 3B   Southside QUITTERS
13 Jake Peavy, SD SP Toms River Tar Heels
14 Grady Sizemore, Cle CF Whitestone Bulldogs
15 Ryan Howard, Phi 1B Rebuilding Stage
16 Alfonso Soriano, ChC LF THE PIMPS
17 Ichiro Suzuki, Sea CF WVU Bombers
18 Prince Fielder, Mil 1B Scarlet Knights
19 CC Sabathia, NYY SP Orlando Stunnaz
20 Carlos Beltran, NYM CF   River City Mashers

ROUND 3
21 B.J. Upton, TB 2B   River City Mashers
22 J.J. Putz, NYM RP Orlando Stunnaz
23 Brandon Webb, Ari SP Scarlet Knights
24 Brandon Phillips, Cin 2B WVU Bombers
25 Aramis Ramirez, ChC 3B THE PIMPS
26 Derek Jeter, NYY SS Rebuilding Stage
27 David Ortiz, Bos DH Whitestone Bulldogs
28 Justin Morneau, Min 1B Toms River Tar Heels
29 Carlos Lee, Hou LF   Southside QUITTERS
30 Erik Bedard, Sea SP Somerville Sluggers

ROUND 4
31 Jonathan Papelbon, Bos RP Somerville Sluggers
32 Dan Haren, Ari SP   Southside QUITTERS
33 Roy Halladay, Tor SP Toms River Tar Heels
34 Josh Beckett, Bos SP Whitestone Bulldogs
35 Victor Martinez, Cle C Rebuilding Stage
36 Justin Verlander, Det SP THE PIMPS
37 Vladimir Guerrero, LAA RF WVU Bombers
38 Robinson Cano, NYY 2B Scarlet Knights
39 Magglio Ordonez, Det RF Orlando Stunnaz
40 Mark Teixeira, NYY 1B   River City Mashers

ROUND 5
41 Roy Oswalt, Hou SP   River City Mashers
42 Eric Byrnes, Ari LF Orlando Stunnaz
43 Travis Hafner, Cle DH Scarlet Knights
44 Lance Berkman, Hou 1B WVU Bombers
45 Troy Tulowitzki, Col SS THE PIMPS
46 Cole Hamels, Phi SP Rebuilding Stage
47 Garrett Atkins, Col 3B Whitestone Bulldogs
48 Manny Ramirez, LAD LF Toms River Tar Heels
49 Carlos Pena, TB 1B   Southside QUITTERS
50 Nick Markakis, Bal RF Somerville Sluggers

ROUND 6
51 Brian Roberts, Bal 2B Somerville Sluggers
52 Carlos Guillen, Det SS   Southside QUITTERS
53 Russell Martin, LAD C Toms River Tar Heels
54 Curtis Granderson, Det CF Whitestone Bulldogs
55 Torii Hunter, LAA CF Rebuilding Stage
56 Bobby Abreu, NYY RF THE PIMPS
57 Chipper Jones, Atl 3B WVU Bombers
58 Jorge Posada, NYY C Scarlet Knights
59 Hunter Pence, Hou CF Orlando Stunnaz
60 Adam Dunn, Ari LF   River City Mashers

ROUND 7
61 Carlos Zambrano, ChC SP   River City Mashers
62 Derrek Lee, ChC 1B Orlando Stunnaz
63 Fausto Carmona, Cle SP Scarlet Knights
64 Alex Rios, Tor RF WVU Bombers
65 Joe Mauer, Min C THE PIMPS
66 Francisco Rodriguez, NYM RP Rebuilding Stage
67 Aaron Harang, Cin SP Whitestone Bulldogs
68 Takashi Saito, Bos RP Toms River Tar Heels
69 Ian Kinsler, Tex 2B   Southside QUITTERS
70 Chris Young, SD SP Somerville Sluggers

ROUND 8
71 Daisuke Matsuzaka, Bos SP Somerville Sluggers
72 Javier Vazquez, Atl SP   Southside QUITTERS
73 Dan Uggla, Fla 2B Toms River Tar Heels
74 Billy Wagner, NYM RP Whitestone Bulldogs
75 Ryan Zimmerman, Was 3B Rebuilding Stage
76 Tim Lincecum, SF SP THE PIMPS
77 Joe Nathan, Min RP WVU Bombers
78 Vernon Wells, Tor CF Scarlet Knights
79 Joba Chamberlain, NYY RP Orlando Stunnaz
80 Chone Figgins, LAA 3B   River City Mashers

ROUND 9
81 Felix Hernandez, Sea SP   River City Mashers
82 Brad Penny, Bos SP Orlando Stunnaz
83 Miguel Tejada, Hou SS Scarlet Knights
84 Jermaine Dye, CWS RF WVU Bombers
85 Mariano Rivera, NYY RP THE PIMPS
86 Chris Young, Ari CF Rebuilding Stage
87 Brian McCann, Atl C Whitestone Bulldogs
88 Tim Hudson, Atl SP Toms River Tar Heels
89 Howie Kendrick, LAA 2B   Southside QUITTERS
90 Mike Lowell, Bos 3B Somerville Sluggers

ROUND 10
91 Rafael Furcal, LAD SS Somerville Sluggers
92 Chien-Ming Wang, NYY SP   Southside QUITTERS
93 Adrian Beltre, Sea 3B Toms River Tar Heels
94 Michael Young, Tex SS Whitestone Bulldogs
95 Hideki Matsui, NYY LF Rebuilding Stage
96 Delmon Young, Min RF THE PIMPS
97 Paul Konerko, CWS 1B WVU Bombers
98 Jose Valverde, Hou RP Scarlet Knights
99 Edgar Renteria, SF SS Orlando Stunnaz
100 Scott Kazmir, TB SP   River City Mashers

ROUND 11
101 Jeff Francoeur, Atl RF   River City Mashers
102 Orlando Cabrera, CWS SS Orlando Stunnaz
103 Jason Bay, Bos LF Scarlet Knights
104 James Shields, TB SP WVU Bombers
105 Yovani Gallardo, Mil SP THE PIMPS
106 Bobby Jenks, CWS RP Rebuilding Stage
107 Pedro Martinez, NYM SP Whitestone Bulldogs
108 Juan Pierre, LAD CF Toms River Tar Heels
109 Brad Hawpe, Col RF   Southside QUITTERS
110 A.J. Burnett, NYY SP Somerville Sluggers

ROUND 12
111 Kenji Johjima, Sea C Somerville Sluggers
112 Francisco Cordero, Cin RP   Southside QUITTERS
113 Ken Griffey Jr., CWS RF Toms River Tar Heels
114 James Loney, LAD 1B Whitestone Bulldogs
115 Adrian Gonzalez, SD 1B Rebuilding Stage
116 Nick Swisher, NYY 1B THE PIMPS
117 Jim Thome, CWS DH WVU Bombers
118 Manuel Corpas, Col RP Scarlet Knights
119 Phil Hughes, NYY SP Orlando Stunnaz
120 Huston Street, Col RP   River City Mashers

ROUND 13
121 Ryan Garko, Cle 1B   River City Mashers
122 Rickie Weeks, Mil 2B Orlando Stunnaz
123 John Lackey, LAA SP Scarlet Knights
124 Matt Cain, SF SP WVU Bombers
125 Dontrelle Willis, Det SP THE PIMPS
126 Ben Sheets, Mil SP Rebuilding Stage
127 Francisco Liriano, Min SP Whitestone Bulldogs
128 Kelly Johnson, Atl 2B Toms River Tar Heels
129 Corey Hart, Mil RF   Southside QUITTERS
130 Jason Isringhausen, StL RP Somerville Sluggers

ROUND 14
131 Andruw Jones, LAD CF Somerville Sluggers
132 Gary Sheffield, Det DH   Southside QUITTERS
133 Derek Lowe, Atl SP Toms River Tar Heels
134 Kosuke Fukudome, ChC RF Whitestone Bulldogs
135 Matt Kemp, LAD RF Rebuilding Stage
136 Josh Hamilton, Tex CF THE PIMPS
137 Pat Burrell, TB LF WVU Bombers
138 Shane Victorino, Phi RF Scarlet Knights
139 Brett Myers, Phi SP Orlando Stunnaz
140 Jhonny Peralta, Cle SS   River City Mashers

ROUND 15
141 Jeremy Bonderman, Det SP   River City Mashers
142 Ivan Rodriguez, NYY C Orlando Stunnaz
143 John Maine, NYM SP Scarlet Knights
144 Aaron Hill, Tor 2B WVU Bombers
145 Placido Polanco, Det 2B THE PIMPS
146 Rick Ankiel, StL RF Rebuilding Stage
147 Rafael Soriano, Atl RP Whitestone Bulldogs
148 Todd Helton, Col 1B Toms River Tar Heels
149 Adam Wainwright, StL SP   Southside QUITTERS
150 Alex Gordon, KC 3B Somerville Sluggers

ROUND 16
151 Jeff Kent, LAD 2B Somerville Sluggers
152 Kevin Youkilis, Bos 1B   Southside QUITTERS
153 Chad Cordero, Was RP Toms River Tar Heels
154 Carlos Delgado, NYM 1B Whitestone Bulldogs
155 Jered Weaver, LAA SP Rebuilding Stage
156 Trevor Hoffman, Mil RP THE PIMPS
157 Kelvim Escobar, LAA SP WVU Bombers
158 Rich Hill, ChC SP Scarlet Knights
159 John Smoltz, Bos SP Orlando Stunnaz
160 Matt Capps, Pit RP   River City Mashers

ROUND 17
161 Jonathan Broxton, LAD RP   River City Mashers
162 Ian Snell, Pit SP Orlando Stunnaz
163 Troy Glaus, StL 3B Scarlet Knights
164 Bengie Molina, SF C WVU Bombers
165 Adam LaRoche, Pit 1B THE PIMPS
166 Luis Castillo, NYM 2B Rebuilding Stage
167 Jacoby Ellsbury, Bos LF Whitestone Bulldogs
168 Hideki Okajima, Bos RP Toms River Tar Heels
169 Joe Borowski, Cle RP   Southside QUITTERS
170 Andy Pettitte, NYY SP Somerville Sluggers

ROUND 18
171 Johnny Damon, NYY CF Somerville Sluggers
172 Jason Varitek, Bos C   Southside QUITTERS
173 Justin Upton, Ari RF Toms River Tar Heels
174 Oliver Perez, NYM SP Whitestone Bulldogs
175 J.J. Hardy, Mil SS Rebuilding Stage
176 Jon Garland, LAA SP THE PIMPS
177 Jeff Francis, Col SP WVU Bombers
178 Chad Billingsley, LAD SP Scarlet Knights
179 Dustin McGowan, Tor SP Orlando Stunnaz
180 Raul Ibanez, Phi LF   River City Mashers

ROUND 19
181 Brad Lidge, Phi RP   River City Mashers
182 Edwin Encarnacion, Cin 3B Orlando Stunnaz
183 Willy Taveras, Cin CF Scarlet Knights
184 Eric Gagne, Mil RP WVU Bombers
185 Khalil Greene, StL SS THE PIMPS
186 Rafael Betancourt, Cle RP Rebuilding Stage
187 Evan Longoria, TB 3B Whitestone Bulldogs
188 Orlando Hudson, Ari 2B Toms River Tar Heels
189 Mark Buehrle, CWS SP   Southside QUITTERS
190 Bronson Arroyo, Cin SP Somerville Sluggers

ROUND 20
191 Jeremy Hermida, Fla RF Somerville Sluggers
192 Pat Neshek, Min RP   Southside QUITTERS
193 Joe Blanton, Phi SP Toms River Tar Heels
194 Aaron Heilman, Sea RP Whitestone Bulldogs
195 Aaron Rowand, SF CF Rebuilding Stage
196 Barry Zito, SF SP THE PIMPS
197 Roger Clemens, FA SP WVU Bombers
198 Dustin Pedroia, Bos 2B Scarlet Knights
199 Kevin Kouzmanoff, SD 3B Orlando Stunnaz
200 Frank Thomas, Oak DH   River City Mashers

ROUND 21
201 Yunel Escobar, Atl 2B   River City Mashers
202 Jose Guillen, KC RF Orlando Stunnaz
203 Joakim Soria, KC RP Scarlet Knights
204 Todd Jones, Det RP WVU Bombers
205 Jason Giambi, Oak DH THE PIMPS
206 Clay Buchholz, Bos SP Rebuilding Stage
207 Jeremy Accardo, Tor RP Whitestone Bulldogs
208 Richie Sexson, NYY 1B Toms River Tar Heels
209 Michael Bourn, Hou LF   Southside QUITTERS
210 Kenny Rogers, Det SP Somerville Sluggers

ROUND 22
211 Aubrey Huff, Bal 1B Somerville Sluggers
212 Troy Percival, TB RP   Southside QUITTERS
213 Gil Meche, KC SP Toms River Tar Heels
214 Zack Greinke, KC SP Whitestone Bulldogs
215 Heath Bell, SD RP Rebuilding Stage
216 B.J. Ryan, Tor RP THE PIMPS
217 Casey Kotchman, Atl 1B WVU Bombers
218 Michael Cuddyer, Min RF Scarlet Knights
219 Ted Lilly, ChC SP Orlando Stunnaz
220 Mike Napoli, LAA C   River City Mashers

ROUND 23
221 Carlos Marmol, ChC RP   River City Mashers
222 Kazuo Matsui, Hou 2B Orlando Stunnaz
223 Scot Shields, LAA RP Scarlet Knights
224 Julio Lugo, Bos SS WVU Bombers
225 Ty Wigginton, Hou 2B THE PIMPS
226 Andrew Miller, Fla SP Rebuilding Stage
227 Lastings Milledge, Was RF Whitestone Bulldogs
228 Jonny Gomes, Cin RF Toms River Tar Heels
229 Micah Owings, Cin SP   Southside QUITTERS
230 Tom Gorzelanny, Pit SP Somerville Sluggers

ROUND 24
231 Ramon Hernandez, Cin C Somerville Sluggers
232 Josh Fields, CWS 3B   Southside QUITTERS
233 Jon Lester, Bos SP Toms River Tar Heels
234 Stephen Drew, Ari SS Whitestone Bulldogs
235 Joey Votto, Cin 1B Rebuilding Stage
236 Corey Patterson, Was CF THE PIMPS
237 Akinori Iwamura, TB 3B WVU Bombers
238 Milton Bradley, ChC LF Scarlet Knights
239 Kevin Gregg, ChC RP Orlando Stunnaz
240 Johnny Cueto, Cin SP   River City Mashers

ROUND 25
241 Moises Alou, NYM LF   River City Mashers
242 Geovany Soto, ChC C Orlando Stunnaz
243 Jonathan Albaladejo, NYY RP Scarlet Knights
244 Greg Maddux, LAD SP WVU Bombers
245 Matt Garza, TB SP THE PIMPS
246 David Wells, FA SP Rebuilding Stage
247 Brandon Lyon, Det RP Whitestone Bulldogs
248 Gary Matthews Jr., LAA CF Toms River Tar Heels
249 Jerry Owens, CWS CF   Southside QUITTERS
250 Josh Willingham, Was LF Somerville Sluggers

How We Started: The Original Draft, 2008