Another draft day has come and gone…and once again my phone didn’t ring. Oh well, they’re probably scared off by signability issues and that whole “can’t hit worth a shi@ label” I’ve been stuck with since high school.
As has become the norm during draft day for the Texas Rangers, they focused on athletic-types with high ceilings. Rather than replenish their deep pool of pitching prospects, the Rangers changed gears and went with an outfield-heavy contingency.
Here’s a look at the first five rounds of the 2012 Major League Draft and how the Rangers fared.
Height: 6’3′ Weight: 215 College Offer: Florida
• Brinson is an extremely athletic “toolsy” outfielder with a very high ceiling.
• As a centerfielder, he possesses a strong arm that could play in right field as well.
• His hit tool is viewed as “fringy” and was ranked as low as 20 by ESPN
• Projects as an elite-level defender in the outfield
COMP: Greg Golson (as a prospect not as a ML bust)
GRADE: B+ The Rangers are taking a risk here…but it’s a risk that could have a HUGE payoff.
Height: 6’5” Weight: 220 College Offer: LSU
• Many scouts feel that Gallo would have gone in the top 10 had he entered the draft so as a pitcher.
• Off-the-charts power, a true 80-grade…launched the 10th longest home run in the history of Petco Park last summer with a wood bat.
• Has a HUGE arm—his fastball has been clocked as high as 98 MPH. He has the potential to make it as a pitcher should his bat not play up.
• Might lack the range to stay at third base professionally; has some “miss” in his swing and is susceptible to breaking stuff.
COMP: Chris Davis, Troy Glaus
GRADE: A—Gallo is an athletic player with a monster upside; he has more power than Brinson but with a similar hit tool.
Height: 6’4” Weight: 180 College Offer: Vanderbilt
• Fastball sits in the upper-80s; occasionally hits 90 MPH.
• Wiles is a “strike thrower” with nice smooth mechanics and a good feel for a slider and changeup.
• Posted a 0.10 ERA his senior and earned “Kansas Player of the Year” honors.
• Has a projectable frame that is ripe for adding velocity as he begins to fill out.
COMP: Blake Beavan
Grade: A—Solid pick, the kind of under-the-radar pickup that Jon Daniels and his scouting department are becoming famous for.
Height: 6’1” Weight: 193
• Deleware Football Player of the Year.
• He’s very “fast-twitch;” his best tool might be his outstanding speed.
• Still largely unfamiliar with the intricacies of the game.
• Short, and compact swing produces pull-side pop.
COMP: Adam Jones
GRADE: A—If he lives up to his potential, he could surpass expectations and become a solid everyday outfielder.
Height: 6’3” Weight: 195
• Yet another raw and athletically gifted outfield prospect the Rangers plucked up quickly.
• Some amongst the scouting community have likened Williams to a less-refined Ken Griffey Jr.
• Pretty left-handed swing with plenty of pop. Tends to pull the ball which opens up holes in his swing.
• Has the skill-set to be a gold glover in the outfield, needs to acquire a better overall understanding of the game.
• Was clocked at 94 MPH as a pitcher.
COMP: Ken Griffey Jr. if “The Kid” hadn’t started playing baseball until high school.
GRADE: A—The Junior comp is why many hate comps. It’s pretty unfair; but then again it’s not like Junior is name-dropped in comparison. Williams is a very exciting prospect and it will awesome to see if he can fulfill the promise his athleticism seems to hint at.
Height: 6’1″ Weight: 205
• First Team All-American in 2011 and 2012.
• Is a “hit-first” type of backstop.
• Possesses and advanced hit tool that plays up due to the difficulty in his position.
COMP: Jesus Montero minus the pop
GRADE: B+—Every team is always looking for a quality catcher for their farm systems; Cantwell could
be a real steal this low in the draft.
Height: 6’4” Weight: 200
• Dominated at Polk State, posting a 1.38 ERA with 118 Ks and a 13-1 record.
• Fastball sits in the mid-90s and occasionally touches 97 MPH.
COMP: Matt West
GRADE: B+—His fastball is his only true plus-pitch
• Beck possesses a promising hit tool with good pop and a plus arm.
COMP: David Murphy
GRADE: B—UTA has a strong history of developing solid OF prospects (Hunter Pence, etc).