2014 Amateur Draft Review - Picks 1-5

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  1. Sharkman37

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    Welcome Sportsfans.... Bob Frapples here and welcome to the 2014 Dugout Amateur Draft Review. This draft falls somewhere in-between the treasure trove draft of 2012 and the absolutely weak-sauce draft of 2013. There are some good, but flawed players. No definative Bryce Harper or A-Rod here but a lot of guys that can carve out above average to great careers. So without further ado, the Astros, for the third year in a row, but the first time actually making the pick, are on the clock: (players name link to their pages)





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    1st rd - Pick #1 - Antonio Pajarillo - CF
    • Pros - Great footspeed and defense with plus arm. He is incredibly smart, hard working, and will do all of what is required to win. He has a great eye and can get the barrel around on the ball with good success.
    • Cons - Not as developed as you would think for his age. Washed out of OCS
    • Notes - Pajarillo is a good to great pick but I question whether Martinex or Vignal would have been a better pick, as both project as better Major Leaguers. There aren't any holes in Pajarillo's game but you want your top pick to be a leader along with the other stuff and in theat respect, he is a bit of a shrinking violet. That said, it was nice to see the Astros actually make a the pick this year instead of trading it off.
    • Grade - B+

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    1st rd - Pick #2 - Augusto Martinez - SP
    • Pros - Projectable body with great conmand and four solid pitches. Lefty with a incredible hose that projects as an ace.
    • Cons - High School pitcher that needs to work at his stamina and his craft. Gets lackadasical at times and enjoys racing dirt bikes on the side. Wonder about his head
    • Notes - Best high school pitcher in the draft who has a questionable work ethic and loves the bling. If he works hard, he can be an ace. Up to the ChiSox to coax the talent out of him.
    • Grade - A-

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    1st rd - Pick #3 - Barry Boyd - 1B
    • Pros - Smart and hard working lefty that has a majestic and powerful swing. Good gapper and doesn't embarass himself on the bases.
    • Cons - Is young and impressionable. Has a long way to go. The power is more of a projection more then anything. Is a DH that will really need to work on his defense on a National League squad. Nephew of 'Oil Can'.
    • Notes - I just don't get this pick. Boyd is nice but more nice in the middle part of the draft. I feel like the Rockies wanted power and overdrafted without thinking of the rest of his game.
    • Grade - B-

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    1st rd - Pick #4 - Marcos Soto - OF
    • Pros - Hard worker with good footspeed that has a knack for putting the barrel on the ball. Looks to be a quick mover at an advanced age
    • Cons - Dumb as a box of rocks and has a hard time translating inate ability to baseball smarts.
    • Notes - Marcos has great foot speed but no smarts on the base paths. He guesses a lot in the outfield which mitigates his natural and just doesn't have a fundamental understanding of the game. This feels like a huge reach at this point in the draft. Sorry Noles
    • Grade - C

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    1st rd - Pick #5 - Romain Vignal - OF
    • Pros - Makes great contact with power both to the alleys and over the fence. Smart, loyal, and a great leader that team mates gravitate to. Killer arm.
    • Cons - Tends to coast from time to time and can get sloppy in his fielding
    • Notes - And the draft has finally started. College senior projects to RF as a future Raul Mondesi type hitter. I think he is far enough along and think his leadrship and smarts will make him realize he can't coast on his pure talent. I love his mix of power and contact and think he will grow as he gets older. Very projectable.
    • Grade - A
    I was going to get to the top 10 but a thunderstorm is here and the power is flickering. Will put more up later. Hope you all enjoy.
     
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  2. PAgamer07

    PAgamer07 We're the ship without a storm

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    Awesome job with this man! Great review. Totally agree with the Soto pick.
     
  3. ty5oke

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    Fantastic work Matt. Pajirillio's eye and defense made him the #1 for me, as evident by 10 walks in his first week of pro ball. Great analysis.
     
  4. Colemanchu

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    lol, Marus Soto
     
  5. KnightNoles

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    So be it.. :rolleyes:
     
  6. Colemanchu

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    It's alright Noles, I messed up my pick too and let the team behind me get the better player.
     
  7. Sharkman37

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    concur - my first year I took Devon Marrero (oops) and last year I took Randy Walbourne who has now died to a 1 1/2 star. ouch
     
  8. KnightNoles

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    And that's why we play (sim) the game...
     
  9. goldenglove2

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    I actually like Soto a good deal, but Vignal is definitely the better player IMO. I would take both over Barry Boyd though.
     
  10. Colemanchu

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    Actually it was the guy right after me that the Pirates took, the guy I wanted is the short stop the Red Sox picked up.
     
  11. PAgamer07

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    I like Soto too, just not at #4
     

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