SNG + MG's Ruthless Rule 5 Draft Grades

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  1. _MG_

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    SNG and MG's Rule 5 Draft Grades

    Dodgers
    Key Additions: C J. Saltalamacchia, RP E. Frieri, SP B. Mills

    Key Losses: RP R. Belesario, RP M. Guerrier, RP R. Troncosco

    Recap: Although the Dodgers lost a lot of decent arms, they had a bold choice of Jared Saltalamacchia. Although it sent some shock waves at the time, after further look Salty Balls has the best chance of turning into Mike Piazza 2.0 in this draft and will be a starter opening day 2012. That pick really showed Emmdot did his GM homework. Bold choice, sir, BOLD. Frieri is young and will help replace Belesario and Guerrier and Mills was a good value where he was selected. Solid draft by the TCBL commander-in-chief.
    Ruthless Grade: B

    Giants
    Key Additions: SP B. Zito, SP B. Norris

    Key Losses: NONE

    Recap: We agreed that the Zito pick in the 2nd round was GREAT, especially if he is going to move to the pen to allow the young guns to continue to progress in the rotation. The Giants might be losing lefty Jeremy Affeldt next offseason, so Zito should be a mainstay in the bullpen until he retires. The Norris pick was a little questionable as we both felt he could have improved his offense here somewhere, but Norrs does have potential and could help replace Matt Cain who seems to be on the outs in San Fran after next season or 2013. Overall it was solid as the Giants didn't lose much and retained their best player they had eligible to be drafted.
    Ruthless Grade: B

    Cubs
    Key Additions: RP J. Venters, SS/2B J. Hardy, SP L. Harrell

    Key Losses: RP S. Marshall, SP R. Wells, 2B B. DeWitt

    Recap: The Cubs definitely had a plan coming into this draft, and the positions they needed to draft were clear and obvious. However, who they took was a little questionable. Venters in the first looks like a great, smart pick. However, Chris Perez was also available, also 25 and also A potential. Plus, he is already higher than Venters in the game. Soto in the 2nd made sense, but it didn't really do much for us considering he didn't do anything for GTG last season and struggled mightily. JP Arencebia would have maybe been a nice change of scenery for Soto and GTG. JJ Hardy should fit in nicely at 2B for the Cubbies who lost Blake DeWitt, and if Harrell gets a chance to log in some innings he will be solid in the future and was a NICE 4th round selection.
    Ruthless Grade: C+

    Nationals
    Key Additions: 2B R Weeks, C R. Martin, SP B.Sheets

    Key Losses: RP S. Burnett, CF J. Bourbon, SP J. Marquis

    Recap: Losing 2 arms like Burnett and Marquis is never a good thing. Throw in a young guy like Boubon and you got some work ahead of you. After trading there closer the previous day and with 3 very good replacments available in Marshall.....Venters.....Perez the Nats went sexy pick and it can come back to hurt them. Espinosa is a young talented infielder that is capable of putting in quality innings. Closers are hard to come by so this will hurt the overall draft grade. Russel Martin was a very good choice with there second round pick. He is very good defensively and has a great arm. Solidifying that position for the next 4 yrs at least was a great move. Adding a guy like Sheets in the 3rd will add some more value to this grade replacing a guy like Marquis is hard to do this late in a draft. Even though it will only be of value for a couple years it still has upside.
    Ruthless Grade: C
    **There was a very good chance the Nats would of got the first A in this breakdown but the 1st round pick is to hard to ignore in grading so they will recieve a average mark.**

    Rangers
    Key Additions: RP S. Burnett, SP M. Harrison, SP J. Litsch

    Key Losses: RP D. O'Day, RP A. Rhodes (retirement) RP D. Oliver (retirement)

    Recap: The Rangers enter the season losing two huge contributors the past couple seasons in Darren Oliver and Arthur Rhodes. Two lefties that would consistently get them out of jams, Oliver and Rhodes were replaced by Nats standout Sean burnett and the re-signing of Matt Harrison. At first we questioned the Harrison pick and thought maybe it was a homer move by Bob, but after further inspection Harrison was a solid pick up and belongs in the Rangers organization. Jesse Litsch in the late 2nd was a also very highly rated as he was the best available and at 25 humongous value there. The Rangers are poised to lose some pitching next off-season, so Litsch as a sure thing the next 3 seasons is important. Overall, we really liked what Bob did with his first 3 picks, as he opted for the smart choice over sexier selections. Great job GM Bob, thumbs up!
    Ruthless Grade: B+

    Indians
    Key Additions: 3B/2B/1B C. MGehee, SP A. Brackman, RP D. Hernandez

    Key Losses: SP J. Masterson, CP C. Perez, RP R. Tejada

    Recap: How do you survive losing 3 young arms like that it is hard.Gonna start off with McGehee here his intention was to use him at first which is his 3rd best position as a player. Hafner is getting older and will regress but still has a better glove then McGehee. High on McGehee as a player but not in this spot cause it doesn't go to his strengths. Nailing Norris in the trade was big time value back for Grady. We feel that going after a guy like Medlen here could pay divedends in the future years. Adding Brackman would of been a foregone option then and maybe pick up a Frieri....Rzepczynski or Morales to tighten up the pen.Cause Hernandez was a great pick in the 3rd and would only boaster a deepened group of young arms.
    Ruthless Grade: C-

    Blue Jays
    Key Additions: RP S. Marshall, OF J. Bourbon, SP J. Niemann

    Key Losses: OF J. Rivera, SP J. Litsch, RP M. Rzepczynski

    Recap: Losing a good amount but not a ton gives you a big advantage over other GM's in these kind of years. Granted he lose a good amount he made up for it in a big big way. Zik found a gem in the 1st with Marshall this kid has all the tools and is left handed to boot which we all know adds huge value to his ability in this game. Then needing some speed and a little life in the outfield he replaced old man Podsednik with youn fresh legs in Boubon for his 2nd rounder. He prolly didnt expect him to fall that late but right into his lap he did. Then adding a arm in the 3rd round like Niemann well done. He can start for just about any team but since the Jays have a great staff he saw other uses for him. Facing no real stand out fielders he saw a live arm sitting there and scooped him up. He will only add more depth to pitching staff that needs penn help, And did this with arguably the best lefty in baseball and a quality 3rd in the rotation every day to be a long relief guy.
    Ruthless Grade: A

     
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  2. Diddy81

    Diddy81 Walk On

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    Nice work guys.
     
  3. Ryty

    Ryty Over the Cap

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    Great job guys!
     
  4. BobJr

    BobJr To each their own

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    Great job guys!!!!
     
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    Nice job guys.. I drafted Venters over Perez because I lost Sean Marshall and John Grabow. I didn't need a pen righty.
     
  6. Ryty

    Ryty Over the Cap

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    Ryty = [​IMG]
     
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    ROYALS
    Key Additions: SP Justin Masterson, OF Carlos Gomez
    Key Losses: SP Jose Fernandez

    Recap: The Royals came into the rule draft giving up almost nothing and receiving one of the better young starters in the game. I'd say that was a pretty good trade off. Masterson will add depth to a Royals rotation who struggled mightily at times last year. He should be the 1 or 2 starter for this club for the rest of his career. Adding Carlos Gomez in the 2nd was also a good move considering he is one of the speediest runners in the entire MLB. He is young and can develop into a very dangerous lead off man in the future. I expect him to have pinch running duties entering 2012 though with Melky Cabrera starting for KC. They did fail to sign their 2nd round draft selection who turned out to have major upside. Their division rival, the White Sox, eventually took Jose Fernandez which could eventually come back to bite them in the future. Overall, they came out of this thing a winner.
    Ruthless Grade: A

    WHITE SOX
    Key Additions: 1B/C Daric Barton, SP Jose Fernandez, SP Tim Stauffer​
    Key Losses: RF Carlos Quentin, P Ben Sheets

    Recap: The White Sox had a good run in 2011 but this off season, as it would seem, has taken a lot of their momentum. With an aging group of position players, and the loss of a few key pieces from last years team, 2012 would seem to be more challenging for the south siders. In the 1st round Daric Barton was a very good choice. He is a great young contact hitter and should be able to fill in for an elderly A.J. at catcher next season. Drafting Jose Fernandez in the 2nd was a bit of a reach for the spot he was in. Nonetheless, in a few years he could join the rotation. Tim Stauffer is another good young pitcher who should be able to come in and help the Sox right away. Losing Quentin did not hurt them seeing as they did not play him much last season. Even so, his talent will be missed. However, losing Ben Sheets was significant. He was a key pitcher for their AL Central run last year and I don't really see a sufficient replacement for him on this squad. All in all, a good long term draft. Good luck in 2012.

    Ruthless Grade: C+
     
  8. _MG_

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    SnG's fault, he told me Perez was a lefty lol

    and @ryty32, a Millen draft would be rated F - you had more of a Jerry Angelo Chris Conte in the 3rd round draft.
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  9. Ryty

    Ryty Over the Cap

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    I guess I understand why MG would dislike McGehee!

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    He is having a great year so far!
     
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    Another Cubs mistake. No comment.
     
  11. G_T_G

    G_T_G BEAR DOWN

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    I was bringing him back to his home organization to make things right, and you stole him from me.
     
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