Wednesday, May 20, 2009

First Round Draft Recap- Picks 27-29

Pick #27- Hersh Glover (P)

Los Angelos Galaxy
Drafted out of University of Southern California
Signed on 5/7/2009 to a $2,750,000 signing bonus
Assigned to Rookie League

Glover is going to be a boom or bust, plain and simple. Not only does he throw hard, but he has great control and has the ability to get hitters out from both sides of the plate with relative ease. However, he does not have one good pitch. His best pitch, a fastball, is quite flat and he tends to leave his curveball up in the zone a little too much. His poor makeup is something to be concerned with as well, but he looks to be non-injury prone.

Bottom Line: The Galaxy organization is known for producing stud pitching prospects. Although he is the type of player that could go either way, the odds are in his favor.

Final Grade: B+

Pick #28- Jeff Strickland (SS)

Albuquerque Isotopes
Drafted out of University of Arkansas- Fort Smith
Signed on 5/1/2009 to a $1,470,000 signing bonus
Assigned to Rookie Level

Although Strickland is currently a SS, that likely won’t be his postion if or when he makes a big league club. Yes, he posses the adequate range and arm strength to play the position, but his glove is a little to shaky for the everyday job. On offense he looks to be no more than a bottom of the order guy. He will make nice contact, but has no power to speak of and will be a pure singles hitter. Strickland is also slightly injury prone, and does not have the great eye you would like to see from a guy with no power.

Bottom Line: If Strickland makes it to the show, it will probably be at 2B. He will likely no more than a career utility player at best.

Final Grade: C-

Pick #29- Ernie Serafini (P)

Syracuse Orange Crush
Drafted out of Lake Region State College
Signed on 5/1/2009 to a $1,380,000 signing bonus
Assigned to Rookie League

Serafini is another pitcher with great control, but little else. He is decent against lefties, but righties look to smash him. On top of that, not only is his fastball relatively slow, but it lacks the necessary movement to be a consistent bail out pitch. He also tends to give up a tremendous amount of fly balls, just another thing to be wary of. However, he has the necessary makeup and patience to somehow reach the big league club one day.

Bottom Line: Serafini will probably make the big league club one day, just not as a starter. If he one day develops into a decent long reliever, the Orange Crush should be thrilled.

Final Grade: C

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