Hey guys, I'm in the middle of a draft review series for THT over the next few weeks, and I want some suggestions for players to look at.
I've already done a profile on Jemile Weeks , who while I think is an overdraft, should still give the A's some solid value once he is ready for major league pitching.
I'm already planning to do break downs on players up to pick 50, but I realize Oakland didn't have a selection after Weeks until 58.
So here are some thoughts on some Oakland picks:
58. Tyson Ross - I've seen scouting reports that have his velocity up to 94 or 95, but the video doesn't show that. It showed him working in the mid - upper 80's and his mechanics bear that out: little use of his lower body, short stride. Of course, the video was taken in 2007, and I'm very interested to see the changes made to his mechanics that allowed him to see a jump in velocity.
90. Preston Paramore - I liked what I saw, though I didn't see many swings (maybe that is due to his plate discipline), but he put a solid swing on the ball and let it travel relatively deep. Not a lot of upside, but I like him nonetheless.
214. Brett Hunter - I like this pick. Ross never really used his lower body, but Hunter maximizes his use of his lower body as evidenced by his mid-90's velocity. I saw pretty good control as well and he could move quickly.
394. Daniel Thomas - shows good control and pretty solid 3 or 4 pitch mix. Can get his fastball up to 93 with movement and I think he has some more velocity left in the tank as well
664. Preston Guilmet - this was a pure results-oriented pick. He put up great #s at Arizona, but when you watch you see an awkward wind-up (helping with deception), and pretty fringy stuff. He does all the things pitchers need to do like change speeds, pitch backwards, etc, but we'll see what happens....definitely a results vs. scouting battle here.
So if there any suggestions for players to profile (including more in-depth breakdowns on the players above) please let me know