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“Seventh Nevin” MLB 2018 Amateur Draft Review – AL EAST

The MLB Amateur Draft concluded on June 6, 2018, with 1,214 players being drafted by the 30 teams over 40+ rounds. And we’re going to bring you in-depth analysis on each player! Actually, no – we’re not. But Kyle, Bryan, and I are going to focus individually on divisions and a subset of drafted players by each team. I drew the East Divisions, beginning with the American League. (The National League will post next week.)

To set up the article, I’ll detail a little about team, but I’ll also have a few special picks:

  • 7th Heaven Pick – I’ll make a selection for each team that I deem the “7th Heaven Pick,” or best pick. This does not necessarily mean the best player or the best value; it is a subjective selection on a combination of the two, or any other variables. It is simply a pick  worthy of mention.
  • Table Setter Pick – I’ll also make my “Table Setter Pick,” which is my definition for the first person to arrive in the majors. Or, another definition, the first person to arrive at the party to help you finish “setting up your tables.”

And I’m not a fan of the large paragraph modeled story; so I’m hoping you can run with me on this journey through the American League East as we touch on some highs, lows, and players to watch for each team, presented in an incredibly ordered format – because my OCD demands it. With no more ado, let’s jump right in. (Please note, the Farm System Rankings are courtesy of Bleacher Report.)

Baltimore Orioles
Last Championship: 1983
2018 Draft Picks: 40
2018 Lost Picks: 1 (for signing Alex Cobb)
Pre-Season 2018 Farm System Ranking: 5th AL East; 23rd MLB
Post-Draft 2018 Farm System Ranking: 4th AL East, 25th MLB

To say the Orioles have struggled with recent drafts or that their farm system is thin is akin to noticing the sky is blue, grass is green (generally), and water is wet. That said, they did manage to leapfrog a weakening Boston franchise in the rankings after the recent draft. (I am not sure if that is a compliment to the Orioles or an insult to the Red Sox.)  However, as we’ve known for more than two off-seasons now, Baltimore is desperate for pitching. They began to address that need through the draft by selecting eight pitchers with their first ten picks and a total of 23 of their 40. 11 of those 40 were prep selections, not something I’d have recommended for the worst team in baseball that needs an infusion of talent like yesterday. (Granted, few, if any of these players will be in the majors within the next 18 months, but all 11 of this prep players are at least 24+ months away. Even big G-Rod.)

Round 1 (Pick 11) – RHP Grayson Rodriguez (Central Heights HS, TX) | 6-5, 220
The big, strong right-hander already possesses a fastball that sits between 92-94 MPH, occasionally touching 97-98 MPH, and will consistently increase as he sets course on a strength, conditioning, and fitness program with the Orioles, particularly to improve his lower-half mechanics. (He has already signed for $4.3M, slightly less than the pick value of $4,375,100.) His curve and slider are solid offerings today with the potential to move into plus category, as well. All in all, the Orioles drafted the 22nd overall-ranked, sturdy Rodriguez to be a front-of-the-rotation pitcher they can rely on for 200+ innings per season for years to come. He immediately slots in as the number one arm in their farm system.

Round CBA (PIck 37) – SS Cadyn Grenier (Oregon State) | 5-11, 188
One of the best defensive shortstops in college baseball, the 6th-ranked Grenier has been a 3-year starter with the Beavers. His junior year was a breakout campaign for him at the plate as he hit a for solid 0.322/ 0.408/ 0.467 slash line, chipping in 8 steals (9 attempts) over 60 games. Grenier possesses decent hit and run tools (not boasting a lot of power), but it is defense and arm that are currently the most noteworthy. As he matriculates through the Orioles’ system, he has the arm strength to stay on the left side of second base, not having to worry about being shifted over. (Unless the Orioles do draft Bobby Witt, Jr. (Heritage HS, TX) with the 2019 1st overall pick. Then maybe Grenier may end up shifting to 2B.)

Round 4 (Pick 115) – LHP Drew Rom (Highlands HS, KY) | 6-2, 170
The second HS pitcher selected by the Orioles in their first four picks, he has a large frame but is very athletic with future growth projecting well. His fastball currently sits in the 89-91 MPH range and there’s definitely room for more when he adds more strength. His slider is currently farther along in development than his curve, but his changeup was fluid and repeatable. Drafted in round 4 comes with it a pick value of $483,300. Rom has committed to Michigan for Fall 2018 enrollment and as of this article has not yet signed with Baltimore.

Round 11 (Pick 325) – C Cody Roberts (North Carolina) | 6-1, 195
With Matt Wieters moving on after the 2016 season and Caleb Joseph not the answer, the Orioles had turned to Chance Sisco (since demoted). Well, every organization needs at least 14 catchers anyway, but one to watch is Roberts. He has consistently improved with the bat each season for the Tar Heels and is an excellent receiver and blocker with a 70-grade arm. The three years at Chapel Hill have undoubtedly prepared him (to a degree) for the rigors of professional ball and with his advanced receiving skill set, I’d look for the Orioles to fast track him, at least to Bowie.

7th Heaven Pick – RHP Blaine Knight (Arkansas) | 6-3, 165
Ranked 48th coming into the draft, Knight may have scared off some teams with a higher asking price. Thus, he fell to the Orioles in the 3rd Round, 87th overall. Getting top-end 2nd round talent nearly 40 picks later is a win. Now, if the Orioles can get Knight signed and to Aberdeen to finish the short season, that will be a couple steps in the right direction.

Table Setter Pick – LHP Kevin Magee (St. John’s) | 6-2, 210
Magee was selected in the 9th round (265th overall), but he is coming off a solid senior season with St. John’s. Already 22, Magee had a remarkable last two seasons in college exhibiting excellent control of his low-90s fastball mixing in a good changeup. I believe with the Orioles rotation issues and Magee’s talent and maturity (he was applying for jobs with U.S. Customs before being drafted), he’ll be the first of his Orioles’ class to make his debut.

Boston Red Sox
Last Championship: 2013
2018 Draft Picks: 40
2018 Lost Picks: 0
Pre-Season 2018 Farm System Ranking: 4th AL East; 21st MLB
Post-Draft 2018 Farm System Ranking: 5th AL East, 27th MLB

GM Dave Dombrowski, in an effort to continue recent Red Sox success, has traded from the depths of his Farm System to acquire talent to make repeated runs at more World Series glory. While Boston has remained competitive in the American League (winning the AL East each of the last two seasons), they have not been in the ALCS since their last World Series-winning season of 2013. With the graduation of some of their prospects (e.g. Rafael Devers) and the trading of many others for players like Chris Sale, Craig Kimbrel, and Eduardo Nunez, the cupboards are now pretty bare in Boston. The 2017-18 international signings (like Antoni Flores) couldn’t help augment the 2018 draft class rankings, as the Red Sox now own the “worst” draft class in the AL East. Fortunately, most positions at the MLB-level are solidly staffed, so there were no pressing needs. (Not like Baltimore, who needs pitching more than a beaver needs twigs and mud to build its dam.)

Round 1 (Pick 26) – 3B/1B Triston Casas (American Heritage HS, FL) | 6-4, 238
Casas and the Red Sox wasted no time inking the contract to bring Casas into the fold (drafted June 4, signed June 14) and he will report to the Gulf Coast League to begin his professional career. A hulking kid already at 6-4, Casas does produce considerable power at times, when he connects. While Casas does have a good approach at the plate (0.385 AVG with a 0.545 OBP), job one in the GCL will be to smooth out the swing to eliminate the holes. All the power in the world doesn’t matter if you can’t make contact. (Or maybe it does, says Joey Gallo’s (Rangers) sub-0.200 AVG and sub-0.300 OBP, yet 290 plate appearances through June 19th?) But I’m certain the Red Sox would prefer Casas provide a little more average and on-base performance.

Round 2 (PIck 64) – OF Nick Decker (Seneca HS, NJ) | 6-0, 200
Ranked 74th, the Red Sox reached a teeny-bit to grab Decker, knowing he likely wouldn’t be available 36 picks later. Known for his raw power, Decker has a good bat speed, but a longer swing, which has a tendency to leave create some gaps. He does, however, have the ability to hit to all fields – with power (always a bonus). He has average speed but a good arm, profiling well as a corner outfielder. Decker has not yet signed with the Red Sox, leaving some doubt as to whether he’ll pursue the professional career today with the slot value $1,010,500 signing bonus or follow his commitment to Maryland.

Round 7 (Pick 220) – OF/2B Jarren Duran (Cal State Long Beach) | 6-2, 200
An absolute burner (70-grade speed), Duran may be cut from the inverse-mold of Dee Gordon (Mariners) in that the CF has a bit of 2B in him; the inverse of the 2018 version of Gordon. Signed for full slot value ($189.800) on June 14th, Duran jump-started his professional career with the Lowell Spinners by batting leadoff and collecting one double and two triples in five plate appearances, scoring all three times he was on base and driving in two more. One game does not put him in Cooperstown, but it’s a great start to his Red Sox career.

7th Heaven Pick – 3B/RHP Nicholas Northcut (William Mason HS, OH) | 6-1, 200
One of the better two-way talents in the 2018 draft, Northcut committed to Vanderbilt. As the 81st ranked prospect pre-draft, that commitment may have prevented some teams from drafting him. The Red Sox gambled, selecting him in the 11th round (340th overall), and on June 17th, it paid off, with Northcut forgoing his commitment to Vanderbilt and signing with Boston for $565,000. (Note: that’s the approximate value of where Northcut was projected to be picked in the 3rd round.) Northcut’s power is real, with his strong swing, outstanding bat speed, and his ability to drive the ball. But it’s not just the power, as he has the ability to make more contact than not, with a scarcity of swing-and-miss. And as an afterthought, Northcut also possesses a low-90s fastball and a promising breaking ball, but many signs are pointing to him focusing on being a position player with the Red Sox.

Table Setter Pick – Durbin Feltman (Texas Christian) | 5-11, 190
The TCU closer, Feltman has a sensation junior season, collecting an astounding 43 strikeouts in only 24.0 IP (for a K/9 ratio of 15.90). Adding to the impressiveness of the strikeouts is that he only allowed 6 walks, 12 hits, and 2 earned runs for a 0.74 WHIP and 0.74 ERA. Feltman possesses a 70-grade fastball (95-97 MPH, touching 99 MPH on occasion) and a 60-grade slider (which operates in the mid-80s). Due to his delivery (which requires effort), he’s been labeled a reliever, and already assigned to Lowell (A-short season) I believe he’ll be the first one of this draft class to arrive in Boston. Possibly even 2018.

New York Yankees
Last Championship: 2009
2018 Draft Picks: 40
2018 Lost Picks: 0
Pre-Season 2018 Farm System Ranking: 1st AL East; 3rd MLB
Post-Draft 2018 Farm System Ranking: 3rd AL East, 10th MLB

Graduate two Rookie of the Year candidates in Gleyber Torres (former #1) and Miguel Andujar (#5) and suddenly your Farm System ranking drops like a rock. Yea, I guess that is to be expected. But I have no doubt Brian Cashman and Co. were hard at work looking to re-load an already-deep system. Add to their story line that the “baby bombers” are producing well ahead of the projected window (with more talent on the way), the Yankees are sitting comfortably in a position many teams would envy. Arguably, one area of need would be pitching, as Luis Severino is their only consistent producer. While it’s understood that a drafted player likely won’t help in 2018, they could certainly be traded for someone who can. And losing in Game 7 of last year’s ALCS, the Yankees are definitely operating on a “World Series or bust” mentality. The trade for Giancarlo Stanton in December 2017 sent that message before the season even began.

Round 1 (Pick 23) – C Anthony Seigler (Cartersville HS, GA) | 5-11 to 6-0, 200
Seigler has solid behind-the-plate tools and an advanced hit tool, but is most renowned for his ambidexterity, with both his throwing and hitting. (He may be the only player ever to be listed as S/S for Bats/Throws.) But as many articles have stated, don’t get lost in that ambidexterity. With Gary Sanchez firmly entrenched (today) as their catcher, the Yankees can afford some development time for some drafted players. Where other catchers may be a little more developed defensively, Seigler got the nod for the U.S. National team that won the 18U World Cup in September 2017, showing promise as a receiver and pitch framer. While his power is modest (40-grade), he does make consistent, hard contact, using all fields. Projection for him is to be a solid, every-day catcher providing above-average offensive production (by today’s catcher standard).

Round 2 (PIck 61) – C Josh Breaux (McLennan CC TX) | 6-1, 220
Drafted in the 36th round in 2017, Breaux returned to McLennan for his junior year and paid dividends, with a 2nd round selection and a $1,497,500 signing bonus, $410,600 over slot value. Over his last two seasons at McLennan, Breaux has played in 115 games collecting 37 HR, 151 RBI, 76 BB, and 77 Ks, which translates to slash line of 0.403/ 0.501/ 0.800. And that’s not one great year lifting up one poor year … Breaux hit over 0.400 each season with 19 HR in 2017 and 18 HR in 2018. So he can hit and he has power. Can he defend? He has a plus-arm and has improved his receiving, but his accuracy on the throws needs to improve.  With Breaux, the Yankees now have two high-end prospects that can potentially replace Sanchez behind the dish in 2021 or 2022.

Round 4 (Pick 127) – RHP Frank German (University of North Florida) | 6-2, 195 Ranked at #191, the Yankees saw enough in their scouting of German to select him in the 4th round, 127th overall (2 rounds ahead of projection.) And if his year-over-year (YoY) improvement at North Florida is any indication of what he’ll be able to do under their tutelage, it was a wise pick. His junior year, German started 14 games, going 8-3 with a 1.58 ERA, allowing only 62 hits and 14 walks (0.83 WHIP) over 91 IP, with 108 strikeouts. Phenomenal numbers, all trending in the right direction as each was a marked improvement over his sophomore campaign in 2017 (which was a great season as well). German has a nice three-pitch mix which includes a 90-94 MPH fastball, a breaking ball with a near fall-off-the-table curve-type feel, and a circle changeup in the mid-80s (where the bottom drops out).  Preliminary scouting reports pigeonhole German into a 4th/5th starter-type position, but if his YoY advancement at North Florida is any indication, I think there’s much more to be had here.

7th Heaven Pick – RHP Landon Marceaux (Destrehan HS, LA) | 6-0 or 6-1, 180
The Yankees only selected nine high school players, with seven of them coming round 31 or later. Marceaux was drafted in the 37th round, 1117th overall. Pre-ranked at 117 (projects to late round 4), his perceived “fringy” fastball velocity led to concerns that a lower-round pick wouldn’t deter him from following through on his commitment to Louisiana State. That remains to be seen, but as of this writing, Marceaux remains unsigned. His best pitch is his curve, which operates in the high-70s and has a sharp Blyleven-esque bite to it. The fastball is high-80s to low-90s, occasionally hitting a high of 94 MPH. His command allows all his pitches to play better, but in a world where everyone is supposed to throw 95+ MPH consistently, the scouting may have been a problem for Marceaux. I’m sure Trevor Oaks (Royals) would agree that if you’re getting batters out (and in a more timely fashion at that), ultimately, it’s all that matters. We’ll see if the Yankees can get Marceaux signed.

Table Setter Pick – RHP Daniel Bies (Gonzaga) | 6-8, 245
Selected in the 7th round (217th overall), Bies was a standout for Gonzaga this year, amassing a 7-4 record on 16 starts which included three complete games, one shutout, and covered 112.0 IP. Bies only allowed 93 hits and 25 walks for a 1.05 WHIP and struck out 124 batters, good for 9.96 K/9. Already 22, Bies is big and strong, rivaling Dellin Betances for the tallest (biggest?) pitcher in the Yankees’ dugout. (I think Aaron Judge may have Bies on the scale by a few pounds.) With the body developed and the arsenal requiring just some fine-tuning (mid-90s fastball, above-average breaking ball), Bies is my pick for the first to join the Yankees, but it may not be in the rotation.

Tampa Bay Rays
Last Championship: none
2018 Draft Picks: 43
2018 Lost Picks: 0
Pre-Season 2018 Farm System Ranking: 2nd AL East; 7th MLB
Post-Draft 2018 Farm System Ranking: 2nd AL East, 5th MLB

Known as one of the cheapest teams in the MLB, the Rays received two compensation picks for free agents that they made a “Qualifying Offer” to, the player rejected, and then the player signed as a Free Agent (FA) with another team. (Quotes around Qualifying Offer (QO) because the Rays only made those one-year contract offers to Alex Cobb and Logan Morrison in order to receive the extra draft picks. In 2017, nine players received QOs, none accepted. (Some regret there, I’m sure. Anyway …) The Rays have worked diligently through the draft and trading some of their MLB players (Steven Souza, Jr. and Logan Forsythe to name a couple) to add to their minor league talent pool. But that’s their modus operandi. Build up the Farm, promote them, and sell them off (or issue a QO and receive a draft pick when the player rejects the QO and signs elsewhere as a FA). It has been for years. Even in the late 2000s, when they were really competitive. (Remember David Price in the 2008 playoffs … as a closer?) So, when looking for a direction or draft strategy with this team, it’s so difficult that it becomes easy. Huh? The answer is simple: they don’t have one. They simply draft the best talent they can and then develop and sell/ trade that talent to repeat the process. They have gotten pretty good at it, especially from a pitching perspective: Chris Archer, James Shields (pre-CWS), Wade Davis (they moved him to the bullpen), and Blake Snell, to name but a few. And it continued in 2018 …

Round 1 (Pick 16) – LHP Matthew Liberatore (Mountain Ridge HS, AZ) | 6-5, 200
Liberatore (ranked #4) fell to Tampa at #16 because of concerns with signability. In typical Rays’ fashion, they even managed to get Liberatore to sign for below-slot value at $3,497,500, a savings of $106,000. Surprising? A little, actually. I would have thought Liberatore would have made them “pay” a little more than slot value (and that is one area where the Rays do spend, as we alluded to earlier). Liberatore checks in as the first of eleven prep players selected by Tampa and in a stocked Tampa Farm System, debuts at #6 on their prospect list. Scouting reports rave about Liberatore’s pitchability as compared to his MPH numbers. The fastball does have the ability to get to 96-97 MPH, but generally sits in the 89-94 MPH range. He adds an effective curve and slider as well as a changeup as a fourth offering. As the top LHP in the draft, he has the potential to have four plus offerings with plus control as well.

Round 1C (PIck 31) – LHP Shane McClanahan (South Florida) | 6-1, 188
McClanahan (ranked #14 pre-draft) has great stuff, with a K/9 ratio of 14.15 this past season (120 strikeouts in 76.0 IP). That said, there are some control issues at play, as McClanahan also carried a 5.66 BB/9 ratio (48 walks). An electric arm, with a fastball that averages 97-99 MPH, frequently touching triple digits, the command concerns have many wondering if McClanahan may be better suited for a short-relief role rather than a starter. As he is still unsigned, he may return to South Florida for another year with the hope of being drafted closer to his ranking (for a higher pay day?) or maybe the chance to work on the control issues in college rather than the pros. Pure speculation, clearly, but if he signs, it’s another great addition to the Rays’ Farm System.

7th Heaven Pick – SS Tyler Frank (Florida Atlantic) | 6-0, 185
Already signed (June 15th for $997,500 – $230,500 less than slot value) and suiting up for the Hudson Valley Renegades, the 2nd round select (56th overall) Frank has begun his professional career. At Florida Atlantic, he was a force, collecting 34 extra-base hits in 63 games, including 13 HRs. A disciplined batting eye, Frank has walked more than he has struck out each season of his collegiate career, including a [52:36] BB:K ratio this season. (He’s currently flipped that at Hudson Valley – 2:5 BB:K – but I look for that to turn around, or at least level out, quickly.)

Table Setter Pick – OF Grant Witherspoon (Tulane) | 6-3, 200
It doesn’t always make a successful MLB hitter, but one thing I do look for is a disciplined collegiate batting eye. Witherspoon is another player who walked (40) more than he struck out (36) this past season. What’s remarkable here is that it contrasts his previous two Tulane campaigns. Decent pop (12 HR in 58 games) and speed (13 SB on 18 attempts), Witherspoon slashed 0.330/ 0.436/ 0.587 on his way to his 107th pre-ranking and 4th round (120th overall) selection. Signed for just under pick value ($457,700, saving the Rays $2,500), he hasn’t yet earned any minor league stats. But I think the profile plays well and he’ll be the first one to crack an MLB lineup.

Toronto Blue Jays
Last Championship: 1993
2018 Draft Picks: 40
2018 Lost Picks: 0
Pre-Season 2018 Farm System Ranking: 3rd AL East; 9th MLB
Post-Draft 2018 Farm System Ranking: 1st AL East, 4th MLB

Jumping from 9th to 4th in the rankings is a combination of a couple factors: some of the Farm Systems above them graduating players and some players in their system elevating their prospect stock with their play (notably Cavan Biggio and Danny Jansen). The Blue Jays are a team that have been saddled with injury to some pretty key players, most notably their MVP-caliber 3B Josh Donaldson. Toronto has a dearth of talent in AA and AAA that are coming soon, covering nearly every infield position (including two at catcher). I think that pitcher should have been more of an area of focus for the Blue Jays. As it was, only two of their first seven picks were pitchers. A total of 9 of their first 20 picks and 13 of their final 20 will toe the rubber for the club. I know there has been some success with players drafted later, but with 59% of their pitchers drafted in the second half of the draft, that’s a bit risky. Especially with some of the names they passed on: Brady Singer (Florida), Matthew Liberatore (Mountain Ridge HS, AZ), Logan Gilbert (Stetson), and Cole Winn (Orange Lutheran HS, CA), to name a few.

Round 1 (Pick 12) – 3B/SS Jordan Groshans (Magnolia HS, TX) | 6-4, 190
The first of two Magnolia High School players drafted, Groshans was rated as one of the better all-around prep hitters in the 2018 class (ranked #31 pre-draft). With so many other names on the board still and Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. literally waiting to be promoted (barring injury, of course), I personally think this was a reach. He’s rated as a “solid power hitter with no glaring weaknesses,” but I’ve also seen that he is susceptible to off-speed pitches, even with his short swing. He’ll need to tweak the mechanics to handle that issue and when he adds more muscle to his already large frame, he’ll be an even bigger power threat.

Round 3 (PIck 88) – RHP Adam Kloffenstein (Magnolia HS, TX) | 6-5, 220
Finally, the Blue Jays drafted a pitcher in Groshans’ teammate from Magnolia. Already signed (on June 12th with his teammate Groshans), Kloffenstein signed for $2,450,000, nearly four times higher than the slot value ($652,900). Pre-ranked at #43, the bonus was more commensurate with that ranking and just under $1M shy of his teammate’s signing bonus. The young right-hander has a 60-grade fastball that currently sits in the low-90s, topping out at 96 MPH. Kloffenstein also has an advanced breaking ball, which materializes in the form of a slider, curve ball, or a cutter. He also features a changeup which, when all working, create what could undoubtedly be one of the best five-pitch arsenals in the minor leagues.

Round 4 (Pick 116) – RHP Sean Wymer (Texas Christian) | 6-1, 190
Wymer would be my second choice for Table Setter. (So if Conine fails, I’m calling Wymer now?) I digress … Statistically, Wymer enjoyed a better 2017 than 2018, because he was used as a true fireman. He was the Horned Frogs “get out of trouble” card, notably retiring 35 of 39 batters he faced during the College World Series, collecting 2 wins in the process. Moved back into the rotation for most of 2018 (10 starts, 5 relief appearances), Wymer’s peripherals tended to trend in the opposite direction. So this begs the question: what are Toronto’s plans for the young righty? Only time will tell, but Wymer has four quality pitches that would enable him to, at a minimum, be a successful long-reliever. His curve ball is his best pitch, followed by his low-90s fastball (which can hit 95-96 MPH if needed) and his other off-speed offerings of his slider and changeup. Wymer is comfortable throwing any of these pitches at any time and has demonstrated confidence in all four. His repeatable delivery and athletic frame signal at worst a high floor of an innings-eating 4th/5th starter, but I believe the ceiling to be much higher.

7th Heaven Pick – 2B Nick Podkul (Notre Dame) | 6-1, 198
Podkul signed on June 12 for $175,000, $36,900 less than slot value, and he’s already reporting to Low-A Vancouver to start his professional career. And what a start it’s been, as he’s gone 5-for-11 with one double and two triples in the early going. What I like about Podkul is the plate discipline. In 2017, he walked 22 times and struck out 45. In 2018, he worked diligently to reverse those numbers, and did so, walking 33 times and striking out 32, leading to a bump in AVG from 0.286 to 0.312 and OBP from 0.386 to 0.433 and a 2nd-Team All-ACC award. I know one-year improvement and a blistering start at Low-A does not a career make, but Podkul is definitely moving in the right direction.

Table Setter Pick – OF Griffin Conine (Duke) | 6-1, 195
Son of former major league 1B/OF Jeff Conine (a former 58th round pick), Griffin was drafted much earlier (2nd round, 52nd overall). Possessing an average hit tool that he’ll have to develop in the minors, Conine’s appeal is his power. 18 HR in 63 games this season for Duke (one HR every 12.61 ABs), helped him to a 0.608 SLG number, but he carried only a 0.286 AVG. A decent batting eye, he still was able to walk enough (43) but will need to cut down on the strikeouts (74, or 26.62%). That said, I believe that the pedigree, talent, and drive are there to bring it together such that Conine is the first of this class that gets the call.

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Unrepentant Red Sox fan and all things Boston. Deflategate was a joke. Boston Latin School is awesome. Harvard and Johns Hopkins alma mater...

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I've been coaching lacrosse since 2002 and playing fantasy football since 2006. I've racked up several championships over the years includi...

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Husband and father of three. Have a love of all things baseball. When not burying myself in baseball (especially fantasy) I enjoy fish...

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A business analyst by day, pursuing all things baseball by night. My favorite day of the year is opening day and my favorite sound is the crac...

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