Draft Review - Atlanta Braves

Here’s my pick-by-pick analysis of the Atlanta Braves’ 2009 draft, keeping in mind talent, draft value, and signability. The number before each player is the round in which they were picked, and their overall pick number is listed. Here’s the picks:

1. Mike Minor, LHP, Vanderbilt, #7 overall, 6’3’’/200: I was slightly surprised by this pick, but not because I thought the Braves were locked into a prep arm. Minor really projects as a #4 starter to me, and I’m surprised the Braves didn’t shoot for a higher-upside arm like Alex White. However, it’s probably a signability issue, as the Braves generally don’t go over slot for their first pick, and even though Minor’s holding out at the moment (likely for last year’s slot), I don’t see him rejecting an offer somewhere in the neighborhood of $2.175 million, which is what the slot is supposedly this year. Don’t like this pick at all. DOB: 12/26/87.

3. David Hale, RHP, Princeton, #87 overall, 6’2’’/200: I really like this pick, as I’ve been high on Hale all spring. He’s got a plus arm, and while he lacks the polish that comes with most college juniors, he’s got the upside to make up for it. I’d say his potential is even higher than Mike Minor’s, though with considerably more risk. He can reach the mid-90s with his fastball, and he’s got repeatable mechanics, though his offspeed pitches are still a work in progress. He’s got a fresh arm, having thrown only 40 innings this spring, but that also means he’ll need more time in the minors. However, this is a great pick for talent and draft value, as this was a little below where I thought he might go. He also signed quickly for slot, and while he’s on the roster for Danville in the Appy League, he hasn’t appeared in a game yet. DOB: 9/27/87. Signing bonus: $405,000.

4. Mycal Jones, SS, Miami Dade CC (FL), #118 overall, 5’10’’/165: While I was high on Hale, I jumped back a bit with Jones, as I’m normally very wary of 22 year old JUCO players. Jones had a huge spring at Miami Dade, where he landed after a year at North Florida, then a year of academic ineligibility there. Jones is very, very fast, but that doesn’t always translate to the field, where he shows flashes of good defense, but only has what most have said is an average arm. I still think he’s better suited for second base or center field, but the Braves want to try him at short. This was an average pick for draft position, probably about average for talent, too, and he signed quickly for slot. He’s hitting .238/.330/.356 in 101 ABs with Danville so far. DOB: 5/30/87. Signing bonus: $252,000.

5. Thomas Berryhill, RHP, Newberry (SC), #148 overall, 5’10’’/185: This pick intrigues me, as Berryhill was a late riser in his college career. He was also a position player at Newberry, further obscuring his talent on the mound. A late-inning reliever, Berryhill flashes a plus fastball, and I think he might have the stuff and makeup to maintain a late-inning role in the Majors if he can avoid arm troubles. I didn’t expect him to go this high, but I had a sneaking suspicion late in the year that he was a name that might pop up earlier than expected anyway. He signed quickly, making this a solid pick, maybe even underrated by most observers. He’s thrown 12 solid innings for Danville so far. DOB: 12/9/87. Signing bonus: $160,000.

6. Ryan Woolley, RHP, UAB, #178 overall, 6’1’’/190: I have to admit that I had almost completely forgotten about Woolley before his name popped up this early on draft day. I had written his name down as a transfer to keep an eye on, but I didn’t really have a handle on how much helium Woolley had in side sessions. With the new transfer rules prohibiting Woolley from playing this spring, he was just a name on a piece of paper, and it wasn’t until the week before the draft that I wondered how he was doing. I had heard he would get drafted, but not this early. He’s got decent talent on the mound, but his signability is in question, and I’m not sure the Braves were competing against any other team for him this high. He hasn’t signed yet, and he’s busy pitching in the Alaska Baseball League as of now. Questionable pick. DOB: 2/11/88.

7. Robby Hefflinger, OF, Georgia Perimeter JC (GA), #208 overall, 6’5’’/225: I wasn’t surprised when the Braves selected a Georgia native, and Hefflinger was a name I thought might be connected to them, though probably in the early teens. He’s got immense power, but he seems to swing and miss a lot. He’s got a plus arm, though, as he was also a power pitcher for Perimeter. All of these tools add up to a high-ceiling corner outfielder with a lot to work on. This is a decent pick for talent, but it’s risky, and I thought they could have waited a few more rounds to get him. He signed quickly, however, and he’s hitting .277/.345/.505 in 101 ABs with Danville, a good start. DOB: 1/3/90. Signing bonus: $125,000.

8. Kyle Rose, OF, Northwest Shoals CC (AL), #238 overall, 6’1’’/185: A 49th round pick of the Marlins in 2007 out of high school, Rose is another burner selected by the Braves. I’d say his speed is his only plus tool, though, as I’ve heard numerous reports of struggles with his bat. In addition, Rose was also kicked off the team late in the season, though I don’t know all the reasons behind the move, so I can’t comment accurately on the situation. I expected Rose to last much longer, but the Braves overdrafted him here, and they signed him quickly as a JUCO sophomore. He’s hitting .327/.435/.404 in 52 ABs with the GCL Braves, with 8 steals in addition. DOB: 5/24/89. Signing bonus: $122,500.

9. Matt Weaver, SS, Burlington CC (NJ), #268 overall, 6’0’’/175: Weaver’s another questionable pick to me, as I thought he’d simply be a late-round follow. A JUCO freshman, Weaver’s still got a lot to work on, though he showed signs of an ability to hit for average this spring with Burlington. He’s also got above-average speed, though he’s not a burner like some of the Braves’ other picks. I don’t see him necessarily sticking at short, so second base might be Weaver’s best option. I’m just underwhelmed by this pick. He signed quickly, went just 3-for-22 (.136) with the GCL Braves, then was promoted to Danville, where he’s 1-for-5. DOB: 1/27/90. Signing bonus: $105,000.

10. Aaron Northcraft, RHP, Mater Dei HS (CA), #298 overall, 6’4’’/215: This is a good pick for draft position and talent, but I’m afraid Northcraft might need a complete mechanical re-work. He throws from a low three-quarters arm slot, and he’s inching closer to being a sidearm pitcher. He’s got the pro body and pure arm to throw as a starter from a pure three-quarters slot, but it will take time to iron out the kinks. I do like this pick a lot, however, as he’s a nice high-upside selection that signed for a reasonable amount of money in the tenth round. He’s thrown 14 quality innings in the GCL so far. DOB: 5/28/90. Signing bonus: $125,000.

11. Chris Masters, LHP, Western Carolina, #328 overall, 6’0’’/230: Masters is a big kid, and I don’t mean big in a good way. He carries some extra weight, and that might hamper his chances of success in the pros. He does have some good stuff, though, and he was quite successful at times converting to a starter this past spring. I thought he might last another round or two, but I don’t really consider this an overdraft as much as I think some teams just valued him more than others. He’s a native Georgian, and I’m sure that contributed to him signing quickly, making this a solid pick. He’s been fairly dominant so far in 21.2 innings with Danville. DOB: 10/1/87. Signing bonus: Unknown.

12. Chris Lovett, SS, Columbia State CC (TN), #358 overall, 6’0’’/175: Lovett was a powerful infielder with Columbia State, but I didn’t think he’d even be in the conversation for an early second day pick like this. Armed with only a commitment to Lipscomb, Lovett was obviously not a highly-touted prospect, but the Braves drafted him in prospect territory, making this pick questionable. I’m not sure Lovett has the bat or glove to stick as a prospect in the pros. He signed fairly quickly, but is just hitting .211/.333/.395 in 38 ABs in the GCL. DOB: 12/21/88. Signing bonus: Unknown.

13. Jordan Kreke, 3B, Eastern Illinois, #388 overall, 6’1’’/205: I’m sure that Ohio Valley Conference pitchers are happy to have Kreke out of their league, but I didn’t think he’d be out so quickly. A college senior, he’s your classic college hitter than had huge success against weaker pitching. He was also a shortstop with Eastern Illinois, and the Braves already moved him to third. He’s got good arm strength, as he was also a reliever in college this past spring. He’s got limited upside in general, but he signed quickly. He’s hitting .267/.371/.344 in 90 ABs with Danville. DOB: 5/21/87. Signing bonus: Unknown.

14. Cory Harrilchak, OF, Elon, #418 overall, 5’10’’/180: Harrilchak is an interesting case study for how college outfielders develop. He hit very well as a junior, but he wasn’t drafted last year. However, he added some pop during his senior year, and I thought he was a good candidate for the teens in this draft. The Braves made that happen, and Harrilchak signed quickly. It almost seems like an organizational pick, but it falls squarely in prospect territory, and Harrilchak might be a future bench players and pinch hitter. He’s hitting .321/.389/.432 in 81 ABs with Danville so far, so he’s off to a good start. DOB: 10/27/87. Signing bonus: Unknown.

15. Bennett Pickar, C, Eaton HS (CO), #448 overall, 6’1’’/185: This seems to mark the transition to unsignable and organization player territory for this draft, though I personally think they went to that level in terms of talent a few rounds previously. Pickar fell behind fellow Colorado catcher Chris O’Dowd in my book early on, but Pickar has the lighter commitment and possibly better pro tools. However, being from Colorado, he’s very raw, and he would benefit greatly from college, especially a place like Oral Roberts that develops good pitchers, forcing Pickar to work heavily on his defensive game. He hasn’t signed yet, and I think it’s up in the air at the moment whether he will or not. DOB: 9/14/90. Commitment: Oral Roberts.

16. Riaan Spanjer-Furstenburg, 1B, Nova Southeastern (FL), #478 overall, 6’2’’/215: Spanjer-Furstenburg is just trying to make my life harder in the spelling department. A native South African, Riaan (as I will call him from now on) showed some good pop at Nova, though he’s pretty limited in terms of projection. However, he should hit for at least awhile in the low minors, and I think he’s got what translates to the pro game in general. As a first baseman, he must continue to hit, though. He signed quickly and is doing just that with Danville, as he has a line of .412/.459/.619 in 97 ABs. DOB: 2/8/88. Signing bonus: Unknown.

17. Jace Whitmer, C, Kennesaw State, #508 overall, 6’4’’/225: Whitmer is better known as the catcher for top draft picks Chad Jenkins and Kyle Heckathorn in this draft class. Whitmer himself might be too large to stick at catcher, though his body is definitely of pro size and strength. He strikes out tons and doesn’t walk much, so his approach in general is lacking. He signed quickly and is hitting .250/.310/.281 in 64 ABs with Danville. DOB: 12/18/87. Signing bonus: Unknown.

18. Jakob Dalfonso, 3B, Middle Georgia JC, #538 overall, 6’3’’/200: Dalfonso was a shortstop as a JUCO freshman this past spring, and I wasn’t sure he’d be anything more than a late-round follow, considering he still had a year of eligibility left at Middle Georgia. He signed quickly and is hitting .333/.419/.389 in 54 ABs in the GCL. DOB: 1/25/90. Signing bonus: Unknown.

19. Ty’Relle Harris, RHP, Tennessee, #568 overall, 6’4’’/235: Harris was a senior pitcher with the Volunteers that projected as a future middle reliever for the late teens or early twenties. He’s got a big frame and some decent stuff to go with it. This was a solid pick, and Harris signed quickly. He threw 5.2 dominant innings with Danville, then was promoted to Rome in the Sally League, where he’s thrown 9.2 dominant innings there. Great start for a 19th-rounder. DOB: 12/12/86. Signing bonus: Unknown.

20. Jeff Lorick, LHP, Virginia, #598 overall, 6’0’’/185: Another native Georgian from out of state, Lorick was mostly a starter at Virginia, but he really struggled this spring. I thought he would go in this area, and the Braves signed him quickly, despite Lorick having another year of eligibility. He’s had mixed results in 17.2 innings with Danville. DOB: 12/18/87. Signing bonus: Unknown.

21. Matt Crim, LHP, Citadel, #628 overall, 6’0’’/195: Crim was a senior lefty that I expected to go a few rounds later, though this isn’t really an overdraft. He signed quickly and has pitched well with a great groundout to air out ratio in 24 innings with Danville. DOB: 8/14/87. Signing bonus: Unknown.

22. Ryan Weber, RHP, St. Petersburg JC (FL), #658 overall, 6’0’’/170: A 12th-rounder a year ago to the Phillies, Weber’s got tons more potential than this draft slot. He didn’t show as much high-end promise this spring, though I like how his offspeed stuff came along. I doubt he signs this far down, and he’ll probably return to school and could improve on his draft position as a sophomore JUCO player. DOB: 8/12/90. Commitment: None.

23. Lucas LaPoint, RHP, Knight HS (CA), #688 overall, 6’3’’/215: LaPoint’s got a pro body to go along with some hope of projectability, and I thought he might go a few rounds higher on pure talent. He doesn’t have the refinement of even normal prep pitchers, which caused his drop. He surprisingly signed despite being taken this late, and he’s struggled a little in the GCL. DOB: 3/30/91. Signing bonus: Unknown.

24. Casey Upperman, RHP, Notre Dame Prep (AZ), #718 overall, 6’1’’/183: Another prep I expected to go a number of rounds higher, probably somewhere in the teens, Upperman fell due to a lack of projection and pro size. I doubt he signs in this slot, as he’ll be eligible again next year after a year at Yavapai. DOB: 11/16/90. Commitment: Yavapai JC (AZ).

25. Ethan Icard, RHP, Wilkes CC (NC), #748 overall, 6’2’’/180: A JUCO freshman, I didn’t expect Icard’s name to get called, as I had heard absolutely nothing on him. He’s got a year of eligibility year at Wilkes, so I’d expect him to return to school. DOB: 8/28/90. Commitment: None.

26. Will Scott, RHP, Walters State CC (TN), #778 overall, 6’2’’/191: Scott was a 32nd-rounder of the Rockies a year ago out of high school, and I expected him to go in the early twenties this year as a JUCO freshman. He’s got pretty good stuff, though he wasn’t the best pitcher on his staff. I don’t expect him to sign, as he could turn into a pretty high pick as a JUCO sophomore next year. DOB: 9/2/90. Commitment: None.

27. Joey Leftridge, OF, Howard JC (TX), #808 overall, 6’0’’/175: Despite being a freshman, Leftridge actually graduated high school two years ago, and he was drafted by the Twins in the 39th round in 2007. He’s got good speed, but he also still has a year of eligibility at the powerhouse Howard. I don’t expect him to sign this late. DOB: 11/23/88. Commitment: None.

28. Eric Swegman, RHP, Young Harris JC (GA), #838 overall, 6’6’’/215: A 33rd-rounder of the Royals a year ago, Swegman has the definition of a pro body. A JUCO sophomore from the state of Georgia, I’m guessing the Braves also thought he would be fairly signable, though he’s about ten rounds lower than I thought he’d be. With a D-1 college commitment, that signability is now in question. He hasn’t signed yet. DOB: 8/3/88. Commitment: Georgia.

29. Bobby Rauh, OF, Daytona Beach CC (FL), #868 overall, 6’0’’/185: Daytona is a pretty bad program, and Rauh wasn’t expected to be drafted. He’s got great speed, though, and he showcased that this summer in the Virginia Valley League. I don’t expect him to sign so far down in the draft with a commitment. DOB: 11/25/87. Commitment: Tampa.

30. Vince Howard, OF, Sikeston HS (MO), #898 overall, 6’0’’/205: I didn’t know what to expect with Howard coming into the draft, as he had completely fallen off my radar. I wasn’t able to find a commitment for him, either. I don’t know whether he’ll sign or not, since I don’t know of his commitment. DOB: 8/16/90. Commitment: Unknown.

31. Derek Wiley, 1B, Belmont, #928 overall, 6’3’’/217: Wiley was a 50th-rounder of the Athletics a year ago as a junior, and it was only because of his pro size. He strikes out a lot and doesn’t walk much, though he has some power. He’s an organizational infielder over the long-run. He signed quickly, and he’s hitting .211/.302/.395 in 38 ABs with Danville. DOB: 4/9/87. Signing bonus: Unknown.

32. Jake Montgomery, RHP, Pope HS (GA), #958 overall, 6’2’’/214: Montgomery’s got a natural pro body, but he lacks the refinement of a top pro prospect. He probably could have gone fifteen rounds higher, if not more, but he also fell due to a strong college commitment. I don’t expect him to sign. DOB: 1/14/91. Commitment: Georgia.

33. Tyler Stubblefield, SS, Kennesaw State, #988 overall, 5’10’’/185: Stubblefield was a third baseman at Kennesaw State. He’s fairly small, and he’ll probably go higher as a senior sign next year. He hasn’t signed. DOB: 11/19/87.

34. Arby Fields, OF, Los Osos HS (CA), #1018 overall, 5’9’’/190: Short switch-hitter with strong college commitment. I wouldn’t expect him to sign, as I thought he’d simply be a late-round follow. DOB: 6/25/91. Commitment: Northwestern.

35. Matt Hartunian, C, Montclair Prep HS (CA), #1048 overall, 5’11’’/190: Prep catcher that will be eligible for the draft again in 2011 after his sophomore season of college. I highly doubt he signs. DOB: 6/28/90. Commitment: USC.

36. Andrew Wilson, RHP, Liberty, #1078 overall, 6’2’’/180: Senior pitcher originally from North Carolina. Nothing special in terms of stuff or size. He signed quickly and has thrown 8.2 good innings in the GCL. DOB: 7/30/87. Signing bonus: Unknown.

37. Matt Moynihan, OF, Cathedral Catholic HS (CA), #1108 overall, 6’2’’/200: Athletic outfielder that I thought might go in the early twenties if not for his hometown college commitment. Lot of work left in his skillset. I doubt he signs. DOB: 1/18/90. Commitment: San Diego.

38. Tripp Faulk, OF, North Myrtle Beach HS (SC), #1138 overall, 6’1’’/175: Another late-round prep follow, but Faulk has a smaller college commitment. I still don’t expect him to sign. DOB: 1/11/91. Commitment: Wingate (NC).

39. Joey Bourgeois, RHP, Louisiana State-Eunice JC, #1168 overall, 6’3’’/225: Freshman JUCO player on the most talent-laden Louisiana JUCO team. Good pro size, but only a late-round follow, because he has much work left to do. Will probably go twenty rounds higher a year from now. DOB: 2/12/90. Commitment: None.

40. Antonio Carrillo, OF, San Ysidro HS (CA), #1198 overall, 5’11’’/165: I expected Carrillo to go as much as 25 rounds higher, as I can’t even find a college commitment for him, supposedly making him an easier sign. He’s lacking in pro size, but his toolset is at least adequate. However, he probably won’t sign this far down. DOB: 7/3/91. Commitment: Unknown.

41. Kyle Petter, LHP, El Camino JC (CA), #1228 overall, 5’10’’/180: A 41st-rounder of the Blue Jays a year ago out of high school. Having just finished his freshman year at El Camino, he still has a lot to work on with command, and he could be drafted as a hitter next year. I doubt he signs. DOB: 4/5/90. Commitment: None.

42. Josh Conway, OF, Smithburg HS (MD), #1258 overall, 6’1’’/165: One of, if not the best, outfielders in the state of Maryland, Conway needs to add serious muscle to be a pro outfielder. I expected him to go maybe 25 rounds higher, but he’s got a good college commitment, and I’d expect him to turn into a solid college hitter. He hasn’t signed. DOB: 4/12/91. Commitment: Coastal Carolina.

43. Alan Walden, RHP, Red Bank HS (TN), #1288 overall, 6’1’’/154: Walden is in a similar position to Conway in that he needs to add strength to his frame before I can consider him a pro prospect. He’s got quality stuff, not top of the line, but it will be enough to get him a bullpen role in college, if not more. He won’t sign. DOB: 11/18/90. Commitment: Tennessee.

44. Corey Newsome, RHP, Bay HS (FL), #1318 overall, 6’0’’/170: Don’t have any info on Newsome, and I couldn’t find a college commitment. I wouldn’t expect him to sign this far down, though. DOB: 9/27/90. Commitment: Unknown.

45. Nathan Dorris, LHP, Marion HS (IL), #1348 overall, 6’3’’/185: Not one of the top pitchers in Illinois, but he does compare favorably in terms of size with almost any other Illinois prep pitcher. Three years of Vanderbilt will do him good, and I don’t expect him to sign. DOB: 12/9/90. Commitment: Vanderbilt.

46. George Farmer, RHP, Rockdale County HS (GA), #1378 overall, 6’3’’/220: Otherwise known as Buck, Farmer was a top ten round candidate without the strong college commitment. He’s a strong kid with a good pro body, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see him push into the top ten rounds after three years of college, too. He’s not overpowering, though, so he might disappoint a few scouts. He hasn’t signed, and I don’t think he will. DOB: 2/20/91. Commitment: Georgia Tech.

47. Colby Holmes, RHP, Conway HS (SC), #1408 overall, 6’0’’/195: Smaller kid with possibly better repertoire than Farmer. However, he doesn’t have the natural size, limiting him in the eyes of scouts. He could have a successful college career, though, as he probably will not sign. DOB: 10/24/90. Commitment: South Carolina.

48. Jamie Hayes, RHP, Rider, #1438 overall, 6’0’’/195: Small senior pitcher who also played shortstop in college. He was simply a roster filler pick. He signed quickly, and he’s thrown 5 innings without allowing an earned run in the GCL. DOB: 10/21/86. Signing bonus: Unknown.

49. Gabe Gutierrez, RHP, Apollo HS (AZ), #1468 overall, 5’10’’/200: Small kid with a big build. I expected him to be a late-round follow, and he might pop up on draft boards again with two years at Central Arizona CC coming up. He hasn’t signed. DOB: 9/30/90. Commitment: Central Arizona CC.

50. Josh Edgin, LHP, Francis Marion (PA), #1498 overall, 6’1’’/225: Nothing to add on Edgin, who is already 22. He hasn’t signed, and I don’t know why he’s holding out, as he’ll probably go undrafted a year from now. DOB: 12/17/86.

Looking at this draft, I initially wonder what the Braves’ draft plan was. Minor doesn’t fit your typical Braves’ first round mold, but I thought the pick was at least slightly defensible, since he was one of the better lefty college pitchers available this year, and the Braves like advanced pitchers from time to time. The David Hale pick was actually one of my favorite picks of the third round, too, so I thought that was defensible, since Hale has more upside than most college picks. However, from there, I started getting really confused. Mycal Jones has a good toolset in general, but he’s already 22 and still lacks a lot of the basic fundamentals that fourth round prep shortstops have. Berryhill is also a talented pitcher, but I also thought the pick could have waited a round or three. Beyond that, I really felt that the Braves were continually jumping on players that they liked too soon, with relatively few exceptions. As a result, their total talent acquired in this draft is sorely lacking. I was fairly shocked by this, as I was a supported of their 2008 draft, even when some were questioning their heavy use of the JUCO ranks. However, they really perplexed me with some picks, so I’m not nearly as bullish on this draft as I was a year ago.

Money-wise, I’m starting to wonder whether the Braves were under some serious financial restrictions when making the picks. They’ve spent right around $5 million per year over the last couple of drafts, and the bonuses they’ve doled out so far equal out to somewhere in the $1.3 million range, with Mike Minor and Ryan Woolley the two early picks yet to sign. Minor’s slot is supposedly in the $2.175 million range, and he’s probably holding out for last year’s slot of $2.42 million. I would guess Woolley is asking for something in the $200K range, maybe a tad more. Using that 2008 slot amount and the $200K amount I throw out there, it looks like Atlanta’s budget might be around $4 million this year, a decrease of a crucial $1 million. That $1 million could have gotten them a better talent at any of the top four rounds or so, though I repeat my thought that David Hale is a great third round pick. Or they could turn that extra $1 million into multiple mid-round picks signed at higher prices, buying them away from college commitments, and players such as Zack Von Rosenberg and Brody Colvin from the Louisiana prep ranks were still available to the Braves when they made their 5th and 7th round picks respectively. Getting one of those arms instead of a Thomas Berryhill or a Robby Hefflinger is a big deal. That’s where I think the major detraction is in this draft. They lack high-end players.

Putting all those factors together, I really have to grade this draft down from each of the first six drafts I’ve reviewed, and I’m pretty surprised by that. I do expect both Minor and Woolley to sign, so I don’t see myself making any changes to that grade after signing day on August 17. Minor will probably turn out to be a solid Major League starter, but it’s more likely that he’s in the back of a rotation than the front, a disappointing fact considering the number of young arms the Braves already have in their system with more potential. Players like Woolley, Berryhill, Hefflinger, and Northcraft will define how good this draft is when we look back a number of years from now, and I’m not sure Braves fans are going to be happy about that result. The odds of a Major Leaguer coming from this draft not named Minor are pretty low, though David Hale is big wild card, and I’m high on the pick. Me being high on that pick is the only thing that saved the Braves from being graded down two levels from the worst drafts ahead of them. They got some athleticism, some power, some pitching, and some balance, so I have to give them first a passing grade, then the raw talent they got allows a little higher grade than just above passing. There’s a high risk of failure in this draft class, as with any class that falls in love with JUCO freshmen, but Minor at the top balances that out a bit. Overall, this draft was pretty disappointing, and it’s the worst I’ve graded yet.

FINAL GRADE: C+

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