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2004 Second-Round Review, Part One

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2004 Second Round Picks: Where are they now?


Cleveland 2004 second-round pick Justin Hoyman

Here is a review of 2004's second-round draft picks. I've had a request for the supplemental round, and will do that next week. Here are the first ten picks, we'll get the others soon.

2004 Second Round
42---New York Yankees: Brett Smith, RHP, UC Irvine
Started the year at Class A Charleston, went 1-0, 3.48 in 5 starts (26/6 K/BB). Promoted to Class A Tampa, he has struggled: 3-3, 6.17 with 14/8 K/BB in 37 innings, 37 hits allowed. Command is good but K/IP took a hit after he moved up. Disappointing recently, especially for a college pitcher in A-ball.

43---Detroit Tigers: Eric Beattie, RHP, University of Tampa
Extended spring training, trying to work out severe problems with his mechanics and his command.

44---New York Mets: Matt Durkin, RHP, San Jose State
2-3, 4.22 in 13 games, 10 starts for Class A Hagerstown, with a 51/39 K/BB in 53 innings. Command has been a significant issue for him so far. He throws hard but is far from a polished pitcher.

45---Tampa Bay Devil Rays: Reid Brignac, SS, St. Amant HS, Louisiana
Hitting .240/.322/.387 in 57 games for the Southwest Michigan Devil Rays, cooling off a great deal after a fast start. Walk rate is good (25 in 225 ab), has shown some pop, but is fanning more than once per game. Performance still credible considering age.

46---Milwaukee Brewers: Yovani Gallardo, RHP, Trimble Tech HS, Fort Worth
1-3, 3.22 in 13 games, 6 starts for the West Virginia Power. 47/21 K/BB ratio in 50 innings. Command has waivered at times, but overall doing quite well for a guy one year out of high school. He'd just be a freshman in college right now.

47---Cleveland Indians: Justin Hoyman, RHP, University of Florida
2-0, 3.00 in 9 starts for the Lake County Captains in the Sally League. 36/18 K/BB in 48 innings, 44 hit allowed, overall pitching solid baseball. I'd like to see his walk rate come down.

48---Cincinnati Reds: B.J. Szymanski, OF, Princeton
.267/.327/.511 in 11 games for the Dayton Dragons in the Midwest League, 4 walks, 14 strikeouts in 45 at-bats. Playing time has been limited by a strained right knee. Power production has been good, but poor plate discipline will be an issue at higher levels if it is not improved.

49---Oakland Athletics: Michael Rogers, RHP, North Carolina State
3-3, 4.41 in 13 starts for the Kane County Cougars of the Midwest League, 50/26 K/BB in 69 innings, 68 hits allowed. Doing OK but not exactly thriving, considering he is a Division I product in low A-ball he should be doing better than this.

50---Colorado Rockies: Seth Smith, OF, University of Mississippi
.300/.363/.477 for Class A Modesto in the California League. 24 walks, 63 strikeouts in 61 games, 243 at-bats. He's playing well, certainly, but there is risk if he is promoted to higher levels too quickly: note mediocre walk rate, with more than one strikeout per game. He's quite toolsy and right now is killing the ball with natural talent, but more refinement will be needed at higher levels.

51---Texas Rangers: K.C. Herron, OF, Auburn HS, Washington state
Extended spring training.