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Community Mock Draft Commentary: National League West

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Here is a review/summary of the 2010 Minor League Ball Community Mock Draft. We will do this by division, beginning with the NL West and working our way across the continent.

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS
1) Josh Sale, OF, Bishop Blanchett HS, Seattle
2) Ryan LaMarre, OF, University of Michigan
3) Scott Frazier, RHP, Upland HS, California
COMMENT:  I don't know if Sale interests the Dbacks in real life, but I like the pick in the abstract and am very fond of his bat. LaMarre is a bit risky as college guys go in my view, but has a high upside. Frazier is a signability risk with a Pepperdine commitment, but I like him a lot and he's a potential steal if signable. I think this is a nice mixture of talent.

COLORADO ROCKIES
1) Anthony Ranaudo, RHP, LSU
1S) Gary Brown, OF, Cal State Fullerton
2) Jesse Biddle, LHP, Germantown Friends HS, Philadelphia
3) Zach Alford, SS, South Forsythe HS, Cumming,GA
COMMENT: This is very interesting; all four of these picks have considerable risk but also a big potential payoff. Ranaudo could be excellent if his arm doesn't fall off. Brown has a great glove and wheels, but will he hit against advanced pitching? Biddle is being rumored as a first round pick but has serious signability issues if he falls too far in the draft. Alford has a promising bat but lacks speed and has signability doubts. This is a gutsy draft that could result in either a huge success or a total disaster.

LOS ANGELES DODGERS
1) Delino Deshields, OF, Woodward Academy, McDonugh, GA
2) Dave Filak, RHP, SUNY-Oneonta
3) Drew Cisco, RHP, Wando HS, Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina
COMMENT:  DeShields is a logical pick for the Dodgers, since they love tools and players with major league bloodlines. Filak is a small college guy but has a major league arm, athleticism, and outstanding statistical performance. Cisco is extremely polished for a high school guy and also has major league bloodlines. This looks like a reasonable draft to me, with a mixture of tools, polish, and backgrounds.

SAN DIEGO PADRES
1) Kolbrin Vitek, 2B, Ball State University
2) Rob Rasmussen, LHP, UCLA

3) Donn Roach, RHP, College of Southern Nevada
COMMENTARY:  The Padres scouting director was a no-show, so I did this one myself. Vitek has been linked with the Padres for weeks, so he seemed a logical choice. Rasmussen would be a first round pick if he was taller, so I don't see that as a "low upside" pick of the type that used to annoy Padres fans. Roach was one of the best JC pitchers in the country and has a very live arm.

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS
1) Bryce Brentz, OF, Middle Tennessee State University
2) Tony Wolters, SS, Rancho Buena Vista HS, California
3) Cody Buckel, RHP, Royal HS, Simi Valley, California
COMMENTARY: The original director didn't show. I did the first pick, going with Brentz to provide some power in a farm system starved for bats. An emergency sub picked Wolters in the second round. He's a bit undersized but also has a very promising bat. Another poster familiar with the Giants selected Buckel, a smallish righthander with a lively arm and one of the sleepers in this class. Overall I think this looks pretty good. Brentz and Wolters address a system need, while Buckel seems like he would do well in the Giants development system.