Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Phillies Draft

baseball draft started today. the phils picked up:

Kyle Drabek...............SS................Woodlands HS
Adrian Cardenas........SS...............Monsignor Edward Pace HS
Andrew Carpenter....RHP............Long Beach State
Jason Donald..............SS...............Arizona

holy shortstops, batman! guess you can't have too many of them... also drabek is listed as a SS but it seems like most people are projecting him as a pitcher.

here are the scouting reports from baseball america:
12. Kyle Drabek, rhp/ss
School: The Woodlands HS. Class: Sr.
Hometown: The Woodlands, Texas
B-T: R-R. Ht.: 6-1. Wt.: 190. Birthdate: 12/8/87.
Scouting Report: There may not be a more gifted player than Drabek in this draft, but he also comes with makeup concerns. On the mound, he shows better stuff than his father, former Cy Young Award winner Doug. Though he's 5-foot-11, he has the arm speed to deliver 94-95 mph fastballs and top out at 97. His best pitch may be his 78-82 mph spike curveball, which is all but unhittable. The lone knock on the pitch is that he relies on it too much. "He has as good an arm as anyone," an American League scouting director said. "When his fastball and curve are on, he has the best two-pitch combination in the draft." Drabek has a decent slider and feel for a changeup, though he rarely needs to use either at this point. He finishes a bit upright in his delivery, but his mechanics are otherwise sound and the ball comes out of his hand easily. He could also make a case for being the best high school position player in the draft, as he's a comparable hitter to New Jersey's Bill Rowell and would have a better shot at playing shortstop as a pro. Yet some teams are backing away from Drabek. He's high-strung on the field, and there are off-field issues as well, but he'll still go in the middle of the first round.

62. Adrian Cardenas, 2b
School: Monsignor Pace HS. Class: Sr.
Hometown: Miami Lakes, Fla.
B-T: L-R. Ht.: 6-0. Wt.: 190. Birthdate: 10/10/87.
Scouting Report: No player in Florida took a bigger leap forward this spring than Cardenas, a hard-nosed throwback player with good makeup and feel for the game. He's savvy and bright, and he even plays the piano. He made the most of hitting in front of Chris Marrero in his high school lineup by putting together one of the most impressive high school seasons in South Florida in years. He hit safely in 29 of his first 37 at-bats with eight home runs, broke a Dade County record for home runs and was batting .630-17-56. Cardenas has good strength and a short, compact lefthanded swing. He allows balls to get deep in the hitting zone before driving them to all fields. He should hit 10-15 home runs annually in the big leagues with a .275-.295 average. He won't make it there as a shortstop, however, which hinders his value. He's a fringe-average runner, and his lower half has some stiffness. Most scouts believe he profiles at second base fine, though others insist he'll wind up in left field. His hands are average, as is his arm at second base.

98. Andrew Carpenter, rhp
School: Long Beach State. Class: Jr.
Hometown: Vacaville, Calif.
B-T: R-R. Ht.: 6-3. Wt.: 225. Birthdate: 5/18/85.
Scouting Report: Carpenter is on his third school in three seasons. He went 7-2 with four saves at Division II Chico (Calif.) State in 2004, then spent 2005 at Sacramento City College, one of the nation's top junior college programs. He went from there to Long Beach State and became the team's best starter. While teammate Jered Hughes pitches on Fridays and has more pro potential, Carpenter has a knack for pitching and throwing strikes that rivals anyone in the draft. His fastball is fringe-average at 87-89 mph (though he's touched up to 94), but pitching coach Troy Buckley has improved his mechanics, giving him more of a downward angle and more balance in his delivery. He has above-average control of all his pitches, but Carpenter throws too many, using at times a split-finger fastball as well as slider, curveball and changeup, with the splitter his out pitch. He'll need to pick one breaking ball and should settle in as a four-pitch, strike-throwing righty who profiles as a back-of-the-rotation starter.

150. Jason Donald, ss
School: Arizona. Class: Jr.
Hometown: Clovis, Calif.
B-T: R-R. Ht.: 6-1. Wt.: 200. Birthdate: 9/4/85.
Scouting Report: Donald turned down a significant bonus out of high school, though the size of the bonus has grown as the tale has spread through the scouting grapevine. It was south of the $1 million some have speculated about. Whatever the bonus offer was, however, Donald will be hard-pressed to match it after failing to significantly improve his pro profile in college. He helped Arizona to the 2004 College World Series and hit .272 in the Cape Cod League in 2005, and scouts praise Donald's makeup. He's a gamer with one above-average tool, his plus throwing arm. Otherwise, his tools grade out average or below (speed), and his swing can get long and slow. He probably lacks the range to be an everyday shortstop in pro ball, though his smarts and hands could allow him to get by. Overall, Donald has a utilityman's skills and tools with an everyday pricetag and Scott Boras as an adviser. Position scarcity still could result in Donald being drafted in the first five rounds.
more on drabek:
Less than 24 hours later, the 6-foot-1, 190-pounder is standing on the mound before a rowdy crowd at Kelly Field in Carrollton, taking on Newman Smith High, the top Dallas-area team this year. Earlier in the game, fans chanted "overrated" after he struck out in an at-bat.

A win would move The Woodlands to the state regional semifinals. A loss would force a decisive third game against Newman Smith the next day. With a flock of scouts in the stands raising radar guns for every pitch, Drabek put on an effort already being hailed as one of the finest in the history of Texas prep baseball.

His fastball sizzling at 97 mph and his 87 mph slider dropping like Enron stock, Drabek struck out the side in five of seven innings on his way to a no-hitter in a 2-0 victory. He recorded 19 strikeouts, breaking the school's previous single-game record of 17.

"It was the best high school performance I've ever seen by a pitcher, and I've been one-hit by Kerry Wood too," Newman Smith coach J.T. Blair says. "It was dominating. We couldn't bunt. We could barely foul the ball off. It was ridiculous."

Not only does Drabek possess a rocket right arm with a smoking fastball and a wicked curveball, but he is also a stellar shortstop with a powerful, compact swing. A standout wide receiver who caught 53 passes for 1,094 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior, he also has 4.5-second speed in the 40.

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

With baseball drafts, you just never know...

Ben

10:34 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i've heard that Drabek is a real head case, both on and off the field.
anyone know any background on that or why that's the story on such a talented prospect?

10:19 AM EDT  

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