With the draft signing deadline here and gone, we have taken to the final signings and are looking to see which of our draft tracker prospects fell to a zone that could make them absolute steals. Keep in mind that we are going way deep into the prospect and draft world here. Deep to the point that some of these players could become names the average fan will never ever here uttered. But we’re going to take a look at the AL East now and finish up with the NL West over the next few days because this is what makes this interesting. Here is the AL West, AL Central, NL Central and NL East.
Anyone can tell you that Joey Gallo is a powerhouse bat for the Rangers or that Mike Zunino has a shot at being a full time catcher with an excellent power/contact bat. As a matter of fact, we’ve already been there and done that. So now, you decide… “You take the blue pill – the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill – you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes.” -Morpheus
Ryan Borucki LHP 3/31/1994 – Borucki was considered one of the the top prospects from the state of IL up until he came down with an elbow injury. But the 6’4″ frame has tons of room to grow at just 170 lbs right now. His fastball is low 90s and he uses a slider and changeup. He’s already pitching in the GCL, so if he’s healthy he could blossom as a steal from the 15th round.
Jake Pintar RHP 2/13/1994 – Pintar is 6’7″ and 200 lbs. Huge frame and can add weight. His mechanics are going to be reworked and that should help him become more reliable around the zone. With the height he should be more tall and fall than he is. With his current mechanical package he only gets his fastball into the high 80s touching 90 at times. That should uptick with the right tweaks. His slider/curveball works well out of the same arm slot but he tends to drag the arm when he throws it. This is a project. But in a nice package and has upside out of the 29th round.
Tampa Bay Rays
Nick Sawyer RHP 9/23/1991 – Sawyer has a big fastball from a 5’11” frame. At just 175 lbs the velocity he gets is a testament to his natural ability. He runs his fastball into the mid 90s at times with good sink but command can become an issue when he overthrows. His slider is a work in progress and the changeup is still only a distant third. He profiles best out of the bullpen and could move quickly in his first year through the lower levels. If he can refine the slider he could be a solid bullpen arm long term.
Boston Red Sox
Shaq Thompson OF 4/21/1994 – Yes, the one who went 0-39 with 37 strikeouts before going on the restricted list this season. He’s a legit high end athlete and no one can possibly continue on the path that he has headed down. He will head to Washington and star as a defensive back / returner for the Huskies this season. When the Spring rolls back around Thompson should be able to get a fresh start with a clear head. He’s a raw talent and will probably find his pro path on the football field. But if the Sox can get him to tap into his talent there is a high ceiling athlete here out of the 18th round . He hit .305 with 13 XBH in 59 AB in his final high school season, so he knows how to use the bat and he had 10 SB in 10 attempts. Either way, he will forever be a 2012 draft story to remember.
New York Yankees
Brady Lail RHP 8/9/1993 – Lail was expected to go inside the first 10 rounds so, so getting him in the 18th is a nice pickup. Signing him away from Arizona was another story but the Yankees went to $335k and Lail signed. He works a solid curveball and changeup combo already with good mechanics that feature a little extra effort. His fastball is just average at this point in the high 80s but he projects in the low 90s once he fills out his frame. He’s just 175 lbs at this point.
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