2012 MLB Draft Signing Deadline: Under the Radar – NL West

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 NL West now and finish up the series because this is what makes this interesting. Here is the AL WestAL Central, AL EastNL Central and NL East in case you need to play some catch up.

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

Arizona DiamondbacksArizona Diamondbacks

Breland Almadova OF 10/18/1990 – When the Dbacks took Almadova in the 37th round it was expected that he wouldn’t be signable. After a disappointing junior season at Hawaii in which he posted a .267 AVG, it was actually expected that he would return for his senior season. Considered one of the best athlete’s in the region, Almadova has a 6’1″ 195 frame and has average or better tools across the board. He should bounce back with the hit tool and show solid plate discipline and speed.

Los Angeles Dodgers

Pat Stover OF 9/12/1990 – Stover was a 17th rounder for the A’s out of HS but ended up at Santa Clara. After a lost sophomore season due to injury he came back with a strong finish this year closing out with a .297/.377/.427 line with 10 doubles, 5 HR and 14 SB making the All WCC first team. At 6’4″ and 215 lbs he’s a solid frame athlete with upside. Defensively he’s a work in progress and will probably be relegated to LF as a pro despite a good arm. So he’ll need to develop his bat to the max in order to hit his upside. But as a 40th rounder he should be Mr. Irrelevant for the system and he could prove quite valuable and a possible steal over time.

San Francisco GiantsSan Francisco Giants

Mason McVay LHP 8/15/1990 – Monster sized lefty at 6’7″ and 230 lbs but he doesn’t light up the radar guns. At least not last season. He works in the high 80s and can touch the low 90s at times with a weak secondary arsenal. But he struck out more than a batter per inning last year and reports have him touching 94 in the past. if the arm speed is there its a mechanical adjustment that will unlock the additional velocity and if that happens you can expect him to jump up the prospect charts. Low floor with a nice ceiling out of the 26th round. You can’t teach size.

San Diego Padres

Malcom Diaz RHP 3/2/1994 – Puerto Rico put out some high level prospects this year. Diaz isn’t one of them. But he has some intriguing upside with a low 90s fastball and clean mechanics. He has an ideal pitchers frame at 6’2″ and 185 lbs with some room to grow. His fastball has serious movement, something Diaz has yet to master and utilize to his advantage. His changeup and curveball are both below average but he has the time to develop both. An uptick in velocity as he matures can be expected and if the secondaries come along he’ll look like a nice pick outside the top 10 rounds in an already talent laden draft for the Padres.

Colorado RockiesColorado Rockies

Jeff Popick OF 6/17/1989 – Popick went in the 16th round out of Colorado Mesa. The Rockies got a good look at their home state product and probably could have let him slide even further. But he’s a solid athlete at 6’4″ and 215 lbs with speed and an excellent arm suited for RF. He’s already 23 and will need to be fast tracked but is the type of hitter who could flourish in the right enviornment. Long shot to be able to hit his ceiling but could be a good value in the 16th round.

Ryan Garvey OF 3/30/1993 – Bloodlines and plus power at a young age. Garvey has the power to be a pro and the swing to get himself in trouble along the way. He’s going to need to mature as a hitter if he ever has a chance at utilizing his best tool. He’s going to be relegated to LF as a pro and that means a a big bat will be needed. He’s young enough for the Rockies to take their time with him. He’s a project and signing out of the 33rd round should be considered a steal for the Rox.

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I was born and raised in NYC. My father was a diehard Yankees fan but not biased and raised me to love the game more than any one team. For that I'm truly thankful to him. My love for the game runs deep, and after crunching numbers all day long, I tend to spend my nights at the FSL ballparks.


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