Mack’s Sunday Draft Report – 5-29-16 – Deven Perez, Jason Groome, Kyle Lewis, Chris Okey, Will Craig
Posted by Mack Ade at 8:00 AM
Eric A Longenhagen of Fangraphs was asked about Perez -
Alex: Are Delvin Perez’s “character concerns” being overblown and overanalyzed or is it a legit worry? Is it just a young kid being immature or is it something more serious? Thanks Eric and glad to have you here at FG!
Eric A Longenhagen: I think it’s justifiable for teams to worry about stuff like that if they’re about to give the kid $6+ mil AND pass on other talented players to take him. I also think part of the reason teams shy away from player like Perez is because they’re not confident in their own player devo infrastructure at the lowest levels. Ita’s often insufficient, especially for players from other cultures.
Other Q and A’s on the same article –
Anonymous Coward: Thoughts on taking HS pitchers 1-1 in general? What about in the case of Jason Groome?
Eric A Longenhagen: I think Groome is the most talented player in the class and I would have a hard time not taking the most talented player in the class if I were picking 1-1. Having said that, my job isn’t going to be evaluated by how this pick turns out like the jobs of members of Philly’s front office will. Given the track record of highly selected HS arms (which is bad) and Groome’s off-field stuff (which just adds to his riskiness) it’s justifiable to go in another direction.
wrburgess: Some of the negative views against Kyle Lewis is that he hasn’t faced quality pitching in college, but he has performed well in Cape Cod and other spotlight sessions. Based on your own views, does low-quality pitching matter as much for his potential?
Eric A Longenhagen: It isn’t Kyle Lewis’ fault that the pitching he’s faced at Mercer has mostly been bad and, other than maybe making it harder for him to adjust to seeing quality pitching more regularly in pro ball, it doesn’t impact his potential. What it does do is make him harder to scout, since scouts want to see if you can track and square pro-quality stuff. Teams are risk-averse and not knowing whether Lewis can identify a 50 curveball simply because he’s never had to makes him riskier than some Kyle Lewis clone who has raked in the SEC for three years.
Dooduh: Where do you rank Chris Okey of the top catchers in the draft? Think he makes it thru rd 1?
Eric A Longenhagen: There are, weirdly, a lot of interesting catching prospects in this year’s draft and Okey has a better shot at remaining behind the plate than guys like Thaiss and Collins, though it isn’t a lock. I don’t think Okey goes in Rd1 unless it’s for under slot, though.
Dooduh: Why isn’t Robert Tyler getting more love? Looks like a beast to me. Should go in the top half of rd 1 IMO. Haven’t seen him that high in any mocks tho. Thoughts?
Eric A Longenhagen: Some injury history, control issues, doesn’t consistently get on top of his curveball. I love the arm strength and the changeup, but it’s hard to teach any pitching prospect, let alone a college one, a better curveball than they naturally possess.
Bren: Would Will Craig be a big overdraft for the Mets at #19? Any chance they can get him at #31, or do they have to pop him if they think he’s there guy?
Eric A Longenhagen: In a vacuum, Craig is an overdraft at #19. BUT if you go underslot with Craig at 19 and use the savings to grab a falling high school arm at #31? Take a bow.
It’s mock time again and there’s 10 new ones again this week, including new mocks from Keith Law and Jim Callis -
1. LHP A.J. Puk Florida
2. LHP Jason Groome Barnegat HS (NJ)
3. OF Kyle Lewis Mercer
4. RHP Riley Pint St. Thomas Aquinas HS (KS)
5. OF Corey Ray Louisville
6. IF Nick Senzel Tennessee
7. IF Delvin Perez Intl Baseball Academy (PR)
8. OF Mickey Moniak La Costa Canyon HS (CA)
9. OF Blake Rutherford Charminade HS (CA)
10. RHP Dakota Hudson Mississippi State
11. RHP Ian Anderson Shenendohowa HS (NY)
12. C-1B Zack Collins Miami
13. LHP Braxton Garrett Florence HS (AL)
14. RHP Matt Manning Sheldon HS (CA)
15. IF-P Josh Lowe Pope HS (GA)
16. RHP Forrest Whitley Alamo Heights HS (TX)
17. OF Buddy Reed Florida
18. RHP Connor Jones Virginia
19. 1B-OF Alex Kirloff Plum HS (PA)
20. RHP Jordan Sheffield Vanderbilt
21. LHP Joey Wentz Shawnee Mission HS
22. IF Nolan Jones Holy Ghost Prep (PA)
23. RHP Cal Quatrill Stanford
24. OF Taylor Trammell Mount Paran HS (GA)
25. OF Bryan Reynolds Vanderbilt
26. RHP Kevin Gowdy Barbara HS (CA)
27. 1B-3B Will Craig Wake Forest
28. RHP Robert Tyler Georgia
29. RHP Jared Horn Vintage HS (CA)
30. OF Will Benson Westminster Schools (GA)
31. IF Drew Mendoza Lake Minneola HS (FL)
32. RHP Cody Sedlock Illinois
33. LHP Kyle Muller Jesuit College Prep
34. RHP Logan Shore Florida
35. LHP Anthony Kay Connecticut
36. RHP Justin Dunn Boston College
37. RHP Alex Speas Mceachen HS (GA)
38. IF Carter Kieboom Walton HS (GA)
39. C Chris Okey Clemson
40. LHP Eric Lauer Kent State
41. RHP Alec Hansen Oklahoma
42. RHP Daulton Jeffries Cal
43. RHP Zach Burdi Louisville
44. OF Jake Frahey LSU
45. RHP Reggie Lawson Victor Valley HS (CA)
46. 3B Joe Rizzo Oakton HS (VA)
47. RHP Joe Duplantier Rice
48. LHP Jesus Luzardo Stoneman Douglass HS (FL)
49. IF Bo Bichette Lakewood HS (FL)
50. LHP Matt Crohan Winthrop
51. RHP Corbin Burnes St. Mary’s
52. C Sean Murphy Wright State
53. RHP Austin Bergner Windermere Prep (FL)
54. RHP Zack Brown Kentucky
55. OF Ryan Boldt Nebraska
56. SS Gavin Lux Indian Trail Academy (WI)
57. RHP Zach Jackson Arkansas
58. IF Bryson Brigman San Diego
59. LHP Matt Krook Oregon
60. C Cooper Johnson Carmel Catholic HS (IL)
61. IF Bobby Dalbec Arizona
62. RHP Bailey Clark Duke
63. OF Penny Grier Auburn
64. OF Heath Quinn Samford