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Re: Florida Draft Deep Dive 2066
« Reply #15 on: August 23, 2018, 12:32:18 PM »
An 18 game improvement from 57 to 75 wins put Florida in position to pick 8th in the 2066 draft. This draft has proven to be quite strong with several elite performers from all rounds 1-6. As we will see this draft was quite productive for Florida including the selection of potentially the franchises greatest starter, certainly the best of the past 50 years. Additionally two solid relievers were acquired in this draft. As usual a dud or two can be found.

1)   SP Gordon Cunningham, 2) P - Ramon Van Des Bas, 3) SS Steve Coppard, 4) Jose Perez, 5) P Michael Arthus, 6) Alberto Martinez

First Round pick SP Gordon Cunningham was chosen 8th overall. Cunningham is in the conversation for most dominant left handed pitcher and overall starting pitcher in the last 20 years. A 5 time allstar, 2073 Jim Yates award winner and 2071 league semi finals MVP, Cunningham is on his way to rewriting Floridas record book.

At age 29 he is 115-71 2.75 ERA. He has pitched 18 complete games and has 8 shutouts. He also has pitched 3 no hitters. He has pitched 1881 innings and has recorded 1784 strikeouts. He has 49.2 WAR and has lead the league in WAR 3 times, innings pitched twice, strikeouts 3 times and was second in strikeouts 3 times. He has posted a top 7 ERA each of the last 7 seasons, leading the league in 2076.  First in WHIP 3 times, and BABIP twice. He has finished first in runners allowed per nine each of the last two seasons (2075 and 2076). Cunningham has been 1st or 2nd in hits allowed per 9 each of the last 6 seasons. What more can we say about this player.

On Florida’s leaderboard he ranks 2nd in ERA, 3rd in winning percentage, 4th in WAR, 8th in CG, 3rd in shutouts, 4th in strikeouts, and the list goes on.
Cunningham is a rare example of someone I was patient with, He was 2-15 5.72 in A ball. His BB/K ratio was abysmal 72-41. Luckily I kept him in A for another half season where he improved dramatically. His AA stats were poor in 2067, but strong in 2068. He spent most of the balance of 2068 in AAA with mixed results, but in his September call up in 2068 was lights out. The rest is history.

Second rounder Ramon Van Der Bas has had an injury filled career. Three years in rookie ball, 3 more at A ball before a quick run through AA and AAA to the big leagues. VDB had a solid 2071 in Florida but got caught in the numbers before returning to the bullpen for good in 2074.

Third round SS Steve Coppard never developed and had a few short stints in NPBL.

Fourth Round RP Jose Perez began his career as a starter. Following a devastating injury in 2068 he returned as a closer. He has accumulated 201 saves since 2070, including a league leading 50 in 2076. He has had some weird usage over the years especially in 2074 when he appeared only 41 games.

Fifth RoundSP Michael Arthur has been in the minors since his draft. In 2076 he had 13-4 record in AAA with 3.48 ERA and may push for a big league job in 2077.

Sixth rounder Alberto Martinez has spent most of his career in the minors and it figures to stay that way.

Overall Grade A. Barring injury, Cunningham is on his way to the HOF. That alone makes any draft successful, but sprinkle in a solid closer and a 27 year old reliever with over 100 appearances and a 28 year old with good stuff who is ready to break in, this was one successful draft.

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Re: Florida Draft Deep Dive 2061-2075
« Reply #16 on: August 26, 2018, 05:03:02 PM »
Guessing that Brian (Colorado) will want his too, so I uploaded that one as well.

I do.  Thanks!

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Re: Florida Draft Deep Dive 2067
« Reply #17 on: March 01, 2019, 12:13:38 PM »
Following a second 75-87 (pythag of -7) Florida picked 8th again. This draft was solid overall with a 3 time all star 3B, a solid LF and some relief pitching help.

1) 3B Bill Coleman 2) LF - Walt Sloan 3) RP - Lee Griffith 4) C - Ricardo Ortega 5) C Jason Stocks 6) 3B Colton Sim 7) CL Nelson Chavez 8) RP Brian Walker 9) RP Ed Wilson

First rounder 3B Bill Coleman has had a solid career. Over 50 WAR at age 32, was probably traded prematurely by Florida. Coleman wasted no time joining the Florida club in 2067. He saw some success in his 5 years in the south eastern US. He made the all star team as a 22 year old in 2068. His career stagnated until he was dealt in 2073. He has since made 2 more all star teams and has had a nice career. Recently dealt to Maryland. Interestingly Florida never properly replaced him and the search for a great 3B continues today (2078).

Second round pick LF Walt Sloan has quietly had a nice career.  A one time allstar, Sloan has over 1000 hits and almost 200 steals in his career.  He has accumulated 12.8 WAR but has been relegated to a backup role in 2078 (and likely beyond).

Third Rounder RP Lee Griffith made 217 big league appearances. Injuries have derailed his career and he had not made a NPBL appearance since 2075 and retired after last season (2077).

Other picks 4th rounder C Ricardo Ortega has made almost 200 appearances, mostly as a backup catcher/defensive replacement. Sixth rounder 3B Colton Sim was part of the 3B 'solution' for 2 brief, ineffective seasons. Ninth round pick RP Ed Wilson surprised everyone and made 113 relief appearances. He is back in AAA.

Overall Grade B-. Coleman has had a very good career playing both 3B and SS. Sloan has provided over 1000 games in LF. The surprise was 9th rounder Wilson who got into 3-4 seasons as a solid middle reliever. Catcher Ortega was a solid backup C.

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Re: Florida Draft Deep Dive 2068
« Reply #18 on: March 01, 2019, 01:06:31 PM »
Coming off a playoff appearance in 2067, the 2068 draft had Florida picking 16th. A ten pick draft featured a 1st round bust, a solid 3rd round choice and 3 excellent late round picks. Overall an interesting draft for Florida.

1) 1B Jason Jackson 2) RF Gerard Washington 3a) SP Ed O'Neal 3b)CF Felipe Ramirez 4) 1B Richard Shannon 5)CF Doug Valdez 7) 2B Stefan Buurmann 8) RP - Tim Sweetapple 9) SS Ronald Snyder 10) Robinson Lopez

First Round pick 1B Jason Jackson debuted in 2070. The young 1B showed some promise in half a season. He built on that promise as a 21 year old but an injury cut his season short (109 games). In 2072 he struggled and then suffered another injury. He was returned to AAA in 2073 and then dealt to Hawaii, where in 2074 he had his only complete season of his career.  He has bounced between pitching and positional play since then. Funny enough he was dealt for a 3B who was trying to fill the void left by the Bill Coleman trade. Juan Rivera has not been the answer.

Second rounder Gerard Washington was all hit no field and no HR power. After hitting .315 in AA, 20 year old Washington came up to Florida and continued to hit singles and doubles. As a 21 year old, he hit .332 with 38 doubles, but horrendous fielding limited his WAR at 1.1. He hit over .300 in 2073 and his peak season in 2074 .317/15/74, but defensive problems in the outfield put Florida's management in a tough spot. Washington was a clear DH in a league without that option.  After posting a -0.8 WAR in 2075 Washington was sent back to the minors where he plays today.

Third round pick SP O'Neal was traded away for another young pitcher Salvador Olivas, who has had a forgettable career. O'Neal has been a solid reliever.

The second third rounder Felipe Ramirez has speed and excellent defensive capabilities. Injuries have kept him down. He debuted at 20 but made his first impact at 22 in 2074 posting a 3.7 WAR in a platoon role. 2.9 WAR and 2.4 WAR seasons followed, but injuries made him unreliable as an everyday player. He is currently the first CF call up from AAA should injuries arise.

Shannon, Valdez, and Buurmann have had 0 impact in NPBL.

Eighth Rounder Tim Sweetapple has been a solid left handed relief pitcher  since 2074, making 175 appearances, including a career high 60 in 2078.

Ninth Rounder Ronald Snyder burst out of nowhere with a 7.1 WAR season as a 22 year old rookie. Blessed with tremendous defensive skill at SS and a tremendous eye at the plate Snyder started well in 2073, but was traded as Florida made a decision to replenish their farm system. With Maryland he has been good, but never built on those first 2 seasons. He has won 4 gold gloves and continues to be a defensive star.

Tenth Round pick Robinson Lopez has been a late bloomer at Catcher.  A tremendous leader and defensive catcher, Lopez came out of nowhere in 2077, at age 26 to be the backup to Frank Bray. He looked like he would take over starting duties when a sever hip injury sidelined him and his future is in doubt.

Overall Grade C+. Jackson was rushed to the bigs and never reached his immense potential. Washington never learned to be even a bad defender and his lack of skills on the field superseded his excellent offensive abilities. When you hit on picks 8, 9, 10 and get productive players you have to be happy, but one wonders what could have been.

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Re: Florida Draft Deep Dive 2069
« Reply #19 on: March 01, 2019, 01:20:35 PM »
A 79-83 record in 2068 provided Florida with the 11th overall pick in what looks like a disastrous draft class for most. In 10 years since this draft only 3 players have produced 20 WAR or better. Florida accumulated one of the worst draft classes I can recall in this draft.

1) SP - Aldemar Bica 2) RP - Connor Gilbert 3) SP Walter Gross 4) C Fernando Mendoza 5) SP Dale Clark 6) LF Tom Richardson 8) RP Richard Cabrera 9) 2B Carlos Guaracho 10) C Ben Davis

First rounder Aldemar Bica has had one good season since he made his debut in 2074, posting a 12-11 record in 2076 and 2.5 WAR. He is a decent relief pitcher and perhaps a 5th starter.

Gilbert never made is above AA and was released in 2078. Walter Gross may get a shot in the bullpen in 2079. He has bounced between AA and AAA the past few seasons. Dale Clark has great stuff but poor movement and poor control and has been smacked around the yard in limited NPBL duty. There is nothing to say about the rest.

Overall Grade D-. Bica may still prove to be a useful starter, as long time starter Eric Reece winds down his long career. But at 27, with only 21 career wins, it is not likely we will look back and say we jumped the gun on this evaluation. If not for him, this grade is an F. If Gross or Clark manage to provide some help in the BP maybe we will revisit and say this draft was a C-/D+.