Posted by: bhyman | June 16, 2008

2008 Draft Team, Part III

20. Scott Krieger, 1b, George Mason

Actual selection: Undrafted

Krieger is an all or nothing power hitter of the Three True Outcomes model. These hitters hit mostly home runs, earn walks and strike out. Krieger hit .381/.483/.761 in ’08, his second consecutive year with an on-bases-plus-slugging better than 1.000. He hit 21 home runs, earned 35 walks and struck out 68 times in 55 games at George Mason. The Towson Md., native doesn’t have a true position. He plays left field and first base for the Patriots, but will probably be restricted to first as a pro. He was not drafted and will return to Mason for his senior season. He’ll need to cut down his strikeout rate to earn a selection in ’09.

21. Ian Berger, rhp, Missouri

Actual selection: Undrafted

Missouri’s rotation featured first-round pick Aaron Crow, highly touted sophomore (and 2006 draft pick) Kyle Gibson and 2008 sixth rounder Rick Zagone, but Berger put up similar numbers to less fanfare.  The Illinois State transfer posted a 4.54 ERA in an extreme hitter’s park in ’08, but what’s more impressive are his 68 strikeouts and 20 walks.  He’s always had good control, dating back to his freshman year at Illinois State when he struck out 69 and walked only 22.  He’s slightly undersized at 6-foot-1.  Berger was not drafted in 2008 but has another year of college eligibility.

22. Marcus Moore, rhp, Utah Valley State

Actual selection: Undrafted

The search for pitching leads us to Orem, Utah where 6-foot-4 Marcus Moore has steadily improved and posted one of the best seasons of any Division I Independent.  He won a school record 10 games in ’08, pitching to a 2.86 ERA with 97 strikeouts and 42 walks in 113 1/3 innings.  Moore allowed only six home runs despite pitching in the thin Rocky Mountain air.  He threw six complete games, two of which were shutouts including one in his final collegiate game at Hawaii.  Moore is tall and lean at 6-foot-4 and 180 pounds.  He graduated this spring with degree in exercise science and a 3.46 GPA.  He would be a valuable non-drafted free agent pickup.

23. Matt Gardner, rhp, Oklahoma State

Actual selection: Undrafted

After coming back from an arm injury that restricted him to only 30 innings in ’07, Matt Gardner regained his control and put up another impressive season in ’08.  He struck out three times as many batters as he walked and kept the ball in the ballpark.  His batting average on balls in play (BABIP) was high, which led to his 5.13 ERA.  Gardner was good enough to get drafted in 2007 (to the Dodgers in the 32nd round) but not good enough to merit a selection in ’08.  He’s a senior and is available as a non-drafted free agent.

24. John James, rhp, Utah

Actual selection: Undrafted

A former Arizona recruit, James red-shirted for the Wildcats and transferred to Utah following the 2006 season.  He’s another pitcher on our draft team from a Rocky Mountain state.  What sets James apart is his ability to keep the ball in the ballpark.  He has only allowed three home runs in 105 innings combined between ’07 and ’08.  James’ strikeout to walk numbers haven’t been as impressive and he posted a 5.05 ERA this season.  The 6-foot-5 redshirt sophomore went undrafted, but he has a couple of more years of eligibility.

We soldier on through the draft team tomorrow.

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