Posted by: bhyman | June 23, 2008

Past Draft Team update

Now that we’ve fully released our 2008 draft team, it’s time to reflect on our ’06 and ’07 teams.  It usually takes three to five years to move a prospect from the amateur ranks to the big leagues, but it’s important to make sure that our players are still on track.  Here’s a quick look:

  • Tim Lincecum (1, 2006) made the quickest leap to the big leagues of any of our draft picks.  He made his first start on May 6, 2007 for the Giants and hasn’t looked back.  In 146.2 innings last year, he struck out 150 and walked only 65.  He went 7-5 with a 4.00 ERA in his rookie season.  In ’08, he’s second in the National League in strikeouts and ERA and he is still striking out more than one batter per inning.
  • Joba Chamberlain (1s, 2006) made his debut a few months later, on August 7.  A starter in the minor leagues, he was recalled as a reliever and took to the role nicely, shutting out opponents in his first five weeks in the big leagues.  He finished the regular season with a 0.38 ERA and as a catalyst at the end of the bullpen.  He pitched out of the ‘pen in the first two months of ’08, but was moved to the rotation on June 3.  He is 1-2 with a 2.36 ERA this season.
  • Justin Masterson (2, 2006) made two spot starts in Boston before earning a rotation spot for good on June 3.  He has gone at least six innings in five of his six big league starts and has only allowed more than three earned runs once.
  • Steven Hill (4, 2007) opened the 2008 season in the Florida State League (A+), where he hit .320/.373/.582 in 32 games before being promoted to the Texas League (AA).  Through 26 games, he has hit .303/.330/.505 with five home runs for the Cardinals’ AA affiliate in Springfield.
  • Mark Melancon (7, 2006) has been slowed by injury, but appears to have his career back on track.  He underwent elbow reconstruction surgery in October 2006 and missed the entire 2007 season.  He opened ’08 in the Florida State League (A+) before being promoted to the Eastern League (AA).  Since the promotion, he is 3-0 with a 1.75 ERA.  He has struck out 23 and walked only four in 25 2/3 innings.
  • Jeff Manship (11, 2006) posted a 2.86 ERA in 13 starts in the Florida State League (A+) and was promoted to the Eastern League (AA).  He made his first start in AA on June 19.  He only went four innings, allowing six runs (five earned), but he did strike out six and walked only one.
  • Derrik Lutz (17, 2006) has struggled in the Southern League (AA) this season.  In 33 relief appearances, he is 1-2 with 6.32.  His command, normally good, has escaped him this season.  In 31 1/3 innings, he has struck out 24 and walked 27.
  • Matt Wieters (1, 2007) has torn up the Carolina League (A+).  Through 68 games, he has hit .342/.445/.560 with 14 home runs.  He was named the Topps Carolina League Player of the Month for May, when he hit .337 and slugged seven home runs.
  • Travis Jones (7, 2007) has been aggressively promoted by the Braves.  In the Carolina League (A+), Jones has hit .254/.350/.442 with 10 home runs.  He has been clutch for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, hitting .325 with seven home runs with runners on base.
  • Lars Anderson (9, 2006) has made steady progress through the minors.  The 20 year old is hitting .304/.392/.479 with eight home runs in 60 games in the California League (A+).
  • Graham Godfrey (21, 2006) was drafted by Toronto and traded to Oakland with another minor league pitcher for Marco Scutaro following the 2007 season.  In the California League (A+), Godfrey has gone 2-1 with a 5.74 ERA.  His peripheral stats suggest a better future; he has struck out 56 and walked 21 in 64 1/3 innings.
  • David Wood (22, 2007) has advanced from the Arizona League in 2007 (where he was named Royals’ Player of the Year) to Carolina League (A+) in ’08.  At Wilmington, he has hit .149/.173/.182 with no home runs in 35 games.
  • Jeremy Hefner (5, 2007) has pitched well in his first full-season league.  Through 17 games (12 starts), he has a 6-3 record with a 3.60 ERA.  In 75 innings, he has struck out 78 and walked only 19 in the Midwest League (A).
  • Jordan Walden (5, 2006) signed with the Angels as a draft-and-follow from Grayson Community College.  He spent 2007 in Rookie ball and has pitched well in the Midwest League (A) in 2008.  Through 13 starts, he is 3-5 with a 2.74 ERA.  He has struck out 60 and walked only 22.
  • Matt Latos (6, 2006) is another draft-and-follow who is pitching in the Midwest League.  Through seven games, he is 0-3 with a 3.28 ERA.  He has struck out 23 and walked eight.
  • Chance Chapman (6, 2007) is 4-4 with a 3.06 ERA in the South Atlantic League (A).  He has struck out 67 and walked 23 in 79 1/3 innings.
  • Justin Frash (8, 2007) is having a solid season in the Midwest League (A).  He is hitting .290/.371/.355 with one home run.  The lack of power is concerning; he has only two extra base hits in ’08.  However, he may have turned a corner.  Since the All-Star break, he is hitting .429/.467/.500.
  • Jeffrey Rea (15, 2007) hit .335/.398/.413 in the Florida State League (A+) last year, but was assigned to the Midwest League (A) in ’08.  He is 0-5 with one walk in two games.
  • Charles Kingrey (18, 2007) is hitting .290/.355/.443 with five home runs in 60 games in the Midwest League (A).
  • Justin Snyder (20, 2007) is hitting .304/.369/.401 with three home runs for the Charleston RiverDogs of the South Atlantic League (A).  He is hitting .400 in day games.
  • Ross Oeder (21, 2007) is 1-6 with one walk in two games for the Quad Cities River Bandits in the Midwest League (A).  His one hit was a double and he also has 2 RBIs.
  • Jay Brossman (30, 2007) was named a Pioneer League Postseason All-Star in ’07 and was promoted to the Midwest League (A) in ’08.  He has hit .243/.314/.395 with six home runs through 65 games.  He has hit better lately, since the All-Star break he is hitting .400/.471/.667 in four games.
  • After struggling in the South Atlantic League (A), Doug Pickens (45, 2007) was demoted to the New York-Penn League (A-).  He hit .236/.349/.299 with one home run before he was sent down, but he has played better since the transfer.  In nine games, he has gone 4-9 with two walks.
  • Trent Kline (41, 2007) made his pro debut in ’08 in the Northwest League (A-).  He has struggled to date, only hitting 3-16 with one double in his first five games.  Although he his a catcher, he already has one steal.
  • Josh Morris (4, 2006) never showed the ability to hit above the Appalachian League and was cut in early April 2008.
  • Derek Schermerhorn (14, 2007) split 2007 between the Northwest League (A-) and the Midwest League (A).  He finished the year hitting .222/.283/.248 and was cut.  He is currently playing for the Sioux City Explorers of the independent American Association.  Through 33 games, he is hitting .232/.283/.273 with no home runs.
  • Ben Humphrey (16, 2007) hit .236/.336/.395 in the Appalachian League (Rookie) in 2007.  He was cut by the Rays and was later signed and released by the Florence Freedom of the independent Frontier League.
  • Dan Milano (17, 2007) hit .273/.342/.394 with one home run in ten games in the New York-Penn League in 2007.  He has not played in 2008.
  • Kevin Koski (48, 2007) was not drafted in ’07 and signed with the Southern Illinois Miners of the independent Frontier League.  In 2008, he has hit .314/.368/.400 in nine games.
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