This is Addison Del Hoyo, Scouting Director for the Great Lakes Monsters. Now that the 2032 Draft prep is over, my boss told me I could write an article critiquing and celebrating other GMs through the first three rounds. He did mention that I shouldn’t explain my processes too much, as they are team secrets. Apparently, “Almost every other team has won more games than us, they don’t want our formulas,” was not an acceptable response. The only thing that’s necessary background info is that we use a 20/80 grading system. I will be copying the structure of legendary Houston Moondogs Scouting Director Bill Green’s past articles, as imitation is the greatest form of flattery. The only significant difference is that I will be reviewing the first three rounds, because I got bored of waiting for other GMs to pick, and not analyze depth picks. Without further ado, here are my top 25 draft prospects:
As you can see, we loved the hitters in this class. Only five pitchers cracked our top 25. Our system doesn’t account for position, so Bailey seems underrated. Full disclosure, we would’ve taken him first overall as well. We think that the Indianapolis Hawks (3), Brooklyn Bulldogs (2), New York (2), Oklahoma Mammoths (2), and ourselves (2) added the most top prospects in this class.
The system we use to rate players is not our final decision maker, as it doesn’t account for gut feel, statistics, position or personality. It is purely based on hitting potential and age. That is why we passed on Abban Sukarno and Jeremy Lindstrom, the two last picked in our top 25. Our scouting department liked Sukarno a lot, but felt that he had a high bust likelihood. Lindstrom underperformed in college, which is what scared us away.
You’re never supposed to draft for need, but here’s who were the best drafted players at each position through three rounds:
|Dustin Wallner||Larry Lenahan||Danny Deneen||Corey Mello||Charles Bailey||David Dennhardt||Sam Lynch||Mike Arndt||Kyle Sandifer|
|Mike Mather||Ryan Reed||Will McEvoy||Abban Sukarno||Clay Williams||Jesus Moreira||Aaron Switzer||Ryan Bauer||Eric Nixon|
|Antonio Wynder||Ross Wehling||Bryan Flanigan||Justin Taylor||Chris Fernandes||Phil Wells||Nate Armstrong||Jeremy Lindstrom||Shawn Seawright|
This class was really strong at 1B, SS and RF. Pitchers were pretty hard to come by, but the top five could be a pretty stout staff with Hamner as an elite stopper. Every one of my top prospects at each position went to unique teams. I think if you took these 29 guys and put them on the same team, you could someday have the makings of a low-end Premier League team.
Lastly, instead of grading each team’s limited overall haul, I’ve decided to show everyone who we think the best value picks have been so far:
Hope this breaks up the slow-draft blues!