1. Salt Lake City – RF Danny Davis
Danny “Catfish” Davis out of Houston was arguably the closest prospect to the CBA in this draft class. Davis slashed .290/.373/.554 in 48 games for the Cougars this season. While his performance did drop from hi superb 2050 season, most CBA scouts still agree Davis has a very high floor and could be in the CBA as early as August. He has great speed on the bases and a cannon in right field. He isn’t the strongest defender but runners will think twice about taking the extra base on him.
Salt Lake currently has the 5th best system in the BL, a ranking sure to improve with the addition of Catfish. Once Catfish and LF prospect Eric Wireman are both on the CBA roster, SLC could potentially have the corner outfielders to fuel the rebuild.
2. Detroit Motors – P Justin Pritt
While Danny Davis was the sure No. 1 hitter in this year’s class, Justin Pritt out of Arkansas was the No. 1 arm. Pritt is a 6’1 lefty who touches 97 MPH on the radar and is able to induce a lot of groundouts with his Cutter/Slider/Changeup repertoire. He threw 61.2 innings for the Razorbacks this year finishing with 108 strikeouts (15.8 K/9). Like Davis, Pritt was even more dominant in 2050, with half as many walks and the same number of strikeouts.
Detroit bolsters its 6th-ranked Silver League system. Experts predict Pritt will easily crack the Top 100 prospects list once eligible.
3. Bay Area Pandas – 1B Travis Adams
While rare to see a 1B taken this high in the draft, its hard to blame Bay Area for not wanting to pass on a bat like Travis Adams. The 6’4, 215-pound lefty hit 12 home runs with 34 RBI in 50 games for Howard in 2050 and was named the NJCAA Platinum Stick award winner at 1B. It will be interesting to see how long it takes Adams to get back in a groove after a long break from baseball, but he has the talent to hit at the CBA level.
4. New Orleans Krewe – Taj McMiller
New Orleans played it safe with the 4th pick selecting 22-year old 2B Taj McMiller of Oregon State. Some scouts believe McMiller is already capable of holding his own at the CBA level so we can expect to not see a long stint in the minors for McMiller. Known as a gym rat, McMiller’s work ethic is well-regarded among GMs and managers. He has good range and agility at second base but could also play SS and 3B if needed.
A switch hitter, McMiller has pop and can drive the ball gap-to-gap. He finished the 2051 season with 16 doubles and 13 home runs in 48 games. He was named both the Great Glove and Platinum Stick winner at 2B.
5. Kentucky Bootleggers – C Joel Mackey
Kentucky desperately needed to strengthen its prospect pipeline behind the plate and they accomplished that goal by taking Grayson’s Joel Mackey with the No. 5 pick. The catcher took a step back towards Earth in 2051, but slashed .435/.500/.679 in 2050. Scouts ranks Mackey’s ability behind the plate as “Above Average” and he has a solid arm, throwing out 33% of baserunners.
Some doubts were raised about his personality, but overall Mackey addresses a major need for the Bootleggers.
From another reviewer…
League insiders raved when Joel Mackey was picked. The 2050 Junior College MVP had a bit of a down year in 2051, but was still clearly a premium talent. That was, of course, before some of Mackey’s old tweets were unearthed by twitter user @FuckTheCBA_Kyle. The tweets were a remarkable blend of creepiness, xenophobia, misogyny, and Kentucky slander. One tweet read: “Kentucky is so bad that the chickens there are grateful to be slaughtered for KFC.” Replying to female news reporters also seemed to be a preferred pastime of Mackey’s. On Channel 5’s news anchor Sarah Johnson’s selfie Mackey replied: “I play catcher but I wanna go to third base with you.” His most upsetting tweet to Bootlegers fans seems to be “Craig Bannon was a sorry excuse for a baseball player, change my mind.” It’s a shame that a true talent is paired with such an awful background. He’s also slow as fuck.
6. New York Empire – RF Mike Habermann
At 19-years old, New York made Mike Habermann the first high schooler picked in this year’s draft. The power-hitting lefty stands at 6’4 and clobbered 15 long balls in 48 games last season. Habermann has good vision for a power hitting, drawing 35 walks while striking out 43 times.
While he doesn’t tend to cover a lot of ground in right field, Habermann is a reliable defender and can throw runners out from anywhere in the grass. Very high ceiling for the young slugger.
7. Indianapolis Hawks – P Eric Creek
Arguably the second-best pitcher in the draft fell to Indianapolis at pick No. 7. The Hawks selected LSU’s Eric Creek, a 5’10 power arm with three plus pitches in addition to a developing splitter. Creek touches 95-97 MPH and has great movement on all four of his pitches.
Creek’s improved both his BB/9 and K/9 from 2050 to 2051. He only allowed four long balls in 53.0 innings as well, another impressive metric that makes him a great addition for the Hawks.
8. Chicago Gale – 3B Blake Dawson
Chicago chose Grayson’s Blake Dawson at No. 8. Dawson is a New Jersey native who hits from both sides of the plate and plays primarily third base, although scouts are split on his defensive ability at the hot corner. However, he hit 15 home runs in 2051 so if he maintains that level of power hitting then Chicago will be sure to accept below-average play from his glove, or could put him at DH.
Dawson’s biggest question mark is consistency. He went from hitting just .205 with six home runs in 30 games in 2050 to .271 and 15 homers this past season (48 games). Will he continue the upward trajectory? Or was 2051 an offensive anamoly?
9. Boston Shoremen – CF Franklin Jacquez
With the ninth pick, Boston selected CF Franklin Jacquez, a 6’2 Maryland native who played his college ball at Miami. Jacquez projects to be a great defensive center fielder with an average arm. He has good speed on the basepaths as well but was caught stealing more time than he was successful in 2051.
Jacquez won’t be the greatest hitter, but has the power ability to punish pitchers if they leave one over the plate. He hit 11 of his 44 hits this season left the park.
The biggest concern with Jacquez will be his right knee. He missed most of the 2050 season with a ruptured MCL.
10. Boston Shoremen – P Dan Kohls
Boston turned a lot of heads with its second pick in a row to close out the Top 10. The Shoremen took a pitcher who put up solid numbers in two seasons at Virginia, but quickly announced that he would be playing catcher for Boston.
Dan Kohls is a very interesting pick. Experts are torn over this one. At catcher, Kohls threw out 11 base runners at a clip of 37%. He struck out just 16 times in 117 at-bats in 2051. He hit .316/.386/.376 with an OPS of .762.
At pitcher, Kohls maintained an ERA of 3.10 over 58.0 innings. He struck out 70 and walked 16.
11. Baltimore Blue Crabs – LF Danny Irving
Unanimously the worst pick in the first round this year was Baltimore’s selection of fuck-ugly Danny Irving. When Irving’s name was announced at the draft, other CBA GMs were seen franticly searching through their databases trying to figure out who the hell the Crusty Crabs had just chosen.
The CBA draft producers didn’t even has Irving’s headshot prepared, so a silver silhouette of a headshot with a question mark on the face was thrown up on the big screen. While the CBA fans of other teams laughed and cheered thunderously for the awful draft pick, Baltimore’s seven fans angrily tweeted at their GM.
Baltimore’s GM had this to say: “Danny posted a great quote on Twitter the other day. I knew then he was the right choice for the Crabs.”
From another reviewer…
Literal studmuffin. Every GM who passed on Irving will rue the day they did so. He’s like Will (GM of the Kentucky Bootleggers) if Will was a super handsome elite baseball player.
12. Mexico City Chupacabras- OF Jesus Colio
Jesus Colio just wants to rake. In 2050 he hit .475 in 202 ABs. Not going to get a lot out of the Tennessee native in the field, but if he hits it shouldn’t matter. Upside is a tad questionable considering his glove and lack of power. Teams were concerned about his loyalty after his ex-girlfriend told a scout that Colio cheated on her two times in two weeks. Disappointing stuff.
13. Miami Warriors- Dual Position Nick Rocha
After a monumental trade, Miami came on the clock and selected two-way Seminole Nick Rocha. This is a pretty solid pick, but two-way players have often struggled in the CBA. Not many guys can throw a no-hitter and post a 134 OPS+ in the same season. Personally, I think he’s a better pitcher than hitter.
14. San Diego Steam- SP Dave Burgess
Burgess looks like a really solid NCAA pitcher. OSA claims he has the potential for 80 grade stuff, rare to find from a college pitcher outside of the top 10 picks of a draft. His fastball is one of the best in the class. He overwhelms hitters with his 98 MPH heater. Another low loyalty guy, sources claim his 2050 hamstring strain took place “in the dugout, not baseball related, and with a girl that wasn’t his only girlfriend.”
15. Houston Moondogs- 1B Mike McGuire
Not a super sexy pick here from the Moondogs. McGuire has done a good job handling NCAA pitching posting a 138 OPS+ over two recorded seasons. “Volcano” is only a DH. An anonymous scout was not a fan of McGuire: “He has no fielding instincts. I asked him to pass me the ketchup at a dinner interview and he spilled it all over himself and the waiter. Total spaz.”
16. San Diego Steam- OF Steve Piacitelli
San Diego double dips into the NCAA draft class by selecting Steve Piacitelli. His most striking skill is power. The Longhorn outfielder hit 20 HRs in 98 collegiate games. Coaches talk about how hard he works, but even simple tasks take him a great deal of time. He scored an 8 on the wonderlic. San Diego has really boosted their farm system in this draft.
17. Las Vegas Lightning- SP Andy Orr
Las Vegas loves these OSA darlings. Orr looks like a legit player and has more than proven himself at UCLA. Orr posted a 3.11 ERA over 20 career starts for the Bruins. Really solid pick.
18. Galveston Gremlins- 1B Mitch Cornejo
Galveston is well-known as one of the most statistically-driven idiots in the CBA. Cornejo fits the bill that the Gremlins look for in their hitters. The former Houston Cougar posted a 125 wRC+ in two years at college. Scouts are hopeful he will learn to take walks better than he has. His 15.6% K rate makes him a good fit for the CBA’s high strikeout environment. An anonymous cousin of Mitch described his greedy attitude, even going as far to say he scammed his teammates in a medium sized pyramid scheme while nursing a wrist injury in 2050.
19. Miami Warriors- 2B Ricardo Nava
I can’t say I had heard of this dude before he was picked. That being said, Nava straight up raked. The second baseman posted a .982 OPS for the NJCAA Navajo Bulldogs. A platinum stick winner and decent fielder, Nava is good value here. He can only play second base as he has a noodle arm. Scouts vouch that Nava is a great kid, which will serve him well with the distractions that come with South Beach.
20. Phoenix Sun Dogs- SP Mike Cutter
Phoenix takes easily the most confusing name in the draft 20th Overall. Cutter does not throw a lower case “c” cutter, he actually has a knuckleball as his weapon of choice. It is very hard to predict success of knuckleballers, but Phoenix should look to Steve Cristelli of Houston as a possible professional comparison for Cutter. The former UCLA Bruin is a great kid and should be fully developed soon.