One year on, how are those rookies you drafted getting on?
Coming up on the one year anniversary of the inaugural SSG Baseball draft we discover how those players selected in the first round have fared in their first season of professional baseball in SSG.
Pick 1 – SP Bernardo Garcia, selected by Arizona
Garcia signed for a $5.5m bonus and spent the 2015 season in the Diamondbacks A level organisations at Kane County and Visalia going a combined 8-4 with a sub 3.00 ERA striking out 89 in 96 ⅓ innings.
Currently at AA Mobile after starting in Visalia and going 3-0 with a 0.98 ERA, his promotion to Mobile has been a little rough striking out the same number of batters (33) as at Visalia but walking 18 in 7 starts.
Listed at 16th overall in the prospects rankings in March 2016.
Pick 2 – CF William MacLaine, selected by Colorado
MacLaine signed or a $7m signing bonus and like Garcia spent his 2015 season in the Rockies A level systems in Boise and Modesto. Starting in Modesto this season he has vaulted through the farms after hitting .317 in Modesto, .258 in New Britain before after 7 games been promoted to AAA Albuquerque where he is struggling with a .205 BAvg and striking out 16 times in 13 games.
Pick 3 – C Tyrone Ibarra, selected by Texas
Boston (Holbrook) native signed the Rangers for $7.5m, his entire 2015 season was spent at A level with High Desert where he impressed hitting .316 and 11 HR. Starting the 2016 season in AA Frisco he has just been promoted to the Rangers AAA team Round Rock.
Named as SSG Baseball’s number one prospect in March 2016.
Pick 4 – Artie Taylor, selected by Houston
Taylor, another player who signed for more signing bonus than the number one pick Garcia got $7m for his signature with the Astros. Spent the majority of his time and at bats at AA Corpus Christi after promotion from A level Lancaster and ended the season in Fresno (AAA).
Started the 2016 season in Fresno, held his own hitting .284 with 5 HR, also showing a turn of speed with 8 SB.
Listed 80th in March 2016 prospect listing.
Pick 5 – Steve Bartlett, selected by Minnesota
Signed to a $8.5m signing bonus, listed as #4 prospect in the farm systems in March 2016 Bartlett’s progress has been hampered somewhat by a reputation as a slow learner even though he is one of the first members of the pitching staff to show every morning.
Went 3-4 with Cedar Rapids in 2015, along with a 3.87 ERA, promoted to Fort Myers this season, his WHIP has dropped but ERA has risen to 4.58 with his 2-5 record to date
Pick 6 – Ron Brooks, selected by Boston
Signed for a $650k bonus, the Red Sox saw just two outings from Brooks before he was injured and missed the majority of the season. Moved to the GCL Boston affiliate and pitched just over an inning in a rehab session. Still to pitch this season and projected to start the season in the Gulf Coast Rookie League.
Pick 7 – Kip Larson, selected by Chicago White Sox
Signed for a $850k signing bonus, spent the entire season in the Arizona Rookie League going 3-4 with a 5.07 ERA walking 25 and striking out 47.
Pick 8 – Ken Miller, selected by Chicago Cubs
Named #75 in the prospects listing in March 2016, the Cubs splashed out $7.5m in signing bonuses for Miller. Miller played the 2015 season in the Dominican and Arizona hitting overall .221/.347/.417
Pick 9 – Ron McDermott, selected by Philadelphia
After hitting 9 home runs in S A Williamsport McDermott so action in A Lakewood where the BAvg improved but the HR totals dropped. He won the NYP golden glove award for CF last season and started the season in Clearwater (A) where he has hit 4 HR along with his .230 BAvg
Pick 10- Doug Foster, selected by Cincinnati
Signed for $220k, Foster spent the majority of the season in the Arizona Fall League, had a quick stint in Pensacola (one appearance). Started the season in AAA Louisville where he saved 12 games and was duely promoted to the majors. Has currently played in two games striking out 5.
Pick 11- Lonnie Moore, selected by Miami
Signed for $2m, CF Moore was active in Jupiter and Bativia last season and moved to Greenboro for the start of the season. After hitting .246 and striking out 43 times in 36 games he was demoted to Bativia awaiting the start of the New York-Penn league
Pick 12- Edgardo Medina, selected by Tampa Bay
Signed for $2.5m LF Medina has risen rapidly to the point of been on the Rays 40 man roster on minimum salary but is plying his trade with the Charlotte Stone Crabs in 2016. Ended the 2015 season in Charlotte and has stayed there for the start of 2016. Ranked #8 in SSG Baseball prospect rankings in March 2016.
Pick 13- Curt Wilkerson, selected by Atlanta
Wilkerson signed for a bonus of $5m and has impressed the Braves so far, named #9 prospect in the SSG Baseball prospect report in March and is currently pitching in Carolina League (A) with the Mudcats with a 2-5 record & 3.51 ERA.
Pick 14- Johnny Moore, selected by Milwaukee
Signed for a $8m signing bonus Moore is showing promise to meet his scouting projections. Already showing the power potential hitting 8 HR this season for the Brevard County Manteees and had a quick stint in AA as well. Ranked #5 in the Brewers prospect organisation.
Pick 15- Ben Brown, selected by New York Yankees
Signed for $200k and ended the season with the Pulaski Yankees in the New York-Penn league with 4 saves in 11 appearances and 35k in 24 IP. No promotion as yet and currently still in Pulaski preparing for the 2016 season.
Pick 16- Rob Holley, selected by Cleveland
Signed for $1.5m signing bonus Holley has suffered some setbacks in his first year with stints on the DL and is currently out with a fractured tibia. When healthy Holley has shown a healthy appetite for the stolen base with 14 in 30 games at AA Akron in the 2016 season.
Pick 17- Bobby Finch, selected by San Francisco
Finch pitching the Arizona Rookie League in 2015 where in 12 starts went 3-3 with a 3.90 ERA. Named #32 in the SSG Baseball prospects list in March and is currently preparing for his 2016 campaign with the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes in the Northwest League (Single A).
Pick 18- Mike Wagner, selected by Pittsburgh
Wagner signed for $4.6m but was hindered with minor injuries in his first season as a pro and went 0-6 with the Bristol Pirates with a 5.98 ERA. Named #29 prospect in SSG Baseball rankings in March 2016.
Pick 19- Ethan Watson, selected by Oakland
Signed for a $2m signing bonus Watson’s development was hindered with two stints on the DL missing around 9 weeks of the 2015 Baseball season. Playing the the Cal league for Stockton (A) he still hit .306 in 27 games showing some power with 7 HR. Started 2016 in Midland (AA) but has been promoted to AAA Nashville and is currently hitting .339/.379/.565
Pick 20- Don Dotson, selected by Kansas City
Signed for $1.9m by the Royals, 1B Dotson spent his 2015 in Idaho Falls with the Chukars hitting .250/.313/.394 hitting 4 HR and driving in 30 in 63 games. Royals have decided against promotion at the start of 2016 for Dotson and he remains in Idaho Falls.
Pick 21- Bob Keller, selected by Detroit
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Pick 22- Jose Fuentes, select by St Louis
Currently the Cardinals #1 pitching spec in their farm system and was name #13 spec in the SSG Baseball prospect report in March. Fuentes had stints at the Cardinals A level farms in 2015 posting sub 3.00 ERA’s, a jump to AA didn’t go as well early this season and he finds himself back at the Palm Beach Cardinals in the Florida State League where is 2-1, with a 2.63 ERA
Pick 23- Willie Holland, selected by Los Angeles Dodgers
Signed for $1.5m Holland played all of the 2015 season in the Arizona Rookie League hitting .268/.416/.476 with 1.9 WAR. The Dodgers have chosen not to promote as yet and is projected to start his season in the AZL.
Pick 24- Luis Diaz, selected by Baltimore
Signed for a $2.5m signing bonus Diaz is currently ranked 9th in the Orioles farm (4th hitter overall). Split time in Delmarva and Frederick in 2015 hitting a combined .280, started the season with the Shorebirds but after hitting .320 was promoted to AA Bowie where at the moment is hitting .366/.396/.549
Pick 25- Kevin Jenkins, selected by Los Angeles Angels
Jenkins a native of Dallas, Texas signed for 220k in the draft. Made an impression at Burlington (A) early on in 2015 to be promoted to Inland (A) where he struggled. Started the 2016 season back in Burlington and has appeared in one game so far.
Pick 26- Joaquin Baker, selected by Houston
Signed for $2.2m for the Astros, still to make an impact on the Astros’ prospect list which is ranked 4th overall in SSG Baseball currently. Played in the Gulf Coast League in 2015 posting a 4.39 ERA and a 2-8 win/loss record. Looks like the Astros’ plan is to keep him in the GCL and see what develops.
Pick 27- Ed Williams, selected by Colorado
Failed to sign Williams
Pick 28- Ernesto Stainforth, selected by St Louis
Signed for $2.2m, impressed last season but when moved up this season has seen his BB/9 rise and K/9 fall along with some hefty ERA numbers so far in 2016.
Pick 29- Joe Webb, selected by Milwaukee
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Pick 30- Eric Polk, selected by Atlanta
Signed by the Braves to a $1.5m signing bonus, but 10 days later released by Atlanta only to be signed to a MiLC contract by the Tigers. Hit .270 in A-Ball last season currently in AA in Erie hitting .327 with 9 HR
Mr Irrelevant of the inaugural SSG Baseball draft was SP Jorge Varela selected by the Angels, he never made the cut and is currently looking for work in SSG Baseball. The last player to be drafted in the inaugural SSG Baseball draft was SP Chris Brewer, a NY native and signed by Baltimore.
Brewer was pick #1198 of the draft and pitched in the GCL last season picking up the pitcher of the month award for August, For the season he went 5-1 with 2 saves, a 3.14 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP. Expected to be in the GCL again this season.