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PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2019 8:26 am 
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Some of you may be aware of the recent released players by the Bureaucrats organization. We were forced to due so in order to make room for some recently drafted players. It was done reluctantly, and with a heavy heart, as it is never easy to remove someone from their dream. However, with all that said, let's take a moment to look over those who signed with Arlington, and analyze them briefly.

AAA SP Torcall Penrose, Round 1, Pick 12, 12th Overall
Torcall Penrose was highly attractive to the Bureaucrats for his high ground ball % in his pitching career. With a + fastball at 96-98 MPH, we foresee great things for him. As such, he was immediately placed in AAA, and so far, has been doing very well. In AAA, in 12 games and 35.0 IP as a reliever, he has a 2.06 ERA, a 0.63 WHIP, 46 K's, and 1 BB, and a .6 WAR. We predict he will either be a September call-up this year, or he'll make his debut next season.

A CL Erskine Hill, Round 2, Pick 10, 44th Overall
Our most sought after reliever prospect, Hill can do great things as well. A 3-pitch combo of a 91-93 MPH fastball, Changeup, and Slider, Hill looks to be a potentially good addition to the bullpen. However, it seems the transition from high school to A-ball hasn't been kind. In 9 games and 12 IP as a reliever, he has a 6.75 ERA, a 2.58 WHIP, 4 K's, 10 BB's, and a WAR of -.3. Perhaps if he were given a year or two to develop it will pan out for him. We greatly anticipate any progression.

AA CL Cisco Ortiz, Round 2, Pick 24, 58th Overall
Using a draft pick we traded for earlier in the year, we picked up Ortiz as a supplement to Hill. We believe if they were to be on the same team's bullpen, they could be a deadly one-two punch to close out games. In AA, in 12 games and 11.2 IP as a reliever, he has a 4.63 ERA, a whip of 1.46, 10 K's, 6 BB's, and a WAR of 0.0. Though the numbers are pedestrian, we think that, much like any other prospect, he will improve in time.

A 3B Gerald McKnight, Round 3, Pick 12, 70th Overall
Our first positional pick, McKnight has already progressed through Short Season A ball, were he amassed a .250/.299/.375 line in 80 at bats with 7 2B's, 1 HR, and 9 RBI, coming to a total of a 0.6 WAR. His strikeouts were a little high, at 18, but his 8 walks shows some promise. In Single A, he has already contributed a .242/.324/.455 line in 33 AB's with 8 hits, 2 2B's, 1 3B, 1 HR, and 5 RBI. His eye and patience seem to have developed quickly as well, with 4 walks and 6 strikeouts. He looks to make AA by either late this season, or early next season.

SS-A 1B Jerry Flores, Round 4, Pick 10, 97th Overall
Our last stop in the double digits, Flores has had a pedestrian start to his season. In 26 games and 90 at bats, he is batting .200/.265/.322 with 8 2B's, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 7 BB's, and 26 K's, he has enough to add up to a .2 WAR. Evidently, his Eye needs work, but other than that, he seems to do just fine in the field, as he only has 1 error to his name thus far. Hopefully, things improve for Jerry.

SS-A 1B John Davis, Round 5, Pick 13, 123rd Overall
Davis is one of those unfortunate enough to be among that massive wall of DFA'd players prior to his assignment, so there is not much to talk about here. Our scouts seem to thing highly of him, but we'll see. :-?

SS-A C Archie Moore, Round 6, Pick 13, 149th Overall
Moore was initially thought of as a placeholder for the draft. We needed to fill out some positions in it to be balanced rather than lopsided. His production so far is also pedestrian, hitting below the Mendoza line so far. His defense seems to be the better half of him, though, as he has yet to commit an error and has thrown out 2 runners in 3 steal attempts. The story for our hopes remains the same here as well.

SS-A RF Mark Alexander, Round 7, Pick 13, 175th Overall
Alexander, for some reason or other, hasn't seen much playing time. With only 1 at bat to his name, he hasn't been given the opportunity to show off what we saw in him. I will say this though; his speed looks to be his greatest asset, and I can predict a 25 steal season if he were to make the Show.

SS-A RP Enrique Reyes, Round 8, Pick 13, 201st Overall
Reyes has so far had a rough go of it. In 3 relief appearances for 9.1 IP, he as accumulated a 4.82 ERA, a 1.82 WHIP, and 4 K's. Perhaps time will heal this sour taste for him, but we see a good future for him.

SS-A P Bob Weaver, Round 9, Pick 13, 227th Overall
Weaver is possibly the most promising member of the Kilauea Volcanoes. His stat line of 3.86/1.18/27 K/16 BB/3 HR and a record of 1-1 in 10 appearances shows that he has what it takes to get it done on a professional level. I can't say where I think he'll end up, but he will be watch with extreme interest.

1B Joe Hopper, Round 10, Pick 13, 253rd Overall
In an extremely unfortunate oversight, Joe Hopper was signed and then shortly after accidentally released. We have extended a minor league contract to him, and we also extend to him our most sincere apologies.

1B Lawrence Resse,RP Jeremy Williams and P Ken Lee, Rounds11,12, & 13, Pick 13, 279th, 305th and 331rd Overall
Williams, Reese, and Lee had demanded too large a signing bonus and was therefore unsigned. Reese has since been picked up by the Amsterdam Lions organization and is currently in their farm system. Williams and Lee decided to attend college.

P Martin Edwards, Round 14, Pick 13, 357th Overall
Much like Hopper, Edwards was accidentally released. Also like Hopper, we have extended an offer to him along with our deepest and most sincere apologies.

SS-A 1B John Baxter, Round 15, Pick 13, 383rd Overall
Baxter is much like John Davis. Both play First Base. Both play Short Season A ball. And both were behind a massive wall of DFA'd players. He has since been placed on the Kilauea Volcanoes, and has yet to have his first at bat.

That was our 2028 Draftee analysis. Thank you for reading, and have a great day.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2019 9:57 am 
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Penrose certainly is off to an impressive start. The Claymores were looking at him, too - if nothing else, the name is HOF material! Enjoyed your roundup - you’ve got some nice prospects there!

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2019 2:50 pm 
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Nice round-up! Though it sounds like some of those guys might be over-matched at higher levels, Penrose is quite amazing - and 46 K to 1 BB??? with just average (ok, slightly above) control. Mike Provost would be proud of those numbers!! Though the home run total is a bit unnerving...

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2019 6:22 pm 
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Glad to see Torcal is doing well.

I've got Hill tabbed and following his progression closely.

Great update!

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