Steven Kunkel – the official statistician of SLB – has compiled his rankings of the 2015 Salmon League draft.
Below are his rankings and his 50-word rundown of each team’s draft day performance.
It started out with Cueto, but it went pretty downhill from there. Especially with Lester, Gray, Samardzija, Cobb, and Cole going in round 3 – this team could have really gone a different route. Especially when it comes to Utley, Pompey, and Turner. One of those guys doesn’t actually have a starting position. It’ll take some real work to turn this one around.
On the surface this draft looks like it could be a win as it’s loaded with top-level talent in Posey, Cano, Springer, Carpenter, Kershaw. Except, once you get beyond that you start asking youself “what is this guy going to do?” Trumbo, Baez, J.D. Martinez, Adams, Arrieta, McHugh, Keuchel all have very brief levels of success. Combined it’s just too much of a combined risk to feel like this team is going anywhere in ‘15.
12. money grubbers
I’m not following where the big magoo is going with this draft. Morneau doesn’t feel like an equatable 1B to the rest of the league anymore. Moss is good and moved to a more hitter friendly park, but stayed the same in what was supposed to be his “breakout” year – now he’s just a year older. Segura has been stated as the overdraft of the draft and Rosario doesn’t actually have a starting spot anymore. In addition, Napoli had 55 RBI in 415 at bats with bad hips. What’s the forward projection on that move with Craig sitting in the wings? I believe in Mike, but I don’t believe in the direction he went with this one.
11. Radioactive Rush
Grant played the homer card. Santana, Arcia, Hughes, and Perkins all reside on this roster. The problem is they’re all Twins, not Nationals. Include, soon-to-be replaced by Lindor, Jose Ramirez and, never actually been good, Domonic Brown into this list and you get a #11 ranking. Grant’s most redeeming factor was that he has Harvey, Hughes, Lester, and Paxton in his starting rotation, which is why he got this nod over Mike. I just believed in the quality of his pitching more.
10. High Cheese
Price, Zimmermann, Ross, Cashner. Levi’s pitching is top notch, but his hitting doesn’t inspire much confidence. I don’t think a team can get away with Kendrick, Alvarez, Escobar, and Martin as a combined unit and I’m not convinced Cruz is going to keep jacking 40 bombs. There’s a power and speed combination here, but the names don’t inspire confidence from this projector. Levi has some work to do to make it 5 years in a row.
09. SL Disappointments
John is still sitting on fantasy baseball gold in Jose Bautista and he just added Kyle Seager to the mix without losing Pence. He also put together one of the strongest rotations in fantasy baseball by grabbing Hamels, Wainwright, Latos, and Archer. However, he’s probably in need of one more masher to make up for Gordon, Hosmer, and Murphy; especially when two of those aren’t getting you 20 SBs.
08. Genies in a Bottle
Jeremiah called my ranking garbage and there are likely a few that agree. However, he ended up here because his best pitcher still remains Gio Gonzalez – the 5th starter on the Nationals. What is a guy supposed to do with that when the offense is predicated on high upside picks like Carter, Wong, Betts, and Soler? The pitching needed to be better.
07. cracker jack
Since 2005 this cat has missed the playoffs once. My guess is that he doesn’t actually end up here. However, these are the players on his team that missed an extensive amount of games last year due to injury: Molina, Votto, Sandoval, Ramirez, Ellsbury, Harper, Fielder, Belt, Wacha, and Bailey. Justin sniped every possible injury risk dude on the planet this year and as the saying goes “It’s a bold strategy, Cotton. Lets see how it works out of them?” Granted, since he’ll only own 3 of these guys at the end of the season, it probably doesn’t matter.
06. Captain Jack Sparrow
Listen, my analysis wasn’t necessarily a true draft analysis. I included the trade that occurred literally 14 seconds after the draft had ended and, in all reality, that trade hurt Captain Jack’s stock a little bit. Captain Jack’s team now revolves around Stanton and the 50 homer power he possesses. Finishing 6th kind of depends on how Jose Fernandez returns, but if you asked me if I thought Matt Harvey was going to be awesome when he returned, I would have said yes. I think Travis will be just fine with this mix.
The groundhog officially landed on the “don’t sit next to this mother fricker” list this year because he’ll literally cheat off of you, but that doesn’t stop him from having a very nice mixture of talent going into the season. Cole, Wood, and Pineda are primed to take off and he has a nice power/speed combo that doesn’t get degraded by low OBPs. He’s set to contend.
04. Sea Bass v10.0
ALL of his guys hit homers and half of those guys steal 20 bases too and that doesn’t even count the fact that he has a 3rd basemen whose ready to hit 123 homeruns in a season. Add in the fact that he has Bumgarner, Gray, Carrasco, and Ventura to anchor his staff and you’re looking at one bad mother fricker. Craig, your team has what it takes this year. Be careful with it.
I’m pretty high on me. I mean, I think I’m pretty smart. In reality, if you look at it with a questioning eye, I’m probably over ranking myself. We don’t know if Kipnis is going to stay healthy. We don’t know what’s going to happen with Bogaerts or Polanco and we have no idea if Miller, Fiers, or Peralta are going to pitch well at all. However, my top end talent is top of the line and Jayson Werth as a bench player makes my day every time. I’m sticking with it and I’m sticking with it hard!
02. Dome Dog
Chris Davis in round one made me puke and Adam has no speed to work with. However, all of these 30-year-old hitting superstars coming together on one team reeks of something that’s about to work and work in a big way. I hate Adam’s bench and I think he’s trying to grab lightning in a bottle twice with his relief pitching, but he’s done something intriguing here and I like it.
01. 38 MPH Heaters
Morgan’s pitching staff is the best pitching staff in the league and when he dumps Brandon McCarthy to get another holds guy it’s going to be even that much better. Morgan rode a very similar team to a championship last year as it was pitching heavy and balanced. He’s done a similar thing this year with high OBP guys and a mixture of some that hit homeruns and some that steal bases. Yes, this ranking comes post trade, but it appears Morgan has put together another winner as long as Andrus doesn’t burn the whole strategy down because of how terrible he is.
It looks like Steven sees a repeat for Morgan in the future.
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