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. BALTIMORE ORIOLES Nate McLouth - LF Manny Machado - 3B Nick Markakis - DH Adam Jones - CF Chris Davis - 1B Matt Wieters - C J.J. Hardy - SS Chris Dickerson - RF Alexi Casilla - 2B Chris Tillman - RHP (0-0, 12.27 ERA ERA) BOSTON RED SOX Jacoby Ellsbury - CF Shane Victorino - RF Dustin Pedroia - 2B Mike Napoli - 1B Will Middlebrooks - 3B Daniel Nava - DH Jarrod Saltalamacchia - C Stephen Drew - SS Jackie Bradley Jr. - LF Alfredo Aceves - RHP (0-0, 10.38 ERA) http://baseballpress.com/lineup.php
A conversation had begun to stem in another thread about Joe Jordan's hitters from this year's draft, so I felt it was better served to bring it to the forum as its own thread for better discussion. Out of the 50 rounds, only 19 of them were used for position players. Out of the 19 selected, only 12 of them signed (Devin Harris the only one inside the top 25 that didn't sign) Jordan has 12 hitters that he selected in the draft that signed. 2 - Catchers 1 - 1B 1 - 2B 2 - SS 1 - 3B 5 - OF C - Justin Dalles - .212/.255/.263 in 40 G, 8 2B, 16 RBI, 29% CS He batted .324 with 15 HR, 47 RBI, 7 2B at South Carolina. The 8 doubles shows some gap power and that he'll need more strength to translate that into HR's professionally. C- Michael Ohlman - .500/.500/.750 in 2 G, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 SB, 50% CS High schooler I know a lot of people were clamoring for us to sign. Small sample size to judge. 1B - Tyler Townsend - .129/.211/.247 in 22 G, 4 2B, 2 HR, 10 RBI, 1 SB Batted .434 at Florida International with 24 HR, 77 RBI, 16 2B. He has legitimate power, but he had a wrist injury not long after he started playing. I'm not judging much from this year since a wrist injury, even minor ones, seem to take people's offensive games away from them. 2B/3B - Tyler Kelly - .274/.364/.326 in 52 G, 5 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 16 RBI, 3 SB Batted .307 at UC Davis with 4 HR, 40 RBI, and 20 2B. He's been splitting time between 3rd and 2nd (33 to 14) and has walked more than he has struck out (28 to 24). SS - Mychal Givens - yet to play He won't play until next year in a game, but we'll all be watching him. SS - Michael Mooney - .219/.305/.301 in 39 G, 5 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 13 RBI, 1 SB Batted .306 at Florida with 2 HR, 24 RBI, and 6 2B. He's never displayed much speed and he has been splitting time between 2nd and SS (31 to 12). His light hitting mold is coupled with solid defense as he's only commited 1 error at 2nd in 136 chances. 3B/1B - Mike Flacco - .269/.323/.420 in 56 G, 13 2B, 5 3B, 3 HR, 32 RBI, 6 SB Batted .399 at Catonsville with 14 HR and 51 RBI. A little older for a JuCo player but that's due to his back injury a few years ago. He's displaying a lot of XBH power with a respectable average. He's splitting time between first and 3rd (31 to 23). OF - Steve Bumbry - .233/.358/.379 in 36 G, 6 2B, 3 3B, 1 HR, 9 RBI, 5 SB Batted .283 at Virginia Tech with 10 HR and 40 RBI. He started off in a terrible slump and spent some time on the DL. He has since started to adjust to minor league pitching and is batting .257 in his past 10 games. OF - Kipp Schutz - .256/.348/.322 in 36 G, 5 2B, 1 HR, 14 RBI, 2 SB Batted .392 at Indiana with 5 HR and 34 RBI. He's a contact guy that hits for average without much speed. OF - Michael Planeta - .298/.329/.415 in 55 G, 11 2B, 2 3B, 3 HR, 26 RBI, 6 SB Batted .332 at CC Glendale of Arizona with 18 2B, 10 3B, 41 RBI, and 1 HR. He stole 4 bases as well. OF - Kyle Hoppy - played 1 game and did not reach base The 3rd positional high schooler taken by the O's. He hit .551 with eight home runs and 34 RBIs in his senior season for Orchard Park High. OF - Brenden Webb - .182/.357/.242 in 10 G, 2 2B, 1 RBI Batted .342 at Palomar CC with 8 HR and 40 RBI. --- While he is not a drafted offensive player, I feel I should include him since he is doing so well as a non-drafted free agent. 1B - David Anderson - .279/.394/.448 in 47 G, 11 2B, 3 3B, 4 HR, 34 RBI He batted .377 at Coastal Carolina with 21 HR and 82 RBI. He has walked more than he has struck out (32 to 28) and has spent all his time in the field at first. Overall, some of the top picks are not hitting for as much average as expected, but with the small sample size and kids playing over a 100 games for the first time in their careers that can be expected. Kelly, Anderson, and Planeta have been the best offensive performers so far with a little left in the season. It's not time to judge any of these draftees, but there are definitely encouraging signs. I'm not at all worried about Townsend, and I expect him to have a solid season next year. Along with the rest of the power hitting prospects, they will have the winter to bulk up and condition for a full season of wooden bats which will give us a much better reading on where they are. I'm pretty happy with what I see, and I hopeful of their continued growth.