Prospectus’ Kevin Goldstein issued his NL draft notebook (no report cards here). today.
On Drew Stubbs: Even if he doesn’t improve the strikeouts, “he’s still a Mike Cameron-esque center fielder with power, speed and ridiculous defensive skills.”
If the bat does take a step forward, he’s the best position player in this draft.
On #2 Sean Watson: “The Reds will have the same decision Tennessee’s coaching staff had, as he was equally effective as a starter and reliever.
On #3 Chris Valaiki: A surprise as a third-rounder, but “one of those grinders with enough tools to get there.”
On #4 Justin Reed: “Does many things well, but few things outstandingly, which is better than having a player with a few weaknesses.”
On #5 Josh Ravin: “Another one of those tall California kids who throws hard. It seems like everybody takes one in the first five rounds.”
Goldstein deemed 10th-rounder Josh Roenicke (UCLA pitcher) the best later-round pick. As I suspected, he’s the son of Gary Roenicke. Josh just started pitching this year, but throws in the mid 90s, “has a surprisingly effective slider, and actually moved into the closer role for the Bruins during the season.”