12 February, 2006

Draft! 2nd round pick

After a burst of pitchers going, the Mariners bucked the trend and selected Moneyball type player Omar Quintanilla.

Whilst he's unlikely to make the Hall of Fame or even the All-Star Game, Quintanilla looks like a useful bat off the bench and can play most infield positions. He's not a great glove man, but it's hitting that gets you a job in MLB.

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Getting to the stage of the draft where picks are pure crapshoot. Most of these guys have had their cups of coffee. The difficult part is figuring out if they stand a chance of becoming a role player.

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Case in point: Biran Shackleford. Nowhere on my radar, goes at #69.


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