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First Pitch: The 2009 Draft Class Lacking Impact Talent

First Pitch: The 2009 Draft Class Lacking Impact Talent

Today we finished up the Bradenton Marauders recap, which means we've wrapped up all of the prep pitchers from the 2009 draft. There are still players from the 2009 draft to cover in the upper levels of the farm system. However, since a bulk of the draft was focused on those prep pitchers, this would be a good time to review the draft.

Before we begin, a reminder on my strategy for evaluating a draft. You can evaluate a draft at any time. There's no correct way to make an evaluation, and no incorrect way, just as long as you realize that evaluations can change, and usually do change. I tend to wait three years before giving a serious evaluation of prep players. That's the amount of time they would have been in college had they not signed. This gives some good perspective, as it allows us to think about how the player would be viewed if he was taken in the draft this year.

Prior to the season, I noted that this year was the year I'd be looking at the 2009 prep pitchers. Since they...

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