Amateur Draft Analysis – Rounds 2-5

2. Duke Welker, RHP, Arkansas - Welker is a 6-7, 220 pound righthander with more projection left than the average college pitcher. Welker sits in the low 90′s with his fastball, which has some late life to it. Welker’s secondary pitches are not considered especially strong. His best is a slider that remains somewhat inconsistent. The Arkansas product also mixes in a curveball and a changeup. Welker posted a 3.59 ERA in...

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Game #62 at New York

Yankee Stadium | 1:05 | Maholm vs. Roger Clemens | Box I’ve seen awful baseball games before. I played from the time I was five up through high school. Booted balls aren’t a new concept to me. Even professionals make errors, and I understand that. Today, though, was a different story. This one doesn’t even deserve a recap. What the Pirates did on that field was a disgrace. If Jack Wilson isn’t going to hit or...

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First Year Player Draft

A brief run down of some of the players chosen by the Pirates in the draft. These are the players we hope to be watching in a few years.
Round 1 — pick # 9
Daniel Moskos
21 yr old LHP 6’1″ 200 lb
Junior at Clemson University
He is reported to have a very good fastball (up to 94 – 96 mph ), and a slider and change-up. He has been primarily a reliever in college, though he has also started, and the Pirates feel he will work out best as a reliever — though of course, anything can happen. Moskos played for the US National Team last summer, and helped the team win a gold medal with a 0.86 ERA and 6 saves. He also pitched in the Cape Cod League last summer.
Comp round — Pirates did not have a pick
Round 2 — pick #68
Matthew “Duke” Welker
21 yr old RHP 6′ 7″ 220 lb
Junior at University of Arkansas at Fayetteville
He is a “steady” starter, with good movement and command on his fastball. The fastball is usually 90 – 93 mph. He also has an OK slider and curve. His record this season was 7-5 with a 3.59 ERA. Welker was drafted out of high school (Washington State ) in 2004 by the Seattle Mariners, but elected to go to college.
Round 3 — pick #98
Brian Friday
21 yr old Shortstop 5′ 11″ 180 lbs
Junior at Rice University
Bats and throws right handed. He is a line drive hitter, not really a power hitter, though he does get some home runs. Good base running skills, and particularly good speed. He has an “exceptional” range at shortstop and good arm strength, though needs to work on accuracy of his throws. Friday is said to be a team leader on the field. He was First Team All-American in 2006.
Round 4 — pick #128
Frederick Quincy Latimore
18 yr old Center fielder 5′ 10″ 175 lbs
Senior at Middle Creek High School (near Raleigh, NC)
The Pirates first high school pick this year. Said to have above average speed (field and bases ) and above average power for hitting.
Round 5 — pick #158
Andrew Walker
21 yr old Catcher 6′ 0″ 197 lbs
Junior at Texas Christian University
Not a fast runner, but very agile behind the plate, with good arm strength. He also has a good swing and hit .328 with 12 HR and 58 RBI this year. He also played in the Cape Cod League last summer.
Round 6 — pick # 188
Matthew Foust
22yrs old RHP 6’3” 225 lbs
Junior at University of Nebraska
Round 7 — pick # 218
Juan Garcia
18 yrs old Catcher 5’10″ 185 lbs
Senior in high school: Puerto Rico Baseball Academy High School
Round 8 — pick # 248
Maurice Bankston
20 yrs old RHP 6’4″ 205 lbs
J2 — Texarcana Community College
Round 9 — pick # 278
Anthony Watson
22 yrs old LHP 6’4″ 210 lbs
Senior at University of Nebraska at Lincoln
A starting pitcher with an ok fastball and curve. His best pitch is his change-up, and his command is above average. He has a good mound presence and keeps hitters guessing. Watson was drafted by the Orioles in the 17th round two years ago, but elected to stay in college.

[after this, there is not a lot of info on the draftees]
10. Sean Giblin –RHP, Sr at Pearl River High School, New York
11. Burundi Davis — CF, Sr at Georgetown High School, Texas
12. Erik Huber — RF, Sr at Eastern Illinois University
13. Andrew Biela — C, Sr at Palatine High School, Illinois
14. Kyle McPherson — RHP, Jr at University of Mobile, Alabama
15. Reynaldo Cotilla — RHP, Sr at Miami Springs Senior High School, Florida
16. Zac Oliver — LHP, J2 at Paris Junior College, Texas
17. Harrison Bishop — RHP, Sr at University of Washington
18. Marcus Davis — CF, Sr at Alcorn State University , Mississippi
19. Robert Spain — 3B, Jr at Oklahoma City University
20. Brian Tracy — RHP, 5-Sr at Univ Calif Santa Barbara
21.Matthew Cavagnaro — 2B, Sr at Penn State University
22.Nicholas Navarro — C, Sr at Charles Flanagan High School, Florida
23.Luis Penate — SS, Sr at Charles Flanagan HS (yes, the same place)
24.Chad Rice — SS, Sr at Virginia Military Institute
25.Keanon Simon — CF, Sr at Oklahoma State University
26.Steven Neff — LHP, Sr at Lancaster High School, SC
27.Robert Revesz –LHP, Sr at Grove City High School, PA
28.Matthew Clark — 3B, J2 at Riverside Comm College, CA
29.Brian Harrison — SS, Sr at Hilton Head High School, SC
30.Josh Hula — C, So at Miami University, Ohio
31.Taylor Cameron — RHP, Sr at Point Loma Nazarene Univ, CA
32.Daniel Forrer — LHP, Sr at Auburn University Montgomery, AL
33.Caleb Fields — 2B, Sr at Northwestern University, IL
34.Cedric Pomerlee –LHP, Sr at Gentry High School, MS
35.Thomas Boleska — RHP, Jr at High Point University
36.Andrew Crisp — SS, Jr at Univ of South Carolina Columbia
37.Jared Springer — RHP, Sr at Montgomery High School, TX
38.Patrick McAnany –LHP, Jr at University of Virginia
39.Gerald Menna — RHP, Sr at Red Bank Catholic High School, NJ
40.Chad Poe — RHP, J-1at Bossier Parish Junior College, LA
41.Demetrius Washington — 2B, Sr at Silver Bluff High School, SC
42.Daniel Bomback — 2B, Jr at Florida Atlantic University, FL
43.Cameron Rupp — C, Sr at Prestonwood Christian Academy, TX
44.Dustin Emmas –RHP, Sr at Crescenta Valley High School, CA
45.Pernell Halliman — RHP, J-2 at West Hills College, CA
46.Reyes Dorado — RHP, J-3 at Riverside Community College, CA
47.Robert Broach –RHP, Sr at Archbishop Rummel High School, LA
48.Gary Amato — RHP, Jr at Penn State University
49.Erik Morrison — SS, Jr at University of Kansas
50.Brandon Glover — CF, Jr at San Diego State University

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Game #61 at New York

Yankee Stadium | 7:05 | Gorzelanny vs. Andy Pettitte | Box I suppose there were a few big plays in this game that I could focus on—Xavier Nady’s second inning homer, Chris Duffy’s inside-the-parker, Derek Jeter’s walk-off dribbler—but I’ll zero in on the events of the seventh inning. The Pirates were up, 4-2, before Tom Gorzelanny started to get into trouble: Yankees seventh: Cairo doubled to left....

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More Pirate Picks

I believe Dave’s planning on putting up a draft recap later, but I figured I’d give you the quickie version of the Pirates’ picks so far: Rd. Player Pos. B/T Ht. Wt. College/HS 1 Daniel Moskos LHP R/L 6’1″ 210 College 2 Matthew Welker RHP L/R 6’7″ 220 College 3 Brian Friday SS R/R 5’11″ 180 College 4 Frederick Latimore CF R/R 5’10″ 175 HS 5 Andrew Walker C R/R...

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Indians Win 6th Straight

boxscore (photos by NancyZ )
John Wasdin -- photo by NancyZ
The Indianapolis Indians extended their winning streak to a season-best six games, with an 8-3 win over the Rochester Red Wings at Victory Field this evening. The two teams combined for a total of 23 hits and took advantage of a stiff breeze blowing out to left field for a total of three home runs. Indians starter John Wasdin (photo ), on a rehab assignment from the Pittsburgh Pirates, got the win in his second start for the Indians. Rochester’s starter Jeremy Cummings suffered the loss, his 4th of the season.
Wasdin got off to a rough start in the top of the first inning. With two outs, Red Wings’ DH Doug Deeds grounded a single up the middle, and LF Garrett Jones followed with a home run over the left field wall, to give the Red Wings a 2-run lead. Wasdin got out of the inning when 1B Glenn Williams popped up a short fly ball to Tribe C Einar Diaz. The Red Wings got right back at it again in the top of the 2nd, when C Matthew LeCroy led off with a double off the center field wall. He moved to third when 3B Tommy Watkins grounded to second base. RF Trent Oeltjen got the RBI when he singled to right field to score LeCroy.
Trent Jewett congratulates Russ Johnson on his home run -- photo by NancyZ
The Indians were not to be outdone, though, and they came right back in the bottom of the 2nd. Lead off hitter DH Russ Johnson (photo ) ran the count full on Rochester’s starter Jeremy Cummings. On the 6th pitch, Johnson popped up a foul ball, which headed back toward the stands behind the Red Wings’ 1st base side dugout. Wings’ C Matthew LeCroy seemed to assume that the foul ball was going to go back into the stands, so he didn’t chase after it. At the last second, though, it looked like the ball might fall onto the field after all — but LeCroy had waited too long, and his last-second rush didn’t get him there in time. Instead of one out, Johnson had another life at the plate. He took the next pitch up and over the left field wall for a solo home run. CF Luis Matos took Cummings’ next pitch into right field for a double. Matos advanced to 3rd base on Cummings’ wild pitch. RF Michael Ryan flied out to short right field, but too short for Matos to score. 2B Luis Ordaz lifted a single to right field, to score Matos. C Einar Diaz hit a hard grounder to third, which moved Ordaz to second base, though Diaz was out at first. LF Nick Green’s single lined into center field easily scored Ordaz, to tie the score.

Luis Matos scores after his homer  -- photo by NancyZ
The Indians broke the tie in the bottom of the 3rd. 1B Yurendell de Caster led off with a double off the top of the right-center field wall. Russ Johnson doubled down the right field line to score de Caster. Then Luis Matos (photo ) added his homer over the left field wall to bring in two more runs.
John Wasdin scattered three hits over the next 3.2 innings, while holding the Red Wings scoreless. He pitched a total of 5.2 innings, with 67 pitches, and did not give up any walks. He was relieved by Masumi Kuwata with two outs and a runner on second base in the 6th inning. Kuwata ended the inning by striking out Glenn Williams.
Masumi Kuwata  -- photo by  NancyZ
Kuwata (photo ) pitched 2.1 innings in his 3rd outing with the Indians. He faced a total of 8 batters, and allowed only one hit. He threw 25 pitches, 16 of which were strikes. Juan Perez pitched the 9th inning for the Tribe. He gave up two hits before retiring the side. Red Wings’ Matt Tolbert, who went 5 for 5 yesterday, continued his hitting trend by going 2 for 4 with a double today. Garrett Jones and Matthew LeCroy also went 2 for 4.
The Indians got to Jeremy Cummings one more time in the 5th inning. Jose Hernandez led off with a single up the left field line deep behind third base, and he beat out the throw to first base. He advanced to third when Cummings’ pickoff attempt sailed wide of 1B Glenn Williams. Russ Johnson walked, and was erased when Luis Matos grounded into a double play. That play allowed Hernandez to move to third base.
Michael Ryan out at home  -- photo by NancyZ
Michael Ryan lined a double that bounced off the right field wall, to easily score Hernandez. Luis Ordaz followed with a single to right field, and Ryan came around third and headed to home. Wings’ RF Trent Oeltjen’s throw to the plate was on target, though, and Ryan was thrown out at home to end the inning.
Cummings was relieved by Julio DePaula, who pitched two perfect innings in the 6th and 7th. Rochester’s closer Bobby Kennedy came in to pitch the 8th inning. He allowed the Tribe one more insurance run, when Luis Matos singled into left field and stole second base. Matos advanced to third on Michael Ryan’s second hit of the game, and scored on Luis Ordaz’s sacrifice fly.
Matos went 3 for 4 with a single, a double, and a homer. The double was his 16th of the season. Russ Johnson and Luis Ordaz both went 2 for 3, and Yurendell de Caster and Michael Ryan went 2 for 4.
Brian Bixler, Yurendell de Caster, and Luis Ordaz  -- photo by NancyZ
(photo — Brian Bixler, Yurendell de Caster, and Luis Ordaz )
Indians’ hitting gem of the game: Luis Matos and Russ Johnson both hitting a double and a homer, to put the Indians ahead to stay.
Indians’ defensive gem of the game: Einar Diaz made two outstanding plays. In the top of the 4th, Glenn Williams hit a pop foul ball that headed toward the Indians’ dugout. C Einar Diaz didn’t make the same mistake Matthew LeCroy had made earlier. He raced over and reached into the Tribe dugout to make the catch as he slammed into the (padded, luckily ) railing. If he’d gone over the railing, he’d have landed in manager Trent Jewett’s lap. In the next inning, Trent Oeltjen dropped down a little bit of a bunt right in front of home plate. Diaz jumped out and turned 180 degrees so that he was facing back towards home plate when he picked up the ball, then he FIRED the ball to Yurendell de Caster at first base, just in time to get Oeltjen.
Carlos Maldonado -- photo by NancyZ
(photo — Carlos Maldonado seems to have his own palm tree in the dugout. )
Brian Bixler was featured in a story in the Indianapolis Star today. Bixler went 0 for 3 tonight with a walk, but it ends his 7-game hitting streak. On this homestand, he has had 11 hits, including a double, 3 triples, and 2 homers, with 5 RBI, and 10 runs scored.
With one game left, the Indians have hit a total of 16 home runs on this homestand. They have hit 9 homers already in the month of June. They hit only 7 homers in all their previous home games.
John Van Benschoten was named Indians’ Player of the Month for May. He was presented with a watch in a ceremony before the game.
The Pirates’ first-round pick in the MLB first-year player draft today was Daniel Moskos, a 21 year old junior at Clemson University. Moskos is a left-handed pitcher who is mostly a reliever, though he has made some starts also. Look for him to play with Clemson against Mississippi State in the NCAA Super Regionals on Friday (June 8th ) at noon EDT.
For Uncle Pete:
Matt Tolbert -- photo by  NancyZ
Garrett Jones -- photo by NancyZ
Rajai Davis led off the Pirates game with a triple this afternoon, for his first major league hit this season.
Go Tribe!

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