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Grading The Draft, Team By Team

March 8, 2017 (Federal League Wire Service)

                The pre-season draft meetings ended late Tuesday night as team representatives filed out of the meeting room at the Federal League Conference Annex. 41 players were drafted and all are hoping to make an impact when play opens during the week of April 18. 
                Nicholas Grassetti, a smooth swinging infielder from Lauderdale By the Sea, drafted by the Davie Goliaths, was the first player selected in the draft.
A complete list of the draft results can be found here.

Original Division:

Hallandale Twins:
 Carlos Guzman, SS/2B; Giovann Texiera, OF; Giancarlos Hurtado, SS/2B; Daniel Rivadeniera, SS/C; Ornan Toledo, INF; Casey Kountz, SS/2B; Adam Gillstrap, RHP/OF; Hector Velasquez, 1B/OF; Yuriel Barbiera, OF; Yeinel Montano, INF 
                The Twins drafted extensively and addressed their depth issues, but did not get as much pitching help as they figure to need..
                Guzman, Texiera, and Hurtado are already signed and should be in the opening day lineup. Toledo and Kountz have opportunities to contribute immediately. Gillstrap will be given a chance to crack the rotation.
                Grade: B

Sunrise Sunsets: Justin Dages, SS; Javier Aguilar, 1B/OF; Mervin Borges, C; Victor Sam. RHP/OF; Michael Fox, RHP/OF; Juan Escobar, 2B
                The Twilighters picked up some of the best raw talent in the draft. Dages is a potential star. Aguilar is already an accomplished player. Sam shows flashes of being a top player. Fox has incredible potential, and Borges and Escobar are solid players.
                This will be an A+ if the Sunsets sign any three of these players.
                Grade: B+

Broward Cubs: Joseph Paniagua, OF; Gabriel Franzese, INF/OF; Brian Ross, RHP; Paul Belmonte, INF/OF; Kevaugn Thomas, RHP/OF; Bernard Rolle, 2B/OF; Johnny Ventura, 1B/3B
                The Cubs needed a lot of help and drafted the best available players in each round. Paniagua and Franzese are front line players.
                If the Cubbies sign all of these players, the grade will be much higher.
                Grade: B-

Delray Beach Mudcats: 
Jamal Thelwell, C; Rafael Laureano, 3B/OF; Willy Ruiz, C
                The Mudcats did not have a pick in first round, a result of last season's trade with the Cubs to re-acquire Amed Martinez.. 
                The selections of Thelwell and Ruiz suggest that the Whiskered Fish are not intending to wait on hold out catchers Ubby Urrutia and Ian Robbins. 

Expansion Division:

Davie Goliaths: Nicholas Grassetti, 2B/OF; Kyle Noel, C; Jarrod Rubinstein, 1B/C; Jesus Peguero, OF; Frank Brown, 2B/OF
                The Goliaths got three solid players that are already signed.
                Grassetti is a top tier player that will improve both the infield defense and the lineup. Noel will likely assume the catching duties and allow player/manager Tony Krahwinkel to move to the outfield. Rubinstein is a quality role player.
                Grade: B+

Hollywood Stars: Lazaro Blanco, RHP/OF; Malcolm Cepeda, OF; Christian Nunez, OF
                The Stars, already boasting a significantly upgraded roster, took a flyer on three top, but, as of yet, unsigned, prospects
                Blanco would elevate the pitching staff. Cepeda and Nunez would be great additions as well.
                Grade: B

Margate Sentries: Anthony DiMaio, RHP; Jesan Yambo, 2B/OF; Elvin Espinal, RHP/3B; Yaniel Perez, INF
                The Sentries selected the best players available, but none are signed yet.
                Talent-wise, this would be a very good crop, but, the Gatekeepers need to sign at least two of these players for this to be a useful draft.
                Grade: C

Tri-Cities Tritons: Joshua Payne, LHP/OF; Adam Seif, OF; Sean Vance, 1B
                The Tritons, after two consecutive Championships, are looking to reload. 
                Seif could contribute immediately. If Payne signs, he will, likely, take a spot in the rotation. Vance could challenge incumbent Magdiel Sanchez for the first base job.
                Grade: B-

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