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The Draft, Team By Team
March 20, 2018 (Federal League Wire Service)
The pre-season draft meetings
ended late Monday night as team representatives filed out
of the meeting room at the Federal League Conference Annex. 33 players were drafted
and all are hoping to make an impact when play opens during the
week of April 22.
Cristian Reyes, a hard throwing right handed pitcher from Hialeah,drafted by the Davie Goliaths, was the first
player selected in the draft.
A complete list of the draft results can be found here.
Broward Cubs: Nick
Hernandez, OF; Tim Silk, 1B; Adam Gillstrap, RHP/OF; Brooks
Turner, C/OF; Javier Morillo, SS
The Cubs needed a lot of help and drafted the best available
players in each round.
The Cubbies emphasized drafting players that they figured would be
easier to sign. This is never a bad strategy
Delray Beach Mudcats: Dylan
Razack, C/1B; Giornic Sille, 1B/OF*; Stephen Werksman, LHP; Sean
Tucker, C/OF; Randy Falcon, RHP/3B; Jose Zambrano, 3B/OF; Brian
Finneran, LHP/1B; Daniel Berry, SS; Francisco Azuaje, OF; Pedro
Pestano, SS; Jose Escandell, OF
The Mudcats, faced with a cast of holdout veterans, drafted a
record tying 12 players.
Trading Sille to the Sentries for RHP Chris Delgado is a gamble,
but Delgado is the safer choice.
Hallandale Twins: Juan Mendez, OF/1B;
Perez, 2B; Sam Nelson, RHP/OF; Juan Andres Gomez, OF/1B;
Gregg Rossman, OF; Juan Pablo Gomez, INF
The Twins drafted extensively and addressed their depth issues,
but did not get as much pitching help as they figure to need..
Mendez will be a productive addition to their lineup. Nelson,
the only pitcher they drafted, has a great arm, but is a long
Twilighters decided to stand on the laurels and trade their top
picks for future draft choices.
Cristian Reyes, RHP; Luis Velandia, C;
Alejandro Uzcategui, RHP/1B;
Paul Nolan, C
The Goliaths got a top flight pitcher that is already signed.
Velandia might emerge as the best position player in this class.
Uzcategui will help upgrade the mound staff
Margate Sentries: Chris
Delgado, RHP*; Osniel Sanchez, OF
The Sentries traded Delgado for top outfield prospect Giornic
Talent-wise, this would be a very good haul, but, the
Gatekeepers need to sign both of these players for this
to be a useful draft.
Grade: C (B+, if both players sign)
Hollywood Stars: Raul
Matthew Rodriguez, 2B/3B;
Carlos Parra, INF/OF; William Acevedo, RHP/OF
already boasting a significantly upgraded roster, took a flyer on
four interesting players
Ascanio is a top pitching prospect, but
was traded to the Sentries for five future picks..
Tri-Cities Tritons: Pedro Gutierrez, INF
The Tritons got another strong hitter for their lineup.
Grade: C (B+, if he signs)
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