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Grading The Draft, Team By Team

August 29, 2018 (Federal League Wire Service)

                The pre-season draft meetings ended late one 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 this fall. 
                The Broward Cubs, who did not have a pick until the fourth round this season due to trades, led the way with eight picks. The Tri-Cities Tritons only made you selection.
A complete list of the draft results can be found here.

Original Division
Delray Beach Mudcats: Jan Sanchez, OF/2B; Michael Deeb, OF; Kirkland Festa, SS/2B; Evan Parana, OF; Laz Martinez, 3B/1B; Edgar Quinones, SS
Summary: The Whiskered Fish addressed all of their needs, except for pitching. All six of their picks should be able to contribute immediately. Deeb, a player who has pro experience, and Quinones are already signed. This is a solid class.
Grade: B+

Hallandale Twins: Miguel Roman, RHP; Mitchell Bradley, RHP/3B; Dayron Varona, OF; Luis Gonzalez, 2B; Colin Byrne, SS/2B; Jesus Martinez, 3B/OF
Summary: The Twins took a top pitching prospect in Roman, an intriguing project in Bradley, a hitter with tremendous potential in Varona, and two middle infielders that are already signed.
Grade: B

Broward Cubs: Dairon Recino, C; Raphael Andrade, OF*, Joyse Cardenas, SS; Jonathan Machado, 2B; Carlos Ulloa, INF; Juan Deus, 1B; Jared Butler, INF; Bryan Medina, OF
Summary: Recino is an 18 year old catching prospect. The Cubs traded Andrade to the Sunsets for a future pick, but picked up two veterans (Reol and Mario Alvarez) and a prospect, infielder Victor Carpente, in a trade with the Stars. Considering the haul realized by the trades, this is a very good group.
Grade: B

Sunrise Sunsets: Camron White, RHP; Enders Vargas, RHP/SS; Hairold Salce, 3B/1B; Derek Von Achen, INF/OF*
Summary: The Twilighters got two high end pitching prospects, a power hitting third baseman in Salce, and made two trades that netted them former Florida Gator Raphael Andrade.
Grade: A-

Expansion Division
Hollywood Stars: Anthony Masiello, LHP; Jhon Caramo, C; Brandon Von Achen, LHP/OF; Erick Mass, C/1B; David Cruz, OF/2B; Francisco Magoria, RHP/1B; Victor Carpente, 2B*
Summary: The Stars got, arguably, the draft's top pitching prospect in Masiello. Caramo is raw, but has league experience. Mass has first rate power. Von Achen is a sneaky lefty that could eat up innings. A trade with the Sunsets yielded Von Achen's brother, a utility player that will give the team depth.
Grade: B+

Davie Goliaths: A.J. Alexio, SS/OF; Xavier Rodriguez, RHP/OF; Engels Vargas, 2B; Jose Zambrano, RHP/3B;
Summary: The Philistines were not able to get a top of the rotation starter and settled for two pitchers with long range potential. The G-Men also picked an elite defender in Alexio. Vargas, who posseses surprising power, may be the sleeper of the draft.
Grade: B-

Margate Sentries:
Ralph Morel, RHP; Frank Cruz, SS/2B; Norman Sanchez, RHP/OF; Cruz Humes, OF; Enrique Pino, INF 
Summary: Signing Morel, a potential number two starter, is the key to this draft for the Munguiamen. The other players are serviceable, but considering that they lack top picks in the next few drafts, it is imperative that they sign Morel.
Grade: C+ 

Tri-Cities Tritons:
Elixeyris Monzon, OF
Summary: The Water Dwellers decided to rest on the laurels and took a flyer on Monzon, an relatively unknown outfielder that looks the part.
Grade: C-

*denotes player traded.

Players listed in italics are unsigned.


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