As usual, West Side came into the draft with a focus on pitching. As usual, we came away with another stud hitter.
#9 P Michael Sung
(Ranked #4): My 3 top ranked players were the top 3 selections, so I am pleased to see that Sung dropped. His 99/99 FI makes him big-league ready now, but he will get at least one boosted flip before coming to the majors.
#14 CF Howard Pair
(Ranked #6): I ranked 2 hitters in my top 14. So of course I hit on one of them. All four of Pair's hitting potentials range between 81-93 and he should be about ready to go by the time West Side is truly ready to compete for a championship. With a high 80's AR rating, he should slot into RF long-term.
#35 P Michael Neville
(Ranked #12): It will take time for Neville to grow, but he ultimately profiles as a mid-rotation player. High CO should offset mediocre EN and a low 80's SY will help his mediocre FI/PO.
#43 P Leland Fleming
(Ranked #32): Fleming will likely shake out as a bullpen arm with spot-starter upside. I feel that it is a testament to our league that between the 35th and 43rd pick, my available ranked players went from 12th to 32nd.
My final pick was a salary scrub.Martinez
and Pair currently sit in my minors. All are all 20 and all profile as middle of the order hitters. This is in addition to Samuelson
and West Side's current lineup, which ranks 3rd in runs scored and no players over the age of 25. Needless to say, West Side will be in the market for some pitching down the road.