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June 6, 2014

Round One Analysis

Part One

by Nick J. Faleris


The first 74 picks are in the books for the 2014 First Year Player Draft, with Brady Aiken (LHP, Cathedral Catholic (San Diego, CA)) the first high school lefty since Brien Taylor (East Carteret (Beaufort, NC)), some 23 years ago, to go first overall.

There were only a few true surprises in the 34 picks comprised by Round 1, and as expected the depth of the class dropped impact talent all the way into and through the second round, with a handful of teams lined up to make a run at some over-slot signees early on day two.

Below is part one of my look at the first round selections from last night. In-depth scouting notes and video of the various players can be found in my Positional Preview Series.

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Nojsztat

Any concerns about Alex Jackson now that he's going to the organization (and home ballpark) where hitting prospects seemingly go to die?

Jun 06, 2014 08:33 AM
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BP staff member Nick Faleris
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No; hitters hit.

Jun 06, 2014 10:23 AM
 
Nojsztat

Normally I'd agree with that without reservation, but the Mariners failure rate with hitting prospects seems to be too much to ignore.

Jun 06, 2014 13:13 PM
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Justice

In 2010, the White Sox drafted Chris Sale and ultimately brought him to the majors as a reliever that year.

Do you see the Sox taking a similar approach with Carlos Rodon this year?

Jun 06, 2014 13:11 PM
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BP staff member Nick Faleris
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Depends on how they view his usage. He did not throw in the post season but was heavily used down the stretch. They may opt to rest him and bring him back for the AFL with an eye towards early promotion in 2015. That would likely be my approach.

Jun 06, 2014 15:01 PM
 
Chrisfiander

There are two points I would like to ask about Kyle Schwarber's swing.

First, his right foot is not lined up at the start of his of swing but after the leg lift he brings it back to square up the ball. I am guessing that this is his timing mechanism. Will the leg lift motion cause problems for consistency down the road?

Second, it seems like he brings his hands in and uses a lot of his wrist speed to make contact and power. If this is true, does this increase or decrease raw power?

Awesome article and go Phillies!

Jun 09, 2014 11:13 AM
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