View Full Version : Vote MLB Prospect Draft: E2. Buffalo vs. W1. Toledo (Semifinals)

devinhester=R.O.Y 2006
07-15-2007, 01:59 PM
The 2nd Semifinal matches up the the Eastern Divisions 2nd seeded Buffalo Bisons vs. the undefeated Western Division Champs, the Toledo Mud Hens. The Bisons survived a tough quarterfinal matchup against Indianapolis, while Toledo put up a dominating performance against Trenton.

Buffalo Bisons


1. Homer Bailey, RHP, Reds
2. Donald Veal, LHP, Cubs
3. Will Inman, RHP, Brewers
4. John Danks, LHP, White Sox
5. Micah Owings, RHP, Diamondbacks


CL: Franklin Morales, LHP, Rockies
RP: Yohan Pino, RHP, Twins


1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF, Red Sox
2. Troy Tulowitzki, SS, Rockies
3. Andrew McCutchen, RF, Pirates
4. Adam Lind, DH, Blue Jays
5. Matt Wieters, C, Orioles
6. James Loney, 1B, Dodgers
7. Fernando Martinez, LF, Mets
8. Eric Campbell, 3B, Braves
9. Kevin Frandsen, 2B, Giants


Lars Anderson, 1B, Red Sox
Mark Reynolds, IF/OF, Diamondbacks
Drew Stubbs, OF, Reds

The Bisons are full of potential major league stars. The lineup is solid from top to bottom. Ellsbury and Tulo are an excellent 1-2 punch to start. Both have good speed and OBP, essential for the top of the lineup. McCutchen is the making of a five-tool outfielder. He is tremendous when hitting for average, accumulating a .298 career average in the minors through last year. Scouts believe he has the potential to hit 20-25 home runs in the big leagues. He has the speed and range to man RF for the Bisons. Proving that hitting for average is a key to the Bisons offense, Lind is tremendous at that. Sometimes considered a non-prospect out of the University of South Alabama, he won the Sun Belt batting title hitting .392. He has not stopped in pro ball with a career average of .319 through last year. Wieters is the complete package at catcher. He is 6'5'' and in college has shown tremendous power at the plate. He is also good defensively. Scouts have compared him to Joe Mauer and Jason Varitek. Loney has not stopped since being drafted out of high school. Recently the Dodgers moved mainstay Nomar Garciaparra to third just to make room for Loney. He has power to all fields. Martinez was the main international prospect two years ago. The Dominican is very young (18) and his ceiling is very high. Campbell and Frandsen, both top prospects in their respective organizations, complete the order. On the bench, the Bisons have power hitter Lars Anderson, who is tearing up high class A right now, Mark Reynolds, a solid average hitter who can play anywhere in the infield or outfield, and Drew Stubbs, an excellent defensive outfielder with a plus bat.

Our pitching staff is very underrated. Homer Bailey is a fireballer and has been unhittable in the minors. He projects to be the ace in Cincinnati in years to come. I was surprised to get Donald Veal so late. He too throws hard, with his fastball topping out at 95 mph. His curveball is his weapon though, and when it's working, is a nasty strikeout pitch. Will Inman is unarguably my favorite prospect in the minors. Since being drafted out of high school, he has compiled a 10-2 record with a 1.77 ERA in 37 games pitched. Inman, only 20, isn't overpowering but has the makeup to be a star. John Danks is the second lefty in our rotation. He has been the top prospect in Texas for a few years before his trade to the White Sox. His repertoire consists of four top notch pitchs, a four seamer a two seamer, a change up and a 1-7 curveball. Micah Owings was a top prospect out of Tulane, and like Inman, has been unhittable in the minors. In two years, Owings is 17-3 with a 3.23 ERA in 43 games. The Bison bullpen features Yohan Pino and Franklin Morales. Pino has been an under the radar prospect for Minnesota since 2004. And with the stats he put up it is almost unbelieveable. The Venezuelan has been 33-5 with a 1.93 ERA in 67 games since 04. He put up a 14-2 season with a 1.91 era for Beloit last year and a 10-1, 0.53 ERA season for the Twins DSL team in 04. His stuff isn't overpowering with his fastball topping at just 88 mph. But you can't argue with those numbers. Franklin Morales will play the role as a closer. I was surprised to get him late in the draft. He projects as a top of the rotation starter in Colorado. His fastball, which is consistently in the mid 90's, i sone of the best pitches in the minors.


Toledo Mud Hens

My draft.

1.Delmon Young,LF
2.Yovani Gallardo. SP
3.Jay Bruce, CF
4.Clay Buchholz, SP
5.Joey Votto,1B
6.Max Scherzer, SP
7.Ian Stewart,2B
8.Jeff Clement, C
9.Kevin Slowey, SP
10.Preston Mattingly, SP
11.Nicholas Noonan, 2B
12.Ian Kennedy, SP
13.Franklin Gutierrez, RF
14.Tony Gwynn Jr. - UTL
15.Brent Cleveln, OF
16.Eddie Kunz, CL
17.Mike Fontenot, UTL
18.Brian Barton, DH
19.Steve Register, RP

Starting Rotation

1. Yovani Gallardo
2. Clay Buchholz
3. Max Scherzer
4. Kevin Slowey
5. Ian Kennedy

Eddie Kunz, Cl
Steve Register

Batting Order

1. Jay Bruce
2. Ian Stewart
3. Joey Votto
4. Delmon Young
5. Jeff Clement
6. Franklin Gutierrez
7. Preston Mattingly
8. Nicholas Noonan
9. Brian Barton

Brent Clevlen
Tony Gwynn Jr.
Mike Fontenot

The Toledo Mudhens are a team full of immense potential.
The starting pitching is the strong spot of the team with five potential aces in
Gallardo, Buchholz, Scherzer, Slowey, and Kennedy. Gallardo is already in the big leagues
helping the Brewers maintain first place.

The batting order has stars up and down it. Delmon Young bats clean up with Jay Bruce leading off.
Cincinnati prize prospect Votto bats third. The bench has speedy Tony Gwynn Jr.to cause problems on the base
path. Clevlen is a strong defensive replacement and has a rocket for an arm.

07-15-2007, 03:59 PM
I took the Bisons this time