Jun 10th, 2009
Two Intriguing Day 2 Picks
With day 2 of the 2009 MLB Draft in the books I just wanted to take a few minutes to give some of my thoughts on two picks that really stood out to me from rounds 4-30.
The first is 15th rounder (#463 overall) Dane Williams, a RHP from Archbishop McCarthy HS, Southwest Ranches, Florida. Williams is a big, athletic kid measuring in at 6’6” and around 210 pounds. He has a long, quick arm action which allows him to throw a 92-94mph fastball touching 96 at times with late boring action. To go along with the fastball Williams also throws a sharp, biting slider around the 80-82mph range which shows the potential to be a plus pitch for him in the future. He will occasionally throw a changeup but has not needed it to dominate high school hitters and as a result it grades out significantly below the fastball and slider. Command can be an issue for Dane and that is something, along with his changeup, that must improve if he has aspirations of becoming a big league starter.
The second name is Brian Goodwin, the 17th round pick of our Sox at #523 overall out of Rocky Mount HS, NC. Goodwin’s not an elite athlete like a Jared Mitchell is, but he’s still one of the better athletes in this draft class. He’s quick, having run a 6.5 60 time at various pre-draft events, with a strong arm and good defensive ability. On the offensive front he projects to hit for a decent average but scouts do question his power, he’s also a capable base stealer. Goodwin profiles as a starting outfielder at the Major League level, however the concerns surrounding his power may restrict him to centre field. Both Goodwin and Williams were given pre draft grades in the supplemental 1st to third round range.
So it all sounds great, right? Well, not so fast, because now the Sox have the tricky job of signing them. Goodwin will probably be the tougher of the two to sign as he’s represented by the antichrist that is Scott Boras and has a strong commitment to UNC, I would be very surprised if he takes anything lower than the $500k bonus that Jordan Danks received as a 7th round pick last year. Williams could come cheaper than that but he will still be looking for a significant 6 figure bonus.
So the question that remains is, have the Sox budgeted for the tough sign picks like these two as well as 2nd rounder Trayce Thompson? They certainly seemed to make a lot of overdrafts in the earlier rounds, could that all have been a money saving ploy? We probably won’t find out the answers to these questions until the final hours of signing deadline day on August 17th, but whatever the outcome, these are certainly two very intriguing names to watch out for in the future.