Afraid to ask - but I'm assuming Fried will be significantly cheaper? How did they not take Appel?
I've actually seen Appel pitch a couple of times live up here so maybe I sold myself short in terms of draft knowledge. The guy's family is actually sort of a friend of a friend too - we saw him pitch against Rice a couple of times in the last few years. I'm sure his makeup is considered off the charts (Stanford guy and all). And he's clearly been really successful at Stanford.
The guy is big, throws hard and has pretty much everything you look for in a pitching prospect. He absolutely dominated Rice this year. You look at his K rates and they don't seem quite as dominant as I would've expected.
Hard to believe they didn't go with him while he was available.
I don't question the pick, I just assumed Appel was head and shoulders above everybody else left, which turns out not to have been true. Love that Hawkins kid with the backflip, though. Not to pick,... more
According to BA, Fried was the highest ranked lefty in the draft and was expected to go in the top-10. Really, if all goes well, he could be our Madison Bumgarner. So, that's not a bad thing. They... more
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The stats for college are all but useless given the conference and bat differences. He had a nice Cape season, but he's still a player whose strongest skills are his feet and his glove with big bat... more
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