The first two rounds of the MLB Amateur First Year Players from America Only Some of Whom Were Already Drafted but Went to College Anyway Draft took place last night, and our heroes selected a couple of pitchers. Let's check them out!
|Photo Credit: Crane Kicker|
ROUND 1: Aaron "The Big Easy" Nola
Hear this: Nola is a straight up steal for the Phillies at number seven. They nailed it with this pick. While I've never actually seen him play and watched don't watch college baseball, I'm thrilled that we snagged a guy who dominated the SEC and isn't some goofball project. Keith Law, whose hatred for and bias against the Phillies is legendary, was even complimentary of the selection.
Phillies to take LSU @AaronNola10 here. My bet for first starting pitcher from this draft to reach the majors.
— keithlaw (@keithlaw) June 5, 2014
Hard not to be excited, if you ask me.
ROUND 2: Matt Imhof (LHP)
When you do a Google image search for Imhof this is the second result:
|Vinny Lecavalier wearing Danny Briere's jersey taking a no-look beer pong shot|
By the looks of that delivery Imhof's going to throw his pitch into the bleachers fifteen feet up the third base line. No worries, that's what ol' Zoo likes to call a deceptive delivery. I'll concede that it seems the organization may want to work on getting Imhof to not look up into the sky while throwing pitches, but that type of thing comes with developing into a professional. A big fan of Aaliyah, the lefty projects anywhere from a middle of the rotation starter to someone you'll never hear about again. I'm going with the former. Here's a scouting report from The Good Phight.
I expect the Phils to keep the momentum going with the rest of their picks, and be back on top of the baseball world in the next year or so. WOOT.