Baseball America published their AL East Draft Report Cards yesterday, though they aren’t a report card in the sense that they hand out grades or anything like that. They instead break down each club’s draft in a variety of categories, like Best Pure Hitter (sixth rounder OF Rob Refsnyder), Best Defensive Player (eight rounder OF Taylor Dugas), Best Fastball (fourth rounder RHP Corey Black), and Closest To The Majors (sixth rounder RHP Nick Goody).
The publication gave a lot of love to a pair of relatively unheralded late-round high arms, RHP Brady Lail (18th round) and RHP Dayton Dawe (15th). Lail was said to have an “above-average curve” with a “chance for three average to plus pitches” if he fills out his 6-foot-2, 175 lb. frame. Dawe is touted for his “clean delivery and a chance for a four-pitch mix.” Baseball America says Goody should be on the fast track like David Robertson back in the day thanks to his “90-91 mph fastball and short, sharp slider.” That’s one bandwagon I’m glad I jumped on early.