Thursday, October 9, 2008

Draft Day Gems - 1st Round (cont.)

With the 32nd pick in the draft, the defending champion Florida Lockdown chose relief pitcher Todd Ransom.

Out of Troy, Ohio, Ransom was the closer for the Belmont High School Bison in Dayton. Ransom has great control and can take the mound just about every day if necessary. Ransom will most likely move to a setup role as he starts his career with the Lockdown.

One pick after Ransom, the Scranton Apollos selected Tex Keagle with the first supplemental pick and the 33rd pick in the 1st round overall.

Keagle made it all the way through college at the University of San Francisco before being selected in the draft. Keagle was a long relief pitcher for the Dons making the occasional spot start when called upon. Keagle had this to say about playing for the Apollos: "I'm really looking forward to my time in Scranton and can't wait to play for tecwrg. He told me straight up that there ain't no party like a Scranton party."

At pick #43, the Detroit Bad Seeds selected 21-year old starting pitcher Kareem Kelly.

Kelly's a gritty pitcher projected to have great splits vs lefties and righties and he's also expected to develop great control of his pitches. Kareem has a decent breaking ball and can place his 4-seamer pretty well, but the rest of his pitches need work.

The last pick of the 1st round went to the New York Metros who selected O.T. Hartman at pick #46.

Hartman will head across the country to New York from California where he played his college ball at Fresno State. Hartman's a crafty left-handed pitcher who had this to say when he heard he'd been drafted by the Metros: "I'm just a small town boy from Oklahoma who's livin' the dream. I've never been to New York but I hear they've got great pizza and bagels."

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