Monday, December 8, 2008

Former First-Rounders Swap Teams

AP (Miami) - Four former first round draft picks will swap uniforms in a recent deal between the Florida Lockdown and the Oklahoma City Power Failure. Oklahoma City acquired Howard Christiansen (Season 5, Round 1, Pick 30), James Bradshaw (Season 2, Round 1, Pick 32) and Max Aldred (Season 8, Round 1, Pick 32) while Florida gets Grady MacFarlane (Season 7, Round 1, Pick 7) and Vic Sanchez (Int' Free Agent) in return.
MacFarlane is coming off back-to-back seasons in which he produced over 90 RBI and scored over 90 runs in each campaign. He also jacked 27 home runs in each of his first 2 seasons in the majors. Sanchez won 11 games in High A ball for the Power Failure last season.
In Bradshaw, Oklahoma City gets a consistent starting pitcher who chews up a lot of innings. Bradshaw's started 33 games in each of the last 2 seasons while winning 13 and 14 games respectively. Christiansen had a monster year at Double A for Florida last season as he scored 151 runs and drove in 119. He will presumably start the season in AAA, but may get the call up to the bigs as the season progresses. Alred, won 11 games in Low A ball last season, but control is a major issue (1.71 WHIP) for the lefty from Anderson, California.

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