2005 Draft Recap: The Bargain Picks

Continuing to part two of the draft recap, we now move towards the less-celebrated selections, but the selections that can often times make a draft when one comes through. Inside, we focus on some of the potential bargain picks the Tigers made in '05.

Teams look in the mid-to-late rounds to find draft bargains and the Tigers may have several of them.

Anthony Claggett (11) is a former infielder who was converted into a relief pitcher at UC-Riverside and has two above average pitches in his fastball and slider. He struck out 25 in 22 1/3innings at Oneonta and could close for the Whitecaps if Whelan starts at Lakeland.

The Tigers only had to traverse a mile from their Lakeland headquarters to find Florida Southern outfielder Matt Joyce (12). Joyce is athletic and has a line-drive swing with some lift and good extension. After winning a Division II national title at FSU, Joyce raked at Oneonta with a .331 average, a .397 OBP, and a game where he went 6-for-6.

The Tigers swayed Louis Ott (13) away from a commitment to Oklahoma and while he struggled at the plate, he should be considered a bit of a project, especially if his move to catcher is permanent.

Casper Wells (14) was the Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year at Towson State and provides enough power that he should be able to stay on a corner in the outfield. Making contact was an issue for Wells, as he fanned 59 times in just 141 AB's.

Agustin Guzman (18) was one of the youngest players in the draft and would've been a DFE had he stayed at Baton Rouge CC, but the Tigers landed him and even though he struggled at the GCL, the second baseman is just starting to scratch the surface of his talents and should be a name to follow closely in the coming years.

Erik Averill (20) is a finesse lefty who was a teammate of Larish's at Arizona State. He was considered a surprise sign, as he had a solid junior year and could've improved his draft stock with a solid senior year, but he elected to sign and posted a 1.59 ERA in 22 2/3 innings at the GCL. He should open in the rotation at West Michigan in 2006.

The last addition of the summer was Gibbs Wilson (36), who like Guzman, would've been a DFE had he returned to Weatherford JC in Texas. Wilson was signed after having a dominant summer as the closer for the El Dorado Broncos in the Jayhawk League. The righty picked up three saves and was very good in his brief stint at Oneonta, recording 17 strikeouts in 10 1/3 innings after signing.

On Friday, part three of the 2005 Draft Recap examines the Seniors the Tigers nabbed to help provide an immediate lift to the organization at its lower levels.


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