Mariners Analysis

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Weakness in Organization easy to spot

It's pretty common knowledge the M's system is lacking power and young pitchers with decent upside. Take a look at the draft from yesterday-

1. Jeff Clement, C, L-R, 6-1, 215, 21, USC, Marshalltown, IA

4. Justin Thomas, LHP, L-L, 6-3, 220, 21, Youngstown St., Univ. Oregon, OH

5. Stephen Kahn, RHP, L-R, 6-3, 220, 21, Loyola Marymount Univ., Orange, CA

6. Lance Lynn, RHP, R-R, 6-6, 250, 18, Brownsburg H.S., Brownsburg, IN

7. Robert Rohrbaugh, LHP, L-L, 6-2, 195, 21, Clemson University, Littlestown, PA

8. David Asher, LHP, R-L, 6-1, 195, 22, Florida International Univ., Orlando, FL

That's a lot of college pitchers to take so early. There are also plenty of 1B types that are being taken. The M's FO seems to agree power and pitching is the key to rebuilding this franchise.

The more I read on Clement, the more I agree he is the perfect pick for the team. Bavasi and crew are doing a good job, and the team is actually playing decent.

Soriano coming back, good draft, team playing better. Maybe .500 isn't out of the question this year.