OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 06: Danny Duffy #23 of the Kansas City Royals pitches against the Oakland Athletics at O.co Coliseum on September 6, 2011 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
We are currently in the middle of Round 20, the last round of the draft, so I will be posting a round a day till the draft is completed. This round allows owners to keep the player for 3 years at just $1.50, which is quite cheap, and there were some good values found in this round. I thought about taking Jed Lowrie here, but he was taken a few spots ahead of me. I decided on Padres closer Huston Street to pair him with future (present?) Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen and Diamondbacks closer J.J. Putz.
Round 17 - $1.50 - 3 Years
Oakland Athletics - Bobby Abreu - OF - Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Colorado Rockies - Chase Headley - 3B - San Diego Padres
Arizona Diamondbacks - David Hernandez - RP - Arizona Diamondbacks
Brooklyn Nets - Alex Rios - OF - Chicago White Sox
Anaheim Angels - Ryan Kalish - OF - Boston Red Sox
Tampa Bay Rays - Jason Motte - RP - St. Louis Cardinals
Carl Winslows - Alex Presley - OF - Pittsburgh Pirates
Atlanta Braves - Jed Lowrie - SS - Houston Astros
Miami Marlins - Willin Rosario - C - Colorado Rockies
Fake Teams - Huston Street - RP - San Diego Padres
Boston Red Sox - Jonathon Niese - SP - New York Mets
New York Mets - Jerry Sands - OF - L.A. Dodgers
Texas Rangers - Danny Duffy - SP - Kansas City
Bronx Bombers - Gordon Beckham - 2B - Chicago White Sox
Los Angeles Dodgers - Salvador Perez - C - Kansas City Royals
Toronto Blue Jays - Edwin Jackson - SP - FA
My Round 17 analysis after the jump:
I like the Chase Headley choice here as there is a chance he could be traded out of San Diego within the next year or so with Jedd Gyorko probably about a year or so away from getting the call up. Headley hit just .243 at home last year, but hit .330 on the road. He could flourish with a trade out of San Diego.
The Rangers drafted Danny Duffy here and I like the pick. Duffy is one of the many Royals prospects who got the call up in 2011, but Duffy struggled with a 4-8 record and a 5.64 ERA. He walked more than 4 batters per nine and allowed more than a home run per 9 innings. I think he will improve in 2012, as he was a high strikeout pitcher in the minors and exhibited excellent control in the high minors, so he shows has potential.
The Red Sox picked Mets starter Jonathan Niese here and he is a pitcher whose peripherals are better than his actual results. He struck out almost 8 batters per nine, and walked just 2.50 batters every nine innings, but stranded just under 68% of his baserunners, resulting in an ERA of 4.40. Niese's FIP and xFIP were both more than a run lower than his ERA last year, so he could be in for a breakout season in 2012.