Its always fun to look back. Today, we'll start our look back at the 1st round (Top 30 picks) of the 2006 June Amateur draft. Its fun for us but for some general managers, the look back can be painful. Today, we'll start with picks #21-30. From Ian Kennedy to Adam Ottavino, I'll give each team a PASS or a FAIL for each pick. Its purely subjective and based on statistical performance since I'm not a scout. I'll base my analysis on how far a draft pick has come and whether he'll be a long-term contributor for the Major League team which, in my opinion, is what your first rounder should do:
#30. Adam Ottavino STL - Ottavino, 25, has amassed a record of 36-43 with an ERA of 4.32 in 6 minor league seasons. He holds a WHIP around 1.47 and strikes out almost 8 batters 9 innings and though he breezed through 2006 and 2007 at A-,A and A+, he's found it a lot tougher at the AA level. Ottavino has struggled with control, walking more than 4.2 batters per 9 innings but he's always been able to strike out a few and keep his hits against down. The Cardinals thought enough of him to call him up in May of 2010 but after 3 starts and 5 appearances and an 8.46 era, it was evident that he wasn't ready for the big time. His 2011 hasn't gone much better as he continues to walk batters and the hits against have also risen. Ottavino was on the Italian roster for the 2009 World Baseball Classic. FAIL
#29. Kyle McCulloch CHW - After 6 years in the Minors, including parts of 5 at AA, McCulloch looks to be stalled. He's now with the Reds but he's still maintaining a WHIP of 1.49 and is allowing way too many hits and striking out way too few batters. McCulloch keeps the ball in the park and his control is decent but except for a partial season at rookie ball in 2006, he hasn't wowed anybody. FAIL
#27. Jason Place BOS - Though he showed a little bit of power in 2008 at high-A, Place has struggled to regain a power stroke and he strikes out way too much. He doesn't hit for average and though he's still active in 2011, I would say its by the skin of his teeth and the laurels of being a first round pick. He's currently with the Yankees AA team at Trenton. 49 career homers in 1719 at bats but a .230 average and 695 OPS means... FAIL
#26. Bryan Morris LAD - Though drafted by the Dodgers, Morris has since moved to the Pirates as part of a big 3-way trade in 2008 that involved Manny Ramirez and Jason Bay. Morris missed the 2007 season due to Tommy John surgery and is currently at AA for Pittsburgh and hasn't quite made his case for a trip to the majors let alone AAA. He is a power pitcher who still has some upside and he's now in the bullpen at Altoona despite starting 79 minor league games so far. A 3.92era and a 1.42whip is what he has to offer so far. FAIL
#11-20 coming soon.