I still am not done with my NAIA draft research, but I wanted to do a team review today. What better way to start this off than by taking a look at the defending champs, Southeastern?
The fact that Dan Valerio was not drafted last year surprised me. I don’t really believe in anti-NAIA bias in the draft, most of the guys with great stats just don’t have MLB quality tools. Valerio is in between. Has above average power, but the plate discipline is not great and I’m not sold on the defense either. He did earn a Cape Cod invite this year though, which is always a great sign. Look for a team like the Astros to take him next year. They took Seth Beer, I don’t know why they would not be interested in Valerio if he keeps this up.
I love guys who walk more than they strikeout. It’s old fashion I know, but that level of plate disciple is just as much of a tool as having plus raw power. Dominic Anagnos, who played fall ball at Purdue before transferring to JUCO, had a great year last year in terms of plate discipline, with a 19/33 K/BB ratio. He has average bat speed and below average power, which limits his pro potential significantly. Anagnos is draftable if he his plate discipline stays the same, and hopefully some power comes along.
Southeastern’s pitching staff takes a big hit, with Eddie Jimenez and Jonathan Bermudez, along with Jordan Scott graduating. However, Felix Dieguez looks to fill step up after an impressive season last year. Dieguez had a 4.10 ERA in 68.0 innings with 83 strikeouts and 26 walks. Not sure if he is a draftable talent next year, but he put up a nice stat line this past season.
Overall, I really like this Southeastern team, and I see three potential senior signs out of the group. It is hard to say if there are any non seniors that will get drafted, that should get clearer as we get into spring. It is an exciting time to be a Southeastern fan, and they should be in national championship contention next year.
Feel free to leave a comment about any players on Southeastern or a different program that deserve a look. I am only one person and can’t cover everything, so I would love to hear what you all have to say.