M’s Select Reegie Corona In Rule 5 Draft
The M’s used the second pick in the Rule 5 draft to pluck 22-year-old middle infielder Reegie Corona out of the Yankees system. He’s played both SS and 2B, though spent most of 2008 playing second base for Trenton in Double-A.
If you liked Willie Bloomquist, you’ll like Corona. He’s a switch-hitter with very little power who knows how to work the count and will take some walks, and he’s also a pretty good baserunner. His total lack of power limits his upside to utility guy, but Corona’s the type of guy that explains why we’ve always said Bloomquist is so easily replaced. These guys are everywhere.
He’s probably the M’s 25th man/pinch runner/backup shortstop. Very little upside, but fills a decent hole that the M’s didn’t have any internal candidates for.
The M’s also had the Royals select LHP Jose Lugo for them, so they essentially made two of the first nine picks. Lugo was the guy I was hoping they popped at #2, so I’m obviously happy they ended up with him. He’s got a heavy sinking fastball that sits in the low-90s which makes him a groundball-and-strikeout reliever. His slider and change need work and his command isn’t great, but he’s got the repertoire to be a very good LOOGY.
In the Triple-A phase, the M’s plucked Patrick Ryan from the Brewers. You can bet Z knows exactly what he’s getting here, and he’s pretty easy to peg – RH extreme sinkerball reliever with mediocre command and no out pitch. It’s the Sean Green/Roy Corcoran skillset that we all know and love.