Browse Articles

Scouting Reports: No. 1-100

Premium Content

We always tell you our Top 200 Prospects list is based on our consensus view of the players' talent, not where we think they will be drafted. That could be particularly true this year. With some commodities in great supply and other traditionally plentiful resources scarce, the draft could go in any direction after the first 10 picks.

Draft | #2008#Draft Preview

Looking Out For No. 1

John Manuel -Premium Content

No team ever has drafted first overall two years in a row. No college or high school ever has produced the top pick in consecutive years. One will certainly happen in the 2008 draft, which begins June 5 at 2 p.m. The Rays picked No. 1 overall last year, taking Vanderbilt lefthander David Price with the top selection. They stand first in line again this year after finishing with the worst record in baseball again in 2007. Whether the Commodores will produce the top overall pick again remains to be seen, but the team has produced the No. 1 prospect for a second straight season.

Draft | #2008#Draft Preview

Plenty Of Picks

Tom Haudricourt -

The 2008 draft is unusual and exciting for scouting director Jack Zduriencik and the Brewers. Because Class A free-agent relievers Francisco Cordero (Reds) and Scott Linebrink (White Sox) signed with other clubs last winter, the Brewers picked up four extra picks before the end of the second round. A team that usually lacks picks has plenty of choices this year.

Draft | #2008#Draft Dish

Two Sports, One Choice

Matt Blood -Premium Content

Quarterback in the NFL or shortstop in the major leagues—dream question right? "I think I could play either," was the answer from Florida prep baseball and football standout Casey Kelly. The thing is, he might be right.

Draft | #2008#Draft Dish

Still Standing

Jim Callis -Premium Content

Not even a major injury to college baseball's best hitter could change the status quo at the top of the draft. Two months before the draft, the four best prospects remained the same as they were at the start of the season: Vanderbilt third baseman Pedro Alvarez, San Diego lefthander Brian Matusz, Missouri righthander Aaron Crow and Griffin (Ga.) High shortstop Tim Beckham.

Draft | #2008#Draft Dish

Making An Impression

Matt Blood and John Manuel -Premium Content

According to the Major League Scouting Bureau, the first three things a scout looks for when evaluating a pitching prospect are strength, stamina and aggression in the strike zone. On a Friday night in early March, top third base and hitting prospect Ethan Martin took the mound against highly ranked American Heritage High and forced scouts to also consider him a pitching prospect.

Draft | #2008#Draft Dish

2008 Draft Order

Jim Callis -

After the 2007 draft featured 34 supplemental first-round draft picks, blowing away the previous record of 22 in 1997, this year's sandwich round won't be nearly as long. There have been just 15 supplemental first-rounders doled out to teams thus far, with the potential for three more if Type B free agents Livan Hernandez (Diamondbacks), Mike Piazza and Shannon Stewart (both Athletics) sign with new clubs.

Draft | #2008#Early Draft Preview