Vitters On The Move

The draft’s best prospects, enough to fill the first round, based purely on talent. Previous rankings in parentheses.

TOP 30 PROSPECTS
1. David Price, lhp, Vanderbilt (1)
Other teams consider him a virtual lock to go No. 1 overall to the Devil Rays.
2. Matt Wieters, c, Georgia Tech (2)
Having a good though not great year, but he’s still a switch-hitting catcher with power in his bat and arm.
3. Josh Vitters, 3b, Cypress (Calif.) HS (10)
Even pneumonia hasn’t been able to derail the best pure hitter in the 2007 draft.
4. Matt Harvey, rhp, Fitch HS, Groton, Conn. (4)
Scouts continue to debate whether Harvey or fellow North Carolina recruit Rick Porcello is the best high school arm.
5. Rick Porcello, rhp, Seton Hall Prep, West Orange, N.J. (5)
Porcello has his share of supporters, and his team sits atop our national high school poll.
6. Andrew Brackman, rhp, North Carolina State (3)
Still has huge size and upside, but an inconsistent spring has made him something of an enigma.
7. Ross Detwiler, lhp, Missouri State (13)
More dominating than Bears 2006 first-rounder Brett Sinkbeil, plus he’s lefthanded.
8. Daniel Moskos, lhp, Clemson (6)
Holding mid-90s velocity after move from closer role to weekend rotation.
9. Madison Bumgarner, lhp, South Caldwell HS, Hudson, N.C. (19)
Has shot past Jack McGeary as top high school lefty, and there’s talk he could go in the first five picks.
10. Julio Borbon, of, Tennessee (9)
Still not at full speed after fracturing his left ankle, but when fully healthy he drew Johnny Damon comparisons.
11. Jason Heyward, of, Henry County HS, McDonough, Ga. (12)
Has had a couple of lackluster batting-practice performances, but scouts still love his easy lefthanded power.
12. Matt LaPorta, 1b, Florida (NR)
Injured as a junior in 2006, he’s having a monster 2007 and showing an improved approach and defense as well.
13. Blake Beavan, rhp, Irving (Texas) HS (15)
BA’s 2006 Youth Player of the Year has shown mid-90s heat while allowing one earned run and two walks in eight starts.
14. Matt Dominguez, 3b, Chatsworth (Calif.) HS (22)
Chatsworth High has two of the four best prep hitters in the draft, and Dominguez also offers Gold Glove defense at third.
15. Beau Mills, 1b/3b, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) (NR)
His bat will have to carry him, but the transfer from Fresno State was hitting .477-17-74 through 37 games.
16. Mike Moustakas, ss, Chatsworth (Calif.) HS (NR)
Another offensive-minded player, he currently plays shortstop alongside Dominguez but will have to move as a pro.
17. Phillippe Aumont, rhp, Ecole Du Versant, Gatineau, Que. (NR)
The best arm to come out of Canada since Adam Loewen, and Kyle Lotzkar (Tsawwassen, B.C.) isn’t far behind either.
18. Matt Mangini, 3b, Oklahoma State (14)
The 2006 Cape Cod League batting champ (.310) is a better defender but has less power than LaPorta or Mills.
19. Jarrod Parker, rhp, Norwell HS, Ossian, Ind. (NR)
Lacks size but has opened a lot of eyes by topping out at 98 mph and flashing a plus breaking ball in his first two starts.
20. Joe Savery, lhp, Rice (7)
After minor shoulder surgery at the end of last season, Rice has yet to turn Savery loose this spring.
21. Casey Weathers, rhp, Vanderbilt (NR)
Senior wowed scouts at Astros College Classic with a 98 mph fastball and a nasty slider, and he hasn’t let up since.
22. Brett Cecil, lhp, Maryland (NR)
Less athletic version of Moskos, power lefty reliever could move to the rotation after turning pro.
23. Josh Smoker, lhp, Calhoun (Ga.) HS (NR)
Has shown an 89-92 mph fastball to go with a solid breaking ball and a split/changeup every time out this spring.
24. Nick Schmidt, lhp, Arkansas (21)
Not as dominant as he was as a sophomore, but still plenty effective and showing quality stuff for a southpaw.
25. Michael Main, rhp/of, Deland (Fla.) HS (23)
While he throws in the high 90s, there’s effort in his delivery and some teams prefer him as a five-tool outfielder.
26. Jake Arrieta, rhp, Texas Christian (11)
Inconsistency has dropped him from upper half to bottom half of first round, but he’s still the No. 2 college righty.
27. Mitch Canham, c, Oregon State (NR)
Athletic backstop is winning over more scouts as he gets more acclimated behind the plate.
28. Todd Frazier, 3b, Rutgers (27)
Has answered questions about how usable his raw power will be by growing as a hitter during his junior season.
29. Jack McGeary, lhp/1b, Roxbury Latin HS, West Roxbury, Mass. (18)
Very projectable and polished, but separated non-throwing shoulder has hampered him in early going.
30. Michael Burgess, of, Hillsborough HS, Tampa (8)
His bat speed and power recall that of Hillsborough alum Gary Sheffield, but inconsistent contact is a concern.

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