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2008 Preseason High School All-America Teams

The high school class of 2007 was special, to say the least. A mix of dominant arms and pure hitters were selected in the first round, making up for more selections than the college class. Several teams went over slot to get their man, and it seems 2008 may not be very different.

The 2008 high school group may not live up to 2007 in an overall view, but there are a few individuals that have several plus tools, making them not only favorites for early picks, but also shoo-ins for one of Baseball America’s All-America teams.

Baseball America once again asked major league scouting directors to select players they felt were the top names to look for when June 5 arrives and kicks off the 2008 draft.

The selections aren’t based solely on statistics, rather the players’ overall future potential. Michael Palazzone had a shoulder injury in 2007 that limited him to just three high school contests. He impressed scouts with his summer team, the East Cobb Braves, and has shown that he is healthy enough to pitch.

This year’s group of outfielders not only can hit, but they can burn on the basepaths. Xavier Avery and Jay Austin have both run 60-yard dashes under 6.4 seconds and L.J. Hoes stole 23 bases in 29 games in 2007. And Brent Warren is getting considerable attention after having two life-threatening heart ailments.

FIRST TEAM
Pos. Player, School AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SO BB SB Commitment
C Kyle Skipworth, Patriot HS, Riverside, Calif. .422 83 32 35 11 3 8 45 19 12 4 Arizona State
1B Eric Hosmer, Heritage HS, Plantation, Fla. .380 76 25 29 5 0 9 20 15 18 10 Arizona State
2B Cutter Dykstra, Westlake (Calif.) HS .337 83 18 28 6 1 3 16 15 11 14 UCLA
3B Harold Martinez, Braddock HS, Miami .500 70 18 35 10 3 3 24 - - 8 Miami
SS Tim Beckham, Griffin (Ga.) HS .512 - - - 5 5 6 36 - - - So. Cal
OF Isaac Galloway, Los Osos HS, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. .365 96 32 35 10 8 2 28 14 4 14 SD State
OF Robbie Grossman, Cy-Fair HS, Texas .420 110 33 37 10 2 4 19 23 22 16 Texas
OF Xavier Avery, Cedar Grove HS, Ga. .668 45 24 40 7 - 5 29 - - 47 Georgia
UTIL Aaron Hicks, Wilson HS, Long Beach, Calif. .370 100 46 37 7 4 1 21 19 27 44 So. Cal
Pos. Player, School W L ERA G SV IP H BB SO Commitment
RHP Gerrit Cole, Lutheran HS, Orange, Calif. 3 0 1.20 8 2 29 12 11 36 UCLA
RHP Sonny Gray, Smyrna (Tenn.) HS 7 1 1.20 9 0 51 10 22 97 Vanderbilt
LHP Kyle Lobstein, Coconino HS, Flagstaff, Ariz. 5 2 0.76 10 1 46 21 25 74 Arizona
RHP Tim Melville, Holt High, Wentzville, Mo. 10 1 0.89 12 1 63 33 21 117 North Carolina
LHP Robbie Ross, Lexington (Ky.) Christian Acad. 4 5 2.95 12 1 42 35 12 67 Kentucky
UTIL Aaron Hicks, Wilson HS, Long Beach, Calif. 3 0 1.13 13 3 19 12 8 27 So. Cal

SECOND TEAM
Pos. Player, School AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SO BB SB Commitment
C Adrian Nieto, Heritage HS, Plantation, Fla. .376 50 17 19 5 3 5 18 13 6 0 South Florida
1B Ricky Oropesa, Etiwanda (Calif.) HS .547 75 33 41 11 - 11 46 7 16 - So. Cal
2B Rolando Gomez, Flanagan HS, Pembroke Pines, Fla. .447 103 34 46 14 0 9 29 12 14 7 Miami
3B Ethan Martin, Stephens County HS, Ga. .440 75 38 33 7 1 10 26 7 28 12 Clemson
SS Casey Kelly, Sarasota (Fla.) HS .317 101 27 32 4 2 4 19 23 14 23 Undecided
OF J.P. Ramirez, Canyon (Texas) HS .504 111 42 56 14 4 10 39 9 12 12 Tulane
OF Brent Warren, Xavier HS, Cedar Rapids, Iowa .441 111 46 49 13 1 6 48 11 21 - Oregon State
OF Jaff Decker, Sunrise Mountain HS, Peoria, Ariz. .534 88 45 47 14 5 7 38 8 29 18 Arizona State
UTIL Anthony Gose, Bellflower (Calif.) HS .405 84 21 34 7 4 2 32 8 9 11 Arizona
Pos. Player, School W L ERA G SV IP H BB SO Commitment
RHP Alex Meyer, Greensburg (Ind.) HS 3 4 3.45 - 2 47 28 39 72 Kentucky
LHP Jarret Martin, Centennial HS, Calif. 6 1 4.15 14 0 59 32 60 81 Cal State Full.
LHP Brett DeVall, Niceville (Fla.) HS 7 3 2.31 - 0 72

27 81 Georgia
RHP Daniel Webb, Heath HS, West Paducah, Ky. 8 2 2.00 - 0 73 42 36 116 Kentucky
RHP Michael Palazzone, Lassiter HS, Marietta, Ga. 3 2 2.10 5 0 20 13 1 30 Georgia
UTIL Anthony Gose, Bellflower (Calif.) HS 9 3 1.83 12 0 61 39 14 67 Arizona

THIRD TEAM
Pos. Player, School AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SO BB SB Commitment
C Taylor Hightower, Cartersville (Ga.) HS .319 91 - 29 6 - 1 20 - 8 3 Mississippi
1B Clark Murphy, Fallbrook (Calif.) HS .346 81 22 28 5 0 7 19 19 24 5 UCLA
2B Riccio Torrez, Brophy Prep, Phoenix, Ariz. .455 101 45 46 9 1 16 47 13 18 7 Arizona State
3B Zack Cox, Pleasure Ridge Park HS, Ky. .524 124 58 65 20 5 10 57 12 26 10 Arkansas
SS Niko Vasquez, Durango HS, Las Vegas .464 97 37 45 12 1 6 33 8 17 6 Oregon State
OF Rodarrick Jones, St. John HS, La. Statistics unavailable
OF L.J. Hoes, St. John’s College HS, D.C. .488 82 36 40 7 0 7 40 3 17 23 North Carolina
OF Jay Austin, North Atlanta HS, Atlanta .631 76 32 48 18 2 7 22

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Southern California
UTIL Matt Ramsey, Farragut HS, Knoxville .299 117 38 35 9 2 1 29 14 10 12 Tennessee
Pos. Player, School W L ERA G SV IP H BB SO Commitment
LHP Nick Maronde, Lexington (Ky.) Catholic HS 10 1 0.78 11 0 65 - 22 110 Florida
LHP Brett Mooneyham, Buhach Colony HS, Calif. 6 2 1.25 12 0 56 32 56 90 Stanford
RHP B.J. Hermsen, West Delaware HS, Iowa 11 0 1.16 11 0 67 37 10 108 Oregon State
RHP Taylor Jungmann, Georgetown (Texas) HS* 13 0 0.41 16 1 84 40 26 142 Texas
LHP Scott Silverstein, St. John’s College HS, D.C. 5 2 1.80 9 0 44 28 13 68 Virginia
UTIL Matt Ramsey, Farragut HS, Knoxville 6 2 2.47 9 0 51 39 14 59 Tennessee

*Stats with Rogers (Texas) HS

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