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Round Overall Team Player School State Bonus
1 3 Kansas City Royals Eric Hosmer American Heritage HS, Plantation, Fla. Fla. $6,000,000
An Aflac All-American and preseason High School All-American, Hosmer is one of the most decorated prep players in this year's draft class. He played for Team USA's junior squad last summer and this spring is a member of one of the nation's top high school teams, which won a state championship. Regularly compared to fellow Floridian Casey Kotchman, Hosmer is a physical specimen with bat speed to spare. Swinging from the left side, Hosmer has as much raw power as anyone in the draft. His power ranges to all fields, as he is known for letting balls get deep and driving them for opposite-field home runs. While his approach at the plate is advanced, Hosmer's pitch recognition has been a concern for some scouts. In the field, he's a solid defender with athleticism and a well-above-average arm. He is the closer on his high school team, regularly touching 95 mph off the mound. While his actions at first base need refinement, he could be an above-average defender. Hosmer has the tools to be an all-star first baseman and has one of the highest ceilings of any player in this year's draft. As an Arizona State signee and a client of the Boras Corp., however, signability could be an issue.
1 7 Cincinnati Reds Yonder Alonso Miami Fla. $2,000,000
The most dangerous slugger on one of the nation's top hitting college teams, Alonso has produced consistent offensive numbers for Miami in each of his three years. As a freshman he led the team with 69 RBIs, leading the Hurricanes to the College World Series. As a sophomore, he led the Atlantic Coast Conference with 18 home runs, and finished the season with a .376 batting average. A native of Cuba, Alonso came to America at age 9. He was drafted out of Coral Gables (Fla.) High in the 16th round by the Twins in 2005. Alonso has always hit for average and power, and he is considered one of the most professional hitters in this year's draft. Blessed with superior plate discipline, Alonso has a great strikeout-to-walk ratio and has an advanced approach. He swings lefthanded and has power to all fields, making consistent contact. In the field, Alonso is limited to first base but plays the position well. He is a below-average runner with adequate arm strength, but he should be an above-average defender. Alonso's professionalism and makeup are both strengths as well, making him a safe pick to reach the major leagues.
1 11 Texas Rangers Justin Smoak South Carolina S.C. $3,500,000
A switch-hitting first baseman with power, Smoak draws natural comparisons to Mark Teixiera. Drafted out of high school in the 16th round by the Athletics, he has started every game for South Carolina since arriving on the Columbia campus, doing nothing but produce. After batting .303 with 17 home runs, Smoak earned Freshman All-America honors. He followed that with a .315 batting average and 22 home runs in his sophomore year--enough to be tabbed as a third team All-American. He also competed for Team USA last summer. As a first baseman, Smoak has Gold Glove-caliber actions and soft hands. His footwork and instincts around the bag are advanced and his arm strength is adequate. As a hitter, he is consistent from both sides of the plate, and he has superior pitch recognition. A power threat against any pitch, Smoak has the ability to hit to all fields. Smoak proved his power translates to wood when he hit 11 home runs in 39 games while playing in the Cape Cod League following his freshman year, though he struggled with Team USA last summer. He is thought to be the best combination of offense and defense at first base in this draft class.
1 13 St. Louis Cardinals Brett Wallace Arizona State Ariz. $1,840,000
Four of the top hitters in the college draft class--Wallace, Stanford's Jason Castro, California's David Cooper and South Carolina's Jay Darnell--played together for NorCal Baseball's travel team in high school. Wallace was a bad-bodied third baseman then, tipping the scales at close to 260 pounds. Many scouts still see him as a bad-body third baseman waiting to move to first, but others see more. Many see the best natural hitter in the West. Wallace has a strong swing with above-average bat speed; his swing path stays in the zone a long time and he has outstanding plate discipline. Defensively, Wallace had made just eight errors at third in 50 games, and he has at least average arm strength to go with nifty feet. While he's cleaned up his body, he still has huge thighs that make it hard for him to get low enough to properly field groundballs. Scouts that think he could stay at third compare him to 2007 Indians first-rounder Beau Mills, who also had questionable skills at third. Those that don't care for him cite his body and the short careers of players built similarly, such as Bob Hamelin. Wallace's bat should get him drafted in the first round regardless, and most scouts give him at least above-average raw power grades.
1 17 Toronto Blue Jays David Cooper California Calif. $1,500,000
Another NorCal product, Cooper began his college career at Cal State Fullerton, helping lead the Titans to the College World Series. He had hits in seven consecutive at-bats in Omaha, earning all-tournament honors, but transferred after the season back closer to home, instantly becoming Cal's best player. He's evolved as a hitter since that season, going from two homers as a freshman to a Pacific-10 Conference-best 19 as a junior. Cooper's hitting ability stems from strong hands and forearms and excellent hand-eye coordination more than pure bat speed, and some scouts believe he'll be more susceptible in pro ball to big velocity because of it. Others believe his smooth, pure swing will let him catch up to any fastball. He has a polished, patient approach and absolutely mashes mistakes to all parts of the park. Cooper's value is in his bat; he's a well-below-average runner who could become a real baseclogger down the line. Defensively, he flashes average ability at first, but some scouts label him disinterested at worst and below-average at best. Cooper's bat could take him into the first round, though an American League club would be a better fit.
1 18 New York Mets Ike Davis Arizona State Ariz. $1,575,000
The son of former big league reliever Ron Davis, Ike was not a scouts' favorite coming into his junior season. A decorated high school career that included a star turn with Team USA's youth national squad and an MVP award at the 2004 Aflac Classic, and his pitching family pedigree, had most scouts regarding him as a pitcher out of high school. He decided to go to Arizona State rather than sign as a Rays 19th-round pick, and he started on the mound and batted cleanup in his first game as a Sun Devil. He struggled with wood in the Alaska League in 2006 and in the Cape in 2007, when he cut his summer short to have right wrist surgery. He returned to the mound as a closer in 2008 and played first base to keep his arm fresh. He also worked to incorporate his lower half more and was having a banner season, leading the Sun Devils in the triple crown categories as well as saves, before missing time with a ribcage injury. Davis has excellent raw power, comparing to former ASU star Jeff Larish, but he's a much better defender with a better swing and better pitch recognition. Davis is above-average at first base and should be able to play an outfield corner as well due to his plus arm; his below-average speed could limit him to left.
1 23 San Diego Padres Allan Dykstra Wake Forest N.C. $1,150,000
Dykstra adds to the long list of quality first basemen in this draft, and at 6-foot-5 and 240 pounds, he possibly has the greatest raw power of the bunch. After leading the ACC with 18 home runs as a freshman, Dykstra was the ACC rookie of the year in 2006 and a Freshman All-American. Last summer, Dykstra was named a Cape Cod League all-star after hitting .308 with five home runs. Due to his size, Dykstra has an intimidating presence in the batter's box. Dykstra has an advanced approach but at times can be overly patient. combined with being on a Wake Forest team light on hitting, Dykstra is often pitched around and has set the Demon Deacons' career and season walk records. While blessed with superior lefthanded power, Dykstra has hitting ability, but some scouts don't like the mechanics in his swing or his tendency to dive out over the plate. He can be streaky and is at times susceptible to inside pitches. Although he possesses an above-average arm and experimented with playing third base this season, Dykstra is a first base/DH only as a pro. He still has work to do to become an average fielder. Dykstra was drafted in the 34th round of the 2005 draft by the Red Sox.
3 88 Houston Astros Chase Davidson Milton (Ga.) HS Ga.
Another alum of the East Cobb program, Davidson is a lefthanded-hitting first baseman with a high offensive ceiling. At 6-feet-5, 216 pounds, he has drawn comparisons to Jim Thome with his approach, plus bat speed and leverage in his swing. While Davidson is known for his impressive displays of power in batting practice, he is still somewhat streaky at the plate during games. He has a tendency to pull off balls, swinging and missing more often than desired. When he stays on the ball, however, Davidson has shown the ability to be a doubles and home run machine. In the field, he's regarded by most teams as a first baseman, but could probably play a corner outfield slot as well. Davidson is a below-average runner but is athletic for his size. While he was a standout defensive football player in high school, he'll have to work to become an average defensive player on the baseball diamond and will always be an offense-first player. With a commitment to Georgia, signability could become an issue on draft day.
3s 111 San Diego Padres Sawyer Carroll Kentucky Ky. $125,000
After hitting a Southeastern Conference-best 23 doubles but just three homers in last season--his first at Kentucky after transferring from Seminole State (Okla.) JC--Carroll had hit 16 homers entering NCAA regional play. He also had 21 doubles and a school-record 78 RBIs. The 6-foot-4, 210-pounder is a quality lefthanded hitter, but scouts still wonder about his power with wood bats because he has average bat speed. His speed and arm are fringy tools, so his bat will have to carry him. The Nationals drafted him in the 18th round last year.
5 143 Tampa Bay Rays Mike Sheridan William & Mary Va. $195,000
Mike Sheridan had a tremendous season at the plate, hitting .423 with 15 home runs and 72 RBIs in 56 games, and he has an advanced approach at the plate and makes consistent contact. In 227 at-bats, he struck out just 11 times.
5 153 Texas Rangers Clark Murphy Fallbrook (Calif.) HS Calif. $200,000
A UCLA recruit, Murphy first gained widespread attention with his impressive performance at a California high school coaches' showcase in June 2007. He was the top player at that event, along with Kyle Skipworth. During the home run contest at the Aflac Classic last August, Murphy pounded tape-measure shots with wood out of Tony Gwynn Stadium at San Diego State. In the eyes of many scouts, he has regressed since his coming-out party, despite a conditioning program that has left him with a strong, athletic frame that resembles a young Ryan Klesko. He struggled in fall and winter showcases and was hindered by an injured quad muscle. Murphy tends to open up too early in his swing, spinning off the ball. He also has a habit of blocking his hands and getting them almost locked beyond the front edge of the plate. Murphy's speed is below-average, but his arm and glove should be adequate for first base.
5 166 Philadelphia Phillies Jeremy Hamilton Wright State Ohio $164,000
Hamilton is one of the best pure hitters in the 2008 draft. The Horizon League player of the year, he ended the regular season batting .413/.516/.738 with more walks (36) than strikeouts (25). He excels at driving balls to the opposite-field gap in left-center. Though he hit .209 as a reserve with Team USA last summer, there's little worry about his ability to hit with wood bats. The concern is whether he'll hit for the power teams want in a first baseman, as he's not very big (6-foot-1, 185 pounds) and doesn't pull many pitches. Hamilton is more in the Mark Grace mold, including the Gold Glove potential. His hands are soft and he may be the best defensive first baseman in the draft. Hamilton lacks the speed and athleticism to play the outfield at the pro level, though that was his primary position with the U.S. national team.
9 271 Washington Nationals J.R. Higley Sacramento CC Calif. $150,000
A first baseman drawing interest is Loyola Marymount transfer J.R. Higley, who played this season at Sacramento City College. He has a solid hit tool and more athleticism than the average first baseman, as he went to Loyola Marymount as a shorstop.
9 276 Minnesota Twins Mike Gonzales Diablo Valley (Calif.) JC Calif. $87,500
9 277 Los Angeles Dodgers Steven Caseres James Madison Va. $250,000
James Madison's Steven Caseres is a first baseman with raw power. Caseres piles up high strikeout totals, and first base is his only defensive option.
9 289 Los Angeles Angels Nick Farnsworth Union HS, Tulsa, Okla. Okla. $150,000
12 354 Pittsburgh Pirates Calvin Anderson Southern La.
12 364 Oakland Athletics Zac Elgie Minot (N.D.) HS N.D.
The only thing stopping first baseman/outfielder Zac Elgie from topping Darin Erstad (Mets, 13th round in 1992) as North Dakota's highest-drafted high schooler ever is signability. Elgie is a 6-foot-2, 195-pounder with impressive bat speed. It has been hard for scouts to see him against good competition, but he did help his cause by slugging 34 homers during American Legion play last summer. Though he has played mostly first base, he has enough athleticism and arm strength to move to an outfield corner or possibly behind the plate. Also a pitcher as well as an all-state performer in football and basketball, Elgie has committed to Kansas. He's believed to be unsignable past the second or third round, and he won't go that high in the draft.
12 375 San Diego Padres Matt Clark Louisiana State La. $150,000
First baseman Matt Clark entered super-regional play ranked second in NCAA Division I with 25 homers, but scouts aren't completely sold on him. The son of former big league pitcher Terry Clark (now a pitching coach in the Rangers system), Matt began his college career at UC Santa Barbara before transferring to Riverside CC. He led California juco hitters with 15 homers last spring and was the playoff MVP after carrying Riverside to the championship. He might have gone in the first five rounds of the 2007 draft had he not been committed to Louisiana State, but he fell to the Pirates in the 28th round. Despite his 25 homers, scouts question his ability to hit good fastballs and say he feasts on mistakes. They also wonder where he'll play on the diamond. He's a slow 6-foot-5, 235-pounder who didn't look good at third base with Riverside and is no more than adequate at first base. A team that buys into his lefthanded power could take Clark in the first 7-10 rounds.
15 443 Tampa Bay Rays Brandon Meredith Montgomery HS, San Diego Calif.
15 457 Los Angeles Dodgers Albie Goulder Louisiana Tech La.
15 464 New York Mets Jamie Bruno Mandeville (La.) HS La.
16 477 San Francisco Giants C.J. Ziegler Arizona Ariz.
16 481 Washington Nationals Tyler Moore Mississippi State Miss.
16 491 Chicago Cubs Ryan Keedy Alabama-Birmingham Ala.
16 500 New York Yankees Luke Anders Texas A&M Texas
17 513 Texas Rangers Dennis Guinn Florida State Fla.
Guinn plays first base and hit 16 home runs swinging righthanded.
17 526 Philadelphia Phillies Jim Murphy Washington State Wash.
Jim Murphy has had a mercurial career, bouncing back as a senior to slug 16 homers. He's an organizational player for most as he strikes out too much and lacks athleticism.
17 529 Los Angeles Angels Jamie Mallard Middleton HS, Tampa Fla.
18 557 Colorado Rockies Chad Jacobsen South Carolina-Aiken S.C.
19 575 St. Louis Cardinals Xavier Scruggs Nevada-Las Vegas Nev.
Scouts and opposing coaches were impressed by Scruggs' improvement this season over last, reflected in his outstanding performance. Scruggs ranked among the national leaders in the triple-crown categories (.389-20-65) as well as slugging percentage (.778) and on-base percentage (.489), and he and was named the Mountain West Conference player of the year. He's strong and fairly short to the ball, and has greatly improved his plate discipline, allowing him to get into hitter's counts and sit on a particular pitch. He has good plate coverage and loft power and realizes he's strong enough that he doesn't have to pull everything to hit the ball hard. Scruggs didn't help his draft value by moving off third base and playing mostly first this season, though he's a better fit at first defensively. At 6-foot-1 he's a shade short for the position.
19 591 Cleveland Indians Nate Recknagel Michigan Mich.
Undrafted a year ago, first baseman/catcher Nate Recknagel has made the most of his senior season, setting a Michigan record with 23 homers and earning Big 10 Conference player of the year acclaim. Scouts aren't sure how his maximum-effort swing will play with wood bats, but the 6-foot-2, 220-pounder's strength is undeniable. While he's stiff at first base, he may have a chance to make it behind the plate as an offensive-minded catcher. He needs to improve his receiving and blocking skills, but he throws well enough.
21 635 St. Louis Cardinals Matt Rigoli Pace (N.Y.) N.Y.
21 650 New York Yankees Mitch Delaney Western Texas JC Texas
24 742 Boston Red Sox Ricky Oropesa Etiwanda (Calif.) HS Calif.
Oropesa is a two-way talent who is part of a strong Southern California recruiting class. He dazzled scouts at Major League Baseball's summer showcase at the Urban Youth Academy in Compton last June, blasting several home runs with wood bats, including several off the batter's eye in center field. He also took a turn on the mound, firing a four-seam fastball that registered from 91-93 mph and peaking at 95. Since establishing himself as a possible first-rounder, though, Oropesa has not been as impressive, and his draft stock has taken a dip. He struggled at the Area Code Games and the Aflac Classic, showing an inability to connect with quality pitching. During the spring prep season, he has posted eye-popping numbers against inferior pitching, but he struggled against Notre Dame-bound lefthander Dustin Ispas of Los Osos High. As a hitter, Oropesa has well-above-average raw power, but his hitting mechanics don't let him get to his power against quality pitching. He fits best as a first baseman despite his above-average arm, as he lacks the hands for third base or the speed and range for the outfield corners. As a pitcher, he loses velocity as a game wears on, and his secondary stuff is short. He should be an excellent two-way player in college, but his raw power makes him most attractive as a hitter as a pro.
25 761 Chicago Cubs Rebel Ridling Oklahoma State Okla.
26 778 Florida Marlins Jason Peacock Florida Gulf Coast Fla.
26 780 Chicago White Sox Jorge Castillo Florida International Fla.
27 810 Chicago White Sox Doug Thennis Texas Tech Texas
27 824 New York Mets Jeff Flagg Mississippi State Miss.
28 843 Texas Rangers Nate Freiman Duke N.C.
At 6-foot-8, 225 pounds, Freiman led Duke with a .381 average, 11 home runs and 46 RBIs. He has huge raw power and the ability to hit for average. Freiman also plays a solid first base defensively.
29 864 Pittsburgh Pirates Kevin Komstadius East Valley HS, Yakima, Wash. Wash.
A Washington State recruit to note is Kevin Komstadius, a slugging first baseman who may be athletic enough to play outfield.
29 865 Kansas City Royals Beau Brett Artesia HS, Lynwood, Calif. Wash.
The biggest prep name in the state belonged to first baseman Beau Brett, a Southern California recruit and nephew of ex-big leaguers Ken and George Brett. His father Bobby Brett owns the Northwest League's Spokane Indians, so Brett has been around the game all his life. He has a long lefthanded swing that generates good loft power, and most scouts consider his raw power well ahead of his hitting ability. Most expect him to go to USC.
29 867 San Francisco Giants Rob Flanigan North Georgia College & State Ga.
31 928 Florida Marlins Marvin Campbell Las Vegas HS Nev.
33 984 Pittsburgh Pirates Mark Carver UNC Wilmington N.C.
Carver broke out this season by batting .353 with 21 home runs in the regular season. At 6-foot-4, 195 pounds, Carver is athletic and isn't limited to first base if he isn't able to stay behind the plate. He has an average arm but below-average receiving and transfer ability. His bat should play anywhere, though, and he has more projection in his body.
33 986 Baltimore Orioles Art Charles Ridgeview HS, Bakersfield, Calif. Calif.
33 1001 Chicago Cubs Sean Hoorelbeke Central Michigan Mich.
33 1003 Detroit Tigers Jordan Lennerton Oregon State Ore.
33 1006 Philadelphia Phillies Jamie Simpson Dowagiac (Mich.) Union HS Mich.
33 1008 Arizona Diamondbacks Luke Murton Georgia Tech Ga.
Luke Murton is the brother of major leaguer Matt and shows more raw power than his older brother. He can hit the ball a long way to all fields but has gone through stretches when he struggled to make contact. He batted .239 as a sophomore but boosted that to .333 with 12 home runs this season. Murton is a below-average runner and plays best at first base, though he could slide into left field.
33 1009 Los Angeles Angels Jose Jimenez Tampa Fla.
35 1050 Chicago White Sox Harold Riggins Normal (Ill.) West HS Ill.
36 1073 Tampa Bay Rays Jordan Leyland Sam Dimas (Calif.) HS Calif.
37 1104 Pittsburgh Pirates Matt Curry Howard (Texas) JC Texas
38 1147 Los Angeles Dodgers Tommy Nurre Miami (Ohio) Ohio
39 1169 Cincinnati Reds Mike Konstanty Albany N.Y.
39 1175 St. Louis Cardinals Curt Smith Maine Maine
Maine Black Bear Curt Smith played the middle infield his first couple of years at Maine but struggled defensively and split time between left field and first base as a senior. He had his best offensive season, batting .403/.498/.722 with 11 homers, 37 RBIs and 12 steals in 14 attempts, but he's undersized at 5-foot-10 and won't ever hit enough to play left field or first base down the line. He does have good gap power and average speed, but his arm is below-average even for a left fielder.
39 1190 New York Yankees Erik Lovett Mount Olive (N.C.) N.C.
40 1197 San Francisco Giants Austin Stadler James River HS, Midlothian, Va. Va.
40 1209 Toronto Blue Jays Nate Nelson Worcester State (Mass.) Mass.
42 1272 Seattle Mariners Randy Molina Stanford Calif.
44 1321 Washington Nationals J.P. Padron Rice Texas
45 1362 New York Mets David Phillips Texarkana (Texas) CC Texas
45 1363 Philadelphia Phillies Justin Zumwalde Sabino HS, Tucson Ariz.
45 1366 Los Angeles Angels Jared Clark Cal State Fullerton Calif.
First baseman Jared Clark has had trouble coming back from a knee injury from a pickup football game in 2006, though he shows well-above-average raw power in batting practice. He lost athleticism and feel for hitting in his layoff, but when he makes contact the ball jumps off his bat. He led the Titans in home runs, RBIs, doubles and walks, so he's still a factor.
45 1369 Boston Red Sox Jon Griffin Manatee (Fla.) CC Fla.
46 1372 Kansas City Royals William Beckwith West Lowndes HS, Columbus, Miss. Miss.
46 1392 Arizona Diamondbacks Dan Kauffman Juniata (Pa.) Pa.
49 1455 San Francisco Giants D.J. Hicks Lake Brantley HS, Altamonte Springs, Fla. Fla.
D.J. Hicks is committed to Central Florida this fall. D.J. Hicks is a potential two-way college player, throwing 90 mph off the mound and showing huge raw power at the plate. He's a lefthanded hitter who makes consistent contact.
49 1458 Chicago White Sox Travis Otto Wheaton (Ill.) North HS Ill.
49 1470 New York Mets Doug McNulty Akron Ohio
50 1489 Oakland Athletics Derek Wiley Belmont Tenn.