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Round Overall Team Player School State Bonus
1 4 Baltimore Orioles Brian Matusz San Diego Calif. $3,200,000
Like David Price, the No. 1 pick last year, Matusz is tall and lanky at 6-foot-5 and 200 pounds, and scouts have history with him. He didn't sign with the Angels in 2005 as a fourth-round pick out of an Arizona high school, and he starred for Team USA last summer, after ranking second (behind Price) in the nation in strikeouts. However, Matusz is a much different pitcher than Price. While he has a fastball that sits at 90-93 mph, Matusz doesn't pitch off it, instead using his above-average offspeed stuff to set up his fastball. His curveball is already a plus pitch, and he shows the ability to locate it to either side of the plate. His slider grades out as at least average. Matusz also liberally uses his above-average changeup, one of the finest on the West Coast in years. Mechanically, he's tight and compact, though his arm action is a bit awkward and slightly stiff. He also lands on a straight front leg at times, which some regard as an injury concern and which makes it harder for him to drive his fastball down through the zone. Matusz profiles as a middle of the rotation starter at worst, and if he improves his fastball and mechanics, he can become a staff ace.
1 25 Colorado Rockies Christian Friedrich Eastern Kentucky Ky. $1,350,000
Part of a prospect-studded Falmouth rotation that also included Aaron Crow and Shooter Hunt last summer, Friedrich struck out Buster Posey, Jason Castro and Gordon Beckham in his final inning in the Cape Cod League playoffs. Like Crow, Friedrich operated in the mid-80s as an undrafted high school senior in the Chicago area before blossoming in college. He now maintains solid-average 89-91 mph velocity throughout a game and can touch 94, but his money pitch is an over-the-top curveball with huge 12-to-6 break. Blisters have periodically bothered Friedrich this spring, so he has been using his slider more than he has in the past, and it has become a weapon at 80-82 mph. He also has a decent changeup that he'll need to incorporate more often in pro ball. While Friedrich throws strikes and can command his fastball to both sides of the plate, he sometimes leaves it up in the zone. He gets away with a lot of those mistakes because his deceptive delivery and the fear of his curveball allow his fastball to get on hitters quickly. He doesn't have the ceiling of San Diego's Brian Matusz, but Friedrich is clearly the second-best lefty available in the draft.
1 26 Arizona Diamondbacks Daniel Schlereth Arizona Ariz. $1,330,000
The son of former NFL offensive lineman and current ESPN commentator Mark Schlereth, Daniel Schlereth was an eighth-round pick last year as a draft-eligible sophomore, having missed a year due to Tommy John surgery. Schlereth didn't sign and has come back improved as part of a devastating Arizona bullpen with three of the nation's best power arms. While teammate Ryan Perry figures to be drafted higher this year (and sophomore closer Jason Stoffel should go higher next year), Schlereth was making a case to go in the first two rounds by showing improved command and stuff from 2007. Schlereth finds the strike zone more consistently with his 90-94 mph fastball and at times has more velocity, sometimes sitting 94-96. His power breaking ball is a swing-and-miss pitch, and he's done a better job of throwing it for strikes. After a failed bid as a starter earlier in his career, Schlereth has shown the guts to challenge hitters with his stuff in a relief role and could be the rare lefthanded closer as a pro. The biggest question will be whether or not he can maintain his stuff while improving his control. He'll never have command with the effort he puts into his delivery, but he still doesn't throw as many quality strikes as he'll need to at higher levels. He's expected to be drafted in the first three rounds.
1s 35 Milwaukee Brewers Evan Frederickson San Francisco Calif. $1,010,000
Frederickson was climbing draft charts late as he put together a pair of his strongest starts of the year to finish the season. Several scouts were on hand as he battled San Diego's Brian Matusz in his penultimate start, and Frederickson struck out 11 in seven shutout innings of his last outing, against Dallas Baptist. Some scouts say Frederickson, at an imposing 6-foot-6, 238 pounds, has better stuff than Dons lefty Aaron Poreda, the White Sox's 2007 first-round pick. They both have lower arm slots, and while Frederickson doesn't reach the high 90s as Poreda can, he does have a plus fastball, touching 95 and at times sitting in the 91-93 range. His slider gives him a weapon Poreda never had; it's a power pitch, a hybrid slurve that has some depth and is thrown in the low 80s. When it's on, he makes lefthanded hitters look bat. Command is never going to be Frederickson's forte, and he flirts with having "the thing" at times; he was awful (6.99 ERA) in his first two seasons at Virginia Tech before finding the plate more under the tutelage of San Francisco pitching coach Greg Moore, though his delivery still has flaws. Scouts view him as a reliever, but perhaps more than just a lefty setup man. He could go as high as the second round.
1s 36 Kansas City Royals Mike Montgomery Hart HS, Newhall, Calif. Calif. $988,000
With Anthony Gose battling shoulder tendonitis, Montgomery has emerged as the top high school lefthander in an unusually deep and talented Southern California crop. He's a Cal State Fullerton recruit who would benefit by studying under coach Dave Serrano, but his strong spring likely means he won't make it to college. That was despite some makeup questions about the athletic Montgomery, who was kicked off the Hart High basketball team for racking up too many technical fouls. Montgomery was the team's top scorer at 20 points per game, and at 6-foot-4 and 180 pounds, he has a long, athletic build that attracts scouts. So does his fastball, which sits in the 88-92 mph range and peaks at 94. His high quality secondary offerings include a sharp, if slow, 71-72 mph curveball and a 79-81 mph changeup with sudden late drop. Montgomery will need to correct a series of subtle mechanical deficiencies that tend to impede his command, but when those problems are solved, he profiles as a middle-of-the-rotation starter. He was rising up draft boards as June approached as he showed a feel for pitching, rather than trying to just blow high school hitters way. He does an excellent job of mixing pitches, changing speeds, setting hitters up and finishing them off.
1s 40 Atlanta Braves Brett DeVall Niceville (Fla.) HS Fla. $1,000,000
From Florida, a Team USA Junior Olympic team alum and a participant in the East Cobb League, Devall has been on the scouting radar for a long time. DeVall was an Aflac All-American in the fall and has distinguished himself this spring as the top pure high school lefthander in this draft. DeVall, at 6-foot-4, has the ideal pitcher's build and has an advanced understanding of how to pitch. His delivery and arm action are sound as he repeats his mechanics, leading to his plus command of three pitches. The velocity on his fastball typically stays between 88-89 mph but can touch the low 90s. His curveball has the makings of an average pitch at the very least and his changeup is advanced for a high school pitcher. While he has feel for each of his three pitches, none of them is presently labeled as an out pitch. DeVall is projected as a third or fourth starter at the big league level. With the development of a plus breaking ball or an increase in velocity on his fastball, DeVall could be a No. 2 guy in a major league rotation. He is committed to play baseball for Georgia.
1s 43 Arizona Diamondbacks Wade Miley Southeastern Louisiana La. $877,000
Miley was part of a banner 2005 class of Louisiana prep lefties that also included Beau Jones and Sean West, who went in the sandwich round of that draft, and Jeremy Bleich, who headed to Stanford. Miley may turn out to be the best of the group, as he owns three pitches that grade as plus when at their best. His top offering is an 80-84 mph slider that he can bury down and in against righthanders. He sits at 89-92 mph with his fastball and can reach 94-95 mph, though his heater flattens out at high-end velocity. His changeup is his third pitch, and his 75-77 mph curveball shows some potential. Miley has a sound delivery and a strong 6-foot-2, 195-pound frame. His command is no better than average, which is why he hasn't dominated mid-major Southland Conference competition and why some clubs project him as a reliever. But talented and proven college lefthanders are in short supply in this draft, so Miley could sneak into the first round with a club that has seen him at his best.
1s 44 New York Yankees Jeremy Bleich Stanford Calif. $700,000
Bleich, a Louisiana native, returned from his elbow strain in late May and could move into the first five rounds with a strong NCAA postseason. At his best, he sits in the 88-91 mph range with his fastball that has natural lefty movement, complemented by a solid curveball and a plus straight change.
2 47 Tampa Bay Rays Kyle Lobstein Coconino HS, Flagstaff, Ariz. Ariz. $1,500,000
Lobstein emerged on the summer showcase circuit last year, showing off the cleanest arm and delivery of any starting pitcher in the '08 draft class. BA ranked him as the No. 2 prospect at the Tournament of Stars, where he popped up from under the radar to make USA Baseball's junior national team. He followed that with a turn as the No. 1 prospect at the Area Code Games in Long Beach, and he committed to Arizona as a two-way player. He flashed an average fastball that bumped 92 mph, a promising curveball with great spin and a solid-average circle changeup. His arm still works just as well this spring, and his 6-foot-3, 185-pound athletic frame remains projectable, but Lobstein hasn't dominated inferior northern Arizona competition, and scouts' ardor for him had cooled. His fastball was topping out at 90 mph and usually sitting at 87-88, fringe-average even for a lefthander. Despite his clean arm, his velocity hasn't jumped, and neither of his secondary pitches have been quite as sharp as they were last summer. Several scouts echoed the same phrase for Lobstein: He just hasn't turned the corner. Some scouts wonder if he has enough killer instinct but cautioned that Lobstein could just be pitching to the level of his competition. A team with extra picks is expected to gamble on Lobstein toward the back of the first round or in the supplemental round, but area scouts cautioned that it could take a seven-figure signing bonus to keep Lobstein from pitching (and hitting) for the Wildcats next spring.
2 52 Florida Marlins Brad Hand Chaska (Minn.) HS Minn. $760,000
Hand has created a bigger sensation among scouts than any Minnesota high school prospect since Joe Mauer. He won't go at the top of the draft like Mauer did, but Hand performed very well when two dozen scouts attended his fourth start of the spring. His fastball ranged from 88-93 mph with nice life, and both his curveball and changeup flashed plus potential. Hand is an athletic 6-foot-2, 205-pounder who also plays football and hockey, and in baseball he doubles as a first baseman with lefty power. The biggest issues with him are his mechanics and his signability. He has violence and a head whack in his delivery, and he lands on a stiff front leg. Hand has pitched himself into third-round consideration, but that the slot bonuses in that area of the draft (roughly $275,000 to $400,000) may not be enough to lure him away from an Arizona State scholarship. The Twins usually stay on top of their homestate prospects, and they could be tempted to take him with a sandwich or second-round choice.
2 57 Texas Rangers Robbie Ross Lexington (Ky.) Christian Academy Ky. $1,575,000
Kentucky offers its best draft crop ever this year, and its high school class is especially deep with four prospects with the talent to go in the top two rounds. The best of that contingent is Ross, a lefty with pitches and polish. He sits at 90-92 mph and touched 94 with his fastball, and his secondary pitches and command are just as impressive. He shows a hard slider and nice feel for a changeup, and he pounds the strike zone. The only knock on Ross is that he's just 6 feet tall, but he generates his quality stuff via athleticism and arm speed, rather than effort. Scouts eagerly anticipated his late-April matchup with fellow Lexington southpaw Nick Maronde, and Ross didn't disappoint. He struck out 14 and walked none, giving up just an unearned run while dealing Maronde the second loss of his prep career. He also outdueled Niceville (Fla.) lefty Brett DeVall earlier in the year, ending the game with a 94-mph fastball for a strikeout. A Kentucky recruit, Ross should be signable in the first two rounds.
2 64 Atlanta Braves Tyler Stovall Hokes Bluff (Ala.) HS Ala. $750,000
The top high school pitching prospect from Alabama, Stovall is a projectable lefthander who has dominated competition. Stovall set the Alabama state record for wins (18) and strikeouts (227) in 2007, and he already had 12 wins and 170 strikeouts this season. He is a U.S. Junior National Team alum and is committed to play at Auburn. While his fastball sits between 89-91 mph, Stovall's go-to pitch is his curveball. He also has an advanced changeup. While his curveball is a plus pitch, he sometimes uses it too often. Scouts would like to see Stovall pitch more off his fastball, and if he doesn't, scouts could see him settling into merely a setup or relief role as a pro. However, with added velocity and reliance on his fastball, Stovall could be a starter in the big leagues. His makeup is a plus, and academically, he will graduate at the top of his high school class.
3 83 Florida Marlins Edgar Olmos Birmingham HS, Van Nuys, Calif. Calif. $478,000
Tall and stringy with a basketball player's build at 6-foot-5, Olmos delivers his 87-89 mph fastball toward home plate with a sidearm, buggy-whip motion. His projectable frame and loose arm action suggest Olmos will significantly increase his velocity as he fills out, and he has already touched the low 90s several times. An Arizona recruit, Olmos exhibits a fine feel for his secondary pitches. His slow curve shows sweeping movement with a hint of wiffle-ball action. He also offers a changeup that has a bit of screwball rotation. Mechanically, Olmos does an excellent job of keeping his front side closed and showing the piping on his right pant leg to the hitter as long as possible. However, in his delivery he wraps his arm and needs to get fuller extension on his finish. Also, his arm slot varies from fastball to curve, and he tips his breaking ball by "screwing in a light bulb" as he grips the ball in his glove. All of these problems should be easily correctable.
3 89 Texas Rangers Tim Murphy UCLA Calif. $436,000
In high school and during his first two years at UCLA, Murphy was a two-way prospect who showed promise as a hard-hitting outfielder. He since has established himself as one of the premier college leftys in the nation. Murphy's build is strong and mature, and while not the lanky and projectable type, he is nonetheless a fine athlete--one who played quarterback and safety in high school and was an 11th-round pick in 2005. Scouts also appreciate Murphy's competitive attitude. He displays the ability to wiggle out of tough jams and survives outings in which his stuff is less than optimal. Since starting the season strongly, Murphy has struggled. When sharp, his fastball ranges from 89-92 mph, but dipped to 87 as the season wore on. He does a decent job of moving that pitch around, and has no reservations about challenging hitters with the four-seamer. Murphy's best offering is his mid-to-high 70s curve, an old-fashioned, over-the-top two-plane drop with 11-to-5 break. Murphy is sound mechanically, though a long back stroke in his arm action makes it difficult for him to maintain a consistent release point. His command suffers as a result. Murphy projects comfortably as either a back-of-the-rotation starter or, thanks to his curveball, as a lefthanded set-up man.
4 115 Kansas City Royals Tim Melville Holt HS, Wentzville, Mo. Mo. $1,250,000
A number of teams don't like to take high school righthanders early in the draft, and that bias may be all that stands in the way of Holt High producing a first-round pitcher for the second straight year. Holt High grad and Missouri State product Ross Detwiler went sixth overall in 2007, and while Melville won't go that high, he's the top high school arm for 2008. Melville hasn't pitched as well as he did last summer, when he tore up the showcase circuit, with his velocity slightly down and his curveball losing some tightness. He struggled in his first two starts but was throwing better as the draft approached, operating from 91-94 mph with his fastball and flashing a plus curve on a more regular basis. Melville is a very athletic 6-foot-5, 210-pounder who could be a star third baseman at the college level. He repeats his stress-free delivery with ease, allowing him to fill the strike zone. As a pro, he'll have to throw more two-seam fastballs and changeups. Melville probably won't follow through on his commitment to North Carolina unless he somehow falls out of the first round, and that would be an upset.
4 121 Washington Nationals Graham Hicks Jenkins HS, Lakeland, Fla. Fla. $475,000
Lefthander Graham Hicks significantly improved his draft stock with an impressive performance at the Florida high school all-star game. Hicks showed a fastball up to 92 mph and plus pitchability with his curveball and changeup as well. All three are average pitches at worst with potential to improve. Hicks is a projectable 6-foot-5, 170 pounds with room to add strength and velocity to his fastball.
4 124 Oakland Athletics Anthony Capra Wichita State Kan. $260,000
In his first season as a full-time starter, the only thing that has been able to slow Capra down was an emergency appendectomy. After missing the first two series of the year, he rolled through the regular season with a 9-0, 2.52 record in 11 starts and led the Missouri Valley Conference record with a .201 opponent average. His 6-foot-1, 210-pound build brings to mind Mickey Lolich, but Capra's arsenal is more impressive than his body. His 88-92 mph fastball has late life down in the zone and his plus changeup is a swing-and-miss pitch. He throws a hard curveball that has its moments but lacks consistency, and his low-three-quarters slot may be more conducive to throwing a slider. Capra stuff plays up, too, because he commands all of his pitches and he's lefthanded. He touched 94 mph when he worked out of the bullpen in the past. Capra lacks projection and will have to watch his body, but he's a polished lefty who could go as high as the third round.
4 128 Milwaukee Brewers Josh Romanski San Diego Calif. $247,000
Despite a smallish 6-foot, 185-pound frame, Romanski has doubled as a two-way player for three seasons for the Toreros. A fine all-around athlete, he ranks among the best-fielding pitchers in the nation, and while he's a good college hitter, his future is on the mound. His fastball sits in the 88-89 mph range with some armside run. He shows an outstanding feel for his secondary pitches, which include a slow curveball, a changeup and a hard slider. Romanski's best pitch is his hard breaking ball, thrown in on a righthanded hitter's hands. Mechanically he is sound, but he will need to make adjustments. His arm action is short on both the back and front end, with a rushed, off-balanced finish. The total package reminds some of Rays lefthander J.P. Howell, though Howell's stuff was considered a bit more firm. As a pro, Romanski fits as either a back of the rotation starter or middle reliever. He offers a nice repertoire of pitches and decent command. He'll also help himself with his glove and bat.
4 139 Los Angeles Angels Buddy Boshers Calhoun (Ala.) CC Ala. $210,000
Boshiers pitches between 88-92 mph with a big breaking ball and a projectable 6-foot-3 frame. He is committed to Troy but fits the pro mold better.
5 144 Pittsburgh Pirates Justin Wilson Fresno State Calif. $195,000
Wilson projects as a possible sixth- to 10th-round pick, and he was at his best in a regional, beating Long Beach State. His fastball has average velocity, peaking at 93 mph, and exceptional life, so much so that he struggles to command the pitch. When he throws strikes with his heater and big-breaking curveball, he's tough to beat. He added a short, sharp slider late in the season that he commands better than the curve, and it made a difference.
5 145 Kansas City Royals John Lamb Laguna Hills (Calif.) HS Calif. $165,000
The draft season kicked off with a Major League Scouting Bureau event at the Urban Youth Academy in Compton, and lefthander John Lamb was one of the best players in attendance. Lamb has an ideal and projectable pitcher's frame and showed improving raw stuff. His fastball sat from 87-91 mph and he showed a smooth, fluid arm action and easy release. His curveball showed great improvement, with good tilt and late break. He also showed feel for his craft, mixing pitches, altering eye levels and working both sides of the plate. In February, however, Lamb was rear-ended in a car accident, and lingering soreness in his elbow was diagnosed as a fracture. He didn't need surgery, but his arm was immobilized for 12 weeks, and he didn't pitch all spring.
5 152 Houston Astros David Duncan Georgia Tech Ga. $185,000
A highly touted recruit in 2005, Duncan was the top prep prospect in Ohio in his senior season and was drafted in the 14th round by the Twins, but he turned down pro ball to go to Georgia Tech. After starting 30 games in his first two college seasons, Duncan was eligible again as a sophomore and was selected by the Nationals in the 23rd round last year. He again elected not to sign and returned to Georgia Tech as its Friday night starter this season. Lefthanded and 6-feet-8, Duncan is an imposing figure on the mound, throws four pitches for strikes and still has projection as a starter. He complements his 88-92 mph fastball with a curveball, changeup and split-finger. The split is Duncan's out pitch and with its late sinking action, has the potential to be a plus pitch in the pros. While he does have decent strikeout numbers, Duncan is more of a groundball pitcher who thrives on the plane created from his height and his ability to pitch down in the zone.
6 176 Baltimore Orioles Rick Zagone Missouri Mo. $150,000
It was easy for Rick Zagone to get overshadowed on a Missouri staff that includes potential first-round picks in the next three drafts in Aaron Crow, Kyle Gibson and Nick Tepesch. But Zagone is a versatile 6-foot-3, 207-pound lefthander who could serve as a starter or reliever in pro ball. Tigers coaches blame themselves for his poor start this spring, as they encouraged him to try to add velocity and he lost pitchability. Zagone righted himself after a stint in the bullpen and returned to the rotation by the end of the year. As a starter, he's at his best pitching at 85-88 mph with good life and location on his fastball. In shorter outings as a reliever, he can dial his fastball up into the low 90s and flash a hard slider. His slider and changeup are ordinary, so he has to rely on command to succeed.
6 177 San Francisco Giants Eric Surkamp North Carolina State N.C. $135,000
Eric Surkamp is a tall, projectable lefthander with fringe-average stuff and a great feel for pitching. His fastball is in the upper 80s and has touched 91 mph, and he throws a curveball and changeup that he mixes well but sometimes struggles to command. Surkamp has inconsistent but pitched better later in the season, boosting his draft stock.
6 183 Texas Rangers Richard Bleier Florida Gulf Coast Fla. $120,000
Bleier finished his junior season with a 7-1, .209 and was the Atlantic Sun Conference's Pitcher of the Year. At 6-feet-3, 210 pounds, Bleier is a good-bodied lefthander with a fastball that typically sits around 90 mph. He also throws a quality slider and changeup, giving him a three-pitch mix with plus command. Bleier walked only 17 batters on the season in 90.1 innings pitched.
6 199 Los Angeles Angels Josh Blanco Franklin HS, El Paso Texas $148,000
Though he's a short (6 feet, 185 pounds) lefty, Blanco can throw his fastball at 88-92 mph. He has committed to San Diego State.
7 205 Kansas City Royals Jason Esposito Amity Regional HS, Woodbridge, Conn. Conn.
Amity High third baseman Jason Esposito has committed to Vanderbilt, and like them he's considered a difficult sign. Esposito's bat draws comparisons to another Northeast high school product who went to Vanderbilt, Ryan Flaherty, but he lacks Flaherty's instincts and ability to play shortstop. Esposito is an aggressive line-drive hitter with above-average raw power, but his swing has some length to it and he swings and misses a lot. He has good actions and decent hands at third base to go along with an above-average arm. He closes games for Amity and reaches 90 mph with his fastball.
7 207 San Francisco Giants Aaron King Surry (N.C.) CC N.C. $110,000
King has all the things scouting directors love, as a 6-foot-4 lefthander who pitches in the low to mid-90s. Possibly the best lefthander in the junior college ranks, King is a strikeout pitcher, pitching off his fastball and putting hitters away with his slider. He also throws a changeup. He's athletic on the mound and still has projection. His delivery is somewhat unconventional and causes him to be erratic at times. The question with King, at it is with most juco pitchers, is whether he will throw enough strikes. His K/BB ratio this season was close to 3/1. He will at least be given a chance as a starting pitcher in the pros. He's a freshman at Surry and relatively new on the scouting radar, and he wasn't drafted out of high school.
7 215 St. Louis Cardinals Anthony Ferrara Riverview HS, Sarasota, Fla. Fla. $150,000
Blessed with an electric left arm, Ferrara has been a well-known prep prospect for the past three years. At 6-foot-3, 190 pounds, Ferrara is lanky and projectable, with an ideal pitcher's frame. Ferrara also has a pitcher's mind and shows advanced maturity on the mound. He throws three pitches, all of which could be average or better. His fastball sits between 89-91 mph now, and his curveball and changeup are advanced as well. He shows plus command and is a competitor on the mound. Teams' main concern will be with his injury history. After having issues with his shoulder last year, Ferrara visited Dr. James Andrews but only required rest, not surgery. He did have to sit out the Aflac Classic at the end of the summer. Committed to South Florida, Ferrara would likely step right into the weekend rotation if he doesn't go pro.
7 216 Minnesota Twins Dan Osterbrock Cincinnati Ohio $121,000
Osterbrock finished with a flourish, winning eight of his final nine starts to set a Cincinnati record with 21 career wins. There's projection remaining in his 6-foot-3, 186-pound frame, and he already touches 91 mph while working at 86-89 with his fastball. He has nice feel for pitching, locating his heater to set up hitters for a plus changeup. He throws two different breaking pitches, and his slider is more usable than his curveball. Osterbrock should become the first Bearcat drafted in the top 10 rounds since the Red Sox selected Kevin Youkilis in the ninth round in 2001.
7 217 Los Angeles Dodgers Cole St. Clair Rice Texas $100,000
St. Clair outpitched teammate Phil Hughes at Foothill High in Santa Ana, Calif., in 2004, after which Hughes signed with the Yankees as a first-round pick and St. Clair headed to Rice. St. Clair figured to match Hughes' draft status entering last season, but he injured his arm lifting weights. The exact nature of the injury is up in the air. It has been reported as a shoulder strain and biceps tendinitis, while some scouts maintain it was a labrum tear. St. Clair didn't require surgery, but his stuff hasn't been the same since. While with the U.S. college national team in the summer of 2006, he featured a 91-94 mph fastball and a plus curveball. Factoring in his size (6-foot-5, 225 pounds) and his makings of a changeup, and some clubs projected him as a pro starter. But for much of the last two years, he has pitched at 87-88 mph and topped out at 91 with his fastball. His curveball isn't as tight as it was previously. St. Clair has continued to succeed for the Owls, thanks to his command, deceptive high leg kick and his competitiveness. The Indians failed to sign him as a seventh-rounder in 2007, and though he has completed his eligibility and his economics degree, he still may be a tougher sign than most seniors. If he regains his previous stuff, he could be a steal.
7 223 Detroit Tigers Jade Todd Shades Valley HS, Birmingham Ala. $150,000
Todd is lefthanded and committed to Alabama. He throws his fastball at 90 mph, with a true downer curveball.
7 229 Los Angeles Angels Will Smith Gulf Coast (Fla.) CC Fla. $150,000
8 237 San Francisco Giants Scott Barnes St. John's N.Y. $100,000
Barnes has had an inconsistent spring, but he pitched better down the stretch after making mechanical adjustments. He was out of sync early in the season with his delivery, causing his arm to drag and limiting his extension, and he threw across his body to compensate. He worked in the mid-80s with his fastball and struggled to command his secondary stuff. But his alignment and tempo have improved in the second half, and his fastball has climbed into the 90-92 mph range with good sink. His delivery still has a head jerk, but scouts think his quirkiness adds to his deception. He shows an average slider with good tilt and good feel for a changeup, and he uses a slow curveball as a show pitch. Barnes stands out most for his competitiveness and his aggressiveness, but opinion on him is widely mixed. He could be drafted anywhere from the third to the 10th round.
8 241 Washington Nationals Ricardo Pecina San Diego Calif. $100,000
8 242 Houston Astros Brad Dydalewicz Lake Travis HS, Austin Texas $425,000
Lefthander Brad Dydalewicz missed the 2007 season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee while playing football, but he has returned to top out at 93 mph this spring. He's just 6-foot-1 and 175 pounds, so he generates his impressive velocity with a slinging, maximum-effort delivery that makes it tough for hitters to pick the ball up. His second pitch is a slurvy breaking ball and he needs a lot of polish. Though he has committed to Arizona, scouts expect him to sign.
8 245 St. Louis Cardinals Ryan Kulik Rowan (N.J.) N.J. $58,000
Rowan lefty Ryan Kulik dominated Division III competition as a senior this spring, going 10-2, 1.72 with 144 strikeouts and 24 walks in 94 innings. Kulik is undersized but strong at 5-foot-11, 200 pounds. He has an average 89-91 mph fastball that touches 93, and he maintains his velocity deep into outings. Some scouts believe he could throw 94-95 in short stints in the bullpen, making him more attractive than Corey Young to some. His curveball and changeup are fringy, but he makes up for it with his competitiveness and ability to pound the zone. Like Young, Kulik should be drafted between the seventh and 12th rounds.
8 249 Toronto Blue Jays Evan Crawford Auburn Ala. $150,000
Mike Bianucci leads the talent at Auburn, but lefthander Evan Crawford isn't far behind. After starting 27 games--most on the weekends--in his first two years, Crawford pitched out of the bullpen this season, finishing 3-0, 2.42 in 44 innings. He offers a fastball between 88-92 mph and a big breaking curveball that is at times an above-average pitch. Crawford pitches downhill with an over-the-top delivery and creates plane with his 6-foot-2 frame. Command has been his biggest issue in the past, but this year he walked 25 against 42 strikeouts.
8 250 Atlanta Braves Brett Oberholtzer Seminole (Fla.) CC Fla. $150,000
Brett Oberholtzer was drafted last year in the 47th round by the Mariners and is the top juco lefthander in the state. At 6-foot-2, 210 pounds, Oberholtzer has a durable build and throws a fastball with natural tail at 90 mph. He has a good feel for pitching, with an advanced changeup and a knockout slider, giving him a true three-pitch arsenal.
8 251 Chicago Cubs James Leverton Texas Tech Texas $92,500
James Leverton was more of a first baseman in his first two seasons at Texas Tech, not pitching at all as a freshman and working just three innings as a sophomore. He has focused almost solely on the mound this spring and will get drafted as a lefthanded reliever in the first 10 rounds. He has a strong 6-foot-2, 200-pound frame, and he throws strikes with an 88-91 mph fastball and a slider that ties up lefties.
8 252 Seattle Mariners Bobby LaFromboise New Mexico N.M. $70,000
Teammate Bobby LaFromboise was drafted in the 14th round last season, returned to school and went backward until Birmingham challenged him to get tougher. LaFromboise responded, pitched well in front of crosscheckers in an April matchup with Utah righty Stephen Fife, and finished the season by beating Fife in front of plenty of scouts at the Mountain West Conference tournament. He's at his best when he works down in the strike zone with his 88 mph fastball, which has good life, and gets groundballs with his slider. He lacks a strikeout pitch but keeps the ball in the ballpark, having yielded just six home runs in 170 innings the last two seasons.
8 258 Arizona Diamondbacks Pat McAnaney Virginia Va. $30,000
McAnaney moved into the Friday starting role and finished the year 4-5, 3.67 with 92 strikeouts in 61 innings. He is lefthanded and throws his fastball around 90 mph. McAnaney has good command and a feel for pitching, mixing his above-average changeup and slurve to keep hitters off balance. The breaking ball is his out pitch, while the changeup makes his fastball even tougher to hit.
8 261 Cleveland Indians Eric Berger Arizona Ariz. $125,000
While Arizona State won the Pac-10 with all its talent, Arizona still earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament and finished strong, winning the season-ending series with the Sun Devils. Junior lefty Eric Berger started and won the deciding game of that series and should be drafted right around the ninth round, where he went last year after not pitching all spring. Berger is still coming back from Tommy John surgery that cost him the '07 season. Berger's fastball sat in the 89-90 mph range most of the season, but he was bumping some 92s later in the year. He works up with the fastball and down with a mid- to upper 70s curveball and was trying to regain the feel for his changeup. When he's at his best, his curveball has depth and is a swing-and-miss pitch, and he could move up closer to the fifth round unless his price tag gets too high.
9 263 Tampa Bay Rays Shawn Smith Saugus (Calif.) HS Calif. $150,000
9 265 Kansas City Royals J.D. Alfaro St. John Bosco HS, Lakewood, Calif. Texas $75,000
9 266 Baltimore Orioles Nick Haughian Washington Wash. $100,000
Haughian, a lefthander, is the latest Husky pitcher to develop velocity under coach Ken Knudson's tutelage. Scouts have seen his velocity fluctuate, in part because at times he both started and relieved in a Pac-10 weekend series, but he developed a slider in the low 80s that was a plus, strikeout pitch in the season's second half. At his best, Haughian's fastball reached 91-92 mph after sitting in the upper 80s much of the spring, but when he threw it for strikes and worked off his slider, he was filthy. He wound up tying UCLA's Tim Murphy for the Pac-10 strikeouts lead with 107 in the regular season. Throwing strikes consistently is the biggest key for Haughian, who could move quickly as a lefty reliever thanks to his slider.
9 267 San Francisco Giants Ryan Verdugo Louisiana State La. $95,000
Jason Verdugo was drafted out of high school in 2005 (43rd round, Phillies) and again last year out of Skagit Valley (Wash.) CC (47th round, Giants), with Tommy John surgery in between. Verdugo's stuff is solid but not spectacular, as he changes speeds off a fastball that ranges from 85-91 mph and mixes it with a curveball and changeup. His control and command are nothing special, either, but he competes and emerged as LSU's top starter in the postseason.
9 268 Florida Marlins Dan Jennings Nebraska Neb. $145,000
Lefthander Dan Jennings has more projection remaining than most college juniors. There's room to add strength on his 6-foot-3, 183-pound frame, and he has a quick arm and clean mechanics. His best present pitch is his slider, which is more of solid offering than a swing-and-miss weapon. His fastball ranges from 86-90 mph and he keeps it down in the strike zone. Jennings, who has shuttled between the rotation and the bullpen for Nebraska, projects as a reliever in pro ball. He had a streak of 30 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings at midseason.
9 272 Houston Astros Luis Cruz Academia Santa Monica, San Juan, P.R. P.R. $150,000
Were he a bit taller, lefthander Luis Cruz's draft stock might soar. As it is, Cruz is listed as 5-foot-9 but is still the best lefthander out of Puerto Rico. He may have the best stuff as well. His fastball works at 88-91 mph, touching 92 with late sink. His changeup is an above-average pitch, and his curveball shows potential with quick bite but is still inconsistent. Cruz works with clean mechanics, a loose arm and gets extension out front, but his size has scouts thinking he's a future reliever.
9 287 Colorado Rockies Craig Bennigson California Calif. $70,000
Cal also features lefthander Craig Bennigson, who had an up-and-down spring after showing average fastball velocity and an occasional power breaking ball in the Cape Cod League.
10 295 Kansas City Royals Mauricio Matos Clinton HS, Bronx, N.Y. N.Y. $150,000
10 301 Washington Nationals Tommy Milone Southern California Calif. $65,000
USC's top pitcher for the draft, righthander Tommy Milone, had a solid season working with first-year Trojans pitching coach Tom House, and did a better job of keeping his fringe-average stuff down. He gave up just four homers all year and struck out a batter an inning while lacking a plus pitch.
10 302 Houston Astros Jarred Holloway St. Petersburg (Fla.) JC Fla. $150,000
Lefthander Jarred Holloway began his college career at Mississippi State but transferred to St. Petersburg JC after his freshman year. He has two above-average pitches, but like so many juco pitchers struggles with command. Holloway's fastball sits between 89-92 mph, and at 6-feet-3 he pitches with good downward plane. His second pitch is a slider that is inconsistent but at times devastating.
10 307 Los Angeles Dodgers Chris Joyce Dos Pueblos HS, Goleta, Calif. Calif.
Initially dismissed as a college player during the 2007 showcase seasons, Joyce drew attention from scouts with his impressive start in the spring of 2008. His progress had been slowed by a recent muscle strain in his back, but before that his fastball sat in the 92 mph range. When he returned, Joyce was rusty and performed poorly in a start in front of about 30 scouts. His fastball touched 90 but sat at 88, and his mechanics and command were less than his best. Joyce's repertoire includes a hard slider, a curveball and a firm changeup. While at his best Joyce has "now" stuff, his 6-foot, 200-pound frame is mature and contains little projection. If he bounces back from his injury and shows the stuff, command and mechanics he displayed early in the season, he could climb back into early draft consideration. Otherwise, he should contribute quickly at UC Santa Barbara.
10 314 New York Mets Brian Valenzuela Vista Murrieta HS, Murrieta, Calif. Calif. $67,500
10 315 San Diego Padres Andrew Albers Kentucky Ky. $10,000
10 318 Arizona Diamondbacks Danny Hultzen St. Alban's HS, Washington, D.C. D.C.
A late bloomer on the draft prospect scene, Hultzen is now considered one of the top prep lefties in the draft. From the metro area in D.C., Hultzen has long been known as a softer-tossing lefthander with pitchability. He recently went through a velocity jump, sending his fastball into the 88-92 mph range and his name onto every prospect follow list. However, Hultzen is firmly committed to pitch at Virginia in the fall and is thought by most to be unsignable. He pitches at a low three-quarters arm slot, creating natural tail and sink. He also offers a breaking ball with tight rotation and slurve action that at times is an above-average pitch. He even experiments with a changeup and split-finger pitch but both are currently under-developed and inconsistent. With his signability concerns, Hultzen may be a prospect that falls to late in the draft, does not sign and resurfaces as a first-round caliber prospect after three years at Virginia.
11 326 Baltimore Orioles Nathan Moreau Georgia Ga.
At 6-foot-4, 205 pounds and lefthanded, Nathan Moreau passes the eye test. Like Dodson, Moreau has a decent fastball and below-average secondary stuff. His fastball is up to 91 mph with natural tail, along with a curveball and changeup. He slings the ball from slightly below a three-quarters angle. He has deception in his delivery and projection to his body. With improved command and polish on his secondary pitches, Moreau would be an impact prospect.
11 330 Chicago White Sox Charlie Leesman Xavier Ohio
Leesman is strong, standing 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds and reaching 93 mph with his fastball, but he lacks a great feel for pitching. After showing a quality fastball and a hammer curve at Xavier's scout day in the fall, Leesman went 2-6, 5.32 this spring. His heater sat at 88-91 mph, his curveball regressed and his command was inconsistent.
11 333 Texas Rangers Cliff Springston Arkansas Ark.
A two-way player for two years at Baylor, Cliff Springston found more success after focusing solely on pitching when he transferred to Arkansas. After the Razorbacks lost their weekend rotation (Nick Schmidt, Jess Todd, Duke Welker) to the first two rounds of the 2007 draft, Springston has become their top starter. He's a lefty with good size (6-foot-3, 210 pounds) and a feel for pitching. He can spot his 86-90 mph fastball to both sides of the plate, and he may have more velocity in him. Springston has a clean delivery, mixes four pitches and flashes a solid slider when he stays on top of it.
11 340 Atlanta Braves Richard Sullivan Savannah College of Art and Design (Ga.) Ga. $150,000
Lefthander Richard Sullivan is 6-foot-3, 235 pounds, and throws in the low 90s from an unorthodox delivery. He also has a plus curveball with depth and a changeup in need of polish. Pitching for an NAIA school, Sullivan hasn't gotten as much exposure as the typical Georgia prospect.
11 347 Colorado Rockies Kyle Walker Texas Texas
Most of the veterans on the Texas staff didn't pitch up to expectations this spring. Lefthander Kyle Walker's control never has been his strong suit, and he had such problems throwing strikes this season that he got buried deep in the Longhorns bullpen. He has a low-90s fastball and a devastating curveball but he can't get them over the plate. Nevertheless, his raw stuff could get him drafted between the sixth and 10th rounds.
12 357 San Francisco Giants Ari Ronick Portland Ore.
Ari Ronick, a 6-foot-5 lefthander who is the nephew of the Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson, has lost velocity and pitches in the mid-80s, sitting at 87 mph at his best this spring. One scout likened him to former big leaguer John Halama for his size and solid ability to spot his changeup and breaking ball for strikes.
12 361 Washington Nationals Will Atwood South Carolina S.C.
12 363 Texas Rangers Corey Young Seton Hall N.J.
The top college player in New Jersey is lefthander Corey Young, who went 8-4, 3.52 with 78 strikeouts and 25 walks in 79 innings as Seton Hall's ace this spring. Young stands out for his feel for pitching, competitiveness and deception from a high three-quarters arm slot. He pounds the zone with a solid three-pitch mix, including an 86-90 mph fastball with sink and armside run, an average 11-to-5 curveball and an average changeup. He knows how to add and subtract from his stuff and he sometimes drops his arm slot to get even more movement on his fastball. Young is not overly physical at 6-foot-1, 180 pounds, and he profiles as a middle reliever in pro ball. He could be drafted anywhere from the seventh to the 12th round.
12 366 Minnesota Twins Kyle Carr Minnesota Minn.
12 369 Toronto Blue Jays Matt Wright Shippensburg (Pa.) Pa.
Lefty Matt Wright led Shippensburg to the Division II College World Series, where he struck out 15 in a masterful 166-pitch, four-hit win against Franklin Pierce (N.H.). A 5-foot-11, 170-pound junior, Wright lacks upside but has decent stuff, including a fastball that tops out at 91-92 mph early in games but drops to 87-88. He has good command of his fastball and an excellent changeup that fades and sinks against righthanded hitters. His curveball is below-average, though he occasionally flashes a decent one.
12 374 New York Mets Mark Cohoon North Central Texas JC Texas
12 382 Boston Red Sox Lance McClain Cumberland (Tenn.) Tenn.
13 389 Cincinnati Reds Blaine Howell Pensacola (Fla.) JC Fla.
Blaine Howell has dominated for Pensacola JC, but scouting departments aren't sure where to put his name on their boards. A lefthander pitching between 90-92 mph, Howell has made it known that he plans to go on his Mormon mission and won't be available for pro ball for at least two years. He is a true pro prospect, complementing his above-average fastball with an exceptional curveball, and could be a valuable lefty in a major league bullpen down the road.
14 433 Detroit Tigers Tyler Conn Southern Mississippi Miss.
Lefthander Tyler Conn is a senior and was drafted by the Diamondbacks a year ago in the 36th round. At 5-foot-11, Conn is undersized but pitches at 90 mph with an above-average changeup. In 26 regular season appearances, Conn tallied 18 saves.
14 435 San Diego Padres Rob Musgrave Wichita State Kan.
Rob Musgrave can't match the pure stuff of Wichita State teammates Aaron Shafer and Anthony Capra, but he's the Shockers' Friday starter and has the best numbers on the pitching staff (11-1, 2.21). Musgrave's greatest assets are being lefthanded and commanding three pitches in the strike zone. His changeup is his lone plus offering, and his curveball rates better than his 86-87 mph fastball, though he did touch some 90s in the Jayhawk League last summer.
15 444 Pittsburgh Pirates Chris Aure North Pole (Alaska) HS Alaska
15 446 Baltimore Orioles Jason Gurka Angelina (Texas) JC Texas
15 449 Cincinnati Reds Eric Pfisterer Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey, N.J. N.J.
Pfisterer is a projectable 6-foot-4 lefthander who works in the 86-92 mph range with his fastball and spots it to both sides. He has an advanced feel for pitching and the makings of a good changeup and decent curve. Pfisterer is considered a tough sign and figures to head to Duke, where he could be a two-way player in the mold of Virginia's Sean Doolittle.
15 456 Minnesota Twins David Coulon Arizona Ariz.
Coulon has had flashes of success, but his velocity was down this year in the 86-88 mph range. He's sat at average in the past with a solid-average changeup and curveball, yet never has shown even average command.
15 465 San Diego Padres Brett Mooneyham Buhach Colony HS, Atwater, Calif. Calif.
Some clubs have the big (6-foot-5), physical (220 pounds) Mooneyham as the top prep lefthander on the board, even though he's not even the top starter on his high school team. (That would be junior righthander Dylan Floro.) However, Mooneyham has the pro body, as well as big league bloodlines--his father Bill was a first-round pick in 1980 (Angels, 10th overall) and pitched one season in the majors with Oakland. Mooneyham also has present big league stuff, with a fastball that sits 90-91 and has touched 94, as well as a slider that flashes above-average potential. His body control and athleticism are still catching up with his body, however, and Mooneyham lacks control of his power arsenal; he had 43 walks in 46 innings this spring. He's an excellent student with a Stanford commitment who also is being advised by Scott Boras Corp., so some teams have had just cursory checks on him, figuring him to be impossible to sign. Others such as the Braves and Brewers were said to be mulling gambling a pick on him and making a run at signing him, but he was considered one of the least signable players in the West, if not the country.
15 472 Boston Red Sox John Lally Santa Margarita HS, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. Calif.
16 475 Kansas City Royals Derrick Saito SUNY Cortland Calif. $100,000
Five-foot-9 lefty Derrick Saito was making noise early, pusing his way toward the first three rounds with a devastating 92-93 mph fastball and a curveball that Big West Conference coaches tabbed the best in the league entering the season. Saito lost velocity and his release point as the season went on, and his control wavered so much that he lost regular playing time. He could still go before the 10th round to a team that saw him good early, but his stature and short track record of success hinder his chances.
16 478 Florida Marlins Andy Loomis Purdue Ind.
16 482 Houston Astros Josh Poytress Fowler (Calif.) HS Calif.
16 498 Arizona Diamondbacks Ryan Hughes Chabot (Calif.) JC Calif.
16 501 Cleveland Indians T.J. House Picayune (Miss.) Memorial HS Miss. $750,000
A lefthanded high school pitcher consistently throwing in the low-90s would typically draw constant attention from every major league scouting director. However, a high price tag and a strong commitment to play baseball at Tulane has made House unsignable, keeping most teams away. House has an above-average fastball, with a slider and curveball that are projected to be at least average. Favoring Mike Hampton, House is 6-foot-1 and 200 pounds, and he's athletic on the mound. Similar to Hultzen, after three years in college, House is expected to be an impact draft prospect. A competitor on the mound, House struck out 20 batters in a game at the end of his junior year. He also won a swimming state championship in 2006.
16 502 Boston Red Sox Mitch Herold Central Florida Fla.
17 516 Minnesota Twins Blake Martin Louisiana State La.
Lefthander Blake Martin threw harder in the past at Birmingham-Southern. When the Panthers dropped down from NCAA Division I to Division III following the 2006 season, he transferred to LSU, where he sat out 2007 following hip surgery. He now pitches at 87-91 mph after touching the mid-90s in the past, and his second option is an 11-to-5 curveball. He can improve his control and command.
17 517 Los Angeles Dodgers Danny Coulombe Chaparral HS, Scottsdale, Ariz. Ariz.
Coulombe was considered a tough sign, with a commitment to Southern California, and has a somewhat slight but projectable 6-foot, 165-pound body. His fastball sits in anywhere from 85-90 mph, depending on the day, and has good life. His bread-and-butter is a curveball scouts grade as average to plus, with plus potential as he fills out, and a solid changeup as well. The curve allowed him to have one 20-strikeout game and he went 9-0, 0.75 overall with 138 strikeouts. One scout said he was ahead of Arizona's Daniel Schlereth at the same stage of development, yet expected Coulombe to go to school.
17 524 New York Mets Mitch Houck Central Florida Fla.
18 536 Baltimore Orioles Keith Landers St. Peter-Marian HS, Worcester, Mass. Mass.
St. Peter-Marian lefthander Keith Landers burst onto the national prospect landscape with an impressive performance last fall at the Perfect Game/World Wood Bat Championships in Jupiter, Fla., but he has seldom duplicated that performance this spring. As a 6-foot-7, 200-pound lefty with decent stuff, Landers is a tantalizing package. His delivery has some effort right now, but most scouts think he projects to add velocity if he can clean up his mechanics--he flies open and his arm drags behind, causing his release point to be erratic. As a result, he struggles with his command, particularly with his slurvy breaking ball, though he does have some feel for the pitch. He pitched in the 87-90 mph range most of the spring, topping out at 91, and his fastball has good sink. He has feel for a changeup, but like everything with Landers it remains raw. He could sneak into the top three rounds if an organization loves his upside, but he seems more likely to honor his commitment to Louisville, where he could develop into a premium draft pick in three years.
18 541 Washington Nationals Bobby Hansen Lewis-Palmer HS, Monument, Colo. Colo. $142,500
18 551 Chicago Cubs Jeff Beliveau Florida Atlantic Fla.
Jeff Beliveau transferred from College of Charleston and had an up and down season because of problems with command. Beliveau pitches at 90 mph with plus life. He also throws a downer curveball that creates swings and misses from hitters. Poor command is all that holds Beliveau back from being a top-tier talent because he is a competitor and an athlete on the mound.
18 561 Cleveland Indians Kaimi Mead Hawaii Pacific Hawaii
18 562 Boston Red Sox Brian Flynn Owasso (Okla.) HS Okla.
Teams who covet size and velocity love lefthander Brian Flynn, a 6-foot-8, 235-pounder who has touched 93 mph this spring. Flynn, who does everything righthanded except for pitching, threw in the mid-80s in 2007. He has won the last two state 6-A championship games for Owasso High. He's a long-term project who is raw in every phase of pitching, so clubs might let him develop for three years at Wichita State before making a big run at him.
19 566 Baltimore Orioles Jarret Martin Centennial HS, Bakersfield, Calif. Calif.
Martin first drew attention from scouts with his eye-opening performances at the Area Code Games preliminaries and the showcase itself last summer. His strong, projectable 6-foot-3, 200-pound build is nearly perfect for a young lefthander, and his raw stuff is equally impressive. His fastball ranges from 88-91 mph and will peak at 92. His best pitch is his hard curveball, which when thrown properly has wicked late break and is effective against both lefthanded and righthanded hitters. His mechanics are a concern, however, hampering his command and making him wildly inconsistent from outing to outing. Martin's high school team has no pitching coach, and he has to travel for specialized coaching, so with hard work and more instruction he figures to overcome his technical flaws. When he is not pitching, Martin plays first base. With 13 home runs this spring, he has drawn attention as a lefthanded-hitting slugger, and Cal State Fullerton covets him as a two-way recruit.
19 569 Cincinnati Reds Mace Thurman Baylor Texas
19 577 Los Angeles Dodgers David Rollins First Baptist Academy, Carthage, Texas Texas
19 580 Atlanta Braves Zac Fuesser York (S.C.) HS S.C.
19 588 Arizona Diamondbacks Joseph Gautier Bethune-Cookman Fla.
20 598 Florida Marlins Wade Korpi Notre Dame Ind.
20 609 Toronto Blue Jays Ryan Page Liberty Va.
20 620 New York Yankees Pat Venditte Creighton Neb.
Switch-pitcher Pat Venditte couldn't match his 43 2/3-inning scoreless streak and 1.88 ERA from 2007, but he still had an amazing season nonetheless. Venditte appeared in 37 of Creighton's 58 games, leading he team in wins (nine) and saves (seven) while posting a 101-21 K-BB ratio in 86 innings. The former walk-on has thrown ambidextrously since he was 3, and he recorded a strikeout with each arm 17 different times this year. Scouts consider him more of a novelty than a true prospect, as his stuff is ordinary from both sides. As a righthander, he works with an upper-80s fastball and a curveball, slider and changeup. As a lefty, he drops his arm angle and utilizes a low-80s fastball and a slow, sweepy breaking ball. The Yankees drafted him in the 45th round last year, and someone will take him as a senior sign in the middle rounds this time.
21 623 Tampa Bay Rays Ryan Carpenter Cactus HS, Peoria, Ariz. Ariz.
Lefthander Ryan Carpenter sits 88-91 and touching 92 mph, and has a big pro body at 6-foot-5, 190 pounds. Another Gonzaga recruit, he had some high-strikeout starts that generated interest, but some scouts questioned Carpenter's competitiveness
21 638 Milwaukee Brewers Lucas Luetge Rice Texas
21 644 New York Mets Jim Fuller Southern Connecticut State Conn.
Fuller went 9-3, 1.39 with 145 strikeouts and 23 walks in 97 innings for Southern Connecticut State as a draft-eligible sophomore this spring. Fuller is undersized at 5-foot-10 and has some effort in his delivery, but he pounds the strike zone with a solid-average 88-91 mph fastball, fringy breaking ball and effective changeup. He profiles as a middle reliever because of his size but could be drafted in the top 10 rounds.
21 646 Philadelphia Phillies Sean Grieve William & Mary Va.
22 655 Kansas City Royals Blaine Hardy Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) Idaho
Lefthander Blaine Hardy throws strikes with a fastball that reaches 90 mph but more frequently sits in the 86-87 range. His breaking balls are short for the lefthanded reliever role and he fits better as a senior sign.
22 662 Houston Astros Terrance Jackson North Central Texas JC Texas
23 683 Tampa Bay Rays Neil Schenk Memphis Tenn.
23 684 Pittsburgh Pirates Austin Wright Conant HS, Hoffman Estates, Ill. Ill.
After pitching in the 2007 Aflac Classic and winning the finale of the World Wood Bat Association Fall Championship, lefthander Austin Wright entered the year as the state's top pitching prospect. But his stock has slipped as his command has deteriorated. While the 6-foot-3, 220-pounder can throw his fastball at 88-93 mph, his delivery is stiff and he leaves his heater up in the zone. He struggled to throw his curveball for strikes as well. Some scouts wonder if he'd fare better in pro ball as a lefty power hitter at first base or an outfield corner. Though he has a scholarship to attend Arkansas, he's not expected to be a tough sign.
23 690 Chicago White Sox Kyle Long St. Anne's-Belfield School, Charlottesville, Va. Va.
Former Oakland Raiders star Howie Long already had a prominent draft pick this year, with son Chris going second overall to the St. Louis Rams. Now younger son Kyle Long is a baseball prospect as a lefthander. He plays with a mentality similar to his father's on the football field. Long is 6-foot-8, 285 pounds and attacks hitters with a low-90s fastball that can reach 95 mph. He's raw and pitches with a max-effort delivery, and his secondary pitches are currently below-average. He's committed to Florida State.
23 692 Houston Astros Chase Huchingson Arkansas-Fort Smith JC Ark.
Freshman Chase Huchingson is a projectable 6-foot-5, 185-pound lefty who can pitch into the low 90s with his fastball, but everything else is a work in progress.
23 693 Texas Rangers Eric Evans Radford Va.
23 694 Oakland Athletics Chris Rusin Kentucky Ky.
Rusin, who has been the Wildcats' No. 1 starter ahead of Green the last two years, is a typical crafty lefty. He works at 87-88 mph with good life on his fastball, and his curveball is a solid second pitch. There's funk in his delivery, but it adds deception without detracting from his command. He also has an outstanding pickoff move, making him tough to run on.
23 695 St. Louis Cardinals Jonny Bravo Azusa Pacific (Calif.) Calif.
23 699 Toronto Blue Jays Chuck Huggins UC Santa Barbara Calif.
Lefty Chuck Huggins should be a solid senior sign, with polish to his three-pitch mix that includes an 86-88 mph fastball, a decent overhand curve and a changeup with occasional fade.
23 707 Colorado Rockies Sam Elam Notre Dame Ind.
Elam's control is even more iffy than Graffy's, and it went away in 2008. In his lone inning of work, Elam walked four and threw four wild pitches. His only other appearance came in an exhibition against low Class A South Bend, during which he beaned a batter. He has good raw stuff for a lefthander, with a low-90s fastball and a hard breaking ball, and he can find the zone when he's working out in the bullpen. A team could get a bargain if it could straighten Elam out.
24 717 San Francisco Giants Wes Musick Houston Texas
It's indicative of the talent in Texas this year that the top college starting pitching prospect has a fringe-average fastball and a medical history that includes Tommy John and knee surgeries. It's also indicative of Musick's pitchability and resolve that he has achieved that status. He developed a tender elbow shortly after arriving at Houston in the fall of 2005, but an MRI came up negative. He blew out the ACL in his knee while playing touch football in the outfield, and a subsequent examination of his elbow revealed a torn ligament there as well. Musick has been the Cougars' best pitcher since returning to the mound in 2007. His fastball parks at 86-90 mph and peaks at 91, but it features nice run and he can locate it to both sides of the plate. His best pitch is a plus changeup, and he has a solid curveball. He's not projectable at 6 feet and 185 pounds, but he's a lefthander who throws strikes and piles up innings. Though he has extra leverage as a redshirt sophomore, he's not considered an especially difficult sign.
24 727 Los Angeles Dodgers Roberto Feliciano Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, Gurabo, P.R. P.R.
24 728 Milwaukee Brewers Brandon Ritchie Grand Rapids (Mich.) CC Mich.
Lefthander Brandon Ritchie re-established himself as the state's top juco prospect after missing 2007 with a knee injury. He needs to do a better job of keeping his 6-foot-5, 240-pound body in shape, but he can touch 92 mph with his fastball and spin a slider. In his final start of the season, he went the distance without allowing an earned run to win a first-round game at the Division II Junior College World Series.
24 736 Philadelphia Phillies Korey Noles Columbus State (Ga.) Ga.
25 743 Tampa Bay Rays Josh Satow Arizona State Ariz.
Senior lefty Josh Satow was never a huge prospect to begin with and had a rough senior season after a dominant 13-3, 2.76 junior year. The 5-foot-9 changeup artist had an ERA close to 5.00 and was not showing the pinpoint control he needs to thrive.
25 751 Washington Nationals Austin Garrett College of Charleston S.C.
25 752 Houston Astros Mike Hacker Cosumnes River (Calif.) CC Calif.
25 754 Oakland Athletics Trey Barham Virginia Military Institute Va.
25 768 Arizona Diamondbacks Josh Spence Central Arizona JC Ariz.
The best player in the state's JCs the last two years, Central Arizona lefthander Josh Spence, isn't expected to be a high pick because of his below-average fastball, which peaks at 86-87 mph. Scouts still love Spence for his tremendous makeup, feel for pitching and quality secondary pitches, which include a 78 mph curveball and Bugs Bunny changeup. Both are plus pitches and he has above-average command. He's won 27 games the last two years and pitched Central Arizona to this year's NJCAA World Series, where he took his second loss of the year. The Australian Spence also has committed to Arizona State, which makes it less likely he'll be drafted high.
25 772 Boston Red Sox Justin Parker Jesuit HS, Carmichael, Calif. Calif.
26 773 Tampa Bay Rays Michael Jarman Oral Roberts Okla.
26 782 Houston Astros Shane Wolf Ithaca (N.Y.) N.Y.
26 798 Arizona Diamondbacks Alex Sogard North Carolina State N.C.
Alex Sogard gives the Wolfpack another draftable lefty, presenting an opposite profile from Surkamp. Like Surkamp, he has a pro body, but he offers more velocity with less pitchability. He also throws a downer curveball with plus life, though he rarely throws it for a strike. Sogard is a draft-eligible sophomore.
26 800 New York Yankees Blake Monar South Spencer HS, Rockport, Ind. Ind.
Few high school pitchers have a better pair of breaking pitches than lefthander Blake Monar does. His 12-to-6 curveball receives the most notoriety, and his slider is a potential out pitch as well. Monar's fastball is less impressive, parking in the mid-80s, and at 6-foot-2 and 185 pounds, he doesn't project to add much velocity. He's committed to Indiana, and he may not be signable if he doesn't go in the first five rounds.
27 813 Texas Rangers Charlie Lowell Winfield (Mo.) HS Mo.
Lowell gave up an earned run in his first inning of the year, then set a state record by not allowing another in his remaining 57 innings. He throws a lot of strikes with his 90-93 mph fastball, but his arm action and breaking ball aren't pretty. He could sign if he goes in the first 10 rounds.
27 815 St. Louis Cardinals George Brown St. John's N.Y.
Lefthander George Brown went 9-0, 2.73 with a 58-9 K-BB ratio in 86 innings this spring, but he gets results with his competitiveness and command more than his stuff. Brown works between 82-88 mph with his fastball and has an above-average changeup with excellent fading action. His curveball is fringy at best but is effective against lefthanded hitters.
27 832 Boston Red Sox Hunter Cervenka Sterling HS, Baytown, Texas Texas $350,000
Sterling lefty Hunter Cervenka throws hard, overpowering hitters with an 89-93 mph fastball and a low-80s slider. The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder also works with a lot more effort and a lot less command than some other pitchers, and Cervenka's reputation as a hothead turns off some scouts. His body may be maxed out already. Cervenka also is a right fielder with a lot of power potential, a strong arm and decent speed. He committed to Texas, but may turn pro or could take a detour to San Jacinto JC.
28 839 Cincinnati Reds Bryce Bandilla Bella Vista HS, Fair Oaks, Calif. Calif.
28 847 Los Angeles Dodgers Jordan Roberts Embry-Riddle (Fla.) Fla.
28 849 Toronto Blue Jays John Anderson Chabot (Calif.) JC Calif.
28 854 New York Mets Jimmy Johnson Biola (Calif.) Calif.
28 861 Cleveland Indians Russell Young Dartmouth N.H.
29 877 Los Angeles Dodgers Jonathan Runnels Rice Texas
29 880 Atlanta Braves Josh Moody Western Nevada CC Nev.
29 887 Colorado Rockies Matt Baugh San Francisco Calif.
30 895 Kansas City Royals Rick Dodridge Ogemaw Heights HS, West Branch, Mich. Mich.
30 896 Baltimore Orioles Jeremy Dobbs Daviess County HS, Owensboro, Ky. Ky.
30 919 Los Angeles Angels Jayson Miller Washington State Wash.
31 923 Tampa Bay Rays Greg Williams Moeller HS, Cincinnati Ohio
Williams has gone from being regarded as the second-best prospect at Moeller High (behind Ross Oltorik) to the likely top prep pick in Ohio. A projectable 6-foot-4, 195-pounder, Williams went from throwing in the low to mid-80s in the past to 87-91 mph this spring. He has an advanced changeup for a high schooler, though his breaking ball will need work. A scholarship from Marshall isn't expected to deter him from turning pro.
31 924 Pittsburgh Pirates Ryan Hinson Clemson S.C.
31 926 Baltimore Orioles Tyler Sexton Western Carolina N.C.
31 931 Washington Nationals Bryan Harper Las Vegas HS Nev.
Cal State Northridge signee Bryan Harper at times showed three average to plus pitches. His fastball sat at 87-89 mph and bumped some 90s while showing plus potential with his slider. He also has feel for a changeup, and at 6-foot-5, 185 pounds, there's room for him to add strength and velocity. He may eventually be known as Bryce Harper's brother, as his freshman sibling may have been the state's top player this year, at age 14.
31 935 St. Louis Cardinals Justin Leith Collier HS, Naples, Fla. Fla.
31 939 Toronto Blue Jays J.R. Robinson New Mexico JC N.M.
31 946 Philadelphia Phillies Spencer Arroyo Modesto (Calif.) JC Calif.
Arroyo has athleticism and a good changeup, with too much projection left on his soft fastball and curve for most scouts' tastes.
31 951 Cleveland Indians Trevor Cousineau Davison (Mich.) HS Mich.
32 961 Washington Nationals Scott Silverstein St. John's HS, Washington, D.C. D.C.
If not for a midseason arm injury, Scott Silverstein likely would have been in the Top 200. After experiencing stiffness in the back of his shoulder, Silverstein was ordered to rest and didn't pitch for most of this season. When healthy, the lefthander pitches in the low 90s with a projectable breaking ball and advanced changeup. Due to the injury, Silverstein will likely be at Virginia next fall.
32 964 Oakland Athletics Ben Hornbeck Kansas State Kan.
32 965 St. Louis Cardinals Sam Freeman Kansas Kan.
32 966 Minnesota Twins Adam Conley Olympia (Wash.) HS Wash.
32 980 New York Yankees Andy Suiter UC Davis Calif.
33 983 Tampa Bay Rays Kyle Hunter Galesburg (Ill.) HS Ill.
33 985 Kansas City Royals Eric Swegman William Penn (Iowa) Ga.
Righthander Eric Swegman is projectable and has been seen in the low 90s, but command problems prevented him from getting on the mound much and hurt his draft stock.
33 988 Florida Marlins Moses Munoz Bossier Parish (La.) CC La.
33 1002 Seattle Mariners Kyle Brown UC Santa Barbara Calif.
33 1007 Colorado Rockies Aaron Gates Orange (Calif.) Lutheran HS Calif.
34 1019 Cincinnati Reds Bryan Gardner Ithaca (N.Y.) N.Y.
34 1039 Los Angeles Angels Drew Taylor North Carolina State N.C.
35 1044 Pittsburgh Pirates Tyler Cox Illinois State Ill.
35 1049 Cincinnati Reds Matt Fairel Florida State Fla. $250,000
35 1051 Washington Nationals Clayton Dill Missouri Baptist Mo.
35 1057 Los Angeles Dodgers Adam Westmoreland Brookland-Cayce HS, Cayce, S.C. S.C.
35 1059 Toronto Blue Jays Hunter Moody Louisiana-Lafayette La.
35 1062 Seattle Mariners Nick Czyz Kansas Kan.
35 1063 Detroit Tigers Dan DeLucia Ohio State Ohio
35 1071 Cleveland Indians Egan Smith JC of Southern Nevada Nev.
36 1077 San Francisco Giants Matt Way Washington State Wash.
Washington State's second draft pick was expected to be lefthander Matt Way, who moved from the bullpen into the rotation late. He was excellent last summer in the West Coast Collegiate League and continued to be a strike thrower with solid-average stuff. He works off a sinking fastball that sits in the upper 80s and a plus changeup that has screwball action. He's got decent size and a clean delivery and might throw harder down the line. His delivery gives him a little deception. His slider is a bit short to stay as a starter, but he's shown a durable arm as a college reliever.
36 1081 Washington Nationals John Lambert Santa Fe (Fla.) CC Fla.
36 1086 Minnesota Twins Miers Quigley Alabama Ala.
At 6-foot-5, 220 pounds, Quigley has a pitcher's body and throws his fastball between 89-91 mph. His curveball is average and changeup has improved this season. After being a highly touted draft prospect out of high school, Quigley struggled with command and pitchability in his first two seasons at Alabama, but this year has shown signs of putting it all together.
36 1088 Milwaukee Brewers Evan Bronson Trinity (Texas) Texas
36 1100 New York Yankees Chris Dwyer Salisbury (Conn.) School Conn.
Anthony Hewitt isn't the only intriguing talent at the Salisbury School. Six-foot-3 lefthander Chris Dwyer is an impressive athlete who also starred as a quarterback for the Crimson Knights, but his baseball prowess earned him a scholarship to Clemson. Dwyer ran his fastball up to 92-93 mph early this season on a trip to Florida, but he worked in the 88-90 range most of the year without much life. He flashes an average breaking ball but lacks consistency with the pitch. Dwyer is already 20 and will be a draft-eligible freshman at Clemson, and most scouts consider him nearly unsignable this June.
36 1102 Boston Red Sox Richie Wasielewski Brunswick (Ga.) HS Ga. $135,000
37 1108 Florida Marlins Drew Clothier Army N.Y.
37 1111 Washington Nationals Casey Selsor Reagan HS, San Antonio Texas
37 1112 Houston Astros Kirkland Rivers Texas A&M Texas
37 1115 St. Louis Cardinals Danny Jimenez St. Charles (Ill.) North HS Ill.
Lefthander Danny Jimenez has emerged as the second-best high school pitching prospect in Illinois. The 6-foot-4, 205-pounder threw 88-89 mph as a sophomore before dipping to 83-85 as a junior. He was back up to the high 80s this spring thanks to improved conditioning, which can be partially attributed to playing for the St. Charles North basketball team. Jimenez shows good command of four pitches, though none of his secondary offerings is particularly impressive. He's considered signable and will play at Logan (Ill.) CC if he doesn't turn pro.
37 1122 Seattle Mariners Brandon Pullen San Diego State Calif.
37 1124 New York Mets Tim Erickson Lamar Texas
37 1125 San Diego Padres Matt Means Sonoma State (Calif.) Calif.
37 1131 Cleveland Indians Chad Bell Walters State (Tenn.) CC Tenn.
Chad Bell is the top juco lefthander in the state and at 6-foot-2, 180 pounds was the Senators' best pitcher this season. A 25th-round pick by the Brewers last year, Bell pitches in the upper 80s and has improved both his velocity and his feel for pitching every year since high school.
38 1142 Houston Astros Kris Castellanos Newsome HS, Lithia, Fla. Fla.
38 1146 Minnesota Twins Alex Mendez Bishop Moore HS, Orlando Fla.
38 1154 New York Mets Chris Hilliard Itawamba (Miss.) CC Miss.
38 1155 San Diego Padres Zach Herr Nebraska Neb.
39 1170 Chicago White Sox Rusty Shellhorn Central Valley HS, Spokane Valley, Wash. Wash.
Rusty Shellhorn is just 5-foot-10, 165 pounds but had a record-setting spring. He has an outstanding curveball and mid-80s fastball that helped make him the state's player of the year. He struck out 21 in one game and had 125 strikeouts in fewer than 60 innings on the season.
39 1183 Detroit Tigers Chris Gloor Quinnipiac Conn.
Gloor dominated the Coastal Plain League last summer, topping out at 93 with his fastball and ranking as the league's top prospect. But he's been one of the Northeast's most notable disappointments this spring, with an 83-87 mph fastball that topped out at 88. He flashes a late, tight breaking ball at times but struggles to command it. He has feel for a changeup but can't throw any of his pitches for strikes consistently. He has an unathletic 6-foot-6, 255-pound frame and a max-effort delivery. He gets over to his front side too quickly, causing his arm to drag and his slot to vary. With better conditioning and mechanical adjustments, Gloor could be intriguing, but he'll be lucky to be drafted in the top 10 rounds.
39 1187 Colorado Rockies Kyle Ottoson Eaton (Colo.) HS Colo.
39 1188 Arizona Diamondbacks Kyle Godfrey Wabash Valley (Ill.) CC Ill.
40 1204 Oakland Athletics Jeff Dennis SUNY Binghamton N.Y.
Projectable 6-foot-6 lefthanders are hard to find, so Binghamton's Jeff Dennis should be drafted in the top 15 rounds despite fringy stuff. Dennis didn't miss a ton of bats for the Bearcats this spring, going 4-5, 3.97 with 62 strikeouts and 27 walks in 82 innings. He has some deception and pitches from a good downhill angle, but his fastball sat in the mid-80s most of the spring after reaching 89 in the fall. His curveball and changeup are works in progress. Dennis has an awkward delivery, but scouts are intrigued by his loose arm and good pitcher's frame.
40 1208 Milwaukee Brewers Nicholas Fogarty Thornlea SS, Thornhill, Ontario Ontario
40 1218 Arizona Diamondbacks Taylor Wall Westside HS, Houston Texas
40 1222 Boston Red Sox Sam Stafford Klein Collins HS, Spring, Texas Texas
Klein Collins lefthander Sam Stafford bounced back from elbow tendinitis early in the season to throw 86-87 mph with an easy arm action. He can gain velocity as he adds strength to his 6-foot-2, 175-pound frame, and he throws strikes with his fastball, curveball and changeup.
41 1229 Cincinnati Reds Justin Walker Lamar Texas
41 1231 Washington Nationals Mike Rayl Palm Beach (Fla.) CC Fla.
41 1233 Texas Rangers Brian Feekin Iowa Western CC Iowa
The best prospect on Iowa Western, which qualified for the last two Juco World Series, is Brian Feekin. Feekin, who redshirted at Nebraska in 2007, is also a work in progress. A 6-foot-6, 225-pound lefty who can run his fastball up to 93 mph, he'd be a perfect target if the draft-and-follow process still existed.
41 1235 St. Louis Cardinals Kevin Siegrist Palm Beach (Fla.) CC Fla.
41 1239 Toronto Blue Jays Kyle Petter West HS, Torrance, Calif. Calif.
Petter's build and stuff are reminiscent of Rob Rasmussen, selected by the Dodgers in the 2007 draft and currently pitching at UCLA. High strung and energetic, Petter is an aggressive pitcher who challenges hitters with an 87-89 mph fastball that reaches 92 in relief outings. Roughly 90 percent of his pitches are fastballs, but he will mix in the occasional curve and change. Both need to be improved and developed. Petters frantic pace and unrefined mechanics cause his command to suffer, but he displays a terrific ability to battle his way out of jams. As a starter he runs up high pitch counts as well as high strikeout totals. However, his personality may be better suited to short relief work. In a recent closer stint he blew away all three hitters, and showed velocity and command he rarely displays as a starter. Petter has committed to Cal State Fullerton, another impressive improvement after he had been academically ineligible as a sophomore.
42 1260 Chicago White Sox Steve Sabatino Lockport (Ill.) Township HS Ill.
42 1266 Minnesota Twins Riley Boening Texas Texas
42 1270 Atlanta Braves Stephen Foster Bellevue (Wash.) CC Wash.
Foster is a lefthander with arm strength. He's behind in his development and has room for projection with a clean, loose arm. He's also not expected to play Division I baseball, and he sat out last season due to academic issues. His fastball velocity fluctuated all spring, and at his best he sat in the 88-90 mph range. His fastball has natural life and was a swing-and-miss pitch this spring, and his breaking ball showed sharp break at times. Command was a significant issue for him all spring, as he walked 46 in 58 innings yet also gave up just 24 hits while striking out 62.
42 1280 New York Yankees Clint Preisendorfer San Diego Christian Calif.
43 1283 Tampa Bay Rays Robbie Ross Saddleback (Calif.) CC Calif.
43 1294 Oakland Athletics Nick Maronde Lexington (Ky.) Catholic HS Ky.
Maronde is very similar to crosstown rival Robbie Ross in that both have exceptional polish for high school lefthanders. The difference is that while Maronde has a more conventional pitcher's build at 6-foot-3 and 195 pounds, he can't quite match Ross' sheer stuff. Maronde isn't just a finesse guy, however. He pitches from 88-92 mph with his fastball, and his slider is good at times but still inconsistent. His changeup is advanced for his experience level, and he pounds the bottom of the strike zone with little difficulty. Maronde won 32 of his first 34 high school decisions, losing only a one-hitter and a duel with Ross, and was the U.S. junior national team's best pitcher last summer, going 2-0 and not allowing an earned run in nine innings. Teams would be very interested in Maronde if they thought he'd sign for second- or third-round money, but that appears unlikely. He's advised by the Scott Boras Corporation and has a scholarship to play at Florida.
43 1296 Minnesota Twins Jeff Pickering Nitro (W.Va.) HS W.Va.
43 1299 Toronto Blue Jays Tyler Ybarra Wellington (Kan.) HS Kan.
43 1309 Los Angeles Angels Kevin Ferguson Tampa Fla.
43 1312 Boston Red Sox John Killen Blue Valley HS, Stilwell, Kan. Kan.
44 1314 Pittsburgh Pirates Mike Williams Mount Olive (N.C.) JC N.C.
44 1323 Texas Rangers Alex Pepe Florida Atlantic Fla.
44 1327 Los Angeles Dodgers Matt Reed West Stanly HS, Oakboro, N.C. N.C.
44 1334 New York Mets Jean-Francois Ricard Ahuntsic (Quebec) JC Quebec
44 1341 Boston Red Sox Ben Whitmore Fresno (Calif.) CC Calif.
Whitmore showed a fastball reaching 91-92 mph last summer in the California Collegiate League. He transferred from NAIA Fresno Pacific to Fresno CC to take advantage of his rising draft stock but rarely touched the 90s this spring. He sat more in the 85-88 mph range, with a solid-average 12-to-6 curveball and straight changeup. He works to both sides of the plate, probably his greatest strength besides being lefthanded.
45 1348 Cincinnati Reds Brendan Lobban St. Joseph Regional HS, Montvale, N.J. N.J.
45 1351 Houston Astros Grayson Garvin Wesleyan School, Norcross, Ga. Ga.
Grayson Garvin is a projectable lefthander whose fastball has been seen in the 90s, but his velocity has been inconsistent as he also been gunned in the mid-80s. At 6-foot-5, 180 pounds, Garvin has room to grow and could be throwing in the low 90s in a few years as he has a clean arm action. He throws a curveball with plus projection but leans on it too much. He also offers a changeup and has command of all three pitches. Garvin is committed to Vanderbilt.
45 1359 Chicago Cubs Ashton Florko British Columbia British Columbia
45 1361 Detroit Tigers Edward Linseman Our Lady of Lourdes HS, Guelph, Ontario Ontario
46 1370 Tampa Bay Rays Jeff Lease American River (Calif.) JC Calif.
46 1373 Baltimore Orioles Mike Mudron King HS, Riverside, Calif. Calif.
46 1375 Florida Marlins Casey Fry Los Angeles Pierce JC Calif.
46 1379 Houston Astros Mike Modica George Mason Va.
46 1390 Philadelphia Phillies Giovanni Soto Advanced Central College HS, Carolina, P.R. P.R.
47 1397 Tampa Bay Rays Chris Matulis Park Vista HS, Lake Worth, Fla. Fla.
47 1399 Kansas City Royals Steve Gilgenbach Arkansas-Little Rock Ark.
Steve Gilgenbach lacks consistency, but he's a 6-foot-3, 220-pound lefty who pitches at 90-92 mph on his best days. He's still fine-tuning his delivery, his command and his slurvy slider.
47 1400 Baltimore Orioles Jared Eskew Cal Poly Calif.
47 1402 Florida Marlins Jeff Urlaub Nevada-Las Vegas Nev.
47 1403 Cincinnati Reds David Torcise South Florida Fla.
47 1405 Washington Nationals Anthony Coletti South Broward HS, Hollywood, Fla. Fla.
47 1417 Philadelphia Phillies Nate Fike Potomac State (W.Va.) JC W.Va.
49 1465 Milwaukee Brewers Dan Meadows Temple (Texas) JC Texas
50 1490 St. Louis Cardinals Danny Miranda Killian HS, Miami Fla.
50 1491 Minnesota Twins Tyler Anderson Spring Valley HS, Las Vegas Nev.
50 1492 Milwaukee Brewers Sean Nolin Seaford (N.Y.) HS N.Y.
50 1495 Seattle Mariners Walker Kelly Arlington Heights HS, Fort Worth, Texas Texas
50 1499 Colorado Rockies Josh Hungerman Cleveland State Ohio
50 1502 New York Yankees Nik Turley Harvard-Westlake School, North Hollywood, Calif. Calif. $125,000