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Round Overall Team Player School State Bonus
1 9 Washington Nationals Aaron Crow Missouri Mo.
In three years, Crow has gone from an undrafted high school senior to the best righthander in the 2008 draft, thanks largely to the best fastball package available. Other pitchers may throw harder, but no one can match the combination of Crow's velocity (92-96 mph with a peak of 98), hard sink, command and ability to maintain his fastball. He also has a plus slider, though he tends to rely on it too much. His changeup can become a solid third pitch, but he has had little use for it in college. He has control and command, keeping the ball down and throwing strikes to both sides of the plate. If there's a quibble, it's Crow's delivery, which has some effort but is cleaner than it was coming out of high school. Some teams wonder if his mechanics and size (generously listed at 6-foot-3 and 195 pounds) might make him more of a closer than a frontline starter. Crow led the Cape Cod League with a 0.67 ERA last summer and was the No. 1 prospect in the league. He threw 43 consecutive scoreless innings early this spring, and was tied for the D-I lead with 11 wins. He wasn't as sharp after the streak and was pulled from a start with back spasms, but he solidified his place at the top of the first round.
1 15 Los Angeles Dodgers Ethan Martin Stephens County HS, Toccoa, Ga. Ga. $1,730,000
Before the season, Martin was thought of as a power-hitting third baseman with a good arm. His performance on the mound this spring has led to teams being split on whether he will be a pitcher or a position player in the pros. Playing his summer ball in the talent-rich East Cobb program in suburban Atlanta, Martin was selected as an Aflac All-American in the fall. He was a standout quarterback in high school, but is committed to play baseball only at Clemson. In the field, Martin is a plus defender with a plus arm and athleticism. His best tool, though, is his raw power and strength. On the mound, Martin offers a fastball in the mid-90s and an above-average breaking ball with slurve action. His changeup is also advanced for a high school pitcher and can be a plus pitch. Where in the past he may have been labeled a thrower, Martin has shown pitchability throughout the spring. Scouts love the way Martin plays the game, with a country strong swing and dirtbag mentality. They also love his versatility. The team that drafts Martin will be have a tough decision to make on his long-term future, because he offers the versatility and talent to reach the big leagues either way.
1 19 Chicago Cubs Andrew Cashner Texas Christian Texas $1,540,000
For a while, it appeared that the state of Texas might get shut out of the draft's first round for the first time since 1977. That's unlikely to happen now, thanks to Cashner, the hottest pitching prospect to come out of Angelina (Texas) JC since Clay Buchholz. Cashner turned down opportunities last year to sign with the Rockies (as a draft-and-follow) and the Cubs (as a 29th-rounder), opting instead to transfer to Texas Christian. A starter at Angelina, Cashner has excelled as a reliever for the Horned Frogs. No college pitcher in this draft can match his consistent 96-98 mph velocity, the product of outstanding whip in his 6-foot-6, 180-pound frame, and overmatched opponents have hit just .104 against him. Cashner has armside run on his fastball, and he backs it up with an 84-85 mph slider that can be electric. The slider is much better than the mediocre curveball he threw in the past, though it's not always consistent. Neither is his command, which may prevent him from becoming an effective starter, but some clubs are interested in returning him to that role in pro ball. A team in love with radar-gun readings could take Cashner as high as the middle of the first round.
1 20 Seattle Mariners Josh Fields Georgia Ga. $1,750,000
Following his sophomore year at Georgia, Fields shined in the Cape Cod League, apparently setting him up for a high draft selection in 2007. However, command of his mid-90s fastball and low-80s breaking ball was too inconsistent during his junior season, scaring teams away. The Braves drafted him in the second round, but Fields opted not to sign and returned to Georgia for his senior season. When he returned to Athens, so did his command, and he is now considered the top closer in the country. He holds the Bulldogs' record for career saves and had struck out close to two batters per inning this season. His fastball still sits in the mid-90s, peaking at 98, and his hard downer curveball comes in between 81-83 mph. Scouts are still wary of command issues because his delivery is upright and has some effort. When he misses, it's up in the zone due to not being able to get over the rubber and finish his pitches. Also a concern is durability because of his slight build. When he's on, though, Fields has present major league stuff and the potential to be the first pitcher from this draft to reach the major leagues.
1 21 Detroit Tigers Ryan Perry Arizona Ariz. $1,480,000
Arizona coaches started getting excited about Perry last spring, when his velocity jumped into the mid-90s, but they had to wait on him after Perry was injured in a motorcycle accident, falling onto his left (non-throwing) arm and breaking a bone. He recovered in time to take the Cape Cod League by storm, pushing his fastball up to 98 mph in the league all-star game and sitting at 94-96 as a starter with a loose arm action. He started his junior season high on draft boards and in Arizona's rotation but got lit up early as a starter. Scouts say Perry's fastball, while a plus-plus pitch for to its velocity, lacks deception and hitters sit on it, especially when he's starting and struggles to locate his offspeed stuff. When he's going well, he adds a second plus pitch in a slider that one scout compared to that of Phillies closer Brad Lidge. Perry's changeup shows enough potential to make scouts consider him as a starter, but he's been much more effective out of the bullpen. His fastball lacks life and needs the extra velocity he gets out of the bullpen. He's still expected to go in the first round, and most clubs figure to give him a chance to start because his arm is so good.
1 27 Minnesota Twins Carlos Gutierrez Miami Fla. $1,290,000
A casualty to Tommy John surgery, Gutierrez redshirted at Miami last season. He is back to form this season, and is considered the top closer in the ACC. Pitching for one of the top-ranked college teams in the country, Gutierrez has gotten plenty of chances to show off his low-90s fastball. The pitch has late life with heavy sink and Gutierrez commands it well, down in the zone, causing hitters to swing over the top of it. He throws a slider on occasion but it currently can't be considered average and he does have an arm recoil that follows his delivery--both of which raise red flags. However, upon developing and refinement of a second pitch, Gutierrez could be a fast mover as his sinker is a current major league plus pitch. Gutierrez is one of many quality college closers in this year's draft. He was not drafted out of high school as he began playing baseball just before his senior year.
1 28 New York Yankees Gerrit Cole Orange (Calif.) Lutheran HS Calif.
Cole is the best righthander out of Southern California since Phil Hughes starred at Santa Ana's Foothills High in 2004. Cole's four-seam fastball ranges from 93-96 mph, occasionally peaking at 97-98. He adds a hard, late-breaking curve which shows bite, tilt and depth. Cole used his changeup sparingly early in the season, though he used it more later. Adding to Cole's considerable appeal to scouts is his tall, lanky and projectable frame, which is nearly ideal for a prep righthander. Scouts are split over whether Cole profiles as a starter or closer. He maintains velocity and pitch movement deep into games, but his inconsistent command and tendency to run up high pitch counts may move him to the bullpen. Some scouts have compared him to Mariners closer J.J. Putz. Cole does bring mechanical concerns. He lands on a stiff front leg, and he recoils his arm during his follow-through. Both hurt control and raise injury concerns. Complicating the situation, Cole's adviser is the Scott Boras Corp., which may eliminate many clubs from consideration. Cole also hasn't endeared himself to scouts or teammates with what one scout described as his immature mound demeanor.
1 30 Boston Red Sox Casey Kelly Sarasota (Fla.) HS Fla. $3,000,000
A tremendous athlete with professional bloodlines, Kelly is committed to play quarterback and shortstop at Tennessee. He is the son of Pat Kelly, who played briefly in the big leagues in 1980 and is a longtime minor league manager, and he is fundamentally sound on the baseball field. His defensive actions are advanced and he has the hands and arm strength to stay at shortstop now. However, as he develops, Kelly may outgrow the position, leading to a move to third base. At the plate, Kelly is somewhat raw and his production is still a projection for scouts. He has raw power due to his size and will need to improve his ability to make consistent contact. While he prefers playing shortstop, many scouts like his repertoire on the mound as much, if not better, than his skills as a position player. With a fastball that sits in the low to mid-90s and one of the nation's best hammer curveballs, Kelly is a safe pick in that if he doesn't pan out in the field, he could be successful on the mound. However, with his commitment to Tennessee and his desire to play shortstop, signability could become an issue.
1s 31 Minnesota Twins Shooter Hunt Tulane La. $1,080,000
Hunt has been impossible to hit all spring for Tulane in trying to lead the Green Wave back to regionals, limiting opponents to a .144 average while averaging 12.2 strikeouts per nine innings through 12 starts. Batters just can't put the barrel on his lively fastball, which sits at 91-92 mph and tops out at 94, or his hard breaking ball, which features curveball break and slider velocity. A full-time catcher until his junior year in high school, Hunt still is learning the nuances of pitching. He nibbles at the corners and often pitches away from contact rather than attacking hitters. As a result, he had allowed more walks (42) than hits (38) this spring. A sturdy 6-foot-3, 200-pounder, Hunt should be more than capable of handling the demands of starting in pro ball. His biggest adjustment will be learning to trust his stuff so he can keep his pitch counts down. He flashes a plus changeup in the bullpen, though he doesn't use it much in games. He led the Cape Cod League in strikeouts after his freshman season, which he spent at Virginia. Hunt could go as high as No. 7 to the Reds, but more likely fits in the middle of the first round.
1s 32 Milwaukee Brewers Jake Odorizzi Highland (Ill.) HS Ill. $1,060,000
Scouts have flocked to see Odorizzi this spring, and some teams have rated the athletic righthander as the top high school pitcher in the draft. After pitching at 90-91 mph last summer, he has kicked his fastball up to 91-93 mph with consistent armside run this spring. A half-dozen scouting directors witnessed a May start in which he sat at 92-93 mph in the late innings. Odorizzi operates with a clean delivery that he repeats well, and the ball comes out of his hand so easily that his fastball appears even quicker. The teams that believe in him like his slider, while others think it needs more refinement. An outstanding athlete at 6-foot-3 and 180 pounds, Odorizzi is also a star shortstop with speed and power, but his future is definitely on the mound. He also excels in football as an all-conference wide receiver, though he missed part of his senior season after spraining a knee ligament. That's the only ding on his medical record, and it's not a concern. It's anticipated that he'll forego a Louisville scholarship once he's drafted somewhere between the mid-first and second rounds.
1s 33 New York Mets Brad Holt UNC Wilmington N.C. $1,040,000
Holt emerged this spring as the ace of a surging Seahawks baseball team. His fastball has improved since arriving in Wilmington and now sits between 92-94 mph, touching 96. Not only does he have a big arm, but he is able to maintain his velocity deep into games. However, the major difference between this year's Holt from the past is his vastly improved command. Holt at 6-foot-4, 195 pounds, has a perfect pro body with a clean delivery and a first-round arm. He is coordinated and athletic on the mound, attacking hitters with his fastball. The only thing holding him back is the lack of a usable secondary pitch. He offers a slider with loose spin and tends to slow his body and arm down when throwing it. Even though his secondary stuff is in need of refinement, teams will not walk away from the pro body, strong arm and life on the fastball.
1s 38 Houston Astros Jordan Lyles Hartsville (S.C.) HS S.C. $930,000
Lyles leads the South Carolina high school ranks. Blessed with a clean and easy delivery, Lyles offers a fastball in the upper 80s and can break 90 mph on occasion. He also has room in his 6-foot-4 frame to add strength and velocity. Lyles also throws a curveball and changeup and can command all three pitches. A three-sport star in high school, Lyles is athletic on the mound. He is committed to South Carolina.
1s 39 St. Louis Cardinals Lance Lynn Mississippi Miss. $938,000
Lynn is somewhat the opposite of his Ole Miss teammate Cody Satterwhite. At 6-foot-5 and 250 pounds, Lynn is described as a big-bodied and durable starter who consistently produces quality starts game in and game out. None of the pitches in his repertoire are overwhelming, but he possesses three average to fringe-average offerings. His fastball is typically between 90-92 mph, and his slider comes in around 81 mph. He also throws a curveball and changeup, both of which are fringe-average at best. Lynn mixes all four pitches with command and pitchability, making him a safe bet to be a fourth or fifth starter and an innings-eater in the major leagues within a few years. Lynn was drafted by the Mariners in the sixth round of the 2005 draft and should improve on that this year. Lynn pitched for the U.S. National Team last summer, striking out 26 batters in 25 innings and compiling a 2-1,1.80 mark in four starts. While never stellar, scouts are impressed with his undeniable track record of success.
1s 45 Boston Red Sox Bryan Price Rice Texas $849,000
Along with Andrew Cashner and Zach Stewart, Price is one of three Texas college relievers who looks like a first-rounder on his best days. Though he had a durable 6-foot-4, 200-pound frame and a promising fastball, Price worked just 17 innings over his first two years at Rice because he lacked secondary pitches, command and mound presence. He started to make strides at the end of his sophomore season, and this spring he has consistently shown a 90-95 fastball with sink. His hard slider has topped out at 87 mph, though it has devolved into more of a slurve at times. His control still needs work but has improved. He has an intriguing changeup but doesn't trust it enough to use it much in games. Some teams are interested in trying Price as a starter, and he was lights out for five innings against Texas State in his one start this year. However, he walked three of the four batters he faced in his next appearance, a relief outing five days later. His lack of a track record is a concern, though he'll probably go in the sandwich to second round.
2 48 Pittsburgh Pirates Tanner Scheppers Fresno State Calif.
An unsigned pick of the Orioles in 2005 (29th round), Scheppers struggled in his first two years at Fresno State, but showed significant improvement near the end of his sophomore season and has built on that as a consistent starter for the Bulldogs, getting the first chink in his armor in May when he missed a start with a tender shoulder. That came after Scheppers relieved on Friday (touching 99 mph) and then started on Sunday in the same series. Since then he's been diagnosed with a stress fracture in his pitching shoulder. Before the injury, Scheppers' lanky build and spindly legs draw comparisons to former big leaguer Rick Rhoden, and he holds his fastball velocity like a frontline starter, sitting at 92-96 mph at his best with good movement and command. In the past, Scheppers had difficulty commanding his curveball, which has evolved into a power 74-78 mph offering. Generally solid mechanically and athletic, Scheppers will rush his delivery occasionally and fight his command, becoming wild high. With his workable mechanics and terrific stuff, Scheppers has the stuff to be a top of the rotation starter, but it all now depends on his recovery from the stress fracture. He's now the wild card of the 2008 draft.
2 53 Milwaukee Brewers Seth Lintz Highland HS, Gilbert, Ariz. Tenn. $900,000
Lintz sprouted to 6-foot-2 after a senior year growth spurt of close to three inches, and his fastball increased from the mid-80s to low-90s. His draft stock has jumped as well. He has been seen up to 94 mph and also possesses a power slider. Coming at hitters from a three-quarters arm slot, Lintz offers a fastball with late arm-side tail and sink. He is projectable and still growing into his strong-framed body. Command issues are a concern with Lintz, but that could be due to his getting acclimated with his new height and arm slot. A good student, graduating second in his high school class, Lintz is committed to Kentucky. He is now considered the second-best high school pitcher in Tennessee behind Sonny Gray but could be the first of the two drafted, due in part to Gray's injury. Lintz is projected as a starter in the big leagues and is thought to have good makeup.
2 58 Oakland Athletics Tyson Ross California Calif. $694,000
Yet another NorCal Baseball alum, Ross stepped into California's weekend rotation as a freshman and has filled the Friday role for two years. He also pitched well for Team USA last summer and was the team's most consistent pitcher. His velocity was down during the summer in the mid-to-upper 80s, and has been erratic again this spring. He was at his best against Stanford in a May victory, touching 96 mph and sitting in the low 90s. Moreover, Ross worked off his fastball and used his changeup effectively against the Cardinal in a start that may convince teams to leave him as a starter. His best pitch is a plus slider thrown in the low-80s with short, hard break. At times it has two-plane break, and it's such a good pitch and he locates it so well that at times he throws it far too often, working off the slider instead of his fastball. The biggest question on Ross is his mechanics. His stride is exceptionally short for a pitcher his size (6-foot-5, 220 pounds), leading to stress on his arm and a lack of extension to finish off pitches down in the zone. Also, his arm action is short in the back, and it may be difficult to "fix" all those issues. Some scouts believe that would do more harm than good, though, and would send him to the bullpen as a pro to use that slider as a weapon.
2 61 Los Angeles Dodgers Josh Lindblom Purdue Ind. $663,000
The highest-drafted player from 2005 who still has yet to turn pro, Lindblom turned down $300,000 as a third-round pick of the Astros. After spending one year at Tennessee and two at Purdue, he'll likely go one round higher this June. Lindblom scuffled as a starter before the Boilermakers made him a reliever late in the season. Now that he no longer has to pace himself, Lindblom throws at 94-95 mph with heavy life as he goes full bore for one or two innings. His hard curveball has improved, and he has quickened his delivery as well. He also mixes in an occasional splitter. Lindblom throws strikes but works out of a higher arm slot, making his pitches easier to see and more hittable than they seemingly should be. He has a resilient arm and workhorse build at 6-foot-5 and 240 pounds, but his stuff has been so much more electric out of the pen, suggesting that is his best role as a pro.
2 62 Milwaukee Brewers Cody Adams Southern Illinois Ill. $653,000
Adams hasn't been as good or as consistent as he was in 2007, when he won 11 games as a sophomore, but he has showed arm strength every time out, which will get him drafted somewhere from the third to fifth round. He operates in the low 90s, tops out at 96 and will show some 93s and 94s in the late innings. He throws strikes easily, but he hasn't been more dominant because his mechanics have been off. Six-foot-2 and 180 pounds, he overstrides and pitches uphill, flattening out his pitches and leaving them up in the strike zone. His slider hasn't been very effective, leaving his changeup as his most reliable No. 2 option. Whoever signs him will try to get him to stay on top of his pitches and stride more directly to the plate. He may move to the bullpen, where he could show even more velocity.
2 65 Chicago Cubs Aaron Shafer Wichita State Kan. $625,000
Shafer had established himself as one of the premier pitching prospects for the 2008 draft midway through the 2007 season. Then he strained his elbow, which didn't require surgery but sidelined him for a month. His fastball hasn't been the same since. Shafer used to work from 91-94 mph with his fastball and now ranges from 88-91 mph. The diminished velocity hasn't made him less effective, however. His effortless delivery allows his heater to get on hitters quickly, and it enables him to live in the bottom of the strike zone. He has above-average command of his fastball, 12-to-6 curveball and changeup. Shafer has a solid 6-foot-4, 205-pound frame and his arm has been healthy since tweaking his elbow. He's no longer a candidate for the first round, but he could go in the second or third.
2 67 Detroit Tigers Cody Satterwhite Mississippi Miss. $606,000
Satterwhite has been a confusing prospect for scouts since his high school days in Jackson, Miss. Blessed with a first-round arm and electric stuff, Satterwhite has made a reputation for being a projectable righthander with at least three above-average pitches but with inconsistent command and lacking pitchability. At 6-foot-4, and 205 pounds, Satterwhite has the ideal pitcher's body. As a starter, his fastball stays between 90-93 mph, but as a reliever he consistently throws between 95-98. He has done both for Ole Miss since opting not to sign with the Indians after being drafted in the 37th round of the 2005 draft. After pitching primarily as a reliever in his sophomore season, Satterwhite was selected to the U.S. National Team. This season, the Rebels put Satterwhite back in the starting rotation where he has not been as successful. Scouts believe Satterwhite will eventually end up back in the bullpen once he reaches the pros. To complement his fastball, Satterwhite offers a curveball, changeup and hard slider. He has the ability to flash all three as plus pitches but with little consistency. Due to his delivery, Satterwhite has a tendency to leave pitches up in the zone causing his fastball to become hittable and his breaking balls to flatten out. Satterwhite is lightning in a bottle as if he ever figures out how to harness his natural ability and he could quickly be an impact pitcher in the big leagues.
2 70 Atlanta Braves Zeke Spruill Kell HS, Marietta, Ga. Ga. $600,000
Another Georgia native with the benefit of displaying his skills in the East Cobb League, Spruill impressed scouts last summer and has continued the trend this spring. Spruill has a fluid delivery that is clean and repeatable. He has been up to 93 mph and pitches at 91-92. His fastball has life with sink and is a plus pitch. Commanding all three pitches, Spruill also throws a curveball with slurvy action and a changeup. At 6-foot-4 and 184 pounds, Spruill has a pitcher's body with athleticism and projection. Scouts feel he could pitch closer to 93-94 by the time he reaches the big leagues. A Georgia commit, Spruill is known as a competitor and a winner with plus makeup. Spruill, along with Martin, has separated himself as one of the top two high school pitching prospects in Georgia.
2 71 Philadelphia Phillies Jason Knapp North Hunterdon HS, Annandale, N.J. N.J. $590,000
There is no scouting consensus on righthander Jason Knapp. Some scouts believe he's the top prospect in the Garden State, destined to throw 100 mph in the big leagues, while other scouts see nothing more than arm strength--and one even called him "the most overrated guy in New Jersey." Late in the spring, Knapp was pitching at 94-96 mph in short relief outings, and he could add velocity thanks to his loose arm and projectable 6-foot-5 frame, which started to shed some baby fat this spring. But the rest of Knapp's stuff needs work, as so does his delivery. He tries to throw a three-quarters curveball from a lower arm slot that might be better suited for a slider, but the pitch shows decent depth from time to time. His changeup is also a work in progress but has good arm speed and fade. Knapp has fundamental flaws in his delivery, yet for all that, he could go in the top three rounds--or even rocket into the first round--if a club falls in love with his upside. Like Quinton Miller, he's committed to North Carolina but is considered an easier sign.
2 73 Arizona Diamondbacks Bryan Shaw Long Beach State Calif. $553,000
Long Beach State righted itself after a rough midseason patch, and Shaw had been key to the turnaround as the team's power closer. He's from Livermore, Calif., which seems to churn out hard throwers. It's the hometown of Randy Johnson and Giants reliever Erick Threets. While both of those hard-throwing lefties have touched 100 mph in their careers, Shaw touches 95-96 mph and sits in the 92-94 range. His slider can be a real power breaking ball when he's going well, sitting in the low to mid-80s. While he's just 6-foot-1, he does a good job of missing down and keeping the ball in the ballpark. Shaw also has excellent control for a power pitcher. His stuff might be short to be a big league closer, but he should move quickly into a setup role.
2 74 Los Angeles Angels Tyler Chatwood Redlands (Calif.) East Valley HS Calif. $547,000
Many scouts balk at Chatwood's shorter (5-foot-11), mature and non-projectable frame. His arm and tools, however, are hard to dismiss. Most scouts prefer him as a pitcher, and it's easy to see why. Chatwood's fastball sits in the 90-93 mph range, peaking at 94-95. He'll need to develop his 82 mph change, but Chatwood's curve is already a plus pitch, a 72-74 mph multi-plane kneebuckler that is easily his best offering. Many scouts see Chatwood as a somewhat smaller version of Roy Oswalt. In the past, Chatwood has dabbled in the infield, but his hands don't work well there. As an outfielder, he has a well-above-average arm and impressive 6.7 speed. Inconsistent at bat throughout the summer and fall showcase and scout ball season, Chatwood has now developed into a terror at the plate, showing both hitting ability and provocative power. If he makes it to UCLA, where he's committed, he should be a true two-way threat.
2 75 New York Yankees Scott Bittle Mississippi Miss.
Taken by the Yankees in the 48th round of last year's draft, Bittle elected not to sign and transferred to Ole Miss this season from Northwest Texas CC. He was thrown into the closer's role for the Rebels and has dominated SEC hitters all season, putting up Nintendo type numbers. He has tallied an almost 5 to 1 K/BB ratio, striking out close to two batters per inning pitched. Uncharacteristic for a closer, Bittle's fastball is just an average pitch, with velocity between the 88-91 mph range. However, Bittle pitches mainly off his cut fastball--a devastating late breaking pitch in the mid-80s that has two-plane movement similar to a slider. Bittle is able to command this pitch down in the zone and creates a ton of swings and misses by starting it just above the knees and having it drop just below the strike-zone. He also effectively mixes in a changeup, freezing unsuspecting hitters. At 6-foot-1, 212 pounds, and without an above-average fastball, Bittle does not fit the typical closer's profile in the major leagues. He will most likely be a long relief or setup man in the pros. Once signed, he should move quickly as his command and stuff are close to major league ready.
2 76 Cleveland Indians Trey Haley Central Heights HS, Nacogdoches, Texas Texas $1,250,000
Earlier in the spring, Haley had a chance to be the first pitcher drafted out of Texas. He generated buzz by touching 95 mph with projection remaining in his 6-foot-4, 190-pound frame. He couldn't sustain that velocity when crosscheckers and scouting directors came in to see him, usually pitching at 91-92 mph in the first inning before sitting at 88-89 mph. He tends to overthrow, putting a lot of effort and a head jerk into his delivery when he does. He flashes a promising curveball and a changeup, but he's not consistent. He struggles to repeat his mechanics, which affects his control and command. Like many of the most promising high school pitchers in Texas this spring, Haley will be difficult to sign. It may take first-round money to lure him away from Rice, and the difference between his present and his future is too great for clubs to make that kind of investment.
3 80 Kansas City Royals Tyler Sample Mullen Prep, Denver Colo. $500,000
Sample began the year behind Kentucky recruit Andy Burns on the Colorado pecking order, and he didn't figure to move up draft boards after perennial power Cherry Creek High torched him in his second start of the spring. But Sample bounced back from his only poor start to emerge as the state's best prospect and the latest heir to Colorado's recent pitching tradition. The state has produced six pitchers who were first-round picks since 1994--Scott Elarton (1994), Roy Halladay ('95), Brad Lidge ('98), Kyle Sleeth (2002), David Aardsma ('03) and Luke Hochevar ('06). While only Elarton and Halladay came out as high schoolers, Sample looks like he may sign prior to college as well, due to a big, physical body at 6-foot-7 and 240 pounds. Sample's fastball sits 90-92 mph and touches 94 regularly when he's fresh, which wasn't always the case this spring; he sometimes started one day and then relieved three days later for his high school team, a dangerous proposition for a pitcher who already had Tommy John surgery as a prep sophomore. What separates Sample is his knuckle-curveball, an above-average pitch at times. It's especially impressive considering he's doing it at altitude. Sample has development to make, such as refining his command and finding a changeup, but his present stuff and body make him a good bet in the sandwich round.
3 84 Cincinnati Reds Zach Stewart Texas Tech Texas $450,000
Like Andrew Cashner, Stewart is a former junior college starter who has thrived after transferring to a Big 12 school and moving to the bullpen. His best pitch is a 92-96 mph fastball with filthy sink. Early in the season, he showed a sharp slider that some scouts graded as a plus-plus offering, though it has become more sweepy as the draft approached. Stewart also shows the makings of an average changeup in bullpen workouts, leading some clubs to think he could move back to the rotation in pro ball. But as a starter at North Central Texas CC in 2007, he pitched at 88-90 with his sinker, a lesser slider and diminished control. Texas Tech moved Stewart into the rotation late in the year, and he gave up 16 hits over nine innings in his first two starts. His 6-foot-1, 175-pound build and inconsistent command also seem to make him more suited for relief work. A possible first-rounder at midseason, Stewart is more of a sandwich- to second-rounder now.
3 85 Boston Red Sox Stephen Fife Utah Utah $464,000
An Idaho native, Fife played in the Little League World Series in 1999, and two of his teammates have joined him this season as roommates and starters at Utah. Fife was just 160 pounds as a prep senior when the Utes first spotted him and he went to Everett (Wash.) CC for a year, pitching against wood bats. He put on 20 pounds that year and now checks in at a physical 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds. He pitched middle relief for much of 2007 before earning a rotation spot late in the year, and entered this season as a possible eighth- to 12th-round pick. He's just learning to pitch with power stuff and started to emerge as a popup prospect in April, when he was on the losing end of a 1-0 duel with San Diego State man-child Stephen Strasburg. While Strasburg struck out 23 in that game, Fife pitched well enough to win and has been at his best since, one-hitting Utah and ramping up his velocity. His fastball sits in the 89-92 mph range and has touched 95, and he's shown the ability to maintain velocity deep into games, with several 93s in the eighth inning of a recent start. Fife throws two breaking balls, a true curveball he can bury or throw for strikes and a decent, early-count slider. His changeup also shows good sink, though he could refine his location and arm speed with the pitch. A late bloomer, Fife just has started to dominate, with 44 strikeouts in 41 innings since the Strasburg matchup. He started getting crosschecked in late April in a game with New Mexico and senior lefty Bobby LaFramboise, and other teams were scrambling to have him scouted heavily enough to pick him in the first three rounds. He had as much helium as any player in the West.
3 92 Minnesota Twins Bobby Lanigan Adelphi (N.Y.) N.Y. $417,000
Plenty of scouts in the Northeast prefer Lanigan to Scott Barnes, even though Lanigan is a Division II righthander from a wood-bat conference and Barnes is a Big East lefty. That's a testament to Lanigan's prototypical 6-foot-5 pitcher's frame and quality fastball/slider repertoire, which helped him go 4-4, 1.94 with 87 strikeouts and 16 walks in 79 innings this spring. He's not a great athlete, but he's physical and durable with has a loose arm and an easy delivery. At his best, Lanigan holds the low-90s velocity on his solid-average fastball and touches 93, but a dead arm down the stretch caused him to drop into the 87-89 range. During the course of a game, Lanigan will show plenty of above-average sliders in the 82-86 range, but he'll also leave below-average sliders up in the zone; the pitch grades out as average overall but projects as plus. His changeup has good arm speed, but he seldom used it in college. Lanigan should be drafted in the top five rounds and projects as potential back-of-the-rotation starter.
3 95 Toronto Blue Jays Andrew Liebel Long Beach State Calif. $340,000
Liebel stands as an example of player development at the college level. He made little impact his first two seasons at Long Beach State, working primarily in relief, but emerged toward the end of his junior season as the Dirtbags' most consistent starter. While he's not overpowering, he had taken another step forward this spring even after well-regarding pitching coach Troy Buckley left the Beach to be the Pirates' roving pitching coordinator. Liebel attacks hitters with his fastball, which has solid-average velocity and touches 93 mph. Even though he's small at 5-foot-11 and 195 pounds, he has excellent arm strength due in part to his long-toss program and also to his improved diet and workout program. He also has confidence in his curveball, slider and changeup, all of which grade out as average pitches at times. His command stands out, though, and Liebel is best described as a pitchability college righthander whose biggest downside is his size. At 5-foot-11, he's compared to Yankees righty Ian Kennedy, but he lacks Kennedy's comparatively lengthy track record of success. He's one of the nation's better senior signs and could move quickly.
3 96 Atlanta Braves Craig Kimbrel Wallace State (Ala.) CC Ala. $391,000
Craig Kimbrel leads the list of junior college players in the state. At 6 feet, Kimbrel is an undersized righty with a lightning-quick arm, producing velocity in the mid- to upper 90s. Kimbrel has worked as a starter and closer and profiles to pitch out of the bullpen at the pro level. His slider is still developing as is his command. Kimbrel has overmatched juco hitters this spring, and with each strong performance it became less likely he'd be following though on his commitment to Alabama.
3 97 Chicago Cubs Chris Carpenter Kent State Ohio $385,000
After a couple of false starts, Carpenter's pro career should finally get going this summer. The Tigers made him a seventh-round pick in 2004, but he became the highest-drafted high school pitcher that year to opt for college. He blew out his elbow throwing a 93-mph fastball as a freshman, requiring Tommy John surgery in May 2005 and a second operation in June 2006 to clean out scar tissue. He was surging toward the first round with a strong finish to the regular season last year. But teams wondered about his health and his signability as a draft-eligible sophomore, and no one took a flier until the Yankees popped him in the 18th round. They planned on following him in the Cape Cod League, but he made just two appearances before departing with a tired arm. Carpenter has been healthy all year, topping out at 98 mph and often pitching at 92-96. His hard curveball is tighter and more consistent than it was in 2007, and his command has improved after some early season struggles. His changeup has gotten better too, though he doesn't throw it for strikes as easily he does his main two pitches. At 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds, Carpenter has the body to pile up innings--provided he stays healthy. There are clubs that will back away because of his medical history, but he has enhanced his chances of going in the first three rounds by expressing a willingness to sign for slot money.
3 98 Seattle Mariners Aaron Pribanic Nebraska Neb. $390,000
Pribanic showed a strong arm at Hutchinson (Kan.) CC in 2007, but he didn't have enough command or secondary pitches to attract any draft interest. That won't be the case this time around, as Pribanic has shown some of the best stuff among Sunday starters in college baseball. Strong and physical at 6-foot-4 and 200 pounds, he sits at 91-94 mph and tops out at 96 mph with his fastball. His arm works very well and it's fresh, because he redshirted his first year at Hutchinson and has pitched roughly 160 innings since leaving high school four years ago. Pribanic has developed some feel for a splitter that he uses as a changeup. He's still fiddling with both a curveball and a slider, and while they're not reliable, both breaking pitches have decent shape. The curve is the better of the two breaking balls, though it still has a long ways to go. He has thrown more strikes but still has bouts of inconsistency. He loses balance in his delivery, a fixable problem that could lead to further improvements. The grandson of former all-star pitcher Jim Coates, Pribanic won't rush through the minors but could deliver a nice payoff to a team that can clean him up. He was making inroads on the sandwich round at one point, but a late-season slump could knock him down to the third or fourth round.
3 99 Detroit Tigers Scott Green Kentucky Ky. $373,000
Green missed all of 2006 after Tommy John surgery and worked just 18 innings as a redshirt sophomore in 2007, but he positioned himself as a top prospect for 2008 with his performance in the Cape Cod League. The Red Sox, who drafted him in the 15th round, offered him $800,000 at the end of the summer, but Green turned them down in hopes of pitching his way into the first round this spring. That didn't happen because he was so inconsistent that he lost his spot in Kentucky's rotation. While his stuff was expected to take a step forward, Green looked stiff and sat mostly at 87-88 mph as a starter. The sink and armside run on his fastball were more impressive than his velocity. Once he moved to the bullpen, he reached the mid-90s at times, but he did so with a higher arm slot and more effort in his delivery. Green has flashed a good slider at times, but for the most part it has just been a decent pitch. While he has thrown strikes and missed bats, his command has been erratic and made him hittable at times. He still figures to go on the first day of the draft based on his size (6-foot-8, 240 pounds) and the potential he showed on the Cape, but his bonus won't be as high as it could have been last summer.
3 102 Philadelphia Phillies Vance Worley Long Beach State Calif. $355,000
At 6-foot-2, 200 pounds, Worley has a big body and big arm that attracted attention last summer in the Cape Cod League. He wasn't able to carry that success over this spring for the Dirtbags, but teams that saw him good last summer have seen flashes of that this spring. Worley's four-seam fastball sits in the 91-92 mph range, peaking at 93-94. He has struggled at times with his 87-88 mph two-seamer, which gets hammered when left up in the zone. Both fastballs show armside movement, and he will cut the four-seamer at times. Worley mixes in a changeup and curveball. Both need development, and he will drop his arm slot and slow down his arm when delivering the change. Command is the primary concern with Worley, not in terms of walks but in quality of pitches and efficiency, as he frequently finds himself in deep counts. With refinement of his secondary offerings, he could develop into a mid-rotation starter in pro ball, but his power arm makes a conversion to the bullpen a solid option.
3 103 Colorado Rockies Aaron Weatherford Mississippi State Miss. $350,000
Undrafted out of high school, Weatherford's role upon arriving at Mississippi State was unclear. As a freshman he pitched mainly out of the bullpen, totaling two saves, but did make two starts late in the season. He then began his sophomore year as the Bulldog's Friday night starter but moved back to the bullpen after six starts and helped lead the Bulldogs to the College World Series. This season Weatherford has taken on the closer role, and has seemed comfortable there, striking out close to two hitters per inning. He ranks as one of the top closers in an SEC loaded with talented relievers. Even at 6-foot-1, Weatherford has an imposing presence on the mound. His fastball reads between 92-94 mph and comes from a high, over-the-top, arm slot. He throws downhill and commands it to both sides of the plate. He also throws a hard curveball and split-finger with late break. While his split-finger is an out pitch, he rarely throws it for a strike. Weatherford does have durability concerns as he has been plagued with various injuries while a Mississippi State. He has a live arm but has a max-effort delivery, likely limiting him to a relief role as a pro.
3 104 Arizona Diamondbacks Kevin Eichhorn Aptos (Calif.) HS Calif. $500,000
Eichhorn's father Mark spent parts of 11 seasons in the big leagues as a reliever, using a submarine delivery to pitch nearly 300 innings in 1986-87 for the Blue Jays. His son probably won't be a second-round pick, as Mark was back in 1979, but it might take second-round money to keep Kevin from his Santa Clara commitment. Mark helped coach Kevin's team to the 2002 Little League World Series. While the elder Eichhorn was 6-foot-3, 210 pounds during his playing days, the son now checks in at 6-feet, 170 pounds and would benefit from a late growth spurt, which some scouts expect. However, he's athletic and switch-hits, and would probably play shortstop and pitch at Santa Clara. If he's drafted high, it's expected to be for his work on the mound, as he has touched 94 mph with his fastball and shows excellent fastball command. Eichhorn spins a breaking ball as well, a curveball that lacks the power to be a true plus pitch now. His body has some scouts doubting he's ready for pro ball, with a fastball that sits 88-90 mph more often than it touches 94. But his arm works well, and with his athleticism and bloodlines, he's the best prep prospect in Northern California.
3 105 Los Angeles Angels Ryan Chaffee Chipola (Fla.) JC Fla. $338,000
Ryan Chaffee was the winning pitcher for Chipola in the Junior College World Series championship game last season, he broke his ankle in April and had surgery to repair it. Chaffee returned late in the season and pitched a shutout in the Florida junior college tournament, striking out 18 and sending Chipola back to the Junior College World Series. Committed to Louisiana State, Chaffee attacks hitters from multiple arm slots, creating three different breaking balls. He pitches in the low 90s and throws a plus changeup. When healthy and commanding all his pitches, Chaffee is dominant.
3 108 Boston Red Sox Kyle Weiland Notre Dame Ind. $322,000
Weiland has a good chance to go in the first three rounds as a reliever, but he might be starting for Notre Dame if he hadn't fallen and broken his collarbone the December before his sophomore season. After he saved 16 games as a freshman, the Fighting Irish ticketed him for their rotation in 2007. However he had a hard time making the transition to starting while recovering from the injury. Weiland enjoyed immediate success after returning to the bullpen, where he could focus on his 91-94 mph fastball and 80-82 mph slider. He owns school records for single-season and career (25) saves. The slider gives him a second plus pitch at times, though he can fall in love with it too much. Six-foot-3 and 180 pounds, he throws strikes but sometimes battles the location of his pitches in the zone. Weiland's stuff was down slightly a month before the draft, and he hit three batters in one inning against Pittsburgh.
3s 109 Houston Astros Ross Seaton Second Baptist HS, Houston Texas $700,000
During the fall, Seaton pitched at 88-89 mph, wasn't a coveted recruit by Texas colleges and projected as a fifth-round talent. But after throwing 90-94 mph all spring and touching 96, Seaton has leapfrogged several others to establish himself as the Lone Star State's best prep pitching prospect. He features a slider than can range from devastating to flat, and an effective changeup. While his secondary pitches are inconsistent, his control isn't, as he throws strikes with ease. His delivery is smooth and easily repeatable. Big and strong at 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds, he's also a quality athlete who will see action as a two-way player if he attends Tulane, following in the tradition of Micah Owings and 2005 Astros first-round pick Brian Bogusevic. As an outfielder, Seaton offers power, arm strength and average to plus speed. A lefthanded hitter, he also has shown the ability to make adjustments at the plate. Nevertheless, he'll focus on pitching if he turns pro. Though he's a good student, Seaton is expected to sign if he's drafted in the early rounds. The Astros have shown a lot of interest in the local product and could target him with their sandwich-round pick at No. 38.
3s 110 Philadelphia Phillies Jonathan Pettibone Esperanza HS, Anaheim Calif. $500,000
A Southern California recruit, Pettitbone has a projectable frame and solid stuff at present, with a four-seamer parked in the 86-89 mph range, peaking at 90. His heater has solid movement to the arm-side. His mid-70s curveball is fringy at present but his changeup shows real promise from his low three-quarters arm slot. Some scouts had questions about his mechanics and arm action.
4 118 Florida Marlins Curtis Petersen Ryan HS, Denton, Texas Texas $350,000
Righthander Curtis Petersen is projectable because he's 6-foot-4, 180 pounds and has a clean delivery. He usually pitches at 86-89 mph with his fastball but has touched 92 mph, and he throws his curveball and changeup for strikes. He's committed to Nebraska, and like many of Texas' best high schoolers this year, he figures to attend college.
4 119 Cincinnati Reds Tyler Cline Cass HS, Cartersville, Ga. Ga. $240,000
Cline has has a good pitcher's frame at 6-feet-3, 220 pounds. He is strong and athletic on the mound, pitching around 90 mph and has been up to 92. His fastball has plus life, with heavy arm-side run and his curveball is a hard breaker. However, he is sometimes inconsistent with his release point.
4 120 Chicago White Sox Drew O'Neil Penn State Pa. $260,000
Penn State closer Drew O'Neil was one of the most dominating pitchers in the Big 10 Conference this spring, going 0-2, 1.88 with 11 saves in 26 appearances. O'Neil threw from an over-the-top arm slot when he arrived at Penn State, but he messed around with a sidearm delivery in a bullpen session early last spring, and the Nittany Lions decided to keep him there. O'Neil's fastball velocity is unusual for a sidearmer: he sits at 89-92 with boring, sinking action and touches 93-94. His slider can be effective against righthanded hitters when he stays behind it, which he has done more consistently as a junior. Sometimes he gets underneath it, causing it to flatten out and spin harmlessly across the zone. He has a changeup that he seldom throws, but he figures to rely on his fastball and slider in pro ball. O'Neil draws comparisons to Mets reliever Joe Smith, who was drafted in the third round out of Wright State in 2006, and O'Neil could be drafted as high as the third himself, but his upside is limited. He could move quickly in pro ball and reach the majors as a reliever.
4 123 Texas Rangers Joe Wieland Bishop Manogue HS, Reno, Nev. Nev. $263,000
The Reno area is gaining a reputation for developing pitchers, but Wieland stands out as the top righthander to come out of the area that in the last few years has produced Rays minor leaguer Jake McGee (out of high school) and Cole Rohrbough (Braves, out of Western Nevada CC). Wieland has impressed scouts with his combination of now stuff, clean arm and projectable frame. He was outstanding in all, sitting at 88-91 mph with his fastball and reminding scouts of Mark Prior with his command and has more deception in his delivery. He's maintained that velocity this spring and reportedly has flashed better velocity, with most reports having him bumping 92 regularly. He's shown the ability to spin a breaking ball despite Reno's thin air and flashed a changeup. He's signed as a two-way player to San Diego State but figures to sign if taken in the second-to-fourth round range.
4 125 St. Louis Cardinals Scott Gorgen UC Irvine Calif. $250,000
Gorgen, whose twin brother Matt is California's closer, was a second-team All-Freshman choice and had an even better season as a sophomore, helping pitch UC Irvine to the College World Series. His numbers are better again in 2008; opponents were hitting just .159 against him as he responded to a lighter workload. Gorgen's fastball generally scrapes 90 but sits more comfortably in the 86-88 range with excellent command. His circle changeup is a plus pitch he locates at will, and it has late tumble, making it resemble a split-finger fastball. Gorgen's breaking ball and body are both short but he competes, is athletic and has shown durability, having surpassed 320 innings already in college. On the down side, he has little projection left. The track record should still prompt a team to bite in the first five rounds.
4 132 Seattle Mariners Steven Hensley Elon N.C. $233,000
Drafted in the 44th round of the 2005 draft by the Nationals, Hensley chose college and over the past three years has made a solid case to be considered the best pitcher in Elon's baseball history. The career strikeout and wins leader for the Phoenix, Hensley also has a chance to be the highest-drafted Elon player since the school moved up to Division I in 2000 (Lefthander Brad Pinkerton was a fifth-round selection of the Angels in the 2001 draft). He attacks hitters with a four-pitch mix, including a low-90s fastball, fringe-average changeup and curveball, and average slider. At his best, Hensley throws from a high three-quarters arm slot, and has both late life and tight spin on his fastball and secondary pitches. At times he's inconsistent, dropping his arm angle and causing his pitches to flatten out. Hensley also has experience pitching the Cape Cod League, going 4-2, 3.52 for the Bourne Braves last summer.
4 133 Detroit Tigers Brett Jacobson Vanderbilt Tenn. $230,000
Jacobsen was the Arizona high school player of the year as a senior and rated by BA as the No. 93 prospect for the 2005 draft. Because of a dip in velocity and a strong commitment to Vanderbilt, however, he slipped to the Diamondbacks in the 11th round. He honored his commitment to the Commodores and made just six appearances--two starts--as a freshman. He split time between starting and relieving as a sophomore, but has seen more time in the pen this season, making only four starts and serving as Vandy's closer. Jacobsen has been a tough guy for scouts to figure out. As a starter he pitches between 88-91 mph, but as a reliever his velocity jumps to the mid-90s. He also throws a slurvy breaking ball and changeup, both with potential to be average. The inability to consistently throw strikes has been Jacobsen's downfall, keeping him out of a starting role, and that's the reason most scouts think he'll be a reliever in the pros as well. Jacobsen is 6-foot-6, 205 pounds and pitches from a three-quarters arm slot. He has effort in his delivery, but can pitch downhill with a steep plane when he's on. He's a high risk, high reward prospect.
4 136 Philadelphia Phillies Trevor May Kelso (Wash.) HS Wash. $375,000
While righthander Trevor May is the top prospect in the state, the bulk of the top players in Washington were position players. May stood out from the crowd for showing a three-pitch mix and solid velocity. He got scouts excited by flashing 92 mph early (with some reports of 94), then settled into the 87-90 range more consistently, and in general was better early in the season. His curveball was his best pitch and could be above-average in the future as he adds power. He has a feel for throwing it for strikes or burying it as a chase pitch. May's arm works well, though he has some maintenance in his delivery, making it difficult for him to repeat. He's rangy and has decent athletic ability. He was asking for first-five-rounds money to keep him from going to Washington, and a team that got him crosschecked on a good day could take him as high as the third round.
4 137 Colorado Rockies Ethan Hollingsworth Western Michigan Mich. $215,000
Hollingsworth has a chance to go as high as the second round, which would make him the highest pick in Western Michigan's history. The Broncos have produced five third-rounders, including big leaguer John Vander Wal. Hollingsworth doesn't intimidate anyone with his size (6-foot-2, 200 pounds) or his stuff, but he really knows how to pitch. His fastball sits at 89-92 mph, and while he's unlikely to add more velocity in the future, he maintains what he has and commands his heater to both sides of the plate. His swing-and-miss slider is his best pitch, and he also mixes in an average 12-to-6 curveball and a decent changeup. Hollingsworth throws strikes, works down in the zone and keeps hitters off balance by mixing his pitches and locations. He's likely as good as he's going to get, but he knows how to pitch and should move quickly in pro ball.
4 141 Cleveland Indians David Roberts Long Beach State Calif. $200,000
Roberts is a strong-bodied righthander who was a middle reliever at Long Beach State. At his best, Roberts' fastball touches 94 mph and sits in the low 90s. He compliments it with a power curveball that sits in the low 80s. Roberts pitched relatively effectively in limited action with the Dirtbags this year.
5 147 San Francisco Giants Edwin Quirarte Cal State Northridge Calif. $193,000
Drafted out of high school by the Reds in 2005 (39th round), Quirarte moved from the rotation to the bullpen this season for Cal State Northridge, and he thrived in the role, reaching the low 90s with his fastball and getting groundball outs with his slider. He also throws a split-finger fastball.
5 148 Florida Marlins Pete Andrelczyk Coastal Carolina S.C. $185,000
Andrelczyk redshirted as a freshman at Coastal Carolina and has improved every year. Last season he made 23 appearances for the Chanticleers, tallying one save--which was good enough to get him drafted in the 32nd round by the Orioles as a redshirt sophomore. He returned to school, however, and moved into the full-time closer role. His velocity took another jump, and he's now considered to have a power package on the mound. Tallying better than a strikeout an inning, Andrelczyk works off a low-90s fastball that can touch 95 mph. He also has a hard slider that sits between 83-85 mph with tight rotation and late action that is especially tough on righthanded hitters. He has the best pure stuff on Coastal's team, and he profiles as a reliever in the pros as well. A late bloomer, Andrelcyzk was gaining momentum up draft boards at the end of the season.
5 149 Cincinnati Reds Clayton Shunick North Carolina State N.C. $175,000
Shunick began his college career at Georgia State but transferred to N.C. State after one year. After an all-star season in the Cape Cod League in 2006, Shunick pitched mainly as a reliever in his sophomore season for the Wolfpack. As a junior, he took over the Friday night starter role and has pitched well against the ACC's best. Offering a fringe-average fastball between 89-91 mph, he gets outs with his command, deception and above-average split-finger pitch. With a slider to keep hitters off-balance, Shunick has a solid three-pitch mix and a good feel for his craft. The split-finger has late downward and lateral movement and is his out pitch, as he is able to command it and throw it in any count. Shunick pitches downhill and can locate down in the zone. At 6-foot-1, he has a slight frame and durability is a concern. His size and reliance on a split-finger pitch profile him as a middle reliever at the pro level.
5 150 Chicago White Sox Daniel Hudson Old Dominion Va. $180,000
Old Dominion also had a disappointing year, finishing 25-27 after being ranked No. 25 by BA in the preseason, due in part to the three quality pitching prospects on its staff. Lefthander Dan Hudson was coming off an impressive sophomore year and summer in the Cape Cod League but went 5-6, 4.70 in 13 starts this spring as the Monarchs' Friday starter. His stuff remains attractive, however. Hudson is 6-foot-4, 215 pounds and throws his fastball in the low 90s. He has long been a strikeout pitcher and that didn't change this season, as he struck out 107 batters in 92 innings against 33 walks. He has a long arm stroke in the back and a whipping sidearm motion through his release point, which makes for natural life on his fastball, fading away from lefthanders and in on righthanders--though it can also make his command inconsistent. Hudson also throws a slider, curveball and changeup, with the curve being his best secondary pitch.
5 157 Los Angeles Dodgers JonMichael Redding Florida CC-Jacksonville Fla. $178,000
At 6-feet-2, 200 pounds, Redding is strong and physical on the mound. He has a clean delivery and a loose arm. Redding throws strikes and can run his fastball up into the low 90s. He had signed to play at Louisiana State.
5 158 Milwaukee Brewers Maverick Lasker O'Connor HS, Phoenix Ariz. $176,000
Lasker, a San Diego State recruit, had a chance to sign and had garnered some interest in the fourth- to sixth-round range early before an injury. He's physical at 6-foot-2, 185 pounds, and has some projection left. He was considered a better prospect as a hitter prior to the season but came out strong on the mound this spring, touching 93 mph and showing a loose arm. He compensates for a fairly straight fastball with good arm speed on his changeup and by flashing a potential plus breaking ball. However, he had to sit out several weeks on the mound with biceps tendinitis, clouding his draft status.
5 160 Atlanta Braves Jacob Thompson Virginia Va. $190,000
Thompson built an impressive resume and the reputation as a winner in his first two seasons at Virginia. Compiling double-digit wins in both his freshman and sophomore seasons, he had won 21 of his 32 starts coming into his junior year. He also pitched for Team USA's national college squad last summer, compiling a 1.27 ERA in five starts, and started against Cuba in the gold-medal matchup at the Pan American Games. He entered the season as a projected first-round pick, but a disappointing spring caused his draft stock to plummet. Thompson never showed overwhelming stuff, but when successful he mixed his low-90s fastball, plus slider, average curveball and changeup with superior pitchability and command. Creating steep plane from his 6-foot-6 frame, he pitched down in the zone and had a .198 opponent average his sophomore year. He has struggled with his command this year, though. Due to an inability to consistently get over the rubber and pitch downhill, Thompson's fastball has been left up in the zone and his secondary pitches have been flat. A team that drafts Thompson early will do so on his track record, but if he's drafted on the basis of this year's performance, he may slip past the point of being signable.
5 161 Chicago Cubs Justin Bristow East Carolina N.C. $172,000
A transfer to East Carolina from Auburn, Justin Bristow has been a two-way prospect ever since high school but focused on pitching and put together his best collegiate season. He pitches between 90-92 mph with a fastball that can be too true. He keeps hitters off balance with a cut fastball and curveball. Bristow finished 8-2, 3.22, including two shutouts.
5 162 Seattle Mariners Brett Lorin Long Beach State Calif. $170,000
A draft-eligible sophomore and transfer from Arizona, Lorin is a late-blooming 6-foot-7 righthander who has reached the low 90s with his fastball. He oozes projection and could be a tough sign. He finished the season strong, beating California in regional play, but lacks a putaway strikeout pitch at present.
5 165 San Diego Padres Anthony Bass Wayne State (Mich.) Mich. $166,000
With Zach Putnam possibly projecting as a reliever, the best starting pitching prospect in Michigan could be righthander Anthony Bass of Wayne State, an NCAA Division II program. Bass has a 90-92 mph fastball that peaks at 94, a curveball with some bite and a decent changeup. While at Trenton (Mich.) High, Bass struck out 19 batters in one game to break J.J. Putz's school record.
5 171 Cleveland Indians Zach Putnam Michigan Mich. $600,000
When Putnam is going well, he can be very good. In the NCAA super regionals last June, he no-hit eventual national champion Oregon State for 8 2/3 innings before suffering a 1-0 loss. He'll use five pitches, and they'll all have their moments. His fastball sits at 91-92 mph with heavy sink, and he can get to 95 mph with riding life on a four-seamer. His splitter can be devastating and his slider can hit the mid-80s. He also uses a curveball and changeup. Putnam's mechanics aren't the prettiest--he doesn't incorporate his lower half much and powers through his delivery--but they don't prevent him from throwing strikes. He has been a valuable hitter for Michigan, and he has the arm strength and power to profile as a right fielder at the next level, but pro teams want Putnam on the mound. They just aren't sure exactly what to make of him. His secondary pitches are inconsistent, and shoulder soreness cost him two starts at the beginning of the season. He also showed little desire to pitch or play the field in the Cape Cod League last summer, preferring to DH. Putnam's future is likely as a reliever, though it's also possible that his splitter and slider will become more dependable once he's a full-time pitcher. The Yankees are a possible destination for him with the No. 44 overall pick.
6 173 Tampa Bay Rays Shane Dyer South Mountain (Ariz.) CC Ariz. $135,000
Dyer's delivery (he turns his back to the batter) scares off some scouts and limits him to the bullpen as a pro, but his stuff is solid, as he touches 92 mph and has a hard breaking ball. He has a pro body at 6-foot-3, 180 pounds and is committed to Nebraska.
6 178 Florida Marlins Graham Johnson Westlake HS, Westlake Village, Calif. Calif. $150,000
Johnson, who did not participate in any of the prominent summer or fall showcases, first came to the attention of local scouts in fall scout ball games. He's 6-foot-7 and was just emerging after starting this season in the bullpen at Westlake High. He got exposure when scouts came to see teammates Cutter Dykstra and Shane Kroker. At his best, the Fresno State recruit delivers a lively 91-93 mph fastball from a low three-quarters slot. He adds a hard curveball and a changeup, though both need work. Johnson's primary obstacle is his severe lack of control and command, which causes him to get behind hitters and run up high pitch counts. Part of that is inexperience, another part is growing into his large frame. However, in this spring season Johnson has become a big favorite of local scouts, who are fascinated by his intimidating frame and electric raw stuff.
6 181 Washington Nationals Paul Demny Blinn (Texas) JC Texas $110,000
Demny looks the part of a prospect, as he has a strong 6-foot-3, 218-pound frame and can touch 94 mph with his fastball. He doesn't hold his velocity for more than a couple of innings, however, and pitches at 87-90 mph. His breaking ball is slurvy, and both his changeup and command are in the developmental stages.
6 185 St. Louis Cardinals Eric Fornataro Miami Dade JC Fla. $150,000
At 6-feet, 195 pounds, Fornataro is an undersized righthander with powerful stuff. His fastball has been up to 95 mph and consistently sits between 90-93. His mechanics are clean as is his arm action as his delivery is effortless. Fornataro's second best pitch is a late-dropping changeup. His slider is in need of work and lacks consistency.
6 186 Minnesota Twins B.J. Hermsen West Delaware HS, Manchester, Iowa Iowa $650,000
After reaching 93 mph with his heavy fastball and showing a nice slider last summer, righthander B.J. Hermsen projected as a possible sandwich-round pick. But he broke his collarbone as a football quarterback in the fall, which set him back. The 6-foot-6, 230-pounder hasn't been in top physical condition, and both his fastball (down to the mid-80s) and his slider regressed this spring. He did touch 92 mph at the Perfect Game Predraft Showcase in mid-May, but scouts saw a lot of effort in his delivery and still didn't like his slider. Unlikely to receive a significant bonus, Hermsen could join Warren at Oregon State.
6 193 Detroit Tigers Tyler Stohr North Florida Fla. $150,000
After attending high school in Florida, Stohr attended Army as a freshman, making seven starts. He decided to transfer back closer to home and was in North Florida's weekend rotation as a sophomore. He made just three starts this season before heading to the bullpen and has been successful as the Panthers' closer. Stohr pitches off a fastball that sits between 92-94 mph with late life. He also throws an average changeup with sinking action and a fringe-average slider. While he strikes out 1.5 batters per inning this season, Stohr has a delivery that could cause command issues. With a backward shoulder tilt, consistently getting over the rubber is a concern for Stohr. While he's been successful as a closer, he profiles more as a middle reliever at the pro level.
6 196 Philadelphia Phillies Colby Shreve JC of Southern Nevada Nev. $400,000
CCSN's Colby Shreve, an unsigned eighth-round pick last year of the Braves, was in the running to be the top juco prospect in the country this spring, reaching 94 mph consistently and showing a solid-average slider. Shreve's mechanics left something to be desired for some scouts, so they weren't surprised when he went down at midseason with an elbow injury. He wound up having Tommy John surgery, and while he has an Arkansas commitment, many expect Shreve to sign and still get a six-figure signing bonus despite the surgery--much as Nick Adenhart did with the Angels in 2004.
6 200 New York Yankees Brett Marshall Sterling HS, Baytown, Texas Texas $850,000
Marshall presents a conundrum to scouts. After working at 88-91 mph with his fastball last summer, he jumped up to 96 mph at the outset of his senior season. His slider still needs some refinement, but it topped out at 86-87 mph. And his initial college commitment was to San Jacinto (Texas) JC, indicating that he could be fairly easy to sign. But since generating a lot of early season excitement, Marshall has backed up a little. He was sitting at 91 mph and topping out at 94 mph as the draft drew closer, and his slider wasn't as crisp. While he's wiry strong, he's also just 6 feet and 185 pounds and has some effort in his delivery, which also compromises his ability to repeat it and throw strikes. There's also talk that he's exploring the possibility of attending Rice, which could make it tougher for him to turn pro. There are a lot of differing opinions on Marshall, but he could be signable if a team likes him enough to take him in the second round.
7 209 Cincinnati Reds Pedro Villarreal Howard (Texas) JC Texas $100,000
7 213 Texas Rangers Matt Thompson Grace Prep Academy, Arlington, Texas Texas $600,000
Thompson has a pitcher's frame (6-foot-2, 180 pounds) and a solid 90-92 mph fastball. He's committed to Texas Christian.
7 214 Oakland Athletics Brett Hunter Pepperdine Calif. $1,100,000
Undrafted out of high school, Hunter first began to draw the attention of scouts as a closer for his Connie Mack summer ball club in 2005. He has since blossomed into one of the top pitching prospects in the nation. Now 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds, Hunter may possess the strongest arm in the draft. Hunter has missed all but two starts in 2008 due to arm problems, generally reported as elbow pain. Hunter returned in late May with two short outings, peaking at 92 mph and showing some rust but generally encouraging scouts. Many scouts aren't surprised by Hunter's injury due to his unorthodox mechanics. He drops his arm behind himself like a discus thrower, making it hard to find a consistent arm slot. Hunter's tilted, unbalanced finish features a high right leg release. None of that precluded Hunter, who dominated with Team USA last summer as a closer, from featuring some of the nation's best stuff. His thunderbolt fastball arrives at the plate from 93-97 mph and has touched 100 in relief outings. As a starter, he has no difficulty maintaining velocity into the sixth and seventh inning, when healthy, and he challenges both good and average hitters with his four-seam in all situations and all counts. Hunter's high-70's to low-80's curve has nasty downward break, though he has inconsistent control of the that pitch. Hunter's command is spotty and causes him to get behind batters and run up high pitch counts. Health concerns muddle where Hunter will be selected, and his command problems muddle whether he will be a starter or reliever. The combination makes predicting his draft position impossible.
7 218 Milwaukee Brewers Trey Watten Abilene Christian (Texas) Texas $100,000
Trey Watten played third base and pitched just one inning as a freshman, but he has won 20 games as a two-way star the last two years for Abilene Christian and will be drafted as a pitcher. An athletic, projectable 6-foot-4, 190-pound righthander, he has a fastball that ranges from 88-93 mph and flashes an average slider. As a third baseman, he offers arm strength, solid defense and power potential.
7 220 Atlanta Braves Paul Clemens Louisburg (N.C.) JC N.C. $150,000
7 224 New York Mets Mike Hebert Saugus (Calif.) HS Calif. $135,000
7 227 Colorado Rockies Dan Houston Boston College Mass. $110,000
Righthander Dan Houston leads a group of five Boston College players who could be drafted. Houston is the closest thing to a late pop-up guy in New England this year, pitching well in a win against Clemson in March, then shutting out Duke for seven innings in April and striking out nine in a win against Maryland on May 2. By that point in the season, scouts in the Northeast were buzzing about Houston's ability to hold his 91-93 mph velocity deep into games and touch 94. He complements his solid-average fastball with an average overhand curveball with good depth, an average changeup that he gained confidence in down the stretch, and a hard slider that can be above-average at times. He has a durable 6-foot-3, 205-pound frame and a sound delivery. Houston was hit hard in his last start against Wake Forest, and he finished 3-4, 5.03 with 72 strikeouts and 32 walks in 73 innings. Despite the poor finish, some scouts believe he profiles as a back-of-the-rotation starter in the big leagues, and he could sneak into the fourth or fifth round.
7 228 Arizona Diamondbacks Miles Reagan El Capitan HS, Lakeside, Calif. Calif. $150,000
Reagan has a tall and athletic frame that contains significant projection. He has a 90 to 93 mph fastball, which he can throw with sharp cutting movement to the glove side. Reagan's 76 mph changeup and a slurvy breaking ball need some polish.
8 235 Kansas City Royals Malcom Culver Palmdale (Calif.) HS Calif. $125,000
Palmdale High infielder Malcom Culver has athletic bloodlines; his brother Tyrone is a safety for the Green Bay Packers, his father played in the minor leagues, cousin Calvin is the center fielder at Pierce JC, and cousin Vonnie is a defensive back for San Diego State. Culver has committed to SDSU as a wide receiver but could play both sports. He showed raw power at the MLB preseason event in Compton and has flashed above-average speed and defensive ability at second base. His arm is a bit short for him to play shortstop. He remains raw, though, and is probably further ahead in football.
8 236 Baltimore Orioles Bobby Bundy Sperry (Okla.) HS Okla. $600,000
Bundy's first-round aspirations got sidetracked when he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in a basketball game in December. Though his surgery usually requires a nine-month rehab, he was back on the mound with a knee brace this spring. Bundy was able to sit at 88-91 mph and touch 93 with his fastball, down 2-3 mph from last summer. He still had his trademark big-breaking curveball, which changes hitters' eye level at the plate, and he still threw strikes with ease. He has a sturdy 6-foot-2, 205-pound frame that also gives him power at the plate. Pitching with the brace forced him to smooth out his delivery, which will help him in the future. Bundy led Sperry to its second Oklahoma 3-A title in the last three years, picking up the victory and going 3-for-3 with three RBIs in the title game. He has committed to Arkansas, where he would get the opportunity to play both ways as a freshman. Whether the diminished velocity--which should return in time--drops him far enough in the draft to compromise his signability remains to be seen.
8 256 Philadelphia Phillies Julio Rodriguez Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, Gurabo, P.R. P.R. $110,000
Righthander Julio Rodriguez sat at 83-86 mph earlier in the year, but touched 90 in May and reportedly has been as high as 92, which has caught the attention of scouts. Throwing from an over-the-top arm slot, the 6-foot-4, 200-pound Rodriguez projects to have a plus fastball. Reports on the quality of his curveball are mixed. His changeup is a fringe-average pitch. Where Rodriguez goes in the draft depends on how many looks a team got on him and when those looks came.
8 257 Colorado Rockies Kurt Yacko Chapman (Calif.) Calif. $100,000
8 259 Los Angeles Angels Chris Scholl Green River (Wash.) CC Wash. $90,000
Scholl dominated hitters early with an 89-92 mph fastball, but when the weather (finally) cleared up a bit, his lack of secondary stuff was exposed. His velocity also jumped, with some reports of 93s and 94s. He's athletic and maintains his stuff with a squat, strong body.
8 262 Boston Red Sox Mike Lee Oklahoma City Okla. $100,000
Oklahoma City, which finished third at the NAIA World Series, features Oklahoma's best college pitching prospect in towering righthander Mike Lee. Six-foot-7 and 220 pounds, Lee throws a consistent 90-91 mph on a steep downward plane. There are mixed reports on his hard curveball, as some scouts grade it as a plus pitch and others think it's below-average. The Yankees drafted Lee in the 22nd round out of high school in 2005, and in the 27th round out of Bellevue (Wash.) CC a year later.
9 270 Chicago White Sox Ryan Strauss Florida State Fla. $30,000
Righthander Ryan Strauss has split time between starting and relieving this season. He finished the regular season 8-1, 4.39 in 19 appearances, eight of which were starts. Strauss throws between 90-93 mph and mixes in a curveball that is sharper in relief. He should make a good senior sign.
9 278 Milwaukee Brewers Michael Bowman Virginia Military Institute Va. $85,000
9 280 Atlanta Braves Kyle Farrell Western Nevada CC Nev. $150,000
Western Nevada's top draft prospect, righthander Kyle Farrell, has one potential plus pitch with his spike curveball that he throws with some power and improved command. He throws strikes with a clean arm action and repeats his delivery. His fastball sits in the 87-91 mph range, and he has a physical, projectable frame that should allow him to add velocity. Farrell didn't dominate the wood-bat Scenic West Athletic Conference as someone with his stuff should have. He's just a freshman and could be back for his sophomore season if he's not a high pick.
9 281 Chicago Cubs Jay Jackson Furman S.C. $90,000
Righthander Jay Jackson had a great summer in the Great Lakes League in 2007 and carried that success into this season. He finished 9-2, 3.17 for the Paladins, mixing his low-90s fastball with a solid slider and true downer curveball to overmatch hitters. An athlete on the mound, Jackson also played center field for Furman and hit .336 with eight home runs. Jackson has a solid frame with room to grow and could potentially gain even more velocity on his fastball. He is also developing a changeup that could make him into a true four-pitch threat.
9 282 Seattle Mariners Billy Morrison Western Michigan Mich.
9 283 Detroit Tigers Anthony Shawler Old Dominion Va. $76,500
Anthony Shawler was ODU's Saturday starter, and he also has a four-pitch arsenal. His fastball also sits between 90-92 mph but doesn't have much late life. Shawler's best secondary pitch is a slider that generates swings and misses. He also throws a split-finger fastball and changeup. Shawler compiled a 95/38 strikeout/walk ratio in 76 innings this season.
9 284 New York Mets Eric Beaulac Le Moyne N.Y. $90,000
Le Moyne righthander Eric Beaulac ranked as the top prospect in the New York Collegiate League last summer but saw his stock drop early this spring as his command and stuff were erratic. He was much better down the stretch, striking out nine in a no-hitter May 10 against Rider and finishing at 9-2, 2.83 with 113 strikeouts and 43 walks in 92 innings. Beaulac's 6-foot-5, 195-pound frame helps him get plenty of sink on his average fastball, which topped out at 93-94 down the stretch. He pitches in the 90-92 range early in games but drops into the high 80s after the fifth or sixth inning, leading some scouts to believe he'll be a reliever in pro ball. He also has failed to develop his changeup, though his slider is back to being an average pitch, and sometimes plus. Beaulac's delivery has some effort and he needs to add strength to his thin frame, but he's a good athlete and fields his position well.
9 285 San Diego Padres Kyle Thebeau Texas A&M Texas
After spending two years as a swingman at Texas A&M, Thebeau has found his niche as a full-time reliever as a junior. Though he had some success as a starter, including a 13-strikeout complete-game victory against Louisiana-Lafayette in an NCAA regional championship game last June, he's better suited to work out of the bullpen in pro ball. He works primarily with a 91-94 mph fastball that touches 96 and a mid-80s slider. While his slider is an out pitch, he relies on it too much at times. He's just 6-foot-1 and 195 pounds, so he generates his velocity via some effort in his delivery, which hinders his control. Thebeau projects more as a setup man than as a closer, and he's likely as good as he's going to get. But he has the arm to pitch in the seventh or eighth inning at the major league level, and he shouldn't require much time in the minors.
9 288 Arizona Diamondbacks Brett Moorhouse Indian River (Fla.) CC Fla. $120,000
Righthander Brett Moorhouse features pure arm strength. He pitches in the low 90s and has been seen up to 94. His secondary stuff keeps him from being a top prospect, as his changeup and slider are still in the developmental stages. A good sign is that he finished with a K/BB ratio of nearly four/one this spring.
9 290 New York Yankees Mikey O'Brien Hidden Valley HS, Roanoke, Va. Va. $200,000
Righthander Mikey O'Brien throws his fastball at 90 mph and shows a good feel for pitching. He has command of a solid curveball and changeup and dominated high school hitters this season. The knock on O'Brien is his size. At 5-foot-11, he'll likely end up in college, and he is committed to Winthrop.
9 291 Cleveland Indians Clayton Cook Amarillo (Texas) HS Texas $115,000
10 294 Pittsburgh Pirates Drew Gagnon Liberty HS, Brentwood, Calif. Calif.
10 297 San Francisco Giants Ryan O'Sullivan Valhalla HS, El Cajon, Calif. Calif.
O'Sullivan's older brother Sean was a third-round pick of the Angels in 2005 (signing as a draft-and-follow the following spring), and while Ryan lacks his older brother's big, physical body, his frame is solid and gives him some projection. O'Sullivan's build, stuff and approach are similar to Ian Kennedy's. He locates his 88-92 mph four-seam fastball well with some armside life. His breaking ball is not the monster curve his brother attacks hitters with, but it has improved substantially since his junior year. More of a finesse than a power pitcher, O'Sullivan also shows an excellent feel for his sinker and changeup. He profiles as a third or fourth starter, with four average to plus pitches, as well as command and pitching savvy. He plays shortstop when he's not pitching, but he does not project as a pro hitter. He has enough athletic ability and bat, though, to handle two-way duties if he winds up in college at San Diego State.
10 298 Florida Marlins Trevor Holder Georgia Ga.
After a strong showing in the Cape Cod League last summer, when he went 4-1, 0.81, Holder was a hot commodity for scouts coming into the season. He allowed only one hit and struck out 10 in eight innings of work in the Cape championship game, earning league playoff MVP honors. A part-time starter for Georgia in 2007, Holder moved into the weekend rotation in 2008 as the Friday night starter. But he has not been overpowering this spring, offering a fairly straight fastball between 89-91 mph and below-average secondary stuff. With less than a strikeout per inning, Holder has not missed many bats and has relied on command and savvy to be successful. He has the ability to pitch to the corners and consistently pounds the zone. Holder has a projectable 6-foot-3, 195-pound frame, but his feel for pitching and track record are what separate him from teammate Stephen Dodson, who has similar stuff, and will make him more attractive on draft day.
10 300 Chicago White Sox Stephen Sauer Arizona State Ariz. $72,500
Sauer struggled under a heavy workload, according to scouts, losing the life on his pitches. In the first half, the Western Nevada transfer sat at 88-91 mph with sink and a swing-and-miss downer breaking ball to go with a solid straight change and get-it-over slurve.
10 303 Texas Rangers Kevin Castner Cal Poly Calif.
Castner has hit 98 mph at times and emerged last summer in the West Coast Collegiate League, where Mauldin did the previous summer. While Mauldin returned from arm problems to use his upper-80s sinker and slider as Poly's most reliable pitcher this spring, Castner was his usual inconsistent self. He sat in the 93-95 mph range and showed a slider with plus potential, and he has the velocity to blow hitters away by elevating his fastball. Problem is, he lacks a plan B when he can't throw strikes, which is too often (25 walks in 30 IP). His arm works well but he doesn't repeat his delivery and lacks a feel for pitching.
10 308 Milwaukee Brewers Greg Miller Seton Hall N.J. $75,000
Seton Hall's Greg Miller led the Pirates in batting as a right fielder this spring, but his future is on the mound, where he went 3-4, 3.63 before taking a line drive off his face against Rutgers, breaking his nose. At 6-foot-4, 220 pounds, Miller has a better pro frame and more arm strength than teammate Corey Young, but he lacks Young's feel for pitching. Miller's fastball sits in the 88-92 mph range and touches 94, but it's straight. His low-80s slider is a good pitch at times but is more often below-average, and his changeup is well-below-average. Miller needs a lot of work on his control--he issued 36 walks while striking out 37 in 45 innings this spring. He's a good athlete but has a rigid, overhand delivery and a stiff front side.
10 309 Toronto Blue Jays Danny Farquhar Louisiana-Lafayette La. $112,500
Righthander Danny Farquhar averaged 11.8 strikeouts per nine innings for Louisiana-Lafayette as a sophomore and maintained that whiff rate in the Cape Cod League over the summer. He wasn't nearly as dominant this spring (9.8 K/9), and his velocity was down as well. Farquhar pitched in the low 90s in 2007, but this spring he'd only flash that velocity for an inning or two. He likes to varies his arm slots from high three-quarters to sidearm, and his slider was flatter than it had been when he threw from the lower angle. He's just 5-foot-11 and 170 pounds, and there's effort in his delivery, so pro teams project him as a reliever.
10 310 Atlanta Braves J.J. Hoover Calhoun (Ala.) CC Ala. $400,000
Hoover throws in the low to mid-90s. He is a strikeout pitcher, mixing his vastly improved slider, curve ball and changeup with his above-average fastball to create a solid four-pitch arsenal. Hoover has a pro body at 6-foot-4, and is committed to West Virginia.
10 311 Chicago Cubs Alex Wilson Texas A&M Texas
The biggest wild card in Texas this year is righthander Alex Wilson, who transferred to Texas A&M after starring at Winthrop for two seasons. Projected as an early pick for this year, the 6-foot-1, 215-pounder blew out his elbow last summer in the Cape Cod League and hasn't pitched for the Aggies after having Tommy John surgery. In his first bullpen workout in early May, he showed that he hadn't lost any velocity by throwing 90-94 mph. Wilson, who had a hard but inconsistent slider before the injury, plans on returning to the Cape and will be monitored closely this summer by whoever drafts him.
10 312 Seattle Mariners Nate Newman Pepperdine Calif.
10 313 Detroit Tigers Robbie Weinhardt Oklahoma State Okla. $15,000
Weinhardt was a 38th-round pick of the Astros in 2007, when he showed an 86-89 mph fastball and a slurvy breaking ball. He should go about 30 rounds earlier this time around, because he has boosted his fastball to 92-95 mph. His curveball is still fringy and his control can be spotty at times. He started for two seasons at Hill (Texas) JC but is best suited for relief, his role with the Cowboys.
10 317 Colorado Rockies Stephen Dodson Georgia Ga. $100,000
Righthander Stephen Dodson had a breakout sophomore season in 2007 and has been the Bulldogs' Saturday starter this season. He's a projectable 6-foot-5, 210 pounds and typically pitches between 90-92 mph. A control pitcher, Dodson typically finds success by locating his upper-80s sinker down in the zone, inducing groundballs. His secondary pitches are fringe-average at best, as he throws a slider and changeup, rarely missing bats. When he elevates his pitches, Dodson is hittable, especially by lefthanded hitters.
10 320 New York Yankees D.J. Mitchell Clemson S.C. $400,000
Recruited as an outfielder, Mitchell didn't pitch at all his freshman year at Clemson. A career .241 hitter in college, he split time between hitting and pitching last season and found more success on the mound, tallying a 5-0, 3.27 record in 15 appearances. Following his sophomore season, he led the Cape Cod League with 58 strikeouts, including one 15-strikeout performance, and had a 1.47 ERA in eight starts. He has been Clemson's Friday night starter this spring, providing stability on a young staff. Athletic on the mound, Mitchell has long, wiry arms and legs. His fastball comes in between 89-91 mph, but with above-average movement. He creates natural sink and tail from his loose three-quarters arm slot. He complements his fastball with a sweeping slider and changeup. Mitchell is 6-feet, 170 pounds and has room to add more weight. Due to his size, durability is a question mark, but his live body and limited pitching experience intrigue scouts. He'll likely end up in the bullpen at the professional level.
10 322 Boston Red Sox Pete Ruiz Santa Barbara (Calif.) CC Calif. $100,000
11 323 Tampa Bay Rays Brad Furdal Ancaster HS, Ancaster, Ontario Ontario $140,000
Righty Brad Furdal has a projectable 6-foot-2, 185-pound frame and could improve his velocity and the power on his breaking ball by adding strength. He's shown the ability to spin a breaking ball and has a loose arm. His fastball reaches the upper 80s presently. He's committed to High Point, though that could change after the resignation of Panthers coach Sal Bando.
11 327 San Francisco Giants Justin Fitzgerald UC Davis Calif.
A redshirt junior, Fitzgerald has emerged as a prospect by becoming one of the West's harder-throwing closers, but he's far from a one-pitch power closer. His fastball has touched 95 mph at times, though it straightens out at that velocity. He gets a little more cut and life on the pitch when it's thrown in the 90-93 mph range. Fitzgerald's slider and cut fastball are both decent pitches, with the cutter thrown with more power. His best secondary pitch is a changeup, which grades out as solid-average. While Fitzgerald is just a decent athlete, he throws strikes and generally repeats his delivery. The Aggies tried to make him a starter as a sophomore, but his elbow couldn't handle the strain of his velocity, and he ended up taking a medical redshirt. He has proven more hittable than a closer should be and profiles more as a set-up man as a pro, but his effectiveness against lefthanded hitters should help him move quickly.
11 328 Florida Marlins Blake Brewer Sandy Creek HS, Tyrone, Ga. Ga. $150,000
11 337 Los Angeles Dodgers Nate Eovaldi Alvin (Texas) HS Texas $250,000
Aggies recruit Nathan Eovaldi had Tommy John surgery last May, and he rushed back to pitch his senior season at Alvin High. Eovaldi, who capped his spring with a victory in the state 5-A regional semifinals, has been back up to 92-93 mph. He hasn't been able to throw a breaking ball, however, and his hard slider was inconsistent in the path. Scouts admire his grit but balk at his price tag, so he'll probably end up in College Station.
11 339 Toronto Blue Jays Dustin Antolin Mililani (Hawaii) HS Hawaii
Antolin has touched 93 mph in shorter stints but generally sits in the 85-89 mph range. He has a clean arm action and loose wrists that should allow him to throw harder in the future and add power to his breaking ball. His low three-quarters arm slot helps give his two-seamer good sinking life and lends itself to a slider that has average potential. He mixes in a changeup as well and could be drafted higher than Daly.
11 341 Chicago Cubs Toby Matchulat Wabash Valley (Ill.) CC Ill.
11 344 New York Mets Jeff Kaplan Cal State Fullerton Calif.
Six-foot senior righty Jeff Kaplan, the team's steadiest starter in '07, touches the low 90s but works better in the upper 80s with sink. He can spot his fastball and works inside well.
11 345 San Diego Padres Tyson Bagley Dallas Baptist Texas
Senior righthander Tyson Bagley has the most eye-catching tool at Dallas Baptist: a 93-96 mph fastball. He's also 6-foot-8 and 250 pounds. Bagley threw hard but with little control or command while at Westmont (Calif.) and Cisco (Texas) JC, and the Patriots have improved his delivery and ability to throw strikes. He still has bouts of wildness, his fastball is straight and his curveball is nothing special, so he doesn't have as much upside as his velocity might suggest.
11 346 Philadelphia Phillies Mike Stutes Oregon State Ore.
Stutes rallied late to lower his ERA to 5.32, salvaging some of his draft stock. He has shown excellent velocity, hitting 94 mph at times and sitting at 89-92 mph. Even after four years of school, he's still more thrower than pitcher, however, lacking fastball command and a feel for pitching. He threw more sliders this year than in the past and throws a curveball and changeup. At times all four are average pitches. His lack of consistency might push him back to the same range of the '07 draft, when the Cardinals took him in the ninth round.
11 351 Cleveland Indians Matt Langwell Rice Texas
12 353 Tampa Bay Rays Brian Bryles North Little Rock (Ark.) HS Ark.
The state's top high school player, outfielder/righthander Brian Bryles, hasn't committed to a four-year school, so he may be signable. As a center fielder, he offers speed and upside with a line-drive-oriented bat. On the mound, he can crack the 90s with his fastball. The 6-foot-2, 180-pounder lacks polish as both a hitter and a pitcher and will need time to develop. He was part of North Little Rock's state-champion 4 x 100 meter relay team.
12 360 Chicago White Sox Steven Upchurch Faith Academy, Mobile, Ala. Ala.
12 368 Milwaukee Brewers Garrett Sherrill Appalachian State N.C.
12 370 Atlanta Braves David Francis Walters State (Tenn.) CC Tenn. $100,000
12 372 Seattle Mariners Kenn Kasparek Texas Texas $100,000
Righthander Kenn Kasparek is another interesting fourth-year junior. Kasparek, who missed 2007 after having Tommy John surgery, started slowly this spring before no-hitting Texas State and throwing eight scoreless innings against Baylor in consecutive late-season starts. His 6-foot-10, 245-pound frame can be intimidating, but he pitches at 88-91 mph with a slurvy curveball. He consistently worked at 92-93 mph with a hard slider in the summer before his senior high school season, and scouts have been waiting to see that stuff since. The Nationals took a 34th-round flier on him a year ago.
12 376 Philadelphia Phillies Ryan Weber Clearwater (Fla.) Central Catholic HS Fla.
At 5-foot-11, Ryan Weber is an undersized righthander with an oversized resume. He has arguably the best mix of command, feel for pitching and competitive nature in the country and has proven it on the international stage. Weber has pitched as the ace for both the youth and junior national teams for USA Baseball, but aside from his track record he doesn't fit the pro mold, with a fastball in the high 80s. Weber has movement on all of his pitches, and commands his slider and changeup with pinpoint accuracy. Pitching out of a three-quarters arm slot, Weber has a loose delivery and is one of the most proven high school pitchers in the state. He is committed to Florida.
12 378 Arizona Diamondbacks Daniel Webb Heath HS, Paducah, Ky. Ky.
Webb has the most arm strength among all the talented pitchers in Kentucky this spring, having hit 96 mph last fall and working consistently at 90-93 mph this spring. But he's not nearly as refined as lefthanders Christian Friedrich, Robbie Ross and Nick Maronde, so the club that takes him in the first two rounds will have to be patient. Webb's curveball is average at best right now, and he either needs to do a better job of staying on top of it or switch to a slider. His changeup and command also are works in progress. A strong 6-foot-3, 205-pounder, Webb has a delivery that's more powerful than smooth. He demonstrated impressive makeup in the 2007 state tournament, pitching a complete game and striking out 10 despite breaking a bone in his foot in the first inning. He has committed to Kentucky but is considered signable.
12 380 New York Yankees Luke Greinke Auburn Ala.
Greinke was impressive in the Shenandoah Valley League last summer and was named league MVP. He was bothered by shoulder tendinitis this spring, however, and has not pitched up to expectations. His fastball sits between 88-90 mph, and his slider and changeup have flashed as above-average pitches. Greinke is an athlete on the mound and is a two-way player for Auburn.
12 381 Cleveland Indians Guido Fonseca Northern Iowa Iowa
13 383 Tampa Bay Rays Jason McEachern St. Stephens HS, Hickory, N.C. N.C.
13 385 Kansas City Royals John Flanagan Southwestern Illinois JC Ill.
13 390 Chicago White Sox Dexter Carter Old Dominion Va.
Dexter Carter opened the season as the Sunday starter, but command trouble limited his work and relegated him to the bullpen. Carter was a 12th-round pick of the Rangers in 2005 coming out of high school, and his 6-foot-6, 200-pound frame and live arm still give scouts plenty to dream on. His fastball has touched 97 and he pitches around 92 mph. Carter's slider can also be a plus pitch, but like his fastball is inconsistent.
13 392 Houston Astros Kyle Godfrey Hiwassee (Tenn.) JC Tenn.
13 394 Oakland Athletics Dan Thomas South Florida Fla. $100,000
As a redshirt sophomore, Thomas was the Bulls' Saturday starter in 2007 and was drafted by the Cardinals in the 44th round. He returned to school to take on the Friday night ace role this season. Even though his statistics aren't gaudy, Thomas has boosted his draft stock. Typically pitching at 90-93 mph, he continues to improve his arm strength and has been seen up to 95. He also throws a true downer curveball and has excellent feel for his above-average changeup. With clean mechanics and a high three-quarters arm slot, Thomas pitches downhill with plane but little deception. He had Tommy John surgery as a senior in high school in 2004, then felt discomfort in his arm again last season and was shut down after just 28 innings--though he did not require surgery. Thomas is a projectable 6-foot-2, 195 pounds and could add velocity to his fastball. He will get a chance to start at the pro level but could end up in the bullpen.
13 395 St. Louis Cardinals Mitch Harris Navy Md.
A senior at Navy, Harris has been one of the top pitchers in the Patriot League for the past two years and entered this season as the league's top draft prospect. He has been a two-way standout for the Midshipmen, but he is strictly a pitcher for pro consideration. Blessed with an ideal pitcher's frame, Harris is athletic and consistently pitches in the low 90s. He has plus command of three pitches--fastball, slider and changeup--and all three have potential to be major league average. He sustained a minor shoulder separation in a pre-season intrasquad scrimmage after hitting a home run, tripping over first base and landing awkwardly on his right arm. He didn't make his first start until the end of March, but quickly regained form when he returned to action. Of more concern to teams is his military commitment, which is five years unless the Navy changes its mind. Some Navy athletes have served just two years active duty, but even that would drive Harris down draft boards. Naval officials were still considering options for Harris, who hoped to have an arrangement worked out by draft day. He would be a lock for the first five rounds on talent, but his service commitment makes him a huge question mark.
13 398 Milwaukee Brewers Rob Wooten North Carolina N.C.
13 399 Toronto Blue Jays Matt Daly Hawaii Hawaii
Matt Daly opened eyes as a freshman reliever for the Rainbow Warriors, hitting 96 mph and showing the durability to pitch back-to-back games as a short reliever. He was a key piece of their 2006 regional team. After starting in the Cape Cod League last summer (and throwing a no-hitter), though, Daly wanted to start this spring for Hawaii, and he didn't throw enough strikes to succeed. He peaked at 94 mph as a starter, and at 5-foot-10, his fastball lacks the downward plane to be effective without better command. Daly's not just an arm strength guy; his slider and changeup are good enough for him to start. He just needs better command of his fastball. He was still generating single-digit interest as a potential middle reliever.
13 403 Detroit Tigers Jared Gayhart Rice Texas $125,000
Jared Gayhart may be the best athlete on Rice, and he has served the Owls primarily as a center fielder and leadoff hitter. Though he had spent just six innings on the mound by the end of May, that was enough to draw the attention of scouts, and he may get drafted as a righthanded pitcher. Gayhart has a fastball that reaches 93 mph and a good slider, and he could get even better if he focused solely on pitching. As an outfielder, he's a blue-collar player who projects as a reserve if he were to reach the majors.
13 404 New York Mets Scott Shaw Illinois Ill.
13 405 San Diego Padres Erik Davis Stanford Calif.
Senior righty Erik Davis put together his best stretch with four consecutive complete games, incorporating an improved changeup into a repertoire that already featured a 92 mph fastball and a solid curveball. Davis also has come back from a 2006 incident in the Cape Cod League where he was struck in the head by a batted ball, nearly losing an eye, and had to have facial reconstructive surgery.
13 406 Philadelphia Phillies B.J. Rosenberg Louisville Ky.
For the second straight year, Louisville has an intriguing fifth-year senior reliever. Following in the footsteps of Trystan Magnuson is righthander B.J. Rosenberg, who missed the Cardinals' 2007 College World Series run after having surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder. He opened this spring in Louisville's rotation and took off when he shifted to the bullpen in mid-March. Working in relief, Rosenberg boosted his fastball to 93-95 mph. If he had a more consistent slider and a better medical history, he'd be a sure bet for the first five rounds.
13 409 Los Angeles Angels Michael Kohn College of Charleston S.C.
Charleston also boasts a quartet of pitchers, with the leader of the group being righthander Michael Kohn. Originally recruited as a hitter, Kohn was clocked off the mound at 95 mph last fall and showed signs of a plus breaking ball. He didn't make his first pitching appearance for the Cougars until April, however, due to a bruise in his shoulder. Kohn pitched 13 innings in the regular season, tallying 16 strikeouts and four saves. He is a bit of a wild card as he has the raw stuff to entice teams.
13 412 Boston Red Sox Tyler Wilson Armuchee HS, Rome, Ga. Ga. $300,000
14 414 Pittsburgh Pirates Mike Colla Arizona Ariz.
The physical Colla has a 90-92 mph fastball with fringy secondary stuff and a lack of pitchability.
14 415 Kansas City Royals Chase Hentges Shakopee (Minn.) HS Minn. $150,000
Righthander Chase Hentges, who has committed to Iowa Western CC rather than a four-year school, is one of the more signable prospects in Minnesota. He's not as refined as the other high school players, but he's projectable (6-foot-5, 200 pounds) and already reaches 88-92 mph with clean mechanics. His slider is more flat and slurvy than reliable at this point.
14 416 Baltimore Orioles Jesse Beal South County SS, Lorton, Va. Va. $275,000
14 418 Florida Marlins Bryan Evans UC Davis Calif.
The Aggies start Evans on Sunday, behind fifth-year senior Eddie Gamboa and junior Brad McAtee. While those two are better college pitchers--and McAtee, at 88-92 mph, has more present stuff--Evans has more upside and was leading the team in strikeouts despite opening the year in the bullpen. He has decent velocity on his fastball, sitting in the upper-80s after touching 90-91 as a reliever. With his projectable 6-foot-3, 205-pound frame, he should sit solid average as he fills out. Evans' secondary pitches are his forte, as he has an inconsistent curveball that at times is a plus pitch. His changeup, like his fastball, has armside run and grades out as an average pitch as well. Evans commands all his pitches but was still learning pitch sequences and how to pace himself.
14 419 Cincinnati Reds Lance Janke San Diego Christian Calif.
14 420 Chicago White Sox Jorden Merry Washington Wash.
Merry was more effective and turned into the Huskies' ace, which gave scouts time to warm up to him. He touched the low 90s with his fastball when he reached back for more, but worked better in the upper 80s, throwing his fastball with sink to the inner and outer halves of the plate. His curve and changeup are fringe-average, with the curveball lacking power. He added a slider he throws for strikes and would be a valuable senior ace for the Huskies, but could fit for some teams in the eighth to 12th round.
14 421 Washington Nationals Louis Coleman Louisiana State La.
Righthander Louis Coleman went from starting on Friday nights for LSU as a freshman to struggling out of the bullpen as a sophomore. Tigers coaches had him pitch from a sidearm slot by the end of the 2007 season, but it didn't help. Coleman raised his arm angle back up to three-quarters this spring and has been a dynamic long reliever, pitching from 89-93 mph with run and sink on his fastball. His slider also is improved, and he never had much trouble throwing strikes.
14 422 Houston Astros Chris Hicks Georgia Tech Ga. $150,000
Closer Chris Hicks has shown plus arm strength this season, throwing 92-95 mph out of the bullpen. Hicks' fastball is heavy but at times can be too true, and poor command made him hittable and led to a 7.11 ERA. Hicks also throws a curveball, split-finger and knuckle-curve. At 6-foot-4, 205 pounds, he's projectable if he can harness his command.
14 423 Texas Rangers Justin Gutsie St. John's N.Y.
Righty Justin Gutsie ran his fastball up to 94-95 last summer in the New England Collegiate League, where he ranked as the No. 4 prospect. He was inconsistent this spring, pitching up in the zone and showing little feel for pitching, and the Johnnies used him as a middle reliever, which made him hard for scouts to see. His fastball generally topped out at 91 this spring without much life. Every once in a while he flashes an excellent slider, but he cannot command it with any consistency.
14 426 Minnesota Twins Blayne Weller Key West (Fla.) HS Fla. $100,000
14 429 Toronto Blue Jays Chris Holguin Lubbock Christian (Texas) Texas
Lubbock Christian went 53-4, including a 38-game winning streak, but two of its losses came in the regional playoffs and the Chapparals fell short of the NAIA World Series. Pro teams are interested in the two righthanders who took those defeats, Chris Holguin and Gary Poynter. A senior, Holguin has the better pitchability of the two, and despite being 6 feet tall, he can reach 96 mph with his fastball. His slider is a decent second pitch.
14 431 Chicago Cubs Dan McDaniel Chabot (Calif.) JC Calif. $100,000
14 432 Seattle Mariners Luke Burnett Louisiana Tech La. $200,000
Burnett looked like a potential first-round pick as a reliever last summer in the Cape Cod League, when he intimidated hitters with his 6-foot-8, 260-pound frame and a fastball that sat at 96 mph. Now he has to hope that teams place a lot of faith in what he showed on the Cape, because he had a horrible 2008 season that torpedoed his draft status. Used mostly as a starter--a role in which he thrived as a sophomore--Burnett failed to win a game and didn't pitch after April 25, when he walked four batters and couldn't get out of the first inning against Hawaii. His arm speed was noticeably slower this spring, though an MRI didn't reveal any injury. He pitched mostly at 86-91 mph with a straight four-seam fastball. He bounced his splitter in the dirt and had trouble staying on top of his slider. When it's on, his splitter can be devastating. Burnett draws comparisons to Kyle Farnsworth, and he's best suited to come in and air out his fastball for an inning at a time. His delivery is stiff and hampers his command, and he doesn't have a lot of feel for pitching. The team that selects Burnett likely will follow him in summer ball to see if he can get back on track before trying to sign him.
14 434 New York Mets Brandon Moore Indiana Wesleyan Ind.
Righthander Brandon Moore threw a 10-inning complete-game victory with 14 strikeouts at the National Christian College Athletic Association World Series, where Indiana Wesleyan finished second. Not only does Moore have a 90-93 mph fastball and the ability to spin a good 78-80 mph curve, but scouts also like his frame (6-foot-4, 190 pounds) and arm action.
14 436 Philadelphia Phillies Michael Schwimer Virginia Va.
Schwimer saved 14 games in 26 appearances and finished with a 3-1, 1.72 mark. He profiles better as a set-up man at the pro level. His best two pitches are a fastball that sits between 90-93 mph and slider in the mid-80s. Schwimer also throws a split-finger pitch that acts as his changeup. He has command of all three pitches.
14 438 Arizona Diamondbacks Trevor Harden New Mexico JC N.M.
Harden, a Miami recruit, battled hamstring problems early and missed six weeks, but he was finishing strong and had interest from some teams in the fifth- to eighth-round range. He's shown a power arm with a low-90s fastball, touching 94, complemented at times by a plus slider in the low 80s. He's the safest bet in the state to get drafted with a single-digit pick.
14 439 Los Angeles Angels Reyes Dorado Arizona State Ariz.
A transfer from Riverside (Calif.) CC, Dorado was showing premium stuff early, with a 94 mph fastball and mid-80s slider with depth. However, the 6-footer wore down under a heavy workload and was laboring to bump 90 as the season wore on.
14 440 New York Yankees David Phelps Notre Dame Ind. $150,000
Another player who couldn't match his gaudy sophomore numbers is rigthhander David Phelps, who last year joined Aaron Heilman as the only pitchers in Notre Dame history with triple-digit strikeouts and a sub-2.00 ERA. Phelps hasn't commanded his curveball and changeup as well in 2008, but he's still 6-foot-3 with a quick arm and a 90-93 mph fastball. Like White, Phelps will go somewhere in the first eight rounds. His brother Mike pitches in the Cubs system.
14 441 Cleveland Indians Carlos Moncrief Chipola (Fla.) JC Fla. $150,000
Moncrief is an arm strength guy with velocities up to 96 mph and the projection to add more. He also throws an above-average slider and developing changeup. Moncrief is an athlete who also plays in the field for Chipola and is raw on the mound. He projects as a late-inning reliever and has one of the highest ceilings of the juco prospects in the state. He has Tommy John surgery in his past and is still discovering how strong his arm can be. Up to 94 mph this spring, Jeffers pitches out of the bullpen and may have more in the tank.
15 445 Kansas City Royals Alberto Espinosa Broward (Fla.) CC Fla.
15 448 Florida Marlins Johnny Dorn Nebraska Neb.
Righthander Johnny Dorn may not overwhelm hitters, but he wins. His 36 victories entering the NCAA playoffs led all active Division I pitchers. He has plus-plus command and a feel for mixing four pitches. Dorn strained his elbow as a freshman at the 2005 College World Series, and he pitched with diminished velocity for two seasons before moving back up to 86-89 mph this spring. His slider may be his best pitch, and he also throws a loopy curveball and a changeup.
15 455 St. Louis Cardinals Scott McGregor Memphis Tenn.
15 458 Milwaukee Brewers Mark Willinsky Santa Clara Calif.
Willinsky emerged the summer after his freshman season. showing off one of the better arms in the Alaska League. He compared favorably to Vanderbilt's Casey Weathers, who was also in Alaska that summer, as his fastball had more life and he had a more complete repertoire of pitches. With a big frame, he seemed likely to develop into an innings-eating sinker/slider pitcher. However, Willinsky hasn't become consistent with his slider or changeup and profiles better out of the bullpen. There he can work primarily off his fastball, which sits at 93-94 mph when he's at his best with good sink. His slider remains inconsistent and is more of a groundball pitch rather than a strikeout pitch most of the time, but he has flashed a power slider. Willinsky, who took a medical redshirt last season, also throws a split-finger fastball that can be a strikeout pitch. He lacks control, not to mention command, but has power stuff and could be a closer eventually if he throws more strikes.
15 459 Toronto Blue Jays Scott Gracey New Mexico N.M. $100,000
Scott Gracey was the state's most intriguing talent and earned comparisons to Blue Jays righthander Jeremy Accardo due to a similar story. Like Accardo, Gracey primarily is a shortstop in college and hit .332 this spring, though with no homers even at New Mexico's altitude. While he's an excellent defender at short, he's a much better prospect on the mound, but he had not pitched enough to be crosschecked by many teams as a pitcher, making it hard to draft him high. Gracey pitched some in the MINK League last summer with the Beatrice Bruins (one-time summer league address of Joba Chamberlain), and shows a clean arm with 90-93 mph velocity on his fastball. His best pitch might just be a mid-80s hard slider/cutter that shows above-average potential. A redshirt sophomore, Gracey has leverage but also needs to get on a mound if he wants to be a professional pitcher.
15 461 Chicago Cubs Casey Coleman Florida Gulf Coast Fla.
15 467 Colorado Rockies Juan Rodriguez Turabo (P.R.) JC P.R.
Catcher Jean Carlos Rodriguez could sneak into the top 10 rounds. Rodriguez has raw power and a plus arm behind the plate, but he's unrefined as a hitter. He has a tall approach that doesn't incorporate his legs well. He is a promising receiver but has plenty of work to do defensively.
15 470 New York Yankees Matt Richardson Lake Mary (Fla.) HS Fla. $250,000
Shortstop Matt Richardson is also committed to UCF and could also be a dual threat. He is a tremendous defender in the middle of the diamond and has an above-average arm, which he uses to throw 92 mph off the mound. At the plate, Richardson is a singles hitter with little power.
16 473 Tampa Bay Rays Matt Gorgen California Calif. $125,000
Bears closer Matt Gorgen isn't as polished as twin brother Scott, the starter at UC Irvine, but runs his fastball into the 90-92 mph range in relief and has shown excellent durability. He also throws a mid-80s cutter that he uses too often. If he had the same changeup as his brother, he could fit into a rotation as a pro but more likely will remain in relief.
16 483 Texas Rangers Justin Miller Fresno State Calif.
16 484 Oakland Athletics Matt Fitts Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) Idaho
As an eligible sophomore, Fitts didn't sign last year as the Astros' 15th-round pick, returning to Lewis-Clark State to help the Warriors try to win yet another NAIA national championship. He has won all 11 of his decisions and won the super-regional clincher for the Warriors. A high school teammate of UC Davis closer Justin Fitzgerald, and yet another Northern California prep product who figures to go high out of college this year, Fitts profiles as a back of the rotation starter. A Long Beach State transfer, Fitts has athleticism in his compact 6-foot-2 frame that allows him to throw quality strikes with three average pitches. His fastball is unremarkable but sits in the 91-92 mph range deep into pitch counts. He's not afraid to pitch inside, with 22 HBPs in just 14 starts. His slider is a swing-and-miss pitch at the college level and could use a bit more depth for pro ball to be a strikeout pitch. His changeup gives him a solid third offering. Fitts can be a bit home run prone and won't be an ace but should move quickly.
16 485 St. Louis Cardinals Miguel Flores Cerritos (Calif.) JC Calif.
16 488 Milwaukee Brewers Stosh Wawrzasek Walnut Grove SS, Langley, B.C British Columbia $100,000
righthander Stosh Wawrzasek elicited split opinions from scouts. He's the best amateur pitcher in Canada, with two solid-average pitches in a 90-92 mph fastball and slurvy breaking ball that he can throw for strikes. He'll have to improve his breaking ball to make it a strikeout pitch in pro ball. He's committed to Florida International and would fit in immediately there as a freshman thanks to his excellent mound presence and poise. Wawrzasek competes and has a durable frame at 6-foot-1, 225 pounds, though he lacks projection. He pitched well in late April in front of scouts and crosscheckers in British Columbia with his club team, the Langley Blaze (Lawrie and Morrison are among his teammates), and could draw interest in the sixth- to 10th-round range.
16 493 Detroit Tigers Thad Weber Nebraska Neb.
Weber was the only one of the three who was drafted in 2007, turning down the Reds as a 37th-rounder. Recruited out of Hutchinson (Kan.) CC as more of a first baseman than a pitcher, he has a legitimate out pitch in his curveball. He gets hit a lot harder than Dorn, though, because his high-80s fastball is straight.
16 494 New York Mets Travis Babin Sonoma State (Calif.) Calif.
16 495 San Diego Padres Tom Davis Fordham N.Y.
Fordham righthander Tom Davis capped his solid four-year career by going 9-2, 1.90 as a senior this spring. He competes with a fringe-average fastball that sometimes reaches 92, a decent slider in the low 80s and a good changeup in the 76-81 range.
16 497 Colorado Rockies Chad Rose Broward (Fla.) CC Fla.
16 499 Los Angeles Angels Johnny Hellweg Florida CC Fla. $150,000
17 507 San Francisco Giants Brian Irving Yale Conn.
17 510 Chicago White Sox Jon Weaver East Leyden HS, Franklin Park, Ill. Ill.
Like Jimenez, righthander Jonathan Weaver has a projectable frame and hasn't signed with a four-year school. The 6-foot-3, 185 pounder has an easy, fluid delivery. His fastball sits in the upper 80s and touches the low 90s, and his breaking ball shows promise. He has committed to Heartland (Ill.) CC.
17 515 St. Louis Cardinals Josh Hester Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) Tenn.
17 518 Milwaukee Brewers Damon Krestalude Port St. Lucie (Fla.) HS Fla. $100,800
17 520 Atlanta Braves Mark Pope Walton HS, Marietta, Ga. Ga.
Mark Pope throws a fastball that sits around 90 mph with sink. He also throws a curveball and has command of both pitches. Pope is committed to Georgia Tech.
17 521 Chicago Cubs Jon Nagel Independence (Kan.) CC Kan.
17 522 Seattle Mariners Mike Dennhardt Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey, N.J. N.J.
Last summer, Dennhardt's fastball sat in the 87-88 mph range, but his velocity jumped into the low 90s this spring, topping out at 93. He flashes three legitimate average pitches, including a hard 12-to-6 curveball and a developing changeup. Dennhardt has a stocky, durable build, an excellent feel for pitching and a hard-nosed mentality. He's committed to Boston College but could sneak into the top five rounds, though the seventh or eighth round is a safer bet.
17 523 Detroit Tigers Rob Waite UC Riverside Calif.
17 527 Colorado Rockies Alan DeRatt UNC Asheville N.C.
17 531 Cleveland Indians Mitch Mormann Des Moines Area (Iowa) CC Iowa
Several scouts went in to see righthander Mitch Mormann after reports that he touched 94 mph, but they came away underwhelmed after he struggled against Junior College World Series-bound Iowa Western. He's a 6-foot-6, 230-pounder with raw arm strength, but his secondary pitches, command and mound presence all need a lot of work.
17 532 Boston Red Sox Jordan Cooper Shawnee Heights HS, Tecumseh, Kan. Kan.
The top prep prospect in Kansas, Cooper stands out most for his polish. He has good feel for his heavy 88-91 mph sinker, and he has maintained its velocity throughout the spring. He throws four pitches, including a curveball, slider and changeup and could be more effective once he settles on one breaking ball. His arm is clean and works well. Though Cooper isn't exceptionally big at 6-foot-1 and 190 pounds, he's a very good athlete, which allows him to repeat his delivery and throw strikes. An all-city basketball guard, he also doubles as a slugging third baseman in baseball. Committed to Wichita State, Cooper could be difficult to sign in the fourth or fifth round, which is where his talent projects to land him.
18 538 Florida Marlins Tom Koehler SUNY Stony Brook N.Y.
Stony Brook righthander Tom Koehler has improved his stock as a senior by getting his body into much better shape. Koehler has always had good stuff and ran his fastball up to 94 as a junior, but scouts shied away from him because of his weight, and he went undrafted. He worked hard to firm up his body in the offseason and lost 35-40 pounds, and he anchored Stony Brook's America East-championship pitching staff this spring, going 6-5, 4.15 with 111 strikeouts and 45 walks in 93 innings. He works in the 92-94 range with a sinking, average to plus fastball, and he pitches off it well. His slider is a plus pitch at times, and he mixes in a promising changeup with some tumble. He'll flash a good overhand curveball, but other times he'll throw a flat one. His arm action has some funk, with a wrap in the back that affects his command, but with a 6-foot-3, 235-pound frame, he has a chance to be a workhorse if he can keep his body in shape.
18 540 Chicago White Sox Josh Billeaud Southern Mississippi Miss.
Josh Billeaud also was selected in last year's draft, by the Rays in the 21st round. He returned for his junior season but has struggled, finishing the regular season with a 3-4, 7.39 record. Billeaud had more walks (37) than strikeouts (33) in 63 innings. He has arm strength, with a fastball in the low 90s and power slider, but is inconsistent.
18 544 Oakland Athletics Rayan Gonzalez Luchetti HS, Arecibo, P.R. P.R.
18 545 St. Louis Cardinals Jared Bradford Louisiana State La.
18 547 Los Angeles Dodgers Allen Webster McMichael HS, Mayodan, N.C. N.C.
18 548 Milwaukee Brewers Nick Bucci St. Patrick's HS, Sarnia, Ontario Ontario
18 549 Toronto Blue Jays Bobby Bell Rice Texas
18 550 Atlanta Braves Michael Palazzone Lassiter HS, Marietta, Ga. Ga.
Palazzone is another East Cobb alum and was an Aflac All-American last fall. He has major league stuff that put him on the scouting radar in his freshman year. He's 6-foot-3, 190 pounds with room for projection, pitching at 89-92 mph now with the possibility of 91-94 in the future. The gem of Palazzone's arsenal is his curveball, a big breaker with late 11-to-5 dropping action. It's already close to major league ready and he can command it in the zone. His changeup is also advanced for a high school pitcher and could be above-average in the future. With three possible plus pitches, a durable frame and command, Palazzone projects as a starter if he can clean up his delivery. With a funky arm action, backward shoulder tilt and straight over the top release, scouts worry about inconsistency and injuries. He's still able to generate downward plane and leverage to the plate, however. Palazzone is committed to Georgia if he doesn't sign.
18 553 Detroit Tigers Scott Weismann Acton-Boxborough (Mass.) Regional HS Mass.
The high school crop after Landers is thin, but smallish righthander Scott Weismann has a quick arm. His mid-three-quarters arm slot helps him get sink on his 88-91 mph fastball, his slider is a work in progress and he seldom utilizes his changeup. Weismann is committed to Clemson and seems all but certain to head to school.
18 554 New York Mets Collin McHugh Berry (Ga.) Ga.
18 555 San Diego Padres Nick Vincent Long Beach State Calif.
18 556 Philadelphia Phillies Tyler Cloyd Bellevue, Neb. Neb.
18 558 Arizona Diamondbacks Sam Brown North Carolina State N.C.
Brown has the most projection of any of the Wolfpack pitchers. He pitches in the low 90s with a clean delivery, and was a seventh-round pick of the Nationals coming out of high school in 2006.
18 560 New York Yankees Brandon Braboy Indianapolis Ind.
Righthander Brandon Braboy is another small-college starter who emerged this spring. NCAA Division II Indianapolis recruited him from Rend Lake (Ill.) CC as a shortstop, but he has found a home on the mound as his fastball consistently touched 94-95 mph this spring. Though he's just 6 feet tall and 195 pounds, he generates his plus velocity more with arm speed than effort. His breaking ball and his command are still raw, but his arm strength is hard to ignore.
19 563 Tampa Bay Rays Trevor Shull Central Valley HS, Spokane, Wash. Wash.
19 570 Chicago White Sox Justin Kuehn Santa Clara Calif.
19 572 Houston Astros Ashton Mowdy Eastern Oklahoma State JC Okla.
19 574 Oakland Athletics Michael Hart Texas State Texas
19 576 Minnesota Twins Bruce Pugh Hillsborough (Fla.) CC Fla.
19 578 Milwaukee Brewers Blake Billings Hillcrest HS, Tuscaloosa, Ala. Ala. $200,000
Billings is a 6-foot-5, 200 pound righthander who pitches in the high 80s. He is known for throwing strikes and having command of his fastball, slurvy breaking ball and changeup. He has plenty of room to fill out physically and could be a better prospect down the road.
19 579 Toronto Blue Jays Jason Roenicke UC Santa Barbara Calif.
19 582 Seattle Mariners Taylor Lewis Yavapai (Ariz.) JC Ariz.
Yavapai righty Taylor Lewis, the team's third consistent starter aside from Yates and thumbing lefty Rick Anton, also could go out as he's touched 92 mph and has an arm that works well.
19 584 New York Mets Zach Rosenbaum UNC-Charlotte N.C.
20 594 Pittsburgh Pirates Quinton Miller Shawnee HS, Medford, N.J. N.J. $900,000
A shoulder impingement in his junior year made Miller tough for scouts to see last summer and fall, and his velocity has been up and down this spring. His injury history, slight build (he's generously listed at 6-foot-3) and a delivery that has some effort raise questions about his long-term durability, but at his best he's a top-three-rounds talent. Depending on what day you see him, Miller can show an average or better fastball in the low 90s that reaches 93-94, or he can work in the 86-90 range. The pitch is straight, though, and his arm slot is inconsistent. He flashes a plus hard slider and an average change. He is aggressive and has a good feel for pitching, though he still needs to refine his command. Unless a team makes a run at him in the first three rounds, Miller figures to wind up at North Carolina, where he should be a high-impact pitcher immediately.
20 595 Kansas City Royals Shawn Griffin Tennessee Tenn.
Shawn Griffin is a senior outfielder with a good lefthanded swing and plus power. He is an average defender at best and will likely play in left field at the pro level. Griffin hit .314 this season with 12 home runs.
20 606 Minnesota Twins Aaron Barrett Wabash Valley (Ill.) CC Ill.
Barrett surprisingly went undrafted in 2007, a victim in part of the now-defunct draft-and-follow system. The Dodgers controlled his rights after taking him in the 44th round in 2006, but changed area scouts in Illinois and didn't pursue him heavily. Other teams interpreted Los Angeles' lack of interest as an indication that he'd be a tough sign, and they didn't bear down on Barrett. He won't get ignored again in 2008, though his commitment to Mississippi might still give clubs pause. Barrett is a 6-foot-4, 215-pounder who works both sides of the plate with an 88-91 mph fastball that touches 94. His slider is a quality second pitch, and he has made nice progress with a circle changeup. Barrett's arm works well and he has no major delivery issues, though he does need to refine his control and command.
20 608 Milwaukee Brewers Liam Ohlmann Manchester (Conn.) CC Conn.
20 616 Philadelphia Phillies Eryk McConnell North Carolina State N.C.
20 618 Arizona Diamondbacks Jordan Meaker Dallas Baptist Texas
Righthander Jordan Meaker was an Astros ninth-round pick out of high school in 2005, but scouts say his delivery has a lot more effort and recoil than it did three years ago. Still, someone might buy into his 6-foot-6, 220-pound frame and a fastball that has good run and sink and tops out at 93 mph. His curveball is slurvy.
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.
20 621 Cleveland Indians Marty Popham Union (Ky.) Ky.
20 622 Boston Red Sox Alex Meyer Greensburg (Ind.) HS Ind.
Meyer created a huge stir at the Perfect Game National showcase last summer. He hadn't planned on attending the event, but his summer team was already in Cincinnati so he stopped by to pitch two innings. Meyer threw his fastball from 92-95 mph, and his hard breaking ball was even nastier. Just like that, he was tabbed as a potential first-rounder for the 2008 draft. This spring, Meyer has continued to show the talent to go in the bottom of the first round, but clubs don't think he'll sign even if he does go that high. He's advised by the Scott Boras Corp., and seems destined to attend Kentucky, so it's unlikely a team will gamble a premium draft choice on him. Meyer throws his pitches on a steep downward plane, thanks to his 6-foot-7, 200-pound frame. Unlike many big pitchers, he doesn't have much difficulty keeping his mechanics in sync and repeating his delivery, the result of the athleticism that makes him an all-conference center for his high school basketball team. If Meyer does opt for the Wildcats over pro ball, it's easy to envision him in the mix for the No. 1 overall pick in 2011.
21 624 Pittsburgh Pirates Brent Klinger Glendale (Ariz.) CC Ariz.
Brent Klinger has a fastball that has touched 94 and a projectable, 6-foot-4, 185-pound body.
21 625 Kansas City Royals Jake Theis North Rockland HS, Haverstraw, N.Y. Wash.
21 626 Baltimore Orioles Eddie Gamboa UC Davis Calif.
Gamboa, a fifth-year senior, is the Aggies' ace and has excellent athletic ability and the best pickoff move in the state. His fastball runs and sinks in the upper 80s, and he's a tremendous competitor. He lacks a breaking ball but shows better feel for two different changeups. He fits a middle-relief profile.
21 627 San Francisco Giants Mike Eifel Dominican (Ill.) Ill.
Righthander Mike Eifel signed a one-day contract with the independent Southern Illinois Miners so he could showcase himself for scouts in a Frontier League exhibition game. The 6-foot-4, 240-pound Eifel, who began his college career at NCAA Division III Dominican as a catcher, reached 93 mph with his fastball and backed it up with a late-breaking 79-80 mph curveball in two innings of work. He also showed a changeup, though he struggled with his command as he opened up too quick with his delivery.
21 633 Texas Rangers Dustin Brader Arizona State Ariz.
21 634 Oakland Athletics Mathieu Poirier Ahuntsic (Quebec) JC Quebec
21 636 Minnesota Twins Steve Blevins Marshall W.Va.
West Virginia is the only state in the area without a player in the Top 200, but even there scouts have found more talent than in recent years. Its top prospect is Marshall righthander Steve Blevins. After attending the University of Cincinnati for two seasons, Blevins transferred to Marshall and won a team-high nine games for the Thundering Herd. With a low-90s fastball, Blevins is a competitor with a solid build.
21 637 Los Angeles Dodgers Dave Sever Saint Louis Mo.
In three years, righthander Dave Sever has gone from a walk-on at Saint Louis to a possible top-10-rounds pick. A starter for the Billikens, he projects as a reliever in pro ball. He has an athletic 6-foot-4, 195-pound frame and touched 94 mph in a relief outing and again in his final start of the spring. Sever, who works at 88-90 mph, also has a hard curveball with bite, though it's inconsistent. He needs to do a better job of attacking hitters and commanding the strike zone. He's a top student and struggled for most of the spring, so most teams didn't bother to crosscheck him.
21 642 Seattle Mariners Jordan Alvis Middle Tennessee State Tenn.
21 647 Colorado Rockies Tyler Trice North Carolina N.C.
21 648 Arizona Diamondbacks Bryan Woodall Auburn Ala.
22 656 Baltimore Orioles Pat Kantakevich William & Mary Va.
Pat Kantakevich is the Tribe's top pitching prospect and was the team's workhorse closer, saving 10 games in 32 appearances. He pitches between 88-91 mph and is not considered a strikeout pitcher.
22 658 Florida Marlins Jared Yecker St. John's N.J.
22 663 Texas Rangers Trevor Hurley Kansas State Kan.
Despite posting a team 5.12 ERA, Kansas State could have as many as six pitchers drafted, starting with righthander Trevor Hurley. Hurley never has posted an ERA below 5.03 in three seasons with the Wildcats, and had a career-worst 6.90 mark in 2008, but he has an 88-93 mph fastball and a hard slider. He also has a strong 6-foot-2, 209-pound frame and he's younger than most juniors at age 20, so he could add velocity. His mission in pro ball will be to improve his control. He walks too many batters and gets hit harder than he should.
22 664 Oakland Athletics Preston Guilmet Arizona Ariz.
Ace starter Preston Guilmet profiles well as a middle reliever thanks to a plus slider and good split-finger fastball, and he works in the bottom half of the strike zone thanks to an unconventional, over-the-top release point. However, his fastball grades as below-average at 86-87 mph. He's performed, though, and earns points with his tremendous makeup. He academically oriented and also has started training horses this spring as part of his coursework.
22 666 Minnesota Twins Kyle Witten Bakersfield (Calif.) JC Calif.
Bakersfield JC righty Kyle Witten has a fastball that peaks at 92 mph, and he adds a decent changeup and slow curveball. His fastball is flat but he throws it for strikes to all parts of the zone, and he walked just 20 in 106 innings this spring. He has an easy arm and projectable frame, and it could all come together for him next spring at Cal State Fullerton.
22 667 Los Angeles Dodgers Matt Smith Wichita State Kan.
22 668 Milwaukee Brewers Ben Jeffers Chipola (Fla.) JC Fla.
22 671 Chicago Cubs Tarlandas Mitchell Alto (Texas) HS Texas
22 672 Seattle Mariners Blake Nation Georgia Southern Ga.
Blake Nation led Georgia Southern with seven saves and throws 88-90 mph out of the bullpen. Nation is 6-foot-8, 260 pounds and could throw harder in the future.
22 674 New York Mets Chris Schwinden Fresno Pacific (Calif.) Calif.
22 675 San Diego Padres Chris Wilkes Dr. Phillips HS, Orlando Fla.
22 677 Colorado Rockies Nick Schnaitmann Cosumnes River (Calif.) JC Calif.
22 678 Arizona Diamondbacks Justin LaTempa Golden West (Calif.) JC Calif.
LaTempa, a redshirt sophomore after spending a season at UC Irvine, has the biggest arm of the group but the least pitchability. Skinny as a pencil in high school, LaTempa has developed into an imposing 6-foot-4, 225-rounder. He was at his best early, when his fastball sat in the 91-93 mph range, peaking at 94-95. At his best, he adds a slider, curve and change. While LaTempa is strong on the basics, he is weak on the minutiae. His fastball is almost dead straight and rarely visits the lower portion of the strike zone. Both his slider and curve are inconsistent, and his change is flat. His inconsistent mechanics also led to shoulder soreness, and he made just nine starts this season. He did make a late relief appearance but had likely fallen out of the first five rounds. He was considered signable.
22 680 New York Yankees Cory Arbiso Cal State Fullerton Calif.
Righty Cory Arbiso had been more effective this season due to precise command, excellent mound presence and the ability to spot his 88-91 mph fastball in while working his sweepy slider and changeup away. He was draft-eligible last year and wasn't picked, and is expected to go in the seventh- to 12th-round range this year.
22 681 Cleveland Indians Bryce Stowell UC Irvine Calif. $725,000
22 682 Boston Red Sox Anthony DeSclafani Colts Neck (N.J.) HS N.J.
Righthanders Anthony Desclafani owns the best changeup in New Jersey and has an excellent feel for pitching. His fastball is fringy at best, sitting in the 88-90 mph range, and he needs to improve his curveball, but he can spin it. Scouts like Desclafani's body (6-foot-3, 175) and his clean, easy delivery, but his current stuff isn't good enough to warrant buying him out of a commitment to Florida.
23 685 Kansas City Royals Dale DeSchepper Georgia College & State Ga.
23 687 San Francisco Giants Jason Jarvis Lincoln Saltdogs (American Association) Neb. $100,000
When Arizona State ruled him academically ineligible in mid-March, righthander Jason Jarvis became eligible for selection this year because he withdrew from the university more than 45 days before the draft. He found a home with the Lincoln Saltdogs of the independent American Association, the league that Luke Hochevar and Max Scherzer used as a springboard to major league contracts the previous two years. With the Sun Devils, Jarvis relied primarily on a lively low-90s fastball. With the Saltdogs, he has cleaned up his delivery and used an improved changeup more often. He uses his slider mainly as a chase pitch, and his repertoire and aggressive nature fit best in the bullpen. Jarvis' fastball velocity has been inconsistent with Lincoln, sometimes dipping into the high 80s. Scouts have questioned his makeup since he was in high school, but the Saltdogs have praised his composure.
23 689 Cincinnati Reds Will Hudgens Memphis Tenn.
23 696 Minnesota Twins Chris Odegaard Minnesota State-Mankato Minn.
23 700 Atlanta Braves Casey Hodges Mount Olive (N.C.) JC N.C.
23 702 Seattle Mariners Brandon Maurer Orange (Calif.) Lutheran HS Calif. $150,000
23 705 San Diego Padres Nick Conaway Walnut Cove, N.C. N.C.
23 711 Cleveland Indians Otto Roberts Belleville (Ill.) West HS Ill.
Righthander Otto Roberts threw a low-90s sinker early in the spring, but he was operating in the high 80s and not maintaining that velocity for long as the draft grew nearer. He has a projectable 6-foot-5, 195-pound frame and flashes a hard slider and intriguing changeup, but scouts worry about his commitment to Creighton and his medical history. He has injured his right shoulder, elbow and knee in the past, and he broke his right hand when he punched a dugout wall in late May.
23 712 Boston Red Sox Seth Garrison Texas Christian Texas
24 713 Tampa Bay Rays Marquis Fleming Cal State Stanislaus Calif.
24 719 Cincinnati Reds Enrique Garcia Miami Fla.
24 720 Chicago White Sox Brett Graffy Notre Dame Ind.
Graffy, who touched 95 mph in his last Cape Cod League outing last summer, gets more run on his fastball and pitches in the high 80s when he drops down to a three-quarters arm slot. His splitter is a promising second pitch. Control never has been Graffy's strongest suit, and when he couldn't throw strikes he lost his role in the Fighting Irish bullpen.
24 721 Washington Nationals Chris Kelley Rice Texas
24 724 Oakland Athletics Ken Smalley Delta State (Miss.) Miss.
24 725 St. Louis Cardinals Zach Pitts Louisville Ky.
24 731 Chicago Cubs David Cales St. Xavier (Ill.) Ill.
24 734 New York Mets Kyle Allen Pendleton School, Bradenton, Fla. Fla. $150,000
24 735 San Diego Padres Eric Gonzalez South Alabama Ala.
24 739 Los Angeles Angels Taylor Jungmann Georgetown (Texas) HS Texas
After leading Rogers to the Texas state 2-A championship in 2007, Jungmann transferred to Georgetown and has pitched his new school into the 5-A regional semifinals. Jungmann is an athletic 6-foot-5, 180-pounder who also was an all-district basketball forward at Rogers. There's a lot of projection left in his frame, and scouts expect his current 88-92 mph fastball to touch 95 mph in the future. While he has a loose arm, his mechanics will need ironing out before he can develop much in the way of secondary pitches or command. Jungmann isn't likely to get picked before the third round and may not be signable outside of the first, so he could wind up attending college at Texas.
25 744 Pittsburgh Pirates Brian Leach Southern Mississippi Miss.
25 745 Kansas City Royals Carson Bryant Wheaton (Ill.) Warrenville HS Calif.
25 749 Cincinnati Reds Raul Rodriguez Simi Valley (Calif.) HS Calif.
25 750 Chicago White Sox Taylor Thompson Auburn Ala.
Thompson is a draft-eligible sophomore who pitches in the low 90s with sink, but his secondary pitches are lacking. His slider can be fringe-average at times, and he also offers a split-finger fastball.
25 753 Texas Rangers Tanner Roark Southern Illinois Miners (Frontier) Ill.
25 755 St. Louis Cardinals Jason Buursma Bucknell Pa.
Bucknell's Jason Buursma won Patriot League player of the year honors for his two-way prowess, and he won all four of Bucknell's Patriot playoff games out of the bullpen, working 10 combined scoreless innings. Buursma throws from a low-three-quarters slot that isn't quite as low as O'Neil's, though he doesn't have O'Neil's velocity, working in the 85-88 mph range with his sinker. He also commands a fringy slider that gives him another weapon against righthanded hitters. Buursma is a winner who knows how to pitch, and he should get a look after the 15th round.
25 756 Minnesota Twins Alex Curry Cypress (Calif.) JC Calif.
25 760 Atlanta Braves Nick Fuller Walters State (Ala.) CC Ala.
25 764 New York Mets Erik Turgeon Connecticut Conn.
Turgeon works in the 88-91 range and flashes a good, hard-breaking mid-70s curveball.
25 766 Philadelphia Phillies Daniel Edwards Kansas State Kan.
25 771 Cleveland Indians Steve Smith Ouachita Baptist (Ark.) Ark.
26 775 Kansas City Royals Ryan Morgan Col de Levis HS, Montreal Mo.
26 776 Baltimore Orioles Jose Barajas Western Nevada CC Nev.
26 779 Cincinnati Reds Michael Bohana Kennesaw State (Ga.) Ga.
26 781 Washington Nationals Cory Mazzoni Seneca Valley HS, Harmony, Pa. Pa.
Mazzoni has a clean, loose arm action and a good breaking ball, though it still needs work. He also has feel for a changeup. Mazzoni runs his fastball up to 92 despite his 6-foot-1, 170-pound frame.
26 784 Oakland Athletics Ryan Doolittle Cumberland (N.J.) CC N.J.
26 787 Los Angeles Dodgers Cody Weiss Parkland HS, Allentown, Pa. Pa.
26 791 Chicago Cubs Josh Whitlock West Virginia W.Va.
26 792 Seattle Mariners Taylor Stanton Diablo Valley (Calif.) JC Calif.
26 796 Philadelphia Phillies Ryan Bergh Old Dominion Va.
26 797 Colorado Rockies Adam Jorgenson Cal State Fullerton Calif.
26 799 Los Angeles Angels Kevin Nabors South Alabama Ala.
26 802 Boston Red Sox Navery Moore Battle Ground Academy, Franklin, Tenn. Tenn.
There isn't a more intriguing prep prospect in the state than righthander Navery Moore. Before undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2007, Moore was regarded as one of the best young arms in the nation, and he had been seen in the mid-90s and consistently in the low 90s as a 16-year-old. Moore was back on the mound this spring but not at full strength, as his fastball was 88-90 mph. Moore is 6-foot-2, 180 pounds with room to grow. He also throws a curveball and changeup that have projection but both are unpolished. Moore has a clean delivery and easy arm action and should be able to get back his arm strength. If so, he could vault up draft charts in three years. Committed to Vanderbilt, Moore will be a tough sign.
27 805 Kansas City Royals Tim Huber Rensselaer Polytechnic (N.Y.) Institute Neb.
27 806 Baltimore Orioles Ryan O'Shea New Orleans La.
27 807 San Francisco Giants Kyle Woodruff Chico State (Calif.) Calif.
27 808 Florida Marlins Elih Villanueva Florida State Fla.
Elih Villanueva transferred from Miami-Dade JC, where he posted a 0.81 ERA last season, and became the Sunday starter role for the Seminoles. He wound up leading the team in ERA with a 6-2, 3.23 mark in 14 starts. Villanueva uses plus pitchability to get the most of his average curveball, changeup and fastball--which sits between 89-91 mph.
27 812 Houston Astros Nate Pettus Western Oklahoma State JC Okla.
27 817 Los Angeles Dodgers Clayton Allison Fresno State Calif.
27 821 Chicago Cubs Sonny Gray Smyrna (Tenn.) HS Tenn.
Even though he's actually closer to 5-foot-10 than his listed height of 6 feet, Gray has not gone unnoticed by scouting directors. His stuff on the mound won't allow it. Possessing two of the more ready-now pitches in this year's draft class, Gray makes for a tough decision in every draft room. He consistently showed his mid- to upper-90s fastball and an above-average curveball sitting near 84 mph on the showcase circuit last summer. Both pitches have sharp, late life and are commanded in the zone. However, in early April, Gray severely sprained his ankle running out a groundball and has been unable to pitch since; he also suffered an avulsion fracture on the play. That combined with his size and a strong commitment to play at Vanderbilt in the fall will make Gray's signability an issue once drafted. Also, due to his size and max effort delivery, Gray is thought by most to be a closer type in the big leagues. Gray's makeup is a plus and he is known as a winner, leading his high school football (at quarterback) and baseball teams to high school state championships.
27 823 Detroit Tigers James Young Southridge HS, Miami Fla.
27 826 Philadelphia Phillies Chad Poe Bossier Parish (La.) CC La. $100,000
27 827 Colorado Rockies Tim Matthews Baylor Texas
27 828 Arizona Diamondbacks Ryan Cook Southern California Calif.
27 829 Los Angeles Angels Tim Kiely Trinity (Conn.) Conn.
27 831 Cleveland Indians Michael Goodnight Westside HS, Houston Texas
28 833 Tampa Bay Rays Tommy Rafferty Arizona State Ariz.
As they tired, fifth-year senior Tommy Rafferty emerged as Arizona State's most effective reliever, though he's more of a command-and-control college pitcher than a pro prospect. His best pitch is his solid-average changeup, which may have the potential to be a plus pitch, and he touches 90 mph with his heater.
28 834 Pittsburgh Pirates Kyle Saukko Sierra (Calif.) JC Calif.
28 835 Kansas City Royals Greg Billo Sandburg HS, Orland Park, Ill. Ill. $150,000
28 837 San Francisco Giants Shane Kaufman San Diego State Calif.
28 842 Houston Astros Zach Grimmett Beggs (Okla.) HS Okla. $100,000
28 845 St. Louis Cardinals Matt Frevert Missouri State Mo.
Righthander Matt Frevert was spectacular as a sophomore, allowing just one earned run all season while averaging 15.6 strikeouts per nine innings. He was bothered by forearm tightness that dogged him in the Cape Cod League as well, but he wasn't as dominant after getting healthy again this spring. Frevert's stuff is still good, as he gets good hop on a 90-91 mph fastball that tops out at 93 and can chew up hitters with his slider. A reliever at Missouri State, he'll continue in that role as a pro.
28 853 Detroit Tigers David Stokes Liberty Va.
28 855 San Diego Padres Nick Schumacher Wayne State (Neb.) Neb.
28 856 Philadelphia Phillies Jordan Ellis Villanova Pa.
Villanova righthander Jordan Ellis has battled arm injuries during his career and struggled as a senior, going 3-6, 5.72. Still, he could be a senior sign in the top 15 rounds thanks to a fastball that reaches 93 mph, a fringe-average slider and feel for a changeup. He has a physical 6-foot-2, 198-pound frame.
28 859 Los Angeles Angels Mike Kenney Loyola Marymount Calif.
29 869 Cincinnati Reds Ben Hunter Wake Forest N.C.
29 871 Washington Nationals Chris Heston Seminole (Fla.) CC Fla.
29 873 Texas Rangers Charlie Robertson Bella Vista HS, Fair Oaks, Calif. Calif.
29 874 Oakland Athletics Justin Murray Kansas State Kan.
29 878 Milwaukee Brewers Tommy Collier Cypress-Fairbanks HS, Cypress, Texas Texas
29 879 Toronto Blue Jays Justin Cryer Mississippi Miss.
Justin Cryer is 6-foot-2, 215-pounds.A redshirt sophomore, Cryer missed his first two seasons with the Rebels due to injury. He finally got on the mound last year and assumed the set-up role in front of Bittle this season. He offers a fastball between 90-92 mph and a slider that is sometimes average but inconsistent. With a record of 2-4, 1.30 in 27 innings this spring, Cryer has been a vital part of the Rebels' staff.
29 882 Seattle Mariners Stephen Penney UC Riverside Calif.
29 885 San Diego Padres Omar Gutierrez Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Texas
29 889 Los Angeles Angels Jeremy Thorne Florida Southern Fla.
29 891 Cleveland Indians Ryan McCarney JC of the Canyons (Calif.) Calif.
30 893 Tampa Bay Rays Ryan Turner Midland (Texas) JC Texas
30 894 Pittsburgh Pirates Daniel Martin Panola (Texas) JC Texas
30 898 Florida Marlins Skyler Crawford Hartnell (Calif.) JC Calif. $150,000
Crawford is smallish but is an excellent competitor who has three fringe-average to average pitches. He is committed to California.
30 899 Cincinnati Reds J.C. Sulbaran American Heritage HS, Plantation, Fla. Fla. $500,000
Sulbaran pitches in the low 90s with a clean delivery and downhill plane. He has a durable frame and projects as a starter in the pros with three pitches (fastball, curveball, changeup) that could be average to above-average. Sulbaran is committed to Florida.
30 900 Chicago White Sox Kevin Asselin Sonoma State (Calif.) Calif.
30 901 Washington Nationals Casey Whitmer Texas Texas
30 903 Texas Rangers Justin King Jacksonville State Ala.
30 905 St. Louis Cardinals Brett Bruening Grayson County (Texas) CC Texas
Brett Bruening didn't contribute much in Grand Junction, getting just two outs in his lone start, but he's the Vikings' best prospect. He's 6-foot-6, 215 pounds and capable of reaching 95 mph with his fastball--rare territory for a lefthander. He's still struggling with his delivery and his command, but he's also in just his second year of pitching after missing two years in high school following elbow surgery.
30 906 Minnesota Twins Mike Tonkin Palmdale (Calif.) HS Calif. $230,000
A fixture on the showcase circuit in Southern California, Tonkin is a 6-foot-6 righthander whose raw stuff and projectable frame has attracted the attention of scouts for several years. Delivered from a low three-quarters slot, Tonkin's fastball sits at 91-92 mph, peaking at 93-94. He gets strong sinking and darting armside movement on that pitch, but his four-seamer is straight to his glove side and to the middle of the plate, making it hittable for advanced batters. Tonkin's secondary pitches show promise, but need to be sharper and more consistent. His changeup exhibits sudden drop and armside movement, and when thrown properly his curveball shows tilt and nice sweeping break, but little depth. He too often rolls or hangs it, and more often than not it's a below-average pitch. A Southern California recruit, Tonkin excites scouts with his ideal build and terrific basic stuff. He'll need to clean up his mechanics and improve his secondary offerings, and if he does he could be a middle-of-the-rotation big league starter.
30 909 Toronto Blue Jays Cody Dunbar Texas Christian Texas
30 911 Chicago Cubs Cole White Paris (Texas) JC Texas
30 912 Seattle Mariners Brad Reid Bellevue (Wash.) CC Wash.
Righthander Brad Reid has a solid-average fastball, and he is consistently firm. Reid, an Oregon State transfer, had been in the 90-92 mph range this spring and touched 93 after being in the 85-87 mph range last fall, and his changeup is an average pitch. He's being re-recruited by several four-year schools.
30 914 New York Mets Mike Lynn College of Charleston S.C.
30 917 Colorado Rockies Carlos Luna Oral Roberts Okla.
30 921 Cleveland Indians Jeff Walters St. Petersburg (Fla.) JC Fla.
Righthander Jeff Walters has arm strength and command issues. His fastball velocity has been inconsistent, sitting typically in the upper 80s but touching as high as 93 mph. He also throws a sinker that creates either swings and misses or ground balls when he commands it. Walters' other two pitches, a slider and changeup, are average at best. Used as a starter and a reliever, Walters has seen the most success in the closer role. He doesn't fit that profile at the pro level, but with improved command could be a middle reliever. Walters is committed to Georgia.
30 922 Boston Red Sox Alex Hale Richmond Va.
31 927 San Francisco Giants Aaron Davidson Arkansas-Fort Smith JC Ark.
31 929 Cincinnati Reds Joey Housey Nova HS, Davie, Fla. Fla.
31 932 Houston Astros Philip Rummel Kutztown (Pa.) Pa.
Kutztown's Philip Rummel went 7-5, 3.11 as a senior this spring and should get a look late on the merits of his 6-foot-5, 240-pound frame and feel for pitching. Rummel's fringy fastball sits in the 87-90 mph range, and he complements it with a decent split-finger and a show-me curveball. He's old even for a senior, but his frame is enticing.
31 934 Oakland Athletics Mickey Storey Florida Atlantic Fla.
31 936 Minnesota Twins Lee Ridenhour Shawnee Mission West HS, Overland Park, Kan. Kan.
Lee Ridenhour had his share of spectacular outings this spring. In a head-to-head matchup with the state's top pitching prospect, Jordan Cooper, Ridenhour threw a three-hit shutout with 10 strikeouts. He also fanned 17 in a no-hitter earlier in the year. Using an over-the-top delivery, he throws a high-80s fastball and a slider with good bite. Six-foot-3 and 190 pounds, he's one of several projectable righthanders committed to Kansas, a group that also includes Thomas Taylor and Eudora High's Kelson Boyer. Ridenhour also could see time as an outfielder with the Wildcats.
31 937 Los Angeles Dodgers Matt Magill Royal HS, Simi Valley, Calif. Calif.
The first thing scouts noticed this spring about Magill was a nasty gash on the outside of his right elbow. Not to worry; it was the result of a minor car accident. Magill has an ideal tall, projectable frame. His fastball sits in the 88-90 mph range, but it's straight and hittable when left up in the zone. He'll need to develop sink and movement to succeed with his fastball at higher levels. He's a Cal Poly signee, and the school has had success with pitchers improving their velocity in college. Magill shows little feel for his curveball, but his slider projects as a potential plus offering and is easily his best pitch. In pregame bullpens, Magill experiments with a changeup that has both deception and late drop. Unfortunately, he uses the pitch sparingly in game action.
31 938 Milwaukee Brewers Brandon Rapoza Flagler (Fla.) Fla.
31 942 Seattle Mariners Randy Castillo Aiea (Hawaii) HS Hawaii
Castillo has a similar skinny body to Antolin's, and his stuff grades out a notch lower. He's touched 90 mph and throws four pitches, including a curveball that has potential to be average. He's long and loose-bodied and probably not physically ready for the pro grind; he's committed to Cuesta (Calif.) JC.
31 943 Detroit Tigers Trevor Feeney Northern Illinois Ill.
31 944 New York Mets Michael Powers Michigan Mich.
31 947 Colorado Rockies Rod Scurry Nevada Nev.
Righty Rod Scurry Jr., son of the former big leaguer, didn't capitalize on a prime opportunity when he pitched in front of crosscheckers while facing Fresno State's Tanner Scheppers. Scurry is 6-foot-7 but lacks a present pitch.
31 948 Arizona Diamondbacks Taylor Cole JC of Southern Nevada Nev.
Cole has shown big stuff in a small body the last two years, first as a high school senior at Las Vegas' Bishop Gorman High, then this year as a freshman at CC of Southern Nevada. He's emerged as CCSN's top prospect after outfielder Devin Shepherd bombed and ace righty Colby Shreve needed Tommy John surgery. Some scouts aren't sold on Cole, who probably isn't as big as his listed 6-foot-1, 175 pounds, but he has several factors in his favor. His fastball sat 90-91 mph early and he got better as the season went along, touching 96 and sitting 92-94 at times. Blessed with a quick arm, the athletic Cole does it easy and repeats his delivery, pumping his fastball into the bottom of the strike zone. He long tosses and has natural arm strength to boot. His slider can be an average pitch, and he's still learning how to add and subtract velocity from his stuff. Still, most scouts peg Cole as a reliever as a pro. His fastball can flatten out, and he's more Jesse Crain than Roy Oswalt. His draft stock fell last year when his bonus demands went up, and despite his big-time arm he seemed to be falling again this spring, into the third- to fifth-round range.
32 954 Pittsburgh Pirates T.J. Forrest Bossier Parish (La.) CC La.
32 955 Kansas City Royals Rey Cotilla Miami Dade JC Fla.
32 957 San Francisco Giants John Blake Lake Sumter (Fla.) CC Fla.
32 958 Florida Marlins Wayman Gooch Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) Idaho
32 959 Cincinnati Reds Justin Freeman Kennesaw State (Ga.) Ga.
32 963 Texas Rangers Tyler Tufts Indiana Ind.
32 968 Milwaukee Brewers Colton Farrar First Baptist Academy, Dallas Texas
32 970 Atlanta Braves Pat Lenton Minnesota State-Mankato Minn.
32 972 Seattle Mariners Nick Love Bellevue (Neb.) Neb.
Righthander Nick Love wasn't as dominant as a reliever in 2008 as he was as a starter in 2007, though he helped pitched Bellevue to the Division II College World Series both seasons. Love hit 94 mph and didn't dip below 90 at last year's CWS, but he lost velocity this year when he started cutting his fastball too often. Six-foot-5 and 210 pounds, he throws both a big-breaking curveball and a hard slider. His extra leverage as a sophomore and off-field concerns from his past further cloud his draft status.
32 973 Detroit Tigers Mark Sorensen Michigan State Mich.
32 974 New York Mets Mark Grbavac Oregon State Ore.
Righty Mark Grbavac has shown arm strength and a decent curveball in limited looks but got buried on Oregon State's deep staff. He's thrown just 65 innings in three seasons.
32 975 San Diego Padres Kyle Heyne Ball State Ind.
32 976 Philadelphia Phillies Shaun Ellis Polk (Fla.) CC Fla.
32 979 Los Angeles Angels Miguel Starks Mundy's Mill HS, Jonesboro, Ga. Ga.
32 981 Cleveland Indians Nick Christiani Vanderbilt Tenn.
33 992 Houston Astros Shawn Armstrong West Craven HS, Vanceboro, N.C. N.C.
Shawn Armstrong was the top high school pitching prospect in the state entering the season but battled a sore arm this spring. His fastball velocity dropped from 93 to 87 mph, and his curveball lacked the bite it had in the summer. Armstrong is committed to East Carolina.
33 994 Oakland Athletics Shawn Haviland Harvard Mass.
33 995 St. Louis Cardinals Kevin Thomas Stephen F. Austin State Texas
33 998 Milwaukee Brewers Michael White Anderson County HS, Clinton, Tenn. Tenn.
33 1000 Atlanta Braves Justin Fowler Texarkana (Texas) CC Texas
34 1013 Tampa Bay Rays Matt Long Cal State San Bernardino Calif.
34 1015 Kansas City Royals Brett Richardson Wenatchee (Wash.) Valley CC Wash.
34 1016 Baltimore Orioles Travis Keating Northern Colorado Colo.
Northern Colorado played a difficult schedule and pulled of an unlikely victory against Arizona State in March, the Sun Devils' first loss of the season. The Bears don't have any prospects as good as Brennan Garr, now pitching in the Rangers system, but they have a pair of physical pitchers in 6-foot-7 lefty Jon Klausing, who throws a fringy fastball, slider and changeup, and 6-foot-6 righty T.R. Keating, whose fastball has touched 91.
34 1017 San Francisco Giants Frank LaFreniere Ahuntsic (Quebec) JC Quebec
Quebec righty Francois LaFreniere, a 17-year-old with a clean arm, pitcher's body and below-average present fastball. His curveball has shown more potential.
34 1023 Texas Rangers Ryan Schlecht Mount Olive (N.C.) JC N.C.
34 1024 Oakland Athletics Riley Welch Desert Mountain HS, Scottsdale, Ariz. Ariz.
34 1026 Minnesota Twins Adam Purdy Pell City (Ala.) HS Ala.
34 1028 Milwaukee Brewers Calvin Drummond Huntington Beach (Calif.) HS Calif.
34 1029 Toronto Blue Jays Austin Armstrong Palm Beach (Fla.) CC Fla.
34 1030 Atlanta Braves Matt Price Walker School, Augusta, Ga. Ga.
34 1031 Chicago Cubs Bubba O'Donnell High Point (N.C.) N.C.
34 1036 Philadelphia Phillies Blaine O'Brien Scituate (Mass.) HS Mass.
Scituate righthander Blaine O'Brien has considerably more projection in his 6-foot-7 frame, but he's mostly a one-pitch guy now, relying on an 87-88 mph fastball that touches 90 occasionally. O'Brien could add velocity as he fills out a lanky frame that one scout compared to that of Tom Hanks' Woody character from "Toy Story." O'Brien is unlikely to be bought out of his commitment to Georgia.
34 1040 New York Yankees Brad Rulon Georgia Tech Ga.
Senior righthander Brad Rulon led the Yellow Jackets staff in appearances this year and throws a fastball in the upper 80s and a plus curveball that he uses to put hitters away.
34 1041 Cleveland Indians Collin Brennan Bradley Ill.
34 1042 Boston Red Sox Zak Sinclair West Allegheny HS, Imperial, Pa. Pa.
Sinclair has a big frame (6-foot-4, 220 pounds) and an excellent athletic pedigree as a standout high school quarterback, but he lacks a breaking ball. Sinclair's fastball tops out at 91 but has room for projection.
35 1043 Tampa Bay Rays Jamie Bagley San Jacinto (Texas) JC Calif.
35 1045 Kansas City Royals Chris Balcom-Miller West Valley (Calif.) JC Calif.
35 1060 Atlanta Braves Zach Osborne New Mexico JC N.M.
35 1061 Chicago Cubs Ross Vagedes Wright State Ohio
35 1070 New York Yankees Andy Shive Azusa Pacific (Calif.) Calif.
36 1075 Kansas City Royals Nick Purdy St. Mary's SS, Cobourg, Ontario Ontario
36 1076 Baltimore Orioles Dan Eastham Nevada Nev.
36 1078 Florida Marlins Brandon Todd South Carolina S.C.
36 1079 Cincinnati Reds Erik Gregersen Stephen F. Austin State Texas
36 1082 Houston Astros Austin Wood Niceville (Fla.) HS Fla.
36 1083 Texas Rangers Jack Armstrong Jr. Jupiter (Fla.) HS Fla.
Jack Armstrong Jr. is the son of former major leaguer Jack Sr., and at 6-foot-7 is two inches taller than his father. Armstrong is a tremendous athlete and is a legitimate basketball prospect as well, and he's committed to Vanderbilt. He was an Aflac All-American last summer and has shown velocity up to 92 mph but has been inconsistent this spring. Armstrong has yet to focus on pitching, which makes it hard for scouts to decide what to make of him. He has shown flashes of top-tier stuff but also has had his share of lackluster performances this spring.
36 1085 St. Louis Cardinals Chris Notti Moorpark (Calif.) JC Calif.
36 1089 Toronto Blue Jays Ryan Koch Florida Southern Fla.
36 1090 Atlanta Braves Cecil Tanner Ware County HS, Waycross, Ga. Ga.
A 10-inch growth spurt and 10 mph velocity jump over the past two years put Tanner near the top of follow lists in Georgia. Now at 6-feet-6, 190 pounds, he is a projectable righthander still filling out and getting comfortable in his frame. He consistently throws in the low 90s, touching 95, but had a disappointing senior season in which he failed to pick up any wins. Consistently repeating is delivery has been a struggle for Tanner, affecting his command and secondary stuff. He has flashed feel for a breaking ball, but his curveball is currently below-average. Tanner has athletic bloodlines and his father Berry played at South Florida. He's committed to Georgia, and unless he's drafted early, signing him could be a challenge. He has plenty of arm strength but is also plenty raw, meaning three years of refinement in college could make him a much better prospect come 2011.
36 1092 Seattle Mariners Chris Kirkland Memphis Tenn.
36 1093 Detroit Tigers Steve Gilman Yale Conn.
Gilman has more arm strength--he reached 94 in the Atlantic Collegiate League two summers ago and topped out at 92 this spring--and a decent hard slider, helping him to 4-0, 1.00 with five saves as Yale's closer this spring. He profiles as a middle reliever in pro ball.
36 1094 New York Mets Jake Goldberg College of Charleston S.C.
36 1095 San Diego Padres Jake Shadle Graham-Kapowsin HS, Graham, Wash. Wash.
36 1096 Philadelphia Phillies Mike Cisco South Carolina S.C.
36 1098 Arizona Diamondbacks T.J. Hose East Carolina N.C.
36 1099 Los Angeles Angels Kyle Hurst South Mountain (Ariz.) CC Ariz.
36 1101 Cleveland Indians Adam Warren North Carolina N.C.
37 1103 Tampa Bay Rays Kramer Champlin Olympia (Wash.) HS Wash.
37 1105 Kansas City Royals Bradin Hagens Briarcliff HS, New York Calif.
37 1107 San Francisco Giants Jeremy Penn Western Oklahoma State JC Okla.
37 1109 Cincinnati Reds Randall Linebaugh Baylor Texas
37 1110 Chicago White Sox Terry Doyle Boston College Mass.
Righthander Terry Doyle shared pitcher-of-the-year honors in the Cape Cod League in 2006, when he ranked as the league's No. 18 prospect, but a number of scouts wondered where that pitcher had gone this spring. Despite a prototype 6-foot-4, 225-pound frame, Doyle works in the 84-87 mph range with his fastball, his delivery has effort and his arm is slow. He pitches off a high-60s curveball and doesn't throw strikes consistently enough, and he went just 3-8, 6.96 as a senior this spring.
37 1113 Texas Rangers Matt Andriese Redlands (Calif.) East Valley HS Calif.
37 1114 Oakland Athletics Ryan Doiron Barbe HS, Lake Charles, La. La.
37 1117 Los Angeles Dodgers Will Clinard East Robertson HS, Cross Plains, Tenn. Tenn.
Will Clinard is another high-ceiling prep righthander with arm strength who's committed to Vanderbilt. He throws his fastball in the upper 80s and touches 90 mph, with a slider that has potential but is currently undeveloped. Clinard is a work in progress as he plays against lower-level competition and has had fewer opportunities to develop his game.
37 1118 Milwaukee Brewers Kyle Winkler Kempner HS, Sugar Land, Texas Texas
In terms of stuff and effectiveness, Winkler may be the best high school pitcher in the state of Texas. Yet he won't be the first one drafted and may not get selected at all, because he's just 5-foot-11 and 168 pounds and has told teams he plans to honor his Texas Christian commitment. Winkler doesn't have classic size or projection, but he can carve hitters up with a low-90s fastball and a hard curveball. He has a quick arm and throws without much effort. He has plenty of mound presence and has proven himself against top high school, national and international competition. He pitched the U.S. national team to the title at 2006 Pan American Youth Championships, leading the tournament with a 1.15 ERA. Last summer, he spun a no-hitter at a Perfect Game World Wood Bat tournament in Atlanta. His fastball can get straight at times and he'll occasionally battle his command, but he's polished for a high schooler and can iron out those flaws with experience. He reminds scouts of Brad Lincoln, another short righthander from the Houston area who developed into the fourth overall pick in the 2006 draft following three years of college. Like Lincoln, Winkler is a standout two-way player--he's a strong-armed right fielder with a solid bat--though his future is on the mound. He'd go in the first five rounds of the draft if he were signable.
37 1119 Toronto Blue Jays Dallas Beeler Jenks (Okla.) HS Okla.
37 1121 Chicago Cubs Erik Hamren Saddleback (Calif.) CC Calif.
37 1123 Detroit Tigers Nick Cassavecchia Baylor Texas
37 1129 Los Angeles Angels Evan Scott Battlefield HS, Haymarket, Va. Va.
37 1130 New York Yankees Justin Harper Yavapai (Ariz.) JC Ariz.
Justin Harper entered the year as the state's top juco prospect but endured a poor season, posting a 7.06 ERA in a wood-bat league. As a starter early in the year, he worried too much about velocity, saw his stuff flatten out and got hammered. Harper was better late in a relief role, punching his fastball back into the 91-92 mph range (scouts saw him touch 95 last year), and at times he has a power slider. He won't go nearly as high as he could have, however, with a better season. Harper has committed to San Diego State.
38 1133 Tampa Bay Rays Anthony Haase Rio Rancho (N.M.) HS N.M.
Prep righty Anthony Haase stands out in the state's prep class, which is unlikely to match last year's five players drafted. Haase has a chance to go high because of his present velocity and projectable 6-foot-3, 190-pound frame. He touched 92 regularly this spring and sits at 89-90 mph, with the arm strength and body to throw harder in the future. He jumps toward the plate in his delivery and needs help smoothing his mechanics, which should help his velocity and his secondary pitches. His curveball is ahead of his changeup. He's been Rio Rancho High's ace the last two years on teams making deep playoff runs (including last year's state championship), leading to heavy workloads, but generally has maintained his stuff. He's a New Mexico recruit and is considered signable.
38 1134 Pittsburgh Pirates Alan Knotts Louisiana Tech La.
38 1135 Kansas City Royals James Thompson Clovis West HS, Fresno Ga.
38 1136 Baltimore Orioles Thomas Phelps Whittier (Calif.) Calif.
38 1137 San Francisco Giants Chris Wilson Trinidad State (Colo.) JC Colo.
38 1139 Cincinnati Reds Ricky Bowen Mississippi State Miss.
38 1145 St. Louis Cardinals Dan Richardson Delaware Del.
38 1150 Atlanta Braves Jeffrey Richard Coastal Carolina S.C.
38 1152 Seattle Mariners Andres Esquibel Kansas Kan.
38 1156 Philadelphia Phillies Jarred Cosart Clear Creek HS, League City, Texas Texas $550,000
As an outfielder, Jarred Cosart broke Jay Buhner's Clear Creek High record for batting average this spring, hitting .506 to Buhner's .480. But pro teams are more interested in Cosart as a loose, athletic 6-foot-3, 180-pound righthander. He reached 96 mph with his fastball in the fall, but he topped out at 92 this spring. He's more of a project as a pitcher than he is as a hitter, as he has an awkward pause in the middle of his delivery that compromises his ability to throw strikes or refine his secondary pitches. He wanted top-three-rounds money to sign, which means he'll likely attend Missouri, where he'll play both ways.
38 1157 Colorado Rockies Tyler Pill Covina (Calif.) HS Calif.
Pill's older brother Brett is a first baseman in the Giants organization after a strong career at Cal State Fullerton. Brett got the size, standing in at 6-foot-4, 211 pounds. Younger brother Tyler is listed at 6 feet, 165 pounds, and he's committed to Cal State Fullerton and also can hit. He was recruited as a two-way player and has a short lefthanded swing, but if a pro team takes him and tries to buy him away from the Titans, it would be as a pitcher. He's athletic and repeats his delivery, and he has shown excellent now stuff, touching as high as 94 mph and sitting in the 89-91 mph range. Pill also throws a tight curveball that shows potential when thrown with some power. He is expected to be a tough sign away from Fullerton, however.
38 1158 Arizona Diamondbacks Jesse Orosco Jr. Grossmont (Calif.) JC Calif.
38 1160 New York Yankees Clay Caulfield College of Charleston S.C.
38 1161 Cleveland Indians Brian Grening Cal Poly Calif.
38 1162 Boston Red Sox Bobby Hernandez Barry (Fla.) Fla.
39 1164 Pittsburgh Pirates Albert Fagan Yonkers, N.Y. N.Y.
39 1165 Kansas City Royals Ryan Modglin Scott City (Mo.) HS Mo.
39 1174 Oakland Athletics Danny Clement Cascia Hall Prep, Tulsa, Okla. Okla.
Danny Clement is another two-sport star whose future lies in baseball. A three-time state wrestling champion in weight classes ranging from 152 to 171 pounds, he also has a 91-93 mph fastball that can reach 96. Though he's just 6 feet and 195 pounds, he throws with little effort, letting his lightning-quick arm action do all of the work. His second pitch is a slurvy breaking ball. A good student, he's strongly committed to Texas A&M.
39 1177 Los Angeles Dodgers Matt Murray Roberts HS, Pottstown, Pa. Pa.
39 1179 Toronto Blue Jays Jordan Flasher George Mason Va.
39 1180 Atlanta Braves Taylor Wulf Alvin (Texas) CC Texas
39 1181 Chicago Cubs Jordan Brown Louisiana State La.
39 1182 Seattle Mariners Christian Staehely Princeton N.J.
39 1185 San Diego Padres Gary Poynter Lubbock Christian (Texas) Texas
Drafted twice previously, Poynter pitched two seasons at Weatherford (Texas) JC before transferring to Arkansas last fall before coming to Lubbock Christian at the semester break. He has a better build at 6-foot-3 and 225 pound, and a 90-94 fastball. But he often has to dial back on his velocity to throw strikes, and his breaking ball lacks consistency.
39 1186 Philadelphia Phillies Joe Pond Judge Memorial HS, Salt Lake City Utah
39 1189 Los Angeles Angels Kyle Hendricks Capistrano Valley HS, Mission Viejo, Calif. Calif.
39 1191 Cleveland Indians Eddie Burns Georgia Tech Ga.
Righthander Eddie Burns was drafted by the Braves in the 16th round last year as a redshirt sophomore, but returned to Georgia Tech and went 7-6, 6.84 this spring. Burns is 6-foot-8, 220 pounds and is athletic on the mound. His fastball is in the low 90s and slider in the low 80s, and his best pitch is a changeup. He has command of all three pitches and pitched well in the Cape Cod League last summer.
40 1193 Tampa Bay Rays Sam Gaviglio Ashland (Ore.) HS Ore.
Gaviglio, an Oregon State commitment, has touched 91 mph and shows a feel for a good changeup. He's just 6-foot-1 and missed part of his junior season with shoulder problems, but he also threw nearly 40 consecutive scoreless innings this spring and led Ashland High to the state 5-A championship.
40 1195 Kansas City Royals Pernell Halliman Jackson State Calif.
40 1199 Cincinnati Reds Dave Peterson Los Lomas HS, Walnut Creek, Calif. Calif.
40 1200 Chicago White Sox Mark Hawkenson Red Mountain HS, Mesa, Ariz. Ariz.
Hawkenson flashed a 94 on several occasions. He's an Arizona recruit with a quick, loose arm but lacking in polish. He doesn't repeat his delivery and lacks balance over the rubber. A four-year starter, Bahramzadeh flashes 91-92 mph fastballs with good sink and life. His low-elbow delivery worries some scouts, and he's got enough power as a first baseman to contribute in college.
40 1206 Minnesota Twins Wade Kapteyn Evansville Ind.
Evansville sophomore-eligible righthander Wade Kapteyn came down with tendinitis in the middle finger on his pitching hand, which hampered him throughout the season. He lost velocity on his fastball and curveball, and teams will wait to make a run at him in 2009
40 1213 Detroit Tigers Bryan Bingham Navarro (Texas) JC Texas
Righthander Bryan Bingham, who pitched two innings at Dallas Baptist in 2007, is a projectable 6-foot-6, 210-pounder with an 88-91 mph fastball and a decent slider. He might leave Navarro after one season, as he is committed to Arkansas.
40 1215 San Diego Padres Colin Lynch St. John's N.Y.
Righthander Colin Lynch has had an excellent career as St. John's closer, saving 24 games the last two years thanks largely to his competitiveness and feel for pitching. He pounds the zone with an 89-92 mph fastball and works in a slider with hard tilt, a 12-to-6 curveball and an occasional changeup. He's generously listed at 5-foot-11 and doesn't have good enough stuff to set him apart as an undersized righthander. He'll likely be back for his senior year, and St. John's should be thankful for that.
40 1216 Philadelphia Phillies Daniel Marrs James River HS, Midlothian, Va. Va.
Righthander Daniel Marrs is the top prep prospect from the state but is known as an arm strength guy in need of polish. He's a projectable 6-foot-3, 200 pounds and was an Aflac All-American last summer, and he pitches in the low 90s but has been seen up to 96 mph. He lacks an average secondary pitch. He throws a curveball and split-finger but both lack consistency and command. Marrs is committed to Wake Forest, where he will likely end up in the fall.
40 1219 Los Angeles Angels Donn Roach Bishop Gorman HS, Las Vegas Nev.
Bishop Gorman has become the premier program in Las Vegas, and Roach was the team's top player and prospect this spring, helping lead it to a third consecutive state championship. He's slightly more physical than last year's ace, righthander Taylor Cole (now at CC of Southern Nevada), and throws a bit harder than Cole did in high school, sitting 90-93 mph with his fastball. He's touched a bit higher also throws a curveball, changeup and split-finger fastball, and while none of his secondary pitches grades out as above-average consistently, all are playable and he commands them well. Most scouts rate the curve as his best secondary pitch, with future above-average potential. At 6-foot-1 and 175 pounds, he resembles Cole in that he's on the small side for a prep righthander, but his arm works, he's loose and athletic, and his mechanics are cleaner than those of Cole. He's an Arizona signee who might need third-round money to sign and keep him from going to college.
41 1226 Baltimore Orioles Peter Birdwell Riverside (Calif.) CC Calif.
41 1230 Chicago White Sox Mason Radeke Santa Barbara (Calif.) HS Calif.
41 1236 Minnesota Twins Pat Lehman George Washington D.C.
41 1243 Detroit Tigers Eric Broberg Seminole (Fla.) CC Fla.
41 1249 Los Angeles Angels Josh Edmondson Florida Fla.
41 1252 Boston Red Sox Dustin Mercadante San Diego CC Calif.
42 1253 Tampa Bay Rays Tim Clubb Missouri State Mo.
The first pitcher in Missouri State history to go 11-0, righthander Tim Clubb was Missouri Valley Conference pitcher of the year. He's a redshirt sophomore after sitting out 2006 following surgery to repair the ulnar nerve in his elbow, and teams may not want to gamble on his signability. He'll touch 90-91 mph in the first inning, but he usually operates at 86-88 mph later in games. His slider is his best pitch and he also can backdoor his curveball for strikes against lefthanders. He hooks his arm in the back of his delivery, though it doesn't hamper his command.
42 1255 Kansas City Royals Marc Oslund West HS, Torrance, Calif. Calif.
42 1256 Baltimore Orioles Chase Phillips Western Oklahoma State JC Okla.
42 1259 Cincinnati Reds Benson Merritt South Lincoln HS, Smithville, Ontario Ontario
42 1263 Texas Rangers Stephen Pryor Cleveland State (Tenn.) CC Tenn.
42 1271 Chicago Cubs Derek Riley Chandler-Gilbert (Ariz.) CC Ariz.
42 1274 New York Mets Tim Smith Catawba (N.C.) N.C.
42 1275 San Diego Padres Brad Brach Monmouth N.Y.
42 1276 Philadelphia Phillies Mike Bolsenbroek Ageldoorn, The Netherlands
42 1278 Arizona Diamondbacks Erik Stavert Chabot (Calif.) JC Calif.
42 1279 Los Angeles Angels Chandler Griffin Central Arizona JC Ariz.
43 1284 Pittsburgh Pirates Johnny Gunter Chattahoochee Valley (Ala.) CC Ala.
43 1285 Kansas City Royals Cory Kiefer Valley View HS, Moreno Valley, Calif. Calif.
43 1286 Baltimore Orioles Oliver Drake Navy Md. $100,000
Oliver Drake has tantalized teams this year. A sophomore-eligible righthander at Navy, Drake has been impressive in his first two seasons. Pitching between 89-91 mph, Drake has a fluid motion and natural life on his fastball. His low-80s slider is a plus pitch, and his changeup and curveball could be in the future. Still projectable, Drake has a lot to like, but teams will have to wait on him--and who knows how long.
43 1287 San Francisco Giants Zach Thornton Ventura (Calif.) JC Calif.
Tall and big-bodied, Thornton has emerged as one of the top JC pitchers in the nation. He had more success than any California juco pitching prospect, winning 10 regular-season games and ranking second in the state in ERA. His fastball sits in the 89-92 mph range, peaking at 93. He is able to maintain velocity deep into games, consistently registering 91 mph in the sixth inning of an early-season contest. Thornton tosses an excellent sweeping curveball from a low three-quarters arm slot. His changeup shows promise as well. Like many amateur pitches, Thornton has a lower release point on his curve, tipping the pitch. He has bigger stuff than the big-bodied Whitmore, who 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.
43 1289 Cincinnati Reds Bronson Gagner Parkview HS, Lilburn, Ga. Ga.
43 1291 Washington Nationals Anthony Meo Cranston (R.I.) West HS R.I.
Cranston (R.I.) West righthander Anthony Meo flashes 91-92 mph velocity from a low-three-quarters arm slot that lends his fastball some movement. But he throws across his body and lacks secondary stuff, and he'll probably wind up at Coastal Carolina in the fall.
43 1293 Texas Rangers Cody Eppley Virginia Commonwealth Va.
43 1298 Milwaukee Brewers Dexter Price Air Academy HS, Colorado Springs Colo.
43 1300 Atlanta Braves Adam Bullard Gardner-Webb N.C.
43 1301 Chicago Cubs Jesse Ginley Dunnellon (Fla.) HS Fla.
43 1308 Arizona Diamondbacks Clayton Suss Miami Dade JC Fla.
43 1310 New York Yankees Matt Summers Chaparral HS, Scottsdale, Ariz. Ariz.
Another two-way player, Matt Summers, also fits better in college, even though his fastball has reached the low 90s. He's more a thrower than a pitcher, and while he has loft power offensively, his metal-bat swing isn't conducive to pro ball at this point.
43 1311 Cleveland Indians Mike McGuire Delaware Del.
Injured in most of his junior year, McGuire started this season with hopes of anchoring the Blue Hens staff. He did make 13 starts but finished with a 6-5, 8.22 record. He does pitch in the low 90s with good downhill plane, so a team that likes his stuff could overlook his senior performance.
44 1316 Baltimore Orioles Kevin Brady Gaithersburg (Md.) HS Md.
Kevin Brady is the top high school prospect in the state. Committed to Clemson, Brady is a prototypical 6-foot-3, 195-pound pitching prospect with arm strength. He pitches in the low 90s and has below-average secondary stuff in need of refinement.
44 1324 Oakland Athletics Jimmy Messer South Caldwell HS, Hudson, N.C. N.C.
Righthander Jimmy Messer, who pitched with 2007 Giants first-rounder Madison Bumgarner at South Caldwell High, is the state's top prep pitching prospect. Messer is undersized at less than 6 feet tall but pitches around 90 mph. He also has a hard downer curveball that grades out as a plus pitch when he commands it. Both Lassiter and Messer are committed to North Carolina, and they're unlikely to get picked high enough to be bought out of their scholarships.
44 1325 St. Louis Cardinals Santo Maertz St. Peter's (N.J.) N.J.
44 1328 Milwaukee Brewers Kaleb Herren North Central Texas JC Texas
44 1330 Atlanta Braves Taylor Hart Madison County HS, Danielsville, Ga. Ga.
44 1335 Philadelphia Phillies Charlie Law Mainland Regional HS, Linwood, N.J. N.J.
Righthander Charlie Law's frame stands out more than his stuff, though he lacks a great feel for pitching. Law is growing into his 6-foot-7, 225-pound frame, and he has boatloads of projection, but his attentions have been split between baseball and basketball in high school, so he remains raw. Law works in the 87-89 mph range and shows feel for a changeup and curveball, but he could use quite a bit of seasoning in college at Rutgers.
44 1336 Colorado Rockies Jordan Swagerty Prestonwood Christian Academy, Plano, Texas Texas
Swagerty was the starting catcher--ahead of projected early first-rounder Kyle Skipworth--on the US. junior national team that won a bronze medal at the Pan American Junior Championships last summer. But since his velocity increased during his junior season, pro teams have regarded him more highly as a pitcher. He's still more of a thrower than a pitcher on the mound, but he eventually could have two plus pitches with his 90-92 mph fastball and his curveball. He's not big at 6-foot-1 and 175 pounds, so he may profile better as a reliever. As a catcher, Swagerty is more advanced defensively than he is with his bat. He has obvious arm strength, though his throwing mechanics are long. He's a switch-hitter, but his bat speed is ordinary and he needs more strength. Swagerty's signability is uncertain. Some clubs believe he'd turn pro if he goes in the first four rounds, while others think luring him away from Arizona State will be all but impossible.
44 1338 Los Angeles Angels David Fischer Ballston Lake HS, Burnt Hills, N.Y. N.Y.
44 1340 Cleveland Indians Cory White Rend Lake (Ill.) JC Ill.
He wasn't always consistent with his delivery or his command, but Cory White flashed as good an arm as anyone in Illinois. Though he's just 6 feet and 180 pounds, White has a quick arm that delivers 93-95 mph fastballs and hard sliders. He has committed to Indiana State for his junior season, but White is expected to turn pro.
45 1343 Pittsburgh Pirates Allen Ponder Auburn-Montgomery Ala.
45 1345 Baltimore Orioles Zach Petersime Rend Lake (Ill.) JC Ill.
45 1353 Oakland Athletics Derek Benny Roseville (Calif.) HS Calif.
Benny topped out at 92 mph in the fall and had excellent life on his fastball, then wasn't at his best physically this spring, leading him to struggle with his delivery. That hurt the quality of his stuff, and he's expected to head a strong Fresno State recruiting class.
45 1360 Seattle Mariners Andrew Kittredge Ferris HS, Spokane, Wash. Wash.
Andrew Kittredge has been likened to Yankees righthander Ian Kennedy for his pitchability and smallish frame. He got on radar screens by throwing 88-90 mph last summer and touching 91 in the fall. He complements it with a sweepy breaking ball. A Washington recruit, Kittredge was expected to go to college.
45 1364 Colorado Rockies Brad McAtee UC Davis Calif.
McAtee has good velocity, sitting 88-91 and pushing 92 mph. He has good armside run on the pitch, and has a solid-average changeup as his best secondary offering. He's physical and durable. His biggest weakness is his lack of a breaking ball, and he throws a decent cutter to compensate.
46 1381 Oakland Athletics J.R. Graham Livermore (Calif.) HS Calif.
The hardest thrower this spring in the North might have been J.R. Graham of Livermore, a Santa Clara two-way recruit. Considered too small (5-foot-11, 160 pounds) by most scouts to buy out of school, Graham is a fine-fielding shortstop who ran his fastball up to 94 mph with a quick arm in relief outings.
46 1386 Chicago Cubs Tony Zych St. Rita of Cascia HS, Chicago Ill.
46 1394 New York Yankees Matt Veltmann San Diego CC Calif.
46 1395 Cleveland Indians Matt Ramsey Farragut HS, Knoxville, Tenn. Tenn.
Matt Ramsey is a two-way prep prospect who had an impressive summer in 2007 but regressed in 2008. A righthanded pitcher and catcher, Ramsey was seen up to 94 mph last fall but this spring has pitched closer to 90 mph. He also throws a plus hammer curveball and a changeup. At 5-foot-10, Ramsey is undersized and some scouts like him better as a catcher. He has a strong arm and athleticism behind the plate, playing the game hard. The bat is a concern with Ramsey, but he is strong and has raw power. He is committed to Tennessee.
46 1396 Boston Red Sox Jeremy Heatley North Lake (Texas) CC Texas
47 1410 Minnesota Twins Tom Farmer Akron Ohio
47 1411 Milwaukee Brewers Kayvon Bahramzadeh Catalina Foothills HS, Tucson Ariz.
A four-year starter, Bahramzadeh flashes 91-92 mph fastballs with good sink and life. His low-elbow delivery worries some scouts, and he's got enough power as a first baseman to contribute in college.
47 1412 Atlanta Braves David Walters Francis Marion (S.C.) S.C.
47 1414 Seattle Mariners Rich O'Donald Dickinson HS, Wilmington, Del. Del.
47 1416 New York Mets Matt Bischoff Purdue Ind.
47 1418 Colorado Rockies Mark Lincoln American River (Calif.) JC Calif.
47 1420 Los Angeles Angels Josh Copeland Alabama Ala.
47 1421 New York Yankees Ryan Flannery Fairleigh Dickinson N.J.
47 1423 Boston Red Sox Jeremy Kehrt Southern Indiana Ind.
48 1424 Tampa Bay Rays Lath Guyer Mercer Ga.
48 1425 Pittsburgh Pirates Owen Brolsma Texas Tech Texas
48 1427 Baltimore Orioles Chris Garrison Rocklin (Calif.) HS Calif.
48 1430 Cincinnati Reds Kenny Monteith Morristown-Beard School, Morristown, N.J. N.J.
48 1433 Houston Astros Danny Meszaros College of Charleston S.C.
48 1435 Oakland Athletics Brett Holland Texas-Tyler Texas
48 1436 St. Louis Cardinals Adam Prange South Mountain (Ariz.) CC Ariz.
48 1438 Milwaukee Brewers Marcus Salmon Miami Dade JC Fla.
48 1439 Atlanta Braves David Holman Andale (Kan.) HS Kan.
48 1440 Chicago Cubs Dylan Moseley Louisiana Tech La.
48 1441 Seattle Mariners D.J. Mauldin Cal Poly Calif.
48 1447 Los Angeles Angels Chris Vitus Mount Hood (Ore.) CC Ore.
6-foot-3 righthander Chris Vitus has a fastball that touches 92 mph. Scouts and college coaches didn't have positive reviews of Vitus' makeup out of high school or after a year of junior college.
48 1448 New York Yankees Rob Scahill Bradley Ill.
49 1451 Tampa Bay Rays Kash Kalkowski Grand Island (Neb.) HS Neb.
49 1452 Pittsburgh Pirates Zach Foster Pittsburgh-Bradford Pa.
49 1460 Houston Astros Chase Lehr Glendale (Ariz.) CC Calif.
49 1461 Texas Rangers Mat Sample Crowder (Mo.) JC Mo.
49 1463 St. Louis Cardinals Adam Veres St. Petersburg (Fla.) JC Fla.
49 1464 Minnesota Twins Johnny Bromberg Los Angeles Pierce JC Calif.
49 1466 Atlanta Braves Josh Adams Midland Valley HS, Graniteville, S.C. S.C.
49 1467 Chicago Cubs Hunter Scantling Episcopal HS, Jacksonville Fla.
Hunter Scantling is a 6-foot-8, 235-pound righthander with an upper-80s fastball and fringy secondary stuff. He is projectable and should add velocity to his fastball.
49 1469 Detroit Tigers Matt Robertson Barton County (Kan.) CC Kan.
49 1471 Philadelphia Phillies Michael Russo Hun School, Princeton, N.J. N.J.
49 1474 Los Angeles Angels Will Roberts Walker Governor's School, Richmond Va.
49 1475 New York Yankees John Folino Connecticut Conn.
49 1476 Cleveland Indians Devin Jones Eupora (Miss.) HS Miss.
Jones is a tall and lean righthander throwing in the low 90s and is committed to Mississippi State.
50 1482 San Francisco Giants Chase Ware Arkansas State Ark.
50 1493 Atlanta Braves Dylan Lightell West Hills (Calif.) CC Calif.
50 1494 Chicago Cubs Pete Levitt Pitt (N.C.) CC N.C.
50 1498 Philadelphia Phillies Josh Hake Park (Ariz.) Ariz.
50 1500 Arizona Diamondbacks Sean Koecheler Palm Beach (Fla.) CC Fla.
50 1504 Boston Red Sox Kyle Stroup Grant HS, Fox Lake, Ill. Ill. $150,000