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Pick Overall Team Player Position School State Bonus
1 353 Tampa Bay Rays Brian Bryles RHP/OF 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.
2 354 Pittsburgh Pirates Calvin Anderson 1B Southern La.
3 355 Kansas City Royals Allen Caldwell OF Miami Northwestern HS S.C.
4 356 Baltimore Orioles Jason Rook OF Appalachian State N.C.
5 357 San Francisco Giants Ari Ronick LHP Portland Ore.
Ari Ronick, a 6-foot-5 lefthander who is the nephew of the Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson, has lost velocity and pitches in the mid-80s, sitting at 87 mph at his best this spring. One scout likened him to former big leaguer John Halama for his size and solid ability to spot his changeup and breaking ball for strikes.
6 358 Florida Marlins Brandon Turner 2B Mississippi State Miss.
7 359 Cincinnati Reds Kyle Day C Michigan State Mich.
Catcher/outfielder Kyle Day won the Jayhawk League MVP award in 2006, putting himself in good position as a draft-eligible sophomore last year. But he became pull-conscious and didn't perform as expected, and he fell to the Cubs in the 19th round. Day has been better this spring and shows good bat speed from the left side of the plate, though he still lacks consistency. To stay behind the plate, he needs to polish up his throwing mechanics and his receiving.
8 360 Chicago White Sox Steven Upchurch RHP Faith Academy, Mobile, Ala. Ala.
9 361 Washington Nationals Will Atwood LHP South Carolina S.C.
10 362 Houston Astros Jeff Hulett SS Okaloosa-Walton (Fla.) CC Fla.
11 363 Texas Rangers Corey Young LHP Seton Hall N.J.
The top college player in New Jersey is lefthander Corey Young, who went 8-4, 3.52 with 78 strikeouts and 25 walks in 79 innings as Seton Hall's ace this spring. Young stands out for his feel for pitching, competitiveness and deception from a high three-quarters arm slot. He pounds the zone with a solid three-pitch mix, including an 86-90 mph fastball with sink and armside run, an average 11-to-5 curveball and an average changeup. He knows how to add and subtract from his stuff and he sometimes drops his arm slot to get even more movement on his fastball. Young is not overly physical at 6-foot-1, 180 pounds, and he profiles as a middle reliever in pro ball. He could be drafted anywhere from the seventh to the 12th round.
12 364 Oakland Athletics Zac Elgie 1B Minot (N.D.) HS N.D.
The only thing stopping first baseman/outfielder Zac Elgie from topping Darin Erstad (Mets, 13th round in 1992) as North Dakota's highest-drafted high schooler ever is signability. Elgie is a 6-foot-2, 195-pounder with impressive bat speed. It has been hard for scouts to see him against good competition, but he did help his cause by slugging 34 homers during American Legion play last summer. Though he has played mostly first base, he has enough athleticism and arm strength to move to an outfield corner or possibly behind the plate. Also a pitcher as well as an all-state performer in football and basketball, Elgie has committed to Kansas. He's believed to be unsignable past the second or third round, and he won't go that high in the draft.
13 365 St. Louis Cardinals Mike Swinson OF Coffee County HS, Douglas, Ga. Ga.
Swinson is another excellent athlete, and like May he's raw and has a ways to go at the plate. He swings lefthanded and is a plus runner.
14 366 Minnesota Twins Kyle Carr LHP Minnesota Minn.
15 367 Los Angeles Dodgers Austin Yount 3B Stanford Calif.
16 368 Milwaukee Brewers Garrett Sherrill RHP Appalachian State N.C.
17 369 Toronto Blue Jays Matt Wright LHP Shippensburg (Pa.) Pa.
Lefty Matt Wright led Shippensburg to the Division II College World Series, where he struck out 15 in a masterful 166-pitch, four-hit win against Franklin Pierce (N.H.). A 5-foot-11, 170-pound junior, Wright lacks upside but has decent stuff, including a fastball that tops out at 91-92 mph early in games but drops to 87-88. He has good command of his fastball and an excellent changeup that fades and sinks against righthanded hitters. His curveball is below-average, though he occasionally flashes a decent one.
18 370 Atlanta Braves David Francis RHP Walters State (Tenn.) CC Tenn. $100,000
19 371 Chicago Cubs Jake Opitz 2B Nebraska Neb.
Opitz is an outstanding defender who also has a good offensive approach and bat speed.
20 372 Seattle Mariners Kenn Kasparek RHP 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.
21 373 Detroit Tigers Brett Anderson SS Bristol (Conn.) Eastern HS Conn. $110,000
Shortstop Brett Anderson from Bristol's Eastern High should follow in the footsteps of quality Franklin Pierce (N.H.) shortstops Garrett Olson and Scott Savastano. His best tool is an above-average arm, and he has bat speed and instincts, but he's still learning how to hit.
22 374 New York Mets Mark Cohoon LHP North Central Texas JC Texas
23 375 San Diego Padres Matt Clark 1B Louisiana State La. $150,000
First baseman Matt Clark entered super-regional play ranked second in NCAA Division I with 25 homers, but scouts aren't completely sold on him. The son of former big league pitcher Terry Clark (now a pitching coach in the Rangers system), Matt began his college career at UC Santa Barbara before transferring to Riverside CC. He led California juco hitters with 15 homers last spring and was the playoff MVP after carrying Riverside to the championship. He might have gone in the first five rounds of the 2007 draft had he not been committed to Louisiana State, but he fell to the Pirates in the 28th round. Despite his 25 homers, scouts question his ability to hit good fastballs and say he feasts on mistakes. They also wonder where he'll play on the diamond. He's a slow 6-foot-5, 235-pounder who didn't look good at third base with Riverside and is no more than adequate at first base. A team that buys into his lefthanded power could take Clark in the first 7-10 rounds.
24 376 Philadelphia Phillies Ryan Weber RHP 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.
25 377 Colorado Rockies Ryan Peisel 3B Georgia Ga.
Ryan Peisel is a solid college third baseman with an all-around game. However, none of his tools stands out and he doesn't fit a positional profile. He can hit but shows below-average power and average speed at best. He is a solid defender now but likely won't stick at the hot corner, making him an offensive second baseman at the next level. Peisel will get a shot this year as a senior sign.
26 378 Arizona Diamondbacks Daniel Webb RHP 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.
27 379 Los Angeles Angels Braulio Pardo C St. Leo (Fla.) Fla.
28 380 New York Yankees Luke Greinke RHP 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.
29 381 Cleveland Indians Guido Fonseca RHP Northern Iowa Iowa
30 382 Boston Red Sox Lance McClain LHP Cumberland (Tenn.) Tenn.