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Pick Overall Team Player Position School State Bonus
1 443 Tampa Bay Rays Brandon Meredith 1B Montgomery HS, San Diego Calif.
2 444 Pittsburgh Pirates Chris Aure LHP North Pole (Alaska) HS Alaska
3 445 Kansas City Royals Alberto Espinosa RHP Broward (Fla.) CC Fla.
4 446 Baltimore Orioles Jason Gurka LHP Angelina (Texas) JC Texas
5 447 San Francisco Giants Dan Cook 2B Florida Atlantic Fla.
Daniel Cook took a foul ball off his foot early in the season, causing him to miss almost half the season. A switch-hitting third baseman, Cook is athletic and could also play in the outfield. Cook is 6-foot-3, 175 pounds and has room to add strength. He's a quality senior sign with upside.
6 448 Florida Marlins Johnny Dorn RHP 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.
7 449 Cincinnati Reds Eric Pfisterer LHP Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey, N.J. N.J.
Pfisterer is a projectable 6-foot-4 lefthander who works in the 86-92 mph range with his fastball and spots it to both sides. He has an advanced feel for pitching and the makings of a good changeup and decent curve. Pfisterer is considered a tough sign and figures to head to Duke, where he could be a two-way player in the mold of Virginia's Sean Doolittle.
8 450 Chicago White Sox Tyler Kuhn SS West Virginia W.Va.
9 451 Washington Nationals J.P. Ramirez OF Canyon HS, New Braunfels, Texas Texas $1,000,000
Ramirez is arguably the best hitter among Texas' draft prospects this year--high school or college. He performed well all along the showcase circuit and batter .395 for the U.S. junior national team last summer. Employing a smooth lefthanded stroke, he smokes line drives from gap to gap. However, Ramirez' true value and his signability remain subjects of debate. He may be a tweener by pro standards. He's not big (5-foot-10, 185 pounds) and lacks the raw power that clubs want in a corner outfielder, while his fringy speed will prevent him form playing center field. His arm likely will relegate him to left field. Two different scouts compared him to David Dellucci. As much as Ramirez' hitting ability and his makeup draw praise, teams are unlikely to meet his top-two-rounds asking price to prevent him from attending Tulane.
10 452 Houston Astros Phil Disher C South Carolina S.C.
11 453 Texas Rangers Joey Butler OF New Orleans La.
12 454 Oakland Athletics Nino Leyja SS Houston Christian HS Texas $110,000
13 455 St. Louis Cardinals Scott McGregor RHP Memphis Tenn.
14 456 Minnesota Twins David Coulon LHP Arizona Ariz.
Coulon has had flashes of success, but his velocity was down this year in the 86-88 mph range. He's sat at average in the past with a solid-average changeup and curveball, yet never has shown even average command.
15 457 Los Angeles Dodgers Albie Goulder 1B Louisiana Tech La.
16 458 Milwaukee Brewers Mark Willinsky RHP 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.
17 459 Toronto Blue Jays Scott Gracey RHP 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.
18 460 Atlanta Braves Layton Hiller OF Blinn (Texas) JC Texas
19 461 Chicago Cubs Casey Coleman RHP Florida Gulf Coast Fla.
20 462 Seattle Mariners Jake Shaffer OF Northern Kentucky Ky.
21 463 Detroit Tigers Alden Carrithers 2B UCLA Calif.
22 464 New York Mets Jamie Bruno 1B Mandeville (La.) HS La.
23 465 San Diego Padres Brett Mooneyham LHP Buhach Colony HS, Atwater, Calif. Calif.
Some clubs have the big (6-foot-5), physical (220 pounds) Mooneyham as the top prep lefthander on the board, even though he's not even the top starter on his high school team. (That would be junior righthander Dylan Floro.) However, Mooneyham has the pro body, as well as big league bloodlines--his father Bill was a first-round pick in 1980 (Angels, 10th overall) and pitched one season in the majors with Oakland. Mooneyham also has present big league stuff, with a fastball that sits 90-91 and has touched 94, as well as a slider that flashes above-average potential. His body control and athleticism are still catching up with his body, however, and Mooneyham lacks control of his power arsenal; he had 43 walks in 46 innings this spring. He's an excellent student with a Stanford commitment who also is being advised by Scott Boras Corp., so some teams have had just cursory checks on him, figuring him to be impossible to sign. Others such as the Braves and Brewers were said to be mulling gambling a pick on him and making a run at signing him, but he was considered one of the least signable players in the West, if not the country.
24 466 Philadelphia Phillies Damarii Saunderson OF Northville (Mich.) HS Mich.
Outfielder/lefthander Damarii Saunderson has the best tools among Michigan's high schoolers, but he's so raw that he'd be better served by attending Iowa Western CC than turning pro. He's an athletic 6-foot-3, 195-pounder with power potential, arm strength and decent speed. He also has holes in his swing.
25 467 Colorado Rockies Juan Rodriguez RHP 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.
26 468 Arizona Diamondbacks Bobby Stone OF Montgomery (Texas) HS Texas $135,000
First baseman Bobby Stone displayed the best power at the 2007 Area Code Games, and he delivers it from the left side of the plate. He has a strong 6-foot-2, 210-pound frame and a nice swing. Stone may play both ways at Sam Houston State, as he's a lefthander with a mid-80 fastball and good mound savvy. He's more signable than most of Texas' best prep prospects.
27 469 Los Angeles Angels Marcel Champagnie OF Arizona State Ariz.
Perhaps Arizona State's most intriguing prospect, shortstop/outfielder Marcel Champagnie has prompted a split opinion among scouts. A Canadian who was a Twins draft-and-follow last spring, he emerged as an offensive force early before shaky defense at short dropped him into a utility role. He flashes above-average speed (4.2 seconds to first from the right side), but more often churns out below-average times, a sign of poor effort. He has strength in his hands and gap power. His defense was poor enough to cost him his regular job, but two scouts thought he had enough of a chance to stay in the infield to at least send him to pro ball as a second baseman, if not a shortstop.
28 470 New York Yankees Matt Richardson RHP 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.
29 471 Cleveland Indians Jason Rodriguez 3B Nevada Nev.
Third baseman Jason Rodriguez hit .390 this spring and should be an organizational player. He lacks power and doesn't run well, making it difficult to profile him as a pro. He should hit enough to earn a job.
30 472 Boston Red Sox John Lally LHP Santa Margarita HS, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. Calif.