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Pick Overall Team Player Position School State Bonus
1 593 Tampa Bay Rays Jason Tweedy 2B Long Beach State Calif.
2 594 Pittsburgh Pirates Quinton Miller RHP 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.
3 595 Kansas City Royals Shawn Griffin RHP 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.
4 596 Baltimore Orioles Ronnie Welty OF Chandler-Gilbert (Ariz.) CC Ariz.
Welty, at 6-foot-5, 190 pounds, looks the part and hit well this spring, challenging McDonald for league honors by hitting .459. He also has above-average arm strength and runs at least average if not a tick above. One league coach compared him to Hunter Pence for his ability to produce despite a gangly frame and less-than-ideal swing mechanics, and scouts are divided on him, with some wanting to see him perform against four-year college pitchers before they bite.
5 597 San Francisco Giants Trey Sutton 2B Southern Mississippi Miss.
6 598 Florida Marlins Wade Korpi LHP Notre Dame Ind.
7 599 Cincinnati Reds Tyler Stovall OF Central Michigan Mich.
8 600 Chicago White Sox Justin Greene OF Francis Marion (S.C.) S.C.
9 601 Washington Nationals Nick Akins OF Riverside (Calif.) CC Calif.
Riverside CC's Nick Akins' tools compare with any player in the nation, with a chiseled 6-foot-2, 212-pound build that would make a bodybuilder insecure. His raw bat speed is the equal of any draft-eligible player in the nation, and he hit 13 home runs this spring. Akins has always had a frustrating inability to hit offspeed and breaking stuff down in the zone, however, often chasing those pitches. After starting the 2008 season strong, he slumped to end the year. He's raw defensively and fits best at second base or left field. He's still showing the effects of missing the last year of his prep career in a well-chronicled on-field incident that got him kicked off his high school team.
10 602 Houston Astros Shea Robin C Vanderbilt Tenn.
Shea Robin is another Vandy senior who should get drafted. A solid catcher behind the plate, Robin handles pitching staffs well.
11 603 Texas Rangers Michael Hollander SS Louisiana State La.
12 604 Oakland Athletics Rodney Rutherford 3B Columbus State (Ga.) Ga.
13 605 St. Louis Cardinals Luis Mateo SS Jose Rojas Cortez Superior HS, Orocovis, P.R. P.R.
14 606 Minnesota Twins Aaron Barrett RHP 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.
15 607 Los Angeles Dodgers Zack Cox 3B Pleasure Ridge Park HS, Louisville Ky.
Cox has touched 92-93 mph off the mound, so his arm fits in with the rest of the pitching prospects in Kentucky's bumper crop. But his future is definitely with a bat in his hands, as he's one of the more talented high school hitters in the draft. Cox has the strong frame (6 feet, 205 pounds) and the swing to produce for both average and power. He won the home run derby at the Cape Cod Classic last summer. His makeup draws praise at well. The biggest questions surrounding Cox are his future position and his signability. While he easily has enough arm for the hot corner, his speed and athleticism are below-average, and it's uncertain whether he can remain there. Some clubs have wondered about converting him to a catcher, but his hands may limit him as a receiver. If Cox winds up at an outfield corner, he should have more than enough bat for that position. He would be draft-eligible as a sophomore in 2010, which could make it more tempting to follow through on his commitment to Arkansas.
16 608 Milwaukee Brewers Liam Ohlmann RHP Manchester (Conn.) CC Conn.
17 609 Toronto Blue Jays Ryan Page LHP Liberty Va.
18 610 Atlanta Braves Robert Brooks SS Wallace State (Ala.) CC Ala.
19 611 Chicago Cubs Jericho Jones OF Louisiana Tech La.
20 612 Seattle Mariners Fred Bello SS Cerro Coso (Calif.) CC Calif.
21 613 Detroit Tigers Ryan Lollis OF Missouri Mo.
22 614 New York Mets Michael Moras C New Haven (Conn.) Conn.
23 615 San Diego Padres Jason Codiroli OF West Valley (Calif.) JC Calif.
24 616 Philadelphia Phillies Eryk McConnell RHP North Carolina State N.C.
25 617 Colorado Rockies Nate Lape OF Marshall W.Va.
At 6-foot-5, 215 pounds, Lape is a big, strong outfielder who came to Marshall from North Carolina. He led the team with a .388 average and 17 home runs this season.
26 618 Arizona Diamondbacks Jordan Meaker RHP 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.
27 619 Los Angeles Angels Beau Brooks C Troy Ala.
28 620 New York Yankees Pat Venditte RHP/LHP 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.
29 621 Cleveland Indians Marty Popham RHP Union (Ky.) Ky.
30 622 Boston Red Sox Alex Meyer RHP 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.