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Pick Overall Team Player Position School State Bonus
1 803 Tampa Bay Rays Luis Marchena SS Otay Ranch HS, San Diego Calif.
2 804 Pittsburgh Pirates Edwin Roman OF Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, Gurabo, P.R. P.R.
Edwin Roman offers plus-plus speed as the fastest player in Puerto Rico, clocking 60 times in the 6.4- to 6.5-second range. He's athletic and a good defender in center field, but his bat is questionable and lacks any real approach at the plate. A team that likes his speed and athleticism might snag him in rounds 10-15, though he's more likely to go in the 15 to 20 range.
3 805 Kansas City Royals Tim Huber RHP Rensselaer Polytechnic (N.Y.) Institute Neb.
4 806 Baltimore Orioles Ryan O'Shea RHP New Orleans La.
5 807 San Francisco Giants Kyle Woodruff RHP Chico State (Calif.) Calif.
6 808 Florida Marlins Elih Villanueva RHP 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.
7 809 Cincinnati Reds Matt Stiffler OF Ohio Ohio
8 810 Chicago White Sox Doug Thennis 1B Texas Tech Texas
9 811 Washington Nationals Chris Solis C Incarnate Word (Texas) Texas
10 812 Houston Astros Nate Pettus RHP Western Oklahoma State JC Okla.
11 813 Texas Rangers Charlie Lowell LHP Winfield (Mo.) HS Mo.
Lowell gave up an earned run in his first inning of the year, then set a state record by not allowing another in his remaining 57 innings. He throws a lot of strikes with his 90-93 mph fastball, but his arm action and breaking ball aren't pretty. He could sign if he goes in the first 10 rounds.
12 814 Oakland Athletics Brent Warren OF Xavier HS, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Iowa
Warren feared his baseball career was over when a routine physical during his junior year revealed that he had a congenital heart defect. But he was cleared to return to the diamond after surgery and re-established himself as a quality prospect for the 2008 draft. Extremely projectable at 6-foot-3 and 175 pounds, Warren is reminiscent of former Iowa prep standout Ryan Sweeney--and he's more athletic than Sweeney was. Though he still has room to add a lot of strength, the ball jumps off Warren's bat at times. He's an intelligent hitter with a sweet lefthanded swing that catches up to good fastballs. He's an above-average runner and center fielder, and while his arm isn't back to where it was before his heart surgery, it should be average in time. Pro clubs are focusing on Warren as an outfielder, but he could contribute as a two-way player if he attends Oregon State.
13 815 St. Louis Cardinals George Brown LHP St. John's N.Y.
Lefthander George Brown went 9-0, 2.73 with a 58-9 K-BB ratio in 86 innings this spring, but he gets results with his competitiveness and command more than his stuff. Brown works between 82-88 mph with his fastball and has an above-average changeup with excellent fading action. His curveball is fringy at best but is effective against lefthanded hitters.
14 816 Minnesota Twins Jerico Weitzel 2B Ridgway (Pa.) HS Pa.
15 817 Los Angeles Dodgers Clayton Allison RHP Fresno State Calif.
16 818 Milwaukee Brewers Austin Adams SS Faulkner (Ala.) Ala.
17 819 Toronto Blue Jays Bryan Kervin SS Texas Christian Texas
18 820 Atlanta Braves Anthony Rendon SS Lamar HS, Houston Texas
Anthony Rendon is one of the best high school hitters in the state. He led the Houston area with 14 homers as a junior and hit well over .500 this spring. Currently a shortstop, he'll probably move to second base or the outfield if he attends Rice, as expected. He has strong hands and wrists, and while he'll need to shorten his stroke a bit, he should be able to produce at the plate right away.
19 821 Chicago Cubs Sonny Gray RHP 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.
20 822 Seattle Mariners Tommy Johnson C Marshall W.Va.
21 823 Detroit Tigers James Young RHP Southridge HS, Miami Fla.
22 824 New York Mets Jeff Flagg 1B Mississippi State Miss.
23 825 San Diego Padres Aaron Murphree OF Arkansas Ark.
24 826 Philadelphia Phillies Chad Poe RHP Bossier Parish (La.) CC La. $100,000
25 827 Colorado Rockies Tim Matthews RHP Baylor Texas
26 828 Arizona Diamondbacks Ryan Cook RHP Southern California Calif.
27 829 Los Angeles Angels Tim Kiely RHP Trinity (Conn.) Conn.
28 830 New York Yankees Garrison Lassiter SS West Forsyth HS, Clemmons, N.C. N.C. $675,000
Garrison Lassiter is a lefthanded-hitting shortstop. Lassiter has plus bat speed and the ability to hit for both power and average, but he's raw at the plate and in the field. He has a plus arm at shortstop but needs refinement on his defensive instincts.
29 831 Cleveland Indians Michael Goodnight RHP Westside HS, Houston Texas
30 832 Boston Red Sox Hunter Cervenka LHP Sterling HS, Baytown, Texas Texas $350,000
Sterling lefty Hunter Cervenka throws hard, overpowering hitters with an 89-93 mph fastball and a low-80s slider. The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder also works with a lot more effort and a lot less command than some other pitchers, and Cervenka's reputation as a hothead turns off some scouts. His body may be maxed out already. Cervenka also is a right fielder with a lot of power potential, a strong arm and decent speed. He committed to Texas, but may turn pro or could take a detour to San Jacinto JC.