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Pick Overall Team Player Position School State Bonus
1 833 Tampa Bay Rays Tommy Rafferty RHP 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.
2 834 Pittsburgh Pirates Kyle Saukko RHP Sierra (Calif.) JC Calif.
3 835 Kansas City Royals Greg Billo RHP Sandburg HS, Orland Park, Ill. Ill. $150,000
4 836 Baltimore Orioles Tom Edwards 3B Rutgers N.J.
5 837 San Francisco Giants Shane Kaufman RHP San Diego State Calif.
6 838 Florida Marlins Kevin Mattison OF UNC Asheville N.C.
7 839 Cincinnati Reds Bryce Bandilla LHP Bella Vista HS, Fair Oaks, Calif. Calif.
8 840 Chicago White Sox Brandon Short OF St. John's River (Fla.) CC Fla.
9 841 Washington Nationals Nick Arata SS Florida Atlantic Fla.
10 842 Houston Astros Zach Grimmett RHP Beggs (Okla.) HS Okla. $100,000
11 843 Texas Rangers Nate Freiman 1B Duke N.C.
At 6-foot-8, 225 pounds, Freiman led Duke with a .381 average, 11 home runs and 46 RBIs. He has huge raw power and the ability to hit for average. Freiman also plays a solid first base defensively.
12 844 Oakland Athletics Dusty Coleman SS Wichita State Kan. $675,000
Coleman offers more all-around potential than most shortstops in the 2008 draft. He's a versatile 6-foot-2, 185-pound athlete who also starred as a quarterback and point guard in high school and has taken the mound on occasion for Wichita State. He has good strength and power potential for a shortstop, and he drew a lot of attention when he homered twice in three games at Long Beach State's unforgiving Blair Field early in the season. Coleman homered just four times in his next 50 games, however, as teams were more reluctant to challenge him. He'll need to cut down on his swing, do a better job of recognizing breaking pitches and tighten his strike zone to do damage on a more consistent basis. He's a solid-average runner with good instincts on the bases. Defensively, Coleman has smooth actions and a strong arm. He has been clocked as high as 92 mph and flashed an intriguing slider in his infrequent outings on the mound. Coleman's talent warrants a fourth- to sixth-round selection, but his extra leverage as a draft-eligible sophomore could scare teams off. If he returned to Wichita State and improved offensively, he could factor into the first three rounds of the 2009 draft.
13 845 St. Louis Cardinals Matt Frevert RHP 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.
14 846 Minnesota Twins Nate Hanson 3B Minnesota Minn.
15 847 Los Angeles Dodgers Jordan Roberts LHP Embry-Riddle (Fla.) Fla.
16 848 Milwaukee Brewers Brandon Garcia C Bishop Gorman HS, Las Vegas Nev.
Lefthander Brandon Garcia, who has bumped 90 mph as the team's sixth pitcher, has accepted a scholarship offer from Southern California, which likes him as a hitter as well.
17 849 Toronto Blue Jays John Anderson LHP Chabot (Calif.) JC Calif.
18 850 Atlanta Braves Quentin Cate C Cuesta (Calif.) JC Calif.
19 851 Chicago Cubs TeWayne Willis OF Lincoln Memorial (Tenn.) Tenn.
20 852 Seattle Mariners Scott Savastano SS Franklin Pierce (N.H.) N.H.
A broken thumb early in 2007 caused Franklin Pierce (N.H.) infielder Scott Savastano to drop to the Indians in the 28th round as a draft-eligible sophomore, but there was talk he could climb into the top five rounds with a solid junior campaign. He continued to perform in the wood-bat Northeast-10 Conference, batting .390/.502/.629 with nine homers and 45 RBIs, and he showed a patient approach, drawing 46 walks while striking out just 18 times in 213 at-bats. But scouts now question his professional profile after he added weight to his upper half, limiting his long-term projection. He plays shortstop for Franklin Pierce but lacks the range and hands for the position in pro ball, where scouts agree he'll have to play third base. He has average raw power but probably won't hit enough for the hot corner at the big league level. His swing has some length to it, and he wraps the bat in his set-up. Savastano does have arm strength and he's not a clogger on the basepaths, stealing nine bases in 14 attempts this spring. He figures to be drafted somewhere between the eighth and 14th rounds.
21 853 Detroit Tigers David Stokes RHP Liberty Va.
22 854 New York Mets Jimmy Johnson LHP Biola (Calif.) Calif.
23 855 San Diego Padres Nick Schumacher RHP Wayne State (Neb.) Neb.
24 856 Philadelphia Phillies Jordan Ellis RHP 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.
25 857 Colorado Rockies Mike Zuanich OF UC Santa Barbara Calif.
This year's top draft pick from UC Santa Barbar could be slugging Mike Zuanich, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound senior. He started his college career at El Camino JC before moving to UCSB, and he enjoyed a breakout season, leading the Big West in home runs heading into regionals. He puts on the most impressive batting practice displays in the area. One such exhibition at UCLA saw him sail a dozen drives over the fence and into the trees beyond the protective netting. One scout said of Zuanich's BP exploits: "He takes the air out of the place." A righthanded hitter who throws left, he has difficulty with offspeed and breaking stuff. He plays left field at UCSB and has enough range, as he's an average runner (7.1 seconds in the 60), but his natural position is at first, where he is an above-average defender. He has a high upside if he can better identify breaking pitches and lay off them.
26 858 Arizona Diamondbacks Adam Smith SS Klein HS, Spring, Texas Texas
Smith has flown under the radar because he didn't hit the showcase circuit last summer, but as the draft approached, his tools were getting more difficult to ignore. He's a lean, athletic 6-foot-4, 195-pounder with a plus-plus arm, above-average speed and offensive potential. His bat isn't as advanced as the other aspects of his game, but there's no reason he shouldn't develop at the plate. He should grow into considerable power as he adds more strength. A quarterback for Klein's football team, Smith has good actions at shortstop despite being tall for the position, and he also shows fine instincts. Given his size, he could wind up at third base down the road. While he's committed to Texas A&M--where his father Barry, who's also the baseball coach at Klein, played for four seasons--Smith may be signable if he goes in the first five rounds.
27 859 Los Angeles Angels Mike Kenney RHP Loyola Marymount Calif.
28 860 New York Yankees Chad Gross OF Cuesta (Calif.) JC Calif.
29 861 Cleveland Indians Russell Young LHP Dartmouth N.H.
30 862 Boston Red Sox Matt Marquis OF Immaculata HS, Somerville, N.J. N.J.
Outfielder Matt Marquis will be tough to lure away from Vanderbilt, where he would be an impact power bat immediately. Marquis has plus raw power and puts on shows in batting practice, but he's a dead pull hitter and his swing has some rigidness to it, though it's short and compact. Marquis is an average runner with an average arm, but he projects as a corner outfielder. As a 5-foot-11, righthanded-hitting corner outfielder, he'll have to hit an awful lot to profile as a big leaguer, and right now his hit tool lags behind his power.