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Pick Overall Team Player Position School State Bonus
1 983 Tampa Bay Rays Kyle Hunter LHP Galesburg (Ill.) HS Ill.
2 984 Pittsburgh Pirates Mark Carver 1B UNC Wilmington N.C.
Carver broke out this season by batting .353 with 21 home runs in the regular season. At 6-foot-4, 195 pounds, Carver is athletic and isn't limited to first base if he isn't able to stay behind the plate. He has an average arm but below-average receiving and transfer ability. His bat should play anywhere, though, and he has more projection in his body.
3 985 Kansas City Royals Eric Swegman LHP William Penn (Iowa) Ga.
Righthander Eric Swegman is projectable and has been seen in the low 90s, but command problems prevented him from getting on the mound much and hurt his draft stock.
4 986 Baltimore Orioles Art Charles 1B Ridgeview HS, Bakersfield, Calif. Calif.
5 987 San Francisco Giants Ryne Price OF Kansas Kan.
6 988 Florida Marlins Moses Munoz LHP Bossier Parish (La.) CC La.
7 989 Cincinnati Reds Taylor Wrenn 2B Lakeland (Fla.) HS Fla.
8 990 Chicago White Sox Eddie Young INF Christian HS, El Cajon, Calif. Calif.
9 991 Washington Nationals Billy Cather OF Maine Maine
Maine's Billy Cather is an exceptional defensive center fielder with above-average speed that plays on the basepaths (he stole 15 bases in 19 attempts this spring). He lacks strength at the plate, but one scout said he could play center field in the majors right away.
10 992 Houston Astros Shawn Armstrong RHP West Craven HS, Vanceboro, N.C. N.C.
Shawn Armstrong was the top high school pitching prospect in the state entering the season but battled a sore arm this spring. His fastball velocity dropped from 93 to 87 mph, and his curveball lacked the bite it had in the summer. Armstrong is committed to East Carolina.
11 993 Texas Rangers Ben Petralli C Oral Roberts Okla.
Ben Petralli, whose father Geno spent 12 years in the majors, will be drafted for the fifth straight year after transferring to Oral Roberts from Sacramento CC. Petralli, who didn't become a regular catcher until he went to junior college, has improved as a receiver and has a solid arm. He's a switch-hitter with good plate discipline and a growing sense of how to tap into his 6-foot-2, 195-pound frame for more power. Editor's note: Petralli initially signed with the Rangers, but the contract was voided in December, making him a free agent.
12 994 Oakland Athletics Shawn Haviland RHP Harvard Mass.
13 995 St. Louis Cardinals Kevin Thomas RHP Stephen F. Austin State Texas
14 996 Minnesota Twins Luke Yoder OF Cal Poly Calif.
An excellent student, Yoder is one of the Cal Poly's best athletes and has excellent raw power from the right side. He runs well enough to play center field but lacks arm strength, making left field his best fit.
15 997 Los Angeles Dodgers Melvin Ray OF North Florida Christian HS, Tallahassee, Fla. Fla.
16 998 Milwaukee Brewers Michael White RHP Anderson County HS, Clinton, Tenn. Tenn.
17 999 Toronto Blue Jays Justin McClanahan 2B Louisville Ky.
18 1000 Atlanta Braves Justin Fowler RHP Texarkana (Texas) CC Texas
19 1001 Chicago Cubs Sean Hoorelbeke 1B Central Michigan Mich.
20 1002 Seattle Mariners Kyle Brown LHP UC Santa Barbara Calif.
21 1003 Detroit Tigers Jordan Lennerton 1B Oregon State Ore.
22 1004 New York Mets Neil Medchill OF Oklahoma State Okla.
In his first season at Oklahoma State after transferring from Chandler-Gilbert (Ariz.) CC, outfielder Neil Medchill has displayed impressive athleticism for a 6-foot-4, 200-pounder. He has average speed and plus arm strength, and he'd profile well as a right fielder if he added strength and power. He's a redshirt sophomore with extra leverage, so clubs may wait to see how he progresses in 2009 before offering him a big bonus.
23 1005 San Diego Padres Dan Robertson OF Oregon State Ore.
24 1006 Philadelphia Phillies Jamie Simpson 1B Dowagiac (Mich.) Union HS Mich.
25 1007 Colorado Rockies Aaron Gates LHP Orange (Calif.) Lutheran HS Calif.
26 1008 Arizona Diamondbacks Luke Murton 1B Georgia Tech Ga.
Luke Murton is the brother of major leaguer Matt and shows more raw power than his older brother. He can hit the ball a long way to all fields but has gone through stretches when he struggled to make contact. He batted .239 as a sophomore but boosted that to .333 with 12 home runs this season. Murton is a below-average runner and plays best at first base, though he could slide into left field.
27 1009 Los Angeles Angels Jose Jimenez 1B Tampa Fla.
28 1010 New York Yankees Tommy Baldridge OF Coastal Carolina S.C.
29 1011 Cleveland Indians Roberto Perez C Lake City (Fla.) CC Fla.
30 1012 Boston Red Sox Brandon Miller C Woodward Academy, College Park, Ga. Ga.
Though he played his summer ball in the East Cobb program and attended some major national showcases last year, Miller entered the season a lesser-known name in Georgia. Not invited to the Aflac Classic, he ranked behind fellow high school catching prospect Taylor Hightower in the Peach State coming into the season. Following a strong senior season when he hit double-digit home runs, however, Miller has vaulted himself up draft boards and is considered one of the top high school catching prospects in the Southeast. A Georgia Tech signee, Miller has present strength as well as projectability. His ability at the plate is what separates him from other catchers and has scouts excited. For a catcher, he has average power and a chance to hit for a solid average. He is an aggressive hitter but makes consistent contact and hits to all fields. Miller has a strong arm, an athletic body and moves well behind the plate, and even though his receiving skills and footwork need refinement, scouts say he'll be able to make adjustments and improve. He's also an above-average runner for a catcher, regularly posting sub-7-second 60-yard times. Profiling as an offensive catcher with athleticism and plus makeup, Miller's upside at a premium position might send him even higher on draft day.