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Pick Overall Team Player Position School State Bonus
1 113 Tampa Bay Rays Ty Morrison OF Tigard (Ore.) HS Ore. $500,000
Morrison was in Virginia last spring and played on a Virginia-based travel team last summer, then was in Hawaii in the fall. However, his parents moved to Oregon in the spring, and he surpassed Tigard High teammate Ryan Gorton as the state's top prep prospect. A member of the University of Oregon's first baseball recruiting class for its reborn program, he probably doesn't have enough bat to make a quick impact in pro ball, but a patient team could get one of the draft's better athletes. Long and lean, almost frail, Morrison is a fast-twitch athlete who is a 65 runner on the 20-to-80 scale. Morrison's best present tool is his speed, and he's a raw though potentially above-average defender in center field. He's a long strider who can cover a lot of ground and has enough arm strength for center field. Offensively, Morrison is behind, unable to bring his authoritative batting-practice hacks into games. However, he has raw power, though it might take a couple of thousand minor league at-bats for it to come out.
2 114 Pittsburgh Pirates Chase d'Arnaud SS Pepperdine Calif. $293,000
Pepperdine moved d'Arnaud to shortstop from this base this spring to replace Danny Worth, and d'Arnaud increased his draft stock by showing he could handle short. His arm and range profile better at third base, where he's an above-average defender, but he's solid-average at short. He lacks the raw power potential of his younger brother Travis, who was a second-round pick last year of the Phillies, but improved with the bat and showed solid gap power. He's also an average runner and a tick above underway.
3 115 Kansas City Royals Tim Melville LHP Holt HS, Wentzville, Mo. Mo. $1,250,000
A number of teams don't like to take high school righthanders early in the draft, and that bias may be all that stands in the way of Holt High producing a first-round pitcher for the second straight year. Holt High grad and Missouri State product Ross Detwiler went sixth overall in 2007, and while Melville won't go that high, he's the top high school arm for 2008. Melville hasn't pitched as well as he did last summer, when he tore up the showcase circuit, with his velocity slightly down and his curveball losing some tightness. He struggled in his first two starts but was throwing better as the draft approached, operating from 91-94 mph with his fastball and flashing a plus curve on a more regular basis. Melville is a very athletic 6-foot-5, 210-pounder who could be a star third baseman at the college level. He repeats his stress-free delivery with ease, allowing him to fill the strike zone. As a pro, he'll have to throw more two-seam fastballs and changeups. Melville probably won't follow through on his commitment to North Carolina unless he somehow falls out of the first round, and that would be an upset.
4 116 Baltimore Orioles Kyle Hudson OF Illinois Ill. $287,000
Hudson was better known for his exploits as a wide receiver in his first two years at Illinois, leading the football team in receptions as a freshman and again as a sophomore. Relegated to a supporting role on the gridiron last fall, he has taken out his frustrations on opposing pitchers this spring. He ended the regular season among the NCAA Division I leaders in batting (.411), on-base percentage (.511), runs (60) and steals (39). He also set Big 10 Conference records for runs (40) and steals (25) in league games, and tied a school mark when he swiped his 40th base in the opening round of the league tournament. Hudson is a 5-foot-11, 165-pound burner whose games revolves around his top-of-the-line speed. He has run the 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds and uses his quickness well on the bases and in center field. He's an outstanding athlete who once won the Illinois state high school high jump title with a mark of 6-foot-10 and earned 15 letters in four sports. Hudson offers little power, but he understands his limitations and concentrates on getting on base. He uses a slap approach at the plate and is a good bunter. His arm is well-below-average, though he compensates by getting to balls quickly. A team that loves speed and values athletes at a premium position could take Hudson as early as the third round.
5 117 San Francisco Giants Brandon Crawford SS UCLA Calif. $375,000
Crawford sparkled as one of the best players in the nation during his freshman and sophomore seasons. His march toward the top half of the draft has not gone well, however, starting last summer, when he hit just .189 in the Cape Cod League. His junior year has been disappointing, as has that of preseason No. 1 UCLA, which was flirting with .500. Crawford has used several different stances at bat, searching for a solution. While he has average raw power, Crawford doesn't make enough contact to get to it and had struck out in 27 percent of his at-bats. His problems at the plate have him profiling as a utility player, and some scouts have criticized his energy level. His best tools are his speed, defense and plus arm. He shows advanced playmaking ability at short and is particularly adept at charging slow hoppers and making the throw on the run.
6 118 Florida Marlins Curtis Petersen RHP Ryan HS, Denton, Texas Texas $350,000
Righthander Curtis Petersen is projectable because he's 6-foot-4, 180 pounds and has a clean delivery. He usually pitches at 86-89 mph with his fastball but has touched 92 mph, and he throws his curveball and changeup for strikes. He's committed to Nebraska, and like many of Texas' best high schoolers this year, he figures to attend college.
7 119 Cincinnati Reds Tyler Cline RHP Cass HS, Cartersville, Ga. Ga. $240,000
Cline has has a good pitcher's frame at 6-feet-3, 220 pounds. He is strong and athletic on the mound, pitching around 90 mph and has been up to 92. His fastball has plus life, with heavy arm-side run and his curveball is a hard breaker. However, he is sometimes inconsistent with his release point.
8 120 Chicago White Sox Drew O'Neil RHP Penn State Pa. $260,000
Penn State closer Drew O'Neil was one of the most dominating pitchers in the Big 10 Conference this spring, going 0-2, 1.88 with 11 saves in 26 appearances. O'Neil threw from an over-the-top arm slot when he arrived at Penn State, but he messed around with a sidearm delivery in a bullpen session early last spring, and the Nittany Lions decided to keep him there. O'Neil's fastball velocity is unusual for a sidearmer: he sits at 89-92 with boring, sinking action and touches 93-94. His slider can be effective against righthanded hitters when he stays behind it, which he has done more consistently as a junior. Sometimes he gets underneath it, causing it to flatten out and spin harmlessly across the zone. He has a changeup that he seldom throws, but he figures to rely on his fastball and slider in pro ball. O'Neil draws comparisons to Mets reliever Joe Smith, who was drafted in the third round out of Wright State in 2006, and O'Neil could be drafted as high as the third himself, but his upside is limited. He could move quickly in pro ball and reach the majors as a reliever.
9 121 Washington Nationals Graham Hicks LHP Jenkins HS, Lakeland, Fla. Fla. $475,000
Lefthander Graham Hicks significantly improved his draft stock with an impressive performance at the Florida high school all-star game. Hicks showed a fastball up to 92 mph and plus pitchability with his curveball and changeup as well. All three are average pitches at worst with potential to improve. Hicks is a projectable 6-foot-5, 170 pounds with room to add strength and velocity to his fastball.
10 122 Houston Astros T.J. Steele OF Arizona Ariz. $267,000
Steele played at Canyon del Oro High, a powerhouse program in Tucson that is the alma mater of big leaguers such as Chris and Shelley Duncan and Ian Kinsler, among others. He stayed in Tucson for college and has been a three-year starter at Arizona. Steele's athletic ability stands out in a college class short on such players. He's a plus runner with good range in center field; combined with his instincts and adequate arm, he's an above-average defender. Steele has raw power potential and good instincts to go with his speed on the bases, and potentially could be a middle-of-the-order, 20-homers, 20-steals threat. However, Steele's bat lacks refinement, mostly due to too much aggressiveness and too little pitch recognition. Miscast as a leadoff hitter, Steele gets himself out early in counts too often and isn't patient enough to bring his plus raw power to the fore. Steele isn't the average college draft pick in several ways and should take more time to develop than most. But in a year nearly devoid of college outfielders with upside, he stands out.
11 123 Texas Rangers Joe Wieland RHP Bishop Manogue HS, Reno, Nev. Nev. $263,000
The Reno area is gaining a reputation for developing pitchers, but Wieland stands out as the top righthander to come out of the area that in the last few years has produced Rays minor leaguer Jake McGee (out of high school) and Cole Rohrbough (Braves, out of Western Nevada CC). Wieland has impressed scouts with his combination of now stuff, clean arm and projectable frame. He was outstanding in all, sitting at 88-91 mph with his fastball and reminding scouts of Mark Prior with his command and has more deception in his delivery. He's maintained that velocity this spring and reportedly has flashed better velocity, with most reports having him bumping 92 regularly. He's shown the ability to spin a breaking ball despite Reno's thin air and flashed a changeup. He's signed as a two-way player to San Diego State but figures to sign if taken in the second-to-fourth round range.
12 124 Oakland Athletics Anthony Capra LHP Wichita State Kan. $260,000
In his first season as a full-time starter, the only thing that has been able to slow Capra down was an emergency appendectomy. After missing the first two series of the year, he rolled through the regular season with a 9-0, 2.52 record in 11 starts and led the Missouri Valley Conference record with a .201 opponent average. His 6-foot-1, 210-pound build brings to mind Mickey Lolich, but Capra's arsenal is more impressive than his body. His 88-92 mph fastball has late life down in the zone and his plus changeup is a swing-and-miss pitch. He throws a hard curveball that has its moments but lacks consistency, and his low-three-quarters slot may be more conducive to throwing a slider. Capra stuff plays up, too, because he commands all of his pitches and he's lefthanded. He touched 94 mph when he worked out of the bullpen in the past. Capra lacks projection and will have to watch his body, but he's a polished lefty who could go as high as the third round.
13 125 St. Louis Cardinals Scott Gorgen RHP UC Irvine Calif. $250,000
Gorgen, whose twin brother Matt is California's closer, was a second-team All-Freshman choice and had an even better season as a sophomore, helping pitch UC Irvine to the College World Series. His numbers are better again in 2008; opponents were hitting just .159 against him as he responded to a lighter workload. Gorgen's fastball generally scrapes 90 but sits more comfortably in the 86-88 range with excellent command. His circle changeup is a plus pitch he locates at will, and it has late tumble, making it resemble a split-finger fastball. Gorgen's breaking ball and body are both short but he competes, is athletic and has shown durability, having surpassed 320 innings already in college. On the down side, he has little projection left. The track record should still prompt a team to bite in the first five rounds.
14 126 Minnesota Twins Danny Ortiz OF Benjamin Harrison HS, Cayey, P.R. P.R. $253,000
Like fellow Puerto Rican Javier Rodriguez, Ortiz is a sweet-swinging outfielder who boosted his stock as much as anyone at the Excellence Tournament in May. Though he doesn't have the classic size of a corner outfielder, Ortiz has pure hitter with a projectable bat and a good approach at the plate. With quick hands and power to all fields, Ortiz has good hitting mechanics and his bat stays in the hitting zone for a long time. He recorded a 6.7-second time in the 60, but Ortiz will likely play left field ultimately in pro ball. He projects to go in the top five rounds, and a team who saw him play well in May could take him as high as the third round.
15 127 Los Angeles Dodgers Dee Gordon SS Seminole (Fla.) CC Fla. $250,000
A 5-foot-11, 150 pound middle infielder, Gordon is the son of major leaguer Tom Gordon, and like his father is undersized. Academically ineligible in the spring at his junior college, Strange-Gordon did not play this season but did participate in numerous workouts with major league clubs. Strange-Gordon is athletic and has above-average speed. He is fluid in the field and a gap-to-gap hitter at the plate.
16 128 Milwaukee Brewers Josh Romanski LHP San Diego Calif. $247,000
Despite a smallish 6-foot, 185-pound frame, Romanski has doubled as a two-way player for three seasons for the Toreros. A fine all-around athlete, he ranks among the best-fielding pitchers in the nation, and while he's a good college hitter, his future is on the mound. His fastball sits in the 88-89 mph range with some armside run. He shows an outstanding feel for his secondary pitches, which include a slow curveball, a changeup and a hard slider. Romanski's best pitch is his hard breaking ball, thrown in on a righthanded hitter's hands. Mechanically he is sound, but he will need to make adjustments. His arm action is short on both the back and front end, with a rushed, off-balanced finish. The total package reminds some of Rays lefthander J.P. Howell, though Howell's stuff was considered a bit more firm. As a pro, Romanski fits as either a back of the rotation starter or middle reliever. He offers a nice repertoire of pitches and decent command. He'll also help himself with his glove and bat.
17 129 Toronto Blue Jays Mark Sobolewski 3B Miami Fla. $243,000
Sobolewski is a draft-eligible true sophomore, and playing for Miami has afforded him plenty of exposure this spring. He should be one of at least seven Hurricanes drafted this June. A Freshman All-American last season, Sobolewski had a 20-game hit streak last season and reached base safely in 31 of his team's last 32 games. He struggled last summer in the Cape Cod League, where he hit .189 with no home runs in 39 games. Drafted in the 20th round out of high school by the Astros in 2006, Sobolewski is still raw at third base and at the plate. While he has an above-average arm, he has made too many errors this season, most of them throwing errors because he has a tendency to drop down and throw across the diamond from a lower arm slot. He does have the actions and hands to be an above-average fielder if he refines his technique. At the plate, Sobolewski is strong, as he often hits cleanup for the Hurricanes, but most of his power is pull-side. As a sophomore, Sobolewski may be a tough sign, and one more year of college may be enough to make him a top prospect for next year's draft.
18 130 Atlanta Braves Braeden Schlehuber C JC of Southern Nevada Nev. $240,000
Catcher Braeden Schlehuber outperformed teammate Devin Shepherd this season, slamming five home runs, and showing the athleticism to steal 16 bases as well as solid catch-and-throw skills. He has an average to plus arm but wore down and needs to gain strength to catch every day as a pro. Offensively, Schlehuber gets his barrel on the ball consistently when he hits his pitch, and his hand-eye coordination can actually make him too aggressive. He often expands his strike zone and swings at pitches he can hit, rather than waiting for pitches he can drive. He's an Arkansas recruit, and one coach compared him to A.J. Pierzynski for his ability to get under opponents' skin.
19 131 Chicago Cubs Matt Cerda SS Oceanside (Calif.) HS Calif. $500,000
San Diego recruit Matt Cerda began to impress scouts with his performances on the Angels scout club in the fall of 2007. He followed that with a breakout day at the February showcase in Compton. Just 5-foot-8, 175 pounds, Cerda projects as a second baseman as a pro thanks to below-average range. He has an average arm. His best tool is his bat, as he has a quick, compact swing with extension and a full finish. Cerda's supporters see an offensive second baseman with strong makeup and an "old school" style of play. He would instantly make an impact in the Toreros' lineup if he doesn't sign.
20 132 Seattle Mariners Steven Hensley RHP Elon N.C. $233,000
Drafted in the 44th round of the 2005 draft by the Nationals, Hensley chose college and over the past three years has made a solid case to be considered the best pitcher in Elon's baseball history. The career strikeout and wins leader for the Phoenix, Hensley also has a chance to be the highest-drafted Elon player since the school moved up to Division I in 2000 (Lefthander Brad Pinkerton was a fifth-round selection of the Angels in the 2001 draft). He attacks hitters with a four-pitch mix, including a low-90s fastball, fringe-average changeup and curveball, and average slider. At his best, Hensley throws from a high three-quarters arm slot, and has both late life and tight spin on his fastball and secondary pitches. At times he's inconsistent, dropping his arm angle and causing his pitches to flatten out. Hensley also has experience pitching the Cape Cod League, going 4-2, 3.52 for the Bourne Braves last summer.
21 133 Detroit Tigers Brett Jacobson RHP Vanderbilt Tenn. $230,000
Jacobsen was the Arizona high school player of the year as a senior and rated by BA as the No. 93 prospect for the 2005 draft. Because of a dip in velocity and a strong commitment to Vanderbilt, however, he slipped to the Diamondbacks in the 11th round. He honored his commitment to the Commodores and made just six appearances--two starts--as a freshman. He split time between starting and relieving as a sophomore, but has seen more time in the pen this season, making only four starts and serving as Vandy's closer. Jacobsen has been a tough guy for scouts to figure out. As a starter he pitches between 88-91 mph, but as a reliever his velocity jumps to the mid-90s. He also throws a slurvy breaking ball and changeup, both with potential to be average. The inability to consistently throw strikes has been Jacobsen's downfall, keeping him out of a starting role, and that's the reason most scouts think he'll be a reliever in the pros as well. Jacobsen is 6-foot-6, 205 pounds and pitches from a three-quarters arm slot. He has effort in his delivery, but can pitch downhill with a steep plane when he's on. He's a high risk, high reward prospect.
22 134 New York Mets Sean Ratliff OF Stanford Calif. $225,000
Stanford's top talent, junior outfielder Sean Ratliff, might have worked into the first-round mix with more polish at the plate. His 18 homers ranked fifth in the Pac-10, he runs well for his 6-foot-3, 225-pound size, and he has enough arm to hit 92 mph off the mound. It's a prototype right-field profile, but Ratliff has an unorthodox swing with holes in it, and he swings and misses a lot. His 72 strikeouts tied for second-worst in Division I entering regional play.
23 135 San Diego Padres Jason Kipnis OF Arizona State Ariz.
Scouts who saw Arizona State early also were impressed by Kentucky transfer Jason Kipnis, who got off to a rousing start, showing surprising power. Most area scouts compare him to former ASU star Colin Curtis as a tweener, though they liked Curtis' hit tool better. Kipnis' power falls short due to a bat wrap that will slow him down with wood. He has enough arm and speed to play all three outfield spots and a patient approach at the plate while being aggressive on the basepaths with his average speed. He fits into the sixth- to 10th-round range for most clubs. Kipnis redshirted at Kentucky as a freshman and was kicked off the Wildcats club as a sophomore but has impressed with his work ethic at ASU.
24 136 Philadelphia Phillies Trevor May RHP Kelso (Wash.) HS Wash. $375,000
While righthander Trevor May is the top prospect in the state, the bulk of the top players in Washington were position players. May stood out from the crowd for showing a three-pitch mix and solid velocity. He got scouts excited by flashing 92 mph early (with some reports of 94), then settled into the 87-90 range more consistently, and in general was better early in the season. His curveball was his best pitch and could be above-average in the future as he adds power. He has a feel for throwing it for strikes or burying it as a chase pitch. May's arm works well, though he has some maintenance in his delivery, making it difficult for him to repeat. He's rangy and has decent athletic ability. He was asking for first-five-rounds money to keep him from going to Washington, and a team that got him crosschecked on a good day could take him as high as the third round.
25 137 Colorado Rockies Ethan Hollingsworth RHP Western Michigan Mich. $215,000
Hollingsworth has a chance to go as high as the second round, which would make him the highest pick in Western Michigan's history. The Broncos have produced five third-rounders, including big leaguer John Vander Wal. Hollingsworth doesn't intimidate anyone with his size (6-foot-2, 200 pounds) or his stuff, but he really knows how to pitch. His fastball sits at 89-92 mph, and while he's unlikely to add more velocity in the future, he maintains what he has and commands his heater to both sides of the plate. His swing-and-miss slider is his best pitch, and he also mixes in an average 12-to-6 curveball and a decent changeup. Hollingsworth throws strikes, works down in the zone and keeps hitters off balance by mixing his pitches and locations. He's likely as good as he's going to get, but he knows how to pitch and should move quickly in pro ball.
26 138 Arizona Diamondbacks Ryne White OF Purdue Ind. $213,000
First baseman Ryne White is far and away the most advanced hitter in the state. He batted .333 this spring after finishing third in NCAA Division I with a .452 batting average in 2007, but he did increase his power (from eight to 12 homers) and continued to control the strike zone (35 walks, 21 strikeouts). White has a quick bat, tremendous hand-eye coordination and a whole-field approach. He made adjustments this year to get more power out of his stroke. He's short for a first baseman at 5-foot-11 and 205 pounds, but he has an average arm and could get a pro opportunity in the outfield, where he played as a freshman.
27 139 Los Angeles Angels Buddy Boshers LHP Calhoun (Ala.) CC Ala. $210,000
Boshiers pitches between 88-92 mph with a big breaking ball and a projectable 6-foot-3 frame. He is committed to Troy but fits the pro mold better.
28 140 New York Yankees Corban Joseph SS Franklin (Tenn.) HS Tenn. $207,000
In a competitive field, shortstop Corban Joseph distinguished himself as the top prep position player in the state because he plays a premium position and swings lefthanded. Joseph has plus bat speed and routinely squares balls up, hitting for power and average to all fields with a short swing. Joseph is an average runner, but speed will never be his game. He has a chance to stay at shortstop but will always be known for his offense than his defense.
29 141 Cleveland Indians David Roberts RHP Long Beach State Calif. $200,000
Roberts is a strong-bodied righthander who was a middle reliever at Long Beach State. At his best, Roberts' fastball touches 94 mph and sits in the low 90s. He compliments it with a power curveball that sits in the low 80s. Roberts pitched relatively effectively in limited action with the Dirtbags this year.
30 142 Boston Red Sox Pete Hissey OF Unionville (Pa.) HS Pa. $1,000,000
Hissey's brother and father played college baseball, so he had no trouble dropping basketball even though he could have played shooting guard for a mid-major college hoops program. An above-average runner with good instincts, Hissey has added about 20 pounds of muscle to his 6-foot frame in the past year, and though his power is below-average currently, he projects as average or slightly better. He's an aggressive hitter who has a good feel for the strike zone, stays on breaking balls well and hits hard line drive to all fields. He's a promising defender in center field but needs to improve his routes. One scout projected him as a right fielder down the line and compared him to Paul O'Neill for his game as well as his hard-nosed approach. Hissey is an excellent student, and a club will likely have to take him in the top three rounds to buy him out of a commitment to Virginia.