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Pick Overall Team Player Position School State Bonus
1 143 Tampa Bay Rays Mike Sheridan 1B William & Mary Va. $195,000
Mike Sheridan had a tremendous season at the plate, hitting .423 with 15 home runs and 72 RBIs in 56 games, and he has an advanced approach at the plate and makes consistent contact. In 227 at-bats, he struck out just 11 times.
2 144 Pittsburgh Pirates Justin Wilson LHP Fresno State Calif. $195,000
Wilson projects as a possible sixth- to 10th-round pick, and he was at his best in a regional, beating Long Beach State. His fastball has average velocity, peaking at 93 mph, and exceptional life, so much so that he struggles to command the pitch. When he throws strikes with his heater and big-breaking curveball, he's tough to beat. He added a short, sharp slider late in the season that he commands better than the curve, and it made a difference.
3 145 Kansas City Royals John Lamb LHP Laguna Hills (Calif.) HS Calif. $165,000
The draft season kicked off with a Major League Scouting Bureau event at the Urban Youth Academy in Compton, and lefthander John Lamb was one of the best players in attendance. Lamb has an ideal and projectable pitcher's frame and showed improving raw stuff. His fastball sat from 87-91 mph and he showed a smooth, fluid arm action and easy release. His curveball showed great improvement, with good tilt and late break. He also showed feel for his craft, mixing pitches, altering eye levels and working both sides of the plate. In February, however, Lamb was rear-ended in a car accident, and lingering soreness in his elbow was diagnosed as a fracture. He didn't need surgery, but his arm was immobilized for 12 weeks, and he didn't pitch all spring.
4 146 Baltimore Orioles Greg Miclat SS Virginia Va. $225,000
At 5-foot-9, 180 pounds, Greg Miclat is an undersized, switch-hitting middle infielder. Typically a plus defender at shortstop, he had arm surgery a year ago and battled a sore shoulder for most of the season. When healthy, Miclat has solid arm strength and plus range, playing with a fearless nature and good instincts. At the plate, he is a slap hitter who uses his speed to put pressure on the defense. He stole 30 bases this season for the Cavaliers.
5 147 San Francisco Giants Edwin Quirarte RHP Cal State Northridge Calif. $193,000
Drafted out of high school by the Reds in 2005 (39th round), Quirarte moved from the rotation to the bullpen this season for Cal State Northridge, and he thrived in the role, reaching the low 90s with his fastball and getting groundball outs with his slider. He also throws a split-finger fastball.
6 148 Florida Marlins Pete Andrelczyk RHP Coastal Carolina S.C. $185,000
Andrelczyk redshirted as a freshman at Coastal Carolina and has improved every year. Last season he made 23 appearances for the Chanticleers, tallying one save--which was good enough to get him drafted in the 32nd round by the Orioles as a redshirt sophomore. He returned to school, however, and moved into the full-time closer role. His velocity took another jump, and he's now considered to have a power package on the mound. Tallying better than a strikeout an inning, Andrelczyk works off a low-90s fastball that can touch 95 mph. He also has a hard slider that sits between 83-85 mph with tight rotation and late action that is especially tough on righthanded hitters. He has the best pure stuff on Coastal's team, and he profiles as a reliever in the pros as well. A late bloomer, Andrelcyzk was gaining momentum up draft boards at the end of the season.
7 149 Cincinnati Reds Clayton Shunick RHP North Carolina State N.C. $175,000
Shunick began his college career at Georgia State but transferred to N.C. State after one year. After an all-star season in the Cape Cod League in 2006, Shunick pitched mainly as a reliever in his sophomore season for the Wolfpack. As a junior, he took over the Friday night starter role and has pitched well against the ACC's best. Offering a fringe-average fastball between 89-91 mph, he gets outs with his command, deception and above-average split-finger pitch. With a slider to keep hitters off-balance, Shunick has a solid three-pitch mix and a good feel for his craft. The split-finger has late downward and lateral movement and is his out pitch, as he is able to command it and throw it in any count. Shunick pitches downhill and can locate down in the zone. At 6-foot-1, he has a slight frame and durability is a concern. His size and reliance on a split-finger pitch profile him as a middle reliever at the pro level.
8 150 Chicago White Sox Daniel Hudson RHP Old Dominion Va. $180,000
Old Dominion also had a disappointing year, finishing 25-27 after being ranked No. 25 by BA in the preseason, due in part to the three quality pitching prospects on its staff. Lefthander Dan Hudson was coming off an impressive sophomore year and summer in the Cape Cod League but went 5-6, 4.70 in 13 starts this spring as the Monarchs' Friday starter. His stuff remains attractive, however. Hudson is 6-foot-4, 215 pounds and throws his fastball in the low 90s. He has long been a strikeout pitcher and that didn't change this season, as he struck out 107 batters in 92 innings against 33 walks. He has a long arm stroke in the back and a whipping sidearm motion through his release point, which makes for natural life on his fastball, fading away from lefthanders and in on righthanders--though it can also make his command inconsistent. Hudson also throws a slider, curveball and changeup, with the curve being his best secondary pitch.
9 151 Washington Nationals Adrian Nieto C American Heritage HS, Plantation, Fla. Fla. $376,000
A Cuban refugee, Nieto came to America as an 8-year-old and started catching not long after. A teammate of Hosmer since he was 11, the two have made pitchers' lives miserable for years. An Aflac All-American in the fall, Nieto is thought to be the best switch-hitting catching prospect in the country. Nieto is blessed with an above-average arm and has good instincts behind the plate. There are concerns with his receiving and blocking skills and whether or not he will be able to stay behind the plate is still to be determined. Regardless of position, he will be an offensive player. With power to all fields from both sides of the plate, Nieto has a good feel for hitting. At times, his approach at the plate needs refinement as he can be fooled or caught chasing. At 6 feet and 200 pounds, Nieto is more athletic than he looks and he runs and moves well for a catcher. Nieto plays the game with an ego and a swagger that should carry him to the big leagues. He is signed to play baseball at South Florida in the fall.
10 152 Houston Astros David Duncan LHP Georgia Tech Ga. $185,000
A highly touted recruit in 2005, Duncan was the top prep prospect in Ohio in his senior season and was drafted in the 14th round by the Twins, but he turned down pro ball to go to Georgia Tech. After starting 30 games in his first two college seasons, Duncan was eligible again as a sophomore and was selected by the Nationals in the 23rd round last year. He again elected not to sign and returned to Georgia Tech as its Friday night starter this season. Lefthanded and 6-feet-8, Duncan is an imposing figure on the mound, throws four pitches for strikes and still has projection as a starter. He complements his 88-92 mph fastball with a curveball, changeup and split-finger. The split is Duncan's out pitch and with its late sinking action, has the potential to be a plus pitch in the pros. While he does have decent strikeout numbers, Duncan is more of a groundball pitcher who thrives on the plane created from his height and his ability to pitch down in the zone.
11 153 Texas Rangers Clark Murphy 1B Fallbrook (Calif.) HS Calif. $200,000
A UCLA recruit, Murphy first gained widespread attention with his impressive performance at a California high school coaches' showcase in June 2007. He was the top player at that event, along with Kyle Skipworth. During the home run contest at the Aflac Classic last August, Murphy pounded tape-measure shots with wood out of Tony Gwynn Stadium at San Diego State. In the eyes of many scouts, he has regressed since his coming-out party, despite a conditioning program that has left him with a strong, athletic frame that resembles a young Ryan Klesko. He struggled in fall and winter showcases and was hindered by an injured quad muscle. Murphy tends to open up too early in his swing, spinning off the ball. He also has a habit of blocking his hands and getting them almost locked beyond the front edge of the plate. Murphy's speed is below-average, but his arm and glove should be adequate for first base.
12 154 Oakland Athletics Jason Christian SS Michigan Mich. $182,000
Christian is one of the few shortstops in the draft with both offensive and defensive skills, and his all-around game could boost him as high as the second round. He has a loose swing, plenty of bat speed and some power potential to tap into once he adds some weight to his 6-foot-3, 170-pound frame. He uses the whole field and shows an aptitude for drawing walks. Once he gets on base, he's a slightly above-average runner who can provide an occasional steal. Unlike many of the better-hitting shortstops available, Christian won't have to switch positions. He has good actions at shortstop, along with plenty of range and arm strength. He missed three weeks with a stiff back, attributed to Michigan's long flights to Florida, Arizona and North Carolina on early-season road trips. Christian since has recovered and his back isn't a long-term concern.
13 155 St. Louis Cardinals Jermaine Curtis 3B UCLA Calif. $181,000
Curtis had academic issues as a sophomore and got off to a difficult start as a junior before rallying. He's lauded by opponents and scouts for his leadership skills and gritty play. He'll have to learn a new position as a pro, moving to second base, because he lacks the arm strength and power for third. His other tools grade out as average at best but play up because of his effort and hustle.
14 156 Minnesota Twins Nick Romero 3B San Diego State Calif. $179,000
Romero has an ideal third baseman's frame--athletic, strong and well proportioned. His smooth hands and strong arm comfortably grade out to major league average, if not a shade above. Romero's sweet lefthanded swing is fundamentally sound, but scouts have reservations about his bat speed.
15 157 Los Angeles Dodgers JonMichael Redding RHP Florida CC-Jacksonville Fla. $178,000
At 6-feet-2, 200 pounds, Redding is strong and physical on the mound. He has a clean delivery and a loose arm. Redding throws strikes and can run his fastball up into the low 90s. He had signed to play at Louisiana State.
16 158 Milwaukee Brewers Maverick Lasker RHP O'Connor HS, Phoenix Ariz. $176,000
Lasker, a San Diego State recruit, had a chance to sign and had garnered some interest in the fourth- to sixth-round range early before an injury. He's physical at 6-foot-2, 185 pounds, and has some projection left. He was considered a better prospect as a hitter prior to the season but came out strong on the mound this spring, touching 93 mph and showing a loose arm. He compensates for a fairly straight fastball with good arm speed on his changeup and by flashing a potential plus breaking ball. However, he had to sit out several weeks on the mound with biceps tendinitis, clouding his draft status.
17 159 Toronto Blue Jays Tyler Pastornicky SS Pendleton School, Bradenton, Fla. Fla. $175,000
Shortstop Tyler Pastornicky is slated to fill Tony Delmonico's shoes at Florida State next spring. An athletic middle infielder, Pastornicky is an advanced defender with an above-average arm. He has a chance to be an average hitter with occasional power.
18 160 Atlanta Braves Jacob Thompson RHP Virginia Va. $190,000
Thompson built an impressive resume and the reputation as a winner in his first two seasons at Virginia. Compiling double-digit wins in both his freshman and sophomore seasons, he had won 21 of his 32 starts coming into his junior year. He also pitched for Team USA's national college squad last summer, compiling a 1.27 ERA in five starts, and started against Cuba in the gold-medal matchup at the Pan American Games. He entered the season as a projected first-round pick, but a disappointing spring caused his draft stock to plummet. Thompson never showed overwhelming stuff, but when successful he mixed his low-90s fastball, plus slider, average curveball and changeup with superior pitchability and command. Creating steep plane from his 6-foot-6 frame, he pitched down in the zone and had a .198 opponent average his sophomore year. He has struggled with his command this year, though. Due to an inability to consistently get over the rubber and pitch downhill, Thompson's fastball has been left up in the zone and his secondary pitches have been flat. A team that drafts Thompson early will do so on his track record, but if he's drafted on the basis of this year's performance, he may slip past the point of being signable.
19 161 Chicago Cubs Justin Bristow RHP East Carolina N.C. $172,000
A transfer to East Carolina from Auburn, Justin Bristow has been a two-way prospect ever since high school but focused on pitching and put together his best collegiate season. He pitches between 90-92 mph with a fastball that can be too true. He keeps hitters off balance with a cut fastball and curveball. Bristow finished 8-2, 3.22, including two shutouts.
20 162 Seattle Mariners Brett Lorin RHP Long Beach State Calif. $170,000
A draft-eligible sophomore and transfer from Arizona, Lorin is a late-blooming 6-foot-7 righthander who has reached the low 90s with his fastball. He oozes projection and could be a tough sign. He finished the season strong, beating California in regional play, but lacks a putaway strikeout pitch at present.
21 163 Detroit Tigers Alex Avila C Alabama Ala. $169,000
Alabama's best prospect is Alex Avila, who is a catcher for the Crimson Tide but may not be able to stay there as a pro. Wherever he is defensively, Avila's game will always be on offense. He has a professional approach with power, especially to the opposite field, and advanced hit instincts. He's the son of Tigers assistant general manager Al Avila.
22 164 New York Mets Dock Doyle C Coastal Carolina S.C. $167,000
The top catching prospect in the state is lefthanded-hitting Dock Doyle from Coastal Carolina. Athletic behind the plate, Doyle has tools that should play at the professional level. He has an average arm and good receiving mechanics. At the plate, Doyle led the Chanticleers with a .365 average and hit 16 home runs.
23 165 San Diego Padres Anthony Bass RHP Wayne State (Mich.) Mich. $166,000
With Zach Putnam possibly projecting as a reliever, the best starting pitching prospect in Michigan could be righthander Anthony Bass of Wayne State, an NCAA Division II program. Bass has a 90-92 mph fastball that peaks at 94, a curveball with some bite and a decent changeup. While at Trenton (Mich.) High, Bass struck out 19 batters in one game to break J.J. Putz's school record.
24 166 Philadelphia Phillies Jeremy Hamilton 1B Wright State Ohio $164,000
Hamilton is one of the best pure hitters in the 2008 draft. The Horizon League player of the year, he ended the regular season batting .413/.516/.738 with more walks (36) than strikeouts (25). He excels at driving balls to the opposite-field gap in left-center. Though he hit .209 as a reserve with Team USA last summer, there's little worry about his ability to hit with wood bats. The concern is whether he'll hit for the power teams want in a first baseman, as he's not very big (6-foot-1, 185 pounds) and doesn't pull many pitches. Hamilton is more in the Mark Grace mold, including the Gold Glove potential. His hands are soft and he may be the best defensive first baseman in the draft. Hamilton lacks the speed and athleticism to play the outfield at the pro level, though that was his primary position with the U.S. national team.
25 167 Colorado Rockies Chris Dominguez 3B Louisville Ky.
Few position players can match Dominguez's size, power and arm strength. He's 6-foot-4 and 240 pounds, and when he connects, he can drive baseballs as far as anyone in college baseball. The Big East Conference co-offensive player of the year, he led the league with 18 homers entering the postseason. However, his propensity to swing and miss and his lackluster performance with wood bats create questions about how consistent he'll be in pro ball. He tends to destroy mediocre pitchers but struggle against quality opponents, chasing pitches out of the zone and falling behind in the count. Dominguez hit just .216 with three homers in 29 games in the Cape Cod League last summer, striking out 38 times in 97 at-bats. He also led NCAA Division I with 88 strikeouts in 2007, though he has made better contact this spring. Dominguez flashed a mid-90s fastball as a reliever a year ago, though he has a strong desire to remain an everyday player and hasn't pitched this spring. His arm is an asset at third base and he also has decent hands, but he doesn't cover a lot of ground. He has improved defensively this year after making 18 errors in 2007. He played some outfield on the Cape but didn't look good there, leaving first base as his only alternative if he can't stick at the hot corner. Dominguez broke his forearm in a collision with a baserunner in 2006, so he's only a redshirt sophomore. Because teams fear their extra leverage, draft-eligible sophomores often get drafted lower than their ability would warrant, so Dominguez could slide. On talent, he's a second- to fourth-rounder.
26 168 Arizona Diamondbacks Collin Cowgill OF Kentucky Ky. $155,000
Cowgill missed all of 2007 with a broken hamate bone and has done nothing but hit since returning. He batted .290 in the Cape Cod League last summer, earning all-star honors and helping Yarmouth-Dennis win the championship, after which he turned down the Athletics as a 29th-round pick. Cowgill is just 5-foot-9 and 195 pounds, but he plays bigger than his size and tools, which aren't lacking. He has a discerning eye and plenty of bat speed, allowing him to wait on and attack vulnerable pitches. He hit 16 homers in 2006 and 18 more during the regular season this year. He's a slightly below-average runner out of the batter's box and a slightly above-average runner under way, yet his instincts allow him to steal bases and track down most balls in center field. He also has a strong arm for the position. Cowgill's demographics aren't ideal--he bats righthanded and throw lefthanded, and he's 22 after losing a year to injury--but his gritty makeup and the results he gets are reminiscent of Reed Johnson.
27 169 Los Angeles Angels Khiry Cooper OF Calvary Baptist Academy, Shreveport, La. La.
Cooper is best known for his football exploits, and he has signed a scholarship to play wide receiver at Nebraska. He also scored in double digits for Calvary's basketball team. On the diamond, he's a 6-foot-2, 180-pound athlete who's going to need plenty of time to develop. He has plus speed and power potential, but he also has a long swing and is extremely raw.
28 170 New York Yankees Chris Smith OF Centennial HS, Compton, Calif. Calif. $158,000
A lefthanded hitter who batted better than .700 this spring, Smith has good "now" hitting tools, though he has not shown it against upper-level competition yet. He has a balanced, compact swing and promising bat speed. He's an average runner presently and figures to become below average as his body matures. He is a solid defender in left field who gets good jumps and takes direct routes.
29 171 Cleveland Indians Zach Putnam RHP Michigan Mich. $600,000
When Putnam is going well, he can be very good. In the NCAA super regionals last June, he no-hit eventual national champion Oregon State for 8 2/3 innings before suffering a 1-0 loss. He'll use five pitches, and they'll all have their moments. His fastball sits at 91-92 mph with heavy sink, and he can get to 95 mph with riding life on a four-seamer. His splitter can be devastating and his slider can hit the mid-80s. He also uses a curveball and changeup. Putnam's mechanics aren't the prettiest--he doesn't incorporate his lower half much and powers through his delivery--but they don't prevent him from throwing strikes. He has been a valuable hitter for Michigan, and he has the arm strength and power to profile as a right fielder at the next level, but pro teams want Putnam on the mound. They just aren't sure exactly what to make of him. His secondary pitches are inconsistent, and shoulder soreness cost him two starts at the beginning of the season. He also showed little desire to pitch or play the field in the Cape Cod League last summer, preferring to DH. Putnam's future is likely as a reliever, though it's also possible that his splitter and slider will become more dependable once he's a full-time pitcher. The Yankees are a possible destination for him with the No. 44 overall pick.
30 172 Boston Red Sox Ryan Westmoreland OF Portsmouth (R.I.) HS R.I. $2,000,000
Last summer, Westmoreland was intriguing as a thin, rangy, fast-twitch athlete who moonlighted as an all-state soccer player and standout basketball player. He added 15 pounds of muscle over the winter and increased his strength at the plate, his foot speed and even his velocity off the mound, where he used an 86-90 mph fastball and decent curveball to strike out 19 of the 21 batters he faced in a seven-inning perfect game this spring. That arm strength translates well to center field, where his well-above-average speed allows him to cover a lot of ground. As an athletic high school outfielder from Rhode Island, Westmoreland draws inevitable comparisons to fellow Ocean Stater Rocco Baldelli, and he has that kind of upside. He has quick hands and good hand-eye coordination, allowing him to put the barrel on the ball consistently, but he's still learning to incorporate his lower half into his swing and hit the ball with more authority. The scuttlebutt in the Northeast was that it would take at least a seven-figure signing bonus to buy him out of a commitment to Vanderbilt, but the Red Sox have expressed interest in the local boy, sending several prominent front-office executives in to see him.