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Pick Overall Team Player Position School State Bonus
1 173 Tampa Bay Rays Shane Dyer RHP South Mountain (Ariz.) CC Ariz. $135,000
Dyer's delivery (he turns his back to the batter) scares off some scouts and limits him to the bullpen as a pro, but his stuff is solid, as he touches 92 mph and has a hard breaking ball. He has a pro body at 6-foot-3, 180 pounds and is committed to Nebraska.
2 174 Pittsburgh Pirates Robbie Grossman OF Cypress-Fairbanks HS, Cypress, Texas Texas $1,000,000
Grossman had an outstanding 2007, carrying Cy-Fair High to the Texas state 5-A title, tearing up the showcase circuit and leading the U.S. junior national team in hitting (.450). He further helped his cause by drilling three homers in a doubleheader while several national scouts were in the area to catch the Minute Maid Park Baseball Classic. But Grossman hasn't sustained that performance, sliding him out of the first round. Scouts have clocked the 6-foot-1, 200-pounder as an average runner this spring after he showed plus speed in the past, meaning they have to bet more on his bat. A Texas recruit, Grossman is a switch-hitter with raw power from both sides of the plate, but his below-average arm means he'll have to play left field if he can't handle center.
3 175 Kansas City Royals Alex Llanos OF Westlake HS, Westlake Village, Calif. P.R. $125,000
Center fielder Alex Llanos saw his stock rise at the Excellence Tournament. A plus runner who ran a 6.5 in the 60-yard dash, Llanos is a converted shortstop who has been playing center field for just a few months. His speed plays well in the outfield. At the plate, he has a physical frame (6-foot-3, 175 pounds) with good bat speed and contact-hitting ability. He could land in the top five to 10 rounds.
4 176 Baltimore Orioles Rick Zagone LHP Missouri Mo. $150,000
It was easy for Rick Zagone to get overshadowed on a Missouri staff that includes potential first-round picks in the next three drafts in Aaron Crow, Kyle Gibson and Nick Tepesch. But Zagone is a versatile 6-foot-3, 207-pound lefthander who could serve as a starter or reliever in pro ball. Tigers coaches blame themselves for his poor start this spring, as they encouraged him to try to add velocity and he lost pitchability. Zagone righted himself after a stint in the bullpen and returned to the rotation by the end of the year. As a starter, he's at his best pitching at 85-88 mph with good life and location on his fastball. In shorter outings as a reliever, he can dial his fastball up into the low 90s and flash a hard slider. His slider and changeup are ordinary, so he has to rely on command to succeed.
5 177 San Francisco Giants Eric Surkamp LHP North Carolina State N.C. $135,000
Eric Surkamp is a tall, projectable lefthander with fringe-average stuff and a great feel for pitching. His fastball is in the upper 80s and has touched 91 mph, and he throws a curveball and changeup that he mixes well but sometimes struggles to command. Surkamp has inconsistent but pitched better later in the season, boosting his draft stock.
6 178 Florida Marlins Graham Johnson RHP Westlake HS, Westlake Village, Calif. Calif. $150,000
Johnson, who did not participate in any of the prominent summer or fall showcases, first came to the attention of local scouts in fall scout ball games. He's 6-foot-7 and was just emerging after starting this season in the bullpen at Westlake High. He got exposure when scouts came to see teammates Cutter Dykstra and Shane Kroker. At his best, the Fresno State recruit delivers a lively 91-93 mph fastball from a low three-quarters slot. He adds a hard curveball and a changeup, though both need work. Johnson's primary obstacle is his severe lack of control and command, which causes him to get behind hitters and run up high pitch counts. Part of that is inexperience, another part is growing into his large frame. However, in this spring season Johnson has become a big favorite of local scouts, who are fascinated by his intimidating frame and electric raw stuff.
7 179 Cincinnati Reds Alex Buchholz 2B Delaware Del. $125,000
Playing third base for the Blue Hens, Buchholz profiles as an offensive second baseman in the pros. He led Delaware in hitting last season and hit .319 this year with five home runs.
8 180 Chicago White Sox Kenny Williams Jr. OF Wichita State Kan. $150,000
Outfielder Kenny Williams Jr., the son of the former big leaguer and current White Sox general manager, has barely played since being diagnosed with mononucleosis in early May. He also didn't see much action in his first three seasons in college, sitting on the bench for two years at Arizona and redshirting in 2007 after being academically ineligible following his transfer to Wichita State. An athletic 6-foot-2, 198-pounder who has been drafted twice--including by the Rockies in the 32nd round last year--Williams did shake off the rust in 2008. He's a switch-hitter with a quick bat, though he has yet to develop much power or plate discipline. His best tool is his speed, which he uses well on the bases and in the outfield.
9 181 Washington Nationals Paul Demny RHP Blinn (Texas) JC Texas $110,000
Demny looks the part of a prospect, as he has a strong 6-foot-3, 218-pound frame and can touch 94 mph with his fastball. He doesn't hold his velocity for more than a couple of innings, however, and pitches at 87-90 mph. His breaking ball is slurvy, and both his changeup and command are in the developmental stages.
10 182 Houston Astros J.B. Shuck OF Ohio State Ohio $150,000
Shuck made the all-Big 10 Conference team as both a pitcher and an outfielder. Some scouts like him as a Sam Fuld-type outfielder, a 5-foot-11, 185-pound gamer who gets the most out of fringy tools. Shuck is a contact hitter who struck out just 24 times in three college seasons, and he can use his solid speed and fine instincts to steal bases. He also plays a quality center field and throws well, though his power is limited. Others prefer Shuck on the mound, where he can locate his high-80s fastball and changeup to both sides of the plate. He needs to be more aggressive rather than nibbling at the corners, and his breaking ball is just a show-me pitch.
11 183 Texas Rangers Richard Bleier LHP Florida Gulf Coast Fla. $120,000
Bleier finished his junior season with a 7-1, .209 and was the Atlantic Sun Conference's Pitcher of the Year. At 6-feet-3, 210 pounds, Bleier is a good-bodied lefthander with a fastball that typically sits around 90 mph. He also throws a quality slider and changeup, giving him a three-pitch mix with plus command. Bleier walked only 17 batters on the season in 90.1 innings pitched.
12 184 Oakland Athletics Tyreace House OF JC of the Canyons (Calif.) Calif. $130,000
Speedy outfielder Tyreace House, has a fireplug build at 5-foot-10, 180 pounds, with strength and 70 speed on the 20-to-80 scale. The ex-football player and track star still has work to do on his swing.
13 185 St. Louis Cardinals Eric Fornataro RHP Miami Dade JC Fla. $150,000
At 6-feet, 195 pounds, Fornataro is an undersized righthander with powerful stuff. His fastball has been up to 95 mph and consistently sits between 90-93. His mechanics are clean as is his arm action as his delivery is effortless. Fornataro's second best pitch is a late-dropping changeup. His slider is in need of work and lacks consistency.
14 186 Minnesota Twins B.J. Hermsen RHP West Delaware HS, Manchester, Iowa Iowa $650,000
After reaching 93 mph with his heavy fastball and showing a nice slider last summer, righthander B.J. Hermsen projected as a possible sandwich-round pick. But he broke his collarbone as a football quarterback in the fall, which set him back. The 6-foot-6, 230-pounder hasn't been in top physical condition, and both his fastball (down to the mid-80s) and his slider regressed this spring. He did touch 92 mph at the Perfect Game Predraft Showcase in mid-May, but scouts saw a lot of effort in his delivery and still didn't like his slider. Unlikely to receive a significant bonus, Hermsen could join Warren at Oregon State.
15 187 Los Angeles Dodgers Tony Delmonico SS Florida State Fla. $150,000
Shortstop Tony Delmonico transferred in from Tennessee, along with his father Rod, who used to be the coach of the Vols and is now an assistant on Mike Martin's staff. Delmonico is athletic but has limited range and questionable hands and will likely end up at second or third base at the pro level. He can hit for average and occasional power as well.
16 188 Milwaukee Brewers Jose Duran SS Texas A&M Texas $131,500
While his older brother German was getting his first taste of the majors this spring, Jose Duran was winning Big 12 Conference player-of-the-year honors after transferring from North Central Texas JC. Like his brother, Jose is an offensive-minded middle infielder who may have to move off shortstop. He has a sound line-drive swing and gets good extension, generating gap power for a 5-foot-11, 190-pounder. His speed is average and his arm is a tick light for shortstop, so Duran likely will wind up at second base.
17 189 Toronto Blue Jays Markus Brisker OF Winter Haven (Fla.) HS Fla. $125,000
Brisker is an athletically gifted outfielder from Winter Haven, Fla. At age, 17, Brisker is young for his class and is somewhat raw on the baseball field. At the plate, Brisker has plus bat speed with current gap-to-gap power but with projection to hit for more power down the road. He is a plus-runner with good actions in the outfield and will be able to steal bases as well.
18 190 Atlanta Braves Adam Milligan OF Walters State (Tenn.) CC Tenn. $350,000
Drafted by the Braves in the 27th round last year, Milligan is athletic and has plus raw power from the left side. An average runner, he has improved his defense and projects as an average left fielder. He is committed to Vanderbilt for next season.
19 191 Chicago Cubs Josh Harrison 2B Cincinnati Ohio $144,500
Harrison was named co-Big East Conference player of the year after hitting .378 with 22 steals, though his feel for hitting is more impressive than his swing and he's just an average runner. He's stronger than Campana but isn't going to have much power with wood bats. Of greater concern is Harrison's defense at second base. He made 19 errors in 59 games and doesn't turn the pivot well, and he doesn't profile at another position. He's the nephew of former big leaguer John Shelby.
20 192 Seattle Mariners Jarrett Burgess OF Florida Christian HS, Miami Fla. $150,000
Burgess is an athletic outfielder who suffered through leg injuries throughout his senior season in high school. However, Burgess has enticing raw tools, including a plus-arm, above-average speed and raw power.
21 193 Detroit Tigers Tyler Stohr RHP North Florida Fla. $150,000
After attending high school in Florida, Stohr attended Army as a freshman, making seven starts. He decided to transfer back closer to home and was in North Florida's weekend rotation as a sophomore. He made just three starts this season before heading to the bullpen and has been successful as the Panthers' closer. Stohr pitches off a fastball that sits between 92-94 mph with late life. He also throws an average changeup with sinking action and a fringe-average slider. While he strikes out 1.5 batters per inning this season, Stohr has a delivery that could cause command issues. With a backward shoulder tilt, consistently getting over the rubber is a concern for Stohr. While he's been successful as a closer, he profiles more as a middle reliever at the pro level.
22 194 New York Mets Josh Satin 2B California Calif. $25,000
After two difficult springs Satin put it all together as a senior. Satin showed he can hit with wood in the Cape Cod League--he was the league's all-star MVP in 2006--and has above-average bat speed that produces excellent power. He has played mostly second base in college, though many scouts believe he's a better fit in the outfield as a pro due to fringy range and infield actions.
23 195 San Diego Padres Cole Figueroa SS Florida Fla. $400,000
Figueroa is sophomore eligible with bat speed and gap power. At shortstop he makes the routine plays needed for a college player but does not have the range for the pro level.
24 196 Philadelphia Phillies Colby Shreve RHP JC of Southern Nevada Nev. $400,000
CCSN's Colby Shreve, an unsigned eighth-round pick last year of the Braves, was in the running to be the top juco prospect in the country this spring, reaching 94 mph consistently and showing a solid-average slider. Shreve's mechanics left something to be desired for some scouts, so they weren't surprised when he went down at midseason with an elbow injury. He wound up having Tommy John surgery, and while he has an Arkansas commitment, many expect Shreve to sign and still get a six-figure signing bonus despite the surgery--much as Nick Adenhart did with the Angels in 2004.
25 197 Colorado Rockies Kiel Roling C Arizona State Ariz. $140,000
Another Sun Devil who was much better in 2007, junior catcher Kiel Roling shares duties behind the plate with Petey Paramore and suffers by comparison. He's big and physical at 6-foot-3, 240 pounds, and lacks athleticism behind the plate, grading out as below-average defensively in all areas. He's an offensive player who had less than half as many homers (seven vs. 15) as he hit as a sophomore.
26 198 Arizona Diamondbacks Justin Parker SS Wright State Ohio $130,000
Justin's young brother Jarrod had the most electric arm in the 2007 draft and went ninth overall to the Diamondbacks. Justin has emerged from Jarrod's shadow to become one of the better college middle infielders in this year's draft. He flew under the radar because he skipped summer ball after having shoulder surgery after last season, but no longer. Some clubs prefer him to teammate Jeremy Hamilton, who's chasing the NCAA Division I batting title. The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder has more raw power than Hamilton and plays a more difficult position, though that might not be shortstop in pro ball. Parker's arm strength has returned, but his range and hands would fit better at second or third base. He's an average runner whose instincts help his speed play up on the bases. Parker could go between the third and fifth rounds.
27 199 Los Angeles Angels Josh Blanco LHP Franklin HS, El Paso Texas $148,000
Though he's a short (6 feet, 185 pounds) lefty, Blanco can throw his fastball at 88-92 mph. He has committed to San Diego State.
28 200 New York Yankees Brett Marshall RHP Sterling HS, Baytown, Texas Texas $850,000
Marshall presents a conundrum to scouts. After working at 88-91 mph with his fastball last summer, he jumped up to 96 mph at the outset of his senior season. His slider still needs some refinement, but it topped out at 86-87 mph. And his initial college commitment was to San Jacinto (Texas) JC, indicating that he could be fairly easy to sign. But since generating a lot of early season excitement, Marshall has backed up a little. He was sitting at 91 mph and topping out at 94 mph as the draft drew closer, and his slider wasn't as crisp. While he's wiry strong, he's also just 6 feet and 185 pounds and has some effort in his delivery, which also compromises his ability to repeat it and throw strikes. There's also talk that he's exploring the possibility of attending Rice, which could make it tougher for him to turn pro. There are a lot of differing opinions on Marshall, but he could be signable if a team likes him enough to take him in the second round.
29 201 Cleveland Indians Jeremie Tice 3B College of Charleston S.C. $120,000
Charleston's prospects are led by third baseman Jeremie Tice. Drafted in 2006 by the Marlins in the 38th round, Tice deferred pro ball and transferred to Charleston from Tallahassee (Fla.) CC. This season he led the Cougars with a .393 average while slugging 25 home runs. Tice has a professional approach at the plate and should be an adequate defender at third base.
30 202 Boston Red Sox Ryan Lavarnway C Yale Conn. $325,000
Lavarnway led Division I in batting at .467 as a sophomore (adding 14 homers), and he led the Ivy League with 13 homers as a junior despite missing the final eight games of the conference season with a broken wrist. He was an outfielder at Woodland Hills (Calif.) High before converting to catcher at Yale, and he remains raw defensively. He has arm strength and decent hands, but he struggles moving laterally and blocking balls and has a slow release. He's athletic enough and has a good enough bat to move to a corner outfield spot if necessary. An aggressive hitter with an advanced approach, Lavarnway covers the whole plate and seldom has a low-quality at-bat. He has above-average raw power and solid-average game power. His health and his remaining year of eligibility at Yale cloud his draft status, but he should be a summer follow in the Cape Cod League.