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Pick Overall Team Player Position School State Bonus
1 203 Tampa Bay Rays Jason Corder OF Long Beach State Calif. $30,000
Corder started his college career at California but finished it at Long Beach State. It was a tougher fit for his power bat at spacious Blair Field, but he still ranked second in the Big West in homers, behind UCSB's Mike Zuanich. Scouts say Corder has real power despite a long swing that results in a lot of swings and misses. He has enough arm for right field, a 55 on the 20-to-80 scale.
2 204 Pittsburgh Pirates Benji Gonzalez SS Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, Gurabo, P.R. P.R. $130,000
A glove-first shortstop with a commitment to Oklahoma State, Benjie Gonzalez is a switch-hitter now but may just hit from the right side as a pro. His 6.6-second 60 time was the second-fastest at the Excellence Tournament. Gonzalez , 5-foot-10 and 165 pounds, has excellent hands a plus arm, but there are significant questions about whether the bat will play in pro ball.
3 205 Kansas City Royals Jason Esposito LHP Amity Regional HS, Woodbridge, Conn. Conn.
Amity High third baseman Jason Esposito has committed to Vanderbilt, and like them he's considered a difficult sign. Esposito's bat draws comparisons to another Northeast high school product who went to Vanderbilt, Ryan Flaherty, but he lacks Flaherty's instincts and ability to play shortstop. Esposito is an aggressive line-drive hitter with above-average raw power, but his swing has some length to it and he swings and misses a lot. He has good actions and decent hands at third base to go along with an above-average arm. He closes games for Amity and reaches 90 mph with his fastball.
4 206 Baltimore Orioles Caleb Joseph C Lipscomb Tenn. $125,000
Caleb's brother Corban is also a prospect. Caleb is a good hitter with power, as he led Lipscomb in batting (.345), home runs (14) and RBIs (53). Caleb is athletic behind the plate with an average arm and a quick release. At the plate, he's a solid fastball hitter but can have trouble with breaking stuff.
5 207 San Francisco Giants Aaron King LHP Surry (N.C.) CC N.C. $110,000
King has all the things scouting directors love, as a 6-foot-4 lefthander who pitches in the low to mid-90s. Possibly the best lefthander in the junior college ranks, King is a strikeout pitcher, pitching off his fastball and putting hitters away with his slider. He also throws a changeup. He's athletic on the mound and still has projection. His delivery is somewhat unconventional and causes him to be erratic at times. The question with King, at it is with most juco pitchers, is whether he will throw enough strikes. His K/BB ratio this season was close to 3/1. He will at least be given a chance as a starting pitcher in the pros. He's a freshman at Surry and relatively new on the scouting radar, and he wasn't drafted out of high school.
6 208 Florida Marlins Paul Gran 3B Washington State Wash. $40,000
The top draft from the two Pac-10 schools figures to be senior infielder Paul Gran, who slid from shortstop to third base for the Cougars. His best present tool is his defense at third base; he made only one error there this spring and has excellent range to go with an average arm. If he cleans up his footwork, he could be an above-average utility player with the ability to move to second base or his old spot at shortstop. His lefthanded bat and 55 speed (fringe above-average on the 20-to-80 scouting scale) further his future utility profile. He's a cerebral hitter who sometimes overthinks at the plate and swings and misses more than he should. He has raw pull power and should be one of the first college seniors drafted.
7 209 Cincinnati Reds Pedro Villarreal RHP Howard (Texas) JC Texas $100,000
8 210 Chicago White Sox Jordan Danks OF Texas Texas $525,000
Jordan Danks might have been a first-round pick coming out of high school had he not told teams he was set on attending Texas. He was one of the best prep power hitters in the 2005 draft, having beaten Cameron Maybin in the home run derby at the 2004 AFLCA All-America Game, where Danks hit several balls completely out of the park. Three years later, his power potential remains largely unfulfilled. The Longhorns' Disch-Falk Field doesn't favor hitters, but it's not the sole culprit for Danks' meager total of 12 homers in three college seasons. His bat speed and feel for hitting are just fair, though he has improved at driving balls to the opposite field this spring. If Danks was delivering the power scouts expected, he'd be an easy first-round pick because he's both big (6-foot-5, 205 pounds) and the best college athlete in this draft class. He runs well and shows better instincts on the bases and in center field than he does at the plate. The White Sox drafted Danks in the 19th round three years ago and are looking for athletes, so they could reunite him with his older brother John, who's in their rotation.
9 211 Washington Nationals Dan Killian C Kellogg (Mich.) CC Mich. $100,000
10 212 Houston Astros Jon Gaston OF Arizona Ariz. $150,000
Arizona's position players offer mostly mediocrity after the dynamic T.J. Steele. Jon Gaston should be the first one picked due to his present strength, decent athleticism and lefthanded bat. He's not athletic but runs and throws average.
11 213 Texas Rangers Matt Thompson RHP Grace Prep Academy, Arlington, Texas Texas $600,000
Thompson has a pitcher's frame (6-foot-2, 180 pounds) and a solid 90-92 mph fastball. He's committed to Texas Christian.
12 214 Oakland Athletics Brett Hunter RHP Pepperdine Calif. $1,100,000
Undrafted out of high school, Hunter first began to draw the attention of scouts as a closer for his Connie Mack summer ball club in 2005. He has since blossomed into one of the top pitching prospects in the nation. Now 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds, Hunter may possess the strongest arm in the draft. Hunter has missed all but two starts in 2008 due to arm problems, generally reported as elbow pain. Hunter returned in late May with two short outings, peaking at 92 mph and showing some rust but generally encouraging scouts. Many scouts aren't surprised by Hunter's injury due to his unorthodox mechanics. He drops his arm behind himself like a discus thrower, making it hard to find a consistent arm slot. Hunter's tilted, unbalanced finish features a high right leg release. None of that precluded Hunter, who dominated with Team USA last summer as a closer, from featuring some of the nation's best stuff. His thunderbolt fastball arrives at the plate from 93-97 mph and has touched 100 in relief outings. As a starter, he has no difficulty maintaining velocity into the sixth and seventh inning, when healthy, and he challenges both good and average hitters with his four-seam in all situations and all counts. Hunter's high-70's to low-80's curve has nasty downward break, though he has inconsistent control of the that pitch. Hunter's command is spotty and causes him to get behind batters and run up high pitch counts. Health concerns muddle where Hunter will be selected, and his command problems muddle whether he will be a starter or reliever. The combination makes predicting his draft position impossible.
13 215 St. Louis Cardinals Anthony Ferrara LHP Riverview HS, Sarasota, Fla. Fla. $150,000
Blessed with an electric left arm, Ferrara has been a well-known prep prospect for the past three years. At 6-foot-3, 190 pounds, Ferrara is lanky and projectable, with an ideal pitcher's frame. Ferrara also has a pitcher's mind and shows advanced maturity on the mound. He throws three pitches, all of which could be average or better. His fastball sits between 89-91 mph now, and his curveball and changeup are advanced as well. He shows plus command and is a competitor on the mound. Teams' main concern will be with his injury history. After having issues with his shoulder last year, Ferrara visited Dr. James Andrews but only required rest, not surgery. He did have to sit out the Aflac Classic at the end of the summer. Committed to South Florida, Ferrara would likely step right into the weekend rotation if he doesn't go pro.
14 216 Minnesota Twins Dan Osterbrock LHP Cincinnati Ohio $121,000
Osterbrock finished with a flourish, winning eight of his final nine starts to set a Cincinnati record with 21 career wins. There's projection remaining in his 6-foot-3, 186-pound frame, and he already touches 91 mph while working at 86-89 with his fastball. He has nice feel for pitching, locating his heater to set up hitters for a plus changeup. He throws two different breaking pitches, and his slider is more usable than his curveball. Osterbrock should become the first Bearcat drafted in the top 10 rounds since the Red Sox selected Kevin Youkilis in the ninth round in 2001.
15 217 Los Angeles Dodgers Cole St. Clair LHP Rice Texas $100,000
St. Clair outpitched teammate Phil Hughes at Foothill High in Santa Ana, Calif., in 2004, after which Hughes signed with the Yankees as a first-round pick and St. Clair headed to Rice. St. Clair figured to match Hughes' draft status entering last season, but he injured his arm lifting weights. The exact nature of the injury is up in the air. It has been reported as a shoulder strain and biceps tendinitis, while some scouts maintain it was a labrum tear. St. Clair didn't require surgery, but his stuff hasn't been the same since. While with the U.S. college national team in the summer of 2006, he featured a 91-94 mph fastball and a plus curveball. Factoring in his size (6-foot-5, 225 pounds) and his makings of a changeup, and some clubs projected him as a pro starter. But for much of the last two years, he has pitched at 87-88 mph and topped out at 91 with his fastball. His curveball isn't as tight as it was previously. St. Clair has continued to succeed for the Owls, thanks to his command, deceptive high leg kick and his competitiveness. The Indians failed to sign him as a seventh-rounder in 2007, and though he has completed his eligibility and his economics degree, he still may be a tougher sign than most seniors. If he regains his previous stuff, he could be a steal.
16 218 Milwaukee Brewers Trey Watten RHP Abilene Christian (Texas) Texas $100,000
Trey Watten played third base and pitched just one inning as a freshman, but he has won 20 games as a two-way star the last two years for Abilene Christian and will be drafted as a pitcher. An athletic, projectable 6-foot-4, 190-pound righthander, he has a fastball that ranges from 88-93 mph and flashes an average slider. As a third baseman, he offers arm strength, solid defense and power potential.
17 219 Toronto Blue Jays Eric Thames OF Pepperdine Calif. $150,000
A lefthanded hitter and thrower, Thames' outstanding 2008 season at Pepperdine has drawn substantial attention from scouts. He was hitting .407 with 13 homers and 59 RBIs when he went down in late May with what scouts described as a hip flexor injury, though Pepperdine describes it as an upper-leg injury. An unsigned 39th-round pick of the Yankees in 2007, Thames has improved his stock considerably, improving his body over the years. He's now a solidly built, muscular 6-foot, 205-pounder who physically resembles former White Sox outfielder Warren Newson. Thames' primary tool is his bat, as he's strong enough to hit effectively from an open, spread stance. Occasionally, Thames will drift into a habit of trying to lift, pull and jerk everything. He often over swings and whiffs on offspeed stuff, and is much more effective when he cuts down on his swing and attempts to use the entire field. In the outfield, Thames is an acceptable, average defensive left fielder, with acceptable speed and range. He has played some center field but profiles better defensively in left. His inconsistent and fringy arm strength also fits better in left. As a pro, Thames profiles as a potentially heavy-hitting left fielder with average to slightly below-average non-hitting tools.
18 220 Atlanta Braves Paul Clemens RHP Louisburg (N.C.) JC N.C. $150,000
19 221 Chicago Cubs Luis Flores C Oklahoma State Okla. $132,000
Luis Flores may not hit enough to be a regular in the major leagues, but his catch-and-throw skills and leadership should allow him to at least carve out a career as a backup. He's a tremendous receiver and teams rarely challenge his arm. Flores, who spent his first two college seasons as a two-way player at Houston, focused on catching after transferring to Oklahoma State. He hit just .302 with five homers in hitter-friendly Stillwater, though scouts like his bat better than that of Jackson Williams, a surprise sandwich-round pick out of Oklahoma by the Giants in 2007.
20 222 Seattle Mariners Nate Tenbrink 3B Kansas State Kan. $140,000
Tenbrink is fodder for the classic tools-vs.-performance argument. Scouts who like him project him as a possible third-rounder and rave about his physical gifts. He's a 6-foot-2, 204-pounder who has a loose lefthanded swing with loft in batting practice, not to mention a plus arm and solid-average speed. He's also an intense competitor and hard worker. Yet for everything Tenbrink has going for him, he hit just .251/.372/.459 and fielded .890 at the hot corner during the regular season. It's not a case of draftitis, as he posted similar numbers as a sophomore. Rather than letting his plus power come naturally, Tenbrink overswings and chases pitches too often during games. He needs to tone down his approach and force pitchers to challenge him. He also must harness his arm, as many of his errors come on throws. Tenbrink's two-run homer provided the difference in Kansas State's Big 12 Conference tournament-opening upset of Oklahoma State, and a hot postseason could push him up draft boards.
21 223 Detroit Tigers Jade Todd LHP Shades Valley HS, Birmingham Ala. $150,000
Todd is lefthanded and committed to Alabama. He throws his fastball at 90 mph, with a true downer curveball.
22 224 New York Mets Mike Hebert RHP Saugus (Calif.) HS Calif. $135,000
23 225 San Diego Padres Adam Zornes C Rice Texas $135,000
After turning down the Indians as a 24th-round pick last year, Adam Zornes will go roughly 20 rounds higher this June after becoming Rice's regular catcher for the first time. Zornes' best tools are his raw power and his solid arm. He probably won't hit for much of an average, and he needs to improve his footwork behind the plate.
24 226 Philadelphia Phillies Johnny Coy 3B Benton HS, St. Joseph, Mo. Mo.
Outfielder Johnny Coy is an Arizona State basketball recruit. He's athletic and has a lot of projectable power in his 6-foot-7, 190-pound frame, but he's raw in all facets of the game.
25 227 Colorado Rockies Dan Houston RHP Boston College Mass. $110,000
Righthander Dan Houston leads a group of five Boston College players who could be drafted. Houston is the closest thing to a late pop-up guy in New England this year, pitching well in a win against Clemson in March, then shutting out Duke for seven innings in April and striking out nine in a win against Maryland on May 2. By that point in the season, scouts in the Northeast were buzzing about Houston's ability to hold his 91-93 mph velocity deep into games and touch 94. He complements his solid-average fastball with an average overhand curveball with good depth, an average changeup that he gained confidence in down the stretch, and a hard slider that can be above-average at times. He has a durable 6-foot-3, 205-pound frame and a sound delivery. Houston was hit hard in his last start against Wake Forest, and he finished 3-4, 5.03 with 72 strikeouts and 32 walks in 73 innings. Despite the poor finish, some scouts believe he profiles as a back-of-the-rotation starter in the big leagues, and he could sneak into the fourth or fifth round.
26 228 Arizona Diamondbacks Miles Reagan RHP El Capitan HS, Lakeside, Calif. Calif. $150,000
Reagan has a tall and athletic frame that contains significant projection. He has a 90 to 93 mph fastball, which he can throw with sharp cutting movement to the glove side. Reagan's 76 mph changeup and a slurvy breaking ball need some polish.
27 229 Los Angeles Angels Will Smith LHP Gulf Coast (Fla.) CC Fla. $150,000
28 230 New York Yankees Kyle Higashioka C Edison HS, Huntington Beach, Calif. Calif. $500,000
Kyle Higashioka has been one of the premier prep catchers in Southern California for three years, a superior defensive receiver to fellow Huntington Beach resident Hank Conger, a 2006 first-rounder. Higashioka does not have Conger's explosive bat. His righthanded uppercut impressed scouts at the 2007 Area Code Games and he has interesting power potential, though it's just pull power right now. His strong frame still has ample projection for his bat. Defensively, Higashioka receives the ball smoothly and is quiet behind the dish. With an accurate arm, he's consistently posting pop times in the 1.95-2.0-second range. He also has strong makeup and academic qualifications, and his commitment to California make it likely he'll be drafted well below where his talent would dictate.
29 231 Cleveland Indians Tim Fedroff OF North Carolina N.C. $725,000
Tim Fedroff turned 21 early this season and is a prospect for 2008. At 5-foot-11, 182 pounds, Fedroff is not an imposing figure, but he has strong forearms and wrists and packs a powerful punch at the plate. With a compact lefthanded swing, Fedroff has hit for average and power this season, leading the Tar Heels with 12 home runs in the regular season. An above-average runner out of the box, Fedroff can put pressure on the defense with his speed, as he consistently posts sub-4.0-second times to first base. In the outfield he has a fringe-average arm, making him more of a candidate for left field at the pro level.
30 232 Boston Red Sox Tim Federowicz C North Carolina N.C. $150,000
Undrafted out of high school, Federowicz arrived on the North Carolina campus as a freshman and quickly gained a reputation for being a clutch-hitting catcher with a great arm who knows how to win. He has been a fixture behind the plate and in the middle of the Tar Heel lineup during the three most successful seasons in the school's history. Federowicz also won a gold medal in the World University Games with Team USA in the summer of 2006. Scouts are split on Federowicz's pro potential, however. Behind the plate, his leadership skills, experience and plus throwing arm are undeniable. His receiving style, with a high elbow, concerns some scouts. But the biggest questions for Federowicz are at the plate. While he has been consistently productive for the Tar Heels, his offensive numbers have declined each year. He's strong at the plate but has below-average bat speed. His power is to the opposite-field gap, and he struggles pulling inside fastballs. He projects as a below-average hitter with below-average power, but at catcher his bat might be good enough. His track record of success alone makes him one of the top five college catchers in this year's draft class.