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Pick Overall Team Player Position School State Bonus
1 233 Tampa Bay Rays Anthony Scelfo 2B Tulane La. $107,000
Anthony Scelfo started nine games at quarterback for Tulane's football team last fall before playing six different positions for the baseball team this spring. His uncle Chris was the Green Wave's head football coach and his father Frank was the offensive coordinator when Anthony arrived on campus. At 5-foot-10 and 195 pounds, he has a more realistic professional future in baseball, and he has shown his dedication to baseball by playing in the Clark Griffith League the last two summers. Scelfo has a strong arm, average to plus speed and solid power. He led Tulane with 12 homers and showed unusual plate discipline for a player who hasn't committed full-time to baseball by drawing 53 walks. He projects most easily as a right fielder but may be able to handle an infield assignment.
2 234 Pittsburgh Pirates Jeremy Farrell 3B Virginia Va. $105,000
Beyond David Adams and Jacob Thompson, Virginia's best prospect is first baseman Jeremy Farrell, who led the Cavaliers with 11 home runs. After injury-riddled freshman and sophomore seasons, Farrell started 60 games this year. He does not have plus bat speed but has shown the ability to hit for power. He is strong and athletic both at the plate and in the field but lacks projection. First base is his best position because he is a below-average runner with an average arm, though he might be athletic enough to play a corner outfield position. Farrell's father is Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell.
3 235 Kansas City Royals Malcom Culver RHP Palmdale (Calif.) HS Calif. $125,000
Palmdale High infielder Malcom Culver has athletic bloodlines; his brother Tyrone is a safety for the Green Bay Packers, his father played in the minor leagues, cousin Calvin is the center fielder at Pierce JC, and cousin Vonnie is a defensive back for San Diego State. Culver has committed to SDSU as a wide receiver but could play both sports. He showed raw power at the MLB preseason event in Compton and has flashed above-average speed and defensive ability at second base. His arm is a bit short for him to play shortstop. He remains raw, though, and is probably further ahead in football.
4 236 Baltimore Orioles Bobby Bundy RHP Sperry (Okla.) HS Okla. $600,000
Bundy's first-round aspirations got sidetracked when he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in a basketball game in December. Though his surgery usually requires a nine-month rehab, he was back on the mound with a knee brace this spring. Bundy was able to sit at 88-91 mph and touch 93 with his fastball, down 2-3 mph from last summer. He still had his trademark big-breaking curveball, which changes hitters' eye level at the plate, and he still threw strikes with ease. He has a sturdy 6-foot-2, 205-pound frame that also gives him power at the plate. Pitching with the brace forced him to smooth out his delivery, which will help him in the future. Bundy led Sperry to its second Oklahoma 3-A title in the last three years, picking up the victory and going 3-for-3 with three RBIs in the title game. He has committed to Arkansas, where he would get the opportunity to play both ways as a freshman. Whether the diminished velocity--which should return in time--drops him far enough in the draft to compromise his signability remains to be seen.
5 237 San Francisco Giants Scott Barnes LHP St. John's N.Y. $100,000
Barnes has had an inconsistent spring, but he pitched better down the stretch after making mechanical adjustments. He was out of sync early in the season with his delivery, causing his arm to drag and limiting his extension, and he threw across his body to compensate. He worked in the mid-80s with his fastball and struggled to command his secondary stuff. But his alignment and tempo have improved in the second half, and his fastball has climbed into the 90-92 mph range with good sink. His delivery still has a head jerk, but scouts think his quirkiness adds to his deception. He shows an average slider with good tilt and good feel for a changeup, and he uses a slow curveball as a show pitch. Barnes stands out most for his competitiveness and his aggressiveness, but opinion on him is widely mixed. He could be drafted anywhere from the third to the 10th round.
6 238 Florida Marlins Isaac Galloway OF Los Osos HS, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. Calif. $245,000
Galloway has long been on the radar screens of scouts. An Aflac All-American and Area Code Games regular, Issac has dazzled onlookers on the scout ball, travel ball and showcase circuit for two years. Blessed with an ideal tall, lanky and projectable frame, Galloway is a premium athlete, consistently clocking in the 6.5 to 6.6 range in the 60-yard dash at various showcase events. Galloway also possesses an impressive throwing arm, rifling straight line trajectory throws from right field and center field in both pregame and game situations. Over the past two years, Galloway had measurably improved his bat, flashing a fluid natural swing and promising bat speed. In the fall off 2007, he enjoyed impressive wood bat BP sessions at several showcase events. However, Galloway picked a bad time to slump. He has hit poorly this spring, backtracking on the advances he had made in the fall of 2007. His struggles were due in part to an unusually spread-out stance. Despite an easy, smooth swing, Galloway has no load to generate power in his current setup. He's been overpowered by good velocity this spring on a regular basis. Defensively, Galloway is a wonderful outfielder, showing a gliding Torii Hunter/Mike Cameron knack for running down balls in center. While he will need additional experience and polish, Galloway profiles as an above-average defensive outfielder. Galloway's arm also grades out as above-average, though he's lacked accuracy this spring due to poor throwing mechanics. While he has significant tools, they are too raw for him to be a consensus first-round pick.
7 239 Cincinnati Reds Cody Puckett SS Cal State Dominguez Hills Calif. $80,000
8 240 Chicago White Sox Kevin Dubler C Illinois State Ill. $105,000
He's not quite in the same class as former Illinois catcher Lars Davis, whom the Rockies drafted in the third round a year ago, but Kevin Dubler is an offensive-minded catcher who should go somewhere between the fourth and seventh round. The lefthanded-hitting Dubler batted .358 this spring, set an Illinois State record with 23 doubles and walked nearly twice as much (44) as he struck out (23). He has a strong approach and consistently drives balls to the gap. He even runs well enough to have stolen 15 bases in 18 tries. Dubler moves well behind the plate, where he's a fringy defender. He already shows the aptitude to call his own game, however, and he got invaluable experience last summer, where he handled a loaded pitching staff with the Falmouth Commodores in the Cape Cod League.
9 241 Washington Nationals Ricardo Pecina LHP San Diego Calif. $100,000
10 242 Houston Astros Brad Dydalewicz LHP Lake Travis HS, Austin Texas $425,000
Lefthander Brad Dydalewicz missed the 2007 season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee while playing football, but he has returned to top out at 93 mph this spring. He's just 6-foot-1 and 175 pounds, so he generates his impressive velocity with a slinging, maximum-effort delivery that makes it tough for hitters to pick the ball up. His second pitch is a slurvy breaking ball and he needs a lot of polish. Though he has committed to Arizona, scouts expect him to sign.
11 243 Texas Rangers Mike Bianucci OF Auburn Ala. $175,000
Biannuci has been a solid college outfielder and consistent middle-of-the-order contributor for the past three seasons at Auburn. He hit eight home runs as a freshman and 14 as a sophomore, and was selected in the 23rd round of last year's draft by the Angels as a draft-eligible sophomore. He returned to Auburn and hit 13 more homers this season, though his stock did not jump appreciably. At 6-foot-1, 215 pounds, Bianucci is a strong, muscle-bound athlete. An average runner and thrower, he should be adequate defensively in the outfield. He's a free-swinger at the plate, taking vicious cuts with an all-or-nothing mentality. His raw strength makes him a home run threat to all fields, but he also swings and misses often. Biannuci's athleticism and home run capability will get him drafted, but he'll have to improve his approach to have success as a pro.
12 244 Oakland Athletics Jeremy Barfield OF San Jacinto (Texas) JC Texas $92,000
13 245 St. Louis Cardinals Ryan Kulik LHP Rowan (N.J.) N.J. $58,000
Rowan lefty Ryan Kulik dominated Division III competition as a senior this spring, going 10-2, 1.72 with 144 strikeouts and 24 walks in 94 innings. Kulik is undersized but strong at 5-foot-11, 200 pounds. He has an average 89-91 mph fastball that touches 93, and he maintains his velocity deep into outings. Some scouts believe he could throw 94-95 in short stints in the bullpen, making him more attractive than Corey Young to some. His curveball and changeup are fringy, but he makes up for it with his competitiveness and ability to pound the zone. Like Young, Kulik should be drafted between the seventh and 12th rounds.
14 246 Minnesota Twins Jeff Lanning C New Orleans La. $105,000
15 247 Los Angeles Dodgers Nick Buss OF Southern California Calif. $95,000
Junior outfielder Nick Buss failed to capitalize on his strong summer in Alaska, where he ranked as the No. 1 prospect in 2007. A wonderful all-around athlete, Buss has 6.7-second speed in the 60 to go with a solid-average arm. He can hold down any outfield spot defensively but has reinforced scouts' doubts about his bat. Buss' long and somewhat stiff swing has garnered spotty results in 2008, but a late hot spurt may have bolstered his draft stock.
16 248 Milwaukee Brewers Erik Komatsu OF Cal State Fullerton Calif. $130,000
He has a college body in that he's mature and somewhat squat, with a bat that is decidedly pro caliber. He has a short, quick swing with strength that shoots line drives from gap to gap and surprising pull power. He's a solid-average thrower and runner who profiles as a fourth outfielder at the major league level.
17 249 Toronto Blue Jays Evan Crawford LHP Auburn Ala. $150,000
Mike Bianucci leads the talent at Auburn, but lefthander Evan Crawford isn't far behind. After starting 27 games--most on the weekends--in his first two years, Crawford pitched out of the bullpen this season, finishing 3-0, 2.42 in 44 innings. He offers a fastball between 88-92 mph and a big breaking curveball that is at times an above-average pitch. Crawford pitches downhill with an over-the-top delivery and creates plane with his 6-foot-2 frame. Command has been his biggest issue in the past, but this year he walked 25 against 42 strikeouts.
18 250 Atlanta Braves Brett Oberholtzer LHP Seminole (Fla.) CC Fla. $150,000
Brett Oberholtzer was drafted last year in the 47th round by the Mariners and is the top juco lefthander in the state. At 6-foot-2, 210 pounds, Oberholtzer has a durable build and throws a fastball with natural tail at 90 mph. He has a good feel for pitching, with an advanced changeup and a knockout slider, giving him a true three-pitch arsenal.
19 251 Chicago Cubs James Leverton LHP Texas Tech Texas $92,500
James Leverton was more of a first baseman in his first two seasons at Texas Tech, not pitching at all as a freshman and working just three innings as a sophomore. He has focused almost solely on the mound this spring and will get drafted as a lefthanded reliever in the first 10 rounds. He has a strong 6-foot-2, 200-pound frame, and he throws strikes with an 88-91 mph fastball and a slider that ties up lefties.
20 252 Seattle Mariners Bobby LaFromboise LHP New Mexico N.M. $70,000
Teammate Bobby LaFromboise was drafted in the 14th round last season, returned to school and went backward until Birmingham challenged him to get tougher. LaFromboise responded, pitched well in front of crosscheckers in an April matchup with Utah righty Stephen Fife, and finished the season by beating Fife in front of plenty of scouts at the Mountain West Conference tournament. He's at his best when he works down in the strike zone with his 88 mph fastball, which has good life, and gets groundballs with his slider. He lacks a strikeout pitch but keeps the ball in the ballpark, having yielded just six home runs in 170 innings the last two seasons.
21 253 Detroit Tigers Andy Dirks OF Wichita State Kan. $35,000
Andy Dirks has a knack for getting on base. He entered NCAA super-regional play with a 28-game hitting streak and a 73-game on-base streak, and he set a Northwoods League record last summer by reaching base in 52 straight contests. He's an athletic 6-foot, 195-pound center fielder, yet Dirks never has been drafted. He'll make a nice senior sign this June. He has a short swing, patient approach and gap power, and the plus speed to steal bases. His hard-nosed attitude also endears him to scouts.
22 254 New York Mets Eric Campbell 3B Boston College Mass. $90,000
Third baseman Eric Campbell has some raw power and a decent approach but has holes offensively and is likely to fare better as a senior sign in 2009.
23 255 San Diego Padres Beamer Weems SS Baylor Texas $250,000
With tremendous range, soft hands a strong arm, Beamer Weems is one of the best defensive shortstops in the draft. But he had a poor season with the bat, hitting a career-low .267/.379/.437, and scouts say he let his offensive struggles affect his defense and his attitude. He's a switch-hitter with gap power, and he may be better off hitting righthanded and focusing on getting on base. He's a slightly below-average runner, so his total offensive package probably fits toward the bottom of a pro lineup.
24 256 Philadelphia Phillies Julio Rodriguez RHP Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, Gurabo, P.R. P.R. $110,000
Righthander Julio Rodriguez sat at 83-86 mph earlier in the year, but touched 90 in May and reportedly has been as high as 92, which has caught the attention of scouts. Throwing from an over-the-top arm slot, the 6-foot-4, 200-pound Rodriguez projects to have a plus fastball. Reports on the quality of his curveball are mixed. His changeup is a fringe-average pitch. Where Rodriguez goes in the draft depends on how many looks a team got on him and when those looks came.
25 257 Colorado Rockies Kurt Yacko RHP Chapman (Calif.) Calif. $100,000
26 258 Arizona Diamondbacks Pat McAnaney LHP Virginia Va. $30,000
McAnaney moved into the Friday starting role and finished the year 4-5, 3.67 with 92 strikeouts in 61 innings. He is lefthanded and throws his fastball around 90 mph. McAnaney has good command and a feel for pitching, mixing his above-average changeup and slurve to keep hitters off balance. The breaking ball is his out pitch, while the changeup makes his fastball even tougher to hit.
27 259 Los Angeles Angels Chris Scholl RHP Green River (Wash.) CC Wash. $90,000
Scholl dominated hitters early with an 89-92 mph fastball, but when the weather (finally) cleared up a bit, his lack of secondary stuff was exposed. His velocity also jumped, with some reports of 93s and 94s. He's athletic and maintains his stuff with a squat, strong body.
28 260 New York Yankees Dan Brewer OF Bradley Ill. $125,000
Dan Brewer stood out on the Cape last summer, batting .297 (12th in the league) with seven homers (fourth) while playing five positions. In three years at Bradley, he has made the all-Missouri Valley Conference team at three positions: second baseman as a freshman, shortstop as a sophomore and outfield this spring. Scouts aren't sure where he profiles best. The optimal situation might be to make him an offensive second basemen, but his hands are a little stiff and he's better suited defensively for the outfield. He's a solid runner but doesn't have prototype speed for center field, and his opposite-field, line-drive approach doesn't provide the power desired on an outfield corner. His arm is slightly above-average.
29 261 Cleveland Indians Eric Berger LHP Arizona Ariz. $125,000
While Arizona State won the Pac-10 with all its talent, Arizona still earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament and finished strong, winning the season-ending series with the Sun Devils. Junior lefty Eric Berger started and won the deciding game of that series and should be drafted right around the ninth round, where he went last year after not pitching all spring. Berger is still coming back from Tommy John surgery that cost him the '07 season. Berger's fastball sat in the 89-90 mph range most of the season, but he was bumping some 92s later in the year. He works up with the fastball and down with a mid- to upper 70s curveball and was trying to regain the feel for his changeup. When he's at his best, his curveball has depth and is a swing-and-miss pitch, and he could move up closer to the fifth round unless his price tag gets too high.
30 262 Boston Red Sox Mike Lee RHP Oklahoma City Okla. $100,000
Oklahoma City, which finished third at the NAIA World Series, features Oklahoma's best college pitching prospect in towering righthander Mike Lee. Six-foot-7 and 220 pounds, Lee throws a consistent 90-91 mph on a steep downward plane. There are mixed reports on his hard curveball, as some scouts grade it as a plus pitch and others think it's below-average. The Yankees drafted Lee in the 22nd round out of high school in 2005, and in the 27th round out of Bellevue (Wash.) CC a year later.