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Round Overall Team Player Position School Bonus
1 19 Chicago Cubs Andrew Cashner RHP Texas Christian $1,540,000
For a while, it appeared that the state of Texas might get shut out of the draft's first round for the first time since 1977. That's unlikely to happen now, thanks to Cashner, the hottest pitching prospect to come out of Angelina (Texas) JC since Clay Buchholz. Cashner turned down opportunities last year to sign with the Rockies (as a draft-and-follow) and the Cubs (as a 29th-rounder), opting instead to transfer to Texas Christian. A starter at Angelina, Cashner has excelled as a reliever for the Horned Frogs. No college pitcher in this draft can match his consistent 96-98 mph velocity, the product of outstanding whip in his 6-foot-6, 180-pound frame, and overmatched opponents have hit just .104 against him. Cashner has armside run on his fastball, and he backs it up with an 84-85 mph slider that can be electric. The slider is much better than the mediocre curveball he threw in the past, though it's not always consistent. Neither is his command, which may prevent him from becoming an effective starter, but some clubs are interested in returning him to that role in pro ball. A team in love with radar-gun readings could take Cashner as high as the middle of the first round.
1s 45 Boston Red Sox Bryan Price RHP Rice $849,000
Along with Andrew Cashner and Zach Stewart, Price is one of three Texas college relievers who looks like a first-rounder on his best days. Though he had a durable 6-foot-4, 200-pound frame and a promising fastball, Price worked just 17 innings over his first two years at Rice because he lacked secondary pitches, command and mound presence. He started to make strides at the end of his sophomore season, and this spring he has consistently shown a 90-95 fastball with sink. His hard slider has topped out at 87 mph, though it has devolved into more of a slurve at times. His control still needs work but has improved. He has an intriguing changeup but doesn't trust it enough to use it much in games. Some teams are interested in trying Price as a starter, and he was lights out for five innings against Texas State in his one start this year. However, he walked three of the four batters he faced in his next appearance, a relief outing five days later. His lack of a track record is a concern, though he'll probably go in the sandwich to second round.
2 60 Minnesota Twins Tyler Ladendorf SS Howard (Texas) JC $673,000
Ladendorf has put up the gaudiest numbers in junior college baseball over the last two seasons. As a freshman, he hit .425 and led all national juco players with 65 steals in as many attempts. This year, he has become more of a power threat, topping the juco batting race with a .542 average thru mid-May and throwing in 16 homers (up from one a year ago) and 31 steals in 32 tries. The best juco prospect in the draft, Ladendorf would have signed for $200,000 in 2007. The Yankees offered him $150,000 as a draft-and-follow, while the Giants proposed a $190,000 bonus after taking him in the 34th round. Ladendorf is bigger and stronger than he was last year, and he now carries 210 pounds on his 6-foot-2 frame. Scouts aren't sure if he truly has more than gap power, but they like him as a multitooled shortstop. He has shortened his swing and can flash plus-plus speed when he's not playing on cruise control. Defensively, he has good hands and plenty of arm despite having the labrum in his throwing shoulder disintegrate as the result of a high school injury. A team that buys into Ladendorf's entire package could take him in the sandwich round.
2 76 Cleveland Indians Trey Haley RHP Central Heights HS, Nacogdoches, Texas $1,250,000
Earlier in the spring, Haley had a chance to be the first pitcher drafted out of Texas. He generated buzz by touching 95 mph with projection remaining in his 6-foot-4, 190-pound frame. He couldn't sustain that velocity when crosscheckers and scouting directors came in to see him, usually pitching at 91-92 mph in the first inning before sitting at 88-89 mph. He tends to overthrow, putting a lot of effort and a head jerk into his delivery when he does. He flashes a promising curveball and a changeup, but he's not consistent. He struggles to repeat his mechanics, which affects his control and command. Like many of the most promising high school pitchers in Texas this spring, Haley will be difficult to sign. It may take first-round money to lure him away from Rice, and the difference between his present and his future is too great for clubs to make that kind of investment.
3 82 San Francisco Giants Roger Kieschnick OF Texas Tech $525,000
Coming off a summer during which he tied Pedro Alvarez for the Team USA lead with seven homers, Kieschnick had a shot to go in the first round, with his chances enhanced by a lack of quality college outfielders. But he hasn't delivered as much as hoped, chasing too many pitches out of the strike zone and batting just .300 entering the final week of the regular season--this after hitting .305 as a sophomore. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Kieschnick has above-average power to all fields, but until he shows more discipline, pitchers can exploit his aggressiveness. He's not one-dimensional, however, as he has solid-average speed and arm strength, making him a prototypical right fielder. His game and his build are reminiscent of his cousin, former Cubs first-round pick Brooks Kieschnick. Roger ranks as the top position player in Texas in a down year for the state, but he's more likely to go in the sandwich or second round now.
3 84 Cincinnati Reds Zach Stewart RHP Texas Tech $450,000
Like Andrew Cashner, Stewart is a former junior college starter who has thrived after transferring to a Big 12 school and moving to the bullpen. His best pitch is a 92-96 mph fastball with filthy sink. Early in the season, he showed a sharp slider that some scouts graded as a plus-plus offering, though it has become more sweepy as the draft approached. Stewart also shows the makings of an average changeup in bullpen workouts, leading some clubs to think he could move back to the rotation in pro ball. But as a starter at North Central Texas CC in 2007, he pitched at 88-90 with his sinker, a lesser slider and diminished control. Texas Tech moved Stewart into the rotation late in the year, and he gave up 16 hits over nine innings in his first two starts. His 6-foot-1, 175-pound build and inconsistent command also seem to make him more suited for relief work. A possible first-rounder at midseason, Stewart is more of a sandwich- to second-rounder now.
3 93 Los Angeles Dodgers Kyle Russell OF Texas $410,000
Russell topped NCAA Division I with a school-record 28 homers in 2007, yet that wasn't enough to answer questions about his bat. His poor history with wood bats and his seven-figure asking price dropped him to the Cardinals in the fourth round. When the two sides couldn't come to an agreement, he returned for an up-and-down junior season. Russell hit one homer in March and 12 in April, and scouts still aren't sure his swing and approach will work with wood. He offers power to all fields, though he has been more pull-conscious this spring. He's a decent athlete with a right-field arm, but it's his bat that will have to carry him to the majors. Russell could get drafted in the same area he did a year ago, though it's unlikely anyone will match St. Louis' reported willingness to give him an $800,000 bonus.
3s 109 Houston Astros Ross Seaton RHP Second Baptist HS, Houston $700,000
During the fall, Seaton pitched at 88-89 mph, wasn't a coveted recruit by Texas colleges and projected as a fifth-round talent. But after throwing 90-94 mph all spring and touching 96, Seaton has leapfrogged several others to establish himself as the Lone Star State's best prep pitching prospect. He features a slider than can range from devastating to flat, and an effective changeup. While his secondary pitches are inconsistent, his control isn't, as he throws strikes with ease. His delivery is smooth and easily repeatable. Big and strong at 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds, he's also a quality athlete who will see action as a two-way player if he attends Tulane, following in the tradition of Micah Owings and 2005 Astros first-round pick Brian Bogusevic. As an outfielder, Seaton offers power, arm strength and average to plus speed. A lefthanded hitter, he also has shown the ability to make adjustments at the plate. Nevertheless, he'll focus on pitching if he turns pro. Though he's a good student, Seaton is expected to sign if he's drafted in the early rounds. The Astros have shown a lot of interest in the local product and could target him with their sandwich-round pick at No. 38.
4 118 Florida Marlins Curtis Petersen RHP Ryan HS, Denton, 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.
6 174 Pittsburgh Pirates Robbie Grossman OF Cypress-Fairbanks HS, Cypress, 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.
6 181 Washington Nationals Paul Demny RHP Blinn (Texas) JC $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.
6 188 Milwaukee Brewers Jose Duran SS Texas A&M $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.
6 199 Los Angeles Angels Josh Blanco LHP Franklin HS, El Paso $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.
6 200 New York Yankees Brett Marshall RHP Sterling HS, Baytown, 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.
7 209 Cincinnati Reds Pedro Villarreal RHP Howard (Texas) JC $100,000
7 210 Chicago White Sox Jordan Danks OF 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.
7 213 Texas Rangers Matt Thompson RHP Grace Prep Academy, Arlington, 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.
7 217 Los Angeles Dodgers Cole St. Clair LHP Rice $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.
7 218 Milwaukee Brewers Trey Watten RHP Abilene Christian (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.
7 225 San Diego Padres Adam Zornes C Rice $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.
8 242 Houston Astros Brad Dydalewicz LHP Lake Travis HS, Austin $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.
8 244 Oakland Athletics Jeremy Barfield OF San Jacinto (Texas) JC $92,000
8 251 Chicago Cubs James Leverton LHP Texas Tech $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.
8 255 San Diego Padres Beamer Weems SS Baylor $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.
9 265 Kansas City Royals J.D. Alfaro OF/LHP St. John Bosco HS, Lakewood, Calif. $75,000
9 275 St. Louis Cardinals Aaron Luna OF Rice $150,000
With nine homers entering NCAA regional play, Aaron Luna hasn't matched his power numbers from his first two seasons (29 total homers). That may drop him down far enough in the draft to render him unsignable away from what would be his senior year at Rice. But he did hit well with wood bats in the Cape Cod League last summer, and he's more athletic than his 5-foot-11, 200-pound frame might indicate. A former all-state running back at a top Texas program (Carroll High in Southlake), he plays a solid left field. Luna was Rice's regular second baseman in 2007, and he profiles better at that position.
9 285 San Diego Padres Kyle Thebeau RHP Texas A&M
After spending two years as a swingman at Texas A&M, Thebeau has found his niche as a full-time reliever as a junior. Though he had some success as a starter, including a 13-strikeout complete-game victory against Louisiana-Lafayette in an NCAA regional championship game last June, he's better suited to work out of the bullpen in pro ball. He works primarily with a 91-94 mph fastball that touches 96 and a mid-80s slider. While his slider is an out pitch, he relies on it too much at times. He's just 6-foot-1 and 195 pounds, so he generates his velocity via some effort in his delivery, which hinders his control. Thebeau projects more as a setup man than as a closer, and he's likely as good as he's going to get. But he has the arm to pitch in the seventh or eighth inning at the major league level, and he shouldn't require much time in the minors.
9 291 Cleveland Indians Clayton Cook RHP Amarillo (Texas) HS $115,000
10 296 Baltimore Orioles Chris Herrmann 3B Alvin (Texas) CC
10 306 Minnesota Twins Evan Bigley OF Dallas Baptist $75,000
Dallas Baptist's best prospect is outfielder Evan Bigley, who has solid speed, pop in his bat and a strong arm. He has played third base in the past, and might fit better there than in center field as a pro. He does struggle to hit breaking balls.
10 311 Chicago Cubs Alex Wilson RHP Texas A&M
The biggest wild card in Texas this year is righthander Alex Wilson, who transferred to Texas A&M after starring at Winthrop for two seasons. Projected as an early pick for this year, the 6-foot-1, 215-pounder blew out his elbow last summer in the Cape Cod League and hasn't pitched for the Aggies after having Tommy John surgery. In his first bullpen workout in early May, he showed that he hadn't lost any velocity by throwing 90-94 mph. Wilson, who had a hard but inconsistent slider before the injury, plans on returning to the Cape and will be monitored closely this summer by whoever drafts him.
11 325 Kansas City Royals Malcolm Bronson OF Monte Vista HS, Spring Valley, Calif.
11 337 Los Angeles Dodgers Nate Eovaldi RHP Alvin (Texas) HS $250,000
Aggies recruit Nathan Eovaldi had Tommy John surgery last May, and he rushed back to pitch his senior season at Alvin High. Eovaldi, who capped his spring with a victory in the state 5-A regional semifinals, has been back up to 92-93 mph. He hasn't been able to throw a breaking ball, however, and his hard slider was inconsistent in the path. Scouts admire his grit but balk at his price tag, so he'll probably end up in College Station.
11 345 San Diego Padres Tyson Bagley RHP Dallas Baptist
Senior righthander Tyson Bagley has the most eye-catching tool at Dallas Baptist: a 93-96 mph fastball. He's also 6-foot-8 and 250 pounds. Bagley threw hard but with little control or command while at Westmont (Calif.) and Cisco (Texas) JC, and the Patriots have improved his delivery and ability to throw strikes. He still has bouts of wildness, his fastball is straight and his curveball is nothing special, so he doesn't have as much upside as his velocity might suggest.
11 347 Colorado Rockies Kyle Walker LHP Texas
Most of the veterans on the Texas staff didn't pitch up to expectations this spring. Lefthander Kyle Walker's control never has been his strong suit, and he had such problems throwing strikes this season that he got buried deep in the Longhorns bullpen. He has a low-90s fastball and a devastating curveball but he can't get them over the plate. Nevertheless, his raw stuff could get him drafted between the sixth and 10th rounds.
11 351 Cleveland Indians Matt Langwell RHP Rice
12 372 Seattle Mariners Kenn Kasparek RHP Texas $100,000
Righthander Kenn Kasparek is another interesting fourth-year junior. Kasparek, who missed 2007 after having Tommy John surgery, started slowly this spring before no-hitting Texas State and throwing eight scoreless innings against Baylor in consecutive late-season starts. His 6-foot-10, 245-pound frame can be intimidating, but he pitches at 88-91 mph with a slurvy curveball. He consistently worked at 92-93 mph with a hard slider in the summer before his senior high school season, and scouts have been waiting to see that stuff since. The Nationals took a 34th-round flier on him a year ago.
12 374 New York Mets Mark Cohoon LHP North Central Texas JC
13 384 Pittsburgh Pirates Seth Gardner OF Highland Park HS, Dallas
13 391 Washington Nationals Blake Stouffer 2B Texas A&M
Blake Stouffer, was a fourth-round pick of the Reds in 2007, when he led NCAA Division I with 85 RBIs. Scouts saw him as a switch-hitter with gap power and solid speed, and the big knock on him was that he didn't profile well defensively at any position. After negotiations soured with Cincinnati, Stouffer came back for his senior season and proved he could handle second base well enough to play there in pro ball. But his offensive performance regressed, and he's unlikely to get the $200,000 the Reds reportedly offered him a year ago.
13 403 Detroit Tigers Jared Gayhart RHP Rice $125,000
Jared Gayhart may be the best athlete on Rice, and he has served the Owls primarily as a center fielder and leadoff hitter. Though he had spent just six innings on the mound by the end of May, that was enough to draw the attention of scouts, and he may get drafted as a righthanded pitcher. Gayhart has a fastball that reaches 93 mph and a good slider, and he could get even better if he focused solely on pitching. As an outfielder, he's a blue-collar player who projects as a reserve if he were to reach the majors.
14 427 Los Angeles Dodgers Clay Calfee OF Angelo State (Texas)
14 429 Toronto Blue Jays Chris Holguin RHP Lubbock Christian (Texas)
Lubbock Christian went 53-4, including a 38-game winning streak, but two of its losses came in the regional playoffs and the Chapparals fell short of the NAIA World Series. Pro teams are interested in the two righthanders who took those defeats, Chris Holguin and Gary Poynter. A senior, Holguin has the better pitchability of the two, and despite being 6 feet tall, he can reach 96 mph with his fastball. His slider is a decent second pitch.
15 446 Baltimore Orioles Jason Gurka LHP Angelina (Texas) JC
15 451 Washington Nationals J.P. Ramirez OF Canyon HS, New Braunfels, Texas $1,000,000
Ramirez is arguably the best hitter among Texas' draft prospects this year--high school or college. He performed well all along the showcase circuit and batter .395 for the U.S. junior national team last summer. Employing a smooth lefthanded stroke, he smokes line drives from gap to gap. However, Ramirez' true value and his signability remain subjects of debate. He may be a tweener by pro standards. He's not big (5-foot-10, 185 pounds) and lacks the raw power that clubs want in a corner outfielder, while his fringy speed will prevent him form playing center field. His arm likely will relegate him to left field. Two different scouts compared him to David Dellucci. As much as Ramirez' hitting ability and his makeup draw praise, teams are unlikely to meet his top-two-rounds asking price to prevent him from attending Tulane.
15 454 Oakland Athletics Nino Leyja SS Houston Christian HS $110,000
15 460 Atlanta Braves Layton Hiller OF Blinn (Texas) JC
15 468 Arizona Diamondbacks Bobby Stone OF Montgomery (Texas) HS $135,000
First baseman Bobby Stone displayed the best power at the 2007 Area Code Games, and he delivers it from the left side of the plate. He has a strong 6-foot-2, 210-pound frame and a nice swing. Stone may play both ways at Sam Houston State, as he's a lefthander with a mid-80 fastball and good mound savvy. He's more signable than most of Texas' best prep prospects.
16 500 New York Yankees Luke Anders 1B Texas A&M
17 504 Pittsburgh Pirates Jaron Shepherd OF Navarro (Texas) JC
18 549 Toronto Blue Jays Bobby Bell RHP Rice
19 569 Cincinnati Reds Mace Thurman LHP Baylor
19 574 Oakland Athletics Michael Hart RHP Texas State
19 577 Los Angeles Dodgers David Rollins LHP First Baptist Academy, Carthage, Texas
19 589 Los Angeles Angels Marshall Burford C Manor HS, Austin
20 618 Arizona Diamondbacks Jordan Meaker RHP Dallas Baptist
Righthander Jordan Meaker was an Astros ninth-round pick out of high school in 2005, but scouts say his delivery has a lot more effort and recoil than it did three years ago. Still, someone might buy into his 6-foot-6, 220-pound frame and a fastball that has good run and sink and tops out at 93 mph. His curveball is slurvy.
21 638 Milwaukee Brewers Lucas Luetge LHP Rice
21 650 New York Yankees Mitch Delaney 1B Western Texas JC
22 654 Pittsburgh Pirates Patrick Palmeiro 3B Heritage HS, Colleyville, Texas
22 662 Houston Astros Terrance Jackson LHP North Central Texas JC
22 670 Atlanta Braves Dane Carter 3B Texas A&M
22 671 Chicago Cubs Tarlandas Mitchell RHP Alto (Texas) HS
23 697 Los Angeles Dodgers Brian Ruggiano 2B Texas A&M
23 712 Boston Red Sox Seth Garrison RHP Texas Christian
24 717 San Francisco Giants Wes Musick LHP Houston
It's indicative of the talent in Texas this year that the top college starting pitching prospect has a fringe-average fastball and a medical history that includes Tommy John and knee surgeries. It's also indicative of Musick's pitchability and resolve that he has achieved that status. He developed a tender elbow shortly after arriving at Houston in the fall of 2005, but an MRI came up negative. He blew out the ACL in his knee while playing touch football in the outfield, and a subsequent examination of his elbow revealed a torn ligament there as well. Musick has been the Cougars' best pitcher since returning to the mound in 2007. His fastball parks at 86-90 mph and peaks at 91, but it features nice run and he can locate it to both sides of the plate. His best pitch is a plus changeup, and he has a solid curveball. He's not projectable at 6 feet and 185 pounds, but he's a lefthander who throws strikes and piles up innings. Though he has extra leverage as a redshirt sophomore, he's not considered an especially difficult sign.
24 721 Washington Nationals Chris Kelley RHP Rice
24 737 Colorado Rockies Tommy Field SS Texas State
Thomas Field also blew out his knee playing high school football. A shortstop in the mold of Adam Everett, he's a terrific defender with plus range, solid arm strength and passion for the game. He's also an above-average runner. He hit 10 homers this spring but scouts question his bat and he's going to be more of a line-drive hitter as a pro.
24 739 Los Angeles Angels Taylor Jungmann RHP Georgetown (Texas) HS
After leading Rogers to the Texas state 2-A championship in 2007, Jungmann transferred to Georgetown and has pitched his new school into the 5-A regional semifinals. Jungmann is an athletic 6-foot-5, 180-pounder who also was an all-district basketball forward at Rogers. There's a lot of projection left in his frame, and scouts expect his current 88-92 mph fastball to touch 95 mph in the future. While he has a loose arm, his mechanics will need ironing out before he can develop much in the way of secondary pitches or command. Jungmann isn't likely to get picked before the third round and may not be signable outside of the first, so he could wind up attending college at Texas.
25 762 Seattle Mariners Paul Robinson 2B Paris (Texas) JC
26 777 San Francisco Giants Ryan Lormand 2B Houston
27 810 Chicago White Sox Doug Thennis 1B Texas Tech
27 811 Washington Nationals Chris Solis C Incarnate Word (Texas)
27 819 Toronto Blue Jays Bryan Kervin SS Texas Christian
27 820 Atlanta Braves Anthony Rendon SS Lamar HS, Houston
Anthony Rendon is one of the best high school hitters in the state. He led the Houston area with 14 homers as a junior and hit well over .500 this spring. Currently a shortstop, he'll probably move to second base or the outfield if he attends Rice, as expected. He has strong hands and wrists, and while he'll need to shorten his stroke a bit, he should be able to produce at the plate right away.
27 827 Colorado Rockies Tim Matthews RHP Baylor
27 831 Cleveland Indians Michael Goodnight RHP Westside HS, Houston
27 832 Boston Red Sox Hunter Cervenka LHP Sterling HS, Baytown, Texas $350,000
Sterling lefty Hunter Cervenka throws hard, overpowering hitters with an 89-93 mph fastball and a low-80s slider. The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder also works with a lot more effort and a lot less command than some other pitchers, and Cervenka's reputation as a hothead turns off some scouts. His body may be maxed out already. Cervenka also is a right fielder with a lot of power potential, a strong arm and decent speed. He committed to Texas, but may turn pro or could take a detour to San Jacinto JC.
28 858 Arizona Diamondbacks Adam Smith SS Klein HS, Spring, Texas
Smith has flown under the radar because he didn't hit the showcase circuit last summer, but as the draft approached, his tools were getting more difficult to ignore. He's a lean, athletic 6-foot-4, 195-pounder with a plus-plus arm, above-average speed and offensive potential. His bat isn't as advanced as the other aspects of his game, but there's no reason he shouldn't develop at the plate. He should grow into considerable power as he adds more strength. A quarterback for Klein's football team, Smith has good actions at shortstop despite being tall for the position, and he also shows fine instincts. Given his size, he could wind up at third base down the road. While he's committed to Texas A&M--where his father Barry, who's also the baseball coach at Klein, played for four seasons--Smith may be signable if he goes in the first five rounds.
29 870 Chicago White Sox Randall Thorpe OF Heritage HS, Colleyville, Texas
Randall Thorpe rated as the fastest player at the 2007 Area Code Games, running a 6.4-second 60-yard dash. He also has a strong arm, which makes him a standout defender in center field. But teams are unlikely to meet his asking price to keep him away from Texas A&M because they question his bat. He needs to add strength to his 6-foot-1, 170-pound frame, and he struggled to hit .300 against high school pitching this spring.
29 877 Los Angeles Dodgers Jonathan Runnels LHP Rice
29 878 Milwaukee Brewers Tommy Collier RHP Cypress-Fairbanks HS, Cypress, Texas
29 883 Detroit Tigers Keith Stein OF Sam Houston State
29 885 San Diego Padres Omar Gutierrez RHP Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
30 893 Tampa Bay Rays Ryan Turner RHP Midland (Texas) JC
30 894 Pittsburgh Pirates Daniel Martin RHP Panola (Texas) JC
30 901 Washington Nationals Casey Whitmer RHP Texas
30 905 St. Louis Cardinals Brett Bruening RHP Grayson County (Texas) CC
Brett Bruening didn't contribute much in Grand Junction, getting just two outs in his lone start, but he's the Vikings' best prospect. He's 6-foot-6, 215 pounds and capable of reaching 95 mph with his fastball--rare territory for a lefthander. He's still struggling with his delivery and his command, but he's also in just his second year of pitching after missing two years in high school following elbow surgery.
30 909 Toronto Blue Jays Cody Dunbar RHP Texas Christian
30 911 Chicago Cubs Cole White RHP Paris (Texas) JC
30 915 San Diego Padres Bobby Verbick OF Sam Houston State
31 941 Chicago Cubs Kyle Wilson 3B Hill (Texas) JC
32 956 Baltimore Orioles Brandon Loy SS Rowlett (Texas) HS
32 967 Los Angeles Dodgers Shan Sullivan 3B Angelo State (Texas)
32 968 Milwaukee Brewers Colton Farrar RHP First Baptist Academy, Dallas
33 995 St. Louis Cardinals Kevin Thomas RHP Stephen F. Austin State
33 1000 Atlanta Braves Justin Fowler RHP Texarkana (Texas) CC
34 1033 Detroit Tigers Bryan Pounds 3B Houston
35 1046 Baltimore Orioles Buck Britton 2B Lubbock Christian (Texas)
35 1072 Boston Red Sox Carson Blair SS Liberty Christian HS, Argyle, Texas $200,000
36 1079 Cincinnati Reds Erik Gregersen RHP Stephen F. Austin State
36 1088 Milwaukee Brewers Evan Bronson LHP Trinity (Texas)
37 1104 Pittsburgh Pirates Matt Curry 1B Howard (Texas) JC
37 1109 Cincinnati Reds Randall Linebaugh RHP Baylor
37 1111 Washington Nationals Casey Selsor LHP Reagan HS, San Antonio
37 1112 Houston Astros Kirkland Rivers LHP Texas A&M
37 1118 Milwaukee Brewers Kyle Winkler RHP Kempner HS, Sugar Land, Texas
In terms of stuff and effectiveness, Winkler may be the best high school pitcher in the state of Texas. Yet he won't be the first one drafted and may not get selected at all, because he's just 5-foot-11 and 168 pounds and has told teams he plans to honor his Texas Christian commitment. Winkler doesn't have classic size or projection, but he can carve hitters up with a low-90s fastball and a hard curveball. He has a quick arm and throws without much effort. He has plenty of mound presence and has proven himself against top high school, national and international competition. He pitched the U.S. national team to the title at 2006 Pan American Youth Championships, leading the tournament with a 1.15 ERA. Last summer, he spun a no-hitter at a Perfect Game World Wood Bat tournament in Atlanta. His fastball can get straight at times and he'll occasionally battle his command, but he's polished for a high schooler and can iron out those flaws with experience. He reminds scouts of Brad Lincoln, another short righthander from the Houston area who developed into the fourth overall pick in the 2006 draft following three years of college. Like Lincoln, Winkler is a standout two-way player--he's a strong-armed right fielder with a solid bat--though his future is on the mound. He'd go in the first five rounds of the draft if he were signable.
37 1123 Detroit Tigers Nick Cassavecchia RHP Baylor
37 1124 New York Mets Tim Erickson LHP Lamar
38 1156 Philadelphia Phillies Jarred Cosart RHP Clear Creek HS, League City, Texas $550,000
As an outfielder, Jarred Cosart broke Jay Buhner's Clear Creek High record for batting average this spring, hitting .506 to Buhner's .480. But pro teams are more interested in Cosart as a loose, athletic 6-foot-3, 180-pound righthander. He reached 96 mph with his fastball in the fall, but he topped out at 92 this spring. He's more of a project as a pitcher than he is as a hitter, as he has an awkward pause in the middle of his delivery that compromises his ability to throw strikes or refine his secondary pitches. He wanted top-three-rounds money to sign, which means he'll likely attend Missouri, where he'll play both ways.
39 1171 Washington Nationals James Keithley SS Texas-San Antonio
39 1180 Atlanta Braves Taylor Wulf RHP Alvin (Texas) CC
39 1185 San Diego Padres Gary Poynter RHP Lubbock Christian (Texas)
Drafted twice previously, Poynter pitched two seasons at Weatherford (Texas) JC before transferring to Arkansas last fall before coming to Lubbock Christian at the semester break. He has a better build at 6-foot-3 and 225 pound, and a 90-94 fastball. But he often has to dial back on his velocity to throw strikes, and his breaking ball lacks consistency.
40 1202 Houston Astros Scott Lawson 2B Grayson County (Texas) CC
40 1213 Detroit Tigers Bryan Bingham RHP Navarro (Texas) JC
Righthander Bryan Bingham, who pitched two innings at Dallas Baptist in 2007, is a projectable 6-foot-6, 210-pounder with an 88-91 mph fastball and a decent slider. He might leave Navarro after one season, as he is committed to Arkansas.
40 1218 Arizona Diamondbacks Taylor Wall LHP Westside HS, Houston
40 1221 Cleveland Indians Tim Palincsar OF Texas-San Antonio $100,000
40 1222 Boston Red Sox Sam Stafford LHP Klein Collins HS, Spring, Texas
Klein Collins lefthander Sam Stafford bounced back from elbow tendinitis early in the season to throw 86-87 mph with an easy arm action. He can gain velocity as he adds strength to his 6-foot-2, 175-pound frame, and he throws strikes with his fastball, curveball and changeup.
41 1223 Tampa Bay Rays Brett Parsons OF Navarro (Texas) JC
Outfielder Brett Parsons is a 6-foot-4, 215-pound slugger with power to all fields. His swing can get long and his range and arm are a little shaky in the outfield, but his bat can carry him.
41 1229 Cincinnati Reds Justin Walker LHP Lamar
42 1266 Minnesota Twins Riley Boening LHP Texas
44 1321 Washington Nationals J.P. Padron 1B Rice
44 1328 Milwaukee Brewers Kaleb Herren RHP North Central Texas JC
44 1329 Toronto Blue Jays George Agyapong-Mensah OF Western Texas JC
44 1336 Colorado Rockies Jordan Swagerty RHP Prestonwood Christian Academy, Plano, Texas
Swagerty was the starting catcher--ahead of projected early first-rounder Kyle Skipworth--on the US. junior national team that won a bronze medal at the Pan American Junior Championships last summer. But since his velocity increased during his junior season, pro teams have regarded him more highly as a pitcher. He's still more of a thrower than a pitcher on the mound, but he eventually could have two plus pitches with his 90-92 mph fastball and his curveball. He's not big at 6-foot-1 and 175 pounds, so he may profile better as a reliever. As a catcher, Swagerty is more advanced defensively than he is with his bat. He has obvious arm strength, though his throwing mechanics are long. He's a switch-hitter, but his bat speed is ordinary and he needs more strength. Swagerty's signability is uncertain. Some clubs believe he'd turn pro if he goes in the first four rounds, while others think luring him away from Arizona State will be all but impossible.
45 1362 New York Mets David Phillips 1B Texarkana (Texas) CC
45 1365 Arizona Diamondbacks Jeremy Rathjen OF Memorial HS, Houston
Rice recruit Jeremy Rathjen got a lot of exposure as a junior at Houston's Memorial High, when scouts came to see eventual Blue Jays first-round pick Kevin Ahrens. Rathjen's bat isn't as advanced as Ahrens' was, and at 6-foot-4 and 175 pounds, he must get stronger. But he's athletic, a former two-way player in football for Memorial who has solid speed and arm strength. If his frame and power develop as expected, he could be a top-three-rounds pick in 2011. Because he's a good student and not ready for pro ball, he'll be difficult to sign away from the Owls.
46 1374 San Francisco Giants Joey Hainsfurther SS Highland Park HS, Dallas
46 1391 Colorado Rockies Jimmy Cesario 2B Houston
46 1396 Boston Red Sox Jeremy Heatley RHP North Lake (Texas) CC
48 1425 Pittsburgh Pirates Owen Brolsma RHP Texas Tech
48 1435 Oakland Athletics Brett Holland RHP Texas-Tyler
49 1465 Milwaukee Brewers Dan Meadows LHP Temple (Texas) JC
50 1495 Seattle Mariners Walker Kelly LHP Arlington Heights HS, Fort Worth, Texas