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Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 29 Lonnie Chisenhall SS Pitt (N.C.) CC N.C. $1,100,000
After being drafted out of high school in the 11th round of the 2006 draft, Chisenhall opted to attend South Carolina, where his ability to hit was quickly noticed. He was consistently placed third in a Gamecocks lineup filled with Reese Havens, Justin Smoak and James Darnell and was considered one of the top pure hitters in the country. However, at the beginning of conference play, Chisenhall was arrested and charged with larceny, leading to his immediate dismissal from the team. (He later pleaded guilty to grand larceny and burglary and was sentenced to six months' probation.) He resurfaced at Pitt, where he played this season, but makeup issues from his past still follow him. On the field, Chisenhall has rebuilt his reputation and is considered one of the best hitters in this draft class. He possesses a fluid flat swing and a bat path that stays in the zone, producing consistent line drive contact. His swing is not conducive to above-average power, but Chisenhall does have occasional juice. His defensive position is still a question mark. Offensively, he profiles best at second base, but scouts question whether he has the hands or range to stick in the middle of the diamond. Whichever team drafts him will do so for the belief in his bat and ability to overcome past transgressions.
2 76 Trey Haley RHP Central Heights HS, Nacogdoches, Texas 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.
3 107 Cord Phelps 2B Stanford Calif. $327,000
After Ratliff, Stanford's best position prospect is second baseman Cord Phelps, who offers a strong switch-hitting bat. One scout compared him to Chris Donnels for his upright offensive stance and swing from the left side, and Phelps may move to third base as a pro. He should have enough athletic ability to stay in the middle infield for a while.
4 141 David Roberts RHP Long Beach State Calif. $200,000
Roberts is a strong-bodied righthander who was a middle reliever at Long Beach State. At his best, Roberts' fastball touches 94 mph and sits in the low 90s. He compliments it with a power curveball that sits in the low 80s. Roberts pitched relatively effectively in limited action with the Dirtbags this year.
5 171 Zach Putnam RHP Michigan Mich. $600,000
When Putnam is going well, he can be very good. In the NCAA super regionals last June, he no-hit eventual national champion Oregon State for 8 2/3 innings before suffering a 1-0 loss. He'll use five pitches, and they'll all have their moments. His fastball sits at 91-92 mph with heavy sink, and he can get to 95 mph with riding life on a four-seamer. His splitter can be devastating and his slider can hit the mid-80s. He also uses a curveball and changeup. Putnam's mechanics aren't the prettiest--he doesn't incorporate his lower half much and powers through his delivery--but they don't prevent him from throwing strikes. He has been a valuable hitter for Michigan, and he has the arm strength and power to profile as a right fielder at the next level, but pro teams want Putnam on the mound. They just aren't sure exactly what to make of him. His secondary pitches are inconsistent, and shoulder soreness cost him two starts at the beginning of the season. He also showed little desire to pitch or play the field in the Cape Cod League last summer, preferring to DH. Putnam's future is likely as a reliever, though it's also possible that his splitter and slider will become more dependable once he's a full-time pitcher. The Yankees are a possible destination for him with the No. 44 overall pick.
6 201 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.
7 231 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.
8 261 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.
9 291 Clayton Cook RHP Amarillo (Texas) HS Texas $115,000
10 321 Donnie Webb OF Oklahoma State Okla. $100,000
11 351 Matt Langwell RHP Rice Texas
12 381 Guido Fonseca RHP Northern Iowa Iowa
13 411 Adam Abraham 3B Michigan Mich.
Third baseman Adam Abraham showed promise as a defenseman in the Ontario Hockey League before deciding to focus on baseball during the NHL lockout. The heart and soul of the Wolverines, he's a quality athlete with strength in his bat and his arm. He tends to drift at the plate, which cuts off some of his power. Though he hasn't pitched much this spring, he has shown aptitude on the mound in the past, earning a win and a save against then-No. 1 Vanderbilt in Michigan's huge regional upset a year ago.
14 441 Carlos Moncrief RHP Chipola (Fla.) JC Fla. $150,000
Moncrief is an arm strength guy with velocities up to 96 mph and the projection to add more. He also throws an above-average slider and developing changeup. Moncrief is an athlete who also plays in the field for Chipola and is raw on the mound. He projects as a late-inning reliever and has one of the highest ceilings of the juco prospects in the state. He has Tommy John surgery in his past and is still discovering how strong his arm can be. Up to 94 mph this spring, Jeffers pitches out of the bullpen and may have more in the tank.
15 471 Jason Rodriguez 3B Nevada Nev.
Third baseman Jason Rodriguez hit .390 this spring and should be an organizational player. He lacks power and doesn't run well, making it difficult to profile him as a pro. He should hit enough to earn a job.
16 501 T.J. House LHP Picayune (Miss.) Memorial HS Miss. $750,000
A lefthanded high school pitcher consistently throwing in the low-90s would typically draw constant attention from every major league scouting director. However, a high price tag and a strong commitment to play baseball at Tulane has made House unsignable, keeping most teams away. House has an above-average fastball, with a slider and curveball that are projected to be at least average. Favoring Mike Hampton, House is 6-foot-1 and 200 pounds, and he's athletic on the mound. Similar to Hultzen, after three years in college, House is expected to be an impact draft prospect. A competitor on the mound, House struck out 20 batters in a game at the end of his junior year. He also won a swimming state championship in 2006.
17 531 Mitch Mormann RHP Des Moines Area (Iowa) CC Iowa
Several scouts went in to see righthander Mitch Mormann after reports that he touched 94 mph, but they came away underwhelmed after he struggled against Junior College World Series-bound Iowa Western. He's a 6-foot-6, 230-pounder with raw arm strength, but his secondary pitches, command and mound presence all need a lot of work.
18 561 Kaimi Mead LHP Hawaii Pacific Hawaii
19 591 Nate Recknagel 1B Michigan Mich.
Undrafted a year ago, first baseman/catcher Nate Recknagel has made the most of his senior season, setting a Michigan record with 23 homers and earning Big 10 Conference player of the year acclaim. Scouts aren't sure how his maximum-effort swing will play with wood bats, but the 6-foot-2, 220-pounder's strength is undeniable. While he's stiff at first base, he may have a chance to make it behind the plate as an offensive-minded catcher. He needs to improve his receiving and blocking skills, but he throws well enough.
20 621 Marty Popham RHP Union (Ky.) Ky.
21 651 Ryan Blair OF Sacramento State Calif.
22 681 Bryce Stowell RHP UC Irvine Calif. $725,000
23 711 Otto Roberts RHP Belleville (Ill.) West HS Ill.
Righthander Otto Roberts threw a low-90s sinker early in the spring, but he was operating in the high 80s and not maintaining that velocity for long as the draft grew nearer. He has a projectable 6-foot-5, 195-pound frame and flashes a hard slider and intriguing changeup, but scouts worry about his commitment to Creighton and his medical history. He has injured his right shoulder, elbow and knee in the past, and he broke his right hand when he punched a dugout wall in late May.
24 741 Kevin Fontanez SS Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, Gurabo, P.R. P.R.
25 771 Steve Smith RHP Ouachita Baptist (Ark.) Ark.
26 801 Moises Montero C Chipola (Fla.) JC Fla. $200,000
27 831 Michael Goodnight RHP Westside HS, Houston Texas
28 861 Russell Young LHP Dartmouth N.H.
29 891 Ryan McCarney RHP JC of the Canyons (Calif.) Calif.
30 921 Jeff Walters RHP St. Petersburg (Fla.) JC Fla.
Righthander Jeff Walters has arm strength and command issues. His fastball velocity has been inconsistent, sitting typically in the upper 80s but touching as high as 93 mph. He also throws a sinker that creates either swings and misses or ground balls when he commands it. Walters' other two pitches, a slider and changeup, are average at best. Used as a starter and a reliever, Walters has seen the most success in the closer role. He doesn't fit that profile at the pro level, but with improved command could be a middle reliever. Walters is committed to Georgia.
31 951 Trevor Cousineau LHP Davison (Mich.) HS Mich.
32 981 Nick Christiani RHP Vanderbilt Tenn.
33 1011 Roberto Perez C Lake City (Fla.) CC Fla.
34 1041 Collin Brennan RHP Bradley Ill.
35 1071 Egan Smith LHP JC of Southern Nevada Nev.
36 1101 Adam Warren RHP North Carolina N.C.
37 1131 Chad Bell LHP Walters State (Tenn.) CC Tenn.
Chad Bell is the top juco lefthander in the state and at 6-foot-2, 180 pounds was the Senators' best pitcher this season. A 25th-round pick by the Brewers last year, Bell pitches in the upper 80s and has improved both his velocity and his feel for pitching every year since high school.
38 1161 Brian Grening RHP Cal Poly Calif.
39 1191 Eddie Burns RHP Georgia Tech Ga.
Righthander Eddie Burns was drafted by the Braves in the 16th round last year as a redshirt sophomore, but returned to Georgia Tech and went 7-6, 6.84 this spring. Burns is 6-foot-8, 220 pounds and is athletic on the mound. His fastball is in the low 90s and slider in the low 80s, and his best pitch is a changeup. He has command of all three pitches and pitched well in the Cape Cod League last summer.
40 1221 Tim Palincsar OF Texas-San Antonio Texas $100,000
41 1251 Adam Matthews OF White Knoll HS, Lexington, S.C. S.C.
42 1281 Logan Thompson SS Jupiter (Fla.) HS Fla.
43 1311 Mike McGuire RHP Delaware Del.
Injured in most of his junior year, McGuire started this season with hopes of anchoring the Blue Hens staff. He did make 13 starts but finished with a 6-5, 8.22 record. He does pitch in the low 90s with good downhill plane, so a team that likes his stuff could overlook his senior performance.
44 1340 Cory White RHP Rend Lake (Ill.) JC Ill.
He wasn't always consistent with his delivery or his command, but Cory White flashed as good an arm as anyone in Illinois. Though he's just 6 feet and 180 pounds, White has a quick arm that delivers 93-95 mph fastballs and hard sliders. He has committed to Indiana State for his junior season, but White is expected to turn pro.
45 1368 Dean Lagonosky OF Haverford (Pa.) Pa.
46 1395 Matt Ramsey RHP Farragut HS, Knoxville, Tenn. Tenn.
Matt Ramsey is a two-way prep prospect who had an impressive summer in 2007 but regressed in 2008. A righthanded pitcher and catcher, Ramsey was seen up to 94 mph last fall but this spring has pitched closer to 90 mph. He also throws a plus hammer curveball and a changeup. At 5-foot-10, Ramsey is undersized and some scouts like him better as a catcher. He has a strong arm and athleticism behind the plate, playing the game hard. The bat is a concern with Ramsey, but he is strong and has raw power. He is committed to Tennessee.
47 1422 Randon Henika SS Garber HS, Essexville, Mich. Mich.
48 1449 Troy White 3B Whitney Young HS, Chicago Ill.
49 1476 Devin Jones RHP Eupora (Miss.) HS Miss.
Jones is a tall and lean righthander throwing in the low 90s and is committed to Mississippi State.
50 1503 Hector Acosta-Carillo OF Junction City (Kan.) HS Kan.