Brooklyn Atlantics

Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 15 Ethan Martin RHP Stephens County HS, Toccoa, Ga. Ga. $1,730,000
Before the season, Martin was thought of as a power-hitting third baseman with a good arm. His performance on the mound this spring has led to teams being split on whether he will be a pitcher or a position player in the pros. Playing his summer ball in the talent-rich East Cobb program in suburban Atlanta, Martin was selected as an Aflac All-American in the fall. He was a standout quarterback in high school, but is committed to play baseball only at Clemson. In the field, Martin is a plus defender with a plus arm and athleticism. His best tool, though, is his raw power and strength. On the mound, Martin offers a fastball in the mid-90s and an above-average breaking ball with slurve action. His changeup is also advanced for a high school pitcher and can be a plus pitch. Where in the past he may have been labeled a thrower, Martin has shown pitchability throughout the spring. Scouts love the way Martin plays the game, with a country strong swing and dirtbag mentality. They also love his versatility. The team that drafts Martin will be have a tough decision to make on his long-term future, because he offers the versatility and talent to reach the big leagues either way.
2 61 Josh Lindblom RHP Purdue Ind. $663,000
The highest-drafted player from 2005 who still has yet to turn pro, Lindblom turned down $300,000 as a third-round pick of the Astros. After spending one year at Tennessee and two at Purdue, he'll likely go one round higher this June. Lindblom scuffled as a starter before the Boilermakers made him a reliever late in the season. Now that he no longer has to pace himself, Lindblom throws at 94-95 mph with heavy life as he goes full bore for one or two innings. His hard curveball has improved, and he has quickened his delivery as well. He also mixes in an occasional splitter. Lindblom throws strikes but works out of a higher arm slot, making his pitches easier to see and more hittable than they seemingly should be. He has a resilient arm and workhorse build at 6-foot-5 and 240 pounds, but his stuff has been so much more electric out of the pen, suggesting that is his best role as a pro.
3 93 Kyle Russell OF Texas 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.
4 127 Dee Gordon SS Seminole (Fla.) CC Fla. $250,000
A 5-foot-11, 150 pound middle infielder, Gordon is the son of major leaguer Tom Gordon, and like his father is undersized. Academically ineligible in the spring at his junior college, Strange-Gordon did not play this season but did participate in numerous workouts with major league clubs. Strange-Gordon is athletic and has above-average speed. He is fluid in the field and a gap-to-gap hitter at the plate.
5 157 JonMichael Redding RHP Florida CC-Jacksonville Fla. $178,000
At 6-feet-2, 200 pounds, Redding is strong and physical on the mound. He has a clean delivery and a loose arm. Redding throws strikes and can run his fastball up into the low 90s. He had signed to play at Louisiana State.
6 187 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.
7 217 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.
8 247 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.
9 277 Steven Caseres 1B James Madison Va. $250,000
James Madison's Steven Caseres is a first baseman with raw power. Caseres piles up high strikeout totals, and first base is his only defensive option.
10 307 Chris Joyce LHP Dos Pueblos HS, Goleta, Calif. Calif.
Initially dismissed as a college player during the 2007 showcase seasons, Joyce drew attention from scouts with his impressive start in the spring of 2008. His progress had been slowed by a recent muscle strain in his back, but before that his fastball sat in the 92 mph range. When he returned, Joyce was rusty and performed poorly in a start in front of about 30 scouts. His fastball touched 90 but sat at 88, and his mechanics and command were less than his best. Joyce's repertoire includes a hard slider, a curveball and a firm changeup. While at his best Joyce has "now" stuff, his 6-foot, 200-pound frame is mature and contains little projection. If he bounces back from his injury and shows the stuff, command and mechanics he displayed early in the season, he could climb back into early draft consideration. Otherwise, he should contribute quickly at UC Santa Barbara.
11 337 Nate Eovaldi RHP Alvin (Texas) HS Texas $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.
12 367 Austin Yount 3B Stanford Calif.
13 397 Lenell McGee OF Oakton (Ill.) CC Ill.
14 427 Clay Calfee OF Angelo State (Texas) Texas
15 457 Albie Goulder 1B Louisiana Tech La.
16 487 Kyle Conley OF Washington Wash.
Washington's best position player draftee will be outfielder Kyle Conley, who could go as high as the eighth round. He's got legitimate power, hitting 19 home runs to rank second in the Pac-10 in the regular season, and reminds some scouts of past Huskies sluggers such as Tyler Davidson and Jay Garthwaite at 6-foot-4, 230 pounds. His other tools are fringy. He's an eligible sophomore.
17 517 Danny Coulombe LHP Chaparral HS, Scottsdale, Ariz. Ariz.
Coulombe was considered a tough sign, with a commitment to Southern California, and has a somewhat slight but projectable 6-foot, 165-pound body. His fastball sits in anywhere from 85-90 mph, depending on the day, and has good life. His bread-and-butter is a curveball scouts grade as average to plus, with plus potential as he fills out, and a solid changeup as well. The curve allowed him to have one 20-strikeout game and he went 9-0, 0.75 overall with 138 strikeouts. One scout said he was ahead of Arizona's Daniel Schlereth at the same stage of development, yet expected Coulombe to go to school.
18 547 Allen Webster RHP McMichael HS, Mayodan, N.C. N.C.
19 577 David Rollins LHP First Baptist Academy, Carthage, Texas Texas
20 607 Zack Cox 3B Pleasure Ridge Park HS, Louisville Ky.
Cox has touched 92-93 mph off the mound, so his arm fits in with the rest of the pitching prospects in Kentucky's bumper crop. But his future is definitely with a bat in his hands, as he's one of the more talented high school hitters in the draft. Cox has the strong frame (6 feet, 205 pounds) and the swing to produce for both average and power. He won the home run derby at the Cape Cod Classic last summer. His makeup draws praise at well. The biggest questions surrounding Cox are his future position and his signability. While he easily has enough arm for the hot corner, his speed and athleticism are below-average, and it's uncertain whether he can remain there. Some clubs have wondered about converting him to a catcher, but his hands may limit him as a receiver. If Cox winds up at an outfield corner, he should have more than enough bat for that position. He would be draft-eligible as a sophomore in 2010, which could make it more tempting to follow through on his commitment to Arkansas.
21 637 Dave Sever RHP Saint Louis Mo.
In three years, righthander Dave Sever has gone from a walk-on at Saint Louis to a possible top-10-rounds pick. A starter for the Billikens, he projects as a reliever in pro ball. He has an athletic 6-foot-4, 195-pound frame and touched 94 mph in a relief outing and again in his final start of the spring. Sever, who works at 88-90 mph, also has a hard curveball with bite, though it's inconsistent. He needs to do a better job of attacking hitters and commanding the strike zone. He's a top student and struggled for most of the spring, so most teams didn't bother to crosscheck him.
22 667 Matt Smith RHP Wichita State Kan.
23 697 Brian Ruggiano 2B Texas A&M Texas
24 727 Roberto Feliciano LHP Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, Gurabo, P.R. P.R.
25 757 Jerry Sands OF Catawba (N.C.) N.C.
26 787 Cody Weiss RHP Parkland HS, Allentown, Pa. Pa.
27 817 Clayton Allison RHP Fresno State Calif.
28 847 Jordan Roberts LHP Embry-Riddle (Fla.) Fla.
29 877 Jonathan Runnels LHP Rice Texas
30 907 Garett Green 2B San Diego State Calif.
31 937 Matt Magill RHP Royal HS, Simi Valley, Calif. Calif.
The first thing scouts noticed this spring about Magill was a nasty gash on the outside of his right elbow. Not to worry; it was the result of a minor car accident. Magill has an ideal tall, projectable frame. His fastball sits in the 88-90 mph range, but it's straight and hittable when left up in the zone. He'll need to develop sink and movement to succeed with his fastball at higher levels. He's a Cal Poly signee, and the school has had success with pitchers improving their velocity in college. Magill shows little feel for his curveball, but his slider projects as a potential plus offering and is easily his best pitch. In pregame bullpens, Magill experiments with a changeup that has both deception and late drop. Unfortunately, he uses the pitch sparingly in game action.
32 967 Shan Sullivan 3B Angelo State (Texas) Texas
33 997 Melvin Ray OF North Florida Christian HS, Tallahassee, Fla. Fla.
34 1027 Andrew Darwin OF San Jacinto (Calif.) HS Calif.
35 1057 Adam Westmoreland LHP Brookland-Cayce HS, Cayce, S.C. S.C.
36 1087 Jake New OF Tennessee Tech Tenn.
37 1117 Will Clinard RHP East Robertson HS, Cross Plains, Tenn. Tenn.
Will Clinard is another high-ceiling prep righthander with arm strength who's committed to Vanderbilt. He throws his fastball in the upper 80s and touches 90 mph, with a slider that has potential but is currently undeveloped. Clinard is a work in progress as he plays against lower-level competition and has had fewer opportunities to develop his game.
38 1147 Tommy Nurre 1B Miami (Ohio) Ohio
39 1177 Matt Murray RHP Roberts HS, Pottstown, Pa. Pa.
40 1207 Jimmy Parque OF Skyline (Calif.) JC Calif.
41 1237 Jett Bandy C Thousand Oaks (Calif.) HS Calif.
42 1267 Adam Moskowitz 2B Valley HS, Des Moines, Iowa Iowa
43 1297 Greg Zebrack OF Campbell Hall HS, North Hollywood, Calif. Calif.
44 1327 Matt Reed LHP West Stanly HS, Oakboro, N.C. N.C.
45 1356 Ryan Arp C Upper Iowa Iowa