Philadelphia Athletics

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Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 12 Jemile Weeks 2B Miami Fla. $1,910,000
The brother of Brewers second baseman Rickie, Weeks is an accomplished middle infielder with above-average athleticism. Drafted out of high school by the Brewers in the eighth round in 2005, Weeks elected to attend Miami instead. He competed on the U.S. college national team following his freshman and sophomore seasons and was named as a preseason All-American by BA coming into the year. A switch-hitter and plus runner, Weeks has the unique ability to put pressure on the defense with his speed on the basepaths. Although he is just 5-feet-9, 180 pounds, he is not limited to small ball as he has quick wrists and plus bat speed, allowing him to hit for power as well. Defensively, Weeks has shown flashes of making the spectacular play but needs to become more consistent with the routine play. Also, his ability to turn the double play needs improvement. In the pros, Weeks profiles as an offensive second baseman with less power than his brother but a better chance to stay in the middle of the diamond. He and Gordon Beckham are the most athletic college position players expected to be drafted in the first 50 picks.
2 58 Tyson Ross RHP California Calif. $694,000
Yet another NorCal Baseball alum, Ross stepped into California's weekend rotation as a freshman and has filled the Friday role for two years. He also pitched well for Team USA last summer and was the team's most consistent pitcher. His velocity was down during the summer in the mid-to-upper 80s, and has been erratic again this spring. He was at his best against Stanford in a May victory, touching 96 mph and sitting in the low 90s. Moreover, Ross worked off his fastball and used his changeup effectively against the Cardinal in a start that may convince teams to leave him as a starter. His best pitch is a plus slider thrown in the low-80s with short, hard break. At times it has two-plane break, and it's such a good pitch and he locates it so well that at times he throws it far too often, working off the slider instead of his fastball. The biggest question on Ross is his mechanics. His stride is exceptionally short for a pitcher his size (6-foot-5, 220 pounds), leading to stress on his arm and a lack of extension to finish off pitches down in the zone. Also, his arm action is short in the back, and it may be difficult to "fix" all those issues. Some scouts believe that would do more harm than good, though, and would send him to the bullpen as a pro to use that slider as a weapon.
3 90 Petey Paramore C Arizona State Ariz. $430,000
Paramore was highly regarded coming out of high school but turned down the Mets, who drafted him in the 22nd round in 2005. He became an almost instant starter at Arizona State, where he spent most of his first two seasons sharing time with Kiel Roling as the catcher. Paramore shouldered more of the load in 2008 and earns praise from scouts for his ability to lead a pitching staff, as a quiet receiver and for blocking balls in the dirt. He has good hands but could improve his footwork on his throws. Paramore's arm once rated as above-average, but he's more fringe-average this spring, leaving scouts wondering about his arm's health. Offensively, he has a patient approach with a discerning eye, putting him in frequent hitter's counts, and he should draw his share of walks as a pro. He has some strength but lacks the bat speed to hit for more than fringe-average power. He struggled with wood last summer, going 7-for-63 (.111) for Team USA. Some scouts see many of Jason Varitek's traits in Paramore, though not Varitek's offensive upside. His polish and defensive ability could still get him drafted in the first three rounds.
4 124 Anthony Capra LHP Wichita State Kan. $260,000
In his first season as a full-time starter, the only thing that has been able to slow Capra down was an emergency appendectomy. After missing the first two series of the year, he rolled through the regular season with a 9-0, 2.52 record in 11 starts and led the Missouri Valley Conference record with a .201 opponent average. His 6-foot-1, 210-pound build brings to mind Mickey Lolich, but Capra's arsenal is more impressive than his body. His 88-92 mph fastball has late life down in the zone and his plus changeup is a swing-and-miss pitch. He throws a hard curveball that has its moments but lacks consistency, and his low-three-quarters slot may be more conducive to throwing a slider. Capra stuff plays up, too, because he commands all of his pitches and he's lefthanded. He touched 94 mph when he worked out of the bullpen in the past. Capra lacks projection and will have to watch his body, but he's a polished lefty who could go as high as the third round.
5 154 Jason Christian SS Michigan Mich. $182,000
Christian is one of the few shortstops in the draft with both offensive and defensive skills, and his all-around game could boost him as high as the second round. He has a loose swing, plenty of bat speed and some power potential to tap into once he adds some weight to his 6-foot-3, 170-pound frame. He uses the whole field and shows an aptitude for drawing walks. Once he gets on base, he's a slightly above-average runner who can provide an occasional steal. Unlike many of the better-hitting shortstops available, Christian won't have to switch positions. He has good actions at shortstop, along with plenty of range and arm strength. He missed three weeks with a stiff back, attributed to Michigan's long flights to Florida, Arizona and North Carolina on early-season road trips. Christian since has recovered and his back isn't a long-term concern.
6 184 Tyreace House OF JC of the Canyons (Calif.) Calif. $130,000
Speedy outfielder Tyreace House, has a fireplug build at 5-foot-10, 180 pounds, with strength and 70 speed on the 20-to-80 scale. The ex-football player and track star still has work to do on his swing.
7 214 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.
8 244 Jeremy Barfield OF San Jacinto (Texas) JC Texas $92,000
9 274 Mitch LeVier OF Fullerton (Calif.) JC Calif. $75,000
10 304 Rashun Dixon OF Terry (Miss.) HS Miss. $600,000
The top high school position player in the Mississippi is Rashun Dixon. A football signee to Mississippi State, Dixon is athletic with raw baseball skills, highlighted by his speed and power potential. He projects to a corner outfield spot.
11 334 Chris Berroa OF Chipola (Fla.) JC Fla.
12 364 Zac Elgie 1B Minot (N.D.) HS N.D.
The only thing stopping first baseman/outfielder Zac Elgie from topping Darin Erstad (Mets, 13th round in 1992) as North Dakota's highest-drafted high schooler ever is signability. Elgie is a 6-foot-2, 195-pounder with impressive bat speed. It has been hard for scouts to see him against good competition, but he did help his cause by slugging 34 homers during American Legion play last summer. Though he has played mostly first base, he has enough athleticism and arm strength to move to an outfield corner or possibly behind the plate. Also a pitcher as well as an all-state performer in football and basketball, Elgie has committed to Kansas. He's believed to be unsignable past the second or third round, and he won't go that high in the draft.
13 394 Dan Thomas RHP South Florida Fla. $100,000
As a redshirt sophomore, Thomas was the Bulls' Saturday starter in 2007 and was drafted by the Cardinals in the 44th round. He returned to school to take on the Friday night ace role this season. Even though his statistics aren't gaudy, Thomas has boosted his draft stock. Typically pitching at 90-93 mph, he continues to improve his arm strength and has been seen up to 95. He also throws a true downer curveball and has excellent feel for his above-average changeup. With clean mechanics and a high three-quarters arm slot, Thomas pitches downhill with plane but little deception. He had Tommy John surgery as a senior in high school in 2004, then felt discomfort in his arm again last season and was shut down after just 28 innings--though he did not require surgery. Thomas is a projectable 6-foot-2, 195 pounds and could add velocity to his fastball. He will get a chance to start at the pro level but could end up in the bullpen.
14 424 David Thomas OF Catawba (N.C.) N.C.
15 454 Nino Leyja SS Houston Christian HS Texas $110,000
16 484 Matt Fitts RHP Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) Idaho
As an eligible sophomore, Fitts didn't sign last year as the Astros' 15th-round pick, returning to Lewis-Clark State to help the Warriors try to win yet another NAIA national championship. He has won all 11 of his decisions and won the super-regional clincher for the Warriors. A high school teammate of UC Davis closer Justin Fitzgerald, and yet another Northern California prep product who figures to go high out of college this year, Fitts profiles as a back of the rotation starter. A Long Beach State transfer, Fitts has athleticism in his compact 6-foot-2 frame that allows him to throw quality strikes with three average pitches. His fastball is unremarkable but sits in the 91-92 mph range deep into pitch counts. He's not afraid to pitch inside, with 22 HBPs in just 14 starts. His slider is a swing-and-miss pitch at the college level and could use a bit more depth for pro ball to be a strikeout pitch. His changeup gives him a solid third offering. Fitts can be a bit home run prone and won't be an ace but should move quickly.
17 514 Brad Glenn 3B Arizona Ariz.
Brad Glenn has tried his hand at third base but fits better defensively in left. He has more raw power and can crush fastballs if he's looking for them but lacks the athleticism to hit for a consistent average.
18 544 Rayan Gonzalez RHP Luchetti HS, Arecibo, P.R. P.R.
19 574 Michael Hart RHP Texas State Texas
20 604 Rodney Rutherford 3B Columbus State (Ga.) Ga.
21 634 Mathieu Poirier RHP Ahuntsic (Quebec) JC Quebec
22 664 Preston Guilmet RHP Arizona Ariz.
Ace starter Preston Guilmet profiles well as a middle reliever thanks to a plus slider and good split-finger fastball, and he works in the bottom half of the strike zone thanks to an unconventional, over-the-top release point. However, his fastball grades as below-average at 86-87 mph. He's performed, though, and earns points with his tremendous makeup. He academically oriented and also has started training horses this spring as part of his coursework.
23 694 Chris Rusin LHP Kentucky Ky.
Rusin, who has been the Wildcats' No. 1 starter ahead of Green the last two years, is a typical crafty lefty. He works at 87-88 mph with good life on his fastball, and his curveball is a solid second pitch. There's funk in his delivery, but it adds deception without detracting from his command. He also has an outstanding pickoff move, making him tough to run on.
24 724 Ken Smalley RHP Delta State (Miss.) Miss.
25 754 Trey Barham LHP Virginia Military Institute Va.
26 784 Ryan Doolittle RHP Cumberland (N.J.) CC N.J.
27 814 Brent Warren OF Xavier HS, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Iowa
Warren feared his baseball career was over when a routine physical during his junior year revealed that he had a congenital heart defect. But he was cleared to return to the diamond after surgery and re-established himself as a quality prospect for the 2008 draft. Extremely projectable at 6-foot-3 and 175 pounds, Warren is reminiscent of former Iowa prep standout Ryan Sweeney--and he's more athletic than Sweeney was. Though he still has room to add a lot of strength, the ball jumps off Warren's bat at times. He's an intelligent hitter with a sweet lefthanded swing that catches up to good fastballs. He's an above-average runner and center fielder, and while his arm isn't back to where it was before his heart surgery, it should be average in time. Pro clubs are focusing on Warren as an outfielder, but he could contribute as a two-way player if he attends Oregon State.
28 844 Dusty Coleman SS Wichita State Kan. $675,000
Coleman offers more all-around potential than most shortstops in the 2008 draft. He's a versatile 6-foot-2, 185-pound athlete who also starred as a quarterback and point guard in high school and has taken the mound on occasion for Wichita State. He has good strength and power potential for a shortstop, and he drew a lot of attention when he homered twice in three games at Long Beach State's unforgiving Blair Field early in the season. Coleman homered just four times in his next 50 games, however, as teams were more reluctant to challenge him. He'll need to cut down on his swing, do a better job of recognizing breaking pitches and tighten his strike zone to do damage on a more consistent basis. He's a solid-average runner with good instincts on the bases. Defensively, Coleman has smooth actions and a strong arm. He has been clocked as high as 92 mph and flashed an intriguing slider in his infrequent outings on the mound. Coleman's talent warrants a fourth- to sixth-round selection, but his extra leverage as a draft-eligible sophomore could scare teams off. If he returned to Wichita State and improved offensively, he could factor into the first three rounds of the 2009 draft.
29 874 Justin Murray RHP Kansas State Kan.
30 904 Ryne Jernigan 2B South Alabama Ala.
31 934 Mickey Storey RHP Florida Atlantic Fla.
32 964 Ben Hornbeck LHP Kansas State Kan.
33 994 Shawn Haviland RHP Harvard Mass.
34 1024 Riley Welch RHP Desert Mountain HS, Scottsdale, Ariz. Ariz.
35 1054 Virgil Hill OF Mission (Calif.) JC Calif.
36 1084 Jon Berti SS Troy (Mich.) HS Mich.
37 1114 Ryan Doiron RHP Barbe HS, Lake Charles, La. La.
38 1144 Bobby Crocker OF Aptos (Calif.) HS Calif.
Aptos' High's Bobby Crocker, has potential as a pitcher but has so many tools he's seen as a better fit in the outfield. Crocker has shown excellent bat speed as well as above-average running speed. His offense remains raw, and he was expected to wind up at Cal Poly.
39 1174 Danny Clement RHP Cascia Hall Prep, Tulsa, Okla. Okla.
Danny Clement is another two-sport star whose future lies in baseball. A three-time state wrestling champion in weight classes ranging from 152 to 171 pounds, he also has a 91-93 mph fastball that can reach 96. Though he's just 6 feet and 195 pounds, he throws with little effort, letting his lightning-quick arm action do all of the work. His second pitch is a slurvy breaking ball. A good student, he's strongly committed to Texas A&M.
40 1204 Jeff Dennis LHP SUNY Binghamton N.Y.
Projectable 6-foot-6 lefthanders are hard to find, so Binghamton's Jeff Dennis should be drafted in the top 15 rounds despite fringy stuff. Dennis didn't miss a ton of bats for the Bearcats this spring, going 4-5, 3.97 with 62 strikeouts and 27 walks in 82 innings. He has some deception and pitches from a good downhill angle, but his fastball sat in the mid-80s most of the spring after reaching 89 in the fall. His curveball and changeup are works in progress. Dennis has an awkward delivery, but scouts are intrigued by his loose arm and good pitcher's frame.
41 1234 Cody Hawn 3B Walters State (Tenn.) CC Tenn.
42 1264 Kent Walton 2B Brigham Young Utah
Speedy outfielder Kent Walton was suspended at the beginning of the season for lack of church attendance at the Mormon institution. He was quickly reinstated but his performance suffered, as he hit just .309 with less power than his .350 sophomore season. Walton is a plus runner who runs a 6.5-second 60 and can play center field or slide in at second base.
43 1294 Nick Maronde LHP Lexington (Ky.) Catholic HS Ky.
Maronde is very similar to crosstown rival Robbie Ross in that both have exceptional polish for high school lefthanders. The difference is that while Maronde has a more conventional pitcher's build at 6-foot-3 and 195 pounds, he can't quite match Ross' sheer stuff. Maronde isn't just a finesse guy, however. He pitches from 88-92 mph with his fastball, and his slider is good at times but still inconsistent. His changeup is advanced for his experience level, and he pounds the bottom of the strike zone with little difficulty. Maronde won 32 of his first 34 high school decisions, losing only a one-hitter and a duel with Ross, and was the U.S. junior national team's best pitcher last summer, going 2-0 and not allowing an earned run in nine innings. Teams would be very interested in Maronde if they thought he'd sign for second- or third-round money, but that appears unlikely. He's advised by the Scott Boras Corporation and has a scholarship to play at Florida.
44 1324 Jimmy Messer RHP South Caldwell HS, Hudson, N.C. N.C.
Righthander Jimmy Messer, who pitched with 2007 Giants first-rounder Madison Bumgarner at South Caldwell High, is the state's top prep pitching prospect. Messer is undersized at less than 6 feet tall but pitches around 90 mph. He also has a hard downer curveball that grades out as a plus pitch when he commands it. Both Lassiter and Messer are committed to North Carolina, and they're unlikely to get picked high enough to be bought out of their scholarships.
45 1353 Derek Benny RHP Roseville (Calif.) HS Calif.
Benny topped out at 92 mph in the fall and had excellent life on his fastball, then wasn't at his best physically this spring, leading him to struggle with his delivery. That hurt the quality of his stuff, and he's expected to head a strong Fresno State recruiting class.
46 1381 J.R. Graham RHP Livermore (Calif.) HS Calif.
The hardest thrower this spring in the North might have been J.R. Graham of Livermore, a Santa Clara two-way recruit. Considered too small (5-foot-11, 160 pounds) by most scouts to buy out of school, Graham is a fine-fielding shortstop who ran his fastball up to 94 mph with a quick arm in relief outings.
47 1408 Coley Crank C Pinole Valley HS, Pinole, Calif. Calif.
48 1435 Brett Holland RHP Texas-Tyler Texas
49 1462 Matt Bowman 2B Nevada Nev.
50 1489 Derek Wiley 1B Belmont Tenn.