San Diego Padres

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Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 23 Allan Dykstra 1B Wake Forest N.C. $1,150,000
Dykstra adds to the long list of quality first basemen in this draft, and at 6-foot-5 and 240 pounds, he possibly has the greatest raw power of the bunch. After leading the ACC with 18 home runs as a freshman, Dykstra was the ACC rookie of the year in 2006 and a Freshman All-American. Last summer, Dykstra was named a Cape Cod League all-star after hitting .308 with five home runs. Due to his size, Dykstra has an intimidating presence in the batter's box. Dykstra has an advanced approach but at times can be overly patient. combined with being on a Wake Forest team light on hitting, Dykstra is often pitched around and has set the Demon Deacons' career and season walk records. While blessed with superior lefthanded power, Dykstra has hitting ability, but some scouts don't like the mechanics in his swing or his tendency to dive out over the plate. He can be streaky and is at times susceptible to inside pitches. Although he possesses an above-average arm and experimented with playing third base this season, Dykstra is a first base/DH only as a pro. He still has work to do to become an average fielder. Dykstra was drafted in the 34th round of the 2005 draft by the Red Sox.
1s 42 Jaff Decker OF Sunrise Mountain HS, Peoria, Ariz. Ariz. $892,000
Decker looks like a younger version of Matt Stairs with a compact, strong body, and he's earned comparisons to the Canadian slugger as well, though Decker throws lefthanded. Scouts mean the comparison as a compliment, because Decker can really hit. The best thing about being a 5-foot-10 slugger is that Decker is short to the ball and has an easy feel for hitting, generating easy above-average power with a quick, strong swing. He's a baseball player and grinder who has become an area scout's favorite. His arm is his next-best tool after his bat, as he's thrown a no-hitter this spring, occasionally visits the low-90s with his fastball and spins a solid-average breaking ball. If he doesn't make it as a hitter, he definitely has a shot to become a lefthanded reliever, and if he winds up at Arizona State he could become a three-year, two-way star. His body leaves no room for projection, but he has one of the better now bats in the high school draft class. Decker's a second-round bat but probably fits lower on most boards due to his small stature.
1s 46 Logan Forsythe 3B Arkansas Ark. $835,000
Forsythe ranked second on Team USA with six steals and third with a .309 batting average (trailing only cinch first-rounder Pedro Alvarez and Brett Wallace), but he came down with a stress fracture in his right foot at the end of last summer. After having surgery in November, he wasn't able to train as he normally would, resulting in a hamstring pull this spring. Forsythe uses his legs in his swing, and the hamstring injury affected his stroke in the early going. Once he healed, he again began drilling line drives into the gaps and making a push for the second round. Scouts believe he'll have average power in the big leagues and liken his approach to Mike Lowell's, so he should provide enough offense to stick at the hot corner. If not, he's versatile enough to also have played second base, shortstop and left field for Team USA. The 6-foot-1, 208-pounder is more athletic than most third basemen. He has an above-average arm, moves well and is a solid-average runner with good instincts.
2 69 James Darnell 3B South Carolina S.C. $740,000
Teaming up with Havens and Smoak at South Carolina, Darnell was the third piece of one of the most potent infields in college baseball. The best athlete of the three, Darnell has potential to be a five-tool talent in the pros. At 6-foot-2 and 210 pounds, Darnell is a physical specimen with a combination of athleticism and strength. Still somewhat raw as a baseball player, it is still to be determined which position he will play at the professional level. Darnell has an above-average arm but may not have the hands to stay at third base. His above-average footspeed may make him a better candidate for right field. At the plate, consistency is Darnell's red flag. He is known for going through hot-and-cold stretches. He has above-average raw power as he hit 19 home runs last year and has hit three home runs in a game multiple times this season. He has power to all fields but is known more as a pull hitter. Darnell also has shown ability to hit for average as he led the Gamecocks with a .331 batting average in 2007. Darnell's cold spells come when he goes through stretches of chasing breaking balls and changeups out of the zone.
3 101 Blake Tekotte OF Miami Fla. $361,000
Tekotte plays on a Miami team loaded with impact draft prospects, and he has taken full advantage of the increased exposure. He has been a spark plug for the Hurricanes all season hitting out of the leadoff spot and could fit the same role as a big leaguer. Hitting from the left side, Tekotte puts pressure on the defense with his above-average speed and ability to put the ball in play. He also steals bases--more than 20 this season--and has shown occasional power this spring. Tekotte will also benefit from this being a draft low on college outfielders. He is an above-average college center fielder, and could be average there in the pros despite his below-average arm strength. Tekotte performed well in the Cape Cod League last summer, hitting .256 for Brewster in 43 games. He was subsequently named to the Cape Cod all-star team and earned all-league honors following the season. Tekotte has a good chance to hit for average at the major league level but will most likely be a gap-to-gap hitter with below-average power. His lack of power might leave his bat a bit shy for an everyday regular, and he could settle in as a fourth outfielder.
3s 111 Sawyer Carroll 1B Kentucky Ky. $125,000
After hitting a Southeastern Conference-best 23 doubles but just three homers in last season--his first at Kentucky after transferring from Seminole State (Okla.) JC--Carroll had hit 16 homers entering NCAA regional play. He also had 21 doubles and a school-record 78 RBIs. The 6-foot-4, 210-pounder is a quality lefthanded hitter, but scouts still wonder about his power with wood bats because he has average bat speed. His speed and arm are fringy tools, so his bat will have to carry him. The Nationals drafted him in the 18th round last year.
4 135 Jason Kipnis OF Arizona State Ariz.
Scouts who saw Arizona State early also were impressed by Kentucky transfer Jason Kipnis, who got off to a rousing start, showing surprising power. Most area scouts compare him to former ASU star Colin Curtis as a tweener, though they liked Curtis' hit tool better. Kipnis' power falls short due to a bat wrap that will slow him down with wood. He has enough arm and speed to play all three outfield spots and a patient approach at the plate while being aggressive on the basepaths with his average speed. He fits into the sixth- to 10th-round range for most clubs. Kipnis redshirted at Kentucky as a freshman and was kicked off the Wildcats club as a sophomore but has impressed with his work ethic at ASU.
5 165 Anthony Bass RHP Wayne State (Mich.) Mich. $166,000
With Zach Putnam possibly projecting as a reliever, the best starting pitching prospect in Michigan could be righthander Anthony Bass of Wayne State, an NCAA Division II program. Bass has a 90-92 mph fastball that peaks at 94, a curveball with some bite and a decent changeup. While at Trenton (Mich.) High, Bass struck out 19 batters in one game to break J.J. Putz's school record.
6 195 Cole Figueroa SS Florida Fla. $400,000
Figueroa is sophomore eligible with bat speed and gap power. At shortstop he makes the routine plays needed for a college player but does not have the range for the pro level.
7 225 Adam Zornes C Rice Texas $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.
8 255 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.
9 285 Kyle Thebeau RHP Texas A&M Texas
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.
10 315 Andrew Albers LHP Kentucky Ky. $10,000
11 345 Tyson Bagley RHP Dallas Baptist Texas
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.
12 375 Matt Clark 1B Louisiana State La. $150,000
First baseman Matt Clark entered super-regional play ranked second in NCAA Division I with 25 homers, but scouts aren't completely sold on him. The son of former big league pitcher Terry Clark (now a pitching coach in the Rangers system), Matt began his college career at UC Santa Barbara before transferring to Riverside CC. He led California juco hitters with 15 homers last spring and was the playoff MVP after carrying Riverside to the championship. He might have gone in the first five rounds of the 2007 draft had he not been committed to Louisiana State, but he fell to the Pirates in the 28th round. Despite his 25 homers, scouts question his ability to hit good fastballs and say he feasts on mistakes. They also wonder where he'll play on the diamond. He's a slow 6-foot-5, 235-pounder who didn't look good at third base with Riverside and is no more than adequate at first base. A team that buys into his lefthanded power could take Clark in the first 7-10 rounds.
13 405 Erik Davis RHP Stanford Calif.
Senior righty Erik Davis put together his best stretch with four consecutive complete games, incorporating an improved changeup into a repertoire that already featured a 92 mph fastball and a solid curveball. Davis also has come back from a 2006 incident in the Cape Cod League where he was struck in the head by a batted ball, nearly losing an eye, and had to have facial reconstructive surgery.
14 435 Rob Musgrave LHP Wichita State Kan.
Rob Musgrave can't match the pure stuff of Wichita State teammates Aaron Shafer and Anthony Capra, but he's the Shockers' Friday starter and has the best numbers on the pitching staff (11-1, 2.21). Musgrave's greatest assets are being lefthanded and commanding three pitches in the strike zone. His changeup is his lone plus offering, and his curveball rates better than his 86-87 mph fastball, though he did touch some 90s in the Jayhawk League last summer.
15 465 Brett Mooneyham LHP Buhach Colony HS, Atwater, Calif. Calif.
Some clubs have the big (6-foot-5), physical (220 pounds) Mooneyham as the top prep lefthander on the board, even though he's not even the top starter on his high school team. (That would be junior righthander Dylan Floro.) However, Mooneyham has the pro body, as well as big league bloodlines--his father Bill was a first-round pick in 1980 (Angels, 10th overall) and pitched one season in the majors with Oakland. Mooneyham also has present big league stuff, with a fastball that sits 90-91 and has touched 94, as well as a slider that flashes above-average potential. His body control and athleticism are still catching up with his body, however, and Mooneyham lacks control of his power arsenal; he had 43 walks in 46 innings this spring. He's an excellent student with a Stanford commitment who also is being advised by Scott Boras Corp., so some teams have had just cursory checks on him, figuring him to be impossible to sign. Others such as the Braves and Brewers were said to be mulling gambling a pick on him and making a run at signing him, but he was considered one of the least signable players in the West, if not the country.
16 495 Tom Davis RHP Fordham N.Y.
Fordham righthander Tom Davis capped his solid four-year career by going 9-2, 1.90 as a senior this spring. He competes with a fringe-average fastball that sometimes reaches 92, a decent slider in the low 80s and a good changeup in the 76-81 range.
17 525 Derek Shunk SS Villanova Pa.
18 555 Nick Vincent RHP Long Beach State Calif.
19 585 Robert Lara C Central Florida Fla.
20 615 Jason Codiroli OF West Valley (Calif.) JC Calif.
21 645 Joey Railey 2B San Francisco Calif.
22 675 Chris Wilkes RHP Dr. Phillips HS, Orlando Fla.
23 705 Nick Conaway RHP Walnut Cove, N.C. N.C.
24 735 Eric Gonzalez RHP South Alabama Ala.
25 765 Logan Power OF Mississippi Miss.
Power has athletic ability in the outfield and a chance to hit with occasional power at the professional level.
26 795 Dean Anna SS Ball State Ind.
27 825 Aaron Murphree OF Arkansas Ark.
28 855 Nick Schumacher RHP Wayne State (Neb.) Neb.
29 885 Omar Gutierrez RHP Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Texas
30 915 Bobby Verbick OF Sam Houston State Texas
31 945 Sean Gilmartin OF Crespi Carmelite HS, Encino, Calif. Calif.
32 975 Kyle Heyne RHP Ball State Ind.
33 1005 Dan Robertson OF Oregon State Ore.
34 1035 Matt Gaski 2B UNC Greensboro N.C.
35 1065 Logan Gelbrich C San Diego Calif.
36 1095 Jake Shadle RHP Graham-Kapowsin HS, Graham, Wash. Wash.
37 1125 Matt Means LHP Sonoma State (Calif.) Calif.
38 1155 Zach Herr LHP Nebraska Neb.
39 1185 Gary Poynter RHP Lubbock Christian (Texas) 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 1215 Colin Lynch RHP St. John's N.Y.
Righthander Colin Lynch has had an excellent career as St. John's closer, saving 24 games the last two years thanks largely to his competitiveness and feel for pitching. He pounds the zone with an 89-92 mph fastball and works in a slider with hard tilt, a 12-to-6 curveball and an occasional changeup. He's generously listed at 5-foot-11 and doesn't have good enough stuff to set him apart as an undersized righthander. He'll likely be back for his senior year, and St. John's should be thankful for that.
41 1245 Zach Dascenzo C Laurel Highlands HS, Uniontown, Pa. Pa.
42 1275 Brad Brach RHP Monmouth N.Y.
43 1305 James Tunnell OF Oklahoma City, Okla. Okla.