Washington Senators

Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 11 Justin Smoak 1B South Carolina S.C. $3,500,000
A switch-hitting first baseman with power, Smoak draws natural comparisons to Mark Teixiera. Drafted out of high school in the 16th round by the Athletics, he has started every game for South Carolina since arriving on the Columbia campus, doing nothing but produce. After batting .303 with 17 home runs, Smoak earned Freshman All-America honors. He followed that with a .315 batting average and 22 home runs in his sophomore year--enough to be tabbed as a third team All-American. He also competed for Team USA last summer. As a first baseman, Smoak has Gold Glove-caliber actions and soft hands. His footwork and instincts around the bag are advanced and his arm strength is adequate. As a hitter, he is consistent from both sides of the plate, and he has superior pitch recognition. A power threat against any pitch, Smoak has the ability to hit to all fields. Smoak proved his power translates to wood when he hit 11 home runs in 39 games while playing in the Cape Cod League following his freshman year, though he struggled with Team USA last summer. He is thought to be the best combination of offense and defense at first base in this draft class.
2 57 Robbie Ross LHP Lexington (Ky.) Christian Academy Ky. $1,575,000
Kentucky offers its best draft crop ever this year, and its high school class is especially deep with four prospects with the talent to go in the top two rounds. The best of that contingent is Ross, a lefty with pitches and polish. He sits at 90-92 mph and touched 94 with his fastball, and his secondary pitches and command are just as impressive. He shows a hard slider and nice feel for a changeup, and he pounds the strike zone. The only knock on Ross is that he's just 6 feet tall, but he generates his quality stuff via athleticism and arm speed, rather than effort. Scouts eagerly anticipated his late-April matchup with fellow Lexington southpaw Nick Maronde, and Ross didn't disappoint. He struck out 14 and walked none, giving up just an unearned run while dealing Maronde the second loss of his prep career. He also outdueled Niceville (Fla.) lefty Brett DeVall earlier in the year, ending the game with a 94-mph fastball for a strikeout. A Kentucky recruit, Ross should be signable in the first two rounds.
3 89 Tim Murphy LHP UCLA Calif. $436,000
In high school and during his first two years at UCLA, Murphy was a two-way prospect who showed promise as a hard-hitting outfielder. He since has established himself as one of the premier college leftys in the nation. Murphy's build is strong and mature, and while not the lanky and projectable type, he is nonetheless a fine athlete--one who played quarterback and safety in high school and was an 11th-round pick in 2005. Scouts also appreciate Murphy's competitive attitude. He displays the ability to wiggle out of tough jams and survives outings in which his stuff is less than optimal. Since starting the season strongly, Murphy has struggled. When sharp, his fastball ranges from 89-92 mph, but dipped to 87 as the season wore on. He does a decent job of moving that pitch around, and has no reservations about challenging hitters with the four-seamer. Murphy's best offering is his mid-to-high 70s curve, an old-fashioned, over-the-top two-plane drop with 11-to-5 break. Murphy is sound mechanically, though a long back stroke in his arm action makes it difficult for him to maintain a consistent release point. His command suffers as a result. Murphy projects comfortably as either a back-of-the-rotation starter or, thanks to his curveball, as a lefthanded set-up man.
4 123 Joe Wieland RHP Bishop Manogue HS, Reno, Nev. Nev. $263,000
The Reno area is gaining a reputation for developing pitchers, but Wieland stands out as the top righthander to come out of the area that in the last few years has produced Rays minor leaguer Jake McGee (out of high school) and Cole Rohrbough (Braves, out of Western Nevada CC). Wieland has impressed scouts with his combination of now stuff, clean arm and projectable frame. He was outstanding in all, sitting at 88-91 mph with his fastball and reminding scouts of Mark Prior with his command and has more deception in his delivery. He's maintained that velocity this spring and reportedly has flashed better velocity, with most reports having him bumping 92 regularly. He's shown the ability to spin a breaking ball despite Reno's thin air and flashed a changeup. He's signed as a two-way player to San Diego State but figures to sign if taken in the second-to-fourth round range.
5 153 Clark Murphy 1B Fallbrook (Calif.) HS Calif. $200,000
A UCLA recruit, Murphy first gained widespread attention with his impressive performance at a California high school coaches' showcase in June 2007. He was the top player at that event, along with Kyle Skipworth. During the home run contest at the Aflac Classic last August, Murphy pounded tape-measure shots with wood out of Tony Gwynn Stadium at San Diego State. In the eyes of many scouts, he has regressed since his coming-out party, despite a conditioning program that has left him with a strong, athletic frame that resembles a young Ryan Klesko. He struggled in fall and winter showcases and was hindered by an injured quad muscle. Murphy tends to open up too early in his swing, spinning off the ball. He also has a habit of blocking his hands and getting them almost locked beyond the front edge of the plate. Murphy's speed is below-average, but his arm and glove should be adequate for first base.
6 183 Richard Bleier LHP Florida Gulf Coast Fla. $120,000
Bleier finished his junior season with a 7-1, .209 and was the Atlantic Sun Conference's Pitcher of the Year. At 6-feet-3, 210 pounds, Bleier is a good-bodied lefthander with a fastball that typically sits around 90 mph. He also throws a quality slider and changeup, giving him a three-pitch mix with plus command. Bleier walked only 17 batters on the season in 90.1 innings pitched.
7 213 Matt Thompson RHP Grace Prep Academy, Arlington, Texas 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.
8 243 Mike Bianucci OF Auburn Ala. $175,000
Biannuci has been a solid college outfielder and consistent middle-of-the-order contributor for the past three seasons at Auburn. He hit eight home runs as a freshman and 14 as a sophomore, and was selected in the 23rd round of last year's draft by the Angels as a draft-eligible sophomore. He returned to Auburn and hit 13 more homers this season, though his stock did not jump appreciably. At 6-foot-1, 215 pounds, Bianucci is a strong, muscle-bound athlete. An average runner and thrower, he should be adequate defensively in the outfield. He's a free-swinger at the plate, taking vicious cuts with an all-or-nothing mentality. His raw strength makes him a home run threat to all fields, but he also swings and misses often. Biannuci's athleticism and home run capability will get him drafted, but he'll have to improve his approach to have success as a pro.
9 273 Jared Bolden OF Virginia Commonwealth Va. $123,300
Virginia Commonwealth's Jared Bolden has consistently hit in each of his three years in college, and he led an anemic VCU attack with a .355 average and 12 home runs this season. A lefthanded first baseman, Bolden is athletic and could move to the outfield in pro-ball.
10 303 Kevin Castner RHP Cal Poly Calif.
Castner has hit 98 mph at times and emerged last summer in the West Coast Collegiate League, where Mauldin did the previous summer. While Mauldin returned from arm problems to use his upper-80s sinker and slider as Poly's most reliable pitcher this spring, Castner was his usual inconsistent self. He sat in the 93-95 mph range and showed a slider with plus potential, and he has the velocity to blow hitters away by elevating his fastball. Problem is, he lacks a plan B when he can't throw strikes, which is too often (25 walks in 30 IP). His arm works well but he doesn't repeat his delivery and lacks a feel for pitching.
11 333 Cliff Springston LHP Arkansas Ark.
A two-way player for two years at Baylor, Cliff Springston found more success after focusing solely on pitching when he transferred to Arkansas. After the Razorbacks lost their weekend rotation (Nick Schmidt, Jess Todd, Duke Welker) to the first two rounds of the 2007 draft, Springston has become their top starter. He's a lefty with good size (6-foot-3, 210 pounds) and a feel for pitching. He can spot his 86-90 mph fastball to both sides of the plate, and he may have more velocity in him. Springston has a clean delivery, mixes four pitches and flashes a solid slider when he stays on top of it.
12 363 Corey Young LHP Seton Hall N.J.
The top college player in New Jersey is lefthander Corey Young, who went 8-4, 3.52 with 78 strikeouts and 25 walks in 79 innings as Seton Hall's ace this spring. Young stands out for his feel for pitching, competitiveness and deception from a high three-quarters arm slot. He pounds the zone with a solid three-pitch mix, including an 86-90 mph fastball with sink and armside run, an average 11-to-5 curveball and an average changeup. He knows how to add and subtract from his stuff and he sometimes drops his arm slot to get even more movement on his fastball. Young is not overly physical at 6-foot-1, 180 pounds, and he profiles as a middle reliever in pro ball. He could be drafted anywhere from the seventh to the 12th round.
13 393 Ed Koncel SS Joliet (Ill.) JC Ill.
14 423 Justin Gutsie RHP St. John's N.Y.
Righty Justin Gutsie ran his fastball up to 94-95 last summer in the New England Collegiate League, where he ranked as the No. 4 prospect. He was inconsistent this spring, pitching up in the zone and showing little feel for pitching, and the Johnnies used him as a middle reliever, which made him hard for scouts to see. His fastball generally topped out at 91 this spring without much life. Every once in a while he flashes an excellent slider, but he cannot command it with any consistency.
15 453 Joey Butler OF New Orleans La.
16 483 Justin Miller RHP Fresno State Calif.
17 513 Dennis Guinn 1B Florida State Fla.
Guinn plays first base and hit 16 home runs swinging righthanded.
18 543 Doug Hogan C Clemson S.C.
19 573 Harold Martinez SS Braddock HS, Miami Fla.
Committed to Miami and a preseason All-American this year, Martinez has competed for Team USA's Junior and Youth national teams and was an Aflac All-American. This spring, he has struggled to translate his talent into production. At 6-foot-3, 190 pounds, he has a projectable pro body that is still growing. He is likely to outgrow shortstop but should become an above-average defender at third base. An average runner, he is athletic and moves well, with good actions in the field and a solid arm. In batting practice, Martinez shows above-average raw power and good hitting mechanics, but in games, his struggles begin. He has major timing issues and often reverts to a swing with no load. While he has fallen from a first-round prospect, a team will still take a chance on Martinez, and repeated at-bats in the minor leagues may be just what he needs.
20 603 Michael Hollander SS Louisiana State La.
21 633 Dustin Brader RHP Arizona State Ariz.
22 663 Trevor Hurley RHP Kansas State Kan.
Despite posting a team 5.12 ERA, Kansas State could have as many as six pitchers drafted, starting with righthander Trevor Hurley. Hurley never has posted an ERA below 5.03 in three seasons with the Wildcats, and had a career-worst 6.90 mark in 2008, but he has an 88-93 mph fastball and a hard slider. He also has a strong 6-foot-2, 209-pound frame and he's younger than most juniors at age 20, so he could add velocity. His mission in pro ball will be to improve his control. He walks too many batters and gets hit harder than he should.
23 693 Eric Evans LHP Radford Va.
24 723 Adam Cobb OF Louisiana Tech La.
25 753 Tanner Roark RHP Southern Illinois Miners (Frontier) Ill.
26 783 Chris Dove OF Elon N.C.
27 813 Charlie Lowell LHP Winfield (Mo.) HS Mo.
Lowell gave up an earned run in his first inning of the year, then set a state record by not allowing another in his remaining 57 innings. He throws a lot of strikes with his 90-93 mph fastball, but his arm action and breaking ball aren't pretty. He could sign if he goes in the first 10 rounds.
28 843 Nate Freiman 1B Duke N.C.
At 6-foot-8, 225 pounds, Freiman led Duke with a .381 average, 11 home runs and 46 RBIs. He has huge raw power and the ability to hit for average. Freiman also plays a solid first base defensively.
29 873 Charlie Robertson RHP Bella Vista HS, Fair Oaks, Calif. Calif.
30 903 Justin King RHP Jacksonville State Ala.
31 933 Kyle Higgins SS Monmouth N.J.
32 963 Tyler Tufts RHP Indiana Ind.
33 993 Ben Petralli C Oral Roberts Okla.
Ben Petralli, whose father Geno spent 12 years in the majors, will be drafted for the fifth straight year after transferring to Oral Roberts from Sacramento CC. Petralli, who didn't become a regular catcher until he went to junior college, has improved as a receiver and has a solid arm. He's a switch-hitter with good plate discipline and a growing sense of how to tap into his 6-foot-2, 195-pound frame for more power. Editor's note: Petralli initially signed with the Rangers, but the contract was voided in December, making him a free agent.
34 1023 Ryan Schlecht RHP Mount Olive (N.C.) JC N.C.
35 1053 John Ruettiger OF Joliet (Ill.) Catholic Academy Ill.
Outfielder John Ruettiger is the nephew of Dan "Rudy" Ruettiger, the famed walk-on of Notre Dame and movie fame. John quarterbacked Joliet Catholic to the state 6-A football title last fall, but his future is in baseball. A 6-foot-2, 180-pounder, he uses a slash-and-dash approach at the plate to take advantage of his plus speed. He also covers a lot of ground and has a strong arm in center field. Also a lefthanded pitcher, he threw a complete game to beat Braden Kapteyn in the state 3-A sectional final. The consensus among scouts is that until he gets stronger, he projects as more of a good college player than as a true pro prospect, making it more likely that he'll attend Arizona State.
36 1083 Jack Armstrong Jr. RHP Jupiter (Fla.) HS Fla.
Jack Armstrong Jr. is the son of former major leaguer Jack Sr., and at 6-foot-7 is two inches taller than his father. Armstrong is a tremendous athlete and is a legitimate basketball prospect as well, and he's committed to Vanderbilt. He was an Aflac All-American last summer and has shown velocity up to 92 mph but has been inconsistent this spring. Armstrong has yet to focus on pitching, which makes it hard for scouts to decide what to make of him. He has shown flashes of top-tier stuff but also has had his share of lackluster performances this spring.
37 1113 Matt Andriese RHP Redlands (Calif.) East Valley HS Calif.
38 1143 Jason Ogata 2B Oregon State Ore.
Jason Ogata has a big reputation for hitting that he has not backed up in college. His lack of a position troubles scouts, as does his lack of improvement. He might be best served coming back to school as a senior and learning to play the outfield. His hands are too hard for second or third base, where he fits best.
39 1173 Brad Miller SS Olympia HS, Orlando Fla.
Brad Miller is another prep shortstop from Florida who could make an immediate impact a the college level next season. Committed to Clemson, Miller is a lefthanded hitter with decent bat speed and power to the gaps. In the field, Miller is a plus defender and can stay in the middle of the diamond.
40 1203 Jamie McGraw OF Corban (Ore.) Ore.
41 1233 Brian Feekin LHP Iowa Western CC Iowa
The best prospect on Iowa Western, which qualified for the last two Juco World Series, is Brian Feekin. Feekin, who redshirted at Nebraska in 2007, is also a work in progress. A 6-foot-6, 225-pound lefty who can run his fastball up to 93 mph, he'd be a perfect target if the draft-and-follow process still existed.
42 1263 Stephen Pryor RHP Cleveland State (Tenn.) CC Tenn.
43 1293 Cody Eppley RHP Virginia Commonwealth Va.
44 1323 Alex Pepe LHP Florida Atlantic Fla.
45 1352 Kevin Torres C Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, Gurabo, P.R. P.R.
46 1380 Erik Morrison SS Kansas Kan.
47 1407 Lejuan Hill OF Austin Peay Tenn.
48 1434 Dan Bowman OF Ashby HS, Bridgewater, Va. Va.
49 1461 Mat Sample RHP Crowder (Mo.) JC Mo.
50 1488 Josh Rosecrans C Santa Fe HS, Edmond, Okla. Okla.