Philadelphia Quakers

Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 24 Anthony Hewitt SS Salisbury (Conn.) School Conn. $1,380,000
Hewitt is the epitome of high-risk, high-reward. The risk starts with his signability: Any team that drafts Hewitt must be prepared to open its wallet and buy the academic-minded Brooklyn native-turned-Connecticut boarding school star out of a commitment to Vanderbilt. There's also a huge risk that he simply won't hit in professional ball: his raw bat was overmatched against quality pitching on the showcase circuit last summer, and though he dominated vastly inferior prep competition this spring, he still struggles to recognize breaking balls and can get locked up at times by ordinary fastballs. But then he'll crush a ball 450 feet and give scouts a glimpse of his prodigious upside. Several scouts said he was second to Tim Beckham as the best athlete at the East Coast showcase last summer, and he has three legitimate above-average tools in his raw power, speed and arm strength. His muscular 6-foot-1, 190-pound frame evokes Ron Gant, and his work ethic and charisma stand out. Hewitt plays shortstop for Salisbury, but his poor footwork, stiff actions and lack of instincts will dictate a shift to third base or more likely the outfield, where he has enough speed and arm strength for center or right. Hewitt has generated mountains of buzz in the Northeast and could sneak into the supplemental round or even the back of the first round if a club falls in love with his potential enough to overlook his crudeness.
1s 34 Zach Collier OF Chino Hills (Calif.) HS Calif. $1,020,000
Collier was not selected to participate in the 2007 Area Code Games or the Aflac Classic, but he's had a high profile nonetheless. He started to generate buzz during the local Connie Mack summer season as a teammate of Isaac Galloway and Aaron Hicks. Rave reviews from parents and youth coaches began to filter down to scouts, and Collier helped his cause with strong showings in two showcase events held at the MLB Urban Youth Academy in Compton. He continued gaining ground this spring, and then moved into first-round consideration when he took a Hicks 93 mph fastball deep during a tournament game in Fullerton. To make sure the 40-plus scouts in attendance were paying attention, Collier ripped two more hits. Lefthanded all the way, Collier has an athletic and projectable 6-foot-2, 195-pound outfielder's frame. His above-average speed makes him a threat as a baserunner and permits him to patrol center field for now. As he slows down and matures physically, he'll play an outfield corner, and his average arm makes right field a possibility. Collier had a surgical procedure to improve blood flow to his heart, performed in May 2006, which may be a concern for some clubs, but he's been medically cleared for two years and has had no problems. Collier's hitting ability and solid all-around game had him moving up boards, possibly in the middle of the first round.
2 51 Anthony Gose OF Bellflower (Calif.) HS Calif. $772,000
Gose has perhaps the strongest left arm of any Southern California high school pitching prospect since Bill Bordley, a first-round pick in the mid 1970s. However, his small stature and a recent bout of rotator cuff tendinitis have his draft status in doubt. Gose's blistering fastball ranges from 92-96 mph, peaking at 97. Both his frame and four-seam fastball draw legitimate comparisons to both Scott Kazmir and Billy Wagner. In professional baseball, Gose will need to improve and sharpen both his 77 mph curve and 75 mph changeup. Gose profiles as a lefthanded closer or set-up man, since he loses significant velocity as a game progresses. He'll also need to clean up his mechanics and learn to slow down his frantic pace. Scouts are currently awaiting results on another MRI of Gose's shoulder; one in mid-April showed no fracture or labrum tear. After starting several games early in the season, Gose was restricted to DH duty for much of the spring. As with so many young hurlers, high pitch counts and year-round play add to injury concerns with Gose. When he's healthy or when he's not pitching, Gose plays center field, with plus-plus speed and arm being his best tools. He's aggressive on the bases with a knack for stealing bags, taking the extra base, and flying into bases with a head-first slide. However, Gose has never consistently shown enough hitting ability to convince scouts he can hit professional pitching. Severe doubts about his bat make it most likely that Gose will be drafted and signed as a pitcher.
2 71 Jason Knapp RHP North Hunterdon HS, Annandale, N.J. N.J. $590,000
There is no scouting consensus on righthander Jason Knapp. Some scouts believe he's the top prospect in the Garden State, destined to throw 100 mph in the big leagues, while other scouts see nothing more than arm strength--and one even called him "the most overrated guy in New Jersey." Late in the spring, Knapp was pitching at 94-96 mph in short relief outings, and he could add velocity thanks to his loose arm and projectable 6-foot-5 frame, which started to shed some baby fat this spring. But the rest of Knapp's stuff needs work, as so does his delivery. He tries to throw a three-quarters curveball from a lower arm slot that might be better suited for a slider, but the pitch shows decent depth from time to time. His changeup is also a work in progress but has good arm speed and fade. Knapp has fundamental flaws in his delivery, yet for all that, he could go in the top three rounds--or even rocket into the first round--if a club falls in love with his upside. Like Quinton Miller, he's committed to North Carolina but is considered an easier sign.
3 102 Vance Worley RHP Long Beach State Calif. $355,000
At 6-foot-2, 200 pounds, Worley has a big body and big arm that attracted attention last summer in the Cape Cod League. He wasn't able to carry that success over this spring for the Dirtbags, but teams that saw him good last summer have seen flashes of that this spring. Worley's four-seam fastball sits in the 91-92 mph range, peaking at 93-94. He has struggled at times with his 87-88 mph two-seamer, which gets hammered when left up in the zone. Both fastballs show armside movement, and he will cut the four-seamer at times. Worley mixes in a changeup and curveball. Both need development, and he will drop his arm slot and slow down his arm when delivering the change. Command is the primary concern with Worley, not in terms of walks but in quality of pitches and efficiency, as he frequently finds himself in deep counts. With refinement of his secondary offerings, he could develop into a mid-rotation starter in pro ball, but his power arm makes a conversion to the bullpen a solid option.
3s 110 Jonathan Pettibone RHP Esperanza HS, Anaheim Calif. $500,000
A Southern California recruit, Pettitbone has a projectable frame and solid stuff at present, with a four-seamer parked in the 86-89 mph range, peaking at 90. His heater has solid movement to the arm-side. His mid-70s curveball is fringy at present but his changeup shows real promise from his low three-quarters arm slot. Some scouts had questions about his mechanics and arm action.
4 136 Trevor May RHP Kelso (Wash.) HS Wash. $375,000
While righthander Trevor May is the top prospect in the state, the bulk of the top players in Washington were position players. May stood out from the crowd for showing a three-pitch mix and solid velocity. He got scouts excited by flashing 92 mph early (with some reports of 94), then settled into the 87-90 range more consistently, and in general was better early in the season. His curveball was his best pitch and could be above-average in the future as he adds power. He has a feel for throwing it for strikes or burying it as a chase pitch. May's arm works well, though he has some maintenance in his delivery, making it difficult for him to repeat. He's rangy and has decent athletic ability. He was asking for first-five-rounds money to keep him from going to Washington, and a team that got him crosschecked on a good day could take him as high as the third round.
5 166 Jeremy Hamilton 1B Wright State Ohio $164,000
Hamilton is one of the best pure hitters in the 2008 draft. The Horizon League player of the year, he ended the regular season batting .413/.516/.738 with more walks (36) than strikeouts (25). He excels at driving balls to the opposite-field gap in left-center. Though he hit .209 as a reserve with Team USA last summer, there's little worry about his ability to hit with wood bats. The concern is whether he'll hit for the power teams want in a first baseman, as he's not very big (6-foot-1, 185 pounds) and doesn't pull many pitches. Hamilton is more in the Mark Grace mold, including the Gold Glove potential. His hands are soft and he may be the best defensive first baseman in the draft. Hamilton lacks the speed and athleticism to play the outfield at the pro level, though that was his primary position with the U.S. national team.
6 196 Colby Shreve RHP JC of Southern Nevada Nev. $400,000
CCSN's Colby Shreve, an unsigned eighth-round pick last year of the Braves, was in the running to be the top juco prospect in the country this spring, reaching 94 mph consistently and showing a solid-average slider. Shreve's mechanics left something to be desired for some scouts, so they weren't surprised when he went down at midseason with an elbow injury. He wound up having Tommy John surgery, and while he has an Arkansas commitment, many expect Shreve to sign and still get a six-figure signing bonus despite the surgery--much as Nick Adenhart did with the Angels in 2004.
7 226 Johnny Coy 3B Benton HS, St. Joseph, Mo. Mo.
Outfielder Johnny Coy is an Arizona State basketball recruit. He's athletic and has a lot of projectable power in his 6-foot-7, 190-pound frame, but he's raw in all facets of the game.
8 256 Julio Rodriguez RHP Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, Gurabo, P.R. P.R. $110,000
Righthander Julio Rodriguez sat at 83-86 mph earlier in the year, but touched 90 in May and reportedly has been as high as 92, which has caught the attention of scouts. Throwing from an over-the-top arm slot, the 6-foot-4, 200-pound Rodriguez projects to have a plus fastball. Reports on the quality of his curveball are mixed. His changeup is a fringe-average pitch. Where Rodriguez goes in the draft depends on how many looks a team got on him and when those looks came.
9 286 Cody Overbeck 3B Mississippi Miss. $80,000
The Rebels boast a solid group of position players led by third baseman Cody Overbeck, who led the Rebels with a .350 average and 15 home runs during the regular season. An average defensive player, Overbeck might profile better at second base in the pros. He has a hitch in his swing that will prevent him for hitting for the power necessary at the next level.
10 316 J.C. Rodriguez C Washington HS, New York N.Y. $105,000
New York's high school crop is its weakest in years. The best of the lot is catcher Jean Carlos Rodriguez, who could sneak into the top 10 rounds. Rodriguez has raw power and a plus arm behind the plate, but he's unrefined as a hitter. He has a tall approach that doesn't incorporate his legs well. He is a promising receiver but has plenty of work to do defensively.
11 346 Mike Stutes RHP Oregon State Ore.
Stutes rallied late to lower his ERA to 5.32, salvaging some of his draft stock. He has shown excellent velocity, hitting 94 mph at times and sitting at 89-92 mph. Even after four years of school, he's still more thrower than pitcher, however, lacking fastball command and a feel for pitching. He threw more sliders this year than in the past and throws a curveball and changeup. At times all four are average pitches. His lack of consistency might push him back to the same range of the '07 draft, when the Cardinals took him in the ninth round.
12 376 Ryan Weber RHP Clearwater (Fla.) Central Catholic HS Fla.
At 5-foot-11, Ryan Weber is an undersized righthander with an oversized resume. He has arguably the best mix of command, feel for pitching and competitive nature in the country and has proven it on the international stage. Weber has pitched as the ace for both the youth and junior national teams for USA Baseball, but aside from his track record he doesn't fit the pro mold, with a fastball in the high 80s. Weber has movement on all of his pitches, and commands his slider and changeup with pinpoint accuracy. Pitching out of a three-quarters arm slot, Weber has a loose delivery and is one of the most proven high school pitchers in the state. He is committed to Florida.
13 406 B.J. Rosenberg RHP Louisville Ky.
For the second straight year, Louisville has an intriguing fifth-year senior reliever. Following in the footsteps of Trystan Magnuson is righthander B.J. Rosenberg, who missed the Cardinals' 2007 College World Series run after having surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder. He opened this spring in Louisville's rotation and took off when he shifted to the bullpen in mid-March. Working in relief, Rosenberg boosted his fastball to 93-95 mph. If he had a more consistent slider and a better medical history, he'd be a sure bet for the first five rounds.
14 436 Michael Schwimer RHP Virginia Va.
Schwimer saved 14 games in 26 appearances and finished with a 3-1, 1.72 mark. He profiles better as a set-up man at the pro level. His best two pitches are a fastball that sits between 90-93 mph and slider in the mid-80s. Schwimer also throws a split-finger pitch that acts as his changeup. He has command of all three pitches.
15 466 Damarii Saunderson OF Northville (Mich.) HS Mich.
Outfielder/lefthander Damarii Saunderson has the best tools among Michigan's high schoolers, but he's so raw that he'd be better served by attending Iowa Western CC than turning pro. He's an athletic 6-foot-3, 195-pounder with power potential, arm strength and decent speed. He also has holes in his swing.
16 496 Troy Hanzawa SS San Diego State Calif.
Hanzawa is a wizard with the glove who excels with plays to his backhand and has a 60 arm (on the 20-80 scale) to go with average range. He's much improved as a hitter but profiles as a bottom-of-the-order hitter with little power.
17 526 Jim Murphy 1B Washington State Wash.
Jim Murphy has had a mercurial career, bouncing back as a senior to slug 16 homers. He's an organizational player for most as he strikes out too much and lacks athleticism.
18 556 Tyler Cloyd RHP Bellevue, Neb. Neb.
19 586 Steve Susdorf OF Fresno State Calif.
Susdorf, whose older brother Bill starred earlier this decade at UCLA, has a solid lefthanded swing and average athletic ability. He's best suited defensively to left field and lacks profile power, though he can shoot line drives from pole to pole and has shown pull home run power. One scout compared him to Aaron Guiel with less speed.
20 616 Eryk McConnell RHP North Carolina State N.C.
21 646 Sean Grieve LHP William & Mary Va.
22 676 Daniel Hargrave 2B UNC Wilmington N.C.
23 706 Brandon Haislet OF Hawaii Hawaii
Outfielder Brandon Haislet could be an excellent senior sign this year if he can show intensity to match his tools. He's physically gifted, runs well enough to play a solid center field and throws enough to move to a corner if needed. Haislett has raw power but stiff actions at the plate. He has a good approach at the plate, ranking third in the Western Athletic Conference in batting and first with a .482 on-base percentage, but needs one on the bases to take better advantage of his speed.
24 736 Korey Noles LHP Columbus State (Ga.) Ga.
25 766 Daniel Edwards RHP Kansas State Kan.
26 796 Ryan Bergh RHP Old Dominion Va.
27 826 Chad Poe RHP Bossier Parish (La.) CC La. $100,000
28 856 Jordan Ellis RHP Villanova Pa.
Villanova righthander Jordan Ellis has battled arm injuries during his career and struggled as a senior, going 3-6, 5.72. Still, he could be a senior sign in the top 15 rounds thanks to a fastball that reaches 93 mph, a fringe-average slider and feel for a changeup. He has a physical 6-foot-2, 198-pound frame.
29 886 Keon Broxton 3B Lakeland (Fla.) HS Fla.
30 916 Dwayne Henderson SS Southeastern HS, Detroit Mich.
31 946 Spencer Arroyo LHP Modesto (Calif.) JC Calif.
Arroyo has athleticism and a good changeup, with too much projection left on his soft fastball and curve for most scouts' tastes.
32 976 Shaun Ellis RHP Polk (Fla.) CC Fla.
33 1006 Jamie Simpson 1B Dowagiac (Mich.) Union HS Mich.
34 1036 Blaine O'Brien RHP Scituate (Mass.) HS Mass.
Scituate righthander Blaine O'Brien has considerably more projection in his 6-foot-7 frame, but he's mostly a one-pitch guy now, relying on an 87-88 mph fastball that touches 90 occasionally. O'Brien could add velocity as he fills out a lanky frame that one scout compared to that of Tom Hanks' Woody character from "Toy Story." O'Brien is unlikely to be bought out of his commitment to Georgia.
35 1066 Ruddy Rio-Nunez OF Eduardo Montpetit HS, Montreal Quebec
36 1096 Mike Cisco RHP South Carolina S.C.
37 1126 Matt Johnson OF North HS, Riverside, Calif. Calif.
38 1156 Jarred Cosart RHP Clear Creek HS, League City, Texas Texas $550,000
As an outfielder, Jarred Cosart broke Jay Buhner's Clear Creek High record for batting average this spring, hitting .506 to Buhner's .480. But pro teams are more interested in Cosart as a loose, athletic 6-foot-3, 180-pound righthander. He reached 96 mph with his fastball in the fall, but he topped out at 92 this spring. He's more of a project as a pitcher than he is as a hitter, as he has an awkward pause in the middle of his delivery that compromises his ability to throw strikes or refine his secondary pitches. He wanted top-three-rounds money to sign, which means he'll likely attend Missouri, where he'll play both ways.
39 1186 Joe Pond RHP Judge Memorial HS, Salt Lake City Utah
40 1216 Daniel Marrs RHP James River HS, Midlothian, Va. Va.
Righthander Daniel Marrs is the top prep prospect from the state but is known as an arm strength guy in need of polish. He's a projectable 6-foot-3, 200 pounds and was an Aflac All-American last summer, and he pitches in the low 90s but has been seen up to 96 mph. He lacks an average secondary pitch. He throws a curveball and split-finger but both lack consistency and command. Marrs is committed to Wake Forest, where he will likely end up in the fall.
41 1246 Mike Petello OF Scottsdale (Ariz.) CC Ariz.
42 1276 Mike Bolsenbroek RHP Ageldoorn, The Netherlands
43 1306 Bryan Frew OF Nebraska-Omaha Neb.
44 1335 Charlie Law RHP Mainland Regional HS, Linwood, N.J. N.J.
Righthander Charlie Law's frame stands out more than his stuff, though he lacks a great feel for pitching. Law is growing into his 6-foot-7, 225-pound frame, and he has boatloads of projection, but his attentions have been split between baseball and basketball in high school, so he remains raw. Law works in the 87-89 mph range and shows feel for a changeup and curveball, but he could use quite a bit of seasoning in college at Rutgers.
45 1363 Justin Zumwalde 1B Sabino HS, Tucson Ariz.
46 1390 Giovanni Soto LHP Advanced Central College HS, Carolina, P.R. P.R.
47 1417 Nate Fike LHP Potomac State (W.Va.) JC W.Va.
48 1444 Mark Ginther SS Jenks (Okla.) HS Okla.
Mark Ginther quarterbacked Jenks High to the last two 6-A state football titles, leading the state's passers with 2,467 yards and throwing for 15 touchdowns last fall. The athletic 6-foot-3, 185-pounder has a sound swing and approach to go with power potential, and he has been clocked as high as 91 mph on the mound. He's a possible replacement for two-way star Jordy Mercer at Oklahoma State, but Ginther isn't as smooth on defense and projects more as a third baseman than a shortstop.
49 1471 Michael Russo RHP Hun School, Princeton, N.J. N.J.
50 1498 Josh Hake RHP Park (Ariz.) Ariz.