Seattle Pilots

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Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 16 Brett Lawrie 3B/C Brookswood SS, Langley, B.C. British Columbia $1,700,000
Scouts debate whether Lawrie is the best Canadian hitting prospect since Justin Morneau or Larry Walker, but he's definitely created buzz in a draft relatively short on high school bats, drawing some comparisons to Craig Biggio. If he had a more defined position, he would be a cinch first-round pick. Signed by Arizona State, Lawrie has too much present hitting ability to wind up in college. One scout compared him to Marlins slugger Dan Uggla for his strength, power and muscular, mature build, and several scouts have graded Lawrie's power as above-average if not 70 on the 20-80 scale. He's not just strong but also has a keen eye, offensive instincts, aggressiveness and quick wrists that drive the bat through the hitting zone. On a spring trip with his Canadian travel teams (Langley, B.C., Blaze and the Canadian junior national team), Lawrie went 21-for-30 against extended spring training and college teams, including 14 extra-base hits. He hit doubles off Kyle Davies and Luke Hochevar in a game against the Royals' extended spring team. Several scouts summed up his offensive approach by describing him as "fearless." He's also athletic with above-average speed (6.75 seconds in the 60). Defense is Lawrie's shortcoming; he plays infield and catcher and also has seen time in the outfield, where one scout described him as "disinterested." He's shown the tools to catch, as he's built for the position at 6 feet and 200 pounds, and he has an average arm at the least. However, his bat might be too advanced for him to take the time to learn such a valuable defensive position, and some scouts doubt that he'd have the temperament to handle it anyway.
1s 32 Jake Odorizzi RHP Highland (Ill.) HS Ill. $1,060,000
Scouts have flocked to see Odorizzi this spring, and some teams have rated the athletic righthander as the top high school pitcher in the draft. After pitching at 90-91 mph last summer, he has kicked his fastball up to 91-93 mph with consistent armside run this spring. A half-dozen scouting directors witnessed a May start in which he sat at 92-93 mph in the late innings. Odorizzi operates with a clean delivery that he repeats well, and the ball comes out of his hand so easily that his fastball appears even quicker. The teams that believe in him like his slider, while others think it needs more refinement. An outstanding athlete at 6-foot-3 and 180 pounds, Odorizzi is also a star shortstop with speed and power, but his future is definitely on the mound. He also excels in football as an all-conference wide receiver, though he missed part of his senior season after spraining a knee ligament. That's the only ding on his medical record, and it's not a concern. It's anticipated that he'll forego a Louisville scholarship once he's drafted somewhere between the mid-first and second rounds.
1s 35 Evan Frederickson LHP San Francisco Calif. $1,010,000
Frederickson was climbing draft charts late as he put together a pair of his strongest starts of the year to finish the season. Several scouts were on hand as he battled San Diego's Brian Matusz in his penultimate start, and Frederickson struck out 11 in seven shutout innings of his last outing, against Dallas Baptist. Some scouts say Frederickson, at an imposing 6-foot-6, 238 pounds, has better stuff than Dons lefty Aaron Poreda, the White Sox's 2007 first-round pick. They both have lower arm slots, and while Frederickson doesn't reach the high 90s as Poreda can, he does have a plus fastball, touching 95 and at times sitting in the 91-93 range. His slider gives him a weapon Poreda never had; it's a power pitch, a hybrid slurve that has some depth and is thrown in the low 80s. When it's on, he makes lefthanded hitters look bat. Command is never going to be Frederickson's forte, and he flirts with having "the thing" at times; he was awful (6.99 ERA) in his first two seasons at Virginia Tech before finding the plate more under the tutelage of San Francisco pitching coach Greg Moore, though his delivery still has flaws. Scouts view him as a reliever, but perhaps more than just a lefty setup man. He could go as high as the second round.
2 53 Seth Lintz RHP Highland HS, Gilbert, Ariz. Tenn. $900,000
Lintz sprouted to 6-foot-2 after a senior year growth spurt of close to three inches, and his fastball increased from the mid-80s to low-90s. His draft stock has jumped as well. He has been seen up to 94 mph and also possesses a power slider. Coming at hitters from a three-quarters arm slot, Lintz offers a fastball with late arm-side tail and sink. He is projectable and still growing into his strong-framed body. Command issues are a concern with Lintz, but that could be due to his getting acclimated with his new height and arm slot. A good student, graduating second in his high school class, Lintz is committed to Kentucky. He is now considered the second-best high school pitcher in Tennessee behind Sonny Gray but could be the first of the two drafted, due in part to Gray's injury. Lintz is projected as a starter in the big leagues and is thought to have good makeup.
2 54 Cutter Dykstra OF Westlake HS, Westlake Village, Calif. Calif. $737,000
Dykstra is a righthanded version of his dad, former major leaguer Len Dykstra, who starred with the Mets and Phillies in the 1980s and 90s. The younger Dykstra is a terrific athlete, finishing first in the SPARQ testing at the 2007 Area Code games in Long Beach and running the 60 in 6.58 seconds. An offense-first prospect, he uses his speed aggressively. He has a balanced stance at the plate and can hammer pitches middle in. He has outstanding power for a player his size, and his excellent bat speed produces both line-drive and loft power. While his frame is strong, well developed and athletic, Dykstra has little physical projection. Of greater concern with Dykstra is defense, as he's moved from shortstop to center field. He's not a natural fit at either spot with an adequate arm. The UCLA signee had late helium and could go in the first three rounds.
2 62 Cody Adams RHP Southern Illinois Ill. $653,000
Adams hasn't been as good or as consistent as he was in 2007, when he won 11 games as a sophomore, but he has showed arm strength every time out, which will get him drafted somewhere from the third to fifth round. He operates in the low 90s, tops out at 96 and will show some 93s and 94s in the late innings. He throws strikes easily, but he hasn't been more dominant because his mechanics have been off. Six-foot-2 and 180 pounds, he overstrides and pitches uphill, flattening out his pitches and leaving them up in the strike zone. His slider hasn't been very effective, leaving his changeup as his most reliable No. 2 option. Whoever signs him will try to get him to stay on top of his pitches and stride more directly to the plate. He may move to the bullpen, where he could show even more velocity.
3 94 Logan Schafer OF Cal Poly Calif. $404,000
Outfielder Logan Schafer is one of the Mustangs' safest bets to be drafted. He has average tools across the board. He isn't particularly patient at the plate , but Schafer's athletic ability and raw power from the left side help him stand out. He could squeeze into the first six rounds if they find the right fit.
4 128 Josh Romanski LHP San Diego Calif. $247,000
Despite a smallish 6-foot, 185-pound frame, Romanski has doubled as a two-way player for three seasons for the Toreros. A fine all-around athlete, he ranks among the best-fielding pitchers in the nation, and while he's a good college hitter, his future is on the mound. His fastball sits in the 88-89 mph range with some armside run. He shows an outstanding feel for his secondary pitches, which include a slow curveball, a changeup and a hard slider. Romanski's best pitch is his hard breaking ball, thrown in on a righthanded hitter's hands. Mechanically he is sound, but he will need to make adjustments. His arm action is short on both the back and front end, with a rushed, off-balanced finish. The total package reminds some of Rays lefthander J.P. Howell, though Howell's stuff was considered a bit more firm. As a pro, Romanski fits as either a back of the rotation starter or middle reliever. He offers a nice repertoire of pitches and decent command. He'll also help himself with his glove and bat.
5 158 Maverick Lasker RHP O'Connor HS, Phoenix Ariz. $176,000
Lasker, a San Diego State recruit, had a chance to sign and had garnered some interest in the fourth- to sixth-round range early before an injury. He's physical at 6-foot-2, 185 pounds, and has some projection left. He was considered a better prospect as a hitter prior to the season but came out strong on the mound this spring, touching 93 mph and showing a loose arm. He compensates for a fairly straight fastball with good arm speed on his changeup and by flashing a potential plus breaking ball. However, he had to sit out several weeks on the mound with biceps tendinitis, clouding his draft status.
6 188 Jose Duran SS Texas A&M Texas $131,500
While his older brother German was getting his first taste of the majors this spring, Jose Duran was winning Big 12 Conference player-of-the-year honors after transferring from North Central Texas JC. Like his brother, Jose is an offensive-minded middle infielder who may have to move off shortstop. He has a sound line-drive swing and gets good extension, generating gap power for a 5-foot-11, 190-pounder. His speed is average and his arm is a tick light for shortstop, so Duran likely will wind up at second base.
7 218 Trey Watten RHP Abilene Christian (Texas) Texas $100,000
Trey Watten played third base and pitched just one inning as a freshman, but he has won 20 games as a two-way star the last two years for Abilene Christian and will be drafted as a pitcher. An athletic, projectable 6-foot-4, 190-pound righthander, he has a fastball that ranges from 88-93 mph and flashes an average slider. As a third baseman, he offers arm strength, solid defense and power potential.
8 248 Erik Komatsu OF Cal State Fullerton Calif. $130,000
He has a college body in that he's mature and somewhat squat, with a bat that is decidedly pro caliber. He has a short, quick swing with strength that shoots line drives from gap to gap and surprising pull power. He's a solid-average thrower and runner who profiles as a fourth outfielder at the major league level.
9 278 Michael Bowman RHP Virginia Military Institute Va. $85,000
10 308 Greg Miller RHP Seton Hall N.J. $75,000
Seton Hall's Greg Miller led the Pirates in batting as a right fielder this spring, but his future is on the mound, where he went 3-4, 3.63 before taking a line drive off his face against Rutgers, breaking his nose. At 6-foot-4, 220 pounds, Miller has a better pro frame and more arm strength than teammate Corey Young, but he lacks Young's feel for pitching. Miller's fastball sits in the 88-92 mph range and touches 94, but it's straight. His low-80s slider is a good pitch at times but is more often below-average, and his changeup is well-below-average. Miller needs a lot of work on his control--he issued 36 walks while striking out 37 in 45 innings this spring. He's a good athlete but has a rigid, overhand delivery and a stiff front side.
11 338 Michael Marseco SS Samford Ala.
12 368 Garrett Sherrill RHP Appalachian State N.C.
13 398 Rob Wooten RHP North Carolina N.C.
14 428 Corey Kemp C East Carolina N.C.
15 458 Mark Willinsky RHP Santa Clara Calif.
Willinsky emerged the summer after his freshman season. showing off one of the better arms in the Alaska League. He compared favorably to Vanderbilt's Casey Weathers, who was also in Alaska that summer, as his fastball had more life and he had a more complete repertoire of pitches. With a big frame, he seemed likely to develop into an innings-eating sinker/slider pitcher. However, Willinsky hasn't become consistent with his slider or changeup and profiles better out of the bullpen. There he can work primarily off his fastball, which sits at 93-94 mph when he's at his best with good sink. His slider remains inconsistent and is more of a groundball pitch rather than a strikeout pitch most of the time, but he has flashed a power slider. Willinsky, who took a medical redshirt last season, also throws a split-finger fastball that can be a strikeout pitch. He lacks control, not to mention command, but has power stuff and could be a closer eventually if he throws more strikes.
16 488 Stosh Wawrzasek RHP Walnut Grove SS, Langley, B.C British Columbia $100,000
righthander Stosh Wawrzasek elicited split opinions from scouts. He's the best amateur pitcher in Canada, with two solid-average pitches in a 90-92 mph fastball and slurvy breaking ball that he can throw for strikes. He'll have to improve his breaking ball to make it a strikeout pitch in pro ball. He's committed to Florida International and would fit in immediately there as a freshman thanks to his excellent mound presence and poise. Wawrzasek competes and has a durable frame at 6-foot-1, 225 pounds, though he lacks projection. He pitched well in late April in front of scouts and crosscheckers in British Columbia with his club team, the Langley Blaze (Lawrie and Morrison are among his teammates), and could draw interest in the sixth- to 10th-round range.
17 518 Damon Krestalude RHP Port St. Lucie (Fla.) HS Fla. $100,800
18 548 Nick Bucci RHP St. Patrick's HS, Sarnia, Ontario Ontario
19 578 Blake Billings RHP Hillcrest HS, Tuscaloosa, Ala. Ala. $200,000
Billings is a 6-foot-5, 200 pound righthander who pitches in the high 80s. He is known for throwing strikes and having command of his fastball, slurvy breaking ball and changeup. He has plenty of room to fill out physically and could be a better prospect down the road.
20 608 Liam Ohlmann RHP Manchester (Conn.) CC Conn.
21 638 Lucas Luetge LHP Rice Texas
22 668 Ben Jeffers RHP Chipola (Fla.) JC Fla.
23 698 Marcus Knecht OF St. Michael's College School, Toronto Ontario
Knecht ranks behind his outfield peers in tools but has more present hitting ability. He has excellent hands and strength in his swing, and should hit for more power with wood as he learns to use his lower half in his swing and not rely on his hands. At 6-foot-1, 185 pounds, he's already solid and should get stronger. A below-average runner, he fits better in left field or possibly first base.
24 728 Brandon Ritchie LHP Grand Rapids (Mich.) CC Mich.
Lefthander Brandon Ritchie re-established himself as the state's top juco prospect after missing 2007 with a knee injury. He needs to do a better job of keeping his 6-foot-5, 240-pound body in shape, but he can touch 92 mph with his fastball and spin a slider. In his final start of the season, he went the distance without allowing an earned run to win a first-round game at the Division II Junior College World Series.
25 758 John Delaney SS Quinnipiac (Conn.) Conn.
26 788 Derrick Alfonso C Louisville Ky.
27 818 Austin Adams SS Faulkner (Ala.) Ala.
28 848 Brandon Garcia C Bishop Gorman HS, Las Vegas Nev.
Lefthander Brandon Garcia, who has bumped 90 mph as the team's sixth pitcher, has accepted a scholarship offer from Southern California, which likes him as a hitter as well.
29 878 Tommy Collier RHP Cypress-Fairbanks HS, Cypress, Texas Texas
30 908 Wayne Dedrick OF Hillcrest HS, Tuscaloosa, Ala. Ala. $100,000
31 938 Brandon Rapoza RHP Flagler (Fla.) Fla.
32 968 Colton Farrar RHP First Baptist Academy, Dallas Texas
33 998 Michael White RHP Anderson County HS, Clinton, Tenn. Tenn.
34 1028 Calvin Drummond RHP Huntington Beach (Calif.) HS Calif.
35 1058 Mike Vass OF Chapman (Calif.) Calif.
36 1088 Evan Bronson LHP Trinity (Texas) Texas
37 1118 Kyle Winkler RHP Kempner HS, Sugar Land, Texas Texas
In terms of stuff and effectiveness, Winkler may be the best high school pitcher in the state of Texas. Yet he won't be the first one drafted and may not get selected at all, because he's just 5-foot-11 and 168 pounds and has told teams he plans to honor his Texas Christian commitment. Winkler doesn't have classic size or projection, but he can carve hitters up with a low-90s fastball and a hard curveball. He has a quick arm and throws without much effort. He has plenty of mound presence and has proven himself against top high school, national and international competition. He pitched the U.S. national team to the title at 2006 Pan American Youth Championships, leading the tournament with a 1.15 ERA. Last summer, he spun a no-hitter at a Perfect Game World Wood Bat tournament in Atlanta. His fastball can get straight at times and he'll occasionally battle his command, but he's polished for a high schooler and can iron out those flaws with experience. He reminds scouts of Brad Lincoln, another short righthander from the Houston area who developed into the fourth overall pick in the 2006 draft following three years of college. Like Lincoln, Winkler is a standout two-way player--he's a strong-armed right fielder with a solid bat--though his future is on the mound. He'd go in the first five rounds of the draft if he were signable.
38 1148 Michael Roberts C Virginia Military Institute Va.
39 1178 Eric Decker OF Minnesota Minn.
Minnesota assistant head coach Rob Fornasiere says outfielder Eric Decker reminds him of another former Big 10 Conference two-sport star, Kirk Gibson. Decker set a school record with 67 receptions (for 909 yards and nine touchdowns) last fall. Very athletic at 6-foot-2 and 210 pounds, he can go from the left side of the plate to first base in an above-average 4.1 seconds and has plus-plus speed once he gets going. He covers enough ground to play center field, though he mans left field in deference to Matt Nohelty. Decker also has plenty of untapped power potential, and while he's raw, he shows the makings of good plate discipline. His worst tool is his arm, but it's playable. Scouts love Decker's tools but don't think they have any chance of signing him as a draft-eligible sophomore.
40 1208 Nicholas Fogarty LHP Thornlea SS, Thornhill, Ontario Ontario
41 1238 Joe Scott SS Cal State Fullerton Calif.
42 1268 Ryan Wood SS East Carolina N.C.
The Pirates' best position prospect is second baseman Ryan Wood, who hit .300 with 12 home runs in the regular season. An above-average defender, Wood is athletic and runs well, with a plus arm in the field
43 1298 Dexter Price RHP Air Academy HS, Colorado Springs Colo.
44 1328 Kaleb Herren RHP North Central Texas JC Texas
45 1357 James Kottaras 2B Milliken Mills HS, Markham, Ontario Ontario
46 1384 Carlos George SS Monroe HS, Bronx, N.Y. Calif.
47 1411 Kayvon Bahramzadeh RHP Catalina Foothills HS, Tucson Ariz.
A four-year starter, Bahramzadeh flashes 91-92 mph fastballs with good sink and life. His low-elbow delivery worries some scouts, and he's got enough power as a first baseman to contribute in college.
48 1438 Marcus Salmon RHP Miami Dade JC Fla.
49 1465 Dan Meadows LHP Temple (Texas) JC Texas
50 1492 Sean Nolin LHP Seaford (N.Y.) HS N.Y.