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Pick Overall Team Player Position School State Bonus
1 712 Washington Nationals Dustin Crane RHP Snead State (Ala.) CC Ala.
Righthander Dustin Crane, a 6-foot-2, 195-pounder at Snead State CC, hit 95 mph with his fastball and sat at 91-92. A fourth-year sophomore, Crane turns 23 in August, having missed time due to 2007 Tommy John surgery. He throws a curveball, slider and changeup as well.
2 713 Seattle Mariners Carlton Tanabe C Pearl City (Hawaii) HS Hawaii
Pearl City catcher Carlton Tanabe is a 6-foot, 190-pound catcher for Pearl City (Hawaii) HS. The solid defender has a strong arm, but needs to get stronger and work on his approach at the plate. He'll have a chance to do both with a full ride to Yavapai (Ariz.) JC next season.
3 714 San Diego Padres Bo Davis OF Southern Mississippi Miss.
Southern Miss' best hitter had been senior outfielder Bo Davis, an above-average runner with athletic ability who led the team in batting, OBP, slugging, home runs, walks and stolen bases. He's a fifth-year player who turned 24 in April.
4 715 Pittsburgh Pirates Jason Erickson RHP Washington Wash.
Senior righthander Jason Erickson was a 45th-round pick out of high school. He has fringy stuff but throws strikes and competes.
5 716 Baltimore Orioles Justin Anderson LHP Louisiana-Monroe La.
6 717 San Francisco Giants Alex Burg C Washington State Wash.
The Cougars, who reached regional play for the first time since 1990, have some good college players but thin out pretty quickly in terms of pro potential. Senior catcher Alex Burg shared time behind the plate and also played in the infield. A knee injury in late April didn't help his draft stock, but he returned in time for Washington State's regional trip.
7 718 Atlanta Braves Casey Upperman RHP Notre Dame Prep, Scottsdale, Ariz. Ariz.
Righthander Casey Upperman is another Arizona commitment, and he's most noted for the violence of his mechanics. While some pitchers have a head whack, one scout said the 6-foot, 175-pound Upperman has an entire upper-body whack. He finishes his delivery essentially looking under his armpit into center field, sort of like a righthanded Hideki Okajima. Upperman pitches at 90-94 and maintains his velocity throughout games. His offspeed stuff is all right, but not quite ready for pro ball. Unlike a lot of the pitchers in Arizona, his signability is in sync with his talent.
8 719 Cincinnati Reds Derrick Lowery 1B Young Harris (Ga.) JC Ga.
9 720 Detroit Tigers Wade Kapteyn RHP Evansville Ind.
10 721 Colorado Rockies Joey Wong SS Oregon State Ore.
Teams are split on Oregon State shortstop Joey Wong, a three-year starter and son of a former Beavers assistant coach. Those who like him call him "a ballplayer" and admit he's an acquired taste. "You can't appreciate Joey Wong from just one game," an American League scout said. "You have to see him for several games to fully appreciate what kind of player he is." Wong's detractors see him as a small singles hitter with no plus tools and no projection who will have to move to second base. He'd be a better prospect if he had more speed. His results also aren't overwhelming: Wong hit just .262/.366/.342 over 202 at-bats this season, and .342 is also his career slugging percentage.
11 722 Kansas City Royals Zack Jones RHP Santa Teresa HS, San Jose Calif.
12 723 Oakland Athletics Dan Straily RHP Marshall W.Va.
13 724 Texas Rangers Shawn Blackwell RHP Clear Creek HS, League City, Texas Texas $300,000
Blackwell usually sits in the high 80s with his fastball and spins a promising curveball. At 6-foot-5 and 195 pounds, he has plenty of room to add strength on his frame. He has committed to Kansas.
14 725 Cleveland Indians Mike Hamann RHP Danbury HS, Lakeside, Ohio Ohio
Righthander Michael Hamann is the best high school prospect in Ohio this year, but he probably won't be the first one drafted because he's strongly committed to Toledo. One scout compared him to current Rockets ace Justin Collop because Hamann has a similar build (6-foot-2, 165 pounds) and a variety of solid pitches. He works with an 87-89 mph fastball that touches 91, and a promising curveball and changeup. He's more polished than most high school pitchers and is a good athlete who also lettered in basketball and cross country.
15 726 Arizona Diamondbacks Brad Gemberling RHP Princeton N.J.
From the college ranks, Princeton has more notable prospects than any other program in the state. David Hale will be drafted first based on his electric arm, but senior righty Brad Gemberling is more polished at this point. His ERA (6.67) was inflated by a horrendous final outing of the season against Cornell (0.2 IP, 9 ER). Gemberling throws strikes with an average fastball in the 88-91 mph range, bumping 92 on occasion. He also works in a fringy slider and changeup, as well as a curveball he uses as a show pitch. A few scouts would consider Gemberling in the top 10 to 12 rounds, but most regard him as a senior sign later in the draft.
16 727 Los Angeles Dodgers Chad Kettler SS Coppell (Texas) HS Texas
Coppell High ranked No. 5 in Baseball America's preseason Top 50, but the team and its top prospects--catcher Jonathan Walsh, shortstop Chad Kettler and outfielder Jacob Morris--underachieved this spring. Kettler has the fewest tools among Coppell's stars but gets the most out of them. He's a 6-foot-1, 210-pounder with pop from both sides of the plate, and his lack of speed will dictate a position change. His hands and arm strength lead some scouts to believe he could make a nice catching prospect. He has committed to Oklahoma.
17 728 Florida Marlins Mike Brady SS California Calif.
18 729 St. Louis Cardinals Keith Butler RHP Wabash Valley (Ill.) CC Ill.
19 730 Toronto Blue Jays Matt Nuzzo SS Brown R.I.
20 731 Houston Astros Mike Modica LHP George Mason Va.
The Patriots were really carried by pitching and defense, however, and a couple of those arms could get drafted. Lefthander Mike Modica was a workhorse and finished the regular season 11-1, 4.17, and he draws pro interest as a lefty who can spin and command a curveball. He needs to cut down his walks.
21 732 Minnesota Twins Mario Hollands LHP UC Santa Barbara Calif.
Sophomore-eligible lefthander Mario Hollands had inconsistent stuff all year, though at his best he scrapes the low 90s with his fastball and gets on hitters quickly, thanks to his deceptive delivery. His secondary stuff hasn't developed, leaving him without a strikeout pitch.
22 733 Chicago White Sox Jeff Tezak 2B Nebraska Neb.
23 734 New York Mets Michael Johnson RHP Concordia (Texas) Texas
24 735 New York Yankees Isaac Harrow 2B Appalachian State N.C.
25 736 Milwaukee Brewers Peter Fatse 2B Connecticut Conn.
26 737 Philadelphia Phillies Justin Long RHP Bellevue (Neb.) Neb.
Righthander Justin Long was the best player on a Bellevue team that came one win short of the NAIA World Series. A 6-foot-2, 220 pounder, he likes to vary his arm angle to keep hitters off balance. He'll maintain a 90-mph fastball throughout a game and back it up with a cutter/slider in the low 80s. A tough competitor, he also led the Bruins with 11 homers.
27 738 Boston Red Sox Dan Kemp SS Tantasqua Regional HS, Fiskdale, Mass. Mass.
28 739 Tampa Bay Rays Andrew Heaney LHP Putnam City HS, Oklahoma City Okla.
Scouts rave about lefthander Andrew Heaney's arm action. Though he's just 6-foot-1 and 170 pounds, he has a clean, quick arm and reaches 91 mph with his fastball with little effort. He also has good feel for his curveball and changeup, and he beat projected first-rounder Chad James in a head-to-head matchup. Heaney is considered all but unsignable, so he'll probably wind up at Oklahoma State.
29 740 Chicago Cubs Gerardo Esquivel RHP De La Salle Institute, Chicago Ill.
30 741 Los Angeles Angels Taylor Kinzer RHP Taylor (Ind.) Ind.