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Pick Overall Team Player Position School State Bonus
1 1102 Washington Nationals Josh Elander C Round Rock (Texas) HS Texas
Josh Elander is more athletic than most catchers, and he showed off his all-around skills by winning the 14-year-old division of MLB's Pitch, Hit & Run competition in 2005. He also starred at wide receiver and defensive back for Round Rock High's football team. Though he has arm strength and works hard, he may have to move from behind the plate because he throws from a low arm slot and is inconsistent as a receiver. The 6-foot, 190-pound righthanded hitter may have the tools and the bat to move to the outfield, though he is still growing into his power. He did give a taste of his potential by leading all players with eight homers in the first round of the home run derby at the Under Armour All-America Game at Wrigley Field last August, including a blast that made it to Waveland Avenue. He has average speed. Elander has committed to Texas Christian and may not be signable outside of the first two rounds.
2 1103 Seattle Mariners Chris Kessinger RHP Nebraska-Omaha Neb.
3 1104 San Diego Padres Gaspar Santiago LHP Ranger (Texas) JC Texas
4 1105 Pittsburgh Pirates Zach Nuding RHP Weatherford (Texas) JC Texas
5 1106 Baltimore Orioles Taylor Rogers LHP Chatfield HS, Littleton, Colo. Colo.
6 1107 San Francisco Giants Ryan Lollis OF Missouri Mo.
7 1108 Atlanta Braves Matt Moynihan OF Cathedral Catholic HS, San Diego Calif.
One of the San Diego area's better athletes, outfielder Matt Moynihan is a 6.6 runner in the 60 and has an impressive 6-foot-2, 205-pound frame. He has a fringy arm and has raw power. His hit tool is quite a bit behind his athletic ability and requires a lot of projection. And with his San Diego commitment, he's a tough sign.
8 1109 Cincinnati Reds Dayne Read OF Chipola (Fla.) JC Fla. $225,000
9 1110 Detroit Tigers Danny Canela C Florida Christian HS, Miami Fla.
10 1111 Colorado Rockies Brandon Thomas OF Pace Academy, Atlanta Ga.
11 1112 Kansas City Royals Tanner Poppe RHP Girard (Kan.) HS Kan.
Poppe was much better known as a football and basketball star before he hit 93 mph at the World Wood Bat Championships in Jupiter, Fla., last fall. He had been recruited by NCAA Division I-A football programs as a tight end before giving up football as a senior, and he led Girard to runner-up finishes in the last two Kansas state 4-A basketball tournaments. His athleticism is evident on the mound as well, as he uses his 6-foot-6, 220-pound frame to throw low-90s fastball with little effort. Poppe is still a work in progress on the mound, as he works mainly with his heater and still is refining a curveball and changeup. He's an outstanding student, so he could be difficult to sign away from a Kansas scholarship. Poppe may not be signable enough to go early in the 2009 draft but could develop into a premium pick for 2012.
12 1113 Oakland Athletics Colin Bates RHP North Carolina N.C.
The trickiest players for scouts on North Carolina's roster were relievers Brian Moran and Colin Bates. A redshirt sophomore who had a rib removed during thoracic outlet surgery in November 2006, Bates has low-90s velocity and bulldog tenacity out of the bullpen but doesn't hold his velocity on back-to-back days.
13 1114 Texas Rangers Chad Nading RHP Nevada-Las Vegas Nev.
Draft-eligible sophomore Chad Nading is spending time in his fourth state in as many years. He grew up in Alaska, redshirted his freshman year at Oregon State, transferred to Skagit Valley (Wash.) CC and spent this year with UNLV. He's a 6-foot-6, 215-pound righthander who has been up to 93 mph, repeats his delivery and has a good breaking ball.
14 1115 Cleveland Indians Steve Ewing LHP University HS, Orlando Fla.
15 1116 Arizona Diamondbacks Chris Jacobs OF Westchester HS, Los Angeles Calif.
16 1117 Los Angeles Dodgers Joel Effertz RHP Ladysmith (Wis.) HS Wis.
Scouts realized that righthander Joel Effertz was a work in progress, but they still hoped to see more out of him. He's an athletic 6-foot-3, 225 pounder who was an all-state kicker and star tight end in football and an honorable mention all-state forward in basketball. His fastball touched 93 mph and had heavy sink when he pitched with the Midwest Blazers scout team last summer, but his conditioning and velocity have been disappointing this spring. His arm action also worries scouts. He hasn't performed well enough to earn a bonus that would divert him from attending Arizona.
17 1118 Florida Marlins Alex Glenn OF Henry County HS, McDonough, Ga. Ga.
18 1119 St. Louis Cardinals Rich Racobaldo 3B Mount Olive (N.C.) N.C.
19 1120 Toronto Blue Jays Shawn Griffith RHP George Mason Va.
20 1121 Houston Astros Raul Rivera RHP Colegio San Vicente de Paul HS, Santurce, P.R. P.R.
Righthander Raul Rivera is the younger brother of Saul, a righthander with the Nationals. Raul spent the winter working with his brother to add a sinker to his repertoire. His fastball sits between 88-91 mph, and the new sinker is 83-84. His command and slow curveball are both inconsistent. Rivera, a Bethune-Cookman recruit, is more physical than his brother, coming in at 6-foot-3, 185 pounds. He's aggressive on the mound, never hesitating to pitch inside.
21 1122 Minnesota Twins David Gutierrez RHP Miami Fla.
22 1123 Chicago White Sox Joe Serafin LHP Vermont Vt.
Vermont lefthander Joe Serafin has an outside chance to be drafted late or sign as a free agent after the draft. He had a mediocre season and doesn't have power stuff, but he could eat up some innings in the low minors. Serafin is not in great shape and his stuff went backward this year. He worked mostly in the mid-80s and showed a loopy, fringe-average curveball.
23 1124 New York Mets Brandon Sage LHP South Alabama Ala.
24 1125 New York Yankees Justin Milo OF Vermont Vt.
25 1126 Milwaukee Brewers Cullen Sexton RHP Minnesota Minn.
The state's best amateur pitching prospects are both draft-eligible sophomore righty relievers at Minnesota, Cullen Sexton and Scott Matyas. Scouts give Sexton the edge because he throws harder, sitting at 90-93 mph and touching 95, and has more projection remaining in his 6-foot-3, 195-pound frame. His arm action isn't pretty, costing him command, and he lacks a reliable secondary pitch, which is why he had a 5.16 ERA as a set-up man. His velocity could sneak him into the first 10 rounds, however.
26 1127 Philadelphia Phillies Brodie Greene 2B Texas A&M Texas
Brodie Greene showed his toughness when he missed just a week of action after getting beaned in mid-March, despite needing 10 stitches and multiple root canals to save several of his teeth. He batted .257 before getting hurt, then .384 the rest of the way. A converted outfielder, Greene may have the best all-around tools of the state's college second-base prospects. A 6-foot-1, 195-pound switch-hitter with plus speed, he'll have to learn to draw more walks and better cope with breaking pitches to bat atop a pro lineup. His range and arm are solid for second base.
27 1128 Boston Red Sox Matt Koch RHP Washington HS, Cherokee, Iowa Iowa
The state's best high school prospect is righthander Matt Koch, but scouts think he's not ready for pro ball and would be better off fulfilling his commitment to Louisville. Koch, whose father Scott is his head coach at Washington High (Cherokee), is a projectable 6-foot-3, 185-pounder. He can touch 92 mph with good run and little effort, though he sat at 87-88 for much of the spring. He also has some feel for a slider. Koch is a four-sport standout, also lettering in football, basketball and track.
28 1129 Tampa Bay Rays Austin Maddox C Eagle's View HS, Jacksonville Fla.
Having made the varsity as a sixth-grader at his private school, Maddox has been a high-profile player for much of his prep career, helping Eagle's View to a pair of state 1-A championships. He took a star turn with USA Baseball's 18U team, hitting .367 with a team-best six extra-base hits, including one of the team's two home runs. He hasn't held up as well under the scrutiny this spring. He's among the nation's most physical players, strong and built like an ox at 6-foot-3, 220 pounds, with two premium tools near the top of the scale. His raw power and arm both rate near 70 on the 20-80 scouting scale. He's strong and has a leveraged swing that allows him to drive the ball for home run power to all fields. He has reached 96 mph as a pitcher, though he's more of a prospect at the plate. His arm stroke has gotten longer, making him less accurate as a catcher and hampering his pitching. Maddox faces weak competition and hadn't dominated as hoped this spring. More telling, he has not shown enough athleticism, making some scouts wonder how long he'll remain behind the plate. If the Florida recruit is not a catcher, he likely will be limited to first base, where the offensive demands are much more significant.
29 1130 Chicago Cubs Peter Mooney SS Palm Beach (Fla.) CC Fla.
30 1131 Los Angeles Angels Erik Gregersen RHP Stephen F. Austin State Texas