Boston Americans

Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 28 Reymond Fuentes OF Fernando Callejo HS, Manati, P.R. P.R. $1,134,000
A relative of Mets center fielder Carlos Beltran, Fuentes is an electric, game-changing player. The 6-foot, 160-pound center fielder is slender, but has wiry strength and can put a change in a ball during batting practice. Like a ticking clock, he hits line drives from foul pole to foul pole with his lefthanded swing. He's also an elite runner, clocking in at just under 6.3 seconds in the 60-yard dash at Puerto Rico's annual Excellence Tournament in early May. In game situations, Fuentes stays within himself, goes with a contact-oriented approach and lets his plus speed play to his advantage. These tools make Fuentes an ideal leadoff hitter. Defensively, Fuentes' range will allow him to stay in center field as a professional. Right down to his below-average arm, he's a similar player to the Yankees' Johnny Damon.
2 77 Alex Wilson RHP Texas A&M Texas $470,700
Wilson projected as a possible first-round pick before he blew out his elbow in the Cape Cod League in the summer of 2007, shortly before he transferred from Winthrop to Texas A&M. He redshirted with the Aggies last spring, though he did reach 94 mph in bullpen workouts that attracted a number of scouts. The Cubs took a flier on him in the 10th round last June and followed him when he returned to the Cape in the summer. Chicago reportedly offered him $600,000 to sign but he was looking for $1.5 million. Wilson looked to be in line for that kind of bonus when he opened this season with a 91-95 mph fastball and a true slider, but his stuff slacked off later in the spring and didn't pick up when Texas A&M moved him to the bullpen. By May, his fastball had flattened out and was down to 88-91 mph and his breaking ball had become slurvy. In his final chance to impress scouts, he got pounded by Oregon State in the opening round of the NCAA Division I regionals. Wilson is mainly a two-pitch pitcher, so he projects as a reliever in pro ball. His control has been sharp (105-18 K-BB ratio in 75 innings) for a pitcher in his first season back after elbow reconstruction. He figures to be a second-round pick at this point, though he's believed to be looking for a seven-figure bonus as a 22-year-old junior.
3 107 David Renfroe SS South Panola HS, Batesville, Miss. Miss. $1,400,000
Renfroe's father Laddie played baseball at Ole Miss, where he was a pitcher and a two-time all-Southeastern Conference selection. If the younger Renfroe makes it to Oxford, he has a chance to exceed his father's accomplishments as a power pitcher who also could be an outstanding college hitter. That's the problem for Ole Miss, though--Renfroe may be too good to get to school. He's a legitimate prospect both ways and reportedly put the word out that he wanted to hit, and that he wanted to sign if the money was right. Renfroe has a polished approach as a hitter, with solid-average power and hitting tools. He's a smooth defender with good hands who should be a capable college shortstop and an outstanding third baseman at the pro level. He has obvious arm strength that also plays on the mound. He sits at 88-92 mph with his fastball and has touched higher, up to 95 at times. He has the ability to spin a breaking ball and has shown a feel for a changeup. Scouts are split on whether he has more upside as a pitcher or as a hitter. He showed his wood-bat power with a home run last year during the Under Armour/Baseball Factory all-star game, easily reaching the Wrigley Field seats. He could go late in the first round as a hitter for a team that wants to buy him away from Ole Miss, though the consensus had him as a second- to third-round talent.
4 138 Jeremy Hazelbaker OF Ball State Ind. $191,700
Hazelbaker hit .246 with 31 errors at second base in his first two seasons at Ball State, but earned all-star honors as an outfielder in the Great Lakes League last summer. Even then, no one expected him to rank among the NCAA Division I leaders in batting (.429), runs (77), hits (87), triples (nine), total bases (147), walks (48), on-base percentage (.550), slugging percentage (.724) and steals (29). He's a totally different hitter now, as he has stopped trying to pull everything and focused on using the entire field and letting his considerable speed work for him. A 65 runner out of the box on the 20-80 scouting scale--he grades as a 70 once he gets going--Hazelbaker is adept a bunting, a skill that helped the lefty hitter bat .419 against southpaws. The 6-foot-3, 195-pounder also has deceptive strength, hitting for the cycle against Kent State (doing most of the damage off prospect Brad Stillings) and driving some balls out of the park to the opposite field. Despite his strength, he understands his primary role as a leadoff hitter is to get on base and create havoc. His speed also allows him to chase down balls in center field, where his arm is playable. He made seven errors this spring, though it was his first year as a full-time outfielder. His limited track record bothers some scouts, but there aren't many college prospects in this draft who are legitimate up-the-middle players and have performed, so he could get picked as high as the third round.
5 168 Seth Schwindenhammer OF Limestone Community HS, Bartonville, Ill. Ill. $140,000
Outfielder Seth Schwindenhammer has some of the best offensive potential among the state's high schoolers. He's a strong 6-foot-2, 200-pound lefthanded hitter with good power, though he'll have to close some holes in his swing. He's a solid athlete with arm strength who projects as a right fielder. He has committed to Illinois.
6 198 Branden Kline RHP Johnson HS, Frederick, Md. Md.
Righthander Branden Kline could be the second straight top prospect from the Mid-Atlantic to head to Virginia, following lefthander Danny Hultzen. He has a good pitcher's body at 6-foot-3, 185 pounds with room for projection. His fastball is 88-93 mph now and he shows a feel for a breaking ball. He also shows more polish that most high school pitchers. Teams have asked if Kline would sign out of the first five rounds, but he has shown little interest in forgoing college.
7 228 Madison Younginer RHP Mauldin (S.C.) HS S.C. $975,000
While Younginer has thrown well this spring, he's been one of the harder players in the country to scout because his high school team has used him as a reliever. That approach has frustrated scouts and might cost Younginer some money. Recruited to Clemson as both a hitter and pitcher, he has one of the best raw arms in the draft. He's athletic and throws two plus pitches: a fastball that has sat in the mid-90s in short relief bursts, with reports of him touching 97, and a power breaking ball in the upper 80s. Both pitches have late life, with the fastball featuring armside run. Younginer has trouble repeating his delivery and some scouts question his arm action, which can get long. He has flashed the makings of a changeup in past showcase action but hasn't used it much this spring. Last year's top South Carolina prep pitcher, Jordan Lyles, had less fastball and much less breaking ball yet was a supplemental first-rounder after a good workout. Younginer could improve his stock considerably in the same manner after being so hard to scout this spring and could go anywhere from the first to the third round.
8 258 Shannon Wilkerson OF Augusta State (Ga.) Ga. $100,000
Grades and an ACT snafu cost Wilkerson some development time in college, but he made up for lost time. Wilkerson's best tool is his bat. The Division II national player of the year by the NCBWA, he has excellent bat speed and can turn on good fastballs. He has plenty of raw power and led his conference with 24 home runs this spring. He's too aggressive at the plate at times, leading to a pull-happy approach. His other tools profile him best as a left fielder.
9 288 Kendal Volz RHP Baylor Texas $550,000
Expectations were high for Volz after he showed a 92-95 mph fastball and a low-80s slider with late break as Team USA's closer last summer. He didn't allow an earned run in 14 innings, saved the gold-medal game at the FISU World Championships in the Czech Republic and looked like a possible top-10 pick for 2009. But his stuff had gone backwards so much by May that he might not even go in the first three rounds. His fastball parked in the high 80s and flattened out, and his slider no longer was a weapon. His delivery looked different, containing some ugly recoil, and his command got worse as well. After he dropped his last three starts, Baylor used him out of the bullpen in the postseason. Volz has flashed an effective changeup and has a 6-foot-5, 225-pound frame built for a workhorse role, so he has the ingredients to be a starter at the next level--provided his previous fastball, slider and command return. If not, he looked well suited for a late-inning role last summer. But outside of his time with Team USA, he has been hit harder than someone with his stuff should.
10 318 Brandon Jacobs OF Parkview HS, Lilburn, Ga. Ga. $750,000
The most anticipated prep showdown of the spring wasn't a pitching matchup. Rather it involved Donavan Tate and Auburn football signee Brandon Jacobs of Parkview High. Scouts flocked to see the state's two top athletes and weren't disappointed, as both hit home runs. Jacobs could be a premium pick if he indicated he wants to play baseball. He had not been in touch with Auburn's baseball program at all, so if he goes to college it will be to play football. He has plus raw power and speed that would need time to be harnessed, and he also has a 6-foot-3, 240-pound body that comes to baseball rarely.
11 348 Jason Thompson SS Germantown (Tenn.) HS Tenn. $300,000
Tennessee recruit Ryan Casteel and Germantown product Jason Thompson, a Louisville recruit, are the two top prep bats. The consensus has both being better served going to school, but they stand out in a weak year for hitters in the Volunteer State, and might get overdrafted as a result. Thompson, a switch-hitting 6-foot-1, 180-pounder, is a prep shortstop who profiles as a third baseman both in college and probably in pro ball, though some scouts like him as a second baseman. An Aflac All-American, Thompson has good athletic ability, is a plus runner and has a solid-average arm. His swing gets long and he hit a modest .406 this spring, making contact but driving the ball too inconsistently for scouts' taste. A hamstring tweak hurt hit performance late in the spring.
12 378 Michael Thomas C Southern La. $120,000
Few position players in the 2009 draft can match Michael Thomas' raw arm strength, but the operative word in all phases of his game is "raw." Facing mediocre college competition, he threw out just four of 26 basestealers (15 percent this spring). He also needs to polish his receiving and make adjustments at the plate. Six-foot-4 and 220 pounds, he has plenty of strength and righthanded power potential, but he batted just .213 with wood bats in the Cape Cod League last summer. His bat speed is questionable and he doesn't use his lower half well in his swing. Thomas missed two months this spring with a broken left hand. He'll need plenty of development time in pro ball, though his ceiling is intriguing.
13 408 Chris McGuiness 1B The Citadel S.C. $100,000
First baseman Chris McGuiness has a much more polished approach at the plate and better tools. He has decent bat speed and a fluid swing, and he knows the strike zone as well as any college hitter. His 65 walks led the nation entering super regional play, and he ranked 12th in the country in on-base percentage. McGuiness has arm strength (he pitched as a freshman) and is a solid defender at first base. He's a below-average runner who probably can't move to the outfield. Both Bulldogs could go in the seventh- to 10th-round range.
14 438 Willie Holmes OF Chaffey (Calif.) JC Calif.
15 468 Michael Bugary LHP California Calif.
16 498 Luke Bard RHP Charlotte Christian HS N.C.
17 528 Kraig Sitton LHP Oregon State Ore.
Perhaps Oregon State's most intriguing prospect is lefthander Kraig Sitton. Listed at 6-foot-5 and 190 pounds, the draft-eligible sophomore is rail thin. He started last summer in the West Coast Collegiate League but has been used sparingly by the Beavers. He pitched 25 innings last year and just 19 this spring. Believers see a late bloomer who could end up as a starter with a couple of winters in a professional weight room. Others aren't sure he'll ever fill out and see him as a bullpen specialist at best. He spent time on the junior-varsity team as a junior in high school and his fastball was 83-85 mph. He has mostly sat at 85-87 mph in college, though his velocity has improved this season and he now sits at 88-91. With a lot of deception and movement on his fastball, he gets a lot of swings and misses, even if his pitches often end up out of the strike zone. He also throws an average slider. The team that drafts Sitton will be dreaming on projection, banking that he can learn a changeup and pitch as a starter. Scouts expect him to return to Oregon State next season.
18 558 Renny Parthemore RHP Cedar Cliff HS, Camp Hill, Pa. Pa. $150,000
The top prospect in a thin Pennsylvania crop, Parthemore's biggest asset is his projectability. His 6-foot-5, 185-pound frame and his quick arm hint at his considerable upside, and he has reached 93-94 mph in the past, though he worked mostly in the 88-91 range this spring. Parthemore's 12-to-6 curveball currently rates as an average pitch and projects to be plus. He also shows good feel for a changeup, giving him a chance for three average or better pitches down the road. Characteristic of a cold-weather high school pitcher, Parthemore's command comes and goes, and he tends to have trouble getting over his front side in his delivery, but there are no major red flags in his delivery. Some scouts question his competitive fire, but he has top-three-rounds potential. At this stage, however, it seems more likely Parthemore will honor his commitment to Penn State, where he could develop into a first-round pick in three years.
19 588 Tom Ebert RHP Florida International Fla.
20 618 Alex Hassan OF/RHP Duke N.C. $90,000
Duke does have hope to get righthander/outfielder Alex Hassan back for his senior season. Pro scouts like him better as a pitcher at 6-foot-4, 200 pounds and think he could pick up velocity when he ditches hitting and playing center field. He has touched 95 mph in relief outings with his fastball, but he's more effective in the low 90s with some sink. His slurvy breaking ball and changeup need tightening up, and he needs to improve his command as well.
21 648 Randall Fant LHP Texas HS, Texarkana, Texas Texas
22 678 Jordan Flasher RHP George Mason Va.
Righthander Jordan Flasher had Tommy John surgery early in the 2008 season and was still working his way back into form this spring. He pitched just 20 innings and wasn't used on back-to-back days, though he did record six saves. He had 17 strikeouts while walking 10, reflecting the rustiness of his command. Flasher's fastball was at 88-92 mph this spring, though he has been 94-95 in the past and touched 96 in the Cape Cod League in 2007. His curveball gets good reviews but could use more depth. In addition to being a Tommy John alum, Flasher is undersized at 5-foot-11, 165 pounds.
23 708 Chris Court RHP Stephen F. Austin State Texas
24 738 Dan Kemp SS Tantasqua Regional HS, Fiskdale, Mass. Mass.
25 768 Austin House RHP La Cueva HS, Albuquerque N.M.
Righthander Austin House is tall and lanky with loads of room for projection at 6-foot-4 and 165 pounds. He's getting bigger and his velocity has been going up. Right now he's in the upper 80s, but the arm works well and there's room for more. He hasn't gotten a lot of innings on his high school team and will pitch at New Mexico.
26 798 Miles Head 3B Whitewater HS, Fayetteville, Ga. Ga. $335,000
If only Lane and Miles Head could share tools. Head has a bad body but is the best prep hitter in the state this year, in terms of pure hitting ability, and is a key Georgia recruit. He could go in the fifth to eighth round to a team that believes he can catch or hold down third base defensively. His arm is fringe-average, and he could be a playable defender at the college level. Then scouts could see if he improves his conditioning and tones up his body. He repeats his short swing and has some present strength, and he could contribute immediately with the Bulldogs next spring.
27 828 Reed Gragnani SS Godwin HS, Richmond Va.
Scouts like Reed Gragnani's bat. He's a switch-hitter and has good hands at the plate, making him a line-drive hitter who shows extra-base power now. Scouts also like his makeup and polish. While he was a high school shortstop and could play there in college--he's committed to Virginia--he projects to move to second base at the pro level. Gragnani is an average runner, and it would take significant money to keep him from joining a strong Virginia club in 2010. One scout could see him following the same path as David Adams, a third-round pick of the Yankees last year out of Virginia.
28 858 Eric Curtis RHP Miami Dade JC Fla.
29 888 Cody Stubbs 1B Tuscola HS, Waynesville, N.C. N.C.
Outfielder Demetrius McKelvie, a Marshall recruit, and shortstop Cody Stubbs, a Tennessee signee, both moved up draft boards thanks to their bats, which dominated low-level competition. Stubbs has excellent size at 6-foot-4, 220 pounds, and projects to move to third base, left field or first base in pro ball. He has lefthanded power and a big swing, smashing 16 home runs this spring, and scouts are torn about how much power he'll have with wood and where he'll play defensively. He does have good arm strength. Stubbs also has some swing-and-miss and wasn't even the player of the year in his conference. He has close ties to Volunteers coach Todd Raleigh from Raleigh's days at Western Carolina and it may take top-three-rounds money to sway him from his Tennessee commitment.
30 918 Jeremiah Bayer RHP Trinity (Conn.) Conn.
Trinity senior righty Jeremiah Bayer is a strike-thrower with an 86-88 mph sinker and a passable slider.
31 948 Tim Webb LHP Palm Beach (Fla.) CC Fla.
32 978 Michael Clark LHP American Heritage HS, Plantation, Fla. Fla.
33 1008 Blaze Tart RHP Pendleton School, Bradenton, Fla. Fla.
Another late pop-up was UNC Wilmington recruit Blaze Tart, a righthander originally from Durham, N.C., who attended the Pendleton Academy in Bradenton with J.R. Murphy. He benefited by performing well in front of scouts who came in to see his catcher. Tart is more of a projection pick, sitting 88-90 mph with his fastball and showing the hand speed to spin a curve. He's still catching up to his 6-foot-4 frame, and most scouts consider him a better bet after three college seasons.
34 1038 Jimmy Patterson LHP Central Arizona JC Ariz.
Central Arizona JC has three quality prospects in a state noted for strong juco play. Jimmy Patterson played both ways for Central Arizona. He's a righthanded hitter and a lefthanded pitcher, and most scouts like him better as a position player. He has a good swing with some pop that allowed him to hit 21 doubles and seven home runs with wood over 193 at-bats this year. He has above-average bat speed and plays the game hard. Patterson will be relegated to a corner outfield spot as a pro and could hit .270 with 15-20 home runs a year. He should contribute immediately at Arizona State if he doesn't sign.
35 1068 Matt Milroy RHP Marmion Academy, Aurora, Ill. Ill.
36 1098 Mike Yastrzemski OF St. John's Prep, Danvers, Mass. Mass.
Outfielder Michael Yastrzemski has baseball in his blood: His grandfather Carl was a Hall of Fame outfielder for the Red Sox and the last player to win the triple crown (in 1967), while his father Michael was a standout at Florida State and still holds the school record for career games played. Scouts regard Yastrzemski as the most polished prep hitter in New England. He has a balanced set-up and a smooth lefthanded swing that allows him to square up hard line drives consistently. He has a chance to be an above-average hitter down the road, but the rest of his tools do not stand out. He's a gap-to-gap hitter who could hit for average power as he gets stronger. He has an adequate arm for left field, and he's a fringe-average runner. He has good baseball instincts and plays a solid outfield. Yastrzemski is committed to Vanderbilt and is all but certain to head to school, though he's likely to be drafted in the late rounds.
37 1128 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.
38 1158 Zeke DeVoss OF Astronaut HS, Titusville, Fla. Fla.
39 1188 Gavin McCourt OF Harvard-Westlake HS, Los Angeles Calif.
40 1218 James Dykstra RHP Rancho Bernardo HS, San Diego Calif.
41 1248 Kyle Rutter RHP North Carolina State N.C.
42 1278 Gera Sanchez RHP New Mexico JC N.M.
43 1308 Luke Maile C Covington Catholic HS, Park Hills, Ky. Ky.
The state's top high school player is catcher Luke Maile. Scouts love his athletic 6-foot-3, 200-pound frame, his arm strength and his leadership. The righthanded hitter has bat speed but isn't ready to solve pro pitching, so he probably won't get drafted early and will follow through on his commitment to Kentucky.
44 1338 Derrick Thomas OF Roswell (Ga.) HS Ga.
45 1368 Kyle Arnsberg C Lamar HS, Arlington, Texas Texas
46 1398 John Pivach RHP New Orleans La.
47 1428 Jordan Sallis 2B Arkansas-Fort Smith JC Ark.
48 1458 Brian Heere OF Kansas Kan.
49 1488 Chris Costantino 3B Bishop Hendricken HS, Warwick, R.I. R.I.
Chris Constantino has been the best prep pitcher in the Ocean State this spring, but his future is with the bat. He has above-average raw power from the right side, and his strong arm plays well at third base, though he might wind up at first as he matures. Constantino is going to Walters (Tenn.) State JC.
50 1518 Drew Hedman 1B Pomona-Pitzer (Calif.) Calif.