Montreal Expos

Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 1 Stephen Strasburg RHP San Diego State Calif. $7,500,000
In the history of the draft, no prospect has received as much predraft hype and publicity as Strasburg--and the attention is warranted. His combination of stuff, pitching savvy and command make him a once-in-a-generation phenomenon. Between spreads in national magazines, television features and glowing articles in major newspapers, Strasburg has had a stunning junior season for the Aztecs. A relatively low-profile recruit, he has improved by leaps and bounds both physically and mentally as a college player. He closed as a freshman and BA ranked him as the New England Collegiate League's No. 1 prospect in 2007, and he emerged as a dominant starter in 2008, highlighted by a 23-strikeout effort against Utah. He pitched both for USA Baseball's college national team and then on the Olympic team last summer, the lone amateur ever to win a spot on a pro Team USA roster. He lost to Cuba in the Olympic semifinal, and that's the last time he has lost a game. His 2009 statistics defy belief for a player competing at the major college level. After a no-hitter against Air Force, he was 11-0, 1.24, with 164 strikeouts against 17 walks in 87 innings. He had allowed just 48 hits this season, for a .161 opponent average. The 6-foot-5, 220-pound Strasburg grabs your attention first with his sensational raw velocity. In his first start of the season, his first six pitches registered 98-99 mph, and he touched 100 and 101 later in the season. Of course, raw velocity is no guarantee of major league success, but Strasburg has much more than that. His hard, slurvy curveball is an 81-82 mph hitter's nightmare. Not since Tim Lincecum has one hurler had both the best fastball and the best curve in the same draft. Represented by Scott Boras Corp., Strasburg will no doubt engage in protracted negotiations, and predraft rumors indicated his demands could go as high as $50 million or that he could try a side trip to Japan to make himself a free agent. Barring something unforeseen, though, he will likely sign right at the Aug. 15 deadline and should command a guarantee in the $12 million-$15 million range. There's no doubt that Strasburg is the best college pitching prospect since Mark Prior came out of Southern California in 2001. Prior's career illustrates that no amateur pitcher is guaranteed long-term professional success, but Strasburg is the closest to a sure thing that scouts have ever seen. Major league organizations may not see a prospect like Strasburg for another 20 or 30 years, so the Nationals will not let him pass with the No. 1 pick.
1 10 Drew Storen RHP Stanford Calif. $1,600,000
Storen was considered one of the more polished high school pitchers available in the 2007 draft, which makes sense since he was 19. He instantly settled in as the closer and helped the Cardinal reach the 2008 College World Series. The eligible sophomore has been one of the few bright spots for a disappointing '09 Stanford club. Storen has been one of the team's few consistent performers, thanks to his ability to throw quality strikes. He pumps his fastball in the 92-94 mph range and regularly touches 95-96. His fastball has decent life, and his biggest difficulty has been locating it. When he misses, he misses up, leaving him a bit homer prone. While he throws a decent changeup, it's rare, and his power slider is his best secondary pitch, giving him a second plus offering. Storen challenges hitters and isn't afraid to pitch inside. He has a good chance to be the first college closer drafted, potentially in the supplemental or second round. While many eligible sophomores at academic institutions such as Stanford can be tough signs, Storen, whose father Mark Patrick is a radio talk show host who worked on XM Radio's Home Plate baseball channel, will be 22 in August and has little left to prove in college.
2 50 Jeff Kobernus 2B California Calif. $705,500
Kobernus is one of the most versatile players in the nation. His athletic and still projectable 6-foot-2, 195-pound frame fits almost anywhere on the diamond, and indeed he has played several positions during his career at Cal. He played second base this season, overcoming a sluggish start to bat .351/.385/.563 with eight home runs in a disappointing season for the Golden Bears. With above average speed, Kobernus stole 17 bases this spring, giving him 41 for his career. Defensively, Kobernus displays fine range, with excellent hands and playmaking ability. He will make careless errors, as with many young infielders, but his arm and glove grade out to solid-average. Primarily a line drive hitter, Kobernus shows an advanced approach, utilizing the entire field and intelligently looking to go with the pitch when needed. He will flash occasional power, but his forte is gap-to-gap line drives. While Kobernus does not have overwhelming tools in any one area, he is an athletic and well-rounded player who has the potential to fill any number of roles as a professional. Look for the organization that drafts him to start him out as a second baseman, with a move to third possible if he fills out his frame more.
3 81 Trevor Holder RHP Georgia Ga. $200,000
Holder was a 10th-round pick last season and should go in about the same range this June. He allowed 19 home runs in 92 innings as he failed to harness his improved velocity. Holder's fastball touched 95 and sat in the 91-94 mph range for much of the spring, but it's straight as an arrow at that speed, and hitters seemed to be running to the bat rack rather than being intimidated by the velocity. He has more movement when he throws it 88-91 mph, setting up a solid slurvy breaking ball and fringy changeup. Reliever Jeff Walters has a pro body at 6-foot-3, 192 pounds, and pro pitches with a 90-92 mph fastball and solid-average slider. A 30th-round pick last year out of St. Petersburg (Fla.) JC, his changeup has its moments and could help him start in pro ball. He lacks command of his stuff, and no pitch or trait separates him from the pack.
4 112 A.J. Morris RHP Kansas State Kan. $270,000
Morris has been one of the biggest surprises of the college season, setting Kansas State single-season records for wins (14) and strikeouts (100 in 116 innings). He handed Arizona State's Mike Leake his only loss of the season, and would have dealt Missouri's Kyle Gibson a defeat if the Wildcats' bullpen hadn't blown a lead for him. It has been a far cry from his 4-4, 6.04 performance as a sophomore. Morris has dominated with just two pitches, a 90-91 mph fastball that tops out at 94 and a solid slider. He locates both with precision, usually on the corners and at the knees, and his command allows them both to play above their average grades. Morris is throwing from a lower arm slot this year, giving him more lateral life on his pitches, and he has scrapped an ineffective curveball. Hitters have trouble picking up his pitches. He also has added 15 pounds and now carries 200 on his 6-foot-2 frame. Morris hasn't needed a changeup and some area scouts say they haven't even see him throw one while warming up between innings. His emergence began in the West Coast League last summer, and some clubs tried to sign him as a free agent after he went undrafted last June as a sophomore-eligible. Some scouts worry about his size, arm action and lack of a third pitch, but a team that believes heavily in performance could take him early in the second round.
5 142 Miguel Pena LHP La Joya HS, Mission, Texas Texas
Miguel Pena appeals to scouts because he's a three-pitch lefty who's projectable and signable. He has a lot of room to add strength to his 6-foot-2, 160-pound frame, and he uses a loose, easy delivery to throw an 86-88 mph fastball with good life. He also spins a curveball better and has more feel for a changeup than most high school pitchers. He has committed to San Jacinto JC.
6 172 Michael Taylor SS Westminster Academy, Fort Lauderdale Fla. $125,000
Taylor has good size at 6-foot-3, 190 pounds and may need to move off shortstop eventually. He has enough athletic ability to remain in the infield. His bat was strong all spring, and the North Florida recruit has average future power potential.
7 202 Dean Weaver RHP Georgia Ga. $124,500
Weaver struggled badly as a starter earlier in his college career but started unlocking his talent in the New England Collegiate League in 2007. The league also featured Stephen Strasburg, the No. 1 prospect, and probable 2009 first-rounder A.J. Pollock of Notre Dame. Weaver doesn't figure to go in the first round, but he should be the second player picked from Georgia after first baseman Rich Poythress. He was better suited to the setup role he filled last season in front of Joshua Fields, as he uses a three-quarters arm slot to fire a pair of plus pitches that nonetheless aren't strikeout pitches. Weaver throws strikes with a two-seamer that varies in velocity. At times he runs it up to 96 and pitches at 92-94 mph; in other appearances, he sits in the upper 80s. His slider can be a plus pitch at times as well, with solid tilt. He gets plenty of ground balls and has given up just seven home runs in 118 career innings. Weaver has flashed a changeup, and his 6-foot-4, 211-pound frame could possibly handle the load of starting if he ever got another shot at it. He figures into the fourth-to-sixth round range this June.
8 232 Roberto Perez SS Dorado Academy, Dorado, P.R. P.R. $150,000
Teams are split on where Roberto Perez will end up. Some teams prefer the 6-foot-1, 175-pound righthander on the mound, some see him at shortstop and others would like him to move to third base or even behind the plate. Lauded for his makeup and work ethic, Perez has been working hard to improve his defense and hitting. He wants to stay at shortstop, where he's quick to the ball and has a plus arm, but his actions are a bit mechanical and he doesn't have great hands. Perez has a high-energy, all-or-nothing swing and has focused on staying back and learning how to go the other way. Battling a stomach virus that had him running to the bathroom between innings, he still led the Excellence Tournament in hitting. On the mound, he's been clocked as high as 92 mph. Perez will continue to play both ways if he winds up at Oklahoma State.
9 262 Taylor Jordan RHP Brevard (Fla.) CC Fla. $99,500
Jordan has good size at 6-foot-3, 200 pounds, but he was something of a wild card entering the spring, as he missed a year of JC ball at Indian River (Fla.) CC, which he attended in 2007-2008 while he did not pitch. He hit 95 mph on the Brevard (Fla.) CC radar gun during the season and sits in the average range with his fastball, helping him strike out 88 in 80 innings during the spring while earning first-team all-conference honors.
10 292 Paul Applebee LHP UC Riverside Calif. $95,000
Applebee is the prototypical crafty lefthander, moving his 86 mph fastball around the strike zone and keeping hitters off-balance with an excellent curveball and changeup. He doesn't miss many bats, but Applebee doesn't give up a lot of solid contact either. After a solid summer in the Cape Cod League, Applebee went 10-2, 3.74 this spring. His track record and ability to keep the ball in the ballpark (five homers allowed in 89 innings) could make him the second Highlander drafted, after closer Joe Kelly.
11 322 Justin Bloxom OF Kansas State Kan.
First baseman Justin Bloxom fueled Kansas State's playoff run by leading the team in all three triple-crown categories at .361-12-63. A 6-foot-1, 195-pound switch-hitter, he's a gap hitter with more power from the left side. He's a decent athlete with some arm strength, so he may be able to play left field as a pro.
12 352 Nathan Karns RHP Texas Tech Texas $225,000
Righthander Nathan Karns positioned himself to go in the first three rounds after flashing a 95-96 mph fastball and a plus curveball in the Cape Cod League last summer. After an inconsistent spring, he may go closer to the 10th round, where the Astros drafted him out of high school in 2006. "He looks like Roger Clemens in the bullpen," one scout said, "but he gets whacked." Karns has a strong 6-foot-3, 223-pound frame and showed a 91-94 mph fastball and hard curve in his second season at Texas Tech after transferring from North Carolina State. He's still figuring out how to pitch, as he has trouble throwing strikes and locating his pitches when he can find the zone. Scouts don't love his delivery and question his mental toughness.
13 382 Pat Lehman RHP George Washington D.C.
14 412 Naoya Washiya OF JC of the Desert (Calif.) Calif.
15 442 Corey Davis 1B Coffee HS, Douglas, Ga. Ga.
16 472 Sean Nicol SS San Diego Calif.
17 502 Chad Jenkins LHP Cecil (Md.) CC Md.
Lefthander Chad Jenkins--no relation to the Kennesaw State prospect of the same name--has a pro body at 6-foot-4, 210 pounds, but he hasn't been consistent enough to generate any serious scouting buzz. He put up good numbers for Cecil JC this spring--going 8-2, 2.79 in 74 innings with 89 strikeouts and 33 walks--after spending two years at Coastal Carolina (including a redshirt year). He has been 88-90 mph this season but has trouble maintaining his velocity, flashing upper-80s stuff one inning and 84-86 mph the next. Command is also an issue for Jenkins. A Delaware native who was drafted in the 44th round by the Nationals out of high school in 2006, he is committed to the University of Delaware.
18 532 Marcus Stroman SS Patchogue-Medford HS, Medford, N.Y. N.Y.
Scouts love two-way talent Marcus Stroman, but he's a Duke signee and stands just 5-foot-9, so don't expect a club to make a serious run at him this year. A switch-hitter with plus speed and good hands at shortstop, Stroman will play both ways for the Blue Devils; scouts prefer him on the mound. He has an electric arm and throws strikes with a 90-93 mph fastball and an excellent hammer curveball.
19 562 Frank Corolla RHP Houston Texas
Corolla agreed on a $20,000 bonus with the Nationals on June 13, but the deal was subsequently voided, making him a free agent.
20 592 Jack Walker 3B Concordia (Ill.) Ill.
21 622 Mitchell Clegg LHP Massachusetts Mass.
Massachusetts' Mitchell Clegg is another lefty with good size (6-foot-4, 225 pounds) and fringy stuff. Clegg pitches with a high-80s fastball and a decent changeup that he uses to get some swings and misses. He could be a solid senior sign in the 12-to-15-round range.
22 652 Danny Rosenbaum LHP Xavier Ohio
23 682 Kyle Breault SS Northville (Mich.) HS Mich.
24 712 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.
25 742 Matt Ridings RHP Western Kentucky Ky.
26 772 Gianison Rosa SS Carroll HS, Southlake, Texas Texas
27 802 Brandon King RHP Martinsburg (W.Va.) HS W.Va. $100,000
28 832 Matt Swynenberg RHP Black Hawk (Ill.) JC Iowa
29 862 Evan Bronson LHP Trinity (Texas) Texas
30 892 Rob Wort RHP Jefferson (Mo.) JC Mo.
31 922 J.J. Sferra OF Nevada-Las Vegas Nev.
Arizona State transfer J.J. Sferra is a slender 5-foot-10 and 155 pounds. For a small player with a contact-first approach, he's not a protypical burner and stole just five bases this year. The senior has a short, flat stroke and should get a chance at the next level as a late-round selection.
32 952 Kyle Morrison RHP Wagner N.Y.
Wagner's Kyle Morrison ranked as the No. 3 prospect in the Atlantic Collegiate League last summer and had a solid but not spectacular junior season, going 8-2, 4.16 with 55 strikeouts and 22 walks in 67 innings. He was better early than he was down the stretch, but he still has a good chance to go in the top eight to 10 rounds. Morrison's fastball sits around 90 mph and touches 92-93, and his 79-81 slider can be an average pitch at times. He also has good feel for an 80 mph changeup that rates as a below-average pitch now but flashes average action.
33 982 Nick DeSantiago C Hays HS, Kyle, Texas Texas
34 1012 Shane McCatty RHP Oakland Mich.
35 1042 Jacob Morris OF 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. Morris has the best tools among the trio but has a reputation for doing more in showcases than games. A 6-foot-3, 196-pounder with five-tool potential, he's also a switch-hitter who struggles against quality pitching. He has committed to Arizona State.
36 1072 Josh Miller LHP O'Connor HS, Helotes, Texas Texas
37 1102 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.
38 1132 Chris Manno LHP Duke N.C.
Junior lefthander Christopher Manno is the Blue Devils' best prospect and could go anywhere from the fifth to 10th round. Like Wolcott, he works primarily off his fastball. He's long and lean with deception and some projection left in his body. Manno at times sits at 83-87 mph, though he often throws harder and was 89-91 mph at times in the Cape last summer, when he went 3-0, 1.93 with 45 strikeouts in 42 innings. His changeup can be plus at times, while his slider is below-average. Manno is young for his draft class and doesn't turn 21 until November.
39 1162 Kyle Martin RHP St. Michael's Academy, Austin Texas
40 1192 Joseph Hughes RHP McMichael HS, Mayodan, N.C. N.C.
41 1222 Dane Opel OF Edwardsville (Ill.) HS Ill.
Scouts say outfielder Dane Opel is the best all-around position player in the state, though it's unlikely he'll be signed away from a commitment to Missouri. The 6-foot-3, 193-pounder has the potential to hit for average and power from the left side. He's also a good athlete who's capable of playing anywhere in the outfield and has been clocked at 90 mph on the mound.
42 1252 Daniel Cropper RHP UNC Wilmington N.C.
43 1282 Cohl Walla RHP Lake Travis HS, Austin Texas
Walla earned all-state honors at wide receiver as Lake Travis won the Texas 4-A state football title in the fall of 2007, catching 68 passes for 1,072 yards and 13 touchdowns. He hasn't played football since, skipping his senior season on the gridiron to focus on baseball. That decision should prove to be wise, though questionable signability could drop him out of the early rounds this June and make him more of a prime draft prospect for 2012. Walla is an extremely athletic 6-foot-4, 170-pounder with the room to add plenty of muscle. He's wiry strong and shows raw power with an easy righthanded swing, but he hasn't hit as well as a senior as he did as a junior. Walla has above-average speed and plays a solid center field. He even offers arm strength, as he has shown an 88-91 mph fastball and flashed a hammer curveball on the mound. He's more of a thrower than a pitcher, however, and scouts prefer him as a position player. Walla verbally committed to Texas Christian before changing his mind and opting for Texas. He may not be signable outside of the first two rounds, but his talent fits more in the fourth- to sixth-round area for now.
44 1312 Hoby Milner LHP Paschal HS, Fort Worth Texas
Milner's father Brian is the only high school position player in the draft era who began his pro career in the major leagues. Brian fell to the Blue Jays in the seventh round of the 1978 draft because he had a scholarship to play baseball and football at Arizona State, but signed for a then-club record $150,000. He went for 4-for-9 in two big league games before heading to the minors, where injuries destroyed his career. Milner looks like the son of a former big leaguer, as he has clean, repeatable mechanics that allow him to command his pitches with ease. He throws a consistent 87-90 mph fastball with little effort, and it's easy to envision him adding velocity as he packs more strength on his skinny 6-foot-2, 155-pound frame. Milner's second pitch is a quality curveball, though he sometimes gets under it. With his aptitude, he should be able to develop a reliable changeup. The biggest caveat scouts have with Milner is that he got knocked around on the showcase circuit last summer and hasn't dominated lesser competition in high school. Unlike his father, he probably won't sign out of high school because his mother is adamant that he follow through on a University of Texas scholarship. Milner's talent could fit him as high as the third or fourth round, but it may take a seven-figure bonus to sign him.
45 1342 Michael Ratterree SS Memorial HS, Houston Texas
Michael Ratteree was his 6-A football district's defensive player of the year as a safety, but he'll focus on baseball if he attends Rice as expected. A 6-foot-1, 190-pound shortstop, he's an athlete with righthanded pop. Holt's possible successor, he faces the same move to second base to play alongside Hague. The outfield is another possibility if Holt doesn't turn pro. Ratteree has solid speed and arm strength. As with most Rice recruits, he'll be a tough sign.
46 1372 Seth Greene RHP Deep Run HS, Glen Allen, Va. Va.
47 1402 Darius Rudoph 2B Snead State (Ala.) CC Ala.
48 1432 Zach Dygert C Ball State Ind.
Catcher Zach Dygert doesn't have an outstanding tool but has a lot of decent ones and plays the game hard. He's a sturdy 6-foot-3, 215-pounder with average arm strength that would play better if he shortened his release. He has some righthanded power but not an especially quick bat.
49 1462 Jose Sermo OF Ileana de Gracia HS, Vega Alta, P.R. P.R.
50 1492 Alvin Hines OF Pelham (Ala.) HS Ala.