2007 Top 200 Draft Prospects: 81-100


2007 DraftThis is Baseball America's comprehensive review of the top prospects for this year's draft, based on discussions with high school and college coaches and professional scouts and executives. Our list is based on the overall professional potential of the players, not necessarily on where we expect them to get drafted. Capsules were written by Jim Callis, Aaron Fitt, John Manuel and Alan Matthews.


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81. David Kopp, rhp
School: Clemson. Class: Jr.
B-T: R-R. Ht.: 6-3. Wt.: 195. Birthdate: 10/20/85.
Scouting Report: The Tigers' pitching staff blossomed this spring, and Kopp was one of four Clemson pitchers who could go in the top five rounds. Somewhat enigmatic, Kopp has been inconsistent with his control and velocity, but at his best he flashed middle-of-the-rotation stuff. He stayed behind and on top of the ball better during his delivery this spring and improved his direction to the plate. His fastball ranges from 91-96 mph, sitting at 92. He gets sink and run from his three-quarters arm slot, though he doesn't repeat his release point. His changeup is a weapon, but his 81-83 mph slider shows potential of becoming a legitimate put-away pitch. He needs to improve his mental approach and confidence, especially in tight situations. Kopp has more upside than the typical college righthander in this year's draft, and he could be taken as early as the second round.

W L ERA G SV IP H BB SO
5 2 3.69 14 0 78 82 24 63

82. Danny Payne, of
School: Georgia Tech. Class: Jr.
B-T: L-L. Ht.: 5-11. Wt.: 192. Birthdate: 9/8/85.
Scouting Report: Payne is popular among coaches and scouts alike. He plays the game with zeal, and when he injured his non-throwing shoulder and missed the end of his sophomore season, it was evident how important he was to the Yellow Jackets, who couldn't replace his leadership. His baseball IQ helps his fringe-average tools play up, and he's compared to Rusty Greer for his ability to track balls down in the alleys and reach base in a number of different ways. He has solid-average bat speed but slightly below-average power. He controls the strike zone and has improved his approach, from dead-pull as a freshman to more of a gap-to-gap hitter with a propensity to pull mistakes out of the park. He has solid-average arm strength, which he showed by doubling as Georgia Tech's closer. He'll likely be drafted in the supplemental round.

AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB
.393 196 63 77 19 3 4 35 18

83. Matt Thompson, rhp
School: Santa Rosa (Calif.) JC. Class: Fr.
B-T: R-R. Ht.: 6-4. Wt.: 190. Birthdate: 2/22/88.
Scouting Report: Thompson emerged as the best pitching prospect in California's junior-college ranks this year, with an added bonus that he was not under control to any organization. He pitched Santa Rosa into the state juco playoffs with a pair of pitches that were above-average at times: a fastball that has reached 92-94 mph, and a breaking ball that at times morphs into a good slider. Thompson also throws a curveball and changeup, but both are in the early stages. He was an all-conference high school player more known for his hitting than for his pitching. Thompson faltered in a couple of showdowns with hard-throwing Leroy Hunt and Sacramento City College before regrouping later in the season. He worked at 89-90 mph yet still dominated in his playoff start and showed one of his key characteristics: an ability to work off the fastball.

W L ERA G SV IP H BB SO
4 6 3.05 13 0 77 67 25 76

84. Jon Gilmore, 3b
School: Iowa City (Iowa) HS. Class: Sr.
B-T: R-R. Ht.: 6-3. Wt.: 190. Birthdate: 8/23/88.
Scouting Report: Scouts were excited to see Gilmore this spring after he tore up the showcase circuit last summer, including a double off a Michael Main fastball at the Aflac Classic and a stellar performance at the Area Code Games. But they've had a hard time getting a read on him because he strained a hamstring and has faced weaker-than-usual competition in Iowa. He still might go in the second or third round, but the team that picks him that high will be doing so on the basis of what it has seen in the past. He stands out most for his exceedingly quick bat and his power potential. Gilmore is 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds, and while he's a good athlete who drew interest from college football programs as a quarterback, a move from shortstop to third base is inevitable, either in pro ball or at Wichita State if he doesn't sign. He has the arm strength to make the longer throws from the hot corner, and his bat will play there as well. Gilmore has two brothers-in-law with baseball connections: Ben Zobrist has played in the majors the last two years with the Devil Rays, while Dan Heefner is the hitting coach at Dallas Baptist.

AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB
.000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
No spring season

85. John Tolisano, 2b/of
School: Estero (Fla.) HS. Class: Sr.
B-T: B-R. Ht.: 6-0. Wt.: 190. Birthdate: 10/7/88.
Scouting Report: Tolisano's father Michael is a chiropractor who played baseball at Connecticut before moving to Florida, and his amateur career has been well documented. He was named Baseball America's top 14-year-old in 2003 when he played on the same AAU national champion team as Michael Main, and he was considered one of the country's top underclassmen as a freshman and sophomore. Tolisano's performance fell off last summer, however, and he enters the draft as something of an enigma. He has a fair stroke from both sides of the plate, with average bat speed and solid-average power to all fields. He made better contact late in this season, but has struggled to square balls up enough that teams questions his ability to hit for average. He's a 50 runner on the 20-80 scale with flashy actions on defense. He has below-average hands and poor footwork, and some scouts believe he's best suited for the outfield. He could be drafted as high as the second round.

AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB
.518 83 43 43 10 3 8 42 19

86. Travis Banwart, rhp
School: Wichita State. Class: Jr.
B-T: R-R. Ht.: 6-4. Wt.: 205. Birthdate: 2/14/86.
Scouting Report: Banwart doesn't have the wow stuff of former Wichita State studs Darren Dreifort, Braden Looper or Mike Pelfrey, but his feel for pitching is among the best in the draft. His changeup is his lone plus pitch, but his ability to locate four pitches where he wants makes him effective against lefthanded and righthanded hitters. Strong and durable at 6-foot-4 and 205 pounds, he maintains his 88-91 mph velocity throughout a game. He also uses both a curveball and a slider. Banwart has performed well in front of scouts, earning all-star honors in the Cape Cod League last summer and outdueling likely top-five pick Ross Detwiler with seven shutout innings in mid-April. Banwart won't ever be more than a mid-rotation starter in the big leagues, but he could get there quickly and likely won't last past the third round.

W L ERA G SV IP H BB SO
8 4 2.02 14 0 89 74 23 89

87. Corey Kluber, rhp
School: Stetson. Class: Jr.
B-T: . Ht.: 6-4. Wt.: 215. Birthdate: 4/10/86.
Scouting Report: As one of former Stetson coach Terry Rooney's final recruits before he left for Notre Dame (he's now at Louisiana State), Kluber has developed into a reliable starter. He had a stress fracture in his throwing arm in high school that required surgery, and he still has a screw in his arm. But he has been resilient and holds his velocity late in outings. He pitches at 90-91 mph, touching 94, and his delivery is clean. The strong-bodied Texan has an intimidating presence on the mound, and he pounds the zone with four pitches. His slider is the better of his two breaking balls, and he features an average changeup. He doesn't have a legitimate put-away pitch and profiles as a back-of-the-rotation starter who could be drafted as high as the third round.

W L ERA G SV IP H BB SO
10 1 2.27 14 0 91 68 28 92

88. Sean Morgan, rhp
School: Tulane. Class: Jr.
B-T: L-R. Ht.: 6-3. Wt.: 215. Birthdate: 1/15/86.
Scouting Report: Morgan shared outstanding pitcher honors at the 2003 World Wood Bat Championship with Yovani Gallardo, who's now with the Brewers and is one of the best pitching prospects in the minors. He could have been a third-round pick as a Texas high schooler in 2004 had he not been intent on attending Tulane, and he'll go in roughly the same range three years later. He has one of the best sliders in the draft, along with a solid-average fastball. His maximum-effort delivery isn't pretty but works for him, and he needs to watch his weight. Morgan's fastball has ranged from 88-92 mph and touched 94 mph, and he threw harder as a freshman when the Green Wave used him as a reliever. That's the role he projects to fill as a pro, as he can carve up hitters with his slider and won't have to worry as much about using his changeup. The main concern about using him out of the bullpen is that it often takes him an inning to get rolling. Morgan carried as much as 230 pounds in the fall, but he dropped 15 pounds after getting mono and looks better without the extra weight. Neither he nor Tulane performed well down the stretch, with Morgan struggling with his command, a byproduct of his less-than-smooth mechanics.

W L ERA G SV IP H BB SO
7 4 4.15 15 1 89 80 42 107

89. Eddie Kunz, rhp
School: Oregon State. Class: Jr.
B-T: . Ht.: 6-5. Wt.: 250. Birthdate: 4/8/86.
Scouting Report: Kunz will get drafted in the first three rounds and could move quickly as a college reliever with a plus fastball. He was a set-up man for the Beavers' 2006 national championship team and has replaced the departed Kevin Gunderson as the team's closer in 2007. While Gunderson thrived on command, lefthanded funk and moxie, Kunz has plus stuff and closer-quality velocity. He's a behemoth at 6-foot-5, 250 pounds, and will have to watch his body and his weight as a pro. His loose arm and low arm angle produce 94-96 mph fastballs, and some scouts think a cleaner body and more consistent mechanics would give him even more velo. Kunz throws a changeup to lefthanders that's effective, and at times his change is ahead of his flat slider.

W L ERA G SV IP H BB SO
2 0 2.45 23 9 33 21 12 32

90. Connor Graham, rhp
School: Miami (Ohio). Class: Jr.
B-T: . Ht.: 6-6. Wt.: 223. Birthdate: 12/30/85.
Scouting Report: For the second straight year, Miami (Ohio) should have two pitchers selected in the first three rounds. In 2006, the White Sox took Matt Long in the second round and the Rockies grabbed Keith Weiser in the third. This June, John Ely and Graham will go in about the same territory. On the right day, Graham can look like a first-rounder. He's 6-foot-6 and 233 pounds, and he can show a 94-96 mph fastball and a swing-and-miss slider. He usually works at 92-93 and his slider is inconsistent, and most scouts think his stuff will play up if he's a reliever, his full-time role as a freshman. His fastball could creep into the high 90s if he comes out of the bullpen. His third pitch is a splitter that he uses as a change of pace, but hitters know Graham is mostly coming at them with hard stuff. He still needs polish, as he could do a better job with his secondary pitches, command and conditioning. He's not soft, but he's not as tenacious as Ely.

W L ERA G SV IP H BB SO
5 4 4.41 11 0 69 68 29 70

91. Sean Doolittle, 1b/lhp
School: Virginia. Class: Jr.
B-T: L-L. Ht.: 6-2. Wt.: 180. Birthdate: 9/26/86.
Scouting Report: As a polished two-way prospect out of a New Jersey high school, Doolittle had all the makings of a perennial all-American candidate when he arrived at Virginia. He stepped into the Cavaliers' starting lineup as a freshman and slammed 11 home runs, but has hit just 11 since, including seven this season as a junior. His swing lacks loft and he hasn't significantly improved his strength, leading to comparisons to former major leaguer Dave Magadan and Dodgers prospect James Loney. He's an intelligent hitter with a patient, cerebral approach. He uses the whole field and shows command of the strike zone. He's also an above-average defender with smooth actions around the bag at first base. Because of doubts regarding his power potential, Doolittle might be around in the second round of the draft. He struggled from the mound this year and isn't considered a frontline pro prospect as a lefthanded pitcher.

AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB
.302 189 33 57 11 1 7 48 4

92. Chad Jones, of/lhp
School: Southern Lab HS, Baton Rouge, La. Class: Sr.
B-T: L-L. Ht.: 6-3. Wt.: 222. Birthdate: 10/5/88.
Scouting Report: From a pure tools standpoint, Jones is one of the best prospects in the draft. He's a chiseled 6-foot-3, 222-pounder with top-of-the-line lefthanded power and above-average speed and arm strength. The consensus is that he's more attractive as a right fielder, but he's also a lefthanded pitcher capable of throwing 91 mph off the mound. Jones still is raw, both as a hitter and a pitcher. He also has extra leverage because he signed with the Louisiana State football program as a safety, and he's a Parade all-American rated No. 1 at his position by several scouting services. He had 12 interceptions as a senior, returning six for touchdowns, and is a ferocious tackler. Rahim Alem, his older brother, is a defensive end for the Tigers. Jones has indicated to scouts that he wants to play baseball and is signable, though it's probably going to take first- or sandwich-round money. That might be a little steep for a player who's going to need a lot of time to develop. LSU faced a similar situation last year with wide receiver/outfielder Jared Mitchell, who slid to 10th round and turned down the Twins to go to school.

AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB
.577 52 26 30 4 6 6 24 15

93. Victor Sanchez, 3b/c
School: Gahr HS, Norwalk, Calif. Class: Sr.
B-T: R-R. Ht.: 6-1. Wt.: 175. Birthdate: 12/30/88.
Scouting Report: With all the interesting infielders in Southern California this year, Sanchez could get lost in the shuffle because he doesn't have a tool that grades as above-average. However, he played for USA Baseball's junior national team last summer, and with no significant weakness to his game he could get drafted in the first three rounds. His businesslike approach invoked some Garret Anderson comparisons, and he plays the game hard and without unnecessary flash or effort. Sanchez has shown average power at present with a loose, easy swing that promises more down the line. He's shown the ability to adjust within at-bats and games to opposing game plans. His arm plays well at third base, and he has intrigued scouts even more by playing catcher, where his arm actually has improved and grades as slightly above-average. Sanchez is part of yet another strong San Diego recruiting class.

AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB
.438 73 22 32 13 1 3 30 9

94. Cole Rohrbough, lhp
School: Western Nevada CC. Class: So.
B-T: L-L. Ht.: 6-3. Wt.: 223. Birthdate: 5/23/87.
Scouting Report: Rohrbough was somewhat unknown in high school back in Oregon, as he'd flash power stuff from the left side but went just 7-5 as a senior and struggled with inconsistent command. The Braves drafted-and-followed him to Western Nevada Community College, in the wood-bat Scenic West Athletic Conference, and he blossomed, working with the same pitching coach (Dennis Banks) who helps tutor Devil Rays farmhand Jacob McGee in the offseason. While he's not McGee, Rohrbough has flashed a pair of plus pitches, with a fastball that has touched 94 and sits in the 88-91 mph range consistently. He curveball is his out pitch; it's a power spike with excellent depth, and he's shown the ability to throw it for strikes more frequently. He's also shown the makings of a good changeup. The Braves were expected to make a strong run at Rohrbough in the last year of the draft-and-follow rule.

W L ERA G SV IP H BB SO
9 3 1.15 14 0 79 47 20 107

95. Nick Barnese, rhp
School: Simi Valley (Calif.) HS. Class: Sr.
B-T: R-R. Ht.: 6-2. Wt.: 175. Birthdate: 1/11/89.
Scouting Report: Barnese was raring to go this season, having missed his junior year at Simi Valley High due to a team-imposed suspension. He started his spring well, hitting 94 mph on radar guns in Major League Baseball's first-ever preseason showcase at its complex in Compton, Calif. He hadn't hit that kind of velocity consistently, but velocity isn't the best thing about his fastball. It has excellent life, especially down in the strike zone when thrown in the 88-91 mph range, and Barnese has a projectable frame that could allow him to add velocity down the line while preserving the life on his heater. He's not afraid to work inside. He's athletic and has a quick arm, with a lower arm slot that probably means he'll have to ditch his fringy curveball and pick up a slider down the line. His competitiveness and solid control of his fastball could push him into the first three rounds, but if he falls, he could move to the front of the Cal State Fullerton rotation next year as a freshman.

W L ERA G SV IP H BB SO
5 3 2.52 11 0 58 48 27 75

96. Brandon Hamilton, rhp
School: Stanhope Elmore HS, Millbrook, Ala. Class: Sr.
B-T: R-R. Ht.: 6-2. Wt.: 190. Birthdate: 12/25/88.
Scouting Report: Based on his mature, muscular body and electric stuff alone, Hamilton would be a first-rounder. But he has a violent delivery and erratic command and has performed poorly as often as he was spectacular as a senior. He could still be drafted as high as the second round based on his considerable ceiling. His fastball has been up to 95 mph and he pitches between 89-91. He shows a filthy, 80-82 mph power curveball with downer action. He has feel for a changeup, and at times will mix in a two-seam fastball that has plus armside fade, as well. But with more than 30 scouts in to see an early-season outing, Hamilton had no control of his breaking ball, leading to five wild pitches, and baserunners ran wild, as he showed no ability or desire to control the running game.

W L ERA G SV IP H BB SO
2 7 1.83 10 0 50 44 29 86

97. Jordan Zimmermann, rhp
School: Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Class: Jr.
B-T: R-R. Ht.: 6-2. Wt.: 205. Birthdate: 5/23/86.
Scouting Report: Zimmermann jumped up prospect lists last summer, when he led the Northwoods League in ERA (1.01) and strikeouts (92 in 80 innings) and ranked as the circuit's top prospect. Scouts haven't had an easy time following him this spring, however. Zimmermann broke his jaw in two places when he was struck by a batted ball while pitching live batting practice during an offseason workout. He missed three games and lost 10 pounds, and having wisdom teeth pulled during the season didn't help him regain his strength. Bad early-season weather also made it difficult to keep him on a regular schedule. Zimmermann's stuff was improving as the season went on, and he was consistently working in the low 90s and showing a quality slider as Wisconsin-Stevens Point entered the NCAA Division III playoffs. He also throws a changeup with promising action and uses a loopy curveball as a fourth pitch. Zimmermann regularly touched 93-95 in the Northwoods League, and scouts expect him to show that velocity more often as he adds more strength to his 6-foot-2, 205-pound frame. He could go as high as the second round, but the third round is more likely.

W L ERA G SV IP H BB SO
7 0 2.47 10 2 55 41 16 59

98. Travis Mattair, ss/3b
School: Southridge (Wash.) HS. Class: Sr.
B-T: R-R. Ht.: 6-5. Wt.: 215. Birthdate: 12/21/88.
Scouting Report: While Washington prep righthanders Greg Peavey and Julien Sampson (breaking ball went backward) vexed scouts this spring, Mattair came off the basketball court and onto the baseball diamond and emerged as the state's top high school prospect. He's athletic to a fault, in that he's never focused on baseball, and he was good enough as a basketball point guard to attract Division II scholarship interest. His power potential makes him a much better prospect in baseball. He has leverage and obvious strength in his swing and has shown power to all fields. His lack of experience was exposed at showcase events by pitchers with consistently better stuff than any he had seen in southeast Washington, but scouts are confident his athleticism will allow him to adjust once he focuses on baseball. He's a shortstop now who profiles as a third baseman as a pro. He's committed to Oregon State.

AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB
.500 50 18 25 7 2 4 22 4

99. Grant Desme, of
School: Cal Poly. Class: Jr.
B-T: . Ht.: 6-2. Wt.: 210. Birthdate: 4/4/86.
Scouting Report: After flying up draft boards early in the spring due to a power display and a lack of college bats elsewhere in the nation, Desme broke a bone in his wrist late in the season. He played shortstop in high school and went to San Diego State as a freshman but transferred after one year to Cal Poly, which tried him in the infield but moved him to an outfield corner. He's athletic enough for either corner and has an adequate arm for right; he has also played some first base. Desme's a solid athlete, average runner and defender who could still fly off the board early because of his above-average raw power and excellent bat speed. He had a streaky season en route to leading the Big West in the triple crown categories, surprising to scouts because he has a tendency to swing and miss, particularly at breaking balls.

AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB
.405 195 54 79 17 1 15 53 12

100. Jonathan Bachanov, rhp
School: University HS, Orlando, Fla. Class: Sr.
B-T: . Ht.: 6-5. Wt.: 220. Birthdate: 1/30/89.
Scouting Report: Aside from Tampa product Nevin Griffith, Bachanov made the biggest climb among Sunshine State pitchers this spring. At 6-foot-5, 220 pounds, he offers a strong, durable frame. But Bachanov has a max-effort delivery and off-the-field baggage that leaves some teams wary. University High was his fourth high school in as many years and Bachanov's Myspace page--complete with a "countdown 'til I get paid"--was a running joke among scouts this spring. Despite his blemishes, the big righthander shows glimpses of greatness, like his 15-strikeout performance against one of the state's top teams, Winter Springs High, in the 6-A regional quarterfinals in early May. That night his fastball was up to 95, and he showed an ability to place his hard breaking ball down in the strike zone. His control improves when he pitches out of the stretch, and he profiles as a potential closer who could be drafted as early as the second round.

W L ERA G SV IP H BB SO
9 2 0.37 11 0 65 28 19 103

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