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2004 MLB Draft Blog

By the Staff of Baseball America
June 7, 2004

There are no bigger days in the Baseball America year than draft days, and this year we bring you our annual Draft Blog. Whenever one of our draft experts has a tidbit of information, a piece of analysis or an impression of something from the draft, you'll find it here. We also offer congratulations to our readers for bringing a five-server array down to a screeching halt yesterday afternoon.


Tuesday

6:34 PM ET: Mr. Irrelevant
With the final pick in the draft (#1498), the Atlanta Braves selected Eric Gonzalez, a righthander from Cochise County CC in Arizona. Gonzalez is 6-foot-4 and was born in the Canary Islands. That's pretty much all we know about him right now.
  -- Kevin Goldstein

6:20 PM ET: It Doesn't Only Happen In Your Fantasy Draft
The Cubs announced their 49th round pick as Christopher Siewart. Following a pause, the commissioner's office informed the Cubs that the Southern Nevada CC shortstop was previously selected (Houston, 45th).
  -- Kevin Goldstein

3:48 PM ET: Fifth Time Is A Charm For Matt Harrington?
The Yankees became the latest club to draft Matt Harrington, as the Palmdale, Calif., native went in the 36th round. It's the fifth time the righthander, now pitching for the Fort Worth Cats of the independent Central League, has been drafted. Harrington went seventh overall in the 2000 draft to the Rockies, but the then-prep flamethrower never agreed to terms. After acrimonious negotiations, Harrington started pitching in the Northern League and was drafted again in 2001 by the Padres in the second round. Again, Harrington couldn't come to terms and returned to indy ball, but his mid-90s velocity that he showed in high school has never returned, and Harrington has not returned to the top of the draft. He was a 13th-round pick in 2002 by the Devil Rays and a 24th-round pick last year by the Reds.
  -- John Manuel

3:21 PM ET: Angels Continue To Roll The Dice
In the 30th round, the Angels took a run at another intriguing arm, righthander Alan Horne. A first-round pick in 2001 out of Marianna (Fla.) HS, where he played with Angels minor league catcher Jeff Mathis, Horne rejected the Indians and attended Mississippi for a year. Horne won five games in a solid freshman season but missed most of 2003 with Tommy John surgery. He transferred in January to Chipola (Fla.) JC, close to his family's home. He pitched sparingly this spring while rehabbing from the elbow surgery and was hoping to find a roster spot in the Cape Cod League this summer to continue his comeback.
  -- John Manuel

3:20 PM ET: Cooley-O!
In the 34th round, the Cardinals took Houston's Brett Cooley, who was a fifth-year senior for the Cougars this year. Cooley was primarily a pitcher this season, but the Cardinals announced the 6-foot-4, 225-pounder as a first baseman. Cooley missed the 2003 season but hit 18 homers in '02 and tied for the Cape Cod League lead in homers that summer with seven.
  -- John Manuel

2:47 PM ET: A's put slugger on mound
Connor Robertson is Birmingham-Southern's all-time leader in home runs and RBIs, but the Athletics liked his 47-12 strikeout-walk ratio and .193 average against in 30 innings as the Panthers' closer and grabbed him in the 31st round. He went 5-2, 2.37 with nine saves.
  -- Will Kimmey

2:43 PM ET: Cubs Save Fenton
Washington closer Will Fenton didn't allow an earned run as a sophomore, but struggled with his command in his draft year and slipped to the Cubs in round 21. He registered a 49-11 strikeout-walk ratio in 2003, but dropped to 39-24 this year as his ERA rose to 4.31.
  -- Will Kimmey

12:52 PM ET: Not Selling Jeans Redux
The A's took a classic performance-oriented player in 5-foot-7 East Carolina DH Ryan Jones, who was leading the nation for most of the season in OPS. Jones also has ligament damange in his throwing elbow
  -- John Manuel

12:39 PM ET: Christian Marrero
The Braves drafted Christian Marrero from Monsignor Pace High in Opa Locka, Fla., with the last pick of the 20th round. His brother, Chris is a shortstop and is projected as a first-round pick in 2006 by BA's and Perfect Game's Prospects Plus recruiting service.
  -- Alan Matthews

12:46 PM ET: NCAA HR King to Cardinals
The Cardinals' statistics-oriented approach led them to New Mexico State's Billy Becher in the 23rd round. Becher led the nation with 31 homers last year and was leading again this year with 25 homers.
  -- John Manuel

12:43 PM ET: Former UCLA QB Moore to Angels
The Angels were one of the teams that showed the most interest in former UCLA quarterback Matt Moore, and they popped him in the 23rd round. Moore played parts of two seasons at QB for the Bruins before dropping out of school in December to pursue baseball, which he last played as a high school junior. He's a 6-foot-4, 195-pound athlete who profiles as a power-hitting third baseman--if he can knock off the rust of three years away from the game. The Angels scouted him playing in the Victory Adult League in Los Angeles.
  -- John Manuel

12:39 PM ET: Jared Clark to Astros
The Astros' 19th-round selection, Jared Clark from Valencia High in California, was ranked the No. 3 prospect at the prestigious 2004 National Classic. He has signed with Cal State Fullerton where he could go both ways if the Astros don't sign him. Scouts like him best on the mound but he has a fluid stroke with some pop at the plate and is athletic enough to play some outfield in college.
  -- Alan Matthews

12:36 PM ET: Dodgers Select Simmons
The Dodgers' 21st-round pick, lefthander Justin Simmons, led the nation in wins two years ago, getting victory No. 16 to help lead Texas to the 2002 College World Series championship. Simmons is 15-9 since then, as hitters have solved his fringy fastball and curveball and good changeup. Simmons has just 100 strikeouts in 174 innings over the last two season.
  -- John Manuel

12:33 PM ET: Taylor Drops 18 Rounds From Three Years Ago
Baylor had a disappointing season with several players having down years, and one of them, lefthander Trey Taylor, had to wait until the 21st round to hear his name called. Taylor was a third-round pick out of high school but has never consistently shown the low 90s velocity he showed as a prep player. The Cubs drafted him to go with Owings in a repeat of the organization's practice last year, when it took players such as Sam Fuld and Landon Powell who had fallen in the draft due to signability concerns. Of course, the Cubs didn't sign either Fuld or Powell last year.
  -- John Manuel

12:26 PM ET: More On Owings, Cornell
Two high-profile power arms came off the board in the first round of the second day, as the Rangers took righthander Marc Cornell out of Ohio and the Cubs drafted Micah Owings out of Georgia Tech. Cornell was in the running to go No. 1 overall last year to the Devil Rays after flashing a fastball that reached 98 mph, but repeated elbow problems limited him to 19 innings this season, and he fell to the 19th round. Owings' draft fall was much more tied to his signability, as the righthander/first baseman floated a $1 million price tag. Owings' draft fall was much more tied to his signability, as the righthander/first baseman floated a $1 million price tag. A draft-eligible sophomore, he has some leverage in his negotiations with Chicago.
  -- John Manuel

12:17 PM ET: There's Micah!
The Cubs began day two by selecting Georgia Tech two-way star Micah Owings, a draft-eligible sophomore. Unless the Cubs offer some serious money, Owings will most likely return to college for his junior year. Yesterday the Cubs an Owings teammate who feel further than expected, second baseman Eric Patterson (8th round).
  -- Kevin Goldstein

12:12 PM ET: Two Interesting Early Picks
Day two of the draft has started, and it only took ten picks into the 19th round for things to get interesting. Jim Burt, one of the offensive leaders of No. 1 Miami (who had only two players selected yesterday) went to the Mets, while Ohio University righty Marc Cornell, who was at one time seen as a first-round pick in last year's draft, went to the Rangers.
  -- Kevin Goldstein

11:08 AM ET: Ready For College Life?
The early rounds of this year's draft placed a heavy emphasis on signability. If a high school player indicated he wanted money above what teams were prepared to pay, he slipped. That happened to several players Monday. Here are the 10 most prominent players that have yet to be drafted and the colleges they will attend if they don't sign:

Eric Berger, lhp, Woodcreek HS, Roseville, Calif. (Arizona)
Drew Bowman, lhp, Dakota Ridge HS, Morrison, Colo. (Arizona State)
Michael Branham, rhp, Tampa Jesuit HS (Florida)
Brad Clapp, rhp, Juanita HS, Kirkland, Wash. (Washington State)
Sean Doolittle, lhp, Shawnee HS, Tabernacle, N.J. (Virginia)
Ed Easley, c, Olive Branch, Miss., HS (Mississippi State)
Josh Horton, ss, Orange HS, Hillsborough, N.C. (North Carolina)
David Price, lhp, Blackman HS, Murfreesboro, Tenn. (Vanderbilt)
Andrew Romine, ss, Trabuco Hills HS, Lake Forest, Calif. (Arizona State)
Michael Taylor, of, Apopka, Fla., HS (Stanford)

  -- Allan Simpson

Monday

6:26 PM ET: A's Find Hidden Gem
It's rare to find an interesting pick at the end of day one, but Georgia Tech outfielder Jeremy Slayden is just that. Slayden was lost for the season in early March when he needed rotator cuff surgery, but before that, he was seen as one of the better power bats around. He plans on playing in the Cape Cod League this summer, giving the A's a chance to treat the selection as a mini draft-and-follow.
  -- Kevin Goldstein

6:29 PM ET: Day One Comes To An End
The end of the 18th round brings the end of the first day of the draft. Tomorrow will be the final 32 rounds, and should feature many draft-and-follows.
  -- Kevin Goldstein

6:26 PM ET: The Paul Brothers
The Dodgers selected Southern University infielder Matthew Paul in the 18th round. He is the brother of Dodgers outfield prospect Xavier Paul, their fourth-round pick in last year's draft.
  -- Kevin Goldstein

5:45 PM ET: Hut! Hut!
Two quarterbacks came off the board in the 12th round. Kentucky signal-caller Shawn Boyd, who made just nine appearances in relief for the Wildcats, went to the Twins. The Red Sox picked Henry County (Ga.) HS lefthander Mike Rozier, who has signed to play football and baseball at North Carolina.
  -- Will Kimmey

5:32 PM ET: Adenhart Finally Goes
I imagine that if a month ago the Angels knew they would get Jeff Weaver and Nick Adenhart (who went to Anaheim in the 13th) in the draft, they'd be thrilled. With Adenhart having recent Tommy John surgery and most likely headed to North Carolina, excitement will be tempered.
  -- Kevin Goldstein

5:32 PM ET: Larrish Finally Goes
Arizona State outfielder Jeff Larish rated as the best college position player in the draft, but slumped mightily as a junior. That scared teams away from a bat-first player until the Dodgers grabbed him in the 13th round.
  -- John Manuel

Monday

4:47 PM ET: Rangers Take Maxwell As Mini DFE
Preseason second-team All-America Justin Maxwell broke a bone in his right forearm during a preseason batting practice round and never played as a junior. The Rangers selected the outfielder, who was a potential first-round pick entering the year, in the 10th and will likely follow his progress in the Cape Cod League before making an offer.
  -- Will Kimmey

4:47 PM ET: Run On College Power
Wichita State senior outfielder Drew Moffitt went to the Orioles in round 10. He and New Mexico State senior Billy Becher for the NCAA lead in home runs with 25. Eact Carolina redshirt sophomore Trevor Lawhorn, who tied for fourth nationally with 21 jacks, went a round earlier to the Reds.
  -- Will Kimmey

4:39 PM ET: Reds Take A Chance On Young
The Reds rolled the dice on the best prep arm in Mississippi, righthander Terrell Young. Despite a fastball that sits in the low 90s and a power slider, Young didn't go higher than the ninth round due to makeup questions. He was enrolled in special education classes and has a three-year-old child, and scouts question his maturity.
  -- John Manuel

4:31 PM ET: Tharpe A Good Fit In Oakland
Derek Tharpe, the A's sixth-rounder, fits the organization's profile perfectly. He's a college senior out of Tennessee, just 5-foot-11, 188 pounds, and doesn't have an overpowering pitch. But Tharpe pounds the strike zone with four average pitches and has excellent command. He was dominating the Southeastern Conference until missing five weeks in the season's second half with an elbow ligament strain. He returned in the SEC tournament and almost certainly would have gone higher in the draft if not for the injury.
  -- John Manuel

4:28 PM ET: Chamberlin To Start Over With Baltimore
Righthander Bryce Chamberlin's injury helped scuttle Washington State's season, but the righthander still went in the sixth round, to the Orioles. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound righthander had his jaw broken in two places during an off-campus fight in mid-April and missed the rest of the season. His 84-87 mph slider is one of the draft's best breaking pitches.
  -- John Manuel

4:19 PM ET: Cubs Get Another Patterson
The Cubs used their eighth-round pick to stop the slide of Top 100 talent Eric Patteson, the second baseman whose older brother Corey was the team's first-rounder in 1998. Patterson and Georgia Tech teammate Micah Owings fell in the draft because of perceived bonus demands.
  -- Will Kimmey

4:15 PM ET: White Sox Get Lemon
The White Sox used their eighth-round round pick on BYU righty Nick Lemon, who has one of the best fastball of any pitcher in the draft (touching 98 mph), but little idea of what to do with it. In 37 innings, he walked 50, hit eight batters and served up 19 wild pitches.
  -- Kevin Goldstein

4:19 PM ET: Tribe Gets Bagel Maker
The Indians used a eighth-round pick on lefthander Justin Pekarek, who set a Nebraska record with 33 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings this year.
  -- Will Kimmey

4:15 PM ET: White Sox Get Lemon
The White Sox used their 8th round pick on BYU righty Nick Lemon, who has one of the best fastball of any pitcher in the draft (touching 98 mph), but little idea of what to do with it. In 37 innings, he walked 50, hit eight batters and served up 19 wild pitches.
  -- Kevin Goldstein

4:12 PM ET: Pirates Get Flash Clone?
Righthander Jason Quarles hit .397 at Glen Oaks (Mich.) CC in 2003, he transferred to Southern but was unable to crack the Jaguars' outfield last fall. He moved to the mound and reminded some scouts of Tom Gordon this spring by pitching in the mid-90s with a 12-to-6 breaker.
  -- Will Kimmey

3:53 PM ET: Rockies grab another two-way star
Colorado picked ACC player of the year Joe Koshansky, who played first base and pitched at Virginia. Jason Jennings was the 1998 college player of the year at Baylor as a two-way star. Jennings took to the mound only and was the 2002 National League rookie of the year, while Koshansky will take his loft power to the batter's box.
  -- Will Kimmey

3:51 PM ET: Royal Gamecocks
The Royals are going to keep area scout Spencer Graham busy. They've now selected three South Carolina Gamecocks, taking closer Chad Blackwell in the sixth round. Blackwell weighs under 150 pounds but pounds the zone with a power slider and fastball that reaches the low 90s when he's fresh. He's also shown surprising resiliency considering his small frame.
  -- John Manuel

3:49 PM ET: Padres Like Ellis
The Padres love RHP Jon Ellis, their sixth-round pick out of The Citadel, as a real sleeper. He has a small frame but worked five complete games for the Bulldogs this year, and has impressed scouts by maintaining his 88-91 mph velocity deep into games. His changeup is his next-best pitch, and his breaking ball is fringy.
  -- John Manuel

3:36 PM ET: Cubs Find Speed In Fifth
The Cubs' fifth-round pick, Adrian Ortiz, is the fastest player in this draft. BA also rated him as the top prospect coming out of Puerto Rico this year.
  -- Will Lingo

3:34 PM ET: Your Lone Entrant Still In The Green Room
Five rounds have passed, and Marietta, Ga., outfielder Dexter Fowler hasn't been drafted yet. A toolsy center fielder with easy range and a physical resemblance to a young Andre Dawson, Fowler's swing has been questioned by many scouts; one said he might need two years in Rookie ball. That means Fowler is probably is headed for the University of Miami.
  -- John Manuel

3:25 PM ET: Come On Down, Commodores
The Diamondbacks and Blue Jays selected Vanderbilt teammates with back-to-back picks in the fourth round. First baseman Cesar Nicholas went to Arizona and shortstop Ryan Klosterman went to Toronto.
  -- Will Kimmey

3:24 PM ET: Talk About Performance Scouting!
The Expos drafted East Carolina righthander Greg Bunn in the fourth round just minutes after he held UNC Wilmington to two hits over eight shutout innings with 11 strikeouts to send the Pirates to super-regionals.
  -- Will Kimmey

3:13 PM ET: Padres Reverse Trend
The Padres finally took a college player in the fifth round after surprisingly selecting high school players with their first three picks. (They didn't have a second-round pick.) Breaking the string is Sean Kazmar of the CC of Southern Nevada, a glove-first shortstop who has a commitment to Georgia.
  -- John Manuel

3:13 PM ET: Budget-Minded Blue Jays
The Blue Jays took a pair of college seniors to keep costs in line in the third and fourth rounds, but both have upside. Third-rounder Donnie Hill out of Missouri has two solid pitchers with an 89-92 mph sinker and solid slider, and he has shown a decent split-finger fastball. Janssen was a two-way player for his first thre seasons but thrived as a pitcher-only this year, going 10-4, 3.16 with just 30 walks and 87 hits allowed in 117 innings.
  -- John Manuel

3:11 PM ET: Proving He Can Hit . . .
The Whie Sox' fourth-rounder, righthander Lucas Harrell of Ozark, Mo., handed Dodgers' first-rounder Blake DeWitt his first career high school loss in the Missouri state playoffs last week. He pitched a complete game and homered off DeWitt in the second inning.
  -- Alan Matthews

2:59 PM ET: Low-Flying Yellow Jackets
Georgia Tech's projected two top picks, second baseman Eric Patterson and two-way star Micah Owings, both were falling due to perceived bonus demands. Patterson is a Scott Boras client who is the younger brother of Cubs outfielder Corey Patterson. Owings, who profiled as a second-rounder as a pitcher or power-hitting first baseman, had floated a $1 million price tag. Neither had been taken through pick 119.
  -- John Manuel

2:51 PM ET: Tampa Bay Gets An MVP
Devil Rays fourth-round pick Matt Spring, a catcher, was the MVP of the Junior College World Series for champion Dixie State (Utah) JC.
  -- Allan Simpson

2:48 PM ET: Heavy Velo In Detroit
With their selection of Clemson rhp Colin Mahoney, the Tigers have selected probably the two hardest throwers in the draft with Mahoney and first round pick Justin Verlander. Mahoney hit 100 mph on several occassions this spring, but he's extremely raw, as this was his first season as a pitcher.
  -- J.J. Cooper

2:43 PM ET: Titan Batterymates To Oakland
A year ago, Jason Windsor wasn't even drafted despite going 11-2, 1.98 for Cal State Fullerton. Windsor returned to Fullerton, overcame early shoulder woes and shared Big West Conference pitcher of the year honors with Jered Weaver. He pitched his way into the third round to the A's, who also drafted his batterymate Kurt Suzuki 30 picks earlier.
  -- John Manuel

2:38 PM ET: Chris Garcia . . . Pitcher
It is important that the Yankees designated the position of their third-rounder, Chris Garcia. He had not pitched before his senior season, and had signed with South Carolina as a catcher big on defense and light on hitting. Garcia delt mid-90s heat from the hill this spring.
  -- Alan Matthews

2:45 PM ET: Mark Reed to Cubs
Cubs third-round selection Mark Reed is the younger brother of White Sox top prospect Jeremy Reed. A catcher, he's expected to demand a large bonus to prevent him from following his brother's footsteps and attending Long Beach State.
  -- Kevin Goldstein

2:42 PM ET: Tuiasosopo Will Stay Home . . . One Way Or The Other
Woodinville (Wash.) High outfielder Matt Tuiasosopo will maintain his ties to his homestate, either as one of the nation's top quarterback recruits at Washington or by signing with the Mariners, who took him with their first pick at No. 93 overall. He could be a tough sign but also has one of the more attractive multitool packages in the draft.
  -- Jim Callis

2:41 PM ET: D-Backs Take A Tough Guy
Houston righthander Garrett Mock went 4-5, 3.71 this year and showed grit pitching for a time with a broken bone near his ankle. He finished strong with good like on his fastball and a sharp curveball though the leg was still a little tender.
  -- Will Kimmey

2:38 PM ET: Fowler Falls, Prasch Rises
Milton High in Alpharetta Ga., knew it would produce a pair of high-round picks but no one expected Eddie Prasch to go ahead of teammate Dexter Fowler. Fowler, a smooth, projectible outfielder who has signed with Miami, was still available through 89 picks while Prasch went to the Rockies with the 82nd-overall pick.
  -- Alan Matthews

2:38 PM ET: Eric Campbell To Braves
Eric Campbell, the Braves first pick at No. 71 and the final pick of the second round, has good power and was a standout at every showcase he attended last summer, especailly the East Coast Professional Showcase in July where he homered five times in three days of game action.
  -- Alan Matthews

2:37 PM ET: Florida Prep Shortstops
A pair of Florida prep shortstops went back-to-back in the middle of the third round, with the Expos taking Ian Desmond while the Royals took Josh Johnson, the son of ex-big leaguer Larry Doby Johnson.
  -- John Manuel

2:26 PM ET: Super Sophs
Picks 70 and 78 are both draft-eligible college sophomores, but their profiles couldn't be more different. The Giants, who lack power bats throughout the organization, selected Florida State slugger Eddy Martinez-Esteve with the 70th pick. Martinez-Esteve improved on being a third-round pick out of high school and lacks a true defensive home but has been one of the nation's top hitters this spring with the Seminoles. Mississippi State catcher CraigTatum, whom scouts considered better as a pitcher coming out of high school, has developed into one of the nation's best catch-and-throw defenders behind the plate with a well-above-average arm.
  -- John Manuel

2:26 PM ET: More Moneyball Catchers
The Athletics have taken two of the top college catchers in 2004, with 67th overall pick Kurt Suzuki of Cal State Fullerton joining South Carolina's Landon Powell, whom they selected 24th overall.
  -- John Manuel

2:27 PM ET: Like Father, Like Son?
The Padres take Billy Killian with the first pick of the third round, a prep catcher from Michigan. Killian's father William is a part-time Padres area scout in the area.
  -- John Manuel

2:26 PM ET: We're Not Selling Jeans
Houston's top pick, second-round outfielder Hunter Pence from Texas-Arlington, looks gangly at 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds and his swing isn't a classic stroke. But he has good plate coverage and strength, and he runs well for his size. Pence, the Southland Conference player of the year, led the league in batting (.395) and slugging (.616).
  -- Jim Callis

2:26 PM ET: Camp Helps Cordier
The Royals' second-round pick (63rd overall), Eric Cordier had a very good showing last month at the Perfect Game National Pre-draft Showcase in Cedar Rapids. The 6-foot-3, 190-pounder flashed a fastball that touched 94 mph and a nasty changeup.
  -- Alan Matthews

2:24 PM ET: Red Sox take Pedroia with their first pick
The Red Sox' preference for statistics over tools showed through with their first pick, Arizona State's Dustin Pedroia. One of best players in college baseball over the last three years, Pedroia isn't physically imposing at 5-foot-9 but is gifted defensively and hit better than .380 for his career with the Sun Devils.
  -- John Manuel

2:23 PM ET: Larish = Rock?
Considered a sure-fire early first round pick in January, Arizona State's Jeff Larish is still on the board in the third round after a disapointing Junior year
  -- Kevin Goldstein

2:21 PM ET: Phillies Get Their Catcher
The Phillies badly wanted to add catching and speed last year, but couldn't find any acceptable backstops and filled up on only speed. Philadelphia must be pleased to get Oklahoma State's Jason Jaramillo, rated by many as the best college catcher in the draft, late in the second round.
  -- Will Kimmey

2:18 PM ET: Hey Lucy!
The White Sox were connected before the draft to college catchers such as Landon Powell and Jason Jaramillo, but ended up taking Stanford's athletic catcher Donny Lucy with the 59th overall pick instead.
  -- John Manuel

2:15 PM ET: The Waiting Is The Hardest Part
Long Beach State lefty Jason Vargas was rumored to be in play in the late first round at one point, and it didn't like there was any way he would make it past the supplemental first. But he's still there as round two nears its end.
  -- Will Kimmey

2:18 PM ET: Familiar Faces
The Dodgers got a good look at their second-round pick, righthander Blake Johnson, who pitched at the National Classic in Anaheim in April for his Baton Rouge-based high school
  -- Alan Matthews

2:15 PM ET: Two Gamecocks For KC
The Royals drafted South Carolina lefthander Matt Campbell to end the first round, then nabbed his teammate Billy Buckner, a righthander, in the second round.
  -- Will Kimmey

2:14 PM ET: Rangers Make A Reach?
The Rangers take one of the more surprising picks so far in Washington prep outfielder K.C. Herren, whom BA ranked as the No. 9 player in the state and projected as a sixth- to 10th-round pick. Herren has an above-average bat, power potential and arm strength
  -- John Manuel

2:12 PM ET: Reds Like Tigers
The Reds take a Princeton player in the second round for the second straight year, as outfielder B.J. Szymanski slips to them with the 48th overall pick. Last year, the Reds took Princeton righthander Thomas Pauly at the 51st overall pick.
  -- John Manuel

2:08 PM ET: Potterson In Pinstripes?
Many scouts feel Potterson, the Yankees supplemental first-round pick at No. 37, has power potential that rivals Billy Butler's, the Royal's first-round pick at #14 overall
  -- Alan Matthews

2:06 PM ET: First Juco Pick
The Yankees made the first juco choice by selecting Sacramento CC righty Jeff Marquez at the end of the sandwich round. A walk-on who redshirted last year, Marquez saw his fastball jump from 82-83 when he got to Sac City to a peak of 94 mph this spring.
  -- Jim Callis

2:04 PM ET: Street Goes 40th to A's
Closer Huston Street holds the career saves record for Texas, the Big 12 Conference, the College World Series and Team USA.
  -- Will Kimmey

1:58 PM ET: Matt Fox (#35 to Twins)
Righthander Matt Fox gave up playing shortstop after going 3-4, 6.60 his sophomore year at Central Florida and added a power slider as a junior to finish 14-2, 1.85 with 125 strikeouts.
  -- Will Kimmey

1:56 PM ET: First Round Tally
Of the 30 first-round picks, 19 were pitchers, one short of the record set in 1999 and tied in 2001. By comparison, a record 20 hitters were selected in 2003. Seventeen of the 30 choices are college products, down from 18 a year ago.
  -- Jim Callis

1:50 PM ET: Kyle Who?
The biggest surprise of the first round could be the Twins' selection of Tennessee prep righthander/outfielder Kyle Waldrop. The gifted, projectible 6-foot-5, 200-pounder Waldrop recently led his high school team to its second-consecutive Class 3-A state championship. He went 14-0. 0.15 with 118 strikeouts and seven walks in 91 innings as a senior. He said last week: "I'm going toward Vanderbilt unless something catches me off guard or blows me away. Unless I'm presented with an even better opportunity with the draft than (the experience) Vanderbilt offers, I'm looking forward to a good three or four years of college."
  -- Alan Matthews

1:46 PM ET: Looking For A New England
New England doesn't have a history of producing high-round draft choices and, while it has produced a handful of successful big leaguers in the draft era from Mark Fidrych and Davey Lopes to Rocco Baldelli and Tom Glavine, it has been almost 40 years since the draft last produced more than one high school New Englander in the first round of the same draft. Maine's Mark Rogers soared up the draft board to No. five overall to the Brewers and Rhode Island-product Jay Rainville could be the first prep pitcher taken in the supplemental first round
  -- Alan Matthews

1:41 PM ET: Who's Left?
According to BA's Top 100 prospects, the best player on the board after the first 30 picks are Princeton OF B.J. Szymanski (19), Texas A&M LHP Zach Jackson (20), Va. Commonwealth RHP Justin Orenduff (21), Miami (Ohio) 1B Mike Ferris (22) and Rhode Island prep RHP Jay Rainville (23)
  -- John Manuel

1:38 PM ET: Palmetto State Action In The First
South Carolina puts two players into the first round with the A's taking Landon Powell with the 24th pick and the Royals grabbing Matt Campbell at 29th overall. Campbell had one of his best starts of his career Saturday, recording seven of his last eight outs via strikeout en route to beating North Carolina 4-2. Campbell struck out a career-best 11 in the game using an above-average curveball, perhaps sealing his selection.
  -- John Manuel

1:18 PM ET: Revised Sandwich Projection!
31. KC--Mike Ferris, 1b, Miami (Ohio)
32. Tor--Zach Jackson, lhp, Texas A&M
33. LA--Dexter Fowler, of, Milton HS, Alpharetta, Ga.
34. CWS--Jason Vargas, lhp, Long Beach State
35. Min--Grant Johnson, rhp, Notre Dame
36. Oak--Danny Putnam, of, Stanford
37. NYY--Tyler Lumsden, lhp, Clemson
38. CWS--Jason Jaramillo, c, Oklahoma State
39. Min--Eric Beattie, rhp, Tampa
40. Oak--J.P. Howell, lhp, Texas
41. NYY--B.J. Szymanski, of, Princeton
  -- Jim Callis

1:18 PM ET: No Mo' Moneyball? Redux
After grabbing Missouri HS LHP Scott Elbert at 17, the Dodgers come back with another Missouri HS pick with SS Blake DeWitt at 28. DeWitt, one of the best pure high school hitters in the draft, projects as a third baseman. It's business as usual for scouting director Logan White, who obviously isn't being forced to take college players by new GM Paul DePodesta.
  -- Jim Callis

1:27 PM ET: Weaver vs. Weaver
RHP Jered Weaver goes two spots higher than his brother Jeff went in the '99 draft (14th), as the Angels decide he's too good to pass up and pop the younger Weaver 12th overall.
  -- John Manuel

1:25 PM ET: Speed in Philly
Phillies' first-rounder Greg Golson continues the organization's trend of going for speed early. The Phillies took speedsters such as Tim Moss, Michael Bourn and Javon Moran last year with their first three picks.
  -- John Manuel

1:23 PM ET: Two-way talent heads to the Twin-cities
The Twins take Trevor Plouffe, an intruiging talent as a middle infielder and righthanded pitcher, with the 20th-overall selection
  -- Alan Matthews

1:22 PM ET: Staying Home
Bush goes No. 1 to his hometown Padres, Walker goes No. 11 to the nearby Pirates and Weaver stays in So Cal to the Angels
  -- Alan Matthews

1:20 PM ET: Butler at Third?
The Royals' first-round pick, Billy Butler, was announced as a third baseman but profiles best as a DH. He's got a plus bat with good raw power but has limited range, even for a corner infielder.
  -- Alan Matthews

1:18 PM ET: No Mo' Moneyball?
The Los Angeles Dodgers, with new GM Paul DePodesta, selected high school pitcher Scott Elbert with their first pick
  -- Kevin Goldstein

1:18 PM ET: There's Drew!
Stephen Drew didn't fall too far from No. 1 after all. His name hadn't been associated with the Diamondbacks, who were thought to be targeting William & Mary lefty Bill Bray.
  -- Jim Callis

1:16 PM ET: There's Weaver!
Though reports were that Anaheim was all over high school talent, they go with Jered Weaver at No. 12. Owner Arte Moreno apparently is showing again that he's willing to spend
  -- Jim Callis

1:14 PM ET: Elbert to Dodgers
With Texas passing on Missouri HS LHP Scott Elbert, the Dodgers may be very happy to snap him up at 17
  -- Jim Callis

1:11 PM ET: Owls Trio
Rice now has the highest-drafted trio of players ever with three of the first eight picks.
  -- John Manuel

1:04 PM ET: We're Off!
The draft has begun with the Padres selecting Matt Bush
  -- Kevin Goldstein

12:13 PM ET: Crazy Last-Hour Rumor Dept.
The Reds may be considering Woodinville (Wash.) HS outfielder Matt Tuiasosopo at No. 7. He's one of the nation's top quarterback recruits and a very good athlete, but it's hard to believe Cincinnati would pass up players like Georgia HS shortstop Chris Nelson and Texas HS righty Homer Bailey to take him. Cincy probably could get Tuiasosopo in the second round, unless the Yankees take him at No. 42. New York reportedly is interested.
  -- Jim Callis

12:25 PM ET: Has Drew Found A Home?
Florida State shortstop Stephen Drew may not tumble too far after all. The Orioles appear to be closing in on Drew at No. 8. The ripple effects: The Rockies take Georgia HS shortstop Chris Nelson at No. 9, and the Rangers could ponder taking Rice righthander Wade Townsend rather than Missouri HS lefty Scott Elbert at No. 10. At No. 13, the Expos would take Townsend, and if he's not there, likely William & Mary lefty Bill Bray or New Orleans righty Thomas Diamond. If Montreal winds up with Bray, the Diamondbacks would take Oklahoma lefty David Purcey at 15, and the Blue Jays would take Texas A&M lefty Zach Jackson if Purcey is gone at 16.
  -- Jim Callis

11:35 AM ET: Monday Morning Rumor Dept.
As the baseball world continues to ponder where Jered Weaver might fall, the Cardinals may be the best first-round possibility. They've gotten deals done with Scott Boras draft picks in the past, including another guy who had a rumored eight-figure price tag, J.D. Drew.
  -- Jim Callis

11:00 AM ET: Where In The World Is Jered Weaver Going?
That is the $10.5 million question. No team is claiming him as a possible first-round pick, and there's no sense that a club is lying in the weeds on him. He and adviser Scott Boras don't seem to be backing down from a reported desire for Mark Prior money, and he could slide through the entire first round altogether.
  -- Jim Callis

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