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Draft Chat -- Jim Callis

Moderator: Executive editor Jim Callis fields your draft questions at 1 p.m. ET.

 Q:  Austin from Waco asks:
Entering the season Trey Webb was considered the #1 draft eligible SS in college. Will he even go in the top 5 rounds and do you know anything concerning his signability (I've heard he's leaving)?
 A: 

Jim Callis: He probably will go in the first five rounds because he's a college player and there aren't many shortstops. He's very good with the glove but never has proven he can hit, which is why his stock has slid some. He's not considered unsignable.

 Q:  Ken from Clinton, MD asks:
Who are the Mets hoping to land with the #12 pick?
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Jim Callis: Texas HS LHP John Danks, Pennsylvania HS OF Chris Lubanski or Massachusetts HS RHP Jeff Allison. Cleveland, picking right ahead of the Mets at No. 11, is considering the same three guys. New York is most likely to wind up with Lubanski.

 Q:  Peter Friberg from San Diego asks:
I noticed that the JuCo WS ends on Saturday, if San Jac wins today (and thus plays tomorrow) how much time do the Padres have to sign Wells?
 A: 

Jim Callis: I believe they get a 24-hour window to sign Jared Wells. The same will be true with Michael Johnson if Clemson's season ends this weekend.

 Q:  Ben from Arizona asks:
Kyle Sleeth - Why hasn't there been more interest in Sleeth with the top pick? The Devil Rays could use a solid pitcher like him. He's got a track record at college and with USA...compare his future with that of last year's #1 Bullington. Thank you.
 A: 

Jim Callis: Sleeth is considered a better prospect than Bullington, but he hasn't been at his best down the stretch. Last year, he probably would have gone No. 1. This year, he'll probably go No. 3 to the Tigers or No. 4 to the Padres.

 Q:  Dean Quinton from Brooks, Alberta asks:
Hi Jim, considering that some of the Blue Jays best pitching prospects were high school draft picks do you see them taking any high school pitchers in rounds 2 to 5?
 A: 

Jim Callis: I think the Tigers are more likely to win the AL Central than the Blue Jays are to take a high school pitcher in the first five rounds.

 Q:  Ted from Hockessin, DE asks:
Jim, if Aubrey doesn't make it to the Cubs at the #6 slot. Do you have any idea who else they may have their eyes on? Thanks.
 A: 

Jim Callis: Tulane 1B Michael Aubrey probably will be there at No. 6 for the Cubs. If he's not, Chicago likely would take whichever of the consensus top five players has fallen: California HS OF Delmon Young, Southern 2B Rickie Weeks, Sleeth, Richmond RHP Tim Stauffer or Florida HS OF Ryan Harvey.

 Q:  Robert Goldberg from Lyndhurst, NJ asks:
Because Moneyball is likely to be a frequent topic of discussion around draft tables this year, do you think that means that a player like Missouri's Jayce Tingler (who has an OBP of .515 and a 449 BBK ratio) will get more attention than he would otherwise?
 A: 

Jim Callis: Not necessarily. The A's also had seven first-round picks last year, so they had to draft players much higher than they normally would have gone in order to fit the bonuses into their budget. We'll see if Jeremy Brown becomes the next Johnny Bench, but Oakland could have had him in the sixth round for a lot less than $350,000. Tingler led the Cape Cod League in OBP and has an amazing 44-9 BB-K ratio entering regional play, so teams will look past his size (5-foot-7) and give him a chance to play. I'd guess he'd go somewhere in rounds 6-10.

 Q:  Tom Moroney from North Andover, MA asks:
Are Rutgers 2B Graig Badger and NC State SS Chad Orvella expected to go early in the 2003 Draft? Thanks
 A: 

Jim Callis: Not very early. Orvella will get picked first, more as a RHP because he has touched 95 mph and shown a low-80s slider in limited time on the mound.

 Q:  Heath from Lakeland, FL asks:
One of the fast risers in this draft appears to be Brandon Wood. Where do you see him being picked and can he remain at SS through the minors?
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Jim Callis: Wood always had the glove, and this year he improved his conditioning and hit much better. He's probably a late first-round or early second-round pick. I could see Arizona taking Wood, a homestate player, with their second first-rounder (No. 29).

 Q:  Seminole Chop from Climax, Mi asks:
Your position rankings for this year's draft said SS was weak, which leads me to a few questions about Stephen Drew and next year. Is he the clear-cut No. 1 prostpect? How likely is he to remain at SS? Would he be the No. 1 player in this year's draft over Weeks?
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Jim Callis: He's No. 1, but it's not a slam dunk and a lot can change between now and next June. He should be able to stay at shortstop, as should Wood (which I forgot to address in the previous question). I think Weeks, because his offensive ceilingis so high, would still get popped ahead of Drew.

 Q:  Ryan from Mulberry, FL asks:
With all of the talk about the Devil Rays being unable to reach a financial agreement with Young or Weeks, does it seem likely they will pop Ryan Harvey at #1.
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Jim Callis: As much as the Devil Rays would like to get a deal done before they pick, and as impressive as Harvey was in a workout for them yesterday, we keep hearing he's their third choice.

 Q:  Connor from Hartford, CT asks:
With Young seemingly becoming the consensus #1 pick, could Richie Weeks fall to the Tigers at #3 and would the Brewers be crazy to pass him up at #2?
 A: 

Jim Callis: Crazy to pass on him at No. 2? No. He has a lot of upside, but he also hasn't faced much quality competition, he's not very big and his defensive position is a little uncertain. The Brewers could opt for a college pitcher like Sleeth or Stauffer. I do think they'll take Weeks if Young goes No. 1.

 Q:  Dax from Tigertown, FL asks:
Do the Tigers have a chance to get Delmon Young with the 3rd pick, if not who are they looking at?
 A: 

Jim Callis: Delmon probably will go first or second, so there will be no Young family reunion in Detroit. Young, Weeks, Sleeth and Stauffer are foremost in the Tigers' plans.

 Q:  Joel Charny from Washington, DC asks:
With BA projecting the Pirates to take Jeff Allison with the 8th pick, I am concerned that the Bucs will violate one of the basic lessons of draft history: no high school pitchers in the first round. Is there anything in Allison's skill set or makeup to suggest that he is the guy to take such a risk on?
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Jim Callis: He's the consensus best HS righthander in the draft, which is what attracts the Pirates. His ceiling is as good as Sleeth's, though as a HS guy he's a riskier pick. Remember, though, that in general, HS pitchers have as much success as college pitchers taken in the first 10 rounds. There's a blip where the HS guys don't stack up as well as the college guys in the second round, but otherwise the trend holds true in most of the rounds.

 Q:  Kev from Cleveland asks:
Hey Jim, is Cleveland still focused on the Lubanski, Allison, Danks, Miller, Stewart, Markasis... group for their first 2 picks next wweek or are there some new names that have antered the mix at this stage - What are the chances of the Indians taking local product Ryan Feierabend if he's there on the board come their 2nd round pick at 48 ? Thanks
 A: 

Jim Callis: I covered their No. 11 pick. At No. 18, California 3B Ian Stewart and Florida LHP Andrew Miller probably will be gone. Young Harris JC LHP Nick Markakis is a possibility, as is a HS 3B such as Virginia's Matt Moses or New Jersey's Eric Duncan. At 31, homestate products Marc Cornell or Feierabend could be very attractive. Neither might make it to No. 48.

 Q:  Butchie from Motown asks:
Another media outlet is reporting that Milwaukee will be picking Kyle Sleeth with the second pick and that Rickie Weeks will be picked by the Tigers, is this what you are hearing?
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Jim Callis: We've heard Weeks, Sleeth and Stauffer as the three names. Brewers scouting director Jack Zduriencik is famous for not tipping his hand, so we'll probably have to wait until Tuesday to know for sure.

 Q:  Jeff Allison from Veterans Memorial HS asks:
I want to pitch for the NY Mets and be included in a deadly 1-2 combo with Scott Kazmir. What are the chances that neither the Orioles,Pirates,Rangers,Rockies and Indians pick me and the Mets will?
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Jim Callis: No Big Apple for you, Jeff. I think you're going to be pitching with John VanBenschoten, Sean Burnett and Bryan Bullington.

 Q:  Ryan from Mulberry, FL asks:
I saw Steve Doetsch play a few times last year at Dunedin HS and he seemed to be much more than an 8th round pick, where do you seem him going this year, and what teams are interested in him?
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Jim Callis: Doetsch is the best juco position player prospect. Great athlete, some questions about his swing and ultimate offensive production. I'm surprised that the Phillies, who don't pick in the first two rounds, didn't sign him as a draft-and-follow. He'll probably go around the third round, no particular team that I can identify.

 Q:  Suitcase from Toronto, Canada asks:
Where do you think Pete Stonard would be draft on talent alone and where or who do you think will take a chance on him, also is he going to be easy to sign?
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Jim Callis: With the emphasis on college players, probably the second round. He has to be considered an easy sign after being dismissed from Alabama and San Diego State for failing drug tests.

 Q:  Charles Berg from Houston, Texas asks:
Would Tampa Bay have considered Adam Loewen at #1 if the Orioles hadn't signed him? And if not, why not, especially considering their abundance of outfielders and their shortage of premier pitching talent?
 A: 

Jim Callis: Yes, though his signability could have ruled him out of the mix. I'm not sure the Rays want to spend $4 million on the No. 1 pick.

 Q:  Thomas from Plaistow, New Hampshire asks:
Jim, who are the O's looking at for the 7th pick now that they have signed Loewen - Will they be more concerned about signability now after signing Loewen ?
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Jim Callis: Signability could be a factor, though Peter Angelos has deep pockets. They'd love for former Oriole draft picks Sleeth and Stauffer to fall to them, but that probably won't happen. They could take Aubrey, Allison, Markakis or Mississippi State LHP Paul Maholm. There isn't as clear a picture with them as there is with most of the top 10 picks.

 Q:  Bobby from NY asks:
Out of the following who is the closest to being major league ready: Allison, Maholm, Stewart, Milledge, Lubanski
 A: 

Jim Callis: That's easy: Maholm, because he's a lefty pitcher and the only collegian in the bunch. He could be in the majors by the end of 2004.

 Q:  Peter Friberg from San Diego asks:
I heard here in San Diego yesterday that the Padres are leaning towards Stauffer over Sleeth and that they hope they can fast-trck him to the majors... With his innings-pitched totals over the past years, shouldn't they take a Prior-esque approach and shut him down if they in fact do draft him?
 A: 

Jim Callis: We've heard the same kind of talk. I wouldn't expect either pitcher to sign quickly, because the top guys never do, so they shouldn't add many innings this summer, regardless.

 Q:  dan from sacramento asks:
Where do you see Jamie D'antona and Myron Leslie ending up?
 A: 

Jim Callis: Probably third- to fifth-round picks. Wake Forest 3B D'Antona has power and a big arm, but doesn't play a good third base and turned off scouts with his attitude in the Cape Cod League last summmer. South Florida SS Leslie will be a pro 3B. He's a switch-hitter with a good body, some questions about his footwork and righty swing.

 Q:  Scott from Toronto asks:
Hi, what are the odds that either Sullivan or Maholm are not around when the Jays pick at #13? If so, who is the back-up plan for Toronto? Thanks.
 A: 

Jim Callis: Those are the two names we're hearing a lot for the Jays. Plan C might be Louisiana State SS Aaron Hill.

 Q:  Dean Quinton from Brooks, Alberta asks:
Hi Jim, it is being suggested that the Blue Jays are interested in LHP Paul Maholm. Does he project as a starter who would be an improvement on their current left handers or will he be another lefty out of the pen?
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Jim Callis: Solid No. 3 starter. Not an overpowering guy, but solid stuff and very good command.

 Q:  Richard from Snohomish asks:
The Seattle Mariners have had tough luck the past couple years coming up with signable talent. I've heard Baseball America say the mariners are looking hard at Adam Miller and Tim Battle for their first pick and Roger Jongewaard or the Mariners says they'll be looking for high riskhigh reward players. Is there any new buzz about who the Mariners are looking at or who they have scouted heavily?
 A: 

Jim Callis: We've also heard Texas HS RHP Craig Whitaker and California HS RHP Adam Jones might be Mariners targets.

 Q:  Peter Friberg from San Diego asks:
I've heard that w their 2nd pick, the Padres hope to draft Anthony Gwynn. Is he a bit of reach for the early 2nd?
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Jim Callis: Gwynn was very good in the Cape Cod League, hits line drives and plays a nice center field. With his bloodlines, he won't be there when the Padres pick in the third round. We're also hearing that the White Sox might take him at No. 15, which would be an overdraft for signability purposes.

 Q:  Charles Berg from Houston, Texas asks:
Sell me on your new draft book.
 A: 

Jim Callis: If you're interested in the draft, which you must be if you're here for the chat, the Draft Almanac is the only resource I know of that will have the complete draft lists from 1965-2003. Sounds like a good value to me at $29.95.

 Q:  John Danks from Round Rock HS asks:
Will I be a successful pitcher in the majors?
 A: 

Jim Callis: If I knew for sure, I'd be a very wealthy man. But the consensus is you're the best lefty in the draft now that Loewen has signed.

 Q:  Hans Larson from El Salvador asks:
Any chance the Cubs take Allison, or might Harvey fall past the Royals into the Cubs' lap? I've been hearing Aubrey and the Cubs mentioned a lot, but I wonder about his power. Is he really only projected to hit 15-20 HR's, or is that the low end of it? Thanks!
 A: 

Jim Callis: I haven't heard Allison associated with the Cubs. I think they'd take Harvey over Aubrey. Aubrey will hit for average, but 15-20 HR might be his ceiling.

 Q:  Andy from Queens asks:
Are the Mets even considering polished bats like Sinisi or Conor Jackson in the 1st round? That would seem like perfect fits for them.
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Jim Callis: It doesn't seem like they are. Jackson would be an overdraft. Sinisi might be and he's going to be a tough sign as a Rice studentdraft-eligible sophomoreScott Boras client. Whoops, I mean advisee.

 Q:  Dax from Lakeland, FL asks:
Miguel Vega has big-time power, but how do his other tools rate, and where do you see him being picked?
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Jim Callis: Power is Vega's ticket. The Puerto Rican also has a strong arm but is so rough at 3B that he'll probably move to 1B. Someone may try him as a catcher, though that would slow his development.

 Q:  David Lehman from Spokane, Washington asks:
Hi! Do you think Kyle Sleeth or Jeff Allison will be available at #10 for the Rockies? Could they possibly fall much like Scott Kazmir did last year? If those two aren't available, besides Ian Stewart, who are some other possibilities?
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Jim Callis: Sleeth no, Allison maybe. The Rockies seem to be pretty focused on Stewart. Maholm is another possibility.

 Q:  Tom from Pendleton, IN asks:
The Cubs seem to do well landing top talent guys who fall to them because of signability issues. This year there doesn't seem to be anyone in that category. How will they fare without this benefit?
 A: 

Jim Callis: John Stockstill, and Jim Hendry before him, have drafted very well with or without benefitting from guys falling to them. I think the Cubs will do just fine.

 Q:  Ben from Arizona asks:
Tampa Bay - If you were picking for them...who would you take and why?
 A: 

Jim Callis: It's tough, because there's no clear-cut No. 1. I think I went with Sleeth a couple of weeks ago but I keep vacillating. Right now, give me Rickie Weeks.

 Q:  Jay from Madison asks:
Assuming putting Loewen on the 40 man roster was a make or break decision, do you think they should have done it or should they have passed and taken the pick between the 1st or 2nd rounds.
 A: 

Jim Callis: Why not put him on the 40-man? It's not like the Orioles are loaded with quality players and had to remove one from the roster. Will Loewen be ready for the majors in three years? He has the stuff to make that happen. Getting the No. 37 pick wouldn't have yielded a comparable value to Loewen.

 Q:  ryan from jupiter asks:
Texas A&M...Kensing, Finch, Farnum, Parcus, Dixon, Beerer, Patton, Ruggiano. Are these their most draftable guys and which of these do you think will land in the top ten rounds?
 A: 

Jim Callis: RHP Logan Kensing and RHPOF Scott Beerer are their top two guys. Kensing probably goes in the second round, Beerer in the fourth or fifth. You've identified all the best Aggies. I rate their next four guys in this order: OF Cory Patton, RHP Matt Farnum, RHP Brian Finch, LHP Kyle Parcus. All could go in the first 10 rounds.

 Q:  Heath from Lakeland, FL asks:
What position is Matt Moses most likley to play in the minors?
 A: 

Jim Callis: He'll move from SS to 3B, and his bat easily plays at the hot corner.

 Q:  bill anderson from norwood MA asks:
Hi Jim, What are the chances Wagner will be there for Boston at #17? Would he be you're pick there? Also, do you know if the Sox are pursuing any draft and follow picks from last year? Thanks.
 A: 

Jim Callis: That's Houston RHP Ryan Wagner, who's on course to break the NCAA Division I K9 record with his nuclear slider. The Red Sox do like him, but are more apt to try to get him with the No. 32 pick. We hear they're looking for college bats at No. 17, maybe Louisiana State SS Aaron Hill or Baylor OF David Murphy. We're still gathering DFE info. We updated some on the site today, but that list is by no means complete.

 Q:  Ben from Arizona asks:
Who have the Expos focused in on with their #1? Thanks.
 A: 

Jim Callis: The Expos have the first pick in the 20-24 group, all of which are expected to be high school choices. They'd love to see Lubanski fall to them, and Duncan is from scouting director Dana Brown's home state, so they know all about him.

 Q:  Jeff from Virginia asks:
Hi Jim. Everybody wants catchers, but none appear to be more in need than the Phillies. Do you think Saltalamacchia or Powell will ba available at number 85? Thanks.
 A: 

Jim Callis: Probably not, because there will be a lot of catchers overdrafted in the second and third round because of position scarcity.

 Q:  JP from Las Vegas asks:
Do scouts from different organizations share information with other scouts from othe organizations. I know they do on some guys in the top rounds, but in later rounds do these organizations share who they are going to select?
 A: 

Jim Callis: As a courtesy, teams often will let the clubs picking behind them who they'll take in the first round, but even then a lot of disinformation is spread. They don't tip their hands about late-round targets, becuase they might lose out on them that way.

 Q:  Mike from MA asks:
Do you think the RedSox will even consider taking any HS picks in the first 10 rounds?
 A: 

Jim Callis: Consider, yes, and they may even take 2-3 HS guys in that range. But I also wouldn't be surprised if they went all college, either. They'll definitely have a college emphasis.

 Q:  Jason from New Hampshire asks:
Jim, Given that the Red Sox system is pretty much void of any real outfield prospects outside of Goss. Do you see pitching and outfield help as the 2 areas they will most concern themselves with?
 A: 

Jim Callis: Even Michael Goss is far from a sure thing. The whole system is pretty thin, so I think the Red Sox will just focus on finding talent and not worry about positions.

 Q:  Sparky from Seattle, WA asks:
Wes Littleton was considered a sure fire first rounder entering the season but has been setback by off-field issues. Where do you see him being selected and can he return to the form he showed with Team USA?
 A: 

Jim Callis: He could be a supplemental first-rounder or a second-rounder. He's considered a near lock to reach the majors, a very safe pick.

 Q:  Adam Hunt from Mount Pleasant asks:
If you had your choice would you want a high school player with overwhelming skills and little results or a college player with underwhelming skills but a great record of success?
 A: 

Jim Callis: Well, that's not a fair question. If there was a great HS athlete but he wasn't playing well, that would be a red flag. But I wouldn't jump on a guy with no tools even if he had great stats in college either, at least in the early rounds. It's a blend of tools and performance, not one or the other, at least not for me.

 Q:  Heath Hunt from Mulberry, FL asks:
What position will Sean Rodriguez play as a pro?
 A: 

Jim Callis: Rodriguez, a Florida high schooler, will get a look at SS. He might be a 2B and could be a dynamic C if he could handle that transition.

 Q:  Chuck from Kansas City asks:
Royals question: Looks pretty clearly that they'd like Ryan Harvey... is that still the word, and if so, in light of Loewen's signing, is there any doubt he'll last to their pick at #5? Has Adam Miller jumped up the charts as much as anyone recently? Thanks.
 A: 

Jim Callis: That's still the word. Texas HS RHP Adam Miller has really helped himself recently. But it's not a good year to be a HS RHP, so he might have to settle for the supplemental first or the second round.

 Q:  Dave from Chestertown asks:
What players should be available for Texas at the 9th pick?
 A: 

Jim Callis: The three names we hear the most, and all have a good chance to be available are Maholm, Houston RHP Brad Sullivan and Florida HS OF Lastings Milledge.

 Q:  Dan Duquette from Boston asks:
Is there any chance the Red Sox will draft California 3B Connor Jackson in the first round?
 A: 

Jim Callis: He fits the profile of the type of guy they're looking for, but I think he'd be slightly overdrafted at 17, especially considering a lot of teams see him as a 1B. He'd be more of a candidate for their No. 32 pick, but probably gets popped somewhere in between.

 Q:  Chris Lubanski from Kennedy Kenrick HS asks:
The Mets? I am going to the Mets? What do you think my signing bonus will be and should I think about going back to college. How do you think I will perform in the majors
 A: 

Jim Callis: That's my best guess, Chris. Bank on $1.85 million, and whether you want to take that or go to Florida State is up to you. You've got intriguing all-around tools, so you have the chance to be a pretty good player.

 Q:  Sean from Grand Rapids asks:
Jim, How far do you see guys like Jared Hughes and Chad Billingsley falling? Any chance either will be available to the Tigers in the second round?
 A: 

Jim Callis: Probably to the second round, so the Tigers should get a shot.

 Q:  alan from pomona asks:
What rounds do you project these guys being picked: Luke Appert, Andre Ethier, and CJ Smith?
 A: 

Jim Callis: Minnesota's Appert may go as high as the fifth round because he's a very competent, pro-ready 2B. Arizona State OF Ethier and Florida 1B C.J. Smith are more toolsy and could go in the third round.

 Q:  Mike from Daytona Beach asks:
Where are the following Gators projected to be selected: Ben Harrison, Brian Rose, CJ Smith, Brett Dowdy, & Justin Hoyman. Can their performance in the Miami Regional help their draft positions?
 A: 

Jim Callis: You wouldn't think someone's performance in a game or two right before the draft could make a big difference, but it happens all the time. I've stacked those guys up in this order: Harrison, Smith, Hoyman, Dowdy, Rose.

 Q:  Smith-Stoklos from HB, USA asks:
What do you see the Twins doing?
 A: 

Jim Callis: Almost assuredly a HS player, they seem to like Moses the most. Milledge would be a nice value if he fell to No. 21.

 Q:  John from Atlanta asks:
Where should UGA 3B Lee Mitchell expect to be drafted?
 A: 

Jim Callis: Hey, my alma mater. Mitchell played better on the Cape than he did for the Bulldogs this spring, probably goes in between the fifth and seventh rounds.

 Q:  Peggy from Boston asks:
Hi Jim. If you are the Mets why not take the gamble on Cornell. It can't be anymore of a gamble than another high school player. Especially when you have no 2nd or 3rd rounder. They have absoulutely no success drafting these toolsy OF. Go with the College pitcher? They can't be serious about back to back HS lefties.
 A: 

Jim Callis: Several reasons: Little track record of success. More of a track record of injuries. Got hurt and didn't throw well as the draft approached. There just isn't much history to go on besides a shaky medical history, no matter how hard he lights up the radar guns on occassion. Cornell probably won't go in the first 30 picks now.

 Q:  Shane from St. Stephen, New Brunswick asks:
Hi Jim, If you were the GM of a MLB team that was looking to use it's firstround pick on a college pitcher, someone who not only will come quick, but should also have a pretty good career, compared to the high schoolers that might have better long range upside like a Jeff Allison? Thanks.
 A: 

Jim Callis: I think the guy who fits that bill the best at the top of the draft is Stauffer, who's a little more polished (and has a little less upside) than Sleeth. Later in the first round, I know he's been a little inconsistent, but Houston RHP Brad Sullivan would be very attractive to me.

 Q:  Suitcase from Toronto, Canada asks:
Are the concerns about Lastings Milledge legit or are they just a result of being scouted for so long now that they are just nit picking?
 A: 

Jim Callis: A little of both. He has been under the microscope for so long that it's hard to stand up to that scrutiny. But I also remember scouts starting to nitpick at Mike Kelly right before the 1991 draft, and they turned out to be correct. Milledge is a definite first-round talent, but there are makeup issues that bother some clubs.

 Q:  Dave Rader from Boise, ID asks:
What players are the Reds considering with their pick at no. 14? What is the scouting report on Eric Duncan from N.J.?
 A: 

Jim Callis: We hear Stewart, Duncan, Milledge, Allison, among others. Duncan is a power hitter and solid defender at 3B.

 Q:  Patrick from Milwaukee, WI asks:
Any word on where Jarrod Saltalamacchia might go? Any chance he makes it to the Brewers' 2nd round pick?
 A: 

Jim Callis: He should be there, because I don't think he'll go in the first round. Saltalamacchia has the best all-around package of any catcher in the draft, but he has performed better in showcases than in games.

 Q:  Alex from Detroit asks:
Any chance that the Mets select a college player with the 12th pick? Thanks.
 A: 

Jim Callis: Maybe Sullivan, but they're probably going with a HS guy.

 Q:  John Goulos from Peabody,ma asks:
Do you think Matt Antonelli will be drafted in the top 5 Rounds. He has really impressed the scouts with his arm and speed but being from the northeast do you think it will hurt him
 A: 

Jim Callis: Geography won't hurt Antonelli because everyone knows about him. He should go in the first five rounds.

 Q:  Wolf from La Jolla asks:
I am intrigued by Brad Snyder of Ball State. Good OPS and BB-K ratio with solid speed. Where do you think he will go? Any chance he could be there in the top part of the second round?
 A: 

Jim Callis: Probably not, as he figures to go in the second half of the first round, no later than the supplmental picks.

 Q:  Sean Daly from San Luis Obispo, Ca asks:
I was wondering about Shane Costa and where do you think he will end up going. Thanks
 A: 

Jim Callis: Costa, a Cal State Fullerton OF, is one of the better college bats and likely will go in the second round.

 Q:  Joel Charny from Washington, DC asks:
Jim, Allan Simpson has reported that Pirates GM Dave Littlefield prefers Maholm at #8, with Scouting Director Ed Creech prefering Allison. Last year, Littlefield got his way and chose Bullington over Upton. Isn't it possible, even likely, that the Bucs will choose Maholm over Allison if both are available?
 A: 

Jim Callis: Sure it's possible. Owner Kevin McClatchy also would prefer to give the big money to a college guy. The three names we hear the most there are Allison, Maholm and Stewart.

 Q:  grady fuson from arlington, tx asks:
im wondering, do i go against my love for college players and draft j.allison, considered the best h.s.pitching prospect since josh beckett? or do i hope t.stauffer slips to no.9 and take him? do i take the position player who has the most risk but most upside, lastings milledge? or do i just relax and wait until my turn and take brad sullivan?
 A: 

Jim Callis: Grady, I don't see you taking Allison. I think you're more likely to take Milledge if you go the HS route. Stauffer ain't getting to you. Sullivan would be attractive, though most teams wouldn't take him quite that high. I might though.

 Q:  Jerry from Young Harris, GA asks:
I have seen Nick Markakis play nearly forty games this spring and more than sixty over two years at Young Harris Junior College and, as great as he is as a pitcher (12-0 this year with 160 strikeouts in less than 100 innings while 23-3 overall at YHC), he seems possibly better as a hitter (.439, 21, 92 this year with 38 homers and 166 runs batted in over two years). He hits with power to all fields and rarely strikes out and he won't be 20 years old until November. Is he being considered by any teams as a hitter?
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Jim Callis: He's a legitimate hitting prospect, but he'll be a full-time pitcher as a pro. As a hitter, he'd be about a third-round pick.

 Q:  Robert Goldberg from Lyndhurst, NJ asks:
Has Matt Murton's off year dropped him to the supplemental first round?
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Jim Callis: Maybe, though the Athletics could take him at Nos. 25-26. The Red Sox (32) and A's (33) would be two possible destinations in the supplemental round.

 Q:  Anthony Peruchietti from Dearborn Heights, MI asks:
If you were the Royals, would you take Jeff Allison over Ryan Harvey with #5?
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Jim Callis: Nope, I'd take Harvey.

 Q:  Wolf from La Jolla asks:
Where do you think Baylor outfielders Chris Durbin and David Murphy will go? I love Durbin's make up and think he has the potential to be a really solid big leaguer. Murphy is a stud too although one has to worry about his power potential.
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Jim Callis: Murphy in the first or second round, Durbin in the third to fifth rounds. There really aren't many surefire power hitters in the college ranks this year.

 Q:  Zach from Pittsburgh asks:
Is there any chance that Brad Sullivan will fall to the Pirates with their second round pick?
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Jim Callis: I don't see that happening.

 Q:  Mike Purton from Huntington, NY asks:
Would the Tigers consider Jeff Allison at #3? His upside seems larger than Sleeth or Staffer?
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Jim Callis: I can't see them doing that. Sleeth's arm is just as good as Allison's, and he has much more of a track record against much better competition.

 Q:  Bobby Hunt from North Carolina asks:
Who do you think will draft Matt Harrison and what round.
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Jim Callis: North Carolina HS RHP Harrison is probably a second- or third-rounder. Don't have a particular team to match him up with, though. I've got to get back to the phones and feed my neglected kids, so I'll take a couple of more questions.

 Q:  Jeff Paulson from Los Altos, CA asks:
Where will Ryan Sweeney end up in the draft? Do you think he'll be taken as a hitter or a pitcher? Since he doesn't play spring ball, how did his recent showcase performance effect his draft status?
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Jim Callis: Maybe a late first-rounder, but he didn't tear it up at the predraft showcase, which has hurt other Iowa HS prospects (Brad Nelson, Jeff Clement) in the past. He'll get picked as an outfielder.

 Q:  Matthias Peters-Kroll from Woodbury, CT asks:
who do the bravse seem to be targeting with the 4 picks they have in the supplemental and 2nd rounds? do any players (markakis) slip to them because of signability concerns?
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Jim Callis: The Braves love Georgia guys, so their targets could include Markakis, Murton or HS players such as OF Tim Battle, RHP Jimmy Barthmaier or RHP Paul Bacot. I think Bacot is a real sleeper in this draft. I also think another Georgia HS RHP, Tim Gustafson, could be a target for them in the third or fourth round.

 Q:  Hildonne Buckley from Baton Rouge, LA asks:
Will Robert Lane get drafted high enough to give up Football? What MLB Teams are showing the most interest?
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Jim Callis: Lane is a HS SS from Louisiana and big-time QB recruit for Ole Miss. His raw physical skills don't translate real great to the diamond, and a lot of clubs backed off him early. He could be the next Josh Booty. Lane is going to be a tough sign, and I don't think he'll get picked high enough to give up football. The Devil Rays may have the most interest.

 Q:  Dave from Pittsburgh asks:
Jim, Will someone take a flyer on Matt Harrington again? He seems to be pitching a little better lately, though still nowhere near the level he was drafted at a couple years ago. If he does get drafted, what is your thinking on round, likely team, and whether the signability issue will finally be overcome? Thanks
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Jim Callis: No idea on a likely team. I guess he'll get picked, but he's a shell of what he once was. At this point, if he's going to pursue a career outside of indy leagues, he pretty much just has to sign. He's not getting a big bonus at all.

 Q:  Dave from Clifton, VA asks:
Did Markakis make a mistake turning down 1.5 million?
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Jim Callis: I think he'll get a little more as a first-round pick.

 Q:  tom from queens,ny asks:
can we please get some yankees draft question on here yankees fans care about there farm system also.
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Jim Callis: OK, ask a good one. I'll do it for you: Who might the Yankees get at No. 27. Sinisi, Duncan and Wagner are three names we've been hearing.

 Q:  Goddy from Omaha asks:
I noticed you have Adam Jones listed as a RHP but mentioned he gets notice as a position player as well. Is there any chance a team pops him as an infielder?
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Jim Callis: Jones was first identified as a SS, but his bat is questionable and no way he's taken as anything but a RHP.

 Q:  a utah fan from utah asks:
Have you heard anything about Drew Larsen out of Utah? Is he projected to be drafted high?
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Jim Callis: Larsen has some power, speed and arm strength but won't be a real high pick. He'll go in the first 10-15 rounds.

 Q:  Peter Friberg from San Diego asks:
Thanks as always for doing these chats! - You said earlier that Adam Miller will fall into the supl. picks, any chance the Braves - who develop HS pitchers better than anyone - are interested in him?
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Jim Callis: Yes, I could see the Braves taking him.

 Q:  Suitcase from Toronto, Canada asks:
How high do you see Jerry Owens being drafted? Do you think that maybe he is a little overrated as he hasn't faced top level competition?
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Jim Callis: He's probably a second- or third-rounder. That's a fair statement, that he hasn't faced top-quality pitching.

 Q:  Carl Shack Jr from Tampa asks:
I'm trying to calm my brother down, but if your name isn't included in the draft tracker that is currently on mlb.com does that mean that your chances of getting drafted are slim?
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Jim Callis: Your brother, Mississippi Valley State LHP Jermaine Shack, need not worry. He has been clocked in the high 80s and should get drafted. There are a lot of players with higher profiles who don't show up on the Draft Tracker.

 Q:  Peter Friberg from San Diego asks:
LAST ONE! - sleeper of the draft?
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Jim Callis: Last one, though I just tipped off the name a couple of questions ago. I think Georgia HS RHP Paul Bacot will outperform most of the guys picked ahead of him.

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