2006 Draft Tracker




Here's a look at which prospects' draft stock is on the rise, and which ones are sliding down lists. One important caveat: This list is based on talent, not a prediction of the order in which the players will be selected. Players move up and down the list based on what we hear about their draft status, not based on their results.

1. Andrew Miller, lhp, North Carolina 
Tar Heels ace pitched off his slider Saturday and has done nothing to alter his status as this draft's top talent.
2. Brad Lincoln, rhp, Houston
Had his worst start of the year in regional play, but Lincoln still brings two plus pitches to the mound more consistently than any other college pitcher.
3. Tim Lincecum, rhp, Washington
After being passed over for 40 rounds last year, Lincecum appears to be slipping several spots (but not rounds) in this draft. Due to his workload (125 IP, 199 K's) and small frame, he may be shut down for the year by whatever team drafts him.
4. Luke Hochevar, rhp, Fort Worth Cats (independent)
Last year's failed negotiations with the Dodgers haven't stopped about 10 teams, starting with the Royals at No. 1, from considering the former Tennessee ace and Scott Boras client.
5. Evan Longoria, 3b/2b, Long Beach State
Status as safest college hitter on the board remains unchanged.
6. Brandon Morrow, rhp, California
Stock has improved slightly for the pitcher with the best pure arm available.
7. Greg Reynolds, rhp, Stanford
Took a step forward in April and hasn't ceded ground while helping the Cardinal reach the super-regional round.
8. Max Scherzer, rhp, Missouri
Healthy again after early nagging finger and arm injuries, he reassured scouts with dominant performances in May against Texas and in the Big 12 tournament.
9. Clayton Kershaw, lhp, Highland Park HS, Dallas
The top prep pitcher on the board was named the Gatorade High School Player of the year Monday.
10. Drew Stubbs, of, Texas
With his Longhorns shockingly eliminated from the NCAA tournament, Stubbs can call it a career: 205 strikeouts in 204 college games.
11. Bill Rowell, 3b, Bishop Eustace Prep, Sewell, N.J.
In the mix for teams starting as high as eight, he's emerged as the draft's consensus top prep hitter.
12. Kyle Drabek, rhp, The Woodlands (Texas) HS
Scouts continue to debate the makeup of one of the draft's top talents. Drabek could go as high as 12 or fall out of the first round altogether.
13. Daniel Bard, rhp, North Carolina
His easy 96 mph gas is enticing teams from 5 to 15.
14. Jeremy Jeffress, rhp, Halifax County HS, South Boston, Va.
Preponderance of college pitchers pushes him down the draft into the 20-30 range, but Jeffress' stuff has put him near the top of the prep class.
15. Travis Snider, of, Jackson HS, Everett, Wash.
Concerns about his weight (the 6-footer checks in at 240) are outweighed by his impressive, polished bat.
16. Brett Sinkbeil, rhp, Missouri State
Went eight innings in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament to quell concerns about his April oblique muscle injury.
17. David Huff, lhp, UCLA
Stuff stayed solid despite heavy workload for Bruins, establishing Huff as No. 2 college lefty behind Andrew Miller.
18. Joba Chamberlin, rhp, Nebraska
Stock has fallen due to injury concerns and a shorter track record when compared to other top college arms.
19. Chris Marrero, 3b, Monsignor Pace HS, Miami
Salvaged first-round status with furious finish, helping Pace win state title with four postseason home runs.
20. Jeff Samardzija, rhp, Notre Dame
Scouts covet his power arm and athletic body, but scouts must deal with his commitment to play both football and baseball at a high level. He's unlikely to go this high but would be a first-rounder if not for football.
21. Brett Anderson, lhp, Stillwater (Okla.) HS
Concerns about his athleticism can't obscure his three-pitch mix and excellent command.
22. Hank Conger, c, Huntington Beach (Calif.) HS
Vast strides behind the plate have teams excited, though finding a fit for him in the first 20 picks is getting harder to do.
23. Chris Parmelee, of, Chino Hills (Calif.) HS
Considered one of the draft's safer bets among hitters with good plate discipline and a sound swing; could have a pre-draft deal in place to go 10th to San Francisco.
24. Pedro Beato, rhp, St. Petersburg (Fla.) JC
Track record a concern for one of the draft's liveliest arms, one scouts assumed the Mets would sign as a draft-and-follow.
25. Kasey Kiker, lhp, Russell County HS, Seale, Ala.
A lefty with his kind of power stuff is unlikely to last through the first round, no matter how short he is.
26. Bryan Morris, rhp, Motlow (Tenn.) CC
Another draft-and-follow who deepens the first round, bringing a fastball that has reached the 94-96 mph range and a power breaking ball.
27. Colten Willems, rhp, John Carroll Catholic HS, Fort Pierce, Fla.
Threw well during Florida's high school all-star event to move into the second tier of top prep pitchers. Combines mid-90s fastball with feel for a changeup.
28. Brooks Brown, rhp, Georgia
Inconsistent mechanics late in the year have hampered his command. His big arm keeps scouts coming back.
29. Matt Antonelli, 3b/2b, Wake Forest
Teams in the mid-teens thought to be high on the safe-bet infielder have moved on, dropping him back closer to spot warranted by his skills and athelticism.
30. Kyler Burke, of, Ooltewah HS, Chattanooga, Tenn.
Once considered a pitching prospect, he's moved to the head of the list of athletic prep outfielders in a draft thin on them.


OTHERS TO WATCH

Lars Anderson, 1b, Jesuit HS, Fair Oaks, Calif.
Emmanuel Burriss, ss, Kent State
Caleb Clay, rhp, Cullman (Ala.) HS
Tyler Colvin, of, Clemson
Ian Kennedy, rhp, Southern California
Matt Long, rhp, Miami (Ohio)
Justin Masterson, rhp, San Diego State
Kyle McCulloch, rhp, Texas
Kevin Mulvey, rhp, Villanova
Kyle Orr, of, Lambrick Park HS, Victoria, B.C., Canada
Chris Perez, rhp, Miami
Jason Place, of, Wren HS, Easley, S.C.
Chris Tillman, rhp, Fountain Valley (Calif.) HS
Jordan Walden, rhp, Mansfield (Texas) HS