Draft 2007: Sneak Peek

The 2006 draft was one of the most unpredictable in memory, a draft class that was panned most of the spring by scouts. After a small group of consensus top talents, scouts differed about a larger group that had similar talent; a player No. 10 on one draft board might have ranked 30th on another.

That doesn’t seem to be the case heading into the 2007 draft. Scouting directors raved all summer about the high school Class of 2007, and it is expected that high school players will outnumber collegians in the first round next June.

“There’s a lot of people excited about next year’s draft,” said a National League crosschecker. “Last year I don’t think there were a lot of people excited about the draft.”

The college class also offers talent but significant questions. Can 6-foot-6 Georgia Tech two-way star Matt Wieters say behind the plate? Will 6-foot-11 righthander Andrew Brackman, the best arm in the Cape Cod League, play basketball in the winter for North Carolina State? Will Rice lefthander Joe Savery be healthy?

Fortunately, scouts have plenty of time to find out. Here’s how Baseball America’s John Manuel sees the top 50 prospects for the ’07 draft, almost exactly eight months out.

  1. David Price, lhp, Vanderbilt
  2. Matt Wieters, c, Georgia Tech
  3. Andrew Brackman, rhp, North Carolina State
  4. Matt Harvey, rhp, Fitch HS, Groton, Conn.
  5. Justin Jackson, ss, Roberson HS, Asheville, N.C.
  6. Michael Burgess, of, Hillsborough HS, Tampa
  7. Julio Borbon, of, Tennessee
  8. Joe Savery, lhp, Rice
  9. Daniel Moskos, lhp, Clemson
  10. Josh Vitters, 3b, Cypress (Calif.) HS
  11. James Adkins, lhp, Tennessee
  12. Rick Porcello, rhp, Seton Hall Prep, West Orange, N.J.
  13. Matt Dominguez, 3b, Chatsworth (Calif.) HS
  14. Michael Main, rhp, Deland (Fla.) HS
  15. Matt Mangini, 3b, Oklahoma State
  16. Blake Beavan, rhp, Irving (Texas) HS
  17. Tim Alderson, rhp, Horizon HS, Scottsdale, Ariz.
  18. Jason Heyward, of/1b, Henry County HS, McDonough, Ga.
  19. Cole St.Clair, lhp, Rice
  20. J.P. Arencibia, c, Tennessee
  21. Jake Arrieta, rhp, Texas Christian
  22. Neil Ramirez, rhp, Kempsville (Va.) HS
  23. Jack McGeary, lhp/1b, Roxbury (Mass.) Latin HS
  24. Nick Noonan, ss, Francis Parker HS, San Diego
  25. Todd Frazier, ss/of, Rutgers
  26. Josh Fields, rhp, Georgia
  27. John Tolisano, ss/2b, Estero (Fla.) HS
  28. Brett Cecil, lhp, Maryland
  29. Eddie Kunz, rhp, Oregon State
  30. Jarrod Parker, rhp, Norwell (Ind.) HS
  31. Josh Smoker, lhp, Calhoun (Ga.) HS
  32. Josh Donaldson, c, Auburn
  33. Mitch Canham, c, Oregon State
  34. Greg Peavey, rhp, Hudson’s Bay HS, Vancouver, Wash.
  35. Josh Horton, ss, North Carolina
  36. Ross Detwiler, lhp, Missouri State
  37. James Simmons, rhp, UC Riverside
  38. Erik Goeddel, rhp, Bellarmine Prep, San Jose
  39. Madison Bumgarner, lhp, South Caldwell HS, Hudson, N.C.
  40. Tanner Robles, lhp, Cottonwood HS, Salt Lake City
  41. Mike Moustakas, 3b/c, Chatsworth (Calif.) HS
  42. Nick Schmidt, lhp, Arkansas
  43. Charlie Furbush, lhp, Louisiana State
  44. Beau Mills, 3b/1b, Lewis-Clark (Idaho) State
  45. Kentrail Davis, of, Theodore (Ala.) HS
  46. Christian Colon, ss, Canyon HS, Anaheim
  47. Sean Doolittle, lhp/1b, Virginia
  48. Nolan Gallagher, rhp, Stanford
  49. Phillippe Aumont, rhp, Ecole Secondary Du Versant, Gatineau, Quebec
  50. Brad Meyers, rhp, Loyola Marymount