Draft Top 100 Review

Selection, Team: Player, Pos. School Age Bonus
1. Royals: Luke Hochevar, rhp Fort Worth (American Association) 23 $3,500,000
Gamble to turn down $2.98 million from Dodgers in ’05 paid off with $5.25 million deal
2. Rockies: Greg Reynolds, rhp Stanford 21 $3,250,000
Size/stuff/command combo thrills scouts, lack of strikeouts worries statheads
3. Devil Rays: Evan Longoria, 3b Long Beach State 20 $3,000,000
Had best pro debut among ’06 crop, hitting .315 with 18 HR while reaching Double-A
4. Pirates: Brad Lincoln, rhp Houston 21 $2,750,000
Should move quickly after recovering from strained oblique that marred his debut
5. Mariners: Brandon Morrow, rhp California 22 $2,450,000
High-90s fastball, mid-80s slider make him Mariners’ closer of not-too-distant future
6. Tigers: Andrew Miller, lhp North Carolina 21 $3,550,000
After stealing Cameron Maybin at No. 10 in ’05, Tigers nab top ’06 prospect at No. 6
7. Dodgers: Clayton Kershaw, lhp HS–Dallas 18 $2,300,000
First high school pick quickly established himself as one of minors’ best southpaws
8. Reds: Drew Stubbs, of Texas 21 $2,000,000
Gifted athlete didn’t answer worries about bat by hitting .252 in Pioneer League
9. Orioles: Bill Rowell, 3b HS–Pennsauken, N.J. 18 $2,100,000
As good as advertised: batted .328/.415/.503 and reached short-season ball
10. Giants: Tim Lincecum, rhp Washington 22 $2,025,000
Followed spectacular spring with spectacular debut: 1.71 ERA, 58 K, 14 H in 32 IP
11. Diamondbacks: Max Scherzer, rhp Missouri 22 Unsigned
Still expected to sign, his extended negotiations come as no surprise
12. Rangers: Kasey Kiker, lhp HS–Seale, Ala. 18 $1,600,000
Just 5-foot-11 but unleashes 90-94 mph fastballs with little effort in delivery
13. Cubs: Tyler Colvin, of Clemson 21 $1,475,000
Biggest surprise in first round rated as No. 1 prospect in Northwest League
14. Blue Jays: Travis Snider, of HS–Everett, Wash. 18 $1,700,000
Won MVP award, edged Rowell for top-prospect honors in Appalachian League
15. Nationals: Chris Marrero, of HS–Opa Locka, Fla. 18 $1,625,000
Best all-around prep position player moved to outfield, contracted viral meningitis
16. Brewers: Jeremy Jeffress, rhp HS–South Boston, Va. 19 $1,550,000
Hit 99 mph with fastball, continued to draw Dwight Gooden comparisons in pro debut
17. Padres: Matt Antonelli, 3b Wake Forest 21 $1,575,000
Athlete with gap power and on-base skills fits offensive profile better at second base
18. Phillies: Kyle Drabek, rhp/ss HS–The Woodlands, Texas 18 $1,550,000
As talented as any draftee, but has makeup issues and had 7.71 ERA in Rookie ball
19. Marlins: Brett Sinkbeil, rhp Missouri State 21 $1,525,000
One of five first-rounders in low Class A Greensboro rotation at season’s end
20. Twins: Chris Parmelee, of/1b HS–Chino Hills, Calif. 18 $1,500,000
Advanced high school hitter homered in first pro AB, kept going from there
21. Yankees: Ian Kennedy, rhp Southern California 21 $2,250,000
Agreed to over-slot deal in June, but it curiously wasn’t announced until mid-August
22. Nationals: Colton Willems, rhp HS–Fort Pierce, Fla. 18 $1,425,000
His pure arm strength (fastballs up to 97 mph) ranked with best of high school crop
23. Astros: Max Sapp, c HS–Orlando 18 $1,400,000
Held his own with bat, led New York-Penn League with 68 percent CS percentage
24. Braves: Cody Johnson, 1b HS–Lynn Haven, Fla. 18 $1,375,000
Has big-time raw power and holes in swing; latter more obvious as he hit .184 in debut
25. Angels: Hank Conger, c HS–Huntington Beach, Calif. 18 $1,350,000
Continued to hit and improve defensively before breaking hamate bone in right wrist
26. Dodgers: Bryan Morris, rhp Motlow State (Tenn.) CC 19 $1,325,000
Agreed to $1.4 million bonus last year, but Devil Rays failed to close deal and lost him
27. Red Sox: Jason Place, of HS–Piedmont, S.C. 18 $1,300,000
One of draft’s better athletes answered some questions about his bat with solid debut
28. Red Sox: Daniel Bard, rhp North Carolina 21 $1,550,000
Mariners considered him at No. 5; got mid-round bonus despite startling fall to No. 28
29. White Sox: Kyle McCulloch, rhp Texas 21 $1,050,000
More steady than spectacular, should move quickly and already got to high Class A
30. Cardinals: Adam Ottavino, rhp Northeastern 20 $950,000
Focusing more on command than velo, didn’t allow earned run in first four pro starts
Selection, Team: Player, Pos. School Age Bonus
31. Dodgers: Preston Mattingly, ss HS–Evansville, Ind. 19 $1,000,000
Despite being Don’s son and three-sport athlete, flew under radar for most of spring
32. Orioles: Pedro Beato, rhp St. Petersburg (Fla.) JC 19 $1,000,000
Top draft-and-follow from 2005 turned down $800,000 offer from Mets
33. Giants: Emmanuel Burriss, ss Kent State 21 $1,000,000
Speedster won stolen base crowns in Mid-American Conference (42), NWL (35)
34. Diamondbacks: Brooks Brown, rhp Georgia 21 $900,000
Starter in college profiles better as late-inning reliever with sinker-curveball mix
35. Padres: Kyler Burke, of HS–Ooltewah, Tenn. 18 $950,000
Tremendous athlete still has work to do at plate after hitting .209 in Rookie ball
36. Marlins: Chris Coghlan, 3b Mississippi 21 $950,000
Won ’05 Cape Cod batting title (.326) and hit .297 in pro debut–also slugged just .366
37. Phillies: Adrian Cardenas, ss HS–Opa Locka, Fla. 18 $925,000
High School Player of Year outperformed prep teammate Marrero in pro ball, too
38. Braves: Cory Rasmus, rhp HS–Seale, Ala. 18 $900,000
Starred with Kiker and brother Colby (’05 first-rounder) on ’05 national prep champs
39. Indians: David Huff, lhp UCLA 22 $900,000
Nearly doubled $500,000 he turned down as Phillies 19th-rounder a year ago
40. Red Sox: Kris Johnson, lhp Wichita State 21 $850,000
Tommy John survivor had mid-first-round potential for 2007 if he returned to school
41. Yankees: Joba Chamberlain, rhp Nebraska 21 $1,100,000
Had chance to go in top 10 picks before medical concerns heightened just before draft
42. Cardinals: Chris Perez, rhp Miami 21 $800,000
First college closer selected posted 1.84 ERA, 12 saves in two months in low Class A
43. Braves: Steve Evarts, lhp HS–Tampa 18 $800,000
Dastardly changeup is typical of crafty lefthander, while his low-90s fastball is not
44. Red Sox: Caleb Clay, rhp HS–Cullman, Ala. 18 $775,000
Mostly an outfielder before this spring, when he started dealing heavy 90-94 mph heat
Selection, Team: Player, Pos. School Age Bonus
45. Royals: Jason Taylor, of HS–Virginia Beach 18 $762,500
Athleticism has drawn comparisons to that of fellow Virginia prep product Justin Upton
46. Rockies: David Christensen, of HS–Parkland, Fla. 18 $750,000
Swing-and-miss reputation persists after .198 average, 93 K in 58 pro games
47. Devil Rays: Josh Butler, rhp San Diego 21 $725,000
Key will be throwing with less effort after late-spring fade carried over into summer
48. Pirates: Mike Felix, lhp Troy 21 $725,000
Highest-drafted player ever out of Troy was two-way star who projects as reliever
49. Mariners: Chris Tillman, rhp HS–Fountain Valley, Calif. 18 $680,000
Southern California’s top prospect entering 2006 had uneven senior year, pro debut
50. Tigers: Ronnie Bourquin, 3b Ohio State 21 $690,000
Batted .416/.492/.612 as Big 10 player of year, .266/.391/.349 in first taste of pro ball
51. Braves: Jeff Locke, lhp HS–Conway, N.H. 18 $675,000
Looks like best pitcher to come out of New Hampshire since Chris Carpenter
52. Reds: Sean Watson, rhp Tennessee 21 $670,000
With Reds needing bullpen help, could get to majors quicker than most 2006 draftees
53. Padres: Chad Huffman, of Texas Christian 21 $660,000
Former college quarterback has potent bat, led NWL with .439 on-base percentage
54. Cardinals: Brad Furnish, lhp Texas Christian 21 $600,000
Horned Frogs teammates Huffman, Furnish went off board little sooner than expected
55. Diamondbacks: Brett Anderson, lhp HS–Stillwater, Okla. 18 $950,000
Expected to go in first round, very refined lefty could prove to be a steal in second
56. Indians: Steven Wright, rhp Hawaii 22 $630,000
Projected reliever sat out summer regaining strength after getting mono in spring
57. Indians: Josh Rodriguez, ss Rice 21 $625,000
Played variety of infield positions in college, probably fits best at second base
58. Orioles: Ryan Adams, 2b HS–New Orleans 19 $675,000
One of draft’s better-hitting infielders honed hand-eye skills by playing ping pong
59. Nationals: Sean Black, rhp HS–Medford, N.J. 18 Did Not Sign
Highest-drafted player not to sign wanted $1 million bonus; now at Seton Hall
60. Brewers: Brent Brewer, ss HS–Tyrone, Ga. 18 $600,000
Florida State wide receiver recruit has more savvy than many prominent two-sporters
61. Padres: Wade LeBlanc, lhp Alabama 22 $590,000
Finesse lefty lives off his changeup, posted 2.20 ERA in seven low Class A starts
62. Mets: Kevin Mulvey, rhp Villanova 21 $585,000
Top Mets pick signed late but still found time to make three starts in Double-A
63. Marlins: Tom Hickman, of HS–Lindale, Ga. 18 $575,000
Shoulder stiffness made it difficult for most teams to get good look at him this spring
64. Twins: Joe Benson, of HS–Joliet, Ill. 18 $575,000
Could have played college football; brings that mentality and athleticism to diamond
65. Phillies: Drew Carpenter, rhp Long Beach State 21 $570,000
Splitter stands out most in five-pitch arsenal; allowed just one run in five pro outings
66. Athletics: Trevor Cahill, rhp HS–Vista, Calif. 18 $560,000
Athletics were last team to make a pick, used top choice to woo Cahill from Dartmouth
67. Astros: Sergio Perez, rhp Tampa 21 $550,000
After saving clinching game of Division II World Series, handled low Class A with ease
68. Braves: Dustin Evans, rhp Georgia Southern 22 $530,000
Recovered from stress fracture in elbow during spring to touch 95 mph with fastball
69. Indians: Wes Hodges, 3b Georgia Tech 22 $1,000,000
Leg injury knocked him out of first round, but he got highest bonus in second round
70. Nationals: Stephen Englund, of HS–Bellevue, Wash. 18 $515,000
Tools continue to outshine skills; batted .183 with 41 K in 35 games in Rookie ball
71. Red Sox: Justin Masterson, rhp San Diego State 21 $510,000
Cape Cod’s breakout player of 2005 could be Boston’s long-term answer at closer
72. Braves: Chase Fontaine, ss Daytona Beach (Fla.) CC 20 $500,000
Offensive-minded infielder turned down Rangers as 18th-round draft-and-follow
73. White Sox: Matt Long, rhp Miami (Ohio) 22 $330,000
First senior drafted has recovered from Tommy John surgery in 2004 to touch 96 mph
74. Cardinals: Jon Jay, of Miami 21 $480,000
Bat may be lone plus tool, but it could carry him; he hit .342/.416/.462 in low Class A
Selection, Team: Player, Pos. School Age Bonus
75. Indians: Matt McBride, c Lehigh 21 $445,000
Best all-around college catcher in draft had sore shoulder but hit well in pro debut
76. Cardinals: Mark Hamilton, 1b Tulane 22 $465,000
Bashed 31 homers between Tulane and pros this year, tied for NY-P lead with eight
Selection, Team: Player, Pos. School Age Bonus
77. Royals: Blake Wood, rhp Georgia Tech 21 $460,000
Top winner on Tech’s College World Series team isn’t afraid to knock hitters off plate
78. Rockies: Keith Weiser, lhp Miami (Ohio) 22 $455,000
Four-pitch lefty throws strikes, just needs to trust fastball and keep his pitches down
79. Devil Rays: Nick Fuller, rhp HS–Marietta, Ga. 18 Did Not Sign
Compared to Brad Lidge, now at forefront of banner South Carolina recruiting class
80. Pirates: Shelby Ford, 2b Oklahoma State 21 $450,000
Switch-hitter with some pop has played shortstop, could wind up as utilityman
81. Mariners: Tony Butler, lhp HS–Oak Creek, Wis. 18 $445,000
Late bloomer pitched at 86-87 mph for most of spring before rocketing to 93-95
82. Tigers: Brennan Boesch, of California 21 $445,000
Highly touted since high school, never has quite put it all together to satisfy scouts
83. Red Sox: Aaron Bates, 1b North Carolina State 22 $440,000
Turned down Marlins as eighth-rounder, won Cape Cod League home run derby in ’05
84. Reds: Chris Valaika, ss UC Santa Barbara 21 $437,500
Won Pioneer League MVP award, set league mark with 32-game hit streak
85. Orioles: Zach Britton, lhp HS–Weatherford, Texas 18 $435,000
Fastball jumped from 86-87 in 2005 to 92-93 this spring, with room for more growth
86. Diamondbacks: Dallas Buck, rhp Oregon State 21 $250,000
First-rounder until elbow problems cropped up, still helped Beavers win national title
87. Diamondbacks: Cyle Hankerd, of Southern California 21 $430,000
Won MVP award and batting title (.384) in NWL, then hit .369 in high Class A
88. Rangers: Chad Tracy, c Pepperdine 21 $427,500
Son of Pirates manager Jim Tracy had first-round aspirations before late fade in spring
89. Giants: Clayton Tanner, lhp HS–Concord, Calif. 18 $425,000
Likened to Noah Lowry, another California lefty who has worked out well for Giants
90. Marlins: Torre Langley, c HS–Douglasville, Ga. 18 $422,500
Draft’s best defensive catcher still has questions about bat after hitting .179 in debut
91. Nationals: Stephen King, ss HS–Winter Park, Fla. 18 $750,000
It took highest bonus in third round to steer his quality bat away from Louisiana State
92. Brewers: Cole Gillespie, of Oregon State 22 $417,500
Top hitter for College World Series champion Beavers batted .344 in debut
93. Padres: Cedric Hunter, of HS–Decatur, Ga. 18 $415,000
Won Arizona League MVP award, reached base safely in first 49 games as pro
94. Mets: Joe Smith, rhp Wright State 22 $410,000
Has better velo, slider than most sidearmers; could get look in big league camp
95. Marlins: Scott Cousins, of San Francisco 21 $407,500
If he can’t improve on .211/.253/.256 debut, he has shown low-90s fastball as lefty
96. Twins: Tyler Robertson, lhp HS–Fair Oaks, Calif. 18 $405,000
Son of Rangers special assistant Jay confounds hitters with unorthodox delivery
97. Phillies: Jason Donald, ss Arizona 21 $400,000
Turned down more money out of high school as 20th-round pick of Angels
98. Athletics: Matt Sulentic, of HS–Dallas 18 $395,000
Precocious hitter batted .354 against older NWL competition, reached low Class A
99. Astros: Nick Moresi, of Fresno State 21 $390,000
Broken hamate bone, inconsistent contact led to diminished college, pro numbers
100. Braves: Chad Rodgers, lhp HS–Stow, Ohio 18 $385,000
Very polished for a high school lefty, had no problems making transition to pros