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Round Overall Team Player School State Bonus
1 2 Pittsburgh Pirates Pedro Alvarez Vanderbilt Tenn. $6,000,000
Alvarez entered the season as the top prospect in this year's draft class, and even after missing the first half of the season with a hamate bone injury, he maintains that status. The New York high school player of the year in 2005, Alvarez was ranked as a top 100 player as a senior and was drafted by the Red Sox in the 14th round that year. He elected to go to Vanderbilt instead, and he hit 22 home runs and drove in 64 runs, earning Freshman of the Year honors from BA. The trend continued into his sophomore year when Alvarez was named a first team All-American after hitting .386 with 18 home runs. He also spent two standout summers with Team USA. Alvarez has been one of the most feared college hitters for all three years he has been in school. Blessed with plus raw power, he is also an advanced hitter with a professional approach. At third base, his defensive skills and footwork have improved since he arrived at Vanderbilt. His arm is plenty for the corner and his athleticism is a plus. He is also known to be a great teammate with strong makeup. His bonus demands and status as a Boras Corp. client could affect his draft stock, however.
1 16 Milwaukee Brewers Brett Lawrie Brookswood SS, Langley, B.C. British Columbia $1,700,000
Scouts debate whether Lawrie is the best Canadian hitting prospect since Justin Morneau or Larry Walker, but he's definitely created buzz in a draft relatively short on high school bats, drawing some comparisons to Craig Biggio. If he had a more defined position, he would be a cinch first-round pick. Signed by Arizona State, Lawrie has too much present hitting ability to wind up in college. One scout compared him to Marlins slugger Dan Uggla for his strength, power and muscular, mature build, and several scouts have graded Lawrie's power as above-average if not 70 on the 20-80 scale. He's not just strong but also has a keen eye, offensive instincts, aggressiveness and quick wrists that drive the bat through the hitting zone. On a spring trip with his Canadian travel teams (Langley, B.C., Blaze and the Canadian junior national team), Lawrie went 21-for-30 against extended spring training and college teams, including 14 extra-base hits. He hit doubles off Kyle Davies and Luke Hochevar in a game against the Royals' extended spring team. Several scouts summed up his offensive approach by describing him as "fearless." He's also athletic with above-average speed (6.75 seconds in the 60). Defense is Lawrie's shortcoming; he plays infield and catcher and also has seen time in the outfield, where one scout described him as "disinterested." He's shown the tools to catch, as he's built for the position at 6 feet and 200 pounds, and he has an average arm at the least. However, his bat might be too advanced for him to take the time to learn such a valuable defensive position, and some scouts doubt that he'd have the temperament to handle it anyway.
1s 37 San Francisco Giants Conor Gillaspie Wichita State Kan. $970,000
Though he turned in productive freshman and sophomore seasons at Wichita State, Gillaspie didn't really break out as a prospect until he won the MVP award in the Cape Cod League last summer. He added the batting (.345) and slugging titles (.673) as well. He has posted similar numbers for the Shockers as a junior, consistently squaring up balls on the barrel of his bat and controlling the strike zone. As a pro, he projects to hit for a high average, with much of his power coming in the form of doubles rather than home runs. He gets high marks for his intensity and his work ethic, as he constantly strives to improve his game. He's an underrated athlete and baserunner who used his aggressiveness and instincts to tie for the NCAA Division I lead with eight triples going into the final week of the regular season. Gillaspie has no more than decent range and has been erratic at third base this spring, but he should be able to stick at the hot corner in pro ball. His hands are soft and arm strength is average, and he makes the routine plays. Clubs have varying opinions on Gillaspie, with some viewing him as a late first-round talent and others as more of a second-rounder.
1s 46 San Diego Padres Logan Forsythe Arkansas Ark. $835,000
Forsythe ranked second on Team USA with six steals and third with a .309 batting average (trailing only cinch first-rounder Pedro Alvarez and Brett Wallace), but he came down with a stress fracture in his right foot at the end of last summer. After having surgery in November, he wasn't able to train as he normally would, resulting in a hamstring pull this spring. Forsythe uses his legs in his swing, and the hamstring injury affected his stroke in the early going. Once he healed, he again began drilling line drives into the gaps and making a push for the second round. Scouts believe he'll have average power in the big leagues and liken his approach to Mike Lowell's, so he should provide enough offense to stick at the hot corner. If not, he's versatile enough to also have played second base, shortstop and left field for Team USA. The 6-foot-1, 208-pounder is more athletic than most third basemen. He has an above-average arm, moves well and is a solid-average runner with good instincts.
2 69 San Diego Padres James Darnell South Carolina S.C. $740,000
Teaming up with Havens and Smoak at South Carolina, Darnell was the third piece of one of the most potent infields in college baseball. The best athlete of the three, Darnell has potential to be a five-tool talent in the pros. At 6-foot-2 and 210 pounds, Darnell is a physical specimen with a combination of athleticism and strength. Still somewhat raw as a baseball player, it is still to be determined which position he will play at the professional level. Darnell has an above-average arm but may not have the hands to stay at third base. His above-average footspeed may make him a better candidate for right field. At the plate, consistency is Darnell's red flag. He is known for going through hot-and-cold stretches. He has above-average raw power as he hit 19 home runs last year and has hit three home runs in a game multiple times this season. He has power to all fields but is known more as a pull hitter. Darnell also has shown ability to hit for average as he led the Gamecocks with a .331 batting average in 2007. Darnell's cold spells come when he goes through stretches of chasing breaking balls and changeups out of the zone.
3 86 Chicago White Sox Brent Morel Cal Poly Calif. $440,000
Scouts liken Morel to former Poly third baseman Josh Lansford offensively, with some home run power but a more effective approach when he tries to go gap-to-gap, and consider him a better defender. Both could squeeze into the first six rounds if they find the right fit.
4 129 Toronto Blue Jays Mark Sobolewski Miami Fla. $243,000
Sobolewski is a draft-eligible true sophomore, and playing for Miami has afforded him plenty of exposure this spring. He should be one of at least seven Hurricanes drafted this June. A Freshman All-American last season, Sobolewski had a 20-game hit streak last season and reached base safely in 31 of his team's last 32 games. He struggled last summer in the Cape Cod League, where he hit .189 with no home runs in 39 games. Drafted in the 20th round out of high school by the Astros in 2006, Sobolewski is still raw at third base and at the plate. While he has an above-average arm, he has made too many errors this season, most of them throwing errors because he has a tendency to drop down and throw across the diamond from a lower arm slot. He does have the actions and hands to be an above-average fielder if he refines his technique. At the plate, Sobolewski is strong, as he often hits cleanup for the Hurricanes, but most of his power is pull-side. As a sophomore, Sobolewski may be a tough sign, and one more year of college may be enough to make him a top prospect for next year's draft.
5 155 St. Louis Cardinals Jermaine Curtis UCLA Calif. $181,000
Curtis had academic issues as a sophomore and got off to a difficult start as a junior before rallying. He's lauded by opponents and scouts for his leadership skills and gritty play. He'll have to learn a new position as a pro, moving to second base, because he lacks the arm strength and power for third. His other tools grade out as average at best but play up because of his effort and hustle.
5 156 Minnesota Twins Nick Romero San Diego State Calif. $179,000
Romero has an ideal third baseman's frame--athletic, strong and well proportioned. His smooth hands and strong arm comfortably grade out to major league average, if not a shade above. Romero's sweet lefthanded swing is fundamentally sound, but scouts have reservations about his bat speed.
5 167 Colorado Rockies Chris Dominguez Louisville Ky.
Few position players can match Dominguez's size, power and arm strength. He's 6-foot-4 and 240 pounds, and when he connects, he can drive baseballs as far as anyone in college baseball. The Big East Conference co-offensive player of the year, he led the league with 18 homers entering the postseason. However, his propensity to swing and miss and his lackluster performance with wood bats create questions about how consistent he'll be in pro ball. He tends to destroy mediocre pitchers but struggle against quality opponents, chasing pitches out of the zone and falling behind in the count. Dominguez hit just .216 with three homers in 29 games in the Cape Cod League last summer, striking out 38 times in 97 at-bats. He also led NCAA Division I with 88 strikeouts in 2007, though he has made better contact this spring. Dominguez flashed a mid-90s fastball as a reliever a year ago, though he has a strong desire to remain an everyday player and hasn't pitched this spring. His arm is an asset at third base and he also has decent hands, but he doesn't cover a lot of ground. He has improved defensively this year after making 18 errors in 2007. He played some outfield on the Cape but didn't look good there, leaving first base as his only alternative if he can't stick at the hot corner. Dominguez broke his forearm in a collision with a baserunner in 2006, so he's only a redshirt sophomore. Because teams fear their extra leverage, draft-eligible sophomores often get drafted lower than their ability would warrant, so Dominguez could slide. On talent, he's a second- to fourth-rounder.
6 201 Cleveland Indians Jeremie Tice College of Charleston S.C. $120,000
Charleston's prospects are led by third baseman Jeremie Tice. Drafted in 2006 by the Marlins in the 38th round, Tice deferred pro ball and transferred to Charleston from Tallahassee (Fla.) CC. This season he led the Cougars with a .393 average while slugging 25 home runs. Tice has a professional approach at the plate and should be an adequate defender at third base.
7 208 Florida Marlins Paul Gran Washington State Wash. $40,000
The top draft from the two Pac-10 schools figures to be senior infielder Paul Gran, who slid from shortstop to third base for the Cougars. His best present tool is his defense at third base; he made only one error there this spring and has excellent range to go with an average arm. If he cleans up his footwork, he could be an above-average utility player with the ability to move to second base or his old spot at shortstop. His lefthanded bat and 55 speed (fringe above-average on the 20-to-80 scouting scale) further his future utility profile. He's a cerebral hitter who sometimes overthinks at the plate and swings and misses more than he should. He has raw pull power and should be one of the first college seniors drafted.
7 222 Seattle Mariners Nate Tenbrink Kansas State Kan. $140,000
Tenbrink is fodder for the classic tools-vs.-performance argument. Scouts who like him project him as a possible third-rounder and rave about his physical gifts. He's a 6-foot-2, 204-pounder who has a loose lefthanded swing with loft in batting practice, not to mention a plus arm and solid-average speed. He's also an intense competitor and hard worker. Yet for everything Tenbrink has going for him, he hit just .251/.372/.459 and fielded .890 at the hot corner during the regular season. It's not a case of draftitis, as he posted similar numbers as a sophomore. Rather than letting his plus power come naturally, Tenbrink overswings and chases pitches too often during games. He needs to tone down his approach and force pitchers to challenge him. He also must harness his arm, as many of his errors come on throws. Tenbrink's two-run homer provided the difference in Kansas State's Big 12 Conference tournament-opening upset of Oklahoma State, and a hot postseason could push him up draft boards.
7 226 Philadelphia Phillies Johnny Coy Benton HS, St. Joseph, Mo. Mo.
Outfielder Johnny Coy is an Arizona State basketball recruit. He's athletic and has a lot of projectable power in his 6-foot-7, 190-pound frame, but he's raw in all facets of the game.
8 234 Pittsburgh Pirates Jeremy Farrell Virginia Va. $105,000
Beyond David Adams and Jacob Thompson, Virginia's best prospect is first baseman Jeremy Farrell, who led the Cavaliers with 11 home runs. After injury-riddled freshman and sophomore seasons, Farrell started 60 games this year. He does not have plus bat speed but has shown the ability to hit for power. He is strong and athletic both at the plate and in the field but lacks projection. First base is his best position because he is a below-average runner with an average arm, though he might be athletic enough to play a corner outfield position. Farrell's father is Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell.
8 254 New York Mets Eric Campbell Boston College Mass. $90,000
Third baseman Eric Campbell has some raw power and a decent approach but has holes offensively and is likely to fare better as a senior sign in 2009.
9 264 Pittsburgh Pirates Matt Hague Oklahoma State Okla. $25,000
Hague, who spent his first three seasons at Washington, planned on transferring to Clemson before eligibility issues arose. He has hit throughout his college career, including a .299 performance in the Cape Cod League last summer. He has an unconventional set-up and a big bat wrap in back, but he's so quick and strong (6-foot-2, 215 pounds) that he has no problems producing. Most of Hague's value lies in his offense, and he fits much better defensively in right field than at first base. Some scouts are intrigued by his pitching because he has flashed a 94 mph fastball in brief relief stints, but he'll be drafted as a hitter. He turned down the Indians as an 11th-rounder last year.
9 286 Philadelphia Phillies Cody Overbeck Mississippi Miss. $80,000
The Rebels boast a solid group of position players led by third baseman Cody Overbeck, who led the Rebels with a .350 average and 15 home runs during the regular season. An average defensive player, Overbeck might profile better at second base in the pros. He has a hitch in his swing that will prevent him for hitting for the power necessary at the next level.
10 296 Baltimore Orioles Chris Herrmann Alvin (Texas) JC Texas
10 319 Los Angeles Angels Gabe Jacobo Sacramento State Calif. $110,000
Jacobo was a late bloomer in high school who stuck with his Sacramento State commitment even after other, higher-profile schools tried to recruit him late. He intrigues scouts with his athletic ability for a player his size and with his bat. Jacobo ranked second in the Western Athletic Conference in home runs as a sophomore with 14 and had 13 this season. He has strength in his short swing, enough bat speed to catch up to velocity and a high finish that gives him loft power. Jacobo plays first base and left field for the Hornets but played shortstop and third base in the Alaska League last summer, and scouts who have seen him believe he has a chance to play third as a pro. He has arm strength, though his accuracy is in question. He runs well enough to man an outfield corner, and he might wind up there if he can't handle third.
11 348 Arizona Diamondbacks Kyle Greene Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) Idaho
Kyle Greene put up impressive numbers with a .428/.509/.838 line with 19 homers, 30 doubles and 94 RBIs. Like Mills, he's played both corner infield spots and he has a fringe-average arm and enough athleticism to give third a whirl as a pro. He's a solid hitter with strength who may lack the bat speed to hit for significant power with wood.
12 367 Los Angeles Dodgers Austin Yount Stanford Calif.
12 377 Colorado Rockies Ryan Peisel Georgia Ga.
Ryan Peisel is a solid college third baseman with an all-around game. However, none of his tools stands out and he doesn't fit a positional profile. He can hit but shows below-average power and average speed at best. He is a solid defender now but likely won't stick at the hot corner, making him an offensive second baseman at the next level. Peisel will get a shot this year as a senior sign.
13 386 Baltimore Orioles Corey Thomas Middleton HS, Tampa Fla.
13 411 Cleveland Indians Adam Abraham Michigan Mich.
Third baseman Adam Abraham showed promise as a defenseman in the Ontario Hockey League before deciding to focus on baseball during the NHL lockout. The heart and soul of the Wolverines, he's a quality athlete with strength in his bat and his arm. He tends to drift at the plate, which cuts off some of his power. Though he hasn't pitched much this spring, he has shown aptitude on the mound in the past, earning a win and a save against then-No. 1 Vanderbilt in Michigan's huge regional upset a year ago.
14 430 Atlanta Braves Jake Hanson Sabino HS, Tucson Ariz.
15 471 Cleveland Indians Jason Rodriguez Nevada Nev.
Third baseman Jason Rodriguez hit .390 this spring and should be an organizational player. He lacks power and doesn't run well, making it difficult to profile him as a pro. He should hit enough to earn a job.
17 505 Kansas City Royals Jake Kuebler Meridian (Miss.) JC Neb. $150,000
Third baseman/righthander Jake Kuebler not only is Nebraska's best high school prospect, but he also has the best bloodlines. Alex Gordon's cousin has a projectable 6-foot-5, 195-pound frame and could grow into a slugging third baseman. He shows a quick arm and a high-80s fastball on the mound, though his fastball is in the remedial stages. He's considered unsignable and will likely follow in Gordon's footsteps at Nebraska.
17 509 Cincinnati Reds Frank Pfister Emory (Ga.) Ga.
17 514 Oakland Athletics Brad Glenn Arizona Ariz.
Brad Glenn has tried his hand at third base but fits better defensively in left. He has more raw power and can crush fastballs if he's looking for them but lacks the athleticism to hit for a consistent average.
18 542 Houston Astros David Flores Sacramento State Calif.
20 604 Oakland Athletics Rodney Rutherford Columbus State (Ga.) Ga.
20 607 Los Angeles Dodgers Zack Cox Pleasure Ridge Park HS, Louisville Ky.
Cox has touched 92-93 mph off the mound, so his arm fits in with the rest of the pitching prospects in Kentucky's bumper crop. But his future is definitely with a bat in his hands, as he's one of the more talented high school hitters in the draft. Cox has the strong frame (6 feet, 205 pounds) and the swing to produce for both average and power. He won the home run derby at the Cape Cod Classic last summer. His makeup draws praise at well. The biggest questions surrounding Cox are his future position and his signability. While he easily has enough arm for the hot corner, his speed and athleticism are below-average, and it's uncertain whether he can remain there. Some clubs have wondered about converting him to a catcher, but his hands may limit him as a receiver. If Cox winds up at an outfield corner, he should have more than enough bat for that position. He would be draft-eligible as a sophomore in 2010, which could make it more tempting to follow through on his commitment to Arkansas.
22 654 Pittsburgh Pirates Patrick Palmeiro Heritage HS, Colleyville, Texas Texas
22 657 San Francisco Giants Carter Bell Vanier SS, Toronto British Columbia
Another Canadian heading to an American four-year college, infielder Carter Bell committed to Oregon State and has a chance to step right into the Beavers' lineup next year. A shortstop in high school, he has the body control and athletic ability to play the position in college. His 7.0-second speed in the 60 and below-average range likely make a move to third a necessity for pro ball, and his bat is light for the draft at a corner spot. He has a nice compact swing, however, and a decent feel for hitting.
22 660 Chicago White Sox Jose Vargas Ventura (Calif.) JC Calif.
22 670 Atlanta Braves Dane Carter Texas A&M Texas
24 714 Pittsburgh Pirates Brian Litwin St. Stephens HS, Hickory, N.C. N.C.
24 715 Kansas City Royals Jason Morales Inglewood (Calif.) HS N.C.
24 738 Arizona Diamondbacks Nelson Gomez Keystone (Pa.) Pa.
24 740 New York Yankees Mike Lyon Northeastern Mass.
Northeastern shortstop Dan Lyon and Holy Cross catcher Brendan Akashian have both garnered moderate interest as late senior signs. Lyon slugged 14 homers while batting .357 for the Huskies this spring, but he struggled against breaking balls and generates more interest for his decent hands and average arm; he profiles as an organizational middle infielder.
26 774 Pittsburgh Pirates Zach Wilson Wilson HS, Long Beach Calif.
Long in the shadow of Wilson stars Ryan Dent and Aaron Hicks, Wilson is a legitimate prospect on his own merit. He has a prototypical, athletic 6-foot-2, 200-pound frame, and his 6.8-second speed in the 60 is rare for a third-base prospect. His primary tool is his bat. During the summer showcase season, Wilson began his swing from a dead start, with no hand movement or load. He now employs an inward leg kick, which led to dramatic improvement. Wilson's picturesque cut, which combines a short backswing with a long and level follow through, produces screaming line drives to all fields. He demonstrated his bat in a mid-April game when he drilled a 410-foot shot directly over the center-field fence at Redondo Union High. While his arm is adequate for the hot corner, Wilson will need to improve his glovework and footwork. Some organizations may be scared off by his Scott Boras Corp. representation and Arizona State commitment, but a lot of clubs are intrigued by Wilson's potential.
28 836 Baltimore Orioles Tom Edwards Rutgers N.J.
28 846 Minnesota Twins Nate Hanson Minnesota Minn.
29 868 Florida Marlins Ricky Orton UNC Greensboro N.C.
29 876 Minnesota Twins Joe Loftus Academy of the Holy Angels, Richfield, Minn. Minn.
Joe Loftus has prototype third-base tools. He's a 6-foot-3, 205-pounder with a lot of power potential and arm strength. He's also a good athlete who shows a high-80s sinker and a hard breaking ball on the mound. Whether he'll get drafted high enough to pass up his Vanderbilt scholarship remains in question, however. If he does make it to the Commodores, he'll take over for departing superstar Pedro Alvarez at third base.
29 881 Chicago Cubs Sean Buckley King HS, Tampa Fla.
29 886 Philadelphia Phillies Keon Broxton Lakeland (Fla.) HS Fla.
29 892 Boston Red Sox Jacob Rogers Dunedin (Fla.) HS Fla.
31 941 Chicago Cubs Kyle Wilson Hill (Texas) JC Texas
32 967 Los Angeles Dodgers Shan Sullivan Angelo State (Texas) Texas
32 982 Boston Red Sox Travis Shaw Washington HS, Washington Court House, Ohio Ohio
The best high school hitter now is Travis Shaw, the son of former all-star Jeff Shaw. Jeff signed out of community college and is set on having Travis get a college education at Kent State, so he's considered unsignable. He has good size (6-foot-3, 195 pounds), a smooth lefthanded swing and the ability to make consistent sweet-spot contact. He's growing into his power. Shaw doesn't run well, so he'll have to move from shortstop to an infield corner.
34 1014 Pittsburgh Pirates Matt Payne North Carolina State N.C.
34 1018 Florida Marlins Matt Lokken St. Helens (Ore.) HS Ore.
34 1033 Detroit Tigers Bryan Pounds Houston Texas
35 1047 San Francisco Giants Dan Black Purdue Ind.
38 1138 Florida Marlins Joey DeBernardis Lake Zurich (Ill.) HS Ill.
38 1141 Washington Nationals Ronnie Labrie Lynchburg (Va.) Va.
39 1167 San Francisco Giants Braden Kapteyn Illiana Christian HS, Lansing, Ill. Ill.
Righthander Wade Kapteyn, now a draft-eligible sophomore at Evansville, rated as the state's No. 2 prospect in 2006, and now his younger brother Braden Kapteyn is Illinois' top prep position player. Currently a shortstop, he'll probably move to third base after he fills out his 6-foot-4 frame. His size, arm strength and power potential all profile well at the hot corner. Part of a banner Kentucky recruiting class, he could see double duty if he joins the Wildcats because his fastball has been clocked as high as 93 mph. He's a maximum-effort player, both as a hitter and on the mound, and he'll have to prove he can hit against better competition.
39 1176 Minnesota Twins Steve Proscia Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey, N.J. N.J.
Proscia has a physical 6-foot-2, 230-pound frame and was a standout wide receiver/defensive back for the national powerhouse Don Bosco football team in the fall. His bat is raw because he's never concentrated on baseball, but his swing has plenty of leverage and he could hit for plus power down the road. Proscia's speed and arm strength are also average or better tools, and he's got enough agility to play in the middle of the field. Scouts are intrigued by Proscia's upside, but he figures to wind up at Virginia, where he might replace David Adams at second base. He projects as a third baseman as he fills out.
40 1194 Pittsburgh Pirates Beau Didier Bellarmine Prep, Tacoma, Wash. Wash.
A famous name in Washington state Beau Didier, grandson of longtime scout Mel and son of Bob Didier, who spent parts of six seasons in the majors and finished fourth in Rookie of the Year voting in the National League in 1969. The third generation Didier has arm strength, athletic ability and a feel for hitting but lacks strength or present power and isn't considered ready to sign yet. He's expected to attend Louisiana State.
41 1234 Oakland Athletics Cody Hawn Walters State (Tenn.) JC Tenn.
42 1273 Detroit Tigers Paul Hoenecke West Bend (Wis.) East HS Wis.
44 1318 Florida Marlins Joel Staples St. Mary's Calif.
45 1355 Minnesota Twins Mike Spina Cincinnati Ohio
47 1401 San Francisco Giants Abe Ruiz Pacific Grove (Calif.) HS Calif.
Arizona State recruit Abe Ruiz resembles Brett Wallace in that he's a bat-first corner infielder, but he's not the hitter Wallace is. He has a better body but may also struggle to stay at third. He has an above-average arm, above-average raw power and a good idea at the plate. Scouts had a hard time seeing him against premium pitching this spring, and he's indicated a desire to go to college.
48 1449 Cleveland Indians Troy White Whitney Young HS, Chicago Ill.
48 1450 Boston Red Sox Kevin Hoef Iowa Iowa
Kevin Hoef helped his cause by hitting .317 with wood bats against top competition in the Cape Cod League last summer, but he may be more of a tweener. He moved from shortstop because he had below-average range and speed, and he doesn't have much pop for a third baseman. Adding strength to his 6-foot-2, 195-pound frame might help. He does have a strong arm, though his bet fit might be as an offensive second baseman. He played second base in the Cape all-star game.
49 1453 Kansas City Royals Alan Salgado San Ysidro HS, San Diego Calif.