Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Team Player School State Bonus
1 1 Tampa Bay Rays Tim Beckham Griffin (Ga.) HS Ga. $6,150,000
Beckham solidified his status as the nation's top high school position player last year when he produced the most impressive overall performance on the summer showcase circuit. He was consistently the best player at each event he attended and capped his performance by winning MVP honors at the Aflac Classic at the end of the summer. A wiry, athletic shortstop, Beckham hasn't produced eye-popping performances this spring, but his track record and projection make him the nation's most coveted high school prospect. He has five legitimate tools. At the plate he has the ability to be an above-average hitter with average power. He's a solid runner and his athleticism is a part of his everyday game. In the field, Beckham has smooth major league actions with an above-average arm. He has drawn comparisons to the Upton brothers, though he has more aptitude in the field and not quite the lightning in the bat. His makeup is a plus, as he displays an enjoyment of the game and energy on the field. He has a commitment to Southern California, but Beckham won't reach campus as he's a likely top 10 pick
1 8 Chicago White Sox Gordon Beckham Georgia Ga. $2,600,000
After he went undrafted out of high school, Beckham has improved as much as any player during his three years in college. He started from his freshman season at Georgia, and hit 12 home runs his first season to help the Bulldogs in the College World Series and land on BA's Freshman All-American team. His batting average and power numbers have increased each year since. He won the Cape Cod League home run title last summer, and has shown it was no fluke by hitting 22 homes so far this spring. He has been among the Division I leaders in batting, home runs and slugging percentage all season. At the plate, Beckham is a home run threat to all fields. He has powerful forearms and snap in his wrists that lead to his above-average bat speed. After being known as a hacker early in his college career he is now regarded as a professional hitter. He makes good contact and consistently squares up balls and uses the whole field. While no one questions his ability to hit, scouts are split on whether Beckham has the hands to stay at shortstop. He has the instincts and is athletic with enough range and arm strength to stick at the premium position.
1 22 New York Mets Reese Havens South Carolina S.C. $1,419,000
Coming off a strong showing in the Cape Cod League last summer when he hit .314 with five home runs, Havens positioned himself to be one of the top middle infielders in this draft class. Steady and durable, Havens has been a fixture in the middle of the diamond for the Gamecocks since his freshman year. His consistency in always being in the lineup parallels his consistent improvement offensively and defensively every season since arriving in Columbia. Drafted out of high school by the Rockies in the 29th round, Havens has improved his range, hands and agility and now has the defensive ability and arm strength to stay at shortstop in the professional ranks. He makes up for his lack of foot speed with proper routes to the ball and advanced instincts. At the plate, Havens changed his hand position this season, moving them lower to an unconventional location around the bellybutton. Scouts have split opinions on his new batting style, but he he has hit for better power and average and leads off for a strong South Carolina lineup. He has great makeup and is a prototype "baseball player" with all the intangibles.
1 24 Philadelphia Phillies Anthony Hewitt Salisbury (Conn.) School Conn. $1,380,000
Hewitt is the epitome of high-risk, high-reward. The risk starts with his signability: Any team that drafts Hewitt must be prepared to open its wallet and buy the academic-minded Brooklyn native-turned-Connecticut boarding school star out of a commitment to Vanderbilt. There's also a huge risk that he simply won't hit in professional ball: his raw bat was overmatched against quality pitching on the showcase circuit last summer, and though he dominated vastly inferior prep competition this spring, he still struggles to recognize breaking balls and can get locked up at times by ordinary fastballs. But then he'll crush a ball 450 feet and give scouts a glimpse of his prodigious upside. Several scouts said he was second to Tim Beckham as the best athlete at the East Coast showcase last summer, and he has three legitimate above-average tools in his raw power, speed and arm strength. His muscular 6-foot-1, 190-pound frame evokes Ron Gant, and his work ethic and charisma stand out. Hewitt plays shortstop for Salisbury, but his poor footwork, stiff actions and lack of instincts will dictate a shift to third base or more likely the outfield, where he has enough speed and arm strength for center or right. Hewitt has generated mountains of buzz in the Northeast and could sneak into the supplemental round or even the back of the first round if a club falls in love with his potential enough to overlook his crudeness.
1 29 Cleveland Indians Lonnie Chisenhall Pitt (N.C.) JC N.C. $1,100,000
After being drafted out of high school in the 11th round of the 2006 draft, Chisenhall opted to attend South Carolina, where his ability to hit was quickly noticed. He was consistently placed third in a Gamecocks lineup filled with Reese Havens, Justin Smoak and James Darnell and was considered one of the top pure hitters in the country. However, at the beginning of conference play, Chisenhall was arrested and charged with larceny, leading to his immediate dismissal from the team. (He later pleaded guilty to grand larceny and burglary and was sentenced to six months' probation.) He resurfaced at Pitt, where he played this season, but makeup issues from his past still follow him. On the field, Chisenhall has rebuilt his reputation and is considered one of the best hitters in this draft class. He possesses a fluid flat swing and a bat path that stays in the zone, producing consistent line drive contact. His swing is not conducive to above-average power, but Chisenhall does have occasional juice. His defensive position is still a question mark. Offensively, he profiles best at second base, but scouts question whether he has the hands or range to stick in the middle of the diamond. Whichever team drafts him will do so for the belief in his bat and ability to overcome past transgressions.
1s 41 Chicago Cubs Ryan Flaherty Vanderbilt Tenn. $906,000
As a coach's son, Flaherty earns compliments as a "ballplayer" from opposing coaches and scouts. His father Edward Flaherty is in the ABCA Hall of Fame and has won two national championships as head coach of Division III Southern Maine's baseball team. Flaherty himself has a track record of winning, as following his senior year in high school, his summer team won the American Legion national championship. Flaherty was also named Mr. Baseball in Maine the same season. At Vanderbilt, Flaherty took over the starting shortstop role full-time his sophomore season. However, scouts feel Flaherty's range is not good enough for him to stay at the premium position into the pros, and he will most likely have to make a move to second base, which he played for Team USA last summer. At the plate, Flaherty swings from the left side and will hit for average. He holds the Commodores record for longest hitting streak at 35 games. Flaherty hit six total home runs in his first two years on campus and has close to doubled that total this season. He has showed signs of filling out his lanky 6-foot-3 frame and more strength is projected, but he will most likely never be considered a power hitter. His athleticism and makeup are a plus and should carry him into the major leagues.
2 60 Minnesota Twins Tyler Ladendorf Howard (Texas) JC Texas $673,000
Ladendorf has put up the gaudiest numbers in junior college baseball over the last two seasons. As a freshman, he hit .425 and led all national juco players with 65 steals in as many attempts. This year, he has become more of a power threat, topping the juco batting race with a .542 average thru mid-May and throwing in 16 homers (up from one a year ago) and 31 steals in 32 tries. The best juco prospect in the draft, Ladendorf would have signed for $200,000 in 2007. The Yankees offered him $150,000 as a draft-and-follow, while the Giants proposed a $190,000 bonus after taking him in the 34th round. Ladendorf is bigger and stronger than he was last year, and he now carries 210 pounds on his 6-foot-2 frame. Scouts aren't sure if he truly has more than gap power, but they like him as a multitooled shortstop. He has shortened his swing and can flash plus-plus speed when he's not playing on cruise control. Defensively, he has good hands and plenty of arm despite having the labrum in his throwing shoulder disintegrate as the result of a high school injury. A team that buys into Ladendorf's entire package could take him in the sandwich round.
2 77 Boston Red Sox Derrik Gibson Seaford (Del.) HS Del. $600,000
Gibson didn't make a national splash until last summer on the showcase circuit. He had an impressive showing at the Perfect Game National Showcase last June but really made a name for himself by finishing strong in the fall and committing to North Carolina. An athletic middle infielder who could also play center field, Gibson's evaluations are still based on projection. Playing in Delaware, he is still raw in the field and at the plate but has the athleticism and tools to make him a premium player. Now he looks like a leadoff hitter with a line-drive stroke and above-average speed. But if his thin, 6-foot-1 frame fills out, Gibson could have a chance to hit for average power. In the field, he moves well and has good hands, but his throwing motion has a hitch in it and needs refinement. While he may be too raw for a team to buy him out of his commitment to UNC, Gibson should be an immediate contributor in college and a top-level prospect in three years.
3 79 Pittsburgh Pirates Jordy Mercer Oklahoma State Okla. $508,000
There aren't many all-around shortstops in this draft, and after Tim and Gordon Beckham go off the board at the top of the first round, Mercer might be the best bet to both hit and stay at the position. He has recovered from early season arthroscopic knee surgery in 2007 to display solid-average tools across the board. Though he's big for a shortstop at 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds, he has smooth actions. His range and hands are fine, and he enhances his defensive package with a plus arm. Mercer doubles as Oklahoma State's closer, powering through a rough delivery with 91-94 mph fastballs, hard sliders and grit. He has room to get better as a hitter, as he can add strength and tighten his strike zone. He has improved each year, hitting .345 with 10 homers with a week to go in the regular season after batting a combined .284 with 11 homers in his first two seasons. Mercer's speed is slightly above-average, and he's an instinctive runner if not a basestealer.
3 87 Washington Nationals Danny Espinosa Long Beach State Calif. $525,000
Espinosa is one of the most distinctive players in college baseball with his strong, mature build and slightly bowlegged "egg beater" running style. Long praised by scouts for his work ethic and hustling style of play, Espinosa gets maximum results out of average tools. One scout compared him to former Cal State Fullerton infielder Justin Turner, though with a bit more athleticism. Defensively, his range is fair and his glove work is unorthodox, but he does possess a strong arm. While he handled shortstop well for Team USA last summer, Espinosa is not a pure shortstop and may be better suited to second base or as a utility player. His intelligent and aggressive baserunning masks raw speed that is only average. A switch-hitter, Espinosa has always been stronger from his natural right side, but improved from the left this year. He takes a wicked cut at anything close, and when he squares a pitch up he can produce screaming drives to all fields. Most scouts want to see more plate discipline and patience from Espinosa, who's considered a streak hitter. His lack of overwhelming tools will keep him out of the first two rounds, but he has a lot of attributes scouts love, including the knack to make those around him better.
3 91 St. Louis Cardinals Niko Vasquez Durango HS, Las Vegas Nev. $423,000
Vasquez emerged as a potential high draft pick at last summer's Area Code Games as he started turning his raw tools into performance, using his strong hands and good bat speed to blister good velocity. He also showed good defensive tools during a January Under Armour event, with a strong, accurate arm and better hands and actions. However, his season has been wildly inconsistent, starting with an academic suspension in February that cost him a month's worth of games. When he returned, Vasquez was inconsistent defensively, and most scouts see him moving either to third base or second due to his below-average speed and lack of range at shortstop. However, his bat and perceived signability should get him drafted in the first three rounds. A skilled hitter, he has excellent hands and a good swing path, helping him lash line drives from gap to gap. He was at his best when the scouting heat was on this spring. Some scouts want to try him behind the plate, while others think he'll hit enough and has enough arm (it's average at best) to handle third base. His academic issues didn't hinder his Oregon State commitment, but he's considered signable.
4 114 Pittsburgh Pirates Chase d'Arnaud Pepperdine Calif. $293,000
Pepperdine moved d'Arnaud to shortstop from this base this spring to replace Danny Worth, and d'Arnaud increased his draft stock by showing he could handle short. His arm and range profile better at third base, where he's an above-average defender, but he's solid-average at short. He lacks the raw power potential of his younger brother Travis, who was a second-round pick last year of the Phillies, but improved with the bat and showed solid gap power. He's also an average runner and a tick above underway.
4 117 San Francisco Giants Brandon Crawford UCLA Calif. $375,000
Crawford sparkled as one of the best players in the nation during his freshman and sophomore seasons. His march toward the top half of the draft has not gone well, however, starting last summer, when he hit just .189 in the Cape Cod League. His junior year has been disappointing, as has that of preseason No. 1 UCLA, which was flirting with .500. Crawford has used several different stances at bat, searching for a solution. While he has average raw power, Crawford doesn't make enough contact to get to it and had struck out in 27 percent of his at-bats. His problems at the plate have him profiling as a utility player, and some scouts have criticized his energy level. His best tools are his speed, defense and plus arm. He shows advanced playmaking ability at short and is particularly adept at charging slow hoppers and making the throw on the run.
4 127 Los Angeles Dodgers Dee Gordon Seminole (Fla.) JC Fla. $250,000
A 5-foot-11, 150 pound middle infielder, Gordon is the son of major leaguer Tom Gordon, and like his father is undersized. Academically ineligible in the spring at his junior college, Strange-Gordon did not play this season but did participate in numerous workouts with major league clubs. Strange-Gordon is athletic and has above-average speed. He is fluid in the field and a gap-to-gap hitter at the plate.
4 131 Chicago Cubs Matt Cerda Oceanside (Calif.) HS Calif. $500,000
San Diego recruit Matt Cerda began to impress scouts with his performances on the Angels scout club in the fall of 2007. He followed that with a breakout day at the February showcase in Compton. Just 5-foot-8, 175 pounds, Cerda projects as a second baseman as a pro thanks to below-average range. He has an average arm. His best tool is his bat, as he has a quick, compact swing with extension and a full finish. Cerda's supporters see an offensive second baseman with strong makeup and an "old school" style of play. He would instantly make an impact in the Toreros' lineup if he doesn't sign.
4 140 New York Yankees Corban Joseph Franklin (Tenn.) HS Tenn. $207,000
In a competitive field, shortstop Corban Joseph distinguished himself as the top prep position player in the state because he plays a premium position and swings lefthanded. Joseph has plus bat speed and routinely squares balls up, hitting for power and average to all fields with a short swing. Joseph is an average runner, but speed will never be his game. He has a chance to stay at shortstop but will always be known for his offense than his defense.
5 146 Baltimore Orioles Greg Miclat Virginia Va. $225,000
At 5-foot-9, 180 pounds, Greg Miclat is an undersized, switch-hitting middle infielder. Typically a plus defender at shortstop, he had arm surgery a year ago and battled a sore shoulder for most of the season. When healthy, Miclat has solid arm strength and plus range, playing with a fearless nature and good instincts. At the plate, he is a slap hitter who uses his speed to put pressure on the defense. He stole 30 bases this season for the Cavaliers.
5 154 Oakland Athletics Jason Christian Michigan Mich. $182,000
Christian is one of the few shortstops in the draft with both offensive and defensive skills, and his all-around game could boost him as high as the second round. He has a loose swing, plenty of bat speed and some power potential to tap into once he adds some weight to his 6-foot-3, 170-pound frame. He uses the whole field and shows an aptitude for drawing walks. Once he gets on base, he's a slightly above-average runner who can provide an occasional steal. Unlike many of the better-hitting shortstops available, Christian won't have to switch positions. He has good actions at shortstop, along with plenty of range and arm strength. He missed three weeks with a stiff back, attributed to Michigan's long flights to Florida, Arizona and North Carolina on early-season road trips. Christian since has recovered and his back isn't a long-term concern.
5 159 Toronto Blue Jays Tyler Pastornicky Pendleton School, Bradenton, Fla. Fla. $175,000
Shortstop Tyler Pastornicky is slated to fill Tony Delmonico's shoes at Florida State next spring. An athletic middle infielder, Pastornicky is an advanced defender with an above-average arm. He has a chance to be an average hitter with occasional power.
6 187 Los Angeles Dodgers Tony Delmonico Florida State Fla. $150,000
Shortstop Tony Delmonico transferred in from Tennessee, along with his father Rod, who used to be the coach of the Vols and is now an assistant on Mike Martin's staff. Delmonico is athletic but has limited range and questionable hands and will likely end up at second or third base at the pro level. He can hit for average and occasional power as well.
6 188 Milwaukee Brewers Jose Duran Texas A&M Texas $131,500
While his older brother German was getting his first taste of the majors this spring, Jose Duran was winning Big 12 Conference player-of-the-year honors after transferring from North Central Texas JC. Like his brother, Jose is an offensive-minded middle infielder who may have to move off shortstop. He has a sound line-drive swing and gets good extension, generating gap power for a 5-foot-11, 190-pounder. His speed is average and his arm is a tick light for shortstop, so Duran likely will wind up at second base.
6 195 San Diego Padres Cole Figueroa Florida Fla. $400,000
Figueroa is sophomore eligible with bat speed and gap power. At shortstop he makes the routine plays needed for a college player but does not have the range for the pro level.
6 198 Arizona Diamondbacks Justin Parker Wright State Ohio $130,000
Justin's young brother Jarrod had the most electric arm in the 2007 draft and went ninth overall to the Diamondbacks. Justin has emerged from Jarrod's shadow to become one of the better college middle infielders in this year's draft. He flew under the radar because he skipped summer ball after having shoulder surgery after last season, but no longer. Some clubs prefer him to teammate Jeremy Hamilton, who's chasing the NCAA Division I batting title. The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder has more raw power than Hamilton and plays a more difficult position, though that might not be shortstop in pro ball. Parker's arm strength has returned, but his range and hands would fit better at second or third base. He's an average runner whose instincts help his speed play up on the bases. Parker could go between the third and fifth rounds.
7 204 Pittsburgh Pirates Benji Gonzalez Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, Gurabo, P.R. P.R. $130,000
A glove-first shortstop with a commitment to Oklahoma State, Benjie Gonzalez is a switch-hitter now but may just hit from the right side as a pro. His 6.6-second 60 time was the second-fastest at the Excellence Tournament. Gonzalez , 5-foot-10 and 165 pounds, has excellent hands a plus arm, but there are significant questions about whether the bat will play in pro ball.
8 239 Cincinnati Reds Cody Puckett Cal State Dominguez Hills Calif. $80,000
8 255 San Diego Padres Beamer Weems Baylor Texas $250,000
With tremendous range, soft hands a strong arm, Beamer Weems is one of the best defensive shortstops in the draft. But he had a poor season with the bat, hitting a career-low .267/.379/.437, and scouts say he let his offensive struggles affect his defense and his attitude. He's a switch-hitter with gap power, and he may be better off hitting righthanded and focusing on getting on base. He's a slightly below-average runner, so his total offensive package probably fits toward the bottom of a pro lineup.
11 338 Milwaukee Brewers Michael Marseco Samford Ala.
11 343 Detroit Tigers Brandon Douglas Northern Iowa Iowa
Brandon Douglas has been the first-team all-Missouri Valley Conference shortstop in each of his three seasons at Northern Iowa, and this year he added league player of the year honors as well. He has good pop for a middle infielder, batting .396 with a school-record 25 doubles and 10 homers in 2008. He has a knack for making consistent hard contact, fanning just 14 times in 225 at-bats. His speed, arm and range are all average, though he may wind up moving to second base down the road. The Reds drafted him in the 37th round in 2007, when he was a redshirt sophomore hampered by hamstring injuries.
11 349 Los Angeles Angels Rolando Gomez Flanagan HS, Pembroke Pines, Fla. Fla. $450,000
Gomez draws comparisons to his relative and long time major leaguer Tony Fernandez, though Fernandez is five inches taller. At 5-feet-9, 160 pounds, Gomez is an undersized middle infielder with flare and above-average defensive ability. In the field, his actions are smooth and he has the ability to make difficult plays look routine. While the knock on Gomez is his fringe-average arm strength, he has soft hands and uses good footwork to get himself in the proper position to make plays. Staying at shortstop would make him more valuable, but some scouts think he'll eventually move to second base, in which case he will need to hit more. At the plate, Gomez has a quick lefthanded swing, spraying balls into the gaps. He shows occasional power, but capitalizing on his above-average speed with small ball better suits his skills. He was a regular on the showcase circuit last summer, and has gained a reputation as a grinder. He's committed to play for Miami if he doesn't sign.
12 362 Houston Astros Jeff Hulett Okaloosa-Walton (Fla.) JC Fla.
12 373 Detroit Tigers Brett Anderson Bristol (Conn.) Eastern HS Conn. $110,000
Shortstop Brett Anderson from Bristol's Eastern High should follow in the footsteps of quality Franklin Pierce (N.H.) shortstops Garrett Olson and Scott Savastano. His best tool is an above-average arm, and he has bat speed and instincts, but he's still learning how to hit.
13 393 Texas Rangers Ed Koncel Joliet (Ill.) JC Ill.
13 400 Atlanta Braves Travis Adair Cleveland State (Tenn.) JC Tenn. $117,500
15 450 Chicago White Sox Tyler Kuhn West Virginia W.Va.
15 454 Oakland Athletics Nino Leyja Houston Christian HS Texas $110,000
16 476 Baltimore Orioles Bobby Stevens Northern Illinois Ill.
16 496 Philadelphia Phillies Troy Hanzawa San Diego State Calif.
Hanzawa is a wizard with the glove who excels with plays to his backhand and has a 60 arm (on the 20-80 scale) to go with average range. He's much improved as a hitter but profiles as a bottom-of-the-order hitter with little power.
17 508 Florida Marlins Ben Soignier Louisiana-Monroe La.
17 511 Washington Nationals Jose Lozada Bethune-Cookman Fla.
17 525 San Diego Padres Derek Shunk Villanova Pa.
17 530 New York Yankees Addison Maruszak South Florida Fla.
18 534 Pittsburgh Pirates Jarek Cunningham Mount Spokane HS, Spokane, Wash. Wash. $100,000
18 537 San Francisco Giants Brooks Lindsley Lower Columbia (Wash.) JC Wash.
18 559 Los Angeles Angels Adam Younger Oral Roberts Okla.
19 571 Washington Nationals Steve Lombardozzi Jr. St. Petersburg (Fla.) JC Fla.
19 573 Texas Rangers Harold Martinez Braddock HS, Miami Fla.
Committed to Miami and a preseason All-American this year, Martinez has competed for Team USA's Junior and Youth national teams and was an Aflac All-American. This spring, he has struggled to translate his talent into production. At 6-foot-3, 190 pounds, he has a projectable pro body that is still growing. He is likely to outgrow shortstop but should become an above-average defender at third base. An average runner, he is athletic and moves well, with good actions in the field and a solid arm. In batting practice, Martinez shows above-average raw power and good hitting mechanics, but in games, his struggles begin. He has major timing issues and often reverts to a swing with no load. While he has fallen from a first-round prospect, a team will still take a chance on Martinez, and repeated at-bats in the minor leagues may be just what he needs.
20 603 Texas Rangers Michael Hollander Louisiana State La.
20 605 St. Louis Cardinals Luis Mateo Jose Rojas Cortez Superior HS, Orocovis, P.R. P.R.
20 610 Atlanta Braves Robert Brooks Wallace State (Ala.) JC Ala.
20 612 Seattle Mariners Fred Bello Cerro Coso (Calif.) JC Calif.
21 640 Atlanta Braves Tyler Barnett Eastern Kentucky Ky.
21 641 Chicago Cubs Logan Watkins Goddard (Kan.) HS Kan. $500,000
Middle infielder Logan Watkins received some predraft buzz, but not nearly enough to indicate that a team would spend $500,000 to buy him away from a Wichita State scholarship. Yet that's exactly what the Cubs did. Watkins is an athlete with good speed and a contact-oriented approach from the left side of the plate.
21 643 Detroit Tigers Adam Frost St. Norbert (Wis.) Wis.
Shortstop Adam Frost will be the first player drafted from Wisconsin in 2008. A product of St. Norbert, an NCAA Division III school, he has speed and arm strength and displays some prowess with the bat. He has a little pop and makes contact (just six strikeouts in 153 at-bats), but he also has little patience (11 walks) and is erratic at shortstop (21 errors, .896 fielding percentage).
22 665 St. Louis Cardinals Colt Sedbrook Arizona Ariz.
22 673 Detroit Tigers Zack MacPhee O'Connor HS, Phoenix Ariz.
23 710 New York Yankees Ryan Wilkes Kentucky Ky.
24 730 Atlanta Braves Shayne Moody Charlotte N.C.
24 737 Colorado Rockies Tommy Field Texas State Texas
Thomas Field also blew out his knee playing high school football. A shortstop in the mold of Adam Everett, he's a terrific defender with plus range, solid arm strength and passion for the game. He's also an above-average runner. He hit 10 homers this spring but scouts question his bat and he's going to be more of a line-drive hitter as a pro.
24 741 Cleveland Indians Kevin Fontanez Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, Gurabo, P.R. P.R.
25 758 Milwaukee Brewers John Delaney Quinnipiac (Conn.) Conn.
25 767 Colorado Rockies Andy Burns Rocky Mountain HS, Fort Collins, Colo. Colo.
Andy Burns has top 200 talent and had a chance to play his way into the second round range earlier this season. He didn't make Baseball America's Top 200, but if signability were not an issue, he'd certainly go in the third- to fifth-round range. He's a Kentucky signee, and when his spring didn't turn out as planned, Burns put out word that he'd need first-round money to be lured away from the Wildcats. Burns has the tools and baseball skills to become a premium pick after three college seasons. One scout said he's the best high school hitter Colorado has produced since Darnell McDonald, a 1997 first-rounder and eventual big leaguer. Burns has a feel for hitting and good bat speed, and he showed he can handle velocity last fall, turning around a 93 mph fastball from Tyler Sample. He's a solid infielder who fits better at second or third base than shortstop. The difference between last year's Burns and this spring's is his athleticism and strength. Scouts said he had lost some of his fast-twitch ability and lost a bit of the spark that made him a difference-maker in the past. He may have muscled up too much; scouts liked him better a bit leaner and faster.
26 793 Detroit Tigers Brent Wyatt Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) Idaho
26 795 San Diego Padres Dean Anna Ball State Ind.
27 803 Tampa Bay Rays Luis Marchena Otay Ranch HS, San Diego Calif.
27 818 Milwaukee Brewers Austin Adams Faulkner (Ala.) Ala.
27 819 Toronto Blue Jays Bryan Kervin Texas Christian Texas
27 820 Atlanta Braves Anthony Rendon Lamar HS, Houston Texas
Anthony Rendon is one of the best high school hitters in the state. He led the Houston area with 14 homers as a junior and hit well over .500 this spring. Currently a shortstop, he'll probably move to second base or the outfield if he attends Rice, as expected. He has strong hands and wrists, and while he'll need to shorten his stroke a bit, he should be able to produce at the plate right away.
27 830 New York Yankees Garrison Lassiter West Forsyth HS, Clemmons, N.C. N.C. $675,000
Garrison Lassiter is a lefthanded-hitting shortstop. Lassiter has plus bat speed and the ability to hit for both power and average, but he's raw at the plate and in the field. He has a plus arm at shortstop but needs refinement on his defensive instincts.
28 841 Washington Nationals Nick Arata Florida Atlantic Fla.
28 844 Oakland Athletics Dusty Coleman Wichita State Kan. $675,000
Coleman offers more all-around potential than most shortstops in the 2008 draft. He's a versatile 6-foot-2, 185-pound athlete who also starred as a quarterback and point guard in high school and has taken the mound on occasion for Wichita State. He has good strength and power potential for a shortstop, and he drew a lot of attention when he homered twice in three games at Long Beach State's unforgiving Blair Field early in the season. Coleman homered just four times in his next 50 games, however, as teams were more reluctant to challenge him. He'll need to cut down on his swing, do a better job of recognizing breaking pitches and tighten his strike zone to do damage on a more consistent basis. He's a solid-average runner with good instincts on the bases. Defensively, Coleman has smooth actions and a strong arm. He has been clocked as high as 92 mph and flashed an intriguing slider in his infrequent outings on the mound. Coleman's talent warrants a fourth- to sixth-round selection, but his extra leverage as a draft-eligible sophomore could scare teams off. If he returned to Wichita State and improved offensively, he could factor into the first three rounds of the 2009 draft.
28 852 Seattle Mariners Scott Savastano Franklin Pierce (N.H.) N.H.
A broken thumb early in 2007 caused Franklin Pierce (N.H.) infielder Scott Savastano to drop to the Indians in the 28th round as a draft-eligible sophomore, but there was talk he could climb into the top five rounds with a solid junior campaign. He continued to perform in the wood-bat Northeast-10 Conference, batting .390/.502/.629 with nine homers and 45 RBIs, and he showed a patient approach, drawing 46 walks while striking out just 18 times in 213 at-bats. But scouts now question his professional profile after he added weight to his upper half, limiting his long-term projection. He plays shortstop for Franklin Pierce but lacks the range and hands for the position in pro ball, where scouts agree he'll have to play third base. He has average raw power but probably won't hit enough for the hot corner at the big league level. His swing has some length to it, and he wraps the bat in his set-up. Savastano does have arm strength and he's not a clogger on the basepaths, stealing nine bases in 14 attempts this spring. He figures to be drafted somewhere between the eighth and 14th rounds.
28 858 Arizona Diamondbacks Adam Smith Klein HS, Spring, Texas Texas
Smith has flown under the radar because he didn't hit the showcase circuit last summer, but as the draft approached, his tools were getting more difficult to ignore. He's a lean, athletic 6-foot-4, 195-pounder with a plus-plus arm, above-average speed and offensive potential. His bat isn't as advanced as the other aspects of his game, but there's no reason he shouldn't develop at the plate. He should grow into considerable power as he adds more strength. A quarterback for Klein's football team, Smith has good actions at shortstop despite being tall for the position, and he also shows fine instincts. Given his size, he could wind up at third base down the road. While he's committed to Texas A&M--where his father Barry, who's also the baseball coach at Klein, played for four seasons--Smith may be signable if he goes in the first five rounds.
29 872 Houston Astros Chris Jackson Virginia Commonwealth Va.
Third baseman Chris Jackson is a plus defender in the infield and a gap-to-gap hitter at the plate
29 888 Arizona Diamondbacks Travis Meiners Des Moines Area (Iowa) JC Iowa
30 897 San Francisco Giants Vladimir Frias Tennessee Wesleyan Tenn.
30 916 Philadelphia Phillies Dwayne Henderson Southeastern HS, Detroit Mich.
31 933 Texas Rangers Kyle Higgins Monmouth N.J.
31 940 Atlanta Braves Jason Stolz Kell HS, Marietta, Ga. Ga.
32 956 Baltimore Orioles Brandon Loy Rowlett (Texas) HS Texas
32 962 Houston Astros B.A. Vollmuth Biloxi (Miss.) HS Miss.
Vollmuth, committed to Southern Miss, is a middle infielder now but will likely move to a corner before reaching the pros. His best tool is his raw power.
34 1020 Chicago White Sox Marcus Semien St. Mary's HS, Berkeley, Calif. Calif.
34 1038 Arizona Diamondbacks Jake Elmore Arizona State Ala.
35 1072 Boston Red Sox Carson Blair Liberty Christian HS, Argyle, Texas Texas $200,000
36 1084 Oakland Athletics Jon Berti Troy (Mich.) HS Mich.
37 1116 Minnesota Twins Javier Brown Grossmont (Calif.) JC Calif.
37 1132 Boston Red Sox Tom DiBenedetto Trinity (Conn.) Conn.
39 1171 Washington Nationals James Keithley Texas-San Antonio Texas
39 1173 Texas Rangers Brad Miller Olympia HS, Orlando Fla.
Brad Miller is another prep shortstop from Florida who could make an immediate impact a the college level next season. Committed to Clemson, Miller is a lefthanded hitter with decent bat speed and power to the gaps. In the field, Miller is a plus defender and can stay in the middle of the diamond.
40 1196 Baltimore Orioles Kirk Singer Los Alamitos (Calif.) HS Calif.
40 1198 Florida Marlins Trent Fuller Fairfield (Calif.) HS Calif.
40 1211 Chicago Cubs Jared McDonald Pima (Ariz.) JC Ariz.
Pima's Jared McDonald, a juco shortstop and likely pro second baseman who dominated the league, batting .467 with 11 home runs. He's committed to Michigan State, a surprise and perhaps a sign that he's not an elite player, as most of the top players in the conference commit to Arizona or Arizona State. He's a contact hitter with some similarities to Adam Kennedy, with an unorthodox lefthanded swing, spray approach and solid athleticism.
40 1220 New York Yankees Sam Mende Clearwater (Fla.) Central Catholic HS Fla.
41 1238 Milwaukee Brewers Joe Scott Cal State Fullerton Calif.
41 1240 Atlanta Braves Ian Gilley Northside HS, Fort Smith, Ark. Ark.
Shortstop/righthander Ian Gilley is a raw two-way player who hasn't signed with a four-year school. Committed to Texarkana (Texas) CC, he has arm strength (87-89 mph) and some pop in his bat. His tools haven't translated into performance yet, so he would have been a perfect player to draft-and-follow when those rules were in effect. He's 6-foot-1 and 195 pounds, so he may have more of a future as a shortstop.
41 1241 Chicago Cubs Jordan Petraitis Miami (Ohio) Ohio
41 1247 Colorado Rockies Dean Espy Red Mountain HS, Mesa, Ariz. Ariz.
42 1268 Milwaukee Brewers Ryan Wood East Carolina N.C.
The Pirates' best position prospect is second baseman Ryan Wood, who hit .300 with 12 home runs in the regular season. An above-average defender, Wood is athletic and runs well, with a plus arm in the field
42 1281 Cleveland Indians Logan Thompson Jupiter (Fla.) HS Fla.
43 1303 Detroit Tigers Tyler Grimes North HS, Wichita, Kan. Kan.
44 1337 Arizona Diamondbacks David Cooper Mount Olive (N.C.) N.C.
45 1349 Chicago White Sox Julian Kenner Whitney Young HS, Chicago Ill.
45 1350 Washington Nationals Colin Rooney Saddleback (Calif.) JC Calif.
45 1367 New York Yankees Creede Simpson Auburn (Ala.) HS Ala.
46 1371 Pittsburgh Pirates Scott McGough Plum HS, Pittsburgh Pa.
46 1374 San Francisco Giants Joey Hainsfurther Highland Park HS, Dallas Texas
46 1377 Chicago White Sox Lee Fischer Missouri Mo.
46 1380 Texas Rangers Erik Morrison Kansas Kan.
46 1384 Milwaukee Brewers Carlos George Monroe HS, Bronx, N.Y. Calif.
46 1385 Atlanta Braves Matt Harrison Green Valley HS, Henderson, Nev. Nev.
North Carolina recruit Matt Harrison has the arm and high-energy approach to be a solid college shortstop. His bat and overall athleticism leave him short as a pro for now.
47 1419 Arizona Diamondbacks Drew Maggi Brophy Prep, Phoenix Ariz.
47 1422 Cleveland Indians Randon Henika Garber HS, Essexville, Mich. Mich.
48 1426 Kansas City Royals Terrence Buchanan Mount Carmel HS, San Diego Calif.
48 1429 Florida Marlins Barrett Serrato Community HS, West Chicago, Ill. Ill.
48 1444 Philadelphia Phillies Mark Ginther Jenks (Okla.) HS Okla.
Mark Ginther quarterbacked Jenks High to the last two 6-A state football titles, leading the state's passers with 2,467 yards and throwing for 15 touchdowns last fall. The athletic 6-foot-3, 185-pounder has a sound swing and approach to go with power potential, and he has been clocked as high as 91 mph on the mound. He's a possible replacement for two-way star Jordy Mercer at Oklahoma State, but Ginther isn't as smooth on defense and projects more as a third baseman than a shortstop.
48 1445 Colorado Rockies Austin Nola Catholic HS, Baton Rouge La.
50 1485 Chicago White Sox Steve Florence Simeon Career Academy, Chicago Ill.