Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Team Player Position State Bonus
1 21 Detroit Tigers Ryan Perry RHP Ariz. $1,480,000
Arizona coaches started getting excited about Perry last spring, when his velocity jumped into the mid-90s, but they had to wait on him after Perry was injured in a motorcycle accident, falling onto his left (non-throwing) arm and breaking a bone. He recovered in time to take the Cape Cod League by storm, pushing his fastball up to 98 mph in the league all-star game and sitting at 94-96 as a starter with a loose arm action. He started his junior season high on draft boards and in Arizona's rotation but got lit up early as a starter. Scouts say Perry's fastball, while a plus-plus pitch for to its velocity, lacks deception and hitters sit on it, especially when he's starting and struggles to locate his offspeed stuff. When he's going well, he adds a second plus pitch in a slider that one scout compared to that of Phillies closer Brad Lidge. Perry's changeup shows enough potential to make scouts consider him as a starter, but he's been much more effective out of the bullpen. His fastball lacks life and needs the extra velocity he gets out of the bullpen. He's still expected to go in the first round, and most clubs figure to give him a chance to start because his arm is so good.
1 26 Arizona Diamondbacks Daniel Schlereth LHP Ariz. $1,330,000
The son of former NFL offensive lineman and current ESPN commentator Mark Schlereth, Daniel Schlereth was an eighth-round pick last year as a draft-eligible sophomore, having missed a year due to Tommy John surgery. Schlereth didn't sign and has come back improved as part of a devastating Arizona bullpen with three of the nation's best power arms. While teammate Ryan Perry figures to be drafted higher this year (and sophomore closer Jason Stoffel should go higher next year), Schlereth was making a case to go in the first two rounds by showing improved command and stuff from 2007. Schlereth finds the strike zone more consistently with his 90-94 mph fastball and at times has more velocity, sometimes sitting 94-96. His power breaking ball is a swing-and-miss pitch, and he's done a better job of throwing it for strikes. After a failed bid as a starter earlier in his career, Schlereth has shown the guts to challenge hitters with his stuff in a relief role and could be the rare lefthanded closer as a pro. The biggest question will be whether or not he can maintain his stuff while improving his control. He'll never have command with the effort he puts into his delivery, but he still doesn't throw as many quality strikes as he'll need to at higher levels. He's expected to be drafted in the first three rounds.
4 122 Houston Astros T.J. Steele OF Ariz. $267,000
Steele played at Canyon del Oro High, a powerhouse program in Tucson that is the alma mater of big leaguers such as Chris and Shelley Duncan and Ian Kinsler, among others. He stayed in Tucson for college and has been a three-year starter at Arizona. Steele's athletic ability stands out in a college class short on such players. He's a plus runner with good range in center field; combined with his instincts and adequate arm, he's an above-average defender. Steele has raw power potential and good instincts to go with his speed on the bases, and potentially could be a middle-of-the-order, 20-homers, 20-steals threat. However, Steele's bat lacks refinement, mostly due to too much aggressiveness and too little pitch recognition. Miscast as a leadoff hitter, Steele gets himself out early in counts too often and isn't patient enough to bring his plus raw power to the fore. Steele isn't the average college draft pick in several ways and should take more time to develop than most. But in a year nearly devoid of college outfielders with upside, he stands out.
7 212 Houston Astros Jon Gaston OF Ariz. $150,000
Arizona's position players offer mostly mediocrity after the dynamic T.J. Steele. Jon Gaston should be the first one picked due to his present strength, decent athleticism and lefthanded bat. He's not athletic but runs and throws average.
8 261 Cleveland Indians Eric Berger LHP Ariz. $125,000
While Arizona State won the Pac-10 with all its talent, Arizona still earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament and finished strong, winning the season-ending series with the Sun Devils. Junior lefty Eric Berger started and won the deciding game of that series and should be drafted right around the ninth round, where he went last year after not pitching all spring. Berger is still coming back from Tommy John surgery that cost him the '07 season. Berger's fastball sat in the 89-90 mph range most of the season, but he was bumping some 92s later in the year. He works up with the fastball and down with a mid- to upper 70s curveball and was trying to regain the feel for his changeup. When he's at his best, his curveball has depth and is a swing-and-miss pitch, and he could move up closer to the fifth round unless his price tag gets too high.
14 414 Pittsburgh Pirates Mike Colla RHP Ariz.
The physical Colla has a 90-92 mph fastball with fringy secondary stuff and a lack of pitchability.
15 456 Minnesota Twins David Coulon LHP Ariz.
Coulon has had flashes of success, but his velocity was down this year in the 86-88 mph range. He's sat at average in the past with a solid-average changeup and curveball, yet never has shown even average command.
16 477 San Francisco Giants C.J. Ziegler 1B Ariz.
17 514 Oakland Athletics Brad Glenn 3B 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.
22 664 Oakland Athletics Preston Guilmet RHP Ariz.
Ace starter Preston Guilmet profiles well as a middle reliever thanks to a plus slider and good split-finger fastball, and he works in the bottom half of the strike zone thanks to an unconventional, over-the-top release point. However, his fastball grades as below-average at 86-87 mph. He's performed, though, and earns points with his tremendous makeup. He academically oriented and also has started training horses this spring as part of his coursework.
22 665 St. Louis Cardinals Colt Sedbrook SS Ariz.