Arizona Diamondbacks

Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 26 Daniel Schlereth LHP Arizona 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.
1s 43 Wade Miley LHP Southeastern Louisiana La. $877,000
Miley was part of a banner 2005 class of Louisiana prep lefties that also included Beau Jones and Sean West, who went in the sandwich round of that draft, and Jeremy Bleich, who headed to Stanford. Miley may turn out to be the best of the group, as he owns three pitches that grade as plus when at their best. His top offering is an 80-84 mph slider that he can bury down and in against righthanders. He sits at 89-92 mph with his fastball and can reach 94-95 mph, though his heater flattens out at high-end velocity. His changeup is his third pitch, and his 75-77 mph curveball shows some potential. Miley has a sound delivery and a strong 6-foot-2, 195-pound frame. His command is no better than average, which is why he hasn't dominated mid-major Southland Conference competition and why some clubs project him as a reliever. But talented and proven college lefthanders are in short supply in this draft, so Miley could sneak into the first round with a club that has seen him at his best.
2 73 Bryan Shaw RHP Long Beach State Calif. $553,000
Long Beach State righted itself after a rough midseason patch, and Shaw had been key to the turnaround as the team's power closer. He's from Livermore, Calif., which seems to churn out hard throwers. It's the hometown of Randy Johnson and Giants reliever Erick Threets. While both of those hard-throwing lefties have touched 100 mph in their careers, Shaw touches 95-96 mph and sits in the 92-94 range. His slider can be a real power breaking ball when he's going well, sitting in the low to mid-80s. While he's just 6-foot-1, he does a good job of missing down and keeping the ball in the ballpark. Shaw also has excellent control for a power pitcher. His stuff might be short to be a big league closer, but he should move quickly into a setup role.
3 104 Kevin Eichhorn RHP Aptos (Calif.) HS Calif. $500,000
Eichhorn's father Mark spent parts of 11 seasons in the big leagues as a reliever, using a submarine delivery to pitch nearly 300 innings in 1986-87 for the Blue Jays. His son probably won't be a second-round pick, as Mark was back in 1979, but it might take second-round money to keep Kevin from his Santa Clara commitment. Mark helped coach Kevin's team to the 2002 Little League World Series. While the elder Eichhorn was 6-foot-3, 210 pounds during his playing days, the son now checks in at 6-feet, 170 pounds and would benefit from a late growth spurt, which some scouts expect. However, he's athletic and switch-hits, and would probably play shortstop and pitch at Santa Clara. If he's drafted high, it's expected to be for his work on the mound, as he has touched 94 mph with his fastball and shows excellent fastball command. Eichhorn spins a breaking ball as well, a curveball that lacks the power to be a true plus pitch now. His body has some scouts doubting he's ready for pro ball, with a fastball that sits 88-90 mph more often than it touches 94. But his arm works well, and with his athleticism and bloodlines, he's the best prep prospect in Northern California.
4 138 Ryne White OF Purdue Ind. $213,000
First baseman Ryne White is far and away the most advanced hitter in the state. He batted .333 this spring after finishing third in NCAA Division I with a .452 batting average in 2007, but he did increase his power (from eight to 12 homers) and continued to control the strike zone (35 walks, 21 strikeouts). White has a quick bat, tremendous hand-eye coordination and a whole-field approach. He made adjustments this year to get more power out of his stroke. He's short for a first baseman at 5-foot-11 and 205 pounds, but he has an average arm and could get a pro opportunity in the outfield, where he played as a freshman.
5 168 Collin Cowgill OF Kentucky Ky. $155,000
Cowgill missed all of 2007 with a broken hamate bone and has done nothing but hit since returning. He batted .290 in the Cape Cod League last summer, earning all-star honors and helping Yarmouth-Dennis win the championship, after which he turned down the Athletics as a 29th-round pick. Cowgill is just 5-foot-9 and 195 pounds, but he plays bigger than his size and tools, which aren't lacking. He has a discerning eye and plenty of bat speed, allowing him to wait on and attack vulnerable pitches. He hit 16 homers in 2006 and 18 more during the regular season this year. He's a slightly below-average runner out of the batter's box and a slightly above-average runner under way, yet his instincts allow him to steal bases and track down most balls in center field. He also has a strong arm for the position. Cowgill's demographics aren't ideal--he bats righthanded and throw lefthanded, and he's 22 after losing a year to injury--but his gritty makeup and the results he gets are reminiscent of Reed Johnson.
6 198 Justin Parker SS 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.
7 228 Miles Reagan RHP El Capitan HS, Lakeside, Calif. Calif. $150,000
Reagan has a tall and athletic frame that contains significant projection. He has a 90 to 93 mph fastball, which he can throw with sharp cutting movement to the glove side. Reagan's 76 mph changeup and a slurvy breaking ball need some polish.
8 258 Pat McAnaney LHP Virginia Va. $30,000
McAnaney moved into the Friday starting role and finished the year 4-5, 3.67 with 92 strikeouts in 61 innings. He is lefthanded and throws his fastball around 90 mph. McAnaney has good command and a feel for pitching, mixing his above-average changeup and slurve to keep hitters off balance. The breaking ball is his out pitch, while the changeup makes his fastball even tougher to hit.
9 288 Brett Moorhouse RHP Indian River (Fla.) JC Fla. $120,000
Righthander Brett Moorhouse features pure arm strength. He pitches in the low 90s and has been seen up to 94. His secondary stuff keeps him from being a top prospect, as his changeup and slider are still in the developmental stages. A good sign is that he finished with a K/BB ratio of nearly four/one this spring.
10 318 Danny Hultzen LHP St. Alban's HS, Washington, D.C. D.C.
A late bloomer on the draft prospect scene, Hultzen is now considered one of the top prep lefties in the draft. From the metro area in D.C., Hultzen has long been known as a softer-tossing lefthander with pitchability. He recently went through a velocity jump, sending his fastball into the 88-92 mph range and his name onto every prospect follow list. However, Hultzen is firmly committed to pitch at Virginia in the fall and is thought by most to be unsignable. He pitches at a low three-quarters arm slot, creating natural tail and sink. He also offers a breaking ball with tight rotation and slurve action that at times is an above-average pitch. He even experiments with a changeup and split-finger pitch but both are currently under-developed and inconsistent. With his signability concerns, Hultzen may be a prospect that falls to late in the draft, does not sign and resurfaces as a first-round caliber prospect after three years at Virginia.
11 348 Kyle Greene 3B 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.
12 378 Daniel Webb RHP Heath HS, Paducah, Ky. Ky.
Webb has the most arm strength among all the talented pitchers in Kentucky this spring, having hit 96 mph last fall and working consistently at 90-93 mph this spring. But he's not nearly as refined as lefthanders Christian Friedrich, Robbie Ross and Nick Maronde, so the club that takes him in the first two rounds will have to be patient. Webb's curveball is average at best right now, and he either needs to do a better job of staying on top of it or switch to a slider. His changeup and command also are works in progress. A strong 6-foot-3, 205-pounder, Webb has a delivery that's more powerful than smooth. He demonstrated impressive makeup in the 2007 state tournament, pitching a complete game and striking out 10 despite breaking a bone in his foot in the first inning. He has committed to Kentucky but is considered signable.
13 408 Ollie Linton OF UC Irvine Calif.
14 438 Trevor Harden RHP New Mexico JC N.M.
Harden, a Miami recruit, battled hamstring problems early and missed six weeks, but he was finishing strong and had interest from some teams in the fifth- to eighth-round range. He's shown a power arm with a low-90s fastball, touching 94, complemented at times by a plus slider in the low 80s. He's the safest bet in the state to get drafted with a single-digit pick.
15 468 Bobby Stone OF Montgomery (Texas) HS Texas $135,000
First baseman Bobby Stone displayed the best power at the 2007 Area Code Games, and he delivers it from the left side of the plate. He has a strong 6-foot-2, 210-pound frame and a nice swing. Stone may play both ways at Sam Houston State, as he's a lefthander with a mid-80 fastball and good mound savvy. He's more signable than most of Texas' best prep prospects.
16 498 Ryan Hughes LHP Chabot (Calif.) JC Calif.
17 528 Ryan Babineau C UCLA Calif.
18 558 Sam Brown RHP North Carolina State N.C.
Brown has the most projection of any of the Wolfpack pitchers. He pitches in the low 90s with a clean delivery, and was a seventh-round pick of the Nationals coming out of high school in 2006.
19 588 Joseph Gautier LHP Bethune-Cookman Fla.
20 618 Jordan Meaker RHP Dallas Baptist Texas
Righthander Jordan Meaker was an Astros ninth-round pick out of high school in 2005, but scouts say his delivery has a lot more effort and recoil than it did three years ago. Still, someone might buy into his 6-foot-6, 220-pound frame and a fastball that has good run and sink and tops out at 93 mph. His curveball is slurvy.
21 648 Bryan Woodall RHP Auburn Ala.
22 678 Justin LaTempa RHP Golden West (Calif.) JC Calif.
LaTempa, a redshirt sophomore after spending a season at UC Irvine, has the biggest arm of the group but the least pitchability. Skinny as a pencil in high school, LaTempa has developed into an imposing 6-foot-4, 225-rounder. He was at his best early, when his fastball sat in the 91-93 mph range, peaking at 94-95. At his best, he adds a slider, curve and change. While LaTempa is strong on the basics, he is weak on the minutiae. His fastball is almost dead straight and rarely visits the lower portion of the strike zone. Both his slider and curve are inconsistent, and his change is flat. His inconsistent mechanics also led to shoulder soreness, and he made just nine starts this season. He did make a late relief appearance but had likely fallen out of the first five rounds. He was considered signable.
23 708 Matt Long OF Santa Clara Calif.
24 738 Nelson Gomez 3B Keystone (Pa.) Pa.
25 768 Josh Spence LHP Central Arizona JC Ariz.
The best player in the state's JCs the last two years, Central Arizona lefthander Josh Spence, isn't expected to be a high pick because of his below-average fastball, which peaks at 86-87 mph. Scouts still love Spence for his tremendous makeup, feel for pitching and quality secondary pitches, which include a 78 mph curveball and Bugs Bunny changeup. Both are plus pitches and he has above-average command. He's won 27 games the last two years and pitched Central Arizona to this year's NJCAA World Series, where he took his second loss of the year. The Australian Spence also has committed to Arizona State, which makes it less likely he'll be drafted high.
26 798 Alex Sogard LHP North Carolina State N.C.
Alex Sogard gives the Wolfpack another draftable lefty, presenting an opposite profile from Surkamp. Like Surkamp, he has a pro body, but he offers more velocity with less pitchability. He also throws a downer curveball with plus life, though he rarely throws it for a strike. Sogard is a draft-eligible sophomore.
27 828 Ryan Cook RHP Southern California Calif.
28 858 Adam Smith SS 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.
29 888 Travis Meiners SS Des Moines Area (Iowa) JC Iowa
30 918 Daniel Rodriguez OF Miami Dade JC Fla.
31 948 Taylor Cole RHP JC of Southern Nevada Nev.
Cole has shown big stuff in a small body the last two years, first as a high school senior at Las Vegas' Bishop Gorman High, then this year as a freshman at CC of Southern Nevada. He's emerged as CCSN's top prospect after outfielder Devin Shepherd bombed and ace righty Colby Shreve needed Tommy John surgery. Some scouts aren't sold on Cole, who probably isn't as big as his listed 6-foot-1, 175 pounds, but he has several factors in his favor. His fastball sat 90-91 mph early and he got better as the season went along, touching 96 and sitting 92-94 at times. Blessed with a quick arm, the athletic Cole does it easy and repeats his delivery, pumping his fastball into the bottom of the strike zone. He long tosses and has natural arm strength to boot. His slider can be an average pitch, and he's still learning how to add and subtract velocity from his stuff. Still, most scouts peg Cole as a reliever as a pro. His fastball can flatten out, and he's more Jesse Crain than Roy Oswalt. His draft stock fell last year when his bonus demands went up, and despite his big-time arm he seemed to be falling again this spring, into the third- to fifth-round range.
32 978 Riccio Torrez 2B Brophy Prep, Phoenix Ariz.
Phoenix Brophy Prep infielder Riccio Torrez began the season as a preseason All-American after playing for USA Baseball's junior national team, going 6-for-14 to help the Americans win the bronze medal at the junior Pan Am championships in Mexico. An Arizona State signee, Torrez was panned this spring by scouts; three flatly called him a "college guy" as he lost some quickness and moved off shortstop to third base. He has a strong arm and strength in his swing but didn't perform this spring as he had in the past. He didn't measure up well in comparison to other prep infielders in the Four Corners area such as Nevada's Niko Vasquez and Colorado's Andy Burns.
33 1008 Luke Murton 1B Georgia Tech Ga.
Luke Murton is the brother of major leaguer Matt and shows more raw power than his older brother. He can hit the ball a long way to all fields but has gone through stretches when he struggled to make contact. He batted .239 as a sophomore but boosted that to .333 with 12 home runs this season. Murton is a below-average runner and plays best at first base, though he could slide into left field.
34 1038 Jake Elmore SS Arizona State Ala.
35 1068 Chris Davis C Central Arkansas Ark.
36 1098 T.J. Hose RHP East Carolina N.C.
37 1128 Sanders Commings OF Westside HS, Augusta, Ga. Ga.
38 1158 Jesse Orosco Jr. RHP Grossmont (Calif.) JC Calif.
39 1188 Kyle Godfrey LHP Wabash Valley (Ill.) JC Ill.
40 1218 Taylor Wall LHP Westside HS, Houston Texas
41 1248 Brendan Duffy OF Oral Roberts Okla.
42 1278 Erik Stavert RHP Chabot (Calif.) JC Calif.
43 1308 Clayton Suss RHP Miami Dade JC Fla.
44 1337 David Cooper SS Mount Olive (N.C.) N.C.
45 1365 Jeremy Rathjen OF Memorial HS, Houston Texas
Rice recruit Jeremy Rathjen got a lot of exposure as a junior at Houston's Memorial High, when scouts came to see eventual Blue Jays first-round pick Kevin Ahrens. Rathjen's bat isn't as advanced as Ahrens' was, and at 6-foot-4 and 175 pounds, he must get stronger. But he's athletic, a former two-way player in football for Memorial who has solid speed and arm strength. If his frame and power develop as expected, he could be a top-three-rounds pick in 2011. Because he's a good student and not ready for pro ball, he'll be difficult to sign away from the Owls.
46 1392 Dan Kauffman 1B Juniata (Pa.) Pa.
47 1419 Drew Maggi SS Brophy Prep, Phoenix Ariz.
48 1446 Cecil Richardson OF Sacramento JC Calif.
49 1473 Willie Argo OF Assumption HS, Davenport, Iowa Iowa
50 1500 Sean Koecheler RHP Palm Beach (Fla.) JC Fla.