Boston Americans

Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 30 Casey Kelly RHP Sarasota (Fla.) HS Fla. $3,000,000
A tremendous athlete with professional bloodlines, Kelly is committed to play quarterback and shortstop at Tennessee. He is the son of Pat Kelly, who played briefly in the big leagues in 1980 and is a longtime minor league manager, and he is fundamentally sound on the baseball field. His defensive actions are advanced and he has the hands and arm strength to stay at shortstop now. However, as he develops, Kelly may outgrow the position, leading to a move to third base. At the plate, Kelly is somewhat raw and his production is still a projection for scouts. He has raw power due to his size and will need to improve his ability to make consistent contact. While he prefers playing shortstop, many scouts like his repertoire on the mound as much, if not better, than his skills as a position player. With a fastball that sits in the low to mid-90s and one of the nation's best hammer curveballs, Kelly is a safe pick in that if he doesn't pan out in the field, he could be successful on the mound. However, with his commitment to Tennessee and his desire to play shortstop, signability could become an issue.
1s 45 Bryan Price RHP Rice Texas $849,000
Along with Andrew Cashner and Zach Stewart, Price is one of three Texas college relievers who looks like a first-rounder on his best days. Though he had a durable 6-foot-4, 200-pound frame and a promising fastball, Price worked just 17 innings over his first two years at Rice because he lacked secondary pitches, command and mound presence. He started to make strides at the end of his sophomore season, and this spring he has consistently shown a 90-95 fastball with sink. His hard slider has topped out at 87 mph, though it has devolved into more of a slurve at times. His control still needs work but has improved. He has an intriguing changeup but doesn't trust it enough to use it much in games. Some teams are interested in trying Price as a starter, and he was lights out for five innings against Texas State in his one start this year. However, he walked three of the four batters he faced in his next appearance, a relief outing five days later. His lack of a track record is a concern, though he'll probably go in the sandwich to second round.
2 77 Derrik Gibson SS 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 85 Stephen Fife RHP Utah Utah $464,000
An Idaho native, Fife played in the Little League World Series in 1999, and two of his teammates have joined him this season as roommates and starters at Utah. Fife was just 160 pounds as a prep senior when the Utes first spotted him and he went to Everett (Wash.) CC for a year, pitching against wood bats. He put on 20 pounds that year and now checks in at a physical 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds. He pitched middle relief for much of 2007 before earning a rotation spot late in the year, and entered this season as a possible eighth- to 12th-round pick. He's just learning to pitch with power stuff and started to emerge as a popup prospect in April, when he was on the losing end of a 1-0 duel with San Diego State man-child Stephen Strasburg. While Strasburg struck out 23 in that game, Fife pitched well enough to win and has been at his best since, one-hitting Utah and ramping up his velocity. His fastball sits in the 89-92 mph range and has touched 95, and he's shown the ability to maintain velocity deep into games, with several 93s in the eighth inning of a recent start. Fife throws two breaking balls, a true curveball he can bury or throw for strikes and a decent, early-count slider. His changeup also shows good sink, though he could refine his location and arm speed with the pitch. A late bloomer, Fife just has started to dominate, with 44 strikeouts in 41 innings since the Strasburg matchup. He started getting crosschecked in late April in a game with New Mexico and senior lefty Bobby LaFramboise, and other teams were scrambling to have him scouted heavily enough to pick him in the first three rounds. He had as much helium as any player in the West.
3 108 Kyle Weiland RHP Notre Dame Ind. $322,000
Weiland has a good chance to go in the first three rounds as a reliever, but he might be starting for Notre Dame if he hadn't fallen and broken his collarbone the December before his sophomore season. After he saved 16 games as a freshman, the Fighting Irish ticketed him for their rotation in 2007. However he had a hard time making the transition to starting while recovering from the injury. Weiland enjoyed immediate success after returning to the bullpen, where he could focus on his 91-94 mph fastball and 80-82 mph slider. He owns school records for single-season and career (25) saves. The slider gives him a second plus pitch at times, though he can fall in love with it too much. Six-foot-3 and 180 pounds, he throws strikes but sometimes battles the location of his pitches in the zone. Weiland's stuff was down slightly a month before the draft, and he hit three batters in one inning against Pittsburgh.
4 142 Pete Hissey OF Unionville (Pa.) HS Pa. $1,000,000
Hissey's brother and father played college baseball, so he had no trouble dropping basketball even though he could have played shooting guard for a mid-major college hoops program. An above-average runner with good instincts, Hissey has added about 20 pounds of muscle to his 6-foot frame in the past year, and though his power is below-average currently, he projects as average or slightly better. He's an aggressive hitter who has a good feel for the strike zone, stays on breaking balls well and hits hard line drive to all fields. He's a promising defender in center field but needs to improve his routes. One scout projected him as a right fielder down the line and compared him to Paul O'Neill for his game as well as his hard-nosed approach. Hissey is an excellent student, and a club will likely have to take him in the top three rounds to buy him out of a commitment to Virginia.
5 172 Ryan Westmoreland OF Portsmouth (R.I.) HS R.I. $2,000,000
Last summer, Westmoreland was intriguing as a thin, rangy, fast-twitch athlete who moonlighted as an all-state soccer player and standout basketball player. He added 15 pounds of muscle over the winter and increased his strength at the plate, his foot speed and even his velocity off the mound, where he used an 86-90 mph fastball and decent curveball to strike out 19 of the 21 batters he faced in a seven-inning perfect game this spring. That arm strength translates well to center field, where his well-above-average speed allows him to cover a lot of ground. As an athletic high school outfielder from Rhode Island, Westmoreland draws inevitable comparisons to fellow Ocean Stater Rocco Baldelli, and he has that kind of upside. He has quick hands and good hand-eye coordination, allowing him to put the barrel on the ball consistently, but he's still learning to incorporate his lower half into his swing and hit the ball with more authority. The scuttlebutt in the Northeast was that it would take at least a seven-figure signing bonus to buy him out of a commitment to Vanderbilt, but the Red Sox have expressed interest in the local boy, sending several prominent front-office executives in to see him.
6 202 Ryan Lavarnway C Yale Conn. $325,000
Lavarnway led Division I in batting at .467 as a sophomore (adding 14 homers), and he led the Ivy League with 13 homers as a junior despite missing the final eight games of the conference season with a broken wrist. He was an outfielder at Woodland Hills (Calif.) High before converting to catcher at Yale, and he remains raw defensively. He has arm strength and decent hands, but he struggles moving laterally and blocking balls and has a slow release. He's athletic enough and has a good enough bat to move to a corner outfield spot if necessary. An aggressive hitter with an advanced approach, Lavarnway covers the whole plate and seldom has a low-quality at-bat. He has above-average raw power and solid-average game power. His health and his remaining year of eligibility at Yale cloud his draft status, but he should be a summer follow in the Cape Cod League.
7 232 Tim Federowicz C North Carolina N.C. $150,000
Undrafted out of high school, Federowicz arrived on the North Carolina campus as a freshman and quickly gained a reputation for being a clutch-hitting catcher with a great arm who knows how to win. He has been a fixture behind the plate and in the middle of the Tar Heel lineup during the three most successful seasons in the school's history. Federowicz also won a gold medal in the World University Games with Team USA in the summer of 2006. Scouts are split on Federowicz's pro potential, however. Behind the plate, his leadership skills, experience and plus throwing arm are undeniable. His receiving style, with a high elbow, concerns some scouts. But the biggest questions for Federowicz are at the plate. While he has been consistently productive for the Tar Heels, his offensive numbers have declined each year. He's strong at the plate but has below-average bat speed. His power is to the opposite-field gap, and he struggles pulling inside fastballs. He projects as a below-average hitter with below-average power, but at catcher his bat might be good enough. His track record of success alone makes him one of the top five college catchers in this year's draft class.
8 262 Mike Lee RHP Oklahoma City Okla. $100,000
Oklahoma City, which finished third at the NAIA World Series, features Oklahoma's best college pitching prospect in towering righthander Mike Lee. Six-foot-7 and 220 pounds, Lee throws a consistent 90-91 mph on a steep downward plane. There are mixed reports on his hard curveball, as some scouts grade it as a plus pitch and others think it's below-average. The Yankees drafted Lee in the 22nd round out of high school in 2005, and in the 27th round out of Bellevue (Wash.) CC a year later.
9 292 Christian Vazquez C Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, Gurabo, P.R. P.R. $80,000
A catcher with strong catch-and-throw skills, Cristian Vazquez is a good defender with an accurate arm. But at 5-foot-10, 210 pounds, his body is maxed out and he will have to watch his weight.
10 322 Pete Ruiz RHP Santa Barbara (Calif.) JC Calif. $100,000
11 352 Bryan Peterson OF West Valley HS, Spokane, Wash. Wash. $150,000
An outstanding quarterback, Peterson broke former NFL quarterback Mark Rypien's city record for all-purpose yards. His throwing arm for baseball is just average and might fit best in left field. His bat is his calling card, as he squares balls up and has above-average power potential from the left side. He also has solid instincts defensively and is a fringe-average runner. He's a Washington State signee and likely will be the first prep position player from the state to be drafted.
12 382 Lance McClain LHP Cumberland (Tenn.) Tenn.
13 412 Tyler Wilson RHP Armuchee HS, Rome, Ga. Ga. $300,000
14 442 Tyler Yockey OF Acadiana HS, Lafayette, La. La. $150,000
15 472 John Lally LHP Santa Margarita HS, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. Calif.
16 502 Mitch Herold LHP Central Florida Fla.
17 532 Jordan Cooper RHP Shawnee Heights HS, Tecumseh, Kan. Kan.
The top prep prospect in Kansas, Cooper stands out most for his polish. He has good feel for his heavy 88-91 mph sinker, and he has maintained its velocity throughout the spring. He throws four pitches, including a curveball, slider and changeup and could be more effective once he settles on one breaking ball. His arm is clean and works well. Though Cooper isn't exceptionally big at 6-foot-1 and 190 pounds, he's a very good athlete, which allows him to repeat his delivery and throw strikes. An all-city basketball guard, he also doubles as a slugging third baseman in baseball. Committed to Wichita State, Cooper could be difficult to sign in the fourth or fifth round, which is where his talent projects to land him.
18 562 Brian Flynn LHP Owasso (Okla.) HS Okla.
Teams who covet size and velocity love lefthander Brian Flynn, a 6-foot-8, 235-pounder who has touched 93 mph this spring. Flynn, who does everything righthanded except for pitching, threw in the mid-80s in 2007. He has won the last two state 6-A championship games for Owasso High. He's a long-term project who is raw in every phase of pitching, so clubs might let him develop for three years at Wichita State before making a big run at him.
19 592 Brian Humphries OF Granite Hills HS, El Cajon, Calif. Calif.
Humphries has an ideal tall, athletic and projectable frame, and has already filled out noticeably since the beginning of the 2007 showcase season. A lefthanded hitter and righthander thrower, Humphries has solid but unspectacular tools. His 6.8-second time in the 60 is slightly above-average speed. His best tosses from the outfield grade out around average, but he has been inconsistent with his throws in showcase events. Humphries will show glimpses of excellent hitting ability, but for scouts the glimpses are infrequent. He had a poor showing in the February Major League Baseball showcase event in Compton. To his credit, though, Humphries had several outstanding efforts in both BP and games in fall wood-bat scout league contests. Questions about Humphries' bat and his solid but not overwhelming tools figure to keep him out of the first three rounds. If he ends up at Pepperdine, it's easy to imagine Humphries developing into one of the nation's top players over the next three years.
20 622 Alex Meyer RHP Greensburg (Ind.) HS Ind.
Meyer created a huge stir at the Perfect Game National showcase last summer. He hadn't planned on attending the event, but his summer team was already in Cincinnati so he stopped by to pitch two innings. Meyer threw his fastball from 92-95 mph, and his hard breaking ball was even nastier. Just like that, he was tabbed as a potential first-rounder for the 2008 draft. This spring, Meyer has continued to show the talent to go in the bottom of the first round, but clubs don't think he'll sign even if he does go that high. He's advised by the Scott Boras Corp., and seems destined to attend Kentucky, so it's unlikely a team will gamble a premium draft choice on him. Meyer throws his pitches on a steep downward plane, thanks to his 6-foot-7, 200-pound frame. Unlike many big pitchers, he doesn't have much difficulty keeping his mechanics in sync and repeating his delivery, the result of the athleticism that makes him an all-conference center for his high school basketball team. If Meyer does opt for the Wildcats over pro ball, it's easy to envision him in the mix for the No. 1 overall pick in 2011.
21 652 Jonathan Hee 2B Hawaii Hawaii
Fifth-year senior Jonathan Hee also could be a senior sign, and would kill for one of Haislet's tools. Hee scraps his way on base and has good hands, which work for him at the plate, where he can bunt and spray the ball from pole to pole, and in the field. He played shortstop mostly this spring despite lacking the range for the spot and fits better at second base or as a utility player.
22 682 Anthony DeSclafani RHP Colts Neck (N.J.) HS N.J.
Righthanders Anthony Desclafani owns the best changeup in New Jersey and has an excellent feel for pitching. His fastball is fringy at best, sitting in the 88-90 mph range, and he needs to improve his curveball, but he can spin it. Scouts like Desclafani's body (6-foot-3, 175) and his clean, easy delivery, but his current stuff isn't good enough to warrant buying him out of a commitment to Florida.
23 712 Seth Garrison RHP Texas Christian Texas
24 742 Ricky Oropesa 1B Etiwanda (Calif.) HS Calif.
Oropesa is a two-way talent who is part of a strong Southern California recruiting class. He dazzled scouts at Major League Baseball's summer showcase at the Urban Youth Academy in Compton last June, blasting several home runs with wood bats, including several off the batter's eye in center field. He also took a turn on the mound, firing a four-seam fastball that registered from 91-93 mph and peaking at 95. Since establishing himself as a possible first-rounder, though, Oropesa has not been as impressive, and his draft stock has taken a dip. He struggled at the Area Code Games and the Aflac Classic, showing an inability to connect with quality pitching. During the spring prep season, he has posted eye-popping numbers against inferior pitching, but he struggled against Notre Dame-bound lefthander Dustin Ispas of Los Osos High. As a hitter, Oropesa has well-above-average raw power, but his hitting mechanics don't let him get to his power against quality pitching. He fits best as a first baseman despite his above-average arm, as he lacks the hands for third base or the speed and range for the outfield corners. As a pitcher, he loses velocity as a game wears on, and his secondary stuff is short. He should be an excellent two-way player in college, but his raw power makes him most attractive as a hitter as a pro.
25 772 Justin Parker LHP Jesuit HS, Carmichael, Calif. Calif.
26 802 Navery Moore RHP Battle Ground Academy, Franklin, Tenn. Tenn.
There isn't a more intriguing prep prospect in the state than righthander Navery Moore. Before undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2007, Moore was regarded as one of the best young arms in the nation, and he had been seen in the mid-90s and consistently in the low 90s as a 16-year-old. Moore was back on the mound this spring but not at full strength, as his fastball was 88-90 mph. Moore is 6-foot-2, 180 pounds with room to grow. He also throws a curveball and changeup that have projection but both are unpolished. Moore has a clean delivery and easy arm action and should be able to get back his arm strength. If so, he could vault up draft charts in three years. Committed to Vanderbilt, Moore will be a tough sign.
27 832 Hunter Cervenka LHP Sterling HS, Baytown, Texas Texas $350,000
Sterling lefty Hunter Cervenka throws hard, overpowering hitters with an 89-93 mph fastball and a low-80s slider. The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder also works with a lot more effort and a lot less command than some other pitchers, and Cervenka's reputation as a hothead turns off some scouts. His body may be maxed out already. Cervenka also is a right fielder with a lot of power potential, a strong arm and decent speed. He committed to Texas, but may turn pro or could take a detour to San Jacinto JC.
28 862 Matt Marquis OF Immaculata HS, Somerville, N.J. N.J.
Outfielder Matt Marquis will be tough to lure away from Vanderbilt, where he would be an impact power bat immediately. Marquis has plus raw power and puts on shows in batting practice, but he's a dead pull hitter and his swing has some rigidness to it, though it's short and compact. Marquis is an average runner with an average arm, but he projects as a corner outfielder. As a 5-foot-11, righthanded-hitting corner outfielder, he'll have to hit an awful lot to profile as a big leaguer, and right now his hit tool lags behind his power.
29 892 Jacob Rogers 3B Dunedin (Fla.) HS Fla.
30 922 Alex Hale RHP Richmond Va.
31 952 Andrew Frezza OF Barry (Fla.) Fla.
32 982 Travis Shaw 3B 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.
33 1012 Brandon Miller C Woodward Academy, College Park, Ga. Ga.
Though he played his summer ball in the East Cobb program and attended some major national showcases last year, Miller entered the season a lesser-known name in Georgia. Not invited to the Aflac Classic, he ranked behind fellow high school catching prospect Taylor Hightower in the Peach State coming into the season. Following a strong senior season when he hit double-digit home runs, however, Miller has vaulted himself up draft boards and is considered one of the top high school catching prospects in the Southeast. A Georgia Tech signee, Miller has present strength as well as projectability. His ability at the plate is what separates him from other catchers and has scouts excited. For a catcher, he has average power and a chance to hit for a solid average. He is an aggressive hitter but makes consistent contact and hits to all fields. Miller has a strong arm, an athletic body and moves well behind the plate, and even though his receiving skills and footwork need refinement, scouts say he'll be able to make adjustments and improve. He's also an above-average runner for a catcher, regularly posting sub-7-second 60-yard times. Profiling as an offensive catcher with athleticism and plus makeup, Miller's upside at a premium position might send him even higher on draft day.
34 1042 Zak Sinclair RHP West Allegheny HS, Imperial, Pa. Pa.
Sinclair has a big frame (6-foot-4, 220 pounds) and an excellent athletic pedigree as a standout high school quarterback, but he lacks a breaking ball. Sinclair's fastball tops out at 91 but has room for projection.
35 1072 Carson Blair SS Liberty Christian HS, Argyle, Texas Texas $200,000
36 1102 Richie Wasielewski LHP Brunswick (Ga.) HS Ga. $135,000
37 1132 Tom DiBenedetto SS Trinity (Conn.) Conn.
38 1162 Bobby Hernandez RHP Barry (Fla.) Fla.
39 1192 Yan Gomes C/INF Tennessee Tenn.
Yan Gomes is a sophomore-eligible with a big body and juice at the plate, but his performance this season was inconsistent and scouts weren't sure what to make of him. Gomes needs polish both defensively and at the plate, but has a lot of projection.
40 1222 Sam Stafford LHP Klein Collins HS, Spring, Texas Texas
Klein Collins lefthander Sam Stafford bounced back from elbow tendinitis early in the season to throw 86-87 mph with an easy arm action. He can gain velocity as he adds strength to his 6-foot-2, 175-pound frame, and he throws strikes with his fastball, curveball and changeup.
41 1252 Dustin Mercadante RHP San Diego JC Calif.
42 1282 Caleb Brown OF Central Kitsap HS, Silverdale, Wash. Wash.
43 1312 John Killen LHP Blue Valley HS, Stilwell, Kan. Kan.
44 1341 Ben Whitmore LHP Fresno (Calif.) JC Calif.
Whitmore showed a fastball reaching 91-92 mph last summer in the California Collegiate League. He transferred from NAIA Fresno Pacific to Fresno CC to take advantage of his rising draft stock but rarely touched the 90s this spring. He sat more in the 85-88 mph range, with a solid-average 12-to-6 curveball and straight changeup. He works to both sides of the plate, probably his greatest strength besides being lefthanded.
45 1369 Jon Griffin 1B Manatee (Fla.) JC Fla.
46 1396 Jeremy Heatley RHP North Lake (Texas) JC Texas
47 1423 Jeremy Kehrt RHP Southern Indiana Ind.
48 1450 Kevin Hoef 3B 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 1477 Zach Gentile 2B Western Michigan Mich.
50 1504 Kyle Stroup RHP Grant HS, Fox Lake, Ill. Ill. $150,000