Chicago White Stockings

Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 19 Andrew Cashner RHP Texas Christian Texas $1,540,000
For a while, it appeared that the state of Texas might get shut out of the draft's first round for the first time since 1977. That's unlikely to happen now, thanks to Cashner, the hottest pitching prospect to come out of Angelina (Texas) JC since Clay Buchholz. Cashner turned down opportunities last year to sign with the Rockies (as a draft-and-follow) and the Cubs (as a 29th-rounder), opting instead to transfer to Texas Christian. A starter at Angelina, Cashner has excelled as a reliever for the Horned Frogs. No college pitcher in this draft can match his consistent 96-98 mph velocity, the product of outstanding whip in his 6-foot-6, 180-pound frame, and overmatched opponents have hit just .104 against him. Cashner has armside run on his fastball, and he backs it up with an 84-85 mph slider that can be electric. The slider is much better than the mediocre curveball he threw in the past, though it's not always consistent. Neither is his command, which may prevent him from becoming an effective starter, but some clubs are interested in returning him to that role in pro ball. A team in love with radar-gun readings could take Cashner as high as the middle of the first round.
1s 41 Ryan Flaherty SS 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 65 Aaron Shafer RHP Wichita State Kan. $625,000
Shafer had established himself as one of the premier pitching prospects for the 2008 draft midway through the 2007 season. Then he strained his elbow, which didn't require surgery but sidelined him for a month. His fastball hasn't been the same since. Shafer used to work from 91-94 mph with his fastball and now ranges from 88-91 mph. The diminished velocity hasn't made him less effective, however. His effortless delivery allows his heater to get on hitters quickly, and it enables him to live in the bottom of the strike zone. He has above-average command of his fastball, 12-to-6 curveball and changeup. Shafer has a solid 6-foot-4, 205-pound frame and his arm has been healthy since tweaking his elbow. He's no longer a candidate for the first round, but he could go in the second or third.
3 97 Chris Carpenter RHP Kent State Ohio $385,000
After a couple of false starts, Carpenter's pro career should finally get going this summer. The Tigers made him a seventh-round pick in 2004, but he became the highest-drafted high school pitcher that year to opt for college. He blew out his elbow throwing a 93-mph fastball as a freshman, requiring Tommy John surgery in May 2005 and a second operation in June 2006 to clean out scar tissue. He was surging toward the first round with a strong finish to the regular season last year. But teams wondered about his health and his signability as a draft-eligible sophomore, and no one took a flier until the Yankees popped him in the 18th round. They planned on following him in the Cape Cod League, but he made just two appearances before departing with a tired arm. Carpenter has been healthy all year, topping out at 98 mph and often pitching at 92-96. His hard curveball is tighter and more consistent than it was in 2007, and his command has improved after some early season struggles. His changeup has gotten better too, though he doesn't throw it for strikes as easily he does his main two pitches. At 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds, Carpenter has the body to pile up innings--provided he stays healthy. There are clubs that will back away because of his medical history, but he has enhanced his chances of going in the first three rounds by expressing a willingness to sign for slot money.
4 131 Matt Cerda SS 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.
5 161 Justin Bristow RHP East Carolina N.C. $172,000
A transfer to East Carolina from Auburn, Justin Bristow has been a two-way prospect ever since high school but focused on pitching and put together his best collegiate season. He pitches between 90-92 mph with a fastball that can be too true. He keeps hitters off balance with a cut fastball and curveball. Bristow finished 8-2, 3.22, including two shutouts.
6 191 Josh Harrison 2B Cincinnati Ohio $144,500
Harrison was named co-Big East Conference player of the year after hitting .378 with 22 steals, though his feel for hitting is more impressive than his swing and he's just an average runner. He's stronger than Campana but isn't going to have much power with wood bats. Of greater concern is Harrison's defense at second base. He made 19 errors in 59 games and doesn't turn the pivot well, and he doesn't profile at another position. He's the nephew of former big leaguer John Shelby.
7 221 Luis Flores C Oklahoma State Okla. $132,000
Luis Flores may not hit enough to be a regular in the major leagues, but his catch-and-throw skills and leadership should allow him to at least carve out a career as a backup. He's a tremendous receiver and teams rarely challenge his arm. Flores, who spent his first two college seasons as a two-way player at Houston, focused on catching after transferring to Oklahoma State. He hit just .302 with five homers in hitter-friendly Stillwater, though scouts like his bat better than that of Jackson Williams, a surprise sandwich-round pick out of Oklahoma by the Giants in 2007.
8 251 James Leverton LHP Texas Tech Texas $92,500
James Leverton was more of a first baseman in his first two seasons at Texas Tech, not pitching at all as a freshman and working just three innings as a sophomore. He has focused almost solely on the mound this spring and will get drafted as a lefthanded reliever in the first 10 rounds. He has a strong 6-foot-2, 200-pound frame, and he throws strikes with an 88-91 mph fastball and a slider that ties up lefties.
9 281 Jay Jackson RHP Furman S.C. $90,000
Righthander Jay Jackson had a great summer in the Great Lakes League in 2007 and carried that success into this season. He finished 9-2, 3.17 for the Paladins, mixing his low-90s fastball with a solid slider and true downer curveball to overmatch hitters. An athlete on the mound, Jackson also played center field for Furman and hit .336 with eight home runs. Jackson has a solid frame with room to grow and could potentially gain even more velocity on his fastball. He is also developing a changeup that could make him into a true four-pitch threat.
10 311 Alex Wilson RHP Texas A&M Texas
The biggest wild card in Texas this year is righthander Alex Wilson, who transferred to Texas A&M after starring at Winthrop for two seasons. Projected as an early pick for this year, the 6-foot-1, 215-pounder blew out his elbow last summer in the Cape Cod League and hasn't pitched for the Aggies after having Tommy John surgery. In his first bullpen workout in early May, he showed that he hadn't lost any velocity by throwing 90-94 mph. Wilson, who had a hard but inconsistent slider before the injury, plans on returning to the Cape and will be monitored closely this summer by whoever drafts him.
11 341 Toby Matchulat RHP Wabash Valley (Ill.) JC Ill.
12 371 Jake Opitz 2B Nebraska Neb.
Opitz is an outstanding defender who also has a good offensive approach and bat speed.
13 401 Tony Campana OF Cincinnati Ohio
Cincinnati has not one but two 5-foot-8 position players who will get the chance to play pro ball in Tony Campana and Josh Harrison. Campana, who spent his first two college seasons at UNC Asheville, led NCAA Division I with 1.07 steals per game in 2007 and swiped 44 more as a senior. He has top-of-the-line speed and knows his job is to make use of it on the bases and in center field. The downside is that he weighs just 151 pounds, has no power and will have trouble handling fastballs with a wood bat.
14 431 Dan McDaniel RHP Chabot (Calif.) JC Calif. $100,000
15 461 Casey Coleman RHP Florida Gulf Coast Fla.
16 491 Ryan Keedy 1B Alabama-Birmingham Ala.
17 521 Jon Nagel RHP Independence (Kan.) JC Kan.
18 551 Jeff Beliveau LHP Florida Atlantic Fla.
Jeff Beliveau transferred from College of Charleston and had an up and down season because of problems with command. Beliveau pitches at 90 mph with plus life. He also throws a downer curveball that creates swings and misses from hitters. Poor command is all that holds Beliveau back from being a top-tier talent because he is a competitor and an athlete on the mound.
19 581 David Macias OF Vanderbilt Tenn.
Macias led the Commodores in batting this season at .356, with nine home runs. At 5-foot-9, 175 pounds, Macias is a switch-hitter and a sparkplug with athleticism and speed. He's an above-average defender
20 611 Jericho Jones OF Louisiana Tech La.
21 641 Logan Watkins SS 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.
22 671 Tarlandas Mitchell RHP Alto (Texas) HS Texas
23 701 Ryan Sontag OF Arizona State Ariz.
24 731 David Cales RHP St. Xavier (Ill.) Ill.
25 761 Rebel Ridling 1B Oklahoma State Okla.
26 791 Josh Whitlock RHP West Virginia W.Va.
27 821 Sonny Gray RHP Smyrna (Tenn.) HS Tenn.
Even though he's actually closer to 5-foot-10 than his listed height of 6 feet, Gray has not gone unnoticed by scouting directors. His stuff on the mound won't allow it. Possessing two of the more ready-now pitches in this year's draft class, Gray makes for a tough decision in every draft room. He consistently showed his mid- to upper-90s fastball and an above-average curveball sitting near 84 mph on the showcase circuit last summer. Both pitches have sharp, late life and are commanded in the zone. However, in early April, Gray severely sprained his ankle running out a groundball and has been unable to pitch since; he also suffered an avulsion fracture on the play. That combined with his size and a strong commitment to play at Vanderbilt in the fall will make Gray's signability an issue once drafted. Also, due to his size and max effort delivery, Gray is thought by most to be a closer type in the big leagues. Gray's makeup is a plus and he is known as a winner, leading his high school football (at quarterback) and baseball teams to high school state championships.
28 851 TeWayne Willis OF Lincoln Memorial (Tenn.) Tenn.
29 881 Sean Buckley 3B King HS, Tampa Fla.
30 911 Cole White RHP Paris (Texas) JC Texas
31 941 Kyle Wilson 3B Hill (Texas) JC Texas
32 971 Kurt Calvert OF Missouri Mo.
33 1001 Sean Hoorelbeke 1B Central Michigan Mich.
34 1031 Bubba O'Donnell RHP High Point (N.C.) N.C.
35 1061 Ross Vagedes RHP Wright State Ohio
36 1091 Mike Brenly C Nevada-Las Vegas Nev.
37 1121 Erik Hamren RHP Saddleback (Calif.) JC Calif.
38 1151 Sean McNaughton OF Brigham Young Utah
An All-Freshman choice in 2005 as a second baseman, Sean McNaughton returned to BYU this year after his two-year Mormon mission and led the team in the triple-crown categories as well as in stolen bases. He's a talented, physical offensive player with bat speed but no defined position or pro profile at just 5-foot-9, 180 pounds.
39 1181 Jordan Brown RHP Louisiana State La.
40 1211 Jared McDonald SS 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.
41 1241 Jordan Petraitis SS Miami (Ohio) Ohio
42 1271 Derek Riley RHP Chandler-Gilbert (Ariz.) JC Ariz.
43 1301 Jesse Ginley RHP Dunnellon (Fla.) HS Fla.
44 1331 David Doss C South Alabama Ala.
45 1359 Ashton Florko LHP British Columbia British Columbia
46 1386 Tony Zych RHP St. Rita of Cascia HS, Chicago Ill.
47 1413 Chad Cregar OF Western Kentucky Ky.
In his first season in the Sun Belt Conference, outfielder Chad Cregar led the league in homers (20) and RBIs (78, one shy of the Western Kentucky record) entering NCAA regional play. A transfer from Northwest Mississippi CC, he's a lefthanded hitter with size (6-foot-3, 221 pounds) and strength. He does have some holes in his swing that he'll have to close against more advanced pitching.
48 1440 Dylan Moseley RHP Louisiana Tech La.
49 1467 Hunter Scantling RHP Episcopal HS, Jacksonville Fla.
Hunter Scantling is a 6-foot-8, 235-pound righthander with an upper-80s fastball and fringy secondary stuff. He is projectable and should add velocity to his fastball.
50 1494 Pete Levitt RHP Pitt (N.C.) JC N.C.