Cincinnati Red Stockings

Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 7 Yonder Alonso 1B Miami Fla. $2,000,000
The most dangerous slugger on one of the nation's top hitting college teams, Alonso has produced consistent offensive numbers for Miami in each of his three years. As a freshman he led the team with 69 RBIs, leading the Hurricanes to the College World Series. As a sophomore, he led the Atlantic Coast Conference with 18 home runs, and finished the season with a .376 batting average. A native of Cuba, Alonso came to America at age 9. He was drafted out of Coral Gables (Fla.) High in the 16th round by the Twins in 2005. Alonso has always hit for average and power, and he is considered one of the most professional hitters in this year's draft. Blessed with superior plate discipline, Alonso has a great strikeout-to-walk ratio and has an advanced approach. He swings lefthanded and has power to all fields, making consistent contact. In the field, Alonso is limited to first base but plays the position well. He is a below-average runner with adequate arm strength, but he should be an above-average defender. Alonso's professionalism and makeup are both strengths as well, making him a safe pick to reach the major leagues.
3 84 Zach Stewart RHP Texas Tech Texas $450,000
Like Andrew Cashner, Stewart is a former junior college starter who has thrived after transferring to a Big 12 school and moving to the bullpen. His best pitch is a 92-96 mph fastball with filthy sink. Early in the season, he showed a sharp slider that some scouts graded as a plus-plus offering, though it has become more sweepy as the draft approached. Stewart also shows the makings of an average changeup in bullpen workouts, leading some clubs to think he could move back to the rotation in pro ball. But as a starter at North Central Texas CC in 2007, he pitched at 88-90 with his sinker, a lesser slider and diminished control. Texas Tech moved Stewart into the rotation late in the year, and he gave up 16 hits over nine innings in his first two starts. His 6-foot-1, 175-pound build and inconsistent command also seem to make him more suited for relief work. A possible first-rounder at midseason, Stewart is more of a sandwich- to second-rounder now.
4 119 Tyler Cline RHP Cass HS, Cartersville, Ga. Ga. $240,000
Cline has has a good pitcher's frame at 6-feet-3, 220 pounds. He is strong and athletic on the mound, pitching around 90 mph and has been up to 92. His fastball has plus life, with heavy arm-side run and his curveball is a hard breaker. However, he is sometimes inconsistent with his release point.
5 149 Clayton Shunick RHP North Carolina State N.C. $175,000
Shunick began his college career at Georgia State but transferred to N.C. State after one year. After an all-star season in the Cape Cod League in 2006, Shunick pitched mainly as a reliever in his sophomore season for the Wolfpack. As a junior, he took over the Friday night starter role and has pitched well against the ACC's best. Offering a fringe-average fastball between 89-91 mph, he gets outs with his command, deception and above-average split-finger pitch. With a slider to keep hitters off-balance, Shunick has a solid three-pitch mix and a good feel for his craft. The split-finger has late downward and lateral movement and is his out pitch, as he is able to command it and throw it in any count. Shunick pitches downhill and can locate down in the zone. At 6-foot-1, he has a slight frame and durability is a concern. His size and reliance on a split-finger pitch profile him as a middle reliever at the pro level.
6 179 Alex Buchholz 2B Delaware Del. $125,000
Playing third base for the Blue Hens, Buchholz profiles as an offensive second baseman in the pros. He led Delaware in hitting last season and hit .319 this year with five home runs.
7 209 Pedro Villarreal RHP Howard (Texas) JC Texas $100,000
8 239 Cody Puckett SS Cal State Dominguez Hills Calif. $80,000
9 269 Dave Sappelt OF Coastal Carolina S.C. $75,000
David Sappelt was the Big South Conference player of the year in 2007 and was batting .344 this season while playing an above-average center field. He has a package of speed and power at the plate, making him a threat in multiple ways on the field.
10 299 Sean Conner OF Palm Beach (Fla.) JC Fla. $65,000
11 329 Andrew Means OF Indiana Ind. $200,000
Means, who caught 48 passes for Indiana in the fall, has more tools than skills in baseball. He's a ripped 6-foot-1, 215-pound center fielder with plus-plus speed, though he needs to use his strength to drive more balls and must refine his approach at the plate.
12 359 Kyle Day C Michigan State Mich.
Catcher/outfielder Kyle Day won the Jayhawk League MVP award in 2006, putting himself in good position as a draft-eligible sophomore last year. But he became pull-conscious and didn't perform as expected, and he fell to the Cubs in the 19th round. Day has been better this spring and shows good bat speed from the left side of the plate, though he still lacks consistency. To stay behind the plate, he needs to polish up his throwing mechanics and his receiving.
13 389 Blaine Howell LHP Pensacola (Fla.) JC Fla.
Blaine Howell has dominated for Pensacola JC, but scouting departments aren't sure where to put his name on their boards. A lefthander pitching between 90-92 mph, Howell has made it known that he plans to go on his Mormon mission and won't be available for pro ball for at least two years. He is a true pro prospect, complementing his above-average fastball with an exceptional curveball, and could be a valuable lefty in a major league bullpen down the road.
14 419 Lance Janke RHP San Diego Christian Calif.
15 449 Eric Pfisterer LHP Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey, N.J. N.J.
Pfisterer is a projectable 6-foot-4 lefthander who works in the 86-92 mph range with his fastball and spots it to both sides. He has an advanced feel for pitching and the makings of a good changeup and decent curve. Pfisterer is considered a tough sign and figures to head to Duke, where he could be a two-way player in the mold of Virginia's Sean Doolittle.
16 479 Carter Morrison OF Clayton Heights SS, Surrey, B.C British Columbia $125,000
Morrison was moving up draft lists as he continued to show more present power with wood bats than any of his countrymen. He earned a spot on the junior national trials roster that went through Florida and the Dominican Republic and impressed scouts back in British Columbia this spring, hitting seven homers with wood bats. He runs and throws well enough to be drafted now, and his simple, low-maintenance swing should help him hold up in pro ball. He'd be a safer pick in the old draft-and-follow system, but his present hitting potential pushes him up the draft list.
17 509 Frank Pfister 3B Emory (Ga.) Ga.
18 539 Chris McMurray C UC Santa Barbara Calif.
Athletic catcher Chris McMurray, who has been a tease offensively with his raw power but fits better as a senior sign
19 569 Mace Thurman LHP Baylor Texas
20 599 Tyler Stovall OF Central Michigan Mich.
21 629 Theo Bowe OF Milford (Del.) HS Del.
22 659 Byron Wiley OF Kansas State Kan.
Outfielder Byron Wiley hit .366 as a sophomore, setting the stage for him to go in the first five rounds of the 2008 draft. Then he hit .217 in the Cape Cod League and .227 while losing his starting job this spring. He appears to be a victim of draftitis, trying to do too much to impress scouts. Instead, Wiley has chased too many pitches and stopped making hard contact. He looks better in batting practice and still displays speed and some raw strength, so someone may take a flier on him.
23 689 Will Hudgens RHP Memphis Tenn.
24 719 Enrique Garcia RHP Miami Fla.
25 749 Raul Rodriguez RHP Simi Valley (Calif.) HS Calif.
26 779 Michael Bohana RHP Kennesaw State (Ga.) Ga.
27 809 Matt Stiffler OF Ohio Ohio
28 839 Bryce Bandilla LHP Bella Vista HS, Fair Oaks, Calif. Calif.
29 869 Ben Hunter RHP Wake Forest N.C.
30 899 J.C. Sulbaran RHP American Heritage HS, Plantation, Fla. Fla. $500,000
Sulbaran pitches in the low 90s with a clean delivery and downhill plane. He has a durable frame and projects as a starter in the pros with three pitches (fastball, curveball, changeup) that could be average to above-average. Sulbaran is committed to Florida.
31 929 Joey Housey RHP Nova HS, Davie, Fla. Fla.
32 959 Justin Freeman RHP Kennesaw State (Ga.) Ga.
33 989 Taylor Wrenn 2B Lakeland (Fla.) HS Fla.
34 1019 Bryan Gardner LHP Ithaca (N.Y.) N.Y.
35 1049 Matt Fairel LHP Florida State Fla. $250,000
36 1079 Erik Gregersen RHP Stephen F. Austin State Texas
37 1109 Randall Linebaugh RHP Baylor Texas
38 1139 Ricky Bowen RHP Mississippi State Miss.
39 1169 Mike Konstanty 1B Albany N.Y.
40 1199 Dave Peterson RHP Los Lomas HS, Walnut Creek, Calif. Calif.
41 1229 Justin Walker LHP Lamar Texas
42 1259 Benson Merritt RHP South Lincoln HS, Smithville, Ontario Ontario
43 1289 Bronson Gagner RHP Parkview HS, Lilburn, Ga. Ga.
44 1319 Kevin Coddington C Illinois-Chicago Ill.
At 6-foot-5 and 205 pounds, Kevin Coddington is huge for a catcher. Despite his size and leverage, he employs a short swing and contact approach and thus doesn't offer as much power as he might. A transfer from Chemekata (Ore.) CC, he's agile behind the plate and has a slightly above-average arm, though his throwing accuracy wavers.
45 1348 Brendan Lobban LHP St. Joseph Regional HS, Montvale, N.J. N.J.
46 1376 Grant Hogue OF Mississippi State Miss.
47 1403 David Torcise LHP South Florida Fla.
48 1430 Kenny Monteith RHP Morristown-Beard School, Morristown, N.J. N.J.
49 1457 Pat White OF West Virginia W.Va.
50 1484 Kevin Leslie OF Faulkner (Ala.) Ala.