Tampa Bay Devil Rays

Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 1 Tim Beckham SS Griffin (Ga.) HS Ga. $6,150,000
Beckham solidified his status as the nation's top high school position player last year when he produced the most impressive overall performance on the summer showcase circuit. He was consistently the best player at each event he attended and capped his performance by winning MVP honors at the Aflac Classic at the end of the summer. A wiry, athletic shortstop, Beckham hasn't produced eye-popping performances this spring, but his track record and projection make him the nation's most coveted high school prospect. He has five legitimate tools. At the plate he has the ability to be an above-average hitter with average power. He's a solid runner and his athleticism is a part of his everyday game. In the field, Beckham has smooth major league actions with an above-average arm. He has drawn comparisons to the Upton brothers, though he has more aptitude in the field and not quite the lightning in the bat. His makeup is a plus, as he displays an enjoyment of the game and energy on the field. He has a commitment to Southern California, but Beckham won't reach campus as he's a likely top 10 pick
2 47 Kyle Lobstein LHP Coconino HS, Flagstaff, Ariz. Ariz. $1,500,000
Lobstein emerged on the summer showcase circuit last year, showing off the cleanest arm and delivery of any starting pitcher in the '08 draft class. BA ranked him as the No. 2 prospect at the Tournament of Stars, where he popped up from under the radar to make USA Baseball's junior national team. He followed that with a turn as the No. 1 prospect at the Area Code Games in Long Beach, and he committed to Arizona as a two-way player. He flashed an average fastball that bumped 92 mph, a promising curveball with great spin and a solid-average circle changeup. His arm still works just as well this spring, and his 6-foot-3, 185-pound athletic frame remains projectable, but Lobstein hasn't dominated inferior northern Arizona competition, and scouts' ardor for him had cooled. His fastball was topping out at 90 mph and usually sitting at 87-88, fringe-average even for a lefthander. Despite his clean arm, his velocity hasn't jumped, and neither of his secondary pitches have been quite as sharp as they were last summer. Several scouts echoed the same phrase for Lobstein: He just hasn't turned the corner. Some scouts wonder if he has enough killer instinct but cautioned that Lobstein could just be pitching to the level of his competition. A team with extra picks is expected to gamble on Lobstein toward the back of the first round or in the supplemental round, but area scouts cautioned that it could take a seven-figure signing bonus to keep Lobstein from pitching (and hitting) for the Wildcats next spring.
3 78 Jake Jefferies C UC Davis Calif. $515,000
Jefferies was one of the nation's toughest hitters to strike out and helped drive the Aggies toward a possible regional bid in their first season of eligibility since moving up from Division II. Jefferies' offensive approach will need tweaking as he gets stronger, because now he's interested mostly in making contact rather than driving the ball. He's a solid athlete and an average runner. Defensively, Jefferies impresses scouts with his solid-average catch-and-throw ability. He has good feet and is a quiet receiver, with a fringe-average but accurate arm. While Jefferies doesn't have any true above-average tools, he also lacks any glaring weaknesses, and for a catcher that makes him a good bet to be drafted in the first five rounds.
4 113 Ty Morrison OF Tigard (Ore.) HS Ore. $500,000
Morrison was in Virginia last spring and played on a Virginia-based travel team last summer, then was in Hawaii in the fall. However, his parents moved to Oregon in the spring, and he surpassed Tigard High teammate Ryan Gorton as the state's top prep prospect. A member of the University of Oregon's first baseball recruiting class for its reborn program, he probably doesn't have enough bat to make a quick impact in pro ball, but a patient team could get one of the draft's better athletes. Long and lean, almost frail, Morrison is a fast-twitch athlete who is a 65 runner on the 20-to-80 scale. Morrison's best present tool is his speed, and he's a raw though potentially above-average defender in center field. He's a long strider who can cover a lot of ground and has enough arm strength for center field. Offensively, Morrison is behind, unable to bring his authoritative batting-practice hacks into games. However, he has raw power, though it might take a couple of thousand minor league at-bats for it to come out.
5 143 Mike Sheridan 1B William & Mary Va. $195,000
Mike Sheridan had a tremendous season at the plate, hitting .423 with 15 home runs and 72 RBIs in 56 games, and he has an advanced approach at the plate and makes consistent contact. In 227 at-bats, he struck out just 11 times.
6 173 Shane Dyer RHP South Mountain (Ariz.) JC Ariz. $135,000
Dyer's delivery (he turns his back to the batter) scares off some scouts and limits him to the bullpen as a pro, but his stuff is solid, as he touches 92 mph and has a hard breaking ball. He has a pro body at 6-foot-3, 180 pounds and is committed to Nebraska.
7 203 Jason Corder OF Long Beach State Calif. $30,000
Corder started his college career at California but finished it at Long Beach State. It was a tougher fit for his power bat at spacious Blair Field, but he still ranked second in the Big West in homers, behind UCSB's Mike Zuanich. Scouts say Corder has real power despite a long swing that results in a lot of swings and misses. He has enough arm for right field, a 55 on the 20-to-80 scale.
8 233 Anthony Scelfo 2B Tulane La. $107,000
Anthony Scelfo started nine games at quarterback for Tulane's football team last fall before playing six different positions for the baseball team this spring. His uncle Chris was the Green Wave's head football coach and his father Frank was the offensive coordinator when Anthony arrived on campus. At 5-foot-10 and 195 pounds, he has a more realistic professional future in baseball, and he has shown his dedication to baseball by playing in the Clark Griffith League the last two summers. Scelfo has a strong arm, average to plus speed and solid power. He led Tulane with 12 homers and showed unusual plate discipline for a player who hasn't committed full-time to baseball by drawing 53 walks. He projects most easily as a right fielder but may be able to handle an infield assignment.
9 263 Shawn Smith LHP Saugus (Calif.) HS Calif. $150,000
10 293 Matt Hall 2B Auburn Ala. $75,000
11 323 Brad Furdal RHP Ancaster HS, Ancaster, Ontario Ontario $140,000
Righty Brad Furdal has a projectable 6-foot-2, 185-pound frame and could improve his velocity and the power on his breaking ball by adding strength. He's shown the ability to spin a breaking ball and has a loose arm. His fastball reaches the upper 80s presently. He's committed to High Point, though that could change after the resignation of Panthers coach Sal Bando.
12 353 Brian Bryles RHP/OF North Little Rock (Ark.) HS Ark.
The state's top high school player, outfielder/righthander Brian Bryles, hasn't committed to a four-year school, so he may be signable. As a center fielder, he offers speed and upside with a line-drive-oriented bat. On the mound, he can crack the 90s with his fastball. The 6-foot-2, 180-pounder lacks polish as both a hitter and a pitcher and will need time to develop. He was part of North Little Rock's state-champion 4 x 100 meter relay team.
13 383 Jason McEachern RHP St. Stephens HS, Hickory, N.C. N.C.
14 413 Mike McKenna OF Florida Atlantic Fla.
Mike McKenna, was Sun Belt Conference player of the year after batting .394 with 16 home runs for the Owls. A good runner with an average arm, McKenna is athletic in the outfield and a solid defender.
15 443 Brandon Meredith 1B Montgomery HS, San Diego Calif.
16 473 Matt Gorgen RHP California Calif. $125,000
Bears closer Matt Gorgen isn't as polished as twin brother Scott, the starter at UC Irvine, but runs his fastball into the 90-92 mph range in relief and has shown excellent durability. He also throws a mid-80s cutter that he uses too often. If he had the same changeup as his brother, he could fit into a rotation as a pro but more likely will remain in relief.
17 503 Jeremy Beckham 2B Georgia Southern Ga.
18 533 David Genao C Oral Roberts Okla.
19 563 Trevor Shull RHP Central Valley HS, Spokane, Wash. Wash.
20 593 Jason Tweedy 2B Long Beach State Calif.
21 623 Ryan Carpenter LHP Cactus HS, Peoria, Ariz. Ariz.
Lefthander Ryan Carpenter sits 88-91 and touching 92 mph, and has a big pro body at 6-foot-5, 190 pounds. Another Gonzaga recruit, he had some high-strikeout starts that generated interest, but some scouts questioned Carpenter's competitiveness
22 653 Jason Appel OF UNC Wilmington N.C.
Wilmington has two other quality senior signs in second baseman Jason Appel and Daniel Hargrave. Appel is a plus runner who hits lefthanded and batted over .400 this season.
23 683 Neil Schenk LHP Memphis Tenn.
24 713 Marquis Fleming RHP Cal State Stanislaus Calif.
25 743 Josh Satow LHP Arizona State Ariz.
Senior lefty Josh Satow was never a huge prospect to begin with and had a rough senior season after a dominant 13-3, 2.76 junior year. The 5-foot-9 changeup artist had an ERA close to 5.00 and was not showing the pinpoint control he needs to thrive.
26 773 Michael Jarman LHP Oral Roberts Okla.
27 803 Luis Marchena SS Otay Ranch HS, San Diego Calif.
28 833 Tommy Rafferty RHP Arizona State Ariz.
As they tired, fifth-year senior Tommy Rafferty emerged as Arizona State's most effective reliever, though he's more of a command-and-control college pitcher than a pro prospect. His best pitch is his solid-average changeup, which may have the potential to be a plus pitch, and he touches 90 mph with his heater.
29 863 Brandon Magee OF Centennial HS, Corona, Calif. Calif.
30 893 Ryan Turner RHP Midland (Texas) JC Texas
31 923 Greg Williams LHP Moeller HS, Cincinnati Ohio
Williams has gone from being regarded as the second-best prospect at Moeller High (behind Ross Oltorik) to the likely top prep pick in Ohio. A projectable 6-foot-4, 195-pounder, Williams went from throwing in the low to mid-80s in the past to 87-91 mph this spring. He has an advanced changeup for a high schooler, though his breaking ball will need work. A scholarship from Marshall isn't expected to deter him from turning pro.
32 953 Kyle Gaedele OF Rolling Meadows (Ill.) HS Ill.
33 983 Kyle Hunter LHP Galesburg (Ill.) HS Ill.
34 1013 Matt Long RHP Cal State San Bernardino Calif.
35 1043 Jamie Bagley RHP San Jacinto (Texas) JC Calif.
36 1073 Jordan Leyland 1B Sam Dimas (Calif.) HS Calif.
37 1103 Kramer Champlin RHP Olympia (Wash.) HS Wash.
38 1133 Anthony Haase RHP Rio Rancho (N.M.) HS N.M.
Prep righty Anthony Haase stands out in the state's prep class, which is unlikely to match last year's five players drafted. Haase has a chance to go high because of his present velocity and projectable 6-foot-3, 190-pound frame. He touched 92 regularly this spring and sits at 89-90 mph, with the arm strength and body to throw harder in the future. He jumps toward the plate in his delivery and needs help smoothing his mechanics, which should help his velocity and his secondary pitches. His curveball is ahead of his changeup. He's been Rio Rancho High's ace the last two years on teams making deep playoff runs (including last year's state championship), leading to heavy workloads, but generally has maintained his stuff. He's a New Mexico recruit and is considered signable.
39 1163 Andrew Gans OF Coronado HS, Henderson, Nev. Nev.
40 1193 Sam Gaviglio RHP Ashland (Ore.) HS Ore.
Gaviglio, an Oregon State commitment, has touched 91 mph and shows a feel for a good changeup. He's just 6-foot-1 and missed part of his junior season with shoulder problems, but he also threw nearly 40 consecutive scoreless innings this spring and led Ashland High to the state 5-A championship.
41 1223 Brett Parsons OF Navarro (Texas) JC Texas
Outfielder Brett Parsons is a 6-foot-4, 215-pound slugger with power to all fields. His swing can get long and his range and arm are a little shaky in the outfield, but his bat can carry him.
42 1253 Tim Clubb RHP Missouri State Mo.
The first pitcher in Missouri State history to go 11-0, righthander Tim Clubb was Missouri Valley Conference pitcher of the year. He's a redshirt sophomore after sitting out 2006 following surgery to repair the ulnar nerve in his elbow, and teams may not want to gamble on his signability. He'll touch 90-91 mph in the first inning, but he usually operates at 86-88 mph later in games. His slider is his best pitch and he also can backdoor his curveball for strikes against lefthanders. He hooks his arm in the back of his delivery, though it doesn't hamper his command.
43 1283 Robbie Ross LHP Saddleback (Calif.) JC Calif.
44 1313 Phil Pohl C Cooperstown (N.Y.) Central HS N.Y.
Cooperstown's Philip Pohl, has average catch-and-throw skills and a little bit of power, but he's likely headed to Clemson.
45 1342 Royce Bolinger OF Chaparral HS, Scottsdale, Ariz. Ariz.
Bolinger has polish on the mound while lacking a present plus pitch. He's athletic enough to stick in the outfield and has a solid bat. He's a Gonzaga recruit who will play both ways for the Bulldogs.
46 1370 Jeff Lease LHP American River (Calif.) JC Calif.
47 1397 Chris Matulis LHP Park Vista HS, Lake Worth, Fla. Fla.
48 1424 Lath Guyer RHP Mercer Ga.
49 1451 Kash Kalkowski RHP Grand Island (Neb.) HS Neb.
50 1478 Kyle Peterson C Hamilton HS, Chandler, Ariz. Ariz.