Washington Senators

Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 14 Aaron Hicks OF Wilson HS, Long Beach Calif. $1,780,000
A magnet for scouts since his sophomore season, Hicks is the finest prep outfielder/pitcher prospect in the greater Los Angeles area since Daryl Strawberry in the early 1980s. He most resembles Adam Jones, who was a first-round talent as both an outfielder and pitcher. As an outfielder, Hicks projects as a five-tool player, and his arm grades out to near 80 on the scouting scale. With his plus speed (6.6 seconds over 60 yards), Hicks is a daring and aggressive baserunner. His speed, easy range and arm mean Hicks will begin his career as a center fielder. Prior to the 2008 season, many scouts had reservations about his hitting ability. A switch-hitter, he's shown improvement by lowering his hands. His hitting mechanics and lightning reflexes permit scouts who believe in him to project him as an above-average hitter with above-average power. As a pitcher, Hicks' fastball sits in the 92-94 mph range, and in a mid-May start he was at 94-97. His curveball shows wicked movement and he adds a hard cutter and a change. Clubs were split on whether Hicks would pitch or hit, but either way, he's expected to go in the middle of the first round.
1 27 Carlos Gutierrez RHP Miami Fla. $1,290,000
A casualty to Tommy John surgery, Gutierrez redshirted at Miami last season. He is back to form this season, and is considered the top closer in the ACC. Pitching for one of the top-ranked college teams in the country, Gutierrez has gotten plenty of chances to show off his low-90s fastball. The pitch has late life with heavy sink and Gutierrez commands it well, down in the zone, causing hitters to swing over the top of it. He throws a slider on occasion but it currently can't be considered average and he does have an arm recoil that follows his delivery--both of which raise red flags. However, upon developing and refinement of a second pitch, Gutierrez could be a fast mover as his sinker is a current major league plus pitch. Gutierrez is one of many quality college closers in this year's draft. He was not drafted out of high school as he began playing baseball just before his senior year.
1s 31 Shooter Hunt RHP Tulane La. $1,080,000
Hunt has been impossible to hit all spring for Tulane in trying to lead the Green Wave back to regionals, limiting opponents to a .144 average while averaging 12.2 strikeouts per nine innings through 12 starts. Batters just can't put the barrel on his lively fastball, which sits at 91-92 mph and tops out at 94, or his hard breaking ball, which features curveball break and slider velocity. A full-time catcher until his junior year in high school, Hunt still is learning the nuances of pitching. He nibbles at the corners and often pitches away from contact rather than attacking hitters. As a result, he had allowed more walks (42) than hits (38) this spring. A sturdy 6-foot-3, 200-pounder, Hunt should be more than capable of handling the demands of starting in pro ball. His biggest adjustment will be learning to trust his stuff so he can keep his pitch counts down. He flashes a plus changeup in the bullpen, though he doesn't use it much in games. He led the Cape Cod League in strikeouts after his freshman season, which he spent at Virginia. Hunt could go as high as No. 7 to the Reds, but more likely fits in the middle of the first round.
2 60 Tyler Ladendorf SS Howard (Texas) JC Texas $673,000
Ladendorf has put up the gaudiest numbers in junior college baseball over the last two seasons. As a freshman, he hit .425 and led all national juco players with 65 steals in as many attempts. This year, he has become more of a power threat, topping the juco batting race with a .542 average thru mid-May and throwing in 16 homers (up from one a year ago) and 31 steals in 32 tries. The best juco prospect in the draft, Ladendorf would have signed for $200,000 in 2007. The Yankees offered him $150,000 as a draft-and-follow, while the Giants proposed a $190,000 bonus after taking him in the 34th round. Ladendorf is bigger and stronger than he was last year, and he now carries 210 pounds on his 6-foot-2 frame. Scouts aren't sure if he truly has more than gap power, but they like him as a multitooled shortstop. He has shortened his swing and can flash plus-plus speed when he's not playing on cruise control. Defensively, he has good hands and plenty of arm despite having the labrum in his throwing shoulder disintegrate as the result of a high school injury. A team that buys into Ladendorf's entire package could take him in the sandwich round.
3 92 Bobby Lanigan RHP Adelphi (N.Y.) N.Y. $417,000
Plenty of scouts in the Northeast prefer Lanigan to Scott Barnes, even though Lanigan is a Division II righthander from a wood-bat conference and Barnes is a Big East lefty. That's a testament to Lanigan's prototypical 6-foot-5 pitcher's frame and quality fastball/slider repertoire, which helped him go 4-4, 1.94 with 87 strikeouts and 16 walks in 79 innings this spring. He's not a great athlete, but he's physical and durable with has a loose arm and an easy delivery. At his best, Lanigan holds the low-90s velocity on his solid-average fastball and touches 93, but a dead arm down the stretch caused him to drop into the 87-89 range. During the course of a game, Lanigan will show plenty of above-average sliders in the 82-86 range, but he'll also leave below-average sliders up in the zone; the pitch grades out as average overall but projects as plus. His changeup has good arm speed, but he seldom used it in college. Lanigan should be drafted in the top five rounds and projects as potential back-of-the-rotation starter.
4 126 Danny Ortiz OF Benjamin Harrison HS, Cayey, P.R. P.R. $253,000
Like fellow Puerto Rican Javier Rodriguez, Ortiz is a sweet-swinging outfielder who boosted his stock as much as anyone at the Excellence Tournament in May. Though he doesn't have the classic size of a corner outfielder, Ortiz has pure hitter with a projectable bat and a good approach at the plate. With quick hands and power to all fields, Ortiz has good hitting mechanics and his bat stays in the hitting zone for a long time. He recorded a 6.7-second time in the 60, but Ortiz will likely play left field ultimately in pro ball. He projects to go in the top five rounds, and a team who saw him play well in May could take him as high as the third round.
5 156 Nick Romero 3B San Diego State Calif. $179,000
Romero has an ideal third baseman's frame--athletic, strong and well proportioned. His smooth hands and strong arm comfortably grade out to major league average, if not a shade above. Romero's sweet lefthanded swing is fundamentally sound, but scouts have reservations about his bat speed.
6 186 B.J. Hermsen RHP West Delaware HS, Manchester, Iowa Iowa $650,000
After reaching 93 mph with his heavy fastball and showing a nice slider last summer, righthander B.J. Hermsen projected as a possible sandwich-round pick. But he broke his collarbone as a football quarterback in the fall, which set him back. The 6-foot-6, 230-pounder hasn't been in top physical condition, and both his fastball (down to the mid-80s) and his slider regressed this spring. He did touch 92 mph at the Perfect Game Predraft Showcase in mid-May, but scouts saw a lot of effort in his delivery and still didn't like his slider. Unlikely to receive a significant bonus, Hermsen could join Warren at Oregon State.
7 216 Dan Osterbrock LHP Cincinnati Ohio $121,000
Osterbrock finished with a flourish, winning eight of his final nine starts to set a Cincinnati record with 21 career wins. There's projection remaining in his 6-foot-3, 186-pound frame, and he already touches 91 mph while working at 86-89 with his fastball. He has nice feel for pitching, locating his heater to set up hitters for a plus changeup. He throws two different breaking pitches, and his slider is more usable than his curveball. Osterbrock should become the first Bearcat drafted in the top 10 rounds since the Red Sox selected Kevin Youkilis in the ninth round in 2001.
8 246 Jeff Lanning C New Orleans La. $105,000
9 276 Mike Gonzales 1B Diablo Valley (Calif.) JC Calif. $87,500
10 306 Evan Bigley OF Dallas Baptist Texas $75,000
Dallas Baptist's best prospect is outfielder Evan Bigley, who has solid speed, pop in his bat and a strong arm. He has played third base in the past, and might fit better there than in center field as a pro. He does struggle to hit breaking balls.
11 336 Dominic De La Osa 2B Vanderbilt Tenn.
De la Osa hit 20 home runs in 2007 and was drafted in the 10th round by the Tigers, but this season his batting and power numbers are both down, as he hit .297 with 10 home runs. De la Osa is a free swinger and somewhat streaky, making his bat his main question mark. He's a plus runner with arm strength, athleticism and raw power. He's also an advanced baserunner and uses his speed often, stealing 27 bases this season. De la Osa is a versatile defender and could play either in the outfield or second base.
12 366 Kyle Carr LHP Minnesota Minn.
13 396 Michael Harrington OF College of Charleston S.C.
Charleston's other hitting prospect is Michael Harrington, who beat out Jeremie Tice--and the rest of the nation--with 26 home runs this season. Harrington was drafted last year by the Orioles in the 38th round and should be a good senior sign this June. He has obvious power and is a decent runner--most likely putting him in left field at the pro level.
14 426 Blayne Weller RHP Key West (Fla.) HS Fla. $100,000
15 456 David Coulon LHP Arizona Ariz.
Coulon has had flashes of success, but his velocity was down this year in the 86-88 mph range. He's sat at average in the past with a solid-average changeup and curveball, yet never has shown even average command.
16 486 Kolten Wong 2B Kamehameha HS, Hilo, Hawaii Hawaii
17 516 Blake Martin LHP Louisiana State La.
Lefthander Blake Martin threw harder in the past at Birmingham-Southern. When the Panthers dropped down from NCAA Division I to Division III following the 2006 season, he transferred to LSU, where he sat out 2007 following hip surgery. He now pitches at 87-91 mph after touching the mid-90s in the past, and his second option is an 11-to-5 curveball. He can improve his control and command.
18 546 Matt Nohelty OF Minnesota Minn.
Passed over as a draft-eligible sophomore in 2007, Nohelty has above-average speed and a feel for hitting. He needs to draw more walks to fit at the top of a batting order, and his slap approach doesn't lend itself to much power. He's a solid center fielder with a below-average arm. His signability is in question because he's a top student who earned a computer-science degree in three years and turned down the chance to play summer ball in 2007 so he could intern with Northwest Airlines. If he doesn't receive a pro offer to his liking, he could return to Minnesota and pursue a master's degree.
19 576 Bruce Pugh RHP Hillsborough (Fla.) JC Fla.
20 606 Aaron Barrett RHP Wabash Valley (Ill.) JC Ill.
Barrett surprisingly went undrafted in 2007, a victim in part of the now-defunct draft-and-follow system. The Dodgers controlled his rights after taking him in the 44th round in 2006, but changed area scouts in Illinois and didn't pursue him heavily. Other teams interpreted Los Angeles' lack of interest as an indication that he'd be a tough sign, and they didn't bear down on Barrett. He won't get ignored again in 2008, though his commitment to Mississippi might still give clubs pause. Barrett is a 6-foot-4, 215-pounder who works both sides of the plate with an 88-91 mph fastball that touches 94. His slider is a quality second pitch, and he has made nice progress with a circle changeup. Barrett's arm works well and he has no major delivery issues, though he does need to refine his control and command.
21 636 Steve Blevins RHP Marshall W.Va.
West Virginia is the only state in the area without a player in the Top 200, but even there scouts have found more talent than in recent years. Its top prospect is Marshall righthander Steve Blevins. After attending the University of Cincinnati for two seasons, Blevins transferred to Marshall and won a team-high nine games for the Thundering Herd. With a low-90s fastball, Blevins is a competitor with a solid build.
22 666 Kyle Witten RHP Bakersfield (Calif.) JC Calif.
Bakersfield JC righty Kyle Witten has a fastball that peaks at 92 mph, and he adds a decent changeup and slow curveball. His fastball is flat but he throws it for strikes to all parts of the zone, and he walked just 20 in 106 innings this spring. He has an easy arm and projectable frame, and it could all come together for him next spring at Cal State Fullerton.
23 696 Chris Odegaard RHP Minnesota State Minn.
24 726 Lionel Morrill OF Vauxhall HS, Crows Nest Pass, Alb Alberta
Morrill plays at the Vauxhall Academy in Alberta, in a town known as "the potato capital of the West" in Canada. Scouts have found their way there because Morrill, at 6-foot-4, 190 pounds, has a pro body, 6.6-second speed in the 60 and at least an average arm, if not more. His loose, athletic frame glides to balls in center field and he projects as an above-average defender with experience. He has raw power offensively but a raw approach and hasn't seen much quality pitching yet. He's committed to play at the Junior College of Southern Idaho.
25 756 Alex Curry RHP Cypress (Calif.) JC Calif.
26 786 Adan Severino OF Miami Fla.
27 816 Jerico Weitzel 2B Ridgway (Pa.) HS Pa.
28 846 Nate Hanson 3B Minnesota Minn.
29 876 Joe Loftus 3B Academy of the Holy Angels, Richfield, Minn. Minn.
Joe Loftus has prototype third-base tools. He's a 6-foot-3, 205-pounder with a lot of power potential and arm strength. He's also a good athlete who shows a high-80s sinker and a hard breaking ball on the mound. Whether he'll get drafted high enough to pass up his Vanderbilt scholarship remains in question, however. If he does make it to the Commodores, he'll take over for departing superstar Pedro Alvarez at third base.
30 906 Michael Tonkin RHP Palmdale (Calif.) HS Calif. $230,000
A fixture on the showcase circuit in Southern California, Tonkin is a 6-foot-6 righthander whose raw stuff and projectable frame has attracted the attention of scouts for several years. Delivered from a low three-quarters slot, Tonkin's fastball sits at 91-92 mph, peaking at 93-94. He gets strong sinking and darting armside movement on that pitch, but his four-seamer is straight to his glove side and to the middle of the plate, making it hittable for advanced batters. Tonkin's secondary pitches show promise, but need to be sharper and more consistent. His changeup exhibits sudden drop and armside movement, and when thrown properly his curveball shows tilt and nice sweeping break, but little depth. He too often rolls or hangs it, and more often than not it's a below-average pitch. A Southern California recruit, Tonkin excites scouts with his ideal build and terrific basic stuff. He'll need to clean up his mechanics and improve his secondary offerings, and if he does he could be a middle-of-the-rotation big league starter.
31 936 Lee Ridenhour RHP Shawnee Mission West HS, Overland Park, Kan. Kan.
Lee Ridenhour had his share of spectacular outings this spring. In a head-to-head matchup with the state's top pitching prospect, Jordan Cooper, Ridenhour threw a three-hit shutout with 10 strikeouts. He also fanned 17 in a no-hitter earlier in the year. Using an over-the-top delivery, he throws a high-80s fastball and a slider with good bite. Six-foot-3 and 190 pounds, he's one of several projectable righthanders committed to Kansas, a group that also includes Thomas Taylor and Eudora High's Kelson Boyer. Ridenhour also could see time as an outfielder with the Wildcats.
32 966 Adam Conley LHP Olympia (Wash.) HS Wash.
33 996 Luke Yoder OF Cal Poly Calif.
An excellent student, Yoder is one of the Cal Poly's best athletes and has excellent raw power from the right side. He runs well enough to play center field but lacks arm strength, making left field his best fit.
34 1026 Adam Purdy RHP Pell City (Ala.) HS Ala.
35 1056 Sam Ryan C Tartan Senior HS, Oakdale, Minn. Minn.
36 1086 Miers Quigley LHP Alabama Ala.
At 6-foot-5, 220 pounds, Quigley has a pitcher's body and throws his fastball between 89-91 mph. His curveball is average and changeup has improved this season. After being a highly touted draft prospect out of high school, Quigley struggled with command and pitchability in his first two seasons at Alabama, but this year has shown signs of putting it all together.
37 1116 Javier Brown SS Grossmont (Calif.) JC Calif.
38 1146 Alex Mendez LHP Bishop Moore HS, Orlando Fla.
39 1176 Steve Proscia 3B Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey, N.J. N.J.
Proscia has a physical 6-foot-2, 230-pound frame and was a standout wide receiver/defensive back for the national powerhouse Don Bosco football team in the fall. His bat is raw because he's never concentrated on baseball, but his swing has plenty of leverage and he could hit for plus power down the road. Proscia's speed and arm strength are also average or better tools, and he's got enough agility to play in the middle of the field. Scouts are intrigued by Proscia's upside, but he figures to wind up at Virginia, where he might replace David Adams at second base. He projects as a third baseman as he fills out.
40 1206 Wade Kapteyn RHP Evansville Ind.
Evansville sophomore-eligible righthander Wade Kapteyn came down with tendinitis in the middle finger on his pitching hand, which hampered him throughout the season. He lost velocity on his fastball and curveball, and teams will wait to make a run at him in 2009
41 1236 Pat Lehman RHP George Washington D.C.
42 1266 Riley Boening LHP Texas Texas
43 1296 Jeff Pickering LHP Nitro (W.Va.) HS W.Va.
44 1326 Colby Sokol OF Emerald Ridge HS, Puyallup, Wash. Wash.
45 1355 Mike Spina 3B Cincinnati Ohio
46 1383 Lyndon Eusea OF Hahnville HS, Boutte, La. La.
47 1410 Tom Farmer RHP Akron Ohio
48 1437 George Springer OF Old Farms HS, Avon, Conn. Conn.
Avon Old Farms School outfielder George Springer is a athletic but raw five-tool talent with above-average speed and arm strength whose bat lags behind, and he figures to wind up at Connecticut this fall.
49 1464 Johnny Bromberg RHP Los Angeles Pierce JC Calif.
50 1491 Tyler Anderson LHP Spring Valley HS, Las Vegas Nev.