Florida Marlins

Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 6 Kyle Skipworth C Patriot HS, Rubidoux, Calif. Calif. $2,300,000
A veteran of two USA Baseball teams (junior and youth national teams), Skipworth is the best high school catcher in the nation, and may be the best prep prospect at that position since Joe Mauer was the first pick in the 2001 draft. Skipworth established himself as a top prospect last summer by blasting a mammoth home run in the Aflac Classic in August. His hitting and power both grade out in the 65-70 range on the 20-80 scouting scale. He set a California state record by getting 18 consecutive hits in an April stretch, and at 6-foot-3, 195 pounds, he has enough strength to hit well with wood. Blessed with quick reflexes and superior hand-eye coordination, Skipworth's bat speed enables him to drive the ball hard to all fields, and his both his stance and swing are ideal. After struggling defensively in the summer and fall, he has improved immensely, particularly on receiving. His blocking and shifting skills also have improved and he projects as a solid-average receiver. His only below-average tool is his speed. However, Skipworth moves well for a catcher and showed his athleticism with a 31-inch vertical leap at one showcase.
2 52 Brad Hand LHP Chaska (Minn.) HS Minn. $760,000
Hand has created a bigger sensation among scouts than any Minnesota high school prospect since Joe Mauer. He won't go at the top of the draft like Mauer did, but Hand performed very well when two dozen scouts attended his fourth start of the spring. His fastball ranged from 88-93 mph with nice life, and both his curveball and changeup flashed plus potential. Hand is an athletic 6-foot-2, 205-pounder who also plays football and hockey, and in baseball he doubles as a first baseman with lefty power. The biggest issues with him are his mechanics and his signability. He has violence and a head whack in his delivery, and he lands on a stiff front leg. Hand has pitched himself into third-round consideration, but that the slot bonuses in that area of the draft (roughly $275,000 to $400,000) may not be enough to lure him away from an Arizona State scholarship. The Twins usually stay on top of their homestate prospects, and they could be tempted to take him with a sandwich or second-round choice.
3 83 Edgar Olmos LHP Birmingham HS, Van Nuys, Calif. Calif. $478,000
Tall and stringy with a basketball player's build at 6-foot-5, Olmos delivers his 87-89 mph fastball toward home plate with a sidearm, buggy-whip motion. His projectable frame and loose arm action suggest Olmos will significantly increase his velocity as he fills out, and he has already touched the low 90s several times. An Arizona recruit, Olmos exhibits a fine feel for his secondary pitches. His slow curve shows sweeping movement with a hint of wiffle-ball action. He also offers a changeup that has a bit of screwball rotation. Mechanically, Olmos does an excellent job of keeping his front side closed and showing the piping on his right pant leg to the hitter as long as possible. However, in his delivery he wraps his arm and needs to get fuller extension on his finish. Also, his arm slot varies from fastball to curve, and he tips his breaking ball by "screwing in a light bulb" as he grips the ball in his glove. All of these problems should be easily correctable.
4 118 Curtis Petersen RHP Ryan HS, Denton, Texas Texas $350,000
Righthander Curtis Petersen is projectable because he's 6-foot-4, 180 pounds and has a clean delivery. He usually pitches at 86-89 mph with his fastball but has touched 92 mph, and he throws his curveball and changeup for strikes. He's committed to Nebraska, and like many of Texas' best high schoolers this year, he figures to attend college.
5 148 Pete Andrelczyk RHP Coastal Carolina S.C. $185,000
Andrelczyk redshirted as a freshman at Coastal Carolina and has improved every year. Last season he made 23 appearances for the Chanticleers, tallying one save--which was good enough to get him drafted in the 32nd round by the Orioles as a redshirt sophomore. He returned to school, however, and moved into the full-time closer role. His velocity took another jump, and he's now considered to have a power package on the mound. Tallying better than a strikeout an inning, Andrelczyk works off a low-90s fastball that can touch 95 mph. He also has a hard slider that sits between 83-85 mph with tight rotation and late action that is especially tough on righthanded hitters. He has the best pure stuff on Coastal's team, and he profiles as a reliever in the pros as well. A late bloomer, Andrelcyzk was gaining momentum up draft boards at the end of the season.
6 178 Graham Johnson RHP Westlake HS, Westlake Village, Calif. Calif. $150,000
Johnson, who did not participate in any of the prominent summer or fall showcases, first came to the attention of local scouts in fall scout ball games. He's 6-foot-7 and was just emerging after starting this season in the bullpen at Westlake High. He got exposure when scouts came to see teammates Cutter Dykstra and Shane Kroker. At his best, the Fresno State recruit delivers a lively 91-93 mph fastball from a low three-quarters slot. He adds a hard curveball and a changeup, though both need work. Johnson's primary obstacle is his severe lack of control and command, which causes him to get behind hitters and run up high pitch counts. Part of that is inexperience, another part is growing into his large frame. However, in this spring season Johnson has become a big favorite of local scouts, who are fascinated by his intimidating frame and electric raw stuff.
7 208 Paul Gran 3B Washington State Wash. $40,000
The top draft from the two Pac-10 schools figures to be senior infielder Paul Gran, who slid from shortstop to third base for the Cougars. His best present tool is his defense at third base; he made only one error there this spring and has excellent range to go with an average arm. If he cleans up his footwork, he could be an above-average utility player with the ability to move to second base or his old spot at shortstop. His lefthanded bat and 55 speed (fringe above-average on the 20-to-80 scouting scale) further his future utility profile. He's a cerebral hitter who sometimes overthinks at the plate and swings and misses more than he should. He has raw pull power and should be one of the first college seniors drafted.
8 238 Isaac Galloway OF Los Osos HS, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. Calif. $245,000
Galloway has long been on the radar screens of scouts. An Aflac All-American and Area Code Games regular, Issac has dazzled onlookers on the scout ball, travel ball and showcase circuit for two years. Blessed with an ideal tall, lanky and projectable frame, Galloway is a premium athlete, consistently clocking in the 6.5 to 6.6 range in the 60-yard dash at various showcase events. Galloway also possesses an impressive throwing arm, rifling straight line trajectory throws from right field and center field in both pregame and game situations. Over the past two years, Galloway had measurably improved his bat, flashing a fluid natural swing and promising bat speed. In the fall off 2007, he enjoyed impressive wood bat BP sessions at several showcase events. However, Galloway picked a bad time to slump. He has hit poorly this spring, backtracking on the advances he had made in the fall of 2007. His struggles were due in part to an unusually spread-out stance. Despite an easy, smooth swing, Galloway has no load to generate power in his current setup. He's been overpowered by good velocity this spring on a regular basis. Defensively, Galloway is a wonderful outfielder, showing a gliding Torii Hunter/Mike Cameron knack for running down balls in center. While he will need additional experience and polish, Galloway profiles as an above-average defensive outfielder. Galloway's arm also grades out as above-average, though he's lacked accuracy this spring due to poor throwing mechanics. While he has significant tools, they are too raw for him to be a consensus first-round pick.
9 268 Dan Jennings LHP Nebraska Neb. $145,000
Lefthander Dan Jennings has more projection remaining than most college juniors. There's room to add strength on his 6-foot-3, 183-pound frame, and he has a quick arm and clean mechanics. His best present pitch is his slider, which is more of solid offering than a swing-and-miss weapon. His fastball ranges from 86-90 mph and he keeps it down in the strike zone. Jennings, who has shuttled between the rotation and the bullpen for Nebraska, projects as a reliever in pro ball. He had a streak of 30 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings at midseason.
10 298 Trevor Holder RHP Georgia Ga.
After a strong showing in the Cape Cod League last summer, when he went 4-1, 0.81, Holder was a hot commodity for scouts coming into the season. He allowed only one hit and struck out 10 in eight innings of work in the Cape championship game, earning league playoff MVP honors. A part-time starter for Georgia in 2007, Holder moved into the weekend rotation in 2008 as the Friday night starter. But he has not been overpowering this spring, offering a fairly straight fastball between 89-91 mph and below-average secondary stuff. With less than a strikeout per inning, Holder has not missed many bats and has relied on command and savvy to be successful. He has the ability to pitch to the corners and consistently pounds the zone. Holder has a projectable 6-foot-3, 195-pound frame, but his feel for pitching and track record are what separate him from teammate Stephen Dodson, who has similar stuff, and will make him more attractive on draft day.
11 328 Blake Brewer RHP Sandy Creek HS, Tyrone, Ga. Ga. $150,000
12 358 Brandon Turner 2B Mississippi State Miss.
13 388 Danny Pertusati 2B Damien HS, La Verne, Calif. Calif.
14 418 Bryan Evans RHP UC Davis Calif.
The Aggies start Evans on Sunday, behind fifth-year senior Eddie Gamboa and junior Brad McAtee. While those two are better college pitchers--and McAtee, at 88-92 mph, has more present stuff--Evans has more upside and was leading the team in strikeouts despite opening the year in the bullpen. He has decent velocity on his fastball, sitting in the upper-80s after touching 90-91 as a reliever. With his projectable 6-foot-3, 205-pound frame, he should sit solid average as he fills out. Evans' secondary pitches are his forte, as he has an inconsistent curveball that at times is a plus pitch. His changeup, like his fastball, has armside run and grades out as an average pitch as well. Evans commands all his pitches but was still learning pitch sequences and how to pace himself.
15 448 Johnny Dorn RHP Nebraska Neb.
Righthander Johnny Dorn may not overwhelm hitters, but he wins. His 36 victories entering the NCAA playoffs led all active Division I pitchers. He has plus-plus command and a feel for mixing four pitches. Dorn strained his elbow as a freshman at the 2005 College World Series, and he pitched with diminished velocity for two seasons before moving back up to 86-89 mph this spring. His slider may be his best pitch, and he also throws a loopy curveball and a changeup.
16 478 Andy Loomis LHP Purdue Ind.
17 508 Ben Soignier SS Louisiana-Monroe La.
18 538 Tom Koehler RHP SUNY Stony Brook N.Y.
Stony Brook righthander Tom Koehler has improved his stock as a senior by getting his body into much better shape. Koehler has always had good stuff and ran his fastball up to 94 as a junior, but scouts shied away from him because of his weight, and he went undrafted. He worked hard to firm up his body in the offseason and lost 35-40 pounds, and he anchored Stony Brook's America East-championship pitching staff this spring, going 6-5, 4.15 with 111 strikeouts and 45 walks in 93 innings. He works in the 92-94 range with a sinking, average to plus fastball, and he pitches off it well. His slider is a plus pitch at times, and he mixes in a promising changeup with some tumble. He'll flash a good overhand curveball, but other times he'll throw a flat one. His arm action has some funk, with a wrap in the back that affects his command, but with a 6-foot-3, 235-pound frame, he has a chance to be a workhorse if he can keep his body in shape.
19 568 Justin Bass OF Stetson Fla.
20 598 Wade Korpi LHP Notre Dame Ind.
21 628 Lonnie Lechelt 2B Oregon State Ore.
22 658 Jared Yecker RHP St. John's N.J.
23 688 Konrad Thieme C Sonoma State (Calif.) Calif.
24 718 Zach Moore C Dundalk (Md.) JC Md.
25 748 Robert Taylor C Arkansas-Little Rock Ark.
Catcher/outfielder Robert Taylor might have been drafted in 2007 had a bone bruise on his left hand not restricted him from playing much behind the plate. He has good size (6-foot-2, 210 pounds) and righthanded power, though it remains to be seen if he can stick at catcher. His receiving skills are decent and he has some arm strength, but his throwing mechanics are long. He has enough athleticism to try the outfield corners or third base if catching doesn't work out.
26 778 Jason Peacock 1B Florida Gulf Coast Fla.
27 808 Elih Villanueva RHP Florida State Fla.
Elih Villanueva transferred from Miami-Dade JC, where he posted a 0.81 ERA last season, and became the Sunday starter role for the Seminoles. He wound up leading the team in ERA with a 6-2, 3.23 mark in 14 starts. Villanueva uses plus pitchability to get the most of his average curveball, changeup and fastball--which sits between 89-91 mph.
28 838 Kevin Mattison OF UNC Asheville N.C.
29 868 Ricky Orton 3B UNC Greensboro N.C.
30 898 Skyler Crawford RHP Hartnell (Calif.) JC Calif. $150,000
Crawford is smallish but is an excellent competitor who has three fringe-average to average pitches. He is committed to California.
31 928 Marvin Campbell 1B Las Vegas HS Nev.
32 958 Wayman Gooch RHP Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) Idaho
33 988 Moses Munoz LHP Bossier Parish (La.) JC La.
34 1018 Matt Lokken 3B St. Helens (Ore.) HS Ore.
35 1048 Brian Schultz OF Florida Southern Fla.
36 1078 Brandon Todd RHP South Carolina S.C.
37 1108 Drew Clothier LHP Army N.Y.
38 1138 Joey DeBernardis 3B Lake Zurich (Ill.) HS Ill.
39 1168 Mikie Mahtook OF St. Thomas More HS, Lafayette, La. La.
Mikie Mahtook was more renowned as a quarterback with electric speed before this spring, but his exploits as an outfielder may earn him a six-figure bonus. Mahtook, who received football interest from mid-major programs, made the decision to focus solely on baseball, easing questions about his signability. Many clubs didn't get a long look at him until he faced perennial state power Barbe High, and he didn't play well, cooling interest. But a handful of teams view him as an outstanding athlete who's more advanced than most two-sport stars. They see a 6-foot-1, 200-pounder with plus-plus speed to go with above-average power and arm strength, and they don't think he'll take long to adjust to pro pitching. The Blue Jays, Marlins, Mets and Tigers all scheduled workouts with Mahtook shortly before the draft.
40 1198 Trent Fuller SS Fairfield (Calif.) HS Calif.
41 1228 Alan Williams OF Mangham (La.) HS La.
42 1258 Jeremy Synan OF North Carolina State N.C.
43 1288 Kes Carter OF Ravenwood HS, Brentwood, Tenn. Tenn.
44 1318 Joel Staples 3B St. Mary's Calif.
45 1347 Fred Atkins OF JC of Marin (Calif.) Calif.
46 1375 Casey Fry LHP Los Angeles Pierce JC Calif.
47 1402 Jeff Urlaub LHP Nevada-Las Vegas Nev.
48 1429 Barrett Serrato SS Community HS, West Chicago, Ill. Ill.
49 1456 Taylor Davis C Jupiter (Fla.) HS Fla.
50 1483 Colin Hoffman OF St. Augustine HS, San Diego Calif.