Tampa Bay Devil Rays

Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 30 LeVon Washington 2B Buchholz HS, Gainesville, Fla. Fla.
Washington attends the same high school that Marlins lefthander Andrew Miller did, but he's about as different a player as he can be. Washington's arm strength might be at the other end of the scale from Miller's, as he's recovering from labrum surgery, and some scouts say his arm is below the 20 at the bottom of the 20-80 scouting scale. His arm and offensive package have drawn comparisons to Johnny Damon, another central Florida prep product. Like Damon, Washington can hit, and he was moving up draft boards thanks to his blazing speed and consistent spring. A 6.2-second runner over 60 yards at showcases, Washington has played mostly infield but doesn't have the arm for it, and most scouts see him as an outfielder thanks to his easy speed. Washington has bat speed at the plate, giving him solid pop, though not true power, and he has shown signs of developing a good pro approach. Washington, who spent three years in Guam when his father was assigned there while in the military, could move as high as the supplemental first round despite his arm.
2 78 Kenny Diekroeger SS Menlo HS, Atherton, Calif. Calif.
Diekroeger stunned all observers at the Area Code Games in Long Beach, ranking first in the SPARQ rankings with an almost unheard of 85.96 score. Kenny ran a blistering 6.68 60 yard dash, and added a phenomenal 34.9 inch vertical leap. As a baseball player, Diekroeger is acceptable as a shortstop but his actions are not exceptional. With his remarkable overall athletic ability, Diekroeger may be a better fit as an outfielder. Kenny showed flashes of interesting hitting ability, but he needs to improve at the plate and develop consistency in his approach and results. Diekroeger figures to be an exceptionally attractive college recruit, given his stunning physical ability combined with terrific grades and a nearly off the charts SAT score. There is little doubt that given his athleticism, Kenny will eventually be drafted in an early round. If his bat advances quickly, that will occur in June 2009. If his bat takes longer to develop, that will occur after three years in a college program.
3 108 Todd Glaesmann OF Midway HS, Waco, Texas Texas $930,000
After a so-so performance on the showcase circuit last summer and surgery to repair a torn thumb ligament last fall, Glaesmann has exceeded expectations this spring. He has emerged as a potential five-tool talent and a possible second-round pick. He has a prototype 6-foot-4, 205-pound frame that should give him plenty of leverage for power, though he employs more of a line-drive approach at this point. Glaesmann has some obvious length to his swing, but he shows patience and should hit for average from the right side of the plate. He has solid speed and arm strength, with the possibility of sticking in center field and the tools to be a standout in right field should he move there down the road. A quality athlete, Glaesmann played quarterback and wide receiver in high school and played through the injury to his left (non-throwing) thumb. One area scout compared him to former Texas high school and college star Drew Stubbs, the eighth overall pick in the 2006 draft, with less athleticism but better baseball skills. Glaesmann has committed to Texas A&M.
4 139 Luke Bailey C Troup County HS, LaGrange, Ga. Ga. $750,000
Bailey entered the season at the front of the national group of high school catchers, one of the strongest positions in the draft. He had shown a rare combination of hitting ability, raw power and arm strength, all of which graded above-average, as well as solid athleticism and surprising speed. Bailey's offense had slipped this spring, as he hit just three home runs. Scouts said he was tinkering too much searching for power, trying different strides and different timing mechanisms. Scouts had no questions about him defensively, where he ranks among the best athletes in the prep catcher group, and he showed toughness as a junior by playing through a broken rib. He has plenty of arm strength and was doing some ill-advised pitching for his high school team before going down with Tommy John surgery in April. Bailey has an Auburn commitment, having grown up a fan, but still was expected to be signable, much as the late Nick Adenhart signed after having had the surgery back in 2004.
5 169 Jeff Malm 1B Bishop Gorman HS, Las Vegas Nev. $680,000
The first thing out of everyone's mouth when talking about Malm is some variation of: "That guy can hit." Few high school players in the draft have a better track record of performance than Malm, who does it from the left side. Everywhere he goes, he hits, whether it's as the youngest player on the USA Baseball junior national team--where he saw more time at first base than Eric Hosmer--or as the only underclassman at the 2007 Cape Cod High School Classic. Playing for one of the nation's top high school teams, Malm was leading the state of Nevada with 15 home runs heading into the playoffs. The question is whether he will be able to hit for the same power with a wood bat. At a soft-bodied 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds, he's limited to first base and will need to produce power. He has a good arm--sitting at 87-89 mph as a pitcher--but can't play the outfield. As a lifelong Southern California fan with a long personal relationship with head coach Chad Kreuter, Malm's commitment to the Trojans is strong.
6 199 Devin Fuller RHP Chandler-Gilbert (Ariz.) JC Ariz. $150,000
Fuller redshirted his freshman year at Arizona State because he was academically ineligible. Transferring to Chandler-Gilbert this season, Fuller has shown flashes of the talent that made him a 14th-round selection by the Devil Rays out of Gilbert (Ariz.) High in 2007. His fastball has been anywhere from 88-94 mph this spring and he gets a lot of run and sink on it. His secondary stuff is a bit behind and he's been going back and forth between throwing a curveball and a slider, although the rotation on his breaking pitches is getting tighter and he shows some deception with his changeup. The 6-foot-2, 225-pounder went 3-2, 2.36 with 72 strikeouts and 21 walks over 53 innings for the Coyotes this season.
7 229 Cody Rogers OF Panola (Texas) JC Texas $125,000
Outfielder Cody Rogers offers a nice combination of plus speed and solid pop. A 6-foot-2, 175-pound lefthanded hitter, he'll need to curb a tendency to get pull-conscious. He has committed to Texas A&M.
8 259 Brett Nommensen OF Eastern Illinois Ill. $25,000
Outfielder Brett Nommensen put up the best hitting numbers in college baseball in the first half of the season, batting .521 with 11 homers and leading NCAA Division I in on-base percentage (.649) and slugging (1.021) through 28 games. Then he broke the hamate bone in his right wrist and didn't bat again until the Ohio Valley Conference tournament. Five-foot-10 and 190 pounds, Nommensen has a compact lefthanded swing and a patient approach. While scouts acknowledge his ability to hit and get on base, as well as his instincts, they question whether he has more than one big league tool. He has below-average power and average speed and arm strength, which may make him more of a tweener than a regular outfielder down the line. That's why he went undrafted despite batting .402 as junior a year ago.
9 289 Kevin James LHP Whitefish Bay HS, Milwaukee Wis. $625,000
There's no doubt that lefthander Kevin James is Wisconsin's best prospect, but it's unclear whether he'll get drafted high enough to bypass a Boston College scholarship. He's a projectable 6-foot-4, 187-pounder who drew attention by consistently hitting 90-91 mph while pitching against suspended Illinois high school lefty Ian Krol in a Wisconsin scout league in the spring. James' curveball and command still need a lot of work, and scouts can't figure out why he doesn't dominate weak high school competition. James went 0-8 as a junior, and while he won his first start as a senior, he still issued six walks in five innings.
10 319 Derek Dennis SS Forest Hills Central HS, Grand Rapids, Mich. Mich.
Dennis has surpassed fellow Michigan shortstop recruit Daniel Fields as the Wolverine State's best prospect this spring. An athletic 6-foot-3, 175-pounder, Dennis was also an all-state guard in basketball, averaging 21.6 points a game as a senior and finishing his career as the leading scorer in Forest Hills Central's history. Scouts describe him as a cross between former Michigan high school product D.J. LeMahieu (now at Louisiana State) and former Wolverines shortstop Jason Christian (the Athletics' fifth-round pick in 2008). Dennis is a better athlete than LeMahieu but isn't quite as advanced as a hitter. He's no slouch at the plate, however, and Dennis has a long finish from the right side and uses the opposite field like LeMahieu does. He should develop at least solid power as he fills out his frame, and he has shown the ability to drive the ball with a wood bat. Dennis grades as an average runner, in part because he has a long swing and it takes him time to get out of the box, but he makes all the plays at shortstop. He has a quick first step, good range and a strong arm. The draft is thin on middle infielders and it's easy to dream on Dennis, so a team that likes him could pop him as early as the third round. He's considered a potential tough sign, though, and could slide much further. He strained his ribcage in mid-May, making it difficult for clubs to get a good look at him right before the draft.
11 349 Alex Koronis RHP Tampa Fla.
12 379 Andrew Bellatti RHP Steele Canyon HS, Spring Valley, Calif. Calif. $100,000
13 409 Hunter Hill RHP Howard (Texas) JC Texas
14 439 Zach Quate RHP Appalachian State N.C.
15 469 Pierce Johnson RHP Faith Christian Academy, Arvada, Colo. Colo.
Righthander Pierce Johnson missed two months of the season after a comebacker broke his hand. Before that, he was pitching at 92-93 mph and locating his fastball to both sides of the plate while mixing in a good breaking ball and changeup. The 6-foot-2, 165-pounder still has room to fill out and has beautiful mechanics that he repeats well. One scout compared him to Bret Saberhagen. If the limited looks this spring scare teams away, Johnson will head to Missouri State.
16 499 Tyler Bortnick 2B Coastal Carolina S.C.
17 529 Alex Diaz OF Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, Gurabo, P.R. P.R.
Outfielder Alex Diaz is 6-foot-2 with a lot of raw power, and that's about it. He hit a home run off of Perez at a showcase in February and then had the second-best batting practice session to Fuentes in May, possibly hitting his way into the top 10 rounds.
18 559 Jacob Partridge LHP Rogers HS, Spokane, Wash. Wash.
Spokane's Jacob Partridge is a 6-foot-2 lefthander who typically gets off to a slow start because he also plays basketball. He throws a fastball that sits 88-91 mph, has a slider that can be inconsistent but has good spin, and is working on developing a changeup. Because he usually peaks later in the year, he'll play in the West Coast Collegiate League this summer and could be an intriguing summer follow.
19 589 Scott Shuman RHP Auburn Ala.
20 619 Dylan Floro RHP Buhach Colony HS, Atwater, Calif. Calif.
Many clubs had Floro pegged as a supplemental first-rounder when the spring began, and while his velocity has dipped this spring he still isn't likely to last much past the second round. Slightly undersized at 6-foot-1 and 170 pounds, Floro has a long track record with local and national scouts. He still sits at 90-92 mph with his fastball, and he adds a changeup to his mix, but his best offering may be his tight, high 70s slider, which has the makings of a plus pitch. Floro is committed to Cal State Fullerton and might be well served by three years of college experience, but he may find it hard to pass on signing if he goes in the second round.
21 649 Matt Swilley RHP El Camino HS, Oceanside, Calif. Calif. $120,000
22 679 Jake Sullivan LHP Arkansas-Little Rock Ark.
23 709 Trevor Petersen RHP Hallsville (Texas) HS Texas
Righthander Trevor Petersen has size (6-foot-3, 215 pounds) and arm strength (his fastball sits at 88-90 mph and touches 94) on his side. He slings the ball from a low arm angle that makes it difficult to stay on top of his slurvy slider and will need a lot of work, but the raw material is there. He's considered signable despite a commitment to Louisiana Tech.
24 739 Andrew Heaney LHP Putnam City HS, Oklahoma City Okla.
Scouts rave about lefthander Andrew Heaney's arm action. Though he's just 6-foot-1 and 170 pounds, he has a clean, quick arm and reaches 91 mph with his fastball with little effort. He also has good feel for his curveball and changeup, and he beat projected first-rounder Chad James in a head-to-head matchup. Heaney is considered all but unsignable, so he'll probably wind up at Oklahoma State.
25 769 Ryan Wiegand 1B Gonzaga Wash.
More of a doubles machine, senior first baseman Ryan Wiegand is Gonzaga's all-time leader in hits, doubles and RBIs. He carried the team in the West Coast Conference title-clinching game that earned the school its first regional trip since 1981, hitting three home runs and driving in eight. After hitting 11 homers last year, he had just six this year but a nice overall line of .330/.407/.517 thanks to 21 doubles. He's limited to first base and doesn't show much loft for a guy who is 6-foot-4 and 240 pounds.
26 799 Dan Rhault SS Rhode Island R.I.
27 829 Brady Wager RHP Globe (Ariz.) HS Ariz.
28 859 Zac Rosscup LHP Chemeketa (Ore.) JC Ore.
29 889 Gabe Cohen OF UCLA Calif.
Built like an Adonis, Cohen flashes a strong arm, power and above-average speed. He has tinkered with his stance so often, though, he has never truly found a niche at bat. An occasional long home run is often followed by prolonged slumps.
30 919 Marcus Jensen RHP Pinnacle HS, Phoenix Ariz. $125,000
31 949 Aaron Dott LHP Wisconsin-Whitewater Wis.
32 979 Alex Besaw RHP Skagit Valley (Wash.) JC Wash.
Tullis' rotation-mates are both Oregon State transfers--righthanders Alex Besaw and Tyrell Poggemeyer. Besaw is the better prospect, though he was a little rusty after facing just two hitters for the Beavers last year. Then, right before the season started, he needed an emergency appendectomy and missed the first three weeks. He played for Bellingham in the West Coast Collegiate League, where Skagit Valley head coach Kevin Matthews spends his summers as the pitching coach. Besaw has a good frame at 6-foot-2 and 220 pounds, with big legs. He has a live arm and pitches in the 88-91 mph range, and was up to 93 last summer. He works both sides of the plate and has a good feel for a changeup. He needs to tighten up his slider for it to be an effective pitch at the next level.
33 1009 Ryan McCarney RHP Cal State Northridge Calif.
34 1039 Kyle Spraker SS Loyola Marymount Calif.
35 1069 Chris Murrill OF Nicholls State La.
36 1099 Jeff Cinadr RHP Toledo Ohio
37 1129 Austin Maddox C Eagle's View HS, Jacksonville Fla.
Having made the varsity as a sixth-grader at his private school, Maddox has been a high-profile player for much of his prep career, helping Eagle's View to a pair of state 1-A championships. He took a star turn with USA Baseball's 18U team, hitting .367 with a team-best six extra-base hits, including one of the team's two home runs. He hasn't held up as well under the scrutiny this spring. He's among the nation's most physical players, strong and built like an ox at 6-foot-3, 220 pounds, with two premium tools near the top of the scale. His raw power and arm both rate near 70 on the 20-80 scouting scale. He's strong and has a leveraged swing that allows him to drive the ball for home run power to all fields. He has reached 96 mph as a pitcher, though he's more of a prospect at the plate. His arm stroke has gotten longer, making him less accurate as a catcher and hampering his pitching. Maddox faces weak competition and hadn't dominated as hoped this spring. More telling, he has not shown enough athleticism, making some scouts wonder how long he'll remain behind the plate. If the Florida recruit is not a catcher, he likely will be limited to first base, where the offensive demands are much more significant.
38 1159 Drew Hillman 3B Orange Coast (Calif.) JC Calif.
39 1189 Dan April LHP Mercer Ga.
40 1219 James Pazos LHP Highland HS, Gilbert, Ariz. Ariz.
Another pitcher who went backward this spring--and it was a disappointing theme in Arizona--was James Pazos, though he's still the best prep lefthander and one of the few power lefties in the state. Committed to Arizona State, the 6-foot-3, 220-pounder is aggressive and inconsistent, in part because he has never focused on baseball. He is a strong athlete who also played football and wrestled. Pazos was a big name coming into the spring and drew about 30 scouts to his first game, but many left after the first inning unimpressed. He used to have a Dontrelle Willis-esque delivery, with arms and legs flying everywhere. It was unconventional, but it created deception. He toned it down this spring and lost some effectiveness, though he was up to 91 mph by the end of the season. His secondary pitches need work, and teams may want him to do that with the Sun Devils.
41 1249 Matt Stabelfeld LHP Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) Idaho
42 1279 Bennett Davis 3B Elon N.C.
Senior infielder Bennett Davis should get drafted based on his feel for hitting. Davis hit 18 homers and showed solid-average defensive tools this spring.
43 1309 Geno Glynn 3B Minnesota State Minn.
44 1339 Kalani Brackenridge SS Kapolei (Hawaii) HS Hawaii
45 1369 Cole Nelson LHP Des Moines Area JC Iowa
46 1399 Aaron Oates 3B Skyline HS, Oakland Calif.
47 1429 Jason Patton OF Kent State Ohio
48 1459 Nate Roberts OF Parkland (Ill.) JC Ill.
49 1489 Vince Spilker RHP Raytown (Mo.) HS Mo.
50 1519 David Wendt C Dowling (N.Y.) N.Y.