2007 Top 200 Draft Prospects: 101-120

2007 DraftThis is Baseball America's comprehensive review of the top prospects for this year's draft, based on discussions with high school and college coaches and professional scouts and executives. Our list is based on the overall professional potential of the players, not necessarily on where we expect them to get drafted. Capsules were written by Jim Callis, Aaron Fitt, John Manuel and Alan Matthews.

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101. Danny Worth, ss
School: Pepperdine. Class: Jr.
B-T: R-R. Ht.: 6-1. Wt.: 165. Birthdate: 9/30/85.
Scouting Report: Worth's steady defense and improved bat has won over scouts this spring, as he worked his way into the discussion as one of the better middle infielders available out of college this spring in a down year for the position. A three-year starter for Pepperdine, Worth hit .344 with wood last summer in the Northwoods League and has continued to improve offensively this spring, posting career highs across the board and improving his plate discipline significantly. His swing's a bit stiff, but he has bat control and has shown the ability to drive the ball from gap to gap (he led the West Coast Conference in doubles last spring and ranked second this year), though his home run power is well-below-average. Defensively Worth shines with excellent footwork, natural instincts, sure hands and a strong arm. He makes all the routine plays and has the ability to make the big play from the hole. He's just an average runner, but his grit and reliability make him likely to be drafted in the first three rounds.

.349 212 40 74 19 2 3 36 10

102. Taylor Martin, rhp
School: St. Michael HS, Baton Rouge, La. Class: Sr.
B-T: R-R. Ht.: 6-4. Wt.: 215. Birthdate: 4/20/89.
Scouting Report: Martin has improved his draft stock as much as any high school player in Louisiana this spring. The Major League Scouting Bureau gave him its highest overall grade in the state--a 55 on the 20-80 scouting scale--including the college crop. Strong and projectable at 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds, he can run his fastball up to 94 mph and has heavy sink on the pitch. His slider is just a decent second offering, and he hasn't had much experience with a changeup. Martin's mechanics need some polishing, as he has some wrist wrap in back and doesn't repeat his delivery well. But the upside gives scouts a lot to dream about, and he could go as high as the second round. He has committed to Louisiana State but is expected to turn pro.

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103. Preston Clark, c
School: Texas. Class: So.
B-T: R-R. Ht.: 5-11. Wt.: 212. Birthdate: 8/16/85.
Scouting Report: Clark is one of three prime draft-eligible sophomores with reported seven-figure price tags at Texas, but there are a couple of differences between him, third baseman Brad Suttle and outfielder Kyle Russell. Suttle and Russell are 21-year-olds in their second year of college, while Clark is in his third year after redshirting in 2005 while getting his classwork in order. And while Suttle and Russell have played well enough to go in the sandwich round, Clark hasn't shown that kind of bat. He hit just .295 during the regular season, in part because he struggles against breaking balls. Clark does have power potential, and he's more ready for the next level defensively than offensively. He has strong catch-and-throw skills, including nimble footwork, a quick transfer and arm strength. Clark had arthroscopic surgery on both of his knees while in high school, and he'll have to watch the weight on his 5-foot-11, 212-pound frame. His offensive performance merits a third-round selection, which may not be high enough to sign him. Catchers often get overdrafted, however. If Clark returns to the Longhorns and improves offensively in 2008, he could be a first-round pick.

.298 188 33 56 16 2 6 41 2

104. Matt West, 3b
School: Bellaire (Texas) HS. Class: Sr.
B-T: R-R. Ht.: 6-2. Wt.: 195. Birthdate: 11/21/88.
Scouting Report: West was known mostly for his arm strength coming into 2007, but his bat garnered a lot of attention early this spring and at one point seemed destined to make him a supplemental first-rounder. He has cooled off somewhat, particularly when he faced better competition, and now looks like more of a second- or third-rounder. West doesn't have a long track record as a hitter, but he has fared well in wood-bat workouts. He stays inside pitches well, uses the opposite field and has some power potential. He's a solid athlete with good hands, but he'll have to move from shortstop once he leaves high school. He's probably destined for third base because he's already 6-foot-2 and 195 pounds and second base would be a stretch once he fills out. West has committed to both San Jacinto (Texas) Junior College and Arizona State in order to keep his options open, but he's not considered a tough sign.

.545 77 61 42 0 0 8 43 31

105. Danny Rams, c/1b
School: Gulliver Prep, Miami. Class: Sr.
B-T: R-R. Ht.: 6-2. Wt.: 222. Birthdate: 12/19/88.
Scouting Report: Of the players ranked outside the Top 100, Rams possesses the two most exceptional tools. His raw power grades as a 70 on the 20-80 scale, and one scout says, "Whatever is the highest grade on your scale, that's what his arm is." The dilemma in his evaluation, however, is whether he'll ever get to put those tools to use in professional baseball. Rams' father Eduardo, a Cuban native, died of a heart attack when Danny was 14. At 6-foot-2, 226, he's a giant among most players his age, and his size and lack of flexibility have been the greatest impediments to his development behind the plate. He receives adequately, but lacks the lateral movement and footwork to stick behind the plate. He spent some time in the outfield as a senior, but he might be relegated to first base in the future. He can launch tape measure blasts and is a dead-pull hitter. He'll need to refine his approach in order to maximize his talent, and could be drafted in the top three rounds.

.419 62 27 26 7 0 6 29 14

106. David Newmann, lhp
School: Texas A&M. Class: Jr.
B-T: R-L. Ht.: 6-2. Wt.: 205. Birthdate: 6/24/85.
Scouting Report: Though Newmann didn't pitch in 2005 or 2006 while recovering from Tommy John surgery, the Brewers still drafted him in the 29th round last June--a good indication of his potential. In his only previous college season before this one, Newmann pitched San Jacinto (Texas) Junior College to the championship game of the 2004 Junior College World Series. He threw a one-hitter in the tournament opener and contributed three saves. Newmann is a four-pitch lefthander who has heavy sink on an 88-92 mph fastball that he can boost to 94 when he throws a four-seamer. He also has a good curveball and a decent changeup, but like many Tommy John survivors, it has taken him a while to regain his command. Newmann got off to a good start this spring but has been inconsistent since. He doesn't have the smoothest delivery or a lot of athleticism, but he competes hard and gets the job done. As a nearly 22-year-old junior, Newmann is expected to be an easy sign should he go in the first three rounds of the draft.

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107. Stephen Porlier, rhp
School: Oklahoma. Class: So.
B-T: R-R. Ht.: 6-2. Wt.: 206. Birthdate: 11/28/85.
Scouting Report: Porlier ranked as one of the top high school pitching prospects in Texas three years ago until he blew out his elbow and needed Tommy John surgery. After redshirting at Tulane in 2005, he pitched one season for the Green Wave before transferring to Oklahoma for 2007. He quickly became the Sooners' No. 1 starter, and while he has spun shutouts against Nebraska and Kansas (a combined effort), he also has been inconsistent this spring. His low-90s fastball, curveball and changeup are all good pitches, he throws strikes and he has a durable 6-foot-2, 206-pound frame. Nevertheless, scouts question his mental toughness and wonder about his signability as a draft-eligible sophomore. His talent would dictate taking him in the first three rounds, though if his asking price is high he could slide considerably further than that.

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108. Collin DeLome, of
School: Lamar. Class: Jr.
B-T: L-R. Ht.: 6-1. Wt.: 180. Birthdate: 12/18/85.
Scouting Report: Scouts have scanned the nation for athletic college position players, and they found one at Lamar in DeLome. Few collegians can match his all-around package of tools, as he has bat speed, foot speed, center-field range and arm strength. As a bonus, he's a lefthanded hitter. DeLome, a former middle infielder at a small-town Texas high school, still is refining all aspects of his game. He drew just 12 walks during the regular season and struggles against quality fastballs and lefthanders. His instincts on the bases and in the outfield are still developing, so he has yet to make the most of his quickness. He may wind up moving from center to an outfield corner despite his range. A hot start positioned DeLome as a possible supplemental first-rounder, but he subsequently cooled off and now will be a second- or third-rounder.

.330 212 56 70 15 7 8 49 6

109. Sam Runion, rhp
School: Reynolds HS, Asheville, N.C. Class: Sr.
B-T: R-R. Ht.: 6-4. Wt.: 220. Birthdate: 11/9/88.
Scouting Report: North Carolina's crop of talent is better than it has been in years, and Runion is among the top high school players among a deep second-tier class of prospects. He played alongside crosstown rival Justin Jackson for the Midland (Ohio) Redskins travel team and was one of three Aflac All-Americans from the state, joining Jackson and lefty Madison Bumgarner. It was against Bumgarner that Runion made his best impression as a senior, as he matched up with him in a conference game in Asheville that drew a bevy of national crosscheckers and a handful of scouting directors. Sam's father Larry was a lefthanded pitcher at Union (Tenn.) University. Sam played tight end on Reynolds' football team as a freshman and sophomore, and it's his big, broad-shouldered frame that attracts scouts. Runion offers a good feel for pitching as well as a hard, heavy fastball that sits near 90 mph with good sinking action. He throws from a three-quarters arm slot and tends to drop down, leading to hanging sliders. When he stays on top of his slider, it has hard, late break. He shows feel for a changeup, but profiles best as a durable long reliever or set-up man in the mold of Dan Wheeler.

5 2 2.14 14 3 59 58 12 85

110. Jess Todd, rhp
School: Arkansas. Class: Jr.
B-T: R-R. Ht.: 6-0. Wt.: 213. Birthdate: 4/20/86.
Scouting Report: Arkansas has a weekend rotation made up of pitchers who could go in the first three rounds of the draft: Nick Schmidt, Duke Welker and Todd. Todd has the best stuff of the trio, starting with a 90-94 mph four-seam fastball and a hard mid-80s slider that ranks as one of the best in the draft. He also throws an upper-80s two-seamer and a circle changeup that acts like a splitter. Todd took a circuitous route to Fayetteville, starting his college career at Texas Tech in the fall of 2004 before transferring to Navarro (Texas) Junior College. After two years at Navarro, he planned on attending Texas, but the Big 12 Conference wouldn't allow him to play for another member school without sitting out a year, so he went to Arkansas. He opened the spring as the Razorbacks' closer, and scouts envision him as a late-inning reliever in pro ball. Todd's size (6 feet, 213 pounds) and violent delivery lend themselves more to that role, though he has shown a deep repertoire, command and durability as a college starter. His competitive nature will help succeed in either capacity.

8 2 2.95 20 2 73 71 22 95

111. Greg Peavey, rhp
School: Hudson's Bay HS, Vancouver, Wash. Class: Sr.
B-T: R-R. Ht.: 6-2. Wt.: 185. Birthdate: 7/11/88.
Scouting Report: Few high school players have had an amateur career like Peavey's. He was hitting 90 mph when he was 14, played in the 2000 Little League World Series and was a member of USA Baseball's youth and junior national teams. He has hit 94 mph regularly with his fastball, complementing it with a quality hard slider that has reached the low 80s. The slider's a plus pitch, with depth to go with its velocity. However, scouts agree Peavey pitched better as both a sophomore and junior, and few see much projection left in his 6-foot-2, 195-pound frame.

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112. Tanner Robles, lhp
School: Cottonwood HS, Salt Lake City. Class: Sr.
B-T: L-L. Ht.: 6-4. Wt.: 190. Birthdate: 2/24/89.
Scouting Report: Robles has been the best high school pitcher in Utah for two seasons, leading Salt Lake City's Cottonwood High to a pair of state championships by going 16-0 on the mound as a sophomore and junior. He was regularly hitting 93-94 mph and emerged as an elite national prospect last summer, getting selected for the Aflac Classic. He has struggled to find the same mechanics he had before this spring, as he's landing on a stiff front leg that has caused him to elevate his stuff and lose the hard break on his curveball. Robles topped out at 92 mph in the Phil Nevin National Classic in April, and his lack of extension in his delivery also makes adding velocity in the future difficult. He still has significant assets: good size, competitiveness and good velocity for a lefthander. He could be a better version of 2005 Utah first-round prep lefty Mark Pawelek, whose career is off to a slow start in the Cubs organization. Unlike Pawelek, Robles' stock was falling as the draft approached, and if the draft round and signing bonus don't meet his preseason expectations, Robles could wind up at Oregon State with fellow Utah prep Garrett Nash.

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113. Ed Easley, c
School: Mississippi State. Class: Jr.
B-T: R-R. Ht.: 6-1. Wt.: 185. Birthdate: 12/21/85.
Scouting Report: Easley was a second-team high school All-American out of Olive Branch, Miss., who has steadily become a reliable catcher with an offensive mindset. Though he has played third base and catcher during his college career, Easley's value lies in his ability to remain behind the plate. He's similar to 2006 Mississippi State draftee Chris Coughlan in that he makes consistent hard contact but doesn't have the type of power potential to profile as an everyday third baseman in the majors. He has a simple approach, using all fields and keeping his hands inside the ball effectively. He has plenty of bat speed and leverage in his swing to develop average power. His catch-and-throw skills are passable, but his arm isn't as strong as his statistics might suggest. He threw out a Southeastern Conference-high 22 runners this season, including nine in the Louisiana State series. He uses a quick release and easy exchange to his advantage. He's a solid-average runner. Easley will benefit from his reputation as a good college hitter in this draft, and might be taken as early as the second or third round.

.376 194 53 73 12 0 12 57 1

114. Tony Thomas, 2b
School: Florida State. Class: Jr.
B-T: . Ht.: 5-10. Wt.: 180. Birthdate: 7/10/86.
Scouting Report: Few players experienced such a drastic turnaround in such a short span as Thomas. He batted .240 and struck out 75 times in 2005, the second-most strikeouts in Division I, and piled up 66 more as a sophomore. This year, Thomas led the nation in hits (97) and doubles (28), ranked second in on-base percentage (.542) and third in average (.449). He had as many walks as strikeouts (36), and had gone from a non-prospect to a potential top 100 talent. He opened his stance, which has allowed him to see pitches a split-second earlier and says that has been the key to his improvement. His swing plane is flat and his up-the-middle approach isn't conducive for power, but he has bat speed and good barrel awareness. Thomas is a below-average defender with a below-average arm, though he's an average runner. Given his improvement at the plate, it's conceivable he plays his way into an adequate second baseman, which would enhance his value.

.449 216 78 97 28 6 10 42 26

115. Julian Sampson, rhp
School: Skyline (Wash.) HS. Class: Sr.
B-T: R-R. Ht.: 6-5. Wt.: 190. Birthdate: 1/21/89.
Scouting Report: Sampson rivals Vancouver's Greg Peavey as the top high school pitcher in Washington, a title Washington State signee Keaton Hayenga was on his way to securing before he tore his labrum sliding into third base. Sampson and Hayenga are much more similar to each other than to Peavey, who has a long national track record. Sampson, like Hayenga, has a projectable pro body (6-foot-5, 200 pounds) and has played high school basketball. He has shown pretty good present stuff, with a fastball that sits in the 90-92 mph range. He has easy velocity and a loose arm, making it easy to project future heat. While Sampson, a University of Washington signee, has flashed brilliance this spring, he has generally not been at his best mostly due to his choice of breaking ball. In the past, he flashed a slider with above-average tilt and velocity, a flat-out filthy pitch last summer and fall on the showcase circuit. This spring, though, he has more frequently used a slower, looping curveball that doesn't have much potential. A team that has seen Sampson good still could pop him as high as the second round because of his velocity, athleticism and future potential.

6 0 0.72 8 1 39 24 7 41

116. Brian Dupra, rhp
School: Greece Athena HS, Rochester, N.Y. Class: Sr.
B-T: R-R. Ht.: 6-3. Wt.: 193. Birthdate: 12/15/88.
Scouting Report: The consensus top prep prospect in the state of New York, Dupra's stock has climbed with his velocity this spring. With a projectable 6-foot-3 frame and a live arm, Dupra is a good competitor who figured to add velocity to a fastball that was 88-92 mph earlier this spring. One knock on Dupra has been that he gets underneath his slider so the pitch is flat, and his curveball isn't any better. But he came on later in the season, sitting in the low 90s with his fastball and running it up to 95, and flashing a breaking ball with potential. His changeup remains unrefined, and he has a tendency to work away from hitters, seldom challenging them inside. There is some effort to Dupra's delivery, including a violent head jerk, and scouts worry about his durability. Signability is also a huge question mark, as Dupra is committed to Notre Dame.

5 0 0.21 7 0 34 21 7 54

117. Austin Romine, c
School: El Toro HS, Lake Forest, Calif. Class: Sr.
B-T: R-R. Ht.: 6-1. Wt.: 195. Birthdate: 11/22/88.
Scouting Report: Romine's brother Andrew is Arizona State's starting shortstop, and his dad Kevin played there before his brief big league career. Austin also has committed to the Sun Devils, but the consensus in Southern California is he'll never make it to Tempe. That's despite a left hand injury that has plagued him all season. In May, he reaggravated what was diagnosed as a torn ligament in his thumb and had surgery. Rather than sit out the rest of the season, he focused on being El Toro's closer. His arm is his best tool, among the most powerful in a strong draft crop of catchers. Romine's pop times to second base have ranged from 1.78 to 1.85 seconds, putting him near an 80 on the 20-80 scouting scale. Romine's receiving is less advanced, but he's no slouch there and has the athletic ability to improve his deficient footwork. Offensively, Romine has gap power and makes consistent contact, and he's got enough strength to project to hit for average home run power down the road.

.493 67 20 33 14 1 4 32 2

118. Freddie Freeman, 1b/rhp
School: El Modena HS, Orange, Calif. Class: Sr.
B-T: L-R. Ht.: 6-5. Wt.: 215. Birthdate: 9/12/89.
Scouting Report: A member of both USA Baseball's youth and junior national teams, Freeman dominated for the youth team in 2005 before struggling in the World Junior Championship last fall (2-for-21) in Cuba. His stock has rebounded this spring, as he helped El Modena High to a playoff berth as both a hitter and pitcher. While his track record with Team USA and in showcases makes him a top-three-rounds talent as a power hitter, scouts are increasingly intrigued with Freeman as a pitcher. Just 17, he has excellent size, and while working as El Modena's closer he has shown control of two present plus pitches: a heavy 90-93 mph fastball and a power slider. His feel for pitching and clean arm action belie his pitching inexperience--and his desire to remain a hitter. A Cal State Fullerton signee, Freeman could definitely be a two-way player if he gets to college. Teams that like his arm better still may have to give him a chance to hit first before putting him on the mound.

.453 75 26 34 5 1 5 20 9

119. Clayton Mortensen, rhp
School: Gonzaga. Class: Sr.
B-T: R-R. Ht.: 6-4. Wt.: 190. Birthdate: 4/10/85.
Scouting Report: Scouts in the Pacific Northwest are more than familiar with Mortensen, who went to high school in Idaho and spent two seasons at Treasure Valley (Ore.) Community College. The Devil Rays drafted him in the 25th round in 2005, but he chose to go to Gonzaga instead and wasn't drafted after a disastrous 6-8, 5.89 campaign. Until this season, the gangly Mortensen was all projection and little production. His velocity took a jump (up to 92 mph) last summer in the West Coast Collegiate League, but his command remained spotty. He was shellacked at Arizona in his first start this season, but since then has had some of the best stuff in the West. Mortensen features a heavy 90-94 mph fastball with excellent sink. His secondary stuff grades as average now, with future plus grades as well: a hard slider and changeup featuring deceptive arm speed. His command is below-average. He's a senior sign with upside, though, and could go as high as the third round.

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120. Cody Scarpetta, rhp
School: Guilford HS, Rockford, Ill. Class: Sr.
B-T: . Ht.: 6-2. Wt.: 220. Birthdate: 8/25/88.
Scouting Report: Scarpetta's father Dan was a third-round pick by the Brewers out of an Illinois high school in June 1982, and Cody could match him if a late injury doesn't hurt his stock too much. Scarpetta tore the flexor tendon in his right index finger while pitching in late April, an injury similar to the one that has sidelined the Tigers' Joel Zumaya (who tore the same tendon in his middle finger). Scarpetta had surgery in mid-May and will be out until at least July. A team that takes him with plans to evaluate him this summer may not see him at full strength before the Aug. 15 signing deadline. Scarpetta, 6-foot-2 and 220 pounds, worked hard to get in the best shape of his life during the offseason, and his efforts paid off. Before he got hurt, he showed a plus fastball every time out this spring, usually sitting around 92-94 mph. In addition to increasing his velocity, he also turned his breaking ball into a true power curveball and added a changeup. One scout compared him to John Wetteland, though Scarpetta has enough stuff to stick in a rotation. If he doesn't sign, he'll attend Creighton.

Editor's note: Scarpetta agreed to a $350,000 bonus, but his original deal later was voided. He re-signed almost immediately with the Brewers for $125,000.

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