2007 Top 200 Draft Prospects: 121-140

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.

[First Page] [Previous] 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 [Next] [Last Page]

121. Tommy Hunter, rhp
School: Alabama. Class: So.
B-T: R-R. Ht.: 6-4. Wt.: 250. Birthdate: 7/3/86.
Scouting Report: A draft-eligible sophomore, Hunter could garner attention as a third- to fourth-round pick if he's willing to sign for slot money. He stepped into the Tide rotation as a freshman last season and won 10 games, then made 14 appearances out of the Team USA bullpen last summer and compiled an impressive 23-4 strikeout-walk ratio. With a soft body that's not well proportioned, Hunter flunks scouts' eye test. He's a two-time junior Olympic champion in judo, however, and more athletic than he looks. He has a four-pitch repertoire, working off a solid-average fastball that bumps 93 mph and a power slurve at 82-84. His delivery is passable and his arm works well. Some scouts see him as a two-pitch set-up man in the mold of Braves reliever Tyler Yates, something of a poor-man's Jonathan Broxton. Others point out his ability to hold his velocity late into games and believe he profiles as a back-of-the-rotation starter.

6 4 3.65 9 5 91 88 29 84

122. Christian Colon, ss/2b
School: Canyon HS, Canyon Country, Calif. Class: Sr.
B-T: R-R. Ht.: 5-11. Wt.: 175. Birthdate: 5/14/89.
Scouting Report: Colon was a teammate of Southern California freshman Grant Green at Canyon High and often deferred to Green by playing second base while Green manned short. But the Puerto Rico native emerged as a potential star in his own right last August, when he was MVP of the Aflac Classic by going 2-for-3 with three steals and three runs. Colon switch-hits and has good all-around tools, and has the kind of makeup that allows him to rise to the occasion as he did at Aflac, a quiet confidence that allows him to play his best when it matters. Scouts are mixed on whether Colon's tools are worthy of the first three rounds, though, and the consensus seemed to be not. Colon seemed to be pressing offensively and offers gap power rather than a truly robust bat, and he's just an average runner. Defensively, however, he's ready to step in immediately on either side of the bag, with a solid, accurate arm and good hands. He'd likely start as a freshman if he makes it to Cal State Fullerton, and it may take first-three-rounds money to keep that from happening.

.435 85 34 37 7 3 3 16 16

123. Kyle O'Campo, rhp
School: Poly HS, Riverside, Calif. Class: Sr.
B-T: R-R. Ht.: 6-2. Wt.: 175. Birthdate: 4/9/88.
Scouting Report: O'Campo is part of Cal State Fullerton's recruiting class, and like infielder Christian Colon, he could slip through to the Titans if his expectations and the draft reality don't match up. O'Campo's resume was impressive entering the spring, with the Aflac Classic and Area Code Games among his appearances. He has a quick arm and projectable 6-foot-3, 195-pound frame, and his velocity is as good or better than any prep pitcher in Southern California. He has touched 94 mph in the past and regularly pitches in the 88-91 mph range. He throws both a slider and a curveball, and scouts like the slider a bit better at present, as he's shown a feel for throwing it for strikes or burying it out of the zone. O'Campo's mechanics don't engender confidence, either that he'll throw consistent strikes with his fastball or add velocity despite his frame. He has a head snap that caused him to struggle to find a consistent release point. If his delivery can't be smoothed out, O'Campo might end up as a set-up man down the line.

8 0 1.95 9 0 50 31 25 57

124. Chad Bettis, rhp
School: Monterey HS, Lubbock, Texas. Class: Sr.
B-T: R-R. Ht.: 6-1. Wt.: 175. Birthdate: 4/26/89.
Scouting Report: West Texas isn't scouted as heavily as the rest of the state, and Bettis didn't pop up on the radar of most clubs until late in the spring. He got a late start on his senior season after hurting a knee playing pickup football, an injury that required arthroscopic surgery in January. When he got on the mound, he showed a 91-94 mph fastball and drew comparisons to Jake Peavy. Bettis throws from a low three-quarters slot and isn't big at 6-foot-1 and 175 pounds. While he doesn't throw on a steep downward plane, his arm angle generates a lot of life on his heater and makes it difficult to hit. His hard curveball ball shows promise and his clean mechanics helped him hold up to a heavy workload down the stretch, as Monterey High rode him during the Texas 5-A playoffs. Bettis isn't high on draft boards for several teams, though he could be a third-rounder for a club such as the Devil Rays or White Sox. He'll attend Texas Tech if he doesn't turn pro.

11 1 1.13 16 2 80 63 11 102

125. Kevin Rhoderick, rhp
School: Horizon HS, Scottsdale, Ariz. Class: Sr.
B-T: R-R. Ht.: 6-0. Wt.: 180. Birthdate: 8/19/88.
Scouting Report: Short righthanders' struggles in the draft have been well documented, but the ones who can get scouts' attention have athleticism, quick arms and big velocity. Rhoderick fits those descriptions and has had success, helping his taller teammate, 6-foot-7 righty Tim Alderson, lead Horizon High to its second Arizona state 5-A title in three seasons. He also was Alderson's teammate for USA Baseball's junior national team last fall. In an early-season intersquad scrimmage, Rhoderick and Alderson were the pitchers on the mound, and Rhoderick had better present stuff. He has arm speed you can't teach and throws harder more consistently than Alderson. He throws a fastball that at times sits in the 92-94 mph range and rarely dips below 90, and generates good downward plane on the pitch despite his lack of height. His slider and changeup have potential, but he succeeds more off his aggressiveness and fastball than by fooling hitters. He's confident and durable, which could suit him well down the line in a relief role. A Georgia signee, Rhoderick could replace preseason All-America closer Josh Fields in the Bulldogs bullpen if he doesn't sign.

8 1 1.08 13 1 59 25 29 120

126. Rob Rasmussen, lhp
School: Poly HS, Pasadena, Calif. Class: Sr.
B-T: L-L. Ht.: 5-11. Wt.: 160. Birthdate: 4/2/89.
Scouting Report: Southern California's high school hitters--from Ryan Dent to Mike Moustakas to Josh Vitters--outclassed the region's pitching talent. However, Rasmussen emerged as the area's most dominant arm, coming in a reported 5-foot-10, 155-pound package. Scouts agreed his curveball, a true mid-70s, 12-to-6 hammer, was the best pitch for any high school pitcher in the area, and Rasmussen had used it to dominate inferior small-school competition, with four starts of 15 strikeouts or more. He had a 20-strikeout effort that was his best of the year, as Rasmussen sat at 86-89 mph, and the Los Angeles Times reported that he was up to 91 mph. He also throws a slider and a changeup. Rasmussen has committed to UCLA and doesn't have ideal size for a pro, but he has been crosschecked enough that the first three rounds was a possibility. Most scouts thought Rasmussen's family wanted him to go to college.

9 1 0.25 14 1 68 22 21 159

127. Scott Alexander, lhp
School: Cardinal Newman HS, Santa Rosa, Calif. Class: Sr.
B-T: L-L. Ht.: 6-2. Wt.: 195. Birthdate: 7/10/89.
Scouting Report: Alexander was the biggest name to pop up in Northern California this spring and was drawing comparisons to 2006 Giants draftee Clayton Tanner. Like Tanner, Alexander is lefthanded and athletic, throwing harder as a senior than he did previously, and signed to Pepperdine. While the Waves have a shot at keeping Alexander, a good student, his athletic ability might be too much for teams to pass on. He also has a relatively fresh arm. He missed much of his sophomore season in high school with biceps tendinitis and was a reliever as a junior, as he also played outfield. This spring, though, Alexander has touched 93 mph and was sitting in the 89-92 mph range with his fastball. He has excellent arm speed and a smooth delivery, and the ball jumps out of his hand. He ditched his curveball in favor of a tight slider and showed flashes with both it and his changeup. Alexander was getting crosschecked regularly, which indicates he could get popped in the first three rounds.

8 2 1.17 12 1 71 51 25 117

128. Mike Stanton, 1b/of
School: Notre Dame HS, Sherman Oaks, Calif. Class: Sr.
B-T: R-R. Ht.: 6-5. Wt.: 205. Birthdate: 11/8/89.
Scouting Report: One of the top athletes in the draft class, Stanton was a three-sport star at Notre Dame Academy and widely regarded as the school's best such athlete since former big league outfielder Jorge Piedra. Stanton is considerably bigger than Piedra and was recruited by Southern California as a wide receiver/defensive back, as well as for his power-hitting ability. While UNLV offered Stanton a football scholarship and a chance to walk on to play baseball, USC wants him on a baseball ride, with a chance to walk on in football. For pro scouts, projection is the operative word with the raw Stanton. He was overmatched against most of the top arms he saw last summer in showcases, though he has shown improvement in pitch recognition. Stanton has a big swing with resulting big power thanks to leverage and bat speed. He profiles as a corner outfielder with an average arm that could be suited to right field with more polish. He's a fringe-average runner under way.

.418 78 27 33 4 1 10 29 5

129. Duke Welker, rhp
School: Arkansas. Class: Jr.
B-T: R-R. Ht.: 6-7. Wt.: 221. Birthdate: 2/10/86.
Scouting Report: Welker has the most projection remaining in an all-prospect rotation at Arkansas that also includes Nick Schmidt and Jess Todd. His 6-foot-7, 221-pound frame allows him to throw downhill, making his 91-92 mph fastball that much more difficult to hit. He does a good job of pitching off his fastball and backing it up with an improved curveball and a changeup. He has a smooth delivery for a big pitcher and repeats it well. Maintaining his confidence is key, as he otherwise tends to nibble at the strike zone and lose effectiveness. Rated the No. 2 prospect in the Alaska League last summer behind projected first-rounder Casey Weathers of Vanderbilt, Welker joined the Razorbacks after two seasons at Seminole State (Okla.) Junior College. He pitched just 20 innings in 2004-05, missing most of his high school senior year with a strained back and having arthroscopic shoulder surgery to repair a frayed labrum as a freshman at Seminole State.

5 3 3.50 14 0 75 58 32 58

130. Charlie Furbush, lhp
School: Louisiana State. Class: Jr.
B-T: L-L. Ht.: 6-4. Wt.: 204. Birthdate: 4/11/86.
Scouting Report: Following two successful summers in the Cape Cod League, Furbush became one of college baseball's highest-profile transfers, moving from NCAA Division III St. Joseph's (Maine) to Louisiana State. It wasn't a smooth transition, as he struggled to adjust to his new surroundings, not to mention the jump in competition. He went 3-9, 4.95 for a Tigers team that had its worst season in 25 years. Furbush rarely matched the 93-94 mph velocity he showed in the Cape all-star game last summer, instead pitching at 88-91 for most of the spring. At 6-foot-4 and 204 pounds, he has room to add strength. When Furbush had success, it usually came when his hard slurve was working. He improved his changeup, though scouts would like to see him show better command and poise. He hides the ball well with his delivery. While he didn't live up to his reputation as the Cape's top lefthanded starting prospect in 2006, he's still a southpaw with the potential for three solid pitches, which should get him drafted in the third to fifth round.

3 8 5.27 15 0 80 93 35 82

131. Tony Watson, lhp
School: Nebraska. Class: Jr.
B-T: L-L. Ht.: 6-4. Wt.: 223. Birthdate: 5/30/85.
Scouting Report: One of the top draft-eligible sophomores in last year's draft class, Watson lasted until the Orioles took him in the 17th round because of worries about his signability. He turned down a six-figure offer after a solid summer in the Cape Cod League, and his stuff has gone backward a little this spring. His fastball has sat at 86-88 mph, down from 88-89 a year ago, and he hasn't touched the low 90s as often. He has added 13 pounds and now carries 223 on his 6-foot-4 build, so the drop in velocity is surprising. Watson still can paint the corners of the plate, in part because he's athletic and repeats his delivery. His plus changeup is his top pitch, but he hasn't thrown his slurvy slider much, and that offering still needs consistency. Watson was Iowa's top high school pitching prospect in 2003, when he threw three no-hitters and set a state record with a 0.10 ERA. But he tore his labrum before he got to colllege and redshirted during his first year at Nebraska. Coming back from major shoulder surgery earns him points for makeup. Despite his downturn as a 22-year-old junior, he still should go in the first five rounds.

5 4 3.63 12 0 87 78 22 78

132. Hunter Morris, 1b
School: Grissom HS, Huntsville, Ala. Class: Sr.
B-T: L-R. Ht.: 6-4. Wt.: 200. Birthdate: 10/7/88.
Scouting Report: Morris has one of the best approaches among the high school draft class. But outside of his polish at the plate, his swing has holes and his defensive shortcomings are obvious. An Aflac All-American, he enjoyed a successful high school career as a four-year starter. In Grissom's state quarterfinals loss, Morris broke a bone in his right hand while taking a swing. He had surgery and was expected to be able to swing a bat a week before the draft. The injury isn't a major issue because Morris wasn't considered signable beyond the sandwich round, and he has second- to third-round value. He'll likely attend Auburn, where he could be a mainstay in the heart of its batting order. Morris is patient and powerful, and he feasts on fastballs over the plate, especially down in the zone. He broke the Alabama record for walks in a season with 59 this spring, eclipsing the 54 Athletics farmhand Jeremy Brown racked up in 2002. His swing is grooved and sweepy, and he struggles with pulling his hands inside the ball and keeping his stroke short, which could present difficulties against more experienced pitching. He's stiff defensively, with a below-average arm, meaning he's probably best suited for first base.

.476 107 67 51 8 3 13 44 19

133. Thomas Eager, rhp
School: Cal Poly. Class: So.
B-T: R-R. Ht.: 6-2. Wt.: 200. Birthdate: 8/12/85.
Scouting Report: Cal Poly had a disappointing 2006 season despite a solid rotation that included third-rounder Gary Daley (Cardinals) and sixth-rounder Bud Norris (Astros). Eager stepped forward more than any other Mustang to replace them, emerging as the ace and surpassing both Daley and Norris in terms of performance. His 10 victories left him two shy of the school record, but despite his performance, most scouts see him profiling better as a middle reliever or even a closer. Eager's delivery resembles that of former "Nasty Boys" closer Rob Dibble, as he comes aggressively at hitters with his lead arm in an almost violent motion. If only he threw as hard as Dibble. The delivery creates some deception for his firm stuff, a 90-91 mph fastball that has hit 93 and features average sink, and a hard slider. Eager comes hard after hitters and doesn't change speeds much, which also feeds the Dibble comparison. He's fairly emotional on the mound, which works for him and against him at times.

9 3 3.58 16 0 111 97 40 94

134. Reynaldo Navarro, ss
School: Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, Guaynabo, P.R. Class: Sr.
B-T: R-R. Ht.: 5-9. Wt.: 160. Birthdate: 12/22/89.
Scouting Report: A February workout in Puerto Rico drew several dozen scouts, and Angel Morales and Neftali Soto were the two prospects to show the most potential. But when even more scouts showed up for a predraft workout on the island in May, it was the slick-fielding Navarro who earned accolades. He swings the bat with authority, hitting line drives to left field with plus bat speed. He is susceptible to balls on the outer half, as he tends to cheat on the inside pitch, but he shows a willingness to spread out and use the middle of the field with two strikes, so it's reasonable to think Navarro can refine his overall approach. He has flashy, natural actions up the middle, and other than improving his consistency on routine, Navarro's defensive package is his most appealing asset. He has a fringe-average arm. He's a solid-average runner. Navarro could be drafted as early as the second round.


135. Ben Revere, of
School: Lexington (Ky.) Catholic HS. Class: Sr.
B-T: L-R. Ht.: 5-9. Wt.: 152. Birthdate: 5/3/88.
Scouting Report: A few months after Revere starred as a defensive back, receiver and kick returner on Lexington Catholic's 3-A state championship football team as a junior, he won a state championship with the baseball team. His father John played football and baseball at Eastern Kentucky, and his brother J.R. played both sports at Georgia Southern, winning a I-AA national title as the Eagles' quarterback in 2000. A four-year starter in baseball, Revere has a career .487 batting average and a state-record 27 triples. He has struck out 19 times in 433 high school at-bats. The 5-foot-9, 175-pounder opened eyes at last year's East Coast Showcase when he turned in the best 60-yard-dash of the event (6.28 seconds) and showed some pop at the plate. While his speed is his best tool, Revere has a sound approach at the plate and a knack for turning on fastballs and pulling them with authority. He gets good extension in his swing and projects for average power as a pro. He needs to refine his bunting and use the whole field more effectively. Revere's speed could allow him to become a plus defender in center field, but presently he makes mistakes that he can usually outrun. He needs to improve his reads and could take better routes to the ball. He has a below-average arm. Revere is considered signable in the top five rounds, and should easily find a suitor by then.

.516 91 47 47 10 5 9 41 24

136. Stephen Clyne, rhp
School: Clemson. Class: Sr.
B-T: R-R. Ht.: 6-1. Wt.: 205. Birthdate: 9/22/84.
Scouting Report: Clyne began experiencing arm trouble when he was still in high school, and in an effort to avoid surgery, elected to redshirt his freshman season in 2003. His arm never got back to normal, and he had Tommy John surgery, costing him all of 2004. It wasn't until last fall that he began to show the stuff that made him a coveted recruit. As a fifth-year senior, Clyne would create bidding interest among multiple teams if Clemson's season ended after the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, but the Tigers were a lock to go to regional play, so Clyne will hope to make his money in the draft. He's shown the stuff to warrant a third- to fifth-round selection, with two hard pitches and the profile of a setup man or middle reliever in the big leagues. Clyne's fastball sits between 91-94 mph with plus sink at times, and his slider can be filthy, registering anywhere from 80-84 mph on radar guns. He has limited feel for his changeup, and Clyne has a tendency to pitch tentatively, and doesn't always seem to have conviction in his stuff. He's around the zone, with solid-average command.

5 1 1.88 25 3 38 33 13 39

137. Cole Abbott, rhp
School: Weber HS, Ogden, Utah. Class: Sr.
B-T: R-R. Ht.: 6-2. Wt.: 175. Birthdate: --/--/--.
Scouting Report: Abbott was rivaling Tanner Robles as Utah's top prep pitcher despite having a much lower profile. Known more as a basketball player in his prep career, Abbott started getting more attention last summer when he pitched in the Area Code Games. He's athletic and loose-armed, with a projectable 6-foot-2, 175-pound frame. Quick-armed and athletic, Abbott topped out at 92 mph early in the spring, settled in around 88-91 mph with his fastball and has more velocity in him for the future, as he does it easy and repeats his delivery well. Most impressive, he's shown the ability to spin a breaking ball--at high altitude--consistently for strikes. While Abbott considers it a slider, it's a slurve right now with some depth, and with more repetition and instruction it could become a true power curveball. His commitment to Brigham Young could cloud his signability, and if he and Nevada's top prep, righty Taylor Cole, both showed up at BYU, the Cougars could be a national force in the next three seasons.

7 2 1.20 9 0 50 0 17 86

138. Tyson Brummett, rhp
School: UCLA. Class: Sr.
B-T: R-R. Ht.: 6-1. Wt.: 170. Birthdate: 8/15/84.
Scouting Report: BA ranked Brummett as the No. 100 prospect in California last spring, when he was UCLA's No. 3 starter and considered a solid if unspectacular college pitcher. He wasn't drafted, but this year he's had a brilliant senior season as one of the Pacific-10 Conference's best Friday starters. In terms of stuff and competitiveness, Brummett rivals more-heralded California college righties such as Pepperdine's Barry Enright and Cal State Fullerton's Wes Roemer. He lacks Roemer's putaway slider or Enright's considerable track record, however. He's closer to Enright in that his strong suits are throwing quality strikes down in the zone with three pitches: a fastball that often sits in the 89-91 mph range, a solid-average curveball and a good changeup he uses to attack lefthanded hitters. His fastball has gained a tick or two of velocity this season, and he has improved his slider to give him a fourth pitch. Brummett has been drafted twice before by the Giants, out of a Utah high school (2003, 35th round) and again out of Central Arizona Junior College (2004, 38th round), but figures to go about 30 rounds higher this time around.

9 4 3.40 16 0 111 111 23 95

139. Brad Chalk, of
School: Clemson. Class: Jr.
B-T: L-L. Ht.: 6-0. Wt.: 180. Birthdate: 1/20/86.
Scouting Report: Chalk was the catalyst of Riverside High's 3-A state title team in 2004, his second state title at the suburban Greenville, S.C., school, and he also took a tour with USA Baseball's youth national team as an underclassman. He stepped in as Clemson's starting center fielder as a freshman and has been a sparkplug for the Tigers each of his three seasons there. He knows how to get on base and sticks to his slap-and-dash approach. He draws comparisons to Jason Tyner but actually has less power. Tyner has no professional home runs, while Chalk has never hit a college home run and doesn't attempt to drive the ball often. His plus speed doesn't translate in games as well as it could--he had stolen just eight bases this season and 31 in his career at Clemson--making some clubs wary of how much value to place on it. He has good plate discipline and works counts effectively. He's a plus defender with a solid-average arm. Chalk has been slowed by occasional back trouble, including late this season.

.407 123 22 50 8 0 0 13 8

140. Neftali Soto, 3b
School: Colegio Marista HS, Manati, P.R. Class: Sr.
B-T: R-R. Ht.: 6-2. Wt.: 180. Birthdate: 2/28/89.
Scouting Report: Of Puerto Rico's three most established prospects, Soto has the best present hitting ability, showing more power than Reynoldo Navarro and making better contact than Angel Morales. Unlike those two, Soto isn't expected to stay in the middle of the diamond. He's an adequate defender with solid-average arm strength who has improved his lateral quickness and running since last fall, but ultimately Soto's bat is going to have to carry him. He has a rudimentary feel for the strike zone, with a willingness to work counts. He has a whippy swing with plus bat speed, though his swing gets long at times. Balls jump off his barrel, and if he can continue to make adjustments he might develop into a heart-of-the-order slugger with lots of doubles and 25 home runs a year.

.551 61 19 27 6 0 7 26

[First Page] [Previous] 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 [Next] [Last Page]