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AdamDunn
11-14-2007, 12:42 AM
With amateur baseball closed for business until late January, here's how things stand among the top college and high school players headed into the spring. For high school players who have already given verbal commitments to colleges, I've listed their intended destinations, but the first day they can sign a written commitment is Nov. 14. Players are ranked here solely on their current and projected abilities, without regard to signability.

The No. 1 spot was a toss-up between Justin Smoak, a switch-hitting first baseman at the University of South Carolina, and Tim Beckham, an athletic five-tool shortstop from Griffin High School outside Atlanta, but there will be at least six or seven players contending for the top spot come June, including No. 3 Tim Melville, No. 4 Pedro Alvarez, No. 6 Gerrit Cole, No. 9 Harold Martinez, and No. 12 Eric Hosmer.

The spring season will be critical for some highly-touted players coming off injuries, including Jemile Weeks (strained groin), Aaron Hicks (shoulder soreness), Isaac Galloway (sprained ankle) and Daniel Marrs (impingement in shoulder), each of whom has a chance to move up. As a whole, the class is weak at positions up the middle (catcher, second base and shortstop), stronger at the corners and offers a middle-of-the-road crop of arms that can't be compared to the tremendous group of prep arms we saw in the 2007.

I couldn't get the rest because I'm not an ESPN magazine subscriber. But I found it interesting Pedro Alvarez is not No. 1. Everyone I've heard has said that Pedro Alvarez is by far the best player going into next years draft!

jballachino
11-14-2007, 12:54 AM
What about david Borgemenke from Oak Hills high School in cincinnati, Ohio

Mario-Rijo
11-14-2007, 01:45 AM
And here's the rest of the story!


Top 60 Amateurs
RANK PLAYER POS SCHOOL COMMITMENT
1. Justin Smoak 1B South Carolina
2. Tim Beckham SS Griffin HS (Ga.)
3. Tim Melville RHP Holt HS, Wentzville, Mo.
4. Pedro Alvarez 3B Vanderbilt
5. Brian Matusz LHP San Diego
6. Gerrit Cole RHP Lutheran HS, Santa Ana, Calif. UCLA
7. Brett Wallace 1B Arizona State
8. Jarret Martin LHP Centennial HS, Bakersfield, Calif. UC Irvine
9. Harold Martinez SS Braddock HS, Miami Miami
10. Yonder Alonso 1B Miami
11. Aaron Crow RHP Missouri
12. Eric Hosmer 1B American Heritage HS, Miami Arizona State
13. Christian Friedrich LHP Eastern Kentucky
14. Sonny Gray RHP Smyrna HS (Tenn.) Vanderbilt
15. Niko Vasquez SS Durango HS (Las Vegas)
16. Lance Lynn RHP Mississippi
17. Tanner Scheppers RHP Fresno State
18. Anthony Grose OF/LHP Bellflower HS (Calif.)
19. Kyle Lobstein LHP Coconino HS, Flagstaff, Ariz.
20. Miles Reagan RHP El Capitan HS, Lakeside, Calif.
21. Luke Burnett RHP Louisiana Tech
22. David Adams 2B Virginia
23. Isaac Galloway OF Los Osos HS, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. San Diego State
24. Aaron Hicks OF Wilson HS, Long Beach, Calif.
25. Daniel Webb RHP Heath HS, Paducah, Ky. Kentucky
26. Robbie Ross LHP Lexington Christian Academy (Ky.) Kentucky
27. Pete Paramore C Arizona State
28. Ethan Martin 3B Stephens County HS, Toccoa, Ga.
29. Dennis Raben RF Miami
30. Ryan Perry RHP Arizona
31. Brett DeVall LHP Niceville HS (Fla.)
32. Taylor Hightower C Cartersville HS (Ga.) Mississippi
33. Brian Forsyth 3B Arkansas
34. Cody Satterwhite RHP Mississippi
35. Austin Dicharry RHP Klein-Collins HS, Spring, Texas
36. Allen Dykstra 1B Wake Forest
37. Buster Posey C Florida State
38. Josh Fields RHP Georgia
39. Roger Kieschnick OF Texas Tech
40. Jake Thompson RHP Virginia
41. L.J. Hoes OF St. John's College HS, Washington, D.C. North Carolina
42. Jemile Weeks 2B Miami
43. Conor Gillaspie 3B Wichita State
44. Shooter Hunt RHP Tulane
45. Andy Burns 3B Rocky Mountain HS, Fort Collins, Colo. Kentucky
46. Jaff Decker 3B/LHP Sunrise Mountain HS, Peoria, Ariz. UCLA
47. Austin Wright LHP Conant HS, Schaumburg, Ill.
48. Brian Humpries OF Granite Hills HS, El Cajon, Calif. Pepperdine
49. Bryce Stowell RHP UC Irvine
50. Gordon Beckham SS Georgia
51. Michael Montgomery LHP Hart HS, Valencia, Calif.
52. Kyle Shipworth C Patriot HS, Riverside, Calif. Arizona State
53. Casey Kelly SS Sarasota HS (Fla.)
54. James Darnell OF Sourth Carolina
55. Ryan Flaherty SS Vanderbilt
56. Tyler Sample RHP Mullen HS, Denver Arkansas
57. Aaron Shafer RHP Wichita State
58. Reese Havens SS South Carolina
59. Alex Meyer RHP Greensburg HS (Ind.) Kentucky
60. Daniel Marrs RHP James River HS, Midlothian, Va. Wake Forest

camisadelgolf
11-14-2007, 06:13 AM
After a quick glance, I noticed five Kentuckians and zero Ohioans. I guess basketball's getting boring down there.

Benihana
11-14-2007, 11:26 AM
I really hope we can find a way to snag Brian Matusz in this year's draft. There's a small chance he could fall to #7. Man, would that be nice!

As of now, I would guess Alvarez and Smoak go 1-2. Matusz could go as soon as 3.

dougdirt
11-14-2007, 12:14 PM
I really hope we can find a way to snag Brian Matusz in this year's draft. There's a small chance he could fall to #7. Man, would that be nice!

As of now, I would guess Alvarez and Smoak go 1-2. Matusz could go as soon as 3.

If the draft were held today thats probably how it would go. Spring still will play a lot into where these guys actually go though.

Superdude
11-14-2007, 08:25 PM
I thought Pedro Alvaraz was supposed to be Jesus in a baseball uniform? Isn't Kieth Law the guy that called Aaron Harang a #4 starter though?

dougdirt
11-15-2007, 11:07 AM
Keith Law is an idiot.... so take anything he says and its probably the opposite

edabbs44
11-15-2007, 11:57 PM
I'll take "The Best Pitcher Available" for $1000, Alex.

AdamDunn
11-16-2007, 04:41 PM
I'll take "The Best Pitcher Available" for $1000, Alex.

I don't think $1000 going to get you the best pitcher available in the first round. :p:

maniem
11-16-2007, 05:34 PM
After a quick glance, I noticed five Kentuckians and zero Ohioans. I guess basketball's getting boring down there.

#59 Alex Meyer is from Greensburg, Indiana, which is less than an hour away from Cincinnati. Not sure if the Reds have been scouting him or not, but rumor around the town is that Scott Boras has been down there talking with him. The kid is 6'-6", his fastball has been clocked at 97 and has a plus curve and change up. He could be a good sleeper pick if he doesn't end up going with Boras.

Orenda
11-16-2007, 05:36 PM
After a quick glance, I noticed five Kentuckians and zero Ohioans. I guess basketball's getting boring down there.

not so fast. Only 3 from the bluegrass state, but UK has 5 commitments.

AdamDunn
11-16-2007, 05:52 PM
#59 Alex Meyer is from Greensburg, Indiana, which is less than an hour away from Cincinnati. Not sure if the Reds have been scouting him or not, but rumor around the town is that Scott Boras has been down there talking with him. The kid is 6'-6", his fastball has been clocked at 97 and has a plus curve and change up. He could be a good sleeper pick if he doesn't end up going with Boras.

If he's 6'-6" with a 97 mph fastball and two plus pitches already, I don't care if he's with Boras. Sign him up!

maniem
11-16-2007, 06:16 PM
If he's 6'-6" with a 97 mph fastball and two plus pitches already, I don't care if he's with Boras. Sign him up!

Here's BA's top ten list for high school players from the Easten U.S. for 2008. 7 out of the top ten from last year's list were selected in the first round of the 2007 draft. A lot of local talent here...

1. Tim Beckham, ss Griffin (Ga.) HS
2. Tim Melville, rhp Holt High, Wentzville, Mo.
3. Sonny Gray, rhp Smyrna (Tenn.) HS
4. Alex Meyer, rhp Greensburg (Ind.) HS
5. Robbie Ross, lhp Lexington (Ky.) Christian Academy
6. Nick Maronde, lhp Lexington (Ky.) Catholic HS
7. Casey Kelly, ss Sarasota (Fla.) HS
8. Zack Cox, 3b/of Pleasure Ridge Park HS, Lexington, Ky.
9. Ethan Martin, 3b Stephens County HS, Toccoa, Ga.
10. Michael Palazzone, rhp Lassiter HS, Marietta, Ga.

BoydsOfSummer
11-16-2007, 06:36 PM
Isaac Galloway, California high school OF climbs the rankings next spring. Reds take him at seven.

TC81190
11-16-2007, 09:48 PM
Whoa snap, Alex Meyer has probably pitched against my school (East Central.)

That's a name I'll have to remember, should he ever make it to the bigs.

maniem
11-17-2007, 02:37 PM
Whoa snap, Alex Meyer has probably pitched against my school (East Central.)

That's a name I'll have to remember, should he ever make it to the bigs.

I played at Greensburg, so I definitely have been paying close attention to him. He's the first legit prospect to come from that town in 40 years. I plan to go down and watch him quite a bit this spring.

fearofpopvol1
11-17-2007, 11:43 PM
Although a little early to say, who (right now) should the Reds be targetting based on where they are drafting?

Blue
11-18-2007, 04:18 PM
Here is another list of 2008 draft prospects, but this one has scouting reports:

http://soxprospects.wikispaces.com/2008+Draft+Watch

Benihana
11-19-2007, 04:09 PM
Although a little early to say, who (right now) should the Reds be targetting based on where they are drafting?

It's definitely early, but I love Brian Matusz, LHP from San Diego.

After him, I like the two prep shortstops, Tim Beckham and Harold Martinez.

OnBaseMachine
11-19-2007, 07:01 PM
Tim Beckham committed to USC, so I hope either the Reds draft and sign him or he decides to play at USC. :)

BoydsOfSummer
11-19-2007, 08:11 PM
Any chance we can get the "Tuna Boat Captain's" son in the 1st couple rounds?