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Re: 2008 Player Draft Scouting and Info 1-25
26. Brandon Crawford SS UCLA L/R 6-2 200 After his first two seasons at UCLA, Crawford seemed poised to be one of the top collegiate middle infielders in the class. But a rough Cape season appears to have carried over and he's lost some confidence in his game, both at the plate and in the field. Some added thickness to his lower half has taken away a little of his quickness, though he's still a solid shortstop. If he can right himself, he's the kind of player who usually sees himself go off the board within the first couple of rounds. A poor 2008 has hurt his status –he could go a lot lower than this. Covering Team USA last summer, I watched Crawford play long toss before a game, and after, some fans in the right field stands called for a ball. Crawford unknowingly shunned them, and realized when he neared third base. So he turned around, took a few steps and heaved the ball right over the right field fence. Crawford has a 70 arm, is superbly athletic and has a little juice in his swing.
27. Ryan Perry rhp Arizona 6-4 200 92-97 mph, power curve, poor spring More than one scout has scratched his head about the Arizona right-hander, who has a plus fastball up to 98 mph, a plus changeup and a slider that is a plus at times. Despite this arsenal, he's been hittable due to a tendency to open up on his delivery too early and keep balls up in the zone. Some see him as a reliever, and he should move quickly that way, but his size, arm action and repertoire say that a patient club could end up with a front-of-the-rotation starter.
28. Lance Lynn, RHSP, Mississippi 25, 25 Good command #3-4 starter, #4
likely. No true out pitch fb 88-90 6-5 260 weight concerns but projects
well as back of rotation innings eater. Lacking great pure stuff, Lynn is a level behind the elite college arms in this Draft class. But he makes the most out of his average offerings with excellent command, a knowledge of how to pitch and a real competitive streak on the mound. He's done a good job of maintaining his weight this year and will have to continue to do so as a pro. He won't wow you, but he's the type who could be a solid innings-eater who presumably won't take long to be big-league ready.
29.Jake Thompson, RHSP, Virginia Jake Thompson, sophomore, Virginia: The nation’s best statistical pitcher behind Adam Mills, Thompson has great stuff to boot, with top ten potential if he has a good summer.
30.Dennis Raben, L/L OF, Miami 6-3 220, long swing, power, passive hitter
gets behind in counts, walks, poor speed but decent defense with arm good
enough for RF After an All-Star campaign in the Cape, scouts were eager to see what Raben would do for an encore, especially since the outfield group this spring is relatively weak. Unfortunately, he's been disappointing since coming off a back issue. He's got a long swing and takes too many pitches, often hitting in negative counts. His raw power from the left side will still get him drafted fairly early, but maybe not quite as soon as it once seemed.
31. Petey Paramore C Az State S/R 6-3 215 These numbers may sum him up: In his first two seasons, he committed four total errors and walked 17 times more than he struck out. While he has a good game plan and handles the bat fine, particularly from the right side, it's his all-around defensive acumen that should interest scouts the most. Off the charts defense, all around. Handles the bat well and has a very good approach
32. Reese Havens ss L/R 6-1 195 South Carolina rising on boards A legitimate prospect in high school, teams were scared off because of a strong commitment to South Carolina. He's improved steadily in his three years there and has evolved into a good all-around hitter with outstanding plate discpline. He may need to move to third down the road because of his lack of range, but his smarts in the field may at least give him the opportunity to play his way off of short as a pro. At either spot, he's sure to go off the board pretty quickly.
33. Alex Meyer rhp Greensburg (Ind.) HS 6-7 200 ltr to UKy #5 prospect in
all of HS At 6-foot-7, Meyer brings a unique appearance to the mound, and he generates velocity and plane on his pitches thanks to the leverage of his delivery and his plus arm strength. He has been up to 95 mph with his fastball, and his two-plane curveball grades as a legitimate plus offering. Meyer was dominant in a two-inning stint at Perfect Game's National Showcase in Cincinnati, and was ranked by Baseball America's Prospects Plus as the No. 2 prospect in attendance, behind only fellow-West righthander Tim Melville. He also pitched well at the World Wood Bat Association 17-and-under summer championship with the Indiana Bulls travel team, and ranked among the top prospects at that event
34.Kyle Lobstein, LHSP, High School (AZ) 6' 3 180 lefty is very
projectable A projectable lefty who has the chance to throw three at least average Major League pitches, he certainly will be watched closely all spring. A basketball player as well, Lobstein is athletic on the mound and has a free and easy delivery. He gets started a little late because of hoops, but if he throws as he's capable of as the season wears on, he could be one of the first high school lefties to be taken in June. FB 88-90 Decent Curve Decent change with a chance to be plus
35.Sonny Gray, RHSP, High School (TN) 5' 10 as good a HS pitcher as there
is concerns over height, most HS poise, very polished for HSer Those who saw Gray over the summer -- and liked him -- saw more or less the same pitcher near the start of his high school season. He'll have to make believers out of those who shy away from undersized righties, but Gray's fastball and breaking ball -- and his command of those two pitches -- might be very persuasive. FB to 93 with little movement, power slurve
36.Tyson Ross, RHSP, California 6' 6 235, top of rotation stuff,
projectable body type Ross has all the makings of a front-of-the-rotation starter, from stuff to size. He's very imposing on the mound with a fastball that runs up to the mid-90s. He's got two other pitches that work well, albeit with an upright delivery that worries some, but it's worked for him to this point. FB 93-95 avg slider, shows a curve needs work, good change up
37. Aaron Weatherford, RHRP, Miss 6-0 187 Second-team preseason NCBWA All-American as the ace of the MSU bullpen • Enters his junior campaign with an 8-4 record with seven saves and a 3.81 career earned run average in 40 games • Hard-throwing righty who has totaled 115 strikeouts in 106-1/3 innings • On the initial watch list for the 2008 Brooks Wallace Player of the Year Award and the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award • Member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Leadership Team.
38.Robbie Ross, LHSP, High School (KY) 6-0 170 lbs big stuff outdueled
lefties DeVall and Maronde. 17th-best hs prospect again some concern with
size Ross is a very intriguing high school lefty who is considered to be one of the better prep southpaws in the Draft class. With a fastball that's plus at times, the possibility of two decent secondary offerings, good command and outstanding competitiveness, he's the type of pitcher who always gets more out of his stuff than others might. He may not have a ton of projection, but he's already pretty good. Sits at 90 touches 92
39. Adrian Nieto, C, High School (FL) 6-0 195 S/R Generally considered to be the second-best prep catcher in the Draft class, Nieto has a solid approach at the plate and a very strong arm behind it. However, an elbow injury last year has limited his time behind the plate and he struggled a bit defensively early this season. On the same team as top prospect Eric Hosmer, he'll get plenty of chances to show improvement in front of scouts this spring.
40. Robbie Grossman OF Cypress Fairbanks HS Cypress TX 6-1 195 S/R best of Texas
OFers in a down yr for Tx HS players. talented outfielder with plus speed and power potential, Grossman offers an intriguing package of tools. He has a track record of impressive performance and has been a household name among amateur baseball circles in Texas since his days as an underclassman.
41. Matt Lollis RHP/1B/DH Patriot HS Riverside CA 6-9 235 ranked #23 by
Baseball America after earning all-AAF, 5-4 with a 2.94 ERA and also hit
.432 in the DH role SD State letter
42. Allan Dykstra, 1B, 6-5 240 L/R Wake Forest - projects as 1B in pros hits
and with plenty of power In another year, Dykstra might be a hot commodity as a college lefty power-hitting first baseman with advanced skills at the plate. But if there's one strength in this class, it's first basemen, and he's probably a half-step behind the elite players at the spot.
43. Jordan Cooper HS Pitcher found very little about him except for several game acounts where he excelled but no scouting reports
44. Josh Lindblom RHP Purdue picked in 3rd rd by Astros in ’05 but dns, Lindblom has shown a plus fastball. He has pitched at 90-93 mph in every outing and peaked at 95. Scouts have mixed opinions on his breaking ball. It's more of a slider than a curveball, and its velocity varies from 74-82 mph. Some like his ability to spin the ball and envision it becoming a true slider, while others see it as shaky and becoming average at best. Lindblom needs to trust his changeup, and while he has clean mechanics, he's not deceptive pitching from a high arm slot. His lower body is not athletic, a mild concern. Purdue ace Josh Lindblom, was deemed Cotuit's best pitching prospect by coach Mike Roberts. "He's consistently under control, and very polished. Plus the breaking ball has been much better." Lindblom's slider has tightened in relief work, and he has shown improved command of his heavy fastball.
45. Brett DeVall lhp Niceville (Fla.) HS Florida's top prep pitcher 6-4 220 A sort of pitchability high schooler, which is rare, but should not be overlooked. He's got the chance to have three outstanding pitches and knows how to command all three. A big, strong competitor, he goes right after hitters and shows the ability to repeat his mechanics consistently, something that's always a plus for scouts, even if he doesn't light up the radar gun. Hits 91 sits at 88. Low stress delivery and big frame make him innings eater type. Being lefty raises his level quite a bit.
46. Cody Satterwhite, RHSP, Mississippi 6-5 200 Originally the Ole Miss Saturday starter, Satterwhite got bumped to Sundays because of his uneven performance. Scouts still love his body and his arm strength, but he's gotten hit much more than you'd think he should based on his electric stuff. The issues largely come from inconsistencies in his delivery and despite the subpar season, a team that feels it can tweak his mechanics is still likely to draft the right-hander fairly early. Touches 95 sits at 92 Satterwhite was a top pitching prospect coming from high school, but a rocky freshman season at Ole Miss had him end up in the bullpen. The Rebels closer, Satterwhite had a rocky season — he was extremely enigmatic all season. His strength is a put-away power curveball, but Satterwhite also puts it in the mid 90s.
47. Brett Hunter, RHRP, Pepperdine 6-4 215 Closer prospect season ending injury
hurts his draft position, healthy he's a top 10 pitcher in draft. Hunter touched 99 mph in fall practice and sits in the mid-90s with his four-seam fastball. He also can cross batters up with a two-seamer that features life and sink, and backs his heaters up with a tight slider. He doesn't always repeat his delivery or command his pitches, and he hasn't shown much of a changeup, so he could be a reliever in the major leagues. He excelled in that role while leading Team USA with a 0.66 ERA last summer.
48. Brad Holt, RHSP, UNC-Wilmington 6' 4 195 righty could first round 57 IP
62 Ks he tops out at 95-96 mph with consistent velocity in the 92-94 mph range“He’s got a good arm, a good delivery and he does it easily,’’ one scout said. “His breaking ball the other day was not very good. But that was just one day. I have seen it where it has been a little bit better. I would think every scout likes him in some regard, without question.’’ A third rd pick at worst
49. Cutter Dykstra RH 2B 6-0 180 Westlake HS Ca UCLA Ltr son of Lenny
potential 1st rd ability CF candidate more power than Dad same speed and
attitude some doubt signability over UCLA. He absolutely lit it up in BP. It doesn't always translate into games, but he knows how to handle the bat, how to bunt, etc. He shows flashes of power. He hit the first pitch he swung at in BP out of the park. Dykstra is an above-average to plus runner
50. Daniel Webb rhp/1B Heath HS, West Paducah, Ky. 6-3 205 best HS arm in Ky
26th-ranked high school player There are things about Webb that scouts love: his size, his strength, his aggressiveness on the mound. Most of all, there's the velocity, which gets up to the mid-90s. What's lacking are other pitches -- his curve and slider are below-average -- and his command. The team that has seen enough glimpses in those areas that convince them he'll improve will take a flier on his arm strength. That could happen within the first few rounds.