Join Date: Dec 2004
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Re: 2008 Player Draft Scouting and Info 1-25
Players 51 - 75
51. Isaac Galloway, OF, High School (CA) R/R 6-3 190 He's got more now skills -- and less projection -- than fellow outfielders Aaron Hicks and Anthony Gose. But he can do everything well and should develop into a guy who will hit for average and power as well as steal some bases. The ceiling may not be as through the roof as with the others, but he's the type who could hit 20 homers and steal 20 bases annually in the future.
52. Bryan Price, RHRP, Rice, 6-4 200 excellent speed on fastball Averaged better than a strikeout per inning, reliever
53. Luke Burnett, RHSP, Louisiana Tech 6-8 260 Burnett has routinely sat in the mid 90s this summer, touching 96, and also showing a good splitter. The secondary offering, combined with Burnett's downward angle, make him a groundballer par excellence.
54. Chris Carpenter, RHSP, Kent State 6-4 210 Carpenter has a big arm with a plus fastball and a slider that is often above-average as well. That two-pitch mix will be enough for him to perhaps be a setup guy at the next level rather than a starter. His health is a concern (Tommy John surgery in 2005) and might scare some people off, another reason why perhaps a bullpen role would be a good choice. Carpenter can touch 98 mph with his fastball, but he has yet to figure out how to dominate college competition.
55. Harold Martinez, SS/3B, High School (FL) 6-3 185 R/R attempting to right his
sinking prospect ship, poor showing in spring showcases disappointed
scouts, all the tools Martinez certainly looks the part of a future pro player with a good, athletic baseball body. He entered the season with plenty of expectations and hasn't lived up to them as performance hasn't met what many thought his potential will be. Someone dreaming about his projections will likely take a chance on him, but the question is whether it will be early enough to keep him from going to Miami.
56. Michael Palazzone, RHSP, Lassiter High School (GA) Palazzone, who is considered by many recruiting services as the top pro prospect in the Southeast. If the talented right-handed pitcher goes high enough in the draft, he will pack his bags and head off to a rookie league or Class A baseball. It's an experience that comes with money, but not necessarily luxury. Ltr to Georgia. "I mean he can throw in the 90s," McMurtry said. "He's got a nasty 12-6 curveball. His best pitch is his changeup. His changeup should really be against the rules. His changeup doesn't really sink like a lot of guys'. If you wait for it, you're out. You can't hit it. It literally is an unhittable pitch. At one point he ran up 60 consecutive scoreless innings
57. Jarret Martin LHP Centennial HS CA 6-3 195 ltr to CS Fullerton StudentSportBaseball makes him a top 20 prep pitcher. recorded 81 strikeouts in 59 innings pitched, and a .330 batting average with 43 runs scored and six home runs. fastball ranges from 88 to 92 mph, his changeup clocks in at 72 and his best pitch is his curve, which has sharp late break at 77-78. Some inconsistency this spring but has 4 pitches he commands rare for HSer
58. Ike Davis 1b/of L/L 6-4 205 Arizona State power hiter injury slowed him,son of
Ron Davis On radars since high school, when he was a 19th round pick of the Rays in 2005, the son of ex-big leaguer Ron Davis has a sweet left-handed swing that should generate more power in the future. He's not speedy, but he is a solid base runner and would be fine as a corner outfielder or first baseman at the next level.
59. Jake Odorizzi, RHSP, High School (IL) 6-2 170 A high school pitcher with "helium," Odorizzi is moving up charts thanks to an excellent repetoire, good command and smooth delivery. He's got four offerings that grade out as average or better, a projectable frame that has room for growth. The only things that could hold him back are some questions about his competitiveness on the mound and a commitment to Louisville. 2 seam and 4 seam fastballs from 88-92, plus hammer curve (at times)
60. Zach Stewart, RHRP, Texas Tech 6-1 175 College closers have become all the rage lately, with some getting drafted early every year. Stewart could be in that group in 2008. The Texas Tech reliever relies on a plus fastball and slider and commands both power offerings well. He's got the kind of makeup you want in a short reliever, a guy who is very aggressive and goes right after hitters. The stuff plus the mentality could push Stewart into early-round consideration.
61. James Darnell, 3B, South Carolina, 6-2 195 R/R Not as much a pure hitter as his South Carolina teammeats Justin Smoak and Reese Havens, Darnell still makes solid contact and has some line-drive power, particularly to the pull side. The Cape League All-Star is strong, but not very agile defensively. That could force a move to a corner outfield position in the future. How much people think he can develop his raw power may determine how quickly he gets drafted. Using a swing that's flat through the zone, Darnell can really drive the ball. Below avg runner, slightly above avg arm
62. Zach Collier, L/L OF, Chino Hills High School (CA), 6-2 185 Collier began the year behind other California high school outfielders like Aaron Hicks and Anthony Gose. He closed the gap with some strong performances this spring, showing some big-time power in some big games. He's still very raw, but with some more instruction, a whole lot could be unlocked. Only 17 going into draft. Terrific tools but a long way off.
63. Zach Cox, 3B, Pleasure Ridge Park High School (KY) 6-0 205 L/R contact hitter w/avg skills but projects as 3rd baseman. Put simply, Cox is a hitter. Once regarded as a legitimate two-way player, the focus has changed as his hitting ability has developed faster than his pitching. He's nothing spectacular at third, but should be able to stay there. The main question is how much power he'll show as a pro and how it's answered could determine his Draft status
64. Niko Vasquez SS, Durango HS Las Vegas 6-0 175 Vasquez played in his first game of the season at the end of March because he was academically inelligible. When he's on the field, he shows a bat that could translate into a .270 hitter with 20-25 home run pop down the line. He has well below-average speed, which turns some off when considering him as a shortstop, but he's got the arm and the actions to stay there for now. If he fills out, he could handle a move to third, both with the glove and what's expected from that position offensively, in the future.
65. Zeke Spruill rhp Kell HS Marietta Ga, 6-4 190 The very definition of a projectable high school right-hander, Spruill has the size and flashes the pitches to be an intriguing prospect. His fastball runs up to 94 mph, though he doesn't always maintain it. He's got a smooth delivery, but a long arm sweep is an issue. There's a lot to work with here, and a team that likes projectable arms won't hesitate to take him.
66. Tyler Stovall, LHSP, Hokes Bluff High School (AL) 6' 1 190 lefty touching
96,out-pitch slider A slender and athletic looking left handed pitcher with command of a fastball that reaches 90 mph. His breaking ball has shown tight rotation and action at times. As he gains more body control in his delivery, his overall stuff and effectiveness should improve quite a bit.
67. Roger Kieschnick, OF, Texas Tech, 6-3 200 Kieschnick is a potential five-tool corner outfielder who could hit for power and steal a few bases. He plays a fearless outfield, getting to plenty of balls and showing off a good arm at times. The one knock is an issue with his mechanics at the plate that concerns some about his hitting ability at the next level. Still, an aggressive college outfielder -- in a weak class of outfielders -- who has those tools should get plenty of interest.
68. Tim Murphy, LHSP, UCLA - The 6' 2 205 lefty 4 pitches College lefties are always of interest come Draft time and this Draft class does not have a ton to offer. Murphy offers up a four-pitch repertoire that he mixes well to keep hitters guessing. His stuff isn't off the charts, but he has a good idea of how to pitch and is a battler on the mound. If he can clean up some mechanical problems, he can become a durable strike-throwing starter at the next level.
69. Michael Montgomery LHP Hart HS Valencia Ca 6-4 190 Every spring, there seem to be high school lefties who gain some "helium" and move up draft charts. Montgomery is one of them this season, thanks to a spike in velocity that has the southpaw getting up to 93 mph. Combine that with decent command and a projectable frame and he's becoming more intriguing to teams willing to work with him on developing his secondary offerings.
70. Zach Putnam, RHRP, Michigan 6-2 215 Some see him as a pitcher, others as a hitter. He's got raw power in either spot. On the mound, he's got the potential to throw three to four quality pitches, though he'll have to correct some flaws in his delivery first. Those issues have caused some command issues, though scouts remained intrigued about the potential. FB up to 96 sit about 90, filthy splitter, avg slider "He's an enigma," the AL scouting director said. "On the right day, he'll show heavy life to a low-90s fastball. He's big and physical. But his secondary pitches are not strong. To me, he's a definite relief pitcher at the next level."
71. Jack Armstrong Jupiter HS Fla father is Jack 6-7 200 fb 88-92 decent
curve, raw as a pitcher, also college hoops, signability issue from college He's got many things going for him: Big-league lineage (his dad, Jack, was a Major League pitcher), athleticsm (he's a legitimate college basketball prospect) and a tall and lean projectable frame. He's also shown two good offerings he can throw for strikes. Because of his split focus, both with basketball and in playing first base on the diamond, he's still raw as a pitcher. But all of those positive attributes are sure to have several teams interested on Draft day.
72. Tyler Sample, RHSP, High School (CO) 6-7 220 L/R If you're looking for a big right-hander with power stuff, Sample might be your guy. He's got a fastball that cranks up to 95 mph and a hammer curve. He doesn't use the change much, but it should be a pitch for him in the future. He's never going to be an above-average command guy, but he should throw enough strikes to be successful. He might be a bit of a project, but at 6-foot-7 with that kind of stuff, someone will be willing to try and see it through.
73. Ryan Flaherty, SS/2B, Vanderbilt 6-3 210 3B/2Bman as a pro. Good solid bat A strong and athletic infielder with a classic left-handed swing, he's drawn a comparison to Wally Joyner in terms of his offensive skill set. He should hit for average, but hasn't shown much power at this point. Defensively, he's got a good arm, but does not have the range to stay at short. A move to third might make the most sense given his size.
74. Vance Worley RHP, Long Beach State 6-3 210 Worley was projected as a high pro draft pick, but he suffered an elbow strain late in the season that cost him velocity and led pro teams to bail. He wound up being drafted by Philadelphia in the 20th round and chose to attend Long Beach State instead, something he says he might have done regardless. Worley hit the low 90s on the speed gun before the injury and struck out 102 in 51 1/3 innings this season while posting a 4-3 record and 1.79 ERA. In 2004, he was 6-1 with a 1.71 ERA. Worley is outstanding when healthy and finished last season with a 1-2 record and a 3.64 ERA in 54 1/3 innings of work. He also struck out 38 and walked 12.
75. Destin Hood OF St Pauls Epicopal Mobile Al HS 6-2 185 R/R Prospects with the pure athletic ability of Hood will always attract interest. Hood has the potential to do it all, particularly hit with power and run. A shortstop in high school, he'll undoubtedly move to the outfield as a pro. He has some feel for the game, but overall is more projection right now. The big question is whether the team that drafts him will be able to sign him away from being a two-sport star at the University of Alabama.