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Re: 2008 Player Draft Scouting and Info 1-25
76. Preston Guilmet, RHSP, Arizona 6-2 190 Pitchers who simply produce in college often get overlooked early, but invariably get drafted, particularly by some teams who value that kind of performance. Guilmet won't light up a radar gun, but he's got three outstanding secondary pitches and excellent command. He's come down to earth a little bit from last year's Pac 10 Pitcher of the Year performance, but he's still a strike thrower with an unorthodox and deceptive delivery. That delivery has some thinking he's a middle reliever or swingman in the future, but there's no question he knows how to pitch. FB 87-88 with darting movement, hard slider with curve action and plus changeup
77. Aaron Schafer, RHSP, Wichita State
78. Wade Miley lhp SE La-Monroe
79. Scott Green, RHSP, Kentucky 6-8 245 Green turned down a large bonus offer a year ago when the Red Sox drafted him in the 15th round, hoping he'd have a strong junior season and vault himself into the first round. Whether he sees that kind of money again remains to be seen, but his performance, one that's seen him taken from the rotation and nearly buried in the bullpen at Kentucky, doesn't point to a guy who's going to go early. That being said, his size and arm strength will still be enough to intrigue someone to take a chance. Had Tommy John surgery, also elbow problems
80. Brett Lawrie SS BritColumbia HS, R/R 6-0 190 trains with Russ Martin in off season Scouting Canadian players can sometimes be difficult because of the lack of opportunity to see them. But scouts know all about Lawrie and his plus power potential, something he's been able to show off while playing for the Langley Blaze in British Columbia. What they don't know is where he can play, though he's shown the tools -- raw though they may be -- to handle being a catcher. It may take a while, but putting that bat behind the plate could one day make him a premium player.
81. Xavier Avery, OF, High School (CA)
82. Scott Gorgen, RHSP, UC-Irvine 5-10 190 Gorgen's combination of stuff, command and makeup in a different package would be flying up Draft charts everywhere. But as a stocky "undersized righty," he'll have to fight an uphill battle to get the recognition he probably deserves. There are always teams who look outside that certain box, and his ability to throw three pitches -- fastball, curve, changeup -- for strikes to go along with a terrific work ethic should entice one of them to take him. FB 88-92 good life, good slurve and a plus plus changeup – maybe best change in draft, above avg command of all three
83. Jordan Danks, OF, Texas John’s brother was considered elite out of high school, but he wanted to go to college, and will be drafted in the first round next June. However, his scouting report hasn’t changed much in two years, as Danks has yet to develop the power he has once projected. Danks looks more like a gifted leadoff hitter with great speed, patience and defense. As a 6-foot-5, 209-pounder who looks like he should hit for power, runs well and displays good instincts on the bases and in center field, Danks passes the eye test with ease. He could have been a first-round pick out of high school—as his brother, White Sox lefty John was in 2003—if he hadn't asked out of the 2005 draft, but he hasn't developed as hoped. He has hit just six homers in two college seasons and shows just average bat speed and an inconsistent feel for hitting.
84. Nick Maronde LHP 6-3 195 S/L It's not often that you can tell someone to head to Kentucky to see top-notch Draft prospects, but that's the case in 2008. Maronde may be the cream of that crop, a projectable lefty with an above-average fastball and the possibility of two other pitches to go with it. Some issues with mechanics have led to command problems, but that certainly won't keep a team from taking him fairly early in the Draft.
85. Logan Forsyth 3B Arkansas
86. Kyle Weiland RHP Notre Dame
87. Mitch Harris, RHSP, Navy 6-4 215 Not your typical college senior, Harris could be among the first of that class to go if the Navy allows him to put off his active duty like the Army's Nick Hill did a year ago. The Braves liked what they saw in Harris a year ago despite knowing it would be nearly impossible to sign him. He's still throwing as well and the going should be a little bit easier, so predicting an earlier draft than last year's 24th round is a no-brainer. FB to 93 w/a cutter-slider and changeup, outstanding makeup
88. Cecil Tanner, RHP, High School (GA)
89. Taylor Hightower, C Caretersville HS Ga
90. Brett Monneyham, LHSP, Buhach Colony HS (CA)6-4 215 90-94 fb, slider,
command issues, Boras client with ltr to Stanford A big, imposing lefty with the potential to have some plus stuff is always interesting, but Mooneyham's lack of command may cause some to pause. He's got serious arm strength and should develop three average or above offerings in the future. The combination of wildness, a concern over whether he's mentally ready to make the leap to pro ball, a commitment to Stanford and having Scott Boras as an advisor all make Mooneyham a bit of a wild card for Draft day.
91. Bobby Bundy, RHSP, High School (OK)
92. Corban Joseph 2B intent to UKy .418 HS career
93. David Adams 2B
94. Riccio Torrez 2B 6-0 190 R/R He gets the ultimate compliment from scouts by being called a real "baseball player." He's a five-tool player, with the bat as the only plus one. Defensively, he'll make for a good second baseman as a pro and has a very mature makeup. His brother is the second baseman at ASU and he is committed to the same school. Torrez can flat-out hit the baseball. He uses excellent bat control and makes solid contact, usually up the middle and the other way. He's got a short and compact swing.
95. Tyler Chatwood Redlands E HS Ca C/OF/RHP 90-94 good curve heat but
low ceiling 5-10 180 maybe best in OF maybe hits well size concern as
pitcher Chatwood is an intriguing athlete and pitcher. Some see him on the mound and some see him as a super-utility type. He does have command of two good pitches, though his size could keep some from being too interested. How he progresses on the mound could determine when he gets drafted.
96. Andy Burns, 2B, High School (CO)
97. David Duncan LHP Georgia 6-8 208 Has been used as a starter or reliever during his career on the Flats ... Combines a lively fastball with a good changeup and also features a split-finger fastball. Drafted in 14th rd by Twins out of HS but elected college
98. Brett Jacobson, RHSP, Vanderbilt 6-6 205 R/R With a tall, projectable frame, scouts have always been intrigued with Jacobson. He has the ability to throw three decent pitches -- fastball, curve, changeup -- for strikes and from a downhill plane. He doesn't have the prettiest delivery in the world and some issues with fastball command hurt him early on this season,something he'll have to straighten out to get serious consideration early in June. FB 88-91 on downhill plane, above avg curve and plus change
99. Austin Dicharry, RHSP, High School (TX) Ranked No. 1 on the 2008 Inside Prep Baseball Texas Top 25 list Ranked No. 41 on the 2008 Baseball America Top 100 Prospects list Member of the 2007 Texas Rangers Area Code Team Posted a 10-1 record with a 1.41 ERA with 78 strikeouts in 59.2 innings as a junior. Good command. Ltr to Texas
100 Evan Crawford LHRP Auburn Jr 6-1 185 fb touches 91 w/ a hard sharp curve pitching out of Auburn's bullpen after two ineffective years as a starter. He used a strong Cape season closing as a springboard and has been used as more of a setup man with Auburn. He's been able to use two good pitches to go right after hitters and should be of interest to teams looking for quality lefty relievers...which is pretty much every team.