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Re: 2008 Player Draft Scouting and Info 1-25
101. Anthony Gose LHP Bellflower HS Ca 5-11 17- L/L Depending on how he develops, Gose could fit one of two types. He could be a Corey Patterson type, one who flashes brilliance and hits for power but strikes out a lot. He also could be a Juan Pierre type, a leadoff hitter who sprays line drives and steals bases. Either way, someone will draft the Urban Youth Academy product based on his projectability. 6.5 sec in 60
102. Seth Lintz RHP Marshall Co HS TN 6-1 165 ltr to UK 3 pitches HS All American As a junior in 2007, Lintz earned a school-record 12-1 record on the mound, striking out 116 in 85 innings. Lintz totaled a 1.33 ERA while earning first-team All-State honors and leading his club to a Region Championship finish. An excellent student, Lintz is a four-year member of the honor roll, and currently stands second in his graduating class.
103. Garrison Lassiter SS Clemmons 6-2 187 ltr to UNC. Last year at West Forsyth, Lassiter hit .413 with 5 home runs and 34 RBIs, and he accumulated these impressive stats in a conference that is historically very strong. As a defender, Lassiter is fully capable of playing multiple positions in the infield. According to scouts, he possesses great instincts, displays fluid movement, and has a power arm. Lassiter is ranked by Perfect Game as the No. 69 overall prospect in the nation
104. Kyle Russell, OF, Texas Russell led NCAA Division I with 28 homers last year (eclipsing the previous Longhorns record of 20) and has a quick bat with power to all fields, yet scouts still aren't sold on his bat. Many think he has a grooved swing, and he has repeatedly made poor contact with wood bats. He's an average athlete and runner with a right-field arm, though his ability to hit will determine his ultimate value.
"I'm kind of in the middle on Russell," the first NL scouting director said. "I do really respect the lefthanded power. I do question how much he's really going to hit, though. But he has put up pretty good production at the highest level of amateur baseball."
105. Dominic De le Osa OF Vanderbilt R/R 6-0 205 The senior was taken in the 10th round of the 2007 draft by the Tigers, but chose to return to Vanderbilt for his senior season. He's very strong and has power to all fields with a fairly short swing. As an outfielder, he's limited to a corner. That puts more pressure on him to show he can hit. How he swings the bat will greatly determine his draft status.
106. Tyler Ladendorf, SS 2B/3B, Howard College (TX) 6-2 210 R/R Ladendorf was drafted by the Giants in the 34th round last year (the second year in a row he'd been drafted in that round), but he opted to return to Howard for another season. There's little question his Draft stock has risen since then as he's shown the ability to run, hit for power and field his position pretty well for a player his size. He may not be a shortstop long-term, but he's more than athletic enough to handle a switch. Wherever he plays defensively, his size and athleticism should see him get drafted for a third time much earlier than the previous two.
107. Josh Romanski LHP/OF SD State 6-6 185 L/L no hit Harvard 15th rd pick in 05 There is some debate over Romanski's value, whether it's higher on the mound or in the outfield. He's got a solid hitting approach with occasional power and he's OK in center field, though few think he could play there every day at the next level. He might be a bit of a tweener who ends up being a pretty good fourth OF one day. FB sits at 88
108. Preston Clark C 5-11 215 UTx great arm hits ok Two-year starter at catcher ... all-conference performer who should garner All-America and Johnny Bench Award consideration ... a quality signal caller who possesses an exceptional throwing arm and advanced offensive skills ... gained valuable experience as a U.S. National Team member in the summer of 2006.
109. Danny Espinosa SS Long Beach State S/R 6-0 190 he can handle the bat a little bit. Defensively, he's got outstanding instincts and a plus arm. He may not go as high as Crosby, Tulo and Longoria did, but he's sure to garner plenty of interest. Espinosa is a baseball rat who has logged a lot of innings already in his career and played on several U.S. National youth teams. He's very solid with the glove but his bat numbers in 2005 were modest, .288 and 20 RBI, to go with 18 steals.
110. Ryan O'Sullivan P/SS Valhala HS NY 6-0 180 O'Sullivan, whose brother Sean is in the Angels organization, hopes to follow in his footsteps as a pitchability right-hander. There's not a whole lot of projection for him, but he does have the chance to throw three Major League average pitches. FB 88-90
111. Andrew Liebel Long Beach State 6-1 195 College seniors are always intriguing draftees, largely because they appear to be easier signs, and Liebel could be among the first to hear his name called. Long Beach State's Friday starter has competed well, averaging nearly eight innings per start, despite having just average stuff across the board. He does have a pretty good idea of how to pitch and that, along with his competitive nature, should be enough to get him drafted.
112. TJ House LHP Picayune HS MIss 6-1 190 Top 20 prep pitcher w/ltr to Auburn considered unlikely to sign
113. Ryan Babineau C UCLA R/R 6-2 205 Teams looking for good defense behind the plate surely know all about Babineau, one of the better catch-and-throw guys in the draft class. Though he's improved offensively, the bat lags behind the defensive tools. He looks like a guy who could use his defense and leadership to become a solid backup catcher at the big-league level, a guy who'll shut down the running game and maybe give you a .250 average and 10 homers annually.
114. Jermaine Curtis 3B UCLA Jr 6-1 90 R/R After an All-Star campaign in the Cape League last summer, there were some high expectations for Curtis. He hasn't lived up to them, struggling at the plate to hit the ball with the same authority he has in the past. He doesn't have the arm to stay at third and would profile better at second at the next level. Mechanical problems hitting but projects well, power mediocre 10-15 HRs a year maybe
115. Sawyer Carroll L/R OF U Ky Carroll turned down an offer a year ago to sign with the Nationals as an 18th-round pick to return to Kentucky. The Wildcats must be happy as the senior has been among the Division I leaders in hitting for much of the year and has dramatically improved his power output. Scouts do not think, however, that the power will translate to the pro game and the fact that Carroll will be limited to left field, at best, does cap his Draft status somewhat. Still, he's bound to enhance his round by a good margin this June.
116. Lonnie Chisenhall SS Pit CC L/R 6-0 200 A 12th-round draft pick out of high school in 2006, he chose USC over the Pirates. His Gamecock career ended abruptly after he was arrested on burglary and grand larceny charges. If teams can be convinced he's gotten past it and his makeup is OK, he still has the tool that had everyone interested in the first place: a plus bat.
117. Greg Conver rhp American Heritage HS Fla 6-5 200 tall, lanky body and clearly the kind of frame that has plenty of room for growth, Conver is the kind of high school pitcher projection fans will love. His fastball has some heavy sink when he's throwing it well, but some delivery issues keep him from being too consistent across the board. He'll get plenty of looks playing with Eric Hosmer and Adrian Nieto at American Heritage and whoever takes him will be dreaming about what he might become, not what he is now. Fb 87-90 scouts think better mechanics and growth can easily add 3-5 mph to that
118. Colin Cowgill OF U Ky 5-9 195 R/L rare RH hitter who throws lefty, Cowgill is one of those college outfielders whose performance surpasses how his tools grade out. He's got a good hitting approach, but scouts don't expect him to hit for power in the future. He most likely profiles best as a fourth outfielder type, the kind of guy who could fill in every day in center, but wouldn't be seen as a long-term solution. After turning down the A's (29th round last year), he's certainly improved his Draft status this year. A reach until the 3rd round
119. Chris Dominguez R/R 6-6 235 Louisville Soph One of the bigger enigmas in the Draft class, Dominguez is eligible as a sophomore after red-shirting his freshman year back in 2006. Healthy now, he's been an impact player at the college level this season, but his performance has been extremely inconsistent. He'll look outclassed one moment and in a league of his own the next, leaving many a scout to scratch his head. Still, his size, strength, athleticsm and potential all should pique someone's interest early enough. Plus raw power but very inconsistent
120. Kevin Eichhorn S/R RHP Aptos HS Ca 6-1 170 A huge start in front of a large audience at the National Classic in late March certainly didn't hurt, but Eichhorn will have to work past the "undersized righty" stigma. He does have two decent offerings, plus command and poise to help him with that, as well as good bloodlines -- his father Mark spent 11 seasons in the bigs. A few years at Santa Clara might not hurt, but that will depend on when he's drafted. FB 88-91 with jump, avg curve plus command
121. Anthony Ferrarra R/L LHSP Riverview HS Fla 6-1 170 Shoulder weakness and soreness limited his starts Any pitcher coming off of any kind of injury is always going to be difficult to place in terms of draft status. If he stays healthy, he's got a chance to go pretty well as a southpaw with some plus stuff. There will be some risk involved, but isn't there always when high school pitchers are concerned? 91 mph fb w/ a small tight curve
122. Rolando Gomez SS Woodrow Wilson HS Ca 6-2 170 S/R He may not look like much at first glance -- and his size is an issue -- but Gomez really knows how to play the game. He's got a terrific approach at the plate for a high schooler and smooth mechanics. Defensively, he's got the hands and arm to stay at shortstop, but his range may force him over to the right side of the infield, where he could be an interesting offensive-minded second baseman.
123. Trey Haley Central Hts HS Tx 6-4 185 It's not a good year for talent in the usually loaded state of Texas, but there always has to be at least a few intriguing prep arms. Haley may be the best of the lot with a projectable frame, a good delivery and two outstanding pitches he commands well. He's another East Texas kid in the Clay Buchholz mode and if he can prove people he's not just good because of the lack of competition -- something he's done all spring -- he should give the state of Texas some pride on draft day. FB up to 95 w/movement and plus curve has committed to Rice and is considered a hard sign
124. DJ Hicks 1B Lake Brantley HS Fla 6-5 210 If you're looking for a high school bat with plus power, this might be your guy. Hicks has plenty of it from the left side of the plate, both in the present and future tense. He makes good consistent contact and can drive the ball to all fields. He's limited to first base defensively, and while he's no gold glover, he should hold his own there. Also a right-handed pitcher, it's his size and power bat that should interest scouts the most. Probably goes lower than he would other years because of number of good first baseman in draft
125. Kyle Wieland RHP Bishop Manogue HS Nev 6-3 170 While he doesn't belong in the discussion of elite pitchers in this Draft class, Wieland does have some pretty good pitchability. Not too many high schoolers can throw their breaking ball for strikes at will, but count Wieland among the few. With the ability to command his fastball and a feel for a change, the wiry right-hander is the kind of high schooler who could move fairly well through a system and emerge as a back-of-the-rotation type in the future.