If anybody can find scouting reports that I dont have, it would be greatly appreciated.
1.RHP-Homer Bailey(LaGrange HS Texas)(6'4 185, R-R)
2.OF-BJ Szymanski(Princeton)(6'5 210, S-R)
3.C-Craig Tatum(Mississippi St)((6'1 215, R-R)
4.RHP-Rafael Gonzalez(George Washington HS NY)(6'3 225, R-R)
5.SS-Paul Janish(Rice University)(6'2 180, R-R)
6.C-Lonny Roa(Puerto Rico Baseball Academy)(6'3 215, R-R)
7.LHP-Phillippe Alexan Valliquette(Canada HS)(6'0 175, L-L)
8.LHP-Gregory Goetz(Bellevue CC)(6'4 195, L-L)
9.2B-Trevor Lawhorn(East Carolina)(6'2 182, R-R)
10.RHP-Terrell Young(Grenada HS)(6'3 175, R-R)
11.RHP-Jason Urquidez(Arizona St)(6'1 165, R-R)
12.OF-Cody Strait(Evansville U)(6'1 185, R-R)
13.IF-Drew Anderson(Ohio St)(5'9 170, S-R)
14.RHP-Jared Sanders(Oregon St)(6'2 210, R-R)
15.3B-JD Reninger(Texas)(5'10 190, R-R)
16.OF-Travis Kaats(Grand Canyon University)(6'1 205, R-R)
17.SS-Milton Loo(Hawaii HS)(6'1 185, R-R)
18.LHP-Charles O'Neal(Chipola JC Georgia)(6'4 165, R-L)
19.LHP-Andrew Jenson(San Diego St)(6'2 200, L-L)
20.C-Robert Coello(Okaloosa Walton CC)(6'4 215, R-R)
21.SS-Blake Honey(Lafayette HS Ark)(6'1 175, R-R)
22.3B-Matt Levering(Regis Univ Col)(6'0 195, R-R)
23.OF-Pedro Hawkins(Green River CC)(5'10 195, R-R)
24.RHP-Adam Gilliahan(Crowder College)(6'3 200, R-R)
25.LHP-Robert Nichols(Sabino HS AZ)(6'5 215, L-L)
26.RHP-Johnny Ray Dillard(Southwestern Oklahoma St)(6'1 160, R-R)
27.RF-James Langham(Georgia College)(Not available)
28.CF-Donny Ecker(Los Altos HS Cal)(6'4 190, L-R)
29.LHP-Darnell Sparks(Prairie View A&M)(6'0 170, L-L)
30.LHP-David Griffin(Fresno St)(6'0 180, L-L)
31.RHP-Jacob Arrieta(Plano East Sr HS)(6'3 210, R-R)
32.RHP-Robert Wachman(Valdosta St)(Not available)
33.RHP-Dylan Moseley(Arkansas HS)(6'4 185, R-R)
34.SS-Drew Phillips(Northwestern Oklahoma St)(6'2 195, R-R)
35.RHP-Robert Palencia(Monsignor Edward Pace HS, Miami, FL.)(6'1 190, R-R)
36.LHP-Todd Johnson(Central Michigan)(6'3 210, L-L)
37.LF-Andrew Wells(Tulsa Union HS)(6'2 205, R-R)
38.C-Robert Orton(Florida Atlantic U)(6'1 210, R-R)
39.1B-Mario Colletto(Simi Valley HS)(6'3 165, L-L)
40.RHP-Brad Morenko(Oakland U)(6'4 215, R-R)
41.RHP-Scott Mueller(Greenway HS)(6'3 175, R-R)
42.SS-Ben Price(Terra Linda HS)(6'3 185, S-R)
43.RHP-Benjamin Parker(Huston-Tilluston College)(6'3 220, R-R)
44.C-Jacob Long(Johansen HS)(6'1 180, R-R)
45.RF-Brandon Roberts(U Michigan)(6'4 215, L-R)
46.1B-Justin Glover(Westside HS)(6'1 220, R-R)
47.1B-Bradley Jarrell(Denham Springs HS, R-R)
48.3B-Bradley Key(South Carolina)(6'0 185, R-R)
49.RHP-Tyler Cales(James Madison HS)(6'4 195, R-R)
50.LF-Juan Buck(East HS)(6'3 214, R-R)
Baseball America on Homer Bailey-
There's not often a lot of fuss in La Grange, Texas. A town of 4,500, it sets off U.S. Highway 77 about midway between San Antonio and Houston, and beyond the Fayette County Fair and an air show, there's not much going on.
But once a week during baseball season this spring, La Grange became a must-see travel destination for major league scouting directors and crosscheckers. And they all came to see easygoing, hard-throwing senior righthander Homer Bailey.
David "Homer" Bailey Jr. is the real McCoy. He drives a Ford F-150 diesel pickup truck, wears boots and a cowboy hat and spends his free time hunting in the woods back of his father's egg farm. "Right now it's wild boar season," he says. "I cut the tusks out and keep a collection in my room."
Like the eye of a hurricane, the sanguine Bailey hasn't been caught up in the hype that has surrounded the town, yet he is at its center. He offers a mid-90s fastball, solid secondary pitches, a slender, projectable build and an unflappable demeanor strong enough to withstand a Texas twister. It has made him the most sought-after high school player in the draft class of 2004.
The 18-year-old has long been a big deal in his hometown. Texas has produced a bevy of pitching prospects, and it was clear Bailey was another one in the making as he cut his teeth against the state's tough competition. He has notched wins over current minor league pitching prospects Zach Segovia and Don Levinski, to name just a couple.
As a freshman in 2001, Bailey was thrown right in to the fire and led La Grange High to the Class 3-A championship. He matched up with future Reds first-rounder Ryan Wagner, then a Houston-bound senior, in a regional final against Yoakum High and outdueled him to advance. Against Iowa Park High in the state semifinals, he took on lefty Chase Wright, a third-round pick that year by the Yankees, and dominated, winning 7-1. "He could do everything," recalls Wright, now with the Yankees' Class A Battle Creek affiliate. "In that big of a game to get the start, that takes a lot. Velocity-wise and good command . . . You could tell he had a chance."
A day later in the title game against Forney High, with the score tied 3-3 in the fifth inning, La Grange coach Ralph Ferguson called on Bailey in relief. He retired all eight batters he faced as La Grange rallied to win 4-3. As a 15-year-old, Bailey was the Class 3-A tournament MVP as the winning pitcher in the school's first state championship since 1973.
"When you're around baseball you just see certain talents, and you know they're special," Ferguson says. "He handled pressure very well from the beginning."
Bailey's fastball was touching 89 mph then, and his velocity has climbed each year. Despite his impressive credentials, however, he entered his senior season as one of about a dozen good righthanders in this year's prep class. While most of the others have faded, at least a bit, Bailey has surged to the top of the list.
He was brilliant from the season's first outing. He grabbed the reins in March, when he took on Weimar High's Ken Kasparek and struck out 10 over four perfect innings, touching 94 mph. From there, he dug in the spurs and galloped to the top of draft boards with a fearless approach and an advanced assortment of pitches.
"Absolutely," a scouting director said when asked if Bailey had surpassed Nick Adenhart, who was the top prep pitching prospect coming into the season. "I think he's got a better body, the ball comes out of his hand easier, he has more projection to him, he throws harder and has a sharper breaking ball.
"He's the epitome of a pure projection pitcher. He has plus stuff with a good breaking ball, and he even has a little change-piece now. And it comes out of his hand really easy."
Bailey did not allow an earned run until his eighth outing and wrapped up the regular season 10-0, 0.23 with two saves. He allowed two earned runs, striking out 144 and walking seven in 61 innings. He threw a five-inning no-hitter with 13 strikeouts in a mercy-rule 10-0 win over Hardin-Jefferson High in the first round of the playoffs.
Scouts said Bailey will add velocity as he fills out his spindly, 6-foot-4, 185-pound frame. He's pitched at 93 mph this season with plus command of all three of his pitches, including an 81-83 mph curveball with 11-to-5 break.
"He's always been able to have more velocity than the average pitcher out there, so everyone knew that he had some arm strength," an area scout said. "But to develop the secondary pitches that he has is a credit to how hard he's worked.
"It doesn't look like he's throwing that hard, but you pull out the gun and he's 92, 93, 94 and it's so easy and smooth."
Signature Of His Own
Easy and smooth are not often adjectives used to describe the big flamethrowers the state has produced so many of. The first image of Roger Clemens to pop into your head doesn't often incorporate anything resembling mellow. Even Texas high school product Josh Beckett has taken a liking to a rugged goatee and is known for his signature ripping of his right leg through the air after releasing a pitch.
But Bailey has produced similar results at the high school level with a smooth and fluid motion. His delivery has perfect tempo, and though his body is still awkward, his mechanics look comfortable and aligned, never forced or deliberate.
Still, his delivery and stuff draw comparisons to other pitchers the state has produced. And in an era when high school righthanders are picked apart by scouts looking for a reason not to spend an early-round selection and millions of dollars, Bailey stands up to the scrutiny.
"There's always going to be some risk involved with any pitcher you take," a scouting director said. "But there's going to be some people taking chances on this kind of arm. It's one of those rare ones that doesn't come along often.
"If you look at the state of Texas, two recent ones that have gone out of the state in the first five picks have had a little success: Beckett and (Kerry) Wood."
Bailey has a scholarship to stay in state at Texas, but as a likely top 10 pick in the draft, he's not likely to make it to Austin except as a visitor. He doesn't seem any more anxious about what lies ahead than he is about the collection of mud on his truck's tailgate.
"It's a tough position to be in, but at the same time it's really not," he says in the matter-of-fact fashion that epitomizes his humble persona. "If I was lucky enough to be taken in the first five picks, who would not go pro? If you talk to anyone who goes that high and says they're going to college, they're lying.
"It makes sense. If you go to college, it's not to pursue a career, it's to get better and go higher in the draft. If you go in the first five picks, you can't do any better than that. You have to take that advantage when it's there. You don't just pass up that kind of money."
So until the draft, Bailey will continue to savor the long summer evenings that allow him a little extra daylight for hunting. And La Grange will savor its easygoing, hard-throwing prospect for a little bit longer, before giving him over to the rest of the country.
BBA on BJ Szymanski-
Szymanski has been one of the biggest revelations in this year's draft class. After spending his freshman year as a starting wide receiver on the Princeton football team, Szymanski took part in a Reds tryout camp and was urged by scouts to give baseball a shot. The 6-foot-5, 215-pound center fielder was an instant hit, batting .330 and earning second team all-Ivy League recognition as a sophomore. He rocketed up the draft charts this spring after he hit a mammoth homer off Old Dominion righthander Justin Verlander in front of about 100 scouts in his first game of the 2004 season. He moved up to first team all-Ivy after batting .378-6-48 in the regular season and leading the Tigers in most offensive categories. Szymanski is a gifted, five-tool athlete with a long-limbed body. He has been clocked in the 60-yard dash at 6.45 seconds and shows loose, graceful actions in the outfield with above-average arm strength. At the plate, he has an upright, slightly open stance and a smooth swing. He's a switch-hitter whose swing is almost a mirror image from both sides of the plate, and he has above-average power potential. Szymanski's swing can get long at times, and he could stand to be more patient at the plate
BBA on Craig Tatum-
Scouting Report: Highly regarded as a pitcher coming out of high school, Tatum has developed into one of the better defensive catchers in college baseball. His arm strength rates 65 on the 20-80 scale, and he consistently delivers the ball to second base in 1.85-1.92 seconds. He's become a sound receiver as a redshirt sophomore, and has gained strength offensively and developed some of his raw power. He still struggles to make consistent contact and has worn down from his catching load. While he has a strong body, he often skips infield and bullpen sessions to stay fresh for games, leading some to question his durability.
BBA on Rafael Gonzalez-
Scouting Report: Gonzalez is a wild card in this year's draft. He attended George Washington High in the Bronx before dropping out and briefly moving to the Dominican Republic last year. After watching him in a tryout, the Yankees signed him for $200,000, but the commissioner's office voided the contract after discovering Gonzalez was an American citizen and the Major League Scouting Bureau had reports on him. Gonzalez returned to George Washington for his senior year, but was declared ineligible. He played on a scout team this spring, pitching every Sunday, while working out for clubs on the side. Gonzalez is a soft-bodied player with a good delivery and easy arm action. He was inconsistent this spring, creating a split camp in the scouting community on his potential. In some outings he was in the 93-95 mph range with a power curve and above-average changeup, while in others he was in the high 80s with a fringy breaking ball.
TOB on Paul Janish-
COMMENT: MEDIUM FRAME. SLOPED SHOULDERS. LEAN, SLENDER OVERALL BUILD. LONG ARMS. UPRIGHT, OPEN STANCE. FLAT BAT. LONG, SWEEP STROKE W/ LIFT. PLUS ARM STRENGTH W/ GOOD ON-LINE CARRY. FUNDAMENTALLY SOUND INF ACTIONS. SOFT, SURE HANDS. EXCELLENT INF INSTINCTS. MAKES ALL THE PLAYS. SOLID DEFENSIVE SKILLS W/ QUESTIONABLE BAT POTENTIAL. BAT WILL DETERMINE LEVEL OF PLAY.
TOB on Lonny Roa-
COMMENT: LARGE FRAME. SOLID, DURABLE BUILD. STRONG FROM TOP DOWN. MUSCULAR CHEST. STRENGTH IN LEGS. HIGH REAR. BIG, STRONG HANDS. WIDE, CLOSED STANCE. SETS UP DEEP TO HIT. SHORT STRIDE. SLIGHT UPPERCUT SWING W/PWR TO HIT BALL OVER THE FENCE. AGGRESSIVE BAT, WANTS TO HIT. BALL JUMPS OFF BAT. ADEQUATE RECEIVER. BLOCKS BALL IN DIRT. COURAGE ON PLAYS AT PLATE. LEADERSHIP QUALITIES. EXPERIENCE AT 1B & OF.
TOB on Phillippe Alexan Vallequette-
COMMENT: MEDIUM-LARGE FRAME. SLENDER, ATHLETIC BUILD. SLOPED SHOULDERS. HIGH WAIST. FLAT CHEST. LONG ARMS, LEGS. DEFINED THIGHS. ROOM FOR ADDED DEVELOPMENT. SIMILAR TO JARROD WASHBURN. NO WINDUP DELIVERY, 3/4 RELEASE. LOOSE, FLUID ARM. EXCELLENT ACTION. BALL JUMPS FROM HAND. FB LATE TAIL & SINK, MOST 91 EARLY. 3/4 ROTATION CB, OCCAISIONAL LATE BITE. STRAIGHT CHANGEUP TAILS, KEEPS ARM SPEED. GOOD EXTENTION OVER FRONT SIDE. PROJECTABLE BODY. LHP W/ QUICK, LIVE ARM. GOOD DELIVERY. WILL HAVE 3 QUALITY PITCHES. MATURITY & EXPERIENCE WILL HELP PITCHABILITY. FUTURE LHS AT MAJOR LEAGUE LEVEL.
TOB on Gregory Goetz-
COMMENT: EXTRA-TALL FRAME. LEAN, WIRY BUILD. RANGY. SLIGHT HIGH WAISTED. NEAR PHYSICAL MATURE. ADDED 15 LBS SINCE H.S. ANGULAR UPPER BODY. TRIM AT WAIST. THIN ARMS. TAPERED LEGS. SIMILAR TO SHAWN ESTES. NO WINDUP, HIGH 3/4 SLIGHT ACROSS BODY DELIVERY. SHORT CIRCLE TAKEBACK. LOOSE, QUICK ARM. GOOD DOWN PLANE. BIG DOWN 3/4 CB W/LOOSE ROTATION. MIXES CIRCLE CHANGE, IMPROVED. FIELDS POSITION ADEQUATE. LHP W/QUICK ARM.
TOB on Trevor Lawhorn
COMMENT: MEDIUM FRAME, WELL-PROPORTIONED. SOMEWHAT SLENDER. RECENT MUSCLE DEVELOPMENT, FAIR WIRY STRENGTH. SIMILAR TO STEVE FINLEY. SQUARE, BIT NARROW, TOED IN. BAT AWAY AT MID BODY, HANDS LOW. BAT HEAD COCKED OME TOWARDS PITCHER. GENERATES BAT SPEED & FLUID STROKE AFTER CORRECTING POOR SET UP POSITION. AGGRESSIVE CUTS. ENOUGH CONTACT. LIFT IN BAT. FAIR RUNNER. THROW CARRY, ACCURATE. ADEQUATE ANGLES, READS BATTED BALL.
TOB on Terrell Young
TERRELL YOUNG GRENADA HS RHP R/R 6'3" 175 1985-08-07 HS
COMMENT: LONG, LEAN, ATHLETIC FRAME. WELL PROPORTIONED ARMS & LEGS. EXCELLENT PITCHERS BUILD. ROOM TO GET BIGGER & STRONGER. NO WINDUP DELIVERY. LIGHTNING QUICK ARM, BALL JUMPS OUT OF HAND. THROWS EASY. FB EXPLODES IN ZONE W/RIDING, SINKING LIFE. CB HAS TIGHT, QUICK BREAK. 3/4 PLANE SLIDER, PROPER ROTATION. OUTSTANDING YOUNG PITCHING PROSPECT W/ ENOUGH UPSIDE TO HAVE DOMINANT STUFF AT ML LEVEL. GOOD MOUND PRESENCE. A COMPETITOR.
TOB on Jason Urdiquez
JASON URQUIDEZ ARIZONA ST U RHP R/R 6'1" 165 1982-09-12 4YR
COMMENT: MEDIUM-LARGE FRAME. THIN, WIRY STRONG BUILD. TRIM WAIST. THIN LEGS. NO WIND UP. TALL, COMPACT DELIVERY. DEEP DROP IN BACK. TAPS TOE TWICE IN STRIDE, SIMILAR TO ROBB NEN. GOOD EXTENTION OUT FRONT. AVG ARM SPEED THROUGH 3/4 SLOT. FB MOST 87-88 W/ RUN & SINK, LATE AT TIMES FROM LOW 3/4 SLOT. DECEPTIVE STRAIGHT CHANGE UP. FB ARM SPEED W/ SINK LIFE. FEEL FOR HARD, SLURVE-TYPE SLIDER. 3/4 TILT, OCCAISIONAL LATE BITE. GAMER TYPE, KNOWS HOW TO WIN. AROUND THE PLATE, MIXES PITCHES WELL MUST HIT SPOTS TO BE EFFECTIVE.
TOB on Jared Sanders
COMMENT: TALL FRAME. SUPPLE, ATHLETIC BUILD. GOOD OVERALL STRENGTH. SLIGHTLY HIGH WAISTED. WELL DEVELOPED UPPER BODY. THICK THROUGH ROUNDED SHOULDERS. TRIM AT WAIST. BUILT LKE RUSS ORTIZ. NO WIND UP, 3/4, ACROSS BODY DELIVERY. DECEPTIVE SHOULDER TUCK, TURN. LOOSE, EASY ARM. HIDES BALL WELL THROUGH PIVOT. MAINTAINS MAJOR LEAGUE FB W/TAIL LIFE ON SHORT RELIEF STINT. WILL RUN BALL UP & IN TO RHH. TALL, DOWN 3/4 SLURVE FOR CB. INFREQUENT CIRCLE CHANGE UP OCCAISIONALLY SINKS. WELL BUILT RHP W/QUALITY ARM. UNDERVALUED STOCK. WILL BE BETTER IN PRO ENVIRONMENT.