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    2007 Draft: Mid-Season First Round Projection

    Todd Morgan
    OaklandClubhouse.com Apr 14, 2007

    As promised, Todd Morgan returns this weekend with his updated first round projections for the 2007 MLB draft. Find out if he still sees David Price at number one, where he sees Tanner Robles going, who the Oakland A's might pick and more inside...

    With the prep and college seasons at or past their halfway points it's time to look at where players are slotting into June’s first round. Movement up and down draft boards happens every week, so I have lightened up the player write-ups to save time and allow for a better snapshot of where everyone stands heading into the second weekend of April. The Devil Rays are on the board.
    1. Tampa Bay Devil Rays - David Price, LHP, B:L T:L, 6’5, 215, Vanderbilt
    Price has done nothing to alter the preseason perception that he is the best pitcher in the draft. Tampa Bay, meet Mr. David Price.

    2. Kansas City Royals - Rick Porcello, RHP, R-R, 6’5, 190, Seton Hall Prep, West Orange, NJ
    Porcello’s size, stuff and projection are becoming more and more attractive as he piles up stellar performances for the nation’s number one prep team.

    3. Chicago Cubs - Matt Wieters, C, S-R, 6’4, 205, Georgia Tech
    The word in scouting circles is that the Cubs are leaning hard toward taking Wieters, a switch-hitting masher who has the bat to play first if he can’t stay behind the plate.

    4. Pittsburgh Pirates - Josh Vitters, 3B, R-R, 6’3, 190, Cypress HS, California
    Right now, Vitters is the top high school bat in the nation. Tired of seeing their first rounders disappear with elbow and shoulder trouble, the Pirates are thinking position player early.

    5. Baltimore Orioles - Phillippe Aumont, RHP, R-R, 6’5, 210, Ecole Du Versant HS
    Erik Bedard, Adam Loewen and now Phillippe Aumont? It’s true; the Orioles are considering the huge Quebec native at number five.

    6. Washington Nationals - Ross Detwiler, LHP, R-L, 6’4, 180, Missouri State
    Next to Price the best lefty in the draft, and moving toward the fast track to the Bigs. The Nationals need draft picks who aren’t long for the minors, so Detwiler’s a good fit.

    7. Milwaukee Brewers - Michael Burgess, OF, L-L, 5’11, 195, Hillsborough HS, Tampa, FL
    The Brewers might need arms a bit more than they need bats, but Burgess’ power and skill set are tempting. He may strike out a lot, but that didn’t stop them from gambling on Prince Fielder.

    8. Colorado Rockies - Matt Harvey, RHP, R-R, 6’4, 195, Fitch HS, Groton, CT
    Working in the low- to mid-90s consistently and getting outs on the ground. Harvey is a good bet to develop into a successful Coors Field pitcher.

    9. Arizona Diamondbacks - Daniel Moskos, LHP, R-L, 6’2, 200, Clemson
    Will he start in the pros? The D-Backs think so, but it’s nice to know that Moskos’ fallback role would likely be as a “shutdown reliever.”

    10. San Francisco Giants - Andrew Brackman, RHP, 7’0, 250, North Carolina State
    Fast start but now coming back to Earth. His stuff is nasty which will keep him in the Top 10. But how long will it take him to get his huge body under control and develop consistent mechanics?

    11. Seattle Mariners - Matt Mangini, 3B, L-R, 6’4, 220, Oklahoma State
    Still as good a fit as it was in January. Mangini is a good all-around 3B who will develop quickly, and the Mariners will need one when Adrian Beltre departs.

    12. Florida Marlins - Justin Jackson, SS, R-R, 6’2, 175, T.C. Roberson HS, Asheville, NC
    Jackson is being scouted heavily by Florida, which could be due to geographic proximity. They need a blue chip SS prospect though, so this seems like a match

    13. Cleveland Indians - Tanner Robles, LHP, L-L, 6’3, 190, Cottonwood HS, Salt Lake City, UT
    Which prep lefty to take, Madison Bumgarner or Tanner Robles? My money is on Robles here thanks to breaking stuff that is farther along.

    14. Atlanta Braves - Blake Beavan, RHP, R-R, 6’7, 210, Irving HS, TX
    His sheer size could slow his development, but right now there isn’t a prep hitter in Texas who can touch Blake Beavan.

    15. Cincinnati Reds - Jason Heyward, OF, L-L, 6’4, 220, Henry County HS, McDonough, GA
    If he lasts this long, visions of Heyward peppering the right field bleachers at Great American Ballpark will persuade the Reds to pop him with their top choice.

    16. Toronto Blue Jays - Matt Dominguez, 3B, R-R, 6’2, 180, Chatsworth HS, California
    Josh Vitters is getting most of the attention, but Dominguez isn’t all that far behind him. Hot corner power that the Jays haven’t developed since, well, probably Ed Sprague.

    17. Texas Rangers - Julio Borbon, OF, L-L, 6’1, 190, Tennessee
    Back from an injury, Borbon isn’t in top form yet, but all teams will care about is the month of May. If he’s raking and running when Memorial Day arrives, he is a first rounder for someone.

    18. St. Louis Cardinals - Michael Main, RHP, R-R, 6’2, 185, DeLand HS, FL
    Not as polished as Harvey, but he has the edge in velocity and a lot of projection in his frame.

    19. Philadelphia Phillies - Madison Bumgarner, LHP, R-L, 6’5, 220, South Caldwell HS, NC
    Bumgarner has impressed scouts this year and many think he’ll at least be Robles’ equal, but for now he is a tick behind.

    20. Los Angeles Dodgers - Jack McGeary, LHP, L-L, 6’3, 200, Roxbury Latin HS, MA
    The Dodgers are all over McGeary and this may be the first pre-draft deal completed this year.

    21. Toronto Blue Jays - J.P. Arencibia, C, R-R, 6’0, 210, Tennessee
    With their second first rounder the Jays turn to a backstop with a great bat. He might not stay behind the plate, but so far scouts seem to think he has a good chance to do so.

    22. San Francisco Giants - Mitch Canham, C, R-R, 6‚ ¨!"2, 215, Oregon State
    Promising bat and the athleticism to be an above-average catcher. Not he just needs a few years at the position to adjust to its nuances. The Giants know he already looks good in orange and black.

    23. San Diego Padres - Joe Savery, LHP, L-L, 6’3, 215, Rice
    Weird year for Savery with ace pitcher duties, middle-of-the-order hitting duties and recovery from shoulder surgery. It is almost like he got lost among all the storylines at Rice, but he’s still a great pitching prospect.

    24. Texas Rangers - Neil Ramirez, RHP, R-R, 6’3, 190, Kempsville HS, VA
    With an outfielder already in the fold, the Rangers turn to a projectible high school arm. Ramirez is polished and dealing so far this year.

    25. Chicago White Sox - Matt LaPorta, 1B, R-R, 6’2, 215, Florida
    No shortstop is worthy of a pick here, so the White Sox turn to the best power prospect in the draft.

    26. Oakland Athletics - Nick Schmidt, LHP, L-L, 6’5, 220, Arkansas
    The A’s are still thinking advanced lefty starter and Schmidt is the best one on the board at this point. There are more out there, though, so if they don’t take one in the first, they will by the end of the second.

    27. Detroit Tigers - Yasmani Grandal, C, S-R, 6’2, 205, Miami Springs HS, Hialeah, FL
    Grandal is really moving up draft boards with his defensive skills and bat that is developing more quickly than most scouts believed it would.

    28. Minnesota Twins - Mike Moustakas, 3B/C, L-L, 6’2, 170, Chatsworth HS, CA
    If scouts think he can catch in the pros, Moustakas could jump into the Top 15. For now he is a 3B or corner OF with a legitimate first round bat.

    29. San Francisco Giants - Beau Mills, 3B, L-R, 6’3, 200, Lewis-Clark State
    Mills is just raking at Lewis-Clark. A college righty, athletic catcher and mashing corner infielder would be a nice first round haul for SF.

    30. New York Yankees - Casey Weathers, RHP, R-R, 6’0, 195, Vanderbilt
    Weathers has jumped into the first round discussion with 91-95 MPH heat, a hard slider and excellent closer’s makeup. It is also satisfying to have Vandy pitchers bookending the first round.

    Questions for Todd? Email him by clicking here.

    Story URL: http://story.Scout.com/a.z?s=262&p=2&c=635519

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    Re: Anyone got info on the top 2007 draft prospects?

    If, as that article says, scouts think Arencibia has a good chance to stay behind the plate as a major leaguer, the Reds almost have to draft him. Right handed power hitting catcher, fills two Reds needs at once.

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    Lefthanded hitting outfielder? You can't give that choice too much credit.
    Hugs, smiling, and interactive Twitter accounts, don't mean winning baseball. Until this community understands that we are cursed to relive the madness.

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    Scherzer could enter the draft and give teams more options to consider. http://www.baseballamerica.com/today...ws/263730.html
    Scherzer Signs With Independent League Team

    By J.J. Cooper
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    Max Scherzer will try to follow in Luke Hochevar's footsteps in Fort Worth.

    Scherzer, the only remaining unsigned first rounder from last year's draft, has signed with the independent Fort Worth Cats (American Association), the same team that Hochevar signed with last spring. After several strong outings in Fort Worth, Hochevar, the 40th pick in the 2005 draft, went No. 1 overall to the Royals last June.

    Several other Boras clients have also signed with independent league teams before signing new deals with the teams that had already drafted them. The Diamondbacks signed Stephen Drew after a 19-game stint in the Atlantic League while Jered Weaver signed but did not pitch for an Atlantic League squad.

    Scherzer, taken 11th overall last June by the Diamondbacks, is represented by Scott Boras, as is Hochevar. When Boras looked to place Scherzer in Fort Worth, Cats director of player personnel Barry Moss said that he didn't have to think too hard before accepting the offer.

    In addition to Scherzer, Fort Worth also signed former Cubs first-rounder Chadd Blasko, another Boras client. Chicago released Blasko at the end of spring training , and the Cats plan to have him pitch in relief behind Scherzer so scouts can see both players on the same night.

    Scherzer will make his first start on May 2 in an exhibition game at Baylor's ballpark. He'll throw again May 7 at Fort Worth in an exhibition game, then make his regular-season debut at home on May 12. He'll throw again in Fort Worth on May 18, then on the road in Sioux Falls, S.D., on May 23. He'll return to Fort Worth for a start on May 28, and is scheduled to make one final start on June 2, though Hochevar was scratched from a similar start last year once he'd shown his plus stuff in the previous outings.

    According to Moss, Scherzer has been working out at UC Irvine for several months and was ready to go to spring training and pitch had a deal been worked out with the Diamondbacks. He has continued to throw bullpens since, and should be relatively stretched out for his first start.

    "The Boras group has some ex-baseball players that know the routines to get this stuff done," Fort Worth manager Stan Hough said. "Max told me he's ready to throw 75-90 pitches right now. We'll probably hold him to 75-80 right off the bat."

    Scherzer, still can sign with the Diamondbacks before May 31. He entered 2006 as the top righthanded pitching prospect in the draft after working in the mid- to upper 90s with Missouri and Team USA as a sophomore. But he came down with biceps tendinitis, which took a toll on his stuff and concerned several clubs.

    His stint in Fort Worth will give scouts a chance to see if his stuff has returned to the form that he's shown in the past. Scherzer doesn't figure to equal Hochevar's rise to the No. 1 overall pick, but he should benefit from a 2007 draft crop lacking in frontline college righthanders. The only two currently rated as first-rounders are North Carolina State's Andrew Brackman and Texas Christian's Jake Arrieta, both of whom have been disappointing and also are advised by Boras.

    "If Max Scherzer is healthy and throwing 95-98 mph like he was as a sophomore," one scouting director said, "he's right behind David Price at the top of the draft."

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