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    Keith Law's Amature Rankings

    With amateur baseball closed for business until late January, here's how things stand among the top college and high school players headed into the spring. For high school players who have already given verbal commitments to colleges, I've listed their intended destinations, but the first day they can sign a written commitment is Nov. 14. Players are ranked here solely on their current and projected abilities, without regard to signability.

    The No. 1 spot was a toss-up between Justin Smoak, a switch-hitting first baseman at the University of South Carolina, and Tim Beckham, an athletic five-tool shortstop from Griffin High School outside Atlanta, but there will be at least six or seven players contending for the top spot come June, including No. 3 Tim Melville, No. 4 Pedro Alvarez, No. 6 Gerrit Cole, No. 9 Harold Martinez, and No. 12 Eric Hosmer.

    The spring season will be critical for some highly-touted players coming off injuries, including Jemile Weeks (strained groin), Aaron Hicks (shoulder soreness), Isaac Galloway (sprained ankle) and Daniel Marrs (impingement in shoulder), each of whom has a chance to move up. As a whole, the class is weak at positions up the middle (catcher, second base and shortstop), stronger at the corners and offers a middle-of-the-road crop of arms that can't be compared to the tremendous group of prep arms we saw in the 2007.
    I couldn't get the rest because I'm not an ESPN magazine subscriber. But I found it interesting Pedro Alvarez is not No. 1. Everyone I've heard has said that Pedro Alvarez is by far the best player going into next years draft!

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    Re: Keith Law's Amature Rankings

    What about david Borgemenke from Oak Hills high School in cincinnati, Ohio

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    And here's the rest of the story!

    Top 60 Amateurs
    RANK PLAYER POS SCHOOL COMMITMENT
    1. Justin Smoak 1B South Carolina
    2. Tim Beckham SS Griffin HS (Ga.)
    3. Tim Melville RHP Holt HS, Wentzville, Mo.
    4. Pedro Alvarez 3B Vanderbilt
    5. Brian Matusz LHP San Diego
    6. Gerrit Cole RHP Lutheran HS, Santa Ana, Calif. UCLA
    7. Brett Wallace 1B Arizona State
    8. Jarret Martin LHP Centennial HS, Bakersfield, Calif. UC Irvine
    9. Harold Martinez SS Braddock HS, Miami Miami
    10. Yonder Alonso 1B Miami
    11. Aaron Crow RHP Missouri
    12. Eric Hosmer 1B American Heritage HS, Miami Arizona State
    13. Christian Friedrich LHP Eastern Kentucky
    14. Sonny Gray RHP Smyrna HS (Tenn.) Vanderbilt
    15. Niko Vasquez SS Durango HS (Las Vegas)
    16. Lance Lynn RHP Mississippi
    17. Tanner Scheppers RHP Fresno State
    18. Anthony Grose OF/LHP Bellflower HS (Calif.)
    19. Kyle Lobstein LHP Coconino HS, Flagstaff, Ariz.
    20. Miles Reagan RHP El Capitan HS, Lakeside, Calif.
    21. Luke Burnett RHP Louisiana Tech
    22. David Adams 2B Virginia
    23. Isaac Galloway OF Los Osos HS, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. San Diego State
    24. Aaron Hicks OF Wilson HS, Long Beach, Calif.
    25. Daniel Webb RHP Heath HS, Paducah, Ky. Kentucky
    26. Robbie Ross LHP Lexington Christian Academy (Ky.) Kentucky
    27. Pete Paramore C Arizona State
    28. Ethan Martin 3B Stephens County HS, Toccoa, Ga.
    29. Dennis Raben RF Miami
    30. Ryan Perry RHP Arizona
    31. Brett DeVall LHP Niceville HS (Fla.)
    32. Taylor Hightower C Cartersville HS (Ga.) Mississippi
    33. Brian Forsyth 3B Arkansas
    34. Cody Satterwhite RHP Mississippi
    35. Austin Dicharry RHP Klein-Collins HS, Spring, Texas
    36. Allen Dykstra 1B Wake Forest
    37. Buster Posey C Florida State
    38. Josh Fields RHP Georgia
    39. Roger Kieschnick OF Texas Tech
    40. Jake Thompson RHP Virginia
    41. L.J. Hoes OF St. John's College HS, Washington, D.C. North Carolina
    42. Jemile Weeks 2B Miami
    43. Conor Gillaspie 3B Wichita State
    44. Shooter Hunt RHP Tulane
    45. Andy Burns 3B Rocky Mountain HS, Fort Collins, Colo. Kentucky
    46. Jaff Decker 3B/LHP Sunrise Mountain HS, Peoria, Ariz. UCLA
    47. Austin Wright LHP Conant HS, Schaumburg, Ill.
    48. Brian Humpries OF Granite Hills HS, El Cajon, Calif. Pepperdine
    49. Bryce Stowell RHP UC Irvine
    50. Gordon Beckham SS Georgia
    51. Michael Montgomery LHP Hart HS, Valencia, Calif.
    52. Kyle Shipworth C Patriot HS, Riverside, Calif. Arizona State
    53. Casey Kelly SS Sarasota HS (Fla.)
    54. James Darnell OF Sourth Carolina
    55. Ryan Flaherty SS Vanderbilt
    56. Tyler Sample RHP Mullen HS, Denver Arkansas
    57. Aaron Shafer RHP Wichita State
    58. Reese Havens SS South Carolina
    59. Alex Meyer RHP Greensburg HS (Ind.) Kentucky
    60. Daniel Marrs RHP James River HS, Midlothian, Va. Wake Forest

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    Re: Keith Law's Amature Rankings

    After a quick glance, I noticed five Kentuckians and zero Ohioans. I guess basketball's getting boring down there.

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    I really hope we can find a way to snag Brian Matusz in this year's draft. There's a small chance he could fall to #7. Man, would that be nice!

    As of now, I would guess Alvarez and Smoak go 1-2. Matusz could go as soon as 3.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Benihana View Post
    I really hope we can find a way to snag Brian Matusz in this year's draft. There's a small chance he could fall to #7. Man, would that be nice!

    As of now, I would guess Alvarez and Smoak go 1-2. Matusz could go as soon as 3.
    If the draft were held today thats probably how it would go. Spring still will play a lot into where these guys actually go though.

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    Re: Keith Law's Amature Rankings

    I thought Pedro Alvaraz was supposed to be Jesus in a baseball uniform? Isn't Kieth Law the guy that called Aaron Harang a #4 starter though?

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    Keith Law is an idiot.... so take anything he says and its probably the opposite

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    Re: Keith Law's Amature Rankings

    I'll take "The Best Pitcher Available" for $1000, Alex.

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    Quote Originally Posted by edabbs44 View Post
    I'll take "The Best Pitcher Available" for $1000, Alex.
    I don't think $1000 going to get you the best pitcher available in the first round. :

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    Quote Originally Posted by camisadelgolf View Post
    After a quick glance, I noticed five Kentuckians and zero Ohioans. I guess basketball's getting boring down there.
    #59 Alex Meyer is from Greensburg, Indiana, which is less than an hour away from Cincinnati. Not sure if the Reds have been scouting him or not, but rumor around the town is that Scott Boras has been down there talking with him. The kid is 6'-6", his fastball has been clocked at 97 and has a plus curve and change up. He could be a good sleeper pick if he doesn't end up going with Boras.

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    Quote Originally Posted by camisadelgolf View Post
    After a quick glance, I noticed five Kentuckians and zero Ohioans. I guess basketball's getting boring down there.
    not so fast. Only 3 from the bluegrass state, but UK has 5 commitments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maniem View Post
    #59 Alex Meyer is from Greensburg, Indiana, which is less than an hour away from Cincinnati. Not sure if the Reds have been scouting him or not, but rumor around the town is that Scott Boras has been down there talking with him. The kid is 6'-6", his fastball has been clocked at 97 and has a plus curve and change up. He could be a good sleeper pick if he doesn't end up going with Boras.
    If he's 6'-6" with a 97 mph fastball and two plus pitches already, I don't care if he's with Boras. Sign him up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AdamDunn View Post
    If he's 6'-6" with a 97 mph fastball and two plus pitches already, I don't care if he's with Boras. Sign him up!
    Here's BA's top ten list for high school players from the Easten U.S. for 2008. 7 out of the top ten from last year's list were selected in the first round of the 2007 draft. A lot of local talent here...

    1. Tim Beckham, ss Griffin (Ga.) HS
    2. Tim Melville, rhp Holt High, Wentzville, Mo.
    3. Sonny Gray, rhp Smyrna (Tenn.) HS
    4. Alex Meyer, rhp Greensburg (Ind.) HS
    5. Robbie Ross, lhp Lexington (Ky.) Christian Academy
    6. Nick Maronde, lhp Lexington (Ky.) Catholic HS

    7. Casey Kelly, ss Sarasota (Fla.) HS
    8. Zack Cox, 3b/of Pleasure Ridge Park HS, Lexington, Ky.
    9. Ethan Martin, 3b Stephens County HS, Toccoa, Ga.
    10. Michael Palazzone, rhp Lassiter HS, Marietta, Ga.

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    Isaac Galloway, California high school OF climbs the rankings next spring. Reds take him at seven.
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