Baseball BeatJune 09, 2009
Live Blogging the 2009 MLB Draft
By The Baseball Analysts Staff

For the third straight year (Click here for 2008), Baseball Analysts scribes Rich Lederer and Marc Hulet will be live blogging during the first round of the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft. We'll have minute-by-minute updates and detailed scouting reports (by ourselves and the rest of the talented staff) on every player selected in the first round. We will also be providing commentary on subsequent rounds until the draft concludes after the third round.

The 2009 MLB Amateur Draft will begin with the Washington Nationals on the clock at 6 p.m. Eastern Time. There should be no surprises with the first-overall pick, as the organization is expected to take right-hander Stephen Strasburg out of San Diego State University. Many expect CF/1B Dustin Ackley, of the University of North Carolina, to go second overall to the Seattle Mariners. After the first two picks, though, it's anybody's best guess.

Be sure to refresh your browser or check back throughout the day to stay abreast of the latest news as we live blog the draft.

According to Baseball America, nine of the first 10 picks look fairly certain, with the only question coming at No. 9:

1. Nationals: San Diego State righthander Stephen Strasburg.
2. Mariners: North Carolina first baseman Dustin Ackley.
3. Padres: Georgia HS outfielder Donavan Tate.
4. Pirates: Boston College catcher Tony Sanchez.
5. Orioles: California HS righthander Matt Hobgood.
6. Giants: Georgia HS righthander Zack Wheeler.
7. Braves: Vanderbilt lefthander Mike Minor.
8. Reds: North Carolina righhander Alex White.

At No. 9, Tigers are deciding whether to spend big (California HS lefthander Tyler Matzek, Missouri HS righty Jacob Turner), smaller (Texas HS righty Shelby Miller) or a little smaller (Arizona State RHP Mike Leake).

10. Nationals: Stanford righthander Drew Storen.

First Round

1. Washington Nationals
NL East | 15-39 | Last Place
General Manager: Mike Rizzo
Scouting Director: Dana Brown
2008 1st Round: Aaron Crow, RHP, Missouri (Did Not Sign)
2007 1st Round: Ross Detwiler, RHP, Missouri State
2006 1st Round: Chris Marrero, OF/1B, Florida high school

FanGraphs' Top 5 Prospects:
1. Jordan Zimmermann, RHP, Majors
2. Michael Burgess, OF, High-A
3. Ross Detwiler, RHP, Majors
4. Derek Norris, C, Low-A
5. Chris Marrero, OF/1B, High-A

Organizational Needs: Right-handed pitching, third base, second base

Stephen Strasburg, RHP, San Diego State University

Height/Weight: 6-4, 220 | DOB: 7/20/88

2009 stats: 13-1 W-L | 1.32 ERA | 109.0 IP | 65 H | 195-19 K/BB

Strasburg, who may be the best college pitcher in history, has been the consensus No. 1 pick in the 2009 draft ever since striking out 23 batters in a game against Utah in April 2008. He was the first collegian to play for the U.S. Olympic Team last summer. Strasburg led the nation in ERA and strikeouts this past season while whiffing almost half of the batters he faced. Threw a no-hitter with 17 punchouts vs. Air Force last month. Baseball America ranks his fastball, secondary pitch, and command as the best among all college pitchers. His fastball consistently sits no worse than the mid-90s and has reached triple digits on occasion. Also throws a hard slurve and a high-80s changeup with screwball-like action. Strasburg is capable of pitching in the major leagues right now, yet is unlikely to sign before the deadline on August 15. (Posted by Rich Lederer)

Rich: Let the negotiations begin, which, of course, won't get serious for another two months. I think it would be more fun if he signed and went directly into the big leagues. But it's probably not the right thing to do nor what is likely to happen.

Marc: I really hope Strasburg turns out to be as good as advertised - and for a long time... There have been too many Priors and McDonalds.

2. Seattle Mariners
AL West | 27-29 | Third Place
General Manager: Jack Zduriencik
Scouting Director: Tom McNamara
2008 1st Round: Joshua Fields, RHP, Georgia
2007 1st Round: Phillippe Aumont, RHP, Quebec HS
2006 1st Round: Brandon Morrow, RHP, California

FanGraphs' Top 5 Prospects:
1. Phillippe Aumont, RHP, High-A
2. Michael Saunders, OF, Triple-A
3. Jharmidy DeJesus, SS, Low-A
4. Greg Halman, OF, Double-A
5. Adam Moore, C, Triple-A

Organizational Needs: Starting pitching, Left-handed pitching, First base, Second base

Dustin Ackley, CF/1B, North Carolina

Height/Weight: 6-1, 185 | DOB: 2/26/88

2009 stats: .417/.520/.781 | 242 AB | 101 H | 17 2B | 4 3B | 21 HR | 49-31 K/BB

The consensus second-best talent in the draft (next to Stephen Strasburg, of course), Ackley is a talented baseball player who spent the majority of the 2008-09 season playing first base while recovering from last year's Tommy John surgery. His draft stock rose significantly, though, when he showed he was healthy and able to play an above-average center field. His arm - even before surgery - was average at best. Although he has outstanding skills at the plate in terms of hitting for average (and he should be able to top .300 at the MLB level, if not lead the league in hitting a few times), Ackley's swing does not lend itself to the power you might expect from a first baseman. He'd be much more valuable to a team as a gap-to-gap hitter who can spray the ball all over the field, while utilizing his plus speed. Pretty much everyone expects Seattle to pop Ackley with the second overall pick. (Posted by Marc Hulet)

Rich: Seattle didn't back away from the rumors that Ackley wants Mark Teixeira money plus inflation, which would mean more than $10 million. The second pick slots at about $3M-$3.5M. Pedro Alvarez, who like Ackley is a SBC client, extracted $6M out of the Pirates last year. Look for Ackley to get closer to $6 mil than $10 mil. But, rest assured, he will be a last-minute signee.

3. San Diego Padres
NL West | 26-29 | Third Place
General Manager: Kevin Towers
Scouting Director: Bill Gayton
2008 1st Round: Allan Dykstra, 1B, Wake Forest
2007 1st Round: Nick Schmidt, LHP, Arkansas
2006 1st Round: Matt Antonelli, IF, Wake Forest

FanGraphs' Top 5 Prospects:
1. Kyle Blanks, OF, Triple-A
2. Mat Latos, RHP, Double-A
3. Jaff Decker, OF, Low-A
4. Adys Portillo, RHP, Rookie
5. James Darnell, 3B, Low-A

Organizational Needs: Catcher, Shortstop, Left-handed pitching

Donovan Tate, OF, Cartersville HS, Georgia

Height/Weight: 6-3, 200 | DOB: 9/27/1990

2009 stats: .488 AVG | 88 AB | 43 H | 11 2B | 1 3B | 9 HR

Tate is a toolsy outfielder “without a guaranteed bat” according to John Sickels. Other reports speak enthusiastically about the total package but no one skill of Tate’s stands out - he is simply an outstanding all-around athlete. He claims to be done with football but if the price is not right, there is speculation that Tate could go play two sports at UNC, where he is committed. (Posted by Patrick Sullivan)

Rich: By taking Tate, the Padres are breaking with past history and taking an athletic high school player rather than a more proven college pitcher or bat. Good for them.

4. Pittsburgh Pirates
NL Central | 26-29 | Fifth Place
General Manager: Neal Huntington
Scouting Director: Greg Smith
2008 1st Round: Pedro Alvarez, 3B, Vanderbilt
2007 1st Round: Daniel Moskos, LHP, Clemson
2006 1st Round: Brad Lincoln, RHP, Houston

FanGraphs' Top 5 Prospects:
1. Pedro Alvarez, 3B, High-A
2. Andrew McCutchen, OF, Majors
3. Jose Tabata, OF, Injured
4. Brad Lincoln, RHP, Double-A
5. Jeff Locke, LHP, High-A

Organizational Needs: Right-handed pitching, Left-handed pitching, Left field, First base

Tony Sanchez, C, Boston College

Height/Weight: 6-1, 220 | DOB: 5/20/88

2009 stats: .355 AVG | 211 AB | 75 H | 18 2B | 0 3B | 14 HR

Sanchez is expected to be selected as the first catcher, possibly to the Pirates at No. 4. It's considered an overdraft by some, despite his talent. Sanchez shows a good bat, along with at least average power, but there is no guarantee that he will hit for average. He also runs pretty well for a catcher. Defensively, he is quite talented and has a good arm. Sanchez loves to work with pitchers and he has great makeup. He could move quickly, especially if his bat plays in pro ball. (Posted by Marc Hulet)

RL: Sully interviewed Sanchez for Baseball Analysts last week.

5. Baltimore Orioles
AL East | 24-32 | Fifth Place
General Manager: Andy MacPhail
Scouting Director: Joe Jordan
2008 1st Round: Brian Matusz, LHP, San Diego
2007 1st Round: Matt Wieters, C, Georgia Tech
2006 1st Round: Billy Rowell, 3B, New Jersey HS

FanGraphs' Top 5 Prospects:
1. Matt Wieters, C, Majors
2. Brian Matusz, LHP, High-A
3. Chris Tillman, RHP, Triple-A
4. Nolan Reimold, OF, Majors
5. Jake Arrieta, RHP, Double-A

Organizational Needs: Outfielders, Shortstop, Third base, First base, Left-handed pitching

Matt Hobgood, RHP, Norco (Calif.) HS

Height/Weight: 6-4, 245 | DOB: 8/3/90

2009 stats: 9-0 W-L | 0.38 ERA | 55.0 IP | 31 H | 84-19 K/BB

Hobgood is a big, strong right-handed stater with a durable body. His weight had been an issue, but he trimmed down for his senior season and it paid off. He dominated his high school competition with a fastball in the low to mid 90's and an outstanding 11-5 curveball. He has a slurve and change-up as well, but they need work to be effective pitches at the next level. Hobgood also sports an outstanding bat and glove. (Posted by Sky Andrecheck)

Rich: Hopgood was named the 2009 Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year yesterday. He is a big bodied pitcher who can also hit. Baltimore clearly liked him better than any other team. He is committed to Cal State Fullerton but is likely to be a fairly easy sign at this spot.

Marc: It's the first of the really surprising picks... but BA (Jim Callis) nailed it within an hour of the draft. A surprise that BAL went with signability this year after taking prospects like Wieters and Matusz in recent years.

6. San Francisco Giants
NL West | 28-26 | Second Place
General Manager: Brian Sabean
Scouting Director: John Barr
2008 1st Round: Buster Posey, C, Florida State
2007 1st Round: Madison Bumgarner, LHP, North Carolina HS
2006 1st Round: Tim Lincecum, RHP, Washington

FanGraphs' Top 5 Prospects:
1. Madison Bumgarner, LHP, Double-A
2. Buster Posey, C, High-A
3. Angel Villalona, 1B, High-A
4. Tim Alderson, RHP, Double-A
5. Rafael Rodriguez, OF, Rookie

Organizational Needs: Depth just about everywhere on the diamond

Zack Wheeler, RHP, East Pauling (Ga.) HS

Height/Weight: 6-4, 180 | DOB: 5/30/90

2009 stats: 8-0 W-L | 0.30 ERA | 69.0 IP | 28 H | 135-17 K/BB

Zack Wheeler, who Baseball Analysts interviewed earlier this week, is a right-handed high school pitcher out of Georgia. His stock rose dramatically with a dominant senior season in which he struck out more than half of all batters he faced. Wheeler has an outstanding fastball, which can reach 95 mph and a plus slurve. A lanky 6-4, he has a projectable body with excellent arm strength. He has a good head on his shoulders and is known as a baseball rat who loves the game. An important, but little-mentioned fact is that Zack is already 19, making him 3 to 15 months older than the peers in his class. (Posted by Sky Andrecheck)

Marc: The sound you hear is the Braves organization weeping after losing out on its fav player... and Georgia native. Will Atlanta nab Alex White now?

7. Atlanta Braves
NL East | 26-28 | Third Place
General Manager: Frank Wren
Scouting Director: Roy Clark
2008 1st Round: Brett DeVall, LHP, Florida HS (supplemental 1st)
2007 1st Round: Jason Heyward, OF, Georgia HS
2006 1st Round: Cody Johnson, OF/1B, Florida HS

FanGraphs' Top 5 Prospects:
1. Jason Heyward, OF, High-A
2. Tommy Hanson, RHP, Majors
3. Jordan Schafer, OF, Triple-A
4. Freddie Freeman, 1B, High-A
5. Ezekiel Spruill, RHP, Low-A

Organizational Needs: Third base, Shortstop, Second base

Mike Minor, LHP, Vanderbilt

Height/Weight: 6-4, 195 | DOB: 12/26/87

2009 stats: 6-6 W-L | 3.90 ERA | 110.2 IP | 109 H | 114-37 K/BB

Mike Minor, a left-hander from Vanderbilt, was formerly drafted in the 13th round by Tampa Bay after his high school season, falling that low only due to his commitment to college. Three years later, he is ready to go pro and is expected to be selected highly. Minor's fastball is not overpowering at 88-91 mph, but he has excellent command with it and also sports an outstanding change-up as well as a hard slider and curve. While Minor has added pitches to his arsenal during his college career, his stats have not improved. His freshman year was his best season, going 9-1 with a nearly 5:1 BB/K ratio - this past year it was down to 3:1. It's been said the Padres are looking at taking him at #3 - if he goes that high, it will be due more to economics than talent. Minor's stuff or stats aren't mind-blowing, but as a signable college lefty who knows how to pitch, he's an attractive option, especially to a team who isn't looking to break the bank with its selection. (Posted by Sky Andrecheck)

Rich: Wow. Another signability choice. And a southerner to boot. A solid pick but one that lacks a high ceiling.

Marc: I love this pick because it means the Jays cannot take him. Seriously, though, the Braves have to hope that this guy is not Jeremy Sowers.

8. Cincinnati Reds
NL Central | 29-26 | Third Place
General Manager: Walt Jocketty
Scouting Director: Chris Buckley
2008 1st Round: Yonder Alonso, 1B, Miami
2007 1st Round: Devin Mesoraco, C, Pennsylvania HS
2006 1st Round: Drew Stubbs, OF, Texas

FanGraphs' Top 5 Prospects:
1. Yonder Alonso, 1B, Double-A
2. Todd Frazier, OF, Double-A
3. Drew Stubbs, OF, Triple-A
4. Neftali Soto, 3B, High-A
5. Yorman Rodriguez, OF, Rookie

Organizational Needs: Left-handed pitching, Right field, Left field, Second base

Mike Leake, RHP, Arizona State

Height/Weight: 6-0, 180 | DOB: 11/12/87

2009 stats: 15-1 W-L | 1.23 ERA | 124.2 IP | 71 H | 143-20 K/BB

An exceptionally athletic pitcher, Leake has also been dependable throughout his career at Arizona State. The right-hander has good - but not over-powering - stuff with a fastball that ranges from 88-92 mph and occasionally touches 93-94, as well as a cutter, slider, and changeup. He has excellent command of his pitches and great mound poise, which helps him get the most out of his stuff. A stats-oriented team could definitely a lot to like about Leake, as could most scouts. In fact, it was Oakland that drafted him out of high school (in the seventh round in 2006). Teams that prefer big, physical starting pitchers will likely steer clear of Leake, though, as he stands just 6 feet tall. (Posted by Marc Hulet)

Marc: So much for Alex White here. I like Leake a lot. He has good numbers and good stuff... A great pick by the Reds.

Rich: I like him, too. Xlnt athlete. Great makeup. Big-time competitor. Outstanding numbers in a tough conference. Only concern is his size. But I wouldn't want to bet against him. Thought he might go to the A's at No. 14. Oakland drafted him in the seventh round in 2006 but Leake chose to go to ASU instead.

9. Detroit Tigers
AL Central | 29-25 | First Place
General Manager: David Dombrowski
Scouting Director: David Chadd
2008 1st Round: Ryan Perry, RHP, Arizona
2007 1st Round: Rick Porcello, RHP, New Jersey HS
2006 1st Round: Andrew Miller, LHP, North Carolina

FanGraphs' Top 5 Prospects:
1. Rick Porcello, RHP, Majors
2. Ryan Perry, RHP, Majors
3. Casey Crosby, LHP, Low-A
4. Ryan Strieby, 1B, Double-A
5. Jeff Larish, 1B, Triple-A

Organizational Needs: Depth everywhere...Shortstop, Left field, Starting Pitching...

Jacob Turner, RHP, Westminster Christian HS (MO)

Height/Weight: 6-5, 210 | DOB: 5/21/91

2009 stats: 7-1 W-L | 0.40 ERA | 52.0 IP | 19 H | 105-8 K/BB

Turner may be the top prep righthander in the draft. No one doubts his size, arm strength, or projectability. Represented by the Scott Boras Corporation, some teams may shy away from the alleged bonus demands that seek to match the record $7 million for a high school pitcher garnered by Josh Beckett in 1999 and Rick Porcello in 2007. I watched Turner on TV in the AFLAC Classic at Dodger Stadium last summer. He started the game, pitched two innings, allowed just one hit, one walk, and no runs while striking out five consecutive batters. Although his fastball was mostly 91-92 and touched 93 that day, it has reportedly topped out at 98 this spring. He also throws a curveball and changeup. Baseball America ranks his fastball as the second-best among all high schoolers. He has signed a letter of intent to North Carolina. (Posted by Rich Lederer)

Rich: Finally. A team stepped up on one of the best high school pitchers. The Tigers have not been afraid to draft and sign the best of the best the past few years (see Justin Verlander, Andrew Miller, and Rick Porcello).

Marc: I agree with Rich... great choice by Detroit. Not quite the present talented that Porcello (whom people are comparing him to) had but there are some similarities, as well.

10. Washington Nationals (Compensation)

Drew Storen, RHP, Stanford University

Height/Weight: 6-2, 180 | DOB: 8/11/90

2009 stats: 7-1 W-L | 3.80 ERA | 42.2 IP | 34 H | 66-8 K/BB

Storen is the top reliever in this year’s draft, though some teams have considered selecting him as a starter. He is polished enough to appear out of the pen as early as this year. As a reliever, he throws 90-94, as well as two types of breaking pitches. As a starter, he’ll mix in his change and sinker occasionally. Wherever he pitches, he’ll throw strikes and limit his walks. He was drafted in 2007 by the New York Yankees, but did not break his commitment to Stanford. As a Cardinal, he has proven himself against stiff competition, including last year’s College World Series, where as he won two Regional games, saved two Super Regional games, and earned a win in his first appearance in the World Series. Storen is a draft-eligible sophomore, which might give him leverage in negotiations, but he is strongly expected to sign. (Posted by Jeremy Greenhouse)

Marc: A college pitcher who should move quickly like Strasburg... Many expect him to move from the bullpen, where he pitched in college, to the starting rotation in pro ball.

Rich: A good, solid pick, as much for need and signability as anything else. The Nats can't take any chances here because the club will not receive a compensation pick if it doesn't sign Storen.

Jeremy interviewed Storen for Baseball Analysts last week.

11. Colorado Rockies
NL West | 23-32 | Fifth Place
General Manager: Dan O'Dowd
Scouting Director: Bill Schmidt
2008 1st Round: Christian Friedrich, LHP, Eastern Kentucky
2007 1st Round: Casey Weathers, RHP, Vanderbilt
2006 1st Round: Greg Reynolds, RHP, Stanford

FanGraphs' Top 5 Prospects:
1. Dexter Fowler, OF, Majors
2. Jhoulys Chacin, RHP, Double-A
3. Christian Friedrich, LHP, High-A
4. Charlie Blackmon, OF, High-A
5. Wilin Rosario, C, High-A

Organizational Needs: Right field, First base, Left-handed pitching

Tyler Matzek, LHP, Capistrano Valley HS (CA)

Height/Weight: 6-3, 211 | DOB: 10/19/90

2009 stats: 13-1 W-L | 0.97 ERA | 86.2 IP | 40 H | 106-33 K/BB

Matzek has gone from a virtual unknown 18 months ago to arguably the best prep pitcher in the draft. A lefthander, he has the full package: size, stuff, and polish. I saw him retire the side on nine pitches with two strikeouts in the Aflac All-American Game last summer. He commanded his fastball and curveball and hit 93 on the gun three times. A top ten prospect since the beginning of the year, Matzek has zoomed up draft boards with a phenomenal run during the playoffs (when he went 4-0 without allowing a run in 18.1 IP), culminating in a 1-0 victory in the CIF Southern Section Division I final at Anaheim Stadium when he was the winning pitcher and slugged a home run with two out in the bottom of the sixth to account for the game's only run and could go as high as No. 3 to the San Diego Padres. He reportedly dialed up his fastball to 97-98 on a few occasions during the past couple of weeks. Matzek has committed to Oregon but his top-of-the-rotation potential is likely to garner a high draft pick and huge signing bonus. (Posted by Rich Lederer)

Rich: Matzek may now wish that he hadn't asked for the moon when approached by MLB teams this week. As a reward for wanting "unprecedented" money, he gets to pitch his first six years in Colorado. What a shame. But, hey, somebody has to pitch there.

Marc: Colorado got arguably the best prep arm with the 11th pick. Nice.

12. Kansas City Royals
AL Central | 24-31 | Fourth Place
General Manager: Dayton Moore
Scouting Director: J.J. Picollo
2008 1st Round: Eric Hosmer, 1B, Florida HS
2007 1st Round: Mike Moustakas, 3B, California HS
2006 1st Round: Luke Hochevar, RHP, Independent League

FanGraphs' Top 5 Prospects:
1. Mike Moustakas, 3B, High-A
2. Eric Hosmer, 1B, Low-A
3. Tim Melville, RHP, Low-A
4. Danny Duffy, LHP, High-A
5. Mike Montgomery, LHP, Low-A

Organizational Needs: Corner outfield, Shortstop, Left-handed pitching

Aaron Crow, RHP, Fort Worth Cats

Height/Weight: 6-3, 195 | DOB: 11/11/86

2008 stats: 13-0 W-L | 2.35 ERA | 107.1 IP | 85 H | 127-38 K/BB (Missouri, NCAA)
2009 stats: Unavailable

Here we go again. This time... with more feeling. Aaron Crow was the Washington Nationals' first round pick (9th overall) in 2008 but the two sides failed to come to terms with the right-hander's camp looking for $4 million (Slot was $2.15 million). The former University of Missouri hurler chose not to return to school for his senior year and instead moved on to independent baseball with the Fort Worth Cats. By all accounts, his decision has not hurt has draft value whatsoever, and the right-hander is being mentioned as a possible fourth overall pick to the Pirates. With all the back story aside, Crow is a talented pitcher with an arm that could make him a No. 2 starter in the Majors. His repertoire includes a low-90s fastball that touches 96, a plus slider and a changeup. Crow varies his arm slot ever-so-slightly when throwing the breaking ball, scouts do not like his delivery, and he has struggled with his command in the past (as have most young pitchers). The team that drafts Crow should be getting a No. 2 or 3 starter who can help the big club within a year. Worst case scenario, some teams really, really like Crow as a late-game reliever as has fastball shows a little more consistent velocity and life. (Posted by Marc Hulet)

Marc: Oh. My. God. What a GREAT pick for KC and it came out of no where... I love what KC has done in the last two drafts. Did I mention this is a great pick?

Rich: This is the second time Kansas City has taken this route (drafting a player who re-entered the draft) in the past few years. However, this time they may have gotten at least as good of a righthander as Luke Hochevar without wasting spending the No. 1 overall pick.

13. Oakland Athletics
AL West | 24-30 | Fourth Place
General Manager: Billy Beane
Scouting Director: Eric Kubota
2008 1st Round: Jemile Weeks, 2B, Miami
2007 1st Round: James Simmons, RHP, UC Riverside
2006 1st Round: Trevor Cahill, RHP, California HS (2nd round)

FanGraphs' Top 5 Prospects:
1. Trevor Cahill, RHP, Majors
2. Brett Anderson, LHP, Majors
3. Chris Carter, 1B, Double-A
4. Vin Mazzaro, RHP, Majors
5. Adrian Cardenas, 2B, Double-A

Organizational Needs: Center field, Third base, Left-handed pitching

Grant Green, SS, University of Southern California

Height/Weight: 6-3, 180 | DOB: 9/27/87

2009 stats: .374/.435/.569 | 211 AB | 79 H | 19 2B | 5 3B | 4 HR | 38-20 K/BB

After being named the Cape Cod League's top pro prospect by far last summer when he hit .348/.451/.537 and was among the leaders in most offensive categories, Green entered his junior year as high as second (behind only Stephen Strasburg) on most draft boards. While his rate stats suggest that he had a good year offensively, his home runs fell from nine in 2008 to four in 2009. His lack of power may have been due to pressing too much or a rumored hand injury. He also had an up and down year defensively, lacking consistency with the glove. As a result of these questions, combined with the fact that he is represented by Scott Boras, Green's stock has taken a minor hit, dropping from a top five selection to the middle of the first round. I've seen Green play many times and have likened him more to Troy Tulowitzki (without the powerful arm) than Evan Longoria, the two comparables most associated with him. Either way, he is the most gifted middle infielder in this year's draft. (Posted by Rich Lederer)

Rich: This is exactly where I had Green going if KC passed on him. A good fit for Oakland.

Marc: For the second straight year, Oakland goes up the middle with its first pick (Jemile Weeks at 2B last season).

14. Texas Rangers
AL West | 32-23 | First Place
General Manager: Jon Daniels
Scouting Director: Ron Hopkins
2008 1st Round: Justin Smoak, 1B, South Carolina
2007 1st Round: Blake Beavan, RHP, Texas HS
2006 1st Round: Kasey Kiker, LHP, Alabama HS

FanGraphs' Top 5 Prospects:
1. Elvis Andrus, SS, Majors
2. Justin Smoak, 1B, Double-A
3. Neftali Feliz, RHP, Triple-A
4. Derek Holland, LHP, Majors
5. Julio Borbon, OF, Triple-A

Organizational Needs: Catcher, Second base, Third base

Matthew Purke, LHP, Klein HS (TX)

Height/Weight: 6-3, 180 | DOB: 7/17/90

2009 stats: 4-2 W-L | 1.18 ERA | 47.0 IP | 18 H | 91-7 K/BB

Along with Tyler Matzek, Purke entered the spring as one of the two best lefthanded high school pitchers in this year's draft. Matzek may have surpassed Purke down the stretch, relegating the tall, lanky Texan to what is still an enviable status as the second most talented lefty among all prep hurlers. His fastball sits in the low-90s and touched 95 in the Aflac All-American game last summer. His two-seamer has good, sinking action from a three-quarters arm slot and his hard slurve has sufficient tilt that he could be a high K/high GB type as a pro. He reminds me of Andrew Miller but needs to add strength to his projectable frame to reach his potential. Purke may be a risky pick as he has committed to Texas Christian and could hold out for a big signing bonus owing to his status as a draft-eligible sophomore in 2011. (Posted by Rich Lederer)

Marc: Wow, everyone thought Texas would take Texas prep pitcher Shelby Miller. But the club took a different Texas pitcher in Purke.

Rich: I'm not overly surprised by this pick. It was either going to be Miller or Purke. The latter may have a higher ceiling. A tall, projectable lefty with an electric arm right now. He will cost a bunch of money but maybe Texas will get a home state discount (not from slot but from the lofty bonus demands that were floating around this week).

15. Cleveland Indians
AL Central | 24-34 | Fifth Place
General Manager: Mark Shapiro
Scouting Director: Brad Grant
2008 1st Round: Lonnie Chisenhall, IF, North Carolina CC
2007 1st Round: Beau Mills, 1B, Lewis-Clark State
2006 1st Round: David Huff, LHP, UCLA (supplemental 1st)

FanGraphs' Top 5 Prospects:
1. Carlos Santana, C, Double-A
2. Matt LaPorta, 1B, Triple-A
3. Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B, High-A
4. Beau Mills, 1B, Double-A
5. Nick Weglarz, OF, Double-A

Organizational Needs: Center field, Right field, Left-handed pitching, Right-handed pitching

Alex White, RHP, University of North Carolina

Height/Weight: 6-3, 200 | DOB: 8/29/1988

2009 Stats: 8-4 W-L | 4.13 ERA | 98.0 IP | 86 H | 109-41 K/BB

White's (relatively) pedestrian numbers in 2009 have him falling down some draft boards but with an excellent pitcher's frame, solid mechanics and a low-90s fastball with excellent sink, scouts still think this kid is a future front-of-the-rotation contributor. White touches 95. Fans will get a chance to see White compete in his third consecutive College World Series in the coming weeks. He's a junior, so that's three in three years for White. Not bad. (Posted by Patrick Sullivan)

Rich: Call me skeptical. A very good college pitcher. But I'm not sold on taking a pitcher who relies so heavily on a splitter for his success at this point in the draft. A high risk, high reward starter or perhaps a reliever if things don't quite work out as planned.

Marc: Definitely a typical Cleveland pick...

16. Arizona Diamondbacks
AL East | 24-32 | Fourth Place
General Manager: Josh Byrnes
Scouting Director: Tom Allison
2008 1st Round: Daniel Schlereth, LHP, Arizona
2007 1st Round: Jarrod Parker, RHP, Indiana HS
2006 1st Round: Max Scherzer, RHP, Missouri

FanGraphs' Top 5 Prospects:
1. Jarrod Parker, RHP, Double-A
2. Gerardo Parra, OF, Majors
3. Daniel Schlereth, LHP, Majors
4. Trevor Harden, RHP, Low-A
5. Billy Buckner, RHP, Majors

Organizational Needs: First base, Second base, Third base, Left-handed pitching

Bobby Borchering, 3B, Bishop Verot HS, (FLA)

Height/Weight: 6-4, 200 | DOB: 8/26/90

2009 stats: .494 AVG | 77 AB | 38 H | 9 2B | 0 3B | 13 HR

One of the fastest risers in the draft throughout the season, Borchering is one of the safest high school bats. The switch-hitter has shown the ability to hit for both average and power with very impressive bat speed. His plus-plus bat speed is more evident from the left side. Unlike a lot of prep third basemen, Borchering possesses "present power," rather than just raw power potential, so he's a legit prospect at the hot corner. The only thing that will move him off the position will be his defense. He's not terrible, but he's not Scott Rolen out there, either. If the team that drafts him feels that his defensive development is slowing him down too much, he likely has enough bat to play first base - or possibly even left field. He's committed, but not strongly, to the University of Florida. (Posted by Marc Hulet)

Marc: The first pick on back-to-back choices... The best prep bat, in my mind. A great pick by a very cautious, money conscious organization.

Rich: Let's see if Arizona backs this pick up with a pitcher. A signable pitcher.

17. Arizona Diamondbacks (Compensation)

A.J. Pollock, OF, Notre Dame

Height/Weight: 6-1, 200 | DOB: 12/5/87

2009 stats: .365/.443/.610 | 241 AB | 88 H | 19 2B | 5 3B | 10 HR | 30-24 K/BB

As long as he stays in center field, Pollock should be a good value pick to a team in the second half of the first round. His power is fringy for the corners but he lacks the first-step quickness in center. Teams that put a lot of value in the Cape Cod League stats will flock to Pollock, as he was the league's MVP last summer. He looked capable of a respectable batting average, 10-15 homers and 15-20 stolen bases in a full MLB season. A reworking of his timing mechanism at the plate may help him produce more line drives. Pollock is a solid but unspectacular player. (Posted by Marc Hulet)

Rich: I'm not jumping up and down on this one.

Marc: Pollock has been linked to Arizona all along, though. He's one of those guys who could end up as a tweener and a fourth outfielder.

18. Florida Marlins
NL East | 27-30 | Fourth Place
General Manager: Larry Beinfest
Scouting Director: Stan Meek
2008 1st Round: Kyle Skipworth, C, California high school
2007 1st Round: Matt Dominguez, 3B, California high school
2006 1st Round: Brett Sinkbeil, RHP, Missouri State

FanGraphs' Top 5 Prospects:
1. Cameron Maybin, OF, Triple-A
2. Michael Stanton, OF, High-A
3. Logan Morrison, 1B, Double-A
4. Matt Dominguez, 3B, High-A
5. Sean West, LHP, Majors

Organizational Needs: Right-handed pitchers, Left-handed pitchers, Left field, Shortstop

Chad James, LHP, Yukon HS (OK)

Height/Weight: 6-4, 195 | DOB: 1-23-1991

2009 stats: 8-1 W-L | 1.28 ERA | 63 IP | 32 H | 100-33 K/BB

James is a big strong projectable lefty. There is room to add bulk on his 6-4 frame. He has a solid fastball that works in the low-90s and a nasty curve. Like most pitchers his age his command and mechanics have been inconsistent. He has committed to play for Oklahoma State, but there are conflicting reports about his signability. Some see him a as relatively cheap sign, while others think he will be expensive to sign away from OSU. (Posted by Dave Allen)

Marc: The Marlins take a high school hurler... surprise, surprise. Florida could really use some depth in the upper minors in terms of pitching, but they go for ceiling instead.

19. St. Louis Cardinals
NL Central | 31-25 | Second Place
General Manager: John Mozeliak
Scouting Director: Jeff Luhnow
2008 1st Round: Brett Wallace, 3B, Arizona State
2007 1st Round: Peter Kozma, SS, Oklahoma HS
2006 1st Round: Adam Ottavino, RHP, Northeastern

FanGraphs' Top 5 Prospects:
1. Colby Rasmus, OF, Majors
2. Brett Wallace, 3B, Triple-A
3. Chris Perez, RHP, Majors
4. Jess Todd, RHP, Triple-A
5. Jason Motte, RHP, Majors

Organizational Needs: Left field, Right field, Second base, Left-handed pitching

Shelby Miller, RHP, Brownwood HS (TX)

Height/Weight: 6-4, 200 | DOB: 10-10-1990

2009 stats: 9-1 W-L | 1.69 ERA | 66 IP | 34 H | 129-30 K/BB

Shelby Miller is the prototypical big-framed, flame-throwing high school Texan. His fastball already works in the low- to mid- 90s and has been clocked as high as 98 mph (the fastest pitch thrown by a high schooler this season), and is said to have good movement. He also has a good curve with 12-6 break. In his junior year he threw three consecutive no-hitters preceded by a one-hitter. He is a big kid with a projectable pitcher's frame who should continue to add bulk, and presumably commensurate speed to his fastball. He played on his football team all four years, while most highly ranked baseball players skip their senior year for fear of injury (Old FJM fans will be pleased to hear he was an all-state punter). He has committed to Texas A&M. (Posted by Dave Allen)

Rich: Kudos to the Cardinals for taking the best available position player or pitcher rather than focusing on a more proven college prospect.

Marc: Nicely done. I agree with Rich... the Cards went with the best player available even though the organization typically takes college players.

20. Toronto Blue Jays
AL East | 31-27 | Third Place
General Manager: J.P. Ricciardi
Scouting Director: Jon Lalonde
2008 1st Round: David Cooper, 1B, California
2007 1st Round: Kevin Ahrens, 3B, Texas HS
2006 1st Round: Travis Snider, OF, Washington HS

FanGraphs' Top 5 Prospects:
1. Travis Snider, OF, Triple-A
2. J.P. Arencibia, C, Triple-A
3. Brett Cecil, LHP, Triple-A
4. Ricky Romero, LHP, Majors
5. Brad Mills, LHP, Triple-A

Organizational Needs: Third base, Shortstop, Right-handed pitching, Outfield

Chad Jenkins, RHP, Kennesaw State

Height/Weight: 6-4, 225 | DOB: 12/22/1987

2009 Stats: 8-1 W-L | 2.54 ERA | 92.0 IP | 80 H | 98-15 K/BB

Due to his size, Jenkins can be an imposing figure on the mound. His stock rose quickly this season and, looking at his numbers and the way he pounds the strike zone, it's easy to see why. According to Keith Law, Jenkins "throws a hard slider" (83-85) but has "a rough delivery". With improved mechanics and conditioning, Jenkins could really pan out. It's easy to see why a team confident in its player development personnel would nab him. (Posted by Patrick Sullivan)

Marc: (Shrugs) Meh.

Rich: Can you say Brad Penny? Just remember, Marc, "we're not selling jeans here."

Marc: Yeah, but this is the third straight year that I've been left thinking... Really, that's the best they could do with that pick?! A No. 3 starter at best... and one with a pretty soft body.

21. Houston Astros
NL Central | 24-30 | Sixth Place
General Manager: Ed Wade
Scouting Director: Bobby Heck
2008 1st Round: Jason Castro, C, Stanford
2007 1st Round: Derek Dietrich, 3B, Cleveland HS (3rd round, Did not sign)
2006 1st Round: Max Sapp, C, Florida HS

FanGraphs' Top 5 Prospects:
1. Jason Castro, C, High-A
2. Brian Bogusevic, OF, Triple-A
3. Ross Seaton, RHP, Low-A
4. Jordan Lyles, RHP, Low-A
5. Bud Norris, RHP, Triple-A

Organizational Needs: Right field, Shortstop, Second base, First base, Pitching

Jiovanni Mier, SS, Bonita HS (CA)

Height/Weight: 6-2, 175 | DOB: 8/26/90

2009 stats: .413 AVG | 63 AB | 26 H | 9 2B | 1 3B | 4 HR

Mier's name has been bouncing around the first round and a team in need of some talent up the middle could snap him up. A lack of speed, though, could cause him to move off of shortstop in the next five years or so, depending on how he fills out. His range is good and he has an average arm, so he could move to second or third down the road. Due to his lack of speed, Mier is more of a two-hole hitter or an eighth-place hitter. He's known as a free swinger who likely will not draw a lot of walks and he'll probably top out around 10-15 home runs. Mier has great baseball instincts, which help his abilities play up, as well as excellent makeup. (Posted by Marc Hulet)

Rich: Hey, the Astros didn't take a catcher! Mier can pick it. I think the Angels might have been on him had he floated to them.

22. Minnesota Twins
AL Central | 28-29 | Second Place
General Manager: Bill Smith
Scouting Director: Deron Johnson
2008 1st Round: Aaron Hicks, OF, California HS
2007 1st Round: Ben Revere, OF, Kentucky HS
2006 1st Round: Chris Parmalee, OF/1B, California HS

FanGraphs' Top 5 Prospects:
1. Aaron Hicks, OF, Rookie
2. Ben Revere, OF, High-A
3. Wilson Ramos, C, Double-A
4. Anthony Swarzak, RHP, Triple-A
5. Danny Valencia, 3B, Triple-A

Organizational Needs: First base, Second base, Shortstop

Kyle Gibson, RHP, University of Missouri

Height/Weight: 6-6, 208 | DOB: 10-23-1987

2009 stats: 10-3 W-L | 3.47 ERA | 99 IP | 89 H | 123-18 K/BB

Going into the end of May Gibson was the top college pitcher in the draft class not named Strasburg, but BA reports that in his last start, on May 30th, his velocity was down and he admitted feeling forearm tightness. Then over the weekend it was revealed that he has a stress fracture and would be shutdown for six weeks. He will most likely drop considerably, and even previous to the injury there were concerns over his heavy college workload. He throws three pitches: a fastball that normally works in the high 80s and low 90s (it topped out at 87 mph in his May 30th start), a very good hard slider and a changeup. He has excellent control, but John Sickels, among others, question his future as an ace because of his lack of plus velocity. Scouts love his tall frame, which gives room to continue to add bulk. He pitched for Team USA in 2008 striking out 25 and walking only 4 over 17.2 innings. He was selected by the Phillies out of high school in the 36th round of the 2006 draft. (Posted by Dave Allen)

Marc: A stress fracture in the arm had Gibson fall all the way to the 22nd pick after being considered as a Top 5 pick.

Rich: I like it. Not as risky as it may seem at first blush. First of all, the injury is a stress fracture as Marc pointed out (and not an elbow or shoulder). He is supposed to be out no more than six weeks, which gives Minnesota the opportunity to work him out prior to the signing deadline. If he is fully healthy, the Twins just stole him. If not, they either take a chance and sign him at a big discount or they don't sign him and get the 23rd pick in next year's draft instead.

23. Chicago White Sox
AL Central | 26-29 | Third Place
General Manager: Kenny Williams
Scouting Director: Doug Laumann
2008 1st Round: Gordon Beckham, IF, Georgia
2007 1st Round: Aaron Poreda, LHP, San Francisco
2006 1st Round: Kyle McCulloch, RHP, Texas

FanGraphs' Top 5 Prospects:
1. Gordon Beckham, SS, Majors
2. Dayan Viciedo, 3B, Double-A
3. Tyler Flowers, C, Double-A
4. Chris Getz, 2B, Majors
5. Aaron Poreda, LHP, Double-A

Organizational Needs: Outfield, First base, Second base, Left-handed pitching

Jared Mitchell, OF, Louisana State

Height/Weight: 6-0, 190 | DOB: 10/13/88

2009 stats: .327/.472/.558 | 199 AB | 65 H | 11 2B | 4 3B | 9 HR | 51-60 K/BB

Mitchell is a high-energy, fast-twitch player, especially on the base paths. He's incredibly athletic and stronger than he appears on first glance; he also plays college football. Mitchell displays raw strength with the bat, but it may never develop as usable power. He'll also need to eliminate the upper cut in his swing and he strikes out far too much for a top-of-the-order hitter. Despite his gifted running abilities, Mitchell has a weak throwing arm and does not get good read on balls. As such, he's going to end up in left field unless he significantly improves. In left, his bat will relegate him to a platoon or fourth outfielder role. He was drafted out of high school in the 10th round by the Twins but went to school when the team failed to meet his price tag (reportedly $1 million). (Posted by Marc Hulet)

Rich: This pick shouldn't surprise anybody. Kenny Williams likes his athletes and got a big-time one in Mitchell.

24. Los Angeles Angels (Compensation)
AL West | 28-26 | Second Place
General Manager: Tony Reagins
Scouting Director: Eddie Bane
2008 1st Round: Tyler Chatwood, RHP, California HS (2nd round)
2007 1st Round: Jonathan Bachanov, RHP, Florida HS (Supplemental 1st)
2006 1st Round: Hank Conger, C, California HS

FanGraphs' Top 5 Prospects:
1. Nick Adenhart, RHP, In Memory
2. Jordan Walden, RHP, Double-A
3. Trevor Reckling, LHP, High-A
4. Hank Conger, C, Double-A
5. Mark Trumbo, 1B, Double-A

Organizational Needs: Outfield, Second base, Left-handed pitching

Randal Grichuk, OF, Lamar HS (TX)

Height/Weight: 6-0, 195 | DOB: 8/13/1991

2009 stats: .597 AVG | 72 AB | 43 H | 9 2B | 1 3B | 19 HR

Despite standing just 6 feet tall, Grichuk generates above-average power, thank in part to excellent bat speed. As a strict pull hitter, the prep prospect may struggle to hit for a high average in the upper levels of the minors. Defensively, he is pretty much limited to left field due to his weak arm and average range. Grichuk has good makeup. He is committed to the University of Arizona. (Posted by Marc Hulet)

Marc: Another set of back-to-back picks... A name that was not being talked about before... today, yesterday? What do you think, Rich?

Rich: I love it, Marc. A high school kid who plays outfield and hits for power. Just what the Angels need more than anything else. The numbers are there and, more importantly, he reportedly had some big BP sessions with more than one team during the past week. Although he didn't stand out when I saw him play at the Area Code Games last August, I'm very pleased with this pick, even if some view it as an overdraft.

25. Los Angeles Angels (Compensation)

Mike Trout, OF, Millville HS, New Jersey

Height/Weight: 6-1, 190 | DOB: 8/7/1991

2009 stats: .521 AVG | 71 AB | 37 | 5 2B | 1 3B | 15 HR

Trout has all the tools and his 18 home runs this past season - a New Jersey prep record - are going a long way in assuring scouts that his bat will develop. Baseball America's Aaron Fitt refers to Trout as an "Aaron Rowand kind-of player but with more speed". That will work. (Posted by Patrick Sullivan)

Rich: Yay! The Angels have really filled a huge need by drafting Grichuk and Trout. I had highlighted Trout's name in my Area Code Games program last year.

Marc: That is some serious outfield depth. I'll trade you Jenks... sorry Jenkins (body confused me) for Trout?

26. Milwaukee Brewers
NL Central | 33-23 | First Place
General Manager: Doug Melvin
Scouting Director: Bruce Seid
2008 1st Round: Brett Lawrie, 2B, British Columbia HS
2007 1st Round: Matt LaPorta, 1B, Florida
2006 1st Round: Jeremy Jeffress, RHP, Virginia HS

FanGraphs' Top 5 Prospects:
1. Mat Gamel, 3B, Majors
2. Alcides Escobar, SS, Triple-A
3. Brett Lawrie, 2B, Low-A
4. Angel Salome, C, Triple-A
5. Jeremy Jeffress, RHP, High-A

Organizational Needs: Right field, Second base, First base, Left-handed pitching

Eric Arnett, RHP, Indiana University

Height/Weight: 6-5, 225 | DOB: 12-25-1988

2009 stats: 12-1 W-L | 2.58 ERA | 101 IP | 77 H | 103-35 K/BB

Arnett has been a late-riser up draft boards with his incredible 2009 junior year after just mixed success in his freshman and sophomore years. His fastball, which works in the mid-90s with good sink, and slider are both plus pitches, but his changeup is still a work-in-progress. Some scouts are worried that if the changeup doesn't come around he will have to be a reliever in the majors. He has a big frame and has been durable during his college career. On the other hand he doesn't have a track record of such a high level of success before this year and John Sickels notes that guys who burst onto the scene can implode just as rapidly. (Posted by Dave Allen)

Marc: He's a rising name, so it will be interesting to see if he continues to step up in pro ball. He's got some big-time stuff.

Rich: This was a big favorite of Harold Reynolds. Based on video, said he liked Arnett as much or more than any other pitcher not named Strasburg. A big, power arm. Has been likened to Josh Johnson.

27. Seattle Mariners (Compensation)

Nick Franklin, SS, Lake Brantley HS (FL)

Height/Weight: 6-1, 180 | DOB: 3/2/91

2009 stats: .538 AVG | 78 AB | 42 H | 12 2B | 3 3B | 10 HR

Franklin is not the most gifted prospect and he doesn't have one, big standout tool, but he does a lot of things well. He probably won't hit for power, but he has room to add some muscle and wright to his lean frame. Narrow shoulders, though, limit his growth potential. On the base paths, Franklin has average speed but it plays up because he's a smart runner and he could steal 10-15 bases in a full MLB season. He's also an average defender at shortstop with just enough arm to remain at the position. He future may be as an MLB utility player. Franklin is committed to Auburn University. (Posted by Marc Hulet)

28. Boston Red Sox
AL East | 33-23 | First Place
General Manager: Theo Epstein
Scouting Director: Jason McLeod
2008 1st Round: Casey Kelly, RHP/SS, Florida HS
2007 1st Round: Nick Hagadone, LHP, Washington
2006 1st Round: Jason Place, OF, South Carolina HS

FanGraphs' Top 5 Prospects:
1. Lars Anderson, 1B, Double-A
2. Daniel Bard, RHP, Majors
3. Michael Bowden, RHP, Triple-A
4. Junichi Tazawa, RHP, Double-A
5. Casey Kelly, RHP/SS, Low-A

Organizational Needs: Left-handed pitching, Second base, Left field

Reymond Fuentes, OF, Fernando Callejo HS (Puerto Rico)

Height/Weight: 6-0, 160 | DOB: NA

2009 stats: Unavailable

The top offensive talent out of Puerto Rico has impressed a number of teams recently, including the Los Angeles Angels. Related to New York Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran, Fuentes is a fast-twitch, excitable player with a promising line-drive bat and blazing speed. He's a free swinger, but he has good plate coverage and a lightning-quick bat speed. Only 160 pounds, Fuentes could add home-run power with more muscle mass. His range in center field is above-average, but he has a weak throwing arm. (Posted by Marc Hulet)

Marc: Another fast-rising player and a GREAT athlete. Will the Yanks go with the big arm at 29 and nab Scheppers? I would.

29. New York Yankees (Compensation)
AL East | 32-23 | Second Place
General Manager: Brian Cashman
Scouting Director: Damon Oppenheimer
2008 1st Round: Gerrit Cole, RHP, California HS (Did not sign)
2007 1st Round: Andrew Brackman, RHP, North Carolina State
2006 1st Round: Ian Kennedy, RHP, Southern California

FanGraphs' Top 5 Prospects:
1. Jesus Montero, C, Double-A
2. Austin Jackson, OF, Triple-A
3. Dellin Betances, RHP, High-A
4. Mark Melancon, RHP, Triple-A
5. Austin Romine, C, High-A

Organizational Needs: Infielders, Outfielders, Left-handed pitchers

Slade Heathcott, OF, Texas HS

Height/Weight: 6-1, 195 | DOB: 9/28/90

2009 stats: .457 AVG | 46 AB | 21 H | 8 2B | 1 3B | 4 HR

Heathcott is coveted by a number of teams picking in the last 10 picks of the first round and he has legitimate five-tool potential. The Texas athlete, who swings from the left side, is skilled at hitting for average and power, and he also shows good speed. Defensively, Heathcott has good range and a plus arm (He can hit the mid-90s on the mound), which could serve him well in center or left field. Injuries have been a bit of an issue for Heathcott as he's been playing with a knee brace after undergoing ACL surgery. He also injured his shoulder earlier this spring. The teenager would be higher on some teams' draft boards if not for some makeup concerns stemming from off-field incidents. Heathcott is committed to Louisiana State, where he could end up being a very talented two-way player. (Posted by Marc Hulet)

Rich: Heathcott wouldn't have been available had he not been injured or had personal issues. He might ask for more than slot but the Yankees can afford to give it to him. Don't see New York losing its first-round pick two years in a row.

Marc: Nice, nice pick by the Yankees. Definitely fell because of makeup issues and he has the talent to be a monster.

Rich: I saw Heathcott hit and pitch at the Area Code Games last August. I also watched how he carried himself after the game. The kid seemed a little cocky to me and has enough hot dog in him that he did a cartwheel and back flip before the Aflac Classic in honor of Ozzie Smith, who was the honorary chairman. But there is no doubting his talent. Hit 91 on the gun and struck out the side (although not in order). He hit a groundball single up the middle in one of the two ABs I witnessed. Grounded out to shortstop in the other. In the Aflac game, he went with a pitch on the outside corner and singled in a run against Zack Wheeler in the first inning that gave the West an early 1-0 lead. He also pitched the ninth inning and was saddled with the loss after giving up four runs. I wrote down "most athletic player" next to his name on my scoresheet even though I didn't care for his attitude.

30. Tampa Bay Rays
AL East | 29-28 | Fourth Place
General Manager: Andrew Friedman
Scouting Director: R.J. Harrison
2008 1st Round: Tim Beckham, SS, Georgia HS
2007 1st Round: David Price, LHP, Vanderbilt
2006 1st Round: Evan Longoria, 3B, Long Beach

FanGraphs' Top 5 Prospects:
1. David Price, LHP, Majors
2. Tim Beckham, SS, Low-A
3. Desmond Jennings, OF, Double-A
4. Wade Davis, RHP, Triple-A
5. Jeremy Hellickson, RHP, Double-A

Organizational Needs: First, second and third basemen, Left-handed pitching

LeVon Washington, 2B/OF, Buchholz HS, Florida

Height/Weight: 5-10, 170 | DOB: 7/26/1991

2009 stats: .400 AVG | 85 AB | 34 H | 4 2B | 1 3B | 7 HR

Washington is as highly ranked as he is for one reason only: his speed. He is a terror on the base paths and regularly beats out routine ground balls for base hits. His speed can also help him make up for spotty reads from time to time. The problem is that his power and arm are both limited, and his speed advantage will be less pronounced as he advances. Any team taking Washington will be banking on accelerated development from a kid who is obviously a standout athlete. He is a University of Florida commit. (Posted by Patrick Sullivan)

Marc: A good athlete, regardless of where he ends up on the diamond.

Rich: R.J. Harrison likes high school athletes and Washington fits the bill. If he can stick at 2B, Tampa Bay may be looking at Tim Beckham and LeVon Washington as the club's keystone combo down the road.

31. Chicago Cubs
NL Central | 27-26 | Fourth Place
General Manager: Jim Hendry
Scouting Director: Tim Wilken
2008 1st Round: Andrew Cashner, RHP, Texas Christian
2007 1st Round: Josh Vitters, 3B, California HS
2006 1st Round: Tyler Colvin, OF, Clemson

FanGraphs' Top 5 Prospects:
1. Josh Vitters, 3B, Low-A
2. Jeff Samardzija, RHP, Triple-A
3. Andrew Cashner, RHP, High-A
4. Jay Jackson, RHP, Double-A
5. Starlin Castro, SS, High-A

Organizational Needs: Left-handed pitching, Left field, Right field, First base

Brett Jackson, CF, California

Height/Weight: 6-2, 210 | DOB: 8/2/88

2009 stats: .321/.407/.564 | 218 AB | 70 H | 17 2B | 6 3B | 8 HR | 61-29 K/BB

Ranked as the second-best college athlete in the draft by Baseball America, Jackson is a big, fast, "toolsy" center fielder who plays the game with more enthusiasm and flair than polish. Saw Jackson play a weekend series against Long Beach State early in the season and two games in the Regionals at Blair Field last year. He led off all three games vs. the Dirtbags and went 8-for-17 with three doubles but went 0-for-8 in the playoffs a year ago, including an oh-fer vs. Brian Matusz, the fourth overall pick in the 2008 draft. Jackson, who bats left and throws right, has had trouble making contact, striking out about once every four plate appearances as a junior. He stole 11 bases in 16 attempts. Was selected the eighth-best prospect in the Cape Cod League last summer. (Posted by Rich Lederer)

32. Colorado Rockies (Compensation)

Tim Wheeler, OF, Sacramento State

Height/Weight: 6-4, 205 | DOB: 1/11/88

2009 stats: .385/.494/.765 | 200 AB | 77 H | 16 2B | 3 3B | 18 HR | 29-28 K/BB

Exactly where Wheeler ends up is anybody's guess. The college outfielder has been linked to a few teams picking in the first half of the draft, but after that he could drop down into the last few picks of the round - or even the supplemental first round. Wheeler's swing does not lend itself to power, but he's shown flashes of it and he could end up with a similar offensive profile to Chicago Cubs outfielder Reed Johnson, albeit with the ability to make a little more consistent contact. Wheeler also has some good wheels (along with smarts on the base paths) and could provide 20 steals over the course of a full MLB season. Defensively, he's suited to left field, which lowers his overall ceiling a bit because he's not going to top 20 homers very often. The team that drafts Wheeler in the first round believes A) He can play CF, or B) His power display this season is for real (From 3 HR in 08 to 18 in 09). (Posted by Marc Hulet)

Marc: And with the final pick of the first round... Tim Wheeler. Solid athlete.

Marc: Some big names and arms still on the board... Tanner Scheppers, Rex Brothers, James Paxton, Everett Williams...

Supplemental First Round

Rich: With the 35th overall pick, the Arizona Diamondbacks just popped Matt Davidson, who worked out for the team at Chase Field a week ago today as we discussed in an interview that was published on Baseball Analysts yesterday. Look for Matt to sign for close to a million dollars within the next two weeks and get on with his professional baseball career. It will be interesting to see if Davidson or Borchering (Arizona's first selection and 16th overall) plays third base should they be assigned to the same rookie league team.

Matt Davidson, 3B, Yucaipa HS (CA)

Height/Weight: 6-4, 225 | DOB: 3/26/91

2009 stats: .553/.685/1.153 | 85 AB | 47 H | 18 2B | 0 3B | 11 HR | 7-27 K/BB

According to Baseball America, Davidson is the third-best power hitter among high school prospects. He went yard eight times in his final dozen high school games and won the home run derby with a wood bat during the AFLAC Classic at Dodger Stadium last summer. Davidson has a strong arm and was an outstanding pitcher during his freshman and sophomore seasons. Moved to third base as a junior and is still raw defensively but possesses enough athleticism that he should stick at the hot corner with additional instruction and experience. Although Davidson has signed a letter of intent to attend the University of Southern California, he is likely to go pro if he is drafted in the first or sandwich round. (Posted by Rich Lederer)

36. Los Angeles Dodgers
NL West | 39-19 | First Place
General Manager: Ned Colletti
Scouting Director: Logan White
2008 1st Round: Ethan Martin, RHP, Georgia HS
2007 1st Round: Chris Withrow, RHP, Texas HS
2006 1st Round: Clayton Kershaw, LHP, Texas HS

FanGraphs' Top 5 Prospects:
1. Andrew Lambo, OF, Double-A
2. Josh Lindblom, RHP, Double-A
3. Ethan Martin, RHP, Low-A
4. James McDonald, RHP, Triple-A
5. Devaris Gordon, SS, Low-A

Organizational Needs: Left-handed pitching, Left field, Second base, First base

Aaron Miller, LHP/OF, Baylor

Height/Weight: 6-3, 220 | DOB: 9/18/87

2009 stats: 3-3 W-L | 5.12 ERA | 51.0 IP | 49 H | 65-26 K/BB

Miller has bounced back and forth between focusing on pitching and hitting. His preference was to hit in college but he struggled to make consistent contact in his junior year (.310 AVG, 50 Ks in 56 games). Baylor also lost a number of key pitchers to injury in 2008-09 so Miller stepped in and showcased a low-90s fastball that could creep into the mid-90s. His repertoire also includes a slider and he'll have to develop a changeup. Because of his inexperience, Miller could move slowly through the system but his ceiling could rise as he gains experience on the mound and improves his secondary pitches and command/control. (Posted by Marc Hulet)

At No. 43, the Cincinnati Reds nabbed Brad Boxberger, another Pac-10 pitcher to go along with first rounder Mike Leake.

Brad Boxberger, RHP, University of Southern California

Height/Weight: 6-2, 200 | DOB: 5/27/88

2009 stats: 6-3 W-L | 3.16 ERA | 94.0 IP | 69 H | 99-50 K/BB

I saw Boxberger make his college debut two years ago and his first start this season. In both cases, his fastball touched 94 in the opening frame but lost velocity quickly, sitting mostly at 89 after the first couple of innings. Boxberger's proclivity of hitting the wall early may force him to become a reliever rather than a starter. He performed that role at the end of his sophomore season as well as in the Cape last summer, recording nine saves and striking out 28 batters in 18 2/3 innings. Boxberger throws four pitches but a scout told me that he may need to choose between his slider and curve "because it takes a lot of feel to throw both." His father (Rod) went 12-1 with a 2.00 ERA and earned College World Series MVP honors for the 1978 USC national championship team before being drafted with the 11th overall pick by the Houston Astros. (Posted by Rich Lederer)

Second Round

Rich: With the 52nd overall pick, the San Diego Padres selected Everett Williams. Paul DePodesta says, "This is another highly athletic HS outfielder who we think can really hit. He's about 5'10" and 200 lbs and is another potential 5-tool guy." I saw Williams at the Area Code Games last August. He had a great BP session but struggled mightily in the game I attended, going 0-for-5 and striking out three times.

Everett Williams, OF, McCallum HS (TX)

Height/Weight: 5-10, 200 | DOB: 1-23-1991

2009 stats: Not Available

Williams is a toolsy center fielder. He is fast, but not a total burner, has great range in center, and an average arm. Most importantly he broke out with huge power this past spring, jumping up draft boards as a result. The power is slightly surprising give his small size, but he is very athletic. Some scouts doubt that he will stay a power hitter based on his size and its sudden appearance, but no one doubts the rest of his tools. He fits the image of a high-upside toolsy raw high schooler. He has committed to the University of Texas. (Posted by Dave Allen)

72. New York Mets
NL East | 29-25 | Second Place
General Manager: Omar Minaya
Scouting Director: Sandy Johnson
2008 1st Round: Ike Davis, OF, Arizona State
2007 1st Round: Eddie Kunz, RHP, Oregon State (Supplemental 1st)
2006 1st Round: Kevin Mulvey, RHP, Villanova (2nd round)

FanGraphs' Top 5 Prospects:
1. Fernando Martinez, OF, Majors
2. Wilmer Flores, SS, Low-A
3. Brad Holt, RHP, Double-A
4. Bobby Parnell, RHP, Majors
5. Jenrry Mejia, RHP, Double-A

Organizational Needs: Outfield, Second base, Left-handed pitching

Steve Matz, LHP, Melville HS (NY)

Height/Weight: 6-2, 195 | DOB: 5/29/91

2009 stats: 6-1 W-L | 0.47 ERA | 44 IP | 81-15 K/BB

Dealing with some adversity based on where the organization had to pick, the Mets grabbed a projectable prep lefty with a promising fastball. Matz also features three other developing pitches with a slider, curveball and changeup, which currently rates as his second-best pitch. He's committed to Coastal Carolina University. (Posted by Marc Hulet)

75. Philadelphia Phillies
NL East | 32-22 | First Place
General Manager: Ruben Amaro Jr.
Scouting Director: Marti Wolever
2008 1st Round: Anthony Hewitt, SS, Connecticut HS
2007 1st Round: Joe Savery, LHP, Rice
2006 1st Round: Kyle Drabek, RHP, Texas HS

FanGraphs' Top 5 Prospects:
1. Dominic Brown, OF, High-A
2. Michael Taylor, OF, Double-A
3. Kyle Drabek, RHP, Double-A
4. Jason Knapp, RHP, Low-A
5. Carlos Carrasco, RHP, Triple-A

Organizational Needs: Left field, First base, Second base, Shortstop

Kelly Dugan, OF, Notre Dame HS (CA)

Height/Weight: 6-3, 195 | DOB: 9/18/90

2009 stats: NA

Dugan is a quality, switch-hitting prospect who was flying a little under the radar on draft day. His father is a Hollywood director best known for working on a number of Adam Sandler movies. The Phillies were attracted by Dugan's makeup, which is off the charts. Most of his skills currently grade out as average - both offensive and defensively - but he does possess above-average raw power. Dugan is committed to Pepperdine University. (Posted by Marc Hulet)

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Minor/unimportant detail, but the Yankees scouting director is Damon Oppenheimer. Billy Eppler is in charge of pro scouting, Oppenheimer runs the draft.