Wednesday, June 10, 2009

The New Dawn, Day 2

And here come the rest of the pack...

04-115 Zackry Dodson (Medina Valley HS, Tex.) 6-1, 190, LHP: Signed with Baylor. He has a good heater in the 91-92 MPH, good curve, working on a changeup. His mechanics are still rough. He went 10-0 with a 1.20 ERA while striking out 129 batters in 64-1/3 innings pitched. He also hit .465 with 11 home runs. Said to want a million dollar contract, so has a good chance of staying with the Bears.
05-145 Nate Baker (Mississippi) 6-3, 205, LHP: The junior was used as a utility man for Ol' Miss, making spot starts and in the pen for a relief role during the weekend, when the conference games are played. Baker appeared in 20 games for the Rebels this season, posting a 4-3 record with a 3.63 ERA.
06-175 Zack Von Rosenberg (Zachary HS, La.) 6-5, 205, RHP: Signed with LSU. He hits 88 MPH, and has good off-speed pitches including a slow curve and a changeup. Thought to be a late first or second rounder, he was rated as HS prospect #41 by Max Super Preps.
07-205 Trent Stevenson (Brophy Jesuit Prep, Ari.) 6-6, 174, RHP: Signed with Arizona. Stevenson’s fastball is at 93-94 MPHl. He also throws an upper-70s slurve and has a a good changeup.
08-235 Billy Cain (Waxahachie HS Tex.) 18, 6-3, 225, LHP: Signed with Texas, has 95 MPH heat and not much else at this point. Still, rated 41st by Baseball America among high school prospects.
09-265 Brock Holt (Rice) 21, 5-10, 165, L/R, 2B: Junior has outstanding defensive skills and is a good hitter with gap power and decent speed.
10-295 Joey Schoenfeld (Corona Santiago HS Cal.) 6-2, 187, R/R, C: Signed with Tony Gwynn at San Diego State. He hit .366/3/15; was expected to go higher in draft.
11-325 Aaron Baker (Oklahoma) 6-2, 232, L/R, 1B: The junior hit nine homers and drove in 22 runs in Big 12 play (15 home runs and 56 RBI overall in 2009). He has driven in 167 runs in his overall career, eighth all-time at Oklahoma, and the Bucs sure can use a productive stick.
12-355 Jeffrey Inman (Stanford ) 6-2, 185, RHP: 19th round draft pick of the Kansas City Royals out of high school, but instead elected to come to Stanford. Hardest thrower on the staff with a fastball in the low 90's that can top out at 95 MPH. Excellent control and also throws a curve ball and change-up.
13-385 Walker Gourley (Eastern Wayne HS, NC) 6-1, 180, R/R, SS: Signed with Eastern Carolina. He can play behind the plate as well as any infield position, doesn't project as pro middle infielder. His versatility, ability, and speed make him an interesting prospect.
14-415 Marcos Reyna (Bakersfield College) 6-2, 185, RHP: Threw a perfecto for Bakersfield. He's topped out at 93, touched 94, and has a good curveball. The freshman is just coming into his own; thought to have great upside.
15-445 Peter Bako (Connors State College) 6-1, 180, L/R, C:The Toronto native was a freshman and hit .382/3/25.
16-475 Matt Den Dekker (Florida) 6-1, 205, L/L, CF; His season stats - .296, 61 R, 5 HR, 30 RBI, .422 SLG, .420 OBP, 15-16 SB-ATT. Dekker is supposed to be quite toolsy; he even pitched for the Gators. He's a steal at this spot if the Bucs can tease his talent out of him; his sporadic bat is what dropped him to them. Dekker was rated among the top 50 position players available.
17-505 Jordan Cooper (Shelbyville Central HS, Ten.) 6-3, 195, RHP: Cooper struck out 80 in 48 innings as a high school senior while going 7-1 with a 1.47 ERA. Cooper features a low-to-mid 90s fastball. He was rated the #81 HS prospect by Baseball America, and signed with Kentucky.
18-535 Ryan Beckman (Grayson County CC, Tex.) 6-4, 180, RHP: He's a JC freshman and went to the same high school as current Pirate Andy LaRoche; that's about all GW could dig up.
19-565 Josh Urban (Dripping Springs HS Tex.) 6-5, RHP: A Texas recruit, Urban piled up the strikeouts, fanning 98 batters in 60 innings.
20-595 Sam Spangler (Hawaii) 6-2, 185, LHP: The sophomore was was 5-3 with four saves and a 4.17 ERA in 19 appearances in 2009. He had 48 strikeouts in 45-1/3 innings pitched.
21-625 Phillip Irwin (Mississippi) 6-3, 220, RHP: Junior went 8-3 with 3.84 ERA.
22-655 Carmine Giardina (Tampa) 21, 6-3, 215, LHP: Drafted by Boston in 2006 out of HS. Was 5-1, 6.15 ERA in college this year, with 54 K and 33 BB in 45-1/3 innings.
23-685 Jose Hernandez (Texas - San Antonio) 5-11, 190, R/L, LF: Hernandez batted .360 and led his team with 61 RBIs while slugging .739. He also showed power, as he notched 44 extra-base hits. He's a transfer from Long Beach. Senior plays the corner and has gap power.
24-715 Jason Erickson (Washington) 6-1, 195, RHP: Senior was 5-4 with 4.34 ERA; was Husky's top pitcher in 2008 until he broke his hand. He was a late draft pick of the Reds in 2005.
25-745 Aaron LaFountaine (John W. North HS, Riverside, Cal) 6-0, 150, L/L, CF: he's a burner, stole 25 bases and hit .388.
26-775 Matt Dermody (Norwalk HS, Ia.) 6-5, 190, LHP: He was 6-3 with a 0.78 earned-run average and 130 strikeouts last season. Signed with Iowa. Scouts feel he's very projectable. He touches 87 mph with a fast and loose arm; keeps the ball down and has a good change.
27-805 Wes Luquette (Isadore Newman HS, La.) 6-0, 200, C: Top QB, signed with LSU for baseball. Rifle arm, 4.6 forty, very athletic.
28-835 Kyle Hooper (Saugus HS, Cal.) 6-4, 195 RHP: Hooper was 10-5 in 66-1/3 innings, with 62 K and 25 BB.
29-865 Michael Heller (Cardinal Mooney HS, Fla.) 6-2, 180, RHP/1B: Heller hits between 91-94 miles per hour with his fastball. The slider and changeup are effective. He's also hit 11 HR and driven in over 50 RBI in his past two seasons. Heller is a Florida recruit.
30-895 Ty Summerlin (Southeastern Louisiana State) 22, 5-10, 170, L/R, SS: Hit .327/4/44 in 2009 after .342/8/60 in a monster 2008.

Hey, the suits did what they said they would. No super stars, but a lot of quality; certainly more than they're going to be able to afford even without a Pedro or Aaron Crow contract to carry.

Not many position players of note (though they did seem to corner the catcher market), but a lot of tantalizing arms. Now comes the fun part; seeing who they sign. Neal Huntington said 21 of the team's 30 selections have asked for more than six figures. Eight-to-ten million doesn't get ya what it used to.

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