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PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2007 4:05 am    Post subject: 2007 MLB Amateur Draft Thread: TODAY @ 2 PM (ESPN2) Reply with quote

The Mets have the following picks:

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Supplemental Round: 42, 47
2nd Round: 77, 93
3rd Round: 99, 123
4th Round: 153
5th Round: 183

So on and so forth.



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Seems to be ESPN's draft guy

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They really like the Brewers and apparently they really like the amateur draft too.

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One thing I'd like to do is compile a list of players being linked with Boras, particularly because of the Keith Law comment below. I'll get that going within the next few days, but if anyone has names to throw out there, please do.

Keith Law wrote:
Speaking of the Mets, they've indicated they're more than willing to go over slot at No. 44. The commissioner's office leaned heavily on them to not sign draft-and-follow Pedro Beato last spring, costing them a pretty good prospect who ultimately got $1 million from Baltimore in the sandwich round.



This thread is primarily useful for collecting any bits of draft info we may come upon as well as bringing random players who catch our eye to the attention of the rest of the board.


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PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2007 1:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Mike A. (SD, CA): If he ends up being draft eligible, where does Max Scherzer go?

Keith Law: Great question - I'm guessing a big-market team pops him in the sandwich round, Boston, Mets, Yanks, maybe Rangers or Cards (both teams with histories of taking Boras clients).


I want him bad. Big time arm

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Roxbury Latin (Boston) lefty Jack McGeary's signability is the big question now, with one rampant rumor saying he's looking for $2 million to buy him away from his scholarship to Stanford. Some clubs who don't pick until the late first round or the sandwich, including the Mets (who don't pick until No. 44), are still sending the heat in to see him on the thought that he might fall.


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PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2007 5:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Running list of Boras "advisees"
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Mike Moustakas, 3b, Chatsworth (Calif.) HS
Max Scherzer, rhp, Fort Worth Cats
Andrew Brackman, rhp, North Carolina State
Matt Wieters, c, Georgia Tech
Jake Arrieta, rhp, Texas Christian
Julio Borbon, of, Tennessee
Josh Fields, rhp, Georgia
Matt LaPorta, 1b, Florida
Matt Harvey, rhp, Fitch HS, Groton, Conn.
Greg Peavey, rhp, Hudson’s Bay HS, Vancouver, Wash
Rick Porcello, rhp, Seton Hall Prep, West Orange, N.J.
Kentrail Davis, of, Theodore (Ala.) HS
Wynn Pelzer, rhp, South Carolina
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Great thread bengie i'll add this in as well



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a bit dated (april) but still useful.

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Mike A. (SD, CA): If he ends up being draft eligible, where does Max Scherzer go?

Keith Law: Great question - I'm guessing a big-market team pops him in the sandwich round, Boston, Mets, Yanks, maybe Rangers or Cards (both teams with histories of taking Boras clients).


I want him bad. Big time arm

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mab omar was very pissed that the wilpons didnt let him go over slot for beato and then when he got the mil from the birds even more.
remember this all happen cuz omar give beltran and pedro big deals that the commish office didnt like and made the wilpons aware of it.

its not gonna happen this time if their is a kid who omar likes and see is worthly of this kind of bonus he will get it done. he went as high as 1.7mil for woodall last yr before he signed with bama and woodall f was a 18 rd pick

omar will use those 5 top picks on pitching unless a big time masher drops in the mets lap it will be pitchers galore and then most likely 2 or 3 latin hitters from ifa pool


this is complete 2007 mets draft

2007 New York Mets Draft Selections:

S1, 42: Edward Kunz, RHP, Oregon State University, R/R, 6-5, 250, 4/8/86
S1, 47: Nathan Vineyard, LHP, Woodland HS (Ga.), L/L, 6-2, 200, 10/3/88
2, 77: Scott Moviel, RHP, Saint Edward HS (Oh.), R/R, 6-11, 245, 5/7/88
2, 93: Brant Rustich, RHP, UCLA, R/R, 6-6, 225, 1/23/85
3, 99: Eric Niesen, LHP, Wake Forest University, L/L, 6-0, 185, 9/4/85
3, 123: Stephen Clyne, RHP, Clemson University, R/R, 6-2, 205, 9/22/84
4, 153: Richard Lucas, 3B, Wolfson Senior HS (Fla.), R/R, 6-0, 205, 11/2/88
5, 183: Zach Lutz, 3B, Alvernia College (Pa.), R/R, 6-2, 215, 6/3/86
6, 213: Guillaume Leduc, RHP, Edouard Montpetit College (Montreal), R/R, 6-4, 192, 7/28/87
7, 243: Lucas Duda, 1B, USC, L/R, 6-4, 225, 2/3/86
8, 273: Daniel McDonald, RHP, Seton Hall University, L/R, 5-11, 195, 4/17/86
9, 303: Michael Olmstead, RHP, Cypress College, R/R, 6-6, 250, 5/2/87
10, 333: Brandon Richey, SS, Northwestern State University, R/R, 5-10, 180, 4/27/86
11, 363: Matthew Bouchard, SS, Georgetown University, R/R, 5-11, 180, 12/12/86
12, 393: William Morgan, RHP, Lewis & Clark State College, R/R, 6-1, 205, 11/3/85
13, 423: Jordan Abruzzo, C, University of San Diego, R/R, 6-3, 230, 8/12/84
14, 453: Robert Carson, LHP, Hattiesburg HS (Mo.), L/L, 6-3, 220, 1/23/89
15, 483: Jefferies Tatford, C, University of Louisiana (Lafayette), L/R, 6-3, 210, 9/16/84
16, 513: Christopher Fournier, LF, George Mason University, R/R, 6-0, 188, 8/24/84
17, 543: Brandon Efferson, RHP, Zachary HS (La.), R/R, 5-11, 170, 11/25/88
18, 573: Michael Antonini, LHP, Georgia College & State University, R/L, 6-0, 190, 8/6/85
19, 603: Ernesto Gonzalez, SS, George Wallace CC, R/R, 5-10, 165, 1/16/87
20, 633: Dylan Owen, RHP, Francis Marion University, R/R, 5-11, 185, 7/12/86
21, 663: Dillon Gee, RHP, University of Texas (Arlington), R/R, 6-1, 195, 4/28/86
22, 693: Tyler Vaughn, 3B, UC Irvine, R/R, 6-2, 200, 3/21/85
23, 723: Norberto Navarro, C, Pasco Hernando CC, R/R, 5-11, 188, 5/5/87
24, 753: Michael Parker, 2B, George Washington University, R/R, 5-10, 180, 2/28/85
25, 783: Nicholas Abbott, RHP, Weber HS (Ut.), R/R, 6-2, 170, 7/17/88
26, 813: Bradley Burns, RHP, University of Oklahoma, R/R, 6-4, 182, 5/28/86
27, 843: Kyle Catto, RHP, Southern Illinois University, R/R, 6-3, 200, 11/27/84
28, 873: Kyle Maxie, C, Pearl River CC, L/R, 6-2, 220, 10/3/86
29, 903: Roydrick Merritt, LHP, Southern University A&M, L/L, 6-0, 187, 9/22/85
30, 933: Rylan Sandoval, 2B, Chabot College, R/R, 5-10, 185, 8/10/87
31, 962: Antonio Peraza, LHP, La Mirada HS, L/L, 6-1, 185, 11/3/89
32, 991: Juan Centeno, C, Antonio Luchetti HS, L/R, 5-9, 172, 11/16/89
33, 1020: Nicholas Abshire, SS, Iowa HS (Ia.)?, R/R, 6-1, 185, 11/25/88
34, 1049: Terry Johnson, SS, William Carey College, R/R, 6-2, 180, 2/20/85
35, 1078: Jason Lavorgna, RHP, Eastern Connecticut State University, R/R, 5-9, 190, 3/4/86
36, 1106: Glen Johnson, SS, South Fork HS (Fla.), S/R, 5-11, 161, 7/24/88
37, 1134: Jose Alvarez, 3B, Otay Ranch High School (Ca.), R/R, 5-11, 210, 2/7/89
38, 1162: Brandon Kawal, LF, Concordia University, R/R, 6-3, 215, 10/29/84
39, 1190: Alonzo Harris, SS, McComb HS (Miss.), R/R, 6-0, 170, 1/16/89

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PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2007 9:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How about Todd Frazier

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PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2007 9:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some good players who should be around for the Mets:


Cody Gearrin, rhp, Mercer
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The most important numbers for Gearrin this spring might not necessarily be his be his incredible 32 IP/7 H/52 K stat line at Mercer. It might be the 8 G, 8 IP, 0.00 ERA numbers that Joe Smith has posted with the New York Mets thus far this season. Smith, the Mets third-round pick in 2006, went almost directly to the big leagues in large part because of his deceptive and difficult-to-hit sidearm delivery and low 90s fastball—the same package that Gearrin possesses. Gearrin’s track record is longer than Smith’s as well; he did the same thing at Young Harris (Ga.) Junior College in 2006 and in the Cape Cod League last summer.

His numbers to date: 1.91 ERA, .103 opponents batting average, 14.8 K/9 in 37.2 IP. The downside: 5.7 BB/9.


Tony Thomas, 2b, Florida State
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Thomas has been a starter at Florida State since the beginning of his freshman year and has flashed his athletic tools, but his Player of the Year type spring (.467-7-36, 61 R, 19 SBs) is a big surprise. Thomas has shortened his swing and significantly cut down his strikeouts while growing his power (33 extra-base hits in 39 games). He has plus speed and is a solid defender at second base.

.439/.530/.751 for Florida State right now. 33 walks, 33 strikeouts in 205 ABs. 24-29 in stolen base attempts. Yet he's getting no mention from Law or BA. Probably because he's 5'9. I don't care how short he is, this guy is well worth a 2nd or 3rd round pick.


Chris Carpenter, rhp, Kent State
He's coming back off Tommy John and already has his velocity (mid 90s, tocuhes 98 mph) back. Command not so much, 16 walks in 25 innings. But I think he'll get better with that as he moves further away from the surgery.


John Tolisano, 2b, HS
Perfect Game was gushing about him.
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Good body with strength, good actions, strong arm, good glove, good body control, switch hitter, lots of strength, huge raw power, great leverage at contact, very good bat speed, can hit HR's to any field, crushes fastballs, huge HR to right center during the games, very highest level national prospect, very good student

You wouldn't think the prospect who matches up with that scouting report would be available to us, but it looks like that's going to happen.


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PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2007 9:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Keith Laws Top 100 prospects:


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1. Matt Wieters, C, Georgia Tech
2. David Price, LHP, Vanderbilt
3. Andrew Brackman, RHP, North Carolina State
4. Josh Vitters, 3B, Cypress (Calif.) High School
5. Rick Porcello, RHP, Seton Hall Prep, West Orange, N.J.
6. Phillippe Aumont, RHP, Ecole Secondary Du Versant, Gatineau, Quebec
7. Matt Harvey, RHP, Fitch High School, Groton, Conn.
8. Ross Detwiler, LHP, Missouri State
9. Jarrod Parker, RHP, Norwell (Ind.) High School
10. Jason Heyward, OF/1B, Henry County High School, McDonough, Ga.
11. Matt Dominguez, 3B, Chatsworth (Calif.) High School
12. Daniel Moskos, LHP, Clemson
13. Michael Main, RHP, Deland (Fla.) High School
14. Beau Mills, 3B/1B, Lewis-Clark (Idaho) State
15. Michael Burgess, OF, Hillsborough High School, Tampa, Fla.
16. Matt LaPorta, 1B, Florida
17. Tim Alderson, RHP, Horizon High School, Scottsdale, Ariz.
18. Mike Moustakas, 3B/C, Chatsworth (Calif.) High School
19. Madison Bumgarner, LHP, South Caldwell High School, Hudson N.C.
20. Blake Beavan, RHP, Irving (Texas) High School
21. Jack McGeary, LHP/1B, Roxbury (Mass.) Latin High School
22. J.P. Arencibia, C, Tennessee
23. Casey Weathers, RHP, Vanderbilt
24. Julio Borbon, OF, Tennessee
25. Mitch Canham, C, Oregon State
26. Brett Cecil, LHP, Maryland
27. Nick Noonan, SS, Francis Parker High School, San Diego
28. Jake Arrieta, RHP, TCU
29. Josh Smoker, LHP, Calhoun (Ga.) High School
30. Matt Mangini, 3B, Oklahoma State
31. Yasmani Grandal, C, Miami Springs High School, Hialeah, Fla.
32. Neil Ramirez, RHP, Kempsville (Va.) High School
33. Josh Fields, RHP, Georgia
34. Peter Kozma, SS, Owasso (Okla.) High School
35. Aaron Poreda, LHP, San Francisco
36. Jordan Walden, RHP, Grayson County CC, Denison, Texas*
37. Nevin Griffith, RHP, Middleton High School, Tampa, Fla.
38. Zach Cozart, SS, Ole Miss
39. Greg Peavey, RHP, Hudson's Bay High School, Vancouver, Wash.
40. Christian Colon, SS, Canyon High School, Anaheim, Calif.
41. Josh Donaldson, C, Auburn
42. Nick Schmidt, LHP, Arkansas
43. Kentrail Davis, OF, Theodore (Ala.) High School
44. James Simmons, RHP, UC Riverside
45. Kyle Russell, RF, Texas
46. Eric Eiland, OF, Lamar High School, Houston
47. Matt Latos, RHP, Broward County CC, Fla.**
48. Eddie Kunz, RHP, Oregon State
49. Matt Spencer, OF, Arizona State
50. Joe Savery, LHP, Rice
51. Ryan Dent, IF, Wilson High School, Long Beach, Calif.
52. Wes Roemer, RHP, Cal State Fullerton
53. Kevin Keyes, OF, Connally, Austin
54. James Adkins, LHP, Tennessee
55. Danny Rams, C, Gulliver Prep, Miami
56. Nathan Vineyard, LHP, Woodland High School, Emerson, Ga.
57. Tanner Robles, LHP, Cottonwood High School, Salt Lake City
58. Travis D'Arnaud, C, Lakewood High School, Long Beach, Calif.
59. Jordan Zimmerman, P, Wisconsin-Stevens Point High School
60. Kyle Lotzkar, RHP, Langley Blaze, Tsawwassen, British Columbia
61. Chris Withrow, RHP, Midland Christian High School, Odessa, Texas
62. Julian Sampson, RHP, Skyline High School, Sammamish, Wash.
63. Kevin Ahrens, 3B, Memorial High School, Houston
64. Justin Jackson, SS, Roberson High School, Asheville, N.C.
65. David Kopp, RHP, Clemson
66. Sean Doolittle, LHP/1B, Virginia
67. Todd Frazier, SS/OF, Rutgers
68. Jonathan Kaskow, 1B, Coppell (Texas) High School
69. Hunter Morris, OF, Grissom High School, Huntsville, Ala.
70. Kyle Blair, RHP, Los Gatos High School, Monte Sereno, Calif.
71. Kevin Patterson, 1B, Oak Mountain High School, Birmingham, Ala.
72. Matt West, SS/3B, Bellaire High School, Houston
73. Duke Welker, RHP, Arkansas
74. Andrew Lambo, 1B, Newbury Park (Calif.) High School
75. Danny Worth, SS, Pepperdine
76. Josh Horton, SS, North Carolina
77. Wynn Pelzer, RHP, South Carolina
78. David Newmann, LHP, Texas A&M
79. Matt Thompson, RHP, Santa Rosa JC, Calif.
80. Brian Friday, SS, Rice
81. Travis Mattair, IF, Southridge High School, Kennewick, Wash.
82. Drake Britton, LHP, Tomball (Texas) High School
83. Austin Bailey, RHP, Prattville (Ala.) High School
84. Grant Desme, OF, Cal Poly
85. Danny Payne, OF, Georgia Tech
86. Tommy Hunter, RHP, Alabama
87. Eric Farris, 2B, Loyola Marymount
88. Connor Graham, RHP, Miami (OH)
89. Angel Morales, OF, Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, Caguas, PR
90. Matt Rizzotti, 1B, Manhattan
91. Cole Rohrbaugh, LHP, Western Nevada CC, Nev.***
92. John Tolisano, SS/2B, Estero (Fla.) High School
93. Eric Sogard, 2B, Arizona State
94. Evan Danieli, RHP, Seton Hall Prep, West Orange, N.J.
95. Ed Easley, C, Mississippi State
96. Kellen Kulbacki, OF, James Madison
97. Runey Davis, OF, Georgetown (Texas) High School
98. Evan Reed, RHP, Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo
99. Justin Baum, 3B, Pacific
100. Charlie Furbush, RHP, LSU


Nick Schmidt and Greg Peavey are two guys that I like. But unfortunatley they might be gone before we pick

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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2007 7:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

AnybodyButBengie wrote:
Running list of Boras "advisees"
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Mike Moustakas, 3b, Chatsworth (Calif.) HS
Max Scherzer, rhp, Fort Worth Cats
Andrew Brackman, rhp, North Carolina State
Matt Wieters, c, Georgia Tech
Jake Arrieta, rhp, Texas Christian
Julio Borbon, of, Tennessee
Josh Fields, rhp, Georgia
Matt LaPorta, 1b, Florida
Matt Harvey, rhp, Fitch HS, Groton, Conn.
Greg Peavey, rhp, Hudson’s Bay HS, Vancouver, Wash
Rick Porcello, rhp, Seton Hall Prep, West Orange, N.J.
Kentrail Davis, of, Theodore (Ala.) HS
Wynn Pelzer, rhp, South Carolina

Moustakas is sick. I've seen him play a bunch of times. He just broke the state record for career and single-season home runs and he plays SS. Plus he throws in the mid-90s as a pitcher.
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More supplemental and 2nd round candidates:

Tim Alderson, RHP, HS
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Alderson has had a high profile for awhile, and he has handled pressure well throughout his career. He was on the mound when USA Baseball's junior national team lost to Korea in the gold-medal game of the World Junior Championship last September, but he thrived with the team, striking out 12 in eight innings without allowing an earned run. In mid-May, he threw a complete game to help Horizon High win the Arizona 5-A championship, as he allowed 13 hits in a 9-6 victory but still struck out 13. (It was the second state-title victory of his career, as he also went five innings for a victory as a sophomore.) Pitching exclusively out of the stretch, Alderson repeats his mechanics, and they allow him to fill up the strike zone, to the tune of a 34-inning streak without a walk this season. It's unheard-of command for a 6-foot-7 prep pitcher. In one May start, he threw 61 strikes out of 72 pitches. However, Alderson goes full tilt on pretty much every pitch, lands hard on his front leg and gets little extension in his delivery. Scouts are split on his future role, but most consider him a reliever even though he already has two plus pitches and throws both for strikes in routine fashion. Most contend he would not hold up physically or mechanically as a starter over 200 innings, yet his stuff is so good at present--90-92 mph fastball that touches 94, 78-80 mph curveball and the makings of an average changeup--that they hesitate to recommend changing what makes him so attractive now. His stuff and track record say "first-round pick" but the projected future role--Like college closers? Try drafting a high school closer--likely knocks him out of the first round.


65 IP, 0.64 ERA, 34 H, 4 BB, 111 SO


Nick Noonan, 2b, HS
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Offense - quiet set-up, quick trigger, excellent bat speed, effortless swing, stays pretty flat through zone, flashes some power generated from bat speed and strength, gets to pull side easily, handles velocity, line-drive hitter to all fields, short swing. Defense - plus actions, excellent release, fluid movements, has shown well above average arm in past, quiet yet excellent body control, has good lateral range left and right, good hands, makes throws from all angles. One of top middle infield prospects, top D1 prospect, will earn pro interest in the coming year.

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If Noonan makes it across the country to play at Clemson, scouts will be surprised. He offers one of the most polished bats in the draft and had emerged as San Diego's top prep prospect, evoking comparisons to Phillies star Chase Utley. While he's not likely to hit for as much power as the former UCLA star, Noonan resembles Utley as an above-average lefthanded bat who profiles best at second base. Noonan has plenty of baseball savvy, first and foremost at the plate. He stays balanced, trusts his hands and makes consistent hard contact. Overmatched earlier in his career with wood, Noonan has made adjustments in his swing and shows excellent aptitude. While he's just an average runner, he's a good baserunner and basestealer, and he's a solid defender thanks to good hands and sound footwork. While he doesn't have flashy tools, he's one of the steadiest players in this draft class. A prep shortstop, his fringe-average arm and range profile better on the right side of the bag, and he has more than enough bat to make the move.



Justin Jackson, ss, HS
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Cameron Maybin was the most recent former Asheville Tourists batboy to make a splash in the draft, and the scrawny kid that was tagging along back then has developed into a fine prospect himself. Jackson was the starting shortstop for USA Baseball's junior national team last fall, but after he spent most of last summer near the top of follow lists, his bat speed has come into question this spring. He was hitting best as the season was ending, and homered on his final high school swing in a playoff loss. He's a long-armed, wiry athlete with lots of holes in his swing, but shows a good feel for hitting as well as strike-zone discipline. If Jackson gets stronger and fills out, he could hit for above-average power, but that's a projection not every scout will make. He's a strong defender with above-average arm strength. His flash in the infield turns some scouts off, but he fields the ball out front and has outstanding actions up the middle. He's not a great runner, but shows average speed under way. Jackson could sneak into the first round, but could slide to the second as well.


It's possible Jackson turns out to be the biggest steal in the draft. Holes in his swing or not, he's still hitting .520. And if you watch his video on MiLB.com, it's not like he's got a long swing or a big uppercut or anything. There's no reason he can't fix whatever weaknesses he might have right now.


Kyle Blair, rhp, HS
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Kyle Blair is a 2007 RHP from Los Gatos HS, residing in Monte Serrano, CA, with a 6'3" 200 lb. frame. Ranked #15 among PG National Top 100 pitchers. Body - strong, power, durable. Pitching - over the top slot, plus extension, long deep extension on backside, quick arm, ok on time, good energy, good rhythm, rock back over rubber, good armside command with FB, power arm, heavy stuff, power CB has plus bite, quick change of direction, CB is legit hammer, good command, can go to at any time for strikes or outs, developing CU.



Cole St. Clair, lhp, Rice
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Like Joe Savery, St.Clair is a Rice lefthander who has been tough to get a handle on because he has been less than 100 percent physically. He impressed scouts last summer with Team USA, going 4-0, 0.69 with three saves while displaying a 91-94 mph fastball and a plus curveball. His size (6-foot-5, 225 pounds) is another plus. But he strained his shoulder lifting weights shortly before this season began and missed the first two months. St.Clair's stuff has looked good when he has taken the mound, as he has worked at 90-92 mph and flashed a good curve. Yet he had pitched just 11 innings in five weeks and he's a reliever, so scouts had trouble catching him in action. When healthy, St.Clair has been more dominant than Savery. Several clubs believe he has enough stuff to start in pro ball, a transition he wants to make. St.Clair was a potential top 10 pick coming into 2007, and he could vault back into the first round if he shows teams he's healthy. If that happens, he'd be the second member of Foothill High's (Santa Ana, Calif.) 2004 pitching staff to go in the first round, joining Phil Hughes of the Yankees. If he drops too far, signing him away from his senior season at Rice could become an issue.



Todd Frazier, IF, Rutgers
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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2007 8:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Think we can land switch pitcher Pat Venditte from Creighton with a later pick??

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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2007 8:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

All right this isn't the Mlb draft but these are a few kids to look out for during the IFA Period.


C Moises Montero - DOB 11/4/1989 - Dominican Republic

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LHP Israel Perez - DOB 1/13/1991 - Dominican Republic

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Israel Perez is a left handed pitcher with a 6'2'', 180 lb. frame from Santiago, Dominican Republic. Perez is a 15 year old with a long and loose arm, smooth mechanics, very fluid, throws a heavy fastball, solid CB with good depth, keeps pitches down in the zone, works both sides of the plate, very balanced, great upside on the mound.



RHP Jesus Valdez-Adames - DOB 1/25/1991 - Dominican Republic

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Jesus Valdez-Adames is a free agent RHP with a 6'4'', 176 lb. frame from San Juan, Dominican Republic. Tall and projectable body, long and loose arm action on the mound, high 3/4 arm slot, good running action on fastball, loose finish, projectable velocity, 10 to 4 curveball, untapped potential, very good upside.



C/OF Lukas Egetmeyer - DOB - 12/19/1986 - Germany


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Montero was rated as the 11th best prospect from that event but im not sure if those other kids stock has risen.

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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2007 12:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

DRAFT FRAZIER!

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Felix The Cat wrote:
All right this isn't the Mlb draft but these are a few kids to look out for during the IFA Period.


C Moises Montero - DOB 11/4/1989 - Dominican Republic

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LHP Israel Perez - DOB 1/13/1991 - Dominican Republic

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Israel Perez is a left handed pitcher with a 6'2'', 180 lb. frame from Santiago, Dominican Republic. Perez is a 15 year old with a long and loose arm, smooth mechanics, very fluid, throws a heavy fastball, solid CB with good depth, keeps pitches down in the zone, works both sides of the plate, very balanced, great upside on the mound.



RHP Jesus Valdez-Adames - DOB 1/25/1991 - Dominican Republic

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C/OF Lukas Egetmeyer - DOB - 12/19/1986 - Germany


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Montero was rated as the 11th best prospect from that event but im not sure if those other kids stock has risen.


I hear there are some serious pitchers this year in the IFA

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PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2007 6:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I hear there are some serious pitchers this year in the IFA


Yes they're i'll give you a list of names to look out for in a few days.

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Never mind i'll come up with them now


Julio Teheran

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He is 16 and is being chased by the Braves and the Yankees. He is from Columbia and throws a fastball (90-92mph), curve & a change. Supposedly his changeup is his best pitch. Price tag is around $1 million.One scout sees him no more than a 4th/5th starter and doesn't believe he will add more speed on his fastball as he fills out. He said he is worth no more than $500K and doesn't believe that Columbia can turn out quality pitchers because thay haven't up to this point.



A few outfielders to look out for...Ricardo Garcia, Itaniel Guzman,Ryde Rodriguez and Anderson Pujols.

I'll come up with a few more names to watch out for as well.

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Neil Ramirez would be nice in the sandwich round:

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Neil Ramirez (Kempsville High School, Virginia) had been clocked up to 96 mph earlier this spring, earning some first-round attention, but he's probably more of a late-sandwich/early-second round guy. On Wednesday, Ramirez threw 50 pitches in a tune-up start for his team's playoffs, which start next week. His fastball played down a little bit in this outing, 89-93 mph, touching 94 once. He has a very loose arm and whips it through his delivery, but really doesn't use his body much after he starts with a long stride, which in this case forces his arm to play catch-up a little to the rest of his body. His curveball is completely inconsistent, in part due to his inability to maintain a consistent arm slot. When he gets his arm up to three-quarters or even a high three-quarters slot, he can show an average curve right now, getting a solid 11-to-5 break and throwing it for strikes, but his arm drifts down to the low three-quarters slot he uses to throw his fastball. He also babied the curve at times, throwing it too softly to get the sharp break he flashed on the handful of times he threw it well.

Ramirez is about 6-foot-2 or 6-foot-3 with an immature body that has room for projection and also would benefit from the rigors of a standard minor-league workout routine. Given how loose and quick his arm is and the fact that he has a breaking ball, he's a solid pick in the second round or perhaps the sandwich round for a team that has a pitching coach in its system who can help guys with good arms learn how to get the most out of their deliveries

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Our first crack at forecasting the first round will go through several revisions between now and the June 7-8 draft. There’s little agreement as to how to line up the players after Vanderbilt lefthander David Price, and once signability gets factored in—agent Scott Boras represents seven potential first-rounders—the picture becomes even cloudier. Add in that most clubs like to draft college players, yet the high school crop is more talented this year, and it’s even harder to forecast. “You realize you’re just guessing, don’t you?” one scouting director said when discussing how the first round might unfold. “I don’t think any of us has any idea.”

Here’s our best guess, three weeks before the draft kicks off:

1. DEVIL RAYS. Tampa is looking at three players: Price, California prep third baseman Josh Vitters and Georgia Tech catcher Matt Wieters. Price is No. 1 on most boards, and other clubs would be surprised if the Rays go in a different direction.

• Projected Pick: David Price.

2. ROYALS. Kansas City will kick the tires on Boras clients such as New Jersey high school righthander Rick Porcello and righthander Max Scherzer, who’s following the same independent ball path as Luke Hochevar, the Royals’ No. 1 overall pick a year ago. If the Royals don’t want to exceed slot, Missouri State lefthander Ross Detwiler would be the best option.

• Projected Pick: Rick Porcello.

3. CUBS. Chicago seems like a natural fit for one of Boras’ higher-priced guys, such as Wieters or North Carolina State righthander Andrew Brackman. But the Cubs have been on Vitters since April and their ardor isn’t cooling. They’re also the first team that would consider taking Clemson lefthander Daniel Moskos or Indiana high school righthander Jarrod Parker.

• Projected Pick: Josh Vitters.

4. PIRATES. Pittsburgh covets Vitters, but if he’s gone a position player will still be the preference because the team has had bad luck keeping first-round pitchers healthy (John VanBenschoten, Bryan Bullington, Brad Lincoln). The Pirates prefer a collegian and won’t take a Boras client, so that could lead them to Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) slugger Beau Mills. Georgia prep outfielder Jason Heyward is a more well-rounded prospect.

• Projected Pick: Beau Mills.

5. ORIOLES. Baltimore wants some pitching help after taking high school hitters Brandon Snyder and Billy Rowell with its last two first-round picks. The Orioles are unlikely to do business with Boras but should get their pick of the best college lefthanders, Detwiler and Moskos.

• Projected Pick: Ross Detwiler.

6. NATIONALS. Mike Rizzo, Washington’s assistant general manager and vice president of baseball operations, drafted Scherzer 11th overall when he was Arizona’s scouting director last June. A healthier Scherzer would be tough to pass up for the Nationals, who also are looking at Porcello and Quebec high school righthander Phillippe Aumont.

• Projected Pick: Max Scherzer.

7. BREWERS. Owner Mark Attanasio is enthused by his club’s success and is willing to pay for top talent. Milwaukee is zeroing in on California high school third baseman/catcher Mike Moustakas, who rivals Vitters as the best high school hitter in the draft. Taking a member of the deep high school pitching crop would be Plan B.

• Projected Pick: Mike Moustakas.

8. ROCKIES. Colorado has some interest in another California high school third baseman, Matt Dominguez, but also has a lot of hot-corner depth in the organization. Taking a pitcher would make more sense, and teams behind the Rockies worry that Moskos won’t get past them.

• Projected Pick: Daniel Moskos.

9. DIAMONDBACKS. If Arizona signs Scherzer before the draft, it could look to save some money by taking a college senior, such as Vanderbilt righthander Casey Weathers. If not, the Diamondbacks would love a college pitcher, though there’s no obvious candidate if Detwiler and Moskos are off the board. There will be plenty of quality high school arms, however, and a run on them will start here.

• Projected Pick: Phillippe Aumont.

10. GIANTS. San Francisco has a pipeline from Lewis-Clark State, and Mills could get here if Pittsburgh doesn’t overdraft him. Even if he were available, San Francisco might be more tempted by North Carolina high schooler Madison Bumgarner, the top prep lefty.

• Projected Pick: Madison Bumgarner.

11. MARINERS. Brackman hasn’t had a consistent season and there are fears that he may seek a deal similar to the $10 million that two-sport star Jeff Samardzija got from the Cubs in January. Seattle really needs pitching, however, and Brackman’s upside may be too high to ignore.

• Projected Pick: Andrew Brackman.

12. MARLINS. Florida has used its five first-round picks in the last four years on pitchers and that streak should continue in 2007. Of the best high school arms, the Marlins would prefer Parker or Aumont. Heyward also will be in the their mix. Tennessee center fielder Julio Borbon would fill a need, but he’s also represented by Boras.

• Projected Pick: Jarrod Parker.

13. INDIANS. Count Cleveland in for a high school pitcher as well. The Indians would consider Mills if he makes it this far, but they’re more apt to choose between Aumont, Bumgarner, Parker, Texas prep righthander Blake Beavan or Georgia high school lefty Josh Smoker.

• Projected Pick: Blake Beavan.

14. BRAVES. It wouldn’t surprise anyone if the top two players on Atlanta’s draft board at this point would be a pair of home-state high school products, Heyward and Smoker. Getting an athletic, power-hitting right fielder like Heyward at No. 14 would be a nice value. Bumgarner also would be a consideration if he’s still around.

• Projected Pick: Jason Heyward.

15. REDS. Beavan and Heyward are probably on Cincinnati’s short list but won’t quite make it this far. If the Reds would entertain the thought of choosing a Boras guy, Borbon would be a prime candidate. They’ve shown a lot of interest in Texas high school third baseman Kevin Ahrens, who could go at No. 16 if Cincinnati doesn’t pounce on him.

• Projected Pick: Kevin Ahrens.

16. BLUE JAYS (from Rangers). Toronto has focused almost solely on college picks under general J.P. Ricciardi, but went in a different direction and took prep slugger Travis Snider in the first round last year. The Blue Jays are looking for infielders and catchers, and most of the best prospects there this year are high schoolers. Matt Dominguez, Moustakas’ teammate at Chatsworth High, could be the fourth prep third baseman to go in the first 16 picks.

• Projected Pick: Matt Dominguez.

17. RANGERS (from Astros). Texas desperately needs a center fielder and has never been afraid to deal with Boras, and Borbon is the best center fielder in the draft. The Rangers, as always, wouldn’t mind some college pitching, but that wouldn’t be a good value here.

• Projected Pick: Julio Borbon.

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18. CARDINALS. Though Wieters is regarded by many as the best position player in the draft, his ties to Boras and the belief that he’ll want a hefty major league contract could cause him to plummet in the first round. St. Louis has drafted several Boras clients in recent years and loves college players with a track record of success at major programs, so the slide could stop here. Scherzer and Florida senior first baseman Matt LaPorta are two more Boras guys who would fit the Cardinals profile. If St. Louis wants a guy who will sign for slot, Arkansas lefthander Nick Schmidt (like Scherzer, a St. Louis area product) is a possibility.

• Projected Pick: Matt Wieters.

19. PHILLIES. Philadelphia likes to draft upside. Heyward would be a natural choice if he somehow fell this far. The Phillies might be the first club who would take Florida high school outfielder Michael Burgess, but his inability to make consistent contact would make that a risky choice. Fast-rising Pennsylvania prep catcher Devin Mesoraco is a better bet, plus he plays a premium position.

• Projected Pick: Devin Mesoraco.

20. DODGERS (from Red Sox). Los Angeles would love for one of the top high school pitchers to fall this far. If that doesn’t happen, the Dodgers have hit with first-round prep lefthanders Scott Elbert and Clayton Kershaw in the last three years and could go that route again. Georgia’s Josh Smoker and Nathan Vineyard, and Massachusetts’ Jack McGeary all fit the L.A. mold.

• Projected Pick: Josh Smoker.

21. BLUE JAYS. Toronto will be looking for more infielders and catchers. Backstops such as Tennessee’s J.P. Arencibia and Oregon State’s Mitch Canham should be available in the supplemental round, but the middle-infield talent pool is a lot shallower. The Jays could take Oklahoma high schooler Pete Kozma if they wanted someone who can stay at shortstop, or California prepster Nick Noonan if they wanted more bat and were willing to take a second baseman.

• Projected Pick: Pete Kozma.

22. GIANTS (from Dodgers). With six picks before the second round, San Francisco could take Weathers to get someone who wouldn’t be difficult to sign and could help its big league bullpen in a hurry. The Giants are also on college pitchers such as Kent State righthander Chris Carpenter, UC Riverside righty James Simmons and San Francisco lefty Aaron Poreda. If Mills somehow lasted this long, San Francisco would take him.

• Projected Pick: Casey Weathers.

23. PADRES. San Diego’s scouting braintrust likes polished college pitchers, such as Schmidt and Simmons. Rice lefthander Joe Savery, who has yet to completely regain his stuff after offseason shoulder surgery, would be a consideration and possible steal if he finishes strong.

• Projected Pick: James Simmons.

24. RANGERS (from Angels). Connecticut righthander Matt Harvey ranked with Porcello as the top high school pitching prospect at the beginning of the spring. He has slipped only slightly, putting him on the same level as the Parker-Beavan-Baumgarner-Aumont group. Harvey could drop behind all of them because he’s represented by Boras, and his kind of talent is hard to pass up down here if the club can afford it.

• Projected Pick: Matt Harvey.

25. WHITE SOX. Chicago has reshuffled its scouting department after some lackluster drafts, and there’s a mandate to take someone with a lot more ceiling than college righthanders Lance Broadway and Kyle McCulloch, the team’s last two first-rounders. Florida high schooler Michael Main fits the bill as either a live-armed righthander or a five-tool outfielder.

• Projected Pick: Michael Main.

26. ATHLETICS. Oakland has taken more high schoolers in the last two drafts, but its first-round targets this year appear to be college players with a track record of performance. Arencibia led Team USA in homers last summer, while Simmons, Canham and James Madison outfielder Kellen Kulbacki all played well in the Cape Cod League. Texas outfielder Kyle Russell set a strikeout record on the Cape, but he’s leading NCAA Division I in homers and has the most upside of this group.

• Projected Pick: Kyle Russell.

27. TIGERS. Detroit will take the top player available, regardless of the cost. The Tigers have a need at first base, and Florida’s Matt LaPorta (a Boras client) has had arguably the best offensive season in college baseball. Other players in Detroit’s sights include Ahrens, Carpenter, Mesoraco, Vineyard and Arizona high school righthander Tim Alderson.

• Projected Pick: Matt LaPorta.

28. TWINS. Minnesota will hope a talented high schooler falls down to them at No. 28, such as Kozma or Smoker, but in this scenario 13 prepsters will have gone off the board. That could leave the Twins looking at high schoolers such as Texas third baseman Will Middlebrooks, Florida shortstop Drew Cumberland, Mississippi outfielder Wendell Fairley, Noonan and Vineyard.

• Projected Pick: Will Middlebrooks.

29. GIANTS (from Mets). San Francisco needs hitters more than pitchers, but it would be delighted if it came away with Bumgarner, Weathers and Carpenter in the first round. Poreda might be a bit of a money saver or a possibilty for the Giants’ next pick at No. 32.

• Projected Pick: Chris Carpenter.

30. YANKEES. As usual, money will be no object for New York. LaPorta would fill the Yankees’ biggest hole in their major league lineup, though they like to draft premium athletes (such as Oklahoma State center fielder Corey Brown) and pitchers (such as McGeary, Carpenter or Maryland’s Brett Cecil) with early picks.

• Projected Pick: Jack McGeary.


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Obviously the Mets don't have a 1st, but they have a supplemental. Callis figures these guys will be gone by then.

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Justin Jackson SS from Ashville, NC. I keep reading rumors that his bat is questionable. I hear rumors he might have trouble fielding! And lately I’ve even seen rumors questioning if he can run well enough! Can I please go on record as saying… I completely disagree with all of the above rumors.

Jackson is a player we have seen play maybe 50 or more games. We have seen him at our showcases and tournaments playing with and against many of the top players in the USA, Canada and Latin America. Most often the only real question mark involves his hitting potential. But I not only think Justin Jackson will hit, but he will hit for power! Why? Because we have seen it! All Justin Jackson needs is to get stronger! Strength will turn him into a monster with the bat.

By the way, if the spring season is the determining factor for so many players, here is what Jackson did his final high school season. He went 51-98 for a .520 batting average. He hit 7 homeruns in his last 6 high school games to finish with 12 HRs in 28 games. He also hit 12 doubles and 5 triples along the way and stole 21 bases. 29 of his 51 hits went for extra bases. I know statistics can sometimes be misleading, but the point is, so can rumors!

How about projection? Jackson obviously has the body that you can project. He is a tall thin athlete with lots of room to get stronger. He has the bloodlines, his father is a big man and played in the Big Leagues. But when we see a player as often as Jackson we have another thing that we can use for projection, that being the players history! Our files are loaded with information that can show a players history and how much he has progressed over a period of time. Here are some very short (we have a lot more) examples regarding Justin Jackson and his history…

2004 – 60 time 7.13, Arm strength across the infield 84 mph.
2005 – 60 time 6.85, Arm strength across the infield 87 mph.
2006- 60 time 6.57, Arm strength across the infield 92 mph
Later in 2006 – 60 time 6.60 (slow track), Arm strength across the infield 94 mph and 93 from the mound.

Of course, we have much more information we could put into the mix, but looking at the numbers above couldn’t a reasonable argument be made that this is a kid who is very likely to keep getting better? I mean from a physical standpoint. And how does he become anything but an above average or plus runner?

Then there are the things we try to avoid (see previous article) Injury, Makeup and Signability. It’s not our place to get involved in those things, but I will say it’s my belief that Justin Jackson is injury free to this point, he has highest level makeup and we have no reason to believe he doesn’t want to sign. Yet if he slips far enough, maybe he should go the Arizona State route.

The bottom line in my humble estimation is that this is one of the top position players (high school or college) in this year’s draft! And yes… I do really like the kid! I’m sure that some of the predraft private workouts he attends should create some interesting results. While we’re at it… There’s Tim Alderson in Arizona. I think he is special, too. There are many others as well. Maybe, I will babble some more later on about a few of those.

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In which round(s) do you see Justin Jackson going?

A: John Manuel: No one seems to know ... his draft stock is pretty consistently down, no one talks about him, which almost makes me think everyone is lying in the weeds on him, trying to disguise their interest. My feeling is teams that like him are trying to sneak him through into the 2-3 round range. He also may slip, his bat hasn't wowed people this spring. Alan Matthews is a huge believer in Justin Jackson. I haven't seen him but Alan has been unwavering on this guy for a year.

Q: R Nitelight from New Jersey asks:
Any rube can predict the Top 10 Picks. It takes a real guru to come up with Pick #42. What are the Mets doing?

A: John Manuel: That's really funny. Any schlub can throw out any names . . . The Mets will go best player available, but this year I doubt they will adhere to the commissioner's slotting suggestions, because last year it cost them Pedro Beato. If players fall because of signability, I can see the Mets jumping on them. I also could see them be interested in premium athletes such as Gary Brown or Ryan Dent, HS athletes in California, or Drew Cumberland, a Florida HS SS.



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Jack McGeary made his final high school start on Wednesday, and despite the fact that it was the first day of NCAA conference tournaments, there were a solid 20 or so scouts in attendance, including at least two scouting directors. McGeary's performance didn't live up to the first-round expectations placed on him over the winter, and because it was likely his last appearance in front of scouts, he probably will fall into the sandwich round or below.

McGeary's calling card is supposed to be his tremendous polish as a pitcher. His fastball is fringe-average at 87-90 mph, but by the sixth inning (around 70 pitches), he was pitching at 83-86. He's not as polished as a command pitcher who's considered a first-round talent should be: His control is below average (21 walks in 40 innings this year), and he has a habit of shortening his arm action and getting under the ball before releasing it, leaving his fastball up and his curveball (which at times is plus with good depth) with a softer, earlier break.

McGeary's bonus demands are going to be a major factor in determining where he's drafted. He has a scholarship to Stanford -- a great academic school, but not a good producer of pro baseball prospects -- and is rumored to be asking for a bonus near $2 million, which is top 10 money. If this is true, he could easily fall to one of the big-budget teams sitting in the sandwich round, like the Mets or Red Sox, assuming they think he's worth the money.

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