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2009 Draft
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Rank Name Pos B/T H/W NCAA/HS School/State Comments
-24 Givens, Mychal RHP S/R 6-2/190 High School H.B. Plant (FL) Super-athletic 2-way star with power arm and exciting potential as a SS
-19 Wheeler, Tim CF L/R 6-4/205 College Sacramento State Tall, rangy and toolsy CF prospect with good speed, slashing bat
-13 Thompson, Chad RHP R/R 6-8/215 High School El Toro (CA) Skyscraper prep RHP with polished approach and good, not great stuff
04 Minor, Mike LHP L/L 6-4/195 College Vanderbilt Polished lefty with very good command of fastball-changeup combo
05 Pounders, Brooks RHP R/R 6-5/225 High School Temecula Valley (CA) Hulking two-way talent with power arm, bat, has better upside on mound
06 Bittle, Scott CL R/R 6-2/185 College Mississippi College closer had incredible '08 season thanks to wicked cutter
07 Jones, James LHP L/L 6-3/185 College Long Island U (NY) Fast-rising, lived armed college LHP with big upside, limited experience
08 Scheppers, Tanner RHP R/R 6-4/170 College Saint Paul Saints (Independent) Talented RHP hopes to re-claim draft status he held before shoulder injury last spring
09 Green, Grant SS R/R 6-3/200 College USC Taller SS with long, strong limbs and exciting offensive potential
10 Stoffel, Jason CL R/R 6-1/220 College Arizona Strong bodied & armed closer with powerful, heavy fastball
11 Myers, Wil 3B R/R 6-3/190 High School Wesleyan Christian Academy (NC) Incredibly versatile player with strong arm, power, and good overall athleticism
12 Graham, Matt RHP R/R 6-3/195 High School Oak Ridge (TX) Mature, strongly built RHP with power arsenal
13 Shields, Robbie SS R/R 6-1/195 College Florida Southern Dynamic middle infield prospect with power bat and good speed
14 Krol, Ian LHP L/L 6-1/180 High School Neuqua Valley (IL) Crafty lefty with solid stuff, nasty curveball and knack for pounding zone
15 Susac, Andrew C R/R 6-1/190 High School Jesuit (CA) Impressive defensive prep backstop with potential in his bat
16 Crow, Aaron RHP R/R 6-1/195 College Fort Worth Cats (Independent) Unsigned top prospect from '08 draft is a live-armed RHP that will pitch in independent league next spring
17 Goodwin, Brian CF L/R 6-1/185 High School Rocky Mount (NC) Prototypical leadoff hitting CF with good speed and on-base skills
18 James, Chad LHP L/L 6-4/195 High School Yukon (OK) Athletic prep LHP with good, not great stuff, good approach
19 Lyons, Tyler LHP S/L 6-2/195 College Oklahoma State Side-arming lefty with good, not great stuff, solid repertoire
20 Locker, Jake CF R/R 6-3/225 College Washington Athletic freak of a talent is committed to football as Huskies QB
21 Bailey, Luke C R/R 6-0/195 High School Troup (GA) Solid all-around catching prospect with strong arm, solid bat
22 Borchering, Bobby 3B S/R 6-4/195 High School Bishop Verot (FL) Powerfully built, athletic switch-hitter with confident, lethal bat
23 Davis, Kentrail LF L/R 5-9/195 College Tennessee Draft-eligible sophomore OF is a gifted hitter and dynamic offensive player
24 Phegley, Josh C R/R 5-11/215 College Indiana Shorter yet fiery and powerfully built catcher with good tools across the board
25 Matzek, Tyler LHP L/L 6-3/185 High School Capistrano Valley (CA) Projectable, athletic lefty with good repertoire and clean mechanics
26 Gibson, Kyle RHP R/R 6-6/195 College Missouri Tall and lanky RHP with good fastball, knockout slider
27 Boxberger, Brad RHP R/R 6-2/195 College USC Good sized, live armed RHP with good sinker-slider one-two punch
28 Smith, Blake RHP L/R 6-2/220 College California Two-way star at the college level with good size, stuff and power potential
29 Heckathorn, Kyle RHP R/R 6-6/235 College Kennesaw State Tall, powerfully built RHP with power stuff needs to improve command
30 Pollock, A.J. CF R/R 6-1/200 College Notre Dame Solid all-around player with athleticism and versatility to play just about anywhere on diamond
  Notes-11/21/2008       notes archive
Welcome to's annual draft coverage. It's time to look ahead to the talent that is available for the 2009 draft. The strength of the '09 draft class lies in its pitchers, particularly from college, in which we may see the top 10-15 overall picks dominated by arms. San Diego State righty Stephen Strasburg is the early favorite to go first overall, with the perfect combination of size, athleticism, stuff and command, and profiles in a similar fashion to David Price in the 2007 draft and even Mark Prior from 2001. Whether he goes first overall of course remains to be seen, as he has chosen to align himself with Scott Boras. The same can be said for Oklahoma State lefty Andrew Oliver, North Carolina outfielder Dustin Ackley, USC shortstop Grant Green, Tennessee draft-eligible sophomore outfielder Kentrail Davis and the top unsigned pick from the 2008 draft, right-handed pitcher Aaron Crow, who plans to pitch for the Fort Worth Cats next spring in the Independent American Association league. Top prep stars, such as outfielder Donovan Tate from Georgia and right-handed pitcher Jacob Turner from Missouri, will also be advised by the super-agent. Meaning of course signability will once again play a prominent part of the draft. The high school crop is highlighted by a pair of left-handed pitchers in Purke and Matzek. Both have touched the mid-90s, and pitch comfortably in the low-90s. Purke is praised for his competitive fire and wicked fastball-slider combo, while Matzek tosses a hard curveball with silky-smooth mechanics. Ian Krol (Naperville, IL), Chad James (Yukon, OK) and Beau Wright (Los Alamitos) add to the prep southpaw depth. Tate may be the most physically gifted player to come from the prep ranks since Justin Upton and Cameron Maybin in 2005. He is a two-sport star whose father, Lars Tate, was a college star running back that spent three seasons in the NFL with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Givens, Maddox and Sampson are going to draw a lot of interest in the spring for their two-way talents. Givens and Sampson are more likely to be drafted as pitchers with easy arm strength and wicked breaking balls. Maddox' arm strength and power potential will likely lead to him being pursued as a catcher. Catchers overall are a strength for next year's crop, which includes Maddox, Stassi, Luke Bailey (LaGrange, GA), Jonathan Walsh (Coppell, TX), Andrew Susac (Roseville, CA) and Michael Zunino (Cape Coral, FL), all of whom are candidates to go in the first two rounds of the draft. Texas strong righty Shelby Miller is quickly rising up draft boards, while the twin towers of Chad Thompson (Trabuco Canyon, CA) and Christopher Jenkins (Westfield, NJ), who check in at 6'8" and 6'7" respectively, also throw gas with good secondary stuff. Davidson, Goodwin, third baseman Brian Borchering (Alva, FL), shortstop Deven Marrero (Davie, FL) and outfielder Jake Marisnick (Riverside, CA) really helped their stock with strong performances this summer. Strasburg as noted above is the cream of this year's college and overall crop, and is poised for a huge junior year, and has posted impressive numbers throughout his college career. He earned a spot on the U.S. Olympic team's bronze medal-winning roster as part of the Beijing Olympics. He along with fellow draft-eligible pitchers Oliver, Gibson, Minor, Volz, Smith, Mike Leake (Arizona State), Tyler Lyons (Oklahoma State), A.J. Griffin (San Diego) and Chris Hernandez (Miami) formed an incredible staff for the Team USA National Collegiate team this past summer, posting a staff ERA of 0.88 that carried the team to an undefeated, 24-0 record. Green and Ackley showed their tools on the Cape, along with infielders Robbie Shields (Florida Southern), and D.J. LeMahieu (draft-eligible sophomore, LSU), first basemen Ben Paulsen (Clemson) and Ryan Wheeler (Loyola Marymount), third basemen Chris Dominguez (Louisville) and Rich Poythress (Georgia), and outfielders A.J. Pollock (Notre Dame), Tim Wheeler (Sacramento State) and Brett Jackson (California). Kentrail Davis was the lone draft-eligible hitting star for Team USA. Cape starters such as Jeff Inman (Stanford), Craig Fritsch (Baylor), Shawn Tolleson (Baylor), Matt Thomson (San Diego) and Brad Stillings (Kent State) add to the impressive pitching talent available for next year's draft. Jason Stoffel (Arizona), Brad Boxberger (USC), Ben Tottle (Jacksonville State) and Scott Bittle (Ole Miss, an unsigned second rounder by the New York Yankees) highlight the short list of power relievers available. The weakest positional category for the 2009 draft at this point in time appears to be college catchers. Tony Sanchez (Boston College), Josh Phegley (Indiana) and Tommy Medica (Santa Clara) could be drafted in the early rounds based on need more than merit. Robert Stock (USC) may ride his reputation to an early draft selection as well.

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