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2008-05-23 Welcome to the final draft rankings for 2008. There is plenty of movement, with late draft risers such as Andrew Cashner, Jake Odorizzi, Zach Collier and Anthony Hewitt. I'm going to let the rankings speak for themselves, and keep in mind these rankings are not a reflection of how the draft may shake out, as signability and organizational needs will ultimately determine which players are selected where. In regards to the Brewers, they are poised for a big year, with six picks among the top 62 overall selections, and you have to feel confident that Jack Zduriencik will re-stock the farm system with talent now that he actually has extra, early picks to work with. Truly, a big draft is on tap. To view scouting reports of all 100 players entered in the Brewerfan.net database, be sure to click on the Player Profile drop-down menu and select all, and in the meantime, visit the fan forum to be a part of all of the conversation leading up to the draft, and Brewerfan.net's unrivaled draft-day coverage.
2008-04-17 Not much has changed with the talent at the top of the draft. Pedro Alvarez remains the consensus top prospect available despite missing over a month due to a broken hamate bone. Tanner Scheppers has established himself as one of the top prospects by showing consistent 93-95 velocity and a very good slider, placing himself just behind San Diego's Brian Matusz and Missouri's Aaron Crow. Shooter Hunt has also risen up draft boards thanks to a consistent 93-94 fastball and hard breaking curveball. The bats favor the first baseman, as Justin Smoak, Yonder Alonso, Brett Wallace, David Cooper and Allan Dykstra all have the potential to be taken in the first round from the college ranks, with Eric Hosmer representing the preps. Prep SS Tim Beckham could go first overall to the Rays with his overall tool-set, and University of Georgia SS Gordon Beckham (no relation) is also going to be considered among the top three to five overall picks with a very strong spring. Florida State catcher Buster Posey is also a legit top-10 pick with a phenomenal spring of his own. There is a lot of uncertainty with the prep pitchers, as Gerrit Cole's signability is clouded since he is aligned with Scott Boras, while Tim Melville and Alex Meyer have been slowed due to poor weather in the Midwest. Sonny Gray continues to throw heat despite a sub-6' frame, while lefties Brett DeVall and Kyle Lobstein have been dealing this spring. Georgia closer Joshua Fields has re-established himself as a mid-first-rounder this spring by re-discovering his mid-90s heat and wicked breaking pitch, and through mid-April he has yet to give up an earned run. The 2008 draft crop is not a good year for outfielders, which may cause a team to surprise people where they take players such as Pepperdine's Eric Thames and prep outfielders Jay Austin, Zach Collier and Isaac Galloway.
2007-11-02 Welcome to Brewerfan.net's 2008 draft coverage with the release of the initial top 30 prospect list. Be sure to check the drop-down menus at the top of this page to view scouting reports on players by position as I had more players to the database, draft coverage and Brewers draft picks from past years as well as some handy links. And of course, don't forget to check out the draft forum as part of the Brewerfan.net message boards to be a part of discussion on some of the top amateur talent all year long. The 2008 draft pool has initially been labeled weak according to scouts, but I think there are quite a few potential impact bats that will have scouts thinking differently the closer we get to next June's draft. Pedro Alvarez is the cream of the crop, a position he has held since his impressive freshman season. Eric Hosmer on the prep side has about as sweet a swing that you can find, and shouldn't take long to progress to the big leagues upon being drafted and signed. The college ranks in particular have quite a few first basemen that boast some impressive power potential, including Justin Smoak, Yonder Alonso, Brett Wallace, Allan Dykstra, Dennis Raben and David Cooper. Add in a few outfielders including Roger Kieschnick, Jordan Danks, Kyle Russell, Jared Prince, Ike Davis and Devin Shepherd and you have a collection of power hitters that we have not seen for a few years. There is also some nice depth among college infielders with a variety of tools and skill-sets that includes Brandon Crawford, Jemile Weeks, David Adams, Gordon Beckham, Conor Gillaspie and Reese Havens. The prep bats after Hosmer include the best catching prospect since Joe Mauer, Kyle Skipworth, a polished infielder that draws comparisons to Arod in Harold Martinez, a smooth all-around shortstop in Tim Beckham and a handful of toolsy outfielders that includes Aaron Hicks, Isaac Galloway, Destin Hood, Robbie Grossman and Xavier Avery. Ethan Martin and Chris Amezquita add a couple of more power bats to the infield crop. What leads many scouts to say the talent is down in 2008 is probably the college pitching, with no can't-miss projected staff ace in the mold of David Price, Andrew Miller or even Luke Hochevar. Brian Matusz is no slouch, with good size and stuff, followed by Aaron Crow, who helped his draft status more than any other player this past summer with a dominant summer on the Cape. Jacob Thompson and Tyson Ross have enjoyed good success during college, but neither has the stuff of a true staff ace. Lance Lynn and Brett Jacobson have the stuff but haven't had the consistency. Aaron Shafer, Shooter Hunt, Bryce Stowell, Tim Murphy, Scott Green, D.J. Mitchell, David Duncan and Zach Putnam all have the potential to be considered first-round picks next June if they start to put their entire games together, giving the draft a fair amount of encouraging depth. Christian Friedrich may not have the overpowering fastball to be called your typical staff ace, but his power curveball is bound to draw some comparisons to Barry Zito, and like Zito Friedrich could soar through the minors. The college closers are alive and well, highlighted by a pair of returning seniors in lefty Cole St. Clair and righty Josh Fields. Ryan Perry and Luke Burnett helped their causes with impressive summer showings on the Cape, While Brett Hunter and Josh Lindblom have bounced between the starting rotation and the bullpen during their college careers. Aaron Weatherford, Cody Satterwhite, Bryan Shaw and Kyle Weiland all could be taken in the early rounds. The high school class boasts plenty of pitching depth, highlighted by Tim Melville, Gerrit Cole and Alex Meyer. Melville is the complete package, Cole's stuff is electric while few command their impressive fastball like Meyer does. Taylor Jungmann also has impressive fastball command, while Michael Palazzone employs a delivery similar to Tim Lincecum with an equally impressive curveball. Sonny Gray, B.J. Hermsen, Quinton Miller, Daniel Webb and Daniel Marrs are a few more righties worth paying attention to, while the prep lefties are reperesented by Jarret Martin, Brett DeVall, Kyle Lobstein, Scott Silverstein, Kyle Long, Nick Maronde and Robbie Ross. The lefties in particular offer a little of everything, from the prototypical crafty lefty that changes speeds and hits his spots in DeVall and Maronde, to the projectable potentially power lefty that has the ability to touch the low to mid-90s with consistency in Martin and Lobstein.
 

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