1. Stephen Strasburg, rhp, San Diego State
The difference between him and the rest of this draft class is so huge, it's hard to imagine anyone closing it.
2. Grant Green, ss, Southern California
Five-tool shortstop drew comparisons to Evan Longoria, Troy Tulowitzki in the Cape Cod League last summer.
3. Alex White, rhp, North Carolina
Pick your poison: He can make you look silly with his fastball, slider or splitter.
4. Dustin Ackley, 1b, North Carolina
College baseball's best pure hitter has surprising speed, could boost his stock further with a move to center.
5. Donavan Tate, of, Cartersville (Ga.) HS
The son of former NFL running back Lars Tate is easily the best high school position player available.
6. Aaron Crow, rhp, Fort Worth Cats (Independent)
May go higher in the draft after failing to sign with the Nationals as the No. 9 overall pick in 2008.
7. Tyler Matzek, lhp, Capistrano Valley HS, Mission Viejo, Calif.
Scouts slightly prefer him to Matt Purke because he's more physical and does things a little more easily.
8. Matt Purke, lhp, Klein (Texas) HS
Has a little more power to his arsenal than Matzek, plus a track record of starring with Team USA and at showcases.
9. Kyle Gibson, rhp, Missouri
Already has been very successful with a solid fastball and a nifty slider, and he has lots of projection remaining.
10. Kendal Volz, rhp, Baylor
Didn't surrender an earned run in 14 innings as Team USA's closer last summer.
Saturday, February 7, 2009
In case you missed it, BA's first round mock draft just posted has this top 10:
Posted by Steven at 5:15 AM