2008 Draft Watch

The following is a projected look on how the first round for the 2008 MLB draft might go. Keep in mind that baseball draft projections are a lot more volatile than in the other major sports, so some of these projections are likely to change substantially until June 2008 (particularly the HS players).

Scouting reports on amateur players are based in some instances on first hand reports from the SoxProspects staff, and in other instances on second hand reports from friends of the site. Additionally, some scouting information on certain high school prospects has been cumulated through sources across the Internet, including PG Cross Checker (subscription required). If you are interested in learning more on prospects coming up through the amateur ranks, PG Cross Checker is a phenomenal and invaluable source of information and we highly recommend it - subscriptions start at $60.

Potential #1 Pick Buster Posey
Potential #1 Pick Buster Posey

1. (TB) Tim Beckham - SS, Griffin HS (GA)
2. (PIT) Pedro Alvarez - 3B, Vanderbilt
3. (KC) Eric Hosmer - 1B, American Heritage HS (FL)
4. (BAL) Brian Matusz - LHP, San Diego
5. (SF) Justin Smoak - 1B, South Carolina
6. (FLA) Kyle Skipworth - C, Patriot HS (CA)
7. (CIN) Gordon Beckham - SS, Georgia
8. (CHW) Brett Wallace - 1B, Arizona State
9. (WSH) Yonder Alonso - 1B, Miami
10. (HOU) Aaron Crow - RHP, Missouri
11. (TEX) Christian Friedrich - LHP, Eastern Kentucky
12. (OAK) Aaron Hicks - OF, Wilson HS (CA)
13. (STL) Shooter Hunt, RHP, Tulane
14. (MIN) Casey Kelly - SS, Sarasota HS (FL)
16. (MIL) Andrew Cashner - RHP, Texas Christian
17. (TOR) Ike Davis - OF/1B, Arizona State
18. (NYM) Joshua Fields - RHP, Georgia
19. (CHC) Ethan Martin - RHP, Stephens County HS (GA)
20. (SEA) Anthony Hewitt - 3B, Salisbury School (CT)
21. (DET) Brett Lawrie - C/3B, Brookswood HS (Canada)
22. (NYM) Jason Castro - C, Stanford
23. (SD) Reese Havens - SS, South Carolina
24. (PHI) Tanner Scheppers - RHP, Fresno State
25. (COL) David Cooper - 1B, California
26. (ARI) Gerrit Cole - RHP, Orange Lutheran HS (CA)
27. (MIN) Jemile Weeks - 2B, Miami
28. (NYY) Jake Odorizzi, RHP, Highland HS (IL)
29. (CLE) Bryan Price - RHP, Rice
30. (BOS) Connor Gillaspie, 3B, Wichita State

Other possible 1st rounders:

Zach Collier - OF, Chino Hills HS (CA)
Ross Seaton - RHP, Second Baptist (TX)
Tyler Ladendorf - SS, Howard CC (Texas)
Daniel Schlereth- LHP, Arizona
Ryan Perry- RHP, Arizona
Daniel Webb - RHP, Heath HS (KY)
Destin Hood - SS/OF, St. Paul's Academy (AL)
Kyle Lobstein - LHP, Coconino HS (AZ)
Tyson Ross - RHP, California
Tanner Scheppers - RHP, Fresno State