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1. Tampa Bay Rays

The Pick: Tim Beckham,

SS, Griffin (GA) Griffin.


The buzz: Beckham was the No. 1 player in the RivalsHIGH 100 for 2008. He is a five-tool player who, with good

coaching, could be in the Big Leagues before he turns 21.

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2. Pittsburgh Pirates

The Pick: Pedro Alvarez, 3B, Vanderbilt


The buzz: Alvarez suffered a broken hamate bone this season, but clearly the injury didn't affect his draft stock.

He has an MLB-ready bat but an average arm. With former first-round pick Neil Walker working at 3B in the minors, a move to 1B

is not out of the question for Alvarez.

3. Kansas City Royals

The Pick: Eric Hosmer,

1B, Cooper City (FL) American Heritage


The buzz: A big and strong left-handed batter, Hosmer hit .487 in high school. At 6 feet 2 and 210 pounds, Hosmer

may have the best bat control of all high school players in the draft. He was the No. 2 player in the RivalsHigh 100.

4. Baltimore Orioles

The Pick: Brian Matusz(notes), LHP, Univ. of San Diego


The buzz: Matusz has established himself as the top pitcher in this year's Draft. His poise on the mound is

unquestioned, and he can throw four pitches with good control. Once he makes the rotation, he'll likely remain there for a

long time.

5. San Francisco Giants

The Pick: Buster Posey, C, Florida State


The buzz: Posey is more athletic than most catchers because he came into college as a shortstop. Some thought he

could have been the No. 1 pick overall. He does not have a lot of power, but does have good knowledge of the strike zone and

hits to all fields.

6. Florida Marlins

The Pick: Kyle

Skipworth, C, Riverside (CA) Rubidoux


The buzz: The No. 3 player in the RivalsHIGH 100, Skipworth is already 6-foot-4 and could be a better fit at first

base or a corner outfield spot. Has a very clean swing from the left side of the plate. He had 18 consecutive hits at one

point this season.

7. Cincinnati Reds

The Pick: Yonder Alonso, 1B, Miami


The buzz: There are several big-hitting corner infielders in this class, and the Reds took Alonso over players like

Justin Smoak of South Carolina. Alonso is an outstanding offensive player who could hit 25-30 home runs a year.

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8. Chicago White Sox

The Pick: Gordon Beckham(notes), SS, Georgia


The buzz: Beckham is likely to move to second base or third base as he progresses through the professional ranks.

He led the Cape Cod league in home runs last summer, but he also works the count and hits a lot of line drives. He has been a

leader for a Georgia team that will host a Super Regional this weekend.

9. Washington Nationals

The Pick: Aaron Crow, RHP, Missouri


The buzz: A solid pitcher with a good frame, Crow can crank it up to 96 as well as throw a power slider. He may be

the player in this draft who reaches the major leagues first.

10. Houston Astros

The Pick: Jason Castro, C, Stanford


The buzz: With Posey and Skipworth gone, Castro was the last top-tier catcher available. The left-handed hitting

prospect continued to improve his draft stock all season and moved up to the Top 10. He has a little better speed than most

catchers in the draft, but has had arm issues in his past.

11. Texas Rangers

The Pick: Justin Smoak, 1B, South Carolina


The buzz: Many believe Smoak was the best of a deep class of first basemen in the draft. A switch-hitter, Smoak

reminds a lot of people of Mark Teixeira(notes). Smoak is slow on the basepaths, but it may not matter if he is trotting around them

40 times a year.

12. Oakland Athletics

The Pick: Jemile Weeks, 2B, Miami


The buzz: Weeks is a switch-hitter with outstanding speed. Jemile has some pop, but he lacks the power of his older

brother - Rickie Weeks(notes) of the Milwaukee Brewers. He and Alonso are a formidable duo for the Miami Hurricanes.

13. St. Louis Cardinals

The Pick: Brett Wallace(notes), 1B, Arizona State


The buzz: Wallace is one of the best pure hitters in this class. His advanced approach at the plate could lead to

gaudy Minor League numbers before a very productive Major League career.

14. Minnesota Twins

The Pick: Aaron Hicks,

CF, Long Beach (CA) Woodrow Wilson


The buzz: Hicks was the No. 4 player in the RivalsHIGH 100. He is a strong-armed and athletic player who could have

gone higher as a pitcher, but he wants to play outfield. He is a very good baserunner and has a lot of raw power that needs

harnessed and refined. Read his story here.

15. Los Angeles Dodgers

The Pick: Ethan

Martin, 3B, Toccoa (GA) Stephens County


The buzz: The No. 10 player in the RivalsHIGH 100, Martin is a big, strong pitcher who can throw upwards of 95 mph.

He also has command of an 84 mph split-finger fastball. He could also play third base, which would allow the Dodgers to take

advantage of his powerful bat.

16. Milwaukee Brewers

The Pick: Brett

Lawrie, C, Langley, British Columbia


The buzz: Lawrie plays for the Canadian National team, and scouts have already seen him hit with a wooden bat. He

could play second or third base going forward. He was ranked No. 8 in the RivalsHIGH 100.

17. Toronto Blue Jays

The Pick: David Cooper, 1B, California


The buzz: His power is his most attractive skill. He is an average defender and baserunner, but he'll be able to DH

in the American League. He has considerable power to all fields, but needs to work on contact to avoid prolonged slumps.

18. New Yorks Mets - from Atlanta Braves

The Pick: Ike Davis, 1B, Arizona State


The buzz: The run on corner infielders continues … The son of ex-Major Leaguer Ron Davis, Ike does not have jaw-

dropping tools. He does have a sweet left-handed swing, which the Mets hope will carry him to the Big Apple.

19. Chicago Cubs

The Pick: Andrew Cashner, RHP, TCU


The buzz: A 6-foot-6 power pitcher, Cashner moved to the TCU closer's role and has been unhittable. He may move

into a starting role in the future, but he could be coming out of the Cubs bullpen by September.

20. Seattle Mariners

The Pick: Josh Fields(notes), RHP, Georgia


The buzz: Fields has a great arm, and could be in the majors as early as next season. He is Georgia's all-time

saves leader, and could be a fixture in Mariners bullpen for years to come.

21. Detroit Tigers

The Pick: Ryan Perry(notes), RHP, Arizona


The buzz: Perry has one of the liveliest arms in the Draft, but has been inconsistent with his control and

delivery. His fastball approaches 100 MPH, and the Tigers love relievers who can throw that kind of heat.

22. New York Mets

The Pick: Reese Havens, SS, South Carolina


The buzz: Has a savvy approach on the field, but his lack of speed and range may move him from shortstop to another

position down the road. He is a coach-on-the-field type who makes the players around him better.

23. San Diego Padres

The Pick: Allan Dykstra, 1B, Wake Forest


The buzz: Dykstra has limited range at first base and failed at third base this season as well. Like many corner

infielders, Dykstra will rely on power to get to the big leagues. At 6 feet 5 and 240 pounds, he has a big frame. However, he

may have been better suited for a DH role in the American League - not in cavernous Petco Park.

24. Philadelphia Phillies

The Pick: Anthony

Hewitt, SS, Salisbury (CT) Salisbury School


The buzz: Hewitt was recently awarded his fifth star and moved to No. 12 in the RivalsHIGH 100 rankings. He is

considered by many a high risk/high reward prospect. He could end up in the outfield for the Phillies.

25. Colorado Rockies

The Pick: Christian Friedrich, LHP, Eastern Kentucky


The buzz: Left-handed pitchers like Friedrich with an above-average curveball and low-90s fastball are rare

commodities. He is a polished starter who some thought we be taken a bit earlier in the round. Pitching in Colorado has become

a little easier in recent years, but it's still not a dream destination for pitchers.

26. Arizona Diamondbacks

The Pick: Daniel Schlereth(notes), LHP, Arizona


The buzz: Son of former NFL player Mark Schlereth, Daniel was selected last year by the Oakland A's but chose to

return to school. He is a strong and compact left-handed reliever.

27. Minnesota Twins - from LA Angels

The Pick: Carlos Gutierrez, RHP, Miami


The buzz: The third Miami Hurricane to be selected in the first round, Gutierrez has already had Tommy John

surgery. He has good movement on his fastball, but has struggled with inconsistency.

28. New York Yankess

The Pick: Gerrit Cole,

RHP, Santa Ana (CA) Lutheran


The buzz: Cole has a high-ceiling because of his explosive fastball. The No. 7 player in the RivalsHIGH 100, he is

a steal here talent-wise. However, signability likely was an issue for many teams because Scott Boras is his agent.

29. Cleveland Indians

The Pick: Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B, Pitt (NC) CC


The buzz: A good bat from the left side of the plate. He has had some off-the-field issues in the past. He was

kicked off the South Carolina team after being charged with burglary and larceny.

30. Boston Red Sox

The Pick: Casey Kelly,

SS, Sarasota (FL) Sarasota


The buzz: Now it's decision time for Kelly. He has signed a Letter of Intent to play football (and baseball) at the

University of Tennessee. An athletic baseball player who can pitch or play shortstop, Kelly graded out as the No. 15 player in

the RivalsHIGH 100.

Supplemental 1st Round Picks

31. Minnesota Twins - for Torii Hunter(notes)

The Pick: Shooter Hunt, RHP, Tulane


The buzz: Hunt has proven himself at a high level in college baseball despite only pitching for four years. He has

a Major League-plus fastball already, and should only get better as he continues to master the changeup.

32. Milwaukee Brewers - for Francisco Cordero(notes)

The Pick: Jacob

Odorizzi, RHP, Highland (IL) Highland


The buzz: Odorizzi has an electric four-seam fastball that reaches 94 MPH and a nice slider to go with it. He was

one of the fastest rising prospects in this year's Draft.

33. New York Mets - for Tom Glavine(notes)

The Pick: Brad Holt, RHP, UNC Wilmington


The buzz: A good prospect with a solid fastball, Holt will need to develop a second pitch to make an impact at the

MLB level.

34. Philadelphia Phillies - for Aaron Rowand(notes)

The Pick: Zach

Collier, OF, Chino Hills (CA) Chino Hills


The buzz: Collier's combination of power and athleticism are hard to find among high school hitters. He was the No.

6 player in the RivalsHIGH 100.

35. Milwaukee Brewers - for Scott Linebrink(notes)

The Pick: Evan Frederickson, LHP, Univ of San Francisco


The buzz: A 6-foot-6, 238-pounder, Frederickson can light up the radar gun. Big, powerful left-handers are often

hard to find. The Brewers may have a gem here.

36. Kansas City Royals - for David Riske(notes)

The Pick: Michael

Montgomery, LHP, Valencia (CA) Hart


The buzz: A top-25 prospect in the RivalsHIGH 100, Montgomery is one of the fastest-rising high school pitchers on

the West Coast. He has committed to play college baseball at Cal State Fullerton.

37. San Francisco Giants - for Pedro Feliz(notes)

The Pick: Connor Gillaspie, 3B, Wichita State


The buzz: Gillaspie proved he could hit at a high level when he was named MVP of the Cape Cod League last summer.

He is an offensive star who needs to work on his defense.

38. Houston Astros - for Miller

The Pick: Jordan Lyles, RHP, Hartsville (SC) Hartsville


The buzz: At 6-feet-4 185 pounds Lyles has a solid frame to grow on. The Astros has been able to develop pitchers

through the farm system and he will need some seasoning.

39. St. Louis Cardinals - for Troy Percival(notes)

The Pick: Michael Lynn, RHP, Ole Miss


The buzz: Lynn has very good command and can mix speed and location well. He has had some success in the ultra-

competitive Southeastern Conference.

40. Atlanta Braves - for Ron Mahay(notes)

The Pick: Brett

DeVall, LHP, Niceville (FL) Niceville


The buzz: DeVall, the No. 21 prospect in the RivalsHIGH 100, has good size and advanced skills for his age. He has

committed to play college baseball at Georgia.

41. Chicago Cubs - for Jason Kendall(notes)

The Pick: Ryan Flaherty, SS, Vanderbilt


The buzz: Flaherty was a steady leader for an outstanding Vanderbilt program. He and Pedro Alvarez were a

formidable duo in the Commodores lineup. Flaherty had a 35-game hitting streak.

42. San Diego Padres - for Doug Brocail(notes)

The Pick: Jaff Decker,

CF, Peoria (AZ) Sunrise Mountain


The buzz: The No. 33 player in the RivalsHigh 100, Decker throws and bats left-handed. He has played against top

competition in summer showcases and performed at a high level.

43. Arizona Diamondbacks - for Livan Hernandez(notes)

The Pick: Wade Miley, LHP, Southeastern Louisiana

44. New York Yankess - for Luis Vizcaino(notes)

The Pick: Jeremy Bliech, LHP, Stanford


The buzz: A heady pitcher has seen his game improve each year at Stanford. Could be a serviceable MLB pitcher in

the future.

45. Boston Red Sox - for Eric Gagne(notes)

The Pick: Bryan Price, RHP, Rice


The buzz: A hard throwing righty did not expect to be a first round pick, even a supplemental pick, will be able to

work his way through the minors on grit.

46. San Diego Padres - for Mike Cameron(notes)

The Pick: John Forsythe, 3B, Arkansas Fayetteville


The buzz: The Padres have had problems at 3B since Ken Caminiti left the organization. A project pick that could

turn into a genius pick by Kevin Towers.

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