John's 2008 Draft Board (As of 12 Noon, May 17)

Here is a look at my current draft board. THIS IS NOT A PREDICTION OR PROJECTION OF THE FIRST ROUND. This is my current personal opinion of these players. This will continue to change as we approach draft day and some players are already ranked differently compared to the lists I've been doing this past week.

1) Buster Posey, C, Florida State: Great bat, has proven to be solid defender.
2) Tim Beckham, SS, Georgia HS: Overall tools package.
3) Kyle Skipworth, C, California HS: Hits, fields, and intuition loves him.
4) Gordon Beckham, SS, Georgia: Love him almost as much as Posey.
5) Justin Smoak, 1B, South Carolina: Best college bat but not as valuable defensively as Posey and Beckham.
6) Aaron Crow, RHP, Missouri: Stock has dropped just a hair but still looks great to me.
7) Brian Matusz, LHP, San Diego: Could easily flip with Crow.
8) Pedro Alvarez, 3B, Vanderbilt: Injury knocks him back a couple of notches but still elite.
9) Eric Hosmer, 1B, Florida HS: All reports look great. Signability?
10) Yonder Alonso, 1B, Miami: Another bat impossible not to love.
11) Tanner Scheppers, RHP, Fresno State (ASSUMES GOOD HEALTH REPORTS): I loved him before he got hurt, not sure how to rank him now.
12) Aaron Hicks, OF-RHP, California HS: Hitter or pitcher? Either way I think I'd rank him here.
13) Christian Friedrich, LHP, Eastern Kentucky: A safe solid pick.
14) Josh Fields, RHP, Georgia: Great stuff, could move quickly, affordable.
15) Shooter Hunt, RHP, Tulane: Great stuff, command is an issue.
16) Ethan Martin, RHP, Georgia HS: I'm assuming he will get drafted as a pitcher.
17) Bret Wallace, 3B-1B, Arizona State: Patience and power.
18) Ike Davis, OF, Arizona State: I rated him a bit ahead of Wallace before and they could flip flop again.
19) Jemile Weeks, 2B, Miami: Not sure he will have an impact bat like these other guys but all-around talent keeps him in the middle of the round.
20) Andrew Cashner, RHP, TCU: Closer prospect has risen rapidly. Could move up further.
21) Tim Melville, RHP, Missouri HS: Opinions are starting to shift about this guy, some rate him in the top 15 still, others have him dropping out of the Top 30 altogether. I don't know what to think.
22) Reese Havens, SS, South Carolina: Love the bat, though I expect him to move to third.
23) Zach Putnam, RHP, Michigan: I seem to like him more than other people do.
24) Kyle Lobstein, LHP, Arizona HS: My opinion of him is rising but signability looks like a problem.
25) Eric Thames, OF, Pepperdine: I buy into the bat improvement.
26) David Cooper, 1B, California: Another power bat that should do well in pro ball.
27) Jake Odorizzi, RHP, Illinois HS: I was thinking about him as a second rounder but stock has risen dramatically lately and the more I study the more I like him.
28) Ryan Perry, RHP, Arizona: Power arm, erratic but a high ceiling.
29) Isaac Galloway, OF, California HS: Another guy I like more than other people it seems. Is he getting nitpicked?
30) Jason Castro, C, Stanford: I'm not 100% convinced about the bat yet.

Expect this list to change a lot, especially after the top ten.

 

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