Pick 1 - Washburn Sea Wolves: SP Xun Wie ... Cui or Wie? Most scouts seemed to feel it was a tossup between these two dominant college right handers, but the Sea Wolves went for Wie. Wie had slightly lesser stats his senior year, but he faced better competition.
Pick 2 - Oakton Axemen: SP Zee-loo Cui The Axemen have no reason to regret it being Cui who fell to #2. While he has a slightly lesser pitch repertoire, he has the sturdier arm. A better prospect than most recent #1's.
Pick 3 - Point Breeze Salty Dogs: SP Eyler Zakieva Compiled the best stats among high school pitchers this season, albeit against significantly lesser competition than Teaeda and Baca. Scouts do not like his habit of pitching up in the zone and think he may have some problems with the long ball when he faces professional competition. We see him as a good but not great prospect.
Pick 4 - Redsand Desperados: 1B Dong-hee Pak The Desperados used the 4th pick to nab the best pure power hitter. Pak led high school batters in homers and no one we talked to doubted that his power will carry over into his pro career. They do have some doubts about his ability to hit for average, however.
Pick 5 - Ritchford Redwings: SS José Famalba Led college hitters in OBP, and possesses an outstanding eye for the strike zone. However, at this point he really does not swing the bat all that well, and he has not responded well to coaching in this area. Mediocre glove but a pretty good baserunner.
Pick 6 - Denton Yorkies: CF Asim Stanovcic An unexpected pick at this point. Not among the leaders in college, and does not dazzle in the field. Did play against top competition, so he might have more than he's shown to this point.
Pick 7 - Twin Falls Captains: 1B Ramón Rodríguez Performed quite well against top high school competition, and scouts have hopes he can develop into a hitter who can give you both power and batting average. Will need to work on the strike zone, but has possibilities.
Pick 8 - Kingsbury Claw: SP MacMorris Unicombe Finesse pitcher with excellent control and location. Lots of pro quality pitches, but nothing that would make you think of an ace.
Pick 9 - Murray Creek Mudcats: CF Magglio Ortíz Has the range to be an outstanding major league outfielder, but has yet to show much with the bat.
Pick 10 - Hinsdale Hares: C Cheong-sang Kim High school catcher who finished 4th in batting, and scouts feel he has the potential to hit for average in the pros. May need a little work on the strike zone, however, and he is not likely to ever be a top defensive catcher.
Pick 11 - Cottonwood Ravens: SP Florin Saguna Another finesse pitcher like Unicombe, but to this point has not displayed sufficient pitch quality to make pro success all that likely.
Pick 12 - Hood River Herons: CF Po-fu Nan Finished 4th in the nation in batting and has plus range. Still has to work on strike zone recognition, but anyone who combines his defensive range and contact potential is a worthwhile prospect.
Pick 13 - Jackson City Snappers: SP Alexander Teaeda Led all high school pitchers in ERA, despite facing far better competition than the other top prospects. Very good control, and throws a heavy ball. Probably lasted until pick 13 because scouts have some doubts whether his variety will be sufficient for a starter. Still, an extremely talented hurler who could very well end up an ace.
Pick 14 - Red Willow Roadrunners: C Kotu Suluhu A rather ordinary high school hitter with a little bit of pop, but not enough to stand out. Has trouble with the strike zone, and has not looked promising defensively.
Pick 15 - Greenwood Outlaws: CL Randolph Flores Closer in a top college program. His college stats really won't wow you, but the scouts seem to think he has what it takes to be an impact bullpen guy. We think he'll be useful enough, but no star.
Pick 16 - Seneca Point River Sharks: SS Edgard Agulio Led the NCAA in batting, despite facing many of the best teams in the nation. Has a great natural stroke and even a little pop. Not as effective at recognizing the strike zone, which may cause him some problems adjusting to the pros. Played five different positions in college. Has the range of an outstanding shortstop or center fielder, but probably lacks the hands and athleticism to shine at the middle infield positions. Still, it is hard to see why he lasted until pick 16. We would have taken him at #3.
Pick 17 - Jenton Howl: SP Juan Baca Very successful high school pitcher who faced top competition. Depends a bit more on finesse than on fire, but a well rounded prospect who could have gone earlier. Has had some arm trouble in the past, which may have scared some teams off.
Pick 18 - Langlade Labradors: LF Sam Mcdonald Right handed outfielder who displayed excellent contact skills in workouts for the scouts, after putting up good but not great numbers in college. Speedy, good glove for a corner outfielder, and a little bit of power. Has a some pitching ability, too. Solid pick, but probably not a star.
Pick 19 - Yancey Yellow Jackets: SS Sam Moorley College shortstop who will probably need to move to second base in the pros, due to a deficient arm, but otherwise a very dependable glove. Very good power for a middle infielder. Adequate contact skills and batting eye, excellent on the bases. We think the Yellow Jackets got themselves a top second baseman here.
Pick 20 - St Bernard Terror: SP Candranibha Niraj Third in FIP and ERA behind Cui and Wie, although he played against vastly inferior competition. Still, he looks to be a very solid, balanced pitching prospect with the stuff to contribute in the pros. A very safe pick.
Pick 21 - Blackwood Werewolves: SP Jiu-ling Zhào Seventh in ERA, sixth in FIP, and noticeably less command of the strike zone than the college pitching prospects listed ahead of him. Probably the best player left on the board -- all the real bargains went just ahead of Blackwood -- but he will need to make advances if he is going to make much of a splash in the majors.
Pick 22 - Kendall Fire: SP Hsien-feng Chan In a year of right handed pitching, the top southpaw at pick 22. Good but not great stats versus high school competition. Throws a very heavy ball. However, lacks a third pitch, so he will likely end up in the bullpen.
Pick 23 - Stratford Lancers: SP Zhi-fu Gang Successful high school pitcher with a balanced set of skills and likely to do well in the pros. However, he will probably do so out of the bullpen, due to a limited pitch repertoire.
Pick 24 - Northhampton Lost Dogs: SP Iwan Broos College southpaw who demonstrated excellent control throughout his career, but was somewhat prone to the longball. Has a ways to go if he is going to be a contributor.