June 7th and 8th is the 2007 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft. This is where the lowly teams stock up on great prospects to be powerhouses (hopefully) in the future. I, with help of Baseball America, have complied a list of my predictions for the 1st round:
1(TB). David Price LHP from Vanderbuilt, David will be the the first LHP drafted 1st since 1991.
2 (KC). Matt Wieters C/CL from Georgia Tech. Wieters is a switch-hitting catcher with pretty amazing power. He was also a closer for GT and threw 98 mph on his fastball.
3(CHC). Andrew Brackman RHP from North Carolina State, Andrew is a staggering 7 feet tall and is able to throw 99 mph.
4(PIT). Rick Porcello RHP from Seton Hall Prep
5(BAL). Matt Harvey RHP from Fitch HS in Groton, Conneticut. Harvey looks like a very well polished right hander.
6(WSN). Daniel Moskos LHP from Clemson. Moskos was used mainly as a relief pitcher, but most scouts say he has enough endurance to start.
7(MIL). Joe Savery LHP from Rice. Sleeper pick, but all depends how he comes back from a shoulder injury.
8(COL). Michael Burgess OF from Hillsborough HS in Tampa. Went to same high school as Gary Sheffield and is said as the closest thing to Sheffield there is. Amazing bat speed and power.
9(ARI). Julio Borbon OF from Tennessee. Acclaimed as the next Johnny Damon. Once drafted, will miss about 8-10 weeks because of an injury.
10(SFG). Josh Vitters DH (any position) from Cypress, CA. Vitters is the best hitter in high schools period.
11(SEA). Jake Arrieta RHP from Texas Christian. 0.27 ERA in last summer's college national team.
12(FLA). Jason Heyward OF from Henry Co HS in McDonough, Georgia. Huge power, considered to be the next Fred McGriff.
13(CLE). Ross Detwiller LHP from Missouri State.
14(ATL). Matt Mangini 3B from Oklahoma State.
15(CIN). Blake Beavan RHP from Irving Texas High School.
16(TOR from TEX). J.P. Arencibia C from Tennessee.
17(TEX from HOU). Josh Fields RHP from Georgia. Best fastball and slider in college.
18(STL). Jack McGeory LHP/1B from Roxbury Latin HS in W. Roxbury,Massachussets. Best LHP in high school.
19(PHI). Madison Bumgarner LHP from S. Caldwell HS . in Hudson, N.C.
20(LAD from BOS). Cole St. Clair LHP from Rice
21(TOR). Nick Schmidt LHP from Arkansas. Would be much higher but worked too hard last summer with Team USA. Another Sleeper.
22(SFG from LAD). Matt Dominguez 3B from Chatsworth, California. More power than Vitters, but still much worse in every other hitting category.
23(SDP). Michael Main RHP/OF from Deland, Florida HS.
24(TEX from LAA). Justin Jackson SS from Roberson HS in Ashville, North Carolina.
25(CHW). Neil Ramirez RHP from Kempsville, Virginaia HS. Top spec in Cal Ripken's summer college league.
26(OAK). Ryan Dent SS/2B from Wilson HS in Los Angeles. Top leadoff prospect in high school ranks.
27(DET). Todd Frazier SS/OF from Rutgers. Raw power, nothing more.
28(MIN). Kentrail Davis OF from Theodore, Alabama HS.
29(SF from NYM). Sean Doolittle 1B/LHP from Virginia.
30(NYY). Eric Elland OF from Lamar HS in Houston, Texas.
Wow what a list, including a 7 footer flame thrower!! The best player i.m.o. in the draft is Josh Vitters who is predicted to go to SF. He has major hitting skills and is very polished.