Draft Report: Magnificent Seven
Eye on five right-handed hurlers and a pair of position players
Leading up to the 2008 First-Year Player Draft on June 5, the Draft Report will take a weekly in-depth look at some of the most promising high school and collegiate talent that could comprise this year's Draft class.
It sure is a busy time in the wonderful world of baseball, isn't it?
The Major League season is in its second week. The Minor League docket just kicked off last Thursday. And amateur baseball in this draft season is in full swing.
With everything going on, we're keeping this week's Draft Report on the brief side, going with a lucky seven. After fixing a small accounting error, that brings the grand total up to 75 reports to date.
As reported a couple of weeks ago in this very space, top prospect and Vanderbilt third baseman Pedro Alvarez made his return to the Vandy lineup this past weekend after breaking a hamate bone in his hand early in the season. He didn't seem to have much rust, going 4-for-11 with two homers and a pair of doubles at Mississippi.
It's a bit too early to talk about who's going to go where and to which teams come draft day, but the rumors are always fun. Latest one TDR heard had the top of the draft going something like this:
The second Beckham (no, not David) and his climb was well-documented last week. Posey, the Florida State catcher, seems to have just as much "helium," thanks to the fact he's hitting .458, slugging .833 and posting a .554 OBP. His 1.387 OPS puts him fifth in all of Division I. Beckham (Gordon) is seventh. Of course, Alvarez is just coming back and there's a whole lot of baseball to be played. That's why it's recommended to grab a whole handful of salt while reading this. In early April, none of this is even close to being set in stone. With that disclaimer, it's time to hit this week's report.
Scott Gorgen, RHP
University of California, Irvine
Irvine's Friday night starter has everything you want in an ace -- good stuff, great command, tremendous makeup -- except size. Even though he gave up four runs in a recent start at Cal Poly, he continued to show that size doesn't matter by pitching eight innings, striking out 12 and picking up the victory. Complete Report
Video: Scott Gorgen
Sonny Gray, RHP
Smyrna HS, Tenn.
Thought to be the top prep player coming out of Tennessee, Gray looked very much like the pitcher who impressed scouts over the summer, showing a low 90s fastball and a plus breaking ball that enabled him to strike out 16 while yielding two earned runs on three hits and three walks against Mt. Juliet High School. Complete Report
Video: Sonny Gray
Brett Marshall, RHP
Sterling HS, Baytown, TX
Marshall may have lost a recent match-up against Atascocita High School, but he gave up just two unearned runs on three hits while striking out seven over seven innings in what was termed his best start this season. Complete Report
Video: Brett Marshall
Ryan Perry, RHP
University of Arizona
Perry's stuff says he should be an ace in the making. His performance for much of the season, curiously, says otherwise. In a relief appearance against Arizona State recently, he was on, tossing 2 1/3 hitless innings while striking out a pair. Complete Report
Video: Ryan Perry
Shane Peterson, 1B/OF
Long Beach State University
Peterson has had a fine college career, hitting for average, playing decent defense at first and in the outfield, even stealing a base here or there. He hasn't hit for power, which many feel is needed at his given positions. In a weekend series against Cal, he went 2-for-11. Complete Report
Video: Shane Peterson
Zach Stewart, RHP
Texas Tech University
At his third college in three years -- he was at Angelo State University and then was a starter at North Central Texas College last year -- Stewart has settled in as a top closer at Texas Tech. In an outing against Missouri, he pitched a perfect inning, striking out two. He threw 15 pitches -- almost all fastballs -- 10 for strikes. Only one Mizzou hitter even made contact. Complete Report
Video: Zach Stewart
Niko Vasquez, SS
Durango HS, Nev.
Vasquez returned to the field at the very end of March after missing the first part of the season due to academic ineligibility. His teammates were undoubtedly pleased to have his power bat and strong arm back in the lineup at short. Complete Report
Video: Niko Vasquez
Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.