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1. Tim Beckham, Griffin (Ga.) High, HS Senior, SS, 6-1, 180 lbs.
Beckham is not the clear-cut favorite to be drafted first overall, but five-tool shortstops are hard to pass by.
2. Pedro Alvarez, Vanderbilt, Junior, 3B, 6-2, 225 lbs.
Alvarez has the skillset to be the first player from this year's Draft to reach the Major Leagues.
3. Buster Posey, Florida State, Junior, C, 6-2, 200 lbs.
Fastest rising prospect in this year's Draft began his college career at shortstop.
4. Justin Smoak, South Carolina, Junior, 1B, 6-4, 215 lbs.
Smoak is the best of this year's unusually deep group of potential Major League starting first basemen.
5. Brian Matusz, San Diego, Junior, LHP, 6-5, 200 lbs.
Matusz has established himself as the top pitcher in this year's Draft with a rare combo of stuff and pitchability.
6. Aaron Crow, Missouri, Junior, RHP, 6-3, 195 lbs.
Crow had success in the Cape Cod League and sports a mid-90s fastball at times.
7. Eric Hosmer, Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage, HS Senior, 1b, 6-2, 210 lbs.
Hosmer is the rare high school hitter who could reach the Major Leagues in 3-4 years, but a high asking price may scare teams away.
8. Yonder Alonso, Miami, Junior, 1B, 6-2, 215 lbs.
Alonso's bat is a plus Major League tool and his consistent approach should result in a top-10 overall selection.
9. Gordon Beckham, Georgia, Junior, SS, 6-0, 185 lbs.
No relation to potential top pick Tim Beckham, but the two could share the early first-round spotlight this year.
10. Kyle Skipworth, Riverside (Cali.) Rubidoux, HS Senior, C, 6-3, 185 lbs.
Potent left-handed bat with power. Drew attention with an 18-18 stretch during his senior season in talent-rich California.
11. Brett Wallace, Arizona State, Junior, 1b, 6-1, 245 lbs.
Wallace is one of the best pure hitters in this class and his advanced approach at the plate could lead to gaudy Minor League numbers.
12. Shooter Hunt, Tulane, Junior, RHP, 6-3, 200 lbs.
Hunt has proven himself time after time at the highest levels of college baseball, featuring at least two Major League plus pitches already.
13. Aaron Hicks, Long Beach (Cali.) Woodrow Wilson, HS Senior, OF/RHP, 6-1, 165 lbs.
Hicks has run and throw skills that even very few Major Leaguers posses, but is that enough? His future depends on how well he hits in pro baseball.
14. Tim Melville, Wentzville (Mo.) Holt, HS Senior, RHP, 6-4, 190 lbs.
High school right-handed pitchers are always deemed risky, but Melville may be worth a mid-first round selection.
15. Zach Collier, Chino Hills (Cali.) Chino Hills, HS Senior, OF, 6-2, 185 lbs.
Collier's combination of power and athleticism are hard to find among high school hittters.
16. Joshua Fields, Georgia, Senior, RHP, 6-0, 178 lbs.
Fields has an electric arm that could take him to the Major Leagues quickly if he maintains good enough command along the way.
17. Conor Gillaspie, Wichita State, Junior, 3B, 6-1, 200 lbs.
Gillaspie is the rare amateur hitter you can envision hitting .300 year after year in the Big Leagues, although he doesn't have much power.
18. Tanner Scheppers, Fresno State, Junior, RHP, 6-4, 200 lbs.
A stress fracture in his shoulder this season clouds his Draft status. Still could go in the first 20 picks of the Draft.
19. Gerrit Cole, Santa Ana (Cali.) Lutheran, HS Senior, RHP, 6-2, 175 lbs.
Cole has Scott Boras as an advisor and is one of the biggest first-round wildcards this year. Could be drafted early, or not at all.
20. Brett Lawrie, Langley (British Columbia) Brookwood SS, HS Senior, C/3B, 6-0, 190 lbs.
Heading into the season, many thought Lawrie was destined for the 2nd-4th rounds. A strong Spring and potent bat his elevated his status.
21. Jason Castro, Stanford, Junior, C, 6-3, 215 lbs.
The left-handed hitting college catcher keeps improving his Draft status. Prospects similar to him usually don't last past the first round.
22. Jake Odorizzi, Highland (Il.) Highland, HS Senior, RHP, 6-2, 175 lbs.
Odorizzi has an electric four-seam fastball that reaches 94 MPH. He's one of the fastest rising prospects in this year's Draft.
23. Ethan Martin, Toccoa (Ga.) Stephens Co., HS Senior, RHP/3B, 6-3, 185 lbs.
Martin was considered a legit two-way prospect at the beginning of the season but has since convinced most that his future is on the mound.
24. Ike Davis, Arizona State, Junior, 1B/LHP, 6-4, 205 lbs.
The son of ex Major Leaguer Ron Davis, Ike does not have jaw-dropping tools, but his sweet left-handed swing will take him to the Major Leagues.
25. Chrstian Friedrich, Eastern Kentucky, Junior, LHP, 6-3, 208 lbs.
Left-handed pitchers like Friedrich with an above-average curveball and low-90s fastball are rare commodities.
26. Destin Hood, Mobile (Al.) St. Paul's, HS Senior, OF, 6-2, 180 lbs.
Hood has a football scholarship to Alabama as a wide receiver, but there likely is a Major League team that will give him over a million reasons to play baseball instead.
27. Anthony Hewitt, Salisbury (CT) Salisbury School, HS Senior, OF, 6-1, 190 lbs.
Hewitt has the kind of tools scouts covet, but is considered a high risk/high reward prospect at this point.
28. David Cooper, California, Junior, 1B/OF, 6-1, 210 lbs.
Cooper's calling card is his powerful left-handed bat that can be a game-changer. Should be an elite hitter in professional baseball from Day 1.
29. Dennis Raben, Miami, Junior, OF, 6-3, 220 lbs.
Raben took a step back as a frontline prospect this Spring after a stellar Cape Cod season last summer. Still has tantalizing power potential.
30. Reese Havens, South Carolina, Junior, IF, 6-1, 195 lbs.
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.
31. Anthony Gose, Bellflower (Cali.) High, HS Senior, LHP/OF, 5-11, 160 lbs.
Gose has been clocked at 95 MPH and has blazing speed. As with other "run and throw" prospects, his bat will determine his Major League future.
32. Ryan Perry, Arizona, Junior, RHP, 6-4, 220 lbs.
Perry has one of the liveliest arms in the Draft, reaching 98 MPH, but has been inconsistent while working through mechanical issues with his delivery.
33. Allan Dykstra, Wake Forest, Junior, 1B, 6-5, 240 lbs.
Dykstra's potent left-handed bat would normally be among the best in a Draft, but that is the strength of this year's group and right now he's a notch below several other similar prospects.
34. Isaac Galloway, Rancho Cucamonga (Cali.) Los Osos, HS Senior, OF/RHP, 6-2, 190 lbs.
Galloway does most things on the baseball field very well, but does not have the jaw-dropping tools as some other California high school players this year.
35. Casey Kelly, Sarasota (Fla.) High, HS Senior, SS/RHP, 6-3, 190 lbs.
On talent alone, Kelly would be among this year's top-20, but a football scholarship to Tennesse could affect his Draft status.
36. Kyle Lobstein, Flagstaff (Az.) Coconino, HS Senior, LHP, 6-3, 185 lbs.
Lobstein has the makings of three average to above-average Major League pitches, the type of arsenel that propels many high school lefties into the first two rounds.
37. Andrew Cashner, TCU, Junior, RHP, 6-5, 185 lbs.
A college closer with an upper-90s fastball, Cashner still needs work on his command. Has elevated his prospect status significantly in the past year.
38. Alex Meyer, Greensburg (Ind.) High, HS Senior, RHP, 6-7, 200 lbs.
Meyer profiles to get early-round draft consideration this year, but signability could come into play (he's being advised by Scott Boras).
39. Ross Seaton, Sugarland (TX) Second Baptist, HS Senior, RHP, 6-4, 190 lbs.
Seaton is a two-way prospect with a scholarship to Tulane. His power arm and athletic ability have drawn considerable interest from scouts this Spring.
40. James Darnell, South Carolina, Junior, 3B, 6-2, 195 lbs.
Darnell will have to hit his way to the Major Leagues. His other tools are average at best, with the exception of his arm, which grades higher.
41. Tyson Ross, California, Junior, RHP, 6-6, 225 lbs.
At 6-6 and 230 pounds and with an unusually upright delivery and powerful mix of pitches, Ross has been very effective.
42. Daniel Webb, West Paducah (Ky.) Heath, HS Senior, RHP, 6-2, 205 lbs.
Webb has plenty of velocity on his fastball - at times in the mid-90s - but the rest of his offerings are a work in progress. Classic high risk/high reward draft pick.
43. Jemile Weeks, Miami, Junior, 2B, 5-9, 180 lbs.
Jemile lacks the power of his Major League older brother, Rickie Weeks of the Brewers. However his speed and tablesetting skills at the plate will get him early draft attention.
44. Chris Carpenter, Kent State, Junior, RHP, 6-4, 210 lbs.
Carpenter has long been on the radar of scouts, as a seventh round draft pick out of high school in 2004.
45. Robbie Grossman, Cypress (Tx.) Cy-Fair, HS Senior, OF/RHP, 6-1, 200 lbs.
Grossman is a throwback type prospect who plays the game with passion and at full speed at all times. Not nearly as "toolsy" as other top high school outfield prospects.
46. Brett DeVall, Niceville (FL) Niceville, HS Senior, LHP, 6-4, 220 lbs.
DeVall has advanced pitchability and command skills for his age, but not an overpowering arm or consistent breaking ball at this point.
47. Robbie Ross, Nicholaville (KY) Lexington Christian Academy, HS Senior, LHP, 5-11, 180 lbs.
Ross may not have the size or electric fastball as other top LHP prospects, but he gets the job done with a plus fastball and competitiveness on the mound.
48. Jordy Mercer, Oklahoma State, Junior, SS, 6-3, 200 lbs.
Mercer is Oklahoma State's shortstop, all-time leader in saves and was recently named Academic All- American.
49. Jordan Danks, Texas, Junior, OF, 6-5, 205 lbs.
The younger brother of Major League pitcher John Danks, Jordan is a six-foot five outfielder with leadoff speed.
50. Michael Montgomery, Valencia (CA) Hart, HS Senior, LHP, 6-4, 170 lbs.
Montgomery is one of the fastest-rising high school pitchers on the West Coast this Spring, after showing scouts more velocity this Spring.

List compiled by Jeff Spellman of the Spellman Group.
Updated June 2, 2008.

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