With a few short weeks before the start of spring training, more than three dozen free agents…
Scout.com's Top 100 2007 MLB Draft Prospects
Price is an electrifying, 6-foot-6 lefty who not only has the projectability and explosive stuff, but the college polish to go along with it. He's armed with swing and miss type stuff and and has an aura of confidence that simply can't be taught. The big lefty had an excellent year with Vanderbilt and a big summer with Team USA, and appears to be right on track to remain the favorite for the number one overall pick in 2007. A southpaw who truly has it all, he figures to be a prospect of Mark Prior-esque hype in 2007 barring any unexpected injuries or missteps.
2. Andrew Brackman - RHP, North Carolina State
Arguably the top 2007 draft prospect entering his 2006 season, the towering 7-foot righty suffered a stress fracture in his left hip in March that, by the middle of May, put him on the shelf for the rest of the season. But, following a dominating stint in the Cape Cod league and a strong fall ball, Brackman is again near the top of the charts. When healthy, he can be as dominant as any pitcher in the country, but he'll need a strong bounce back season as a junior.
3. Matt Wieters - C, Georgia Tech
An exciting two-way star, Wieters' future is more likely as a position player, despite his promise on the hill. He has thunder in his bat and has an outstanding arm behind the plate that scouts are already raving about. He's one of the best hitting prospects to come along in recent years.
4. Rick Porcello - RHP, Seton Hall Prep
Porcello may have the most upside of any player in the draft class. He is armed with a 96 MPH fastball and a hard curveball, and his 6-foot-5 frame gives him a huge amount of upside. This New Jersey righty is one of the most coveted arms in the country.
5. Joe Savery - LHP/1B, Rice
Like many other top 2007 prospects on this list, Savery is an ultra-talented two-way star. And, believe it or not, there is still no consensus as to where he profiles as a professional. His bat could be an impact one at the next level but he is also very special on the mound. This will be one of the more intriguing storylines moving toward next year's draft. The odds are that he sticks on the mound.
6. Matt Harvey - RHP, Fitch High School
A 6-foot-4 projectable righty from Connecticut, Harvey is one of the uncharacteristically impressive group from the northeast in the 2007 draft class. Harvey had a fantastic summer and his smooth delivery and low to mid-90s fastball will have the scouts flocking this spring.
7. Matt Mangini - 3B, Oklahoma State
Mangini is one of the best pure hitters in the draft and his development has already been compared to that of former #2 overall pick and fellow third baseman, Alex Gordon. He won't reach that level of prospect status but his bat should carry him to the big leagues in a hurry.
8. Jack McGeary - LHP, Roxbury Latin High School
As polished as they come, McGeary soared up the charts this summer and is now figured to be a near first round lock. He has a strong commitment to Stanford but is considered signable if drafted early. Jack is the perfect high school pick, with his combination of polish, makeup and stuff.
9. Jake Arrieta - RHP, Texas Christian University
Texas Christian University has produced two top pitching talents in the past two drafts in Lance Broadway and Brad Furnish, but righty Jake Arrieta may end up being more successful than both of them. A college polished product with electric stuff, scouts will be monitoring Jake very closely.
10. Michael Burgess - OF, Hillsborough High School
Burgess packs a lot of tools into his 5-foot-11 frame, tools that make him one of the most exciting high school players in the country. With an arm that produces 90 MPH throws from right field and major league power, Burgess has put himself in the picture as an early first round pick in 2007.
11. Daniel Moskos - LHP, Clemson
A power armed lefty closer, Moskos will be a hot commodity come June. While some scouts wish he'd try his hand at starting, his value as a reliever is immense. He and his mid-90s fastball and hard breaking ball combination could carry him up the minor league ladder at a rapid pace.
12. J.P. Arencibia - C, Tennessee
Following a draft that lacked talent behind the dish, Tennessee backstop J.P. Arencibia is the complete package and is an early top ten candidate for 2007. With power at the plate, pure hitting ability, exceptional receiving skills and a strong arm, J.P. is everything a scout could possibly want.
13. Jason Heyward - OF, Henry County High School
A big lefty slugger with prolific power, Heyward has plus tools across the board that excite scouts perhaps more than any position player from the 2007 draft. Everything about him, including his 6-foot-4 frame, strong throwing arm, bat speed and pure strength point to a successful professional career.
14. Michael Main - RHP, Deland High School
Main has all the characteristics of a future first round pick in the draft. On a few different occasions, Main's heater has touched 99 MPH. Needless to say, he can be electrifying. He'll need to show consistency this spring and scouts will try to determine if his max effort delivery will allow his arm to hold up.
15. Justin Jackson - SS, TC Roberson High School
Justin Jackson is a speedy, athletic shortstop that fits the ideal mold of high school infielders taken early in the draft. The key to his prospect status next June will be the development of his power stroke, but most scouts feel it will only be a matter of time.
16. Julio Borbon - OF, Tennessee
A speedster from the University of Tennessee, Borbon doesn't profile to hit for much power, but his compact stroke will allow him to make contact and hit professional breaking pitches.
17. Blake Beavan - RHP, Irving High School
A big 6-foot-6 righty, Beavan is one of the most intriguing prep arms in the 2007 draft class. He's fairly raw but teams will be following his potentially power arm closely over the next few months. Beavan was also a member of Team USA and made a name for himself this summer by shutting down Cuba.
18. Eddie Kunz - RHP, Oregon State
A member of the Oregon State Beavers, the towering 6-foot-6 right-hander is the owner of a heavy mid-90s fastball. Despite the fact that he didn't feature much of a secondary attack, scouts feel he could excel in a relief role.
19. Jarrod Parker - RHP, Norwell High School
One of the best pure arms in the 2007 draft class, Jarrod Parker burst onto the prospect scene over the summer. Scouts love his size, projectability, and clean delivery.
20. Madison Bumgarner - LHP, South Caldwell High School
If you're looking for a sleeper in the 2007 draft class, Madison Bumgarner might be your best option. A 6-foot-5 southpaw, Bumgarner's fastball has been clocked in the mid-90's, while he sits comfortably at 91-93 MPH.
21. Josh Vitters - 3B, Dave Lewis High School
A big, strong third baseman, he has one of more interesting power bats in the country. He is still somewhat raw, but the bat speed, raw strength, and loft in his swing are all there.
22. Tanner Robles - LHP, Cottonwood High School
A talented high school lefty, Robles is one of the most projectable pitchers in the class. His fastball command is outstanding and his offspeed pitches have shown potential as well.
23. James Adkins - LHP, Tennessee
Adkins entered the 2006 season with high expectations, but the results ended up very pedestrian for such a highly touted prospect. But a strong effort in 2007 will put him right back on track.
24. Matt Dominguez - 3B, Chatsworth High School
Dominguez saw his prospect status skyrocket over the summer and for good reason. Most scouts feel he features one of the most well rounded skill sets in the class.
25. Neil Ramirez - RHP, Kempsville High School
A righty pitcher with one of the best pure arms in the draft, Ramirez could move up this list quickly if he proves himself this spring. Scouts love his makeup and command of his fastball.
26. Josh Fields - RHP, Georgia
At this point, Fields is most likely the second best college closer in the 2007 draft class behind Daniel Moskos. He was outstanding this summer, only further cementing his status as a potential first rounder.
27. Todd Frazier - OF, Rutgers
This name should certainly sound familiar. A former Little League World Series star, Frazier has now made a name for himself at Rutgers as an outfielder with a combination of speed and big time, raw power. He's on the verge of truly growing into all his tools and becoming a star.
28. Ross Detwiler - LHP, Missouri State
Detwiler was fantastic for Team USA over the summer. His 6-foot-4 frame leaves a lot of room for growth and projection, which could lead to even more velocity on his 91-94 MPH heater.
29. Yasmani Grandal - C, Miami Springs High School
One of the better defensive catchers in the class, scouts are thrilled to see that his bat is now beginning to catch up with his advanced skills behind the plate.
30. Greg Peavey - RHP, Hudson's Bay High School
A projectable, hard throwing prep righty, Peavey is among the top pitchers in the 2007 draft class. He's been nothing but steady since appearing on the prospect radar and seems to be one of the more big league ready prep pitchers.
31. Cole St. Clair - LHP, Rice
There is always a handful of college closers that are taken early in each draft, and if the 2007 draft were held today, Cole St.Clair may be the one of the first selected. The Rice southpaw has the ideal makeup and demeanor for a big league reliever.
32. Evan Danieli - RHP, Seton Hall Prep
It is quite difficult to ignore a pitcher that stands 6-foot-8 and possesses a fastball that exceeds 90 MPH. Seton Hall Prep has produced some solid players and Danieli may be the next to add to that list. He may also have the best curveball among high school pitchers in the country.
33. Eric Eiland - OF, Lamar High School
Eiland is one of the toolsiest players in the 2007 draft class. It seems as if his stock rises with each showcase he attends and as scouts see him more and more.
34. Charlie Furbush - LHP, Louisiana State
A recent LSU transfer, Charlie Furbush forced his way onto every scout's watch list after an outstanding effort in the Cape Cod League. The southpaw offers a low-90's fastball and a plus curveball and still is quite projectable.
35. Sean Doolittle - LHP, Virginia
Among the talented two-way players in the nation, and there are a lot of them, Sean Doolittle is most likely the best. A blessed southpaw pitching talent, Sean also has a potent lefty bat and is an excellent defensive first baseman.
36. Ryan Dent - SS, Woodrow Wilson High School
After an impressive performance at the World Wood Bat Championship, Ryan Dent established himself as one of the '07 elite high school position players. Dent has an advanced approach at the plate and is strong defender.
37. Kentrail Davis - OF, Theodore High School
He's certainly not the biggest player in this draft class, but his his explosive hand speed at the plate speaks for itself. Davis is one of the best high school lefty bats in the class. He's also solid defender.
38. Phillippe Aumont - RHP, Ecole Du Versant Gatineau
The 6-foot-7 Canadian was one of the biggest surprises on the summer showcase tour in 2006. He flashes a great feel for pitching and is able to locate his low-90s fastball exceptionally well.
39. Josh Donaldson - C, Auburn
Any player that hits over .300 in the Cape Cod League truly has earned it. Few players reach that mark, but Donaldson did just that. He profiles as a big time run producer at the catcher position as a pro.
40. Wes Roemer - RHP, Cal State Fullerton
Arguably the best pitcher in all of college baseball in 2006, Roemer will be a hot commodity in the 2007 draft due to his polish, experience and track record. What he lacks in stuff he makes up for in makeup.
41. Brett Cecil - LHP, Maryland
A live armed lefty was moved to the bullpen in the Cape Cod League this summer and excelled. He is likely to stay in that role, as scouts feel his 92-95 MPH fastball, plus breaking ball, and durable frame could serve him well as a reliever.
42. Nick Schmidt - RHP, Arkansas
Likely to be one of the most sure bets in the 2007 class, Schmidt will offer teams a polished product that also has the upside of a frontline starter. Barring injuries or unforeseen developments, Schmidt is likely to go in the top two rounds in 2007.
43. James Simmons - RHP, UC Riverside
Widely considered to be the most polished pitcher in the Cape Cod League, James Simmons is only lacking the pure stuff in order to become a first rounder. His fastball sits around 85-88 MPH but he locates it perhaps better than anyone in the country.
44. Nick Noonan - SS, Francis Parker High School
A toolsy shortstop out of Francis Parker High School in San Diego, Noonan rocketed up the charts with a strong summer in 2006. His tool set will make him an early pick in 2007.
45. Zack Cozart - SS, Mississippi
With a huge sophomore season with the bat and the glove, Cozart quickly made a name for himself at Mississippi. Scouts are intrigued by his combination of speed and solid power and believe he could move quickly through the professional ranks.
46. Josh Smoker - LHP, Calhoun High School
While watching Josh Smoker pitch, it is easy to forget that this southpaw is still in high school. He is already around 91 MPH with his fastball with more to come, but he already possesses two plus offspeed pitches in his curveball and changeup that he can locate on the black. Josh is everything a team could want in a lefty pitcher and his potential is limitless.
47. Christian Colon - SS, Canyon High School
Colon's bat is now beginning to catch up to his plus speed and highly advanced defensive skills.
48. Josh Horton - SS, North Carolina
Horton had a monster season for the Tarheels and a solid summer, and he could be forcing his way into the early round picture of the 2007 draft.
49. Peter Kozma - SS, Owasso High School
Peter Kozma is one of the most polished middle infielders among the high school crop and scouts believe that his complete set of skills will allow him to move through the minors quickly.
50. Kevin Ahrens - SS, Memorial High School
A native of Houston, Texas, Ahrens offers a variety of tools. He shows off an effective line drive swing from both sides of the plate as well as a strong arm and decent speed.
51. Mitch Canham - C, Oregon State
Canham is learning behind the plate each day and becoming better backstop with each game. However, his bat is his ticket as he is able to consistently produce line drives.
52. John Tolisano - IF, Estero High School
One of the best all around prep position players in the 2007 draft class, Tolisano can truly do it all. Showing all five tools, the Florida native's draft stock remains strong despite some sub par showings over the summer.
53. Connor Graham - RHP, Miami (Ohio)
Graham's performance wasn't quite up to par in his college season in 2006, but after moving into a relief role in the Cape Cod League, scouts were dazzled by his size, projectability and explosive fastball.
54. Julian Sampson - RHP, Skyline High School
Another fast rising sleeper in this draft class, Sampson is a 6-foot-5, hard throwing right-hander. He's had little exposure to this point so he has room to improve his stock.
55. Tony Watson - LHP, Nebraska
Watson's three pitch attack, which includes a low-90s fastball, should make this Nebraska lefty an early round pick come June. His strong Cape Cod League campaign only added to his already rising stock.
56. Drew Cumberland - IF, Pace High School
A slick fielding shortstop, Cumberland's stock skyrocketed over the summer. With the improvement of his power, Cumberland may move even further up the charts. Some scouts feel he may profile best at second base also.
57. Danny Rams - C, Gulliver Prep
One of the best power hitters in the 2007 high school class, Rams has shown light tower power over the past year that has left scouts amazed. With a strong arm from behind the plate to go along with the prolific righty power, Rams figures to get an abundance of attention in June.
58. Andrew Lambo - 1B, Newbury Park High School
Lambo is a slugging first baseman and he really made a name for himself at the World Wood Bat Championship. His potent lefty bat figures to translate well to the professional level.
59.Victor Sanchez - 3B, Gahr High School
Sanchez is a strong armed third baseman with excellent speed. To finish off the package, Sanchez has excelled at the plate in his most recent showcase appearances.
60. Matt Rizzotti - 1B, Manhattan
A slugging first baseman from Manhattan College, Rizzotti has simply pounded his competition in his first two college seasons. Scouts were impressed by his power in the Cape Cod League as well as he drew comparisons to Jim Thome.
61. Tim Alderson - RHP, Horizon High School
A towering a prep righty, Alderson has a fastball that has been clocked as high as 95 MPH. He's a raw product from Arizona, but scouts will be monitoring him closely over the next few months to see if he can put it all together. If he learns to use his size and finds consistency with his breaking ball and changeup, he could soar up this list given his projectability.
62. Beau Mills - 3B, Lewis-Clark State
As of now, Mills is one of the elite college position players in the 2007 class. With a powerful lefty bat and soft hands at third base, he'll be followed closely this spring.
63. Brad Chalk - OF, Clemson
A big part of Clemson's high powered offense, the only thing missing from Chalks' game is power. On the other hand, even without the power stroke, Brad's plate discipline and speed will be very enticing for scouts.
64. Erik Goeddel - RHP, Bellarmine Prep
A polished high school righty, Goeddel has all the makings an early round pick. With an excellent breaking ball and a fastball that touches the low-90's, his stuff alone is enough to impress scouts. However, his command and maturity could bring him to the head of the class.
65. Nathan Vineyard - LHP, Woodland High School
One of the top high school two-way stars, Vineyard may profile better as southpaw pitcher given that he is more polished and the mound and is already pumping 90 MPH fastballs. But scouts find it difficult not to be intrigued by his lefty power in the batter's box.
66. Mike Moustakas - C/SS, Chatsworth High School
Moustakas is a flexible player who has shown ability at shortstop, catcher, and on the mound. His skills lend themselves best to being a catcher though.
67. Danny Payne - OF, Georgia Tech
Before a late season shoulder injury slowed him down, Danny Payne was on a roll at the plate for Georgia Tech. This season however, he may be an early round candidate given his spectacular combination of power and speed.
68. Ryan Wehrle - IF, Nebraska
After electing not to sign a pro contract as a draft eligible sophomore, the second baseman will return to the Nebraska lineup this spring. Scouts like his quick bat and solid defensive skills.
69. Dan Merklinger - LHP, Seton Hall
One of the most polished lefties in the land, Merklinger made a name for himself in the Cape League in 2006. His 89-91 MPH fastball and good curveball are sure to make him an early round selection.
70. Greg Holle - OF/RHP, Christian Brothers Academy
Few players have the size and physicality on their side that Greg Holle has. At 6-foot-8, Holle has been pushed to the mound where it seems he fits the best. He maybe a project, but there will be many teams willing to take on a potentially rewarding development project.
71. Mitch Moreland - OF, Mississippi State
A powerful lefty hitter, Mitch Moreland launched 15 home runs in a single round to win the Cape Cod League home run derby this summer. Not only did it win him an award, but also won him the attention of scouts from every big league organization.
72. Jon Gilmore - SS, City High School
Another two-way star, Gilmore has tremendous upside both on the mound and as a shortstop. His arm produces 90 MPH fastballs from the mound, but his power potential and shortstop actions are highly intriguing as well.
73. Kellen Kulbacki - 1B/RF, James Madison
Kulbacki, who compiled one of the most incredible seasons in college baseball history in 2006, narrowly missed winning the triple crown. Needless to say, he has made a name for himself. If he can come close to repeating what he did as a sophomore in 2007, the James Madison standout can expect an early round selection.
74. Brad Meyers - RHP, Loyola Marymount
With a 6-foot-6 frame and a fastball in excess of 90 MPH, it is easy to see why teams can't wait to get their hands on Brad Meyers in the 2007 draft. He didn't miss nearly enough bats in 2006 and will need to learn to use his offspeed pitches more effectively.
75. Nolan Gallagher - RHP, Stanford
When the draft rolls around in June, Gallagher is likely to fit the role of "polished college starting pitcher." He has experience, a solid track record, and solid stuff.
76. Brett Krill - OF, Aliso Niguel High School
Krill's offensive approach has been likened to that of big league star, Moises Alou, and he's also displayed above average speed and good arm strength from the outfield.
77. Freddie Freeman - 1B, El Modena High School
Leaving another difficult choice for scouts, Freddie Freeman has starred at the plate and on the mound. Armed with a fastball that touches the low-90s and a big time power stroke from the left hand side of the plate, he's a potential early rounder at either spot.
78. Corey Brown - OF, Oklahoma State
Brown, coming off a big freshman year at Oklahoma State, certainly didn't experience a sophomore slump in 2006. If he continues to show a great mix of tools, he could find himself selected in the first round of the 2007 draft.
79. Terry Doyle - RHP, Boston College
Few pitchers were as productive in the Cape Cod League as Boston College ace Terry Doyle. His fastball sits around 88-90 MPH, but he is able to locate and mix his pitches exceptionally well.
80. Michael Taylor - OF, Stanford
Besides just a physically monstrous appearance, Taylor adds a fantastic toolset to the table. His raw power and strong arm make him an ideal right fielder at the professional level.
81. Darwin Barney - SS, Oregon State
The Oregon State shortstop has dazzled coaches and scouts with his excellent defensive skills and feel for the game. If he can continue to be solid at the plate, he'll be extremely valuable.
82. John Gast - LHP, Lake Brantley High School
The only thing really missing for Gast is a refined secondary attack. The prep lefty has a clean delivery, excellent command and a moving 92 MPH fastball.
83. Mike Stanton - OF, Notre Dame High School
Scouts are intrigued by his massive 6-foot-5 frame, but also feel that his raw power will develop into a huge game power with some added instruction.
84. Garrett Nash - SS, Jordan High School
There are few standout players from the state of Utah, but Garrett Nash is looking to add his name to that list. He is essentially a line drive hitter at this point, but most believe that there is power potential in his compact swing. His speed is also arguably the best in the country.
85. Sean Morgan - RHP, Tulane
To go along with his college polish, Sean Morgan has proved to be one of the most exciting college pitchers in the nation. Scouts are intrigued by his ability to miss bats and keep his walks totals in check as well.
86. Bryan Augenstein - RHP, Florida
This 6-foot-5 right-hander gives scouts an opportunity to draft a pitcher that not only has size and projectability, but also solid stuff and a track record.
87. Warren McFadden - OF, Tulane
After showing off huge and tremendous all around potential in the Cape Cod League this summer, he has now proven to scouts that he should be able to hit at the next level. However, scouts do worry about his sometimes poor defense in right field and struggles with breaking pitches.
88. Taylor Harbin - 2B, Clemson
Despite a pedestrian 2006 campaign, Harbin plays from a powerhouse Clemson program and has the polish to be an early selection in June's draft. Scouts have likened his game to Craig Biggio's.
89. Daniel Elorriaga-Matra - C, Stoneman Douglas High School
Elorriaga-Matra has established himself as one of the top catching prospects in the 2007 draft as a result of his strong arm and intriguing power. He is a fantastic defensive player.
90. Drake Britton - LHP, Tomball High School
A strongly built left-hander, Drake Britton was an AFLAC All-American in 2006. The 6-foot-2 lefty has a low-90s fastball and a plus curveball.
91. Kyle Blair - RHP, Los Gatos High School
Armed with a fastball that has been clocked in the mid-90's and an outstanding curveball, this righty is one of the best prep pitchers in the 2007 class.
92. Austin Krum - OF, Dallas Baptist
What Krum lacks in tools and pure ability he makes up for with his down and dirty, competitive style of play. His ceiling may not be high but he figures to be a very solid player.
93. Damon Sublett - IF, Wichita State
Perhaps the best offensive second baseman in the country, Sublett has firmly established himself as an elite draft prospect heading into his 2007 campaign. He possesses surprising power, an excellent batting eye and good speed that scouts love.
94. Kyle O'Campo - RHP, Poly High School
Armed with strong three pitch attack that includes an 88-92 MPH fastball, O'Campo may only be a bit of professional instruction away from being an ace caliber prospect.
95. Kevin Patterson - C/1B, Oak Mountain High School
A slugging catcher with strong arm behind the plate, Patterson is one of the most interesting players in the draft class. Scouts love his defensive skills but wonder if his size and athleticism profile better in the outfield.
96. Sean Tierney - LHP, Clover Hill High School
A tall, projectable lefty, Sean Tierney has still not even scratched the surface of his potential on the hill. He's very raw but scouts are fascinated about the potential he may have.
97. Derek Dietrich - SS, St. Ignatius High School
Not only does Dietrich have all the tools necessary to be a star shortstop at the professional level, but he also has the stuff to profile as a pitcher as well. His 92 MPH fastball is intriguing to scouts, but so is his potent bat.
98. Cameron Gray - RHP, Silverthorn Collegiate HS
The second best Canadian prospect behind Phillippe Aumont, Gray manages to fly under the radar despite his ability. At his best, Gray possesses a 90 MPH fastball and an excellent breaking ball. That, along with his competitiveness, should make him a solid bet for the top five rounds in the draft.
99. Shaun Seibert - RHP, Arkansas
Seibert put together an absolutely dominating summer in the Cape Cod League, heaving himself on to the elite prospect landscape. Some scouts still aren't convinced that his stuff makes for a top prospect but his pitchability and competitiveness will take him a long way.
100. Jay Brown - RHP, South Carolina
A big time sleeper for this year's draft, Brown made a name for himself this summer in the Cape. He flashed an effortless 90-93 MPH fastball and a solid secondary attack. His mechanics are also very refined, making him a low injury risk.
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