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No, it's never too early to ask about a draft. Sixteen months before the 2009 draft, here's how we project the first five picks:
1. Kyle Gibson, rhp, Missouri
Already has good stuff and will get better because his command and projectability are excellent.
2. Alex White, rhp, North Carolina
Needs to add some more polish but he has a heavy fastball, plus slider and two years to improve.
3. Stephen Strasburg, rhp, San Diego State
New England Collegiate League's No. 1 prospect last summer has strong frame, strong fastball.
4. Matt Graham, rhp, Oak Ridge HS (Conroe, Texas)
Shows good fastball, curveball and command in a classic 6-foot-3, 195-pound package.
5. Mychal Givens, ss/rhp, Plant HS, Tampa
Next year's version of Tim Beckham also shows a plus fastball off the mound.
Koby Schellenger wrote:Some college guys to keep an eye on (I'll try to get their position and school right but I might have a couple little errors, nonetheless:
Stephen Strasburg, RHP, SDSU
Alex White, RHP, UNC
Kyle Gibson, RHP, MIZ
Andy Oliver, LHP, OK St
Gavin Brooks, LHP, UCLA
Mike Minor, LHP, VANDY (can we see three straight #1s from one school?)
Dustin Ackley, 1B, UNC
Robert Stock, RHP/C, USC
Jared Mitchell, OF, CLEM
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