There are at least a dozen reasons to check out the Draft Report this week.
That's right, 12 brand new breakdowns of the 2007 draft class, hot off the presses (boy, that expression doesn't work in the electronic age). For this week's report, we begin in Central-Western Pennsylvania with a high school catcher on the rise and head west from there.
There are stops in the Midwest for a pair of interesting prep pitchers before spending a lot of time in Arizona, Nevada and Utah, yes, Utah. Overall, there are eight high schoolers -- six of them pitchers -- and four from the college ranks in the report.
There's a major injury to report in other draft-related news. John Gast, a high school lefty from Florida, hurt his elbow and needed Tommy John surgery. Before the injury, he was considered to be a high school southpaw who could've gone in the top three rounds of the draft. It will be interesting to see if he instead honors his commitment to Florida State or if someone takes him in a later round like the Los Angeles Angels did with Nick Adenhart in 2004. To be fair, Gast isn't in the same category as Adenhart, who was a sure-fire first-rounder before he got hurt. ... The Phillipe Aumont U.S. tour is underway. He threw a couple of innings in Orlando this past Sunday and is slated to go three more on Thursday. Reports are very good and it seems like every time he takes the mound, his draft stock rises. Expect plenty of scouts in Disney come Thursday. ... Sure, David Price gets most of the attention -- and rightfully so -- when discussions turn to college lefties. It would be wrong, though, to overlook Missouri State's Friday starter Ross Detwiler. Despite a subpar start last weekend against Wichita State, Detwiler has a 1.85 ERA, well over a strikeout an inning and a .188 batting average against. Don't be shocked if he goes in the top half of the first round.
Now onto the dirty dozen reports for this week:
Taylor Cole, RHP, Bishop Gorman HS, Las Vegas, NV: A converted infielder just learning how to pitch, the 17-year-old has some arm strength, but is a bit of a project. In a matchup against Horizon's Tim Alderson a month ago, he gave up four earned runs in five innings, striking out seven. Complete Report.
Casey Crosby, LHP, Kaneland HS, Maple Park, Ill.: While Crosby dominated his opponent on a cold day -- he allowed just one hit and struck out 12 -- he was wild (six walks) and his velocity was down from earlier reports. What that means for the high school southpaw remains to be seen. Complete Report.
Devin Mesoraco, C, Punxsatawney HS, Pa.: After seeing Mesoraco both behind and at the plate on April 23 against Bald Eagle High School, one scout thought he might be the best catcher in the country. Whether he's drafted as such remains to be seen. Complete Report.
Brad Mills, LHP, University of Arizona: When Mills turned down Toronto's bonus offer after he went in the 22nd round a year ago, he hoped a strong senior season would boost his draft status considerably. It remains to be seen whether that happens, but good starts like his win against college power Oregon State certainly won't hurt. Complete Report.
Garrett Nash, SS/OF, Jordan HS, Sandy, Utah: If you're looking for speed, Nash has plenty of it. The switch-hitter hasn't swung the bat as well as some hoped this season, but there's no denying he can flat out fly. Complete Report.
Jarrod Parker, RHP, Norwell HS, Ind.: Parker tossed five perfect innings in a recent start, striking out 13 of the 15 batters he faced. There were plenty of scouts on hand to watch his electric stuff on display. Complete Report.
Kevin Rhoderick, RHP, Horizon HS, Scottsdale, Ariz.: His teammate Tim Alderson gets more attention, but Rhoderick is a prospect in his own right, as evidenced by his two-hit, 13-strikeout performance against Desert Mountain High School on April 10. Complete Report.
Tanner Robles, LHP, Cottonwood HS, Salt Lake City, Utah: Robles came into the season as one of the top prep lefties after hitting 95 mph during the showcases over the summer. But it's been a mixed bag for the southpaw and it could mean he's headed to Oregon State instead of the pro's. Complete Report.
Andrew Romine, SS, Arizona State: Three years ago, Romine was a decent high school prospect who was unsignable because of his commitment to ASU, his father's alma mater. Now the son of former big leaguer Kevin Romine is draft eligible again and looking for an organization that values defensive-minded college shortstops who can run pretty well. Complete Report.
Daniel Schlereth, LHP, University of Arizona: The Wildcats lefty closer was getting some attention with a strong season out of the pen, but the year has been derailed somewhat with an oblique or rib injury. When and how he returns could ultimately determine his draft status, though as a red-shirted sophomore, he has some leverage. Complete Report.
Eric Sogard, 2B, ASU: Sogard won't wow anyone with off-the-chart tools, but he's one of those "real baseball players" who plays above his tools with outstanding instincts. It doesn't hurt that he can handle the stick well, either. Complete Report.
Sammy Solis, LHP, Agua Fria HS, Litchfield Park, Ariz.: The tall southpaw with the funky delivery may be a step or two behind some of the bigger-profile high school lefties, but he's got some ability. In a start on April 13, he tossed a complete game and struck out 10. Complete Report.