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Draft Report eyes high-school ranks

Eleven new draft prospects getting scouts' attention
May 10, 2007

The Draft Report now kind of knows how it feels to be Joel Zumaya when he's healthy.

With the 11 players detailed in this week's report, that brings the grand total to a whopping 108 draft prospects. Man, hitting triple digits feels good!

The Draft Report is decidedly high-school heavy this week, but without any real geographic focus. A total of seven states -- and one province -- are represented. Read on to find out about five pitchers, five infielders and an outfielder.

Before you do that, there's some interesting draft-related news to relate. Max Scherzer, the Arizona Diamondbacks' first-round pick in 2006, No. 11 overall, is the lone first-rounder who hasn't signed. Time is running out, and much like he did with Luke Hochevar last year, agent Scott Boras has sent his client to pitch for the independent league Fort Worth Cats. He made his first outing on Friday and allowed one hit in 3 2/3 innings, striking out six. He struck out the side in the second inning and his fastball was clocked in the mid-90s. If he re-enters the draft pool -- and the D-Backs have until the end of May to try to sign him -- it will be very interesting to see where he would be re-drafted.

North of the border, scouts got a chance to get another -- and much longer -- look at Canadian phenom Phillipe Aumont. Already climbing up the charts into top 10 pick consideration, Aumont did nothing to hurt his stock with an outing in Ottawa last Sunday. He threw 88 pitches and, while he walked five, he allowed just one hit, struck out seven and maintained a 90-93 mph fastball (including topping out at 94 mph on pitch No. 68) throughout his 3 2/3 innings. He also showed an 82-84 mph changeup that few have seen before.

Now onto this week's reports:

Kyle Blair, RHP, Los Gatos HS, Calif.: Blair is a projectable high school right-hander. How much projection scouts think there is could determine his status on draft day. Complete Report.

Eric Eiland, OF, Lamar HS, Houston: An outfielder who put himself on the map last summer, Eiland was slowed by a hamstring injury but has shown all five tools on the field. Complete Report.

Nick Hagadone, LHP, University of Washington: The Saturday starter behind Tim Lincecum a year ago, Hagadone moved into the bullpen after a couple of Friday starts this year because of team need, but some see his three-pitch mix and will want to move him back into a rotation. Complete Report.

Josh Horton, SS, University of North Carolina: Horton is another solid college middle infielder who has excellent bat control. Whether he's an everyday shortstop or a utility guy remains to be seen. Complete Report.

Kyle Lotzkar, RHP, South Delta SS, BC: The aforementioned Aumont has been deservedly getting most of the Canadian buzz, but Lotzkar and his fastball/slider combination should not be overlooked. Complete Report.

Peter Kozma, SS, Owasso (Okla.) HS: Described as a more athletic Mark Loretta type, Kozma is a smart middle infielder with some good tools across the board. Complete Report.

Travis Mattair, 3B, Southridge HS, Kennewick, Wash.: Mattair is a big and athletic infielder who'll likely have to move to third, but both his bat and glove should play there fine. Complete Report.

Clayton Mortensen, RHP, Gonzaga: Mortensen is a rare breed -- a projectable college senior on the rise who has gotten better as the year has gone on. Complete Report.

Scott Moviel, RHP, St. Edward HS, Berea, OH Moviel reminds many of NC State's Andrew Brackman, and for good reason. He's 6-foot-10, a former basketball player with interesting, but raw stuff, and he's even got a commitment to play for the Wolfpack to boot. Complete Report.

Matt Presley, 3B, Cheyenne Mountain, Col. Springs, CO Presley has some serious raw power and can punish a fastball, but it's unclear what position he'll play at the next level. Complete Report.

Matt West, 3B, Bellaire (Texas) HS: Another high schooler who plays short at that level, but will likely move to third at the next level. West has some hitting skills and power potential, but it remains to be seen if it's enough for him to profile well at the hot corner. Complete Report.

Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for