Is it too early to start thinking about the 2008 draft? I mean, as of right now, we are tied for the 4'th worst record in baseball. Well, as of yesterday at least, with potential to get an even higher pick than that. That would put us into position to draft one of these college sluggers who are sophomores who made BA's 2007 All-American teams:
Brett Wallace, Arizona State, 1B: .415/.495/.702 with 15 HR's. He also had 11 SB's.
Pedro Alvarez, Vanderbilt, 3B: .386/.463/.684 with 18 HR's.
Yonder Alonso, Miami, 1B: .376/.519/.705. Alonso also had 13 SB's.
Justin Smoak, South Carolina, 1B: .313/.433/.619 with 21 HR's.
Another player of interest, albeit perhaps a lower level of competition is Ryan Lavarnway, Yale, OF: .467/.531/.873 with 14 HR's. Lavarnway had just 150 AB's. so the HR total looks low.
The draft looks very strong at the top for college players next year as you can add in 2007 sophomore All-Americans pitchers Preston Guilmet of Arizona, Jacob Thompson of Virginia, Brian Matusz of USD, and Scott Gorgan of UCI.
Zach Putnam is a two way player who looks a bit better as a slugger from Michigan.
This all doesn't even count potential HS draftees so we should be in good position to further revitalize the farm system. We may even be as well or better off if Madison Bumgarner doesn't sign and we end up with the #11 pick too.