04/23/08 8:00 AM ET
Draft Report: Six more Friday nights
Warm weather aids scouts up north as clock ticks down
By Jonathan Mayo / MLB.com
It's starting to get really interesting across the Draft landscape, and The Draft Report is here to add eight more players to our ever-growing list for your perusal.
As pointed out by one scout, there are only six more Friday nights before Draft Day. That's a common measure of time in the scouting industry, since it represents the number of times someone can see a college team's top starter before having to make big decisions.
That's not a ton of time, especially since it seems the top talent hasn't necessarily separated itself this year. We here at TDR have heard at least seven names mentioned in rumors about Tampa's first overall pick. We're not saying there are seven serious candidates, but the fact that so many prospects could even be mentioned shows there's a lot yet to be determined.
We've got an interesting mix for you this week, including a pair of senior-year college pitchers (one who wears a uniform off the field as well), an up-and-coming college catcher, a college outfielder who's slipped a bit, a high school shortstop from the same region also headed in a downward direction and a trio of prep pitchers with a variety of skills.
Mitch Harris, RHP
U.S. Naval Academy
Drafted a year ago by the Braves, Harris came back to the Navy to fulfill his obligation to the Academy. If he's able to sign, he should go fairly early, especially if he keeps pitching like he did against Army recently, when he went allowed two runs on three hits while striking out seven in 7 2/3 innings. Complete Report
Video: Mitch Harris
Jake Jefferies, C
The catcher has been moving up the charts all year, hitting .417 over 34 games while striking out just four times in 151 at-bats. He went 2-for-5 -- again with no strikeouts -- in a recent game against Sacramento State. Complete Report
Video: Jake Jefferies
Keith Landers, LHP
St. Peter-Marian HS, Worcester, Mass.
With the weather warming in the Northeast, scouts are getting good looks at the tall, left-handed New Englander. And he hasn't disappointed, allowing just one hit and striking out nine over six innings in a recent start against Westborough High School. Complete Report
Video: Keith Landers
Andrew Liebel, RHP
Long Beach State
A college senior who knows how to pitch at a great program -- even if it's just with average stuff -- is going to draw interest. He wasn't at his best in a recent start against UC-Irvine (and fellow Draft Report subject) Scott Gorgen, though he battled to go 6 2/3 innings, allowing four runs on 13 hits while striking out four without a walk. Complete Report
Video: Andrew Liebel
Daniel Marrs, RHP
James River HS, Midlothian, Va.
Marrs is all about arm strength, with an above-average to plus fastball. He had it on display in a recent outing against Midlothian High School, when he struck out seven over four innings. He followed that up with a no-hitter in his next start. Complete Report
Video: Daniel Marrs
Harold Martinez, SS
Braddock HS, Miami, Fla.
Scouts have been watching Martinez for a long time, waiting for his performance to live up to his potential. Those who saw him at the recent Sarasota Classic may still be waiting. Complete Report
Video: Harold Martinez
Dennis Raben, OF
University of Miami
A lefty with big-time raw power, Raben has yet to recapture the form that raised his profile on the Cape last summer. He did go 3-for-5 at a recent game at Florida Atlantic, but they were all singles. Complete Report
Video: Dennis Raben
Joe Wieland, RHP
Bishop Manogue HS, Reno, Nev.
If his pure stuff doesn't wow you, his ability to throw strikes -- especially with his curve -- should. His command and competitive nature were both on display in a recent start against Elko High School in Nevada. Complete Report
Video: Joe Wieland
Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.