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05/07/08 10:00 AM ET

Draft Report: Blossoming in Kentucky

Bluegrass State lures big-league scouts with best crop to date

Leading up to the 2008 First-Year Player Draft on June 5, the Draft Report will take a weekly in-depth look at some of the most promising high school and collegiate talent that could comprise this year's draft class.

You might detect a bit of a twang or perhaps hear some strains of banjo music in the background. This week's Draft Report is decidedly bluegrass.

All eight of this week's entries hail from "The Bluegrass State" of Kentucky. It's a ridiculously good year for amateur talent there this year, probably the state's best crop to date, so we felt it high time to take a tour and look at some of the best high school and college players Kentucky has to offer. Keep in mind that we already discussed high schooler Nick Maronde a while back and there are some others who will be drafted out of Kentucky, so it's clear it's become a great place for scouts to spend a good deal of time.

Sawyer Carroll, OF
University of Kentucky

Carroll turned down an offer from the Nationals after being an 18th-rounder last year, and the numbers he's put up as a senior say he's going to improve his Draft standing this time around. He went 1-for-4 against Louisville, but he's hit .415 with 12 homers and 65 RBIs for the Wildcats through 49 games. Complete Report
Video: Sawyer Carroll

Collin Cowgill, OF
University of Kentucky

The center fielder went 1-for-5 in a recent game against rival Louisville, but has put up solid numbers all year, hitting .368 with 16 homers and 49 RBIs in 49 games. Complete Report
Video: Collin Cowgill

Zack Cox, 3B
Pleasure Ridge Park HS, Louisville

In a recent game against Dunbar High School in Lexington, Cox showed the overall hitting ability that has turned him from a two-way player into an offensive Draft prospect. Complete Report
Video: Zack Cox

Chris Dominguez, 3B

The Draft-eligible sophomore (he red-shirted in his freshman season) has been inconsistent in the eyes of scouts, but against in-state rival Kentucky, he homered in the seventh to tie the game, then singled with two outs in the ninth to win it. He's hit .365 with 14 homers and 51 RBIs on the season. Complete Report
Video: Chris Dominguez

Christian Friedrich, LHP
Eastern Kentucky University

In an April start against Tennessee Tech -- two weeks before he missed a start with a groin issue -- Friedrich tossed seven strong innings, allowing just one run on three hits while walking two and striking out 11. Complete Report
Video: Christian Friedrich

Scott Green, RHP
University of Kentucky

It's been a little frustrating for scouts to get good looks at Green and his live arm lately. He's been relegated to the bullpen and hasn't seen much action of late. That's why we dipped back to a March 9 start, a dandy against Purdue in which the right-hander went six innings, allowing just two unearned runs on four hits, no walks and nine strikeouts. Complete Report
Video: Scott Green

Robbie Ross, LHP
Lexington Christian HS, Kentucky

In a classic matchup against fellow Draft prospect Nick Maronde, Ross tossed a seven-inning complete game, allowing four hits (three of the infield variety) and striking out 14. Maronde, for his part, struck out 13, but lost, 2-1. Complete Report
Video: Robbie Ross

Daniel Webb, RHP
Heath HS, Paducah, Ky.

Webb's team traveled to take on Kentucky powerhouse St. Xavier lately. With plenty of scouts on hand, Webb went 6 2/3 innings, allowing five hits and three walks while striking out five. Heath lost, 3-2, in the seventh. Complete Report
Video: Daniel Webb

Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.