05/28/09 10:00 AM ET
Draft Report: Two familiar names
Crow, Wallach look to go in early rounds on June 9
By Jonathan Mayo / MLB.com
With the final Draft Report before the big day, Draft Day on June 9, it's time to try to make sure to hit on any players who put themselves in good position to be selected early on. Some are late risers, players with helium, as they say. Some were on the landscape but were somehow forgotten and are trying to sneak into the first two rounds or so.
The biggest name is one that should be familiar to Draft fans since he went No. 9 overall last year. That would be Aaron Crow, who has been pitching for the Fort Worth Cats after not signing with the Nationals. Following him are a few other pitchers with first-round potential, a toolsy college outfielder/two-sport standout, some guys who came back from injury and illness to try and right themselves, a California high schooler who's flown a little under the radar and a junior college guy with a familiar last name.
Of course, none have greater potential than the presumptive No. 1 pick, Stephen Strasburg. His back is just fine and he'll get the chance to make at least one more college start in his first regional this weekend. Let's take one last look at the right-hander's numbers:
Last outing: May 20
Opponent: New Mexico
Result: 2-1 win
Game stats: 7 2/3 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
Season stats: 13-0, 102 IP, 57 H, 14 ER, 19 BB, 180 K, .164 BAA, 1.24 ERA
Now let's get to those reports.
Aaron Crow, RHP
Fort Worth Cats, Texas
Crow didn't sign with the Nationals, who took him ninth overall last year, and headed to Fort Worth to be seen this spring as he re-entered the Draft. In an American Association start against Grand Prairie, he threw five shutout innings, giving up two hits and two walks while striking out nine. He's made two official starts, winning both and not allowing a run over 11 innings while giving up just five hits and two walks with 13 whiffs. Complete Report
Other possible first-rounders
Chad Jenkins, RHP
Jenkins moved past teammate Kyle Heckathorn on Draft boards and was named the Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Year. He went undefeated in conference play after beating North Florida with a complete-game, 10-K performance. The right-hander was 8-1 on the year with a 2.54 ERA. In 92 IP, he gave up 80 hits and walked only 15 while striking out 98. Complete Report
Garrett Gould, RHP
Maize HS, Kansas
Gould was rising up Draft boards as the spring wore on and finished off his senior season with a championship win, tossing five shutout innings, allowing just one hit and striking out 12. For the season, the projectable right-hander went 6-1 with a 0.78 ERA. Over 45 innings, he walked only 14 and struck out 95. Complete Report
Jared Mitchell, OF
Louisiana State University
The two-sport standout has tools that are intriguing, but do they turn into results? In the SEC tournament, he went 3-for-20 with five runs scored, an RBI and a stolen base over six games. For the season, the outfielder has hit .326 with a .560 slugging percentage and .472 on-base percentage, thanks to 47 walks. He's stolen 30 bases and also has 47 strikeouts in 56 total games. Complete Report
On the Mend
Cameron Garfield, C
Murrieta Valley HS, Calif.
A good combination of defensive skills and hitting ability normally would make any high school catcher intriguing. An ankle injury, though, cut down on his ability to catch during the season and it's clear he suffered from it. He was trying to make up for it with some good workouts, but it will remain to be seen how high Garfield goes. Complete Report
Ben Tootle, RHP
It was a strange season for Tootle, who was coming off a strong Cape showing as one of the top small school arms in the class. A virus forced him to miss a month and lose some weight. He threw well, though, against Tennessee-Martin in May, just prior to the conference tournament. He took the loss but went seven innings and allowed only two unearned runs on two hits. For the season, he went 3-4 with a 4.56 ERA, though he did strike out 58 in 51 1/3 IP (with 35 walks). Complete Report
Going back to Cali
Bryan Berglund, RHP
Royal HS, Calif.
He doesn't get the same kind of buzz some of the other California high school arms do, but that doesn't mean he should be ignored. Just ask those at Simi Valley High school, like Jonathan Meyer. In a mid-May start against them, Berglund tossed six shutout innings, allowing two hits along the way. He had a 1.58 ERA and .191 batting average against over the course of his senior season. Complete Report
Brett Wallach, RHP
Orange Coast Junior College
The son of former big leaguer Tim Wallach was the Southern California Junior College Player of the Year as a two-way player (yes, he played third base). But it seems his future is on the mound as he appeared to get better as the season wore on. He won a JC state championship start in late May with six strong innings to improve to 10-1, then came back a day later to save the championship clincher. Complete Report
Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.