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Draft Report: College season kicks off

Draft Report: College season kicks off

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.

It's hard to not like this time of year if you're a Draft fan.

The opening weekend of college baseball is just way too much fun. To see all the top-ranked teams in action, to finally see the potential top-round Draft picks you've been hearing about play. Even better, there are always some very interesting weekend tournaments that give us a chance to see several teams and players in one fell swoop. It's a draft geek's, and scout's, dream.

This week's Draft Report will focus on one big tourney that took place Feb. 22-24. The DeMarini Invitational was held in Tempe, Ariz., home of Arizona State University. Seeing that talent-laden club would have been enough, but Vanderbilt University was there as well. It would have been a coup beyond compare had potential No. 1 pick Pedro Alvarez played all weekend. Instead, he was injured -- breaking the hamate bone in his hand -- almost immediately. So the Draft Report will have to wait until he's back and close to 100 percent before commenting on the Commodores' third baseman.

Between the ASU players and the other Vandy players, however, we've got another group of eight that should be on your radar screen.

Ike Davis, OF/1B
Arizona State University
The son of former big league reliever Ron Davis, a lot of scouts can say that they like Ike. Davis went 4-for-13 with five RBIs at the DeMarini Invitational. Complete Report
Video: Ike Davis

Dominic de la Osa, OF
Vanderbilt University
Using a compact swing, the senior has pretty good hitting ability and power to all fields, though he didn't show much of it at the tournament, going 3-for-13 overall. Complete Report
Video: Dominic de la Osa

Ryan Flaherty, SS
Vanderbilt University
He's athletic and has a sweet left-handed swing, though he most likely won't remain a shortstop as a pro. He went 4-for-12 with four RBIs (all in the first game) in Arizona. Complete Report
Video: Ryan Flaherty

Brett Jacobson, RHP
Vanderbilt University
The big right-hander started on Saturday against Arizona State. The numbers were not good -- 3 IP, 4 H, 6 ER, 4 BB, 5 K -- largely because of a lack of fastball command. Complete Report
Video: Brett Jacobson

Jason Kipnis, OF
Arizona State University
A transfer from Kentucky, the Draft-eligible sophomore will have to convince people he can be an everyday center fielder to garner an early Draft pick. He certainly got off to a good start with the bat, going a combined 4-for-10 with two homers, five RBIs and a stolen base in his first three games as a Sun Devil. Complete Report
Video: Jason Kipnis

Petey Paramore, C
Arizona State University
He's got a chance to be a good all-around catcher, though his defensive skills stood out more than his bat. He went 2-for-10 with one RBI and five runs scored over the weekend. Complete Report
Video: Petey Paramore

Kiel Roling, C/1B
Arizona State University
Roling's only real tool is his power, and while he didn't hit any out during the DeMarini Invitational, he did go 3-for-11 with two doubles and two RBIs. Complete Report
Video: Kiel Roling

Brett Wallace, 3B/1B
Arizona State University
One of the better all-around hitters in the Draft class, Wallace has great plate discipline and power to all fields. He went 5-for-12 with three homers and nine RBIs, including a two-homer, seven-RBI game, over the weekend. Complete Report
Video: Brett Wallace

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

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