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Draft Report: Lucky No. 13

Draft Report: Lucky No. 13

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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.

At the Draft Report, 13 is indeed a lucky number.

We upped the effort for this week's report, with a 2008 high of 13, yes count them, 13 new Draft prospects for your perusal. The reports run the gamut, from some of the Draft class' elite college first base prospects to some of the high school pitchers who will hear their names called early on Draft day.

Before we get to the week's baker's dozen, here are a couple of notes on some other prospects: Potential top pick Pedro Alvarez has been out of action nearly all season after breaking a hamate bone in his hand. There might be a light at the end of the tunnel. He was taking cuts at half speed in the cages the weekend before last and was eyeing a possible return in time for the series against Ole Miss, April 4-6. ... Speaking of Vanderbilt, what's going on with Brett Jacobson? Once thought to have a chance to be one of the better college arms in the class, the 6-foot-6 junior was taken out of the rotation and pitched in mop-up duty during the South Carolina series. He made a Tuesday start, going seven innings and beating Belmont to bring his ERA down to 7.45. Perhaps it's a sign of things to come. ... Keep your eye on Fresno's Tanner Scheppers. He's racked up 21 Ks in his last two starts (though one was a loss at Hawaii) and now has a 1.89 ERA to go along with 55 Ks against just 8 walks in 38 innings. Some think he could be gone by the middle of the first round.

Yonder Alonso, 1B
University of Miami

Heading into a March 7-9 series against Boston College, Alonso hadn't homered in his first seven games. He went deep three times vs. BC, going a combined 5-for-9 with six RBIs on the weekend. Complete Report.
Video: Yonder Alonso

Ryan Babineau, C
UCLA

Known for his catch-and-throw skills, Babineau went 3-for-13 with a pair of RBIs in a weekend series against Cal Poly. Complete Report.
Video: Ryan Babineau

Gerrit Cole, RHP
Orange Lutheran HS, Calif.

In the championship game of the Newport Elks Tournament, Cole threw seven innings of shutout ball and struck out 13 against Tesoro High School. Complete Report.
Video: Gerrit Cole

Greg Conver, RHP
American Heritage HS, Fla.

The tall right-hander is all projection, though he did improve to 3-1 with his recent performance against Pompano High School. Complete Report.
Video: Greg Conver

Brandon Crawford, SS
UCLA

Though he went 6-for-10 in a series against Cal Poly, Crawford has not shown the all-around ability so far this season that had people touting him as one of the best college middle infielders in the Draft class. Complete Report.
Video: Brandon Crawford

Jermaine Curtis, 3B
UCLA

He's off to an awful start, hitting just .216 over his first 18 games. In a weekend series against Cal Poly, he salvaged the weekend by going 3-for-6 with four RBIs, three runs scored, his first homer of the season and a stolen base. Overall, he went 4-for-15 for the series. Complete Report.
Video: Jermaine Curtis

James Darnell, 3B
University of South Carolina

The Gamecocks third baseman is having a fine season, hitting .330 and slugging .545 over his first 20 games. Against Vanderbilt, he went 7-for-14 with a homer and three RBIs. Complete Report.
Video: James Darnell

Reese Havens, SS
University of South Carolina

He's off to a terrific start for the Gamecocks, hitting .386 over 20 games. In a weekend series against Vanderbilt, the shortstop went 3-for-12 with a pair of RBIs and three runs scored. Complete Report.
Video: Reese Havens

Chris Joyce, LHP
Dos Pueblos HS, Calif.

The popular term for a Draft prospect on the rise is "helium" and Joyce seems to have it early on. Doing things like striking out 14 over seven innings in a recent start against San Marcos High School can do that. Complete Report.
Video: Chris Joyce

Tim Melville, RHP
Wentzville Holt HS, Mo.

It was his first start, and he threw only around 60 pitches after working out mostly indoors. Though he gave up a couple of homers and struggled with his command, he did strike out nine over four innings and at least whetted the many scouts in attendance. Complete Report.
Video: Tim Melville

Tim Murphy, LHP
UCLA

In his March 13 start against Cal Poly, Murphy didn't pitch particuarly well, allowing seven earned runs on 12 hits, but he did show a four-pitch mix and the ability to battle and keep his team in the game by pitching into the seventh inning. Complete Report.
Video: Tim Murphy

Justin Smoak, 1B
University of South Carolina

In a series at Vanderbilt, the Gamecock first baseman went 5-for-15 with three RBIs and a long home run off of Vandy's Brett Jacobson. Complete Report.
Video: Justin Smoak

Jemile Weeks, 2B
University of Miami

Weeks went off in a sweep of Boston College, going a combined 7-for-12 with a homer, three RBIs, four runs scored and a stolen base. Complete Report.
Video: Jemile Weeks

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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