A Look At The Draft Picks

June 06, 2008|By JEFF ZREBIEC

First round (fourth overall)

Brian Matusz, a left-handed pitcher from University of San Diego: Matusz, a 21-year-old who was regarded by most analysts as the best pitcher in the draft, was 26-8 with a 2.94 ERA in 48 appearances for the Toreros over three seasons. In 2008, he went 12-2 with a 1.71 ERA in 15 games, 14 of them starts. At 6 feet 4, 200 pounds, Matusz, an Arizona native, has four pitches and frequently uses his off-speed stuff to set up his fastball, which he throws between 90 and 93 mph. His best pitch might be his changeup.

Second round (50th overall)

Xavier Avery, a left-handed-hitting outfielder from Cedar Grove High School in Ellenwood, Ga.: Avery, an 18-year-old who signed a letter of intent to play running back for the University of Georgia, is one of the fastest and most athletic players in the draft. He has been timed at 6.2 seconds in the 60-yard dash but has faced little competition and is said to have raw tools, instincts and offensive skills. A center fielder, Avery hit .561 with eight homers, 24 RBIs and 35 steals this past high school season. Avery was expected to play both football and baseball at Georgia, but there has been talk he would forgo the opportunity if drafted in the first or early second round.

Third round (81st overall)

Jerome "L.J." Hoes, an outfielder from St. John's High School in Washington: The Maryland native hit .524 with eight home runs, 29 RBIs and 32 steals this season for St. John's, earning Washington Post All-Metro honors for the third time in four years. He played outfield in high school, but there are questions where he'll fit professionally. It's possible his future is at second base. He also has made a firm commitment to the University of North Carolina and told the Post he wants "first- to third-round money."

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