2009 MLB Draft 1-15: Is Strasburg The Best Pitching Prospect Ever?

Jordan LanningCorrespondent IMay 22, 2009

SAN DIEGO, CA- APRIL 3:  Starting Pitcher Stephen Strasburg #37 of the San Diego State Aztecs throws from the mound against the UC Davis Aggies during their game on April 3, 2009 at Petco Park in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

The MLB Draft is one of the most exciting days that I experience every year. It's not as big as the NFL Draft or maybe even the NBA Draft, but I have always taken a huge interest in it.

This years draft is deep in pitching. The Washington Nationals have the first pick and the 10th pick due to them not being able to sign Aaron Crow, their first pick of last year.

1. Washington Nationals: Stephan Strasburg RHP

Ht/Wt: 6'4"/230 lbs.
Birthdate: 7/20/88
Drafted From: San Diego State

Strasburg has been the No. 1 prospect since Day One, and his 17-strikeout no-hitter solidified it. He has touched triple digits with his fast ball and has some devastating breaking pitches. Strasburg has been called the best pitching prospect ever. If true we could see him in the Majors fairly quickly.

2. Seattle Mariners: Dustin Ackley CF/1B

Ht/Wt: 6'1"/190 lbs.
Birthdate: 2/26/88
Drafted From: UNC

Ackley moved to first due to having Tommy John Surgery. His power is OK, nothing special. He will do most of his damage on the base paths, as he has above-average speed. If scouts think he can go back to center field, Ackley won't last long on draft day.

3. San Diego Padres: Donovan Tate CF

Ht/Wt: 6'3"/200 lbs.
Birthdate: 9/27/90
Drafted From: Cartersville HS (GA)
Donovan Tate is arguably the best high school player in the draft and potentially a great five-tool player. He has good speed and power and reminds a lot of people of Diamondbacks center fielder Chris Young. Tate has tons of potential, and the Padres need it.

4. Pittsburg Pirates: Alex White RHP

Ht/Wt: 6'3"/190 lbs.
Birthdate: 8/29/88
Drafted From: UNC

White is a good talent from North Carolina and has six pitches he can throw effectively. The only downside of White is at times he lacks total command, but that can be fixed with some mechanical tweaks.

5. Baltimore Orioles: Tyler Matzek LHP

Ht/Wt: 6'3"/210 lbs.
Birthdate: 10/19/90
Drafted From: Capistrano Valley HS (Calif.)

Matzek is a good pitcher, could be an ace in the Majors. He knows how to pitch and does it effectively. He at times does only what he needs to do. When he wants, he can be tremendous.

6. San Francisco Giants: Aaron Crow

Ht/Wt: 6'2"/205 lbs.
Birthdate: 11/6/88
Drafted From: Fort Worth Cats

Crow was a first-round pick last year but refused to sign with the Washington Nationals. He then went to Fort Worth to play in an independent league. He looked rusty at times, but with his stuff the Giants would love to have him aboard.

7. Atlanta Braves: Tanner Scheppers RHP

Ht/Wt: 6'4"/200 lbs.
Birthdate: 1/17/87
Drafted From: Fresno State

Because of an injury, Scheppers fell to the second round last year. He did not sign and went and played for an independent team. Now he is healthy and looking to rebound, as he is projected to be a top-10 pick. I think the Braves are the ones to grab him.

8. Cincinnati Reds: Shelby Miller RHP

Ht/Wt: 6'4"/215 lbs.
Birthdate: 10/10/90
Drafted From: Brownwood HS (Tex.)

Miller is a very strong right-hander from the state of Texas. He can throw his fastball at 96 mph, comfortably at 93. Miller has the stuff to be a closer as well, but could also be a front-of-the-rotation starter for the Reds.

9. Detroit Tigers: Grant Green SS

Ht/Wt: 6'3"/185 lbs.
Birthdate: 9/27/87
Drafted From: USC

Green has the potential to become a five-tool player. He has the power to hit 20 home runs consistently, he has above-average speed and could hit .300 consistently.

10. Washington Nationals: Zack Wheeler RHP *

Ht/Wt: 6'4"/180 lbs.
Birthdate: 5/30/90
Drafted From: East Paulding HS (Ga.)

The Nationals get this pick for not signing Crow last year. Wheeler is one of the best arms in the draft. Wheeler has good stuff, and his command is coming along. I could see this guy being the No. 2 guy behind Strasburg in the Nationals' rotation.

11. Colorado Rockies: Kyle Gibson RHP

Ht/Wt: 6'6"/225 lbs.
Birthdate: 10/27/87
Drafted From: Missouri

Gibson has the characteristics to be a front-end-of-the-rotation guy. He has stuff, command, and presence on the mound. Gibson is another pitcher in this draft class that has a very bright future.

12. Kansas City Royals: Micheal Trout OF

Ht/Wt: 6'2"/195 lbs.
Birthdate: 8/7/91
Drafted From: Millville HS (NJ)

Trout is a very toolsy outfielder. He has good power, well-above-average speed, and is able to cover a lot of ground in the outfield. The potential is definitely there, and I definitely see the Royals selecting him come draft day.

13. Oakland Athletics: Matt Purke LHP

Ht/Wt: 6'3"/185 lbs.
Birthdate: 7/7/90
Drafted From: Klein HS (Tex.)

Matt Purke is a very intriguing southpaw in this draft class. He has all of the tools to become one of the best pitchers in this class. He is very slender, so there are some concerns about durability.

14.Texas Rangers: Matt Davidson 3B

Ht/Wt: 6'3"/215 lbs.
Birthdate: 8/26/90
Drafted From: Yucaipa HS (Calif.)

Davidson has plus power and should become one of the best power hitters in the class. He is an average third baseman with little to no speed. There is a pretty bright future ahead, and he will get help in the majors with the power the Rangers currently have.

15. Cleveland Indians: Andrew Oliver LHP

Ht/Wt: 6'3"/210 lbs.
Birthdate: 12/3/87
Drafted From: Oklahoma State

Oliver has an above-average fastball. He doesn't have much of a curveball yet, but he could add that pitch in the Cleveland farm system.

*Washington gained pick for not signing previous 1st round pick.


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