Draft Report: Hitting the century mark
Seven more make 100, including an NFL Hall of Famer's son
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 a momentous day for all of us here at The Draft Report. Not only are we about to turn the calendar to May -- heading into crunch time of the draft season (and the launch of our draft section real soon) -- but TDR has also hit the century mark.
That's right, with seven new reports this week, that brings the grand total to 100 draft prospects as we make our way into May. There are still plenty of names to sift through, including some elite ballplayers (don't worry, we'll get to Pedro Alvarez and Brian Matusz), and plenty of time for players to rise up -- or fall down -- the charts with their late-season performances. Every step of the way, TDR will be there to document. So sit back, strap your seatbelt on and enjoy the ride.
This week's report is high-school heavy, with only one collegian on the board. It's also very mound-centric. Only one player, the multi-talented Kyle Long (that's Howie's kid, in case you were wondering, and not the NFL-bound one), is discussed as a position player, and people are split about whether Long should hit or pitch in the future anyway.
Preston Guilmet, RHP
University of Arizona
Last year's Pac 10 Pitcher of the Year and Arizona's Friday starter was solid in a recent start at home against Indiana State. The right-hander went 7 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out 10. Complete Report
Video: Preston Guilmet
Trey Haley, RHP
Central Heights HS, Nacogdoches, Texas
The talent pool in Texas is unusually dry, but Haley, despite pitching in a small town, is doing his part to keep the state on the map. He had some pretty good skills on display during a recent start against Newton High School. Complete Report
Video: Trey Haley
Walker Kelly, LHP
Arlington Heights HS, Ft. Worth, Texas
Kelly gained fame several years ago as a Little League World Series Star for Fort Worth. Now a high school senior, the southpaw still can mow them down, as he did during six strong innings against Rowlett High School in the Grand Prairie Classic. Complete Report
Video: Walker Kelly
Maverick Lasker, RHP
Sandra Day O'Connor HS, Glendale Ariz.
After missing a large amount of time due to a shoulder injury, Lasker made his return to the mound recently with two innings of relief against Sunnyslope High School, showing the pure stuff that put him on the map in the first place. Complete Report
Video: Maverick Lasker
Kyle Long, LHP/1B
St. Anne's-Belfield HS, Charlottesville, Va.
Howie's kid is a big, strong lineman on the gridiron. He's also a lefty pitcher who might be able to crank it up and a first baseman with light-tower power. Makes for an intriguing package, doesn't it? He showed a little of everything in a recent game against Trinity High School. Complete Report
Video: Kyle Long
Brett Mooneyham, LHP
Buhach Colony HS, Atwater, Calif.
In a recent start against Pitman High School in Northern California, the big left-hander allowed two earned runs on four hits over six innings. He showed how dominant he can be by striking out seven. He also showed how he can struggle with his command by walking four. Complete Report
Video: Brett Mooneyham
Jake Odorizzi, RHP
Highland High School, Ill.
A fast-riser on draft charts, Odorizzi had everything working in a recent start against Civic Memorial High School. The right-hander struck out 11, allowing four hits and walking none in a 92-pitch performance. Complete Report
Video: Jake Odorizzi
Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.