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An Early Mock Draft & a Recap

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The Oakland Clubhouse,'s A's satellite site, had this early mock draft posted on January 22nd. David Price went to the D'Rays and Andrew Brackman fell to the Rangers with the 24th pick. As for the Rockies, Todd Morgan's pre-season pick is:

8. Colorado Rockies Michael Burgess, OF, L-L, 5'11, 195, Hillsborough High School, Tampa, FL

With one of the best farm systems in baseball, anything Colorado can add in the 2007 will be gravy. They have several very promising pitching prospects such as Ubaldo Jimenez, Franklin Morales and 2006 first rounder Greg Reynolds, not to mention the recently-acquired Jason Hirsh and the big league-proven Jeff Francis. Where they lack depth is in the outfield, where only Dexter Fowler looks likely to develop into an impact bat.

With this in mind, the Rockies will pay close attention to the outfielders available in the 2007 draft. The cream of the crop in terms of upside is easily Michael Burgess. At 5'11 he isn't physically imposing, but his bat speed is so good that he can hit the ball out all over the field. He is also a very good baserunner despite not being exceptionally fast. In terms of body type, he reminds me a lot of A's prospect Richie Robnett, though Burgess is much farther along at this point in his career than was Robnett when the A's took him in 2004.

With the toolsy Fowler destined to play in centerfield, Burgess will slot into rightfield nicely. His cannon arm and above-average speed will give the Rockies a very formidable corner defender, while his offensive skills will give them a number three hitter who will hit for average and power with enough patience to post an OBP of .380 or better.

Over at, Patrick Ebert ranks Burgess as the #5 overall prospect in the draft back in January. In a January Ask BA (last question), Jim Callis asserts that Burgess could be a top-5 pick come June. profiled Burgess last August.

On Friday, Miami-Fl. LHP Scott Maine went five innings and struck out five for the win. As Rox Girl brought up last week, will the Rockies redraft him if he performs well? Texas OF Kyle Russell hit two home runs (three on the season) with four RBI. Virginia 1B/LHP Sean Doolittle went 0-for-3 as a DH, but struck out six in five innings in his first start of the season. Arkansas LHP Nick Schmidt went six innings and struck out six for a no-decision. He also hit two batters. Cal State Fullerton RHP Wes Roemer went eight innings, gave up eleven hits and struck out seven against UNLV for his second win. Florida State SS Mark Hallberg, a transfer from Illinois-Chicago, collected three hits. He was all-Horizon League 1st team for his freshman and sophomore years with the Flames. Tulane RHP Sean Morgan went seven innings and struck out nine Southeastern Louisiana. Georgia reliever Josh Fields didn't have a great performance Friday as he allowed six runs in one inning of work, while walking three and striking out none. LSU LHP Charlie Furbush threw 5 2/3 innings and struck out seven. Not bad for a player pitching in D-III ball at this time last year.

Saturday's recap will come with Sunday's later tonight.