Scouting directors and their respective teams often have tendencies when drafting amateur talent. This is a brief analysis of those tendencies for all 30 teams.
Day 1 Selections: 1, 10, 50, 81
Scouting Director: Dana Brown
History and Tendencies: The Nationals drafted very heavy on college arms the past two years, but Brown and Assistant GM Mike Rizzo are fond of big names and big velocity.
Day 1 Selections: 2, 27, 33, 51, 82
Scouting Director: Tom McNamara
History and Tendencies: Seattle has taken a college player in the first round in three of the last four years, and the new regime leans toward the college talents early.
Day 1 Selections: 3, 52, 83
Scouting Director: Bill Gayton
History and Tendencies: Gayton is highly performance-based and tends to stay away from pitching early in the draft. Typically leans heavily toward college talents. Several brains of power are in the draft room, including the club's VP of scouting and player development, Grady Fuson.
Day 1 Selections: 4, 49, 53, 84
Scouting Director: Greg Smith
History and Tendencies: Thirty-five of their first 41 picks since 2005 have been college players; Smith has shown a willingness to jump at all types of talent without prejudice.
Day 1 Selections: 5, 54, 85
Scouting Director: Joe Jordan
History and Tendencies: The O's have opted for the quick-return talents early in recent drafts, looking for upside and tools in later rounds. Jordan and the Orioles' suits are willing to play ball with Scott Boras clients.
Day 1 Selections: 6, 55, 86
Scouting Director: John Barr
History and Tendencies: Twenty of the first 21 selections last June were college players, which is somewhat typical of the Giants, despite their taking prep talents with six of first seven in '07. Barr stayed on the college trail in his first draft as scouting director, taking 21 college talents among his first 23 picks, including the first nine.
Day 1 Selections: 7, 87
Scouting Director: Roy Clark
History and Tendencies: Clark always prefers high school players versus college talents; only two college first-rounders have been picked in the past 18 years. The Braves like to stay local, too.
Day 1 Selections: 8, 43, 57, 88
Scouting Director: Chris Buckley
History and Tendencies: No strong tendency as an organization, but Buckley's approach is tools-oriented and traditional. Eleven of the first 12 picks last year were college players.
Day 1 Selections: 9, 58, 89
Scouting Director: David Chadd
History and Tendencies: The Tigers took 11 pitchers in their first 13 picks over the past two years; Chadd loves power arms, and Detroit will spend money on the right talent.
Day 1 Selections: 11, 32, 34, 59, 90
Scouting Director: Bill Schmidt
History and Tendencies: Three arms and two shortstops in first round over the past five drafts; the Rockies typically look to stay at or under slot. Greg Reynolds, anyone?
Day 1 Selections: 12, 91
Scouting Director: J.J. Picollo
History and Tendencies: The Royals have spent a lot of money in recent drafts, taking Boras clients three years in a row. Picollo is in his first year, but GM Dayton Moore was a traditional tools-based scouting director.
Day 1 Selections: 13, 92
Scouting Director: Eric Kubota
History and Tendencies: Oakland was college-heavy the past two years -- first 14 in '08, first nine in '07. The A's will go over slot outside the first round and have had some recent success with prep arms.
Day 1 Selections: 14, 44, 62, 93
Scouting Director: Ron Hopkins
History and Tendencies: Texas has mixed it up well the past five years among college and prep talents, both on the mound and with bats. Pitching has been the focus of late.
Day 1 Selections: 15, 63, 94
Scouting Director: Brad Grant
History and Tendencies: The Indians have preferred polished players, mostly college bats, and the organization's performance-based philosophy reigns supreme for the draft, too. In Grant's first draft in '08, seven of the first eight picks were college players, including first-round selection Lonnie Chisenhall.
Day 1 Selections: 16, 17, 35, 41, 45, 60, 64, 95
Scouting Director: Tom Allison
History and Tendencies: Six of first seven picks last year were college talents, but Allison will go with a prep player in Round 1. They aren't likely to spend money on Boras clients.
Day 1 Selections: 18, 66, 97
Scouting Director: Stan Meek
History and Tendencies: The Marlins' recent track record in the first round is not great -- RHP Brett Sinkbeil, 3B Matt Dominguez and C Kyle Skipworth are all struggling.
Day 1 Selections: 19, 67, 98
Scouting Director: Jeff Lunhow
History and Tendencies: The Cardinals are extremely college-heavy in the draft, with SS Pete Kozma the only prep selection in first round since 2004. Stats-oriented draft room usually wins out.
Day 1 Selections: 20, 37, 68, 99, 104
Scouting Director: Jon Lalonde
History and Tendencies: Lalonde leans heavily toward college talent, except Travis Snider in the first round in '06 and some early rounds in 2007. Only one prep pitcher was drafted in the first seven rounds last season.
Day 1 Selections: 21, 69, 100, 111
Scouting Director: Bobby Heck
History and Tendencies: Astros stay within slot recommendations, often overdrafting in Round 1. Last year's top pick, catcher Jason Castro from Stanford, is off to a nice start in 2009, but C Max Sapp, P Brian Bogusevic and OF Eli Iorg haven't fared well as Houston first-round picks.
Day 1 Selections: 22, 46, 70, 101
Scouting Director: Deron Johnson
History and Tendencies: Leans a tad toward high school talent, particularly pitching. Organization values foot speed more than any other club. It's Johnson's show, as GM Bill Smith isn't as involved as other GMs.
Day 1 Selections: 23, 38, 61, 71, 102
Scouting Director: Doug Laumann
History and Tendencies: Sox have taken a college player in the first round every year this decade with the exception of 2001, when they selected RHP Kris Honel, who is now out of the organization. Good bet it's going to be a college kid again in '09.
Day 1 Selections: 24, 25, 40, 48, 80, 110
Scouting Director: Eddie Bane
History and Tendencies: Six of their last eight top picks have been prep talents, but no first-round selections in the past two years. The club is extremely tools-based and much prefers the upside of the high school player.
Day 1 Selections: 26, 39, 47, 73, 74, 105
Scouting Director: Bruce Seid
History and Tendencies: Milwaukee hasn't leaned heavily toward college or prep talent in early rounds recently, but GM Doug Melvin is thought generally to prefer college talent, which is something the organization has focused on largely after Round 1 the past handful of drafts.
Day 1 Selections: 28, 77, 107
Scouting Director: Jason McLeod
History and Tendencies: Boston and McLeod bring a mixed approach to the draft, combining upside with probability, and are always in search of untapped talent and hidden value. Sox '05-06 drafts produced CF Jacoby Ellsbury, RHP Clay Buchholz, SS Jed Lowrie, RHPs Daniel Bard and Justin Masterson, and top prospect Lars Anderson. Boston will spend money on the right talent.
Day 1 Selections: 29, 76
Scouting Director: Damon Oppenheimer
History and Tendencies: The Yankees don't generally lean in one direction or another, but 12 of their first 14 picks the past two years have been college players, and they've been pitching-heavy the past four drafts.
Day 1 Selections: 30, 78, 108
Scouting Director: R.J. Harrison
History and Tendencies: The Rays mix it up in the first round but typically favor the prep talents with upside. Pitching is the exception -- Tampa has tabbed college arms David Price, Wade Townsend and Jeff Niemann with high picks this decade. They are starting to spend a little money on the right players, but they remain focused on middle defenders and upside.
Day 1 Selections: 31, 79, 109
Scouting Director: Tim Wilken
History and Tendencies: Wilken is a traditional scout at heart, and his drafts are proof. He's not shy about taking the player he prefers over the consensus. Shows no extreme tendencies toward college or prep talent.
Day 1 Selections: 36, 56, 65, 96
Scouting Director: Tim Hallgren
History and Tendencies: The Dodgers have been heavy on prep talent the past decade, booming on Chad Billingsley, Matt Kemp and Clayton Kershaw, and there's no reason to believe they won't continue down the same path under Hallgren, who continues to work under assistant GM and former scouting director Logan White.
Day 1 Selections: 72, 103
Scouting Director: Rudy Terrasas
History and Tendencies: The Mets have recently been heavy on college arms and prep hitters until they popped 2B Reese Havens and 1B Ike Davis a year ago. They typically lean toward probability over upside, at least in the early rounds.
Day 1 Selections: 75, 106
Scouting Director: Marti Wolever
History and Tendencies: The Phillies and Wolever have been all about the tools and upside, in search of the superstar athlete. See: Hewitt, Anthony, 2008. Twelve of the club's first 17 picks since 2006 have been prep players, many ahead of more polished talents.