• Some neat stories in the fifth round, starting with lefthander John Lamb, who missed the spring after a February car accident that led to a hairline fracture in his left elbow. He went in the fifth round anyway, to those pesky Royals, who have had an aggressive first day.
• Adrian Nieto finally came off the board. The American Heritage High catcher went int the fifth round to the Nationals with pick No. 151 after being ranked No. 73 on BA’s Top 200.
• The Tigers take Alex Avila, the Alabama catcher who also is the son of assistant GM Al Avila.
• Righthander Jacob Thompson entered the season as a potential first-round pick but his stuff hit a plateau while his pitchability went backwards. The Virginia college righty fell to the Braves in the fifth round, an interesting pick for a club more noted for drafting high school pitchers rather than college ones.
• The Rockies roll the dice on a draft-eligible sophomore with big-time tools in Louisville’s Chris Dominguez. He improved his ability to make contact this season while continuing to show two premium power tools, a well above-average arm and above-average power.
• The Yankees took Chris Smith of Compton’s Centennial High, a lefthanded hitter who batted better than .700 this spring. He’s a lefthanded hitter with good "now" hitting tools whose best tool is his bat.
• The Indians finally put Zach Putnam out of his misery, taking him with the penultimate pick of the fifth round. If the Indians put him in the bullpen, expect him to move quickly with his fastball-splitter mix. However, Putnam might prove to be a tough sign this low. Suffice it to say he’s had an enigmatic career when it comes to scouts, who seem to like him less than his performance would indicate.
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