55. Giants – Tommy Joseph, c, Horizon HS, Scottsdale Ariz.
Joseph has 70 power on the 20-80 scale and has a plus arm, though he needs some work behind the plate.
56. Dodgers – Blake Smith, rhp, California
Smith is a player that went both ways for the Golden Bears. He was hurt a little bit this year, but offers a lot of upside.
57. Reds – Billy Hamilton, ss, Taylorsville (Miss.) HS
Hamilton is one of the lightest players in the draft at 6-feet and 180 pounds, but the switch-hitter has surprising juice for his size and above-average speed.
58. Tigers – Andy Oliver, lhp, Oklahoma State
Oliver didn’t have the year many hoped he would, but started the year as a definite first-rounder and offers a great upside pick for the Tigers.
59. Rockies – Nolan Arenado, 3b, El Toro HS, Lake Forest, Calif.
Arenado has an unorthodox swing, but big raw power and an arm that had some teams thinking about trying him behind the plate.
60. Diamondbacks – Eric Smith, rhp, Rhode Island
The highest pick for the University of Rhode Island since Karl Allaire went 45th-overall to the Astros in 1984. Smith has three above-average pitches and works well down in the zone.
61. White Sox – Trayce Thompson, cf, Santa Margarita (Calif.) HS
The White Sox are going big on tools with their first few picks. Thompson, whose father Mychal played in the NBA, is raw, but offers big tools from his 6-foot-4 frame.
62. Rangers – Tommy Mendonca, 3b, Fresno State
Mendonca offers big-time power and good defense at third base.
63. Indians – Jason Kipnis, cf, Arizona State
Kipnis goes right where we thought he would. He hit extremely well for the Sun Devils this year and improved his defense in center field, though profiles as more of a tweener.
64. Diamondbacks – Marc Krauss, of, Ohio
The D-Backs get one of the most impressive college hitters, statistically. Krauss hit 27 home runs this year for Ohio.
65. Dodgers – Garrett Gould, rhp, Maize (Kansas) HS
The Dodgers are doing well for themselves without a first-round pick. We had Gould projected as a first rounder, as he threw 94 mph this spring.
66. Marlins – Bryan Berglund, rhp, Simi Valley (Calif.) HS
Berglund, who is Swedish, is a 6-foot-4 righthander that showed a 90-92 mph fastball this spring.
67. Cardinals – Robert Stock, c, Southern California
Stock hit just .226/.345/.454 for the Trojans this year and many teams liked his stuff better off the mound, where he was touching 97. What he has in his favor is that he’s a college player that’s only 19 years old after graduating high school early.
68. Blue Jays – Jake Eliopoulos, lhp, Sacred Heart Catholic HS, LaSalle, Ont.
The Blue Jays grab back-to-back on Canadian southpaws with Paxton and Eliopoulos. Eliopoulos doesn’t have Paxton’s raw stuff, but is very polished for a high schooler.
69. Astros – Tanner Bushue, rhp, South Central HS, Farina, Ill.
Illinois’ top prep pitcher, Bushue has average velocity and a plus changeup.
70. Twins – Billy Bullock, rhp, Florida
Bullock had some late helium with a big-time fastball and could move quickly through a system as a reliever, but will likely be given the opportunity to start.
71. White Sox – David Holmberg, rhp, Port Charlotte (Fla.) HS
Holmberg showed the top velocity at the Sebring (Fla.) Baseball Classic last week at 93 mph.
72. Mets – Steven Matz, lhp, Melville HS, Setauket, N.Y.
The Mets go with a local pitcher with their first pick. Matz is a projectable 6-foot-3 and dials his fastbll up to 93-94 mph on occasion.
73. Brewers – Max Walla, of, Albuquerque (N.M.) Academy
Walla shot up draft boards late in the year with some impressive workouts leading up to the draft. He’s a bit undersized, but shows great hitability and power.
74. Brewers – Cameron Garfield, c, Murrieta (Calif.) HS
Garfield had a poor spring, but is very strong and offers above-average defense and raw power.
75. Phillies – Kelly Dugan, cf, Notre Dame HS, Sherman Oaks, Calif.
Dugan will be a tough sign away from Pepperdine, but it’s a chance the Phillies can take, as this represents their first pick this year. He’s a 6-foot-3, 205-pound switch-hitter and his father, Dennis, is a Hollywood actor, director and producer.
76. Yankees – J.R. Murphy, c, Pendleton School, Bradenton, Fla.
Scouts were split this spring on whether or not Murphy can stick behind the plate. If he can’t, Murphy can play outfield and has some upside in the bat.
77. Red Sox – Alex Wilson, rhp, Texas A&M
Wilson is a Tommy John survivor and had a great spring, flashing a 96 mph fastball and had a good spring with 120 strikeouts and 25 walks over 90 innings.
78. Rays – Kenny Diekroeger, ss, Menlo School, Atherton, Calif.
Diekroeger will be a tough sign away from Stanford. Diekroeger is a 4.0 student that went to a high school that cost $30,000 a year. He’s very athletic and a great defender, but missed some time at the end of the season with a knee injury.
79. Cubs – D.J. LeMahieu, 2b, Louisiana State
It wasn’t a good year for LeMahieu—he didn’t hit well this spring and moved from shortstop to second base.
80. Angels – Patrick Corbin, lhp, Chipola (Fla.) JC
The state’s top JUCO pitching prospect, Corbin is 6-foot-3, 170 pounds and touches 92 mph with his fastball while mixing in a changeup that has made a lot of progress this spring and a good breaking ball, allowing him to strike out 86 batters over 74 innings this year.
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