The pace of the rounds has picked up considerably. Here are some picks that caught my eye in rounds 13-15:
• Georgia Tech might get a big-name recruit to campus after all in Macon, Ga., area product DeAndre Smelter, a righthander who also could be an outfielder for the Yellow Jackets. With all the prep talent in Georgia this spring, Smelter just never quite seemed to gain traction or generate buzz, despite prodigious tools. The Twins popped him in the 14th round.
• In the 13th round, the Yankees may have a find in Tyler Austin out of Georgia's Heritage HS. (Yes, another Georgia prep player.) Austin has a long track record for hitting, though finding a position for him might be difficult, and he has raw power potential.
• Eastern Illinois righthander Josh Mueller fell on draft boards, finally going in the 13th round to the Rockies. He has a power arm that helped him strike out 78 in 68 innings this season.
• Northern Iowa cut its baseball program after the 2009 season but has one last gasp, as righthander Lucas O'Rear was picked by the Reds in the 13th round. O'Rear also played for UNI's Sweet 16 basketball team, which beat Kansas in the NCAA tournament this year, and has good size at 6-foot-7, 240 pounds. He's Jim Callis' personal cheeseball for sure.
• The Mets like area scout Marlin McPhail in the Carolinas, and he may have a find in Furman third baseman Brian Harrison, who battled injuries this year but finished with a flourish. He's a bit undersized for third, but it's something of a surprise that the athletic infielder lasted until the 392nd pick.
• Also in the 13th round, the Diamondbacks took one of the higher-ceiling prospects left on the board in Massachusetts prep lefty Kevin Ziomek. He was No. 178 on BA's Top 200.
• In the 14th round, the Dodgers will try to straighten out Georgia lefthander Alex McRee, whose fastball can reach the mid-90s but also at times reaches the backstop on the fly. Scouts reported that McRee had the yips at times this spring. McRee is an excellent student and potential medical school student, so there's no guarantee he'll play pro ball, but if he does, he's got more upside than the average senior draft.
• In the 14th round, the Diamondbacks took North Carolina prep outfielder Ty Linton, the state's top high school prospect and a football-baseball recruit for North Carolina. Linton threw out some big numbers as far as bonus demands and wasn't considered likely to sign.
• Jake Eliopoulos fell 13 rounds, from the second round to the 15th round this year. The Canadian lefthander will be a summer follow and an interesting one who will try to regain his 2009 form. He was never at his best in one lost year at Chipola (Fla.) JC.
• Clemson recruit Stephen Wilkerson, considered the top prep infielder in Georgia, went in the 15th round to the Red Sox and is a tough sign.
• Classic Mets pick in the 15th round in athletic Sonoma (Calif.) State outfielder Tillman Pugh, who was ineligible this year. Pugh has some speed but lacks strength and is raw due to missed playing time.
• Elon closer Thomas Girdwood struggled down the stretch and fell to the 15th round, where the Twins drafted him.
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