The draft is rolling on into the final 20 rounds today. Here's what you might have missed from rounds 21-30 and beyond:
• Mississippi State first baseman Connor Powers was an 11th-round pick last year and had a better season for the Bulldogs in 2010, yet he dropped 10 rounds to the 21st round. It's just the worst profile to have, it seems, to be perceived as a stiff, righthanded-hitting, righthanded-throwing first baseman. Powers' lack of defensive tools mitigates his power, as he hit 46 homers the last three seasons, including 16 in his .379/.483/.696 2010 season.
• The Pirates have drafted so few position players so far, so Georgia prep outfielder Dale Carey, a Miami recruit, stands out in their class. They could make a run at Carey, also known as D.K., who has speed, above-average defensive tools and a body scouts like at 6-foot-2, 180 pounds. In the 22nd round, the Pirates snagged versatile Adalberto Santos out of Oregon State, who has a track record for hitting at New Mexico JC and for the Beavers (1.021 OPS in 2010, 20 SB).
• The White Sox resisted temptation and waited until the 22nd round to pop Ozney "Son of Ozzie" Guillen. He is committed to South Florida.
• One 23rd-rounder who stands out is Twins pick Dallas Gallant, who was in our college Top 100 entering the season coming off a strong Cape Cod League effort last summer (43 SO in 27.2 IP). He's a reliever whose velocity didn't approach the low-to-mid-90s he flashed in the Cape.
• Texas' Russ Moldenhauer was a third-round pick out of high school in 2006 and didn't sign. He was a 24th-rounder this year to the Nationals, but he also hit four homers in Omaha last year and almost slugged the Longhorns to a national championship. He'll try again this year as he has batted .341/.476/.599 with nine homers this season.
• Two more intriguing 24th rounders include a pair of Southland redshirt sophomores. Southern California's Andrew Triggs, who missed the last month with an elbow injury, went to the Indians, while UCLA's Erik Goeddel was drafted by the Mets. Goeddel looked very good in reginal play.
• Righthander Daniel Renken has worked in Cal State Fullerton's weekend rotation for three years, but a down junior season in terms of stuff dropped him to the 25th round, to the Reds. That round also saw Rice ace Mike Ojala, a Tommy John surgery survivor, go to the Marlins.
• Inexplicably, 10 of the 30 picks in the 26th round were lefthanded pitchers. The group includes intriguing college arms such as Chris Manno (Duke), who had single-digit hopes last year; and Alex Sogard (N.C. State), who finished strong but is a fifth-year senior with shoulder surgery in his past; and Tampa Jesuit ace Daniel Gibson, who went to the Brewers. He has the most upside of the group, but his signability was considered very difficult, and he's a Florida recruit.
• Potential breaks for Clemson: Junior outfielder Jeff Schaus, a middle-of-the-lineup presence for three seasons, lasted until the 27th round, while its 2010 ace, lefthander Casey Harman, lasted until the 29th round (Cubs). Schaus may be one of the nation's top seniors next year if he doesn't sign with the Indians. Preseason College Top 100 pick Martin Viramontes, another redshirt sophomore, had a brutal year for Loyola Marymount and fell to the 27th round to the Yankees. He has flashed big stuff, with a fastball in the mid-90s a times.
• The Rangers gambled on Arlington product Brian Ragira, a tough sign who's most likely headed to Stanford. Ragira has the tools to play his way into the first round three years from now.
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