• The Mariners seem to be loading up on catchers and could have gotten a good one with 16th-round pick Jack Marder out of Oregon. Marder is a former infielder that is new to catching, but he's an above-average athlete with soft hands and a strong throwing arm. He did not hit well this year, but there's more in his bat and some scouts believed the offensive struggles were because he was tired out from getting used to catching and the fact that he has diabetes.
• Lefthanders with the stuff and athleticism of Carlos Rodon from Holly Springs (N.C.) High typically don't last until the 16th round, but that's where the Brewers were able to get him this year. Rodon had an inconsistent spring, but at his best he shows an 88-92 mph fastball and flashes of above-average secondary offerings. Watch video of Rodon here.
• St. Francis High in Mountain View, Calif. was one of the best high school teams in the country this year. The team featured Tyler Goeddel at third base, who was drafted in the supplemental first round by the Rays. Playing on the same team as a top pick can have its benefits and that's exactly what happened for St. Francis first baseman Richard Prigatano, who went in the 16th round to the Blue Jays. After batting .182/.273/.269 in just 22 at-bats last year, he worked hard to get into better shape and now has a muscular, 6-foot-3, 195-pound frame. Scouts started to take notice when he hit a home run off Joe Ross early in the season. Prigatano profiles as an above-average hitter with well above-average power potential that could handle a move to the outfield.
• The Red Sox grabbed Liberty righthander Blake Forslund in the 17th round. Forslund pitched at 92-95 mph in the fall, but inexperience and a knee injury made for a disappointing spring.
• The Padres were aggressive for the first 30 rounds and took Missouri righthander Matt Stites in the 17th round. Stites is listed at 6 feet and 181 pounds but succeeds with quality stuff, using his quick-twitch athleticism and fast arm to consistently pitch at 90-93 mph and peak at 95.
• The Nationals took a chance on Biloxi (Miss.) High righthander Hawtin Buchanan in the 19th round and he'll likely be a tough sign away from Mississippi. He has a huge, 6-foot-8, 230-pound frame and got his fastball up to 95 this spring, though his secondary stuff is still a work in progress.
• The Indians snagged Indiana high school lefthander Dillon Peters in the 20th round. Peters' fastball runs from 90-94 mph and he also throws a hard curveball, but he's undersized at 5-foot-11 and 190 pounds, pitches with a lot of effort and will be a tough sign away from Texas.
• The Phillies' 20th-rounder, San Francisco outfielder Pete Lavin, performed very well with the new bats, hitting .347/.424/.492 this year as a senior and comparaes favorably to Gonzaga's Drew Heid, a ninth-round pick by the Angels last year.
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