• The Nationals made the big pick of the round with the sixth selection, taking Texas Christian lefthander Matt Purke. BA's 2010 Freshman of the Year when he went 16-0, 3.02 with 142 strikeouts in 116 innings, Purke was never quite right in 2011. He didn't pitch last summer or fall and wasn't able to recapture his '10 form in 2011. Purke's fastball hit the mid-90s last year and sat at average this year, and his stuff across the board was down, plus he missed time with arm issues. He was an unsigned first-rounder in 2009 and might be the toughest sign in this draft, considering he agreed to a $6 million deal in '09 before it was vetoed by the commissioner's office. He won't sign cheap as an eligible sophomore, but he's an exciting pick for the Nationals, who in the third round get a player who was a potential 1/1 selection back in January.
• The Blue Jays took righthander John Stilson out of Texas A&M, who was a potential first-rounder as well before a late-season shoulder injury. When he's right, he has a plus fastball and plus changeup, and again, if healthy, he could move quickly as a reliever.
• Houston's pick of Jack Armstrong Jr., son of the ex-big league all-star, made sense. Armstrong's a raw arm who had injury issues that limited his looks at Vanderbilt this season, but he was in the rotation most of his first two seasons and had two summers on the Cape Cod League as well. At his best, he's an athletic, power-armed starter with a durable 6-foot-7 frame. But he hasn't been durable and he hasn't performed, which is why he was available in the third round. Two other Commodores went in the round—first baseman Aaron Westlake to the Tigers, and relief lefthander Corey Williams to the Twins. Williams is an eligible sophomore who was thought to be a tough sign.
• Boston took another catcher, this time lithe, lanky Georgia prep Jordan Weems. Scouts liked his swing and plus arm strength, but many wondered if he has the present strength for pro ball. Other catchers take in the third round included N.C. State's Pratt Maynard to the Dodgers and Bethune-Cookman's Peter O'Brien to the Rockies.
• One of the toughest signs of the round should be Royals pick Bryan Brickhouse, a righthander out of The Woodlands High out of Texas. A North Carolina signee, Brickhouse had put out a big signing bonus number above seven figures, and scouts debated just how much Jameson Taillon's former rotation-mate was worth. He's touched 95 mph and flashed an above-average breaking ball, but his velocity was inconsistent, and not everyone's sold on his spike curveball.
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