Highlights from Round Three:
• The Blue Jays continued an aggressive draft by taking Mississippi prep outfielder Anthony Alford, who ranked No. 36 on the BA 500. He may have been the best athlete available in this year's draft, and he's a two-sport guy with a commitment to Southern Mississippi to play quarterback. He's raw as might be expected, but he has power and speed to spare. He's considered a very tough sign.
• The Dodgers nearly selected Cuban lefthander Onelkis Garcia last year but he was declared ineligible just before the draft. Garcia has fought to become a free agent, and the signability rumors on him have involved very high numbers. At the same time, it's hard to imagine him becoming a free agent at this point, and Garcia has little bargaining power as a 22-year-old playing in Sunday adult leagues in L.A. this spring.
• The Angels made their first selection at No. 114, having lost their first two selections for signing free agents Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson. They went for a college closer in hard-throwing righthander R.J. Alvarez out of Florida Atlantic. No one was shocked that the Angels went to scout Tom Kotchman's area for their first pick . . .
• Third baseman Fernando Perez entered the spring as the top junior-college bat on the board. He has some strength in his lefthanded swing that prompted the Padres to take him in the third round.
• Lefthander Colin Rodgers, the Royals' selection, is another Auburn recruit who has gone out early in the draft, joining David Dahl and Addison Russell, who went back-to-back at 10th and 11th overall. He's a lefthander who flashes an average-to-plus fastball and a good curveball that earns plus grades.
• Polarizing catcher Tom Murphy went to the Rockies in the third round. Some clubs had him as the second-best college catcher after Mike Zunino of Florida; others fretted that he struggled in the Mid-American Conference, especially against righthanded pitching. He's physical and durable and has a floor of backup catcher.
• Nationals lefthander Brett Mooneyham is the son of an ex-big leaguer who has been as enigmatic the last four years as any college pitcher. He missed 2011 with a finger injury, and scouts have used the term "shotgun command" to describe his strike-throwing (in)ability.
• The Diamondbacks took righthander Jake Barrett, who went 99th overall out of high school in the third round to the Blue Jays. In 2012, Barrett—a hard-throwing college closer with some medical concerns—went 120th overall. He was the third Arizona State player to go in the round, with the Astros beginning the round with righthander Brady Rogers and the White Sox taking second baseman Joey DeMichele.
• Wake Forest's top two prospects went in a three-pick span. Lefthander Tim Cooney went at pick 117 to the Red Sox, just after the Giants took slugging outfielder Mac Williamson at 115.
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