2012 College Top 100

Listed below is the College Top 100 as posted in December 2011. Each player has a report that was pulled from previous articles or ranking. Reports were updated as needed. Players that were not previously written about have been given an up-to-date report.

1. Mark Appel, RHP, Stanford

Appel had both the best present stuff on the college national team and plenty of room to grow as a pitcher. The 6-foot-5. 190-pounder’s arm works easily, delivering consistent 92-95 mph fastballs with good life in the strike zone. Hitters can’t sit on his fastball because he throws a true slider, and he’s working on developing a changeup. “He had the best arm on the team by far,” Team USA pitching coach Rob Walton (Oral Roberts) said. “He touched 99 once or twice, with a bunch of 98s. The ceiling on him is unbelievable. He’s a Justin Verlander-type guy. His potential is unreal. He’s as good as anyone I’ve seen in a while.” Appel did have the highest ERA on the team (5.00), in large part because he surrendered a grand slam against Japan in his lone start. Like Verlander, he hasn’t dominated in college as much as his stuff should dictate, allowing 114 hits and striking out just 86 in 110 innings at Stanford last spring. Appel throws strikes but leaves his pitches over the plate and up in the zone too often, and he’ll be nearly untouchable once he refines his command. - 2011 Team USA Top 20

2. Deven Marrero, SS, Arizona State

Marrero started his summer with Team USA (where he ranked as the No. 2 prospect behind Appel), then returned to Cotuit for 12 games, hitting .326 in 46 at-bats. His summer was cut short when he was hit by a pitch in the left hand and suffered a deep bruise. Marrero is a “complete player,” as one scouting director called him, with at least average tools across the board and a grinder mentality. His simple swing, good hand-eye coordination, control of the strike zone and all-fields approach should make him a slightly above-average hitter, and he has a chance to grow into average power, though he’s more of a doubles hitter presently. Marrero’s slightly above-average speed plays up because of his excellent instincts on the basepaths. But he stands out most for his defense. He reads balls very well off the bat, and his smooth actions and plus arm will keep him at shortstop throughout his career, though his focus sometimes drifts, leading to errors. “He’s the best defensive player I’ve ever seen at 19. 20 years of age,” Cotuit coach Mike Roberts said. “Walt Weiss was pretty darn good, but this young man—I’ve never seen anybody who could get his feet in the right position almost all the time. If for any reason he doesn’t get his feet in the right position, he has the ability to still get his hands in the right place, and understand the speed of the runner. I think he’s Omar Vizquel at 20.” - 2011 Cape Cod Top 30

3. Mike Zunino, C, Florida

The Southeastern Conference player of the year, Zunino was a beast against elite SEC competition. In conference games, he led the league in slugging (.750), runs (36), RBIs (33) and doubles (14) and ranked second in batting (.422), OBP (.477) and homers (eight). “Certain guys are 2-for-16 and you know it, but other guys, it’s like, I didn’t even know that,” O’Sullivan said. “It’s just quality at-bats, presence in the box. He never gives in, he’s going to battle. He’s got really good disposition . . . He’s always been strong. He’s 6-2. 220 pounds, he’s put together well. I went back and told the guys at the beginning of the year when he started hitting well, I said, ‘The last month of the season last year, he was our best hitter.’ He hit more balls hard than anybody in our lineup, and he carried it over into this year. Like most good hitters, he tries to use the middle of the field. He doesn’t get pull happy. That’s what got him going last year: He used both sides of the field. He likes to pull the ball like most hitters, but when he learned to stay back and see the breaking ball better, not chase the one down, that really helped him.” Zunino is also a standout defender—he has a .998 fielding percentage and has thrown out about a third of opposing basestealers. His all-around package makes him a possible first-round pick in the 2012 draft. “I think Mike’s special behind the plate,” O’Sullivan said. “He throws good, blocks good, receives well, but he’s just got good leadership skills, and he knows how to handle a staff . . . I think he’s just a baseball player.” - May 17, 2011 Three Strikes Blog Post (Aaron Fitt)

4. Chris Beck, RHP, Georgia Southern

Beck was a key piece of Georgia Southern’s banner recruiting class in 2009. and after going 2-4. 8.31 as a freshman, he turned a corner as a sophomore, going 9-5. 3.23 with 109 strikeouts in 103 innings. He kept that momentum going into the summer, posting a 2.12 ERA and ranking fifth in the Cape League with 41 strikeouts in 51 innings. Physical and durable at 6-foot-3. 220 pounds, Beck attacks hitters with a 91-94 mph fastball that tops out at 96 on occasion. His power breaking ball—which he throws at 81-84 mph with some bite to it—is between a curveball and a slider, but it has a chance to be a plus pitch if he can learn to repeat it more consistently. He also knows how to use his fading, sinking 83-84 changeup, giving him a chance for three plus pitches in time. Beck is generally around the strike zone, but his control is ahead of his command at this stage. Still, his easy arm action and fairly clean delivery lead scouts to believe he’ll be able to improve his command as he matures. - 2011 Cape Cod Top 30

5. Kevin Gausman, RHP, Louisiana State

Gausman’s homestate Rockies considered drafting him in the first round two years ago out of high school, and he’s expected to go that high as a draft-eligible sophomore next year. Tall and slender at 6-foot-4. 185 pounds, he shows the potential for three plus pitches. Gausman features armside run and sink on his 92-96 mph fastball, though his tendency to tilt his shoulder in his delivery affects his ability to work the corners and pitch down in the zone. He throws both a curveball and slider, which both have their moments. His changeup is a weapon because he sells it so well with his arm speed, and he added more depth to it this summer. - 2011 Team USA Top 20

6. Brian Johnson, LHP/1B, Florida

After helping Florida reach the CWS Finals in June, Johnson started his summer with Team USA, where he was the national team’s top power hitter during his short stint. He hit .280 with two long balls in 50 at-bats for Y-D, continuing to flash mammoth power potential from the left side, while also posting a 19-4 strikeout-walk mark in 15 innings on the mound. Johnson is the top two-way talent for the 2012 draft, a player with legitimate professional potential with the bat and off the mound. Scouts are divided about where he fits best, although three scouting directors who spent extensive time in the Cape all said they liked him a bit better as a pitcher. Johnson has a workhorse build at 6-foot-4. 227 pounds, and his delivery is clean and easy. At his best, he pitches with a solid-average fastball that touches 94. but he was just 87-90 this summer at the end of a long season. He has advanced feel for his entire three-pitch repertoire, which also includes a solid-average breaking ball with good depth and a quality changeup. At the plate, Johnson has good balance and can punish mistakes up in the zone, and some scouts think he has a good feel for hitting, but others aren’t sold on his ability to make adjustments. Though he’s a good athlete, he’s a below-average runner who will be tied to first base as a position player, but his plus to plus-plus power potential should carry him regardless.  Johnson was Team USA’s most effective reliever (0.63 ERA) in 2010. but this time around he pitched only sparingly and stood out more with his bat after arriving late from the College World Series. Though he played just four games, he led the squad with three homers after hitting just five in the spring. Team USA assistant Rob Walton compared him to Ryan Howard. The 6-foot-3. 225-pounder has plenty of strength and makes consistent hard contact to all fields. He’ll need to improve defensively at first base.An AL crosschecker preferred Johnson on the mound, however. He has the build to be a workhorse starter and fills the strike zone with 90-93 mph fastballs. His short slider can be a plus pitch at times but needs more bite, and he also has a decent changeup. - 2011 Team USA Top 20/Cape Cod League Top 30

7. Victor Roache, OF, Georgia Southern

An unrefined Michigan prep product, Roache had an up-and-down freshman year at Georgia Southern, then exploded for 30 home runs with the less-potent BBCOR bats as a sophomore—the most homers by a Division I player since 2003. He got off to a torrid start in the Cape, hitting .397/.529/.667 with five homers and just 13 strikeouts through his first 25 games, but he struggled mightily in his final 18 games, hitting .183 with one homer and 31 strikeouts. During his funk, Roache saw a steady diet of breaking balls, which he struggled to recognize and repeatedly chased out of the zone. But scouts who saw Roache in the first half of the summer came away satisfied with his improving approach and dazzled by his well above-average raw power from the right side. The muscular 6-foot-1. 225-pounder has a quick, compact swing, though some scouts questioned his looseness. He split time between DH and the corner outfield spots for Cotuit, which was loaded with athletes in the outfield, but his fringe-average speed and average arm should make him an adequate defender. Roache comes with some risk, but his plate approach has already come a long way since he arrived in college, and if it continues to improve he could blossom into a dangerous big league slugger down the road. - 2011 Cape Cod Top 30

8. Marcus Stroman, RHP, Duke

Stroman may have been the smallest player on the college national team at 5-foot-9 and 185 pounds, but he was also its most dynamic. He struck out 17 and allowed just two baserunners (no hits) in eight innings with Team USA, continuing to draw Tom Gordon comparisons that started last summer in the Cape Cod League. A quick-twitch athlete who is both a starting pitcher and shortstop at Duke, Stroman generates quality arm speed. As a reliever, he works at 93-96 mph with his fastball and can throw it by hitters up in the zone. He also can embarrass lefties and righties alike with a nasty slider he commands to both sides of the plate. “He’s so much fun to watch,” said Eric Campbell, USA Baseball’s general manager of national teams. “He was our most electric guy. When he came into a game to pitch for us, it was the most exciting thing to happen with our college national team this summer. There was a buzz about him.” - 2011 Team USA Top 20

9. Michael Wacha, RHP, Texas A&M

After throwing 130 innings in the spring and leading Texas A&M to the College World Series, Wacha still had enough left in the tank to allow just one earned run in two starts for Team USA. He relies on his changeup and his command, both of which were as good as anyone’s on the national team. Wacha uses his 6-foot-7. 195-pound frame to throw his pitches on a steep downhill plane. His straight changeup is more notable for its deception than its action, and he sets it up by locating his 90-93 mph fastball. His ultimate ceiling depends on whether he can come up with a solid breaking ball, and he made progress with a cutter/slider this summer. - 2011 Team USA Top 20

10. Travis Jankowski, OF, Stony Brook

After hitting .355 with 30 steals in 34 tries during his breakout sophomore year at Stony Brook, Jankowski exploded onto the prospect landscape this summer, hitting .329 with 15 steals and a league-best seven triples to win the Cape’s MVP award. “He was one of the best players in the Cape,” the AL scouting director said. “He’s a guy that jumped out. He took really good at-bats, had really good barrel control, the ability to stay behind the ball and drive the ball. He could run, had a little bit of pop and a good-looking body.” The 6-foot-2. 190-pound Jankowski is a live athlete with plus speed that plays on the basepaths and in center field, where he has good instincts, excellent range and an average arm. His swing is a bit uphill, but he still showed a knack for squaring up a lot of hard line drives and sharp grounders. He made enough adjustments to hold his own against premium stuff, and he flashed a bit of pull power during batting practice, though he figures to have below-average power. He doesn’t give away at-bats and could be a plus hitter down the road, particularly if he can flatten out his swing just a bit. - 2011 Cape Cod Top 30

11. Nolan Sanburn, RHP, Arkansas

The Tigers drafted Sanburn as an outfielder in the 34th round of the 2010 draft out of Kokomo (Ind.) High, but it’s clear that his future is on the mound. Sanburn pitched well as Arkansas’ closer as a freshman and took things up a notch this summer. He can overpower hitters with a fastball that sits in the 91-94 mph range and gets as high as 98. Sanburn was used as a starter this summer to help develop his slider and changeup, and both showed improvement during his 19 innings of work, in which he struck out 24 and walked nine while going 0-1. 2.33. The slider showed flashes of being an above-average pitch in the 81-85 mph range. Sanburn repeats his athletic delivery well and shows a lot of confidence on the mound. Sanburn, a draft-eligible sophomore this year, is slated to remain in the Razorbacks’ bullpen this spring, but should get a shot to start in pro ball. - 2011 Northwoods League Top 20

12. Josh Elander, C, Texas Christian

Elander started just 38 games behind the plate in his first two seasons at Texas Christian, but he became Team USA’s regular catcher when Florida catcher Michael Zunino opted not to join the team after the Gators made it to the finals of the College World Series. The 6-foot-1. 215-pound righthanded hitter showed the second-best pop on the team behind Johnson, driving the ball to all fields. Elander also got the job done defensively, receiving and blocking well and combating the running game with an average arm and quick release. “He has close to Johnson’s power and matched him in batting practice.” head coach Tim Jamieson (Missouri) said. “We thought he’d be the backup to Zunino but he wound up being more than that and did a great job with out staff. He did it all well.” - 2011 Team USA Top 20

13. Richie Shaffer, 3B/1B, Clemson

Shaffer has blasted 20 home runs during his first two seasons at Clemson, and he continued to show off his plus righthanded power potential in the Cape, tying for second in the league with six homers and winning the home run derby at Fenway Park prior to the CCBL all-star game. Some scouts thought Shaffer was a better power-hitting prospect than Roache, saying Shaffer has the looser swing and better bat speed. At 6-foot-3. 205 pounds, Shaffer’s swing is long-levered, and he can be vulnerable on the inner half, but he came on strong this summer once he started driving the ball to the opposite field more often. “He’s a hard worker, and he’s coachable,” Chatham coach John Schiffner said. “The first part of the summer he really was spinning off the ball—I don’t know if it was just because he wanted to show the power. The second half it really clicked for him. He’s got a very good arm—you don’t see it much at first base—and for a big kid he runs well. And he’s got ungodly power.” Shaffer split time between third and first for the Anglers, but his feet don’t work great at the hot corner, and he fits best at first, despite his plus arm. He’ll need to work on his concentration and footwork defensively. - 2011 Cape Cod Top 30

14. Stephen Piscotty, 3B, Stanford

Many Pacific-10 Conference coaches thought Piscotty was the best hitter in their league this spring, when he batted .364/.423/.471 and helped lead Stanford to super regionals. He hit .349 in 106 at-bats this summer to win the Cape League batting title on the final day of the season, edging Dane Phillips by percentage points. “He’s very consistent—I compare him to (former Cape Leaguer and current big leaguer) Garrett Atkins,” Y-D coach Scott Pickler said. “He hit in the middle of the order all year, and he only will get better when he puts on his man strength. I thought he was one of the more consistent hitters in the league—he handled the change, handled the breaking ball, handled the fastball on both sides of the plate. Right now it’s a gap-to-gap approach, but I think there will be some power in there if he uses his legs a little more.” Piscotty stung hard line drives to all fields in all four of his at-bats in the Cape League all-star game, a performance that typified his all-fields approach and showcased his smooth righthanded swing. Scouts expect him to develop average or slightly better power as he grows into his 6-foot-3. 195-pound frame. He played both corner infield spots and in the outfield for Y-D, and scouts are divided about his ability to stick at third base down the road, but the consensus is that his actions and range are good enough to at least give him a shot there. He has a strong arm and even flashed 93-94 mph gas in five relief appearances for Y-D. - 2011 Cape Cod Top 30

15. Kyle Zimmer, RHP, San Francisco

After throwing just five innings as a freshman in 2011. Zimmer blossomed into San Francisco’s ace down the stretch in 2011. capped by a four-hit, 11-strikeout shutout against UCLA to beat Gerrit Cole in regionals. He followed up his spring with a solid Cape season, posting a 3.38 ERA and a 37-14 K-BB mark in 48 innings. The 6-foot-3. 210-pound Zimmer is a power pitcher with a fastball that sits comfortably at 92-94 and touches 95. His curveball can be a hammer in the low 80s with sharp tilt, but sometimes he leaves it up in the zone when he should bury it. Still, it projects as a plus pitch when he learns to stay on top of it more consistently. He made progress with his changeup this summer, but it still has a ways to go. “He had plenty of arm and had a hard curveball—a really good curveball,” a second NL scouting director said. “He had a good sense what he was going, and was aggressive. The arm and delivery work—it’s not an effort deal—and it looks like he’ll be a starter. It was a pretty impressive package.” - 2011 Cape Cod Top 30

16. Jake Barrett, RHP, Arizona State

Barrett was a third-round pick of the Blue Jays in 2009 and did not sign. After working as a reliever as a freshman, he made 14 starts as a sophomore, going 7-4. 4.14. He’s a physical workhorse at 6-foot-3. 230 pounds and could either wind up as a front-rotation starter with more polish or wind up in the bullpen. Scouts always like power arms, and Barrett works comfortably in the 93-96 mph range with his fastball. Moreover, he’s improved his breaking ball since his high school days, flashing a quality slider that he can throw for strikes. He also employs a splitter as a swing-and-miss pitch. Barrett’s upside is tantalizing, but he has rough edges to smooth out. - John Manuel, Jan. 2012

17. Kenny Diekroeger, SS, Stanford

Diekroeger instantly became one of the best incoming freshmen in the country when he spurned Tampa Bay, which had drafted him in the second round in 2009. in favor of the Cardinal. In high school, he emerged as a major prospect by posting an 85.96 score on the Nike SPARQ athletics test during the 2008 Area Code Games, including a nearly 35-inch vertical leap. He largely lived up to the hype as a freshman, leading Stanford in hitting with a .356/.391/.491 line in 216 at-bats, on his way to garnering first-team freshman All-America honors. His talent was on display in the summer of 2010. as New England Collegiate League coaches almost unanimously chose Diekroeger as the circuit’s best pro prospect after he hit .324/.354/.446 in 139 at-bats with the Newport Gulls. A physical 6-foot-2. 200 pounder, Diekroeger showed gap-to-gap power to go along with advanced plate discipline and good, quick hands that made it hard for pitchers to fool him. After playing primarily third base at Stanford as a freshman, Diekroeger split his time between shortstop and third base with the Gulls, and some coaches weren’t convinced he could stick at shortstop. He has average speed and range to go along with good infield actions and a strong arm. There were questions about his maturity and work ethic down the stretch and he was even benched for part of the postseason, during which he managed only one hit in 15 at-bats. But his athleticism, bat speed and approach suggest he has a bright future as an offensive shortstop or third baseman down the road. Diekroger struggled as a sophomore for Stanford with just 11 extra-base hits with the BBCOR bats, then didn’t play during the summer, instead working out on campus. Diekroeger was being challenged by Lonnie Kauppila for the shortstop job as a junior and could move to second base. - John Manuel, Jan. 2012

18. Tyler Naquin, OF, Texas A&M

Naquin was a catalyst for both Texas A&M’s College World Series squad and Team USA, though scouts are still trying to determine if he’s going to be a big league regular or more of a tweener. He has a good approach, lets pitches travel deep and has some bat speed and ability to impart backspin on the ball. But he also fouls off too many hittable pitches, and the lefthanded hitter is going to have to add strength to his 6-foot-2. 175-pound frame in order to profile as a right fielder. His bat might fit better in center field, but he hasn’t played their much because the Aggies have speedster Krey Bratsen and the U.S. national team had Lorenzen. Naquin might have the speed and instincts to handle center, and his well above-average arm is definitely suited for right. - 2011 Team USA Top 20

19. Lex Rutledge, LHP, Samford

The biggest name on Samford’s pitching staff is sophomore lefthander Lex Rutledge, a potential first-round pick for the 2012 draft. Rutledge racked up 12 saves and posted a 1.71 ERA as a closer last year, but he struggled early on in a starting role as a sophomore, and Samford coach Casey Dunn eventually moved him back to the bullpen. He was electric as a reliever in 2010. sitting 92-93 and reaching the mid-90s at times, but his heater dialed back to 89-92 as a starter, and he struggled with his command, walking 45 in 63 innings. He was overpowering in relief in the Cape Cod League in 2010. reaching 90-94 mph regularly and showcasing a hard slider. Location was an issue then as well. In high school, Rutledge  reached 90 mph early in his senior season and was the state’s most notable pop-up guy (he wasn’t a showcase player in the past), but he didn’t maintain his fast start and failed to sign as a 26th-round pick.

20. Brady Rodgers, RHP, Arizona State

The epitome of a polished college pitcher, Rodgers had as many wins as walks (nine) as an Arizona State sophomore. The 6-foot-2. 187-pounder fills the strike zone with an 88-92 mph fastball and three solid secondary pitches in his curveball, slider and changeup. He’s a good athlete and competitor with the upside of a No. 3 starter. - 2011 Team USA Top 20

21. J.T. Chargois, RHP, Rice

After Chargois showed premium arm strength in the fall and early spring, Rice expected him to be its starting first baseman and a key bullpen arm in 2011. He wound up starting all 63 games and hitting .299. but made just seven appearances off the mound, posting a 13.50 ERA. So Brewster expected to use him primarily as a hitter, but early in the summer the Whitecaps were short on arms, so they asked Chargois to throw a bullpen. “I said, ‘Are you kidding me? He’s got to pitch,’ ” Whitecaps coach Tom Myers said. “We put him in a setup role for a week and a half, and he dominated. Then we moved him into the closer role and never looked back. He’s got that aggressive mentality—he attacked.” Chargois allowed only one run all summer (0.43 ERA), striking out 20 and walking four in 21 innings while racking up seven saves. He went after hitters with a sinking fastball in the 92-96 range and a plus power curveball that ranged from 78-83. During his longest outing—a five-inning stint in a 15-inning game against Harwich—he even started mixing in a serviceable changeup the second time through the order. His delivery has some violence, and he profiles as a reliever all the way, but he has filthy, back-of-the-bullpen stuff. - 2011 Cape Cod Top 30

22. Andrew Heaney, LHP, Oklahoma State

Heaney showed advanced feel for pitching and good command this summer, prompting one coach to predict that he will be the first player from this list to reach the big leagues. He went 4-3. 3.38 with 46 strikeouts and 14 walks in 45 innings for Falmouth, and he ably held down a starter’s workload. Durabilty is the primary concern with Heaney; he needs to add strength to his wiry 6-foot-2. 174-pound frame to prove to scouts that he can hold up pitching every five days over the course of a pro season. Still, scouts regard him as a safe college lefty with solid stuff and good competitiveness. Heaney works mostly in the 88-90 range and bumps 91-92 from a three-quarters arm slot, and he often employs a lower slot against lefties, giving them fits. “He’s like the kid who just came in from playground—he’ll drop down, change arm angles, throw breaking balls from different speeds,” Trundy said. “It’s like he’s pitching at a Wiffle ball game. He’s fun to watch.” Because Heaney varies his delivery, he has a tendency to run into one bumpy inning per start, but he has the stuff to get himself out of trouble. He effectively mixes a sharp, quick curveball, a decent cutter and a good changeup with tumbling action down in the zone. He’s a hard worker and a selfless teammate. - 2011 Cape Cod Top 30

23. Josh Conway, RHP, Coastal Carolina

The athletic Conway made 18 starts for the Chanticleers at third base and in the outfield this spring, when injuries left them shorthanded. But even while juggling the added responsibility, he put up a strong sophomore season on the mound, going 8-2. 2.69 as the Saturday starter. He followed that up with a strong Cape season, going 2-0. 1.88 with a 28-10 K-BB mark in 29 innings. Like with Heaney, durability is a concern with the wiry 6-foot-1. 175-pound Conway, but he has a quick arm and a fairly easy delivery for his size. He attacks the strike zone with an 88-93 mph fastball with average life, and his 84-86 slider rates as a solid-average to plus pitch. He also mixes in a solid-average 83-84 changeup with sink and fade. He has a starter’s repertoire and command—the only question is whether he will have a starter’s durability. - 2011 Cape Cod Top 30

24. Adam Brett Walker, OF/1B, Jacksonville

Walker, the son of a former Minnesota Vikings running back of the same name, ranked as the top prospect in the Great Lakes League a year ago, and he captured second-team All-America honors this spring after hitting .409/.486/.682 with 13 homers, 75 RBIs and 14 steals. But Walker struggled against premier pitching this summer, hitting just .216/.269/.336 with four homers and a ghastly 8-56 BB-K mark in 134 at-bats. Walker is a physical specimen at 6-foot-5. 225 pounds, and scouting directors agreed that he had as much raw power as any player in the Cape, rating it as a 70 or 80 tool on the 20-80 scouting scale. “When he figures it out—if he does—it’s going to be really special,” Hyannis coach Chad Gassman said. “He’ll put on a show in BP, and it barely looks like he’s swinging. He’s like a three-tool guy; the hit tool’s got to come, and the arm is fringy, but he can run really well for his size, and he can defend it at first or in right field.” Scouts agree that Walker is athletic enough to handle an outfield spot, and if he hits enough to unlock his massive righthanded power potential, he could be an impact big leaguer. He struggled against better fastballs from the waist up this summer, and he simply could not lay off breaking balls out of the zone. - 2011 Cape Cod Top 30

25. Pat Light, RHP, Monmouth

Righthander Pat Light opened eyes on the showcase circuit in 2008. showing a 91-92 mph fastball with vicious sink, but he came out of basketball season with a bout of tendinitis and sat in the mid-80s most in the spring. He didn’t sign as a 28th-rounder and went to Monmouth, where he was a consistent rotation member his first two seasons. He went 6-11. 4.94 in two seasons with 94 strikeouts and 34 walks in 133 innings, then struggled a bit in the Cape Cod League, going 0-5. 3.77 with a 24-10 strikeout-walk ratio in 31 innings. Light has added 30 pounds since high school and is listed at 6-foot-5. 210 pounds as a junior. His four-seam fastball sits in the 90-94 mph range, touching 97, and he also throws a hard sinker around 90 mph, with a slider and changeup that remain raw. His command wavered in the Cape and his slider frequently was too flat. - John Manuel, Jan. 2012

26. Stephen Johnson, RHP, St. Edward’s (Texas)

A wiry, raw, projectable Colorado prep product, Johnson has made progress in two years at Division II St. Edward’s, but he’s still just scratching the surface of his potential. He mostly just pumped fastballs as a freshman and essentially just started throwing a breaking ball this summer, and he showed some aptitude for the pitch—a sharp slurve in the 77-79 mph range. He dabbles with a changeup, but he usually tends to throw it too hard, in the 88-89 range. Johnson has a loose 6-foot-4. 205-pound frame and an electric arm that easily produces 94-96 mph heat in relief—a role in which he thrived this summer, posting a 1.31 ERA and a 23-6 strikeout-walk mark in 21 innings. He ran his fastball into the high 90s at the NBC World Series. Johnson has a tendency to wrap his arm in the back at times, but he made some progress smoothing out his delivery this summer. A more consistent delivery would also lead to more consistent command, as Johnson remains more of a thrower than a polished pitcher at this stage of his development. Still, his summer was a big step in the right direction, and his upside is tantalizing. - 2011 Cal Collegiate Top 10 Prospects


27. Matt Koch, RHP, Louisville

Koch, whose father Scott is his head coach at Washington High (Cherokee), was Iowa’s top prep prospect for the 2009 draft, when he was taken by the Red Sox in the 37th round. He split time between starting and relieving over his first two seasons, then reaffirmed his status as a prospect of interest with a strong summer in a relief role in the Cape, showing 91-95 mph heat, a late-breaking slider at 81-83 and an aggressive approach. His changeup is still a work in progress, but his power fastball-slider combination should be plenty effective in a relief role at Louisville this spring. - Aaron Fitt, Jan. 2012

28. Nolan Fontana, SS, Florida

Fontana was hit on the left hand by a pitch at the College World Series and wasn’t fully healthy while going 2-for-16 (.125) with Team USA. The 5-foot-11. 190-pound lefty hitter makes contact and gets on base, where he has more savvy than speed. He’sranked 11th (52) and 19th (53) in Division I in bases on balls the last two seasons. A shortstop at Florida, he has arm strength but his range may fit better at second base, where he played in deference to Marrero. - 2011 Team USA Top 20

29. Tom Murphy, C, Buffalo

Murphy earned Mid-American Conference Player of the Year honors despite the Bulls’ 3-22 conference record, after hitting .384/.446/.626 with 10 home runs and 44 RBIs as a sophomore. His spring put him on scouts’ radar screens, but his summer ensured they will flock to Buffalo next year, as one talent evaluator said Murphy could go in the top three rounds of the draft. Two swings of the bat in a showcase against Team USA and Louisiana State flame-throwing righty Kevin Gausman at Fenway Park opened eyes: Murphy ripped Gausman’s first-pitch fastball about 400 feet foul off the Coca-Cola sign down the left-field line, then he stayed back on Gausman’s sharp slider and launched it over the Green Monster for an estimated 450 feet, showing off his compact stroke and plus raw power. A few days later, Murphy signed to play a five-game series with Team USA against Team Japan. When he returned to Holyoke, Murphy continued raking to the tune of .291/.364/.575. An athletic 6-foot-1. 210-pound backstop, Murphy ran a 6.75-second 60-yard dash at the NECBL all-star game. He is a good receiver with a solid-average arm, routinely turning out 1.9-second pop times, though his throwing needs refinement as the ball sails on him at times. Scouts and managers alike raved about Murphy’s work ethic, and Holyoke general manager Kirk Fredriksson, who recruited Strasburg in 2007, called Murphy the league’s best catching prospect during his 15 years. - 2011 New England Collegiate League Top 10

30. Branden Kline, RHP, Virginia

Kline didn’t sign despite being the Red Sox’s sixth-round pick in 2009 out of high school. He was the closer for Virginia’s 2011 College World Series team, going 4-1. 1.88 with 56 strikeouts in 43 innings. He’s expected to move into the rotation as a junior. Kline mostly used his 90-93 mph fastball and power slider as a closer but will also incorporate a curveball and changeup in a starting role. “If you told me draw a 6-foot-3 righthanded pitcher, I’d probably draw his body. He’s tall, he’s lean, he’s athletic, he’s got a power arm. He’s what you want.” - John Manuel, Jan. 2012

31. Brett Mooneyham, LHP, Stanford

Stanford lefthander Brett Mooneyham had surgery on his left middle finger and missed the entire 2011 season. Mooneyham, a two-year weekend starter who also pitched for Team USA last summer, cut his left middle finger in January and had surgery in mid-February. He has been an enigma to scouts, touching 94 mph in high school and in college but sitting at 86-88 mph in the summer of 2010 with Team USA. He was fully healthy in the fall of 2011. showing a high-80s to low-90s fastball and significantly improved command of his breaking ball anc changeup. He has scrapped his curveball to focus on his slider, which he tends to use as a chase pitch. His changeup has good sink, and he did a better job throwing strikes with his fastball in the fall. Mooneyham’s father Bill was a 1980 first-round pick and pitched one season in the majors. He also was high school teammates with Cal State Fullerton righthander Dylan Floro. - John Manuel/Aaron Fitt, Jan. 2012

32. Brandon Thomas, OF, Georgia Tech

Thomas ranked as the No. 1 prospect in the Florida Collegiate Summer League in 2010. then ably handled a full-time role for Georgia Tech this spring, hitting .307 with 19 steals in 205 at-bats. He held his own in the Cape as well, hitting .273/.345/.386 in 132 at-bats, though he struck out 33 times and drew just 10 walks. He got off to a hot start for Wareham, then cooled off in the second half and had his summer cut short by a mild hamstring pull. Thomas’ performance still has never quite matched his considerable ability. “He can do it all,” Wareham coach Cooper Farris said. “He’s a switch-hitter with power from both sides, and he runs really well. He plays the outfield well too—his angles are really good.” Perhaps the best all-around athlete in the Cape League, the 6-foot-3. 202-pound Thomas has plus-plus speed and intriguing bat speed from both sides of the plate. One scout called Thomas “an emotional player” who seems to get frustrated easily, and several scouts expressed some concern about his ability to make consistent contact, but he has the raw ability to be an average hitter with average power down the road. He has a chance to be a plus center fielder with a playable arm. - 2011 Cape Cod Top 30

33. James Ramsey, OF, Florida State

Cape League coaches were just about unanimous in their glowing affection for Ramsey, a confident, aggressive, player with infectious energy. Ramsey’s father, Craig, was captain of Florida State’s 1980 College World Series team, and James earned third-team All-America honors as a junior this spring, hitting .364/.442/.580 with 10 homers, 67 RBIs and 11 steals. He continued to do it all this summer, hitting .313/.448/.571 with six homers, a 28-25 BB-K mark and seven steals. He also earned all-star game MVP honors after homering into the right-field bullpen at Fenway Park. “He plays really hard. It’s not false intensity—that’s the way he approaches the game, and the way he approaches life,” Pickler said. “He hit the farthest ball I’ve seen in 10 years here, a ball that cleared the treetops in right-center. He doesn’t get cheated at the plate, but for a guy that takes a big swing, he puts the barrel to the ball. He has a knack—he has that hitting gene.” At 6 feet, 195 pounds, Ramsey is not built like a power hitter, but he does have some pop in his compact lefthanded swing, and he can drive the ball to all fields. An solid-average runner, Ramsey handled center field ably for Y-D and owns an average arm, but he profiles better in a corner outfield spot, which means he’ll really have to hit. He has a chance to be a solid-average hitter with fringe-average power, and his cheap five-tool package gives him at least a chance to be an everyday player, though some scouts are more comfortable projecting him as a fourth outfielder. A 22nd-round pick by the Twins this June, he turned down a significant six-figure bonus offer to return to FSU for his senior year. - 2011 Cape Cod Top 30

34. Martin Agosto, RHP, St. Mary’s

Agosto blossomed in 2011. going 7-7. 2.81 in the spring for St. Mary’s, then thriving in the Cal Ripken League in the summer. The 6-foot-1. 185-pounder went 4-0. 0.99 with a 3-30 BB-SO ratio. Agosta has a quick arm with improving arm strength, having pumped his fastball as high as 95 mph in the fall. His slider also flashes being an above-average pitch, at times sitting in the low 80s and touching 85. - John Manuel, Jan. 2012

35. Chris Taylor, SS, Virginia

Taylor was a multiposition backup for Virginia as a freshman but won the starting shortstop job as a sophomore when Stephen Bruno went down with a hamstring injury. He kept it by showing excellent athletic ability and a potent, timely bat. He had the game-winning hit in the bottom of the ninth in the 2011 super regional victory against UC Irvine. Taylor has plus speed, turning in 4.0-second times to first base, as well as good hands and a solid-average arm. He may profile better at second base as a pro, and some scouts have compared him to Giants 2011 first-rounder Joe Panik. - John Manuel Jan. 2012

36. Tony Renda, 2B, California

Renda is a winning ballplayer whose intangibles helped him win Pac-10 Player of the Year honors as a sophomore. Renda is undersized at 5-foot-8. 173 pounds, but he has a knack for squaring up hard line drives, and he battles through every at-bat. He has some pop to the gaps but doesn’t figure to hit many home runs at the next level. He’s just an average runner, and his defense at second base is more solid than spectacular, but the sum is greater than the parts with Renda. - Aaron Fitt, Jan. 2012

37. Matt Reynolds, 3B/SS, Arkansas

Reynolds batted just .233 in his first two seasons at Arkansas, but he wrested the third-base job from Weiss and went on to hit .322 in the Cape Cod League. The 6-foot-1. 200-pound righthanded hitter had more success after Team USA coaches changed the load in his swing, and he’ll need to keep his stroke and approach toned down. He plays a solid third base and has the versatility to handle second base and fill in at shortstop. - 2011 Team USA Top 20

38. Hoby Milner, LHP, Texas

The son of former big leaguer Brian Milner, Hoby is a pitchability lefthander. He thrives thanks to location and deception, working primarily with an 86-89 mph fastball that tops out at 92. a solid changeup and a curveball that has its moments. He’s resilient despite packing just 165 pounds on his 6-foot-2 frame, and his stuff could pick up if he adds some strength. - 2011 Team USA Top 20

39. Alex Wood, LHP, Georgia

Not even a full year removed from Tommy John surgery, Wood impressed NECBL coaches with his power fastball and improving secondary stuff. Lingering effects from the surgery limited Wood to one appearance in the spring of 2010. but he carried a heavier workload that summer, finishing with a 3.96 ERA, 36 strikeouts and just 10 walks in 39 innings. Blessed with one of the better power arms in the league, Wood’s fastball sat at 90-92 mph in the NECBL, and coaches described it as “exploding” out of his hand. His secondary pitches—a 77-78 mph slider and a decent 80 mph changeup—needed work, and he had trouble locating them. But in the summer of 2011. Wood found himself a quality breaking ball—a power curveball that was very good in the fall. His changeup flashes plus, though he loses command of it on occasion, and his fastball climbed to 93-94 by the fall of 2011. His quirky arm action keeps hitters from picking the ball up until late, but his delivery has some effort. Wood shined in a 2011 matchup with Gerrit Cole and UCLA, striking out 11 in seven four-hit innings relying mostly on an 88-91 mph fastball with above-average run and sink. The next week he beat national ERA champion Michael Roth and South Carolina. - NECBL Top 10 2010; College blog post March 13, 2011; updated Jan. 2012

40. D.J. Baxendale, RHP, Arkansas

His stuff isn’t nearly as sexy as his college teammate Ryne Stanek’s, but it was Baxendale who was Arkansas’ ace last spring. The ultra-competitive Baxendale is similar to Brady Rodgers in terms of size (6-foot-2. 190 pounds), stuff (88-92 mph fastball with late life down in the zone, solid changeup) and strike-throwing ability. His curveball and slider are just so-so breaking pitches, but he made nice strides with a mid-80s cutter during the summer. - 2011 Team USA Top 20

41. Kevin Brady, RHP, Clemson

Another Clemson wild card is righthander Kevin Brady, who in addition to being a redshirt sophomore also missed 70 days with a forearm strain. Brady made three starts in February and March and was outstanding. He struck out 19 while walking one in 12 innings against Eastern Michigan and Michigan State, giving up just six hits and one run. Then he started against South Carolina, striking out four more in four innings while giving up only one run. But he had to leave that start and didn’t pitch again until May. He was up to 93-94 mph in his first start and showed good velocity in his return out of the bullpen, sitting 90-92 in one-inning stints in the ACC tournament while adding a cutter. He’s also thrown a curve that at times has 12-to-6 action and was a solid-average pitch early on. - 2011 BA Draft Coverage

42. Hudson Randall, RHP, Florida

Hudson Randall has developed into a top-flight ace atop the rotation thanks to his superb command and ability to mix speeds and locations.’¨”He’s Greg Maddox,” Alabama coach Mitch Gaspard said. “Everything moves, the ball stays down, he never elevates anything. So even when you get in an advantage count, he makes a quality pitch. That pitch is down, at the knees or on the black, and he’s got good sink on it . . . He makes pitches. Even though he may not have that dominant, overpowering fastball, it’s still 88-91. occasionally 92. with sink and with location. He’s good, and that’s why he pitches on Friday nights for one of the best pitching staffs in the country.” He also commands three quality offspeed pitches and is a dogged competitor. - May 27, 2011 Blog Post (Fitt)

43. Sam Stafford, LHP, Texas

Lefthander Sam Stafford hasn’t been able to nail down a spot in Texas’ weekend rotation, though not because he lacks stuff. The 6-foot-4. 190-pounder hit 96 mph while winning pitcher-of-the-year honors in the California Collegiate League last summer, but he has to dial his fastball down to 90-91 mph to try to find the strike zone. He has good shape to his curveball and doesn’t always locate that pitch where he wants, either. Stafford can be unhittable at times. If he can’t improve his command he’ll be ticketed for the bullpen as a pro. He didn’t sign with the Yankees as a second-round pick. - 2011 BA Draft Coverage

44. Peter O’Brien, C, Miami

O’Brien emerged as a top college catching prospect in 2010. first when he hit 20 homers for Bethune-Cookman, then when he earned a spot on USA Baseball’s college national team. On a team with many of the top hitters in the country, O’Brien hit four home runs and showed premium righthanded power, his best tool. His hitting has regressed as a junior, with more swings and misses and less feel for the barrel. While Bethune-Cookman doesn’t have any arms near the quality of Team USA’s, O’Brien nevertheless has struggled with his receiving this spring, as he did last summer. He’s not a great athlete and struggles to receive breaking balls to his right. He has arm strength but lacks fluid footwork. Many scouts believe he has no chance to be a big league catcher, which would relegate him to first base. He has shown the work ethic and makeup needed to handle a staff, and there’s some thought that improved core strength and more flexibility could make him passable as a catcher/first baseman in the Jake Fox mold. He didn’t sign with the Rockies in 2011 as a third-round pick and transferred to Miami, and the NCAA gave him a waiver allowing him to be eligible in 2012. - 2011 BA Draft Coverage; updated Jan. 2012.

45. Buck Farmer, RHP, Georgia Tech

Farmer had a breakout sophomore year in Georgia Tech’s weekend rotation, going 11-3. 2.82 with 106 strikeouts and 31 walks in 108 innings. He made just four starts in the Cape, going 2-1. 5.57 with a 17-4 K-BB mark in 21 innings, and league coaches got the sense he did not really want to be there. They also said Farmer needed to show a better ability to buckle down when he started getting into trouble. But Farmer’s physical 6-foot-3. 221-pound frame and quality four-pitch mix are still appealing. He worked in the 90-92 range and topped out at 94 with his fastball, and he showed advanced feel for his changeup. He also mixes in two distinct breaking balls in his slider and curveball, and he can throw all four pitches for strikes, though his command within the zone wasn’t great this summer. He projects as a workhorse starter in pro ball. - 2011 Cape Cod Top 30 Prospects

46. Kevin Plawecki, C, Purdue

Plawecki emerged as one of the best freshmen in the country in 2010. garnering second-team freshman All-America honors while hitting .343/.384/.529 with eight home runs and 53 RBIs, most for any freshman in Boilermakers history. He continued to impress this summer, hitting .308/.398/.389 with 15 doubles, and some of those should turn into home runs as he continues to build strength. Plawecki has great pitch recognition for his age and had an 18-28 strikeout-walk ratio this summer. He has a great catcher’s body at 6-foot-2. 195 pounds, but he still has room to grow into it. He has a good swing and should develop power as he fills out. Defensively, Plawecki is raw and could potentially move out from behind the plate at the next level. He has an average arm but does have plenty of athleticism to play the position. He hit .341/.429/.436 as a sophomore for Purdue, then played in the Cape Cod League in 2011. He showed a fringy arm but quick release, solid blocking and receiving skills and a gap-to-gap approach. - 2010 Prospect League Top 10; Updated Jan. 2012

47. Patrick Wisdom, 3B, St. Mary’s

A first-team all-West Coast Conference selection in 2011. Wisdom had unquestionably the best and most usable power in Alaska for the second straight year. He led the ABL in home runs with seven but hit just .229 in 2010. This summer, Wisdom not only improved his average (hitting .296/.422/.503 overall) but also continued to mash, slugging another seven home runs despite playing in Kenai Peninsula’s cavernous, wind-swept ballpark. The big differences from a year ago, said one coach, were maturity and better pitch recognition. His power was often described as “light tower” caliber by league coaches, and he finished second in the league’s home run derby. Wisdom uses his hands extremely well at the plate and generates very good bat speed. He put those tools on display this summer, hitting a home run off the ABL’s top pitching prospect Kyle Finnegan, as well as this spring, launching one off College Player of the Year Trevor Bauer. What makes his power even more impressive is that he is still learning to incorporate his entire lower half. Wisdom was also lauded for his discipline (he posted a 35-25 BB-K mark) and was thought to be a tough out. Defensively, Wisdom’s arm strength rivals his power as his best tool. At one point this summer, he hopped on a bullpen mound and reached 93 mph, showing enough arm strength to stick at third base, and he has the athleticism to play there at the pro level. - 2011 Alaska League Top 10 Prospects

48. Kyle Hansen, RHP, St. John’s

The younger brother of former St. John’s All-American and first-round pick Craig Hansen, Kyle won eight games during each of his first two years at St. John’s, entrenching himself as the staff ace. After throwing 108 innings this spring, Hansen worked mostly in relief for Y-D, posting a 3.63 ERA, four saves and a 28-9 K-BB mark in 22 innings. Fastball command was occasionally an issue for Hansen at St. John’s, but he located it well for Y-D. At 6-foot-8. 215 pounds, Hansen pitches downhill with a plus fastball that sat in the 93-95 range in relief, and it featured some arm-side run. He also mixes in an average power slurve at 81-83. and he has some feel for a changeup, though he seldom used it out of the bullpen. “His delivery has some funk that gives him deception—it’s a lot of arms and legs coming at you,” Y-D coach Scott Pickler said. “He’s around the zone and has a feel for pitching. He’s a kid that wanted the ball all the time.” - 2011 Cape Cod Top 30

49. Mitch Haniger, OF, Cal Poly

At 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds, Haniger has a strong, physical frame and can do a little bit of everything on the field. He has the present strength to handle a wood bat with ease and shows a good feel for hitting, even if he comes up a tick below-average in that area as a pro. The strength shows up in his power, where he projects to hit 20-25 home runs down the road. Haniger is a good athlete and could have played football at the collegiate level, but he’s an average runner who would be stretched in center field as a pro. Still, he moves well, shows good instincts on the bases and would be an asset in right field, where he profiles best because of his well above-average arm strength. Haniger shows great work ethic and is dialed in on every pitch. Scouts have liked him since a fine 2008 Area Code Games showing, when he showed off power potential and a plus arm as a prep junior. With a good spring, he could go even higher in the draft than Cal Poly teammate Bobby Crocker, a fourth-round pick this year by the Athletics. - 2011 Northwoods League Top 20 Prospects

50. Austin Maddox, RHP/1B, Florida

Maddox made the varsity team as a sixth-grader at a private high school in Jacksonville. A preseason Top 100 member in the 2009 draft class, he had an uneven senior season and didn’t sign as a 37th-round pick (Rays). In two seasons at Florida he’s played third and first base but not his high school position, catcher. He didn’t hit for power in 2011 and may be a better prospect as a pitcher. He didn’t pitch as a freshman but was 3-0. 0.67 with five saves in 27 innings, with three walks in 21 strikeouts.  His fastball sits at 92-95 mph and he throws three pitches for strikes from a physical frame. His fastball has heavy sink as well. “We were very cautious with him last year because he was asked to do a lot of things—play first, play third, catch—and we didn’t really want to add (pitching) to his plate,” Florida coach Kevin O’Sullivan said. “And he really enjoys hitting. The two-way thing comes really easy to him. You can’t do full-time on both—one of the two has to come very easy. For him the pitching thing comes easy. He fields his position, he throws strikes, just keeps it simple and attacks.” - March 21, 2011 Blog Post (Fitt); Updated Jan. 2012

51. Matt Price, RHP, South Carolina

Price and roommate Jackie Bradley will never have to buy a beer in South Carolina after the careers they’ve had for the Gamecocks. Price broke his right wrist in March of his freshman year and got a medical redshirt, then became the closer for the 2010 Gamecocks, picking up the victory in the College World Series clincher and striking out 80 in 53 innings. He had more saves (15 to 10) but had been less dominant in 2011. with 56 strikeouts in 42 innings. He’s had to pitch to contact more as his fastball velocity has fluctuated. After hitting a lot of 95s and 96s last season, he’s lived more at 91-92 mph this season, with occasional bursts of more velocity. His slider has been an average pitch for him this year, and at times it plays up. Scouts note he pitches better with more on the line and feeds off adrenaline. Price is maxed out physically but throws strikes with two pitches that can be plus at their best. He has moxie and big-game experience to spare. He didn’t sign as the Diamondbacks’ 2011 sixth-round pick and will get a chance to start in 2012 as a 22-year-old. - 2011 BA Draft Coverage; Updated Jan. 2012

52. Ian Gardeck, RHP, Alabama

In 2005. an unheralded pitcher transferred from an NCAA Division I program to Angelina JC and quickly blossomed into a top prospect. Gardeck has taken a similar path, and while he won’t duplicate Clay Buchholz’s rise and become a supplemental first-rounder, he has some of the best sheer arm strength in this draft. Gardeck didn’t start pitching until his junior year at Crystal Lake (Ill.) South HS, and he occasionally touched 94 mph as a senior in 2009 and as a reliever at Dayton in 2010. The 6-foot-2. 225-pounder’s velocity spiked when he pitched in the New England Collegiate League last summer, and he opened more eyes when he hit 98 mph in the fall after moving to Angelina. Because he’s so new to pitching, Gardeck is still raw. Scouts don’t like his arm action, which hampers his ability to throw strikes, as does his inability to maintain his arm slot. He pitched his way out of Angelina’s rotation and into its bullpen this spring. He consistently pitches at 94-96 mph as a reliever. He’ll show a mid-80s slider that’s a wipeout pitch at times, but he struggles to harness it. With two pitches that grade at 70 on the 20-80 scouting scale at times but command that rates a 35. Gardeck’s pro future also is in the bullpen. He transferred to Alabama after failing to sign as the White Sox’s eighth-round pick in 2011. - 2011 BA Draft Coverage; Updated Jan. 2012

53. Preston Tucker, OF, Florida

Tucker broke in to college ball with a splash, driving in 85 runs and earning first-team Freshman All-American honors in 2009. He was primarily a first baseman in his first two seasons but has shifted to the outfield as a junior to help Florida get more bats into the lineup and to showcase Tucker’s versatility. Most scouts says it has done more to expose Tucker’s flaws than highlight his strengths, though, and after he batted .113 in the Cape Cod League he has his detractors. He did rally in the Cape to hit two home runs in the postseason, and he rallied from a slow 2011 start to get back over .300 in Southeastern Conference play while hitting double digits in home runs again. Tucker has solid hitting ability and makes consistent contact, and he’s not afraid to work counts. He has solid power, but it’s hard for scouts to give him above-average grades for either of his best tools. Defensively, he fits better in left field, where his below-average speed and arm are less of a factor than in right, where he plays for the Gators. Some scouts see him as more of a first baseman. He failed to sign with the Rockies as a 16th-round pick. - 2011 BA Draft Coverage

54. Tyler Gaffney, OF, Stanford

Gaffney plays football as well as baseball at Stanford, hitting .327/.422/.472 in two seasons as an outfielder while rushing for 791 yards and 12 touchdowns in three football seasons. Out of high school, he was considered a terrific athlete, starring in both football and baseball for his high school. Speed is his primary tool. Tyler raced off to a 6.75 60 at the Area Code preliminaries in July. At this event, he ripped off a 6.67 and a 6.72. despite his unusual arm flailing and leg spinning running style. A sprint coach who can teach a more efficient running form to Gaffney may be able to lower his times even more. Gaffney did not throw at this event, but at the AC event his arm was fair, easily suitable for LF and possibly CF. At this stage of his development, Gaffney needs to improve greatly with the bat. He had a poor BP at this event. Tyler will need to work with a top flight hitting coach to get straightened out. Gaffneys swing is stiff and forced, plus he flies his head and front shoulder off the ball. Despite these problems, Gaffney did drive a ball out of the park, so the ability is there even if consistent mechanics and fundamentals are not. His strength and raw tools make him an automatic pro prospect. - 2009 BA Draft Coverage; Updated Jan. 2012

55. Justin Jones, LHP, California

Jones is 19-12. 3.56 in two seasons in Cal’s rotation, helping lead the team to the 2011 College World Series. He’s proven durable, throwing 218 innings, but not overpowering, with a 154-60 strikeout-walk ratio. “Jones is kind of a mystery—strikeouts are pretty low, hits are pretty high. I’m not a big Jones guy; he was a seventh-round pick out of high school, but there’s not enough stuff for him to be a high-end prospect. He’s never shown us any velocity.” . . . Jones has exceptionally promising secondary stuff, showing an excellent low-80s changeup and a sharp mid-70s curve. Lanky and projectable at 6-foot-3 and 175 pounds, he sits in the high 80s and can touch 92 with his fastball. - Compiled from 2011 Super Regional Preview and 2009 BA Draft Coverage

56. Jerad Grundy, LHP, Kentucky

Lefthander Jerad Grundy earned a scholarship to Miami out of Johnsburg (Ill.) HS, but after pitching just 18 innings as a freshman in 2010. he transferred back home to Heartland CC. With an 88-92 mph fastball that touches 94 and a slider that generates swings and misses, he has the weapons to be a late-inning reliever in pro ball. His size (6 feet, 183 pounds) and maximum-effort delivery probably will prevent him from remaining a starter, though he does flash an average changeup. A 46th-round pick of the Rangers out of high school, Grundy was a 42nd-round pick of the Marlins in 2011 but didn’t sign, heading to Kentucky instead. - 2011 BA Draft Coverage

57. Michael Ratterree, OF, Rice

Ratterree has been a run-producing mainstay for two years at Rice, but he developed problems throwing the ball to first base as a sophomore, when he committed 20 errors. The problem went away early in the summer at Santa Barbara, then suddenly re-emerged—he started lobbing the ball to first base, and the Foresters wound up making a defensive subsitution late in games at the NBC World Series. He finished the summer with an .889 fielding percentage. Ratterree is a good athlete who showed excellent range up the middle, and his arm is plenty strong, but he needs to work through the mental part of his throwing struggles. Even though he will move to a corner outfield position for his junior year, Ratterree’s bat could carry him. He hit .304/.378/.530 with five homers and 27 RBIs in 115 at-bats this summer, showing good bat speed and an improved ability to drive the ball the opposite way. He has above-average righthanded power potential in his 6-foot-1. 200-pound frame. Ratteree is a solid-average runner with good instincts on the basepaths. He was a fine defensive back in high school, evidence of his fine athletic ability. - 2011 California Collegiate Top 10

58. Jeremy Baltz, OF, St. John’s

Baltz garnered first-team All-America honors as a freshman, when he hit .396/.479/.771 with 24 homers and 85 RBIs to lead St. John’s to a regional final. His power production dropped off with the new bats this spring, but he still drove in 60 runs, and he proved that he could handle wood bats against top competition this summer, batting .321/.434/.457 for Falmouth. He also showed a disciplined approach, drawing 25 walks and striking out just 23 times in 140 at-bats. “You’d go in and he was playing left field, and he doesn’t really stand out because he’s a big guy, and you think he’ll be a below-average athlete,” the AL scouting director said. “But he’s actually a pretty good player. He has a pretty short swing, he was able to barrel the ball up a lot, he manipulated the bat head pretty well and drove the ball the other way.” One CCBL coach compared Baltz to Pat Burrell—another physical corner bat who lacks standout athleticism. The 6-foot-3. 205-pound Baltz is a below-average runner and just an adequate defender in left field with a slightly below-average arm, but his bat should carry him. He has the ability to recognize breaking balls and lay off pitches out of the zone, and he can drive the ball to all fields. He might not have lightning-quick bat speed, but his flat swing stays through the zone a long time, and he projects as a solid-average hitter with solid-average to plus power. - 2011 Cape Cod Top 30

59. Jason Coats, OF, Texas Christian

Coats had a banner 2010. setting a Texas Christian record with 99 hits, helping the Horned Frogs reach the College World Series for the first time and starring in the Cape Cod League. A strong encore might have carried him into the first round, but he has had a lackluster spring, leading scouts to wonder whether he has a true plus tool. After hitting .314 with wood bats on the Cape, he batted .324 with metal this season. His swing looked longer and his pitch recognition looked less sharp than it did a year ago. Six-foot-2 and 190 pounds, Coats has a sound approach and provides average raw power from the right side of the plate. His speed, arm strength and defense are fringy to average, so he fits best in left field. He didnt’ sign with the Orioles as their 12th-round pick. - 2011 BA Draft Coverage

60. Jacob Lamb, 3B, Washington

Lamb was a prep teammate of 2010 Rays first-rounder Josh Sale. He hit .311/.371/.434 as a sophomore at Washington, then hit .253/.337/.310 with nine stolen bases in the Cape Cod League. He has a strong frame with projectable power that could profile him for the hot corner. However, he needs to refine his offensive approach and his defense. Scouts want to see him pull the ball with more authority and refine his footwork to better take advantage of his plus arm. - John Manuel, Jan. 2012

61. Tim Cooney, LHP, Wake Forest

Wake Forest lefthander Tim Cooney gave Chatham six strong innings against Orleans, allowing just one run on three hits while striking out six. He hit his spots with a high-80s fastball and mixed in a nice, sharp 11-to-5 curveball. Cooney was a Pennsylvania prep product who sat 83-85 in high school but showed a feel for spinning his curve. - Aug. 3. 2011 Blog Post (Fitt)

62. Dylan Floro, RHP, Cal State Fullerton

After working in a swing role as a freshman, Floro settled into a moment-of-truth role on Cal State Fullerton’s deep pitching staff this spring, but he excelled as a starter for Hyannis, going 4-1. 2.48 with 27 strikeouts and 13 walks in 29 innings. Fullerton’s new coaching staff summoned him home in mid-July to keep his workload in check, but he impressed in his seven outings with the Harbor Hawks. “He’s the real deal,” Gassman said. “He’s 89-92 with unbelievable arm-side run and good sink on his ball. It seems like all his pitches are dipping and diving. It’s real smooth and easy—it doesn’t look like he’s doing much out there. He’s just an absolute bulldog competitor; great makeup.” Floro’s fastball has so much movement that sometimes it runs right out of the strike zone, but he can take some movement off it when he needs to make sure it’s a strike. He has deception in his slingy three-quarters arm action, and hitters struggle to square him up. He owns a pair of quality secondary pitches in a 79-82 slurve and an 80-82 changeup with good fade, but one scout said Floro sometimes relies too heavily on his breaking ball. - 2011 Cape Cod Top 30

63. Joey DeMichele, 3B, Arizona State

After hitting .111 in nine at-bats as a freshman, DeMichele emerged at Arizona State’s best hitter as a sophomore, hitting .368/.412/.663 as a DH with nine home runs. He’ll have to show he can handle a position defensively in 2012—most likely second base, but possibly also third or first. “I think he’s a good hitter. He’s put up big numbers. I think he should have been the MVP of the league. DeMichele is your typical Arizona State lefthanded hitter: tough out, can run, uses the whole field, can hit the ball out of the ballpark,” said an opposing coach. “He’s a local kid who played at a 4A high school, but he is a hitter, and was always a hitter in high school,” Esmay said of DeMichele. “He’s confident, he knows how to barrel it up. Last year was a typical freshman year, where he got some at-bats, got his feet wet, then went out and had a great summer and came back a different person. He got stronger, he’s kind of grown into his body a little bit—but he’s always been a hitter. You’re seeing a kid who’s growing into the program and handling it really well.” - Aaron Fitt, Jan. 2012

64. Dane Phillips, C, Oklahoma City

After two solid seasons at Oklahoma State, Phillips broke out in the Cape, hitting .349/.446/.527 with four homers, 34 RBIs and a 25-28 BB-K mark in 129 at-bats. He transferred to NAIA Oklahoma City after failing to get a waiver to transfer to Arkansas. Phillips did improve his stock this summer, showing one of the better lefthanded swings in the league. He controls the strike zone well, has advanced pitch recognition and the ability to handle lefthanded pitching with aplomb. He has average or slightly better power potential to the pull side but can also drive the ball the opposite way. His bat should be good enough to give him a chance at a corner position. Most scouts think Phillips is too rigid and lacks the footwork to stay behind the plate, but he did make progress as a catcher over the course of the summer. “He just got better as a receiver,” Schiffner said. “When he first got there, he was a boxer—it wasn’t pretty. But he did improve immeasurably with us. His arm strength is fine; he just needs to catch more and more. He needs to focus on his defense, but he’s frighteningly good as a hitter.” - 2011 Cape Cod Top 30

65. Matt Carasiti, RHP, St. John’s

In the summer of 2010. Carasiti ran his fastball up to 92 and showed a good low-80s split-finger pitch he uses as a changeup, and a 75-77 curve. Entering the 2010 season, Carasiti could have staked his claim to St. John’s most talented freshman after he was scooped up by the Rangers in the 36th round and was named 2009 Gatorade player of the year in Connecticut. He flashed his potential as a freshman, but he also showed how far he still had to go, finishing with a 5.94 ERA, 34 strikeouts and 47 walks in 53 innings. With Bristol, Carasiti showed much of the same, posting a 2.70 ERA, 28 strikeouts and 23 walks in 33 innings. He has added strength to his projectable 6-foot-3 frame, helping his velocity jump into the 93-96 range by the fall of 2011. St. John’s coach Ed Blankmeyer said the pitch is “very, very heavy—like throwing a brick at a glove.” His splitter is a true out pitch that drops off the table, and he has tightened up his slider. Most importantly, his feel for pitching has taken a major step forward. The primary concerns with Carasiti have been with the effort in his delivery—especially the head movement—but Blankmeyer said his mechanics have started to become more fluid. He still profiles best as a power-armed reliever. - 2010 New England Collegiate League Top 10; Updated Jan. 2012

66. Mason Melotakis, LHP, Northwestern State

Melotakis shows very good velocity for a lefthander, running his fastball up to 95 mph. He also has the ability to spin a tight curveball, but the pitch needs more consistency. Meltoakis pitches with effort and scouts aren’t in love with his arm action or his delivery—all factors that lead to spotty command. Last season, Melotakis went 1-3. 3.98 with 18 walks and 45 strikeouts over 41 innings. His velocity can’t be ignored, but he’ll likely remain a relief pitcher in pro ball. - Conor Glassey, Jan. 2012

67. Christian Walker, 1B, South Carolina

Walker  emerged as one of the nation’s best hitters as a sophomore and was South Carolina’s top bat during its repeat national championship run, hitting .358/.438/.554 with 10 home runs and 21 doubles. He has more walks (53) than strikeouts (48) in two seasons and has an excellent approach to go with now strength. His value is all tied into his bat, as he’s a modest defender at first and not a great athlete. - John Manuel, Jan. 2012

68. Luke Bard, RHP, Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech has found a closer in sophomore righthander Luke Bard, the younger brother of former UNC star Daniel Bard. At his best Bard is a prototypical power closer, with a 92-94 heater and a hard slider. In the Cape League in 2011. he worked as a starter and sat mostly in the 89-92 range with arm-side sink, and he tended to hit a wall around the middle innings. He focused on developing his changeup, but he still lacks feel for the pitch, and he proviles better as a fastball-slider reliever. - College Weekend Preview May 13-15, 2011 (Fitt); Updated Jan. 2012

69. Sam Selman, LHP, Vanderbilt

Over eight starts this summer, Selman put up nearly identical numbers to his season in the Northwoods League last year, going 2-4. 3.89 with 46 strikeouts and 29 walks over 42 innings. His 86 summer innings dwarf the 12 he’s pitched over his first two seasons at Vanderbilt. If he’s going to follow in the footsteps of premium Vandy lefthanders Grayson Garvin, Mike Minor and David Price, he’ll need to show better command. Selman has the makings to be a high pick next June. He has a good pitcher’s build at 6-foot-3 and 185 pounds, a live fastball in the 91-94 mph range with good arm-side run and a promising slider. He also flashed an effective changeup, but he is still showing mechanical problems that limit his ability to throw consistent strikes and command his pitches. Selman has a wrap in his arm action that can cause his arm to be late through the zone and results in balls being left up in the zone. His control gets worse as the game progresses, meaning his best fit may be in the bullpen. - 2011 Northwoods League Top 10

70. Dan Langfield, RHP, Memphis

The 6-foot-2. 196-pound Langfield showed the ability to miss bats as a freshman last year, striking out 47 in 39 innings working primarily in relief, and he followed it up with a strong summer in the Northwoods League, going 4-0. 2.91 with 50 strikeouts in 46 innings. Northwoods coaches spoke highly of his loose, easy arm and quality fastball-breaking ball repertoire. He entered this spring as the Friday starter from the onset of the season, but he missed a start two weeks ago with a slight muscle strain in his leg, and he went 3-3. 4.33 on the season, with 94 strikeouts in 85 innings while walking 49. “He’s a guy with high velocity, and his secondary pitches have been better some days than others,” Schoenrock said. “The transition he’s been making is not just trying to blow fastballs by hitters. He’s been up to 94-95 at times, and he’s learning it takes more than that now to pitch on weekends. The velocity’s a great thing to have, but he’s learning to do other things in different counts. He’s got good secondary stuff when he’s in the zone with it—the velocity sets up the secondary stuff very well.” - College Weekend Preview April 15-17, 2011 (Fitt)

71. Barrett Barnes, OF/1B, Texas Tech

Barnes maintained his power even after the BBCOR bats shift, slamming 10 last spring after hitting 14 as a freshman in 2010. He’s athletic enough to play center field, though some scouts believe he’s better suited for a corner. He also plays some first base. He has quick, strong hands and present strength producing above-average power. That didn’t translate as well in the Cape Cod League, though, where he hit just .221/.308/.327. Breaking balls remain a challenge, as evidenced by 107 strikeouts in 431 at-bats in two seasons at Texas Tech, but he’s not afraid to take a walk (81) and has average speed if not a tick above. - John Manuel, Jan. 2012

72. Justin Amlung, RHP, Louisville

Righthander Justin Amlung originally attended Louisville on an academic scholarship and didn’t get an opportunity to make the team as a walk-on until the Cardinals lost prized recruit Jake Odorizzi as a 2008 sandwich pick to the Brewers. After redshirting in 2009. Amlung blossomed into Louisville’s top starter. He’s not physical at 6 feet and 174 pounds, and he doesn’t have overwhelming stuff, yet he gets outs and misses bats. A catcher in high school, he succeeds by commanding an 89-91 mph sinker that touches 93. as well as a short slider. His signability as a draft-eligible sophomore pushed him down to the 39th round, where he was picked by the Reds but didn’t sign. - 2011 BA Draft Coverage

73. Scott Firth, RHP, Clemson

Firth is a quick-armed, slightly built righty who can run his fastball up to 93 mph and spin a good breaking ball. He’s expected to move into Clemson’s rotation after making 11 starts and 21 relief appearances the last two seasons. He had control issues in 2011. walking 27 in 50 innings. He’s small-bodied but scouts like his quick arm and competitiveness. He looked good in the Cape Cod League, sitting 90-92 mph with his fastball, touching 94 and showing a solid changeup and power curve in the upper 70s. Scouts termed him effectively wild when he gets out of rhythm in his delivery. - John Manuel, Jan. 2012

74. Carlos Escobar, C, Nevada

Escobar has all the tools scouts look for from a catching prospect. He has a sturdy, 6-foot-3. 200-pound frame and shows good defensive skills behind the plate. He receives and blocks well and shows above-average arm strength and accuracy. The thing he needs to work on most is his game calling. Escobar didn’t vary his pitch sequencing from pitcher to pitcher and made his pitchers work backwards too often. Escobar has a quiet setup to a sweet swing, and he stays through the ball very well. He has a pro approach at the plate and shows gap power to all fields, but he does have the strength to drive the ball out of the park. Over 197 at-bats this summer, Escobar hit .345/.433/.533 with 16 doubles and seven home runs. Escobar was a 41st-round pick by the Astros out of Chatsworth (Calif.) High in 2009. but could have pushed himself into a single-digit round with his breakout this summer. - 2011 Northwoods League Top 20 Prospects

75. Ronnie Freeman, C, Kennesaw State

If Murphy is the NECBL’s top prospect, Freeman could be called “1b,” as league talent evaluators didn’t see much difference between Holyoke’s catchers who split time behind the plate. Freeman isn’t quite as athletic as Murphy and doesn’t have as much strength in his swing, but both are strong backstops with solid catch-and-throw skills. Freeman has natural hitting ability and gained recognition this spring by stringing together a 42-game hit streak for Kennesaw State, where he posted a .392/.487/.622 line with 30 extra-base hits and 51 RBIs. He followed that up by hitting .373/.445/.553 in 39 games for the Blue Sox, which earned him a short stint with Team USA. Freeman shows above-average raw power in batting practice but works gap-to-gap in games. He has an average arm that produces 2.0-second pop times. A hard worker and student of the game, Freeman keeps a notebook of charts on pitchers he has caught and faced. But Freeman’s calling card is his bat—he consistently barrels balls up thanks to great hand-eye coordination, though he might need to polish his approach at the plate, as he walked just 17 times in 150 at-bats this summer. One scout said Freeman could get drafted in the top five rounds and projects as a solid major league backup. - 2011 New England Collegiate Baseball League Top 10 Prospects

76. Cody Stubbs, 1B, North Carolina

Stubbs drew early-round interest out of high school in Waynesville, N.C., but headed to Tennessee after spurning the Red Sox as a 29th-round pick in 2009. Nothing went as Stubbs planned, as he drew sporadic playing time and hit just .241 with three home runs, then struggled in the Cape Cod League, hitting just .172 with one homer. He transferred to Walters State, Tennessee’s top junior-college program, and got hot in the second half, showing the form that got scouts interested out of high school. Stubbs is big and physical at 6-foot-4. 220 pounds, and he has played mostly left field in junior college, indicative of his decent athleticism as well as his solid arm strength. He’s a below-average runner and will fit better at first eventually as a pro. Scouts who like him buy the bat, with Stubbs’ strength and leverage producing above-average power. His 12 home runs ranked in the top 20 nationally among juco players. He’s at North Carolina after failing to sign as the Nationals’ 14th-round pick. - 2011 BA Draft Coverage

77. Pat Stover, OF, Santa Clara

Stover was a seventh-round pick of the Athletics in 2009 but didn’t sign. He was a regular as a freshman, hitting .302 with three home runs. He showed some rust and his potential in the Northwoods League in 2011. hitting .337 with 14 extra-base hits but also striking out 44 times in 169 at-bats. He missed much of his sophomore season with an injury and got a medial redshirt. His best tools are his power and throwing arm, both rating above-average, and he’s not afraid to work deep in counts. He was a 7.1-second runner over 60 yards in high school and has to maintain his athleticism to keep his prototype right-field profile. - John Manuel, Jan. 2012

78. Zack Jones, RHP, San Jose State

A former Royals 24th-rounder, Spartans closer Zack Jones has been 93-98 mph with a hammer curveball at times. He’s one of the nation’s top two-way players, hitting .314 with seven home runs in 242 at-bats while closing for the Spartans. He has 92 strikeouts and 51 walks in 84 innings and a 3.86 ERA while racking up 15 saves. His stuff was exceptional in the Cape Cod League even though the results (5.23 ERA) were not. At times, his fastball sat 93-95 and touched 98; at others, he sat 88-92. His breaking ball also came and went as did his release point from his low slot. - John Manuel, Jan. 2012

79. Anthony Bazzani, RHP, Eastern Kentucky

Bazzani did not have much success last season at Eastern Kentucky, going 1-9. 9.07 with 25 walks and 37 strikeouts over 45 innings. As a starter in school, Bazzani’s fastball was in the 87-88 mph range, but he thrived in a bullpen role this summer, and the results were night and day. Coming in as a reliever, Bazzani was consistently in the low 90s with his fastball and got as high as 97 mph. He has a gangly, 6-foot-4. 195-pound frame with knees and elbows flying everywhere in a delivery that needs some smoothing out. Bazzani flies open early and throws nearly straight over the top, but he has a loose, resilient arm. The slot works well for his go-to out pitch, a very good splitter, and he also mixes in an inconsistent slider with slurvy break. In 29 games this summer, Bazzani went 4-2. 1.45 with 16 walks, 70 strikeouts and 12 saves over 50 innings. - 2011 Northwoods League Top 20 Prospects

80. Pierce Johnson, RHP, Missouri State

Some scouts compared righthander Pierce Johnson to Bret Saberhagen as a prep, but he missed two months of his senior season after a comebacker broke his hand. Before that, he was pitching at 92-93 mph and locating his fastball to both sides of the plate while mixing in a good breaking ball and changeup. In his first two seasons at Missouri State, he was just 7-7, 4.76 in 116 innings, but he got going late in his sophomore year. In his last 53 innings, he posted a 2.36 ERA and held opponents to a .217 average. The unsigned 15th-round pick of the Rays in 2009 has a slender 6-foot-3 frame with a lively 91-93 mph fastball. His breaking ball is slurvy but sharp and his changeup shows potential. He has a quick, loose arm, good life on his fastball and some projection remaining. He missed the 2011 Cape season due to an injury. - John Manuel Jan. 2012

81. Kris Hall, RHP, Lee (Tenn.)

Hall came to Lee via Cleveland State, where he spent his freshman season. He has a good pitcher’s build at 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds. His fastball sits in the 91-94 mph range and he also mixes in an above-average slider between 83-85 mph. He’s developing feel for a changeup as he transitions from the bullpen to the rotation. Last year, Hall went 4-1. 3.46 with 17 walks and 40 strikeouts over 26 innings. - Conor Glassey, Jan. 2012)

82. Cameron Perkins, 3B, Purdue

Perkins has an old-school approach at the plate—he’s up there to hit. While pro teams will likely want him to show more selectivity at the plate, Perkins does have good bat control and the strength to drive pitches in any location, especially pitches down in the zone. His power is mostly to the gaps now, but he has room to fill out his 6-foot-5. 200-pound frame, and more home run pop could come as he gets a little stronger. Perkins hit .344/.416/.551 with 19 doubles and 10 home runs over 247 at-bats. He moves well for his size—he’s an average runner who shows good aggression on the basepaths, though he was just 13-for-19 in stolen base attempts this summer. He’s solid at third base but may wind up moving to right field as a pro. Perkins is a hard worker and it’s obvious that he loves the game. Opposing coaches noted that he would often pick their brain about players as they were coaching third base. - 2011 Northwoods League Top 20 Prospects

83. R.J. Alvarez, RHP, Florida Atlantic

Alvarez has worked as a starter at Florida Atlantic and is 9-7, 5.17 in two seasons. He’s been much more exciting in the Cape Cod League as  areliever the last two summers. In 2011. Alvarez provided impressive setup work in the Cape All-Star Game at Fenway Park; in the eighth inning, he worked around a walk and an error by getting two strikeouts and a flyout. He pumped 95 mph fastballs and got one of his strikeouts on an 82 mph changeup. Alvarez has a lot of effort in his delivery and throws across his body, but the result is a consistent 90-94 mph fastball out of the bullpen with a lot of armside run. Hitters struggle to pick up his pitches, which also include a hard slurve and an effective changeup. - 2010 Cape Cod Top 30 Prospects, 2011 College Blog

84. Spencer Kieboom, C, Clemson

Kieboom was a solid prospect in high school but wasn’t drafted, due in part to his is a solid commitment to Clemson. He emerged as Clemson’s starter late in his freshman season, helping the Tigers reach the 2010 College World Series, then shook off a concussion to hit .282 with more walks (22) than strikeouts (13) as a sophomore. He has some strength offensively and could hit enough to be a regular if he improves his balance at the plate. Defensively, he’s further along, with solid tools in terms of blocking and receiving and above-average arm strength. He also shows good leadership skills. - John Manuel, Jan. 2012

85. Eddie Butler, RHP, Radford

Butler has had a productive first two seasons at Radford, going 15-7. 4.72 in the weekend rotation with a solid 137-61 strikeout-walk ratio in 181 innings. He emerged on the prospect radar in the Cape Cod League, especially showing elite velocity in the all-star game. His fastball sat in the 92-95 mph range, and he flashed an 82-84 mph slider with above-average potential. Butler isn’t physical at 6-foot-2. 165 pounds, but his fastball has touched as high as 97 mph and usually sits in the 90-95 mph range as a college starter, mixing in his slider and an effective changeup that he’s shown some feel for. His fastball features some arm-side life as well. - John Manuel, Jan. 2012

86. Jake Stewart, OF, Stanford

One of college baseball’s best athletes, Stewart hit .287 as a sophomore but didn’t hit a home run and struck out 54 times in 174 at-bats. His tools were on display more in the Alaska League in 2010. Not many scouts saw Stewart, as he missed the final three weeks of the summer after being hit by a pitch on the back of his left thigh. Over his 74 at-bats in Alaska, Stewart hit .270/.321/.365. The numbers weren’t loud, but Stewart’s tools are. At 6-foot-3 and 205 pounds, Stewart definitely has the physique scouts look for and could have played either football or basketball at the collegiate level. On top of that, Stewart moves exceptionally well, especially for such a physical player. He has well above-average speed, getting clocked from home to first (from the right side of the plate) in 4.1 seconds. The speed translates to the outfield, as well. Fairbanks head coach Jim Dietz coached at San Diego State for more than 30 years and has been with the Goldpanners for 14 years over three stints dating back to 1970. Dietz said Stewart might be the best outfielder he’s ever seen, in terms of his speed and ability to run down balls. He also has a strong arm, but tries to rush his throws sometimes. Stewart can put on a show in batting practice, but is still learning how to identify pitches and needs to work on getting into better hitters’ counts. If he can make those strides at the plate, Stewart has all the tools to be a special player. - 2010 Alaska League Top 10 Prospects; Updated Jan. 2012

87. Kyle Wren, OF, Georgia Tech

Kyle Wren, the son of Braves general manager Frank Wren, is a little guy with big speed. Listed at 5-foot-10. 166 pounds, he’s got modest strength in his swing but a good approach (30 walks, 32 strikeouts). He’s contact oriented and focuses on hitting the balls to the gaps and taking advantage of his plus speed. He plays a good center field. Wren’s throwing arm is well below-average, and he’ll have to run everything down in center field to be an asset defensiely. - John Manuel, Jan. 2012

88. Justin Gonzalez, SS, Florida State

Gonzalez has shown surprising juice for a middle infielder, belting eight home runs with the BBCOR bats in 2011. He has significant contact issues—he struck out 104 times between the Cape Cod League and at Florida State in just 298 at-bats. Opposing coaches finger breaking balls as Gonzalez’s biggest weakness. He’s a fairly fluid athlete with solid infield actions, average arm strength and inconsistency that leads to mistakes on routine plays. - John Manuel, Jan. 2012

89. Kyle Farmer, SS, Georgia

Kyle Farmer (Georgia) showed off nice range and a strong arm at shortstop for Bourne, and he has followed up his strong spring with a steady summer defensively in the Cape Cod League. Farmer fielded .960 for the Bulldogs as a sophomore and was fielding .956 for the Braves. He was Georgia’s leader in home runs and RBIs as a sophomore as well. Scouts see him more as a second baseman as a pro but like his all-out, passtionate playing style. - August 3, 2011 College Blog (Fitt); Updated Jan. 2012

90. Daniel Ponce de Leon, RHP, Cypress (Calif.) JC

A former Arizona recruit, Ponce de Leon was a 24th-round pick in 2010 by the Rays. He didn’t sign and pitched just three innings in four games as a freshman, so he has transferred to California juco powerhouse Cypress (Calif.) for his sophomore. He has a tantalizing 6-foot-4 frame, a 90-93 fastball and good curveball in the 74-76 mph range. Scouts like the projection left in his athletic frame. - John Manuel, Jan. 2012

91. Matt Duffy, SS, Long Beach State

Orleans’ corner infielders, Matt Duffy (Long Beach State) and Ben Waldrip (Jacksonville State), each arrived in the Cape League as temporary players, but each earned a spot on the roster, and each wound up starting in the all-star game. Duffy was one of the summer’s great breakout players, and heading into the season-ending doubleheader he was hitting .354. just a point behind league leader Dane Phillips of Chatham. Duffy finished at .347. three points behind Phillips, who actually finished just behind Yarmouth-Dennis’ Stephen Piscotty (Stanford) for the batting title. “Duffy had a huge summer,” Orleans coach Kelly Nicholson said. “He’s a hard worker, and he’s a good baseball player. He can play second, short, third, you can probably run him into the outfield. Our backup catcher signed today, and (Duffy) told me he could catch. He’s just a hard worker. He’s a great, great Cape story.” - August 3, 2011 Blog Post (Fitt)

92. Micah Johnson, 2B, Indiana

The Hoosiers have had plenty of draft attention recently, with five Top 100 picks over the last three years. During that time, scouts have also taken a liking to Johnson. He’s played all over the diamond during his first two years, but should settle in at second base this spring. Middle infielders with lefty bats are hard to find and Johnson offers plenty of tools. He’s an above-average runner with good range and his line drive stroke makes him one of the best hitters in the Big Ten. He put up a solid .335/.402/.474 line last season with 19 stolen bases in 22 attempts. Johnson has quick-twitch actions and ran a 6.6-second 60-yard dash on Indiana’s scout day and he’s a good athlete who beat 2007 NBA No. 1 pick Greg Oden in one-on-one when they were classmates at Lawrence North High. - Conor Glassey Jan. 2012

93. Ronnie Richardson, OF, Central Florida

Central Florida’s top prospect entering the year was supposed to be outfielder Ronnie Richardson, a speedy 5-foot-7 dynamo and draft-eligible sophomore. He hasn’t broken out yet and will be a tough read. He turned down the Twins as an 11th-rounder out of high school and has improved as a switch-hitter with more experience, with his lefthanded swing making great progress. He’s a plus runner but not a burner and needs to be more patient at the plate while gaining aggressiveness on the basepaths. Richardson has good arm strength and shows above-average defense in center field at times. His best performances tend to come against better opponents, with his consistency leaving something to be desired. - 2011 BA Draft Coverage

94. Trey Lang, RHP, Gateway (Ariz.) JC

Lang returns to the Grand Canyon State after spending his freshman season at Northern Illinois. After hitting .127/.246/.200 over 55 at-bats last year, Lang will also turn his focus to the mound and is already drawing heavy interest there. The first thing scouts notice is his impressive, 6-foot-3. 235-pound build. As an outfielder in high school, Lang always showed good arm strength, and his fastball was clocked at 91-94 mph this fall. He’ll show flashes of an average slider, but because of his inexperience on the mound, Lang is understandably still a project. His slider is inconsistent because he throws it with a high back elbow and he just pushes his changeup toward the plate. He also needs to work on throwing strikes more consistently, but has the athleticism to make quick progress this spring. - Conor Glassey, Jan. 2012

95. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Bellevue (Wash.) JC

Sampson had Tommy John surgery his senior year of high school and then had minor knee surgery right before the season, so he didn’t get into a good rhythm until midway through this year. The Marlins picked him in the 16th round and followed him this summer as he carved up the West Coast League, but couldn’t come to an agreement. Sampson doesn’t blow hitters away with his fastball—it was mostly in the 89-91 mph range this summer and topped out at 93 last spring. Northwest scouts, however, can dream on the fact that Sampson’s older brother, Julian, did touch 96 mph, and maybe Adrian’s fastball will improve a little bit as he gets further away from his surgery. Sampson’s best pitch is his curveball, already an above-average major league pitch with sharp, late break. He also started to show improved feel for his changeup. Sampson shows very good control and command of all three pitches and has the confidence to throw any pitch in any count. Sampson will return to Bellevue (Wash.) JC for his sophomore season and should improve his draft status next June. - 2011 West Coast League Top 10 Prospects

96. Stephen Perez, SS, Miami

Perez played in high school for coach Javy Rodriguez, a star on Miami’s 2001 national championship team, and was a prep contemporary of Deven Marrero. While Marrero has ascended to the top of the college class’ hitters, Perez has had two uneven years at Miami. He has a big-man’s swing despite 5-foot-11. 184-pound frame, and his big swing leaves him a streaky hitter. He hit .233 in the Cape Cod League last summer and added 44 strikeouts in 120 at-bats. Perez does have a solid-average arm if not a tick above-average. Scouts are mixed on whether he has the hands and range for shortstop, and would like to see him play with more energy. - John Manuel, Jan. 2012

97. Andrew Aplin, OF, Arizona State

A favorite of college coaches and scouts during his high school days in California, Aplin hit .337 as a part-time starter on Arizona State’s 2010 College World Series team as a freshman. He hit .282/.360/.400 with three homers and 13 stolen bases in 110 at-bats that summer in the Northwoods League, but he stood out most for his spectacular defense in center field. Aplin’s plus speed and superb instincts translate into excellent range, and his arm is strong and accurate. He’s an aggressive, dirtbag-type player who also is an accomplished basestealer. The 6-foot, 190-pound Aplin has surprising strength in his lefthanded swing, though his power is below-average. He’s a pull hitter who struggles a bit against pitches on the outer half, and he needs to do a better job going the other way. He is a good bunter and a table-setter who works counts and seldom strikes out. He could be an average or better hitter with good speed and excellent defensive skills in center. He hit .284 wtih his first college homer as a sophomore and has more walks in two seasons (39) than strikeouts (26 in 230 at-bats). - 2010 Northwoods League Top 20 Prospects; Updated Jan. 2012

98. Mike Yastrzemski, OF, Vanderbilt

Outfielder Michael Yastrzemski has baseball in his blood: His grandfather Carl was a Hall of Fame outfielder for the Red Sox and the last player to win the triple crown (in 1967), while his father Michael was a standout at Florida State and still holds the school record for career games played. Scouts regarded Yastrzemski as the most polished prep hitter in New England thanks to his balanced set-up and a smooth lefthanded swing that allows him to square up hard line drives consistently. He’s a gap-to-gap hitter who could hit for average power as he gets stronger, and his polish helped him step in as a starter for a talented Vandy program. He hit .296/.422/.378 as a sophomore as the Commodores reached the College World Series. His other tools are all fringy or below-average. He has good baseball instincts and plays a solid outfield. - 2009 draft coverage; Updated Jan. 2012

99. L.J. Mazzilli, SS/2B, Connecticut

Mazzilli’s dad Lee played 14 seasons in the major leagues, and his son has big league athleticism. Mazzilli has started for two seasons at Connecticut for teams that hosted a regional and advanced to a super regional. He hit .338/.392/.491 as a sophomore with 23 doubles, showing surprising pop. He has a line-drive swing and solid speed, though he’s not an efficient basestealer. Some scouts question whether Mazzilli has the actions to remain in the infield as a professional or if he’ll have to follow his dad’s lead into the outfield. - John Manuel, Jan. 2012

100. Scott Griggs, RHP, UCLA

Griggs was one of the top prospects in the country heading into his senior year of high school, but an inconsistent spring coupled with a strong commitment to UCLA saw him slip to the 34th round in the 2009 draft, when the Mariners took a flier on him. He wound up on campus but has pitched just 26 innings in two seasons, walking 29 and striking out 31. Griggs has been better in summer ball. In 2010. he threw his fastball in the 92-94 mph range and touched 96 this summer. When he got extension on his changeup, it showed flashes of being a plus pitch, too. The biggest thing Griggs worked on in the West Coast League in 2010 was his changeup. He was gripping it like a four-seam fastball, but Bellingham head coach Kevin Matthews got him to switch to a horseshoe grip, which created more movement on the pitch and gave Griggs a better feel for it. Griggs does need to work on throwing more strikes. That summer, Griggs went 0-2. 6.00 with 26 strikeouts and 19 walks over 21 innings. In 2011. he walked 23 in 23 Cape Cod League innings, striking out 18. His fastball was 93-96 mph and his curve was a 12-to-6 power breaker at 80-83 mph, but his control and timing were significant issues. Scouts love Griggs’ arm but question his toughness. UCLA says he has turned a corner with his feel for pitching and mound presence during the fall of 2011. - 2010 West Coast League Top 10 Prospects; Updated Jan. 2012

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