Listed below is our 2012 High School Top 100 with scouting reports. The list reflects what was posted Nov. 2011 and all players are eligible for the 2012 MLB Draft. Reports were written by Baseball America staff members after conversations with scouts and college recruiters as well as seeing the players at various events over the last several months.
1. Byron Buxton, of, Appling County HS, Baxley, Ga.
Buxton, who also plays quarterback for his high school football team, is a natural athlete who makes things look easy between the lines. Buxton stands 6-foot-2 and 170 pounds. He has a lean frame with a trim waist and shows plenty of speed to handle center field. At the East Coast Pro Showcase, Buxton turned in a 6.50-second 60-yard dash, which grades out as 70 speed on the 20-80 scouting scale. Buxton’s arm would also be an asset in the outfield, as he’s been clocked in the low 90s off the mound. Buxton has an open setup at the plate and exhibits fluid hitting mechanics. He shows good balance in his short swing, excellent bat speed and a knack for centering the ball—all things necessary to hit for a high average. And there’s power potential too—which he showed off by finishing second in the Under Armour game home run derby—with more to come as he continues to fill out and mature physically. His explosive athleticism and five-tool potential has already led some scouts to compare the Georgia commit to a hybrid of the Upton brothers.
2. Lucas Giolito, rhp, Harvard-Westlake HS, Studio City, Calif.
Giolito has everything scouts look for in a high school pitching prospect. He already has the frame and physicality of a big leaguer, standing 6-foot-6, 230 pounds with broad shoulders, strong legs and a trim core. Giolito has a power arsenal that includes a fastball that sat in the low-mid 90s this summer and has been into the upper 90s this fall. He throws the pitch to both sides of the plate and is not afraid to own the inner half. His curveball is a hammer in the 81-83 mph range with tight rotation and late break. He also mixes in an occasional changeup in the 83-84 mph range with good movement. Giolito’s stuff looks even faster because his calm, effortless delivery lulls hitters to sleep. If you want to nitpick, his tempo could be sped up a little bit and he could mix in his changeup a little more. Giolito is a workout machine who adheres to an impressive longtoss routine and has been practicing yoga this winter. He is also young for his class and won’t turn 18 until just after the signing deadline. He is a quality student and is committed to UCLA.
3. David Dahl, of, Oak Mountain HS, Birmingham
With his beautiful lefthanded stroke and five-tool potential, Dahl earned comparisons to Colby Rasmus this summer. He shows excellent balance with a wide stance and his bat speed is evident in his fluid, compact swing. He consistently squares the ball up and projects to hit for both average and power. Dahl has a keen eye at the plate, showing good patience in his at-bats and quiet takes on pitches narrowly out of the strike zone. He’s an above-average runner who is smart on the bases, though he’s not a burner and it’s possible he may wind up fitting better in a corner outfield spot, but he’ll at least get the chance to stick in center field. Right field would be an option, as he has a strong arm. Dahl is committed to Auburn.
4. Walker Weickel, rhp, Olympia HS, Orlando
With a long and lanky 6-foot-6, 200-pound frame, Weickel offers plenty of projection and his stuff is already very good. He uses a full windup and takes advantage of his height on the mound, throwing his fastball downhill in the 89-92 mph range and toping out at 95. Weickel shows good body control and fills up the strike zone with his fastball. While he usually throws the pitch with steep downward plane, it can sometimes flatten out on him, and that’s when it becomes hittable. Weickel’s curveball showed improvement this summer, going from a loopy 68-70 mph offering to a tighter, firmer pitch in the 73-75 mph range with 12—to-6 break and good depth. The Miami recruit also mixes in a changeup between 80-81 mph. Weickel shows very good maturity and was Team USA’s ace on the mound during its gold-medal run in the 2011 COPABE Pan Am Championships, going 3-0, 0.46 with 23 strikeouts and four walks over 20 innings.
5. Stryker Trahan, c, Acadiana HS, Lafayette, La.
At 6-foot-1 and 220 pounds, Trahan is built like a fullback, but runs like a tailback. Deceptively fast for his size, Trahan offers solid-average speed—exceptional for a catcher. He ran a 6.54-second 60-yard dash at the Perfect Game National Showcase, turned in a 6.80 time at Tournament of Stars and then clocked a 7.06 at East Coast Pro. He also gets out of the box quickly, generally posting home-first times in the 4.15 to 4.25 second range. The son of two former catchers who is named after Burt Reynolds’ character in the show “B.L. Stryker,” Trahan was born to catch. In addition to his strong build, he has massive, strong hands that help him on both offense and defense. He’s a quality receiver with average arm strength. A lefthanded hitter, Trahan hits from a relaxed, narrow stance. He shows good rhythm at the plate and is a very selective hitter. Trahan has a natural uphill bat path with a high finish that gives him good loft and power potential. He shows above-average bat speed and the ball explodes off his bat. It’s a rare combination of tools for a catcher, which is why the Mississippi commit is expected to be a first round pick in June.
6. Matthew Smoral, lhp, Solon (Ohio) HS
Smoral has an imposing presence on the mound, standing 6-foot-8 and 225 pounds. His height along with his low three-quarter arm slot from the left side makes him tough to pick up. His stuff doesn’t make it any easier for hitters. Smoral throws a fastball in the 89-92 mph range and tops out at 94. Smoral also throws a slider in the 81-84 mph range and a changeup with similar velocity. His low arm slot causes him to sometimes get around his slider, but when he stays on top of it, it’s a tight pitch with late break. Like many big pitchers, Smoral is still growing into his frame and learning how to control his delivery. He currently lands a little open and a little stiff, sometimes stumbling off the mound in his follow through. This causes his control to come and go, but when he’s on, his stuff is dominating. Smoral has the athleticism to smooth things out. His father, Steve, was a basketball player at North Carolina State, but Matt is committed to North Carolina.
7. Max Fried, lhp, Harvard-Westlake HS, Studio City, Calif.
When Fried’s Montclair College Prep eliminated its storied athletic program, Fried transferred to Harvard-Westlake to join righthander Lucas Giolito to become the best prep pitching duo in the country. Fried has prototypical projection in his lanky 6-foot-4, 170-pound frame. He has long arms and a free and easy delivery. He’s also an above-average athlete who fills up the strike zone with all of his pitches. His fastball sits in the 88-92 mph range with good armside run and his 73-75 mph curveball is one of the best in the country. Fried can get a little long to the plate, but does vary his looks with runners on base, incorporating a slide step when necessary. He also has an excellent pickoff move. Like Giolito, Fried is also committed to UCLA.
8. Gavin Cecchini, ss, Barbe HS, Lake Charles, La.
Gavin is the younger brother of Red Sox third base prospect Garin, and the two brothers’ parents are both coaches at Barbe High, as well as for the SE Texas Sun Devils travel team. Gavin is leaner than his brother, with a 6-foot-2, 185-pound frame. The increased mobility gives him a legitimate chance to stay at shortstop, and he’s the best all-around prospect at the position in this year’s high school class. Cecchini shows good range at shortstop with above-average instincts, fluid fielding mechanics and a strong arm. He’s a leader on the field who always plays hard and goes about the game the right way. Cecchini is an above-average runner and is smart on the bases. At the plate, Gavin is also different from his brother, as he hits righthanded. He hits everything on the screws and hits the ball hard to all fields. While Cecchini has a good eye at the plate, he’s up there to hit and is often aggressive early in the count. Cecchini has strength in his wrists and will hit for power as he continues to get stronger. One of the most impressive batting practice home runs on the showcase circuit this summer was Cecchini’s a mammoth shot during the workout day before the Under Armour game, a 400-plus foot bomb that bounced off the gym beyond the left field wall at Illinois-Chicago’s campus. Along with his close friend Stryker Trahan, Cecchini is committed to Mississippi.
9. Lance McCullers Jr., rhp, Jesuit HS, Tampa
McCullers has been known as one of the top prospects in this class for a few years thanks to the fact that he’s always shown premium arm strength and has a father with the same name who pitched in the big leagues for seven seasons. At 6-foot-2 and 195 pounds, McCullers has a similar build to his dad when he played. He also has similar stuff, including a fastball that sits in the 93-96 mph range and a nasty slider with hard and late break in the 83-87 mph range. McCullers also mixes in a good changeup and a curveball. While he’ll likely get a chance to start as a pro, he has some effort in his delivery, very limited experience on the mound and sometimes has bouts with wildness that could lead to a relief role. McCullers is committed to Florida.
10. Albert Almora, of, Mater Academy, Hialeah Gardens, Fla.
Almora is USA Baseball’s most decorated alumnus, winning gold medals with the 2007 and 2008 14-and-under teams, the 2009 and 2010 16U team and the 2010 and 2011 18U teams. With all that big-game experience, it’s no wonder that Almora is one of the most polished players in this year’s class. Scouts have to project on his power, but Almora has above-average tools across the board, with stellar defense in center field and a knack for pure hitting standing out the most. Everything comes easy to Almora, velocity doesn’t faze him and he plays with a lot of energy. Almora is a cousin of Orioles prospect Manny Machado and is committed to Miami.
11. Carlos Correa, ss, Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, Gurabo, P.R.
The second-youngest player in Baseball America’s High School Top 100, Correa won’t turn 18 until September after the signing deadline. That makes his physical build and present tools even more impressive. Correa has a pro body at 6-foot-4 and 190 pounds with a high waist and room to fill out. Despite his large frame, he’s light on his feet and shows fluid actions at shortstop with soft hands and above-average arm strength. Correa is a little raw at the plate and is currently a free swinger, but has some strength and hits the ball hard when he makes contact. He’s an above-average runner now but may slow down as he fills out. Being a first-round pick this June could keep him away from his Miami commitment.
12. Joey Gallo, 3b/rhp, Bishop Gorman HS, Las Vegas
Gallo hit 25 home runs last year for Bishop Gorman High and has some of the most impressive power in this year’s class. That towering power was on full display when Gallo hit the 10th-longest home run in Petco Park history at the Perfect Game All-America Game. Gallo’s downside is that he swings and misses a lot and, though he plays third base in high school, will probably move to first base as a pro. The move won’t be for a lack of arm strength. He also sees time on the mound and sits in the 88-92 mph range, topping out at 95. Gallo will put his talent on display at the USA Baseball/Baseball America National High School Invitational this March and he is committed to Louisiana State.
13. Trey Williams, 3b, Valencia HS, Santa Clarita, Calif.
Williams has been a hot name for the 2012 draft for a while for similar reasons to McCullers: special talent and a big league dad. Williams was a shortstop early in his high school career, but has filled out and now plays third base. His tools profile at the hot corner. He has tremendous strength and bat speed, though he can sometimes look overmatched against quality breaking balls. His line-drive home run to the right-center gap off of a 90 mph fastball at the Perfect Game National Showcase stands out as one of the most impressive round-trippers on the summer circuit. Defensively, Williams is a good athlete with solid arm strength. He is an average runner. A Pepperdine commit, Williams missed several other showcases this summer retaking classes in summer school. Williams’ dad, Eddie, was the fourth-overall pick in the 1983 draft and had a 20-year professional career, with 10 of those years spent in the big leagues. While Trey doesn’t project to go that high, he certainly could become another first-rounder.
14. Mitchell Traver, rhp, Houston Christian HS
Traver is beast on the hill with a big frame at 6-foot-7, 245 pounds. He lacks athleticism and will have to keep his body in check, but he has nasty stuff. He throws a two and four seam fastball that ranges from 88-94 mph. He has good life on the two-seamer and can induce bad contact. His best secondary pitch is a plus curveball that has powerful, 11-to-5 break. He’s flashed a solid changeup in the low 80s with some sink. He is committed to Texas Christian.
15. Courtney Hawkins, of/rhp, Carroll Hs, Corpus Christi, Texas
Few players improved their stock this summer as much as Hawkins. He looked overmatched early in the summer, but really found his groove later on and was one of only two players to hit a home run at the Area Code Games in spacious Blair Field. Hawkins has a muscular, 6-foot-3, 215-pound frame. He has some things to smooth out at the plate—he has a lot of pre-swing movement and changes his eye level a lot during his swing—but keeps his nose on the ball and his strong wrists and forearms give him the ability to drive the ball to all fields. Hawkins has a very aggressive approach at the plate and struggles against offspeed, but showed the ability to turn around velocity. Hawkins is an above-average runner now and fits best defensively in right field with his strong arm. He also pitches and throws in the 88-91 mph range, but struggles to control his offspeed offerings. Hawkins’ high school team will play in the USA/Baseball America National High School Invitational this spring and he is committed to Texas.
16. Luke Sims, rhp, Brookwood HS, Snellville, Ga.
Sims has a nice, athletic frame at 6-foot-2 and 195 pounds. His athleticism leads to a balanced delivery and he uses his strong legs well. He gets good angle on his 90-93 mph fastball that tops out at 95 and the pitch has good life. He’s not afraid to pitch inside and throws a lot of strikes. Sims also spins one of the best curveballs in the class, a 74-77 mph downer with sharp, late break and mixes in a 82-84 mph changeup, giving him the chance for three plus pitches. Sims’ Brookwood team will participate in USA Baseball’s inaugural National High School Invitational, presented by Baseball America. He is committed to Clemson.
17. Duane Underwood, rhp, Pope HS, Marietta, Ga.
Underwood has a solid pitcher’s frame, standing 6-foot-2 and 205 pounds, and the stuff to match. His fastball sits in the 92-94 mph range and he’s touched 95. His curveball is solid average now in the 73-75 mph range and could be a plus pitch someday. He throws a straight changeup occasionally, but mostly works with his fastball-curveball combination. Underwood works quickly and he has a smooth, easy delivery. He throws on a good downward angle with a quick arm, but there are still a few things to work on. He stabs and sweeps in the back of his arm swing and has a stiff, closed landing. Underwood’s youth—he won’t turn 18 until after the signing deadline—and his loose athleticism should allow him to smooth things out. He is committed to Georgia.
18. Lewis Brinson, of, Coral Springs (Fla.) HS
Brinson has a long, wiry build that evokes comparisons to Dexter Fowler or Cameron Maybin. He already shows big power potential, winning the Under Armour home run derby, and still has plenty of room to add strength. Brinson hits from a wide, open stance and utilizes a little leg kick. He needs to improve his pitch recognition, as he flinches on a lot of takes, but his power-speed combination can’t be ignored. Brinson is an above-average runner and glides effortlessly around the outfield. His swing can get long and he sometimes gets caught out front, but he showed the ability to handle velocity by turning around 2013 flamethrower Clinton Hollon during one of his games in Jupiter this fall. Brinson is committed to Florida.
19. Addison Russell, ss, Pace (Fla.) HS
Russell was one of two players to play in the Under Armour All-America Game as an underclassman in 2010 (with the other being Lance McCullers). Russell has explosive athleticism and was seen doing backflips on the field before a game at USA Baseball’s Tournament of Stars. Russell is a streaky hitter, but hit well for Team USA in November, hitting .364/.481/.614 with four doubles, two triples and a home run. Russell’s swing can sometimes get a long and draws comparisons to Juan Uribe. He has some noise to his swing and swings out of his shoes at times, but Russell frequently hits the ball on the screws and shows impressive power, especially to his pull side. Defensively, Russell shows quick hands at shortstop, but not the quickest feet. He has a thicker build and is just an average runner, meaning he may be better suited at third base or second base. He has choppy actions, but the ball always sticks in his glove and he has above-average arm strength. Russell is committed to Auburn.
20. Freddy Avis, rhp, Menlo School, Atherton, Calif.
Avis attends the same high school that produced Stanford infielder Kenny Diekroeger and is set to also attend Stanford, which is just 10 minutes away from their high school campus. Avis has a well-proportioned build and an athletic, balanced delivery. He shows very good arm speed and throws a fastball in the 90-92 mph range from a three-quarter arm slot. Avis mixes in a 72-74 curveball that shows potential, but needs more consistency an an occasional 83-84 mph changeup. In addition to being a talented pitcher, Avis is also a talented musician.
21. Hunter Virant, lhp, Camarillo (Calif.) HS
Though Virant has only been pitching seriously for one year, you wouldn’t be able to tell by watching him. He has a clean delivery that resembles that of Cliff Lee with the way he sits on a bent back leg at his balance point and with his effortless arm flow. Virant has a 6-foot-3, 175-pound frame with room for added strength. His fastball sits in the 88-92 mph range, but also mixes in an 86-87 mph two-seamer with natural cutting action. Virant also has an array of secondary pitches, including a high-70s slider, a curveball in the low 70s and a 78-79 mph changeup. Virant shows good control of all four pitches, though scouts would like to see the UCLA commit show a little more toughness.
22. Ty Hensley, rhp, Santa Fe HS, Edmond, Okla.
Hensley comes from a baseball family. His father, Mike, was a second-round pick by the Cardinals in 1988 out of Oklahoma. He spent three years in the minors, but his time was cut short due to arm problems, so he moved on to coaching, spending two seasons at Oral Roberts before spending eight years at Kansas State. The younger Hensley has a big, physical presence on the mound—6-foot-5 and 220 pounds—and it’s not hard to envision him becoming a workhorse in the middle of a big league rotation. Hensley shows good body control and an in-line delivery. This summer, his fastball was 91-94 mph and he touched 95. He also throws a quality 12-to-6 curveball between 74-78 mph and flashes a 79-80 mph changeup. His secondary stuff still needs better consistency. Hensley is a hard worker with outstanding maturity and makeup. Like his summer ball teammates, Gavin Cecchini and Stryker Trahan, Hensley is committed to Mississippi.
23. Rio Ruiz, 3b/rhp, Bishop Amat HS, La Puente, Calif.
Ruiz is a physical third baseman with big hands and present strength. He has a knack for making good contact and figures to develop good power with his frame. He won’t be a Gold Glove candidate at third base, but can hold the position down. If he does end up needing to switch positions, he would fit in right field with his plus arm. He dabbles in pitching and sits 90-93 mph with a nasty low-80s slider. He is committed to Southern California. He is a star quarterback as well and would probably get a chance to play as a safety or defensive back for the Trojans if he makes it to school.
24. Nick Williams, of, Ball HS, Galveston, Texas
Williams is an enigma, and the type of player who will be polarizing to scouts—even scouts within the same organization. He’s loaded with tools and can put on a show in a workout but is still extremely rough around the edges during games. He shows very good speed, running a 6.47-second 60-yard dash at the Perfect Game National Showcase. He also shows impressive power to all fields, thanks to his lightning-quick bat speed. Williams has very fast hands and stays inside the ball well, but his feet move a lot in his swing, which gives him problems against breaking balls and makes him look silly in some at-bats. Williams is aloof at times during games. He takes poor routes to balls in the outfield and usually slides back into first base feet-first on pickoff throws. His raw tools and explosiveness can’t be taught, but he’ll have to add some serious polish to succeed at Texas or in the low minors.
25. Nathan Kirby, lhp, James River HS, Midlothian, Va.
Somewhat overshadowed by the likes of Matt Smoral and Max Fried, Kirby is one of the top lefthanders in the draft class. He has a nice, projectable frame and his fastball ranges from 88-91, touching 92. His changeup has good fade, but his best secondary pitch is a 77-79 curveball with hard downward break. He is committed to Virginia.
26. Walker Weickel, of, Olympia HS, Orlando
Teammates with righthander Walker Weickel, Winker is one of the better bats in the 2012 class. He has a sweet swing and generates big power from a strong base. Evaluators are confident in his bat, which will have to carry him since he is likely a first baseman or left fielder down the line. He is a below-average runner and his arm is average at best. He has great makeup and takes every opportunity to soak up as much knowledge as possible. He is committed to Florida and has a brother, Joey, that plays in the Dodgers organization.
27. Nick Travieso, rhp, Archbishop McCarthy HS, Southwest Ranches, Fla.
A Miami signee, Travieso has a strong frame with a thick lower half. His fastball can sit in the low 90s with good sink and run. When he’s on, hitters end up with a lot of broken bats. He also throws a good slider with sharp bite and a solid, low-80s changeup.
28. Carson Kelly, 3b/rhp, Westview HS, Portland
Oregon hasn’t produced a high school player in the first three rounds since 1998 when righthander Steve Bechler went to the Orioles. As one of this year’s top two-way players, Kelly certainly has the talent to end that streak. Kelly has a strong build and is already pretty well filled out. As a hitter, he starts open and sometimes stays open, but he shows a nice line-drive swing with good loft and power potential. He’s a below-average runner but has good mobility at third base with quick actions and a strong arm. On the mound, he sits in the 89-91 mph range with a heavy fastball. His secondary stuff needs to be tightened up, including a 78-82 mph changeup and a 73-76 curveball. Kelly has excellent maturity and will be a leader on and off the field whether he opts for pro ball or honors his commitment to Oregon. He is young for the class and won’t turn 18 until the day after the signing deadline.
29. Tanner Rahier, ss, Palm Desert (Calif.) HS
Rahier will provide a different look for scouts this spring, as he’s choosing to skip playing for his high school team in favor of playing for a team of high school players that play wood-bat pickup games against local junior colleges. Despite the non-conventional path, scouts will turn out by the dozen because they love the way Rahier plays. He really knows how to handle a wood bat and almost always barrels balls up and produces hard contact. Defensively, Rahier isn’t the prettiest shortstop, but he makes the plays and has a strong arm, as he’s been up to 93 mph off the mound. It wouldn’t be a shock if he eventually moves off the position, but he’ll at least get a chance to give it a go. He’s an above-average runner. Rahier also plays with a lot of enthusiasm, playing every game like it’s his last and playing nine-inning doubleheaders like it’s no big deal. If Rahier doesn’t sign, he’s committed to San Diego.
30. Clint Coulter, c, Union HS, Camas, Wash.
Coulter is not a catcher opposing players will want to run into at the plate. The former state wrestling champ has a chiseled 6-foot-3, 200-pound physique and the strength shows up in the batter’s box. Coulter has good strength, leverage and power potential and he also shows keen pitch recognition. Like most catchers, he’s a below-average runner. Defensively, he shows good balance and agility for his size and he moves well behind the plate. He has quick feet and above-average arm strength, but is working to improve his transfers to cut his pop times down even more. Catchers with power potential don’t last long in the draft, but if he doesn’t sign, he will attend Arizona State.
31. Corey Seager, ss, Northwest Cabarrus HS, Concord, N.C.
While he’s the younger brother of Mariners infielder Kyle Seager, the two players don’t have a lot in common. While they both will probably spend most of their time at third base, Corey is much more physical and will be a different type of player. Offensively, the younger Seager starts with a wide base and is very static in the box. He gets even wider as he loads, but it’s an easy motion and he keeps his eyes level. Like his brother, he has a pro approach at the plate and shows the ability to take the ball the other way when pitchers pitch him away. Corey will hit for power when he adds some strength to his wiry frame. Adding that strength, however, will also cause him to move off of shortstop. He shows great hands and motions in the infield, but he’ll likely get too big for the position and he’s already just an average runner. Seager is committed to South Carolina.
32. Rhett Wiseman, of, Buckingham Browne & Nichols HS, Cambridge, Mass.
Wiseman has a tight, muscular frame at 6-foot-1 and 195-pounds. He’s loaded with tools, including above-average speed and above-average power potential. He showed off both of those tools this summer with a monster home run at the PG National Showcase and then an inside-the-park home run at East Coast Pro. The problem is, he also struck out in a lot of his other at-bats and looked overmatched at times. His swing needs some work. Wiseman crowds the plate and doesn’t utilize a proper weight shift during his swing, keeping his weight back after his stride. His bat is in a bad position when his swing starts, pointing back toward the dugout, and he keeps his back elbow pinned too close to his side. Defensively, his speed shows up in the outfield, though he needs work on his routes and his arm is below-average. As a Northeast player from a small school who has always played three sports, he’s further behind in his development than most in the class. Wiseman’s high school requires that all students participate in three different sports each year. He used to do football, weight training and baseball, but gave up football this year to take up boxing more seriously. In addition to his tools on the field, Wiseman has all the extras scouts look for in a player. He’s young for his class and won’t turn 18 until after the draft, he’s class president at his school and he’s smart, focused and hard-working. If he looks better at the plate this spring than he did in the summer, he could move up draft boards, but he’ll likely be a tough pry away from his Vanderbilt commitment.
33. Jameis Winston, of/rhp, Hueytown (Ala.) HS
MLB’s new Collective Bargaining Agreement may affect Winston more than any player on this list. Regarded as the best high school quarterback in the country, Winston threw for 2,424 yards and 28 touchdowns this year with just two interceptions. He also rushed for 1,063 yards and 15 more touchdowns. Winston is an athletic freak—he can do it all. On offense, he has above-average speed and power from both sides of the plate. He hit home runs from each side in one game last season. He also pitches, sitting 87-90 mph, touching 92 with natural cutting action on the pitch, and mixing in an 81-82 mph changeup and a good curveball in the 72-78 mph range. However, Winston has said he wants to try and play both sports professionally and chose Florida State because of the working relationship the coaches for both sports have. It will be interesting to see how things play out as June approaches.
34. Zach Eflin, rhp, Hagerty HS, Oviedo, Fla.
Tall and lean, Eflin shows good body control for his size. He uses his 6-foot-5 height to his advantage, throwing on a steep downhill plane and pounding the lower half of the strike zone. Eflin throws his 90-93 mph fastball to both sides of the plate and the pitch shows good sink. His changeup is his best secondary offering, an 80-83 mph pitch with similar sink to his fastball. When his curveball is on, it shows sharp 12-to-6 break, but the pitch is inconsistent. Eflin’s delivery includes a little bit of a head whack and he sometimes spins off the mound, but stays in-line most of the time. With some projection remaining in his frame and a quick arm, he could see a velocity bump this spring. Eflin is committed to Central Florida.
35. D.J. Davis, of, Stone HS, Wiggins, Miss.
Davis is a quality athlete and one of the fastest players in the class. He ran a 6.38 60-yard dash at East Coast Pro, but the speed plays better in the outfield than it does out of the box. He needs to make some adjustments at the plate, but shows patience up there because he wants to find any way on base to put his speed to use. He’s raw both at the plate and in center field, but teams always like lefthanded hitters with 80 speed on the 20-80 scouting scale. Davis is committed to Meridian (Miss.) JC.
36. Daniel Robertson, 3b, Upland (Calif.) HS
A leaned-framed third baseman, Robertson has good actions and solid arm strength. He makes good, strong contact at the plate, but leans and collapses his backside too much as if he’s selling out for power. A UCLA signee, he has obvious strength and improved his set-up as the summer went on, but he still needs to iron some things out.
37. Daniel Starwalt, rhp, Granite Hills HS, El Cajon, Calif.
The youngest player on the list, Starwalt won’t turn 18 until February 7, 2013. He missed most of the summer with a stress fracture in his lower back, but when he’s healthy, he’s a stud on the mound. He has an athletic build with wide shoulders and premium stuff, including a fastball in the 91-95 mph range and a 78-80 mph hammer curveball with tight rotation and late break. Stanford almost never loses recruits, so it will be tough for teams to pry him away form his commitment, but some scouts who have been around Southern California for a while believe Starwalt is better than Trevor Cahill at the same age.
38. Taylore Cherry, rhp, Butler HS, Vandalia, Ohio
With a monstrous, 6-foot-9, 260-pound frame, Cherry is a behemoth on the mound. But, despite his size, he has an effortless delivery with balance and excellent body control. Cherry, who will be 19 by the signing deadline, throws a heavy fastball in the 89-92 mph range and touches 94. He throws from a low three-quarter arm slot. He calls his breaking ball a curveball, but from that slot it’s a little slurry at 79-81 mph, so he’d be better off focusing on a slider. Cherry mixes in a good changeup between 84-85 mph that just dies before the plate. He has the stuff and the presence to dominate and intimidate, so it’s obvious to see why scouts in Ohio are already clamoring for an April 21 matchup that will pit Cherry against Matt Smoral. Like Smoral, Cherry is also committed to North Carolina.
39. Skye Bolt, of, Holy Innocents’ Episcopal HS, Atlanta
A switch-hitter committed to North Carolina, Bolt offers an intriguing package of tools. His plus speed and arm strength make him a good fit defensively in center field. At 6-foot-3, 175 pounds, he has a skinny frame with plenty of room to add strength. He has good bat speed that can generate power, but he tends to be a rotational hitter, swinging with the top half of his body. He is raw from the left side.
40. Cody Poteet, rhp, Christian HS, El Cajon, Calif.
Poteet has a smaller build at 6-foot-1 and 180 pounds, but he’s still young for his class—he won’t turn 18 until the end of July—and already shows big stuff. His fastball sits in the low 90s and tops out at 94 and he mixes in a sharp 77-79 mph curveball with good bite. He flashes a slider and a changeup, too. Poteet works quickly and has some effort to his delivery, but he remains balanced and the ball comes out of his hand with ease. Poteet will play in the same league as Rahier this spring, eschewing his high school team, and is committed to UCLA.
41. Austin Dean, inf/of, Klein Collins HS, Spring, Texas
High school teammates with shortstop C.J. Hinojosa, Dean tends to get overshadowed despite being a good prospect in his own right. His defensive future is still up in the air, but Dean’s worth is in the bat. He has a solid build at 6-foot-1, 185 pounds, and consistently makes hard contact, hitting line drives to all fields. He is a solid runner that hustles on every play. Like Hinojosa, he is committed to Texas.
42. Ty Buttrey, rhp, Providence HS, Charlotte
Buttrey has steadily climbed the high school ranks and scouts got a good look at him during his junior year while they evaluated then-teammate Brett Austin—the unsigned Padres supplemental first-rounder now at N.C. State. He has a great pitcher’s frame at 6-foot-5, 205 pounds with long arms. His height allows him to get good downhill plane on his fastball that sits in the high 80s and can creep into the 90-92 range. It also can be a heavy pitch at times. His breaking ball is slurvy right now and needs to be tightened up, but sits in the mid to upper 70s. He also flashes a low-80s changeup. He will turn 19 in March and is committed to Arkansas.
43. Carson Fulmer, rhp, All Saints’ Academy, Winter Haven, Fla.
Fulmer is a power-armed righthander with a sturdy frame and strong lower half. His fastball sits in the low 90s and has touched 95 with some armside run. He also flashes a plus slider in the high 70s though it can get slurvy at times. His changeup is a solid pitch and sits in the low 80s. He has some effort in his delivery that hinders his command. He is committed to Vanderbilt.
44. Anthony Alford, of, Petal (Miss.) HS
One of the top quarterback prospects in the country, Alford announced his commitment to Southern Miss for both sports at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in January. He has superior athleticism with a tightly wound frame. At the plate he has a raw, line-drive approach. Despite being a heavly recruited quarterback, Alford’s arm strength is average at best, but he has above-average speed. He is young for his class, turning 18 about a month after the draft.
45. Keon Barnum, 1b, King HS, Tampa
Barnum is an intimidating figure at 6-foot-4, 225 pounds. His size translates to big lefthanded power at the plate. He has some loft to his swing and is prone to strike out at a high rate. He has a strong arm, but it could go waste at first base if he can’t prove he can handle an outfield corner. He is old for his class having already turned 19. He is committed to Miami.
46. Teddy Stankiewicz, rhp, Southwest Christian HS, Fort Worth, Texas
Stankiewicz has a nice build and throws his fastball in the 88-91 mph range, topping out at 94. His changeup is his favorite secondary pitch and he throws it in the 80-83 mph range with fade and sink. He also throws a slider around 79-81 mph. While his mechanics are a little herky-jerky, they add deception and Stankiewicz has a short arm action. He knows how to set-up hitters, works fast and repeats the delivery he has. He is committed to Arkansas.
47. Shane Watson, rhp, Lakewood (Calif.) HS
Watson is already filled out at 6-foot-4 and 200 pounds. He loads up on his back leg in his delivery and uses his strong thighs to generate power stuff. He also hides the ball well, creating added deception. Watson throws his fastball in the 88-91 mph range with good run and he mixes in a 76-78 mph slider. He’s an above-average athlete with two quality pitches already and he also flashes a changeup. Watson is quick to the plate and is committed to Southern California.
48. Kolby Copeland, of, Parkway HS, Bossier City, La.
Copeland has a muscular, athletic build at 6-foot-2 and 195 pounds. Because he’s a fringy runner, Copeland profiles best in right field. His bat should play there, as he has good whip to his swing and some power potential. Copeland uses a big leg kick, but still frequently squares the ball up because his swing is smooth and it stays through the zone a long time. Copeland is uncommitted, but said he is looking for a school that will allow him to play both football and baseball.
49. Jamie Callahan, rhp, Dillon (S.C.) HS
Callahan has a strong, sturdy frame and shows the makings of four pitches: a fastball that sits in the 88-90 mph range and tops out at 93, a mid-70s curveball, a slider in the 78-80 mph range and a straight changeup around 84 mph with occasional sink. All pitches have shown some flashes, but need more consistency. He can rush his delivery at times and could use a little smoothing out, but he maintains good direction to the plate. He has a long arm action, which can lead to an inconsistent release point. Callahan, who is committed to South Carolina, is young for his class and won’t turn 18 until late August.
50. Alex Bregman, ss/c Albuquerque (N.M.) Academy
Bregman put his name on the map by leading the 2010 USA Baseball 16U team to a gold medal by hitting .564/.596/.846. He followed that up by returning for the 2011 18U gold medal run and hitting .378/.500/.459. Bregman also broke New Mexico’s single-season home run record with 18 jacks last year. While he won’t be a slugger as a pro, Bregman does pack impressive strength into his 5-foot-11 frame. He has exceptionally quick hands and an extremely efficient, compact swing. He has bat speed, knows how to get leverage and sprays the ball to all parts of the field. So, as New Mexico high schools transition to using wood bats for games this year, Bregman will have no trouble adjusting. Defensively, Bregman will play anywhere on the diamond. He’s fine at shortstop or second base, making all the plays and displaying solid-average arm strength, and he’s going to spend about half of his time this spring behind the plate. In brief looks there this summer, Bregman looked comfortable. He moves well and showed strong hands, but needs to work on his throwing mechanics to second base. Bregman is a solid-average runner with good instincts on the bases. Regardless of where he winds up defensively, coaches, teammates and fans will love Bregman—not only for his knack for putting the bat on the ball, but for his hard-nosed hustle, smart play and quiet swagger.
51. Chase De Jong, rhp, Wilson HS, Long Beach
A lean righthander, De Jong attends Wilson High in Long Beach, Calif., the same school that produced 2008 first-round pick Aaron Hicks. While Hicks played both ways at Wilson, De Jong’s future is undoubtedly on the mound where he offers a solid arsenal. His fastball sits in the high 80s now, but touches the low 90s and he has room to add strength. His curveball is his second-best pitch though it needs some consistency. It sits in the mid 70s with tight, 12-to-6 break. He also throws a low-80s changeup. He has an athletic delivery with a little bit of crossfire, but consistently throws strikes with all of his pitches. He is committed to Southern California.
52. Jose Valentin Diaz, ss, Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, Gurabo, P.R.
Another middle infielder in a strong Puerto Rico class, Valentin is a switch-hitter with good bat speed. He has strong forearms and wrists that allow him to turn on quality fastballs and generate good power to the gaps, but needs to work on pitch recognition. While he has solid actions in the field, he feet lack quickness, which may force him to the other side of the bag at second base. He profiles as a good offensive second baseman with average defensive ability. He has good bloodlines being the son of former major leaguer Jose Valentin. He is committed to Louisiana State.
53. Wyatt Mathiesen, c, Calallen HS, Corpus Christi, Texas
Mathisen plays shortstop for perennial Texas power Calallen High in Corpus Christi, but he projects best behind the plate where is sturdy frame and strong arm would be assets on defense. He lacks experience behind the plate so his skills need refinement, but he could handle third base if needed. He has a nice swing with good power and can put on a show in batting practice.
54. Ryan McNeil, rhp, Nipomo (Calif.) HS
A Long Beach State signee, McNeil has a balanced delivery and pitches with an average fastball in the 88-92 mph range with some armside run. He also has a good, sharp slider that sits in the high 70s, but can sneak into the low 80s. He flashes a changeup around 79 mph.
55. Mitch Nay, 3b, Hamilton HS, Chandler, Ariz.
Nay is a very strong corner bat at 6-foot-3, 195 pounds. The ball jumps off the bat and makes a different sound than his peers. He has big power to all fields, but there is a significant flaw to his swing. He steps out with his front foot and tends to fly open with his front side. Pitchers at the next level may not have trouble exposing him on outside pitches if he doesn’t adjust, but he still manages to square balls up at a high rate. A third baseman for now, he struggled in a short look in the outfield last summer. A lower back injury kept him out for most of the fall and he also broke his left hamate last year so the spring season will be especially important for the Arizona State signee.
56. D’vone McClure, of, Jacksonville (Ark.) HS
McClure broke out at the East Coast Pro Showcase in August, displaying good speed and a quick bat. An Arkansas sig’nee, McClure consistently squared pitches up. He runs well and should be able to stick in center field. His arm is average at best.
57. Joe DeCarlo, 3b, Garnet Valley HS, Glen Mills, Pa.
At 6-foot-1, 205 pounds, DeCarlo has a rock solid build that is made for third base. He seemed to break out in front of dozens of scouts at the World Wood Bat Championships in October. He has a good swing and can really sting the ball. He isn’t a defensive wizard but can handle third base and has a cannon for an arm. He is committed to Georgia.
58. Fernelys Sanchez, of, Washington HS, New York
Sanchez attends the same high school that produced Manny Ramirez, but profiles as a much different outfielder. He is fleet footed, ripping off 60-yard dash times around 6.5 seconds. He’ll have to be more consistent at the plate as he hasn’t shown a lot of strong contact. His arm is average, which will work just fine in center field. Scouts can get frustrated by his approach at times as he doesn’t always hustle and tends to be flashy instead of letting his tools do the work.
59. Mikey White, ss/of, Spain Park HS, Hoover, Ala.
An Alabama signee, White is a solid player that grows on you the more you see him. He needs to adopt a line drive approach at the plate as his strength isn’t conducive to his current approach. He tends to drop and lift. He has stiff actions in the infield and is probably better suited in the outfield. He’s a solid runner and could hold down center field at the college level.
60. Joe Munoz, ss, Los Altos (Calif.) HS
Munoz has a good frame at 6-foot-3, 195 pounds, and shows good range at shortstop. His arm is average though he is defensively sound. He hasn’t found consistency at the plate but has serious bat speed. He is committed to San Diego State.
61. Vahn Bozoian, of, Ayala HS, Chino Hills, Calif.
Known as ‘Bozo’, Bozoian stands out for his frame, raw power and arm strength. He has long arms that help him fire rockets from the outfield. He he has big raw power, but his swing tends to get long, limiting his ability to make consistent contact. A Southern California signee, Bozoian’s frame and arm would make pitching an intriguing fallback, but he doesn’t have much experience on the mound and his arm strength doesn’t translate to plus velocity right now.
62. Clate Schmidt, rhp, Allatoona HS, Acworth, Ga.
Schmidt impressed early on the showcase circuit, firing low-90s fastballs from a low three-quarter arm slot. He mixes in a good but inconsistent curveball that sits in the high 70s and a changeup in the low 80s. A Clemson signee, Schmidt has a quick arm, but its whippy action and low slot make scouts wonder whether he is suited for a relief role.
63. Tyrone Taylor, of, Torrance (Calif.) HS
Committed to Cal State Fullerton, Taylor has a good frame at 6-foot-1, 180 pounds. He is raw at the plate, stepping out and swinging inside out, but has a knack for squaring the ball up. He has an average arm and runs well.
64. Xavier Turner, 3b, Sandusky (Ohio) HS
Turner has a strong frame at 6-foot-2, 210 pounds and the ball consistently jumps off of his bat. His actions are solid and he is an average runner. He is committed to Vanderbilt.
65. Kieran Lovegrove, rhp, Mission Viejo (Calif.) HS
Lovegrove’s inexperience on the mound shows but offers scouts something to dream on. He has a great, lean frame at 6-foot-4, 180 pounds. He has a short stride, but delivers an 89-92 mph fastball with good life. He also mixes in a good changeup and a slider that can be sharp at times. Committed to Arizona State, Lovegrove has just one year of varsity pitching experience and will turn 18 after the draft.
66. C.J. Saylor, c, South Hills HS, West Covina, Calif.
Saylor has a stocky frame that holds up well behind the plate where his defense stands out. He has a strong arm and typically records pop times around 1.8 seconds. He has a compact, line drive swing but doesn’t offer much power and is inconsistent at the plate. He is committed to San Diego State.
67. Jamie Jarmon, of, Indian River HS, Dagsboro, Del.
Jarmon has a great frame at 6-foot-3, 205 pounds. He tends to overswing and doesn’t recognize offspeed pitches well. Nevertheless he’s an intriguing combination of power and speed. He is committed to South Carolina and will turn 18 after the draft.
68. Spencer Edwards, ss/of, Rockwall (Texas) HS
Edwards’ best tool is far and away his speed. He routinely turns in home-to-first times around 4.1 seconds from the right side and can cover plenty of ground on defense. He has a skinny frame so he’ll need to add strength to be a factor at the plate. He doesn’t have great actions in the field so it may be best to use his fleet feet in center field. He will turn 19 in April and is committed to Texas.
69. David Thompson, 3b, Westminster Christian HS, Palmetto Bay, Fla.
Before he even finished his junior season, Thompson broke Prince Fielder’s record for career home runs for a Florida high schooler. He has obvious strength and a quick bat that gives him power to all fields. His bat stays in the zone a long time and he has loft to his swing. He is passable at third base, but he could move to first base or a corner outfield spot down the line.
70. Cole Irvin, lhp, Servite HS, Anaheim
Irvin has a skinny frame with room to add strength. He has a clean, easy delivery and manages to keep his head still. His fastball sits in the 86-89 mph range and touches 90. His curveball is in the low 70s and is a solid pitch, though it can be inconsistent. The changeup is his best secondary pitch right now, a 79-80 mph pitch with good deception. He also has good life to his fastball. He is committed to Oregon.
71. Trey Killian, rhp, Mountain Home (Ark.) HS
Killian has a solid build at 6-foot-4, 180 pounds. His delivery is a little slingy and he wraps his wrist, but his fastball sits 89-91 and touches 92 with some cut to it. He throws a curveball and slider, but the slider is the better pitch and sits in the high 70s. He has flashed a 79 mph changeup. He is committed to Arkansas.
72. Felipe Perez, rhp, Fairmont Preparatory Academy, Anaheim
At 6-foot-2, 175 pounds, Perez has a good, projectable frame. He is athletic and repeats his delivery well. His fastball sits 86-89 mph and can creep into the low 90s. He also has a good, sharp curveball that sits in the mid 70s. Like most high school pitchers, he doesn’t have much use for a changeup and will have to work on it moving forward.
73. Tony Blanford, rhp, Mountain View HS, Mesa. Ariz.
Committed to Arizona State, Blanford has a balanced delivery and can pound the bottom half of the strike zone. His fastball sits 88-90 mph and he has a mid-70s curveball with 11-to-5 break. He’s flashed an 81 mph changeup.
74. Tyler Pike, lhp, Winter Haven (Fla.) HS
Pike received a few Best Tools votes thanks to his curveball and command. He has a solid frame at 6-foot-1, 175 pounds and sits in the high 80s with his fastball. While it could use a tick more velo, his 69 mph curveball has good, sharp bite to it. He has a simple, easy delivery and also throws a 79-80 mph changeup. He is committed to Florida State.
75. Willie Ethington, rhp, Mountain View HS, Mesa, Ariz.
Ethington offers a sturdy, 6-foot-4, 200-pound build and the power stuff to match. He has a quick arm and pounds the strike zone with a fastball that tops out at 94 and shows heavy sink. He also mixes in a curveball with bite and depth and a promising changeup. The fifth of seven potential Sun Devil on this list, Ethington is part of Arizona State’s banner recruiting class for 2013.
76. Kevin Maxey, of, Long Beach (Calif.) Polytechnic HS
Maxey passes the eye test, filling out a uniform nicely with his muscular, 6-foot-4, 190-pound frame. He has a thick lower half and is a below-average runner, so he’s limited to left field because his arm is below-average as well. He’s raw at the plate, but does offer strength and power potential with his tight swing. Maxey is uncommitted.
77. Mitchell Brown, rhp, Rochester (Minn.) Century HS
Brown, a San Diego signee, came on strong at the World Wood Bat Championship last fall. He has a solid frame at 6-foot-1, 200 pounds and sits 89-91 mph with his fastball. He has some crossfire to his delivery and his curveball can be slurvy, but it sits in the mid-70s and can be a good pitch at times.
78. Vincent Jackson, of, Luella HS, Locust Grove, Ga.
Jackson passes the eye test with his muscular, 6-foot-4, 195-pound frame. He is raw, but offers some upside with his tools. He has some power and the ball jumps off of his bat. His arm is solid, but probably doesn’t profile in right field if he can’t stick in center. He is a solid-average runner. He engaged Lance McCullers in a great battle at East Coast Pro and eventually drew a walk. He is committed to Tennessee.
79. Brandon Lopez, ss/rhp, American Heritage HS, Plantation, Fla.
A product of the same program that produced Eric Hosmer and Deven Marrero, Lopez has a lean frame at 6-foot-2, 180 pounds. He has good actions at shortstop and a strong arm that also make him a viable option on the mound. His fastball sits 89-91 mph and he throws a frisbee slider in the low 70s. At the plate he has a sligth arm bar and his hands are far away from his body, but he has a quick bat that produces good pop. He is committed to Miami.
80. Andrew Pullin, of, Centralia (Wash.) HS
Pullin needs some work with his set-up, but still manages to show some promise as a hitter. His backside sticks out and his bat is at an odd angle, but his bat stays in the zone a while and when he’s on, the ball jumps off of his bat. He used to be a switch-hitter, but now hits exclusively from the left side. He is a solid runner with a plus arm. He is signed with Oregon.
81. Avery Romero, ss, Menendez HS, Saint Augustine, Fla.
Romero has a thick lower half and strong forearms that generate good power. He has an exaggerated leg kick and stride that can catch him out on his front foot. He is reliable in the infield, but his below-average speed will likely facilitate a defensive move. He could probably handle second base, but third is a more likely desitnation. A Florida signee, Romero will turn 19 about a month before the draft.
82. Edwin Diaz, rhp, Naguabo (P.R.) HS
Diaz has a very skinny frame, but his present stuff and projection give scouts something to dream on. He sits at 89-92 mph, has touched 94 with his fastball and has some armside run. He also gets good downhill plane on the pitch. His curveball needs work, but it sits in the low 70s with decent shape.
83. Ryan Burr, rhp, Highlands Ranch (Colo.) HS
Burr moved around a lot as a kid. He was born in Colorado, where he lived for five years. He then spent five years in Utah before moving to Belgium for three years. During those years—ages 11-13 for Burr—he played on the Belgian Little League team that lost to the Saudi Arabian team that wound up in Williamsport, Pa. Now back in Colorado, Burr has filled out nicely and has an ideal frame at 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds. His fastball sat at 91-94 mph early in the summer, but he tired out as the showcase circuit wore on. Burr mixes in a 73-77 mph curveball and flashes an 82 mph changeup. The Arizona State commit will need to smooth out his delivery, as he has a stab in the back of his arm action and lands hard on his heel, making it difficult for him to consistently find the strike zone. Burr’s Highlands Ranch Falcons will be at the USA Baseball/Baseball America National High School Invitational this spring.
84. Josh Henderson, of, Highlands Ranch (Colo.) HS
Henderson burst onto the scene at the Perfect Game National Showcase in June, showing some nice pull power from the left side of the plate. He has an athletic build with good bat speed and loft. Henderson is still a little raw at the plate and has a tendency to hit off of a weak front leg, causing him to roll over a lot of balls. He is a below-average runner on the bases but gets decent jumps in the outfield. He’d play center field in college but fits better defensively in a corner spot at the next level. His arm is below average, limiting him to left field, which obviously put a lot of pressure on his bat. Henderson, who is home schooled, is committed to Liberty.
85. Ty Moore, of, Mater Dei HS, Santa Ana, Calif.
Moore attends the same high school that produced Danny Espinosa, Tyler Rahmatulla and Cory Hahn and is currently teammates with one of the top 2013 prospects, catcher Jeremy Martinez. Moore has a strong frame at 6-feet, 190 pounds. He has a quick bat from the left side that produces solid power, but an exaggerated bat waggle in his load was causing him to be behind pitches. He has toned it down since the summer and consistently squares the ball up. He is committed to UCLA.
86. Jake Thompson, rhp/1b, Rockwall-Heath HS, Heath, Texas
A legit two-way player, Thompson has a prototypical workhorse frame. The Texan produces good power out of his 6-foot-4, 235-pound frame, but scouts may be more interested in him as a righthander. He sits 90-92 with his fastball from a three-quarter arm slot. He throws a slider in the low 80s, but needs to stay on top of it more as it lacks depth and tends to flatten out. Even so, he has a clean arm action and his delivery needs only minor maintenance. He is committed to TCU.
87. Matthew Crownover, lhp, Ringgold (Ga.) HS
A shorter, stocky lefthander, Crownover is an intense competitor on the mound. His fastball ranges from 88-91 mph and can touch 93. His changeup is his best secondary pitch right now and sits in the mid 70s. His curveball is a work in progress. There is some jerk and effort to his delivery. He is committed to Clemson and will turn 19 in March.
88. Kayden Porter, rhp/1b, Spanish Fork (Utah) HS
Porter is a big-bodied, two-way threat. Heading into his junior year he looked like a lock to be more of a prospect on the mound with a fastball that easily touched 94 and a power curveball. However, his lack of command has haunted him and he now sits 87-90 mph, occasionally touching the low 90s. He has a low-70s curveball and high-70s slider. He isn’t a great athlete, but also intrigues scouts with his bat. He has light tower power from the right side, but he’s limited to first base. He is committed to North Carolina.
89. Paul Blackburn, rhp, Heritage HS, Brentwood, Calif.
Blackburn has a smallish frame at 6-foot-1, 165 pounds, but he delivers solid stuff. His fastball sits 87-89 mph and can touch 90-91. He has a mid-70s curveball that he can throw for strikes and he has flashed an 78-80 mph changeup. His delivery is mostly clean and he does a good job of getting downhill.
90. Cal Becker, rhp, Redwood HS, Visalia, Calif.
Committed to California, Becker is a stocky righthander at 6-foot-1, 195 pounds. His fastball sits 88-90 and touches 92, but he has reportedly touched higher. His curveball is a good pitch with depth and sits in the mid 70s. He also mixes in a low 80s slider and 80 mph changeup. Becker will turn 19 shortly after the draft.
91. Dylan LaVelle, 3b, Lake Stevens (Wash.) HS
LaVelle is Northwest corner prep committed to Oregon State. He has a wide base at the plate and rocking weight transfer. He makes hard contact but can struggle with velocity. He doesn’t have great actions at third base, but he has a strong arm. His bat may be a tough sell at other corner positions.
92. Austin Aune, ss, Argyle (Texas) HS
Also a star quarterback, Aune is committed to TCU for both sports. He has a nice frame at 6-foot-2, 190 pounds, and a balanced, sweet lefthanded swing. The ball jumps off of his bat and he can hit to all fields.
93. Bralin Jackson, of, Raytown (Mo.) South HS
Jackson has a wiry build at 6-feet, 180 pounds. He is raw, but offers some interesting tools. He is a solid runner with long legs. He has very good bat speed that allows him to make hard contact. He is committed to Missouri.
94. Taylor Jones, rhp, Kentwood HS, Kent, Wash.
Jones, who also plays high school basketball, offers plenty to dream on with his projectable 6-foot-7, 185-pound frame. He’s long and loose, but still athletic enough to show good body control and repeats his clean delivery well. Right now, his fastball sits in the 87-89 mph range, but there will be more velocity in his future as he continues to physically mature. His curveball is inconsistent at 73-75 mph, but shows promise as well. Jones also has a quick pickoff move and is committed to Gonzaga.
95. Richie Martin, ss, Bloomingdale HS, Valrico, Fla.
Martin, who plays for Chet Lemon’s Juice travel team, grew up working out with Chet’s son Marcus and Dodgers shortstop Dee Gordon. Though he’s a solid all-around player, Martin’s best tool is his speed, and he ran the 60-yard dash in 6.64 seconds at the East Coast Professional Showcase. He’s a good athlete and shows pretty good defensive actions with a strong arm, but still needs more work. Martin has a quick bat and can spray the gaps and put his wheels to use. He is committed to Florida.
96. Kevin Ross, 3b, Nile West HS, Skokie, Ill.
Michigan isn’t known for churning out prospects every year, but the Wolverines have picked up a pretty good recruit in Ross. He is a strong, athletic third baseman at 6-foot-1, 190 pounds. He has a two-piece swing, tends to collapse his backside and swing uphill, but he has good bat speed.
97. Bryan De La Rosa, c, Arlington Country Day School, Jacksonville
De La Rosa has a catcher’s build at 5-foot-9 and 180 pounds. He got plenty of looks last year as teammates with first-round shortstop Javier Baez. De La Rosa shows good flexibility behind the plate with a relaxed, balanced setup and soft hands. He also has above-average arm strength, but still needs to work on his transfers. Like most catchers, he’s a below-average runner. At the plate, De La Rosa has a leg kick and some unnecessary movement, but he shows a quick bat and gap-to-gap power. De La Rosa is committed to Florida State.
98. Austin Fairchild, lhp, St. Thomas HS, Houston
Fairchild is a short lefthander with a compact, repeatable delivery. His fastball sits 89-91 with good life. His curveball and slider tend to morph together as they range between 74-78 mph. He has good feel for spin so he’ll likely be able to develop a consistent breaking ball. He has flashed a low-80s changeup and needs to show some improvement with his control. He is committed to TCU.
99. Justin Morhardt, c, The Gilbert School, Winsted, Conn.
A bit of a wild card after not playing in any major showcases this summer, Morhardt generated some serious buzz with some workouts for scouts this fall. After all, switch-hitting catchers with power are something all teams covet. A natural lefthanded hitter, Morhardt took up switch-hitting last year and shows above-average power from both sides of the plate. He utilizes a leg kick from both sides, but has shown more power from the left side. Defensively, he shows good actions behind the plate and average arm strength. He broke his left ankle the day before his sophomore season and running won’t be a part of his game. Morhardt gets good grades and is very involved in music, playing several instruments and as an all-state singer. Before committing to Oral Roberts, he was also considering Harvard. Justin’s dad, Greg, was a second-round pick by the Twins out of South Carolina in 1984. After spending six years in the minor leagues, he is now scouting for the Angels and was the signing scout for Mike Trout.
100. Jacob Scavuzzo, of, Villa Park (Calif.) HS
Scavuzzo has a lean, wiry 6-foot-4, 185-pound build. He plays four sports at Villa Park (Calif.) High—football, basketball, baseball and track. Supremely athletic, he ran the fastest 60-yard dash at the Arizona Senior Fall Classic as a member of the Southern California Mariners scout team, clocking in at 6.33 seconds. Scavuzzo is also one of the state’s best long jumpers. Because he is involved in so many sports, Scavuzzo is understandably a little raw on the baseball diamond. But you can’t teach that type of athleticism and Scavuzzo has intriguing tools. His speed allows him to cover a lot of ground in center field and he has a whippy swing with good bat speed, though the swing can get long at times. Once he focuses on one sport and adds some strength to his frame, he could take off.