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Round Overall Team Player School State Bonus
1 5 San Francisco Giants Buster Posey Florida State Fla. $6,200,000
Posey was recruited out of high school by Florida State to play shortstop, and he started all 65 games there for the Seminoles as a freshman. Following the 2006 season, however, Posey was asked to move behind the plate and catch for the first time in his life. He took to it naturally and two seasons later is considered the top catching prospect, both defensively and offensively, in the country. His offensive numbers this season, including a .471 average, put him among the national leaders in several categories. His receiving, footwork and release are all advanced, and his athleticism is apparent. Posey's arm strength (he reaches 94 mph off the mound) and accuracy are pluses as well. At the plate, Posey has above-average bat speed and makes consistent contact. He has power to all fields but will probably be known more for his batting average than home runs. Drafted out of high school by the Angels in the 50th round in 2005, Posey is regarded as one of the safest picks in this year's draft. His projection as an offensive catcher with Gold Glove-caliber defense has boosted Posey's draft stock as much as anyone's over the weeks leading up to the draft.
1 6 Florida Marlins Kyle Skipworth Patriot HS, Rubidoux, Calif. Calif. $2,300,000
A veteran of two USA Baseball teams (junior and youth national teams), Skipworth is the best high school catcher in the nation, and may be the best prep prospect at that position since Joe Mauer was the first pick in the 2001 draft. Skipworth established himself as a top prospect last summer by blasting a mammoth home run in the Aflac Classic in August. His hitting and power both grade out in the 65-70 range on the 20-80 scouting scale. He set a California state record by getting 18 consecutive hits in an April stretch, and at 6-foot-3, 195 pounds, he has enough strength to hit well with wood. Blessed with quick reflexes and superior hand-eye coordination, Skipworth's bat speed enables him to drive the ball hard to all fields, and his both his stance and swing are ideal. After struggling defensively in the summer and fall, he has improved immensely, particularly on receiving. His blocking and shifting skills also have improved and he projects as a solid-average receiver. His only below-average tool is his speed. However, Skipworth moves well for a catcher and showed his athleticism with a 31-inch vertical leap at one showcase.
1 10 Houston Astros Jason Castro Stanford Calif. $2,070,000
A catcher most of his prep career, Castro entered this season thought of as a bat first after his strong summer in the Cape Cod League. He hit just .263 combined in his first two seasons at Stanford, then hit .341 in the Cape (second-best in the league), but he played mostly first base or outfield in deference to Florida State's Buster Posey. This spring, Castro has put it all together, showing he can hit for average and power while being Stanford's primary catcher. At 6-foot-3, he's tall but athletic enough to have good lateral movement and agility, and he's improved as a receiver, where he's considered fringe-average at worst. His arm also grades as average, and he's an above-average hitter, particularly for his position. Offensively, Castro stays inside the ball and has a fundamentally sound, strong swing. One scout likened his offensive package to that of former Athletics supplemental first-rounder Mark Teahen, who also played collegiately in the Bay Area, only with more power. In some years, Castro would be the best catcher on the board, but this he's third behind Posey and Southern California prep phenom Kyle Skipworth. He's not expected to last past the first round.
1 16 Milwaukee Brewers Brett Lawrie Brookswood SS, Langley, B.C. British Columbia $1,700,000
Scouts debate whether Lawrie is the best Canadian hitting prospect since Justin Morneau or Larry Walker, but he's definitely created buzz in a draft relatively short on high school bats, drawing some comparisons to Craig Biggio. If he had a more defined position, he would be a cinch first-round pick. Signed by Arizona State, Lawrie has too much present hitting ability to wind up in college. One scout compared him to Marlins slugger Dan Uggla for his strength, power and muscular, mature build, and several scouts have graded Lawrie's power as above-average if not 70 on the 20-80 scale. He's not just strong but also has a keen eye, offensive instincts, aggressiveness and quick wrists that drive the bat through the hitting zone. On a spring trip with his Canadian travel teams (Langley, B.C., Blaze and the Canadian junior national team), Lawrie went 21-for-30 against extended spring training and college teams, including 14 extra-base hits. He hit doubles off Kyle Davies and Luke Hochevar in a game against the Royals' extended spring team. Several scouts summed up his offensive approach by describing him as "fearless." He's also athletic with above-average speed (6.75 seconds in the 60). Defense is Lawrie's shortcoming; he plays infield and catcher and also has seen time in the outfield, where one scout described him as "disinterested." He's shown the tools to catch, as he's built for the position at 6 feet and 200 pounds, and he has an average arm at the least. However, his bat might be too advanced for him to take the time to learn such a valuable defensive position, and some scouts doubt that he'd have the temperament to handle it anyway.
3 78 Tampa Bay Rays Jake Jefferies UC Davis Calif. $515,000
Jefferies was one of the nation's toughest hitters to strike out and helped drive the Aggies toward a possible regional bid in their first season of eligibility since moving up from Division II. Jefferies' offensive approach will need tweaking as he gets stronger, because now he's interested mostly in making contact rather than driving the ball. He's a solid athlete and an average runner. Defensively, Jefferies impresses scouts with his solid-average catch-and-throw ability. He has good feet and is a quiet receiver, with a fringe-average but accurate arm. While Jefferies doesn't have any true above-average tools, he also lacks any glaring weaknesses, and for a catcher that makes him a good bet to be drafted in the first five rounds.
3 90 Oakland Athletics Petey Paramore Arizona State Ariz. $430,000
Paramore was highly regarded coming out of high school but turned down the Mets, who drafted him in the 22nd round in 2005. He became an almost instant starter at Arizona State, where he spent most of his first two seasons sharing time with Kiel Roling as the catcher. Paramore shouldered more of the load in 2008 and earns praise from scouts for his ability to lead a pitching staff, as a quiet receiver and for blocking balls in the dirt. He has good hands but could improve his footwork on his throws. Paramore's arm once rated as above-average, but he's more fringe-average this spring, leaving scouts wondering about his arm's health. Offensively, he has a patient approach with a discerning eye, putting him in frequent hitter's counts, and he should draw his share of walks as a pro. He has some strength but lacks the bat speed to hit for more than fringe-average power. He struggled with wood last summer, going 7-for-63 (.111) for Team USA. Some scouts see many of Jason Varitek's traits in Paramore, though not Varitek's offensive upside. His polish and defensive ability could still get him drafted in the first three rounds.
4 130 Atlanta Braves Braeden Schlehuber JC of Southern Nevada Nev. $240,000
Catcher Braeden Schlehuber outperformed teammate Devin Shepherd this season, slamming five home runs, and showing the athleticism to steal 16 bases as well as solid catch-and-throw skills. He has an average to plus arm but wore down and needs to gain strength to catch every day as a pro. Offensively, Schlehuber gets his barrel on the ball consistently when he hits his pitch, and his hand-eye coordination can actually make him too aggressive. He often expands his strike zone and swings at pitches he can hit, rather than waiting for pitches he can drive. He's an Arkansas recruit, and one coach compared him to A.J. Pierzynski for his ability to get under opponents' skin.
5 151 Washington Nationals Adrian Nieto American Heritage HS, Plantation, Fla. Fla. $376,000
A Cuban refugee, Nieto came to America as an 8-year-old and started catching not long after. A teammate of Hosmer since he was 11, the two have made pitchers' lives miserable for years. An Aflac All-American in the fall, Nieto is thought to be the best switch-hitting catching prospect in the country. Nieto is blessed with an above-average arm and has good instincts behind the plate. There are concerns with his receiving and blocking skills and whether or not he will be able to stay behind the plate is still to be determined. Regardless of position, he will be an offensive player. With power to all fields from both sides of the plate, Nieto has a good feel for hitting. At times, his approach at the plate needs refinement as he can be fooled or caught chasing. At 6 feet and 200 pounds, Nieto is more athletic than he looks and he runs and moves well for a catcher. Nieto plays the game with an ego and a swagger that should carry him to the big leagues. He is signed to play baseball at South Florida in the fall.
5 163 Detroit Tigers Alex Avila Alabama Ala. $169,000
Alabama's best prospect is Alex Avila, who is a catcher for the Crimson Tide but may not be able to stay there as a pro. Wherever he is defensively, Avila's game will always be on offense. He has a professional approach with power, especially to the opposite field, and advanced hit instincts. He's the son of Tigers assistant general manager Al Avila.
5 164 New York Mets Dock Doyle Coastal Carolina S.C. $167,000
The top catching prospect in the state is lefthanded-hitting Dock Doyle from Coastal Carolina. Athletic behind the plate, Doyle has tools that should play at the professional level. He has an average arm and good receiving mechanics. At the plate, Doyle led the Chanticleers with a .365 average and hit 16 home runs.
6 197 Colorado Rockies Kiel Roling Arizona State Ariz. $140,000
Another Sun Devil who was much better in 2007, junior catcher Kiel Roling shares duties behind the plate with Petey Paramore and suffers by comparison. He's big and physical at 6-foot-3, 240 pounds, and lacks athleticism behind the plate, grading out as below-average defensively in all areas. He's an offensive player who had less than half as many homers (seven vs. 15) as he hit as a sophomore.
6 202 Boston Red Sox Ryan Lavarnway Yale Conn. $325,000
Lavarnway led Division I in batting at .467 as a sophomore (adding 14 homers), and he led the Ivy League with 13 homers as a junior despite missing the final eight games of the conference season with a broken wrist. He was an outfielder at Woodland Hills (Calif.) High before converting to catcher at Yale, and he remains raw defensively. He has arm strength and decent hands, but he struggles moving laterally and blocking balls and has a slow release. He's athletic enough and has a good enough bat to move to a corner outfield spot if necessary. An aggressive hitter with an advanced approach, Lavarnway covers the whole plate and seldom has a low-quality at-bat. He has above-average raw power and solid-average game power. His health and his remaining year of eligibility at Yale cloud his draft status, but he should be a summer follow in the Cape Cod League.
7 206 Baltimore Orioles Caleb Joseph Lipscomb Tenn. $125,000
Caleb's brother Corban is also a prospect. Caleb is a good hitter with power, as he led Lipscomb in batting (.345), home runs (14) and RBIs (53). Caleb is athletic behind the plate with an average arm and a quick release. At the plate, he's a solid fastball hitter but can have trouble with breaking stuff.
7 211 Washington Nationals Dan Killian Kellogg (Mich.) CC Mich. $100,000
7 221 Chicago Cubs Luis Flores Oklahoma State Okla. $132,000
Luis Flores may not hit enough to be a regular in the major leagues, but his catch-and-throw skills and leadership should allow him to at least carve out a career as a backup. He's a tremendous receiver and teams rarely challenge his arm. Flores, who spent his first two college seasons as a two-way player at Houston, focused on catching after transferring to Oklahoma State. He hit just .302 with five homers in hitter-friendly Stillwater, though scouts like his bat better than that of Jackson Williams, a surprise sandwich-round pick out of Oklahoma by the Giants in 2007.
7 225 San Diego Padres Adam Zornes Rice Texas $135,000
After turning down the Indians as a 24th-round pick last year, Adam Zornes will go roughly 20 rounds higher this June after becoming Rice's regular catcher for the first time. Zornes' best tools are his raw power and his solid arm. He probably won't hit for much of an average, and he needs to improve his footwork behind the plate.
7 230 New York Yankees Kyle Higashioka Edison HS, Huntington Beach, Calif. Calif. $500,000
Kyle Higashioka has been one of the premier prep catchers in Southern California for three years, a superior defensive receiver to fellow Huntington Beach resident Hank Conger, a 2006 first-rounder. Higashioka does not have Conger's explosive bat. His righthanded uppercut impressed scouts at the 2007 Area Code Games and he has interesting power potential, though it's just pull power right now. His strong frame still has ample projection for his bat. Defensively, Higashioka receives the ball smoothly and is quiet behind the dish. With an accurate arm, he's consistently posting pop times in the 1.95-2.0-second range. He also has strong makeup and academic qualifications, and his commitment to California make it likely he'll be drafted well below where his talent would dictate.
7 232 Boston Red Sox Tim Federowicz North Carolina N.C. $150,000
Undrafted out of high school, Federowicz arrived on the North Carolina campus as a freshman and quickly gained a reputation for being a clutch-hitting catcher with a great arm who knows how to win. He has been a fixture behind the plate and in the middle of the Tar Heel lineup during the three most successful seasons in the school's history. Federowicz also won a gold medal in the World University Games with Team USA in the summer of 2006. Scouts are split on Federowicz's pro potential, however. Behind the plate, his leadership skills, experience and plus throwing arm are undeniable. His receiving style, with a high elbow, concerns some scouts. But the biggest questions for Federowicz are at the plate. While he has been consistently productive for the Tar Heels, his offensive numbers have declined each year. He's strong at the plate but has below-average bat speed. His power is to the opposite-field gap, and he struggles pulling inside fastballs. He projects as a below-average hitter with below-average power, but at catcher his bat might be good enough. His track record of success alone makes him one of the top five college catchers in this year's draft class.
8 240 Chicago White Sox Kevin Dubler Illinois State Ill. $105,000
He's not quite in the same class as former Illinois catcher Lars Davis, whom the Rockies drafted in the third round a year ago, but Kevin Dubler is an offensive-minded catcher who should go somewhere between the fourth and seventh round. The lefthanded-hitting Dubler batted .358 this spring, set an Illinois State record with 23 doubles and walked nearly twice as much (44) as he struck out (23). He has a strong approach and consistently drives balls to the gap. He even runs well enough to have stolen 15 bases in 18 tries. Dubler moves well behind the plate, where he's a fringy defender. He already shows the aptitude to call his own game, however, and he got invaluable experience last summer, where he handled a loaded pitching staff with the Falmouth Commodores in the Cape Cod League.
8 246 Minnesota Twins Jeff Lanning New Orleans La. $105,000
9 279 Toronto Blue Jays A.J. Jimenez Discipulos De Cristo HS, Bayamon, P.R. P.R. $150,000
9 292 Boston Red Sox Christian Vazquez Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, Gurabo, P.R. P.R. $80,000
A catcher with strong catch-and-throw skills, Cristian Vazquez is a good defender with an accurate arm. But at 5-foot-10, 210 pounds, his body is maxed out and he will have to watch his weight.
10 316 Philadelphia Phillies J.C. Rodriguez Washington HS, New York N.Y. $105,000
New York's high school crop is its weakest in years. The best of the lot is catcher Jean Carlos Rodriguez, who could sneak into the top 10 rounds. Rodriguez has raw power and a plus arm behind the plate, but he's unrefined as a hitter. He has a tall approach that doesn't incorporate his legs well. He is a promising receiver but has plenty of work to do defensively.
12 359 Cincinnati Reds Kyle Day Michigan State Mich.
Catcher/outfielder Kyle Day won the Jayhawk League MVP award in 2006, putting himself in good position as a draft-eligible sophomore last year. But he became pull-conscious and didn't perform as expected, and he fell to the Cubs in the 19th round. Day has been better this spring and shows good bat speed from the left side of the plate, though he still lacks consistency. To stay behind the plate, he needs to polish up his throwing mechanics and his receiving.
12 379 Los Angeles Angels Braulio Pardo St. Leo (Fla.) Fla.
14 425 St. Louis Cardinals Charlie Cutler California Calif.
14 428 Milwaukee Brewers Corey Kemp East Carolina N.C.
15 452 Houston Astros Phil Disher South Carolina S.C.
16 480 Chicago White Sox Brett Basham Mississippi Miss.
Basham has a strong arm behind the plate but sometimes struggles with the transfer between catching and throwing. He's a below-average hitter.
17 519 Toronto Blue Jays Jonnathan Valdez Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, Gurabo, P.R. P.R.
17 528 Arizona Diamondbacks Ryan Babineau UCLA Calif.
18 533 Tampa Bay Rays David Genao Oral Roberts Okla.
18 539 Cincinnati Reds Chris McMurray UC Santa Barbara Calif.
Athletic catcher Chris McMurray, who has been a tease offensively with his raw power but fits better as a senior sign
18 543 Texas Rangers Doug Hogan Clemson S.C.
18 552 Seattle Mariners Travis Howell Long Beach State Calif.
19 564 Pittsburgh Pirates Jason Haniger Georgia Tech Ga.
19 565 Kansas City Royals Miguel Moctezuma DeKalb HS, Auburn, Ind. Okla.
19 585 San Diego Padres Robert Lara Central Florida Fla.
19 589 Los Angeles Angels Marshall Burford Manor HS, Austin Texas
19 590 New York Yankees Mitch Abeita Nebraska Neb.
20 602 Houston Astros Shea Robin Vanderbilt Tenn.
Shea Robin is another Vandy senior who should get drafted. A solid catcher behind the plate, Robin handles pitching staffs well.
20 614 New York Mets Michael Moras New Haven (Conn.) Conn.
20 619 Los Angeles Angels Beau Brooks Troy Ala.
22 669 Toronto Blue Jays Karim Turkamani Miami Dade JC Fla.
23 688 Florida Marlins Konrad Thieme Sonoma State (Calif.) Calif.
24 718 Florida Marlins Zach Moore Dundalk (Md.) CC Md.
24 732 Seattle Mariners Henry Contreras Cal State Los Angeles Calif.
25 746 Baltimore Orioles Xavier Lopez Isabel Flores HS, Juncos, P.R. P.R.
25 748 Florida Marlins Robert Taylor Arkansas-Little Rock Ark.
Catcher/outfielder Robert Taylor might have been drafted in 2007 had a bone bruise on his left hand not restricted him from playing much behind the plate. He has good size (6-foot-2, 210 pounds) and righthanded power, though it remains to be seen if he can stick at catcher. His receiving skills are decent and he has some arm strength, but his throwing mechanics are long. He has enough athleticism to try the outfield corners or third base if catching doesn't work out.
25 763 Detroit Tigers Billy Nowlin Golden West (Calif.) JC Calif.
Billy Nowlin is a stocky, strong backstop admired for his work ethic and tenaciousness. He used his compact and powerful swing to enjoy a breakout offensive season, hitting .413. Nowlin will need to refine his defense to succeed at higher levels. His throwing and receiving skills are raw, and he'll need to smooth out and relax his catching style.
25 770 New York Yankees Jeff Nutt Arkansas Ark.
26 788 Milwaukee Brewers Derrick Alfonso Louisville Ky.
26 789 Toronto Blue Jays Justin Dalles St. Petersburg (Fla.) JC Fla.
Catcher Justin Dalles has performed well this season. He has a strong arm and handles the pitching staff well. At the plate, he has a chance to hit and shows occasional power. He is signed to play with South Carolina.
26 801 Cleveland Indians Moises Montero Chipola (Fla.) JC Fla. $200,000
27 811 Washington Nationals Chris Solis Incarnate Word (Texas) Texas
27 822 Seattle Mariners Tommy Johnson Marshall W.Va.
28 848 Milwaukee Brewers Brandon Garcia Bishop Gorman HS, Las Vegas Nev.
Lefthander Brandon Garcia, who has bumped 90 mph as the team's sixth pitcher, has accepted a scholarship offer from Southern California, which likes him as a hitter as well.
28 850 Atlanta Braves Quentin Cate Cuesta (Calif.) JC Calif.
29 866 Baltimore Orioles Dennis Perez Universidad de Puerto Rico-Arecibo P.R.
30 913 Detroit Tigers Tyler Weber Wichita State Kan.
30 920 New York Yankees Ben McMahan Bishop Moore HS, Orlando Fla.
The state of Florida has two prep catchers who stand out as impact draft prospects in Adrian Nieto (No. 73 in BA's predraft rankings) and McMahan. While Nieto is considered the better bat, McMahan is the superior receiver. McMahan made a push up draft boards last fall at the World Wood Bat championships when he led his team to a second-place finish. A Florida 4-A state champion in high school, McMahan knows how to win and is a natural leader on the field. He is athletic behind the plate and has a solid, durable frame. Known as a quiet receiver, he has a strong arm and improving catch and throw mechanics. Projected as a defense-first catcher, McMahan may also provide surprising offense. He has occasional power and above-average speed for a catcher with a chance to be an average hitter. If he's not selected early, signability may cause him to slip a long way because he's committed to Florida and is a strong student.
31 930 Chicago White Sox James McCann Dos Pueblos HS, Santa Barbara, Calif. Calif.
One of the state's top catchers, James McCann has a tall, strong and projectable frame. He receives and throws the ball cleanly, but he will need to strengthen his arm and reduce his pop times. McCann's bat shows promise, but he does not yet exhibit the strength or bat speed to vault himself into the early rounds. If he does not sign he would wind up at Arkansas.
31 949 Los Angeles Angels John Hicks Goochland (Va.) HS Va.
32 969 Toronto Blue Jays Ryan Scott Chaparral HS, Scottsdale, Ariz. Ariz.
33 993 Texas Rangers Ben Petralli Oral Roberts Okla.
Ben Petralli, whose father Geno spent 12 years in the majors, will be drafted for the fifth straight year after transferring to Oral Roberts from Sacramento CC. Petralli, who didn't become a regular catcher until he went to junior college, has improved as a receiver and has a solid arm. He's a switch-hitter with good plate discipline and a growing sense of how to tap into his 6-foot-2, 195-pound frame for more power. Editor's note: Petralli initially signed with the Rangers, but the contract was voided in December, making him a free agent.
33 1011 Cleveland Indians Roberto Perez Lake City (Fla.) CC Fla.
33 1012 Boston Red Sox Brandon Miller Woodward Academy, College Park, Ga. Ga.
Though he played his summer ball in the East Cobb program and attended some major national showcases last year, Miller entered the season a lesser-known name in Georgia. Not invited to the Aflac Classic, he ranked behind fellow high school catching prospect Taylor Hightower in the Peach State coming into the season. Following a strong senior season when he hit double-digit home runs, however, Miller has vaulted himself up draft boards and is considered one of the top high school catching prospects in the Southeast. A Georgia Tech signee, Miller has present strength as well as projectability. His ability at the plate is what separates him from other catchers and has scouts excited. For a catcher, he has average power and a chance to hit for a solid average. He is an aggressive hitter but makes consistent contact and hits to all fields. Miller has a strong arm, an athletic body and moves well behind the plate, and even though his receiving skills and footwork need refinement, scouts say he'll be able to make adjustments and improve. He's also an above-average runner for a catcher, regularly posting sub-7-second 60-yard times. Profiling as an offensive catcher with athleticism and plus makeup, Miller's upside at a premium position might send him even higher on draft day.
34 1022 Houston Astros Jordan Jankowski Peters Township HS, McMurray, Pa. Pa.
34 1025 St. Louis Cardinals Jack Cawley Pace (N.Y.) N.Y.
Pace's Jack Cawley is solid hitter for average with a strong arm behind the plate and plenty of athleticism--he's an above-average runner.
34 1037 Colorado Rockies Ryan Radcliff Fairview HS, Fairview Park, Ohio Ohio
35 1052 Houston Astros Rene Garcia Colegio Sagrada Familia HS, Corozal, P.R. P.R.
35 1056 Minnesota Twins Sam Ryan Tartan Senior HS, Oakdale, Minn. Minn.
35 1065 San Diego Padres Logan Gelbrich San Diego Calif.
35 1068 Arizona Diamondbacks Chris Davis Central Arkansas Ark.
36 1091 Chicago Cubs Mike Brenly Nevada-Las Vegas Nev.
37 1106 Baltimore Orioles Chad Durakis Maryland Md.
38 1140 Chicago White Sox Steve Domecus Moorpark (Calif.) JC Calif.
38 1148 Milwaukee Brewers Michael Roberts Virginia Military Institute Va.
38 1159 Los Angeles Angels John Rickard Bishop Gorman HS, Las Vegas Nev.
Catcher Johnny Rickard, whose younger brother Joey plays outfield for Gorman, committed to Division II Dixie State (Utah) and has above-average receiving ability, handling premium velocity from the deep Gorman staff, as well as an average arm.
39 1172 Houston Astros Tyson Van Winkle Gonzaga Wash.
39 1184 New York Mets Charlie Hinojosa Don Lugo HS, Chino, Calif. Calif.
39 1192 Boston Red Sox Yan Gomes Tennessee Tenn.
Yan Gomes is a sophomore-eligible with a big body and juice at the plate, but his performance this season was inconsistent and scouts weren't sure what to make of him. Gomes needs polish both defensively and at the plate, but has a lot of projection.
40 1210 Atlanta Braves Jesse Wierzbicki Walters State (Tenn.) CC Tenn.
40 1212 Seattle Mariners Troy Channing Foothill HS, Pleasanton, Calif. Calif.
Another Saint Mary's recruit, Tyler Channing, rivaled Abe Ruiz as the top hitter in the area. He's strong and mature-bodied at 6-foot, 220 pounds and showed good pull power.
41 1224 Pittsburgh Pirates Chris Simmons Army N.Y.
41 1225 Kansas City Royals Doug Joyce University HS, Malibu, Calif. Wash.
41 1237 Los Angeles Dodgers Jett Bandy Thousand Oaks (Calif.) HS Calif.
41 1244 New York Mets Tyler Howe Kentucky Ky.
41 1245 San Diego Padres Zach Dascenzo Laurel Highlands HS, Uniontown, Pa. Pa.
42 1265 St. Louis Cardinals Blake Murphy Western Carolina N.C.
42 1277 Colorado Rockies Taylor Hightower Cartersville (Ga.) HS Ga.
With catching always at a premium, Hightower's fundamentally sound catch and release skills have made him a premium prospect since his sophomore year in high school. He was the No. 46 prep prospect in the nation coming into the season but hasn't stepped forward because of questions about his bat. Behind the plate he has good hands and feet, and the actions to be an average receiver. While he has a fringe-average arm, Hightower's catch and release mechanics are quick and he consistently posts pop times under two seconds. While he has shown the ability to make contact at the plate, his approach needs refinement. He has gap-to-gap power and will pull an occasional home run but has only fringe-average power potential. At 6-feet-1, 195 pounds, Hightower's body is developed and lacks projection. If he slips in the draft, signing Hightower could be an issue because he has the skills to be the starting catcher for Ole Miss next season as a freshman.
43 1290 Chicago White Sox Cory Farris Boone County HS, Florence, Ky. Ky.
Cory Farris is the state's best athlete. He was runner-up for Mr. Kentucky Football in the fall, rushing for 2,824 yards and 32 touchdowns. His 6,227 career rushing yards are second in northern Kentucky history, trailing only fellow Boone County product Shaun Alexander, the NFL's 2005 Most Valuable Player. On the diamond, the 6-foot-1, 185-pounder is a switch-hitter with a decent swing, power potential and average speed. Though he has primarily caught in high school, he has fringy defensive skills behind the plate and projects as more of an outfielder. It won't be easy to sign him away from a Kentucky baseball scholarship.
43 1292 Houston Astros Austin Green Henry HS, San Diego Calif.
44 1313 Tampa Bay Rays Phil Pohl Cooperstown (N.Y.) Central HS N.Y.
Cooperstown's Philip Pohl, has average catch-and-throw skills and a little bit of power, but he's likely headed to Clemson.
44 1317 San Francisco Giants Aaron Lowenstein UC Irvine Calif.
44 1319 Cincinnati Reds Kevin Coddington Illinois-Chicago Ill.
At 6-foot-5 and 205 pounds, Kevin Coddington is huge for a catcher. Despite his size and leverage, he employs a short swing and contact approach and thus doesn't offer as much power as he might. A transfer from Chemekata (Ore.) CC, he's agile behind the plate and has a slightly above-average arm, though his throwing accuracy wavers.
44 1320 Chicago White Sox C.J. Cron Jr. Mountain Pointe HS, Phoenix Ariz.
44 1322 Houston Astros Edmond Sparks Chipola (Fla.) JC Fla.
44 1331 Chicago Cubs David Doss South Alabama Ala.
45 1352 Texas Rangers Kevin Torres Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, Gurabo, P.R. P.R.
45 1354 St. Louis Cardinals Chris Taylor Charlotte N.C.
45 1356 Los Angeles Dodgers Ryan Arp Upper Iowa Iowa
45 1358 Atlanta Braves Nick Croce Mission Bay (Calif.) HS Calif.
46 1378 Washington Nationals Rob Brantly Chaparral HS, Scottsdale, Ariz. Ariz.
46 1388 Detroit Tigers Eric Roof Michigan State Mich.
46 1393 Los Angeles Angels Ryan Hege Maize (Kan.) HS Kan.
47 1404 Chicago White Sox Dan Hayden Xavier Ohio
47 1408 Oakland Athletics Coley Crank Pinole Valley HS, Pinole, Calif. Calif.
48 1442 Detroit Tigers Casey Moore Saint Louis Mo.
49 1456 Florida Marlins Taylor Davis Jupiter (Fla.) HS Fla.
49 1468 Seattle Mariners Josh Rodriguez South Mountain (Ariz.) CC Ariz.
50 1478 Tampa Bay Rays Kyle Peterson Hamilton HS, Chandler, Ariz. Ariz.
50 1480 Kansas City Royals Travis Jones Sabino HS, Tucson Ariz. $100,000
Tucson's Travis Jones had shown raw power and a solid catcher's body while hitting 15 homers this spring, and he's committed to Arizona. Jones also could wind up at Pima CC if he decides against committing to three years of college.
50 1488 Texas Rangers Josh Rosecrans Santa Fe HS, Edmond, Okla. Okla.
50 1496 Detroit Tigers Landon Hernandez Hawaii Hawaii
Landon Hernandez, who has solid-average catch and throw tools that could have made him a first 10 rounds pick entering the year, expands his zone too much at the plate. He hit ninth for Hawaii this season and fits better as a senior sign.