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Pick Overall Team Player Position School State Bonus
1 293 Tampa Bay Rays Matt Hall 2B Auburn Ala. $75,000
2 294 Pittsburgh Pirates Drew Gagnon RHP Liberty HS, Brentwood, Calif. Calif.
3 295 Kansas City Royals Mauricio Matos LHP Clinton HS, Bronx, N.Y. N.Y. $150,000
4 296 Baltimore Orioles Chris Herrmann 3B Alvin (Texas) CC Texas
5 297 San Francisco Giants Ryan O'Sullivan RHP Valhalla HS, El Cajon, Calif. Calif.
O'Sullivan's older brother Sean was a third-round pick of the Angels in 2005 (signing as a draft-and-follow the following spring), and while Ryan lacks his older brother's big, physical body, his frame is solid and gives him some projection. O'Sullivan's build, stuff and approach are similar to Ian Kennedy's. He locates his 88-92 mph four-seam fastball well with some armside life. His breaking ball is not the monster curve his brother attacks hitters with, but it has improved substantially since his junior year. More of a finesse than a power pitcher, O'Sullivan also shows an excellent feel for his sinker and changeup. He profiles as a third or fourth starter, with four average to plus pitches, as well as command and pitching savvy. He plays shortstop when he's not pitching, but he does not project as a pro hitter. He has enough athletic ability and bat, though, to handle two-way duties if he winds up in college at San Diego State.
6 298 Florida Marlins Trevor Holder RHP Georgia Ga.
After a strong showing in the Cape Cod League last summer, when he went 4-1, 0.81, Holder was a hot commodity for scouts coming into the season. He allowed only one hit and struck out 10 in eight innings of work in the Cape championship game, earning league playoff MVP honors. A part-time starter for Georgia in 2007, Holder moved into the weekend rotation in 2008 as the Friday night starter. But he has not been overpowering this spring, offering a fairly straight fastball between 89-91 mph and below-average secondary stuff. With less than a strikeout per inning, Holder has not missed many bats and has relied on command and savvy to be successful. He has the ability to pitch to the corners and consistently pounds the zone. Holder has a projectable 6-foot-3, 195-pound frame, but his feel for pitching and track record are what separate him from teammate Stephen Dodson, who has similar stuff, and will make him more attractive on draft day.
7 299 Cincinnati Reds Sean Conner OF Palm Beach (Fla.) CC Fla. $65,000
8 300 Chicago White Sox Stephen Sauer RHP Arizona State Ariz. $72,500
Sauer struggled under a heavy workload, according to scouts, losing the life on his pitches. In the first half, the Western Nevada transfer sat at 88-91 mph with sink and a swing-and-miss downer breaking ball to go with a solid straight change and get-it-over slurve.
9 301 Washington Nationals Tommy Milone LHP Southern California Calif. $65,000
USC's top pitcher for the draft, righthander Tommy Milone, had a solid season working with first-year Trojans pitching coach Tom House, and did a better job of keeping his fringe-average stuff down. He gave up just four homers all year and struck out a batter an inning while lacking a plus pitch.
10 302 Houston Astros Jarred Holloway LHP St. Petersburg (Fla.) JC Fla. $150,000
Lefthander Jarred Holloway began his college career at Mississippi State but transferred to St. Petersburg JC after his freshman year. He has two above-average pitches, but like so many juco pitchers struggles with command. Holloway's fastball sits between 89-92 mph, and at 6-feet-3 he pitches with good downward plane. His second pitch is a slider that is inconsistent but at times devastating.
11 303 Texas Rangers Kevin Castner RHP Cal Poly Calif.
Castner has hit 98 mph at times and emerged last summer in the West Coast Collegiate League, where Mauldin did the previous summer. While Mauldin returned from arm problems to use his upper-80s sinker and slider as Poly's most reliable pitcher this spring, Castner was his usual inconsistent self. He sat in the 93-95 mph range and showed a slider with plus potential, and he has the velocity to blow hitters away by elevating his fastball. Problem is, he lacks a plan B when he can't throw strikes, which is too often (25 walks in 30 IP). His arm works well but he doesn't repeat his delivery and lacks a feel for pitching.
12 304 Oakland Athletics Rashun Dixon OF Terry (Miss.) HS Miss. $600,000
The top high school position player in the Mississippi is Rashun Dixon. A football signee to Mississippi State, Dixon is athletic with raw baseball skills, highlighted by his speed and power potential. He projects to a corner outfield spot.
13 305 St. Louis Cardinals Alex Castellanos 2B Belmont Abbey (N.C.) N.C. $70,000
14 306 Minnesota Twins Evan Bigley OF Dallas Baptist Texas $75,000
Dallas Baptist's best prospect is outfielder Evan Bigley, who has solid speed, pop in his bat and a strong arm. He has played third base in the past, and might fit better there than in center field as a pro. He does struggle to hit breaking balls.
15 307 Los Angeles Dodgers Chris Joyce LHP Dos Pueblos HS, Goleta, Calif. Calif.
Initially dismissed as a college player during the 2007 showcase seasons, Joyce drew attention from scouts with his impressive start in the spring of 2008. His progress had been slowed by a recent muscle strain in his back, but before that his fastball sat in the 92 mph range. When he returned, Joyce was rusty and performed poorly in a start in front of about 30 scouts. His fastball touched 90 but sat at 88, and his mechanics and command were less than his best. Joyce's repertoire includes a hard slider, a curveball and a firm changeup. While at his best Joyce has "now" stuff, his 6-foot, 200-pound frame is mature and contains little projection. If he bounces back from his injury and shows the stuff, command and mechanics he displayed early in the season, he could climb back into early draft consideration. Otherwise, he should contribute quickly at UC Santa Barbara.
16 308 Milwaukee Brewers Greg Miller RHP Seton Hall N.J. $75,000
Seton Hall's Greg Miller led the Pirates in batting as a right fielder this spring, but his future is on the mound, where he went 3-4, 3.63 before taking a line drive off his face against Rutgers, breaking his nose. At 6-foot-4, 220 pounds, Miller has a better pro frame and more arm strength than teammate Corey Young, but he lacks Young's feel for pitching. Miller's fastball sits in the 88-92 mph range and touches 94, but it's straight. His low-80s slider is a good pitch at times but is more often below-average, and his changeup is well-below-average. Miller needs a lot of work on his control--he issued 36 walks while striking out 37 in 45 innings this spring. He's a good athlete but has a rigid, overhand delivery and a stiff front side.
17 309 Toronto Blue Jays Danny Farquhar RHP Louisiana-Lafayette La. $112,500
Righthander Danny Farquhar averaged 11.8 strikeouts per nine innings for Louisiana-Lafayette as a sophomore and maintained that whiff rate in the Cape Cod League over the summer. He wasn't nearly as dominant this spring (9.8 K/9), and his velocity was down as well. Farquhar pitched in the low 90s in 2007, but this spring he'd only flash that velocity for an inning or two. He likes to varies his arm slots from high three-quarters to sidearm, and his slider was flatter than it had been when he threw from the lower angle. He's just 5-foot-11 and 170 pounds, and there's effort in his delivery, so pro teams project him as a reliever.
18 310 Atlanta Braves J.J. Hoover RHP Calhoun (Ala.) CC Ala. $400,000
Hoover throws in the low to mid-90s. He is a strikeout pitcher, mixing his vastly improved slider, curve ball and changeup with his above-average fastball to create a solid four-pitch arsenal. Hoover has a pro body at 6-foot-4, and is committed to West Virginia.
19 311 Chicago Cubs Alex Wilson RHP Texas A&M Texas
The biggest wild card in Texas this year is righthander Alex Wilson, who transferred to Texas A&M after starring at Winthrop for two seasons. Projected as an early pick for this year, the 6-foot-1, 215-pounder blew out his elbow last summer in the Cape Cod League and hasn't pitched for the Aggies after having Tommy John surgery. In his first bullpen workout in early May, he showed that he hadn't lost any velocity by throwing 90-94 mph. Wilson, who had a hard but inconsistent slider before the injury, plans on returning to the Cape and will be monitored closely this summer by whoever drafts him.
20 312 Seattle Mariners Nate Newman RHP Pepperdine Calif.
21 313 Detroit Tigers Robbie Weinhardt RHP Oklahoma State Okla. $15,000
Weinhardt was a 38th-round pick of the Astros in 2007, when he showed an 86-89 mph fastball and a slurvy breaking ball. He should go about 30 rounds earlier this time around, because he has boosted his fastball to 92-95 mph. His curveball is still fringy and his control can be spotty at times. He started for two seasons at Hill (Texas) JC but is best suited for relief, his role with the Cowboys.
22 314 New York Mets Brian Valenzuela LHP Vista Murrieta HS, Murrieta, Calif. Calif. $67,500
23 315 San Diego Padres Andrew Albers LHP Kentucky Ky. $10,000
24 316 Philadelphia Phillies J.C. Rodriguez C 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.
25 317 Colorado Rockies Stephen Dodson RHP Georgia Ga. $100,000
Righthander Stephen Dodson had a breakout sophomore season in 2007 and has been the Bulldogs' Saturday starter this season. He's a projectable 6-foot-5, 210 pounds and typically pitches between 90-92 mph. A control pitcher, Dodson typically finds success by locating his upper-80s sinker down in the zone, inducing groundballs. His secondary pitches are fringe-average at best, as he throws a slider and changeup, rarely missing bats. When he elevates his pitches, Dodson is hittable, especially by lefthanded hitters.
26 318 Arizona Diamondbacks Danny Hultzen LHP St. Alban's HS, Washington, D.C. D.C.
A late bloomer on the draft prospect scene, Hultzen is now considered one of the top prep lefties in the draft. From the metro area in D.C., Hultzen has long been known as a softer-tossing lefthander with pitchability. He recently went through a velocity jump, sending his fastball into the 88-92 mph range and his name onto every prospect follow list. However, Hultzen is firmly committed to pitch at Virginia in the fall and is thought by most to be unsignable. He pitches at a low three-quarters arm slot, creating natural tail and sink. He also offers a breaking ball with tight rotation and slurve action that at times is an above-average pitch. He even experiments with a changeup and split-finger pitch but both are currently under-developed and inconsistent. With his signability concerns, Hultzen may be a prospect that falls to late in the draft, does not sign and resurfaces as a first-round caliber prospect after three years at Virginia.
27 319 Los Angeles Angels Gabe Jacobo 3B Sacramento State Calif. $110,000
Jacobo was a late bloomer in high school who stuck with his Sacramento State commitment even after other, higher-profile schools tried to recruit him late. He intrigues scouts with his athletic ability for a player his size and with his bat. Jacobo ranked second in the Western Athletic Conference in home runs as a sophomore with 14 and had 13 this season. He has strength in his short swing, enough bat speed to catch up to velocity and a high finish that gives him loft power. Jacobo plays first base and left field for the Hornets but played shortstop and third base in the Alaska League last summer, and scouts who have seen him believe he has a chance to play third as a pro. He has arm strength, though his accuracy is in question. He runs well enough to man an outfield corner, and he might wind up there if he can't handle third.
28 320 New York Yankees D.J. Mitchell RHP Clemson S.C. $400,000
Recruited as an outfielder, Mitchell didn't pitch at all his freshman year at Clemson. A career .241 hitter in college, he split time between hitting and pitching last season and found more success on the mound, tallying a 5-0, 3.27 record in 15 appearances. Following his sophomore season, he led the Cape Cod League with 58 strikeouts, including one 15-strikeout performance, and had a 1.47 ERA in eight starts. He has been Clemson's Friday night starter this spring, providing stability on a young staff. Athletic on the mound, Mitchell has long, wiry arms and legs. His fastball comes in between 89-91 mph, but with above-average movement. He creates natural sink and tail from his loose three-quarters arm slot. He complements his fastball with a sweeping slider and changeup. Mitchell is 6-feet, 170 pounds and has room to add more weight. Due to his size, durability is a question mark, but his live body and limited pitching experience intrigue scouts. He'll likely end up in the bullpen at the professional level.
29 321 Cleveland Indians Donnie Webb OF Oklahoma State Okla. $100,000
30 322 Boston Red Sox Pete Ruiz RHP Santa Barbara (Calif.) CC Calif. $100,000