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1 323 Tampa Bay Rays Brad Furdal RHP Ancaster HS, Ancaster, Ontario Ontario $140,000
Righty Brad Furdal has a projectable 6-foot-2, 185-pound frame and could improve his velocity and the power on his breaking ball by adding strength. He's shown the ability to spin a breaking ball and has a loose arm. His fastball reaches the upper 80s presently. He's committed to High Point, though that could change after the resignation of Panthers coach Sal Bando.
2 324 Pittsburgh Pirates David Rubinstein OF Appalachian State N.C.
3 325 Kansas City Royals Malcolm Bronson OF Monte Vista HS, Spring Valley, Calif. Texas
4 326 Baltimore Orioles Nathan Moreau LHP Georgia Ga.
At 6-foot-4, 205 pounds and lefthanded, Nathan Moreau passes the eye test. Like Dodson, Moreau has a decent fastball and below-average secondary stuff. His fastball is up to 91 mph with natural tail, along with a curveball and changeup. He slings the ball from slightly below a three-quarters angle. He has deception in his delivery and projection to his body. With improved command and polish on his secondary pitches, Moreau would be an impact prospect.
5 327 San Francisco Giants Justin Fitzgerald RHP UC Davis Calif.
A redshirt junior, Fitzgerald has emerged as a prospect by becoming one of the West's harder-throwing closers, but he's far from a one-pitch power closer. His fastball has touched 95 mph at times, though it straightens out at that velocity. He gets a little more cut and life on the pitch when it's thrown in the 90-93 mph range. Fitzgerald's slider and cut fastball are both decent pitches, with the cutter thrown with more power. His best secondary pitch is a changeup, which grades out as solid-average. While Fitzgerald is just a decent athlete, he throws strikes and generally repeats his delivery. The Aggies tried to make him a starter as a sophomore, but his elbow couldn't handle the strain of his velocity, and he ended up taking a medical redshirt. He has proven more hittable than a closer should be and profiles more as a set-up man as a pro, but his effectiveness against lefthanded hitters should help him move quickly.
6 328 Florida Marlins Blake Brewer RHP Sandy Creek HS, Tyrone, Ga. Ga. $150,000
7 329 Cincinnati Reds Andrew Means OF Indiana Ind. $200,000
Means, who caught 48 passes for Indiana in the fall, has more tools than skills in baseball. He's a ripped 6-foot-1, 215-pound center fielder with plus-plus speed, though he needs to use his strength to drive more balls and must refine his approach at the plate.
8 330 Chicago White Sox Charlie Leesman LHP Xavier Ohio
Leesman is strong, standing 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds and reaching 93 mph with his fastball, but he lacks a great feel for pitching. After showing a quality fastball and a hammer curve at Xavier's scout day in the fall, Leesman went 2-6, 5.32 this spring. His heater sat at 88-91 mph, his curveball regressed and his command was inconsistent.
9 331 Washington Nationals Marcus Jones OF North Carolina State N.C. $150,000
Marcus Jones is an intriguing prospect in center field for N.C. State. With a prototypical athlete's body, Jones runs well and looks the part on the baseball field. Defensively, Jones is an above-average defender with an average arm. The question is whether he'll hit enough at the professional level. Jones has good plate coverage and the ability to hit for power, and he has room to add strength.
10 332 Houston Astros Jacob Priday OF Missouri Mo.
Missouri's school record-holder for career homers (49) and RBIs (240), Jacob Priday did a lot of damage in both categories when he went deep four times and drove in nine runs against Texas in mid-April. Priday, who played at Sikeston (Mo.) High with Dodgers rookie sensation Blake DeWitt, joined the Tigers as a catcher but tore his labrum in 2007. He has spent most of his time at DH since, but a pro team may put him back behind the plate, where he once showed an average arm and decent receiving skills. If not, he'll be a corner outfielder.
11 333 Texas Rangers Cliff Springston LHP Arkansas Ark.
A two-way player for two years at Baylor, Cliff Springston found more success after focusing solely on pitching when he transferred to Arkansas. After the Razorbacks lost their weekend rotation (Nick Schmidt, Jess Todd, Duke Welker) to the first two rounds of the 2007 draft, Springston has become their top starter. He's a lefty with good size (6-foot-3, 210 pounds) and a feel for pitching. He can spot his 86-90 mph fastball to both sides of the plate, and he may have more velocity in him. Springston has a clean delivery, mixes four pitches and flashes a solid slider when he stays on top of it.
12 334 Oakland Athletics Chris Berroa OF Chipola (Fla.) JC Fla.
13 335 St. Louis Cardinals Devin Shepherd OF JC of Southern Nevada Nev.
Devin Shepherd entered the season as the nation's top juco prospect, having been an unsigned fifth-round pick of the Twins out of a California high school in 2006. After spending one season at Oklahoma, Shepherd shined last summer in the California Collegiate League, then backtracked using wood bats for CCSN. He was awful early, then rallied to finish at .343 but showing power (one home run). Scouts knock Shepherd for his lack of energy, inability to bring his raw power to bear in games and spotty ability to make contact. He remains athletic, a big man who can run and an impressive 5 o'clock hitter. While he was earlier committed to Oregon State, he's now believed to have switched to UC Santa Barbara.
14 336 Minnesota Twins Dominic De La Osa 2B Vanderbilt Tenn.
De la Osa hit 20 home runs in 2007 and was drafted in the 10th round by the Tigers, but this season his batting and power numbers are both down, as he hit .297 with 10 home runs. De la Osa is a free swinger and somewhat streaky, making his bat his main question mark. He's a plus runner with arm strength, athleticism and raw power. He's also an advanced baserunner and uses his speed often, stealing 27 bases this season. De la Osa is a versatile defender and could play either in the outfield or second base.
15 337 Los Angeles Dodgers Nate Eovaldi RHP Alvin (Texas) HS Texas $250,000
Aggies recruit Nathan Eovaldi had Tommy John surgery last May, and he rushed back to pitch his senior season at Alvin High. Eovaldi, who capped his spring with a victory in the state 5-A regional semifinals, has been back up to 92-93 mph. He hasn't been able to throw a breaking ball, however, and his hard slider was inconsistent in the path. Scouts admire his grit but balk at his price tag, so he'll probably end up in College Station.
16 338 Milwaukee Brewers Michael Marseco SS Samford Ala.
17 339 Toronto Blue Jays Dustin Antolin RHP Mililani (Hawaii) HS Hawaii
Antolin has touched 93 mph in shorter stints but generally sits in the 85-89 mph range. He has a clean arm action and loose wrists that should allow him to throw harder in the future and add power to his breaking ball. His low three-quarters arm slot helps give his two-seamer good sinking life and lends itself to a slider that has average potential. He mixes in a changeup as well and could be drafted higher than Daly.
18 340 Atlanta Braves Richard Sullivan LHP Savannah College of Art and Design (Ga.) Ga. $150,000
Lefthander Richard Sullivan is 6-foot-3, 235 pounds, and throws in the low 90s from an unorthodox delivery. He also has a plus curveball with depth and a changeup in need of polish. Pitching for an NAIA school, Sullivan hasn't gotten as much exposure as the typical Georgia prospect.
19 341 Chicago Cubs Toby Matchulat RHP Wabash Valley (Ill.) CC Ill.
20 342 Seattle Mariners Matt Jensen 2B Clovis (Calif.) East HS Calif.
21 343 Detroit Tigers Brandon Douglas SS Northern Iowa Iowa
Brandon Douglas has been the first-team all-Missouri Valley Conference shortstop in each of his three seasons at Northern Iowa, and this year he added league player of the year honors as well. He has good pop for a middle infielder, batting .396 with a school-record 25 doubles and 10 homers in 2008. He has a knack for making consistent hard contact, fanning just 14 times in 225 at-bats. His speed, arm and range are all average, though he may wind up moving to second base down the road. The Reds drafted him in the 37th round in 2007, when he was a redshirt sophomore hampered by hamstring injuries.
22 344 New York Mets Jeff Kaplan RHP Cal State Fullerton Calif.
Six-foot senior righty Jeff Kaplan, the team's steadiest starter in '07, touches the low 90s but works better in the upper 80s with sink. He can spot his fastball and works inside well.
23 345 San Diego Padres Tyson Bagley RHP Dallas Baptist Texas
Senior righthander Tyson Bagley has the most eye-catching tool at Dallas Baptist: a 93-96 mph fastball. He's also 6-foot-8 and 250 pounds. Bagley threw hard but with little control or command while at Westmont (Calif.) and Cisco (Texas) JC, and the Patriots have improved his delivery and ability to throw strikes. He still has bouts of wildness, his fastball is straight and his curveball is nothing special, so he doesn't have as much upside as his velocity might suggest.
24 346 Philadelphia Phillies Mike Stutes RHP Oregon State Ore.
Stutes rallied late to lower his ERA to 5.32, salvaging some of his draft stock. He has shown excellent velocity, hitting 94 mph at times and sitting at 89-92 mph. Even after four years of school, he's still more thrower than pitcher, however, lacking fastball command and a feel for pitching. He threw more sliders this year than in the past and throws a curveball and changeup. At times all four are average pitches. His lack of consistency might push him back to the same range of the '07 draft, when the Cardinals took him in the ninth round.
25 347 Colorado Rockies Kyle Walker LHP Texas Texas
Most of the veterans on the Texas staff didn't pitch up to expectations this spring. Lefthander Kyle Walker's control never has been his strong suit, and he had such problems throwing strikes this season that he got buried deep in the Longhorns bullpen. He has a low-90s fastball and a devastating curveball but he can't get them over the plate. Nevertheless, his raw stuff could get him drafted between the sixth and 10th rounds.
26 348 Arizona Diamondbacks Kyle Greene 3B Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) Idaho
Kyle Greene put up impressive numbers with a .428/.509/.838 line with 19 homers, 30 doubles and 94 RBIs. Like Mills, he's played both corner infield spots and he has a fringe-average arm and enough athleticism to give third a whirl as a pro. He's a solid hitter with strength who may lack the bat speed to hit for significant power with wood.
27 349 Los Angeles Angels Rolando Gomez SS Flanagan HS, Pembroke Pines, Fla. Fla. $450,000
Gomez draws comparisons to his relative and long time major leaguer Tony Fernandez, though Fernandez is five inches taller. At 5-feet-9, 160 pounds, Gomez is an undersized middle infielder with flare and above-average defensive ability. In the field, his actions are smooth and he has the ability to make difficult plays look routine. While the knock on Gomez is his fringe-average arm strength, he has soft hands and uses good footwork to get himself in the proper position to make plays. Staying at shortstop would make him more valuable, but some scouts think he'll eventually move to second base, in which case he will need to hit more. At the plate, Gomez has a quick lefthanded swing, spraying balls into the gaps. He shows occasional power, but capitalizing on his above-average speed with small ball better suits his skills. He was a regular on the showcase circuit last summer, and has gained a reputation as a grinder. He's committed to play for Miami if he doesn't sign.
28 350 New York Yankees Ray Kruml OF South Alabama Ala.
In the outfield, Alabama has speedy Ray Kruml, who transferred in from Indian Hills (Iowa) JC two years ago. Kruml is a gap-to-gap hitter who uses his speed to put pressure on defenses and take away runs in the outfield.
29 351 Cleveland Indians Matt Langwell RHP Rice Texas
30 352 Boston Red Sox Bryan Peterson OF West Valley HS, Spokane, Wash. Wash. $150,000
An outstanding quarterback, Peterson broke former NFL quarterback Mark Rypien's city record for all-purpose yards. His throwing arm for baseball is just average and might fit best in left field. His bat is his calling card, as he squares balls up and has above-average power potential from the left side. He also has solid instincts defensively and is a fringe-average runner. He's a Washington State signee and likely will be the first prep position player from the state to be drafted.