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Pick Overall Team Player Position School State Bonus
1 533 Tampa Bay Rays David Genao C Oral Roberts Okla.
2 534 Pittsburgh Pirates Jarek Cunningham SS Mount Spokane HS, Spokane, Wash. Wash. $100,000
3 535 Kansas City Royals Carlo Testa OF Belmont Tenn.
At 6-foot-3, 200 pounds, Carlo Testa is a lefthanded pitcher and outfielder for Belmont, leading the team in both batting (.387) and wins (6). He profiles best as a position player at the next level and will likely end up in right field. With an above-average arm and average speed, Testa is an athletic defender with good instincts. At the plate he is an above-average hitter, making consistent solid contact.
4 536 Baltimore Orioles Keith Landers LHP St. Peter-Marian HS, Worcester, Mass. Mass.
St. Peter-Marian lefthander Keith Landers burst onto the national prospect landscape with an impressive performance last fall at the Perfect Game/World Wood Bat Championships in Jupiter, Fla., but he has seldom duplicated that performance this spring. As a 6-foot-7, 200-pound lefty with decent stuff, Landers is a tantalizing package. His delivery has some effort right now, but most scouts think he projects to add velocity if he can clean up his mechanics--he flies open and his arm drags behind, causing his release point to be erratic. As a result, he struggles with his command, particularly with his slurvy breaking ball, though he does have some feel for the pitch. He pitched in the 87-90 mph range most of the spring, topping out at 91, and his fastball has good sink. He has feel for a changeup, but like everything with Landers it remains raw. He could sneak into the top three rounds if an organization loves his upside, but he seems more likely to honor his commitment to Louisville, where he could develop into a premium draft pick in three years.
5 537 San Francisco Giants Brooks Lindsley SS Lower Columbia (Wash.) JC Wash.
6 538 Florida Marlins Tom Koehler RHP SUNY Stony Brook N.Y.
Stony Brook righthander Tom Koehler has improved his stock as a senior by getting his body into much better shape. Koehler has always had good stuff and ran his fastball up to 94 as a junior, but scouts shied away from him because of his weight, and he went undrafted. He worked hard to firm up his body in the offseason and lost 35-40 pounds, and he anchored Stony Brook's America East-championship pitching staff this spring, going 6-5, 4.15 with 111 strikeouts and 45 walks in 93 innings. He works in the 92-94 range with a sinking, average to plus fastball, and he pitches off it well. His slider is a plus pitch at times, and he mixes in a promising changeup with some tumble. He'll flash a good overhand curveball, but other times he'll throw a flat one. His arm action has some funk, with a wrap in the back that affects his command, but with a 6-foot-3, 235-pound frame, he has a chance to be a workhorse if he can keep his body in shape.
7 539 Cincinnati Reds Chris McMurray C 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
8 540 Chicago White Sox Josh Billeaud RHP Southern Mississippi Miss.
Josh Billeaud also was selected in last year's draft, by the Rays in the 21st round. He returned for his junior season but has struggled, finishing the regular season with a 3-4, 7.39 record. Billeaud had more walks (37) than strikeouts (33) in 63 innings. He has arm strength, with a fastball in the low 90s and power slider, but is inconsistent.
9 541 Washington Nationals Bobby Hansen LHP Lewis-Palmer HS, Monument, Colo. Colo. $142,500
10 542 Houston Astros David Flores 3B Sacramento State Calif.
11 543 Texas Rangers Doug Hogan C Clemson S.C.
12 544 Oakland Athletics Rayan Gonzalez RHP Luchetti HS, Arecibo, P.R. P.R.
13 545 St. Louis Cardinals Jared Bradford RHP Louisiana State La.
14 546 Minnesota Twins Matt Nohelty OF Minnesota Minn.
Passed over as a draft-eligible sophomore in 2007, Nohelty has above-average speed and a feel for hitting. He needs to draw more walks to fit at the top of a batting order, and his slap approach doesn't lend itself to much power. He's a solid center fielder with a below-average arm. His signability is in question because he's a top student who earned a computer-science degree in three years and turned down the chance to play summer ball in 2007 so he could intern with Northwest Airlines. If he doesn't receive a pro offer to his liking, he could return to Minnesota and pursue a master's degree.
15 547 Los Angeles Dodgers Allen Webster RHP McMichael HS, Mayodan, N.C. N.C.
16 548 Milwaukee Brewers Nick Bucci RHP St. Patrick's HS, Sarnia, Ontario Ontario
17 549 Toronto Blue Jays Bobby Bell RHP Rice Texas
18 550 Atlanta Braves Michael Palazzone RHP Lassiter HS, Marietta, Ga. Ga.
Palazzone is another East Cobb alum and was an Aflac All-American last fall. He has major league stuff that put him on the scouting radar in his freshman year. He's 6-foot-3, 190 pounds with room for projection, pitching at 89-92 mph now with the possibility of 91-94 in the future. The gem of Palazzone's arsenal is his curveball, a big breaker with late 11-to-5 dropping action. It's already close to major league ready and he can command it in the zone. His changeup is also advanced for a high school pitcher and could be above-average in the future. With three possible plus pitches, a durable frame and command, Palazzone projects as a starter if he can clean up his delivery. With a funky arm action, backward shoulder tilt and straight over the top release, scouts worry about inconsistency and injuries. He's still able to generate downward plane and leverage to the plate, however. Palazzone is committed to Georgia if he doesn't sign.
19 551 Chicago Cubs Jeff Beliveau LHP Florida Atlantic Fla.
Jeff Beliveau transferred from College of Charleston and had an up and down season because of problems with command. Beliveau pitches at 90 mph with plus life. He also throws a downer curveball that creates swings and misses from hitters. Poor command is all that holds Beliveau back from being a top-tier talent because he is a competitor and an athlete on the mound.
20 552 Seattle Mariners Travis Howell C Long Beach State Calif.
21 553 Detroit Tigers Scott Weismann RHP Acton-Boxborough (Mass.) Regional HS Mass.
The high school crop after Landers is thin, but smallish righthander Scott Weismann has a quick arm. His mid-three-quarters arm slot helps him get sink on his 88-91 mph fastball, his slider is a work in progress and he seldom utilizes his changeup. Weismann is committed to Clemson and seems all but certain to head to school.
22 554 New York Mets Collin McHugh RHP Berry (Ga.) Ga.
23 555 San Diego Padres Nick Vincent RHP Long Beach State Calif.
24 556 Philadelphia Phillies Tyler Cloyd RHP Bellevue, Neb. Neb.
25 557 Colorado Rockies Chad Jacobsen 1B South Carolina-Aiken S.C.
26 558 Arizona Diamondbacks Sam Brown RHP North Carolina State N.C.
Brown has the most projection of any of the Wolfpack pitchers. He pitches in the low 90s with a clean delivery, and was a seventh-round pick of the Nationals coming out of high school in 2006.
27 559 Los Angeles Angels Adam Younger SS Oral Roberts Okla.
28 560 New York Yankees Brandon Braboy RHP Indianapolis Ind.
Righthander Brandon Braboy is another small-college starter who emerged this spring. NCAA Division II Indianapolis recruited him from Rend Lake (Ill.) CC as a shortstop, but he has found a home on the mound as his fastball consistently touched 94-95 mph this spring. Though he's just 6 feet tall and 195 pounds, he generates his plus velocity more with arm speed than effort. His breaking ball and his command are still raw, but his arm strength is hard to ignore.
29 561 Cleveland Indians Kaimi Mead LHP Hawaii Pacific Hawaii
30 562 Boston Red Sox Brian Flynn LHP Owasso (Okla.) HS Okla.
Teams who covet size and velocity love lefthander Brian Flynn, a 6-foot-8, 235-pounder who has touched 93 mph this spring. Flynn, who does everything righthanded except for pitching, threw in the mid-80s in 2007. He has won the last two state 6-A championship games for Owasso High. He's a long-term project who is raw in every phase of pitching, so clubs might let him develop for three years at Wichita State before making a big run at him.