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Pick Overall Team Player Position School State Bonus
1 713 Tampa Bay Rays Marquis Fleming RHP Cal State Stanislaus Calif.
2 714 Pittsburgh Pirates Brian Litwin 3B St. Stephens HS, Hickory, N.C. N.C.
3 715 Kansas City Royals Jason Morales 3B Inglewood (Calif.) HS N.C.
4 716 Baltimore Orioles T.J. Baxter OF New Orleans La.
5 717 San Francisco Giants Wes Musick LHP Houston Texas
It's indicative of the talent in Texas this year that the top college starting pitching prospect has a fringe-average fastball and a medical history that includes Tommy John and knee surgeries. It's also indicative of Musick's pitchability and resolve that he has achieved that status. He developed a tender elbow shortly after arriving at Houston in the fall of 2005, but an MRI came up negative. He blew out the ACL in his knee while playing touch football in the outfield, and a subsequent examination of his elbow revealed a torn ligament there as well. Musick has been the Cougars' best pitcher since returning to the mound in 2007. His fastball parks at 86-90 mph and peaks at 91, but it features nice run and he can locate it to both sides of the plate. His best pitch is a plus changeup, and he has a solid curveball. He's not projectable at 6 feet and 185 pounds, but he's a lefthander who throws strikes and piles up innings. Though he has extra leverage as a redshirt sophomore, he's not considered an especially difficult sign.
6 718 Florida Marlins Zach Moore C Dundalk (Md.) CC Md.
7 719 Cincinnati Reds Enrique Garcia RHP Miami Fla.
8 720 Chicago White Sox Brett Graffy RHP Notre Dame Ind.
Graffy, who touched 95 mph in his last Cape Cod League outing last summer, gets more run on his fastball and pitches in the high 80s when he drops down to a three-quarters arm slot. His splitter is a promising second pitch. Control never has been Graffy's strongest suit, and when he couldn't throw strikes he lost his role in the Fighting Irish bullpen.
9 721 Washington Nationals Chris Kelley RHP Rice Texas
10 722 Houston Astros Danny Meier OF Portland Ore.
Portland's Dan Meier has more tools than his Oregon State counterparts. He runs well for his size, enough to fill in in center field, and has shown improved power at the plate. He sells out and strikes out too much, but when he connects he can put a charge in the ball, as he tied for the West Coast Conference lead with 15 homers through the regular season. His best tool is his arm, and he's athletic enough for either outfield corner.
11 723 Texas Rangers Adam Cobb OF Louisiana Tech La.
12 724 Oakland Athletics Ken Smalley RHP Delta State (Miss.) Miss.
13 725 St. Louis Cardinals Zach Pitts RHP Louisville Ky.
14 726 Minnesota Twins Lionel Morrill OF Vauxhall HS, Crows Nest Pass, Alb Alberta
Morrill plays at the Vauxhall Academy in Alberta, in a town known as "the potato capital of the West" in Canada. Scouts have found their way there because Morrill, at 6-foot-4, 190 pounds, has a pro body, 6.6-second speed in the 60 and at least an average arm, if not more. His loose, athletic frame glides to balls in center field and he projects as an above-average defender with experience. He has raw power offensively but a raw approach and hasn't seen much quality pitching yet. He's committed to play at the Junior College of Southern Idaho.
15 727 Los Angeles Dodgers Roberto Feliciano LHP Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, Gurabo, P.R. P.R.
16 728 Milwaukee Brewers Brandon Ritchie LHP Grand Rapids (Mich.) CC Mich.
Lefthander Brandon Ritchie re-established himself as the state's top juco prospect after missing 2007 with a knee injury. He needs to do a better job of keeping his 6-foot-5, 240-pound body in shape, but he can touch 92 mph with his fastball and spin a slider. In his final start of the season, he went the distance without allowing an earned run to win a first-round game at the Division II Junior College World Series.
17 729 Toronto Blue Jays Chris Hopkins OF Oregon State Ore.
Outfielder Chris Hopkins, a 20-year-old senior, has speed and is a fine defender in center field. His bat is light for pro ball and he doesn't run enough on the bases to be an offensive factor.
18 730 Atlanta Braves Shayne Moody SS Charlotte N.C.
19 731 Chicago Cubs David Cales RHP St. Xavier (Ill.) Ill.
20 732 Seattle Mariners Henry Contreras C Cal State Los Angeles Calif.
21 733 Detroit Tigers Carmelo Jaime 2B Miami Dade JC Fla.
22 734 New York Mets Kyle Allen RHP Pendleton School, Bradenton, Fla. Fla. $150,000
23 735 San Diego Padres Eric Gonzalez RHP South Alabama Ala.
24 736 Philadelphia Phillies Korey Noles LHP Columbus State (Ga.) Ga.
25 737 Colorado Rockies Tommy Field SS Texas State Texas
Thomas Field also blew out his knee playing high school football. A shortstop in the mold of Adam Everett, he's a terrific defender with plus range, solid arm strength and passion for the game. He's also an above-average runner. He hit 10 homers this spring but scouts question his bat and he's going to be more of a line-drive hitter as a pro.
26 738 Arizona Diamondbacks Nelson Gomez 3B Keystone (Pa.) Pa.
27 739 Los Angeles Angels Taylor Jungmann RHP Georgetown (Texas) HS Texas
After leading Rogers to the Texas state 2-A championship in 2007, Jungmann transferred to Georgetown and has pitched his new school into the 5-A regional semifinals. Jungmann is an athletic 6-foot-5, 180-pounder who also was an all-district basketball forward at Rogers. There's a lot of projection left in his frame, and scouts expect his current 88-92 mph fastball to touch 95 mph in the future. While he has a loose arm, his mechanics will need ironing out before he can develop much in the way of secondary pitches or command. Jungmann isn't likely to get picked before the third round and may not be signable outside of the first, so he could wind up attending college at Texas.
28 740 New York Yankees Mike Lyon 3B Northeastern Mass.
Northeastern shortstop Dan Lyon and Holy Cross catcher Brendan Akashian have both garnered moderate interest as late senior signs. Lyon slugged 14 homers while batting .357 for the Huskies this spring, but he struggled against breaking balls and generates more interest for his decent hands and average arm; he profiles as an organizational middle infielder.
29 741 Cleveland Indians Kevin Fontanez SS Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, Gurabo, P.R. P.R.
30 742 Boston Red Sox Ricky Oropesa 1B Etiwanda (Calif.) HS Calif.
Oropesa is a two-way talent who is part of a strong Southern California recruiting class. He dazzled scouts at Major League Baseball's summer showcase at the Urban Youth Academy in Compton last June, blasting several home runs with wood bats, including several off the batter's eye in center field. He also took a turn on the mound, firing a four-seam fastball that registered from 91-93 mph and peaking at 95. Since establishing himself as a possible first-rounder, though, Oropesa has not been as impressive, and his draft stock has taken a dip. He struggled at the Area Code Games and the Aflac Classic, showing an inability to connect with quality pitching. During the spring prep season, he has posted eye-popping numbers against inferior pitching, but he struggled against Notre Dame-bound lefthander Dustin Ispas of Los Osos High. As a hitter, Oropesa has well-above-average raw power, but his hitting mechanics don't let him get to his power against quality pitching. He fits best as a first baseman despite his above-average arm, as he lacks the hands for third base or the speed and range for the outfield corners. As a pitcher, he loses velocity as a game wears on, and his secondary stuff is short. He should be an excellent two-way player in college, but his raw power makes him most attractive as a hitter as a pro.