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Pick Overall Team Player Position School State Bonus
1 109 Houston Astros Ross Seaton RHP Second Baptist HS, Houston Texas $700,000
During the fall, Seaton pitched at 88-89 mph, wasn't a coveted recruit by Texas colleges and projected as a fifth-round talent. But after throwing 90-94 mph all spring and touching 96, Seaton has leapfrogged several others to establish himself as the Lone Star State's best prep pitching prospect. He features a slider than can range from devastating to flat, and an effective changeup. While his secondary pitches are inconsistent, his control isn't, as he throws strikes with ease. His delivery is smooth and easily repeatable. Big and strong at 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds, he's also a quality athlete who will see action as a two-way player if he attends Tulane, following in the tradition of Micah Owings and 2005 Astros first-round pick Brian Bogusevic. As an outfielder, Seaton offers power, arm strength and average to plus speed. A lefthanded hitter, he also has shown the ability to make adjustments at the plate. Nevertheless, he'll focus on pitching if he turns pro. Though he's a good student, Seaton is expected to sign if he's drafted in the early rounds. The Astros have shown a lot of interest in the local product and could target him with their sandwich-round pick at No. 38.
2 110 Philadelphia Phillies Jonathan Pettibone RHP Esperanza HS, Anaheim Calif. $500,000
A Southern California recruit, Pettitbone has a projectable frame and solid stuff at present, with a four-seamer parked in the 86-89 mph range, peaking at 90. His heater has solid movement to the arm-side. His mid-70s curveball is fringy at present but his changeup shows real promise from his low three-quarters arm slot. Some scouts had questions about his mechanics and arm action.
3 111 San Diego Padres Sawyer Carroll 1B Kentucky Ky. $125,000
After hitting a Southeastern Conference-best 23 doubles but just three homers in last season--his first at Kentucky after transferring from Seminole State (Okla.) JC--Carroll had hit 16 homers entering NCAA regional play. He also had 21 doubles and a school-record 78 RBIs. The 6-foot-4, 210-pounder is a quality lefthanded hitter, but scouts still wonder about his power with wood bats because he has average bat speed. His speed and arm are fringy tools, so his bat will have to carry him. The Nationals drafted him in the 18th round last year.
4 112 Los Angeles Angels Zach Cone OF Parkview HS, Lilburn, Ga. Ga.
One of the best high school athletes in this year's draft class, Cone has had an impressive spring season and has vaulted his draft stock upward. Although he is still somewhat stiff at the plate, Cone improved throughout high school and has shown the ability to hit for power and the potential to hit for average. He also has above-average speed, getting down the first base line in 4.1 seconds from the right side. Cone comes from professional bloodlines as his father played in the NFL. At 6-foot-2, and 200 pounds, Cone has the range and instincts to play center field at the major league level. There aren't many prospects in this draft class with Cone's mixture of athleticism, strength and tools. Cone is committed to play baseball for Georgia.