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Pick Overall Team Player Position School State Bonus
1 1283 Tampa Bay Rays Robbie Ross LHP Saddleback (Calif.) CC Calif.
2 1284 Pittsburgh Pirates Johnny Gunter RHP Chattahoochee Valley (Ala.) CC Ala.
3 1285 Kansas City Royals Cory Kiefer RHP Valley View HS, Moreno Valley, Calif. Calif.
4 1286 Baltimore Orioles Oliver Drake RHP Navy Md. $100,000
Oliver Drake has tantalized teams this year. A sophomore-eligible righthander at Navy, Drake has been impressive in his first two seasons. Pitching between 89-91 mph, Drake has a fluid motion and natural life on his fastball. His low-80s slider is a plus pitch, and his changeup and curveball could be in the future. Still projectable, Drake has a lot to like, but teams will have to wait on him--and who knows how long.
5 1287 San Francisco Giants Zach Thornton RHP Ventura (Calif.) JC Calif.
Tall and big-bodied, Thornton has emerged as one of the top JC pitchers in the nation. He had more success than any California juco pitching prospect, winning 10 regular-season games and ranking second in the state in ERA. His fastball sits in the 89-92 mph range, peaking at 93. He is able to maintain velocity deep into games, consistently registering 91 mph in the sixth inning of an early-season contest. Thornton tosses an excellent sweeping curveball from a low three-quarters arm slot. His changeup shows promise as well. Like many amateur pitches, Thornton has a lower release point on his curve, tipping the pitch. He has bigger stuff than the big-bodied Whitmore, who showed a fastball reaching 91-92 mph last summer in the California Collegiate League. He transferred from NAIA Fresno Pacific to Fresno CC to take advantage of his rising draft stock but rarely touched the 90s this spring. He sat more in the 85-88 mph range, with a solid-average 12-to-6 curveball and straight changeup. He works to both sides of the plate, probably his greatest strength besides being lefthanded.
6 1288 Florida Marlins Kes Carter OF Ravenwood HS, Brentwood, Tenn. Tenn.
7 1289 Cincinnati Reds Bronson Gagner RHP Parkview HS, Lilburn, Ga. Ga.
8 1290 Chicago White Sox Cory Farris C Boone County HS, Florence, Ky. Ky.
Cory Farris is the state's best athlete. He was runner-up for Mr. Kentucky Football in the fall, rushing for 2,824 yards and 32 touchdowns. His 6,227 career rushing yards are second in northern Kentucky history, trailing only fellow Boone County product Shaun Alexander, the NFL's 2005 Most Valuable Player. On the diamond, the 6-foot-1, 185-pounder is a switch-hitter with a decent swing, power potential and average speed. Though he has primarily caught in high school, he has fringy defensive skills behind the plate and projects as more of an outfielder. It won't be easy to sign him away from a Kentucky baseball scholarship.
9 1291 Washington Nationals Anthony Meo RHP Cranston (R.I.) West HS R.I.
Cranston (R.I.) West righthander Anthony Meo flashes 91-92 mph velocity from a low-three-quarters arm slot that lends his fastball some movement. But he throws across his body and lacks secondary stuff, and he'll probably wind up at Coastal Carolina in the fall.
10 1292 Houston Astros Austin Green C Henry HS, San Diego Calif.
11 1293 Texas Rangers Cody Eppley RHP Virginia Commonwealth Va.
12 1294 Oakland Athletics Nick Maronde LHP Lexington (Ky.) Catholic HS Ky.
Maronde is very similar to crosstown rival Robbie Ross in that both have exceptional polish for high school lefthanders. The difference is that while Maronde has a more conventional pitcher's build at 6-foot-3 and 195 pounds, he can't quite match Ross' sheer stuff. Maronde isn't just a finesse guy, however. He pitches from 88-92 mph with his fastball, and his slider is good at times but still inconsistent. His changeup is advanced for his experience level, and he pounds the bottom of the strike zone with little difficulty. Maronde won 32 of his first 34 high school decisions, losing only a one-hitter and a duel with Ross, and was the U.S. junior national team's best pitcher last summer, going 2-0 and not allowing an earned run in nine innings. Teams would be very interested in Maronde if they thought he'd sign for second- or third-round money, but that appears unlikely. He's advised by the Scott Boras Corporation and has a scholarship to play at Florida.
13 1295 St. Louis Cardinals Joe Babrick OF King HS, Tampa Fla.
14 1296 Minnesota Twins Jeff Pickering LHP Nitro (W.Va.) HS W.Va.
15 1297 Los Angeles Dodgers Greg Zebrack OF Campbell Hall HS, North Hollywood, Calif. Calif.
16 1298 Milwaukee Brewers Dexter Price RHP Air Academy HS, Colorado Springs Colo.
17 1299 Toronto Blue Jays Tyler Ybarra LHP Wellington (Kan.) HS Kan.
18 1300 Atlanta Braves Adam Bullard RHP Gardner-Webb N.C.
19 1301 Chicago Cubs Jesse Ginley RHP Dunnellon (Fla.) HS Fla.
20 1302 Seattle Mariners Mike Kindel OF Springboro (Ohio) HS Ohio
21 1303 Detroit Tigers Tyler Grimes SS North HS, Wichita, Kan. Kan.
22 1304 New York Mets Mark McGonigle OF New Orleans La.
23 1305 San Diego Padres James Tunnell OF Oklahoma City, Okla. Okla.
24 1306 Philadelphia Phillies Bryan Frew OF Nebraska-Omaha Neb.
25 1307 Colorado Rockies Alex Feinberg 2B Vanderbilt Tenn.
26 1308 Arizona Diamondbacks Clayton Suss RHP Miami Dade JC Fla.
27 1309 Los Angeles Angels Kevin Ferguson LHP Tampa Fla.
28 1310 New York Yankees Matt Summers RHP Chaparral HS, Scottsdale, Ariz. Ariz.
Another two-way player, Matt Summers, also fits better in college, even though his fastball has reached the low 90s. He's more a thrower than a pitcher, and while he has loft power offensively, his metal-bat swing isn't conducive to pro ball at this point.
29 1311 Cleveland Indians Mike McGuire RHP Delaware Del.
Injured in most of his junior year, McGuire started this season with hopes of anchoring the Blue Hens staff. He did make 13 starts but finished with a 6-5, 8.22 record. He does pitch in the low 90s with good downhill plane, so a team that likes his stuff could overlook his senior performance.
30 1312 Boston Red Sox John Killen LHP Blue Valley HS, Stilwell, Kan. Kan.