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Pick Overall Team Player Position School State Bonus
1 263 Tampa Bay Rays Shawn Smith LHP Saugus (Calif.) HS Calif. $150,000
2 264 Pittsburgh Pirates Matt Hague 3B Oklahoma State Okla. $25,000
Hague, who spent his first three seasons at Washington, planned on transferring to Clemson before eligibility issues arose. He has hit throughout his college career, including a .299 performance in the Cape Cod League last summer. He has an unconventional set-up and a big bat wrap in back, but he's so quick and strong (6-foot-2, 215 pounds) that he has no problems producing. Most of Hague's value lies in his offense, and he fits much better defensively in right field than at first base. Some scouts are intrigued by his pitching because he has flashed a 94 mph fastball in brief relief stints, but he'll be drafted as a hitter. He turned down the Indians as an 11th-rounder last year.
3 265 Kansas City Royals J.D. Alfaro OF/LHP St. John Bosco HS, Lakewood, Calif. Texas $75,000
4 266 Baltimore Orioles Nick Haughian LHP Washington Wash. $100,000
Haughian, a lefthander, is the latest Husky pitcher to develop velocity under coach Ken Knudson's tutelage. Scouts have seen his velocity fluctuate, in part because at times he both started and relieved in a Pac-10 weekend series, but he developed a slider in the low 80s that was a plus, strikeout pitch in the season's second half. At his best, Haughian's fastball reached 91-92 mph after sitting in the upper 80s much of the spring, but when he threw it for strikes and worked off his slider, he was filthy. He wound up tying UCLA's Tim Murphy for the Pac-10 strikeouts lead with 107 in the regular season. Throwing strikes consistently is the biggest key for Haughian, who could move quickly as a lefty reliever thanks to his slider.
5 267 San Francisco Giants Ryan Verdugo LHP Louisiana State La. $95,000
Jason Verdugo was drafted out of high school in 2005 (43rd round, Phillies) and again last year out of Skagit Valley (Wash.) CC (47th round, Giants), with Tommy John surgery in between. Verdugo's stuff is solid but not spectacular, as he changes speeds off a fastball that ranges from 85-91 mph and mixes it with a curveball and changeup. His control and command are nothing special, either, but he competes and emerged as LSU's top starter in the postseason.
6 268 Florida Marlins Dan Jennings LHP Nebraska Neb. $145,000
Lefthander Dan Jennings has more projection remaining than most college juniors. There's room to add strength on his 6-foot-3, 183-pound frame, and he has a quick arm and clean mechanics. His best present pitch is his slider, which is more of solid offering than a swing-and-miss weapon. His fastball ranges from 86-90 mph and he keeps it down in the strike zone. Jennings, who has shuttled between the rotation and the bullpen for Nebraska, projects as a reliever in pro ball. He had a streak of 30 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings at midseason.
7 269 Cincinnati Reds Dave Sappelt OF Coastal Carolina S.C. $75,000
David Sappelt was the Big South Conference player of the year in 2007 and was batting .344 this season while playing an above-average center field. He has a package of speed and power at the plate, making him a threat in multiple ways on the field.
8 270 Chicago White Sox Ryan Strauss RHP Florida State Fla. $30,000
Righthander Ryan Strauss has split time between starting and relieving this season. He finished the regular season 8-1, 4.39 in 19 appearances, eight of which were starts. Strauss throws between 90-93 mph and mixes in a curveball that is sharper in relief. He should make a good senior sign.
9 271 Washington Nationals J.R. Higley 1B Sacramento CC Calif. $150,000
A first baseman drawing interest is Loyola Marymount transfer J.R. Higley, who played this season at Sacramento City College. He has a solid hit tool and more athleticism than the average first baseman, as he went to Loyola Marymount as a shorstop.
10 272 Houston Astros Luis Cruz LHP Academia Santa Monica, San Juan, P.R. P.R. $150,000
Were he a bit taller, lefthander Luis Cruz's draft stock might soar. As it is, Cruz is listed as 5-foot-9 but is still the best lefthander out of Puerto Rico. He may have the best stuff as well. His fastball works at 88-91 mph, touching 92 with late sink. His changeup is an above-average pitch, and his curveball shows potential with quick bite but is still inconsistent. Cruz works with clean mechanics, a loose arm and gets extension out front, but his size has scouts thinking he's a future reliever.
11 273 Texas Rangers Jared Bolden OF Virginia Commonwealth Va. $123,300
Virginia Commonwealth's Jared Bolden has consistently hit in each of his three years in college, and he led an anemic VCU attack with a .355 average and 12 home runs this season. A lefthanded first baseman, Bolden is athletic and could move to the outfield in pro-ball.
12 274 Oakland Athletics Mitch LeVier OF Fullerton (Calif.) JC Calif. $75,000
13 275 St. Louis Cardinals Aaron Luna OF Rice Texas $150,000
With nine homers entering NCAA regional play, Aaron Luna hasn't matched his power numbers from his first two seasons (29 total homers). That may drop him down far enough in the draft to render him unsignable away from what would be his senior year at Rice. But he did hit well with wood bats in the Cape Cod League last summer, and he's more athletic than his 5-foot-11, 200-pound frame might indicate. A former all-state running back at a top Texas program (Carroll High in Southlake), he plays a solid left field. Luna was Rice's regular second baseman in 2007, and he profiles better at that position.
14 276 Minnesota Twins Mike Gonzales 1B Diablo Valley (Calif.) JC Calif. $87,500
15 277 Los Angeles Dodgers Steven Caseres 1B James Madison Va. $250,000
James Madison's Steven Caseres is a first baseman with raw power. Caseres piles up high strikeout totals, and first base is his only defensive option.
16 278 Milwaukee Brewers Michael Bowman RHP Virginia Military Institute Va. $85,000
17 279 Toronto Blue Jays A.J. Jimenez C Discipulos De Cristo HS, Bayamon, P.R. P.R. $150,000
18 280 Atlanta Braves Kyle Farrell RHP Western Nevada CC Nev. $150,000
Western Nevada's top draft prospect, righthander Kyle Farrell, has one potential plus pitch with his spike curveball that he throws with some power and improved command. He throws strikes with a clean arm action and repeats his delivery. His fastball sits in the 87-91 mph range, and he has a physical, projectable frame that should allow him to add velocity. Farrell didn't dominate the wood-bat Scenic West Athletic Conference as someone with his stuff should have. He's just a freshman and could be back for his sophomore season if he's not a high pick.
19 281 Chicago Cubs Jay Jackson RHP Furman S.C. $90,000
Righthander Jay Jackson had a great summer in the Great Lakes League in 2007 and carried that success into this season. He finished 9-2, 3.17 for the Paladins, mixing his low-90s fastball with a solid slider and true downer curveball to overmatch hitters. An athlete on the mound, Jackson also played center field for Furman and hit .336 with eight home runs. Jackson has a solid frame with room to grow and could potentially gain even more velocity on his fastball. He is also developing a changeup that could make him into a true four-pitch threat.
20 282 Seattle Mariners Billy Morrison RHP Western Michigan Mich.
21 283 Detroit Tigers Anthony Shawler RHP Old Dominion Va. $76,500
Anthony Shawler was ODU's Saturday starter, and he also has a four-pitch arsenal. His fastball also sits between 90-92 mph but doesn't have much late life. Shawler's best secondary pitch is a slider that generates swings and misses. He also throws a split-finger fastball and changeup. Shawler compiled a 95/38 strikeout/walk ratio in 76 innings this season.
22 284 New York Mets Eric Beaulac RHP Le Moyne N.Y. $90,000
Le Moyne righthander Eric Beaulac ranked as the top prospect in the New York Collegiate League last summer but saw his stock drop early this spring as his command and stuff were erratic. He was much better down the stretch, striking out nine in a no-hitter May 10 against Rider and finishing at 9-2, 2.83 with 113 strikeouts and 43 walks in 92 innings. Beaulac's 6-foot-5, 195-pound frame helps him get plenty of sink on his average fastball, which topped out at 93-94 down the stretch. He pitches in the 90-92 range early in games but drops into the high 80s after the fifth or sixth inning, leading some scouts to believe he'll be a reliever in pro ball. He also has failed to develop his changeup, though his slider is back to being an average pitch, and sometimes plus. Beaulac's delivery has some effort and he needs to add strength to his thin frame, but he's a good athlete and fields his position well.
23 285 San Diego Padres Kyle Thebeau RHP Texas A&M Texas
After spending two years as a swingman at Texas A&M, Thebeau has found his niche as a full-time reliever as a junior. Though he had some success as a starter, including a 13-strikeout complete-game victory against Louisiana-Lafayette in an NCAA regional championship game last June, he's better suited to work out of the bullpen in pro ball. He works primarily with a 91-94 mph fastball that touches 96 and a mid-80s slider. While his slider is an out pitch, he relies on it too much at times. He's just 6-foot-1 and 195 pounds, so he generates his velocity via some effort in his delivery, which hinders his control. Thebeau projects more as a setup man than as a closer, and he's likely as good as he's going to get. But he has the arm to pitch in the seventh or eighth inning at the major league level, and he shouldn't require much time in the minors.
24 286 Philadelphia Phillies Cody Overbeck 3B Mississippi Miss. $80,000
The Rebels boast a solid group of position players led by third baseman Cody Overbeck, who led the Rebels with a .350 average and 15 home runs during the regular season. An average defensive player, Overbeck might profile better at second base in the pros. He has a hitch in his swing that will prevent him for hitting for the power necessary at the next level.
25 287 Colorado Rockies Craig Bennigson LHP California Calif. $70,000
Cal also features lefthander Craig Bennigson, who had an up-and-down spring after showing average fastball velocity and an occasional power breaking ball in the Cape Cod League.
26 288 Arizona Diamondbacks Brett Moorhouse RHP Indian River (Fla.) CC Fla. $120,000
Righthander Brett Moorhouse features pure arm strength. He pitches in the low 90s and has been seen up to 94. His secondary stuff keeps him from being a top prospect, as his changeup and slider are still in the developmental stages. A good sign is that he finished with a K/BB ratio of nearly four/one this spring.
27 289 Los Angeles Angels Nick Farnsworth 1B Union HS, Tulsa, Okla. Okla. $150,000
28 290 New York Yankees Mikey O'Brien RHP Hidden Valley HS, Roanoke, Va. Va. $200,000
Righthander Mikey O'Brien throws his fastball at 90 mph and shows a good feel for pitching. He has command of a solid curveball and changeup and dominated high school hitters this season. The knock on O'Brien is his size. At 5-foot-11, he'll likely end up in college, and he is committed to Winthrop.
29 291 Cleveland Indians Clayton Cook RHP Amarillo (Texas) HS Texas $115,000
30 292 Boston Red Sox Christian Vazquez C Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, Gurabo, P.R. P.R. $80,000
A catcher with strong catch-and-throw skills, Cristian Vazquez is a good defender with an accurate arm. But at 5-foot-10, 210 pounds, his body is maxed out and he will have to watch his weight.