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Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 5 Buster Posey C Florida State Fla. $6,200,000
Posey was recruited out of high school by Florida State to play shortstop, and he started all 65 games there for the Seminoles as a freshman. Following the 2006 season, however, Posey was asked to move behind the plate and catch for the first time in his life. He took to it naturally and two seasons later is considered the top catching prospect, both defensively and offensively, in the country. His offensive numbers this season, including a .471 average, put him among the national leaders in several categories. His receiving, footwork and release are all advanced, and his athleticism is apparent. Posey's arm strength (he reaches 94 mph off the mound) and accuracy are pluses as well. At the plate, Posey has above-average bat speed and makes consistent contact. He has power to all fields but will probably be known more for his batting average than home runs. Drafted out of high school by the Angels in the 50th round in 2005, Posey is regarded as one of the safest picks in this year's draft. His projection as an offensive catcher with Gold Glove-caliber defense has boosted Posey's draft stock as much as anyone's over the weeks leading up to the draft.
1s 37 Conor Gillaspie 3B Wichita State Kan. $970,000
Though he turned in productive freshman and sophomore seasons at Wichita State, Gillaspie didn't really break out as a prospect until he won the MVP award in the Cape Cod League last summer. He added the batting (.345) and slugging titles (.673) as well. He has posted similar numbers for the Shockers as a junior, consistently squaring up balls on the barrel of his bat and controlling the strike zone. As a pro, he projects to hit for a high average, with much of his power coming in the form of doubles rather than home runs. He gets high marks for his intensity and his work ethic, as he constantly strives to improve his game. He's an underrated athlete and baserunner who used his aggressiveness and instincts to tie for the NCAA Division I lead with eight triples going into the final week of the regular season. Gillaspie has no more than decent range and has been erratic at third base this spring, but he should be able to stick at the hot corner in pro ball. His hands are soft and arm strength is average, and he makes the routine plays. Clubs have varying opinions on Gillaspie, with some viewing him as a late first-round talent and others as more of a second-rounder.
3 82 Roger Kieschnick OF Texas Tech Texas $525,000
Coming off a summer during which he tied Pedro Alvarez for the Team USA lead with seven homers, Kieschnick had a shot to go in the first round, with his chances enhanced by a lack of quality college outfielders. But he hasn't delivered as much as hoped, chasing too many pitches out of the strike zone and batting just .300 entering the final week of the regular season--this after hitting .305 as a sophomore. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Kieschnick has above-average power to all fields, but until he shows more discipline, pitchers can exploit his aggressiveness. He's not one-dimensional, however, as he has solid-average speed and arm strength, making him a prototypical right fielder. His game and his build are reminiscent of his cousin, former Cubs first-round pick Brooks Kieschnick. Roger ranks as the top position player in Texas in a down year for the state, but he's more likely to go in the sandwich or second round now.
4 117 Brandon Crawford SS UCLA Calif. $375,000
Crawford sparkled as one of the best players in the nation during his freshman and sophomore seasons. His march toward the top half of the draft has not gone well, however, starting last summer, when he hit just .189 in the Cape Cod League. His junior year has been disappointing, as has that of preseason No. 1 UCLA, which was flirting with .500. Crawford has used several different stances at bat, searching for a solution. While he has average raw power, Crawford doesn't make enough contact to get to it and had struck out in 27 percent of his at-bats. His problems at the plate have him profiling as a utility player, and some scouts have criticized his energy level. His best tools are his speed, defense and plus arm. He shows advanced playmaking ability at short and is particularly adept at charging slow hoppers and making the throw on the run.
5 147 Edwin Quirarte RHP Cal State Northridge Calif. $193,000
Drafted out of high school by the Reds in 2005 (39th round), Quirarte moved from the rotation to the bullpen this season for Cal State Northridge, and he thrived in the role, reaching the low 90s with his fastball and getting groundball outs with his slider. He also throws a split-finger fastball.
6 177 Eric Surkamp LHP North Carolina State N.C. $135,000
Eric Surkamp is a tall, projectable lefthander with fringe-average stuff and a great feel for pitching. His fastball is in the upper 80s and has touched 91 mph, and he throws a curveball and changeup that he mixes well but sometimes struggles to command. Surkamp has inconsistent but pitched better later in the season, boosting his draft stock.
7 207 Aaron King LHP Surry (N.C.) CC N.C. $110,000
King has all the things scouting directors love, as a 6-foot-4 lefthander who pitches in the low to mid-90s. Possibly the best lefthander in the junior college ranks, King is a strikeout pitcher, pitching off his fastball and putting hitters away with his slider. He also throws a changeup. He's athletic on the mound and still has projection. His delivery is somewhat unconventional and causes him to be erratic at times. The question with King, at it is with most juco pitchers, is whether he will throw enough strikes. His K/BB ratio this season was close to 3/1. He will at least be given a chance as a starting pitcher in the pros. He's a freshman at Surry and relatively new on the scouting radar, and he wasn't drafted out of high school.
8 237 Scott Barnes LHP St. John's N.Y. $100,000
Barnes has had an inconsistent spring, but he pitched better down the stretch after making mechanical adjustments. He was out of sync early in the season with his delivery, causing his arm to drag and limiting his extension, and he threw across his body to compensate. He worked in the mid-80s with his fastball and struggled to command his secondary stuff. But his alignment and tempo have improved in the second half, and his fastball has climbed into the 90-92 mph range with good sink. His delivery still has a head jerk, but scouts think his quirkiness adds to his deception. He shows an average slider with good tilt and good feel for a changeup, and he uses a slow curveball as a show pitch. Barnes stands out most for his competitiveness and his aggressiveness, but opinion on him is widely mixed. He could be drafted anywhere from the third to the 10th round.
9 267 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.
10 297 Ryan O'Sullivan RHP Valhalla HS, El Cajon, Calif. Calif.
O'Sullivan's older brother Sean was a third-round pick of the Angels in 2005 (signing as a draft-and-follow the following spring), and while Ryan lacks his older brother's big, physical body, his frame is solid and gives him some projection. O'Sullivan's build, stuff and approach are similar to Ian Kennedy's. He locates his 88-92 mph four-seam fastball well with some armside life. His breaking ball is not the monster curve his brother attacks hitters with, but it has improved substantially since his junior year. More of a finesse than a power pitcher, O'Sullivan also shows an excellent feel for his sinker and changeup. He profiles as a third or fourth starter, with four average to plus pitches, as well as command and pitching savvy. He plays shortstop when he's not pitching, but he does not project as a pro hitter. He has enough athletic ability and bat, though, to handle two-way duties if he winds up in college at San Diego State.
11 327 Justin Fitzgerald RHP UC Davis Calif.
A redshirt junior, Fitzgerald has emerged as a prospect by becoming one of the West's harder-throwing closers, but he's far from a one-pitch power closer. His fastball has touched 95 mph at times, though it straightens out at that velocity. He gets a little more cut and life on the pitch when it's thrown in the 90-93 mph range. Fitzgerald's slider and cut fastball are both decent pitches, with the cutter thrown with more power. His best secondary pitch is a changeup, which grades out as solid-average. While Fitzgerald is just a decent athlete, he throws strikes and generally repeats his delivery. The Aggies tried to make him a starter as a sophomore, but his elbow couldn't handle the strain of his velocity, and he ended up taking a medical redshirt. He has proven more hittable than a closer should be and profiles more as a set-up man as a pro, but his effectiveness against lefthanded hitters should help him move quickly.
12 357 Ari Ronick LHP Portland Ore.
Ari Ronick, a 6-foot-5 lefthander who is the nephew of the Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson, has lost velocity and pitches in the mid-80s, sitting at 87 mph at his best this spring. One scout likened him to former big leaguer John Halama for his size and solid ability to spot his changeup and breaking ball for strikes.
13 387 Juan Perez OF Western Oklahoma State JC Okla.
Juan Carlos Perez put up the craziest statistics in the state. Playing at hitter-friendly Western Oklahoma JC, he set a Division II junior college records with 37 homers (one short of the overall juco mark) and 102 RBIs while batting .465 with a 1.102 slugging percentage. While his stats might be inflated, the 6-foot, 185-pounder has legitimate tools. He has a sound swing with bat speed and easy power, average speed and arm strength, and a chance to play center field. The bigger issues with Perez are his age (he'll be 22 in November) and his immigration status. A Dominican, he stayed in the United States after his original tourist visa expired, which could prevent him from gaining a work visa to play pro ball. If he gets his paperwork, he could go in the first 10 rounds.
14 417 Caleb Curry OF Iowa Iowa
Caleb Curry stole an Iowa-record 45 bases as a senior, ranking third nationally in that category entering NCAA regional play. He's a plus runner with good instincts on the bases and in center field, and he also gets the job done at second base. Though he's just 6 feet and 175 pounds, he has a little pop and isn't just a slap hitter.
15 447 Dan Cook 2B Florida Atlantic Fla.
Daniel Cook took a foul ball off his foot early in the season, causing him to miss almost half the season. A switch-hitting third baseman, Cook is athletic and could also play in the outfield. Cook is 6-foot-3, 175 pounds and has room to add strength. He's a quality senior sign with upside.
16 477 C.J. Ziegler 1B Arizona Ariz.
17 507 Brian Irving RHP Yale Conn.
18 537 Brooks Lindsley SS Lower Columbia (Wash.) JC Wash.
19 567 Ryan Mantle OF Missouri State Mo.
Outfielder Ryan Mantle has the most intriguing bloodlines in the state, as he's a third cousin of Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle. Ryan piques the interest of scouts with his athleticism as well. He's a 6-foot-3, 205-pounder with power, speed and arm strength, but his tools never have translated into performance and he's still susceptible to breaking pitches. A redshirt junior, Mantle was passed over despite being eligible for the last two drafts.
20 597 Trey Sutton 2B Southern Mississippi Miss.
21 627 Mike Eifel RHP Dominican (Ill.) Ill.
Righthander Mike Eifel signed a one-day contract with the independent Southern Illinois Miners so he could showcase himself for scouts in a Frontier League exhibition game. The 6-foot-4, 240-pound Eifel, who began his college career at NCAA Division III Dominican as a catcher, reached 93 mph with his fastball and backed it up with a late-breaking 79-80 mph curveball in two innings of work. He also showed a changeup, though he struggled with his command as he opened up too quick with his delivery.
22 657 Carter Bell 3B Vanier SS, Toronto British Columbia
Another Canadian heading to an American four-year college, infielder Carter Bell committed to Oregon State and has a chance to step right into the Beavers' lineup next year. A shortstop in high school, he has the body control and athletic ability to play the position in college. His 7.0-second speed in the 60 and below-average range likely make a move to third a necessity for pro ball, and his bat is light for the draft at a corner spot. He has a nice compact swing, however, and a decent feel for hitting.
23 687 Jason Jarvis RHP Lincoln Saltdogs (American Association) Neb. $100,000
When Arizona State ruled him academically ineligible in mid-March, righthander Jason Jarvis became eligible for selection this year because he withdrew from the university more than 45 days before the draft. He found a home with the Lincoln Saltdogs of the independent American Association, the league that Luke Hochevar and Max Scherzer used as a springboard to major league contracts the previous two years. With the Sun Devils, Jarvis relied primarily on a lively low-90s fastball. With the Saltdogs, he has cleaned up his delivery and used an improved changeup more often. He uses his slider mainly as a chase pitch, and his repertoire and aggressive nature fit best in the bullpen. Jarvis' fastball velocity has been inconsistent with Lincoln, sometimes dipping into the high 80s. Scouts have questioned his makeup since he was in high school, but the Saltdogs have praised his composure.
24 717 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.
25 747 Damon Wright OF Dartmouth N.H.
Dartmouth center fielder Damon Wright is a good athlete who had his best year offensively as a senior, batting .397/.466/.682 with nine homers and 39 RBIs. He's got occasional power and average speed, but his swing is long and his approach is suspect, despite an 18-17 BB-K ratio in 151 at-bats this spring.
26 777 Ryan Lormand 2B Houston Texas
27 807 Kyle Woodruff RHP Chico State (Calif.) Calif.
28 837 Shane Kaufman RHP San Diego State Calif.
29 867 Rob Flanigan 1B North Georgia College & State Ga.
30 897 Vladimir Frias SS Tennessee Wesleyan Tenn.
31 927 Aaron Davidson RHP Arkansas-Fort Smith JC Ark.
32 957 John Blake RHP Lake Sumter (Fla.) CC Fla.
33 987 Ryne Price OF Kansas Kan.
34 1017 Frank LaFreniere RHP Ahuntsic (Quebec) JC Quebec
Quebec righty Francois LaFreniere, a 17-year-old with a clean arm, pitcher's body and below-average present fastball. His curveball has shown more potential.
35 1047 Dan Black 3B Purdue Ind.
36 1077 Matt Way LHP Washington State Wash.
Washington State's second draft pick was expected to be lefthander Matt Way, who moved from the bullpen into the rotation late. He was excellent last summer in the West Coast Collegiate League and continued to be a strike thrower with solid-average stuff. He works off a sinking fastball that sits in the upper 80s and a plus changeup that has screwball action. He's got decent size and a clean delivery and might throw harder down the line. His delivery gives him a little deception. His slider is a bit short to stay as a starter, but he's shown a durable arm as a college reliever.
37 1107 Jeremy Penn RHP Western Oklahoma State JC Okla.
38 1137 Chris Wilson RHP Trinidad State (Colo.) JC Colo.
39 1167 Braden Kapteyn 3B Illiana Christian HS, Lansing, Ill. Ill.
Righthander Wade Kapteyn, now a draft-eligible sophomore at Evansville, rated as the state's No. 2 prospect in 2006, and now his younger brother Braden Kapteyn is Illinois' top prep position player. Currently a shortstop, he'll probably move to third base after he fills out his 6-foot-4 frame. His size, arm strength and power potential all profile well at the hot corner. Part of a banner Kentucky recruiting class, he could see double duty if he joins the Wildcats because his fastball has been clocked as high as 93 mph. He's a maximum-effort player, both as a hitter and on the mound, and he'll have to prove he can hit against better competition.
40 1197 Austin Stadler 1B James River HS, Midlothian, Va. Va.
41 1227 Correy Figueroa 2B St. Petersburg (Fla.) JC Fla.
42 1257 Tyler Thompson OF Jupiter (Fla.) HS Fla.
43 1287 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.
44 1317 Aaron Lowenstein C UC Irvine Calif.
45 1346 Kenneth Villines 2B Riverside HS, Durham, N.C. N.C.
46 1374 Joey Hainsfurther SS Highland Park HS, Dallas Texas
47 1401 Abe Ruiz 3B Pacific Grove (Calif.) HS Calif.
Arizona State recruit Abe Ruiz resembles Brett Wallace in that he's a bat-first corner infielder, but he's not the hitter Wallace is. He has a better body but may also struggle to stay at third. He has an above-average arm, above-average raw power and a good idea at the plate. Scouts had a hard time seeing him against premium pitching this spring, and he's indicated a desire to go to college.
48 1428 Leo Ochoa 2B St. Amable, Quebec Quebec
49 1455 D.J. Hicks 1B Lake Brantley HS, Altamonte Springs, Fla. Fla.
D.J. Hicks is committed to Central Florida this fall. D.J. Hicks is a potential two-way college player, throwing 90 mph off the mound and showing huge raw power at the plate. He's a lefthanded hitter who makes consistent contact.
50 1482 Chase Ware RHP Arkansas State Ark.