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Round Overall Team Player School State Bonus
1 7 Atlanta Braves Mike Minor Vanderbilt Tenn. $2,420,000
Baseball America's reigning Summer Player of the Year, Minor vaulted into first-round consideration with a dominant performance for USA Baseball's college national team, including two victories against Cuba. Minor could be the third lefthander drafted in the first round out of Vanderbilt in the last six years, and he's more Jeremy Sowers than David Price. Like Sowers, Minor has more pitchability than stuff, with a fastball in the 86-89 mph range and a plus changeup that grades as his best pitch. His other strongest attribute could be his pickoff move, a weapon he broke out repeatedly against Cuba last summer. Minor's future may depend on his breaking stuff. He formerly threw a slider as his primary breaking ball, and at times it was an above-average pitch with depth. He showed he could throw the pitch for strikes or bury it. Minor added a solid curveball this fall and threw four pitches for strikes this spring, but some scouts think the curve has sapped some of the life off the rest of his offerings. Vanderbilt's catching problems--at one point they used a fourth-string catcher due to injuries--also limited Minor's repertoire, making him hesitant to throw his breaking balls as chase pitches. Minor will be all over draft boards in June, and could go anywhere from the first half of the first round to the back half of the second.
1 11 Colorado Rockies Tyler Matzek Capistrano Valley HS, Mission Viejo, Calif. Calif. $3,900,000
Matzek was virtually unknown until a preseason scrimmage last year, when he squared off against righthander Gerritt Cole, who became a 2008 first-rounder and is now at UCLA. Matzek was fantastic, striking out five of six hitters in two innings as 40 scouts were crammed into the bleachers, whispering, "Who is this guy?" He's anonymous no more. He starred in the 2008 Aflac game and at showcases both nationally and in Southern California, and while he's committed to Oregon he could be the first high school player drafted. With a rare blend of quality stuff, pitching smarts and ease of delivery, he may be the best prep lefty from Southern California since Cole Hamels in 2002. Similar in build and style to Angels southpaw Joe Saunders, Matzek features a 90-93 mph fastball, which peaks at 94, as well as a sharp-breaking curveball. He has flashed a changeup and slider in the past, but had not used them much this spring. Several crosscheckers hoped to see a more advanced feel for pitching and sharper secondary stuff, and Matzek had a few indifferent outings this year, struggling with his command and experiencing a dip in velocity, perhaps due to a blister on his pitching hand, which has since healed. Matzek's arm action is wonderfully smooth, and the ball leaves with his hand with ease, though he has a tendency to open up too soon. With a nearly stiff front leg landing, his fastball will often sail up and out of the strike zone, but any flaws are considered correctable.
1 14 Texas Rangers Matt Purke Klein (Texas) HS Texas
Purke rivals Tyler Matzek as the best lefthanded pitching prospect in this draft. He already throws a 92-95 mph fastball and could throw harder as he adds strength to his 6-foot-3, 180-pound frame. He backs up his heater with a hard slider that ranks among the best in the prep draft class. He doesn't have much experience throwing a changeup because he hasn't needed one. Last summer, Purke needed just nine pitches to work a perfect inning at the Aflac All-American Game and started the gold-medal game for Team USA at the World Junior Championship in Canada (albeit taking a 7-0 loss against Korea). Matzek has moved ahead of Purke for most clubs because he works with less effort. Purke throws from a low three-quarters angle that adds life and deception, but he has slinging action in his delivery. It's not violent, but it's not smooth either. Purke's stuff, track record and strong makeup combine to make him an upper-first-round talent, though teams still were trying to gauge his signability. If he follows through on his commitment to Texas Christian, he'd be eligible again as a sophomore in 2011.
1 18 Florida Marlins Chad James Yukon (Okla.) HS Okla. $1,700,000
James spent the offseason on a stringent conditioning program, and his hard work will pay off when he gets selected in the first round in June. After pitching in the high 80s and showing a mediocre curveball last year, he has gotten noticeably stronger. The 6-foot-4, 205-pounder now routinely sits at 90-92 mph and touches 95 with his fastball. While his curveball needs more consistency, it's close to a plus pitch at times. He continues to have success with a changeup that ranks as one of the best among this draft's high schoolers. James has some minor delivery issues, but he's so athletic that he should be able to make those tweaks with ease. His brother Justin was a fifth-round pick out of Missouri by the Blue Jays in 2003. Chad has committed to Oklahoma State, but his stock continues to rise, making it unlikely he'll make it to college.
1s 34 Colorado Rockies Rex Brothers Lipscomb Tenn. $969,000
As a prep player in Tennessee, Brothers made the rounds of baseball camps in the state, attending Vanderbilt and Middle Tennessee State, among others. Still, his best offer came from Lipscomb, which became a full NCAA school in 2004. He was the Atlantic Sun Conference's top freshman in 2007, going 7-4, 3.51, then led the Bisons to a regional bid last season, striking out 96 in 97 innings. He pitched in the Cape Cod League last summer, showing a power arm, and has improved significantly this spring, coming out of the gate throwing 92-94 mph with low-80s sliders against Georgia Tech. His stuff got better as he showed a smoother delivery, eliminating a head whack that hampered his command. At his best, Brothers showed two plus pitches: a fastball in the 94-96 mph range that touched 97, and a filthy slider in the 85-87 mph range. Some scouts see Brothers' delivery, which is still not smooth or easy, and want to put him in the bullpen. Several compare him to Randy Myers, who had similar size and stuff and fashioned a 14-year major league career. Others note that Brothers holds his velocity deep into games and should get a chance to start. His matchup with Kyle Heckathorn and Kennesaw State--a huge weekend in the Peach State, when North Carolina visited Georgia Tech and Louisiana State was at Georgia--was perhaps the heaviest-scouted game of the spring, and he delivered with his best stuff, making himself a surefire first-round pick.
1s 36 Los Angeles Dodgers Aaron Miller Baylor Texas $889,200
Baylor was supposed to have one of college baseball's best rotations, and instead it has been the biggest disappointment. Kendal Volz, a projected early first-rounder when the season opened, has seen his stuff regress. A pair of possible second-rounders, Shawn Tolleson (elbow issues) and Craig Fritsch (command woes and a lack of mental toughness), fared even worse, and the trio combined for just eight wins this season. Though he faded down the stretch, Miller was the Bears' best pitcher for much of the spring and pitched himself into the top two rounds in the process. Though he hadn't pitched regularly since high school, Miller repeatedly showed a 91-94 mph fastball and a nasty 82-83 mph slider. His command is spotty, but the 6-foot-3, 200-pounder has the athleticism to improve with more experience. Miller first emerged as a top pitching prospect when he threw 90-91 mph as a high school sophomore, but by his senior year he was more highly regarded as a right fielder in the mold of Paul O'Neill. Miller didn't want to pitch as a freshman for Baylor and made just six mound appearances in 2008. He still started in right field for the Bears when he wasn't pitching, and hit .310 while ranking second on the club with 12 homers and 47 RBIs. But it's clear now that his future will be on the mound.
1s 37 Toronto Blue Jays James Paxton Kentucky Ky.
Paxton was a 6-foot-1, 185-pounder with an 86-87 mph fastball and some feel for a breaking ball when Kentucky recruited him out of a British Columbia high school. Three years, three inches and 30 pounds later, he has shown a 93-94 mph fastball throughout the spring. He has peaked at 97, and his heater also has very good run and sink. He throws with a clean arm action and little effort. Paxton also has transformed his breaking pitch from a slurve into a true curveball. On his best days, he'll show a plus-plus fastball, an above-average curveball and good command. He also has a changeup that has its moments, though he doesn't use it often. He's one of the youngest college juniors in the draft--he won't turn 21 until November--suggesting that he has even more room for improvement. Despite his improved stuff and ability to throw quality strikes (as evidenced by his 115-20 K-BB ratio in 78 innings), Paxton has been hit surprisingly hard this season. His ERA has risen from 2.92 last year to 5.86, with no obvious explanation. He has a history of nagging injuries, including a sore elbow in high school, back problems as a sophomore and some tendinitis in his left knee this spring. But he's never had surgery and scouts don't have serious concerns about his health. Anonymous a year ago, Paxton has pitched himself into first-round consideration.
1s 40 Los Angeles Angels Tyler Skaggs Santa Monica (Calif.) HS Calif. $1,000,000
Skaggs has the most projectable frame of any California prospect in this draft class. Thin and lanky at 6-foot-4 and 180 pounds, Skaggs has long arms, long legs, big hands and the angular and athletic build that could handle more muscle without becoming bulky. Skaggs' mother Debbie is the girls volleyball coach at Santa Monica High, and Tyler has also played football and basketball, though his emerging baseball talent caused him to drop the other sports. He cemented his reputation nationally with an outstanding performance last October in the World Wood Bat Championship, then pitched well this spring. He struck out 15 in a showdown with Bryan Berglund, and then tossed a 12-strikeout gem at the Anaheim Lions Tournament in front of 60 scouts. Skaggs' fastball sits in the 88-91 mph range, peaking at 92, and his four-seamer is most effective when it darts to his arm side. He adds a classic, over-the-top rainbow curveball, and has experimented with a slider. He will need to develop his changeup, but that pitch also shows promise. Utilizing an old-fashioned windup in which he brings his hands over his head and to the back of neck, Skaggs does a nice job of bending his back leg to drive off the rubber. He can fall into bad habits, such as rushing his delivery and overthrowing, and he'll have to be patient enough to let his velocity rise as his frame fills out. He should eventually pitch in the mid-90s, but that might not be for a few years. With his projectable build, easy arm action and promising stuff, Skaggs is one of the more enticing pitchers recently seen in Southern California. He's committed to Cal State Fullerton but is a likely first-round pick.
1s 45 Arizona Diamondbacks Mike Belfiore Boston College Mass. $725,000
Scouts were mildly intrigued by Belfiore's big frame and loose arm coming out of Commack (N.Y.) High three years ago, when he worked in the 85-87 mph range with his fastball. He has started at first base for three years at Boston College and has thrived as the Eagles' closer the last two. Belfiore now works in the 90-93 mph range and tops out at 94 with a lively fastball. He shows a solid-average to plus slider in the 83-85 range at times, but he tends to push the pitch at other times. At 6-foot-3, 220 pounds, Belfiore is physical enough to start, and he maintained his stuff for five innings in front of a number of scouting heavyweights in late April against Duke. He also has a starter's repertoire, with an average low-80s changeup that dives at the plate at times. He also shows a promising curveball in warmups, though he rarely uses it in games. Belfiore's mechanics need smoothing, and his offspeed command could use polish, but he could take off once he concentrates on pitching full-time.
1s 46 Minnesota Twins Matt Bashore Indiana Ind. $751,500
Bashore piqued the interest of scouts when he hit 94 mph last spring, but then he came down with a tender arm and pitched out of the bullpen in the Cape Cod League during the summer. He started slowly this spring but finished strong, pitching himself into the verge of first-round consideration before getting knocked around by Vanderbilt in the NCAA regionals. He's attractive because he's a lefty with size (6-foot-3, 200 pounds), velocity (his fastball sits at 90-91 mph and has peaked at 95 this year), a pair of solid breaking pitches and an effective splitter/changeup. Bashore has an easy delivery and has improved his control this year. His 244 strikeouts in 248 innings are tied for the most in school history.
1s 48 Los Angeles Angels Tyler Kehrer Eastern Illinois Ill. $728,100
Kehrer went just 1-5, 5.02 as a sophomore in 2008, but he hinted at his potential by battling Eastern Kentucky's Christian Friedrich (who became the Rockies' first-round pick) and Jacksonville State's Ben Tootle, the Ohio Valley Conference's two best arms, to draws. While he's still somewhat of a work in progress, Kehrer's fastball has sat at 90-93 mph for most of his starts this spring, and he carries that velocity into the late innings. He has improved his slider to the point where it's an average pitch. He helped his cause by delivering a 14-strikeout one-hitter against Southern Illinois-Edwardsville in front of several scouts. How much progress Kehrer can make with the consistency of his changeup and command will determine whether he remains a starter in pro ball. He's a strong 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds, and his fastball would play up in shorter relief stints. If Kehrer goes in the third round, he'd be Eastern Illinois' highest draft pick since the Athletics took Stan Royer 16th overall in 1988.
2 58 Detroit Tigers Andy Oliver Oklahoma State Okla. $1,495,000
Oliver starred with Oklahoma State and Team USA in 2008, but he didn't look like the same pitcher at the start of this season. He had trouble locating his fastball, lost a curveball that had been one of college baseball's best and was flying open in his delivery, allowing hitters to get a better look at his pitches. Oliver got back on a roll at the end of the season, pitching inside more and routinely dominating teams with his fastball. It sits at 92-94 mph and touches 95, and he has a slow delivery that lulls hitters to sleep before his heater explodes on them. He relies heavily on his fastball because he never regained his curve. He now employs a cutter/slider as his No. 2 pitch, and he also flashes an average changeup. His strong 6-foot-3, 212-pound frame bodes well for durability. If Oliver can't develop a reliable breaking ball, his fastball velocity and command should make him at worst an effective big league reliever. The NCAA suspended him last May for having an adviser/attorney, Tim Barratta, present during negotiations with the Twins in 2006, when they drafted him in the 17th round out of an Ohio high school. Barratta turned him into the NCAA after the pitcher switched to Scott Boras, but Oliver successfully sued the NCAA and was reinstated. Oliver shouldn't be a tough sign if he's drafted in the first round as expected.
2 68 Toronto Blue Jays Jake Eliopoulos Sacred Heart Catholic HS, Newmarket, Ont. Ontario
It's a down year in general for Canada. Unlike the past two years, there won't be a first-rounder from the Great White North, but Eliopoulos will likely be the highest-drafted player from Ontario since Scott Thorman was a first-round pick in 2000. Jim Eliopoulos, a catcher on the 1984 Canadian Olympic team, adopted Jake from Ukraine as a baby. At 6-foot-3 and 170 pounds, Eliopoulos is long and lean with room for projection. He's also young in a lot of regards, which scouts like. He looks young in the face, leading them to believe he'll fill out and add velocity and, being from Canada, he doesn't have the mileage on his arm that a similar pitcher in California or Florida might have. Eliopoulos' fastball currently sits in the 88-91 mph range with good life and movement. His mechanics are easy and clean and he also throws a curveball with some late depth and a changeup that is above-average for a high school pitcher. While nothing really jumps out about Eliopoulos, he's a complete package.
2 71 Chicago White Sox David Holmberg Port Charlotte (Fla.) HS Fla. $514,000
Florida's recruiting class includes the nation's top two prep lefties in Holmberg, who led the state in strikeouts as a junior, and Patrick Schuster, who threw four no-hitters this spring. Holmberg is teammates with Ricky Knapp, the son of Tigers pitching coach Rick Knapp, and the elder Knapp has helped Holmberg along the way with everything from conditioning drills to advice on the draft process. Thanks to his size and pro approach, Holmberg surpasses Schuster as the better pro prospect thanks. He's all of 6-foot-4 if not a bit taller and has a big frame, easily capable of carrying 225 pounds or so. His fastball has improved over the past year, sitting at 87-88 mph and at times hitting 90. His secondary stuff is his current calling card, and depending on the day he showed both a plus changeup and a curveball with 12-to-6 break and depth. Some scouts even like his slider better than his curveball, but the key is he throws all four for strikes. Holmberg was considered a difficult sign thanks to his Florida commitment, strong academic background and lack of present fastball velocity. However, he has the talent to go in the first five rounds to a team that believes his fastball will become an average-to-plus pitch.
2 72 New York Mets Steve Matz Melville HS, East Setauket, N.Y. N.Y. $895,000
The consensus top prep pitching prospect in the Northeast, Matz offers plenty of projection as well as good present stuff. For most of the spring, Matz sat in the 89-91 mph range, but he routinely ran his fastball up to 93-94, and the pitch has some glove-side life. Scouts particularly like the way he attacks hitters inside with his heater. He also shows a solid-average changeup with good deception that sometimes rates as plus. He began throwing a slider midway through the season, but most scouts prefer his 73-75 mph three-quarters curveball, which flashes average to plus but more often rates as a below-average offering at this stage. Matz has a big, projectable frame at 6-foot-3, 185 pounds, but there are some questions about his durability because he had trouble staying healthy for a full season until this year. He also needs to work on his delivery, as he tends to cut himself off and has a head jerk. There is some risk with Matz, but he has enough upside that some team is very likely to take him in the top three rounds and buy him out of a commitment to Coastal Carolina.
2 80 Los Angeles Angels Pat Corbin Chipola (Fla.) JC Fla. $450,000
Corbin attracted much less fanfare out of high school and went to Mohawk Valley (N.Y.) CC in 2008 to play baseball and basketball. He transferred to Chipola for 2009 and emerged as the state's top juco pitching prospect. He has a lean 6-foot-3, 170-pound frame with plenty of projection and a solid-average fastball, touching 92 mph and sitting in the upper 80s. His changeup has made real progress, as has his fastball command. He already had a feel for spinning a breaking ball, which is how he struck out 86 in 74 innings.
3 88 Cincinnati Reds Donnie Joseph Houston Texas $398,000
Joseph had little success in his first two years at Houston, bouncing between roles while battling his control and command. He finally harnessed his arm strength this spring, posting a 2.16 ERA, 11 saves and 75 strikeouts in 50 innings. The athletic 6-foot-3, 185-pounder now works consistently with a lively 90-93 mph fastball after often having to dial it down to 87-90 to find the plate in the past. He also has come up with a reliable breaking ball, a hard slider that gives him two legitimate weapons for pro ball. Joseph still doesn't have a trustworthy offspeed pitch and his control still isn't sterling, so he profiles to remain a reliever at the next level. He has enough stuff to be much more than a lefty specialist, and he should go somewhere between the third and fifth rounds.
3 92 Oakland Athletics Justin Marks Louisville Ky. $375,300
Marks started winning immediately at Louisville, quickly joining the rotation as a freshman in 2007 and earning victories in the Big East tournament and NCAA regional clinchers during the Cardinals' run to their first-ever College World Series. In three seasons, he has become the program's career leader in wins (29), ERA (2.96) and strikeouts (305 in 301 innings). He set another school mark with 11 victories this season. Marks doesn't have an overpowering pitch but he's a lefty with command of four solid offerings: a lively 90-92 mph fastball, a slider, a downer curveball and a changeup. Outside of a rough time in the Cape Cod League last summer, he has been very consistent. Marks has a good 6-foot-3, 195-pound frame, though there's some violence in his delivery from a high three-quarters slot. He could beat out more ballyhooed Chris Dominguez to become the first Louisville player drafted this year, with both figuring to go near the third round.
3 93 Texas Rangers Robbie Erlin Scotts Valley (Calif.) HS Calif. $425,000
Erlin is a 5-foot-11, 170-pound lefthander from the Santa Cruz area, and several scouts have said the same thing about him: "If he were two inches taller, you'd be talking about him as a first-rounder." And while some scouts lament the cookie-cutter approach to drafting, it doesn't hurt Erlin as much because he's a lefty. Despite the small frame, he has life on his fastball, pitching at 89-92 mph. He commands the pitch to both sides of the plate and has an above-average curveball--a hammer he can throw for strikes in any count. He can get underneath his changeup a little bit, but it too has a chance to be above-average. Erlin is regarded as a great kid and is committed to Cal Poly.
3 102 Chicago White Sox Bryan Morgado Tennessee Tenn.
A prominent recruit out of the Miami area, Morgado missed his freshman season after having had Tommy John surgery on Oct. 9, 2006. As he redshirted, coach Rod Delmonico, who recruited him (and several other Miami area players over the years) was fired. But Morgado stuck it out and stayed at Tennessee. Coming back from the surgery, Morgado struggled working as a starter and eventually moved to the bullpen. There Morgado's arm strength played up, though he still didn't dominate. His fastball, a 90-93 mph pitch as a starter, sat in the 92-95 range from the bullpen, and he ran it up to 97 against Louisiana State. He lacked the fastball command or even control to be pitch efficient and go deep into games as a starter, but his fastball control improved in short relief. Morgado's offspeed stuff, fringe-average with fringy control as a starter, played up out of the pen as well, as he threw more strikes with his power slider, an average pitch. He tends to pitch off emotion and needs to mature in that regard if he's to be anything more than a setup man as a pro. An eligible sophomore, Morgado was expected to be a reasonably easy sign as the Volunteers program looks to clean house after a miserable season.
3 109 Chicago Cubs Austin Kirk Owasso (Okla.) HS Okla. $320,000
Kirk led Owasso to the Oklahoma 6-A championship, making the Rams the Sooner State's first large school ever to win three straight league titles. He won three games in the final week of the state tournament, concluding with a four-hitter over Edmond's Santa Fe High in the finals for Owasso's ei ghth championship in the last 11 years. Kirk doesn't have a lot of projection remaining in his strong 6-foot-1, 200-pound frame, but he already has quality stuff for a lefthander. He surprised scouts by touching 92 mph in a February scrimmage against Tulsa's Memorial High and ace Jon Reed. Kirk has moved past Reed as the state's No. 2 high school prospect behind projected first-rounder Chad James (Yukon High) by pitching at 88-91 mph all spring after previously topping out in the high 80s. His fastball is explosive and gets on hitters quickly, making it appear even faster. He also consistently stays on top of his improved curveball with his high three-quarters delivery and has an advanced changeup for a high schooler. Kirk could go in the fourth or fifth round if teams believe he'll sign. If he doesn't, he'll head to Oklahoma and get the chance to contribute as a two-way player. He's a first baseman with some lefthanded power.
3 110 Los Angeles Angels Josh Spence Arizona State Ariz.
Arizona State lefthander Josh Spence is hard for hitters--and scouts--to figure out. The Australian won 27 games in two years for Central Arizona JC and was a 25th-round draft pick of the Diamondbacks last year. He came to ASU instead, and few pitchers put up better numbers, as he was 8-1, 2.37, with 99 strikeouts against 24 walks in 80 innings. His fastball peaks at 87 mph, and he uses it well to set up his four offspeed pitches: a changeup, curveball, slider and cutter. He'll throw any of the pitches in any count and any sequence. He throws from a lower three-quarters arm slot and will even throw some of his breaking balls sidearm. Hitters never have comfortable at-bats against him, often walking back to the dugout shaking their heads. But it's not just smoke and mirrors with Spence. His changeup and slider are legitimate plus pitches, and scouts say he shows the hand speed with his slider to indicate that his fastball velocity could improve. Spence pitches with a lot of confidence and never gives in to hitters. Scouts love his makeup; they're just not certain how his repertoire will play in pro ball. He missed a couple of weeks late in the season with a strained ligament in the middle finger of his left hand, but returned by the postseason. He'll likely be drafted by a more statistically inclined team or one with extra picks.
4 115 Pittsburgh Pirates Zack Dodson Medina Valley HS, Castroville, Texas Texas $600,000
Baylor's top recruit, lefthander Zach Dodson, likely will make it to school because he has a seven-figure asking price. He has been inconsistent this spring, but when he has his mechanics in sync he can hit 91-92 mph with his fastball and demonstrates a solid curveball and the makings of a change. He's not big at 6-foot-1 and 190 pounds, so he generates velocity with some effort in his high three-quarters delivery. He's also a good athlete whose lefty bat also could help the Bears, and they should be able to smooth him out.
4 122 Kansas City Royals Chris Dwyer Clemson S.C. $1,450,000
After prepping with Phillies 2008 first-round pick Anthony Hewitt in Connecticut, Dwyer turned down the Yankees as a 36th-round pick last year to enroll at Clemson. Unlike most college players, he knew he wouldn't have to wait three years to re-enter the draft. Because of his background, which includes being held back in elementary school and an extra high school year at Salisbury Prep, he is a draft-eligible freshman, already 21 years old. Dwyer's physical maturity helped him dominate at times, including six straight strikeouts in his debut against Charlotte. Dwyer's maturity is still that of a freshman, however, in that he's been unable to sustain his top-shelf stuff from start to start. An excellent athlete who was a standout quarterback in high school, Dwyer has shown the ability to throw two plus pitches for strikes at times. His fastball can sit in the 90-94 mph range when he's at his best, and his curveball is a plus pitch and a true hammer. He didn't have too many instances of being in trouble or having runners on base in high school, and that lack of experience might be why he's susceptible to the big inning. He hasn't challenged hitters in conference play, with 21 of his 24 walks coming in nine ACC games. He hasn't quite figured out how to battle through jams and execute pitches when he needs to get out of trouble. Being a draft-eligible freshman also clouds his signability, but he has more stuff and pitchability than some of his lefthanded peers in the draft.
4 140 Chicago Cubs Chris Rusin Kentucky Ky. $140,000
Rusin can't reach the mid-90s like Kentucky teammates James Paxton and Alex Meyer (projected first-rounders in 2009 and 2011, respectively) but he pitched both of them this spring. He finished his career ranked second in career wins (23) and strikeouts (274 in 302 innings) in school history, and he should be one of the first college seniors drafted this year. Rusin had a chance to go in the first five rounds in 2008 before coming down with a sore elbow shortly before the draft. He had arthroscopic surgery in the fall to repair a slight tear in a tendon and has been as good as ever this spring. Six-foot-2 and 190 pounds, Rusin primarily works with a lively 87-89 mph fastball and a curveball. He'll need to improve his changeup to succeed as a starter in pro ball. He doesn't have a pretty delivery, but it adds deception to his pitches without impairing his ability to throw strikes. He repeats his mechanics well, though some scouts wonder if they could lead to more arm problems down the line.
5 142 Washington Nationals Miguel Pena La Joya HS, Mission, Texas Texas
Miguel Pena appeals to scouts because he's a three-pitch lefty who's projectable and signable. He has a lot of room to add strength to his 6-foot-2, 160-pound frame, and he uses a loose, easy delivery to throw an 86-88 mph fastball with good life. He also spins a curveball better and has more feel for a changeup than most high school pitchers. He has committed to San Jacinto JC.
5 145 Pittsburgh Pirates Nate Baker Mississippi Miss. $176,000
As Barrett backed up, lefthander Nathan Baker and righthander Philip Irwin moved up. A 6-foot-3, 193-pounder, Baker showed better velocity this spring, sitting average with his 88-92 mph fastball and touching 93 at times. He also improved his slider, at times running his slider up to 78-79 mph, and his changeup gives him a third solid-average pitch. Baker worked mostly in shorter stints because he throws strikes consistently, but he's also around the plate a lot. Some teams have interest in stretching him out more as a starter and could reach up to get him in the first six rounds.
5 146 Baltimore Orioles Ashur Tolliver Oklahoma City Okla. $200,000
NAIA power Oklahoma City usually has an interesting NCAA Division I transfer, and this year's prospect is Tolliver. He went just 2-5, 7.94 at Arkansas-Little Rock in 2008, but started to blossom in the Cape Cod League during the summer. He drew a lot of attention when his fastball sat in the low 90s and popped some 96s early in the spring, though he was working more at 88-92 mph as the draft approached. Scouts wonder about his durability because he's generously listed at 6 feet and 170 pounds. He has a very quick arm, though there's also effort in his delivery, and he ultimately may wind up in the bullpen. Tolliver's second-best pitch currently is his changeup. He showed some feel for a curveball in the fall but now employs a slurvy slider in the low 80s. He has a chance to become the highest-drafted player in Stars history, surpassing Grant Hansen, who went 89th overall to the White Sox in 2003. But Tolliver didn't help his chances by giving up eight runs in three innings against Louisiana State-Shreveport in the first round of the NAIA playoffs.
5 150 Detroit Tigers Austin Wood Texas Texas $100,000
No college has more pitching heroes than Texas, and lefthander Austin Wood joined that list with his performance in the NCAA regionals. Wood entered a game against Boston College in the seventh inning and worked 12 1/3 innings before allowing a hit. All told, he pitched shutout ball for 13 innings, striking out 14 but receiving no-decision as the Longhorns won in 25 innings--the longest game in NCAA history. Wood threw 169 pitches, including 120 for strikes--no surprise because throwing strikes is his forte. Texas dropped Wood's arm angle from high three-quarters to nearly sidearm last year, and he has seen his fastball improve from 86-88 mph to 89-91 mph while maintaining good run this spring. He also throws a quality changeup, though he never has been able to master a consistent breaking ball. A senior who's the only draft-eligible arm who sees much action on the Longhorns staff, Wood could go between the seventh and 10th rounds and will continue to relieve in pro ball.
5 167 Philadelphia Phillies Matt Way Washington State Wash. $40,000
Washington State lefthander Matt Way doesn't wow you when he pounds the outer half with straight 88-90 mph fastballs. He does, however, have an above-average changeup that ranked as the best in the Pac-10 this season. He grips the change with his pointer finger curled in like a spike curve, causing the pitch to appear as though it's fluttering up to the plate, eventually taking a sharp drop down and in to lefthanded hitters. He throws it with good deception and confidence. Hailing from Sitka, Alaska, Way had a little further to go than most college players. He mostly throws his fastball and changeup, and his slider is a work in progress. He steps across his body and throws from a lower three-quarters arm slot, so he doesn't get a lot of tilt on the pitch, making it sweepy and flat. The 6-foot-2, 185-pounder is a good athlete who swam and wrestled in high school, and a great teammate who prepares hard for his starts all week. He projects to be the first Northwest senior off the board, likely around the seventh round--much higher than when the Giants selected him last year with their 36th-round pick.
6 200 Chicago Cubs Brooks Raley Texas A&M Texas $750,000
Raley was the best two-way player in college baseball in the first half of the season before dropping off down the stretch. The consensus is that he's better on the mound, where he has command of a diverse array of pitches. He works mainly with an 87-90 mph sinker, a slider and a changeup, and he also has a four-seam fastball that peaks at 93 mph and a curveball. Scouts respect his ability to compete and to command all of his offering, but he doesn't have a true out pitch, which will leave him with little margin for error in pro ball. Though Raley has a clean delivery, they also wonder how well he'll hold up at a wiry 6-foot-3 and 185 pounds. He also has potential as a lefthanded-hitting outfielder, though a second-half slump has led to some questions about his bat. He does offer plus-plus speed, a good eye and gap power as a hitter, as well as above-average range and arm strength. Raley plays the outfield corners for Texas A&M, in part to reduce the physical burden of playing both ways, but definitely is capable of playing center field as a pro. A sophomore-eligible, he could be a second- or third-round pick. But he's spooking clubs by not giving them any inkling as to his asking price, so he could last much longer in the draft than his talent would dictate.
7 203 Seattle Mariners Brian Moran North Carolina N.C. $140,000
Moran, a lanky, deceptive 6-foot-3, 185-pound lefty, has been the key to North Carolina's bullpen the last two years. He leaves hitters at a loss with a funky delivery and command of an 86-88 mph fastball that has good movement. Moran, the nephew of 1985 No. 1 overall pick (and Carolina alum) B.J. Surhoff, has proved durable. His secondary stuff is below-average, and his lack of a consistent breaking ball makes it difficult to see him in the lefty relief role in a big league bullpen.
7 206 Baltimore Orioles Aaron Wirsch El Toro HS, Lake Forest, Calif. Calif. $200,000
Few scouts or college coaches know exactly what to make of Aaron Wirsch. Tall, lanky and projectable at 6'6" and 190 pounds, Wirsch is a righthanded hitting first baseman but also a lefthanded pitcher. Wirsch doesn't quite have enough stuff to be a slam dunk pitching prospect. His fastball sits in the mid 80's, peaking at 87 mph. Wirsch adds a 74 mph curve and a 77 mph change. Decent stuff, but despite his projectability, not quite enough to place Wirsch in an early round. At bat, Wirsch can put on jaw dropping batting practice exhibitions. His severe uppercut swing can produce towering bombs, and Wirsch's performance in the home run derby at this year's National Classic was remarkable. However, his swing is overly long and full of holes, and Wirsch struggles to make consistent contact. It is not outside the realm of possibility that any club drafting Wirsch may go the Mark Trumbo route. Trumbo was selected in 2004 by the Angels, and virtually every club reported him as a pitcher. The Angels recalled how well Trumbo had hit against hard throwing Matt Bush in an early season game. The Angels then had Trumbo take BP after drafting him and watched in awe as balls flew out all over the yard. Wirsch may cause that same reaction. The promise illuminated by the power of his BP shows may tempt a ball club to try him first as a hitter, putting him on the mound if that experiment does not pan out.
7 212 Kansas City Royals Buddy Baumann Missouri State Mo. $100,000
Baumann battled his control last spring as a sophomore but straightened it out in the Cape Cod League, where he won the all-star game. He had arthroscopic shoulder surgery in the fall but bounced back quickly--and strongly, winning Missouri Valley Conference pitcher of the year honors by going 11-1, 3.23 with 101 strikeouts in 86 innings. Baumann is small (5-foot-10, 175 pounds) and doesn't overpower hitters, but he can pitch. He's willing to work inside with his fastball, which sits at 89-91 mph early in games and dips to 86-89 in the later innings. He gets good life on his pitches from a three-quarters delivery, and he can drop down lower to confound hitters. His curveball and changeup are solid, and he does a nice job of mixing his pitches to keep batters off balance. He'll vary the shape and speed of his curve, making him even tougher to decipher. "If he were 6-foot-1," one scout said, "he could go in the second round." He's more likely to go in the fifth or sixth.
7 213 Oakland Athletics Ian Krol Neuqua Valley HS, Naperville, Ill. Ill. $925,000
Krol entered the year as the top-rated prospect in Illinois but never threw a pitch for Neuqua Valley High. He was suspended for the entire season in March after his second violation of the school's athletic code of conduct. He was found in the presence of alcohol when police pulled over the driver of a car Krol was riding in for suspicion of driving under the influence. After performing well on the showcase circuit last summer, he has spent this spring pitching in a scout league in Wisconsin on the weekends. Scouts who like him project him as a lefty who'll have command of three average pitches, while others hold his size, velocity and makeup concerns against him. Krol's out pitch is his hard, two-plane curveball, and some scouts grade his changeup as his second-best offering. He sat at 88-90 mph on the showcase circuit last summer but has pitched more at 86-88 mph this spring. At 6-foot-1 and 180 pounds, he doesn't project to add much more velocity, though he get s good sink on his fastball from a low-three-quarters angle. Krol has committed to Arizona, which will honor his scholarship despite his suspension. He projected as a possible third-rounder at the start of the season but now figures to go closer to the sixth round.
7 220 Toronto Blue Jays Egan Smith JC of Southern Nevada Nev. $110,000
The College of Southern Nevada has two interesting arms in Egan Smith and Gabe Weidenaar. As a 6-foot-4, 205-pound lefthander, Smith is the better prospect of the two and pitches at 87-90 mph with his fastball. He scrapped his curveball and moved down to a three-quarters arm slot to focus on a slider instead. Smith, whose brother Jordan pitches in the Reds system, is committed to Arkansas if he doesn't go pro.
7 221 Houston Astros Dallas Keuchel Arkansas Ark. $150,000
Keuchel has been a solid contributor for Arkansas since his freshman season and has stood out in the Cape Cod League, leading the summer circuit in innings pitched in 2007 and earning all-star recognition in 2008. The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder has picked up a little velocity on his fastball in the last year, now working in the high 80s and touching 91, but he remains a finesse pitcher. He gets good sink on his fastball and locates it well, enabling him to set up a changeup that grades as his best offering. His curveball is fringy, though that's less of an issue for a southpaw who will face righty-dominated lineups. He doesn't have as much stuff and size as former Razorbacks lefty Nick Schmidt, a Padres first-round pick in 2007, but Keuchel has the same competitive edge and workhorse mentality. His pitchability and determination could make him a No. 4 starter in the big leagues, and he could get drafted as early as the fourth or fifth round.
7 223 Chicago White Sox Justin Jones Oakdale (Calif.) HS Calif.
Jones has exceptionally promising secondary stuff, showing an excellent low-80s changeup and a sharp mid-70s curve. Lanky and projectable at 6-foot-3 and 175 pounds, he sits in the high 80s and can touch 92 with his fastball. Scouts are concerned with Jones' unusual and awkward delivery, which will need drastic refinement in pro ball.
7 224 New York Mets Darin Gorski Kutztown (Pa.) Pa. $118,000
Gorski ranked as the No. 1 prospect in the Atlantic Collegiate League last summer, when he went 7-0, 1.33 with 78 strikeouts and 15 walks in 61 innings. He followed that up with another strong spring, going 8-2, 2.17 with 100 strikeouts in 79 innings. Gorski has a big, physical frame at 6-foot-4, 215 pounds, but he lacks plus velocity, working mostly in the 86-89 mph range and topping out at 90-91. His 12-to-6 curveball is usually below-average but flashes average at times, and his changeup projects as an average pitch. Gorski's greatest assets are his feel for pitching and durability, and he could sneak into the 10-to-12-round range.
8 233 Seattle Mariners Jimmy Gillheeney North Carolina State N.C. $140,000
Gilheeney worked as the Wolfpack's Friday starter this season after closing in 2008. Gilheeney has plenty of polish and throws his fastball, plus changeup and breaking balls in any count, and locates them all. Teams that saw his fastball in the upper 80s will be more inclined to buy into his great feel for pitching than those that saw his 84-86 mph games. Fellow Wolfpack lefty John Lambert had a big game against North Carolina with plenty of scouts in attendance, striking out 10 but walking nine. He also showed an average fastball and slider and power pitcher's approach to go with his 6-foot-7 frame. His delivery tends to get mechanical, making it tough for him to repeat his delivery.
8 235 Pittsburgh Pirates Colton Cain Waxahachie (Texas) HS Texas $1,125,000
On the right day, Cain can look like a first-rounder. He's a strong 6-foot-3, 225-pound lefthander who has can sit in the low 90s for a few innings and touch 94 mph with his fastball. He has improved his curveball to the point where some area scouts grades it as an average pitch and project it as a plus offering. He also has a strong track record, having starred with the U.S. youth and junior teams the previous two summers. Scouts who aren't as high on Cain have seen him overthrow trying to pitch to the radar gun, and didn't think as highly of his breaking ball or arm action. If Cain attends Texas, he may get more of an opportunity to contribute initially in the lineup than on a crowded pitching staff. He's a first baseman with plenty of strength and lefthanded power potential. He made more of an impression at the Area Code Games last summer with his bat, though scouts now prefer him more as a pitcher. They have some questions about his ability with wood bats and his defense. Cain reportedly wants a seven-figure bonus, which may be a bit rich for pro clubs.
8 248 Florida Marlins Stephen Richards Arkansas Ark. $125,000
Lefthanded Stephen Richards is a 5-foot-11, 175-pound reliever, and his stuff is good enough to get him drafted between the sixth and 10th rounds. His slider is a legitimate out pitch, and he sets it up with an 88-91 mph fastball. Going into the College World Series, he was 5-1, 1.09 with nine saves and 48 strikeouts in 33 innings.
8 255 New York Yankees Sam Elam Notre Dame Ind. $40,000
Sam Elam has a lot of promise in his left arm, but control problems limited him to one win and 76 innings in four seasons at Notre Dame. He's a 6-foot-3, 220-pounder with a solid fastball and hard breaking ball, but he can't find the strike zone. He pitched solely out of the stretch this year in an attempt to simplify things, yet he still walked 29 in 31 innings.
9 271 Colorado Rockies Wes Musick Houston Texas $80,000
Baseball America rated Musick the state's top college starting pitching prospect a year ago, but he declined to sign as a draft-eligible sophomore after the Giants selected him in the 24th round. He has shown the same fastball velocity (86-91 mph) he had in 2008 but otherwise has regressed. He hasn't commanded his fastball as well, his changeup and curveball have been less effective, and his delivery hasn't looked as smooth. The 6-foot, 190-pound Musick went just 5-7, 5.97 as a 22-year-old junior, and his medical history may work against him as well. He developed a tender elbow shortly after arriving at Houston in the fall of 1995, then tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee while playing touch football in the outfield. A subsequent exam revealed a torn ligament in his elbow as well, and he had a knee operation and Tommy John surgery.
9 280 Toronto Blue Jays Aaron Loup Tulane La. $100,000
Aaron Loup is a study in contradictions. He's a 6-foot, 175-pound lefthander who throws from a low-three-quarters slot, yet he has a solid-average fastball and can touch 93 mph. Despite that heater, a sweeping slider and fine control (a 61-9 K-BB ratio in 59 innings this spring), he gets hit harder than he should (5.93 ERA, .284 opponent average, nine homers). His ERA has gotten progressively worse in three seasons at Tulane, but he has the stuff and strike-throwing ability to be a successful reliever in pro ball.
9 285 New York Yankees Gavin Brooks UCLA Calif. $125,000
A tall and rangy lefthander, Brooks has battled several injuries, primarily to his throwing shoulder, and missed his senior high school season. When healthy, he can sit in the low 90s and touch the mid-90s. He averaged a strikeout an inning in 2009, but also walked 20 in 36 frames, posting an unimpressive 0-4, 4.71 record. He rallied in a relief role, leading the Bruins with eight saves after imploding early in the season in a starting role. Clubs will have to satisfy themselves about Brooks' health, but hard-throwing lefties are hard to find.
9 286 Milwaukee Brewers Jon Pokorny Kent State Ohio $82,500
With Smith going down with shoulder problems and Stillings falling apart down the stretch, lefthander Jon Pokorny could become the first Kent State pitcher drafted this year. Batters have a tough time squaring up the 6-foot-2, 220-pounder, who has an 88-90 mph fastball and a curveball that eats up lefties. He's a two-pitch guy who'll remain a reliever in pro ball, though he loses 2-3 mph velocity off both his pitches when he works on consecutive days.
9 289 Tampa Bay Rays Kevin James Whitefish Bay HS, Milwaukee Wis. $625,000
There's no doubt that lefthander Kevin James is Wisconsin's best prospect, but it's unclear whether he'll get drafted high enough to bypass a Boston College scholarship. He's a projectable 6-foot-4, 187-pounder who drew attention by consistently hitting 90-91 mph while pitching against suspended Illinois high school lefty Ian Krol in a Wisconsin scout league in the spring. James' curveball and command still need a lot of work, and scouts can't figure out why he doesn't dominate weak high school competition. James went 0-8 as a junior, and while he won his first start as a senior, he still issued six walks in five innings.
10 292 Washington Nationals Paul Applebee UC Riverside Calif. $95,000
Applebee is the prototypical crafty lefthander, moving his 86 mph fastball around the strike zone and keeping hitters off-balance with an excellent curveball and changeup. He doesn't miss many bats, but Applebee doesn't give up a lot of solid contact either. After a solid summer in the Cape Cod League, Applebee went 10-2, 3.74 this spring. His track record and ability to keep the ball in the ballpark (five homers allowed in 89 innings) could make him the second Highlander drafted, after closer Joe Kelly.
10 294 San Diego Padres Ryan Hinson Clemson S.C. $15,000
Hinson was a Top 100 college prospect entering the 2008 season, having gone 6-2, 2.74 as a sophomore, followed by Cape Cod League tour that included 35 strikeouts in 35 innings pitched. However, Hinson was never the same pitcher his last two seasons at Clemson, losing his rotation spot in 2008, then moving into almost exclusively a relief role in 2009. A solid senior sign, at his best Hinson throws in the upper 80s with his fastball while pitching effectively inside to righthanded hitters with a mid-80s cutter. He lacks a putaway pitch when he gets ahead in counts.
10 307 Los Angeles Dodgers Andy Suiter UC Davis Calif. $90,000
The Aggies' top prospect this year, lefthander Andy Suiter, went 0-2, 8.89 with 41 walks in just 26 innings. He does have big-time arm strength. He opened the season as a weekend starter and failed miserably, then rallied in a relief role, running his fastball up to 95 mph to go with a power curve that reaches the low 80s. Repeating his delivery remains an issue, but when he's down in the strike zone Suiter can overmatch even good hitters, striking out Brett Jackson and Blake Smith in a matchup at California late in the season.
10 309 St. Louis Cardinals Hector Hernandez Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, Gurabo, P.R. P.R. $85,000
Lefthander Hector Hernandez has touched 90 mph with his fastball in the past, but has been mostly 86-88 this spring. He's 6-foot-1 and a thick 200 pounds and gets sink on his fastball, commands everything well and knows how to pitch. He has a loose arm, a good curveball and is working on a changeup. He has a calm, quiet demeanor off the mound and competes well between the lines. Scouts like the projection, and he could be the first Puerto Rican pitcher off the board.
10 315 New York Yankees Tyler Lyons Oklahoma State Okla.
Lyons and Baylor's Kendal Volz led Team USA with matching 0.00 ERAs last summer, when the squad 24-0 and won the gold medal at the FISU World Championships in the Czech Republic. Both have seen their stuff dip and their draft stock significantly this spring. Lyons sat at 87-90 mph with his fastball as a sophomore and picked up a couple of mph as a Team USA reliever, but he has worked mostly at 86-87 mph in 2009. He's not hurt, though one scout noted that he has lost some of the extension in his delivery. His changeup has regressed, too, though it's still a solid-average pitch. Lyons has improved his curveball, which is now on par with his changeup. The 6-foot-2, 207-pounder still throw strikes, keeps the ball down in the zone and competes with a warrior mentality, so he still has put up the best numbers (7-6, 4.07) in Oklahoma State's rotation. As a savvy lefthander with solid stuff, Lyons had a chance to go in the second round. He increased his chances of going that high by throwing at 89-92 mph and looking more like his old self in the NCAA regionals.
11 328 Atlanta Braves Chris Masters Western Carolina N.C. $100,000
Senior lefthander Casey Masters is a portly senior who sits at 88-91 mph at times and has a big curveball.
11 330 Detroit Tigers Adam Wilk Long Beach State Calif.
11 335 Cleveland Indians Kirk Wetmore Bellevue (Wash.) CC Wash.
Lefthander Kirk Wetmore came to Bellevue CC as a relative unknown. Undrafted out of high school, the 6-foot-2, 200-pounder spent his freshman year at Washington, pitching just three innings. He transferred to BCC to get a chance to pitch more, and it paid off, as he's now one of the top pitchers in the state. He came in last fall and was throwing in the mid-80s with a loopy curveball, but saw a bump in velocity this spring and tightened up his breaking ball. He's now pitching at 87-91 mph. Wetmore can throw across his body at times, but for the most part his mechanics are clean and he throws from a low three-quarters arm slot. He commands his fastball and complements it with two above-average breaking balls: an 80-82 mph slider and a 74-75 mph curveball. Wetmore is committed to Hawaii next season if he doesn't head to pro ball.
11 350 Chicago Cubs John Mincone Suffolk County (N.Y.) CC-Grant N.Y. $100,000
12 369 St. Louis Cardinals Pat Daugherty Pearl River (Miss.) CC Miss.
12 372 Minnesota Twins Tony Davis Florida Fla.
12 377 Philadelphia Phillies Nick Hernandez Tennessee Tenn. $125,000
More was expected of several Tennessee pitchers, starting with lefthander Nick Hernandez, whose father Nicolas was the eighth overall pick in the 1978 draft as a catcher. He's also the nephew of major league umpire Angel Hernandez. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound Hernandez was a potential top 100 pick entering the spring after he led the Cape Cod League with six wins and 57 innings last summer. He showed tremendous control as a sophomore, walking just nine in 84 innings. His walk rate increased this year, and when he caught the plate it was the fat part too frequently. Opponents hit .317 off him with 38 extra-base hits this spring. The velocity on his 88-91 mph fastball fluctuated all year, which made his plus changeup less effective. Hernandez's curveball is below-average, and he'll have to improve that to be a starter long-term in pro ball. He pitched better down the stretch, going at least six innings in each of his final six starts, and could still go in the first six rounds.
13 391 Colorado Rockies Paul Bargas UC Riverside Calif.
13 396 Arizona Diamondbacks Patrick Schuster Mitchell HS, New Port Richey, Fla. Fla. $450,000
Schuster became the nation's best-known amateur this spring, even surpassing Stephen Strasburg, as he compiled a four-start streak of no-hitters. His attempt for a fifth straight game, a state playoff matchup was picked up by a local cable broadcaster, and his innings were shown on ESPN News. Schuster lost his bid and the game in front of a slew of fans, scouts and media, but his pitching ability was evident even in the loss. Schuster accomplished his no-hitter with the help of a funky delivery that delivers three average pitches. His fastball sat in the 86-91 mph range during the spring, as he threw both his two-seamer and four-seamer for strikes. His four-seamer seemed to get on hitters quickly due to his deception. His slider and curveball helped him miss plenty of bats en route to his no-hitter, and his slider is the better pitch, coming from his low three-quarters arm slot. Schuster's slight frame lends little future projection, and scouts agreed he might even lose some deception as he fills out physically. His pitchability gives him a chance to be a future back-end starter, and some scouts profile him more as a reliever. He's part of Florida's tremendous recruiting class and was expected to head to college unless a team meets his second-round bonus demands.
13 404 New York Mets Zach Dotson Effingham County HS, Springfield, Ga. Ga. $500,000
Scouts had seen steady improvement from Georgia signee Zach Dotson, who sat from 87-88 mph with his fastball and touches 91. Both his curveball and changeup have flashed potential. Dotson tightened up his body thanks to a distance running program that helped him lose 25 pounds. He didn't show the same velocity this spring that he showed last summer, but he has athletic ability and has three average pitches, so he stands out among the state's pitching prospects.
13 407 Philadelphia Phillies Ryan Sasaki Connally HS, Austin Texas $100,000
14 414 San Diego Padres Nick Greenwood Rhode Island R.I.
Lefthander Nick Greenwood is a quality athlete who turned down opportunities to play Division I soccer to pitch for the Rams. He's not overly physical at 6-foot-1, 177 pounds, but he makes up for it with his competitiveness and feel for pitching. Greenwood has some funk and deception in his delivery, making his 87-90 mph fastball play up. He shows an average curveball and average changeup, giving him a chance to be more than just a left-on-left situational reliever.
14 422 Kansas City Royals Crawford Simmons Statesboro (Ga.) HS Ga. $450,000
Crawford Simmons is a Georgia Tech signee who was considered a tough sign in the first five rounds. Simmons' fastball is a shade shy of average. but he's projectable at 6-foot-1, 180 pounds, and his curveball and changeup are solid-average with more potential.
14 424 Texas Rangers Chad Bell Walters State (Tenn.) CC Tenn. $450,000
Bell and Rothlin pitched at Walters State and both went 7-1, and the 6-foot-3, 205-pound Bell had the better year in terms of ERA and strikeouts. He has been drafted twice already (Brewers and Indians) and has good pitchability with an upper-80s fastball. He's committed to Tennessee.
14 431 Houston Astros David Berner San Jose State Calif.
14 432 Minnesota Twins Matt Tone SUNY Cortland N.Y.
Stocky Cortland State lefty Matt Tone earns physical comparisons to Mike Stanton. He posted dominant stats in 2008 and solid numbers this year, going 8-0, 3.07 with 84 strikeouts in 64 innings. Some scouts have seen Tone reach 93 mph, but most report seeing an 87-90 mph fastball. He also leans heavily on an 83-86 mph pitch that some scouts call a cutter and others label a slider. His changeup is below-average, and he projects as a reliever in pro ball.
14 441 Los Angeles Angels Sam Selman St. Andrew's Episcopal HS, Austin Texas
No player in Texas has shot up draft boards as much as lefthander Sam Selman, who wasn't known to most scouts or recruiters last summer. Despite being extremely skinny at 6-foot-3 and 160 pounds, he drew attention by reaching 94 mph this spring. He's raw, and his fastball would drop to as low as 84 and sat at 86-91 mph by the end of the season. He has a loose arm and projectable frame, but the rest of his game is a work in progress. He has inconsistent feel for a slow curveball and little command. He's also a private-school kid from a wealthy family who has committed to Vanderbilt, so Selman is going to be difficult to sign. If the Commodores can refine him, he could be an early pick in the 2012 draft.
15 443 Seattle Mariners Blake Keitzman Western Oregon Ore.
15 455 Cleveland Indians Mike Rayl Palm Beach (Fla.) CC Fla. $125,000
Rivaling Corbin as the state's top pitching prospect, lefthander Michael Rayl has similar size at 6-foot-3, 180 pounds, and at times has similar velocity at 89-91 mph. Some scouts didn't see him throw that hard this spring, as he dipped into the mid-80s. He's more savvy and experienced than Corbin, showing good pitchability despite a modest curveball and changeup. His arm works well and he's yet another member of Florida's amazing recruiting class.
15 466 Milwaukee Brewers Del Howell Alabama Ala. $260,000
Like many college pitchers this spring, Howell's draft stock has been volatile. Recruited as a two-way player, Howell shined as a pitcher in the Texas Collegiate League last summer and earned top prospect honors there, striking out 47 in 34 innings. Alabama intended to use him as a reliever this year, in a middle-relief, "moment of truth" role, but he wasn't 100 percent healthy as he recovered from a case of mononucleosis. In an effort to make up for lost innings, Alabama used Howell as a starter early in the season, and he flashed above-average stuff, including dominating Vanderbilt in a complete-game effort. His fastball touched 94 in relief last summer and sat at 89-92 mph at its best this spring. He's got natural sink and tail on the fastball as well and complements it with a good, hard slider in the low 80s. In relief, Howell was a two-pitch guy, but he flashed an average changeup this spring. He has thrown fewer than 100 innings in college, making him an intriguing, fresh arm for scouts who have seen him throw well. He doesn't have the innings under his belt to know how to get out of jams or fight through innings when he doesn't have his best stuff. He could go anywhere from the second to the fourth round.
15 468 Boston Red Sox Michael Bugary California Calif.
16 480 Detroit Tigers Kenny Faulk Kennesaw State Ga.
Lefthanded reliever Kenny Faulk had touched 93 mph with his fastball and attacks hitters with it, usually in the 87-91 mph range. His breaking ball is short for a lefty reliever, but he should be a solid senior sign.
16 482 Kansas City Royals Eric Diaz New Mexico JC N.M.
16 486 Arizona Diamondbacks Ryan Robowski Ohio Dominican Ohio
16 489 St. Louis Cardinals Daniel Bibona UC Irvine Calif.
17 502 Washington Nationals Chad Jenkins Cecil (Md.) CC Md.
Lefthander Chad Jenkins--no relation to the Kennesaw State prospect of the same name--has a pro body at 6-foot-4, 210 pounds, but he hasn't been consistent enough to generate any serious scouting buzz. He put up good numbers for Cecil JC this spring--going 8-2, 2.79 in 74 innings with 89 strikeouts and 33 walks--after spending two years at Coastal Carolina (including a redshirt year). He has been 88-90 mph this season but has trouble maintaining his velocity, flashing upper-80s stuff one inning and 84-86 mph the next. Command is also an issue for Jenkins. A Delaware native who was drafted in the 44th round by the Nationals out of high school in 2006, he is committed to the University of Delaware.
17 507 San Francisco Giants Chris Gloor Quinnipiac Conn.
Quinnipiac senior lefthander Chris Gloor burst onto the prospect landscape in the Coastal Plain League in 2007, ranking as the circuit's No. 1 prospect. Gloor pitched in the 90-94 mph range that summer, but his velocity dipped into the 83-87 range as a junior last spring, and he slipped to the Tigers in the 39th round of the draft. He rebounded a bit this spring, going 7-4, 4.63 with 81 strikeouts and 35 walks in 82 innings, and a number of scouts reported seeing him hold his 88-91 mph fastball velocity deep into some outings, though he still had days where he worked in the 84-86 range. Gloor has an average changeup and a fringy, loopy curveball, but he can throw all three for strikes. As a 6-foot-6, 255-pound lefthander with an idea how to pitch, Gloor could be drafted in the top 10 to 15 rounds.
17 511 Colorado Rockies Josh Hungerman Cleveland State Ohio
17 514 Texas Rangers Paul Strong Marina HS, Huntington Beach, Calif. Calif. $300,000
17 528 Boston Red Sox Kraig Sitton Oregon State Ore.
Perhaps Oregon State's most intriguing prospect is lefthander Kraig Sitton. Listed at 6-foot-5 and 190 pounds, the draft-eligible sophomore is rail thin. He started last summer in the West Coast Collegiate League but has been used sparingly by the Beavers. He pitched 25 innings last year and just 19 this spring. Believers see a late bloomer who could end up as a starter with a couple of winters in a professional weight room. Others aren't sure he'll ever fill out and see him as a bullpen specialist at best. He spent time on the junior-varsity team as a junior in high school and his fastball was 83-85 mph. He has mostly sat at 85-87 mph in college, though his velocity has improved this season and he now sits at 88-91. With a lot of deception and movement on his fastball, he gets a lot of swings and misses, even if his pitches often end up out of the strike zone. He also throws an average slider. The team that drafts Sitton will be dreaming on projection, banking that he can learn a changeup and pitch as a starter. Scouts expect him to return to Oregon State next season.
18 533 Seattle Mariners Anthony Vasquez Southern California Calif.
18 536 Baltimore Orioles Jarret Martin Bakersfield (Calif.) JC Calif. $250,000
18 542 Kansas City Royals Brendan Lafferty UCLA Calif.
18 543 Oakland Athletics Max Peterson San Jose State Calif.
18 547 Los Angeles Dodgers Greg Wilborn Louisiana-Lafayette La.
18 548 Florida Marlins Brett Bukvich Mississippi Miss.
Senior lefty Brett Bukvich, a fifth-year senior who's already 23, is more notable for his size (6-foot-3, 237 pounds) and older brother (ex-big leaguer Ryan). He competes hard and is lefthanded, and he tends to get hammered when he doesn't hit his spots because of his fringy stuff.
18 556 Milwaukee Brewers Caleb Thielbar South Dakota State S.D.
The best college prospect in the region is senior lefthander Caleb Thielbar, who pitched a 10-inning complete game with 12 strikeouts to help South Dakota State beat Centenary in the Summit League tournament. He's a 6-foot, 185-pounder whose curveball is his best pitch. He has an 86-88 mph fastball that tops out at 91, and he projects as a reliever in pro ball. He tied a school record with 100 whiffs in 88 strikeouts this season.
18 559 Tampa Bay Rays Jacob Partridge Rogers HS, Spokane, Wash. Wash.
Spokane's Jacob Partridge is a 6-foot-2 lefthander who typically gets off to a slow start because he also plays basketball. He throws a fastball that sits 88-91 mph, has a slider that can be inconsistent but has good spin, and is working on developing a changeup. Because he usually peaks later in the year, he'll play in the West Coast Collegiate League this summer and could be an intriguing summer follow.
19 569 Cincinnati Reds Mitch Clarke Forest Heights Collegiate Institute, Kitchener, Ont. Ontario
19 575 Cleveland Indians Nick Kirk Northern Iowa Iowa
Nick Kirk might have gone in the top 10 rounds last year if he hadn't hurt his forearm in early April, costing him the stuff that allowed him to throw a 15-strikeout no-hitter against Evansville. This spring, he regained his 89-91 mph fastball with nice run and sink, as well as a solid slider. As a 6-foot-1, 200-pound senior, he's not projectable, but he's a lefthander who throws strikes down in the zone.
20 593 Seattle Mariners John Hesketh New Mexico N.M.
John Hesketh is an undersized lefthander with fringy stuff and should be a later-round senior sign. The Canadian has been drafted twice before--in the 42nd round by the Blue Jays out of high school in 2004 and in the 38th round by the Rockies out of Vernon (Texas) JC in 2006. Hesketh helped himself out in his final start by going toe-to-toe with San Diego State's Stephen Strasburg in the Mountain West tournament.
20 595 Pittsburgh Pirates Sam Spangler Hawaii Hawaii
When lefthander Sam Spangler showed up at Hawaii, he was a skinny walk-on from New Mexico with a fastball in the 81-83 mph range. He redshirted and committed to the weight room, filled out, learned how to control his body and harnessed his delivery. He stays over the rubber longer, getting good leverage and load on his pitches, and his fastball is now sitting 88-91 and has touched 93. He throws strikes and has a firm curveball that he can locate.
20 598 Atlanta Braves Jeff Lorick Virginia Va.
20 612 Minnesota Twins Tommy Mackoul UC Riverside Calif.
20 615 New York Yankees Thomas Keeling Oklahoma State Okla.
Lefthander Thomas Keeling had the best strikeout rate (12.9 per nine innings) on a talented Oklahoma State pitching staff. Hitters have a tough time making contact against his 88-92 mph fastball because of the riding life the 6-foot-3, 184-pounder achieves by throwing across his body. His mechanics make it difficult to maintain a consistent breaking ball or control. He redshirted in 2007 because the growth plate in his shoulder blade was irritating a muscle. On talent, Keeling projects as a sixth- to eighth-rounder, though his extra leverage as a sophomore-eligible means he could drop significantly lower. He sat out his first year of college because of problems with the growth plate in his left shoulder blade. Keeling will pitch for the Cape Cod League's Chatham Anglers this summer, giving the team that drafts him more time to evaluate him.
20 620 Chicago Cubs Eric Erickson Miami Fla.
21 622 Washington Nationals Mitchell Clegg Massachusetts Mass.
Massachusetts' Mitchell Clegg is another lefty with good size (6-foot-4, 225 pounds) and fringy stuff. Clegg pitches with a high-80s fastball and a decent changeup that he uses to get some swings and misses. He could be a solid senior sign in the 12-to-15-round range.
21 628 Atlanta Braves Matt Crim The Citadel S.C.
21 630 Detroit Tigers Giovanni Soto Carolina, P.R. P.R.
21 636 Arizona Diamondbacks Dan Taylor Central Michigan Mich.
The two best pitching prospects in the state are college seniors. Dan Taylor didn't have a redshirt year like Fetter did, and he won't turn 22 until July. The 6-foot, 205-pounder doesn't have an overpowering pitch, but his 88-89 mph fastball, curveball and changeup are all close to average. He's also a lefthander who throws strikes.
21 648 Boston Red Sox Randall Fant Texas HS, Texarkana, Texas Texas
22 652 Washington Nationals Danny Rosenbaum Xavier Ohio
22 655 Pittsburgh Pirates Carmine Giardina Tampa Fla.
22 656 Baltimore Orioles Cameron Coffey Houston Christian HS Texas $990,000
After pitching in the mid-80s last summer, Houston Christian HS lefthander Cameron Coffey popped some 94s and consistently pitched in the low 90s this spring. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound Duke recruit's stock was rising until he blew out his elbow and required Tommy John surgery in March.
22 661 Colorado Rockies David Born Long Beach State Calif.
22 662 Kansas City Royals Ryan Dennick Tennessee Tech Tenn.
Lefthander Ryan Dennick may have earned a draft spot by throwing very well against Clemson in regional play, working off an 88-90 mph fastball for seven innings.
22 663 Oakland Athletics Ryan Quigley Northeastern Mass.
Some scouts are intrigued by Northeastern lefthander Ryan Quigley despite his poor numbers this spring (3-5, 6.35 with 80 strikeouts and 39 walks in 67 innings). Quigley's best assets are his 6-foot-4, 220-pound frame, deception and hard 1-to-7 breaking ball with good depth. His fastball velocity was disappointing this spring, as he worked mostly in the 85-88 mph range, and he struggles to throw strikes. Clubs that think Quigley could be a lefthanded reliever could look at him in the top 12 rounds and monitor his performance in the Cape Cod League this summer.
22 679 Tampa Bay Rays Jake Sullivan Arkansas-Little Rock Ark.
22 681 Los Angeles Angels Stephen Locke Florida Fla.
23 683 Seattle Mariners David Rollins San Jacinto (Texas) JC Texas
23 684 San Diego Padres Jeff Ibarra Lee (Tenn.) Tenn.
23 687 San Francisco Giants Adam Champion Arkansas-Little Rock Ark.
23 695 Cleveland Indians Danny Jimenez John A. Logan (Ill.) JC Ill. $125,000
Danny Jimenez was Illinois' top high school lefthander (and a 37th-round pick of the Cardinals) a year ago, and now he's the state's best juco prospect. Jimenez' stuff is similar to what it was a year ago, as he usually pitches from 87-91 mph and maintains that velocity into the late innings. He has tightened up his curveball and gotten more comfortable with his changeup, but both pitches still need work. His delivery isn't the cleanest and he doesn't have a lot of projection remaining in his 6-foot-3, 215-pound frame, but he has a strong left arm and gets results. If he doesn't turn pro, he'll return to John A. Logan CC for his sophomore season.
24 716 Baltimore Orioles Justin Anderson Louisiana-Monroe La.
24 731 Houston Astros Mike Modica George Mason Va.
The Patriots were really carried by pitching and defense, however, and a couple of those arms could get drafted. Lefthander Mike Modica was a workhorse and finished the regular season 11-1, 4.17, and he draws pro interest as a lefty who can spin and command a curveball. He needs to cut down his walks.
24 732 Minnesota Twins Mario Hollands UC Santa Barbara Calif.
Sophomore-eligible lefthander Mario Hollands had inconsistent stuff all year, though at his best he scrapes the low 90s with his fastball and gets on hitters quickly, thanks to his deceptive delivery. His secondary stuff hasn't developed, leaving him without a strikeout pitch.
24 739 Tampa Bay Rays Andrew Heaney Putnam City HS, Oklahoma City Okla.
Scouts rave about lefthander Andrew Heaney's arm action. Though he's just 6-foot-1 and 170 pounds, he has a clean, quick arm and reaches 91 mph with his fastball with little effort. He also has good feel for his curveball and changeup, and he beat projected first-rounder Chad James in a head-to-head matchup. Heaney is considered all but unsignable, so he'll probably wind up at Oklahoma State.
25 746 Baltimore Orioles Jay Johnson Lethbridge (Alberta) CC Alberta
Lefthander Jay Johnson pitches for the Prairie Baseball Academy, which requires its players to take classes at Lethbridge (Alberta) CC. Johnson pitches at 89-91 mph and has been up to 93, but has a history of being injured. He is committed to Texas Tech.
25 760 Toronto Blue Jays Sam Strickland Texas A&M-Kingsville Texas
25 763 Chicago White Sox Mike Strong Iowa Western CC Iowa
25 765 New York Yankees Shaeffer Hall Kansas Kan.
26 775 Pittsburgh Pirates Matt Dermody Norwalk (Iowa) HS Iowa
26 776 Baltimore Orioles Blake Mechaw Shelton State (Ala.) CC Ala.
26 787 Los Angeles Dodgers Alex McRee Georgia Ga.
McRee was a crucial cog in Georgia's 2008 run to the College World Series finals, working as a lefthanded setup man. He made six starts during his first two seasons and 44 relief appearances, running his fastball into the mid-90s. His size (6-foot-6, 236 pounds) and velocity, plus being lefthanded, made McRee an easy target for scouts; scouting directors voted him a third-team All-American in the preseason. However, he had mononucleosis early in the season, and he's never gotten in a rhythm. While his fastball still has excellent life and downhill plane and has reached 94 mph, he has lacked consistency with it. He's pitching at 90-92 mph and still has a slurvy breaking ball, which some scouts want tightened up into a slider. His changeup has made significant strides, yet his pitchability has not. He was averaging 6.9 walks per nine innings and barely more than four innings per start, then got hammered for seven runs in less than an inning by Louisiana State in the Southeastern Conference tournament. McRee has a strong academic profile and has plans to go to medical school, and he wasn't expected to sign for less than supplemental first-round money. He hopes to return to school and replicate Joshua Fields' achievement of being a first-round pick as a senior out of Georgia.
26 796 Milwaukee Brewers Lex Rutledge Tupelo (Miss.) HS Miss.
The state's high schoolers drop off dramatically after Renfroe and Hamilton. Some scouts like lefthander Lex Rutledge after seeing good early velocity that reached 90 mph. The Samford signee might have been the state's most notable pop-up guy (he wasn't a showcase player in the past) but he didn't maintain his fast start.
27 809 Cincinnati Reds Stefan Del Pino Dorman HS, Roebuck, S.C. S.C.
27 817 Los Angeles Dodgers Brian Johnson Cocoa Beach (Fla.) HS Fla.
Scouts often lump Johnson and David Holmberg into similar discussions because both are lefthanded, big-bodied Florida Gators recruits. Johnson, whose sister Brooke plays softball for the Gators, had a dominating prep season, posting a near-2.000 OPS as a hitter for Cocoa Beach High while going 5-1, 0.76 with 102 strikeouts in just 55 innings on the mound. Johnson is big-bodied and physical at a listed 6-foot-4, 220 pounds, though many scouts consider him a bit shorter and heavier than his listed weight. While he lacks much in the way of projection, he could improve the quality of his stuff as he improves his conditioning. However, his present stuff is pretty strong. His fastball grades out as fringe-average for a lefthander, in the 85-89 mph range, and he's touched some 90s. He throws both a curveball and a changeup, and his curve is his most advanced pitch. It's a 12-to-6 breaker that works as a strikeout pitch when it's thrown with some power in the mid-70s. It could be a plus pitch down the line. Johnson's velocity wasn't consistently strong this spring, and he's not exactly a fast-twitch, quick-armed pitcher. He profiles more as a back-of-the-rotation innings-eater. Johnson also put out word that he anticipates going to college unless he's blown away financially. He's a top 200 talent but may not be drafted until late due to his signability.
28 849 St. Louis Cardinals Justin Edwards Kennesaw State Ga.
28 855 New York Yankees Aaron Meade Missouri State Mo.
28 859 Tampa Bay Rays Zac Rosscup Chemeketa (Ore.) CC Ore.
29 862 Washington Nationals Evan Bronson Trinity (Texas) Texas
29 874 Texas Rangers C.C. Watson Cleburne County HS, Heflin, Ala. Ala.
The top Alabama high school talents were lefthanders Luke Bole and Charles "C.C." Watson and Auburn signee and righthander Slade Smith. Bole and Watson are both Mississippi State signees, and both are expected to stay true to their college commitments. Watson is 6 feet, 185 pounds, and scouts see little future projection, yet he had a strong spring, winding up as the top player in the state. He throws in the 88-91 mph range and has bumped a bit better at times. He also spins a breaking ball well, a curveball with some power that has helped him to some gaudy strikeout totals, including a 21-strikeout game this spring. His delivery has some effort to it. Both Bole and Watson can hit enough to contend for at-bats as two-way players at Mississippi State.
29 878 Florida Marlins Jared Eskew Cal Poly Calif.
29 879 St. Louis Cardinals Daniel Calhoun Murray State Ky.
29 882 Minnesota Twins Beau Wright Los Alamitos (Calif.) HS Calif.
UC Irvine's top recruit is lefthander Beau Wright, who during a practice session for the 2008 Aflac game was conked in the head by a line drive. The injury restricted him from pitching until the spring, and scouts were disappointed by his performance. A 6-foot-2, 230-pounder, Wright doesn't offer much projection and may struggle with fitness as his career progresses. His raw stuff is decent but not overwhelming, featuring an 89-91 mph fastball, a mid-80s two-seamer and a 74-77 mph curve. Both his command and velocity are hurt by his poor mechanics. Wright's freak injury has slowed his progress, but he still may draw early draft attention as a lefthander with average stuff.
30 914 New York Mets Jordan Harrison New Caney (Texas) HS Texas
31 923 Seattle Mariners Clint Dempster Mississippi Gulf Coast JC Miss.
Dickerson's competition as the top juco player in the state comes from Mississippi Gulf Coast duo Drew Granier and Clint Dempster, who also were high school teammates. Dempster probably will go higher despite his similarly short frame, with a better curveball with bite and a bit more power to go with an 88-92 mph fastball. He's energetic and probably needs to move to the bullpen in pro ball. Dempster is signed to Nicholls State.
31 932 Kansas City Royals Brian Peacock Santa Ana (Calif.) JC Calif. $110,000
Peacock, projectable at 6-foot-2, 185 pounds with an easy arm action, throws a mid- to high-80s fastball and a sharp curveball. Peacock, just 19, needs to develop his changeup, but his other attributes figure to draw late-round draft attention.
31 941 Houston Astros Travis Smink Virginia Military Institute Va.
31 948 Boston Red Sox Tim Webb Palm Beach (Fla.) CC Fla.
31 949 Tampa Bay Rays Aaron Dott Wisconsin-Whitewater Wis.
32 953 Seattle Mariners Ben Whitmore Oregon Ore.
Ducks lefthander Bennett Whitmore also has a pro body at 6-foot-3, 215 pounds, but hasn't shown consistent velocity or command. He lost confidence in his stuff and tried to overthrow, though could still get popped in the latter rounds, as he was by the Red Sox last year coming out of Fresno (Calif.) CC.
32 955 Pittsburgh Pirates Niko Spezial Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey, N.J. N.J.
A trio of prospects from perennial power Don Bosco Prep are also likely headed to school. Lefthander Niko Speziale, a Wake Forest signee, is a big-game pitcher with a good body (6-foot-4, 210 pounds) and feel for pitching, but he lacks a quality breaking to go with his 86-91 mph fastball.
32 956 Baltimore Orioles Matt Nadolski Casa Grande HS, Petaluma, Calif. Calif.
32 961 Colorado Rockies Steve Junker Bellevue (Neb.) Neb.
32 965 Cleveland Indians Matt Packer Virginia Va.
32 967 Los Angeles Dodgers Graham Miller Master's (Calif.) Calif.
32 974 New York Mets T.J. Chism La Salle Pa.
Chism's numbers aren't pretty (1-3, 7.80 in 30 innings), and some scouts have seen him work around 85-86 mph and get hit hard. Others have seen him much better in relief, working in the 92-93 range with a promising slider. Chism is a good athlete with a quick arm, and some scouts project him to throw in the mid-90s with an average slider if he can make a couple of adjustments in pro ball.
32 977 Philadelphia Phillies Kevin Angelle San Jacinto (Texas) JC Texas
32 978 Boston Red Sox Michael Clark American Heritage HS, Plantation, Fla. Fla.
33 992 Kansas City Royals Claudio Bavera Cochise (Ariz.) JC Ariz.
Cochise brings in players from all over the globe, and one of its prospects is from Venezuela. Keep an eye on lefthander Claudio Bavera as a potential late-round pick. He's a little undersized at 5-foot-11, 190 pounds, but that's less of an issue for lefthanders. Bavera generally pitches around 86 mph, but he can reach back and dial it up to 90-91 for short stints. He has a hard breaking ball that he aims at the back foot of righthanded batters, and an average changeup. Bavera has a rubber arm and very good work ethic.
33 1010 Chicago Cubs John Lambert North Carolina State N.C.
Lefty John Lambert had a big game against North Carolina with plenty of scouts in attendance, striking out 10 but walking nine. He also showed an average fastball and slider and power pitcher's approach to go with his 6-foot-7 frame. His delivery tends to get mechanical, making it tough for him to repeat his delivery.
34 1015 Pittsburgh Pirates Zac Fuesser Walters State (Tenn.) CC Tenn. $125,000
34 1028 Florida Marlins Isaac Morales Cal State Los Angeles Calif.
34 1033 Chicago White Sox Alex Farotto South Carolina S.C.
34 1038 Boston Red Sox Jimmy Patterson Central Arizona JC Ariz.
Central Arizona JC has three quality prospects in a state noted for strong juco play. Jimmy Patterson played both ways for Central Arizona. He's a righthanded hitter and a lefthanded pitcher, and most scouts like him better as a position player. He has a good swing with some pop that allowed him to hit 21 doubles and seven home runs with wood over 193 at-bats this year. He has above-average bat speed and plays the game hard. Patterson will be relegated to a corner outfield spot as a pro and could hit .270 with 15-20 home runs a year. He should contribute immediately at Arizona State if he doesn't sign.
35 1047 San Francisco Giants Brandon Graves Valdosta State (Ga.) Ga.
35 1060 Toronto Blue Jays Evan Teague Western Kentucky Ky.
35 1062 Minnesota Twins David Hurlbut Diablo Valley (Calif.) JC Calif.
35 1066 Milwaukee Brewers Matt Costello Valdosta State (Ga.) Ga.
36 1072 Washington Nationals Josh Miller O'Connor HS, Helotes, Texas Texas
36 1090 Toronto Blue Jays Alex Pepe Florida Atlantic Fla.
36 1093 Chicago White Sox Ryan Crowley Morton West HS, Berwyn, Ill. Ill.
36 1094 New York Mets Lance Hoge Kansas State Kan.
36 1095 New York Yankees Kyle Ottoson South Mountain (Ariz.) CC Ariz.
36 1096 Milwaukee Brewers Josh Turley Texas HS, Texarkana, Texas Texas
37 1104 San Diego Padres Gaspar Santiago Ranger (Texas) JC Texas
37 1106 Baltimore Orioles Taylor Rogers Chatfield HS, Littleton, Colo. Colo.
37 1115 Cleveland Indians Steve Ewing University HS, Orlando Fla.
37 1123 Chicago White Sox Joe Serafin Vermont Vt.
Vermont lefthander Joe Serafin has an outside chance to be drafted late or sign as a free agent after the draft. He had a mediocre season and doesn't have power stuff, but he could eat up some innings in the low minors. Serafin is not in great shape and his stuff went backward this year. He worked mostly in the mid-80s and showed a loopy, fringe-average curveball.
37 1124 New York Mets Brandon Sage South Alabama Ala.
38 1132 Washington Nationals Chris Manno Duke N.C.
Junior lefthander Christopher Manno is the Blue Devils' best prospect and could go anywhere from the fifth to 10th round. Like Wolcott, he works primarily off his fastball. He's long and lean with deception and some projection left in his body. Manno at times sits at 83-87 mph, though he often throws harder and was 89-91 mph at times in the Cape last summer, when he went 3-0, 1.93 with 45 strikeouts in 42 innings. His changeup can be plus at times, while his slider is below-average. Manno is young for his draft class and doesn't turn 21 until November.
38 1146 Arizona Diamondbacks Trevon Prince Oakland, Calif. Calif.
38 1148 Florida Marlins Kevin Johnson Cincinnati Ohio
38 1149 St. Louis Cardinals John Durham Warner (Fla.) Fla.
39 1189 Tampa Bay Rays Dan April Mercer Ga.
40 1195 Pittsburgh Pirates Brett Lee West Florida HS, Pensacola, Fla. Fla.
40 1207 Los Angeles Dodgers Ryan Christenson South Mountain (Ariz.) CC Ariz.
40 1219 Tampa Bay Rays James Pazos Highland HS, Gilbert, Ariz. Ariz.
Another pitcher who went backward this spring--and it was a disappointing theme in Arizona--was James Pazos, though he's still the best prep lefthander and one of the few power lefties in the state. Committed to Arizona State, the 6-foot-3, 220-pounder is aggressive and inconsistent, in part because he has never focused on baseball. He is a strong athlete who also played football and wrestled. Pazos was a big name coming into the spring and drew about 30 scouts to his first game, but many left after the first inning unimpressed. He used to have a Dontrelle Willis-esque delivery, with arms and legs flying everywhere. It was unconventional, but it created deception. He toned it down this spring and lost some effectiveness, though he was up to 91 mph by the end of the season. His secondary pitches need work, and teams may want him to do that with the Sun Devils.
41 1228 Atlanta Braves Kyle Petter El Camino (Calif.) JC Calif.
Drafted by Kansas City in 2008, lefthander Kyle Petter is a 5-foot-9, 180-pounder with a 86-89 mph fastball and mid-70s curve. He's a two-way player, leading El Camino JC in home runs this spring with 10. An aggressive pitcher who works quickly, he struggles with his command and will run up high pitch counts.
41 1234 Texas Rangers Forrest Garrett Norcross (Ga.) HS Ga.
41 1249 Tampa Bay Rays Matt Stabelfeld Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) Idaho
42 1262 Kansas City Royals Jon Keck Bethel (Tenn.) Tenn.
42 1264 Texas Rangers Shane Zegarac St. Joseph's (Ind.) Ind.
42 1277 Philadelphia Phillies Matt Laney Miami Dade JC Fla.
43 1287 San Francisco Giants Matt Jansen Purdue Ind.
43 1299 St. Louis Cardinals Manuel De La Cruz Imperial Valley (Calif.) JC Calif.
44 1312 Washington Nationals Hoby Milner Paschal HS, Fort Worth Texas
Milner's father Brian is the only high school position player in the draft era who began his pro career in the major leagues. Brian fell to the Blue Jays in the seventh round of the 1978 draft because he had a scholarship to play baseball and football at Arizona State, but signed for a then-club record $150,000. He went for 4-for-9 in two big league games before heading to the minors, where injuries destroyed his career. Milner looks like the son of a former big leaguer, as he has clean, repeatable mechanics that allow him to command his pitches with ease. He throws a consistent 87-90 mph fastball with little effort, and it's easy to envision him adding velocity as he packs more strength on his skinny 6-foot-2, 155-pound frame. Milner's second pitch is a quality curveball, though he sometimes gets under it. With his aptitude, he should be able to develop a reliable changeup. The biggest caveat scouts have with Milner is that he got knocked around on the showcase circuit last summer and hasn't dominated lesser competition in high school. Unlike his father, he probably won't sign out of high school because his mother is adamant that he follow through on a University of Texas scholarship. Milner's talent could fit him as high as the third or fourth round, but it may take a seven-figure bonus to sign him.
44 1315 Pittsburgh Pirates Dexter Bobo Georgia Southern Ga.
Lefthander Dexter Bobo never put it together and could be a better value as a senior sign. He's a stocky, scatter-armed reliever who pumps his fastball at 90-92 mph at times, but who hasn't performed (6.55 ERA this spring).
44 1323 Oakland Athletics A.J. Huttenlocker Missouri Western State Mo.
44 1327 Los Angeles Dodgers R.C. Orlan Deep Run HS, Glen Allen, Va. Va.
44 1329 St. Louis Cardinals Kyle Heim Iowa Iowa
44 1334 New York Mets James Wooster Alvin (Texas) CC Texas
44 1335 New York Yankees Evan DeLuca Immaculata HS, Somerville, N.J. N.J. $500,000
Lefty Evan DeLuca, a San Diego recruit, is another fine athlete with an 87-91 mph fastball and good arm action, but he's struggled to throw strikes at times and must improve his breaking ball.
44 1337 Philadelphia Phillies Brian Feekin Iowa Western CC Iowa
After redshirting at Nebraska in 2007, lefthander Brian Feekin has led Iowa Western to consecutive Junior College World Series berths. The 6-foot-6, 220-pounder threw harder on a more consistent basis in 2008, but toned down his delivery and worked more at 87-90 mph this spring. He's still working on his command and his slider. A 41st-round pick of the Rangers last year, he'll attend Louisville in 2010 if he doesn't turn pro.
45 1345 Pittsburgh Pirates Kevin Gelinas Central Arizona JC Ariz.
Lefthander Kevin Gelinas passes the eye test on the mound with a 6-foot-5, 230-pound frame. Head coach Jon Wente has been taking it easy with Gelinas because he only threw nine innings last season and came down with the flu for two weeks in early April. Gelinas has a firm fastball at 90-93 mph, and a slider that has shown flashes of being a plus pitch but is inconsistent. He also has a developing changeup and can be overpowering when he's commanding his pitches.
45 1348 Atlanta Braves Nathan Dorris Marion (Ill.) HS Ill.
45 1369 Tampa Bay Rays Cole Nelson Des Moines Area CC Iowa
46 1384 Texas Rangers Jerad Grundy Johnsburg (Ill.) HS Ill.
With an 80 percent scholarship from Miami, lefthander Jerad Grundy is unlikely to turn pro out of high school. He gets good run on his 89-92 mph from a low arm slot. The 6-foot, 185-pounder throws with a lot of effort in his delivery, and while he throws strikes he projects as a reliever in the long run. He'll throw four pitches for strikes at times, but none of his secondary offerings is a putaway pitch.
47 1404 San Diego Padres Zach Thomas Cypress-Fairbanks HS, Cypress, Texas Texas
47 1405 Pittsburgh Pirates Justin Earls Georgia Ga.
47 1410 Detroit Tigers Kevin Chambers Capistrano Valley HS, Mission Viejo, Calif. Calif.
47 1416 Arizona Diamondbacks Mario Gallardo West Los Angeles JC Calif.
48 1433 Seattle Mariners Sean Nolin San Jacinto (Texas) JC Texas
48 1445 Cleveland Indians Vidal Nuno Baker (Kan.) Kan.
48 1448 Florida Marlins Ryan Gibson Yukon (Okla.) HS Okla.
48 1451 Houston Astros Paco Rodriguez Gulliver Prep, Miami Fla.
48 1453 Chicago White Sox Matthew Little Bryan (Texas) HS Texas
48 1454 New York Mets Joe Mantiply Tunstall HS, Dry Fork, Va. Va.
49 1478 Florida Marlins Alan Williams Meridian (Miss.) CC Miss.
49 1483 Chicago White Sox T.J. Geith Scottsdale (Ariz.) CC Ariz.
50 1495 Pittsburgh Pirates Matt Taylor Columbus (Ga.) HS Ga.
Matt Taylor throws in the upper 80s, touches 91 and has a solid, if slow, curveball. Taylor is an Alabama signee.
50 1496 Baltimore Orioles Tim Berry San Marcos (Calif.) HS Calif. $125,000
50 1498 Atlanta Braves Josh Edgin Francis Marion (S.C.) S.C.
50 1505 Cleveland Indians Tyler Joyner Northern Nash HS, Rocky Mount, N.C. N.C.
Northern Nash High lost to Eastern Wayne in the East 3-A regionals, led there by lefthander Tyler Joyner, who struck out 16 in a sectional playoff game. Joyner has an 88-90 mph fastball and good size, though he lacks much projection. The East Carolina signee also has shown a fringe-average breaking ball with average future potential.
50 1511 Houston Astros Spencer Hylander Oklahoma Baptist Okla.
50 1513 Chicago White Sox Kevin Chapman Florida Fla.