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Round Overall Team Player School State Bonus
1 2 Seattle Mariners Dustin Ackley North Carolina N.C. $6,000,000
Ackley played at a 1-A high school against modest competition, and while area scouts knew about him they couldn't pull the trigger three years ago. Their loss was North Carolina's gain, as Ackley is in the midst of his third consecutive .400 season. The 2007 BA Freshman of the Year, Ackley has the best pure swing and pure bat in the '09 draft class, and maybe the best this decade. He's also a 70 runner (on the 20-80 scale) underway and should be a top-of-the-order, base-stealing threat in pro ball. Ackley has a disciplined approach and makes hitting look easy thanks to his advanced athleticism. He's balanced at the plate and has amazing hand-eye coordination, getting the barrel of the bat to the hitting zone quickly and leaving it there as long as possible. After hitting 17 home runs in his first two seasons, he was tied for second in the Atlantic Coast Conference with 16, and scouts grade his raw power as average, if not a tick above. His lone below-average tool is his arm, which he injured as a prep senior while pitching. He has played primarily first base at North Carolina and had Tommy John surgery at the end of the summer of 2008. He made two starts in the outfield in mid-May, and most scouts project him as a future center fielder and potential plus defender. He's a solid-average defender at first base if he winds up there. Scouts struggle to come up with comparisons because he's such a unique player. If he becomes a batting champion and premium leadoff man as a pro, he'll become a player others are compared to.
1 3 San Diego Padres Donavan Tate Cartersville (Ga.) HS Ga. $6,250,000
Widely regarded as the top prep position player in the class entering the spring, Tate has done little to dissuade scouts of that notion. He earned that status with premium athletic ability, graceful actions, good bloodlines and emerging baseball skills. Tate showed his athleticism during a rigorous summer, playing for USA Baseball's 18U team, and in the Aflac and Under Armour games. The long summer prompted him to consider quitting football, but his father Lars played football at Georgia and in the NFL, and Tate has committed to play both football and baseball at North Carolina. So Tate changed his mind after one week and returned to the gridiron. His two-sport stardom has left his skills in need of some polish, particularly his hitting ability. He can get pull-happy and doesn't have a natural feel for hitting, but that doesn't significantly limit his ceiling. He has earned comparisons to fellow Georgia prep Jeff Francoeur for his athleticism, and has more feel for hitting than the Braves outfielder, with similar power potential. Tate has true bat speed and strength, and makes adjustments against better pitching. His other tools are outrageous: he's a plus-plus runner with Gold Glove potential in center field and a strong throwing arm that grades out above-average as well. Tate plays with supreme confidence that goes hand-in-hand with his well-above-average athletic ability. A Scott Boras Corp. client, Tate was considered a tough sign, and some teams wonder about his willingness to sign. Still, he remained near the top of every club's position-player board.
1 17 Arizona Diamondbacks A.J. Pollock Notre Dame Ind. $1,400,000
Pollock hasn't performed as well this spring as he did last summer in the Cape Cod League, where he was the MVP after finishing second in hitting (.377) and first in slugging (.556). While there's debate as to whether he's a true first-round talent, with a shortage of quality college hitters he should get selected in the bottom third of the round. Six-foot-1 and 200 pounds, Pollock stands out most for his athleticism and pure hitting ability from the right side. He has a simple approach, a quick bat and strong hands. Scouts do say he'll have to stop cheating out on his front side and stay back more on pitches in pro ball. Those who like Pollock say that the rest of his tools are solid, while those who don't say he doesn't have another plus tool and question his power. He projects as a 30 doubles/15 homers threat in the majors, and he's a slightly above-average runner who has plus speed once he gets going. Pollock also has good instincts and a solid arm in center field.
1 23 Chicago White Sox Jared Mitchell Louisiana State La. $1,200,000
Mitchell wanted $1 million to give up football and sign out of high school, when he flashed first-round talent and dropped to the Twins in the 10th round because of signability. Three years later, he has put himself in position to go in the first round and receive that seven-figure bonus. Louisiana State football coach Les Miles gave Mitchell the spring off to focus on baseball, and the extra work has paid off. The best athlete in college baseball, Mitchell is an electric 6-foot, 192-pounder with plus-plus speed and power potential. He was hitting a career-high .325 entering the College World Series, and he has dramatically improved his plate discipline. He still strikes out a lot because he concentrates so much on taking pitches that he often falls behind in the count. His swing needs work too, as he'll have to spread out for more balance and use less of an uppercut in pro ball. Mitchell flies down the line from the left side and steals bases on sheer speed, and he'll be a terror once he gets better reads and jumps. He plays right field for Louisiana State but easily has enough range to move to center. His defense also needs refinement, as he tends to drift on fly balls. His arm is his lone below-average tool, but it will play fine in center field. A reserve wide receiver on the Tigers' 2007 national championship football team, Mitchell has a passion for baseball and is ready to give up the gridiron. He'll need more development time than most college players, but he also has the potential to become the next Carl Crawford.
1 24 Los Angeles Angels Randal Grichuk Lamar Consolidated HS, Rosenberg, Texas Texas $1,242,000
Grichuk first made a name for himself as a power hitter at the 2004 Little League World Series, leading the tournament with four homers, and hasn't stopped hitting home runs since. He hit three longballs as the United States won the gold medal at the 2007 World Youth Championship in Venezuela, and he regularly went deep at prestigious events on the showcase circuit last summer. At the International Power Showcase at Tampa's Tropicana Dome in January, he led all comers with 20 total homers, including a 475-foot blast with a metal bat. Grichuk is more than just a masher, however. He doesn't have the prettiest righthanded stroke, but his strong hands and bat speed should allow him to hit for a solid average once he adjusts his pull-oriented approach. A 6-foot, 195-pounder, Grichuk has decent athleticism and fits best defensively as a left fielder. He's a below-average runner with a fringe arm, but his work ethic and passion for the game should make him a solid defender. He has committed to Arizona but is considered signable if he goes in the first three rounds as expected.
1 25 Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout Millville (N.J.) HS N.J. $1,215,000
Trout has turned himself into a favorite of scouts in the Northeast, both for his talent and his makeup. An East Carolina commitment, he has rocketed up draft boards as a senior, thanks to an improved offensive approach. Last year, even in the fall, he had a tendency to bail out in the batter's box, particularly against sliders. This spring he has quieted his approach and improved against breaking balls, and he's shown the ability to hit hard line drives to all fields, though his swing still gets loopy and long at times. Halfway through the spring, Trout even began working on hitting lefthanded, and he showed some aptitude for it. Trout's frame and skill set draws comparisons to Aaron Rowand, but he's a faster runner--he runs the 60-yard dash in 6.5 seconds. He has good range and instincts in center field and plenty of arm for the position. Trout's bat is not a sure thing, but he has a chance to be a solid-average hitter with average or better power. Like Rowand, Trout is a grinder who always plays the game hard.
1 28 Boston Red Sox Reymond Fuentes Fernando Callejo HS, Manati, P.R. P.R. $1,134,000
A relative of Mets center fielder Carlos Beltran, Fuentes is an electric, game-changing player. The 6-foot, 160-pound center fielder is slender, but has wiry strength and can put a change in a ball during batting practice. Like a ticking clock, he hits line drives from foul pole to foul pole with his lefthanded swing. He's also an elite runner, clocking in at just under 6.3 seconds in the 60-yard dash at Puerto Rico's annual Excellence Tournament in early May. In game situations, Fuentes stays within himself, goes with a contact-oriented approach and lets his plus speed play to his advantage. These tools make Fuentes an ideal leadoff hitter. Defensively, Fuentes' range will allow him to stay in center field as a professional. Right down to his below-average arm, he's a similar player to the Yankees' Johnny Damon.
1 29 New York Yankees Slade Heathcott Texas HS, Texarkana, Texas Texas $2,200,000
Heathcott is a legitimate prospect as both an outfielder and a lefthanded pitcher, but he has DHed for most of the spring. He was out until mid-March recovering from November surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee, then jammed his throwing shoulder diving for a fly ball in his second game back. When healthy, he's an athletic outfielder with five-tool potential. He swings a quick bat from the left side and has strength and power in his 6-foot-1, 190-pound frame. He earns plus grades for his hitting and his speed, and he has good range and above-average arm strength in the outfield. Heathcott was selected for the Aflac All-American Game last summer as a pitcher, and some clubs like him more as a lefty with an 88-92 mph fastball that touches 94 and a promising curveball. There's effort in his delivery because he approaches pitching like he does everything else: full speed ahead. Heathcott hasn't pitched this spring because of the shoulder injury, however, though Texas High was readying to return him to the mound after winning its first six playoff games. His makeup is a concern for several clubs and he missed the first playoff contest because of an academic suspension. Then Heathcott went on a salary drive, hitting three homers in the next five games and turning in a plus-plus 4.0-second time from home to first in front of heavy hitters from the Phillies and Yankees. He's committed to Louisiana State but should get drafted high enough--possibly in the first round--that he'll forego college.
1 31 Chicago Cubs Brett Jackson California Calif. $972,000
Jackson is most frequently compared with J.D. Drew, at least physically. But while critics often question Drew's passion, the same accusation could never be directed at Jackson. Strong and muscular, Jackson is a wonderful athlete who is a perpetual motion machine on the field and plays with flair. He is an enthusiastic, upbeat and supportive teammate, and he's an aggressive baserunner who challenges outfielders and takes the extra base, often diving in headfirst while doing so. He uses his above-average speed to chase down drives in the gaps in center field, and he has the range to flag down balls hit in front of him or over his head. His arm can be inconsistent, but he has enough arm strength for both left and center. Most criticism surrounding Jackson centers on his hitting, where he's not nearly as polished as Drew. He utilizes an inward-turning, hand-pumping, leg-kicking, load-up-and-let-it-fly swing. He has excellent bat speed and shows the ability to rifle the ball around the diamond, with acceptable home run power, particularly for a leadoff man. His high strikeout totals hurt his draft chances, though, and he had 58 whiffs in 206 at-bats this season.
1 32 Colorado Rockies Tim Wheeler Sacramento State Calif. $900,000
Among California scouts, a "Sac State guy" is typically an undersized, modestly talented but scrappy and energetic player, short on tools but long on hustle. At showcase events, it's common to hear scouts use the term as a shorthand way of identifying such players. No Sac State player has ever been drafted above the fourth round, but Wheeler will smash all of those precedents and cliches. At 6-foot-4 and 205 pounds with a strong and athletic frame and lefthanded bat, he's a prototypical corner outfield prospect. His wiry build has room for further projection. Scouts suspected Wheeler was poised for a breakout after a strong summer in the Cape Cod League, but he has exceeded even those expectations, batting .396/.500/.786 with 18 homers and 69 RBIs. Wheeler's bat is by far his primary tool. He projects to be a plus big league hitter, with power that is a shade above-average. An average arm and speed that's just a tick above-average probably mean he's best suited for left field in pro ball. Scouts laud his baserunning instincts. Scouts who saw Wheeler last year, or even earlier this year, would not have pegged him as a first-round candidate, but as the season has progressed his bat has made the prospect more and more likely.
1s 39 Milwaukee Brewers Kentrail Davis Tennessee Tenn. $1,200,000
An All-Freshman choice in 2008 who starred for Team USA, Davis is a sophomore-eligible who doesn't neatly fit any mold. His performance suffered this spring on a Tennessee team having a down season, and he had struck out in 25 percent of his at-bats in two college seasons. However, he has tools and hitting ability that stand out in the 2009 draft class. Strong and physical at 5-foot-9, 200 pounds, Davis has a short, powerful swing when he's going well, with bat speed to spare. Despite that, Davis had a tendency to chase pitches this year when pitched around, and he got pull happy, which caused his swing to get a little long. Similarly, Davis has plus speed as a 6.6 runner over 60 yards, but it doesn't play plus offensively. Davis is an average defender in center field, which is below what most big league teams look for. If he can't stay in center, his fringy arm will push him to left, where his power will have to play.
2 52 San Diego Padres Everett Williams McCallum HS, Austin Texas $775,000
Of all the elite high school athletes in this draft, Williams might have the best bat. He has a strong 5-foot-10, 200-pound build and big, quick hands, which allow him to power balls to all fields. One area scout says he's seen Williams hit a 500-foot blast, and the lefthanded hitter finished second in the home run derby at the Aflac All-American Game last summer. He has above-average speed that plays as plus-plus on the bases because of his instincts and aggressive nature. He'll need some time to smooth out his defense in center field, but he's certainly capable of staying there. His arm is fringe-average but playable in center. The biggest knock on Williams is a tendency to play on cruise control. Scouts say he's a good kid who just need to play harder on a more consistent basis. He didn't commit to Texas until March, but if he goes in the first round as expected, he won't suit up for his hometown Longhorns. Williams also has some of the best bloodlines in his draft, as his father played in the NFL, his cousin Cedric Allen pitched in the Reds system and two of his aunts are enshrined in the national softball hall of fame.
2 56 Los Angeles Dodgers Blake Smith California Calif. $643,500
California's lefthanded-hitting, righty-pitching Smith perplexed scouts all spring. At 6-foot-2, 220 pounds, he has premium size to go with athleticism. He had emerged as a premium prospect last summer with USA Baseball's college national team, when he hit .327 with three homers (second on the team) while also throwing nine scoreless innings, striking out 11. Smith flashes terrific stuff on the mound but struggled in getting hitters out. After early-season difficulties on the mound he has rarely pitched since, finally being relegated only to a DH role by a lat muscle strain. As a pitcher, Smith fires a 92-94 mph fastball, which exhibits fine arm side movement but is straight to his glove side. His 82-84 mph changeup resembles an old-fashioned palm ball, and that pitch shows both arm side movement and "drop dead" action. Unfortunately for Smith, he has poor command and control and gets behind hitters too often. A pitcher with his quality of stuff should not get hit as hard or as frequently as he did this year, when he walked 20 in 20 innings. As an outfielder, Smith has a well above-average right fielder's arm, and his long, sweeping lefthanded swing produces provocative home run power. However, the length and severe uppercut path of his swing may produce holes that professional pitchers can exploit. Observers who saw him regularly with Team USA last summer believe Smith might be better suited for the everyday player role than working on the mound, and see him as fitting the right-field profile perfectly if his bat emerges. However, plenty of scouts believe in Smith's future as a short stint relief man. To be successful in that venture, Smith must greatly improve his command. No one doubts he has the raw stuff to succeed in a middle relief capacity, but he may make it as a hitter as well.
2 61 Chicago White Sox Trayce Thompson Santa Margarita Catholic HS, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. Calif. $625,000
Thompson is the son of Mychal Thompson, the former NBA star who played on several Los Angeles Lakers NBA championship clubs in the 1980s, and the bloodlines show. A 6-foot-4, 200-pound outfielder, Thompson has terrific bat speed, and his future power potential is exciting. He has a great frame that's both athletic and projectable, and his arm strength is impressive. The primary drawbacks are his instincts and feel for the game. He has the look of a player who is relatively new to baseball and is still learning the basics. He often hesitates in the outfield and won't attempt to throw out runners trying to advance, or will defer to other fielders on balls hit in the gaps. Thompson generates terrific bat speed, but his swing is long on the back end and his timing is affected by his habit of pulling out his front side too quickly. Thompson's selection in this draft would be made on potential alone. If he goes to UCLA, develops his skills and gains experience, he would likely be a much higher pick in 2012.
2 63 Cleveland Indians Jason Kipnis Arizona State Ariz. $575,000
Kipnis turned down fourth-round money from the Padres last year as a draft-eligible sophomore, and it's looking like a good decision, as he'll likely be a higher selection this time around. Kipnis redshirted at Kentucky as a freshman and was suspended from the team as a sophomore, but he has impressed the Sun Devils with his work ethic and was Pac-10 newcomer of the year in 2008. He has been even better this season, leading the team in batting, on-base percentage and slugging, as well as stolen bases. Kipnis doesn't have one standout tool, but can do a little bit of everything. He has a patient approach and a line-drive swing. He has shown he can hit quality pitching, though he doesn't profile for big power with a wood bat, making him a potential tweener. While his defense in center field has improved, he doesn't have the range to stay there long-term--yet he might not hit enough to man a corner spot. He may also get a chance to try second base.
2 64 Arizona Diamondbacks Marc Krauss Ohio Ohio $550,000
After starring in his first two years at Ohio and in the Great Lakes League in between, Krauss went to the Cape Cod League last summer and left as a premium prospect. He led the Cape in RBIs (34) and on-base percentage (.473) and has continued to raise his profile this spring, batting .402 and leading the Mid-American Conference with 27 homers and 70 RBIs. A lefthanded hitter, Krauss has a quick bat and advanced approach, as he has a discerning eye and uses the entire field. He consistently squares balls on the barrel of the bat. Some scouts wonder how much power he'll have with wood, but the consensus is he should have average pop as a pro. Though he's more athletic than most 6-foot-3, 220-pounders and has played some third base, he'll have to be a left fielder at the next level. He has arm strength but his hands, range and quickness are just adequate. Krauss' bat will have to carry him, but it's good enough to do so. As one of the best college hitters in a thin year for them, he could get taken as early as the second round.
2 73 Milwaukee Brewers Max Walla Albuquerque Academy N.M. $499,000
Walla doesn't have the size, speed or arm that make him stand out on a baseball field. Then he steps into the batter's box and people stop what they're doing to watch. Walla can flat-out hit. Drawing comparisons to Jaff Decker, a supplemental first-round pick last year, Walla is similar in that he's 5-foot-11 and 195 pounds. Walla doesn't have the arm strength that Decker displays, but he has a better body. He's swam competitively since he was six years old and was part of his school's relay team that broke two state records this year. He has a compact swing and consistently hits balls on the sweet spot. Swinging from the left side, Walla generates considerable power for his size. Between his junior year in Albuquerque and the summer showcase circuit, Walla hit 51 home runs. His coach said that at a workout for some scouts this spring, they wanted to see him take 25 swings with a metal bat and then 25 with wood. He hit 18 home runs with the metal, switched to wood and hit 18 more over the fence. He was also a standout pitcher for his team this year, leading them to a state championship, but his future is as a hitter. A favorite of area scouts for his play and his makeup, Walla has been tough to crosscheck as a high school player in Albuquerque. If he grew up in the Phoenix area, like Decker, he would likely go a lot higher in the draft, but it's assumed he'll fall to around the fifth round, which could increase his chances of ending up at Oklahoma State.
2 75 Philadelphia Phillies Kelly Dugan Notre Dame HS, Sherman Oaks, Calif. Calif. $485,000
Switch-hitting first baseman Kelly Dugan has some power now in his 6-foot-3, 205-pound frame and projects to hit for more down the line, though he likely will wind up doing that at Pepperdine. He's a solid runner at around 7.1 seconds over 60 yards and has decent arm strength, so he could give the outfield a try. He's the son of actor/director/producer Dennis Dugan, who has worked frequently with Adam Sandler for years.
3 84 Pittsburgh Pirates Evan Chambers Hillsborough (Fla.) CC Fla. $423,900
Originally committed to Florida after prepping in the Lakeland, Fla., area, Chambers wound up at Hillsborough CC after getting just eight at-bats in 2008 for the Gators. At 5-foot-9, 215 pounds, he has been getting compared to Kirby Puckett and Kevin Mitchell since his high school days for his short, thick, strong body. He's athletic and an above-average runner, which explains in part why he was a 19th-round pick of the Rockies out of high school in 2007. Chambers' thick frame helps him generate surprising raw power, which played with wood last summer, when he hit seven homers in the New England Collegiate League with Keene (N.H.). His speed helps him play a passable center field, and his arm is below-average but good enough for center. The whole question with Chambers is how he'll hit as a pro, as he has bat speed and has shown the ability to hit good velocity. He also has a choppy swing and some issues with pitch recognition. Scouts that think Chambers will learn to lay off breaking balls out of the dirt could push for him in the first five rounds, leaving those who doubt his bat--and have him turned in as a sixth-to-10th rounder--missing their chance.
3 95 Arizona Diamondbacks Keon Broxton Santa Fe (Fla.) CC Fla. $358,000
Broxton was the Phillies' 29th-round pick in 2008 but didn't sign, instead attending junior college and pulling out of his Florida Atlantic football/baseball commitment. He's more of an athlete than a hitter at this piont, with raw power and good speed. He's raw defensively as well but got some late draft helium with a big performance in the NJCAA postseason. He's an average-to-plus runner with the chance of staying in center field down the line.
3 97 Florida Marlins Marquise Cooper Edison HS, Huntington Beach, Calif. Calif. $345,000
Marquise Cooper is a speedy 17-year-old who has been clocked at 6.4 seconds in the 60-yard dash. He's smallish and strong, and was a linebacker in football despite not being a huge player. He's still raw and his bat is a work in progress.
3 100 Houston Astros Telvin Nash Griffin (Ga.) HS Ga. $330,300
Head's biggest rival for top prep hitter this spring was Telvin Nash, a monstrous first baseman at 6-foot-3, 235 pounds. Nash runs below-average but isn't a slug, having played third base at times next to former prep teammate Tim Beckham, the shortstop drafted No. 1 overall last year. Nash has as much power as anyone in the state, with some scouts giving him a 70 grade for his raw power on the 20-80 scale. He has strength, leverage and good enough bat speed, but he's not considered an easy sign. He's committed to Kennesaw State and could come off the board around the fifth round to a team that believes he'll consistently tap into his power.
3 104 Toronto Blue Jays Jake Marisnick Poly HS, Riverside, Calif. Calif. $1,000,000
A tall, lanky and projectable 6-foot-4 outfielder, Marisnick's build and raw tools remind scouts of Jeff Francoeur and Dale Murphy. He's one of the best athletes in this draft class and has run a 6.7-second 60-yard dash with a vertical jump of nearly 36 inches (best among those tested at the Area Code Games). He also has a powerful throwing arm, which he shows off in pregame warm-ups. A center fielder in high school, Marisnick projects as a corner outfielder as he fills out. Scouts are split on his future hitting ability. Some are confident he will produce, while others point to mechanical concerns. He's well balanced throughout his swing, and his stride is short and closed. However, a weak beginning hand position sabotaged Marisnick early in the season, keeping him from driving the ball with authority. His frame and athletic skills make him one of the most appealing outfield prospects in the nation, but any club selecting him early will have to be convinced of his hitting potential.
3 106 Philadelphia Phillies Kyrell Hudson Evergreen HS, Vancouver, Wash. Wash. $475,000
It's a down year for Washington's high school players, and teams have split opinions on the state's top prep prospect. On pure athleticism, Hudson rates as one of the best in this year's class. He's a lean but strong 6-foot-1 and 185 pounds. His best tool is his speed, as he runs a 6.4-second 60-yard dash and can get from home to first in 4.3 seconds. If he attends Oregon State, he plans to play both baseball and football. The biggest question with Hudson is if he'll hit. He's raw, sometimes looks overmatched against good pitching and struggles to square balls up even in batting practice. There are more non-believers than believers, and as one scout put it, "I've still never seen a guy steal first base." If the bat doesn't develop, his arm is good enough that putting him on the mound could be a fallback option. On top of the questions about Hudson's bat, scouts aren't sure how much he likes baseball. At times he has shown up late to games, or he sits in the dugout while his teammates shag flyballs and doesn't show any fire. One scout witnessed Hudson lollygagging a five-second time to first base on a groundball to the shortstop, with a team's general manager in the stands. Hudson is a definite project, and some scouts wonder if he'll be overwhelmed by the grind of a minor league season.
3 108 Tampa Bay Rays Todd Glaesmann Midway HS, Waco, Texas Texas $930,000
After a so-so performance on the showcase circuit last summer and surgery to repair a torn thumb ligament last fall, Glaesmann has exceeded expectations this spring. He has emerged as a potential five-tool talent and a possible second-round pick. He has a prototype 6-foot-4, 205-pound frame that should give him plenty of leverage for power, though he employs more of a line-drive approach at this point. Glaesmann has some obvious length to his swing, but he shows patience and should hit for average from the right side of the plate. He has solid speed and arm strength, with the possibility of sticking in center field and the tools to be a standout in right field should he move there down the road. A quality athlete, Glaesmann played quarterback and wide receiver in high school and played through the injury to his left (non-throwing) thumb. One area scout compared him to former Texas high school and college star Drew Stubbs, the eighth overall pick in the 2006 draft, with less athleticism but better baseball skills. Glaesmann has committed to Texas A&M.
4 113 Seattle Mariners James Jones Long Island N.Y. $267,300
After a standout fall, Jones entered the season as a potential top-two-rounds pick as a lefthander, but he struggled mightily in the Northeast Conference, going 1-9, 7.40. He still earned all-conference honors as an outfielder/first baseman, batting .364/.453/.618 with nine homers, 32 RBIs and 20 stolen bases in 23 tries. Most scouts still prefer Jones as a pitcher, but some consider him a third- to fourth-round talent as a corner outfielder. A gifted athlete with a lanky 6-foot-3, 185-pound frame, Jones garners physical comparisons to Mike Cameron and Adam Jones. He has quick hands and projects to hit for power down the road, and he shows good pitch recognition and plate discipline. He also has good instincts in the outfield. Jones' athleticism also makes him intriguing as a pitcher, despite his poor numbers. Multiple scouts have said Jones has one of the quickest arms they have ever seen, and everyone agrees that his arm action is exceptionally clean and loose, though his mechanics need plenty of work, as he tends to overstride, causing his stuff to flatten out. Jones ran his fastball up to 94-95 in the fall but pitched mostly in the 88-93 range this spring, usually sitting around 91. He throws a curveball and a slider, and both rate as below-average pitches, though he flashes an average breaking ball every once in a while. The consensus is that he'd be better off scrapping the curveball and concentrating on developing the slider. Jones tends to slow down his delivery on his changeup, but he does have some feel for the pitch. Scouts unanimously laud Jones for his makeup; he works hard both on and off the field and is widely regarded as a great person. Few players in this draft are as intriguing as Jones, but he's very much a boom-or-bust prospect. He figures to be drafted in the third to fifth round, more likely as a pitcher.
4 121 Colorado Rockies Kent Matthes Alabama Ala. $200,000
Matthes has never been drafted, even though he was an Aflac All-American in 2004 in high school and was a solid college player as a sophomore and junior, hitting 19 home runs over two seasons though his poor plate discipline (26 walks, 92 strikeouts) held him back. He has put it all together this season, however, prompting one area scout to call the fact that Matthes hasn't been drafted "an indictment of our industry." He has pro tools, and has since high school. He's athletic and a solid-average runner, as well as a good baserunner (27 for 30 on stolen bases the last three seasons), with an average to plus arm that most consider suitable for right field. He'd be an above-average defender in left field if he moves there, and he might because his arm doesn't play plus at times due to a long transfer. He has plenty of raw power, though some wonder if he'll produce enough game power for a corner outfield spot. Alabama coaches believe he started to pick up on breaking balls better during the team's fall tour of Cuba, and Matthes carried that confidence into the spring. As he improved his approach, he turned his power into production, leading Division I with 28 home runs. He made more consistent contact and drove the ball to all fields, helping him hit .365 after entering the season with a .293 career average. Matthes doesn't have major mechanical issues with his swing, so continued improvement with his patience and pitch recognition will determine how his power carries over.
4 127 Los Angeles Dodgers Angelo Songco Loyola Marymount Calif. $225,000
Undrafted out of high school, Songco has been one of the hottest college hitters in California this spring. Hot bats translate to draft helium, and Songco may have hit his way into the first two rounds. He utilizes one of the most distinctive stances in college baseball, starting deep in the box, standing tall with his bat held high. He lifts his front right leg straight up and then drops it straight down before lashing at the ball with a quick bat. His power was evident with wood bats last summer, when he hit eight homers to rank second in the Cape Cod League. An aggressive hitter, Songco is vulnerable to offspeed pitches and has difficulty covering the outside corner. Early in the count, he looks for a pitch middle-in that he can hammer. He has average speed and is an average defensive outfielder. While he has played right field for Loyola Marymount, his arm probably dictates a move to left in pro ball. But he'll be drafted for thunder in his bat, possibly as early as the supplemental first round.
4 134 New York Mets Darrell Ceciliani Columbia Basin (Wash.) CC Wash. $204,300
Madras, Ore., has a population of about 5,000, so when a player from there gets compared to Madras' most famous resident--Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury--it attracts attention. Columbia Basin CC outfielder Darrell Ceciliani has drawn such comparisons, though he's not quite on Ellsbury's level athletically and some scouts have questions about his bat. Ceciliani didn't play for travel teams growing up, instead spending his summers working on his family's cattle farm. A broken hand his junior year of high school moved him even further off the radar, but he developed a relationship with Columbua Basin associate coach Jeremy Beard. Like Ellsbury, Ceciliani is 6-foot-1 and 185 pounds, but he looks a little bulkier. He bats and throws lefthanded and is up at the plate looking to put the ball in play and use his above-average speed (6.58 seconds over 60 yards) to get on base. Ceciliani hasn't faced good pitching, yet can get jammed even against below-average velocity in the NWAACC and has just warning-track power with wood during batting practice.
4 138 Boston Red Sox Jeremy Hazelbaker Ball State Ind. $191,700
Hazelbaker hit .246 with 31 errors at second base in his first two seasons at Ball State, but earned all-star honors as an outfielder in the Great Lakes League last summer. Even then, no one expected him to rank among the NCAA Division I leaders in batting (.429), runs (77), hits (87), triples (nine), total bases (147), walks (48), on-base percentage (.550), slugging percentage (.724) and steals (29). He's a totally different hitter now, as he has stopped trying to pull everything and focused on using the entire field and letting his considerable speed work for him. A 65 runner out of the box on the 20-80 scouting scale--he grades as a 70 once he gets going--Hazelbaker is adept a bunting, a skill that helped the lefty hitter bat .419 against southpaws. The 6-foot-3, 195-pounder also has deceptive strength, hitting for the cycle against Kent State (doing most of the damage off prospect Brad Stillings) and driving some balls out of the park to the opposite field. Despite his strength, he understands his primary role as a leadoff hitter is to get on base and create havoc. His speed also allows him to chase down balls in center field, where his arm is playable. He made seven errors this spring, though it was his first year as a full-time outfielder. His limited track record bothers some scouts, but there aren't many college prospects in this draft who are legitimate up-the-middle players and have performed, so he could get picked as high as the third round.
5 166 Milwaukee Brewers D'Vontrey Richardson Florida State Fla. $400,000
Florida State's top prospect also is a football guy in D'vontrey Richardson, who has been an option quarterback and moved to defense in football. Richardson plays a bit more than Cooper and has raw tools. He's a plus-plus runner who missed time with nagging injuries this spring. Scouts would love to see him concentrate on baseball to see if he can make adjustments at the plate and show some aptitude. He did that as a freshman, hitting .351 in 131 at-bats. Then he didn't play in 2008 to concentrate on football. Richardson could go in the first 10 rounds to a team that has lots of history with him, such as the Nationals, who drafted him out of high school (2006, 35th round).
5 168 Boston Red Sox Seth Schwindenhammer Limestone Community HS, Bartonville, Ill. Ill. $140,000
Outfielder Seth Schwindenhammer has some of the best offensive potential among the state's high schoolers. He's a strong 6-foot-2, 200-pound lefthanded hitter with good power, though he'll have to close some holes in his swing. He's a solid athlete with arm strength who projects as a right fielder. He has committed to Illinois.
6 184 Texas Rangers Ruben Sierra Jr. San Juan Educational HS, San Juan, P.R. P.R. $125,000
Like his father, Sierra passes scouts' eye test, standing 6-foot-2 and 175 pounds with room to fill out. As that happens, Sierra will likely have to move from center field to right field. He certainly has the arm strength for right--his throws from the outfield have been clocked at 92 mph. His other tools are impressive as well. He runs a 6.4-second 60-yard dash and can put on a show during batting practice. It's a different story, however, against live pitching. As a lefthanded hitter, Sierra has a tendency to bail out--his step is toward first base--causing him to become exposed against pitches away. Despite his natural tools, Sierra sometimes looks like he's just going through the motions. Still, teams that value tools and projection are dreaming on Sierra, and he's seen as a player who will greatly benefit from getting into pro ball, getting better instruction and playing every day.
6 189 St. Louis Cardinals Virgil Hill Mission (Calif.) JC Calif. $150,000
Hill, a 35th-rounder last year (Athletics), is a 6-foot, 190-pounder who hit .462 with 10 homers and 27 stolen bases this spring. An exciting and aggressive player, he flashes a rare combination of speed and power. Hill is still a bit raw after missing a year in high school to run track and play football. He has tremendous athleticism and bloodlines, as both of his parents were Olympians. His mother Denean Howard-Hill won a silver medal in the 1988 Olympics in the 4x400 meter relay. His father Virgil Sr. also won a silver medal, as a boxer in the 1984 Olympics. He later won the WBA cruiserweight title.
6 190 Toronto Blue Jays K.C. Hobson Stockdale HS, Bakersfield, Calif. Calif. $500,000
KC Hobson is the son of Butch Hobson, well known to baseball fans as the former third baseman and later manager of the Boston Red Sox. Unlike his dad, KC bats and throws left handed. The younger Hobson is 6'2" tall and 210 pounds, with a mature and powerful build. A pitcher and first baseman, Hobson is the type of player who shows ability at both spots, but perhaps not quite enough to warrant first three round attention. On the mound, Hobson has an impressive but not overwhelming arm. His fastball sits from 87 to 90, peaking at 91. Hobson's 72 to 74 curve will show some sharp break occasionally, but he has poor command and exhibits difficulty controlling both pitches. Undoubtedly, Hobson's arm is sufficient for one of the corner outfield spots, however, he doesn't run well enough to play beyond the infield. That leaves first base as his probable defensive home. Hobson displays interesting potential as a hitter. Fundamentally sound and blessed with outstanding power, Hobson can put on eye opening batting practice spectacles Unfortunately, his performances at the plate in game situations can be uneven, and he has shown difficulties in making consistent hard contact. Hobson's big league lineage will unquestionably assist him in the draft. His value is perhaps highest as a power hitting lefthanded first baseman.
7 208 Atlanta Braves Robby Hefflinger Georgia Perimeter JC Ga. $125,000
Physical and strong at 6-foot-5, 235 pounds, Hefflinger was a Georgia recruit who a two-way player in junior college. While he went 7-0, 2.68 as a pitcher and threw a seven-inning no-hitter, his bat made more noise, as he hit 11 home runs. His arm strength and decent athletic ability gives him a chance to play a corner outfield spot, and he also was Georgia Perimeter's extra catcher after catching in high school.
7 209 Cincinnati Reds Josh Fellhauer Cal State Fullerton Calif. $125,000
Fellhauer is one of the more exciting and dynamic players in college baseball. Similar to Lenny Dykstra in his build and playing style, Fellhauer has emerged as the best player on one of the nation's top college teams. Fans of the College World Series may remember the sensational throw Fellhauer made in 2007 to nail UC Irvine's Taylor Holliday at home plate to temporarily stave off defeat in the longest game in CWS history. Fellhauer seems to have baseball in his genetic code. His grandfather pitched for two years in the St. Louis Browns organization in the early 1950s, and his dad was a sixth-round draft pick of the Athletics years later. An alumni of the 2008 college national team, Fellhauer tied for the team lead with 26 hits and finished second on the team with a .299 average. He had performed even better this spring. Fellhauer is one of the finest defensive outfielders in the nation, showing the ability to run down drives in front of him, over his head and in the gaps. His excellent arm is made more effective by his accuracy and quick release. Fellhauer exhibits a quick bat and the ability to rip line drives to all fields. He projects as an average to above-average hitter, though his home run power is below-average. Fellhauer's lack of size and power may depress his draft stock, and some scouts have placed the dreaded "fourth outfielder" tag on him, but if he proves he can hit in the minors he should be a reliable big league starter.
7 210 Detroit Tigers Jamie Johnson Oklahoma Okla. $125,000
Johnson was drafted in the 50th round out of a Louisiana high school in 2006, but went unselected at Texarkana (Texas) JC in 2007 and as a draft-eligible sophomore at Oklahoma last June. That won't happen again because he has developed into one of the better all-around college players in the Midwest. Though he stands just 5-foot-8 and 185 pounds, Johnson has the bat speed and surprising strength to hit for average and at least gap power from the left side of the plate. He needs to cut down on his strikeouts, especially if he's going to remain a leadoff man in pro ball, but he has the patience to draw walks and the plus speed to steal bases. His quickness also serves him well on defense, where he has good range in center field and a strong arm for the position.
7 214 Texas Rangers Braxton Lane Sandy Creek HS, Tyrone, Ga. Ga. $125,000
Another athletic outfielder, Braxton Lane, had a down spring. He's a 70 runner on the 20-80 scale and has committed to play football at Oregon. His father played football at Oregon State, and he's the nephew of former NFL running back MacArthur Lane. He switch-hits and would fit the profile of a center fielder if he could hit, though he has a below-average arm. The scouting consensus was that Lane can't hit enough to buy him out of his football commitment.
7 215 Cleveland Indians Jordan Henry Mississippi Miss. $100,000
Henry was a Freshman All-American two years ago, when his brother Justin (a second baseman who is now in the Tigers farm system) was a teammate, but he struggled as a sophomore for Mississippi. He rebounded to key the Rebels offense in 2009, leading the Southeastern Conference in walks and stolen bases to earn first-team All-SEC honors. Henry earns Jason Tyner comparisons for his slap-happy, speed-oriented approach. He's patient and can spoil pitchers' chase pitches with two strikes. He's a 70 runner whose speed also plays defensively, where he's a good defender in center field. Henry has enough arm to be a fourth outfielder, which is his likely future role unless he shows an ability to impact the ball with the bat. He has hit just two homers and has just 26 extra-base hits in three seasons. He could go as high as the fourth round due to his speed and improved performance this season.
7 219 St. Louis Cardinals Kyle Conley Washington Wash. $100,000
A physical 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds, right fielder Kyle Conley can do some damage at the plate. He puts on a show in batting practice and the power carries over into games. Conley hit 19 home runs for the Huskies this year, tying for the all-time lead at Washington with a career total of 42. Scouts describe his swing as mechanical and he has holes, but he's strong enough to muscle balls out of the yard and he's done it with wood--leading the New England Collegiate League with eight home runs last summer. The power, though, is all to the pull side, as Conley struggles to catch up with velocity on the outer half of the plate or sliders from righthanders. They love his makeup and work ethic. He hustles and is a good runner for his size, but his arm is below-average and he's a little clumsy in the field, meaning he's probably destined for a move to left field or even first base in pro ball. A 16th-round pick by the Dodgers last year as a redshirt sophomore, he has hit his way into the top 10 rounds this year.
7 226 Milwaukee Brewers Khris Davis Cal State Fullerton Calif. $125,000
Davis seized on the opportunity to play in 2009, enjoying a productive season. Despite tailing off slightly at the end of the year, he hit 12 homers, batted .320 and stole 13 bags. Davis, whose father Rodney played, scouted and coached in pro ball, has a quick bat and plays above otherwise average tools.
7 229 Tampa Bay Rays Cody Rogers Panola (Texas) JC Texas $125,000
Outfielder Cody Rogers offers a nice combination of plus speed and solid pop. A 6-foot-2, 175-pound lefthanded hitter, he'll need to curb a tendency to get pull-conscious. He has committed to Texas A&M.
8 236 Baltimore Orioles Devin Harris East Carolina N.C.
East Carolina's top prospect could go in the first five rounds or not until very late. Sophomore-eligible outfielder Devin Harris has big tools and looks the part of a prototypical right fielder. He's an average runner at 6-foot-3, 227 pounds, with a plus arm suited for right field. Harris has massive raw power as well and the athletic ability to make adjustments. He also struck out 60 times through regionals due to a lack of pitch recognition, and he tends to take bad routes in right field as he fails to pick the ball up off the bat quickly. Harris fits in the first five rounds for a team that believes in his bat, but could fall because of the signing leverage he has as a sophomore.
8 237 San Francisco Giants Gus Benusa Riverview HS, Oakmont, Pa. Pa. $125,000
Outfielder Gus Benusa generated a bit of buzz late in the spring, and some scouts had heard that clubs would consider him as early as the seventh round. Others aren't sold. Benusa has a mature 5-foot-11 frame and a good lefthanded swing. He profiles as an average hitter with fringe-average speed and below-average power. He's an average defender with slightly below-average arm strength. Benusa is committed to Duquesne but is considered signable.
8 238 Atlanta Braves Kyle Rose Northwest Shoals (Ala.) CC Ala. $122,500
Rose, listed at 6-foot, 175 pounds, was drafted out of high school in 2007, despite a bus accident in 2006 that caused damage to his spleen and lungs. He spent two seasons at Northwest Shoals (Ala.) CC and had signed with Division II North Alabama, but his above-average athletic ability and plus speed prompted draft interest in the 10-round range. His bat is still considered fairly raw.
8 239 Cincinnati Reds Juan Silva Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, Gurabo, P.R. P.R. $95,000
Outfielder Juan Silva has tools, but has struggled to put them all together. Listed at 6 feet and 185 pounds, Silva is naturally athletic, runs well and has a good arm. While he has raw power, he can get pull-happy at times and often bails out on pitches, resulting in a lot of strikeouts. He currently plays center field, but will move to a corner eventually.
8 247 Los Angeles Dodgers Jon Garcia Luis Munoz Marin HS, Yauco, P.R. P.R. $120,000
Outfielder Jonathan Garcia has tools, allowing him to look like a stud in workouts, but he struggles in game action. He's undersized at 5-foot-11 and 185 pounds but has a hose--the second-best arm on the island to Sierra. In February, he put on a show in batting practice, hitting light-tower home runs, then looked awful against live pitching, swinging and missing at everything. He wasn't good at the Excellence Tournament, either. He's naturally strong, hustles and plays the game the right way. He's also a tough player who doesn't wear batting gloves and will run through a wall in the outfield.
8 256 Milwaukee Brewers Chad Stang Midland (Texas) CC Texas $125,000
Outfielder Chad Stang has plus speed but is rounding out the rest of his game. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound righthanded hitter has a long swing, struggles to hit breaking balls and needs better pitch recognitions. He also needs to hone his outfield instincts.
8 258 Boston Red Sox Shannon Wilkerson Augusta State (Ga.) Ga. $100,000
Grades and an ACT snafu cost Wilkerson some development time in college, but he made up for lost time. Wilkerson's best tool is his bat. The Division II national player of the year by the NCBWA, he has excellent bat speed and can turn on good fastballs. He has plenty of raw power and led his conference with 24 home runs this spring. He's too aggressive at the plate at times, leading to a pull-happy approach. His other tools profile him best as a left fielder.
8 259 Tampa Bay Rays Brett Nommensen Eastern Illinois Ill. $25,000
Outfielder Brett Nommensen put up the best hitting numbers in college baseball in the first half of the season, batting .521 with 11 homers and leading NCAA Division I in on-base percentage (.649) and slugging (1.021) through 28 games. Then he broke the hamate bone in his right wrist and didn't bat again until the Ohio Valley Conference tournament. Five-foot-10 and 190 pounds, Nommensen has a compact lefthanded swing and a patient approach. While scouts acknowledge his ability to hit and get on base, as well as his instincts, they question whether he has more than one big league tool. He has below-average power and average speed and arm strength, which may make him more of a tweener than a regular outfielder down the line. That's why he went undrafted despite batting .402 as junior a year ago.
9 267 San Francisco Giants Evan Crawford Indiana Ind. $110,000
Former infielder Evan Crawford looked more comfortable as an outfielder in his junior season, but his athleticism still has yet to translate well to the diamond. He makes good use of his plus speed on the bases but not as much in the outfield. He has yet to fill out his 6-foot-2, 165-pound frame, doesn't have much pop from the right side of the plate and doesn't control the strike zone.
9 273 Oakland Athletics Myrio Richard Prairie View A&M Texas $90,000
Richard is an impressive 6-foot-1, 190-pound athlete who won player-of-the-year honors in both the Southwestern Athletic Conference and Texas Collegiate League last year. He didn't perform as well this spring, as his righthanded swing got longer and he rarely altered his dead-pull approach. He has plus speed, power potential and arm strength, but he needs polish in all aspects of the game. He should be able to remain in center field at the next level, though he often has to rely on his quickness to overcome bad routes on fly balls.
9 274 Texas Rangers Jabari Blash Miami Dade JC Fla.
Blash played some high school baseball in the Virgin Islands, enough to try to use baseball to go to college in the U.S. mainland. He attended Alcorn State for a year but wasn't academically eligible, due to transcript issues. He redshirted that season, then wound up transferring to Miami-Dade JC, where he didn't even earn a starting job when the season started. He's quite raw and has holes in his swing, owing in part to his large 6-foot-5, 210-pound frame. He also has big-time tools, and several observers called him Florida's best five-tool prospect. Blash has plus raw power, with 10 homers in just 102 at-bats this season, and above-average speed (he runs the 60 in 6.7 seconds) and throwing arm (it's a right field arm, if not the cannon reported earlier this spring). Some scouts dream on Blash's frame and see a future Jermaine Dye, who also was a JC player.
9 287 Philadelphia Phillies Aaron Altherr Agua Fria HS, Avondale, Ariz. Ariz. $150,000
Outfielder Aaron Altherr has a tall and lean 6-foot-3 frame. He hasn't played a lot of baseball, and the game doesn't come easy to him. He's a project, but has athleticism you can't teach. He's committed to Arizona.
10 312 Minnesota Twins Blake Dean Louisiana State La.
Outfielder Blake Dean was one of the hottest hitters in the 2008 postseason, batting .407 with seven homers and 25 RBIs in 13 games. He struggled mightily in the Cape Cod League last summer and hit just .225 in the first month of the 2009 season, but he got untracked once he stopped trying to pull everything and adjusted to a steady diet of offspeed pitches. He's a 6-foot-1, 208-pounder with a quick bat and plus power from the left side. All of his value is tied up in his bat, as he provides below-average speed, arm strength and defense. Dean spent most of the season at DH for Louisiana State, which has arguably the best defensive outfield in college baseball.
10 313 Chicago White Sox Nick Ciolli Indiana State Ind. $90,000
Scouts don't love outfielder Nick Ciolli's set-up at the plate, as he's too spread out and has a long, funky swing. But he makes it work and batted .401/.431/.577 from the left side this spring. He has more gap power than home run pop, though, which could work against him as a corner outfielder in pro ball. The 6-foot-2, 195-pounder has solid speed and a fringy arm.
10 314 New York Mets Nick Santomauro Dartmouth N.H. $82,000
Santomauro was the Ivy League player of the year, batting .377/.456/.630 with eight homers and 37 RBIs to lead the Big Green to regionals for the first time since 1987. He's just a junior, and it's hard to imagine any club buying him out of his senior year at Dartmouth, but he figures to be a quality senior sign in 2010. Santumauro has a lean, loose frame with some "buggy-whip" in his swing. He has some power, but it's all to the pull side. Ivy coaches praise him for being a tough out who seldom strikes out. He's a decent corner outfielder with a solid arm.
10 318 Boston Red Sox Brandon Jacobs Parkview HS, Lilburn, Ga. Ga. $750,000
The most anticipated prep showdown of the spring wasn't a pitching matchup. Rather it involved Donavan Tate and Auburn football signee Brandon Jacobs of Parkview High. Scouts flocked to see the state's two top athletes and weren't disappointed, as both hit home runs. Jacobs could be a premium pick if he indicated he wants to play baseball. He had not been in touch with Auburn's baseball program at all, so if he goes to college it will be to play football. He has plus raw power and speed that would need time to be harnessed, and he also has a 6-foot-3, 240-pound body that comes to baseball rarely.
10 321 Los Angeles Angels Jake Locker Washington Wash. $200,000
The story in Washington is that the best player in the state--and one of the most gifted athletes in the draft--isn't even playing baseball. Jake Locker played outfield and pitched in high school, where he was a top-round talent, but fell to the 40th round because of signability. He ended up at Washington, where he stepped in as the Huskies' quarterback. Locker teased scouts by playing in the West Coast Collegiate League last summer, ranking as the league's top talent. Scouts believe that if he concentrated on baseball, he could be like a speedier Matt Holliday. He's not playing mind games with scouts; they know he has his heart set on playing in the NFL.
11 322 Washington Nationals Justin Bloxom Kansas State Kan.
First baseman Justin Bloxom fueled Kansas State's playoff run by leading the team in all three triple-crown categories at .361-12-63. A 6-foot-1, 195-pound switch-hitter, he's a gap hitter with more power from the left side. He's a decent athlete with some arm strength, so he may be able to play left field as a pro.
11 331 Colorado Rockies Avery Barnes Florida Fla.
11 342 Minnesota Twins Ronnie Richardson Lake Region HS, Eagle Lake, Fla. Fla.
Athletic Ronnie Richardson, an alumnus of USA Baseball's youth national team, checks in at 5-foot-6, 170 pounds and has explosive speed, rating a 70 on the 20-80 scale. He plays with energy and has some strength, but it's hard to imagine he'll ever hit for much power. Richardson has played all over the field and probably fits best at second base as a pro, as he has arm strength and quick hands. At times he takes giant hacks at the plate, and he's a tough player to project because he's so short. He's a Central Florida recruit but is considered signable, which could vault him into the first five rounds.
11 345 New York Yankees Neil Medchill Oklahoma State Okla. $125,000
The Mets drafted Medchill in the 33rd round as a redshirt sophomore a year ago, failing to sign him after he led the Santa Barbara Foresters to the NBC World Series championship in August. He could go as many as 30 rounds higher this June to a team looking for a college power hitter. Some scouts grade his raw lefthanded power as a 7 on the 2-8 scale, and it's reminiscent of that of former Cowboy Corey Brown, an Athletics sandwich pick in 2007 who hit 30 homers in his first full pro season last year. Medchill has reached double figures in home runs in each of his two seasons at Oklahoma State after beginning his college career at Chandler-Gilbert (Ariz.) CC, and he'll deliver more power if he turns on more pitches and adds more lift to his swing. Like Brown, he has some holes in his swing and will strike out. Medchill has added 18 pounds in the last year and now carries 218 on his 6-foot-4 frame. The extra bulk has cost him a step and made him a slightly below-average runner, and he has an average arm. He probably fits best as a left fielder in pro ball.
12 356 Baltimore Orioles Steve Bumbry Virginia Tech Va.
12 359 Cincinnati Reds Josh Garton Volunteer State (Tenn.) CC Tenn.
Josh Garton, an outfielder at Volunteer State, challenged pitchers Trent Rothlin, a righthander committed to Mississippi, and lefty Chad Bell (Tennessee) as the top prospect in the juco ranks. Garton, a Florida International signee, might be better suited to first base or left field in pro ball. He's strong-bodied and athletic, with a fringe-average arm, and has played some center field. He plays with energy, endearing him to scouts and college coaches alike. His bat is his best tool, with above-average raw power, and he could go in the seventh- to 10th-round range.
12 367 Los Angeles Dodgers Brian Cavazos-Galvez New Mexico N.M.
Senior outfielder Brian Cavazos-Galvez has been with coach Ray Birmingham since was a freshman, starting at New Mexico JC and then following his coach to New Mexico last year. At 6-foot-1 and 215 pounds, Cavazos-Galvez is strong and can muscle pitches down and away out of the yard to center field. His .392/.437/.737 line is distorted by his home park, as Albuquerque has a higher elevation than Denver. Cavazos-Galvez has an aggressive approach at the plate. He doesn't walk much, but makes good contact, so he doesn't strike out much either. He has average speed, good instincts on the bases and plays hard. He also has a hose in right field, firing 94 mph missiles to third base. His father, Balvino Galvez, pitched 10 games for the Dodgers in 1986. Cavazos-Galvez needs to work on the mental aspect of the game. He's hard on himself and often presses.
12 368 Florida Marlins Kyle Jensen St. Mary's Calif. $100,000
Teams looking for college bats were having to look harder than usual this year. One option is St. Mary's outfielder Kyle Jensen. He was a skinny 6-foot-2, 180-pound lefthanded pitcher in high school, with an ordinary mid-80s fastball. Now a slugging righthanded-hitting outfielder, he has grown into a powerful 6-foot-4, 230-pounder. Jensen enjoyed a sensational 2008 season, belting 13 home runs while hitting .421 to lead the West Coast Conference. He also was productive in the Alaska League, hitting .265 for Mat-Su. His 2009 encore wasn't quite as impressive, as he swung for the fences more. He wound up at .286 with 58 strikeouts in 213 at-bats. Scouts love Jensen's huge raw power but are concerned about his contact rate. Some scouts think his high strikeout numbers came because he was pressing, though he does have holes in his swing. Despite his bulk, Jensen has excellent speed---6.7 seconds on the 60-yard dash. He played both corners in college but profiles better in left, with a solid-average arm and acceptable defensive skills. He could go out as high as the third round despite his poor season.
12 373 Chicago White Sox Kyle Colligan Texas A&M Texas
12 380 Chicago Cubs Runey Davis Howard (Texas) JC Texas $125,000
12 381 Los Angeles Angels Travis Witherspoon Spartanburg Methodist (S.C.) JC S.C. $100,000
13 383 Seattle Mariners Matt Cerione Georgia Ga.
Bulldogs outfielder Matt Cerione has tremendous energy and plus tools, physically matching up well with Florida's Matt den Dekker (though he's a bit behind den Dekker across the board in raw tools). The problem with Cerione's energy is that it often is aimed in the wrong direction, and he sometimes lets his emotions get the best of him. Georgia coach Dave Perno benched him in regionals and criticized him publicly for showy play rather than playing hard. A bigger issue for scouts is Cerione's bat. He is an average to plus runner and defender, but he hit just .248 in SEC play, has a big swing and lacks a mature approach at the plate. He may be drafted high for his tools, or he may not be drafted as a snub for his attitude.
13 390 Detroit Tigers Michael Rockett Texas-San Antonio Texas
Michael Rockett's uncle Pat was the 10th overall pick in the 1973 draft. While Michael won't go that high, he'll be a decent pick after setting several career records at Texas-San Antonio and in the Southland Conference. He has an atypical set-up, starting with his feet close together and his hands near his hips, but he gets into hitting position and takes a healthy cut. Rockett has good bat speed, makes consistent contact and produces line-drive power from the right side. A 6-foot-1, 180-pounder, he may have enough speed to play center field as a pro and does have enough arm to play in right.
13 392 Kansas City Royals Lane Adams Red Oak (Okla.) HS Okla. $225,000
13 401 Houston Astros Jake Goebbert Northwestern Ill. $100,000
Outfielder Jake Goebbert's junior season ended April 12, when he slammed into an outfield wall and lacerated his kidney. He's a 6-foot, 205-pounder with a good approach, a quality lefthanded bat and gap power. He has some arm strength but his lack of speed will limit him to left field or first base, and he may not have enough home run pop to project as a regular at those spots. He'll be able to play for Harwich in the Cape Cod League, allowing teams to track him as a summer follow.
13 405 New York Yankees DeAngelo Mack South Carolina S.C.
Mack, one of the SEC's most improved players, has added significant polish since he arrived on campus, particularly improving his two-strike approach. He has opposite-field power, stays back on offspeed stuff and has a good pro body. His offensive tools grade out as average, not plus, and he may not hit for enough power to be an everyday corner regular. He doesn't' run well enough to be a center fielder.
13 411 Los Angeles Angels Jeremy Cruz Stetson Fla.
14 412 Washington Nationals Naoya Washiya JC of the Desert (Calif.) Calif.
14 418 Atlanta Braves Cory Harrilchak Elon N.C.
Outfielder Cory Harrilchak is just 5-foot-11 but hit .410 as a junior before adding power as a senior, when he hit 16 homers. He also has arm strength but is more of a grinder than a tools guy. His feel for hitting should land him in the first 15 rounds.
14 428 Florida Marlins Sequoyah Stonecipher Grossmont (Calif.) JC Calif.
A showcase and Area Code veteran in high school, Stonecipher hasn't ever generated much scouting excitement because of his lack of big tools. He improved after leaving the San Diego program and playing juco ball. He hit .355 with 17 homers this spring, and may now draw some draft attention in the double-digit rounds, thanks to his bat.
14 429 St. Louis Cardinals Ross Smith Middle Georgia JC Ga.
14 434 New York Mets R.J. Harris Northwood (Texas) Texas
14 437 Philadelphia Phillies Jake Stewart Rocky Mountain HS, Fort Collins, Colo. Colo.
Stewart is a phenomenal athlete--some say the best high school athlete ever to come from Colorado. He excelled on the football field, where he was a two-time all-state wide receiver. The 6-foot-2, 195-pounder had 60 receptions for 945 yards last fall and had Division I scholarship offers not only in that sport, but basketball as well, where he was a standout forward. But baseball is his first love and will be his sole focus from now on. Described as an all-American kid with great makeup and work ethic, he shows potential in all five tools. He has exceptional speed and gets from home to first in four seconds flat from the right side. His throwing is passable and he has some work to do in the outfield, but scouts believe in the tools. The biggest question is his bat. While he's strong and shows good bat speed, he's raw at the plate, has inconsistent hand positioning and hasn't had much exposure to quality pitching. Stewart won't be easy to sign away from Stanford and will require patience in his development, but if he puts it all together he has a chance to be a special player.
14 438 Boston Red Sox Willie Holmes Chaffey (Calif.) JC Calif.
15 458 Florida Marlins Chad Cregar Western Kentucky Ky.
Outfielder Chad Cregar, who didn't sign as a 47th-round pick of the Cubs last year, hit 40 homers in two seasons at Western Kentucky after spending two years at Northwest Mississippi CC. The 6-foot-3, 221-pounder has an unorthodox approach and pulls everything, but his lefthanded power is undeniable. He's an adequate defender at left field or first base.
15 461 Houston Astros Ryan Humphrey St. Louis CC-Meramec Mo.
15 462 Minnesota Twins Steven Liddle Vanderbilt Tenn. $200,000
15 470 Chicago Cubs Cody Shields Auburn-Montgomery Ala.
16 473 Seattle Mariners Tillman Pugh Gateway (Ariz.) CC Ariz.
16 475 Pittsburgh Pirates Matt den Dekker Florida Fla.
Den Dekker was recruited as a pitcher and hitter at Florida--in fact, Florida's official website still lists him as a pitcher--and he has a strong throwing arm that helps make him one of college baseball's better defenders in center field. He has easy plus range, tracks balls well and plays hard. A preseason second-team All-American, den Dekker played for USA Baseball's college national team last summer, hitting just .229 with one homer, and his offensive production has faltered this spring as well, making his draft position murky. Scouts still like his swing and struggle to explain his difficult season, as he was hitting .305 and slugging just .435 through 49 games. Den Dekker has solid raw power and the bat speed and strength to drive the ball consistently but still seems to fight his swing, which lacks fluidity. He's a plus runner and excellent basestealer, converting 34 of his last 35 attempts. Teams that believe in the bat could take den Dekker off the board by the sandwich round.
16 494 New York Mets Chase Greene West Boca Raton (Fla.) Community HS Fla. $125,000
16 500 Chicago Cubs Keenyn Walker Judge Memorial HS, Salt Lake City Utah
Outfielder Keenyn Walker is a great athlete. He runs well, has been up to 90 mph off the mound and plays football. He's a switch-hitter who has wiry strength and good bat speed, but his overall game is raw and he's expected to end up at Central Arizona CC.
17 513 Oakland Athletics Pat Stover Rocklin (Calif.) HS Calif.
17 515 Cleveland Indians Casey Frawley Stetson Fla.
17 518 Florida Marlins Brent Keys Simi Valley (Calif.) HS Calif.
17 523 Chicago White Sox Brian Goodwin Rocky Mount (N.C.) HS N.C.
One of the better athletes in the draft class, Goodwin was part of a strong North Carolina prep class. He has very good tools across the board but wasn't having a tremendous spring, and his signability was thrown into question when he became a client of Scott Boras Corp. Goodwin does a lot of things well and doesn't have a below-average future tool. His bat will be the question, because unlike players such as Donavan Tate or Dustin Ackley, he's just a good athlete, not a great one. Goodwin shined on the showcase circuit last summer, winning MVP of the Aflac All-American Game. The lefthanded hitter has above-average speed, and scouts generally grade him as average or above across the board, with the question coming with his power. Goodwin has present strength and a football body, which makes sense as he was an excellent kick returner in high school. A North Carolina signee, Goodwin could go in the supplemental first round or not until much later due to his college commitment and adviser.
17 524 New York Mets Alex Gregory Radford Va.
17 527 Philadelphia Phillies Mike Dabbs Oklahoma State Okla.
17 529 Tampa Bay Rays Alex Diaz Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, Gurabo, P.R. P.R.
Outfielder Alex Diaz is 6-foot-2 with a lot of raw power, and that's about it. He hit a home run off of Perez at a showcase in February and then had the second-best batting practice session to Fuentes in May, possibly hitting his way into the top 10 rounds.
18 554 New York Mets Cody Holliday Wilmington (Del.) Del.
18 557 Philadelphia Phillies Carl Uhl UC Riverside Calif.
19 566 Baltimore Orioles Kipp Schutz Indiana Ind.
Along with Eric Arnett, outfielder Kipp Schutz walked on to Indiana's basketball team last winter, and he scored six points in 26 minutes of action. He's a 6-foot-4, 195-pounder who should have the leverage for good power, but he hit just five homers this spring. He did bat a team-high .392 from the left side. Schultz doesn't run or throw particularly well, so he's a liability in left field. A 26th-round pick out of high school by the Orioles in 2006, he's a redshirt sophomore who missed most of 2007 when he broke his collarbone crashing into an outfield wall.
19 577 Los Angeles Dodgers Nick Akins Vanguard (Calif.) Calif.
Here we go again as outfielder Nick Akins is back in the draft. Drafted twice previously out of high school and Riverside (Calif.) CC, Akins hit .314 this spring and led NAIA Vanguard with 13 home runs and 15 doubles. Akins is now a left fielder with the same strengths and weaknesses as before. His sculpted build can produce massive home runs, but his inability to handle breaking and offspeed stuff frustrates scouts as much now as it did when he was a showcase star in high school. Always a tough sign, Akins has only one more year of draft eligibilty remaining, so his window may be closing.
19 581 Houston Astros Brian Kemp St. John's N.Y.
Morris' St. John's teammate, Brian Kemp, ranked as the No. 10 prospect in the New England Collegiate league in 2007, but his stock has tumbled this spring as his legs have slowed down. Once regarded as a 70 runner on the 20-80 scouting scale, Kemp has slowed to a 40 runner this spring as he added bulk to his 5-foot-11 frame. He still stole 16 bases in 21 attempts and hit .379/.470/.507, but it seems likely he'll be back at St. John's for his senior year in 2010.
19 583 Chicago White Sox Brady Shoemaker Indiana State Ind.
19 586 Milwaukee Brewers Scott Krieger George Mason Va.
George Mason dominated the Colonial Athletic Association this year, winning the regular-season title and an at-large regional bid. Outfielder Scott Krieger (.378) and catcher Chris Henderson (.416) shared CAA player of the year honors, and along with hulking first baseman Justin Bour (.336) combined to hit 51 of the team's 81 home runs. Krieger is limited to left field, but he has a major league body and has been the top power hitter in his conference for the last couple of seasons.
19 591 Los Angeles Angels Adam Hornung Baylor Texas
20 608 Florida Marlins Rand Smith Appalachian State N.C.
20 611 Houston Astros J.D. Martinez Nova Southeastern (Fla.) Fla.
20 614 New York Mets Joey August Stanford Calif.
20 616 Milwaukee Brewers Franklin Romero Cerro Coso (Calif.) CC Calif.
20 618 Boston Red Sox Alex Hassan Duke N.C. $90,000
Duke does have hope to get righthander/outfielder Alex Hassan back for his senior season. Pro scouts like him better as a pitcher at 6-foot-4, 200 pounds and think he could pick up velocity when he ditches hitting and playing center field. He has touched 95 mph in relief outings with his fastball, but he's more effective in the low 90s with some sink. His slurvy breaking ball and changeup need tightening up, and he needs to improve his command as well.
20 621 Los Angeles Angels Dan Eichelberger East Central (Miss.) CC Miss.
Eichelberger hit 10 homers this spring and has good speed. He's also a third-year sophomore who takes an enormous, unrestrained hack more often than not, and hit just .329 this spring against modest competition.
21 631 Colorado Rockies Chandler Laurent Delgado (La.) JC La.
21 632 Kansas City Royals Chanse Cooper Belhaven (Miss.) Miss.
21 633 Oakland Athletics Mike Faulkner Germantown (Tenn.) HS Tenn.
Speedy outfielder Mike Faulkner, an Arkansas State signee, has well-above-average speed, posting sub-4.0 second times to first base from the left side. He's a contact hitter with some Juan Pierre in him, making consistent if not hard contact.
21 635 Cleveland Indians Jeff Rowland Georgia Tech Ga.
The two most intriguing Yellow Jackets are eligible sophomores Chase Barnett, who in a limited role has shown a live bat, and center fielder Jeff Rowland, who runs well and is a good defender in center field, albeit with a below-average arm. Scouts compare Rowland to former Jackets outfielder Danny Payne, who has struggled in the Padres system. The biggest question with Rowland is how much authority he'll have with wood bats; he didn't show much pop last summer in the Cal Ripken Summer League.
21 645 New York Yankees Joe Talerico Brookdale (N.J.) CC N.J.
21 651 Los Angeles Angels Rich Cates Cal State Northridge Calif.
22 660 Detroit Tigers Matt Mansilla College of Charleston S.C.
22 667 Los Angeles Dodgers Stetson Banks Brigham Young Utah
23 693 Oakland Athletics Kent Walton Brigham Young Utah
Kent Walton has also been a force for the Cougars this season. Coming off labrum surgery in the fall, he has not been able to play the field but has been fine at the plate, batting .377/.448/.583 as a senior. Walton put on some weight after the surgery, which has taken away from his speed a little bit. While he was running a 6.5-second 60-yard dash last year and playing center field, he's now at 6.7 seconds. The thicker lower half has given him a more solid base and increased his power, however. Walton has good plate discipline, can handle velocity and stays on hard breaking pitches. A 42nd-round pick in 2008 by the Athletics, he'll likely be a late-round pick again, especially since he didn't get back out into the outfield this year. His best profile as a pro might be as a second baseman.
23 700 Toronto Blue Jays Brad Glenn Arizona Ariz.
Third baseman Brad Glenn is lucky to be alive after he severed an artery in his right wrist when he fell through a glass coffee table playing video games in the offseason. He recovered and hit .256 with 12 doubles and nine home runs this year, so he could be a senior sign.
23 710 Chicago Cubs Jeff Pruitt Cal State Northridge Calif.
Outfielder Jeff Pruitt has a pro body at 6-foot-5, 210 pounds, with plus tools in his arm strength, speed (6.5 seconds in the 60) and defense. A redshirt sophomore, Pruitt has not hit enough to get scouts that interested, batting .212 this season and striking out 53 times in 179 at-bats.
Pruitt agreed to a $60,000 bonus with the Cubs on June 15, but the deal was voided on July 10, making him a free agent.
23 711 Los Angeles Angels Jordan Drake Elsinore HS, Wildomar, Calif. Calif.
24 714 San Diego Padres Bo Davis Southern Mississippi Miss.
Southern Miss' best hitter had been senior outfielder Bo Davis, an above-average runner with athletic ability who led the team in batting, OBP, slugging, home runs, walks and stolen bases. He's a fifth-year player who turned 24 in April.
25 744 San Diego Padres Ty Wright Georgia Southern Ga.
25 745 Pittsburgh Pirates Aaron LaFountaine North HS, Riverside, Calif. Calif.
25 750 Detroit Tigers Victor Roache Lincoln HS, Ypsilanti, Mich. Mich.
Outfielder Victor Roache gives the state another tooled-up high school athlete. A 6-foot-2, 195-pound specimen, he offers righthanded power and plus speed, though he runs flat-footed. It would be tough to sign him away from a commitment to Georgia Southern, and going to college would serve him well. He lacks polish and has trouble hitting breaking balls.
25 754 Texas Rangers Riley Cooper Florida Fla. $250,000
Florida's most complicated case is outfielder Riley Cooper, a premium athlete with tremendous speed who doubles as a wide receiver on the football team. He made little contact this spring with the bat, striking out 41 times in 89 at-bats. Cooper plans to play for Cotuit in the Cape Cod League this summer, rather than attend summer school like most football players do, so he's likely to be a summer follow.
25 766 Milwaukee Brewers Demetrius McKelvie East Columbus HS, Lake Waccamaw, N.C. N.C.
Outfielder Demetrius McKelvie, a Marshall recruit, and shortstop Cody Stubbs, a Tennessee signee, both moved up draft boards thanks to their bats, which dominated low-level competition. McKelvie, who performed well last summer at an Area Code Games workout, is the better athlete of the duo and is a lefthanded hitter with a simple swing he repeats well. He has the strength to hit for power, but scouts question his feel for hitting and see more production in batting practice than in games. He was a fine defensive back as a prep football player, yet his athleticism doesn't translate defensively and he'll be limited to left field.
26 777 San Francisco Giants Luis Munoz Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, Gurabo, P.R. P.R.
26 789 St. Louis Cardinals C.J. Beatty North Carolina A&T N.C.
26 794 New York Mets John Semel Chapman (Calif.) Calif.
26 797 Philadelphia Phillies Brian Gump UC Santa Barbara Calif.
Speedy, lefthanded-hitting Brian Gump returned to UCSB after the Mets picked him in the 46th round in 2008. Plus speed (he had 22 steals) is his best tool.
27 804 San Diego Padres Cameron Monger New Mexico N.M.
Junior outfielder Cameron Monger is 6-foot-2, 205 pounds and draws physical comparisons to Eric Byrnes. He spent his first two years at Howard JC in Texas before transferring to New Mexico this year. He wasn't even a starter but was a key player off the bench, putting his well-above-average speed to use late in games, stealing nine bases in as many attempts. Monger runs a 6.4-second 60-yard dash and stole 58 bases at Howard last year.
27 806 Baltimore Orioles Mike Planeta Glendale (Ariz.) CC Ariz.
27 808 Atlanta Braves Joey Leftridge Howard (Texas) JC Texas
27 812 Kansas City Royals Gabe MacDougall Lynn (Fla.) Fla.
27 822 Minnesota Twins Eric Decker Minnesota Minn.
Outfielder Eric Decker packs plenty of strength in his sculpted 6-foot-3, 215-pound frame, and he can get from the left side of the plate to first base in 4.1 seconds. Yet where exactly he'll fall in the draft remains murky. He repeatedly has said he'll return for his senior season of football, and dividing his time between two sports has left him in need of polish on the diamond. Decker was an all-Big 10 Conference wide receiver last fall, when he set a school record with 84 receptions, breaking his own mark of 67 set in 2007. While he decided not to enter the 2009 NFL draft, he'll be a team captain as a senior when the Gophers open 50,000-seat TCF Bank Stadium, and he's not willing to become a full-time baseball player yet. He could sign a pro baseball deal this summer, then play one more season of college football before making a decision on his future. Decker withstood a lot of punishment last fall, sustaining a concussion, a sprained shoulder, a sprained ankle that caused him to miss a game, and a knee injury that required minor arthroscopic surgery. He looked banged up early in the spring but finished strong. If he pursues a career in baseball, Decker will have to incorporate his legs more into his swing and improve his instincts on the bases. He's a good center fielder with a playable arm. The Brewers drafted him in the 39th round a year ago.
27 824 New York Mets Kurt Steinhauer Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.) Calif.
27 831 Los Angeles Angels Devon Zenn Benicia (Calif.) HS Calif.
28 836 Baltimore Orioles Kyle Hoppy Orchard Park (N.Y.) HS N.Y. $150,000
28 841 Colorado Rockies David DiNatale Miami Fla.
29 863 Seattle Mariners Brandon Haveman Purdue Ind.
29 866 Baltimore Orioles Brandon Alexander Oakville HS, St. Louis Mo.
29 868 Atlanta Braves Bobby Rauh Daytona Beach (Fla.) CC Fla.
29 871 Colorado Rockies Corey Dickerson Meridian (Miss.) CC Miss.
Mississippi's juco ranks have their usual array of intriguing if raw players. Meridian CC outfielder Corey Dickerson has pro size at 6-foot-3, 205 pounds, but scouts still haven't seen him against quality competition. He played at a small private school in high school, hitting 45 homers to set a career mark for the state's private-school association. He played center field in junior college but profiles as a corner bat. He has shown average speed, improved defensive abilities and some hitting aptitude to go with raw power. He hit .381 with 15 homers and 21 doubles this spring, though scouts still aren't sure what to make of him.
29 872 Kansas City Royals Nick Zaharion South Fork HS, Stuart, Fla. Fla.
29 881 Houston Astros Garen Wright Putnam City HS, Oklahoma City Okla. $100,000
29 884 New York Mets ZeErika McQueen East Central (Miss.) CC Miss.
29 886 Milwaukee Brewers Chandler McLaren Guelph (Ont.) Collegiate Vocational Institute Ontario
29 889 Tampa Bay Rays Gabe Cohen UCLA Calif.
Built like an Adonis, Cohen flashes a strong arm, power and above-average speed. He has tinkered with his stance so often, though, he has never truly found a niche at bat. An occasional long home run is often followed by prolonged slumps.
30 894 San Diego Padres Wande Olabisi Stanford Calif.
30 896 Baltimore Orioles Brenden Webb Palomar (Calif.) JC Calif. $250,000
30 898 Atlanta Braves Vince Howard Sikeston (Mo.) HS Mo.
30 903 Oakland Athletics Royce Consigli Notre Dame HS, Welland, Ont. Ontario
30 904 Texas Rangers Bryan Fogle Erskine (S.C.) S.C.
30 908 Florida Marlins Harold Brantley Connecticut Conn.
30 910 Toronto Blue Jays Tim McDonald Edison HS, Fresno Calif.
30 921 Los Angeles Angels Matt Long Santa Clara Calif.
31 922 Washington Nationals J.J. Sferra Nevada-Las Vegas Nev.
Arizona State transfer J.J. Sferra is a slender 5-foot-10 and 155 pounds. For a small player with a contact-first approach, he's not a protypical burner and stole just five bases this year. The senior has a short, flat stroke and should get a chance at the next level as a late-round selection.
31 925 Pittsburgh Pirates Zach Taylor Statesboro (Ga.) HS Ga.
31 937 Los Angeles Dodgers Austin King Jackson State (Tenn.) CC Tenn.
31 943 Chicago White Sox Ryan Hamme Campbell N.C.
31 944 New York Mets Mitch Haniger Archbishop Mitty HS, San Jose Calif.
31 945 New York Yankees Judd Golsan Mountain Brook (Ala.) HS Ala.
32 964 Texas Rangers Reggie Williams Jr. Brooks-DeBartolo Collegiate HS, Tampa Fla.
Williams' father Reggie spent parts of four seasons in the major leagues with the Angels and Dodgers and played pro ball until 2001. The younger Williams has been a baseball enigma in some ways, as he didn't play high school baseball as a sophomore and junior. Instead, he focused on playing for his father's travel team, the Tampa-based Dawg Pound. This spring, he and his brother Jadamion (J.D.), a top 2010 prospect, suited up for Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate HS, a first-year charter school program in North Tampa founded by NFL linebacker Derrick Brooks and NFL ownership family the DeBartolos, formerly of the San Francisco 49ers. No matter where he played Williams' speed and bloodlines attracted interest, as he committed to Miami. Long and athletic at 6-foot-4, 190 pounds, Williams is a switch-hitter with speed, rating as a 70 runner on the 20-80 scale for most scouts. He's shown some 80 times as well such as running a 6.2-second 60, according to his high school coach, and 3.9-second times to first base. He led the state of Florida with 59 steals this spring in just 20 games while hitting .604. Williams' bat will be the question, as he's drawn some Gary Matthews Jr. comparisons both physically and in terms of his future potential. He hasn't shown much present power despite being an older prep senior (he'll turn 20 in the fall) as he hit only one home run this spring. The Yankees and Blue Jays worked Williams out this spring, and he even got hitting tips from Toronto manager Cito Gaston.
32 972 Minnesota Twins Aaron Senne Missouri Mo.
Aaron Senne looks the part of a right fielder, as he's a 6-foot-2, 207-pounder with raw lefthanded power and arm strength. But his swing is too complicated with too many moving parts, and he batted just .305 with six homers this spring. Drafted in the 13th round out of a Minnesota high school by the Twins in 2006, he may not go much higher this time around after projecting as a possible third-rounder.
32 976 Milwaukee Brewers Chris Ellington Texas Christian Texas
33 985 Pittsburgh Pirates Pat Irvine Elon N.C.
Senior outfielder Pat Irvine should get drafted based on his feel for hitting. Irvine batted .402 this spring.
33 986 Baltimore Orioles Tyler Naquin Klein Collins HS, Spring, Texas Texas
33 990 Detroit Tigers Cody Keefer Davis (Calif.) HS Calif.
33 994 Texas Rangers Kyle Rhoad Eastern Michigan Mich.
33 1002 Minnesota Twins Nick Freitas Southern Utah Utah
Southern Utah outfielder Nick Freitas is an enigma. He grew up in Hawaii and then spent a year at Miami before transferring to play for the Thunderbirds. He has big tools, running a 6.6-second 60-yard dash, throwing 96 mph from the outfield and showing above-average raw power. The tools have shown up in the statistics, too. Freitas hit .347/.424/.647 this year, though he put up similar numbers as a junior and didn't get drafted. Some scouts are skeptical about the move from Miami to Southern Utah and raised questions about his makeup.
33 1005 New York Yankees Andrew Aplin Vanden HS, Fairfield, Calif. Calif.
34 1017 San Francisco Giants Brandon Kirby Lake Wales (Fla.) HS Fla.
34 1018 Atlanta Braves Arby Fields Los Osos HS, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. Calif.
34 1023 Oakland Athletics Dylan Brown Oklahoma State Okla.
34 1024 Texas Rangers Jared Prince Washington State Wash.
Senior outfielder Jared Prince battled injuries throughout his career and never matched the success he had as a freshman.
34 1025 Cleveland Indians Westley Moss Nevada Nev.
Nevada has a few players who could be late-round picks. Outfielder Westley Moss has speed, can cover ground as a center fielder and makes highlight-reel catches. He's skinny at 6-foot-2 and 165 pounds and doesn't presently have a lick of power.
35 1042 Washington Nationals Jacob Morris Coppell (Texas) HS Texas
Coppell High ranked No. 5 in Baseball America's preseason Top 50, but the team and its top prospects--catcher Jonathan Walsh, shortstop Chad Kettler and outfielder Jacob Morris--underachieved this spring. Morris has the best tools among the trio but has a reputation for doing more in showcases than games. A 6-foot-3, 196-pounder with five-tool potential, he's also a switch-hitter who struggles against quality pitching. He has committed to Arizona State.
35 1044 San Diego Padres Adalberto Santos Oregon State Ore.
35 1050 Detroit Tigers Patrick Biondi Divine Child HS, Dearborn, Mich. Mich.
Outfielder Patrick Biondi won't be a high pick because he's 5-foot-9 and strongly committed to Michigan, but he should make an immediate impact for the Wolverines in 2010 and be a good pick in 2012. More polished but not nearly as strong as Roache, Biondi provides above-average speed, center-field defense and arm strength. He also has a quick bat and scouts love his makeup.
35 1051 Colorado Rockies Tym Pearson Thurston HS, Springfield, Ore. Ore.
Thurston High outfielder Tym Pearson is a little thicker than Hudson or Poyer at 6-foot-2, 205 pounds. He too was a quarterback and led his team to an undefeated record in the regular season, losing in the 5-A state championship game. He threw for 3,760 yards and 44 touchdowns and ran for another 877 with 19 touchdowns. He could step right in as the quarterback at Portland State, which uses a run-and-shoot offense just like his high school. Pearson is behind the curve on the diamond because he hadn't played baseball in four years until picking it back up as a junior. He has some stiffness and a football approach to the game. He also has the tools and is willing to give up his football scholarship for a chance to play baseball if the price is right. He's strong, is an average runner and has a strong arm--reaching up to 90 mph off the mound.
35 1052 Kansas City Royals Levi Cartas Marysville-Pilchuck HS, Marysville, Wash. Wash.
35 1061 Houston Astros Grant Hogue Mississippi State Miss.
35 1069 Tampa Bay Rays Chris Murrill Nicholls State La.
36 1077 San Francisco Giants Ryan Scoma UC Davis Calif.
36 1081 Colorado Rockies Jarrett Higgins Bellaire (Texas) HS Texas
36 1098 Boston Red Sox Mike Yastrzemski St. John's Prep, Danvers, Mass. Mass.
Outfielder Michael Yastrzemski has baseball in his blood: His grandfather Carl was a Hall of Fame outfielder for the Red Sox and the last player to win the triple crown (in 1967), while his father Michael was a standout at Florida State and still holds the school record for career games played. Scouts regard Yastrzemski as the most polished prep hitter in New England. He has a balanced set-up and a smooth lefthanded swing that allows him to square up hard line drives consistently. He has a chance to be an above-average hitter down the road, but the rest of his tools do not stand out. He's a gap-to-gap hitter who could hit for average power as he gets stronger. He has an adequate arm for left field, and he's a fringe-average runner. He has good baseball instincts and plays a solid outfield. Yastrzemski is committed to Vanderbilt and is all but certain to head to school, though he's likely to be drafted in the late rounds.
37 1107 San Francisco Giants Ryan Lollis Missouri Mo.
37 1108 Atlanta Braves Matt Moynihan Cathedral Catholic HS, San Diego Calif.
One of the San Diego area's better athletes, outfielder Matt Moynihan is a 6.6 runner in the 60 and has an impressive 6-foot-2, 205-pound frame. He has a fringy arm and has raw power. His hit tool is quite a bit behind his athletic ability and requires a lot of projection. And with his San Diego commitment, he's a tough sign.
37 1109 Cincinnati Reds Dayne Read Chipola (Fla.) JC Fla. $225,000
37 1111 Colorado Rockies Brandon Thomas Pace Academy, Atlanta Ga.
37 1116 Arizona Diamondbacks Chris Jacobs Westchester HS, Los Angeles Calif.
37 1118 Florida Marlins Alex Glenn Henry County HS, McDonough, Ga. Ga.
37 1125 New York Yankees Justin Milo Vermont Vt.
38 1133 Seattle Mariners Matt Nohelty Minnesota Minn.
38 1134 San Diego Padres Kyle Loretelli Cal State Stanislaus Calif.
38 1138 Atlanta Braves Tripp Faulk North Myrtle Beach HS, Little River, S.C. S.C.
38 1140 Detroit Tigers Tarran Senay South Park (Pa.) HS Pa.
It is unlikely any significant high school players will sign pro contracts this year, though a few have long-term upside worth mentioning. Tarran Senay is a gifted two-sport athlete who broke his wrist in his first football game last spring--yet played all fall before finding out it was broken. The injury hampered his production this spring, and he has not shown the plus lefthanded power potential he flashed last summer. He has played third base but profiles better as a first baseman or left fielder, as his arm is fringy and his speed is below-average. Senay has good makeup and plenty of potential, but power is his best tool and he hasn't shown it this spring, so he figures to wind up at North Carolina State.
38 1144 Texas Rangers Anthony Hutting Tesoro HS, Rancho San Margarita, Calif. Calif.
38 1151 Houston Astros Sean Barksdale Temple Pa.
38 1153 Chicago White Sox A.J. Casario Maryland Md.
A.J. Casario batted .319/.409/.522 with 10 home runs and 12 stolen bases as Maryland's right fielder, and he has intriguing tools. He's a lefthanded hitter with an athletic frame. He's an average to slightly above-average runner, with an average arm. He is capable of playing all three outfield spots but profiles best in center. The bat is his big question. He flashes raw power and could hit for average if he cleans things up. He has a violent swing and doesn't have great pitch recognition, so he swings and misses a lot. The Dodgers drafted him in the 27th round in 2006 out of high school in New Jersey, where he was an all-state player who batted .561 with 10 home runs as a senior.
38 1154 New York Mets Will Cherry Florida Southern Fla.
38 1155 New York Yankees Adam Bailey Nebraska Neb.
Adam Bailey was a pitcher on Arizona State's 2007 College World Series team before transferring to South Mountain (Ariz.) CC and then Nebraska. The 6-foot, 189-pounder is now a starting outfielder who led the Cornhuskers with 12 homers. He has good bat speed and would offer even more lefthanded power if he turned on more pitches. Despite his arm strength, he'll fit best in left field as a pro.
38 1158 Boston Red Sox Zeke DeVoss Astronaut HS, Titusville, Fla. Fla.
39 1163 Seattle Mariners Greg Waddell Florida International Fla.
39 1173 Oakland Athletics Ryan Lockwood South Florida Fla.
39 1174 Texas Rangers Jabari Henry Olympia HS, Orlando Fla.
39 1176 Arizona Diamondbacks Ryan Jones Wichita State Kan.
Outfielder Ryan Jones has the best tools in the state, with solid speed, arm strength and range. But the 6-foot, 185-pound lefthanded hitter never got his bat going, hitting .277 with seven homers this spring after struggling with wood bats in the Cape Cod League last summer. He has a line-drive approach and uses the whole field, yet he still looks overmatched at times.
39 1188 Boston Red Sox Gavin McCourt Harvard-Westlake HS, Los Angeles Calif.
40 1197 San Francisco Giants Jonathan White Vanderbilt Tenn.
Senior Jonathan White, a plus-plus runner and great athlete, hasn't figured it out with the bat. He also turns 23 in June, further lowering his value.
40 1198 Atlanta Braves Antonio Carrillo San Ysidro HS, San Diego Calif.
40 1199 Cincinnati Reds Michael Robertson Bellevue (Wash.) CC Wash.
Outfielder Michael Robertson has also blossomed at Bellevue and could be a late-round pick. The 6-foot-2, 195-pounder has above-average speed, a good arm and goes all out at every practice and on every play. He missed a year with a broken wrist and does not project to hit for power, but makes consistent contact.
40 1206 Arizona Diamondbacks Tim Sherlock Duke N.C.
40 1210 Toronto Blue Jays Jonathan Gilbert Ahuntsic (Quebec) JC Quebec
40 1212 Minnesota Twins Ryan Abrahamson Tartan HS, Oakdale, Minn. Minn.
41 1222 Washington Nationals Dane Opel Edwardsville (Ill.) HS Ill.
Scouts say outfielder Dane Opel is the best all-around position player in the state, though it's unlikely he'll be signed away from a commitment to Missouri. The 6-foot-3, 193-pounder has the potential to hit for average and power from the left side. He's also a good athlete who's capable of playing anywhere in the outfield and has been clocked at 90 mph on the mound.
41 1233 Oakland Athletics Justin Hilt Elon N.C.
Justin Hilt has average speed, a plus arm and solid power. He also struck out 74 times in just 228 at-bats.
41 1240 Toronto Blue Jays Zach Kirksey Louisiana State-Eunice JC La.
41 1243 Chicago White Sox Ryan Lee Cal Poly Calif.
41 1246 Milwaukee Brewers Steven Sultzbaugh Rice Texas
41 1247 Philadelphia Phillies Jeff Gelalich Bonita HS, La Verne, Calif. Calif.
UCLA recruit Jeff Gelalich attracted attention with a strong frame, average-to-plus arm and solid-average speed. The lefthanded-hitting outfielder has yet to show scouts consistent hitting ability.
41 1251 Los Angeles Angels Joey Rapp Chipola (Fla.) JC Fla.
42 1258 Atlanta Braves Josh Conway Smithburg (Md.) HS Md.
42 1268 Florida Marlins Jordan Poyer Astoria (Ore.) HS Ore.
The Northwest is full of athletic outfielders who also play football. Jake Locker aside, there's Kyrell Hudson in Vancouver, Wash., and then two more in Oregon. Astoria High outfielder Jordan Poyer, like Hudson, plans to play both baseball and football at Oregon State. He was a high school quarterback and is listed at cornerback on the Beavers' football roster. His father played college football, and his mother played college softball. At 6-foot-2 and 180 pounds, he's a little taller than Hudson but isn't wound as tight. Poyer doesn't quite have Hudson's speed, strength or arm, but has more natural actions as a baseball player--he's a little leaner and looser. He has a buggy-whip swing, with some power. If he has good predraft workouts, he could end up as a single-digit pick.
42 1271 Houston Astros Ivory Thomas Downey (Calif.) HS Calif.
Ivory Thomas, is a bit undersized for pro ball at 5-foot-9, 180 pounds. He's a plus runner (6.77 seconds in the 60) and has a decent arm. He also offers provocative raw power and drew notice for getting five hits and scoring the winning run in a 20-inning game in 2008, the longest game in CIF Southern Section playoff history. His strength and energy could make him the top draft pick among this trio.
42 1272 Minnesota Twins Marc Bourgeois Chipola (Fla.) JC Fla.
Chipola also has a solid hitting option for scouts in outfielder Marc Bourgeois, who resembles fellow Canadian and Chipola alum Rene Tosoni, now in the Twins system. Bourgeois has a smooth lefthanded swing as pure as Tosoni's, with more raw power. He also has impressive speed and instincts, leading the team with 11 homers and 22 steals in 23 attempts.
43 1283 Seattle Mariners Cam Perkins Southport HS, Indianapolis Ind.
43 1284 San Diego Padres Chadd Hartman Central Florida Fla.
43 1286 Baltimore Orioles Brad Decater Cuesta (Calif.) JC Calif.
43 1291 Colorado Rockies Franco Broyles Fayetteville (Ark.) HS Ark.
Another Arkansas recruit, outfielder Franco Broyles, is the grandson of former Razorbacks football coach and athletic director Frank Broyles. Franco led Fayetteville High to state 7-A championships in each of the last three seasons, hitting the championship-winning homer in 2007 and driving in both runs in the 2-0 finale this spring. He's a 6-foot-1, 185-pound athlete with good speed and a promising bat. He also starred as a wide receiver and defensive back in football.
43 1294 Texas Rangers Joe Bonadonna Illinois Ill.
43 1304 New York Mets Bobby Rinard Yavapai (Ariz.) JC Ariz.
Right fielder Bobby Rinard has a good arm and can run, but he's raw offensively. He has the athleticism and tools to be a late-round pick, though he'll more likely end up at Southern California.
43 1305 New York Yankees Isaiah Brown Paradise Valley (Ariz.) CC Ariz.
44 1313 Seattle Mariners Mark Angelo East Stroudsburg (Pa.) Pa.
44 1319 Cincinnati Reds Jaron Shepherd Navarro (Texas) JC Texas
44 1320 Detroit Tigers Charlie Markson Whitefish Bay (Wis.) HS Wis.
James has surpassed Whitefish Bay teammate Charlie Markson, Wisconsin's top-rated prospect coming into the season. A good athlete who played point guard to James' forward on the Whitefish Bay basketball team, Markson is a 6-foot-2, 180-pounder with good speed, gap power and a strong arm. His bat will need time to develop. He has signed with Notre Dame, and Fighting Irish head coach Dave Schrage has compared him to his team's current star, projected first-rounder A.J. Pollock.
44 1321 Colorado Rockies Micah Green Cherokee Trail HS, Aurora, Colo. Colo.
Outfielder Micah Green is a good athlete and a plus runner with a strong arm and above-average raw power, but like everyone else in Colorado, he hasn't faced consistently strong competition. He has the raws tools to be picked in the top 15 rounds, but will probably try to prove himself at Wichita State.
44 1330 Toronto Blue Jays Nick Wagner Santa Margarita HS, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. Calif.
44 1338 Boston Red Sox Derrick Thomas Roswell (Ga.) HS Ga.
45 1346 Baltimore Orioles David Rivera Francisco Oller HS, Catano, P.R. P.R.
45 1349 Cincinnati Reds Brian Adams South Forysth HS, Cumming, Ga. Ga.
45 1350 Detroit Tigers Jimmy Brennan Suffern (N.Y.) HS N.Y.
45 1353 Oakland Athletics Anthione Shaw St. Augustine's (N.C.) N.C.
45 1356 Arizona Diamondbacks Beau Amaral Huntington Beach (Calif.) HS Calif.
UCLA recruit Amaral, whose father Rich played 10 seasons in the majors, follows in his dad's footsteps as a smart, aggressive baserunner. Amaral lacks power projection and will have to fit in as a top-of-the-order center fielder, and he's unlikely to get bought away from college.
45 1358 Florida Marlins Zach Hurley Ohio State Ohio
45 1359 St. Louis Cardinals Adam Heisler South Alabama Ala.
45 1363 Chicago White Sox Harold Baines Jr. McDaniel (Md.) Md.
45 1365 New York Yankees Jeremy Baltz Vestal (N.Y.) HS N.Y.
St. John's recruit Jeremy Baltz is a strong student and is considered a tough sign, but he could develop into a good draft prospect with the Red Storm. Baltz's best tool is his above-average raw power from the right side. He's a good athlete who still needs to add strength to tap into his offensive potential. Baltz is a decent runner with a below-average arm who profiles as a left fielder.
45 1367 Philadelphia Phillies Richard Bain Trinity Christian Academy, Jacksonville Fla.
46 1374 San Diego Padres Mykal Stokes Orange Coast (Calif.) CC Calif.
46 1385 Cleveland Indians Scott Sommerfeld Parkway South HS, Ballwin, Mo. Mo.
46 1386 Arizona Diamondbacks Matt Ozanne Notre Dame Prep, Scottsdale, Ariz. Ariz.
46 1392 Minnesota Twins Jake Kretzer Benton HS, St. Joseph, Mo. Mo.
46 1400 Chicago Cubs Glenn Cook Miami Fla.
47 1412 Kansas City Royals Anthony Howard Quince Orchard HS, Gaithersburg, Md. Md.
47 1417 Los Angeles Dodgers Cole Pembroke Desert Vista HS, Phoenix Ariz.
47 1420 Toronto Blue Jays John Rigg St. Petersburg (Fla.) JC Fla.
47 1423 Chicago White Sox Jordan Yallen Golden Valley HS, Santa Clarita, Calif. Calif.
47 1426 Milwaukee Brewers Trevor Kirk JC of Southern Nevada Nev.
47 1429 Tampa Bay Rays Jason Patton Kent State Ohio
48 1434 San Diego Padres Andrew Ruck Sinclair SS, Whitby, Ont. Ontario
48 1435 Pittsburgh Pirates Blake Brown Normal (Ill.) West HS Ill.
48 1437 San Francisco Giants Randolph Oduber Western Oklahoma State JC Okla.
48 1443 Oakland Athletics Addison Johnson Clemson S.C.
48 1446 Arizona Diamondbacks Juan Avila Narbonne HS, Harbor City, Calif. Calif.
Naturally an outfielder, Avila is perhaps the finest all-around player in the Los Angeles area and profiles to big league average almost across the board--in speed, arm, glove and bat. A switch-hitter who played shortstop as a prep senior, he has a quick bat and has filled out into his 6-foot, 170-pound frame in the past year. He lacks the actions to stay in the infield. He could be a steal if a team decides to sign him away from college.
48 1447 Los Angeles Dodgers Travis Burnside Laurens (S.C.) District HS S.C.
48 1455 New York Yankees Pat White West Virginia W.Va.
48 1457 Philadelphia Phillies Wander Nunez Frankford HS, Philadelphia Pa.
48 1458 Boston Red Sox Brian Heere Kansas Kan.
48 1459 Tampa Bay Rays Nate Roberts Parkland (Ill.) JC Ill.
48 1461 Los Angeles Angels Jake Rife Washington Wash.
With his signature purple do-rag and eye black, senior outfielder Jake Rife is a bulldog. A 5-foot-11, 200-pound lefthanded hitter, Rife led the Huskies in batting this year.
49 1462 Washington Nationals Jose Sermo Ileana de Gracia HS, Vega Alta, P.R. P.R.
49 1469 Cincinnati Reds Darion Hamilton Taylorsville (Miss.) HS Miss.
49 1473 Oakland Athletics Anthony Giansanti Siena N.Y.
49 1476 Arizona Diamondbacks Jordan Luvisi Notre Dame Prep, Scottsdale, Ariz. Ariz.
Lefthander Jordan Luvisi doesn't have the arm strength of fellow Arizona prep southpaw James Pazos, but is a better pure pitcher with three pitches he throws for strikes. He is committed to UC Santa Barbara.
49 1490 Chicago Cubs Christian Segar McQuaid Jesuit HS, Rochester, N.Y. N.Y.
50 1492 Washington Nationals Alvin Hines Pelham (Ala.) HS Ala.
50 1500 Detroit Tigers Nico Rosthenhausler South Mountain (Ariz.) CC Ariz.
Outfielder Nico Rosthenhausler's father Ray was a first-round pick in the secondary phase of three drafts from 1983-84. Nico is a stocky 5-foot-11 and 200 pounds, yet has trimmed down significantly after busting his tail over the summer to lose the 50 pounds he ate on as a freshman. He's a lefthanded hitter who uses the entire field and is committed to Arizona.
50 1501 Colorado Rockies Nathan Hines Middle Tennessee State Tenn.
50 1504 Texas Rangers Ronnie Melendez Cowley County (Kan.) CC Kan.
50 1517 Philadelphia Phillies David Hissey Emory Ga.