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Round Overall Team Player School State Bonus
1 1 Washington Nationals Stephen Strasburg San Diego State Calif. $7,500,000
In the history of the draft, no prospect has received as much predraft hype and publicity as Strasburg--and the attention is warranted. His combination of stuff, pitching savvy and command make him a once-in-a-generation phenomenon. Between spreads in national magazines, television features and glowing articles in major newspapers, Strasburg has had a stunning junior season for the Aztecs. A relatively low-profile recruit, he has improved by leaps and bounds both physically and mentally as a college player. He closed as a freshman and BA ranked him as the New England Collegiate League's No. 1 prospect in 2007, and he emerged as a dominant starter in 2008, highlighted by a 23-strikeout effort against Utah. He pitched both for USA Baseball's college national team and then on the Olympic team last summer, the lone amateur ever to win a spot on a pro Team USA roster. He lost to Cuba in the Olympic semifinal, and that's the last time he has lost a game. His 2009 statistics defy belief for a player competing at the major college level. After a no-hitter against Air Force, he was 11-0, 1.24, with 164 strikeouts against 17 walks in 87 innings. He had allowed just 48 hits this season, for a .161 opponent average. The 6-foot-5, 220-pound Strasburg grabs your attention first with his sensational raw velocity. In his first start of the season, his first six pitches registered 98-99 mph, and he touched 100 and 101 later in the season. Of course, raw velocity is no guarantee of major league success, but Strasburg has much more than that. His hard, slurvy curveball is an 81-82 mph hitter's nightmare. Not since Tim Lincecum has one hurler had both the best fastball and the best curve in the same draft. Represented by Scott Boras Corp., Strasburg will no doubt engage in protracted negotiations, and predraft rumors indicated his demands could go as high as $50 million or that he could try a side trip to Japan to make himself a free agent. Barring something unforeseen, though, he will likely sign right at the Aug. 15 deadline and should command a guarantee in the $12 million-$15 million range. There's no doubt that Strasburg is the best college pitching prospect since Mark Prior came out of Southern California in 2001. Prior's career illustrates that no amateur pitcher is guaranteed long-term professional success, but Strasburg is the closest to a sure thing that scouts have ever seen. Major league organizations may not see a prospect like Strasburg for another 20 or 30 years, so the Nationals will not let him pass with the No. 1 pick.
1 5 Baltimore Orioles Matt Hobgood Norco (Calif.) HS Calif. $2,422,000
Hobgood first gained attention in Southern California when he outdueled Gerrit Cole (who went on to be a first-round pick) in a high school playoff game in 2008. That made him the local player of the year as a junior, beating out first-round picks such as Cole, Kyle Skipworth and Aaron Hicks. A 6-foot-4 245-pounder, Hobgood resembles a young Goose Gossage. He has tremendous power at the plate, but he realizes his future is on the mound. His raw stuff is electric, with a fastball ranging from 90-94 mph and peaking at 95. He maintains his velocity deep into games, and in a March start he was firing four-seamers at 92-94 mph in the fifth inning. His curveball shows sharp, late break, and he also has shown a changeup and slider. All three show promise, but his command is spotty and he'll need to develop and sharpen each one. Hobgood's mechanics are cleaner than most high school pitching prospects, though he still needs refinement. If his terrific stuff combined with a more projectable build, he would probably be drafted even higher, but as it stands he should go no later than the second or third round.
1 6 San Francisco Giants Zack Wheeler East Paulding HS, Dallas, Ga. Ga. $3,300,000
Wheeler emerged last summer as the top pitcher in Georgia's East Cobb prep program and didn't let up this spring. He has a chance to be the well-regarded program's best starting pitcher ever, and he could allow Georgia to provide the top high school pitcher in the draft in consecutive seasons, following Ethan Martin (15th overall, Dodgers). Wheeler figures to go higher in the draft than fellow Georgia prep pitcher Ethan Martin did last year (15th overall) based on a picture-perfect projection body. Lean with long levers, Wheeler generates excellent arm speed and can produce mid-90s heat with his fastball, sitting in the low 90s. He has the athleticism and solid mechanics to produce average big league command. Wheeler pitches off his fastball and puts hitters away with a power breaking ball, most accurately called a slurve. It has late bite and depth, giving him a second plus pitch. Wheeler doesn't throw much of a changeup at this point. He's considered signable, having committed early to Kennesaw State with a fallback option of Chipola (Fla.) JC. His older brother Adam was a 13th-round pick in 2001 who spent four seasons in the Yankees system.
1 8 Cincinnati Reds Mike Leake Arizona State Ariz. $2,270,000
Few pitchers were as consistently good this season as Arizona State righthander Mike Leake. That shouldn't come as a surprise--he's been carving up the Pac-10 for three years. A seventh-round draft pick by the Athletics out of Fallbrook (Calif.) High in 2006, Leake instead headed for Tempe and has pitched his way into first-round consideration. Listed at 6 feet, 180 pounds, what he lacks in pure physicality, he makes up for in athleticism and results. In addition to baseball, Leake played soccer, football and basketball in high school and could be a position player at Arizona State if he wasn't so valuable on the mound. Leake pounds the strike zone with a fastball that sits 88-92 mph. He can dial it up to 94, but prefers to work at lower speeds to get more movement. Throwing from a lower three-quarters arm slot, he gets a lot of armside run and sink on his fastball that results in a lot of groundballs. He also throws a changeup, slider and cutter that grade out as above-average offerings. Leake is a smart pitcher with a bulldog mentality on the mound.
1 9 Detroit Tigers Jacob Turner Westminster Christian Academy, St. Louis Mo. $4,700,000
Already considered a mid-first-round talent entering the season, Turner was generating serious momentum a month before the draft. He had edged ahead of Shelby Miller (Texas) and Zack Wheeler (Georgia) as the top high school righthander in the draft, and was gaining ground on Kyle Gibson as the best pitching prospect in Missouri. Whether his draft position will reflect that status remains to be seen, as he's advised by the Scott Boras Corp. and reportedly will seek to match the record guarantee given to a high school pitcher: $7 million for Josh Beckett (Marlins, 1999) and Rick Porcello (Tigers, 2007). While Turner isn't quite at the same level Beckett and Porcello were when they came out of high school, he's quite talented. The 6-foot-5, 205 pounder has such an easy three-quarters delivery that it makes his 92-94 mph fastball (which tops out at 98) seem even faster. He has good aptitude for spinning a big-breaking curveball, and he has the makings of a good changeup. All three pitches were working when he struck out five straight hitters at the Aflac All-American Game last summer. The biggest quibble with Turner is that he sometimes doesn't command his curveball, but his delivery is repeatable and he does a good job of staying on top of the pitch, so he should gain more consistency with experience. He has benefited from the tutelage of former big leaguers Andy Benes, Mike Matheny and Todd Worrell, who have sons who have played at Westminster Christian. Said Worrell, the team's pitching coach: "He's got the whole package . . . As a pitcher, he's 6-5 with a perfect pitcher's body and a live arm." Turner has committed to North Carolina, just like last year's premium prep pitcher from Missouri, Tim Melville did before signing with the Royals for $1.25 million.
1 10 Washington Nationals Drew Storen Stanford Calif. $1,600,000
Storen was considered one of the more polished high school pitchers available in the 2007 draft, which makes sense since he was 19. He instantly settled in as the closer and helped the Cardinal reach the 2008 College World Series. The eligible sophomore has been one of the few bright spots for a disappointing '09 Stanford club. Storen has been one of the team's few consistent performers, thanks to his ability to throw quality strikes. He pumps his fastball in the 92-94 mph range and regularly touches 95-96. His fastball has decent life, and his biggest difficulty has been locating it. When he misses, he misses up, leaving him a bit homer prone. While he throws a decent changeup, it's rare, and his power slider is his best secondary pitch, giving him a second plus offering. Storen challenges hitters and isn't afraid to pitch inside. He has a good chance to be the first college closer drafted, potentially in the supplemental or second round. While many eligible sophomores at academic institutions such as Stanford can be tough signs, Storen, whose father Mark Patrick is a radio talk show host who worked on XM Radio's Home Plate baseball channel, will be 22 in August and has little left to prove in college.
1 12 Kansas City Royals Aaron Crow Fort Worth (American Association) Texas $1,500,000
Crow, then at Missouri, was the top righthander in last year's draft, and the Nationals were thrilled to get him with the ninth overall pick. But they never found any common ground in negotiations with his agents, Alan and Randy Hendricks, and the signing deadline passed with Crow seeking $4 million and turning down $3.5 million. Now he hopes to follow in the footsteps of former Tigers teammate Max Scherzer, who parlayed a stay in Fort Worth into a $4.3 million big league contract with the Diamondbacks. Crow had the best fastball package in the 2008 draft, with velocity (92-96 mph), hard sink, command and the ability to maintain it into the late innings. He showed the same heater in his first two exhibition and three regular-season starts with the Cats, and flashed the plus slider that overmatched college hitters. He's still regaining the sharp command he had in 2008, when he threw 43 consecutive scoreless innings at Missouri. Crow used his downtime to get stronger and to work on his changeup. There's some effort to his delivery, and some teams wonder if his mechanics and size (generously listed at 6-foot-3 and 195 pounds) will make him more of a closer than a frontline starter. In either case, he should go in the first 10 picks again and shouldn't require much time in the minors. He's believed to be seeking at least $4 million, yet is in the mix for the Padres at No. 3 and the Pirates at No. 4.
1 15 Cleveland Indians Alex White North Carolina N.C. $2,250,000
The Dodgers drafted White in the 14th round in 2006 and made a strong run to sign him, but he wound up at North Carolina, spending three seasons in the weekend rotation and emerging as the staff ace as a sophomore. White was electric for the Tar Heels out of the bullpen in the 2008 College World Series, sitting at 96 mph with excellent life on his fastball, and some scouts see him in that role. However, he has shown three plus pitches at times during his career, though not all at once in a somewhat inconsistent junior season. White's arm action varied a bit during the year, starting out a bit high and long in the back, and despite his excellent athleticism this caused him to struggle to command his fastball. The pitch touches the mid-90s and sits in the 91-94 mph range when White starts. His slider, a plus pitch at times, also has lacked consistency, but his split-finger fastball has supplanted it as his best secondary pitch. It has good depth and deception and neutralizes lefthanded hitters. As good as his stuff can be, White's competitiveness and athleticism may be better attributes. With more consistency he could become a front-of-the-rotation starter, though his command may preclude him from being a true big league ace.
1 19 St. Louis Cardinals Shelby Miller Brownwood (Texas) HS Texas $2,875,000
No high school pitcher has a better fastball than Miller. At 94 mph, he tied for the highest velocity recorded at last summer's Area Code Games, and he touched 97 mph in a playoff game in late May that was attended by several scouts and Rangers president Nolan Ryan. Miller usually pitches at 92-93 mph, but his fastball has more than just velocity. It has tremendous life, it's deceptive because he has such an easy delivery and he does a good job of using his 6-foot-3, 205-pound frame to throw it downhill. Miller spins a solid curve that will be a plus pitch when he commands it more consistently. He has made strides with his changeup as well. He has sound mechanics and arm action, and a blue-collar work ethic. He's a good athlete who also starred in football, making the all-state 3-A second team as a tight end and punter in the fall. He also hit a three-run homer to provide all his scoring in a 3-1 win in the state 3-A regional semifinals, striking out 16 while tossing a three-hitter. Miller is Texas A&M's top recruit, but he's expected to turn pro after going in the upper half of the first round. He's as signable as any of the five elite high school pitchers in this draft--that group also includes California's Tyler Matzek, Purke, Missouri's Jacob Turner and Georgia's Zach Wheeler--which could push Miller into the top 10.
1 20 Toronto Blue Jays Chad Jenkins Kennesaw State Ga. $1,359,000
While Kyle Heckathorn entered the year as the top prospect in the A-Sun, Jenkins and Brothers weren't far behind. A mid-80s guy in high school, Jenkins had a soft body but his arm worked well, and he has improved significantly in college. He had a strong sophomore season, first with Kennesaw State (5-5, 3.96), then in the Great Lakes League. Jenkins has firmed up his still soft body, and his velocity has caught up with his ability to throw strikes. He now has two or three plus pitches at times with good command, giving him serious helium. Jenkins has a great feel for pitching and now sits at 90-93 mph with his hard sinker and reaches back for 96 mph with a four-seamer at times. His sinker has boring action in on righthanded hitters when it's going well. His slider gives him a second plus pitch. His changeup is average. Jenkins repeats his delivery, and scouts see his big 6-foot-4, 225-pound body as a durable asset, particularly if he keeps getting in better shape. He resembles Phillies righthander Joe Blanton, with better command, and should go in the first 20 picks.
1 22 Minnesota Twins Kyle Gibson Missouri Mo. $1,850,000
For the third time in four years, Missouri will have a pitcher taken early in the first round. Gibson doesn't have the arm strength of Max Scherzer (2006, Diamondbacks) or Aaron Crow (2008, Nationals), but he may wind up being the best pitcher of the three. He relies on two-seam fastballs more than four-seamers, usually pitching at 88-91 mph with good sink and tailing action, though he can reach back for 94 mph when needed. He has two of the better secondary pitches in the draft, a crisp 82-85 mph slider and a deceptive changeup with fade that can generate swings and misses. All of his offerings play up because he has excellent command and pitchability. He repeats his smooth delivery easily, and his 6-foot-6, 208-pound frame allows him to throw on a steep downhill plane. If there's a knock on Gibson, it's that he hasn't added much velocity during his three years with the Tigers, but that hasn't stopped him from succeeding as soon as he stepped on campus. He led Team USA's college team with five wins last summer, including a victory in the gold-medal game at the the FISU World Championships. He was a lock to go in the top 10 picks before a stress fracture sidelined him just a week before the draft.
1 26 Milwaukee Brewers Eric Arnett Indiana Ind. $1,197,000
Indiana University produced just one first-round pick in the first 44 drafts, shortstop James DeNeff (No. 8 overall, Angels) in 1966. Forty-three years later, the Hoosiers should have their second--and it's not preseason All-America catcher Josh Phegley. After pitching mostly out of the bullpen and having only sporadic success in his first two seasons at Indiana, Arnett got stronger and tightened his slider, allowing him to equal school records for wins (12-2) and strikeouts (109 in 108 innings). He flashed a 92 mph fastball as a freshman, and now he's sitting at 92-94 mph, touching 96 and maintaining his velocity into the late innings. His mid-80s slider gives him a second strikeout pitch. He also is doing a better job of using his 6-foot-5, 225-pound frame to leverage the ball down in the strike zone. He's a workhorse who has held up well while averaging nearly eight innings per start. His athleticism helps, and it led Indiana's shorthanded basketball team to suit him up for games (but not play him) last winter. Arnett will need to improve his changeup to remain a starter in pro ball, and some scouts think he lands too hard on his front leg in his delivery. Others say his mechanics are fine, and enough teams like him that he should go in the second half of the first round.
1s 42 Los Angeles Angels Garrett Richards Oklahoma Okla. $802,800
The state of Oklahoma is loaded with pitching prospects this year, and no one has stuff as unhittable or a performance as mystifying as Richards. He routinely sits at 93-95 mph with life on his fastball and touched 98 in a relief outing against Wichita State. He has a mid-80s slider with bite that peaked at 89 mph against the Shockers. And if that's not enough, he has a power curveball and flashes an effective changeup. He has a quick arm, a strong 6-foot-2, 217-pound build and throws on a downhill plane with little effort. Yet Richards never has posted an ERA lower than 6.00 in three college seasons, and opponents had batted .268 with 11 homers against him entering NCAA regional play. "It's unbelievable that he gets hit," one scout said. Outside of a stint in the Alaska League last summer, Richards never has harnessed his wicked stuff on anything approaching a consistent basis. He has trouble throwing strikes and flies open in his delivery, allowing hitters a good look at what's coming. He has the raw ingredients to become a frontline starter, and on the rare occasions when he has command, he looks like an easy first-round pick. He looked better than ever down the stretch and in the NCAA playoffs, fueling speculation that a team could gamble on him as high as in the first round.
1s 43 Cincinnati Reds Brad Boxberger Southern California Calif. $857,000
Boxberger is the son of Rod Boxberger, a righthander who led Southern California to a College World Series title in 1978, when he was also a first-round pick of the Astros. Both father and son attended Foothill High in Orange County, where Brad succeeded Phil Hughes as the staff ace and became a 20th-round pick of the Royals in 2006. He decided to follow in his father's footsteps to Southern Cal instead, and he has essentially been the Friday starter since he was a freshman. At an even 6 feet with a strong and mature frame. Boxberger has three pitches with plus potential. First is a 91-93 mph fastball that peaks at 94. He can add and subtract velocity from his 79-80 mph curveball, and his circle changeup is a bit inconsistent but has excellent deception and late drop when it's on. During his windup, he has a distinctive habit of turning his back to the plate. Boxberger offers little projection and ideally would be a middle-of-the-rotation starter in the big leagues. He has a tendency to hit the wall, and late in starts his velocity will drop, his command will disappear and the wheels will come off. Brad doesn't figure to be the 11th overall pick as his father was, but he could reach the back of the first round in a best case.
1s 44 Texas Rangers Tanner Scheppers St. Paul (American Association) Minn. $1,250,000
Before Scheppers hurt his shoulder last April, he was on course to go in the first 10 picks of the 2008 draft. But the injury, initially reported as a stress fracture and later described as significant wear and tear, dropped him to 48th overall to the Pirates and caused him to miss Fresno State's improbable run to a College World Series championship. Scheppers opted for rehab over surgery and worked out for Pittsburgh, but his stuff hadn't bounced back enough for the club to meet his seven-figure asking price. He signed with the independent Saints last September and began to excite scouts again in preseason workouts at Golden West (Calif.) JC, displaying the mid-90s fastball and hard curveball he had before he got hurt. In his first two exhibition outings and three regular-season outings with St. Paul, Scheppers showed the same fastball and curve, though he battled his control. An athletic 6-foot-4, 200-pounder who initially signed with Fresno State as an infielder, Scheppers has good mechanics but sometimes rushes his delivery. "He's got the best arm action, delivery and stuff in this draft behind Strasburg, and it's a cleaner arm than Strasburg," one scouting director said. Scheppers is learning to harness his curveball and to throw an effective changeup. Though Dr. Lewis Yocum has given him a clean bill of health, teams considering Scheppers near the top of the draft still have some trepidation. He's a top-10 candidate once again, though he could slide if clubs worry about his shoulder and his asking price.
1s 47 Milwaukee Brewers Kyle Heckathorn Kennesaw State Ga. $776,000
Heckathorn has been on scouts' radars since he started growing into his 6-foot-6, 240-pound frame. As a prep junior, he had an ankle injury that prompted many of the larger schools recruiting him to hesitate, while Kennesaw State kept after him. He reciprocated their loyalty and finally was having a breakout season as a junior, after several fits and starts. Heckathorn has raw stuff on par with anyone in the draft class, even Stephen Strasburg. He runs his fastball up to 99 mph as a starter, sitting in the 94-97 range into the eighth inning against Jacksonville in a May start. His slider can be similarly lethal, sometimes turning into a true cutter at 91-93 mph, other times getting decent depth in the 85-88 mph range. He doesn't throw much that's soft and actually throws too many strikes; he hasn't yet learned how to set up hitters to chase his slider or heater out of the zone when ahead in the count. Heckathorn's quick (two outing) departure from the Cape Cod League last summer raised some red flags for teams, as has his lack of consistent dominance in the Atlantic Sun. His command also is not what it should be. Most clubs consider Heckathorn, who has a short, quick arm action, a likely reliever as a pro, as a better (they hope) version of Kyle Farnsworth.
1s 49 Pittsburgh Pirates Vic Black Dallas Baptist Texas $717,000
Black may have cemented his status as Texas' top college prospect when he outpitched two of his main challengers, Texas A&M's Brook Raley and Alex Wilson, in front of a crowd of scouts in late April. Black allowed just one hit in the first six innings before tiring, topping out at 96 mph and sitting at 92-94. His fastball is pretty straight because he throws from a high three-quarters slot, and his control sometimes deserts him, but he has pitched in the mid-90s throughout the season. Black has improved his mechanics and command significantly from a year ago, when he struggled mightily at Dallas Baptist (1-6, 4.97) and in the Cape Cod League (0-4, 7.01). He had a good curveball as a freshman but lost it in 2008, and he now throws a slider. It has good tilt when he stays balanced over the rubber, and it was sharp against the Aggies.His changeup has been more effective this year, but it will require work in pro ball. His 6-foot-4, 204-pound frame is built for durability. The velocity and progress Black has shown this season could carry him into the end of the first round.
2 53 Pittsburgh Pirates Brooks Pounders Temecula (Calif.) Valley HS Calif. $670,000
Among California preps, Temecula Valley High righthander Brooks Pounders has split scouts more than any other player. Pounders' father Brad was a star at UC Riverside and played in the Padres farm system in the 1980s. Brooks is a jumbo-sized 6-foot-5, 240-pounder, who despite his intimidating size is not a fireballer. Instead, he has a feel for four pitches and advanced secondary stuff. His fastball ranges from 88-90 mph, peaking at 91. He throws both a tight curveball and hard slider, both of which have plus potential, and rounds out his repertoire with a changeup. Pounders' frame is not projectable, so he doesn't figure to throw much harder in the future. His fastball is fairly straight, and his command can be inconsistent. Those factors may combine to depress Pounder's draft position, and if he slides he'll end up at Southern California.
2 60 Arizona Diamondbacks Eric Smith Rhode Island R.I. $605,700
Smith has made great strides in three years since arriving at Rhode Island as a raw, immature freshman with mechanical issues and an 85-87 mph fastball. He worked mostly in relief in 2007, then showed a glimmer of his potential that summer in the Atlantic Collegiate League, where he ranked as the No. 7 prospect. He broke out this spring, opening eyes with eight shutout innings in a win against Miami in early March, followed by a strong performance against Cal State Fullerton when he allowed three runs over 6 2/3 innings. Smith now pitches with an 89-93 mph fastball with power sink that he commands at the knees. He adds and subtracts with his slider, sometimes throwing it in the 84-86 mph range, and the pitch can be average or even plus at times, though it remains a bit inconsistent. He also flashes a solid-average changeup and is improving his feel for the pitch. He drops in a curveball occasionally as a show pitch, particularly for a back-door strike against lefties. Smith is a fierce competitor with a physical 6-foot-3, 213-pound build, and he has the best feel for pitching in the Northeast. He's a safe bet to go in the top three rounds, with a chance to go in the top two.
2 65 Los Angeles Dodgers Garrett Gould Maize (Kan.) HS Kan. $900,000
Gould just keeps getting better and was quickly pitching his way into the first round. He was the Kansas 6-A pitcher of the year in 2008, when he broke big leaguer Nate Robertson's Maize High record with 95 strikeouts in 57 innings. He won MVP honors at the World Wood Bat Association championship last October, beating Shelby Miller in the quarterfinals and allowing just one hit and one walk while fanning 18 in eight shutout innings. After adding strength in the offseason, Gould has taken his fastball from 88-91 mph in 2008 to 91-94 mph this spring--and it's not even his best pitch. He has one of the best curves among this draft's high schoolers, a power breaker he delivers from a high three-quarters arm slot. He also dabbles with a changeup. Some scouts worry a little about effort in his mechanics, while others like how he stays tall and gets good extension out front. Gould is a quality 6-foot-4, 200-pound athlete who starred as a quarterback in football and as a forward in basketball before deciding to focus on baseball as a senior. He plays the outfield when he's not pitching and has enough righthanded power to play both ways for Wichita State should he attend college. But he'll probably go too high in the draft for that to happen.
2 66 Florida Marlins Bryan Berglund Royal HS, Simi Valley, Calif. Calif. $572,500
Berglund was little known until a local all-star game last December, when he enjoyed a breakout performance and rocketed up draft boards. Berglund is a Swedish citizen who has picked up the American national pastime. His fastball sits in the 90-92 mph range, and his secondary pitches well developed for a prep pitcher. His slider has the makings of a plus pitch, but his best current offering is his changeup, which shows both deception and late drop. Berglund's velocity takes tails off as he progresses through a game, slipping down to 86-87 mph by the third or fourth inning, and he leans too much on his fastball, two problems that should be solved by simple maturity and development. Berglund's projectable 6-foot-4 build, with his three legitimate pitches, make him attractive enough that he probably won't follow through on his commitment to Loyola Marymount.
2 69 Houston Astros Tanner Bushue South Central HS, Farina, Ill. Ill. $530,000
A sprained right knee that didn't require surgery caused Bushue to miss most of his junior season and the summer showcase circuit in 2008, severely limiting his exposure. Now that he's healthy again, he has vaulted past lefthanders Ian Krol (Neuqua Valley HS, Naperville) and Jerad Grundy (Johnsburg HS) as the best prep prospect--and perhaps the top draft pick--in Illinois this spring. An all-area basketball player who averaged 18.2 points per game as a senior, Bushue is just beginning to realize his potential on the diamond. An extremely athletic 6-foot-4, 180-pounder, he repeats his delivery well and throws with little effort. That allows him to maintain his 88-90 mph fastball into the late innings, and he can reach 93 mph with the promise of more to come. Bushue's curveball is a solid-average pitch, though he needs to use it more often, and he also messes around with a slider. He hasn't made much progress with a changeup, a pitch he'll need to remain a starter at higher levels. He has signed with John A. Logan (Ill.) CC rather than a four-year school and should be signable in the first 10 rounds. A team that believes in his upside could pop Bushue as early as the fourth round.
2 70 Minnesota Twins Billy Bullock Florida Fla. $522,000
A 20th-round pick out of high school, Bullock has been a similar pitcher in college to what he was as a prep. For most of his career, he didn't maximize the leverage his 6-foot-6 frame provides, and his velocity was inconsistent, whether he was starting (as he did once this spring, at Arkansas) or in a relief role. However, Bullock has taken off in a relief role and become the top draft-eligible bullpen arm in the Southeastern Conference. Bullock was at his best when Florida swept Georgia in Athens, hitting 97 mph several times with his fastball. He also held his velocity in pitching in all three games of that series. While scouts have considered him a tease due to his inconsistency, Bullock has pitched more consistently as a closer. His breaking ball has evolved from a curveball to a slider, and at times it reaches 83 mph with tilt. Bullock still tends to leave his fastball up at times, leading to five home runs allowed in 40 innings, and could pitch downhill more frequently with refinements to his delivery. Despite lashing ability for a changeup in the past, Bullock seems to have taken to the closer role, emphasizing power over touch.
2 77 Boston Red Sox Alex Wilson Texas A&M Texas $470,700
Wilson projected as a possible first-round pick before he blew out his elbow in the Cape Cod League in the summer of 2007, shortly before he transferred from Winthrop to Texas A&M. He redshirted with the Aggies last spring, though he did reach 94 mph in bullpen workouts that attracted a number of scouts. The Cubs took a flier on him in the 10th round last June and followed him when he returned to the Cape in the summer. Chicago reportedly offered him $600,000 to sign but he was looking for $1.5 million. Wilson looked to be in line for that kind of bonus when he opened this season with a 91-95 mph fastball and a true slider, but his stuff slacked off later in the spring and didn't pick up when Texas A&M moved him to the bullpen. By May, his fastball had flattened out and was down to 88-91 mph and his breaking ball had become slurvy. In his final chance to impress scouts, he got pounded by Oregon State in the opening round of the NCAA Division I regionals. Wilson is mainly a two-pitch pitcher, so he projects as a reliever in pro ball. His control has been sharp (105-18 K-BB ratio in 75 innings) for a pitcher in his first season back after elbow reconstruction. He figures to be a second-round pick at this point, though he's believed to be looking for a seven-figure bonus as a 22-year-old junior.
3 81 Washington Nationals Trevor Holder Georgia Ga. $200,000
Holder was a 10th-round pick last season and should go in about the same range this June. He allowed 19 home runs in 92 innings as he failed to harness his improved velocity. Holder's fastball touched 95 and sat in the 91-94 mph range for much of the spring, but it's straight as an arrow at that speed, and hitters seemed to be running to the bat rack rather than being intimidated by the velocity. He has more movement when he throws it 88-91 mph, setting up a solid slurvy breaking ball and fringy changeup. Reliever Jeff Walters has a pro body at 6-foot-3, 192 pounds, and pro pitches with a 90-92 mph fastball and solid-average slider. A 30th-round pick last year out of St. Petersburg (Fla.) JC, his changeup has its moments and could help him start in pro ball. He lacks command of his stuff, and no pitch or trait separates him from the pack.
3 83 San Diego Padres Jerry Sullivan Oral Roberts Okla. $430,200
Sullivan has won all-conference honors and led Oral Roberts to the Summit League regular-season and tournament championships in each of his three college seasons, but coaches and scouts think he may just be scratching the surface of his potential. A top high school prospect for the 2006 draft before Tommy John surgery in November 2005 caused him to miss his senior season, Sullivan offers a nice combination of present stuff and future projection. His fastball sits in low 90s and touches 94 mph, and he does a good job of using his 6-foot-4, 220-pound frame to throw it downhill. His heater also features armside run, and he usually commands it well. He's still working on the consistency of his secondary pitches. When he's at his best, his slider is a slightly above-average pitch and his changeup is a plus offering. A strong, well-conditioned athlete, he repeats his delivery well and throws strikes. Sullivan, who has pitched well in two summers in the Cape Cod League, slumped slightly as a sophomore before bouncing back this spring. A potential No. 3 starter in the majors, he figures to get drafted between the third and fifth rounds.
3 87 Atlanta Braves David Hale Princeton N.J. $405,000
A premium athlete with a prototype pitcher's frame (6-foot-2, 195 pounds) and a lightning-quick arm, Hale has split time between pitching and playing center field in three years at Princeton, and many scouts believe he could take off once he starts concentrating on pitching full-time in pro ball. The biggest knock on Hale is that he has never dominated in the Ivy League--he went 2-3, 4.43 with 47 strikeouts and 24 walks in 41 innings this spring--or in the Cape Cod League, but his power stuff is undeniable. Hale helped himself considerably in his final outing of the season in front of a bevy of scouts, holding his 92-93 mph fastball velocity into the sixth inning and regularly reaching 95-96. He has topped out at 97 this year and pitches with minimal effort, but some scouts say his fastball is flat and easy to pick up. At times he'll flash a plus slider in the 84-86 range, reaching 88, but other times the pitch is sweeping and he struggled to command it. Hale still needs to learn to command his stuff in the strike zone, and questions about his ability to do so lead many scouts to project him as a reliever, though he'll show some feel for a changeup every once in a while.
3 94 Cleveland Indians Joe Gardner UC Santa Barbara Calif. $363,000
Gardner first gained traction as a draft prospect with an excellent showing in Alaska last summer. A tall and lanky 6-foot-5, 220 pounds with a near sidearm delivery, Gardner is somewhat reminiscent of Tyson Ross, drafted last year out of Cal. His best pitch is his 91-93 mph fastball, which has natural heavy sinking action. His secondary pitches lag behind. He has some sink on his changeup but has trouble locating the pitch, and his curveball and slider have been mostly flat and rarely find the strike zone. Mechanics are also a concern with Gardner, who has a tendency to open up his front side too quickly and then land on a stiff front leg. If he improves his mechanics and secondary stuff, he could easily profile as a middle-of-the-rotation starter, though many scouts feel he fits best as a reliever, able to use his nasty sinker to induce groundballs.
3 96 Los Angeles Dodgers Brett Wallach Orange Coast (Calif.) CC Calif. $351,900
Wallach is the son of Tim Wallach, a 1979 first-round draft pick who was a longtime major leaguer with the Expos and Dodgers. Brett possesses a nearly ideal frame for a pitcher; at 6-foot-3 he's lanky and projectable. Right now his fastball ranges from 88-89 mph, and his body promises more velocity in the future. His secondary pitches are excellent. Wallach features a slurve, which when thrown well has quick and late break. His changeup is his best pitch, showing sudden late drop while thrown with the same arm speed as his fastball. He has a smooth delivery, and his fluid arm action permits the ball to leave his hand easily. Wallach presents scouts with a complete package. He combines a big league lineage, projectable frame, smooth delivery, and an excellent feel for three pitches.
3 98 St. Louis Cardinals Joe Kelly UC Riverside Calif. $341,000
Plagued by shoulder trouble early in his college career, Kelly has emerged as one of the nation's top college closers in 2009. At 6-foot-1, he doesn't fit the classic image of the physically intimidating closer, but his stuff is plenty big. In fall ball Kelly flashed a fastball that ranged from 93-96 mph, with wicked natural sink, and he maintained his stuff in the spring and now regularly clocks in at 94-97. Strictly a short relief man, Kelly is an aggressive hurler who wants the ball in pressure situations. He had nine saves this spring for the Highlanders, with 18 strikeouts against five walks in 25 innings, though his 5.33 ERA wasn't impressive. In his delivery, Kelly is reminiscent of Brett Hunter, chosen last year out of Pepperdine, with a high-effort delivery from a low three-quarters arm slot, and he falls off to his left after delivery. Most pitchers begin their pro careers as starters and are then converted to relievers, but Kelly figures to be a closer from the opening bell. His stuff may help him rush through the minors as quickly as any pitcher in the draft class.
3 99 Toronto Blue Jays Jake Barrett Desert Ridge HS, Mesa, Ariz. Ariz.
A horse at 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds, Barrett made the showcase rounds last summer and fall, first with Team USA, then to the Area Code Games and then down to Jupiter, Fla. for the World Wood Bat Tournament with the Rays scout team. Despite pitching nearly year-round, he hasn't showed signs of slowing up this spring. The Arizona State recruit has pitched at 90-92 mph with his fastball and can dial it up to 94, leading his team to a 5-A-II state championship. It's a heavy fastball and Barrett is aggressive on the mound. He has tightened up his curveball that he throws in the upper 70s, and he can throw it for strikes. He hasn't needed a changeup much as an amateur, but it has the potential to be an average pitch as it continues to develop. Barrett is a hard worker who has gotten into better shape this spring.
3 101 Minnesota Twins Ben Tootle Jacksonville State Ala. $324,900
Tootle fits in with other small-college high draft picks such as Kyle Heckathorn, Rex Brothers and Chad Jenkins who gained more experience by going to smaller schools and earning rotation time as freshmen. Tootle threw 174 innings his first two seasons at Jacksonville State and shined last summer in the Cape Cod League, where he ranked as the league's No. 4 prospect. He showed a 94-98 mph fastball last summer and similar velocity at times this spring. He's a hard worker and long-toss fan with a quick arm who holds his above-average velocity deep into games when he's physically right. Tootle missed about a month with a stomach virus that caused him to lose more than 10 pounds. In his first two outings after his time off, his velocity was down, but he was brilliant for four innings against Tennessee Tech, sitting 92-96 mph before he tired in the fifth inning.Tootle's secondary stuff remains in question as does the life on his fastball. He throws a hard slider that grades out as average and a changeup as well, though it's below-average. Most scouts consider Tootle a better bet to relieve despite his ability to throw hard for seven innings, as he showed when the last pitch of his seven-inning complete game against Austin Peay was 98 mph. His draft status might hinge on how he finishes and how well teams saw him last summer. He won't go in the first round as he might have right after last summer's performance, but he shouldn't be far behind his small-school brethren.
4 112 Washington Nationals A.J. Morris Kansas State Kan. $270,000
Morris has been one of the biggest surprises of the college season, setting Kansas State single-season records for wins (14) and strikeouts (100 in 116 innings). He handed Arizona State's Mike Leake his only loss of the season, and would have dealt Missouri's Kyle Gibson a defeat if the Wildcats' bullpen hadn't blown a lead for him. It has been a far cry from his 4-4, 6.04 performance as a sophomore. Morris has dominated with just two pitches, a 90-91 mph fastball that tops out at 94 and a solid slider. He locates both with precision, usually on the corners and at the knees, and his command allows them both to play above their average grades. Morris is throwing from a lower arm slot this year, giving him more lateral life on his pitches, and he has scrapped an ineffective curveball. Hitters have trouble picking up his pitches. He also has added 15 pounds and now carries 200 on his 6-foot-2 frame. Morris hasn't needed a changeup and some area scouts say they haven't even see him throw one while warming up between innings. His emergence began in the West Coast League last summer, and some clubs tried to sign him as a free agent after he went undrafted last June as a sophomore-eligible. Some scouts worry about his size, arm action and lack of a third pitch, but a team that believes heavily in performance could take him early in the second round.
4 114 San Diego Padres Keyvius Sampson Forest HS, Ocala, Fla. Fla. $600,000
Florida State's top recruit, Sampson would bring the Seminoles a dynamic arm the program has lacked in recent years, if he gets to school. That's not likely, as his lithe, athletic frame and power arm have attracted scouts' interest for the last two years. Sampson has overcome off-field problem, including the death of his mother, to become one of the top arms in the state of Florida, which will be the top producer of talent in this year's draft after California. He reminds some scouts of Edwin Jackson as an African-American pitcher with athleticism and a quick arm that produces above-average velocity. He's touched 95-96 as the season has gone on, showing stronger stuff to go with a power breaking ball. He's shown feel for a changeup as well and has good present control and projects to have average future command thanks to his athleticism. He tends to vary his arm slot more than he should depending on the pitch and needs to become more consistent to make projections of average command come through. Clubs that believe in the arm and athleticism won't let him get through the first two rounds.
4 116 Baltimore Orioles Randy Henry South Mountain (Ariz.) CC Ariz. $365,000
Hailing from Arnett, Okla., Henry was slated to attend Texas Tech after high school. But he blew out his elbow, missed his senior season after having Tommy John surgery and ended up at South Mountain (Ariz.) CC. He's played second base for the Cougars this year, but his future is likely on the mound. At 6-foot-3, Henry has clean mechanics from a three-quarter arm slot. Just 18 months removed from surgery, head coach Todd Eastin gave Henry a very soft landing this year, allowing him to pitch out of the bullpen. Over nine games, Henry pitched just 11 innings this season. Because of his limited time on the mound this year, Henry has been tough to see, but those that have seen him walked away impressed. His fastball has shown good life, sitting at 90 mph every time out and even touching 94-96 late in the year. While Henry threw mostly fastballs and changeups this year, when he regained the confidence to throw a breaking ball, scouts said it was an above-average pitch with great tilt and snap.
4 117 San Francisco Giants Jason Stoffel Arizona Ariz. $254,700
The 6-foot-1, 225-pound Stoffel looked like a no-doubt first-rounder entering the season, and while he still flashes a fastball that sits 93-95 mph and a slider that can be unhittable, he has been inconsistent. His fastball and slider have straightened out and lost a few ticks at times this season, and his numbers this season aren't those of a dominant reliever. But Stoffel became Arizona's career saves leader this season with 26 and counting, passing Mark Melancon. Scouts who have seen him good put Stoffel in the same class as Arizona's first-round pitchers from last season, Ryan Perry and Daniel Schlereth. He's a fierce competitor but falls into the trap of many relievers in pitching to the situation. He pitches better in close games, and can lose focus when he comes in with a cushion. Some question Stoffel's decision to pass on pitching in the Cape Cod League or for Team USA the past two summers.
4 124 Texas Rangers Andrew Doyle Oklahoma Okla. $234,000
Doyle has solid stuff and a craftsman's approach to pitching. The 6-foot-3, 210-pounder has the arm strength to dial a four-seam fastball up to 93-94 mph when needed, but he prefers to throw 89-91 mph two-seamers on the corners, allowing their sink to create groundouts. His slider isn't a swing-and-miss pitch but it is an out pitch, generating off-balance swings and more groundouts. His changeup gives him a third pitch that induces weak contact. Doyle has an easy delivery and is always around the plate. He doesn't have the sexiest arsenal, especially compared to flamethrowing but erratic teammate Garrett Richards, but Doyle does have 17 wins in two seasons in Oklahoma's rotation. He projects as a possible third-round pick and potential No. 3 starter in the big leagues.
4 128 Florida Marlins Dan Mahoney Connecticut Conn. $222,300
Connecticut righthander Dan Mahoney is the clear-cut No. 2 prospect in lower New England behind Eric Smith, but scouts have been exasperated all spring by how difficult he has been to see, as the Huskies use him in a middle relief role. A 16th-round pick by the Yankees out of Cushing Academy in Ashburnham, Mass., in 2007, Mahoney dominated as a closer in the New England Collegiate League last summer, ranking as the circuit's No. 2 prospect. He has a projectable 6-foot-4, 204-pound frame and a quick arm that produces fastballs up to 94 mph, though the pitch can be flat. He also flashes an above-average 76-78 mph curveball with sharp 11-to-5 break and an average or slightly better changeup. Sometimes he impresses scouts with his aggressive approach, but other times he's tentative and struggles with his command. There are questions about Mahoney's delivery, as he has a wrist wrap and often struggles to repeat his release point. A club that managed to get a few good looks at Mahoney could take him in the top six rounds, and he is believed to be signable as a draft-eligible sophomore.
4 129 St. Louis Cardinals Scott Bittle Mississippi Miss. $75,000
Ole Miss also has passed the Bulldogs in terms of pro talent, such as Scott Bittle. The 6-foot-2, 185-pounder was a first-team All-American a year ago and when he's healthy, he has one of the best pitches in the draft. He attacks hitters with a ferocious cutter in the 84-86 mph range, and should saw of plenty of bats in pro ball with the pitch. It has amazing depth for a cut fastball as well. His fastball can reach 92 mph in shorter stints, though he pitches in the upper 80s with sink as a starter. His changeup also has become an average pitch. Bittle's medical history makes it impossible to know where he'll be drafted. He redshirted in 2006 at Northeast Texas CC because of rotator cuff tendinitis, so his shoulder has been an issue--either keeping him off the mound or keeping him from signing in the draft--three times in the last five years.
4 131 Houston Astros B.J. Hyatt South Carolina-Sumter JC S.C. $200,000
Hyatt, physical and projectable at 6-foot-4, 205 pounds, is considered a raw power arm. He worked as both a starter and as a reliever for USC-Sumter JC but posted a 7.24 ERA in the spring. He was committed to transfer to Kennesaw State, but the athletic righthander flashed mid-90s velocity in a predraft workout with the Astros.
4 133 Chicago White Sox Matt Heidenreich Temescal Canyon HS, Lake Elsinore, Calif. Calif. $200,000
Tall and projectable at 6-foot-6 and 200 pounds, Heidenreich fires a fastball in the high 80s and low 90s, and he reportedly has touched 95 mph. He's raw mechanically and his secondary offerings need substantial development
4 135 New York Yankees Adam Warren North Carolina N.C. $195,000
North Carolina righthander Adam Warren wasn't considered on the same level as other Tar Heels pitcher as a prospect, but the 6-foot-2, 200-pounder had a breakout senior season and was the team's most consistent pitcher. He was 29-4 over the last three seasons entering super regional play, and his stuff took a step forward this spring. Warren figures to go in a single-digit round after improving the velocity on his four-seam fastball and honing his command. He was hitting 94 mph late in the season and sitting 88-92. He has added a two-seam fastball and cutter over the years to go with his solid-average changeup. He throws a slow, early-count curveball, and his inability to spin a better breaking ball is his biggest limitation.
4 136 Milwaukee Brewers Brooks Hall Hanna HS, Anderson, S.C. S.C. $700,000
Like Mississippi signee and top prep prospect David Renfroe, Hall would be an impact college player as a two-way option. He's a power bat at third base, though he lacks Renfroe's easy actions and feel for defense. He's much less of a prospect as a hitter than as a pitcher, where Hall was gaining some steam, especially after throwing a perfect game in March. Hall has good size and at times stays tall and uses his 6-foot-5 frame to his benefit, driving an 88-92 mph fastball down in the strike zone. At his best, he hit some 94s, and he also showed the ability to spin a power slider that could be a plus pitch. His frame has projection as well. His early helium peaked when he matched up with Mauldin High and righthander Madison Younginer, the top prospect in the Palmetto State, and Younginer won the matchup hands-down. Hall was limited in April to just hitting due to an biceps tendinitis injury, and scouts were starting to back off him considering his South Carolina commitment and bonus demands.
5 143 Seattle Mariners Tyler Blandford Oklahoma State Okla. $325,000
Blandford easily had the best stuff and worst control on a deep Oklahoma State staff that underachieved this season as the Cowboys couldn't even qualify for the Big 12 tournament. He's similar to Garrett Richards of archrival Oklahoma, with a 6-foot-2, 215-pound build, power stuff and little idea how to locate it. His 93-95 mph fastball and his hard slider are both swing-and-miss pitches when they're close enough to the strike zone. He can reach 97 with his fastball, though it's fairly straight. The bite on is slider is inconsistent, and he's working on a changeup but must command his heater better to set it up. Blandford's control has gotten worse in each of his three seasons at Oklahoma State. His best outing of the year was a two-hitter against Oklahoma and Richards in which Blandford struck out a career-high 12 batters--and required 166 pitches to get 25 outs. On stuff alone, he wouldn't last past the second round. He'll probably last at least two rounds longer, and he profiles better as a reliever than as a starter in pro ball.
5 148 Atlanta Braves Thomas Berryhill Newberry (S.C.) S.C. $160,000
The top small-college players in the state are both smallish righthanders. Division II Newberry closer Thomas Berryhill hits 95 mph with his fastball out of the bullpen and has solid athleticism. He didn't quite dominate Division II competition but could still fit in the first 15 rounds and will be a summer follow, as he's already reported to play for Davey Johnson on a team in the Florida Collegiate Summer League.
5 149 Cincinnati Reds Daniel Tuttle Randleman (N.C.) HS N.C. $200,000
Tuttle overcame injuries from a severe car accident when he was 12 to become an Aflac All-American last summer. The 6-foot-2, 195-pounder plays shortstop and pitches in relief for his high school, and North Carolina State had signed him to perform a dual role for the Wolfpack. But a velocity jump this spring has Tuttle's college career in doubt, as he's likely headed for the first six rounds of the draft. Scouts have mixed feelings on Tuttle, who does a lot of things wrong in his delivery but delivers the goods nonetheless. Using a slinger's low-three-quarters arm angle, Tuttle throws across his body and lands on a stiff front leg. For some clubs, all of those are red flags. Tuttle still generates premium velocity and an attractive, sweeping slider despite (or because) of it all. His fastball sat in the 90-93 mph range with good sink this spring, and at times he ran it up as high as 96-97 mph, with plenty of 94-95s as well. His slider occasionally has depth as well, though more often it's a sweepy chase pitch rather than a plus offering. He has shown a slow curve and changeup as well but both are below-average. He's a power arm signable in the first seven rounds.
5 152 Kansas City Royals Louis Coleman Louisiana State La. $100,000
One of the best college seniors in the 2009 draft, Coleman has starred in three of his four seasons at Louisiana State, though he went from starting on Friday nights as a freshman to scuffling in the bullpen as a sophomore. Things got so bad in 2007 that the Tigers tried to convert him into a sidearmer at the end of the season, but he got back on track when he returned to a low three-quarters slot early in 2008. He has gone 21-3 the last two seasons and was named the Southeastern Conference's 2009 pitcher of the year after taking an 13-2, 2.76 record with 124 strikeouts in 114 innings into the College World Series. His fastball usually sits at 88-92 mph with good run and sink, and he has touched 95 as a reliever. When he stays on top of his slider, it's a solid pitch. Hitters have trouble picking up his pitches because he throws across his body and has a low arm angle. He throws quality strikes and competes. The 6-foot-4, 190-pounder has served as both as starter and reliever for LSU. He projects in the latter role as a pro because he works primarily with two pitches and has a resilient arm, and he should move fast as a reliever. Coleman has been drafted twice previously, in the 28th round out of high school by the Braves and in the 14th round last June by the Nationals.
5 154 Texas Rangers Nick McBride Ragsdale HS, Jamestown, N.C. N.C. $325,000
McBride, an East Carolina recruit, showed an average (87-90 mph) fastball and mid-70s slider at his best this spring, coupled with a projectable 6-foot-4, 180-pound frame.
5 155 Cleveland Indians Austin Adams Faulkner (Ala.) Ala. $70,000
Adams could be the top prospect in NAIA this spring after lefthander Ashur Tolliver of Oklahoma City. He's shown a premium arm for several years at Faulkner, which retained him as a recruit even after Auburn offered him late in his senior season. Adams was drafted as a shortstop in 2008 as a 27th-round pick but he didn't sign and came back to school as a senior. He hit .389 with 14 home runs this spring, is an above-average runner with 4.05-second times to first base from the right side and has solid infield actions, with a chance to stay at shortstop as a pro. With all that, he'll be drafted as a pitcher. After relieving much of his career, Adams has moved into more of a starting role this spring and maintained the premium velocity he'd flashed in the bullpen. After hitting 95 last year, Adams topped out at 98 mph this spring and pitched at 91-96 mph, even as a starter, and showed the quick arm and athleticism to maintain that velo deep into games. He also throws a curveball and changeup, though scouts prefer the curve, a power breaker in the lower 80s. It has plus potential if he can improve his command. Lacking experience as a pitcher, Adams has plenty of refinements to make. His stuff tends to flatten out the harder he throws, helping explain how a NAIA pitcher with his velocity and breaking ball can go 5-2, 5.83 with ratios of just 8.16 strikeouts per nine innings.
5 163 Chicago White Sox Kyle Bellamy Miami Fla. $147,500
Bellamy was a first-team all-conference choice in the Atlantic Coast Conference and was a key reason that Miami--unranked in the preseason--overachieved and finished in the ACC's top five teams. The Hurricanes have a long history of tremendous relievers, dating back to the Ron Fraser era (Rick Raether was the MOP of the 1985 College World Series) and enhanced during Jim Morris' Miami tenure, from Danny Graves and Jay Tessmer to George Huguet and 2008 first-rounder Carlos Gutierrez. Bellamy could work out better than Tessmer and Huguet thanks to a heavy, sinking fastball that is his trademark. When he's fresh, Bellamy works at 88-91 mph; he loses velocity when he works on back-to-back days, sometimes dipping into the 84-87 range. Bellamy's success as a pro will hinge on improved fastball command and improved consistency with his frisbee slider, which lacks depth and power.
5 164 New York Mets Damien Magnifico North Mesquite HS, Mesquite, Texas Texas
Another raw righthander drawing interest is Damien Magnifico, who has touched 94-95 mph. Though he's just 6-foot-1 and 190 pounds, he generates his velocity mostly with a quick arm rather than effort. Magnifico's fastball is fairly straight, and his curveball and command are quite raw, so he's still a work in progress. Though he hasn't committed to a four-year school and is ticketed for Howard JC, he'll be unsignable if reports that he wants a seven-figure bonus are true.
5 165 New York Yankees Caleb Cotham Vanderbilt Tenn. $675,000
Vanderbilt also had a disappointing season, though the Commodores at least made NCAA regionals. No pitchers after Minor stepped forward, though sophomore-eligible righthander Caleb Cotham showed flashes. He was a sinker-slider pitcher most of the time and missed time due to knee soreness. He came back working in more of a relief role and showed a plus slider at times out of the bullpen. He works off the slider and his 88-92 mph fastball with decent sink, though for many starts his velo was in the 87-88 range. Cotham throws a curveball and changeup as well, but he rarely has all four pitches working. That accounted for his 14 home runs allowed in 70 innings.
6 174 San Diego Padres James Needy Santana HS, Santee, Calif. Calif. $298,000
Tall, lanky and projectable at 6'6" and 195 pounds, the right handed Needy has long been a scout ball and showcase regular in Southern California. Despite a bit of funkiness in his arm action and delivery, Needy fires a fastball that sits from the high 80's to the low 90's, peaking at about 92. His curve is a bit inconsistent, but exhibits nice break and dip. Needy can add and subtract on that pitch, ranging from 75 to 82. Needy resembles Jon Garland a shade, and the club drafting him will, in all likelihood, be patient in developing Needy as a starter.
6 175 Pittsburgh Pirates Zack Von Rosenberg Zachary (La.) HS La. $1,200,000
Von Rosenberg doesn't light up radar guns like fellow Louisiana high school righthander Brody Colvin, but he's a much more polished pitcher with an exceptional track record of winning at the prep level. Von Rosenberg won state championships and pitched the clincher in each of his four seasons, a 5-A title at Barbe in 2006 and 4-A titles at Zachary the last three years. He has advanced command of three solid pitches: an 88-91 mph fastball with good life, a curveball with nice depth and a changeup with deception. He has a 6-foot-5, 205-pound frame and a clean delivery, so his velocity should increase, especially when he stops playing shortstop when he's not pitching. He did work in the low 90s more regularly late in the spring, and some area scouts prefer him to Colvin. Both players have scholarships from Louisiana State that they'll likely turn down when they go in the first two rounds of the draft.
6 177 San Francisco Giants Matt Graham Oak Ridge HS, Spring, Texas Texas $500,000
Texas area scouts still haven't figured Graham out. He excited them when he emerged as a potential first-rounder in the summer and fall before his junior season, but he has had a Jekyll-and-Hyde ride since. His velocity plunged to the mid-80s at the start of last summer, though it had crept up to the low 90s by the end of the showcase circuit. This spring, Graham has had outings where his fastball has sat at 86-88 mph and others where it has parked at 90-93 mph. He'll mix a power curveball with some ineffective breaking balls, and he's show the makings of an effective changeup but doesn't use it often enough. Graham has an athletic 6-foot-3, 195-pound frame but he throws with a herky-jerky delivery that contains a lot of effort. He needs to clean up and repeat his mechanics, and to improve control that's as inconsistent as his stuff. Graham has committed to North Carolina but may be signable if drafted in the first five rounds.
6 178 Atlanta Braves Ryan Woolley Alabama-Birmingham Ala.
6 179 Cincinnati Reds Mark Serrano Oral Roberts Okla. $25,000
Righthander Mark Serrano spent his first two college seasons at Cypress (Calif.) JC and his third as a swingman at Oral Roberts, going undrafted each time. He broke out as a senior in 2009, winning Summit League player and pitcher of the year honors. Serrano, who didn't move into the Golden Eagles' rotation until late March, ranked second in NCAA Division I in strikeouts per nine innings (13.8) and fifth in strikeouts (132). The 6-foot-1, 195-pounder sets up hitters with an 88-92 mph fastball and fans them with a nasty slider. His changeup, which he throws with a palmball grip, is also an effective pitch.
6 181 Colorado Rockies Chris Balcom-Miller West Valley (Calif.) JC Calif. $125,000
Drafted by the Royals in the 35th round in 2008, Balcom-Miller has an impressive frame and excellent stuff. His low-90s fastball and plus changeup enabled him to strike out 106 batters in 83 innings in 2009. His slider regressed as his changeup took charge, but he has shown the ability to spin one in the past. A Lewis-Clark State signee, his fine season may entice a ballclub to draw him away from his college commitment.
6 182 Kansas City Royals Cole White New Mexico N.M. $100,000
Like Washington's Brian Pearl, White is another third baseman that found success in short stints after moving to the mound. White came to New Mexico via Paris (Texas) JC, where he was a 30th-round selection by the Cubs last year. His fastball was consistently between 92-93 mph this spring, but he touched 95 on multiple occasions. White--who also co-wrote a song submitted for Grammy consideration--has improved his control throughout the year, but needs to clean up the moving parts in his delivery to continue that refinement. His 83-84 mph slider is a little flat at this point, mostly sweeping across the plate and not getting the two-plane break scouts look for. As a reliever in New Mexico, he's been a tough player to crosscheck, which could affect where he goes in the draft. He'll likely join a minor league starting rotation to get more experience, but profiles as a reliever.
6 186 Arizona Diamondbacks Bradin Hagens Merced (Calif.) JC Calif. $125,000
A 6-foot-1, 180-pound righthander, Hagens is looking to improve on his draft position from 2008, when the Royals selected him in the 37th round. Hagens enjoyed a fine 2009 season, going 9-1, 3.77 with 87 strikeouts in 88 innings. He profiles as a reliever in pro ball, a role in which he could focus primarily on his low-90s fastball and solid slider.
6 193 Chicago White Sox Justin Collop Toledo Ohio $122,500
In a major upset, righthander Justin Collop moved past Kent State's Kyle Smith and Brad Stillings as the state's best pitching prospect--despite posting a career-worst 6.51 ERA as a junior. Collop, who came to Toledo on an academic scholarship, has seen his stuff steadily improve over the last three seasons. An athletic 6-foot-2, 177-pounder with a fast arm, he has three legitimate pitches when he's on. His fastball usually sits at 88-92 mph and touches 94, and his slider and splitter both have their moments. He lost the command of his secondary pitches in the second half of the season and got pounded.
6 194 New York Mets David Buchanan Chipola (Fla.) JC Fla.
Teammate David Buchanan, a righthander, has a much bigger arm, running his four-seam fastball up to 96 mph and sitting at 90-94. He lacks control due to a poor delivery, but his arm works well and he has athleticism so he could smooth things out. At times his curveball gives him a second plus pitch. He works hard but has to learn to get people out, rather than pitching for the radar gun and scouts.
6 196 Milwaukee Brewers Hiram Burgos Bethune-Cookman Fla. $15,000
Bethune-Cookman ace Hiram Burgos has been a steady three-pitch righthander with three average pitches for three seasons for the Wildcats and improved his stock with a shutout win at Miami this spring. He touches 92 mph with his fastball and competes.
6 197 Philadelphia Phillies Steven Inch Vauxhall Academy, Edmonton Alberta $300,000
Righthander Steven Inch came on strong as the draft drew closer and is Canada's second-best prospect. The 6-foot-4, 195-pounder throws in the mid- to upper 80s and really knows how to pitch. He fills up the strike zone, has a feel for a breaking ball and does everything effortlessly. He's committed to Kentucky and could be a tough sign.
6 198 Boston Red Sox Branden Kline Johnson HS, Frederick, Md. Md.
Righthander Branden Kline could be the second straight top prospect from the Mid-Atlantic to head to Virginia, following lefthander Danny Hultzen. He has a good pitcher's body at 6-foot-3, 185 pounds with room for projection. His fastball is 88-93 mph now and he shows a feel for a breaking ball. He also shows more polish that most high school pitchers. Teams have asked if Kline would sign out of the first five rounds, but he has shown little interest in forgoing college.
6 199 Tampa Bay Rays Devin Fuller Chandler-Gilbert (Ariz.) CC Ariz. $150,000
Fuller redshirted his freshman year at Arizona State because he was academically ineligible. Transferring to Chandler-Gilbert this season, Fuller has shown flashes of the talent that made him a 14th-round selection by the Devil Rays out of Gilbert (Ariz.) High in 2007. His fastball has been anywhere from 88-94 mph this spring and he gets a lot of run and sink on it. His secondary stuff is a bit behind and he's been going back and forth between throwing a curveball and a slider, although the rotation on his breaking pitches is getting tighter and he shows some deception with his changeup. The 6-foot-2, 225-pounder went 3-2, 2.36 with 72 strikeouts and 21 walks over 53 innings for the Coyotes this season.
6 201 Los Angeles Angels Danny Reynolds Durango HS, Las Vegas Nev. $125,000
One of the biggest pop-ups in the southwest this year was Danny Reynolds, a righthander at Durango High in Las Vegas. Reynolds has the stigma of being an undersized righty--5-foot-11 and 160 pounds--which will scare some teams away. Durango head coach Sam Knapp has been a Reynolds believer for years, always telling scouts that he had the hand speed to show bigger velocity numbers. This year, Reynolds proved him right. His fastball was 86-88 mph in the fall, but something clicked for him this spring and he was consistently sitting 93-95. He also has a slider that is 77-81 with some late bite and will mix in a slower curveball. There's some effort to his mechanics--he has an extremely fast tempo, turns his back to the hitters and has some spinoff, ala Francisco Rodriguez. Reynolds has also run on his school's cross-country team and has an intense work ethic--even after the lights have been turned off at his stadium after games, Reynolds can still be found on the field, running poles. Committed to Dixie State College, he's considered signable and will likely be selected in the top five rounds.
7 202 Washington Nationals Dean Weaver Georgia Ga. $124,500
Weaver struggled badly as a starter earlier in his college career but started unlocking his talent in the New England Collegiate League in 2007. The league also featured Stephen Strasburg, the No. 1 prospect, and probable 2009 first-rounder A.J. Pollock of Notre Dame. Weaver doesn't figure to go in the first round, but he should be the second player picked from Georgia after first baseman Rich Poythress. He was better suited to the setup role he filled last season in front of Joshua Fields, as he uses a three-quarters arm slot to fire a pair of plus pitches that nonetheless aren't strikeout pitches. Weaver throws strikes with a two-seamer that varies in velocity. At times he runs it up to 96 and pitches at 92-94 mph; in other appearances, he sits in the upper 80s. His slider can be a plus pitch at times as well, with solid tilt. He gets plenty of ground balls and has given up just seven home runs in 118 career innings. Weaver has flashed a changeup, and his 6-foot-4, 211-pound frame could possibly handle the load of starting if he ever got another shot at it. He figures into the fourth-to-sixth round range this June.
7 204 San Diego Padres Miles Mikolas Nova Southeastern (Fla.) Fla. $125,000
Nova Southeastern's Miles Mikolas has a good pro body and has touched above-average velocity with his fastball. He had some helium thanks to his pro body.
7 205 Pittsburgh Pirates Trent Stevenson Brophy Prep, Phoenix Ariz. $350,000
Stevenson has the kind of body scouts dream on. In 2005, Stevenson was a 5-foot-10, 125-pound shortstop. He's sprouted up considerably since his freshman year and now stands 6-foot-6. Still rail thin at 165 pounds, he's been pitching at 88-91 mph, but was up to 93 in the fall. He also showed great command in the fall, but has been inconsistent this year. His slider has looked sharp at times, but has also been inconsistent and he has a tendency to drop his arm slot when throwing the pitch. He's a bit of a wild card in the draft. As a player who is still growing into his body and is relatively new to pitching, teams are baking on the projection with Stevenson. Scouts and college recruiters reported that he seemed to be a bit overwhelmed with the attention he received this spring and think he may end up at college.
7 211 Colorado Rockies Erik Stavert Oregon Ore. $120,000
While teammate Drew Gagnier may be a sexier pick from a physical standpoint, Oregon's first player off the board is likely to be Stavert. Stavert gets heavy sink on a 89-92 mph two-seam fastball that's been up to 94. He commands the pitch well and also has a plus changeup that he'll throw to righthanded or lefthanded hitters. Like his fastball, the changeup also gets good downward action, giving him two pitches hitters pound into the ground. Stavert's breaking ball is a work in progress. Right now it's a slurvy pitch in the 77 mph range and pitching coach Andrew Checketts has been working with him to refine it as either a true curveball or a true slider.
7 217 Los Angeles Dodgers Brandon Martinez Fowler (Calif.) HS Calif. $125,000
Loose and lanky with an easy buggy-whip delivery, Martinez is a rail-thin but highly projectable 6-foot-4 righthander. He complements a 90-91 mph fastball with an 80-mph changeup and a sweeping mid-70s curve. Martinez was not challenged by the weak competition offered by his high school league, and scouts view him as a project.
7 218 Florida Marlins Josh Hodges Ingomar HS, New Albany, Miss. Miss. $125,000
A Northeast Mississippi JC recruit, Hodges hails from New Albany, Miss., a town of fewer than 10,000 in northern Mississippi. He's a physical 6-foot-7, 235-pound righty who hit 92-94 mph in high school but was hard to scout because of his relatively remote location and small school success.
7 222 Minnesota Twins Brad Stillings Kent State Ohio $125,000
Righthander Brad Stillings entered 2009 as a potential top-two-rounds pick, and he maintained that status through April 10, when he no-hit Toledo to improve to 5-0, 2.89. But he faltered badly afterward, going 1-4, 14.42 over his final six starts. He gave up three straight homers in the Mid-American Conference tournament, then surrendered nine runs in 2 1/3 innings against Arizona State in NCAA regional play. When he was pitching well, the 6-foot-4, 210-pounder had a 91-94 mph fastball that touched 96, an effective slider and changeup, and the ability to locate his pitches. But in the final two months, he couldn't command his slider at all, allowing hitters to tee off on his fastball.
7 225 New York Yankees Sean Black Seton Hall N.J. $150,000
A converted shortstop who pitched sparingly until his senior year at New Jersey's Lenape High, Black burst onto scouts' radars in 2006 after running his fastball up to 95 mph, and the Nationals took him in the second round of the draft that year, but he turned down an above-slot offer to enroll at Seton Hall. He has not developed as hoped with the Pirates, posting a pedestrian 4-6, 3.99 line as the staff ace this spring. Black pitched in the 89-93 range most of the spring, sitting around 90-91, but he touched 94-95 in the early innings of several starts down the stretch. Now and then he'll show an average or slightly better curveball, but he has not been able to repeat the pitch. He also flashes an average changeup, but he struggles to throw it consistently with the same arm speed as his fastball. Scouts are divided on his arm action--some have no qualms with it, while others say it's too short and fluttery in the back. The bigger problems with his delivery are issues of balance and tempo. An organization that regards those things as fixable--and some do--could take Black in the top five rounds, but he will not approach the signing bonus he turned down coming out of high school.
7 227 Philadelphia Phillies Brody Colvin St. Thomas More HS, Lafayette, La. La. $900,000
Colvin lacks polish and consistency, but he sure looks like a first-rounder when he's on top of his game. He has an extremely quick arm that delivers fastballs up to 94 mph, and there's more velocity remaining in his sculpted 6-foot-4, 190-pound frame. Scouts project that he'll sit at 92-94 mph and touch 96 once he fills out. Colvin's fastball dances and sinks so much that he has trouble controlling it. His No. 2 pitch is a hard curveball with 11-to-5 break that can be unhittable at times. He's still developing feel for his changeup. Colvin stabs in the back of his delivery and throws across his body, so he'll need to clean up his mechanics, which should help with his command. His athleticism--he has average speed and power potential as an outfielder--bodes well for his ability to make the necessary adjustments. Focusing all his efforts on pitching will help too. Colvin came down with blisters at the end of the season, and he topped out at 92 mph in a 11-3 rout at the hands of Byrd High in a Louisiana 5-A first-round playoff game. He has committed to Louisiana State.
7 228 Boston Red Sox Madison Younginer Mauldin (S.C.) HS S.C. $975,000
While Younginer has thrown well this spring, he's been one of the harder players in the country to scout because his high school team has used him as a reliever. That approach has frustrated scouts and might cost Younginer some money. Recruited to Clemson as both a hitter and pitcher, he has one of the best raw arms in the draft. He's athletic and throws two plus pitches: a fastball that has sat in the mid-90s in short relief bursts, with reports of him touching 97, and a power breaking ball in the upper 80s. Both pitches have late life, with the fastball featuring armside run. Younginer has trouble repeating his delivery and some scouts question his arm action, which can get long. He has flashed the makings of a changeup in past showcase action but hasn't used it much this spring. Last year's top South Carolina prep pitcher, Jordan Lyles, had less fastball and much less breaking ball yet was a supplemental first-rounder after a good workout. Younginer could improve his stock considerably in the same manner after being so hard to scout this spring and could go anywhere from the first to the third round.
8 240 Detroit Tigers Craig Fritsch Baylor Texas
An all-star summer in the Cape Cod League positioned righthander Craig Fritsch as a top-three-rounds pick in 2009 as a draft-eligible sophomore. But he quickly pitched himself out of Baylor's rotation this spring, casting his draft status in doubt. When Fritsch is on, he has a 91-92 mph fastball that touches 95 and a good slider and can locate both pitches. He has the potential to add velocity as he adds strength to his 6-foot-4, 180-pound frame. At the same time, he's maddeningly inconsistent and scouts question his mental toughness. He pitched much better for the Bears as a reliever, where his fringe changeup and command weren't as much of a drawback. His disappointing year and extra leverage won't help him in the draft, which could mean that he'll return to Baylor for 2010.
8 241 Colorado Rockies Rob Scahill Bradley Ill. $110,000
Drafted in the 48th round by the Yankees as a redshirt sophomore a year ago, righthander Rob Scahill should go about 40 rounds higher this time around. He shook off an early-season oblique injury to pitch in the low 90s and touch 95 mph down the stretch. Scahill's fastball has good life and he has shown the ability to maintain its velocity. The 6-foot-3, 220-pounder shows a slightly above-average slider at times, though his stuff plays down when his command wavers. He has bounced back nicely after missing the entire 2007 season following labrum surgery.
8 242 Kansas City Royals Dusty Odenbach Connecticut Conn. $150,000
Odenbach went 2-3, 3.34 with 48 strikeouts in 35 innings as a junior middle reliever for UConn this spring. He worked in the 88-90 mph range for most of the spring, and most scouts regarded him as someone to watch during his senior year in 2010 thanks to his 6-foot-3, 220-pound frame. But his velocity spiked down the stretch, as he ran his fastball up to 93 mph and flashed an average slider and splitter at times.
8 243 Oakland Athletics Rob Gilliam UNC Greensboro N.C. $105,000
Gilliam could move up draft boards if he has strong workouts for teams, as he's an arm-strength pitcher who hasn't had a great deal of success in college. He grew up in San Jose, Calif., but moved to Chapel Hill, N.C., as a senior in high school and wound up staying in the area for college, attending UNC Greensboro. Playing in the extremely offensive Southern Conference, Gilliam has been a member of Spartans' rotation for three seasons. He consistently shows average to plus fastball velocity, touching 94 mph regularly and usually sitting in the 89-93 mph range. He has enough control and secondary stuff to lead the SoCon with a .224 opponents batting average, and he ranked seventh in strikeouts with 78 despite working primarily in relief. Gilliam throws a slow 12-to-6 curveball that has its moments, and the fact he's shown the ability to spin the pitch gives scouts some hope for his breaking ball. His changeup showed plus potential in the Cape Cod League last summer in shorter bursts. When he misses, he tends to miss up and was homer-prone, giving up 10 this spring. He wasn't easy to scout at UNCG, where he made 20 of his 24 appearances in relief and frequently pitched multiple innings out of the bullpen. Scouts like his toughness and see him in the bullpen down the line. He should go in the five-to-seven round range.
8 244 Texas Rangers Braden Tullis Skagit Valley (Wash.) CC Wash. $90,000
Skagit Valley righthander Braden Tullis flew way under the radar at Timberline High in Boise as a first baseman and closer. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound Tullis is a great athlete who also played linebacker on his high school football team and ran the fastest 60-yard dash for Skagit Valley this year. His future is on the mound. On the season, Tullis went 4-0, 0.33 with 27 strikeouts and 11 walks, good enough to earn him NWAACC MVP honors. Tullis has a fastball that sits 88-91 mph with armside run and sink. He has a good feel for a changeup that could be a plus pitch down the line and is working on his breaking ball. He keeps everything down in the zone and throws all three pitches for strikes. The stuff isn't exceptional, but he has good command and you know what you're getting--which is a rarity in the Northwest this year.
8 245 Cleveland Indians Cory Burns Arizona Ariz. $35,000
Senior righthander Cory Burns pitched over the top last year, then dropped down to sidearm this year and is 88-90 mph with Wiffle Ball movement that makes him really hard to square up. He also has a decent slider and changeup and should be a late-round pick.
8 250 Toronto Blue Jays Brian Slover Cal State Northridge Calif. $150,000
A physically imposing 6-foot-3, 230-pounder, Slover pounds the strike zone with a low- to mid-90s fastball and hard slider. He led the Big West with a 1.39 ERA, saving nine games while striking out 48 in 45 innings.
8 251 Houston Astros Brandt Walker Stanford Calif. $150,000
Walker is all promise and potential, for 6-foot-3, 180-pound righthander has a thin resume. Drafted out of high school in the 21st round by the Rangers in 2006, Walker went 0-1, 7.11 this spring and never won a game in three seasons at Stanford. Scouts attending the Cardinal's fall practice saw Walker touch 95-96 mph with his fastball, the type of velocity that drew draft attention despite his lack of on-field results.
8 253 Chicago White Sox Ryan Buch Monmouth N.J. $105,000
Buch broke out in 2007, when he went 9-2, 2.44 as a freshman at Monmouth and ranked as the No. 1 prospect in the Atlantic Collegiate League that summer. He's always had a prototype pitcher's frame and an excellent curveball, but his stock soared in April along with his velocity. Buch has reached the low 90s with his fastball since he was a freshman, and he has still pitched in that range for most of this spring. More recently he had run his fastball up to 95, sitting at 92-93. The velocity on his sharp, downer curveball has also spiked, reaching 84-85 mph. Even when he throws it slower--and some scouts report seeing a 74-77 breaker, while others have seen it at 81-82--it's still a true above-average offering. But when he throws it harder, it can rate as a 70 or better pitch on the 20-80 scouting scale. Buch is refining his fastball command, and he does not have a lot of feel for his changeup. But scouts can dream on him, and he seems likely to be drafted in the first two rounds in June.
8 260 Chicago Cubs Robert Whitenack SUNY Old Westbury N.Y. $125,000
Old Westbury righthander Robert Whitenack had a solid spring, going 5-2, 2.81 with 79 strikeouts and 25 walks in 67 innings. Whitenack has been heavily scouted and could be drafted anywhere from the fifth to the 10th round. His best pitch is an 80 mph knuckle--curveball with tumbling 12-to-6 action that some scouts rate as plus and others rate as plus-plus. Whitenack had scouts buzzing by running his fastball up to 92 mph early in the season in Florida, but he's pitched mostly in the 87-89 range down the stretch. Some scouts have seen Whitenack flash an average slider and an average change as well. He has a loose arm and a skinny 6-foot-5, 185-pound build that leaves room for projection, though some scouts aren't enamored of his narrow frame. The son of a retired New York City police officer, Whitenack shows tenacity on the mound.
9 262 Washington Nationals Taylor Jordan Brevard (Fla.) CC Fla. $99,500
Jordan has good size at 6-foot-3, 200 pounds, but he was something of a wild card entering the spring, as he missed a year of JC ball at Indian River (Fla.) CC, which he attended in 2007-2008 while he did not pitch. He hit 95 mph on the Brevard (Fla.) CC radar gun during the season and sits in the average range with his fastball, helping him strike out 88 in 80 innings during the spring while earning first-team all-conference honors.
9 264 San Diego Padres Chris Fetter Michigan Mich. $25,000
Chris Fetter made the all-Big 10 Conference team for the third straight season, but scouts didn't really warm up to the 6-foot-8, 230-pound righthander this spring. In the past, he neutralized his height by pitching from a low arm angle and peaked in the mid-80s. After raising to a high three-quarters slot and doing a lot of work with weighted balls and long toss, Fetter threw 90-93 mph with good run on his fastball as a fifth-year senior. He still drops down on occasion, but not nearly as much as in the past. His slider also improved but is average at best, so he may need to shift to a splitter in pro ball. Fetter finished his career in third place in wins (28-10) and strikeouts (281 in 332 innings) in Michigan history.
9 266 Baltimore Orioles Ryan Berry Rice Texas $417,600
Berry doesn't have Stephen Strasburg's stuff, but he was the second-best pitcher in college baseball before he got hurt in mid-March. In consecutive complete-game wins over Texas A&M, Notre Dame and San Diego, he allowed just five hits, an unearned run and no walks while striking out 28. Then he strained a muscle beneath his pitching shoulder in his next start, which sidelined him for five weeks. The Owls eased him back slowly into the rotation and he looked like his early-season self in the Conference USA tournament, firing a two-hitter against Alabama-Birmingham. Two days later, he pitched the ninth inning to save the championship game. In the NCAA Division I regionals, he threw 126 pitches in a loss to Kansas State's A.J. Morris--his teammate at Humble (Texas) High--and pitched the final two innings of the clincher against the Wildcats on one day's rest. Berry's lone plus pitch is his knuckle-curve, yet he took a step forward this spring when he stopped relying on it so much. He has done a better job of throwing his 88-91 mph fastball to both sides of the plate to set up his curve, and he also mixes in a slider and changeup. His fastball has good life and touches 93 at times. He's not physical at 6-foot-1 and 195 pounds, but he does a good job of repeating his delivery and throwing strikes. His mechanics bother some scouts, as he lands stiff and upright, putting stress on his arm. While Berry's resurgence has him moving back up draft boards, it remains to be seen whether a club will take him high enough (top two rounds) to sign him. Before he was sidelined, teams already were leery of the health of Rice pitchers. Six of the eight Owls pitchers drafted in the first or supplemental first round this decade (Kenny Baugh, Jon Skaggs, Philip Humber, Jeff Niemann, Wade Townsend, Joe Savery) have had elbow or shoulder surgery in college or early in their pro careers.
9 269 Cincinnati Reds Brian Pearl Washington Wash. $90,000
A converted third baseman, Pearl has flashed good stuff this year, but has also been wildly inconsistent in his first year of pitching full-time. The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder got two starts for the Huskies that didn't go well, so he mostly pitched out of their bullpen. A frustrating puzzle for scouts, sometimes Pearl would be 93-94 mph with his fastball and show a slider with good bite, while at other times he would come out and be in the mid- to upper 80s. He's not a big guy, but Pearl is athletic with a resilient arm. Control will never be his forte, though he can pitch on back-to-back days, has made good adjustments and shown body awareness that scouts like to see.
9 275 Cleveland Indians Preston Guilmet Arizona Ariz. $35,000
A 22nd-round pick by the Athletics last season, righthander Preston Guilmet returned to Arizona for his senior year and pitched better than his 6-5 record would indicate. He struck out 93 and walked 34 over 91 innings while maintaining a 3.74 ERA. His stuff is essentially the same as last year, with a fastball in the 87-90 mph range. He mixes his pitches well, spots his fastball and changeup and knows how to pitch. For breaking balls, he throws a slider and a split-finger fastball, and while they can be difficult to tell apart they are both out pitches at times.
9 276 Arizona Diamondbacks Chase Anderson Oklahoma Okla. $85,000
Righthander Chase Anderson helped his draft chances with a strong relief outing against Wichita State in the NCAA regionals, blanking the Shockers for 5 1/3 innings while allowing one hit and striking out six. He's not big (6-foot-1, 162 pounds) or overpowering, but he mixes four pitches and consistently fools batters with his changeup. The Twins drafted him twice previously, in the 42nd round out of high school in 2006 and in the 40th round out of North Central (Texas) JC in 2007.
9 279 St. Louis Cardinals Nick McCully Coastal Carolina S.C. $100,000
9 283 Chicago White Sox Matt Hopps Cal State Dominguez Hills Calif. $29,500
Hopps is 23 and will be 24 in October, making him one of the oldest players in the 2009 draft. In High School, the 6'5" 240 pound righthander was a pitcher, first baseman and middle linebacker on the football team. Hopps began his career at CS Dominguez Hills, a D-2 school, as a position player and was named CCAA freshman of the year in 2005. His 7 homers and 45 rbis were offset by 64 strikeouts in 55 games, prompting a move to the mound. Injuries forced him to redshirt in 2007, but Hopps has been a solid starter in 2008 and 2009. Big, intimidating and physical, Hopps has no qualms about throwing inside. In a game against UCSD this year, he drilled a former High School teammate with the first pitch. Hopps fires a low 90's fastball and low 70's to high 80's curve, but mechanics and command have always been his nemesis. Hopps may begin his pro career as a starter, but he should easily transition into a middle relief role.
9 288 Boston Red Sox Kendal Volz Baylor Texas $550,000
Expectations were high for Volz after he showed a 92-95 mph fastball and a low-80s slider with late break as Team USA's closer last summer. He didn't allow an earned run in 14 innings, saved the gold-medal game at the FISU World Championships in the Czech Republic and looked like a possible top-10 pick for 2009. But his stuff had gone backwards so much by May that he might not even go in the first three rounds. His fastball parked in the high 80s and flattened out, and his slider no longer was a weapon. His delivery looked different, containing some ugly recoil, and his command got worse as well. After he dropped his last three starts, Baylor used him out of the bullpen in the postseason. Volz has flashed an effective changeup and has a 6-foot-5, 225-pound frame built for a workhorse role, so he has the ingredients to be a starter at the next level--provided his previous fastball, slider and command return. If not, he looked well suited for a late-inning role last summer. But outside of his time with Team USA, he has been hit harder than someone with his stuff should.
9 291 Los Angeles Angels David Carpenter Paris (Texas) JC Texas $90,000
Righthander David Carpenter stands out with his 6-foot-3, 215-pound frame and a 90-91 mph fastball that has good sink and touches 94. Scouts don't love his arm action, though, and his slurvy slider and changeup need a lot of refinement. A 47th-round pick of the Mariners in 2007, he'll attend Abilene Christian if he doesn't turn pro.
10 296 Baltimore Orioles Jake Cowan San Jacinto (Texas) JC Texas $175,000
Despite a bout with elbow tendinitis that sidelined him for four weeks and cost him some sharpness on his pitches, Cowan has been plenty effective. He threw a complete-game one-hitter against Panola (Texas) JC in the regional playoffs, helping San Jacinto reach the Junior College World Series for the sixth time in the last eight seasons, then fanned 13 to beat Santa Fe (Fla.) JC as the Gators finished third in the nation. A 14th-round pick out of a Georgia high school by the Red Sox in 2007, Cowan spent 2008 at Virginia before transferring to San Jac. He worked with a low-90s fastball, but his arm problems have left him with a high-80s heater for much of the spring. An MRI revealed no structural damage, and Cowan should regain velocity once he fully recovers. There's also room for projection on his 6-foot-3, 175-pound frame. Cowan doesn't need to overpower hitters because the late boring action on his fastball makes it tough to square up, and he mixes four offerings. His slider is a low-80s strikeout pitch at its best, and he does a nice job of maintaining his arm speed when he throws his changeup, which has good fade and sink. His curveball is his fourth-best pitch, and it has some lost some velocity and tilt this spring, but it's still an effective offering. He has a clean delivery, so when he's 100 percent he can throw all four pitches for strikes. He also draws praise for his ability to compete without his best stuff. Cowan looked like a potential second-rounder in the fall. Though he's now more of a fourth- to sixth-rounder and has committed to Texas, he's still considered signable.
10 297 San Francisco Giants Jeremy Toole Brigham Young Utah $80,000
Toole has a commanding presence on the mound. Drafted in the 41st round by the Royals out of Huntsville (Texas) High in 2006, Toole instead headed to BYU. He came in overweight, but eventually dropped 20 pounds and is now 6-foot-3 and 235 pounds. Toole missed time at the end of last season with arm soreness, but he has been fine this season and lighting up radar guns. He touched 97 mph in the fall, and pitched more at 88-94 this spring, touching 95. Toole also throws a 12-to-6 curveball that breaks so much he sometimes has trouble controlling it. He's had difficulty with his command in general, walking 53 batters over 83 innings. Toole has some effort in his delivery, and some scouts are concerned about the violence in his mechanics, meaning he could end up as a reliever. Because he also has an 82 mph slider and a changeup, though, he'll be given every chance to succeed as a starter.
10 298 Atlanta Braves Aaron Northcraft Mater Dei HS, Santa Ana, Calif. Calif. $125,000
Aaron Northcraft led Mater Dei deep into its sectional playoffs, beating top-ranked Norco and ace Matt Hobgood, a likely first-rounder. Northcraft settled down after giving up a three-run homer in the first and continued to boost his draft stock. He's a 6-foot-4, 215-pound righthander who has modified his delivery, better incorporating his lower half. Delivering his pitches from a near sidearm slot, Northcraft has improved his stuff noticeably since last year. His four-seam fastball sits at 87-90 mph, and his best offering is his 84-85 mph two-seamer, which shows both sink and armside movement. He lacks control of his curveball, but that pitch shows interesting, sweeping break. A Southern California recruit, Northcraft needs some mechanical adjustments, but his combination of size and lively stuff could get him into the first five or six rounds.
10 301 Colorado Rockies Charlie Ruiz Long Beach State Calif. $75,000
Lightly recruited out of high school and junior college, Ruiz assumed the closer's role for a Long Beach State staff decimated by the 2008 draft. He faded slightly after a sensational start, but still posted a 2-2 record with 11 saves and 42 strikeouts in 25 innings. Ruiz features a fastball that sits at 88-91 mph and peaks at 92-93. His out pitch is a terrific 79-81 splitter, which he consistently buries in the strike zone.
10 303 Oakland Athletics Sam Dyson South Carolina S.C.
Dyson was a 19th-round pick of the Nationals out of Jesuit High in Tampa in 2006, but he decided to attend South Carolina. He missed his freshman season after having labrum surgery but has regained his stuff and has been one of the Southeastern Conference's top starters the last two seasons. Dyson has an electric fastball more notable for its velocity rather than its movement. He generates easy heat, touching the upper 90s while sitting 93-95 mph. He has an athletic frame and quick arm. At times, Dyson has a second plus pitch with a hammer curveball, thrown with power and depth at 78-82 mph. It has lacked consistency, as has his changeup, which like his fastball is fairly straight. Dyson has solid control but lacks command, and hasn't quite figured out how to consistently put hitters away, leading to just 7.8 strikeouts per nine innings for his two healthy college seasons. Dyson's ability to maintain his velocity deep into games and chance for three pitches makes him a good candidate to start at the pro level, but his power arm and relative lack of pitchability could lead him to a bullpen role. Either way, he's one of the hardest throwers in the college ranks and won't last past the second round.
10 304 Texas Rangers Thomas Lemke Northwest Christian HS, Phoenix Ariz.
Righthander Thomas Lemke stares down at hitters from atop the mound. He has a great pitcher's frame at 6-foot-7 and 205 pounds, but has gone backward this season. Sitting at 89-92 mph in the fall, his fastball was down to 85-88 this spring. He doesn't use his height well, and his fastball comes in flat. Scouts also question his passion and say he looks lethargic on the field. He's reportedly asking for $500,000, so teams will likely let him head to Nebraska and check back in three years.
10 305 Cleveland Indians Brett Brach Monmouth N.J. $70,000
Brach, the younger brother of former Monmouth ace Brad Brach (who signed with the Padres as a 42nd-round pick in 2008), stands out most for his ability to pound the strike zone, as evidenced by his 77-14 K-BB ratio in 75 innings as a junior this spring. His 88-91 mph fastball has some sinking life thanks to his low three-quarters slot, but he's not overpowering and took his lumps at times in the Northeast Conference, going 7-3, 4.78 in 2009. He also has some feel for a fringy 78-81 mph slider, and he has a durable 6-foot-3, 185-pound frame. Most scouts viewed him as a priority senior sign for 2010.
10 308 Florida Marlins Matt Montgomery UC Riverside Calif. $80,000
Montgomery first garnered attention in 2007, when he posted a 5-1, 2.96 record for UC Riverside. He took an injury redshirt in 2008 and struggled in 2009, going 2-2, 4.55. Big and physical at 6-foot-4 and 205 pounds, he drew draft interest based on the flashes of brilliance he showed two years ago. He's a sinker/slider pitcher who usually operates in the high 80s.
10 317 Philadelphia Phillies Josh Zeid Tulane La. $10,000
Righthander Josh Zeid was so inconsistent that he pitched just 43 innings in his first three college seasons, two at Vanderbilt and one at Tulane. He started to put things together for the Green Wave this spring, however, and should be one of the better senior signs in the draft. Zeid has a good frame at 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds, and the arm strength to pitch in the low 90s and touch 95 mph with his fastball. He could use more life on his fastball and more consistency with his slider and command, but he did make progress in all those areas. He projects as a reliever in pro ball.
11 324 San Diego Padres Drew Madrigal Mount San Jacinto (Calif.) JC Calif.
Madrigal drew flocks of scouts to his early-season starts. His fastball sits in the low 90s, and he adds a fine two-plane curve. He used the curve to lead California in strikeouts with 138 in 106 innings, and he threw seven complete games. The conference MVP, Madrigal also is a two-way player, hitting .404 this spring, and is a two-way recruit to Auburn. A mature frame and inconsistent mechanics and control hamper Madrigal's pro ceiling, but he may be a draft bargain as a reliever.
11 329 Cincinnati Reds Jacob Johnson Trinity Christian Academy, Lake Worth, Fla. Fla. $150,000
11 332 Kansas City Royals Ryan Wood East Carolina N.C.
Wood has plus arm strength and a fairly athletic body. He profiles as a utilityman as he lacks a true position, without the range or agility to stay at second base full-time as a pro. He has big-time arm strength but has pitched sparingly in college, touching 94 mph.
11 334 Texas Rangers Johnny Gunter Chattahoochee Valley (Ala.) CC Ala.
Righthander Johnny Gunter, who was a catcher when he played at Troy, should go a bit higher after dominating this spring by going 10-3, 1.79 with 113 strikeouts and just 44 hits allowed in 81 innings for Chatthoochee Valley CC. He's a Division II Columbus State (Ga.) recruit who hit the mid-90s out of the bullpen with a shorter arm action.
11 336 Arizona Diamondbacks Scottie Allen Lyman HS, Longwood, Fla. Fla. $125,000
11 343 Chicago White Sox J.R. Ballinger Southern Mississippi Miss.
The Golden Eagles' top prospect, eligible sophomore righthander J.R. Ballinger, has a smaller-than-ideal frame at 6-foot-1, 185 pounds. He has run his fastball up as high as 92 mph but pitches at 89-90, with a solid changeup. His out pitch is his curveball, a short spike in the upper 70s, and he keeps the ball in the ballpark, having yielded just two home runs.
11 346 Milwaukee Brewers Andre Lamontagne Oral Roberts Okla.
11 349 Tampa Bay Rays Alex Koronis Tampa Fla.
12 352 Washington Nationals Nathan Karns Texas Tech Texas $225,000
Righthander Nathan Karns positioned himself to go in the first three rounds after flashing a 95-96 mph fastball and a plus curveball in the Cape Cod League last summer. After an inconsistent spring, he may go closer to the 10th round, where the Astros drafted him out of high school in 2006. "He looks like Roger Clemens in the bullpen," one scout said, "but he gets whacked." Karns has a strong 6-foot-3, 223-pound frame and showed a 91-94 mph fastball and hard curve in his second season at Texas Tech after transferring from North Carolina State. He's still figuring out how to pitch, as he has trouble throwing strikes and locating his pitches when he can find the zone. Scouts don't love his delivery and question his mental toughness.
12 353 Seattle Mariners Andrew Carraway Virginia Va.
The Cavaliers' top prospect for this year is righthander Andrew Carraway, who shut down a strong UC Irvine club to clinch Virginia's regional victory. He threw seven innings, allowing just one run on four hits while striking out three, and improved to 7-1, 4.30 on the season and may have boosted his draft stock. His arsenal isn't overwhelming, but his pitchability and command make everything play up. His fastball sits in the mid-80s and can touch the low 90s. His curveball flashes sharp break and sits in the low 70s, and he also shows a changeup and slider. He should be a quality senior sign.
12 355 Pittsburgh Pirates Jeff Inman Stanford Calif. $425,000
Inman started the year as a potential first-rounder after a solid sophomore season and good summer in the Cape Cod League. He never got it together this spring, though, going 2-6, 6.11 as opponents hit .307 against him. At his best in the past, he showed a low-90s fastball that touches 96, solid curveball and changeup, but he was never at his best this spring and scouts said he got worse as the year went on. Against New Mexico on May 10, his velocity dropped into the low 80s and he left after one batter, with reports that he had shoulder tendinitis. He didn't pitch the rest of the season, so teams' views of the condition of his shoulder could drive how high he's drafted.
12 357 San Francisco Giants Chris Heston East Carolina N.C.
12 360 Detroit Tigers Matt Thomson San Diego Calif.
12 362 Kansas City Royals Nick Wooley William Woods (Mo.) Mo.
Righthander Nick Wooley blossomed at William Woods, his third school in three years. After stops at Rend Lake (Ill.) CC and Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, he has shown one of the best curveballs in the Midwest, a tight 12-to-6 hammer. He also has an 88-91 mph fastball, though it lacks life and sits up in the zone when he pushes it into the low 90s. He has a skinny 6-foot-2, 175-pound frame, so scouts worry about his durability.
12 363 Oakland Athletics Connor Hoehn St. Petersburg (Fla.) JC Fla.
12 365 Cleveland Indians Joseph Colon Caguas, P.R. P.R.
Joseph Colon went undrafted last year as a third baseman, then moved to the mound and has been firing fastballs at 90-92 mph. The Cubs actually signed the 6-foot-1 righthander in late January, but MLB voided the contract because Colon enrolled at Huertas Junior College, which does not have a baseball program. Colon is raw but has a fresh, loose arm with the makings of a good curveball. He was 88-91 mph at the Excellence Tournament with good sink. His secondary stuff is unrefined.
12 366 Arizona Diamondbacks Charles Brewer UCLA Calif.
12 371 Houston Astros Geoff Thomas Stephenson HS, Stone Mountain, Ga. Ga.
The state's emerging sleeper prep pitcher was Geoff Thomas, who had a good spring to follow up a successful showcase circuit. He's lean and athletic at 6-foot-1, 185 pounds and has signed with Southern Mississippi, though scouts considered him signable. He's loose-armed with an average fastball that has reached 93 mph. He's raw in terms of repeating his delivery, spinning his breaking ball and commanding his stuff but had a chance to go out in the first 10 rounds.
12 375 New York Yankees Brett Gerritse Pacifica HS, Garden Grove, Calif. Calif. $200,000
A 6-foot-3, 200-pounder, Gerritse has an awkward delivery and less-than-ideal arm action, but his stuff will get him drafted. Big and physical, he delivers a 90-91 mph fastball and 80-81 mph curve that at times is a plus pitch. His changeup may be his best pitch, as it has split-finger movement late.
12 376 Milwaukee Brewers Rob Currie Tusculum (Tenn.) Tenn.
12 379 Tampa Bay Rays Andrew Bellatti Steele Canyon HS, Spring Valley, Calif. Calif. $100,000
13 382 Washington Nationals Pat Lehman George Washington D.C.
13 387 San Francisco Giants Shawn Sanford South Florida Fla.
13 389 Cincinnati Reds Nick Christiani Vanderbilt Tenn.
Christiani still throws hard, consistently in the low 90s. His slider and changeup are both decent and he throws strikes, yet he's been hit fairly hard for four seasons.
13 393 Oakland Athletics Murphy Smith Binghamton N.Y.
13 394 Texas Rangers Justin Jamison Strongsville (Ohio) HS Ohio
Righthander Justin Jamison should be the first Ohio high school player drafted this year because he offers the best combination of ability and signability, despite his commitment to Ohio State. He's a 6-foot-8, 225-pounder who can hit 93 mph with his fastball but still is learning the art of pitching. Also a basketball standout, he has trouble maintaining consistency with his mechanics, command and secondary pitches.
13 395 Cleveland Indians Jeremy Johnson Washington State Wash.
13 397 Los Angeles Dodgers J.B. Paxson Western Kentucky Ky.
13 398 Florida Marlins Tyler Curtis JC of Southern Idaho Idaho
The top prospect in the region is at Southern Idaho, a junior college in Twin Falls. Righthander Tyler Curtis is 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds, with a loose arm and a fastball in the 89-91 mph range, touching 94. His secondary stuff still needs work, but his breaking ball improved from last year to this year. He used to throw a slower knuckle-curve and has since scrapped that grip for a traditional curveball. His arm speed improved and he got more aggressive with the pitch. Curtis will need to watch his conditioning, as he's already a slow-twitch guy--runners stole 25 bases in 29 attempts against him this season.
13 400 Toronto Blue Jays Matt Morgal Southern Nazarene (Okla.) Okla.
13 403 Chicago White Sox Cameron Bayne Concordia (Calif.) Calif.
13 409 Tampa Bay Rays Hunter Hill Howard (Texas) JC Texas
14 415 Pittsburgh Pirates Marcos Reyna Bakersfield (Calif.) JC Calif.
14 416 Baltimore Orioles David Baker Hemet (Calif.) HS Calif. $150,000
14 417 San Francisco Giants B.J. Salsbury Mount San Jacinto (Calif.) JC Calif.
14 419 Cincinnati Reds Tim Crabbe Westmont (Calif.) Calif.
14 420 Detroit Tigers Kevan Hess Western Michigan Mich.
14 423 Oakland Athletics Drew Gagnier Oregon Ore.
There's a common theme among Oregon's pitching staff: size. The Ducks are loaded with physical, pro-bodied hurlers, and righthander Drew Gagnier is the biggest at 6-foot-4, 225 pounds. Gagnier has the stuff to match his size. While some days his fastball is 89-92 mph, other times it's 92-95. Like many pitchers, his fastball tends to straighten out at higher speeds. He developed an 85 mph cutter/slider that he uses as an out pitch and has a changeup, though he rarely throws it. Gagnier has some head tilt during his delivery, which contributes to spotty control (he walked 25 batters over 30 innings this year). Because of his size and big arm, Gagnier projects to go in the top 10 rounds--his brother Lauren was a 10th-round pick by the Tigers out of Cal State Fullerton in 2006. As a draft-eligible sophomore, though, he could return to Eugene to work on his control with the hope of improving his stock.
14 435 New York Yankees Graham Stoneburner Clemson S.C. $675,000
Stoneburner, a redshirt sophomore, has lacked consistency in his performance, though not with his velocity. He consistently hits 94 mph with his four-seamer, a sign that he's come back completely healthy from a torn ACL and back injury (fractured vertebra) from high school that caused him to miss his freshman season. At times, Stoneburner is just an arm-strength guy, with scattershot command and below-average secondary stuff. At other times, he throws strikes to all four quadrants at 94-95 mph, stays tall in his delivery well for a 6-foot, 185-pounder and keep the ball in the ballpark, as he'd allowed only two homers all spring. At times he shows some power on his slider, which still needs to add depth and tilt and doesn't project as anything more than an average pitch. His ability to pitch off his fastball was more successful in the bullpen, which was his primary role once the calendar turned to April. His changeup is a bit better than his slider, though it lacks life and is as straight as his fastball at times. Stoneburner's feel for pitching also is inconsistent, but his consistent velocity is as good as any college righthander in the Southeast, and he generally throws strikes, if not quality strikes. He had just 17 walks in 56 innings.
14 439 Tampa Bay Rays Zach Quate Appalachian State N.C.
14 440 Chicago Cubs Danny Keefe Tampa Fla.
15 444 San Diego Padres Matt Lollis Riverside (Calif.) CC Calif. $100,000
15 445 Pittsburgh Pirates Peter Bako Connors State (Okla.) JC Okla.
15 446 Baltimore Orioles Garrett Bush Stanton College Prep HS, Jacksonville Fla.
The state's prep ranks were much deeper in hitters than in pitchers, with less consensus among scouts on who the best prospects are. Some teams will like Garrett Bush enough to sign him away from an Auburn commitment. A catcher for his high school team, Bush emerged the last two years as a closer as well and has shown an electric arm, reaching 95 mph and at times flashing good sink and a breaking ball. Most teams consider him too tall to catch as a pro anyway at 6-foot-5, 190 pounds, and he's got more of a pitcher's body. Bush's velocity was inconsistent, but scouts love his arm strength.
15 447 San Francisco Giants Kyle Vazquez Franklin Pierce (N.H.) N.H.
15 449 Cincinnati Reds Jamie Walczak Mercyhurst (Pa.) Pa.
Jamie Walczak started 55 games as an outfielder this spring, hitting .357, but scouts prefer him off the mound, where he went 4-3, 0.93 with five saves and 23 strikeouts in 19 innings. He has limited pitching experience, so his secondary stuff is underdeveloped, but he does pitch with a 90-92 mph fastball. He has an athletic, physical frame at 6-foot-2, 190 pounds, and he figures to be drafted in the top 20 rounds as an intriguing senior sign.
15 450 Detroit Tigers Mark Appel Monte Vista HS, Danville, Calif. Calif.
A projectable 6-foot-6 righthander, Appel typically got off to a late start in high school baseball due to his basketball commitments, and his lack of baseball time sometimes showed. In a start at a showcase event in Florida last October, for example, his fastball was in the high 80s to low 90s and he showed poor mechanics and command. Scouts report that looked much better this spring, when he threw a no-hitter and his fastball has peaked at 94 mph. Appel adds a curveball and changeup that have been serviceable but need refinement. He has a lot of potential but might be a tough sign because of his relative inexperience and commitment to Stanford pledge, so he could slide in the draft if teams don't think they can sign him in the first three or four rounds.
15 451 Colorado Rockies Tyler Gagnon Diablo Valley (Calif.) JC Calif.
15 454 Texas Rangers Keith Campbell Everett (Wash.) CC Wash.
Everett CC has produced some high draft picks over the past few years, from Mason Tobin to Zach Simons to Aaron Cunningham. This year's first pick for the Trojans will be righthander Keith Campbell. While most of Everett's players come from western Washington, Campbell came all the way from Taylorsville, S.C. After having Tommy John surgery and missing his senior year of high school, he rehabbed at a facility in sleepy Monroe, Wash., and got to know Everett head coach Levi Lacey. Campbell has shown he is healthy now by flashing an 89-93 mph fastball, along with a power slider and plus curveball. At 6-foot-2, 195 pounds, Campbell is a good athlete who runs a 6.9-second 60 and can dunk a basketball. He's also a fierce competitor who wants the ball in big-game situations. Coming from an over-the-top arm slot, Campbell's fastball shows good life. He repeats his arm slot when he throws his slider, and at 80 mph it looks like a fastball for the first 50 feet before taking a hard, sharp turn. He's working on his fastball command and developing a better changeup. Campbell has just six college starts under his belt, but he has already shown good velocity with tight breaking pitches and has room to improve.
15 460 Toronto Blue Jays Drew Hutchison Lakeland (Fla.) HS Fla. $400,000
15 463 Chicago White Sox Dane Williams Archbishop McCarthy HS, Fort Lauderdale Fla.
Williams has shown electric stuff to rival any prep pitcher in the country--in short bursts. He also has shown that he is recovered from a torn left ACL that he injured last fall, and his North Carolina State commitment didn't look like it would keep him from being perhaps the first Florida prep pitcher drafted. Williams had an electric debut in his first outing coming back from his knee injury in March, sitting in the 94-96 mph range for one inning, then flashing a power slider up to 83 mph to go with it. He's got a pro body at 6-foot-6 and has improved the life and velocity on his stuff since dropping his arm slot from straight over the top to a high three-quarters delivery. Williams settled into the low 90s when he started, losing velocity on his slider as well, but showed a little armside sink on the fastball at lower speeds. His biggest question marks revolve around his command of the fastball and ability to develop a changeup, which he hasn't needed as a prep. Williams was closing strong, throwing a no-hitter in the 4-A regional finals to help Archbishop McCarthy reach the state final four for the first time.
15 464 New York Mets Casey Schmidt San Diego Calif.
15 465 New York Yankees Shane Greene Daytona Beach (Fla.) CC Fla. $100,000
15 467 Philadelphia Phillies Austin Hyatt Alabama Ala.
The rest of Alabama's roster includes several players who should be drafted in the eighth- to 15th-round range. Righthander Austin Hyatt, the staff ace this year, is a quality senior who is a command-oriented fastball/changeup pitcher, with the changeup his best pitch.
15 469 Tampa Bay Rays Pierce Johnson Faith Christian Academy, Arvada, Colo. Colo.
Righthander Pierce Johnson missed two months of the season after a comebacker broke his hand. Before that, he was pitching at 92-93 mph and locating his fastball to both sides of the plate while mixing in a good breaking ball and changeup. The 6-foot-2, 165-pounder still has room to fill out and has beautiful mechanics that he repeats well. One scout compared him to Bret Saberhagen. If the limited looks this spring scare teams away, Johnson will head to Missouri State.
15 471 Los Angeles Angels Mike Nesseth Nebraska Neb.
Nesseth and Nebraska both suffered through a disappointing spring, as he failed to make the transition from the bullpen to the rotation and the Cornhuskers had their first losing season since 1997. As a redshirt freshman reliever in 2008, Nesseth worked at 92-95 mph and touched 97 with his fastball. He also had a hard slider that overpowered hitters, and he showed both of those power pitches as a starter in the Northwoods League last summer. But he struggled in that role at Nebraska, moved back to the bullpen in mid-March and produced mixed results when he returned to the rotation five weeks later. Nesseth's fastball has varied from 88-90 mph to the low 90s, peaking at 95 when he worked in relief. His slider and control also have regressed and lacked consistency. His changeup is still a work in progress and it remains to be seen whether he can put everything together to serve as a starter20in pro ball. Nesseth uses his 6-foot-5, 220-pound frame to work downhill from a low three-quarters angle. The Cornhuskers had him watch tapes of Kevin Brown and A.J. Burnett, but to no avail. With a good spring, Nesseth might have pitched his way into the back of the first round. As a draft-eligible sophomore who hasn't per formed well, he won't go as high as his raw talent might dictate. The team that drafts him probably will monitor him during the summer in the Cape Cod League, waiting for his stuff to bounce back before making a significant investment in him.
16 476 Baltimore Orioles Ryan Palsha Diablo Valley (Calif.) JC Calif. $140,000
16 485 Cleveland Indians Dale Dickerson Nicholls State La.
16 490 Toronto Blue Jays Dave Sever Saint Louis Mo.
16 492 Minnesota Twins Dakota Watts Cal State Stanislaus Calif.
16 495 New York Yankees Bryan Mitchell Rockingham County HS, Hamlet, N.C. N.C. $800,000
Righthanders Bryan Mitchell and Chris Overman entered the spring as the top prep pitchers in the state before Daniel Tuttle passed them with his explosive stuff out of the bullpen. Mitchell is 6-foot-2, 175 pounds, and has some life on his downhill fastball, which can touch 90-91 mph. He also spins a power slider and throws his fastball for strikes. Concerns about his future projection, as well as a commitment to North Carolina could cause him to fall out of the first 10 rounds.
16 498 Boston Red Sox Luke Bard Charlotte Christian HS N.C.
16 501 Los Angeles Angels Andrew Del Colle Newark Academy, Livingston, N.J. N.J.
After the clear top four prospects in the state, most of New Jersey's intriguing long-term talents come from the prep ranks. Other than Trout, only righthander Andrew Del Colle has a strong chance to be drafted in the top 10 rounds. Del Colle has a strong, durable build (6-foot-4, 220 pounds) and an easy delivery, but his velocity has vacillated this spring between the 81-85 mph range and the 87-91 range, reaching as high as 93. That inconsistency and questions about the health of his arm lead some scouts content to let Del Colle honor his scholarship to Boston College. Other clubs seem eager to sign him now based on his upside. When he's on, Del Colle complements his average fastball with a 77-79 mph downer curveball with good depth. He can command both offerings but has yet to develop a third pitch. If he gets a clean bill of health, Del Colle could be drafted anywhere from the fifth to the 10th round.
17 504 San Diego Padres Jorge Reyes Oregon State Ore. $200,000
Reyes has been a bit of an enigma for scouts. He burst onto the scene as a freshman and was the Most Outstanding Player in the College World Series in 2007, the second of Oregon State's back to back national championships. He hasn't matched that success or competitiveness since. While his 3.80 ERA this year looks a lot better than the 7.08 he posted last year, he's been inconsistent and scouts aren't sure what to make of him. On top of that, he's represented by Scott Boras Corp., which adds another piece to the puzzle. Reyes has been sitting 90-91 mph with his fastball this year, touching 93. He has an average slider, but lacks a third pitch, meaning some scouts have him projected to end up in the bullpen. Despite spending 11 days in jail last year for his involvement in some backyard, rifle-related mischief, scouts like Reyes' makeup. He's regarded as a good kid from a good family, but they believe there are similar pitchers out there that won't command "Boras money" and could see him ending up back at school next year.
17 505 Pittsburgh Pirates Jordan Cooper Central HS, Shelbyville, Tenn. Tenn.
Cooper, a righthander, had late helium as his velocity jumped late in the year. While scouts questioned his maturity, his fastball hit some 94s and frequently sat at 92-93 mph. At other times, he lost the feel for his delivery and sat at 86-88. One scout described his mechanics as raw, and that affects his consistency. Cooper's hard slurve lacked a consistent shape or velocity, but when it's on, it's a good, hard breaker. He's committed to Kentucky and could go in the sixth- to eighth-round range on talent.
17 506 Baltimore Orioles Jeff Walters Georgia Ga.
Reliever Jeff Walters has a pro body at 6-foot-3, 192 pounds, and pro pitches with a 90-92 mph fastball and solid-average slider. A 30th-round pick last year out of St. Petersburg (Fla.) JC, his changeup has its moments and could help him start in pro ball. He lacks command of his stuff, and no pitch or trait separates him from the pack.
17 510 Detroit Tigers Nate Newman Pepperdine Calif.
17 516 Arizona Diamondbacks Andrew Wolcott Duke N.C.
Duke had one of its best seasons in years, narrowly missing out on the school's first NCAA regional bid. The Blue Devils will miss three solid senior signs next year, led by all-ACC righthander Andrew Wolcott, a 6-foot-6 workhorse who throws downhill with a fastball in the 88-90 mph range. He went 8-3, 2.77 and led the league in innings during the regular season, pitching off his fastball 80 percent of the time. Wolcott's slider and changeup are just decent.
17 517 Los Angeles Dodgers Steve Ames Gonzaga Wash.
Junior righthander Steven Ames pitched well for the Bulldogs this year, sitting anywhere from 89-92 mph with his fastball with an aggressive approach.
17 520 Toronto Blue Jays Steve Turnbull Iowa Iowa
17 521 Houston Astros Justin Harper Oklahoma City Okla.
17 525 New York Yankees Chad Thompson El Toro HS, Lake Forest, Calif. Calif.
Righthander Chad Thompson had Tommy John surgery on May 1. Before that, he was a top 200 candidate with a projectable 6-foot-7 build and 93 mph fastball. Assuming he makes a full recovery, he could be a top-round candidate for 2012, particularly if his mechanics improve. He's committed to Arizona State along with his El Toro batterymate, catcher Nolan Arenado.
17 526 Milwaukee Brewers Tyler Cravy Napa Valley (Calif.) CC Calif.
17 530 Chicago Cubs B.J. Dail Mount Olive (N.C.) N.C.
Dail agreed to a $50,000 bonus with the Cubs on June 15, but the deal was voided on July 9, making him a free agent.
18 534 San Diego Padres Shuhei Fujiya Northern Iowa Iowa
18 535 Pittsburgh Pirates Ryan Beckman Grayson County (Texas) CC Texas
18 541 Colorado Rockies Ricky Testa Lamar Texas
18 544 Texas Rangers Mike Schaaf Hill HS, Saginaw, Mich. Mich.
18 550 Toronto Blue Jays Daniel Webb Northwest Florida State JC Fla. $450,000
Pitching is scarce in Florida in both the four-year colleges and prep ranks, but not at the junior college level. There's real depth, with the biggest name being righthander Daniel Webb. He performed well in showcases and entered 2008 as one of the nation's top prep arms, but he hasn't been able to build on that in the last two years. He hasn't shown he can consistently get hitters out, either at the Kentucky high school level or in Florida's juco ranks. He looked ordinary at Northwest Florida State JC (formerly Okaloosa-Walton) despite having a big-time arm. He doesn't repeat his delivery and doesn't throw enough strikes with his 88-92 mph fastball, which touches 94. The pitch shows less movement than it did on the showcase circuit in 2007. He improved the movement on his slurvy breaking ball and throws his changeup more often than he did in high school, so he has made some progress. He struggles with his command and rarely throws the breaker for strikes. An unsigned 12th-rounder last year, Webb may go in about the same range this year. No one expects him back at Northwest Florida State, but scouts didn't have a good read on his signability. If he doesn't sign, he's likely to look for a different junior college.
18 551 Houston Astros J.B. MacDonald Boston College Mass.
Boston College righthander J.B. MacDonald is another senior who could be drafted in the top 15 rounds. MacDonald's best assets are his competitiveness, savvy and command of his 86-90 mph fastball. He does a good job mixing in a decent mid-70s downer curveball and a changeup, and he dabbles with a slider as well.
18 553 Chicago White Sox Phil Negus Wake Forest N.C.
18 558 Boston Red Sox Renny Parthemore Cedar Cliff HS, Camp Hill, Pa. Pa. $150,000
The top prospect in a thin Pennsylvania crop, Parthemore's biggest asset is his projectability. His 6-foot-5, 185-pound frame and his quick arm hint at his considerable upside, and he has reached 93-94 mph in the past, though he worked mostly in the 88-91 range this spring. Parthemore's 12-to-6 curveball currently rates as an average pitch and projects to be plus. He also shows good feel for a changeup, giving him a chance for three average or better pitches down the road. Characteristic of a cold-weather high school pitcher, Parthemore's command comes and goes, and he tends to have trouble getting over his front side in his delivery, but there are no major red flags in his delivery. Some scouts question his competitive fire, but he has top-three-rounds potential. At this stage, however, it seems more likely Parthemore will honor his commitment to Penn State, where he could develop into a first-round pick in three years.
19 562 Washington Nationals Frank Corolla Houston Texas
Corolla agreed on a $20,000 bonus with the Nationals on June 13, but the deal was subsequently voided, making him a free agent.
19 563 Seattle Mariners Eric Thomas Bethune-Cookman Fla.
19 565 Pittsburgh Pirates Josh Urban Dripping Springs (Texas) HS Texas
Josh Urban attracted a lot of scouts after he threw 91-93 mph in an early scrimmage, but he sat more at 86-89 mph for much of the spring. Still, he's a projectable 6-foot-4, 215-pounder who throws strikes. He needs to tighten and add more velocity to his curveball and develop his changeup, but it's not hard to envision him becoming a premium draft pick after three years at Texas.
19 567 San Francisco Giants Jason Walls Troy Ala.
Troy's best draft prospect is junior righthander Jason Walls, who has a live fastball that he can't quite command. He has a deep arm stab in his arm action, making it hard for him to repeat his delivery and stay out front. Walls sits at 89-93 mph and has heavy life down in the zone, and a hard slider that can be average if not a tick above. He doesn't have a great changeup and doesn't throw enough strikes, profiling more as a middle reliever. He's 6-feet-5, 205 pounds with a bit of projection left. He was just 4-4, 4.73 and may not go in the first 10 rounds, and Troy obviously would love to get him back for his senior season.
19 568 Atlanta Braves Ty'Relle Harris Tennessee Tenn.
Other Vols pitchers didn't even fare as well but still should be drafted. Righthanders Ty'Relle Harris, Stephen McCray and Aaron Tullo all took turns in the weekend rotation. Harris competes well but has less stuff than his teammates, sitting at 88-92 mph with his fastball, complemented with a solid upper-70s slider.
19 573 Oakland Athletics Daniel Tenholder Austin Peay Tenn.
Austin Peay's top draft pick should be reliever Daniel Tenholder, a low-slot, durable sinkerballer who scrapes 90 mph.
19 576 Arizona Diamondbacks Randy Hamrick Brewton-Parker (Ga.) Ga.
19 578 Florida Marlins Erick Carrillo Cal State San Bernardino Calif.
19 580 Toronto Blue Jays Ryan Tepera Sam Houston State Texas
19 582 Minnesota Twins John Stilson Texarkana (Texas) CC Texas
Stilson has emerged as the top juco prospect in Texas this spring despite not showing enough to warrant making area scouts' follow lists last fall. A three-sport star at Texas High in Texarkana, he hurt his shoulder in his senior football season and it continued to bother him until he had surgery in July 2008. He wasn't 100 percent during fall practice while trying to work his way into Texarkana JC's plans as a middle infielder and pitcher. His future definitely is on the mound, as he has gone from topping out at 88 mph last fall to pitching at 88-90 mph early this spring to repeatedly topping out at 95 mph down the stretch. Though the 6-foot-3, 180-pounder is athletic--he shows good actions and has some pop as a shortstop--there's also a lot of effort in his delivery. He'll need to smooth out his mechanics to improve his command and the consistency of his hard breaking ball, which is a true, hard slider at times. Stilson doesn't have much of a changeup either, but he's also just in his formative stages as a pitcher. He projects as a fourth- to seventh-rounder, though he may not be signable at the low end of that range. He'll return to Texarkana for his sophomore season if he doesn't turn pro.
19 588 Boston Red Sox Tom Ebert Florida International Fla.
19 589 Tampa Bay Rays Scott Shuman Auburn Ala.
20 596 Baltimore Orioles James Brandhorst Lamar Texas
20 597 San Francisco Giants Mitch Mormann Des Moines Area CC Iowa
Scouts have flocked to see righthander Mitch Mormann since he touched 94 mph early in his freshman season of 2008. The 6-foot-6, 230-pounder can push his fastball into the mid-90s, but he remains a one-pitch pitcher who's still trying to figure things out, which is why he probably won't go in the first five rounds. His secondary pitches, command and delivery all need work and showed little improvement this spring, though he did flash a hard slider. He's committed to Louisiana State, and if he can add polish and succeed in the Southeastern Conference he could become a first-rounder in 2010. The Indians drafted him in the 17th round last year.
20 602 Kansas City Royals Patrick Keating Florida Fla.
20 604 Texas Rangers Jerome Werniuk Neil McNeil HS, Toronto Ontario
Jerome Werniuk is a hulking 6-foot-6, 220-pound righthander. Because of his size, he has difficulty repeating his delivery and his fastball is just average right now. If it all clicks for him he has a chance to be special.
20 605 Cleveland Indians Kyle C. Smith Kent State Ohio $100,000
Kent State had a pair of righthanders with aspirations of going in the first two rounds. The consensus was that while Brad Stillings had better present stuff, Kyle Smith had a higher ceiling. But the debate as to who was better was tabled in late April, when shoulder tendinitis sidelined Smith. He made two more appearances the rest of the season, but didn't show his usual quality stuff: an 88-92 mph two-seam fastball with good sink and a knockout slider. He also throws a changeup. Smith is a good athlete for a 6-foot-6, 220-pounder. Whichever team drafts him probably will monitor him during the summer before deciding whether to sign him in August.
20 606 Arizona Diamondbacks Adam Worthington Illinois-Chicago Ill.
20 607 Los Angeles Dodgers Daniel Palo Houston HS, Germantown, Tenn. Tenn.
One prep righty who improved his stock is another Blue Raiders signee, Daniel Palo, who has good size at 6-foor-4, 210 pounds. He's a two-way recruit who has power as a first baseman, but his power arm is what attracts scouts. There are reports he hit 94 mph, and college recruiters and scouts confirmed him up to 93, sitting at 90-91. He has a loose arm that works well and has shown a feel for throwing his curveball for strikes. Scouts wonder if his body is too soft and his breaking ball too inconsistent to buy out of college, but his velocity could still get him into pro ball now.
20 609 St. Louis Cardinals Scott Schneider St. Mary's Calif.
20 613 Chicago White Sox Nate Reed Pittsburgh Pa.
Lefthander Nate Reed emerged as Pennsylvania's top prep prospect heading into the 2006 draft thanks largely to his arm strength and projection. But as one scout put it, he's been Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in three years at Pittsburgh, and he was wildly inconsistent as a junior this spring, going 4-6, 6.21. On good days, Reed pitches downhill with an 89-92 mph fastball, flashes an average curveball and shows feel for a changeup. Other times, he works in the 86-88 range with a below-average curveball and struggles to get hitters out. As a 6-foot-3, 180-pound lefthander with arm strength, Reed could be drafted in the 10-to-12-round range, or he could slip and return to Pitt for his senior year. He profiles as a reliever in pro ball.
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.
20 619 Tampa Bay Rays Dylan Floro Buhach Colony HS, Atwater, Calif. Calif.
Many clubs had Floro pegged as a supplemental first-rounder when the spring began, and while his velocity has dipped this spring he still isn't likely to last much past the second round. Slightly undersized at 6-foot-1 and 170 pounds, Floro has a long track record with local and national scouts. He still sits at 90-92 mph with his fastball, and he adds a changeup to his mix, but his best offering may be his tight, high 70s slider, which has the makings of a plus pitch. Floro is committed to Cal State Fullerton and might be well served by three years of college experience, but he may find it hard to pass on signing if he goes in the second round.
21 623 Seattle Mariners Daniel Cooper Southern California Calif.
21 624 San Diego Padres Kendall Korbal Blinn (Texas) JC Texas $25,000
Along with San Jacinto's Jacob Cowan, righthanders Kendall Korbal and Brett Bruening entered the year as the state's best juco prospects. While Cowan maintained his status despite losing some velocity, Korbal and Bruening couldn't live up to expectations. After transferring from Arkansas, Korbal touched 94 mph and showed a hard slider in fall ball. While he worked in the low 90s at times and threw strikes this spring, he didn't always maintain his velocity and was erratic with his command. The 6-foot-5, 195-pounder also stopped throwing his slider because it bothered his elbow, which didn't quiet questions about his motivation and drive. He went with a curveball that didn't impress scouts, who believe that his desire for top-three-rounds money means he'll wind up at Texas Christian next year.
Korbal agreed to a $60,000 bonus with the Padres on June 14, but the deal was voided on June 29, making him a free agent. He re-signed with San Diego for $25,000.
21 625 Pittsburgh Pirates Phil Irwin Mississippi Miss.
Irwin, another big-bodied 6-foot-3, 215-pound pitcher, also has shown three average pitches and keeps the ball in the ballpark. He lacks a dominant offering.
21 626 Baltimore Orioles Kevin Landry William & Mary Va. $105,000
William & Mary righthander Kevin Landry was another potential top-five-round pick coming into the spring, but he hasn't reached the velocity he showed in the fall. He was 91-94 mph then but has been 87-90 this spring. Some scouts like his big, sweeping breaking ball, while others say it's no more than an average pitch. He went 4-6, 4.72 with 90 strikeouts and 30 walks in 76 innings for the Tribe this spring. He made 20 appearances but only seven of those were starts. Teams can still dream on his 6-foot-6, 210-pound frame.
21 629 Cincinnati Reds Jon Reed Memorial HS, Tulsa Okla.
Righthander Jon Reed ranked right with Chad James as the best high school prospect in the state until he came down with calcium deposits in his elbow in February. When healthy, Reed had a 90-91 mph fastball that reached 93, a good curveball and nice polish for a high schooler. The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder is a good athlete who spent his senior season playing third base and showing some righthanded power potential. A Tennessee recruit, he may need surgery on his elbow.
21 634 Texas Rangers Chris Matlock Central Missouri State Mo.
21 638 Florida Marlins A.J. Ramos Texas Tech Texas
21 639 St. Louis Cardinals Trevor Rosenthal Cowley County (Kan.) CC Kan.
21 640 Toronto Blue Jays Kurt Giller Manhattan (Kan.) HS Kan.
Scouts didn't pay much attention to righthander Kurt Giller when he threw 85-86 mph last summer, but they came to see him this spring when his fastball started to touch 92. The Nebraska recruit has a strong 6-foot-2, 215-pound frame and the makings of an effective breaking ball.
21 642 Minnesota Twins Kane Holbrooks Texas State Texas
21 647 Philadelphia Phillies Chase Johnson South Mountain (Ariz.) CC Ariz.
South Mountain righthander Chase Johnson is 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds. There's some effort to his delivery and he struggles to repeat his mechanics, but he can dial it up to 93 mph.
21 649 Tampa Bay Rays Matt Swilley El Camino HS, Oceanside, Calif. Calif. $120,000
22 653 Seattle Mariners Drew Hayes Vanderbilt Tenn.
Sturdy, 6-foot-1 righty Drew Hayes has a bigger raw arm and runs his fastball up to 95 at times, usually sitting in the low 90s. A prep quarterback of some note, he's a solid athlete whose father Glenn coached baseball at Bethel (Ind.). He's a middle-relief profile with a modest changeup who was ill-suited to starting, but struggles by the likes of sophomore-eligible righty Chase Reid and senior righty Nick Christiani left the Commodores looking for answers in the rotation.
22 658 Atlanta Braves Ryan Weber St. Petersburg (Fla.) JC Fla. $125,000
22 664 Texas Rangers Sam Brown North Carolina State N.C.
The Wolfpack has several other pitchers who could go in the first 15 rounds, such as righthander Sam Brown, a tease who was a seventh-rounder out of high school in 2006 and an 18th-rounder last year as an eligible sophomore. He has low-90s velocity from a low-three-quarters slot.
22 665 Cleveland Indians Merrill Kelly Yavapai (Ariz.) JC Ariz.
Opposing coaches gushed about righthander Merrill Kelly--likely because he shut down their teams and put up fantastic numbers this season. Scouts' reviews weren't quite as glowing. His fastball is 87-91 mph and his arm action is rigid. He has good command and mixes in a little breaking ball, but it's his changeups that are his out pitches. One is a traditional circle change with some sink, and he freezes hitters when he lops 20 mph off and floats a borderline eephus up to the plate. His brother Reid pitches in the Astros organization; Merrill is committed to Arizona State.
22 670 Toronto Blue Jays Matt Fields Gonzaga Wash.
Senior righthander Matt Fields is 89-91 and shows good pitchability, though he's already 23.
22 671 Houston Astros Mark Jones Manheim Township (Pa.) HS Pa.
22 674 New York Mets Zach Von Tersch Georgia Tech Ga.
Righthander Zach Von Tersch has three average to fringe-average pitches. His fastball, which sits at 88-92 mph, is his best offering. He hasn't filled out the projections scouts put on his 6-foot-5, 215-pound frame and didn't perform well this season.
22 676 Milwaukee Brewers Mike Fiers Nova Southeastern (Fla.) Fla.
22 678 Boston Red Sox Jordan Flasher George Mason Va.
Righthander Jordan Flasher had Tommy John surgery early in the 2008 season and was still working his way back into form this spring. He pitched just 20 innings and wasn't used on back-to-back days, though he did record six saves. He had 17 strikeouts while walking 10, reflecting the rustiness of his command. Flasher's fastball was at 88-92 mph this spring, though he has been 94-95 in the past and touched 96 in the Cape Cod League in 2007. His curveball gets good reviews but could use more depth. In addition to being a Tommy John alum, Flasher is undersized at 5-foot-11, 165 pounds.
23 688 Atlanta Braves Lucas LaPoint Knight HS, Palmdale, Calif. Calif.
23 690 Detroit Tigers Cory Hamilton UC Irvine Calif.
23 692 Kansas City Royals Scott Kelley Penn State Pa.
Penn State senior righthander Scott Kelley split time between starting and relieving this spring and posted numbers similar to Reed's: 4-5, 6.03. Kelley is a bit undersized at 6 feet, 200 pounds, but he's got athleticism and arm strength. His fastball sits at 90-91 and tops out at 94, though it can be straight and up in the zone. Kelley's secondary stuff is below-average, and he figures to be drafted around the 15th round thanks to his arm strength.
23 696 Arizona Diamondbacks Chris Odegaard Minnesota State-Mankato Minn.
23 697 Los Angeles Dodgers Jimmy Marshall Florida State Fla.
23 698 Florida Marlins Tommy Peale Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) Idaho
Senior righthander Tommy Peale has below-average stuff, but fills up the strike zone and could get a shot.
23 701 Houston Astros Robby Donovan Stetson Fla.
Stetson righty Robby Donovan has a better body than either of them and has run his fastball up to 94 mph at times. The 6-foot-5 righty sits in the same average range, though, at 88-91, and spots his fringy changeup and curve. He hasn't had the quality results of Andrew and Burgos due to his lack of movement on his fastball and inconsistent command. His best performance came in front of scouts in fall ball, when he touched 94 despite a hamstring pull.
23 702 Minnesota Twins E.J. Encinosa Coral Park HS, Miami Fla.
23 703 Chicago White Sox Goldy Simmons San Diego State Calif.
23 704 New York Mets John Church West Florida Fla.
23 706 Milwaukee Brewers Austin Pressley Franklin Monroe HS, Arcanum, Ohio Ohio
23 708 Boston Red Sox Chris Court Stephen F. Austin State Texas
23 709 Tampa Bay Rays Trevor Petersen Hallsville (Texas) HS Texas
Righthander Trevor Petersen has size (6-foot-3, 215 pounds) and arm strength (his fastball sits at 88-90 mph and touches 94) on his side. He slings the ball from a low arm angle that makes it difficult to stay on top of his slurvy slider and will need a lot of work, but the raw material is there. He's considered signable despite a commitment to Louisiana Tech.
24 712 Washington Nationals Dustin Crane Snead State (Ala.) CC Ala.
Righthander Dustin Crane, a 6-foot-2, 195-pounder at Snead State CC, hit 95 mph with his fastball and sat at 91-92. A fourth-year sophomore, Crane turns 23 in August, having missed time due to 2007 Tommy John surgery. He throws a curveball, slider and changeup as well.
24 715 Pittsburgh Pirates Jason Erickson Washington Wash.
Senior righthander Jason Erickson was a 45th-round pick out of high school. He has fringy stuff but throws strikes and competes.
24 718 Atlanta Braves Casey Upperman Notre Dame Prep, Scottsdale, Ariz. Ariz.
Righthander Casey Upperman is another Arizona commitment, and he's most noted for the violence of his mechanics. While some pitchers have a head whack, one scout said the 6-foot, 175-pound Upperman has an entire upper-body whack. He finishes his delivery essentially looking under his armpit into center field, sort of like a righthanded Hideki Okajima. Upperman pitches at 90-94 and maintains his velocity throughout games. His offspeed stuff is all right, but not quite ready for pro ball. Unlike a lot of the pitchers in Arizona, his signability is in sync with his talent.
24 720 Detroit Tigers Wade Kapteyn Evansville Ind.
24 722 Kansas City Royals Zack Jones Santa Teresa HS, San Jose Calif.
24 723 Oakland Athletics Dan Straily Marshall W.Va.
24 724 Texas Rangers Shawn Blackwell Clear Creek HS, League City, Texas Texas $300,000
Blackwell usually sits in the high 80s with his fastball and spins a promising curveball. At 6-foot-5 and 195 pounds, he has plenty of room to add strength on his frame. He has committed to Kansas.
24 725 Cleveland Indians Mike Hamann Danbury HS, Lakeside, Ohio Ohio
Righthander Michael Hamann is the best high school prospect in Ohio this year, but he probably won't be the first one drafted because he's strongly committed to Toledo. One scout compared him to current Rockets ace Justin Collop because Hamann has a similar build (6-foot-2, 165 pounds) and a variety of solid pitches. He works with an 87-89 mph fastball that touches 91, and a promising curveball and changeup. He's more polished than most high school pitchers and is a good athlete who also lettered in basketball and cross country.
24 726 Arizona Diamondbacks Brad Gemberling Princeton N.J.
From the college ranks, Princeton has more notable prospects than any other program in the state. David Hale will be drafted first based on his electric arm, but senior righty Brad Gemberling is more polished at this point. His ERA (6.67) was inflated by a horrendous final outing of the season against Cornell (0.2 IP, 9 ER). Gemberling throws strikes with an average fastball in the 88-91 mph range, bumping 92 on occasion. He also works in a fringy slider and changeup, as well as a curveball he uses as a show pitch. A few scouts would consider Gemberling in the top 10 to 12 rounds, but most regard him as a senior sign later in the draft.
24 729 St. Louis Cardinals Keith Butler Wabash Valley (Ill.) CC Ill.
24 734 New York Mets Michael Johnson Concordia (Texas) Texas
24 737 Philadelphia Phillies Justin Long Bellevue (Neb.) Neb.
Righthander Justin Long was the best player on a Bellevue team that came one win short of the NAIA World Series. A 6-foot-2, 220 pounder, he likes to vary his arm angle to keep hitters off balance. He'll maintain a 90-mph fastball throughout a game and back it up with a cutter/slider in the low 80s. A tough competitor, he also led the Bruins with 11 homers.
24 740 Chicago Cubs Gerardo Esquivel De La Salle Institute, Chicago Ill.
24 741 Los Angeles Angels Taylor Kinzer Taylor (Ind.) Ind.
25 742 Washington Nationals Matt Ridings Western Kentucky Ky.
25 743 Seattle Mariners Brandon Josselyn Yale Conn.
Yale senior righthander Brandon Josselyn went 5-3, 4.29 to win Ivy League pitcher of the year honors. A physical 6-foot-3, 200-pound strike-thrower, Josselyn commands a lively 88-92 mph fastball down in the strike zone, and he mixes in an occasional slider and changeup.
25 747 San Francisco Giants Taylor Rogers Tulane La.
25 748 Atlanta Braves Ethan Icard Wilkes (N.C.) CC N.C.
25 749 Cincinnati Reds Mike Monster Rutland SS, Kelowna, B.C British Columbia
With one of the best names in the draft, righthander Mike Monster is the best high school player in a down year for British Columbia. The 6-foot-3, 205-pounder has good size and arm strength, but has been inconsistent. And because he has a December birthday, he was too old to play for the Canadian junior team and got less exposure than other Canadian prospects. Monster doesn't come from the traditional hotbed around Vancouver, he's from Kelowna, about 200 miles northeast. There's some effort to his delivery and he doesn't approach the game with a starter's mentality. He comes hard after hitter and needs to learn to pace himself. He throws an 89-92 mph, heavy fastball, but he has the size and arm speed that lead scouts to believe there's more there, especially from such an inexperienced arm.
25 751 Colorado Rockies Trevor Gibson San Jose State Calif.
25 752 Kansas City Royals Richard Folmer Stephen F. Austin State Texas
25 753 Oakland Athletics Chris Mederos Georgia Southern Ga.
Slender, almost frail Golden Eagles ace Chris Mederos went 11-1, 3.83 by using a solid-average cut fastball as his bread and butter pitch. His 86-89 mph velocity could improve a touch or two if he gets stronger.
25 755 Cleveland Indians Blake Hauser Manchester HS, Midlothian, Va. Va.
Blake Hauser came on strong late in the season to earn recognition as the state's top prospect. He's a lanky 6-foot-2, 160-pound righthander from the Richmond area who has a ton of arm speed. He has sat 92-93 mph, and some scouts said he flashed a 95, but his secondary stuff needs work. Committed to Virginia Commonwealth, Hauser's fastball has good life and one scout said he could fit into the Roy Oswalt mold.
25 758 Florida Marlins Sean Teague Southern Polytechnic State (Ga.) Ga.
25 759 St. Louis Cardinals Josh Squatrito Towson Md.
25 762 Minnesota Twins Tony Bryant Kennewick (Wash.) HS Wash.
After flashing 94 mph over the summer, 6-foot-7 righthander Tony Bryant was viewed as the top high school pitcher in the Northwest coming into the year. But Bryant entered the spring a little soft, looking like he hadn't worked out all winter, and his velocity was down to 85 mph this spring. His arm action is a little rigid, though he still can command his fastball down in the zone. He has a feel for a changeup but doesn't consistently get good spin on his breaking ball. Scouts know there's more there than they've seen this spring and like his frame, but after a disappointing spring he could end up at Oregon State.
25 767 Philadelphia Phillies Eric Massingham Cal Poly Calif.
25 768 Boston Red Sox Austin House La Cueva HS, Albuquerque N.M.
Righthander Austin House is tall and lanky with loads of room for projection at 6-foot-4 and 165 pounds. He's getting bigger and his velocity has been going up. Right now he's in the upper 80s, but the arm works well and there's room for more. He hasn't gotten a lot of innings on his high school team and will pitch at New Mexico.
26 773 Seattle Mariners Chris Sorce Troy Ala.
Righthander Chris Sorce was Troy's closer and is a 6-foot righty who touches 93 mph and pitches at 90-91, but he isn't likely to go out higher than the 15th round because of his fringy secondary stuff (slider, changeup).
26 778 Atlanta Braves Will Scott Walters State (Tenn.) CC Tenn.
26 781 Colorado Rockies Rhett Ballard Virginia Tech Va.
26 783 Oakland Athletics Nathan Long Texas-Arlington Texas
26 784 Texas Rangers Kevin Castner Cal Poly Calif.
Cal Poly also contributes hard-throwing reliever Kevin Castner, who nearly signed with the Rangers last year as a 10th-rounder. Now a redshirt junior, Castner still throws hard--in the mid-90s consistently and at times more--but doesn't find the strike zone consistently. In 55 career innings in college, he walked 52.
26 785 Cleveland Indians Antwonie Hubbard Oklahoma Okla.
26 790 Toronto Blue Jays Lance Loftin Texas State Texas
26 792 Minnesota Twins Mike Giovenco North Park (Ill.) Ill.
Righthander Mike Giovenco attracted scouts to North Park, an NCAA Division III school with an enrollment of 3,000, when he touched 95 mph early in the year. The 6-foot-6, 235-pounder's velocity steadily declined to the high 80s by the end of the season, but his arm strength and size are attractive. Giovenco, who redshirted at Illinois-Chicago in 2007, needs to come up with a more consistent breaking ball. He throws both a slider and a curveball, as well as a changeup. There's some concern that his delivery puts stress on his shoulder.
26 800 Chicago Cubs Steve Grife Mercyhurst (Pa.) Pa.
Steve Grife, generously listed at 6 feet, 170 pounds, has plenty of effort in his delivery, but he has handled a starter's workload the last few years. He ranked as the No. 3 prospect in the Coastal Plain League last summer and went 5-1, 3.24 with 73 strikeouts in 67 innings this spring. Grife pitches off a plus fastball that he can run up to 94 mph. While his secondary stuff has improved since last year, his curveball and slider are still below-average at best. He has feel for a changeup, but he often slows down his arm when he throws it. He profiles as a reliever in pro ball, and it's unlikely a club will buy him out of his senior year at Mercyhurst.
27 802 Washington Nationals Brandon King Martinsburg (W.Va.) HS W.Va. $100,000
27 803 Seattle Mariners Austin Hudson Central Florida Fla.
27 811 Colorado Rockies Dan Perkins Delaware State Del.
27 814 Texas Rangers Aaron Barrett Mississippi Miss.
Ole Miss' other projected top prospect entering the season, righthander Aaron Barrett, had a poor season and has been passed by several teammates. He has a big league repertoire, at times sitting in the 90-93 mph range with his fastball and touching 94. He throws a hard slider and has a decent changeup as well, though he ditched it when he moved out of the weekend rotation. Barrett's slider has reached 85 mph out of the bullpen, which is probably his future role, as poor command has killed him as a starter. He's consistently behind hitters and gets hammered when he's up in the strike zone, which is often when he lands on a stiff left leg.
27 815 Cleveland Indians Tyler Sturdevant New Mexico State N.M.
27 816 Arizona Diamondbacks Jake Hale Ohio State Ohio
Though senior righthander Jake Hale ranked second in NCAA Division I with an Ohio State-record 18 saves this spring, area scouts don't love him. They question his work ethic and makeup, and while they like his slider, they think he throws it way too often. The 6-foot-7, 200-pounder works in the high 80s and touches 91 mph with his fastball. He has been drafted twice previously, in the 24th round out high school by the Indians in 2005 and in the 20th round as a draft-eligible sophomore by the Blue Jays in 2007.
27 819 St. Louis Cardinals John Folino Connecticut Conn.
UConn righty John Folino gets by with mediocre stuff but a good feel for pitching. Folino's fastball is fringe-average at best, and his slider and changeup are below-average, but he competes and locates. He'll be a late-rounds roster filler.
Folino agreed to terms with the Cardinals, but the deal was voided, making him a free agent.
27 820 Toronto Blue Jays Brian Justice St. Mary's Calif.
27 826 Milwaukee Brewers Ryan Platt UC Riverside Calif.
27 829 Tampa Bay Rays Brady Wager Globe (Ariz.) HS Ariz.
27 830 Chicago Cubs Corey Martin Western Carolina N.C.
Senior righthander Corey Martin has good velocity (up to 94 mph) as a starter but little else.
28 832 Washington Nationals Matt Swynenberg Black Hawk (Ill.) JC Iowa
28 835 Pittsburgh Pirates Kyle Hooper Saugus (Calif.) HS Calif.
28 837 San Francisco Giants Jamaine Cotton Western Oklahoma State JC Okla.
28 838 Atlanta Braves Eric Swegman Young Harris (Ga.) JC Ga.
28 840 Detroit Tigers Tobin Mateychick Enid (Okla.) HS Okla.
Righthander Tobin Mateychick is extremely projectable and could blossom into an early-round 2012 draft pick after three years at Wichita State. He's a 6-foot-5, 185-pounder with a quick arm that delivers fastballs topping out at 94 mph. "He may throw 100 mph one day," one area scout said. Mateychick also can run his slider up to 84 mph, though it features more cutting action than bite. His changeup is similarly raw. He's very athletic for his size and doubles as a center fielder with good speed. He wants second-round money to sign and is unlikely to get it.
28 844 Texas Rangers Derek Law Seton LaSalle Catholic HS, Pittsburgh Pa.
Righthander Derek Law's father, Joe, reached the major league for four days in the late 1970s with the Athletics but never appeared in a game. The younger Law caught scouts' attention at the Perfect Game/World Wood Bat Championships in Jupiter, Fla., last fall, running his fastball up to 93 mph. He struck out 13 in a no-hitter in his first game this season, but his velocity has been down all spring, topping out at 88-90 and sitting in the 81-84 range down the stretch. His delivery needs work. His curveball and slider can both be better-than-average pitches when he's on, especially the curve. Law is committed to Miami Dade CC but is considered signable in the top 15 to 20 rounds.
28 845 Cleveland Indians Nick Sarianides Chattahoochee Valley (Ala.) JC Ala. $100,000
28 846 Arizona Diamondbacks Brian Budrow Utah Utah
Senior righthander Brian Budrow spent his first two seasons at Oregon State, where he was part of back-to-back College World Series winners, but he totaled just nine innings in those two years and transferred to Utah to get more time on the mound. He has shown scouts an 88-91 mph fastball with sink and a slider. He could get a chance as a senior sign.
28 847 Los Angeles Dodgers Bobby Hernandez Barry (Fla.) Fla.
28 848 Florida Marlins Holden Sprague Fresno State Calif.
28 850 Toronto Blue Jays Zach Outman Saint Louis Mo.
28 851 Houston Astros Eric Anderson Mountain Vista HS, Highlands Ranch, Colo. Colo.
28 852 Minnesota Twins Pat Light Christian Brothers Academy, Lincroft, N.J. N.J.
Righthander Pat Light opened eyes on the showcase circuit last year, showing a 91-92 mph fastball with vicious sink, but he came out of basketball season with a bout of tendinitis and sat in the mid-80s most of this spring. He's plenty projectable at 6-foot-5, 185 pounds, and he could blossom into the next Monmouth ace.
28 854 New York Mets Brian Needham Lamar Texas
28 857 Philadelphia Phillies Justin Beal Missouri Southern State Mo.
28 858 Boston Red Sox Eric Curtis Miami Dade JC Fla.
28 861 Los Angeles Angels Carson Andrew Jacksonville Fla.
Jacksonville righthander Carson Andrew tops out at 92 mph and missed time this spring with a muscle strain in his right shoulder. He threw well against Kyle Heckathorn and Kennesaw State in front of a slew of scouts to boost his draft stock and was expected to ride his pitchability to being picked in the first 10 rounds.
29 864 San Diego Padres Robert Poutier Virginia Va.
29 865 Pittsburgh Pirates Michael Heller Cardinal Mooney HS, Bradenton, Fla. Fla.
Florida signed Heller--one of four Aflac All-Americans in the recruiting class, joining Austin Maddox, LeVon Washington and Michael Zunino--as an infielder/righthander, and his power and balanced swing would make him an effective two-way player in college. Pro scouts like him for his arm, though, which plays at shortstop but plays much better on the mound. Heller has one of the best arms in Florida, and he's perhaps the best combination of athleticism and arm strength among the Florida prep crop this year, exceeded perhaps only by Keyvius Sampson. Heller often sat in the 88-92 mph range with his fastball this spring, but at other times he showed exceptional stuff, with some reports he was hitting 97 mph and regular readings of 94-95 early. Heller has projection in his frame, so those radar-gun readings should become more consistent in the future. He uses a high three-quarters slot to throw an average curveball and nascent changeup. Heller's secondary pitches need work, both in terms of command and sharpness. So does his deliberate delivery, which was exposed in Sebring by opposing basestealers. Some scouts have concern that he has something of a head whack in his delivery that may be difficult to smooth out. It might take first three-round money to buy Heller out of his Gators commitment, as both his brothers went to school in Gainesville, as does his older brother.
29 867 San Francisco Giants Luke Demko Rhode Island R.I.
Senior righty Luke Demko racked up 11 saves and 43 strikeouts in 32 innings this spring after ranking as the No. 9 prospect in the Coastal Plain League last summer. Rhode Island's all-time saves leader, Demko doesn't excite scouts despite his success. He lacks velocity considering his huge 6-foot-6, 289-pound body (which multiple scouts referred to as sloppy), working in the 86-88 mph range and topping out at 90, though he did reach 93-94 in the CPL all-star game last summer. Demko has some life and deception, but his secondary stuff rates as below-average, and he will be a late draft if he's taken at all.
Demko agreed to terms with the Giants, but the deal was voided, making him a free agent.
29 869 Cincinnati Reds Jason Braun Corban (Ore.) Ore.
Senior righthander Jason Braun at Corban College in Salem has interested scouts for his athleticism--he also played basketball at Corban his first three years there--and size at 6-foot-5 and 190 pounds. Braun has been up to 93 mph with his fastball from a low three-quarters arm slot. He also throws a slider and a split-finger fastball. Braun has not played summer ball and scouts aren't sure how much he loves the game. He didn't face high-quality competition this year and lost all three games he started against NAIA power Lewis-Clark State (Idaho), but could be an interesting project as a pick in the late teens or early 20s.
29 870 Detroit Tigers Mike Morrison Cal State Fullerton Calif.
San Diego product Mike Morrison has had an up-and-down career for Fullerton but has fit better in the bullpen, using a low-90s fastball and uniquely gripped changeup. He lost the closer role early in the season.
29 880 Toronto Blue Jays Zach Anderson Buffalo N.Y.
29 883 Chicago White Sox Trey Delk Clemson S.C.
29 885 New York Yankees Scott Matyas Minnesota Minn.
The state's best amateur pitching prospects are both draft-eligible sophomore righty relievers at Minnesota, Cullen Sexton and Scott Matyas. Matyas had a better season than Sexton, saving a school-record 15 games while posting a 2.22 ERA and a 45-7 K-BB ratio in 28 innings. His curveball is much better than Sexton's, while his fastball parks at 88-91. An athletic 6-foot-4, 215-pounder, he lettered in four sports (baseball, basketball, football, track) in high school. He had Tommy John surgery in 2005.
29 887 Philadelphia Phillies Mark Doll Southern Polytechnic State (Ga.) Ga.
29 890 Chicago Cubs Tim Clubb Missouri State Mo.
The Rays drafted righthander Tim Clubb in the 42nd round as a sophomore-eligible last year and monitored him closely in the Cape Cod League, but ultimately couldn't sign him. After leading Missouri State in wins his first two seasons and capturing the Missouri Valley Conference pitcher of the year award in 2008, Clubb wasn't as effective this spring and wound up in the bullpen. That will probably be his role in pro ball. His 83-86 mph cutter/slider remains his best pitch, but the 6-foot-2, 190-pounder lost command and velocity on his fastball (down to 87-88).
29 891 Los Angeles Angels Heath Nichols JC of Southern Idaho Idaho
30 892 Washington Nationals Rob Wort Jefferson (Mo.) JC Mo.
30 897 San Francisco Giants Craig Westcott Bellhaven (Miss.) Miss.
30 902 Kansas City Royals Josh Worrell Indiana Wesleyan Ind.
30 907 Los Angeles Dodgers Nick Gaudi Pepperdine Calif.
Righthanded closer Nick Gaudi was the most pleasant surprise in a disappointing season for Pepperdine. The 6-foot-4, 202-pounder racked up 47 strikeouts in 35 innings and saved nine after having 15 saves in 2008. Scouts attribute his 2009 success to the development of his slider and split-finger fastball, which finish off hitters after he sets them up by throwing his 88-91 mph fastball for strikes.
30 909 St. Louis Cardinals Chris Corrigan Mississippi Miss.
30 911 Houston Astros Brandon Petite Vauxhall Academy, Edmonton Alberta
Righthander Brandon Petite has good size and a fastball that sits around 88-90 mph. The 6-foot-3, 195-pounder complements it with a good slider and should be a late-round selection.
30 915 New York Yankees Kyle McKenzie Thayer Academy, Braintree, Mass. Mass.
The lone Massachusetts prep prospect with a realistic shot at signing this year is Thayer Academy righthander Kyle McKenzie, but it won't be an easy sign. McKenzie is committed to Tulane, and he draws comparisons to another Bay State product who went on to play for the Green Wave, Brandon Gomes (now pitching at Double-A in the Padres system). Like Gomes, McKenzie is a smallish righthander with a quick arm. He has worked in the 88-92 mph range this spring, and some reports had him touching 93-94 at times. Last year he pitched more in the 85-88 mph range. His velocity has climbed as his delivery has improved, though he still has quite a bit of effort. His curveball has also made significant strides, and it's close to average now with a chance to be plus in the future. The pitch remains somewhat slurvy but has good bite. McKenzie is an eighth- to 10th-round talent who is unlikely to be signable in that range, though a club could take him higher than that and make a run at him.
30 917 Philadelphia Phillies Stephen Kohlscheen Cowley County (Kan.) CC Kan.
Righthander Stephen Kohlscheen, the state's top juco prospect, helped Cowley County reach the Junior College World Series. For a 6-foot-7, 210-pounder, he does a good job of repeating his delivery. His fastball sits at 88-89 mph and touches 93 and could add velocity. He has improved his slider but still needs to make it tighter and more consistent. His father Brian is the Midwest crosschecker for the Phillies.
30 918 Boston Red Sox Jeremiah Bayer Trinity (Conn.) Conn.
Trinity senior righty Jeremiah Bayer is a strike-thrower with an 86-88 mph sinker and a passable slider.
30 919 Tampa Bay Rays Marcus Jensen Pinnacle HS, Phoenix Ariz. $125,000
31 924 San Diego Padres Matt Jackson South Alabama Ala.
31 929 Cincinnati Reds Adian Kummet St. Scholastica (Minn.) Minn.
31 930 Detroit Tigers Andrew Walter Cactus HS, Glendale, Ariz. Ariz.
31 931 Colorado Rockies Clint Tilford Kentucky Ky.
31 936 Arizona Diamondbacks Keith Cantwell Seton Hall N.J.
31 938 Florida Marlins Joey O'Gara Indiana Ind.
31 946 Milwaukee Brewers Jose Oviedo Miami Dade JC Fla.
31 951 Los Angeles Angels Jordan Whatcott Utah Utah
The Cinderella story of the conference tournaments this year was sixth-seeded Utah defeating San Diego State twice to earn its first regional berth since 1960. Leading the Utes was senior righthander Jordan Whatcott. He has a hard, thick body and repeats his delivery well. As a pitcher and second baseman at South Mountain (Ariz.) CC last year, he was 88-90 mph off the mound, and his stuff took a step forward this spring as he focused on pitching. His fastball sat between 90-92 mph, and touched 95, and he mixed in a firm, 83-84 mph slider that is an out pitch, as well as a work-in-progress changeup. His command needs work, but the biggest knocks on Whatcott are his size (6 feet and 200 pounds) and age. After serving a two-year Mormon mission in Brazil, he's older than most draft-eligible players. The team that drafts him will be giving him a nice present, as June 10 is his 24th birthday. So he'll need to be on a fast track, but he has a great work ethic.
32 952 Washington Nationals Kyle Morrison Wagner N.Y.
Wagner's Kyle Morrison ranked as the No. 3 prospect in the Atlantic Collegiate League last summer and had a solid but not spectacular junior season, going 8-2, 4.16 with 55 strikeouts and 22 walks in 67 innings. He was better early than he was down the stretch, but he still has a good chance to go in the top eight to 10 rounds. Morrison's fastball sits around 90 mph and touches 92-93, and his 79-81 slider can be an average pitch at times. He also has good feel for an 80 mph changeup that rates as a below-average pitch now but flashes average action.
32 954 San Diego Padres David Erickson Connecticut Conn.
32 958 Atlanta Braves Jake Montgomery Pope HS, Marietta, Ga. Ga.
32 960 Detroit Tigers Parker Markel Mountain Ridge HS, Glendale, Ariz. Ariz.
Righthander Parker Markel had arm problems in the fall and was recovering from them this spring, so his stuff was down a little bit. The 6-foot-3, 210-pounder still had enough stuff get results. He was throwing just 82 mph in a fall bullpen session, but his stuff came back as the spring progressed--he touched 91 mph--and he gets a lot of sink on his fastball from his three-quarters arm slot. He could add velocity as he matures. He has clean mechanics, the ball jumps out of his hand and he competes well. He'll head to Yavapai if he doesn't sign.
32 963 Oakland Athletics Garett Claypool UCLA Calif.
32 966 Arizona Diamondbacks Will Harvil Georgia Ga.
32 969 St. Louis Cardinals Travis Lawler Midland (Texas) JC Texas $100,000
32 970 Toronto Blue Jays Ryan Shopshire San Jose State Calif.
32 971 Houston Astros Greg Peavey Oregon State Ore.
Oregon State righthander Greg Peavey has been even more inconsistent. Ranked as the top prep arm in the Northwest in 2007, signability and a down senior high school season dropped him to the 24th round (Yankees). Now a draft-eligible sophomore, his numbers haven't matched his reputation. He spent his freshman year mostly pitching out of the bullpen, going 2-3, 4.96. He has been exclusively a starter this year, but the results have been about the same: 3-3, 5.30 with 37 strikeouts and 27 walks over 56 innings. Peavey's fastball was 92-94 mph in high school, with a lot of effort, a big head whack and crossed legs. He has cleaned up his mechanics, though his fastball now sits 89-91. So some scouts think he's be best off in the bullpen, where he could go all-out for an inning or two at a time. Because Peavey could significantly improve his stock with a good junior season, it's easy to see him returning to Corvallis.
32 973 Chicago White Sox Jake Wilson New Mexico State N.M.
Senior righthander Jake Wilson isn't physically imposing at 6 feet and 170 pounds and he didn't have much success as a traditional pitcher at Laredo (Texas) CC, so when he followed coach Chase Tidwell to New Mexico State he knew he had to try something different. Tidwell dropped him down to a true sidearm delivery and Wilson ran with it, touching 93 from that slot with major tilt. His breaking ball is just good enough at this point, but the fastball has a lot of movement and Tidwell believes it will destroy wood bats.
32 979 Tampa Bay Rays Alex Besaw Skagit Valley (Wash.) CC Wash.
Tullis' rotation-mates are both Oregon State transfers--righthanders Alex Besaw and Tyrell Poggemeyer. Besaw is the better prospect, though he was a little rusty after facing just two hitters for the Beavers last year. Then, right before the season started, he needed an emergency appendectomy and missed the first three weeks. He played for Bellingham in the West Coast Collegiate League, where Skagit Valley head coach Kevin Matthews spends his summers as the pitching coach. Besaw has a good frame at 6-foot-2 and 220 pounds, with big legs. He has a live arm and pitches in the 88-91 mph range, and was up to 93 last summer. He works both sides of the plate and has a good feel for a changeup. He needs to tighten up his slider for it to be an effective pitch at the next level.
32 980 Chicago Cubs Trey McNutt Shelton State (Ala.) CC Ala. $115,000
33 984 San Diego Padres Jon Berger San Diego State Calif.
33 991 Colorado Rockies Coty Woods Middle Tennessee State Tenn.
Middle Tennessee won the Sun Belt Conference behind Brentz, the team's No. 2 starter who also was tied for the national home run lead with 28 as regionals began. While he was playing his way into first-round consideration for 2010, he helped attract attention to other Blue Raiders, led by junior reliever Coty Woods, the team's closer who doesn't have a plus pitch but keeps the ball down and spots his slider. He could go in the 15th-18th round.
33 993 Oakland Athletics Mike Bolsinger Arkansas Ark.
Righthander Mike Bolsinger pitched five shutout innings of relief to beat Florida State in the first game of the NCAA super regionals. The 6-foot-2, 212-pounder has touched 95 mph in the past, but now operates at 88-90 mph with a sinker. He throws strikes with his two-seam fastball and a slurvy slider, and he competes. He projects as a middle reliever in pro ball.
33 996 Arizona Diamondbacks Brad Wilson Cal Poly Pomona Calif.
33 998 Florida Marlins Tom Buske Minnesota Minn.
33 1000 Toronto Blue Jays Robert Benincasa Armwood HS, Seffner, Fla. Fla.
33 1001 Houston Astros Brenden Stines Ball State Ind.
33 1003 Chicago White Sox Chase Cooney Volunteer State (Tenn.) CC Tenn.
33 1007 Philadelphia Phillies Colin Kleven Mountain SS, Langley, B.C British Columbia
Righthander Colin Kleven has a great body at 6-foot-5 and 195 pounds, but mechanically he's all over the place. He can throw 90 mph and projects for more, and likely needs another year of junior college to learn how to control his body and become more refined.
33 1008 Boston Red Sox Blaze Tart Pendleton School, Bradenton, Fla. Fla.
Another late pop-up was UNC Wilmington recruit Blaze Tart, a righthander originally from Durham, N.C., who attended the Pendleton Academy in Bradenton with J.R. Murphy. He benefited by performing well in front of scouts who came in to see his catcher. Tart is more of a projection pick, sitting 88-90 mph with his fastball and showing the hand speed to spin a curve. He's still catching up to his 6-foot-4 frame, and most scouts consider him a better bet after three college seasons.
33 1009 Tampa Bay Rays Ryan McCarney Cal State Northridge Calif.
33 1011 Los Angeles Angels Owen Dew Seminole (Fla.) CC Fla.
34 1012 Washington Nationals Shane McCatty Oakland Mich.
34 1013 Seattle Mariners Scott Griggs San Ramon Valley HS, Danville, Calif. Calif.
A veteran of elite showcases such as the Aflac Classic and the Area Code Games, Griggs has long been familiar to area scouts in Northern California. A 6-foot-2 righthander, he has been inconsistent with his command this year, but his raw stuff is still impressive. Griggs' fastball tops out at 95 mph, sitting in the low 90s, and he spins off a excellent curveball. Some scouts don't think Griggs' control is good enough for him to go straight to pro ball and expect him to follow through on his commitment to UCLA. Because of that Griggs is considered a tough sign and could join the Bruins unless he goes in the first two or three rounds.
34 1014 San Diego Padres Josh Cephas Southern Nazarene (Okla.) Okla.
Righthander Josh Cephas is one of the more intriguing senior signs in the draft. Though he drew little attention and went undrafted in two years at Contra Costa (Calif.) JC and his first at Southern Nazarene, his fastball touched 95 mph this spring. The 6-foot, 195-pounder starts with a methodical delivery before he cranks it up and the ball jumps out of his hand. He also has a hard slider. Cephas is still raw and projects best as a reliever after striking out 70 in 47 innings in that role this spring.
34 1016 Baltimore Orioles Malcolm Clapsaddle Oviedo (Fla.) HS Fla.
34 1019 Cincinnati Reds Forest Cannon UC Santa Barbara Calif.
34 1020 Detroit Tigers Derek Kline Millersville (Pa.) Pa.
34 1026 Arizona Diamondbacks Patrick Cooper Des Moines Area CC Iowa
Righthander Patrick Cooper doesn't have Mormann's velocity, but he had much better strikeout numbers (106 in 72 innings, versus 71 in 77 frames for Mormann) at Des Moines Area CC. A 6-foot-3, 204-pounder, he has much better pitchability and athleticism than Mormann. Cooper has an 89-92 mph fastball, a solid slider and a decent changeup. He spent his freshman season playing for head coach at Elvis Dominguez at Eastern Kentucky and has committed to play for Dominguez next year at Bradley.
34 1027 Los Angeles Dodgers Justin Dignelli George Washington D.C.
34 1029 St. Louis Cardinals David Kington Southern Illinois Ill.
34 1031 Houston Astros Scott Migl Texas A&M Texas
34 1032 Minnesota Twins Ricky Claudio American HS, Hialeah, Fla. Fla.
34 1035 New York Yankees Jake Petricka Indiana State Ind.
34 1036 Milwaukee Brewers Mike Ojala Rice Texas
Despite pitching with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow, Rice righthander Mike Ojala won games in the Conference USA tournament and the NCAA Division I regionals. He'll eventually need Tommy John surgery but decided to keep pitching until he couldn't any longer. Before he got hurt, Ojala had a chance to go in the fourth or fifth round. The 6-foot-3, 195-pounder had an 88-92 mph fastball, a hard curveball and good changeup. His elbow also bothered him last summer, when he helped the Santa Barbara Foresters win the NBC World Series.
34 1037 Philadelphia Phillies A.J. Griffin San Diego Calif.
34 1040 Chicago Cubs Rett Varner Texas-Arlington Texas
34 1041 Los Angeles Angels Ryan Cisterna Arkansas Ark.
35 1043 Seattle Mariners Eric Valdez Indiana State Ind.
35 1045 Pittsburgh Pirates Chris McKenzie San Jacinto (Texas) JC Texas
35 1053 Oakland Athletics Paul Smyth Kansas Kan.
35 1054 Texas Rangers Eddie Butler Greenbrier Christian Academy, Chesapeake, Va. Va.
35 1055 Cleveland Indians Chris Beck Jefferson (Ga.) HS Ga.
35 1056 Arizona Diamondbacks Zach Morgan Shasta (Calif.) JC Calif.
35 1058 Florida Marlins Tyler Topp Long Beach State Calif.
35 1059 St. Louis Cardinals Andy Moss Lincoln (Mo.) Mo.
35 1063 Chicago White Sox Danny Wiltz Tennessee Tenn.
35 1064 New York Mets Wes Wrenn The Citadel S.C.
The Bulldogs have a pair of solid senior signs in righthander Wes Wrenn and outfielder Sonny Meade. Wrenn has three fringe-average to average pitches, with an 88-92 mph fastball and changeup being his best offerings. He's just 5-foot-10 and projects as a middle reliever.
35 1065 New York Yankees Brett Bruening Grayson County (Texas) CC Texas
Along with San Jacinto's Jacob Cowan, righthanders Kendall Korbal and Brett Bruening entered the year as the state's best juco prospects. While Cowan maintained his status despite losing some velocity, Korbal and Bruening couldn't live up to expectations. Grayson County coach Dusty Hart says Bruening has more sheer arm strength than Jordan Walden, a former Viking who signed with the Angels for $1 million. A bit player on Grayson County's 2008 Junior College World Series championship club, he looked primed to contribute more as a sophomore after reaching 95 mph in fall practice. He flashed that velocity and even touched 96 this spring, but he has to dial his fastball down to 88-92 mph to throw strikes. His size (6-foot-6, 215 pounds) works against him because he has a hard time maintaining good balance and repeating his mechanics. He's still figuring out his delivery and command after missing two years in high school following elbow surgery. He also will have to develop reliable secondary pitches, as his curveball and changeup are mediocre. Pro clubs can't help but notice his fastball, but they may let Bruening spend a season at Louisiana State before investing heavily in him.
35 1068 Boston Red Sox Matt Milroy Marmion Academy, Aurora, Ill. Ill.
36 1073 Seattle Mariners John Housey Miami Fla.
36 1075 Pittsburgh Pirates Bobby Doran Seward County (Kan.) CC Kan.
36 1076 Baltimore Orioles Scott Firth Stevenson HS, Lincolnshire, Ill. Ill.
Righthander Scott Firth's size (6 feet and 165) and signability (he's a top student committed to Clemson) may work against him, but scouts love his arm and competitiveness. He has a heavy 88-91 mph fastball that tops out at 93, and he backs it up with a solid slider. He'll probably spend three years with the Tigers before turning pro.
36 1078 Atlanta Braves Andrew Wilson Liberty Va.
36 1082 Kansas City Royals Fabian Roman Marist HS, Bayonne, N.J. N.J.
36 1084 Texas Rangers Matt Carasiti Berlin (Conn.) HS Conn.
All of the prep prospects in the region are expected to head to school, but several of them have intriguing upside. The best of the lot is righthander Matt Carasiti, a projectable athlete with plenty of arm strength. Carasiti works in the 88-91 mph range now but figures to add velocity as he matures. He flashes a decent slider and is working on a split-finger fastball, and he could develop into a premium pick in three years at St. John's.
36 1085 Cleveland Indians Austin Evans Alabama Ala.
36 1087 Los Angeles Dodgers K.J. Childs Culver-Stockton (Mo.) Mo.
36 1088 Florida Marlins Kaleth Fradera Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, Gurabo, P.R. P.R.
36 1089 St. Louis Cardinals Justin Smith Utah Valley Utah
Righthander Justin Smith flies under the radar a little bit at Utah Valley. He has a smaller frame, but had success this season with a fastball that sat 88-91 mph and touched 93. He also has a plus slider and a changeup with good depth.
36 1092 Minnesota Twins Jason Zylstra Jacksonville State Ala.
36 1099 Tampa Bay Rays Jeff Cinadr Toledo Ohio
37 1103 Seattle Mariners Chris Kessinger Nebraska-Omaha Neb.
37 1105 Pittsburgh Pirates Zach Nuding Weatherford (Texas) JC Texas
37 1112 Kansas City Royals Tanner Poppe Girard (Kan.) HS Kan.
Poppe was much better known as a football and basketball star before he hit 93 mph at the World Wood Bat Championships in Jupiter, Fla., last fall. He had been recruited by NCAA Division I-A football programs as a tight end before giving up football as a senior, and he led Girard to runner-up finishes in the last two Kansas state 4-A basketball tournaments. His athleticism is evident on the mound as well, as he uses his 6-foot-6, 220-pound frame to throw low-90s fastball with little effort. Poppe is still a work in progress on the mound, as he works mainly with his heater and still is refining a curveball and changeup. He's an outstanding student, so he could be difficult to sign away from a Kansas scholarship. Poppe may not be signable enough to go early in the 2009 draft but could develop into a premium pick for 2012.
37 1113 Oakland Athletics Colin Bates North Carolina N.C.
The trickiest players for scouts on North Carolina's roster were relievers Brian Moran and Colin Bates. A redshirt sophomore who had a rib removed during thoracic outlet surgery in November 2006, Bates has low-90s velocity and bulldog tenacity out of the bullpen but doesn't hold his velocity on back-to-back days.
37 1114 Texas Rangers Chad Nading Nevada-Las Vegas Nev.
Draft-eligible sophomore Chad Nading is spending time in his fourth state in as many years. He grew up in Alaska, redshirted his freshman year at Oregon State, transferred to Skagit Valley (Wash.) CC and spent this year with UNLV. He's a 6-foot-6, 215-pound righthander who has been up to 93 mph, repeats his delivery and has a good breaking ball.
37 1117 Los Angeles Dodgers Joel Effertz Ladysmith (Wis.) HS Wis.
Scouts realized that righthander Joel Effertz was a work in progress, but they still hoped to see more out of him. He's an athletic 6-foot-3, 225 pounder who was an all-state kicker and star tight end in football and an honorable mention all-state forward in basketball. His fastball touched 93 mph and had heavy sink when he pitched with the Midwest Blazers scout team last summer, but his conditioning and velocity have been disappointing this spring. His arm action also worries scouts. He hasn't performed well enough to earn a bonus that would divert him from attending Arizona.
37 1120 Toronto Blue Jays Shawn Griffith George Mason Va.
37 1121 Houston Astros Raul Rivera Colegio San Vicente de Paul HS, Santurce, P.R. P.R.
Righthander Raul Rivera is the younger brother of Saul, a righthander with the Nationals. Raul spent the winter working with his brother to add a sinker to his repertoire. His fastball sits between 88-91 mph, and the new sinker is 83-84. His command and slow curveball are both inconsistent. Rivera, a Bethune-Cookman recruit, is more physical than his brother, coming in at 6-foot-3, 185 pounds. He's aggressive on the mound, never hesitating to pitch inside.
37 1122 Minnesota Twins David Gutierrez Miami Fla.
37 1126 Milwaukee Brewers Cullen Sexton Minnesota Minn.
The state's best amateur pitching prospects are both draft-eligible sophomore righty relievers at Minnesota, Cullen Sexton and Scott Matyas. Scouts give Sexton the edge because he throws harder, sitting at 90-93 mph and touching 95, and has more projection remaining in his 6-foot-3, 195-pound frame. His arm action isn't pretty, costing him command, and he lacks a reliable secondary pitch, which is why he had a 5.16 ERA as a set-up man. His velocity could sneak him into the first 10 rounds, however.
37 1128 Boston Red Sox Matt Koch Washington HS, Cherokee, Iowa Iowa
The state's best high school prospect is righthander Matt Koch, but scouts think he's not ready for pro ball and would be better off fulfilling his commitment to Louisville. Koch, whose father Scott is his head coach at Washington High (Cherokee), is a projectable 6-foot-3, 185-pounder. He can touch 92 mph with good run and little effort, though he sat at 87-88 for much of the spring. He also has some feel for a slider. Koch is a four-sport standout, also lettering in football, basketball and track.
37 1131 Los Angeles Angels Erik Gregersen Stephen F. Austin State Texas
38 1136 Baltimore Orioles Josh Dowdy Appalachian State N.C.
38 1137 San Francisco Giants A.J. Proszek Gonzaga Wash.
38 1143 Oakland Athletics Tristan Archer Sullivan South HS, Kingsport, Tenn. Tenn.
38 1145 Cleveland Indians Robert Sabo Kent State Ohio
38 1152 Minnesota Twins Peter Kennelly Fordham N.Y.
38 1161 Los Angeles Angels Justin Bellez Mira Mesa (Calif.) HS Calif.
39 1162 Washington Nationals Kyle Martin St. Michael's Academy, Austin Texas
39 1165 Pittsburgh Pirates Keifer Nuncio Katy (Texas) HS Texas
If righthander Keifer Nuncio were a little bigger and a lot more signable, he could go in the first five rounds. He has an 88-91 mph fastball, a solid curveball and feel for a changeup, and scouts praise his bulldog nature as much as his stuff. He's listed at 6-foot-2 and 195 pounds (which may be generous) and uses a drop-and-drive delivery, so he doesn't get much downward plane on his pitches. Committed to Texas, he may want first-round money to sign.
39 1166 Baltimore Orioles Kevin Alexander Taravella HS, Coral Springs, Fla. Fla.
39 1168 Atlanta Braves Joey Bourgeois Louisiana State-Eunice JC La.
39 1169 Cincinnati Reds Paul Barton Kwalikum SS, Qualicum Beach, B.C British Columbia
Righthander Paul Barton has a projectable, 6-foot-2, 180-pound frame. His fastball is a little short at 87-88 mph, but his arm works well and he shows the makings of three pitches. He's inconsistent and just needs more repetitions.
39 1171 Colorado Rockies Eric Federico Cal State Stanislaus Calif.
39 1177 Los Angeles Dodgers Ryan Hander Lincoln HS, Sioux Falls, S.D. S.D.
39 1180 Toronto Blue Jays Josh Lucas Lakeland (Fla.) HS Fla.
39 1181 Houston Astros Rory Young Mountain SS, Langley, B.C British Columbia
39 1182 Minnesota Twins Ryan Sadler Naples (Fla.) HS Fla.
39 1183 Chicago White Sox Paul Burnside Auburn Ala.
39 1184 New York Mets Taylor Whitenton Darton (Ga.) JC Ga.
39 1185 New York Yankees Cody Stiles Taravella HS, Coral Springs, Fla. Fla.
39 1186 Milwaukee Brewers Brady Rodgers Lamar Consolidated HS, Rosenberg, Texas Texas
39 1187 Philadelphia Phillies Sam Kidd Ohio County HS, Hartford, Ky. Ky.
39 1190 Chicago Cubs Nick Struck Mount Hood (Ore.) CC Ore. $125,000
40 1192 Washington Nationals Joseph Hughes McMichael HS, Mayodan, N.C. N.C.
40 1193 Seattle Mariners Jorden Merry Washington Wash.
Senior righthander Jorden Merry was a 14th-round pick by the White Sox last year, but opted to return to school. It looked like a bad move when he lost his spot in the weekend rotation and ended up with a 6.08 ERA.
40 1194 San Diego Padres Tom Porter Elon N.C.
40 1196 Baltimore Orioles Bobby Shore Palomar (Calif.) JC Calif.
40 1202 Kansas City Royals Mike Morin Shawnee Mission South HS, Overland Park, Kan. Kan.
40 1208 Florida Marlins Mitch Patito Patriot HS, Riverside, Calif. Calif.
40 1209 St. Louis Cardinals Jesse Simpson College of Charleston S.C.
40 1211 Houston Astros Dan Sarisky Oglethorpe (Ga.) Ga.
40 1215 New York Yankees Ben Watkins Pittsburgh-Johnstown Pa.
40 1216 Milwaukee Brewers Kyle Hansen St. Dominic HS, Oyster Bay, N.Y. N.Y.
Hansen's older brother Craig was a first-round pick by the Red Sox out of St. John's in 2005 and was later dealt to the Pirates in the 2008 Jason Bay trade. The consensus among scouts is that Kyle has better stuff now than Craig did at the same age. Hansen works in the 88-93 range and has touched 94 with a lively fastball. It's easy to project him to add velocity as he fills out his gangly 6-foot-7, 190-pound frame. WIth that kind of size, it's no surprise that Hansen has a funky, upright delivery, and he tends to stride open and drop his elbow. Hansen's high-70s to low-80s slider fluctuates from a 35 offering to a 50 pitch on the 20-80 scouting scale, but some scouts project it to be above-average in the future. He has some feel for a changeup and a split-finger but throws both sparingly, and it's difficult to distinguish between the two. Hansen's upside is huge, but most scouts believe he's likely to honor his commitment to St. John's, where he could easily blossom into a first-round pick in three years.
40 1218 Boston Red Sox James Dykstra Rancho Bernardo HS, San Diego Calif.
40 1220 Chicago Cubs Eric Whaley Cardinal Gibbons HS, Fort Lauderdale Fla.
41 1223 Seattle Mariners Kyle Witten Cal State Fullerton Calif.
Witten opened the season in the rotation but quickly lost his sport, winding up 4-3, 6.14 entering regionals. Drafted twice previously, Witten can touch the low 90s with his fastball, but he struggles with control of his four-seamer and secondary pitches, which include a split-finger pitch.
41 1226 Baltimore Orioles Mason Magleby Del Oro HS, Loomis, Calif. Calif.
41 1227 San Francisco Giants Gary Moran Sonoma State (Calif.) Calif.
41 1229 Cincinnati Reds Jake Wiley Marist N.Y.
41 1237 Los Angeles Dodgers Chris Handke Cornell N.Y.
41 1239 St. Louis Cardinals Cale Johnson McKendree (Ill.) Ill.
41 1242 Minnesota Twins Pat Butler Chatham (N.J.) HS N.J.
41 1245 New York Yankees Mariel Checo Thomas HS, New York N.Y.
41 1248 Boston Red Sox Kyle Rutter North Carolina State N.C.
41 1250 Chicago Cubs Jake Schmidt Concordia (Minn.) Minn.
42 1252 Washington Nationals Daniel Cropper UNC Wilmington N.C.
42 1254 San Diego Padres Rey Delphey Alonso HS, Tampa Fla.
42 1255 Pittsburgh Pirates Marc Baca Nevada-Las Vegas Nev.
42 1259 Cincinnati Reds Blair Carson Anderson (S.C.) S.C.
42 1260 Detroit Tigers Nick Avila Central Florida CC Fla.
42 1265 Cleveland Indians Jon Kountis Ohio Dominican Ohio
42 1269 St. Louis Cardinals Aaron Terry Southern Arkansas Ark.
42 1273 Chicago White Sox Chris Zagyi Middlesex (N.J.) CC N.J.
42 1276 Milwaukee Brewers Brad Schreiber Kimberly (Wis.) HS Wis.
42 1278 Boston Red Sox Gera Sanchez New Mexico JC N.M.
42 1281 Los Angeles Angels Sam Wolff Stevens HS, Rapid City, S.D. S.D.
Righthander Sam Wolff is the best of the three South Dakota high school pitchers who have scholarships from major college programs. He's not big at 6-foot-1 and 180 pounds, but he's athletic and has a quick arm that generates a lively fastball that sits in the high 80s and tops out at 92. Like most pitching stars in the Dakotas, he works mainly with his fastball and will have to develop his secondary pitches. Wolff played shortstop in high school and showed average speed, some pop in his righthanded bat and never-ending hustle. He's also a track and basketball standout. It's unlikely Wolff can be signed away from a commitment to San Diego.
43 1282 Washington Nationals Cohl Walla Lake Travis HS, Austin Texas
Walla earned all-state honors at wide receiver as Lake Travis won the Texas 4-A state football title in the fall of 2007, catching 68 passes for 1,072 yards and 13 touchdowns. He hasn't played football since, skipping his senior season on the gridiron to focus on baseball. That decision should prove to be wise, though questionable signability could drop him out of the early rounds this June and make him more of a prime draft prospect for 2012. Walla is an extremely athletic 6-foot-4, 170-pounder with the room to add plenty of muscle. He's wiry strong and shows raw power with an easy righthanded swing, but he hasn't hit as well as a senior as he did as a junior. Walla has above-average speed and plays a solid center field. He even offers arm strength, as he has shown an 88-91 mph fastball and flashed a hammer curveball on the mound. He's more of a thrower than a pitcher, however, and scouts prefer him as a position player. Walla verbally committed to Texas Christian before changing his mind and opting for Texas. He may not be signable outside of the first two rounds, but his talent fits more in the fourth- to sixth-round area for now.
43 1285 Pittsburgh Pirates Edward Fallon South Carolina-Upstate S.C.
43 1288 Atlanta Braves Alan Walden Red Bank HS, Chattanooga Tenn.
Six-foot-4, 180-pound Alan Walden went backward during the year. Walden had a broken elbow after a thumb injury earlier in the season and wound up pitching just 12 innings. He hit 94 in the fall, and his father is the assistant coach on his high school team.
43 1289 Cincinnati Reds Ricky Bowen Mississippi State Miss.
43 1292 Kansas City Royals Jeff Soptic Shawnee Mission East HS, Prairie Village, Kan. Kan.
43 1298 Florida Marlins Donovan Gonzales Twentynine Palms (Calif.) HS Calif.
43 1301 Houston Astros Anthony Tzamtzis La Salle HS, Miami Fla.
43 1307 Philadelphia Phillies Frank LaFreniere Ahuntsic (Quebec) JC Quebec
Righthander Francois Lafreniere is 6-foot-5 and 190 pounds and should fill out and get even stronger. He was a 34th-round selection by the Giants last year and has a fastball in the mid- to high 80s with sink and late life. His arm works well and he has the makings of a curveball with bite.
43 1310 Chicago Cubs Colin Kaepernick Nevada Nev.
43 1311 Los Angeles Angels Seth Harvey Washington State Wash.
Junior righthander Seth Harvey looked good in Alaska last summer, touching 93 mph with his fastball, but has been inconsistent this year and doesn't have much in the way of offspeed stuff.
44 1316 Baltimore Orioles Kyle Westwood Palm Harbor (Fla.) University HS Fla.
44 1318 Atlanta Braves Corey Newsom Bay HS, Panama City, Fla. Fla.
44 1324 Texas Rangers Tyler Christman South Carolina-Sumter JC S.C.
USC Sumter's Tyler Christman was the most accomplished junior-college pitcher in the state, going 12-1, 1.73, and using an 89-91 mph fastball and power slider to rack up 104 strikeouts in just 78 innings. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound Christman has a medical history, having had both Tommy John surgery and another procedure to repair a torn ACL.
44 1328 Florida Marlins Ken Giles Rio Grande HS, Albuquerque N.M.
New Mexico rarely has high school players selected in the draft. Aside from Walla, there are a few interesting players, but most will likely end up in college. Righthander Kenny Giles is the younger brother of Josh, who played in the Rangers system. Giles showed good velocity this spring, sitting 91-92 mph, and has touched 94 in the past. He throws only a fastball and changeup now and has dealt with tendinitis this spring.
44 1331 Houston Astros Mike Schurz Iowa Iowa
Righthander Mike Schurz has bounced back after missing all of 2008 recuperating from Tommy John surgery. The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder has a 90-93 mph fastball and a low-80s slider, though he'll have to improve his command. He spent his first two college seasons at Radford.
44 1332 Minnesota Twins Tyler Herr Katy (Texas) HS Texas
44 1333 Chicago White Sox Taylor Thompson Auburn Ala.
44 1336 Milwaukee Brewers Andrew Morris Gulf Coast (Fla.) CC Fla.
Gulf Coast CC had two pitchers to watch, led by freshman righthander Andrew Morris, an Alabama native who showed an 88-91 mph fastball and a good splitter before wearing down late in the season. He was the Panhandle Conference player of the year.
44 1340 Chicago Cubs Frank DeJiulio Daytona Beach (Fla.) CC Fla.
45 1344 San Diego Padres Derek Landis Iowa Western CC Iowa
45 1347 San Francisco Giants Kyle Kramp Westfield (Ind.) HS Ind.
45 1355 Cleveland Indians James Jones John A. Logan (Ill.) CC Ill.
Logan also has Illinois' second-best juco prospect in James Jones. A 6-foot-3, 210-pound righthander, Jones showed a 91-93 mph fastball and flashed an intriguing slider in fall practice. He wasn't consistent in the spring, however, and was bothered by elbow tenderness. He could be an early-rounder if 2010 if he puts things together after transferring to Lipscomb.
45 1360 Toronto Blue Jays Brandon Kaye Douglas (B.C.) British Columbia
Righthander Brandon Kaye is a raw 6-foot-4 215-pounder in his first full year of pitching. That's surprising, considering his half-brother is Blue Jays righthander Scott Richmond. He threw just 11 innings during his high school career, and as a junior-college freshman last year spent most of his time at first base. So the team that drafts him will be getting a fresh arm. His delivery is a little slow, but he has sound mechanics and pounds the strike zone. His fastball is 88-91 mph with room to grow, and he mixes in a slider that needs work. He still needs to develop a changeup.
45 1362 Minnesota Twins Eddie Ahorrio Jesus Silverio Delgado HS, Arecibo, P.R. P.R.
Righthander Eddie Ahorrio sat 88-93 mph with his fastball early in the year, which was the best velocity in Puerto Rico. He dropped to 86-88 mph late in the year, though, and was kicked off his high school team. He also throws a good breaking ball, but there isn't much projection in his 5-foot-11, 165-pound frame.
45 1364 New York Mets Jake Johansen Allen (Texas) HS Texas
45 1370 Chicago Cubs Addison Dunn Warren (Pa.) Area HS Pa.
46 1372 Washington Nationals Seth Greene Deep Run HS, Glen Allen, Va. Va.
46 1375 Pittsburgh Pirates Parker Bangs South Carolina S.C.
46 1376 Baltimore Orioles Scott Swinson Maryland Md.
The college crop has some interesting players, though no one with tremendous upside. One scout called Maryland righthander Scott Swinson a poor man's Mike Leake, referring to the smallish Arizona State righthander who led the nation in wins this year and is a possible first-round pick. Swinson, at 6-foot-1, 185 pounds, ranges from 86-91 mph with his fastball and typically sits 88-89, and he has a good changeup. He has plus command, as well as a great feel for pitching and strong competitiveness, helping his stuff play up. He learned a lot from Terrapins pitching coach Jim Farr after transferring from George Washington after his freshman season. He didn't have great numbers for a 27-27 Maryland squad, finishing 4-7, 5.54.
46 1378 Atlanta Braves Buck Farmer Rockdale County HS, Conyers, Ga. Ga.
46 1379 Cincinnati Reds Tim Dunn Trevecca Nazarene (Tenn.) Tenn.
46 1382 Kansas City Royals Hudson Randall Dunwoody (Ga.) HS Ga.
46 1393 Chicago White Sox Grant Monroe Northwest Florida State JC Fla.
46 1394 New York Mets Trey Pilkington Oxford (Ala.) HS Ala.
46 1396 Milwaukee Brewers Jordan Wong Vauxhall Academy, Edmonton Alberta
46 1397 Philadelphia Phillies Jeff Ames Skyview HS, Vancouver, Wash. Wash.
Righthander Jeff Ames entered the season with high expectations but hasn't improved much during his high school career and has battled injuries. He's expected to honor his commitment to Oregon State.
46 1398 Boston Red Sox John Pivach New Orleans La.
46 1401 Los Angeles Angels Jonathan Paquet Cardinal Roy SS, Ancienne-Lorette, Quebec Quebec
Righthander Jonathan Paquet stands 6-foot-4 and 185 pounds. He has an effortless delivery and pitches at 87-88 mph presently, but should add velocity as he fills out.
47 1403 Seattle Mariners David Holman Hutchinson (Kan.) CC Kan.
47 1406 Baltimore Orioles Nolan Martz McKendree (Ill.) Ill.
47 1407 San Francisco Giants Michael Ness Duke N.C.
47 1408 Atlanta Braves Colby Holmes Conway (S.C.) HS S.C.
Righthander Colby Holmes might not have the size to go pro now, but should be a good college pitcher with an 88-91 mph fastball and a curveball that at times grades as plus.
47 1409 Cincinnati Reds Jason Hampton Rocklin (Calif.) HS Calif.
47 1414 Texas Rangers Tyler Higgins Mount Pleasant (Mich.) HS Mich.
47 1415 Cleveland Indians Christian Powell Greenwood (S.C.) HS S.C.
Some compare righthander Christian Powell to Lyles, though Lyles is probably more projectable. Powell has committed to College of Charleston. He spins an average curveball to go with a solid changeup and 89-91 mph fastball. He also throws strikes and has solid athleticism, with some quarterback play in his past.
47 1419 St. Louis Cardinals Michael Thompson Bellarmine (Ky.) Ky.
47 1421 Houston Astros Matt Branham South Carolina-Upstate S.C.
47 1422 Minnesota Twins Richard Calcano Dr. Jose M. Lazaro HS, Carolina, P.R. P.R.
48 1438 Atlanta Braves Jamie Hayes Rider N.J.
48 1440 Detroit Tigers Jake Porcello Seton Hall Prep, West Orange, N.J. N.J.
48 1441 Colorado Rockies Clint McKinney Clemson S.C.
48 1449 St. Louis Cardinals Jason Novak UCLA Calif.
48 1450 Toronto Blue Jays Jeff Gibbs Birchmount Park Collegiate Institute, Toronto Ontario
Righthander Jeff Gibbs has an athletic, 6-foot-4, 180-pound frame, with room to fill out. The Toronto native has good arm speed, but his breaking ball is a little loopy and his secondary stuff needs work. If he doesn't sign, he's headed to Maine next year.
48 1452 Minnesota Twins Cody Dordan Newport (Ore.) HS Ore.
48 1456 Milwaukee Brewers Rey Cotilla Miami Dade JC Fla.
Like Buchanan, righthander Reynaldo Cotilla has big size at 6-foot-4, 205 pounds, and a big arm. He's run his fastball up to 95-96 mph this spring as a closer, getting back to the velocity he showed in high school before Tommy John surgery. Cotilla threw strikes coming back from the surgery and was explosive in a closer role, but he threw just 17 innings as he missed time with a tender arm. He's a North Carolina State signee.
48 1460 Chicago Cubs John Nasshan Niles West HS, Skokie, Ill. Ill.
49 1464 San Diego Padres Brett Holland Texas-Tyler Texas
49 1465 Pittsburgh Pirates Yasser Clor California Calif.
49 1466 Baltimore Orioles Ashley Bulluck South Broward HS, Hollywood, Fla. Fla.
49 1468 Atlanta Braves Gabe Gutierrez Apollo HS, Glendale, Ariz. Ariz.
49 1470 Detroit Tigers Cameron Giannini Hargrave Military Academy, Chatham, Va. Va.
49 1474 Texas Rangers Cat Kendrick Northgate HS, Newnan, Ga. Ga.
49 1475 Cleveland Indians Burch Smith Howard (Texas) JC Texas
49 1479 St. Louis Cardinals Andy Hillis Brentwood (Tenn.) HS Tenn.
Six-foot-7, 210-pound Andy Hillis went backward during the year. Scouts aren't high on Hillis' makeup, though he has a pro body and average stuff (88-90 mph fastball).
49 1480 Toronto Blue Jays Tommy Collier San Jacinto (Texas) JC Texas
Righthander Tommy Collier pitched Cypress-Fairbanks High to the state 5-A title in 2007, when he was also the 5-A player of the year. The Brewers thought they could sign him for $75,000 after taking him in the 29th round last June, but he opted to attend San Jacinto JC instead. Collier was the leading winner on the Gators this spring, going 12-1, 2.81 with 115 strikeouts in 83 innings. He capped his season with a 13-strikeout win over Spartanburg Methodist (S.C.) in the opening round of the Junior College World Series. Collier pitched at 86-91 mph with his two-seam fastball for most of the spring, keeping the ball down in the zone with good sink. The 6-foot-2, 195-pounder showed move velocity and touched 94 in the fall. His hard slider is his out pitch and he also throws a curveball, but he relies on his breaking stuff too often. Collier has committed to Texas for his sophomore season, but the Longhorns are loaded with pitchers and scouts wouldn't be surprised if Collier returned to San Jacinto if he doesn't turn pro.
49 1484 New York Mets Josh Easley Weatherford (Texas) HS Texas
49 1485 New York Yankees Xavier Esquivel Loyola Marymount Calif.
49 1489 Tampa Bay Rays Vince Spilker Raytown (Mo.) HS Mo.
49 1491 Los Angeles Angels Chunner Nyberg Dixie HS, St. George, Utah Utah
50 1497 San Francisco Giants Kaohi Downing Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.) Calif.
50 1506 Arizona Diamondbacks Frank Abbl Mesa (Ariz.) CC Ark.
50 1509 St. Louis Cardinals Tyler Lavigne San Diego State Calif.
50 1510 Toronto Blue Jays Burke Seifrit Semiahmoo SS, Surrey, B.C British Columbia
50 1512 Minnesota Twins Alberto Cardenas Palmetto Ridge HS, Naples, Fla. Fla.
50 1514 New York Mets Zack Godley Bamberg-Ehrhardt HS, Bamberg, S.C. S.C.
50 1520 Chicago Cubs Zach Cleveland Central Arizona JC Ariz.
Short righthander Zach Cleveland has a fastball that tops out at 93 mph and sits 90-92, setting up a devastating slider. He had trouble throwing strikes last year for the Vaqueros, but cut down his free passes this season.