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Round Overall Team Player School State Bonus
1 13 Oakland Athletics Grant Green Southern California Calif. $2,750,000
Local area scouts have long been familiar with Green, who was drafted by the Padres in the 14th round in 2006 out of high school in Anaheim. Now 6-foot-3 and 180 pounds, Green should move to the top of the first round this year, building on his terrific showing in the Cape Cod League last summer, where he was overwhelmingly chosen as the top prospect. He struggled early this season, perhaps due to a touch of draftitis as well as two nagging injuries: a rolled ankle and hand blisters. His average hovered near the Mendoza line early, but he rallied to .365/.436/.556 as the regular season wound down. After pounding nine homers in 2008, he had three this season. Potential five-tool middle infielders are rare at the college level, prompting comparisons to former Long Beach State stars Troy Tulowitzki and Evan Longoria. Green does not project to have the same thunder in his bat--compared with Longoria, in particular--but he is similar to Tulowitzki in his defensive skills and playmaking ability. He has excellent range, outstanding hands and the smooth and fluid actions of a possible Gold Glove defender. Green has a fine arm, though not quite the cannon Tulowitzki possesses. He's faster than either Longoria or Tulowitzki, frequently clocking in the 6.6-second range over 60 yards. While he doesn't profile as an offensive powerhouse, he should become a long-term middle-infield fixture, a solid .280-plus big league hitter who may produce 15-20 home runs annually. Such potential is extremely rare in a college player.
1 21 Houston Astros Jio Mier Bonita HS, La Verne, Calif. Calif. $1,358,000
Mier is supported by a large and enthusiastic family. At the 2008 Aflac Classic they made up a sizeable cheering section, complete with artfully constructed banners and signs. His mother Leticia is a fixture at his games, with her ever-present video camera, and has seen plenty of highlights this year. Mier is the rare prep shortstop who projects to remain at that position in pro ball. He has above-average speed and a powerful arm that grades out to well-above-average. He occasionally pitches for his high school squad, and scouts have gunned his fastball in the 91-93 mph range. He has an athletic and projectable 6-foot-2 170-pound frame. Mier has decent hands, though his actions need to be smoother, which should come with experience. He has been inconsistent with the bat, struggling last summer during showcases but looking sensational last fall at the World Wood Bat Championship and the Southern California scout ball all-star game. Overstriding threw off his timing earlier in the spring, but of late he shortened his stride, though he still has a tendency to lunge at the ball and get his weight out on his front leg. When Mier squares a pitch up, the ball flies off his bat. He has the natural quickness and hand-eye coordination to be an excellent hitter. He projects as a line-drive singles and doubles hitter, with slightly below-average power.
1 27 Seattle Mariners Nick Franklin Lake Brantley HS, Altamonte Springs, Fla. Fla. $1,280,000
An Auburn recruit, Franklin is the latest in a line of Lake Brantley High baseball stars that has included Jason Varitek, Felipe Lopez and brothers Rickie and Jemile Weeks. Franklin, who helped lead last year's team to a state 6-A title, has surpassed them all in terms of performance, hitting 10 homers this spring to lead Lake Brantley back to the state playoffs. A switch-hitter, Franklin has shown bat speed to catch up to good fastballs and uses the whole field. Scouts don't expect him to hit for even average power with wood, but he should have enough strength in his wiry frame to keep pitchers honest. Scouts have made comparisons to players such as Aaron Hill or Lopez offensively, though he has less power. He's an above-average runner with fast-twitch athleticism and the ability to stay at shortstop as a pro, which makes him likely to go out in the first two rounds. Franklin has infield actions, solid footwork that needs polish and more than enough arm strength for shortstop, as it grades above-average. Franklin's makeup resembles Hill's more than Lopez's, which is a strong positive.
1s 41 Arizona Diamondbacks Chris Owings Gilbert (S.C.) HS S.C. $950,000
Owings streaked to the front of the class of prep hitters in South Carolina and into second-round consideration for several teams, who saw him as an offensive middle infielder capable of staying at shortstop. He joined North Carolina's top prep hitter, Wil Myers, as part of a boffo South Carolina recruiting class, but both were in danger of signing as two of the more accomplished prep position players with present offensive skills and middle-of-the-diamond defensive ability. Owings reminds some scouts of former Georgia All-American Gordon Beckham, though with less power. Owings has offensive tools and put them together at the right time for crosscheckers and scouting directors. He has quick, strong hands and average speed, and makes an impact in several ways as a hitter. He added strength over the last year and hits with more authority, prompting his move up draft boards. He's an average defender at short, though he lacks natural, true shortstop actions. Some scouts believe Owings' value is less than the sum of his parts, as they question his feel for hitting and peg him to move to second base as a pro, rather than remain at shortstop. While he might be a better value in the fifth round, he's not expected to last that long.
2 54 Baltimore Orioles Mychal Givens Plant HS, Tampa Fla. $800,000
Givens started making noise as a prospect after his freshman season in high school, and he hasn't stopped. A veteran of the Aflac and Under Armour games from last summer, Givens has been evaluated at a national level repeatedly. Over time, he has evolved as a prospect, going from hitter to pitcher and back again. He has a strong, athletic body and physical frame, with elite tools including one of the best arms in the draft. He's reached 97 mph off the mound in short bursts and still shows above-average velocity from a low arm slot, pitching Plant High deep into the state playoffs. While some scouts do like him better on the mound, most see him as a reliever and see more value as a position player. He has strength and good hands that should allow him to hit for power down the line, though his swing will need tweaking. Defensively, Givens isn't smooth at short but has first-step quickness and plenty of arm. His Oklahoma State commitment isn't considered a significant impediment to him signing in the first three rounds.
2 57 Cincinnati Reds Billy Hamilton Taylorsville (Miss.) HS Miss. $623,600
Hamilton, like many Mississippi prep products, remains raw, as he's never played baseball full-time and needs to face better competition. Hamilton ranks among the fastest players in the draft, a true 70 runner on the 20-80 scale. Hamilton also is among the lightest players, if not the lightest being considered in the first five rounds, checking in at around 150 pounds. One evaluator said he resembles Brewers utilityman Bill Hall at a similar stage of development. Hamilton lacks present strength in his wispy frame, and some teams will walk away from a player whose present bat is short. Hamilton's swing is fairly sound, though, and he's learning to bat lefthanded as well to take advantage of his speed. He has outstanding arm strength, reaching 94 mph off the mound, and might be able to remain a shortstop; if not he'll stay in the middle of the diamond in center field. He's a Mississippi State football recruit, but scouts still consider him signable.
2 78 Tampa Bay Rays Kenny Diekroeger Menlo HS, Atherton, Calif. Calif.
Diekroeger stunned all observers at the Area Code Games in Long Beach, ranking first in the SPARQ rankings with an almost unheard of 85.96 score. Kenny ran a blistering 6.68 60 yard dash, and added a phenomenal 34.9 inch vertical leap. As a baseball player, Diekroeger is acceptable as a shortstop but his actions are not exceptional. With his remarkable overall athletic ability, Diekroeger may be a better fit as an outfielder. Kenny showed flashes of interesting hitting ability, but he needs to improve at the plate and develop consistency in his approach and results. Diekroeger figures to be an exceptionally attractive college recruit, given his stunning physical ability combined with terrific grades and a nearly off the charts SAT score. There is little doubt that given his athleticism, Kenny will eventually be drafted in an early round. If his bat advances quickly, that will occur in June 2009. If his bat takes longer to develop, that will occur after three years in a college program.
3 103 New York Mets Robbie Shields Florida Southern Fla. $315,000
Shields wasn't highly recruited despite a strong senior season in high school, when he hit 18 homers for Pasco High. He wound up at Division II Florida Southern and was having a solid college career, hitting .348 as a sophomore with nine home runs. Still, he was not a well-known commodity before he went to the Cape Cod League. In a short stint with Cotuit, he burst on the scene as a potential first-round pick. Ten games into his stint there, he was hitting .429 with two home runs, but a hurt his right wrist sliding head-first into third base. He wound up staying for five more games before shutting down his summer with what proved to be a hairline fracture and some ligament damage. Shields has had plenty of scrutiny this season as the top talent in the competitive Sunshine State Conference and has had some draftitis, as he had just five homers after hitting 17 in his first two seasons. Shields showed early-round tools with strength in his hands, average speed and middle-infield actions, but he's more likely an offensive second baseman or perhaps a third baseman in the David Bell mode rather than a true shortstop. His modest spring performance likely drops him into the third-round range, but he still has a shot to challenge the second-round record set by Moccasins alumni Lance Niekro (1999) and Brett Tomko (1995).
3 105 Milwaukee Brewers Josh Prince Tulane La. $304,200
Shortstop Josh Prince had a breakout season, batting .353 and tying for the NCAA Division I lead with 48 steals in 55 attempts. That was a far cry from his performance in 2008, when he batted .236 in his first season at Tulane after transferring from Texas. He struggled last year while recovering from elbow surgery, and getting healthy and wearing glasses to correct an astigmatism led to his turnaround. Prince's best tool is his speed, which makes him a threat on the bases and allows him to cover ground at shortstop. He's not the most fluid defender, but he does have a solid arm. A 6-foot-3, 195-pounder, Prince controls the strike zone, makes contact and offers modest power from the right side. He doesn't use his legs well or get much leverage in his swing, and he'll have to prove he can hit with wood bats.
3 107 Boston Red Sox David Renfroe South Panola HS, Batesville, Miss. Miss. $1,400,000
Renfroe's father Laddie played baseball at Ole Miss, where he was a pitcher and a two-time all-Southeastern Conference selection. If the younger Renfroe makes it to Oxford, he has a chance to exceed his father's accomplishments as a power pitcher who also could be an outstanding college hitter. That's the problem for Ole Miss, though--Renfroe may be too good to get to school. He's a legitimate prospect both ways and reportedly put the word out that he wanted to hit, and that he wanted to sign if the money was right. Renfroe has a polished approach as a hitter, with solid-average power and hitting tools. He's a smooth defender with good hands who should be a capable college shortstop and an outstanding third baseman at the pro level. He has obvious arm strength that also plays on the mound. He sits at 88-92 mph with his fastball and has touched higher, up to 95 at times. He has the ability to spin a breaking ball and has shown a feel for a changeup. Scouts are split on whether he has more upside as a pitcher or as a hitter. He showed his wood-bat power with a home run last year during the Under Armour/Baseball Factory all-star game, easily reaching the Wrigley Field seats. He could go late in the first round as a hitter for a team that wants to buy him away from Ole Miss, though the consensus had him as a second- to third-round talent.
4 118 Atlanta Braves Mycal Jones Miami Dade JC Fla. $252,000
Jones will be 22 by draft day, making him unusual for a junior-college player. But he has pro tools, and that combined with his polish should make him one of the country's first junior-college players selected. He spent two years at North Florida, being named to the Atlantic Sun Conference's all-freshman team as a redshirt in 2007 before being academically ineligible in 2008. Jones then transferred to Miami-Dade and was the conference player of the year as a fourth-year sophomore. His speed and defense will immediately play in pro ball; while he has 70 raw speed with 6.4-second 60 times, Jones' speed doesn't play offensively because he has more of an uppercut, power-oriented swing. He's athletic and has infield actions. Scouts are mixed on whether his average throwing arm will be enough for shortstop, and some question his range as well. He has enough strength and bat speed to hit for average as a pro, even if he doesn't maintain the power he has flashed with metal bats (he hit .447 with 13 homers this spring). Most scouts conservatively see Jones as a future utility infielder with possible Chone Figgins upside, but he could wind up an everyday shortstop. Teams that see him that way could take him as high as the fourth round.
4 120 Detroit Tigers Edwin Gomez Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, Gurabo, P.R. P.R. $245,700
Shortstop Edwin Gomez did not play well this spring, and the consensus seems to be that he will eventually have to move off the position. With a 6-foot-3, 175-pound frame, Gomez is already more physical than his cousin, Alex Cintron of the Nationals. A move to a corner outfield spot is likely, though he might not have the bat to play there. Gomez is a switch-hitter and is better from the left side.
4 126 Arizona Diamondbacks David Nick Cypress (Calif.) HS Calif. $225,000
Cypress High in Orange County is a top-notch program that has recently produced first-rounders Scott Moore (2002) and Josh Vitters (2007). Nick doesn't figure to be drafted quite that high, but he is an outstanding player nonetheless. A 6-foot-2 high school shortstop, Nick will probably move to second base in pro ball. He doesn't have the arm, hands or actions to hold down shortstop beyond college, but second should be a perfect fit. Nick is an excellent all-around athlete, with one of the most interesting batting stances seen in years. Eschewing modern hitting theory, he stands dead still at the plate, with his feet spread and the bat held above his back shoulder. Motionless as the pitch comes in, he turns on the ball by whipping the bat and snapping his wrists violently at the last instant. No one would be foolish enough to compare a high schooler to Joe DiMaggio, but Nick's swing is a near copy. And it gets results. Nick is a line-drive hitter, and the ball screams off his bat when he squares a pitch up. The only concern with Nick is that his terrific quickness will at times cause him to pull off the ball too soon, imparting topspin to the ball. As a professional, Nick profiles as an offense-oriented second baseman with average defensive skills, above-average speed, average power, and potentially well-above-average hitting skills.
4 130 Toronto Blue Jays Ryan Goins Dallas Baptist Texas $216,000
Ryan Goins smashed 22 homers for Dallas Baptist this spring, but his best tool is actually his plus-plus arm. A lefthanded hitter, he projects to have more gap power than home run pop with wood bats. The 5-foot-11, 183-pounder draws a lot of walks and should be able to hit in pro ball. His well-below-average speed will force him to move from shortstop to second base, where his arm strength will be less of an asset.
5 158 Florida Marlins Chase Austin Elon N.C. $155,000
The Southern Conference had a strong season, with two regional teams and four others than won at least 30 games. Elon won the conference with a veteran lineup full of juniors and seniors. The team's top junior is Chase Austin, who has played all over the infield but mostly at third base. He's athletic, runs well and has shown a consistent ability to get the barrel of the bat to the ball. Scouts question whether his power will translate to wood.
5 159 St. Louis Cardinals Ryan Jackson Miami Fla. $157,500
Jackson developed into one of the draft's bigger enigmas as the year progressed. As a sophomore, he was a premium defender and .360 hitter toward the bottom of a loaded Miami lineup. He helped the Hurricanes reach the College World Series, then joined USA Baseball's college national team for the summer. Scouts have questioned Jackson's bat since he was in high school; he wasn't drafted as a prep and scouts have seen his bat go backward this spring. Jackson was dropped from high in the Miami order to the bottom before moving back up as the draft approached. He's a below-average runner with below-average raw power, and virtually all his value is in his glove. Despite his lack of speed, Jackson plays shortstop with grace, showing good hands, a strong arm, outstanding instincts and smooth actions. Jackson's glove is good enough to make him a regular if he can hit .250 with wood, but he was barely hitting .250 with metal, making it difficult to peg his draft position.
5 161 Houston Astros Brandon Wikoff Illinois Ill. $154,000
Despite being one of the smallest players in the Big Ten, 5-foot-8 shortstop Brandon Wikoff is one of its biggest threats at the plate. The lefthanded hitter became the first Illinois player ever to hit for the cycle, batted .373/.434/.544 and finished the season on an 18-game hitting streak. He has exceptional bat control, ranking second in NCAA Division I in at-bats per strikeout (32.6) and reaching base in all but one of the Illini's 54 games. Wikoff isn't toolsy, but he gets the most out of what he has and has fine instincts. He has average speed but his fringe arm may necessitate a move to second base in pro ball.
5 170 Chicago Cubs Wes Darvill Brookswood SS, Langley, B.C. British Columbia $142,200
Like many Canadian position players, shortstop Wes Darvill bats lefthanded and throws righthanded. Because he's already 6-foot-3 and 175 pounds, he may have to move off shortstop, and he has the arm to play third base. He has the bat speed to catch up to velocity, but at this point he doesn't have the strength in his wrists and forearms to do anything with it yet. He plays the game hard and could benefit from spending a year or two in college.
6 172 Washington Nationals Michael Taylor Westminster Academy, Fort Lauderdale Fla. $125,000
Taylor has good size at 6-foot-3, 190 pounds and may need to move off shortstop eventually. He has enough athletic ability to remain in the infield. His bat was strong all spring, and the North Florida recruit has average future power potential.
6 180 Detroit Tigers Daniel Fields University of Detroit Jesuit HS Mich. $1,625,000
Fields' father Bruce had a brief major league career and won three minor league batting titles before becoming a hitting instructor. Currently the Indians' minor league hitting coordinator, he was the Tigers' big league batting coach in 2003 when Daniel hit a batting-practice homer at Comerica Park--as a 12-year-old, with a wood bat. In addition to good bloodlines, he has a body and a package of tools that scouts can dream on. He's 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds and offers a tantalizing combination of above-average power potential and speed. He's strong and has good lift in his lefthanded swing. Fields has less polish than might be expected of the son of a former big leaguer, but a strong spring has erased his reputation for being more of a showcase standout than a game performer. Fields is athletic, moves well and has a solid arm, but his size makes it likely that he'll move off shortstop at the next level. He projects better defensively as either a third baseman or an outfielder, and it's possible that he could play in center. Fields attends a prestigious private school and has committed to Michigan, so he probably won't be signable as a projected fourth- to seventh-round pick. His dad wants him to stay at shortstop and receive a seven-figure bonus, further complicating matters. He has the tools to blossom into a first-rounder after three years with the Wolverines.
6 191 Houston Astros Enrique Hernandez American Military Academy, Guaynabo, P.R. P.R. $150,000
Second baseman Enrique Hernandez played well at the spring's first showcase, going 4-for-4 and putting himself on the fringes of the top 10 rounds. Hernandez has a short, compact swing with a little bit of pop. Defensively, he has smooth actions, soft hands and a good arm. His body type and defense are similar to Luis Matos, but Hernandez profiles as a better hitter.
7 230 Chicago Cubs Blair Springfield MacArthur HS, Decatur, Ill. Ill. $127,500
Outfielder Blair Springfield offers solid power potential from the right side of the plate. The 5-foot-11, 195-pound righthanded hitter may be a tweener outfielder by pro standards at this point, as he doesn't run well enough to play center and isn't big or strong enough for the corners yet. He's the cousin of Jermaine Dye and an Illinois State recruit.
7 231 Los Angeles Angels Jon Karcich Santa Clara Calif. $100,000
Karcich battled a shoulder injury in 2009, which held him to only two homers after he belted 12 in 2008. A shortstop at Santa Clara, he struggled defensively this year, committing 15 errors. At 6-foot-2 and 195 pounds, he's a fine athlete who may be able to play several different positions and could add to his value if he regains his power stroke of 2008.
8 232 Washington Nationals Roberto Perez Dorado Academy, Dorado, P.R. P.R. $150,000
Teams are split on where Roberto Perez will end up. Some teams prefer the 6-foot-1, 175-pound righthander on the mound, some see him at shortstop and others would like him to move to third base or even behind the plate. Lauded for his makeup and work ethic, Perez has been working hard to improve his defense and hitting. He wants to stay at shortstop, where he's quick to the ball and has a plus arm, but his actions are a bit mechanical and he doesn't have great hands. Perez has a high-energy, all-or-nothing swing and has focused on staying back and learning how to go the other way. Battling a stomach virus that had him running to the bathroom between innings, he still led the Excellence Tournament in hitting. On the mound, he's been clocked as high as 92 mph. Perez will continue to play both ways if he winds up at Oklahoma State.
8 249 St. Louis Cardinals Jason Stidham Florida State Fla. $100,000
Stidham has been a three-year starter for the Seminoles, a consistent offensive performer who lacks a true defensive home. He has good patience and solid power with a decent idea of how to use the whole field. He profiles best at second base but has hard hands defensively.
8 252 Minnesota Twins Brian Dozier Southern Mississippi Miss. $30,000
Southern Mississippi reached regionals (and then advanced to super regionals) despite an injury to senior shortstop Brian Dozier, the team leader who went down in April with a broken clavicle. He was more of a solid college shortstop than a big pro prospect and fits better at second base, as a fringy runner with a fringe arm.
9 268 Atlanta Braves Matt Weaver Burlington (N.J.) CC N.J. $105,000
Weaver flew under the radar among most Northeast area scouts despite hitting .452 with 13 homers and 28 stolen bases as a freshman at Burlington County CC. He offers some pull power and good speed. He also has good enough actions and arm strength to stick in the middle infield, though maybe not at shortstop.
9 277 Los Angeles Dodgers Bryant Hernandez Oklahoma Okla. $115,000
Shortstop Bryant Hernandez started just 39 games in his first two college seasons but broke out and batted .351 with 12 homers and 10 steals this spring. Though he's undersized at 5-foot-8 and 170 pounds, he generates surprising pop from the right side of the plate. He has good speed and the ability to make accurate throws from different angles. Hernandez sometimes tries to do too much, leading to strikeouts and errors.
9 281 Houston Astros Ben Orloff UC Irvine Calif. $25,000
Orloff, a 19th-rounder a year ago, is a skilled California shortstop who handles the bat well, though his range may be short for pro ball.
9 282 Minnesota Twins Nick Lockwood Jesuit HS, Tampa Fla. $125,000
10 319 Tampa Bay Rays Derek Dennis Forest Hills Central HS, Grand Rapids, Mich. Mich.
Dennis has surpassed fellow Michigan shortstop recruit Daniel Fields as the Wolverine State's best prospect this spring. An athletic 6-foot-3, 175-pounder, Dennis was also an all-state guard in basketball, averaging 21.6 points a game as a senior and finishing his career as the leading scorer in Forest Hills Central's history. Scouts describe him as a cross between former Michigan high school product D.J. LeMahieu (now at Louisiana State) and former Wolverines shortstop Jason Christian (the Athletics' fifth-round pick in 2008). Dennis is a better athlete than LeMahieu but isn't quite as advanced as a hitter. He's no slouch at the plate, however, and Dennis has a long finish from the right side and uses the opposite field like LeMahieu does. He should develop at least solid power as he fills out his frame, and he has shown the ability to drive the ball with a wood bat. Dennis grades as an average runner, in part because he has a long swing and it takes him time to get out of the box, but he makes all the plays at shortstop. He has a quick first step, good range and a strong arm. The draft is thin on middle infielders and it's easy to dream on Dennis, so a team that likes him could pop him as early as the third round. He's considered a potential tough sign, though, and could slide much further. He strained his ribcage in mid-May, making it difficult for clubs to get a good look at him right before the draft.
11 327 San Francisco Giants John Eshleman Mount San Jacinto (Calif.) JC Calif.
11 338 Florida Marlins Chris Wade Kentucky Ky. $150,000
11 347 Philadelphia Phillies Jeremy Barnes Notre Dame Ind.
Jeremy Barnes may be more of a utilityman than a shortstop at the next level, but he's a good senior sign who will get the most of his ability. The 5-foot-10, 190-pounder has some righthanded pop and led Notre Dame with 15 homers and 70 RBIs this spring after totaling 11 longballs in his first three seasons. He spent his first three years with the Irish at second base, and he has sure hands and good instincts.
11 348 Boston Red Sox Jason Thompson Germantown (Tenn.) HS Tenn. $300,000
Tennessee recruit Ryan Casteel and Germantown product Jason Thompson, a Louisville recruit, are the two top prep bats. The consensus has both being better served going to school, but they stand out in a weak year for hitters in the Volunteer State, and might get overdrafted as a result. Thompson, a switch-hitting 6-foot-1, 180-pounder, is a prep shortstop who profiles as a third baseman both in college and probably in pro ball, though some scouts like him as a second baseman. An Aflac All-American, Thompson has good athletic ability, is a plus runner and has a solid-average arm. His swing gets long and he hit a modest .406 this spring, making contact but driving the ball too inconsistently for scouts' taste. A hamstring tweak hurt hit performance late in the spring.
12 358 Atlanta Braves Chris Lovett Columbia State (Tenn.) CC Tenn. $100,000
13 402 Minnesota Twins Clarence Davis Campbell HS, Smyrna, Ga. Ga.
13 410 Chicago Cubs Chad Taylor Jefferson HS, Tampa Fla.
14 421 Colorado Rockies Jeff Squier Mississippi Valley State Miss.
14 425 Cleveland Indians Kyle Smith Cal Poly Calif.
14 426 Arizona Diamondbacks Brent Greer Western Carolina N.C.
Brent Greer hit .402 this spring. He's a solid-average hitter who has a better throwing arm and fits better in the outfield than at third base.
14 427 Los Angeles Dodgers Casio Grider Newberry (S.C.) S.C.
15 452 Kansas City Royals Scott Lyons Arkansas Ark.
15 456 Arizona Diamondbacks David Narodowski Kansas Kan.
16 472 Washington Nationals Sean Nicol San Diego Calif.
16 477 San Francisco Giants Ryan Cavan UC Santa Barbara Calif.
16 496 Milwaukee Brewers Scooter Gennett Sarasota (Fla.) HS Fla. $260,000
Sarasota High has produced 10 players drafted in the first five rounds over the last 20 years, and Gennett--whose real first name is Ryan--should be the 11th. He helped the Sailors win a state title when he was a freshman in 2006. He isn't a conventional prospect in some ways but he has one of the more advanced bats in the draft, high school or college. He showed a strong, quick swing and advanced approach last summer, particularly impressing at the East Coast Showcase. He profiles as an offensive second baseman, while Florida State intends for him to start at shortstop as a freshman. He's a grinder with surprising power and bat speed for his size (a listed 5-foot-10, 170 pounds), and though he can be streaky, his bat is his best tool. He's a better runner on the field than in showcase events, but he's closer to average than above-average in that department. Defensively he gets the most of his ability, with his range and arm better suited for the right side of the infield than the left. He's agile, though, and a solid athlete. Gennett would be a crucial get for Florida State, if he gets there. Most scouts consider him a third-to-fifth round talent.
17 509 Cincinnati Reds Deven Marrero American Heritage HS, Plantation, Fla. Fla.
Scouts have seen plenty of Marrero over the years, from his freshman year in high school, when his brother Chris became the Nationals' second-round pick, to last year, when American Heritage produced first-rounder Eric Hosmer (Royals), catcher Adrian Nieto (Nationals, fifth round) and righthander Juan Carlos Sulbaran (Reds, 30th, $500,000). Marrero has carved out a bit of his own nichr this spring, showing improved strength to go with his excellent defensive skills and leading Heritage to a state runner-up finish. He's a more well-rounded player than his brother, who moved down the defensive spectrum quickly. Marrero started slowly this spring but picked up his offense as the season went along. Present hitting ability is his biggest question, as his swing has some length to it. His swing also has leverage, though; while scouts project him to hit for power down the line, he's short in that department now, and he's only an average runner. Defensively, he has a plus arm, smooth footwork and above-average hands. He should have no trouble staying at shortstop, as he plays the game smoothly. He's a baseball player in the best sense, even closing for American Heritage when needed. Marrero's slow start cooled some of the ardor for him in the scouting community, and word in the South Florida area is that he intended to honor his commitment to Arizona State, where he was expected to start from day one.
18 532 Washington Nationals Marcus Stroman Patchogue-Medford HS, Medford, N.Y. N.Y.
Scouts love two-way talent Marcus Stroman, but he's a Duke signee and stands just 5-foot-9, so don't expect a club to make a serious run at him this year. A switch-hitter with plus speed and good hands at shortstop, Stroman will play both ways for the Blue Devils; scouts prefer him on the mound. He has an electric arm and throws strikes with a 90-93 mph fastball and an excellent hammer curveball.
18 539 Cincinnati Reds Stephen Perez Gulliver Prep HS, Miami Fla.
Perez is signed to play for the Miami Hurricanes, where his high school coach, Javy Rodriguez, starred for several seasons, starting for the 2001 national championship team. Perez has a better body than Rodriguez and seems to have picked up some of his coach's savvy. He's more frequently compared to Deven Marrero, his Florida prep contemporary. Perez has more present hitting ability, showing off his surprising pop last summer during the home run derby prior to the Under Armour/Baseball Factor all-star game. Perez also has some juice from both sides of the plate, as he's quick to the ball, balanced in his stance and athletic. Perez has a 60 arm that should be sufficient for shortstop. The only negatives for the 5-foot-10, 165-pounder are his lack of physical projection and big man's hitting approach. At times Perez too much power for his own good, as he fares better when he uses the whole field. He's a fringe-average runner, and while his arm profiles at shortstop, his range fits better at second. Those doubts and his Miami commitment were clouding his signability as May drew to a close.
18 552 Minnesota Twins Beau Stoker Bishop Ward HS, Kansas City, Kan. Kan.
19 564 San Diego Padres Chris Tremblay Kent State Ohio
19 576 Arizona Diamondbacks Randy Hamrick Brewton-Parker (Ga.) Ga.
20 600 Detroit Tigers Jimmy Gulliver Eastern Michigan Mich.
20 603 Oakland Athletics Tyler Bernard Valley Center (Calif.) HS Calif.
20 610 Toronto Blue Jays Kevin Nolan Winthrop S.C.
21 643 Chicago White Sox Jared McDonald Arizona State Ariz.
21 646 Milwaukee Brewers Brian Vigo-Suarez Fossil Ridge HS, Keller, Texas Texas
22 666 Arizona Diamondbacks Evan Button Mississippi Miss.
22 668 Florida Marlins Terrence Dayleg Western Kentucky Ky.
22 673 Chicago White Sox Zach Kayne Davidson N.C.
22 675 New York Yankees Ben Soignier Louisiana-Monroe La.
Ben Soignier played all nine positions for Louisiana-Monroe in an 11-7 victory over Houston Baptist on May 15, collecting three hits (including a double and a homer) and striking out two in a scoreless ninth inning. A regular reliever for the Warhawks, Soignier has set several single-season and career school hitting records and will be a position player in pro ball. The 6-foot, 190-pound righthanded hitter has good pop for a middle infielder and a knack for getting on base. His below average speed likely will dictate a move from shortstop to second base, but he does have a strong arm. A fifth-year senior who redshirted at Alabama in 2005, Soignier was drafted by the Marlins in the 17th round last year.
23 682 Washington Nationals Kyle Breault Northville (Mich.) HS Mich.
23 686 Baltimore Orioles Mike Mooney Florida Fla.
Middle infielder Mike Mooney has little power and is an average runner and defender. He profiles as a second baseman and likely fits better as a senior sign.
23 694 Texas Rangers Danny Lima Barry (Fla.) Fla.
23 707 Philadelphia Phillies Evan Porter Nebraska-Omaha Neb.
24 721 Colorado Rockies Joey Wong Oregon State Ore.
Teams are split on Oregon State shortstop Joey Wong, a three-year starter and son of a former Beavers assistant coach. Those who like him call him "a ballplayer" and admit he's an acquired taste. "You can't appreciate Joey Wong from just one game," an American League scout said. "You have to see him for several games to fully appreciate what kind of player he is." Wong's detractors see him as a small singles hitter with no plus tools and no projection who will have to move to second base. He'd be a better prospect if he had more speed. His results also aren't overwhelming: Wong hit just .262/.366/.342 over 202 at-bats this season, and .342 is also his career slugging percentage.
24 727 Los Angeles Dodgers Chad Kettler Coppell (Texas) HS Texas
Coppell High ranked No. 5 in Baseball America's preseason Top 50, but the team and its top prospects--catcher Jonathan Walsh, shortstop Chad Kettler and outfielder Jacob Morris--underachieved this spring. Kettler has the fewest tools among Coppell's stars but gets the most out of them. He's a 6-foot-1, 210-pounder with pop from both sides of the plate, and his lack of speed will dictate a position change. His hands and arm strength lead some scouts to believe he could make a nice catching prospect. He has committed to Oklahoma.
24 728 Florida Marlins Mike Brady California Calif.
24 730 Toronto Blue Jays Matt Nuzzo Brown R.I.
24 738 Boston Red Sox Dan Kemp Tantasqua Regional HS, Fiskdale, Mass. Mass.
25 756 Arizona Diamondbacks Taylor Wrenn Manatee (Fla.) CC Fla.
26 772 Washington Nationals Gianison Rosa Carroll HS, Southlake, Texas Texas
26 786 Arizona Diamondbacks Dan Kaczrowski Hamline (Minn.) Minn.
26 795 New York Yankees Stephen Bruno Gloucester Catholic HS, Gloucester City, N.J. N.J.
Another shortstop, Steve Bruno, endeared himself to a number of scouting directors and national crosscheckers with a strong all-around performance at last year's Area Code Games. Scouting heavyweights seem to like him more than area scouts, who question his ability to adjust to breaking balls and to catch up with good fastballs. Undersized at 5-foot-9, Bruno is a fringy runner with an average arm, but he has excellent actions at shortstop and excellent makeup. Rumors persist that he could be drafted in the top 10 rounds, but most scouts are reluctant to buy him out of his commitment to Virginia.
26 799 Tampa Bay Rays Dan Rhault Rhode Island R.I.
27 810 Detroit Tigers Pat McKenna Bryant R.I.
27 828 Boston Red Sox Reed Gragnani Godwin HS, Richmond Va.
Scouts like Reed Gragnani's bat. He's a switch-hitter and has good hands at the plate, making him a line-drive hitter who shows extra-base power now. Scouts also like his makeup and polish. While he was a high school shortstop and could play there in college--he's committed to Virginia--he projects to move to second base at the pro level. Gragnani is an average runner, and it would take significant money to keep him from joining a strong Virginia club in 2010. One scout could see him following the same path as David Adams, a third-round pick of the Yankees last year out of Virginia.
28 839 Cincinnati Reds Derek Poppert San Francisco Calif.
30 895 Pittsburgh Pirates Ty Summerlin Southeastern Louisiana La.
30 906 Arizona Diamondbacks Jack Marder Newbury Park (Calif.) HS Calif.
31 934 Texas Rangers Shon Landry McNeese State La.
Landry agreed to a $1,000 bonus with the Rangers on June 17, but the deal later was voided, making him a free agent.
31 939 St. Louis Cardinals Tyler Bighames Estero (Fla.) HS Fla.
32 959 Cincinnati Reds Shane Carlson UC Santa Barbara Calif.
33 987 San Francisco Giants Jake Dunning Indiana Ind.
33 988 Atlanta Braves Tyler Stubblefield Kennesaw State Ga.
Shortstop/third baseman Tyler Stubblefield has surprising strength in his 5-foot-11, 180-pound frame. He's a good defender who could be a utilityman with his average speed and experience all over the infield.
33 999 St. Louis Cardinals Devin Goodwin Delta State (Miss.) Miss.
34 1022 Kansas City Royals Justin Trapp Fairfield Central HS, Winnsboro, S.C. S.C. $125,000
34 1030 Toronto Blue Jays Jonathan Fernandez Guilford Tech (N.C.) CC N.C.
34 1039 Tampa Bay Rays Kyle Spraker Loyola Marymount Calif.
35 1071 Los Angeles Angels Robbie Harris Cardinal Gibbons HS, Baltimore Md.
36 1079 Cincinnati Reds Chris Burleson Southern Maine Maine
36 1080 Detroit Tigers Chuck Crumpton Lakeside HS, Hot Springs, Ark. Ark.
The state's top position player is shortstop Ben Crumpton, who has committed to Arkansas. A star wide receiver for Lakeside HS, he caught 55 passes for 1,067 yards and 15 touchdowns last fall. He's a good athlete with plus speed, though his bat and instincts need work. At 5-foot-11 and 175 pounds, he'll have to prove he's strong enough to handle quality pitching.
36 1086 Arizona Diamondbacks Mike Freeman Clemson S.C.
Clemson's greatest impact on the draft will come from its pitchers and first baseman Ben Paulsen in the top 200 picks. The Tigers did have a late riser in second baseman Mike Freeman, a transfer from Georgia. He's a patient hitter with gap power from the left side who is a reliable defender. He's got enough arm to turn two at second base and hit .500 in regional play.
36 1091 Houston Astros Tyler Saladino Palomar (Calif.) JC Calif.
37 1130 Chicago Cubs Peter Mooney Palm Beach (Fla.) CC Fla.
38 1142 Kansas City Royals Arthur Owens Sandy Creek HS, Tyrone, Ga. Ga.
39 1164 San Diego Padres Chris Ahearn Catawba (N.C.) N.C.
39 1170 Detroit Tigers Chad Duling Bishop Carroll HS, Wichita Kan.
39 1178 Florida Marlins Noah Perio De La Salle HS, Concord, Calif. Calif. $150,000
39 1179 St. Louis Cardinals Taylor Terrasas Santa Fe (Texas) HS Texas
40 1205 Cleveland Indians Greg Folgia Missouri Mo. $100,000
Though he's undersized at 5-foot-10 and 194 pounds, Greg Folgia swung the biggest bat in the Missouri lineup this season, hitting .326 with team highs in homers (12) and RBIs (70). Folgia, a switch-hitter who won the Atlantic Collegiate League batting title last summer at .388, has gap power and uses his average speed well on the bases. A center fielder in college, he may not be quick enough to play there in pro ball and could return to second base, where he played as a sophomore. He spent most of his freshman season as a pitcher and does have a strong arm, with a fastball clocked up to 92 mph.
41 1225 Pittsburgh Pirates Tyler Cannon Virginia Va.
Shortstop Tyler Cannon is the best draft-eligible hitter for the Cavaliers, though pro scouts like him better as a catcher or third baseman. He's a switch-hitter who was batting .349/.442/.493 going into super regionals, but scouts aren't convinced he'll hit in pro ball. If he could stick behind the plate his offense becomes less of a concern. He also has the versatility to make him a useful utilityman, and he could be helped by the lack of college hitters in this draft.
41 1238 Florida Marlins Darnell Sweeney American Heritage HS, Plantation, Fla. Fla.
42 1267 Los Angeles Dodgers Tony Renda Serra HS, San Mateo, Calif. Calif.
42 1275 New York Yankees Danny Black Feather River (Calif.) JC Calif.
42 1280 Chicago Cubs Trey Ford Chaparral HS, Scottsdale, Ariz. Ariz.
Third baseman Trey Ford has a short, line-drive stroke but profiles better at second base. He is committed to Chandler-Gilbert CC.
43 1300 Toronto Blue Jays Maxx Tissenbaum York Mills Collegiate Institute, Toronto Ontario
44 1322 Kansas City Royals Derrick Hudgins Middleton HS, Tampa Fla.
44 1339 Tampa Bay Rays Kalani Brackenridge Kapolei (Hawaii) HS Hawaii
45 1342 Washington Nationals Michael Ratterree Memorial HS, Houston Texas
Michael Ratteree was his 6-A football district's defensive player of the year as a safety, but he'll focus on baseball if he attends Rice as expected. A 6-foot-1, 190-pound shortstop, he's an athlete with righthanded pop. Holt's possible successor, he faces the same move to second base to play alongside Hague. The outfield is another possibility if Holt doesn't turn pro. Ratteree has solid speed and arm strength. As with most Rice recruits, he'll be a tough sign.
45 1357 Los Angeles Dodgers Stephen Piscotty Amador Valley HS, Pleasanton, Calif. Calif.
46 1377 San Francisco Giants Juan Martinez Oral Roberts Okla.
46 1391 Houston Astros Justin Gonzalez Columbus HS, Miami Fla.
48 1442 Kansas City Royals Kevin Kuntz Union HS, Tulsa Okla.
49 1486 Milwaukee Brewers J.J. Altobelli Woodbridge HS, Irvine, Calif. Calif.
50 1502 Kansas City Royals Anthony Scirrotto Penn State Pa.
50 1507 Los Angeles Dodgers David Garcia Kennedy HS, Granada Hills, Calif. Calif.