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Pick Overall Team Player Position School State Bonus
1 292 Washington Nationals Paul Applebee LHP UC Riverside Calif. $95,000
Applebee is the prototypical crafty lefthander, moving his 86 mph fastball around the strike zone and keeping hitters off-balance with an excellent curveball and changeup. He doesn't miss many bats, but Applebee doesn't give up a lot of solid contact either. After a solid summer in the Cape Cod League, Applebee went 10-2, 3.74 this spring. His track record and ability to keep the ball in the ballpark (five homers allowed in 89 innings) could make him the second Highlander drafted, after closer Joe Kelly.
2 293 Seattle Mariners Vinnie Catricala 3B Hawaii Hawaii $90,000
Hawaii's best position prospect is junior third baseman Vinnie Catricala, who has shown an ability to make contact since coming to Hawaii as a freshman out of high school in California, where he was a 50th-round pick of the Indians in 2006. Catricala didn't play last summer, hitting the weight room instead and adding strength to his 6-foot-3 frame. This spring he has shown power to all fields, hitting 13 home runs after he hit just seven in his freshman and sophomore years combined. He has a balanced swing and can catch up to good velocity and hard breaking balls, but struggles when a soft-tosser is on the mound. He's just adequate defensively and a move to a corner outfield position may be in his future.
3 294 San Diego Padres Ryan Hinson LHP Clemson S.C. $15,000
Hinson was a Top 100 college prospect entering the 2008 season, having gone 6-2, 2.74 as a sophomore, followed by Cape Cod League tour that included 35 strikeouts in 35 innings pitched. However, Hinson was never the same pitcher his last two seasons at Clemson, losing his rotation spot in 2008, then moving into almost exclusively a relief role in 2009. A solid senior sign, at his best Hinson throws in the upper 80s with his fastball while pitching effectively inside to righthanded hitters with a mid-80s cutter. He lacks a putaway pitch when he gets ahead in counts.
4 295 Pittsburgh Pirates Joey Schoenfeld C Santiago HS, Garden Grove, Calif. Calif. $195,000
Schoenfeld has a strong and muscular 6'2" 200 pound build, and his excellent athletic ability could permit him to play 1B, 3B, or perhaps a corner outfield spot. As a catcher, he will need to refine his catch and throw skills, for he has a tendency to push the ball from a near sidearm slot. At bat, Schoenfeld exhibits some quickness and bat speed, but is vulnerable to hard stuff in and soft stuff away. He hits out of a open stance and will need to narrow his strike zone, loosen his grip on the bat, and keep his front side closed longer. While raw, there is no doubt that Schoenfeld is a fine athlete, with strength and unusual speed for a catcher. He will need time to develop, but the long term payoff with Schoenfled could be dramatic.
5 296 Baltimore Orioles Jake Cowan RHP 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.
6 297 San Francisco Giants Jeremy Toole RHP 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.
7 298 Atlanta Braves Aaron Northcraft RHP 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.
8 299 Cincinnati Reds Tucker Barnhart C Brownsburg (Ind.) HS Ind. $250,000
Brownsburg High has churned out more than its share of prospects in recent years. Lance Lynn, a 2005 graduate, went on to Mississippi and became a supplemental first-round pick of the Cardinals last June. Drew Storen, a 2007 graduate, now attends Stanford and could sneak into the first round in 2009. Barnhart won't go as high as those righthanders, but he could be a fourth- or fifth-round pick for a club that isn't scared by his commitment to Georgia Tech. He's a switch-hitter with a good stroke from both sides of the plate and some power as a lefthander. He's strong for his size (5-foot-10, 180 pounds) and very athletic for a catcher. His speed is below average but he moves well behind the plate and is capable of playing the middle infield. He has soft hands and solid arm strength, and scouts laud his aptitude, instincts and work ethic. Some worry about his size and think he may be maxed out physically, while others think he has enough tools to eventually become a big league regular.
9 300 Detroit Tigers Chris Sedon 2B Pittsburgh Pa. $74,000
Sedon had a monstrous year for a 5-foot-10, 170-pound second baseman, batting .398/.449/.796 with 22 homers, 62 RBIs and 19 stolen bases. It's natural to compare Sedon to another undersized Pitt second baseman who hit for big power, Jim Negrych. Sedon lacks his predecessor's extended track record, and he profiles more as a line-drive hitter than a power hitter at the next level. Sedon is a slightly above-average runner who is a solid defender at second base with an adequate arm. He could be drafted in the 10th- to 15th-round range.
10 301 Colorado Rockies Charlie Ruiz RHP 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.
11 302 Kansas City Royals Geoff Baldwin 1B Grand Junction (Colo.) HS Colo. $100,000
Baldwin shows light-tower power from the left side of the plate in batting practice, but scouts view him as a four o'clock hitter. He doesn't have a load to his swing and it's all off his front foot, and scouts don't believe he's ready to hit professional pitching with a wood bat. Baldwin is committed to Nebraska next season.
12 303 Oakland Athletics Sam Dyson RHP 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.
13 304 Texas Rangers Thomas Lemke RHP 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.
14 305 Cleveland Indians Brett Brach RHP 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.
15 306 Arizona Diamondbacks Tyson Van Winkle C Gonzaga Wash. $70,000
The top catcher taken out of the Northwest will likely be Oregon State's Ryan Ortiz, but some scouts see Gonzaga's Tyson Van Winkle as a better value and a better bet to hit as a professional. Van Winkle was drafted as a sophomore last year in the 39th round by the Astros and is a skilled defender. The 6-foot, 185-pounder is athletic, with quick feet. He's a skilled blocker, and his pitchers trust they can bury any pitch and Van Winkle will block it. His arm lagged behind his footwork in the past, but they're more in sync this year and his pop times were in the 1.8- to 1.9-second range. Van Winkle isn't just a catch-and-throw guy. He hit .361/.424/.542 for the Zags this year and has power potential.
16 307 Los Angeles Dodgers Andy Suiter LHP UC Davis Calif. $90,000
The Aggies' top prospect this year, lefthander Andy Suiter, went 0-2, 8.89 with 41 walks in just 26 innings. He does have big-time arm strength. He opened the season as a weekend starter and failed miserably, then rallied in a relief role, running his fastball up to 95 mph to go with a power curve that reaches the low 80s. Repeating his delivery remains an issue, but when he's down in the strike zone Suiter can overmatch even good hitters, striking out Brett Jackson and Blake Smith in a matchup at California late in the season.
17 308 Florida Marlins Matt Montgomery RHP 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.
18 309 St. Louis Cardinals Hector Hernandez LHP Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, Gurabo, P.R. P.R. $85,000
Lefthander Hector Hernandez has touched 90 mph with his fastball in the past, but has been mostly 86-88 this spring. He's 6-foot-1 and a thick 200 pounds and gets sink on his fastball, commands everything well and knows how to pitch. He has a loose arm, a good curveball and is working on a changeup. He has a calm, quiet demeanor off the mound and competes well between the lines. Scouts like the projection, and he could be the first Puerto Rican pitcher off the board.
19 310 Toronto Blue Jays Yan Gomes C Barry (Fla.) Fla. $85,000
Gomes, a south Florida prep product, was a highly-regarded recruit to Tennessee who started in the Southeastern Conference for two seasons. While he was relatively productive there, he wound up transferring to Division II Barry after coach Rod Delmonico was fired and after spending one season under new Vols coach Todd Raleigh. As a junior, Gomes predictably dominated, batting .405 with 21 home runs. His bat is ahead of his defense, though, and his below-average speed limits him to corner spots or catching. He profiles best behind the plate, and he threw out 14 of 29 basestealers at the D-II level this spring. However scouts generally consider his catching skills to be below-average, though he has the tools to be a fringe-average defender there.
20 311 Houston Astros Erik Castro 3B San Diego State Calif. $105,000
In the summer of 2005, Castro starred at an Area Code preliminary event at LMU. He flashed a powerful throwing arm from right field, and blasted several wood bat shots out of the yard in BP to both left and right field. Castro's below average speed (around 7.3) made it difficult, however, to find an appropriate defensive spot for him. After a freshman year at the University of Arizona, Castro transferred to San Diego State and found a comfortable home behind the plate. Scouts have rediscovered him this year as Stephen Strasburg's catcher. In that role, there is no doubt that Castro's glove is well broken in. Scouts have been impressed with Castro's ability to "stay with" Strasburg's phenomenal stuff. Certainly, Castro does not figure to catch anyone in pro ball whose pitches are quite as lively. In addition, Castro has improved his footwork and release, and combined with his strong arm he is able to consistently fire the ball down to second in the 1.95 to 2.00 range. Maintaining his ability to utilize the opposite field, Castro has been SD State's top hitter this year, a rarity for a backstop. Lefthanded hitting catchers with quality hit, catch and throw abilities are rare in any draft, and Castro has found his niche.
21 312 Minnesota Twins Blake Dean OF Louisiana State La.
Outfielder Blake Dean was one of the hottest hitters in the 2008 postseason, batting .407 with seven homers and 25 RBIs in 13 games. He struggled mightily in the Cape Cod League last summer and hit just .225 in the first month of the 2009 season, but he got untracked once he stopped trying to pull everything and adjusted to a steady diet of offspeed pitches. He's a 6-foot-1, 208-pounder with a quick bat and plus power from the left side. All of his value is tied up in his bat, as he provides below-average speed, arm strength and defense. Dean spent most of the season at DH for Louisiana State, which has arguably the best defensive outfield in college baseball.
22 313 Chicago White Sox Nick Ciolli OF Indiana State Ind. $90,000
Scouts don't love outfielder Nick Ciolli's set-up at the plate, as he's too spread out and has a long, funky swing. But he makes it work and batted .401/.431/.577 from the left side this spring. He has more gap power than home run pop, though, which could work against him as a corner outfielder in pro ball. The 6-foot-2, 195-pounder has solid speed and a fringy arm.
23 314 New York Mets Nick Santomauro OF Dartmouth N.H. $82,000
Santomauro was the Ivy League player of the year, batting .377/.456/.630 with eight homers and 37 RBIs to lead the Big Green to regionals for the first time since 1987. He's just a junior, and it's hard to imagine any club buying him out of his senior year at Dartmouth, but he figures to be a quality senior sign in 2010. Santumauro has a lean, loose frame with some "buggy-whip" in his swing. He has some power, but it's all to the pull side. Ivy coaches praise him for being a tough out who seldom strikes out. He's a decent corner outfielder with a solid arm.
24 315 New York Yankees Tyler Lyons LHP Oklahoma State Okla.
Lyons and Baylor's Kendal Volz led Team USA with matching 0.00 ERAs last summer, when the squad 24-0 and won the gold medal at the FISU World Championships in the Czech Republic. Both have seen their stuff dip and their draft stock significantly this spring. Lyons sat at 87-90 mph with his fastball as a sophomore and picked up a couple of mph as a Team USA reliever, but he has worked mostly at 86-87 mph in 2009. He's not hurt, though one scout noted that he has lost some of the extension in his delivery. His changeup has regressed, too, though it's still a solid-average pitch. Lyons has improved his curveball, which is now on par with his changeup. The 6-foot-2, 207-pounder still throw strikes, keeps the ball down in the zone and competes with a warrior mentality, so he still has put up the best numbers (7-6, 4.07) in Oklahoma State's rotation. As a savvy lefthander with solid stuff, Lyons had a chance to go in the second round. He increased his chances of going that high by throwing at 89-92 mph and looking more like his old self in the NCAA regionals.
25 316 Milwaukee Brewers Tyler Roberts C Jones County HS, Gray, Ga. Ga. $90,000
26 317 Philadelphia Phillies Josh Zeid RHP 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.
27 318 Boston Red Sox Brandon Jacobs OF Parkview HS, Lilburn, Ga. Ga. $750,000
The most anticipated prep showdown of the spring wasn't a pitching matchup. Rather it involved Donavan Tate and Auburn football signee Brandon Jacobs of Parkview High. Scouts flocked to see the state's two top athletes and weren't disappointed, as both hit home runs. Jacobs could be a premium pick if he indicated he wants to play baseball. He had not been in touch with Auburn's baseball program at all, so if he goes to college it will be to play football. He has plus raw power and speed that would need time to be harnessed, and he also has a 6-foot-3, 240-pound body that comes to baseball rarely.
28 319 Tampa Bay Rays Derek Dennis SS 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.
29 320 Chicago Cubs Charles Thomas 3B Edward Waters (Fla.) Fla. $60,000
30 321 Los Angeles Angels Jake Locker OF Washington Wash. $200,000
The story in Washington is that the best player in the state--and one of the most gifted athletes in the draft--isn't even playing baseball. Jake Locker played outfield and pitched in high school, where he was a top-round talent, but fell to the 40th round because of signability. He ended up at Washington, where he stepped in as the Huskies' quarterback. Locker teased scouts by playing in the West Coast Collegiate League last summer, ranking as the league's top talent. Scouts believe that if he concentrated on baseball, he could be like a speedier Matt Holliday. He's not playing mind games with scouts; they know he has his heart set on playing in the NFL.