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Pick Overall Team Player Position School State Bonus
1 322 Washington Nationals Justin Bloxom OF Kansas State Kan.
First baseman Justin Bloxom fueled Kansas State's playoff run by leading the team in all three triple-crown categories at .361-12-63. A 6-foot-1, 195-pound switch-hitter, he's a gap hitter with more power from the left side. He's a decent athlete with some arm strength, so he may be able to play left field as a pro.
2 323 Seattle Mariners Tim Morris 1B St. John's N.Y.
First baseman Tim Morris began his collegiate career at Clemson, where he was just 1-for-17 as a freshman in 2007 before transferring to St. John's. After a quiet sophomore year, he broke out last summer in the Atlantic Collegiate League, where he ranked as the No. 4 prospect. He carried that momentum over to this spring, batting .415/.492/.677 with 12 homers and 62 RBIs (all team bests). Despite his power surge and his professional build (6-foot-3, 220 pounds), many scouts aren't sold on Morris' raw power. He does have a good feel for hitting from the left side, and he's a solid defensive first baseman with an average arm, but he might not have the power to be a big league regular at the position.
3 324 San Diego Padres Drew Madrigal RHP 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.
4 325 Pittsburgh Pirates Aaron Baker 1B Oklahoma Okla.
First baseman Aaron Baker stands out for his power and patience at the plate. The 6-foot-3, 232-pound lefthanded hitter smoked 15 homers and drew 40 walks in 63 games this season. He also starts his hands low and has some holes in his swing, compromising his ability to make contact (50 strikeouts) and hit for average (.284). A below-average athlete and runner, Baker could offer some surprising defensive value. He caught in high school and played there at times this spring. He has an average arm and threw out five of 11 basestealers. He's the grandson of Jerry Mays, who played in two Super Bowls and was an all-American Football League performer as an offensive and defensive lineman.
5 326 Baltimore Orioles Mike Ohlman C Lakewood Ranch HS, Bradenton, Fla. Fla. $995,000
Yet another prep catcher from Florida, Ohlman started to get national attention last fall playing for North Carolina's "Dirtbags" travel team, which featured Tar Heel State prep stars Brian Goodwin and Wil Myers. Ohlman showed premium power potential in the summer and fall and was snapped up in the early signing period by Miami. He's tall for a catcher at 6-foot-4, and his slender 200-pound body doesn't seem suited to the position for the long-term, scouts worry. But he has shown excellent athletic ability, and he should be able to remain a catcher at least through college. He has excellent arm strength, but his receiving skills are less advanced than his Florida prep rivals. He has improved his skills behind the plate but has a long way to go in terms of blocking, framing pitches and learning other nuances behind the plate. He's tall so he has some holes in his swing but has a good feel for hitting and hand-eye coordination. His best tool is his raw power, which might be sufficient for a move to a corner. Ohlman should be athletic enough to give outfield a try if catching doesn't take. He could go in the fourth-to-sixth round range.
6 327 San Francisco Giants John Eshleman SS Mount San Jacinto (Calif.) JC Calif.
7 328 Atlanta Braves Chris Masters LHP Western Carolina N.C. $100,000
Senior lefthander Casey Masters is a portly senior who sits at 88-91 mph at times and has a big curveball.
8 329 Cincinnati Reds Jacob Johnson RHP Trinity Christian Academy, Lake Worth, Fla. Fla. $150,000
9 330 Detroit Tigers Adam Wilk LHP Long Beach State Calif.
10 331 Colorado Rockies Avery Barnes OF Florida Fla.
11 332 Kansas City Royals Ryan Wood RHP 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.
12 333 Oakland Athletics Mike Spina 3B Cincinnati Ohio
Third baseman Mike Spina broke Kevin Youkilis' Cincinnati single-season home run record with 21 in 2008, then upped the mark to 23 this spring. Spina has a lot in common with Youkilis: a similar build (6 feet, 209 pounds), a quality righthanded bat, the ability to work counts and entry into pro ball as a senior sign. Spina has more raw power than Youkilis did at the same stage of his career, though he's not as athletic or gifted defensively. He has enough arm strength and decent enough hands to be an adequate third baseman in pro ball. Undrafted in two years at Florida CC, Spina was selected in the 45th round by the Twins last June.
13 334 Texas Rangers Johnny Gunter RHP 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.
14 335 Cleveland Indians Kirk Wetmore LHP Bellevue (Wash.) CC Wash.
Lefthander Kirk Wetmore came to Bellevue CC as a relative unknown. Undrafted out of high school, the 6-foot-2, 200-pounder spent his freshman year at Washington, pitching just three innings. He transferred to BCC to get a chance to pitch more, and it paid off, as he's now one of the top pitchers in the state. He came in last fall and was throwing in the mid-80s with a loopy curveball, but saw a bump in velocity this spring and tightened up his breaking ball. He's now pitching at 87-91 mph. Wetmore can throw across his body at times, but for the most part his mechanics are clean and he throws from a low three-quarters arm slot. He commands his fastball and complements it with two above-average breaking balls: an 80-82 mph slider and a 74-75 mph curveball. Wetmore is committed to Hawaii next season if he doesn't head to pro ball.
15 336 Arizona Diamondbacks Scottie Allen RHP Lyman HS, Longwood, Fla. Fla. $125,000
16 337 Los Angeles Dodgers Connor Powers 1B Mississippi State Miss.
Mississippi State's top draft pick will likely be corner infielder Connor Powers, who took a step back defensively this season, playing mostly first base instead of third. Powers' best tool is, appropriately, power. The 6-foot-2, 228-pounder ranked fifth in the SEC with 19 home runs, and he ranks with anyone in the league in terms of raw power. Most scouts see plenty of holes in his swing and say he has trouble handling velocity, and his body has gone backward.
17 338 Florida Marlins Chris Wade SS Kentucky Ky. $150,000
18 339 St. Louis Cardinals Alan Ahmady 1B Fresno State Calif.
19 340 Toronto Blue Jays Sean Ochinko C Louisiana State La.
20 341 Houston Astros Bubby Williams C Crowder (Mo.) JC Mo.
21 342 Minnesota Twins Ronnie Richardson OF Lake Region HS, Eagle Lake, Fla. Fla.
Athletic Ronnie Richardson, an alumnus of USA Baseball's youth national team, checks in at 5-foot-6, 170 pounds and has explosive speed, rating a 70 on the 20-80 scale. He plays with energy and has some strength, but it's hard to imagine he'll ever hit for much power. Richardson has played all over the field and probably fits best at second base as a pro, as he has arm strength and quick hands. At times he takes giant hacks at the plate, and he's a tough player to project because he's so short. He's a Central Florida recruit but is considered signable, which could vault him into the first five rounds.
22 343 Chicago White Sox J.R. Ballinger RHP 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.
23 344 New York Mets Sam Honeck 1B Tulane La.
First baseman Sam Honeck had a disappointing 2008 season for Tulane, batting .275 with seven homers after starring for two years at Grayson County (Texas) CC. He was slow to recover from surgery in December 2007, having screws put in his foot to repair a break he sustained in high schools. Fully healthy and less pull-conscious as a senior, he hit .313 with 16 homers. The 6-foot-3, 215-pounder has lefthanded power to all fields and a patient approach, though he does have some holes in his swing and will strike out. He's not much of an athlete but plays a solid first base.
24 345 New York Yankees Neil Medchill OF Oklahoma State Okla. $125,000
The Mets drafted Medchill in the 33rd round as a redshirt sophomore a year ago, failing to sign him after he led the Santa Barbara Foresters to the NBC World Series championship in August. He could go as many as 30 rounds higher this June to a team looking for a college power hitter. Some scouts grade his raw lefthanded power as a 7 on the 2-8 scale, and it's reminiscent of that of former Cowboy Corey Brown, an Athletics sandwich pick in 2007 who hit 30 homers in his first full pro season last year. Medchill has reached double figures in home runs in each of his two seasons at Oklahoma State after beginning his college career at Chandler-Gilbert (Ariz.) CC, and he'll deliver more power if he turns on more pitches and adds more lift to his swing. Like Brown, he has some holes in his swing and will strike out. Medchill has added 18 pounds in the last year and now carries 218 on his 6-foot-4 frame. The extra bulk has cost him a step and made him a slightly below-average runner, and he has an average arm. He probably fits best as a left fielder in pro ball.
25 346 Milwaukee Brewers Andre Lamontagne RHP Oral Roberts Okla.
26 347 Philadelphia Phillies Jeremy Barnes SS 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.
27 348 Boston Red Sox Jason Thompson SS 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.
28 349 Tampa Bay Rays Alex Koronis RHP Tampa Fla.
29 350 Chicago Cubs John Mincone LHP Suffolk County (N.Y.) CC-Grant N.Y. $100,000
30 351 Los Angeles Angels Dillon Baird 3B Arizona Ariz.
Playing first base for the Wildcats is 6-foot-2, 215-pound Dillon Baird, a high school shortstop who is nimble around the bag and adept at picking balls out of the dirt. He's a good runner and has one of the strongest arms on the team, but it's his bat that's been the most impressive this season. Baird led the Pac-10 in batting as part of a .433/.504/.716 line, giving him the sixth-best single-season batting average in school history. Scouts aren't sure he'll be able to duplicate those numbers in pro ball, however.