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Pick Overall Team Player Position School State Bonus
1 442 Washington Nationals Corey Davis 1B Coffee HS, Douglas, Ga. Ga.
2 443 Seattle Mariners Blake Keitzman LHP Western Oregon Ore.
3 444 San Diego Padres Matt Lollis RHP Riverside (Calif.) CC Calif. $100,000
4 445 Pittsburgh Pirates Peter Bako RHP Connors State (Okla.) JC Okla.
5 446 Baltimore Orioles Garrett Bush RHP 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.
6 447 San Francisco Giants Kyle Vazquez RHP Franklin Pierce (N.H.) N.H.
7 448 Atlanta Braves Bennett Pickar C Eaton (Colo.) HS Colo.
8 449 Cincinnati Reds Jamie Walczak RHP 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.
9 450 Detroit Tigers Mark Appel RHP 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.
10 451 Colorado Rockies Tyler Gagnon RHP Diablo Valley (Calif.) JC Calif.
11 452 Kansas City Royals Scott Lyons SS Arkansas Ark.
12 453 Oakland Athletics Anthony Aliotti 1B St. Mary's Calif.
13 454 Texas Rangers Keith Campbell RHP 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.
14 455 Cleveland Indians Mike Rayl LHP Palm Beach (Fla.) CC Fla. $125,000
Rivaling Corbin as the state's top pitching prospect, lefthander Michael Rayl has similar size at 6-foot-3, 180 pounds, and at times has similar velocity at 89-91 mph. Some scouts didn't see him throw that hard this spring, as he dipped into the mid-80s. He's more savvy and experienced than Corbin, showing good pitchability despite a modest curveball and changeup. His arm works well and he's yet another member of Florida's amazing recruiting class.
15 456 Arizona Diamondbacks David Narodowski SS Kansas Kan.
16 457 Los Angeles Dodgers Jeff Hunt 3B St. Benedict Catholic SS, Cambridge, Ont. Ontario $125,000
Third baseman Jeff Hunt is 6-foot-2 and 185 pounds. He has good strength and an above-average arm, but has been inconsistent. Hunt is hard on himself, and while some players need to go to college to fill out, he'd be better served by going out and playing every day.
17 458 Florida Marlins Chad Cregar OF Western Kentucky Ky.
Outfielder Chad Cregar, who didn't sign as a 47th-round pick of the Cubs last year, hit 40 homers in two seasons at Western Kentucky after spending two years at Northwest Mississippi CC. The 6-foot-3, 221-pounder has an unorthodox approach and pulls everything, but his lefthanded power is undeniable. He's an adequate defender at left field or first base.
18 459 St. Louis Cardinals David Washington 1B University City HS, San Diego Calif.
19 460 Toronto Blue Jays Drew Hutchison RHP Lakeland (Fla.) HS Fla. $400,000
20 461 Houston Astros Ryan Humphrey OF St. Louis CC-Meramec Mo.
21 462 Minnesota Twins Steven Liddle OF Vanderbilt Tenn. $200,000
22 463 Chicago White Sox Dane Williams RHP 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.
23 464 New York Mets Casey Schmidt RHP San Diego Calif.
24 465 New York Yankees Shane Greene RHP Daytona Beach (Fla.) CC Fla. $100,000
25 466 Milwaukee Brewers Del Howell LHP Alabama Ala. $260,000
Like many college pitchers this spring, Howell's draft stock has been volatile. Recruited as a two-way player, Howell shined as a pitcher in the Texas Collegiate League last summer and earned top prospect honors there, striking out 47 in 34 innings. Alabama intended to use him as a reliever this year, in a middle-relief, "moment of truth" role, but he wasn't 100 percent healthy as he recovered from a case of mononucleosis. In an effort to make up for lost innings, Alabama used Howell as a starter early in the season, and he flashed above-average stuff, including dominating Vanderbilt in a complete-game effort. His fastball touched 94 in relief last summer and sat at 89-92 mph at its best this spring. He's got natural sink and tail on the fastball as well and complements it with a good, hard slider in the low 80s. In relief, Howell was a two-pitch guy, but he flashed an average changeup this spring. He has thrown fewer than 100 innings in college, making him an intriguing, fresh arm for scouts who have seen him throw well. He doesn't have the innings under his belt to know how to get out of jams or fight through innings when he doesn't have his best stuff. He could go anywhere from the second to the fourth round.
26 467 Philadelphia Phillies Austin Hyatt RHP 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.
27 468 Boston Red Sox Michael Bugary LHP California Calif.
28 469 Tampa Bay Rays Pierce Johnson RHP 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.
29 470 Chicago Cubs Cody Shields OF Auburn-Montgomery Ala.
30 471 Los Angeles Angels Mike Nesseth RHP 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.