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Pick Overall Team Player Position School State Bonus
1 472 Washington Nationals Sean Nicol SS San Diego Calif.
2 473 Seattle Mariners Tillman Pugh OF Gateway (Ariz.) CC Ariz.
3 474 San Diego Padres Griffin Benedict C Georgia Southern Ga.
Georgia Southern's top prospect is Griffin Benedict, the son of former Braves catcher Bruce. A senior, Benedict is an adequate defender who has good instincts for the game and a solid lefthanded bat that helped him hit .312 with 14 homers this season. He's better at receiving and blocking than he is at throwing.
4 475 Pittsburgh Pirates Matt den Dekker OF Florida Fla.
Den Dekker was recruited as a pitcher and hitter at Florida--in fact, Florida's official website still lists him as a pitcher--and he has a strong throwing arm that helps make him one of college baseball's better defenders in center field. He has easy plus range, tracks balls well and plays hard. A preseason second-team All-American, den Dekker played for USA Baseball's college national team last summer, hitting just .229 with one homer, and his offensive production has faltered this spring as well, making his draft position murky. Scouts still like his swing and struggle to explain his difficult season, as he was hitting .305 and slugging just .435 through 49 games. Den Dekker has solid raw power and the bat speed and strength to drive the ball consistently but still seems to fight his swing, which lacks fluidity. He's a plus runner and excellent basestealer, converting 34 of his last 35 attempts. Teams that believe in the bat could take den Dekker off the board by the sandwich round.
5 476 Baltimore Orioles Ryan Palsha RHP Diablo Valley (Calif.) JC Calif. $140,000
6 477 San Francisco Giants Ryan Cavan SS UC Santa Barbara Calif.
7 478 Atlanta Braves Riaan Spanjer-Furstenburg 1B Nova Southeastern (Fla.) Fla.
8 479 Cincinnati Reds Chase Fowler C South Forsythe HS, Cumming, Ga. Ga.
9 480 Detroit Tigers Kenny Faulk LHP Kennesaw State Ga.
Lefthanded reliever Kenny Faulk had touched 93 mph with his fastball and attacks hitters with it, usually in the 87-91 mph range. His breaking ball is short for a lefty reliever, but he should be a solid senior sign.
10 481 Colorado Rockies Dom Altobelli 3B Illinois Ill.
11 482 Kansas City Royals Eric Diaz LHP New Mexico JC N.M.
12 483 Oakland Athletics Josh Leyland C San Dimas (Calif.) HS Calif.
Surefire high school hitters are a scare commodity in Southern California and throughout the 2009 draft class, and that helps Leyland stand out. A 6-foot-3, 225-pounder, he may be the most mature and fundamentally sound high school hitter in the state. In an early season game, one coach told his team of Leyland: "These guys have an Adam Dunn over there." Two homers later the same coach lamented, "I shouldn't have pitched to him." Leyland has average to above-average raw power, which has been on display at showcases nationwide. He has done more in those events than hammer the ball in BP, also showing his power in game action. Few high schoolers are as advanced fundamentally as Leyland. His stance is well balanced, and his swing is short to the ball and long afterward. Leyland does not run well, so first base or catcher will be his future defensive home. While not a polished catcher, his hands work decently at that spot. His arm is acceptable, though he'll need work on his catch and throw technique. Whatever position he plays, Leyland's bat will always be his trump card. Few high school hitters can match his blend of raw power and technical precision.
13 484 Texas Rangers Mike Revell 3B Florida HS, Tallahassee, Fla. Fla.
14 485 Cleveland Indians Dale Dickerson RHP Nicholls State La.
15 486 Arizona Diamondbacks Ryan Robowski LHP Ohio Dominican Ohio
16 487 Los Angeles Dodgers Mike Pericht C St. Joseph's (Ind.) Ind.
17 488 Florida Marlins David Peters C Lakewood (Calif.) HS Calif. $100,000
18 489 St. Louis Cardinals Daniel Bibona LHP UC Irvine Calif.
19 490 Toronto Blue Jays Dave Sever RHP Saint Louis Mo.
20 491 Houston Astros Ronald Sanchez 1B Manuela Toro Morice HS, Caguas, P.R. P.R. $105,000
Ronald Sanchez is the third-best catcher on the island. He's not a big kid, but has a big swing from the left side of the plate and is more offensive-minded than the other catchers. He has improved defensively and could be a single-digit pick.
21 492 Minnesota Twins Dakota Watts RHP Cal State Stanislaus Calif.
22 493 Chicago White Sox Daniel Wagner 2B Belmont Tenn.
23 494 New York Mets Chase Greene OF West Boca Raton (Fla.) Community HS Fla. $125,000
24 495 New York Yankees Bryan Mitchell RHP 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.
25 496 Milwaukee Brewers Scooter Gennett SS 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.
26 497 Philadelphia Phillies Andrew Susac C Jesuit HS, Carmichael, Calif. Calif.
In a draft year bursting with promising high school catchers, Susac may be the best catch-and-throw receiver available. Big, strong and physical at 6-foot-2 and 220 pounds, Susac uses his quick release and powerful throwing arm to consistently record pop times in the 1.85- to 1.90-second range. Scouts look for catchers who are comfortable behind the plate, and whose receiving style is quiet and relaxed. Susac rates highly in both categories, showing the ability to handle all types of pitches in all locations with ease. Where he ends up getting picked will depend on how much a team believes in his bat. At times this spring, his balance was poor at the plate, he lunged at pitches and his timing was off. He has home run power potential, but he will need to made significant strides as a hitter. But Susac's catch and throw skills alone will carry him into the early rounds of the draft.
27 498 Boston Red Sox Luke Bard RHP Charlotte Christian HS N.C.
28 499 Tampa Bay Rays Tyler Bortnick 2B Coastal Carolina S.C.
29 500 Chicago Cubs Keenyn Walker OF Judge Memorial HS, Salt Lake City Utah
Outfielder Keenyn Walker is a great athlete. He runs well, has been up to 90 mph off the mound and plays football. He's a switch-hitter who has wiry strength and good bat speed, but his overall game is raw and he's expected to end up at Central Arizona CC.
30 501 Los Angeles Angels Andrew Del Colle RHP 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.