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Pick Overall Team Player Position School State Bonus
1 502 Washington Nationals Chad Jenkins LHP Cecil (Md.) CC Md.
Lefthander Chad Jenkins--no relation to the Kennesaw State prospect of the same name--has a pro body at 6-foot-4, 210 pounds, but he hasn't been consistent enough to generate any serious scouting buzz. He put up good numbers for Cecil JC this spring--going 8-2, 2.79 in 74 innings with 89 strikeouts and 33 walks--after spending two years at Coastal Carolina (including a redshirt year). He has been 88-90 mph this season but has trouble maintaining his velocity, flashing upper-80s stuff one inning and 84-86 mph the next. Command is also an issue for Jenkins. A Delaware native who was drafted in the 44th round by the Nationals out of high school in 2006, he is committed to the University of Delaware.
2 503 Seattle Mariners Joe Terry 2B Cerritos (Calif.) CC Calif.
3 504 San Diego Padres Jorge Reyes RHP Oregon State Ore. $200,000
Reyes has been a bit of an enigma for scouts. He burst onto the scene as a freshman and was the Most Outstanding Player in the College World Series in 2007, the second of Oregon State's back to back national championships. He hasn't matched that success or competitiveness since. While his 3.80 ERA this year looks a lot better than the 7.08 he posted last year, he's been inconsistent and scouts aren't sure what to make of him. On top of that, he's represented by Scott Boras Corp., which adds another piece to the puzzle. Reyes has been sitting 90-91 mph with his fastball this year, touching 93. He has an average slider, but lacks a third pitch, meaning some scouts have him projected to end up in the bullpen. Despite spending 11 days in jail last year for his involvement in some backyard, rifle-related mischief, scouts like Reyes' makeup. He's regarded as a good kid from a good family, but they believe there are similar pitchers out there that won't command "Boras money" and could see him ending up back at school next year.
4 505 Pittsburgh Pirates Jordan Cooper RHP Central HS, Shelbyville, Tenn. Tenn.
Cooper, a righthander, had late helium as his velocity jumped late in the year. While scouts questioned his maturity, his fastball hit some 94s and frequently sat at 92-93 mph. At other times, he lost the feel for his delivery and sat at 86-88. One scout described his mechanics as raw, and that affects his consistency. Cooper's hard slurve lacked a consistent shape or velocity, but when it's on, it's a good, hard breaker. He's committed to Kentucky and could go in the sixth- to eighth-round range on talent.
5 506 Baltimore Orioles Jeff Walters RHP Georgia Ga.
Reliever Jeff Walters has a pro body at 6-foot-3, 192 pounds, and pro pitches with a 90-92 mph fastball and solid-average slider. A 30th-round pick last year out of St. Petersburg (Fla.) JC, his changeup has its moments and could help him start in pro ball. He lacks command of his stuff, and no pitch or trait separates him from the pack.
6 507 San Francisco Giants Chris Gloor LHP Quinnipiac Conn.
Quinnipiac senior lefthander Chris Gloor burst onto the prospect landscape in the Coastal Plain League in 2007, ranking as the circuit's No. 1 prospect. Gloor pitched in the 90-94 mph range that summer, but his velocity dipped into the 83-87 range as a junior last spring, and he slipped to the Tigers in the 39th round of the draft. He rebounded a bit this spring, going 7-4, 4.63 with 81 strikeouts and 35 walks in 82 innings, and a number of scouts reported seeing him hold his 88-91 mph fastball velocity deep into some outings, though he still had days where he worked in the 84-86 range. Gloor has an average changeup and a fringy, loopy curveball, but he can throw all three for strikes. As a 6-foot-6, 255-pound lefthander with an idea how to pitch, Gloor could be drafted in the top 10 to 15 rounds.
7 508 Atlanta Braves Jace Whitmer C Kennesaw State Ga.
Catcher Jace Whitmer has handled premium velocity all spring, though not particularly well. He's a below-average receiver with solid arm strength and some raw power, having led the team with 13 home runs.
8 509 Cincinnati Reds Deven Marrero SS 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.
9 510 Detroit Tigers Nate Newman RHP Pepperdine Calif.
10 511 Colorado Rockies Josh Hungerman LHP Cleveland State Ohio
11 512 Kansas City Royals Ben Tschepikow 2B Arkansas Ark.
12 513 Oakland Athletics Pat Stover OF Rocklin (Calif.) HS Calif.
13 514 Texas Rangers Paul Strong LHP Marina HS, Huntington Beach, Calif. Calif. $300,000
14 515 Cleveland Indians Casey Frawley OF Stetson Fla.
15 516 Arizona Diamondbacks Andrew Wolcott RHP Duke N.C.
Duke had one of its best seasons in years, narrowly missing out on the school's first NCAA regional bid. The Blue Devils will miss three solid senior signs next year, led by all-ACC righthander Andrew Wolcott, a 6-foot-6 workhorse who throws downhill with a fastball in the 88-90 mph range. He went 8-3, 2.77 and led the league in innings during the regular season, pitching off his fastball 80 percent of the time. Wolcott's slider and changeup are just decent.
16 517 Los Angeles Dodgers Steve Ames RHP Gonzaga Wash.
Junior righthander Steven Ames pitched well for the Bulldogs this year, sitting anywhere from 89-92 mph with his fastball with an aggressive approach.
17 518 Florida Marlins Brent Keys OF Simi Valley (Calif.) HS Calif.
18 519 St. Louis Cardinals Jonathan Rodriguez 1B Manatee (Fla.) CC Fla.
19 520 Toronto Blue Jays Steve Turnbull RHP Iowa Iowa
20 521 Houston Astros Justin Harper RHP Oklahoma City Okla.
21 522 Minnesota Twins Nick Tindall C O'Fallon (Ill.) HS Ill.
22 523 Chicago White Sox Brian Goodwin OF Rocky Mount (N.C.) HS N.C.
One of the better athletes in the draft class, Goodwin was part of a strong North Carolina prep class. He has very good tools across the board but wasn't having a tremendous spring, and his signability was thrown into question when he became a client of Scott Boras Corp. Goodwin does a lot of things well and doesn't have a below-average future tool. His bat will be the question, because unlike players such as Donavan Tate or Dustin Ackley, he's just a good athlete, not a great one. Goodwin shined on the showcase circuit last summer, winning MVP of the Aflac All-American Game. The lefthanded hitter has above-average speed, and scouts generally grade him as average or above across the board, with the question coming with his power. Goodwin has present strength and a football body, which makes sense as he was an excellent kick returner in high school. A North Carolina signee, Goodwin could go in the supplemental first round or not until much later due to his college commitment and adviser.
23 524 New York Mets Alex Gregory OF Radford Va.
24 525 New York Yankees Chad Thompson RHP El Toro HS, Lake Forest, Calif. Calif.
Righthander Chad Thompson had Tommy John surgery on May 1. Before that, he was a top 200 candidate with a projectable 6-foot-7 build and 93 mph fastball. Assuming he makes a full recovery, he could be a top-round candidate for 2012, particularly if his mechanics improve. He's committed to Arizona State along with his El Toro batterymate, catcher Nolan Arenado.
25 526 Milwaukee Brewers Tyler Cravy RHP Napa Valley (Calif.) CC Calif.
26 527 Philadelphia Phillies Mike Dabbs OF Oklahoma State Okla.
27 528 Boston Red Sox Kraig Sitton LHP Oregon State Ore.
Perhaps Oregon State's most intriguing prospect is lefthander Kraig Sitton. Listed at 6-foot-5 and 190 pounds, the draft-eligible sophomore is rail thin. He started last summer in the West Coast Collegiate League but has been used sparingly by the Beavers. He pitched 25 innings last year and just 19 this spring. Believers see a late bloomer who could end up as a starter with a couple of winters in a professional weight room. Others aren't sure he'll ever fill out and see him as a bullpen specialist at best. He spent time on the junior-varsity team as a junior in high school and his fastball was 83-85 mph. He has mostly sat at 85-87 mph in college, though his velocity has improved this season and he now sits at 88-91. With a lot of deception and movement on his fastball, he gets a lot of swings and misses, even if his pitches often end up out of the strike zone. He also throws an average slider. The team that drafts Sitton will be dreaming on projection, banking that he can learn a changeup and pitch as a starter. Scouts expect him to return to Oregon State next season.
28 529 Tampa Bay Rays Alex Diaz OF Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, Gurabo, P.R. P.R.
Outfielder Alex Diaz is 6-foot-2 with a lot of raw power, and that's about it. He hit a home run off of Perez at a showcase in February and then had the second-best batting practice session to Fuentes in May, possibly hitting his way into the top 10 rounds.
29 530 Chicago Cubs B.J. Dail RHP Mount Olive (N.C.) N.C.
Dail agreed to a $50,000 bonus with the Cubs on June 15, but the deal was voided on July 9, making him a free agent.
30 531 Los Angeles Angels Jeremy Gillan C Jacksonville Fla.