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Pick Overall Team Player Position School State Bonus
1 532 Washington Nationals Marcus Stroman SS Patchogue-Medford HS, Medford, N.Y. N.Y.
Scouts love two-way talent Marcus Stroman, but he's a Duke signee and stands just 5-foot-9, so don't expect a club to make a serious run at him this year. A switch-hitter with plus speed and good hands at shortstop, Stroman will play both ways for the Blue Devils; scouts prefer him on the mound. He has an electric arm and throws strikes with a 90-93 mph fastball and an excellent hammer curveball.
2 533 Seattle Mariners Anthony Vasquez LHP Southern California Calif.
3 534 San Diego Padres Shuhei Fujiya RHP Northern Iowa Iowa
4 535 Pittsburgh Pirates Ryan Beckman RHP Grayson County (Texas) CC Texas
5 536 Baltimore Orioles Jarret Martin LHP Bakersfield (Calif.) JC Calif. $250,000
6 537 San Francisco Giants Jonathan Walsh C Coppell (Texas) HS Texas
Coppell High ranked No. 5 in Baseball America's preseason Top 50, but the team and its top prospects--catcher Jonathan Walsh, shortstop Chad Kettler and outfielder Jacob Morris--underachieved this spring. Walsh continued to show power from both sides of the plate, but he struggled with his throwing and receiving. The 6-foot-3, 210-pounder has enough athleticism to move to another position and may have to do if he attends Texas, which already has an offensive-minded catcher in Cameron Rupp.
7 538 Atlanta Braves Jakob Dalfonso 3B Middle Georgia JC Ga.
8 539 Cincinnati Reds Stephen Perez SS Gulliver Prep HS, Miami Fla.
Perez is signed to play for the Miami Hurricanes, where his high school coach, Javy Rodriguez, starred for several seasons, starting for the 2001 national championship team. Perez has a better body than Rodriguez and seems to have picked up some of his coach's savvy. He's more frequently compared to Deven Marrero, his Florida prep contemporary. Perez has more present hitting ability, showing off his surprising pop last summer during the home run derby prior to the Under Armour/Baseball Factor all-star game. Perez also has some juice from both sides of the plate, as he's quick to the ball, balanced in his stance and athletic. Perez has a 60 arm that should be sufficient for shortstop. The only negatives for the 5-foot-10, 165-pounder are his lack of physical projection and big man's hitting approach. At times Perez too much power for his own good, as he fares better when he uses the whole field. He's a fringe-average runner, and while his arm profiles at shortstop, his range fits better at second. Those doubts and his Miami commitment were clouding his signability as May drew to a close.
9 540 Detroit Tigers Eric Roof C Michigan State Mich.
10 541 Colorado Rockies Ricky Testa RHP Lamar Texas
11 542 Kansas City Royals Brendan Lafferty LHP UCLA Calif.
12 543 Oakland Athletics Max Peterson LHP San Jose State Calif.
13 544 Texas Rangers Mike Schaaf RHP Hill HS, Saginaw, Mich. Mich.
14 545 Cleveland Indians Dwight Childs C Arizona Ariz.
Catcher Dwight Childs has handled good pitchers during his three-year stint at Arizona. He was also a member of the 2005 USA Baseball junior team that included Clayton Kershaw, Brett Anderson, Lars Anderson and Grant Green, among others. After batting .193 last season, he hit the weight room in the offseason to get stronger and batted .331/.385/.529 this season. Still, scouts aren't sure he'll hit enough to be a big league regular. His calling card is his defense. A catcher his whole life, he's comfortable behind the plate and blocks balls well. With a plus arm and pop times in the 1.8- to 2.0-second range, some scouts have even been tempted to try him out on the mound.
15 546 Arizona Diamondbacks Roidany Aguila C Colegio Nuestra Senora de la Providencia HS, Rio Piedras, P.R. P.R.
From Benito Santiago to Ivan Rodriguez and Jorge Posada to the Molina brothers and Geovany Soto, Puerto Rico has long been a breeding ground for catchers. This year is no exception. A handful of catchers could be selected in the top 10 rounds of the draft, and Roidany Aguila could be the first off the board. A Cuban who moved to Puerto Rico by way of Miami, Aguila is solidly built at 5-foot-11 and 175 pounds. He's a gamer with a good arm and good instincts behind the plate, with pop times in the 1.9-second range. He's more of a defensive catcher, but in Jupiter, Fla., last summer at the World Wood Bat Championship, Aguila turned around a 91 mph Tyler Skaggs fastball for a triple. He's committed to Bethune-Cookman.
16 547 Los Angeles Dodgers Greg Wilborn LHP Louisiana-Lafayette La.
17 548 Florida Marlins Brett Bukvich LHP Mississippi Miss.
Senior lefty Brett Bukvich, a fifth-year senior who's already 23, is more notable for his size (6-foot-3, 237 pounds) and older brother (ex-big leaguer Ryan). He competes hard and is lefthanded, and he tends to get hammered when he doesn't hit his spots because of his fringy stuff.
18 549 St. Louis Cardinals Anthony Garcia C San Juan Educational HS, San Juan, P.R. P.R.
19 550 Toronto Blue Jays Daniel Webb RHP Northwest Florida State JC Fla. $450,000
Pitching is scarce in Florida in both the four-year colleges and prep ranks, but not at the junior college level. There's real depth, with the biggest name being righthander Daniel Webb. He performed well in showcases and entered 2008 as one of the nation's top prep arms, but he hasn't been able to build on that in the last two years. He hasn't shown he can consistently get hitters out, either at the Kentucky high school level or in Florida's juco ranks. He looked ordinary at Northwest Florida State JC (formerly Okaloosa-Walton) despite having a big-time arm. He doesn't repeat his delivery and doesn't throw enough strikes with his 88-92 mph fastball, which touches 94. The pitch shows less movement than it did on the showcase circuit in 2007. He improved the movement on his slurvy breaking ball and throws his changeup more often than he did in high school, so he has made some progress. He struggles with his command and rarely throws the breaker for strikes. An unsigned 12th-rounder last year, Webb may go in about the same range this year. No one expects him back at Northwest Florida State, but scouts didn't have a good read on his signability. If he doesn't sign, he's likely to look for a different junior college.
20 551 Houston Astros J.B. MacDonald RHP Boston College Mass.
Boston College righthander J.B. MacDonald is another senior who could be drafted in the top 15 rounds. MacDonald's best assets are his competitiveness, savvy and command of his 86-90 mph fastball. He does a good job mixing in a decent mid-70s downer curveball and a changeup, and he dabbles with a slider as well.
21 552 Minnesota Twins Beau Stoker SS Bishop Ward HS, Kansas City, Kan. Kan.
22 553 Chicago White Sox Phil Negus RHP Wake Forest N.C.
23 554 New York Mets Cody Holliday OF Wilmington (Del.) Del.
24 555 New York Yankees Hector Rabago C Southern California Calif.
With his distinctive pigeon-toed gait, Hector Rabago is easily recognizable. Rabago is versatile and has been a jack of all trades for USC. His terrific throwing arm allows him to profile at several spots on the field, but catcher or pitcher may be his best options. Because his bat remains below par (.257 this year, just nine extra-base hits), Rabago's low-90s fastball may be more attractive to pro teams. He didn't pitch at all for the Trojans this spring, however, and has pitched just six innings since his freshman season.
25 556 Milwaukee Brewers Caleb Thielbar LHP South Dakota State S.D.
The best college prospect in the region is senior lefthander Caleb Thielbar, who pitched a 10-inning complete game with 12 strikeouts to help South Dakota State beat Centenary in the Summit League tournament. He's a 6-foot, 185-pounder whose curveball is his best pitch. He has an 86-88 mph fastball that tops out at 91, and he projects as a reliever in pro ball. He tied a school record with 100 whiffs in 88 strikeouts this season.
26 557 Philadelphia Phillies Carl Uhl OF UC Riverside Calif.
27 558 Boston Red Sox Renny Parthemore RHP Cedar Cliff HS, Camp Hill, Pa. Pa. $150,000
The top prospect in a thin Pennsylvania crop, Parthemore's biggest asset is his projectability. His 6-foot-5, 185-pound frame and his quick arm hint at his considerable upside, and he has reached 93-94 mph in the past, though he worked mostly in the 88-91 range this spring. Parthemore's 12-to-6 curveball currently rates as an average pitch and projects to be plus. He also shows good feel for a changeup, giving him a chance for three average or better pitches down the road. Characteristic of a cold-weather high school pitcher, Parthemore's command comes and goes, and he tends to have trouble getting over his front side in his delivery, but there are no major red flags in his delivery. Some scouts question his competitive fire, but he has top-three-rounds potential. At this stage, however, it seems more likely Parthemore will honor his commitment to Penn State, where he could develop into a first-round pick in three years.
28 559 Tampa Bay Rays Jacob Partridge LHP Rogers HS, Spokane, Wash. Wash.
Spokane's Jacob Partridge is a 6-foot-2 lefthander who typically gets off to a slow start because he also plays basketball. He throws a fastball that sits 88-91 mph, has a slider that can be inconsistent but has good spin, and is working on developing a changeup. Because he usually peaks later in the year, he'll play in the West Coast Collegiate League this summer and could be an intriguing summer follow.
29 560 Chicago Cubs Matt Williams C Duke N.C.
Catcher Matt Williams is a grinder with an opposite-field approach at the plate that limits his power. Williams is a good blocker and receiver behind the plate with average arm strength and a slow transfer that limits him to 2.1-second pop times. He is fairly accurate.
30 561 Los Angeles Angels Jamie Mallard 1B Hillsborough (Fla.) CC Fla. $100,000