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Pick Overall Team Player Position School State Bonus
1 772 Washington Nationals Gianison Rosa SS Carroll HS, Southlake, Texas Texas
2 773 Seattle Mariners Chris Sorce RHP Troy Ala.
Righthander Chris Sorce was Troy's closer and is a 6-foot righty who touches 93 mph and pitches at 90-91, but he isn't likely to go out higher than the 15th round because of his fringy secondary stuff (slider, changeup).
3 774 San Diego Padres Kevin Winn 2B Louisiana Tech La.
4 775 Pittsburgh Pirates Matt Dermody LHP Norwalk (Iowa) HS Iowa
5 776 Baltimore Orioles Blake Mechaw LHP Shelton State (Ala.) CC Ala.
6 777 San Francisco Giants Luis Munoz OF Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, Gurabo, P.R. P.R.
7 778 Atlanta Braves Will Scott RHP Walters State (Tenn.) CC Tenn.
8 779 Cincinnati Reds Trey Manz C South Florida Fla.
9 780 Detroit Tigers Edgar Corcino 3B Adolfina Irizarry De Puig HS, Toa Baja, P.R. P.R.
Edgar Corcino is a big third baseman who has been trying to catch. He's athletic and projectable with a good arm and some juice in his bat, as well as holes in his swing. He'll get a chance in the later rounds.
10 781 Colorado Rockies Rhett Ballard RHP Virginia Tech Va.
11 782 Kansas City Royals Matt Frazer 1B Nitro (W.Va.) HS W.Va.
12 783 Oakland Athletics Nathan Long RHP Texas-Arlington Texas
13 784 Texas Rangers Kevin Castner RHP Cal Poly Calif.
Cal Poly also contributes hard-throwing reliever Kevin Castner, who nearly signed with the Rangers last year as a 10th-rounder. Now a redshirt junior, Castner still throws hard--in the mid-90s consistently and at times more--but doesn't find the strike zone consistently. In 55 career innings in college, he walked 52.
14 785 Cleveland Indians Antwonie Hubbard RHP Oklahoma Okla.
15 786 Arizona Diamondbacks Dan Kaczrowski SS Hamline (Minn.) Minn.
16 787 Los Angeles Dodgers Alex McRee LHP Georgia Ga.
McRee was a crucial cog in Georgia's 2008 run to the College World Series finals, working as a lefthanded setup man. He made six starts during his first two seasons and 44 relief appearances, running his fastball into the mid-90s. His size (6-foot-6, 236 pounds) and velocity, plus being lefthanded, made McRee an easy target for scouts; scouting directors voted him a third-team All-American in the preseason. However, he had mononucleosis early in the season, and he's never gotten in a rhythm. While his fastball still has excellent life and downhill plane and has reached 94 mph, he has lacked consistency with it. He's pitching at 90-92 mph and still has a slurvy breaking ball, which some scouts want tightened up into a slider. His changeup has made significant strides, yet his pitchability has not. He was averaging 6.9 walks per nine innings and barely more than four innings per start, then got hammered for seven runs in less than an inning by Louisiana State in the Southeastern Conference tournament. McRee has a strong academic profile and has plans to go to medical school, and he wasn't expected to sign for less than supplemental first-round money. He hopes to return to school and replicate Joshua Fields' achievement of being a first-round pick as a senior out of Georgia.
17 788 Florida Marlins Brent Weaver 3B Oklahoma City Okla.
First baseman Brent Weaver was the NAIA player of the year after hitting .419 with 37 homers, the second-most in NAIA history. It was a remarkable end to a six-year college career. The Brewers drafted as a pitcher in the 38th round in 2003 out of Midwest City (Okla.) HS, where he was a teammate of Matt Kemp. He pitched at Oklahoma State in 2004, but tore his labrum and underwent two shoulder surgeries. After redshirting in 2005, he blew out his elbow that fall and needed Tommy John surgery. Weaver missed all of 2006 and spent 2007 at Rose State (Okla.) JC before transferring to Oklahoma City, where the 6-foot-1, 195-pounder hit 61 homers in two years. He's 24 and ancient for a college player, but his righthanded power should buy him the opportunity to play pro ball.
18 789 St. Louis Cardinals C.J. Beatty OF North Carolina A&T N.C.
19 790 Toronto Blue Jays Lance Loftin RHP Texas State Texas
20 791 Houston Astros Matt Pare 1B Pompano Beach (Fla.) HS Fla.
21 792 Minnesota Twins Mike Giovenco RHP North Park (Ill.) Ill.
Righthander Mike Giovenco attracted scouts to North Park, an NCAA Division III school with an enrollment of 3,000, when he touched 95 mph early in the year. The 6-foot-6, 235-pounder's velocity steadily declined to the high 80s by the end of the season, but his arm strength and size are attractive. Giovenco, who redshirted at Illinois-Chicago in 2007, needs to come up with a more consistent breaking ball. He throws both a slider and a curveball, as well as a changeup. There's some concern that his delivery puts stress on his shoulder.
22 793 Chicago White Sox Matt Harughty 2B Oklahoma Okla.
23 794 New York Mets John Semel OF Chapman (Calif.) Calif.
24 795 New York Yankees Stephen Bruno SS Gloucester Catholic HS, Gloucester City, N.J. N.J.
Another shortstop, Steve Bruno, endeared himself to a number of scouting directors and national crosscheckers with a strong all-around performance at last year's Area Code Games. Scouting heavyweights seem to like him more than area scouts, who question his ability to adjust to breaking balls and to catch up with good fastballs. Undersized at 5-foot-9, Bruno is a fringy runner with an average arm, but he has excellent actions at shortstop and excellent makeup. Rumors persist that he could be drafted in the top 10 rounds, but most scouts are reluctant to buy him out of his commitment to Virginia.
25 796 Milwaukee Brewers Lex Rutledge LHP Tupelo (Miss.) HS Miss.
The state's high schoolers drop off dramatically after Renfroe and Hamilton. Some scouts like lefthander Lex Rutledge after seeing good early velocity that reached 90 mph. The Samford signee might have been the state's most notable pop-up guy (he wasn't a showcase player in the past) but he didn't maintain his fast start.
26 797 Philadelphia Phillies Brian Gump OF UC Santa Barbara Calif.
Speedy, lefthanded-hitting Brian Gump returned to UCSB after the Mets picked him in the 46th round in 2008. Plus speed (he had 22 steals) is his best tool.
27 798 Boston Red Sox Miles Head 3B Whitewater HS, Fayetteville, Ga. Ga. $335,000
If only Lane and Miles Head could share tools. Head has a bad body but is the best prep hitter in the state this year, in terms of pure hitting ability, and is a key Georgia recruit. He could go in the fifth to eighth round to a team that believes he can catch or hold down third base defensively. His arm is fringe-average, and he could be a playable defender at the college level. Then scouts could see if he improves his conditioning and tones up his body. He repeats his short swing and has some present strength, and he could contribute immediately with the Bulldogs next spring.
28 799 Tampa Bay Rays Dan Rhault SS Rhode Island R.I.
29 800 Chicago Cubs Steve Grife RHP Mercyhurst (Pa.) Pa.
Steve Grife, generously listed at 6 feet, 170 pounds, has plenty of effort in his delivery, but he has handled a starter's workload the last few years. He ranked as the No. 3 prospect in the Coastal Plain League last summer and went 5-1, 3.24 with 73 strikeouts in 67 innings this spring. Grife pitches off a plus fastball that he can run up to 94 mph. While his secondary stuff has improved since last year, his curveball and slider are still below-average at best. He has feel for a changeup, but he often slows down his arm when he throws it. He profiles as a reliever in pro ball, and it's unlikely a club will buy him out of his senior year at Mercyhurst.
30 801 Los Angeles Angels Garrett Cannizaro 2B Mandeville (La.) HS La.
Shortstop Garrett Cannizaro's older brother Andy has gotten nine at-bats in the big leagues. Garrett likely will follow in his footsteps by attending Tulane before entering pro ball. The 6-foot, 185-pounder has an advanced righthanded bat with good pop for a middle infielder. Though he has soft hands and a strong arm, he doesn't have the speed or range to project as a shortstop in pro ball. He could wind up as an offensive-minded second baseman in the mold of Mark Loretta.