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Pick Overall Team Player Position School State Bonus
1 862 Washington Nationals Evan Bronson LHP Trinity (Texas) Texas
2 863 Seattle Mariners Brandon Haveman OF Purdue Ind.
3 864 San Diego Padres Robert Poutier RHP Virginia Va.
4 865 Pittsburgh Pirates Michael Heller RHP Cardinal Mooney HS, Bradenton, Fla. Fla.
Florida signed Heller--one of four Aflac All-Americans in the recruiting class, joining Austin Maddox, LeVon Washington and Michael Zunino--as an infielder/righthander, and his power and balanced swing would make him an effective two-way player in college. Pro scouts like him for his arm, though, which plays at shortstop but plays much better on the mound. Heller has one of the best arms in Florida, and he's perhaps the best combination of athleticism and arm strength among the Florida prep crop this year, exceeded perhaps only by Keyvius Sampson. Heller often sat in the 88-92 mph range with his fastball this spring, but at other times he showed exceptional stuff, with some reports he was hitting 97 mph and regular readings of 94-95 early. Heller has projection in his frame, so those radar-gun readings should become more consistent in the future. He uses a high three-quarters slot to throw an average curveball and nascent changeup. Heller's secondary pitches need work, both in terms of command and sharpness. So does his deliberate delivery, which was exposed in Sebring by opposing basestealers. Some scouts have concern that he has something of a head whack in his delivery that may be difficult to smooth out. It might take first three-round money to buy Heller out of his Gators commitment, as both his brothers went to school in Gainesville, as does his older brother.
5 866 Baltimore Orioles Brandon Alexander OF Oakville HS, St. Louis Mo.
6 867 San Francisco Giants Luke Demko RHP Rhode Island R.I.
Senior righty Luke Demko racked up 11 saves and 43 strikeouts in 32 innings this spring after ranking as the No. 9 prospect in the Coastal Plain League last summer. Rhode Island's all-time saves leader, Demko doesn't excite scouts despite his success. He lacks velocity considering his huge 6-foot-6, 289-pound body (which multiple scouts referred to as sloppy), working in the 86-88 mph range and topping out at 90, though he did reach 93-94 in the CPL all-star game last summer. Demko has some life and deception, but his secondary stuff rates as below-average, and he will be a late draft if he's taken at all.
Demko agreed to terms with the Giants, but the deal was voided, making him a free agent.
7 868 Atlanta Braves Bobby Rauh OF Daytona Beach (Fla.) CC Fla.
8 869 Cincinnati Reds Jason Braun RHP Corban (Ore.) Ore.
Senior righthander Jason Braun at Corban College in Salem has interested scouts for his athleticism--he also played basketball at Corban his first three years there--and size at 6-foot-5 and 190 pounds. Braun has been up to 93 mph with his fastball from a low three-quarters arm slot. He also throws a slider and a split-finger fastball. Braun has not played summer ball and scouts aren't sure how much he loves the game. He didn't face high-quality competition this year and lost all three games he started against NAIA power Lewis-Clark State (Idaho), but could be an interesting project as a pick in the late teens or early 20s.
9 870 Detroit Tigers Mike Morrison RHP Cal State Fullerton Calif.
San Diego product Mike Morrison has had an up-and-down career for Fullerton but has fit better in the bullpen, using a low-90s fastball and uniquely gripped changeup. He lost the closer role early in the season.
10 871 Colorado Rockies Corey Dickerson OF Meridian (Miss.) CC Miss.
Mississippi's juco ranks have their usual array of intriguing if raw players. Meridian CC outfielder Corey Dickerson has pro size at 6-foot-3, 205 pounds, but scouts still haven't seen him against quality competition. He played at a small private school in high school, hitting 45 homers to set a career mark for the state's private-school association. He played center field in junior college but profiles as a corner bat. He has shown average speed, improved defensive abilities and some hitting aptitude to go with raw power. He hit .381 with 15 homers and 21 doubles this spring, though scouts still aren't sure what to make of him.
11 872 Kansas City Royals Nick Zaharion OF South Fork HS, Stuart, Fla. Fla.
12 873 Oakland Athletics Mike Zunino C Mariner HS, Cape Coral, Fla. Fla.
Zunino was yet another option for scouts trolling Florida looking for prep catchers. One didn't have to go far, as his father Greg is a California alum and has scouted for the 22 years, currently working for the Reds. Zunino's a solid athlete and average present runner (4.3 seconds to first base from the right side), whose calling card is his raw power. Zunino can put on a show in batting practice, and the last two seasons, he's carried it over into games. He broke his own school record of 10, set in 2008, this spring with 11 home runs, leading Mariner High to back-to-back district titles. A solidly built 6-foot, 185-pound righthanded hitter, Zunino has committed to Florida as part of the Gators' immense, impressive recruiting class. He has improved his chances of being bought out of school by making significant strides defensively. Whereas last summer he was not a clean receiver and dropped a lot of balls, he showed improvement in the fall and has the potential to be an average defender, with above-average raw arm strength. He has some baseball savvy from his upbringing that makes him even more attractive.
13 874 Texas Rangers C.C. Watson LHP Cleburne County HS, Heflin, Ala. Ala.
The top Alabama high school talents were lefthanders Luke Bole and Charles "C.C." Watson and Auburn signee and righthander Slade Smith. Bole and Watson are both Mississippi State signees, and both are expected to stay true to their college commitments. Watson is 6 feet, 185 pounds, and scouts see little future projection, yet he had a strong spring, winding up as the top player in the state. He throws in the 88-91 mph range and has bumped a bit better at times. He also spins a breaking ball well, a curveball with some power that has helped him to some gaudy strikeout totals, including a 21-strikeout game this spring. His delivery has some effort to it. Both Bole and Watson can hit enough to contend for at-bats as two-way players at Mississippi State.
14 875 Cleveland Indians Xorge Carrillo C Central Arizona JC Ariz.
Catcher Xorge Carillo has a soft body that earns comparisons to Bengie Molina. While he's a bigger guy, he's a good receiver with an average arm. He makes consistent contact and has some gap power but doesn't run well. He's committed to Arizona State, where he would be a lighter hitter, but a better defender than Carlos Ramirez.
15 876 Arizona Diamondbacks Jake Williams 1B Brophy Prep, Phoenix Ariz.
16 877 Los Angeles Dodgers Shawn Payne 2B Middle Georgia JC Ga.
17 878 Florida Marlins Jared Eskew LHP Cal Poly Calif.
18 879 St. Louis Cardinals Daniel Calhoun LHP Murray State Ky.
19 880 Toronto Blue Jays Zach Anderson RHP Buffalo N.Y.
20 881 Houston Astros Garen Wright OF Putnam City HS, Oklahoma City Okla. $100,000
21 882 Minnesota Twins Beau Wright LHP Los Alamitos (Calif.) HS Calif.
UC Irvine's top recruit is lefthander Beau Wright, who during a practice session for the 2008 Aflac game was conked in the head by a line drive. The injury restricted him from pitching until the spring, and scouts were disappointed by his performance. A 6-foot-2, 230-pounder, Wright doesn't offer much projection and may struggle with fitness as his career progresses. His raw stuff is decent but not overwhelming, featuring an 89-91 mph fastball, a mid-80s two-seamer and a 74-77 mph curve. Both his command and velocity are hurt by his poor mechanics. Wright's freak injury has slowed his progress, but he still may draw early draft attention as a lefthander with average stuff.
22 883 Chicago White Sox Trey Delk RHP Clemson S.C.
23 884 New York Mets ZeErika McQueen OF East Central (Miss.) CC Miss.
24 885 New York Yankees Scott Matyas RHP Minnesota Minn.
The state's best amateur pitching prospects are both draft-eligible sophomore righty relievers at Minnesota, Cullen Sexton and Scott Matyas. Matyas had a better season than Sexton, saving a school-record 15 games while posting a 2.22 ERA and a 45-7 K-BB ratio in 28 innings. His curveball is much better than Sexton's, while his fastball parks at 88-91. An athletic 6-foot-4, 215-pounder, he lettered in four sports (baseball, basketball, football, track) in high school. He had Tommy John surgery in 2005.
25 886 Milwaukee Brewers Chandler McLaren OF Guelph (Ont.) Collegiate Vocational Institute Ontario
26 887 Philadelphia Phillies Mark Doll RHP Southern Polytechnic State (Ga.) Ga.
27 888 Boston Red Sox Cody Stubbs 1B Tuscola HS, Waynesville, N.C. N.C.
Outfielder Demetrius McKelvie, a Marshall recruit, and shortstop Cody Stubbs, a Tennessee signee, both moved up draft boards thanks to their bats, which dominated low-level competition. Stubbs has excellent size at 6-foot-4, 220 pounds, and projects to move to third base, left field or first base in pro ball. He has lefthanded power and a big swing, smashing 16 home runs this spring, and scouts are torn about how much power he'll have with wood and where he'll play defensively. He does have good arm strength. Stubbs also has some swing-and-miss and wasn't even the player of the year in his conference. He has close ties to Volunteers coach Todd Raleigh from Raleigh's days at Western Carolina and it may take top-three-rounds money to sway him from his Tennessee commitment.
28 889 Tampa Bay Rays Gabe Cohen OF UCLA Calif.
Built like an Adonis, Cohen flashes a strong arm, power and above-average speed. He has tinkered with his stance so often, though, he has never truly found a niche at bat. An occasional long home run is often followed by prolonged slumps.
29 890 Chicago Cubs Tim Clubb RHP Missouri State Mo.
The Rays drafted righthander Tim Clubb in the 42nd round as a sophomore-eligible last year and monitored him closely in the Cape Cod League, but ultimately couldn't sign him. After leading Missouri State in wins his first two seasons and capturing the Missouri Valley Conference pitcher of the year award in 2008, Clubb wasn't as effective this spring and wound up in the bullpen. That will probably be his role in pro ball. His 83-86 mph cutter/slider remains his best pitch, but the 6-foot-2, 190-pounder lost command and velocity on his fastball (down to 87-88).
30 891 Los Angeles Angels Heath Nichols RHP JC of Southern Idaho Idaho