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1 142 Washington Nationals Miguel Pena LHP La Joya HS, Mission, Texas Texas
Miguel Pena appeals to scouts because he's a three-pitch lefty who's projectable and signable. He has a lot of room to add strength to his 6-foot-2, 160-pound frame, and he uses a loose, easy delivery to throw an 86-88 mph fastball with good life. He also spins a curveball better and has more feel for a changeup than most high school pitchers. He has committed to San Jacinto JC.
2 143 Seattle Mariners Tyler Blandford RHP Oklahoma State Okla. $325,000
Blandford easily had the best stuff and worst control on a deep Oklahoma State staff that underachieved this season as the Cowboys couldn't even qualify for the Big 12 tournament. He's similar to Garrett Richards of archrival Oklahoma, with a 6-foot-2, 215-pound build, power stuff and little idea how to locate it. His 93-95 mph fastball and his hard slider are both swing-and-miss pitches when they're close enough to the strike zone. He can reach 97 with his fastball, though it's fairly straight. The bite on is slider is inconsistent, and he's working on a changeup but must command his heater better to set it up. Blandford's control has gotten worse in each of his three seasons at Oklahoma State. His best outing of the year was a two-hitter against Oklahoma and Richards in which Blandford struck out a career-high 12 batters--and required 166 pitches to get 25 outs. On stuff alone, he wouldn't last past the second round. He'll probably last at least two rounds longer, and he profiles better as a reliever than as a starter in pro ball.
3 144 San Diego Padres Jason Hagerty C Miami Fla. $177,300
First baseman/catcher Jason Hagerty also could go in the first 10 rounds thanks to his average to plus power and ability to catch as well as play first base; he draws some comparisons to Greg Colbrunn.
4 145 Pittsburgh Pirates Nate Baker LHP Mississippi Miss. $176,000
As Barrett backed up, lefthander Nathan Baker and righthander Philip Irwin moved up. A 6-foot-3, 193-pounder, Baker showed better velocity this spring, sitting average with his 88-92 mph fastball and touching 93 at times. He also improved his slider, at times running his slider up to 78-79 mph, and his changeup gives him a third solid-average pitch. Baker worked mostly in shorter stints because he throws strikes consistently, but he's also around the plate a lot. Some teams have interest in stretching him out more as a starter and could reach up to get him in the first six rounds.
5 146 Baltimore Orioles Ashur Tolliver LHP Oklahoma City Okla. $200,000
NAIA power Oklahoma City usually has an interesting NCAA Division I transfer, and this year's prospect is Tolliver. He went just 2-5, 7.94 at Arkansas-Little Rock in 2008, but started to blossom in the Cape Cod League during the summer. He drew a lot of attention when his fastball sat in the low 90s and popped some 96s early in the spring, though he was working more at 88-92 mph as the draft approached. Scouts wonder about his durability because he's generously listed at 6 feet and 170 pounds. He has a very quick arm, though there's also effort in his delivery, and he ultimately may wind up in the bullpen. Tolliver's second-best pitch currently is his changeup. He showed some feel for a curveball in the fall but now employs a slurvy slider in the low 80s. He has a chance to become the highest-drafted player in Stars history, surpassing Grant Hansen, who went 89th overall to the White Sox in 2003. But Tolliver didn't help his chances by giving up eight runs in three innings against Louisiana State-Shreveport in the first round of the NAIA playoffs.
6 147 San Francisco Giants Brandon Belt 1B Texas Texas $200,000
Though Texas won the Big 12 regular-season and conference championships and earned the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA baseball tournament, it has a young team with few enticing 2009 draft prospects. Besides Wood, the only other Longhorn with a chance to go in the first 10 rounds is first baseman Brandon Belt. He led Texas with a .338 average and eight homers heading into the super-regionals, though scouts don't love his set-up. He bats out of a deep crouch and cuts himself off, reducing his power. A disciplined lefthanded hitter with the size (6-foot-5, 205 pounds) to drive the ball, he led Cape Cod League champion Harwich with five homers last summer. He uses more of an opposite-field approach and doesn't turn on pitches consistently. He's a good defensive first baseman with average speed. Belt has been drafted twice previously, in the 11th round out of high school by the Red Sox in 2006 (as a lefthanded pitcher) and in the same round out of San Jacinto JC by the Braves in 2007.
7 148 Atlanta Braves Thomas Berryhill RHP Newberry (S.C.) S.C. $160,000
The top small-college players in the state are both smallish righthanders. Division II Newberry closer Thomas Berryhill hits 95 mph with his fastball out of the bullpen and has solid athleticism. He didn't quite dominate Division II competition but could still fit in the first 15 rounds and will be a summer follow, as he's already reported to play for Davey Johnson on a team in the Florida Collegiate Summer League.
8 149 Cincinnati Reds Daniel Tuttle RHP Randleman (N.C.) HS N.C. $200,000
Tuttle overcame injuries from a severe car accident when he was 12 to become an Aflac All-American last summer. The 6-foot-2, 195-pounder plays shortstop and pitches in relief for his high school, and North Carolina State had signed him to perform a dual role for the Wolfpack. But a velocity jump this spring has Tuttle's college career in doubt, as he's likely headed for the first six rounds of the draft. Scouts have mixed feelings on Tuttle, who does a lot of things wrong in his delivery but delivers the goods nonetheless. Using a slinger's low-three-quarters arm angle, Tuttle throws across his body and lands on a stiff front leg. For some clubs, all of those are red flags. Tuttle still generates premium velocity and an attractive, sweeping slider despite (or because) of it all. His fastball sat in the 90-93 mph range with good sink this spring, and at times he ran it up as high as 96-97 mph, with plenty of 94-95s as well. His slider occasionally has depth as well, though more often it's a sweepy chase pitch rather than a plus offering. He has shown a slow curve and changeup as well but both are below-average. He's a power arm signable in the first seven rounds.
9 150 Detroit Tigers Austin Wood LHP Texas Texas $100,000
No college has more pitching heroes than Texas, and lefthander Austin Wood joined that list with his performance in the NCAA regionals. Wood entered a game against Boston College in the seventh inning and worked 12 1/3 innings before allowing a hit. All told, he pitched shutout ball for 13 innings, striking out 14 but receiving no-decision as the Longhorns won in 25 innings--the longest game in NCAA history. Wood threw 169 pitches, including 120 for strikes--no surprise because throwing strikes is his forte. Texas dropped Wood's arm angle from high three-quarters to nearly sidearm last year, and he has seen his fastball improve from 86-88 mph to 89-91 mph while maintaining good run this spring. He also throws a quality changeup, though he never has been able to master a consistent breaking ball. A senior who's the only draft-eligible arm who sees much action on the Longhorns staff, Wood could go between the seventh and 10th rounds and will continue to relieve in pro ball.
10 151 Colorado Rockies Joe Sanders 3B Auburn Ala. $168,300
First-year Auburn coach John Pawlowski was a big league pitcher, but his teams at College of Charleston and now Auburn are known for high-octane offenses with all-or-nothing approaches at the plate. Several highly-regarded sophomores at Auburn struggled this spring with lots of strikeouts, but Sanders, a junior, responded to the approach and was having a tremendous season, ranking second in the Southeastern Conference in home runs in April. But on April 21, he was struck in the jaw with a pitch, and while his jaw didn't need to be wired shut, it was broken. Sanders, whose mother Barbara spent 25 years in the Air Force and went through cancer treatments in 2008, showed his toughness by returning less than a month later for the final series of the season against Alabama. He went 2-for-11 in the set, mashing his 19th homer in the final regular-season game. Sanders' bat is his best tool, as he has hand strength and solid plate coverage. He's played third base and second in college, and he's just an adequate infielder, with erratic footwork. His arm plays at either position, but he may not have the hands to stay in the infield, making him more of a utility player in the Ty Wigginton mold. He has enough speed to make a shift to the outfield possible, but he'll have to be more patient for his power to play in pro ball; he walked just 33 times in 128 college starts. The lack of college hitters may push him into the first six rounds anyway, if he's signable.
11 152 Kansas City Royals Louis Coleman RHP Louisiana State La. $100,000
One of the best college seniors in the 2009 draft, Coleman has starred in three of his four seasons at Louisiana State, though he went from starting on Friday nights as a freshman to scuffling in the bullpen as a sophomore. Things got so bad in 2007 that the Tigers tried to convert him into a sidearmer at the end of the season, but he got back on track when he returned to a low three-quarters slot early in 2008. He has gone 21-3 the last two seasons and was named the Southeastern Conference's 2009 pitcher of the year after taking an 13-2, 2.76 record with 124 strikeouts in 114 innings into the College World Series. His fastball usually sits at 88-92 mph with good run and sink, and he has touched 95 as a reliever. When he stays on top of his slider, it's a solid pitch. Hitters have trouble picking up his pitches because he throws across his body and has a low arm angle. He throws quality strikes and competes. The 6-foot-4, 190-pounder has served as both as starter and reliever for LSU. He projects in the latter role as a pro because he works primarily with two pitches and has a resilient arm, and he should move fast as a reliever. Coleman has been drafted twice previously, in the 28th round out of high school by the Braves and in the 14th round last June by the Nationals.
12 153 Oakland Athletics Steve Parker 3B Brigham Young Utah $165,600
The first player likely to be selected out of the Beehive State is Brigham Young third baseman Steve Parker, who drew glowing praise from coaches and scouts. BYU recruiting coordinator Ryan Roberts said he likes Parker's chance to hit in the big leagues more than any other player he's coached in his 12 years in the business. The numbers back up the rave reviews. In 205 at-bats, Parker hit .361/.465/.595 with 13 doubles and nine home runs. He shows good pitch recognition and strong wrists. He can drive the ball the other way with authority and is short to the ball with a swing that spends a lot of time in the strike zone. Parker has worked hard to improve his defense at third base, cutting his errors in half this season. He's still likely to move off the position, perhaps to second base, but even if he goes to first base he is a pure enough hitter to warrant a Mark Grace comparison from one scout.
13 154 Texas Rangers Nick McBride RHP Ragsdale HS, Jamestown, N.C. N.C. $325,000
McBride, an East Carolina recruit, showed an average (87-90 mph) fastball and mid-70s slider at his best this spring, coupled with a projectable 6-foot-4, 180-pound frame.
14 155 Cleveland Indians Austin Adams RHP Faulkner (Ala.) Ala. $70,000
Adams could be the top prospect in NAIA this spring after lefthander Ashur Tolliver of Oklahoma City. He's shown a premium arm for several years at Faulkner, which retained him as a recruit even after Auburn offered him late in his senior season. Adams was drafted as a shortstop in 2008 as a 27th-round pick but he didn't sign and came back to school as a senior. He hit .389 with 14 home runs this spring, is an above-average runner with 4.05-second times to first base from the right side and has solid infield actions, with a chance to stay at shortstop as a pro. With all that, he'll be drafted as a pitcher. After relieving much of his career, Adams has moved into more of a starting role this spring and maintained the premium velocity he'd flashed in the bullpen. After hitting 95 last year, Adams topped out at 98 mph this spring and pitched at 91-96 mph, even as a starter, and showed the quick arm and athleticism to maintain that velo deep into games. He also throws a curveball and changeup, though scouts prefer the curve, a power breaker in the lower 80s. It has plus potential if he can improve his command. Lacking experience as a pitcher, Adams has plenty of refinements to make. His stuff tends to flatten out the harder he throws, helping explain how a NAIA pitcher with his velocity and breaking ball can go 5-2, 5.83 with ratios of just 8.16 strikeouts per nine innings.
15 156 Arizona Diamondbacks Ryan Wheeler 1B Loyola Marymount Calif. $160,000
Wheeler was a high school basketball teammate of North Carolina forward Deon Thompson. During his prep baseball career, Wheeler did little to impress scouts, but in the summer after his graduation in 2006 he began working with a local part-time scout who doubles as a travel ball coach. The sudden change in his hitting ability was striking. Wheeler blasted several long shots out of old Torrance Park in a home run derby during a summer showcase, and he has been hitting ever since. Now 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds, he batted .285 with five home runs in the Cape Cod League last summer and was batting .324/.429/.576 with nine home runs this spring. Wheeler has dabbled as a third baseman, but his long-term home should be at first, where he projects as an average defender. Scouts are most intrigued by his hitting ability, as he displays promising power as well as patience and an intelligent approach. Wheeler also gets high marks for his plate coverage, as well as his knack for driving the ball to the opposite field.
16 157 Los Angeles Dodgers J.T. Wise C Oklahoma Okla. $130,000
J.T. Wise switched schools (Louisiana State to Okahoma) and positions (third base to catcher) as a junior in 2008 and went undrafted. That won't happen again after he won Big 12 Conference player of the year honors this spring, when he batted .359 with 17 homers and threw out 52 percent of basestealers. A 6-foot-1, 207-pounder who bats righthanded, Wise has enticing power and arm strength. He'll need to make better contact and quiet down as a receiver in pro ball. A 45th-round pick by the Athletics in 2007, he's the great-nephew of 1960 World Series MVP Bobby Richardson.
17 158 Florida Marlins Chase Austin SS Elon N.C. $155,000
The Southern Conference had a strong season, with two regional teams and four others than won at least 30 games. Elon won the conference with a veteran lineup full of juniors and seniors. The team's top junior is Chase Austin, who has played all over the infield but mostly at third base. He's athletic, runs well and has shown a consistent ability to get the barrel of the bat to the ball. Scouts question whether his power will translate to wood.
18 159 St. Louis Cardinals Ryan Jackson SS Miami Fla. $157,500
Jackson developed into one of the draft's bigger enigmas as the year progressed. As a sophomore, he was a premium defender and .360 hitter toward the bottom of a loaded Miami lineup. He helped the Hurricanes reach the College World Series, then joined USA Baseball's college national team for the summer. Scouts have questioned Jackson's bat since he was in high school; he wasn't drafted as a prep and scouts have seen his bat go backward this spring. Jackson was dropped from high in the Miami order to the bottom before moving back up as the draft approached. He's a below-average runner with below-average raw power, and virtually all his value is in his glove. Despite his lack of speed, Jackson plays shortstop with grace, showing good hands, a strong arm, outstanding instincts and smooth actions. Jackson's glove is good enough to make him a regular if he can hit .250 with wood, but he was barely hitting .250 with metal, making it difficult to peg his draft position.
19 160 Toronto Blue Jays Ryan Schimpf 2B Louisiana State La. $155,700
No one is projecting Schimpf as a future American League MVP, but his game is reminiscent of Dustin Pedroia's. Schimpf is a diminutive (listed at 5-foot-9, 181 pounds) second baseman who's a force at the plate. Schimpf would have led the Valley League in batting (.392) and slugging (.763) last summer if he hadn't fell short of qualifying because he arrived late from the College World Series, and he led Louisiana State with 19 homers entering this year's CWS. Schimpf hits lefthanded and has a shorter stroke than Pedroia's, and uses excellent pitch recognition and quick wrists to repeatedly square up balls on the barrel of his bat. He's an aggressive hitter yet has walked as much as he has struck out this spring. Schimpf has average speed and good instincts on the bases. He's a versatile defender who began this season at second base before shifting to the outfield so the Tigers could get freshman shortstop Austin Nola's glove into the lineup. Schimpf's bat profiles much better at second base and will be able to play there in pro ball. He's an adequate defender there, reliable if not spectacular. He has fringy arm strength and needs to work on his double-play pivot. Schimpf figures to get drafted between the fourth and seventh round.
20 161 Houston Astros Brandon Wikoff SS Illinois Ill. $154,000
Despite being one of the smallest players in the Big Ten, 5-foot-8 shortstop Brandon Wikoff is one of its biggest threats at the plate. The lefthanded hitter became the first Illinois player ever to hit for the cycle, batted .373/.434/.544 and finished the season on an 18-game hitting streak. He has exceptional bat control, ranking second in NCAA Division I in at-bats per strikeout (32.6) and reaching base in all but one of the Illini's 54 games. Wikoff isn't toolsy, but he gets the most out of what he has and has fine instincts. He has average speed but his fringe arm may necessitate a move to second base in pro ball.
21 162 Minnesota Twins Tobias Streich C West Virginia W.Va. $150,000
West Virginia catcher Tobias Streich is the top player in that state based on his raw power and arm strength, but he's a below-average receiver and not everyone thinks his bat will play as a pro. He hit .322/.366/.488 with six home runs and 16 doubles for the Mountaineers this season.
22 163 Chicago White Sox Kyle Bellamy RHP Miami Fla. $147,500
Bellamy was a first-team all-conference choice in the Atlantic Coast Conference and was a key reason that Miami--unranked in the preseason--overachieved and finished in the ACC's top five teams. The Hurricanes have a long history of tremendous relievers, dating back to the Ron Fraser era (Rick Raether was the MOP of the 1985 College World Series) and enhanced during Jim Morris' Miami tenure, from Danny Graves and Jay Tessmer to George Huguet and 2008 first-rounder Carlos Gutierrez. Bellamy could work out better than Tessmer and Huguet thanks to a heavy, sinking fastball that is his trademark. When he's fresh, Bellamy works at 88-91 mph; he loses velocity when he works on back-to-back days, sometimes dipping into the 84-87 range. Bellamy's success as a pro will hinge on improved fastball command and improved consistency with his frisbee slider, which lacks depth and power.
23 164 New York Mets Damien Magnifico RHP North Mesquite HS, Mesquite, Texas Texas
Another raw righthander drawing interest is Damien Magnifico, who has touched 94-95 mph. Though he's just 6-foot-1 and 190 pounds, he generates his velocity mostly with a quick arm rather than effort. Magnifico's fastball is fairly straight, and his curveball and command are quite raw, so he's still a work in progress. Though he hasn't committed to a four-year school and is ticketed for Howard JC, he'll be unsignable if reports that he wants a seven-figure bonus are true.
24 165 New York Yankees Caleb Cotham RHP Vanderbilt Tenn. $675,000
Vanderbilt also had a disappointing season, though the Commodores at least made NCAA regionals. No pitchers after Minor stepped forward, though sophomore-eligible righthander Caleb Cotham showed flashes. He was a sinker-slider pitcher most of the time and missed time due to knee soreness. He came back working in more of a relief role and showed a plus slider at times out of the bullpen. He works off the slider and his 88-92 mph fastball with decent sink, though for many starts his velo was in the 87-88 range. Cotham throws a curveball and changeup as well, but he rarely has all four pitches working. That accounted for his 14 home runs allowed in 70 innings.
25 166 Milwaukee Brewers D'Vontrey Richardson OF Florida State Fla. $400,000
Florida State's top prospect also is a football guy in D'vontrey Richardson, who has been an option quarterback and moved to defense in football. Richardson plays a bit more than Cooper and has raw tools. He's a plus-plus runner who missed time with nagging injuries this spring. Scouts would love to see him concentrate on baseball to see if he can make adjustments at the plate and show some aptitude. He did that as a freshman, hitting .351 in 131 at-bats. Then he didn't play in 2008 to concentrate on football. Richardson could go in the first 10 rounds to a team that has lots of history with him, such as the Nationals, who drafted him out of high school (2006, 35th round).
26 167 Philadelphia Phillies Matt Way LHP Washington State Wash. $40,000
Washington State lefthander Matt Way doesn't wow you when he pounds the outer half with straight 88-90 mph fastballs. He does, however, have an above-average changeup that ranked as the best in the Pac-10 this season. He grips the change with his pointer finger curled in like a spike curve, causing the pitch to appear as though it's fluttering up to the plate, eventually taking a sharp drop down and in to lefthanded hitters. He throws it with good deception and confidence. Hailing from Sitka, Alaska, Way had a little further to go than most college players. He mostly throws his fastball and changeup, and his slider is a work in progress. He steps across his body and throws from a lower three-quarters arm slot, so he doesn't get a lot of tilt on the pitch, making it sweepy and flat. The 6-foot-2, 185-pounder is a good athlete who swam and wrestled in high school, and a great teammate who prepares hard for his starts all week. He projects to be the first Northwest senior off the board, likely around the seventh round--much higher than when the Giants selected him last year with their 36th-round pick.
27 168 Boston Red Sox Seth Schwindenhammer OF Limestone Community HS, Bartonville, Ill. Ill. $140,000
Outfielder Seth Schwindenhammer has some of the best offensive potential among the state's high schoolers. He's a strong 6-foot-2, 200-pound lefthanded hitter with good power, though he'll have to close some holes in his swing. He's a solid athlete with arm strength who projects as a right fielder. He has committed to Illinois.
28 169 Tampa Bay Rays Jeff Malm 1B Bishop Gorman HS, Las Vegas Nev. $680,000
The first thing out of everyone's mouth when talking about Malm is some variation of: "That guy can hit." Few high school players in the draft have a better track record of performance than Malm, who does it from the left side. Everywhere he goes, he hits, whether it's as the youngest player on the USA Baseball junior national team--where he saw more time at first base than Eric Hosmer--or as the only underclassman at the 2007 Cape Cod High School Classic. Playing for one of the nation's top high school teams, Malm was leading the state of Nevada with 15 home runs heading into the playoffs. The question is whether he will be able to hit for the same power with a wood bat. At a soft-bodied 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds, he's limited to first base and will need to produce power. He has a good arm--sitting at 87-89 mph as a pitcher--but can't play the outfield. As a lifelong Southern California fan with a long personal relationship with head coach Chad Kreuter, Malm's commitment to the Trojans is strong.
29 170 Chicago Cubs Wes Darvill SS Brookswood SS, Langley, B.C. British Columbia $142,200
Like many Canadian position players, shortstop Wes Darvill bats lefthanded and throws righthanded. Because he's already 6-foot-3 and 175 pounds, he may have to move off shortstop, and he has the arm to play third base. He has the bat speed to catch up to velocity, but at this point he doesn't have the strength in his wrists and forearms to do anything with it yet. He plays the game hard and could benefit from spending a year or two in college.
30 171 Los Angeles Angels Casey Haerther 1B UCLA Calif. $141,300
Haerther was soft and overweight when drafted by the Padres out of high school and has worked hard to transform his frame at UCLA. His blazing start in 2009 cooled as the season progressed--he finished the season batting .305/.372/.473 with nine home runs--but Haerther has power and is a smart hitter, using the whole field and not trying to do too much with a good pitch. He has dabbled at third but is a better fit as a first baseman, and could still go with a single-digit pick.