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1 172 Washington Nationals Michael Taylor SS Westminster Academy, Fort Lauderdale Fla. $125,000
Taylor has good size at 6-foot-3, 190 pounds and may need to move off shortstop eventually. He has enough athletic ability to remain in the infield. His bat was strong all spring, and the North Florida recruit has average future power potential.
2 173 Seattle Mariners Shaver Hansen 3B Baylor Texas $150,000
Texas colleges are rife with professional second-base prospects, either players who currently man the position (Texas A&M's Brodie Greene, Rice's Brock Holt) or who figure to move there from shortstop (Hansen, Dallas Baptist's Ryan Goins). Hansen is the best of the group because he has the most polished bat. After hitting nine homers in his first two seasons, he exploded for 17 this season, a school record for shortstops. He takes a big swing and has sacrificed some strike-zone discipline for power. He did hit a solid .273 with wood bats in the Cape Cod League last summer. A 6-foot, 185-pound switch-hitter, he gets good leverage in his swing from both sides of the plate. Hansen is a below-average runner with a fringy arm, which is why he'll move off shortstop once he turns pro. His instincts make him an effective baserunner and defender. He profiles as an offensive second baseman or utilityman, and he has shown his versatility by starting for the Bears at second base as a freshman and third base as a sophomore.
3 174 San Diego Padres James Needy RHP Santana HS, Santee, Calif. Calif. $298,000
Tall, lanky and projectable at 6'6" and 195 pounds, the right handed Needy has long been a scout ball and showcase regular in Southern California. Despite a bit of funkiness in his arm action and delivery, Needy fires a fastball that sits from the high 80's to the low 90's, peaking at about 92. His curve is a bit inconsistent, but exhibits nice break and dip. Needy can add and subtract on that pitch, ranging from 75 to 82. Needy resembles Jon Garland a shade, and the club drafting him will, in all likelihood, be patient in developing Needy as a starter.
4 175 Pittsburgh Pirates Zack Von Rosenberg RHP Zachary (La.) HS La. $1,200,000
Von Rosenberg doesn't light up radar guns like fellow Louisiana high school righthander Brody Colvin, but he's a much more polished pitcher with an exceptional track record of winning at the prep level. Von Rosenberg won state championships and pitched the clincher in each of his four seasons, a 5-A title at Barbe in 2006 and 4-A titles at Zachary the last three years. He has advanced command of three solid pitches: an 88-91 mph fastball with good life, a curveball with nice depth and a changeup with deception. He has a 6-foot-5, 205-pound frame and a clean delivery, so his velocity should increase, especially when he stops playing shortstop when he's not pitching. He did work in the low 90s more regularly late in the spring, and some area scouts prefer him to Colvin. Both players have scholarships from Louisiana State that they'll likely turn down when they go in the first two rounds of the draft.
5 176 Baltimore Orioles Justin Dalles C South Carolina S.C. $150,000
Dalles has little power and is a baseclogger. But he plays a premium position with solid athletic ability, energy and a strong throwing arm, which scouts grade as above-average. His bat is solid, with enough power to project him at least as a backup.
6 177 San Francisco Giants Matt Graham RHP Oak Ridge HS, Spring, Texas Texas $500,000
Texas area scouts still haven't figured Graham out. He excited them when he emerged as a potential first-rounder in the summer and fall before his junior season, but he has had a Jekyll-and-Hyde ride since. His velocity plunged to the mid-80s at the start of last summer, though it had crept up to the low 90s by the end of the showcase circuit. This spring, Graham has had outings where his fastball has sat at 86-88 mph and others where it has parked at 90-93 mph. He'll mix a power curveball with some ineffective breaking balls, and he's show the makings of an effective changeup but doesn't use it often enough. Graham has an athletic 6-foot-3, 195-pound frame but he throws with a herky-jerky delivery that contains a lot of effort. He needs to clean up and repeat his mechanics, and to improve control that's as inconsistent as his stuff. Graham has committed to North Carolina but may be signable if drafted in the first five rounds.
7 178 Atlanta Braves Ryan Woolley RHP Alabama-Birmingham Ala.
8 179 Cincinnati Reds Mark Serrano RHP Oral Roberts Okla. $25,000
Righthander Mark Serrano spent his first two college seasons at Cypress (Calif.) JC and his third as a swingman at Oral Roberts, going undrafted each time. He broke out as a senior in 2009, winning Summit League player and pitcher of the year honors. Serrano, who didn't move into the Golden Eagles' rotation until late March, ranked second in NCAA Division I in strikeouts per nine innings (13.8) and fifth in strikeouts (132). The 6-foot-1, 195-pounder sets up hitters with an 88-92 mph fastball and fans them with a nasty slider. His changeup, which he throws with a palmball grip, is also an effective pitch.
9 180 Detroit Tigers Daniel Fields SS University of Detroit Jesuit HS Mich. $1,625,000
Fields' father Bruce had a brief major league career and won three minor league batting titles before becoming a hitting instructor. Currently the Indians' minor league hitting coordinator, he was the Tigers' big league batting coach in 2003 when Daniel hit a batting-practice homer at Comerica Park--as a 12-year-old, with a wood bat. In addition to good bloodlines, he has a body and a package of tools that scouts can dream on. He's 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds and offers a tantalizing combination of above-average power potential and speed. He's strong and has good lift in his lefthanded swing. Fields has less polish than might be expected of the son of a former big leaguer, but a strong spring has erased his reputation for being more of a showcase standout than a game performer. Fields is athletic, moves well and has a solid arm, but his size makes it likely that he'll move off shortstop at the next level. He projects better defensively as either a third baseman or an outfielder, and it's possible that he could play in center. Fields attends a prestigious private school and has committed to Michigan, so he probably won't be signable as a projected fourth- to seventh-round pick. His dad wants him to stay at shortstop and receive a seven-figure bonus, further complicating matters. He has the tools to blossom into a first-rounder after three years with the Wolverines.
10 181 Colorado Rockies Chris Balcom-Miller RHP West Valley (Calif.) JC Calif. $125,000
Drafted by the Royals in the 35th round in 2008, Balcom-Miller has an impressive frame and excellent stuff. His low-90s fastball and plus changeup enabled him to strike out 106 batters in 83 innings in 2009. His slider regressed as his changeup took charge, but he has shown the ability to spin one in the past. A Lewis-Clark State signee, his fine season may entice a ballclub to draw him away from his college commitment.
11 182 Kansas City Royals Cole White RHP New Mexico N.M. $100,000
Like Washington's Brian Pearl, White is another third baseman that found success in short stints after moving to the mound. White came to New Mexico via Paris (Texas) JC, where he was a 30th-round selection by the Cubs last year. His fastball was consistently between 92-93 mph this spring, but he touched 95 on multiple occasions. White--who also co-wrote a song submitted for Grammy consideration--has improved his control throughout the year, but needs to clean up the moving parts in his delivery to continue that refinement. His 83-84 mph slider is a little flat at this point, mostly sweeping across the plate and not getting the two-plane break scouts look for. As a reliever in New Mexico, he's been a tough player to crosscheck, which could affect where he goes in the draft. He'll likely join a minor league starting rotation to get more experience, but profiles as a reliever.
12 183 Oakland Athletics Ryan Ortiz C Oregon State Ore. $125,000
Catcher Ryan Ortiz has hit well, both in the Cape Cod League and during his time at Oregon State. Still, scouts see a long swing and ultimately view him as more of a backup if he makes it to the major leagues. The 6-foot-3, 205-pounder, a preseason third-team All-American, has solid athleticism and a quick release from behind the plate. He's just adequate defensively with an average arm, though he has consistent 1.95-2.0 second pop times and nabbed 32 percent of opposing basestealers this year. He's also handled velocity on the Beavers' talented staff.
13 184 Texas Rangers Ruben Sierra Jr. OF San Juan Educational HS, San Juan, P.R. P.R. $125,000
Like his father, Sierra passes scouts' eye test, standing 6-foot-2 and 175 pounds with room to fill out. As that happens, Sierra will likely have to move from center field to right field. He certainly has the arm strength for right--his throws from the outfield have been clocked at 92 mph. His other tools are impressive as well. He runs a 6.4-second 60-yard dash and can put on a show during batting practice. It's a different story, however, against live pitching. As a lefthanded hitter, Sierra has a tendency to bail out--his step is toward first base--causing him to become exposed against pitches away. Despite his natural tools, Sierra sometimes looks like he's just going through the motions. Still, teams that value tools and projection are dreaming on Sierra, and he's seen as a player who will greatly benefit from getting into pro ball, getting better instruction and playing every day.
14 185 Cleveland Indians Ben Carlson 1B Missouri State Mo. $125,000
Carlson stands out for his size (6-foot-3, 230 pounds) and strength, which he has shown off by leading the Missouri Valley Conference in homers in each of the last two season. The younger brother of Tigers minor league first baseman Chris Carlson, Ben has effortless lefthanded power and the ball jumps off his bat. Though his average dropped from .379 a year ago to .301 this spring, he makes good contact for a slugger and shows patience at the plate. Carlson has spent most of his time in right field this season after playing first base as a freshman and DHing as a sophomore. He injured his elbow in summer ball in 2007 and had Tommy John surgery following the 2008 season. Though he's reasonably athletic for his size, he's a below-average runner who will move back to first base in pro ball. A team looking for a proven college slugger could pop him in the fourth or fifth round.
15 186 Arizona Diamondbacks Bradin Hagens RHP Merced (Calif.) JC Calif. $125,000
A 6-foot-1, 180-pound righthander, Hagens is looking to improve on his draft position from 2008, when the Royals selected him in the 37th round. Hagens enjoyed a fine 2009 season, going 9-1, 3.77 with 87 strikeouts in 88 innings. He profiles as a reliever in pro ball, a role in which he could focus primarily on his low-90s fastball and solid slider.
16 187 Los Angeles Dodgers Jan Vazquez C Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, Gurabo, P.R. P.R. $125,000
Jan Vazquez is athletic for a catcher and has experience at shortstop. He runs a 6.6-second 60-yard dash, which is excellent for a catcher. A hitch in his throwing mechanics slows down his pop times, but he has a plus arm. He's seen more as a catch-and-throw guy, but the bat is coming along. At the preseason showcase, he ripped a double off the wall against Rivera, and he hit well at the Excellence Tournament too. Vazquez shows good leadership and plays hard.
17 188 Florida Marlins Dustin Dickerson 1B Baylor Texas
Dickerson projected as a possible second-round pick coming out of high school in 2006, but signability concerns dropped him to the Nationals in the 15th round. Scouts loved his sweet lefthanded swing but didn't like the adjustments he made at Baylor, as he spread out his stance and became more of an opposite-field hitter. He batted just .303 with seven homers in his first two seasons. Dickerson started pulling more pitches again this year, maximizing the strength in his 6-foot-4, 205-pound frame. He led the Bears with a .377 average, fashioned a 24-game hitting streak and hit 10 homers. He has a patient approach at the plate and makes consistent contact. Though he's reasonably athletic and runs well for his size, most of Dickerson's value lies in his bat. A high school third baseman, he moved to first base at Baylor and is only an adequate defender. His offensive potential could get him drafted as high as the third round.
Dickerson agreed to a $150,000 bonus with the Marlins on July 11 and played in 46 games at short-season Jamestown. However, his deal was voided on Oct. 11, making him a free agent.
18 189 St. Louis Cardinals Virgil Hill OF Mission (Calif.) JC Calif. $150,000
Hill, a 35th-rounder last year (Athletics), is a 6-foot, 190-pounder who hit .462 with 10 homers and 27 stolen bases this spring. An exciting and aggressive player, he flashes a rare combination of speed and power. Hill is still a bit raw after missing a year in high school to run track and play football. He has tremendous athleticism and bloodlines, as both of his parents were Olympians. His mother Denean Howard-Hill won a silver medal in the 1988 Olympics in the 4x400 meter relay. His father Virgil Sr. also won a silver medal, as a boxer in the 1984 Olympics. He later won the WBA cruiserweight title.
19 190 Toronto Blue Jays K.C. Hobson OF Stockdale HS, Bakersfield, Calif. Calif. $500,000
KC Hobson is the son of Butch Hobson, well known to baseball fans as the former third baseman and later manager of the Boston Red Sox. Unlike his dad, KC bats and throws left handed. The younger Hobson is 6'2" tall and 210 pounds, with a mature and powerful build. A pitcher and first baseman, Hobson is the type of player who shows ability at both spots, but perhaps not quite enough to warrant first three round attention. On the mound, Hobson has an impressive but not overwhelming arm. His fastball sits from 87 to 90, peaking at 91. Hobson's 72 to 74 curve will show some sharp break occasionally, but he has poor command and exhibits difficulty controlling both pitches. Undoubtedly, Hobson's arm is sufficient for one of the corner outfield spots, however, he doesn't run well enough to play beyond the infield. That leaves first base as his probable defensive home. Hobson displays interesting potential as a hitter. Fundamentally sound and blessed with outstanding power, Hobson can put on eye opening batting practice spectacles Unfortunately, his performances at the plate in game situations can be uneven, and he has shown difficulties in making consistent hard contact. Hobson's big league lineage will unquestionably assist him in the draft. His value is perhaps highest as a power hitting lefthanded first baseman.
20 191 Houston Astros Enrique Hernandez SS American Military Academy, Guaynabo, P.R. P.R. $150,000
Second baseman Enrique Hernandez played well at the spring's first showcase, going 4-for-4 and putting himself on the fringes of the top 10 rounds. Hernandez has a short, compact swing with a little bit of pop. Defensively, he has smooth actions, soft hands and a good arm. His body type and defense are similar to Luis Matos, but Hernandez profiles as a better hitter.
21 192 Minnesota Twins Chris Herrmann C Miami Fla. $135,000
Herrmann was a 10th-rounder out of Alvin (Texas) JC last year, when he played some catcher. He didn't catch this year and projects as a corner infielder or left fielder, but defense isn't his best trait. He's a solid hitter with a short swing, patient approach and good strength.
22 193 Chicago White Sox Justin Collop RHP Toledo Ohio $122,500
In a major upset, righthander Justin Collop moved past Kent State's Kyle Smith and Brad Stillings as the state's best pitching prospect--despite posting a career-worst 6.51 ERA as a junior. Collop, who came to Toledo on an academic scholarship, has seen his stuff steadily improve over the last three seasons. An athletic 6-foot-2, 177-pounder with a fast arm, he has three legitimate pitches when he's on. His fastball usually sits at 88-92 mph and touches 94, and his slider and splitter both have their moments. He lost the command of his secondary pitches in the second half of the season and got pounded.
23 194 New York Mets David Buchanan RHP Chipola (Fla.) JC Fla.
Teammate David Buchanan, a righthander, has a much bigger arm, running his four-seam fastball up to 96 mph and sitting at 90-94. He lacks control due to a poor delivery, but his arm works well and he has athleticism so he could smooth things out. At times his curveball gives him a second plus pitch. He works hard but has to learn to get people out, rather than pitching for the radar gun and scouts.
24 195 New York Yankees Rob Lyerly 3B Charlotte N.C. $125,000
A two-time all-Atlantic-10 Conference choice, Lyerly had a productive college career and has a track record for hitting, including the 2008 Northwoods League batting title. Lyerly is just a fair athlete, and his prospect value will depend on how he translates his smooth lefthanded swing and gap power to wood bats. He played some outfield in college and will have to maintain his mobility to stay in left field.
25 196 Milwaukee Brewers Hiram Burgos RHP Bethune-Cookman Fla. $15,000
Bethune-Cookman ace Hiram Burgos has been a steady three-pitch righthander with three average pitches for three seasons for the Wildcats and improved his stock with a shutout win at Miami this spring. He touches 92 mph with his fastball and competes.
26 197 Philadelphia Phillies Steven Inch RHP Vauxhall Academy, Edmonton Alberta $300,000
Righthander Steven Inch came on strong as the draft drew closer and is Canada's second-best prospect. The 6-foot-4, 195-pounder throws in the mid- to upper 80s and really knows how to pitch. He fills up the strike zone, has a feel for a breaking ball and does everything effortlessly. He's committed to Kentucky and could be a tough sign.
27 198 Boston Red Sox Branden Kline RHP Johnson HS, Frederick, Md. Md.
Righthander Branden Kline could be the second straight top prospect from the Mid-Atlantic to head to Virginia, following lefthander Danny Hultzen. He has a good pitcher's body at 6-foot-3, 185 pounds with room for projection. His fastball is 88-93 mph now and he shows a feel for a breaking ball. He also shows more polish that most high school pitchers. Teams have asked if Kline would sign out of the first five rounds, but he has shown little interest in forgoing college.
28 199 Tampa Bay Rays Devin Fuller RHP Chandler-Gilbert (Ariz.) CC Ariz. $150,000
Fuller redshirted his freshman year at Arizona State because he was academically ineligible. Transferring to Chandler-Gilbert this season, Fuller has shown flashes of the talent that made him a 14th-round selection by the Devil Rays out of Gilbert (Ariz.) High in 2007. His fastball has been anywhere from 88-94 mph this spring and he gets a lot of run and sink on it. His secondary stuff is a bit behind and he's been going back and forth between throwing a curveball and a slider, although the rotation on his breaking pitches is getting tighter and he shows some deception with his changeup. The 6-foot-2, 225-pounder went 3-2, 2.36 with 72 strikeouts and 21 walks over 53 innings for the Coyotes this season.
29 200 Chicago Cubs Brooks Raley LHP Texas A&M Texas $750,000
Raley was the best two-way player in college baseball in the first half of the season before dropping off down the stretch. The consensus is that he's better on the mound, where he has command of a diverse array of pitches. He works mainly with an 87-90 mph sinker, a slider and a changeup, and he also has a four-seam fastball that peaks at 93 mph and a curveball. Scouts respect his ability to compete and to command all of his offering, but he doesn't have a true out pitch, which will leave him with little margin for error in pro ball. Though Raley has a clean delivery, they also wonder how well he'll hold up at a wiry 6-foot-3 and 185 pounds. He also has potential as a lefthanded-hitting outfielder, though a second-half slump has led to some questions about his bat. He does offer plus-plus speed, a good eye and gap power as a hitter, as well as above-average range and arm strength. Raley plays the outfield corners for Texas A&M, in part to reduce the physical burden of playing both ways, but definitely is capable of playing center field as a pro. A sophomore-eligible, he could be a second- or third-round pick. But he's spooking clubs by not giving them any inkling as to his asking price, so he could last much longer in the draft than his talent would dictate.
30 201 Los Angeles Angels Danny Reynolds RHP Durango HS, Las Vegas Nev. $125,000
One of the biggest pop-ups in the southwest this year was Danny Reynolds, a righthander at Durango High in Las Vegas. Reynolds has the stigma of being an undersized righty--5-foot-11 and 160 pounds--which will scare some teams away. Durango head coach Sam Knapp has been a Reynolds believer for years, always telling scouts that he had the hand speed to show bigger velocity numbers. This year, Reynolds proved him right. His fastball was 86-88 mph in the fall, but something clicked for him this spring and he was consistently sitting 93-95. He also has a slider that is 77-81 with some late bite and will mix in a slower curveball. There's some effort to his mechanics--he has an extremely fast tempo, turns his back to the hitters and has some spinoff, ala Francisco Rodriguez. Reynolds has also run on his school's cross-country team and has an intense work ethic--even after the lights have been turned off at his stadium after games, Reynolds can still be found on the field, running poles. Committed to Dixie State College, he's considered signable and will likely be selected in the top five rounds.