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Pick Overall Team Player Position School State Bonus
1 232 Washington Nationals Roberto Perez SS Dorado Academy, Dorado, P.R. P.R. $150,000
Teams are split on where Roberto Perez will end up. Some teams prefer the 6-foot-1, 175-pound righthander on the mound, some see him at shortstop and others would like him to move to third base or even behind the plate. Lauded for his makeup and work ethic, Perez has been working hard to improve his defense and hitting. He wants to stay at shortstop, where he's quick to the ball and has a plus arm, but his actions are a bit mechanical and he doesn't have great hands. Perez has a high-energy, all-or-nothing swing and has focused on staying back and learning how to go the other way. Battling a stomach virus that had him running to the bathroom between innings, he still led the Excellence Tournament in hitting. On the mound, he's been clocked as high as 92 mph. Perez will continue to play both ways if he winds up at Oklahoma State.
2 233 Seattle Mariners Jimmy Gillheeney LHP North Carolina State N.C. $140,000
Gilheeney worked as the Wolfpack's Friday starter this season after closing in 2008. Gilheeney has plenty of polish and throws his fastball, plus changeup and breaking balls in any count, and locates them all. Teams that saw his fastball in the upper 80s will be more inclined to buy into his great feel for pitching than those that saw his 84-86 mph games. Fellow Wolfpack lefty John Lambert had a big game against North Carolina with plenty of scouts in attendance, striking out 10 but walking nine. He also showed an average fastball and slider and power pitcher's approach to go with his 6-foot-7 frame. His delivery tends to get mechanical, making it tough for him to repeat his delivery.
3 234 San Diego Padres Nate Freiman 1B Duke N.C. $40,000
First baseman Nate Freiman is 6-foot-8 and has huge raw power, but he has a slider-speed bat in the eyes of most scouts.
4 235 Pittsburgh Pirates Colton Cain LHP Waxahachie (Texas) HS Texas $1,125,000
On the right day, Cain can look like a first-rounder. He's a strong 6-foot-3, 225-pound lefthander who has can sit in the low 90s for a few innings and touch 94 mph with his fastball. He has improved his curveball to the point where some area scouts grades it as an average pitch and project it as a plus offering. He also has a strong track record, having starred with the U.S. youth and junior teams the previous two summers. Scouts who aren't as high on Cain have seen him overthrow trying to pitch to the radar gun, and didn't think as highly of his breaking ball or arm action. If Cain attends Texas, he may get more of an opportunity to contribute initially in the lineup than on a crowded pitching staff. He's a first baseman with plenty of strength and lefthanded power potential. He made more of an impression at the Area Code Games last summer with his bat, though scouts now prefer him more as a pitcher. They have some questions about his ability with wood bats and his defense. Cain reportedly wants a seven-figure bonus, which may be a bit rich for pro clubs.
5 236 Baltimore Orioles Devin Harris OF East Carolina N.C.
East Carolina's top prospect could go in the first five rounds or not until very late. Sophomore-eligible outfielder Devin Harris has big tools and looks the part of a prototypical right fielder. He's an average runner at 6-foot-3, 227 pounds, with a plus arm suited for right field. Harris has massive raw power as well and the athletic ability to make adjustments. He also struck out 60 times through regionals due to a lack of pitch recognition, and he tends to take bad routes in right field as he fails to pick the ball up off the bat quickly. Harris fits in the first five rounds for a team that believes in his bat, but could fall because of the signing leverage he has as a sophomore.
6 237 San Francisco Giants Gus Benusa OF Riverview HS, Oakmont, Pa. Pa. $125,000
Outfielder Gus Benusa generated a bit of buzz late in the spring, and some scouts had heard that clubs would consider him as early as the seventh round. Others aren't sold. Benusa has a mature 5-foot-11 frame and a good lefthanded swing. He profiles as an average hitter with fringe-average speed and below-average power. He's an average defender with slightly below-average arm strength. Benusa is committed to Duquesne but is considered signable.
7 238 Atlanta Braves Kyle Rose OF Northwest Shoals (Ala.) CC Ala. $122,500
Rose, listed at 6-foot, 175 pounds, was drafted out of high school in 2007, despite a bus accident in 2006 that caused damage to his spleen and lungs. He spent two seasons at Northwest Shoals (Ala.) CC and had signed with Division II North Alabama, but his above-average athletic ability and plus speed prompted draft interest in the 10-round range. His bat is still considered fairly raw.
8 239 Cincinnati Reds Juan Silva OF Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, Gurabo, P.R. P.R. $95,000
Outfielder Juan Silva has tools, but has struggled to put them all together. Listed at 6 feet and 185 pounds, Silva is naturally athletic, runs well and has a good arm. While he has raw power, he can get pull-happy at times and often bails out on pitches, resulting in a lot of strikeouts. He currently plays center field, but will move to a corner eventually.
9 240 Detroit Tigers Craig Fritsch RHP Baylor Texas
An all-star summer in the Cape Cod League positioned righthander Craig Fritsch as a top-three-rounds pick in 2009 as a draft-eligible sophomore. But he quickly pitched himself out of Baylor's rotation this spring, casting his draft status in doubt. When Fritsch is on, he has a 91-92 mph fastball that touches 95 and a good slider and can locate both pitches. He has the potential to add velocity as he adds strength to his 6-foot-4, 180-pound frame. At the same time, he's maddeningly inconsistent and scouts question his mental toughness. He pitched much better for the Bears as a reliever, where his fringe changeup and command weren't as much of a drawback. His disappointing year and extra leverage won't help him in the draft, which could mean that he'll return to Baylor for 2010.
10 241 Colorado Rockies Rob Scahill RHP Bradley Ill. $110,000
Drafted in the 48th round by the Yankees as a redshirt sophomore a year ago, righthander Rob Scahill should go about 40 rounds higher this time around. He shook off an early-season oblique injury to pitch in the low 90s and touch 95 mph down the stretch. Scahill's fastball has good life and he has shown the ability to maintain its velocity. The 6-foot-3, 220-pounder shows a slightly above-average slider at times, though his stuff plays down when his command wavers. He has bounced back nicely after missing the entire 2007 season following labrum surgery.
11 242 Kansas City Royals Dusty Odenbach RHP Connecticut Conn. $150,000
Odenbach went 2-3, 3.34 with 48 strikeouts in 35 innings as a junior middle reliever for UConn this spring. He worked in the 88-90 mph range for most of the spring, and most scouts regarded him as someone to watch during his senior year in 2010 thanks to his 6-foot-3, 220-pound frame. But his velocity spiked down the stretch, as he ran his fastball up to 93 mph and flashed an average slider and splitter at times.
12 243 Oakland Athletics Rob Gilliam RHP UNC Greensboro N.C. $105,000
Gilliam could move up draft boards if he has strong workouts for teams, as he's an arm-strength pitcher who hasn't had a great deal of success in college. He grew up in San Jose, Calif., but moved to Chapel Hill, N.C., as a senior in high school and wound up staying in the area for college, attending UNC Greensboro. Playing in the extremely offensive Southern Conference, Gilliam has been a member of Spartans' rotation for three seasons. He consistently shows average to plus fastball velocity, touching 94 mph regularly and usually sitting in the 89-93 mph range. He has enough control and secondary stuff to lead the SoCon with a .224 opponents batting average, and he ranked seventh in strikeouts with 78 despite working primarily in relief. Gilliam throws a slow 12-to-6 curveball that has its moments, and the fact he's shown the ability to spin the pitch gives scouts some hope for his breaking ball. His changeup showed plus potential in the Cape Cod League last summer in shorter bursts. When he misses, he tends to miss up and was homer-prone, giving up 10 this spring. He wasn't easy to scout at UNCG, where he made 20 of his 24 appearances in relief and frequently pitched multiple innings out of the bullpen. Scouts like his toughness and see him in the bullpen down the line. He should go in the five-to-seven round range.
13 244 Texas Rangers Braden Tullis RHP Skagit Valley (Wash.) CC Wash. $90,000
Skagit Valley righthander Braden Tullis flew way under the radar at Timberline High in Boise as a first baseman and closer. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound Tullis is a great athlete who also played linebacker on his high school football team and ran the fastest 60-yard dash for Skagit Valley this year. His future is on the mound. On the season, Tullis went 4-0, 0.33 with 27 strikeouts and 11 walks, good enough to earn him NWAACC MVP honors. Tullis has a fastball that sits 88-91 mph with armside run and sink. He has a good feel for a changeup that could be a plus pitch down the line and is working on his breaking ball. He keeps everything down in the zone and throws all three pitches for strikes. The stuff isn't exceptional, but he has good command and you know what you're getting--which is a rarity in the Northwest this year.
14 245 Cleveland Indians Cory Burns RHP Arizona Ariz. $35,000
Senior righthander Cory Burns pitched over the top last year, then dropped down to sidearm this year and is 88-90 mph with Wiffle Ball movement that makes him really hard to square up. He also has a decent slider and changeup and should be a late-round pick.
15 246 Arizona Diamondbacks Paul Goldschmidt 1B Texas State Texas $95,000
Paul Goldschmidt became the first player to repeat as Southland Conference hitter of the year since future big leaguer Ben Broussard in 1998-99. Goldschmidt, who also won the SLC's player of the year award, led NCAA Division I with 87 RBIs entering super-regional play and bashed 18 homers this spring, giving him a school-record 36 for his career. He has big righthanded power and good plate discipline for a slugger. Though he's a good athlete for a 6-foot-4, 240-pounder, his lack of range limits him to first base, so his bat will have to carry him. Part of a national championship team at The Woodlands (Texas) High in 2006, Goldschmidt went in the 49th round of that draft to the Dodgers.
16 247 Los Angeles Dodgers Jon Garcia OF Luis Munoz Marin HS, Yauco, P.R. P.R. $120,000
Outfielder Jonathan Garcia has tools, allowing him to look like a stud in workouts, but he struggles in game action. He's undersized at 5-foot-11 and 185 pounds but has a hose--the second-best arm on the island to Sierra. In February, he put on a show in batting practice, hitting light-tower home runs, then looked awful against live pitching, swinging and missing at everything. He wasn't good at the Excellence Tournament, either. He's naturally strong, hustles and plays the game the right way. He's also a tough player who doesn't wear batting gloves and will run through a wall in the outfield.
17 248 Florida Marlins Stephen Richards LHP Arkansas Ark. $125,000
Lefthanded Stephen Richards is a 5-foot-11, 175-pound reliever, and his stuff is good enough to get him drafted between the sixth and 10th rounds. His slider is a legitimate out pitch, and he sets it up with an 88-91 mph fastball. Going into the College World Series, he was 5-1, 1.09 with nine saves and 48 strikeouts in 33 innings.
18 249 St. Louis Cardinals Jason Stidham SS Florida State Fla. $100,000
Stidham has been a three-year starter for the Seminoles, a consistent offensive performer who lacks a true defensive home. He has good patience and solid power with a decent idea of how to use the whole field. He profiles best at second base but has hard hands defensively.
19 250 Toronto Blue Jays Brian Slover RHP Cal State Northridge Calif. $150,000
A physically imposing 6-foot-3, 230-pounder, Slover pounds the strike zone with a low- to mid-90s fastball and hard slider. He led the Big West with a 1.39 ERA, saving nine games while striking out 48 in 45 innings.
20 251 Houston Astros Brandt Walker RHP Stanford Calif. $150,000
Walker is all promise and potential, for 6-foot-3, 180-pound righthander has a thin resume. Drafted out of high school in the 21st round by the Rangers in 2006, Walker went 0-1, 7.11 this spring and never won a game in three seasons at Stanford. Scouts attending the Cardinal's fall practice saw Walker touch 95-96 mph with his fastball, the type of velocity that drew draft attention despite his lack of on-field results.
21 252 Minnesota Twins Brian Dozier SS Southern Mississippi Miss. $30,000
Southern Mississippi reached regionals (and then advanced to super regionals) despite an injury to senior shortstop Brian Dozier, the team leader who went down in April with a broken clavicle. He was more of a solid college shortstop than a big pro prospect and fits better at second base, as a fringy runner with a fringe arm.
22 253 Chicago White Sox Ryan Buch RHP Monmouth N.J. $105,000
Buch broke out in 2007, when he went 9-2, 2.44 as a freshman at Monmouth and ranked as the No. 1 prospect in the Atlantic Collegiate League that summer. He's always had a prototype pitcher's frame and an excellent curveball, but his stock soared in April along with his velocity. Buch has reached the low 90s with his fastball since he was a freshman, and he has still pitched in that range for most of this spring. More recently he had run his fastball up to 95, sitting at 92-93. The velocity on his sharp, downer curveball has also spiked, reaching 84-85 mph. Even when he throws it slower--and some scouts report seeing a 74-77 breaker, while others have seen it at 81-82--it's still a true above-average offering. But when he throws it harder, it can rate as a 70 or better pitch on the 20-80 scouting scale. Buch is refining his fastball command, and he does not have a lot of feel for his changeup. But scouts can dream on him, and he seems likely to be drafted in the first two rounds in June.
23 254 New York Mets Taylor Freeman C McNeese State La. $100,000
Taylor Freeman is a lefthanded-hitting catcher with some power, though his swing can get long at times. The 6-foot-2, 192-pounder has a solid arm but needs to improve his receiving and agility. He was drafted in the 41st round out of high school by the Tigers, and he spent his first college season at Seminole State (Okla.) JC.
24 255 New York Yankees Sam Elam LHP Notre Dame Ind. $40,000
Sam Elam has a lot of promise in his left arm, but control problems limited him to one win and 76 innings in four seasons at Notre Dame. He's a 6-foot-3, 220-pounder with a solid fastball and hard breaking ball, but he can't find the strike zone. He pitched solely out of the stretch this year in an attempt to simplify things, yet he still walked 29 in 31 innings.
25 256 Milwaukee Brewers Chad Stang OF Midland (Texas) CC Texas $125,000
Outfielder Chad Stang has plus speed but is rounding out the rest of his game. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound righthanded hitter has a long swing, struggles to hit breaking balls and needs better pitch recognitions. He also needs to hone his outfield instincts.
26 257 Philadelphia Phillies Jon Singleton 1B Millikan HS, Long Beach Calif. $200,000
Singleton first came to the attention of scouts and college recruiters in the summer of 2007, when he was 15 and with a wood bat, he blasted a 400-foot home run out of Inland Empire's ballpark. His frame and natural hitting ability have impressed scouts, though his results have lagged behind. At 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds, Singleton has an impressive build, and his large, strong hands indicate natural power potential. He has a sweet, fluid swing, and his bat speed produces an audible "whoosh" as he swings at a pitch. He has struggled to connect with quality pitching at showcase events, and an early-season slump this spring drove down his stock. His backswing can get wrapped and unnecessarily long, leading to problems making solid contact. As the season has progressed, though, Singleton has warmed up. He impressed a group of 30 scouts in an Easter tournament game by ripping several base hits. He has excellent defensive skills, and should be an above-average defender at first base. Singleton is just 17, so a club that thinks it can draw out his terrific natural hitting ability can be patient in developing him. He could also shoot up draft boards in three years if he opts for Long Beach State instead of pro ball.
27 258 Boston Red Sox Shannon Wilkerson OF Augusta State (Ga.) Ga. $100,000
Grades and an ACT snafu cost Wilkerson some development time in college, but he made up for lost time. Wilkerson's best tool is his bat. The Division II national player of the year by the NCBWA, he has excellent bat speed and can turn on good fastballs. He has plenty of raw power and led his conference with 24 home runs this spring. He's too aggressive at the plate at times, leading to a pull-happy approach. His other tools profile him best as a left fielder.
28 259 Tampa Bay Rays Brett Nommensen OF Eastern Illinois Ill. $25,000
Outfielder Brett Nommensen put up the best hitting numbers in college baseball in the first half of the season, batting .521 with 11 homers and leading NCAA Division I in on-base percentage (.649) and slugging (1.021) through 28 games. Then he broke the hamate bone in his right wrist and didn't bat again until the Ohio Valley Conference tournament. Five-foot-10 and 190 pounds, Nommensen has a compact lefthanded swing and a patient approach. While scouts acknowledge his ability to hit and get on base, as well as his instincts, they question whether he has more than one big league tool. He has below-average power and average speed and arm strength, which may make him more of a tweener than a regular outfielder down the line. That's why he went undrafted despite batting .402 as junior a year ago.
29 260 Chicago Cubs Robert Whitenack RHP SUNY Old Westbury N.Y. $125,000
Old Westbury righthander Robert Whitenack had a solid spring, going 5-2, 2.81 with 79 strikeouts and 25 walks in 67 innings. Whitenack has been heavily scouted and could be drafted anywhere from the fifth to the 10th round. His best pitch is an 80 mph knuckle--curveball with tumbling 12-to-6 action that some scouts rate as plus and others rate as plus-plus. Whitenack had scouts buzzing by running his fastball up to 92 mph early in the season in Florida, but he's pitched mostly in the 87-89 range down the stretch. Some scouts have seen Whitenack flash an average slider and an average change as well. He has a loose arm and a skinny 6-foot-5, 185-pound build that leaves room for projection, though some scouts aren't enamored of his narrow frame. The son of a retired New York City police officer, Whitenack shows tenacity on the mound.
30 261 Los Angeles Angels Carlos Ramirez C Arizona State Ariz. $110,000
At 5-foot-11 and 210 pounds, Ramirez turns off scouts with his soft body. But he has hit with authority everywhere he's played, and his defense gets solid reviews. Ramirez was a 34th-round draft pick by the Angels last year after hitting .386/.471/.660 with a wood bat for Chandler-Gilbert (Ariz.) CC. He turned them down and spent the summer in the Northwoods League, leading the league with 10 home runs and earning league MVP honors. While coach Pat Murphy used two catchers last season, Ramirez came in and made a seamless transition, quickly learning the new staff and starting every game this season. He calls his own games and worked with two of the best college pitchers in the country this year. While he's a good receiver, his arm is average at best. The wear and tear of catching didn't slow him down at the plate, as Ramirez hit .344/.449/.693 with 17 home runs during the regular season. He also has the swagger and leadership you look for in a catcher, getting respect from opposing coaches who say he's the kind of player you hate on another team but would love to have on your own team.