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Round Overall Team Player Position School Bonus
2 64 Arizona Diamondbacks Marc Krauss OF Ohio $550,000
After starring in his first two years at Ohio and in the Great Lakes League in between, Krauss went to the Cape Cod League last summer and left as a premium prospect. He led the Cape in RBIs (34) and on-base percentage (.473) and has continued to raise his profile this spring, batting .402 and leading the Mid-American Conference with 27 homers and 70 RBIs. A lefthanded hitter, Krauss has a quick bat and advanced approach, as he has a discerning eye and uses the entire field. He consistently squares balls on the barrel of the bat. Some scouts wonder how much power he'll have with wood, but the consensus is he should have average pop as a pro. Though he's more athletic than most 6-foot-3, 220-pounders and has played some third base, he'll have to be a left fielder at the next level. He has arm strength but his hands, range and quickness are just adequate. Krauss' bat will have to carry him, but it's good enough to do so. As one of the best college hitters in a thin year for them, he could get taken as early as the second round.
6 193 Chicago White Sox Justin Collop RHP Toledo $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.
7 222 Minnesota Twins Brad Stillings RHP Kent State $125,000
Righthander Brad Stillings entered 2009 as a potential top-two-rounds pick, and he maintained that status through April 10, when he no-hit Toledo to improve to 5-0, 2.89. But he faltered badly afterward, going 1-4, 14.42 over his final six starts. He gave up three straight homers in the Mid-American Conference tournament, then surrendered nine runs in 2 1/3 innings against Arizona State in NCAA regional play. When he was pitching well, the 6-foot-4, 210-pounder had a 91-94 mph fastball that touched 96, an effective slider and changeup, and the ability to locate his pitches. But in the final two months, he couldn't command his slider at all, allowing hitters to tee off on his fastball.
9 286 Milwaukee Brewers Jon Pokorny LHP Kent State $82,500
With Smith going down with shoulder problems and Stillings falling apart down the stretch, lefthander Jon Pokorny could become the first Kent State pitcher drafted this year. Batters have a tough time squaring up the 6-foot-2, 220-pounder, who has an 88-90 mph fastball and a curveball that eats up lefties. He's a two-pitch guy who'll remain a reliever in pro ball, though he loses 2-3 mph velocity off both his pitches when he works on consecutive days.
11 333 Oakland Athletics Mike Spina 3B Cincinnati
Third baseman Mike Spina broke Kevin Youkilis' Cincinnati single-season home run record with 21 in 2008, then upped the mark to 23 this spring. Spina has a lot in common with Youkilis: a similar build (6 feet, 209 pounds), a quality righthanded bat, the ability to work counts and entry into pro ball as a senior sign. Spina has more raw power than Youkilis did at the same stage of his career, though he's not as athletic or gifted defensively. He has enough arm strength and decent enough hands to be an adequate third baseman in pro ball. Undrafted in two years at Florida CC, Spina was selected in the 45th round by the Twins last June.
13 394 Texas Rangers Justin Jamison RHP Strongsville (Ohio) HS
Righthander Justin Jamison should be the first Ohio high school player drafted this year because he offers the best combination of ability and signability, despite his commitment to Ohio State. He's a 6-foot-8, 225-pounder who can hit 93 mph with his fastball but still is learning the art of pitching. Also a basketball standout, he has trouble maintaining consistency with his mechanics, command and secondary pitches.
14 430 Toronto Blue Jays Lance Durham 1B Cincinnati
Another juco transfer broke another of Youkilis' records this spring. First baseman Lance Durham, whose father Leon was a big league all-star with the Cubs, surpassed Youkilis' single-season mark with 99 hits and set another school record with a .427 average. A lefthanded hitter who hooks a lot of balls but keeps more than his share in fair territory, Durham crushes fastballs and has trouble with offspeed pitches. He has a good approach and a discerning eye, though he can get too patient at times. Durham doesn't always turn his raw power loose, but when he does, he can drive the ball. He hit the longest ball in the history of Cincinnati's Marge Schott Stadium, an April 29 shot against Xavier that traveled an estimated 500 feet and landed on top of the school's basketball arena. Durham doesn't exactly have a pro body at 5-foot-10 and 233 pounds, and his speed, arm and range are all below average. But his bat and his bloodlines should get him drafted in the first 10-15 rounds. A 45th-round pick by the Tigers out of high school in 2006, Durham went undrafted in two seasons at Kaskaskia (Ill.) JC.
16 486 Arizona Diamondbacks Ryan Robowski LHP Ohio Dominican
17 511 Colorado Rockies Josh Hungerman LHP Cleveland State
19 564 San Diego Padres Chris Tremblay SS Kent State
20 605 Cleveland Indians Kyle C. Smith RHP Kent State $100,000
Kent State had a pair of righthanders with aspirations of going in the first two rounds. The consensus was that while Brad Stillings had better present stuff, Kyle Smith had a higher ceiling. But the debate as to who was better was tabled in late April, when shoulder tendinitis sidelined Smith. He made two more appearances the rest of the season, but didn't show his usual quality stuff: an 88-92 mph two-seam fastball with good sink and a knockout slider. He also throws a changeup. Smith is a good athlete for a 6-foot-6, 220-pounder. Whichever team drafts him probably will monitor him during the summer before deciding whether to sign him in August.
21 650 Chicago Cubs Greg Rohan 1B Kent State
22 652 Washington Nationals Danny Rosenbaum LHP Xavier
23 706 Milwaukee Brewers Austin Pressley RHP Franklin Monroe HS, Arcanum, Ohio
24 725 Cleveland Indians Mike Hamann RHP Danbury HS, Lakeside, Ohio
Righthander Michael Hamann is the best high school prospect in Ohio this year, but he probably won't be the first one drafted because he's strongly committed to Toledo. One scout compared him to current Rockets ace Justin Collop because Hamann has a similar build (6-foot-2, 165 pounds) and a variety of solid pitches. He works with an 87-89 mph fastball that touches 91, and a promising curveball and changeup. He's more polished than most high school pitchers and is a good athlete who also lettered in basketball and cross country.
27 816 Arizona Diamondbacks Jake Hale RHP Ohio State
Though senior righthander Jake Hale ranked second in NCAA Division I with an Ohio State-record 18 saves this spring, area scouts don't love him. They question his work ethic and makeup, and while they like his slider, they think he throws it way too often. The 6-foot-7, 200-pounder works in the high 80s and touches 91 mph with his fastball. He has been drafted twice previously, in the 24th round out high school by the Indians in 2005 and in the 20th round as a draft-eligible sophomore by the Blue Jays in 2007.
28 860 Chicago Cubs Jordan Petraitis 3B Miami (Ohio)
Senior Jordan Petraitis has the body and tools to be a successful third baseman, though he'll have to turn on more pitches and produce more home runs in pro ball. The 6-foot-3, 201-pounder has strength in his righthanded swing but doesn't drive the ball as much as scouts would like. A former shortstop, he has a strong arm and solid range at the hot corner.
36 1099 Tampa Bay Rays Jeff Cinadr RHP Toledo
38 1139 Cincinnati Reds Tommy Nurre 1B Miami (Ohio)
38 1145 Cleveland Indians Robert Sabo RHP Kent State
38 1148 Florida Marlins Kevin Johnson LHP Cincinnati
40 1201 Colorado Rockies Jason Bagoly C Fitch HS, Austintown, Ohio
Catcher Jason Bagoly is a physical 6-foot-4, 220-pounder with an intriguing righthanded bat. He has power and arm strength, though he struggles receiving and isn't a lock to remain behind the plate. A Kent State recruit, he's the nephew of Yankees scouting director Damon Oppenheimer.
42 1265 Cleveland Indians Jon Kountis RHP Ohio Dominican
45 1352 Kansas City Royals Derek Spencer 3B Bowling Green State
45 1358 Florida Marlins Zach Hurley OF Ohio State
47 1429 Tampa Bay Rays Jason Patton OF Kent State