Chicago White Stockings

Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 31 Brett Jackson OF California Calif. $972,000
Jackson is most frequently compared with J.D. Drew, at least physically. But while critics often question Drew's passion, the same accusation could never be directed at Jackson. Strong and muscular, Jackson is a wonderful athlete who is a perpetual motion machine on the field and plays with flair. He is an enthusiastic, upbeat and supportive teammate, and he's an aggressive baserunner who challenges outfielders and takes the extra base, often diving in headfirst while doing so. He uses his above-average speed to chase down drives in the gaps in center field, and he has the range to flag down balls hit in front of him or over his head. His arm can be inconsistent, but he has enough arm strength for both left and center. Most criticism surrounding Jackson centers on his hitting, where he's not nearly as polished as Drew. He utilizes an inward-turning, hand-pumping, leg-kicking, load-up-and-let-it-fly swing. He has excellent bat speed and shows the ability to rifle the ball around the diamond, with acceptable home run power, particularly for a leadoff man. His high strikeout totals hurt his draft chances, though, and he had 58 whiffs in 206 at-bats this season.
2 79 D.J. LeMahieu 2B Louisiana State La. $508,000
LeMahieu looked like a first-round pick last summer when he starred in the Cape Cod League. Scouts saw enough athleticism in his lanky 6-foot-4, 193-pound frame to think he could play shortstop, and they liked his power potential. But he hasn't played up to that level this spring. Though LeMahieu hit .340 entering the College World Series and sparked Louisiana State's offense from the leadoff spot, scouts expected him to deliver more than four home runs. He employs an inside-out, opposite-field approach, so he should have more power if he turns on more pitches. Scouts also have noted that his swing seems slower and longer this spring. They also think LeMahieu now has no chance at playing shortstop, as he has looked more methodical and less explosive. The Tigers concurred, moving him to second base at midseason after they had trouble turning double plays. His arm has regressed, too, and at shortstop he would need a full windup to make longer throws. A fringe-average runner, LeMahieu may not have the quick feet for second base, either, and he'd have to produce a lot more power if he shifted to third base or the outfield. Further complicating matters is the extra leverage he possesses as a draft-eligible sophomore. Enough scouting directors saw LeMahieu play well on the Cape that he still should get picked in the second or third round, and he may be signable if he goes that high.
3 109 Austin Kirk LHP Owasso (Okla.) HS Okla. $320,000
Kirk led Owasso to the Oklahoma 6-A championship, making the Rams the Sooner State's first large school ever to win three straight league titles. He won three games in the final week of the state tournament, concluding with a four-hitter over Edmond's Santa Fe High in the finals for Owasso's ei ghth championship in the last 11 years. Kirk doesn't have a lot of projection remaining in his strong 6-foot-1, 200-pound frame, but he already has quality stuff for a lefthander. He surprised scouts by touching 92 mph in a February scrimmage against Tulsa's Memorial High and ace Jon Reed. Kirk has moved past Reed as the state's No. 2 high school prospect behind projected first-rounder Chad James (Yukon High) by pitching at 88-91 mph all spring after previously topping out in the high 80s. His fastball is explosive and gets on hitters quickly, making it appear even faster. He also consistently stays on top of his improved curveball with his high three-quarters delivery and has an advanced changeup for a high schooler. Kirk could go in the fourth or fifth round if teams believe he'll sign. If he doesn't, he'll head to Oklahoma and get the chance to contribute as a two-way player. He's a first baseman with some lefthanded power.
4 140 Chris Rusin LHP Kentucky Ky. $140,000
Rusin can't reach the mid-90s like Kentucky teammates James Paxton and Alex Meyer (projected first-rounders in 2009 and 2011, respectively) but he pitched both of them this spring. He finished his career ranked second in career wins (23) and strikeouts (274 in 302 innings) in school history, and he should be one of the first college seniors drafted this year. Rusin had a chance to go in the first five rounds in 2008 before coming down with a sore elbow shortly before the draft. He had arthroscopic surgery in the fall to repair a slight tear in a tendon and has been as good as ever this spring. Six-foot-2 and 190 pounds, Rusin primarily works with a lively 87-89 mph fastball and a curveball. He'll need to improve his changeup to succeed as a starter in pro ball. He doesn't have a pretty delivery, but it adds deception to his pitches without impairing his ability to throw strikes. He repeats his mechanics well, though some scouts wonder if they could lead to more arm problems down the line.
5 170 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.
6 200 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.
7 230 Blair Springfield SS MacArthur HS, Decatur, Ill. Ill. $127,500
Outfielder Blair Springfield offers solid power potential from the right side of the plate. The 5-foot-11, 195-pound righthanded hitter may be a tweener outfielder by pro standards at this point, as he doesn't run well enough to play center and isn't big or strong enough for the corners yet. He's the cousin of Jermaine Dye and an Illinois State recruit.
8 260 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.
9 290 Richard Jones C The Citadel S.C. $110,000
The Citadel's 2010 fortunes will be considerably brighter if it can get a pair of juniors back as seniors next season. Slugger Richard Jones is a fringy catcher who spent time as a DH as well. He has arm strength but not enough accuracy and modest receiving ability, and opponents stole successfully 83 percent of the time. There's nothing fringy about his power, however, as he hit 17 in the Southern Conference's toughest hitter's park (Riley Park, also home of the low Class A Charleston RiverDogs). He'll go as far as his lefthanded power will take him.
10 320 Charles Thomas 3B Edward Waters (Fla.) Fla. $60,000
11 350 John Mincone LHP Suffolk County (N.Y.) CC-Grant N.Y. $100,000
12 380 Runey Davis OF Howard (Texas) JC Texas $125,000
13 410 Chad Taylor SS Jefferson HS, Tampa Fla.
14 440 Danny Keefe RHP Tampa Fla.
15 470 Cody Shields OF Auburn-Montgomery Ala.
16 500 Keenyn Walker OF Judge Memorial HS, Salt Lake City Utah
Outfielder Keenyn Walker is a great athlete. He runs well, has been up to 90 mph off the mound and plays football. He's a switch-hitter who has wiry strength and good bat speed, but his overall game is raw and he's expected to end up at Central Arizona CC.
17 530 B.J. Dail RHP Mount Olive (N.C.) N.C.
Dail agreed to a $50,000 bonus with the Cubs on June 15, but the deal was voided on July 9, making him a free agent.
18 560 Matt Williams C Duke N.C.
Catcher Matt Williams is a grinder with an opposite-field approach at the plate that limits his power. Williams is a good blocker and receiver behind the plate with average arm strength and a slow transfer that limits him to 2.1-second pop times. He is fairly accurate.
19 590 Sergio Burruel C Browne HS, Phoenix Ariz.
Catcher Sergio Burruel wasn't a big name coming into the season, but got noticed when he hit 15 home runs in 27 games. His body is soft, similar to Yadier Molina, so he's not athletic behind the plate and will never be a threat on the bases. He has arm strength and can drive balls out of the yard. His receiving needs work, but he's bilingual, has soft hands and shows good leadership ability. He's thrown around some bonus figures that scouts think are too high, but has been crosschecked and could go in the top 10 rounds.
20 620 Eric Erickson LHP Miami Fla.
21 650 Greg Rohan 1B Kent State Ohio
22 680 D.J. Fitzgerald 2B Dyersburg State (Tenn.) CC Tenn.
23 710 Jeff Pruitt OF Cal State Northridge Calif.
Outfielder Jeff Pruitt has a pro body at 6-foot-5, 210 pounds, with plus tools in his arm strength, speed (6.5 seconds in the 60) and defense. A redshirt sophomore, Pruitt has not hit enough to get scouts that interested, batting .212 this season and striking out 53 times in 179 at-bats.
Pruitt agreed to a $60,000 bonus with the Cubs on June 15, but the deal was voided on July 10, making him a free agent.
24 740 Gerardo Esquivel RHP De La Salle Institute, Chicago Ill.
25 770 Justin Bour 1B George Mason Va.
George Mason dominated the Colonial Athletic Association this year, winning the regular-season title and an at-large regional bid. Outfielder Scott Krieger (.378) and catcher Chris Henderson (.416) shared CAA player of the year honors, and along with hulking first baseman Justin Bour (.336) combined to hit 51 of the team's 81 home runs. Bour shows the ability to hit for average and power. He's a strapping 6-foot-4, 250 pounds and has drawn physical comparisons to Brett Wallace. Power will be his calling card, though he has the tools to be a good defensive first baseman.
26 800 Steve Grife RHP Mercyhurst (Pa.) Pa.
Steve Grife, generously listed at 6 feet, 170 pounds, has plenty of effort in his delivery, but he has handled a starter's workload the last few years. He ranked as the No. 3 prospect in the Coastal Plain League last summer and went 5-1, 3.24 with 73 strikeouts in 67 innings this spring. Grife pitches off a plus fastball that he can run up to 94 mph. While his secondary stuff has improved since last year, his curveball and slider are still below-average at best. He has feel for a changeup, but he often slows down his arm when he throws it. He profiles as a reliever in pro ball, and it's unlikely a club will buy him out of his senior year at Mercyhurst.
27 830 Corey Martin RHP Western Carolina N.C.
Senior righthander Corey Martin has good velocity (up to 94 mph) as a starter but little else.
28 860 Jordan Petraitis 3B Miami (Ohio) 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.
29 890 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).
30 920 Danny Sheppard C Downers Grove (Ill.) North HS Ill.
The best high school position player in the state is Danny Sheppard, an athletic catcher with the potential to shine offensively and defensively. A 6-foot, 180-pound righthanded hitter, he has good power but his bat may not be ready for pro ball. A center fielder as a junior, he moves well and has a strong arm behind the plate. He also played quarterback and middle linebacker for Downers Grove North, and he brings that football mentality to the diamond. He's an Iowa recruit.
31 950 Andrew Clark 1B Louisville Ky.
32 980 Trey McNutt RHP Shelton State (Ala.) CC Ala. $115,000
33 1010 John Lambert LHP North Carolina State N.C.
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.
34 1040 Rett Varner RHP Texas-Arlington Texas
35 1070 Kevin David C Oklahoma State Okla.
36 1100 Brandon May 2B Alabama Ala.
37 1130 Peter Mooney SS Palm Beach (Fla.) CC Fla.
38 1160 Bobby Wagner 3B Panola (Texas) JC Texas
39 1190 Nick Struck RHP Mount Hood (Ore.) CC Ore. $125,000
40 1220 Eric Whaley RHP Cardinal Gibbons HS, Fort Lauderdale Fla.
41 1250 Jake Schmidt RHP Concordia (Minn.) Minn.
42 1280 Trey Ford SS Chaparral HS, Scottsdale, Ariz. Ariz.
Third baseman Trey Ford has a short, line-drive stroke but profiles better at second base. He is committed to Chandler-Gilbert CC.
43 1310 Colin Kaepernick RHP Nevada Nev.
44 1340 Frank DeJiulio RHP Daytona Beach (Fla.) CC Fla.
45 1370 Addison Dunn RHP Warren (Pa.) Area HS Pa.
46 1400 Glenn Cook OF Miami Fla.
47 1430 Joe Jocketty 3B Watkins HS, St. Louis Mo.
48 1460 John Nasshan RHP Niles West HS, Skokie, Ill. Ill.
49 1490 Christian Segar OF McQuaid Jesuit HS, Rochester, N.Y. N.Y.
50 1520 Zach Cleveland RHP Central Arizona JC Ariz.
Short righthander Zach Cleveland has a fastball that tops out at 93 mph and sits 90-92, setting up a devastating slider. He had trouble throwing strikes last year for the Vaqueros, but cut down his free passes this season.