Cincinnati Red Stockings

Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 8 Mike Leake RHP Arizona State Ariz. $2,270,000
Few pitchers were as consistently good this season as Arizona State righthander Mike Leake. That shouldn't come as a surprise--he's been carving up the Pac-10 for three years. A seventh-round draft pick by the Athletics out of Fallbrook (Calif.) High in 2006, Leake instead headed for Tempe and has pitched his way into first-round consideration. Listed at 6 feet, 180 pounds, what he lacks in pure physicality, he makes up for in athleticism and results. In addition to baseball, Leake played soccer, football and basketball in high school and could be a position player at Arizona State if he wasn't so valuable on the mound. Leake pounds the strike zone with a fastball that sits 88-92 mph. He can dial it up to 94, but prefers to work at lower speeds to get more movement. Throwing from a lower three-quarters arm slot, he gets a lot of armside run and sink on his fastball that results in a lot of groundballs. He also throws a changeup, slider and cutter that grade out as above-average offerings. Leake is a smart pitcher with a bulldog mentality on the mound.
1s 43 Brad Boxberger RHP Southern California Calif. $857,000
Boxberger is the son of Rod Boxberger, a righthander who led Southern California to a College World Series title in 1978, when he was also a first-round pick of the Astros. Both father and son attended Foothill High in Orange County, where Brad succeeded Phil Hughes as the staff ace and became a 20th-round pick of the Royals in 2006. He decided to follow in his father's footsteps to Southern Cal instead, and he has essentially been the Friday starter since he was a freshman. At an even 6 feet with a strong and mature frame. Boxberger has three pitches with plus potential. First is a 91-93 mph fastball that peaks at 94. He can add and subtract velocity from his 79-80 mph curveball, and his circle changeup is a bit inconsistent but has excellent deception and late drop when it's on. During his windup, he has a distinctive habit of turning his back to the plate. Boxberger offers little projection and ideally would be a middle-of-the-rotation starter in the big leagues. He has a tendency to hit the wall, and late in starts his velocity will drop, his command will disappear and the wheels will come off. Brad doesn't figure to be the 11th overall pick as his father was, but he could reach the back of the first round in a best case.
2 57 Billy Hamilton SS Taylorsville (Miss.) HS Miss. $623,600
Hamilton, like many Mississippi prep products, remains raw, as he's never played baseball full-time and needs to face better competition. Hamilton ranks among the fastest players in the draft, a true 70 runner on the 20-80 scale. Hamilton also is among the lightest players, if not the lightest being considered in the first five rounds, checking in at around 150 pounds. One evaluator said he resembles Brewers utilityman Bill Hall at a similar stage of development. Hamilton lacks present strength in his wispy frame, and some teams will walk away from a player whose present bat is short. Hamilton's swing is fairly sound, though, and he's learning to bat lefthanded as well to take advantage of his speed. He has outstanding arm strength, reaching 94 mph off the mound, and might be able to remain a shortstop; if not he'll stay in the middle of the diamond in center field. He's a Mississippi State football recruit, but scouts still consider him signable.
3 88 Donnie Joseph LHP Houston Texas $398,000
Joseph had little success in his first two years at Houston, bouncing between roles while battling his control and command. He finally harnessed his arm strength this spring, posting a 2.16 ERA, 11 saves and 75 strikeouts in 50 innings. The athletic 6-foot-3, 185-pounder now works consistently with a lively 90-93 mph fastball after often having to dial it down to 87-90 to find the plate in the past. He also has come up with a reliable breaking ball, a hard slider that gives him two legitimate weapons for pro ball. Joseph still doesn't have a trustworthy offspeed pitch and his control still isn't sterling, so he profiles to remain a reliever at the next level. He has enough stuff to be much more than a lefty specialist, and he should go somewhere between the third and fifth rounds.
4 119 Mark Fleury C North Carolina N.C. $249,300
Fleury was a reserve and part-time DH for most of his first two seasons at North Carolina, then emerged as one of the Tar Heels' most important performers as a junior. He'd started every game this spring and led the team in RBIs while throwing out 33 percent of basestealers. Fleury's lefthanded bat and solid catch-and-throw skills should push him up draft boards, particularly with so few college catchers available. He doesn't have a standout tool, but he was one of the better all-around catchers in the Cape Cod League last summer and built on that this year. He's a patient hitter with solid-average power, and his discipline gives him a chance to have a solid hit tool as well. He hangs in well against lefthanded pitchers, having seen plenty in North Carolina's lefty-heavy lineup. Fleury's arm earns mixed reviews, with some scouts rating it above-average and others as solid-average. He has handled velocity well at North Carolina and earns plaudits from scouts for his leadership skills and ability to lead a pitching staff.
5 149 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.
6 179 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.
7 209 Josh Fellhauer OF Cal State Fullerton Calif. $125,000
Fellhauer is one of the more exciting and dynamic players in college baseball. Similar to Lenny Dykstra in his build and playing style, Fellhauer has emerged as the best player on one of the nation's top college teams. Fans of the College World Series may remember the sensational throw Fellhauer made in 2007 to nail UC Irvine's Taylor Holliday at home plate to temporarily stave off defeat in the longest game in CWS history. Fellhauer seems to have baseball in his genetic code. His grandfather pitched for two years in the St. Louis Browns organization in the early 1950s, and his dad was a sixth-round draft pick of the Athletics years later. An alumni of the 2008 college national team, Fellhauer tied for the team lead with 26 hits and finished second on the team with a .299 average. He had performed even better this spring. Fellhauer is one of the finest defensive outfielders in the nation, showing the ability to run down drives in front of him, over his head and in the gaps. His excellent arm is made more effective by his accuracy and quick release. Fellhauer exhibits a quick bat and the ability to rip line drives to all fields. He projects as an average to above-average hitter, though his home run power is below-average. Fellhauer's lack of size and power may depress his draft stock, and some scouts have placed the dreaded "fourth outfielder" tag on him, but if he proves he can hit in the minors he should be a reliable big league starter.
8 239 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.
9 269 Brian Pearl RHP Washington Wash. $90,000
A converted third baseman, Pearl has flashed good stuff this year, but has also been wildly inconsistent in his first year of pitching full-time. The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder got two starts for the Huskies that didn't go well, so he mostly pitched out of their bullpen. A frustrating puzzle for scouts, sometimes Pearl would be 93-94 mph with his fastball and show a slider with good bite, while at other times he would come out and be in the mid- to upper 80s. He's not a big guy, but Pearl is athletic with a resilient arm. Control will never be his forte, though he can pitch on back-to-back days, has made good adjustments and shown body awareness that scouts like to see.
10 299 Tucker Barnhart C Brownsburg (Ind.) HS Ind. $250,000
Brownsburg High has churned out more than its share of prospects in recent years. Lance Lynn, a 2005 graduate, went on to Mississippi and became a supplemental first-round pick of the Cardinals last June. Drew Storen, a 2007 graduate, now attends Stanford and could sneak into the first round in 2009. Barnhart won't go as high as those righthanders, but he could be a fourth- or fifth-round pick for a club that isn't scared by his commitment to Georgia Tech. He's a switch-hitter with a good stroke from both sides of the plate and some power as a lefthander. He's strong for his size (5-foot-10, 180 pounds) and very athletic for a catcher. His speed is below average but he moves well behind the plate and is capable of playing the middle infield. He has soft hands and solid arm strength, and scouts laud his aptitude, instincts and work ethic. Some worry about his size and think he may be maxed out physically, while others think he has enough tools to eventually become a big league regular.
11 329 Jacob Johnson RHP Trinity Christian Academy, Lake Worth, Fla. Fla. $150,000
12 359 Josh Garton OF Volunteer State (Tenn.) CC Tenn.
Josh Garton, an outfielder at Volunteer State, challenged pitchers Trent Rothlin, a righthander committed to Mississippi, and lefty Chad Bell (Tennessee) as the top prospect in the juco ranks. Garton, a Florida International signee, might be better suited to first base or left field in pro ball. He's strong-bodied and athletic, with a fringe-average arm, and has played some center field. He plays with energy, endearing him to scouts and college coaches alike. His bat is his best tool, with above-average raw power, and he could go in the seventh- to 10th-round range.
13 389 Nick Christiani RHP Vanderbilt Tenn.
Christiani still throws hard, consistently in the low 90s. His slider and changeup are both decent and he throws strikes, yet he's been hit fairly hard for four seasons.
14 419 Tim Crabbe RHP Westmont (Calif.) Calif.
15 449 Jamie Walczak RHP Mercyhurst (Pa.) Pa.
Jamie Walczak started 55 games as an outfielder this spring, hitting .357, but scouts prefer him off the mound, where he went 4-3, 0.93 with five saves and 23 strikeouts in 19 innings. He has limited pitching experience, so his secondary stuff is underdeveloped, but he does pitch with a 90-92 mph fastball. He has an athletic, physical frame at 6-foot-2, 190 pounds, and he figures to be drafted in the top 20 rounds as an intriguing senior sign.
16 479 Chase Fowler C South Forsythe HS, Cumming, Ga. Ga.
17 509 Deven Marrero SS American Heritage HS, Plantation, Fla. Fla.
Scouts have seen plenty of Marrero over the years, from his freshman year in high school, when his brother Chris became the Nationals' second-round pick, to last year, when American Heritage produced first-rounder Eric Hosmer (Royals), catcher Adrian Nieto (Nationals, fifth round) and righthander Juan Carlos Sulbaran (Reds, 30th, $500,000). Marrero has carved out a bit of his own nichr this spring, showing improved strength to go with his excellent defensive skills and leading Heritage to a state runner-up finish. He's a more well-rounded player than his brother, who moved down the defensive spectrum quickly. Marrero started slowly this spring but picked up his offense as the season went along. Present hitting ability is his biggest question, as his swing has some length to it. His swing also has leverage, though; while scouts project him to hit for power down the line, he's short in that department now, and he's only an average runner. Defensively, he has a plus arm, smooth footwork and above-average hands. He should have no trouble staying at shortstop, as he plays the game smoothly. He's a baseball player in the best sense, even closing for American Heritage when needed. Marrero's slow start cooled some of the ardor for him in the scouting community, and word in the South Florida area is that he intended to honor his commitment to Arizona State, where he was expected to start from day one.
18 539 Stephen Perez SS Gulliver Prep HS, Miami Fla.
Perez is signed to play for the Miami Hurricanes, where his high school coach, Javy Rodriguez, starred for several seasons, starting for the 2001 national championship team. Perez has a better body than Rodriguez and seems to have picked up some of his coach's savvy. He's more frequently compared to Deven Marrero, his Florida prep contemporary. Perez has more present hitting ability, showing off his surprising pop last summer during the home run derby prior to the Under Armour/Baseball Factor all-star game. Perez also has some juice from both sides of the plate, as he's quick to the ball, balanced in his stance and athletic. Perez has a 60 arm that should be sufficient for shortstop. The only negatives for the 5-foot-10, 165-pounder are his lack of physical projection and big man's hitting approach. At times Perez too much power for his own good, as he fares better when he uses the whole field. He's a fringe-average runner, and while his arm profiles at shortstop, his range fits better at second. Those doubts and his Miami commitment were clouding his signability as May drew to a close.
19 569 Mitch Clarke LHP Forest Heights Collegiate Institute, Kitchener, Ont. Ontario
20 599 Matt Valaika 2B UC Santa Barbara Calif.
21 629 Jon Reed RHP Memorial HS, Tulsa Okla.
Righthander Jon Reed ranked right with Chad James as the best high school prospect in the state until he came down with calcium deposits in his elbow in February. When healthy, Reed had a 90-91 mph fastball that reached 93, a good curveball and nice polish for a high schooler. The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder is a good athlete who spent his senior season playing third base and showing some righthanded power potential. A Tennessee recruit, he may need surgery on his elbow.
22 659 Dave Stewart 1B Grayson County (Texas) CC Texas
Outfielder David Stewart was the best position prospect in Missouri when he came out of high school in 2007, then couldn't crack Nebraska's lineup as a freshman and transferred to Grayson County CC. His best tool is his lefthanded power, as he uses the strength and leverage in his 6-foot-5, 225-pound frame to drive balls. He's a good athlete for his size and has thrown 90 mph off the mound, but he could wind up at first base down the road.
23 689 Chris Richburg 1B Texas Tech Texas
24 719 Derrick Lowery 1B Young Harris (Ga.) JC Ga.
25 749 Mike Monster RHP Rutland SS, Kelowna, B.C British Columbia
With one of the best names in the draft, righthander Mike Monster is the best high school player in a down year for British Columbia. The 6-foot-3, 205-pounder has good size and arm strength, but has been inconsistent. And because he has a December birthday, he was too old to play for the Canadian junior team and got less exposure than other Canadian prospects. Monster doesn't come from the traditional hotbed around Vancouver, he's from Kelowna, about 200 miles northeast. There's some effort to his delivery and he doesn't approach the game with a starter's mentality. He comes hard after hitter and needs to learn to pace himself. He throws an 89-92 mph, heavy fastball, but he has the size and arm speed that lead scouts to believe there's more there, especially from such an inexperienced arm.
26 779 Trey Manz C South Florida Fla.
27 809 Stefan Del Pino LHP Dorman HS, Roebuck, S.C. S.C.
28 839 Derek Poppert SS San Francisco Calif.
29 869 Jason Braun RHP Corban (Ore.) Ore.
Senior righthander Jason Braun at Corban College in Salem has interested scouts for his athleticism--he also played basketball at Corban his first three years there--and size at 6-foot-5 and 190 pounds. Braun has been up to 93 mph with his fastball from a low three-quarters arm slot. He also throws a slider and a split-finger fastball. Braun has not played summer ball and scouts aren't sure how much he loves the game. He didn't face high-quality competition this year and lost all three games he started against NAIA power Lewis-Clark State (Idaho), but could be an interesting project as a pick in the late teens or early 20s.
30 899 Yovan Gonzalez C Wabash Valley (Ill.) CC Ill.
31 929 Adian Kummet RHP St. Scholastica (Minn.) Minn.
32 959 Shane Carlson SS UC Santa Barbara Calif.
33 989 Will Stramp 3B Lubbock Christian (Texas) Texas
Outfielder Will Stramp won MVP honors at the NAIA World Series after leading Lubbock Christian to its second-ever championship. A 6-foot-3, 185-pound senior, he batted .498 with 27 homers and 99 RBIs, leading the NAIA in hitting, hits (115) and total bases (225). The righthanded hitter, who spent his first two college seasons at Dallas Baptist, has plus speed and decent tools across the board. He's capable of playing all three outfield positions.
34 1019 Forest Cannon RHP UC Santa Barbara Calif.
35 1049 Oliver Santos 3B South Carolina-Salkehatchie JC S.C.
36 1079 Chris Burleson SS Southern Maine Maine
37 1109 Dayne Read OF Chipola (Fla.) JC Fla. $225,000
38 1139 Tommy Nurre 1B Miami (Ohio) Ohio
39 1169 Paul Barton RHP Kwalikum SS, Qualicum Beach, B.C British Columbia
Righthander Paul Barton has a projectable, 6-foot-2, 180-pound frame. His fastball is a little short at 87-88 mph, but his arm works well and he shows the makings of three pitches. He's inconsistent and just needs more repetitions.
40 1199 Michael Robertson OF Bellevue (Wash.) CC Wash.
Outfielder Michael Robertson has also blossomed at Bellevue and could be a late-round pick. The 6-foot-2, 195-pounder has above-average speed, a good arm and goes all out at every practice and on every play. He missed a year with a broken wrist and does not project to hit for power, but makes consistent contact.
41 1229 Jake Wiley RHP Marist N.Y.
42 1259 Blair Carson RHP Anderson (S.C.) S.C.
43 1289 Ricky Bowen RHP Mississippi State Miss.
44 1319 Jaron Shepherd OF Navarro (Texas) JC Texas
45 1349 Brian Adams OF South Forysth HS, Cumming, Ga. Ga.
46 1379 Tim Dunn RHP Trevecca Nazarene (Tenn.) Tenn.
47 1409 Jason Hampton RHP Rocklin (Calif.) HS Calif.
48 1439 Kenny Swab C Young Harris (Ga.) JC Ga.
49 1469 Darion Hamilton OF Taylorsville (Miss.) HS Miss.
50 1499 Chris Page 1B Genesee (N.Y.) CC N.Y.