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Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 15 Alex White RHP North Carolina N.C. $2,250,000
The Dodgers drafted White in the 14th round in 2006 and made a strong run to sign him, but he wound up at North Carolina, spending three seasons in the weekend rotation and emerging as the staff ace as a sophomore. White was electric for the Tar Heels out of the bullpen in the 2008 College World Series, sitting at 96 mph with excellent life on his fastball, and some scouts see him in that role. However, he has shown three plus pitches at times during his career, though not all at once in a somewhat inconsistent junior season. White's arm action varied a bit during the year, starting out a bit high and long in the back, and despite his excellent athleticism this caused him to struggle to command his fastball. The pitch touches the mid-90s and sits in the 91-94 mph range when White starts. His slider, a plus pitch at times, also has lacked consistency, but his split-finger fastball has supplanted it as his best secondary pitch. It has good depth and deception and neutralizes lefthanded hitters. As good as his stuff can be, White's competitiveness and athleticism may be better attributes. With more consistency he could become a front-of-the-rotation starter, though his command may preclude him from being a true big league ace.
2 63 Jason Kipnis OF Arizona State Ariz. $575,000
Kipnis turned down fourth-round money from the Padres last year as a draft-eligible sophomore, and it's looking like a good decision, as he'll likely be a higher selection this time around. Kipnis redshirted at Kentucky as a freshman and was suspended from the team as a sophomore, but he has impressed the Sun Devils with his work ethic and was Pac-10 newcomer of the year in 2008. He has been even better this season, leading the team in batting, on-base percentage and slugging, as well as stolen bases. Kipnis doesn't have one standout tool, but can do a little bit of everything. He has a patient approach and a line-drive swing. He has shown he can hit quality pitching, though he doesn't profile for big power with a wood bat, making him a potential tweener. While his defense in center field has improved, he doesn't have the range to stay there long-term--yet he might not hit enough to man a corner spot. He may also get a chance to try second base.
3 94 Joe Gardner RHP UC Santa Barbara Calif. $363,000
Gardner first gained traction as a draft prospect with an excellent showing in Alaska last summer. A tall and lanky 6-foot-5, 220 pounds with a near sidearm delivery, Gardner is somewhat reminiscent of Tyson Ross, drafted last year out of Cal. His best pitch is his 91-93 mph fastball, which has natural heavy sinking action. His secondary pitches lag behind. He has some sink on his changeup but has trouble locating the pitch, and his curveball and slider have been mostly flat and rarely find the strike zone. Mechanics are also a concern with Gardner, who has a tendency to open up his front side too quickly and then land on a stiff front leg. If he improves his mechanics and secondary stuff, he could easily profile as a middle-of-the-rotation starter, though many scouts feel he fits best as a reliever, able to use his nasty sinker to induce groundballs.
4 125 Kyle Bellows 3B San Jose State Calif. $230,000
Bellows experienced an offensive breakthrough in 2009, hitting .389 with 10 homers, 57 rbis, 10 steals, a .615 slg. pct and a .428 obp. He has always been excellent defensively, excelling either at shortstop or 3rd base, which will probably be his professional home. Bellows committed only 7 errors this season, and notched a .974 fielding percentage. At 6'3" and 210 pounds, he possesses a strong and athletic frame. Now that his hit and power tools have begun to catch up with his defensive skills, Bellows profiles as a versatile asset on the left side of the infield.
5 155 Austin Adams RHP Faulkner (Ala.) Ala. $70,000
Adams could be the top prospect in NAIA this spring after lefthander Ashur Tolliver of Oklahoma City. He's shown a premium arm for several years at Faulkner, which retained him as a recruit even after Auburn offered him late in his senior season. Adams was drafted as a shortstop in 2008 as a 27th-round pick but he didn't sign and came back to school as a senior. He hit .389 with 14 home runs this spring, is an above-average runner with 4.05-second times to first base from the right side and has solid infield actions, with a chance to stay at shortstop as a pro. With all that, he'll be drafted as a pitcher. After relieving much of his career, Adams has moved into more of a starting role this spring and maintained the premium velocity he'd flashed in the bullpen. After hitting 95 last year, Adams topped out at 98 mph this spring and pitched at 91-96 mph, even as a starter, and showed the quick arm and athleticism to maintain that velo deep into games. He also throws a curveball and changeup, though scouts prefer the curve, a power breaker in the lower 80s. It has plus potential if he can improve his command. Lacking experience as a pitcher, Adams has plenty of refinements to make. His stuff tends to flatten out the harder he throws, helping explain how a NAIA pitcher with his velocity and breaking ball can go 5-2, 5.83 with ratios of just 8.16 strikeouts per nine innings.
6 185 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.
7 215 Jordan Henry OF Mississippi Miss. $100,000
Henry was a Freshman All-American two years ago, when his brother Justin (a second baseman who is now in the Tigers farm system) was a teammate, but he struggled as a sophomore for Mississippi. He rebounded to key the Rebels offense in 2009, leading the Southeastern Conference in walks and stolen bases to earn first-team All-SEC honors. Henry earns Jason Tyner comparisons for his slap-happy, speed-oriented approach. He's patient and can spoil pitchers' chase pitches with two strikes. He's a 70 runner whose speed also plays defensively, where he's a good defender in center field. Henry has enough arm to be a fourth outfielder, which is his likely future role unless he shows an ability to impact the ball with the bat. He has hit just two homers and has just 26 extra-base hits in three seasons. He could go as high as the fourth round due to his speed and improved performance this season.
8 245 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.
9 275 Preston Guilmet RHP Arizona Ariz. $35,000
A 22nd-round pick by the Athletics last season, righthander Preston Guilmet returned to Arizona for his senior year and pitched better than his 6-5 record would indicate. He struck out 93 and walked 34 over 91 innings while maintaining a 3.74 ERA. His stuff is essentially the same as last year, with a fastball in the 87-90 mph range. He mixes his pitches well, spots his fastball and changeup and knows how to pitch. For breaking balls, he throws a slider and a split-finger fastball, and while they can be difficult to tell apart they are both out pitches at times.
10 305 Brett Brach RHP Monmouth N.J. $70,000
Brach, the younger brother of former Monmouth ace Brad Brach (who signed with the Padres as a 42nd-round pick in 2008), stands out most for his ability to pound the strike zone, as evidenced by his 77-14 K-BB ratio in 75 innings as a junior this spring. His 88-91 mph fastball has some sinking life thanks to his low three-quarters slot, but he's not overpowering and took his lumps at times in the Northeast Conference, going 7-3, 4.78 in 2009. He also has some feel for a fringy 78-81 mph slider, and he has a durable 6-foot-3, 185-pound frame. Most scouts viewed him as a priority senior sign for 2010.
11 335 Kirk Wetmore LHP Bellevue (Wash.) JC Wash.
Lefthander Kirk Wetmore came to Bellevue CC as a relative unknown. Undrafted out of high school, the 6-foot-2, 200-pounder spent his freshman year at Washington, pitching just three innings. He transferred to BCC to get a chance to pitch more, and it paid off, as he's now one of the top pitchers in the state. He came in last fall and was throwing in the mid-80s with a loopy curveball, but saw a bump in velocity this spring and tightened up his breaking ball. He's now pitching at 87-91 mph. Wetmore can throw across his body at times, but for the most part his mechanics are clean and he throws from a low three-quarters arm slot. He commands his fastball and complements it with two above-average breaking balls: an 80-82 mph slider and a 74-75 mph curveball. Wetmore is committed to Hawaii next season if he doesn't head to pro ball.
12 365 Joe Colon RHP Caguas, P.R. P.R.
Joseph Colon went undrafted last year as a third baseman, then moved to the mound and has been firing fastballs at 90-92 mph. The Cubs actually signed the 6-foot-1 righthander in late January, but MLB voided the contract because Colon enrolled at Huertas Junior College, which does not have a baseball program. Colon is raw but has a fresh, loose arm with the makings of a good curveball. He was 88-91 mph at the Excellence Tournament with good sink. His secondary stuff is unrefined.
13 395 Jeremy Johnson RHP Washington State Wash.
14 425 Kyle Smith SS Cal Poly Calif.
15 455 Mike Rayl LHP Palm Beach (Fla.) JC Fla. $125,000
Rivaling Corbin as the state's top pitching prospect, lefthander Michael Rayl has similar size at 6-foot-3, 180 pounds, and at times has similar velocity at 89-91 mph. Some scouts didn't see him throw that hard this spring, as he dipped into the mid-80s. He's more savvy and experienced than Corbin, showing good pitchability despite a modest curveball and changeup. His arm works well and he's yet another member of Florida's amazing recruiting class.
16 485 Dale Dickerson RHP Nicholls State La.
17 515 Casey Frawley OF Stetson Fla.
18 545 Dwight Childs C Arizona Ariz.
Catcher Dwight Childs has handled good pitchers during his three-year stint at Arizona. He was also a member of the 2005 USA Baseball junior team that included Clayton Kershaw, Brett Anderson, Lars Anderson and Grant Green, among others. After batting .193 last season, he hit the weight room in the offseason to get stronger and batted .331/.385/.529 this season. Still, scouts aren't sure he'll hit enough to be a big league regular. His calling card is his defense. A catcher his whole life, he's comfortable behind the plate and blocks balls well. With a plus arm and pop times in the 1.8- to 2.0-second range, some scouts have even been tempted to try him out on the mound.
19 575 Nick Kirk LHP Northern Iowa Iowa
Nick Kirk might have gone in the top 10 rounds last year if he hadn't hurt his forearm in early April, costing him the stuff that allowed him to throw a 15-strikeout no-hitter against Evansville. This spring, he regained his 89-91 mph fastball with nice run and sink, as well as a solid slider. As a 6-foot-1, 200-pound senior, he's not projectable, but he's a lefthander who throws strikes down in the zone.
20 605 Kyle C. Smith RHP Kent State Ohio $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.
21 635 Jeff Rowland OF Georgia Tech Ga.
The two most intriguing Yellow Jackets are eligible sophomores Chase Barnett, who in a limited role has shown a live bat, and center fielder Jeff Rowland, who runs well and is a good defender in center field, albeit with a below-average arm. Scouts compare Rowland to former Jackets outfielder Danny Payne, who has struggled in the Padres system. The biggest question with Rowland is how much authority he'll have with wood bats; he didn't show much pop last summer in the Cal Ripken Summer League.
22 665 Merrill Kelly RHP Yavapai (Ariz.) JC Ariz.
Opposing coaches gushed about righthander Merrill Kelly--likely because he shut down their teams and put up fantastic numbers this season. Scouts' reviews weren't quite as glowing. His fastball is 87-91 mph and his arm action is rigid. He has good command and mixes in a little breaking ball, but it's his changeups that are his out pitches. One is a traditional circle change with some sink, and he freezes hitters when he lops 20 mph off and floats a borderline eephus up to the plate. His brother Reid pitches in the Astros organization; Merrill is committed to Arizona State.
23 695 Danny Jimenez LHP John A. Logan (Ill.) JC Ill. $125,000
Danny Jimenez was Illinois' top high school lefthander (and a 37th-round pick of the Cardinals) a year ago, and now he's the state's best juco prospect. Jimenez' stuff is similar to what it was a year ago, as he usually pitches from 87-91 mph and maintains that velocity into the late innings. He has tightened up his curveball and gotten more comfortable with his changeup, but both pitches still need work. His delivery isn't the cleanest and he doesn't have a lot of projection remaining in his 6-foot-3, 215-pound frame, but he has a strong left arm and gets results. If he doesn't turn pro, he'll return to John A. Logan CC for his sophomore season.
24 725 Mike Hamann RHP Danbury HS, Lakeside, Ohio 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.
25 755 Blake Hauser RHP Manchester HS, Midlothian, Va. Va.
Blake Hauser came on strong late in the season to earn recognition as the state's top prospect. He's a lanky 6-foot-2, 160-pound righthander from the Richmond area who has a ton of arm speed. He has sat 92-93 mph, and some scouts said he flashed a 95, but his secondary stuff needs work. Committed to Virginia Commonwealth, Hauser's fastball has good life and one scout said he could fit into the Roy Oswalt mold.
26 785 Antwonie Hubbard RHP Oklahoma Okla.
27 815 Tyler Sturdevant RHP New Mexico State N.M.
28 845 Nick Sarianides RHP Chattahoochee Valley (Ala.) JC Ala. $100,000
29 875 Xorge Carrillo C Central Arizona JC Ariz.
Catcher Xorge Carillo has a soft body that earns comparisons to Bengie Molina. While he's a bigger guy, he's a good receiver with an average arm. He makes consistent contact and has some gap power but doesn't run well. He's committed to Arizona State, where he would be a lighter hitter, but a better defender than Carlos Ramirez.
30 905 Bryson Smith 3B Young Harris (Ga.) JC Ga.
31 935 Raynor Campbell 3B Baylor Texas
32 965 Matt Packer LHP Virginia Va.
33 995 Chris Kersten 3B Louisiana Tech La.
34 1025 Westley Moss OF Nevada Nev.
Nevada has a few players who could be late-round picks. Outfielder Westley Moss has speed, can cover ground as a center fielder and makes highlight-reel catches. He's skinny at 6-foot-2 and 165 pounds and doesn't presently have a lick of power.
35 1055 Chris Beck RHP Jefferson (Ga.) HS Ga.
36 1085 Austin Evans RHP Alabama Ala.
37 1115 Steve Ewing LHP University HS, Orlando Fla.
38 1145 Robert Sabo RHP Kent State Ohio
39 1175 Brian Hernandez 3B UC Irvine Calif.
40 1205 Greg Folgia SS Missouri Mo. $100,000
Though he's undersized at 5-foot-10 and 194 pounds, Greg Folgia swung the biggest bat in the Missouri lineup this season, hitting .326 with team highs in homers (12) and RBIs (70). Folgia, a switch-hitter who won the Atlantic Collegiate League batting title last summer at .388, has gap power and uses his average speed well on the bases. A center fielder in college, he may not be quick enough to play there in pro ball and could return to second base, where he played as a sophomore. He spent most of his freshman season as a pitcher and does have a strong arm, with a fastball clocked up to 92 mph.
41 1235 Max Muncy C Keller (Texas) HS Texas
Max Muncy and Dane Phillips are gifted hitters who would be more attractive to pro clubs if scouts believed they could catch. Muncy, who's 6 feet and 185 pounds, has a lefty line-drive stroke and arguably the best bat among Dallas-area high schoolers. He didn't look good behind the plate in a trial with his summer team, so it would take a lot of projection to believe in him as a catcher. An infielder in high school, he has some arm strength and will play second base, third base or the outfield if he attends Baylor.
42 1265 Jon Kountis RHP Ohio Dominican Ohio
43 1295 D.J. Gentile DH Cal Poly Calif.
44 1325 Roman Madrid C Memorial HS, Victoria, Texas Texas
45 1355 James Jones RHP John A. Logan (Ill.) JC Ill.
Logan also has Illinois' second-best juco prospect in James Jones. A 6-foot-3, 210-pound righthander, Jones showed a 91-93 mph fastball and flashed an intriguing slider in fall practice. He wasn't consistent in the spring, however, and was bothered by elbow tenderness. He could be an early-rounder if 2010 if he puts things together after transferring to Lipscomb.
46 1385 Scott Sommerfeld OF Parkway South HS, Ballwin, Mo. Mo.
47 1415 Christian Powell RHP Greenwood (S.C.) HS S.C.
Some compare righthander Christian Powell to Lyles, though Lyles is probably more projectable. Powell has committed to College of Charleston. He spins an average curveball to go with a solid changeup and 89-91 mph fastball. He also throws strikes and has solid athleticism, with some quarterback play in his past.
48 1445 Vidal Nuno LHP Baker (Kan.) Kan.
49 1475 Burch Smith RHP Howard (Texas) JC Texas
50 1505 Tyler Joyner LHP Northern Nash HS, Rocky Mount, N.C. N.C.
Northern Nash High lost to Eastern Wayne in the East 3-A regionals, led there by lefthander Tyler Joyner, who struck out 16 in a sectional playoff game. Joyner has an 88-90 mph fastball and good size, though he lacks much projection. The East Carolina signee also has shown a fringe-average breaking ball with average future potential.