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Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 6 Zack Wheeler RHP East Paulding HS, Dallas, Ga. Ga. $3,300,000
Wheeler emerged last summer as the top pitcher in Georgia's East Cobb prep program and didn't let up this spring. He has a chance to be the well-regarded program's best starting pitcher ever, and he could allow Georgia to provide the top high school pitcher in the draft in consecutive seasons, following Ethan Martin (15th overall, Dodgers). Wheeler figures to go higher in the draft than fellow Georgia prep pitcher Ethan Martin did last year (15th overall) based on a picture-perfect projection body. Lean with long levers, Wheeler generates excellent arm speed and can produce mid-90s heat with his fastball, sitting in the low 90s. He has the athleticism and solid mechanics to produce average big league command. Wheeler pitches off his fastball and puts hitters away with a power breaking ball, most accurately called a slurve. It has late bite and depth, giving him a second plus pitch. Wheeler doesn't throw much of a changeup at this point. He's considered signable, having committed early to Kennesaw State with a fallback option of Chipola (Fla.) JC. His older brother Adam was a 13th-round pick in 2001 who spent four seasons in the Yankees system.
2 55 Tommy Joseph C Horizon HS, Scottsdale, Ariz. Ariz. $712,500
Hailing from the same Horizon High program that has produced Giants righthander Tim Alderson and Angels shortstop Brandon Wood, Joseph likely won't be a first-rounder like those two. But he shouldn't lag far behind. Having split time between catching and first base in the past, Joseph is behind the plate full time this year. At 6-foot-1 and 215 pounds, the Arizona recruit is a big kid with tree trunks for thighs. He has worked on his defensive fundamentals to stay behind the plate as a pro and is above-average in both arm strength and accuracy. He's been sitting lower and working on the mechanics for blocking. With comparisons to both Mike Napoli and Kelly Shoppach, Joseph's calling card is his bat. In the 2009 Power Showcase, an offseason home run derby, Joseph showed off his well-above-average power by putting a few balls in the upper deck at Tropicana Field, and hit a 465-foot bomb that fluttered the American flag hanging from the catwalk in the left-center field power alley.
3 86 Chris Dominguez 3B Louisville Ky. $411,300
Dominguez's combination of size (6-foot-4, 235 pounds), power and arm strength is as imposing as any player in this draft. He hits tape-measure shots in batting practice and games, and he has four home run crowns to his credit (New England Collegiate League in 2006, Big East Conference and Cape Cod League in 2008, Big East with a school-record 25 in 2009). "You always worry that he's going to swing and miss, but he's going to hit 25-30 homers if he makes contact," an area scout says. While Dominguez continues to chase breaking balls, he has made strides as a hitter. His 55 strikeouts in 64 games this spring were a far cry from the 88 whiffs he had in 66 games as a redshirt freshman in 2006. He has quieted his approach and shortened his stroke without compromising his power. He doesn't possess an abundance of speed, but he has improved his conditioning and has enough quickness and instincts to have stolen 19 bases in 25 attempts. Scouts still wonder how dominant Dominguez might be on the mound after he showed a mid-90s fastball as a freshman reliever, but he doesn't want to pitch and hasn't taken the mound in the least two years. His arm is an asset at third base, and he has the hands and reactions for the position. He made 23 errors this spring and his range is fringy, so he's not a lock to stay at the hot corner. The Rockies thought they had an agreement with Dominguez when they selected him in the fifth round last year as a draft-eligible sophomore, but he ultimately declined to sign. He'll likely go a round or two earlier this time around.
4 117 Jason Stoffel RHP Arizona Ariz. $254,700
The 6-foot-1, 225-pound Stoffel looked like a no-doubt first-rounder entering the season, and while he still flashes a fastball that sits 93-95 mph and a slider that can be unhittable, he has been inconsistent. His fastball and slider have straightened out and lost a few ticks at times this season, and his numbers this season aren't those of a dominant reliever. But Stoffel became Arizona's career saves leader this season with 26 and counting, passing Mark Melancon. Scouts who have seen him good put Stoffel in the same class as Arizona's first-round pitchers from last season, Ryan Perry and Daniel Schlereth. He's a fierce competitor but falls into the trap of many relievers in pitching to the situation. He pitches better in close games, and can lose focus when he comes in with a cushion. Some question Stoffel's decision to pass on pitching in the Cape Cod League or for Team USA the past two summers.
5 147 Brandon Belt 1B Texas Texas $200,000
Though Texas won the Big 12 regular-season and conference championships and earned the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA baseball tournament, it has a young team with few enticing 2009 draft prospects. Besides Wood, the only other Longhorn with a chance to go in the first 10 rounds is first baseman Brandon Belt. He led Texas with a .338 average and eight homers heading into the super-regionals, though scouts don't love his set-up. He bats out of a deep crouch and cuts himself off, reducing his power. A disciplined lefthanded hitter with the size (6-foot-5, 205 pounds) to drive the ball, he led Cape Cod League champion Harwich with five homers last summer. He uses more of an opposite-field approach and doesn't turn on pitches consistently. He's a good defensive first baseman with average speed. Belt has been drafted twice previously, in the 11th round out of high school by the Red Sox in 2006 (as a lefthanded pitcher) and in the same round out of San Jacinto JC by the Braves in 2007.
6 177 Matt Graham RHP Oak Ridge HS, Spring, Texas Texas $500,000
Texas area scouts still haven't figured Graham out. He excited them when he emerged as a potential first-rounder in the summer and fall before his junior season, but he has had a Jekyll-and-Hyde ride since. His velocity plunged to the mid-80s at the start of last summer, though it had crept up to the low 90s by the end of the showcase circuit. This spring, Graham has had outings where his fastball has sat at 86-88 mph and others where it has parked at 90-93 mph. He'll mix a power curveball with some ineffective breaking balls, and he's show the makings of an effective changeup but doesn't use it often enough. Graham has an athletic 6-foot-3, 195-pound frame but he throws with a herky-jerky delivery that contains a lot of effort. He needs to clean up and repeat his mechanics, and to improve control that's as inconsistent as his stuff. Graham has committed to North Carolina but may be signable if drafted in the first five rounds.
7 207 Nick Liles 2B Western Carolina N.C. $120,000
The Catamounts will have several players drafted, though many of them might be better values as senior signs. Nick Liles entered the year with the biggest reputation after hitting .292 with 14 stolen bases in the Cape Cod League last summer. As he did on the Cape, Liles showed gap power and above-average speed this spring while lacking a feel for defense. He is athletic and can play second base, shortstop in a pinch, third base or the outfield.
8 237 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.
9 267 Evan Crawford OF Indiana Ind. $110,000
Former infielder Evan Crawford looked more comfortable as an outfielder in his junior season, but his athleticism still has yet to translate well to the diamond. He makes good use of his plus speed on the bases but not as much in the outfield. He has yet to fill out his 6-foot-2, 165-pound frame, doesn't have much pop from the right side of the plate and doesn't control the strike zone.
10 297 Jeremy Toole RHP Brigham Young Utah $80,000
Toole has a commanding presence on the mound. Drafted in the 41st round by the Royals out of Huntsville (Texas) High in 2006, Toole instead headed to BYU. He came in overweight, but eventually dropped 20 pounds and is now 6-foot-3 and 235 pounds. Toole missed time at the end of last season with arm soreness, but he has been fine this season and lighting up radar guns. He touched 97 mph in the fall, and pitched more at 88-94 this spring, touching 95. Toole also throws a 12-to-6 curveball that breaks so much he sometimes has trouble controlling it. He's had difficulty with his command in general, walking 53 batters over 83 innings. Toole has some effort in his delivery, and some scouts are concerned about the violence in his mechanics, meaning he could end up as a reliever. Because he also has an 82 mph slider and a changeup, though, he'll be given every chance to succeed as a starter.
11 327 John Eshleman SS Mount San Jacinto (Calif.) JC Calif.
12 357 Chris Heston RHP East Carolina N.C.
13 387 Shawn Sanford RHP South Florida Fla.
14 417 B.J. Salsbury RHP Mount San Jacinto (Calif.) JC Calif.
15 447 Kyle Vazquez RHP Franklin Pierce (N.H.) N.H.
16 477 Ryan Cavan SS UC Santa Barbara Calif.
17 507 Chris Gloor LHP Quinnipiac Conn.
Quinnipiac senior lefthander Chris Gloor burst onto the prospect landscape in the Coastal Plain League in 2007, ranking as the circuit's No. 1 prospect. Gloor pitched in the 90-94 mph range that summer, but his velocity dipped into the 83-87 range as a junior last spring, and he slipped to the Tigers in the 39th round of the draft. He rebounded a bit this spring, going 7-4, 4.63 with 81 strikeouts and 35 walks in 82 innings, and a number of scouts reported seeing him hold his 88-91 mph fastball velocity deep into some outings, though he still had days where he worked in the 84-86 range. Gloor has an average changeup and a fringy, loopy curveball, but he can throw all three for strikes. As a 6-foot-6, 255-pound lefthander with an idea how to pitch, Gloor could be drafted in the top 10 to 15 rounds.
18 537 Jonathan Walsh C Coppell (Texas) HS Texas
Coppell High ranked No. 5 in Baseball America's preseason Top 50, but the team and its top prospects--catcher Jonathan Walsh, shortstop Chad Kettler and outfielder Jacob Morris--underachieved this spring. Walsh continued to show power from both sides of the plate, but he struggled with his throwing and receiving. The 6-foot-3, 210-pounder has enough athleticism to move to another position and may have to do if he attends Texas, which already has an offensive-minded catcher in Cameron Rupp.
19 567 Jason Walls RHP Troy Ala.
Troy's best draft prospect is junior righthander Jason Walls, who has a live fastball that he can't quite command. He has a deep arm stab in his arm action, making it hard for him to repeat his delivery and stay out front. Walls sits at 89-93 mph and has heavy life down in the zone, and a hard slider that can be average if not a tick above. He doesn't have a great changeup and doesn't throw enough strikes, profiling more as a middle reliever. He's 6-feet-5, 205 pounds with a bit of projection left. He was just 4-4, 4.73 and may not go in the first 10 rounds, and Troy obviously would love to get him back for his senior season.
20 597 Mitch Mormann RHP Des Moines Area CC Iowa
Scouts have flocked to see righthander Mitch Mormann since he touched 94 mph early in his freshman season of 2008. The 6-foot-6, 230-pounder can push his fastball into the mid-90s, but he remains a one-pitch pitcher who's still trying to figure things out, which is why he probably won't go in the first five rounds. His secondary pitches, command and delivery all need work and showed little improvement this spring, though he did flash a hard slider. He's committed to Louisiana State, and if he can add polish and succeed in the Southeastern Conference he could become a first-rounder in 2010. The Indians drafted him in the 17th round last year.
21 627 Zak Wasserman 1B Lake Shore HS, St. Clair Shores, Mich. Mich.
22 657 Drew Biery 3B Kansas State Kan.
23 687 Adam Champion LHP Arkansas-Little Rock Ark.
24 717 Alex Burg C Washington State Wash.
The Cougars, who reached regional play for the first time since 1990, have some good college players but thin out pretty quickly in terms of pro potential. Senior catcher Alex Burg shared time behind the plate and also played in the infield. A knee injury in late April didn't help his draft stock, but he returned in time for Washington State's regional trip.
25 747 Taylor Rogers RHP Tulane La.
26 777 Luis Munoz OF Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, Gurabo, P.R. P.R.
27 807 Kyle Mach 3B Missouri Mo.
28 837 Jamaine Cotton RHP Western Oklahoma State JC Okla.
29 867 Luke Demko RHP Rhode Island R.I.
Senior righty Luke Demko racked up 11 saves and 43 strikeouts in 32 innings this spring after ranking as the No. 9 prospect in the Coastal Plain League last summer. Rhode Island's all-time saves leader, Demko doesn't excite scouts despite his success. He lacks velocity considering his huge 6-foot-6, 289-pound body (which multiple scouts referred to as sloppy), working in the 86-88 mph range and topping out at 90, though he did reach 93-94 in the CPL all-star game last summer. Demko has some life and deception, but his secondary stuff rates as below-average, and he will be a late draft if he's taken at all.
Demko agreed to terms with the Giants, but the deal was voided, making him a free agent.
30 897 Craig Westcott RHP Bellhaven (Miss.) Miss.
31 927 Diego Seastrunk C Rice Texas
32 957 Luke Anders 1B Texas A&M Texas
33 987 Jake Dunning SS Indiana Ind.
34 1017 Brandon Kirby OF Lake Wales (Fla.) HS Fla.
35 1047 Brandon Graves LHP Valdosta State (Ga.) Ga.
36 1077 Ryan Scoma OF UC Davis Calif.
37 1107 Ryan Lollis OF Missouri Mo.
38 1137 A.J. Proszek RHP Gonzaga Wash.
39 1167 Kyle Henson C Mississippi Miss.
40 1197 Jonathan White OF Vanderbilt Tenn.
Senior Jonathan White, a plus-plus runner and great athlete, hasn't figured it out with the bat. He also turns 23 in June, further lowering his value.
41 1227 Gary Moran RHP Sonoma State (Calif.) Calif.
42 1257 Nick Schwaner 3B New Orleans La.
43 1287 Matt Jansen LHP Purdue Ind.
44 1317 Joe Lewis 1B Pittsburg (Calif.) HS Calif.
45 1347 Kyle Kramp RHP Westfield (Ind.) HS Ind.
46 1377 Juan Martinez SS Oral Roberts Okla.
47 1407 Michael Ness RHP Duke N.C.
48 1437 Randolph Oduber OF Western Oklahoma State JC Okla.
49 1467 Austin Goolsby C Embry-Riddle (Fla.) Fla.
50 1497 Kaohi Downing RHP Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.) Calif.