St. Louis Brown Stockings

Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 19 Shelby Miller RHP Brownwood (Texas) HS Texas $2,875,000
No high school pitcher has a better fastball than Miller. At 94 mph, he tied for the highest velocity recorded at last summer's Area Code Games, and he touched 97 mph in a playoff game in late May that was attended by several scouts and Rangers president Nolan Ryan. Miller usually pitches at 92-93 mph, but his fastball has more than just velocity. It has tremendous life, it's deceptive because he has such an easy delivery and he does a good job of using his 6-foot-3, 205-pound frame to throw it downhill. Miller spins a solid curve that will be a plus pitch when he commands it more consistently. He has made strides with his changeup as well. He has sound mechanics and arm action, and a blue-collar work ethic. He's a good athlete who also starred in football, making the all-state 3-A second team as a tight end and punter in the fall. He also hit a three-run homer to provide all his scoring in a 3-1 win in the state 3-A regional semifinals, striking out 16 while tossing a three-hitter. Miller is Texas A&M's top recruit, but he's expected to turn pro after going in the upper half of the first round. He's as signable as any of the five elite high school pitchers in this draft--that group also includes California's Tyler Matzek, Purke, Missouri's Jacob Turner and Georgia's Zach Wheeler--which could push Miller into the top 10.
2 67 Robert Stock C Southern California Calif. $525,000
Stock is one of the draft's most intriguing players due to his background. He was Baseball America's Youth Player of the Year in 2005 when he was 15, and a year later, Stock skipped his senior year in high school to enroll at Southern California. He's a 19-year-old draft-eligible junior, and his college career has been one of valleys and recent peaks. He was the Trojans' starting catcher and sometime closer his first two seasons, showing modest power, a good fastball and good catch-and-throw skills. He showed raw power and catch-and-throw tools in his first two seasons, particularly arm strength. However, his draft stock suffered; after ranking No. 5 in our Cape Cod League Top 30 following his freshman season, he didn't even make the top 30 last summer, and scouts were stunned by his poor performance on scout day in fall 2008, when his bat looked slow and his pop times sluggish. When Stock got off to a slow start offensively in 2009, attention shifted to his performance on the mound. The Trojans turned to Stock as a starter this year, and he has delivered. He made his first start March 29 and beat Arizona State, striking out 10 in five innings, and hasn't looked back, registering a complete-game win at Arizona and showing surprising polish. His delivery is fairly easy, giving him good control of an 88-92 mph fastball that can hit 95 and a surprisingly good changeup that some scouts consider a plus pitch. His low-80s breaking ball also grades out as average, and Stock now figures to go out in the first three rounds as a pitcher--if he proves signable.
3 98 Joe Kelly RHP UC Riverside Calif. $341,000
Plagued by shoulder trouble early in his college career, Kelly has emerged as one of the nation's top college closers in 2009. At 6-foot-1, he doesn't fit the classic image of the physically intimidating closer, but his stuff is plenty big. In fall ball Kelly flashed a fastball that ranged from 93-96 mph, with wicked natural sink, and he maintained his stuff in the spring and now regularly clocks in at 94-97. Strictly a short relief man, Kelly is an aggressive hurler who wants the ball in pressure situations. He had nine saves this spring for the Highlanders, with 18 strikeouts against five walks in 25 innings, though his 5.33 ERA wasn't impressive. In his delivery, Kelly is reminiscent of Brett Hunter, chosen last year out of Pepperdine, with a high-effort delivery from a low three-quarters arm slot, and he falls off to his left after delivery. Most pitchers begin their pro careers as starters and are then converted to relievers, but Kelly figures to be a closer from the opening bell. His stuff may help him rush through the minors as quickly as any pitcher in the draft class.
4 129 Scott Bittle RHP Mississippi Miss. $75,000
Ole Miss also has passed the Bulldogs in terms of pro talent, such as Scott Bittle. The 6-foot-2, 185-pounder was a first-team All-American a year ago and when he's healthy, he has one of the best pitches in the draft. He attacks hitters with a ferocious cutter in the 84-86 mph range, and should saw of plenty of bats in pro ball with the pitch. It has amazing depth for a cut fastball as well. His fastball can reach 92 mph in shorter stints, though he pitches in the upper 80s with sink as a starter. His changeup also has become an average pitch. Bittle's medical history makes it impossible to know where he'll be drafted. He redshirted in 2006 at Northeast Texas CC because of rotator cuff tendinitis, so his shoulder has been an issue--either keeping him off the mound or keeping him from signing in the draft--three times in the last five years.
5 159 Ryan Jackson SS Miami Fla. $157,500
Jackson developed into one of the draft's bigger enigmas as the year progressed. As a sophomore, he was a premium defender and .360 hitter toward the bottom of a loaded Miami lineup. He helped the Hurricanes reach the College World Series, then joined USA Baseball's college national team for the summer. Scouts have questioned Jackson's bat since he was in high school; he wasn't drafted as a prep and scouts have seen his bat go backward this spring. Jackson was dropped from high in the Miami order to the bottom before moving back up as the draft approached. He's a below-average runner with below-average raw power, and virtually all his value is in his glove. Despite his lack of speed, Jackson plays shortstop with grace, showing good hands, a strong arm, outstanding instincts and smooth actions. Jackson's glove is good enough to make him a regular if he can hit .250 with wood, but he was barely hitting .250 with metal, making it difficult to peg his draft position.
6 189 Virgil Hill OF Mission (Calif.) JC Calif. $150,000
Hill, a 35th-rounder last year (Athletics), is a 6-foot, 190-pounder who hit .462 with 10 homers and 27 stolen bases this spring. An exciting and aggressive player, he flashes a rare combination of speed and power. Hill is still a bit raw after missing a year in high school to run track and play football. He has tremendous athleticism and bloodlines, as both of his parents were Olympians. His mother Denean Howard-Hill won a silver medal in the 1988 Olympics in the 4x400 meter relay. His father Virgil Sr. also won a silver medal, as a boxer in the 1984 Olympics. He later won the WBA cruiserweight title.
7 219 Kyle Conley OF Washington Wash. $100,000
A physical 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds, right fielder Kyle Conley can do some damage at the plate. He puts on a show in batting practice and the power carries over into games. Conley hit 19 home runs for the Huskies this year, tying for the all-time lead at Washington with a career total of 42. Scouts describe his swing as mechanical and he has holes, but he's strong enough to muscle balls out of the yard and he's done it with wood--leading the New England Collegiate League with eight home runs last summer. The power, though, is all to the pull side, as Conley struggles to catch up with velocity on the outer half of the plate or sliders from righthanders. They love his makeup and work ethic. He hustles and is a good runner for his size, but his arm is below-average and he's a little clumsy in the field, meaning he's probably destined for a move to left field or even first base in pro ball. A 16th-round pick by the Dodgers last year as a redshirt sophomore, he has hit his way into the top 10 rounds this year.
8 249 Jason Stidham SS Florida State Fla. $100,000
Stidham has been a three-year starter for the Seminoles, a consistent offensive performer who lacks a true defensive home. He has good patience and solid power with a decent idea of how to use the whole field. He profiles best at second base but has hard hands defensively.
9 279 Nick McCully RHP Coastal Carolina S.C. $100,000
10 309 Hector Hernandez LHP Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, Gurabo, P.R. P.R. $85,000
Lefthander Hector Hernandez has touched 90 mph with his fastball in the past, but has been mostly 86-88 this spring. He's 6-foot-1 and a thick 200 pounds and gets sink on his fastball, commands everything well and knows how to pitch. He has a loose arm, a good curveball and is working on a changeup. He has a calm, quiet demeanor off the mound and competes well between the lines. Scouts like the projection, and he could be the first Puerto Rican pitcher off the board.
11 339 Alan Ahmady 1B Fresno State Calif.
12 369 Pat Daugherty LHP Pearl River (Miss.) CC Miss.
13 399 Matt Carpenter 3B Texas Christian Texas
14 429 Ross Smith OF Middle Georgia JC Ga.
15 459 David Washington 1B University City HS, San Diego Calif.
16 489 Daniel Bibona LHP UC Irvine Calif.
17 519 Jonathan Rodriguez 1B Manatee (Fla.) CC Fla.
18 549 Anthony Garcia C San Juan Educational HS, San Juan, P.R. P.R.
19 579 Travis Tartamella C Cal State Los Angeles Calif.
20 609 Scott Schneider RHP St. Mary's Calif.
21 639 Trevor Rosenthal RHP Cowley County (Kan.) CC Kan.
22 669 Joey Bergman 2B College of Charleston S.C.
23 699 Matt Adams C Slippery Rock (Pa.) Pa.
Slippery Rock's Matt Adams had a huge junior year, batting .495/.566/.853 with 14 homers and 64 RBIs. A burly 6-foot-3, 245-pound slugger, Adams has a good swing and a mature offensive approach to go along with solid-average to plus power. He's adequate at best defensively at first base, and he's well-below-average behind the plate.
24 729 Keith Butler RHP Wabash Valley (Ill.) CC Ill.
25 759 Josh Squatrito RHP Towson Md.
26 789 C.J. Beatty OF North Carolina A&T N.C.
27 819 John Folino RHP Connecticut Conn.
UConn righty John Folino gets by with mediocre stuff but a good feel for pitching. Folino's fastball is fringe-average at best, and his slider and changeup are below-average, but he competes and locates. He'll be a late-rounds roster filler.
Folino agreed to terms with the Cardinals, but the deal was voided, making him a free agent.
28 849 Justin Edwards LHP Kennesaw State Ga.
29 879 Daniel Calhoun LHP Murray State Ky.
30 909 Chris Corrigan RHP Mississippi Miss.
31 939 Tyler Bighames SS Estero (Fla.) HS Fla.
32 969 Travis Lawler RHP Midland (Texas) JC Texas $100,000
33 999 Devin Goodwin SS Delta State (Miss.) Miss.
34 1029 David Kington RHP Southern Illinois Ill.
35 1059 Andy Moss RHP Lincoln (Mo.) Mo.
36 1089 Justin Smith RHP Utah Valley Utah
Righthander Justin Smith flies under the radar a little bit at Utah Valley. He has a smaller frame, but had success this season with a fastball that sat 88-91 mph and touched 93. He also has a plus slider and a changeup with good depth.
37 1119 Rich Racobaldo 3B Mount Olive (N.C.) N.C.
38 1149 John Durham LHP Warner (Fla.) Fla.
39 1179 Taylor Terrasas SS Santa Fe (Texas) HS Texas
40 1209 Jesse Simpson RHP College of Charleston S.C.
41 1239 Cale Johnson RHP McKendree (Ill.) Ill.
42 1269 Aaron Terry RHP Southern Arkansas Ark.
43 1299 Manuel De La Cruz LHP Imperial Valley (Calif.) JC Calif.
44 1329 Kyle Heim LHP Iowa Iowa
45 1359 Adam Heisler OF South Alabama Ala.
46 1389 Jim Klocke C Southeast Missouri State Mo.
47 1419 Michael Thompson RHP Bellarmine (Ky.) Ky.
48 1449 Jason Novak RHP UCLA Calif.
49 1479 Andy Hillis RHP Brentwood (Tenn.) HS Tenn.
Six-foot-7, 210-pound Andy Hillis went backward during the year. Scouts aren't high on Hillis' makeup, though he has a pro body and average stuff (88-90 mph fastball).
50 1509 Tyler Lavigne RHP San Diego State Calif.