Washington Senators

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Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 22 Kyle Gibson RHP Missouri Mo. $1,850,000
For the third time in four years, Missouri will have a pitcher taken early in the first round. Gibson doesn't have the arm strength of Max Scherzer (2006, Diamondbacks) or Aaron Crow (2008, Nationals), but he may wind up being the best pitcher of the three. He relies on two-seam fastballs more than four-seamers, usually pitching at 88-91 mph with good sink and tailing action, though he can reach back for 94 mph when needed. He has two of the better secondary pitches in the draft, a crisp 82-85 mph slider and a deceptive changeup with fade that can generate swings and misses. All of his offerings play up because he has excellent command and pitchability. He repeats his smooth delivery easily, and his 6-foot-6, 208-pound frame allows him to throw on a steep downhill plane. If there's a knock on Gibson, it's that he hasn't added much velocity during his three years with the Tigers, but that hasn't stopped him from succeeding as soon as he stepped on campus. He led Team USA's college team with five wins last summer, including a victory in the gold-medal game at the the FISU World Championships. He was a lock to go in the top 10 picks before a stress fracture sidelined him just a week before the draft.
1s 46 Matt Bashore LHP Indiana Ind. $751,500
Bashore piqued the interest of scouts when he hit 94 mph last spring, but then he came down with a tender arm and pitched out of the bullpen in the Cape Cod League during the summer. He started slowly this spring but finished strong, pitching himself into the verge of first-round consideration before getting knocked around by Vanderbilt in the NCAA regionals. He's attractive because he's a lefty with size (6-foot-3, 200 pounds), velocity (his fastball sits at 90-91 mph and has peaked at 95 this year), a pair of solid breaking pitches and an effective splitter/changeup. Bashore has an easy delivery and has improved his control this year. His 244 strikeouts in 248 innings are tied for the most in school history.
2 70 Billy Bullock RHP Florida Fla. $522,000
A 20th-round pick out of high school, Bullock has been a similar pitcher in college to what he was as a prep. For most of his career, he didn't maximize the leverage his 6-foot-6 frame provides, and his velocity was inconsistent, whether he was starting (as he did once this spring, at Arkansas) or in a relief role. However, Bullock has taken off in a relief role and become the top draft-eligible bullpen arm in the Southeastern Conference. Bullock was at his best when Florida swept Georgia in Athens, hitting 97 mph several times with his fastball. He also held his velocity in pitching in all three games of that series. While scouts have considered him a tease due to his inconsistency, Bullock has pitched more consistently as a closer. His breaking ball has evolved from a curveball to a slider, and at times it reaches 83 mph with tilt. Bullock still tends to leave his fastball up at times, leading to five home runs allowed in 40 innings, and could pitch downhill more frequently with refinements to his delivery. Despite lashing ability for a changeup in the past, Bullock seems to have taken to the closer role, emphasizing power over touch.
3 101 Ben Tootle RHP Jacksonville State Ala. $324,900
Tootle fits in with other small-college high draft picks such as Kyle Heckathorn, Rex Brothers and Chad Jenkins who gained more experience by going to smaller schools and earning rotation time as freshmen. Tootle threw 174 innings his first two seasons at Jacksonville State and shined last summer in the Cape Cod League, where he ranked as the league's No. 4 prospect. He showed a 94-98 mph fastball last summer and similar velocity at times this spring. He's a hard worker and long-toss fan with a quick arm who holds his above-average velocity deep into games when he's physically right. Tootle missed about a month with a stomach virus that caused him to lose more than 10 pounds. In his first two outings after his time off, his velocity was down, but he was brilliant for four innings against Tennessee Tech, sitting 92-96 mph before he tired in the fifth inning.Tootle's secondary stuff remains in question as does the life on his fastball. He throws a hard slider that grades out as average and a changeup as well, though it's below-average. Most scouts consider Tootle a better bet to relieve despite his ability to throw hard for seven innings, as he showed when the last pitch of his seven-inning complete game against Austin Peay was 98 mph. His draft status might hinge on how he finishes and how well teams saw him last summer. He won't go in the first round as he might have right after last summer's performance, but he shouldn't be far behind his small-school brethren.
4 132 Derek McCallum 2B Minnesota Minn. $209,700
McCallum had the best offensive season of any Minnesota player since future big leaguer Robb Quinlan in 1998, batting .409/.484/.741 with 18 homers and a school-record 86 RBIs. He foreshadowed his breakout with a strong summer in the Northwoods League, which he led with 81 hits while batting .328 with wood bats. McCallum handles the bat and controls the strike zone well, and he consistently generates hard line drives with a short lefthanded stroke. He had reached base in each of his final 46 games. His power blossomed this spring, and he drilled six homers in one five-game stretch after hitting five in his first two seasons. The 6-foot, 190-pound McCallum played hockey in high school and brings that kind of mentality to the diamond. He played second base as a freshman and shortstop as a sophomore, and he looked more comfortable after moving back to second this spring. Though he's a below-average runner, he has a quick first step, range to both sides and a good arm for the position. He shows keen instincts in all aspects of the game. A club that sees McCallum as a poor man's Chase Utley could take him in the fourth round.
5 162 Tobias Streich C West Virginia W.Va. $150,000
West Virginia catcher Tobias Streich is the top player in that state based on his raw power and arm strength, but he's a below-average receiver and not everyone thinks his bat will play as a pro. He hit .322/.366/.488 with six home runs and 16 doubles for the Mountaineers this season.
6 192 Chris Herrmann C Miami Fla. $135,000
Herrmann was a 10th-rounder out of Alvin (Texas) JC last year, when he played some catcher. He didn't catch this year and projects as a corner infielder or left fielder, but defense isn't his best trait. He's a solid hitter with a short swing, patient approach and good strength.
7 222 Brad Stillings RHP Kent State Ohio $125,000
Righthander Brad Stillings entered 2009 as a potential top-two-rounds pick, and he maintained that status through April 10, when he no-hit Toledo to improve to 5-0, 2.89. But he faltered badly afterward, going 1-4, 14.42 over his final six starts. He gave up three straight homers in the Mid-American Conference tournament, then surrendered nine runs in 2 1/3 innings against Arizona State in NCAA regional play. When he was pitching well, the 6-foot-4, 210-pounder had a 91-94 mph fastball that touched 96, an effective slider and changeup, and the ability to locate his pitches. But in the final two months, he couldn't command his slider at all, allowing hitters to tee off on his fastball.
8 252 Brian Dozier SS Southern Mississippi Miss. $30,000
Southern Mississippi reached regionals (and then advanced to super regionals) despite an injury to senior shortstop Brian Dozier, the team leader who went down in April with a broken clavicle. He was more of a solid college shortstop than a big pro prospect and fits better at second base, as a fringy runner with a fringe arm.
9 282 Nick Lockwood SS Jesuit HS, Tampa Fla. $125,000
10 312 Blake Dean OF Louisiana State La.
Outfielder Blake Dean was one of the hottest hitters in the 2008 postseason, batting .407 with seven homers and 25 RBIs in 13 games. He struggled mightily in the Cape Cod League last summer and hit just .225 in the first month of the 2009 season, but he got untracked once he stopped trying to pull everything and adjusted to a steady diet of offspeed pitches. He's a 6-foot-1, 208-pounder with a quick bat and plus power from the left side. All of his value is tied up in his bat, as he provides below-average speed, arm strength and defense. Dean spent most of the season at DH for Louisiana State, which has arguably the best defensive outfield in college baseball.
11 342 Ronnie Richardson OF Lake Region HS, Eagle Lake, Fla. Fla.
Athletic Ronnie Richardson, an alumnus of USA Baseball's youth national team, checks in at 5-foot-6, 170 pounds and has explosive speed, rating a 70 on the 20-80 scale. He plays with energy and has some strength, but it's hard to imagine he'll ever hit for much power. Richardson has played all over the field and probably fits best at second base as a pro, as he has arm strength and quick hands. At times he takes giant hacks at the plate, and he's a tough player to project because he's so short. He's a Central Florida recruit but is considered signable, which could vault him into the first five rounds.
12 372 Tony Davis LHP Florida Fla.
13 402 Clarence Davis SS Campbell HS, Smyrna, Ga. Ga.
14 432 Matt Tone LHP SUNY Cortland N.Y.
Stocky Cortland State lefty Matt Tone earns physical comparisons to Mike Stanton. He posted dominant stats in 2008 and solid numbers this year, going 8-0, 3.07 with 84 strikeouts in 64 innings. Some scouts have seen Tone reach 93 mph, but most report seeing an 87-90 mph fastball. He also leans heavily on an 83-86 mph pitch that some scouts call a cutter and others label a slider. His changeup is below-average, and he projects as a reliever in pro ball.
15 462 Steven Liddle OF Vanderbilt Tenn. $200,000
16 492 Dakota Watts RHP Cal State Stanislaus Calif.
17 522 Nick Tindall C O'Fallon (Ill.) HS Ill.
18 552 Beau Stoker SS Bishop Ward HS, Kansas City, Kan. Kan.
19 582 John Stilson RHP Texarkana (Texas) CC Texas
Stilson has emerged as the top juco prospect in Texas this spring despite not showing enough to warrant making area scouts' follow lists last fall. A three-sport star at Texas High in Texarkana, he hurt his shoulder in his senior football season and it continued to bother him until he had surgery in July 2008. He wasn't 100 percent during fall practice while trying to work his way into Texarkana JC's plans as a middle infielder and pitcher. His future definitely is on the mound, as he has gone from topping out at 88 mph last fall to pitching at 88-90 mph early this spring to repeatedly topping out at 95 mph down the stretch. Though the 6-foot-3, 180-pounder is athletic--he shows good actions and has some pop as a shortstop--there's also a lot of effort in his delivery. He'll need to smooth out his mechanics to improve his command and the consistency of his hard breaking ball, which is a true, hard slider at times. Stilson doesn't have much of a changeup either, but he's also just in his formative stages as a pitcher. He projects as a fourth- to seventh-rounder, though he may not be signable at the low end of that range. He'll return to Texarkana for his sophomore season if he doesn't turn pro.
20 612 Tommy Mackoul LHP UC Riverside Calif.
21 642 Kane Holbrooks RHP Texas State Texas
22 672 Buddy Munroe C Florida Fla.
23 702 E.J. Encinosa RHP Coral Park HS, Miami Fla.
24 732 Mario Hollands LHP UC Santa Barbara Calif.
Sophomore-eligible lefthander Mario Hollands had inconsistent stuff all year, though at his best he scrapes the low 90s with his fastball and gets on hitters quickly, thanks to his deceptive delivery. His secondary stuff hasn't developed, leaving him without a strikeout pitch.
25 762 Tony Bryant RHP Kennewick (Wash.) HS Wash.
After flashing 94 mph over the summer, 6-foot-7 righthander Tony Bryant was viewed as the top high school pitcher in the Northwest coming into the year. But Bryant entered the spring a little soft, looking like he hadn't worked out all winter, and his velocity was down to 85 mph this spring. His arm action is a little rigid, though he still can command his fastball down in the zone. He has a feel for a changeup but doesn't consistently get good spin on his breaking ball. Scouts know there's more there than they've seen this spring and like his frame, but after a disappointing spring he could end up at Oregon State.
26 792 Mike Giovenco RHP North Park (Ill.) Ill.
Righthander Mike Giovenco attracted scouts to North Park, an NCAA Division III school with an enrollment of 3,000, when he touched 95 mph early in the year. The 6-foot-6, 235-pounder's velocity steadily declined to the high 80s by the end of the season, but his arm strength and size are attractive. Giovenco, who redshirted at Illinois-Chicago in 2007, needs to come up with a more consistent breaking ball. He throws both a slider and a curveball, as well as a changeup. There's some concern that his delivery puts stress on his shoulder.
27 822 Eric Decker OF Minnesota Minn.
Outfielder Eric Decker packs plenty of strength in his sculpted 6-foot-3, 215-pound frame, and he can get from the left side of the plate to first base in 4.1 seconds. Yet where exactly he'll fall in the draft remains murky. He repeatedly has said he'll return for his senior season of football, and dividing his time between two sports has left him in need of polish on the diamond. Decker was an all-Big 10 Conference wide receiver last fall, when he set a school record with 84 receptions, breaking his own mark of 67 set in 2007. While he decided not to enter the 2009 NFL draft, he'll be a team captain as a senior when the Gophers open 50,000-seat TCF Bank Stadium, and he's not willing to become a full-time baseball player yet. He could sign a pro baseball deal this summer, then play one more season of college football before making a decision on his future. Decker withstood a lot of punishment last fall, sustaining a concussion, a sprained shoulder, a sprained ankle that caused him to miss a game, and a knee injury that required minor arthroscopic surgery. He looked banged up early in the spring but finished strong. If he pursues a career in baseball, Decker will have to incorporate his legs more into his swing and improve his instincts on the bases. He's a good center fielder with a playable arm. The Brewers drafted him in the 39th round a year ago.
28 852 Pat Light RHP Christian Brothers Academy, Lincroft, N.J. N.J.
Righthander Pat Light opened eyes on the showcase circuit last year, showing a 91-92 mph fastball with vicious sink, but he came out of basketball season with a bout of tendinitis and sat in the mid-80s most of this spring. He's plenty projectable at 6-foot-5, 185 pounds, and he could blossom into the next Monmouth ace.
29 882 Beau Wright LHP Los Alamitos (Calif.) HS Calif.
UC Irvine's top recruit is lefthander Beau Wright, who during a practice session for the 2008 Aflac game was conked in the head by a line drive. The injury restricted him from pitching until the spring, and scouts were disappointed by his performance. A 6-foot-2, 230-pounder, Wright doesn't offer much projection and may struggle with fitness as his career progresses. His raw stuff is decent but not overwhelming, featuring an 89-91 mph fastball, a mid-80s two-seamer and a 74-77 mph curve. Both his command and velocity are hurt by his poor mechanics. Wright's freak injury has slowed his progress, but he still may draw early draft attention as a lefthander with average stuff.
30 912 Trayvone Johnson C Los Angeles, Calif. Calif.
31 942 Cody Martin 3B Stephens County HS, Toccoa, Ga. Ga.
32 972 Aaron Senne OF Missouri Mo.
Aaron Senne looks the part of a right fielder, as he's a 6-foot-2, 207-pounder with raw lefthanded power and arm strength. But his swing is too complicated with too many moving parts, and he batted just .305 with six homers this spring. Drafted in the 13th round out of a Minnesota high school by the Twins in 2006, he may not go much higher this time around after projecting as a possible third-rounder.
33 1002 Nick Freitas OF Southern Utah Utah
Southern Utah outfielder Nick Freitas is an enigma. He grew up in Hawaii and then spent a year at Miami before transferring to play for the Thunderbirds. He has big tools, running a 6.6-second 60-yard dash, throwing 96 mph from the outfield and showing above-average raw power. The tools have shown up in the statistics, too. Freitas hit .347/.424/.647 this year, though he put up similar numbers as a junior and didn't get drafted. Some scouts are skeptical about the move from Miami to Southern Utah and raised questions about his makeup.
34 1032 Ricky Claudio RHP American HS, Hialeah, Fla. Fla.
35 1062 David Hurlbut LHP Diablo Valley (Calif.) JC Calif.
36 1092 Jason Zylstra RHP Jacksonville State Ala.
37 1122 David Gutierrez RHP Miami Fla.
38 1152 Peter Kennelly RHP Fordham N.Y.
39 1182 Ryan Sadler RHP Naples (Fla.) HS Fla.
40 1212 Ryan Abrahamson OF Tartan HS, Oakdale, Minn. Minn.
41 1242 Pat Butler RHP Chatham (N.J.) HS N.J.
42 1272 Marc Bourgeois OF Chipola (Fla.) JC Fla.
Chipola also has a solid hitting option for scouts in outfielder Marc Bourgeois, who resembles fellow Canadian and Chipola alum Rene Tosoni, now in the Twins system. Bourgeois has a smooth lefthanded swing as pure as Tosoni's, with more raw power. He also has impressive speed and instincts, leading the team with 11 homers and 22 steals in 23 attempts.
43 1302 Jon Hedges 1B Olney Central (Ill.) CC Ill.
44 1332 Tyler Herr RHP Katy (Texas) HS Texas
45 1362 Eddie Ahorrio RHP Jesus Silverio Delgado HS, Arecibo, P.R. P.R.
Righthander Eddie Ahorrio sat 88-93 mph with his fastball early in the year, which was the best velocity in Puerto Rico. He dropped to 86-88 mph late in the year, though, and was kicked off his high school team. He also throws a good breaking ball, but there isn't much projection in his 5-foot-11, 165-pound frame.
46 1392 Jake Kretzer OF Benton HS, St. Joseph, Mo. Mo.
47 1422 Richard Calcano RHP Dr. Jose M. Lazaro HS, Carolina, P.R. P.R.
48 1452 Cody Dordan RHP Newport (Ore.) HS Ore.
49 1482 Paul-Michael Klingsberg 1B Cal State Dominguez Hills Calif.
50 1512 Alberto Cardenas RHP Palmetto Ridge HS, Naples, Fla. Fla.