Boston Red Caps

Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 7 Mike Minor LHP Vanderbilt Tenn. $2,420,000
Baseball America's reigning Summer Player of the Year, Minor vaulted into first-round consideration with a dominant performance for USA Baseball's college national team, including two victories against Cuba. Minor could be the third lefthander drafted in the first round out of Vanderbilt in the last six years, and he's more Jeremy Sowers than David Price. Like Sowers, Minor has more pitchability than stuff, with a fastball in the 86-89 mph range and a plus changeup that grades as his best pitch. His other strongest attribute could be his pickoff move, a weapon he broke out repeatedly against Cuba last summer. Minor's future may depend on his breaking stuff. He formerly threw a slider as his primary breaking ball, and at times it was an above-average pitch with depth. He showed he could throw the pitch for strikes or bury it. Minor added a solid curveball this fall and threw four pitches for strikes this spring, but some scouts think the curve has sapped some of the life off the rest of his offerings. Vanderbilt's catching problems--at one point they used a fourth-string catcher due to injuries--also limited Minor's repertoire, making him hesitant to throw his breaking balls as chase pitches. Minor will be all over draft boards in June, and could go anywhere from the first half of the first round to the back half of the second.
3 87 David Hale RHP Princeton N.J. $405,000
A premium athlete with a prototype pitcher's frame (6-foot-2, 195 pounds) and a lightning-quick arm, Hale has split time between pitching and playing center field in three years at Princeton, and many scouts believe he could take off once he starts concentrating on pitching full-time in pro ball. The biggest knock on Hale is that he has never dominated in the Ivy League--he went 2-3, 4.43 with 47 strikeouts and 24 walks in 41 innings this spring--or in the Cape Cod League, but his power stuff is undeniable. Hale helped himself considerably in his final outing of the season in front of a bevy of scouts, holding his 92-93 mph fastball velocity into the sixth inning and regularly reaching 95-96. He has topped out at 97 this year and pitches with minimal effort, but some scouts say his fastball is flat and easy to pick up. At times he'll flash a plus slider in the 84-86 range, reaching 88, but other times the pitch is sweeping and he struggled to command it. Hale still needs to learn to command his stuff in the strike zone, and questions about his ability to do so lead many scouts to project him as a reliever, though he'll show some feel for a changeup every once in a while.
4 118 Mycal Jones SS Miami Dade JC Fla. $252,000
Jones will be 22 by draft day, making him unusual for a junior-college player. But he has pro tools, and that combined with his polish should make him one of the country's first junior-college players selected. He spent two years at North Florida, being named to the Atlantic Sun Conference's all-freshman team as a redshirt in 2007 before being academically ineligible in 2008. Jones then transferred to Miami-Dade and was the conference player of the year as a fourth-year sophomore. His speed and defense will immediately play in pro ball; while he has 70 raw speed with 6.4-second 60 times, Jones' speed doesn't play offensively because he has more of an uppercut, power-oriented swing. He's athletic and has infield actions. Scouts are mixed on whether his average throwing arm will be enough for shortstop, and some question his range as well. He has enough strength and bat speed to hit for average as a pro, even if he doesn't maintain the power he has flashed with metal bats (he hit .447 with 13 homers this spring). Most scouts conservatively see Jones as a future utility infielder with possible Chone Figgins upside, but he could wind up an everyday shortstop. Teams that see him that way could take him as high as the fourth round.
5 148 Thomas Berryhill RHP Newberry (S.C.) S.C. $160,000
The top small-college players in the state are both smallish righthanders. Division II Newberry closer Thomas Berryhill hits 95 mph with his fastball out of the bullpen and has solid athleticism. He didn't quite dominate Division II competition but could still fit in the first 15 rounds and will be a summer follow, as he's already reported to play for Davey Johnson on a team in the Florida Collegiate Summer League.
6 178 Ryan Woolley RHP Alabama-Birmingham Ala.
7 208 Robby Hefflinger OF Georgia Perimeter JC Ga. $125,000
Physical and strong at 6-foot-5, 235 pounds, Hefflinger was a Georgia recruit who a two-way player in junior college. While he went 7-0, 2.68 as a pitcher and threw a seven-inning no-hitter, his bat made more noise, as he hit 11 home runs. His arm strength and decent athletic ability gives him a chance to play a corner outfield spot, and he also was Georgia Perimeter's extra catcher after catching in high school.
8 238 Kyle Rose OF Northwest Shoals (Ala.) CC Ala. $122,500
Rose, listed at 6-foot, 175 pounds, was drafted out of high school in 2007, despite a bus accident in 2006 that caused damage to his spleen and lungs. He spent two seasons at Northwest Shoals (Ala.) CC and had signed with Division II North Alabama, but his above-average athletic ability and plus speed prompted draft interest in the 10-round range. His bat is still considered fairly raw.
9 268 Matt Weaver SS Burlington (N.J.) CC N.J. $105,000
Weaver flew under the radar among most Northeast area scouts despite hitting .452 with 13 homers and 28 stolen bases as a freshman at Burlington County CC. He offers some pull power and good speed. He also has good enough actions and arm strength to stick in the middle infield, though maybe not at shortstop.
10 298 Aaron Northcraft RHP Mater Dei HS, Santa Ana, Calif. Calif. $125,000
Aaron Northcraft led Mater Dei deep into its sectional playoffs, beating top-ranked Norco and ace Matt Hobgood, a likely first-rounder. Northcraft settled down after giving up a three-run homer in the first and continued to boost his draft stock. He's a 6-foot-4, 215-pound righthander who has modified his delivery, better incorporating his lower half. Delivering his pitches from a near sidearm slot, Northcraft has improved his stuff noticeably since last year. His four-seam fastball sits at 87-90 mph, and his best offering is his 84-85 mph two-seamer, which shows both sink and armside movement. He lacks control of his curveball, but that pitch shows interesting, sweeping break. A Southern California recruit, Northcraft needs some mechanical adjustments, but his combination of size and lively stuff could get him into the first five or six rounds.
11 328 Chris Masters LHP Western Carolina N.C. $100,000
Senior lefthander Casey Masters is a portly senior who sits at 88-91 mph at times and has a big curveball.
12 358 Chris Lovett SS Columbia State (Tenn.) CC Tenn. $100,000
13 388 Jordan Kreke 3B Eastern Illinois Ill.
14 418 Cory Harrilchak OF Elon N.C.
Outfielder Cory Harrilchak is just 5-foot-11 but hit .410 as a junior before adding power as a senior, when he hit 16 homers. He also has arm strength but is more of a grinder than a tools guy. His feel for hitting should land him in the first 15 rounds.
15 448 Bennett Pickar C Eaton (Colo.) HS Colo.
16 478 Riaan Spanjer-Furstenburg 1B Nova Southeastern (Fla.) Fla.
17 508 Jace Whitmer C Kennesaw State Ga.
Catcher Jace Whitmer has handled premium velocity all spring, though not particularly well. He's a below-average receiver with solid arm strength and some raw power, having led the team with 13 home runs.
18 538 Jakob Dalfonso 3B Middle Georgia JC Ga.
19 568 Ty'Relle Harris RHP Tennessee Tenn.
Other Vols pitchers didn't even fare as well but still should be drafted. Righthanders Ty'Relle Harris, Stephen McCray and Aaron Tullo all took turns in the weekend rotation. Harris competes well but has less stuff than his teammates, sitting at 88-92 mph with his fastball, complemented with a solid upper-70s slider.
20 598 Jeff Lorick LHP Virginia Va.
21 628 Matt Crim LHP The Citadel S.C.
22 658 Ryan Weber RHP St. Petersburg (Fla.) JC Fla. $125,000
23 688 Lucas LaPoint RHP Knight HS, Palmdale, Calif. Calif.
24 718 Casey Upperman RHP Notre Dame Prep, Scottsdale, Ariz. Ariz.
Righthander Casey Upperman is another Arizona commitment, and he's most noted for the violence of his mechanics. While some pitchers have a head whack, one scout said the 6-foot, 175-pound Upperman has an entire upper-body whack. He finishes his delivery essentially looking under his armpit into center field, sort of like a righthanded Hideki Okajima. Upperman pitches at 90-94 and maintains his velocity throughout games. His offspeed stuff is all right, but not quite ready for pro ball. Unlike a lot of the pitchers in Arizona, his signability is in sync with his talent.
25 748 Ethan Icard RHP Wilkes (N.C.) CC N.C.
26 778 Will Scott RHP Walters State (Tenn.) CC Tenn.
27 808 Joey Leftridge OF Howard (Texas) JC Texas
28 838 Eric Swegman RHP Young Harris (Ga.) JC Ga.
29 868 Bobby Rauh OF Daytona Beach (Fla.) CC Fla.
30 898 Vince Howard OF Sikeston (Mo.) HS Mo.
31 928 Derek Wiley 1B Belmont Tenn.
32 958 Jake Montgomery RHP Pope HS, Marietta, Ga. Ga.
33 988 Tyler Stubblefield SS Kennesaw State Ga.
Shortstop/third baseman Tyler Stubblefield has surprising strength in his 5-foot-11, 180-pound frame. He's a good defender who could be a utilityman with his average speed and experience all over the infield.
34 1018 Arby Fields OF Los Osos HS, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. Calif.
35 1048 Matt Hartunian C Montclair Prep, Van Nuys, Calif. Calif.
36 1078 Andrew Wilson RHP Liberty Va.
37 1108 Matt Moynihan OF Cathedral Catholic HS, San Diego Calif.
One of the San Diego area's better athletes, outfielder Matt Moynihan is a 6.6 runner in the 60 and has an impressive 6-foot-2, 205-pound frame. He has a fringy arm and has raw power. His hit tool is quite a bit behind his athletic ability and requires a lot of projection. And with his San Diego commitment, he's a tough sign.
38 1138 Tripp Faulk OF North Myrtle Beach HS, Little River, S.C. S.C.
39 1168 Joey Bourgeois RHP Louisiana State-Eunice JC La.
40 1198 Antonio Carrillo OF San Ysidro HS, San Diego Calif.
41 1228 Kyle Petter LHP El Camino (Calif.) JC Calif.
Drafted by Kansas City in 2008, lefthander Kyle Petter is a 5-foot-9, 180-pounder with a 86-89 mph fastball and mid-70s curve. He's a two-way player, leading El Camino JC in home runs this spring with 10. An aggressive pitcher who works quickly, he struggles with his command and will run up high pitch counts.
42 1258 Josh Conway OF Smithburg (Md.) HS Md.
43 1288 Alan Walden RHP Red Bank HS, Chattanooga Tenn.
Six-foot-4, 180-pound Alan Walden went backward during the year. Walden had a broken elbow after a thumb injury earlier in the season and wound up pitching just 12 innings. He hit 94 in the fall, and his father is the assistant coach on his high school team.
44 1318 Corey Newsom RHP Bay HS, Panama City, Fla. Fla.
45 1348 Nathan Dorris LHP Marion (Ill.) HS Ill.
46 1378 Buck Farmer RHP Rockdale County HS, Conyers, Ga. Ga.
47 1408 Colby Holmes RHP Conway (S.C.) HS S.C.
Righthander Colby Holmes might not have the size to go pro now, but should be a good college pitcher with an 88-91 mph fastball and a curveball that at times grades as plus.
48 1438 Jamie Hayes RHP Rider N.J.
49 1468 Gabe Gutierrez RHP Apollo HS, Glendale, Ariz. Ariz.
50 1498 Josh Edgin LHP Francis Marion (S.C.) S.C.