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Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 29 Slade Heathcott OF Texas HS, Texarkana, Texas Texas $2,200,000
Heathcott is a legitimate prospect as both an outfielder and a lefthanded pitcher, but he has DHed for most of the spring. He was out until mid-March recovering from November surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee, then jammed his throwing shoulder diving for a fly ball in his second game back. When healthy, he's an athletic outfielder with five-tool potential. He swings a quick bat from the left side and has strength and power in his 6-foot-1, 190-pound frame. He earns plus grades for his hitting and his speed, and he has good range and above-average arm strength in the outfield. Heathcott was selected for the Aflac All-American Game last summer as a pitcher, and some clubs like him more as a lefty with an 88-92 mph fastball that touches 94 and a promising curveball. There's effort in his delivery because he approaches pitching like he does everything else: full speed ahead. Heathcott hasn't pitched this spring because of the shoulder injury, however, though Texas High was readying to return him to the mound after winning its first six playoff games. His makeup is a concern for several clubs and he missed the first playoff contest because of an academic suspension. Then Heathcott went on a salary drive, hitting three homers in the next five games and turning in a plus-plus 4.0-second time from home to first in front of heavy hitters from the Phillies and Yankees. He's committed to Louisiana State but should get drafted high enough--possibly in the first round--that he'll forego college.
2 76 J.R. Murphy C Pendleton School, Bradenton, Fla. Fla. $1,250,000
The scouting consensus seemed to be that Murphy had risen to the top of the pile of Florida prep catchers by the end of the season, after an amazing spring playing for the IMG Academy in Bradenton. Murphy hit .627 with 11 home runs in 102 at-bats, rapping 34 extra-base hits overall and striking out just four times. That built off a strong summer and fall performance, as Murphy starred for the Florida Bombers during Connie Mack play and the World Wood Bat tournament in Jupiter, Fla., in October 2008. Murphy's bat attracts most of the attention, as he has a short, sharp righthanded swing that generates good bat speed and plate coverage. Scouts grade his hit tool ahead of his power, though he's expected to produce average power with wood. He's also athletic, having made a shift from outfield (and occasionally third base) to catcher. He's shown he's more than capable of handling catcher, showing plus arm strength, solid receiving ability and a quick transfer. The Miami recruit has intelligence and makeup needed for the position, as well, and had hit his way into supplemental round consideration.
4 135 Adam Warren RHP North Carolina N.C. $195,000
North Carolina righthander Adam Warren wasn't considered on the same level as other Tar Heels pitcher as a prospect, but the 6-foot-2, 200-pounder had a breakout senior season and was the team's most consistent pitcher. He was 29-4 over the last three seasons entering super regional play, and his stuff took a step forward this spring. Warren figures to go in a single-digit round after improving the velocity on his four-seam fastball and honing his command. He was hitting 94 mph late in the season and sitting 88-92. He has added a two-seam fastball and cutter over the years to go with his solid-average changeup. He throws a slow, early-count curveball, and his inability to spin a better breaking ball is his biggest limitation.
5 165 Caleb Cotham RHP Vanderbilt Tenn. $675,000
Vanderbilt also had a disappointing season, though the Commodores at least made NCAA regionals. No pitchers after Minor stepped forward, though sophomore-eligible righthander Caleb Cotham showed flashes. He was a sinker-slider pitcher most of the time and missed time due to knee soreness. He came back working in more of a relief role and showed a plus slider at times out of the bullpen. He works off the slider and his 88-92 mph fastball with decent sink, though for many starts his velo was in the 87-88 range. Cotham throws a curveball and changeup as well, but he rarely has all four pitches working. That accounted for his 14 home runs allowed in 70 innings.
6 195 Rob Lyerly 3B Charlotte N.C. $125,000
A two-time all-Atlantic-10 Conference choice, Lyerly had a productive college career and has a track record for hitting, including the 2008 Northwoods League batting title. Lyerly is just a fair athlete, and his prospect value will depend on how he translates his smooth lefthanded swing and gap power to wood bats. He played some outfield in college and will have to maintain his mobility to stay in left field.
7 225 Sean Black RHP Seton Hall N.J. $150,000
A converted shortstop who pitched sparingly until his senior year at New Jersey's Lenape High, Black burst onto scouts' radars in 2006 after running his fastball up to 95 mph, and the Nationals took him in the second round of the draft that year, but he turned down an above-slot offer to enroll at Seton Hall. He has not developed as hoped with the Pirates, posting a pedestrian 4-6, 3.99 line as the staff ace this spring. Black pitched in the 89-93 range most of the spring, sitting around 90-91, but he touched 94-95 in the early innings of several starts down the stretch. Now and then he'll show an average or slightly better curveball, but he has not been able to repeat the pitch. He also flashes an average changeup, but he struggles to throw it consistently with the same arm speed as his fastball. Scouts are divided on his arm action--some have no qualms with it, while others say it's too short and fluttery in the back. The bigger problems with his delivery are issues of balance and tempo. An organization that regards those things as fixable--and some do--could take Black in the top five rounds, but he will not approach the signing bonus he turned down coming out of high school.
8 255 Sam Elam LHP Notre Dame Ind. $40,000
Sam Elam has a lot of promise in his left arm, but control problems limited him to one win and 76 innings in four seasons at Notre Dame. He's a 6-foot-3, 220-pounder with a solid fastball and hard breaking ball, but he can't find the strike zone. He pitched solely out of the stretch this year in an attempt to simplify things, yet he still walked 29 in 31 innings.
9 285 Gavin Brooks LHP UCLA Calif. $125,000
A tall and rangy lefthander, Brooks has battled several injuries, primarily to his throwing shoulder, and missed his senior high school season. When healthy, he can sit in the low 90s and touch the mid-90s. He averaged a strikeout an inning in 2009, but also walked 20 in 36 frames, posting an unimpressive 0-4, 4.71 record. He rallied in a relief role, leading the Bruins with eight saves after imploding early in the season in a starting role. Clubs will have to satisfy themselves about Brooks' health, but hard-throwing lefties are hard to find.
10 315 Tyler Lyons LHP Oklahoma State Okla.
Lyons and Baylor's Kendal Volz led Team USA with matching 0.00 ERAs last summer, when the squad 24-0 and won the gold medal at the FISU World Championships in the Czech Republic. Both have seen their stuff dip and their draft stock significantly this spring. Lyons sat at 87-90 mph with his fastball as a sophomore and picked up a couple of mph as a Team USA reliever, but he has worked mostly at 86-87 mph in 2009. He's not hurt, though one scout noted that he has lost some of the extension in his delivery. His changeup has regressed, too, though it's still a solid-average pitch. Lyons has improved his curveball, which is now on par with his changeup. The 6-foot-2, 207-pounder still throw strikes, keeps the ball down in the zone and competes with a warrior mentality, so he still has put up the best numbers (7-6, 4.07) in Oklahoma State's rotation. As a savvy lefthander with solid stuff, Lyons had a chance to go in the second round. He increased his chances of going that high by throwing at 89-92 mph and looking more like his old self in the NCAA regionals.
11 345 Neil Medchill OF Oklahoma State Okla. $125,000
The Mets drafted Medchill in the 33rd round as a redshirt sophomore a year ago, failing to sign him after he led the Santa Barbara Foresters to the NBC World Series championship in August. He could go as many as 30 rounds higher this June to a team looking for a college power hitter. Some scouts grade his raw lefthanded power as a 7 on the 2-8 scale, and it's reminiscent of that of former Cowboy Corey Brown, an Athletics sandwich pick in 2007 who hit 30 homers in his first full pro season last year. Medchill has reached double figures in home runs in each of his two seasons at Oklahoma State after beginning his college career at Chandler-Gilbert (Ariz.) CC, and he'll deliver more power if he turns on more pitches and adds more lift to his swing. Like Brown, he has some holes in his swing and will strike out. Medchill has added 18 pounds in the last year and now carries 218 on his 6-foot-4 frame. The extra bulk has cost him a step and made him a slightly below-average runner, and he has an average arm. He probably fits best as a left fielder in pro ball.
12 375 Brett Gerritse RHP Pacifica HS, Garden Grove, Calif. Calif. $200,000
A 6-foot-3, 200-pounder, Gerritse has an awkward delivery and less-than-ideal arm action, but his stuff will get him drafted. Big and physical, he delivers a 90-91 mph fastball and 80-81 mph curve that at times is a plus pitch. His changeup may be his best pitch, as it has split-finger movement late.
13 405 DeAngelo Mack OF South Carolina S.C.
Mack, one of the SEC's most improved players, has added significant polish since he arrived on campus, particularly improving his two-strike approach. He has opposite-field power, stays back on offspeed stuff and has a good pro body. His offensive tools grade out as average, not plus, and he may not hit for enough power to be an everyday corner regular. He doesn't' run well enough to be a center fielder.
14 435 Graham Stoneburner RHP Clemson S.C. $675,000
Stoneburner, a redshirt sophomore, has lacked consistency in his performance, though not with his velocity. He consistently hits 94 mph with his four-seamer, a sign that he's come back completely healthy from a torn ACL and back injury (fractured vertebra) from high school that caused him to miss his freshman season. At times, Stoneburner is just an arm-strength guy, with scattershot command and below-average secondary stuff. At other times, he throws strikes to all four quadrants at 94-95 mph, stays tall in his delivery well for a 6-foot, 185-pounder and keep the ball in the ballpark, as he'd allowed only two homers all spring. At times he shows some power on his slider, which still needs to add depth and tilt and doesn't project as anything more than an average pitch. His ability to pitch off his fastball was more successful in the bullpen, which was his primary role once the calendar turned to April. His changeup is a bit better than his slider, though it lacks life and is as straight as his fastball at times. Stoneburner's feel for pitching also is inconsistent, but his consistent velocity is as good as any college righthander in the Southeast, and he generally throws strikes, if not quality strikes. He had just 17 walks in 56 innings.
15 465 Shane Greene RHP Daytona Beach (Fla.) CC Fla. $100,000
16 495 Bryan Mitchell RHP Rockingham County HS, Hamlet, N.C. N.C. $800,000
Righthanders Bryan Mitchell and Chris Overman entered the spring as the top prep pitchers in the state before Daniel Tuttle passed them with his explosive stuff out of the bullpen. Mitchell is 6-foot-2, 175 pounds, and has some life on his downhill fastball, which can touch 90-91 mph. He also spins a power slider and throws his fastball for strikes. Concerns about his future projection, as well as a commitment to North Carolina could cause him to fall out of the first 10 rounds.
17 525 Chad Thompson RHP El Toro HS, Lake Forest, Calif. Calif.
Righthander Chad Thompson had Tommy John surgery on May 1. Before that, he was a top 200 candidate with a projectable 6-foot-7 build and 93 mph fastball. Assuming he makes a full recovery, he could be a top-round candidate for 2012, particularly if his mechanics improve. He's committed to Arizona State along with his El Toro batterymate, catcher Nolan Arenado.
18 555 Hector Rabago C Southern California Calif.
With his distinctive pigeon-toed gait, Hector Rabago is easily recognizable. Rabago is versatile and has been a jack of all trades for USC. His terrific throwing arm allows him to profile at several spots on the field, but catcher or pitcher may be his best options. Because his bat remains below par (.257 this year, just nine extra-base hits), Rabago's low-90s fastball may be more attractive to pro teams. He didn't pitch at all for the Trojans this spring, however, and has pitched just six innings since his freshman season.
19 585 Luke Murton 1B Georgia Tech Ga.
The younger brother of former Georgia Tech star and big league outfielder Matt Murton, Luke Murton is a bigger, less athletic version of his brother. At 6-foot-4, 228 pounds, he's actually 20 pounds lighter than he was his first three years of college. Murton struggled to live up to the family reputation early in his career, striking out 95 times between the 2007-2008 seasons, when he hit 21 homers combined and was drafted twice (33rd round, 2007 as an eligible sophomore, 40th round 2008). Already 23, Murton doesn't have a ton of upside, but he does have righthanded power, more athleticism in his lighter frame and enough arm (it's fringe-average) and speed (below average) to play left field as a pro. He was solid as Georgia Tech's right fielder in 2009 after mostly playing first base or DH for the majority of his college career. His weight loss also has quickened Murton's bat, and he's trusting his hands more instead of constantly cheating on fastballs. That's allowed him to make more consistent contact and use the whole field. As a result, he entered the NCAA tournament with career-best numbers (.370, 17 HRs, 33 BB, just 28 SO). With plus righthanded power and the ability to stick in the outfield, Murton should become a draft factor in the fifth-to-sixth round as a top senior sign.
20 615 Thomas Keeling LHP Oklahoma State Okla.
Lefthander Thomas Keeling had the best strikeout rate (12.9 per nine innings) on a talented Oklahoma State pitching staff. Hitters have a tough time making contact against his 88-92 mph fastball because of the riding life the 6-foot-3, 184-pounder achieves by throwing across his body. His mechanics make it difficult to maintain a consistent breaking ball or control. He redshirted in 2007 because the growth plate in his shoulder blade was irritating a muscle. On talent, Keeling projects as a sixth- to eighth-rounder, though his extra leverage as a sophomore-eligible means he could drop significantly lower. He sat out his first year of college because of problems with the growth plate in his left shoulder blade. Keeling will pitch for the Cape Cod League's Chatham Anglers this summer, giving the team that drafts him more time to evaluate him.
21 645 Joe Talerico OF Brookdale (N.J.) CC N.J.
22 675 Ben Soignier SS Louisiana-Monroe La.
Ben Soignier played all nine positions for Louisiana-Monroe in an 11-7 victory over Houston Baptist on May 15, collecting three hits (including a double and a homer) and striking out two in a scoreless ninth inning. A regular reliever for the Warhawks, Soignier has set several single-season and career school hitting records and will be a position player in pro ball. The 6-foot, 190-pound righthanded hitter has good pop for a middle infielder and a knack for getting on base. His below average speed likely will dictate a move from shortstop to second base, but he does have a strong arm. A fifth-year senior who redshirted at Alabama in 2005, Soignier was drafted by the Marlins in the 17th round last year.
23 705 Kevin Mahoney 3B Canisius N.Y.
New York's position player crop is led by a pair of college corner infielders. Canisius third baseman Kevin Mahoney went undrafted in 2008 despite batting .369 with 12 home runs, but he opened eyes last summer in the Coastal Plain League, which he led in homers (13), runs (43), RBIs (43), slugging (.586) and total bases (112), ranking as the circuit's No. 2 prospect. He hit for even more power this spring, leading the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in homers (22) and RBIs (62). Scouts grade Mahoney's raw power as a 55 to 60 on the 20-80 scale, and his current power as a 50. He's a smart, disciplined hitter with a compact lefthanded stroke, and he never gives up an at-bat. Mahoney is a below-average runner, but he has good baserunning instincts and just missed posting a 20-20 season, stealing 19 bags in 20 tries. He works hard at his defense and is serviceable at third base, with decent hands and adequate arm strength but below-average range. Mahoney could be a cost-saving senior sign in the top 10 rounds.
24 735 Isaac Harrow 2B Appalachian State N.C.
25 765 Shaeffer Hall LHP Kansas Kan.
26 795 Stephen Bruno SS Gloucester Catholic HS, Gloucester City, N.J. N.J.
Another shortstop, Steve Bruno, endeared himself to a number of scouting directors and national crosscheckers with a strong all-around performance at last year's Area Code Games. Scouting heavyweights seem to like him more than area scouts, who question his ability to adjust to breaking balls and to catch up with good fastballs. Undersized at 5-foot-9, Bruno is a fringy runner with an average arm, but he has excellent actions at shortstop and excellent makeup. Rumors persist that he could be drafted in the top 10 rounds, but most scouts are reluctant to buy him out of his commitment to Virginia.
27 825 Jeff Farnham C New Mexico State N.M.
Senior teammate Jeff Farnham also put up big numbers, hitting .371/.478/.612 with 13 home runs. The 6-foot-1, 195-pounder mainly plays behind the plate, but has some athleticism and is versatile defensively. He also spent time in the outfield and at second base and was second on the team with 18 stolen bases. He's a good catch-and-throw guy with 90 mph throws down to second and consistent 1.8-second pop times. At the plate, he has a patient approach and can catch up to fastballs over the plate, but an arm bar exposes him to velocity inside and has scouts questioning whether he'll hit as a pro.
28 855 Aaron Meade LHP Missouri State Mo.
29 885 Scott Matyas RHP Minnesota Minn.
The state's best amateur pitching prospects are both draft-eligible sophomore righty relievers at Minnesota, Cullen Sexton and Scott Matyas. Matyas had a better season than Sexton, saving a school-record 15 games while posting a 2.22 ERA and a 45-7 K-BB ratio in 28 innings. His curveball is much better than Sexton's, while his fastball parks at 88-91. An athletic 6-foot-4, 215-pounder, he lettered in four sports (baseball, basketball, football, track) in high school. He had Tommy John surgery in 2005.
30 915 Kyle McKenzie RHP Thayer Academy, Braintree, Mass. Mass.
The lone Massachusetts prep prospect with a realistic shot at signing this year is Thayer Academy righthander Kyle McKenzie, but it won't be an easy sign. McKenzie is committed to Tulane, and he draws comparisons to another Bay State product who went on to play for the Green Wave, Brandon Gomes (now pitching at Double-A in the Padres system). Like Gomes, McKenzie is a smallish righthander with a quick arm. He has worked in the 88-92 mph range this spring, and some reports had him touching 93-94 at times. Last year he pitched more in the 85-88 mph range. His velocity has climbed as his delivery has improved, though he still has quite a bit of effort. His curveball has also made significant strides, and it's close to average now with a chance to be plus in the future. The pitch remains somewhat slurvy but has good bite. McKenzie is an eighth- to 10th-round talent who is unlikely to be signable in that range, though a club could take him higher than that and make a run at him.
31 945 Judd Golsan OF Mountain Brook (Ala.) HS Ala.
32 975 Nick Ebert 1B South Carolina S.C.
South Carolina's regional run fell short at East Carolina, due mostly to pitching. Three Gamecock hitters could go by the 10th round: catcher Justin Dalles, first baseman Nick Ebert and outfielder DeAngelo Mack. Scouts were least certain about Ebert's chances, even though he hit 23 home runs this season, tied for eighth in the country. Ebert also has patience and a grinder mentality. Scouts doubt his wood-bat power and bat speed.
33 1005 Andrew Aplin OF Vanden HS, Fairfield, Calif. Calif.
34 1035 Jake Petricka RHP Indiana State Ind.
35 1065 Brett Bruening RHP Grayson County (Texas) CC Texas
Along with San Jacinto's Jacob Cowan, righthanders Kendall Korbal and Brett Bruening entered the year as the state's best juco prospects. While Cowan maintained his status despite losing some velocity, Korbal and Bruening couldn't live up to expectations. Grayson County coach Dusty Hart says Bruening has more sheer arm strength than Jordan Walden, a former Viking who signed with the Angels for $1 million. A bit player on Grayson County's 2008 Junior College World Series championship club, he looked primed to contribute more as a sophomore after reaching 95 mph in fall practice. He flashed that velocity and even touched 96 this spring, but he has to dial his fastball down to 88-92 mph to throw strikes. His size (6-foot-6, 215 pounds) works against him because he has a hard time maintaining good balance and repeating his mechanics. He's still figuring out his delivery and command after missing two years in high school following elbow surgery. He also will have to develop reliable secondary pitches, as his curveball and changeup are mediocre. Pro clubs can't help but notice his fastball, but they may let Bruening spend a season at Louisiana State before investing heavily in him.
36 1095 Kyle Ottoson LHP South Mountain (Ariz.) CC Ariz.
37 1125 Justin Milo OF Vermont Vt.
38 1155 Adam Bailey OF Nebraska Neb.
Adam Bailey was a pitcher on Arizona State's 2007 College World Series team before transferring to South Mountain (Ariz.) CC and then Nebraska. The 6-foot, 189-pounder is now a starting outfielder who led the Cornhuskers with 12 homers. He has good bat speed and would offer even more lefthanded power if he turned on more pitches. Despite his arm strength, he'll fit best in left field as a pro.
39 1185 Cody Stiles RHP Taravella HS, Coral Springs, Fla. Fla.
40 1215 Ben Watkins RHP Pittsburgh-Johnstown Pa.
41 1245 Mariel Checo RHP Thomas HS, New York N.Y.
42 1275 Danny Black SS Feather River (Calif.) JC Calif.
43 1305 Isaiah Brown OF Paradise Valley (Ariz.) CC Ariz.
44 1335 Evan DeLuca LHP Immaculata HS, Somerville, N.J. N.J. $500,000
Lefty Evan DeLuca, a San Diego recruit, is another fine athlete with an 87-91 mph fastball and good arm action, but he's struggled to throw strikes at times and must improve his breaking ball.
45 1365 Jeremy Baltz OF Vestal (N.Y.) HS N.Y.
St. John's recruit Jeremy Baltz is a strong student and is considered a tough sign, but he could develop into a good draft prospect with the Red Storm. Baltz's best tool is his above-average raw power from the right side. He's a good athlete who still needs to add strength to tap into his offensive potential. Baltz is a decent runner with a below-average arm who profiles as a left fielder.
46 1395 Tony Plagman 1B Georgia Tech Ga.
Slugging first baseman Tony Plagman has shown plus power with 32 homers the last two seasons, despite becoming steadily more aggressive and less selective. He fits better as a senior sign.
47 1425 Shane Brown C Central Florida Fla.
48 1455 Pat White OF West Virginia W.Va.
49 1485 Xavier Esquivel RHP Loyola Marymount Calif.
50 1515 Stephen Kaupang 1B Cypress (Calif.) JC Calif.
Stephen Kaupang is limited defensively to first base but has shown power. Tall, strong and rangy, he has excellent raw power and hitting ability, as evidenced by his 11 homers and .428 average. He has shown a tendency to point his front foot and open up his front side too soon, but if scouts think he can correct those problems, he could be a sleeper.