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Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 26 Eric Arnett RHP Indiana Ind. $1,197,000
Indiana University produced just one first-round pick in the first 44 drafts, shortstop James DeNeff (No. 8 overall, Angels) in 1966. Forty-three years later, the Hoosiers should have their second--and it's not preseason All-America catcher Josh Phegley. After pitching mostly out of the bullpen and having only sporadic success in his first two seasons at Indiana, Arnett got stronger and tightened his slider, allowing him to equal school records for wins (12-2) and strikeouts (109 in 108 innings). He flashed a 92 mph fastball as a freshman, and now he's sitting at 92-94 mph, touching 96 and maintaining his velocity into the late innings. His mid-80s slider gives him a second strikeout pitch. He also is doing a better job of using his 6-foot-5, 225-pound frame to leverage the ball down in the strike zone. He's a workhorse who has held up well while averaging nearly eight innings per start. His athleticism helps, and it led Indiana's shorthanded basketball team to suit him up for games (but not play him) last winter. Arnett will need to improve his changeup to remain a starter in pro ball, and some scouts think he lands too hard on his front leg in his delivery. Others say his mechanics are fine, and enough teams like him that he should go in the second half of the first round.
1s 39 Kentrail Davis OF Tennessee Tenn. $1,200,000
An All-Freshman choice in 2008 who starred for Team USA, Davis is a sophomore-eligible who doesn't neatly fit any mold. His performance suffered this spring on a Tennessee team having a down season, and he had struck out in 25 percent of his at-bats in two college seasons. However, he has tools and hitting ability that stand out in the 2009 draft class. Strong and physical at 5-foot-9, 200 pounds, Davis has a short, powerful swing when he's going well, with bat speed to spare. Despite that, Davis had a tendency to chase pitches this year when pitched around, and he got pull happy, which caused his swing to get a little long. Similarly, Davis has plus speed as a 6.6 runner over 60 yards, but it doesn't play plus offensively. Davis is an average defender in center field, which is below what most big league teams look for. If he can't stay in center, his fringy arm will push him to left, where his power will have to play.
1s 47 Kyle Heckathorn RHP Kennesaw State Ga. $776,000
Heckathorn has been on scouts' radars since he started growing into his 6-foot-6, 240-pound frame. As a prep junior, he had an ankle injury that prompted many of the larger schools recruiting him to hesitate, while Kennesaw State kept after him. He reciprocated their loyalty and finally was having a breakout season as a junior, after several fits and starts. Heckathorn has raw stuff on par with anyone in the draft class, even Stephen Strasburg. He runs his fastball up to 99 mph as a starter, sitting in the 94-97 range into the eighth inning against Jacksonville in a May start. His slider can be similarly lethal, sometimes turning into a true cutter at 91-93 mph, other times getting decent depth in the 85-88 mph range. He doesn't throw much that's soft and actually throws too many strikes; he hasn't yet learned how to set up hitters to chase his slider or heater out of the zone when ahead in the count. Heckathorn's quick (two outing) departure from the Cape Cod League last summer raised some red flags for teams, as has his lack of consistent dominance in the Atlantic Sun. His command also is not what it should be. Most clubs consider Heckathorn, who has a short, quick arm action, a likely reliever as a pro, as a better (they hope) version of Kyle Farnsworth.
2 73 Max Walla OF Albuquerque Academy N.M. $499,000
Walla doesn't have the size, speed or arm that make him stand out on a baseball field. Then he steps into the batter's box and people stop what they're doing to watch. Walla can flat-out hit. Drawing comparisons to Jaff Decker, a supplemental first-round pick last year, Walla is similar in that he's 5-foot-11 and 195 pounds. Walla doesn't have the arm strength that Decker displays, but he has a better body. He's swam competitively since he was six years old and was part of his school's relay team that broke two state records this year. He has a compact swing and consistently hits balls on the sweet spot. Swinging from the left side, Walla generates considerable power for his size. Between his junior year in Albuquerque and the summer showcase circuit, Walla hit 51 home runs. His coach said that at a workout for some scouts this spring, they wanted to see him take 25 swings with a metal bat and then 25 with wood. He hit 18 home runs with the metal, switched to wood and hit 18 more over the fence. He was also a standout pitcher for his team this year, leading them to a state championship, but his future is as a hitter. A favorite of area scouts for his play and his makeup, Walla has been tough to crosscheck as a high school player in Albuquerque. If he grew up in the Phoenix area, like Decker, he would likely go a lot higher in the draft, but it's assumed he'll fall to around the fifth round, which could increase his chances of ending up at Oklahoma State.
2 74 Cameron Garfield C Murrieta (Calif.) Valley HS Calif. $492,200
In a banner year for prep catchers, Garfield stands out as one of the best pure defenders. At 6-feet and 190 pounds, Garfield is fit, strong and powerful. His pop times range from 1.85 to 1.90 seconds at showcase events, with one scout clocking a 1.78, and he has an above-average arm. Scouts' primary worry is that Garfield shines at showcases and struggles in games. He often puts on eye-opening power exhibitions during batting practice, but he has trouble carrying those results into games. He has a breathtakingly quick bat, but he often pulls off the ball and opens his front side, pulling the ball hard but foul. Failure to track the pitch and let it get deep throws off his timing, though he will occasionally show the ability to stay back on the breaking ball. Doubts may exist about Garfield's bat, but few doubts exist about his defense. His bat shows the promise of power, but he'll need improvement to bring it up to big league average.
3 105 Josh Prince SS Tulane La. $304,200
Shortstop Josh Prince had a breakout season, batting .353 and tying for the NCAA Division I lead with 48 steals in 55 attempts. That was a far cry from his performance in 2008, when he batted .236 in his first season at Tulane after transferring from Texas. He struggled last year while recovering from elbow surgery, and getting healthy and wearing glasses to correct an astigmatism led to his turnaround. Prince's best tool is his speed, which makes him a threat on the bases and allows him to cover ground at shortstop. He's not the most fluid defender, but he does have a solid arm. A 6-foot-3, 195-pounder, Prince controls the strike zone, makes contact and offers modest power from the right side. He doesn't use his legs well or get much leverage in his swing, and he'll have to prove he can hit with wood bats.
4 136 Brooks Hall RHP Hanna HS, Anderson, S.C. S.C. $700,000
Like Mississippi signee and top prep prospect David Renfroe, Hall would be an impact college player as a two-way option. He's a power bat at third base, though he lacks Renfroe's easy actions and feel for defense. He's much less of a prospect as a hitter than as a pitcher, where Hall was gaining some steam, especially after throwing a perfect game in March. Hall has good size and at times stays tall and uses his 6-foot-5 frame to his benefit, driving an 88-92 mph fastball down in the strike zone. At his best, he hit some 94s, and he also showed the ability to spin a power slider that could be a plus pitch. His frame has projection as well. His early helium peaked when he matched up with Mauldin High and righthander Madison Younginer, the top prospect in the Palmetto State, and Younginer won the matchup hands-down. Hall was limited in April to just hitting due to an biceps tendinitis injury, and scouts were starting to back off him considering his South Carolina commitment and bonus demands.
5 166 D'Vontrey Richardson OF Florida State Fla. $400,000
Florida State's top prospect also is a football guy in D'vontrey Richardson, who has been an option quarterback and moved to defense in football. Richardson plays a bit more than Cooper and has raw tools. He's a plus-plus runner who missed time with nagging injuries this spring. Scouts would love to see him concentrate on baseball to see if he can make adjustments at the plate and show some aptitude. He did that as a freshman, hitting .351 in 131 at-bats. Then he didn't play in 2008 to concentrate on football. Richardson could go in the first 10 rounds to a team that has lots of history with him, such as the Nationals, who drafted him out of high school (2006, 35th round).
6 196 Hiram Burgos RHP Bethune-Cookman Fla. $15,000
Bethune-Cookman ace Hiram Burgos has been a steady three-pitch righthander with three average pitches for three seasons for the Wildcats and improved his stock with a shutout win at Miami this spring. He touches 92 mph with his fastball and competes.
7 226 Khris Davis OF Cal State Fullerton Calif. $125,000
Davis seized on the opportunity to play in 2009, enjoying a productive season. Despite tailing off slightly at the end of the year, he hit 12 homers, batted .320 and stole 13 bags. Davis, whose father Rodney played, scouted and coached in pro ball, has a quick bat and plays above otherwise average tools.
8 256 Chad Stang OF Midland (Texas) CC Texas $125,000
Outfielder Chad Stang has plus speed but is rounding out the rest of his game. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound righthanded hitter has a long swing, struggles to hit breaking balls and needs better pitch recognitions. He also needs to hone his outfield instincts.
9 286 Jon Pokorny LHP Kent State Ohio $82,500
With Smith going down with shoulder problems and Stillings falling apart down the stretch, lefthander Jon Pokorny could become the first Kent State pitcher drafted this year. Batters have a tough time squaring up the 6-foot-2, 220-pounder, who has an 88-90 mph fastball and a curveball that eats up lefties. He's a two-pitch guy who'll remain a reliever in pro ball, though he loses 2-3 mph velocity off both his pitches when he works on consecutive days.
10 316 Tyler Roberts C Jones County HS, Gray, Ga. Ga. $90,000
11 346 Andre Lamontagne RHP Oral Roberts Okla.
12 376 Rob Currie RHP Tusculum (Tenn.) Tenn.
13 406 Sean Halton 1B Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) Idaho
14 436 Mike Brownstein 2B New Mexico N.M.
Senior second baseman Mike Brownstein was the Mountain West Conference player of the year after leading the country with 101 hits and putting up a line of .414/.486/.611. His performance warrants a chance, but he's undersized and limited to second base because of his arm strength and throwing angle.
15 466 Del Howell LHP Alabama Ala. $260,000
Like many college pitchers this spring, Howell's draft stock has been volatile. Recruited as a two-way player, Howell shined as a pitcher in the Texas Collegiate League last summer and earned top prospect honors there, striking out 47 in 34 innings. Alabama intended to use him as a reliever this year, in a middle-relief, "moment of truth" role, but he wasn't 100 percent healthy as he recovered from a case of mononucleosis. In an effort to make up for lost innings, Alabama used Howell as a starter early in the season, and he flashed above-average stuff, including dominating Vanderbilt in a complete-game effort. His fastball touched 94 in relief last summer and sat at 89-92 mph at its best this spring. He's got natural sink and tail on the fastball as well and complements it with a good, hard slider in the low 80s. In relief, Howell was a two-pitch guy, but he flashed an average changeup this spring. He has thrown fewer than 100 innings in college, making him an intriguing, fresh arm for scouts who have seen him throw well. He doesn't have the innings under his belt to know how to get out of jams or fight through innings when he doesn't have his best stuff. He could go anywhere from the second to the fourth round.
16 496 Scooter Gennett SS Sarasota (Fla.) HS Fla. $260,000
Sarasota High has produced 10 players drafted in the first five rounds over the last 20 years, and Gennett--whose real first name is Ryan--should be the 11th. He helped the Sailors win a state title when he was a freshman in 2006. He isn't a conventional prospect in some ways but he has one of the more advanced bats in the draft, high school or college. He showed a strong, quick swing and advanced approach last summer, particularly impressing at the East Coast Showcase. He profiles as an offensive second baseman, while Florida State intends for him to start at shortstop as a freshman. He's a grinder with surprising power and bat speed for his size (a listed 5-foot-10, 170 pounds), and though he can be streaky, his bat is his best tool. He's a better runner on the field than in showcase events, but he's closer to average than above-average in that department. Defensively he gets the most of his ability, with his range and arm better suited for the right side of the infield than the left. He's agile, though, and a solid athlete. Gennett would be a crucial get for Florida State, if he gets there. Most scouts consider him a third-to-fifth round talent.
17 526 Tyler Cravy RHP Napa Valley (Calif.) CC Calif.
18 556 Caleb Thielbar LHP South Dakota State S.D.
The best college prospect in the region is senior lefthander Caleb Thielbar, who pitched a 10-inning complete game with 12 strikeouts to help South Dakota State beat Centenary in the Summit League tournament. He's a 6-foot, 185-pounder whose curveball is his best pitch. He has an 86-88 mph fastball that tops out at 91, and he projects as a reliever in pro ball. He tied a school record with 100 whiffs in 88 strikeouts this season.
19 586 Scott Krieger OF George Mason Va.
George Mason dominated the Colonial Athletic Association this year, winning the regular-season title and an at-large regional bid. Outfielder Scott Krieger (.378) and catcher Chris Henderson (.416) shared CAA player of the year honors, and along with hulking first baseman Justin Bour (.336) combined to hit 51 of the team's 81 home runs. Krieger is limited to left field, but he has a major league body and has been the top power hitter in his conference for the last couple of seasons.
20 616 Franklin Romero OF Cerro Coso (Calif.) CC Calif.
21 646 Brian Vigo-Suarez SS Fossil Ridge HS, Keller, Texas Texas
22 676 Mike Fiers RHP Nova Southeastern (Fla.) Fla.
23 706 Austin Pressley RHP Franklin Monroe HS, Arcanum, Ohio Ohio
24 736 Peter Fatse 2B Connecticut Conn.
25 766 Demetrius McKelvie OF East Columbus HS, Lake Waccamaw, N.C. N.C.
Outfielder Demetrius McKelvie, a Marshall recruit, and shortstop Cody Stubbs, a Tennessee signee, both moved up draft boards thanks to their bats, which dominated low-level competition. McKelvie, who performed well last summer at an Area Code Games workout, is the better athlete of the duo and is a lefthanded hitter with a simple swing he repeats well. He has the strength to hit for power, but scouts question his feel for hitting and see more production in batting practice than in games. He was a fine defensive back as a prep football player, yet his athleticism doesn't translate defensively and he'll be limited to left field.
26 796 Lex Rutledge LHP Tupelo (Miss.) HS Miss.
The state's high schoolers drop off dramatically after Renfroe and Hamilton. Some scouts like lefthander Lex Rutledge after seeing good early velocity that reached 90 mph. The Samford signee might have been the state's most notable pop-up guy (he wasn't a showcase player in the past) but he didn't maintain his fast start.
27 826 Ryan Platt RHP UC Riverside Calif.
28 856 Geno Escalante C Rodriguez HS, Fairfield, Calif. Calif.
29 886 Chandler McLaren OF Guelph (Ont.) Collegiate Vocational Institute Ontario
30 916 Brandon Sizemore 2B College of Charleston S.C.
31 946 Jose Oviedo RHP Miami Dade JC Fla.
32 976 Chris Ellington OF Texas Christian Texas
33 1006 Jacobbi McDaniel 3B Madison (Fla.) County HS Fla.
34 1036 Mike Ojala RHP Rice Texas
Despite pitching with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow, Rice righthander Mike Ojala won games in the Conference USA tournament and the NCAA Division I regionals. He'll eventually need Tommy John surgery but decided to keep pitching until he couldn't any longer. Before he got hurt, Ojala had a chance to go in the fourth or fifth round. The 6-foot-3, 195-pounder had an 88-92 mph fastball, a hard curveball and good changeup. His elbow also bothered him last summer, when he helped the Santa Barbara Foresters win the NBC World Series.
35 1066 Matt Costello LHP Valdosta State (Ga.) Ga.
36 1096 Josh Turley LHP Texas HS, Texarkana, Texas Texas
37 1126 Cullen Sexton RHP Minnesota Minn.
The state's best amateur pitching prospects are both draft-eligible sophomore righty relievers at Minnesota, Cullen Sexton and Scott Matyas. Scouts give Sexton the edge because he throws harder, sitting at 90-93 mph and touching 95, and has more projection remaining in his 6-foot-3, 195-pound frame. His arm action isn't pretty, costing him command, and he lacks a reliable secondary pitch, which is why he had a 5.16 ERA as a set-up man. His velocity could sneak him into the first 10 rounds, however.
38 1156 Casey Stevenson 2B UC Irvine Calif.
39 1186 Brady Rodgers RHP Lamar Consolidated HS, Rosenberg, Texas Texas
40 1216 Kyle Hansen RHP St. Dominic HS, Oyster Bay, N.Y. N.Y.
Hansen's older brother Craig was a first-round pick by the Red Sox out of St. John's in 2005 and was later dealt to the Pirates in the 2008 Jason Bay trade. The consensus among scouts is that Kyle has better stuff now than Craig did at the same age. Hansen works in the 88-93 range and has touched 94 with a lively fastball. It's easy to project him to add velocity as he fills out his gangly 6-foot-7, 190-pound frame. WIth that kind of size, it's no surprise that Hansen has a funky, upright delivery, and he tends to stride open and drop his elbow. Hansen's high-70s to low-80s slider fluctuates from a 35 offering to a 50 pitch on the 20-80 scouting scale, but some scouts project it to be above-average in the future. He has some feel for a changeup and a split-finger but throws both sparingly, and it's difficult to distinguish between the two. Hansen's upside is huge, but most scouts believe he's likely to honor his commitment to St. John's, where he could easily blossom into a first-round pick in three years.
41 1246 Steven Sultzbaugh OF Rice Texas
42 1276 Brad Schreiber RHP Kimberly (Wis.) HS Wis.
43 1306 Kyle Dhanani 3B Thompson Rivers (B.C.) British Columbia
44 1336 Andrew Morris RHP Gulf Coast (Fla.) CC Fla.
Gulf Coast CC had two pitchers to watch, led by freshman righthander Andrew Morris, an Alabama native who showed an 88-91 mph fastball and a good splitter before wearing down late in the season. He was the Panhandle Conference player of the year.
45 1366 Richard Stock C Agoura HS, Agoura Hills, Calif. Calif.
Stock, the younger brother of USC's Robert Stock, has been hobbled by injuries to his wrist, back and ribs. A top 200 prospect when healthy, he figures to follow Robert to USC, where he could develop into one of the nation's finest catchers and a first-round candidate in 2012. He has better size than his older brother at 6-foot-3, 185 pounds, and raw power from the left side to go with above-average arm strength.
46 1396 Jordan Wong RHP Vauxhall Academy, Edmonton Alberta
47 1426 Trevor Kirk OF JC of Southern Nevada Nev.
48 1456 Rey Cotilla RHP Miami Dade JC Fla.
Like Buchanan, righthander Reynaldo Cotilla has big size at 6-foot-4, 205 pounds, and a big arm. He's run his fastball up to 95-96 mph this spring as a closer, getting back to the velocity he showed in high school before Tommy John surgery. Cotilla threw strikes coming back from the surgery and was explosive in a closer role, but he threw just 17 innings as he missed time with a tender arm. He's a North Carolina State signee.
49 1486 J.J. Altobelli SS Woodbridge HS, Irvine, Calif. Calif.
50 1516 Darren Farmer C West Lauderdale HS, Collinsville, Miss. Miss.