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Round Overall Team Player School State Bonus
1 5 Cleveland Indians Drew Pomeranz Mississippi Miss. $2,650,000
Pomeranz, whose brother Stuart was the Cardinals' second-round pick out of high school in 2003, nearly signed himself out of high school, as a Rangers 12th-rounder in 2007. The deal fell through and Pomeranz instead embarked on a stellar career with Ole Miss, averaging 11.8 strikeouts per nine innings over nearly 300 career innings. He nearly pitched the Rebels to Omaha himself in 2009 with a 16-strikeout complete-game win on two days' rest in the regional final, followed by a 10-strikeout, seven-inning, 146-pitch effort the next week in a super regional. He was no worse for wear last summer with Team USA or this spring, when the Rebels have used him more judiciously. He even was removed from a start at South Carolina in a 0-0 game after seven innings. Pomeranz still was slowed in May by a mild pectoral muscle strain, which caused his fastball velocity to dip into the upper 80s in a start against Arkansas. When he's right, Pomeranz sits 90-94 mph with his fastball and creates tough angles for the hitter, pitching to both sides of the plate. Coaches assert that he's nearly unhittable at the college level when he's throwing his hard curve for strikes, a 12-to-6 downer. His changeup is solid-average as well, as he has shown feel for using it. Control has been Pomeranz's biggest concern. He walked nine in a letdown showdown with Louisiana State's Anthony Ranaudo and was averaging nearly 4.5 walks per nine innings. He said he has fixed the problem with a more consistent takeaway with the ball when he begins his windup, keeping him a better rhythm.
1 13 Chicago White Sox Chris Sale Florida Gulf Coast Fla. $1,656,000
An unsigned 21st-round pick of the Rockies out of high school, Sale has developed well at Florida Gulf Coast and gives the program a first-round pick in its first year as a full Division I member. He was hardly good enough as a freshman to get any innings but survived in a relief role thanks to his changeup, which he has always been able to throw for strikes. His velocity jumped in the summer after his freshman season, when he lowered his arm angle to low three-quarters. The switch gave his fastball and change outstanding late life, and he started hitting 90-plus on radar guns. He shined in 2009 showdowns against supplemental first-rounders Rex Brothers and Kyle Heckathorn, then broke into the big time by earning No. 1 prospect status in the Cape Cod League last summer. As a junior, Sale consistently has delivered for scouts, leading the nation with 114 strikeouts while showing excellent fastball command (12 walks in 83 innings). Sale's changeup grades as plus like his fastball, and his slider is a solid-average pitch that's effective against lefthanded hitters. With his low slot, Sale can get on the side of all his pitches, especially his slider, at times leaving them up in the zone. Some scouts are concerned about his durability, due to both his frame (he lost five to seven pounds off his 6-foot-6, 180-pound listed frame due to a bout of food poisoning in May) and upside-down takeaway at the beginning of his arm stroke. But his arm is quick, and Sale repeats his mechanics, as evidenced by his command.
1 27 Philadelphia Phillies Jesse Biddle Germantown Friends HS, Philadelphia Pa. $1,160,000
Biddle's stock climbed along with his fastball velocity as the spring progressed. In his first outing of the season against Germantown Academy ace Keenan Kish, Biddle worked at 88-91 mph, but by the end of April he was sitting at 90-92 and touching 93-94 at times, with sinking and cutting action. Biddle's best assets are his arm strength and size; his 6-foot-4, 225-pound frame is both physical and projectable, and his upside is significant. But Biddle lacks polish and must do a better job staying on top of his secondary stuff. Scouts widely agree that his slider is more promising than his soft curveball, but he seldom deploys the slider in games, relying instead on the curve. His slider has a chance to be above-average in time. Some scouts say Biddle has shown feel for a tumbling changeup in bullpens and between innings, but he does not throw it in games. Biddle is an Oregon recruit who is regarded as a difficult sign, but he is a top-three-rounds talent with a chance to land a high six-figure bonus.
2 51 Washington Nationals Sammy Solis San Diego Calif. $1,000,000
During the majority of his tenure at USD, Solis was overshadowed by the likes of Brian Matusz and Kyle Blair. His coming-out party in 2009 never materialized due to a herniated disc in his back, which prompted him to take a medical redshirt. However, Solis, an unsigned 18th-round pick out of an Arizona high school in 2007, has bounced back to go 8-1, 2.49 in 2010. Most observers expect a pitcher of his 6-foot-5, 228-pound size to be a flamethrower, but Solis is instead a canny command, movement and control pitcher. His fastball varies from 88-92 mph and has good life up in the zone. He adds a fine changeup that dives down and away from righthanded hitters; it's his best pitch. Solis can add or subtract speed with his curveball, varying it from 72-78 mph, and at times it too is an out pitch. As Solis leaves his back injury behind, he could gain velocity and durability due to improved conditioning. A devout Catholic with a penchant for public service, Solis' family owns an AIDS orphanage in South Africa. A healthy Solis profiles solidly in the middle of a big league rotation.
2 61 Toronto Blue Jays Griffin Murphy Redlands (Calif.) East Valley HS Calif. $800,000
As the 2010 spring season opened, Murphy quickly established himself as the premier lefthander in the Southern California prep ranks, and he joins Dylan Covey in San Diego's recruiting class. Strong and durable, in both frame and pitching style Murphy resembles Angels lefty Joe Saunders. While not a flamethrower, Murphy likes to establish his 89-92 mph fastball early in a game and work his other pitches off of it. He shows an uncanny knack for manipulating his fastball--he can run it in, run it away, sink it or turn it over. Few lefties can succeed without a quality curveball, and Murphy has one. His sweeping, 75 mph bender exhibits fine shape and two-plane movement, but he needs to work the curve down in the strike zone more consistently. Mechanically solid, Murphy loads up well on his back hip and does a fine job of accelerating his arm at release. A fast worker, he may benefit from slowing his motion down a shade and by improving his leg drive. Murphy's size (6-foot-3, 195 pounds), stuff and pitching smarts could easily push him up into the first two rounds.
2 68 Detroit Tigers Drew Smyly Arkansas Ark. $1,100,000
Smyly's senior high school season in 2007 was marred by back trouble, and he redshirted in his first year at Arkansas after sustaining a stress fracture in his elbow during an intrasquad game. He started to come on at the end of last season, striking out 12 and coming within two outs of a no-hitter in an NCAA regional championship game against Oklahoma. Though he doesn't have a signature pitch, Smyly has been the Razorbacks' ace this spring. He mainly works with a fastball and a cutter/slider. He can add and subtract from his fastball, ranging from 86-93 mph, and works in the low to mid-80s with the cut/slider. He also mixes in a curveball and changeup. Smyly has exceptional feel for pitching, which allowed him to thrive even when a blister on his middle finger prevented him from gripping the seams on the ball for a couple of starts at midseason. Six-foot-3 and 190 pounds, he throws strikes on a good downward angle to the plate. In a draft bereft of lefthanders, Smyly shouldn't last past the top three rounds, though his extra leverage as a draft-eligible sophomore could scare off some clubs.
2 73 Florida Marlins Rob Rasmussen UCLA Calif. $499,500
In his first collegiate start against UC Santa Barbara in 2008, Rasmussen got hit on the foot by a crackling line drive through the box. He continued to pitch, but later came out and discovered the foot was broken. That is the type of competitiveness scouts love in Rasmussen, a 5-foot-11, 170-pounder who was the only junior in UCLA's weekend rotation this year, behind sophomore flamethrowers Gerrit Cole and Trevor Bauer. Taken by the Dodgers in the 27th round of the 2007 draft, Rasmussen's draft stock for 2010 received an enormous boost with his 2009 summer performance, when he went 4-0, 1.80 in the Cape Cod League. He stumbled out of the gate in 2010 but rebounded to average 11.1 strikeouts per nine innings and a nearly 4-1 strikeout-walk ratio. Rasmussen's arsenal consists of four pitches: a 91-93 mph fastball, a slider, a changeup, and an old-fashioned, over-the-top, two-plane low-70s curve. His command difficulties can be traced to inconsistent mechanics and a tendency to rush his delivery. Despite his smaller frame, Rasmussen comfortably profiles as a back of the rotation starter or situational lefthander, where his breaking balls would be deadly.
2 80 Toronto Blue Jays Justin Nicolino University HS, Orlando Fla. $615,000
If teams considered him signable, lefthander Nicolino could factor into the first three rounds for some scouts. While it's hard to call Florida prep pitchers projectable because they throw year-round, Nicolino is just growing into his 6-foot-3 frame, having put on 15 pounds since last summer to get up to 175 pounds. Nicolino pitches off his fastball in the 88-91 mph range and has shown a curveball with average potential. His changeup is the better pitch now, and it's easy to see him as a three-pitch lefty with plus velocity down the line. It's also considered hard to buy Nicolino out of a Virginia commitment when scouts have to project on the velocity. A strong showing at the state all-star games in Sebring, though, could prod a team to pop Nicolino.
3 102 Minnesota Twins Pat Dean Boston College Mass. $319,500
Like Virginia Tech's Jesse Hahn, Dean was a skinny, projectable Connecticut prepster in 2007, and like Hahn he blossomed in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Dean's fastball sat in the 84-88 mph range in high school, but he touched 93 mph and held his velocity deep into games as a sophomore at BC last spring. Dean has not been at his best this spring due to elbow inflammation, which caused him to miss a start in mid-March and another three weeks later. But MRIs and X-rays revealed no structural damage, and the Eagles eased him back into action. Through 67 innings, he was 5-1, 3.76 with 51 strikeouts and 10 walks, demonstrating his outstanding control. The 6-foot-1, 175-pound Dean is a competitive lefthander with excellent feel for pitching, earning comparisons to Glen Perkins. He settled into the 88-91 mph range with his fastball this spring and has topped out at 92 on occasion. He has good command of a four-pitch mix, but his solid-average changeup is his best pitch. His slider and curveball both rate as fringe-average offerings. Dean's frame gives scouts pause, but his polish gives him a good chance to reach the big leagues as a back-end starter.
4 119 Kansas City Royals Kevin Chapman Florida Fla. $250,000
Since playing high school ball with Gators teammate Matt den Dekker, Chapman has been drafted twice, out of high school in 2006 (Tigers, 42nd round) and last year (White Sox, 50th round). Entering this season, he had thrown fewer than 50 innings for the Gators, thanks mostly to having Tommy John surgery in 2008. He pitched just 11 innings coming back from the surgery in the 2009 season and entered 2010 as a wild card. However, he emerged quickly as Florida's go-to reliever, replacing departed Billy Bullock, a 2009 second-rounder of the Twins. Scouts like Chapman's stuff better than Bullock's, and he could go higher if clubs sign off on his medical reports. Chapman attacks hitters with a 92-94 mph fastball that has touched 95, and his dastardly slider is a strikeout pitch with two-plane depth. Chapman throws a lot of fastballs, and his changeup works off it well, giving him a solid third offering that he rarely needs. Some scouts wonder if the repertoire and his solid 6-foot-4, 215-pound frame could lead Chapman to a starting role, but his medical history and strong results in relief have most projecting him as a pro closer. Chapman could be the first college closer selected.
4 130 Chicago Cubs Hunter Ackerman Louisburg (N.C.) JC N.C. $216,000
The top junior-college talent in the state, Ackerman could sneak into single-digit consideration thanks to an 88-90 mph fastball that he drives downhill. He has a solid low-80s changeup with tailing action that he can use to both sides of the plate, and a loopy, below-average breaking ball.
4 132 Seattle Mariners James Paxton Grand Prairie (American Association) Texas $942,500
The Blue Jays drafted Paxton 37th overall out of the University of Kentucky a year ago, but they couldn't sign the native Canadian. Team president Paul Beeston told a Toronto newspaper that he had negotiated directly with Paxton's adviser, Scott Boras, which would be a violation of NCAA rules. The Wildcats wouldn't allow Paxton to play until he submitted to an interview with the NCAA, and when he couldn't secure a temporary injunction in the Kentucky courts, he left the team and signed with the independent Grand Prairie AirHogs of the American Association, following the paths of several prominent pitchers in recent years, including Tanner Scheppers. Last spring, he worked at 93-94 mph and touched 97 with his fastball, which features good run and sink. His curveball grades as a true plus pitch at times, and he'll also show solid command and some feel for a changeup, though he doesn't use it often. Despite his stuff and a gaudy 115-20 K-BB ratio as a junior, Paxton got hit hard to the tune of a 5.86 ERA last season. While his 6-foot-4, 215-pound frame should lend itself to durability, he has a history of nagging injuries (sore elbow in high school, back issues in 2008, tendinitis in his left knee last spring) that worries some clubs. In his first three starts for Grand Prairie, he showed an 88-93 mph fastball and a decent curve without much command, so he might be hard pressed to match his draft status from a year ago. But when Paxton is at his best, only Drew Pomeranz offers a better fastball/curve combo among this draft's lefthanders.
4 141 Philadelphia Phillies Bryan Morgado Tennessee Tenn. $182,700
Redshirt junior lefty Morgado never produced, and it's unlikely he'll match last year's third-round draft status. Recruited out of South Florida by former Volunteers coach Rod Delmonico, Morgado missed Delmonico's final season as a medical redshirt after Tommy John surgery in October 2006. For whatever reason, Morgado never turned his prodigious stuff and arm strength into results at Tennessee, though he was solid (2-1, 3.06, 47 SO/32 IP) in the Cape Cod League last summer. He had 252 strikeouts in just 200 innings for Tennessee, though he also had a career 5.98 ERA and allowed 195 hits. Most scouts believe Morgado would have been better off signing last year. He was in the rotation more consistently this spring, after being in and out as a sophomore, but still couldn't get going. He can run his fastball up to 95-97 mph and usually sits in the 91-94 mph range, though he lacks command even when he backs off into the 88-91 range. Morgado's slider also has power, thrown in the low 80s. Keeping an even keel has long been a struggle, and his confidence took a hit with his lack of success. In his final two outings against Auburn and Alabama, he got six outs while giving up nine runs. The lack of lefthanders in this draft works in Morgado's favor, and as a southpaw with power he still should go in the first six rounds.
4 144 Los Angeles Angels Max Russell Florida Southern Fla. $177,300
Florida Southern lefthander Max Russell will challenge Kahnle to be the second Sunshine State Conference player picked, after Mocs teammate Daniel Tillman goes first. Russell won 21 games the last two seasons with 223 strikeouts in 200 innings as the Mocs' Friday starter. He has good mound presence and two solid-average pitches in an 88-91 mph fastball and a slider that lacks depth but has cutter action. His best pitch is a curveball that could use more power but that he throws for strikes. He's able to pitch inside effectively, which should play well against wood bats. When he misses, Russell misses over the plate and is susceptible to hard contact. With good size (6-foot-2, 205 pounds) and the lack of lefthanders nationally, he should go out in the first eight rounds.
5 151 Arizona Diamondbacks Cody Wheeler Coastal Carolina S.C. $168,300
While Wheeler's stuff was uneven this season, his results have been remarkably consistent, as he was 26-1 in three seasons. His ratios have been steady the last two years as well. Wheeler's best trait, aside from being a southpaw, is his athletic ability. It allows him to add and subtract from his fastball, repeat his delivery, field his position and hold runners well. His fastball and curveball were usually fringe-average pitches this season, though he dialed up more velocity (reaching 91 mph) and seemed to have a sharper curve when needed. His changeup was just better last year, a plus pitch as opposed to solid-average.
5 163 Detroit Tigers Alex Burgos State JC of Florida Fla. $152,100
The team's top prospects were lefthander Alex Burgos and outfielder Hunter Ovens, with Burgos figuring to go out higher with his polish and three-pitch mix. Burgos was the team's top performer, going 13-1, 1.42 with 109 strikeouts and just 29 walks in 95 innings. His fastball can touch 92 mph, but he pitches at 88-89 and lacks projection with his 5-foot-11, 180-pound body. He has picked up a cutter that plays well with his big curveball, and he's throwing all three pitches for strikes. His profile is as a reliever or end-of-the-rotation starter.
6 179 Kansas City Royals Scott Alexander Sonoma State (Calif.) Calif. $125,000
Graded on stuff and talent alone, Alexander would be a lock for the top three rounds of this draft. But a bumpy college track record with an uneven history of performance clouds his resume. The younger brother of former Marlins pitching prospect Stuart Alexander, he was a highly scouted pitcher out of high school in Santa Rosa, Calif. He started his college career at Pepperdine but left after his sophomore year and enrolled at Division II power Sonoma State. Despite a fastball that gets up to 93 mph and a decent changeup, the 6-foot-3, 210-pound Alexander struggled early on for the Seawolves. He improved as the year went along but still finished with a 3-6, 4.50 record. Alexander's command improved as the year went along, due in part to lowering his slot a bit and getting more movement on his pitches. He continues to need to work on his breaking ball, which is a slider.
6 186 Toronto Blue Jays Sean Nolin San Jacinto (Texas) JC Texas $175,000
At 6-foot-4 and 250 pounds, Sean Nolin looks like a lefthanded version of Jason Jennings. Nolin's fastball will sit at 86-89 mph in some games and 88-92 in others, and he backs it up with a solid changeup and fringy curveball.
6 195 Minnesota Twins Logan Darnell Kentucky Ky. $125,000
After 2009 sandwich pick James Paxton ran afoul of the NCAA and left for an independent league, Kentucky hoped fellow lefthander Darnell would assume his role as No. 1 starter. That didn't go as well as planned, as Darnell went 5-3, 5.62, missed two weeks with shoulder tendinitis and eventually returned to the bullpen. The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder profiles better as a reliever because he has one plus pitch, and his arm action and the effort in his delivery are better suited for shorter stints. As a reliever, Darnell works at 91-93 mph with his fastball. He'll flash a sharp slider intermittently, and his changeup is more effective. Projected as a top-five-round pick coming into the season, he now figures to go between the sixth and 10th rounds.
6 198 San Francisco Giants Mike Kickham Missouri State Mo. $410,000
Missouri State has produced six big league pitchers (Ross Detwiler, Jeff Gray, Shaun Marcum, Matt Palmer, John Rheinecker, Brad Ziegler) and two first-round arms (Detwiler, Brett Sinkbeil) in the last decade. The Bears have another quality pitching prospect--it's just not who scouts expected. Aaron Meade was coming off a strong sophomore season and summer in the Cape Cod League, but fellow lefthander Kickham has surpassed him. Missouri State didn't recruit him out of a local Springfield, Mo., high school, and he didn't turn any heads while going 3-3, 5.62 at Crowder (Mo.) JC in 2009. When his velocity increased to the high 80s in the MINK League last summer, the Bears offered him the opportunity to transfer. Kickham's fastball has continued to improve, sitting at 90-92 mph and touching 94 consistently throughout the spring. A strong 6-foot-4, 210-pounder, he backs up his fastball with a true slider that has good depth. He also throws a solid changeup and an overhand curveball. Scouts like his size, stuff and command, but also wonder why that hasn't translated into more success, as he went 4-9, 5.25 in 15 starts. Though he's a draft-eligible sophomore, he's expected to go high enough in the draft to sign. Kickham's twin brother Dan, a righthander who helped pitch Crowder to the Junior College World Series, also has seen his velocity spike this spring and should get drafted in the later rounds.
6 199 St. Louis Cardinals John Gast Florida State Fla. $140,000
Florida State doesn't have the power arms the program used to produce in the early 1990s. Its top arm this year was supposed to be Gast, whose career never quite got going in the right direction. He had Tommy John surgery after his senior season in high school and came back quickly, pitching in mid-April of his freshman year. His relief worked helped the Seminoles get back to the College World Series for the first time in eight years, and he stayed in a relief role as a sophomore. Early in his junior season, Gast was flashing his high school form, reaching 92-93 mph with his fastball and working with an upper-70s power curveball. However, as the season wore on, he no longer was showing the kind of stuff to go in the first three rounds. His ERA had soared to 6.33, mostly because of his lack of command. When he gets ahead of hitters, he still can finish them off with his curve.
7 208 Baltimore Orioles Matt Bywater Pepperdine Calif. $195,000
Pepperdine's Matt Bywater will benefit from the lack of lefties in this year's draft. He began the 2010 season in brilliant fashion by pitching a shutout at Cal State Fullerton, shutting down top prospects Gary Brown and Christian Colon in the process. He has continued to pitch well despite a lack of run support from the Pepperdine hitters and led the nation in shutouts while going 5-5, 2.29 overall. Calm and composed, Bywater works at a steady pace, keeps his emotions in control and has a businesslike demeanor on the mound. A poor man's Brian Matusz, Bywater uses pitching savvy to make up for what he lacks in velocity. He works his 88-89 mph fastball to either side of the plate, and he can get it to run, sink or dip. His curve and change seem to disappear from hitters' view at the last instant. He shows an advanced ability to mix his pitches, change speeds and locations and vary pitching patterns. Profiling as a mid- to back-of-the-rotation starter or situational lefty, Bywater could move quickly through a club's system.
7 216 Toronto Blue Jays Mitchell Taylor Spring (Texas) HS Texas $367,500
Taylor won Spring's regular-season finale to qualify his team for the Texas 5-A playoffs, where he boosted his stock more than any pitcher in the top 10 rounds. In the opening round against College Park (The Woodlands), he struck out 10 to win the first game and came back in relief two days later to work three shutout innings and outduel John Simms for the victory. He did the same thing in round two against Cy-Fair (Cypress), winning the opener as a starter and the deciding third game as a reliever. Taylor ran out of gas in the third round, losing a 4-3 decision to Klein Collins (Spring), but drove in six of Spring's 12 runs in the two-game series. He's a little lefty with a whippy arm, throwing 88-93 mph despite standing just 6-foot-1 and 160 pounds. He also has a big-breaking curveball that some scouts grade as better than his fastball. He's polished for a high schooler, throwing strikes and exhibiting good mound presence. Though he has committed to Houston, Taylor is expected to sign. A midseason suspension has caused some clubs to back away, but he could go as high as the fourth round.
7 226 Texas Rangers Jimmy Reyes Elon N.C. $125,000
College baseball offers few quality lefthanders for this year's draft, and Reyes was taking full advantage. He got off to a terrible start to his junior season, as a loss to Rice—his first after winning his first 12 decisions with Elon—sent him into a funk. He was pressing for scouts, trying to throw harder for radar guns, and lost the life and command on his fastball. When Reyes backed off to a still-firm 88-91 mph, his season took off. He creates some angle and downward plane on his fastball even though he's just 5-foot-10, 194 pounds. When he doesn't overthrow, he gets good life on the pitch with boring action in to righthanded hitters. That helps set up his slider, which can be an above-average pitch when he locates it well. It has tilt, and Reyes has shown the ability to back-foot it to righthanded hitters. His changeup has come along as well, giving Reyes another weapon to combat opposite-side hitters. He had thrown at least seven innings in six consecutive starts entering the Southern Conference tournament and had a gaudy 187-37 strikeout-walk ratio the last two seasons in 171 innings. Reyes offers little projection and lacks athleticism, his biggest negative. He has improved as a fielder and at holding runners, but neither will ever be a strong suit. His strong finish was pushing him up draft boards, perhaps as high as the fourth or fifth round.
7 230 Colorado Rockies Kraig Sitton Oregon State Ore. $125,000
Some scouts still see projection and starter potential in lefthander Kraig Sitton, a 17th-round pick of the Red Sox last year. He has an ideal frame at 6-foot-5 and 205 pounds and could be the first Oregon State pitcher off the board, though there's no real consensus in that regard. Sitton has shown the same stuff he had last year: an 88-91 mph fastball and an average slider. Even if a team believes he'll ultimately be a lefthander out of the bullpen, he'll likely begin his professional career as a starter. He has a fresh arm and has thrown just 77 innings in his college career.
7 232 Los Angeles Dodgers Ryan Christenson South Mountain (Ariz.) CC Ariz. $125,000
Ryan Christenson is a medium-framed lefthander with average velocity in the 86-88 mph range. He throws a solid overhand curveball, but lacks a changeup presently, limiting his potential as a starter. He was also very wild for South Mountain this year, with 42 walks in 58 innings. This was the third time the Dodgers drafted him, as they also selected him out of high school and last year from South Mountain as a freshman.
7 233 Boston Red Sox Chris Hernandez Miami Fla. $375,000
Hernandez was Baseball America's 2008 Freshman of the Year, when he went 11-0, 2.72 for the Hurricanes' College World Series team. Since then, he has continued to pitch well despite having diminished stuff. He relies heavily on his cut fastball, which is his best pitch. It sits in the 82-86 mph range and helps him get inside hitters' kitchens, avoiding hard contact. Hernandez's velocity is down a tick from earlier in his career, though he will still scrape 90 mph at times. He pitches more at 85-88 mph with his fastball and has to locate it precisely at that velocity. His curveball is fringy, and he's improved late in 2010 by using his changeup more, giving hitters a reason to have to cover the outside part of the plate while still being cognizant of the cutter in. Hernandez holds runners well and pounds the strike zone, helping his stuff play up.
7 234 Los Angeles Angels Josh Osich Oregon State Ore.
When lefthander Osich had Tommy John surgery in January, though, it served as a bad omen for the season. Osich doesn't have a long track record of success, though he has shown flashes of brilliance. He was up to 97 mph last summer and could have been a first-rounder this year if healthy. Oregon State is expecting him back next year, but a team may take a gamble on his powerful lefthanded arm and try to buy him away from that idea.
8 236 Washington Nationals Matt Grace UCLA Calif. $125,000
Bruins lefty Grace has done a terrific job out of the bullpen this year, with an 88-89 mph fastball and wicked low 80s curveball.
8 246 Toronto Blue Jays Logan Ehlers Nebraska City (Neb.) HS Neb.
Logan Ehlers set what is believed to be a Nebraska high school record with 186 strikeouts in 78 innings this spring. A 6-foot-2, 200-pound lefthander, he usually pitches from 87-91 mph with his fastball, and his curveball may be his best pitch. He has more command and polish than most high school lefties, and combined with his stuff he should go in the top 10 rounds if he's signable away from a Nebraska commitment.
8 250 Chicago Cubs Cam Greathouse Gulf Coast (Fla.) CC Fla. $125,000
The lefthanded Greathouse generates a plus curveball that scrapes 80 mph from an exaggerated delivery that scares off some scouts. He also plays right field, and some scouts believe Greathouse's upper-80s fastball would improve in velocity if he gives up playing a position. He's a South Carolina recruit.
8 259 St. Louis Cardinals Daniel Bibona UC Irvine Calif. $45,000
UC Irvine's Bibona didn't sign as the Cardinals' 16th-round pick last year and had another banner season for the Anteaters, going 9-2, 2.10 with a 100-15 strikeout-walk ratio in 90 innings. He's 30-6 the last three seasons overall. Bibona is not physically imposing at 6 feet, 170 pounds, and he doesn't have dominant stuff, but he has a strong track record of performance. Reminiscent of Tom Glavine in build and approach, Bibona throws his fastball at 86-89 mph, with excellent movement and command. He can run into trouble when he attempts to overthrow the fastball, and he doesn't have the raw velocity to challenge hitters up in the zone. He has a solid feel for his changeup, and some scouts believe his curveball is his best pitch. Bibona can take vary its speed, down to 74 mph or up near slider speed at 78-79. Bibona can eat away both corners of the plate with both his fastball and curve.
9 273 Houston Astros Tommy Shirley Xavier Ohio $100,000
Tommy Shirley went 2-7, 7.60 in his first two seasons before emerging this spring as an intriguing lefthander in a draft short on quality southpaws. He throws a heavy 88-91 mph fastball that tops out at 93, using his 6-foot-5, 220-pound frame to leverage his heater down in the zone. He works both sides of the plate with his fastball and isn't afraid to challenge righthanders on the inner half. He has a rough finish to his delivery, landing on a stiff front leg, which costs him feel for his secondary pitches. He's trying to figure out a slider but is a one-pitch pitcher for now. His size and arm strength could get him into the first 10 rounds.
9 274 San Diego Padres Josh Spence Arizona State Ariz. $100,000
Australian lefthander Spence was a third-round pick by the Angels last year. He didn't sign and came back to Arizona State for his senior year, but he hasn't pitched at all due to a mysterious elbow injury. The school never released any specific information about a diagnosis, though Spence has said he is confident he'll pitch again. As a soft-tossing lefthander he'll always have to prove himself, and he'll be a late pick this year, if he's drafted at all. Spence has graduated from school but could get a redshirt and return for one more year.
9 277 Cincinnati Reds Tanner Robles Oregon State Ore. $90,000
Lefthander Robles sat at 87-91 mph this year with heavy life. His changeup showed flashes of being an average pitch, though sometimes he pushed it and couldn't spot it for strikes. His curveball is better than it was in high school but remains inconsistent. He doesn't show the same athleticism that he had in high school, and scouts don't like his violent mechanics. His delivery is stiff with a lot of effort, and he always seemed prone to the big inning. Robles has a strong frame at 6-foot-2 and 205 pounds. He's competitive, but sometimes shows his emotions too much on the mound.
9 289 St. Louis Cardinals Tyler Lyons Oklahoma State Okla. $40,000
After leading USA Baseball's college team with a 0.00 ERA in 2008, lefthander Tyler Lyons had a chance to go in the first round of the 2009 draft. His stuff was down for most of his junior season, picked back up in the NCAA playoffs and the Cape Cod League, but dipped again this spring. Lyons pitched at 87-90 mph as a sophomore and added velocity coming out of the Team USA bullpen, but now he rarely tops 88. His curveball also has regressed, leaving his changeup as his best pitch. He still throws strikes, but he got pounded to the tune of a 3-6, 6.06 record this spring. The 6-foot-2, 207-pounder now projects as a middle reliever, though moving back to the bullpen could restore zip to this fastball. Though he had a good summer on the Cape last year, the Yankees didn't make him an offer after drafting him in the 10th round.
10 303 Houston Astros Evan Grills Sinclair SS, Whitby, Ont. Ontario $150,000
Teams that are hung up on velocity might pass on lefthander Grills, and they'd miss a pitcher who makes up for his average velocity with savvy and a track record of winning. Grills has been pitching with Canada's national teams since he was 14 and thrives in big situations. He throws his fastball in the 87-89 mph range and flashes 90s, though he's touched higher in the past. He mixes in a two-seamer with good life, an average curveball, a below-average slider and a changeup. Grills has a tall, loose and athletic body. His delivery isn't picture-perfect, and he sometimes falls off the mound a la Mitch Williams. He still throws all his pitches for strikes, attacks hitters and breaks a lot of bats. He's committed to San Jacinto (Texas) JC.
10 313 Detroit Tigers Cole Nelson Auburn Ala. $90,000
Nelson is a 6-foot-7, 240-pounder who can get out of sync quickly and whose stuff falls off when he's in the stretch. His fastball tops out at 92 mph from the windup, and he has feel for his slider as well.
10 321 Philadelphia Phillies Mario Hollands UC Santa Barbara Calif. $125,000
Fellow lefty Hollands of UC Santa Barbara has better size at 6-foot-5, 205 pounds, and resembles, in both build and delivery, David Price of the Rays. Of course, his stuff is not as electric, but Hollands figures to have value as either a starter or lefthanded relief specialist. Drafted by the Twins last year as a redshirt sophomore in the 24th round, Hollands has nothing overpowering but shows a five-pitch assortment. He displays an 88-91 mph four-seam fastball, 83 mph two-seamer, curveball, slider and changeup. The knock on Hollands is that he's susceptible to a big innings, which are usually attributable to sudden mechanical breakdowns such as opening his front side too soon, dropping his arm slot and losing his leg drive.
10 324 Los Angeles Angels Aaron Meade Missouri State Mo. $100,000
Meade performed well in the Cape Cod League last summer, but the Yankees decided not to sign him as a 28th-round sophomore. Mike Kickham passed him as Missouri State's top prospect for 2010, though Meade recorded a lower ERA (4.18) and opponent average (.260) with lesser stuff. The 6-foot-2, 175-pounder relies on deception and his ability to locate a fastball that can range from 83-87 or 87-91 mph. His changeup is much more effective than his slurvy breaking ball.
11 332 New York Mets Adam Kolarek Maryland Md.
Kolarek is an adrenaline guy who thrives off pitching in relief. He's physical at 6-foot-3, 215 pounds and pitches at 89-91 mph with his fastball, which is slightly above-average for a lefthander. Kolarek's performance this spring didn't reflect his ability, as he went 1-4, 6.06 in 36 innings, but that was attributable in part to a failed attempt to use him as a starter at the beginning of the season. Kolarek also throws a changeup and curveball, but those pitches are below-average and need plenty of work.
11 340 Chicago Cubs Eric Jokisch Northwestern Ill. $125,000
After a slow start caused in part by a sore back, Jokisch regained the form that made him one of the top lefties in the Cape Cod League last summer, and he could pass Josh Mueller to become the first Illinois college pitcher drafted. A 6-foot-3, 180-pounder, Jokisch isn't overpowering but has good feel for a three-pitch mix. His changeup is his best offering and could become a true plus pitch, and he sets it up with a fastball that sits at 86-89 mph and a curveball that shows bite at times. He'll have to pitch inside more once he gets to pro ball.
11 344 Atlanta Braves Chasen Shreve JC of Southern Nevada Nev. $125,000
Lefthander Shreve was in the mid-80s last year and up to 91 this year, but he also battled arm injuries.
11 346 Texas Rangers Chris Hanna Stratford HS, Goose Creek, S.C. S.C. $100,000
Chris Hanna, a little lefty at 6 feet, 170 pounds, is a Citadel recruit and throws three pitches for strikes. Most scouts consider all three fringe-average or below, though he does throw strikes.
11 347 Florida Marlins Grant Dayton Auburn Ala.
11 349 St. Louis Cardinals Ben Freeman Lake Gibson HS, Lakeland, Fla. Fla.
12 356 Washington Nationals Robbie Ray Brentwood (Tenn.) HS Tenn. $799,000
Lefthander Ray had a tumultuous spring, with inconsistent velocity and performances. He was never quite as good as he showed in showcases last fall, when his fastball reached the mid-90s and his slurvy breaking ball showed more power. He also has flashed a plus changeup with some late fade. His fastball velocity was more in the 89-91 mph range this spring, and in some starts it sat in the upper 80s. That didn't keep him from throwing a five-inning perfect game, one of three no-hitters he authored in the spring. Ray has a whippy arm action and slender 6-foot-3, 175-pound frame. He changed his college commitment from Vanderbilt to Arkansas. While he's considered more signable now, he also could start on weekends for the Razorbacks if he is more consistent next spring.
12 373 Detroit Tigers Kyle Ryan Auburndale (Fla.) HS Fla. $100,000
12 380 Colorado Rockies Matt Crocker Texas-San Antonio Texas
13 387 Pittsburgh Pirates Chris Kirsch Marple Newtown HS, Newtown Square, Pa. Pa.
Prep lefthander Kirsch was a late-emerging prospect this spring. As a sophomore, he was a junior-varsity outfielder who showed no control whatsoever when he took the mound, but he soon overhauled his mechanics and learned to throw strikes. Scouts are intrigued by his projectable 6-foot-3, 185-pound frame, and he has touched 90 mph from the left side, though he currently pitches more in the 85-88 range. He also can spin a curveball with 10-to-4 break, giving him a potential out pitch down the road. Kirsch still had not made a college commitment, which might tempt a pro club to overlook his lack of present velocity and take a flier on him around the 10th round.
13 391 Arizona Diamondbacks Kevin Ziomek Amherst (Mass.) Regional HS Mass.
Ziomek established himself as the best prep prospect in New England at the Perfect Game/World Wood Bat Association Championship last fall in Jupiter, Fla., where he ran his fastball up to 93-94 mph. He has not shown that kind of velocity this spring, pitching mostly at 87-88 and topping out at 91-92 on occasion. Ziomek's 6-foot-3, 180-pound frame and loose arm suggest plenty of projection, and he has good feel for pitching, but scouts have reservations about his mechanics and funky arm action, which includes a hook and a wrap on the back side. He seldom throws his changeup in games, but it projects as an average or better offering. His slider is slurvy and inconsistent, and he tends to cast his slow curveball away from his body. The son of two lawyers, Ziomek is believed to be a tough sign away from his Vanderbilt commitment.
13 394 San Diego Padres Miguel Pena San Jacinto (Texas) JC Texas
Lefthander Miguel Pena declined to sign with the Nationals as a fifth-round pick out of high school a year ago, and he has been the same pitcher as a freshman at San Jacinto JC this spring. He hasn't added any strength to his 6-foot-2, 160-pound frame, and he still works at 88-91 mph early in games before losing velocity in the middle innings. He has a clean delivery that he repeats well, and he throws a decent curveball and changeup. He doesn't have a plus pitch but he's a polished lefthander, and he'll probably go around the same spot again in the draft.
13 396 Toronto Blue Jays Tyler Painton Centennial HS, Bakersfield, Calif. Calif.
13 402 Seattle Mariners Jason Markovitz Long Beach State Calif.
13 405 Minnesota Twins Ryan O'Rourke Merrimack (Mass.) Mass.
O'Rourke went 5-2, 1.25 with 93 strikeouts and 14 walks in 79 innings as a senior for Division II Merrimack. O'Rourke played baseball, football and hockey his first two years at Merrimack before cutting a tendon on his left thumb and missing all of 2009. He brings an aggressive football/hockey mentality to the mound, where he attacks hitters with an 87-91 mph fastball and touches 93 in short stints. His best secondary pitch is a 77-78 mph slurve that can be average at times, and he mixes in a below-average curveball in the low 70s. He rarely throws a changeup. O'Rourke has a strong, physical 6-foot-3, 215-pound build. His delivery has some effort and some stiffness, but it also gives him deception. He figures to be drafted between the 10th and 15th round.
14 432 Seattle Mariners Tyler Linehan Sheldon HS, Sacramento Calif.
Lefthander Linehan is yet another Fresno State signee who will get draft consideration. Scouts don't like his stocky build, but he is competitive and has good stuff. Linehan pitches with an overhand slot, has a fastball in the upper 80s and can really spin a big overhand curveball.
14 442 Los Angeles Dodgers Alex McRee Georgia Ga.
Senior lefty McRee, once a potential first-round pick, fought chronic wildness and never got on track. He ended up working just 22 innings on the season, compiling a 7.25 ERA with 38 strikeouts and 32 walks.
15 450 Cleveland Indians Ben Holmes Clackamas (Ore.) HS Ore.
The best high school player in Oregon is projectable lefthander Wetzler. He's 6-foot-2 and 180 pounds and has touched 90 mph this year, with an average changeup and both a slider and curveball. His talent would merit a selection in the fifth or sixth round, but he's considered a tough sign away from Oregon State and could slide.
15 456 Toronto Blue Jays Zak Adams Flower Mound (Texas) HS Texas $250,000
Lefty Zak Adams is a 6-foot-3, 175-pounder who has an 88-91 mph fastball and a good 12-to-6 curveball. He also has a medical history that includes three surgeries.
15 457 Cincinnati Reds Stephen Hunt South Florida Fla.
15 459 Milwaukee Brewers Chris Bates Regis HS, New York N.Y.
15 461 Tampa Bay Rays Brandon Henderson Chesnee (S.C.) HS S.C. $125,000
Henderson, a Gardner-Webb recruit, went 14-0 this season and threw two-hitters five days apart to drive Chesnee to its first state title since 1988. He has a three-pitch mix also topped by a breaking ball. He's slender at 6-foot-2, 170 pounds, and his present fastball velocity, in the mid-80s, is probably a bit short at this point for pro ball.
15 468 San Francisco Giants Andrew Barbosa South Florida Fla.
15 472 Los Angeles Dodgers Jake Eliopoulos Chipola (Fla.) JC Fla.
Eliopoulos, a Canadian lefthander who was the Blue Jays' unsigned second-round pick last year, was at Chipola and never meshed with the coaching staff. He also never got going on the mound, walking 21 in 21 innings while posting an 8.44 ERA. He left the team in April and returned to Canada to pitch in an adult semi-pro league over the summer, but he clearly cost himself a shot at second-round money.
15 474 Los Angeles Angels Carmine Giardina Tampa Fla.
Fellow lefty Carmine Giardina finally should go out to pro ball as a senior, ending a college career that began with him committing to Texas, then going to Central Florida and finally Tampa. As a senior, Giardina showed a better feel for pitching than he had in the past while also retaining his arm strength, reaching 92 mph.
16 485 Oakland Athletics Ryan Hughes Nebraska Neb.
16 492 Seattle Mariners Jordan Shipers South Harrison HS, Bethany, Mo. Mo. $800,000
Likewise, the state's top high school pitcher is undersized yet delivers velocity. Shipers, who's 5-foot-10 and 160 pounds, pairs an 89-90 mph fastball that reaches 92 with a slider that shows depth at times. He doesn't do it as easily as Stites, with more effort in a delivery that puts stress on his shoulder, and his slider isn't as consistent. He's lefthanded, however, and has the potential for three solid-average major league pitches in his fastball, slider and advanced changeup. South Harrison High doesn't have a team, so he had to showcase his stuff in a wood-bat league in Iowa on weekends. Scouts don't believe he's signable, and he'll be a draft-eligible sophomore at Missouri State in 2012 if he doesn't turn pro.
16 495 Minnesota Twins Clint Dempster Nicholls State La.
16 502 Los Angeles Dodgers Andrew Pevsner Johns Hopkins (Md.) Md.
16 505 New York Yankees Evan Rutckyj St. Joseph's HS, St. Thomas, Ont. Ontario $500,000
At 6-foot-5 and 215 pounds, Rutckyj (pronounced ROOT-ski) is a big-bodied lefthander with a chiseled frame, thanks to his time spent as a youth hockey player and his current offseason workout of choice, boxing. He's relatively new to pitching, so he looked a bit raw on the showcase circuit last summer. He has worked hard with a private pitching coach and during his time with the Canadian junior national team to smooth out his mechanics and develop his secondary pitches. His delivery is looser now than it was in the summer, and he's getting better extension. His arm action is pretty clean, but he needs to keep working to repeat his delivery and throw strikes more consistently. His fastball sits in the 87-91 mph range, touching 92, and his slider is 80-81. The slider shows occasional fringe-average break and there's enough rotation to work with, but it's still a work in progress. As his background may suggest, Rutckyj has a real tough-guy mentality on the mound. He is a project and the team that drafts him will need to be patient with his development.
17 519 Milwaukee Brewers Brian Garman Cincinnati Ohio
Brian Garman has been in and out of Cincinnati's rotation the last three years, and he figures to be a reliever as a pro. When he comes out of the pen, the 5-foot-11, 202-pound lefthander has a 90-92 mph fastball and can reach the mid-80s with his slider. He has a short, quick arm action and throws strikes. He usually commands his fastball well, though when he tires as a starter he'll leave it up in the strike zone. Though he's small, his strong frame should make him a durable reliever. He's the best senior sign in Ohio this year.
18 549 Milwaukee Brewers Thomas Keeling Oklahoma State Okla.
The Yankees could have taken a huge bite out of the Oklahoma State rotation when they drafted Tyler Lyons (10th round) and Keeling (20th round as a draft-eligible sophomore) a year ago, but both lefthanders decided to return to school. Keeling has improved his stock and should go slightly ahead of Lyons in the fifth to seventh round this June, but he's still trying to figure out how to harness his quality stuff. Keeling would have placed fourth in NCAA Division I in strikeouts per nine innings (12.9) in 2009 if he hadn't fallen a few innings short of qualifying, and he ranked fourth with the same rate at the end of the 2010 regular season. Yet he didn't become a full-time starter until his redshirt junior season and went just 4-6, 5.74 this spring. Keeling's best pitch is a 90-93 mph fastball that tops out at 96 with riding life. The 6-foot-3, 184-pounder gets that movement by throwing across his body, which hampers his control and ability to throw a breaking ball. His slider has improved but he still can't consistently find the strike zone with it. After missing the 2007 season because the growth plate in his shoulder blade was irritating a muscle, Keeling has been healthy since. But he's still learning how to pitch.
18 551 Tampa Bay Rays Jimmy Patterson Arizona State Ariz.
Patterson was an interesting two-way prospect at Central Arizona JC last year and reportedly turned down a six-figure offer from the Red Sox as a 34th-round pick. He saw limited action this year, pitching 30 innings and getting 15 at-bats, so scouts expect him to return for another year unless he transfers elsewhere.
19 567 Pittsburgh Pirates Kent Emanuel Woodstock (Ga.) HS Ga.
Scouts sounded more intrigued by another Tar Heels recruit, lefty Emanuel, who has less present stuff but more projection. He's a strike thrower who pitches off his fastball, and he gets good angle out of his 6-foot-5 frame. Emmanuel sits in the 84-88 mph range now and has scraped 91, and if he bumps up his velocity he'll chew up wood bats because he get excellent gloveside run on his heater. He's athletic and played for Woodstock High's basketball team, and he repeats his delivery well. Emanuel's commitment to North Carolina and loopy, slow curveball may push him down in the draft.
19 585 Minnesota Twins Matt Arguello Davidson HS, Mobile, Ala. Ala.
20 598 Baltimore Orioles Matt Drummond UCLA Calif.
20 606 Toronto Blue Jays Art Charles Bakersfield (Calif.) JC Calif.
20 611 Tampa Bay Rays C.J. Riefenhauser Chipola (Fla.) JC Fla.
20 616 Texas Rangers Sam Wilson Eldorado HS, Albuquerque N.M.
As a New Mexico prep corner outfielder, Sam Wilson draws a natural comparison to Max Walla, who was the Brewers' second-rounder last year. But they're different players because Wilson's body isn't nearly as strong as Walla's. Wilson is 6-foot-1 and 195 pounds with skinny arms. He was an average runner last summer, and a tick below this spring. He's a good defensive player, though he will be limited to a corner spot. His arm is good enough for right field. Wilson has a simple, compact swing and is a better pure hitter than Walla, though he doesn't have the same power. Some scouts don't like him as a hitter, however, and like him better as a lefthanded pitcher. His fastball is mostly in the 85-87 mph range, though he has been up to 90. His secondary pitches need a lot of work. Wilson is committed to New Mexico, and teams will probably let him develop further there.
21 635 Oakland Athletics Michael Anarumo LeMoyne N.Y.
21 641 Tampa Bay Rays Adam Liberatore Tennessee Tech Tenn.
Liberatore, who is coming off Tommy John surgery last April, touched the low 90s last year before getting hurt and was pitching in the upper 80s this season while touching 92.
21 647 Florida Marlins Ken Toves New Mexico N.M.
22 665 Oakland Athletics Mike Strong Oklahoma State Okla.
Lefthander Mike Strong was Oklahoma State's most effective starter after transferring from Iowa Western CC. He's 6 feet and 184 pounds, with a quick arm capable of delivering 90-92 mph fastballs and hard curveballs. The White Sox drafted him in the 25th round last year.
22 685 New York Yankees Trevor Johnson JC of the Desert (Calif.) Calif.
23 689 Kansas City Royals Steven Neff South Carolina S.C.
23 691 Arizona Diamondbacks Roberto Padilla Ohlone (Calif.) JC Calif.
Early in the spring, Ohlone lefthander Padilla was creating a lot of buzz off a good freshman season and the development of his fastball velocity and usable breaking ball. Padilla also finished well, beating El Camino JC in the opener of the state's final four championship round. He has a chance to be a complete lefthander, with a nice repertoire and projectable frame. His fastball has been up to 91 mph but his stuff fell off this spring, most often in the 85-88 mph range. His changeup projects as an above-average pitch at times, though it can be too firm. His curveball now projects as an average pitch. He has a short backside arm action that can be tough to pick up, and when spotting his fastball he is effective with the fastball/changeup combination. He has signed with San Jose State, where former Ohlone coach Tom Kunis is the pitching coach.
23 713 Boston Red Sox Austin Wright Chipola (Fla.) JC Fla.
24 723 Houston Astros Adam Champion Arkansas-Little Rock Ark.
Lefthander Adam Champion, a 23rd-round pick by the Giants in 2009, is another senior sign. Though he's 6-foot-7 and 235 pounds, he relies more on deception, usually working from 88-91. He's mostly a one-pitch pitcher with command and delivery issues, but he's a big southpaw who has touched 93 mph.
24 732 Seattle Mariners Ben Whitmore Concordia (Calif.) Calif.
25 746 Washington Nationals Christian Meza Santa Ana (Calif.) JC Calif.
25 751 Arizona Diamondbacks Matt Talley The Citadel S.C.
25 754 San Diego Padres Josue Montanez Ramon Vila Mayo HS, San Juan, P.R. P.R.
25 761 Tampa Bay Rays Matt Spann Columbia (Tenn.) Central HS Tenn.
25 763 Detroit Tigers Shawn Teufel Liberty Va.
25 770 Colorado Rockies Kenny Roberts Middle Tennessee State Tenn.
26 776 Washington Nationals Chris Manno Duke N.C.
26 783 Houston Astros Alex Sogard North Carolina State N.C.
Senior lefty Sogard came on strong late in the year as he got more distance from offseason shoulder surgery, and he wound up starting twice in the ACC tournament. He was at his best in a late-season start against High Point, hitting 94 mph and showing a power curveball. Sogard went just 2-2, 5.26 and got hammered early, and he's a fifth-year senior who's already 22.
26 785 Oakland Athletics Jake Brown Georgia Southern Ga.
26 786 Toronto Blue Jays Jay Johnson Texas Tech Texas
Jay Johnson posted an 8.26 ERA with more walks than strikeouts (50-49 in 57 innings) in his first season at Texas Tech, and he has three elbow surgeries (Tommy John in 2004, cleanups in 2005 and 2008) on his medical history. But scouts still are interested in him because he's a lefthander with late armside run on a 91-95 mph fastball. Six-foot-1 and 214 pounds, he throws from a low arm slot and uses a sweeping slider as his second pitch. He agreed to terms with the Orioles as a 25th-round pick out of Lethbridge (Alberta) CC last year, but flunked his physical.
Johnson signed for a $20,000 bonus on July 1, but the Blue Jays later voided his contract.
26 787 Cincinnati Reds Ty Stuckey Houston Texas
26 788 Chicago White Sox Kevin Rath Cal State Fullerton Calif.
26 789 Milwaukee Brewers Daniel Gibson Jesuit HS, Tampa Fla.
Gibson led Tampa's Jesuit High to the state championship game at Florida's 4-A classification, where they lost to Nick Castellanos and Archbishop McCarthy. Gibson had won his previous four starts in the playoffs, and the Florida recruit kept climbing up draft boards as he pitched well. Prior to the state title tilt, Gibson was 14-0 and had allowed just 13 hits and two earned runs in 21 playoff innings, before giving up three runs in six-plus innings in the title game. Gibson has excellent size at 6-foot-3, 215 pounds, and he maintains his solid-average stuff. His fastball usually sits in the 87-91 mph range, but he attracted more scouting attention by bumping up his velocity in shorter outings, at times reaching 94 mph. While his breaking ball and changeup flash potential, the slider ranks ahead of his changeup presently. Gibson isn't afraid to use any of the three and has better pitchability than most of his prep peers in Florida. His competitiveness, body and polished repertoire, as well as his jump in velocity, had some clubs pushing him into the first five rounds, especially in a draft short on lefthanders. Others believe more in the velocity they've seen over Gibson's career rather than the recent spike and see him as a solid, rather than spectacular arm. His signability will likely determine whether he goes in the first 200 picks.
26 791 Tampa Bay Rays Justin Woodall Alabama Ala.
26 803 Boston Red Sox Dillon Overton Weatherford (Okla.) HS Okla.
Overton is a classic projection lefthander. He carries just 170 pounds on his 6-foot-2, 170-pound frame, yet he'll flash a 90-91 mph fastball for a couple of innings. His velocity drops off afterward, something he can address by adding more strength. He also has a good curveball. Rainouts helped him start all three of Weatherford High's playoff wins en route to the 4-A state title.
26 804 Los Angeles Angels Dakota Robinson Centenary La.
27 817 Cincinnati Reds Joel Bender Oak Hills HS, Cincinnati Ohio
Bender pitched at 85-88 mph and couldn't find his breaking ball in front of an audience of crosscheckers at midseason. He was back up to 88-91 mph and flashed an effective curveball before coming down with a mild case of tendinitis at the end of the spring. but the 6-foot-4, 205-pounder likely is headed to Louisville.
27 818 Chicago White Sox Pete Gehle Azusa Pacific (Calif.) Calif.
27 820 Chicago Cubs Bryan Harper JC of Southern Nevada Nev.
Lefthander Bryan Harper will probably always be known as Bryce's brother. He had a forgettable freshman season at Cal State Northridge in 2009, going 0-4, 6.68 with 15 strikeouts and 22 walks over 32 innings. He showed a jump in his velocity this season, sitting at 88-91 mph and dialing it up to 93-94 on occasion. He has a 6-foot-5, 195-pound frame, but doesn't always use his height to his advantage. He worked hard to have better body control with his delivery and the results have shown up with better command. Like his brother, he's a fiery competitor. Harper profiles as a 6th-10th-round talent, but could be taken higher by the Nationals, who may want to keep the two together. He will almost certainly bypass his commitment to South Carolina to go pro.
27 826 Texas Rangers Alex Claudio Isabel Flores HS, Juncos, P.R. P.R.
Claudio is a string bean at 6-foot-3 and 160 pounds, but scouts see projection in his build. He has a quiet, controlled delivery and currently sits 84-85 mph, touching 87. His changeup is a decent pitch now, while his curveball is a little loopy and needs to be tightened up. If Claudio puts some meat on his bones and the added strength shows up on the mound, he could have a chance.
27 830 Colorado Rockies Blake Keitzman Western Oregon Ore.
Lefthander Keitzman was a 15th-round draft pick by the Mariners last year Keitzman after his velocity jumped from 84-85 to 87-90 mph, even though he was pitching on a sore knee. He chose to return to school and held the 87-90 mph velocity all year. He also throws a slider and a changeup, and he can command all three pitches. Keitzman can vary his delivery between three different arm slots.
28 841 Arizona Diamondbacks Keith Hessler Coastal Carolina S.C.
28 842 New York Mets Jeremy Gould Duke N.C.
28 848 Chicago White Sox Thomas Windle Osseo (Minn.) HS Minn.
28 849 Milwaukee Brewers Dane Amedee Louisiana State-Eunice JC La.
28 853 Detroit Tigers Jack Duffey Heritage HS, Newnan, Ga. Ga.
28 858 San Francisco Giants Gaspar Santiago Ranger (Texas) JC Texas
29 868 Baltimore Orioles Cameron Roth UNC Wilmington N.C.
Roth is a lefty with a strong curveball but command issues.
29 870 Cleveland Indians Kirby Bellow Nederland (Texas) HS Texas
29 872 New York Mets Hamilton Bennett Tennessee Wesleyan CC Tenn.
29 880 Chicago Cubs Casey Harman Clemson S.C. $150,000
Harman, miscast as a staff ace, is a solid three-pitch lefthander with steady stuff, including an 85-89 mph fastball with good sink. His straight changeup and slider are fringe-average but play up when he commands the two-seamer.
29 883 Detroit Tigers Chris Joyce Central Arizona JC Ariz.
Lefthander Chris Joyce came to Central Arizona JC from UC Santa Barbara, where he spent his freshman year but did not pitch because he wasn't eligible academically. He was a 10th-round draft pick by the Dodgers out of high school and won't come close to that this time around. Joyce has a soft, maxed-out body at 6 feet and 190 pounds. He'll start out the game throwing his fastball at 85 mph, and as the game goes on his stuff gets better. That may explain why reports of his velocity fluctuated considerably this spring. Some scouts saw him dial it up to 93 mph, while other saw him in the low 80s. His breaking ball is the same way. Early in the game, it's more of a short cutter, but in the later innings it's more of a true slider. Joyce throws a changeup too, but it's his third-best pitch.
29 890 Colorado Rockies Marco Gonzales Rocky Mountain HS, Fort Collins, Colo. Colo.
Gonzales's father Frank was a lefthander who spent eight years in the minor leagues, mostly with the Tigers. So it's no surprise that Marco shows a lot of polish and poise on the mound. He has pitched in the team's previous three championship games and threw a three-hitter to beat Wheat Ridge High as a freshman. Gonzales throws mostly in the 85-87 mph range but touched 89 earlier in the year, and scouts believe there's more in the tank. His fastball can get too straight, but he makes up for it with great command. His best pitch is his changeup, which should be an above-average offering. He is able to throw it with the same arm speed and release point as his fastball, which means he can throw it on back-to-back pitches and generate bad swings both times. He's 6 feet and about 180 pounds with a thick lower half. He'll need to improve his breaking ball. If Gonzales doesn't sign, he'll be a two-way player at Gonzaga. He has played first base and the outfield in high school, though is pro future is clearly on the mound.
30 902 New York Mets Josh Edgin Francis Marion (S.C.) S.C.
30 904 San Diego Padres D.J. Snelten Lakes Community HS, Lake Villa, Ill. Ill.
Snelten stood 5-foot-8 as a freshman and owned a 78 mph fastball as a sophomore, but he has blossomed into a 6-foot-6, 210-pound lefthander who has peaked at 91 mph this spring. He's still a work in progress, usually working at 87-89 mph and spinning a curveball that lacks command. He's going to need time to develop because he doesn't repeat his delivery well, but a team that loves his upside could try to buy him out of a Minnesota scholarship.
30 905 Oakland Athletics Jeff Urlaub Grand Canyon (Ariz.) Ariz.
30 908 Chicago White Sox Kylin Turnbull Santa Barbara (Calif.) CC Calif.
30 913 Detroit Tigers Logan Hoch Wichita State Kan.
30 917 Florida Marlins Zach Robertson Iowa Iowa
30 918 San Francisco Giants Ryan Bradley Southern Illinois Ill.
30 919 St. Louis Cardinals Iden Nazario Miami Fla.
30 921 Philadelphia Phillies Nick Gonzalez Leto HS, Tampa Fla.
31 933 Houston Astros Travis Blankenship Kansas Kan.
31 938 Chicago White Sox Robert Young Dartmouth N.H.
Young, a lefthander, has put up lackluster numbers, going 3-5, 6.79 with 38 strikeouts and 11 walks in 58 innings, but he has a chance to be a late senior sign. Young's older brother Russell was the 2008 Ivy League pitcher of the year for the Big Green and was drafted in the 28th round by the Indians. Young's 6-foot-3, 230-pound frame is durable but maxed out. He throws strikes with a below-average fastball in the 87-90 mph range with a bit of run, an inconsistent curveball and an average changeup that is his go-to pitch against both righties and lefties.
31 946 Texas Rangers Justin Earls Georgia Ga.
32 968 Chicago White Sox Jarrett Casey Northern Kentucky Ky.
32 970 Chicago Cubs Brent Ebinger Lambuth (Tenn.) Tenn.
32 979 St. Louis Cardinals Ryan Copeland Illinois State Ill.
32 985 New York Yankees Kramer Sneed Barton (N.C.) N.C.
33 986 Washington Nationals Ryan Sherriff West Los Angeles JC Calif.
33 987 Pittsburgh Pirates Justin Ennis Louisiana State-Shreveport La.
33 999 Milwaukee Brewers William Kankel Houston Texas
33 1004 Atlanta Braves Albert Minnis Lawrence (Kan.) HS Kan.
33 1005 Minnesota Twins Justin Parker Consumnes River (Calif.) JC Calif.
The Red Sox took lefthander Justin Parker in the 25th round of the 2008 draft out of high school, but he went to Loyola Marymount instead before transferring to Cosumnes River JC. He is 6-foot-4, 235 pounds so scouts kept following him. Parker has been up to 90 mph this spring and went 5-1, 3.32 with 85 strikeouts in 65 innings, but the once-promising curveball he showed in high school has been below-average.
33 1006 Texas Rangers Matt Hill Georgia Perimeter JC Ga.
33 1008 San Francisco Giants Jim Birmingham Coastal Carolina S.C.
Birmingham sits 88-91 mph and has deception thanks to a quick arm and 6-foot-5 frame. His lack of command of his secondary pitches (a curve and change) kept the transfer from Pennsylvania from dominating the Big South Conference
33 1012 Los Angeles Dodgers Brett Lee Bishop State (Ala.) CC Ala.
34 1020 Cleveland Indians Kyle Petter El Camino (Calif.) JC Calif.
Coached by former Brigham Young ace Nate Fernley, El Camino JC reached its first state final four berth since 1951. Drafted twice previously, lefthander Petter was the team's top player. The 5-foot-10, 180-pounder hit eight regular-season homers and was 11-0, 1.74 entering the postseason. Fitter and stronger than in previous seasons, Petter tosses an 88-89 mph fastball that can touch 91 and an over-the-top, near 12-to-6 curveball. Committed to Division II Lynn (Fla.), Petter is reportedly signable.
34 1032 Seattle Mariners Tyler Whitney Mississippi State Miss.
Whitney signed for a $1,000 bonus on June 11, but the Mariners later voided his contract.
34 1034 Atlanta Braves Matt Fouch Army N.Y.
34 1037 Florida Marlins Steve Dennison Wheaton (Ill.) Ill.
36 1079 Kansas City Royals Mitchell Beacom UCLA Calif.
36 1088 Chicago White Sox Ben Griset Gustine (Calif.) HS Calif.
Lefthander Griset is an interesting prospect in the Central Valley, at 6-foot-1, 180 pounds with one of the better curveballs in the state. He has a high overhand slot and a quick arm. His fastball is 86-88 mph, but it is the steep, tight spinning, hard biting curveball that has scouts on him. He has committed to St. Mary's.
36 1091 Tampa Bay Rays Robert Dickmann Pepperdine Calif.
36 1099 St. Louis Cardinals Dean Kiekhefer Louisville Ky.
36 1101 Philadelphia Phillies Neal Davis Virginia Va.
37 1106 Washington Nationals Nick Serino Massachusetts Mass.
37 1118 Chicago White Sox Chris Lee Robinson HS, Tampa Fla.
37 1122 Seattle Mariners Ryan Kiel Marshall W.Va.
37 1135 New York Yankees Cameron Hobson Dayton Ohio
38 1136 Washington Nationals Nick Lee Weatherford (Texas) JC Texas
Lefty Nick Lee, a freshman, was an all-North Texas JC Athletic Conference selection as an outfielder but has a brighter future on the mound. He's only 6 feet and 170 pounds, but he consistently throws 88-92 mph.
38 1144 San Diego Padres Noah Mull Wheeling Jesuit (W.Va.) W.Va.
Mull put up good numbers against lesser competition for Division II Wheeling Jesuit. In 56 innings he went 7-1, 2.09 with 81 strikeouts and 21 walks. He's just 5-foot-10, but his fastball ranges from 87-92 mph and he adds a good, slurvy breaking ball.
38 1147 Cincinnati Reds Matt Leonard Cal Poly Calif.
38 1153 Detroit Tigers Jake Dziubczynski Central Arizona JC Ariz.
38 1157 Florida Marlins Forrest Moore Mississippi State Miss.
38 1159 St. Louis Cardinals Jeff Nadeau Louisiana State-Shreveport La.
39 1178 Chicago White Sox Levi Schlick Barton County (Kan.) CC Kan.
Schlick is an athletic 6-foot-6 lefthander who reaches the low 90s with his fastball and can command his slider to both sides of the plate.
39 1184 Atlanta Braves Stephen Foster Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) Idaho
39 1185 Minnesota Twins Bart Carter Western Kentucky Ky.
40 1203 Houston Astros Jeremiah Meiners Francis Marion (S.C.) S.C.
40 1210 Chicago Cubs Brian Smith St. Mary Catholic SS, Pickering, Ont. Ontario
Lefthander Smith has been mostly 84-87 mph in the past and took his stuff up a notch when the Canadian junior team recently traveled to the Dominican Republic. He worked at 87-90 mph, sitting at 88 with a solid changeup and an above-average curveball. He's a work in progress but could go pretty good in a year thin on lefthanded pitching.
40 1221 Philadelphia Phillies Jeff Harvill Evangel Christian Academy, Shreveport, La. La.
Evangel righty Jeff Harvill, who has an 89-91 mph fastball and promising secondary stuff, pitched sparingly after coming down with elbow tendinitis.
41 1241 Tampa Bay Rays Chris Rearick North Georgia College and State Ga.
41 1245 Minnesota Twins Sam Spangler Hawaii Hawaii
Lefthander Spangler has pitched at 86-89 mph most of the year. He is in his first year starting and could get back up to 92 mph if a team sticks him in the bullpen. He has shown a much better feel this season for his secondary pitches, a curveball and a changeup.
42 1257 Pittsburgh Pirates Stephen Lumpkins American (D.C.) D.C.
42 1258 Baltimore Orioles Jake Pettit Western Oregon Ore.
Petitt is 6-foot-2 and 195 pounds and sat 87-89 mph this year and showed a better feel for his slider.
42 1265 Oakland Athletics Louie Lechich St. Mary's HS, Stockton, Calif. Calif.
A multi-sport high school athlete who shows Division I football talent and aptitude on the diamond will get plenty of interest from scouts, and Louie Lechich is just that type of athlete. At 6-foot-4, 195-pounds, Lechich looks the part on the mound and in the batter's box. For most scouts he was a pitching prospect before last summer, but the more they saw him topping out in the high 80s and relying on craft, the less they liked him on the mound. At the same time, he started swinging the bat well. He is strong and has a knack for getting the barrel to the ball, with the ability to drive the ball in the middle of the field. He is more of a line-drive, gap hitter but has home run strength, along the lines of a Ryan Sweeney. Lechich has signed with California.
42 1267 Cincinnati Reds Mitchell Hopkins Louisiana State-Eunice JC La.
As a lefthander who showed a 90-91 mph fastball to go with a solid curveball and changeup, Mitchell Hopkins had a chance to go in the first five rounds. He didn't pitch after straining a deltoid muscle while lifting weights in late March, however. His 6-foot-3, 184-pound frame has projection remaining, though he's a 21-year-old sophomore. He'll attend Louisiana State if he doesn't turn pro.
42 1275 Minnesota Twins Brett Carroll William Paterson (N.J.) N.J.
42 1276 Texas Rangers Kevin Johnson Cincinnati Ohio
43 1286 Washington Nationals Corey Littrell Trinity HS, Louisville Ky.
Lefthander Littrell is the state's best high school player, but he has more polish than stuff and isn't considered signable away from Kentucky. He usually works at 87-88 mph and touches 90 with his fastball, has a quality changeup and has improved his curveball. He should pick up velocity as he adds strength to his 6-foot-2, 180-pound frame.
43 1289 Kansas City Royals Dillon Wilson Western Oklahoma State JC Okla.
43 1294 San Diego Padres Mark Hardy British Columbia British Columbia
43 1296 Toronto Blue Jays Ron Schreurs Freedom HS, Orlando Fla.
43 1299 Milwaukee Brewers Steven Okert Grayson County (Texas) CC Texas
43 1307 Florida Marlins Matt Tracy Mississippi Miss.
43 1311 Philadelphia Phillies Jimmy Hodgskin Bishop Moore HS, Orlando Fla.
Hodgskin could be the highest-profile baseball recruit Troy has ever had, and scouts in Florida were wondering whether it was worth making a run at keeping him from the Alabama school. Hodgskin trains with and plays for coach Joe Logan, who played for Troy coach Bobby Pierce at Chipola (Fla.) JC. The relationship led to Hodgskin's interest in Troy. Hodgskin has a relatively fresh arm, good size at 6-foot-2, 190 pounds, broad shoulders that give him room for projection, and an 88-91 mph fastball. He has touched 94 and pitches off his fastball, throwing it to all four parts of the strike zone. His command gives him a chance to step right into Troy's weekend rotation, as he also throws his changeup for strikes. He has a below-average breaking ball that he just started throwing frequently in the last year. Projecting the curveball adds another level of uncertainty for pro scouts, who may just see how it all turns out after three seasons in the Sun Belt Conference. The lack of lefthanded pitching nationally, though, had teams taking long looks at Hodgskin, and they'll get another in Sebring at the state's high school all-star festival. If he's signable, Hodgskin could go in the third or fourth round.
43 1315 New York Yankees Kyle Hunter Kansas State Kan.
44 1320 Cleveland Indians Brock Stassi Nevada Nev.
44 1322 New York Mets Kevin Gelinas UC Santa Barbara Calif.
Gelinas, whose career has wound through Pepperdine and Central Arizona JC, is big lefty reliever who can touch 94 mph with his fastball--when healthy. He threw just five innings all season due to an elbow strain and had received a medical redshirt.
44 1327 Cincinnati Reds Ed Campbell Bridgewater Raynham HS, Bridgewater, Mass. Mass.
Campbell, a Virginia Tech signee, has a long arm action but throws a heavy high-80s fastball and flashes a tight breaking ball. He's a bit undersized at 5-foot-11, 170 pounds, but he could make an impact for the Hokies.
44 1335 Minnesota Twins David Deminsky St. Cloud State (Minn.) Minn.
44 1337 Florida Marlins Tyler Abbott Royal HS, Simi Valley, Calif. Calif.
44 1340 Colorado Rockies Kyle Richter Santa Margarita HS, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. Calif.
44 1345 New York Yankees Dave Middendorf Northern Kentucky Ky.
45 1352 New York Mets Terrance Jackson Oklahoma City Okla.
45 1354 San Diego Padres Michael Fagen San Diego Jewish Academy Calif.
45 1361 Tampa Bay Rays Blake Freeman Sunnyslope HS, Phoenix Ariz.
45 1365 Minnesota Twins James Buckelew Collins Hills HS, Suwanee, Ga. Ga.
45 1371 Philadelphia Phillies Mike Francisco Villanova Pa.
Francisco, a 6-foot-5 lefthander, works at 88-91 mph and has improved his secondary stuff this spring. He scrapped his curveball in favor of a cutter and a slider, which are works in progress but are usable in games. Scouts seemed content to wait until his senior year to take a shot at him.
46 1382 New York Mets Mike Jefferson Louisiana Tech La.
46 1383 Houston Astros Lawrence Pardo Columbus HS, Miami Fla.
46 1388 Chicago White Sox Ronzelle Fort Harlan HS, Chicago Ill.
46 1392 Seattle Mariners David Rollins San Jacinto (Texas) JC Texas
The state has several injured pitchers whom teams could gamble on this year. That group includes: Houston righthander Jared Ray (shoulder) and Texas Tech lefthander Robbie Kilcrease (Tommy John surgery) at the college level; Howard righty Damien Magnifico (elbow), San Jacinto righty Tommy Collier (elbow) and lefty David Rollins (non-throwing shoulder), who ranked as three of Texas' top five juco pitchers coming into the season; and Klein High (Spring) righty Clayton Crum (Tommy John surgery).
46 1400 Colorado Rockies Mitch Horacek Thunder Ridge HS, Littleton, Colo. Colo.
46 1404 Los Angeles Angels Darren Fischer Cumberland Regional HS, Bridgeton, N.J. N.J.
47 1429 St. Louis Cardinals Justin Wright Virginia Tech Va.
47 1431 Philadelphia Phillies Ethan Stewart New Mexico JC N.M.
Canadian lefthander Ethan Stewart has a projectable body at 6-foot-6 with a clean arm action. Early in the year he worked at 81-83 mph, but he was up to 87-89 later in the year and has been clocked as high as 91 mph. He also has experience pitching against international competition as a member of Canada's junior national team. As a freshman, Stewart could be a tough sign.
47 1433 Boston Red Sox David Roseboom LaSalle Institute, Troy, N.Y. N.Y.
47 1435 New York Yankees Freddy Lewis Tennessee Wesleyan Tenn.
48 1437 Pittsburgh Pirates Dillon Haviland South Fayette HS, McDonald, Pa. Pa.
48 1449 Milwaukee Brewers Marques Kyles Limestone (S.C.) S.C.
48 1457 Florida Marlins Beau Wright Orange Coast (Calif.) CC Calif. $125,000
48 1461 Philadelphia Phillies Kyle Ottoson South Mountain (Ariz.) CC Ariz.
49 1474 San Diego Padres Elliott Glynn Connecticut Conn.
Glynn, a lefthander, spent his first two seasons at UConn as a two-way player before concentrating solely on pitching this spring. He has emerged as one of the best pitchers in the Big East, going 7-2, 2.12 through 12 starts. Glynn relies on his moxie and feel for pitching more than his stuff, as his fastball is below-average. He typically works at 86-88 mph and touches 89-90 early in games, but his velocity often drops into the 83-86 range in the middle innings. The pitch plays up because he can cut it, and he mixes in a slurvy breaking ball and a changeup that can be effective against righties. Glynn has a smallish 6-foot-1, 175-pound build, but he makes up for his stature with a nasty competitive streak. He profiles best as a reliever and is likely to be drafted between the 10th and 20th round, with a chance to sneak into the top 10 rounds.
49 1489 St. Louis Cardinals Bob Revesz Louisville Ky.
49 1491 Philadelphia Phillies Kyle Hallock Kent State Ohio
49 1494 Los Angeles Angels Alex Burkard Georgia College & State Ga.
50 1496 Washington Nationals Harrison Fanaroff Churchill HS, Potomac, Md. Md.
50 1513 Detroit Tigers Jake Ross Wor-Wic (Md.) CC Md.
50 1524 Los Angeles Angels John Wiedenbauer Tampa Fla.
Wiedenbauer is a lefthander who pitches in the upper 80s but lacks command.