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Round Overall Team Player School State Bonus
1 1 Washington Nationals Bryce Harper JC of Southern Nevada Nev. $6,250,000
After Harper skipped out on his final two years of high school to enroll in a wood-bat junior college league, even his biggest supporters probably would have underestimated how he would perform this season. Over his 180 regular-season at-bats, the 17-year-old hit .417/.509/.917. The school record for home runs was 12, set when the school still used aluminum bats. Harper finished with 23. He has top-of-the-scale power, but scouts have differing opinions about what kind of hitter he'll be. Some believe his exaggerated load and ferocious swings will cause him to strike out 125-140 times a season and keep his average around .250. Others believe in his exceptional hand-eye coordination and expect him to calm down his swing in pro ball, figuring .280-.300 isn't out of the question. Harper also has 80 raw arm strength on the 20-80 scouting scale, but he needs to shorten up his arm action for it to play better behind the plate. Scouts are also split on where he'll end up defensively. Some believe he'll be fine at catcher. Others think he will either outgrow the position or that his bat will be too good to hold back, so a team will want to move him to the position that gets him to the big leagues the fastest--either third base or right field. Harper has done some incredible things on a baseball field, like hitting 500-foot home runs, throwing runners out at first from the outfield, and scoring from second base on a passed ball. He's received more attention and unfounded criticism than any amateur player in years. Perhaps the biggest question now is: Is it possible for him to live up to the hype? He's seeking to break Stephen Strasburg's record bonus, and that certainly won't reduce the hype or the pressure.
1 10 Oakland Athletics Michael Choice Texas-Arlington Texas $2,000,000
Choice is a lock to eclipse Hunter Pence (second round, 2004) as the highest-drafted player in Texas-Arlington history, and he could be the first college position player drafted this year. He has the best power among four-year college players in this draft class. He starred for Team USA's college squad last summer, leading all players with three homers at the World Baseball Challenge, and was chasing the Southland Conference triple crown this spring. Texas-Arlington's career leader in homers (34), Choice has a strong 6-foot, 215-pound frame. He lets balls travel deep before unleashing his lightning bat speed and crushing them to all fields, though he can get pull-conscious and lengthen his righthanded swing at times. He racks up strikeouts but also draws walks, leading NCAA Division I with 76 entering regional play. That total was inflated by 21 intentional and several semi-intentional walks, but he's willing to take a base when pitchers won't challenge him. Choice has 6.6-second speed in the 60-yard dash, so some scouts believe he may be able to stay in center field. Others think he lacks the jumps and instincts for center and fits better on a corner. He may have enough arm strength for right field, and he definitely has the power profile to fit in left. One of the youngest college juniors in the draft, he won't turn 21 until November.
1 15 Texas Rangers Jake Skole Blessed Trinity HS, Roswell, Ga. Ga. $1,557,000
Skole, the younger brother of Georgia Tech sophomore third baseman Matt, has always been a premium talent, but his football commitment to Georgia Tech depressed his draft stock. Skole, 6-foot-1 and 190 pounds, started the spring a bit slowly, due in part to an ankle injury, but the further he got from football, the looser he got and the better he played. Blessed with above-average athleticism, Skole has a good swing with strength, power and explosiveness. He made himself a likely top-two-rounds selection by making hard contact and getting two hits in a late May state playoff game against Kaleb Cowart, the state's top pitcher. He's far from a finished product on the diamond, which shows up most against breaking balls. He swung and missed several times against slow, offspeed stuff in the game following his matchup with Cowart. He's a fringe-average runner who profiles as a corner outfielder. His football scholarship also means teams can go over-slot to sign him and spread the bonus out over five years.
1 17 Tampa Bay Rays Josh Sale Bishop Blanchet HS, Seattle Wash. $1,620,000
Though he works hard, Sale isn't a great fielder, thrower or runner, but there's thunder in his bat. And in a year thin on impact hitters, that's what teams will be buying with Sale in the first round. Sale's father is Samoan and ranks among the best in the nation in drug-free powerlifting. He has inherited his father's love for working out and has a rock-solid, 6-toot-1, 215-pound frame. With bat speed better than Travis Snider--one scout even called it the best bat speed he has ever seen from an amateur--Sale has raw power that approaches the top of the scouting scale. How much of his power he'll be able to use, though, is a question because of a few flaws in Sale's lefthanded swing. He has a high back elbow and sometimes strides too early, but the biggest concern is that he raises up out of his crouched stance, changing his eye level and leaving him susceptible to breaking balls. Most scouts believe the problems are fixable because he's coachable and works hard. He also has a great feel for the strike zone and a patient approach at the plate, and he's so strong that calming down his swing shouldn't sap his power. He also has great hand-eye coordination, as evidenced by the fact that he golfed with a single-digit handicap until he was 15--as a righthanded player. Scouts rave about Sale's makeup and work ethic. He is articulate and studies hard in school, but won't make it to Gonzaga.
1 20 Boston Red Sox Kolbrin Vitek Ball State Ind. $1,359,000
Vitek has pitched in Ball State's weekend rotation since he was a freshman, and has been a regular in the Cardinals' lineup, first as a DH, then as a third baseman and now as second baseman. Yet his professional future is more likely as an outfielder. In a draft short on premium college hitters, Vitek is one of the best. He ranked as the top prospect in the Great Lakes League last summer, batting .400 and winning the league's first triple crown. A 6-foot-3, 195-pound righthanded hitter, he's a more physical version of former Notre Dame outfielder A.J. Pollock, the 17th overall pick a year ago of the Diamondbacks. Despite a late-season slump, Vitek could go in the same range, and the Padres, who own the No. 9 choice, have shown interest in him. With quick hands and a sound approach, he consistently barrels balls and projects as an above-average hitter with average to plus power. On the 20-80 scouting scale, his speed rates as a 55 out of the box and 60-65 under way, leading to hope that he can play center field. If not, he has enough bat to carry him as a right fielder. Vitek lacks the hands and actions to play the infield in pro ball. He's also a legitimate prospect as a pitcher, throwing 88-92 mph from a low three-quarters arm slot and locating multiple pitches for strikes. He led the Mid-American Conference with a 3.28 ERA this spring and was named conference player of the year.
1 23 Florida Marlins Christian Yelich Westlake HS, Westlake Village, Calif. Calif. $1,700,000
Yelich first gained widespread scouting attention in the summer of 2008, when he put on an eye-opening batting practice display with wood bats at a Major League Scouting Bureau showcase at the Urban Youth Academy in Compton, Calif. Bryce Harper overshadowed Yelich that evening, driving several balls off the batter's eye or into the parking lot, but Yelics held his own and has produced other highlights since then, such as the long, opposite-field homer he hit in 2009 off Tyler Skaggs, an Angels supplemental first-rounder last year. Tall (6-foot-3), angular and projectable and possessing a sweet lefthanded swing, Yelich is far more athletic than the usual lumbering first-base prospect, with above-average speed. He consistently runs a 6.75-second 60-yard dash in showcase events, and shows both range and a nifty glove around the bag. That kind of athleticism usually signals a position change, but Yelich has a below-average throwing arm that limits him to first. A Miami recruit, Yelich does not project to have the profile power organizations prefer in a first baseman, but he should develop into an above-average hitter with fringe-average power, along the lines of a James Loney or Casey Kotchman.
1 24 San Francisco Giants Gary Brown Cal State Fullerton Calif. $1,450,000
Grades and stats can be dry and don't tell the full story about Brown, one of the most electrifying players seen in Southern California in years. The 6-foot, 180-pounder is one of the fastest players in the nation at any level of amateur play. An early-season game found him blazing down the line from the right side in 3.69 seconds on a bunt attempt. On two separate infield grounders, Brown got down to first base in 3.91 and 3.94 seconds, giving him 80 speed on the 20-80 scale. The rap on Brown since he failed to sign with the Athletics as a 12th-round pick out of high school in 2007 has been his hitting ability, or perceived lack thereof. After slow but steady improvement in his first two seasons, he has exploded as a junior, ranking among the national leaders with a .449 average in mid-May. Brown has shown interesting pop with a slugging percentage well over .700 as well, and he projects as an above-average hitter as a pro. Brown owes his turnaround to a better stance. He keeps his feet planted to maintain his foundation at the plate, then simply lets his exceptionally quick hands work to attack the ball. An aggressive hitter, the only drawback in Brown's offensive game is his miniscule number of walks and below-average home run power. In the field, Brown has found a home in center field after playing the outfield corners, second and third base in previous seasons. He sports an average arm, and his combination of speed and fly-chasing skills permit Brown to project as a plus defensive center fielder.
1 26 Colorado Rockies Kyle Parker Clemson S.C. $1,400,000
Parker has unique leverage, as he's a junior in baseball but finished his redshirt freshman football season in January as Clemson's starting quarterback. He threw for 2,526 yards and 20 touchdowns for the Tigers, and he's the first player in Division I history to throw for 20 touchdowns and hit 15 homers in the same season. Parker graduated high school a semester early to join the baseball team and was a Freshman All-American in 2008, clubbing 14 homers. His plate discipline slipped last year, but he has bounced back with a splendid junior season, hitting .391 with 17 home runs, making more consistent contact and being much more selective at the plate. Parker's a good athlete but not an elite, fast-twitch one, and his arm strength, like many quarterbacks, is just average in baseball. He may have enough arm for right field but would be a solid-average left fielder with polish. He has tremendous bat speed at the plate as well as good strength. He's a grinder on the ballfield, and scouts like his aptitude.
1 30 Los Angeles Angels Chevy Clarke Marietta (Ga.) HS Ga. $1,089,000
Clarke was one of the highest-profile high school players entering the season, after playing last summer in both the Aflac and Under Armour all-star games. He has shown outstanding tools, from above-average speed (running the 60 consistently in 6.5 seconds) to hitting ability from both sides of the plate. He started switch-hitting at age 13 and has a smooth stroke as both a righthanded and lefthanded hitter, flashing average raw power. He has present strength and explosiveness, generating good bat speed, and has earned comparisons offensively to Jimmy Rollins. While he has played the infield in the past, the Rollins comparison falls short because Clarke is primarily a center fielder. He has a strong arm, which some scouts grade as plus, and has touched 90 mph off the mound. He even has bloodlines. His father played at Southern and he's related to the Hairston family--great uncle Sam and distant cousins Scott and Jerry all played in the big leagues. So why doesn't Clarke fit into the first round? Despite his tools, he hasn't dominated high school competition, and scouts question his instincts. He lacks pitch recognition skills and swings and misses too much for someone with his swing and ability. Clarke has committed to Georgia Tech and could be a tough sign if he's drafted lower than he was expecting.
1s 36 Boston Red Sox Bryce Brentz Middle Tennessee State Tenn. $889,200
Drafted as a pitcher out of high school by the Indians in the 30th round, Brentz was known more for a fastball that reached 92 mph. He was in the weekend rotation as a sophomore but made much more noise at the plate, leading Division I in batting at .465 as well as in home runs (28) and slugging (.930). Brentz followed up by hitting .366 for Team USA and moved to center field as a junior, but he hasn't had the encore season he or scouts hoped for, despite giving up pitching. Brentz got off to a bit of a slow start, then missed three weeks with a hairline fracture of his right ankle. He moved to right field after returning from the injury and profiles better there anyway. His arm hasn't quite bounced back to what it was in high school; once above-average, it's now more solid average. Brentz's all-or-nothing approach at the plate makes him streaky, but he has explosive power, and even in a difficult year he was slugging close to .700. The salutatorian at his high school, Brentz is bright, plays hard and is what he is, a feast-or-famine slugger who fits the right-field profile. He shouldn't last past the first round.
1s 40 Los Angeles Angels Ryan Bolden Madison (Miss.) Central HS Miss. $829,800
Mississippi has produced plenty of raw, toolsy outfielders over the years, with recent examples including Wendell Fairley (Giants, first round, 2007), Justin Reed (Reds, fourth round, 2006) and Bill Hall (Brewers, sixth round, 1998). Hall is the last Mississippi high school signee to reach the major leagues for more than a cup of coffee. Bolden has excellent size at 6-foot-2, 195 pounds, and big tools to go with his athletic body. He's a 65 or 70 runner on the 20-80 scale, and his strength gives him above-average raw power. He is raw in all phases of the game. He has bat speed and hitting ability—he's unusual as he bats right but throws left—but hit at the bottom of the order as a junior, when Madison Central won a state title, and still swings and misses a lot as a senior. Scouts question his pitch recognition and ability to hit breaking balls. While he has played center field, Bolden also logged time in right because of his inability to get good reads in center. He profiles better in center field due to his fringe-average arm. While Bolden is an Ole Miss recruit, most clubs considered him signable, and he fits the mold for teams that love pure athletes, such as the Phillies, Rays and Marlins. He also would be a better risk for a club with multiple selections.
1s 42 Tampa Bay Rays Drew Vettleson Central Kitsap HS, Silverdale, Wash. Wash. $845,000
Vettleson has generated more publicity for being a rare switch-pitcher, but he's a pro prospect as an outfielder. He sits at 88-90 mph from the right side with a good curveball, but he's a better hitter—which says a lot. Vettleson has a quiet approach in the box and he's patient with good pitch recognition. His hand positioning is unique, as he starts with his hands letter-high and deep behind his rear leg. It's a simple swing and he's short to the ball, but it also causes stiffness in his lead arm, which could cause problems when he faces better velocity. It worked for him on the showcase circuit, as he was on fire against some of the country's best pitchers all summer. His swing is smooth and scouts believe he'll make adjustments to hit for average and power. He profiles as a corner outfielder with below-average speed, but has great instincts and makeup. Vettleson hasn't played against great high school competition and has been hard to see, as he's typically pitching, playing shortstop or playing center field lefthanded. Where he ends up going in the draft will likely hinge on how he does in predraft workouts.
2 53 Atlanta Braves Todd Cunningham Jacksonville State Ala. $674,100
Scouts got familiar with Jacksonville State last year, following hard-throwing righthander Ben Tootle. Cunningham entered the season as a possible first-round pick, and he could still sneak in that high. He has a track record with wood, hitting .387 last year to lead the Cape Cod League after hitting .310 in the Texas Collegiate League in 2008. He hadn't dominated the Ohio Valley Conference this spring, but he was clearly the best hitter in the conference and its best prospect. For some, Cunningham fits the center-field profile well enough to be an everyday player. He's intelligent and has a good baseball IQ. He switch-hits and stays inside the ball from both sides, working counts with a patient, disciplined approach. Some project him to be an above-average hitter with fringe-average power, projecting to 10-15 home runs annually. He's a solid-average runner, with his throwing arm being his weakest tool. He played one game at shortstop and would profile well at second base, but he's a better fit at shortstop if his bat can carry him. Detractors see Cunningham's range and arm as short for center field, and his power short for a corner spot. His safe bat and consistency likely will push him into the second round.
2 54 Kansas City Royals Brett Eibner Arkansas Ark. $1,250,000
Eibner is the best two-way prospect in the 2010 draft. Teams are evenly split about whether he has more potential as a pitcher or an outfielder. A fourth-round pick out of high school by the Astros, he has impressive power in his arm and bat. He has added significant polish as both a pitcher and a hitter this spring, making the decision about his future no easier. After not pitching during the fall while recovering from a mild elbow strain sustained in the Cape Cod League, he has refined his command and secondary pitches. His fastball velocity can be inconsistent, as he'll sit at 88-91 mph during some games and 92-94 in others, peaking at 97. His mid-80s slider/cutter is a plus pitch at times, and he has improved his feel for a changeup. The 6-foot-4, 210-pounder has a loose delivery that he repeats well. Eibner also has considerable upside as a power hitter. He can crush the ball to all fields, and he has done a better job this year of recognizing pitches and using the opposite field. Though he's strictly a righthanded hitter in games, he wowed Cape observers with a lefty batting-practice display last summer. His arm is an asset in the outfield, and while his solid speed and athleticism give him a chance to stick in center field at the next level, he projects more as a right fielder. Eibner's preference is to hit, but it remains to be seen if he'll get his wish. He didn't hurt his cause by hitting three homers in the Razorbacks' regional opener against Grambling State, his first game back after missing the Southeastern Conference tournament with a hairline fracture in his right hand.
2 55 Cleveland Indians LeVon Washington Chipola (Fla.) JC Fla. $1,200,000
Washington is one of the biggest enigmas of the last two drafts. Born in Guam to a military family, he entered 2009 as perhaps the fastest prep talent in the country and earned Johnny Damon comparisons for his hitting ability, speed and lack of arm strength. A shoulder injury left Washington with a 20 arm on the 20-80 scale, but the Rays looked past that and his Boras Corp. representation and drafted him 30th overall. Washington failed to sign; he also failed to qualify at Florida and wound up at Chipola JC. The Indians and Washington had disappointing seasons, and scouts still don't know quite what to make of him even after another year of evaluation. Athletic and quick, Washington hasn't shown the explosive speed he once did and doesn't run hard consistently. He also didn't run on fall scout day at Chipola, and some scouts now consider him more of an above-average runner than the top-of-the-scale grades he got in the fall of 2008. His arm has improved, to a 30 grade, but he did play the outfield and should be an average defender. Clubs that like Washington are buying the bat, however. Despite a spread-out stance in which he leans over the plate, he barrels up balls consistently, thanks to excellent hand-eye coordination and quick wrists. He's not a slap hitter and would likely have to change to a more conventional stance to hit for average power. Washington doesn't figure to go as high this year but still fits inside the first two rounds.
2 62 Cincinnati Reds Ryan LaMarre Michigan Mich. $587,700
Since breaking his thumb diving for a fly ball in the third game of the season and missing the next 18 games, LaMarre has returned with a vengeance and played himself into first-round consideration. He's one of the best college athletes available, a 6-foot-2, 206-pounder with plus-plus speed. Though the injury has cost him some strength in his wrist and left him basically swinging with one hand, he has consistently squared balls up and batted .424/.455/.660. He has enough bat speed and lift in his righthanded stroke to project as a plus hitter with slightly above-average power. His tools and performance have erased memories of a weak summer in the Cape Cod League in 2009. While he drew just four walks in 35 games this spring, he has shown solid plate discipline in the past. Though the Wolverines eased LaMarre back into their lineup as a left fielder, he's a legitimate center fielder with a decent arm. Area scouts love his makeup, raving about his gamer mentality, work ethic and value as a teammate.
2 65 Chicago Cubs Reggie Golden Wetumpka (Ala.) HS Ala. $720,000
The top player in Alabama's high school ranks for the last two seasons, Golden is an Alabama recruit whose build and tools remind some evaluators of another Southeastern Conference player of recent vintage, current Brewers farmhand Kentrail Davis. He's a five-tool athlete with present strength who profiles as a right fielder, even though he stands less than 6 feet tall. Golden impressed scouts by grinding through the spring despite a hamstring pull that slowed him all season. He still ran average to above-average times despite his injury, but as he matures, speed won't be a major part of his game. Power will, as Golden has impressive strength and raw bat speed. His approach at the plate is raw, and he lacks the plate discipline that allowed Davis to star from the start of his SEC career. His best present tool is his above-average arm, which fits well in right field. He plays with energy and is coachable, and he'll have to adjust to better pitching with his raw hitting skills.
2 74 San Francisco Giants Jarrett Parker Virginia Va. $700,000
Parker was a key player in Virginia's College World Series run in 2009, and he looked like a likely first-rounder with his body and track record. He slowed down by the time the Cavaliers arrived in Omaha, though, and he hit just .188 in the Cape Cod League. He got off to a slow start in 2010, and his stock continued to fall. His average dipped below .300 for some time, though he turned it on as the draft approached, raising his line to .322/.414/.574 with seven home runs in mid-May. At 6-foot-4, 210 pounds, Parker would be the final product if someone were asked to draw up the body of a major league outfielder with his long, lean frame. He's a good defender in center field with plus speed and an average arm. At the plate, Parker's strength and leverage give him good raw power. Against Duke this season he crushed a hanging changeup that one-hopped an office building in right field at Durham Bulls Athletic Park, which is also home of the Triple-A franchise. Parker's long arms do make him prone to a long swing and high strikeout numbers, and most scouts think he won't hit for a very high average. He would benefit from shortening up his swing and utilizing his speed more. Many hoped for a better season out of him and see him as a risky pick, but there's a lot of upside as well. He could go in the sandwich round, though it's possible that he could slide into the second round.
2 82 New York Yankees Angelo Gumbs Torrance (Calif.) HS Calif. $750,000
Gumbs wears No. 21 in tribute to his idol, Roberto Clemente, and plays with the same energy and abandon, slashing at the ball, diving into bags, cutting loose with powerful throws and making spectacular plays in the field. Gumbs also hails from a school with a strong baseball legacy, and its major league alumni include the father-son tandem of Fred and Jason Kendall. Gumbs has spent most of his high school career at shortstop, but the 6-foot, 200-pounder's future is in the outfield. His tools are impressive but not overwhelming. His 60-yard dash times were in the 6.75-6.85-second range in showcases last summer, and he zips down the line in about 4.15 seconds from the right side of the plate. His windmill delivery produces strong throws, and he has often made breathtaking catches on the scout ball and showcase circuit. At bat, Gumbs has improved immensely over the past year, working under the tutelage of professional coaches at MLB's Urban Youth Academy in Compton, and he has terrific bat speed. He got off to a blazing start this spring, only to be slowed in late April by a sore right elbow and flu symptoms, which reduced him to DH duty. He has struggled with offspeed stuff and breaking pitches, and battles a tendency to pull off the ball. Gumbs has the ability to be an electrifying outfielder with five average to plus tools. He's just 17, and the club that drafts him will need to be patient as he develops, but Gumbs could provide an enormous payoff.
3 84 Pittsburgh Pirates Mel Rojas Jr. Wabash Valley (Ill.) CC Ill. $423,900
Rojas is a lock to become the highest draft pick ever out of Wabash Valley CC, surpassing Toby Matchulat, a Cubs 11th-rounder two years ago. The son of the former big league closer of the same name, Mel Jr. could go as high as the second round to a team that views him as a five-tool athlete. He's the most debated prospect in the Midwest, as some see him as a tweener who doesn't fit the profile at any outfield position. A 6-foot-3, 200-pound switch-hitter, Rojas has good bat speed and strength, but his flat swing results in a lot of grounders and he doesn't barrel balls consistently. He led all national juco players with 61 steals in 64 attempts, though his naysayers don't think he'll be as prolific in pro ball because his pure speed grades out as just slightly above-average. He may not be quick enough to play center field at the major league level, though he has the arm strength to move to right field. The consensus among area scouts is that he's a fourth- to fifth-round talent, but he'll get picked higher than that. He turned down offers to sign out of the Dominican Republic, and went undrafted a year ago when he redshirted at Wabash Valley.
3 92 Oakland Athletics Aaron Shipman Brooks County HS, Quitman, Ga. Ga. $500,000
The "pop-up" player in Georgia this year shouldn't have been off the radar. Shipman comes from a baseball family, as his father Robert--a 10th-round pick in 1987 by the Tigers--is his high school coach and his brother Robert III is a freshman at Georgia. While his older brother is a slugging first baseman and baseclogger, Aaron Shipman is a fast-twitch athlete who compares favorably to anyone in Georgia's deep class of athletic center fielders. He just hasn't played in the East Cobb program as a south Georgia kid, but he was getting plenty of attention as the draft approached and could go in the second round. Shipman earns above-average grades from scouts in speed, throwing arm and future center field defense, though he could use some polish. His swing is perhaps just as exciting, as it's smooth and low-maintenance. Shipman also pitches and runs his fastball up to 91 mph, but he is a much better prospect in the field and doesn't figure to wind up at Mercer, his college commitment.
3 103 Texas Rangers Jordan Akins Union Grove HS, McDonough, Ga. Ga. $350,000
Some scouts compare Akins, who is a Central Florida signee, to Top 200 talent Niko Goodrum, and in most cases Goodrum comes out on the short end. Like Goodrum, Akins is tall and lean but packs 210 pounds onto his wide receiver's frame. Despite his size, he runs the 60-yard dash in 6.4 seconds and has fast-twitch muscle to spare. Some consider him the state's best athlete, which is quite a statement considering the depth of athletes in the Peach State this year. He has a plus arm, though not quite as strong as Goodrum's, and has shown the natural bat speed and hitting ability to catch up to good fastballs. Breaking balls still give him fits, so his aptitude once he becomes a full-time baseball player will be crucial to whether he reaches his considerable ceiling. Akins is raw but has enough natural instincts to thrive despite being a part-time baseball player. He also could go out in the first two rounds, particularly to a team with extra picks. The only other question is football. Akins turned down Georgia for Central Florida's two-sport offer. He was an explosive offensive player in high school, playing quarterback and wide receiver while also returning kicks and scoring close to 20 touchdowns.
3 109 Los Angeles Dodgers Leon Landry Louisiana State La. $284,400
Landry was a regular on Louisiana State's 2008 College World Series club as a freshman, but he lost his starting job midway through 2009. After helping the Tigers win the national title as a part-timer, he starred in the Cape Cod League, hitting .364 with wood bats. Landry profiles as a potential four-tool center fielder. He's having his best college season to date, reflecting a more mature approach at the plate. He no longer sells out for power and pulls off pitches, and he's doing a much better job of controlling the strike zone. A 5-foot-11, 195-pound lefthanded batter, he projects as a possible .275 hitter with 15 homers in the big leagues. He has slightly above-average speed and keen defensive instincts that allow him to play center field. If he can't stick in center as a pro, his below-average arm would dictate a move to left field, which in turn would put more pressure on his bat.
3s 113 Toronto Blue Jays Marcus Knecht Connors State (Okla.) JC Okla. $250,000
After getting drafted in the 23rd round by the Brewers and playing for Canada at the World Junior Championship in 2008, Knecht went to Oklahoma State and got just 12 at-bats as a freshman last spring. Unhappy with his playing time, he transferred to Connors State, where he has electrified scouts. Knecht's 6-foot-3, 210-pound frame generates plenty of bat speed and raw righthanded power. He ranked among the national juco leaders in hitting (.453) and homers (21), though he struggled at times to make consistent contact against good velocity. Knecht is more than just a slugger. He ran a 6.55-second 60-yard dash during Connors State's scout day in the fall, and he earns solid 55 grades on the 20-80 scouting scale for his speed and his accurate arm. He lacks the instincts for center field and played left for the Cowboys this spring, and it's possible he could play right field as a pro. Knecht doesn't have a long track record, but his huge power potential and all-around tools are attractive to teams. He has committed to North Carolina State, though he's expected to turn pro after getting drafted in the first three rounds. The Blue Jays have a natural interest in Canadians and could choose Knecht as early as the sandwich round.
4 118 Baltimore Orioles Trent Mummey Auburn Ala. $252,000
Center fielder Mummey is a well-rounded player and had a power surge this season, matching last year's home run total (15) in half as many at-bats. He missed the first seven weeks of the season with a severe ankle sprain before he returned to center. He doesn't have prototype range but maximizes what he does have and has above-average arm strength. He's a slightly above-average runner who repeats his simple swing and got hot this year with his power. Mummey showed juice and speed in the Cape Cod League last summer as well, hitting .250/.321/.400 with 22 steals. While scouts don't project him to be a power hitter as a pro, he should have average power and could go out as high as the fourth round.
4 122 New York Mets Cory Vaughn San Diego State Calif. $240,300
Vaughn is the son of Greg Vaughn, the former major league slugger who hit 355 career home runs. The younger Vaughn first caught the attention of scouts at the 2006 Area Code Games, where he flashed a powerful arm and plus speed, in the 6.7-second range. Blessed with an Adonis body at 6-foot-3, 225 pounds, Corey got off to a blazing start in his freshman year at San Diego State, but since has been something of an underachiever. He often struggles with breaking pitches and stuff down and away, though he looked better late this spring and ran his numbers to .378/.454/.606 with nine homers. Vaughn shows hints of his terrific tools, with 15 steals in 16 tries, but his swing-and-miss tendencies hinder his raw power. He had 55 strikeouts in 188 at-bats this season and 180 in 592 at-bats for his career. Still, Vaughn does have an athletic big league frame, and his arm, speed and power, combined with his major league lineage, will no doubt prompt a team to take a chance.
4 135 Minnesota Twins Eddie Rosario Rafael Lopez Landron HS, Guayama, P.R. P.R. $200,000
Outfielder Rosario is the best pure hitter on the island. Rosario, who is 6 feet, 170 pounds, will get a shot to go out as a center fielder, but profiles better in a corner. He's an average runner with a strong arm, and his lefthanded bat will play enough for right field. He has a sound approach at the plate, drawing one comparison to Bobby Abreu. Rosario won't be a huge power hitter, but could hit 12-15 home runs a year when he fills out and gets stronger.
4 137 Florida Marlins Andrew Toles Sandy Creek HS, Tyrone, Ga. Ga.
Toles, the son of former Tennessee and NFL linebacker Alvin Toles, is an undersized center fielder with above-average speed. A lefthanded hitter, his arm is his only other above-average tool. He generates good bat speed and shows a knack for making contact, but he has a lot going on at the plate, including a hitch that can throw off his timing. The ball jumps off his bat and he should produce gap power. He needs work on his defense in center field, and while he's a good runner under way he is sometimes tenative and isn't smooth going back on balls. He attends the same high school that produced Brent Brewer and Calvin Johnson.
4 140 Colorado Rockies Russell Wilson North Carolina State N.C. $200,000
Wilson has been a standout quarterback for the Wolfpack for two seasons, but he's a redshirt sophomore and eligible for the baseball draft, so many observers thought he might end his football career early. He skipped spring football to focus on baseball this year but didn't do enough for teams to buy him out of his football career yet. Wilson turned down six figures coming out of high school and has some hitting ability, but he batted .306/.438/.490 in just 98 at-bats this spring and didn't show enough defensive ability at second base to wow scouts. His arm played a bit on the mound as well, as he pitched 12 innings. Scouts will be content to check in again next year after his third season on the gridiron.
4 142 Los Angeles Dodgers James Baldwin III Pinecrest HS, Southern Pines, N.C. N.C. $180,000
Elon recruit Baldwin III is the son of the former big league pitcher, James Baldwin Jr., who was drafted by the White Sox out of the same high school (Pinecrest) in the fourth round in 1990. The father threw more than 1,300 major league innings over 11 seasons, and now serves as the Pinecrest pitching coach. The son has also worked as a righthanded pitcher but is a prospect as an outfielder, with athleticism that stands out in this year's high school class. His bat is raw because he was both a football and basketball standout as well during his prep career, and he'll be a safer pick coming out of school in three years unless a team buys into his big league bloodlines.
4 145 New York Yankees Mason Williams West Orange HS, Winter Garden, Fla. Fla. $1,450,000
Williams pitches and plays center field and led West Orange High to its deepest playoff run in school history. While he competes hard on the mound, his slight 6-foot-1, 160-pound frame and sidearm delivery don't get scouts excited. His hitting ability, speed and overall athletic ability do. His build evokes Doug Glanville comparisons, and Williams has some strength and a surprising feel for hitting for a high school outfielder. He's shown polish to his approach and makes consistent, hard contact with a fundamentally sound swing. His speed stands out as well, and scouts have seen him consistently above-average and occasionally even better. He has excellent range in center field as well and has above-average potential defensively with solid arm strength. Power is his only true below-average tool. Williams has the athletic ability and the skill to go out in the first three rounds, and his commitment to South Carolina wasn't seen as a hindrance to his signability.
5 152 New York Mets Matt den Dekker Florida Fla. $110,000
Den Dekker was recruited as a pitcher and hitter at Florida, and he has a strong arm that helps make him one of college baseball's better defenders in center field. He has plus range, tracks balls well and plays hard. He was a preseason second-team All-American in 2009 after playing for Team USA the previous summer, but he never quite got going for the Gators and wound up falling to the 16th round of the draft after his junior season. He didn't sign and returned for his senior season, and has a chance to be one of the first seniors drafted. As one scout put it, "He still has the tools everyone talked about last year." Den Dekker is an excellent defender with plus speed (he's still a strong basestealer) and center-field range. He has made more consistent contact as a senior, leading Florida in batting (.361 entering the SEC tournament) and ranking second with 11 home runs. He has the bat speed for scouts to project him to have solid-average power as a pro. He still swings and misses more than he should and has some pitch recognition issues, and at times his swing gets choppy. He has played with more confidence as a senior and may just have had a bad case of draftitis in 2009. Den Dekker could go out in the first five rounds as a budget-oriented senior sign.
5 154 San Diego Padres Rico Noel Coastal Carolina S.C. $163,800
Noel has excellent defensive ability in center field thanks to his range and solid arm strength. He's a well-above-average runner and was tied for the national lead with 51 steals heading into regional play. His swing gets big when he sells out for power, and he needs to shorten up more in two-strike situations, but his plate discipline has improved considerably in his three seasons. He might be up to a shift to second base, where he played as a freshman.
5 160 Chicago Cubs Matt Szczur Villanova Pa. $100,000
A wide receiver for Villanova's football team, Szczur led the Wildcats to a Football Championship Subdivision national title last fall, earning MVP honors in the championship game after racking up 270 all-purpose yards. He is a legitimate NFL draft prospect as a receiver in the Wes Welker mold, which clouds his baseball signability, but he also could be drafted as early as the fifth round in baseball. Szczur is an electrifying athlete with true 80 speed on the 20-80 scouting scale. He is still learning to put his speed to use in the outfield—he arrived at Villanova as a catcher and has never concentrated on baseball full-time—and has played right field for the Wildcats, but he could become an adequate defender in center or left with work. His arm is well-below-average. Offensively, the 5-foot-11, 190-pound Szczur has an unorthodox, slashy swing, but he has a knack for barreling up balls consistently, and he projects as an average hitter with below-average power. He has a patient approach, and he can use all fields and make adjustments from at-bat to at-bat. Scouts love Szczur's intensity on the field, and coaches rave about his work ethic and ability to learn. He also has special makeup off the field; days after hitting for the cycle on April 27, Szczur donated bone marrow to a 1-year-old girl with leukemia, sidelining him for the next three weeks.
5 165 Minnesota Twins Nate Roberts High Point N.C. $149,400
Roberts had a big junior season, earning All-America honors while batting .416/.573/.746 with 19 home runs and 36 stolen bases. Scouts were concerned that he lacks a standout tool and for some teams he was considered more of a senior sign. Others saw four solid-average tools, with an arm that could play in right, with only a vulnerability to velocity inside to be most concerned about.
5 169 St. Louis Cardinals Nick Longmire Pacific Calif. $144,000
He hasn't had the best statistical year among Northern California's college players, but there is no doubt that Longmire has the best package of tools. He had a great freshman year, struggled a bit as a sophomore, but has had a solid junior season. Longmire was considered a fringe prospect coming out of high school in San Diego and many Division I programs passed on him because they had concerns about his swing, which is how he came to be at Pacific. He was one of the state's home run leaders his senior year in high school and currently grades out as having plus raw power. At 6-foot-2, 210 pounds, Longmire not only passes the tools test, but also the eye test. He can be graded out above-average across the board, except for his ability to hit for average. His body type is not quite the same, but he could be compared to Diamondbacks center fielder Chris Young in terms of what scouts can envision him doing at the major league level.
5 173 Boston Red Sox Henry Ramos Alfonso Casta Martinez HS, Maunabo, P.R. P.R. $138,200
The best power in Puerto Rico belongs to switch-hitting outfielder Ramos, who stands 6-foot-2 and 175 pounds with a strong, athletic frame. He is relatively new to baseball, spending most of his youth as a soccer player, and his power shows up more during batting practice than in games. When he connects the ball jumps off his bat and goes a long way. Rosario is a below-average runner but is athletic enough and has the arm strength to play right field. He has good makeup and just needs to play every day in order to turn his tools into performance.
6 190 Chicago Cubs Ivan DeJesus Cupeyville School, San Juan, P.R. P.R.
Center fielder DeJesus doesn't have one standout tool but can do a little bit of everything, with average tools across the board. He's a good athlete at 6 feet and 170 pounds and can play all three outfield spots. He's a gap hitter now, and he offers some projection as he gains strength. DeJesus is a hard worker who has committed to Alabama-Birmingham.
6 200 Colorado Rockies Jared Simon Tampa Fla. $125,000
Tampa's top power threat was Jared Simon, who had a big 2009 in the wood-bat Valley League, belting 11 home runs. He has shown patience at that plate that allows him to tap into his average-to-plus power. He's moved to the outfield after earlier attempts at third base.
6 201 Philadelphia Phillies Gauntlett Eldemire Ohio Ohio $140,000
Eldemire's value is in the eye of beholder. On sheer physical ability, he could be a first-round pick. He's one of the best college athletes in the draft, a 6-foot-3, 195-pounder with above-average raw power and speed. That ability has translated onto the field, as he hit .398/.496/.726 with 16 homers and 16 steals this spring. Some scouts wonder how well his game will play at the pro level. He has natural strength and leverage, but he gears up for power and takes a big cut at the plate, which leads to strikeouts. He's unproven with wood bats, having hit .136 in seven games in the Great Lakes League in 2008 and bowing out of the Team USA trials last summer with a stress fracture in his left leg. Though he was clocked at 6.5 seconds in the 60-yard dash last fall, he goes from the right side of the plate to first base in a more pedestrian 4.3 seconds. He's more quick than instinctive in center field, and he tends to airmail throws with an arm that grades as playable. Eldemire has more upside than most college players, but he also is more raw than most college players. His tools package is enticing enough that he shouldn't last past three rounds.
6 203 Boston Red Sox Kendrick Perkins La Porte (Texas) HS Texas $628,000
Perkins ran for a combined 3,454 yards and 47 touchdowns as a junior and senior football player, breaking a 30-year-old school record for career rushing yards. He received football offers from Kansas, Southern Methodist and Texas Christian, but announced his intention to play baseball going forward. It's easy to dream on Perkins' potential on the diamond. He's a 6-foot-3, 215-pound quick-twitch athlete with lefthanded power potential and solid speed. Because he has been torn between two sports, he's still raw. He doesn't recognize offspeed pitches well and can get caught on his front foot. At the same time, his hands work well at the plate and he does a good job of squaring up pitches. He has enough arm strength and speed to play right field, though his defense will need work. "He's a classic boom or bust player," one area scout said. "He could be Jason Heyward, or he could be Choo Freeman." At his best, Perkins can look like a sandwich-round talent, though his lack of refinement could drop him to the third or fourth round. He has committed to Texas A&M.
7 206 Washington Nationals Kevin Keyes Texas Texas $125,000
Kevin Keyes is tied for the Texas team lead with 14 homers entering super-regional play, but he offers little beyond righthanded power and some arm strength. He has a long swing that most scouts don't believe will work with wood bats, and he's a well below-average defender in right field. He also has problems staying in shape (he carries more than his listed 225 pounds on his 6-foot-4 frame).
7 215 Oakland Athletics Jordan Tripp Golden West (Calif.) JC Calif. $125,000
Conversely, the bat of outfielder Tripp, a transfer from Cal State Fullerton to Golden West JC who has impressive tools and a pro frame, has finally started to fulfill his promise at bat this year, hitting .364 with more walks than strikeout and good speed for a man his size (6-foot-4, 210 pounds). Still just 20, he may return to a D-I school if he does not sign.
7 221 Tampa Bay Rays Michael Lorenzen Fullerton (Calif.) Union HS Calif.
Lorenzen is a potential five-tool talent, and his 6-foot-3, 190-pound build and skills draw comparisons to Jake Marisnick, a third-round pick of the Blue Jays last year out of nearby Riverside Poly High. Tall and projectable, Lorenzen has a howitzer arm. Clocked at 93 off of the mound, his throws from right field approached 100 mph at a showcase last fall, albeit with a running start. A fine defender who fits at any of the three outfield spots, he routinely ran 60 yards in the 6.7-second range at showcase events. The primary concern regarding Lorenzen is his bat. Scouts have reservations about his quickness at the plate, and he has rarely impressed in games or BP when using a wood bat and facing tougher pitching. At this stage, Lorenzen is a mistake hitter, able to hammer pitches left out over the plate but unable to handle much of anything else with metal or wood. He shows enough promise, however, that he will get every opportunity to succeed as an outfielder in pro ball. If he emerges as a hitter, he has the other tools to be a big league star. Given Lorenzen's tremendous all-around talent, a switch to the mound would occur only as a last resort.
7 227 Florida Marlins Mark Canha California Calif. $300,000
Canha has long been known to scouts in Northern California based not only on his talent but also his ability to produce, first emerging as a sophomore at Bellarmine College Prep, the alma mater of Pat Burrell, when he led the West Catholic Athletic League in home runs. That's no small feat as the WCAL is the top conference in Northern California and one of the top conferences in California. He is a strapping 6-foot-2, 205 pounds and has a good combination of athleticism, strength, skill, and tools. That combination, along with his history of performance, makes Canha one of the safest picks in this draft. He can drive the ball out of the ballpark from pole to pole, and his power to right field really stands out. He's a good bet to hit for average and run production, with a realistic expectation to produce average power. He throws and runs slightly above-average and can man either outfield corner spot, as well as first base, drawing comparisons to Michael Cuddyer.
7 228 San Francisco Giants Chuckie Jones Boonville (Mo.) HS Mo. $125,000
Jones keeps fine company. He's the state's high school player of the year, following in the footsteps of pitchers Tim Melville and Jacob Turner, both of whom turned pro for seven-figure bonuses. He's committed to Maple Woods CC, the program that also launched the careers of Albert Pujols and Logan Morrison. A 6-foot-3, 230-pound outfielder, Jones stands out for his raw righthanded power and has solid hitting ability, speed and arm strength. His swing can get long at times, though he does a good job of making adjustments at the plate.
7 235 New York Yankees Jake Anderson Woodlawn HS, Baton Rouge La. $150,000
Anderson has the best combination of athleticism and signability among Louisiana's high school position players. He still needs to add strength to his 6-foot-1, 165-pound frame, but scouts like his loose lefthanded swing. He's committed to Meridian (Miss.) JC.
8 244 San Diego Padres Jose Dore The First Academy, Orlando Fla. $450,000
Orlando's Dore has his advocates. While he plays at a low level of competition, Dore has displayed plus tools and a right-field profile in his strong arm, which earns some well-above-average grades, and his bat, which has earned Cody Ross comparisons. Like Ross, Dore is somewhat squat at 6-foot-1, 190 pounds and he has surprising power. Dore hit 16 homers as a junior, tying a state record, after getting stronger and working on his swing with Astros minor league coach Stan Boroski. However, he had a broken arm in the offseason and hasn't quite been as explosive as a senior. Dore has a center fielder's body with below-average speed. While some clubs have him pushing for consideration in the top five rounds, others are less bullish, and his Florida State commitment might make him a tougher sign in later rounds.
8 252 Seattle Mariners Jabari Blash Miami Dade JC Fla. $140,000
Blash, the Rangers' unsigned ninth-rounder a year ago, turned down $250,000 to come back to Miami-Dade and was having a solid season, hitting .341. Despite his raw power, though, he had only one home run. Blash has a premium arm and runs well for his size. However, the 6-foot-5, 225-pound Blash was kicked off the Miami-Dade team in April, and as a fourth-year sophomore with big but raw tools and little chance of continuing his college career, he won't approach the money he turned down last year.
8 254 Atlanta Braves Kurt Fleming St. Christopher's HS, Richmond Va. $125,000
Fleming is another Richmond-area outfielder with speed comparable to Shifflett's. He's arguably the best athlete in the state and is committed to play football for Army. His dad is Steven Fleming, the Braves' East Coast crosschecker.
8 255 Minnesota Twins Lance Ray Kentucky Ky. $125,000
First baseman Lance Ray had offseason wrist surgery that initially limited his effectiveness after transferring from Western Nevada CC to Kentucky. He was hitting just .182 before delivering a game-winning pinch-single against Alabama on April, and he finished the season on a .424 tear with nine homers in his final 26 games. Six-foot-1 and 200 pounds, he's a pure lefthanded hitter with some pull-side power. He's a good athlete for a first baseman and a smart baserunner.
8 260 Colorado Rockies Corey Dickerson Meridian (Miss.) CC Miss. $125,000
He's the best juco prospect from the state since Desmond Jennings, a 10th-round pick of the Rays in 2006. Dickerson has the hitting ability to step right into the Bulldogs' lineup, having hit .474 with 19 home runs in 137 at-bats at Meridian. He has a pro body and present strength, he plays hard and his best tool is his bat, an attractive profile. He's a fringe-average runner and profiles as a left fielder. He had right labrum surgery in 2007, and his arm has never bounced back, with one evaluator giving him a well-below-average grade.
8 262 Los Angeles Dodgers Blake Dean Louisiana State La. $35,000
Blake Dean was a proven college hitter and a key cog in the lineup that powered Louisiana State to a national title in 2009. He lasted until the Twins took him in the 10th round because he spent most of his junior season as a DH and had a bum throwing shoulder that required labrum surgery. As a senior, Dean has continued to produce, and he has done a better job of not overswinging, letting his lefthanded power come naturally. The 6-foot-1, 210-pounder has a quick bat and 55 career homers entering NCAA regional play. A below-average runner and outfield defender, he has found a new home and done a creditable job at first base this spring. He should fit somewhere in the first 10 rounds as a cost-effective bat with a proven track record.
8 264 Los Angeles Angels Kole Calhoun Arizona State Ariz. $36,000
Outfielder Kole Calhoun is a 5-foot-10 overachiever who should get a job somewhere. He's hit well at Arizona State, but is maxed-out physically and won't hit for enough power to play a corner outfield spot in the big leagues, which is where he projects defensively.
9 269 Kansas City Royals Whit Merrifield South Carolina S.C. $100,000
Merrifield spent most of the season in right field and has experience in the infield and center. He's the best athlete among South Carolina's draft-eligible group, with 6.7-second speed in the 60 and team-highs in 12 home runs and 12 stolen bases. Merrifield earns Ryan Freel comparisons and plays with a swagger that defies his 6-foot, 165-pound frame
9 288 San Francisco Giants Chris Lofton Jones County (Miss.) JC Miss. $85,000
Lofton is an athletic 6-foot-1, 175 pound outfielder and lefthanded hitter. Speed is his best tool, and he's raw offensively, as he hit just .331 with one homer at the Division II JC level. He's also a football player who was a Alabama-Birmingham football recruit as a cornerback.
9 291 Philadelphia Phillies Brenton Allen Gahr HS, Cerritos, Calif. Calif.
Allen was a regular at local High School Showcase events during his tenure at Gahr High School. He was often overmatched by the elite pitching at those events, but he still flashes provocative tools. Athletically built at 6'2" and 205 pounds, Allen shows both speed and power with a decent arm to boot. Allen is a project as a hitter, but his raw ability is enticing.
9 294 Los Angeles Angels Drew Heid Gonzaga Wash. $20,000
Gonzaga outfielder Drew Heid wasn't drafted as a junior, but not because scouts don't like him. His family puts a big emphasis on education, so he wanted more money than teams were willing to offer to buy him out of his final season. At 5-foot-10 and 175 pounds, Heid isn't big, but he's an absolute hitting machine from the left side of the plate. He hit .386/.475/.523 as a sophomore, .355/.408/.479 as a junior and .395/.467/.614 this year, breaking Larry Patterson's 1977 school record for most hits in a season with 92. He's not just another metal-bat wonder, either, as he batted .403/.484/.566 in the West Coast Collegiate League in 2008 and .427 in the Alaska League last summer, more than 100 points higher than his closest rival. Heid has little to offer beyond his bat, however. He's an average runner with good instincts in the outfield, but if he can't stay in center field he could just be a fourth outfielder because doesn't have much power.
10 299 Kansas City Royals Tim Ferguson Mississippi Miss. $75,000
Ferguson was a middle infielder for two years at Ole Miss before making a smooth move to center field as a junior. He's athletic, with his plus speed, his best tool, helping him steal 42 bases the last two seasons in just 47 tries. A return to the infield would help his value as a future utility player. He didn't make consistent contact in college but did learn the value of taking a walk as a junior.
10 300 Cleveland Indians Tyler Holt Florida State Fla. $500,000
Two of the nation's most successful college baseball programs, Stanford and Florida State, annually frustrate scouts with their approaches to hitting, which scouts say work with metal bats but not with wood. Holt is one of the latest examples. His open stance and deep crouch don't get him into an ideal position to load up his hands and drive the ball, but for now he stays balanced and uses his hands to spray line drives from pole to pole. He has sacrificed some batting average in trying to hit for more power as a junior, but scouts still project his power as below-average. His offensive profile fits best in center field. He has been one of college baseball's best basestealers over the last two seasons (59-for-65 overall) and has drawn more than 150 career walks, making him an outstanding tablesetter. He's an above-average runner, and he'll have to maintain his speed to have the range to stick in center field. Holt's instincts on both sides of the ball help him play above his tools. He's a bigger, stronger version of his Seminoles predecessor, Shane Robinson, who reached the majors with St. Louis in 2009 and is in his third season in Triple-A.
10 304 San Diego Padres Houston Slemp Eastern Oklahoma State JC Okla. $75,000
Outfielder Houston Slemp redshirted at Arkansas in 2008 before transferring to Eastern Oklahoma State. Though overshadowed by Western Oklahoma State shortstop/righthander Andrelton Simmons and Connors State outfielder Marcus Knecht in the Oklahoma juco ranks this spring, Slemp drew attention by batting .410/.475/.820 with 18 homers and 26 steals. His lightning-quick hands give the 6-foot-1, 190-pounder impressive bat speed from the left side of the plate. He has solid-average speed and a fringy arm, so he'll move from center field to left at the next level.
10 311 Tampa Bay Rays Deshun Dixon Terry HS, Jackson, Miss. Miss. $125,000
Deshun Dixon has quite a legacy to live up to. His older brother Rashun plays in the Athletics system, while older brothers Antwon and Anthony play college football at Midwestern (Texas) State and Mississippi State. The youngest of the family, Deshun may have drawn the short straw athletically. He's shorter and not as physical as his brothers and lacks explosiveness as a hitter. He's an above-average runner but at 5-foot-10, 175 pounds, he's not a burner and is a tweener offensively. On the mound, Dixon has flashed an average fastball but pitched in the 80s most of the year. He has hand speed and a solid breaking ball, and his arm works. He got better as the season went on, leading Terry High to the state finals, but wasn't expected to be picked with a single-digit pick or to approach brother Rashun's $600,000 signing bonus.
10 319 St. Louis Cardinals Reggie Williams Jr. Middle Georgia JC Ga. $125,000
Scouts aren't high on Williams Jr., the son of the ex-pro of the same name, in spite of intriguing tools. His brother J.D. is a better prospect in Florida's high school class. Reggie Jr. is a plus runner who runs 6.3- and 6.4-second 60s, but he doesn't carry that speed over to games due to a lack of instincts. While he made strides offensively, he still doesn't have a polished approach or a good idea at the plate. He has bat speed yet lacks the aptitude to use it, flailing at breaking stuff.
10 322 Los Angeles Dodgers Bobby Coyle Fresno State Calif. $95,000
Even during his highly decorated high school career at Chatsworth High, Coyle spent time in the shadow of teammates Matt Dominguez and Mike Moustakas, both first-round picks in 2007. Due to signability concerns, he slipped to the 19th round (Indians) that year and attended Arizona. Coyle transferred to Fresno State last fall and had a solid year for the Bulldogs after getting a waiver from the NCAA that allowed him to play without sitting out a year. At 6-foot-1, 215 pounds, Coyle has an attractive left/left profile. His stats (.344/.366/.545, 10 homers) do not reflect it, but he has average power. He has good pitch recognition skills, which means he has a chance to be a high on-base percentage hitter, but needs to exercise more patience and plate discipline, which is also reflected in his stats (nine walks). He is not a burner, but an above-average runner and projects as an average left fielder.
10 325 New York Yankees Ben Gamel Bishop Kenny HS, Jacksonville Fla. $500,000
Neptune Beach's Ben Gamel is the younger brother of Brewers big leaguer Mat and has similar hitting tools as his brother. The 5-foot-11, 170-pound Gamel isn't toolsy, as he's just an average runner with a fringy arm and modest home run power with wood bats. But he has a compact, fluid stroke from the left side, one of the purest swings in the state, and could challenge the .400 mark at Florida State's Dick Howser Stadium, which is built for lefthanded hitters. Scouts laud Gamel's grinder makeup, and it's conceivable that his bat and makeup could push him into the first five rounds.
11 327 Pittsburgh Pirates Dan Grovatt Virginia Va.
Grovatt is a physical corner outfielder at 6-foot-1, 195 pounds. He was batting just .292/.395/.465 this season, and he's unconventional at the plate. He has an upper body swing, and scouts don't see his power being better than average. His best tool is a plus arm, and he gets high marks for his makeup.
11 330 Cleveland Indians Hunter Jones Lakewood (Calif.) HS Calif. $225,000
Third baseman Jones is the son of Tracy Jones, a former big leaguer selected in the first round of the 1983 draft by the Reds out of Loyola Marymount. Like his dad, Hunter is a multi-tool talent and is committed to Loyola Marymount. With an athletic 6-foot-2, 195-pound frame, Jones has a powerful arm and well-above-average speed--4.0 to 4.10 seconds from the right side of the plate to first base with a clean start. His hands and actions aren't quite smooth enough for the hot corner, but a future move to the outfield should suit him well. Concerns about Jones' bat will move him down in the draft. He has bat speed but often drags the barrel through the zone, resulting in weakly hit balls toward the right side of the diamond. If his bat comes around, Jones could be a first-round candidate in 2013.
11 352 Los Angeles Dodgers Joc Pederson Palo Alto (Calif.) HS Calif. $600,000
A young athlete with professional bloodlines, present tools and a football approach to the game, Pederson is a favorite among Northern California scouts. See him on the right day and you are seeing a borderline five-tool high school prospect, though the ceiling is basically average across the board. Pederson hits and throws lefthanded, has an average arm, above-average range, runs a bit above-average down the line, has plenty of bat speed, and at times shows projectable average raw power. He tends to tinker a lot with his swing and approach, which gets in the way of him just going out and trusting his tools. Pederson was a talented high school football player and brings that type of toughness to the ball field, and if he were from the Midwest or Northeast he might be even higher on draft lists because as a multi-sport athlete he would be seen as having tremendous baseball upside. Just because he lives in California doesn't mean the same projection shouldn't apply. He has committed to Southern California, where his father Stu also played before moving onto the professional level.
11 353 Boston Red Sox Lucas LeBlanc Delgado (La.) JC La. $500,000
Outfielder Lucas LeBlanc is a 6-foot-1, 200-pounder with close to average tools across the board, profiling best as a right fielder for pro ball. He redshirted at Southeastern Louisiana in 2008 before playing the last two seasons at Delgado CC, so he's already 21. He may be difficult to sign away from a Louisiana State commitment.
12 358 Baltimore Orioles Riley Hornback San Jacinto (Texas) JC Texas
12 366 Toronto Blue Jays Omar Cotto Bonneville School, San Juan, P.R. P.R.
Center fielder Cotto has blazing speed, regarded by scouts as a legitimate 80 on the 20-80 scouting scale. At the island's annual Excellence Tournament in May, Cotto ran a 6.29-second 60-yard dash. But speed and defense are his only standout tools at the moment. He has a below-average arm and is a weak hitter. If he learns how to put the ball in play consistently he'll be an offensive threat, though, because of his game-changing speed. He is a switch-hitter and shows some bat speed from the right side of the plate, while he's more of a slap hitter from the left. Cotto made a late commitment to Southern California.
12 367 Cincinnati Reds Kyle Waldrop Riverdale HS, Fort Myers, Fla. Fla. $500,000
Waldrop was an all-area linebacker in football, and his football career held back his baseball career prior to this spring. He missed parts of previous seasons with football injuries and wasn't always at his best on the summer showcase circuit. He still entered the season on most scouts' follow lists thanks to his explosiveness and lean, athletic 6-foot-3, 190-pound body. Then the South Florida recruit started hitting and shot up draft boards. He has good present strength and a lefthanded swing he repeats. He has bat speed that can't be taught and drives the ball with authority to all fields. Waldrop's other tools are solid-average across the board, and he might run a tick better than average. He probably won't be able to handle center field at the big league level, though he might at lower levels. He could fit in right field, though with his average arm he'll never be confused with Larry Walker. Waldrop's offensive ability could push him into the first two rounds, especially if he has a strong finish in Florida's high school all-star games in Sebring at the end of May.
12 369 Milwaukee Brewers John Bivens Virginia State Va.
12 376 Texas Rangers Josh Richmond Louisville Ky. $195,000
Louisville should have six hitters selected in the draft, and the one with the most potential missed most of the season. Outfielder Richmond injured his left hand when hit by a pitch in April 2009 and eventually had surgery last winter. A circulation problem kept his hand from healing properly, and he reinjured it diving for a ball in February and missed 41 games. He's a 6-foot-2, 205-pounder with the swing and strength to hit for average and power once he improves his pitch recognition. His best tool is his strong arm, and his slightly above-average speed may allow him to play center field in pro ball. If healthy, Richmond might have gone as high as the third round. Now it's likely that whichever team drafts him will monitor his health in summer ball before signing him.
12 377 Florida Marlins James Wooster Alvin (Texas) CC Texas
12 379 St. Louis Cardinals Austin Wilson Harvard-Westlake HS, Los Angeles Calif.
In the summer after his freshman year at Harvard-Westlake, Wilson was invited to the Southern California preliminary Area Code tryouts at Orange Coast JC. At that tender age Wilson carried a bit of baby fat, and while he did not make the final roster (freshmen rarely do) he displayed a provocative arm and 7.15-second speed in the 60-yard dash. Since then, Wilson has developed into the finest right-field prospect the Southern California region has seen since 2007, when Mike Stanton, the current Marlins phenom, came out of another Sherman Oaks private school (Notre Dame). Sporting a chiseled pro corner outfielder's frame, Wilson displays a throwing arm that conservatively grades out to a 70 on the 20-80 scouting scale. He has lowered his 60 times to around 6.78 seconds, outstanding for a player of his 6-foot-4, 210-pound size. A stress fracture in his lower back, since healed, prevented him from touring the showcase circuit last fall. Before that setback, Wilson put on some of the more impressive wood-bat batting-practice sessions local scouts have seen in years. As one example, in the fall of 2008 at JC of the Canyons in Valencia, Wilson blasted about 20 balls out of the yard, leaving jaws dropping all over the ballpark. The main on-field reservation scouts have regarding Wilson is how his bat will play in games. He struggles with pitch recognition, needs to be more patient, has difficulty with balls down in the zone and will need to avoid committing his front side too soon. Much has been made of Wilson's background. Both of his parents hold advanced degrees from prestigious universities, and he has a Stanford commitment. He is perhaps the draft's most fascinating wild card. He has no adviser heading into the draft and scouts were having difficulty gauging his signability.
13 388 Baltimore Orioles Jeremy Nowak Mount Olive (N.C.) N.C.
13 403 Detroit Tigers P.J. Polk Tennessee Tenn.
13 407 Florida Marlins Kentrell Dewitt Southeastern (N.C.) CC N.C.
14 421 Arizona Diamondbacks Ty Linton Charlotte (N.C.) Christian HS N.C. $1,250,000
Linton is both a football and baseball recruit for North Carolina, signed to a football scholarship but needed by a baseball program woefully short on his best tool--righthanded power. Strong and physical at 6-foot-2, 210 pounds, Linton was an all-state linebacker known for jarring hits in football and would likely play safety for the Tar Heels' football team. He has run 60 yards in 6.5 seconds. Linton's arm rates as average, and he's athletic enough to fit the right-field profile. The biggest questions are with his hitting ability and his signability. Buying him out of his college commitment likely will require a seven-figure signing bonus, and scouts aren't convinced his bat is worthy of such a commitment. Linton's offensive approach remains raw, and at times he's a front-foot hitter who jumps at the ball and doesn't trust his hands. He has struggled at times against modest high school competition, flailing at breaking balls well below the quality he'd see even in Rookie ball. It takes only one team, though, to believe in his raw ability and sign him away from North Carolina.
14 423 Houston Astros Jordan Scott Riverside HS, Greer, S.C. S.C. $150,000
14 444 Los Angeles Angels James Sneed St. Croix Educational Complex, Christiansted, V.I. V.I.
15 452 New York Mets Tillman Pugh Sonoma State (Calif.) Calif.
Sonoma State outfielder Pugh transferred from Arizona State but got sidelined by academic issues this spring. He is a plus-plus runner with some power, and he is still unrefined in a way that suggests he still has a significant ceiling left to reach.
15 463 Detroit Tigers Collin Kuhn Arkansas Ark.
15 467 Florida Marlins Ryan Fisher UC Irvine Calif.
16 478 Baltimore Orioles Brandon King Fresno (Calif.) CC Calif.
16 481 Arizona Diamondbacks Westley Moss Nevada Nev.
Center fielder Moss is an above-average runner and plays a good center field, but has a weak bat.
16 484 San Diego Padres Conor Hofmann St. Augustine HS, San Diego Calif.
16 486 Toronto Blue Jays Dalton Pompey Fraser SS, Mississauga, Ont. Ontario $150,000
Switch-hitting outfielder Pompey emerged late as one of Canada's top prep prospects. Another national team alumnus, he stands 6-foot-1 and 170 pounds. He has a wiry build but is athletic with deceptive strength. He has quick hands and caught up to former big leaguer Mike MacDougal and an Astros prospect throwing 100 mph during the team's tour through Florida this spring. He's a solid-average runner and some scouts see him as a tweener--not fast enough for center field and not strong enough for a corner. If he doesn't sign, he'll head to NAIA St. Francis (Ind.).
16 496 Texas Rangers Ryan Strausborger Indiana State Ind.
Strausborger is another good senior sign, a versatile athlete with plus speed. He earned all-Missouri Valley Conference honors in each of the last three seasons, as a second baseman in 2008 and a center fielder the last two years. Strausborger, who also played shortstop this spring, fits best in center and has a strong arm for the position. The 6-foot, 175-pound righthanded hitter makes consistent contact, but he'll needs to change his approach. He drops his shoulder and hits too many balls in the air. While he has gap power, he should get more out of his speed.
16 499 St. Louis Cardinals Anthony Bryant Connally HS, Austin Texas $125,000
17 508 Baltimore Orioles David Richardson Hillsborough (Fla.) CC Fla.
17 510 Cleveland Indians Aaron Siliga Oceanside (Calif.) HS Calif.
Outfielder Siliga is threatening to eclipse the hitting records set at Oceanside High by Matt Cerda, a fourth-round pick of the Cubs in 2008. Similar to Cerda, Siliga is a compact and powerfully built lefthanded hitter who possesses bat speed and power. Siliga first came to the attention of scouts and recruiters with a terrific wood-bat BP session prior to a scout ball game in Orange County last fall. Considered signable, Siliga will probably attend Palomar JC if he goes to school.
17 520 Chicago Cubs Steven Brooks Wake Forest N.C.
17 529 St. Louis Cardinals Corderious Dodd North Side HS, Jackson, Tenn. Tenn. $125,000
A Walters State JC recruit, Dodd has the arm strength to possibly move to the outfield, but at 6-foot-2 and 250 pounds, it will be tough for him to play anything but first base. He also pitches, but that's not why he was crosschecked. He has big raw power and good bat speed, making him the state's most interesting hitter on the prep side.
18 537 Pittsburgh Pirates Chase Wentz Louisiana State-Shreveport La.
18 539 Kansas City Royals Brian Fletcher Auburn Ala. $275,000
The son of ex-big league infielder Scott, Fletcher is a different player than his dad. Scott was a bat-control middle infielder, while Brian is a slugging left fielder known for his power. Fletcher should join Chad Bettis, Derek Dietrich and Brett Eibner as unsigned members of the Astros' 2007 draft class who go in single-digit rounds in 2010. Fletcher has a pro mentality, shaking off failure well, which comes in handy because he has 192 strikeouts in 612 at-bats at Auburn (31 percent). Fletcher's more athletic than Kevin Patterson, so he's capable of being an average left fielder as a pro. While he lacks Patterson's pure strength and size, he has electric bat speed and can catch up to good fastballs. He's just too aggressive early in counts and gets himself into pitcher's counts too often.
18 543 Houston Astros Josh Magee Hoover (Ala.) HS Ala. $100,000
18 544 San Diego Padres Dan Meeley Connors State (Okla.) JC Okla.
18 547 Cincinnati Reds Robert Maddox Ohio Ohio
Robert Maddox outhomered Gauntlett Eldemire at Ohio this spring, leading the Mid-American Conference with 21 home runs. The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder offers raw lefthanded power and not much else. He crushes fastballs but struggles against offspeed and breaking pitches and is vulnerable against lefthanders. A below-average runner and defender, he moved from first base to left field and may be best suited to DH.
18 548 Chicago White Sox Randall Thorpe San Jacinto (Texas) JC Texas
18 550 Chicago Cubs Brooks Pinckard Baylor Texas
Pinckard is one of the faster runners available in the 2010 draft, with plus-plus speed that plays well in center field. However, he probably won't get a chance to use his wheels in pro ball. Scouts view him as a slap hitter and are much more intrigued by his strong right arm, which produces fastballs clocked up to 95 mph and loaded with sink. He's a work in progress on the mound, after redshirting in 2008 because he wasn't ready for Big 12 Conference baseball, then pitching just 49 innings while pulling two-way duty the last two seasons. He doesn't have a great feel for pitching yet, and his fastball isn't a strikeout pitch despite its velocity and life. His high-70s slider is inconsistent, and while his funky delivery adds deception, it also restricts his control and command. The 6-foot-1, 195-pounder is a quality athlete who could take off once he focuses on pitching—like another former Bears outfielder/pitcher, Aaron Miller, has since signing with the Dodgers as a sandwich pick last summer. Whether Pinckard will be signable if he goes around the fifth round as a draft-eligible sophomore remains to be seen. A stress fracture in his lower leg kept him out of the lineup for three weeks at midseason, but he was healthy again by the end of the regular season.
19 566 Washington Nationals Wade Moore Catawba (N.C.) N.C.
Moore, originally at North Carolina State, has decent tools with average power from his longish swing.
19 570 Cleveland Indians Mark Brown King HS, Detroit Mich. $125,000
19 571 Arizona Diamondbacks Adam Eaton Miami (Ohio) Ohio
Outside of Gauntlett Eldemire, Eaton has the best tools in the state, and he knows how to use them better than Eldemire does. Eaton is a lefthanded hitter with good on-base skills, and his solid speed plays up in the bases and in center field. He has surprising pop for his size and solid arm strength. Scouts worry about how well he profiles because of his size and may target him more as a senior sign for 2011, but Eaton plays the game well.
19 577 Cincinnati Reds Josh Alexander Mountain Pointe HS, Phoenix Ariz.
Outfielder Alexander is a better athlete than baseball player right now. At 6-foot-2 and 195 pounds he has tools, but he doesn't always show them. He's a fringe-average runner with a solid arm and bat speed, and he should be able to power because of his strong frame. He's a bit of a project, and if teams don't take a chance on him he'll head to Utah.
19 579 Milwaukee Brewers Rowan Wick Graham SS, North Vancouver, B.C. British Columbia
Outfielder Wick is a thick 6-foot-2 and 205 pounds. He has played catcher and has a strong arm, but doesn't have the mobility or receiving skills to play behind the plate as a pro. He'll have to watch his body and will probably end up in left field or at first base. Wick's frame and strength draw comparisons to another Canadian, Indians prospect Nick Weglarz. He has strength in his lefthanded swing and should have more as he matures. His trigger can be a little slow, although he has squared up good velocity in games the national team has played against extended spring training teams, and he hit a double off of a Gerrit Cole fastball in a game last summer. What really gives Wick trouble is his recognition of breaking balls and offspeed stuff.
19 582 Seattle Mariners Frankie Christian Upland (Calif.) HS Calif.
19 583 Detroit Tigers Jeff Rowland Georgia Tech Ga.
19 588 San Francisco Giants Austin Southall University HS, Baton Rouge La.
Louisiana State could surround current shortstop Austin Nola with three talented freshman infielders next spring—that is, if the pros don't snap up Garin Cecchini (Barbe HS, Lake Charles, La.), Jacoby Jones (Richton, Miss., HS) and Southall first. All three made Baseball America's Top 200 Prospects list and may not make it to school. Southall has a polished lefthanded bat. He fared well on the showcase circuit last summer, showing the ability to hit with wood bats and to use the whole field. He has the strength in his 6-foot-2, 210-pound frame to hit home runs. Southall has the arm strength to play right field, but his below-average range and speed could limit him to left field or first base. Even if he doesn't provide much defensive value, his bat should make him an asset.
19 589 St. Louis Cardinals Chad Oberacker Tennessee Tech Tenn.
Oberacker runs well and had a tremendous season finishing with a batting line of .452/.527/1.217.
19 595 New York Yankees Kevin Jordan Northside HS, Columbus, Ga. Ga.
Jordan began the year as a potential Top 200 talent, but he came down with an illness that caused him to lose about 15 pounds and much of his strength. Scouts estimated that Jordan was playing at about 75 percent when he started playing again in late April, but they still came out in droves for a mid-May matchup with Delino DeShields Jr. and Woodward High. At his best last summer, the lefthanded-hitting speedster showed good barrel awareness and above-average raw tools offensively and defensively for center field. Jordan was expected to be a summer follow but also could wind up at Wake Forest, where he'd start from day one.
20 596 Washington Nationals Chad Mozingo Rice Texas
20 597 Pittsburgh Pirates Justin Bencsko Villanova Pa.
Bencsko's best tool is his speed. Bencsko's plus-plus speed helps him cover plenty of ground in center field, and it plays on the basepaths, where he has 24 steals in 31 tries. He's a contact hitter with strength through the strike zone, though he has below-average power.
20 599 Kansas City Royals Cameron Conner Indiana Southeast Ind.
20 601 Arizona Diamondbacks Michael Hur UC Riverside Calif.
Hur signed for a $1,000 bonus on June 11, but the Diamondbacks later voided his contract.
20 603 Houston Astros Daniel Adamson Jacksonville State Ala.
20 605 Oakland Athletics Rashad Ramsey Chattooga HS, Summerville, Ga. Ga.
20 614 Atlanta Braves Jason Mowry St. Petersburg (Fla.) JC Fla.
20 625 New York Yankees Mike Ferraro San Diego Calif.
Six-foot-2, 200-pound Ferraro is a lefty-hitting outfielder with an ideal frame, excellent speed and a strong arm. His bat (.342/.409/.467) came to life this year after nagging physical problems the past three seasons, including his time at Orange Coast JC.
21 626 Washington Nationals Connor Rowe Texas Texas
21 627 Pittsburgh Pirates Dale Carey Wheeler HS, Marietta, Ga. Ga.
Outfielder Carey has an impressive body and looks the part at a trim, wiry 6-foot-2, 180 pounds, but there's split opinion on his value. While his speed rates at least above-average and he shows center-field ability, most scouts seemed to think his bat was too light to buy out of his Miami commitment.
21 650 Colorado Rockies Chris Giovinazzo UCLA Calif.
21 652 Los Angeles Dodgers Noel Cuevas Universidad Interamericana (P.R.) JC-Arecibo P.R. $100,000
A year older than most as the rare junior college prospect from Puerto Rico, 6-foot-2, 190-pound Cuevas offers intriguing raw power. He has holes in his swing, so his thump doesn't always show up in games, but he can put on a show in batting practice. He's an above-average runner but has a below-average arm, meaning he's likely destined for left field. He's a hard worker with great makeup, and like many players from Puerto Rico just needs to get more at-bats and learn how to handle better pitching.
21 654 Los Angeles Angels Gary Mitchell Neumann (Pa.) Pa.
22 666 Toronto Blue Jays Aaron Westlake Vanderbilt Tenn.
Westlake stepped in for Casali behind the plate in 2009 but is too big to catch every day. The Californian also has played in the outfield but looks like a better fit at first base, where he's an average fielder. He wavers from too passive to too aggressive at the plate, making him streaky. He has good raw power and led the Commodores with 12 home runs, half of them in conference play. His bat could sneak him into the 10th round.
22 667 Cincinnati Reds Kurt Muller Iowa Iowa
22 668 Chicago White Sox Ozney Guillen Pace HS, Opa Locka, Fla. Fla.
22 674 Atlanta Braves Jordan Buckley New Mexico JC N.M.
New Mexico JC's top prospect is outfielder Jordan Buckley. The 6-foot-1, 165-pound Buckley is a former wide receiver at Blinn (Texas) JC, and this was his first season focusing solely on baseball. He entered the year expecting to be a fourth outfielder, but ended up starting in right field after the team's regular right fielder went down. He's raw but is a great athlete that scouts can dream on. He has the speed to play center field, and he has an above-average arm. At the plate, Buckley swings and misses a lot, but he has a quick bat and shows power potential. He has a lot of tools but will need time to develop. If he doesn't sign, Baylor has shown interest in him, though he had not made a commitment.
22 679 St. Louis Cardinals Steve Ramos Ohlone (Calif.) JC Calif.
22 682 Los Angeles Dodgers Andre Wheeler Anderson HS, Austin Texas
23 688 Baltimore Orioles Chris Clinton Eckerd (Fla.) Fla.
23 692 New York Mets Drew Martinez Memphis Tenn.
23 693 Houston Astros Adam Bailey Nebraska Neb.
Adam Bailey began his college career as a pitcher at Arizona State and played both ways at South Mountain (Ariz.) CC before becoming predominantly an outfielder at Nebraska. A 6-foot-1, 201-pounder, he offers bat speed and lefthanded power. He led the Cornhuskers with 12 homers in 2009 and 18 this spring, though he sometimes struggles against good velocity. Bailey has arm strength, but his lack of speed likely will relegate him to left field as a pro.
23 696 Toronto Blue Jays Angel Gomez Maria Cruz Buitrago HS, San Lorenzo, P.R. P.R.
Angel Gomez is a strong, 6-foot-2, 170-pound switch-hitter with some power. He has played right field and third base, but profiles as a left fielder because he's not a standout runner or thrower. He has a slight uppercut to his swing and can get a little long, but the ball jumps off his bat when he makes contact.
24 726 Toronto Blue Jays Ronnie Melendez Cowley County (Kan.) CC Kan.
24 728 Chicago White Sox Jordan Keegan JC of Southern Nevada Nev.
24 730 Chicago Cubs Dustin Geiger Merritt Island (Fla.) HS Fla. $150,000
24 739 St. Louis Cardinals Pat Biserta Rutgers N.J.
Biserta hit .369 with 18 homers this spring, but scouts question whether Biserta's power will translate to wood bats, and he lacks athleticism.
25 749 Kansas City Royals Buddy Sosnoskie Virginia Tech Va.
25 766 Texas Rangers Kendall Radcliffe Morgan Park HS, Chicago Ill.
25 768 San Francisco Giants Brett Krill UCLA Calif.
Krill possesses a big league corner outfielder's frame at 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds. For a big man, he runs well and has a decent arm, but his bat rarely fulfilled its promise in previous seasons, as he didn't even homer and got just 38 at-bats in his first two years at Westwood. He made noticeable strides at bat in 2010. In a game against Southern California, Krill blasted a mammoth home run that cleared both the center-field fence and the tall hitting backdrop at UCLA's ballpark. For some scouts, Krill is still a tease, as he was batting just .297/.359/.480 with six homers this season. His intriguing package of size and tools gives him a shot at a single-digit round, though.
25 772 Los Angeles Dodgers Chance Gilmore Coastal Carolina S.C.
26 784 San Diego Padres Cory Hahn Mater Dei HS, Santa Ana, Calif. Calif.
26 792 Seattle Mariners Robbie Anston Boston College Mass.
Anston makes the most of his average speed on the basepaths and in center field, where he is a slightly above-average defender with a below-average arm. He has a blue-collar approach and is a tough out at the plate, though scouts don't care for his set-up, which involves the barrel of his bat pointing at the pitcher when he starts his swing. He lacks power and could be overmatched by better pitching, however.
26 801 Philadelphia Phillies Chris Duffy Central Florida Fla.
No college player in Florida produced this spring like Central Florida's Chris Duffy, a bad-bodied senior who was an unsigned ninth-rounder out of high school in 2006. The 6-foot-2, 240-pound left fielder has put on weight since high school and hit 22 home runs in his first three seasons, then had an amazing senior year, batting .447/.539/.850 with a school-record 21 home runs. Duffy has excellent strength and enough bat speed to handle velocity and should be a middle-of-the-lineup threat in the minor leagues.
26 802 Los Angeles Dodgers Scott Schebler Des Moines Area CC Iowa $300,000
27 809 Kansas City Royals Jose Rodriguez Miami Dade JC Fla.
27 810 Cleveland Indians Jeff Schaus Clemson S.C.
Schaus has been a middle-of-the-order force since his freshman season thanks to a solid, strong swing. His actions are a bit stiff and he lacks great athleticism. His patient approach, average hitting ability and average power will have to be his calling card.
27 821 Tampa Bay Rays Chris Winder Odessa (Texas) JC Texas
27 823 Detroit Tigers Les Smith Meramec (Mo.) CC Mo.
Smith batted .284 with nine homers as a Louisiana-Lafayette freshman last spring before transferring to Meramec CC for 2010. His best assets are his strong 6-foot-3, 195-pound frame, his bat speed from the left side of the plate and his plus arm strength. There's some effort to his game and he's a below-average runner, but he's expected to go high enough in the draft to get him to forgo a commitment to Mississippi for next year.
27 825 Minnesota Twins Brandon Henderson Fresno CC Calif.
27 833 Boston Red Sox Jay Gonzalez Freedom HS, Orlando Fla.
27 834 Los Angeles Angels Brandon Decker Valdosta State (Ga.) Ga.
28 840 Cleveland Indians DeMarcus Tidwell Yavapai (Ariz.) JC Ariz.
Opposing coaches loved outfielder Tidwell this season, but it was difficult to find a scout who bought into his package. He's a good athlete and was a highly recruited wide receiver out of Grenada (Miss.) High in 2008, but he hasn't shown the speed scouts expected from that profile. Scouts consider him more of an average runner. Tidwell, a 6-foot-3, 180-pounder who bats and throws lefthanded, also was bothered by a hamstring injury this year. He also doesn't have good baseball instincts, running into outs on the bases and struggling to track routine fly balls. He led the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference in batting and has good bat control, but he did it with an opposite-field approach. Playing every day will help Tidwell learn the game, and if he can add a little strength, trust his hands and start turning on more balls, he could be interesting. He also raised makeup questions when he got suspended from his previous team at Bossier Parish (La.) CC.
28 861 Philadelphia Phillies Brian Pointer Galena HS, Reno, Nev. Nev. $350,000
Outfielder Pointer is the best prospect north of Las Vegas. He has a muscular, 6-foot, 190-pound frame and plays the game hard. He bats and throws lefthanded, with a quiet set-up and a smooth swing with loft. He has strength and bat speed, so he projects to hit for power. He could be a single-digit pick and is committed to Oregon State.
28 862 Los Angeles Dodgers Mike Drowne Sacred Heart (Conn.) Conn.
29 866 Washington Nationals Rick Hughes Marin (Calif.) CC Calif.
29 873 Houston Astros Broughan Jantz Nevada Union HS, Nevada City, Calif. Calif.
29 874 San Diego Padres Mykal Stokes Orange Coast (Calif.) CC Calif.
Drafted out of Tustin High School by the Yankees, Orange Coast JC's Mykal Stokes has been viewed as a disappointment by most scouts. He has an ideal frame, a good arm and fine speed,but he has just never produced with the bat.
29 875 Oakland Athletics Zach Hurley Ohio State Ohio
29 876 Toronto Blue Jays Jonathan Jones Long Beach State Calif.
29 878 Chicago White Sox Michael Earley Indiana Ind.
29 895 New York Yankees Stewart Ijames Louisville Ky.
Louisville outfielder Ijames missed the 2009 season with rotator-cuff problems. He returned to lead the Coastal Plain League with 12 homers last summer, and has 14 more this spring. Of all the Cardinals' hitters, Ijames has the swing best suited for wood bats, and he still has untapped lefty power in his 6-foot-1, 215-pound frame. He has a decent arm, but his below-average speed relegates him to left field. He's a redshirt sophomore, so his extra leverage could make him more difficult to sign.
30 903 Houston Astros Kellen Kiilsgaard Stanford Calif.
Stanford outfielder Kiilsgaard had a good sophomore year (.313/.411/.527, 9 HR, 46 RBI) but slumped early and was benched this spring after going 4-for-24. Kiilsgaard is a big, physical lefthanded hitter with home run power and a chance to be an average left fielder. An organization will look to buy low on him.
30 914 Atlanta Braves Kenny Fleming Shelton State (Ala.) CC Ala.
30 916 Texas Rangers Brian Ragira Martin HS, Arlington, Texas Texas
With his bat speed and the strength in his 6-foot-2, 185-pound build, Ragira offers some of the best righthanded power potential in this draft class, though it may be three years before that potential is tested in pro ball. Scouts have enough questions about his bat that he probably won't get the kind of bonus offer that a Stanford recruit advised by the Boras Corp. usually seeks. The son of Kenyan immigrants, Ragira can put on a show in batting practice and has room to put more weight on his wiry frame. He employs a patient, line-drive approach, yet didn't tear up the showcase circuit last summer and has had a so-so spring at the plate. With average speed and arm strength, he's capable of playing right field but could fit better in left. He won't be a first-round pick in 2010, but if he proves himself at Stanford, he easily could go that high three years from now.
30 923 Boston Red Sox DeSean Anderson Ragsdale HS, Jamestown, N.C. N.C.
31 931 Arizona Diamondbacks Steven Sultzbaugh Rice Texas
31 934 San Diego Padres Oscar Garcia Northwestern State La.
31 941 Tampa Bay Rays Kevin Kiermaier Parkland (Ill.) JC Ill.
31 945 Minnesota Twins Mark Payton St. Rita HS, Chicago Ill.
Payton presents a quandary for scouts. They love his makeup and energy, and he's not short on tools. He has barreled balls and showed pop with wood bats on the showcase circuit, and he's an above-average runner who plays a fine center field and has a solid arm for the position. The downside is that he's 5-foot-8 and 165 pounds, and there simply aren't many big leaguers who look like that. He'd profile better as a second baseman, but he throws lefthanded so that isn't an option. Payton originally committed to Arizona State, though there's a sense now that he'd rather play elsewhere after Sun Devils coach Pat Murphy resigned and the program faces possible NCAA sanctions. The Tigers are rumored to be the team most interested in Payton; Detroit scouting director David Chadd made the diminutive Dustin Pedroia a second-round pick when he worked for the Red Sox.
31 947 Florida Marlins Taiwan Easterling Florida State Fla.
31 949 St. Louis Cardinals Mike O'Neill Southern California Calif.
32 956 Washington Nationals Randolph Oduber Western Oklahoma State JC Okla.
32 971 Tampa Bay Rays Bryan Fogle Erskine (S.C.) S.C.
32 980 Colorado Rockies Jason Monda Capital HS, Olympia, Wash. Wash.
Outfielder Jason Monda flew under the radar because he took last summer off, but he's a 6-foot-4 and has a nice swing from the left side of the plate. He's not very strong yet, but there's projection to his body. He's an average runner with an above-average arm. If he doesn't sign, he'll head to Washington State.
32 982 Los Angeles Dodgers Devon Ethier Gateway (Ariz.) CC Ariz.
32 983 Boston Red Sox Jordan Alexander Vista (Calif.) HS Calif.
33 996 Toronto Blue Jays Melvin Garcia Monroe HS, New York N.Y.
33 1007 Florida Marlins D'Andre Toney Hardaway HS, Columbus, Ga. Ga.
34 1028 Chicago White Sox Dusty Harvard Oklahoma State Okla.
34 1033 Detroit Tigers Nolan Sanburn Kokomo (Ind.) HS Ind.
34 1038 San Francisco Giants Johnathan DeBerry Bethel (Tenn.) Tenn.
34 1040 Colorado Rockies Steve Selsky Arizona Ariz.
Outfielder Selsky finished second in the Pac-10 in batting at .383/.463/.622, but scouts don't like his approach at the plate. He has average raw power or slightly above, but it shows up only in batting practice because he utilizes a more inside-out, contact-oriented approach during games. He bats and throws righthanded and will have to play a corner outfield spot, so he doesn't have a lot of projection and is a better college player than a pro prospect at this point.
35 1047 Pittsburgh Pirates Drew Muren Cal State Northridge Calif.
35 1058 Chicago White Sox John Spatola Boston College Mass.
Spatola has had a fine season in the middle of BC's order, hitting 14 home runs and stealing 12 bases, but he lacks a carrying tool for a corner outfielder. He has bat speed, but scouts question whether his approach will play at the next level. He crouches down in his stance with his weight on his back foot and his front leg at an awkward angle, and he cheats to hit good fastballs.
35 1070 Colorado Rockies Justin Fradejas Auburn Ala.
35 1074 Los Angeles Angels Ryan Rivers Charlotte N.C.
Charlotte has turned into a consistent NCAA tournament team since joining the Atlantic-10 Conference. The 49ers' top prospect is Rivers, a corner infielder whose lack of agility may limit him to first base. He has plenty of arm strength and has touched the low 90s as a pitcher, though he didn't pitch this year. He has solid-average power potential thanks to decent bat speed and strength and leverage in his swing.
36 1076 Washington Nationals Wander Nunez Western Oklahoma State JC Okla.
36 1081 Arizona Diamondbacks Justin Hilt Elon N.C.
36 1095 Minnesota Twins Kelvin Mention Brooks-DeBartolo HS, Tampa Fla.
36 1096 Texas Rangers Jason Kudlock Cal State Bakersfield Calif.
36 1100 Colorado Rockies Jimmie Koch Sarasota (Fla.) HS Fla.
37 1110 Cleveland Indians Trey Griffin King HS, Lithonia, Ga. Ga.
Another outfielder caught in the state's glut of talent was Trey Griffin. Griffin's older brother Xavier Avery was the Orioles' second-round pick in 2008, but Avery is more athletic and bats lefthanded, while Griffin is a righthanded hitter. Griffin has exhibited some of his brother's tools but lacks his speed and will have to move to a corner spot in pro ball. An Oklahoma State signee, Griffin has quick hands and loft power potential, if he can improve his plate discipline and feel for the barrel. He plays with energy but generally didn't fare well in comparison to more toolsy peers in Georgia this spring.
37 1112 New York Mets Dylan Brown Tampa Fla.
Spartans outfielder Brown, an Oklahoma State transfer and the younger brother of Athletics prospect Corey Brown, also will get a look thanks to his raw power. His undisciplined approach hinders him offensively.
37 1124 Atlanta Braves Kollin Dowdy Harrisburg (Ill.) HS Ill.
37 1126 Texas Rangers John Pustay Pine Creek HS, Colorado Springs Colo.
John Pustay is undersized at 5-foot-11 and 175 pounds. The San Diego State recruit has a quick, balanced swing from the left side and shows a little snap in his bat, though he'll never be a big power guy. As a runner, he's average to a tick above and will likely have to move to a corner position, so he doesn't profile well for pro scouts.
37 1134 Los Angeles Angels Tagen Struhs Snohomish, Wash. (No school) Wash.
38 1138 Baltimore Orioles Jeremy Shelby Grambling State La.
38 1161 Philadelphia Phillies Keenyn Walker Central Arizona JC Ariz.
38 1162 Los Angeles Dodgers Lucas Witt Lexington (Ky.) Christian HS Ky.
38 1163 Boston Red Sox Tom Bourdon Northwest Catholic HS, West Hartford, Conn. Conn.
Bourdon, an outfielder whose older brother Mike is a catcher for Division II power Tampa, has a loose, projectable swing and a strong outfield arm, though he's a fringy runner. He's a Boston College signee who also figures to wind up on campus.
38 1165 New York Yankees James Ramsay Brandon (Fla.) HS Fla.
Outfielder James Ramsay is a South Florida signee and a solid athlete who's more of a college factor than a pro draftee.
39 1179 Milwaukee Brewers Kenny Allison Angelina (Texas) JC Texas
39 1183 Detroit Tigers Bo McClendon Valparaiso Ind.
39 1191 Philadelphia Phillies Justin Cummings Santa Fe (Fla.) CC Fla.
39 1195 New York Yankees Jaycob Brugman Desert Vista HS, Phoenix Ariz.
40 1200 Cleveland Indians Jordan Casas Long Beach State Calif.
40 1207 Cincinnati Reds Lee Orr McNeese State La.
Redshirt sophomore Lee Orr has hit 31 homers in two seasons at McNeese State, and he has legitimate power to all fields. The 6-foot-3, 205-pounder also struggles against breaking balls and struck out 68 times in 224 at-bats this spring, so it's not clear how well he'll be able to handle pro pitching. He also has a plus arm and solid-average speed, though his defense can get rough in right field.
40 1208 Chicago White Sox Conrad Gregor Carmel (Ind.) HS Ind.
Outfielder/first baseman Gregor has an intriguing bat, but he's strongly committed to Vanderbilt. He has a great body at 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds, and the swing, bat speed and strength to hit for power and average from the left side of the plate. Though he's an average runner, Gregor is awkward in the field and has a below-average arm. His hands and feet are a liability at first base, so he fits better in left field.
40 1216 Texas Rangers Travis Meiners Dallas Baptist Texas
40 1223 Boston Red Sox Luke Yoder Cal Poly Calif.
40 1225 New York Yankees Mike Gerber Neuqua Valley HS, Naperville, Ill. Ill.
41 1230 Cleveland Indians Brian Heere Kansas Kan.
Heere, a redshirt junior who turned down the Red Sox as a 48th-round pick a year ago, uses his plus speed to get on base and go get balls in center field. He doesn't have a lot of power or arm strength.
41 1233 Houston Astros Bryce Lane Gulf Coast (Fla.) CC Fla.
41 1239 Milwaukee Brewers Derrick Shaw Florida A&M Fla.
41 1248 San Francisco Giants Ryan Honeycutt New Mexico N.M.
41 1251 Philadelphia Phillies Taylor Zeutenhorst Sheldon (Iowa) HS Iowa
41 1255 New York Yankees Tym Pearson Columbia Basin (Wash.) JC Wash.
Outfielder Tym Pearson was a 35th-round pick by the Rockies last year out of an Oregon high school, where he was a two-sport standout. He gave up football to focus on baseball this year, but he didn't show much against better competition with a wood bat, so he'll likely return to school.
42 1261 Arizona Diamondbacks Chris Jarrett Anderson (Ind.) Ind.
42 1269 Milwaukee Brewers Johnny Dishon Louisiana State La.
42 1273 Detroit Tigers Kevin Grant Millard West HS, Omaha Neb.
42 1285 New York Yankees Mike O'Neill Olentangy Liberty HS, Powell, Ohio Ohio
43 1288 Baltimore Orioles Blair Dunlap UCLA Calif.
43 1304 Atlanta Braves LeJon Baker Crenshaw HS, Los Angeles Calif.
43 1306 Texas Rangers Chris Roglen Rocky Mountain HS, Fort Collins, Colo. Colo.
43 1309 St. Louis Cardinals Chris Edmondson Le Moyne N.Y.
Edmondson was the centerpiece of Le Moyne's lineup this spring, hitting .348 with 12 of the team's 37 homers and 50 RBIs. A fringy runner who profiles as a left fielder, Edmondson will go as far as his lefthanded bat carries him. His compact swing produces average power.
43 1313 Boston Red Sox Pat Smith Redan HS, Stone Mountain, Ga. Ga.
43 1314 Los Angeles Angels George Barber Broward (Fla.) CC Fla.
44 1318 Baltimore Orioles Preston Hale North Florida Fla.
44 1329 Milwaukee Brewers T.J. Mittelstaedt Long Beach State Calif.
44 1339 St. Louis Cardinals Adam Melker Cal Poly Calif.
44 1344 Los Angeles Angels Mike Turner Chesapeake (Md.) JC Md.
45 1346 Washington Nationals Jeff Bouton Hoggard HS, Wilmington, N.C. N.C.
North Carolina recruit Bouton has good athletic ability and turned in 6.6-second 60 times, with his swing generally considered too rough to work with wood at this stage.
45 1351 Arizona Diamondbacks Javan Williams Contra Costa (Calif.) JC Calif.
Outfielder Williams has a chance to be the next Comet to get a shot at pro ball, though he is a later-round prospect. Williams is a lefthanded hitter with some tools and a legitimate chance to hit, and at 6-foot-2, 185-pounds he has size and strength.
45 1355 Oakland Athletics Krey Bratsen Bryan (Texas) HS Texas
Bratsen is the fastest true prospect in the 2010 draft, capable of running the 60-yard dash in 6.35 seconds. He seems destined to take that speed to Texas A&M. His father James led the Aggies in RBIs for three years running in the 1970s, and the campus is just five minutes from Bratsen's high school. He also has a seven-figure price tag, and the rest of his game isn't refined enough to warrant that kind of payday. Bratsen's second-best tool is his strong arm. He has plenty of bat speed, but he has a long righthanded swing and doesn't make consistent contact. At 6 feet and 160 pounds, he lacks the strength to drive balls. His speed is an asset in center field, but his instincts are just fair and he doesn't take good routes on flyballs. Bratsen has considerable potential as a hitter and defender, but he's a few years away from realizing it yet.
45 1356 Toronto Blue Jays Phil Diedrick Pickering HS, Ajax, Ont. Ontario
Outfielder Diedrick has strength from the left side of the plate, but really struggles with recognizing breaking balls and is a poor runner, limiting his profile.
45 1358 Chicago White Sox Ronald Cotton Boone County HS, Florence, Ky. Ky.
45 1375 New York Yankees Tyler Johnson Penn State Pa.
46 1384 San Diego Padres Dominick Francia St. Paul's Episcopal HS, Mobile, Ala. Ala.
46 1394 Atlanta Braves Kendall Logan Copiah-Lincoln (Miss.) JC Miss.
46 1397 Florida Marlins Daniel Johnston Canada (Calif.) JC Calif.
47 1406 Washington Nationals Lance Jarreld Goodpasture HS, Madison, Tenn. Tenn.
47 1407 Pittsburgh Pirates Nathan Sorenson Texas HS, Texarkana, Texas Texas
47 1408 Baltimore Orioles Cody Young Anderson (Ind.) Ind.
47 1409 Kansas City Royals Darian Sandford Park (Mo.) Mo.
47 1415 Oakland Athletics Tony McClendon Fullerton (Calif.) JC Calif.
47 1422 Seattle Mariners James Wood Trinity (Conn.) Conn.
47 1430 Colorado Rockies Landon Appling El Campo (Texas) HS Texas
48 1439 Kansas City Royals Jacob Hannemann Lone Peak HS, Highland, Utah Utah
48 1440 Cleveland Indians C.T. Bradford Pace (Fla.) HS Fla.
48 1453 Detroit Tigers Tyler Marincov Timber Creek HS, Orlando Fla.
48 1458 San Francisco Giants Devin Harris East Carolina N.C.
His former teammate, outfielder Harris, figured to be drafted again but not as high as the eighth round, where he went last year as an eligible sophomore. Harris has big tools with his plus arm and raw power potential. He also has shown a disappointing lack of aptitude for hitting, ranking second in Conference USA in strikeouts for the second consecutive season.
49 1466 Washington Nationals Rashad Hatcher Patrick Henry (Va.) CC Va.
49 1470 Cleveland Indians Mark Bradley Central Arizona JC Ala.
49 1475 Oakland Athletics Nick Rosso Lincoln HS, Stockton, Calif. Calif.
49 1479 Milwaukee Brewers Alexander Simone Christian Brothers Academy, Syracuse, N.Y. N.Y.
49 1482 Seattle Mariners Colton Keough Tesoro HS, Las Flores, Calif. Calif.
Son and grandson of former big leaguers, Colton Keough is an athletic outfielder with terrific speed. His family has been featured on the television show "The Real Housewives of Orange County." An intriguing talent, Keough has yet to hit on a consistent basis, reminiscent of his toolsy older brother Shane, who is in the Athletics organization.
49 1495 New York Yankees Will Arthur Abbotsford (B.C.) SS British Columbia
50 1500 Cleveland Indians Henry Dunn Binghamton N.Y.
Dunn packs athleticism and strength into a 5-foot-7, 175-pound frame. He followed up his good summer in the New England Collegiate League with a solid spring, hitting .344/.408/.626 with 10 homers, 51 RBIs and 13 stolen bases. Dunn's plus-plus speed plays well in center field, where he has good range and instincts. He's a line-drive hitter with occasional pop, but he'll have little home run power at the next level. He tends to get pull-happy and could benefit by learning to use the opposite field better.
50 1503 Houston Astros David Donald Mann HS, Greenville, S.C. S.C.
Outfielder David Donald is a standout athlete who also had a strong prep football career and is still developing his baseball skills. He has raw bat speed, above-average speed and strength in his 5-foot-11, 175-pound frame. A center fielder, he has poor instincts across the board, and his lack of pitch recognition hinders his ability to make contact. He was considered an easy sign who will appeal to organizations that like to develop toolsy players. Initially committed to College of Charleston, he fell back to Tallahassee (Fla.) CC.
50 1504 San Diego Padres Gunnar Terhune UC Santa Barbara Calif.
50 1507 Cincinnati Reds Dex Kjerstad Randall HS, Amarillo, Texas Texas
Outfielder Dexter Kjerstad has enticing strength and speed to go with a 6-foot-2, 205-pound frame. But he's also so raw at the plate and so strongly committed to Texas that he probably won't be an early choice. With three years of polish, he could be a good pick in 2013.
50 1509 Milwaukee Brewers Chad Jones Louisiana State La.
If Chad Jones had stuck to baseball, he was gifted enough to be a potential first-round pick as either an outfielder or a lefthanded pitcher. A 6-foot-3, 220-pounder with super athleticism, he showed strength, speed, an 88-93 mph fastball and a power slider in limited baseball action at Louisiana State, playing a key bullpen role on the Tigers' 2009 College World Series champions. He also won a national title in football as a safety, and the New York Giants took him in the third round of the NFL draft in April. A baseball team will take a flier on Jones in case football doesn't work out.
50 1518 San Francisco Giants Golden Tate Notre Dame Ill.