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Round Overall Team Player School State Bonus
1 2 Pittsburgh Pirates Jameson Taillon The Woodlands (Texas) HS Texas $6,500,000
There's no doubt that Taillon has more upside than any pitching prospect in the 2010 draft. The only debate is whether he's a better pitching prospect than fellow Texas fireballer Josh Beckett was at the same stage of his career. They have similar stuff, with Taillon having a bigger frame (6-foot-6, 225 pounds) and Beckett possessing a meaner streak on the mound and turning in a more consistent high school senior season. Taillon gave up 11 runs in a much-anticipated pitching duel with fellow Rice recruit John Simms in mid-March. His fastball command was out of whack, but he solved the problem and threw a 19-strikeout no-hitter a week later. He finished the year 8-1, 1.78 with 114 strikeouts in 62 innings, fanning 13 to win a first-round playoff game in his final start. Taillon owns the two best pitches in the draft: a heavy 93-97 mph fastball that has touched 99, and a hammer curveball in the mid-80s. He throws his heater with such ease that it looks like he's playing catch. He also has a hard slider and the makings of a changeup, though he rarely has needed more than two pitches to this point. He has a classic pitcher's body and strong makeup. With the Nationals zeroing in on Bryce Harper, Taillon is unlikely to become the first high school righthander selected No. 1 overall. He still could match or exceed two draft records shared by Beckett: the highest draft slot for a prep righty (No. 2), and the biggest guarantee ever given to a high school pitcher (a $7 million major league contract).
1 6 Arizona Diamondbacks Barret Loux Texas A&M Texas
The Tigers spent heavily to sign high school pitchers Rick Porcello ($7 million contract in the first round) and Casey Crosby ($748,500 in the fifth) in 2007, and thought they also met the $800,000 asking price of Loux, their 24th-rounder. He changed his mind about signing and instead opted to attend Texas A&M, where his 2009 season was halted by bone chips in his elbow. After having the chips removed, Loux is healthy again and racking up strikeouts with a 90-92 mph fastball that touches 95. The 6-foot-5, 220-pounder throws with such ease that his fastball appears even harder. If he had a standout second pitch, he'd be a first-round pick, but he may have to settle for the sandwich round because his curveball and changeup are merely effective. His curveball was his best pitch in high school but hasn't been as sharp since his elbow surgery. He'll show an average changeup, though not on a consistent basis. Some teams have medical concerns about Loux, who missed two months of his high school senior season with a tender shoulder.
1 7 New York Mets Matt Harvey North Carolina N.C. $2,525,000
Harvey entered 2007 as the No. 1 high school prospect in the country, just ahead of fellow North Carolina recruit Rick Porcello. While Porcello signed with the Tigers as a first-rounder that year, Harvey was an unsigned third-rounder of the Angels. Five days after Porcello made his big league debut in 2009, Harvey took a loss in a mid-week relief appearance for the Tar Heels against High Point. That was probably the low point of Harvey's career, as he struggled as a sophomore. As a junior, though, he has regained his mojo. Scouts agree that Harvey's arm action is longer now than it was in 2007 but they aren't sure why. It affects his command, as it's harder for him to repeat his delivery and find the same release point. When he does, Harvey has explosive stuff, and he has worked harder than ever, thanks to improved maturity, to improve his balance and tempo. As a result, Harvey has pitched like an ace, with only one clunker start (against Duke) this spring and several gems, including a 158-pitch, 15-strikeout complete game at Clemson. His final pitch was 96 mph, which is usually where Harvey sits when he's right, in the 92-96 mph range. Once the owner of a power curveball, Harvey now prefers a hard slider that at times sits in the mid-80s with depth and late finish. Some scouts have given it a well-above-average grade. His changeup is just fair, and Harvey's command is below-average. With his stuff, he just needs control, and he has thrown enough strikes this year to get back into the first-round conversation.
1 9 San Diego Padres Karsten Whitson Chipley (Fla.) HS Fla.
A Florida signee, Whitson played on the USA Baseball 18U club that won a gold medal at the Pan American Junior Championship in Venezuela and pitched at all the big showcase events, so national-level scouts have a history with him. They've seen one of the draft's best secondary pitches in a hard, sharp, 80-84 mph slider. The word most often associate with Whitson's slider is "legit." His fastball also earns praise as he can reach 95 mph regularly and pitches at 90-94 mph. Whitson was a fine prep basketball player who gave up a sport he loves for baseball, and his athleticism usually translates to the diamond in terms of control and the ability to repeat his delivery. However, Whitson had a difficult start in early May in front of a large crowd of scouts, crosscheckers and scouting directors. According to one scout, Whitson had thrown 130 pitches in his previous start and then had more than 10 days off, and his stock was falling as BA went to press. He's one of many Florida prep players whose final landing spot in the draft may depend on how they perform at the state all-star games in Sebring at the end of the month.
1 11 Toronto Blue Jays Deck McGuire Georgia Tech Ga. $2,000,000
McGuire is a Virginia product who was a mid-week starter as a freshman at Georgia Tech before settling in as the Yellow Jackets' Friday starter the last two seasons. He had more success for the first three-quarters of 2009 than he had at the end of last season, when he was hammered in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament and in regional play--he gave up nine runs to Southern Miss in the regional final working on two days' rest. McGuire's stuff hasn't been quite as crisp since then, and scouts have lowered their expectations for the 6-foot-6, 218-pounder, but most still see him as a No. 3 or No. 4 starter in the majors. McGuire commands a 90-92 mph fastball that hits 94, and he throws with a good downhill angle to the plate, making it tough to elevate. His fastball has a bit less life than it used to. McGuire also throws strikes with his curveball and harder slurve, and his changeup is average to fringe-average. He's an excellent competitor who doesn't fold up with runners on base. He's a proven college winner with a good track record of performance and durability; similar prospects rarely last through the first half of the first round.
1 14 Milwaukee Brewers Dylan Covey Maranatha HS, Pasadena, Calif. Calif.
Covey first grabbed the attention of California scouts at a San Gabriel Valley underclassman showcase in Alhambra in the summer of 2008. A sophomore at the time, Covey unleashed a series of throws from right field that exhibited his terrific arm strength. Not surprisingly, several scouts asked Covey if he was a pitcher and asked when he would be throwing next. Since then, Covey has matured, grown into his frame and improved his conditioning. The results have been sensational. Covey made all the standard showcase appearances in the past year, with uniformly outstanding performances. Covey, solidly built at 6-foot-2, 200 pounds, hammers the strike zone with a 93-94 mph fastball that can touch 96. He adds a wicked 81-82 mph slider and has steadily developed his curve and changeup. Covey's arm works smoothly and his has solid mechanics, though he will need to fight a tendency to pull his lead shoulder open when tired. Resembling a younger, lighter version of Giants righthander Matt Cain, Covey profiles as a No. 2 or No. 3 starter with four average to plus offerings. A San Diego signee, Covey ranks a notch above the rest in a deep Southern California prep pitching class and figures to take a shorter path to the majors than his peers.
1 16 Chicago Cubs Hayden Simpson Southern Arkansas Ark. $1,060,000
Southern Arkansas coach Allen Gum found the most successful pitcher in school history literally right next door. Simpson, his next-door neighbor in Magnolia, Ark., has gone 35-2, 2.39 with 323 strikeouts in 271 innings in three seasons with the NCAA Division II Muleriders. Though he's just 6 feet and 175 pounds, he has a strong lower half and a quick arm that delivers 91-93 mph fastballs that peak at 96. His fastball is fairly straight and he tends to pitch up in the zone, which could lead to difficulty with tougher competition. He has a pair of hard breaking pitches, an 82-83 mph slider and an 78-80 mph curve. He also has a changeup that he uses sparingly, and he commands his entire repertoire well. His velocity decreased a little toward the end of the season, and some scouts are wary of his size and the fact that he's never ventured far from Magnolia. Nevertheless, his fastball could get him drafted as high as the fourth or fifth round.
1 18 Los Angeles Angels Kaleb Cowart Cook HS, Adel, Ga. Ga. $2,300,000
Cowart was in the running to be the High School Player of the Year as a dominant two-way player, evoking comparisons to past Georgia preps Buster Posey and Ethan Martin. Those two examples set up two different paths for Cowart, who like Posey is a Florida State signee. Posey was more of a third-round talent out of high school and a different type of pitcher than Cowart, who on the mound is all about power. He has arm strength and good sinking life on his plus fastball, which sits in the 91-93 mph range at its best. He also has a hard slider and scouts don't seem to mind his split-finger fastball, either. Scouts prefer Cowart as a pitching prospect with a 6-foot-3, 190-pound pitcher's body. Like Posey, Cowart prefers to hit; he's a switch-hitting third baseman, and while some scouts consider his defense fringy at the hot corner, he has strength in his swing and some raw power. Scouts hope Cowart is more like Martin, a prep third baseman-turned-pitcher who signed with the Dodgers as a first-rounder after realizing he was a better prospect on the bump. But Cowart's signability was in doubt early, as he was asking for close to $3 million in order to spurn Florida State.
1 19 Houston Astros Mike Foltynewicz Minooka (Ill.) Community HS Ill. $1,305,000
Foltynewicz is far and away the best pitching prospect in the Upper Midwest. He opened eyes by sitting at 91-94 mph and touching 96 with his fastball at a preseason showcase in February, and he has shown similar velocity throughout the spring. With his 6-foot-4, 190-pound frame, strength and arm speed, it's easy to project him regularly throwing in the mid-90s down the road. He already has an advanced changeup for a high school pitcher, as it features good sink and could become a plus pitch. He doesn't consistently stay on top of his breaking pitches, though he was doing a better job later in the spring. He throws both a curveball and a slider, and he'd be best served by focusing on improving his slider. No Illinois high school pitcher has gone in the first round since the White Sox selected Kris Honel in 2001, but a team that believes Foltynewicz can refine a breaking ball could be tempted to pick him that high. He'll pitch at Texas if he doesn't turn pro.
1 21 Minnesota Twins Alex Wimmers Ohio State Ohio $1,332,000
Only a hamstring injury has been able to stop Wimmers this spring, as he won each of his first nine starts for the Buckeyes before missing the first three weekends in May. He also starred in 2009, sharing Big Ten Conference pitcher-of-the-year honors before leading Bourne to its first-ever Cape Cod League championship. Scouts said Wimmers had the most polished arsenal on the Cape, and few pitchers in this draft can match the depth of his repertoire. He has the best changeup in the 2010 draft crop, and one area scout said it's the best he has ever seen from an amateur. His fastball sits at 90-92 mph and touches 94, and he could add a little more velocity if he builds arm strength by using it more in pro ball. His third pitch is a curveball that he easily throws for strikes. He's an athletic, 6-foot-2, 195-pounder who holds the record for career batting average (.457) at Cincinnati's storied Moeller High--the alma mater of Buddy Bell, Ken Griffey Jr. and Barry Larkin.
1 28 Los Angeles Dodgers Zach Lee McKinney (Texas) HS Texas $5,250,000
Lee's status as one of the best quarterback recruits in the nation and a top student will make him one of the most difficult signing decisions in this draft. The perception among area scouts is that Lee might require as much as $3 million—and even that might not be enough to steer him away from playing two sports at Louisiana State. He passed for 2,565 yards and 31 touchdowns last fall, and his arm is just as potent on the mound. He already has a 90-93 mph fastball with room for more projection in his 6-foot-4, 195-pound frame. He also throws a sharp slider and a changeup that needs work but shows promise. Unlike many two-sport stars, he has a lot of polish. Lee has a clean delivery that he repeats, enabling him to throw strikes with ease.
1 29 Los Angeles Angels Cam Bedrosian East Coweta HS, Sharpsburg, Ga. Ga. $1,116,000
Georgia has plenty of strong bloodlines this spring, with two sons of big leaguers jostling to go in the first two rounds. Besides Delino DeShields Jr., there's Bedrosian, whose father Steve pitched for the Braves and won the 1987 National League Cy Young Award as the Phillies' closer. Cam Bedrosian, whose middle name is Rock (as his father's nickname was Bedrock), could one day wind up a closer, but he has a chance to be a starter as well, which is why he's a potential first-rounder and a key Louisiana State signee. The only drawbacks with Bedrosian are his size (he's a 6-foot righty but strong at 200 pounds) and the fact he has some effort in his delivery. Scouts have seen his fastball touch 96 mph, and Bedrosian sits in the 92-94 range all day. He repeats his delivery well enough to have fastball command at the amateur level, and with some smoothing out of his delivery he could have average pro command. He also throws a fringe-average curveball and changeup, as well as a power slider. He has the potential to have a plus fastball and three average secondary pitches if it all comes together.
1s 34 Toronto Blue Jays Aaron Sanchez Barstow (Calif.) HS Calif. $775,000
Sanchez has lured scouts to Barstow, stuck in the middle of the California desert halfway between Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Only one player--Royals righty Matt Mitchell, a 2007 14th-round pick--has been drafted out of Barstow in the last 20 years. Sanchez, an angular and projectable Oregon recruit, should change that. He first drew the attention of scouts (and comparisons to Orel Hershiser) during last summer's showcase season, when he starred in the Area Code Games and the Aflac game. Utilizing an easy, mid-three-quarters arm action, Sanchez flashes a 91-93 mph fastball and adds a crisp curve. Mechanically advanced, Sanchez uses his legs well in his pitching delivery, avoids flying his front shoulder open and finishes strongly while creating a decent downward plane. As he progresses, the 6-foot-3, 175-pounder will need to develop more movement on his fastball, which is now too straight. His command is negatively affected by variances in his arm slot, and Sanchez will need to add at least a pitch and potentially two to his current arsenal. Sanchez profiles as a No. 3 starter. He may take some time to reach the majors, but his tantalizing upside is difficult for any organization to ignore.
1s 38 Toronto Blue Jays Noah Syndergaard Legacy HS, Mansfield, Texas Texas $600,000
Syndergaard had as much helium as any Texas high schooler leading up to the draft. He led Legacy High into the 4-A regional semifinals by two-hitting Trimble Tech (Fort Worth) in the first round, striking out 10 and hitting a grand slam against Lake Dallas in the second round, and striking out 15 against Birdville in the quarterfinals. He was even better in the semis, coming within one out of a no-hitter and striking out 14 against Frenship (Wolfforth). Syndergaard has an athletic 6-foot-4, 195-pound frame, and was dealing 90-94 mph fastballs in the postseason. His curveball also was much improved, and there's talk that the Dallas Baptist recruit suddenly could sneak into the sandwich round with the right club.
1s 39 Boston Red Sox Anthony Ranaudo Louisiana State La. $2,550,000
After winning the championship game of the College World Series last year and ranking third in strikeouts (159 in 124 innings) and fifth in wins (12) as a sophomore, Ranaudo was the top college prospect and No. 2 overall when 2010 started. But scouts haven't been sure what to make of him since he came down with a stress reaction in his elbow following his first start in February. He missed a month and has battled his mechanics and command since returning. When he's right, he uses his 6-foot-7, 230-pound frame to leverage a 91-94 mph fastball down in the zone and to both sides of the plate, and he backs up his heater with a plus curveball and solid changeup. But that Ranaudo hasn't been seen this spring. He still has a low-90s fastball, but his delivery has fallen out of sync. His arm action is flatter, preventing him from staying on top of his pitches, causing them to flatten out and rise up in the strike zone. Ranaudo also missed the first two months and worked just 12 innings in his freshman season because of a bout with elbow tendinitis. His medical history, inconsistent spring and choice of adviser (Boras Corp.) could cause him to slide deep in the first round unless he suddenly regains his 2009 form. He generated momentum by performing better during the Southeastern Conference tournament and an NCAA regional start against UCLA, but his fate remained uncertain.
1s 41 Toronto Blue Jays Asher Wojciechowski The Citadel S.C. $815,400
Wojciechowski grew up in Michigan but moved to South Carolina during high school with his family, in part for the strong college baseball. He wound up at The Citadel and has been a weekend staple for three seasons, earning a spot on USA Baseball's college national team last summer. Noted mostly for his 6-foot-4, 230-pound frame and above-average hard slider previously, Wojciechowski worked off the fastball more last summer with Team USA at the urging of Elon coach Mike Kennedy, who was Team USA's pitching coach. Wojciechowski took the advice to heart and has thrown harder as a result of throwing more fastballs and honing his mechanics. After throwing 89-92 mph last year, Wojciechowski has shown one of college baseball's best heaters this season, sitting 93-96 in numerous starts and reaching 96 in the eighth inning in at least two starts. Wojciechowski's slider is still a plus pitch, but he needs work on his rudimentary changeup. He has good control of his fastball and the durable frame to project as a mid-rotation innings-eater.
1s 43 Seattle Mariners Taijuan Walker Yucaipa (Calif.) HS Calif. $800,000
The 6-foot-5, 200-pound Walker doubles as an elite basketball player, averaging 21 points and 15 rebounds per game as a forward last season. He has great leaping ability, and his dunks on the court have made him into a local folk hero. As a junior, Walker pitched little but did play shortstop next to Diamondbacks supplemental first-rounder Matt Davidson, a third baseman. Obviously uncomfortable and ill-suited for the infield, Walker has since concentrated on pitching. Walker was terrific in a stint for the Angels Elite scout team in the fall of 2009, but since then he has been more erratic. His outings in the early part of this season were rocky, probably due to the transition from basketball to baseball. In later starts, Walker would start strongly and then struggle as a game went on. When right, Walker fires a 91-93 mph fastball that can touch 95, and adds a slider and curve. His whippy three-quarters arm action can be free and easy on some occasions, restricted and stiff on others. Scouts agree that Walker, who hasn't committed to a college yet, is a long-range project as a pitcher, but his combination of sparkling athletic ability, raw stuff and imposing build may make Walker a gamble worth taking.
1s 45 Texas Rangers Luke Jackson Calvary Christian HS, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Fla. $1,545,000
Jackson didn't start pitching seriously until his freshman year in high school, and he immediately showed aptitude and a live arm. By his junior season, he earned a spot in the Area Code Games. He's athletic and has a quick arm, rivaling bigger-name Florida prep pitchers Karsten Whitson and A.J. Cole in terms of pure velocity. Several scouts have seen Jackson's fastball hit 95-96 mph, and he usually sits in the 90-94 range, a significant jump after sitting 87-91 as a junior. The Miami recruit has room to grow on his 6-foot-2, 170-pound frame, and he'll need to get bigger and stronger to harness his quick arm, improve his durability and maintain his mechanics. Jackson has a bit of effort to his delivery and had inconsistent command as the season wore on. His changeup and curveball, while flashing potential, rate as below-average pitches now. Scouts use words like "electric" to describe Jackson's stuff and athletic ability, and at his best he's not far from his peers in the Sunshine State who were expected to go out in the first round. His inconsistency pushes him down draft boards, and his signability will ultimately determine how far down.
1s 46 St. Louis Cardinals Seth Blair Arizona State Ariz. $751,500
A Top 200 draft prospect out of Rock Falls (Ill.) High in 2007, signability caused Blair to drop to the 47th round and he headed west to Arizona State. He always had good stuff, and his results have taken a step forward every year there. He came into the season expecting to be Arizona State's Saturday starter, but was thrust into the Friday night lights when lefthander Josh Spence was shut down all season. He stepped up nicely, helping the Sun Devils get off to a 24-0 start and rank among the nation's top teams all season. Blair showed electric stuff earlier in the season, sitting 93-95 mph and even touching 97. He tailed off a little as the year went on, but he still pitches at 92-94. It's a heavy fastball with riding life and some sink when it's down in the zone, although it can flatten out later in games. His curveball is an average pitch now with a chance to be plus. He has a good changeup and a cutter that he uses occasionally. A long arm action in the back and some pulling off to his glove side cause him to have average command. His walk rate is down this year, but he still hits a batter nearly every game and runs up a high pitch count that causes him to leave games earlier than teams would like to see out of top pitchers. Blair is a Boras Corp. client, but teams don't consider him a particularly tough sign.
1s 47 Colorado Rockies Peter Tago Dana Hills HS, Dana Point, Calif. Calif. $982,500
Tago epitomizes Southern California cool. Oblivious to outside distractions, he calmly ambles off the team bus decked out in a hooded sweatshirt and wraparound shades with his iPod earphones firmly in place. He also worries little about high school hitters, whom he routinely dominates. His lanky 6-foot-3, 180-pound frame is ideally projectable, and Tago delivers the ball with an easy, relaxed throwing motion that is almost poetic. Tago, who switched his college commitment from UCLA to Cal State Fullerton in May, fires a 91-93 mph fastball, and his arm action and build indicate more velocity in the future. His curve exhibits nice shape and two-plane movement, but Tago will need to tighten the spin on that pitch. He can better incorporate his lower half into his delivery and clean up his arm stroke as well. He'll also need to develop a third pitch, such as a changeup. An Aflac and Area Codes alumnus, Tago provides a near perfect model of a prep righthander with a huge upside: projectable frame, easy arm action, calm demeanor and electric stuff.
1s 48 Detroit Tigers Chance Ruffin Texas Texas $1,150,000
En route to a 12-year big league career, Ruffin's father Bruce was a second-round draft pick out of Texas in 1985. His son could match or exceed that draft status after moving full-time to the bullpen this spring. Ruffin's stuff has played up after the change in roles, with his fastball jumping from 89-91 mph to 90-93, topping out at 95 when he's fresh. His 78-82 mph slider is his best pitch, and he has a late-breaking curveball that he uses to get backdoor strikes against lefthanders. He'll also mix in a changeup, though it's really more of a batting-practice fastball. His regular-season numbers--0.77 ERA (the best in NCAA Division I), 13 saves, .176 opponent average, 89-18 K-BB ratio--were as dazzling as any in college baseball. He's similar to former Longhorns closer Huston Street in terms of size, arsenal and competitive makeup. The biggest drawback with Ruffin is his size (6-foot-1, 185 pounds), but nevertheless some scouts think he could make it in pro ball as a starter. More likely, he'll be fast-tracked as a reliever.
1s 50 St. Louis Cardinals Tyrell Jenkins Henderson (Texas) HS Texas $1,300,000
Jenkins may be the most athletic pitcher in the draft. Baylor's top quarterback recruit, he also lettered in basketball and ran a 49-second quarter-mile in a relay race this spring—without any training. The next day, he was throwing 92-93 mph fastballs in the seventh inning. Jenkins has a loose, quick, whippy arm that can deliver fastballs up to 95 mph. There's a lot of projection remaining in his 6-foot-4, 180-pound frame, and lots of room for improvement with his secondary pitches. He can spin a curveball and also throws a slider and changeup. He should develop more consistency once he focuses on baseball and does a better job of repeating his delivery. He's raw but has tremendous upside, making him a perfect fit in the sandwich round for teams with multiple picks. Jenkins is considered much more signable than fellow Texas high school pitcher/quarterback Zach Lee.
2 52 Pittsburgh Pirates Stetson Allie St. Edward HS, Lakewood, Ohio Ohio $2,250,000
Based on his mid-90s fastball and hard slider, Allie entered 2010 as a likely first-round pick, but he had a reputation as more thrower than pitcher. He took a significant step forward in May, dialing his heater up to 98-99 mph and his slider up to 88-89 while showing more polish than ever before in consecutive starts, giving him a chance to go in the top 10 picks. He wasn't as electric or under control as much in his next two outings, so he'll probably go closer to the middle or end of the first round. His father Danny is a former scout and his coach at St. Edward, and he let Stetson throw 143 pitches in a complete-game win in the state Division I regional finals, in which he struck out nine but walked seven and hit two batters. Though he'll struggle with his control and command, the only pitcher in this draft with comparable pure stuff is Jameson Taillon. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound Allie has cleaned up his delivery and command, and he maintains his overpowering stuff into the late innings. He had expressed a desire to hit, and he does have some of the best raw power in the draft. He famously hit a broken-bat homer at the East Coast Professional Showcase last summer, though his swing has gotten long this spring. With his size, power and arm strength, he could be an early-round pick as a third baseman, but he now accepts that his future is on the mound. A North Carolina recruit, he'll be a draft-eligible sophomore in 2012 if he doesn't turn pro this summer.
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 56 Arizona Diamondbacks J.R. Bradley Nitro (W.Va.) HS W.Va. $643,500
West Virginia's Jedd Gyorko isn't the only player generating interest in the Mountain State this season. Bradley, a prep righthander from outside Charleston, was also coming on strong. A lanky, projectable righthander at 6-foot-4, 180 pounds, his fastball ranges from 88-92 mph, but sits at 89-90 and he can touch 93-94 a couple of times in a game. His secondary stuff is raw, but he has shown flashes that the pitches could be average. He has outstanding control for a high school arm. He reportedly has walked just two batters in the last two seasons. Bradley has drawn comparisons to another 2010 righty in Keenan Kish. Bradley offers more projection, but less polish than Kish. He is committed to North Carolina State but figures to be signable. Scouts can't reach a consensus on where Bradley will get drafted, but considering his projection and signability there is little chance he lasts past the fifth round.
2 57 Boston Red Sox Brandon Workman Texas Texas $800,000
The Longhorns have one of the best college pitching staffs in recent memory, as evidenced by their team 2.14 ERA in mid-May--and the fact that Workman, their No. 3 starter, could be a first-round pick. The Phillies drafted him in the third round out of high school, but held firm with a $275,000 offer and wouldn't give him the $350,000 he sought. Now he could get four to five times that amount. Unable to secure a spot in the Longhorns rotation as a sophomore, Workman has been more focused and efficient this spring. His best pitch is a knockout curveball, and he pairs it with a 90-92 mph fastball that peaks at 96. He has developed a high-80s cutter as a strikeout pitch against lefthanders, and he also has some feel for a changeup. His command is better than ever, and he now realizes that he's more effective when he doesn't overthrow, which causes his pitches to flatten out. Workman earned all-star honors in the Cape Cod League the last two summers, leading the league in strikeouts after his freshman season.
2 58 Houston Astros Vince Velasquez Garey HS, Pomona, Calif. Calif. $655,830
Doctors diagnosed a stress fracture and a ligament strain in Vincent Velasquez's right elbow in January 2009, so his arm was placed in a cast for six weeks and he then went on a lengthy rehab program. He played shortstop and the outfield and even tried throwing lefthanded, but he didn't pitch last season. His first serious return to the mound was at MLB's preseason showcase in February, and he was the star of the event with a sensational one-inning stint. He fired a 93 mph fastball and added a wicked curveball and drop-dead changeup. The 6-foot-3, 180-pounder's outings during the spring were uneven, to put it mildly, and he was dreadful in an early season start in front of 40 scouts. Velasquez is a legitimate two-way player and could also serve as a switch-hitting infielder at Cal State Fullerton if he doesn't sign. While his actions and arm are impressive on the left side of the infield, his range, speed and bat are not early-round material. Velasquez exhibits a loose, angular and projectable build, a fluid delivery and tremendous stuff when he's on. To sign him away from Fullerton, however, scouts will need to be convinced that Velasquez has completely committed to pitching.
2 63 Chicago White Sox Jake Petricka Indiana State Ind. $540,000
Petricka may have had more helium than any player a month before the draft, with his stock rising so rapidly that it could have carried him into the first round. He cooled off by season's end, and now figures to go in the sandwich or second round. He began his college career at Iowa Western CC, where he sat out 2007 while recovering from Tommy John surgery and mostly pitched in the high 80s. He touched 94 early in the 2009 season after transferring to Indiana State, but didn't hold that velocity and ultimately turned down the Yankees, who took him in the 34th round as a draft-eligible sophomore. Petricka was on follow lists for 2010, and early in the season he was nothing special, sitting at 90 mph and featuring a soft curveball. Starting in mid-April, he made a quantum leap and began pitching at 92-94 mph and reaching 98 with his fastball, holding his velocity deep into games. His breaking ball now has some power to it and grades as a solid-average pitch. Scouts have noted that the 6-foot-4, 180-pounder is doing a much better job of using his legs and finishing his delivery.
2 64 Milwaukee Brewers Jimmy Nelson Alabama Ala. $570,600
Nelson emerged as the Crimson Tide's top prospect, surpassing middle infielders Josh Rutledge and preseason All-American Ross Wilson. He has the size (6-foot-6, 250 pounds) and hard, heavy fastball to profile as a middle-of-the-rotation starter. Nelson has had an inconsistent career as he's honed his mechanics, and an inconsistent junior season, peaking with strong starts against Kentucky early in the season and with a complete-game gem against Mississippi in mid-May. The latter start was key, as many scouts weren't sure he wanted the ball in big-game situations. Nelson can run his fastball up to 95-96 mph at times, and he has learned to rely more on movement and less on velocity. When his fastball is in the 88-93 range, it has natural, hard sink. He complements it with an 80-84 mph power breaking ball that scouts call a slider, as at times it has some depth. At his best, both pitches grade out as above-average. His changeup remains below-average but has its moments, and he tosses in a curve from time to time that some scouts believe suits his arm slot better than the slider. Nelson's arm action is decent, but he still loses his release point from time to time and struggles to throw strikes. He has improved his mound demeanor and has matured so that fielding miscues or a lack of run support don't disrupt his rhythm as often. He failed in a try as a closer last season, and some evaluators believe being in a rotation suits him better. Teams that like him as a starter will be tempted starting in the second round, and he finished the regular season strong.
2 66 Tampa Bay Rays Jake Thompson Long Beach State Calif. $555,000
Due to California high school transfer rules, Thompson did not pitch varsity baseball in his junior season at Wilson High, which is directly across the street from Blair Field, Long Beach State's home field. He graduated from Wilson a semester early to play for the Dirtbags. Thompson's college career has been a mixed bag, with bursts of brilliance interspersed with wildness and control problems. Relying heavily on his fastball, Thompson is an aggressive hurler who resembles, in frame and style, former big leaguer Troy Percival. His 92-94 mph fastball peaks at 95, and Thompson adds an excellent changeup which he mixes in sparingly. Thompson's primary weakness is his curveball, a pitch he short-arms and doesn't finish off cleanly. Scouts think that Thompson's results don't match his talent because of his unusual arm stroke, which will need to be cleaned up, and a weak delivery finish in which he circles away from the plate. He has the arm and raw stuff to be a mid-rotation starter, but he will more likely end up in the bullpen.
2 72 Texas Rangers Cody Buckel Royal HS, Simi Valley, Calif. Calif. $590,000
Residing close to Hollywood, Buckel relishes a good dramatic flourish. He begins his pregame warm-up by standing on the grass between the mound and second base with the ball in his hand. He races up the backside of the mound, down the front, and fires the ball plateward. A fledgling singer and actor when he isn't striking out hitters, Buckel is undersized for a righthander at 6 feet, 170 pounds. He does flash a big man's fastball at 92-94 mph. Buckel mixes in an excellent array of secondary pitches, with a curveball, changeup and cutter. His pitching idol is Tim Lincecum, and while his stuff is not as electric as the Giants ace's, he still displays the potential for four average to plus deliveries. The primary concern is durability, as he usually loses 3-4 mph on his fastball as a game progresses. Committed to Pepperdine, Buckel projects as either a back-of-the-rotation starter or set-up man in professional baseball.
2 75 St. Louis Cardinals Jordan Swagerty Arizona State Ariz. $625,000
Swagerty was a highly touted high school player out of Prestonwood Christian Academy in Plano, Texas. He was a 2007 Aflac All-American and a member of Team USA's junior national team. Now a draft-eligible sophomore, the 6-foot-1, 175-pound righthander has been dynamite at the back end of the Sun Devils' bullpen. His fastball sits in the 92-94 mph range and can get up to 96 when he's amped up. But, that's not his best pitch. Swagerty also throws a 84-86 mph curveball that grades out as a legit 70 on the 20-80 scale. It's a true 12-6 hammer. Swagerty's size concerns some scouts, but he can hold his velocity in back-to-back outings. He doesn't quite profile as a big league closer, but should move quickly to the big leagues and reminds scouts of Angels set-up man Scot Shields.
2 76 Colorado Rockies Chad Bettis Texas Tech Texas $477,000
Bettis could join Brett Eibner as an unsigned Astros 2007 draft pick (eighth round) who blossoms into a first-rounder three years later. As with Eibner, there's debate about Bettis' future role. He's definitely a pitcher, and while many scouts see him as a rubber-armed reliever, others say he has enough stuff to start. Texas Tech has used him in both roles, deploying him as a starter as a freshman, a reliever a year ago and both ways this spring. A 6-foot-1, 211-pounder, Bettis has a quick arm, fluid delivery and quality fastball. He pitches in the low 90s as a starter and touched 98 mph coming out of the bullpen last summer with Team USA. He generates velocity with his fluid delivery and arm speed rather than effort. He still needs to do a better job of locating his fastball down in the strike zone, but he has thrown more strikes and shown more sink this year. Bettis' mid-80s slider can be a plus, but he also overthrows it at times. His changeup gives him an effective pitch against lefthanders. He sometimes relies on his secondary pitches too much, to the detriment of his fastball command.
2 77 Philadelphia Phillies Perci Garner Ball State Ind. $470,700
Ball State produced a first-round pick (Bryan Bullington, No. 1 overall) and sandwich-rounder (Luke Hagerty) in the 2002 draft, and could repeat the feat again this year with Kolbrin Vitek and Garner. Garner joined the Cardinals on a football scholarship, but didn't see any game action in two years as a quarterback. After he emerged as the best pitching prospect in the Great Lakes League last summer, he gave up football, and he has continued to make strides this spring. Garner opened the season in Ball State's bullpen but moved into the rotation after shutting down a talented Louisville lineup for four innings in mid-March. He has a strong, athletic 6-foot-2, 225-pound frame and a pair of plus pitches in a lively 92-94 mph fastball that reaches 97 and a power curveball. He also throws a slider and a changeup. Garner's inexperience on the mound shows at times. His delivery can get slow and lack rhythm, and improving it would help his control. Though he's a draft-eligible sophomore, he's not considered a difficult sign.
2 78 Los Angeles Dodgers Ralston Cash Lakeview Academy, Cornelia, Ga. Ga. $463,500
Ralston Cash, a Georgia signee, has overcome adversity in his life. His mother died in a car crash in 1995, when he was just 3, and he had his own car wreck in 2008. He's recovered to have some of the best velocity in the state, with a fastball that sits in the low 90s and has touched 94 mph. He also has a pro body at 6-foot-3, 200 pounds. Cash's secondary stuff strikes scouts as fringy.
2 81 Los Angeles Angels Daniel Tillman Florida Southern Fla. $443,700
Florida Southern has had back-to-back seasons with a high-profile prospect who thrived in the Cape Cod League the previous summer. Robbie Shields didn't live up to billing last season, though the Mets still popped him in the third round. This year, Tillman figures to go in the same range as he has continued to rack up strikeouts in the nation's best Division II conference. He put up 22 scoreless innings on the Cape for Cotuit last summer and has had consistent stuff this spring. Tillman has a quick arm on his 6-foot-1, 200-pound body, and he consistently sits in the 90-94 mph range, touching 96. He complements it with a quick, hard slider, giving him two plus pitches. Tillman's mound presence gives him an extra edge and he has a closer's mentality. He'll have to hone his command to get a chance to close at the big league level but should have the stuff to reach the majors as a set-up man, going out as early as the third round.
3 85 Baltimore Orioles Dan Klein UCLA Calif. $499,900
An outstanding quarterback at Anaheim's famed Servite High, the 6-foot-3, 190-pound Klein turned down numerous college football scholarship offers to play baseball at UCLA. Selected by the Orioles in the 24th round of the 2007 draft, Klein struggled in his first season at UCLA in 2008 and then took a medical redshirt in 2009 due to shoulder problems, so he is a draft-eligible sophomore. Pitching exclusively as a closer in 2010, Klein has found his niche and was having a terrific season at 5-0, 2.23 with nine saves, with 46 strikeouts and seven walks in 40 innings. While Klein may not project as a closer in pro ball, he is perfectly suited to work as a set-up man. He relies on three effective pitches: a 91-93 mph fastball which he uses to run in on a hitters' hands; a changeup and a downer curveball, which hitters find difficult to read and time.
3 88 Arizona Diamondbacks Robby Rowland Cloverdale (Calif.) HS Calif. $395,000
When scouts use the term "projection righthander," Rowland is exactly the type of pitcher they're talking about with his body type, athleticism and bloodlines. At 6-foot-6, 210 pounds, Rowland looks the part of a young Josh Johnson. He is one of the top basketball players in California and could have accepted scholarships to small Division I programs as a shooting guard. Rowland's father Rich is a former big league catcher (Tigers and Red Sox from 1990-1995), and his older brother is a college catcher. As for his actual abilities, Rowland pitches with an 87-90 mph fastball and touches 92. He uses a split-finger fastball as his primary out pitch, with an inconsistent overhand curveball, a changeup and recently developed cutter/slider. Rowland has a loose, easy, quick arm stroke from an overhand slot. When he takes his time to get out over his front leg, he gets good tilt and late run and his curveball then shows as future average pitch. He has signed with Oregon.
3 91 San Diego Padres Zach Cates Northeast Texas CC Texas $765,000
Undrafted out of an Arkansas high school in 2008 and bypassed again at Northeast Texas CC last year, Cates won't be overlooked a third time. He spent most of his freshman season as a catcher, standing out for his strong arm and working just seven innings on the mound. A strong fall as a pitcher landed him on follow lists, and he has steadily risen up draft boards this spring. His fastball ranges from 90-93 mph to 95-97, and there should be more consistent velocity in his 6-foot-3, 195-pound frame. For an inexperienced pitcher, he has a relatively advanced changeup, which grades out as a better pitch than his curveball. His curve does have its moments, and he could have an easy plus fastball with two solid secondary pitches once he develops. His command and control still need work, but neither is a red flag. He's a tough competitor. Cates hasn't committed to a four-year school for 2010 and should be signable.
3 95 Chicago White Sox Addison Reed San Diego State Calif. $358,200
As San Diego State's closer last year, Reed led the nation with 20 saves. He often entered games after a fellow named Strasburg had finished his work for the day. Hitters who were overjoyed to see Strasburg leave--and who thought they would have a party when Reed came in--were severely disappointed. In 2010, Reed has made a seamless transition as the Aztecs' Friday starter, going 8-1, 2.07 with 77 strikeouts and just 10 walks in 65 innings. Opponents were hitting .197 off the 6-foot-3, 215-pound Reed, who delivers a 91-92 mph fastball that can peak at 93-94. Reed does an excellent job of moving the pitch around the strike zone--in, out, up, down. He adds an effective two-plane curveball, which he can use to saw off either edge of the plate. One scout said of Reed, "He doesn't have the best stuff in the world, but he's having a good year and knows how to get guys out." As a pro, Reed will get a chance to start, but his bullpen experience will serve him well if he fails in that role.
3 96 Milwaukee Brewers Tyler Thornburg Charleston Southern S.C. $351,900
Scouts and opposing coaches inevitably invoke Tim Lincecum when discussing Thornburg, which certainly is a compliment. It started last summer, when Thornburg closed for Brewster in the Cape Cod League. He struck out 18 in 17 innings and racked up eight saves, using a delivery similar to Lincecum's, and his size (5-foot-11, 190 pounds) is in the same ballpark, though he's thicker. That helped Thornburg hold up through the grind of being Charleston Southern's top pitcher as well as a middle-of-the-order hitter who often plays right field when he doesn't pitch. He made an early statement with a complete-game, 158-pitch victory against Florida, which won the Southeastern Conference regular-season crown. He also mixed in a loss at Presbyterian, the Big South's ninth-place team. A rough season with the bat and the impending draft prompted the Buccaneers to keep Thornburg's focus on the mound in the season's final month, and he ranked third in the Big South in strikeouts while leading the league with a .213 opponent average. He has top-five-rounds stuff with a low-90s fastball that has topped out at 95 mph. His fastball lacks life and can be pretty flat, which makes his power curveball his best pitch. Thornburg is still looking for a consistent third pitch to round out his repertoire. He's likely more of a middle reliever, a quick-armed set-up man in the Scot Shields mold who should be off the board by end of the fifth round.
3 99 Seattle Mariners Ryne Stanek Blue Valley HS, Stilwell, Kan. Kan.
When scouts saw Stanek's 6-foot-4, 180 pound build and his ability to maintain a 90-92 mph fastball on the showcase circuit last summer, it was easy for them to project that he might throw in the mid-90s one day. That day came sooner than expected, as Stanek worked at 91-96 mph in his first game this spring. He has kept that velocity all spring, doing so with little effort. His delivery is fairly sound, though he does throw slightly across his body. His curveball is crisp and has two-plane break, giving him a second future plus pitch. He also throws a slider and changeup. Stanek is one of the cornerstones of a deep Arkansas recruiting class, but his step forward this spring means he'll likely bypass college.
3s 114 Chicago White Sox Thomas Royse Louisville Ky. $263,500
Royse had just started to roll as a weekend starter in 2009, sandwiching a pair of 10-strikeout efforts around eight shutout innings against Pittsburgh, when a compression fracture in his lower back brought his sophomore season to a halt. He has picked up where he left off, becoming Louisville's Friday-night starter this season. The 6-foot-5, 215-pounder has been healthy all spring and the Cardinals won all but one of his 15 starts entering regional play. Scouts have mixed opinions about Royse. Those who like him point to the 90-93 mph fastball he throws on a steep downward plane, his ability to cut and sink the ball in on the hands of lefthanders and his tight slider. Others say his velocity drops to 87-89 mph after a few innings and see the slider as a fringy pitch. He does a good job of throwing strikes and has the makings of a changeup. Undrafted out of a Kentucky high school three years ago when he turned down six-figure overtures from pro clubs, Royse should go in the fourth to sixth round this time around.
3s 115 Los Angeles Angels Donn Roach JC of Southern Nevada Nev. $261,000
Roach won three state championships at Bishop Gorman High in Las Vegas and was a 40th-round pick out of high school by the Angels in 2008, but he didn't sign and headed to Arizona, where he went 1-4, 7.84 with 22 strikeouts and 22 walks over 41 innings as a freshman. He transferred to Southern Nevada this year to play with Bryan and Bryce Harper, whom he's known since he was 10 years old. His fastball regained the giddy-up it had in high school, getting back up to 90-94 mph and touching 95. It's a big leap from the 86-88 mph he showed at Arizona. Roach credits the boost to getting back to a lower arm slot that he had in high school. He also scrapped his splitter for a curveball that shows flashes of being an above-average pitch. Roach doesn't have much projection remaining. Coupled with the uncertainty of what version of Roach teams will be getting, he'll be a bit of a wild card on draft day. If he can maintain his current stuff, he could be a good middle-of-the-rotation starter or a set-up man.
4 116 Washington Nationals A.J. Cole Oviedo (Fla.) HS Fla. $2,000,000
Cole was the shortstop on BA's most recent Baseball for the Ages 12-year-old all-star team, so he has been on the prospect radar for some time. He had a stellar summer showcase circuit in 2009, positioning himself as a potential first-rounder. His spring season started poorly, however, thanks to a bout with the flu and rainy, cool weather that interrupted the high school schedule in the Orlando area. Cole's fastball velocity was down early in the spring but jumped in late April and early May. After sitting 88-93 mph early, Cole was back to sitting at 92-93 and regularly hitting 95-96. He has an athletic, projectable frame and long legs; at 6-foot-5, 190 pounds, he should add strength that will help him have more consistent velocity. He has a low-maintenance delivery and projects to have solid command. His curveball at times exhibits hard, late break and can be a plus pitch, though scouts prefer the hard slider of his rival for the title of Best Florida Prep Pitching Prospect, Karsten Whitson. Cole also has a decent changeup that at times has late fade. At his best, Cole is among the best pitchers available in the draft, and his recovery from his poor start means he won't get out of the first round.
4 117 Pittsburgh Pirates Nick Kingham Sierra Vista HS, Las Vegas Nev. $485,000
Four Corners scouts compare Kingham to Kevin Walter in that he's a physical righthander who came into the season with less attention than Kevin Gausman, but may end up as the better pitcher. Kingham is 6-foot-5 and 210 pounds but has a solid, athletic frame, a smooth delivery and a clean arm action. He had to sit out his junior year after transferring to Sierra Vista from Calvary Chappel, but Kingham has improved every year, which scouts like to see. Kingham's fastball is in the 90-93 mph range with good life. His changeup is his second-best pitch and it's a solid-average offering. His curveball is below-average now and needs to be tightened up. He profiles as a middle-of-the-rotation pitcher, but scouts love his frame and think one day he'll be able to handle a 200-inning workload. As one of the last additions to Oregon's outstanding recruiting class, Kingham may be too good for pro scouts to pass up and could go as high as the second round.
4 120 Cleveland Indians Kyle Blair San Diego Calif. $580,000
Blair was one of the top high school pitching prospects for the 2007 draft, and the Dodgers took him in the fifth round but did not sign him. His first two seasons at San Diego included bursts of brilliance, nagging injuries (shoulder inflammation in 2009 caused him to miss six weeks) and some struggles. In 2010, Blair has finally delivered on his promise. Earlier in his college career, Blair fought a tendency to overthrow, which caused his front side to pull down and open, lessening his velocity and command. Having improved his mechanics, Blair has also rediscovered his power slider. No longer hesitant to challenge hitters inside, Blair pounds the strike zone with a low to mid-90s fastball, complemented by a slider with depth. He has also added an overhand curve and firm changeup. Blair delivered a sensational one-hit, 15-strikeout masterpiece against Portland in his first May start and was finishing strong. He has matured and improved his fastball control, though he's still lacking in command. A free spirit who has traveled the world and worked with Habitat for Humanity to build homes in Honduras, Blair could still be a No. 3 starter.
4 121 Arizona Diamondbacks Kevin Munson James Madison Va. $243,000
The closer for the Dukes, Munson has a thick, strong frame at 6-foot-2, 205 pounds. He has two average or better pitches that help him shut down batters at the end of games. His fastball consistently sits 90-93 mph, with good sink and armside run thanks to good extension in his delivery. His second pitch is a power slider that can buckle hitters' knees. He gets hard, late depth on the pitch and uses it almost exclusively at times. Occasionally, the break will get a little big on him and the pitch lacks bite. He came to James Madison as a catcher/righthander, so his arm is relatively fresh. He has shown that he can work multiple-inning outings and hold his velocity. In 24 appearances he has tossed 43 innings, striking out 61 and walking 19. Even though he hasn't made a start in his college career, a couple of scouts didn't rule out the possibility if he can find a third pitch.
4 123 Houston Astros Bobby Doran Texas Tech Texas $236,700
Pitching in the shadow of Chad Bettis at Texas Tech, Doran has been the Red Raiders' best starting pitcher this spring. After going winless in the first half of the season, he won five of his next six starts, highlighted by a 16-strikeout effort against Missouri. His stuff has kicked up a notch, matching what he showed last summer when he ranked as the top pitching prospect in the Jayhawk League. Not only is he pitching at 90-92 mph and topping out at 94, but he's also commanding his fastball to both sides of the plate. He also has a hard 77-78 mph curveball with late break, as well as a serviceable changeup. He's athletic for a 6-foot-6, 240-pounder, and his arm works easily, enabling him to throw strikes. He spent the first two years of his college career at Seward County (Kan.) CC, where the Pirates drafted him in the 36th round last year. He'll get picked more than 30 rounds earlier this time around.
4 126 Toronto Blue Jays Sam Dyson South Carolina S.C. $600,000
Dyson was a 19th-round pick of the Nationals out of Jesuit High in Tampa in 2006, but he decided to attend South Carolina. He missed his freshman season after having labrum surgery and seemed primed to go out high in the 2009 draft, as he showed power stuff and good competitiveness. His medical history, though, helped push him down draft boards, and he wound up as the Athletics' 10th-round pick and didn't sign. After going 17-4 his first two seasons, he hadn't posted as gaudy a record as a redshirt junior, but his 5-5, 3.92 season actually was more impressive. Dyson has dialed his velocity down into the 92-93 mph range rather than the upper 90s and sitting 93-95. He can still flash that kind of velocity but has sacrificed it for better command and life. He's driving the ball down in the strike zone more and had cut his home runs allowed from 18 in 102 innings to three in 83 innings. Dyson is at his best when he is throwing his curveball for strikes and not just using it as a chase pitch. He also throws a slider in the mid-80s that doesn't have great depth, but he locates it better than the curve. His changeup has made progress as well. Dyson's medical history is what it is, but he has been durable over the last two seasons, making every start and approaching 200 innings total. His improved control should allow him to stay in a rotation in the near-term, though his power stuff could lend itself to a bullpen role eventually.
4 128 Chicago White Sox Matt Grimes Mill Creek HS, Hoschton, Ga. Ga.
Another player with Top 200 talent who was on the rise, Grimes has a Georgia Tech baseball commitment and a projectable 6-foot-5 body. Some scouts question how much weight Grimes will add to his skinny frame, but with his long levers he generates intriguing fastball velocity. He sits at 89-91 mph but touches 93-94, with the ability to throw downhill, and has improved his breaking ball, which he throws with power and tilt in the upper 70s at his best. Grimes' detractors consider him a tough sign away from Tech and worry about the life on his fastball. He does have a clean arm and good mechanics after toning down a slight head jerk.
4 131 Tampa Bay Rays Austin Wood St. Petersburg (Fla.) JC Fla.
Wood has a big arm and a big-school track record. Drafted by the Astros in the 36th round in 2008 out of high school, he began his college career at Florida State, making five starts as a freshman in 2009 and walking 25 in 23 innings. He transferred to St. Petersburg JC, where he also failed to stick in the rotation. However, he probably had the best arm in the junior-college ranks this season, and garnered first-three-rounds interest even after dropping back into a bullpen role. He wound up going 3-4, 4.81, and control was a problem for him all season as he walked 21 in 43 innings. Worse, he fell behind hitters too often and had to groove fastballs, leading him to get hit around more than he should. His only appearance in the Florida postseason junior-college tournament was a 13-pitch, four-out outing when the game was not in doubt. Wood's 6-foot-4, 215-pound frame and power arm are hard for scouts to walk away from. He lives in the 90-95 mph range as a starter, sitting at 93-94, and hit 96 in a relief stint in the state tournament. His slider also grades out as average at times, and he has flashed a changeup that is better than his breaking ball at times. His arm works well, so scouts believe his control should improve with maturity and professional instruction. His future role likely is as a reliever, though his durable body and three-pitch repertoire will give him a chance to start.
4 133 Detroit Tigers Cole Green Texas Texas
Green can't match the stuff of the other members of Texas' weekend rotation (projected first-round picks Taylor Jungmann and Brandon Workman), but he has been just as effective, going 10-1, 2.64 with a 66-23 K-BB ratio and .213 opponent average in 99 innings entering regional play. He doesn't have a classic pro build at 6 feet and 210 pounds, and he can't overpower hitters, but he pitches so well and competes so hard that he should go in the first five rounds. Green sits at 89-91 mph and peaks at 93 mph with his sinker, living in the bottom of the strike zone and generating plenty of groundouts. His changeup is a quality offering, and he also has a late-breaking slider. He throws strikes with all three pitches and keeps his pitch counts down, allowing him to work deep into games. Some scouts project him as no more than a middle reliever in the big leagues, but his feel for pitching and his makeup may allow him to make it as a starter.
4 134 Atlanta Braves Dave Filak Oneonta State (N.Y.) N.Y. $204,300
Filak has a fresh, explosive arm; he did not pitch in high school and walked on at Oneonta State as a catcher. He was quickly converted to the mound, where he led all Division III pitchers in strikeouts per nine innings (14.86) and fewest hits allowed per nine innings (5.07) as a sophomore last year. Scouts were buzzing about Filak after he ran his fastball up to 95 mph and flashed a plus-plus 83 mph spike curveball in his 2010 debut in Vero Beach, but he exited his third start of the season after just two innings because of elbow stiffness, which caused him to miss his next outing. He did not show quite as much velocity after returning to action, but he still posted a dominant season, going 8-0, 1.82 with 96 strikeouts and 16 walks through 59 innings. Filak's fastball settled in at 90-93 mph, and he still regularly flashed a plus curveball with 12-to-6 break in the 77-80 range. Filak did not learn to throw a changeup until last fall, and the pitch is a work in progress. Filak has a physical, athletic 6-foot-5, 220-pound frame, and he could still add velocity as he learns to make better use of his lower half in his delivery.
4 138 San Francisco Giants Seth Rosin Minnesota Minn. $191,700
Few pitchers who are Rosin's size (6-foot-6, 245 pounds) can match his body control. He repeats his delivery and throws strikes so easily that he posted one of the top K-BB ratios (88-12 through 95 innings) in NCAA Division I this spring. Rosin topped out at 96 mph in the Cape Cod League last summer and has pitched at 91-92 mph with a peak of 94 this spring. His fastball is pretty straight, which makes it easier to throw for strikes but also easier to hit. His curveball and changeup have improved but still are fringy, and he's going to need more fastball life and better secondary pitches to miss bats in pro ball. He may fit better in the bullpen, where he would project as a possible set-up man.
5 147 Pittsburgh Pirates Tyler Waldron Oregon State Ore. $173,500
Righthander Waldron went from the Beavers' Friday starter to the bullpen by the end of the season. A 6-foot-2, 205-pound transfer from Pacific, Waldron has good stuff--sitting at 90-92 and spiking 95 every now and then--but he doesn't have much deception. Hitters see his stuff well, and he struggles to put them away. Waldron has tinkered with a slider but more on a curveball as his breaking pitch. He also needs to take a few ticks off his changeup. Waldron is an enigma to scouts and could go anywhere from the fifth to the 15th round.
5 149 Kansas City Royals Jason Adam Blue Valley Northwest HS, Overland Park, Kan. Kan. $800,000
Adam began the year as the highest-rated pitching prospect in Kansas. Though Ryne Stanek has since surpassed him, Adam pitched well enough at the start of the season that the state might have had two high school pitchers drafted in the first three rounds for the first time ever. Early in the spring, he had a low-90s fastball that topped out at 95 and also spun a good curveball. His stuff tailed off, however, making it more likely that he'd follow through on a strong commitment to Missouri. Adam's changeup shows enough promise that he eventually could have three average-or-better pitches with good control. At 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds, he's more physical than Stanek, and he also repeats his delivery more consistently.
5 150 Cleveland Indians Cole Cook Pepperdine Calif. $299,000
Cook's father (known by his stage name Peter MacKenzie) is an actor who has appeared in dozens of Hollywood productions, including the movies "Major League: Back to the Minors" and "It's Complicated" with Meryl Streep. A high school teammate of Twins prospect David Bromberg, Cook was a 36th-round pick of the Mariners in 2007 but did not sign. He missed his freshman season at Pepperdine in 2008 after a freak accident when he broke his wrist while helping to roll up the field tarp on a rainy day. After Pepperdine ace Brett Hunter signed with the A's in 2008, Cook assumed the Friday starter's role in 2009 and 2010 and has performed well, moving to Saturdays of late after the emergence of lefty Matt Bywater. Cook's rangy 6-foot-6, 200-pound frame and low three-quarters delivery are reminiscent of the Weaver brothers. He fires a 91-93 mph fastball, with a changeup and a slurvy 77-78 mph breaking ball. His change is a decent pitch, and scouts agree that his weakness is his curve. It shows sharp break at times, but Cook has trouble controlling it, due in part to his low arm slot. A rare college pitcher with significant projectability, Cook will need to sharpen his mechanics, command and secondary pitches to succeed in pro ball. If he does that, he fits comfortably as a mid- to back-of-the-rotation starter.
5 155 Oakland Athletics Tyler Vail Notre Dame HS, Easton, Pa. Pa. $162,900
Six-foot-1 righthander Vail doesn't have a big frame and has a lot of effort in his delivery, but he has run his fastball up to 92 mph with boring action. His breaking ball and changeup are below-average to fringe-average, but both could develop into solid pitches over the next three years under the tutelage of Maryland pitching coach Sean Kenny.
5 157 Cincinnati Reds Wes Mugarian Pensacola (Fla.) Catholic HS Fla. $198,000
Righthander Mugarian made a name for himself early in the year by throwing a no-hitter in front of plenty of scouts to beat Karsten Whitson and Chipley High. Mugarian should be able to make an impact in the Southeastern Conference for Alabama, where he's committed, but his profile isn't as strong for pro ball. He has a lot of effort in his delivery and stands just 6-foot-1, and he has a good arm that produces a 90-91 mph fastball that touches 93 and a solid-average curveball. Mugarian profiles as a reliever in the long term and should be a fourth- to seventh-round pick if he's signable in that range.
5 159 Milwaukee Brewers Matt Miller Michigan Mich. $157,500
While Oaks exceeded expectations at Michigan, Miller went in the other direction. He's 6-foot-6, 217 pounds and has a 92-94 mph fastball, but he went just 3-3, 5.12 and fell out of the rotation. Miller has a long arm action that makes it easy to see his fastball, which also gets straight at times. His slider is inconsistent and he doesn't command it well. Still, his size and arm strength could get him drafted in the first 10 rounds.
5 161 Tampa Bay Rays Ian Kendall Ashland (Ore.) HS Ore. $250,000
Oregon high school righthander Ian Kendall flew under the radar this spring. He comes from Ashland High, which is as close to Sacramento as it is to Portland and did not play on the summer showcase circuit. But scouts that made the trek discovered a diamond in the rough. Kendall, listed at 6 feet and 205 pounds, was 91-95 mph this spring and showed an above-average power curveball and flashes of an above-average changeup. Kendall has a clean arm action and great work ethic. An Oregon State commit, Kendall was selected highly enough that he'll have a tough decision to make this summer.
5 162 Seattle Mariners Stephen Pryor Tennessee Tech Tenn. $153,000
Tennessee Tech reliever Pryor headed in the other direction this season. A junior-college transfer from Cleveland State, Pryor had a reputation with scouts for having size and velocity but little command and poor mechanics. He made significant progress this season in taming his delivery, controling his body and improving his velocity. He has tremendous arm strength and uses his tree-trunk legs well, leveraging his 6-foot-4, 235-pound frame, and he had his fastball sitting 94-97 mph all spring. In a May midweek matchup against Bryce Brentz and Middle Tennessee State, Tennessee Tech coach Matt Bragga brought Pryor in even though the team was losing, showcasing him in front of several top evaluators on hand to see Brentz. Pryor gave up a solo home run but also pumped his fastball up to 98 mph and repeated his delivery. Pryor's slider has its moments in the mid-80s, but he's fairly new to the pitch after ditching his curve. It has decent shape and projects to be an average pitch if he can command it. He dominated at times, with 75 strikeouts in just 41 innings, an amazing 16.5 strikeouts per nine innings. That's just short of the NCAA Division I record set by Ryan Wagner in 2003 (16.8), and Pryor should go high despite his 4-4, 5.71 overall mark at Tennessee Tech and despite getting hit around in the Ohio Valley Conference tournament.
5 166 Texas Rangers Justin Grimm Georgia Ga. $825,000
Grimm has many of the ingredients scouts look for in a college pitcher. He has a pitcher's body at 6-foot-4, 193 pounds; he's quick-armed and athletic; he has big-conference experience and was Georgia's Friday starter this season; and he touches 95 mph regularly with his fastball. The bad news: Grimm had a career 5.80 ERA over nearly 180 innings, and some scouts consider him much the same pitcher after three years at Georgia as he was in 2007, when he was a 13th-round pick of the Red Sox out of high school in Virginia. Grimm has above-average fastball velocity at 90-94 mph, but the pitch lacks life and command thanks to poor mechanics. He rushes through his delivery, leaving his pitches up in the strike zone. He's vulnerable to home runs because he finishes too upright and doesn't drive the ball downhill. Scouts do consider the flaws to be correctable. He has a sharp curveball that at times grades out as an above-average pitch, but he wasn't ahead of hitters enough to use it as a strikeout pitch this spring. Grimm's changeup remains his third-best pitch. He competed well this season despite Georgia's disappointing year, even pitching in midweek in relief to sew up a victory against Georgia State, then pitching a career-best eight innings in his final start, beating Kentucky. He's still expected to go in the first four rounds despite his career 6-12 record.
5 167 Florida Marlins Robert Morey Virginia Va. $150,000
One Cavalier to make a name for himself against Strasburg was Morey. He went six innings in that game, allowing five hits, three walks and no runs while striking out nine. He was 9-2, 3.14 in 86 innings this season with 66 strikeouts and 33 walks as Virginia's Saturday starter. His fastball sits around 90-91 mph, though he can touch higher early in games. Against Florida State in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament he touched 95 mph but dropped off quickly and got knocked around. Morey competes enough to go deep in games, as he averages better than six innings a start. His second-best offering is a slider that is inconsistent but shows flashes of being a good pitch. He's a good athlete, but at 6-foot-1, 185 pounds, scouts can't project him to add much to his arsenal.
5 168 San Francisco Giants Heath Hembree College of Charleston S.C. $185,000
Hembree has one of the draft's freshest power arms, having pitched fewer than 30 innings in three years. He also didn't pitch during his senior season in high school, due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee that he injured during prep football. Hembree made only one appearance at South Carolina, recording one out, then went to Spartanburg Methodist JC and transferred to College of Charleston, getting irregular work as the Cougars' closer. Scouts weren't happy with how he was used, though it's hard to argue with Charleston's 40-win season and regional berth. Hembree displayed mid- to upper 90s velocity, regularly hitting 98 mph and sitting in the 94-96 mph range. He has a long, lean pitcher's body at 6-foot-4, 195 pounds with wide shoulders, as well as a clean arm action. His secondary pitch is a slider that flashes mid-80s power potential. Much of Hembree's game is raw. His fastball tends to straighten out at higher velocity, and he has proved hittable due to spotty command. He doesn't have a pitch to combat lefthanded hitters, though some think his power repertoire and big hands make him an excellent future candidate for a split-finger fastball. Hembree's modest numbers and inexperience may slot him behind college closers such as Texas Tech's Chad Bettis or Florida's Kevin Chapman, but his pure arm and velocity are as good as the college ranks have to offer this season.
5 170 Colorado Rockies Josh Slaats Hawaii Hawaii $142,200
Slaats came to Hawaii via California High in San Ramon, Calif. He started for the Rainbows his freshman year, but was ineffective and moved to a relief role in 2009 after coming out of the bullpen for Wareham in the Cape Cod League the previous summer. Slaats returned to the Cape last summer and dominated (2-0, 0.95) and reclaimed a spot in Hawaii's weekend rotation, although he didn't become their Friday night guy until midway through this year and missed a start in March with some elbow tenderness. Slaats sits 90-93 mph with his fastball, holding it deep into games, and has even touched 95. Slaats throws a disappearing slider with sharp, two-plane break. His changeup is still coming along but has shown flashes of being a good pitch. Slaats has a physical presence on the mound at 6-foot-5 and 230 pounds. He repeats his delivery well, but has a tendency to open his hips a little early and fall off to the first-base side. As a pitcher from Hawaii, Slaats final start of the regular season at San Jose State and in the Western Athletic Conference tournament in Mesa, Ariz. will be important, as it will give more scouts a chance to see him.
5 171 Philadelphia Phillies Scott Frazier Upland (Calif.) HS Calif.
Scant attention was paid to Frazier until a scout game at Southern California last November. One of the last pitchers to throw that day, Frazier sent scouts scrambling to restart radar guns that had already been packed. He began the 2010 spring campaign with a flourish, firing an 18-strikeout no-hitter. Frazier's next outing drew 50 scouts, and he breezed through an impressive first inning by striking out the side. After that, the wheels came off and he was knocked out of the game. Frazier's inconsistency can be traced to his mechanics, which are decidedly funky. He uses a high leg kick, drops his arm down, around and behind his body before delivering the ball by jumping at the hitter. It's hard to repeat, and all the energy causes him to quickly run out of petrol. Still, there is a great deal to like about Frazier, whose build resembles Stephen Strasburg's. At his best, Frazier delivers a 93-94 mph fastball and adds a sharp curveball and promising changeup. While his mechanics will need to be cleaned up, Frazier has an ideal, projectable pitcher's frame at 6-foot-6, 200 pounds. He has a Pepperdine commitment.
5 174 Los Angeles Angels Jesus Valdez Hueneme HS, Oxnard, Calif. Calif.
Righthander Jesus Valdez gained traction as an elite prospect last June, when he impressed at a showcase at the Urban Youth Academy in Compton. At 6-foot-3, 180 pounds, Valdez works quickly, is aggressive and loves challenging hitters while being the center of attention on the mound. His heavy fastball ranges from 91-93 mph with late life. He adds an excellent curveball, but he'll need to improve his changeup. Lanky and projectable, Valdez has a buggy-whip arm action, with some funkiness and an awkward restriction in the back of his arm stroke that raises injury concerns among scouts. Valdez will begin his pro career as a starter, but he may profile best as a high-energy reliever.
5 175 New York Yankees Tommy Kahnle Lynn (Fla.) Fla. $150,000
Lynn's poor season didn't drag down Kahnle's draft stock. The stocky 6-foot, 225-pound righty has the same 93-94 mph fastball velocity (touching 95 at times after reaching 97 last summer) that he showed last year en route to the national title and in the Cape Cod League. Kahnle was pressed into a starting role this season and just doesn't have the quality offspeed stuff to go through a lineup more than once or twice at this stage. His changeup is his second-best pitch, and his breaking ball was sharper last summer than this spring. He can show periods of control but lacks command and profiles as a bullpen arm. Short college righthanders who go 2-7, 5.06 with 71 strikeouts and 47 walks in 75 innings at the D-II level usually don't fly off the board, but Kahnle's track record in the Cape should still get him picked in the first 10 rounds.
6 177 Pittsburgh Pirates Jason Hursh Trinity Christian HS, Addison, Texas Texas
Hursh is the best pitcher to come out of Trinity Christian Academy since David Purcey, who went on to attend Oklahoma, become a Blue Jays first-round pick and reach the majors. Hursh is a good student who has committed to Oklahoma State, but he should be signable if he's picked in the first five rounds. His velocity has picked up this spring, as he's now regularly pitching at 90-93 mph and flashing some 94s. He'll shows signs of a promising curveball and slider, though neither breaking ball is consistent. He's doing a much better job of throwing strikes, though his command still needs a lot of work. Though he's just 6-foot-1 and 175 pounds, Hursh generates his velocity with arm speed rather than effort. He does throw across his body somewhat, which isn't optimal but does add life to his pitches.
6 178 Baltimore Orioles Dixon Anderson California Calif.
Dixon Anderson's attributes are quite obvious. At 6-foot-5, 225 pounds, Anderson looks like what scouts and scouting directors want to see on the mound. He is not only the right size, but his build is also streamlined and well proportioned, and he has the stuff as well. Anderson can get his fastball into the mid-90s and does it with pretty easy effort. As a redshirt freshman in 2009, Anderson got into 20 games and scouts noticed him. He then went out in summer ball and threw the ball well, with 56 strikeouts in 56 innings, while showing the same good fastball, and established himself as a prospect to be considered for the upper rounds of the draft. Anderson also has a curveball and a split-finger fastball but both are inconsistent at this point. He was a projection righthander out of high school and was not heavily recruited, so scouts don't have a long track record with him. It's likely that Anderson is still just scraping the surface of his potential, so a drafting team will need patience, even though he is a Pac-10 weekend starter.
6 181 Arizona Diamondbacks Blake Perry Pendleton School, Bradenton, Fla. Fla. $500,000
Perry, a 6-foot-5, 180-pound Kentucky native, was attracting attention. Perry, whose older brother Bryce plays at Kentucky and is a Wildcats recruit, sits in the 88-91 mph range, has a loose arm and touched 93 mph in recent weeks.
6 182 New York Mets Greg Peavey Oregon State Ore. $200,000
Peavey has been on the prospect radar for a long time. He played in the 2000 Little League World Series, hit 90 mph as a 14-year-old and was a member of Team USA's 16U team in 2004 and the 18U team in 2006. He was a Top 200 talent coming out of Hudson's Bay High in Vancouver, Wash., in 2007, but fell to the Yankees in the 24th round due to signability. Last year, as a draft-eligible sophomore, he went in the 32nd round to the Astros. While many of Oregon State's pitchers have spun their wheels this spring, Peavey has been the most consistent. His fastball sits in the 88-92 mph range and touches 93. He has a slider that at times shows hard, two-plane break, though it can flatten out. He doesn't throw many changeups. Peavey gets ahead of batters and struggles to put them away and gives up a lot of two-strike hits. He doesn't have a lot of deception, often leaves the ball up in the zone and struggles throwing his fastball for strikes in on righthanders. Teams that like him project him as a mid-rotation starter, but teams that don't see him as a sixth- or seventh-inning reliever. He is a Boras Corp. client, but shouldn't be a particularly tough sign this time around.
6 183 Houston Astros Adam Plutko Glendora (Calif.) HS Calif.
Since his emergence as a top prospect two years ago, Plutko had bedeviled scouts with his inconsistent performances. He wavers from terrific to downright pedestrian, with a mid-80s fastball and bland secondary stuff. His best performance may have been at last year's Area Code Games, where he touched 93 mph and snapped off a fiendish curveball. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound Plutko has been effective but not overwhelming this spring, and his fastball has ranged from 87-91 mph, with a curve, changeup and slider. His secondary offerings are decent, but will require a substantial amount of refinement to reach major league average. His fastball is straight and strays up in the strike zone too often, and he'll need more movement to be effective against advanced hitters. On his best days, Plutko flashes the stuff of a premium pick, but those days don't happen quite often enough. He is committed to UCLA, and if he doesn't sign a pro contract, Plutko should become a weekend starter immediately and could move into the top two rounds in 2013.
6 184 San Diego Padres Johnny Barbato Varela HS, Miami Fla. $1,400,000
Barbato played on a team coached by his father that wasn't competitive in South Florida's tough high school 6-A ranks. He didn't bolt the program for a private school in the area and still showed one of the state's better arms despite not having much help in the field. While Luke Jackson has better present stuff, Barbato could have a higher ceiling because he does it easier, repeats his delivery and throws more strikes. His stuff isn't that far behind, either. Barbato has a loose arm and solid 6-foot-2, 185-pound body that allows him to produce fastballs that have reached 95 mph, after topping out at 92 last year. Barbato's delivery is sound and repeatable, and he throws an average curveball with good shape and plus potential. He's a Florida recruit, and the Gators have done well holding onto top prospects under third-year coach Kevin O'Sullivan. Signability will determine whether Barbato goes out in the first four rounds or winds up in college.
6 187 Cincinnati Reds Drew Cisco Wando HS, Mt. Pleasant, S.C. S.C. $975,000
Cisco signed with Georgia, and the Bulldogs--with a staff ERA close to 9.00 despite a raft of power arms--could have used his feel for pitching this season. Cisco is so polished that it's almost unfair to lump him in with other high school pitchers. His grandfather Galen was a big league pitcher and pitching coach, while his older, shorter brother Mike pitched at South Carolina and is now in Double-A with the Phillies organization. Drew Cisco has good size at 6-foot-2, 190 pounds, the best command in the prep class and a knack for pitching beyond his years. Scouts believe Cisco will carve up wood bats with his ability to pitch inside and confidently work off his fastball, even if it has just average velocity at 88-91, touching 92. It stands out more for its life and command than for velocity. Cisco has a mid-70s curveball he can throw for strikes or bury that grades out as average, and a changeup with sink that he also commands. Cisco sets up hitters like a pro and will move faster than many college pitchers, but any loss in fastball velocity would reduce his margin for error significantly.
6 191 Tampa Bay Rays Jesse Hahn Virginia Tech Va. $525,000
Three years ago, one of Hahn's high school teammates and rotation partners was getting tons of draft attention. The teammate was righthander Matt Harvey, who ended up dropping to the third round and honoring his commitment to North Carolina. Now, both Fitch (Conn.) High alums could be drafted in the first round. Hahn has an ideal pitcher's frame at 6-foot-5, 200 pounds, but he missed three weeks of action this spring. He had an MRI on his right elbow that revealed no structural damage. When healthy, Hahn has an electric arsenal. He has a plus fastball that sits 92-94 mph with some armside run. He has been able to run his fastball up to 96-97, especially when he pitched out of the bullpen in the Cape Cod League last summer, but has learned that he's better when he dials it back. He has two average to plus secondary offerings in a slider and curveball, as well as a potentially average changeup. His curveball has 12-to-6 action, but he raises his arm slot on the pitch, which could give it away to hitters. He mixes in an 80-82 mph slider that occasionally gets big on him but is also an average or better offering. His changeup has some fade and really works well when he locates down and to his arm side. His command isn't exceptional, but scouts don't see it as a problem moving forward. Working against Hahn are a spotty medical history and limited track record of performance. As a freshman he went 3-7, 4.64 in 64 innings with 36 strikeouts and 25 walks. He saw significantly less time as a sophomore, going 1-2, 6.00 in 24 innings. Only two of his 17 appearances were starts. Hahn has seen a big turnaround this season, going 5-2, 2.81 with 64 strikeouts and 14 walks through 58 innings.
6 197 Florida Marlins Rett Varner Texas-Arlington Texas $125,000
Righthander Rett Varner redshirted at Brigham Young in 2007 and turned down the Cubs when they took him in the 34th round as a draft-eligible sophomore a year ago. After a slow start, he came on strong in the second half, showing a better feel for pitching with a heavy fastball that peaks at 96. He also throws a good changeup, and a late-breaking slurve that lacks consistency. His 6-foot-4, 200-pound frame is another positive in his favor.
6 202 Los Angeles Dodgers Kevin Gausman Grandview HS, Aurora, Colo. Colo.
Gausman has a tall, thin build with long arms and legs. While scouts believe he'll add strength, he's one of the older players in this year's high school class and will always be on the slender side. He pitched as much as anyone last summer, throwing in just about every high-profile showcase event possible, including Perfect Game National, Aflac, Under Armour, Tournament of Stars, Area Codes, Team USA and Jupiter. Combine that with the fact that he played basketball all winter and bad weather in Colorado all spring, and it shouldn't come as a shock that his velocity was down a tick this season, sitting at 89-92 mph. Gausman has pitched in the low to mid-90s in the past. His fastball has some life and run, but he doesn't command it particularly well and it's flat in the zone. Last year in the state playoffs, he was up to 96 mph but gave up 11 runs in two innings. His secondary pitches—a 76 mph curveball, a Vulcan changeup and a cutter-like slider—are all below-average currently and project to be average at best. Because he has been inconsistent this spring, Gausman may slide to the supplemental or second round, but it will likely still take first-round money to sign him. If he heads to Louisiana State, he'd be draft-eligible again as a sophomore in 2012.
6 204 Los Angeles Angels Brian Diemer California Calif. $100,000
If he had been more signable and more consistent, California reliever Diemer likely would have been drafted in the top 10 rounds after his redshirt sophomore year in 2009. The 6-foot-5, 235-pound Diemer has all the attributes of a pitching prospect and on his best days compares with some of the top pitching prospects in the nation. His arm is loose, strong and works easily from a high three-quarters slot. He can touch 94 mph and work in the 89-92 range deep into games, at times showing average life. Diemer started 10 games during his sophomore year but moved to the bullpen this spring due to the inconsistency of his secondary pitches. He will flash some average sliders, splits and changeups, so he keeps scouts interested, particularly with his body, arm action and good fastball. Diemer tends to give up too many hits and walks without missing as many bats as his stuff suggests he could. Focusing on pitching off his fastball in pro ball will be a good thing for him, and he will be a good pick as the draft moves past the third round.
6 205 New York Yankees Gabe Encinas St. Paul HS, Santa Fe Springs, Calif. Calif. $300,000
Between showcase events last summer and fall and the spring season, Encinas boosted his stock significantly by improving his conditioning and mechanics. At 6-foot-4 and 200 pounds, he now looks the part of the classic lanky and projectable high school righthander. His stuff didn't significantly improve, but he can maintain it deep into starts now. Encinas delivers a fastball that sits comfortably in the 90-92 mph range, and he shows a nice feel for mixing in a crisp curveball and changeup, which is probably the best changeup among Southern California prepsters. With smooth mechanics and an advanced feel for pitching, Encinas does an excellent job of mixing pitches, speeds and locations, and altering pitch sequences from at-bat at-bat. The large flock of scouts who started following Encinas this spring--particularly in games against top prospects Angelo Gumbs and Austin Wilson--did not seem to faze him. He profiles as a mid-rotation starter, and a future bump in velocity could even improve that outlook. He's committed to Loyola Marymount.
7 207 Pittsburgh Pirates Austin Kubitza Heritage HS, Colleyville, Texas Texas
Kubitza is the third Texas high school ace in a potentially banner Rice recruiting class. He can't match Jameson Taillon's stuff or John Simms' pitchability, but he has plenty of both. He's projectable at 6-foot-5 and 205 pounds, and he has better body control than many pitchers that tall, which allows him to throw strikes. His fastball currently sits at 88-91 mph and peaks at 93, with sink and armside run. He'll flash one of the best sliders in this high school draft crop, and once he fills out and adds velocity, he should have two plus pitches. A team willing to bet on Kubitza's upside could be tempted to draft him as early as the third round, but that might not be enough to steer him away from Rice.
7 209 Kansas City Royals Eric Cantrell George Washington D.C. $125,000
Righthander Cantrell has a below-average fastball, but has had success with a good changeup. As George Washington's Friday starter he went 8-4, 3.67 with 114 strikeouts and 27 walks in 101 innings. He has a good pitcher's frame at 6-foot-4, 200 pounds, providing hope that he could develop more velocity.
7 210 Cleveland Indians Robbie Aviles Suffern (N.Y.) HS N.Y. $150,000
Scouts have been impressed with how Aviles has performed in the face of adversity. In late March, two of Aviles' Suffern High teammates were killed in a car accident. The two were honored before Suffern's game the following week, and Aviles took the mound and got the win. He struck out 11 in a perfect game in his next start, then whiffed 15 in a no-hitter in his subsequent outing. Aviles sat at 91-92 mph for most of his perfect game but reached back for 93-94 in the seventh inning. Aviles' 6-foot-4, 193-pound frame is athletic and projectable, and his arm action is loose, but he has a tendency to cut off his finish and needs to fine-tune his command. His curveball has good three-quarters break and projects as an average or better pitch. Some scouts say he flashes a plus changeup, but he rarely uses it against overmatched high school competition. Down the stretch, Aviles struggled to repeat his release point--especially on his breaking ball--and started working exclusively out of the stretch. Aviles needs some polish, but his upside is significant, and he is overwhelmingly regarded as the top prospect in the Northeast this year. A Florida signee, Aviles is a supplemental first-round or second-round talent and is considered signable.
7 211 Arizona Diamondbacks Jeff Shields Chattahoochee Valley (Ala.) CC Ala. $150,000
Shields was a big name coming into the season after flashing plus velocity last year as a closer. Shields gave up playing shortstop this year to focus on pitching and dominated, going 12-1, 1.37 with 92 strikeouts in 85 innings. He's still more about arm strength than pitching, but the 6-foot-3 righty has hit 95 mph and has a solid-average slider, if not a tick above at times.
7 212 New York Mets Jeff Walters Georgia Ga. $50,000
Physical senior righty Jeff Walters, who has a good body at 6-foot-3, 192 pounds, posted a 2-6, 7.90 season as he constantly elevated his plus fastball, which tops out in the mid-90s. Walters also has flashed a plus slider and has been drafted every year since 2006: out of high school in Orlando, twice out of St. Petersburg (Fla.) CC and last year out of Georgia as a 17th-rounder.
7 214 San Diego Padres A.J. Vanegas Redwood Christian HS, San Lorenzo, Calif. Calif.
Among a solid crop of Northern California high school righthanders, Vanegas is the top talent and the most pro-ready. Listed at 6-foot-2, 205 pounds, Vanegas has the type of build that can hold up immediately in pro ball while allowing him to pitch with his best stuff more often than not. With his clean arm action, good arm speed and stout frame, he's expected to get stronger and continue to add velocity. Vanegas pitches at 90-92 mph and can dial his fastball up to 94, with good life through the strike zone. He pitches with a high three-quarters arm slot, with smooth, short backside arm action. When his delivery is on, Vanegas spots the fastball to all quadrants of the zone and finishes his pitches well. His best secondary pitch is a mid-70s curveball that has tight spin, good bite and tilt. He also has a changeup. Vanegas was scouted heavily in the summer and fall ball because his high school team did not face very good competition. He has committed to Stanford, which will force teams to do their homework when gauging his signability.
7 217 Cincinnati Reds Tony Amezcua Bellflower (Calif.) HS Calif. $120,000
Many of the top high school programs in the Southland have their usual quota of top prospects. Righthander Amezcua hails from Bellflower High, the same school that produced Phillies prospect Anthony Gose. Tall and rangy, Amezcua delivers a low 90s fastball to go with a firm changeup and mid-70s curveball. He's already 19 and could draw attention in rounds eight to 15.
7 219 Milwaukee Brewers Joel Pierce Massey SS, Windsor, Ont. Ontario $175,000
Righthander Pierce is 6-foot-4 and 200 pounds, with arms down to his ankles, in the words of one scout. His arm length helps him throw 90-92 mph, but he'll need to shorten his arm action. He gets swings and misses with his fastball because of its run and sink. He mixes in a slider and changeup that show flashes, but he needs to be more consistent and confident with them. Pierce could be a single-digit pick and is committed to Coastal Carolina.
7 220 Chicago Cubs Ben Wells Bryant (Ark.) HS Ark. $530,000
Ben Wells pitched at 84-87 mph most of his amateur career, but by the end of this spring he was throwing 90-94 mph and pitching a five-inning perfect game in the state 7-A championship game. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound righthander has a good feel for pitching, too, as he pounds the strike zone with a three-pitch mix that also includes a hard slider and splitter. He committed to Crowder (Mo.) JC and now is drawing attention from Southeastern Conference schools. Wells has the size and stuff to go in the first five rounds of the draft, though he may not have been scouted extensively enough to go that high.
7 224 Atlanta Braves Matt Suschak Toledo Ohio $125,000
Suschak didn't attract much attention in his first two years at Toledo. His fastball jumped from the high 80s in his freshman season to the low 90s a year ago, but he had no success on the mound, going a combined 2-4, 11.01. A different Suschak has emerged this spring, and this one likely will get drafted in the first five rounds. For the first two months of the season, when the Rockets brought him out of the bullpen, his fastball resided at 92-95 mph and touched 96. He backed it up with a hard breaking ball alternately described as a curveball or slider, and also showed glimpses of a changeup. Though his 6-foot-4, 203-pound frame is built for durability and Toledo moved him into its rotation in late April, his future is as a reliever. He was much more effective in that role, with a 1.40 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 26 innings, compared to a 5.60 ERA and 30 whiffs in 35 innings in six starts.
7 225 Minnesota Twins Matt Hauser San Diego Calif. $45,000
A senior, Hauser shared USD's closing duties this year with Matt Thomson. Hauser posted a 4-3 mark with 8 saves and a 3.67 ERA. He is stingy with walks, allowing only 9 in 41 innings of work. Hauser tosses an 89-92 fastball, adds a nice slider and an excellent spilt fingered fastball which acts as his change. He profiles as a strike throwing set up man in pro ball.
7 231 Philadelphia Phillies David Buchanan Georgia State Ga. $125,000
Georgia State got one of its biggest recruits ever when righthander Buchanan didn't sign as the Mets' sixth-round pick last year out of Chipola (Fla.) JC. Buchanan was evolving from arm-strength thrower to pitcher when a ligament problem in his middle finger put him on the sidelines for a month. He has a pro body at 6-foot-3, 198 pounds, with a long, athletic frame, a decent arm action and extension out front. His funky delivery gives him deception but also makes it hard for him to repeat. He's still somewhat raw, and it shows up the most when he loses focus on the mound, which leads to command issues. Buchanan tended to pile up big pitch counts because of his wildness and averaged roughly five innings a start. He sat 92-93 mph with his fastball as a starter, touching 95, and has improved the consistency of his slider, which flashes good spin and tilt.
8 237 Pittsburgh Pirates Dace Kime Defiance (Ohio) HS Ohio
Kime is a product of the same Defiance program that spawned Chad Billingsley and Jonathon Niese. Kime had shoulder tightness last summer and felt a twinge in his bicep when he dove into a base this spring. He recovered to throw 86-91 mph and show the nastiest curveball in the state. His curve breaks so much that it's a chase pitch now and not an offering he can command for strikes, which will be a problem once he leaves high school. Like Bender, he's a 6-foot-4, 205-pounder and a Louisville recruit.
8 239 Kansas City Royals Michael Mariot Nebraska Neb. $100,000
Michael Mariot was the best pitching prospect on the Cornhuskers this season. He has a 91-92 mph fastball that tops out at 94, though it's fairly straight and hittable. He also has an effective curveball and decent changeup, and he does a good job of throwing strikes and competing. Though he's just 6 feet and 195 pounds, he showed his durability by pitching into the seventh inning in each of his final 12 starts.
8 241 Arizona Diamondbacks Tyler Green Brazoswood HS, Clute, Texas Texas $750,000
Though Green has one of the better bats in the Texas high school ranks this spring, his power arm is too much for scouts too ignore. He regularly operates at 90-92 mph and reaches 95 with his fastball, and he backs it up with a hard curveball. He's only 6-foot-1 and 175 pounds, and while he has a quick arm, he has some effort to his delivery that will need to be addressed. He's a tenacious competitor who was slowed late in the spring when he jammed his wrist on a headfirst slide, though he recovered to allow a total of one run in his first three playoff starts while pitching Brazoswood to the state 5-A regional finals. A high school shortstop, Green will play both ways if he attends Texas Christian. He has plus bat speed that gives him good power potential from the right side of the plate. Though he has the arm to play shortstop, he projects as more of a third baseman or corner outfielder at the college level. Scouts believe he's more signable than the typical TCU recruit.
8 242 New York Mets Kenny McDowall JC of Southern Nevada Nev. $125,000
Righthander McDowall has been up and down, both in velocity and results. He is committed to Hawaii.
8 243 Houston Astros Jake Buchanan North Carolina State N.C. $120,000
The Wolfpack's top draftee likely will be righthander Buchanan, who was outstanding in the Cape Cod League last summer, going 3-1, 0.84 with just six walks in 43 innings. He's a pitchability righthander and doesn't have a great pro body at 6 feet, 221 pounds. He commands his fastball well at average velocity, and he ran it up to 93 mph against Georgia Tech in a heavily scouted start against Deck McGuire.
8 245 Oakland Athletics Blake Hassebrock UNC Greensboro N.C. $105,000
UNC Greensboro had righty Rob Gilliam drafted in the eighth round a year ago. While Gilliam threw a bit harder than 2010 ace Hassebrock, Hassebrock profiles better and should go in the same range, if not a couple of rounds higher. He can sit at 93-94 mph with his fastball and reaches higher in shorter stints. At 6-foot-5, 190 pounds, he has the body scouts look for, and he has shown the athletic ability to repeat his delivery--though he has not been able to actually do it. Scouts say his mechanics need significant work, and his 44 walks in 73 innings attest to that. He worked in several roles for the Spartans this season, and when he started, he generally maintained his stuff but was left in games too long thanks to a poor bullpen. He pitched better than his 0-7, 7.15 record suggests, but he's also raw for a college pitcher. He was expected to come off the board in the first six or seven rounds.
8 249 Milwaukee Brewers Austin Ross Louisiana State La. $100,000
With Anthony Ranaudo a shell of his former self this spring, righthander Austin Ross became Louisiana State's most effective starter, going 5-4, 5.22 with 98 strikeouts in 88 innings. The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder also made eight relief appearances, and he projects as a middle reliever in pro ball. When he comes out of the bullpen, he has a 90-93 mph fastball and a solid breaking ball. He throws strikes, but perhaps too many to the extent that he's more hittable than he should be, and his well below-average changeup isn't effective at keeping lefties at bay.
8 251 Tampa Bay Rays Merrill Kelly Arizona State Ariz. $125,000
Righthander Kelly gets results, but does it with a lot of funk and deception. He sinks an average fastball that touches 92 mph, and he throws it for strikes. But he's rigid with an "iron Mike" delivery, and as one scout put it, "You just don't see guys pitch like that in the big leagues." Kelly mixes in a breaking ball, but it's his above-average changeup that is his second-best pitch. Because of his mechanical issues, he profiles better as a reliever in pro ball.
8 257 Florida Marlins Alan Oaks Michigan Mich. $25,000
Oaks was the best high school hitter in Michigan and a Tigers 50th-round draft pick as an outfielder in 2006. He was predominantly an outfielder in his first three seasons with the Wolverines and clubbed a regional-winning homer off David Price as freshman, but he never made consistent contact at the plate. Michigan used him as a two-way player last year, and he became a full-time pitcher and its Friday night starter this spring. Though the righthander tired down the stretch after tripling his previous career high with 92 innings, scouts say he's legitimate and might have been a top-five-round pick had he moved to the mound earlier in his career. In the first half of the season, Oaks worked in the low 90s and touched 94 mph with his fastball while flashing an average slider and changeup. He uses his high-three-quarters arm slot and 6-foot-3, 240-pound frame to work down in the strike zone. He threw too many sliders, however, and topped out at 91 with diminished command and secondary pitches by the end of the year. Once he gets more innings under his belt, his build should lend itself to durability. He has enough stuff to make it as a starter, or profiles well as a late-inning reliever.
8 263 Boston Red Sox Matt Price Virginia Tech Va. $415,000
A draft-eligible sophomore, Price has a thin body at 6-foot-3, 170 pounds, and some scouts don't think he'll add much weight because there isn't anywhere to put it. One scout compared his frame to Mike MacDougal. Price is comparable to teammate Jesse Hahn, but he's a notch below him overall. His fastball sits comfortably at 92-93 mph, and he has shown the ability to touch 94-95 late in games. His curveball is average, but he flashes some that scouts can dream on. His second pitch is a changeup that's an average pitch now and has a chance to get better. His command as a freshman was below-average, but it's average to slightly above now. The concern with Price is his delivery. His arm is quick, but it's not real loose. There's some stiffness to his delivery as he has a short stride for someone with his height and he lands on a stiff front leg. This causes him to sometimes leave pitches up in the zone. His stuff puts him as a second-round candidate, high enough to consider him signable despite the leverage of returning for his junior season. For the Hokies, Price was 7-3, 4.37 through his first 12 appearances, 10 of which were starts. In 70 innings he had 68 strikeouts and 21 walks.
9 266 Washington Nationals Aaron Barrett Mississippi Miss. $35,000
Barrett improved over his sophomore season, when the junior-college transfer bombed. He works primarily off two pitches, an 88-91 mph fastball that in the past has touched 94, and a slider with above-average potential at 79-82 mph. Barrett throws a lot of sliders and profiles as a reliever in pro ball.
9 267 Pittsburgh Pirates Brandon Cumpton Georgia Tech Ga. $124,500
Aside from McGuire and Jacob, Georgia Tech's next-best pitching prospect is righty Cumpton, who had trouble throwing his average 89-93 mph fastball and inconsistent curveball for strikes for much of the season but still was 8-2, 4.86 and pitched in the weekend rotation all season. Cumpton's delivery is so clean that he lacks deception and gets hit harder than his stuff would indicate. He has shown better velocity in relief stints, touching 95-96 mph in the past. He fits in the sixth- to 10th-round range.
9 268 Baltimore Orioles Parker Bridwell Hereford (Texas) HS Texas $625,000
Parker Bridwell is a three-sport star (football, basketball, baseball) whose best days on the diamond are ahead of him. The projecteable 6-foot-3, 180-pound righthander has an 86-91 mph fastball and should improve his velocity and secondary pitches once he focuses on baseball. He also drew interest from college football programs as a quarterback. He has committed to Texas Tech.
9 270 Cleveland Indians Jordan Cooper Wichita State Kan. $125,000
Cooper was as hot as any college pitcher in May. He struck out 14 in a complete-game shutout of Missouri State and set a Wichita State record with a 32 1/3-inning scoreless streak. He ranked as the top high school prospect in Kansas two years ago, and though he has grown an inch and added 25 pounds since then, the 6-foot-2, 215-pounder still stands out more for his polish and feel than for his overpowering stuff. He gets outs with an 89-91 mph sinker, tight slider and good changeup. He's athletic, repeats his delivery easily and fills the strike zone. Cooper could have been a fourth- or fifth-round pick out of high school had he been signable in that range, and should go a round or two higher this year as a draft-eligible sophomore.
9 272 New York Mets Jake deGrom Stetson Fla. $95,000
A two-way talent at Stetson who was a shortstop/pitcher, deGrom started the year as a closer but wound up moving into the rotation and establishing himself as Stetson's best pitcher. He threw 89-93 mph on scout day with command, and he had a strong outing going head-to-head with Chris Sale of Florida Gulf Coast. He throws strikes as his arm works well, he's athletic and has a clean delivery. There were some reports that deGrom, at 6-foot-4, 185 pounds, was hitting 94 mph with his fastball late in the year, and he has a solid if inconsistent slider to go with it. His changeup is in its nascent stages.
9 278 Chicago White Sox Kevin Moran Boston College Mass. $87,500
Moran, a righthander, started the spring in BC's rotation, but when he got off to a rough start he was sent to the bullpen, where he showed signs of turning the corner. Moran has huge arm strength; he flashed 93-95 mph heat and a plus slider on scout day last fall and in the Cape League last summer, and he has topped out around 93 this spring. But he's still a thrower more than a pitcher, and he lacks command and control, as evidenced by his line: 7-5, 8.55 with 28 strikeouts and 38 walks in 46 innings. Moran is almost too intense for his own good and must improve his mound presence. In the Cape, scouts reported seeing him yell at hitters in the batter's box. Moran dabbles with a curveball and has some feel for a changeup, but both pitches are inconsistent. He has an athletic 6-foot-4, 209-pound frame and some upside, but he's a work in progress.
9 280 Chicago Cubs Kevin Rhoderick Oregon State Ore. $110,000
Rhoderick entered the season as Baseball America's second-team Preseason All-America relief pitcher, as voted on by scouting directors. Rhoderick put up better numbers than last year, with a 2.93 ERA in 22 appearances covering 31 innings, but could not hold down the closer's job, compiling a career-low four saves. Some days he would pitch two or three innings of relief, while on others he would come in and pitch to one batter. Rhoderick sat in the 89-91 mph range most of the year, touching 93, though his fastball sometimes flattened out. His slider is an above-average pitch, and his changeup can get swings and misses even when it bounces three feet in front of the plate because it looks like his fastball coming out of his hand. On talent alone, Rhoderick could be a Top 200 player, but he's stubborn on the mound and has failed to make adjustments. He always tries to rear back and throw as hard as he can, disregarding finesse and attention to the running game.
9 282 Seattle Mariners Luke Taylor Woodinville (Wash.) HS Wash. $125,000
Righthander Luke Taylor is interesting to scouts because he has such a fresh arm. A converted shortstop, he has been clocked mostly at 86-88 mph and has scraped 90. He has a 6-foot-6, 200-pound frame and the cleanest arm action in the Northwest. His curveball is soft and he's still building arm strength, but he has a lot of projection because of his size, athleticism and arm action. A team could jump up to take him in the fifth-eighth round, but it's more likely that he ends up at Hawaii.
9 286 Texas Rangers Zach Osborne Louisiana-Lafayette La. $20,000
Righthander Zach Osborne pitched himself into the top 10 rounds when he threw a five-hit shutout to beat Rice in the opening game of the NCAA's Austin Regional. He led the Sun Belt Conference in ERA (2.37) and strikeouts (112 in 122 innings), fashioning 14 quality starts in 16 tries. A 6-foot-5, 215-pound senior who spent two seasons at New Mexico JC, Osborne throws from a low-three-quarters arm slot and profiles best as a reliever in pro ball. His best pitch is an 88-91 mph two-seam fastball that showed improved sink in 2010. His slider also got better this year.
9 287 Florida Marlins Austin Brice Northwood HS, Pittsboro, N.C. N.C. $205,000
Righthander Brice was the big mover in North Carolina's prep ranks this spring, and area scouts and crosscheckers converged on his small high school to see him face Matt Roberts and Graham High. As the spring went on, Brice had thrown some 93-94 mph fastballs, attracting attention after he sat in the upper 80s earlier. Roberts took Brice deep in that matchup, and Brice's velocity wasn't at its best. His secondary stuff is raw, with his curve ranking ahead of his nascent changeup. Brice has a good pro body at 6-foot-3, 185 pounds, with a quick, loose arm contributing to projections that he'll show his good velocity more regularly in the future. He's a solid athlete who could be a good college hitter (as a third baseman) and is at least an average runner, if not a tick above. He's an Appalachian State recruit, but scouts said they wouldn't be surprised if he ended up Pitt CC, the state's best junior-college program.
9 290 Colorado Rockies Geoff Parker Florida State Fla. $25,000
Parker raised expectations with a solid stint in the Cape Cod League in 2009, when he struck out 17 in 17 innings. He started and relieved over parts of three seasons at Florida State, never dominating but consistently logging innings with his durable 6-foot-3, 250-pound body. Parker lacks command and will miss up in the strike zone with his average fastball, which touches 93 mph, leaving him prone to hard contact. His curveball can get slurvy at times but can be his best pitch with good depth when he's on.
9 293 Boston Red Sox Tyler Barnette Hickory (N.C.) HS N.C.
Barnette, a Charlotte recruit, offers less projection but sits 87-91 mph with his fastball and has looseness in his delivery. He fills up the strike zone with his fastball, which is not the case with his curve. While the breaking ball has some shape, he lacks a feel for using it or commanding it.
9 295 New York Yankees Taylor Morton Bartlett (Tenn.) HS Tenn. $450,000
Righthander Morton, a Tennessee signee, pushed Ray as the state's top prep prospect, pitching at 92-93 mph during an up-and-down spring. He attracted plenty of scouting attention last summer, touching 94-95 mph at times, but reports of similar velocity this spring were scarce, and his velocity was all over the board. Morton has good size at 6-foot-3, 200 pounds, and he has shown aptitude with his changeup, including striking out Bryce Harper last summer during USA Baseball's Tournament of Stars with three straight changes. His curve needs more power, which could come with experience. Morton has been a catcher as a prep as well but profiles best as a pitcher.
10 297 Pittsburgh Pirates Zack Weiss Northwood HS, Irvine, Calif. Calif.
Weiss has a mature body at 6-foot-1 and 200 pounds but is still working on his mechanics. He has a power arm, firing a fastball that touches 93 mph and sits 90-92 in the early portion of a game. His curveball has fine shape and sharp downward two-plane drop, but it finds the dirt more often than the strike zone. His changeup is the weak link in his arsenal and will need refinement. Weiss' command is affected by his inability to repeat his mechanics. He cuts himself off in his delivery and will throw around or across his body. While he does a fine job of finishing out over his front leg, Weiss' arm action needs to be looser and easier. His velocity tails off significantly as a game wears on. Right now he profiles as a short reliever or back-of-the-rotation starter, but he could improve his outlook significantly if he honors his commitment to UCLA. With the glut of righthanded pitching in this year's draft, he may head to school and wait for 2013, when he could easily move into the top two rounds.
10 298 Baltimore Orioles Clay Schrader San Jacinto (Texas) JC Texas $300,000
Schrader went to Texas-San Antonio as a two-way player and had middling success as a starting pitcher in 2009, going 2-1, 3.97 with 43 strikeouts in 45 innings. After transferring to San Jacinto for 2010, he has found his true calling as a reliever. He helped the Gators reach the Junior College World Series, saving 11 games and ranking third nationally with 15.9 strikeouts per nine innings through regional play. Schrader has two legitimate plus pitches, a 91-95 mph fastball and a mid-80s slider. His low-80s curveball can be devastating at times as well. Scouts worry about his size (6 feet, 190 pounds), arm action and maximum-effort delivery, but his power stuff still should land him in the top six or seven rounds. If he doesn't turn pro, he'll attend Oklahoma.
10 302 New York Mets Akeel Morris Charlotte Amaile HS, St. Thomas, V.I. V.I. $120,000
Morris attends the same high school in the U.S. Virgin Islands that outfielder Jabari Blash graduated from before heading to Miami-Dade CC. Morris has a live arm that generates a fastball that was 87-89 mph an touched 90-91 in October at the World Wood Bat Championships. He was a little erratic then and showed he certainly needs some polish—not surprising for a high school arm from the Virgin Islands. He also threw a slurvy breaking ball in the low 70s and a mid-70s changeup. According to a Virgin Islands newspaper he was up to 94 this spring.
10 305 Oakland Athletics Josh Bowman Tampa Fla. $75,000
Bowman has two average pitches in his fastball and curve and should be a double-digit pick.
10 306 Toronto Blue Jays Tyler Shreve Phelps County HS, Redlands, Calif. Calif.
Last summer, Shreve was brilliant in several showcase events, including the Area Code games. Later in August, he seemed tired and worn out during a one inning stint at the Aflac game, and was visibly upset with himself when returning to the dugout. Just as the 2010 spring baseball season was about to begin, Shreve was dismissed from his high school team after a run-in with his coach. If Shreve is forgiven for his transgressions, the club drafting him will receive a premium talent. Shreve fires a 91-93 mph fastball and adds a hard 77 mph curve and fine 83-85 mph change. While questions about this character and makeup will always hound Shreve among baseball people, his talent is undeniable. His immediate future is probably as a college quarterback (he's signed with Utah), but it is possible that one club may draft Shreve and take a gamble on him
10 307 Cincinnati Reds Kevin Arico Virginia Va. $85,000
Two key contributors to the Virginia bullpen should get drafted, though their stuff is a bit fringy for pro ball. Tyler Wilson and Kevin Arico are the only Virginia pitchers with more than 20 appearances on the season. Wilson was 7-3, 3.11 in 55 innings with 60 strikeouts and 24 walks, while Arico was 1-1, 2.96 in 25 appearances with 16 saves. Both are good college pitchers, but they work with fastballs that sit in the upper 80s and don't touch 90 or better enough. Arico throws a slider a majority of the time, though it's an average pitch at best. Wilson probably has a better shot of getting picked higher because he has shown an ability to start in the past.
10 310 Chicago Cubs Aaron Kurcz JC of Southern Nevada Nev. $125,000
Righthander Kurcz came to Southern Nevada from Air Force. He's not big, standing 6 feet and 175 pounds, but has consistently pitched with good velocity. He sits 92-94 mph with a slurvy breaking ball that has some bite to it. If he doesn't sign, he'll head to Oral Roberts.
10 312 Seattle Mariners Tyler Burgoon Michigan Mich. $125,000
Five-foot-10, 160-pound righthanders aren't usually prospects, but Burgoon isn't the usual 5-foot-10, 160-pound righty. He has an exceedingly quick arm and a clean delivery, allowing him to maintain a 92-93 mph fastball with sink and armside run. He also has a wipeout slider that tops out at 85, and he throws both pitches for strikes. The 2009 Cape Cod League reliever of the year, he put on a show for scouts who came to watch Wolverines outfielder Ryan LaMarre in a series against Ohio State. Burgoon worked in all three games, sitting at 93 mph and touching 95 during a 3 2/3-inning stint in the middle contest and coming back with a 91 mph fastball and 80 mph slider on day three. Michigan tried Burgoon in its rotation earlier in the season before deciding he was more valuable in relief, and that will be his role in pro ball. He could go in the first five rounds to a team looking for a reliever who can advance quickly to the majors.
10 314 Atlanta Braves Matt Lewis UC Davis Calif. $100,000
UC Davis has struggled since its NCAA regional appearance in 2008, but will produce a few prospects this year. Righthander Lewis created buzz in the fall of his draft-eligible sophomore year, when he was up to 93 mph at scout day. He never did show that good stuff in the spring, so he went undrafted last year. The return of occasional mid-90s heat could allow him to sneak into the top 10 rounds, and he picked up seven saves as the Aggies' closer. He is an ideal 6-foot-3, 220 pounds, and his secondary stuff is a work in progress.
10 323 Boston Red Sox Jacob Dahlstrand Memorial HS, Houston Texas $150,000
Jacob Dahlstrand requires polish, but it's easy to dream on the projectable righthander. He's 6-foot-5 and 205 pounds and already throws an 88-93 mph sinker. His secondary pitches and command are erratic because he lacks a consistent release point and often falls toward the first-base side of the mound. He has committed to Houston but may be signable.
11 326 Washington Nationals Neil Holland Louisville Ky. $110,000
11 328 Baltimore Orioles Alex Gonzalez Boca Raton (Fla.) Community HS Fla.
11 337 Cincinnati Reds Drew Hayes Vanderbilt Tenn.
Hayes, also a 6-footer, is more over the top and gets less movement. He can run his fastball up to 94 mph but his heater flattens out, making him hittable. He's athletic, having played quarterback in high school, and is the son of a baseball coach (Glenn Hayes coached at NAIA Bethel, Ind., where Hayes played as a freshman). He hasn't had much success and doesn't have a great breaking ball, using his changeup as a second pitch.
11 339 Milwaukee Brewers Greg Holle Texas Christian Texas
11 342 Seattle Mariners Jon Keller Xavier HS, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Iowa
Keller is more physically developed, carrying 225 pounds and dialing his low-90s fastball up to 93 mph. He has a quick arm that also generates a hard curveball, but his secondary pitches and command aren't consistent because he has trouble repeating his delivery at times.
11 343 Detroit Tigers Brian Dupra Notre Dame Ind.
Dupra laid the groundwork to go early in the 2010 draft by reaching 95-96 mph at times as a reliever in the Cape Cod League last summer, but he struggled this spring. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound righthander sat at 88-91 mph and touched 94, and even when he threw hard he got hit. His slurvy slider regressed, as did his splitter and changeup. He throws strikes but doesn't locate his pitches well in the zone. Dupra went 13-13, 6.40 in three years as a starter at Notre Dame, and he'll almost certainly move to the bullpen in pro ball. The hope is that he'll have more success by focusing on his fastball and facing wood bats--though he posted a 5.48 ERA and allowed five homers in 23 innings on the Cape.
11 351 Philadelphia Phillies Garett Claypool UCLA Calif.
Drafted last year by the A's, righthander Claypool has been one of the best midweek starters in the nation for pitching-rich UCLA. Claypool has sharpened his command and bumped his velocity up into the low 90s.
11 355 New York Yankees Zach Varce Portland Ore.
Righthander Varce carved up the Northwoods League last summer, going 3-5, 1.93 with a league-leading 105 strikeouts and just 20 walks over 75 innings. The success carried over early in the spring with Portland, but by the end of the year he was gassed. He pitched at 90-92 mph, touching 93, at his best, but later in the year he had starts when he didn't touch 90. He's 6 feet and 190 pounds, so scouts believe his future is as a middle reliever. At his best his slider can be an above-average pitch, but not when it's down to 74 mph as it was later in the year. Scouts hope putting him in the bullpen will help him get the most out of his arm.
12 357 Pittsburgh Pirates Vince Payne Cypress (Calif.) JC Calif.
12 359 Kansas City Royals Danny Hernandez Miami Dade JC Fla.
Miami-Dade's ace, Danny Hernandez, is a righthander who threw well at the state tournament, touching 93 mph out of a bullpen role, and he competes well with his fastball, changeup and slurvy slider. His breaking ball is probably a bit short for pro ball.
12 361 Arizona Diamondbacks Blake Cooper South Carolina S.C.
Righthander Blake Cooper wasn't quite as sharp down the stretch as he had been early. Still, he was 10-1, 2.94 entering regional play and led the Southeastern Conference in innings (104) while ranking fifth in ERA. Cooper isn't physical at 5-foot-10, 180 pounds, and some question whether he could maintain his velocity over a full pro season. He throws his sinker in the upper-80s and touches 90-91 mph with armside run. He has a great feel for pitching, spotting his sinker, solid curve, slider and changeup.
12 362 New York Mets Bret Mitchell Minnesota State-Mankato Minn.
In his first year at Minnesota State-Mankato after two seasons at Iowa Central CC, Bret Mitchell helped pitch the Mavericks to the NCAA Division II College World Series. Using an 88-92 mph fastball and a curveball with swing-and-miss potential, the 6-foot-2, 185-pound righthander set a school record with 108 strikeouts in 94 innings.
12 363 Houston Astros Andrew Robinson Georgia Tech Ga.
Robinson served as Tech's closer when Jacob was out. He was 4-0, 2.45 with seven saves, though he had a .261 opponent average. His 90-92 mph fastball and slider have been sharper this season. He also has a decent changeup and has proven resilient, working twice on weekends if needed. He should get pick in the 10th-20th round.
12 364 San Diego Padres Chris Franklin Southeastern Louisiana La.
Chris Franklin has split time between pitching and playing the infield in four seasons between Jefferson (Ala.) CC and Southeastern Louisiana. The 6-foot, 200-pound righthander has a 90-93 mph fastball and an 83-85 mph cutter/slider, and his stuff could get a little better once he focuses on pitching. His lack of size and pinpoint command, as well as the effort in his delivery, point to a pro future as a reliever. He set a school record with 12 saves in 2009, and responded with three straight complete-game victories when the Lions moved him into their rotation in late April.
12 365 Oakland Athletics Matt Thomson San Diego Calif.
Thomson has enjoyed an excellent season coming out of the bullpen, striking out 56 in 41 innings. While his fastball is not blazing at 89 mph, he moves it around the zone and throws strikes.
12 370 Chicago Cubs Austin Reed Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) HS Calif. $150,000
Younger brother of San Diego State ace Addison Reed, Reed is a tall and physical righty who has battled mechanical and command issues all spring. Reed's fastball sits in the high 80s and can peak at 90-91. He's also committed to the Aztecs.
12 375 Minnesota Twins Steven Maxwell Texas Christian Texas
Righthander Steven Maxwell is another Tommy John survivor, having had the surgery in 2008. Texas Christian has three double-digit winners this spring, and while Matt Purke and Kyle Winkler are better prospects, Maxwell has the best ERA (10-1, 2.73 entering regional play) and is the lone draft-eligible member of the group. A redshirt junior, he has fringy to average stuff (88-90 mph fastball, slurvy slider, changeup) and lacks projection at 6 feet and 180 pounds, but he really knows how to pitch.
12 378 San Francisco Giants Stephen Harrold UNC Wilmington N.C.
Harrold, a 6-foot-1 junior who closed and has a higher ceiling, improved his command working out of the bullpen and flashed some 94s on radar guns, sitting at 91-92 mph. His slider has improved to give him a second average pitch, and his changeup has shown signs of life.
12 381 Philadelphia Phillies Tyler Knigge Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) Idaho
The Warriors' top player is staff ace Knigge. At 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds, Knigge has a durable frame and went 9-0, 2.59 with 66 strikeouts and 16 walks over 56 innings. He flashes plus stuff, getting his fastball up to 93 mph, but needs to sharpen his command and show more confidence on the mound.
12 383 Boston Red Sox Garrett Rau California Baptist Calif.
12 384 Los Angeles Angels Justin LaTempa Oregon Ore.
Oregon's best draft-eligible pitcher is redshirt senior Justin LaTempa. LaTempa is a 6-foot-5, 210-pounder who will often pitch around 90-92 mph at the beginning of a game, getting to 92-94 mph in the second inning and 95-96 by the third. Scouts in California, where he went to high school and junior college, have even seen him up to 98 mph in the past. He typically sits at 91-93 mph with sink, and his cutter has turned into an 87 mph slider. His changeup shows promise in the bullpen, but he rarely uses it in games. Scouts aren't in love with his stiff arm action, but pitching coach Andrew Checketts has done a good job at smoothing his mechanics out. The biggest issues with LaTempa are his age (23) and his history of shoulder problems. Scouts see him as a reliever in pro ball.
12 385 New York Yankees Danny Burawa St. John's N.Y. $300,000
After posting a 3.13 ERA in seven appearances at Suffolk County (N.Y.) CC as a freshman in 2008, Burawa transferred to St. John's after the following fall, so he had to sit out 2009. He has been a revelation as a draft-eligible sophomore this spring, going 1-0, 1.02 with eight saves, 27 strikeouts and eight walks through 18 innings over 23 appearances. Burawa has a loose, wiry frame at 6-foot-3, 215 pounds, but he has a long, funky arm action that one scout likened to an Iron Mike pitching machine tipped on its side. He pumps fastballs in the 93-95 mph range with good armside run, and he flashes an average 75-78 mph slurve with some tilt and bite, though more often the pitch breaks too early and he struggles to command it. His changeup is in its early stages of development. Burawa's limited track record causes scouts to be cautious, but his fresh arm is also an asset—one scout called his arm "a very loose cannon." He figures to be drafted somewhere between the second and fourth rounds.
13 386 Washington Nationals Chris McKenzie San Jacinto (Texas) JC Texas $125,000
13 389 Kansas City Royals Jon Gray Chandler (Okla.) HS Okla.
While Oklahoma State landed Realmuto, rival Oklahoma locked up most of the state's best high school players, including righthanders Jon Gray and Cale Coshow, lefthander Dillon Overton and lefthander/outfielder Cayle Shambaugh. The best prospect of that group is Gray, a 6-foot-4, 240-pounder who has an 88-93 mph fastball and a hard slider. He struck out 20 over nine innings in his final high school start, a playoff game his team lost in the 10th.
13 390 Cleveland Indians Michael Goodnight Houston Texas $315,000
Houston's annual early-season Minute Maid Classic always draws a flock of scouts, making it a perfect springboard for college players with draft aspirations to boost their stock. Goodnight seized that opportunity, working seven shutout innings to beat Texas and potential first-rounder Brandon Workman 1-0. He hadn't built off that outing, however, going 6-7, 5.45 in 15 regular season starts. Against Texas, Goodnight maintained an 88-92 mph fastball for seven innings, touched 94 and backed it up with a good, 80-82 mph slider. He showed similar stuff throughout the spring, but his feel for pitching seemed to come and go. He fell behind in the count too often and didn't pitch down in the zone enough, leading to 85 hits and 50 walks in 79 innings, and his stuff should play better than that. He's built for durability at 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds and has two potential plus pitches, yet Goodnight might wind up as a reliever because of his inconsistent command and lack of feel for a changeup. A two-time district MVP as a high school quarterback, he has good athleticism and a clean delivery. He's eligible for the draft as a 21-year-old sophomore, and it's unclear whether he'd sign for fifth-round money, which is what he's expected to command.
13 395 Oakland Athletics A.J. Griffin San Diego Calif.
San Diego's Sunday starter, senior Griffin is a mature righthander with a fastball that ranges from the high 80s to low 90s. He has a tendency to elevate the pitch and giving up home runs but has had an excellent career, going 14-6 the last two seasons after racking up 25 saves his first two years. He also has a good changeup and throws two breaking balls.
13 397 Cincinnati Reds Lucas O'Rear Northern Iowa Iowa
Northern Iowa may have dropped baseball after the 2009 season, but the program lives on with Lucas O'Rear. He's better known as the two-time Missouri Valley Conference sixth man of the year and one of the players who helped key the Panthers' upset of top-seeded Kansas in the NCAA basketball tournament, but he attended a Perfect Game predraft showcase in mid-May. He hopes to get drafted this June, play his senior season of basketball and then become a full-time pitcher. Interestingly, he almost transferred to Kansas to continue playing both sports before deciding to remain with the Panthers. A 6-foot-6, 255-pound righthander, O'Rear threw an 89-93 mph fastball with little effort and flashed a low-80s slider in 17 innings for Northern Iowa in 2009. His velocity was down slightly at the showcase, understandable considering his layoff from baseball.
13 398 Chicago White Sox Ethan Icard Wilkes (N.C.) CC N.C.
13 399 Milwaukee Brewers Michael White Walters State (Tenn.) CC Tenn. $125,500
13 408 San Francisco Giants Tyler Christman South Carolina-Sumter JC S.C.
13 410 Colorado Rockies Josh Mueller Eastern Illinois Ill.
Mueller won 14 games in his first two seasons at Eastern Illinois, then proved himself with a strong summer in the Cape Cod League. He came out throwing 90-95 mph with a good three-quarters breaking ball in his first start of the spring, but two weeks later he was down to 83-87. Shoulder weakness was the culprit, and it knocked him out for a month. Since returning, the 6-foot-4, 215-pounder has worked at 88-92 mph and with less downward angle and life than before. He also has struggled to hold his velocity out of the stretch. His No. 2 pitch is more of a low-80s slider now. His changeup has its moments but lacks consistency. A fully healthy Mueller might have gone in the first three rounds of the draft, but he now figures to go between the fourth and sixth.
13 413 Boston Red Sox Keith Couch Adelphi (N.Y.) N.Y.
Couch, a righthander, has carved up the wood-bat Northeast-10 Conference for three years and went 5-2, 2.24 with 83 strikeouts and 11 walks in 76 innings as a junior this spring. He mixes four pitches but profiles best as a sinker/slider reliever. He works in the 88-91 mph range with his sinker and has touched 93. His slider can be average at times, and his curveball and changeup are below-average but serviceable. Couch has an upright finish to his delivery, but some looseness in his 6-foot-2 frame. Couch has a chance to be drafted inside the top 10 rounds.
13 414 Los Angeles Angels Bryant George Southern Illinois Ill.
14 417 Pittsburgh Pirates Bryce Weidman Southwestern Oregon CC Ore.
14 419 Kansas City Royals Mike Giovenco North Park (Ill.) Ill.
Righthander Giovenco once again has drawn scouts to North Park, an NCAA Division III school with an enrollment of 3,000. A 6-foot-6, 235-pounder who pitches at 90-92 mph and touches 95, he broke his own school single-season strikeout record with 101 in 83 innings. He also has a hard curveball, but area scouts aren't totally sold on his stuff. He opens up and doesn't get much extension in his delivery, putting stress on his shoulder and making his fastball more hittable, and he tips off his curve. They also question why Giovenco, who redshirted at Illinois-Chicago in 2007, didn't sign for $75,000 last year as a 26th-round pick of the Twins.
14 425 Oakland Athletics J.C. Menna Brookdale (N.J.) CC N.J.
The top prospect in New Jersey is Brookdale CC righthander J.C. Menna, who ranked 16th on this list and went undrafted a year ago. He did improve his performance this spring, going 6-3, 1.53 with 64 strikeouts and 16 walks in 59 innings. A 39th-round pick by the Pirates out of New Jersey's Red Bank Catholic High in 2007, Menna headed to James Madison after graduating, then transferred to Seton Hall and finally landed at Brookdale last season. Menna ran his fastball up to 92 mph at times in 2009, but his velocity was inconsistent, and his breaking ball was mediocre. This spring, he threw more consistently in the 90-92 range with good life, and he improved his secondary stuff, flashing an average slider and a fringy changeup. He has a chance to be drafted toward the back of the top 10 rounds.
14 426 Toronto Blue Jays Dayton Marze Louisiana-Lafayette La. $112,500
14 427 Cincinnati Reds Dan Wolford California Calif.
14 430 Chicago Cubs Colin Richardson Winter Haven (Fla.) HS Fla. $100,000
14 431 Tampa Bay Rays Austin Hubbard Auburn Ala.
Hubbard, the Tigers' closer, has a fringy fastball that sits 87-90 mph and throws a lot of sliders from 79-82 mph and touching 84. It works, as he was 5-2, 1.96 with nine saves, but he wasn't expected to be a high pick.
14 433 Detroit Tigers Patrick Cooper Bradley Ill.
Cooper spent his freshman season at Eastern Kentucky, transferred to Des Moines Area CC when Elvis Dominguez and his coaching staff moved to Bradley, then reunited with Dominguez at Bradley this spring. A Cape Cod League all-star last summer, Cooper got off to a slow start this year. The first batter he faced knocked him out of the game with a liner off his forearm, and the lights went out at Tennessee Tech after two innings in his next start. Desperate for a closer, Bradley used him in that role for a while before returning him to the rotation, where he gave up four earned runs in his last three starts. His stuff was down from the Cape, as his fastball went from 90-93 mph to 87-91 and his slider lost depth. He throws strikes and has a decent changeup. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound righthander still could go in the first 10 rounds to a team that saw him good in the Cape or down the stretch. The Diamondbacks made a run at signing him last summer after drafting him in the 34th round, but couldn't close the deal.
14 434 Atlanta Braves Richie Tate Market Tree (Ark.) HS Ark.
Another high school righthander who popped up late in the spring is Richie Tate, who also didn't get seen by many clubs. He can run his fastball up to 93 mph, and while his delivery needs work, he has good body control for a 6-foot-6, 230-pounder. His secondary pitches and control also need refinement. Committed to Connors State (Okla.), Tate should be signable if he goes in the first 10 rounds.
14 435 Minnesota Twins DeAndre Smelter Tattnall Square Academy, Macon, Ga. Ga.
Scouts who focus on what Smelter does have plenty to talk about. He's an exceptional athlete who turned down Division I offers in football (he was a wide receiver and defensive back) to sign with Georgia Tech to play baseball. He's a plus runner as well as a position player, but his arm strength sets him apart. Smelter has reached 95 mph with his fastball and has been up to 87 mph with a slider, which he doesn't throw often. His pitching coach is former big leaguer Kevin Brown, himself a Georgia Tech alumnus. Brown also has Smelter throwing a split-finger fastball with good action. Despite all those pluses, scouts see negatives on Smelter that have driven him down some boards. He's got big stuff, but he has below-average control and didn't throw a lot of quality strikes this spring. His delivery and arm action resemble those of Brown, complete with the hip turn and wrap in the back of his arm action. Even with his fast-twitch athleticism, it's a difficult delivery to repeat. Smelter's a wild card because of his Tech commitment, his erratic spring and the fact that his bonus can be spread over five years due to his two-sport ability.
14 436 Texas Rangers Nick Tepesch Missouri Mo. $400,000
If Tepesch hadn't angled for a seven-figure bonus, he would have gone in the first three rounds of the 2007 draft coming out of high school. He was seen as the next in the recent line of Missouri first-round pitchers--Max Scherzer, Aaron Crow, Kyle Gibson--and while he won't get chosen that high, he still offers intriguing upside. He's a 6-foot-5, 225-pounder whose arm works well, and he added polish in the Cape Cod League last summer and with the Tigers this spring. He opened the season pitching in the high 80s, but his fastball has settled in at 90-92 mph and touched 94. He can run his fastball into the mid-90s, but has found better command and success not trying to max out his velocity. Tepesch's secondary pitches are getting better but still need work. His curveball is his No. 2 offering but is inconsistent, and he has made the most strides with his changeup this spring. He also throws a cutter. In part because of his size, Tepesch has a long arm action that makes it easier for hitters to pick up his pitches. He's still a work in progress, but he's also showing improvement.
14 439 St. Louis Cardinals Cesar Aguilar Miller HS, Fontana, Calif. Calif.
14 440 Colorado Rockies Taylor Reid St. Mary's Calif.
14 445 New York Yankees Travis Dean Newton (Mass.) South HS Mass.
15 449 Kansas City Royals Jason Mitchell Texas-Arlington Texas
Mavericks righthander Jason Mitchell turned in one of the more stunning performances of the college season, breaking Clay Hensley's Southland Conference record with 18 strikeouts and pitching 8 2/3 no-hit innings Missouri State on March 4. Mitchell's stuff isn't as overpowering as that outing would suggest, as he thrives by commanding an 87-90 mph fastball that tops out at 92, and mixing it with a fringy array of secondary pitches that includes a cutter, slider, curveball and changeup. His pitching savvy makes him a solid senior sign.
15 451 Arizona Diamondbacks Mike Bolsinger Arkansas Ark.
Righthander Mike Bolsinger has served as a swingman this spring, and his pro future is as a reliever, his role on Arkansas' 2009 College World Series team. Coming out of the bullpen, he has an 89-92 mph sinker and a slider. The 6-foot-2, 212-pounder throws strikes, competes well and could make a useful middle reliever in the big leagues. The Athletics drafted him in the 33rd round as a junior last year.
15 453 Houston Astros Jamaine Cotton Western Oklahoma State JC Okla.
15 462 Seattle Mariners Charles Kaalekahi Campbell HS, Ewa Beach, Hawaii Hawaii $125,000
15 465 Minnesota Twins Thomas Girdwood Elon N.C.
Girdwood stands a good chance of being drafted in the first eight rounds after setting Elon and Southern Conference career saves records. He's a lower-slot righthander who has to stay on top of his slider and fastball to be effective. When he's too close to sidearm, his 91-93 mph heater flattens out and his 81-85 mph slider lacks depth, and he's prone to allowing home runs. When he's right, though, both pitches play as above-average offerings, and his fastball has touched 95. He added a changeup, which has made progress but is still a third offering. Girdwood wasn't throwing as well down the stretch, faltering in the Southern Conference tournament. He has plenty of mound presence and experience pitching in big situations and profiles as a set-up man.
15 466 Texas Rangers Ryan Rodebaugh Kennesaw State Ga.
15 475 New York Yankees Chase Whitley Troy Ala.
Whitley, a two-way player and solid hitter, was attracting more late interest thanks in part to a five-inning, nine-strikeout outing against struggling New Orleans that showed he could go through a lineup more than once. Whitley is physical at 6-foot-5, 220 pounds, and has solid-average velocity at 88-92 mph. His changeup is a plus pitch, but his curve is fringy at best and usually below-average. He had performed (7-3, 3.68, 7 SV).
16 476 Washington Nationals Mark Herrera San Jacinto (Texas) JC Texas
Righty Mark Herrera, who started his college career at St. Mary's (Texas), has a 90-93 mph fastball that touches 96 and a mid-80s slider. Scouts don't love his 6-foot-3, 225-pound body or his delivery, though.
16 479 Kansas City Royals Chas Byrne East Tennessee State Tenn.
16 480 Cleveland Indians Cody Allen St. Petersburg (Fla.) JC Fla.
16 482 New York Mets Ryan Fraser Memphis Tenn.
16 488 Chicago White Sox Stephen McCray Tennessee Tenn.
16 489 Milwaukee Brewers Andrew Morris Gulf Coast (Fla.) CC Fla.
A 44th-round pick of the Brewers in 2009, Morris has an average fastball in the 88-91 mph range, touching 92, and relies on his split-finger fastball as his primary secondary offering. His curveball has some depth and lacks power.
16 490 Chicago Cubs Ryan Hartman Mount Zion (Ill.) HS Ill. $125,000
Hartman barely registered on the scouting radar before the season, and that didn't change when he came out throwing 87-88 mph at a showcase for Illinois and Indiana players in early February. He was rusty after playing basketball, however, and since Hartman got into baseball shape, he has made a push to go in the top 10 rounds. He has the best curveball in the state, a hard 76-78 mph bender, and he sat at 90-91 mph with his fastball throughout a highly anticipated matchup with Effingham High's Chad Green. Hartman's arm works well and he still has projection remaining in his 6-foot-3, 175-pound frame. He has committed to Eastern Illinois but no longer is a safe bet to make it to college.
16 491 Tampa Bay Rays Nate Garcia Santa Clara Calif.
It was somewhat surprising that no one signed Santa Clara righthander Garcia as a junior. He has been a weekend starter most of his college career, and scouts respect his bulldog attitude on the mound. He profiles as a reliever with his 87-90 mph fastball and feel for a big overhand curveball.
16 493 Detroit Tigers Jordan Pratt Arkansas Ark.
16 494 Atlanta Braves Dan Winnie Lackawanna (Pa.) JC Pa.
16 497 Florida Marlins Randy LeBlanc Covington (La.) HS La.
LeBlanc has gone from unknown to a potential early-round pick this spring. After throwing 87-88 mph last summer and fall, he suddenly jumped to 90-92 mph and topped out at 94. He has a quick arm with more projection remaining in his lean 6-foot-5 frame. He has the makings of a good breaking ball for a second pitch, but he'll need polish. LeBlanc's changeup is in the rudimentary stages and he'll need to clean up his delivery. He flies open and falls off toward first base, giving hitters a good look at his pitches. Scouts agree that he has considerable upside, but they aren't sure whether he's ready for pro ball or would be better off heading to college for the next stage of his development. Originally committed to Louisiana State-Eunice JC, he drew the interest of several four-year schools this spring and accepted a scholarship from Tulane--which could make him a tough sign.
16 498 San Francisco Giants Austin Fleet Coastal Carolina S.C.
Fleet, a rotation stalwart for Coastal Carolina with 31 starts his first three seasons, moved into the closer role this year and ran his fastball up to 93-94 mph at times, with solid sink.
16 501 Philadelphia Phillies Craig Fritsch Baylor Texas
Righthander Craig Fritsch jumped into the eighth round as a draft-eligible sophomore last year after throwing 93-96 mph at the Big 12 Conference tournament, but he ultimately turned down the Orioles and resumed his enigmatic career at Baylor. The 6-foot-4, 190-pounder has pitched with a lower arm slot in 2010, wasn't good early and worked at 87-91 mph for most the season. His slider and changeup are fringy, though he has thrown more strikes this spring. Fritsch redshirted as a freshman because he wasn't ready to compete in the Big 12, and scouts never have been sold on his mental toughness. His pro future likely will be as a reliever.
16 503 Boston Red Sox Adam Duke Spanish Fork (Utah) HS Utah
Duke's father, Dev, was killed on July 4, 2001, when a fireworks stand he was running blew over on top of him during a strong windstorm. Duke has persevered through that adversity, however, and will likely be the highest-drafted pitcher from the Beehive State since Mark Pawelek was a first-round pick by the Cubs in 2005. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound Duke looked good in the summer and was on the rise early this spring when he threw the ball 92-95 mph with a sharp curveball and a changeup with some fade. His velocity dipped down to 85-89 late in the year. Some teams thought he might be hurt, while others thought he may have been coasting a bit, or it may have been a dead-arm period. He was back up to 92 in his team's first playoff game, twirling a one-hit shutout. Duke throws from a three-quarters arm slot, and his fastball gets late tailing action and jumps in on hitters. He's polished for a high school pitcher and fills up the strike zone with all of his pitches. He's a good athlete and plays shortstop when he's not on the mound. He also works fast and understands the finer points of the game, like setting up hitters and holding runners. Duke is a bulldog on the mound. His brother Brock is a freshman righthander at Utah, and Adam is considered a tough sign away from his Oregon State commitment.
17 506 Washington Nationals Tyler Hanks JC of Southern Nevada Nev.
Hanks came into fall ball looking like an NFL strong safety. He was mostly a shortstop in high school and focused on pitching only recently, but he was 94-96 mph as a closer and touched 97. He moved between the closer's role and the rotation, and his stuff dropped off as the year progressed. As a starter he pitches more at 90-92 mph. Hanks has scrapped a loopy curveball for a slider, which goes better with his arm slot, and he sometimes throws that pitch in the 85-86 mph range. He's committed to Oklahoma State.
17 507 Pittsburgh Pirates Ryan Hafner Lee's Summit (Mo.) West HS Mo. $450,000
Righthander Hafner has a lot of projection remaining in his 6-foot-6, 215-pound frame. He throws an 87-90 mph fastball with little effort, though his breaking ball needs refinement. He could be an early-round pick in 2013 after three years at Missouri State.
17 511 Arizona Diamondbacks Derek Eitel Rose-Hulman (Ind.) Ind.
Eitel starred at quarterback for Rose-Hulman, an NCAA Division III school, setting school records for career passing yards (7,507), touchdowns (52) and efficiency rating (125.4). He also went 29-10 in four years in the Fightin' Engineers rotation, and his pro future will be as a righthanded pitcher. A 6-foot-5, 205-pounder, his sinker jumped 3 mph from 2009 to 2010. He pitched at 89-91 mph and touched 92 as a senior, and improved his slurvy slider. He also throws a changeup and splitter. His delivery puts stress on his shoulder, but his size, arm strength and athleticism will give a pro club plenty to work with.
17 512 New York Mets Chad Sheppard Northwestern State La. $125,000
Luke Irvine drew more of the early attention at Northwestern State, but scouts came away preferring Sheppard because he has a better body and a better secondary pitch. After redshirting in 2008, Sheppard tied the Demons' save record with 10 as a freshman last spring, then matched that total again this season. He uses his 6-foot-4, 210-pound frame and low-90s sinker to keep the ball down in the strike zone and induce grounders. He has given up just two homers in two college seasons. His slider is a solid No. 2 pitch, though it can get slurvy at times. When he has both pitches working and throws strikes, Sheppard can be all but unhittable. His frame would suggest durability, but he has worked exclusively out of the bullpen in college and likely will remain a reliever in pro ball. Though he's a draft-eligible sophomore, scouts don't think he'll be difficult to sign.
17 515 Oakland Athletics Drew Tyson Reinhardt (Ga.) Ga.
17 516 Toronto Blue Jays Myles Jaye Starrs Mill HS, Fayetteville, Ga. Ga. $250,000
17 521 Tampa Bay Rays Cody Anderson Feather River (Calif.) JC Calif.
Andersen has a great pro frame at 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds, so he looks the part. He also plays football. He's a switch-hitter with some strength, but he doesn't have a clearly defined position. He has also expressed interest in going on a Mormon mission, so teams might hold off on signing him.
17 523 Detroit Tigers Drew Gagnier Oregon Ore.
Righthander Gagnier is a 6-foot-4, 225-pound redshirt junior with an over-the-top delivery. His brother L.J. is a prospect in the Tigers system. Some days his fastball is 92-94 mph, while on others it's 89-91. When his curveball is on, it's a real downer pitch around 80 mph that some scouts call a splitter. He was a little tough for scouts to see this year because he was strictly used as a closer and threw just 20 innings. Gagnier should go in the eighth- to 12th-round range, and profiles best as a reliever.
17 525 Minnesota Twins Devin Grigg Cal State East Bay Calif.
17 526 Texas Rangers Anthony Haase Cochise (Ariz.) JC Ariz.
Opposing coaches were impressed by Cochise JC righthander Haase this year, but scouts didn't hold the same opinion. He has been up to 94 mph, but his velocity has fluctuated this spring. He pitched mostly at 88-91 mph with sink, and some scouts saw him in the 86-88 mph range. He has a below-average breaking ball and a funky delivery with bad arm action. He's a tough competitor and could get another shot this year after being a 38th-round pick by the Rays out of high school.
17 527 Florida Marlins Zach Neal Oklahoma Okla.
Neal began his college career at Sam Houston State before transferring to Howard (Texas) JC, where he went 13-0 and was part of a 63-1 national championship team in 2009. He has had no trouble making the jump from juco ball to the Big 12 Conference. He seized Oklahoma's Friday-night starter job, and the Sooners won 12 of his 14 regular-season starts this season. Neal works at 88-93 mph with his fastball and holds his velocity into the late innings. His No. 2 pitch is a tight slider, and when he's at his best opponents have trouble telling it apart from his heater. He also has a changeup and a show-me curveball. He throws tons of strikes, and though he's just 6-foot-2 and 209 pounds, he does a good job of pitching down in the zone. Scouts love the way he competes, and he has gone 36-4 during the last four springs. Neal went undrafted in 2009 because of his commitment to Oklahoma, but he should be signable as a fifth- to seventh-rounder this June.
17 528 San Francisco Giants Ryan Bean Edmonds (Wash.) CC Wash.
17 531 Philadelphia Phillies Mike Nesseth Nebraska Neb.
Scouts have been interested in righthander Mike Nesseth since he showed a 92-95 mph fastball and peaked at 97 as a redshirt freshman reliever in 2008, but now they'll have to factor in his comeback from elbow surgery. Nesseth struggled trying to make the transition to the rotation in 2009, with his stuff and control regressing, and he turned down the Angels as a 15th-round pick. He threw 91-94 mph out of the bullpen early this spring, and after his velocity dipped to the high 80s, an MRI revealed ligament damage in his elbow that required Tommy John surgery. Besides his fastball, his other asset is his 6-foot-6, 226-pound frame, which allows him to work downhill. His slider and command still need work, and he may want to sign and finish his rehab in pro ball because he's already 22.
17 532 Los Angeles Dodgers Logan Bawcom Texas-Arlington Texas
17 533 Boston Red Sox Jason Garcia Land O'Lakes (Fla.) HS Fla. $123,000
17 535 New York Yankees Preston Claiborne Tulane La.
18 538 Baltimore Orioles Sebastian Vader San Marcos (Calif.) HS Calif. $150,000
18 542 New York Mets A.J. Pinera Tampa Fla.
18 545 Oakland Athletics Jose Macias Franklin Pierce (N.H.) N.H.
The Ravens boast Upper New England's top prospect again this year in junior righthander Macias, who went 9-1, 0.96 with 110 strikeouts and 19 walks in 85 innings to lead Franklin Pierce back to the Division II World Series. Macias, a 6-foot-1, 185-pounder, played shortstop during his 2008 freshman year at Monroe (N.Y.) CC and his sophomore year at Franklin Pierce. He threw just one inning in 2009, but the Ravens decided to convert him to the mound full-time for his junior season, and he earned East Region pitcher of the year honors. Macias dominated largely with his fringe-average 75-81 mph slider, and scouts said they wanted to see him pitch more off his fastball, which ranges from 88-91 mph. He flashes an occasional changeup, but rarely before the fourth inning. Macias has some athleticism and arm strength, but he's not overly physical. He projects as a 10th- to 15th-round pick.
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.
18 552 Seattle Mariners Willy Kesler New Mexico N.M.
New Mexico's best prospect on the mound is Willy Kesler. Some teams have written him off because he's a short, pudgy righthander who has already had Tommy John surgery. But others like him as a late-round pick because he can reach back for a 92 mph fastball and is a good competitor on the mound. His secondary stuff is fringy and he profiles as a middle reliever, but he'll get a shot.
18 555 Minnesota Twins David Gutierrez Miami Fla.
Gutierrez, also a Tommy John alum, is the younger brother of Twins 2008 first-rounder Carlos Gutierrez and has a good sinker, though with considerably less power than his brother's.
18 557 Florida Marlins Corey Goudeau Frank Phillips (Texas) JC Texas
Righthander Corey Goudeau didn't start pitching until his junior year in high school and had to walk on at Frank Phillips JC, but he has emerged as one of the best juco arms in Texas. Six-foot-2 and 205 pounds, he has the potential for two plus pitches in his 88-92 mph fastball and his slider. He has committed to Alcorn State for 2011 but is considered signable.
18 558 San Francisco Giants Brandon Allen Milton (Fla.) HS Fla. $110,000
18 559 St. Louis Cardinals Boone Whiting Centenary La.
Entering NCAA regional play, Boone Whiting ranked fifth in Division I in strikeouts per nine innings (12.9) and ninth in whiffs (120). The 6-foot-2, 175-pound righthander relies on his slider to miss bats, and he sets it up with an 88-91 mph fastball and an effective change. The Summit League pitcher of the year also does a good job of commanding his pitches and competing.
18 560 Colorado Rockies Juan Perez Bethune-Cookman Fla.
18 562 Los Angeles Dodgers Chad Arnold Washington State Wash.
Washington State's best prospect is righthander Chad Arnold, who was a 36th-round pick out of high school by the Pirates in 2006. He has average command, but his stuff is fringy across the board.
18 563 Boston Red Sox Dallas Chadwick Shasta HS, Redding, Calif. Calif.
18 565 New York Yankees Kevin Jacob Georgia Tech Ga.
Jacob started the year high on most clubs' follow lists after he was the top prospect in the Alaska League last summer, while other clubs don't like him at all due to his extreme mechanics. Jacob points his lead arm straight up into the sky and nearly reaches the ground with his throwing hand as he tilts back, giving him tremendous leverage toward home plate. He had made just 10 appearances this spring due to a weightlifting injury to his throwing shoulder that kept him out for two months. He has touched 98 mph in the past, and was sitting 94-97 when he returned in mid-May. He also throws a hard slider in the mid- to upper 80s that has some depth when he backs off it a bit. He also flashes a split-finger fastball to lefthanded hitters. Jacob's injury, odd mechanics and track record, as well as being advised by Boras Corp., make it tough to read where he'll go in the draft.
19 568 Baltimore Orioles Ken Wise Santa Fe (Fla.) CC Fla.
19 572 New York Mets Jon Kountis Embry-Riddle (Fla.) Fla.
19 574 San Diego Padres Tyler Norwood Southern Union State (Ala.) CC Ala. $125,000
19 575 Oakland Athletics Logan Chitwood Texas-Tyler Texas
19 576 Toronto Blue Jays Travis Garrett Cypress (Calif.) JC Calif. $100,000
Cypress JC has its own power arm in Garrett, a 5-foot-11 dynamo who has dabbled in relief this season. A bit raw and unrefined, he has touched 93-94 mph with his fastball and struck out 34 in 32 innings.
19 578 Chicago White Sox Doug Murray San Francisco Calif.
San Francisco has more draft-eligible prospects than any other NorCal college team. Righthander Murray is one of the more interesting college senior pitching prospects. He is highly competitive with tremendous baseball makeup and has won 17 games in his two seasons since transferring from junior college. Murray pitches from a low three-quarters slot and is a strike-throwing, groundball machine, with a mid- to upper 80s fastball and late-biting slider. He is 6-foot-2, 195 pounds and pounds the strike zone, having walked just 29 in 186 Division I innings.
19 580 Chicago Cubs Dustin Fitzgerald Hill (Texas) JC Texas $110,000
Righthander Dustin Fitzgerald's strong suits are his 6-foot-4, 225-pound frame and an 88-90 mph fastball that touches 92. He also has flashes a solid slider and a decent changeup, so he has a chance to make it as a starter. He'll attend Texas State in 2011 if he doesn't turn pro.
19 584 Atlanta Braves Tyler Hess Sonoma State (Calif.) Calif.
19 586 Texas Rangers Brett Weibley Kent State Ohio
Brett Weibley hit 96 mph when he was solely a pitcher in the Cape Cod last summer, but he wasn't impressive on the mound when he doubled as a part-time third baseman for Kent State this spring. The 6-foot-3, 225-pound righthander ranged from 86-90 to 91-93 mph this spring and had trouble with his breaking ball and control. His changeup is more effective than his slurvy slider, and he has a lot of effort in his delivery. Weibley didn't pitch in high school and could make a big step forward once he focuses solely on the mound.
19 590 Colorado Rockies Ryan Eades Northshore HS, Slidell, La. La.
Northshore High (Slidell) righty Ryan Eades spent the spring as a DH after labrum surgery. He touched 94 mph as a 16-year-old. Gillam and Harvill are expected to attend Arkansas, while Eades should wind up at Louisiana State.
19 593 Boston Red Sox Eric Jaffe Bishop O'Dowd HS, Oakland Calif.
Jaffe stands out as the most likely Northern California high school player to be drafted. His size and present stuff immediately get attention. For the sake of comparison, it can be said that he is similar to Matt Hobgood, a first-round pick of the Orioles last year. Like Hobgood, Jaffe is a big-bodied righthander (6-foot-3, 230 pounds) with two plus present pitches. Also like Hobgood, Jaffe is an accomplished high school hitter with plus raw power, not to mention soft hands around the first-base bag. He likes to swing the bat and that could complicate his signability, because Jaffe likely will get the chance to hit if he attends California. However, it is his combination of a fastball that reaches up to 95 and a wipeout power curveball that has scouts preferring him on the mound. He has also added a split-finger fastball. Jaffe has displayed some command issues in the past but is a good athlete, and the more time he spends on the mound, the better the command will be.
19 594 Los Angeles Angels Jonathan Bobea Lewis HS, Flushing, N.Y. N.Y.
20 600 Cleveland Indians Burch Smith Howard (Texas) JC Texas
20 612 Seattle Mariners Matt Bischoff Purdue Ind.
Righthander Bischoff went undrafted after a disappointing season in 2009, but he rebounded to become the best senior sign in the Big 10 Conference. The first player in Purdue history to earn all-conference honors in four different seasons, he does an excellent job of competing with average stuff. He can add and subtract from a lively fastball that parks at 88-90 mph and reaches 92, and he gets late action on an 83-85 mph slider/cutter. He also mixes in a changeup and curveball. His size (5-foot-11, 190 pounds) and age (23) work against him, but area scouts believe in him and he could sneak into the first 10 rounds.
20 613 Detroit Tigers Tyler White Alabama Ala.
White runs his fastball up to 94 mph at times but doesn't throw enough strikes.
20 615 Minnesota Twins Cody Martin Gonzaga Wash.
Righthander Cody Martin has a good frame and pitched well for the Bulldogs on Friday nights in his first year starting. His velocity took a step down from what he showed out of the bullpen and he pitched at 87-89 mph, touching 90 on occasion. He has a full arsenal of pitches and throws a lot of strikes.
20 618 San Francisco Giants Brett Bochy Kansas Kan.
Kansas righthander Bretty Bochy would have been one of the top picks in the state had he not blown out his elbow and had Tommy John surgery in early April. Before he got hurt, the 6-foot-2, 180-pound redshirt junior was dominating hitters with his 91-93 mph fastball and his slider. He's the son of former big leaguer and current Giants manager Bruce Bochy.
20 621 Philadelphia Phillies Kevin Walter Legacy HS, Westminster, Colo. Colo. $350,000
While Kevin Gausman came into the year as the more highly touted prospect from Colorado, some scouts believe Walter will end up being the better of the two. He's a giant at 6-foot-6 and 220 pounds. Because of his size he sometimes has timing problems in his delivery, but he's a good athlete with clean mechanics for the most part. He hasn't shown the same velocity as Gausman, pitching at 88-90 mph with some sink and touching 92, but scouts believe it's in there. Walter has shown the ability to spin two different breaking balls, in a power curveball and a hard slider. They're distinctly different pitches and both show the potential to be above-average. He doesn't throw many changeups at this point, but that's not uncommon. Walter is committed to Boston College but may not get there, as he's getting fourth- to sixth-round buzz.
20 622 Los Angeles Dodgers Shane Henderson Flower Mound (Texas) HS Texas
20 624 Los Angeles Angels Kevin Johnson West Florida Fla.
Johnson didn't wait to get drafted to become a pro. He signed with his hometown Pensacola Pelicans (of the independent American Association) and pitched a pair of games before the draft. Although he was hit around to the tune of a 22.50 ERA in Pensacola, Johnson has had a long stretch of success in his amateur career. He holds the Florida state records for single-season (0.34) and career (0.77) ERA at Pensacola's West Florida HS. He then went on to succeed at Division II West Florida College, where he set a conference record for most pitcher of the week awards, a record he shares with Cubs' 2010 first-round pick Hayden Simpson. Johnson's bread-and-butter pitch is an 88-89 mph fastball that touches 91 mph with good sink. His slider also shows some potential. But Johnson will have to repeat his delivery more consistently as a pro--he varies his arm angles between pitches and struggles to maintain a consistent stride in his delivery.
21 628 Baltimore Orioles Scott Copeland Southern Mississippi Miss.
Copeland is a fifth-year senior who had an 11-0, 3.38 record entering regionals thanks to a good sinker, fringe-average slider and competitiveness to spare. He allowed just four home runs in 91 innings.
21 630 Cleveland Indians Owen Dew Central Florida Fla.
In fact, righthander Dew, a sinker/slider pitcher with some projection left in his tall, lean body, will challenge Duffy for being the first Golden Knight off the board, even though opponents hit .318 off him. His fastball has average velocity and good sinking life.
21 633 Houston Astros Aaron Blair Spring Valley HS, Las Vegas Nev.
21 636 Toronto Blue Jays Chris Marlowe Navarro (Texas) JC Texas
Marlowe may be just 6 feet and 175 pounds, but he has big-time arm speed. He routinely works at 91-93 mph, tops out at 94 and has a feel for spinning a hard curveball. Those two pitches have allowed him to overwhelm hitters this spring, as he led all juco pitchers by averaging 17.3 strikeouts per nine innings through mid-May. He originally arrived at Navarro as a shortstop, so he's still a work in progress on the mound. Though his delivery is relatively smooth, he battles his command at times. An Oklahoma State recruit, Marlowe will pitch in the Prospect League this summer if a team wants to get more looks at him.
21 637 Cincinnati Reds Josh Smith Lipscomb Tenn.
21 638 Chicago White Sox Tyler Jones Madison (Wis.) JC Wis.
Righthander Jones was the ace of the Madison JC team that advanced to the Division II Junior College World Series for the first time since 2005. He has a good body (6-foot-4, 205 pounds) and curveball, and he'll show a 90 mph fastball in the early innings. His velocity drops off quickly, so he'll either have to get stronger or move to the bullpen in pro ball.
21 639 Milwaukee Brewers Kevin Shackelford Marshall W.Va.
21 640 Chicago Cubs Cody Cox Grassfield HS, Chesapeake, Va. Va.
Cox was gaining momentum as the draft approached. He was on follow lists going into the spring, but he wasn't a priority because he had pitched mostly in the mid-80s. Before his team was eliminated in the district playoffs, however, Cox was sitting 89-90 mph and touching 93 with his fastball thanks to a quick arm. His secondary stuff is all right and needs the refinements typical of a high school arm. Cox offers plenty of projection at a lanky 6-foot-5, 185 pounds, and he has a lot of moving parts in his delivery. He could go from rounds 6-10, but scouts didn't have a good read on what it would take to steer him away from his commitment to Old Dominion.
21 645 Minnesota Twins Nathan Fawbush Georgia Perimeter JC Ga.
Fawbush is the more conventional prospect and touched 90-91 mph after moving to the bullpen. He's projectable and skinny at 6-foot-7 and 185 pounds with wide shoulders. He wore down as a starter due to his lack of strength. He does throw strikes and did a better job of staying tall in his delivery after moving to relief than he did earlier in the season.
21 646 Texas Rangers Joe Van Meter Virginia Commonwealth Va.
Van Meter has shown power at the plate and a good arm at third base, but scouts like him on the mound. He's a natural thrower who can pitch in low 90s without much effort. In the fall he touched 94 and 95 mph, but he hasn't shown it this spring and sometimes threw in the mid-80s. He's unpolished because he doesn't have a lot of experience as a pitcher, so he would be a project. His secondary stuff is below-average. He won't go in the first 10 rounds, but a team might take a chance on him late with an eye toward making him a reliever.
21 648 San Francisco Giants Zach Arneson Cal State Bakersfield Calif.
21 649 St. Louis Cardinals Josh Lucas State JC of Florida Fla. $100,000
The Manatees could have a third player drafted in 6-foot-6, 185-pound righthander Lucas, who is projectable and sits at 88 mph with his fastball.
21 651 Philadelphia Phillies Jonathan Musser Dowling Catholic HS, West Des Moines, Iowa Iowa $300,000
Musser is leaner (205 pounds) and less physical than Jon Keller, but he's more polished. He usually pitches in the high 80s and throws his curveball and changeup for strikes. His status is in question, as he wasn't ready for the start of Dowling Catholic's season in late May because he had a shoulder injury, the severity of which has yet to be determined.
21 653 Boston Red Sox Mason Justice Holland Hall, Tulsa, Okla. Okla.
21 655 New York Yankees Dustin Hobbs Yavapai (Ariz.) JC Ariz.
22 656 Washington Nationals Cameron Selik Kansas Kan.
22 659 Kansas City Royals Tyler Graham Nevada Nev.
22 660 Cleveland Indians Nate Striz North Carolina N.C.
Injury-prone righty Striz, an unsigned fifth-round pick out of high school, still touches 94 mph at times, even coming off shoulder surgery. He hasn't earned innings this spring even though the Tar Heels' bullpen struggled all year.
22 661 Arizona Diamondbacks Jeremy Erben Oklahoma Okla.
Erben throws hard (91-92 to 94 mph) and can work multiple innings. He also throws a hard curveball.
22 672 Seattle Mariners Steve Landazuri Carter HS, Rialto, Calif. Calif.
22 676 Texas Rangers Ben Rowen Virginia Tech Va.
22 677 Florida Marlins Jeremy Heatley Arkansas Ark.
22 681 Philadelphia Phillies Jonathan Paquet St. Lawrence (Quebec) JC Quebec
Righthander Jonathan Paquet, a St. Petersburg (Fla.) JC recruit, was a 46th-round draft pick by the Angels last year. He's 6-foot-4 and 180 pounds with arm strength. His fastball sits in the mid-80s and has been up to 92 mph, though it's a straight fastball that is easy for hitters to see. His curveball is soft and loopy and he hangs it a lot.
23 686 Washington Nationals Colin Bates North Carolina N.C.
23 690 Cleveland Indians Tony Dischler Louisiana State-Eunice JC La. $255,000
Dischler got strafed for a 9.64 ERA in 19 innings at Louisiana-Monroe as a freshman in 2009, but he caught the eye of scouts with a strong summer in the New York Collegiate League. He opted to transfer to a junior college to become eligible for the 2010 draft, ultimately choosing Louisiana State-Eunice over Chipola (Fla.). Dischler quickly became the ace a Bengals team that would win its third Division II juco national championship, touching 96-97 mph in the fall and working at 91-94 mph this spring. He has a lean 6-foot-3, 198-pound frame and an arm that generates velocity with ease. The key for Dischler will be refining his secondary pitches, and his success doing so will determine if he's ultimately a starter or a reliever. His 82-84 mph slider has depth at times, but it's more often flat. His changeup similarly has promise but lacks consistency. He has committed to Louisiana-Lafayette for 2011 but is expected to turn pro as a third- to fifth-rounder.
23 695 Oakland Athletics Zach Thornton Oregon Ore.
Righthander Thornton is a 6-foot-4, 210 pound senior who wears size 17 shoes and has a funky, low three-quarters arm action. Early in the year his sinking fastball sat around 90-93 mph, though later he was more 86-88. He has the best changeup and command on the Oregon staff, but his breaking ball is nothing special.
23 697 Cincinnati Reds Randy Fontanez South Florida Fla.
23 698 Chicago White Sox Austin Evans Tampa Fla.
23 699 Milwaukee Brewers Ryan Bernal Florida Atlantic Fla.
23 700 Chicago Cubs Matt Loosen Jacksonville Fla.
23 702 Seattle Mariners Jandy Sena Miami (no school) Fla.
23 705 Minnesota Twins Dallas Gallant Sam Houston State Texas $122,500
Righthander Dallas Gallant had a breakout summer as a Cape Cod League reliever in 2009, showing a low-90s fastball and low-80s slider that figured to get him picked in the top five rounds of the 2010 draft. But when he returned to the Sam Houston State rotation this spring, he wasn't the same pitcher. He went 3-8, 4.82 and worked mostly with an upper-80s heater and a diminished slider. The 6-foot-3, 193-pounder throws across his body, which gives his pitches life but also makes them harder to control. A team that believes in what it saw in the Cape still could take him in the first 10 rounds and return him to the bullpen.
23 706 Texas Rangers Andres Perez-Lobo Columbus HS, Miami Fla.
23 707 Florida Marlins Blake Treinen South Dakota State S.D.
Treinen didn't play in an official game in the first three years of his college career, serving a stint on the junior varsity team at NAIA Baker (Kan.), not playing baseball at Arkansas and sitting out 2009 at South Dakota State after transferring. He has been a revelation this spring, a 6-foot-4, 200-pound righthander with a fastball that tops out at 94 mph. He's still learning to pitch, so his hard breaking pitches and command need refinement, but he has more potential than the typical Dakotas prospect. He went 7-0 in the regular season before Oral Roberts routed him with 14 runs in four innings in the Summit League tournament.
23 708 San Francisco Giants Alec Asher Lakeland (Fla.) HS Fla.
23 709 St. Louis Cardinals Dyllon Nuernberg Western Nevada CC Nev.
23 710 Colorado Rockies Bruce Kern St. John's N.Y.
Kern, a righthander, has decent stuff and feel for pitching but has posted ERAs above 6.00 in back-to-back years in the Johnnies' weekend rotation. His four-pitch mix includes an 88-91 mph fastball, a changeup with good depth and arm speed that he uses as an out-pitch, a slider and a 12-to-6 curveball. His curveball has good break, but he does not command it as well as the fringy slider. Because of his changeup, Kern has more success against lefthanded hitters. Kern is undersized at 6-foot-1, 175 pounds and is likely to wind up in the bullpen, where his fastball could play up. As a senior sign, he could be drafted as high as the 10th- to 15th-round range but is more likely to go around the 20th. He helped himself against Louisville in the Big East tournament, working at 89-92 with good life.
23 711 Philadelphia Phillies Jake Borup Arizona State Ariz.
Righthander Borup is a draft-eligible sophomore who is already 23 after spending two years on a Mormon mission. He throws his fastball in the 89-92 mph range with a 79-81 mph slider and a good feel for a changeup. He throws all his pitches for strikes and has a good pitcher's frame at 6-foot-5 and 200 pounds.
24 718 Baltimore Orioles Tim Adleman Georgetown D.C.
24 720 Cleveland Indians Andrew Triggs Southern California Calif.
Righthander Triggs needed Tommy John surgery as a prep senior and missed the 2008 season, but he rebounded nicely in 2009 by posting a 5-3, 3.96 mark for Southern California. After a solid summer in the New England Collegiate League last year, Triggs had a strong fall and was poised for a breakout season. Instead, he got off to a brutal start in 2010, causing his draft stock to plummet. He eventually regained his spot as USC's Friday night starter and finished the season 2-7, 3.95 with 62 strikeouts and 21 walks in 71 innings, numbers not terribly different than his sophomore season. Triggs' repertoire includes a 90-92 mph four-seam fastball that can touch 94, a changeup, curveball and slider. His most effective pitch is his mid- to high-80s two-seam fastball, which starts above a hitter's hands and suddenly drops down and under his swing. He gave up just five home runs in 145 college innings. Triggs' 6-foot-3, 210-pound build and stuff permit him to fit any one of three roles as a pro: mid-rotation starter, closer or most likely, a set-up reliever.
24 722 New York Mets Erik Goeddel UCLA Calif. $350,000
Goeddel is the first player from this year's draft known to have signed for more than MLB's slot recommendation. A blue-chip prospect in high school, he needed about 24 months to recover from Tommy John surgery during his senior year at Bellarmine Prep in San Jose. He threw eight innings as a redshirt freshman in 2009, then went 2-0, 3.12 with 58 strikeouts and 23 walks in 49 innings of relief this spring, emerging as a key piece of UCLA's stellar bullpen. He came on especially strong down the stretch, catching scouts' attention in regionals and sitting in the mid-90s with a wicked 86-mph slider in the College World Series.
24 727 Cincinnati Reds Pat Doyle Missouri State Mo.
24 731 Tampa Bay Rays Daniel Poncedeleon La Mirada (Calif.) HS Calif.
24 733 Detroit Tigers Tyler Clark Missouri Mo.
24 734 Atlanta Braves Evan Danieli Notre Dame Ind. $150,000
Evan Danieli had a 92-95 mph fastball and projected as an early-round pick before having Tommy John surgery last summer. He should be able to pitch in July, and a team will probably gamble a late-round pick on him and evaluate him this summer.
24 736 Texas Rangers Jake Cole Sahuaro HS, Tucson, Ariz. Ariz.
Cole is 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds and committed to North Carolina. Cole started the season at 92-93 mph and touched 95, but he was down to 88-91 mph later in the season. He needs to work on his below-average secondary stuff and watch his weight. He is considered tough signs.
24 740 Colorado Rockies Christian Bergman UC Irvine Calif.
24 741 Philadelphia Phillies Chad Thompson Orange Coast (Calif.) CC Calif.
24 743 Boston Red Sox Sean Yost Nebraska Neb.
24 745 New York Yankees Conor Mullee Saint Peter's (N.J.) N.J.
Mullee started all of the Peacocks' 205 games in the infield and posted his best offensive season as a senior this spring, hitting .325 with eight homers and 16 stolen bases in 16 tries. But scouts are interested him as a pitcher, though he has made just seven career appearances (all this year), posting a 10.50 ERA. The 6-foot-3, 183-pounder flashed 93-94 mph heat in a tryout camp last year, and scouts who saw him this spring say he worked at 90-91 late in the season, though he threw harder in previous outings. He'll get drafted as a senior sign with arm strength, but he'll be a project, because he lacks feel for pitching, control and command. He'll need to improve his slurvy slider, too.
25 747 Pittsburgh Pirates Casey Sadler Western Oklahoma State JC Okla. $100,000
25 750 Cleveland Indians Jay Gause West Brunswick HS, Northwest Shallotte, N.C. N.C.
Gause started well and has a 6-foot-2, 215-pound frame that produces three solid-average pitches when he's at his best. His fastball has touched 94 and sits at 89-92 mph when he's right. He has shown the hand speed to spin a breaking ball, with a curve that has flashed above-average, and he has a decent changeup. Gause's performance and stuff suffered after a mid-April start when he reportedly exceeded 150 pitches. He's a North Carolina State recruit, and scouts weren't sure what to make of his stock as the draft approached because he hadn't been at his best after his long outing.
25 752 New York Mets Peter Birdwell Vanguard (Calif.) Calif.
25 753 Houston Astros Rodney Quintero Chipola (Fla.) JC Fla. $150,000
Chipola's top arm is now Cuban defector Quintero, a freshman who is raw but has intriguing arm strength, touching the mid-90s with his fastball.
25 756 Toronto Blue Jays Brando Tessar Chaminade College Prep, West Hills, Calif. Calif.
Brando Tessar of Chaminade Prep is a showcase regular with fine speed, clocking around 6.72 seconds in the 60. A multi-position player, his best spot may be in the outfield but his bat will need to improve. He and righthander Jimmy Sherfy are headed to Oregon.
25 757 Cincinnati Reds Daniel Renken Cal State Fullerton Calif.
For three years, righthander Renken has been a mainstay in Cal State Fullerton's weekend rotation. Early struggles this season got him bumped out of his usual Friday starter role by sophomore Noe Ramirez, but Renken settled into the Saturday starter's job and performed well. He was 10-2, 3.96 in 86 innings heading into regionals. No one would call Renken's delivery a work of art. His motion is funky, with an elaborate backswing in which he wraps the ball well behind his back leg. Renken then jumps at the hitter, appearing to decelerate his arm and push the ball toward the plate. While not overpowering, Renken gets good movement on his pitchers and has good secondary stuff, making him effective when his command is right. His fastball sits at 88-89 mph and can touch 91 with decent sink. His slider is a nice pitch with late break, but his best offering is his changeup, which drops suddenly and is hard for the hitter to recognize. He'll throw it to any hitter in any count. Renken has a tall and lean pitcher's frame and profiles as a back-of-the-rotation starter.
25 760 Chicago Cubs Eric Rice Palm Beach (Fla.) CC Fla.
25 762 Seattle Mariners Ernesto Zaragoza Kaiser HS, Fontana, Calif. Calif.
25 764 Atlanta Braves Dan Jurik St. John Fisher (N.Y.) N.Y.
25 767 Florida Marlins Mike Ojala Rice Texas
Righthander Mike Ojala had a chance to go in the top five rounds of the 2009 draft, but that went by the wayside when he tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow. He postponed Tommy John surgery until after the season, winning games in the Conference USA tournament and the regionals before going under the knife. The 6-foot-3, 195-pounder has made a swift comeback, regaining his trademark hammer curveball and his 87-91 mph fastball. His curve is good enough that it alone could make him an effective big league reliever. After turning down the Brewers as a 34th-round pick a year ago, he could go in the top 10 rounds as a quality senior sign.
25 769 St. Louis Cardinals Richard Mendoza Isabel Flores HS, Juncos, P.R. P.R.
25 771 Philadelphia Phillies Matt Hutchison Nevada-Las Vegas Nev.
25 773 Boston Red Sox Tyler Lockwood Texas Christian Texas
26 777 Pittsburgh Pirates Brandon Pierce Gunter (Texas) HS Texas
26 779 Kansas City Royals Gates Dooley Henderson State (Ark.) Ark.
26 780 Cleveland Indians Ben Lively Gulf Breeze (Fla.) HS Fla.
26 793 Detroit Tigers Jeff Ferrell Pitt (N.C.) CC N.C.
26 794 Atlanta Braves Jonathan Burns St. Edward's (Texas) Texas
26 796 Texas Rangers Chase Johnson Fallbrook (Calif.) HS Calif.
26 805 New York Yankees R.J. Hively Santa Ana (Calif.) JC Calif.
Santa Ana JC has produced many fine players, among them Braves pitching star Kris Medlen. Rigthander Hively, a tall and rangy righthander, may follow in that tradition. He smoothly delivers a 88-89 mph fastball from a frame that promises more velocity in the future.
27 806 Washington Nationals Sean Hoelscher Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Texas
27 807 Pittsburgh Pirates Kevin Kleis Grossmont (Calif.) JC Calif.
27 808 Baltimore Orioles Austin Urban Richland HS, Johnstown, Pa. Pa.
One scout called Urban "the flavor of the month" in April, when his fastball jumped into the 89-93 mph range with sink and occasional cut. He pitched mostly at 90-91 through the spring. Urban is not overly physical at 6-foot-1, 175 pounds, and his long, loose, one-piece arm action evokes Jered Weaver, but with a higher slot. He flirts with a plus fastball, and the rest of his repertoire needs refinement. He'll flash a slightly above-average slider every half-dozen times he throws it, but he's still learning to command the pitch--not surprising considering he has pitched for just two years. He slows his arm speed to throw his changeup, yet it still comes out too hard. He has an even demeanor and plenty of potential, and a club could make a run at him in the top 10 rounds, but he's more likely headed to Penn State.
27 812 New York Mets Todd Weldon Wayland Baptist (Texas) Texas
27 814 San Diego Padres Matt Branham South Carolina-Upstate S.C.
27 815 Oakland Athletics Seth Frankoff UNC Wilmington N.C.
Frankoff has touched 93 mph as a set-up man.
27 819 Milwaukee Brewers Alex Jones Jacksonville State Ala.
27 822 Seattle Mariners Nick Fleece Texas A&M Texas
27 824 Atlanta Braves Willie Kempf Baylor Texas
27 827 Florida Marlins Brandon Cunniff Cal State San Bernardino Calif.
27 829 St. Louis Cardinals Aiden Lucas Denison (Ohio) Ohio
27 832 Los Angeles Dodgers Yimy Rodriguez Peru State (Neb.) Neb.
27 835 New York Yankees Martin Viramontes Loyola Marymount Calif.
Loyola Marymount rigthander Martin Viramontes is an imposing physical specimen whose results have yet to equal his ability. His power fastball sits at 92-94 mph and often peaks at 95-96, and he adds a curveball and changeup with splitter action. Both of those offerings have potential, but Viramontes throws only about 20 percent of his curves for a strikes. He has never performed at a consistent level, with his career interrupted by an elbow injury in 2009 that forced him to take a medical redshirt after pitching six innings. Viramontes went 4-7, 7.53 this season and gave up 39 extra-base hits (including eight home runs) in 72 innings. Most of his struggles can be traced to mechanical issues. He can't find a consistent arm slot, affecting both the command and velocity of his pitches. He's advised by Boras Corp. and could be a tough sign. Viramontes could easily evolve into a closer, particularly if he solves his command issues.
28 838 Baltimore Orioles Jaime Esquivel South Houston (Texas) HS Texas $225,000
28 843 Houston Astros Jason Chowning Oklahoma Okla.
28 846 Toronto Blue Jays Adaric Kelly Trinity Christian Academy, Lake Worth, Fla. Fla. $250,000
28 847 Cincinnati Reds Chad Rogers Galveston (Texas) CC Texas $100,000
28 850 Chicago Cubs Joe Zeller The Master's (Calif.) Calif.
28 852 Seattle Mariners Tim Griffin Rollins (Fla.) Fla.
28 854 Atlanta Braves Kyle Mertins Cal State Fullerton Calif.
28 856 Texas Rangers John Kukuruda East Nicolaus HS, Nicolaus, Calif. Calif.
28 860 Colorado Rockies Tony Rizzotti Martin HS, Arlington, Texas Texas
28 863 Boston Red Sox Mike Wagner Centennial HS, Las Vegas Nev.
Righthander Wagner has progressed nicely over the past year, and his best pitching is still ahead of him. Last summer he was 85-88 mph and he was mostly 89-92 this year. His breaking ball is improving and he'll mix in an occasional changeup. Wagner has a good pitcher's frame at 6-foot-4 and 185 pounds. He is expected to be a tough sign away from San Diego.
28 865 New York Yankees Josh Dezse Olentangy Liberty HS, Powell, Ohio Ohio
29 867 Pittsburgh Pirates Garret Levsen Sonora HS, La Habra, Calif. Calif.
29 871 Arizona Diamondbacks Jake Floethe Cal State Fullerton Calif.
29 879 Milwaukee Brewers Dan Britt Elon N.C.
29 886 Texas Rangers Trae Davis Mexia (Texas) HS Texas
Trae Davis is another stocky righthander with a football background. He's generously listed at 6 feet and 210 pounds and accounted for 40 touchdowns as a quarterback in the fall. Davis helped his cause when he struck out 14 and homered to beat Bullard ace Nick Rumbelow in the second round of the Texas 3-A playoffs. A Baylor recruit, Davis has a 91-94 mph fastball and good mound presence. He shows aptitude for spinning a curveball and has feel for a changeup.
29 889 St. Louis Cardinals Chris Patterson Appalachian State N.C.
29 891 Philadelphia Phillies Patrick Lala Kirkwood (Iowa) CC Iowa
29 892 Los Angeles Dodgers Red Patterson Southwestern Oklahoma State Okla.
29 893 Boston Red Sox Paul Davis Pensacola (Fla.) JC Fla.
30 899 Kansas City Royals Chad Blauer Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.) Calif.
30 900 Cleveland Indians Taylor Hill Vanderbilt Tenn.
Vanderbilt has plenty of players who could be drafted high this year, if teams think they are signable. Chief among them is junior righthander Taylor Hill, who backtracked as a sophomore after earning a rotation spot as a freshman. He bounced back this year by improving his fastball velocity and command (cutting his walk rate in half from his freshman season). He touched plenty of 93s this season and sat at 89-92 mph. His heater has sink and boring action, and he maintains his velocity. Hill has picked up a split-finger fastball to help him get strikeouts, as his low-80s slider has power but fringy movement. He also throws a changeup. Hill is homer-prone because he pitches off his fastball so much. He profiles as a durable innings-eater and could go off the board as high as the fifth round.
30 901 Arizona Diamondbacks Ryan Zimmerman Northwestern State La.
30 907 Cincinnati Reds Brad Hendrix Auburn Ala.
30 909 Milwaukee Brewers Eric Marzec Youngstown State Ohio
30 920 Colorado Rockies Jeff Ames Lower Columbia (Wash.) JC Wash.
It was a banner year for Northwest junior colleges last year, but this year the talent is down. The best prospect is righthander Jeff Ames, who was a 46th-round pick by the Phillies last year and has improved significantly. His velocity has jumped from 86-88 mph to 89-91, and he tightened up his secondary pitches as well. He got bigger and strongernow standing 6-foot-4 and 210 poundswhich improved his arm speed. He still needs to work on throwing more quality strikes.
30 922 Los Angeles Dodgers Shawn Tolleson Baylor Texas
30 925 New York Yankees Zach Nuding Weatherford (Texas) JC Texas $265,000
Righthander Zach Nuding has a low-90s fastball that tops out at 96, but he also has a 6-foot-4, 265-pound frame and has trouble staying on top of his slider. It may take third-round money to sign him away from a Texas Tech commitment.
31 927 Pittsburgh Pirates Jason Townsend Alabama Ala.
Townsend threw well at LSU, touching 94, and has a loose arm. Townsend lacks a feel for pitching and a consistent breaking ball.
31 929 Kansas City Royals Parker Bangs South Carolina S.C.
31 930 Cleveland Indians David Goforth Mississippi Miss.
Goforth is Ole Miss' hardest thrower, reaching 95 mph and sitting at 92-94 even as a starter. At 5-foot-11, 191 pounds, the redshirt sophomore has fringy secondary stuff and wasn't fooling anyone this spring, as evidenced by his 1-5, 8.41 numbers. Opponents where hitting .363 with 15 home runs in just 56 innings.
31 932 New York Mets Steve Winnick Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.) Calif.
31 936 Toronto Blue Jays Luis Benitez Ashworth HS, Carolina, P.R. P.R.
Benitez is a third baseman and he prefers to be a position player, but scouts like his arm on the mound. He is also just an arm-strength guy at this point, and he can dial it up to 93 mph. His father Luis spent three years in the minor leagues, mostly with the Cubs.
31 943 Detroit Tigers Matt Little Kentucky Ky.
31 950 Colorado Rockies Russell Brewer Vanderbilt Tenn.
Brewer had a strong summer in the Cape Cod League in 2009, striking out 33 in 24 innings while getting 10 saves; it was his second straight strong Cape effort. He has already graduated and could be the easiest sign of the bunch. A 6-foot, 210-pound future set-up man, he locates his average fastball well from a low three-quarters arm slot and has a solid slider. He hadn't pitched since May 15 with arm soreness, something to watch.
31 952 Los Angeles Dodgers Derek Cone Mesa (Ariz.) CC Ariz. $150,000
31 955 New York Yankees Mike Gipson Florida Atlantic Fla.
Florida Atlantic was competing for a regional bid despite an injury that deprived it of closer Glen Troyanowski, who is out until July after labrum surgery. Despite his loss, the team could have a single-digit pick in righthander Mike Gipson, the Owls' Friday starter who competes with a fringe-average curveball and average fastball. He commands both pitches well and had his moments in the Cape Cod League last summer, striking out 50 in 39 innings. His changeup needs to develop and his curve needs to be tighter for his pitchability profile to play at higher levels.
32 958 Baltimore Orioles Joe Robinson JC of Southern Nevada Nev.
Righthander Robinson pitched mostly around 84-86 mph for the powerhouse Green Valley HS program in suburban Las Vegas, and Southern Nevada took a flier on him because a member of the coaching staff coached him in American Legion ball. Robinson ended up leading the team with a 1.99 ERA last year as a freshman. This year he has mostly been in the 89-91 mph range and has touched 95. He throws a slider and a changeup, and he mixes and locates all three pitches well. When he stays in his three-quarters arm slot, his pitches are good, but when his slot gets too high his pitches tend to flatten out. Robinson is committed to Georgia.
32 959 Kansas City Royals Justin Hageman Hopkinsville (Ky.) HS Ky.
32 960 Cleveland Indians Michael Palazzone Georgia Ga.
32 961 Arizona Diamondbacks Greg Robinson Wright State Ohio
32 963 Houston Astros Austin Chrismon Menchville HS, Newport News, Va. Va.
Righthander Chrismon has had an outstanding career for Menchville--he hadn't lost a game until April 2010--but he hasn't thrown as well as scouts had hoped this season, and some questioned his conditioning. One scout saw him 84-87 mph with his fastball this spring, though he had seen better in the past. He is committed to East Carolina.
32 964 San Diego Padres Will Scott Walters State (Tenn.) CC Tenn.
32 965 Oakland Athletics Todd McInnis Southern Mississippi Miss.
McInnis was an eligible sophomore last year but wasn't drafted, due mostly to his size--he's listed at 6-foot-1, 160 pounds and may be smaller--and signability. McInnis' best attributes remain his command of a fringy fastball and his solid-average curve.
32 975 Minnesota Twins Tommy Toledo Florida Fla.
Florida's talent was concentrated in its freshman and sophomore classes, and two intriguing sophomore righthanders are draft-eligible. Tommy Toledo was an unsigned third-round pick in 2007 and missed the 2009 season after reconstructive shoulder surgery. Then he missed nearly two months this season when he was struck in the face by a comeback liner in a game against Charleston Southern. He returned from a broken cheekbone and broken nose, impressing scouts with his toughness. His velocity had returned to the 89-92 mph range, though his fastball tends to be straight, and he competes well.
32 976 Texas Rangers Steve McKinnon Cowichan SS, Duncan, B.C. British Columbia $150,000
32 978 San Francisco Giants Kevin Couture Southern California Calif.
33 988 Baltimore Orioles Steven Mazur Notre Dame Ind.
33 989 Kansas City Royals Cole Lohden Southern Arkansas Ark.
33 992 New York Mets Hunter Carnevale Pacific Calif.
33 993 Houston Astros Michael Ness Duke N.C.
33 994 San Diego Padres Daniel Ottone Western Carolina N.C.
33 995 Oakland Athletics Sean Murphy Keystone (Pa.) Pa.
33 997 Cincinnati Reds David Garner Niles (Mich.) HS Mich.
33 998 Chicago White Sox Jamaal Hollis Miami (Ohio) Ohio
33 1000 Chicago Cubs Matt Stites Jefferson (Mo.) CC Mo.
Righthander Stites stands just 5-foot-11 and 170 pounds, but he has a big arsenal. Before he tired toward the end of the season, Stites showed an 88-92 mph fastball that touched 94, a slider that served as an out pitch and a solid curveball. He's a quick-twitch athlete rather than a max-effort thrower, and he commands his fastball to both sides of the plate. He may be tough to lure away from a commitment to Missouri for 2010.
33 1001 Tampa Bay Rays Scott Simon Central Valley HS, Spokane, Wash. Wash.
33 1003 Detroit Tigers Brennan Smith Bowling Green State Ohio
33 1013 Boston Red Sox Mark Donham Jupiter (Fla.) Community HS Fla.
33 1014 Los Angeles Angels Eric Cendejas Cal State Stanislaus Calif.
33 1015 New York Yankees Michael Hachadorian San Diego Mesa JC Calif.
34 1016 Washington Nationals Rolando Botello Jay HS, San Antonio, Texas Texas
34 1019 Kansas City Royals Mark Blackmar Carroll HS, Southlake, Texas Texas
34 1021 Arizona Diamondbacks Victor Lara Keystone (Pa.) Pa.
Lara, a Miami native, spent his freshman year at Miami-Dade CC and his sophomore year at Monroe (N.Y.) CC before landing at Keystone. He struck out 32 in 18 innings as the team's closer this spring, but he remains unpolished. His best asset is his arm strength; he can run his fastball up to 95 mph in short stints and pitches in the low 90s. But his command and secondary stuff need work, with his slider rating below-average at best. Lara is short but sturdy at 6 feet, 204 pounds.
34 1023 Houston Astros Ryan Cole St. John's N.Y.
34 1024 San Diego Padres Xavier Esquivel Loyola Marymount Calif.
34 1025 Oakland Athletics Aaron Larsen Bethany (Kan.) Kan.
34 1026 Toronto Blue Jays Tyler Powell Belmont-Abbey (N.C.) N.C.
34 1029 Milwaukee Brewers Conor Fisk Grafton (Wis.) HS Wis.
The state's top prospect, righthander Fisk, needs polish before he'll be ready for pro ball. He has touched 92 mph in some indoor showcases, but usually works at 88-90 mph with his fastball and sometimes struggles to throw strikes. He'll flash an interesting slider but it too needs more consistency, and he also needs to firm up his 6-foot-1, 200-pound frame. He'll be draft-eligible again next year if he attends Wabash Valley (Ill.) CC as planned.
34 1035 Minnesota Twins Kyle Necke UC Irvine Calif.
34 1043 Boston Red Sox Mike Gleason Chico State (Calif.) Calif.
34 1045 New York Yankees Keenan Kish Germantown Academy, Fort Washington, Pa. Pa.
Kish, the younger brother of Florida Southern outfielder Colin Kish, benefited from playing alongside Germantown star Sean Coyle, which gave scouts plenty of opportunity to see him. Loose and projectable at 6-foot-3, 192 pounds, Kish sat in the 88-91 mph range and touched 92 this spring, and he did a better job holding his velocity deep into games as the spring progressed. He has an easy arm action that leads scouts to believe he can throw harder as he fills out, though at times his textbook delivery can be almost too mechanical. He does a good job pitching off his fastball and has an excellent feel for pitching with his two-pitch repertoire, which also includes an average curveball with three-quarters tilt that projects as a potential plus pitch. He shows feel for a changeup but seldom needed to throw it against overmatched Northeast high school competition. Kish has the talent to be drafted in the top five to seven rounds, but his signability is clouded by a commitment to Florida, where he could be a quality two-way player (he also plays third base).
35 1049 Kansas City Royals Kris Carlson Wenatchee Valley (Wash.) CC Wash.
35 1050 Cleveland Indians Ken Ferrer Elon N.C.
Righty Ferrer wound up winning nine games for Elon, second only behind ace Jimmy Reyes, and has one of the area's better fastballs, sitting 90-94 mph even in starting roles. His secondary stuff remains unrefined, and he didn't have a pitch to put hitters away. His control is also lacking, and he hit 15 batters in just 70 innings.
35 1051 Arizona Diamondbacks Konner Wade Chaparral HS, Scottsdale, Ariz. Ariz.
Righthander Wade looked like a stud in the fall, sitting 92-93 mph with a hammer curveball. This spring was a different story, though. His fastball was more in the upper 80s, touching 90, and his curveball flattened out. He could be an interesting summer follow, but teams may just let him go to school. He is committed to Arizona, but could also wind up at Central Arizona.
35 1052 New York Mets Josh Easley Weatherford (Texas) JC Texas
Righty Josh Easley, a freshman who originally signed with Arkansas, has good pitchability. He has an 88-91 mph fastball that could hit 93 more consistently if he fills out his 6-foot-2, 165-pound build, and he owns a solid curveball.
35 1054 San Diego Padres Mike Ellis Fleetwood Park SS, Surrey, B.C. British Columbia
Righthander Ellis is shorter than his listed 6-foot-1 and 180 pounds. He throws his fastball in the 87-88 mph range with a curveball and changeup and has good command of all three of his pitches. He profiles as a back-of-the-rotation starter or a long man out of the bullpen and has a lot of polish to his game.
35 1055 Oakland Athletics Andrew Bailey Concord (W.Va.) W.Va.
35 1056 Toronto Blue Jays Dan Barnes Princeton N.J.
Righty Dan Barnes also has an outside chance to sneak into the top 10 rounds, though scouts have expressed reluctance to buy him out of his senior year at an Ivy League school. He did not exactly dominate against soft Ivy competition, either, going 1-3, 5.14 with 40 strikeouts and 19 walks in 49 innings. Generously listed at 6-foot-1, 195 pounds, Barnes is not physical, but he can run his fastball up to 93 mph with a bit of life, though it dips into the high 80s after a few innings. He leans heavily on his heater and has below-average secondary stuff, including a 75-78 mph curveball, a slurvy low-80s slider and a developing changeup. He sometimes struggles to repeat his arm slot, particularly as he gets tired, and he profiles as a reliever.
35 1057 Cincinnati Reds Tyler Wilson Virginia Va.
Virginia's deep pitching staff has been a key to its success, and two key contributors in the bullpen should get drafted, though their stuff is a bit fringy for pro ball. Tyler Wilson and Kevin Arico are the only Virginia pitchers with more than 20 appearances on the season. Wilson was 7-3, 3.11 in 55 innings with 60 strikeouts and 24 walks. Both are good college pitchers, but they work with fastballs that sit in the upper 80s and don't touch 90 or better enough. Wilson probably has a better shot of getting picked higher because he has shown an ability to start in the past.
35 1060 Chicago Cubs Chris Anderson Centennial HS, Circle Pines, Minn. Minn.
Chris Anderson is the state's top high school prospect, but he's not ready for pro ball and unlikely to get picked high enough to opt against attending Jacksonville. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound righthander has the arm strength to touch 90-91 mph in short stints. He needs to maintain his velocity better and improve the spin on his curveball.
35 1061 Tampa Bay Rays Spencer Davis The Woodlands (Texas) HS Texas
35 1063 Detroit Tigers Cody Hall Southern La.
35 1065 Minnesota Twins Nick Alloway Gloucester (N.J.) CC N.J.
35 1066 Texas Rangers John Lieske Harlem HS, Machesney Park, Ill. Ill.
Righthander Lieske hasn't had a good spring, but the 6-foot-2, 185-pounder's arm works well and he'll flash a 91-93 mph fastball when he's on.
35 1068 San Francisco Giants Stephen Shackleford Savannah College of Art & Design (Ga.) Ga.
35 1071 Philadelphia Phillies Eric Pettis UC Irvine Calif.
35 1075 New York Yankees Will Oliver Palomar (Calif.) JC Calif.
36 1077 Pittsburgh Pirates Cliff Archibald McLennan (Texas) CC Texas
36 1080 Cleveland Indians Rye Davis Western Kentucky Ky.
Righthander Davis nearly lost his right eye and broke several bones in his face when he was hit by a line drive in a preseason scrimmage a year ago. After missing all of 2009, he has returned this spring and touched 94 mph at times with his fastball. The 6-foot-5, 250-pounder normally sits at 89-92 mph and lacks life on his fastball and slider because he drops his elbow in his maximum-effort delivery. His command can get shaky at times, too. Teams may wait another year on the draft-eligible sophomore, but his size and arm strength have attracted interest.
36 1082 New York Mets Jesen Dygestile-Therrien Edouard Montpetit HS, Montreal Quebec
Righthander Dygestile-Therrien is a bit of a project but has the size and clean arm scouts look for in a pitching prospect.
36 1083 Houston Astros Ryan Halstead Los Osos HS, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. Calif.
36 1084 San Diego Padres Rob Gariano Fairfield Conn.
Gariano, a righthander, put up better numbers as a junior (5-4, 3.43 with 88 strikeouts an 19 walks in 84 innings) than he did this spring (4-5, 4.29 with 74 strikeouts and 31 walks in 94 innings), but his stuff has been similar. Gariano is undersized at 5-foot-10, 180 pounds, but he attacks hitters with an 88-91 mph fastball that has reached 94 at times in the past. He profiles as a reliever because he does not hold his velocity deep into games. Scouts appreciate his tenacity and energy, which earned him the nickname "Red Bull" in the Cape Cod League last summer. His three-pitch mix also includes a fringe-average changeup and a fringe-average slider.
36 1086 Toronto Blue Jays David Whitehead Moeller HS, Cincinnati Ohio
36 1087 Cincinnati Reds Chuck Ghysels Lincoln Trail (Ill.) CC Ill.
Chuck Ghysels doesn't have a great body, but the 5-foot-10, 200-pound righthander has a 90-92 mph fastball that touches 95. There's effort in his delivery, though his arm strength should get him drafted in the middle rounds. He also has a good curveball but doesn't always throw it for strikes. After spending his freshman season at Dayton, Ghysels dominated the Illinois juco ranks, finishing among the national leaders with 117 strikeouts in 79 innings. He threw a five-inning no-hitter against Southwestern Illinois in a sectional playoff game and fanned 13 in a nine-inning no-decision in regionals. He's considered signable despite a commitment to Maryland for 2011.
36 1089 Milwaukee Brewers R.J. Johnson Starkville (Miss.) HS Miss.
36 1090 Chicago Cubs Tyler Bremer Yavapai (Ariz.) JC Ariz.
36 1092 Seattle Mariners Forrest Snow Washington Wash.
36 1097 Florida Marlins Jared Rogers Rice Texas
36 1098 San Francisco Giants John Leonard Boston College Mass.
Leonard, a righthander, missed most of the first half of the season with weakness in his shoulder, though MRIs revealed no structural damage. He showed a 93 mph fastball with life in indoor workouts in January, but he worked at 87-90 mph and topped out at 91 after returning to action in mid-April. Through six starts, he was 2-2, 6.04 with 22 strikeouts and 11 walks in 28 innings. Leonard throws strikes but has below-average command--he throws too many breaking balls over the fat part of the zone. Last year, Leonard flashed a solid-average curveball, but it has been loose and slurvy this spring, and he has leaned more on his fringy slider. His changeup is just a show pitch at this point.
36 1102 Los Angeles Dodgers John Fasola Walsh Jesuit HS, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio Ohio
37 1109 Kansas City Royals Robbie Penny Pitt (N.C.) CC N.C.
37 1113 Houston Astros Brian Streilein Villanova Pa.
37 1114 San Diego Padres Chase Marona Northwest-Shoals (Ala.) CC Ala.
37 1116 Toronto Blue Jays Chad Green Effingham (Ill.) HS Ill.
As an athletic 6-foot-4, 185-pound righthander who also starred in basketball, Green is reminiscent of Tanner Bushue, whom the Astros drafted in the second round last year out of a nearby high school. Green isn't as good as Bushue, but he'll show a low-90s fastball in the early innings of games. He lacks arm speed, so his ability to spin a curveball isn't great. He's more about projection than present value, and could blossom into an early-round pick if he attends Louisville.
37 1117 Cincinnati Reds Nick Sawyer Hebron HS, Carrollton, Texas Texas
37 1119 Milwaukee Brewers Seth Harvey Washington State Wash.
Righander Seth Harvey is in his fourth year at Wazzu and is still a one-trick pony. It's fastball after fastball after fastball. His fastball sits 90-92 and has above-average life, but that's all he has.
37 1121 Tampa Bay Rays Demondre Arnold Creekside HS, Fairburn, Ga. Ga.
37 1125 Minnesota Twins Grant Muncrief Wichita State Kan.
37 1127 Florida Marlins Chris Squires Indiana Ind.
37 1128 San Francisco Giants Jake Sisco Davis HS, Modesto, Calif. Calif.
37 1130 Colorado Rockies Dan Kickham Crowder (Mo.) CC Mo.
37 1131 Philadelphia Phillies Marshall Schuler Colorado School of Mines Colo.
Colorado is never a hot spot for college players, with no Division I programs, but there are a few interesting players this year. Marshall Schuler is a 6-foot, 170-pound senior righthander with a career 9.29 ERA. He was 1-4, 10.01 this year over 48 innings with 49 strikeouts and 27 walks. But, he's been up to 94 mph with some sink, so someone will give him a chance.
38 1137 Pittsburgh Pirates Alex Cox Santiago HS, Corona, Calif. Calif.
38 1139 Kansas City Royals Nick Graffeo Alabama-Birmingham Ala.
38 1142 New York Mets Peter Miller Cambridge Christian HS, Tampa Fla.
38 1149 Milwaukee Brewers Mike Schaub Loara HS, Anaheim Calif.
38 1150 Chicago Cubs Jeremy Fitzgerald Patrick Henry (Va.) CC Va.
38 1151 Tampa Bay Rays Will Anderson Foothill HS, Pleasanton, Calif. Calif.
Fresno State has also put together a good recruiting class and righthander Anderson could be a key member. He has a good feel for pitching, with an upper 80s fastball that flirts with 90-91 on occasion and good movement. His curveball is a slurvy, and he also mixes in a split. Anderson's older brother John was drafted out of Chabot JC by the Blue Jays in 2008.
38 1152 Seattle Mariners Ben Versnik Wisconsin-Whitewater Wis.
Versnik is the hardest thrower in Wisconsin, capable of reaching 94 mph as a reliever. The 6-foot-3, 240-pound righthander also has heavy sink on his fastball, which usually sits at 88-92. His curveball has improved to the point that it's serviceable, and he has made a full recovery from labrum surgery in high school. He's a draft-eligible sophomore.
38 1155 Minnesota Twins Jared Ray Houston Texas
The state has several injured pitchers whom teams could gamble on this year. That group includes: Houston righthander Jared Ray (shoulder) and Texas Tech lefthander Robbie Kilcrease (Tommy John surgery) at the college level; Howard righty Damien Magnifico (elbow), San Jacinto righty Tommy Collier (elbow) and lefty David Rollins (non-throwing shoulder), who ranked as three of Texas' top five juco pitchers coming into the season; and Klein High (Spring) righty Clayton Crum (Tommy John surgery).
38 1158 San Francisco Giants Jake McCasland Piedra Vista HS, Farmington, N.M. N.M.
Jake McCasland is 6-foot-2 and 220 pounds and has shown above-average arm strength. He throws three pitches for strikes, though his secondary stuff needs to be tightened up. He's a big kid and labors with his mechanics at times. McCasland is also committed to New Mexico. Nate Ross has a good bat and a strong arm. While he has played mostly at first base in high school, some teams have considered moving him behind the plate.
39 1166 Washington Nationals John Simms College Park HS, The Woodlands, Texas Texas
Jameson Taillon is the top pitching prospect in the draft, but he's not the only pitching prospect in The Woodlands. While Simms can't match Taillon's overpowering arsenal, he has a better understanding of the craft of pitching and plenty in his arsenal to get hitters out with. Simms outpitched Taillon in a mid-March matchup, winning a sloppy 14-11 contest with a 13-strikeout complete game, and blanked The Woodlands 7-0 in a later rematch (though not over Taillon). He also beat Taillon 1-0 a year ago to hand him his lone loss of 2009. Simms has exceptional life on his 90-92 mph fastball, which he can throw with so much armside run or sink that one area scout said it's almost like having two separate pitches. He'll show a sharp 83-84 mph slider at times, and he commands it better than his fastball. The 6-foot-3, 190-pounder has an athletic, projectable frame that bodes well for additional velocity in the future. Simms will need to clean up some of the funk in his mechanics--he employs a drop-and-drive delivery with some wrist wrap in the back--but it also offers him deception. Scouts rave about his pitchability and mound presence. It may be three years before he turns pro, however, because he's a top student who may require a seven-figure bonus to pass on attending Rice.
39 1167 Pittsburgh Pirates Kevin Decker College of Charleston S.C.
Kevin Decker is 6-foot-1, 185 pounds and has a fastball that pushes 93 mph.
39 1168 Baltimore Orioles Travis Strong Wildomar, Calif. (No school) Calif.
39 1169 Kansas City Royals Alex Rivers Santa Clara Calif.
39 1170 Cleveland Indians Bobby Wahl West Springfield HS, Springfield, Va. Va.
Coming into the spring season after traveling the showcase circuit in 2009, Wahl had the potential to go in the first four rounds. But he has been inconsistent this spring and his stock has taken a hit. He came out of the gates slowly before his velocity started to pick up, but then he got hit just above his pitching elbow by a line drive. The injury wasn't serious--just a bruise--but he took extra time off as a precaution. Wahl showed low 90s velocity at times this spring, but only sporadically. On other days he was 84-89 mph with a slowed delivery. When he's right, Wahl has a driving delivery with good extension. At USA Baseball's Tournament of Stars last summer, several scouts said his his delivery reminded them of a taller Roy Oswalt (Wahl is 6-foot-3, 195 pounds). His fastball sits at 90-92 mph and touches 93 when he's right. He has confidence in his slider, which is a good pitch with hard break. He also shows a changeup and curveball, but both pitches need work. Unless a team drafts him on the form he showed last summer, Wahl will probably honor his Mississippi commitment.
39 1173 Houston Astros Krishawn Holley Mid-Carolina HS, Prosperity, S.C. S.C.
39 1174 San Diego Padres Adam Schrader Southwest Minnesota State Minn.
39 1176 Toronto Blue Jays Nick Vander Tuig Oakdale (Calif.) HS Calif.
Righthander Vander Tuig would have gotten first-round consideration had he not injured his elbow last spring throwing from right field in a high school game. He had Tommy John surgery, and for a club to sign him this June would take a leap of faith. Prior to the injury, the 6-foot-3, 190-pounder showed a fastball in the 90-93 mph range with good sink. His slider looked capable of being an above-average pitch, though it was inconsistent. Vander Tuig's arm speed and lean, strong body are both attractive attributes, but he'll probably head on to UCLA.
39 1180 Chicago Cubs Casey Lucchese College of Charleston S.C.
39 1181 Tampa Bay Rays Parker Markel Yavapai (Ariz.) JC Ariz.
Righthander Markel can run his fastball up to 93 mph, but he's a guy who doesn't have a clean delivery and profiles as a middle reliever.
39 1182 Seattle Mariners Josh Krist Cal Poly Pomona Calif.
39 1186 Texas Rangers Ryan Woolley Alabama-Birmingham Ala.
Woolley was one of the most watched arms, as he sat out in 2009 as a transfer from Georgia yet was picked in the sixth round by the Braves anyway. He didn't sign after pitching poorly in the Alaska League, and followed up with a poor season for UAB. He's a 6-foot righty whose fastball tops out at 94 mph but flattens out and lacks life. Woolley doesn't throw his secondary stuff for strikes and falls back to his heater, which explains his 3-4, 7.03 season.
39 1189 St. Louis Cardinals Ian Parry Furman S.C.
39 1192 Los Angeles Dodgers Steve Matre Mount St. Joseph (Ohio) Ohio
40 1197 Pittsburgh Pirates Harrison Cooney Vero Beach (Fla.) HS Fla.
40 1205 Oakland Athletics Andrew Smith Roswell (Ga.) HS Ga.
Smith is a North Carolina recruit who has shown good arm strength at 90-92 mph, touching 93. He has flashed a strong curveball with depth at times, but didn't wow scouts despite his good raw stuff.
40 1206 Toronto Blue Jays Brandon Berl St. Mary's Calif.
St. Mary's righthander Berl should be a good senior sign, with a fastball in the 88-92 mph range with two good breaking pitches, which fits a bullpen profile. He is a strike thrower with good makeup.
40 1209 Milwaukee Brewers Scott Matyas Minnesota Minn.
Righthander Scott Matyas set a Minnesota record with 15 saves as a draft-eligible sophomore in 2009, then turned down the Yankees as a 29th-round pick to return to the Gophers. He showed more velocity this spring, working in the low 90s and commanding his fastball well after recovering from an early-season forearm strain. An athletic 6-foot-4, 215-pounder, he uses a loopy curveball as his second pitch. He had Tommy John surgery in 2005.
40 1211 Tampa Bay Rays Wade Broyles Belhaven (Miss.) Miss.
40 1212 Seattle Mariners Nate Reed Kutztown (Pa.) Pa.
Reed spent his first three seasons at Pittsburgh, where he showed flashes but was inconsistent. He transferred to Kutztown for his senior season and threw a no-hitter against Bloomsburg in April, but his fastball has not shown the velocity it had in the past, sitting in the mid- to high 80s and topping out at 90. He has a durable 6-foot-3, 180-pound frame and shows a good breaking ball at times in bullpens, but it doesn't play as well in games. He also has a history of battling command woes.
40 1214 Atlanta Braves Ian Marshall Richmond Va.
40 1215 Minnesota Twins Vance Woodruff Grayson County (Texas) CC Texas
40 1217 Florida Marlins Dustin Emmons UC Riverside Calif.
40 1220 Colorado Rockies Brandon Brennan Capistrano Valley HS, Mission Viejo, Calif. Calif.
40 1222 Los Angeles Dodgers Kaleb Clark Riverton (Kan.) HS Kan.
41 1226 Washington Nationals Kevin Cahill Purdue Ind.
41 1227 Pittsburgh Pirates Bryton Trepagnier East St. John HS, Reserve, La. La.
41 1229 Kansas City Royals Matt Ridings Western Kentucky Ky.
Righthander Ridings led Western Kentucky in wins in each of his four seasons, setting a school record and tying a Sun Belt Conference mark with 34 (against just nine losses) in his career. He doesn't have size (6 feet, 195 pounds) or overpowering stuff in his favor, but he has tremendous feel for pitching and competes hard. He commands his 88-91 mph fastball, which touches 93, repeats his decent slider well and battles lefthanders with his changeup. Area scouts love him and he could move into the top 10 rounds as a senior sign, though his draft status became cloudy when he missed his Sun Belt tournament start with elbow inflammation. (UPDATE: Ridings' elbow injury turned out to be a torn ligament that will require Tommy John surgery.)
41 1231 Arizona Diamondbacks Mike McGee Florida State Fla.
The Seminoles' most valuable player, outfielder/righthander Mike McGee, doesn't have a plus tool beyond his throwing arm, and at 6 feet, 188 pounds, he lacks ideal pro size as a pitcher. He has been automatic as the Seminoles' closer, giving up two runs in 21 innings while fanning 25 using an average fastball, curveball and slider. He's a solid athlete with a patient approach and solid gap power.
41 1232 New York Mets Taylor Christian Weatherford (Texas) JC Texas
41 1238 Chicago White Sox Sam Phippen UC Santa Barbara Calif.
41 1240 Chicago Cubs Dallas Beeler Oral Roberts Okla. $150,000
41 1244 Atlanta Braves Spencer Jordan Florence-Darlington Tech (S.C.) JC S.C.
41 1246 Texas Rangers Colby Killian Emporia State (Kan.) Kan.
41 1247 Florida Marlins Seth Maness East Carolina N.C.
41 1249 St. Louis Cardinals Chase Reid Vanderbilt Tenn.
Reid has considerably less velocity despite the better body at 6-foot-3, 212 pounds, as he sits in the mid-80s with his fastball. His curveball and straight changeup are better than any secondary pitch Brewer or Hayes offers.
41 1250 Colorado Rockies Ben Mordini Cherry Creek HS, Greenwood Village, Colo. Colo.
41 1254 Los Angeles Angels Justin Poovey Florida Fla.
Eligible sophomore Poovey has more athletic ability and a better arm but gets his straight 94 mph fastball turned around with regularity. He's adjusted by dropping his arm slot to get some life and sill sits in the 90-92 mph range.
42 1263 Houston Astros Paul Gerrish Texas Christian Texas
42 1266 Toronto Blue Jays Drew Permison Towson Md.
42 1268 Chicago White Sox Brett Bruening Texas Tech Texas
42 1270 Chicago Cubs Trey Nielsen Skyline HS, Salt Lake City Utah
Nielsen has good baseball bloodlines. His father Scott was a sixth-round pick out of Brigham Young in 1983 and spent four seasons pitching in the big leagues. Nielsen passes the eye test at 6-foot-1 and 195 pounds. Scouts liked him better last summer as a third baseman, but he emerged as a righthander this spring. He still needs work as a pitcher but has a good delivery and average arm strength. As a late bloomer Nielsen would have been ideal for the draft-and-follow process before that ended, so now he will likely go to Utah, where he'll play both ways.
42 1272 Seattle Mariners Mike Aviles St. Thomas Aquinas (N.Y.) N.Y.
42 1277 Florida Marlins Jonathon Crawford Okeechobee (Fla.) HS Fla.
In contrast, Okeechobee High's Jonathan Crawford keeps growing at 6-foot-2 and close to 175 pounds, and he has more looseness in his arm. He has reached 93 mph and has a chance for more as he gets stronger.
42 1278 San Francisco Giants James Roberts Archbishop Mitty HS, San Jose, Calif. Calif.
Though more scouts seem to prefer shortstop James Roberts as a pitcher, he has more value and ability as a position player. Roberts has a chance to be an impact middle infielder similar to another Silicon Valley shortstop/pitcher from a few years ago, Troy Tulowitzki. Roberts is a lean and wiry strong at 6-foot-2, 180 pounds, and is going to continue to fill out. He has plus bat speed and drives the ball to all fields, while consistently staying inside the ball. In the field he is capable of making the standout play but also has a tendency to unleash wild throws with his plus arm. Roberts is also an above-average runner, occasionally getting down the line in 4.2 seconds. He projects to have average power and above-average hitting ability. There will be growing pains in the field and if he can't stay at shortstop, he is a natural second baseman. He can get up to 92 mph on the mound and flashes an above-average curveball. Roberts has committed to Southern California.
42 1279 St. Louis Cardinals Cole Brand Bradley Central HS, Cleveland, Tenn. Tenn.
Chattanooga's top prep player was righthander Brand, a 6-foot-2, 225-pound power pitcher who is committed to Clemson. He has solid-average fastball velocity in the 88-92 mph range and had a strong spring, tossing a no-hitter.
42 1280 Colorado Rockies Thomas Pereira Indian Hills (Iowa) CC Iowa
42 1283 Boston Red Sox Dan Slania Salpointe Catholic HS, Tucson, Ariz. Ariz.
Slania is 6-foot-5 and 230 pounds and committed to Notre Dame. Slania has been clocked at 90-92 mph.He needs to work on his below-average secondary stuff and watch his weight. He is considered a tough sign.
42 1284 Los Angeles Angels Chance Mistric Louisiana State-Eunice JC La.
Chance Mistric won the championship game of the Division II Junior College World Series, giving Louisiana State-Eunice its third national title. Mistric, who spent four years in the military and attended McNeese State and Louisiana-Lafayette without pitching in a game, won't be on some teams' boards because he's already 25. However, he's worth a small investment as a 6-foot-4, 254-pound righthander who can touch 93 mph with his heavy sinker.
43 1287 Pittsburgh Pirates Garrett Hicks Yucaipa (Calif.) HS Calif.
43 1297 Cincinnati Reds Matt Campbell Florida Fla.
43 1298 Chicago White Sox Luke Irvine Northwestern State La.
Righthander Luke Irvine made an immediate impact at Northwestern State after transferring from Maple Woods (Mo.) CC, going 7-4, 2.91 with 104 strikeouts in 93 innings. He can touch 93-94 mph with his fastball, but scouts aren't in love with his body (6-foot-1, 200 pounds) or his secondary pitches. He projects more as a reliever once he turns pro.
43 1300 Chicago Cubs Dan Winkler Parkland (Ill.) JC Ill.
43 1303 Detroit Tigers Blake Bell Bishop Carroll Catholic HS, Wichita Kan.
43 1305 Minnesota Twins Derek Christensen Salt Lake CC Utah
Righthander Christensen profiles as a reliever with his 90-92 mph fastball and fringy slider. He competes hard and is committed to Utah.
43 1308 San Francisco Giants Raymond Ruggles Tusculum (Tenn.) Tenn.
43 1312 Los Angeles Dodgers Chad Wallach Calvary Chapel HS, Pacific Grove, Calif. Calif.
44 1316 Washington Nationals Bryce Hines Hanahan (S.C.) HS S.C.
Hines, a Citadel recruit, has better size than Forrest Koumas, with a similar curveball that he commands better. He won his first 13 decisions this spring and sits more in the mid-80s with his fastball.
44 1317 Pittsburgh Pirates Cory McGinnis Shelton State (Ala.) CC Ala.
44 1323 Houston Astros Alexis Garza McAllen (Texas) HS Texas
44 1324 San Diego Padres Robert Sabo Kent State Ohio
44 1328 Chicago White Sox Matt Chavez San Francisco Calif.
44 1331 Tampa Bay Rays Mickey Jannis Cal State Bakersfield Calif.
44 1332 Seattle Mariners Tim Boyce Rhode Island R.I.
Boyce improved from his junior year to his senior year, going 5-3, 3.63 with 84 strikeouts and 21 walks in 94 innings this spring and carrying a no-hitter into the eighth inning in his final regular-season start. Boyce's medical history and violent arm action give scouts pause, but his 87-91 mph fastball has life, and he competes with a four-pitch mix.
44 1333 Detroit Tigers Ricky Knapp Port Charlotte (Fla.) HS Fla.
44 1336 Texas Rangers Shawn Stuart Merced (Calif.) JC Calif.
44 1338 San Francisco Giants Jake Shadle Green River (Wash.) CC Wash.
44 1341 Philadelphia Phillies Jesse Meaux UC Santa Barbara Calif.
Junior righthander Meaux misses few bats but can reach the low 90s with his four-seamer and was a strike-throwing workhorse for the Gauchos, issuing just 14 free passes in 91 innings.
44 1342 Los Angeles Dodgers Nick Baker Palm Desert (Calif.) HS Calif.
45 1347 Pittsburgh Pirates Connor Sadzeck Crystal Lake (Ill.) Central HS Ill.
45 1348 Baltimore Orioles Nathan Williams Scripps Ranch HS, San Diego Calif.
45 1350 Cleveland Indians Frank DeJiulio Daytona Beach (Fla.) CC Fla.
45 1359 Milwaukee Brewers Lucas Moran Lutheran HS North, Houston Texas
45 1362 Seattle Mariners Stephen Kohlscheen Auburn Ala.
45 1367 Florida Marlins Jeremy Weber Chaffey (Calif.) JC Calif.
45 1368 San Francisco Giants Greg Greve Walsh Jesuit HS, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio Ohio
45 1369 St. Louis Cardinals Robert Hansen Beech HS, Hendersonville, Tenn. Tenn.
45 1374 Los Angeles Angels Vinnie St. John Southern California Calif.
46 1380 Cleveland Indians Justin Haley Sierra (Calif.) JC Calif.
Sierra JC righthander Haley was a largely unknown out of Bella Vista High in Fair Oaks, Calif., but at 6-foot-5, 230 pounds he sure is noticeable. He drew a lot of attention from D-I programs late in the spring, and scouts have peeked in as well. He has an average fastball that peaks around 93 mph, and as an 18-year-old freshman, he has plenty of development ahead of him.
46 1385 Oakland Athletics Tyler Skulina Walsh Jesuit HS, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio Ohio
Skulina had elbow issues at the end of last summer and back problems this spring, and at times his fastball dropped to the mid-80s. Once healthy, he pushed his fastball up to 90-93 mph and his career record to 26-0 through the Division II regional playoffs. He has a power slider that's inconsistent, and scouts say his arm action is long and his 6-foot-6, 235-pound frame is a little soft. He's committed to Virginia.
46 1386 Toronto Blue Jays Connor Smith Blessed Trinity SS, Grimsby, Ont. Ontario
46 1387 Cincinnati Reds Pat Quinn St. Petersburg (Fla.) JC Fla.
46 1390 Chicago Cubs Jerad Eickhoff Olney Central (Ill.) JC Ill.
46 1391 Tampa Bay Rays George Jensen Des Moines Area CC Iowa
46 1393 Detroit Tigers Ben Verlander Goochland (Va.) HS Va.
46 1395 Minnesota Twins A.J. Achter Michigan State Mich.
Achter lacks a true plus pitch, but he does a nice job of mixing three offerings. The 6-foot-5, 215-pound righthander's best weapon is his changeup, and he sets it up with an 88-90 mph fastball that peaks at 92. His overhand curveball has its moments, but it got slurvy toward the end of the season. He did a much better job of throwing strikes this spring.
46 1396 Texas Rangers Daryl Norris Fairhope (Ala.) HS Ala.
Righthander/corner infielder Norris is a key Mississippi State recruit and the state's hardest thrower. He sits at 90-92 and reportedly touched 94 several times this spring, and he has a strong, physical frame at 6-foot-1, 210 pounds. He has a thick lower half and scouts doubt he has much projection. He's an arm-strength pitcher who doesn't have tremendous experience on the mound, having focused more on hitting in his high school career. He has legitimate raw power offensively and a solid approach at the plate that should play well in college. He'll play third in college but likely lacks the agility to stay there as a pro. Norris' arm strength still could get a bite in the first five rounds.
46 1402 Los Angeles Dodgers Bret Montgomery Cal State Dominguez Hills Calif.
46 1403 Boston Red Sox Drake Thomason Eastside HS, Taylors, S.C. S.C.
Righthander Jarrett Thomason was in the mix with the better high school pitching prospects in South Carolina before breaking down and requiring Tommy John surgery.
46 1405 New York Yankees Nathan Forer Southern Illinois Ill.
47 1410 Cleveland Indians Luke Malloy Alamo Heights HS, San Antonio Texas
47 1411 Arizona Diamondbacks Casey Upperman Yavapai (Ariz.) JC Ariz.
Righthander Casey Upperman can also run it up to 93 and has a good curveball. He has toned down his Hideki Okajima-esque delivery but is still a max-effort guy.
47 1412 New York Mets Sean O'Connor Carroll HS, Southlake, Texas Texas
Dallas Baptist secured a commitment from another big righthander, Sean O'Connor. The 6-foot-5, 215-pounder isn't generating as much buzz as Noah Syndergaard, but he gets good sink on his low-90s fastball. O'Connor has a lot of effort in his low-three-quarters delivery and needs to refine his slurvy slider.
47 1416 Toronto Blue Jays Gabriel Romero Roosevelt HS, Los Angeles Calif.
47 1420 Chicago Cubs Clayton Crum Klein HS, Spring, Texas Texas
The state has several injured pitchers whom teams could gamble on this year. That group includes: Houston righthander Jared Ray (shoulder) and Texas Tech lefthander Robbie Kilcrease (Tommy John surgery) at the college level; Howard righty Damien Magnifico (elbow), San Jacinto righty Tommy Collier (elbow) and lefty David Rollins (non-throwing shoulder), who ranked as three of Texas' top five juco pitchers coming into the season; and Klein High (Spring) righty Clayton Crum (Tommy John surgery). Crum, the No. 2 pitcher behind Matt Purke at Klein a year ago, wasn't 100 percent but came back to pitch in the playoffs and won four games to lead his team to the 5-A regional finals. An Ohio State recruit, Crum hit 94 mph with his fastball before blowing out his elbow.
47 1424 Atlanta Braves Frank LaFreniere St. Petersburg (Fla.) JC Fla.
47 1425 Minnesota Twins Collin Reynolds McLennan (Texas) CC Texas
47 1426 Texas Rangers Daniel Ward Garfield Heights (Ohio) HS Ohio
47 1427 Florida Marlins Travis Huber JC of Southern Idaho Idaho
Southern Idaho's top prospect is 6-foot-3 righthander Huber, a freshman with a power arm out of the bullpen. He sits 88-90 mph and touches 92 with a sharp slider.
47 1428 San Francisco Giants Ray Hanson Cypress (Calif.) JC Calif.
48 1438 Baltimore Orioles Alex Schmarzo St. Mary's Calif.
Righthander Schmarzo, the Gaels' closer, is not a slam dunk to be picked as a junior, but with an 88-91 mph fastball and changeup that is average at times he has a chance to develop in pro ball. Has some deception in the delivery but struggles to repeat it, and he'll have to develop a better breaking ball.
48 1441 Arizona Diamondbacks Kenny Sigman South Mountain (Ariz.) CC Ariz.
48 1443 Houston Astros T.J. Pecoraro Half Hollow Hills West HS, Dix Hills, N.Y. N.Y.
Pecoraro, a righthander is just 6 feet, 155 pounds, but he has a quick arm and advanced feel for pitching. He flashed 93-94 mph heat at the Area Code Games last summer but has worked in the 86-91 mph range this spring. His curveball and changeup can be inconsistent, but both project as average offerings, and he has good command down in the strike zone. Durability is a question and leads some scouts to project Pecoraro as a middle reliever, but he is wiry strong. Pecoraro considered attending San Jacinto (Texas) JC to be eligible for the draft again in 2011, but he will instead honor his commitment to Vanderbilt.
48 1444 San Diego Padres Dan Child Jesuit HS, Sacramento Calif.
Finding big league talent outside of the top few rounds is as good as gold to MLB clubs, which makes 6-foot-5, 230-pound righthander Child interesting. He can get his fastball up to 95 mph and sit in the low 90s, but he tends to pitch in the 88-91 range, striving for more control. Scouts who catch him on the right day will see a power downer breaking ball with good velocity and bite, somewhat reminiscent of a Brad Lidge slider. But his delivery is not easy on the eyes, and he is not a strike thrower, though he has gained more control while working with a private pitching coach. Child has below-average athleticism and had little high school success heading into his senior season. He is committed to Oregon State.
48 1451 Tampa Bay Rays Blake Barnes Howard (Texas) JC Texas
Blake Barnes might have made a case for getting drafted ahead of Howard JC teammate Burch Smith. He showed a 90-92 mph fastball, touched 95 and displayed a true slider when he was 100 percent. There's still projection remaining in his 6-foot-2, 175-pound frame. He has committed to Oklahoma State for his junior season.
48 1454 Atlanta Braves James Mahler Salt Lake (Utah) CC Utah
Righthander Mahler spent his freshman year at Arkansas and returned to Utah--where he went to high school--for his sophomore year. He stands 6-foot-6 and 235 pounds and throws in the 86-88 mph range. Scouts are waiting for a jump in velocity, but Mahler doesn't have good coordination of his big frame. He also throws a spike curveball and a changeup. His father Mickey and uncle Rick combined for 21 seasons as pitchers in the big leagues. If he doesn't sign, James is committed to return to the SEC at Mississippi.
48 1456 Texas Rangers Forrest Koumas Lugoff-Elgin HS, Lugoff, S.C. S.C.
Righthander Forrest Koumas, a South Carolina signee, had the best pure arm strength in the state despite standing just 5-foot-11, 180 pounds. He has a quick arm and has touched 94 mph with his fastball while showing a plus breaking ball on occasion. Scouts considered Koumas more signable than the average Gamecocks recruit, but as an undersized rigihthander it's not clear how much teams will invest in that effort.
48 1460 Colorado Rockies Hunter Greenwood Franklin HS, Elk Grove, Calif. Calif.
Six-foot-2, 195-pound righthander Hunter Greenwood got on the map during the Northern California scout team schedule last fall. He has been up to 92 mph and has a strong, durable build. His secondary stuff is unrefined and he would be more attractive as a summer follow. He has committed to Sacramento State.
48 1463 Boston Red Sox J.T. Autrey Stephenville (Texas) HS Texas
48 1464 Los Angeles Angels Chad Yinger Southern Arkansas Ark.
48 1465 New York Yankees Alex Brown Amphitheater HS, Tucson Ariz.
49 1467 Pittsburgh Pirates Logan Pevny West Milford (N.J.) HS N.J.
49 1468 Baltimore Orioles Hayden Jordan Whitewater HS, Fayetteville, Ga. Ga.
49 1469 Kansas City Royals Jordan Propst South Carolina S.C.
49 1471 Arizona Diamondbacks Tad Barton Muhlenberg HS, Laureldale, Pa. Pa.
49 1472 New York Mets Dillon Newman Belton (Texas) HS Texas
49 1477 Cincinnati Reds El'Hajj Muhammad CC of Morris (N.J.) N.J.
49 1478 Chicago White Sox Pat Schatz Iowa Iowa
49 1480 Chicago Cubs Bryce Shafer Valparaiso Ind.
49 1484 Atlanta Braves Ryan Turner McLennan (Texas) CC Texas
49 1487 Florida Marlins Cody Lavalli Granite Hills HS, Apple Valley, Calif. Calif.
49 1490 Colorado Rockies Brett Thomas Poway (Calif.) HS Calif.
49 1492 Los Angeles Dodgers Robby Shultz Eastside Catholic HS, Sammamish, Wash. Wash.
50 1497 Pittsburgh Pirates Dusty Isaacs Lebanon (Ohio) HS Ohio
50 1498 Baltimore Orioles Philip Walby Scripps Ranch HS, San Diego Calif.
50 1505 Oakland Athletics T.J. Walz Kansas Kan.
At times, Walz will flash a 91-94 mph fastball and a plus breaking ball, and he has won eight games in each of the last two seasons for Kansas. But the 6-foot, 175-pound righthander also confounds scouts, because there are games where he works at 88-91 mph and he has more of a slurve. His stuff, ability to throw strikes and his competitiveness earned him a spot on Team USA last summer, yet he was telling teams he plans on returning for his senior season.
50 1511 Tampa Bay Rays Cory Maltz Weatherford (Texas) JC Texas
50 1512 Seattle Mariners David Holman Hutchinson (Kan.) CC Kan.
50 1516 Texas Rangers Trevor Teykl Kempner HS, Sugar Land, Texas Texas
50 1519 St. Louis Cardinals Andy Moye Georgia Southern Ga.
50 1520 Colorado Rockies James Dykstra Yavapai (Ariz.) JC Ariz.
Righthander Dykstra is the younger brother of Padres prospect Alan Dykstra. Dykstra is a converted outfielder with a strong arm and a projectable body. He has been clocked at 92-93 mph, but his breaking ball needs work and he'll be a tough sell to scouting directors because he threw a handful of innings this year.
50 1522 Los Angeles Dodgers Taylor Kaczmarek Desert Ridge HS, Mesa, Ariz. Ariz.
50 1523 Boston Red Sox Weston Hoekel Bishop Kenny HS, Jacksonville, Fla. Fla.