Round

Players signed indicated in Bold

Next
Pick Overall Team Player Position School State Bonus
1 296 Washington Nationals Blake Kelso SS Houston Texas $115,000
Blake Kelso's intangibles and 2009 all-star summer in the Cape Cod League will get him drafted in the first 10 rounds. Scouts love his passion for the game and the way he plays above his tools, the best of which is his plus speed. He controls the strike zone and fights his way on base, but the 5-foot-10, 170-pounds lacks strength and may be more of a bottom-of-the-order hitter than a No. 1 or 2 hitter as a pro. He has an average arm and makes the routine plays at shortstop.
2 297 Pittsburgh Pirates Zack Weiss RHP 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.
3 298 Baltimore Orioles Clay Schrader RHP 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.
4 299 Kansas City Royals Tim Ferguson OF Mississippi Miss. $75,000
Ferguson was a middle infielder for two years at Ole Miss before making a smooth move to center field as a junior. He's athletic, with his plus speed, his best tool, helping him steal 42 bases the last two seasons in just 47 tries. A return to the infield would help his value as a future utility player. He didn't make consistent contact in college but did learn the value of taking a walk as a junior.
5 300 Cleveland Indians Tyler Holt OF Florida State Fla. $500,000
Two of the nation's most successful college baseball programs, Stanford and Florida State, annually frustrate scouts with their approaches to hitting, which scouts say work with metal bats but not with wood. Holt is one of the latest examples. His open stance and deep crouch don't get him into an ideal position to load up his hands and drive the ball, but for now he stays balanced and uses his hands to spray line drives from pole to pole. He has sacrificed some batting average in trying to hit for more power as a junior, but scouts still project his power as below-average. His offensive profile fits best in center field. He has been one of college baseball's best basestealers over the last two seasons (59-for-65 overall) and has drawn more than 150 career walks, making him an outstanding tablesetter. He's an above-average runner, and he'll have to maintain his speed to have the range to stick in center field. Holt's instincts on both sides of the ball help him play above his tools. He's a bigger, stronger version of his Seminoles predecessor, Shane Robinson, who reached the majors with St. Louis in 2009 and is in his third season in Triple-A.
6 301 Arizona Diamondbacks Kawika Emsley-Pai C Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) Idaho $70,000
Switch-hitting catcher Emsley-Pai was highly touted out of high school in Washington as a teammate of Travis Snider. He spent his freshman season at Texas before transferring to Lewis-Clark. Emsley-Pai hasn't hit as scouts expected him to coming out of high school, and he's no longer athletic enough to play center field. He had back issues this year that kept him from catching every day, so his medical reports will play a role in where he gets drafted.
7 302 New York Mets Akeel Morris RHP 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.
8 303 Houston Astros Evan Grills LHP Sinclair SS, Whitby, Ont. Ontario $150,000
Teams that are hung up on velocity might pass on lefthander Grills, and they'd miss a pitcher who makes up for his average velocity with savvy and a track record of winning. Grills has been pitching with Canada's national teams since he was 14 and thrives in big situations. He throws his fastball in the 87-89 mph range and flashes 90s, though he's touched higher in the past. He mixes in a two-seamer with good life, an average curveball, a below-average slider and a changeup. Grills has a tall, loose and athletic body. His delivery isn't picture-perfect, and he sometimes falls off the mound a la Mitch Williams. He still throws all his pitches for strikes, attacks hitters and breaks a lot of bats. He's committed to San Jacinto (Texas) JC.
9 304 San Diego Padres Houston Slemp OF Eastern Oklahoma State JC Okla. $75,000
Outfielder Houston Slemp redshirted at Arkansas in 2008 before transferring to Eastern Oklahoma State. Though overshadowed by Western Oklahoma State shortstop/righthander Andrelton Simmons and Connors State outfielder Marcus Knecht in the Oklahoma juco ranks this spring, Slemp drew attention by batting .410/.475/.820 with 18 homers and 26 steals. His lightning-quick hands give the 6-foot-1, 190-pounder impressive bat speed from the left side of the plate. He has solid-average speed and a fringy arm, so he'll move from center field to left at the next level.
10 305 Oakland Athletics Josh Bowman RHP Tampa Fla. $75,000
Bowman has two average pitches in his fastball and curve and should be a double-digit pick.
11 306 Toronto Blue Jays Tyler Shreve RHP 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
12 307 Cincinnati Reds Kevin Arico RHP 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.
13 308 Chicago White Sox Ross Wilson 2B Alabama Ala. $115,000
Wilson, a two-time Preseason All-American, broke down physically at the end of last season, didn't make USA Baseball's college national team and wound up taking the summer off. He never got rolling in 2010, with a hairline fracture in his hand interrupting the season and costing him five games. A former prep quarterback who was featured on MTV's "Two-A-Days" reality show, Wilson hit just .259/.381/.413 and may have to be a senior sign.
14 309 Milwaukee Brewers Rafael Neda C New Mexico N.M. $100,000
The school year got off to a rough start for Neda, as he came down with swine flu in the fall and lost 15 pounds. Neda has always been a gym rat, however, and as soon as he was healthy he got back to work and rebuilt his 6-foot-1, 220-pound frame. He has a rock-solid build without an ounce of fat. While offense can be difficult to judge in New Mexico's high altitude, scouts have no question Neda can hit, though his power is a question mark. In previous years he had a closed stance and a middle-away approach. This year, he narrowed and opened his stance a bit in an attempt to hit more home runs. He did that, though his contact rate suffered a bit and he still had just 10 homers on the season. He shows amazing raw power in batting practice, but scouts see him as a .280 hitter with average power. Defensively, Neda needs work. Early in the year he was setting up too deep behind the plate and had to stab at a lot of balls, but he is a solid receiver and adequate blocker, with soft hands. He has fringe-average arm strength, and his throwing is hindered by bad footwork. Some scouts expect him to lose a few pounds in the grind of catching a full pro season, which will help loosen him up and help his throwing. He's not the most vocal leader, but he is a smart player who leads by example. Neda profiles as a sixth- to 10th-round talent, but could go higher to a team that likes his bat and is willing to work with him behind the plate.
15 310 Chicago Cubs Aaron Kurcz RHP 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.
16 311 Tampa Bay Rays Deshun Dixon OF Terry HS, Jackson, Miss. Miss. $125,000
Deshun Dixon has quite a legacy to live up to. His older brother Rashun plays in the Athletics system, while older brothers Antwon and Anthony play college football at Midwestern (Texas) State and Mississippi State. The youngest of the family, Deshun may have drawn the short straw athletically. He's shorter and not as physical as his brothers and lacks explosiveness as a hitter. He's an above-average runner but at 5-foot-10, 175 pounds, he's not a burner and is a tweener offensively. On the mound, Dixon has flashed an average fastball but pitched in the 80s most of the year. He has hand speed and a solid breaking ball, and his arm works. He got better as the season went on, leading Terry High to the state finals, but wasn't expected to be picked with a single-digit pick or to approach brother Rashun's $600,000 signing bonus.
17 312 Seattle Mariners Tyler Burgoon RHP 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.
18 313 Detroit Tigers Cole Nelson LHP Auburn Ala. $90,000
Nelson is a 6-foot-7, 240-pounder who can get out of sync quickly and whose stuff falls off when he's in the stretch. His fastball tops out at 92 mph from the windup, and he has feel for his slider as well.
19 314 Atlanta Braves Matt Lewis RHP 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.
20 315 Minnesota Twins J.D. Williams SS Brooks-DeBartolo HS, Tampa Fla. $125,000
His younger brother J.D. Williams isn't quite as fast as his brother, more of an above-average runner than a true burner, and has a chance to stay in the infield. He has more feel for hitting as well, and some scouts believe he can stay at shortstop. Others see him at second base and like his power potential. He's a better prospect than his brother, who was overrated her a year ago, but is also already 19. The 6-foot, 185-pounder signed with Maryland.
21 316 Texas Rangers Jared Hoying SS Toledo Ohio $85,000
Jared Hoying is a riddle. Scouts don't like his ugly lefthanded swing, which doesn't incorporate his lower half, but acknowledge his strength and tremendous bat speed. The combination results in a hitter who runs hot and cold, as evidenced by his career .284 average and 34 homers in three seasons. He has had success with wood bats, leading the Great Lakes League with a .750 slugging percentage last summer. Hoying has average speed and a strong arm, though repeated throwing errors dictated a move from shortstop to center field at midseason. The 6-foot-3, 189-pounder projects as a third baseman or right fielder in pro ball.
22 317 Florida Marlins Aaron Senne 1B Missouri Mo. $25,000
Senne projected as a possible third-round pick before the 2009 season, but he dropped all the way to the Twins in the 32nd round after catching draftitis and batting .305 with six homers. After remaking his stance by coming out of a crouch and lowering his hands, he batted .400 with 16 home runs this spring and established himself as a quality senior sign. Missouri's all-time leader in hits, doubles, extra-base hits and total bases, Senne is a 6-foot-2, 199-pounder with lefthanded power. He played right field in his first three seasons with the Tigers and has more than enough arm for the position. He doesn't run well or take good routes, however, so he moved to first base in 2010.
23 318 San Francisco Giants Dan Burkhart C Ohio State Ohio $90,000
Ohio State signed catcher Dan Burkhart before starting to recruit his Moeller High (Cincinnati) batterymate, Alex Wimmers. After hitting 10 homers as a sophomore, Burkhart has hit just one in 277 at-bats between the Cape Cod League and his junior season at Ohio State. Though he has a good lefthanded swing and a fine sense of the strike zone, he lacks bat speed and can't turn around good fastballs. A good receiver with a fringe-average arm, he threw out 44 percent of basestealers this spring. Some scouts wonder if his 5-foot-11, 205-pound body could go south on him in a few years. Burkhart didn't have the season scouts hoped for, but a lefthanded-hitting catcher who provides sound defense figures to go in the top 10 rounds.
24 319 St. Louis Cardinals Reggie Williams Jr. OF Middle Georgia JC Ga. $125,000
Scouts aren't high on Williams Jr., the son of the ex-pro of the same name, in spite of intriguing tools. His brother J.D. is a better prospect in Florida's high school class. Reggie Jr. is a plus runner who runs 6.3- and 6.4-second 60s, but he doesn't carry that speed over to games due to a lack of instincts. While he made strides offensively, he still doesn't have a polished approach or a good idea at the plate. He has bat speed yet lacks the aptitude to use it, flailing at breaking stuff.
25 320 Colorado Rockies Brett Tanos 2B Santa Ana (Calif.) JC Calif. $75,000
Tanos was a high school teammate of Josh Vitters, now a top prospect in the Cub organization and the 3rd overall pick in the 2007 draft. Tanos is a hyper, high energy player with a strong, mature frame. An infielder, he profiles best at 2B or 3B but defense is not his best attribute. Tanos has a quick bat which generates excellent bat speed. He takes a big cut and will fail to square up many pitches, but his 10 home runs, .638 slugging pct. and .427 obp in JC ball this year give a hint of his offensive potential.
26 321 Philadelphia Phillies Mario Hollands LHP UC Santa Barbara Calif. $125,000
Fellow lefty Hollands of UC Santa Barbara has better size at 6-foot-5, 205 pounds, and resembles, in both build and delivery, David Price of the Rays. Of course, his stuff is not as electric, but Hollands figures to have value as either a starter or lefthanded relief specialist. Drafted by the Twins last year as a redshirt sophomore in the 24th round, Hollands has nothing overpowering but shows a five-pitch assortment. He displays an 88-91 mph four-seam fastball, 83 mph two-seamer, curveball, slider and changeup. The knock on Hollands is that he's susceptible to a big innings, which are usually attributable to sudden mechanical breakdowns such as opening his front side too soon, dropping his arm slot and losing his leg drive.
27 322 Los Angeles Dodgers Bobby Coyle OF Fresno State Calif. $95,000
Even during his highly decorated high school career at Chatsworth High, Coyle spent time in the shadow of teammates Matt Dominguez and Mike Moustakas, both first-round picks in 2007. Due to signability concerns, he slipped to the 19th round (Indians) that year and attended Arizona. Coyle transferred to Fresno State last fall and had a solid year for the Bulldogs after getting a waiver from the NCAA that allowed him to play without sitting out a year. At 6-foot-1, 215 pounds, Coyle has an attractive left/left profile. His stats (.344/.366/.545, 10 homers) do not reflect it, but he has average power. He has good pitch recognition skills, which means he has a chance to be a high on-base percentage hitter, but needs to exercise more patience and plate discipline, which is also reflected in his stats (nine walks). He is not a burner, but an above-average runner and projects as an average left fielder.
28 323 Boston Red Sox Jacob Dahlstrand RHP 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.
29 324 Los Angeles Angels Aaron Meade LHP Missouri State Mo. $100,000
Meade performed well in the Cape Cod League last summer, but the Yankees decided not to sign him as a 28th-round sophomore. Mike Kickham passed him as Missouri State's top prospect for 2010, though Meade recorded a lower ERA (4.18) and opponent average (.260) with lesser stuff. The 6-foot-2, 175-pounder relies on deception and his ability to locate a fastball that can range from 83-87 or 87-91 mph. His changeup is much more effective than his slurvy breaking ball.
30 325 New York Yankees Ben Gamel OF Bishop Kenny HS, Jacksonville Fla. $500,000
Neptune Beach's Ben Gamel is the younger brother of Brewers big leaguer Mat and has similar hitting tools as his brother. The 5-foot-11, 170-pound Gamel isn't toolsy, as he's just an average runner with a fringy arm and modest home run power with wood bats. But he has a compact, fluid stroke from the left side, one of the purest swings in the state, and could challenge the .400 mark at Florida State's Dick Howser Stadium, which is built for lefthanded hitters. Scouts laud Gamel's grinder makeup, and it's conceivable that his bat and makeup could push him into the first five rounds.