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Pick Overall Team Player Position School State Bonus
1 356 Washington Nationals Robbie Ray LHP Brentwood (Tenn.) HS Tenn. $799,000
Lefthander Ray had a tumultuous spring, with inconsistent velocity and performances. He was never quite as good as he showed in showcases last fall, when his fastball reached the mid-90s and his slurvy breaking ball showed more power. He also has flashed a plus changeup with some late fade. His fastball velocity was more in the 89-91 mph range this spring, and in some starts it sat in the upper 80s. That didn't keep him from throwing a five-inning perfect game, one of three no-hitters he authored in the spring. Ray has a whippy arm action and slender 6-foot-3, 175-pound frame. He changed his college commitment from Vanderbilt to Arkansas. While he's considered more signable now, he also could start on weekends for the Razorbacks if he is more consistent next spring.
2 357 Pittsburgh Pirates Vince Payne RHP Cypress (Calif.) JC Calif.
3 358 Baltimore Orioles Riley Hornback OF San Jacinto (Texas) JC Texas
4 359 Kansas City Royals Danny Hernandez RHP 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.
5 360 Cleveland Indians Tyler Cannon 3B Virginia Va.
Cannon was Virginia's top hitting prospect last year, but he didn't sign as a 41st-round pick of the Pirates and returned to finish his degree. He can hit line drives with gap power from both sides of the plate, though he's in just his second year of switch-hitting. He was batting .340/.420/.505 this spring with 17 doubles and 35 RBIs. He's a good defensive shortstop for college, but he can't play there every day at the next level. Scouts see him as a useful utilityman who can play all four infield positions, and he has enough arm strength that he could get a look behind the plate. Cannon will go out much higher this year as a senior sign.
6 361 Arizona Diamondbacks Blake Cooper RHP 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.
7 362 New York Mets Bret Mitchell RHP 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.
8 363 Houston Astros Andrew Robinson RHP 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.
9 364 San Diego Padres Chris Franklin RHP 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.
10 365 Oakland Athletics Matt Thomson RHP 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.
11 366 Toronto Blue Jays Omar Cotto OF Bonneville School, San Juan, P.R. P.R.
Center fielder Cotto has blazing speed, regarded by scouts as a legitimate 80 on the 20-80 scouting scale. At the island's annual Excellence Tournament in May, Cotto ran a 6.29-second 60-yard dash. But speed and defense are his only standout tools at the moment. He has a below-average arm and is a weak hitter. If he learns how to put the ball in play consistently he'll be an offensive threat, though, because of his game-changing speed. He is a switch-hitter and shows some bat speed from the right side of the plate, while he's more of a slap hitter from the left. Cotto made a late commitment to Southern California.
12 367 Cincinnati Reds Kyle Waldrop OF Riverdale HS, Fort Myers, Fla. Fla. $500,000
Waldrop was an all-area linebacker in football, and his football career held back his baseball career prior to this spring. He missed parts of previous seasons with football injuries and wasn't always at his best on the summer showcase circuit. He still entered the season on most scouts' follow lists thanks to his explosiveness and lean, athletic 6-foot-3, 190-pound body. Then the South Florida recruit started hitting and shot up draft boards. He has good present strength and a lefthanded swing he repeats. He has bat speed that can't be taught and drives the ball with authority to all fields. Waldrop's other tools are solid-average across the board, and he might run a tick better than average. He probably won't be able to handle center field at the big league level, though he might at lower levels. He could fit in right field, though with his average arm he'll never be confused with Larry Walker. Waldrop's offensive ability could push him into the first two rounds, especially if he has a strong finish in Florida's high school all-star games in Sebring at the end of May.
13 368 Chicago White Sox Drew Lee SS Morehead State Ky.
14 369 Milwaukee Brewers John Bivens OF Virginia State Va.
15 370 Chicago Cubs Austin Reed RHP 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.
16 371 Tampa Bay Rays Phil Wunderlich 1B Louisville Ky.
Wunderlich missed just one game in 2009 despite tearing the labrum in his throwing shoulder in February, an injury that required surgery and prevented him from trying out for Team USA. He didn't miss any time this spring after a pitch hit him in the face in April, breaking his nose and orbital bone. Wunderlich's bat is as impressive as his ability to play through pain. He packs plenty of lefthanded power into a 6-foot, 225-pound frame, hitting 38 homers over the last two seasons, and makes consistent contact. His lack of athleticism and a natural position holds him back as a prospect. A DH as a freshman, he played left field in 2009 and moved to third base this spring. He has good hands but not much range and a diminished arm at the hot corner, and he doesn't cover enough ground in the outfield. He has worked hard to improve but is probably destined for first base, and he's short for that position.
17 372 Seattle Mariners Stefen Romero 3B Oregon State Ore. $100,000
Oregon State's best position player is third baseman Stephen Romero, and he could be the first Northwest college position player off the board. Romero doesn't have the athleticism to stay at third base, but he does have power and a good eye at the plate and was batting .326/.427/.603 this year with 13 home runs. Romero should be selected between the seventh and 10th round.
18 373 Detroit Tigers Kyle Ryan LHP Auburndale (Fla.) HS Fla. $100,000
19 374 Atlanta Braves Barrett Kleinknecht SS Francis Marion (S.C.) S.C.
20 375 Minnesota Twins Steven Maxwell RHP 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.
21 376 Texas Rangers Josh Richmond OF Louisville Ky. $195,000
Louisville should have six hitters selected in the draft, and the one with the most potential missed most of the season. Outfielder Richmond injured his left hand when hit by a pitch in April 2009 and eventually had surgery last winter. A circulation problem kept his hand from healing properly, and he reinjured it diving for a ball in February and missed 41 games. He's a 6-foot-2, 205-pounder with the swing and strength to hit for average and power once he improves his pitch recognition. His best tool is his strong arm, and his slightly above-average speed may allow him to play center field in pro ball. If healthy, Richmond might have gone as high as the third round. Now it's likely that whichever team drafts him will monitor his health in summer ball before signing him.
22 377 Florida Marlins James Wooster OF Alvin (Texas) CC Texas
23 378 San Francisco Giants Stephen Harrold RHP 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.
24 379 St. Louis Cardinals Austin Wilson OF Harvard-Westlake HS, Studio City, Calif. Calif.
In the summer after his freshman year at Harvard-Westlake, Wilson was invited to the Southern California preliminary Area Code tryouts at Orange Coast JC. At that tender age Wilson carried a bit of baby fat, and while he did not make the final roster (freshmen rarely do) he displayed a provocative arm and 7.15-second speed in the 60-yard dash. Since then, Wilson has developed into the finest right-field prospect the Southern California region has seen since 2007, when Mike Stanton, the current Marlins phenom, came out of another Sherman Oaks private school (Notre Dame). Sporting a chiseled pro corner outfielder's frame, Wilson displays a throwing arm that conservatively grades out to a 70 on the 20-80 scouting scale. He has lowered his 60 times to around 6.78 seconds, outstanding for a player of his 6-foot-4, 210-pound size. A stress fracture in his lower back, since healed, prevented him from touring the showcase circuit last fall. Before that setback, Wilson put on some of the more impressive wood-bat batting-practice sessions local scouts have seen in years. As one example, in the fall of 2008 at JC of the Canyons in Valencia, Wilson blasted about 20 balls out of the yard, leaving jaws dropping all over the ballpark. The main on-field reservation scouts have regarding Wilson is how his bat will play in games. He struggles with pitch recognition, needs to be more patient, has difficulty with balls down in the zone and will need to avoid committing his front side too soon. Much has been made of Wilson's background. Both of his parents hold advanced degrees from prestigious universities, and he has a Stanford commitment. He is perhaps the draft's most fascinating wild card. He has no adviser heading into the draft and scouts were having difficulty gauging his signability.
25 380 Colorado Rockies Matt Crocker LHP Texas-San Antonio Texas
26 381 Philadelphia Phillies Tyler Knigge RHP 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.
27 382 Los Angeles Dodgers Matt Kirkland 3B South Doyle HS, Knoxville Tenn.
Kirkland has shown raw power potential since his freshman season, when he was in the lineup with Tennessee's current first baseman, Cody Hawn. He has the tools for third, with arm strength and has the present strength in his 6-foot-1, 210-pound frame to contribute as a freshman if he makes it to Knoxville as part of Tennessee's recruiting class. Some pro scouts would like to see him behind the plate.
28 383 Boston Red Sox Garrett Rau RHP California Baptist Calif.
29 384 Los Angeles Angels Justin LaTempa RHP 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.
30 385 New York Yankees Danny Burawa RHP 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.