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Pick Overall Team Player Position School State Bonus
1 416 Washington Nationals Tim Smalling SS Virginia Tech Va.
Shortstop Smalling, who transferred from Arkansas and sat out last season, has a pro body at 6-foot-3, 205 pounds. Scouts think he may be able to stay at shortstop as a pro, and he has an average arm. Teams might take a chance on his body and athleticism.
2 417 Pittsburgh Pirates Bryce Weidman RHP Southwestern Oregon CC Ore.
3 418 Baltimore Orioles Michael Mosby 3B Wabash Valley (Ill.) CC Ill.
4 419 Kansas City Royals Mike Giovenco RHP 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.
5 420 Cleveland Indians Diego Seastrunk C Rice Texas
6 421 Arizona Diamondbacks Ty Linton OF Charlotte (N.C.) Christian HS N.C. $1,250,000
Linton is both a football and baseball recruit for North Carolina, signed to a football scholarship but needed by a baseball program woefully short on his best tool--righthanded power. Strong and physical at 6-foot-2, 210 pounds, Linton was an all-state linebacker known for jarring hits in football and would likely play safety for the Tar Heels' football team. He has run 60 yards in 6.5 seconds. Linton's arm rates as average, and he's athletic enough to fit the right-field profile. The biggest questions are with his hitting ability and his signability. Buying him out of his college commitment likely will require a seven-figure signing bonus, and scouts aren't convinced his bat is worthy of such a commitment. Linton's offensive approach remains raw, and at times he's a front-foot hitter who jumps at the ball and doesn't trust his hands. He has struggled at times against modest high school competition, flailing at breaking balls well below the quality he'd see even in Rookie ball. It takes only one team, though, to believe in his raw ability and sign him away from North Carolina.
7 422 New York Mets J.B. Brown 2B Pacific Calif.
Pacific's Brown can hit; he batted .378 and .390 the last two seasons despite drawing just 20 walks in more than 430 plate appearances, and he has looked like a good hitter since his appearance at the Area Code Games back in 2006. At 6-foot-1, 215 pounds, Brown is a strong, physical lefthanded hitter and has the bat speed to continue to hit as a pro. His power is to the gaps. If he stays at second base his bat profiles well.
8 423 Houston Astros Jordan Scott OF Riverside HS, Greer, S.C. S.C. $150,000
9 424 San Diego Padres Tommy Medica C Santa Clara Calif.
Had he not been injured last year, Santa Clara's Medica would have been drafted. He was granted a medical redshirt after a shoulder injury (non-throwing related) required surgery. The problem is that Medica was not throwing all that well during his sophomore year to begin with, which was hurting his value as a catcher, and this year he had caught just two innings. A career .367 hitter, Medica had a career-best 12 homers this spring but has below-average power for the professional level and fringe-average speed. He has been playing the outfield this year to protect his arm but has more value as a catcher. The 6-foot-1, 215-pound Medica is a well-above-average receiver, blocks well and has leadership qualities. His bat alone may not be enough to carry him beyond a utility role, which he could fill as an athlete with aptitude and the ability to play multiple positions.
10 425 Oakland Athletics J.C. Menna RHP 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.
11 426 Toronto Blue Jays Dayton Marze RHP Louisiana-Lafayette La. $112,500
12 427 Cincinnati Reds Dan Wolford RHP California Calif.
13 428 Chicago White Sox Mike Blanke C Tampa Fla.
Physical catcher/first baseman Mike Blanke likely will be the first Spartans position-player picked, though his defense lags behind his solid bat.
14 429 Milwaukee Brewers Mike Walker 3B Pacific Calif.
Finding a talented senior with tools that profile well in the pro game is a valuable thing to a scout. Pacific third baseman Walker fits that description, as an athletic 6-foot-4, 215-pounder who can play the infield corners and possibly catch in pro ball. He has strength, fringe-average power, runs well and gets on base.
15 430 Chicago Cubs Colin Richardson RHP Winter Haven (Fla.) HS Fla. $100,000
16 431 Tampa Bay Rays Austin Hubbard RHP 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.
17 432 Seattle Mariners Tyler Linehan LHP Sheldon HS, Sacramento Calif.
Lefthander Linehan is yet another Fresno State signee who will get draft consideration. Scouts don't like his stocky build, but he is competitive and has good stuff. Linehan pitches with an overhand slot, has a fastball in the upper 80s and can really spin a big overhand curveball.
18 433 Detroit Tigers Patrick Cooper RHP 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.
19 434 Atlanta Braves Richie Tate RHP 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.
20 435 Minnesota Twins DeAndre Smelter RHP 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.
21 436 Texas Rangers Nick Tepesch RHP 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.
22 437 Florida Marlins Danny Black 2B Oklahoma Okla. $125,000
23 438 San Francisco Giants Raynor Campbell 2B Baylor Texas
24 439 St. Louis Cardinals Cesar Aguilar RHP Miller HS, Fontana, Calif. Calif.
25 440 Colorado Rockies Taylor Reid RHP St. Mary's Calif.
26 441 Philadelphia Phillies Chace Numata C Pearl City (Hawaii) HS Hawaii
Numata is a slender, athletic 6 feet and 165 pounds. He's a switch-hitting shortstop and teams have flirted with the idea of trying him out behind the plate. He could certainly play both ways if he winds up at Central Arizona JC, but he's a better pro prospect on the mound, where he has been clocked as high as 94 mph as his team's closer. He sits more in the 89-91 mph range, with a curveball that falls off the table.
27 442 Los Angeles Dodgers Alex McRee LHP Georgia Ga.
Senior lefty McRee, once a potential first-round pick, fought chronic wildness and never got on track. He ended up working just 22 innings on the season, compiling a 7.25 ERA with 38 strikeouts and 32 walks.
28 443 Boston Red Sox Mike Hollenbeck C Joliet Township (Ill.) HS Ill.
Catcher Hollenbeck's receiving skills are raw, but he has a strong arm, lefthanded power potential and a pro body (6-foot-2, 210 pounds). The buzz is that the catching-needy Red Sox could take him in the first 10 rounds.
29 444 Los Angeles Angels James Sneed OF St. Croix Educational Complex, Christiansted, V.I. V.I.
30 445 New York Yankees Travis Dean RHP Newton (Mass.) South HS Mass.