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Pick Overall Team Player Position School State Bonus
1 476 Washington Nationals Mark Herrera RHP 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.
2 477 Pittsburgh Pirates Matt Curry 1B Texas Christian Texas
3 478 Baltimore Orioles Brandon King OF Fresno (Calif.) CC Calif.
4 479 Kansas City Royals Chas Byrne RHP East Tennessee State Tenn.
5 480 Cleveland Indians Cody Allen RHP St. Petersburg (Fla.) JC Fla.
6 481 Arizona Diamondbacks Westley Moss OF Nevada Nev.
Center fielder Moss is an above-average runner and plays a good center field, but has a weak bat.
7 482 New York Mets Ryan Fraser RHP Memphis Tenn.
8 483 Houston Astros Chris Wallace C Houston Texas
9 484 San Diego Padres Conor Hofmann OF St. Augustine HS, San Diego Calif.
10 485 Oakland Athletics Ryan Hughes LHP Nebraska Neb.
11 486 Toronto Blue Jays Dalton Pompey OF Fraser SS, Mississauga, Ont. Ontario $150,000
Switch-hitting outfielder Pompey emerged late as one of Canada's top prep prospects. Another national team alumnus, he stands 6-foot-1 and 170 pounds. He has a wiry build but is athletic with deceptive strength. He has quick hands and caught up to former big leaguer Mike MacDougal and an Astros prospect throwing 100 mph during the team's tour through Florida this spring. He's a solid-average runner and some scouts see him as a tweener--not fast enough for center field and not strong enough for a corner. If he doesn't sign, he'll head to NAIA St. Francis (Ind.).
12 487 Cincinnati Reds Robert Kral C College of Charleston S.C.
There was some draft interest in 5-foot-9 catcher Rob Kral, a redshirt sophomore who has plate discipline and solid power, but his below-average defense holds him back.
13 488 Chicago White Sox Stephen McCray RHP Tennessee Tenn.
14 489 Milwaukee Brewers Andrew Morris RHP 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.
15 490 Chicago Cubs Ryan Hartman RHP 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 RHP 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.
17 492 Seattle Mariners Jordan Shipers LHP South Harrison HS, Bethany, Mo. Mo. $800,000
Likewise, the state's top high school pitcher is undersized yet delivers velocity. Shipers, who's 5-foot-10 and 160 pounds, pairs an 89-90 mph fastball that reaches 92 with a slider that shows depth at times. He doesn't do it as easily as Stites, with more effort in a delivery that puts stress on his shoulder, and his slider isn't as consistent. He's lefthanded, however, and has the potential for three solid-average major league pitches in his fastball, slider and advanced changeup. South Harrison High doesn't have a team, so he had to showcase his stuff in a wood-bat league in Iowa on weekends. Scouts don't believe he's signable, and he'll be a draft-eligible sophomore at Missouri State in 2012 if he doesn't turn pro.
18 493 Detroit Tigers Jordan Pratt RHP Arkansas Ark.
19 494 Atlanta Braves Dan Winnie RHP Lackawanna (Pa.) JC Pa.
20 495 Minnesota Twins Clint Dempster LHP Nicholls State La.
21 496 Texas Rangers Ryan Strausborger OF Indiana State Ind.
Strausborger is another good senior sign, a versatile athlete with plus speed. He earned all-Missouri Valley Conference honors in each of the last three seasons, as a second baseman in 2008 and a center fielder the last two years. Strausborger, who also played shortstop this spring, fits best in center and has a strong arm for the position. The 6-foot, 175-pound righthanded hitter makes consistent contact, but he'll needs to change his approach. He drops his shoulder and hits too many balls in the air. While he has gap power, he should get more out of his speed.
22 497 Florida Marlins Randy LeBlanc RHP 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.
23 498 San Francisco Giants Austin Fleet RHP 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.
24 499 St. Louis Cardinals Anthony Bryant OF Connally HS, Austin Texas $125,000
25 500 Colorado Rockies Jayson Langfels 3B Eastern Kentucky Ky.
26 501 Philadelphia Phillies Craig Fritsch RHP 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.
27 502 Los Angeles Dodgers Andrew Pevsner LHP Johns Hopkins (Md.) Md.
28 503 Boston Red Sox Adam Duke RHP 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.
29 504 Los Angeles Angels Thomas Nichols 3B Georgia Tech Ga.
Nichols has moved around defensively (and even tried catching) without finding a home and probably will wind up in the outfield, though he could also become a utility player. He has plus arm strength and good bat speed. His best tool is his bat, as he's patient, has a feel for the barrel and surprising power. He led the Yellow Jackets in batting at .375/.509/.637. Burnette is more athletic, with average tools across the board and an arm that could grade as above-average. He was batting .350/.398/.664 but is viewed as too aggressive for his own good offensively and profiles as a fourth outfielder, complete with the lefthanded bat.
30 505 New York Yankees Evan Rutckyj LHP St. Joseph's HS, St. Thomas, Ont. Ontario $500,000
At 6-foot-5 and 215 pounds, Rutckyj (pronounced ROOT-ski) is a big-bodied lefthander with a chiseled frame, thanks to his time spent as a youth hockey player and his current offseason workout of choice, boxing. He's relatively new to pitching, so he looked a bit raw on the showcase circuit last summer. He has worked hard with a private pitching coach and during his time with the Canadian junior national team to smooth out his mechanics and develop his secondary pitches. His delivery is looser now than it was in the summer, and he's getting better extension. His arm action is pretty clean, but he needs to keep working to repeat his delivery and throw strikes more consistently. His fastball sits in the 87-91 mph range, touching 92, and his slider is 80-81. The slider shows occasional fringe-average break and there's enough rotation to work with, but it's still a work in progress. As his background may suggest, Rutckyj has a real tough-guy mentality on the mound. He is a project and the team that drafts him will need to be patient with his development.