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Pick Overall Team Player Position School State Bonus
1 536 Washington Nationals Justin Miller 2B Middle Tennessee State Tenn.
2 537 Pittsburgh Pirates Chase Wentz OF Louisiana State-Shreveport La.
3 538 Baltimore Orioles Sebastian Vader RHP San Marcos (Calif.) HS Calif. $150,000
4 539 Kansas City Royals Brian Fletcher OF Auburn Ala. $275,000
The son of ex-big league infielder Scott, Fletcher is a different player than his dad. Scott was a bat-control middle infielder, while Brian is a slugging left fielder known for his power. Fletcher should join Chad Bettis, Derek Dietrich and Brett Eibner as unsigned members of the Astros' 2007 draft class who go in single-digit rounds in 2010. Fletcher has a pro mentality, shaking off failure well, which comes in handy because he has 192 strikeouts in 612 at-bats at Auburn (31 percent). Fletcher's more athletic than Kevin Patterson, so he's capable of being an average left fielder as a pro. While he lacks Patterson's pure strength and size, he has electric bat speed and can catch up to good fastballs. He's just too aggressive early in counts and gets himself into pitcher's counts too often.
5 540 Cleveland Indians Chase Burnette 1B Georgia Tech Ga.
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.
6 541 Arizona Diamondbacks Jimmy Comerota 1B Rice Texas
7 542 New York Mets A.J. Pinera RHP Tampa Fla.
8 543 Houston Astros Josh Magee OF Hoover (Ala.) HS Ala. $100,000
9 544 San Diego Padres Dan Meeley OF Connors State (Okla.) JC Okla.
10 545 Oakland Athletics Jose Macias RHP 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.
11 546 Toronto Blue Jays Kris Bryant 3B Bonanza HS, Las Vegas Nev.
Bryant entered the summer with lofty expectations, but he often looked overmatched at the plate during the showcase circuit last summer. When he's on, he's a treat to watch. He has a lean, 6-foot-5, 195-pound frame and light-tower power that draws comparisons to a young Troy Glaus. The power, however, mostly shows up during batting practice or when he has a metal bat in his hands. There are a lot of moving parts to his swing and he has trouble barreling balls up with wood, so how much usable power he ends up having is a big question. He has a long, loopy swing and he never changes his approach when he's struggling. He's athletic for a big guy and may be able to handle third base. He has the arm for it, and some scouts said they wouldn't be shocked if he eventually ended up on the mound. Some scouts love Bryant's power enough to take him in the back half of the first round, while others turned him in as a token gesture and have little interest in him--especially for the price it will take to lure him away from his San Diego commitment.
12 547 Cincinnati Reds Robert Maddox OF Ohio Ohio
Robert Maddox outhomered Gauntlett Eldemire at Ohio this spring, leading the Mid-American Conference with 21 home runs. The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder offers raw lefthanded power and not much else. He crushes fastballs but struggles against offspeed and breaking pitches and is vulnerable against lefthanders. A below-average runner and defender, he moved from first base to left field and may be best suited to DH.
13 548 Chicago White Sox Randall Thorpe OF San Jacinto (Texas) JC Texas
14 549 Milwaukee Brewers Thomas Keeling LHP Oklahoma State Okla.
The Yankees could have taken a huge bite out of the Oklahoma State rotation when they drafted Tyler Lyons (10th round) and Keeling (20th round as a draft-eligible sophomore) a year ago, but both lefthanders decided to return to school. Keeling has improved his stock and should go slightly ahead of Lyons in the fifth to seventh round this June, but he's still trying to figure out how to harness his quality stuff. Keeling would have placed fourth in NCAA Division I in strikeouts per nine innings (12.9) in 2009 if he hadn't fallen a few innings short of qualifying, and he ranked fourth with the same rate at the end of the 2010 regular season. Yet he didn't become a full-time starter until his redshirt junior season and went just 4-6, 5.74 this spring. Keeling's best pitch is a 90-93 mph fastball that tops out at 96 with riding life. The 6-foot-3, 184-pounder gets that movement by throwing across his body, which hampers his control and ability to throw a breaking ball. His slider has improved but he still can't consistently find the strike zone with it. After missing the 2007 season because the growth plate in his shoulder blade was irritating a muscle, Keeling has been healthy since. But he's still learning how to pitch.
15 550 Chicago Cubs Brooks Pinckard OF/RHP 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.
16 551 Tampa Bay Rays Jimmy Patterson LHP Arizona State Ariz.
Patterson was an interesting two-way prospect at Central Arizona JC last year and reportedly turned down a six-figure offer from the Red Sox as a 34th-round pick. He saw limited action this year, pitching 30 innings and getting 15 at-bats, so scouts expect him to return for another year unless he transfers elsewhere.
17 552 Seattle Mariners Willy Kesler RHP 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.
18 553 Detroit Tigers Josh Ashenbrenner 2B Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) Idaho
19 554 Atlanta Braves Zach Alvord 2B South Forsyth HS, Cumming, Ga. Ga.
Alvord entered the year as one of Georgia's top prep hitters, and that hasn't changed. He's strong and solid at 5-foot-11, 185 pounds, and he has good enough hands to stay in the infield. He also has above-average arm strength, having hit the low 90s as a prep closer, but his best tool is his bat. Alvord bars his lead arm, a no-no for many scouts, yet he still creates good bat speed and has present strength, giving him raw power. Some scouts compare him to former Auburn infielder Joe Saunders (a 2009 fifth-round pick now with the Rockies), a comparison made in part because Alvord is committed to Auburn. He may wind up there for two big reasons: He's a below-average runner, and he's got a big price tag. In Georgia this spring, scouts saw so much speed that Alvord's lack of speed stood out in a negative way. He's not going to play shortstop as a pro, may not have the range for second and doesn't have the classic size or profile for third. Alvord's price tag also might cause him to drop, as he has a strong commitment to college and prefers a comparison to Gordon Beckham, who was more athletic and more of a power hitter. If Alvord has a Saunders-like career, scouts will definitely be back. Despite his polished bat, he may wind up falling out of the first five rounds, where his talent fits.
20 555 Minnesota Twins David Gutierrez RHP 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.
21 556 Texas Rangers Garrett Buechele 3B Oklahoma Okla.
Garrett Buechele originally planned to attend Kansas, but balked when the Jayhawks wanted to make him a catcher. He transferred to Oklahoma and sat out 2008 in accordance with transfer rules. He led the Big 12 Conference in hitting with a .396 average in 2009, then batted .393 entering NCAA regional play this spring. The 6-foot, 197-pounder has a feel for hitting and decent righthanded power potential. A third baseman like his father Steve, who played 11 seasons in the majors, Buechele has good hands and instincts and enough arm at the hot corner. His lack of athleticism and speed, as well as his extra leverage as a redshirt sophomore, may drive him down in the draft.
22 557 Florida Marlins Corey Goudeau RHP 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.
23 558 San Francisco Giants Brandon Allen RHP Milton (Fla.) HS Fla. $110,000
24 559 St. Louis Cardinals Boone Whiting RHP 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.
25 560 Colorado Rockies Juan Perez RHP Bethune-Cookman Fla.
26 561 Philadelphia Phillies Jeff Cusick 1B UC Irvine Calif.
27 562 Los Angeles Dodgers Chad Arnold RHP 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.
28 563 Boston Red Sox Dallas Chadwick RHP Shasta HS, Redding, Calif. Calif.
29 564 Los Angeles Angels Ryan Broussard SS Louisiana State-Eunice JC La.
30 565 New York Yankees Kevin Jacob RHP 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.