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Pick Overall Team Player Position School State Bonus
1 716 Washington Nationals Russ Moldenhauer 1B Texas Texas
2 717 Pittsburgh Pirates Justin Howard 1B New Mexico N.M.
Senior Justin Howard could get drafted for the first time at 23 years old. He's a strong 6-foot-1, 205-pounder who bats and throws lefthanded. He became more aggressive at the plate this season, learned how to keep his hands inside the ball and watched his numbers soar, going from .309/.384/.545 last year to .463/.511/.713 this year, and from 47 hits to 111 in 2010 while also nearly doubling his walks. Howard has a good line-drive stroke and gets good backspin on the ball. His bat is his only tool, and he'll have to hit a lot to be a legit prospect. He should get picked between rounds 15-20.
3 718 Baltimore Orioles Tim Adleman RHP Georgetown D.C.
4 719 Kansas City Royals Brandon Glazer SS Clear Spring (Md.) HS Md.
5 720 Cleveland Indians Andrew Triggs RHP Southern California Calif.
Righthander Triggs needed Tommy John surgery as a prep senior and missed the 2008 season, but he rebounded nicely in 2009 by posting a 5-3, 3.96 mark for Southern California. After a solid summer in the New England Collegiate League last year, Triggs had a strong fall and was poised for a breakout season. Instead, he got off to a brutal start in 2010, causing his draft stock to plummet. He eventually regained his spot as USC's Friday night starter and finished the season 2-7, 3.95 with 62 strikeouts and 21 walks in 71 innings, numbers not terribly different than his sophomore season. Triggs' repertoire includes a 90-92 mph four-seam fastball that can touch 94, a changeup, curveball and slider. His most effective pitch is his mid- to high-80s two-seam fastball, which starts above a hitter's hands and suddenly drops down and under his swing. He gave up just five home runs in 145 college innings. Triggs' 6-foot-3, 210-pound build and stuff permit him to fit any one of three roles as a pro: mid-rotation starter, closer or most likely, a set-up reliever.
6 721 Arizona Diamondbacks Stephen Cardullo 3B Florida State Fla.
7 722 New York Mets Erik Goeddel RHP UCLA Calif. $350,000
Goeddel is the first player from this year's draft known to have signed for more than MLB's slot recommendation. A blue-chip prospect in high school, he needed about 24 months to recover from Tommy John surgery during his senior year at Bellarmine Prep in San Jose. He threw eight innings as a redshirt freshman in 2009, then went 2-0, 3.12 with 58 strikeouts and 23 walks in 49 innings of relief this spring, emerging as a key piece of UCLA's stellar bullpen. He came on especially strong down the stretch, catching scouts' attention in regionals and sitting in the mid-90s with a wicked 86-mph slider in the College World Series.
8 723 Houston Astros Adam Champion LHP Arkansas-Little Rock Ark.
Lefthander Adam Champion, a 23rd-round pick by the Giants in 2009, is another senior sign. Though he's 6-foot-7 and 235 pounds, he relies more on deception, usually working from 88-91. He's mostly a one-pitch pitcher with command and delivery issues, but he's a big southpaw who has touched 93 mph.
9 724 San Diego Padres Rocky Gale C Portland Ore.
10 725 Oakland Athletics Ryan Lipkin C San Francisco Calif.
Catcher Lipkin earned a surprise spot on Team USA after his sophomore season to put himself on the map. Lipkin throws well, has leadership qualities, competes well, has strength with the bat and is good behind the plate. He struggled as a junior, hitting just .266, then bounced back with a solid senior season in 2010.
11 726 Toronto Blue Jays Ronnie Melendez OF Cowley County (Kan.) CC Kan.
12 727 Cincinnati Reds Pat Doyle RHP Missouri State Mo.
13 728 Chicago White Sox Jordan Keegan OF JC of Southern Nevada Nev.
14 729 Milwaukee Brewers Greg Hopkins 3B St. John's N.Y.
15 730 Chicago Cubs Dustin Geiger OF Merritt Island (Fla.) HS Fla. $150,000
16 731 Tampa Bay Rays Daniel Poncedeleon RHP La Mirada (Calif.) HS Calif.
17 732 Seattle Mariners Ben Whitmore LHP Concordia (Calif.) Calif.
18 733 Detroit Tigers Tyler Clark RHP Missouri Mo.
19 734 Atlanta Braves Evan Danieli RHP Notre Dame Ind. $150,000
Evan Danieli had a 92-95 mph fastball and projected as an early-round pick before having Tommy John surgery last summer. He should be able to pitch in July, and a team will probably gamble a late-round pick on him and evaluate him this summer.
20 735 Minnesota Twins Michael Quesada C Sierra (Calif.) JC Calif.
Sierra JC catcher Quesada was considered a draftable prospect out of high school back in 2008 but decided to attend Arizona. Now draft-eligible again, Quesada will likely get a shot to sign. He is a defense-first catcher with good catch and throw skills and has flashed enough ability with the bat to think he can be at least a fair hitter.
21 736 Texas Rangers Jake Cole RHP Sahuaro HS, Tucson, Ariz. Ariz.
Cole is 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds and committed to North Carolina. Cole started the season at 92-93 mph and touched 95, but he was down to 88-91 mph later in the season. He needs to work on his below-average secondary stuff and watch his weight. He is considered tough signs.
22 737 Florida Marlins Gregg Glime C Baylor Texas
23 738 San Francisco Giants Kyle Wilson 3B North Carolina State N.C.
N.C. State's top position player is Wilson, a switch-hitter and plus runner who set the school stolen-base record with 30 in 2009 but didn't hit enough to get drafted. He moved to center field this spring and hit .381 but had just 12 steals thanks to a hip injury. Initially diagnosed as a groin pull, it turned out to be a stress reaction in his pelvis. He won't need surgery, but he will need rest and may not be able to do more than DH after signing. He hadn't played in the field since April.
24 739 St. Louis Cardinals Pat Biserta OF Rutgers N.J.
Biserta hit .369 with 18 homers this spring, but scouts question whether Biserta's power will translate to wood bats, and he lacks athleticism.
25 740 Colorado Rockies Christian Bergman RHP UC Irvine Calif.
26 741 Philadelphia Phillies Chad Thompson RHP Orange Coast (Calif.) CC Calif.
27 742 Los Angeles Dodgers Andrew Edge C Jacksonville State Ala.
28 743 Boston Red Sox Sean Yost RHP Nebraska Neb.
29 744 Los Angeles Angels Jesus Campos SS Cal State Los Angeles Calif.
30 745 New York Yankees Conor Mullee RHP Saint Peter's (N.J.) N.J.
Mullee started all of the Peacocks' 205 games in the infield and posted his best offensive season as a senior this spring, hitting .325 with eight homers and 16 stolen bases in 16 tries. But scouts are interested him as a pitcher, though he has made just seven career appearances (all this year), posting a 10.50 ERA. The 6-foot-3, 183-pounder flashed 93-94 mph heat in a tryout camp last year, and scouts who saw him this spring say he worked at 90-91 late in the season, though he threw harder in previous outings. He'll get drafted as a senior sign with arm strength, but he'll be a project, because he lacks feel for pitching, control and command. He'll need to improve his slurvy slider, too.