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Pick Overall Team Player Position School State Bonus
1 896 Washington Nationals Tim Kiene 1B Avon Old Farms HS, Avon, Conn. Conn.
The high school crop in Lower New England is weaker than it has been in years. The headliner is Maryland signee Tim Kiene, a 6-foot-4, 235-pound ox with plenty of raw lefthanded power. The son of a former professional hockey player, Kiene himself played hockey until his junior year of high school before focusing on baseball, and his aggressive, blue-collar hockey mindset translates well to the diamond. Kiene has played left field for Avon Old Farms, but he's a well-below-average runner with a weak arm who will be tied to first base in college and beyond. Some scouts think Kiene's swing is stiff and slow despite his power potential, and he's almost certain to wind up at Maryland.
2 897 Pittsburgh Pirates Matt Skirving C Eastern Michigan Mich.
3 898 Baltimore Orioles Michael Rooney SS UNC Wilmington N.C.
4 899 Kansas City Royals Chad Blauer RHP Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.) Calif.
5 900 Cleveland Indians Taylor Hill RHP Vanderbilt Tenn.
Vanderbilt has plenty of players who could be drafted high this year, if teams think they are signable. Chief among them is junior righthander Taylor Hill, who backtracked as a sophomore after earning a rotation spot as a freshman. He bounced back this year by improving his fastball velocity and command (cutting his walk rate in half from his freshman season). He touched plenty of 93s this season and sat at 89-92 mph. His heater has sink and boring action, and he maintains his velocity. Hill has picked up a split-finger fastball to help him get strikeouts, as his low-80s slider has power but fringy movement. He also throws a changeup. Hill is homer-prone because he pitches off his fastball so much. He profiles as a durable innings-eater and could go off the board as high as the fifth round.
6 901 Arizona Diamondbacks Ryan Zimmerman RHP Northwestern State La.
7 902 New York Mets Josh Edgin LHP Francis Marion (S.C.) S.C.
8 903 Houston Astros Kellen Kiilsgaard OF Stanford Calif.
Stanford outfielder Kiilsgaard had a good sophomore year (.313/.411/.527, 9 HR, 46 RBI) but slumped early and was benched this spring after going 4-for-24. Kiilsgaard is a big, physical lefthanded hitter with home run power and a chance to be an average left fielder. An organization will look to buy low on him.
9 904 San Diego Padres D.J. Snelten LHP Lakes Community HS, Lake Villa, Ill. Ill.
Snelten stood 5-foot-8 as a freshman and owned a 78 mph fastball as a sophomore, but he has blossomed into a 6-foot-6, 210-pound lefthander who has peaked at 91 mph this spring. He's still a work in progress, usually working at 87-89 mph and spinning a curveball that lacks command. He's going to need time to develop because he doesn't repeat his delivery well, but a team that loves his upside could try to buy him out of a Minnesota scholarship.
10 905 Oakland Athletics Jeff Urlaub LHP Grand Canyon (Ariz.) Ariz.
11 906 Toronto Blue Jays Steve McQuail 2B Canisius N.Y.
McQuail slugged his way onto scouts' radars last summer, when he led the Valley League in home runs. He followed it up with a stellar spring, hitting .409/.486/.781 with 19 homers, 21 doubles and 80 RBIs--all team bests. A bit undersized at 6-foot, 213 pounds, McQuail generates decent power with a righthanded uppercut swing. He has a bat wrap in his set-up and does not have a particularly loose swing. McQuail is a decent runner, but he's stiff defensively in the infield and projects as a corner outfielder. Scouts are skeptical that he'll hit enough at that position in pro ball.
12 907 Cincinnati Reds Brad Hendrix RHP Auburn Ala.
13 908 Chicago White Sox Kylin Turnbull LHP Santa Barbara (Calif.) CC Calif.
14 909 Milwaukee Brewers Eric Marzec RHP Youngstown State Ohio
15 910 Chicago Cubs Karsten Strieby 1B Arizona Western JC Ariz.
16 911 Tampa Bay Rays Nick Schwaner 3B New Orleans La.
17 912 Seattle Mariners Derek Poppert SS San Francisco Calif.
Senior Poppert, a shortstop, was a 28th-round pick by the Reds last year but came back to school to work on his defense and improve his draft stock. Poppert is a good athlete, with size, strength and ability. He has a chance to hit for average and has gap power. His defense has improved and he will have a chance to stay in the middle of the diamond.
18 913 Detroit Tigers Logan Hoch LHP Wichita State Kan.
19 914 Atlanta Braves Kenny Fleming OF Shelton State (Ala.) CC Ala.
20 915 Minnesota Twins Sergio Perez (Dernal) SS Palmetto Ridge HS, Orangetree, Fla. Fla.
21 916 Texas Rangers Brian Ragira OF Martin HS, Arlington, Texas Texas
With his bat speed and the strength in his 6-foot-2, 185-pound build, Ragira offers some of the best righthanded power potential in this draft class, though it may be three years before that potential is tested in pro ball. Scouts have enough questions about his bat that he probably won't get the kind of bonus offer that a Stanford recruit advised by the Boras Corp. usually seeks. The son of Kenyan immigrants, Ragira can put on a show in batting practice and has room to put more weight on his wiry frame. He employs a patient, line-drive approach, yet didn't tear up the showcase circuit last summer and has had a so-so spring at the plate. With average speed and arm strength, he's capable of playing right field but could fit better in left. He won't be a first-round pick in 2010, but if he proves himself at Stanford, he easily could go that high three years from now.
22 917 Florida Marlins Zach Robertson LHP Iowa Iowa
23 918 San Francisco Giants Ryan Bradley LHP Southern Illinois Ill.
24 919 St. Louis Cardinals Iden Nazario LHP Miami Fla.
25 920 Colorado Rockies Jeff Ames RHP Lower Columbia (Wash.) JC Wash.
It was a banner year for Northwest junior colleges last year, but this year the talent is down. The best prospect is righthander Jeff Ames, who was a 46th-round pick by the Phillies last year and has improved significantly. His velocity has jumped from 86-88 mph to 89-91, and he tightened up his secondary pitches as well. He got bigger and stronger—now standing 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds—which improved his arm speed. He still needs to work on throwing more quality strikes.
26 921 Philadelphia Phillies Nick Gonzalez LHP Leto HS, Tampa Fla.
27 922 Los Angeles Dodgers Shawn Tolleson RHP Baylor Texas
28 923 Boston Red Sox DeSean Anderson OF Ragsdale HS, Jamestown, N.C. N.C.
29 924 Los Angeles Angels Steven Irvine 2B McNeese State La.
30 925 New York Yankees Zach Nuding RHP Weatherford (Texas) JC Texas $265,000
Righthander Zach Nuding has a low-90s fastball that tops out at 96, but he also has a 6-foot-4, 265-pound frame and has trouble staying on top of his slider. It may take third-round money to sign him away from a Texas Tech commitment.