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Pick Overall Team Player Position School State Bonus
1 1166 Washington Nationals John Simms RHP College Park HS, The Woodlands, Texas Texas
Jameson Taillon is the top pitching prospect in the draft, but he's not the only pitching prospect in The Woodlands. While Simms can't match Taillon's overpowering arsenal, he has a better understanding of the craft of pitching and plenty in his arsenal to get hitters out with. Simms outpitched Taillon in a mid-March matchup, winning a sloppy 14-11 contest with a 13-strikeout complete game, and blanked The Woodlands 7-0 in a later rematch (though not over Taillon). He also beat Taillon 1-0 a year ago to hand him his lone loss of 2009. Simms has exceptional life on his 90-92 mph fastball, which he can throw with so much armside run or sink that one area scout said it's almost like having two separate pitches. He'll show a sharp 83-84 mph slider at times, and he commands it better than his fastball. The 6-foot-3, 190-pounder has an athletic, projectable frame that bodes well for additional velocity in the future. Simms will need to clean up some of the funk in his mechanics--he employs a drop-and-drive delivery with some wrist wrap in the back--but it also offers him deception. Scouts rave about his pitchability and mound presence. It may be three years before he turns pro, however, because he's a top student who may require a seven-figure bonus to pass on attending Rice.
2 1167 Pittsburgh Pirates Kevin Decker RHP College of Charleston S.C.
Kevin Decker is 6-foot-1, 185 pounds and has a fastball that pushes 93 mph.
3 1168 Baltimore Orioles Travis Strong RHP Wildomar, Calif. (No school) Calif.
4 1169 Kansas City Royals Alex Rivers RHP Santa Clara Calif.
5 1170 Cleveland Indians Bobby Wahl RHP West Springfield HS, Springfield, Va. Va.
Coming into the spring season after traveling the showcase circuit in 2009, Wahl had the potential to go in the first four rounds. But he has been inconsistent this spring and his stock has taken a hit. He came out of the gates slowly before his velocity started to pick up, but then he got hit just above his pitching elbow by a line drive. The injury wasn't serious--just a bruise--but he took extra time off as a precaution. Wahl showed low 90s velocity at times this spring, but only sporadically. On other days he was 84-89 mph with a slowed delivery. When he's right, Wahl has a driving delivery with good extension. At USA Baseball's Tournament of Stars last summer, several scouts said his his delivery reminded them of a taller Roy Oswalt (Wahl is 6-foot-3, 195 pounds). His fastball sits at 90-92 mph and touches 93 when he's right. He has confidence in his slider, which is a good pitch with hard break. He also shows a changeup and curveball, but both pitches need work. Unless a team drafts him on the form he showed last summer, Wahl will probably honor his Mississippi commitment.
6 1171 Arizona Diamondbacks Garrett Nash 3B Oregon State Ore.
Second baseman Nash is in the second year of his Mormon mission and is draft-eligible, but it's unlikely a team will take a chance on him without seeing him back on the field.
7 1172 New York Mets Brian Cruz SS Varela HS, Miami Fla.
8 1173 Houston Astros Krishawn Holley RHP Mid-Carolina HS, Prosperity, S.C. S.C.
9 1174 San Diego Padres Adam Schrader RHP Southwest Minnesota State Minn.
10 1175 Oakland Athletics John Nester C Clemson S.C.
11 1176 Toronto Blue Jays Nick Vander Tuig RHP Oakdale (Calif.) HS Calif.
Righthander Vander Tuig would have gotten first-round consideration had he not injured his elbow last spring throwing from right field in a high school game. He had Tommy John surgery, and for a club to sign him this June would take a leap of faith. Prior to the injury, the 6-foot-3, 190-pounder showed a fastball in the 90-93 mph range with good sink. His slider looked capable of being an above-average pitch, though it was inconsistent. Vander Tuig's arm speed and lean, strong body are both attractive attributes, but he'll probably head on to UCLA.
12 1177 Cincinnati Reds Jacob May SS Lakota West HS, West Chester, Ohio Ohio
13 1178 Chicago White Sox Levi Schlick LHP Barton County (Kan.) CC Kan.
Schlick is an athletic 6-foot-6 lefthander who reaches the low 90s with his fastball and can command his slider to both sides of the plate.
14 1179 Milwaukee Brewers Kenny Allison OF Angelina (Texas) JC Texas
15 1180 Chicago Cubs Casey Lucchese RHP College of Charleston S.C.
16 1181 Tampa Bay Rays Parker Markel RHP Yavapai (Ariz.) JC Ariz.
Righthander Markel can run his fastball up to 93 mph, but he's a guy who doesn't have a clean delivery and profiles as a middle reliever.
17 1182 Seattle Mariners Josh Krist RHP Cal Poly Pomona Calif.
18 1183 Detroit Tigers Bo McClendon OF Valparaiso Ind.
19 1184 Atlanta Braves Stephen Foster LHP Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) Idaho
20 1185 Minnesota Twins Bart Carter LHP Western Kentucky Ky.
21 1186 Texas Rangers Ryan Woolley RHP Alabama-Birmingham Ala.
Woolley was one of the most watched arms, as he sat out in 2009 as a transfer from Georgia yet was picked in the sixth round by the Braves anyway. He didn't sign after pitching poorly in the Alaska League, and followed up with a poor season for UAB. He's a 6-foot righty whose fastball tops out at 94 mph but flattens out and lacks life. Woolley doesn't throw his secondary stuff for strikes and falls back to his heater, which explains his 3-4, 7.03 season.
22 1187 Florida Marlins Sam Bates 1B Crowder (Mo.) JC Mo.
23 1188 San Francisco Giants Tommy Tremblay C Edouard Montpetit (Quebec) JC Quebec
24 1189 St. Louis Cardinals Ian Parry RHP Furman S.C.
25 1190 Colorado Rockies Joel McKeithan SS Roberson HS, Asheville, N.C. N.C.
Joel McKeithan plays at the state's top high school program, Roberson High just outside Asheville in the western part of the state, which has produced big leaguers Cam Maybin and Chris Narveson as well as 2007 Blue Jays supplemental pick Justin Jackson just in the last 10 years. McKeithan is like Jackson in that both are shortstops and solid athletes. McKeithan's best tool is his plus arm, and he has good infield actions that should help him get on the field as a freshman if he heads to Vanderbilt. Teams that like him enough to draft him would have to buy out Vandy and buy into the bat, and McKeithan may lack the strength and fluid swing to hit with wood initially.
26 1191 Philadelphia Phillies Justin Cummings OF Santa Fe (Fla.) CC Fla.
27 1192 Los Angeles Dodgers Steve Matre RHP Mount St. Joseph (Ohio) Ohio
28 1193 Boston Red Sox Nick Robinson SS North Central (Ill.) Ill.
29 1194 Los Angeles Angels Jimmy Allen 2B Rancho Buena Vista HS, Vista, Calif. Calif.
30 1195 New York Yankees Jaycob Brugman OF Desert Vista HS, Phoenix Ariz.