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Pick Overall Team Player Position School State Bonus
1 1226 Washington Nationals Kevin Cahill RHP Purdue Ind.
2 1227 Pittsburgh Pirates Bryton Trepagnier RHP East St. John HS, Reserve, La. La.
3 1228 Baltimore Orioles Coty Blanchard SS Cherokee County HS, Centre, Ala. Ala.
Shortstop Blanchard is an intriguing athlete who was the state's football player of the year as a quarterback. Blanchard committed to Mississippi State for baseball in 2009, then changed his commitment to Jacksonville State, a Division I-AA school, for football as a quarterback. His father Fran played for the Gamecocks in the 1980s, and Blanchard's best trait is his athleticism. He's a shortstop in baseball with solid but unrefined tools.
4 1229 Kansas City Royals Matt Ridings RHP Western Kentucky Ky.
Righthander Ridings led Western Kentucky in wins in each of his four seasons, setting a school record and tying a Sun Belt Conference mark with 34 (against just nine losses) in his career. He doesn't have size (6 feet, 195 pounds) or overpowering stuff in his favor, but he has tremendous feel for pitching and competes hard. He commands his 88-91 mph fastball, which touches 93, repeats his decent slider well and battles lefthanders with his changeup. Area scouts love him and he could move into the top 10 rounds as a senior sign, though his draft status became cloudy when he missed his Sun Belt tournament start with elbow inflammation. (UPDATE: Ridings' elbow injury turned out to be a torn ligament that will require Tommy John surgery.)
5 1230 Cleveland Indians Brian Heere OF Kansas Kan.
Heere, a redshirt junior who turned down the Red Sox as a 48th-round pick a year ago, uses his plus speed to get on base and go get balls in center field. He doesn't have a lot of power or arm strength.
6 1231 Arizona Diamondbacks Mike McGee RHP Florida State Fla.
The Seminoles' most valuable player, outfielder/righthander Mike McGee, doesn't have a plus tool beyond his throwing arm, and at 6 feet, 188 pounds, he lacks ideal pro size as a pitcher. He has been automatic as the Seminoles' closer, giving up two runs in 21 innings while fanning 25 using an average fastball, curveball and slider. He's a solid athlete with a patient approach and solid gap power.
7 1232 New York Mets Taylor Christian RHP Weatherford (Texas) JC Texas
8 1233 Houston Astros Bryce Lane OF Gulf Coast (Fla.) CC Fla.
9 1234 San Diego Padres Bryan Altman 2B The Citadel S.C.
10 1235 Oakland Athletics Andrew Knapp C Granite Bay (Calif.) HS Calif.
Switch-hitting high school catchers who profile as high-average hitters and above-average defensive players—not to mention having baseball bloodlines—are not very common. Andrew Knapp, whose father Mike caught professionally for 11 years, fits that description. He has a pure stroke on both sides of the plate and his set-up and mannerisms resemble Chipper Jones. He shows more raw power on the right side. Knapp is 6 feet, 175 pounds with wiry strength, and he physically should resemble Jason Kendall. He hits the ball hard to all fields and does so with flashes of extra-base power. Defensively he flashes the tools of an above-average catching prospect but also has plenty of room for improvement. His arm grades out near average, but if you watch him enough you see a plus arm on his snap throws behind runners. Knapp's receiving skills are presently fair due to occasional trouble on the glove side, but he projects above average. His arm stroke and footwork too often do not work together on his throws to second base, but like his receiving he has the ability to develop better skills. Knapp has committed to California.
11 1236 Toronto Blue Jays Seth Conner 3B Logan-Rogersville HS, Rogersville, Mo. Mo. $100,000
12 1237 Cincinnati Reds Jonathan Kaskow 1B Stanford Calif.
13 1238 Chicago White Sox Sam Phippen RHP UC Santa Barbara Calif.
14 1239 Milwaukee Brewers Derrick Shaw OF Florida A&M Fla.
15 1240 Chicago Cubs Dallas Beeler RHP Oral Roberts Okla. $150,000
16 1241 Tampa Bay Rays Chris Rearick LHP North Georgia College and State Ga.
17 1242 Seattle Mariners Billy Marcoe C Cal State Fullerton Calif.
18 1243 Detroit Tigers Matt Perry 3B Holy Cross Mass.
19 1244 Atlanta Braves Spencer Jordan RHP Florence-Darlington Tech (S.C.) JC S.C.
20 1245 Minnesota Twins Sam Spangler LHP Hawaii Hawaii
Lefthander Spangler has pitched at 86-89 mph most of the year. He is in his first year starting and could get back up to 92 mph if a team sticks him in the bullpen. He has shown a much better feel this season for his secondary pitches, a curveball and a changeup.
21 1246 Texas Rangers Colby Killian RHP Emporia State (Kan.) Kan.
22 1247 Florida Marlins Seth Maness RHP East Carolina N.C.
23 1248 San Francisco Giants Ryan Honeycutt OF New Mexico N.M.
24 1249 St. Louis Cardinals Chase Reid RHP Vanderbilt Tenn.
Reid has considerably less velocity despite the better body at 6-foot-3, 212 pounds, as he sits in the mid-80s with his fastball. His curveball and straight changeup are better than any secondary pitch Brewer or Hayes offers.
25 1250 Colorado Rockies Ben Mordini RHP Cherry Creek HS, Greenwood Village, Colo. Colo.
26 1251 Philadelphia Phillies Taylor Zeutenhorst OF Sheldon (Iowa) HS Iowa
27 1252 Los Angeles Dodgers Kevin Williams SS Crespi Carmelite HS, Encino, Calif. Calif.
28 1253 Boston Red Sox Jayson Hernandez C Rutgers N.J.
29 1254 Los Angeles Angels Justin Poovey RHP Florida Fla.
Eligible sophomore Poovey has more athletic ability and a better arm but gets his straight 94 mph fastball turned around with regularity. He's adjusted by dropping his arm slot to get some life and sill sits in the 90-92 mph range.
30 1255 New York Yankees Tym Pearson OF Columbia Basin (Wash.) JC Wash.
Outfielder Tym Pearson was a 35th-round pick by the Rockies last year out of an Oregon high school, where he was a two-sport standout. He gave up football to focus on baseball this year, but he didn't show much against better competition with a wood bat, so he'll likely return to school.