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Pick Overall Team Player Position School State Bonus
1 1256 Washington Nationals Taylor Stark 2B Northwest Rankin HS, Flowood, Miss. Miss.
2 1257 Pittsburgh Pirates Stephen Lumpkins LHP American (D.C.) D.C.
3 1258 Baltimore Orioles Jake Pettit LHP Western Oregon Ore.
Petitt is 6-foot-2 and 195 pounds and sat 87-89 mph this year and showed a better feel for his slider.
4 1259 Kansas City Royals Mike Botelho C Chabot (Calif.) JC Calif.
5 1260 Cleveland Indians Aaron Fields 2B Wright State Ohio
6 1261 Arizona Diamondbacks Chris Jarrett OF Anderson (Ind.) Ind.
7 1262 New York Mets J.J. Franco SS Poly Prep, Brooklyn N.Y.
8 1263 Houston Astros Paul Gerrish RHP Texas Christian Texas
9 1264 San Diego Padres Cole Tyrell SS Dayton Ohio
10 1265 Oakland Athletics Louie Lechich LHP St. Mary's HS, Stockton, Calif. Calif.
A multi-sport high school athlete who shows Division I football talent and aptitude on the diamond will get plenty of interest from scouts, and Louie Lechich is just that type of athlete. At 6-foot-4, 195-pounds, Lechich looks the part on the mound and in the batter's box. For most scouts he was a pitching prospect before last summer, but the more they saw him topping out in the high 80s and relying on craft, the less they liked him on the mound. At the same time, he started swinging the bat well. He is strong and has a knack for getting the barrel to the ball, with the ability to drive the ball in the middle of the field. He is more of a line-drive, gap hitter but has home run strength, along the lines of a Ryan Sweeney. Lechich has signed with California.
11 1266 Toronto Blue Jays Drew Permison RHP Towson Md.
12 1267 Cincinnati Reds Mitchell Hopkins LHP Louisiana State-Eunice JC La.
As a lefthander who showed a 90-91 mph fastball to go with a solid curveball and changeup, Mitchell Hopkins had a chance to go in the first five rounds. He didn't pitch after straining a deltoid muscle while lifting weights in late March, however. His 6-foot-3, 184-pound frame has projection remaining, though he's a 21-year-old sophomore. He'll attend Louisiana State if he doesn't turn pro.
13 1268 Chicago White Sox Brett Bruening RHP Texas Tech Texas
14 1269 Milwaukee Brewers Johnny Dishon OF Louisiana State La.
15 1270 Chicago Cubs Trey Nielsen RHP Skyline HS, Salt Lake City Utah
Nielsen has good baseball bloodlines. His father Scott was a sixth-round pick out of Brigham Young in 1983 and spent four seasons pitching in the big leagues. Nielsen passes the eye test at 6-foot-1 and 195 pounds. Scouts liked him better last summer as a third baseman, but he emerged as a righthander this spring. He still needs work as a pitcher but has a good delivery and average arm strength. As a late bloomer Nielsen would have been ideal for the draft-and-follow process before that ended, so now he will likely go to Utah, where he'll play both ways.
16 1271 Tampa Bay Rays Preston Overbey 3B University School HS, Jackson, Tenn. Tenn.
17 1272 Seattle Mariners Mike Aviles RHP St. Thomas Aquinas (N.Y.) N.Y.
18 1273 Detroit Tigers Kevin Grant OF Millard West HS, Omaha Neb.
19 1274 Atlanta Braves Ben Waldrip 1B Cypress (Calif.) JC Calif.
20 1275 Minnesota Twins Brett Carroll LHP William Paterson (N.J.) N.J.
21 1276 Texas Rangers Kevin Johnson LHP Cincinnati Ohio
22 1277 Florida Marlins Jonathon Crawford RHP Okeechobee (Fla.) HS Fla.
In contrast, Okeechobee High's Jonathan Crawford keeps growing at 6-foot-2 and close to 175 pounds, and he has more looseness in his arm. He has reached 93 mph and has a chance for more as he gets stronger.
23 1278 San Francisco Giants James Roberts RHP Archbishop Mitty HS, San Jose, Calif. Calif.
Though more scouts seem to prefer shortstop James Roberts as a pitcher, he has more value and ability as a position player. Roberts has a chance to be an impact middle infielder similar to another Silicon Valley shortstop/pitcher from a few years ago, Troy Tulowitzki. Roberts is a lean and wiry strong at 6-foot-2, 180 pounds, and is going to continue to fill out. He has plus bat speed and drives the ball to all fields, while consistently staying inside the ball. In the field he is capable of making the standout play but also has a tendency to unleash wild throws with his plus arm. Roberts is also an above-average runner, occasionally getting down the line in 4.2 seconds. He projects to have average power and above-average hitting ability. There will be growing pains in the field and if he can't stay at shortstop, he is a natural second baseman. He can get up to 92 mph on the mound and flashes an above-average curveball. Roberts has committed to Southern California.
24 1279 St. Louis Cardinals Cole Brand RHP Bradley Central HS, Cleveland, Tenn. Tenn.
Chattanooga's top prep player was righthander Brand, a 6-foot-2, 225-pound power pitcher who is committed to Clemson. He has solid-average fastball velocity in the 88-92 mph range and had a strong spring, tossing a no-hitter.
25 1280 Colorado Rockies Thomas Pereira RHP Indian Hills (Iowa) CC Iowa
26 1281 Philadelphia Phillies Tim Chadd 1B Bishop Carroll Catholic HS, Wichita Kan.
27 1282 Los Angeles Dodgers Miles Williams 3B Windsor (Calif.) HS Calif.
28 1283 Boston Red Sox Dan Slania RHP Salpointe Catholic HS, Tucson, Ariz. Ariz.
Slania is 6-foot-5 and 230 pounds and committed to Notre Dame. Slania has been clocked at 90-92 mph.He needs to work on his below-average secondary stuff and watch his weight. He is considered a tough sign.
29 1284 Los Angeles Angels Chance Mistric RHP Louisiana State-Eunice JC La.
Chance Mistric won the championship game of the Division II Junior College World Series, giving Louisiana State-Eunice its third national title. Mistric, who spent four years in the military and attended McNeese State and Louisiana-Lafayette without pitching in a game, won't be on some teams' boards because he's already 25. However, he's worth a small investment as a 6-foot-4, 254-pound righthander who can touch 93 mph with his heavy sinker.
30 1285 New York Yankees Mike O'Neill OF Olentangy Liberty HS, Powell, Ohio Ohio