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Pick Overall Team Player Position School State Bonus
1 146 Washington Nationals Jason Martinson SS Texas State Texas $174,000
Jason Martinson originally attended Texas State on a football scholarship, but tearing his hamstring on his first catch as a wide receiver convinced him his future was in baseball. A 6-foot-1, 190-pounder with solid speed and arm strength, he'll likely move from shortstop to third base after turning pro. While he has good bat speed, scouts wonder if he'll hit enough for the hot corner, because he varies his approach and chases fastballs up in the zone. He batted just .321 with four homers through the Southland Conference tournament, hurting his chances of going in the first five rounds.
2 147 Pittsburgh Pirates Tyler Waldron RHP Oregon State Ore. $173,500
Righthander Waldron went from the Beavers' Friday starter to the bullpen by the end of the season. A 6-foot-2, 205-pound transfer from Pacific, Waldron has good stuff--sitting at 90-92 and spiking 95 every now and then--but he doesn't have much deception. Hitters see his stuff well, and he struggles to put them away. Waldron has tinkered with a slider but more on a curveball as his breaking pitch. He also needs to take a few ticks off his changeup. Waldron is an enigma to scouts and could go anywhere from the fifth to the 15th round.
3 148 Baltimore Orioles Connor Narron SS Aycock HS, Pikeville, N.C. N.C. $650,000
Narron's bloodlines work for him and against him. He has benefited by being around the game at a high level all his life. His father Jerry spent part of eight seasons catching in the majors—including replacing Thurman Munson after the Yankees captain died in a 1979 plane crash—and parts of five others as a manager. Connor served as a batboy for many of his father's teams and spent time observing big league behavior. His big league approach at the prep level can turn off scouts, however, who want to see him play with more intensity. Other scouts question Narron's ability to stick in the infield thanks to his below-average speed and would have liked to see him behind the plate, but that never happened. Narron's bat was tough to scout this spring because he averaged two walks a game as teams pitched around him. He has surprising power and solid hitting tools from both sides of the plate, even though he's active in the batter's box and has an unconventional load. Narron's hands and arm strength are both good enough that he should be able to step in as a freshman at North Carolina and play right away, probably at shortstop, if he doesn't sign. By the time he's draft-eligible again, he'll likely be a third baseman.
4 149 Kansas City Royals Jason Adam RHP Blue Valley Northwest HS, Overland Park, Kan. Kan. $800,000
Adam began the year as the highest-rated pitching prospect in Kansas. Though Ryne Stanek has since surpassed him, Adam pitched well enough at the start of the season that the state might have had two high school pitchers drafted in the first three rounds for the first time ever. Early in the spring, he had a low-90s fastball that topped out at 95 and also spun a good curveball. His stuff tailed off, however, making it more likely that he'd follow through on a strong commitment to Missouri. Adam's changeup shows enough promise that he eventually could have three average-or-better pitches with good control. At 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds, he's more physical than Stanek, and he also repeats his delivery more consistently.
5 150 Cleveland Indians Cole Cook RHP Pepperdine Calif. $299,000
Cook's father (known by his stage name Peter MacKenzie) is an actor who has appeared in dozens of Hollywood productions, including the movies "Major League: Back to the Minors" and "It's Complicated" with Meryl Streep. A high school teammate of Twins prospect David Bromberg, Cook was a 36th-round pick of the Mariners in 2007 but did not sign. He missed his freshman season at Pepperdine in 2008 after a freak accident when he broke his wrist while helping to roll up the field tarp on a rainy day. After Pepperdine ace Brett Hunter signed with the A's in 2008, Cook assumed the Friday starter's role in 2009 and 2010 and has performed well, moving to Saturdays of late after the emergence of lefty Matt Bywater. Cook's rangy 6-foot-6, 200-pound frame and low three-quarters delivery are reminiscent of the Weaver brothers. He fires a 91-93 mph fastball, with a changeup and a slurvy 77-78 mph breaking ball. His change is a decent pitch, and scouts agree that his weakness is his curve. It shows sharp break at times, but Cook has trouble controlling it, due in part to his low arm slot. A rare college pitcher with significant projectability, Cook will need to sharpen his mechanics, command and secondary pitches to succeed in pro ball. If he does that, he fits comfortably as a mid- to back-of-the-rotation starter.
6 151 Arizona Diamondbacks Cody Wheeler LHP Coastal Carolina S.C. $168,300
While Wheeler's stuff was uneven this season, his results have been remarkably consistent, as he was 26-1 in three seasons. His ratios have been steady the last two years as well. Wheeler's best trait, aside from being a southpaw, is his athletic ability. It allows him to add and subtract from his fastball, repeat his delivery, field his position and hold runners well. His fastball and curveball were usually fringe-average pitches this season, though he dialed up more velocity (reaching 91 mph) and seemed to have a sharper curve when needed. His changeup was just better last year, a plus pitch as opposed to solid-average.
7 152 New York Mets Matt den Dekker OF Florida Fla. $110,000
Den Dekker was recruited as a pitcher and hitter at Florida, and he has a strong arm that helps make him one of college baseball's better defenders in center field. He has plus range, tracks balls well and plays hard. He was a preseason second-team All-American in 2009 after playing for Team USA the previous summer, but he never quite got going for the Gators and wound up falling to the 16th round of the draft after his junior season. He didn't sign and returned for his senior season, and has a chance to be one of the first seniors drafted. As one scout put it, "He still has the tools everyone talked about last year." Den Dekker is an excellent defender with plus speed (he's still a strong basestealer) and center-field range. He has made more consistent contact as a senior, leading Florida in batting (.361 entering the SEC tournament) and ranking second with 11 home runs. He has the bat speed for scouts to project him to have solid-average power as a pro. He still swings and misses more than he should and has some pitch recognition issues, and at times his swing gets choppy. He has played with more confidence as a senior and may just have had a bad case of draftitis in 2009. Den Dekker could go out in the first five rounds as a budget-oriented senior sign.
8 153 Houston Astros Ben Heath C Penn State Pa. $160,000
Heath was limited by a pulled quad muscle as a sophomore in 2009 and split time even when healthy, but he broke out as a junior, slugging 19 home runs to break Penn State's 32-year-old school record. He worked hard in the offseason to improve his flexibility, which has loosened up his swing and made him more agile behind the plate. No longer muscle-bound, Heath also improved his arm strength dramatically, to the point that it's now average. A few scouts say Heath's feet and receiving skills will eventually force him to move from behind the plate, but the consensus is that he can be an average defensive catcher with work. Offensively, Heath has an unorthodox set-up with a lot of pre-pitch waggle, but he quiets down just before his stride and gets his hands in good position to hit. He has a long, high finish, but his swing is actually compact through the zone. He'll have his share of strikeouts in pro ball and projects as a fringe-average hitter, but his above-average raw power is usable in games. Most scouts peg him as an eighth- to 10th-round talent, but he could go higher given the perennial demand for catching.
9 154 San Diego Padres Rico Noel OF Coastal Carolina S.C. $163,800
Noel has excellent defensive ability in center field thanks to his range and solid arm strength. He's a well-above-average runner and was tied for the national lead with 51 steals heading into regional play. His swing gets big when he sells out for power, and he needs to shorten up more in two-strike situations, but his plate discipline has improved considerably in his three seasons. He might be up to a shift to second base, where he played as a freshman.
10 155 Oakland Athletics Tyler Vail RHP Notre Dame HS, Easton, Pa. Pa. $162,900
Six-foot-1 righthander Vail doesn't have a big frame and has a lot of effort in his delivery, but he has run his fastball up to 92 mph with boring action. His breaking ball and changeup are below-average to fringe-average, but both could develop into solid pitches over the next three years under the tutelage of Maryland pitching coach Sean Kenny.
11 156 Toronto Blue Jays Dickie Joe Thon SS Academia Perpetio Socorro, San Juan, P.R. P.R. $1,500,000
It's a bit of a down year in Puerto Rico, but the best player on the island has a familiar name in shortstop Dickie Joe Thon. The son of the former big leaguer, the younger Thon is a little bigger than his father at 6-foot-2 and 175 pounds. Thon was born in Houston and grew up there before moving to Puerto Rico for high school. Despite being the son of a big leaguer, Thon isn't the polished product some may expect. That's because he hasn't focused solely on baseball yet. Thon is a great athlete who also competes in basketball, volleyball and track and field. Thon isn't a flashy defender, but makes all the routine plays. He has good feet, soft hands and an above-average arm. His bat is a little inconsistent right now, but he profiles as a good top-of-the-order hitter. He has gap power and could grow into some home run power as he continues to fill out and drives more balls. Thon is an average runner out of the box, but is above-average under way. He has good baseball instincts and projects to steal 20-30 bases a year. Signability is the biggest question with Thon because his father apparently wants him to attend Rice. It could take seven figures to buy him out of school, or teams could just see if Thon will blossom into a first-rounder three years from now.
12 157 Cincinnati Reds Wes Mugarian RHP Pensacola (Fla.) Catholic HS Fla. $198,000
Righthander Mugarian made a name for himself early in the year by throwing a no-hitter in front of plenty of scouts to beat Karsten Whitson and Chipley High. Mugarian should be able to make an impact in the Southeastern Conference for Alabama, where he's committed, but his profile isn't as strong for pro ball. He has a lot of effort in his delivery and stands just 6-foot-1, and he has a good arm that produces a 90-91 mph fastball that touches 93 and a solid-average curveball. Mugarian profiles as a reliever in the long term and should be a fourth- to seventh-round pick if he's signable in that range.
13 158 Chicago White Sox Andy Wilkins 1B Arkansas Ark. $195,000
First baseman Andy Wilkins offers lefthanded power and has hit 42 homers in three seasons at Arkansas. A lot of scouts question how well the 6-foot-2, 220-pounder's pop will play with wood bats, however. He hit just .232 with two homers in 24 games while using wood with Team USA last summer, and was batting just .274 with metal entering NCAA regional play. He has a deep load in his swing that makes it hard for him to turn on quality pitching. He's a well-below-average runner, but he has improved defensively and does a decent job at first base. A team that really believes in his power could go get him in the third round, but the consensus would place him somewhere between the seventh and 10th.
14 159 Milwaukee Brewers Matt Miller RHP Michigan Mich. $157,500
While Oaks exceeded expectations at Michigan, Miller went in the other direction. He's 6-foot-6, 217 pounds and has a 92-94 mph fastball, but he went just 3-3, 5.12 and fell out of the rotation. Miller has a long arm action that makes it easy to see his fastball, which also gets straight at times. His slider is inconsistent and he doesn't command it well. Still, his size and arm strength could get him drafted in the first 10 rounds.
15 160 Chicago Cubs Matt Szczur OF Villanova Pa. $100,000
A wide receiver for Villanova's football team, Szczur led the Wildcats to a Football Championship Subdivision national title last fall, earning MVP honors in the championship game after racking up 270 all-purpose yards. He is a legitimate NFL draft prospect as a receiver in the Wes Welker mold, which clouds his baseball signability, but he also could be drafted as early as the fifth round in baseball. Szczur is an electrifying athlete with true 80 speed on the 20-80 scouting scale. He is still learning to put his speed to use in the outfield—he arrived at Villanova as a catcher and has never concentrated on baseball full-time—and has played right field for the Wildcats, but he could become an adequate defender in center or left with work. His arm is well-below-average. Offensively, the 5-foot-11, 190-pound Szczur has an unorthodox, slashy swing, but he has a knack for barreling up balls consistently, and he projects as an average hitter with below-average power. He has a patient approach, and he can use all fields and make adjustments from at-bat to at-bat. Scouts love Szczur's intensity on the field, and coaches rave about his work ethic and ability to learn. He also has special makeup off the field; days after hitting for the cycle on April 27, Szczur donated bone marrow to a 1-year-old girl with leukemia, sidelining him for the next three weeks.
16 161 Tampa Bay Rays Ian Kendall RHP Ashland (Ore.) HS Ore. $250,000
Oregon high school righthander Ian Kendall flew under the radar this spring. He comes from Ashland High, which is as close to Sacramento as it is to Portland and did not play on the summer showcase circuit. But scouts that made the trek discovered a diamond in the rough. Kendall, listed at 6 feet and 205 pounds, was 91-95 mph this spring and showed an above-average power curveball and flashes of an above-average changeup. Kendall has a clean arm action and great work ethic. An Oregon State commit, Kendall was selected highly enough that he'll have a tough decision to make this summer.
17 162 Seattle Mariners Stephen Pryor RHP Tennessee Tech Tenn. $153,000
Tennessee Tech reliever Pryor headed in the other direction this season. A junior-college transfer from Cleveland State, Pryor had a reputation with scouts for having size and velocity but little command and poor mechanics. He made significant progress this season in taming his delivery, controling his body and improving his velocity. He has tremendous arm strength and uses his tree-trunk legs well, leveraging his 6-foot-4, 235-pound frame, and he had his fastball sitting 94-97 mph all spring. In a May midweek matchup against Bryce Brentz and Middle Tennessee State, Tennessee Tech coach Matt Bragga brought Pryor in even though the team was losing, showcasing him in front of several top evaluators on hand to see Brentz. Pryor gave up a solo home run but also pumped his fastball up to 98 mph and repeated his delivery. Pryor's slider has its moments in the mid-80s, but he's fairly new to the pitch after ditching his curve. It has decent shape and projects to be an average pitch if he can command it. He dominated at times, with 75 strikeouts in just 41 innings, an amazing 16.5 strikeouts per nine innings. That's just short of the NCAA Division I record set by Ryan Wagner in 2003 (16.8), and Pryor should go high despite his 4-4, 5.71 overall mark at Tennessee Tech and despite getting hit around in the Ohio Valley Conference tournament.
18 163 Detroit Tigers Alex Burgos LHP State JC of Florida Fla. $152,100
The team's top prospects were lefthander Alex Burgos and outfielder Hunter Ovens, with Burgos figuring to go out higher with his polish and three-pitch mix. Burgos was the team's top performer, going 13-1, 1.42 with 109 strikeouts and just 29 walks in 95 innings. His fastball can touch 92 mph, but he pitches at 88-89 and lacks projection with his 5-foot-11, 180-pound body. He has picked up a cutter that plays well with his big curveball, and he's throwing all three pitches for strikes. His profile is as a reliever or end-of-the-rotation starter.
19 164 Atlanta Braves Phil Gosselin 2B Virginia Va. $150,300
Gosselin got a lot of attention after a first-inning home run against Stephen Strasburg in the 2009 Irvine regional, and he was building on that by batting .385/.465./619 with eight home runs, 58 runs and a team-best 21 doubles this spring. He's a good athlete capable of playing multiple positions, though he fits best at second base. He has good bat speed and is a solid-average runner.
20 165 Minnesota Twins Nate Roberts OF High Point N.C. $149,400
Roberts had a big junior season, earning All-America honors while batting .416/.573/.746 with 19 home runs and 36 stolen bases. Scouts were concerned that he lacks a standout tool and for some teams he was considered more of a senior sign. Others saw four solid-average tools, with an arm that could play in right, with only a vulnerability to velocity inside to be most concerned about.
21 166 Texas Rangers Justin Grimm RHP Georgia Ga. $825,000
Grimm has many of the ingredients scouts look for in a college pitcher. He has a pitcher's body at 6-foot-4, 193 pounds; he's quick-armed and athletic; he has big-conference experience and was Georgia's Friday starter this season; and he touches 95 mph regularly with his fastball. The bad news: Grimm had a career 5.80 ERA over nearly 180 innings, and some scouts consider him much the same pitcher after three years at Georgia as he was in 2007, when he was a 13th-round pick of the Red Sox out of high school in Virginia. Grimm has above-average fastball velocity at 90-94 mph, but the pitch lacks life and command thanks to poor mechanics. He rushes through his delivery, leaving his pitches up in the strike zone. He's vulnerable to home runs because he finishes too upright and doesn't drive the ball downhill. Scouts do consider the flaws to be correctable. He has a sharp curveball that at times grades out as an above-average pitch, but he wasn't ahead of hitters enough to use it as a strikeout pitch this spring. Grimm's changeup remains his third-best pitch. He competed well this season despite Georgia's disappointing year, even pitching in midweek in relief to sew up a victory against Georgia State, then pitching a career-best eight innings in his final start, beating Kentucky. He's still expected to go in the first four rounds despite his career 6-12 record.
22 167 Florida Marlins Robert Morey RHP Virginia Va. $150,000
One Cavalier to make a name for himself against Strasburg was Morey. He went six innings in that game, allowing five hits, three walks and no runs while striking out nine. He was 9-2, 3.14 in 86 innings this season with 66 strikeouts and 33 walks as Virginia's Saturday starter. His fastball sits around 90-91 mph, though he can touch higher early in games. Against Florida State in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament he touched 95 mph but dropped off quickly and got knocked around. Morey competes enough to go deep in games, as he averages better than six innings a start. His second-best offering is a slider that is inconsistent but shows flashes of being a good pitch. He's a good athlete, but at 6-foot-1, 185 pounds, scouts can't project him to add much to his arsenal.
23 168 San Francisco Giants Heath Hembree RHP College of Charleston S.C. $185,000
Hembree has one of the draft's freshest power arms, having pitched fewer than 30 innings in three years. He also didn't pitch during his senior season in high school, due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee that he injured during prep football. Hembree made only one appearance at South Carolina, recording one out, then went to Spartanburg Methodist JC and transferred to College of Charleston, getting irregular work as the Cougars' closer. Scouts weren't happy with how he was used, though it's hard to argue with Charleston's 40-win season and regional berth. Hembree displayed mid- to upper 90s velocity, regularly hitting 98 mph and sitting in the 94-96 mph range. He has a long, lean pitcher's body at 6-foot-4, 195 pounds with wide shoulders, as well as a clean arm action. His secondary pitch is a slider that flashes mid-80s power potential. Much of Hembree's game is raw. His fastball tends to straighten out at higher velocity, and he has proved hittable due to spotty command. He doesn't have a pitch to combat lefthanded hitters, though some think his power repertoire and big hands make him an excellent future candidate for a split-finger fastball. Hembree's modest numbers and inexperience may slot him behind college closers such as Texas Tech's Chad Bettis or Florida's Kevin Chapman, but his pure arm and velocity are as good as the college ranks have to offer this season.
24 169 St. Louis Cardinals Nick Longmire OF Pacific Calif. $144,000
He hasn't had the best statistical year among Northern California's college players, but there is no doubt that Longmire has the best package of tools. He had a great freshman year, struggled a bit as a sophomore, but has had a solid junior season. Longmire was considered a fringe prospect coming out of high school in San Diego and many Division I programs passed on him because they had concerns about his swing, which is how he came to be at Pacific. He was one of the state's home run leaders his senior year in high school and currently grades out as having plus raw power. At 6-foot-2, 210 pounds, Longmire not only passes the tools test, but also the eye test. He can be graded out above-average across the board, except for his ability to hit for average. His body type is not quite the same, but he could be compared to Diamondbacks center fielder Chris Young in terms of what scouts can envision him doing at the major league level.
25 170 Colorado Rockies Josh Slaats RHP Hawaii Hawaii $142,200
Slaats came to Hawaii via California High in San Ramon, Calif. He started for the Rainbows his freshman year, but was ineffective and moved to a relief role in 2009 after coming out of the bullpen for Wareham in the Cape Cod League the previous summer. Slaats returned to the Cape last summer and dominated (2-0, 0.95) and reclaimed a spot in Hawaii's weekend rotation, although he didn't become their Friday night guy until midway through this year and missed a start in March with some elbow tenderness. Slaats sits 90-93 mph with his fastball, holding it deep into games, and has even touched 95. Slaats throws a disappearing slider with sharp, two-plane break. His changeup is still coming along but has shown flashes of being a good pitch. Slaats has a physical presence on the mound at 6-foot-5 and 230 pounds. He repeats his delivery well, but has a tendency to open his hips a little early and fall off to the first-base side. As a pitcher from Hawaii, Slaats final start of the regular season at San Jose State and in the Western Athletic Conference tournament in Mesa, Ariz. will be important, as it will give more scouts a chance to see him.
26 171 Philadelphia Phillies Scott Frazier RHP Upland (Calif.) HS Calif.
Scant attention was paid to Frazier until a scout game at Southern California last November. One of the last pitchers to throw that day, Frazier sent scouts scrambling to restart radar guns that had already been packed. He began the 2010 spring campaign with a flourish, firing an 18-strikeout no-hitter. Frazier's next outing drew 50 scouts, and he breezed through an impressive first inning by striking out the side. After that, the wheels came off and he was knocked out of the game. Frazier's inconsistency can be traced to his mechanics, which are decidedly funky. He uses a high leg kick, drops his arm down, around and behind his body before delivering the ball by jumping at the hitter. It's hard to repeat, and all the energy causes him to quickly run out of petrol. Still, there is a great deal to like about Frazier, whose build resembles Stephen Strasburg's. At his best, Frazier delivers a 93-94 mph fastball and adds a sharp curveball and promising changeup. While his mechanics will need to be cleaned up, Frazier has an ideal, projectable pitcher's frame at 6-foot-6, 200 pounds. He has a Pepperdine commitment.
27 172 Los Angeles Dodgers Jake Lemmerman SS Duke N.C. $139,500
A California prep product, Lemmerman was a three-year starter for Duke and has better skills than tools. He has soft, sure hands and made just three errors as a junior, checking in with a .987 fielding percentage. He also benefitted from Duke moving into the cozy Durham Bulls Athletic Park and led the team with 11 home runs after hitting just nine in his first two seasons combined. He's a righthanded hitter with solid pop and below-average speed who likely will move to second or third base.
28 173 Boston Red Sox Henry Ramos OF Alfonso Casta Martinez HS, Maunabo, P.R. P.R. $138,200
The best power in Puerto Rico belongs to switch-hitting outfielder Ramos, who stands 6-foot-2 and 175 pounds with a strong, athletic frame. He is relatively new to baseball, spending most of his youth as a soccer player, and his power shows up more during batting practice than in games. When he connects the ball jumps off his bat and goes a long way. Rosario is a below-average runner but is athletic enough and has the arm strength to play right field. He has good makeup and just needs to play every day in order to turn his tools into performance.
29 174 Los Angeles Angels Jesus Valdez RHP Hueneme HS, Oxnard, Calif. Calif.
Righthander Jesus Valdez gained traction as an elite prospect last June, when he impressed at a showcase at the Urban Youth Academy in Compton. At 6-foot-3, 180 pounds, Valdez works quickly, is aggressive and loves challenging hitters while being the center of attention on the mound. His heavy fastball ranges from 91-93 mph with late life. He adds an excellent curveball, but he'll need to improve his changeup. Lanky and projectable, Valdez has a buggy-whip arm action, with some funkiness and an awkward restriction in the back of his arm stroke that raises injury concerns among scouts. Valdez will begin his pro career as a starter, but he may profile best as a high-energy reliever.
30 175 New York Yankees Tommy Kahnle RHP Lynn (Fla.) Fla. $150,000
Lynn's poor season didn't drag down Kahnle's draft stock. The stocky 6-foot, 225-pound righty has the same 93-94 mph fastball velocity (touching 95 at times after reaching 97 last summer) that he showed last year en route to the national title and in the Cape Cod League. Kahnle was pressed into a starting role this season and just doesn't have the quality offspeed stuff to go through a lineup more than once or twice at this stage. His changeup is his second-best pitch, and his breaking ball was sharper last summer than this spring. He can show periods of control but lacks command and profiles as a bullpen arm. Short college righthanders who go 2-7, 5.06 with 71 strikeouts and 47 walks in 75 innings at the D-II level usually don't fly off the board, but Kahnle's track record in the Cape should still get him picked in the first 10 rounds.