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Pick Overall Team Player Position School State Bonus
1 176 Washington Nationals Cole Leonida C Georgia Tech Ga. $125,000
At one time, Leonida seemed to have the most draft helium, and he could still go out higher than his other teammates due to position scarcity. The Colorado prep product was a part-time player for two seasons and took over as the starter this year. He got off to a hot start but and his production this season slowed down as the spring wore on, and he was batting .302/.386/.526. Leonida lacks bat speed and has holes in his swing, though his long arms also help give him leverage and power. He's a take-charge catcher who leads the pitching staff, blocks and receives well, with a solid-average arm and good accuracy. He's always going to strike out a lot, and his bat fits the profile more of a backup than of a regular.
2 177 Pittsburgh Pirates Jason Hursh RHP Trinity Christian HS, Addison, Texas Texas
Hursh is the best pitcher to come out of Trinity Christian Academy since David Purcey, who went on to attend Oklahoma, become a Blue Jays first-round pick and reach the majors. Hursh is a good student who has committed to Oklahoma State, but he should be signable if he's picked in the first five rounds. His velocity has picked up this spring, as he's now regularly pitching at 90-93 mph and flashing some 94s. He'll shows signs of a promising curveball and slider, though neither breaking ball is consistent. He's doing a much better job of throwing strikes, though his command still needs a lot of work. Though he's just 6-foot-1 and 175 pounds, Hursh generates his velocity with arm speed rather than effort. He does throw across his body somewhat, which isn't optimal but does add life to his pitches.
3 178 Baltimore Orioles Dixon Anderson RHP California Calif.
Dixon Anderson's attributes are quite obvious. At 6-foot-5, 225 pounds, Anderson looks like what scouts and scouting directors want to see on the mound. He is not only the right size, but his build is also streamlined and well proportioned, and he has the stuff as well. Anderson can get his fastball into the mid-90s and does it with pretty easy effort. As a redshirt freshman in 2009, Anderson got into 20 games and scouts noticed him. He then went out in summer ball and threw the ball well, with 56 strikeouts in 56 innings, while showing the same good fastball, and established himself as a prospect to be considered for the upper rounds of the draft. Anderson also has a curveball and a split-finger fastball but both are inconsistent at this point. He was a projection righthander out of high school and was not heavily recruited, so scouts don't have a long track record with him. It's likely that Anderson is still just scraping the surface of his potential, so a drafting team will need patience, even though he is a Pac-10 weekend starter.
4 179 Kansas City Royals Scott Alexander LHP Sonoma State (Calif.) Calif. $125,000
Graded on stuff and talent alone, Alexander would be a lock for the top three rounds of this draft. But a bumpy college track record with an uneven history of performance clouds his resume. The younger brother of former Marlins pitching prospect Stuart Alexander, he was a highly scouted pitcher out of high school in Santa Rosa, Calif. He started his college career at Pepperdine but left after his sophomore year and enrolled at Division II power Sonoma State. Despite a fastball that gets up to 93 mph and a decent changeup, the 6-foot-3, 210-pound Alexander struggled early on for the Seawolves. He improved as the year went along but still finished with a 3-6, 4.50 record. Alexander's command improved as the year went along, due in part to lowering his slot a bit and getting more movement on his pitches. He continues to need to work on his breaking ball, which is a slider.
5 180 Cleveland Indians Nick Bartolone SS Chabot (Calif.) JC Calif. $125,000
Bartolone, the MVP of the Golden Gate Conference this season, is the kind of player a true scout can fall in love with because he brings an intensity and energy to the game. He's a plus runner and a smooth fielder with excellent baseball instincts. The question is whether he'll hit enough. He's small (5-foot-10, 160 pounds) with an average arm and well below average power. His speed should help his batting average, but he profiles best as a utility player.
6 181 Arizona Diamondbacks Blake Perry RHP Pendleton School, Bradenton, Fla. Fla. $500,000
Perry, a 6-foot-5, 180-pound Kentucky native, was attracting attention. Perry, whose older brother Bryce plays at Kentucky and is a Wildcats recruit, sits in the 88-91 mph range, has a loose arm and touched 93 mph in recent weeks.
7 182 New York Mets Greg Peavey RHP Oregon State Ore. $200,000
Peavey has been on the prospect radar for a long time. He played in the 2000 Little League World Series, hit 90 mph as a 14-year-old and was a member of Team USA's 16U team in 2004 and the 18U team in 2006. He was a Top 200 talent coming out of Hudson's Bay High in Vancouver, Wash., in 2007, but fell to the Yankees in the 24th round due to signability. Last year, as a draft-eligible sophomore, he went in the 32nd round to the Astros. While many of Oregon State's pitchers have spun their wheels this spring, Peavey has been the most consistent. His fastball sits in the 88-92 mph range and touches 93. He has a slider that at times shows hard, two-plane break, though it can flatten out. He doesn't throw many changeups. Peavey gets ahead of batters and struggles to put them away and gives up a lot of two-strike hits. He doesn't have a lot of deception, often leaves the ball up in the zone and struggles throwing his fastball for strikes in on righthanders. Teams that like him project him as a mid-rotation starter, but teams that don't see him as a sixth- or seventh-inning reliever. He is a Boras Corp. client, but shouldn't be a particularly tough sign this time around.
8 183 Houston Astros Adam Plutko RHP Glendora (Calif.) HS Calif.
Since his emergence as a top prospect two years ago, Plutko had bedeviled scouts with his inconsistent performances. He wavers from terrific to downright pedestrian, with a mid-80s fastball and bland secondary stuff. His best performance may have been at last year's Area Code Games, where he touched 93 mph and snapped off a fiendish curveball. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound Plutko has been effective but not overwhelming this spring, and his fastball has ranged from 87-91 mph, with a curve, changeup and slider. His secondary offerings are decent, but will require a substantial amount of refinement to reach major league average. His fastball is straight and strays up in the strike zone too often, and he'll need more movement to be effective against advanced hitters. On his best days, Plutko flashes the stuff of a premium pick, but those days don't happen quite often enough. He is committed to UCLA, and if he doesn't sign a pro contract, Plutko should become a weekend starter immediately and could move into the top two rounds in 2013.
9 184 San Diego Padres Johnny Barbato RHP Varela HS, Miami Fla. $1,400,000
Barbato played on a team coached by his father that wasn't competitive in South Florida's tough high school 6-A ranks. He didn't bolt the program for a private school in the area and still showed one of the state's better arms despite not having much help in the field. While Luke Jackson has better present stuff, Barbato could have a higher ceiling because he does it easier, repeats his delivery and throws more strikes. His stuff isn't that far behind, either. Barbato has a loose arm and solid 6-foot-2, 185-pound body that allows him to produce fastballs that have reached 95 mph, after topping out at 92 last year. Barbato's delivery is sound and repeatable, and he throws an average curveball with good shape and plus potential. He's a Florida recruit, and the Gators have done well holding onto top prospects under third-year coach Kevin O'Sullivan. Signability will determine whether Barbato goes out in the first four rounds or winds up in college.
10 185 Oakland Athletics Tony Thompson 3B Kansas Kan. $125,000
Thompson won the first triple crown in Big 12 Conference history a year ago, batting .389 with 21 homers and 82 RBIs. Hopes for an encore were dashed when he fouled a ball off his left kneecap in a February practice, sidelining him for the first 19 games of the season with a hairline fracture. He was overanxious when he returned, chasing too many pitches, but started to look more like himself toward the end of the season. Huge and strong at 6-foot-4 and 219 pounds, Thompson generates easy power to all fields. His swing can get long at times, but he doesn't strike out excessively like many sluggers do. Thompson's speed and mobility were below-average before he got hurt. While he has the arm strength to play third base, his range and agility are substandard. His regular-season fielding percentage was just .880, a further indication he's destined for first base as a pro. His bat should play well enough there for him to get drafted in the first five rounds.
11 186 Toronto Blue Jays Sean Nolin LHP San Jacinto (Texas) JC Texas $175,000
At 6-foot-4 and 250 pounds, Sean Nolin looks like a lefthanded version of Jason Jennings. Nolin's fastball will sit at 86-89 mph in some games and 88-92 in others, and he backs it up with a solid changeup and fringy curveball.
12 187 Cincinnati Reds Drew Cisco RHP Wando HS, Mt. Pleasant, S.C. S.C. $975,000
Cisco signed with Georgia, and the Bulldogs--with a staff ERA close to 9.00 despite a raft of power arms--could have used his feel for pitching this season. Cisco is so polished that it's almost unfair to lump him in with other high school pitchers. His grandfather Galen was a big league pitcher and pitching coach, while his older, shorter brother Mike pitched at South Carolina and is now in Double-A with the Phillies organization. Drew Cisco has good size at 6-foot-2, 190 pounds, the best command in the prep class and a knack for pitching beyond his years. Scouts believe Cisco will carve up wood bats with his ability to pitch inside and confidently work off his fastball, even if it has just average velocity at 88-91, touching 92. It stands out more for its life and command than for velocity. Cisco has a mid-70s curveball he can throw for strikes or bury that grades out as average, and a changeup with sink that he also commands. Cisco sets up hitters like a pro and will move faster than many college pitchers, but any loss in fastball velocity would reduce his margin for error significantly.
13 188 Chicago White Sox Rangel Ravelo 3B Hialeah (Fla.) HS Fla. $125,000
Ravelo has good size at 6-foot-2, 190 pounds and a strong body. The Cuban emigre played shortstop in high school but was expected to move to third as a pro, and he has the agility and average power potential to make the move possible. His bat speed is fair but he has a knack for making contact and getting the most out of all his tools, including fringy arm strength and below-average speed. He's a Florida International recruit and played with fellow FIU recruit Manny Machado in summer ball.
14 189 Milwaukee Brewers Cody Hawn 3B Tennessee Tenn. $125,000
Junior first baseman Hawn captured the Volunteers' season in microcosm. A pure hitter who hit .364 with 22 home runs as a sophomore, he got off to a slow start thanks to a sprained left shoulder and never got on a roll like he did in '09. He still wound up hitting .327/.441/.593. His bat will have to carry him, and at 5-foot-11 he doesn't have classic first baseman size.
15 190 Chicago Cubs Ivan DeJesus OF Cupeyville School, San Juan, P.R. P.R.
Center fielder DeJesus doesn't have one standout tool but can do a little bit of everything, with average tools across the board. He's a good athlete at 6 feet and 170 pounds and can play all three outfield spots. He's a gap hitter now, and he offers some projection as he gains strength. DeJesus is a hard worker who has committed to Alabama-Birmingham.
16 191 Tampa Bay Rays Jesse Hahn RHP Virginia Tech Va. $525,000
Three years ago, one of Hahn's high school teammates and rotation partners was getting tons of draft attention. The teammate was righthander Matt Harvey, who ended up dropping to the third round and honoring his commitment to North Carolina. Now, both Fitch (Conn.) High alums could be drafted in the first round. Hahn has an ideal pitcher's frame at 6-foot-5, 200 pounds, but he missed three weeks of action this spring. He had an MRI on his right elbow that revealed no structural damage. When healthy, Hahn has an electric arsenal. He has a plus fastball that sits 92-94 mph with some armside run. He has been able to run his fastball up to 96-97, especially when he pitched out of the bullpen in the Cape Cod League last summer, but has learned that he's better when he dials it back. He has two average to plus secondary offerings in a slider and curveball, as well as a potentially average changeup. His curveball has 12-to-6 action, but he raises his arm slot on the pitch, which could give it away to hitters. He mixes in an 80-82 mph slider that occasionally gets big on him but is also an average or better offering. His changeup has some fade and really works well when he locates down and to his arm side. His command isn't exceptional, but scouts don't see it as a problem moving forward. Working against Hahn are a spotty medical history and limited track record of performance. As a freshman he went 3-7, 4.64 in 64 innings with 36 strikeouts and 25 walks. He saw significantly less time as a sophomore, going 1-2, 6.00 in 24 innings. Only two of his 17 appearances were starts. Hahn has seen a big turnaround this season, going 5-2, 2.81 with 64 strikeouts and 14 walks through 58 innings.
17 192 Seattle Mariners Christian Carmichael C Mililani (Hawaii) HS Hawaii $150,000
Christian Carmichael is the top high school prospect in the state. An athletic catcher, Carmichael is a agile defender with quick feet and a strong, accurate arm. He has a line drive stroke, but defense is his calling card. He did not play this spring after switching from Kamehameha High to Mililani High in February because of transfer rules. Carmichael is committed to Hawaii, but a team that likes his defensive ability and has done its homework could draft him high enough to sign him away from that commitment.
18 193 Detroit Tigers Bryan Holaday C Texas Christian Texas $115,000
Catcher Bryan Holaday is having his best season with the bat, hitting .357 with 12 homers through the Mountain West Conference tournament, where he was named MVP. He has an unorthodox righthanded stroke, yet he has barreled balls consistently in 2010. He already had established his strong catch-and-throw skills, and has lived up to his reputation by throwing out 51 percent of basestealers this year. His improved offense and usual fine defense will make him one of the better senior signs in the draft, and it's possible he could go as high as the fifth round.
19 194 Atlanta Braves Joey Terdoslavich 3B Long Beach State Calif. $125,000
Joey Terdoslavich began his college career at Miami, hitting .293 with five homers in 123 at-bats as a freshman. After a successful tour in the Alaska League, he transferred to Long Beach State, forcing him to sit out last season. The nephew of ex-big leaguer Mike Greenwell, Terdoslavich is a big-bodied third baseman at 6-foot-2, 200 pounds. He started slow but rebounded, and he was hitting .323/.378/.484 with seven home runs, impressive numbers for Long Beach's cavernous Blair Field. From both sides of the plate, Terdoslavich employs the modern power hitter's swing. He loads up with a hard uppercut and a high finish, looking to put backspin on the ball and drive it out of the yard. During batting practice, pitches ricocheting off of his bat make a distinct, loud ping. Long Beach State has used him at the hot corner, though his hands and actions are short for him to stay there as a pro. A move to first base is likely. His arm is decent but his speed is below-average.
20 195 Minnesota Twins Logan Darnell LHP Kentucky Ky. $125,000
After 2009 sandwich pick James Paxton ran afoul of the NCAA and left for an independent league, Kentucky hoped fellow lefthander Darnell would assume his role as No. 1 starter. That didn't go as well as planned, as Darnell went 5-3, 5.62, missed two weeks with shoulder tendinitis and eventually returned to the bullpen. The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder profiles better as a reliever because he has one plus pitch, and his arm action and the effort in his delivery are better suited for shorter stints. As a reliever, Darnell works at 91-93 mph with his fastball. He'll flash a sharp slider intermittently, and his changeup is more effective. Projected as a top-five-round pick coming into the season, he now figures to go between the sixth and 10th rounds.
21 196 Texas Rangers Brett Nicholas C Missouri Mo. $125,000
Nicholas began his college career as a backup first baseman at Gonzaga, transferred to Scottsdale (Ariz.) CC and caught for the 2009 Division II Junior College World Series runners-up. He has seen time at catcher and third base after joining Missouri this spring. The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder has shown hitting aptitude and power from the left side of the plate. As a catcher, he has a solid-average arm and decent receiving skills with room for improvement. He's not particularly agile, so he fits better behind the plate than at the hot corner.
22 197 Florida Marlins Rett Varner RHP Texas-Arlington Texas $125,000
Righthander Rett Varner redshirted at Brigham Young in 2007 and turned down the Cubs when they took him in the 34th round as a draft-eligible sophomore a year ago. After a slow start, he came on strong in the second half, showing a better feel for pitching with a heavy fastball that peaks at 96. He also throws a good changeup, and a late-breaking slurve that lacks consistency. His 6-foot-4, 200-pound frame is another positive in his favor.
23 198 San Francisco Giants Mike Kickham LHP Missouri State Mo. $410,000
Missouri State has produced six big league pitchers (Ross Detwiler, Jeff Gray, Shaun Marcum, Matt Palmer, John Rheinecker, Brad Ziegler) and two first-round arms (Detwiler, Brett Sinkbeil) in the last decade. The Bears have another quality pitching prospect--it's just not who scouts expected. Aaron Meade was coming off a strong sophomore season and summer in the Cape Cod League, but fellow lefthander Kickham has surpassed him. Missouri State didn't recruit him out of a local Springfield, Mo., high school, and he didn't turn any heads while going 3-3, 5.62 at Crowder (Mo.) JC in 2009. When his velocity increased to the high 80s in the MINK League last summer, the Bears offered him the opportunity to transfer. Kickham's fastball has continued to improve, sitting at 90-92 mph and touching 94 consistently throughout the spring. A strong 6-foot-4, 210-pounder, he backs up his fastball with a true slider that has good depth. He also throws a solid changeup and an overhand curveball. Scouts like his size, stuff and command, but also wonder why that hasn't translated into more success, as he went 4-9, 5.25 in 15 starts. Though he's a draft-eligible sophomore, he's expected to go high enough in the draft to sign. Kickham's twin brother Dan, a righthander who helped pitch Crowder to the Junior College World Series, also has seen his velocity spike this spring and should get drafted in the later rounds.
24 199 St. Louis Cardinals John Gast LHP Florida State Fla. $140,000
Florida State doesn't have the power arms the program used to produce in the early 1990s. Its top arm this year was supposed to be Gast, whose career never quite got going in the right direction. He had Tommy John surgery after his senior season in high school and came back quickly, pitching in mid-April of his freshman year. His relief worked helped the Seminoles get back to the College World Series for the first time in eight years, and he stayed in a relief role as a sophomore. Early in his junior season, Gast was flashing his high school form, reaching 92-93 mph with his fastball and working with an upper-70s power curveball. However, as the season wore on, he no longer was showing the kind of stuff to go in the first three rounds. His ERA had soared to 6.33, mostly because of his lack of command. When he gets ahead of hitters, he still can finish them off with his curve.
25 200 Colorado Rockies Jared Simon OF Tampa Fla. $125,000
Tampa's top power threat was Jared Simon, who had a big 2009 in the wood-bat Valley League, belting 11 home runs. He has shown patience at that plate that allows him to tap into his average-to-plus power. He's moved to the outfield after earlier attempts at third base.
26 201 Philadelphia Phillies Gauntlett Eldemire OF Ohio Ohio $140,000
Eldemire's value is in the eye of beholder. On sheer physical ability, he could be a first-round pick. He's one of the best college athletes in the draft, a 6-foot-3, 195-pounder with above-average raw power and speed. That ability has translated onto the field, as he hit .398/.496/.726 with 16 homers and 16 steals this spring. Some scouts wonder how well his game will play at the pro level. He has natural strength and leverage, but he gears up for power and takes a big cut at the plate, which leads to strikeouts. He's unproven with wood bats, having hit .136 in seven games in the Great Lakes League in 2008 and bowing out of the Team USA trials last summer with a stress fracture in his left leg. Though he was clocked at 6.5 seconds in the 60-yard dash last fall, he goes from the right side of the plate to first base in a more pedestrian 4.3 seconds. He's more quick than instinctive in center field, and he tends to airmail throws with an arm that grades as playable. Eldemire has more upside than most college players, but he also is more raw than most college players. His tools package is enticing enough that he shouldn't last past three rounds.
27 202 Los Angeles Dodgers Kevin Gausman RHP Grandview HS, Aurora, Colo. Colo.
Gausman has a tall, thin build with long arms and legs. While scouts believe he'll add strength, he's one of the older players in this year's high school class and will always be on the slender side. He pitched as much as anyone last summer, throwing in just about every high-profile showcase event possible, including Perfect Game National, Aflac, Under Armour, Tournament of Stars, Area Codes, Team USA and Jupiter. Combine that with the fact that he played basketball all winter and bad weather in Colorado all spring, and it shouldn't come as a shock that his velocity was down a tick this season, sitting at 89-92 mph. Gausman has pitched in the low to mid-90s in the past. His fastball has some life and run, but he doesn't command it particularly well and it's flat in the zone. Last year in the state playoffs, he was up to 96 mph but gave up 11 runs in two innings. His secondary pitches—a 76 mph curveball, a Vulcan changeup and a cutter-like slider—are all below-average currently and project to be average at best. Because he has been inconsistent this spring, Gausman may slide to the supplemental or second round, but it will likely still take first-round money to sign him. If he heads to Louisiana State, he'd be draft-eligible again as a sophomore in 2012.
28 203 Boston Red Sox Kendrick Perkins OF La Porte (Texas) HS Texas $628,000
Perkins ran for a combined 3,454 yards and 47 touchdowns as a junior and senior football player, breaking a 30-year-old school record for career rushing yards. He received football offers from Kansas, Southern Methodist and Texas Christian, but announced his intention to play baseball going forward. It's easy to dream on Perkins' potential on the diamond. He's a 6-foot-3, 215-pound quick-twitch athlete with lefthanded power potential and solid speed. Because he has been torn between two sports, he's still raw. He doesn't recognize offspeed pitches well and can get caught on his front foot. At the same time, his hands work well at the plate and he does a good job of squaring up pitches. He has enough arm strength and speed to play right field, though his defense will need work. "He's a classic boom or bust player," one area scout said. "He could be Jason Heyward, or he could be Choo Freeman." At his best, Perkins can look like a sandwich-round talent, though his lack of refinement could drop him to the third or fourth round. He has committed to Texas A&M.
29 204 Los Angeles Angels Brian Diemer RHP California Calif. $100,000
If he had been more signable and more consistent, California reliever Diemer likely would have been drafted in the top 10 rounds after his redshirt sophomore year in 2009. The 6-foot-5, 235-pound Diemer has all the attributes of a pitching prospect and on his best days compares with some of the top pitching prospects in the nation. His arm is loose, strong and works easily from a high three-quarters slot. He can touch 94 mph and work in the 89-92 range deep into games, at times showing average life. Diemer started 10 games during his sophomore year but moved to the bullpen this spring due to the inconsistency of his secondary pitches. He will flash some average sliders, splits and changeups, so he keeps scouts interested, particularly with his body, arm action and good fastball. Diemer tends to give up too many hits and walks without missing as many bats as his stuff suggests he could. Focusing on pitching off his fastball in pro ball will be a good thing for him, and he will be a good pick as the draft moves past the third round.
30 205 New York Yankees Gabe Encinas RHP St. Paul HS, Santa Fe Springs, Calif. Calif. $300,000
Between showcase events last summer and fall and the spring season, Encinas boosted his stock significantly by improving his conditioning and mechanics. At 6-foot-4 and 200 pounds, he now looks the part of the classic lanky and projectable high school righthander. His stuff didn't significantly improve, but he can maintain it deep into starts now. Encinas delivers a fastball that sits comfortably in the 90-92 mph range, and he shows a nice feel for mixing in a crisp curveball and changeup, which is probably the best changeup among Southern California prepsters. With smooth mechanics and an advanced feel for pitching, Encinas does an excellent job of mixing pitches, speeds and locations, and altering pitch sequences from at-bat at-bat. The large flock of scouts who started following Encinas this spring--particularly in games against top prospects Angelo Gumbs and Austin Wilson--did not seem to faze him. He profiles as a mid-rotation starter, and a future bump in velocity could even improve that outlook. He's committed to Loyola Marymount.