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Pick Overall Team Player Position School State Bonus
1 206 Washington Nationals Kevin Keyes OF Texas Texas $125,000
Kevin Keyes is tied for the Texas team lead with 14 homers entering super-regional play, but he offers little beyond righthanded power and some arm strength. He has a long swing that most scouts don't believe will work with wood bats, and he's a well below-average defender in right field. He also has problems staying in shape (he carries more than his listed 225 pounds on his 6-foot-4 frame).
2 207 Pittsburgh Pirates Austin Kubitza RHP Heritage HS, Colleyville, Texas Texas
Kubitza is the third Texas high school ace in a potentially banner Rice recruiting class. He can't match Jameson Taillon's stuff or John Simms' pitchability, but he has plenty of both. He's projectable at 6-foot-5 and 205 pounds, and he has better body control than many pitchers that tall, which allows him to throw strikes. His fastball currently sits at 88-91 mph and peaks at 93, with sink and armside run. He'll flash one of the best sliders in this high school draft crop, and once he fills out and adds velocity, he should have two plus pitches. A team willing to bet on Kubitza's upside could be tempted to draft him as early as the third round, but that might not be enough to steer him away from Rice.
3 208 Baltimore Orioles Matt Bywater LHP Pepperdine Calif. $195,000
Pepperdine's Matt Bywater will benefit from the lack of lefties in this year's draft. He began the 2010 season in brilliant fashion by pitching a shutout at Cal State Fullerton, shutting down top prospects Gary Brown and Christian Colon in the process. He has continued to pitch well despite a lack of run support from the Pepperdine hitters and led the nation in shutouts while going 5-5, 2.29 overall. Calm and composed, Bywater works at a steady pace, keeps his emotions in control and has a businesslike demeanor on the mound. A poor man's Brian Matusz, Bywater uses pitching savvy to make up for what he lacks in velocity. He works his 88-89 mph fastball to either side of the plate, and he can get it to run, sink or dip. His curve and change seem to disappear from hitters' view at the last instant. He shows an advanced ability to mix his pitches, change speeds and locations and vary pitching patterns. Profiling as a mid- to back-of-the-rotation starter or situational lefty, Bywater could move quickly through a club's system.
4 209 Kansas City Royals Eric Cantrell RHP George Washington D.C. $125,000
Righthander Cantrell has a below-average fastball, but has had success with a good changeup. As George Washington's Friday starter he went 8-4, 3.67 with 114 strikeouts and 27 walks in 101 innings. He has a good pitcher's frame at 6-foot-4, 200 pounds, providing hope that he could develop more velocity.
5 210 Cleveland Indians Robbie Aviles RHP Suffern (N.Y.) HS N.Y. $150,000
Scouts have been impressed with how Aviles has performed in the face of adversity. In late March, two of Aviles' Suffern High teammates were killed in a car accident. The two were honored before Suffern's game the following week, and Aviles took the mound and got the win. He struck out 11 in a perfect game in his next start, then whiffed 15 in a no-hitter in his subsequent outing. Aviles sat at 91-92 mph for most of his perfect game but reached back for 93-94 in the seventh inning. Aviles' 6-foot-4, 193-pound frame is athletic and projectable, and his arm action is loose, but he has a tendency to cut off his finish and needs to fine-tune his command. His curveball has good three-quarters break and projects as an average or better pitch. Some scouts say he flashes a plus changeup, but he rarely uses it against overmatched high school competition. Down the stretch, Aviles struggled to repeat his release point--especially on his breaking ball--and started working exclusively out of the stretch. Aviles needs some polish, but his upside is significant, and he is overwhelmingly regarded as the top prospect in the Northeast this year. A Florida signee, Aviles is a supplemental first-round or second-round talent and is considered signable.
6 211 Arizona Diamondbacks Jeff Shields RHP Chattahoochee Valley (Ala.) CC Ala. $150,000
Shields was a big name coming into the season after flashing plus velocity last year as a closer. Shields gave up playing shortstop this year to focus on pitching and dominated, going 12-1, 1.37 with 92 strikeouts in 85 innings. He's still more about arm strength than pitching, but the 6-foot-3 righty has hit 95 mph and has a solid-average slider, if not a tick above at times.
7 212 New York Mets Jeff Walters RHP Georgia Ga. $50,000
Physical senior righty Jeff Walters, who has a good body at 6-foot-3, 192 pounds, posted a 2-6, 7.90 season as he constantly elevated his plus fastball, which tops out in the mid-90s. Walters also has flashed a plus slider and has been drafted every year since 2006: out of high school in Orlando, twice out of St. Petersburg (Fla.) CC and last year out of Georgia as a 17th-rounder.
8 213 Houston Astros Roberto Pena C Eloisa Pascual HS, Caguas, P.R. P.R. $150,000
Puerto Rico is known for its long lineage of catching talent, and Pena is the best catcher this year. A converted shortstop, he has been behind the dish for two years now and is already an advanced defender. He can really catch and throw with quick feet, a smooth transfer and above-average pop times down to second base. Pena's father Bert spent six seasons in the big leagues with the Astros as a teammate of Dickie Thon (whose son is the island's top prospect this year). Another switch-hitter, Pena is better from the right side, but some scouts say he won't hit enough to be a regular. His defensive skills mean he could at least be a backup. He plays hard, shows good leadership and enjoys playing. Pena profiles as a seventh- to 10th-rounder on talent, but he could go higher because of his defensive skills, signability and position scarcity.
9 214 San Diego Padres A.J. Vanegas RHP Redwood Christian HS, San Lorenzo, Calif. Calif.
Among a solid crop of Northern California high school righthanders, Vanegas is the top talent and the most pro-ready. Listed at 6-foot-2, 205 pounds, Vanegas has the type of build that can hold up immediately in pro ball while allowing him to pitch with his best stuff more often than not. With his clean arm action, good arm speed and stout frame, he's expected to get stronger and continue to add velocity. Vanegas pitches at 90-92 mph and can dial his fastball up to 94, with good life through the strike zone. He pitches with a high three-quarters arm slot, with smooth, short backside arm action. When his delivery is on, Vanegas spots the fastball to all quadrants of the zone and finishes his pitches well. His best secondary pitch is a mid-70s curveball that has tight spin, good bite and tilt. He also has a changeup. Vanegas was scouted heavily in the summer and fall ball because his high school team did not face very good competition. He has committed to Stanford, which will force teams to do their homework when gauging his signability.
10 215 Oakland Athletics Jordan Tripp OF Golden West (Calif.) JC Calif. $125,000
Conversely, the bat of outfielder Tripp, a transfer from Cal State Fullerton to Golden West JC who has impressive tools and a pro frame, has finally started to fulfill his promise at bat this year, hitting .364 with more walks than strikeout and good speed for a man his size (6-foot-4, 210 pounds). Still just 20, he may return to a D-I school if he does not sign.
11 216 Toronto Blue Jays Mitchell Taylor LHP Spring (Texas) HS Texas $367,500
Taylor won Spring's regular-season finale to qualify his team for the Texas 5-A playoffs, where he boosted his stock more than any pitcher in the top 10 rounds. In the opening round against College Park (The Woodlands), he struck out 10 to win the first game and came back in relief two days later to work three shutout innings and outduel John Simms for the victory. He did the same thing in round two against Cy-Fair (Cypress), winning the opener as a starter and the deciding third game as a reliever. Taylor ran out of gas in the third round, losing a 4-3 decision to Klein Collins (Spring), but drove in six of Spring's 12 runs in the two-game series. He's a little lefty with a whippy arm, throwing 88-93 mph despite standing just 6-foot-1 and 160 pounds. He also has a big-breaking curveball that some scouts grade as better than his fastball. He's polished for a high schooler, throwing strikes and exhibiting good mound presence. Though he has committed to Houston, Taylor is expected to sign. A midseason suspension has caused some clubs to back away, but he could go as high as the fourth round.
12 217 Cincinnati Reds Tony Amezcua RHP Bellflower (Calif.) HS Calif. $120,000
Many of the top high school programs in the Southland have their usual quota of top prospects. Righthander Amezcua hails from Bellflower High, the same school that produced Phillies prospect Anthony Gose. Tall and rangy, Amezcua delivers a low 90s fastball to go with a firm changeup and mid-70s curveball. He's already 19 and could draw attention in rounds eight to 15.
13 218 Chicago White Sox Tyler Saladino SS Oral Roberts Okla. $115,000
A 36th-round pick of the Astros out of Palomar (Calif.) JC last year, Tyler Saladino was the Summit League player of the year in his first season at Oral Roberts. The 6-foot, 185-pounder is a flashy athlete who covers a lot of ground at shortstop and makes plays with his strong arm. He offers bat speed and gap power as well, though he needs to make more consistent contact.
14 219 Milwaukee Brewers Joel Pierce RHP Massey SS, Windsor, Ont. Ontario $175,000
Righthander Pierce is 6-foot-4 and 200 pounds, with arms down to his ankles, in the words of one scout. His arm length helps him throw 90-92 mph, but he'll need to shorten his arm action. He gets swings and misses with his fastball because of its run and sink. He mixes in a slider and changeup that show flashes, but he needs to be more consistent and confident with them. Pierce could be a single-digit pick and is committed to Coastal Carolina.
15 220 Chicago Cubs Ben Wells RHP Bryant (Ark.) HS Ark. $530,000
Ben Wells pitched at 84-87 mph most of his amateur career, but by the end of this spring he was throwing 90-94 mph and pitching a five-inning perfect game in the state 7-A championship game. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound righthander has a good feel for pitching, too, as he pounds the strike zone with a three-pitch mix that also includes a hard slider and splitter. He committed to Crowder (Mo.) JC and now is drawing attention from Southeastern Conference schools. Wells has the size and stuff to go in the first five rounds of the draft, though he may not have been scouted extensively enough to go that high.
16 221 Tampa Bay Rays Michael Lorenzen OF Fullerton (Calif.) Union HS Calif.
Lorenzen is a potential five-tool talent, and his 6-foot-3, 190-pound build and skills draw comparisons to Jake Marisnick, a third-round pick of the Blue Jays last year out of nearby Riverside Poly High. Tall and projectable, Lorenzen has a howitzer arm. Clocked at 93 off of the mound, his throws from right field approached 100 mph at a showcase last fall, albeit with a running start. A fine defender who fits at any of the three outfield spots, he routinely ran 60 yards in the 6.7-second range at showcase events. The primary concern regarding Lorenzen is his bat. Scouts have reservations about his quickness at the plate, and he has rarely impressed in games or BP when using a wood bat and facing tougher pitching. At this stage, Lorenzen is a mistake hitter, able to hammer pitches left out over the plate but unable to handle much of anything else with metal or wood. He shows enough promise, however, that he will get every opportunity to succeed as an outfielder in pro ball. If he emerges as a hitter, he has the other tools to be a big league star. Given Lorenzen's tremendous all-around talent, a switch to the mound would occur only as a last resort.
17 222 Seattle Mariners Mickey Wiswall 1B Boston College Mass. $150,000
Wiswall's stock soared after his strong 2009 summer in the Cape Cod League, where he ranked as the No. 21 prospect. Major league scouting directors voted him onto Baseball America's Preseason All-America second team, but he struggled out of the gate and scouts began to sour on him. The lefthanded-hitting Wiswall is at his best when he's using the left-center-field gap as well as pulling the ball, but in the first half of the season he became too pull-happy, and he struggled to find his timing and rhythm. He made some adjustments midway through the season and was hitting .306/.394/.630 with 17 homers and 57 RBIs through 219 at-bats. The 6-foot, 212-pound Wiswall has a strong upper body that allows him to generate excellent bat speed, but he needs to incorporate his lower half into his swing more effectively. Some scouts say he flashes above-average raw power, but others believe he will hit for fringe-average power in pro ball, which calls his profile into question. Wiswall lacks first-step quickness and is a below-average defender at third base, where he played as a sophomore, but he's an adequate defender at first. If Wiswall's bat continues to develop, he can fill in at both corner infield spots and carve out an Eric Hinske kind of career in the big leagues. He projects as a seventh- to 10th-round pick.
18 223 Detroit Tigers Corey Jones 2B Cal State Fullerton Calif. $115,000
The phalanx of scouts who descended on CS Fullerton this season to see Christian Colon and Gary Brown couldn't help noticing Jones, a 2B who enjoyed a breakout season driving both of them in. A left handed hitter, Jones has hit .378 with 9 home runs so far in 2010, and just as impressive is his .601 slugging percentage and .465 on-base percentage. In the fall of 2008, Jones suffered a badly broken leg which forced him to take a medical redshirt in 2009. He rebounded in the summer of 09, being named MVP of the Northwoods league. Jones is a decent defender with acceptable speed.
19 224 Atlanta Braves Matt Suschak RHP Toledo Ohio $125,000
Suschak didn't attract much attention in his first two years at Toledo. His fastball jumped from the high 80s in his freshman season to the low 90s a year ago, but he had no success on the mound, going a combined 2-4, 11.01. A different Suschak has emerged this spring, and this one likely will get drafted in the first five rounds. For the first two months of the season, when the Rockets brought him out of the bullpen, his fastball resided at 92-95 mph and touched 96. He backed it up with a hard breaking ball alternately described as a curveball or slider, and also showed glimpses of a changeup. Though his 6-foot-4, 203-pound frame is built for durability and Toledo moved him into its rotation in late April, his future is as a reliever. He was much more effective in that role, with a 1.40 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 26 innings, compared to a 5.60 ERA and 30 whiffs in 35 innings in six starts.
20 225 Minnesota Twins Matt Hauser RHP San Diego Calif. $45,000
A senior, Hauser shared USD's closing duties this year with Matt Thomson. Hauser posted a 4-3 mark with 8 saves and a 3.67 ERA. He is stingy with walks, allowing only 9 in 41 innings of work. Hauser tosses an 89-92 fastball, adds a nice slider and an excellent spilt fingered fastball which acts as his change. He profiles as a strike throwing set up man in pro ball.
21 226 Texas Rangers Jimmy Reyes LHP Elon N.C. $125,000
College baseball offers few quality lefthanders for this year's draft, and Reyes was taking full advantage. He got off to a terrible start to his junior season, as a loss to Rice—his first after winning his first 12 decisions with Elon—sent him into a funk. He was pressing for scouts, trying to throw harder for radar guns, and lost the life and command on his fastball. When Reyes backed off to a still-firm 88-91 mph, his season took off. He creates some angle and downward plane on his fastball even though he's just 5-foot-10, 194 pounds. When he doesn't overthrow, he gets good life on the pitch with boring action in to righthanded hitters. That helps set up his slider, which can be an above-average pitch when he locates it well. It has tilt, and Reyes has shown the ability to back-foot it to righthanded hitters. His changeup has come along as well, giving Reyes another weapon to combat opposite-side hitters. He had thrown at least seven innings in six consecutive starts entering the Southern Conference tournament and had a gaudy 187-37 strikeout-walk ratio the last two seasons in 171 innings. Reyes offers little projection and lacks athleticism, his biggest negative. He has improved as a fielder and at holding runners, but neither will ever be a strong suit. His strong finish was pushing him up draft boards, perhaps as high as the fourth or fifth round.
22 227 Florida Marlins Mark Canha OF California Calif. $300,000
Canha has long been known to scouts in Northern California based not only on his talent but also his ability to produce, first emerging as a sophomore at Bellarmine College Prep, the alma mater of Pat Burrell, when he led the West Catholic Athletic League in home runs. That's no small feat as the WCAL is the top conference in Northern California and one of the top conferences in California. He is a strapping 6-foot-2, 205 pounds and has a good combination of athleticism, strength, skill, and tools. That combination, along with his history of performance, makes Canha one of the safest picks in this draft. He can drive the ball out of the ballpark from pole to pole, and his power to right field really stands out. He's a good bet to hit for average and run production, with a realistic expectation to produce average power. He throws and runs slightly above-average and can man either outfield corner spot, as well as first base, drawing comparisons to Michael Cuddyer.
23 228 San Francisco Giants Chuckie Jones OF Boonville (Mo.) HS Mo. $125,000
Jones keeps fine company. He's the state's high school player of the year, following in the footsteps of pitchers Tim Melville and Jacob Turner, both of whom turned pro for seven-figure bonuses. He's committed to Maple Woods CC, the program that also launched the careers of Albert Pujols and Logan Morrison. A 6-foot-3, 230-pound outfielder, Jones stands out for his raw righthanded power and has solid hitting ability, speed and arm strength. His swing can get long at times, though he does a good job of making adjustments at the plate.
24 229 St. Louis Cardinals Greg Garcia SS Hawaii Hawaii $75,000
Shortstop Greg Garcia was a first-team Western Athletic Conference shortstop this year, after being on the second team the two years prior. He's a lefthanded-hitting shortstop that is good enough for the position now, but may have to move off the position down the line. He has a strong arm, but won't hit for enough power to play third base in the big leagues and he's an average runner. He did not hit very well as a sophomore (.265/.359/.385), but turned things on this year and hit .358/.450/.505.
25 230 Colorado Rockies Kraig Sitton LHP Oregon State Ore. $125,000
Some scouts still see projection and starter potential in lefthander Kraig Sitton, a 17th-round pick of the Red Sox last year. He has an ideal frame at 6-foot-5 and 205 pounds and could be the first Oregon State pitcher off the board, though there's no real consensus in that regard. Sitton has shown the same stuff he had last year: an 88-91 mph fastball and an average slider. Even if a team believes he'll ultimately be a lefthander out of the bullpen, he'll likely begin his professional career as a starter. He has a fresh arm and has thrown just 77 innings in his college career.
26 231 Philadelphia Phillies David Buchanan RHP Georgia State Ga. $125,000
Georgia State got one of its biggest recruits ever when righthander Buchanan didn't sign as the Mets' sixth-round pick last year out of Chipola (Fla.) JC. Buchanan was evolving from arm-strength thrower to pitcher when a ligament problem in his middle finger put him on the sidelines for a month. He has a pro body at 6-foot-3, 198 pounds, with a long, athletic frame, a decent arm action and extension out front. His funky delivery gives him deception but also makes it hard for him to repeat. He's still somewhat raw, and it shows up the most when he loses focus on the mound, which leads to command issues. Buchanan tended to pile up big pitch counts because of his wildness and averaged roughly five innings a start. He sat 92-93 mph with his fastball as a starter, touching 95, and has improved the consistency of his slider, which flashes good spin and tilt.
27 232 Los Angeles Dodgers Ryan Christenson LHP South Mountain (Ariz.) CC Ariz. $125,000
Ryan Christenson is a medium-framed lefthander with average velocity in the 86-88 mph range. He throws a solid overhand curveball, but lacks a changeup presently, limiting his potential as a starter. He was also very wild for South Mountain this year, with 42 walks in 58 innings. This was the third time the Dodgers drafted him, as they also selected him out of high school and last year from South Mountain as a freshman.
28 233 Boston Red Sox Chris Hernandez LHP Miami Fla. $375,000
Hernandez was Baseball America's 2008 Freshman of the Year, when he went 11-0, 2.72 for the Hurricanes' College World Series team. Since then, he has continued to pitch well despite having diminished stuff. He relies heavily on his cut fastball, which is his best pitch. It sits in the 82-86 mph range and helps him get inside hitters' kitchens, avoiding hard contact. Hernandez's velocity is down a tick from earlier in his career, though he will still scrape 90 mph at times. He pitches more at 85-88 mph with his fastball and has to locate it precisely at that velocity. His curveball is fringy, and he's improved late in 2010 by using his changeup more, giving hitters a reason to have to cover the outside part of the plate while still being cognizant of the cutter in. Hernandez holds runners well and pounds the strike zone, helping his stuff play up.
29 234 Los Angeles Angels Josh Osich LHP Oregon State Ore.
When lefthander Osich had Tommy John surgery in January, though, it served as a bad omen for the season. Osich doesn't have a long track record of success, though he has shown flashes of brilliance. He was up to 97 mph last summer and could have been a first-rounder this year if healthy. Oregon State is expecting him back next year, but a team may take a gamble on his powerful lefthanded arm and try to buy him away from that idea.
30 235 New York Yankees Jake Anderson OF Woodlawn HS, Baton Rouge La. $150,000
Anderson has the best combination of athleticism and signability among Louisiana's high school position players. He still needs to add strength to his 6-foot-1, 165-pound frame, but scouts like his loose lefthanded swing. He's committed to Meridian (Miss.) JC.