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Pick Overall Team Player Position School State Bonus
1 266 Washington Nationals Aaron Barrett RHP Mississippi Miss. $35,000
Barrett improved over his sophomore season, when the junior-college transfer bombed. He works primarily off two pitches, an 88-91 mph fastball that in the past has touched 94, and a slider with above-average potential at 79-82 mph. Barrett throws a lot of sliders and profiles as a reliever in pro ball.
2 267 Pittsburgh Pirates Brandon Cumpton RHP Georgia Tech Ga. $124,500
Aside from McGuire and Jacob, Georgia Tech's next-best pitching prospect is righty Cumpton, who had trouble throwing his average 89-93 mph fastball and inconsistent curveball for strikes for much of the season but still was 8-2, 4.86 and pitched in the weekend rotation all season. Cumpton's delivery is so clean that he lacks deception and gets hit harder than his stuff would indicate. He has shown better velocity in relief stints, touching 95-96 mph in the past. He fits in the sixth- to 10th-round range.
3 268 Baltimore Orioles Parker Bridwell RHP Hereford (Texas) HS Texas $625,000
Parker Bridwell is a three-sport star (football, basketball, baseball) whose best days on the diamond are ahead of him. The projecteable 6-foot-3, 180-pound righthander has an 86-91 mph fastball and should improve his velocity and secondary pitches once he focuses on baseball. He also drew interest from college football programs as a quarterback. He has committed to Texas Tech.
4 269 Kansas City Royals Whit Merrifield OF South Carolina S.C. $100,000
Merrifield spent most of the season in right field and has experience in the infield and center. He's the best athlete among South Carolina's draft-eligible group, with 6.7-second speed in the 60 and team-highs in 12 home runs and 12 stolen bases. Merrifield earns Ryan Freel comparisons and plays with a swagger that defies his 6-foot, 165-pound frame
5 270 Cleveland Indians Jordan Cooper RHP Wichita State Kan. $125,000
Cooper was as hot as any college pitcher in May. He struck out 14 in a complete-game shutout of Missouri State and set a Wichita State record with a 32 1/3-inning scoreless streak. He ranked as the top high school prospect in Kansas two years ago, and though he has grown an inch and added 25 pounds since then, the 6-foot-2, 215-pounder still stands out more for his polish and feel than for his overpowering stuff. He gets outs with an 89-91 mph sinker, tight slider and good changeup. He's athletic, repeats his delivery easily and fills the strike zone. Cooper could have been a fourth- or fifth-round pick out of high school had he been signable in that range, and should go a round or two higher this year as a draft-eligible sophomore.
6 271 Arizona Diamondbacks Zach Walters SS San Diego Calif. $97,500
Big and physical at 6-foot-3, 195 pounds, Walters is a lefty-hitting shortstop with fine tools but not a great deal of power. He's also battled injuries this year, including a dislocated thumb. Six-foot-2, 200-pound Mike Ferraro is a lefty-hitting outfielder with an ideal frame, excellent speed and a strong arm. His bat (.342/.409/.467) came to life this year after nagging physical problems the past three seasons, including his time at Orange Coast JC.
7 272 New York Mets Jake deGrom RHP Stetson Fla. $95,000
A two-way talent at Stetson who was a shortstop/pitcher, deGrom started the year as a closer but wound up moving into the rotation and establishing himself as Stetson's best pitcher. He threw 89-93 mph on scout day with command, and he had a strong outing going head-to-head with Chris Sale of Florida Gulf Coast. He throws strikes as his arm works well, he's athletic and has a clean delivery. There were some reports that deGrom, at 6-foot-4, 185 pounds, was hitting 94 mph with his fastball late in the year, and he has a solid if inconsistent slider to go with it. His changeup is in its nascent stages.
8 273 Houston Astros Tommy Shirley LHP Xavier Ohio $100,000
Tommy Shirley went 2-7, 7.60 in his first two seasons before emerging this spring as an intriguing lefthander in a draft short on quality southpaws. He throws a heavy 88-91 mph fastball that tops out at 93, using his 6-foot-5, 220-pound frame to leverage his heater down in the zone. He works both sides of the plate with his fastball and isn't afraid to challenge righthanders on the inner half. He has a rough finish to his delivery, landing on a stiff front leg, which costs him feel for his secondary pitches. He's trying to figure out a slider but is a one-pitch pitcher for now. His size and arm strength could get him into the first 10 rounds.
9 274 San Diego Padres Josh Spence LHP Arizona State Ariz. $100,000
Australian lefthander Spence was a third-round pick by the Angels last year. He didn't sign and came back to Arizona State for his senior year, but he hasn't pitched at all due to a mysterious elbow injury. The school never released any specific information about a diagnosis, though Spence has said he is confident he'll pitch again. As a soft-tossing lefthander he'll always have to prove himself, and he'll be a late pick this year, if he's drafted at all. Spence has graduated from school but could get a redshirt and return for one more year.
10 275 Oakland Athletics A.J. Kirby-Jones 1B Tennessee Tech Tenn. $75,000
Kirby-Jones has hit 46 homers the last two seasons and has some of the nation's gaudiest numbers in 2010. He understands the strike zone (58 walks) and has a short, powerful swing with plus raw power. He has thickened up over his college career, and his 6-foot, 230-pound frame holds him back defensively. He's a well-below-average runner who is limited to first base despite arm strength that allowed him to pitch 100 innings over the last three seasons.
11 276 Toronto Blue Jays Brandon Mims SS Smith HS, Carrollton, Texas Texas $230,000
Brandon Mims stands out most for his speed and athleticism. The 6-foot, 170-pound switch-hitter has the chance to be an igniter at the top of a lineup, though he doesn't have much power. He has the hands and arm to stay at shortstop. Because he hasn't committed to a four-year school, he should be a relatively easy sign.
12 277 Cincinnati Reds Tanner Robles LHP Oregon State Ore. $90,000
Lefthander Robles sat at 87-91 mph this year with heavy life. His changeup showed flashes of being an average pitch, though sometimes he pushed it and couldn't spot it for strikes. His curveball is better than it was in high school but remains inconsistent. He doesn't show the same athleticism that he had in high school, and scouts don't like his violent mechanics. His delivery is stiff with a lot of effort, and he always seemed prone to the big inning. Robles has a strong frame at 6-foot-2 and 205 pounds. He's competitive, but sometimes shows his emotions too much on the mound.
13 278 Chicago White Sox Kevin Moran RHP Boston College Mass. $87,500
Moran, a righthander, started the spring in BC's rotation, but when he got off to a rough start he was sent to the bullpen, where he showed signs of turning the corner. Moran has huge arm strength; he flashed 93-95 mph heat and a plus slider on scout day last fall and in the Cape League last summer, and he has topped out around 93 this spring. But he's still a thrower more than a pitcher, and he lacks command and control, as evidenced by his line: 7-5, 8.55 with 28 strikeouts and 38 walks in 46 innings. Moran is almost too intense for his own good and must improve his mound presence. In the Cape, scouts reported seeing him yell at hitters in the batter's box. Moran dabbles with a curveball and has some feel for a changeup, but both pitches are inconsistent. He has an athletic 6-foot-4, 209-pound frame and some upside, but he's a work in progress.
14 279 Milwaukee Brewers Yadiel Rivera SS Manuela Toro HS, Caguas, P.R. P.R. $85,000
Rivera has a lean, athletic 6-foot-2, 175-pound frame. He's a legitimate shortstop with great range and smooth actions. He's an average runner and his arm is a little light for the left side of the infield, but he shows slick glovework. His swing is inconsistent and he doesn't have much strength yet, but his bat could come around when he adds muscle to his projectable frame. His offensive growth will determine whether he can start up the middle or serve as a reserve or utilityman.
15 280 Chicago Cubs Kevin Rhoderick RHP Oregon State Ore. $110,000
Rhoderick entered the season as Baseball America's second-team Preseason All-America relief pitcher, as voted on by scouting directors. Rhoderick put up better numbers than last year, with a 2.93 ERA in 22 appearances covering 31 innings, but could not hold down the closer's job, compiling a career-low four saves. Some days he would pitch two or three innings of relief, while on others he would come in and pitch to one batter. Rhoderick sat in the 89-91 mph range most of the year, touching 93, though his fastball sometimes flattened out. His slider is an above-average pitch, and his changeup can get swings and misses even when it bounces three feet in front of the plate because it looks like his fastball coming out of his hand. On talent alone, Rhoderick could be a Top 200 player, but he's stubborn on the mound and has failed to make adjustments. He always tries to rear back and throw as hard as he can, disregarding finesse and attention to the running game.
16 281 Tampa Bay Rays Jake DePew C Granite City (Ill.) HS Ill. $460,000
Jake DePew is the best defensive catcher in Illinois this year, a quality receiver with an average arm. The switch-hitter is still a work in progress with the bat, and he'll have to make work hard to keep his 6-foot-1, 210-pound frame in shape. Though he has committed to Louisville, he's considered signable.
17 282 Seattle Mariners Luke Taylor RHP Woodinville (Wash.) HS Wash. $125,000
Righthander Luke Taylor is interesting to scouts because he has such a fresh arm. A converted shortstop, he has been clocked mostly at 86-88 mph and has scraped 90. He has a 6-foot-6, 200-pound frame and the cleanest arm action in the Northwest. His curveball is soft and he's still building arm strength, but he has a lot of projection because of his size, athleticism and arm action. A team could jump up to take him in the fifth-eighth round, but it's more likely that he ends up at Hawaii.
18 283 Detroit Tigers Tony Plagman 1B Georgia Tech Ga. $35,000
Senior slugger Plagman, the first baseman who led Tech with 19 home runs and 70 RBIs and has been a consistent power bat throughout his career, draws less interest from scouts. He has become more selective this season and was batting .357/.449/.709, and his track record will make him a senior sign.
19 284 Atlanta Braves David Rohm 1B Fresno CC Calif. $125,000
Fresno CC first baseman Rohm is a talented and versatile late-round prospect. He is a strong, polished young hitter with a bat that will profile at first base, third base or as a corner outfielder. His father David pitched for two seasons in the Toronto organization. He hit .503, third in the state, with 21 doubles in his first 36 games.
20 285 Minnesota Twins Kyle Knudson C Minnesota Minn. $25,000
Though Mike Kvasnicka's catching potential got him drafted 33rd overall by the Astros, it's actually Kyle Knudson who was Minnesota's regular backstop for most of the season. After recovering from offseason surgery to repair the labrums in both of his hips, Knudson had easily the best season of his four-year college career, batting .342 with six homers and throwing out 40 percent of basestealers. The 2010 Big Ten Conference tournament MVP, Knudson is more advanced defensively than offensively. He has a strong, accurate arm and good leadership skills, and even calls his own pitches behind the plate. The 6-foot-3, 205-pounder has will have to make more consistent contact to make the most of his righthanded power potential.
21 286 Texas Rangers Zach Osborne RHP Louisiana-Lafayette La. $20,000
Righthander Zach Osborne pitched himself into the top 10 rounds when he threw a five-hit shutout to beat Rice in the opening game of the NCAA's Austin Regional. He led the Sun Belt Conference in ERA (2.37) and strikeouts (112 in 122 innings), fashioning 14 quality starts in 16 tries. A 6-foot-5, 215-pound senior who spent two seasons at New Mexico JC, Osborne throws from a low-three-quarters arm slot and profiles best as a reliever in pro ball. His best pitch is an 88-91 mph two-seam fastball that showed improved sink in 2010. His slider also got better this year.
22 287 Florida Marlins Austin Brice RHP Northwood HS, Pittsboro, N.C. N.C. $205,000
Righthander Brice was the big mover in North Carolina's prep ranks this spring, and area scouts and crosscheckers converged on his small high school to see him face Matt Roberts and Graham High. As the spring went on, Brice had thrown some 93-94 mph fastballs, attracting attention after he sat in the upper 80s earlier. Roberts took Brice deep in that matchup, and Brice's velocity wasn't at its best. His secondary stuff is raw, with his curve ranking ahead of his nascent changeup. Brice has a good pro body at 6-foot-3, 185 pounds, with a quick, loose arm contributing to projections that he'll show his good velocity more regularly in the future. He's a solid athlete who could be a good college hitter (as a third baseman) and is at least an average runner, if not a tick above. He's an Appalachian State recruit, but scouts said they wouldn't be surprised if he ended up Pitt CC, the state's best junior-college program.
23 288 San Francisco Giants Chris Lofton OF Jones County (Miss.) JC Miss. $85,000
Lofton is an athletic 6-foot-1, 175 pound outfielder and lefthanded hitter. Speed is his best tool, and he's raw offensively, as he hit just .331 with one homer at the Division II JC level. He's also a football player who was a Alabama-Birmingham football recruit as a cornerback.
24 289 St. Louis Cardinals Tyler Lyons LHP Oklahoma State Okla. $40,000
After leading USA Baseball's college team with a 0.00 ERA in 2008, lefthander Tyler Lyons had a chance to go in the first round of the 2009 draft. His stuff was down for most of his junior season, picked back up in the NCAA playoffs and the Cape Cod League, but dipped again this spring. Lyons pitched at 87-90 mph as a sophomore and added velocity coming out of the Team USA bullpen, but now he rarely tops 88. His curveball also has regressed, leaving his changeup as his best pitch. He still throws strikes, but he got pounded to the tune of a 3-6, 6.06 record this spring. The 6-foot-2, 207-pounder now projects as a middle reliever, though moving back to the bullpen could restore zip to this fastball. Though he had a good summer on the Cape last year, the Yankees didn't make him an offer after drafting him in the 10th round.
25 290 Colorado Rockies Geoff Parker RHP Florida State Fla. $25,000
Parker raised expectations with a solid stint in the Cape Cod League in 2009, when he struck out 17 in 17 innings. He started and relieved over parts of three seasons at Florida State, never dominating but consistently logging innings with his durable 6-foot-3, 250-pound body. Parker lacks command and will miss up in the strike zone with his average fastball, which touches 93 mph, leaving him prone to hard contact. His curveball can get slurvy at times but can be his best pitch with good depth when he's on.
26 291 Philadelphia Phillies Brenton Allen OF Gahr HS, Cerritos, Calif. Calif.
Allen was a regular at local High School Showcase events during his tenure at Gahr High School. He was often overmatched by the elite pitching at those events, but he still flashes provocative tools. Athletically built at 6'2" and 205 pounds, Allen shows both speed and power with a decent arm to boot. Allen is a project as a hitter, but his raw ability is enticing.
27 292 Los Angeles Dodgers Steve Domecus C Virginia Tech Va. $25,000
Domecus doesn't have great tools but has produced with the bat: he was hitting .372/.435/.641. He's unlikely to stay behind the plate and will likely move to left field. He's a redshirt senior who was last drafted in the 38th round in 2008 by the White Sox.
28 293 Boston Red Sox Tyler Barnette RHP Hickory (N.C.) HS N.C.
Barnette, a Charlotte recruit, offers less projection but sits 87-91 mph with his fastball and has looseness in his delivery. He fills up the strike zone with his fastball, which is not the case with his curve. While the breaking ball has some shape, he lacks a feel for using it or commanding it.
29 294 Los Angeles Angels Drew Heid OF Gonzaga Wash. $20,000
Gonzaga outfielder Drew Heid wasn't drafted as a junior, but not because scouts don't like him. His family puts a big emphasis on education, so he wanted more money than teams were willing to offer to buy him out of his final season. At 5-foot-10 and 175 pounds, Heid isn't big, but he's an absolute hitting machine from the left side of the plate. He hit .386/.475/.523 as a sophomore, .355/.408/.479 as a junior and .395/.467/.614 this year, breaking Larry Patterson's 1977 school record for most hits in a season with 92. He's not just another metal-bat wonder, either, as he batted .403/.484/.566 in the West Coast Collegiate League in 2008 and .427 in the Alaska League last summer, more than 100 points higher than his closest rival. Heid has little to offer beyond his bat, however. He's an average runner with good instincts in the outfield, but if he can't stay in center field he could just be a fourth outfielder because doesn't have much power.
30 295 New York Yankees Taylor Morton RHP Bartlett (Tenn.) HS Tenn. $450,000
Righthander Morton, a Tennessee signee, pushed Ray as the state's top prep prospect, pitching at 92-93 mph during an up-and-down spring. He attracted plenty of scouting attention last summer, touching 94-95 mph at times, but reports of similar velocity this spring were scarce, and his velocity was all over the board. Morton has good size at 6-foot-3, 200 pounds, and he has shown aptitude with his changeup, including striking out Bryce Harper last summer during USA Baseball's Tournament of Stars with three straight changes. His curve needs more power, which could come with experience. Morton has been a catcher as a prep as well but profiles best as a pitcher.