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Round Overall Team Player Position School Bonus
7 219 Milwaukee Brewers Joel Pierce RHP Massey SS, Windsor, Ont. $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.
10 303 Houston Astros Evan Grills LHP Sinclair SS, Whitby, Ont. $150,000
Teams that are hung up on velocity might pass on lefthander Grills, and they'd miss a pitcher who makes up for his average velocity with savvy and a track record of winning. Grills has been pitching with Canada's national teams since he was 14 and thrives in big situations. He throws his fastball in the 87-89 mph range and flashes 90s, though he's touched higher in the past. He mixes in a two-seamer with good life, an average curveball, a below-average slider and a changeup. Grills has a tall, loose and athletic body. His delivery isn't picture-perfect, and he sometimes falls off the mound a la Mitch Williams. He still throws all his pitches for strikes, attacks hitters and breaks a lot of bats. He's committed to San Jacinto (Texas) JC.
16 486 Toronto Blue Jays Dalton Pompey OF Fraser SS, Mississauga, Ont. $150,000
Switch-hitting outfielder Pompey emerged late as one of Canada's top prep prospects. Another national team alumnus, he stands 6-foot-1 and 170 pounds. He has a wiry build but is athletic with deceptive strength. He has quick hands and caught up to former big leaguer Mike MacDougal and an Astros prospect throwing 100 mph during the team's tour through Florida this spring. He's a solid-average runner and some scouts see him as a tweener--not fast enough for center field and not strong enough for a corner. If he doesn't sign, he'll head to NAIA St. Francis (Ind.).
16 505 New York Yankees Evan Rutckyj LHP St. Joseph's HS, St. Thomas, Ont. $500,000
At 6-foot-5 and 215 pounds, Rutckyj (pronounced ROOT-ski) is a big-bodied lefthander with a chiseled frame, thanks to his time spent as a youth hockey player and his current offseason workout of choice, boxing. He's relatively new to pitching, so he looked a bit raw on the showcase circuit last summer. He has worked hard with a private pitching coach and during his time with the Canadian junior national team to smooth out his mechanics and develop his secondary pitches. His delivery is looser now than it was in the summer, and he's getting better extension. His arm action is pretty clean, but he needs to keep working to repeat his delivery and throw strikes more consistently. His fastball sits in the 87-91 mph range, touching 92, and his slider is 80-81. The slider shows occasional fringe-average break and there's enough rotation to work with, but it's still a work in progress. As his background may suggest, Rutckyj has a real tough-guy mentality on the mound. He is a project and the team that drafts him will need to be patient with his development.
34 1027 Cincinnati Reds Brandon Dailey SS Pauline Johnson SS, Brantford, Ont. $100,000
40 1210 Chicago Cubs Brian Smith LHP St. Mary Catholic SS, Pickering, Ont.
Lefthander Smith has been mostly 84-87 mph in the past and took his stuff up a notch when the Canadian junior team recently traveled to the Dominican Republic. He worked at 87-90 mph, sitting at 88 with a solid changeup and an above-average curveball. He's a work in progress but could go pretty good in a year thin on lefthanded pitching.
45 1356 Toronto Blue Jays Phil Diedrick OF Pickering HS, Ajax, Ont.
Outfielder Diedrick has strength from the left side of the plate, but really struggles with recognizing breaking balls and is a poor runner, limiting his profile.
46 1386 Toronto Blue Jays Connor Smith RHP Blessed Trinity SS, Grimsby, Ont.
48 1446 Toronto Blue Jays Nick Studer C St. Michael's College HS, Toronto