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Round Overall Team Player Position School Bonus
2 67 Seattle Mariners Marcus Littlewood SS Pine View HS, St. George, Utah $900,000
Littlewood was on the 2008 Team USA 16U squad, and his bases-clearing double brought home a gold medal in the Pan Am Youth Games against Mexico. Last year, he was named Utah's high school player of the year. While he's been on the prospect map for awhile, however, Littlewood draws mixed opinions on his ultimate value. Skeptics say he has no standout tools: He's not rangy enough to stay at shortstop and won't hit enough to play third. Those that like him see him as a player whose sum is greater than his parts. Littlewood is a slow-twitch athlete, which shows up in his swing and his speed. He is currently a below-average runner. He lacks the range to stay at shortstop, though his hands are soft and his arm is at least average. He is a natural righthanded hitter and took up switch-hitting as a freshman in high school. He profiles as a .270 hitter and, even after outslugging Kris Bryant at a spring workout for the Blue Jays by hitting 15 home runs in a row, he'll likely hit no more than 12-15 homers a season as a pro. Littlewood's father Mike was drafted as a third baseman out of Brigham Young by the Brewers in 1988 and is now the head coach for Dixie State in Utah. Having grown up around the game, he has great baseball instincts, works hard and plays the game the right way. He's probably a third-round talent, but a team that likes him may have to take him as high as the supplemental first round to buy him out of his commitment to San Diego.
16 503 Boston Red Sox Adam Duke RHP Spanish Fork (Utah) HS
Duke's father, Dev, was killed on July 4, 2001, when a fireworks stand he was running blew over on top of him during a strong windstorm. Duke has persevered through that adversity, however, and will likely be the highest-drafted pitcher from the Beehive State since Mark Pawelek was a first-round pick by the Cubs in 2005. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound Duke looked good in the summer and was on the rise early this spring when he threw the ball 92-95 mph with a sharp curveball and a changeup with some fade. His velocity dipped down to 85-89 late in the year. Some teams thought he might be hurt, while others thought he may have been coasting a bit, or it may have been a dead-arm period. He was back up to 92 in his team's first playoff game, twirling a one-hit shutout. Duke throws from a three-quarters arm slot, and his fastball gets late tailing action and jumps in on hitters. He's polished for a high school pitcher and fills up the strike zone with all of his pitches. He's a good athlete and plays shortstop when he's not on the mound. He also works fast and understands the finer points of the game, like setting up hitters and holding runners. Duke is a bulldog on the mound. His brother Brock is a freshman righthander at Utah, and Adam is considered a tough sign away from his Oregon State commitment.
38 1164 Los Angeles Angels Jace Brinkerhoff 3B Utah Valley
Third baseman Brinkerhoff is a switch-hitter with defensive ability, a strong arm and a good feel for hitting. He's 5-foot-11 and 200 pounds and has been consistently productive with the bat. Some of his doubles turned into home runs this year and he won Great West Conference player of the year honors after hitting .456/.518/.710.
40 1224 Los Angeles Angels Drew Oldfield C Dixie State (Utah)
42 1270 Chicago Cubs Trey Nielsen RHP Skyline HS, Salt Lake City
Nielsen has good baseball bloodlines. His father Scott was a sixth-round pick out of Brigham Young in 1983 and spent four seasons pitching in the big leagues. Nielsen passes the eye test at 6-foot-1 and 195 pounds. Scouts liked him better last summer as a third baseman, but he emerged as a righthander this spring. He still needs work as a pitcher but has a good delivery and average arm strength. As a late bloomer Nielsen would have been ideal for the draft-and-follow process before that ended, so now he will likely go to Utah, where he'll play both ways.
43 1305 Minnesota Twins Derek Christensen RHP Salt Lake CC
Righthander Christensen profiles as a reliever with his 90-92 mph fastball and fringy slider. He competes hard and is committed to Utah.
48 1439 Kansas City Royals Jacob Hannemann OF Lone Peak HS, Highland, Utah
48 1454 Atlanta Braves James Mahler RHP Salt Lake (Utah) CC
Righthander Mahler spent his freshman year at Arkansas and returned to Utah--where he went to high school--for his sophomore year. He stands 6-foot-6 and 235 pounds and throws in the 86-88 mph range. Scouts are waiting for a jump in velocity, but Mahler doesn't have good coordination of his big frame. He also throws a spike curveball and a changeup. His father Mickey and uncle Rick combined for 21 seasons as pitchers in the big leagues. If he doesn't sign, James is committed to return to the SEC at Mississippi.