Boston Red Sox

Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 20 Kolbrin Vitek 2B/OF Ball State Ind. $1,359,000
Vitek has pitched in Ball State's weekend rotation since he was a freshman, and has been a regular in the Cardinals' lineup, first as a DH, then as a third baseman and now as second baseman. Yet his professional future is more likely as an outfielder. In a draft short on premium college hitters, Vitek is one of the best. He ranked as the top prospect in the Great Lakes League last summer, batting .400 and winning the league's first triple crown. A 6-foot-3, 195-pound righthanded hitter, he's a more physical version of former Notre Dame outfielder A.J. Pollock, the 17th overall pick a year ago of the Diamondbacks. Despite a late-season slump, Vitek could go in the same range, and the Padres, who own the No. 9 choice, have shown interest in him. With quick hands and a sound approach, he consistently barrels balls and projects as an above-average hitter with average to plus power. On the 20-80 scouting scale, his speed rates as a 55 out of the box and 60-65 under way, leading to hope that he can play center field. If not, he has enough bat to carry him as a right fielder. Vitek lacks the hands and actions to play the infield in pro ball. He's also a legitimate prospect as a pitcher, throwing 88-92 mph from a low three-quarters arm slot and locating multiple pitches for strikes. He led the Mid-American Conference with a 3.28 ERA this spring and was named conference player of the year.
1s 36 Bryce Brentz OF Middle Tennessee State Tenn. $889,200
Drafted as a pitcher out of high school by the Indians in the 30th round, Brentz was known more for a fastball that reached 92 mph. He was in the weekend rotation as a sophomore but made much more noise at the plate, leading Division I in batting at .465 as well as in home runs (28) and slugging (.930). Brentz followed up by hitting .366 for Team USA and moved to center field as a junior, but he hasn't had the encore season he or scouts hoped for, despite giving up pitching. Brentz got off to a bit of a slow start, then missed three weeks with a hairline fracture of his right ankle. He moved to right field after returning from the injury and profiles better there anyway. His arm hasn't quite bounced back to what it was in high school; once above-average, it's now more solid average. Brentz's all-or-nothing approach at the plate makes him streaky, but he has explosive power, and even in a difficult year he was slugging close to .700. The salutatorian at his high school, Brentz is bright, plays hard and is what he is, a feast-or-famine slugger who fits the right-field profile. He shouldn't last past the first round.
1s 39 Anthony Ranaudo RHP Louisiana State La. $2,550,000
After winning the championship game of the College World Series last year and ranking third in strikeouts (159 in 124 innings) and fifth in wins (12) as a sophomore, Ranaudo was the top college prospect and No. 2 overall when 2010 started. But scouts haven't been sure what to make of him since he came down with a stress reaction in his elbow following his first start in February. He missed a month and has battled his mechanics and command since returning. When he's right, he uses his 6-foot-7, 230-pound frame to leverage a 91-94 mph fastball down in the zone and to both sides of the plate, and he backs up his heater with a plus curveball and solid changeup. But that Ranaudo hasn't been seen this spring. He still has a low-90s fastball, but his delivery has fallen out of sync. His arm action is flatter, preventing him from staying on top of his pitches, causing them to flatten out and rise up in the strike zone. Ranaudo also missed the first two months and worked just 12 innings in his freshman season because of a bout with elbow tendinitis. His medical history, inconsistent spring and choice of adviser (Boras Corp.) could cause him to slide deep in the first round unless he suddenly regains his 2009 form. He generated momentum by performing better during the Southeastern Conference tournament and an NCAA regional start against UCLA, but his fate remained uncertain.
2 57 Brandon Workman RHP Texas Texas $800,000
The Longhorns have one of the best college pitching staffs in recent memory, as evidenced by their team 2.14 ERA in mid-May--and the fact that Workman, their No. 3 starter, could be a first-round pick. The Phillies drafted him in the third round out of high school, but held firm with a $275,000 offer and wouldn't give him the $350,000 he sought. Now he could get four to five times that amount. Unable to secure a spot in the Longhorns rotation as a sophomore, Workman has been more focused and efficient this spring. His best pitch is a knockout curveball, and he pairs it with a 90-92 mph fastball that peaks at 96. He has developed a high-80s cutter as a strikeout pitch against lefthanders, and he also has some feel for a changeup. His command is better than ever, and he now realizes that he's more effective when he doesn't overthrow, which causes his pitches to flatten out. Workman earned all-star honors in the Cape Cod League the last two summers, leading the league in strikeouts after his freshman season.
3 110 Sean Coyle SS Germantown Academy, Fort Washington, Pa. Pa. $1,300,000
Coyle's older brother Tommy was North Carolina's starting second baseman as a freshman this spring, and Sean will join him in Chapel Hill next year unless a major league club opens up its checkbook. Coyle is undersized at 5-foot-8, 175 pounds, but the consensus among scouts is that he has a legitimate chance to be an everyday big league second baseman in the Brian Roberts mold. He played shortstop for Germantown Academy and spent some time at DH this spring because of a mild forearm strain. Coyle might not be tall, but he has plenty of strength in his compact righthanded swing, and he makes consistent, hard contact to all fields, though he projects for below-average power. He has above-average speed and is aggressive on the basepaths. Coyle has sure hands and good infield instincts, and he should have solid-average range and arm strength at second base. He is a confident, competitive grinder who gets the most out of his quality tools.
4 143 Garin Cecchini SS Barbe HS, Lake Charles, La. La. $1,310,000
Cecchini established himself as one of the top prep hitters in the 2010 draft class when he led the U.S. 18U national team--which also featured Bryce Harper--in slugging (.708) and on-base percentage (.529) en route to its first-ever gold medal at the Pan American Junior Championship last summer in Venezuela. He might have hit his way into the first round this spring, but he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and required reconstructive surgery in mid-March. It was his second operation under the knife of Dr. James Andrews, who performed rotator-cuff surgery on him when Cecchini was 12. A 6-foot-3, 195-pounder, he has a fluid lefthanded stroke and good pull power. The knee injury isn't a long-term concern, because his fringe-average speed isn't a big part of his game and he already was expected to move from shortstop to third base at the next level. His soft hands and strong arm will play well at the hot corner. He's a baseball rat, no surprise considering his father Glenn is the head coach at perennial Louisiana power Barbe High. His mother Raissa is an assistant coach at Barbe, and his younger brother Gavin is a top infield prospect for the 2012 draft. Though he missed most of the season, it may take first-round money to lure Cecchini away from a Louisiana State commitment. He has enough offensive potential and track record to get that payday, and he isn't expected to make it to the second round.
5 173 Henry Ramos OF Alfonso Casta Martinez HS, Maunabo, P.R. P.R. $138,200
The best power in Puerto Rico belongs to switch-hitting outfielder Ramos, who stands 6-foot-2 and 175 pounds with a strong, athletic frame. He is relatively new to baseball, spending most of his youth as a soccer player, and his power shows up more during batting practice than in games. When he connects the ball jumps off his bat and goes a long way. Rosario is a below-average runner but is athletic enough and has the arm strength to play right field. He has good makeup and just needs to play every day in order to turn his tools into performance.
6 203 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.
7 233 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.
8 263 Matt Price RHP Virginia Tech Va. $415,000
A draft-eligible sophomore, Price has a thin body at 6-foot-3, 170 pounds, and some scouts don't think he'll add much weight because there isn't anywhere to put it. One scout compared his frame to Mike MacDougal. Price is comparable to teammate Jesse Hahn, but he's a notch below him overall. His fastball sits comfortably at 92-93 mph, and he has shown the ability to touch 94-95 late in games. His curveball is average, but he flashes some that scouts can dream on. His second pitch is a changeup that's an average pitch now and has a chance to get better. His command as a freshman was below-average, but it's average to slightly above now. The concern with Price is his delivery. His arm is quick, but it's not real loose. There's some stiffness to his delivery as he has a short stride for someone with his height and he lands on a stiff front leg. This causes him to sometimes leave pitches up in the zone. His stuff puts him as a second-round candidate, high enough to consider him signable despite the leverage of returning for his junior season. For the Hokies, Price was 7-3, 4.37 through his first 12 appearances, 10 of which were starts. In 70 innings he had 68 strikeouts and 21 walks.
9 293 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.
10 323 Jacob Dahlstrand RHP Memorial HS, Houston Texas $150,000
Jacob Dahlstrand requires polish, but it's easy to dream on the projectable righthander. He's 6-foot-5 and 205 pounds and already throws an 88-93 mph sinker. His secondary pitches and command are erratic because he lacks a consistent release point and often falls toward the first-base side of the mound. He has committed to Houston but may be signable.
11 353 Lucas LeBlanc OF Delgado (La.) JC La. $500,000
Outfielder Lucas LeBlanc is a 6-foot-1, 200-pounder with close to average tools across the board, profiling best as a right fielder for pro ball. He redshirted at Southeastern Louisiana in 2008 before playing the last two seasons at Delgado CC, so he's already 21. He may be difficult to sign away from a Louisiana State commitment.
12 383 Garrett Rau RHP California Baptist Calif.
13 413 Keith Couch RHP Adelphi (N.Y.) N.Y.
Couch, a righthander, has carved up the wood-bat Northeast-10 Conference for three years and went 5-2, 2.24 with 83 strikeouts and 11 walks in 76 innings as a junior this spring. He mixes four pitches but profiles best as a sinker/slider reliever. He works in the 88-91 mph range with his sinker and has touched 93. His slider can be average at times, and his curveball and changeup are below-average but serviceable. Couch has an upright finish to his delivery, but some looseness in his 6-foot-2 frame. Couch has a chance to be drafted inside the top 10 rounds.
14 443 Mike Hollenbeck C Joliet Township (Ill.) HS Ill.
Catcher Hollenbeck's receiving skills are raw, but he has a strong arm, lefthanded power potential and a pro body (6-foot-2, 210 pounds). The buzz is that the catching-needy Red Sox could take him in the first 10 rounds.
15 473 Steve Wilkerson SS Pope HS, Marietta, Ga. Ga.
The one weakness in Georgia's prep class was the lack of legitimate middle infielders, as most of the top athletes look more like future outfielders. One who should be able to stay in the infield is Wilkerson, a switch-hitter with good size at 6-foot-2, 190 pounds with plus tools and athleticism. Wilkerson has the arm strength for shortstop if he can harness the accuracy on his throws, and he's an above-average runner, having run sub-6.6-second times in the 60-yard dash at the East Coast Pro showcase last summer. He has potential with the bat as well, though he's a bit raw at the plate. Some scouts see him more as a second baseman at the pro level. It may be difficult to pry him away from his Clemson committment, but the home-state Braves could be the team to do it.
16 503 Adam Duke RHP Spanish Fork (Utah) HS Utah
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.
17 533 Jason Garcia RHP Land O'Lakes (Fla.) HS Fla. $123,000
18 563 Dallas Chadwick RHP Shasta HS, Redding, Calif. Calif.
19 593 Eric Jaffe RHP Bishop O'Dowd HS, Oakland Calif.
Jaffe stands out as the most likely Northern California high school player to be drafted. His size and present stuff immediately get attention. For the sake of comparison, it can be said that he is similar to Matt Hobgood, a first-round pick of the Orioles last year. Like Hobgood, Jaffe is a big-bodied righthander (6-foot-3, 230 pounds) with two plus present pitches. Also like Hobgood, Jaffe is an accomplished high school hitter with plus raw power, not to mention soft hands around the first-base bag. He likes to swing the bat and that could complicate his signability, because Jaffe likely will get the chance to hit if he attends California. However, it is his combination of a fastball that reaches up to 95 and a wipeout power curveball that has scouts preferring him on the mound. He has also added a split-finger fastball. Jaffe has displayed some command issues in the past but is a good athlete, and the more time he spends on the mound, the better the command will be.
20 623 Rock Shoulders C Brandon (Fla.) HS Fla.
Massive corner infielder Roderick Shoulders, nicknamed "Rock," has as much raw power as anyone in the state and switch-hits on top of that. He could get himself in better shape but still generates plenty of strength and leverage at 6-foot-2, 225 pounds. He's been on the scene since youth ball and helped lead Brandon High to a deep playoff run as a sophomore in 2008 before missing most of '09 with a torn labrum in his left (non-throwing) shoulder. He has probably outgrown catcher, his former position, and projects more at first base, though he has the arm strength to try third. He's a below-average runner, which probably prohibits a move to the outfield.
21 653 Mason Justice RHP Holland Hall, Tulsa, Okla. Okla.
22 683 Trace Tam Sing 2B Newport HS, Bellevue, Wash. Wash.
Shortstop Trace Tam Sing is an athletic 6 feet and 175 pounds and plays with intensity. He shows aptitude with the bat but takes big hacks, so scouts would like to see him tone down his swing to become a gap-to-gap hitter instead of trying to blast everything out of the ballpark. He's an average runner with good hands and a strong arm at shortstop. Tam Sing is projected as a seventh-10th-rounder, but could be a tough sign in that range because of a strong commitment to Washington State.
23 713 Austin Wright LHP Chipola (Fla.) JC Fla.
24 743 Sean Yost RHP Nebraska Neb.
25 773 Tyler Lockwood RHP Texas Christian Texas
26 803 Dillon Overton LHP Weatherford (Okla.) HS Okla.
Overton is a classic projection lefthander. He carries just 170 pounds on his 6-foot-2, 170-pound frame, yet he'll flash a 90-91 mph fastball for a couple of innings. His velocity drops off afterward, something he can address by adding more strength. He also has a good curveball. Rainouts helped him start all three of Weatherford High's playoff wins en route to the 4-A state title.
27 833 Jay Gonzalez OF Freedom HS, Orlando Fla.
28 863 Mike Wagner RHP Centennial HS, Las Vegas Nev.
Righthander Wagner has progressed nicely over the past year, and his best pitching is still ahead of him. Last summer he was 85-88 mph and he was mostly 89-92 this year. His breaking ball is improving and he'll mix in an occasional changeup. Wagner has a good pitcher's frame at 6-foot-4 and 185 pounds. He is expected to be a tough sign away from San Diego.
29 893 Paul Davis RHP Pensacola (Fla.) JC Fla.
30 923 DeSean Anderson OF Ragsdale HS, Jamestown, N.C. N.C.
31 953 Hunter Renfroe C Copiah Academy, Gallman, Miss. Miss.
Hunter Renfroe hit 20 home runs this spring after sprinting out to a fast start. That set a single-season record for state's private-school ranks. He has big raw tools, led by his power and arm (he's been up to 94 mph off the mound), with a pro body and pro bat speed. Renfroe played against weak competition and got pitched around a lot, and he's raw defensively behind the plate. He has shown pop times below 1.9 seconds, but his receiving is well-below-average right now and he lacks experience handling velocity. He may be a better fit in right field in the short term, and his bat may be good enough to keep him there. He's a Meridian JC recruit.
32 983 Jordan Alexander OF Vista (Calif.) HS Calif.
33 1013 Mark Donham RHP Jupiter (Fla.) Community HS Fla.
34 1043 Mike Gleason RHP Chico State (Calif.) Calif.
35 1073 J.T. Riddle SS Western Hills HS, Frankfort, Ky. Ky.
36 1103 Shane Rowland C Tampa Catholic HS Fla.
In contrast to Arce, Miami recruit Rowland has excellent catch-and-throw skills, earning some comparisons to Steve Baron. The son of Donnie Rowland--the former Angels scouting director who now is the Yankees' director of international scouting--churns out above-average 1.9-second pop times. He earns praise for his energy, leadership ability and handling of pitchers. After pressing earlier in the season offensively, he came on in the second half and was showing a solid lefthanded swing with a patient approach. Rowland isn't the ideal size for a catcher at just 5-foot-10, 175 pounds, and scouts aren't sure if he's physically ready to grind out full seasons in the minors. If he hits velocity in Sebring at the state's all-star games, he could go off the board in the first five rounds.
37 1133 Aaron Jones C San Clemente (Calif.) HS Calif.
Catcher Aaron Jones has attracted significant buzz late in this spring season, and some even liked him better than Stefan Sabol. While that may be a stretch, Jones is a powerfully built 6-foot-1, 205-pounder with interesting power potential generated from a sweeping uppercut swing. His release and catching skills are raw, unrefined and somewhat stiff. He employs a spread-out, crouching stance at the plate, with his hands held well beyond his back shoulder. An Oregon recruit like Sabol, Jones will be a tough sign.
38 1163 Tom Bourdon OF Northwest Catholic HS, West Hartford, Conn. Conn.
Bourdon, an outfielder whose older brother Mike is a catcher for Division II power Tampa, has a loose, projectable swing and a strong outfield arm, though he's a fringy runner. He's a Boston College signee who also figures to wind up on campus.
39 1193 Nick Robinson SS North Central (Ill.) Ill.
40 1223 Luke Yoder OF Cal Poly Calif.
41 1253 Jayson Hernandez C Rutgers N.J.
42 1283 Dan Slania RHP Salpointe Catholic HS, Tucson, Ariz. Ariz.
Slania is 6-foot-5 and 230 pounds and committed to Notre Dame. Slania has been clocked at 90-92 mph.He needs to work on his below-average secondary stuff and watch his weight. He is considered a tough sign.
43 1313 Pat Smith OF Redan HS, Stone Mountain, Ga. Ga.
44 1343 Zach Kapstein C Tiverton (R.I.) HS R.I.
45 1373 James Kang SS Pomona-Pitzer (Calif.) Calif.
46 1403 Drake Thomason RHP Eastside HS, Taylors, S.C. S.C.
Righthander Jarrett Thomason was in the mix with the better high school pitching prospects in South Carolina before breaking down and requiring Tommy John surgery.
47 1433 David Roseboom LHP LaSalle Institute, Troy, N.Y. N.Y.
48 1463 J.T. Autrey RHP Stephenville (Texas) HS Texas
49 1493 Trygg Larsson-Danforth 1B Yale Conn.
50 1523 Weston Hoekel RHP Bishop Kenny HS, Jacksonville, Fla. Fla.