Pittsburgh Pirates

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Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 2 Jameson Taillon RHP The Woodlands (Texas) HS Texas $6,500,000
There's no doubt that Taillon has more upside than any pitching prospect in the 2010 draft. The only debate is whether he's a better pitching prospect than fellow Texas fireballer Josh Beckett was at the same stage of his career. They have similar stuff, with Taillon having a bigger frame (6-foot-6, 225 pounds) and Beckett possessing a meaner streak on the mound and turning in a more consistent high school senior season. Taillon gave up 11 runs in a much-anticipated pitching duel with fellow Rice recruit John Simms in mid-March. His fastball command was out of whack, but he solved the problem and threw a 19-strikeout no-hitter a week later. He finished the year 8-1, 1.78 with 114 strikeouts in 62 innings, fanning 13 to win a first-round playoff game in his final start. Taillon owns the two best pitches in the draft: a heavy 93-97 mph fastball that has touched 99, and a hammer curveball in the mid-80s. He throws his heater with such ease that it looks like he's playing catch. He also has a hard slider and the makings of a changeup, though he rarely has needed more than two pitches to this point. He has a classic pitcher's body and strong makeup. With the Nationals zeroing in on Bryce Harper, Taillon is unlikely to become the first high school righthander selected No. 1 overall. He still could match or exceed two draft records shared by Beckett: the highest draft slot for a prep righty (No. 2), and the biggest guarantee ever given to a high school pitcher (a $7 million major league contract).
2 52 Stetson Allie RHP St. Edward HS, Lakewood, Ohio Ohio $2,250,000
Based on his mid-90s fastball and hard slider, Allie entered 2010 as a likely first-round pick, but he had a reputation as more thrower than pitcher. He took a significant step forward in May, dialing his heater up to 98-99 mph and his slider up to 88-89 while showing more polish than ever before in consecutive starts, giving him a chance to go in the top 10 picks. He wasn't as electric or under control as much in his next two outings, so he'll probably go closer to the middle or end of the first round. His father Danny is a former scout and his coach at St. Edward, and he let Stetson throw 143 pitches in a complete-game win in the state Division I regional finals, in which he struck out nine but walked seven and hit two batters. Though he'll struggle with his control and command, the only pitcher in this draft with comparable pure stuff is Jameson Taillon. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound Allie has cleaned up his delivery and command, and he maintains his overpowering stuff into the late innings. He had expressed a desire to hit, and he does have some of the best raw power in the draft. He famously hit a broken-bat homer at the East Coast Professional Showcase last summer, though his swing has gotten long this spring. With his size, power and arm strength, he could be an early-round pick as a third baseman, but he now accepts that his future is on the mound. A North Carolina recruit, he'll be a draft-eligible sophomore in 2012 if he doesn't turn pro this summer.
3 84 Mel Rojas Jr. OF Wabash Valley (Ill.) CC Ill. $423,900
Rojas is a lock to become the highest draft pick ever out of Wabash Valley CC, surpassing Toby Matchulat, a Cubs 11th-rounder two years ago. The son of the former big league closer of the same name, Mel Jr. could go as high as the second round to a team that views him as a five-tool athlete. He's the most debated prospect in the Midwest, as some see him as a tweener who doesn't fit the profile at any outfield position. A 6-foot-3, 200-pound switch-hitter, Rojas has good bat speed and strength, but his flat swing results in a lot of grounders and he doesn't barrel balls consistently. He led all national juco players with 61 steals in 64 attempts, though his naysayers don't think he'll be as prolific in pro ball because his pure speed grades out as just slightly above-average. He may not be quick enough to play center field at the major league level, though he has the arm strength to move to right field. The consensus among area scouts is that he's a fourth- to fifth-round talent, but he'll get picked higher than that. He turned down offers to sign out of the Dominican Republic, and went undrafted a year ago when he redshirted at Wabash Valley.
4 117 Nick Kingham RHP Sierra Vista HS, Las Vegas Nev. $485,000
Four Corners scouts compare Kingham to Kevin Walter in that he's a physical righthander who came into the season with less attention than Kevin Gausman, but may end up as the better pitcher. Kingham is 6-foot-5 and 210 pounds but has a solid, athletic frame, a smooth delivery and a clean arm action. He had to sit out his junior year after transferring to Sierra Vista from Calvary Chappel, but Kingham has improved every year, which scouts like to see. Kingham's fastball is in the 90-93 mph range with good life. His changeup is his second-best pitch and it's a solid-average offering. His curveball is below-average now and needs to be tightened up. He profiles as a middle-of-the-rotation pitcher, but scouts love his frame and think one day he'll be able to handle a 200-inning workload. As one of the last additions to Oregon's outstanding recruiting class, Kingham may be too good for pro scouts to pass up and could go as high as the second round.
5 147 Tyler Waldron RHP Oregon State Ore. $173,500
Righthander Waldron went from the Beavers' Friday starter to the bullpen by the end of the season. A 6-foot-2, 205-pound transfer from Pacific, Waldron has good stuff--sitting at 90-92 and spiking 95 every now and then--but he doesn't have much deception. Hitters see his stuff well, and he struggles to put them away. Waldron has tinkered with a slider but more on a curveball as his breaking pitch. He also needs to take a few ticks off his changeup. Waldron is an enigma to scouts and could go anywhere from the fifth to the 15th round.
6 177 Jason Hursh RHP Trinity Christian HS, Addison, Texas Texas
Hursh is the best pitcher to come out of Trinity Christian Academy since David Purcey, who went on to attend Oklahoma, become a Blue Jays first-round pick and reach the majors. Hursh is a good student who has committed to Oklahoma State, but he should be signable if he's picked in the first five rounds. His velocity has picked up this spring, as he's now regularly pitching at 90-93 mph and flashing some 94s. He'll shows signs of a promising curveball and slider, though neither breaking ball is consistent. He's doing a much better job of throwing strikes, though his command still needs a lot of work. Though he's just 6-foot-1 and 175 pounds, Hursh generates his velocity with arm speed rather than effort. He does throw across his body somewhat, which isn't optimal but does add life to his pitches.
7 207 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.
8 237 Dace Kime RHP Defiance (Ohio) HS Ohio
Kime is a product of the same Defiance program that spawned Chad Billingsley and Jonathon Niese. Kime had shoulder tightness last summer and felt a twinge in his bicep when he dove into a base this spring. He recovered to throw 86-91 mph and show the nastiest curveball in the state. His curve breaks so much that it's a chase pitch now and not an offering he can command for strikes, which will be a problem once he leaves high school. Like Bender, he's a 6-foot-4, 205-pounder and a Louisville recruit.
9 267 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.
10 297 Zack Weiss RHP Northwood HS, Irvine, Calif. Calif.
Weiss has a mature body at 6-foot-1 and 200 pounds but is still working on his mechanics. He has a power arm, firing a fastball that touches 93 mph and sits 90-92 in the early portion of a game. His curveball has fine shape and sharp downward two-plane drop, but it finds the dirt more often than the strike zone. His changeup is the weak link in his arsenal and will need refinement. Weiss' command is affected by his inability to repeat his mechanics. He cuts himself off in his delivery and will throw around or across his body. While he does a fine job of finishing out over his front leg, Weiss' arm action needs to be looser and easier. His velocity tails off significantly as a game wears on. Right now he profiles as a short reliever or back-of-the-rotation starter, but he could improve his outlook significantly if he honors his commitment to UCLA. With the glut of righthanded pitching in this year's draft, he may head to school and wait for 2013, when he could easily move into the top two rounds.
11 327 Dan Grovatt OF Virginia Va.
Grovatt is a physical corner outfielder at 6-foot-1, 195 pounds. He was batting just .292/.395/.465 this season, and he's unconventional at the plate. He has an upper body swing, and scouts don't see his power being better than average. His best tool is a plus arm, and he gets high marks for his makeup.
12 357 Vince Payne RHP Cypress (Calif.) JC Calif.
13 387 Chris Kirsch LHP Marple Newtown HS, Newtown Square, Pa. Pa.
Prep lefthander Kirsch was a late-emerging prospect this spring. As a sophomore, he was a junior-varsity outfielder who showed no control whatsoever when he took the mound, but he soon overhauled his mechanics and learned to throw strikes. Scouts are intrigued by his projectable 6-foot-3, 185-pound frame, and he has touched 90 mph from the left side, though he currently pitches more in the 85-88 range. He also can spin a curveball with 10-to-4 break, giving him a potential out pitch down the road. Kirsch still had not made a college commitment, which might tempt a pro club to overlook his lack of present velocity and take a flier on him around the 10th round.
14 417 Bryce Weidman RHP Southwestern Oregon CC Ore.
15 447 Drew Maggi SS Arizona State Ariz. $468,000
Sophomore-eligible Maggi is a good little player. He's not flashy but can do a little bit of everything. He's an above-average runner who makes all the plays at shortstop, though he could move to center field as a pro. He gets the bat on the ball and will find the gap enough to hit plenty of doubles. Scouts who like him see him as a top-of-the-order sparkplug with speed and versatility. Scouts who don't say he'll cost too much to buy out of ASU as a draft-eligible sophomore and could wind up as a bench player. He's a hard worker with good makeup, and if he doesn't sign he'll likely play for Team USA this summer.
16 477 Matt Curry 1B Texas Christian Texas
17 507 Ryan Hafner RHP Lee's Summit (Mo.) West HS Mo. $450,000
Righthander Hafner has a lot of projection remaining in his 6-foot-6, 215-pound frame. He throws an 87-90 mph fastball with little effort, though his breaking ball needs refinement. He could be an early-round pick in 2013 after three years at Missouri State.
18 537 Chase Wentz OF Louisiana State-Shreveport La.
19 567 Kent Emanuel LHP Woodstock (Ga.) HS Ga.
Scouts sounded more intrigued by another Tar Heels recruit, lefty Emanuel, who has less present stuff but more projection. He's a strike thrower who pitches off his fastball, and he gets good angle out of his 6-foot-5 frame. Emmanuel sits in the 84-88 mph range now and has scraped 91, and if he bumps up his velocity he'll chew up wood bats because he get excellent gloveside run on his heater. He's athletic and played for Woodstock High's basketball team, and he repeats his delivery well. Emanuel's commitment to North Carolina and loopy, slow curveball may push him down in the draft.
20 597 Justin Bencsko OF Villanova Pa.
Bencsko's best tool is his speed. Bencsko's plus-plus speed helps him cover plenty of ground in center field, and it plays on the basepaths, where he has 24 steals in 31 tries. He's a contact hitter with strength through the strike zone, though he has below-average power.
21 627 Dale Carey OF Wheeler HS, Marietta, Ga. Ga.
Outfielder Carey has an impressive body and looks the part at a trim, wiry 6-foot-2, 180 pounds, but there's split opinion on his value. While his speed rates at least above-average and he shows center-field ability, most scouts seemed to think his bat was too light to buy out of his Miami commitment.
22 657 Adalberto Santos 2B Oregon State Ore.
23 687 Jared Lakind 1B Cypress Woods HS, Cypress, Texas Texas $400,000
Lakind entered the spring rated as one of the top prep hitters in the Lone State State. His stock dipped somewhat as some scouts questioned his bat speed, but he's a 6-foot-2, 200-pound lefthanded hitter who could develop intriguing power if he adds loft to swing. He had committed to Arkansas.
24 717 Justin Howard 1B New Mexico N.M.
Senior Justin Howard could get drafted for the first time at 23 years old. He's a strong 6-foot-1, 205-pounder who bats and throws lefthanded. He became more aggressive at the plate this season, learned how to keep his hands inside the ball and watched his numbers soar, going from .309/.384/.545 last year to .463/.511/.713 this year, and from 47 hits to 111 in 2010 while also nearly doubling his walks. Howard has a good line-drive stroke and gets good backspin on the ball. His bat is his only tool, and he'll have to hit a lot to be a legit prospect. He should get picked between rounds 15-20.
25 747 Casey Sadler RHP Western Oklahoma State JC Okla. $100,000
26 777 Brandon Pierce RHP Gunter (Texas) HS Texas
27 807 Kevin Kleis RHP Grossmont (Calif.) JC Calif.
28 837 Zack Powers SS Armwood HS, Seffner, Fla. Fla.
Hard-hitting infielder Powers' best tool matches his last name and he has had some success on the mound.
29 867 Garret Levsen RHP Sonora HS, La Habra, Calif. Calif.
30 897 Matt Skirving C Eastern Michigan Mich.
31 927 Jason Townsend RHP Alabama Ala.
Townsend threw well at LSU, touching 94, and has a loose arm. Townsend lacks a feel for pitching and a consistent breaking ball.
32 957 Chase Lyles 3B Northwestern State La.
33 987 Justin Ennis LHP Louisiana State-Shreveport La.
34 1017 Kelson Brown SS Linfield (Ore.) Ore.
35 1047 Drew Muren OF Cal State Northridge Calif.
36 1077 Cliff Archibald RHP McLennan (Texas) CC Texas
37 1107 Will Allen C Buchholz HS, Gainesville, Fla. Fla.
38 1137 Alex Cox RHP Santiago HS, Corona, Calif. Calif.
39 1167 Kevin Decker RHP College of Charleston S.C.
Kevin Decker is 6-foot-1, 185 pounds and has a fastball that pushes 93 mph.
40 1197 Harrison Cooney RHP Vero Beach (Fla.) HS Fla.
41 1227 Bryton Trepagnier RHP East St. John HS, Reserve, La. La.
42 1257 Stephen Lumpkins LHP American (D.C.) D.C.
43 1287 Garrett Hicks RHP Yucaipa (Calif.) HS Calif.
44 1317 Cory McGinnis RHP Shelton State (Ala.) CC Ala.
45 1347 Connor Sadzeck RHP Crystal Lake (Ill.) Central HS Ill.
46 1377 Ryan Wiggins C West Seattle HS Wash.
47 1407 Nathan Sorenson OF Texas HS, Texarkana, Texas Texas
48 1437 Dillon Haviland LHP South Fayette HS, McDonald, Pa. Pa.
49 1467 Logan Pevny RHP West Milford (N.J.) HS N.J.
50 1497 Dusty Isaacs RHP Lebanon (Ohio) HS Ohio