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Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 15 Jake Skole OF Blessed Trinity HS, Roswell, Ga. Ga. $1,557,000
Skole, the younger brother of Georgia Tech sophomore third baseman Matt, has always been a premium talent, but his football commitment to Georgia Tech depressed his draft stock. Skole, 6-foot-1 and 190 pounds, started the spring a bit slowly, due in part to an ankle injury, but the further he got from football, the looser he got and the better he played. Blessed with above-average athleticism, Skole has a good swing with strength, power and explosiveness. He made himself a likely top-two-rounds selection by making hard contact and getting two hits in a late May state playoff game against Kaleb Cowart, the state's top pitcher. He's far from a finished product on the diamond, which shows up most against breaking balls. He swung and missed several times against slow, offspeed stuff in the game following his matchup with Cowart. He's a fringe-average runner who profiles as a corner outfielder. His football scholarship also means teams can go over-slot to sign him and spread the bonus out over five years.
1 22 Kellin Deglan C Mountain SS, Langley, B.C. British Columbia $1,000,000
As a member of Canada's junior national team, Deglan has been steadily improving his stock as he has performed well in games against pro players in extended spring training exhibitions. Deglan has gotten bigger and stronger every year and has worked hard to maintain his balance and footwork behind the plate. He is an advanced receiver and has a strong arm, consistently displaying pop times around two seconds flat. Scouts do have a couple of questions regarding Deglan's swing. He has long arms, which can lead to a long swing, and he sometimes swings around the ball and can be attacked inside. But he also has a lot of strength and when he pulls his hands inside the ball, he can use his arms for leverage, which gives him intriguing power potential. When you combine all those things, it's easy to see why teams see a lot of potential in Deglan. He also has great makeup and the leadership qualities that teams look for in catchers. Because of his premium position and lefthanded power potential, Deglan could go as high as the back half of the first round, but grades out as more of a second- to third-round talent.
1s 45 Luke Jackson RHP Calvary Christian HS, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Fla. $1,545,000
Jackson didn't start pitching seriously until his freshman year in high school, and he immediately showed aptitude and a live arm. By his junior season, he earned a spot in the Area Code Games. He's athletic and has a quick arm, rivaling bigger-name Florida prep pitchers Karsten Whitson and A.J. Cole in terms of pure velocity. Several scouts have seen Jackson's fastball hit 95-96 mph, and he usually sits in the 90-94 range, a significant jump after sitting 87-91 as a junior. The Miami recruit has room to grow on his 6-foot-2, 170-pound frame, and he'll need to get bigger and stronger to harness his quick arm, improve his durability and maintain his mechanics. Jackson has a bit of effort to his delivery and had inconsistent command as the season wore on. His changeup and curveball, while flashing potential, rate as below-average pitches now. Scouts use words like "electric" to describe Jackson's stuff and athletic ability, and at his best he's not far from his peers in the Sunshine State who were expected to go out in the first round. His inconsistency pushes him down draft boards, and his signability will ultimately determine how far down.
1s 49 Mike Olt 3B Connecticut Conn. $717,300
Olt followed his older brother Brad to UConn and made an immediate impact as the starting shortstop as a freshman, hitting 13 home runs and setting a school record with 61 RBIs. He ranked as the No. 1 prospect in the New England Collegiate League that summer but was hampered by a sprained ankle in 2009, when he also missed 22 games after being hit on the wrist by a pitch. Olt moved to third base as a sophomore, and his soft hands, smooth actions and strong arm will make him at least a solid-average defender there, and some scouts believe he has Gold Glove potential. He got off to a slow start offensively this spring, struggling against pitches on the outer half and breaking balls, but midway through the season he went to a narrower stance and worked to shorten up his swing. The adjustment paid off, and he was hitting .342/.407/.668 with 16 homers and 59 RBIs. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Olt has good leverage in his swing and above-average raw power, but his swing has holes and scouts still question his pitch recognition. His work ethic garners rave reviews, giving reason to hope he can become an average major league hitter. He's also a good athlete with fringe-average speed. Olt's stock was on the rise down the stretch, and he could be drafted as high as the second round.
2 72 Cody Buckel RHP Royal HS, Simi Valley, Calif. Calif. $590,000
Residing close to Hollywood, Buckel relishes a good dramatic flourish. He begins his pregame warm-up by standing on the grass between the mound and second base with the ball in his hand. He races up the backside of the mound, down the front, and fires the ball plateward. A fledgling singer and actor when he isn't striking out hitters, Buckel is undersized for a righthander at 6 feet, 170 pounds. He does flash a big man's fastball at 92-94 mph. Buckel mixes in an excellent array of secondary pitches, with a curveball, changeup and cutter. His pitching idol is Tim Lincecum, and while his stuff is not as electric as the Giants ace's, he still displays the potential for four average to plus deliveries. The primary concern is durability, as he usually loses 3-4 mph on his fastball as a game progresses. Committed to Pepperdine, Buckel projects as either a back-of-the-rotation starter or set-up man in professional baseball.
3 103 Jordan Akins OF Union Grove HS, McDonough, Ga. Ga. $350,000
Some scouts compare Akins, who is a Central Florida signee, to Top 200 talent Niko Goodrum, and in most cases Goodrum comes out on the short end. Like Goodrum, Akins is tall and lean but packs 210 pounds onto his wide receiver's frame. Despite his size, he runs the 60-yard dash in 6.4 seconds and has fast-twitch muscle to spare. Some consider him the state's best athlete, which is quite a statement considering the depth of athletes in the Peach State this year. He has a plus arm, though not quite as strong as Goodrum's, and has shown the natural bat speed and hitting ability to catch up to good fastballs. Breaking balls still give him fits, so his aptitude once he becomes a full-time baseball player will be crucial to whether he reaches his considerable ceiling. Akins is raw but has enough natural instincts to thrive despite being a part-time baseball player. He also could go out in the first two rounds, particularly to a team with extra picks. The only other question is football. Akins turned down Georgia for Central Florida's two-sport offer. He was an explosive offensive player in high school, playing quarterback and wide receiver while also returning kicks and scoring close to 20 touchdowns.
4 136 Drew Robinson SS Silverado HS, Las Vegas Nev. $198,000
Robinson has the best swing in the area--the prototypical lefthanded stroke--and scouts liked him more than any of the hitters in the Four Corners, outside of Bryce Harper. He's 6-foot-1 and 180 pounds and his brother Chad is a pitcher in the Brewers system. Robinson's swing is smooth and easy and got a Mark Grace comparison. He has an upright stance and strides into the ball, so his head drops a little, but he has looseness in his swing and strong hands. He's more of a gap-to-gap hitter than a pure power hitter. A high school shortstop, he'll probably have to move to the outfield. He ran a decent 60-yard dash last summer but is now regarded as a below-average runner after knee surgery, a pulled hamstring that kept him out of the Area Code Games, and a sore back earlier this spring. He has the above-average arm for right field. The Orioles have been the team most connected to Robinson and could take him in the third round. He'll likely sign, and if he doesn't he's committed to Nebraska.
5 166 Justin Grimm RHP Georgia Ga. $825,000
Grimm has many of the ingredients scouts look for in a college pitcher. He has a pitcher's body at 6-foot-4, 193 pounds; he's quick-armed and athletic; he has big-conference experience and was Georgia's Friday starter this season; and he touches 95 mph regularly with his fastball. The bad news: Grimm had a career 5.80 ERA over nearly 180 innings, and some scouts consider him much the same pitcher after three years at Georgia as he was in 2007, when he was a 13th-round pick of the Red Sox out of high school in Virginia. Grimm has above-average fastball velocity at 90-94 mph, but the pitch lacks life and command thanks to poor mechanics. He rushes through his delivery, leaving his pitches up in the strike zone. He's vulnerable to home runs because he finishes too upright and doesn't drive the ball downhill. Scouts do consider the flaws to be correctable. He has a sharp curveball that at times grades out as an above-average pitch, but he wasn't ahead of hitters enough to use it as a strikeout pitch this spring. Grimm's changeup remains his third-best pitch. He competed well this season despite Georgia's disappointing year, even pitching in midweek in relief to sew up a victory against Georgia State, then pitching a career-best eight innings in his final start, beating Kentucky. He's still expected to go in the first four rounds despite his career 6-12 record.
6 196 Brett Nicholas C Missouri Mo. $125,000
Nicholas began his college career as a backup first baseman at Gonzaga, transferred to Scottsdale (Ariz.) CC and caught for the 2009 Division II Junior College World Series runners-up. He has seen time at catcher and third base after joining Missouri this spring. The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder has shown hitting aptitude and power from the left side of the plate. As a catcher, he has a solid-average arm and decent receiving skills with room for improvement. He's not particularly agile, so he fits better behind the plate than at the hot corner.
7 226 Jimmy Reyes LHP Elon N.C. $125,000
College baseball offers few quality lefthanders for this year's draft, and Reyes was taking full advantage. He got off to a terrible start to his junior season, as a loss to Rice—his first after winning his first 12 decisions with Elon—sent him into a funk. He was pressing for scouts, trying to throw harder for radar guns, and lost the life and command on his fastball. When Reyes backed off to a still-firm 88-91 mph, his season took off. He creates some angle and downward plane on his fastball even though he's just 5-foot-10, 194 pounds. When he doesn't overthrow, he gets good life on the pitch with boring action in to righthanded hitters. That helps set up his slider, which can be an above-average pitch when he locates it well. It has tilt, and Reyes has shown the ability to back-foot it to righthanded hitters. His changeup has come along as well, giving Reyes another weapon to combat opposite-side hitters. He had thrown at least seven innings in six consecutive starts entering the Southern Conference tournament and had a gaudy 187-37 strikeout-walk ratio the last two seasons in 171 innings. Reyes offers little projection and lacks athleticism, his biggest negative. He has improved as a fielder and at holding runners, but neither will ever be a strong suit. His strong finish was pushing him up draft boards, perhaps as high as the fourth or fifth round.
8 256 Jonathan Roof SS Michigan State Mich. $125,000
Roof has extensive baseball bloodlines, as his father Gene and uncle Phil played in the major leagues and his brothers Eric and Shawn play in the Tigers system. Jonathan is the top defensive shortstop in the Big 10 Conference, with solid range, a strong arm and quality instincts. He'd go higher in the draft if scouts had more faith in his bat, but they worry that the 6-foot-1, 165-pounder lacks the strength to do much damage with wood. He's an average runner.
9 286 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.
10 316 Jared Hoying SS Toledo Ohio $85,000
Jared Hoying is a riddle. Scouts don't like his ugly lefthanded swing, which doesn't incorporate his lower half, but acknowledge his strength and tremendous bat speed. The combination results in a hitter who runs hot and cold, as evidenced by his career .284 average and 34 homers in three seasons. He has had success with wood bats, leading the Great Lakes League with a .750 slugging percentage last summer. Hoying has average speed and a strong arm, though repeated throwing errors dictated a move from shortstop to center field at midseason. The 6-foot-3, 189-pounder projects as a third baseman or right fielder in pro ball.
11 346 Chris Hanna LHP Stratford HS, Goose Creek, S.C. S.C. $100,000
Chris Hanna, a little lefty at 6 feet, 170 pounds, is a Citadel recruit and throws three pitches for strikes. Most scouts consider all three fringe-average or below, though he does throw strikes.
12 376 Josh Richmond OF Louisville Ky. $195,000
Louisville should have six hitters selected in the draft, and the one with the most potential missed most of the season. Outfielder Richmond injured his left hand when hit by a pitch in April 2009 and eventually had surgery last winter. A circulation problem kept his hand from healing properly, and he reinjured it diving for a ball in February and missed 41 games. He's a 6-foot-2, 205-pounder with the swing and strength to hit for average and power once he improves his pitch recognition. His best tool is his strong arm, and his slightly above-average speed may allow him to play center field in pro ball. If healthy, Richmond might have gone as high as the third round. Now it's likely that whichever team drafts him will monitor his health in summer ball before signing him.
13 406 Andrew Clark 1B Louisville Ky.
Andrew Clark was more of a prospect as a pitcher until he had labrum surgery before his senior season in high school. He played part-time at Mississippi as a freshman before becoming a three-year starter at Louisville. Though he's a 6-foot-3, 225-pound lefthanded hitter with a terrific approach and control of the strike zone, scouts question how much power he'll hit for in pro ball. They also wonder how easy he'll be to sign as a senior after he turned down a six-figure offer from the Cubs as a 31st-round pick a year ago. He's a good defender at first base. He missed 14 games this spring with a stress fracture in his left ribcage.
14 436 Nick Tepesch RHP Missouri Mo. $400,000
If Tepesch hadn't angled for a seven-figure bonus, he would have gone in the first three rounds of the 2007 draft coming out of high school. He was seen as the next in the recent line of Missouri first-round pitchers--Max Scherzer, Aaron Crow, Kyle Gibson--and while he won't get chosen that high, he still offers intriguing upside. He's a 6-foot-5, 225-pounder whose arm works well, and he added polish in the Cape Cod League last summer and with the Tigers this spring. He opened the season pitching in the high 80s, but his fastball has settled in at 90-92 mph and touched 94. He can run his fastball into the mid-90s, but has found better command and success not trying to max out his velocity. Tepesch's secondary pitches are getting better but still need work. His curveball is his No. 2 offering but is inconsistent, and he has made the most strides with his changeup this spring. He also throws a cutter. In part because of his size, Tepesch has a long arm action that makes it easier for hitters to pick up his pitches. He's still a work in progress, but he's also showing improvement.
15 466 Ryan Rodebaugh RHP Kennesaw State Ga.
16 496 Ryan Strausborger OF Indiana State Ind.
Strausborger is another good senior sign, a versatile athlete with plus speed. He earned all-Missouri Valley Conference honors in each of the last three seasons, as a second baseman in 2008 and a center fielder the last two years. Strausborger, who also played shortstop this spring, fits best in center and has a strong arm for the position. The 6-foot, 175-pound righthanded hitter makes consistent contact, but he'll needs to change his approach. He drops his shoulder and hits too many balls in the air. While he has gap power, he should get more out of his speed.
17 526 Anthony Haase RHP Cochise (Ariz.) JC Ariz.
Opposing coaches were impressed by Cochise JC righthander Haase this year, but scouts didn't hold the same opinion. He has been up to 94 mph, but his velocity has fluctuated this spring. He pitched mostly at 88-91 mph with sink, and some scouts saw him in the 86-88 mph range. He has a below-average breaking ball and a funky delivery with bad arm action. He's a tough competitor and could get another shot this year after being a 38th-round pick by the Rays out of high school.
18 556 Garrett Buechele 3B Oklahoma Okla.
Garrett Buechele originally planned to attend Kansas, but balked when the Jayhawks wanted to make him a catcher. He transferred to Oklahoma and sat out 2008 in accordance with transfer rules. He led the Big 12 Conference in hitting with a .396 average in 2009, then batted .393 entering NCAA regional play this spring. The 6-foot, 197-pounder has a feel for hitting and decent righthanded power potential. A third baseman like his father Steve, who played 11 seasons in the majors, Buechele has good hands and instincts and enough arm at the hot corner. His lack of athleticism and speed, as well as his extra leverage as a redshirt sophomore, may drive him down in the draft.
19 586 Brett Weibley RHP Kent State Ohio
Brett Weibley hit 96 mph when he was solely a pitcher in the Cape Cod last summer, but he wasn't impressive on the mound when he doubled as a part-time third baseman for Kent State this spring. The 6-foot-3, 225-pound righthander ranged from 86-90 to 91-93 mph this spring and had trouble with his breaking ball and control. His changeup is more effective than his slurvy slider, and he has a lot of effort in his delivery. Weibley didn't pitch in high school and could make a big step forward once he focuses solely on the mound.
20 616 Sam Wilson LHP Eldorado HS, Albuquerque N.M.
As a New Mexico prep corner outfielder, Sam Wilson draws a natural comparison to Max Walla, who was the Brewers' second-rounder last year. But they're different players because Wilson's body isn't nearly as strong as Walla's. Wilson is 6-foot-1 and 195 pounds with skinny arms. He was an average runner last summer, and a tick below this spring. He's a good defensive player, though he will be limited to a corner spot. His arm is good enough for right field. Wilson has a simple, compact swing and is a better pure hitter than Walla, though he doesn't have the same power. Some scouts don't like him as a hitter, however, and like him better as a lefthanded pitcher. His fastball is mostly in the 85-87 mph range, though he has been up to 90. His secondary pitches need a lot of work. Wilson is committed to New Mexico, and teams will probably let him develop further there.
21 646 Joe Van Meter RHP Virginia Commonwealth Va.
Van Meter has shown power at the plate and a good arm at third base, but scouts like him on the mound. He's a natural thrower who can pitch in low 90s without much effort. In the fall he touched 94 and 95 mph, but he hasn't shown it this spring and sometimes threw in the mid-80s. He's unpolished because he doesn't have a lot of experience as a pitcher, so he would be a project. His secondary stuff is below-average. He won't go in the first 10 rounds, but a team might take a chance on him late with an eye toward making him a reliever.
22 676 Ben Rowen RHP Virginia Tech Va.
23 706 Andres Perez-Lobo RHP Columbus HS, Miami Fla.
24 736 Jake Cole RHP Sahuaro HS, Tucson, Ariz. Ariz.
Cole is 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds and committed to North Carolina. Cole started the season at 92-93 mph and touched 95, but he was down to 88-91 mph later in the season. He needs to work on his below-average secondary stuff and watch his weight. He is considered tough signs.
25 766 Kendall Radcliffe OF Morgan Park HS, Chicago Ill.
26 796 Chase Johnson RHP Fallbrook (Calif.) HS Calif.
27 826 Alex Claudio LHP Isabel Flores HS, Juncos, P.R. P.R.
Claudio is a string bean at 6-foot-3 and 160 pounds, but scouts see projection in his build. He has a quiet, controlled delivery and currently sits 84-85 mph, touching 87. His changeup is a decent pitch now, while his curveball is a little loopy and needs to be tightened up. If Claudio puts some meat on his bones and the added strength shows up on the mound, he could have a chance.
28 856 John Kukuruda RHP East Nicolaus HS, Nicolaus, Calif. Calif.
29 886 Trae Davis RHP Mexia (Texas) HS Texas
Trae Davis is another stocky righthander with a football background. He's generously listed at 6 feet and 210 pounds and accounted for 40 touchdowns as a quarterback in the fall. Davis helped his cause when he struck out 14 and homered to beat Bullard ace Nick Rumbelow in the second round of the Texas 3-A playoffs. A Baylor recruit, Davis has a 91-94 mph fastball and good mound presence. He shows aptitude for spinning a curveball and has feel for a changeup.
30 916 Brian Ragira OF Martin HS, Arlington, Texas Texas
With his bat speed and the strength in his 6-foot-2, 185-pound build, Ragira offers some of the best righthanded power potential in this draft class, though it may be three years before that potential is tested in pro ball. Scouts have enough questions about his bat that he probably won't get the kind of bonus offer that a Stanford recruit advised by the Boras Corp. usually seeks. The son of Kenyan immigrants, Ragira can put on a show in batting practice and has room to put more weight on his wiry frame. He employs a patient, line-drive approach, yet didn't tear up the showcase circuit last summer and has had a so-so spring at the plate. With average speed and arm strength, he's capable of playing right field but could fit better in left. He won't be a first-round pick in 2010, but if he proves himself at Stanford, he easily could go that high three years from now.
31 946 Justin Earls LHP Georgia Ga.
32 976 Steve McKinnon RHP Cowichan SS, Duncan, B.C. British Columbia $150,000
33 1006 Matt Hill LHP Georgia Perimeter JC Ga.
34 1036 Kevin Rodland SS Nevada Nev.
Shortstop Rodland has improved every year. He has an athletic frame, plays solid defense, but is light with the bat, too.
35 1066 John Lieske RHP Harlem HS, Machesney Park, Ill. Ill.
Righthander Lieske hasn't had a good spring, but the 6-foot-2, 185-pounder's arm works well and he'll flash a 91-93 mph fastball when he's on.
36 1096 Jason Kudlock OF Cal State Bakersfield Calif.
37 1126 John Pustay OF Pine Creek HS, Colorado Springs Colo.
John Pustay is undersized at 5-foot-11 and 175 pounds. The San Diego State recruit has a quick, balanced swing from the left side and shows a little snap in his bat, though he'll never be a big power guy. As a runner, he's average to a tick above and will likely have to move to a corner position, so he doesn't profile well for pro scouts.
38 1156 Carson Vitale C Creighton Neb.
39 1186 Ryan Woolley RHP Alabama-Birmingham Ala.
Woolley was one of the most watched arms, as he sat out in 2009 as a transfer from Georgia yet was picked in the sixth round by the Braves anyway. He didn't sign after pitching poorly in the Alaska League, and followed up with a poor season for UAB. He's a 6-foot righty whose fastball tops out at 94 mph but flattens out and lacks life. Woolley doesn't throw his secondary stuff for strikes and falls back to his heater, which explains his 3-4, 7.03 season.
40 1216 Travis Meiners OF Dallas Baptist Texas
41 1246 Colby Killian RHP Emporia State (Kan.) Kan.
42 1276 Kevin Johnson LHP Cincinnati Ohio
43 1306 Chris Roglen OF Rocky Mountain HS, Fort Collins, Colo. Colo.
44 1336 Shawn Stuart RHP Merced (Calif.) JC Calif.
45 1366 Johnathan Moore C Houston Baptist Texas
46 1396 Daryl Norris RHP Fairhope (Ala.) HS Ala.
Righthander/corner infielder Norris is a key Mississippi State recruit and the state's hardest thrower. He sits at 90-92 and reportedly touched 94 several times this spring, and he has a strong, physical frame at 6-foot-1, 210 pounds. He has a thick lower half and scouts doubt he has much projection. He's an arm-strength pitcher who doesn't have tremendous experience on the mound, having focused more on hitting in his high school career. He has legitimate raw power offensively and a solid approach at the plate that should play well in college. He'll play third in college but likely lacks the agility to stay there as a pro. Norris' arm strength still could get a bite in the first five rounds.
47 1426 Daniel Ward RHP Garfield Heights (Ohio) HS Ohio
48 1456 Forrest Koumas RHP Lugoff-Elgin HS, Lugoff, S.C. S.C.
Righthander Forrest Koumas, a South Carolina signee, had the best pure arm strength in the state despite standing just 5-foot-11, 180 pounds. He has a quick arm and has touched 94 mph with his fastball while showing a plus breaking ball on occasion. Scouts considered Koumas more signable than the average Gamecocks recruit, but as an undersized rigihthander it's not clear how much teams will invest in that effort.
49 1486 Juan Gomes C Miami Southridge HS Fla.
50 1516 Trevor Teykl RHP Kempner HS, Sugar Land, Texas Texas