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Round Overall Team Player School State Bonus
1 26 Boston Red Sox Blake Swihart Cleveland HS, Rio Rancho, N.M. N.M. $2,500,000
Swihart spent most of last summer with Team USA, and he led the team by batting .448/.492/.845 with six doubles and five home runs. The natural righthander picked up switch-hitting during his sophomore year of high school and started catching seriously just last summer. This spring he has split time between third base and behind the plate. Swihart is a good athlete who is an above-average hitter with average power potential. He hadn't put up gaudy numbers against inferior competition this spring, but he is clearly focused on the future: Swihart works on both of his swings by switching back and forth between hitting lefthanded and righthanded, regardless of the pitcher he's facing. Swihart's athleticism shows up behind the plate. He receives well and shows good footwork. He has a strong arm and has shortened his arm stroke this spring. He obviously would have more value at catcher, but his athleticism and potent bat may tempt a team to move him to another position. Swihart is 6 feet and 175 pounds and baby-faced, so some scouts think he'll get taller and stronger as he matures. He is committed to Texas, and would be eligible for the draft again as a sophomore if he goes to college.
1s 54 San Diego Padres Brett Austin Providence HS, Charlotte N.C.
Scouts in the Carolinas consider Austin the most improved player in the area this spring after seeing him on the showcase circuit last summer. He gained favor in May as crosscheckers and scouting directors came in to watch his team wrap up a conference title against rival Ardrey Kell High, a nationally ranked team at the time. Austin tied the game in the seventh inning with a missile home run, leaving scouts impressed with his sweet lefthanded swing. At 6-foot-1, 190 pounds, he has improved his top-hand strength from the left side and is more fluid than in the past. A switch-hitter, Austin is a natural righty and has more strength from that side, but his swing can get long at times. In addition to his swing, Austin has improved his body, though questions remain about his defense. He's not athletic, and his arm strength is average at best, but some scouts believe he could be an average defender. Couple that with his ability to hit to all fields and Austin could find himself off the board in the second round. He is part of an impressive North Carolina State recruiting class.
2 65 Kansas City Royals Cam Gallagher Manheim Township HS, Lancaster, Pa. Pa. $750,000
At 6-foot-3, 210 pounds, Gallagher doesn't look like a high school player who can stick behind the plate, but until this spring his defense was considered superior to his bat. He has had a good season and showed improvement at the plate while endearing himself to scouts by playing with energy and taking batting practice with wood bats after games. Because he's big, Gallagher's swing can get long at times, but his strength helps him get by. He has strong hands and arms that allow him to hit to all fields. Scouts would like to see more feel at the plate from him, but he has the potential to bring an average hit tool and plus power to a premium defensive position. Gallagher's older brother Austin is a Dodgers farmhand, and they come from a baseball family. Though he is committed to East Carolina, the younger Gallagher seems interested in starting his pro career and could go in the first three rounds.
2 76 Detroit Tigers James McCann Arkansas Ark. $577,900
McCann is a California product who was drafted in the 31st round out of high school and has started for most of the last three seasons at Arkansas. He is putting together his best college season as a consistent hitter for a relatively punchless Arkansas club, rebounding from a .105 showing in the Cape Cod League last summer. McCann doesn't have any standout tools, but he also doesn't have a glaring weakness. He has a chance to hit for average and has fringe-average power, though his swing can get long. His home runs usually come on mistakes, and he has had issues with velocity. McCann has a solid-average arm and is a fringe-average receiver whose actions can get long defensively as well. His solid 6-foot-2, 210-pound frame is a plus, as are his leadership skills and intangibles. The thin college catcher crop should help him get drafted in the first three rounds.
2 82 San Diego Padres Austin Hedges JSerra HS, San Juan Capistrano, Calif. Calif. $3,000,000
Scouts in Southern California rave that Hedges is the best defensive backstop to come out of the area in at least a decade. He has spent six years honing his defense with highly regarded JSerra coach Brett Kay, a former catcher at Cal State Fullerton and in the Mets system. Grades on his receiving range from 60 to 70 on the 20-80 scouting scale, while his arm rates as a 70 or even an 80, producing pop times as low as 1.78 seconds. Wiry, athletic and agile, Hedges is an exceptional blocker, adept at keeping balls in front of him. He's a below-average runner but not a baseclogger. Hedges is a high-energy player with an aggressive approach at the plate, and some scouts think he has a chance to be an average hitter with average power, though others think that is too ambitious. A righthanded hitter, most of his power is to the pull side, but he has worked hard on using the opposite field. He's a good competitor with an outstanding work ethic, and he projects as an everyday catcher with all-star potential, though he'll be tough to sign away from his commitment to UCLA.
2 86 San Francisco Giants Andrew Susac Oregon State Ore. $1,100,000
Susac gets mixed reviews from scouts in the Northwest this spring, but scouting directors saw him at his best last summer and catching is at even more of a premium than usual this year, so he could still be a first-rounder. He broke the hamate bone in his left wrist midway through the season but was back in game action a month later, even getting back behind the plate. During the layoff, Susac still threw regularly and did drills to improve his footwork behind the plate. He has above-average arm strength and can shut down a running game. He needs to improve his receiving skills, as his hands can get a little stiff, but he's a good athlete who blocks well. Susac has a good approach at the plate, which Beavers coaches attribute to him seeing quality stuff from their pitchers day in and day out. He has more power than a pure feel for hitting. He uses a high leg kick as part of his load, which can disrupt his timing and rhythm at times, but when he's in sync he shows above-average pop, mostly to his pull side. His success on the Cape carried over to this season and helped his confidence behind the plate.
3 103 Los Angeles Dodgers Pratt Maynard North Carolina State N.C. $315,000
The first thing scouts notice about Maynard is his hitting ability from the left side. He hit just .273 as a sophomore, but with 11 home runs and more walks (64) than strikeouts (42). The new bats in college baseball this season haven't seemed to affect him, as he was hitting .330/.408/.481 in 212 at-bats. His power is more in the form of doubles this season and scouts think he'll continue to show more line-drive power than home runs as a pro. He hasn't walked as much this season, but still shows good plate discipline. The doubts surround Maynard's ability to catch, though teams will give him every chance given the lack of depth at the position. He needs polish in all facets defensively, and if he has to move to a corner, his lack of home run power dents his profile. If a team believes in Maynard behind the plate, he could go off the board in the fifth round.
3 107 Colorado Rockies Pete O'Brien Bethune-Cookman Fla.
O'Brien emerged as a top college catching prospect last year, first when he hit 20 homers for Bethune-Cookman, then when he earned a spot on USA Baseball's college national team. On a team with many of the top hitters in the country, O'Brien hit four home runs and showed premium righthanded power, his best tool. His hitting has regressed as a junior, with more swings and misses and less feel for the barrel. While Bethune-Cookman doesn't have any arms near the quality of Team USA's, O'Brien nevertheless has struggled with his receiving this spring, as he did last summer. He's not a great athlete and struggles to receive breaking balls to his right. He has arm strength but lacks fluid footwork. Many scouts believe he has no chance to be a big league catcher, which would relegate him to first base. He has shown the work ethic and makeup needed to handle a staff, and there's some thought that improved core strength and more flexibility could make him passable as a catcher/first baseman in the Jake Fox mold.
3 111 Boston Red Sox Jordan Weems Columbus (Ga.) HS Ga. $500,000
Weems has taken advantage of his bloodlines, his own improved play, the down year in Georgia and the dearth of catching to jump up draft boards. He helped lead Columbus High to a state championship in 2010, and he helped the team reach the state 3-A semifinals this season. He hopes to become the third member of his family to get drafted, joining father Rick (1980, 15th round, Cardinals) and brother Chase (2007, sixth round, Yankees). Weems is tall and lanky at a listed 6-foot-3, 180 pounds, and lacks present strength. Scouts have to project his hitting ability and power because of his lack of physicality. His arm gets easy above-average grades, and he posts sub-2.0-second pop times. He's a decent receiver now who projects to be average with more strength. Weems is committed to Georgia State.
4 123 Seattle Mariners John Hicks Virginia Va. $240,000
Hicks could provide a lot of value if he can stay behind the plate. He has shown improvement defensively, though his arm is average and the receiving skills are fringy. He is a good athlete with a live body, and teams may think that will allow him to continue to develop as a catcher. Hicks has some power, but he's more likely to work the gaps while teammate Steven Proscia has more loft. Hicks has shown good plate discipline this season, though his swing can get long at times. If a team buys into him as a catcher, he could go higher than Proscia; he doesn't profile nearly as well as a first baseman or corner outfielder.
4 128 Cleveland Indians Jake Lowery James Madison Va. $220,000
Catcher Jake Lowery's numbers jump off the page, but scouts take them with a grain of salt because of the coziness of James Madison's ballpark. Lowery was hitting .357/.444/.796 with 22 home runs, tying him for second in the nation heading into regionals. He has solid power and an ability to hit to all fields. He has shown arm strength behind the plate, but needs plenty of polish to avoid a move to first base.
5 153 Seattle Mariners Tyler Marlette Hagerty HS, Oviedo, Fla. Fla. $650,000
Evaluators like Marlette's fast-twitch athletic ability behind the plate, and his power potential is sending his draft stock higher. He has shown excellent bat speed in past showcase events, such as the Aflac all-star game last summer, when he homered at Petco Park and was the game's MVP. Then he got hot in front of crosscheckers and other high-level scouts this spring, showing power to all fields, an improvement from his past approach. Marlette has above-average arm strength as well, and earns praise for his grinder mentality. He has the makeup to be a take-charge catcher. The biggest concerns center on his size (he's 5-foot-11, 195 pounds) and scouts' views of how well he'll receive. He has a tendency to lose his front side in his swing, opening his hips early and yanking everything to his pull side. A Central Florida signee, Marlette has a chance to jump into the supplemental round and should go in the first three rounds if he's signable.
5 154 Arizona Diamondbacks Michael Perez Colegio Vocacional Para Adultos, San Juan, P.R. P.R. $235,000
Michael Perez has an attractive profile as a lefthanded-hitting backstop with a plus arm. He's relatively new to catching, so his receiving skills are raw, and he doesn't have a lot of experience catching premium stuff. However, he has a short stroke and solid bat speed, and was the most likely Puerto Rico player to challenge Jorge Lopez and Gabriel Rosa for single-digit draft round consideration.
5 166 Oakland Athletics Beau Taylor Central Florida Fla. $147,600
Beau Taylor has passed Ronnie Richardson as the Golden Knights' top prospect, a lefthanded-hitting catcher who has offensive ability. Taylor's hand-eye coordination has helped him produce for three seasons as a regular, and he has solid hitting tools to go with a good profile. Taylor didn't start catching regularly until he got to UCF and remains rough as a receiver. He has a solid-average arm more notable for its accuracy than its explosiveness.
5 176 Atlanta Braves Nick DeSantiago Blinn (Texas) JC Texas $125,000
Nick DeSantiago's pretty line-drive swing from the left side of the plate and his arm strength give him intriguing potential as a catcher. The 6-foot, 200-pounder has a lot of work to do to remain behind the plate, as he has a slow release and iffy receiving skills.
5 179 New York Yankees Greg Bird Grandview HS, Aurora, Colo. Colo. $1,100,000
Greg Bird first put himself on the scouting radar when he was the catcher for righthander Kevin Gausman, who is now at Louisiana State. Bird has a 6-foot-4, 205-pound frame and mostly played first base this year, and that's where he projects as a pro. There's obvious strength in his lefthanded swing. It can get a little long at times, but he has good bat speed and gets plenty of loft and backspin on the ball. If he could catch, he would be a much more attractive prospect, but as a first baseman scouts aren't quite sold on his bat, so Bird will likely have to go prove himself at Arkansas.
6 189 Chicago Cubs Neftali Rosario Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, Gurabo, P.R. P.R. $150,000
Neftali Rosario has a good throwing arm, showing 1.9-second pop times, a solid body at 5-foot-11, 195 pounds, and surprising power, as he hit eight home runs this spring.
6 200 St. Louis Cardinals Adam Ehrlich Campbell Hall HS, North Hollywood, Calif. Calif. $150,000
Ehrlich, a Loyola Marymount recruit, played in the Area Code Games last summer and he kicked off the spring at the MLB Urban Youth Invitational in Compton. He has plenty of strength in his sturdy 6-foot-2, 200-pound frame, but he is stiff at the plate and behind the plate. He has good arm strength but lacks good footwork, agility and throwing accuracy. He also lacks bat speed and seldom pulls balls with any authority, preferring to go the opposite way.
6 211 Philadelphia Phillies Zach Wright East Carolina N.C.
The Pirates' top position player prospect is catcher Zach Wright. He's a physical 6-foot-2, 210 pounds and has been solid behind the plate. He has good power, leading the Pirates with 13 home runs, and like all catchers could go higher than expected based on the lack of depth at the position.
7 218 Cleveland Indians Eric Haase Divine Child HS, Dearborn, Mich. Mich. $580,000
Eric Haase is the best high school position prospect in Michigan, but scouts believe he's not ready for pro ball and needs to go play for three years at Ohio State. He has some strength and has more athleticism than most catchers, but it's uncertain he'll hold up behind the plate at 5-foot-11 and 185 pounds. He didn't even catch regularly for his high school team. He has some strength in his righthanded swing, but he may not have the bat speed to fare well against better pitching.
7 225 Los Angeles Angels Abel Baker Grayson County (Texas) CC Texas $110,000
The state's other Juco World Series participant is Grayson County, whose top prospect is catcher Abel Baker. His bases-loaded triple broke open the regional championship game against Howard. Baker, who spent 2010 at Baylor, offers lefthanded power and decent catch-and-throw skills. His brother Aaron is a first baseman in the Pirates system, and their grandfather Jerry Mays played in two Super Bowls and was an all-American Football League performer as an offensive and defensive lineman.
7 231 Chicago White Sox Kevan Smith Pittsburgh Pa. $60,000
Smith provides a little more value than other Pennsylvania college bats this year because he's a catcher. He has a football background and is a strong, physical player whose power trumps his hitting despite leading the team with a .406 average in 192 at-bats. He receives well enough and could profile well as a backup.
7 234 Texas Rangers Max Pentecost Winder-Barrow HS, Winder, Ga. Ga.
Pentecost got plenty of early exposure with his solid athleticism and intriguing bat. An elbow injury in April turned out to require Tommy John surgery, but a similar injury didn't keep fellow Georgia prep catcher Luke Bailey from getting picked two years ago. Pentecost doesn't have Bailey's track record, though. He's committed to Kennesaw State.
8 251 Milwaukee Brewers Dustin Houle Brookswood SS, Langley, B.C. British Columbia $150,000
Canada's best position prospect is third baseman Dustin Houle, who has an average body at 6-foot-1 and 185 pounds. He has a compact, line-drive swing from the right side of the plate and has shown he can catch up to quality velocity. He sometimes has a little bit of a bat wrap, and scouts question whether he'll be able to hit enough to stay at the hot corner. Some would like to convert Houle to catcher because of his soft hands, strong arm and dirtbag mentality. Houle is also one of the youngest players in this year's high school class, as he won't turn 18 until November.
9 283 Florida Marlins Austin Barnes Arizona State Ariz. $95,000
Austin Barnes is a natural middle infielder who converted to catching two years ago and shows good athleticism behind the plate. He's undersized at 5-foot-9 and 174 pounds, and scouts have doubts about his bat. His uncle is Mike Gallego, who played in the big leagues for 13 years and is now the third-base coach for Oakland.
9 284 Los Angeles Dodgers Tyler Ogle Oklahoma Okla. $100,000
Oklahoma has had nine catchers drafted in the first 10 rounds, most recently Jackson Williams (sandwich round, Giants, 2007) and J.T. Wise (fifth round, Dodgers, 2009), and the Sooners should have another one this year in Tyler Ogle. The 5-foot-11, 193-pounder stands out most for his offensive ability. He makes consistent hard contact and has solid power from the right side of the plate, and he controls the strike zone well. He's a decent defender with fringy arm strength.
9 300 Tampa Bay Rays Matt Rice Western Kentucky Ky. $25,000
Matt Rice doesn't have outstanding tools and doesn't do much in orthodox fashion, but he got the job done as a hitter and catcher for four years at Western Kentucky. He has a spread-out stance and an uphill righthanded swing, with a knack for putting the barrel on the ball and making line-drive contact. The 6-foot-3, 195-pounder has gap power and is the Hilltoppers' all-time leader in hits (309) and RBIs (223). His long release detracts from his average arm strength and his receiving skills are just decent, yet he keeps the running game in check and does a nice job of leading a pitching staff. Area scouts love his makeup, and one described him as a "low risk, high reward" prospect. An exceptional student, Rice carries a 4.0 grade-point average in mechanical engineering and was the baseball academic all-American of the year. He also was a Rhodes Scholar finalist in 2010, when the Yankees drafted him in the 50th round.
9 301 Philadelphia Phillies Logan Moore Northeastern (Colo.) JC Colo. $100,000
Moore has a good catcher's build at 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds. His father, Brad, pitched briefly for the Phillies in 1988 and 1990. Moore is new to catching, having recently converted to the position from third base, but already shows a good feel for receiving and blocking. He also has above-average arm strength and a quick release. Moore's bat is a little light at this point, but there's strength projection in his frame and he could develop more gap power as he continues to fill out.
10 317 Detroit Tigers Curt Casali Vanderbilt Tenn. $40,000
Curt Casali has lost his plus arm strength to Tommy John surgery, and his inability to control the running game was one of Vanderbilt's few weaknesses in 2011. He was still a positive for the team with a solid bat and good receiving skills, and he's shown the ability to handle the Commodores' high-octane arms. He has a polished approach at the plate with decent gap power.
10 323 San Diego Padres Robert Kral College of Charleston S.C. $40,000
Redshirt junior Rob Kral is a solid lefthanded bat who would get drafted earlier if he could catch-and-throw at an acceptable level.
10 324 Texas Rangers Joe Maloney Limestone (S.C.) S.C. $90,000
Joe Maloney was the state's top catching prospect among college players. He's a Pennslyvania native and switch-hitter with power who hit 16 homers this spring. He has good strength in his 6-foot-2, 195-pound frame.
11 335 Baltimore Orioles Adam Davis Illinois Ill.
The Big Ten Conference tournament MVP, Adam Davis will be the fourth catcher drafted from Illinois in the last 10 years, following Patrick Arlis, Chris Robinson and Lars Davis (no relation)--all of whom are currently in the upper minors. Adam Davis didn't become a full-time regular until his third year with the Illini, but the 6-foot, 215-pounder has righthanded gap power and a strong, accurate arm. He has a short swing and flashes good receiving skills, though he needs to do a better job of making contact and holding onto the ball.
12 363 Seattle Mariners Mike Dowd Franklin Pierce (N.H.) N.H. $100,000
Mike Dowd is a 5-foot-9, 210-pound backstop with pure arm strength that receives 70 grades on the 20-80 scouting scale. Dowd has average receiving skills and doesn't move well behind the plate, but he makes up for those deficiencies with his throwing ability and churns out 1.85-second pop times. Scouts question how Dowd's bat will play at the next level, as he struggled in the Cape Cod League, hitting .238 with one extra-base hit in 44 plate appearances last summer. Using wood for the last three years should ease his professional transition. A Division-II Preseason All-American, Dowd has a contact approach and shows raw power at times. He profiles best as a big league backup.
12 370 Houston Astros Miles Hamblin Mississippi Miss.
Mississippi had plenty of physical, veteran hitters who didn't produce as expected. Catcher Miles Hamblin, a former star at Howard (Texas) JC, struggled offensively in the SEC, hitting .259/.378/.430 this season after batting .226 a year ago. He has plus raw power from the left side and good arm strength. Big and physical, he doesn't move well behind the plate and struggled to control the running game. Suffice it to say he didn't live up to expectations after being ranked as the top college player in Texas in the 2009 draft class. If he's drafted this year, it will mark his first time being picked.
12 378 Colorado Rockies David Schuknecht Palm Desert (Calif.) HS Calif.
An Arizona signee, Shuknecht has a strong, athletic frame at 6-foot-2, 195 pounds. A lefthanded hitter, he swings hard and often misses, but when he stays on the ball he can lace hard line drives from gap to gap, and he has power potential. He's an average runner and has good mobility behind the plate, to go along with promising receiving skills, though they are not yet polished. He also has good arm strength.
12 388 Minnesota Twins Matt Koch Loyola Marymount Calif.
In a world where catchers are always in demand, Matt Koch has a chance to be drafted between the sixth and 10th rounds. A fourth-year junior, Koch has two carrying tools: an above-average arm and raw power that he's still learning to tap into. He hit 15 homers in 2010, and though he has just four with the new bats in 2011, his doubles total has spiked from 13 to 22. Loyola Marymount coach Jason Gill says the 6-foot, 210-pound Koch has some of the best raw power he's ever seen, and he puts on an impressive display in batting practice, regularly launching balls way over LMU's Blue Monster in left field. Scouts aren't convinced he'll hit for enough average to be an everyday catcher, as his plate discipline needs considerable improvement (he has 118 strikeouts and 37 walks in his college career). His receiving needs polish, but he projects as an average defender with his plus arm.
13 410 St. Louis Cardinals Kolby Byrd Copiah-Lincoln (Miss.) CC Miss.
13 411 Chicago White Sox Chadd Krist California Calif.
Catcher Chadd Krist did a great job handling the premium stuff on Cal's staff. He has a solid arm that plays up thanks to his athleticism and quick footwork, and he threw out 61 percent of basestealers this year. He's agile behind the plate, and he receives and blocks well. He belted 10 home runs last year, but only showed gap power this year with the new bats, leading the team in doubles. Krist is a good leader with a blue-collar work ethic; he'll have to show more with the bat to be an everyday player.
14 432 New York Mets Xorge Carrillo Arizona State Ariz.
14 435 Los Angeles Angels Wayne Taylor Memorial HS, Houston Texas
14 436 Oakland Athletics Nick Rickles Stetson Fla.
Rickles was summer-ball teammates in 2009 with Bethune-Cookman's Peter O'Brien, and while O'Brien is the better pro prospect, many college coaches prefer Rickles, who has a durable 6-foot-3, 205-pound frame. He struggled as a sophomore before straightening out his swing in the Valley League last summer, hitting .284 with eight homers. He carried that over as a junior and has had his best power season, adding loft to his swing. Using a contact-oriented approach, he had more home runs (11) than strikeouts (seven). He has excellent balance at the plate and a professional approach to go with excellent bat control. Rickles is a decent athlete and runs around 7.0 seconds over 60 yards. Some scouts have reservations about Rickles' catch-and-throw skills. He has a hitch in his throwing motion as he transfers from glove to hand, negating to a degree his solid-average arm strength. Nevertheless, he threw out 35 percent of baserunners in 2011, after throwing out 29 percent as a sophomore and 26 percent as a freshman. He's a good receiver at the college level but no better than average. He has been one of the nation's best-performing college catchers and should sneak into the fifth to eighth round.
15 454 Arizona Diamondbacks Steven Rodriguez UCLA Calif.
UCLA catcher Steve Rodriguez gets plenty of exposure receiving for blue-chippers Gerrit Cole and Trevor Bauer, and his ability to handle their premium stuff will get him drafted despite meager offensive numbers (.216/.312/.254 with five extra-base hits through 134 at-bats). Rodriguez excels at receiving and blocking, and his average arm plays up because of its accuracy. He has a durable 6-foot-1, 200-pound frame and could be a big league backup if his lefthanded bat ever comes around.
15 459 Chicago Cubs Justin Marra Power/St. Joseph HS, Toronto Ontario $110,000
Some scouts may be turned off by the fact that catcher Justin Marra is just 5-foot-11 and 180 pounds. He receives well and has a strong arm, regularly flashing above-average pop times down to second base. A lefthanded hitter, Marra has also shown the ability this spring to hit quality pitching.
16 483 Seattle Mariners Jack Marder Oregon Ore. $200,000
Andrew Susac isn't the only draft-eligible sophomore catcher in the state. Oregon's Jack Marder also fits that bill. Used mostly as a right fielder and first baseman last year, Marder has been behind the plate this year and has flashed outstanding defensive at times. He's an above-average athlete and it shows. He has soft hands, moves well and puts up pop times in the 1.85-second range. He's inconsistent, mostly because he's new to the position. He was a middle infielder in high school and split time between right field and first base last year. He's also a diabetic who plays with an insulin pump. He looked like a natural behind the plate and handled a quality pitching staff. He has the makeup teams seek in a backstop and has shown an ability to hit in the past, though his bat was down this year as he focused on defense.
16 489 Chicago Cubs Rafael Lopez Florida State Fla.
16 503 San Diego Padres Jeremy Rodriguez Cal State Bakersfield Calif.
17 521 Milwaukee Brewers Mario Amaral Reagan HS, Hialeah, Fla. Fla.
Beyond the top group of Florida catchers, some evaluators preferred Mario Amaral who has a strong frame and more arm strength than Aramis Garcia. Like Garcia, Amaral opened eyes with his raw power potential and he performed well this spring. He has signed with Florida State.
17 525 Los Angeles Angels Hunter Lockwood Bell HS, Hurst, Texas Texas
An Oklahoma recruit, Lockwood led all Dallas-area players (including projected first-rounder Josh Bell) with 16 homers through late May. The 5-foot-11, 189-pounder has a lot of strength and bat speed from the right side of the plate. He has average arm strength but a slow release, and he'll have to improve significantly as a receiver to remain behind the plate.
18 554 Los Angeles Dodgers Chris O'Brien Wichita State Kan.
It's fair to say that no one anticipated Chris O'Brien's breakout season. He hit .272/.365/.401 in his first two seasons at Wichita State, then dipped to .197/.282/.219 with wood bats in the Cape Cod League last summer. He looked like a different hitter this spring, batting .410/.495/.643 with a 40-18 BB-K ratio even after the NCAA switched to less lively bats. A 6-foot, 219-pound switch-hitter, he took regular batting practice in the offseason and made his stance wider and more open. Though catchers who can hit are always in demand, O'Brien probably won't go in the first five rounds. He has fringy arm strength and receiving skills, though he does earn high marks for his ability to call pitches and run a pitching staff. His father Charlie was an All-America catcher for the Shockers and spent 15 years in the majors thanks to his defensive prowess.
19 573 Seattle Mariners Luke Guarnaccia Palm Beach (Fla.) CC Fla. $250,000
The Mariners went hard after catching in this year's draft, as Guarnaccia was one of five catchers signed for $100,000 or more. The M's liked Guarnaccia in 2010, drafting him in the 21st round out of high school and followed his progress at Palm Beach (Fla.) CC, getting him in the 19th round in 2011. Guarnaccia is a good athlete that shows solid arm strength and footwork. A switch-hitter, he has raw power from both sides of the plate, but more from the left side, and he runs well for a catcher.
19 596 Atlanta Braves Troy Snitker North Georgia College and State Ga.
19 601 Philadelphia Phillies John Hill Concordia (Calif.) Calif.
20 620 St. Louis Cardinals Aramis Garcia Pembroke Pines (Fla.) HS Fla.
Florida's catchers got plenty of attention, and beyond the top group some evaluators preferred Aramis Garcia, a Florida International signee. Garcia resembles 2009 supplemental first-rounder Steve Baron, who was a premium defender. He has more power potential than Baron but lacks fluid actions behind the plate. His bat may have to carry him if the 6-foot-2, 190-pounder outgrows catching.
20 621 Chicago White Sox Martin Medina Cal State Bakersfield Calif.
21 636 Kansas City Royals Kenny Swab Virginia Va.
Kenny Swab hasn't seen much time behind the plate because of Hicks, but he has a plus arm and could get a chance in the later rounds. He was hitting .311/.443/.426.
21 661 Philadelphia Phillies Riley Moore San Marcos (Calif.) HS Calif.
As a rising high school senior last summer, Moore played in 11 games in the California Collegiate League and caught power arms like Texas State's Carson Smith and Texas' Sam Stafford and Hoby Milner. He held his own in the Area Code Games and in fall scout ball, but he has seen little to hit on a bad high school team this spring. Lanky and wiry-strong at 6-foot-2, 170 pounds, Moore has a chance to be a fringe-average lefthanded hitter with average or better power as he fills out his projectable frame. He's a switch-hitter who struggles from the right side, and scouts still are not completely sold on his bat. Moore, who is committed to Arizona, stands out most for his defense. His athleticism plays well behind the plate, where he has excellent agility and advanced receiving skills for his age. His best tool is his above-average arm.
22 683 San Diego Padres Matt Colantonio Brown R.I.
23 696 Kansas City Royals Lance Harper Scottsdale (Ariz.) CC Ariz.
23 701 Milwaukee Brewers Ben McMahan Florida Fla.
Catcher Ben McMahan has catch-and-throw skills and a pro body but has been buried behind sophomore Mike Zunino, the Southeastern Conference player of the year.
23 702 New York Mets Jeff Diehl Cranston (R.I.) West HS R.I. $135,000
Cranston West HS produced Coastal Carolina's sandwich-round talent Anthony Meo in 2008, and this year it has Jeff Diehl, the top prep prospect in Rhode Island. Diehl is a raw, athletic 6-foot-4, 195-pound backstop with good catch and throw skills, though he probably won't stay behind the plate as his frame fills out and he gets stronger. As a catcher, Diehl is not polished and has stiff actions, so he profiles as a corner outfielder or first baseman. A broken finger kept him out of the Area Code Games, and he struggled during the summer but looked better in the fall and spring, showing good bat speed and raw power to the pull side. Diehl struggles with consistency but flashes potential, and he will likely be taken in the top 12 rounds. He has a commitment to Rhode Island, but scouts say he's likely to sign.
23 711 Chicago White Sox Mike Marjama Long Beach State Calif.
24 733 Florida Marlins Tony Caldwell Auburn Ala.
24 744 Texas Rangers Zach Fish Gull Lake HS, Richland, Mich. Mich.
25 757 Washington Nationals Erick Fernandez Georgetown D.C.
25 761 Milwaukee Brewers Parker Berberet Oregon State Ore.
27 812 Pittsburgh Pirates Ryan Hornback San Jacinto (Texas) JC Texas
28 851 Milwaukee Brewers BreShon Kimbrell Mesquite (Texas) HS Texas
Kimbell has a big league body at 6-foot-2 and 210 pounds, and though he only has been catching for a year, he has a little more arm strength and is a little more advanced than Lockwood. That said, Kimbell still has a lot of work to do behind the plate. A righthanded hitter with intriguing power potential, he has committed to Louisiana Tech.
28 870 Tampa Bay Rays Blake Grant-Parks Yuba City (Calif.) HS Calif.
29 875 Baltimore Orioles Cameron Edman Gonzaga Wash.
29 877 Washington Nationals Sean Cotten Tusculum (Tenn.) Tenn.
Cotten signed for a $1,000 bonus on June 10, but the contract was later voided.
29 893 San Diego Padres Vimeal Machin Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, Gurabo, P.R. P.R.
29 896 Atlanta Braves Chad Comer Texas-Arlington Texas
30 913 Florida Marlins Jose Behar Florida International Fla.
31 932 Pittsburgh Pirates Derek Trent East Tennessee State Tenn.
The Bucs have an aggressive approach, leading to a lot of swings and missed but also to a consistent offense. Catcher Derek Trent was an exception, making more contact and using the whole field more than his teammates. He has shown an average to above-average arm, flashing 1.9-second pop times to second base. He threw out 41 percent of basestealers. Trent split time for his first three seasons between catching and outfield, and as an integral part of the Bucs' offense, he often rested instead of catching extra bullpens. As a result, his receiving isn't advanced. He makes up for it with good offensive ability. He adjusted his approach to make more contact and wound up hitting .351/.450/.620 with 14 homers this spring. A decent athlete with a lefthanded bat and solid (6-foot-1, 205 pounds) size, Trent is one of the nation's better senior signs.
31 945 Los Angeles Angels Jett Bandy Arizona Ariz.
Catcher Jett Bandy is a good receiver but has fringy arm strength and a questionable bat.
31 961 Philadelphia Phillies Kyle Olson Jackson HS, Mill Creek, Wash. Wash.
32 973 Florida Marlins Sharif Othman California Baptist Calif.
32 980 St. Louis Cardinals Jonathan Keener Cal State Dominguez Hills Calif.
32 981 Chicago White Sox Brent Tanner South Alabama Ala.
33 1011 Chicago White Sox Bryce Mosier Valhalla HS, El Cajon, Calif. Calif.
Bryce Mosier, a physical catcher with a slightly above-average arm and solid receiving skills. Mosier impressed scouts at the Jesse Flores Memorial All-Star Game in November, earning MVP honors with a two-run triple. He has some feel for the barrel and power potential, and he could sneak into the back of the top 10 rounds.
33 1017 San Francisco Giants Brock Bennett Alabama Ala.
34 1024 Arizona Diamondbacks Zach Jones Stanford Calif.
34 1031 Milwaukee Brewers Adam Weisenburger Miami (Ohio) Ohio
34 1037 Detroit Tigers Zach Maggard Florida Southern Fla.
34 1039 Toronto Blue Jays Aaron Munoz Northwestern State La.
35 1061 Milwaukee Brewers Doug Elliot Connecticut Conn.
Scouts have been impressed with the way senior Doug Elliott has handled UConn's pitching staff, which brought him into draft consideration. Elliott stepped into the starting job after incumbent catcher Joe Pavone tore his ACL in the preseason, and he was hitting .320/.371/.389 through 54 games. Elliott is a contact hitter with good receiving skills and an average arm.
35 1068 Colorado Rockies Richard Pirkle Georgia College & State Ga.
35 1072 Boston Red Sox Carlos Coste Academia Bautista HS, San Juan, P.R. P.R.
35 1078 Minnesota Twins Phillip Chapman Memphis Tenn.
36 1084 Arizona Diamondbacks Bryan Henry Keystone (Pa.) Pa.
36 1090 Houston Astros Kevin Gonzalez Texas A&M Texas
36 1098 Colorado Rockies Tyler Servais Douglas County HS, Castle Rock, Colo. Colo.
36 1100 St. Louis Cardinals Casey Rasmus Liberty Va.
37 1115 Baltimore Orioles Nick Skala Concordia (Ill.) Ill.
37 1137 San Francisco Giants Michael Williams Kentucky Ky.
38 1157 Detroit Tigers Blaise Salter St. Mary's Prep, Orchard Lake Village, Mich. Mich.
38 1170 Tampa Bay Rays Brandon Choate Southern Arkansas Ark.
39 1175 Baltimore Orioles Pat Cantwell Stony Brook N.Y.
40 1211 Milwaukee Brewers Keaton Aldridge Glenwood School, Smiths Station, Ala. Ala.
40 1212 New York Mets Alexis Mercado Otay Ranch HS, Chula Vista, Calif. Calif.
40 1220 St. Louis Cardinals Kyle Arnsberg McLennan (Texas) CC Texas
41 1232 Pittsburgh Pirates Jonathan Schwind Marist N.Y.
Schwind is more of a player for next year's draft, but he's a good athlete with quick hands and a slashy swing at the plate. He has an above-average arm that should allow him to be a super-utility player at the next level, and he's a plus runner.
41 1236 Kansas City Royals Travis Lane Central Arizona JC Ariz.
41 1256 Atlanta Braves Keelin Rasch Harrisburg (Ill.) HS Ill.
42 1263 Seattle Mariners David Villasuso Miami Fla.
42 1276 Oakland Athletics Brett Geren San Ramon Valley HS, Danville, Calif. Calif.
42 1277 Detroit Tigers Tim Chadd Bishop Carroll HS, Wichita, Kan. Kan.
42 1283 San Diego Padres Garrett Boulware Hanna HS, Anderson, S.C. S.C.
Boulware, signed to Clemson, has good athleticism and arm strength. Boulware was an all-state football linebacker and has solid defensive skills as well as the makeup to play behind the plate. If he's signable, he could be the third or fourth prep player in the state drafted.
42 1285 Cincinnati Reds Jacob Stallings North Carolina N.C.
Another catcher to watch is North Carolina's Jacob Stallings, who has added 30 pounds since his freshman year yet is still a lean 6-foot-5, 215 pounds. Scouts aren't worried about Stallings' defense. He has a strong arm and has shut down the running game for North Carolina. His bat is the question. He has just five home runs in 392 at-bats and was batting .272/.389/.400.
42 1290 Tampa Bay Rays Mike Bourdon Tampa Fla.
43 1305 Los Angeles Angels Kyle Mahoney High Point N.C.
43 1307 Detroit Tigers Greg Fettes Lamphere HS, Madison Heights, Mich. Mich.
43 1317 San Francisco Giants Drew Stiner Owasso (Okla.) HS Okla.
Drew Stiner, Dylan Bundy's catcher at Owasso, has a well above-average arm and solid receiving skills. Scouts aren't as sold on the 6-foot-2, 210-pounder's bat speed and pull-happy approach from the right side of the plate, so he could wind up at Oklahoma State.
43 1321 Philadelphia Phillies Austin Knight Sumrall (Miss.) HS Miss.
44 1342 Boston Red Sox Matt Martin Pendleton School, Bradenton, Fla. Fla.
45 1365 Los Angeles Angels Matt Scioscia Notre Dame Ind.
45 1380 Tampa Bay Rays Kevin Lusson Texas Texas
46 1394 Los Angeles Dodgers Victor Munoz Claremont (Calif.) HS Calif.
46 1396 Oakland Athletics Nate Esposito Granite Bay (Calif.) HS Calif.
46 1398 Colorado Rockies Nate Causey Gilbert (Ariz.) HS Ariz.
Nathaniel Causey has intriguing tools. He's passable behind the plate and shows good power as a lefthanded hitter, though the swing is a little stiff and he's pull-conscious right now. Scouts backed off this year because of his strong commitment to Arizona State.
46 1400 St. Louis Cardinals Chadwick Kaalekahi Campbell HS, Ewa Beach, Hawaii Hawaii
46 1410 Tampa Bay Rays Max Rossiter Central Arizona JC Ariz.
Rossiter, who is committed to Arizona State, has average arm strength and power, and the toughness to remain at catcher.
46 1411 Philadelphia Phillies Scott Tomassetti Sierra Vista HS, Las Vegas Nev.
Tomassetti is built more like a catcher at 6-foot-1 and 185 pounds. He's a little stiff behind the plate and will need work to stay back there. Tomassetti benefited from being teammates with Jake Hager and getting extra scouting attention.
47 1423 Florida Marlins Joel Thys Ohlone (Calif.) JC Calif.
47 1427 Detroit Tigers Ryan MacPhail Dutch Fork HS, Irmo, S.C. S.C.
47 1431 Chicago White Sox Robert Liera Hialeah (Fla.) HS Fla.
48 1446 Kansas City Royals Matt Beaty Dresden (Tenn.) HS Tenn.
48 1450 Houston Astros A.J. Murray Westfield (N.J.) HS N.J.
Catcher Andrew Murray was a two-sport standout at Westfield High, the same high school that Stanford righthander Chris Jenkins attended. Murray is well put together at 6-foot-2, 200 pounds thanks to his time as a football player, but he's let scouts know that he wants to play on the diamond. He has power and can handle the bat, but has below-average receiving skills and will likely end up as a first baseman or DH, putting a lot of pressure on his bat. He is committed to Georgia Tech.
48 1455 Los Angeles Angels Ricky Pacione Marist N.Y.
49 1484 Los Angeles Dodgers J.J. Ethel Louisville Ky.
49 1500 Tampa Bay Rays Alan Baldwin Kailua (Hawaii) HS Hawaii
50 1508 Cleveland Indians Tyler Baker Shawnee Heights HS, Tecumseh, Kan. Kan.
50 1512 New York Mets Eddie Rohan Winthrop S.C.
50 1515 Los Angeles Angels Trent Garrison Fresno State Calif.
Fresno State's biggest wild card is catcher Trent Garrison, who was one of the better catch-and-throw guys on the West Coast coming into the season, with a 70 arm on the 20-80 scouting scale. Garrison has also hit well from the left side of the plate, but tore his left ACL and MCL during the first game of the season. If healthy, Garrison could have been a first-five-rounds pick this year, and a team still may take a flyer on him later in the draft.
50 1529 Tampa Bay Rays Ian Tomkins Abilene Christian (Texas) Texas