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Round Overall Team Player School State Bonus
1 5 Kansas City Royals Bubba Starling Gardner-Edgerton HS, Gardner, Kan. Kan. $7,500,000
Starling is the best athlete in the 2011 draft. As a pitcher, he'd be a potential first-round pick as a 6-foot-5, 195-pound righthander with a fastball that touches 95 mph. He's also a gifted quarterback who earned a scholarship from Nebraska after leading Gardner-Edgerton to the Kansas 5-A state semifinals as a senior. Starling ran for 2,377 yards and 31 touchdowns last fall, while passing for 790 yards and eight more scores. Despite his ability on the mound and on the gridiron, his future is as a five-tool center fielder who resembles Drew Stubbs. Starling missed nearly a month with a quad injury this spring, but that didn't dent scouts' enthusiasm, and he homered twice in his first game back. His strength, bat speed and the leverage in his righthanded swing give him above-average power. His swing got long at times on the showcase circuit, but Starling did a nice job of shortening it and making consistent hard contact later in the summer. His speed is as impressive as his power, making him a basestealing threat and giving him plenty of range in center field. He has the power and arm strength to profile as a star in right field as well. Starling has faced little in the way of challenging high school competition and will need to smooth out rough edges in his game in pro ball, but that hasn't prevented him from making the short list of candidates to go No. 1 overall to the Pirates.
1 11 Houston Astros George Springer Connecticut Conn. $2,525,000
Springer was largely overlooked in high school, taking a back seat to higher-profile New England draftees like Anthony Hewitt, Ryan Westmoreland and Chris Dwyer. The Twins took a 48th-round flier on him in 2008 but he went to Connecticut, and three years later he may have the best all-around tools of any college player in the last decade. At 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds, Springer has a skill set rarely seen among college players. He generates plus raw power with explosive bat speed. He has a plus arm and is a plus runner, and he's a smooth defender in center field. He struggled early in 2011, when his hands were tight to his body and his stance was narrow, and he collapsed on his back side. But he made adjustments and returned to form when Big East play started, showing scouts why he was the Cape Cod League's No. 2 prospect last summer. His early-season struggles scared some scouts who question Springer's swing mechanics, as he can be exposed with velocity on the inner half. He's raw for a college first-round pick, but Springer may have the highest ceiling in the draft.
1 13 New York Mets Brandon Nimmo East HS, Cheyenne, Wyo. Wyo. $2,100,000
Simply getting drafted out of Wyoming is an accomplishment in itself--the state does not have high school baseball and has produced just two draft picks the past decade. Nimmo should become the state's highest pick ever. With a lean, 6-foot-3 frame with projection remaining, he's a good athlete and one of the best sprinters in the state. He tore his right ACL playing football during his junior year in 2009 and spent most of last summer playing with a brace on his knee. He's an above-average runner when he's healthy, which helps him on the basepaths and in center field, and there's more to his game than just speed. Nimmo has a pretty, efficient lefthanded swing. He's short to the ball and has outstanding barrel awareness, consistently squaring balls up and shooting line drives to all fields. He has a good eye at the plate and should be an above-average hitter. As he gets stronger, he could add loft to his swing to turn doubles into home runs. Nimmo worked out for teams in Arizona this spring and had some tendinitis in his knee. His American Legion team started playing in mid-April and their schedule goes right up to the signing deadline, and he has an Arkansas commitment to fall back on. The team that drafts him will likely follow him throughout the summer and make a call at the deadline.
1 31 Tampa Bay Rays Mikie Mahtook Louisiana State La. $1,150,000
Mahtook burst onto the scene as a freshman, earning a starting spot midway through the 2009 season and helping to spark Louisiana State to the College World Series championship. He was good enough in center field to push premium athletes Leon Landry and Jared Mitchell to the outfield corners, yet at 6-foot-1, 192 pounds, some scouts are still skeptical whether he can play the middle garden in the big leagues. He played right field as a sophomore and moved back to center as a junior. He has an average arm, but if he gets any bigger and loses his slightly above-average speed, he may have to go to left. Mahtook's swing isn't technically proficient, but he's strong, repeats his stroke and has a feel for the barrel. He made consistent hard contact all season, and his OPS (1.205) was higher than it was last season. Scouts expect clubs that value performance to keep Mahtook from sliding beyond the supplemental round.
1s 34 Washington Nationals Brian Goodwin Miami Dade JC Fla. $3,000,000
Goodwin has been under the microscope this year and has responded well. He was a 16th-round pick out of Rocky Mount (N.C.) High in 2009 but didn't sign and went to North Carolina, where he posted a solid .291/.409/.511 freshman season. Goodwin then went to the Cape Cod League and ranked as the No. 6 prospect after hitting .281/.364/.360. Then he was suspended for a violation of university policy at North Carolina, so he transferred to Miami-Dade JC. He got off to a slow start thanks in part to a tweaked hamstring, but Goodwin came on to earn comparisons to ex-big leaguer Jacque Jones. Goodwin has average to plus tools across the board, starting with his hitting ability. He's patient, draws walks and has present strength, and some project him to have future plus power. A plus runner who's not quite a burner, Goodwin has the tools for center field, but he played a corner spot at North Carolina and doesn't consistently display natural instincts in center.
1s 35 Toronto Blue Jays Jake Anderson Chino (Calif.) HS Calif. $990,000
Anderson's stock soared after he won the home run derby at the Under Armour All-America Game at Wrigley Field last August, nearly putting a ball on Waveland Avenue in the final round. Scouts were frustrated they could not see Anderson play the outfield this spring, because Chino High had no other viable options at first base and used Anderson there. Tall and projectable at 6-foot-4, 195 pounds, he is a long strider with solid-average speed under way, and he profiles either in center or right, where he should have adequate arm strength. Anderson is a physical specimen with plenty of leverage and solid-average to plus raw power potential in his slightly uphill swing. Scouts are not convinced his bat is ready for pro ball, as he struggles to recognize offspeed stuff and needs to learn how to make adjustments. But he has the ability to become an average hitter down the road. A top-five-rounds talent, Anderson is likely headed to school at Pepperdine, where he'll help anchor a strong recruiting class.
1s 37 Texas Rangers Zach Cone Georgia Ga. $873,000
Cone looks like a big leaguer but hasn't played like one this season. After hitting .363 as a sophomore, he was batting .283/.343/.382 as a junior, and scouts were saying more than just the new bats were at play. He appears to lack trust in his hitting ability, swinging early in counts and getting out on his front foot too often. Scouts question his pitch recognition, and he has drawn just 33 walks in three seasons. Cone's other tools range from good to outstanding. He's a plus runner with above-average range in center field. He has understandably played with less abandon after an early-season collision in the outfield that left teammate Jonathan Taylor in the hospital and partially paralyzed with a neck injury. He gets good enough jumps and reads in center field to profile as an above-average defender there. His arm has gone backward, playing fringe-average this spring after it was plus in the fall. Cone has solid raw power and strength, and ranks as one of the college ranks' best athletes, with physical ability comparable to fellow college outfielders such as Mikie Mahtook and George Springer. Even area scouts who see all his flaws expect Cone, who was a third-round pick out of high school in 2008, to improve on that by a round or so in 2011.
1s 39 Philadelphia Phillies Larry Greene Berrien County HS, Nashville, Ga. Ga. $1,000,000
Greene isn't quite one-dimensional, but it's close. He's a physical beast at 6-foot-2, 235 pounds, and one evaluator compared his power to that of Russell Branyan, another south Georgia lefthanded hitter. Green was dominating and putting on huge power displays against modest pitching, pushing himself into first-round consideration. However, scouts who saw him last summer recall he struggled mightily with velocity at the East Coast Pro Showcase. Greene is somewhat stiff but is an average runner, which should give him a chance to play left field, but some scouts think he'll wind up as more of a first base/DH type. Greene's value is mostly in his bat and well above-average raw power. He's likely to put on a display in individual workouts for teams prior to the draft.
1s 40 Boston Red Sox Jackie Bradley South Carolina S.C. $1,100,000
Bradley was South Carolina's best player his first two seasons, bashing 24 home runs, walking more than he struck out and overcoming an early hamate injury to lead the Gamecocks to the 2010 national championship. He was the Most Outstanding Player of the College World Series and then played for USA Baseball's college national team. Scouting directors saw him hit .318 and saw a premium defender in center field, with average speed but tremendous instincts, good routes and a plus arm. However, Bradley was struggling with the new BBCOR bats and slumping this season before he went down with a left wrist injury. He had surgery at the start of May to repair ligament and tendon damage and wasn't expected to return this season. Supporters point to his track record because his lone plus tools are his defense and his arm. He lost his feel for hitting this spring as he sold out for power, employing an uppercut that helped drop his average to .259. His believers give him above-average hitting grades for his bat speed and approach. Bradley looked to be sliding, perhaps out of the first round.
1s 47 Chicago White Sox Keenyn Walker Central Arizona JC Ariz. $795,000
Walker was drafted in the 16th round out of high school in Utah in 2009 and last year at Central Arizona, in the 38th round. Scouts have always been intrigued by the 6-foot-3 switch-hitter with standout tools and impressive athleticism. The raw tools don't always translate on the baseball field, however, and he didn't even start regularly last year. This year is a different story. Walker has performed well with wood and he should get more than the $250,000 he reportedly turned down out of high school. Walker has more power from the right side, but his lefthanded swing is more pure. He's mostly a gap hitter with above-average speed, so he profiles as a good defensive center fielder. He has the speed to hit at the top of the order, but needs to cut down on his strikeouts. If he doesn't sign, Walker will head to Utah.
1s 51 New York Yankees Dante Bichette Jr. Orangewood Christian HS, Orlando Fla. $750,000
Bichette's father played 14 seasons in the major leagues, earning four All-Star Game nods, collecting 1,906 hits and 274 home runs and even posting a 30-30 season in 1996. His son is cut from similar cloth. He's a righthanded hitter who has solid athleticism and a track record of performance, going back to helping his Little League team reach Williamsport, Pa. The younger Bichette is a high school infielder, but his profile will wind up being that of a power-hitting left fielder. He lacks fluidity defensively, and his best tool when he's not in the batter's box is his throwing arm. Offense is his calling card, and he's a cage rat who often can be found taking extra rounds of batting practice. Bichette has had a lot of movement in his swing but has toned down a bit this season while still producing big power and plenty of bat speed. He has as much raw power as any prep player in Florida and runs well enough to be a corner outfielder if he can't stay in the infield. He's committed to Georgia.
1s 53 Toronto Blue Jays Dwight Smith Jr. McIntosh (Ga.) HS Ga. $800,000
Smith is the son of the big league outfielder of the same name. Junior has tools and a game that resemble his father significantly. His best tool is his bat, as he owns a pure stroke that ranks among the best in the draft class. He features a prominent leg kick at the plate, yet always seems to be on time and gets his bat into the hitting zone for a long time. Smith has a bit less speed than his dad and may wind up a below-average runner when it's all said and done, pushing him from center field to a corner. He has enough arm strength to make right field a possibility, but a move to a corner will put more pressure on his bat. He has solid power and projects to have average raw power. He's committed to Georgia Tech.
1s 56 Tampa Bay Rays Kes Carter Western Kentucky Ky. $625,000
Western Kentucky is one of the better mid-major programs in college baseball, having won 77 games and produced 11 draft picks in the previous two seasons. The Hilltoppers should have another half-dozen players selected in 2011, led by Carter, who could become the highest-drafted player in school history. An athletic 6-foot-2, 205-pounder, Carter flashes all five tools. His smooth lefthanded stroke and disciplined approach allow him to hit for average, and he has at least average power potential. He still needs to fine-tune his timing at the plate and turn on balls more frequently. He has slightly above-average speed that plays up on the bases and in center field, as well as a solid arm for the position. The biggest issues with Carter are his struggles against lefthanded pitching and his health. He injured his hip in the Coastal Plain League last summer, sat out during fall practice and missed time this spring with a calf strain. Nevertheless, he shouldn't last past the second round
1s 60 Tampa Bay Rays James Harris Oakland Technical HS Calif. $490,000
Outfielder James Harris looks great in a uniform with his 6-foot-1, 175-pound athletic frame. He's raw and may need two years in Rookie ball, but he has huge upside. Harris is an explosive athlete. He is a well above-average runner, with a 37-inch vertical leap, and can fly on the bases and in center field. He has below-average arm strength, but enough for center field. A righthanded hitter, Harris is patient at the plate, trying to get on base any way possible, and some scouts wonder if he's actually too passive. He also shows some raw power. Harris has not committed to a college, so he should be signable.
2 61 Pittsburgh Pirates Josh Bell Dallas Jesuit HS Texas $5,000,000
Bell has the most usable power among high school players in the 2011 draft, and he provides it from both sides of the plate. He has been switch-hitting since he was 5 years old, and he's equally effective from both sides of the plate. Armed with quick hands, strength and an advanced approach, the 6-foot-3, 206-pounder projects as a plus hitter for both average and power. A cracked left kneecap prevented him from proving himself on the showcase circuit last summer, but he recovered to star at the World Wood Bat Championship in October. Bell's other tools aren't as dynamic as his bat, and he'll have to move from center field once he turns pro, but he profiles nicely as a corner outfielder. He's an average runner who may have enough arm strength to play right field. Bell is a good student whose mother is a college professor and who will be advised by the Boras Corp., so it may cost a team dearly to pry him away from a Texas scholarship. His offensive upside still will draw plenty of suitors in the middle of the first round.
2 75 Tampa Bay Rays Granden Goetzman Palmetto (Fla.) HS Fla. $490,000
Three factors have helped Goetzman jump up draft boards this spring: the thin Florida high school class, a lack of high school power bats and his own sizable talent. Minor shoulder issues kept him off the main showcase circuit, though he was a known commodity among Florida area scouts, so he has really introduced himself to national-level scouts this spring. Primarily a shortstop and pitcher in high school, Goetzman will move to an outfield corner as a pro, and he's gotten comparisons to such players as Jayson Werth and Jay Buhner. Bat speed and leverage help him produce prodigious power, and like Werth, Goetzman is a tall, angular athlete who might even have a shot at playing some center field. He's far from a stiff righthanded hitter, with a loose swing and above-average speed, especially under way. His hit tool is also advanced, as he has good natural timing. Scouts laud his makeup, and if a team thinks he can stay in the infield or play center, he could push his way into the first round.
2 77 Colorado Rockies Carl Thomore East Brunswick (N.J.) HS N.J. $480,000
Thomore has battled adversity to become a premium prospect in this year's draft. His mother died with breast cancer in 2005, and then he sustained a gruesome injury in a showcase in suburban Atlanta last summer. Thomore's cleat got caught in the dirt as he slid into third base, dislocating and breaking his ankle. An orthopedic surgeon who was in the stands came onto the field to help. He offered the choice of going to the hospital for treatment--risking complications because Thomore's circulation had been restricted--or popping the bone back into place on the field. Thomore gritted his teeth and chose the latter, and some say the decision and the doctor (who has never been identified) saved his baseball career. Scouts love Thomore's grinder mentality, and he grows on people the more they seem him. His only standout tool is his power, which is above-average. A plus runner before the injury, Thomore is now average, but he's aggressive with good instincts and is better under way. He profiles as a corner outfielder with an average arm. He's a physical 6-foot-1, 195 pounds and projects as an average hitter who can go to all fields.
2 79 St. Louis Cardinals Charlie Tilson New Trier HS, Winnetka, Ill. Ill. $1,275,000
Though Tilson was the best player on New Trier's 2009 Illinois 4-A championship team as a sophomore, he didn't burst onto the prospect scene until the Area Code Games the following summer. Tilson led all players with seven stolen bases in three games, hit the wood-bat event's lone home run and finished fourth in the SPARQ athletic testing. He hasn't quite shown the same tools this spring, however, and fits more in the second or third round. The Area Code homer was an aberration, as the 6-foot, 175-pounder has average bat speed and a line-drive swing. Power isn't his game, as he's a lefty hitter who fits at the top of the lineup. His game is to make contact and get on base. His speed rates a 65 on the 20-80 scouting scale, and he'll be more dangerous once he improves his jumps. He runs down balls in center field and shows a slightly above-average arm. His instincts and makeup help enhance his tools. Area scouts who have more history with Tilson don't rate him as highly as scouting directors and crosscheckers who saw him at the Area Code Games. An Illinois recruit, he draws comparisons to former Illini speedster Kyle Hudson, a standout athlete who was a fourth-round pick of the Orioles in 2008. Hudson is quicker, but Tilson is a better hitter and has more polish at the same stage of their careers. He's a top student and could be a tough sign.
2 81 Boston Red Sox Williams Jerez Grand Street HS, Brooklyn N.Y. $443,700
Jerez moved from the Dominican Republic with his father two years ago. He originally drew interest as a lefthander, but he has more potential as a center fielder and has generated a lot of buzz this spring after playing in Florida for Hank's Yanks, a team sponsored by Yankees owner Hank Steinbrenner. Jerez's 6-foot-4, 190-pound frame is what one scout described as "about as good a body as you could imagine." He has a wiry strong build and should add bulk as he matures. He has average raw power, with loft and leverage in his swing, which has a tendency to get long. Some scouts worry how he will fare against premium velocity, but his bat speed has improved even since March. Jerez has a plus arm and plus speed, but it doesn't play down the line because he's slow out of the batter's box. There's no consensus on Jerez: Some scouts question his background and age and don't like his bat, while others project on his raw tools and athleticism.
2 84 Cincinnati Reds Gabriel Rosa Colegio Hector Urdaneta, Rio Grande, P.R. P.R. $500,000
The top position player in Puerto Rico in 2011, Rosa has committed to Bethune-Cookman. Scouts didn't expect him to reach college, though, as he has enough present tools to go out in the first four rounds. Two scouts compared him to former big league outfielder Juan Encarnacion for his rangy frame and solid all-around tools. He has a loose body with projection and should fill out his 6-foot-4, 180-pound frame. Some scouts believe he'll have to move to a corner, while others believe the current shortstop can stay in center field. He has solid raw power and is a plus runner, though he's no burner. Rosa has bad timing habits that tend to cause him to lead with his shoulder and open up too early in his swing in an attempt to pull the ball. His swing path has some inconsistencies as well, and he doesn't keep his bat in the hitting zone long enough. Rosa's arm plays average.
3 93 Arizona Diamondbacks Justin Bianco Peters Township HS, Canonsburg, Pa. Pa. $369,000
A sturdy 6-foot-1, 195 pounds, outfielder Justin Bianco is a Pittsburgh signee with solid tools across the board. While nothing jumps out, scouts like his present strength and think he is not yet physically mature. He's a solid-average runner, and scouts also like the way he plays the game.
3 98 Chicago Cubs Zeke DeVoss Miami Fla. $500,000
A somewhat polarizing player for scouts, DeVoss is an eligible sophomore who turned down a late-round offer from the Red Sox out of the 2009 draft. He was one of Miami's few impact offensive players in an up-and-down season, teaming with Nathan Melendres at the top of the lineup and setting the table ably, though his swing is inconsistent. He's not physical but is a good athlete who is less polished than the average college player in Florida. He's one of college baseball's faster runners, and his speed plays offensively. When he's going right he'll sting line drives to the gaps and put his speed to use on the basepaths. DeVoss played shortstop in high school and has shifted between left field and second base. He hasn't played center field much in deference to Melendres, making it difficult for scouts who think that's his best position. His speed and athleticism figure to make him the first Miami player off the board.
3 109 St. Louis Cardinals C.J. McElroy Jr. Clear Creek HS, League City, Texas Texas $510,000
The son of longtime big league reliever Chuck McElroy, outfielder C.J. McElroy draws comparisons to Michael Bourn. His plus-plus speed stands out both on the diamond and on the gridiron. A running back who ran for 1,523 yards and accounted for 28 touchdowns last fall, he signed a football scholarship to play wide receiver at Houston. He also finished seventh at the Texas 5-A track meet in the long jump. At 5-foot-9 and 165 pounds, McElroy won't have much power, but he has a solid righthanded stroke, good pitch-recognition skills and the ability to handle velocity. He's a big-time stolen base threat and covers a lot of ground in center field. His arm is below-average.
3 119 Tampa Bay Rays Johnny Eierman Warsaw (Mo.) HS Mo. $550,000
A product of a central Missouri town with a population of 2,100, Eierman boosted his draft stock by showing impressive raw tools on a bigger stage last summer. He made the rounds of the showcase circuit, posting the second-best 60-yard dash time (6.41 seconds) at the Area Code Games and launching balls in batting practice. Eierman has well above-average bat speed to match hit foot speed, though he'll have to make adjustments against better pitching. He has a long righthanded stroke with an inconsistent load, and he's too aggressive at the plate. If he can iron out his swing, he could be an average hitter with plus power. A shortstop for his high school team coached by his father John, Eierman won't stay in the infield in pro ball. He lacks the hands and actions for second base, and his average arm may not be enough for third. The 6-foot-1, 195-pounder has the tools to become a solid center fielder. A Louisiana State recruit, he'll need time to develop but has a high ceiling.
4 136 Oakland Athletics Bobby Crocker Cal Poly Calif. $198,000
Crocker is much more physical than the other top outfielder from Northern California, Fresno State's Dusty Robinson, and they're very different players. Scouts can project more with Crocker more than they can with Robinson, who is what he is. Crocker is an above-average runner with some juice in his bat, though he doesn't turn on balls as well as he should. He has an inside-out approach right now, but could definitely start showing his power more as he gets into pro ball and loosens up his swing. Crocker is an impressive athlete with a chiseled, 6-foot-3, 230-pound frame. He's a hard worker with an unusual amount of upside remaining for a college junior.
4 138 Colorado Rockies Dillon Thomas Westbury Christian HS, Houston Texas $300,000
Dillon Thomas is an all-bat player, but there are a handful of clubs that believe enough in the bat to select him in the early rounds. He's a 6-foot-1, 200-pound lefthanded hitter whose proponents think he will hit for high average and grow into some power potential. Those who aren't as bullish on him think his swing is long. His speed and first-base defense are well below average. He has committed to Texas A&M.
4 144 Texas Rangers Desmond Henry Centennial HS, Compton, Calif. Calif. $200,000
Outfielder Desmond Henry's premium speed could make him a top-five-rounds pick. He's a well above-average runner with excellent range and an adequate arm in center field. He hit in the Area Code Games last summer, but his righthanded bat is still a major question mark. He has bat speed and hand-eye coordination, but he needs to shorten his swing and do a better job putting the ball in play, and on the ground. He has sneaky strength in his 6-foot, 175-pound frame, though his power is below-average.
5 156 Kansas City Royals Patrick Leonard St. Thomas HS, Houston Texas $600,000
Patrick Leonard hit a crucial three-run homer in the Texas state 5-A private school championship game, helping St. Thomas win the title, the second for coach Craig Biggio since he retired from the Astros in 2009. Power is the 6-foot-3, 200-pounder's carrying tool, though scouts wonder how it will play against better competition. He doesn't hit good velocity or breaking balls, and his righthanded stroke is long and features a big uppercut. While he has arm strength, he doesn't have the hands or actions to remain at shortstop. A below-average runner, he may have to move to first base or the outfield. A Georgia recruit, he's considered a difficult sign.
5 161 Milwaukee Brewers Michael Reed Leander (Texas) HS Texas $500,000
Reed has created mixed opinions among Texas area scouts this spring. Those who buy into his strong 6-foot, 210-pound body and tools think he could fit in the second or third rounds, while others who worry about his lack of polish see him as more of a sixth- to 10th-rounder. His proponents think he profiles nicely as a right fielder who swings the bat with authority from the right side of the plate and backs up his raw power with plus speed and arm strength. Others think he has a mature, maxed-out frame and does everything with a lot of effort, and that he's a fringe to average runner. Reed also pitches, reaching 90 mph with his fastball, and he'll see action as a two-way player if he attends Mississippi. It may take second-round money to sign him away from Ole Miss, for whom his father Benton played football en route to a brief NFL career.
5 165 Los Angeles Angels Andrew Ray Northeast Texas CC Texas $80,000
Andrew Ray sticks out mostly for his righthanded bat, as he hits for average with gap power. The 6-foot-1, 195-pounder has some arm strength but probably will move from third base to the outfield in pro ball. If he doesn't turn pro, he'll play at Louisiana State next year.
6 183 Seattle Mariners James Zamarripa Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) HS Calif. $200,000
James Zamarripa has an athletic, compact frame at 5-foot-11, 195 pounds. His lefthanded swing has some strength, though he does not project as a big power hitter. He's a good runner with a strong arm and a nose for the ball in center field. He's committed to San Diego State.
6 188 Cleveland Indians Bryson Myles Stephen F. Austin State Texas $112,500
Myles has put up some of the gaudiest numbers in college baseball this spring, leading NCAA Division I with 50 stolen bases and drawing Kirby Puckett comparisons while batting .413 and setting Stephen F. Austin State records for hits (92) and steals in a season and career. Built like a barrel at 6 feet and 225 pounds, Myles originally intended to play linebacker at Texas Christian but wound up spending the first two years of his college career in Weatherford (Texas) JC's baseball program. A righthanded hitter, he has quick hands and plenty of strength, but he employs an all-or-nothing swing that more advanced pitchers may be able to exploit. Despite his steal totals, Myles isn't a blazer. He has plus speed and good instincts on the bases, though he has been caught 13 times this spring. He's a fringy defender whose below-average arm relegates him to left field, so his bat and baserunning will have to carry him. Teams have passed him over in the draft for three straight years, but that won't happen again in 2011.
6 190 Houston Astros Brandon Meredith San Diego State Calif. $150,000
Some scouts are bullish on San Diego State outfielder Brandon Meredith, while others are lukewarm. A physical specimen at 6-foot-2, 225 pounds, Meredith looked like a potential high-round pick after hitting .383/.484/.542 with seven homers and 54 RBIs as a sophomore in 2010, but a blister problem and a lack of lineup protection helped cause him to slump to .272/.418/.471 with five homers and 38 RBIs in an uneven junior year. Scouts who like him say he's a quality athlete with above-average speed and above-average raw power, while others peg him as just a decent athlete with average speed and average raw power. His short, line-drive swing gives him at least a chance to be an average hitter, but he has holes and still tends to chase breaking balls at times. He has made a concerted effort to improve his plate discipline, with 40 walks and 46 strikeouts in 191 at-bats this spring. A corner outfielder by trade, he has played first base (and looked bad there) and even center field (and looked surprisingly good) this spring. He projects as a fringe-average defensive left fielder with a similar arm. Enough scouts like him that he could go as high as the third to fifth round but the consensus has him in the fifth to eight
6 192 New York Mets Joe Tuschak Northern HS, Dillsburg, Pa. Pa. $250,000
As the draft drew closer, outfielder Joe Tuschak generated more buzz among scouts and now could sneak into the first 15 rounds. He's a lefthanded-hitting center fielder who is committed to Coastal Carolina. His best tool is speed and he has a solid frame at 6-foot-1, 185 pounds. He also played quarterback in high school and figures to be a project if he turns pro now.
6 196 Oakland Athletics Dayton Alexander Feather River (Calif.) JC Calif. $125,000
Outfielder Dayton Alexander is the cousin of Phillies outfielder Shane Victorino and shows similar speed and excellent defense in center field. He's a righthanded hitter who has gap power but gets a little too pull-happy at the plate. If he learns to use all fields, his speed could make him a serious threat. Alexander is committed to Washington.
6 197 Detroit Tigers Tyler Collins Howard (Texas) JC Texas $210,000
Collins, who started his college career at Baylor and is committed to Texas Christian for 2011, is a lefthanded hitter with plenty of bat speed and a knock for barreling the ball.
6 203 San Diego Padres Kyle Gaedele Valparaiso Ind. $125,000
The shortest player in major league history, 3-foot-7 Eddie Gaedel, got one at-bat as a publicity stunt concocted by Hall of Fame owner Bill Veeck. Gaedel was roughly half the size of his great-nephew Kyle, a 6-foot-3, 220-pounder who's a lock to surpass former major leaguer Lloyd McClendon (eighth round, 1980) as the highest-drafted player ever from Valparaiso. Gaedel has a major league body, though his tools stand out more than his skills. He has plus raw power but he generates it more with pure strength than with bat speed. His righthanded swing gets long at times and he shows inconsistent recognition of breaking balls. Gaedel helped his cause by performing well with wood bats in the Northwoods League last summer. He's more than just a bat, as he has plus speed and a chance to play center field. It's more likely he'll fit on a corner, and his fringy arm fits better in left field. Gaedel generates mixed opinions. His biggest backers think he's a supplemental first-round talent, while others see him as a fourth-rounder.
6 204 Texas Rangers Derek Fisher Cedar Crest HS, Lebanon, Pa. Pa.
Heading into the spring, Fisher looked like he could sneak into the first round thanks to his bat and body. Terrible weather in Pennsylvania has made it tough for scouts to get a good look at him, however, and Fisher has been inconsistent when he has played. He has swung and missed a lot, been too aggressive on balls out of the zone and not aggressive enough on strikes. He has an extra load at the plate this spring and now it seems to be a mental block. When he is on, Fisher shows an above-average bat with above-average power. He has a strong frame at 6-foot-3, 205 pounds and has shown good speed in the past. He plays center field now but eventually will get too big and will have to move to left field, and he should provide solid defense there. He is committed to Virginia and isn't considered an easy sign, but he could still go in the first two rounds if scouts see him perform well before the draft.
6 208 Minnesota Twins Dereck Rodriguez Pace (Fla.) HS Fla. $130,000
Ivan Rodriguez's son has a wiry, athletic frame that attracted scouts, as well as an above-average arm and average to a tick-above average speed. Scouts were divided on whether his bat was ready for pro ball.
6 209 New York Yankees Jake Cave Kecoughtan HS, Hampton, Va. Va. $800,000
Cave was a big reason scouts were excited to cover Virginia this spring, but he and several others had seen their stock fall this spring. A legitimate two-way prospect, Cave has scouts divided on whether he projects better on the mound or in the outfield. As a hitter, he shows bat speed, but he has a loop in his swing that could be a long-term problem. He has a lean frame at 6-foot-1, 180 pounds and figures to move to a corner as he fills out. He also lacks the speed for center field. If he concentrates on hitting, his arm would allow him to stick in right field, though he might not have the power to profile there. On the mound, Cave ranges from 86-93 mph with his fastball, usually sitting around 90-91 and touching 94. His best offspeed pitch is a changeup. He has tinkered with a slider this season, but it needs work and scouts haven't seen it much. While some like his aggressive makeup, others describe it as reckless and immature. He's committed to Louisiana State, where he would contribute on both sides of the ball.
7 214 Arizona Diamondbacks Ben Roberts Sentinel HS, Missoula, Mont. Mont.
Like Brandon Nimmo, outfielder Ben Roberts' high school doesn't play baseball. And like Nimmo, he's a big fish in a tiny pond, so just the fact that he's from Montana has helped add to his hype. He was generating late interest with predraft workouts and could go as high as the fifth round. He's a three-sport athlete who plays wide receiver and had football scholarship offers from Boise State and other schools on the West Coast. He also plays basketball, where he has no problem throwing down dunks. He stands out physically with his chiseled, 6-foot-4, 200-pound physique, though his athleticism doesn't show up on the baseball field yet. Roberts has average bat speed and raw power now, but scouts can dream on his tools and what he could do with better coaching when he focuses his attention on one sport. He's a fringe-average runner, and his arm is below-average, so he's likely destined for left field, in which case the bat really has to play. Roberts has faced as little quality pitching as any player in the draft, so he'll have a steep learning curve, whether that's in pro ball or at Washington State.
7 220 Houston Astros Javaris Reynolds King HS, Tampa Fla. $150,000
Reynolds is a 6-foot-2, 210-pound lefthanded hitter with athleticism and above-average speed. He's physical and generates good bat speed. His raw approach at the plate and inconsistent swing may lead him to spend two years in rookie ball, but his upside is intriguing. He's committed to the State JC of Florida, formerly known as Manatee JC.
7 224 Los Angeles Dodgers Scott Woodward Coastal Carolina S.C. $50,000
Scott Woodward should get picked. Woodward is physical (6-foot-2, 200 pounds) and a plus runner who has played the outfield and third base in his career. He's a lefthanded hitter whose bat wrap and swing path lead to plenty of swings and misses.
7 230 St. Louis Cardinals Nick Martini Kansas State Kan. $125,000
Martini set an NCAA Division I record by reaching base in 93 straight games in 2010-11, and that's what he does best, as he's a gifted lefthanded hitter with quick hands, a line-drive swing and good command of the strike zone. He works counts, makes consistent contact and uses the opposite field well. His instincts allow his solid speed to play up on the bases. Martini is 5-foot-11 and 192 pounds, and most of his power comes to the gaps. He has played both left and center field for Kansas State, and though he gets good jumps, his range fits better in left field. His arm is average. Because Martini doesn't have a plus tool besides his bat, he may profile better as a fourth outfielder than as a big league regular. Nevertheless, his hitting ability should get him drafted in the first five rounds or so.
8 245 Baltimore Orioles John Ruettiger Arizona State Ariz. $160,000
The nephew of Dan "Rudy" Ruettiger, the Notre Dame football player who inspired the movie, Johnny Ruettiger has had a disappointing spring. He came into his junior season as a .354/.474/.509 career hitter, and he led the Cape Cod League in batting last summer at .369 and ranked as the league's No. 12 prospect. He has pressed this year for the Sun Devils, however, and was trying to show more power, which isn't a part of his game. He was batting .325/.406/.378 with no home runs this year. Ruettiger's approach at the plate should focus more on putting the ball in play and finding the gaps instead of trying to launch home runs. His speed grades out at 60 or sometimes 70 on the 20-80 scouting scale. He has mostly been used in left field for the Sun Devils, so scouts haven't been able to see him in center, where he projects best. He also needs to polish his basestealing, as he had stolen 21 bases this year but had been caught 11 times.
8 249 Chicago Cubs Taylor Dugas Alabama Ala.
Outfielder Taylor Dugas was a first-team All-American in 2010, and at 5-foot-7, 165 pounds, he's a better college player than pro prospect. Hitting is his best skill. He has an excellent approach, having drawn 100 walks the last two seasons, and he earns comparisons to former Tide outfielder Emeel Salem, who reached Triple-A last season in the Rays system. Dugas is a slighlty above-average runner but plays a good center field. He's a tough profile whose arm is just fair, and his lack of power and game-changing speed limits him long-term.
8 257 Detroit Tigers Jason Krizan Dallas Baptist Texas $50,000
Outfielder Jason Krizan's pure tools may not be spectacular, but his performance this spring has been. He set an NCAA Division I record with 37 doubles (breaking a mark shared by big leaguer Brad Hawpe, among others) and set a new Dallas Baptist standard with a 39-game hitting streak. At the end of the regular season, Krizan ranked first in D-I in hits (97) and doubles, second in OPS (1.255) and third in RBIs (76) and total bases (166). The 6-foot, 186-pounder makes consistent hard contact from the left side of the plate. He doesn't run well enough to play center field and may not have enough power to profile as a big league regular in right field, but he could provide nice value as a senior sign in the eighth to 10th round.
8 262 Boston Red Sox Senquez Golson Pascagoula (Miss.) HS Miss.
Golson plays at the alma mater of Terrell Buckley, a former NFL defensive back who also played outfield at Florida State, and Buckley has worked with him throughout his high school career. Golson is also a two-sport athlete and has a football scholarship to Mississippi. Golson is an electric athlete with plus-plus speed (4.0 seconds flat to first base), present strength, broad shoulders and physical ability to burn. Apart from his athleticism, his best tool is his bat. He generates tremendous bat speed and has a short, compact swing in his 6-foot frame. With more experience, he could generate above-average power. He's raw but no more than other high school hitters, and scouts praise his high school coaches for helping polish Golson's game. Mississippi plans on having him play center field, and he has average arm strength. That said, football has been his primary sport, and he doesn't have a lot of experience against top pitching. He didn't fare well against Mississippi's top prep pitcher, Hawtin Buchanan, a fellow Ole Miss signee. Rebels football coach Houston Nutt has talked up Golson in the spring, saying he'll start at cornerback in the fall, and Golson's signability ultimately will determine where he goes in the draft.
8 265 Cincinnati Reds Jon Matthews St. Petersburg (Fla.) JC Fla. $125,000
Matthews is a raw athlete with arm strength and speed who was committed to Charleston Southern. He was considered signable.
9 279 Chicago Cubs Garrett Schlecht Waterloo (Ill.) HS Ill. $235,000
Outfielder Garrett Schlecht has the best combination of talent and signability among Illinois high school players. More physical than Charlie Tilson at 6-foot-2 and 198 pounds, Schlecht has a quick lefthanded bat and consistently barrels balls. A Middle Tennessee State recruit, he's a decent athlete whose fringy speed and arm probably will relegate him to left field.
9 281 Milwaukee Brewers Malcolm Dowell La Grange (Ga.) HS Ga. $100,000
Malcolm Dowell was a football and baseball star at LaGrange (Ga.) High and spurned Division I FCS offers to play football from the likes of Georgia Southern and Middle Tennessee State, who liked him as a defensive back. He's a speedy center fielder in baseball whose profile as a righthanded-hitting (and throwing) center fielder scared off some clubs. His best attributes are his plus speed and athleticism.
9 287 Detroit Tigers Chad Wright Kentucky Ky. $95,000
Outfielder Chad Wright is a good college player who set career highs across the board this spring, when he hit .359 with 16 steals, but he's more of a tweener than a regular by pro standards. He helped his cause by hitting .300 with wood bats for Cape Cod League champion Cotuit last summer. A 5-foot-10, 195-pound lefthanded hitter, he sprays line drives all over the field. He doesn't project to have much power with wood. A good but not plus runner with a below-average arm, he played left field for the Wildcats.
9 294 Texas Rangers Rashad Harlin Helix Charter HS, La Mesa, Calif. Calif. $100,000
Outfielder Rashard Harlin, a teammate of Top 200 prospect Jake Reed, is considered signable inside the top 10 rounds but has a chance to wind up at San Diego State, as well. He has a short track record and generated a bit of buzz this spring, showing slightly above-average speed and an average-to-plus arm. He is strong and athletic, while his bat is unrefined. Harlin is a bit of a wild card and could be drafted anywhere from the fifth to the 15th round.
9 296 Atlanta Braves Chase Larsson Cameron (Okla.) Okla. $100,000
Cameron outfielder Chase Larsson led NCAA Division II in homers (29), RBIs (84), total bases (190) and slugging (1.000). He's a 6-foot-4, 220-pound lefthanded hitter whose bat will have to carry him in pro ball.
10 302 Pittsburgh Pirates Taylor Lewis Maine Maine $100,000
Scouts made the trip to Orono to see Maine's trio of draft prospects, led by center fielder Taylor Lewis, a scrappy lefthanded hitter. Lewis, at 6 feet and 200 pounds, was primarily a football recruit in high school and had an offer to play at Boston College. He is still raw with baseball, but he ran a 6.5-second 60-yard dash at Maine's scout day and has impressive forearm and wrist strength that results in gap-to-gap, line-drive power in batting practice. In games, Lewis takes a scrappy slap-and-run approach, which scouts think can be corrected through player development. Lewis is a good defender with a well below-average arm. He hasn't had a great spring, but some scouts see him as a top-10-round talent, especially if he can tap into his power potential, while others view him as a senior sign.
10 315 Los Angeles Angels Drew Martinez Memphis Tenn. $100,000
Martinez was an unsigned 23rd-round pick of the Mets last year. Martinez, whose father Chito played parts of three seasons in the major leagues, was a Cape Cod League all-star last summer after hitting .359, second in the league, and leading the league with 22 stolen bases. He's not physical at 5-foot-11, 172 pounds and isn't a burner either, though he's an above-average runner, steals bases and plays a solid center field. While his dad hit 13 homers as a major league rookie, Martinez's biggest problem is his lack of home run power. He didn't homer in 2011, and his lack of impact makes him profile more as a fourth outfielder.
10 316 Oakland Athletics Dusty Robinson Fresno State Calif. $95,000
Robinson went undrafted out of high school, but he has performed well for Fresno State for three years. He has a compact, muscular frame at 5-foot-11 and 195 pounds, and he's a grinder who always gives 100 percent. But he also has tools, as an above-average runner with above-average power potential and a strong arm. He has a similar frame and skill set to Brent Morel of the White Sox, who was a third-round pick out of Cal Poly in 2008, but Robinson is a better runner who could play center field. Robinson's power does come with strikeouts, so he doesn't project to hit for a high average. Robinson doesn't offer much in the way of projection, but he has an interesting package of tools, drive and a history of performing well for a good team.
10 320 St. Louis Cardinals Lance Jeffries McCluer HS, St. Louis Mo. $95,000
Multiple area scouts say outfielder Lance Jeffries' strong, compact frame and tools remind them of former Braves all-star Ron Gant. The 5-foot-9, 180-pounder generates impressive bat speed from the right side of the plate, and he has plus speed and center-field range to go with solid arm strength. He's raw as a hitter, with a lot of effort in his uphill swing, but a team that believes in his bat could pop him in the first five rounds. Committed to Iowa Western CC, he's considered signable.
10 322 Boston Red Sox Cody Koback Wisconsin-Stevens Point Wis. $85,000
Cody Koback is more toolsy than the typical Wisconsin position prospect. The 6-foot, 185-pounder has well above-average speed, though he's still learning to make the most of it on the bases and in center field. He makes consistent contact and has gap power from the right side of the plate, and his arm is solid. After an elbow injury limited him to nine games in 2010, he rebounded to bat .424/.516/.701 this spring. He proved himself against better competition last summer in the Northwoods League, where he hit .305 with wood bats.
10 327 San Francisco Giants Kentrell Hill Arkansas Baptist JC Ark. $100,000
Kentrell Hill is the state's lone junior-college contribution, and he has a shot to sneak into the first 10 rounds thanks to his loud tools. While Hill is raw at the plate, he has made adjustments to use his hands more and showed improvement. His power will be the last tool to come. The rest of his tools and his makeup earn plenty of praise. He's an above-average runner who has turned in 6.5-second times over 60 yards, and he has an above-average arm as well. Hill has the speed to cover center field and a solid 6-foot, 185-pound frame. His work ethic and aptitude earn high marks as well. He could be a summer follow, as he's slated to play in the wood-bat Coastal Plain League this summer. He's an Oral Roberts recruit if he doesn't sign.
11 332 Pittsburgh Pirates Jo-El Bennett Houston Academy, Dothan, Ala. Ala.
Two other hitters who could get picked include Golden's teammate, third baseman Brad Roney, and outfielder Jo-El Bennett. Roney is part of a strong Southern Mississippi recruiting class. He's a solid athlete who has present strength and hitting skills, and his above-average arm and agility should allow him to step in and play third as a freshman in Conference USA. He's raw at the plate but has excellent leverage in his swing and plus raw power. As Roney fills out his 6-foot-2, 190-pound frame, he may lose athleticism and get too stiff. Bennett has more projection at 6-foot-2, 185 pounds and more long-range potential. He's less polished than Roney and hasn't had a big spring despite his plus bat speed. Bennett has also pitched and has average arm strength. He's a solid-average runner if not a tick above and will have to stay in center field long-term to be a regular.
11 336 Kansas City Royals Jerrell Allen Milford (Del.) HS Del. $125,000
Jerrell Allen is an excellent athlete who gave up basketball and football to concentrate on baseball. He's a 70 runner on the 20-80 scouting scale, but he's raw. He has a dead-hand set-up at the plate, and his swing will need to be overhauled.
11 337 Washington Nationals Caleb Ramsey Houston Texas
11 339 Chicago Cubs Shawon Dunston Jr. Valley Christian HS, San Jose Calif. $1,275,000
Shawon Dunston Jr.'s father was the No. 1 overall pick in the 1982 draft, played 18 years in the big leagues and is a special assistant for the Giants. While the elder Dunston was drafted out of high school, however, most scouts believe his son would be better off going to Vanderbilt, where he's a key recruit. Dunston has a slender, 6-foot-2, 175-pound frame, and it's obvious that his best baseball is in front of him, and he's surprisingly raw. He is an above-average runner, which helps both on the bases and in center field. Unlike his father, he swings from the left side of the plate. As Dunston fills out, he could grow into gap power and be an average hitter. Scouts love his speed, passion for the game and bloodlines, but they may not want to buy him out of school at this point.
11 340 Houston Astros Justin Gominsky Minnesota Minn.
Outfielder Justin Gominsky looked like an early-round pick for 2011 when he hit .338 with 15 extra-base hits and 11 steals as a freshman, but he missed all but six games last year when he injured his right knee. He has been slow to recover from the layoff and adjust to the new bats, and batted just .307/.367/.381 as a redshirt sophomore this spring. Despite the lack of performance, the 6-foot-4, 185-pounder has easily the best package of tools among the state's position players. He has slightly above-average speed and arm strength, and he plays a fine center field. A righthanded hitter, he'll have to refine his approach and get stronger if he's going to do damage at the plate.
11 357 San Francisco Giants Christian Diaz Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, Gurabo, P.R. P.R. $100,000
12 362 Pittsburgh Pirates Candon Myles South Grand Prairie (Texas) HS Texas $125,000
12 365 Baltimore Orioles Jason Coats Texas Christian Texas
Coats had a banner 2010, setting a Texas Christian record with 99 hits, helping the Horned Frogs reach the College World Series for the first time and starring in the Cape Cod League. A strong encore might have carried him into the first round, but he has had a lackluster spring, leading scouts to wonder whether he has a true plus tool. After hitting .314 with wood bats on the Cape, he batted .324 with metal this season. His swing looked longer and his pitch recognition looked less sharp than it did a year ago. Six-foot-2 and 190 pounds, Coats has a sound approach and provides average raw power from the right side of the plate. His speed, arm strength and defense are fringy to average, so he fits best in left field. A team that envisions Coats becoming the .280/20-homer hitter he looked like a year ago could grab him in the second or third round, but he no longer figures to go higher than that.
12 371 Milwaukee Brewers Andrew Cain UNC Wilmington N.C.
Andrew Cain passes the eye test at 6-foot-6, 215 pounds and puts on a show in batting practice. The power has translated to games--10 home runs and 15 doubles in 215 at-bats--but he has a slow bat and struggles with offspeed stuff.
12 373 Florida Marlins Ryan McIntyre Cal State Bakersfield Nev.
12 376 Oakland Athletics Xavier Macklin North Carolina A&T N.C.
Xavier Macklin is a raw outfielder who was tied for second in the nation with 22 home runs and profiles in right field.
12 377 Detroit Tigers Jeff Holm Michigan State Mich.
Jeff Holm was player of the year and nearly won the triple crown in the Prospect League last summer, then did the same in the Big Ten Conference this spring. He led the Big Ten with 61 RBIs and ranked second with a .376 average and nine homers--nearly doubling his career total of five in three previous seasons at Michigan State. One of the best senior signs in the Midwest, Holm controls the strike zone and makes contact from the left side of the plate. The 6-foot-3, 210-pounder collapses on his backside and has an uphill stroke, so he doesn't generate a lot of backspin and may top out at 15-20 homers in pro ball. That's not the power teams want at first base, where Holm is a quality defender, but he has the average speed and enough arm strength to move to the outfield.
12 379 Toronto Blue Jays John Norwood Seton Hall Prep, Orange, N.J. N.J.
John Norwood, a Vanderbilt signee, is the latest prospect to come out of Seton Hall Prep, the alma mater of Rick Porcello and Eric Duncan. An outfielder with plus speed, Norwood is an average hitter with below-average power. He's a solid defender and some teams think he'll stick in center field, while others don't think his speed translates.
12 389 New York Yankees Cody Grice Grand Valley State (Mich.) Mich.
13 393 Seattle Mariners Jamal Austin Alabama-Birmingham Ala.
Speedy veterans Jamal Austin and Nick Crawford also could get a shot, but both are small at 5-foot-9. Austin, more physical at 170 pounds, is a plus runner and basestealer, and he makes consistent contact. He has no power to speak of and needs to improve his short game.
13 395 Baltimore Orioles Derek Jones Washington State Wash.
Jones has good bat speed and a nice swing from the left side that produces above-average raw power. He has a 6-foot, 207-pound frame and has to play left field because he's an average runner with fringy arm strength. He didn't hit too well on the Cape last summer, and the knock on him this spring was that his power is mostly to his pull side and he racks up strikeouts on soft stuff away.
13 399 Chicago Cubs Trey Martin Brookwood HS, Snellville, Ga. Ga. $250,000
Martin is a lean, athletic center fielder with broad shoulders and projection remaining in his 6-foot-2, 175-pound frame. Martin makes things look easy in center field with his well above-average speed (he ran a 6.55-second 60-yard dash in May) and solid-average throwing arm. He also has a good idea at the plate and is short to the ball for a long-limbed player. Martin has good hand-eye coordination and if he adds about 30 pounds, like he projects to, he could begin to show more power.
13 401 Milwaukee Brewers Mallex Smith Rickards HS, Tallahassee, Fla. Fla.
13 413 San Diego Padres Lee Orr McNeese State La.
13 414 Texas Rangers Chris Grayson Lee (Tenn.) Tenn.
13 416 Atlanta Braves Tony Mueller Winona State (Minn.) Minn.
13 419 New York Yankees Justin James Sacramento CC Calif.
The son of 11-year major leaguer Dion James, Sacramento CC outfielder Justin James is making a name for himself on the diamond. At Kennedy High in Sacramento, James was mainly known for his talent on the basketball court, once scoring 27 points in the fourth quarter of a game to help his team overcome a 20-point deficit. He didn't play baseball his senior year of high school and came to Sac City as a forward for the basketball team. A change of heart led him back to the baseball field, where he is clearly raw but shows five-tool potential. James is 6-foot-5 and 230 pounds and is still an above-average runner. Like his father, he hits from the left side of the plate, and he shows raw power in batting practice, even to the opposite field. Because of his frame, speed and raw power potential, James will stand out in predraft workouts and could go as high as the third round.
13 420 Tampa Bay Rays Tanner English St. James HS, Murrells Inlet, S.C. S.C.
English is more likely to get drafted now as he's at least a 70 runner on the 20-80 scale whose speed plays well in center field. He has an average throwing arm, and some scouts think he'll be an average hitter as well. He generates surprising bat speed despite his small stature. English has signed with South Carolina and would start as a freshman, replacing Bradley in center field, so he's considered a tough sign.
14 422 Pittsburgh Pirates Jordan Dunatov Horizon HS, Scottsdale, Ariz. Ariz.
Outfielder Jordan Dunatov was a wild card after missing most of the year with a back injury. Scouts like his body and athleticism--he's a 6-foot-5, 200-pound specimen with above-average speed--but have questions about his bat. He'll likely head to Oregon State as part of a strong Beavers recruiting class.
14 426 Kansas City Royals D'Andre Toney Gulf Coast (Fla.) CC Fla.
Gulf Coast outfielder D'Andre Toney drew scouts to the school with his athletic ability and performance, but he doesn't have a carrying tool to go in the first 20 rounds.
14 427 Washington Nationals Cody Stubbs Walters State (Tenn.) CC Tenn.
Stubbs drew early-round interest out of high school in Waynesville, N.C., but headed to Tennessee after spurning the Red Sox as a 29th-round pick in 2009. Nothing went as Stubbs planned, as he drew sporadic playing time and hit just .241 with three home runs, then struggled in the Cape Cod League, hitting just .172 with one homer. He transferred to Walters State, Tennessee's top junior-college program, and got hot in the second half, showing the form that got scouts interested out of high school. Stubbs is big and physical at 6-foot-4, 220 pounds, and he has played mostly left field in junior college, indicative of his decent athleticism as well as his solid arm strength. He's a below-average runner and will fit better at first eventually as a pro. Scouts who like him buy the bat, with Stubbs' strength and leverage producing above-average power. His 12 home runs ranked in the top 20 nationally among juco players. He's committed to North Carolina if the draft doesn't work out for a second time.
14 437 Detroit Tigers Pat Smith Middle Georgia JC Ga.
14 438 Colorado Rockies Brian Humphries Pepperdine Calif.
Scouts still like Humphries' 6-foot-3, 200-pound frame and decent lefthanded swing, but he lacks bat speed and does not hit the ball with any authority. He's a below-average hitter with a chance to be a tick or two better, but at this stage he seems unlikely to come into power as scouts once thought he would. He's an average runner and a fringy defender in center field, and he projects as an extra outfielder.
14 450 Tampa Bay Rays Matt Young Compton (Calif.) CC Calif.
15 453 Seattle Mariners Mike McGee Florida State Fla.
15 463 Florida Marlins Jhiomar Veras Western Oklahoma State JC Okla.
Oklahoma always has a few small-college players who put up huge numbers, and this year is no exception. Western Oklahoma State outfielder Jhiomar Veras led all NJCAA Division II players in hitting (.503) and homers (23) entering the D-II Juco World Series. He also tied for the D-II home run crown last year with 20. A former switch-hitter, he struggled from the left side and has became exclusively a righthanded hitter. A 6-foot-1, 190-pounder, he has some athleticism and speed to go with his power.
15 465 Los Angeles Angels Domonic Jose Boca Raton (Fla.) HS Fla.
Several potential premium picks are thought to be tough signs, such as Stanford recruits Austin Slater and Domonic Jose, the son of former big leaguer Felix Jose. Jose flashed five-tool ability over the last two seasons without putting them all together at the same time. He has bloodlines, runs well for his size at 6-foot-3, 190 pounds, and has oustanding makeup. He's a switch-hitter with a natural swing from the left side. But he has battled draftitis this spring in addition to his Stanford commitment. He's signable in the first three rounds but may not have shown enough to go that high.
15 467 Detroit Tigers Tyler Gibson Stratford Academy, Macon, Ga. Ga. $525,000
The son of Mercer head coach Craig Gibson, Tyler has a smooth lefthanded swing with a classic high finish and plus raw power potential. He combines good bat speed, improved strength and good balance with plenty of leverage. Scouts are somewhat split on just how high Gibson's ceiling is and how athletic he is, and some believe all his value will be in his bat. With broad shoulders, he should fill out his 190-pound frame and has added 15 pounds since last summer, when he was sidelined by an automobile accident that kept him off the showcase circuit. He returned in October and hit two home runs at the World Wood Bat event and hasn't looked back. Gibson signed with Georgia Tech, which would play him at short, but pro scouts don't consider him a fit there, and projecting him at third base can be a challenge if he keeps getting bigger. He runs well enough (6.7-seconds in the 60) to move to an outfield corner and could hit well enough to man either spot. His arm might be better suited to left field, but it won't matter if he hits with plus power.
15 479 New York Yankees Tyler Molinaro Pitt (N.C.) CC N.C.
The best junior-college prospect in the state is either shortstop Zach Houchins or first baseman Tyler Molinaro. Molinaro has a tall, thin frame and offers power from the left side, with the leverage in his swing.
15 481 Philadelphia Phillies Ryan Garvey Palm Desert (Calif.) HS Calif.
The son of 10-time big league all-star Steve Garvey, Ryan has hitting in his blood. His best tool is his above-average raw power. Scouts like his swing and think he has a chance to hit for average once he refines his approach, because he does swing and miss more than they'd like. Strong and physical but not terribly athletic at 6-foot-1, 195 pounds, Garvey's position is a question. He has above-average arm strength, but it was erratic when he has played third base. He plays center field for his high school team, but he's a below-average runner who figures to wind up at first base or left field, so his bat will have to carry him. He's a tough sign who will likely wind up at school.
16 492 New York Mets Brad Marquez Odessa (Texas) HS Texas $325,000
A shortstop from Odessa (Texas) HS, Marquez has electrifying speed, which helps him on both sides of the ball. At the plate, he shows a clean, line-drive stroke. His speed makes up for below-average power and he profiles as a leadoff hitter that might be best defensively at second base or center field. One of the best athletes available in the draft, Marquez rushed for 2,210 yards and 29 touchdowns as a high school senior, and he also was a Texas state finalist in the long jump. He has a football scholarship to play wide receiver at Texas Tech.
16 494 Los Angeles Dodgers Jeff Schaus Clemson S.C.
Schaus, a senior, has limited athleticism and should be a solid organization player. He's a smart, polished hitter who knows the strike zone and should have power. After hitting 28 homers the previous two seasons, though, he had none in 2011.
16 497 Detroit Tigers Ismael Salgado International Baseball Academy, Cieba, P.R. P.R.
Outfielder Ismael Salgado is the island's fastest player, having turned in 3.7-second times to first on drag bunts. He's wiry at 6-foot-1, 160 pounds and his overall game resembles that of Adrian Ortiz, who was a two-time fifth-round pick both out of Puerto Rico Baseball Academy and later out of Pepperdine. Salgado doesn't figure to go as high as he lacks present strength, making evaluations about his bat all projection.
16 504 Texas Rangers Trever Adams Creighton Neb.
Creighton won its first Missouri Valley Conference regular-season title since 2005 and its first MVC tournament championship since 2007, led by a pair of seniors who went undrafted a year ago. Outfielder Trever Adams has been the Bluejays' most dangerous hitter since transferring from Hutchinson (Kan.) CC. Strong and compact at 6 feet and 200 pounds, he had no trouble adjusting to the new bats. He carried a .392 average, a MVC-best 14 homers and a 42-game on-base streak into the NCAA regional playoffs. The righthanded hitter can get overly aggressive at the plate at times. His bat, power, speed and arm are all solid tools, and he profiles well as a right fielder.
16 505 Cincinnati Reds Conor Costello Santa Fe HS, Edmond, Okla. Okla.
Triceps tendinitis limited Costello on the mound in 2010, but he was healthy this spring and his fastball jumped to 88-91 mph. He has a quick arm and more projection remaining in his slender 6-foot-3, 175-pound frame. He's a good athlete who also shows feel for spinning a curveball.
17 512 Pittsburgh Pirates Aaron Brown Chatsworth (Calif.) HS Calif.
Physical and athletic, Brown has legitimate two-way talent, though most scouts prefer him as a hitter. A veteran of the showcase circuit, Brown made a splash in the Jesse Flores Memorial All Star Game in November, when he ripped an RBI double to left-center. He also struck out Mike Moustakas in a Chatsworth alumni game last year. Brown has good strength in his 6-foot-2, 200-pound frame, and he flashes above-average raw power in batting practice, though it does not yet translate to games. In the past, Brown had a tendency to open his hips too early in his swing, but he has made a conscious effort to stay closed longer and drive the ball the other way. His lefthanded swing is compact and flat, giving him a chance to be an average hitter in time, but his bat remains inconsistent. He swings and misses more than he should, a result of timing and pitch recognition issues. He's a fringe-average runner who projects as an average corner outfielder, and his solid-average to plus arm should play in right field. Off the mound, Brown reaches 90 mph from the left side to go along with a promising hard slurve and some feel for a changeup. He could be a strong two-way player if he honors his commitment to Pepperdine.
17 513 Seattle Mariners Nate Melendres Miami Fla. $150,000
At 5-foot-10, 197 pounds, Melendres has four tools that are average or better. He is a solid-average defender and plus runner who plays the short game well and makes consistent contact. He's a good basestealer whose bat lacks impact potential due to his lack of power. Melendres' average arm helps him profile as a fourth outfielder.
17 519 Chicago Cubs John Andreoli Connecticut Conn. $134,600
Right fielder John Andreoli, whose dad has the same name and played in the NFL for one season with the New England Patriots, had a solid sophomore season but needed to reinvent himself with the less-lively bats this year. Andreoli, who is also Daniel Bard's cousin, improved throughout the spring, but scouts still question his bat, as he doesn't hit for much power. He's a plus runner timed in the 6.55-second range in the 60-yard dash, and he has a knack for bunting for a base hit. Andreoli is a good defender, and his arm strength is not that far behind George Springer's.
17 522 New York Mets Jonathan Clark Lee (Tenn.) Tenn.
17 530 St. Louis Cardinals Dutch Deol Aliso Niguel HS, Aliso Viejo, Calif. Calif. $100,000
17 531 Chicago White Sox Collin Kuhn Arkansas Ark.
Fellow Razorback outfielder Collin Kuhn outhit Kyle Robinson against better league pitching and was the team's leading home run hitter. Like Robinson, he can be too aggressive at the plate, but at least he has speed and can sub in as a center fielder. His below-average arm may limit him from being a fourth outfielder, however. He's a fourth-year junior with present strength and no carrying tool.
18 552 New York Mets Travis Taijeron Cal Poly Pomona Calif.
18 563 San Diego Padres Mike Gallic Marist N.Y.
The rare toolsy senior, Gallic has an athletic 6-foot-2, 210-pound body. He is a plus runner, a good defender in center field and has above-average raw power, though he sells out for the long ball too often. Gallic should get taken in the 15th- to 20th-round range.
19 582 New York Mets Dustin Lawley West Florida Fla.
19 598 Minnesota Twins Tyler Koelling Southern Mississippi Miss.
More likely to go out early were senior outfielders Tyler Koelling, a 6-foot, 190-pounder, and Marc Bourgeois, a Quebec native. Bourgeois is more physical, showing more power and patience, and hits lefthanded, Koelling is more athletic, an average runner and solid defender with gap power and a grinder mindset. Koelling, who had just nine strikeouts heading into regional play, has a fourth-outfielder profile with the exception of his righthanded bat. Despite not having a great profile, he was expected to be the second Golden Eagle drafted, after Vollmuth.
20 605 Baltimore Orioles Marc Wik Chabot (Calif.) JC Calif.
20 606 Kansas City Royals Terrance Gore Gulf Coast (Fla.) CC Fla.
Terrance Gore is a 5-foot-7 freshman from Macon, Ga. whom one coach compared to Deion Sanders in terms of speed. Gore is listed at 170 pounds and has drawn comparisons to former Chipola JC outfielder Darren Ford as a right-right center fielder with minimal power. His arm is also well below-average, but Gore's top of the scale speed should get him drafted in the first 15 rounds.
20 609 Chicago Cubs Ben Klafczynski Kent State Ohio
Outfielder Ben Klafczynski is another solid senior sign for Kent State. He helped his cause by opening the season by going 7-for-13 with three straight multi-hit games against Georgia Tech's strong pitching staff. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound lefthanded hitter has been a starter for most of his four years with the Golden Flashes. While he's a good athlete, it doesn't quite translate to the diamond, where his tools are fringy to average across the board. A right fielder for Kent State, he may not provide enough offense to profile as a regular there in the major leagues.
20 612 New York Mets Mason Robbins George County HS, Lucedale, Miss. Miss.
It wouldn't surprise area scouts if someone jumped up and drafted outfielder Mason Robbins or hard-throwing Brandon Woodruff in the first five rounds. Robbins is part of Southern Miss' excellent recruiting class and has a smooth, balanced lefthanded swing to go with a polished approach. He's a lefthanded thrower as well, and he'll be a two-way player if he makes it to Hattiesburg. He's an average runner who profiles as a center fielder in college, but pro scouts see him more as a corner bat. At 6 feet, 200 pounds, he's maxed out physically, so deciding whether he has enough power to profile there is the key for scouts and the crosscheckers who were rushing in to see Robbins in May. He hit just three home runs in 2010, but finished second in the home run derby at the Under Armour game in Chicago last summer and led the state with 14 homers this spring.
20 631 Philadelphia Phillies Peter Lavin San Francisco Calif.
21 632 Pittsburgh Pirates Alex Fuselier Louisiana-Lafayette La.
21 638 Cleveland Indians Cody Elliott Ball State Ind.
21 646 Oakland Athletics Brandon Magee Arizona State Ariz.
The Sun Devil scouts were most intrigued by coming into the season--outfielder Brandon Magee--has spent most of the year on the bench. Most of scouts' looks have come during batting practice, where he routinely launches balls out of the park from the left side of the plate. Arizona State coaches and scouts agree that Magee has some of the best raw power in the country. He's an above-average runner under way, and despite his muscle-bound frame his swing is not tight or restricted. He has a compact, chiseled physique at 5-foot-11 and 230 pounds. He's also a linebacker and was second on the Sun Devils football team with 73 tackles last fall. He has a better pro future on the baseball diamond and indications are that he wants to play. With 29 total collegiate at-bats, Magee is raw and will require patience and instruction at the next level, but he should go off the board between the eighth and 12th round.
22 670 Houston Astros Drew Muren Cal State Northridge Calif.
Cal State Northridge's Drew Muren was expected to be an impact two-way player in college. While Gates wound up focusing on pitching, Muren focused on hitting and playing center field. Scouts are down on his bat--he needs to add strength to his skinny 6-foot-6, 195-pound frame--but he is a solid-average to plus runner who can track balls down in the outfield. He also has good arm strength, and there are scouts who like him as a sleeper on the mound. They just haven't gotten the chance this spring to see what he can do as a pitcher.
22 671 Milwaukee Brewers Dennis Jones Davis HS, Montgomery, Ala. Ala.
22 674 Los Angeles Dodgers Kyle Conwell Bellevue (Wash.) CC Wash.
22 675 Los Angeles Angels Brennan Gowens Fresno State Calif.
22 676 Oakland Athletics Rhett Stafford Marshall W.Va.
22 688 Minnesota Twins James Ramsey Florida State Fla.
Florida State doesn't have a lot of draft prospects other than ace Sean Gilmartin, with the exception of outfielder James Ramsey, who has a chance to go in a single-digit round. He's a lefthanded hitter with an uppercut swing who has improved his hitting ability this season, using the whole field more while maintaining his solid raw power. The 6-foot, 190-pounder has solid-average tools across the board. He's an academic all-American who didn't play summer ball the last two years. His father played on Florida State's 1980 College World Series team and his mother played tennis there, so his signability could be tough.
22 691 Philadelphia Phillies Matt Holland Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Texas
23 695 Baltimore Orioles Adam Matthews South Carolina S.C.
South Carolina's top draft pick is likely to be outfielder Adam Matthews, the team's fastest player and best athlete. A hamstring injury sidelined Matthews for half the season, and he hasn't put it all together offensively, either with his raw power or on the basepaths (just 15 career stolen bases). Because of Bradley's presence and his own hamstring injury, Matthews hasn't played much center field, but that's where he profiles best as a pro. He has an average arm and could play right if he polishes up his hitting approach and gets to his plus raw power.
23 699 Chicago Cubs Bradley Zimmer La Jolla HS, Country Club, Calif. Calif.
Outfielder Bradley Zimmer, a San Fransisco signee, garners comparisons to Pepperdine outfielder Brian Humphries, who was similarly skinny at the same stage of his development. The younger brother of USF weekend starter Kyle Zimmer, Bradley broke a bone in his hand in a freak accident down the stretch this spring, curtailing any draft momentum. Six-foot-5 and lanky, Zimmer is a long strider with average speed and some power projection once he fills out. He has decent bat speed and natural lift in his lefthanded swing, and he simply needs to get stronger. He could develop into an intriguing prospect in three years at USF.
23 705 Los Angeles Angels Zach Borenstein Eastern Illinois Ill.
Built like a wrestler at 5-foot-11 and 205 pounds, Zach Borenstein offers impressive bat speed from the left side of the plate. He has good straight-line speed for his size, but he's stiff and scouts aren't sure where he'll play in pro ball after seeing time at second base, third base, center field and right field in three years at Eastern Illinois. His best spot is probably an outfield corner; he probably doesn't have enough arm to try catcher.
23 716 Atlanta Braves Sam Munson Tennessee Weslyan Tenn.
23 720 Tampa Bay Rays Matt Johnson Arkansas Tech Ark.
24 725 Baltimore Orioles Jalen Simmons Camden County HS, Kingsland, Ga. Ga.
24 738 Colorado Rockies Connor McKay Regis Jesuit HS, Aurora, Colo. Colo.
Outfielder Connor McKay is a two-sport standout who tore his ACL while playing wide receiver for Regis Jesuit High in the Colorado 5-A championship game. The Raiders lost that one, but McKay returned to action in baseball in time to DH as Regis Jesuit won the state title in baseball. He has a lean, projectable 6-foot-6, 180-pound frame. He showed good tools on the showcase circuit, including above-average running times, a strong arm and lift in his swing. He could show power when he fills out. Because scouts didn't get to see much of him this spring, he'll likely head to Kansas next season.
24 741 Chicago White Sox Mark Haddow UC Santa Barbara Calif.
Mark Haddow is a senior sign with upside--a tools guy who finally translated his talent into performance this spring. Physical and athletic at 6-foot-2, 215 pounds, Haddow is a solid-average runner with a solid-average arm and average defensive skills at a corner outfield spot. Making consistent contact has always been his bugaboo. He has done a better job with it this spring, though scouts still doubt he'll hit enough to be a big league regular.
24 742 Boston Red Sox Drew Turocy Akron Ohio
One of three brothers to play for Akron, outfielder Drew Turocy has led the Zips in most offensive categories in each of the last two seasons. A 6-foot-3, 185-pound lefthanded hitter he's similar to Ben Klafczynski in that he's a tweener with decent but not standout tools. Turocy may not have the range or routes to play center field as a pro, and he may not have enough power for an outfield corner. He was a two-way player in his first two seasons at Akron, which were sandwiched around a redshirt year in 2009 after he had Tommy John surgery.
24 746 Atlanta Braves Brian Stamps Oregon State Ore.
25 754 Arizona Diamondbacks Brett Williams North Carolina State N.C.
25 760 Houston Astros Billy Flamion Central Catholic HS, Modesto, Calif. Calif.
Flamion played well on the showcase circuit last summer and showed some of the best bat speed in this year's high school class--and from the left side of the plate. He is also a football player and came into the spring a little rusty with some softness to his body. He pressed at times and didn't show the kind of production scouts hoped to see. He could be an above-average hitter with above-average power, and a team will have to buy into Flamion's bat because he doesn't show many other tools. He's a below-average runner and he has an average arm, so it's likely he winds up in left field. He also needs to work on making quicker adjustments. Once thought of as a supplemental-round talent, Flamion's stock has slipped and he's looking more like a third-rounder. It will likely take more than third-round money to buy him out of his commitment to Oregon.
25 764 Los Angeles Dodgers Travis Burnside Spartanburg Methodist (S.C.) JC S.C.
The state's best junior college prospect is outfielder Travis Burnside at Spartanburg Methodist JC, who was drafted out of high school in 2009 by the Dodgers. Burnside is a plus runner and defender who hit .335 this season with eight home runs.
25 766 Oakland Athletics Chad Oberacker Tennessee Tech Tenn.
25 776 Atlanta Braves Will Skinner Middle Tennessee State Tenn.
26 787 Washington Nationals Shawn Pleffner Tampa Fla.
26 788 Cleveland Indians Austin Diemer Rocklin (Calif.) HS Calif.
26 795 Los Angeles Angels John Gianis North Carolina State N.C.
27 816 Kansas City Royals Lee Clubb Iowa Park (Texas) HS Texas
27 819 Chicago Cubs Taiwan Easterling Florida State Fla. $150,000
27 829 Toronto Blue Jays Derrick Loveless Solon (Iowa) HS Iowa $125,000
27 830 St. Louis Cardinals Gary Apelian Santa Ana (Calif.) JC Calif.
27 833 San Diego Padres Arby Fields Cypress (Calif.) JC Calif.
28 854 Los Angeles Dodgers Joey Winker Mercer Ga.
28 858 Colorado Rockies Joshua Correa Caguas Military Academy, Caguas, P.R. P.R.
28 864 Texas Rangers Saquan Johnson East Bladen HS, Elizabethtown, N.C. N.C.
28 865 Cincinnati Reds Yordanys Perez Calabasas, Calif. (No school) Calif.
29 880 Houston Astros Wallace Gonzalez Bishop Amat HS, La Puente, Calif. Calif. $120,000
29 891 Chicago White Sox Dustin Hayes Langley, B.C. (No school) British Columbia
29 897 San Francisco Giants Eldred Barnett Grambling State La.
30 915 Los Angeles Angels Mike Papi Tunkhannock (Pa.) Area HS Pa.
Mike Papi plays shortstop for his high school team but profiles as an outfielder in pro ball. He is a 6-foot-2, 190-pound grinder who bats left and throws right. He has a strong arm that some call above-average and can touch 90 off the mound. He is solid at the plate, an average hitter with average power. A strong spring performance had scouts going back to see more of Papi late in the season, as they try to assess whether he's worth buying out of Virginia.
30 923 San Diego Padres Justin Miller Southeastern Oklahoma State Okla.
30 926 Atlanta Braves Jon Youngblood Lafayette HS, Lexington, Ky. Ky.
31 939 Chicago Cubs Ronnie Richardson Central Florida Fla.
Central Florida's top prospect entering the year was supposed to be outfielder Ronnie Richardson, a speedy 5-foot-7 dynamo and draft-eligible sophomore. He hasn't broken out yet and will be a tough read. He turned down the Twins as an 11th-rounder out of high school and has improved as a switch-hitter with more experience, with his lefthanded swing making great progress. He's a plus runner but not a burner and needs to be more patient at the plate while gaining aggressiveness on the basepaths. Richardson has good arm strength and shows above-average defense in center field at times. His best performances tend to come against better opponents, with his consistency leaving something to be desired.
31 940 Houston Astros Jarrod McKinney Arkansas Ark.
31 952 Boston Red Sox Tyler Wells Lexington (Ky.) Catholic HS Ky.
32 967 Washington Nationals Billy Burns Mercer Ga.
32 974 Los Angeles Dodgers Hunter Jennings Delgado (La.) CC La.
32 977 Detroit Tigers Brandon Eckerle Michigan State Mich.
Brandon Eckerle, who edged Jeff Holm for the Big Ten batting title with a .379 average, set Michigan State records for hits in a season (96) and career (261), thanks to his plus speed. He puts the ball on the ground and uses his legs to get on base, a slap approach that allows him to make contact but leaves the 6-foot, 175-pound righthanded hitter with little power. He gets good jumps and takes good routes in center field.
32 978 Colorado Rockies Jarod Berggren Northern Colorado Colo.
Outfielder Jarod Berggren put his name on the map last summer in the Alaska League, where he ranked as the No. 2 prospect. The ranking may have been aggressive, but Berggren does have intriguing tools and a 6-foot-3, 185-pound frame. He put a lot of pressure on himself this season and got off to a slow start, batting just .242 in mid-April. His timing was off and he tried to pull everything, so coaches got Berggren to incorporate a small leg kick, which kept his weight back and allowed him to start driving the ball back up the middle better. When he's on, Berggren has above-average power, mostly to his pull side. A righthanded hitter, he typically hits doubles and triples when he goes the other way. He doesn't run well out of the box, but is an above-average runner under way and goes first to third well. He'll have to move to a corner outfield spot as a pro and has the arm strength for right field.
32 979 Toronto Blue Jays Kevin Pillar Cal State Dominguez Hills Calif.
32 987 San Francisco Giants Mike Mergenthaler Richmond Va.
33 1000 Houston Astros Dominique Taylor Salt Lake CC Utah
Taylor shows top-of-the-scale speed at times and has power potential, but he is a little raw as a pro prospect. His swing needs refinement and he has fringy arm strength.
33 1008 Colorado Rockies Jaron Shepherd Mississippi State Miss.
33 1014 Texas Rangers Jonathan Taylor Georgia Ga.
33 1015 Cincinnati Reds Steve Selsky Arizona Ariz.
33 1019 New York Yankees Spencer O'Neil Southridge HS, Kennewick, Wash. Wash.
33 1021 Philadelphia Phillies Brock Stassi Nevada Nev.
Nevada first baseman Brock Stassi's brother Max is a catcher in the Athletics system. Brock, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound senior, played both ways for the Wolf Pack, and will likely go out late as a position player with the fallback of going to the mound if hitting doesn't work out.
34 1029 Chicago Cubs Bobby Kelley Calhoun (Ala.) CC Ala.
34 1033 Florida Marlins John Schultz Pittsburgh Pa.
34 1035 Los Angeles Angels Andy Workman Arizona State Ariz.
34 1045 Cincinnati Reds Bryson Smith Florida Fla.
34 1046 Atlanta Braves Chris Bullard Western Kentucky Ky.
34 1048 Minnesota Twins Ryan Tella Ohlone (Calif.) JC Calif.
Outfielder Ryan Tella impressed scouts and opposing coaches with his high-octane style of play. He's a lefthanded leadoff hitter and center fielder who shows above-average speed, which helps him cover a lot of ground in the outfield and be a pest on the bases. Tella has an above-average arm and a short, efficient swing that produces a lot of doubles. If he doesn't sign, he's headed to Auburn.
35 1053 Seattle Mariners Cory Scammell St. Francis Xavier HS, Edmonton Alberta
Outfielder Cory Scammell is a physical 6-foot-5 and 205 pounds, but he doesn't run well and his arm is just average, so all his value will lie in his bat. He has strength and shows flashes of loft power with his lefthanded swing; he just needs more experience.
35 1056 Kansas City Royals Gabriel Gray Hazelhurst (Miss.) HS Miss.
35 1077 San Francisco Giants Shawn Payne Georgia Southern Ga.
36 1082 Pittsburgh Pirates Isaac Ballou Marshall W.Va.
Ballou garnered interest as a toolsy but raw outfielder in high school. He has good speed and 18 stolen bases this season, but he's a .261 hitter and has only 20 extra base hits in 326 career at-bats.
36 1103 San Diego Padres Andrew Rash Virginia Tech Va.
36 1104 Texas Rangers Jeremy Williams Mobile (Ala.) Ala.
36 1108 Minnesota Twins Austin Barrois Belle Chasse (La.) HS La.
37 1112 Pittsburgh Pirates Rodarrick Jones Southern La.
37 1132 Boston Red Sox Robert Youngdahl Hill-Murray HS, Maplewood, Minn. Minn.
37 1135 Cincinnati Reds Michael Suiter Punahou HS, Honolulu Hawaii
Suiter wasn't at his best this spring due to a sprained knee. He's an above-average runner who can handle center field when healthy, and he has a compact swing and gap power at the plate. Suiter is committed to Santa Clara.
37 1138 Minnesota Twins Drew Leachman Birmingham-Southern Ala.
38 1144 Arizona Diamondbacks Kerry Jenkins San Jose State Calif.
38 1154 Los Angeles Dodgers Devin Shines Oklahoma State Okla.
38 1158 Colorado Rockies Boo Vazquez Cardinal Mooney HS, Youngstown, Ohio Ohio
38 1159 Toronto Blue Jays Nico Taylor Northwood (Texas) Texas
38 1165 Cincinnati Reds Dan Bowman Coastal Carolina S.C.
39 1172 Pittsburgh Pirates Rand Ravnaas Georgetown D.C.
39 1173 Seattle Mariners Chris Andreas Sam Houston State Texas
39 1174 Arizona Diamondbacks Chris Ellison Oklahoma Okla.
39 1177 Washington Nationals Peter Verdin Georgia Ga.
39 1178 Cleveland Indians John Barr Virginia Va.
39 1182 New York Mets Charley Thurber Tennessee Tenn.
39 1185 Los Angeles Angels Chris Giovinazzo UCLA Calif.
39 1194 Texas Rangers Trumon Jefferson Decatur (Ga.) HS Ga.
39 1196 Atlanta Braves Daniel Arellano Centennial HS, Corona, Calif. Calif.
40 1207 Washington Nationals Cory Collum Cartersville (Ga.) HS Ga.
40 1219 Toronto Blue Jays Nick Baligod Oral Roberts Okla.
41 1238 Cleveland Indians Brian Ruiz Lincoln West HS, Cleveland Ohio
41 1247 Detroit Tigers Jimmy Pickens Brother Rice HS, Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Mich.
41 1252 Boston Red Sox Matt Marquis Maryland Md.
41 1254 Texas Rangers Tyler Scott Marin Catholic HS, Kentfield, Calif. Calif.
41 1259 New York Yankees Jeremy Rathjen Rice Texas
One of the reasons pitchers have refused to challenge Rice star Anthony Rendon this spring is that the Owls lost their cleanup hitter, Jeremy Rathjen, when he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in mid-March. He projected as a top-five-rounds pick before he got hurt, and the injury should make him all but unsignable. Rice was able to redshirt him, so he'll still have negotiating leverage as a fourth-year junior in 2012. An athletic 6-foot-6, 205-pounder, Rathjen had gotten stronger and was making more consistent contact before he went down. He still has room to fill out more and develop more power. A plus runner, he plays a fine center field and has a decent arm.
42 1270 Houston Astros Hoke Granger Northside Methodist Academy, Dothan, Ala. Ala.
42 1272 New York Mets Greg Pron West Florida Fla.
42 1286 Atlanta Braves Cody Livesay Anna-Jonesboro HS, Jonesboro, Ill. Ill.
43 1292 Pittsburgh Pirates Willie Argo Illinois Ill.
After being one of Illinois' most reliable hitters in his first two seasons, outfielder Willie Argo slumped for the first two months of 2011 before righting himself and helping the Illini win their first Big Ten Conference regular-season title since 2005 and first tournament championship since 2000. An impressive 6-foot-1, 205-pound athlete, Argo earned 13 letters in four sports at his Iowa high school and holds the Iowa 4-A record for career touchdowns with 83. He's a plus runner with righthanded power potential, center-field range and average arm strength. Making more consistent contact will be crucial to his development as a pro.
43 1296 Kansas City Royals Tyler Chism Gonzaga Wash.
43 1300 Houston Astros David Grimes Upton Lakes Christian HS, Clinton Corners, N.Y. N.Y.
43 1308 Colorado Rockies Garrett Brown Erwin HS, Asheville, N.C. N.C.
43 1312 Boston Red Sox Brandon Downes South Plainfield (N.J.) HS N.J.
44 1331 Milwaukee Brewers Steve Adam Ecole Secondaire L'Essor, Tecumseh, Ont. Ontario
44 1337 Detroit Tigers Chretien Matz Arkansas-Pine Bluff Ark.
44 1345 Cincinnati Reds Shon Carson Lake City (S.C.) HS S.C.
The top athlete is outfielder Shon Carson, who played in the Under Armour All-America game as well as the East Coast Pro Showcase last summer. He's also a South Carolina football recruit as a running back. As one scout put it, "I wouldn't want to tackle him." Carson's tools are raw, aside from his well above-average speed. He has present strength in his 5-foot-10, 190-pound body but has a stiff swing. Signability will decide how high he goes in the draft, if he goes at all.
45 1353 Seattle Mariners Charles Jimenez Milton (Fla.) HS Fla.
45 1354 Arizona Diamondbacks Jake Lane Coral Shores HS, Tavernier, Fla. Fla.
45 1358 Cleveland Indians Will Jamison Evangelical Christian HS, Cordova, Tenn. Tenn.
45 1360 Houston Astros Chris Epps Clemson S.C.
Epps has arm strength and power but swings and misses too much.
45 1363 Florida Marlins Tim Zufall Lamar (Colo.) CC Colo.
45 1364 Los Angeles Dodgers James Lynch Salisbury (Conn.) HS Conn.
45 1366 Oakland Athletics C.J. Jacobe Vacaville (Calif.) HS Calif.
45 1368 Colorado Rockies Will Price Greenbrier HS, Evans, Ga. Ga.
45 1371 Chicago White Sox Cory Farris Cumberland (Tenn.) Tenn.
45 1373 San Diego Padres Will Gross Tupelo (Miss.) HS Miss.
46 1382 Pittsburgh Pirates Jeff Schalk Wheaton (Ill.) North HS Ill.
46 1384 Arizona Diamondbacks Joe Loftus Vanderbilt Tenn.
46 1387 Washington Nationals Tyler Thompson Florida Fla.
Florida's deep roster has affected position players such as Tyler Thompson, who has not been able to maintain a regular job in the outfield. He's a solid athlete.
46 1397 Detroit Tigers Alex Fernandez Jr. Archbishop McCarthy HS, Southwest Ranches, Fla. Fla.
46 1402 Boston Red Sox Mac Williamson Wake Forest N.C.
46 1407 San Francisco Giants Elliott Blair Oklahoma Okla.
47 1412 Pittsburgh Pirates Jordan DeLuca Tussey Mountain HS, Saxton, Pa. Pa.
47 1415 Baltimore Orioles Devon Conley New Mexico JC N.M.
The only other player in the state with a chance to be picked in the first 20 rounds is New Mexico JC outfielder Devon Conley. He is a sophomore who transferred in after getting 14 at-bats as a freshman at New Mexico. Conley has a 6-foot-1, 160-pound frame, and he's a center fielder with true 80 speed on the 20-80 scouting scale. He covers a lot of ground in center field and has an average arm. He has a short, contact-oriented swing from the right side of the plate and will have gap power, at best. The team that drafts him may try to get him to switch-hit to take better advantage of his speed.
47 1418 Cleveland Indians Corey Embree Moberly (Mo.) HS Mo.
47 1421 Milwaukee Brewers Jecid Tarazona North Broward Prep, Coconut Creek, Fla. Fla.
47 1426 Oakland Athletics Jeriel Waller Grossmont (Calif.) JC Calif.
47 1439 New York Yankees Ethan Springston Seton Catholic HS, Chandler, Ariz. Ariz.
48 1445 Baltimore Orioles Tyler Hunter Lowndes HS, Valdosta, Ga. Ga.
48 1447 Washington Nationals Mike Bisenius Wayne State (Mich.) Mich.
48 1456 Oakland Athletics Travis Feeney Pinole Valley HS, Pinole, Calif. Calif.
48 1457 Detroit Tigers Lavaris McCullough Palatka (Fla.) HS Fla.
48 1459 Toronto Blue Jays Jake Wakamatsu Keller (Texas) HS Texas
48 1460 St. Louis Cardinals Brock Asher Aiea (Hawaii) HS Hawaii
48 1461 Chicago White Sox Dontrell Rush Harlan Community HS, Chicago Ill.
49 1477 Washington Nationals Hunter Cole Dorman HS, Roebuck, S.C. S.C.
Cole, a Georgia recruit, is considered a tough sign and had informed area scouts of his intention to go to college. He has the tools for third base defensively with solid hands and a strong throwing arm, and he's an average runner as well. He played a lot of outfield as a senior, and high school outfielders who aren't burners can be a tough sell. His power potential--he hit .525 with eight homers this spring--might have pushed him into the three-to-five round had he been signable.
49 1478 Cleveland Indians Brian Hansen St. Cloud State (Minn.) Minn.
49 1486 Oakland Athletics Charles Sheffield Pendleton School, Bradenton, Fla. Fla.
49 1487 Detroit Tigers Brett Impemba Dakota HS, Macomb, Mich. Mich.
49 1491 Chicago White Sox Zach Regier Gilbert (Ariz.) HS Ariz.
49 1493 San Diego Padres Ryan Hutchison Western Kentucky Ky.
49 1501 Philadelphia Phillies Johnny Knight Sebring (Fla.) HS Fla.
50 1505 Baltimore Orioles Brendan Butler Carroll School, Bel Air, Md. Md.
50 1507 Washington Nationals Tony Nix UC Riverside Calif.
Nix signed for a $1,000 bonus on June 11, but the contract was later voided.
50 1510 Houston Astros Colton Davis Lake Wales (Fla.) HS Fla.
50 1511 Milwaukee Brewers Matt Franco St. Thomas Aquinas HS, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Fla.
50 1517 Detroit Tigers Brandon Webber Bishop Carroll HS, Wichita, Kan. Kan.
50 1518 Colorado Rockies Heath Holder Loganville (Ga.) HS Ga.
50 1526 San Francisco Giants Waldyvan Estrada International Baseball Academy, Cieba, P.R. P.R.
50 1528 New York Yankees Cody Stewart Great Oak HS, Temecula, Calif. Calif.