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Round Overall Team Player School State Bonus
1 1 Pittsburgh Pirates Gerrit Cole UCLA Calif. $8,000,000
Cole had one of the best arms in the 2008 draft, when the Yankees drafted him in the first round, but he opted to attend UCLA. In three years with the Bruins, he has matured on and off the field, becoming a clubhouse leader as well as an ace for UCLA's national runner-up team as a sophomore. This spring, he has consistently shown the best pure stuff of any pitcher in this draft, and he has pounded the strike zone, though he struggled to command the inner half during a rough three-outing stretch in April, leading to a fairly pedestrian 5-7, 3.27 mark for the season. At his best, Cole throws three pitches that rate 70 or better on the 20-80 scouting scale. His four-seam fastball sits in the 94-97 range and tops out at 99, and he shows a 92-93 two-seamer that scouts would like to see him use more. His power slider ranges from 86-90 mph with good depth, and he has developed his 85-87 changeup into a third plus to plus-plus pitch this year, though it had more tumbling action earlier than the year than it did down the stretch. In high school, some scouts were concerned about the effort in Cole's delivery, but he has smoothed it out; most scouts generally regard it as clean, repeatable and simple now. He has a physical, durable frame and a competitive but composed mound demeanor--another change from his prep days. Scouts think Cole could rocket to the majors as a closer throwing 98-100 mph, but the consensus is that he has all the makings of a frontline starter.
1 3 Arizona Diamondbacks Trevor Bauer UCLA Calif. $3,400,000
After graduating high school early to enroll at UCLA in the spring of 2009, Bauer quickly found his way into the Bruins' weekend rotation, and went on to break school records for career wins (32 and counting) and strikeouts (432) by the middle of his junior year. Bauer is as unconventional as he is dominant. He takes an intellectual approach to his craft, studying advanced concepts like biomechanics, effective velocity and pitch tunneling. He is a long-toss devotee who works with rubber tubes before and during his starts. He idolizes and patterns himself after another slight righthander with electric stuff: Tim Lincecum. Like Lincecum, he generates premium velocity using extreme torque, and while some scouts worry about the head movement and recoil in his delivery, others say his arm action is loose and his mechanics add deception. Bauer has the deepest repertoire of any pitcher in the draft. On his worst days, he still holds 91-93 mph fastball velocity deep into games, and he often tops out at 95-96. He has exceptional feel for a sharp, downer curveball that rates as plus to plus-plus. His changeup is above-average, and he mixes in an occasional split-finger and flashes a slider. He also throws what he calls a "reverse slider," which runs in on lefthanded hitters at 85-87 mph--and some scouts say that is plus, too. Bauer relishes striking hitters out, so he throws a lot of pitches. He usually works deep into games (and threw five straight complete games in April and May). That workload concerns some scouts, but others think his arm is in exceptional shape and point out that he conditions himself to throw a lot. He has top-of-the-rotation upside and could move quickly, but he is adamant about continuing his own training regimen in pro ball, which will turn some clubs off.
1 4 Baltimore Orioles Dylan Bundy Owasso (Okla.) HS Okla. $4,000,000
This draft is deep in college arms, and one scouting director opined that Bundy has a better overall package than any of them. Bundy has operated at 94-97 mph for much of the spring, reaching triple digits on multiple occasions. If hitters try to sit on his fastball, he can make them look foolish with an upper-70s curveball, a high-80s cutter or a mid-80s changeup. The curveball and cutter are plus pitches, and the changeup is already an average offering. Bundy's feel for pitching is as impressive as his stuff. He has exceptional body control, allowing him to repeat his balanced, effortless delivery and locate his pitches with ease. He's not the tallest pitcher at 6-foot-1 and 205 pounds, but he's strong and throws downhill, so his size is not an issue. His makeup and work ethic are off the charts, too. Though he told teams in mid-May that his asking price was a six-year, $30 million contract--which would shatter Stephen Strasburg's draft-record $15.1 million deal--Bundy is too talented to fall too far in the draft. The Orioles signed his brother Bobby as an eighth-round pick in 2008 and could consider Dylan with the fourth overall choice. If Baltimore passes, he probably won't make it past the Diamondbacks at No. 7.
1 7 Arizona Diamondbacks Archie Bradley Broken Arrow (Okla.) HS Okla. $5,000,000
Just four Oklahoma high school pitchers have been drafted in the first round prior to 2011: Ronnie Walden, Jamey Wright, Matt Roney and Chad James. Dylan Bundy and Bradley will add to that list this June, and while Bundy has separated himself from Bradley (and every other prep pitcher in the nation) this spring, Bradley still should go in the upper half of the round. After showing a 92-95 mph fastball that touched 98 last summer, he wasn't at his best at the start of the season but was back in peak form by the time the state playoffs began in May. He touched 101 mph on the scoreboard radar gun while striking out 14 and pitching a two-hit shutout in the Oklahoma 6-A state championship game against Owasso, then the nation's No. 1-ranked team. Bradley's hammer curveball can be just as devastating as his fastball, and he has some feel for a changeup. He has a clean delivery that he maintains well, though at times it can get out of whack. An athletic 6-foot-4, 215-pounder, Bradley is also a top quarterback prospect who would play both baseball and football at Oklahoma in the unlikely event that he doesn't turn pro. Teams weren't taking his five-year, $20 million asking price seriously, though he could top the $5.25 million two-sport deal the Dodgers gave righthander/quarterback Zach Lee a year ago.
1 12 Milwaukee Brewers Taylor Jungmann Texas Texas $2,525,000
As a freshman in 2009, Jungmann won 11 games and pitched a complete-game five-hitter against Louisiana State in the College World Series finals. As a sophomore, he was the ace of a Texas staff that led NCAA Division I with a 2.45 ERA. Jungmann has taken another step this spring, leading all D-I pitchers with 12 victories and three shutouts and ranking second with a 0.95 ERA at the end of the regular season. He pitches at 91-93 mph and tops out at 95 with his fastball, and he has done a better job of using his 6-foot-6, 220-pound frame to command his heater down in the strike zone. He has improved the sharpness and command of his slider as well. His changeup is average at times but more of a work in progress, though he can get lefthanders out with the sink and life on his fastball. Jungmann excels under pressure--he's 6-0 in NCAA tournament play--and has demonstrated the ability to win without his best stuff. He has some effort and a short stride in his delivery, but he has cleaned it up since high school and it doesn't impede his ability to throw strikes.
1 14 Florida Marlins Jose Fernandez Alonso HS, Tampa Fla. $2,000,000
Even in a strong year in Florida last year, Fernandez stood out, and opposing hitters were measured by how they fared against him. He almost didn't get to pitch this season, as he was temporarily suspended pending an investigation into how much high school baseball he played in Cuba. It took two attempts for Fernandez, his mother and his sister to escape the island nation, and he's motivated on and off the field. One scout termed his demeanor as "high-level confidence." Fernandez has those who doubt his age, and he'll be 19 before the mid-August signing date. He throws three swing-and-miss pitches: a fastball that sits 90-95 mph with heavy sink at times and a pair of breaking balls. Scouts aren't sure if Fernandez means to throw both a slider and a curve, but his slider can be sharp and his curve at times has 12-to-6 break. He's shown flashes of a changeup as well and could wind up as a four-pitch workhorse. Sturdy at 6-foot-3, 235 pounds, Fernandez has a mature body and will have to work to maintain his conditioning.
1 18 Oakland Athletics Sonny Gray Vanderbilt Tenn. $1,540,000
Gray was BA's No. 52 draft prospect as a high school senior in 2008, but a broken ankle, 5-foot-11 frame and Vanderbilt commitment pushed him down the draft until the Cubs took him in the 27th round. He figures to go 26 rounds higher after three seasons with the Commodores. He has added plenty of polish, throwing higher-quality strikes with similar stuff as he showed as a high schooler. His fastball often gets better during games, sitting from 90-95 mph, touching 97 when he needs it. His size keeps him from getting tremendous plane on his fastball, but he has the velocity to pitch up in the zone. High fastballs help set up his best pitch, a power curveball at 82-84 with downer action. His changeup has come along but remains a distant third pitch. Scouts laud his preparation and competitiveness, so while he's tempting as a closer for his two-pitch mix, many scouts expect him to remain a starter. He could stand to repeat his delivery more regularly, and scouts haven't seen much of his change as they'd like. Those are the only chinks in Gray's otherwise impressive armor.
1 19 Boston Red Sox Matt Barnes Connecticut Conn. $1,500,000
Barnes was an under-the-radar prospect and went undrafted coming out of high school in Connecticut, but after three years at UConn he has firmly established himself as a first-round talent. Barnes shined last summer, ranking as the Cape Cod League's No. 3 prospect during a stint with Wareham and going 3-0, 1.42 with 26 strikeouts in 19 innings for Team USA. Barnes added 6-8 mph on his fastball before his sophomore year, jumping his velocity to its current 92-96 mph range and 98 peak, which he holds deep into games. He has a loose arm and minimal effort in his delivery. Barnes gets good armside run on his two-seamer, and he also throws a cutter. He throws a sharp-breaking curveball that's plus at times and an average mid-80s changeup. Barnes is at his best when he eliminates his slider from his repertoire. His secondary stuff, along with his command and mechanics, need work, as he tends to alter his release point and miss high in the zone. Scouts love Barnes' 6-foot-4, 205-pound frame, and they still think he could add about 20 pounds.
1 21 Toronto Blue Jays Tyler Beede Lawrence Academy, Groton, Mass. Mass.
Beede won a state championship as a sophomore at Auburn (Mass.) High, and then transferred to Lawrence, one of the top prep schools in the state. Since then, he has been all over the showcase circuit and developed into New England's best prep prospect. At 6-foot-4 and 200 pounds, Beede has an ideal pitcher's frame. Throwing from a high three-quarters arm slot, he pitches at 88-93 mph and touches 95. He has good arm speed on his changeup, and he has a firm curveball that's average but has good shape. Beede is also developing a slider, though he hasn't used it in game action. There were concerns about his mechanics and arm action in the past, but he has smoothed them out this year, repeating his delivery well and getting good extension out front. His father, Walter, was a 13th-round pick of the Cubs out of a Massachusetts high school in 1981 and had a short stint in the minor leagues, when he played with Brewers scouting director Bruce Seid. Beede has advanced command, feel and offspeed stuff, and scouts are impressed with his approach to the game. He has committed to Vanderbilt and could be a tough sign.
1 23 Washington Nationals Alex Meyer Kentucky Ky. $2,000,000
The Red Sox offered Meyer $2 million as a 20th-round pick out of high school three years ago. While he had the arm strength to merit first-round money, most scouts believed he would need time to improve his secondary pitches, command and maturity. They were proven correct when he went 6-7, 6.34 in his first two seasons at Kentucky. Meyer started making the transition from pitcher to thrower this year, and as a result he could go in the first 10 picks. He's as intimidating as ever, a 6-foot-9, 220-pounder who works at 95-96 mph and can scrape triple digits with his fastball. His slider gives him a second plus-plus pitch at times, though it's still more of a chase pitch than a true strike. He also has unveiled an effective changeup. The Wildcats have helped Meyer repeat his delivery better, though that's still an issue at times because his levers are so long. His command may never be more than average, but it's a lot better than it was in high school. So too is his ability to compete. Meyer still isn't a finished product, but the huge strides he has made this spring have been encouraging. He finished strong, outdueling projected Vanderbilt first-rounder Sonny Gray with a five-hit shutout in early May and beating then-No. 6 ranked Florida in his final start of the year.
1 24 Tampa Bay Rays Taylor Guerrieri Spring Valley HS, Columbia, S.C. S.C. $1,600,000
Guerrieri will be one of the toughest calls for clubs in the first round. He has one of the draft's best arms, and among preps he ranks behind only Oklahomans Dylan Bundy and Archie Bradley in pure stuff. Guerrieri has a pitcher's body at 6-foot-3, 195 pounds with long arms, coat-hanger shoulders and present strength. Getting his "man strength," to use the scouting term, has allowed him to maintain his delivery better, and his stuff has improved as a result. At his best, Guerrieri's fastball touches 98 mph and sits in the 93-96 range. He throws his curveball with power as well at 80-83 mph. He flashes a changeup and a cutter in side sessions but rarely uses them in games. Like most high school pitchers, his velocity can vary from start to start, but he still sits 91-93 on his off days. His athleticism and strength allow him to repeat his delivery well, though his command is a question. A South Carolina signee, Guerrieri could go in the first 10 picks if teams are sold on his makeup, but many are not. He's on his second high school thanks to off-field incidents at North Augusta (S.C.) High, and scouts continue to research his decision-making.
1 25 San Diego Padres Joe Ross Bishop O'Dowd HS, Oakland Calif. $2,750,000
Like Robert Stephenson, Ross' stuff has also been a little bit better this spring than it was on the showcase circuit this summer. Ross, whose older brother Tyson is a righthander for the Athletics, sat in the 91-93 mph range with his fastball this summer. This spring he's been as high as 96. The pitch has good life and comes out easily from Ross' smooth delivery. He has a hard curveball in the 78-80 mph range with 11-5 break and flashes a good changeup. While he doesn't have his brother's size, he still has a nice pitcher's frame at 6-foot-2 and 180 pounds. Ross is the total package--he is a quality athlete and he's also a very good student, so he'll likely be a tough pry away from his UCLA commitment.
1 27 Cincinnati Reds Robert Stephenson Alhambra HS, Martinez, Calif. Calif. $2,000,000
Stephenson has a long and loose 6-foot-2 frame, and he's not done growing yet so scouts see projection as he matures. He had a busy summer on the showcase circuit and then started off his senior season by throwing back-to-back no-hitters. His fastball sat in the the 90-92 mph range last summer, and he took things up a notch this spring, sitting 93-95 and touching 97. Stephenson has a smooth, athletic delivery and produces good hand speed. This has helped his curveball improve along with his fastball, and he's now throwing the pitch in the 78-80 mph range and commanding it well. He also mixes in an occasional changeup. Stephenson is just as gifted in the classroom as he is on the pitcher's mound, and he's Washington's biggest recruit in a long time. He has been working with Huskies assistant coach Jordon Twohig since he was 13, but the program's recent struggles and Stephenson's status as a possible first rounder make it unlikely he winds up on campus.
1s 42 Tampa Bay Rays Jeff Ames Lower Columbia (Wash.) JC Wash. $650,000
Ames has already been drafted twice: by the Phillies (46th round) in 2009 out of high school in Vancouver, Wash., and last year by the Rockies (30th round) out of Lower Columbia. His stuff has gradually improved each year, and he took things up a notch last summer, sitting 92-95 mph and touching 97 in the West Coast League, ranking as the league's No. 3 prospect. His stuff has held up this spring, as his fastball has been consistently in the mid-90s. His fastball has nasty, riding life and arm-side run. His breaking ball doesn't always show the tight break scouts like to see, his changeup is just all right, and he does pitch with some effort, but he should go high enough this year to keep him away from his commitment to Oregon.
1s 44 New York Mets Michael Fulmer Deer Creek HS, Edmond, Okla. Okla. $937,500
Oklahoma has its best high school pitching crop ever, highlighted by Dylan Bundy and Archie Bradley and featuring three other arms who could go in the first five rounds. Fulmer is the best of the second tier and has improved his stock to the point where he could be a top-50 selection. After pitching at 87-91 mph on the showcase circuit last summer, he has boosted his fastball to the mid-90s and topped out at 97 mph this spring. He maintains his velocity, often showing some 93s and 94s in the late innings. His slider also has gotten harder, improving from 78-80 mph to 83-85. Like many high school pitchers, he'll need to refine a changeup. His arm works well, though he could firm up his 6-foot-2, 200-pound frame.
1s 46 Toronto Blue Jays Joe Musgrove Grossmont HS, El Cajon, Calif. Calif. $500,000
Musgrove has improved his stock as much as any prep player in Southern California this spring. He was solid but unspectacular at the Southern California Invitational Showcase at the MLB Urban Youth Academy in February, working in the 88-91 mph range. Since then, his velocity has jumped, and many scouts now regard him as the best high school righthander in the region's thin crop. Musgrove, a San Diego State commit, has a physical 6-foot-5, 225-pound frame and an easy delivery. For most of this spring his fastball has sat comfortably in the 90-92 mph range with heavy sink, and he can reach back for 93-94 when he needs to. At his best, some scouts say they saw him touch 97-98, to go along with a hammer curveball in the 76-82 mph range. Usually, though, he throws a three-quarters slurve in the 77-80 range. Musgrove also mixes in a split-change. A former offensive and defensive lineman for the Grossmont football team, Musgrove is a tenacious competitor. He still has to work on repeating his delivery more consistently and fine-tuning his secondary stuff, but it's easy to dream on him becoming a big league workhorse starter.
1s 48 San Diego Padres Mike Kelly West Boca Raton (Fla.) HS Fla. $718,000
Kelly powered West Boca to Florida's state 5-A title with his bat and his arm, throwing an 86-pitch six-hit shutout in the state semifinal in his final appearance. Scouts want him as a pitcher, and his frame is as ideal as any pitcher in the country. He's a fairly fluid athlete who is growing into his 6-foot-5, 210-pound body. Kelly entered the year with great expectations and didn't live up to them early, struggling mechanically to stay tall in his delivery and with inconsistent velocity. His body and stuff elicit comparisons to A.J. Cole, who entered 2010 as the top arm in Florida's prep ranks and wound up a fourth-rounder while still signing for $2 million. Kelly's fastball is a shade below Cole's, topping out at 94 and regularly sitting in the 89-92 mph range. He also throws a curveball and changeup that project to be average pitches but are fringe-average at present. His curve flashes the depth to be a plus pitch if he can firm up his delivery and get better extension out front. Kelly, like Cole, doesn't always attack hitters aggressively like scouts want him to, but he has gotten better as the season progressed.
1s 49 San Francisco Giants Kyle Crick Sherman (Texas) HS Texas $900,000
Crick played mostly first base for Sherman as a junior a year ago, but began to realize his future was on the mound when he hit 94 mph with his fastball on the showcase circuit during the summer. He since has emerged as the top pitching prospect in the Texas high school ranks this spring. Working from a high three-quarters arm slot, he consistently has dealt in the low 90s, peaking at 97 mph and featuring late life on his heater. His mid-70s curveball is a plus pitch at times, though it lacks command and consistency because he overthrows it. Crick also will flash an above-average slider and fiddles around with a splitter and a changeup, but he's essentially still in the early stages of learning to pitch. He's mainly an arm-strength guy right now, but it's impressive arm strength. There's effort in the 6-foot-3, 225-pounder's delivery, and he'd do a better job of living in the strike zone if he took a more direct line toward the plate. He has committed to Texas Christian.
1s 55 Minnesota Twins Hudson Boyd Bishop Verot HS, Fort Myers, Fla. Fla. $1,000,000
Boyd transferred from South Fort Myers High to Bishop Verot as he teamed with similarly beefy first baseman Dan Vogelbach. Together, they led their team to a state 3-A championship with Boyd 10-0 with 112 strikeouts through early May. His delivery and 6-foot-3, 235-pound frame have elicited comparisons to Jonathan Broxton and Bartolo Colon, and scouts intend those as positives. Boyd projects as a mid-rotation workhorse who will work with two plus pitches. He maintains the velocity on his fastball deep into games, topping out at 95-96 mph and sitting in the 90-94 range. His breaking ball also is plus, a power curve that scrapes 80 mph with tight rotation and sharp break. Boyd's changeup can be too firm at times, but he hasn't needed it much in high school.
1s 57 Toronto Blue Jays Kevin Comer Seneca HS, Tabernacle, N.J. N.J. $1,650,000
At 6-foot-4, 210 pounds, Comer passes the eye test, and at his best he flashes stuff that would make him a lock for the top three rounds. Scouts haven't been able to get a good read on him this season, as he had thrown just 14 innings and had been inconsistent. Out of the gates, Comer sat in the low 90s and made it look easy. At his best, he also has a 12-to-6 curveball that falls off the table and has shown feel for a changeup. But he missed about 10 days in the middle of the season because of a class trip, and then left a game early and was showing mid-80s velocity. Scouts aren't sure if he is injured or just isn't interested in signing. He is committed to Vanderbilt, and most agree he could be a first-rounder after three years there.
2 63 Arizona Diamondbacks Anthony Meo Coastal Carolina S.C. $625,000
Meo was part of a stacked 2008 prep class in Connecticut and Rhode Island, a group that included Vanderbilt's Jason Esposito and UConn stars Matt Barnes and George Springer. Meo threw 91-92 mph in high school but has bumped his fastball up to 96 mph in college, regularly sitting in the 93-94 range. He's quick-armed and live-bodied at 6-foot-2, 185 pounds, with a lean frame that hasn't added much weight over the years. His curveball is quick and short with downer break, and he's starting to harness the command of both pitches. Meo's changeup remains "underdeveloped," as one scout put it, and while his delivery isn't maximum effort, it's not smooth either. He throws strikes but doesn't locate enough to have the command clubs look for in starters. He should go out in the first two rounds as a starter but likely will wind up as a reliever.
2 67 Cleveland Indians Dillon Howard Searcy (Ark.) HS Ark. $1,850,000
Howard established himself as the top prospect in Arkansas early on, earning all-state honors as a sophomore, and has maintained that through his senior season. He has a strong track record in showcases and summer ball. He hasn't had a boffo senior season but has maintained his status as a potential late first-round or sandwich pick. At his best, Howard throws a fastball with above-average life and velocity. It can sit 92-94 and at times has heavy sink. Command can be an issue, but he's a solid athlete whose arm works well, so scouts can project average big league fastball command. He's played catcher, shortstop and third base in high school and is a baseball rat who has passion for the game. His secondary pitches, a curveball and changeup, have their moments but have been inconsistent this season. He has more feel for his secondary offerings than many prep pitchers, which has some scouts surprised that he hasn't had a more dominant season. Some have raised concerns about his mound demeanor and energy level, but it's unlikely he falls far enough for his Arkansas commitment to come into play.
2 69 Houston Astros Adrian Houser Locust Grove (Okla.) HS Okla. $530,100
Houser's last high school outing was one of his best. He took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and finished with a 16-strikeout two-hitter in the Oklahoma 4-A quarterfinals, and two days later Locust Grove won its first baseball championship. Also a center fielder, he scored two of Locust Grove's four runs and threw out a runner at the plate in the semifinals, and made a nifty back-to-the-infield catch during the finale. An Oklahoma recruit, Houser has good size (6-foot-3, 200 pounds) and a quick arm capable of delivering 90-92 mph fastballs and topping out at 95. He also shows feel for a hard curveball but has a lot of work to do with his changeup. He uses his height and a high arm slot to throw on a steep downhill angle. Though he's athletic, Houser needs to do a better job of maintaining his delivery and command. His father Mike is the baseball coach at Locust Grove, and one of his cousins (Bob Davis) spent eights seasons in the big leagues as a big league catcher.
2 70 Milwaukee Brewers Jorge Lopez Academia de Milagrosa, Cayey, P.R. P.R. $690,000
Lopez is the best prospect in Puerto Rico and could be the island's highest-drafted pitcher ever. (The current record-holder is Luis Atilano, 35th overall in 2003.) A volleyball player and track participant in the past, Lopez is a fine athlete who has plenty of projection remaining in his 6-foot-4, 180-pound frame. He's lanky, long and loose, with a fastball that sits 89-91 mph and touches 93 regularly. Lopez also stands out for having one of the best breaking balls scouts can recall for a Puerto Rican pitcher. He has flashed an above-average curve, which doesn't have true 12-to-6 rotation but isn't far off. At times it's short and tight, and he has a feel for it that belies his age and inexperience. Lopez's athletic ability has scouts optimistic about his ability to pick up larger improvements such as a changeup as well as nuances like fielding his position. He'll have to get stronger to make good on the projections scouts have for him.
2 71 New York Mets Cory Mazzoni North Carolina State N.C. $437,500
Mazzoni has been the Wolfpack's ace this season, and he leads a pack of righthanders in North Carolina because he has the best chance of remaining a starter at the pro level. Solidly built at 6-foot-1, 195 pounds, he has been durable and holds his velocity deep into games while doing a good job of repeating his delivery. He will typically sit at 90-94 mph with his fastball and can dial it up to 97 when he needs it. He also works with a power breaking ball that isn't always consistent but can be above-average, and a splitter. It's not a conventional package for a starter because he doesn't throw a soft pitch to his glove side. His 3-6, 3.93 record is misleading. In 92 innings, Mazzoni had 105 strikeouts and 27 walks while opponents were hitting .229 against him. Scouts like his competitive nature and think he could be a back-of-the-rotation starter or move quickly as a late-inning reliever. Mazzoni figures to go off the board around the third round.
2 78 Toronto Blue Jays Jeremy Gabryszwski Crosby (Texas) HS Texas $575,000
Jeremy Gabryszwski excited scouts when he touched 94 mph with his fastball in his first scrimmage. He sat at 92-93 for three innings, and also showed a plus slider and an average changeup. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound righthander didn't maintain that stuff throughout the season, often working in the high 80s. He had surgery to repair a displaced bone in his elbow in 2008, with doctors placing a screw in his elbow. He's a Lamar recruit.
2 80 Chicago White Sox Erik Johnson California Calif. $450,000
Johnson has a big, 6-foot-2, 240-pound frame and sometimes has trouble maintaining his mechanics. His delivery can get a little rigid and he loses his arm slot at times, though he's been better about getting it back than he was last year. Johnson is quick to the plate and sits in the 90-94 mph range with his fastball and tops out at 95. His best secondary offering is a hard slider that he can throw for strikes or use as a wipeout pitch and he also mixes in a slow, show-me curveball and a changeup that is inconsistent, but shows flashes of being a quality pitch. Johnson sometimes tries to be too fine with his fastball instead of trusting that he can overpower hitters with it. While he needs to sharpen his fastball command, Johnson has shown a good enough feel for pitching to get by and go deep into games without it.
2 87 Minnesota Twins Madison Boer Oregon Ore. $405,000
Boer has the type of frame scouts look for in starting pitchers. He's big and strong at 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds and he's a good athlete that ran a 6.7-second 60-yard dash for scouts in the fall. The athleticism helps give Boer a clean and efficient delivery and helps him maintain stamina throughout game. His fastball sits in the 90-93 mph range, but there could be more in there--he's touched 96 before in relief stints and moved back to the bullpen late this spring as he tired out. Boer has a good slider, but it's the splitter he added to this year that has helped the most. He throws the pitch with two different grips. If he needs to throw it for a strike, he'll keep the ball closer to his fingertips, throwing it like a changeup. But he can also put the ball deeper into his hand to get more depth on the pitch if he's trying to get a hitter to chase.
2 89 Tampa Bay Rays Lenny Linsky Hawaii Hawaii $392,400
Linsky was a decent prospect coming out of high school--though he wasn't drafted--but he has blossomed at Hawaii. He has improved each year and was nearly unhittable this spring, helping the Rainbows finish first in the Western Athletic Conference for the first time since 1992. His fastball has incredible sink, even at 92-94 mph, and he can run it up to 96 from a low three-quarters arm slot. Hitters frequently swing over his fastball, and he has a dominating slider that can get as high as 89 mph. One scout joked that hitters need a shovel if they want to elevate the ball against Linsky. He allowed just three extra-base hits during the regular season--all doubles. Earlier in the season, he was flying open and getting under his pitches, but a few mechanical adjustments fixed that problem and he was better the second half. Linsky has a durable frame at 6-foot-2 and 215 pounds and a closer's mentality. He could go as high as the sandwich round and should move quickly through the minor leagues.
3 94 Baltimore Orioles Mike Wright East Carolina N.C. $363,300
In his first full season in the weekend rotation, Wright has been one of the Pirates' better arms. He has a good frame at 6-foot-5, 195 pounds and has a chance to remain a starter. He works with a sinker/slider combination, getting ground ball outs and keeping the ball in the park rather than racking up strikeouts. His sinker will work in the low 90s, and he throws strikes with both his fastball and slider. He has flashed a decent changeup this season, though it needs more consistency. Scouts like his competitiveness on the mound. He feeds off big situations and struck out Rice's Anthony Rendon twice, challenging him inside. Wright is probably best suited to a relief role and could get popped in the sixth round, but if a team thinks he can start he could go a little higher.
3 95 Kansas City Royals Bryan Brickhouse The Woodlands (Texas) HS Texas $1,500,000
Brickhouse is the latest strong-armed pitcher to come out of The Woodlands, which also spawned first-rounders Kyle Drabek (2006) and Jameson Taillon (2010). He won't go quite as high in the draft, and the Tar Heel State native may not be signable away from a North Carolina scholarship if he doesn't. Brickhouse will show good stuff at times, but he doesn't always maintain it past a few innings or throw strikes with it. He has two plus pitches in a 90-93 mph fastball that peaks at 95 and a spike curveball with 11-5 break. The curve sometimes morphs into a slider, and he has the beginnings of a changeup. Six-foot-2 and 190 pounds, he's not particularly big or athletic. He has effort in his delivery and doesn't always stay on top of his pitches. If he can develop consistency, Brickhouse might be a No. 3 starter. He also profiles well as a late-inning reliever who could focus on attacking hitters with his fastball and breaking ball. He helped his cause with a strong performance in the Texas 5-A state playoffs, striking out 11, 12 and 13 batters in his three starts.
3 97 Cleveland Indians Jake Sisco Merced (Calif.) JC Calif. $325,000
Junior college pitchers, especially those in Northern California, don't typically go off the board early. Sisco should be an exception, as some scouts think he has a chance to be special. He was the best junior college pitcher in the state, thanks to a fastball that sits at 92-93 mph and gets up to 95. He shows the makings of four plus pitches, with his fastball, curveball, slider and changeup, though he needs to improve the consistency of all his pitches. He has a nice pitcher's build at 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds and has shown more maturity this year on the mound. A 37th-round pick by the Giants out of high school in Modesto last year, Sisco could go as high as the third round this year.
3 99 Houston Astros Jack Armstrong Jr. Vanderbilt Tenn. $750,000
Armstrong will be one of the draft's most interesting calls. The son of former big league pitcher Jack Armstrong, who was a first-round pick in 1987, Junior has really been a significant contributor only as a sophomore, going 7-4, 4.71 in 2010. He has performed well for two summers in the Cape Cod League, earning the No. 6 prospect spot in 2009 and No. 23 in 2010, and he was a preseason third-team All-American in 2010. He has jumbo size at 6-foot-7, 225 pounds, yet he's athletic enough to do standing backflips. Armstrong hasn't been fully healthy in 2011 and didn't start pitching until mid-March while battling back woes. He hasn't flashed the mid-90s stuff he showed as a freshman, though he has still worked in the low 90s and at his best has shown plenty of stuff against good competition. His best outing came in a loss as he threw four hitless innings against Florida, though he walked four and had more balls (38) than strikes (36). Armstrong throws a curveball and changeup that have their moments, but he's more of a physical athlete than a polished pitcher at this point. Signability will matter a great deal for a player who has been better in the past than he is in 2011.
3 100 Milwaukee Brewers Drew Gagnon Long Beach State Calif. $340,000
Though he has yet to post a winning season in college, Gagnon has improved each year at Long Beach, lowering his ERA from 6.28 to 3.28 to 2.80. He showed good feel for pitching in the Cape Cod League last summer, leading the circuit with five wins, and he carried that momentum into his junior year. Gagnon has a prototypical 6-foot-4, 195-pound frame and an easy arm action, but his delivery can get a bit too mechanical at times, and scouts would like to see him loosen up and just throw. He pitches heavily off a lively 90-93 mph fastball that has peaked at 94 this spring, and he pounds both sides of the strike zone with it. Gagnon has worked to improve his feel for his breaking stuff, as he throws both a slider and a curveball, and for much of his career they tended to blend into each other. At his best, he shows a 79-82 hammer curveball and an 82-85 slider, each with distinct shapes. His 82-85 changeup is also an average pitch. Gagnon is still learning to put hitters away with his secondary stuff (he has 183 strikeouts in 245 career innings) and still learning to win, but he has the ingredients to be a workhorse mid- to late-rotation starter in the big leagues.
3 101 New York Mets Logan Verrett Baylor Texas $425,000
Verrett positioned himself as a possible first-round pick with a strong performance in the Cape Cod League last summer. He hasn't quite pitched up to that standard this spring, though he did finish the regular season on a roll, not allowing an earned run in his final 21 innings. Verrett doesn't have an out pitch, but he has three solid offerings and mixes speeds and plans well. His best pitch is his slider, which generates some swings as misses. He has an average fastball, pitching at 88-92 mph and topping out at 94, though it lacks life. He gets more sink on his changeup. A 6-foot-3, 185-pounder, Verrett repeats his sound delivery well and throws strikes. Scouts also like the way he competes. Though he's athletic, he struggles to control the running game. While he showed a 93-95 mph fastball when he worked out of the bullpen as a freshman, Verrett has a future as a No. 3 starter.
3 108 Toronto Blue Jays John Stilson Texas A&M Texas $500,000
Stilson set a Texarkana (Texas) JC record by winning 12 games as a freshman in 2009, then led NCAA Division I in ERA (0.80) and ranked second in strikeout per nine inning (13.5) in his first season at Texas A&M last spring. He has made another successful transition this year, moving from the bullpen back into the rotation and serving as the Aggies' ace. His fastball ranges from 91-94 mph, and it touched 96 when he worked as a reliever. He has incredible feel for a dynamite changeup that outranks his heater as his best pitch. He throws a hard breaking ball, and he has the ability to vary the angle and shape of the pitch to make it a slider or a curveball. Six-foot-3 and 195 pounds, Stilson is a quality athlete who also starred in football and basketball in high school and played shortstop at Texarkana. He's an intense competitor who relishes the responsibility that comes with being a Friday starter or a closer. Stilson's delivery is the only reason he isn't mentioned with the top tier of college pitching prospects. He catapults off the mound and throws with some effort, but that doesn't prevent him from filling the strike zone. If the team that drafts him puts him back in the bullpen, he could be the first player from the 2011 draft to reach the majors. But Stilson has legitimate value as a No. 2 or 3 starter, and he'll probably get an initial opportunity to thrive in that role in pro ball.
3 110 Chicago White Sox Jeff Soptic Johnson County (Kan.) CC Kan. $320,000
Few pitchers in this draft can light up a radar gun like Soptic can, but his lack of consistency likely will keep him out of the first couple of rounds. The 6-foot-6, 220-pounder's arm works easily, as he effortlessly delivers fastballs at 93-96 mph and peaks at 100. Velocity is the one constant with Soptic. His four-seam fastball is fairly straight and gets hit harder than it should. He'll flash a plus slider at times, but it's below-average more often than not. His changeup is a distant third pitch. Unless he can significantly improve his control and secondary pitches, Soptic probably will have to settle for being a reliever as a pro. Nevertheless, his arm strength and body are hard to ignore. Drafted in the 43rd round out of high school by the Royals but unselected when he maxed out at 94 mph as a freshman, Soptic will attend Missouri if he doesn't turn pro.
3 112 San Diego Padres Matt Andriese UC Riverside Calif. $270,000
Scouts were intrigued by Andriese's frame and sinker coming out of high school in Redlands, Calif., in 2008, when he was a 37th-round pick. He has boosted his stock in three years at UC Riverside. He struggled as a sophomore, going 5-5, 4.95, but gained confidence in the Cape Cod League last summer and has gotten outs much more consistently this spring. Andriese has a physical, durable frame at 6-foot-3, 205 pounds. His delivery has stiffness and length, and he's just a fair athlete. He holds the 90-93 mph velocity on his slightly above-average fastball deep into games, and he flashes a sharp, late power curveball, though he needs to repeat it more consistently for it to become a true plus pitch. He also throws an average split-change with late tumble. Andriese generally has good command, but it can lapse at times. He projects as a durable mid-rotation starter.
3 113 Texas Rangers Kyle Castro Pleasant Grove HS, Elk Grove, Calif. Calif. $267,300
Righthander Kyle Castro has a projectable, athletic frame at 6-foot-4 and 185 pounds. He also starred on his high school football team as a defensive back and led the state with 12 interceptions last season. When he's not pitching, he plays third base and hits in the middle of the order. Teams prefer him on the mound, though, where he sits in the 88-90 mph range, topping out at 92. He throws a curveball that is inconsistent but shows flashes of being an above-average pitch. His mechanics are free and easy because of his athleticism, which along with his competitiveness and lack of a college commitment may push him up draft boards.
3 118 New York Yankees Jordan Cote Winnisquam HS, Northfield, N.H. N.H. $725,000
Righthander Jordan Cote, at 6-foot-5 and 205 pounds, has a projectable frame that scouts dream about. His fastball sits at 88-90 mph and touches 92, and adding strength and pitching in warmer weather should help bump his velocity, especially because he has great hand speed. His arm action is clean, but his mechanics need to be refined, as he has long levers and is still growing into his body. Inability to repeat his delivery restricts him from throwing a consistent breaking ball. Cote has better feel for his curveball than his slider, though he shows the ability to spin the ball. He hasn't needed to throw his changeup and it's a work in progress. For his size more than his stuff, Cote has drawn comparisons to Chris Carpenter, who grew up about an hour from Cote's high school in New Hampshire. Cote is committed to Coastal Carolina, and though the high school arms from Massachusetts have gotten more attention, one scout said Cote has the highest ceiling of any pitcher in the Northeast. He should get taken between the eighth and 12th rounds, with late-spring buzz that he could be going higher.
3s 121 Seattle Mariners Carter Capps Mount Olive (N.C.) N.C. $500,000
A catcher in high school, Capps redshirted as a college freshman and then moved to the mound at the behest of Mount Olive coach Carl Lancaster. That idea looks brilliant, as Capps has a career mark of 12-0, 1.59 with 110 strikeouts and 13 walks in 96 innings. He has a big, durable body at 6-foot-5, 220 pounds, and arm strength to boot. His fastball can range from 90-96 mph, usually sitting in the low 90s with hard sink. He has a slider that shows occasional depth, as well as a curveball and changeup, though those two pitches need work. Capps will likely shift to a bullpen role because his stuff plays better there and he has issues with his delivery. He throws across his body and has a long stride that makes it difficult for him to get out front. Scouts think his mechanics can be ironed out, but still like him better as a reliever.
4 122 Pittsburgh Pirates Colten Brewer Canton (Texas) HS Texas $240,000
Righthander Colten Brewer made a late push up draft boards. He usually works at 87-91 mph and touches 93 with his sinker, and he should add velocity as he fills out his 6-foot-4, 190-pound frame. Committed to Weatherford (Texas) JC, Brewer is a one-pitch guy at the moment who would have been a perfect draft-and-follow if that rule still existed.
4 124 Arizona Diamondbacks Evan Marshall Kansas State Kan. $232,500
The state of Kansas could have as many as seven college pitchers taken in the first 10 rounds, and Marshall has become the top righthanded prospect in the group after excelling as a set-up man this spring. He began last season in Kansas State's rotation, but his stuff has played up significantly this year when he has come out of the bullpen. After pitching in the high 80s as a starter, he has worked at 93-94 mph while teaming with James Allen to give the Wildcats the best bullpen tandem in the Big 12 Conference. His hard slider gives him a second plus pitch, and his lack of a reliable changeup isn't a handicap as a reliever. Marshall isn't big at 6-foot-1 and 207 pounds, and he throws with some effort, often flying open in his delivery. He still throws strikes, and he has a loose, resilient arm that has allowed him to top out at 96 mph even when used on consecutive days. He profiles more as a set-up man than a closer but should get to the majors quickly.
4 125 Baltimore Orioles Kyle Simon Arizona Ariz. $231,300
While he's a lot bigger than Oregon State's Sam Gaviglio at 6-foot-5 and 219 pounds, Simon has similar stuff, as a righthander with a lot of sink on his fastball and a good feel for pitching. Simon peaks at 93 mph, though he usually works between 86-89. He doesn't have a put-away pitch as Gaviglio does, and it shows up when comparing their strikeout totals. Simon's secondary offerings consist of a cutter at 84-87 mph and a changeup. Simon is big and sturdy with a lot of deception in his delivery. He could go to the bullpen and show more of those 93s, or he could stay in the rotation and get a bunch of groundouts as a back-of-the-rotation starter.
4 126 Kansas City Royals Kyle Smith Santaluces HS, Lantana, Fla. Fla. $695,000
Smith emerged as a scouts' favorite in South Florida when he was the top performer in the area this spring as a power pitcher and solid hitter. His future will be on the mound, whether in pro ball or in college at Florida. Smith was a showcase regular the last two years and showed average fastball velocity from a quick-armed, small-framed body. He has pushed that heater up to 95 mph at times this spring, though it still sits 88-92. He has good feel for spinning a breaking ball and has depth and some power on the curveball, which at times gets slurvy. Smith could be a tough sell to crosscheckers because of his size--he's listed at 6 feet, 180 pounds--but he does other things to endear him to evaluators. He keeps a quick, aggressive tempo, pitches with swagger, competes hard and has excellent baseball instincts. He's athletic and repeats his compact delivery. Some scouts point to Smith's family and expect him to get more physical. He could go out in the first three rounds.
4 129 Chicago Cubs Tony Zych Louisville Ky. $400,000
Zych led the Cape Cod League with 12 saves last summer, when scouts voted him the circuit's top prospect after he dealt 97 mph fastballs during the all-star game. After using him sporadically as a starter in his first two seasons, Louisville has kept him in the bullpen this spring and he has thrived. He has worked at 94-97 mph all season, with a high of 99. His fastball gets on hitters quickly thanks to some funk in his delivery. Zych's arm action isn't pretty and puts some stress on his shoulder, but it adds to his deception and doesn't hamper his control. He's an athletic 6-foot-3, 188-pounder whom the Cardinals recruited as a two-way player who could contribute in the middle infield, where he saw some action as a freshman. Zych has the mental toughness to handle late-inning assignments and shouldn't require much time in the minors. Whether he becomes a closer or set-up man depends on how consistent his mid-80s slider becomes. He doesn't miss as many bats as he should because his fastball can get straight and his slider can flatten out.
4 132 New York Mets Tyler Pill Cal State Fullerton Calif. $200,000
Pill, the younger brother of former Fullerton star Brett Pill, has been a valuable two-way contributor for the Titans for three years, but his future in pro ball is on the mound. An elbow injury limited his pitching duties as a sophomore, and he played the outfield in the Cape Cod League last summer, but he returned to full strength as a junior and put together a fine season on the mound. Pill is physically unimposing but sturdily built at 6-foot-1, 185 pounds. His frame and stuff evoke Ian Kennedy, and his tenacity is a major asset. He pitches with a fringy fastball that ranges from 88-91 mph and bumps 92, but it plays up a bit because of his deception and command. He throws an average curveball and a solid-average to plus changeup, and he has enough feel with both pitches to throw them to righties as well as lefties. He also mixes in an 86-87 mph cutter that runs in on lefthanded hitters. Pill does not have huge upside, projecting as a back-of-the-rotation starter, but his feel for pitching and makeup should get him drafted around the fifth round.
4 134 Los Angeles Dodgers Ryan O'Sullivan Oklahoma City Okla. $100,000
Ryan O'Sullivan was supposed to be San Diego State's ace in 2011, following in the footsteps of Stephen Strasburg and Addison Reed. But O'Sullivan injured his elbow in his first inning of the 2010 season and didn't pitch again that year, then transferred to Oklahoma City for academic reasons, which also forced him to sit out this spring. O'Sullivan showcased his stuff in bullpen sessions at Oklahoma City and in front of dozens of scouts in workouts in his native California. A 6-foot-1, 195-pound righthander, he displayed a 92-94 mph fastball and 80-81 mph curveball. He has the same command but better stuff than his older brother Sean, a member of the Royals rotation. Scouts questions Ryan's work ethic but like his arm, and a team that overlooks his layoff could consider him as early as the fifth round. The Giants selected him in the 10th round out of high school three years ago.
4 135 Los Angeles Angels Mike Clevinger Seminole State (Fla.) JC Fla. $250,000
Clevinger racked up 52 strikeouts in 32 innings primarily using a 93-95 mph fastball and mixing in a slider that has swing-and-miss potential. Clevinger's delivery is far from smooth and requires plenty of effort, and he had trouble repeating his delivery. He is 6-foot-4, 190 pounds and could be a summer follow, as he was expected to play in the Cape Cod League in the summer.
4 139 Toronto Blue Jays Tom Robson Delta SS, Ladner, B.C. British Columbia $325,000
This year's top prospect in Canada is righthander Thomas Robson, who has a big frame at 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds. Robson's fastball sits in the 88-91 mph range, and he has touched 93, and it's not difficult to envision him adding a couple of ticks because of his frame, his age (17) and how easy his arm works. Robson also shows a good feel for the strike zone, moves the ball around well and has a good understanding of how to pitch. He can spin a curveball and shows feel for a changeup. Robson is committed to Central Arizona JC but could go as high as the fifth round.
4 141 Chicago White Sox Kyle McMillen Kent State Ohio $120,000
Andrew Chafin isn't the only Kent State arm attracting early-round attention. The Golden Flashes used McMillen as a two-way player in his first two seasons--he showed impressive raw power as a first baseman--but he has concentrated on pitching as a junior after breaking the hamate bone in his right hand last fall. He touched 94 mph in the Cape Cod League last summer and has done so repeatedly this spring, working at 91-94 mph. Kent State's Mike Birkbeck, a former big leaguer who's regarded as one of the top pitching coaches in the Midwest, has helped McMillen refine a slider that's a wipeout pitch at times. The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder is a good athlete but needs to do a more consistent job of throwing strikes. With the Flashes' starters dominating Mid-American Conference opponents all season long, scouts have had a hard time getting to see McMillen in action. But they've seen him enough that he should go in the first three rounds of the draft, possibly as high as the sandwich round.
4 142 Boston Red Sox Noe Ramirez Cal State Fullerton Calif. $625,000
Ramirez was lightly recruited and undrafted out of Alhambra (Calif.) High in 2008, but he developed into a top-two-rounds candidate during three stellar seasons at Cal State Fullerton. Ramirez is 29-5 in his Fullerton career, and his 1.76 ERA this spring is the best of his career. He was slowed by elbow tenderness earlier this spring, and he missed two weeks with a sprained ankle later in the season, but he returned strong. Lean and wiry at 6-foot-3, 180 pounds, Ramirez has gotten stronger since high school, increasing his fastball velocity from the 86-88 mph range to the 88-91 range now, peaking at 92-93 early in games. He generally commands his fastball well, but his bread-and-butter is his offspeed stuff. Ramirez credits former Fullerton great Ricky Romero with teaching him his changeup grip, and he throws his 83-84 mph change with the same arm speed as his fastball, and it has splitter-like action and deception, rating as a plus to plus-plus pitch. His slider still gets sweepy at times, but it has improved as is now an average offering. Ramirez is a fearless competitor with outstanding feel for pitching and one of the best track records in the draft. He has the stuff and makeup to become a mid- to late-rotation starter in the big leagues.
4 143 San Diego Padres Cody Hebner Green River (Wash.) CC Wash. $200,000
Although he didn't go to the same school as Tim Lincecum, Hebner's high school coach in Washington was Glen Walker, who also coached Lincecum. Hebner was mainly a shortstop in high school, but he has been electric on the mound for Green River. Like Lincecum, Hebner is undersized at 6 feet and 160 pounds. He doesn't have a delivery like Lincecum's, though it is unorthodox as he brings his knee up to the brim of his cap at his balance point. Hebner has incredible arm speed and has hit 97 mph this year, though he's more typically in the 90-94 range. He has been better than he was last year and put up great numbers, but pitch consistency has been an issue for Hebner. His slider does show flashes of being an above-average pitch, as does his changeup. Scouts believe he has a chance to start because of his athleticism, the movement on his fastball, his relatively fresh arm and the potential for three plus pitches. Hebner turned down a chance to pitch for Coastal Carolina this year and returned to Green River. If he doesn't sign, he will go to Arizona State.
4 145 Cincinnati Reds Kyle McMyne Villanova Pa. $176,400
At 6 feet, 215 pounds, McMyne is a stocky righthander who is strong and well put together. He has served as Villanova's ace this season and has power stuff, with a fastball that ranges from 90-96 mph and can sit 92-93. He throws a curveball and slider that are inconsistent. He's confident in using the curve to get strikes, while the slider might be a slightly better pitch. McMyne hasn't shown great command as a starter, and a team may send him to the bullpen where that won't be as much of a factor and he can get by with his fastball and slider. As a starter, however, he has been able to hold his velocity deep into games.
4 146 Atlanta Braves J.R. Graham Santa Clara Calif. $174,600
Graham has always been a fighter. He was born three months premature and weighed 2 pounds, and as an infant he stopped breathing in his father's arms before reviving. The Athletics took him in the 46th round in 2008 out of Livermore (Calif.) High, but he headed to Santa Clara as a two-way player. He has turned his focus to pitching now and is getting second-round buzz, thanks to a fastball that sits in the mid- to upper 90s. Graham isn't physically imposing, standing 6 feet and 175 pounds. He is blessed with a lot of fast-twitch muscle and gives a lot of credit for his arm strength to his father, who helped develop his workout program. The program utilizes plyometrics and medicine balls to improve core strength and explosiveness. Despite his big arm strength, Graham draws skepticism from some scouts. He's a bulldog on the mound, but he doesn't get a lot of angle on his fastball and his slider has been inconsistent. He'll also need to work on his changeup.
4 148 Minnesota Twins Matt Summers UC Irvine Calif. $171,900
Summers arrived at UC Irvine as a center fielder with a strong arm, throwing just 38 innings (and posting an 8.36 ERA) over his first two college seasons. He hit even more sparingly, though, and made the decision to focus on his pitching last summer in the Cape Cod League, where he ran his fastball up to 96-97 mph in a relief role. He has taken a dramatic step forward on the mound as a junior, taking over as Irvine's Friday starter and ranking second in the Big West in ERA and opponent average and third in strikeouts. Summers still looks like a position player on the mound. He pitches exclusively from the stretch and has an extremely short arm action that makes his stuff hard to pick up and leads scouts to project him as a reliever in pro ball. He holds the velocity on his 90-93 mph fastball and will occasionally run it up to 94-95. His second pitch is a power curveball that projects as a solid-average offering, and he dabbles with a changeup but throws it sparingly. Summers is an excellent athlete with a durable 6-foot-1, 205-pound frame. Scouts believe his fastball will play up in a relief role in pro ball, and he has shown excellent aptitude since switching to a full-time pitching role, which is also encouraging.
5 152 Pittsburgh Pirates Tyler Glasnow Hart HS, Santa Clarita, Calif. Calif. $600,000
Tyler Glasnow, a projectable 6-foot-7 righthander, comes from an athletic family. His mother was a gymnast at Cal State Fullerton and the gymnastics coach at Cal State Northridge, and his brother Ted is a decathlete at Notre Dame. Glasnow is still growing into his huge body, but he reportedly ran his fastball into the low 90s this spring, though scouts say his fastball ranged from 83-89 mph more often, sitting in the mid-80s. He flashes a curveball that has a chance to be average and the makings of a slider and a changeup, but he rarely uses the change. His command has a long way to go, and he is regarded as a high-risk prospect who could provide a high reward if he can harness his mechanics and command. He is committed to Portland.
5 158 Cleveland Indians Will Roberts Virginia Va. $150,000
Righthander Will Roberts was a midweek starter at the beginning of the year and forced his way into the Sunday role after throwing a perfect game against George Washington in late March. He didn't lose a game until the last series of the regular season, going 10-1, 1.67 in 81 innings. Roberts ranges from 88-92 mph with his fastball, and offers a good slider and solid changeup.
5 159 Chicago Cubs Tayler Scott Notre Dame Prep, Scottsdale, Ariz. Ariz. $279,950
Scott, who moved to the United States from South Africa three years ago, did not pitch at any major showcase events last summer, but he's popping up this spring in another down year for Arizona high school talent. He's a good athlete who is also a standout soccer player for Notre Dame Prep. Scott has a projectable 6-foot-2 frame and is committed to Arizona. His fastball sits in the 90-92 mph range, topping out at 93. He flashes an above-average breaking ball at times and he can throw the pitch for strikes, though it's mostly below-average now. Like most high school pitchers, Scott doesn't throw a changeup. He got roughed up during a couple of starts late in the year, but scouts still like his athleticism and projection.
5 160 Houston Astros Nick Tropeano Stony Brook N.Y. $155,700
Just about everywhere Nick Tropeano has pitched, he has posted gaudy numbers. He was named the top prospect in the Atlantic Collegiate League in 2009, tossed a complete game against Coastal Carolina in NCAA regional play last year and led Cotuit to a Cape Cod League title last summer by pitching seven innings of hitless relief with seven strikeouts in the championship game. He followed all that up with a strong spring as Stony Brook's No. 1 starter, going 12-1, 1.84 during the regular season with 119 strikeouts against 24 walks in 93 innings. Tropeano's statistics are better than his pure stuff, and he uses pitching savvy and competitiveness to get hitters out. His fastball sits at 86-90 mph and touches 92, and he relies heavily on his secondary stuff. He has arguably the best changeup in the college ranks, a plus pitch that he'll throw in any count, and a hard slider. He has worked on a sinker. At 6-foot-4 and 205 pounds, Tropeano has a prototypical pitcher's body and is an innings-eater, but if he doesn't boost his upper-80s fastball he'll need to have above-average command throughout his career to advance. Tropeano should get taken between the fifth and eighth rounds.
5 163 Florida Marlins Mason Hope Broken Arrow (Okla.) HS Okla. $250,000
Most of the time, a guy who can reach 94 mph with his fastball and back it up with a sharp breaking ball would be the top high school pitching prospect in his state and certainly on his team. That's not the case with Hope, the No. 2 starter on Broken Arrow's Oklahoma 6-A state championship team behind Archie Bradley, and the fourth-best arm in a loaded Sooner State prep class after Dylan Bundy, Bradley and Michael Fulmer. Athletic and projectable at 6-foot-3 and 180 pounds, Hope usually pitches at 90-92 mph and could add velocity in the future. His curveball is a wipeout pitch at times. He lands hard on a stiff front leg in his delivery, which causes him to pitch up in the zone more than he should. Though his father Pat was a star pitcher at Oklahoma State in the mid-1980s, Hope has committed to archrival Oklahoma.
5 164 Los Angeles Dodgers Scott McGough Oregon Ore. $150,300
Scouts got excited about McGough, the son of a former Indians farmhand, after he went 5-2, 2.45 last spring and then had a successful summer with Team USA. His results (4.28 ERA in 29 appearances) haven't matched his stuff this season pitching out of the Ducks bullpen, which has puzzled scouts. He isn't physical at 6-foot-1 and 185 pounds, but he's the best athlete on the staff and has a quick, loose arm. He pitches at 92-94 mph with his fastball and can run it up to 96. Oregon tried to add a curveball and a changeup to McGough's arsenal this year, but he decided to focus on developing one wipeout pitch instead of three average offerings. His go-to strikeout pitch is an 82-84 mph slider that has been inconsistent this spring, but he can throw it for strikes. McGough can get caught between breaking balls, but his slider has the chance to be above-average. His pure stuff, solid track record and competitive makeup give him the potential to work at the back end of a bullpen.
5 170 St. Louis Cardinals Sam Gaviglio Oregon State Ore. $175,000
Gaviglio doesn't light up radar guns, but he really knows how to pitch. He can reach back for 90 mph on occasion, but mostly sits in the 86-89 mph range. He gets tremendous sink on his fastball, but can still command the pitch and he lives in the bottom half of the strike zone. The movement makes Gaviglio a groundball machine and he mixes in an above-average changeup and a good slider. He mostly uses the changeup against righthanded batters and the slider against lefties, so the pitches break in toward their hands. He changes speeds well on his offspeed stuff, adding and subtracting to always keep hitters guessing. Gaviglio has a lot of moxie and is a smart pitcher that controls the running game well. He's a good athlete and also does a good job of keeping his emotions on an even keel. A 40th-round pick by the Rays out of high school, where he helped the Ashland (Ore.) Grizzlies win a 5A state championship, Gaviglio knows how to win but ultimately is what he is--a back-end of the rotation type of guy.
5 173 San Diego Padres Mark Pope Georgia Tech Ga. $150,000
Pope was highly regarded out of high school in Atlanta, leading his Walton High team to a state title as a junior and a runner-up finish as a senior. He was a 17th-round pick of the Braves but went to Georgia Tech, where he was a closer as a freshman and mid-week starter as a sophomore. Few were prepared for Pope to become the Yellow Jackets' Friday starter as a junior, pushing likely first-rounder Jed Bradley to the Saturday spot. He led the Atlantic Coast Conference in wins (11) and innings (105) while ranking third in ERA (1.54) through the end of the regular season, yet he wasn't impressing scouts. While he hit the mid-90s in high school, he now works with an 88-92 mph fastball with average life and command. He has good feel for his slider, either as a strike or a chase pitch, and most scouts grade it as major league average, more notable for its command than its bite. He's more of a groundball pitcher than a strikeout artist, and his changeup gives him a decent third option. Pope doesn't get rattled and pitched with a lot of confidence this season. Some scouts think there's more in his arm if he can pitch off his four-seamer more as a pro. His solid repertoire and performance should get him off the board in the first five rounds.
5 174 Texas Rangers Brandon Woodruff Wheeler (Miss.) HS Miss.
Woodruff is perhaps Mississippi State's most important recruit as a raw power arm. He has a fluid arm action and pro body at 6-foot-4, 215 pounds, and he's a good athlete who also played basketball, leading to a late start to his baseball season. He had three straight double-digit strikeout starts in March and April, when he flashed a 94 mph fastball and showed the ability to spin a power curveball. He's working on a changeup as his third pitch. Woodruff had pitched about 30 innings all spring, and some scouts consider him more typical of the raw Mississippi talent that has washed out in the past. His mechanics are inconsistent, and he hasn't faced great high school competition, though he has had some showcase exposure, including a spot in last year's Under Armour game. Most teams will consider him more of a summer follow than a first five rounds pick.
5 177 San Francisco Giants Chris Marlowe Oklahoma State Okla. $145,000
Burch Smith (then at Howard JC) and Marlowe (Navarro JC) ranked as the top junior college prospects in Texas last year, and now they're the best college prospects in Oklahoma. Marlowe averaged 17.3 strikeouts per nine innings at Navarro, a rate that would have led all juco pitchers had he worked enough innings to qualify. He has been just as devastating at Oklahoma State, and his 15.5 whiffs per nine in the regular season would top NCAA Division I if he had enough innings. Both his fastball and curveball can be plus-plus pitches at times, though he relies on the latter too much. He pitches at 92-95 mph and tops out at 97 with his fastball, and he throws his curve at 83-84 mph. Though he's athletic, Marlowe isn't physical at 6-foot-1 and 170 pounds. He has some effort in his delivery, which hampers his ability to throw strikes, and isn't as sharp when used on consecutive days. A 21st-round pick of the Blue Jays a year ago, Marlowe should be one of the first relievers drafted in 2011.
6 184 Arizona Diamondbacks Matt Price South Carolina S.C.
Price and roommate Jackie Bradley will never have to buy a beer in South Carolina after the careers they've had for the Gamecocks. Price broke his right wrist in March of his freshman year and got a medical redshirt, then became the closer for the 2010 Gamecocks, picking up the victory in the College World Series clincher and striking out 80 in 53 innings. He had more saves (15 to 10) but had been less dominant in 2011, with 56 strikeouts in 42 innings. He's had to pitch to contact more as his fastball velocity has fluctuated. After hitting a lot of 95s and 96s last season, he's lived more at 91-92 mph this season, with occasional bursts of more velocity. His slider has been an average pitch for him this year, and at times it plays up. Scouts note he pitches better with more on the line and feeds off adrenaline. Price is maxed out physically but throws strikes with two pitches that can be plus at their best. He has moxie and big-game experience to spare.
6 187 Washington Nationals Taylor Hill Vanderbilt Tenn. $36,000
Hill has pitched in Vanderbilt's rotation for most of his four seasons on campus. A 30th-round pick of the Indians last year, he didn't sign and has maintained his rotation spot despite the Commodores' tremendous pitching depth. Hill earned and has kept his spot due to his ability to pound the strike zone with four pitches, and he has been rewarded with fewer home runs allowed due in part to the new bats. Hill's fastball has sink and boring action and can reach 93-94 mph, though he usually sits 87-92. His slider and changeup are solid-average secondary pitches, and every once in a while he'll mix in a split-finger pitch. Big and physical at 6-foot-4, 225 pounds, Hill profiles as an innings-eating, back-of-the-rotation starter.
6 191 Milwaukee Brewers Danny Keller Newbury Park HS, Thousand Oaks, Calif. Calif. $150,000
Projectable 6-foot-6, 185-pound righthander Danny Keller was one of the stars of November's Jesse Flores Memorial All-Star Game, showing a 91-92 mph two-seam fastball and a sharp three-quarters curve. The breaking ball had less power at February's MLB Urban Youth Invitational, and his feel for pitching did not impress scouts as the spring progressed. He struggled to throw strikes, thanks in part to an unrefined delivery that includes some head violence. He has arm strength--he topped out at 93 this spring--and upside, and a club could take a shot at him as high as the fifth- to seventh-round range, though he seems to fit better a few rounds later than that. He is committed to Cal State Northridge.
6 194 Los Angeles Dodgers Scott Barlow Golden Valley HS, Santa Clarita, Calif. Calif. $150,000
Scott Barlow is a rangy, long-limbed righthander with loads of projection once he fills out his 6-foot-3, 170-pound frame. The Fresno State signee is a good athlete with a loose high three-quarters arm action. His fastball velocity is no better than fringe-average currently, but he figures to throw harder in time. He also has good feel for a big-breaking curveball.
6 195 Los Angeles Angels Austin Wood Southern California Calif. $180,000
Wood's track record has never matched his premium arm strength. A 36th-round pick of the Astros in 2008 out of high school in Florida, Wood didn't sign and went to Florida State, where he posted a 6.35 ERA and walked 25 in 23 innings as a freshman. He transferred to St. Petersburg (Fla.) JC and pitched his way out of rotation, though his upside still prompted the Rays to draft him in the fourth round last year. He finally performed in the Cape Cod League last summer, leading the circuit in opponent average (.144), ranking second in ERA (0.74) and touching 99 mph in the all-star game at Fenway Park. He transferred to Southern California and has reverted to his inconsistent ways. Wood looks the part of a big league workhorse, with a 6-foot-4, 220-pound frame. His fastball has ranged from 92-96 mph this spring, yet hitters often square it up. His control has improved, but he still falls behind in counts too often and struggles to spot his fastball, which does have good arm-side run. Scouts see him as a one-pitch reliever because his secondary stuff is below-average at best. He had success with his changeup in the Cape, and he flashed a decent one this spring, but it has regressed as he has focused on developing his curveball. He has a tendency to cast the curve, which lacks late action. Wood's arm strength and body will get him drafted somewhere inside the top five rounds, but he still has a long way to go to become a pitcher who can get outs consistently.
6 198 Colorado Rockies Chris Jensen San Diego Calif. $135,000
Jensen has spent most of his college career as a reliever thanks to inconsistent command, but he made 11 starts in his 17 appearances this spring, going 3-6, 3.84 with 70 strikeouts and 34 walks in 75 innings. He has a strong arm, regularly sitting 92-93 mph and touching 94-95 now and then. He flashes a good power slurve, though it flattens out at times, and he mixes in an occasional split-finger. Scouts say his short, rigid arm action and high slot hamper his command.
6 199 Toronto Blue Jays Anthony DeSclafani Florida Fla. $250,000
The 6-foot-2, 195-pound DeSclafani throws hard at 93-96 mph out of the bullpen with surprising feel for a slider. DeSclafani's control is short and his fastball flattens out, and despite his big stuff and loose arm, he gets hit hard.
6 206 Atlanta Braves Mark Lamm Vanderbilt Tenn. $60,000
Lamm is a Tommy John surgery alumnus and fifth-year senior with a 6-foot-4, 215 pound frame. Lamm works at 90-93 mph at his best in relief outings and incorporates a hard slider at 83-85 and a good changeup.
6 210 Tampa Bay Rays Jake Floethe Cal State Fullerton Calif. $105,000
A reliever on Fresno State's 2008 national title team, Floethe missed 2010 after Tommy John surgery and transferred to Fullerton for his redshirt junior year this spring, going 6-3, 3.45 as a starter and reliever. He has a physical 6-foot-2, 205-pound frame and average fastball velocity, sitting at 90-91 and bumping 92-93 mph. At his best, his fastball has power sink, but sometimes it is less lively. His slider can be average, though when he uses a lower arm slot his stuff has a tendency to flatten out. He also works in a serviceable changeup. Most scouts think he profiles better as a reliever.
7 212 Pittsburgh Pirates Jake Burnette Buford (Ga.) HS Ga. $550,000
Georgia Tech's recruiting class has plenty of projectable arms, starting with righthander Jake Burnette, whose older brother Chase played outfield for the Yellow Jackets. He is a lean 6-foot-4, 185-pounder who was a fine high school basketball player, helping Buford reach the state 2-A title game. His frame, long arms and big hands portend his stuff will get a grade better in the future. He has a clean delivery that produces 86-88 mph fastballs and soft curveballs presently. He could take off once he gives up basketball.
7 216 Kansas City Royals Kellen Moen Oregon Ore. $45,000
Righthander Kellen Moen has pitched well out of the Oregon bullpen, leading the team with a .185 opponent average, and should be a solid senior sign. He pitches between 90-93 mph and can touch 94. He has a good changeup and a sharp curveball. He needs to show better feel for the curveball and throw it for strikes more often, but it has the tight rotation scouts like to see. He'll likely get a chance to start in the minor leagues.
7 217 Washington Nationals Brian Dupra Notre Dame Ind. $35,000
After hitting 96 mph in the Cape Cod League in the summer of 2009, righthander Brian Dupra was supposed to be the state's top pitching prospect last year. Instead, he lost his stuff and his confidence and slid to the Tigers in the 11th round. The 6-foot-3, 205-pounder made a huge turnaround this year and established himself as one of the better senior signs available in the entire draft. He turned in 11 quality starts in 15 outings, posting a 3.10 ERA that was less than half of the 6.40 ERA mark he had to show for the first three years of his college career. Dupra's fastball sits at 90-92 mph and touches 95 into the late innings, and scouts think it will play up if he comes out of the bullpen as projected in pro ball. He has more of a true slider than a slurve now, keeping hitters from sitting on his fastball, though it still needs more consistency. His command has improved too, and his changeup is effective enough that he'll probably get the chance to make it as a starter after he signs.
7 221 Milwaukee Brewers David Goforth Mississippi Miss. $100,000
Goforth showed mid-90s velocity and thrived in a set-up role as a freshman in 2009, striking out 36 in 35 innings. He was a draft-eligible sophomore last season and imploded when he moved into a part-time starting role, with an 8.41 ERA. He couldn't throw his secondary pitches for strikes, but remedied that in 2011 when he added a cut fastball. Goforth's four-seamer still has plenty of giddy-up, at times reaching 97 mph even when he starts. He can throw strikes with the cutter, which sits 88-92 mph and gives him a power pitch with life. His four-seam fastball tends to flatten out. He still throws a curveball and changeup on occasion, but his approach is mostly to overpower hitters. He's thrown a lot more strikes this year thanks in large part to the cutter, and should be able to pitch mostly off his fastball and cutter as a pro reliever. A 31st-round pick a year ago, Goforth should go out in the fifth-round range this season.
7 226 Oakland Athletics Blake Treinen South Dakota State S.D. $52,500
Treinen's story is the most improbable among Baseball America's Top 200 Draft Prospects. He didn't play in an official game in the first three years of his college career, which began in 2007 with a stint on the junior varsity team at Baker (Kan.), an NAIA program. He attended Arkansas but didn't play baseball the next year, then had to sit out 2009 after transferring to South Dakota State. Treinen shocked scouts with his raw arm strength last spring, touching 94 mph, and has been even better in 2011. The 6-foot-4, 220-pounder has sat at 92-94 mph with his fastball, maintaining that velocity late into starts, and topped out at 97. His slider also has improved, showing the potential to become a plus pitch, and he has refined his control and command as well. His changeup is usable but will require more work in pro ball. Treinen planned on signing with the Marlins as a 23rd-round pick last year, but Florida backed away after a physical led to questions about his shoulder. Treinen has never had arm problems and has much less mileage on his arm than a typical 22-year-old pitcher. He has a chance to become the highest-drafted player ever from the Dakotas, a distinction currently held by fellow South Dakota State righthander Wade Adamson, a Twins fourth-round pick in 1978.
7 233 San Diego Padres Matt Wisler Bryan (Ohio) HS Ohio $500,000
Righthander Matt Wisler stands out as easily the best high school prospect in Ohio, but scouts don't think they can sign him away from Ohio State. The 6-foot-3, 175-pounder flashed a low-90s fastball on the showcase circuit last summer, but more often pitched at 86-88 mph for much of the spring before a strong finish. He also has shown a promising curveball and slider in the past, but both breaking pitches regressed in the early going. If he adds strength and consistency, he could be an early-round pick in 2014.
7 235 Cincinnati Reds James Allen Kansas State Kan. $125,000
Righthander James Allen entered NCAA regionals ranked third in the nation with 17 saves, a new Kansas State record, and he broke the Wildcats career record with 31. Though he's just 6 feet and 197 pounds, Allen generates a 90-92 mph fastball that touches 94, doing so with a smooth delivery that seems to make his heater get on batters even more quickly. He has improved his slider, giving him a solid second pitch, and he has thrown strikes for three years at Kansas State.
7 236 Atlanta Braves Cody Martin Gonzaga Wash. $45,000
Righthander Cody Martin was a 20th-round pick by the Twins last year as a junior, but he returned to school and significantly raised his stock. He moved to the bullpen this year and showed a 90-94 mph fastball and a mid-80s slider, compiling a 0.86 ERA in 25 appearances. Martin has a durable, 6-foot-3, 210-pound frame and mixes in a quality curveball and changeup, so he may get a chance to start again as a pro
7 237 San Francisco Giants Ray Black Pittsburgh Pa. $225,000
Righthander Ray Black just missed the BA Top 200, thanks in part to the difficulty scouts had in seeing him. While Black has some of the hardest stuff on the East Coast this year, Pittsburgh has used him sparingly in relief, and one scout failed to catch an appearance after watching six games. At 6-foot-5, 225 pounds, Black is a pure power guy. He can sit 94-97 mph with his fastball while mixing in an average to plus slider in the mid-80s. He doesn't always know where his pitches are going, however, and opponents were hitting .280 against him. In 18 innings, he was 1-1, 6.62 with four saves, 24 walks and 30 strikeouts, though he did have only one wild pitch and no hit batters. Black had Tommy John surgery coming out of high school and redshirted as a freshman. He also missed time with a knee injury and pitched just 17 innings in 2010. The team that buys into his stuff will bank on the idea that Black is just raw.
7 241 Philadelphia Phillies Ken Giles Yavapai (Ariz.) JC Ariz. $250,000
Coming into the season, Yavapai JC righthander Kenny Giles was a one-trick pony. Giles, 6-foot-2 and 185 pounds, did not pitch as a high school senior because of elbow tendinitis and threw just 11 innings for New Mexico JC last year. He entered the year as just a thrower, having shown arm strength but little control or secondary pitches in the past. He turned a corner this spring, though, sitting 92-96 mph and touching 99. His fastball can get straight, but he has commanded it well and worked to improve his tempo on the mound. Giles also developed a splitter and has shown an 87-88 mph slider in bullpens and competitive batting practice sessions. Teams know he's raw, but his arm strength could land him as high as the third round. He is committed to Arizona, though scouts expect him to sign.
8 242 Pittsburgh Pirates Jason Creasy Clayton (N.C.) HS N.C. $250,000
Jordan Ramsey, Logan Jernigan and Jason Creasy have all shown upper-80s stuff in the past, but didn't take a step forward as hoped this spring. Jernigan and Creasy are both committed to North Carolina State, while Ramsey will pitch for UNC Wilmington
8 243 Seattle Mariners Carson Smith Texas State Texas $215,000
After having little success as a freshman at Grayson County (Texas) CC in 2009, Smith has been the Southland Conference pitcher of the year in each of his two seasons at Texas State. He ended the regular season with 12 straight quality starts, lowering his ERA to 1.98 with 114 strikeouts in 95 innings. Though he has three pitches and has had success as a starter, scouts project Smith as a reliever because of his delivery. He slings the ball with a lot of effort while keeping his elbow low and close to his side, and doesn't appear suited to durability or command. Smith came down with shoulder tendinitis in the offseason and has pitched through shoulder issues this spring. He also has a high leg kick that provides deception. The 6-foot-5, 215-pounder has been clocked at 97 mph coming out of the bullpen last year, compared to 90-93 mph early in games and 88-92 mph later in 2010. His low arm angle does add sink to his fastball and his changeup, and his slider can be a swing-and-miss pitch at times.
8 244 Arizona Diamondbacks Jesse Darrah Fresno Pacific Calif. $105,000
Darrah has a nice pitcher's frame at 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds. He throws from a high three-quarter arm slot and there's some effort in his delivery, but he repeats well and it works for him. Darrah's fastball sits in the 90-93 mph range and he tops out at 95. His best secondary offering is his changeup and he also throws a slider and a curveball. When he mixed both of the breaking balls in, they were just average, but when he focused solely on his curveball, it showed flashes of being a power pitch with above-average potential. Darrah transferred to Fresno Pacific from Sacramento State this season and shows good intensity on the mound.
8 246 Kansas City Royals Evan Beal South County HS, Lorton, Va. Va.
South County High spent time in the national rankings this year, thanks in large part to righthander Evan Beal, a South Carolina commitment. Beal has an ideal pitcher's frame at 6-foot-5, 195 pounds. His fastball velocity is below-average now at 85-87 mph, but his projection and ability to spin a breaking ball make scouts think he could take a big step forward. He just hasn't taken it yet. His breaking ball is a sharp slider.
8 247 Washington Nationals Greg Holt North Carolina N.C. $34,000
Aside from Stallings and Levi Michael, the Tar Heels have a few senior signs in first baseman Jesse Wierzbicki and righthanders Greg Holt and Patrick Johnson. Holt can work 89-91 mph, touching 92, and flashes a decent breaking ball out of the bullpen.
8 250 Houston Astros Brandon Culbreth Forsyth Country Day HS, Lewisville, N.C. N.C. $150,000
Culbreth has a good frame with broad shoulders at 6-foot-5, 200 pounds and generates solid velocity with his arm strength. He sits in the high 80s but could add more as he fills out. He has a slurvy breaking ball, but it has flashed sharp break at times. Inexperienced on the mound, Culbreth is a project but has the raw ingredients of an intriguing arm. He is committed to North Carolina State
8 253 Florida Marlins Dejai Oliver Seminole State (Fla.) JC Fla. $200,000
Dejai Oliver is a 6-foot-1, 190-pound righthander and the son of ex-big league catcher Joe Oliver, and he has flashed a tight slider and feel for pitching while scraping the low 90s.
8 255 Los Angeles Angels Logan Odom Southern California Calif. $60,000
As USC's Sunday starter, Logan Odom recorded wins this spring against Pac-10 powers Oregon State, Arizona State, Stanford and UCLA. A durable 6-foot-6, 240-pound strike-thrower, Odom attacks hitters with an 87-89 mph fastball and below-average but serviceable secondary stuff.
8 256 Oakland Athletics Colin O'Connell Cal State Fullerton Calif. $150,000
Cal State Fullerton's stable of quality arms goes well beyond Top 200 prospects Noe Ramirez, Tyler Pill and Nick Ramirez. Righthander Colin O'Connell pitched sparingly as a freshman and primarily in relief as a sophomore, but his stuff improved as he grew into a 6-foot-6, 200-pound frame. His junior year has been up and down, and he found himself working as a weekend starter, a midweek starter and even in relief for four outings. He came on strong down the stretch and carried a 7-3, 2.42 mark into regionals. Scouts don't care for O'Connell's rigid, one-piece arm action from a high slot or his violent finish, but his funky, upright delivery does give him deception. He usually works at 90-91 mph but has flashed 93-94 mph heat on his best days. His sweeping slider is an average offering, and his changeup is fringy. His arm strength, size and ability to pound the strike zone should get him drafted inside the top 10 rounds, maybe as high as the fifth or sixth.
8 259 Toronto Blue Jays Mark Biggs Warren East HS, Bowling Green, Ky. Ky. $600,000
Some scouts thought Mark Biggs would have emerged as Kentucky's top prep prospect had he not fractured a vertebra in his back while lifting weights. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound righthander touched 94 mph in his first start before he got hurt, and returned before the end of his senior season. He needs to smooth out his high three-quarters delivery and improve his curveball, which is less advanced than his changeup. His athleticism and arm strength are promising. He's a good student who will both pitch and hit if he winds up at Louisville.
8 261 Chicago White Sox Ian Gardeck Angelina (Texas) JC Texas
In 2005, an unheralded pitcher transferred from an NCAA Division I program to Angelina JC and quickly blossomed into a top prospect. Gardeck has taken a similar path, and while he won't duplicate Clay Buchholz's rise and become a supplemental first-rounder, he has some of the best sheer arm strength in this draft. Gardeck didn't start pitching until his junior year at Crystal Lake (Ill.) South HS, and he occasionally touched 94 mph as a senior in 2009 and as a reliever at Dayton in 2010. The 6-foot-2, 225-pounder's velocity spiked when he pitched in the New England Collegiate League last summer, and he opened more eyes when he hit 98 mph in the fall after moving to Angelina. Because he's so new to pitching, Gardeck is still raw. Scouts don't like his arm action, which hampers his ability to throw strikes, as does his inability to maintain his arm slot. He pitched his way out of Angelina's rotation and into its bullpen this spring. He consistently pitches at 94-96 mph as a reliever. He'll show a mid-80s slider that's a wipeout pitch at times, but he struggles to harness it. With two pitches that grade at 70 on the 20-80 scouting scale at times but command that rates a 35, Gardeck's pro future also is in the bullpen. He'll attend Alabama if he doesn't turn pro.
8 263 San Diego Padres Kevin Quackenbush South Florida Fla. $5,000
Among college closers, the pitcher who improved his lot the most was South Florida senior righthander Kevin Quackenbush, who came on strong after the addition of pitching coach Chuck Hernandez, a former big league pitching coach. Quackenbush found the strike zone more frequently this year with his 90-95 mph fastball and walked just seven this season, about a third of his past walk rate. His secondary stuff isn't special, but he throws his slider with some power and has added a changeup. He's the top draft prospect for the Bulls.
8 264 Texas Rangers Kyle Hendricks Dartmouth N.H. $125,000
A few Ivy League pitchers from the Upper New England region have a chance to get taken, headlined by Dartmouth's Kyle Hendricks, a 6-foot-3, 190-pound righty from California. Hendricks was taken in the 39th round by the Angels in 2008, and he still shows the 90-95 mph fastball that piqued scouts' interest, though the pitch doesn't have much life. Hendricks has three offspeed pitches in his repertoire, including a curveball, hard slider and changeup. He could get taken in the top 15 rounds.
8 269 New York Yankees Phil Wetherell Western Kentucky Ky. $122,500
With a fastball that ranges from 90-95 mph and a splitter that's a legitimate swing-and-miss pitch, Phil Wetherell has the weapons to be an effective reliever in pro ball. The 6-foot-5, 220-pound righthander gets hit more than he should because he pitches up in the zone with his fastball and lacks an effective breaking ball. He has little effort in his delivery, but scouts worry about his one-piece arm action. He spent the first year of his college career at Kaskaskia (Ill.) CC and pitched just 29 innings as a sophomore, so he hasn't gotten a lot of exposure.
9 272 Pittsburgh Pirates Clay Holmes Slocomb (Ala.) HS Ala. $1,200,000
Holmes was being recruited by most of Alabama's mid-major programs such as Troy and Samford last year, but Auburn swooped in to grab his commitment after his stuff jumped up a notch this spring and he became the state's top propsect. A strong student, he is the state coaches association's student-athlete of the year, is his school's valedictorian and got a lot tougher to sign when Auburn entered the picture. Holmes is a classic raw arm from the South, with good size but plenty to learn in pro ball. At 6-foot-4, 225 pounds, he has present strength in his frame and in his arm, with an above-average fastball at 90-93 mph. He holds his velocity better at some times than others, typical of a high school pitcher, and has shown the ability to stay tall in his delivery and throw downhill. His slider has ranged from average with flashes of plus to terrible. Scouts who have seen it good like its power and occasional depth. His delivery has plenty of effort and is far from fluid, leading to bouts of wildness, but his arm is fast enough to overcome the flaws and he racked up plenty of strikeouts. Scouts also disagree about his level of athleticism.
9 275 Baltimore Orioles Devin Jones Mississippi State Miss. $97,500
Righthander Devin Jones was Mississippi State's top prospect and entered the season with a chance to go in the first four to five rounds, but he wasn't able to hold down a spot in an injury-depleted Bulldogs rotation and missed time with a bout of food poisoning. He still has big stuff, with a live arm, pro body at 6-foot-3, 180 pounds, and a fastball that hits 95 mph in relief. He also has a power slider that has scraped 86 mph. Veteran scouts aren't enamored with Jones' lack of consistency, but his raw stuff could still make him a single-digit selection.
9 276 Kansas City Royals Aaron Brooks Cal State San Bernardino Calif. $90,000
Cal State Bernardino junior righty Aaron Brooks, a physical 6-foot-4, 220-pound strike-thrower. He pitches with a fringy fastball at 87-90 mph, occasionally bumping 91-92, as well as a fringy slider and changeup. He's aggressive and durable but lacks upside.
9 277 Washington Nationals Dixon Anderson California Calif. $95,000
Righthander Dixon Anderson was a sixth-round pick by the Orioles last year as a draft-eligible sophomore but returned to school and did little this year to improve his stock. He touched 96 mph last year year and had been more in the 90-91 mph range this spring, topping out at 93. He has learned to be more of a pitcher this year, instead of just a thrower, because he couldn't rely on simply blowing it by guys. He uses a two- and four-seam fastball, and his two-seamer is his biggest weapon because, when it's on, it really moves. It's not consistent, but at its best the pitch has above-average life and dives to his arm side. Anderson makes the mistake of throwing harder when he gets in trouble, but is better when he lets off the gas and trusts his movement. His secondary pitches are a curveball that is occasionally a plus pitch and a splitter. He worked in a cutter this year that he can throw for strikes and helped him against righthanders. Anderson has a workhorse frame at 6-foot-6 and 224 pounds. He worked this year to get more rhythm and looseness to his delivery, but it's still segmented and mechanical.
9 280 Houston Astros Jonas Dufek Creighton Neb. $40,000
Jonas Dufek won two games and MVP honors at the Missouri Valley Conference tournament, then improved to 12-1, 2.08 by beating Georgia with a 10-strikeout complete game in Creighton's NCAA regional opener. The 6-foot-5, 210-pound righthander's stuff and command improved this season. He boosted his fastball from 87-89 mph a year ago to 89-91, tightened his slider and did a better job of locating both pitches. He has a loose arm and a sound delivery.
9 285 Los Angeles Angels Nick Mutz Cotati, Calif. (no school) Calif. $100,000
Mutz has one of the most interesting back stories of any player in the top 10 rounds. He left NAIA Dakota State last season and did not pitch for anyone this spring. The Angels received a tip on him, however, and brought him into a predraft workout. Mutz threw a 20-25 pitch bullpen session and that's all the Halos needed to see to pop the 6-foot-1, 190-pound righthander in the ninth round. Mutz showed an easy 94-95 mph fastball with life down in the zone and good angle for his size. Mutz also showed flashes of an above-average cutter. Mutz has a short arm stroke, almost like a catcher, but exceptional hand speed and deception. The Angels will follow Mutz's progress this summer in the Cape Cod League and, if he signs, will start him out as a reliever to ease him back into pitching, but he could start later on in his career.
9 288 Colorado Rockies Ross Stripling Texas A&M Texas
Righthander Ross Stripling was more of a football and basketball player at Carroll HS in Southlake until he broke his left leg as a senior. He got bored during his rehab and began fooling around on the mound with a cast on his leg. He went 14-0 in his first season as a pitcher, earned an academic scholarship to Texas A&M and joined the Aggies as a walk-on. He opened 2011 as their closer but since has become the best Sunday starter in college baseball, finishing the 2011 regular season tied with Texas' Taylor Jungmann for the NCAA Division I lead in wins at 12-2, 1.89. An athletic 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds, Stripling throws an 88-92 mph fastball from an over-the-top delivery. He spins his curveball for strikes and has a decent changeup. His stuff plays up when he comes out of the bullpen--he touches 94 mph and has a sharper curve--so that could be his destination in pro ball.
9 290 St. Louis Cardinals Tyler Mills Michigan Mich. $100,000
Tyler Mills arrived at Michigan as an outfielder, redshirting in 2009 and getting just 11 at-bats last season. He opened scouts' eyes when he pitched two innings of relief in the season opener against Louisville, throwing a 94-96 mph fastball and an 84-87 mph slider. He threw 127 pitches in the third outing of his college career, however, and his stuff rarely was as sharp afterward. The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder worked more at 88-92 mph and with a shorter slider, and he couldn't hold his spot in the weekend rotation. Mills still looks like a position player trying to pitch, working out of the stretch and struggling to repeat a less-than-smooth delivery. He'll have to be a reliever in pro ball. He's a draft-eligible sophomore, which complicates his signability.
9 293 San Diego Padres Justin Hancock Lincoln Trail (Ill.) CC Ill. $100,000
Righthander Justin Hancock was a pleasant surprise for scouts this spring, as his fastball sat in the low 90s and touched 95 mph after he worked at 87-90 mph as a freshman at Lincoln Trail CC. The 6-foot-3, 175-pounder has a quick arm and gets good angle on his pitches. He lacks a reliable secondary pitch and may be more skinny than projectable, but his arm strength is difficult to ignore. He'll attend Indiana State in 2012 if he doesn't turn pro.
9 295 Cincinnati Reds Cole Green Texas Texas $90,000
The Tigers drafted Green in the fourth round last year after he won Big 12 Conference pitcher of the year honors, but he opted to return to Texas after turning down a reported $400,000. After shaking off a surprising shelling by Maryland in his first start of 2011, he has been just as effective this spring. The 6-foot, 210-pounder doesn't have a classic pro body or sexy stuff, but he competes and throws strikes every time he takes the mound. He pitches off his sinker, which sits at 88-92 mph and occasionally peaks at 94. His changeup grades out as his best offering and keeps lefthanders at bay, and he uses a late-breaking slider that runs from 79-82 mph. Green commands his pitches well, working in the bottom of the strike zone and generating groundballs. On pure stuff, he may project as no more than a middle reliever, but his feel for pitching may allow him to become a back-of-the-rotation starter. In part because he'll come at a discount as a college senior without much leverage, he should go around the fourth round again in 2011.
9 297 San Francisco Giants Derek Law Miami Dade JC Fla. $125,000
Law scares off evaluators with his rough arm action and hard delivery, though he shows a fastball in the 89-93 mph range and holds his velocity. He dominated juco competition (8-5, 2.35, 121/16 SO/BB ratio in 92 innings) with his fastball and power downer curve.
9 299 New York Yankees Zach Arneson Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) Idaho $20,000
In Idaho, Lewis-Clark State is prominent, as always. Righthander Zach Arneson transferred in from Cal State Bakersfield after the Giants made him a 21st-round pick last year. His brother Jamie played in the Reds system for three seasons. Arneson, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound senior, spent most of the season in the bullpen and sat in the 92-94 mph range, topping out at 96. He'll remain in the bullpen as a pro, as his arm action is a little stiff and his secondary stuff--a mid-80s cutter that he commands well--is fringy.
10 304 Arizona Diamondbacks Kyle Winkler Texas Christian Texas $240,000
With Matt Purke ailing, Winkler has replaced him as Texas Christian's ace. Hitters have a tough time squaring Winkler's pitches up, especially his 91-95 mph fastball with heavy sink. He has added velocity this spring, not only to his heater but also to his slider, which reaches the mid-80s. His breaking ball is more effective when he throws in the low 80s, and some scouts would like to see him break out the hard curveball he used in high school. His improved changeup gives him a solid third pitch that he should throw more often, and his command also has taken a step forward. If Winkler had ideal pitcher size rather than checking in at 5-foot-11 and 205 pounds, he'd be a mid-first-rounder. His delivery isn't the smoothest, but it's also deceptive and doesn't feature a terrible amount of effort. Scouts have noted his competitive streak for years, going back to when he led the U.S. national team to a gold medal at the 2006 Pan American Youth Championships with a 1.15 ERA.
10 305 Baltimore Orioles Tyler Wilson Virginia Va. $20,000
Tyler Wilson works with a fastball in the upper 80s and solid secondary stuff.
10 306 Kansas City Royals Matt Murray Georgia Southern Ga. $75,000
Georgia's smaller college ranks will be better next year with Georgia Southern sophomores Chris Beck, a righthander, and national home run leader Victor Roache, an outfielder. The Eagles' top prospect this year is righthander Matt Murray, who was the Southern Conference pitcher of the year. At 6-foot-5, 240 pounds, Murray has pro size and draft pedigree, as he was a 39th-rounder out of high school. He started for two seasons and struggled to put hitters away thanks to a below-average curveball and changeup. While those pitches improved this year, he was better because he attacked hitters out of a relief role with his fastball, often in the 90-92 mph range with sink, and his changeup now has similar life and plays average.
10 307 Washington Nationals Manny Rodriguez Barry (Fla.) Fla. $115,000
Division II Barry (Fla.) converted Manny Rodriguez from third base to pitcher in the spring of 2010 and made him into both a prospect and their ace. He's a bit older, having redshirted a year at St. Thomas, then playing two years at Palm Beach JC. He dominated at times in the nation's deepest D-II league, going 7-3, 2.00 with 126 strikeouts in 113 innings. His fastball touches 95 and sits in the 90-92 range, and has shown some promise with his curveball and changeup.
10 308 Cleveland Indians Jeff Johnson Cal Poly Calif. $100,000
Cal Poly closer Jeff Johnson missed a few weeks this season with tendinitis, but when he's 100 percent he has good stuff, including a fastball in the 92-95 mph range and a splitter he throws between 86-88 mph. He mixes in an occasional slider and has the ability to handle both lefthanded and righthanded hitters.
10 312 New York Mets Matt Budgell Woodbridge HS, Irvine, Calif. Calif. $225,000
The lanky Budgell has an easy arm action that produced 90-91 mph fastballs and a promising curve in November.
10 313 Florida Marlins Scott Lyman UC Davis Calif. $85,000
Scott Lyman has been difficult for scouts to evaluate this year. He's a two-way player for UC Davis, usually playing the outfield on Fridays and Saturdays and taking the mound on Sundays. Pro scouts are interested in him only as a righthander, and they felt he was sometimes worn out when he pitched. At 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds, Lyman shows good arm strength, touching 96 mph with his fastball, but it's in short bursts. He has below-average mechanics, dragging his arm through the zone, so it's likely his future is in the bullpen. Lyman, whose brother Jeff pitches in the Braves organization, shows flashes of an above-average curveball and changeup, but the pitches lack consistency.
10 318 Colorado Rockies Ben Hughes St. Olaf (Minn.) Minn. $100,000
Ben Hughes' combination of size, stuff and polish makes him the best prospect in the state. The 6-foot-5, 227-pound righthander has an assortment of pitches, starting with an 89-92 mph fastball that touches 94. He backs up his heater with a curveball, changeup and splitter, all of which have their moments. He uses his size to throw on a downhill plane, and his crossfire delivery to create more angle to the plate, making his pitches more difficult to hit. If he goes in the first 10 rounds, Hughes will surpass Andrew Schmiesing (Twins, 11th round, 2007) as the highest-drafted player in St. Olaf history.
10 319 Toronto Blue Jays Aaron Garza Ball HS, Galveston, Texas Texas
Righthander Aaron Garza is ultraprojectable. Six-foot-4 and 160 pounds, he's athletic and has an easy arm action. He's strongly committed to Houston, and scouts think he should attend college because his present stuff isn't ready for pro ball. His fastball sits at 85-88 mph and lacks life, and his secondary pitches (curveball, slider, changeup) are fringy. He earns high marks for his makeup.
10 325 Cincinnati Reds Brooks Pinckard Baylor Texas $125,000
Pinckard is one of the fastest runners in college baseball and has used his plus-plus speed to steal 60 bases in 66 attempts over three seasons. He ended the 2011 regular season tied for sixth in NCAA Division I with 31 swipes in 33 tries. He also plays a solid center field, though scouts see him as a slap hitter and are much more interested in what he can do on the mound. Pinckard has a consistent 92-96 mph fastball with life, and he didn't lose velocity when he moved into the rotation in the last month of the season. After relying on his heater as a reliever, he has made strides with his slider and now throws it at 82-84 mph, though it lacks consistency. He also has a changeup but hasn't used it often. A quality athlete at 6-foot-1 and 195 pounds, Pinckard could take off once he focuses on pitching. He redshirted in 2008 because he wasn't ready for Big 12 Conference competition and has pitched just 106 innings in three seasons, so he's still raw as a pitcher. He doesn't have much feel, so he struggles with walks and doesn't miss as many bats as someone with a mid-90s fastball should. His delivery doesn't help his command, as he has a short arm angle and slings the body from a low slot, and his future likely will be back in the bullpen. He declined to sign with the Cubs as a draft-eligible sophomore taken in the 18th round last year, and he should get picked about 15 rounds higher this June.
10 329 New York Yankees Jon Gray Eastern Oklahoma State JC Okla.
Righthander Jonathan Gray was Oklahoma's top-rated high school prospect in 2010, when the Royals drafted him in the 13th round. Originally committed to Oklahoma, he switched to Eastern Oklahoma State JC so he would be eligible for this year's draft. The 6-foot-3, 255-pounder is all about arm strength, as he has a 91-94 mph fastball and a hard slider. He's more strong than athletic and needs to iron out his delivery in order to improve his secondary pitches and control.
10 330 Tampa Bay Rays Jacob Faria Gahr HS, Cerritos, Calif. Calif. $150,000
Righthander Jacob Faria is a Cal State Fullerton recruit with a funky arm action and high slot that evokes current Titan righty Colin O'Connell's. He is still growing into his 6-foot-5, 175-pound frame, and projectability is his biggest asset. His 86-91 mph fastball plays up because of its downhill angle, and he flashes a very promising slider.
11 338 Cleveland Indians Luis DeJesus Angelina (Texas) JC Texas $100,000
11 341 Milwaukee Brewers Tommy Toledo Florida Fla.
Toledo was a third-round pick in 2007, was in the rotation in 2008 and missed the 2009 season with Tommy John surgery. He came back last year in a sporadic role and has pitched mostly in relief this season, reaching 94-95 mph.
11 342 New York Mets Christian Montgomery Lawrence Central HS, Indianapolis Ind. $250,000
Christian Montgomery entered the year with a first-round grade from the Major League Scouting Bureau, but scouts considered him the second-best righthander at Lawrence Central High as the draft approached. Montgomery created great expectations last summer, when he displayed a 90-95 mph fastball and an upper-70s curveball while on the showcase circuit. He touched 94 mph in his first start of 2011 but pitched in the mid-80s and topped out at 89 for most of the spring. He doesn't throw quality strikes with his fastball, and his breaking ball is now below-average. Scouts don't like his work ethic and worry that his 6-foot-1, 240-pound frame could get softer. He hasn't committed to a four-year school and is ticketed for Chipola (Fla.) JC.
11 343 Florida Marlins Jacob Esch Georgia Tech Ga. $200,000
More attractive for most scouts than Kevin Jacob is raw arm Jacob Esch, who is the Yellow Jackets' starting shortstop. One of the club's few lineup veterans, Esch opened the season as the starting second baseman, then flipped spots with freshman Mott Hyde and sparked the Jackets' season by providing solid defense and gap power. He has pitched sparingly this season, with just six appearances spanning five innings after being used for 19 innings in 2009. Esch, who went to Joe Mauer's alma mater, Cretin-Derham Hall in St. Paul, Minn., has a pitcher's body at 6-foot-3, 195 pounds, and his fastball hit 95 mph in fall practice. He sat in the 89-91 range this season and has piqued scouts' interest more than any Yellow Jackets player save Jed Bradley.
11 348 Colorado Rockies Alex Gillingham Loyola Marymount Calif.
11 350 St. Louis Cardinals Seth Maness East Carolina N.C.
11 354 Texas Rangers Connor Sadzeck Howard (Texas) JC Texas $350,000
Sadzeck consistently threw in the low 90s and topped out at 95 mph with good armside run on his fastball. Though he's 6-foot-6 and 200 pounds, he sacrifices downhill plane by using a drop-and-drive delivery. Of greater concern is his lack of command, as he has an easier time throwing strikes with his slider than his fastball. Projected as a reliever in pro ball, he'll head to Texas as a sophomore if he doesn't sign this summer.
11 355 Cincinnati Reds Vaughn Covington Killarney SS, Vancouver, B.C. British Columbia $150,000
The X factor for Canada is righthander Vaughn Covington, who didn't pitch for the junior national team this year because he had Tommy John surgery in September. When healthy, Covington showed a power arm and sat 90-92 mph with reports that he had touched 96. Covington has a strong, 6-foot-5 frame and his curveball showed promise as well. He has resumed throwing but won't get back on a mound until after the signing deadline. Covington is being heavily recruited by American junior colleges, or he could opt to remain in Canada and just work out for teams leading up to next year's draft. A team willing to take a risk on Covington could get a bargain if he regains his pre-surgery form.
11 358 Minnesota Twins Tyler Jones Louisiana State La. $105,000
Louisiana State's problems this season started on the mound, where the team wound up with an all-freshman rotation. That was due in part to a rough season by junior righty Tyler Jones, who had the best arm among LSU's veterans. He pushes his fastball up to 95-96 mph out of the bullpen, and he maintains a plus fastball when he starts. Command of both his heater and his pedestrian secondary stuff is the issue.
11 359 New York Yankees Mark Montgomery Longwood Va.
12 368 Cleveland Indians Grant Sides Samford Ala.
Samford has a potential first-rounder for 2012 in lefthander Lex Rutledge, who moved from the bullpen to a rotation spot this season. The Bulldogs' talent is concentrated in its freshman and sophomore classes, and the team won a school-record 37 games this season. A pair of righthanded relievers, Andrew Jones and Grant Sides, and are the team's top pitching prospects this year. Sides has run his fastball into the mid-90s after returning from Tommy John surgery. His 1.78 ERA this year was the best of his career by a long shot, and he still has more career walks (73) than strikeouts (70). He served as Jones' set-up man.
12 381 Chicago White Sox Andrew Virgili Lynn (Fla.) Fla.
12 382 Boston Red Sox Deshorn Lake Menchville HS, Newport News, Va. Va.
Righthander Deshorn Lake, whose school plays in the same district as Jake Cave's, is from the Virgin Islands and moved to the Tidewater region of Virginia as a high school junior. He has a live but raw right arm and strong, athletic frame at 6-foot-1, 200 pounds. He was sitting 92-93 mph this spring. He lacks command and secondary stuff, has a long arm stroke in the back and he doesn't repeat his release point well, so teams might be content to check on him again after three years at East Carolina.
12 383 San Diego Padres Colin Rea Indiana State Ind.
Rigthhander Colin Rea's freshman season at Northern Iowa was the last in the program's history, and after a year at St. Petersburg (Fla.) CC, he reunited with former Panthers coach Rick Heller at Indiana State. The 6-foot-5, 205-pounder has opened eyes with his arm strength, and he has better secondary pitches and mechanics than former Sycamore Jacob Petricka, a second-rounder last year. Six-foot-5 and 205 pounds, Rea has an 88-92 mph sinker that peaks at 94. He has a mid-80s slider that morphs into an 88-89 mph cutter at times, and his curveball and changeup also have their moments. With his easy arm action and repeatable delivery, he should fill the strike zone, but he nibbles at the plate and doesn't challenge hitters like he should.
12 391 Philadelphia Phillies Yacksel Rios Cuevas HS, Gurabo, P.R. P.R.
Yackel Rios is just 17 and has a projectable 6-foot-4 frame. Scouts have seen the righthander sit in the 90-93 mph range for short spurts. He's a converted third baseman who hasn't been pitching for long, as shown by his inconsistent, below-average breaking ball and nascent changeup.
13 392 Pittsburgh Pirates Brandon Platts Mason City (Iowa) HS Iowa
13 402 New York Mets Robert Gsellman Westchester HS, Los Angeles Calif.
13 404 Los Angeles Dodgers David Palladino Emerson (N.J.) HS N.J.
13 407 Detroit Tigers Ryan Woolley Alabama-Birmingham Ala.
Fifth-year righthander Ryan Woolley had his best season and could sneak into the first 10 rounds to a team looking for a bargain. A former Georgia pitcher, Woolley missed a year as a transfer following an incident in the Cape Cod League in June 2008, when police said he drove a truck that struck Cape teammate B.J. Dail, breaking his ankle and fracturing his skull. Woolley pleaded guilty to operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol in February 2009 and received a suspended sentence and community service. He was drafted in the fifth round in 2009 by the Braves, didn't pitch well that summer in the Alaska League and didn't sign, then struggled mightily last season at UAB (7.09 ERA). In 2011, Woolley finally figured out college baseball. While he can touch 94-95 mph with his fastball, he's better when he sits 90-92 with better life and command. He has cleaned up his delivery, helping him locate the ball down in the strike zone, and has done a better throwing his curveball and changeup for strikes. He's already 23 and profiles as a middle reliever.
13 412 Boston Red Sox Matty Ott Louisiana State La.
Ott has good raw stuff, though he has never quite had the electric slider or premium command he had as a freshman, when he emerged as the closer on the national championship team and posted a 69-6 strikeout-walk ratio. Ott was healthy this season but threw just 28 innings and had more walks than he did as a freshman in 50 innings. His fastball sits in the average 88-92 mph range, and at 6-foot-2, 195 pounds, he's had durability issues since shouldering a heavy load en route to a championship in 2009.
13 415 Cincinnati Reds Nick Fleece Texas A&M Texas
Righthander Nick Fleece spent his first year at Texas A&M as a reserve outfielder before finding a niche in the bullpen. He flashed arm strength in the past and the Mariners drafted him in the 27th round last June, but coaches and scouts questioned his work ethic because he carried close to 250 pounds on his 6-foot-3 frame. He has looked like a different guy this spring, dropping to 215 pounds and operating at 90-92 mph with his fastball, peaking at 95. He works off his fastball, which has good sinking life, and picks up deception from his funky arm action. He always has filled the strike zone, and his slider has improved, though it still gets slurvy at times. As a senior sign, he'll come at a discount.
13 417 San Francisco Giants Adam Paulencu Vancouver Island (B.C.) British Columbia
Righthander Adam Paulencu can run his fastball up to 92 mph with good movement.
13 421 Philadelphia Phillies Colton Murray Kansas Kan.
Murray put himself on the prospect map with an all-star summer last year in the Cape Cod League, where he saved eight games and allowed just one earned run in 19 innings. He has continued to impress at Kansas, where he has been a key contributor in the bullpen for three seasons. Though he's just 6 feet and 193 pounds, Murray generates a 91-94 mph fastball without much effort. He complements his fastball, which features some life, with a solid slider. His pitches tend to get on hitters quickly because his high leg kick adds deception to his delivery. He consistently throws strikes as well. Murray may not have closer stuff, but he could be a set-up man who won't require a lot of minor league seasoning before he's ready for the majors.
14 423 Seattle Mariners Cody Weiss La Salle Pa.
La Salle righthander Cody Weiss has a similar build to that of Kyle McMyne and a tick less on the fastball. He'll range from 90-94 mph with his fastball, but the lack of quality offspeed stuff hinders him. He's had an up-and-down year, going 3-6, 6.32, and eventually got moved to the bullpen.
14 424 Arizona Diamondbacks Cody Geyer Walters State (Tenn.) CC Tenn. $115,000
14 428 Cleveland Indians Cody Anderson Feather River (Calif.) JC Calif. $250,000
Feather River CC has six players who have been drafted previously, including righthander Cody Anderson, a 17th-round pick by the Rays last year. Anderson, who is 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds, has steadily boosted his fastball velocity. At Quincy (Calif.) High, he was mostly in the 86-88 mph range. He touched 92 last spring and was mostly 92-94 mph this year, topping out at 96. He has the size and velocity scouts like, but needs to refine his delivery and secondary pitches: a curveball, splitter and changeup. He could go as high as the third to fifth round, and is committed to Texas Christian.
14 429 Chicago Cubs Dillon Maples Pinecrest HS, Southern Pines, N.C. N.C. $2,500,000
Maples has had the benefit of professional insight. His father, Tim, was a second-round pick of the Orioles in 1979, and his pitching coach at Pinecrest is James Baldwin, the former White Sox all-star. Scouts got a good look at Maples during his junior season when they went to see Baldwin's son, outfielder James Baldwin III, who signed with the Dodgers as a fourth-rounder. Maples' best assets are athleticism and arm strength. Also a standout kicker on the football team, he stands at 6-foot-3, 195 pounds with a strong lower half. His fastball sits 91-94 mph and has touched the mid-90s throughout the season. His curveball is an above-average pitch that has left his competition in the state overmatched. He lacks command of his fastball and actually does a better job of spotting his curveball. He has shown a changeup in warm-ups but doesn't need it in games, so the pitch will need development. Maples has a short arm action and questionable mechanics that lead to his below-average command. Scouts say his athleticism will allow him to make the necessary adjustments. He is committed to North Carolina, where he would play baseball and have a chance to walk on as a kicker for the football team.
14 430 Houston Astros Gandy Stubblefield Lufkin (Texas) HS Texas
Chris McFarland was supposed to be the main attraction at Lufkin HS this spring, but scouts came away more impressed with Gandy Stubblefield. He also upstaged Bryan Brickhouse, who entered the year as the state's top-rated pitching prospect, beating him with an 11-strikeout three-hitter in a mid-April matchup. Stubblefield is projectable at 6-foot-4 and 190 pounds, and he worked at 88-92 mph with a peak of 94 this spring. He also has promising velocity on his curveball, though it's inconsistent. A Texas A&M recruit, he still needs a lot of polish.
14 431 Milwaukee Brewers Jacob Barnes Florida Gulf Coast Fla.
14 433 Florida Marlins Nick Grim Monterey Peninsula (Calif.) JC Calif.
Grim, who is committed to Cal Poly, is 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds and has a live arm, capable of touching 94 mph with a good curveball.
14 439 Toronto Blue Jays Cole Wiper Newport HS, Bellevue, Wash. Wash.
At 6-foot-3 and 180 pounds, Wiper is a quality athlete who also played high school basketball. His best attribute as a pitcher is his secondary stuff. He flashes an above-average curveball with tight rotation and added a slider this year, which also showed hard, sharp break. His changeup has nice drop, almost like a splitter, and has improved throughout the season. His fastball sits in the 88-90 mph range, and he'll have games where he's 90-93. While Wiper has a feel for spin, his fastball is pretty straight right now. Because of his good secondary stuff, he sometimes uses it too much and will have to pitch off of his fastball more at the next level, whether that's in the pros or at Oregon. Wiper is a good student and is mature for a high schooler, and some scouts regard him as the best high school prospect in the Northwest.
14 442 Boston Red Sox Mike McCarthy Cal State Bakersfield Calif.
14 443 San Diego Padres Burch Smith Oklahoma Okla. $250,000
The Indians selected Smith in each of the last two drafts, taking him in the 49th round in 2009 and in the 20th round a year ago. He’ll go much higher this year after transferring from Howard (Texas) JC to Oklahoma, though he could have gone in the top three rounds in 2010 had he been more signable. Smith didn’t pitch much until he was a high school senior, then served as the No. 4 starter on Howard’s 2009 national championship team that went 65-1. Smith still isn’t the most polished pitcher, but he throws 90-93 mph and reaches 95 with ease. He may find more velocity once he adds strength to his 6-foot-3, 192-pound frame. He’s doing a better job of throwing strikes this year, though his control needs more work, as does the rest of his arsenal. He throws two breaking balls, with his slider ranking ahead of his curveball, and has exhibited some feel for his changeup. If Smith continues to develop, he could become a No. 3 starter with a quality fastball and solid control and secondary pitches.
14 445 Cincinnati Reds Ryan Kemp St. Joseph's Pa.
14 446 Atlanta Braves Navery Moore Vanderbilt Tenn. $400,000
Moore has come back from Tommy John surgery back in high school to become a factor in Vanderbilt's deep bullpen. He made just three appearances as a freshman and 10 as a sophomore, totaling fewer than 18 innings, but has served as Vandy's closer most of this season and had a team-high nine saves. He didn't give up an extra-base hit until the mid-May series against Florida, when he gave up two home runs and a double. While he's not intimidating on the mound at 6-foot-2, 205 pounds, Moore has closer stuff, starting with his fastball. It can be a swing-and-miss pitch in the strike zone, with velocity in the 92-96 mph range, and has solid life. Moore's breaking ball is more of a sweepy slider than a downer breaker, and he has a hard time repeating his release point. Some scouts believe his long arm action will preclude his breaking ball from ever being a swing-and-miss pitch, which could limit him to a set-up role. He also earns high grades for his makeup.
14 449 New York Yankees Rookie Davis Dixon HS, Holly Ridge, N.C. N.C. $550,000
Rookie Davis is an ox, standing at 6-foot-4, 235 pounds, and as a first baseman he offers huge raw power. Most teams prefer him as a righthander, though, with an 89-92 mph fastball that can sit 90-91. His curveball has some shape to it and can be an average pitch at times. Davis enjoys hitting, but righthanded-hitting first baseman have to be exceptional. If he doesn't sign, Davis could play both ways at East Carolina.
15 452 Pittsburgh Pirates Kody Watts Skyview HS, Vancouver, Wash. Wash.
Watts flew under the radar because he didn't make the Northwest Area Code Games team and isn't from the Seattle area, where most of the talent in the state is concentrated. He has a nice, athletic build at 6-foot-3 and 185 pounds with projection remaining. His fastball sits in the 89-93 mph range, and he can run it up to 95. Watts throws a good, hard curveball, a slider that is just adequate and a splitter with a chance to be an above-average pitch. Watts can command the splitter, but he'll need to make sure there's enough separation in his arsenal because now everything is hard. Watts has the most upside of any high school pitcher in the Northwest, but he may not be a premium pick because he has expressed a strong interest in college. Watts comes from an affluent family and is a premium recruit for Portland, where he should be a good pick three years from now.
15 461 Milwaukee Brewers Andy Moye Georgia Southern Ga.
15 464 Los Angeles Dodgers Craig Stem Trevecca Nazarene (Tenn.) Tenn.
15 466 Oakland Athletics T.J. Walz Kansas Kan.
Though righthander T.J. Walz set Kansas career records for wins (26), starts (50), innings (328) and strikeouts (307), scouts project him as a reliever because he's a 6-foot-1, 180-pounder who sits at 89-91 mph as a starter. He touches 93 mph and shows some plus sliders, and scouts like the way he throws strikes and competes. He'll be a good senior sign after telling teams last year that he wanted to return to school in 2011 to complete his degree. The Athletics took a shot at him in the 50th round anyway.
15 472 Boston Red Sox Braden Kapteyn Kentucky Ky. $125,000
Braden Kapteyn had much more success as a first baseman (.300, six homers) than as a righthander (9.00 ERA in 17 innings) this spring, but scouts prefer him on the mound. He has a big league body (6-foot-4, 220 pounds) and a 90-92 mph fastball that touches 94, but his lack of success is puzzling, especially considering he posted a 0.64 ERA in the Cape Cod League last summer. Kapteyn is more of a thrower than a pitcher, and his slider regressed after showing flashes of being a wipeout pitch on the Cape. More strong than athletic, he has some effort in his delivery. Kapteyn also lacks finesse as a hitter, though he does offer impressive power from the right side of the plate.
15 473 San Diego Padres Greg Gonzalez Fresno State Calif.
Fresno State senior righthander Greg Gonzalez dominated the Western Athletic Conference this year, going 11-0, 1.43 with 121 strikeouts and 26 walks in 101 innings heading into regionals. He was the WAC pitcher of the year as the Bulldogs won their fifth conference title in the last six years. Despite being just 5-foot-11 and 190 pounds, Gonzalez gets good downward plane on his pitches thanks to an over-the-top delivery with a lot of shoulder tilt. He also strides open, and the funkiness adds to his deception, but he's not all smoke and mirrors. Hitters never have comfortable at-bats against Gonzalez, who pitches at 89-90 mph and scraped 93 this year. He throws a big curveball and an above-average changeup, and he added a cutter to his repertoire this year that took his game up a notch.
15 474 Texas Rangers Jerad Eickhoff Olney Central (Ill.) JC Ill. $150,000
Righthander Jerad Eickhoff used a heavy 88-91 mph sinker that touches 93 and a newly developed cutter to rank among the national juco strikeout leaders with 116 in 89 innings. He has good size at 6-foot-4 and 195 pounds, though he needs to work on maintaining his velocity deeper into games and improving his secondary pitches. A 46th-round pick of the Cubs last year, he has committed to Western Kentucky.
15 475 Cincinnati Reds Will Dorton Lugoff-Elgin HS, Lugoff, S.C. S.C.
15 476 Atlanta Braves John Cornely Wofford S.C.
15 477 San Francisco Giants Tyler Leslie Silverado HS, Victorville, Calif. Calif.
Righthander Tyler Leslie is uncommitted and figures to sign out of high school this spring. He flashed velocity this spring, running his fastball into the 91-94 mph range, but his control and feel for pitching have a long way to go. At his best, he also flashes a decent slurve with promise.
16 485 Baltimore Orioles Mark Blackmar Temple (Texas) JC Texas $100,000
The son of PGA senior golfer Phil Blackmar, Mark is an athletic 6-foot-3, 215-pound righthander with a nice three-pitch mix. His cutter/slider is his best pitch, and he also fills the strike zone with a lively 87-91 mph fastball and a developing changeup.
16 493 Florida Marlins Adrian Sampson Bellevue (Wash.) CC Wash.
16 496 Oakland Athletics Tanner Peters Nevada-Las Vegas Nev.
UNLV righthander Tanner Peters isn't physically imposing at 6 feet and 150 pounds, but he gets it done on the mound. Peters posted the eighth-best ERA in the country this year (1.50) heading into regional play, and finished behind only Trevor Bauer with eight complete games. Peters throws his fastball in the 88-91 mph range and tops out at 93. His changeup is his best secondary offering--and it's devastating when it's on--and he throws a curveball and a cutter. He's undersized and doesn't have knockout stuff, so scouts may wait to draft him next year as a senior.
16 500 St. Louis Cardinals Travis Miller Miami Fla.
16 501 Chicago White Sox Chris Bassitt Akron Ohio
Scouts didn't know much about righthander Chris Bassitt prior to this spring, because he redshirted in 2008 and made just one appearance while focusing on academics in 2010. He's no longer anonymous after posting a 1.42 ERA and averaging 11.4 strikeouts per nine innings as a fourth-year junior. The 6-foot-5, 195-pounder lives off his 90-93 mph sinker, which he delivers from a low-three-quarters arm angle. His second pitch is a slider, which grades as an average pitch at times.
16 502 Boston Red Sox Daniel Gossett Byrnes HS, Duncan, S.C. S.C.
If not for Taylor Guerrieri, righthander Daniel Gossett would be the state's top prep draft pick. A Clemson recruit, he dominated all spring, going 9-0, 0.44 with 94 strikeouts in 49 innings before his final start, when his stuff was down and he gave up six runs (including two homers) in just three innings en route to losing the state 4-A championship game 11-0. At his best, Gossett pushes his fastball into the low 90s, sitting 91-93 mph at times despite a slim 6-foot, 165-pound frame. He has shown the hand speed to spin a curveball with downer action that could be a swing-and-miss pitch. His frame makes it hard to project on him, and it was unclear whether his present stuff was enough to prompt scouts to buy him out of Clemson.
16 506 Atlanta Braves Adam Holland St. Joseph's Pa.
16 507 San Francisco Giants Clayton Blackburn Santa Fe HS, Edmond, Okla. Okla. $150,000
16 509 New York Yankees Branden Pinder Long Beach State Calif.
Righthander Branden Pinder (3-5, 5.37) had a rough spring, but at his best he gets good sink on an 88-91 mph fastball that bumps 92. He adds and subtracts from a three-quarters breaking ball that ranges from the mid-70s to the low 80s, and his changeup is decent, but he sometimes struggles to stay on top of his stuff. He has a low three-quarters slot and a crossfire, rotational delivery, and he profiles as a middle reliever.
17 515 Baltimore Orioles Nick Carmichael Palomar (Calif.) JC Calif.
17 517 Washington Nationals Esteban Guzman San Jose State Calif.
17 518 Cleveland Indians Kevin Brady Clemson S.C.
Another Clemson wild card is righthander Kevin Brady, who in addition to being a redshirt sophomore also missed 70 days with a forearm strain. Brady made three starts in February and March and was outstanding. He struck out 19 while walking one in 12 innings against Eastern Michigan and Michigan State, giving up just six hits and one run. Then he started against South Carolina, striking out four more in four innings while giving up only one run. But he had to leave that start and didn't pitch again until May. He was up to 93-94 mph in his first start and showed good velocity in his return out of the bullpen, sitting 90-92 in one-inning stints in the ACC tournament while adding a cutter. He's also thrown a curve that at times has 12-to-6 action and was a solid-average pitch early on.
17 520 Houston Astros Tyson Perez Fresno CC Calif. $100,000
17 523 Florida Marlins Derek Varnadore Auburn Ala.
Auburn's other unusual draft prospect, righthander Derek Varnadore, has a deceptive arm action that scouts don't love, but he throws strikes with it. At 6-foot-4, 215 pounds, he has a pro body and a pro approach, pitching off an 89-90 mph fastball and using his deception well. His slider and changeup are fringy, and his signability was tough to gauge. He was not picked last year out of Chattahoochee Valley CC.
17 527 Detroit Tigers Chad Smith Southern California Calif.
17 528 Colorado Rockies Will Rankin Southern Polytechnic State (Ga.) Ga.
17 529 Toronto Blue Jays Brady Dragmire Bradshaw Christian School, Sacramento Calif. $250,000
Dragmire is a 6-foot-1, 190-pound righthander that the Blue Jays signed away from a commitment to Nevada. He's a very good athlete that also played football and basketball in high school. On the mound, Dragmire's fastball sits in the 88-91 mph range with good sink. He mixes in a slider and a changeup, but it's the sinking action on his fastball and his athleticism that stands out the most.
17 532 Boston Red Sox Blake Forslund Liberty Va.
Righthander Blake Forslund pitched at 92-95 mph in the fall, but inexperience and a knee injury made for a disappointing spring. A redshirt sophomore, Forslund made a single one-inning appearance for Virginia in 2009 before transferring. He sat out 2010 and was thrown right into the fire this season, but he struggled with his command and went 1-2, 8.31. He also missed time with the knee injury and threw just 22 innings. At 6-foot-4, 215 pounds, he has good frame and power stuff and can get his fastball into the mid-90s. But he doesn't work off his fastball enough and has a tendency to leave his pitches up in the zone.
17 533 San Diego Padres Matt Stites Missouri Mo.
It's easy to underestimate Stites because of his size, generously listed at 6 feet and 181 pounds, but he keeps proving himself. He was the ace at Jefferson (Mo.) CC for two years, held his own in the Cape Cod League last summer and has been Missouri's most effective starter in his first season with the Tigers. Stites succeeds with quality stuff, using his quick-twitch athleticism and fast arm to consistently pitch at 90-93 mph and peak at 95. His size does cost him some plane on his fastball, which can get straight and sit up in the zone, but he pitches off it well. His slider gives him a reliable second pitch, and he mixes in a curveball and changeup. Stites competes well and has a resilient arm, which along with his size and fastball/slider combo probably will lead to a pro career as a reliever. He turned down the Cubs as a 33rd-round pick last year.
17 536 Atlanta Braves Gus Schlosser Florida Southern Fla.
17 537 San Francisco Giants Paul Davis Florida Atlantic Fla.
Florida Atlantic's top draft pick should be Paul Davis, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound righthander who transferred in from Pensacola (Fla.) JC after being drafted by the Red Sox in the 29th round last year. Davis has traits that make him a likely reliever, such as velocity (he has touched 94 mph), a solid slider, an emotional nature and excellent competitiveness. He also has shown an ability to maintain his velocity deep in games, touching 93 in the ninth inning of one start, and impressive consistency. He tied for the Sun Belt Conference lead in complete games (three) and wins (seven) in the regular season.
17 538 Minnesota Twins Josh Burris Louisiana State-Eunice JC La.
Josh Burris worked out of the team's bullpen when he wasn't catching and had a pedestrian 1-1, 4.64 season, but he showed enough arm strength to merit interest, touching 92 mph and spinning a power breaking ball. He struggled to command either pitch.
17 539 New York Yankees Mathew Troupe Chaminade Prep HS, Chatsworth, Calif. Calif.
At 6-foot-1, 180 pounds, righthander Mathew Troupe lacks projection but has good feel for a solid three-pitch mix: an 87-91 mph fastball, a tight curveball and a changeup. He has effort and head violence in his delivery, and he struggles to command to his arm side.
17 541 Philadelphia Phillies Jesen Dygestile-Therrien Ahuntsic (Que.) JC Quebec
The college prospects are never quite as exciting in Canada, and that's the case again this year. The most interesting is righthander Jesen Dygestile-Therrien, who was drafted last year in the 36th round by the Mets but did not sign. He was still young enough this year to play with the junior national team and showed a loose, easy arm and a fastball in the 88-90 mph range. He is committed to Howard (Texas) JC for next year.
18 546 Kansas City Royals Andy Ferguson Arkansas State Ark.
Ferguson throws strikes with an upper-80s fastball and gets strikeouts with a solid split-finger pitch that helps him compete well against lefthanded hitters.
18 548 Cleveland Indians Shawn Armstrong East Carolina N.C. $325,000
Scouts had hopes for East Carolina righthander Shawn Armstrong coming into the season, but he was inconsistent. He has a strong body at 6-foot-2, 215 pounds and a good arm, and he's at his best when he sits 91-92 mph down in the zone. He'll touch 94 and show a curveball and slider, with the former being a better pitch. He had made 18 appearances—six starts—going 3-1, 4.22 in 43 innings with 49 strikeouts and 21 walks.
18 549 Chicago Cubs James Pugliese Mercer County (N.J.) CC N.J.
The most interesting juco prospect in New Jersey is righthander James Pugilese. There's effort to his delivery and his arm action raises concerns, but he has a 90-92 mph fastball and average breaking ball to go with a projectable 6-foot-3, 195-pound frame. In 57 innings, he struck out 71 while walking 23 and allowing just 30 hits.
18 550 Houston Astros Kevin Miller California Calif.
Righthander Kevin Miller has never been drafted, but should be a good senior sign this year. A torn labrum in his hip limited him the past two years, but he's back to 100 percent this year. He settled into the 88-92 mph range with his fastball and touched 94 earlier in the year. He has good command of his fastball and spots it to all quadrants of the strike zone. He also shows confidence in his 12-to-6 curveball and mixes in a changeup. Miller has had success as a starter--he took a no-hitter into the eighth inning against Coastal Carolina in his season debut this year--but most of his work with the Bears has been in relief, and that's probably where he profiles best with his stocky, 6-foot, 207-pound frame and injury history.
18 558 Colorado Rockies Ben Alsup Louisiana State La.
18 561 Chicago White Sox Bryan Blough Kennesaw State Ga.
Kennesaw State's top draft pick will be senior righty Bryan Blough, who was on BA's 2009 list as a junior college product. He had a rough adjustment to Division I in 2010, posting a 10.29 ERA, but rebounded to go 4-4, 3.61 this season. He keeps the ball down and can push his fastball into the 88-92 mph range from an over-the-top delivery. Blough also holds his velocity well and gets depth on his slider.
18 562 Boston Red Sox Andrew Jones Samford Ala.
A pair of righthanded relievers, Andrew Jones and Grant Sides, and are the team's top pitching prospects this year. Jones touched 93 with his heater while generally pitching with an average fastball with decent life. He throws a lot of strikes and has a solid-average changeup as well.
18 564 Texas Rangers Nick Martinez Fordham N.Y.
18 565 Cincinnati Reds Jimmy Moran South Florida Fla.
18 566 Atlanta Braves Greg Ross Frostburg State (Md.) Md.
18 569 New York Yankees Hayden Sharp Morris (Okla.) HS Okla. $200,000
Sharp created a stir when he reportedly threw in the mid-90s and touched 98 mph in an Oklahoma state 3-A playoff game in mid-May. Morris HS lost that contest 1-0 to Sperry HS, ending its season and any chance for scouts to see Sharp in any further game action. He's very raw on the mound and more thrower than pitcher, but he's also extremely athletic and very projectable at 6-foot-6 and 205 pounds. He has a scholarship to play quarterback at Central Oklahoma, a NCAA Division II program, but is believed to be very interested in turning pro.
18 570 Tampa Bay Rays Andy Bass Davidson N.C.
Andy Bass worked out of the bullpen for Davidson with an 88-92 mph fastball and decent slider. There's some effort to his delivery, but he has a good frame at 6-foot-4, 210 pounds.
19 572 Pittsburgh Pirates Taylor Nunez Salmen HS, Slidell, La. La.
Nunez, a 6-foot-4, 175-pound tower of projection, is signed to Southern Mississippi. He lacks the present strength to repeat his delivery, and his fastball sat at 87-88 mph at his best this spring. That said, he's tall, athletic, has a clean arm action and flashes feel for spinning a breaking ball.
19 576 Kansas City Royals Matt Flemer California Calif.
Closer Matt Flemer has the fearlessness scouts love to see. He's a strike thrower who sits 88-92 mph with a good slider, and teams may wait to sign him as a senior.
19 577 Washington Nationals Hawtin Buchanan Biloxi (Miss.) HS Miss.
Scouts flocked to Mississippi for a deep pool of high school talent this year, and the towering Buchanan seemed to be at his best when the heat was on. At 6-foot-8, he's athletic enough to have played quarterback in the fall, and he has room to fill out even though he's a listed 230 pounds. He repeats his delivery well for a prep pitcher of his size, and one evaluator called him the "definition of a big-body power arm." He elicits comparisons to former Ole Miss righthander Cody Satterwhite, who was similarly physical, but Buchanan may throw harder more consistently. After sitting 86-91 mph early in the spring, he was hitting more 93s as the season went along. His changeup is his best secondary pitch, and he hasn't shown much of a feel for his loopy, slow curveball. Some scouts are concerned about Buchanan's arm action in the back, as his elbow tends to get inverted, much as Stephen Strasburg's more celebrated arm does. Buchanan was at his best against the likes of Senquez Golson and Mason Robbins, two of Mississippi's top prep hitters. He's an Ole Miss legacy who is considered a tough sign.
19 584 Los Angeles Dodgers Garrett Bush Seminole State (Fla.) JC Fla.
Garrett Bush, a 6-foot-5 transfer from Auburn who is a Jacksonville native, still has projection as he came to pitching late in high school. For now his stuff is fringy at best and not as firm as the Seminole State teammate and ace, Dejai Oliver.
19 587 Detroit Tigers Daniel Bennett Florida State Fla.
19 588 Colorado Rockies Jesse Meaux UC Santa Barbara Calif.
UC Santa Barbara ace Jesse Meaux was a 44th-round pick by the Phillies a year ago, and he should go considerably higher as a senior sign this spring. He has a nice pitcher's frame at 6-foot-4, 210 pounds and good arm strength but unrefined feel for pitching. Pitching with the Santa Barbara Foresters in the NBC World Series in Wichita last summer, Meaux flashed 93-94 mph heat and a good slider, but he worked mostly in the 88-92 range this spring, and his secondary stuff has been inconsistent. His slider flashes average when he gets on top of it, and his changeup has similar potential and similar inconsistency
19 589 Toronto Blue Jays Luke Weaver DeLand (Fla.) HS Fla.
19 591 Chicago White Sox Kevin Vance Connecticut Conn.
Closer Kevin Vance performed well in the Cape Cod League for Chatham last summer, impressing scouts with a fastball that touched 94 mph. He showed similar velocity during UConn's scout day and intrasquad workouts, sitting 90-92, but during the spring he has mostly been in the 86-90 mph range. Vance still was one of the Big East's top bullpen arms, registering 12 saves and holding opponents to a .105 average through his first 23 appearances. He flashes an above-average curveball with good shape and a decent changeup. When he's on, scouts said Vance looks like Ricky Bottalico, though the drop in velocity could hurt his draft positioning.
19 597 San Francisco Giants Cody Hall Southern La.
19 599 New York Yankees Ben Paullus Memphis Tenn.
Memphis' next pick likely will be righthander Ben Paullus, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound closer. He had just four saves for a 30-27 team but showcased a power breaking ball that at its best rivals that of Sonny Gray. He throws it with power, at times touching the low 80s with 12-to-6 break. His fastball sits at 90-92 mph and touches better. He generates two plus pitches with a violent, slinging delivery and doesn't repeat his arm slot well. He's athletic enough to make adjustments and throws just enough strikes. He limited hitters to a .170 average and should sneak into the same eighth-12th-round range as Martinez.
19 600 Tampa Bay Rays Matt Ramsey Tennessee Tenn.
Teammate Matt Ramsey has bigger stuff, yet hardly pitched this year thanks to his catching and outfield duties as well as a forearm strain. At 6 feet, 200 pounds, Ramsey has strength and a quick arm that allows him to pump his fastball up to 98 mph, sitting at 94-97 in relief stints. He throws two different breaking balls, including a hammer curveball that flashes plus potential. Ramsey has 81 innings of college pitching experience and will need to refine his rough delivery, which probably led to his forearm strain when Tennessee tried to make him a starter. He could be drafted in the first 10 rounds if he has a clean bill of health.
20 607 Washington Nationals Josh Laxer Madison (Miss.) Central HS Miss.
In many years, Mississippi signee Josh Laxer would have been the top prep pitcher in the state. At 6-foot-1, 190 pounds, he pounds the strike zone with quality stuff, touching the low 90s and sitting around 88-89 mph with a fastball that has good armside life and sink at times. He spots his slurvy breaking ball well and knows how to pitch. His lack of physicality may make college ball a better fit.
20 611 Milwaukee Brewers Brandon Williamson Dallas Baptist Texas
20 614 Los Angeles Dodgers Vince Spilker Johnson County (Kan.) CC Kan.
Jeff Soptic wasn't the only pitcher drawing scouts to Johnson County CC. Vince Spilker doesn't hit 100 mph like Soptic can, but he's a more well-rounded pitcher. He has gotten into better shape in two years of junior college, and the 6-foot-4, 220-pound righthander now works with a 90-94 mph fastball with armside run. He also throws a hard slider, and his curveball and changeup have potential as well. There is some effort to his delivery, which detracts from his control. The Rays drafted Spilker in the 49th round two years ago out of a Missouri high school.
20 616 Oakland Athletics Kurt Wunderlich Michigan State Mich.
Kurt Wunderlich was named Big Ten pitcher of the year after going 10-2, 3.19. The 6-foot-2, 215-pounder is a finesse righthander who throws three pitches for strikes: an 87-89 mph sinker that peaks at 91, a good changeup and a little slider. He showed more velocity when the Spartans used him as a reliever two years ago, and that could be his role in pro ball.
20 618 Colorado Rockies Dan Winkler Central Florida Fla.
Danny Winkler is a 6-foot-3, 200-pounder with a solid-average fastball and a slider that at times is a swing-and-miss pitch.
20 619 Toronto Blue Jays Joel Seddon St. Clair (Mich.) HS Mich.
Righthander Joel Seddon is Michigan's top high school prospect, but scouts believe he'd be better off attending South Carolina than turning pro out of high school. He already throws 86-90 mph and touches 91, and he has more projection than most 6-footers because he can add strength to his 170-pound frame. He flashes a good curveball and has more feel for pitching than most high schoolers. There's some effort in his delivery, but he's also athletic and has a quick arm. The Gamecocks may give him a chance as a two-way player, though his pro future is on the mound.
20 623 San Diego Padres Chris Haney Dallas Baptist Texas
20 625 Cincinnati Reds Dan Jensen Cincinnati Ohio
21 633 Seattle Mariners Joe DiRocco Seton Hall N.J.
Seton Hall righthander Joe DiRocco will likely be the first college player picked out of New Jersey. He had a successful season, going 6-1, 1.54 in 100 innings with 71 strikeouts and 36 walks, and succeeds with his feel for pitching more than his stuff. He sits in the upper 80s and can touch 90-91 mph, and his secondary stuff and command are average.
21 635 Baltimore Orioles Jose Rivera Hill (Texas) JC Texas
21 642 New York Mets John Gant Wiregrass Ranch HS, Wesley Chapel, Fla. Fla. $185,000
Originally from New York City, Gant was a transplant in Florida. He had committed to Long Island before the Mets signed him to an over-slot deal this summer. Gant has an athletic, projectable frame and a fastball that sits in the 87-91 mph range and topped out at 93. The pitch also shows good downward life and sink. Gant also flashes a solid-average breaking ball and has good upside.
21 643 Florida Marlins Chase Wier Stephen F. Austin State Texas
21 645 Los Angeles Angels Shane Riedie Tampa Fla.
21 654 Texas Rangers Chance Sossamon Wichita State Kan.
21 655 Cincinnati Reds Carlos Gonzalez Cal State Northridge Calif.
21 656 Atlanta Braves Jarrett Miller UNC Greensboro N.C.
Jarrett Miller pitches at 90-92 mph and can touch the mid-90s, and he mixes in a curveball and slider. He struggles with his control at times.
21 657 San Francisco Giants Andrew Triggs Southern California Calif.
USC righthander Andrew Triggs, who had Tommy John surgery as a prep senior and redshirted in 2008, entered his 2010 sophomore season with serious draft buzz after a strong fall, but an uneven spring caused him to drop to the 24th round and he returned to school. His stuff hasn't been as electric in 2011, but he has competed hard on Fridays for the Trojans, going 5-4, 3.67 with 72 strikeouts and 28 walks in 91 innings. For much of the season, the rap on Triggs was that he looked great for three or four innings, before his velocity dropped. He got stronger down the stretch, holding his 88-90 mph velocity deeper into games and peaking at 91. His best asset is the heavy sink on his two-seam fastball, and he complements it with a sweeping curveball and an occasional changeup. He's a strike-thrower with good feel for pitching. His medical track record makes clubs wary, and he profiles as a middle reliever in pro ball.
22 663 Seattle Mariners John Taylor South Carolina S.C.
22 667 Washington Nationals Travis Henke Arkansas-Little Rock Ark.
22 668 Cleveland Indians Matthew Reckling Rice Texas
Cingrani's teammate at Rice, righthander Matthew Reckling, has made a similar leap forward but won't be as easy to sign away from the Owls. He's a top student with one year of eligibility remaining, and the team's stadium is named after his grandparents, Tommy (a former Rice player) and Isla, the facility's lead donors. Reckling pitched just 16 innings in 2010, when he battled command issues and posted a 6.32 ERA, but emerged as the Owls' Saturday starter this spring. His stuff improved after Rice eliminated recoil in his delivery, and the 6-foot-4, 205-pounder now pitches with a low-90s fastball and a hard curveball. Reckling didn't begin pitching until his senior year of high school, and his command still needs work.
22 669 Chicago Cubs Ethan Elias Grand Trunk HS, Evansburg, Alb. Alberta
22 673 Florida Marlins Collin Cargill Southern Mississippi Miss.
The Golden Eagles also have yet another submarine closer, a signature for the program that produced Chad Bradford. Senior Colin Cargill isn't quite a knuckle-scraper like Bradford but gets plenty of sink on his mid-80s fastball and has used his slider more this season, making him tougher on lefthanded hitters. He's tough to elevate and has given up just 24 runs in 51 appearances the last two seasons.
22 677 Detroit Tigers Tommy Collier San Jacinto (Texas) JC Texas
Collier was the leading winner on San Jacinto's 2009 College World Series team but had Tommy John surgery last year. The Gators eased him back in a relief role, and the 6-foot-2, 205-pounder showed a low-90s sinker and signs of a plus changeup. His hard slider used to be his bread and butter--and throwing too many may have led to his torn elbow ligament--but he babied his breaking ball this spring. Drafted twice previously (29th round by the Brewers in 2008, 49th round by the Blue Jays in 2009), Collier is expected to sign rather than follow through on a commitment to Houston.
22 679 Toronto Blue Jays Aaron Nola Catholic HS, Baton Rouge La.
Nola's older brother Austin is a three-year starter at Louisiana State, and Aaron has signed with LSU as well. They could be teammates in 2012 because scouts see positives and negatives on both as the draft approaches. Aaron gets compared to former LSU righthander Louis Coleman because of his low-slot release point and fastball/changeup combination. Nola is much less physical than the 6-foot-4 Coleman, though, listed at 6 feet, 164 pounds. In some ways he more closely resembles former LSU recruit Jeremy Hellickson, as his out pitch is a devastating changeup that earns plus grades from scouts now. Nola has had health issues, with a sports hernia that cost him weight and time in 2010 and shoulder tendinitis that slowed him in 2011. He came back strong, throwing strikes and sitting with average velocity at 89-91 mph this spring. His lower slot is better suited to a slider, but Nola is still throwing a below-average curveball. Signability and size could push Nola out of the first five rounds, but his whippy arm and changeup could prompt a team to buy him out of LSU.
22 681 Chicago White Sox Blake Drake Indiana State Ind.
22 682 Boston Red Sox Joe Holtmeyer Nebraska-Omaha Neb.
After leading NCAA Division II in strikeouts (152) and whiffs per nine innings (15.7) and then holding his own in the Cape Cod League in 2010, Joe Holtmeyer had early-round aspirations for the draft. But he changed his delivery in the Cape, going from a three-quarters arm slot to more over the top, and his stuff has suffered. Last year, the 6-foot-3, 240-pounder had a 91-93 mph fastball and a sharp curveball. Now he's pitching with more effort in his delivery, sitting mostly at 86-88 mph with his heater and using a slower curve. He's still racking up strikeouts, many of them with a changeup that has splitter action. He'll still get drafted, but it probably won't be in the first 10 rounds and he's not drawing Joe Blanton comparisons any longer
22 686 Atlanta Braves Clint Wright Columbia State (Tenn.) CC Tenn.
Slugging Cody Stubbs heads up a thin junior-college crop that's also buoyed by righthander Clint Wright, a jumbo-sized 6-foot-7, 240-pounder who is a third-year sophomore. Committed to Austin Peay, Wright had average fastball velocity to go with a slider and changeup. He shows better velocity in shorter stints.
22 687 San Francisco Giants Cameron McVey Biola (Calif.) Calif.
Biola closer Cameron McVey is a physically mature 22-year-old junior righthander with some arm strength. He'll show a 92-93 mph fastball and spin a breaking ball that's serviceable at best, with a poor arm action.
22 689 New York Yankees Nick Goody State JC of Florida Fla.
Nick Goody, a solid righty at 6-foot-1, 190 pounds with a 88-92 mph fastball and solid slider.
22 690 Tampa Bay Rays Brad Hendrix Auburn Ala.
Among other Tigers, righthander Brad Hendrix has touched 96 mph from a low slot and has a fresh arm for a senior, having thrown just 28 innings this year (just eight in SEC play). He doesn't repeat his release point consistently enough to throw strikes
23 692 Pittsburgh Pirates Jordan Cooper Kentucky Ky. $100,000
Scouts don't know what to make of righthander Jordan Cooper. He opened the season in Kentucky's weekend rotation and pitched his way out of it after having little success with an 88-90 mph fastball and a mediocre breaking ball. Then the 6-foot-3, 215-pounder looked like a top-five-rounds pick in midweek starts against Louisville and Western Kentucky, dealing with an 89-94 mph sinker, a harder slider and a solid changeup. He didn't show the same stuff and lacked the same command when he returned to his Sunday slot. He has extra leverage as a 21-year-old sophomore, and the team that selects him likely will monitor his progress during the summer.
23 693 Seattle Mariners Richard White St. Croix Educational HS, St. Thomas, V.I. V.I.
The Virgin Islands' top talent, righthander Richard White, has a lot of effort in his delivery but has a loose, quick arm that has helped him touch 94 mph. He more regularly sits in the 90-91 mph range. At 6-foot-1, 175 pounds, he's a slightly more physical version of Akeel Morris, the Mets 10th-rounder out of the Virgin Islands last year.
23 698 Cleveland Indians Cody Allen High Point N.C.
Cody Allen, a 6-foot-2, 215-pound righthander at High Point, has attracted interest because of a good curveball. His fastball ranges from 88-92 mph and he can sit 90-92 on good nights, though his fastball doesn't have much life. He was 4-6, 3.16 in 84 innings with 89 strikeouts and 29 walks.
23 703 Florida Marlins Tyler Higgins Lansing (Mich.) CC Mich.
23 704 Los Angeles Dodgers Garrett Bolt Western Illinois Ill.
23 706 Oakland Athletics Cecil Tanner Georgia Ga.
23 710 St. Louis Cardinals Kyle Deese Western Carolina N.C.
Deese signed for a $20,000 bonus on June 12, but the contract was later voided.
23 715 Cincinnati Reds Sal Romano Southington (Conn.) HS Conn. $450,000
After back-to-back down years in the high school ranks, Lower New England offers a solid crop this year, though it's not comparable to 2008's banner class. This year's headliner is Tennessee recruit Sal Romano, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound righty from Southington (Conn.) HS, the same school that produced Carl Pavano, who scouts say Romano resembles. Romano broke his jaw in two places on a comebacker to the mound last July and had to have it wired shut for six weeks, which kept him off the mound for a significant portion of the showcase season. He came back with a solid senior year, drawing scouts' attention for his low-90s fastball and projection--he's just 17 and wears a size 16 shoe. He has an average curveball and shows feel for a changeup. Romano has a herky-jerky delivery and a crude arm action that will need refinement, but he should get taken in the top 10 rounds.
23 718 Minnesota Twins Tim Shibuya UC San Diego Calif.
Shibuya has good feel for pitching, working in the 86-91 mph range and mixing in a get-me-over curveball, a changeup and a usable slider.
23 719 New York Yankees Corey Maines Illinois State Ill.
The state's best college pitching prospect is righthander Corey Maines, Illinois State's career wins leader with 24. Six feet and 200 pounds, he relies heavily on a big, sweeping slider that he throws from a low three-quarters arm slot. His sinker usually operates at 88-89 mph and tops out at 91. He spent his first two years as a two-way player, getting regular at-bats as an outfielder.
23 721 Philadelphia Phillies Cody Fick Evansville Ind.
24 723 Seattle Mariners Tanner Chleborad Stevens HS, Rapid City, S.D. S.D.
Righthander Tanner Chleborad is projectable as a 6-foot-5, 200-pounder with good mechanics. After throwing in the low 80s last summer, he's now up to 86-89 mph with his fastball. His secondary pitches are well below-average, so he needs to develop at Washington State rather than turn pro.
24 724 Arizona Diamondbacks Matt Ogden Smoky Hill HS, Aurora, Colo. Colo.
Righthander Matt Ogden has touched 92 mph with his fastball, but he pitched most frequently in the mid-80s this spring and will likely wind up at Michigan.
24 726 Kansas City Royals Spencer Patton Southern Illinois-Edwardsville Ill.
24 729 Chicago Cubs George Asmus Ohlone (Calif.) JC Calif.
24 731 Milwaukee Brewers Michael Palazzone Georgia Ga.
Georgia used a strong finish to the season to made it back to NCAA regional play after an up-and-down regular season. One key for the Bulldogs' improvement over a 16-win season last year was its starting pitching, keyed by righthander Michael Palazzone. He was an unsigned 18th-round pick in 2008 by the Braves--one round after Tech ace Mark Pope--but headed to school. He was a draft-eligible sophomore last year but lasted until the 32nd round thanks to a straight, low-90s fastball that got pounded to the tune of 4-6, 8.66. He was a rock in 2011, though, going 10-5, 3.14 after a loss in regional play. He pitched somewhat like Pope this year, commanding a fringy fastball at 87-89 mph, touching 91 and showing more life than he did in the past. He's done a much better job throwing his slurvy breaking ball and changeup for strikes, and his pitch patterns have improved significantly. He's expected to be drafted in the first 12 rounds.
24 734 Los Angeles Dodgers Matt Shelton Sam Houston State Texas
24 743 San Diego Padres Erick Fedde Las Vegas HS Nev.
Fedde has a projectable, 6-foot-3, 170-pound frame. He got his fastball up to 92 mph this year and mixes in a changeup and a good slider that he can throw to both sides of the plate.
24 747 San Francisco Giants Keith Bilodeau Maine Maine
Bilodeau is a 6-foot-4, 190-pound righty with a decent curveball and an 89-91 mph fastball, though scouts think he could add velocity. Bilodeau spent the last two summers pitching in the Cape Cod League.
24 748 Minnesota Twins Nick Burdi Downers Grove (Ill.) South HS Ill.
Burdi has the best high school arm in the upper Midwest. He struck out the side in his inning of work at the Under Armour All-America Game last August, then showed an electric 93-95 mph fastball that topped out at 97 at the World Wood Bat Championship two months later. He showed similar arm strength in his first two starts this spring, then missed a month for a variety of reasons and hasn't been the same since. In May, his velocity ranged from 84-93 mph. The 6-foot-4, 220-pounder slings the ball from a low three-quarters arm slot, and scouts already were worried about his delivery and projected him as a reliever. He doesn't repeat his mechanics, and sometimes his fastball gets flat and sits up in the zone. His No. 2 pitch is a hard slider that can be devastating at times but lacks consistency. Burdi's lackluster spring, commitment to Louisville and reported seven-figure price tag may cause him to slide in the draft. A team that considers him signable could pop him in the third or fourth round.
24 750 Tampa Bay Rays Charlie Cononie Towson Md.
24 751 Philadelphia Phillies Matt Campbell Florida Fla.
25 752 Pittsburgh Pirates Josh Martin Samford Ala.
25 753 Seattle Mariners Gabe Saquilon Horizon Christian HS, San Diego Calif. $100,000
25 763 Florida Marlins Sean Donatello Connecticut-Avery Point JC Conn.
25 765 Los Angeles Angels Josh Alvarado Phoenix (No school) Ariz.
25 767 Detroit Tigers Mitch Mormann Wichita State Kan.
25 768 Colorado Rockies Patrick Johnson North Carolina N.C.
Johnson is an interesting case. He ranked No. 173 on BA's predraft Top 200 Prospects as a high schooler in 2007, and his scouting report reads almost exactly as it did four years ago. He battles in every start and has been masterful as the Heels' Friday starter this season, going 11-1, 2.56 heading into regionals, with 102 strikeouts and 28 walks in 91 innings. He is a savvy pitcher with a quick arm, but his stuff hasn't gotten any harder in college. His fastball sits 88-90 mph, touching 92, and he shows good feel for a curveball and changeup, but none of his pitches is overpowering.
25 770 St. Louis Cardinals Todd McInnis Southern Mississippi Miss.
Todd McInnis has been the team's ace for three seasons and a member of the rotation for almost five, having received a redshirt after five 2007 starts. He is what he is: a 6-foot-1, 160-pounder who has durability questions and lacks a plus pitch. He commands his fringy fastball and has a good feel for his solid-average curveball.
25 771 Chicago White Sox Chris Devenski Cal State Fullerton Calif.
So does Devenski, a converted shortstop who transferred from Golden West JC. He fell out of favor early in the year before coming on again a bit in the second half, though he had a 4.98 ERA in 22 innings through 15 appearances on the spring. Devenski ran his fastball up to 94 mph in the fall, but he's been more 90-92 and straight this spring, and there were outings when he worked in the high 80s. His slider and changeup are serviceable.
25 775 Cincinnati Reds Justice French Mercer Ga.
Justice French, a 6-foot-4, 190-pound sinkerballer with a decent slider and changeup, should be picked. French had by far his best season in 2011, allowing only one home run in 80 innings.
25 777 San Francisco Giants Demondre Arnold Middle Georgia JC Ga.
Matt Taylor's teammate DeMondre Arnold, a 6-foot-3, 200-pounder who was a 37th-round pick of the Rays last season, also has a chance to be drafted. Arnold concentrated on pitching as a freshman this year and threw in the low 90s, though he's quite raw and wasn't able to earn a consistent roster spot for his juco team.
25 779 New York Yankees Adam Smith Texas A&M Texas $157,500
Smith looks the part of a big league third baseman with his 6-foot-3, 200-pound frame, raw righthanded power and arm strength. But he just hasn't hit consistently, batting .267 during his first two years and slumping to .209 this spring after missing the start of the season while recovering from Tommy John surgery. If he doesn't figure out how to make more consistent contact, he eventually could wind up on the mound in pro ball.
25 780 Tampa Bay Rays Brooks Belter Occidental (Calif.) Calif.
25 781 Philadelphia Phillies Ryan Duke Oklahoma Okla.
26 784 Arizona Diamondbacks Austin Platt Bradenton, Fla. (No school) Fla.
26 785 Baltimore Orioles Zach Davies Mesquite HS, Gilbert, Ariz. Ariz. $575,000
Another Arizona State commit is righthander Zach Davies, who got multiple Mike Leake comparisons from scouts and college recruiters. Like Leake, Davies has a medium build at 6 feet and 165 pounds and shows good athleticism. When he's not pitching, he plays shortstop. Davies doesn't have huge stuff but knows how to pitch and has four pitches that should be at least average: fastball, curveball, slider and changeup. He doesn't have Leake's fastball movement, but the similarities with his athleticism and feel for pitching are obvious.
26 789 Chicago Cubs Michael Jensen Hartnell (Calif.) JC Calif. $225,000
Jensen, who stands 6 feet and 190 pounds, has a live arm, capable of touching 94 mph with a good curveball.
26 790 Houston Astros Jared Fisher Newport HS, Bellevue, Wash. Wash.
26 792 New York Mets Casey Hauptman Nebraska Neb.
26 794 Los Angeles Dodgers Freddie Cabrera Central Methodist (Mo.) Mo.
26 796 Oakland Athletics Sam Roberts Virginia Military Institute Va.
26 798 Colorado Rockies Mike Wolford UC Riverside Calif.
26 800 St. Louis Cardinals Brett Graves Howell HS, St. Charles, Mo. Mo.
Brett Graves' size and commitment to Missouri may preclude him from being an early-round pick, but the 6-foot-1, 180-pound righthander might have the best arm in the state. He's a quality athlete who drew college football interest as a quarterback and doubled as a shortstop on Francis Howell's state Class 4 championship team. He has a quick arm that arm that delivers fastballs up to 94 mph, and he can spin a hard curveball. His fastball doesn't have much downward plane, but he has good feel for the strike zone.
26 802 Boston Red Sox Cody Dill Los Osos HS, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. Calif.
26 803 San Diego Padres Roberto Suppa St. Thomas Aquinas SS, West London, Ont. Ontario
Righthander Roberto Suppa has good size at 6-foot-5 and 225 pounds. He shows heavy sink with his 90-91 mph fastball, but will be tough to pry away from his commitment to Cornell.
26 804 Texas Rangers Ryan Bores Cuyahoga (Ohio) CC Ohio
26 807 San Francisco Giants Joe Biagini UC Davis Calif. $175,000
26 808 Minnesota Twins Trent Higginbotham Clay-Chalkville HS, Trussville, Ala. Ala. $195,000
Higginbotham impressed the Twins as they followed his progress this summer, showing a fastball that sat in the 87-91 mph range and got as high as 94. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound righthander showed a lot of moxie, battling through seven innings in one outing where the temperature was 107 degrees. Higginbotham has present stuff with his four-pitch mix, but also has projection remaining, thanks to a slender frame and a loose arm action. Right now, his curveball is ahead of his slider and he also mixes in a changeup that is a work in progress.
26 809 New York Yankees Jordan Foley The Colony (Texas) HS Texas
26 811 Philadelphia Phillies Michael Rocha Oklahoma Okla.
27 813 Seattle Mariners David Colvin Pomona Pitzer (Calif.) Calif.
Southern California's best Division III prospect is Pomona-Pitzer senior righty David Colvin, a 6-foot-3, 190-pounder who pitched for Cotuit in the Cape Cod League last summer. Colvin pitches with a fringe-average 88-91 mph fastball, a passable slider and a changeup that's his best pitch. Colvin will be an organizational player with a middle relief ceiling.
27 814 Arizona Diamondbacks Wyatt Strahan Villa Park (Calif.) HS Calif.
USC recruit Wyatt Strahan is cut from the same cloth: He commands the zone with an 88-91 fastball and solid secondary stuff, including a changeup that has a chance to be plus.
27 815 Baltimore Orioles Chris Oliver Shiloh Christian HS, Springdale, Ark. Ark.
27 817 Washington Nationals Bobby Lucas George Washington D.C.
27 821 Milwaukee Brewers Chad Thompson Orange Coast (Calif.) CC Calif.
Orange Coast CC righthander Chad Thompson was a Top 200 prospect and a 17th-round pick out of high school in 2009. He missed all of last season while recovering from Tommy John surgery, and his velocity has been up and down this spring. Early in games, Thompson has flashed 90-93 mph heat and even topped out at 95, though even then he tended to get hit around. Other times he pitches at 84-87 or 87-90 mph. He clearly has arm strength and a huge 6-foot-8, 210-pound frame, but his delivery and arm action aren't pretty and he struggles with his control and command. He also throws a slow curveball and a slider that both rate as well below-average.
27 822 New York Mets Randy Fontanez South Florida Fla.
27 824 Los Angeles Dodgers Taylor Garrison Fresno State Calif.
27 826 Oakland Athletics Derek Self Louisville Ky.
27 827 Detroit Tigers Scott Matyas Minnesota Minn.
27 831 Chicago White Sox Jake Cose San Joaquin Delta (Calif.) JC Calif.
27 832 Boston Red Sox Alex Massey Catholic HS, Baton Rouge La.
27 834 Texas Rangers Kyle Devore Sacramento CC Calif.
27 836 Atlanta Braves Charlie Robertson Fresno State Calif.
27 838 Minnesota Twins Chris Mazza Menlo (Calif.) Calif.
27 840 Tampa Bay Rays Luke Irvine Northwestern State La.
28 843 Seattle Mariners Brett Shankin Wayne State (Mich.) Mich.
Brett Shankin blossomed as a senior at Wayne State and earned a shot at pro ball. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound righthander depends on his 88-92 mph sinker because his secondary pitches are fringy, but he throws strikes with his entire repertoire. He projects as a middle reliever.
28 844 Arizona Diamondbacks Mat Sample Rogers State (Okla.) Okla.
28 846 Kansas City Royals Jordan Ramsey North Davidson HS, Lexington, N.C. N.C.
Jordan Ramsey, Logan Jernigan and Jason Creasy have all shown upper-80s stuff in the past, but didn't take a step forward as hoped this spring. Jernigan and Creasy are both committed to North Carolina State, while Ramsey will pitch for UNC Wilmington
28 847 Washington Nationals Ken Ferrer Elon N.C.
Elon won the Southern Conference regular season but got bounced in two games in the tournament after losing a 20-inning contest in the first round. Righthanded arm strength was the team's strong suit with Ken Ferrer and Thomas Girdwood both sitting in the low 90s. Ferrer's fastball ranges from 90-94, but he lacks command thanks to a long arm stroke. His stuff can be electric and he has a strong frame at 6-foot-2, 230 pounds. His inconsistent command may relegate him to a relief role.
28 849 Chicago Cubs Chris Garrison Western Nevada CC Nev.
28 852 New York Mets Jharel Cotton Miami Dade JC Fla.
Cotton has a stabbing arm action that can be difficult to repeat, but at his best he touches 93 mph, sitting 88-91, and has a plus changeup.
28 853 Florida Marlins Brad Mincey East Carolina N.C.
28 855 Los Angeles Angels Daniel Vargas-Vila West Florida Fla.
28 856 Oakland Athletics Thomas Girdwood Elon N.C.
Girdwood generated strong interest as a junior when he was closing for the Phoenix and set the school's career saves record, but he stumbled down the stretch and slid to the Twins in the 15th round. He chose not to sign and lost the closer's job this season, moving into a starting role. Girdwood can sit in the low 90s and has touched 95 mph, with a sharp slider, but command is his bugaboo. He went 4-5, 3.39 this year with 45 strikeouts and 33 walks in 64 innings.

Girdwood signed for a $1,000 bonus on June 10, but the contract was later voided.
28 857 Detroit Tigers Guido Knudson UC San Diego Calif.
Knudson's delivery and arm action are best suited for a relief role. He has arm strength, with a 90-93 mph fastball and the makings of a decent slider.
28 862 Boston Red Sox Brenden Shepard Stonehill (Mass.) Mass.
28 867 San Francisco Giants Tyler Mizenko Winthrop S.C.
The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Mizenko was solid in the Cape Cod League last year, and had pitched well for Winthrop this spring after moving into a starting role. He had 20 saves his first two seasons and was 93-94 mph with his fastball in the Cape. As a starter, he pitched with an average fastball at best and mixed in both a curveball and slider to go with a changeup. He pounded the strike zone all season, but his delivery has too much effort for him to start in pro ball. His fastball has excellent life from a low three-quarters slot, even though it's thrown with a four-seam grip, and he has the makeup to fit as a middle reliever.
28 869 New York Yankees Josean Lazaro North Broward Prep, Coconut Creek, Fla. Fla.
28 871 Philadelphia Phillies Ian Durham California Lutheran Calif.
29 873 Seattle Mariners Keone Kela Chief Sealth HS, Seattle Wash.
29 876 Kansas City Royals Jake Junis Rock Falls (Ill.) HS Ill. $675,000
Righthander Jake Junis might go in the top 10 rounds if he were signable in that range, but it may take early-round money to lure him away from North Carolina State. The 6-foot-3, 195-pounder has more athleticism, feel and aptitude for spinning a breaking ball than Nick Burdi. Junis usually pitches at 88-91 mph, shows the potential for a plus curveball and has a developing changeup. He has the body and easy delivery to remain a starter. He could stand to rein in his cockiness. Junis also shows promising power potential as a third baseman and may play both ways for the Wolfpack. He's also a star basketball player who averaged 19 points and six rebounds a game as a senior.
29 878 Cleveland Indians Jared Ruxer Lawrence Central HS, Indianapolis Ind.
Jared Ruxer is a 6-foot-3, 185-pounder with a better body, delivery and makeup. Ruxer has good life on an 88-91 mph fastball that tops out at 93. He also has a hard curveball but doesn't command it as well as his heater. He could be tough to sign away from Louisville.
29 881 Milwaukee Brewers David Lucroy Umatila (Fla.) HS Fla.
29 883 Florida Marlins Matt Neil Brigham Young Utah
Righthander Matthew Neil also attracted attention for the Cougars. He has a big frame at 6-foot-6 and 225 pounds and ran his fastball up to 92 mph with a slider and occasional changeup. He's old for a senior after serving a two-year Mormon mission to New York. Neil has experience as a starter, but will likely get his chance as a reliever at the next level.
29 884 Los Angeles Dodgers Joe Robinson Nevada-Las Vegas Nev.
29 885 Los Angeles Angels Greg Larson Florida Fla.
29 886 Oakland Athletics Nate Eppley Rider N.J.
29 887 Detroit Tigers Montreal Robertson Coahoma (Miss.) CC Miss.
29 889 Toronto Blue Jays Taylor Cole Brigham Young Utah
Brigham Young righthander Taylor Cole was rated the No. 79 in the country heading into the 2007 draft, as a senior at Bishop Gorman High in Las Vegas. He slipped to the 26th round and headed to JC of Southern Nevada, where he fell even further to the 31st round in 2008. Cole then spent 2009 and 2010 on a Mormon mission in Toronto. He returned and pitched well this year, sitting in the 90-92 mph range early and touching 94. He mixed in a slider and changeup. He tired down the stretch, with his fastball dipping down to the mid-80s at times, which isn't shocking from a player who took two years off. While Cole is athletic, he doesn't have a workhorse frame at 6-foot-1 and 180 pounds. He could go off the board as high as the fifth round to a team that saw him good this year and remembers him touching 96 mph out of high school.
29 892 Boston Red Sox Matt Spalding St. Xavier HS, Louisville Ky. $275,000
Righthander Matt Spalding's fastball sits at 91-93 mph and peaks at 95, and he has held his velocity deep into games and throughout the spring. He has significant effort and a head whack in his delivery and there's not much projection in his 6-foot, 180-pound frame. His slider lacks consistent bite, and he faces a future as a reliever in pro ball. He's a good athlete who'll get the chance to be a two-way player if he attends Western Kentucky.
29 894 Texas Rangers Nick Sawyer Howard (Texas) JC Texas
Sawyer is just 5-foot-10 and 180 pounds, but he has a lightning-quick arm that produces 94-96 mph fastballs. He has committed to Oklahoma for his sophomore season.
29 895 Cincinnati Reds Dariel Delgado Miami (No school) Fla.
29 899 New York Yankees Scot Hoffman Desert Ridge HS, Mesa, Ariz. Ariz.
29 901 Philadelphia Phillies Paul Cusick Pennsylvania Pa.
30 902 Pittsburgh Pirates Matt Benedict Western Carolina N.C.
30 903 Seattle Mariners Jordan Pries Stanford Calif.
30 904 Arizona Diamondbacks Dexter Price South Carolina-Beaufort S.C.
30 906 Kansas City Royals Christian Binford Mercersburg (Pa.) Academy Pa. $575,000
Originally from Hagerstown, Md., Binford is a 6-foot-7 righthander who was committed to Virginia. He's already had Tommy John surgery when he was a sophomore in high school. He attended a private school in Pennsylvanio and didn't pitch much as a junior as he recovered, but was heavily recruited thanks to his big 6-foot-7, 225-pound frame. His fastball has touched 93 mph at its best and sits around 90, and he also throws a slider and a changeup. He went 9-2, 0.57 with 83 strikeouts and just seven walks as a prep senior in 61 innings
30 909 Chicago Cubs Arturo Maltos-Garcia Lamar (Colo.) CC Colo.
Righthander Arturo Maltos-Garcia was sailing along this season, going 11-1, 2.11 with 139 strikeouts (and 64 walks) over 94 innings. His fastball sits in the 90-92 mph range and he has the best curveball in the Four Corners, a true 12-to-6 hammer. But he walked off the mound in the juco playoffs with an arm injury, which probably squashed his draft chances. He'll likely head to New Mexico next season.
30 916 Oakland Athletics Nathan Kilcrease Alabama Ala.
After Adam Morgan, Alabama may not have another player picked in the first 10 rounds. The Crimson Tide scrapped its way to a regional berth nonetheless behind 5-foot-6 righthander Nathan Kilcrease, who spins a good breaking ball.
30 917 Detroit Tigers Greg Milhorn Arkansas HS, Texarkana, Ark. Ark.
30 918 Colorado Rockies John Curtiss Carroll HS, Southlake, Texas Texas
Best known as a football power that has produced a half-dozen NFL players, Carroll High also has had four pitchers drafted in the previous four years. Curtiss will likely be the fifth in five drafts, though scouts think he's headed to college, as are most of the top high school pitchers in the Lone Star State this year. A top student who has committed to Texas, Curtiss is a projectable 6-foot-4, 190-pounder with a quick arm. He works from 89-93 mph and touches 95 with his fastball, which features good sink. He also flashes a plus slider and an effective changeup. Scouts praise his intelligence and competitiveness. The only real knock against Curtiss is that he throws across his body, but his motion adds deception without compromising his ability to throw strikes. If he becomes a Longhorn as expected, he could blossom into a first-rounder in 2014.
30 920 St. Louis Cardinals David Bergin Tennessee Wesleyan Tenn.
30 924 Texas Rangers Phil Klein Youngstown State Ohio
30 927 San Francisco Giants David Fischer Connecticut Conn.
David Fischer came out firing this season, working at 90-92 mph and touching 93 with his fastball on UConn's spring trip to Florida, which had some scouts projecting him into the first 10 rounds. Since then, his velocity leveled off and he has been inconsistent, making scouts think of him as more of a senior sign. His fastball has good tilt and sink, while his changeup is average.
30 928 Minnesota Twins Will Clinard Vanderbilt Tenn.
30 929 New York Yankees John Brebbia Elon N.C.
Righthander John Brebbia doesn't have the same velocity, sitting in the high 80s and touching 92 mph, with a poor arm action. He was Elon's most effective pitcher this season, though, going 7-1, 1.76 in 27 appearances covering 41 innings. He struck out 35 while walking only eight and allowing 24 hits.
30 930 Tampa Bay Rays Chris Burgess Black Hawk (Ill.) JC Ill.
Righthander Chris Burgess didn't get a ton of exposure at Black Hawk, an NJCAA Division II program, so the team that drafts him will probably monitor him this summer with the Northwoods League's Madison Mallards. A 6-foot-2, 201-pounder, Burgess pitches at 88-89 mph, touches 92 and flashes an average slider. He's a third-year sophomore who redshirted at Central Michigan in 2009.
31 935 Baltimore Orioles John Costa Summit Christian HS, West Palm Beach, Fla. Fla.
31 941 Milwaukee Brewers Sean Albury Nova Southeastern (Fla.) Fla.
Sean Albury, a smallish righthander originally from the Bahamas, has a fastball that ranges from 90-93 mph, and that should get him drafted.
31 947 Detroit Tigers Brian Stroud Western Michigan Mich.
31 950 St. Louis Cardinals Kevin Jacob Georgia Tech Ga.
Georgia Tech has its own once-touted prospect who has faltered in Kevin Jacob, a righthander who was the No. 1 prospect in the Alaska League in 2009, when he was hitting 97-99 mph. Jacob always had unusual pitching mechanics, with an over-the-top delivery, and he broke down last season, missing much of the year with a shoulder injury. He avoided surgery, but hasnt found that elite velocity since then. He had a good outing against Georgia in late April when he threw 91-93 mph and didn't walk a batter; scouts who saw him then may bite on the senior, who didn't sign as an 18th-round pick of the Yankees last season.
31 955 Cincinnati Reds Erik Miller Texas Christian Texas $100,000
31 958 Minnesota Twins Garrett Jewell Southern New Hampshire N.H.
31 960 Tampa Bay Rays Isaac Gil Advanced Software Analysis (N.Y.) JC N.Y.
32 962 Pittsburgh Pirates David Jagoditsh Pima (Ariz.) CC Ariz.
32 964 Arizona Diamondbacks Alex Vetter Feather River (Calif.) JC Calif.
Righthander Alex Vetter has a 6-foot-7, 225-pound frame with a heavy fastball in the 87-91 mph range. He is still growing into his body and developing his secondary stuff.
32 965 Baltimore Orioles Ryan Meyer Oviedo (Fla.) HS Fla.
32 966 Kansas City Royals Nick Piscotty Amador Valley HS, Pleasanton, Calif. Calif.
32 968 Cleveland Indians Cole Pitts Colquitt County HS, Moultrie, Ga. Ga.
Georgia Tech recruit Cole Pitts is a projectable signee. At 6-foot-6, 210 pounds, he has upper-80s velocity and has touched 91-92 mph, and he throws strikes with his fastball and decent changeup. Unlike Josh Heddinger, he lacks a feel for spinning the ball. His control could make him the most likely of the trio to contribute for Georgia Tech in 2012 if they make it to campus.
32 969 Chicago Cubs Pete Levitt Mount Olive (N.C.) N.C.
32 970 Houston Astros Zach Dando Central Arizona JC Ariz.
Dando is raw and surprised scouts late in the year by touching 93 mph with his fastball. He shows potential with his slider as well, and is committed to Southern California.
32 975 Los Angeles Angels John Leonard Boston College Mass.
With Mike Dennhardt sidelined, John Leonard has been Boston College's most reliable starter, going 4-7, 5.38 with 38 strikeouts in 75 innings through 13 starts. A pitchability righthander, Leonard works at 86-90 mph and moves his fastball around the zone. He has a slurvy curveball, a fringy slider and a show-me changeup. Leonard had weakness in his shoulder at the start of his junior season, but an MRI showed no structural damage and he hasn't had any problems since. Leonard was drafted by the Giants in the 36th round last year, and he figures to be a solid senior sign.
32 976 Oakland Athletics Drew Granier Louisiana-Monroe La.
Louisiana-Monroe righthander Drew Granier has more power in a similar physical package. At 6 feet, 179 pounds, he has a loose, whippy arm and has long had movement on his stuff. He gets swings and misses on his fastball and had 86 strikeouts in 86 innings as he pushed his fastball up to 94 mph. Granier's movement sometimes gets him in trouble, as his command lags behind--he walked 39 and hit 10 more batters, helping lead to a 4-5, 4.60 mark.
32 983 San Diego Padres Kyle Brule Oklahoma Baptist Okla.
32 985 Cincinnati Reds Mike Dennhardt Boston College Mass.
Boston College righthander Mike Dennhardt was considered the region's premier college pitcher before he also had Tommy John surgery early in the season. The 6-foot-1, 200-pounder spent time in the Eagles rotation as a freshman in 2008, pitching for the first BC team to make regionals since 1967, and he had success in the Cape Cod League last summer. When healthy, Dennhardt sat at 92-94 mph with good plane on his fastball. He had an above-average curveball and a fringy changeup. Dennhardt, a 17th-round pick out of high school, could have been taken in the top five rounds this year, but now he'll likely return to Chestnut Hill.
32 986 Atlanta Braves Matt Kimbrel Shelton State (Ala.) CC Ala.
32 989 New York Yankees Garrett Nuss Mount Dora HS, Sorrento, Fla. Fla.
32 990 Tampa Bay Rays Ryan Turner Tarleton State (Texas) Texas
Righthander Ryan Turner already has been drafted three times, twice by the Rays--in the 22nd round out of high school in 2007 and in the 30th round out of Midland (Texas) JC in 2008--and by the Braves in the 49th round out of McLennan (Texas) CC last year. He missed all of 2009 recovering from rotator-cuff surgery, but is back to throwing 88-92 mph with his fastball and complementing it with a good slider. He uses his 6-foot-5, 195-pound frame to throw the ball downhill. He's the grandson of Gerald Turner, who scouts for the Braves and is one of the winningest coaches in Texas high school baseball history.
32 991 Philadelphia Phillies Greg Herbst St. Mary's (Texas) Texas
33 995 Baltimore Orioles Sander Beck Maryland Md.
33 998 Cleveland Indians Jack Wagoner Florida Gulf Coast Fla.
33 1002 New York Mets Tyson Seng Oklahoma Okla.
33 1003 Florida Marlins James Nygren Oregon State Ore.
Oregon State also has a senior sign in righthander James Nygren, who was decidedly mediocre in his first three years with the Beavers but was having a solid season at 8-3, 3.18. Nygren can run his fastball up to 94 mph, but he's most effective when he's 88-91 and goes with movement over pure velocity. He attacks the bottom half of the strike zone and produces a lot of ground balls. He throws three pitches for strikes, including a slider that pairs nicely with his sinking fastball and a changeup. He smoothed out his delivery some and worked hard this season to improve his tempo and get into a better rhythm on the mound.
33 1007 Detroit Tigers Dan Kickham Missouri State Mo.
If Mike Kickham hadn't signed with the Giants for $410,000 as a sixth-rounder last summer, he would have teamed with his twin brother at Missouri State this spring. A 6-foot-4, 205-pound righthander, Dan Kickham is a mirror image of his brother, who's a similarly sized lefty. Dan saved 13 games to help Crowder (Mo.) CC reach the 2010 Junior College World Series, then turned down the Rockeis as a 37th-round pick and matched that total in his first season with the Bears. His best pitch is a low-80s slider that he sets up with an 88-91 mph fastball. He has toned down his delivery compared to a year ago, but there's still some effort and recoil.
33 1009 Toronto Blue Jays Kramer Champlin Arizona State Ariz.
33 1010 St. Louis Cardinals Heath Wyatt Southeastern Oklahoma State Okla.
33 1013 San Diego Padres James Jones Louisiana-Monroe La.
33 1020 Tampa Bay Rays Dan Bream Southern Arkansas Ark.
34 1026 Kansas City Royals Ali Williams Charleston Southern S.C.
34 1027 Washington Nationals Calvin Drummond San Diego Calif.
Drummond, a 6-foot-3, 212-pound redshirt sophomore, was a 34th-round pick out Huntington Beach High in 2008, and he started college at Arizona State before transferring to Orange Coast CC for the 2009 season. He sat out 2010 after transferring to USD, then led Toreros starters with a 3.29 ERA this spring. He came out of the chute strong, impressing scouts with a 91-94 mph fastball, a good 85-87 cutter, and a serviceable curveball and change. He settled into the 87-91 mph range as the spring progressed, and his feel for pitching was spotty. His delivery has funk and effort, and he could benefit from more seasoning in college, though a team could make a run at him inside the top 10 rounds.
34 1028 Cleveland Indians Tyler Maloof Georgia Ga.
34 1030 Houston Astros Dustin Kellogg Caney Creek HS, Conroe, Texas Texas
34 1032 New York Mets Seth Lugo Centenary N.J.
34 1034 Los Angeles Dodgers Rob Chamra North Carolina State N.C.
34 1038 Colorado Rockies Chris Dennis Portland Ore.
34 1041 Chicago White Sox Dakota Freese Washington HS, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Iowa
34 1043 San Diego Padres Dennis O'Grady Duke N.C.
34 1044 Texas Rangers Taylor Dennis Southern Indiana Ind.
Righthander Taylor Dennis was named MVP of the NCAA Division II College World Series in 2010 after winning two starts to lead Southern Indiana to its first-ever national title. Wiry and athletic at 6-foot-1 and 170 pounds, he has a quick arm that delivers hard sinkers up to 94 mph. His slider is a fringy second pitch.
34 1049 New York Yankees Skylar Janisse St. Thomas of Villanova SS, LaSalle, Ont. Ontario
Skylar Janisse is a 6-foot-5, 206-pound righthander who played in the Under Armour All-American game last summer. His fastball is in the mid- to high 80s right now, but his arm works well and he's a great competitor on the mound. Janisse shows good feel for a changeup and his breaking ball is inconsistent. If Janisse doesn't sign, he is committed to Oakland.
34 1050 Tampa Bay Rays Zach Butler McNeese State La.
35 1054 Arizona Diamondbacks Ross Gerdeman Bowling Green State Ohio
Though righthanders Nick Johnson and Ross Gerdeman hit 94 mph with their fastballs this spring, neither has had consistent success in college. Gerdeman is more physical (6-foot-3, 205 pounds) and has better command.
35 1055 Baltimore Orioles Lindsey Caughel Stetson Fla.
Righthander Lindsey Caughel had come back from an ankle injury that caused him to miss four starts, and he was back on the mound for the postseason. Caughel's 88-91 mph fastball and curveball earn average grades when he's at his best, and he has a pro body at 6-foot-3, 195 pounds.
35 1057 Washington Nationals Alex Kreis Jamestown (N.D.) N.D.
35 1058 Cleveland Indians Mason Radeke Cal Poly Calif.
Righthander Mason Radeke pitched well in the Mustangs rotation this season. He's a great competitor with a four-pitch mix: a fastball in the 87-91 mph range, a curveball, cutter and changeup.
35 1059 Chicago Cubs Ian Dickson Lafayette (Pa.) Pa. $100,000
35 1060 Houston Astros Chris Morales Clear Creek HS, League City, Texas Texas
35 1062 New York Mets Chase Bradford Central Florida Fla.
35 1063 Florida Marlins Johnny Omahen Cal State San Marcos Calif.
35 1066 Oakland Athletics Max Perlman Harvard Mass.
35 1067 Detroit Tigers Eric Heckaman Western Michigan Mich.
35 1069 Toronto Blue Jays Jerrick Suiter Valparaiso (Ind.) HS Ind.
Righthander Jerrick Suiter's athletic prowess drew interest from college programs in multiple sports. Indiana offered him a baseball scholarship and the chance to walk on its basketball team, but he opted to sign with Texas Christian, where he'll try to make the football team as a walk-on wide receiver. The Horned Frogs may give him a chance to contribute on the diamond as a two-way player, but they and pro teams value his 6-foot-4, 215-pound frame on the mound. His speed and delivery haven't been as good as they were last summer, when he showed a 90-94 mph fastball and feel for three pitches. He has pitched more at 86-89 mph this spring, and his breaking ball and changeup (which has splitter action) haven't been as sharp. Scouts don't think pro teams can sign Suiter away from TCU, where he could blossom into a first-round pick for 2014.
35 1070 St. Louis Cardinals Drew Madrigal California Baptist Calif.
35 1071 Chicago White Sox Joe Dvorsky Texas State Texas
35 1074 Texas Rangers Cy Sneed Twin Falls (Idaho) HS Idaho
High school righthander Cy Sneed has a tall, slender frame and has been mostly in the 86-89 mph range this spring. He just doesn't have a lot of strength yet, so he'll likely wind up at Dallas Baptist. A team that likes his arm speed and projection, however, might try to bring him in now. His older brother Zeb has been up to 95 mph this year as a sophomore at Northwest Nazarene in Idaho and should be a draft prospect next year.
35 1079 New York Yankees Chris McCue Ardrey Kell HS, Charlotte N.C.
Chris McCue doesn't fit the mold of projectable righthander, but he still has intriguing stuff. He's just 6-foot-1, 165 pounds, so scouts wonder if his stuff will hold up over the course of a season. He sits 90-92 mph with his fastball and works in a changeup with straight sink and a sharp curveball. He's another North Carolina commitment.
35 1080 Tampa Bay Rays Johnny Magliozzi Dexter HS, Brookline, Mass. Mass.
Magliozzi is a 5-foot-9 righty who sits in the low 90s and can rev his fastball up to 95 thanks to great arm speed. Magliozzi comes from an athletic family of hockey players, and scouts loud his competitive attitude on the mound, saying he pitches like a bulldog. Magliozzi drops his arm angle on his secondary stuff to help create plane on his pitches. His changeup shows good fading action and he can spin a curveball, and both might be average offerings. Magliozzi repeated his sophomore year of high school and will be a draft-eligible freshman if he attends Florida. Because of his size and stuff, Magliozzi profiles as a back-end reliever, but he'll consistently have to command the ball and prove doubters wrong throughout his career.
36 1083 Seattle Mariners Bo Reeder East Tennessee State Tenn.
Bo Reeder is a squat two-way player who is listed at 6 feet, 195 pounds. As a closer, his fastball sits in the 90-92 range, touching 95, and he attacks hitters but might fit better as a hitter. He played third base for the Buccaneers and could play behind the plate or at second base if he's athletic enough to stay there. He's unrefined as a hitter but has good bat speed and surprising pop.
36 1085 Baltimore Orioles Jeffrey Zona Hanover HS, Mechanicsville, Va. Va.
36 1086 Kansas City Royals Christian Witt Truman State (Mo.) Mo.
36 1091 Milwaukee Brewers Mitchell Conner Elon N.C.
Mitch Conner has a plus fastball and will flash a good breaking ball, but he has a hard time maintaining velocity so he is best suited for a couple of innings out of the bullpen. He has a good frame at 6-foot-3, 210 pounds.
36 1097 Detroit Tigers Jake Sabol Central Michigan Mich.
36 1099 Toronto Blue Jays Arik Sikula Marshall W.Va.
36 1101 Chicago White Sox Cody Winiarski Virginia Va.
Cody Winiarski works with a fastball in the upper 80s and solid secondary stuff.
36 1102 Boston Red Sox Jace Herrera Wekiva HS, Apopka, Fla. Fla.
36 1105 Cincinnati Reds Randall Yard Hawaii Hawaii
36 1106 Atlanta Braves Gardner Adams Asbury (Ky.) Ky.
36 1107 San Francisco Giants Austin Lubinsky Minnesota Minn.
Fellow Minnesota righthander Austin Lubinsky's stuff is similar to that of Oakes, though he comes in a smaller package at 6-foot-1 and 195 pounds. Lubinsky is athletic and has solid mechanics, which allow him to fill the strike zone. He has an 88-92 mph fastball that can get straight at times, as well as a decent low-80s slider and an effective changeup.
36 1109 New York Yankees Ryan Thompson Franklin Pierce (N.H.) N.H.
The first Franklin Pierce Raven off the board should be redshirt sophomore righthander Ryan Thompson, who played at UConn for two years before transferring to Franklin Pierce last fall. Thompson, who is originally from Canada and learned how to play baseball in the Bahamas, hadn't pitched much before this season, but he went 11-1, 1.23 with 114 strikeouts in 95 innings through 13 starts in the wood-bat Northeast-10 Conference. Thompson's fastball sits at 88-92 mph with occasional sink, though scouts want to see him work off it more often, and he throws an average slider and a developing changeup. He holds velocity deep into games, which should give him a chance to start at the next level, but he profiles better as a sinker/slider reliever. Thompson could get taken in the top eight rounds, but he's more likely to go somewhere between rounds 10 and 15.
36 1110 Tampa Bay Rays Dave Kubiak Albany N.Y.
Kubiak has a massive, durable 6-foot-6, 225-pound frame, but he throws across his body and doesn't repeat his delivery, and the ball doesn't come out of his hand well. Kubiak has a decent changeup and not much of a breaking ball. He'll be a later pick as a senior sign.
36 1111 Philadelphia Phillies Brendon Hayden Wilmot (Wis.) Union HS Wis.
Wisconsin's best high school prospect is Brendon Hayden, but he's mostly projection at this point and seems destined to attend Virginia Tech. Scouts are mixed over whether the 6-foot-5, 215-pounder has a brighter future as a righthander or as a third baseman. The majority prefer him on the mound, where he touches 90 mph with his fastball and usually sits at 85-88. His curveball lacks power as well. He has the body to create leverage for power, but he needs to get stronger.
37 1113 Seattle Mariners Jeremy Null Bunker Hill HS, Claremont, N.C. N.C.
Jeremy Null is 6-foot-8, 215 pounds and pitches with an upper-80s fastball, touching 90-91 mph. His delivery is well controlled for his age and size. His offspeed stuff leaves a lot to be desired for now, but he obviously offers plenty of projection. Null is headed to Western Carolina.
37 1117 Washington Nationals Derrick Bleeker Howard (Texas) JC Texas
Bleeker got only 15 at-bats and didn't pitch as a freshman in Arkansas in 2010, then opened eyes by touching 97 mph during fall practice at Howard. He prefers hitting and playing the outfield to pitching, however, and was hard to see this spring because he worked just 13 innings, when his fastball sat at 92-93 mph. The 6-foot-5, 220 pounder throws strikes and flashes a hard slider, but he doesn't miss many bats because he doesn't get much angle on his pitches. Scouts question his competitive fire and think he'll attend North Carolina rather than turn pro.
37 1118 Cleveland Indians Taylor Starr Oregon State Ore.
37 1119 Chicago Cubs Steven Maxwell Texas Christian Texas
Texas Christian's entire weekend rotation will get drafted, with righthander Steven Maxwell following Matt Purke and Kyle Winkler. A fifth-year senior who turned down the Twins as a 12th-round pick after winning Mountain West Conference pitcher of the year honors in 2010, Maxwell succeeds by throwing strikes with a 90-91 mph sinker that maxes out at 93, and a solid slider. The 6-foot-1, 192-pounder had Tommy John surgery and missed a month this spring with biceps soreness.
37 1120 Houston Astros Steve Martin Texas A&M Texas
37 1121 Milwaukee Brewers Casey Medlen North Florida Fla.
37 1122 New York Mets Craig Missigman Olympic HS, Charlotte N.C.
37 1123 Florida Marlins Jake Ehret San Dimas (Calif.) HS Calif.
Righthander Jacob Ehret is still fairly new to pitching but shows feel for an 87-88 mph fastball that touches 89-90 and a curveball. He has a good 6-foot-3, 205-pound frame and could blossom under UCLA coach John Savage's tutelage.
37 1125 Los Angeles Angels Brandon Efferson Southeastern Louisiana La.
Southeastern Louisiana's Brandon Efferson, a 6-foot, 180-pound righthander, is one of the state's several solid senior signs. The Mets picked Efferson in the 17th round out of high school, and he resembles North Carolina's Patrick Johnson as a stock righty in terms of size whose stuff never got much better in college. His velocity had backed up previously, but bounced back this year to the 88-89 mph range, at times peaking at 90-92. He has added a cutter to mix things up and throws a true curveball with good shape and a short, sharp break.
37 1127 Detroit Tigers Nick Avila Nova Southeastern (Fla.) Fla.
37 1129 Toronto Blue Jays Les Williams Northeastern Mass.
37 1130 St. Louis Cardinals Brad Watson Wartburg (Iowa) Iowa
37 1136 Atlanta Braves Ryne Harper Austin Peay State Tenn.
37 1139 New York Yankees Ryan Harris Jupiter (Fla.) HS Fla.
Righthander Ryan Harris is part of another strong Florida recruiting class and had a dominant spring, but scouts slotted him behind area rivals Michael Kelly and Kyle Smith. Harris' fastball can reach 90-91 mph, and he has good athleticism. At 6-foot-1, 185 pounds, he doesn't have a current plus pitch.
37 1140 Tampa Bay Rays Tanner Poppe Kansas Kan.
Baseball was righthander Tanner Poppe's third-best sport at Girard HS, where he was recruited by college football programs as a tight end and led the basketball team to consecutive Kansas 4-A runner-up finishes. He's still more of an intriguing athlete than a polished pitcher. The 6-foot-4, 235-pounder has a low-90s sinker and flashes an average slider, but he lacks control and command and thus doesn't miss as many bats as he should. He's a draft-eligible sophomore, and his added leverage and his inconsistency could cause him to slide in the draft.
37 1141 Philadelphia Phillies Mike Nastold Louisville Ky.
Righthander Mike Nastold intrigued scouts early in the season when he showed a heavy 90-92 mph fastball that reached 94 and backed it up with a hard curveball. In his first year back after having Tommy John surgery in May 2009, he couldn't maintain that stuff and lacked fastball command and consistent feel for his curve. He has a strong 6-foot-3, 220-pound frame, but he has a long arm action and a stiff delivery. Another Louisville redshirt sophomore, he's considered more signable than his teammate Justin Amlung.
38 1143 Seattle Mariners Alex Sunderland Claremont McKenna (Calif.) Calif.
38 1146 Kansas City Royals Andrew Durden Nova Southeastern (Fla.) Fla.
Nova Southeastern has a late sleeper in outfielder Andrew Durden, whom scouts know well from stints at Florida State (last year) and Indian River JC. At 5-foot-11, 211 pounds, Durden was a two-way player in juco and just pitched at Florida State, then came to Division II Nova to hit. He has tools, with present strength and solid power as he smashed 16 home runs and slugged .721. His inexperience as a full-time hitter showed, with 57 strikeouts in 197 at-bats. Durden has excellent bat speed, an above-average arm and above-average speed, and he switch-hits. The intriguing raw package should get him drafted in the first dozen rounds.
38 1149 Chicago Cubs Casey Lucchese College of Charleston S.C.
College of Charleston's Casey Lucchese profiles as a reliever and should be a decent senior sign. Lucchese uses a sinker/slider combination, both of which grade as average, as his fastball reaches 92 mph consistently. He's had control issues over the course of his career but had a better senior season, emerging as the Cougars' closer.

Lucchese signed for a $1,000 bonus on June 14, but the contract was later voided.
38 1150 Houston Astros Brad Propst Oklahoma State Okla.
38 1151 Milwaukee Brewers Chad Pierce Wisconsin-Milwaukee Wis.
38 1152 New York Mets Dustin Emmons UC Riverside Calif.
38 1153 Florida Marlins Joe Ceja Marquette HS, Ottawa, Ill. Ill.
Two of Illinois' top prep pitchers, Marquette Academy (Ottawa) righthander Joe Ceja and Breese Central HS lefty Bryant Holtmann, went down with elbow problems. A Louisville recruit, Ceja touched 93 mph last summer before having a bone spur removed in January.
38 1155 Los Angeles Angels Frank DeJiulio Tampa Fla.
38 1161 Chicago White Sox Keegan Linza Liberty Va.
38 1162 Boston Red Sox Tyler Poole Hickory (N.C.) HS N.C.
38 1163 San Diego Padres Pat Connaughton St. John's Prep, Danvers, Mass. Mass.
Connaughton starred as a basketball player during his career at St. John's Prep, averaging nearly 22 points, 17 rebounds and eight assists per game, but he might have a brighter future in baseball. At 6-foot-5 and 190 pounds, it isn't surprising Connaughton had success on the hardwood, but those same dimensions make him projectable on the mound, as he's physical and athletic. He has committed to Notre Dame, where he would play both sports, similar to Yankees' 2007 first-round pick Andrew Brackman, who played basketball for two years at North Carolina State. If Connaughton concentrates on baseball, his potential is significant. He shows easy velocity, sitting anywhere from 87-94 mph with his fastball that has good run and sink. He throws both a curveball and a slider, the latter showing more promise, along with a changeup that flashes plus. His secondary stuff and command need refinement because he hasn't fully dedicated himself to baseball and hasn't pitched many innings. Connaughton's arm action is deep in the back, but he has good hand speed and the ball comes out well in front on release. Connaughton is regarded as a difficult sign, but he is a top-six rounds talent with a chance to land a big bonus.
38 1164 Texas Rangers Tucker Donahue Stetson Fla.
Reliever Tucker Donahue, who also had made eight starts, ranked second at Stetson in innings and was the Hatters' moment-of-truth reliever. He has excellent life on his sinking fastball, which sits 91-92 and touches 94 mph. His slider is fringy and his changeup is below-average, and for the most part he pitches off his sinker.
38 1166 Atlanta Braves Nate Williams Valley Center (Kan.) HS Kan.
38 1168 Minnesota Twins Alex Keudell Oregon Ore.
38 1169 New York Yankees Joey Maher Bedford (N.H) HS N.H. $300,000
Righthander Joey Maher has a similar frame but isn't quite as physical as Jordan Cote. Maher, 6-foot-5 and 185 pounds, offers an interesting projection package too, though his velocity hasn't taken a jump in the last few years. His fastball ranges from the mid- to upper 80s with good sink, and he reminds one talent evaluator of Derek Lowe. Maher's secondary stuff is developing. He figures to be a late-round selection and summer follow before a team decides whether to buy him out of his Northeastern commitment.
39 1179 Chicago Cubs Ricky Jacquez Franklin HS, El Paso Texas
Inch for inch, Jacquez is the hardest thrower in the 2011 draft. Though he's just 5-foot-9 and 160 pounds, Jacquez is a gifted athlete with a quick arm capable of producing 92-94 mph fastballs and touching 97. He also has a hammer curveball, and the combination allowed him to post a 20-strikeout game in March. A dual citizen who grew up playing Little League baseball in Mexico, Jacquez also has proven himself against better competition with Team USA. He was part of the 16-and-under team that took the gold medal at the 2009 World Youth Championship, winning two starts as a pitcher and also playing regularly at first base. There's effort in his delivery, but it's not excessive. He could stand to add life to his fastball and pitch down in the strike zone more often. As intriguing as Jacquez's arm is, he may be difficult to sign away from his commitment to Texas. The Longhorns recruited him primarily as a pitcher but also could give him some playing time in the middle infield.
39 1180 Houston Astros David Haerle JC of the Canyons (Calif.) Calif.
39 1183 Florida Marlins Travis Huber JC of Southern Idaho Idaho
Huber was a 47th-round draft pick by the Marlins last year, when he was sitting 91-93 mph out of the bullpen. He moved into the rotation this year and was down to 88-90, but he can spin a tight curveball and has a hard slider he uses as an out pitch. He'll likely return to the bullpen as a pro. If he doesn't sign, he is committed to Nebraska.
39 1184 Los Angeles Dodgers Jordan Kipper Mountain Pointe HS, Phoenix Ariz.
39 1187 Detroit Tigers Cole Brocker Sacramento CC Calif.
Sac City doesn't get many players from Wisconsin, but that's where righander Cole Brocker grew up. He pitched through arm soreness this year, and when he's at his best he has a 91-94 mph fastball and a slider that gets a lot of swings and misses. He fits in the 10th-15th round on talent, but has been adamant about going to a four-year school in the fall, so he'll likely end up at Oregon State.
39 1188 Colorado Rockies Chase Williams Broken Arrow (Okla.) HS Okla.
39 1189 Toronto Blue Jays Chris Cox Canisus N.Y.
39 1192 Boston Red Sox Corey Vogt Keene State (N.H.) N.H.
39 1193 San Diego Padres Josh Pond Cal State San Bernardino Calif.
39 1195 Cincinnati Reds Justin Amlung Louisville Ky.
Righthander Justin Amlung originally attended Louisville on an academic scholarship and didn't get an opportunity to make the team as a walk-on until the Cardinals lost prized recruit Jake Odorizzi as a 2008 sandwich pick to the Brewers. After redshirting in 2009, Amlung blossomed into Louisville's top starter. He's not physical at 6 feet and 174 pounds, and he doesn't have overwhelming stuff, yet he gets outs and misses bats. A catcher in high school, he succeeds by commanding an 89-91 mph sinker that touches 93, as well as a short slider. His signability as a draft-eligible sophomore remains to be seen.
39 1198 Minnesota Twins Rocky McCord Spanish Fort (Ala.) HS Ala.
Righthander Rocky McCord emerged as the second-best pitcher in the state behind Clay Holmes, after Chris Ellis was injured this spring. McCord could be headed to college and could jump right into Auburn's weekend rotation. He's a winner, pitching atop Spanish Fort High's rotation the last two seasons and leading the team to back-to-back 5-A state championships, earning 10 wins this spring. His wiry build and quick arm produce a fastball with average velocity and above-average life, especially down in the zone. His changeup has similar life and has above-average potential. His slider was below-average early, then showed improvement, enough for scouts to see him as a three-pitch guy. None of his pitches is above-average, though, and some scouts aren't sure he'll have the durability to start long-term. He has deep ties to Auburn and will be a tough sign.
39 1201 Philadelphia Phillies Tim Ponto Roberts HS, Pottstown, Pa. Pa.
40 1203 Seattle Mariners Trevor Miller San Joaquin Delta (Calif.) JC Calif.
40 1204 Arizona Diamondbacks Seth Simmons East Carolina N.C.
40 1209 Chicago Cubs Patrick Francescon Trevecca Nazarene (Tenn.) Tenn.
40 1210 Houston Astros Buddy Lamothe San Jacinto (Texas) JC Texas
Righthander Buddy Lamothe, a Franklin Pierce (N.H.) transfer, was attracting attention at San Jacinto when he touched 93 mph and spun hard breaking balls. But he sustained serious neck and spinal cord injuries in a May 1 diving accident, and he has been hospitalized since.
40 1215 Los Angeles Angels Joe Church Marshall W.Va.
40 1221 Chicago White Sox Jake Reed Helix Charter HS, La Mesa, Calif. Calif.
Also a high school quarterback, Reed earns raves for his athleticism and makeup. He has outstanding feel for pitching and a promising three-pitch mix. He spots his fastball well and it ranges from 88-92 mph, peaking at 93. His breaking ball and changeup both flash average, and he can throw both pitches for strikes. He gets caught in between breaking balls; sometimes it looks more like a slider with good depth, and other times more like a curveball. His changeup has late sink when it's on, but he needs to become more consistent with it. Reed's arm action is a little funky and short, but he could add velocity as he fills out his 6-foot-2, 175-pound frame. He's committed to Oregon, but as one of the top two prep righthanders in Southern California, he could be drafted in the top three to five rounds.
40 1224 Texas Rangers Josh Peterson Unaka HS, Elizabethton, Tenn. Tenn.
40 1227 San Francisco Giants Alan Garcia Eastern Arizona JC Ariz.
Eastern Arizona righthander Alan Garcia, a native of Hermosillo, Mexico, has a 6-foot-4, 210-pound frame and drew scouts by touching 95 mph with his fastball early in the season. He was inconsistent and mostly pitched in the 87-91 mph range, however, and had an appendectomy that also slowed him down. A team may give him a shot later in the draft, hoping that the 95 mph fastball returns. If he doesn't sign, he will pitch for Azusa Pacific next year.
40 1228 Minnesota Twins Kyle Barraclough St. Mary's Calif.
St. Mary's righthander Kyle Barraclough has a strapping, 6-foot-3, 200-pound frame with a barrel chest. He has shown good arm strength, touching 94 mph as late as the eighth inning of games. His secondary stuff comes and goes, and he shows a nasty slider on occasion. If he doesn't improve the consistency of those offerings, he may wind up in the bullpen, where he could add velocity in shorter stints.
40 1230 Tampa Bay Rays Joe Perricone Hersey HS, Arlington Heights, Ill. Ill.
Scouts regarded Joe Perricone as more of an outfield prospect with some bat potential and athleticism until he touched 93 mph with his fastball last summer. Now the 6-foot-2, 180-pounder's future is on the mound. A righthander, he has pitched at 88-92 mph with his fastball and at 76-79 mph with his breaking ball, though the latter is slurvy. While his delivery is clean, he gets offline away from the plate and loses his command. He's a Coastal Carolina recruit.
41 1233 Seattle Mariners Bobby Shore Oklahoma Okla.
41 1234 Arizona Diamondbacks Michael Cederoth Steele Canyon HS, Spring Valley, Calif. Calif.
Cederoth showed intriguing arm strength at the Area Code Games tryouts last summer before walking off the mound with a shoulder injury. He showed an 88-91 mph fastball and a slow curve in the MLB Urban Youth Invitational in February, and his velocity jumped during the spring. At his best, he pitches in the 94-96 mph range, though he normally sits between 90-94. Tall, skinny and projectable at 6-foot-5, 185 pounds, Cederoth has significant upside. Scouts aren't sure he's mature enough to start his pro career or if he'd be better off developing at San Diego State. He remains raw, with an unrefined delivery full of moving parts and a violent arm action. He struggles to repeat his arm angle and tends to sling the ball. At times he flashes an average curveball with short break, and on his best days he even unleashed a power slider or a cutter at 86-88, seemingly out of nowhere. Cederoth comes with plenty of risk, but a club could take a chance on his power arm inside the top five rounds.
41 1239 Chicago Cubs Austin Urban Des Moines Area CC Iowa $100,000
One of the top high school prospects in Pennsylvania last year, Austin Urban turned down the Orioles as a 27th-round pick. Originally committed to Penn State, he opted to attend Des Moines Area CC so he could be eligible for the 2011 draft. After a terrible start this spring, he came on down the stretch and struck out 13 against Williston State (N.D.) in a district tournament championship game win that put the Bears in the Division II Junior College World Series. A 6-foot-2, 180-pound righthander, Urban has a 90-92 mph fastball that touches 94. He also an 83-85 mph slider and the makings of a changeup. Scouts don't love his one-piece arm action, however, and he needs to repeat his delivery better in order to improve his command.
41 1243 Florida Marlins Matt Anderson Chaffey (Calif.) JC Calif.
41 1245 Los Angeles Angels Brandon McNelis Northeastern Mass.
41 1248 Colorado Rockies Taylor Martin Lexington (Ky.) Catholic HS Ky.
41 1251 Chicago White Sox Chandler Shepherd Lawrence County HS, Louisa, Ky. Ky.
Chandler Shepherd set a state record by throwing 46 consecutive scoreless innings as a sophomore in 2009, then had Tommy John surgery that July and missed the 2010 season. He returned this spring and emerged as the best high school prospect in the state. An athletic 6-foot-2, 190-pound righthander, he has the makings of a solid three-pitch mix with an 87-91 mph fastball that touches 93, a hard curveball and good feel for a changeup. A Kentucky recruit, he may be difficult to sign.
41 1255 Cincinnati Reds Carson Baranik Parkway HS, Bossier City, La. La.
Baranik made noise early, pushing his fastball up to 95 mph and looking like a breakout candidate. His star fell when he came up injured and his fastball velocity dipped into the upper 80s. He's expected to follow through on his LSU commitment.
41 1258 Minnesota Twins T.J. Oakes Minnesota Minn.
Righthander T.J. Oakes is the Golden Gophers' top prospect, but he also may be one of their least signable, because he's a sophomore-eligible whose father Todd is the team's pitching coach. Not surprisingly, T.J. has a clean delivery and throws strikes. He works mostly with an 88-91 mph sinker and his slider, though he also has the makings of a changeup. At 6-foot-5 and 215 pounds, he has room to add velocity.
41 1261 Philadelphia Phillies Austin Dicharry Texas Texas
Several college pitchers expected to rank among the state's top prospects instead lost most or all of the season to arm problems: Texas Christian's Kaleb Merck (out with Tommy John surgery), Houston's Jared Ray (recovery from shoulder surgery), Texas' Austin Dicharry (diminished command after coming back from shoulder tendinitis) and Texas A&M's Ross Hales (lost his mechanics while rehabbing a shoulder injury).
42 1262 Pittsburgh Pirates Nick Hibbing Lakes Community HS, Antioch, Ill. Ill.
42 1265 Baltimore Orioles Jason McCracken Pierce (Calif.) JC Calif.
42 1274 Los Angeles Dodgers Max Povse Green Hope HS, Cary, N.C. N.C.
Max Povse, a UNC Greensboro signee, is 6-foot-8, 190 pounds. He doesn't yet use his height to his advantage, as he is slight hunched over in his delivery. He has an 86-89 mph fastball and the makings of a decent curveball.
42 1278 Colorado Rockies Jordan Johnson Franklin HS, Elk Grove, Calif. Calif.
42 1280 St. Louis Cardinals Cody Poarch Walters State (Tenn.) CC Tenn.
42 1281 Chicago White Sox Aaron Pangilinan Escalon (Calif.) HS Calif.
42 1284 Texas Rangers Joey Pankake Easley (S.C.) HS S.C.
A strong performer this spring, South Carolina signee Joey Pankake, had the tools to get drafted but like English lacks physicality. Pankake hit and pitched for Easley and was an all-state basketball player as well despite his 6-foot-1, 180-pound frame. He has played varsity since eighth grade and has shown excellent defensive versatility, playing all over the diamond. He has excellent arm strength and has bumped 92-94 mph as a closer, though in longer stints, his velocity fades into the mid-80s. He's a line-drive machine at the plate who makes a lot of contact, at times at the expense of power. He's probably a better fit at second or third base in pro ball, and his lack of power hinders his third-base profile.
42 1287 San Francisco Giants Danny Sandbrink Stanford Calif.
43 1293 Seattle Mariners Marcos Reyna Bakersfield (Calif.) JC Calif.
43 1294 Arizona Diamondbacks Alex Capaul Hawaii Hawaii
43 1295 Baltimore Orioles David Reynolds Edmonds (Wash.) CC Wash.
43 1299 Chicago Cubs Jay Calhoun Second Baptist HS, Houston Texas
43 1301 Milwaukee Brewers Clint Wilson Navarro (Texas) JC Texas
43 1304 Los Angeles Dodgers Alex Hermeling Glenbrook North HS, Northbrook, Ill. Ill.
43 1310 St. Louis Cardinals Chris Costantino Walters State (Tenn.) CC Tenn. $100,000
43 1311 Chicago White Sox Joel Effertz Madison (Wis.) JC Wis.
Joel Effertz was the state's No. 2-ranked prospect as a Ladysmith High senior in 2009, when the Dodgers drafted him in the 37th round. He spent a redshirt year at Arizona before transferring back home to Madison JC. He struck out 18 in a regional championship game against Kankakee (Ill.) CC, putting the Wolfpack in the Division II Junior College World Series. A 6-foot-3, 235-pound righthander, Effertz had his fastball velocity fluctuate this spring but sat at 91-92 mph at his best. He locates his fastball and improved his curveball, but he'll need to watch his weight.
43 1314 Texas Rangers Kaleb Merck Texas Christian Texas
Several college pitchers expected to rank among the state's top prospects instead lost most or all of the season to arm problems: Texas Christian's Kaleb Merck (out with Tommy John surgery), Houston's Jared Ray (recovery from shoulder surgery), Texas' Austin Dicharry (diminished command after coming back from shoulder tendinitis) and Texas A&M's Ross Hales (lost his mechanics while rehabbing a shoulder injury). Merck hit 96 mph in the Cape Cod League last summer, albeit with a max-effort delivery.
43 1318 Minnesota Twins Bobby O'Neill Biola (Calif.) Calif.
43 1319 New York Yankees Tyler Farrell Galesburg (Ill.) HS Ill.
Righthander Tyler Farrell has the best fastball/curveball combination among Illinois prep pitchers. The 6-foot-2, 180-pounder sits at 88-91 mph and touches 93, and he throws his curveball with good depth. His over-the-top arm slot and drop-and-drive delivery don't offer much deception. He originally committed to Evansville before switching to Western Illinois.
43 1320 Tampa Bay Rays Stayton Thomas Texas Texas
44 1323 Seattle Mariners Josh Corrales Cal State Dominguez Hills Calif.
44 1326 Kansas City Royals Andrew Vasquez Los Osos HS, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. Calif.
44 1328 Cleveland Indians Adam Griffin Forsyth Country Day HS, Lewisville, N.C. N.C.
44 1330 Houston Astros Blake Ford Lamar Texas
44 1332 New York Mets Clint Sharp Howard (Texas) JC Texas
44 1338 Colorado Rockies Robert Kahana Campbell HS, Ewa Beach, Hawaii Hawaii
44 1339 Toronto Blue Jays Colby Broussard Faulkner (Ala.) Ala.
44 1340 St. Louis Cardinals Brandon Creath Embry-Riddle (Fla.) Fla.
44 1348 Minnesota Twins Cole Johnson Notre Dame Ind.
44 1349 New York Yankees Adam Ravenelle Lincoln-Sudbury HS, Sudbury, Mass. Mass.
Ravenelle might have the highest ceiling of any Massachusetts pitcher not named Beede or Connaughton. Ravenelle has a 6-foot-4, 185-pound build and throws in the low 90s, but he has struggled with consistency. He throws from a three-quarters slot and has funkiness with his arm action, and he needs to repeat his delivery better by staying closed longer and more in line with the plate. Ravenelle has shown a fringe-average breaking ball and decent changeup in the past. A Vanderbilt recruit, Ravenelle likely will end up at school, though someone should take a flier on him as a summer follow.
45 1355 Baltimore Orioles Andrew Millner Feather River (Calif.) JC Calif.
Righthander Andrew Milner has a squat 6-foot, 230-pound frame. He sits in the 90-92 mph range, topping out at 94, and shows flashes of an above-average slider
45 1356 Kansas City Royals Julio Morales Bethune-Cookman Fla.
45 1357 Washington Nationals Richie Mirowski Oklahoma Baptist Okla.
45 1359 Chicago Cubs Tanner Kichler Sherwood (Ore.) HS Ore.
45 1362 New York Mets Andrew Marra St. Thomas of Villanova SS, LaSalle, Ont. Ontario
45 1379 New York Yankees Cass Ingvardsen Weatherford (Texas) JC Texas
45 1381 Philadelphia Phillies A.J. Ladwig Millard West HS, Omaha Neb.
Nebraska's best prep talent is projectable righthander A.J. Ladwig. He's a 6-foot-5, 185-pounder with a loose arm, clean delivery and a mid-80s fastball that peaks at 88. He also throws a slider/cutter and has good command for a high schooler. He's not ready for pro ball yet, so he'll attend Wichita State.
46 1383 Seattle Mariners Maxx Catapano Lee (Tenn.) Tenn.
46 1388 Cleveland Indians Robert Nixon Adelphi (N.Y.) N.Y.
46 1389 Chicago Cubs Scott Weismann Clemson S.C.
Righthander Scott Weismann was expected to be a fixture in Clemson's rotation after he led the team with nine victories in 2010. He didn't meet expectations, though he wasn't hurt, just ineffective. He's stocky at 6 feet, 190 pounds, and he was much more effective out of the bullpen, limiting opponents to a .128 average entering the ACC tournament. Weismann's sinker reaches 93, and his slider helps him get groundballs, but neither pitch gets a ton of swings and misses. He added a cutter this year that gave him a different look.
46 1392 New York Mets Rich Ruff Quincy (Ill.) Ill.
46 1393 Florida Marlins Zach Cooper Central Michigan Mich.
Righthander Zach Cooper has an 88-93 mph fastball, but he doesn't use it or command it enough. His hard, biting slider is his out pitch, and he relies on it too much. He's just 5-foot-10 and 185 pounds, and he has some effort and works uphill in his delivery, so he'll be a reliever in pro ball. His stuff should play up when he comes out of the bullpen, and could be good enough for set-up duty.
46 1399 Toronto Blue Jays Shane Farrell Marshall W.Va.
46 1401 Chicago White Sox Mike Mancuso Brecksville-Broadview Heights HS, Broadview Heights, Ohio Ohio
46 1404 Texas Rangers Tyler Powell Myers Park HS, Charlotte N.C.
47 1413 Seattle Mariners Brandon Plotz Chabot (Calif.) JC Calif.
47 1414 Arizona Diamondbacks Tucker Ward UMS-Wright Prep, Mobile, Ala. Ala.
47 1416 Kansas City Royals Patrick Corbett Tabb HS, Yorktown, Va. Va.
47 1419 Chicago Cubs David Ernst South HS, Fargo, N.D. N.D.
David Ernst capped his high school career by throwing a no-hitter in the North Dakota Class A championship game. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound righthander usually pitches at 85-88 mph, though he did touch 91 in his first outing this spring. His parents are wealthy and he's a good student, so there's virtually no chance he can be lured away from attending North Dakota State.
47 1422 New York Mets Cole Limbaugh Childersburg (Ala.) HS Ala.
47 1425 Los Angeles Angels Brandon Lodge UCLA Calif.
47 1430 St. Louis Cardinals David Schmidt Christian Brothers HS, St. Louis Mo.
David Schmidt is similar to Graves, as a 6-foot, 170-pounder with a quick, powerful right arm. He's even less likely to sign than Graves because he's committed to Stanford and had labrum surgery after injuring his shoulder playing hockey two years ago. He has made an impressive recovery and now pitches at 87-91 mph and touches 93 with his sinker. He shows aptitude for throwing a slider and does a nice job of throwing strikes.
47 1432 Boston Red Sox Sam Wolff JC of Southern Nevada Nev.
Righthander Sam Wolff was a rare high school prospect from South Dakota in 2009 and pitched just 16 innings at San Diego last year before transferring to Southern Nevada. At 6-foot-2 and 195 pounds, he has power stuff, including a fastball that sits 91-92 mph and tops out at 95. The ball explodes out of his hand and shows good two-seam action when he throws it in, and cutting action when he throws it to his glove side. Wolff also mixes in an above-average slider and a changeup that has a chance to be average. He's a quality athlete with a good delivery and is committed to New Mexico.
47 1433 San Diego Padres Vince Voiro Pennsylvania Pa.
Righthander Vincent Voiro pitches with an average fastball and has touched 94. He also throws a splitter and slider, but both pitches are below-average.
47 1434 Texas Rangers Kevin Moriarty Shorewood HS, Shoreline, Wash. Wash.
Blake Snell has two teammates who also will likely wind up in college but show potential: righthander Kevin Moriarty and first baseman Trevor Mitsui. Moriarty's father Todd played professionally, spending two seasons in the Giants system. Moriarty has intriguing size at 6-foot-5 and 170 pounds, but he's more about projection than present stuff and will be tough to pry away from his Gonzaga commitment.
47 1440 Tampa Bay Rays Derek Vaughn Texas Wesleyan Texas
48 1442 Pittsburgh Pirates Zach Thompson Grace Prep Academy, Arlington, Arlington, Texas Texas
48 1443 Seattle Mariners Max Krakowiak Fordham N.Y.
48 1444 Arizona Diamondbacks Ray Hernandez Cal State Fullerton Calif.
48 1448 Cleveland Indians Blaine O'Brien Keystone (Pa.) Pa.
Righthander Blaine O'Brien is a Massachusetts native who came to Division III Keystone from Middle Georgia JC. He was 8-1, 3.61 as the Giants advanced to the D-III College World Series. O'Brien has a skinny, projectable frame at 6-foot-7, 190 pounds, and touched 93-94 mph with his fastball. He's gangly and awkward, making it hard to repeat his mechanics, but the arm strength makes him interesting.
48 1452 New York Mets Malcolm Clapsaddle Santa Fe (Fla.) CC Fla.
The state pitcher of the year, Clapsaddle has a memorable name and bumped 92 mph in the fall. His fastball velocity was less showy during the season, and his stuff generally earns fringy grades. He began his college career at Georgia and will go to High Point if he doesn't sign.
48 1458 Colorado Rockies Clay Bauer JC of San Mateo (Calif.) Calif.
48 1462 Boston Red Sox David Sosebee White County HS, Cleveland, Ga. Ga.
48 1464 Texas Rangers C.J. Edwards Mid-Carolina HS, Prosperity, S.C. S.C.
48 1467 San Francisco Giants Jake Smith Campbell N.C.
48 1468 Minnesota Twins Garret Peterson DuBois (Pa.) Area HS Pa.
49 1475 Baltimore Orioles Ronnie Shaban Virginia Tech Va.
Ronnie Shaban is a .322 career hitter for Virginia Tech, but he doesn't profile well as a position player and teams have interest in him as a righthanded reliever. There's effort to his delivery, but his fastball is 92-94 mph.
49 1480 Houston Astros Dave Peterson College of Charleston S.C.
Peterson has good arm strength, sitting at 91-94 mph as a starter with his four-seamer, but less control and pitchability than Mizenko. At 6-foot-4, 214 pounds, Peterson has pro size and fringy secondary stuff with his slider and changeup. He doesn't get a ton of swings and misses despite his fastball velocity.
49 1483 Florida Marlins Connor Little Hawaii Hawaii
49 1485 Los Angeles Angels Matt Vedo UC Santa Barbara Calif.
49 1490 St. Louis Cardinals Corey Baker Pittsburgh Pa.
49 1492 Boston Red Sox Jadd Schmeltzer Cornell N.Y.
49 1494 Texas Rangers Mick Van Vossen Forest Hills Central HS, Grand Rapids, Mich. Mich.
49 1495 Cincinnati Reds Eric Alessio Marist N.Y.
49 1496 Atlanta Braves Cody Cox Thomas Nelson (Va.) CC Va.
49 1499 New York Yankees Tyler Mapes Navarro (Texas) JC Texas
With a roster that includes 13 players with NCAA Division I commitments for 2012, Navarro reached the Junior College World Series for the first time in 53 years. The Bulldogs' best prospect is righthander Tyler Mapes, who pitched at Navy in 2010. A 6-foot-1, 200-pounder, he throws an 89-93 mph fastball, a good changeup and a slurvy breaking ball. He has committed to Tulane for 2012.
50 1502 Pittsburgh Pirates Zech Lemond Waltrip HS, Houston Texas
50 1509 Chicago Cubs Cody Edwards Bellevue (Wash.) CC Wash.
50 1514 Los Angeles Dodgers Chris Ellis Spain Park HS, Birmingham Ala.
Righthander Rocky McCord emerged as the second-best pitcher in the state behind Clay Holmes, after Chris Ellis was injured this spring. Ellis, a Mississippi recruit, has an excellent body at 6-foot-4, 190 pounds, with a funky arm action that hurts his projection, and he was never fully healthy all spring. He's headed to school.
50 1516 Oakland Athletics Travis Pitcher Cypress (Calif.) JC Calif.
50 1519 Toronto Blue Jays Eric Brown British Columbia British Columbia
50 1522 Boston Red Sox John Gorman Catholic Memorial HS, West Roxbury, Mass. Mass.
50 1523 Texas Rangers K.C. Wiser Linfield (Ore.) Ore.
50 1524 Cincinnati Reds Austin Robichaux Notre Dame HS, Crowley, La. La.
Robichaux, 6-foot-5, 180 pounds, has a projectable frame and has bumped some low 90s fastballs but mostly sits in the upper 80s. He's the son of Louisiana-Lafayette coach Tony Robichaux, who is also the team's pitching coach and has given his son a good feel for his curveball and for his overall craft. Many scouts considered Robichaux likely to join his father's program for the next three seasons.
50 1525 Atlanta Braves Kevin McKague Army N.Y.
McKague looked like a possible top-five-rounds selection at the team's scout day and early this spring, as he pumped mid-90s heat and flashed a sharp slider, but a back injury limited him to three appearances. He might get a medical redshirt and come back for a fifth season.
50 1527 Minnesota Twins Bryan Burgher Emerald Ridge HS, Puyallup, Wash. Wash.
50 1530 Philadelphia Phillies Koyla Stephenson Ocean City (N.J.) HS N.J.