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Pick Overall Team Player Position School State Bonus
1 302 Pittsburgh Pirates Taylor Lewis OF Maine Maine $100,000
Scouts made the trip to Orono to see Maine's trio of draft prospects, led by center fielder Taylor Lewis, a scrappy lefthanded hitter. Lewis, at 6 feet and 200 pounds, was primarily a football recruit in high school and had an offer to play at Boston College. He is still raw with baseball, but he ran a 6.5-second 60-yard dash at Maine's scout day and has impressive forearm and wrist strength that results in gap-to-gap, line-drive power in batting practice. In games, Lewis takes a scrappy slap-and-run approach, which scouts think can be corrected through player development. Lewis is a good defender with a well below-average arm. He hasn't had a great spring, but some scouts see him as a top-10-round talent, especially if he can tap into his power potential, while others view him as a senior sign.
2 303 Seattle Mariners Dan Paolini 2B Siena N.Y. $125,000
A pitching prospect for most of his high school career, Dan Paolini sustained a shoulder injury and had labrum surgery before his senior year, but Siena still pursued him as a hitter. As a sophomore, Paolini ranked second nationally with 26 home runs, and the new bats this season only slightly slowed his production, as he walloped another 17. Scouts were more concerned with his numbers in the Cape Cod League, where he hit .200 with four doubles and one home run in 110 at-bats last summer. Power is his only plus tool, and he has a long, uppercut swing, making some scouts wonder whether his bat speed will play against premium velocity. Though he's a good athlete, Paolini bulked up this year and looked stiff. He is a below-average defender with an average arm and likely will move to left field. Paolini should get popped between rounds eight and 15.
3 304 Arizona Diamondbacks Kyle Winkler RHP 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.
4 305 Baltimore Orioles Tyler Wilson RHP Virginia Va. $20,000
Tyler Wilson works with a fastball in the upper 80s and solid secondary stuff.
5 306 Kansas City Royals Matt Murray RHP 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.
6 307 Washington Nationals Manny Rodriguez RHP 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.
7 308 Cleveland Indians Jeff Johnson RHP 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.
8 309 Chicago Cubs Danny Lockhart SS Hebron Christian Academy, Dacula, Ga. Ga. $395,000
Danny Lockhart is the son of ex-big leaguer Keith Lockhart, who also has scouted for the Cubs. Like his father, Lockhart is a lefthanded hitter with good contact ability, and he's athletic enough to stay in the infield. He's committed to Kennesaw State.
9 310 Houston Astros Kyle Hallock LHP Kent State Ohio $40,000
A Kent State lefthander was named Mid-American Conference pitcher of the year, but it wasn't Andrew Chafin. It was Kyle Hallock, who returned for his senior season after the Phillies drafted him in the 49th round last June. The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder is a craftsman who gets outs by throwing four pitches for strikes. He excels at pitching off his fastball, working both sides of the plate at 87-88 mph and peaking at 90. His changeup and slider are solid offerings, giving him a chance to remain a starter when he gets to pro ball.
10 311 Milwaukee Brewers Mike Strong LHP Oklahoma State Okla. $25,000
Lefthander Mike Strong has been Oklahoma State's best starter in each of his two seasons since transferring from Iowa Western CC. Though he's just 6 feet and 187 pounds, he has a quick arm that produces an 88-92 mph fastball and a hard curveball. He throws strikes and has a chance to start in pro ball, though he profiles better as a reliever. He was selected in the last two drafts, by the White Sox in the 25th round in 2009 and by the Athletics in the 22nd round last year.
11 312 New York Mets Matt Budgell RHP 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.
12 313 Florida Marlins Scott Lyman RHP 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.
13 314 Los Angeles Dodgers Jamaal Moore LHP Westchester HS, Los Angeles Calif.
Lefthander Jamaal Moore was limited by elbow problems for much of the spring, but he picked up a little steam late in the spring. Loose and athletic but raw, Moore projects to add velocity to his 86-88 mph fastball in time.
14 315 Los Angeles Angels Drew Martinez OF Memphis Tenn. $100,000
Martinez was an unsigned 23rd-round pick of the Mets last year. Martinez, whose father Chito played parts of three seasons in the major leagues, was a Cape Cod League all-star last summer after hitting .359, second in the league, and leading the league with 22 stolen bases. He's not physical at 5-foot-11, 172 pounds and isn't a burner either, though he's an above-average runner, steals bases and plays a solid center field. While his dad hit 13 homers as a major league rookie, Martinez's biggest problem is his lack of home run power. He didn't homer in 2011, and his lack of impact makes him profile more as a fourth outfielder.
15 316 Oakland Athletics Dusty Robinson OF Fresno State Calif. $95,000
Robinson went undrafted out of high school, but he has performed well for Fresno State for three years. He has a compact, muscular frame at 5-foot-11 and 195 pounds, and he's a grinder who always gives 100 percent. But he also has tools, as an above-average runner with above-average power potential and a strong arm. He has a similar frame and skill set to Brent Morel of the White Sox, who was a third-round pick out of Cal Poly in 2008, but Robinson is a better runner who could play center field. Robinson's power does come with strikeouts, so he doesn't project to hit for a high average. Robinson doesn't offer much in the way of projection, but he has an interesting package of tools, drive and a history of performing well for a good team.
16 317 Detroit Tigers Curt Casali C Vanderbilt Tenn. $40,000
Curt Casali has lost his plus arm strength to Tommy John surgery, and his inability to control the running game was one of Vanderbilt's few weaknesses in 2011. He was still a positive for the team with a solid bat and good receiving skills, and he's shown the ability to handle the Commodores' high-octane arms. He has a polished approach at the plate with decent gap power.
17 318 Colorado Rockies Ben Hughes RHP 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.
18 319 Toronto Blue Jays Aaron Garza RHP 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.
19 320 St. Louis Cardinals Lance Jeffries OF McCluer HS, St. Louis Mo. $95,000
Multiple area scouts say outfielder Lance Jeffries' strong, compact frame and tools remind them of former Braves all-star Ron Gant. The 5-foot-9, 180-pounder generates impressive bat speed from the right side of the plate, and he has plus speed and center-field range to go with solid arm strength. He's raw as a hitter, with a lot of effort in his uphill swing, but a team that believes in his bat could pop him in the first five rounds. Committed to Iowa Western CC, he's considered signable.
20 321 Chicago White Sox Ben O'Shea LHP Santa Fe (Fla.) CC Fla.
Santa Fe lefthander Ben O'Shea consistently sat in the upper 80s most of the season, and with his 6-foot-6, 250-pound frame teams had enough to dream on. He improved his stock greatly by sitting in the 90-92 mph range at the state juco tournament as his team's No. 2 starter behind Malcolm Clapsaddle. O'Shea also shows feel for a changeup and a fringe-average slurvy breaking ball.
21 322 Boston Red Sox Cody Koback OF Wisconsin-Stevens Point Wis. $85,000
Cody Koback is more toolsy than the typical Wisconsin position prospect. The 6-foot, 185-pounder has well above-average speed, though he's still learning to make the most of it on the bases and in center field. He makes consistent contact and has gap power from the right side of the plate, and his arm is solid. After an elbow injury limited him to nine games in 2010, he rebounded to bat .424/.516/.701 this spring. He proved himself against better competition last summer in the Northwoods League, where he hit .305 with wood bats.
22 323 San Diego Padres Robert Kral C College of Charleston S.C. $40,000
Redshirt junior Rob Kral is a solid lefthanded bat who would get drafted earlier if he could catch-and-throw at an acceptable level.
23 324 Texas Rangers Joe Maloney C Limestone (S.C.) S.C. $90,000
Joe Maloney was the state's top catching prospect among college players. He's a Pennslyvania native and switch-hitter with power who hit 16 homers this spring. He has good strength in his 6-foot-2, 195-pound frame.
24 325 Cincinnati Reds Brooks Pinckard RHP 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.
25 326 Atlanta Braves Logan Robbins SS Western Kentucky Ky. $100,000
Logan Robbins has two legitimate pro tools, as his speed rates a 65 and his arm grades as a 60 on the 20-80 scouting scale. The 6-foot, 190-pounder is a quick-twitch athlete who has good actions and covers a lot of ground at shortstop. He has bat speed too, but he swings from his heels and has an uphill righthanded stroke. A team that falls in love with his tools and thinks it can overhaul his swing could pop him in the first 10 rounds.
26 327 San Francisco Giants Kentrell Hill OF Arkansas Baptist JC Ark. $100,000
Kentrell Hill is the state's lone junior-college contribution, and he has a shot to sneak into the first 10 rounds thanks to his loud tools. While Hill is raw at the plate, he has made adjustments to use his hands more and showed improvement. His power will be the last tool to come. The rest of his tools and his makeup earn plenty of praise. He's an above-average runner who has turned in 6.5-second times over 60 yards, and he has an above-average arm as well. Hill has the speed to cover center field and a solid 6-foot, 185-pound frame. His work ethic and aptitude earn high marks as well. He could be a summer follow, as he's slated to play in the wood-bat Coastal Plain League this summer. He's an Oral Roberts recruit if he doesn't sign.
27 328 Minnesota Twins Brett Lee LHP St. Petersburg (Fla.) JC Fla. $150,000
Brett Lee was drafted in 2010 by the Dodgers in the 33rd round out of Bishop State (Ala.), then transferred to St. Petersburg JC in an attempt to improve his draft stock. It worked, even though he went just 4-8, 5.06. He has good size at 6-foot-4, 205 pounds and flashed an above-average slider to go with a fastball with average velocity.
28 329 New York Yankees Jon Gray RHP 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.
29 330 Tampa Bay Rays Jacob Faria RHP 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.
30 331 Philadelphia Phillies Jake Overbey SS University School, Jackson, Tenn. Tenn.
The other prep player in the state with a good chance to get drafted is shortstop Jake Overbey, who is signed to Mississippi. Scouts also expect him to make it to college because he doesn't have a standout tool. He's athletic and competes well, having played quarterback in football, and has a nice swing to go with his rangy, projectable frame. Overbey is just a fair runner and didn't show enough explosiveness this spring with the bat for most teams to consider buying out his college commitment.