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Pick Overall Team Player Position School State Bonus
1 332 Pittsburgh Pirates Jo-El Bennett OF Houston Academy, Dothan, Ala. Ala.
Two other hitters who could get picked include Golden's teammate, third baseman Brad Roney, and outfielder Jo-El Bennett. Roney is part of a strong Southern Mississippi recruiting class. He's a solid athlete who has present strength and hitting skills, and his above-average arm and agility should allow him to step in and play third as a freshman in Conference USA. He's raw at the plate but has excellent leverage in his swing and plus raw power. As Roney fills out his 6-foot-2, 190-pound frame, he may lose athleticism and get too stiff. Bennett has more projection at 6-foot-2, 185 pounds and more long-range potential. He's less polished than Roney and hasn't had a big spring despite his plus bat speed. Bennett has also pitched and has average arm strength. He's a solid-average runner if not a tick above and will have to stay in center field long-term to be a regular.
2 333 Seattle Mariners Cameron Hobson LHP Dayton Ohio
Lefthander Cameron Hobson set Dayton records for single-season (105) and career (256) strikeouts this season. The 6-foot-1, 205-pounder usually pitches around 91 mph and touches 93 with his fastball. He improved his slider and filled the strike zone, but he still carries the reputation of being very good when he's on and easy to hit when he's not. The Yankees selected him in the 37th round as a draft-eligible sophomore in 2010.
3 334 Arizona Diamondbacks Will Locante LHP Cumberland (Tenn.) Tenn.
4 335 Baltimore Orioles Adam Davis C Illinois Ill.
The Big Ten Conference tournament MVP, Adam Davis will be the fourth catcher drafted from Illinois in the last 10 years, following Patrick Arlis, Chris Robinson and Lars Davis (no relation)--all of whom are currently in the upper minors. Adam Davis didn't become a full-time regular until his third year with the Illini, but the 6-foot, 215-pounder has righthanded gap power and a strong, accurate arm. He has a short swing and flashes good receiving skills, though he needs to do a better job of making contact and holding onto the ball.
5 336 Kansas City Royals Jerrell Allen OF Milford (Del.) HS Del. $125,000
Jerrell Allen is an excellent athlete who gave up basketball and football to concentrate on baseball. He's a 70 runner on the 20-80 scouting scale, but he's raw. He has a dead-hand set-up at the plate, and his swing will need to be overhauled.
6 337 Washington Nationals Caleb Ramsey OF Houston Texas
7 338 Cleveland Indians Luis DeJesus RHP Angelina (Texas) JC Texas $100,000
8 339 Chicago Cubs Shawon Dunston Jr. OF Valley Christian HS, San Jose Calif. $1,275,000
Shawon Dunston Jr.'s father was the No. 1 overall pick in the 1982 draft, played 18 years in the big leagues and is a special assistant for the Giants. While the elder Dunston was drafted out of high school, however, most scouts believe his son would be better off going to Vanderbilt, where he's a key recruit. Dunston has a slender, 6-foot-2, 175-pound frame, and it's obvious that his best baseball is in front of him, and he's surprisingly raw. He is an above-average runner, which helps both on the bases and in center field. Unlike his father, he swings from the left side of the plate. As Dunston fills out, he could grow into gap power and be an average hitter. Scouts love his speed, passion for the game and bloodlines, but they may not want to buy him out of school at this point.
9 340 Houston Astros Justin Gominsky OF Minnesota Minn.
Outfielder Justin Gominsky looked like an early-round pick for 2011 when he hit .338 with 15 extra-base hits and 11 steals as a freshman, but he missed all but six games last year when he injured his right knee. He has been slow to recover from the layoff and adjust to the new bats, and batted just .307/.367/.381 as a redshirt sophomore this spring. Despite the lack of performance, the 6-foot-4, 185-pounder has easily the best package of tools among the state's position players. He has slightly above-average speed and arm strength, and he plays a fine center field. A righthanded hitter, he'll have to refine his approach and get stronger if he's going to do damage at the plate.
10 341 Milwaukee Brewers Tommy Toledo RHP 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 RHP 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.
12 343 Florida Marlins Jacob Esch RHP 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.
13 344 Los Angeles Dodgers Scott Wingo SS South Carolina S.C.
14 345 Los Angeles Angels Garrett Baker LHP Liberty Va.
15 346 Oakland Athletics Chris Lamb LHP Davidson N.C.
Davidson hasn't had a player drafted in the first 10 rounds since the Yankees took shortstop Robert Eenhorn in the second round in 1990, but Lamb will likely change that this season. A 6-foot-1, 185-pound southpaw, Lamb hasn't had much support from the Wildcats offense, so he was 1-7 in spite of a 3.75 ERA. He works with an 88-92 mph fastball and a splitter that is an average to plus pitch. There is some funk and deception to the delivery, with a herky-jerky motion and high arm slot, and scouts don't see any long-term problems with it. His curveball is just OK, but scouts see him as a lefty specialist so he likely won't need it in his arsenal long-term.
16 347 Detroit Tigers Dean Green 1B Barry (Fla.) Fla.
17 348 Colorado Rockies Alex Gillingham RHP Loyola Marymount Calif.
18 349 Toronto Blue Jays Andy Burns SS Arizona Ariz. $250,000
Shortstop Andy Burns transferred from the Wildcats of Kentucky to the Wildcats of Arizona after last season, so he had to sit out this season. He was one of the top high school prospects in Colorado in 2008, but he fell to the Rockies in the 25th round because of his strong commitment to Kentucky. Burns has been working out for teams this spring and has expressed interest in signing. He'll get a chance to remain at shortstop as a pro, though he may eventually move to third base. He's an above-average runner and has the footwork to remain in the middle of the diamond. He has smooth actions, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound frame and well above-average arm strength. There are more questions about his bat than his defense, and he batted .279 in his two seasons at Kentucky. He will likely play in the Cape Cod League this summer to try and boost his stock.
19 350 St. Louis Cardinals Seth Maness RHP East Carolina N.C.
20 351 Chicago White Sox Blair Walters LHP Hawaii Hawaii
After Lenny Linsky, Hawaii's next-best arm is lefthander Blair Walters, who pitched the most innings out of the Rainbows bullpen. Walters intrigues scouts with the heavy sink on his 93 mph fastball, but his secondary stuff needs work.
21 352 Boston Red Sox Kevin Brahney LHP Chico State (Calif.) Calif.
Chico State senior lefthander Kevin Brahney has a physical, 6-foot-4, 225-pound frame and showed good arm strength this season. His fastball sits in the 91-92 mph range and topped out at 94. He mixes in a firm curveball with tight rotation and late break. He needs to work on smoothing out his max-effort delivery, so he may wind up in the bullpen.
22 353 San Diego Padres Casey McElroy SS Auburn Ala. $200,000
Auburn wound up missing regionals despite a solid, veteran roster, as the team's bullpen blew some close games and the Tigers wound up at .500. The team's top player, infielder Casey McElroy, is a good college player whose soft hands and hand-eye coordination make him an effective two-way player for the Tigers. He's somewhat oddly built with small hands and feet, and he's nimble while lacking athleticism and speed. McElroy has surprising pop, raked in Southeastern Conference play (.398/.451/.602) and has a tremendous feel for the barrel. A below-average runner, he's got a lot of similarities to Dustin Pedroia, right down to the size (listed 5-foot-8, 179 pounds), though he bats lefthanded. Defensively, he's solid at second base and lacks the arm strength to play on the left side of the infield.
23 354 Texas Rangers Connor Sadzeck RHP 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.
24 355 Cincinnati Reds Vaughn Covington RHP 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.
25 356 Atlanta Braves Seth Moranda SS Buchanan HS, Clovis, Calif. Calif. $210,000
Moranda, who was committed to Fresno State, was up and down offensively in high school. His bat needs to develop, but he shows good athleticism at shortstop and a strong arm, touching 90 mph as a pitcher.
26 357 San Francisco Giants Christian Diaz OF Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, Gurabo, P.R. P.R. $100,000
27 358 Minnesota Twins Tyler Jones RHP 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.
28 359 New York Yankees Mark Montgomery RHP Longwood Va.
29 360 Tampa Bay Rays Cameron Seitzer 1B Oklahoma Okla.
As a gifted line-drive hitter with gap power, Cameron Seitzer is reminiscent of his father Kevin, a two-time all-star who's now the Royals' batting coach. He has an advantage over his dad in that he bats lefthanded, but he's limited to first base, where his father played third. The 6-foot-4, 225-pounder dropped from 16 homers in 2010 to four entering the NCAA playoffs this spring, and his power makes it hard to profile him as a regular at first. Seitzer has enough arm strength for the hot corner, but he doesn't move well enough to play there every day.
30 361 Philadelphia Phillies Tyler Greene SS West Boca Raton (Fla.) HS Fla. $375,000
Teammate of highly regarded righthander Mike Kelly, Greene is one of the draft's bigger enigmas. The younger brother of Mets farmhand Chase Greene, Tyler pushed his brother off shortstop when they played together in 2009, when he was just a sophomore. He's impressive physically and shows well in workouts and showcases with his raw tools. Greene has improved his speed to well above-average over the last year by getting stronger and more explosive. He has a fast-twitch body and athletic ability, and looks the part at shortstop. He's not natural at short, doesn't always get good hops and doesn't have the most accurate arm, short-circuiting his plus arm strength. Offensively, he was erratic on the showcase circuit and again this spring, where he was hitting around .380 in mid May with just five home runs. Greene also could move up boards with a strong workout.