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Pick Overall Team Player Position School State Bonus
1 452 Pittsburgh Pirates Kody Watts RHP 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.
2 453 Seattle Mariners Mike McGee OF Florida State Fla.
3 454 Arizona Diamondbacks Steven Rodriguez C UCLA Calif.
UCLA catcher Steve Rodriguez gets plenty of exposure receiving for blue-chippers Gerrit Cole and Trevor Bauer, and his ability to handle their premium stuff will get him drafted despite meager offensive numbers (.216/.312/.254 with five extra-base hits through 134 at-bats). Rodriguez excels at receiving and blocking, and his average arm plays up because of its accuracy. He has a durable 6-foot-1, 200-pound frame and could be a big league backup if his lefthanded bat ever comes around.
4 455 Baltimore Orioles Eric Wooten LHP Central Arizona JC Ariz.
5 456 Kansas City Royals Dean Espy 1B UCLA Calif.
Physically mature at 6-foot-1, 210 pounds, Dean Espy lacks the raw power to project as an everyday first baseman in the big leagues, but he has strength in his line-drive swing and a chance to hit for average, with occasional home run pop. He has played third base in the past, but his range is better suited for first.
6 457 Washington Nationals Zach Houchins SS Louisburg (N.C.) JC N.C.
The best junior-college prospect in the state is either shortstop Zach Houchins or first baseman Tyler Molinaro. Houchins has good strength and bat speed and has consistently hit the ball hard this season. He has a good arm but lacks the speed and actions to stay at shortstop
7 458 Cleveland Indians Todd Hankins 2B Seminole State (Fla.) JC Fla. $110,000
8 459 Chicago Cubs Justin Marra C Power/St. Joseph HS, Toronto Ontario $110,000
Some scouts may be turned off by the fact that catcher Justin Marra is just 5-foot-11 and 180 pounds. He receives well and has a strong arm, regularly flashing above-average pop times down to second base. A lefthanded hitter, Marra has also shown the ability this spring to hit quality pitching.
9 460 Houston Astros Zach Johnson 1B Oklahoma State Okla.
10 461 Milwaukee Brewers Andy Moye RHP Georgia Southern Ga.
11 462 New York Mets Phillip Evans SS La Costa Canyon HS, Carlsbad, Calif. Calif. $650,000
A veteran of the showcase circuit, Evans went 2-for-3 in the Aflac All-American game last summer and entered his senior year as a preseason All-American. But he regressed this spring, showing less speed and strength than he had in the past, and hitting the ball with less authority. Scouts say he models his defensive style after Tony Wolters, a Southern California middle infielder who was drafted in the third round by the Orioles in 2010. But Wolters had better tools than the 5-foot-10, 180-pound Evans. A high school shortstop who could probably handle the position at San Diego State if he goes to college, Evans projects as a second baseman in pro ball. He has good hands and flashes average arm strength, but sometimes he drops his arm slot and flips the ball to first too casually. He lacks the range for shortstop but could be an average defender at second. Evans has shown average speed in the past, but he has consistently produced below-average running times this spring. He plays hard, though, and his speed plays up a tick because of his hustle. Evans has a simple, repeatable righthanded swing, and projections on his bat range from fringe-average to plus, depending on the scout. He has some strength in his forearms and projects for fringe-average power, despite his small stature. Evans lacks standout tools, but he's an instinctive player, and the sum is greater than the parts. Scouts say they wouldn't be shocked if Evans gets drafted in the top three rounds, but most of them seem more comfortable with him in the fifth- to seventh-round range.
12 463 Florida Marlins Jhiomar Veras OF Western Oklahoma State JC Okla.
Oklahoma always has a few small-college players who put up huge numbers, and this year is no exception. Western Oklahoma State outfielder Jhiomar Veras led all NJCAA Division II players in hitting (.503) and homers (23) entering the D-II Juco World Series. He also tied for the D-II home run crown last year with 20. A former switch-hitter, he struggled from the left side and has became exclusively a righthanded hitter. A 6-foot-1, 190-pounder, he has some athleticism and speed to go with his power.
13 464 Los Angeles Dodgers Craig Stem RHP Trevecca Nazarene (Tenn.) Tenn.
14 465 Los Angeles Angels Domonic Jose OF Boca Raton (Fla.) HS Fla.
Several potential premium picks are thought to be tough signs, such as Stanford recruits Austin Slater and Domonic Jose, the son of former big leaguer Felix Jose. Jose flashed five-tool ability over the last two seasons without putting them all together at the same time. He has bloodlines, runs well for his size at 6-foot-3, 190 pounds, and has oustanding makeup. He's a switch-hitter with a natural swing from the left side. But he has battled draftitis this spring in addition to his Stanford commitment. He's signable in the first three rounds but may not have shown enough to go that high.
15 466 Oakland Athletics T.J. Walz RHP 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.
16 467 Detroit Tigers Tyler Gibson OF Stratford Academy, Macon, Ga. Ga. $525,000
The son of Mercer head coach Craig Gibson, Tyler has a smooth lefthanded swing with a classic high finish and plus raw power potential. He combines good bat speed, improved strength and good balance with plenty of leverage. Scouts are somewhat split on just how high Gibson's ceiling is and how athletic he is, and some believe all his value will be in his bat. With broad shoulders, he should fill out his 190-pound frame and has added 15 pounds since last summer, when he was sidelined by an automobile accident that kept him off the showcase circuit. He returned in October and hit two home runs at the World Wood Bat event and hasn't looked back. Gibson signed with Georgia Tech, which would play him at short, but pro scouts don't consider him a fit there, and projecting him at third base can be a challenge if he keeps getting bigger. He runs well enough (6.7-seconds in the 60) to move to an outfield corner and could hit well enough to man either spot. His arm might be better suited to left field, but it won't matter if he hits with plus power.
17 468 Colorado Rockies Tim Smalling SS Virginia Tech Va.
18 469 Toronto Blue Jays Cody Glenn LHP Westbury Christian HS, Houston Texas
19 470 St. Louis Cardinals Matt Williams SS Liberty Va.
20 471 Chicago White Sox David Herbek SS James Madison Va.
James Madison's shortstop David Herbek has shown a decent amount of power, batting .374/.456/.701 with 15 home runs. That drew scouts' interest because Herbek also has a chance to stick at shortstop.
21 472 Boston Red Sox Braden Kapteyn RHP 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.
22 473 San Diego Padres Greg Gonzalez RHP 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.
23 474 Texas Rangers Jerad Eickhoff RHP 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.
24 475 Cincinnati Reds Will Dorton RHP Lugoff-Elgin HS, Lugoff, S.C. S.C.
25 476 Atlanta Braves John Cornely RHP Wofford S.C.
26 477 San Francisco Giants Tyler Leslie RHP 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.
27 478 Minnesota Twins Josue Montanez LHP Miami Dade JC Fla. $125,000
28 479 New York Yankees Tyler Molinaro OF Pitt (N.C.) CC N.C.
The best junior-college prospect in the state is either shortstop Zach Houchins or first baseman Tyler Molinaro. Molinaro has a tall, thin frame and offers power from the left side, with the leverage in his swing.
29 480 Tampa Bay Rays Tyler Parmenter SS Cibola HS, Yuma, Ariz. Ariz.
Parmenter has a 6-foot-1, 180-pound frame and his best tool is his arm, which some scouts give a 70 on the 20-80 scale. He has touched 92 on the mound, and would play both ways if he gets to Arizona. He has power potential at the plate, but he's a bit raw and there are questions about whether he has the footwork and instincts to remain at shortstop.
30 481 Philadelphia Phillies Ryan Garvey OF Palm Desert (Calif.) HS Calif.
The son of 10-time big league all-star Steve Garvey, Ryan has hitting in his blood. His best tool is his above-average raw power. Scouts like his swing and think he has a chance to hit for average once he refines his approach, because he does swing and miss more than they'd like. Strong and physical but not terribly athletic at 6-foot-1, 195 pounds, Garvey's position is a question. He has above-average arm strength, but it was erratic when he has played third base. He plays center field for his high school team, but he's a below-average runner who figures to wind up at first base or left field, so his bat will have to carry him. He's a tough sign who will likely wind up at school.