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Pick Overall Team Player Position School State Bonus
1 482 Pittsburgh Pirates Eric Skoglund LHP Sarasota (Fla.) HS Fla.
Central Florida's revived program was headed for regionals and could get a further lift from incoming recruits such as Eric Skoglund, a lefthander with a body that resembles that of former Florida Gulf Coast ace Chris Sale, and shortstop Tommy Williams. Skoglund's stuff was short most of the spring, but he touched 91 mph in early May and held his velocity for five innings. He has an easy delivery and clean arm, and a feel for spinning the ball. A late thumb injury and tough signability might drive him down draft boards.
2 483 Seattle Mariners Jack Marder C Oregon Ore. $200,000
Andrew Susac isn't the only draft-eligible sophomore catcher in the state. Oregon's Jack Marder also fits that bill. Used mostly as a right fielder and first baseman last year, Marder has been behind the plate this year and has flashed outstanding defensive at times. He's an above-average athlete and it shows. He has soft hands, moves well and puts up pop times in the 1.85-second range. He's inconsistent, mostly because he's new to the position. He was a middle infielder in high school and split time between right field and first base last year. He's also a diabetic who plays with an insulin pump. He looked like a natural behind the plate and handled a quality pitching staff. He has the makeup teams seek in a backstop and has shown an ability to hit in the past, though his bat was down this year as he focused on defense.
3 484 Arizona Diamondbacks Michael Blake LHP Hawaii Hawaii
4 485 Baltimore Orioles Mark Blackmar RHP 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.
5 486 Kansas City Royals Jack Lopez SS Deltona (Fla.) HS Fla. $750,000
Shortstop Jack Lopez helped lead Deltona High to the state title game, where it lost to Jose Fernandez and Alonso High. Lopez is the son of Reds bullpen coach Juan Lopez and has the middle-infield actions to stay there in pro ball, with soft hands as his best attribute. He has the feel for the game you would expect from someone who has been a bat boy in big league games and hung around major league clubhouses. At 5-foot-10, 170 pounds, he's built for college ball and is signed with Miami.
6 487 Washington Nationals Deion Williams SS Redan HS, Stone Mountain, Ga. Ga.
The state's top middle-infield challenger to Julius Gaines was athletic Deion Williams, who plays at Redan High, the same school that produced recent big league infielders Brandon Phillips and Chris Nelson. At 6-foot-3, 180 pounds, he's tall and lean with an excellent frame that should fill out well. He has bloodlines as the grandson of former big league slugger George Scott. His defense is his best attribute now, as he has arm strength and quick feet. He doesn't have great actions, and while his swing has some looseness, he doesn't drive the ball consistently. He's signed to Georgia State.
7 488 Cleveland Indians Ryan Merritt LHP McLennan (Texas) CC Texas $150,000
8 489 Chicago Cubs Rafael Lopez C Florida State Fla.
9 490 Houston Astros Scott Zuloaga LHP Scottsdale (Ariz.) CC Ariz.
10 491 Milwaukee Brewers Carlos Rodon LHP Holly Springs (N.C.) HS N.C.
An important part of a quality North Carolina State recruiting class, Rodon may not make it to campus because he's left-handed and athletic. At 6-foot-2 and 210 pounds with room to fill out, Rodon has been inconsistent this spring but gives scouts a lot to like. When he's on, he features an 88-92 mph fastball, a curveball and slider with solid command. The slider is arguably his best secondary pitch, and both pitches are sharp and show plus potential. On off nights, Rodon has dipped into the mid-80s and struggled with command. While that may scare some teams off, others see a raw pitcher who will benefit from advanced coaching. Consistency with his mechanics, tempo and arm slot could help him blossom. Because of the raw material, Rodon could see himself gone before the fourth round concludes.
11 492 New York Mets Brad Marquez OF Odessa (Texas) HS Texas $325,000
A shortstop from Odessa (Texas) HS, Marquez has electrifying speed, which helps him on both sides of the ball. At the plate, he shows a clean, line-drive stroke. His speed makes up for below-average power and he profiles as a leadoff hitter that might be best defensively at second base or center field. One of the best athletes available in the draft, Marquez rushed for 2,210 yards and 29 touchdowns as a high school senior, and he also was a Texas state finalist in the long jump. He has a football scholarship to play wide receiver at Texas Tech.
12 493 Florida Marlins Adrian Sampson RHP Bellevue (Wash.) CC Wash.
13 494 Los Angeles Dodgers Jeff Schaus OF Clemson S.C.
Schaus, a senior, has limited athleticism and should be a solid organization player. He's a smart, polished hitter who knows the strike zone and should have power. After hitting 28 homers the previous two seasons, though, he had none in 2011.
14 495 Los Angeles Angels Frazier Hall 1B Southern La.
15 496 Oakland Athletics Tanner Peters RHP 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.
16 497 Detroit Tigers Ismael Salgado OF International Baseball Academy, Cieba, P.R. P.R.
Outfielder Ismael Salgado is the island's fastest player, having turned in 3.7-second times to first on drag bunts. He's wiry at 6-foot-1, 160 pounds and his overall game resembles that of Adrian Ortiz, who was a two-time fifth-round pick both out of Puerto Rico Baseball Academy and later out of Pepperdine. Salgado doesn't figure to go as high as he lacks present strength, making evaluations about his bat all projection.
17 498 Colorado Rockies Preston Tucker 1B Florida Fla.
Tucker broke in to college ball with a splash, driving in 85 runs and earning first-team Freshman All-American honors in 2009. He was primarily a first baseman in his first two seasons but has shifted to the outfield as a junior to help Florida get more bats into the lineup and to showcase Tucker's versatility. Most scouts says it has done more to expose Tucker's flaws than highlight his strengths, though, and after he batted .113 in the Cape Cod League he has his detractors. He did rally in the Cape to hit two home runs in the postseason, and he rallied from a slow 2011 start to get back over .300 in Southeastern Conference play while hitting double digits in home runs again. Tucker has solid hitting ability and makes consistent contact, and he's not afraid to work counts. He has solid power, but it's hard for scouts to give him above-average grades for either of his best tools. Defensively, he fits better in left field, where his below-average speed and arm are less of a factor than in right, where he plays for the Gators. Some scouts see him as more of a first baseman. His track record of performance should get him off the board in the first six rounds.
18 499 Toronto Blue Jays Richard Prigatano 1B St. Francis HS, Mountain View, Calif. Calif.
Being teammates with a premier player--in this case, Tyler Goeddel--can often pay dividends, and Prigatano has taken advantage this year. After batting .182/.273/.269 in just 22 at-bats last year, he worked hard to get into better shape and now has a muscular, 6-foot-3, 195-pound frame. Scouts started to take notice when he hit a home run off Joe Ross early in the season. Prigatano profiles as an above-average hitter with well above-average power potential. A righthanded hitter and thrower, he plays first base now but is athletic enough to hold down a corner outfield spot. He's at least an average runner and has good arm strength. Prigatano generated a lot of buzz this spring and fielded multiple scholarship offers before committing to Long Beach State. He may have pushed himself too far up draft boards to end up on campus.
19 500 St. Louis Cardinals Travis Miller RHP Miami Fla.
20 501 Chicago White Sox Chris Bassitt RHP 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.
21 502 Boston Red Sox Daniel Gossett RHP 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.
22 503 San Diego Padres Jeremy Rodriguez C Cal State Bakersfield Calif.
23 504 Texas Rangers Trever Adams OF Creighton Neb.
Creighton won its first Missouri Valley Conference regular-season title since 2005 and its first MVC tournament championship since 2007, led by a pair of seniors who went undrafted a year ago. Outfielder Trever Adams has been the Bluejays' most dangerous hitter since transferring from Hutchinson (Kan.) CC. Strong and compact at 6 feet and 200 pounds, he had no trouble adjusting to the new bats. He carried a .392 average, a MVC-best 14 homers and a 42-game on-base streak into the NCAA regional playoffs. The righthanded hitter can get overly aggressive at the plate at times. His bat, power, speed and arm are all solid tools, and he profiles well as a right fielder.
24 505 Cincinnati Reds Conor Costello OF Santa Fe HS, Edmond, Okla. Okla.
Triceps tendinitis limited Costello on the mound in 2010, but he was healthy this spring and his fastball jumped to 88-91 mph. He has a quick arm and more projection remaining in his slender 6-foot-3, 175-pound frame. He's a good athlete who also shows feel for spinning a curveball.
25 506 Atlanta Braves Adam Holland RHP St. Joseph's Pa.
26 507 San Francisco Giants Clayton Blackburn RHP Santa Fe HS, Edmond, Okla. Okla. $150,000
27 508 Minnesota Twins Austin Malinowski LHP Centennial HS, Circle Pines, Minn. Minn. $175,000
One area scout compared lefthander Austin Malinowski to Brad Hand, another Minnesota prep lefty who went in the second round to the Marlins three years ago. Malinowski hasn't gotten the same hype, but he's a projectable 6-foot-4, 205-pounder who works at 87-88 mph and touches 90 with his fastball. His secondary pitches need more work, but he may be willing to forgo his Arizona commitment and turn pro.
28 509 New York Yankees Branden Pinder RHP 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.
29 510 Tampa Bay Rays Brett McAfee SS Pine Tree HS, Longview, Texas Texas
30 511 Philadelphia Phillies Taylor Black SS Kentucky Ky.