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Pick Overall Team Player Position School State Bonus
1 512 Pittsburgh Pirates Aaron Brown OF Chatsworth (Calif.) HS Calif.
Physical and athletic, Brown has legitimate two-way talent, though most scouts prefer him as a hitter. A veteran of the showcase circuit, Brown made a splash in the Jesse Flores Memorial All Star Game in November, when he ripped an RBI double to left-center. He also struck out Mike Moustakas in a Chatsworth alumni game last year. Brown has good strength in his 6-foot-2, 200-pound frame, and he flashes above-average raw power in batting practice, though it does not yet translate to games. In the past, Brown had a tendency to open his hips too early in his swing, but he has made a conscious effort to stay closed longer and drive the ball the other way. His lefthanded swing is compact and flat, giving him a chance to be an average hitter in time, but his bat remains inconsistent. He swings and misses more than he should, a result of timing and pitch recognition issues. He's a fringe-average runner who projects as an average corner outfielder, and his solid-average to plus arm should play in right field. Off the mound, Brown reaches 90 mph from the left side to go along with a promising hard slurve and some feel for a changeup. He could be a strong two-way player if he honors his commitment to Pepperdine.
2 513 Seattle Mariners Nate Melendres OF Miami Fla. $150,000
At 5-foot-10, 197 pounds, Melendres has four tools that are average or better. He is a solid-average defender and plus runner who plays the short game well and makes consistent contact. He's a good basestealer whose bat lacks impact potential due to his lack of power. Melendres' average arm helps him profile as a fourth outfielder.
3 514 Arizona Diamondbacks Adam Choplick LHP Ryan HS, Denton, Texas Texas
Lefthander Adam Choplick is a 6-foot-8, 245-pound power forward who made the Texas 4-A all-star team after averaging 17 points and 11 rebounds a game as a senior. He missed the 2010 baseball season after having Tommy John surgery and didn't return to the mound until this April. In his third start back, he needed just 71 pitches to throw a 16-strikeout perfect game. Choplick's fastball has sat at 89-91 mph this spring, and he should add velocity as he gets more experience and puts his elbow reconstruction further behind him. He throws with a high three-quarters delivery, so his heater arrives on a steep downward plane, though it also lacks life. His feel for his curveball is rudimentary, and he doesn't have much of a changeup. Unlike many big pitchers, Choplick has good body control and a fairly solid delivery. He has committed to Oklahoma, and has the raw athletic ability to develop into a premium draft pick in 2014 if he doesn't sign this summer.
4 515 Baltimore Orioles Nick Carmichael RHP Palomar (Calif.) JC Calif.
5 516 Kansas City Royals Nick Cuckovich 3B Riverside (Calif.) CC Calif.
6 517 Washington Nationals Esteban Guzman RHP San Jose State Calif.
7 518 Cleveland Indians Kevin Brady RHP 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.
8 519 Chicago Cubs John Andreoli OF Connecticut Conn. $134,600
Right fielder John Andreoli, whose dad has the same name and played in the NFL for one season with the New England Patriots, had a solid sophomore season but needed to reinvent himself with the less-lively bats this year. Andreoli, who is also Daniel Bard's cousin, improved throughout the spring, but scouts still question his bat, as he doesn't hit for much power. He's a plus runner timed in the 6.55-second range in the 60-yard dash, and he has a knack for bunting for a base hit. Andreoli is a good defender, and his arm strength is not that far behind George Springer's.
9 520 Houston Astros Tyson Perez RHP Fresno CC Calif. $100,000
10 521 Milwaukee Brewers Mario Amaral C Reagan HS, Hialeah, Fla. Fla.
Beyond the top group of Florida catchers, some evaluators preferred Mario Amaral who has a strong frame and more arm strength than Aramis Garcia. Like Garcia, Amaral opened eyes with his raw power potential and he performed well this spring. He has signed with Florida State.
11 522 New York Mets Jonathan Clark OF Lee (Tenn.) Tenn.
12 523 Florida Marlins Derek Varnadore RHP 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.
13 524 Los Angeles Dodgers Jesus Valdez 3B Oxnard (Calif.) JC Calif.
An unsigned fifth-round pick of the Angels out of high school last year, Valdez had committed to Arizona but wound up at Oxnard instead. His stock has held steady after a year of junior-college ball, and he figures to be drafted in the same range this year. He has made strides throwing quality strikes, and his breaking ball has improved. He threw a loopy curveball a year ago, but now he's throwing a slider. His fastball is his bread and butter, sitting at 90-92 and peaking at 94. He dabbles with a changeup, but it is still in its nascent stages. Valdez has a quick arm and a loose, wiry 6-foot-3, 180-pound frame. Scouts would like to see him develop a more aggressive approach on the mound, and they question his work ethic and intensity. He has the arm strength to reach the big leagues, but his current repertoire suggests he'll be a reliever in pro ball.
14 525 Los Angeles Angels Hunter Lockwood C Bell HS, Hurst, Texas Texas
An Oklahoma recruit, Lockwood led all Dallas-area players (including projected first-rounder Josh Bell) with 16 homers through late May. The 5-foot-11, 189-pounder has a lot of strength and bat speed from the right side of the plate. He has average arm strength but a slow release, and he'll have to improve significantly as a receiver to remain behind the plate.
15 526 Oakland Athletics Sean Jamieson SS Canisius N.Y.
16 527 Detroit Tigers Chad Smith RHP Southern California Calif.
17 528 Colorado Rockies Will Rankin RHP Southern Polytechnic State (Ga.) Ga.
18 529 Toronto Blue Jays Brady Dragmire RHP 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.
19 530 St. Louis Cardinals Dutch Deol OF Aliso Niguel HS, Aliso Viejo, Calif. Calif. $100,000
20 531 Chicago White Sox Collin Kuhn OF Arkansas Ark.
Fellow Razorback outfielder Collin Kuhn outhit Kyle Robinson against better league pitching and was the team's leading home run hitter. Like Robinson, he can be too aggressive at the plate, but at least he has speed and can sub in as a center fielder. His below-average arm may limit him from being a fourth outfielder, however. He's a fourth-year junior with present strength and no carrying tool.
21 532 Boston Red Sox Blake Forslund RHP 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.
22 533 San Diego Padres Matt Stites RHP 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.
23 534 Texas Rangers Ryan Rua SS Lake Erie (Ohio) Ohio
24 535 Cincinnati Reds Morgan Phillips SS Douglas Academy, New York N.Y.
College of Charleston recruit Morgan Phillips looks the part but is raw. He has strong wrists and a slashy swing at the plate, and he shows good hands at shortstop, though he might end up in the outfield.
25 536 Atlanta Braves Gus Schlosser RHP Florida Southern Fla.
26 537 San Francisco Giants Paul Davis RHP 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.
27 538 Minnesota Twins Josh Burris RHP 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.
28 539 New York Yankees Mathew Troupe RHP 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.
29 540 Tampa Bay Rays Taylor Motter SS Coastal Carolina S.C.
Motter is a solid, reliable defender at shortstop with a solid-average arm as well as good hands and footwork, making up for fringe-average speed. He has good instincts, draws plenty of walks and is a smart baserunner, and his ability to play short should make him the top draft pick on the Chanticleers.
30 541 Philadelphia Phillies Jesen Dygestile-Therrien RHP 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.