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Pick Overall Team Player Position School State Bonus
1 542 Pittsburgh Pirates Josh Poytress LHP Fresno State Calif.
A 16th-round pick of the Astros out of high school, lefthander Josh Poytress has good athleticism in his 6-foot-1, 190-pound frame. He sits in the upper 80s with his fastball and tops out at 92, with a slider and changeup as secondary pitches. His command took a big step forward this year.
2 543 Seattle Mariners Nick Valenza LHP Horizon HS, Scottsdale, Ariz. Ariz. $140,000
Lefthander Nick Valenza is undersized at 5-foot-9 and 180 pounds, but he has a lightning-quick arm and has touched 93 mph this spring. He also throws a quality changeup and a power breaking ball, though he needs to improve his control. He's committed to Nevada.
3 544 Arizona Diamondbacks Taylor Siemens LHP California Baptist Calif.
Cal Baptist lefty Taylor Siemens is a Tommy John surgery alumnus who has regained fringy fastball velocity, working in the 87-90 mph range. His changeup and slider are also fringe-average. At 6-foot-5 and with a three-quarters arm slot, Siemens gives hitters an unusual look; he profiles as a lefthanded specialist.
4 545 Baltimore Orioles Brad Roney 3B Wetumpka (Ala.) HS 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.
5 546 Kansas City Royals Andy Ferguson RHP Arkansas State Ark.
Ferguson throws strikes with an upper-80s fastball and gets strikeouts with a solid split-finger pitch that helps him compete well against lefthanded hitters.
6 547 Washington Nationals Nick Lee LHP Weatherford (Texas) JC Texas
7 548 Cleveland Indians Shawn Armstrong RHP East Carolina N.C. $325,000
Scouts had hopes for East Carolina righthander Shawn Armstrong coming into the season, but he was inconsistent. He has a strong body at 6-foot-2, 215 pounds and a good arm, and he's at his best when he sits 91-92 mph down in the zone. He'll touch 94 and show a curveball and slider, with the former being a better pitch. He had made 18 appearances—six starts—going 3-1, 4.22 in 43 innings with 49 strikeouts and 21 walks.
8 549 Chicago Cubs James Pugliese RHP Mercer County (N.J.) CC N.J.
The most interesting juco prospect in New Jersey is righthander James Pugilese. There's effort to his delivery and his arm action raises concerns, but he has a 90-92 mph fastball and average breaking ball to go with a projectable 6-foot-3, 195-pound frame. In 57 innings, he struck out 71 while walking 23 and allowing just 30 hits.
9 550 Houston Astros Kevin Miller RHP California Calif.
Righthander Kevin Miller has never been drafted, but should be a good senior sign this year. A torn labrum in his hip limited him the past two years, but he's back to 100 percent this year. He settled into the 88-92 mph range with his fastball and touched 94 earlier in the year. He has good command of his fastball and spots it to all quadrants of the strike zone. He also shows confidence in his 12-to-6 curveball and mixes in a changeup. Miller has had success as a starter--he took a no-hitter into the eighth inning against Coastal Carolina in his season debut this year--but most of his work with the Bears has been in relief, and that's probably where he profiles best with his stocky, 6-foot, 207-pound frame and injury history.
10 551 Milwaukee Brewers Chris McFarland SS Lufkin (Texas) HS Texas $315,000
It's usually difficult to lure Rice recruits away from college, and it's unlikely a team will buy McFarland away from the Owls after a lackluster spring. He's a 6-foot-1, 195-pound righthanded hitter with solid tools across the board. He makes contact and projects to have gap power, and he's an average runner with a fringy arm who'll have to move from shortstop to second or third base.
11 552 New York Mets Travis Taijeron OF Cal Poly Pomona Calif.
12 553 Florida Marlins Greg Nappo LHP Connecticut Conn.
Gregg Nappo is a fifth-year senior whom teams talked to about drafting in the 10-15 round range last year, but he wanted to return to Storrs. At 6 feet and 195 pounds, he doesn't offer much projection, but he has been one of the Big East's best performers, going 9-2, 2.97 through 13 starts. He works at 86-90 mph with his fastball, cutting it and adding two-seam run at times. Nappo doesn't overpower hitters, but he gets outs by working both sides of the plate and sequencing pitches well. He has an average slurvy breaking ball and a firm changeup.
13 554 Los Angeles Dodgers Chris O'Brien C Wichita State Kan.
It's fair to say that no one anticipated Chris O'Brien's breakout season. He hit .272/.365/.401 in his first two seasons at Wichita State, then dipped to .197/.282/.219 with wood bats in the Cape Cod League last summer. He looked like a different hitter this spring, batting .410/.495/.643 with a 40-18 BB-K ratio even after the NCAA switched to less lively bats. A 6-foot, 219-pound switch-hitter, he took regular batting practice in the offseason and made his stance wider and more open. Though catchers who can hit are always in demand, O'Brien probably won't go in the first five rounds. He has fringy arm strength and receiving skills, though he does earn high marks for his ability to call pitches and run a pitching staff. His father Charlie was an All-America catcher for the Shockers and spent 15 years in the majors thanks to his defensive prowess.
14 555 Los Angeles Angels Trevor Hairgrove SS UC Riverside Calif.
Hairgrove lacks a plus or even solid-average tool, but he's a decent defensive shortstop with a future as an organizational player
15 556 Oakland Athletics Brent Powers LHP Sam Houston State Texas
16 557 Detroit Tigers Brett Harrison 3B Green Valley HS, Henderson, Nev. Nev. $125,000
17 558 Colorado Rockies Ben Alsup RHP Louisiana State La.
18 559 Toronto Blue Jays Jon Berti 2B Bowling Green State Ohio
Jon Berti has hit .368, .423 and .356 in three seasons at Bowling Green State. He's a 5-foot-10, 175-pound sparkplug with a line-drive righthanded swing and well above-average speed. He has a knack for squaring pitches up and using the opposite field, though he doesn't have much pop and struggled with wood bats last summer in the Cape League. His hands and arm aren't quite up to snuff at shortstop, where he made 17 errors in 46 games this spring, so he'll likely shift to second base in pro ball.
19 560 St. Louis Cardinals Kyle Hald LHP Old Dominion Va.
20 561 Chicago White Sox Bryan Blough RHP Kennesaw State Ga.
Kennesaw State's top draft pick will be senior righty Bryan Blough, who was on BA's 2009 list as a junior college product. He had a rough adjustment to Division I in 2010, posting a 10.29 ERA, but rebounded to go 4-4, 3.61 this season. He keeps the ball down and can push his fastball into the 88-92 mph range from an over-the-top delivery. Blough also holds his velocity well and gets depth on his slider.
21 562 Boston Red Sox Andrew Jones RHP Samford Ala.
A pair of righthanded relievers, Andrew Jones and Grant Sides, and are the team's top pitching prospects this year. Jones touched 93 with his heater while generally pitching with an average fastball with decent life. He throws a lot of strikes and has a solid-average changeup as well.
22 563 San Diego Padres Mike Gallic OF Marist N.Y.
The rare toolsy senior, Gallic has an athletic 6-foot-2, 210-pound body. He is a plus runner, a good defender in center field and has above-average raw power, though he sells out for the long ball too often. Gallic should get taken in the 15th- to 20th-round range.
23 564 Texas Rangers Nick Martinez RHP Fordham N.Y.
24 565 Cincinnati Reds Jimmy Moran RHP South Florida Fla.
25 566 Atlanta Braves Greg Ross RHP Frostburg State (Md.) Md.
26 567 San Francisco Giants Cristian Otero SS Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, Gurabo, P.R. P.R. $150,000
Otero has a better chance to stay at short than Jean Delgado, has good fundamentals with his footwork and soft hands, and shows the ability to use the whole field. That's his best attribute offensively, as he shows little power.
27 568 Minnesota Twins Corey Kimes LHP Illinois Ill.
28 569 New York Yankees Hayden Sharp RHP Morris (Okla.) HS Okla. $200,000
Sharp created a stir when he reportedly threw in the mid-90s and touched 98 mph in an Oklahoma state 3-A playoff game in mid-May. Morris HS lost that contest 1-0 to Sperry HS, ending its season and any chance for scouts to see Sharp in any further game action. He's very raw on the mound and more thrower than pitcher, but he's also extremely athletic and very projectable at 6-foot-6 and 205 pounds. He has a scholarship to play quarterback at Central Oklahoma, a NCAA Division II program, but is believed to be very interested in turning pro.
29 570 Tampa Bay Rays Andy Bass RHP Davidson N.C.
Andy Bass worked out of the bullpen for Davidson with an 88-92 mph fastball and decent slider. There's some effort to his delivery, but he has a good frame at 6-foot-4, 210 pounds.
30 571 Philadelphia Phillies Drew Hillman 3B UC Irvine Calif.
Scouts heap praise on the UC Irvine coaching staff to get the most out of its players, and the Anteaters are loaded with quality college players who project as organizational players in pro ball: third baseman/righthander Brian Hernandez, outfielders Drew Hillman and Sean Madigan and catcher Ronnie Shaeffer.