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Pick Overall Team Player Position School State Bonus
1 662 Pittsburgh Pirates Mike Jefferson LHP Louisiana Tech La.
2 663 Seattle Mariners John Taylor RHP South Carolina S.C.
3 664 Arizona Diamondbacks Garrett Weber SS Fresno State Calif.
4 665 Baltimore Orioles Mike Miedzianowski SS Martin County HS, Stuart, Fla. Fla.
5 666 Kansas City Royals Dave Middendorf LHP Northern Kentucky Ky.
6 667 Washington Nationals Travis Henke RHP Arkansas-Little Rock Ark.
7 668 Cleveland Indians Matthew Reckling RHP Rice Texas
Cingrani's teammate at Rice, righthander Matthew Reckling, has made a similar leap forward but won't be as easy to sign away from the Owls. He's a top student with one year of eligibility remaining, and the team's stadium is named after his grandparents, Tommy (a former Rice player) and Isla, the facility's lead donors. Reckling pitched just 16 innings in 2010, when he battled command issues and posted a 6.32 ERA, but emerged as the Owls' Saturday starter this spring. His stuff improved after Rice eliminated recoil in his delivery, and the 6-foot-4, 205-pounder now pitches with a low-90s fastball and a hard curveball. Reckling didn't begin pitching until his senior year of high school, and his command still needs work.
8 669 Chicago Cubs Ethan Elias RHP Grand Trunk HS, Evansburg, Alb. Alberta
9 670 Houston Astros Drew Muren OF Cal State Northridge Calif.
Cal State Northridge's Drew Muren was expected to be an impact two-way player in college. While Gates wound up focusing on pitching, Muren focused on hitting and playing center field. Scouts are down on his bat--he needs to add strength to his skinny 6-foot-6, 195-pound frame--but he is a solid-average to plus runner who can track balls down in the outfield. He also has good arm strength, and there are scouts who like him as a sleeper on the mound. They just haven't gotten the chance this spring to see what he can do as a pitcher.
10 671 Milwaukee Brewers Dennis Jones OF Davis HS, Montgomery, Ala. Ala.
11 672 New York Mets Casey Turgeon SS Dunedin (Fla.) HS Fla.
12 673 Florida Marlins Collin Cargill RHP Southern Mississippi Miss.
The Golden Eagles also have yet another submarine closer, a signature for the program that produced Chad Bradford. Senior Colin Cargill isn't quite a knuckle-scraper like Bradford but gets plenty of sink on his mid-80s fastball and has used his slider more this season, making him tougher on lefthanded hitters. He's tough to elevate and has given up just 24 runs in 51 appearances the last two seasons.
13 674 Los Angeles Dodgers Kyle Conwell OF Bellevue (Wash.) CC Wash.
14 675 Los Angeles Angels Brennan Gowens OF Fresno State Calif.
15 676 Oakland Athletics Rhett Stafford OF Marshall W.Va.
16 677 Detroit Tigers Tommy Collier RHP San Jacinto (Texas) JC Texas
Collier was the leading winner on San Jacinto's 2009 College World Series team but had Tommy John surgery last year. The Gators eased him back in a relief role, and the 6-foot-2, 205-pounder showed a low-90s sinker and signs of a plus changeup. His hard slider used to be his bread and butter--and throwing too many may have led to his torn elbow ligament--but he babied his breaking ball this spring. Drafted twice previously (29th round by the Brewers in 2008, 49th round by the Blue Jays in 2009), Collier is expected to sign rather than follow through on a commitment to Houston.
17 678 Colorado Rockies Logan Mahon LHP Southeast Missouri State Mo.
18 679 Toronto Blue Jays Aaron Nola RHP Catholic HS, Baton Rouge La.
Nola's older brother Austin is a three-year starter at Louisiana State, and Aaron has signed with LSU as well. They could be teammates in 2012 because scouts see positives and negatives on both as the draft approaches. Aaron gets compared to former LSU righthander Louis Coleman because of his low-slot release point and fastball/changeup combination. Nola is much less physical than the 6-foot-4 Coleman, though, listed at 6 feet, 164 pounds. In some ways he more closely resembles former LSU recruit Jeremy Hellickson, as his out pitch is a devastating changeup that earns plus grades from scouts now. Nola has had health issues, with a sports hernia that cost him weight and time in 2010 and shoulder tendinitis that slowed him in 2011. He came back strong, throwing strikes and sitting with average velocity at 89-91 mph this spring. His lower slot is better suited to a slider, but Nola is still throwing a below-average curveball. Signability and size could push Nola out of the first five rounds, but his whippy arm and changeup could prompt a team to buy him out of LSU.
19 680 St. Louis Cardinals Justin Kamplain LHP Walker HS, Jasper, Ala. Ala.
The state has two late-blooming lefthanders who jumped up draft boards. Alabama signee Justin Kamplain, who has a quick arm on a 5-foot-10, 165-pound frame, has hit 91 mph and sits in the upper 80s, and he throws a decent curveball and changeup.
20 681 Chicago White Sox Blake Drake RHP Indiana State Ind.
21 682 Boston Red Sox Joe Holtmeyer RHP Nebraska-Omaha Neb.
After leading NCAA Division II in strikeouts (152) and whiffs per nine innings (15.7) and then holding his own in the Cape Cod League in 2010, Joe Holtmeyer had early-round aspirations for the draft. But he changed his delivery in the Cape, going from a three-quarters arm slot to more over the top, and his stuff has suffered. Last year, the 6-foot-3, 240-pounder had a 91-93 mph fastball and a sharp curveball. Now he's pitching with more effort in his delivery, sitting mostly at 86-88 mph with his heater and using a slower curve. He's still racking up strikeouts, many of them with a changeup that has splitter action. He'll still get drafted, but it probably won't be in the first 10 rounds and he's not drawing Joe Blanton comparisons any longer
22 683 San Diego Padres Matt Colantonio C Brown R.I.
23 684 Texas Rangers T.J. Costen SS First Colonial HS, Virginia Beach Va.
The state had a lightning-fast high schooler in Mitchell Shifflett in 2010, and doubts about his bat and his commitment to Virginia led to him not getting drafted at all. While T.J. Costen can handle the bat a little better, he figures to follow a similar path. A plus (or better) runner, three years with South Carolina could turn him into a dynamic player.
24 685 Cincinnati Reds Amir Garrett LHP Henderson (Nev.) International School Nev. $1,000,000
Garrett has quickly gone from being unknown to being a legitimate prospect in two sports. He didn't start playing organized basketball until his freshman year but jumped onto the varsity from day one. He has grown into a 6-foot-6 wing player with explosive leaping ability and has committed to St. John's. He is also interested in playing baseball. While playing on a travel basketball team last summer, Garrett made time to pitch in the Tournament of Stars, flashing upper 80s velocity from the windup, dipping 8-10 mph from the stretch. His athleticism has allowed him to make great strides this spring even though he hasn't played for a team. He has a throwing program that incorporates yoga, long-toss and resistance training and started throwing bullpens and stretching his arm out. When basketball season ended, he ramped up his baseball workouts and has been throwing for scouts. In early May, he threw for a group of scouts in Las Vegas and sat 90-94 mph while touching 96. He also flashed a changeup with life in the lower 80s and has shown flashes of a usable curveball. Everything is, understandably, a work in progress for Garrett but his athleticism from the left side is impossible to ignore.
25 686 Atlanta Braves Clint Wright RHP Columbia State (Tenn.) CC Tenn.
Slugging Cody Stubbs heads up a thin junior-college crop that's also buoyed by righthander Clint Wright, a jumbo-sized 6-foot-7, 240-pounder who is a third-year sophomore. Committed to Austin Peay, Wright had average fastball velocity to go with a slider and changeup. He shows better velocity in shorter stints.
26 687 San Francisco Giants Cameron McVey RHP Biola (Calif.) Calif.
Biola closer Cameron McVey is a physically mature 22-year-old junior righthander with some arm strength. He'll show a 92-93 mph fastball and spin a breaking ball that's serviceable at best, with a poor arm action.
27 688 Minnesota Twins James Ramsey OF Florida State Fla.
Florida State doesn't have a lot of draft prospects other than ace Sean Gilmartin, with the exception of outfielder James Ramsey, who has a chance to go in a single-digit round. He's a lefthanded hitter with an uppercut swing who has improved his hitting ability this season, using the whole field more while maintaining his solid raw power. The 6-foot, 190-pounder has solid-average tools across the board. He's an academic all-American who didn't play summer ball the last two years. His father played on Florida State's 1980 College World Series team and his mother played tennis there, so his signability could be tough.
28 689 New York Yankees Nick Goody RHP State JC of Florida Fla.
Nick Goody, a solid righty at 6-foot-1, 190 pounds with a 88-92 mph fastball and solid slider.
29 690 Tampa Bay Rays Brad Hendrix RHP Auburn Ala.
Among other Tigers, righthander Brad Hendrix has touched 96 mph from a low slot and has a fresh arm for a senior, having thrown just 28 innings this year (just eight in SEC play). He doesn't repeat his release point consistently enough to throw strikes
30 691 Philadelphia Phillies Matt Holland OF Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Texas