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1 722 Pittsburgh Pirates Brian Sharp SS California Baptist Calif.
Brian Sharp, a 23-year-old junior, has dominated considerably younger competition this year. He won't stick at shortstop in pro ball, but he can hit, has some pop and decent speed.
2 723 Seattle Mariners Tanner Chleborad RHP Stevens HS, Rapid City, S.D. S.D.
Righthander Tanner Chleborad is projectable as a 6-foot-5, 200-pounder with good mechanics. After throwing in the low 80s last summer, he's now up to 86-89 mph with his fastball. His secondary pitches are well below-average, so he needs to develop at Washington State rather than turn pro.
3 724 Arizona Diamondbacks Matt Ogden RHP Smoky Hill HS, Aurora, Colo. Colo.
Righthander Matt Ogden has touched 92 mph with his fastball, but he pitched most frequently in the mid-80s this spring and will likely wind up at Michigan.
4 725 Baltimore Orioles Jalen Simmons OF Camden County HS, Kingsland, Ga. Ga.
5 726 Kansas City Royals Spencer Patton RHP Southern Illinois-Edwardsville Ill.
6 727 Washington Nationals Kyle Ottoson LHP Arizona State Ariz.
7 728 Cleveland Indians Taylor Sparks 3B St. John Bosco HS, Bellflower, Calif. Calif.
Sparks' father Don played for coach Dave Snow at Loyola Marymount and was a fifth-round pick of the Yankees in 1988 who played nine seasons as a corner infielder in pro ball. Sparks was a standout wide receiver for the St. John Bosco football team before focusing on baseball in 2010, when he stood out at the Area Code Games along with Bosco teammate Dante Flores. Sparks played an able shortstop this spring, demonstrating soft hands, quick feet and a quick release, but his range is limited and he profiles better as a third baseman as he grows into his 6-foot-3, 200-pound frame. He has average arm strength but below-average accuracy. He's an outstanding, physical athlete with average speed under way. Sparks takes a "major league batting practice," as one scout put it, flashing plus raw power, but it doesn't yet translate to games. Early in the spring, his stance was upright and his swing had plenty of holes, but he made an adjustment midway through the year, spreading out his lower half and flattening his stroke. His performance this spring has not matched his tools, and scouts seem content to let him go to UC Irvine and refine his game. He's a good student and is considered a tough sign.
8 729 Chicago Cubs George Asmus RHP Ohlone (Calif.) JC Calif.
9 730 Houston Astros Jesse Wierzbicki 1B North Carolina N.C.
Aside from Stallings and Levi Michael, the Tar Heels have a few senior signs in first baseman Jesse Wierzbicki and righthanders Greg Holt and Patrick Johnson. Wierzbicki has shown some power in his two years in Chapel Hill, hitting 14 home runs in just over 400 at-bats.
10 731 Milwaukee Brewers Michael Palazzone RHP Georgia Ga.
Georgia used a strong finish to the season to made it back to NCAA regional play after an up-and-down regular season. One key for the Bulldogs' improvement over a 16-win season last year was its starting pitching, keyed by righthander Michael Palazzone. He was an unsigned 18th-round pick in 2008 by the Braves--one round after Tech ace Mark Pope--but headed to school. He was a draft-eligible sophomore last year but lasted until the 32nd round thanks to a straight, low-90s fastball that got pounded to the tune of 4-6, 8.66. He was a rock in 2011, though, going 10-5, 3.14 after a loss in regional play. He pitched somewhat like Pope this year, commanding a fringy fastball at 87-89 mph, touching 91 and showing more life than he did in the past. He's done a much better job throwing his slurvy breaking ball and changeup for strikes, and his pitch patterns have improved significantly. He's expected to be drafted in the first 12 rounds.
11 732 New York Mets Tant Shepherd 1B Texas Texas
12 733 Florida Marlins Tony Caldwell C Auburn Ala.
13 734 Los Angeles Dodgers Matt Shelton RHP Sam Houston State Texas
14 735 Los Angeles Angels Jarrod Parks 3B Mississippi State Miss.
15 736 Oakland Athletics Max Kuhn SS Zionsville (Ind.) Community HS Ind.
16 737 Detroit Tigers Matt Crouse LHP Mississippi Miss.
Lefthander Matt Crouse has a better feel for pitching and wound up as Ole Miss' most consistent starter, going 7-4, 3.41 in 90 innings. He throws strikes with an 88-91 mph fastball and pitches off his heater, commanding it, cutting it and running it to both sides of the plate. His crossfire delivery gives him deception, and his ability to add and subtract off his heater helps his fringy changeup and curveball play up.
17 738 Colorado Rockies Connor McKay OF Regis Jesuit HS, Aurora, Colo. Colo.
Outfielder Connor McKay is a two-sport standout who tore his ACL while playing wide receiver for Regis Jesuit High in the Colorado 5-A championship game. The Raiders lost that one, but McKay returned to action in baseball in time to DH as Regis Jesuit won the state title in baseball. He has a lean, projectable 6-foot-6, 180-pound frame. He showed good tools on the showcase circuit, including above-average running times, a strong arm and lift in his swing. He could show power when he fills out. Because scouts didn't get to see much of him this spring, he'll likely head to Kansas next season.
18 739 Toronto Blue Jays David Rollins LHP San Jacinto (Texas) JC Texas
Rollins, a lefthander who endured two surgeries on his non-throwing shoulder, has a better three-pitch mix than teammate Miguel Pena but not as much command. The 6-foot-1, 195-pounder has an 88-91 mph sinker, a slider with bite and a good changeup. He has been drafted in each of the last three years, by the Dodgers in the 19th round in 2008 and by the Mariners in the 23rd round in 2009 and the 46th round last year. Like Pena, Rollins has signed with Lubbock Christian for 2012.
19 740 St. Louis Cardinals Jonathan Cornelius LHP Florida Tech Fla.
20 741 Chicago White Sox Mark Haddow OF UC Santa Barbara Calif.
Mark Haddow is a senior sign with upside--a tools guy who finally translated his talent into performance this spring. Physical and athletic at 6-foot-2, 215 pounds, Haddow is a solid-average runner with a solid-average arm and average defensive skills at a corner outfield spot. Making consistent contact has always been his bugaboo. He has done a better job with it this spring, though scouts still doubt he'll hit enough to be a big league regular.
21 742 Boston Red Sox Drew Turocy OF Akron Ohio
One of three brothers to play for Akron, outfielder Drew Turocy has led the Zips in most offensive categories in each of the last two seasons. A 6-foot-3, 185-pound lefthanded hitter he's similar to Ben Klafczynski in that he's a tweener with decent but not standout tools. Turocy may not have the range or routes to play center field as a pro, and he may not have enough power for an outfield corner. He was a two-way player in his first two seasons at Akron, which were sandwiched around a redshirt year in 2009 after he had Tommy John surgery.
22 743 San Diego Padres Erick Fedde RHP Las Vegas HS Nev.
Fedde has a projectable, 6-foot-3, 170-pound frame. He got his fastball up to 92 mph this year and mixes in a changeup and a good slider that he can throw to both sides of the plate.
23 744 Texas Rangers Zach Fish C Gull Lake HS, Richland, Mich. Mich.
24 745 Cincinnati Reds Nick O'Shea 1B Minnesota Minn.
25 746 Atlanta Braves Brian Stamps OF Oregon State Ore.
26 747 San Francisco Giants Keith Bilodeau RHP Maine Maine
Bilodeau is a 6-foot-4, 190-pound righty with a decent curveball and an 89-91 mph fastball, though scouts think he could add velocity. Bilodeau spent the last two summers pitching in the Cape Cod League.
27 748 Minnesota Twins Nick Burdi RHP Downers Grove (Ill.) South HS Ill.
Burdi has the best high school arm in the upper Midwest. He struck out the side in his inning of work at the Under Armour All-America Game last August, then showed an electric 93-95 mph fastball that topped out at 97 at the World Wood Bat Championship two months later. He showed similar arm strength in his first two starts this spring, then missed a month for a variety of reasons and hasn't been the same since. In May, his velocity ranged from 84-93 mph. The 6-foot-4, 220-pounder slings the ball from a low three-quarters arm slot, and scouts already were worried about his delivery and projected him as a reliever. He doesn't repeat his mechanics, and sometimes his fastball gets flat and sits up in the zone. His No. 2 pitch is a hard slider that can be devastating at times but lacks consistency. Burdi's lackluster spring, commitment to Louisville and reported seven-figure price tag may cause him to slide in the draft. A team that considers him signable could pop him in the third or fourth round.
28 749 New York Yankees Matt Tracy LHP Mississippi Miss.
29 750 Tampa Bay Rays Charlie Cononie RHP Towson Md.
30 751 Philadelphia Phillies Matt Campbell RHP Florida Fla.