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Pick Overall Team Player Position School State Bonus
1 932 Pittsburgh Pirates Derek Trent C East Tennessee State Tenn.
The Bucs have an aggressive approach, leading to a lot of swings and missed but also to a consistent offense. Catcher Derek Trent was an exception, making more contact and using the whole field more than his teammates. He has shown an average to above-average arm, flashing 1.9-second pop times to second base. He threw out 41 percent of basestealers. Trent split time for his first three seasons between catching and outfield, and as an integral part of the Bucs' offense, he often rested instead of catching extra bullpens. As a result, his receiving isn't advanced. He makes up for it with good offensive ability. He adjusted his approach to make more contact and wound up hitting .351/.450/.620 with 14 homers this spring. A decent athlete with a lefthanded bat and solid (6-foot-1, 205 pounds) size, Trent is one of the nation's better senior signs.
2 933 Seattle Mariners Kyle Hunter LHP Kansas State Kan.
Kyle Hunter is a classic pitchability lefthander. The 6-foot-2, 207-pounder won't light up a radar gun, but he will locate his 87-89 mph fastball to both sides of the plate and touch 91. His changeup is his best pitch, and he has a little slider that's effective. Kansas State's best starter the last two years, he has been drafted twice, by the White Sox in the 33rd round out of high school and by the Yankees in the 43rd round as a sophomore-eligible last year. He's related to Hall of Fame shortstop Luke Appling.
3 934 Arizona Diamondbacks Matt Jensen 2B Cal Poly Calif.
4 935 Baltimore Orioles John Costa RHP Summit Christian HS, West Palm Beach, Fla. Fla.
5 936 Kansas City Royals Chris Serritella 1B Southern Illinois Ill.
Southern Illinois first baseman Chris Serritella, who hit 13 homers and figured to be the state's best college hitting prospect, took a redshirt year after breaking his right wrist in a intrasquad game.
6 937 Washington Nationals Josh Tobias SS Southeast Guilford HS, Greensboro, N.C. N.C.
Outside of Brett Austin, Josh Tobias is the most interesting hitter in the state. He has a short but strong build at 5-foot-10, 190 pounds, has shown the ability to hit and has good speed. His position is a big question. He plays shortstop for his high school but is better suited for center field or second base. While he has recorded good 60-yard dash times in showcases, scouts aren't sold on him being able to handle center. He is listed as a switch-hitter but rarely does it in games, sticking to the right side.
7 938 Cleveland Indians Michael Roth LHP South Carolina S.C.
Gamecocks ace lefthander Michael Roth has been a winner for the team the last two years, as a lefty specialist reliever, emergency starter in Omaha and then again this year as the team's No. 1 starter. Roth has good size at 6-foot-4, 210 pounds with a below-average fastball at 82-87 mph. He adds and subtracts from it and pitches inside to set up his excellent changeup. He's a senior sign for most scouts, who respect his moxie and performance.
8 939 Chicago Cubs Ronnie Richardson OF Central Florida Fla.
Central Florida's top prospect entering the year was supposed to be outfielder Ronnie Richardson, a speedy 5-foot-7 dynamo and draft-eligible sophomore. He hasn't broken out yet and will be a tough read. He turned down the Twins as an 11th-rounder out of high school and has improved as a switch-hitter with more experience, with his lefthanded swing making great progress. He's a plus runner but not a burner and needs to be more patient at the plate while gaining aggressiveness on the basepaths. Richardson has good arm strength and shows above-average defense in center field at times. His best performances tend to come against better opponents, with his consistency leaving something to be desired.
9 940 Houston Astros Jarrod McKinney OF Arkansas Ark.
10 941 Milwaukee Brewers Sean Albury RHP Nova Southeastern (Fla.) Fla.
Sean Albury, a smallish righthander originally from the Bahamas, has a fastball that ranges from 90-93 mph, and that should get him drafted.
11 942 New York Mets Chad Zurcher SS Memphis Tenn.
The Tigers' best performer was redshirt junior Chad Zurcher, one of the nation's most productive shortstops. He was leading the nation in batting and on-base percentage, batting .443/.547/.557. Zurcher, just 6 feet, 167 pounds, has no plus tool; scouts and even college coaches give him average grades for his bat despite his gaudy numbers. He has barrel control and plays hard and smart, maximizing what he has.
12 943 Florida Marlins Kenny Jackson 3B Texas A&M Texas
13 944 Los Angeles Dodgers Mickey McConnell SS St. Mary's Calif.
14 945 Los Angeles Angels Jett Bandy C Arizona Ariz.
Catcher Jett Bandy is a good receiver but has fringy arm strength and a questionable bat.
15 946 Oakland Athletics Sasha Kuebel LHP St. Louis University HS Mo.
16 947 Detroit Tigers Brian Stroud RHP Western Michigan Mich.
17 948 Colorado Rockies Sam Mende SS South Florida Fla.
The South Florida Bulls could have shortstop Sam Mende go out due to his dependable defensive skills up the middle. Mende had a brutal year with the bat, however, batting .194 in Big East games with 26 strikeouts in 103 at-bats.
18 949 Toronto Blue Jays Austin Nola SS Louisiana State La.
Nola has been at his best when LSU has needed him most. He took over as the Tigers' everyday shortstop midway through his freshman season, pushing current big leaguer D.J. LeMahieu to second base, solidifying the infield defense and helping propel LSU to its sixth College World Series championship. As a sophomore, Nola earned MVP honors at the Southeastern Conference tournament, and he had started every game as a junior. After struggling defensively early, Nola settled down as the steady, strong-armed shortstop he was his first two seasons. He doesn't have great range but has soft hands and the arm strength to make plays in the hole. Nola had a middling offensive season, batting .296/.378/.413. He's never had much power, and he's an average runner at best. Nola's younger brother Aaron is committed to LSU as well, and the Tigers would love to have both next season. The elder Nola's lack of offensive impact could make it tough for teams to meet his asking price.
19 950 St. Louis Cardinals Kevin Jacob RHP Georgia Tech Ga.
Georgia Tech has its own once-touted prospect who has faltered in Kevin Jacob, a righthander who was the No. 1 prospect in the Alaska League in 2009, when he was hitting 97-99 mph. Jacob always had unusual pitching mechanics, with an over-the-top delivery, and he broke down last season, missing much of the year with a shoulder injury. He avoided surgery, but hasnt found that elite velocity since then. He had a good outing against Georgia in late April when he threw 91-93 mph and didn't walk a batter; scouts who saw him then may bite on the senior, who didn't sign as an 18th-round pick of the Yankees last season.
20 951 Chicago White Sox Michael Johnson SS Samford Ala.
21 952 Boston Red Sox Tyler Wells OF Lexington (Ky.) Catholic HS Ky.
22 953 San Diego Padres Clint Moore SS Army N.Y.
The U.S. Military Academy has three draft prospects--Kevin McKague, Joe Henshaw and Clint Moore--though the Army's active duty requirement clouds their pro potential.
23 954 Texas Rangers Matt Leeds 3B College of Charleston S.C.
The Cougars' top player the last two seasons, third baseman Matt Leeds, hit 18 homers this season even with the new bats, though Charleston's bandbox ballpark takes some of the shine off that. He's a switch-hitter and a fair athlete who already has graduated with honors as a fourth-year junior. He's an aggressive hitter who strikes out a lot.
24 955 Cincinnati Reds Erik Miller RHP Texas Christian Texas $100,000
25 956 Atlanta Braves Jackson Laumann 1B Boone County HS, Florence, Ky. Ky. $150,000
The state's top prep position prospect is Jackson Laumann, whose father Doug is the White Sox scouting director. A 6-foot-3, 215-pound first baseman, he stands out most for his righthanded power potential. He has committed to Cincinnati.
26 957 San Francisco Giants Phil McCormick LHP Missouri Mo.
27 958 Minnesota Twins Garrett Jewell RHP Southern New Hampshire N.H.
28 959 New York Yankees Aaron Bummer LHP Sunrise Mountain HS, Peoria, Ariz. Ariz.
29 960 Tampa Bay Rays Isaac Gil RHP Advanced Software Analysis (N.Y.) JC N.Y.
30 961 Philadelphia Phillies Kyle Olson C Jackson HS, Mill Creek, Wash. Wash.