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Pick Overall Team Player Position School State Bonus
1 962 Pittsburgh Pirates David Jagoditsh RHP Pima (Ariz.) CC Ariz.
2 963 Seattle Mariners Ryan Hawthorne LHP Loyola Marymount Calif.
3 964 Arizona Diamondbacks Alex Vetter RHP Feather River (Calif.) JC Calif.
Righthander Alex Vetter has a 6-foot-7, 225-pound frame with a heavy fastball in the 87-91 mph range. He is still growing into his body and developing his secondary stuff.
4 965 Baltimore Orioles Ryan Meyer RHP Oviedo (Fla.) HS Fla.
5 966 Kansas City Royals Nick Piscotty RHP Amador Valley HS, Pleasanton, Calif. Calif.
6 967 Washington Nationals Billy Burns OF Mercer Ga.
7 968 Cleveland Indians Cole Pitts RHP Colquitt County HS, Moultrie, Ga. Ga.
Georgia Tech recruit Cole Pitts is a projectable signee. At 6-foot-6, 210 pounds, he has upper-80s velocity and has touched 91-92 mph, and he throws strikes with his fastball and decent changeup. Unlike Josh Heddinger, he lacks a feel for spinning the ball. His control could make him the most likely of the trio to contribute for Georgia Tech in 2012 if they make it to campus.
8 969 Chicago Cubs Pete Levitt RHP Mount Olive (N.C.) N.C.
9 970 Houston Astros Zach Dando RHP Central Arizona JC Ariz.
Dando is raw and surprised scouts late in the year by touching 93 mph with his fastball. He shows potential with his slider as well, and is committed to Southern California.
10 971 Milwaukee Brewers Alfredo Rodriguez SS Maryland Md.
11 972 New York Mets Carlos Leyva SS Cal State Dominguez Hills Calif.
12 973 Florida Marlins Sharif Othman C California Baptist Calif.
13 974 Los Angeles Dodgers Hunter Jennings OF Delgado (La.) CC La.
14 975 Los Angeles Angels John Leonard RHP Boston College Mass.
With Mike Dennhardt sidelined, John Leonard has been Boston College's most reliable starter, going 4-7, 5.38 with 38 strikeouts in 75 innings through 13 starts. A pitchability righthander, Leonard works at 86-90 mph and moves his fastball around the zone. He has a slurvy curveball, a fringy slider and a show-me changeup. Leonard had weakness in his shoulder at the start of his junior season, but an MRI showed no structural damage and he hasn't had any problems since. Leonard was drafted by the Giants in the 36th round last year, and he figures to be a solid senior sign.
15 976 Oakland Athletics Drew Granier RHP Louisiana-Monroe La.
Louisiana-Monroe righthander Drew Granier has more power in a similar physical package. At 6 feet, 179 pounds, he has a loose, whippy arm and has long had movement on his stuff. He gets swings and misses on his fastball and had 86 strikeouts in 86 innings as he pushed his fastball up to 94 mph. Granier's movement sometimes gets him in trouble, as his command lags behind--he walked 39 and hit 10 more batters, helping lead to a 4-5, 4.60 mark.
16 977 Detroit Tigers Brandon Eckerle OF Michigan State Mich.
Brandon Eckerle, who edged Jeff Holm for the Big Ten batting title with a .379 average, set Michigan State records for hits in a season (96) and career (261), thanks to his plus speed. He puts the ball on the ground and uses his legs to get on base, a slap approach that allows him to make contact but leaves the 6-foot, 175-pound righthanded hitter with little power. He gets good jumps and takes good routes in center field.
17 978 Colorado Rockies Jarod Berggren OF Northern Colorado Colo.
Outfielder Jarod Berggren put his name on the map last summer in the Alaska League, where he ranked as the No. 2 prospect. The ranking may have been aggressive, but Berggren does have intriguing tools and a 6-foot-3, 185-pound frame. He put a lot of pressure on himself this season and got off to a slow start, batting just .242 in mid-April. His timing was off and he tried to pull everything, so coaches got Berggren to incorporate a small leg kick, which kept his weight back and allowed him to start driving the ball back up the middle better. When he's on, Berggren has above-average power, mostly to his pull side. A righthanded hitter, he typically hits doubles and triples when he goes the other way. He doesn't run well out of the box, but is an above-average runner under way and goes first to third well. He'll have to move to a corner outfield spot as a pro and has the arm strength for right field.
18 979 Toronto Blue Jays Kevin Pillar OF Cal State Dominguez Hills Calif.
19 980 St. Louis Cardinals Jonathan Keener C Cal State Dominguez Hills Calif.
20 981 Chicago White Sox Brent Tanner C South Alabama Ala.
21 982 Boston Red Sox Julius Gaines SS Luella HS, Locust Grove, Ga. Ga.
Florida International was hoping to get a top Georgia recruit in infielder Julius Gaines, who battled a shoulder injury all year that made him tough to evaluate. Gaines hurt his shoulder pitching but is a hitter all the way, with a chance to play shortstop with a solid-average arm and good infield actions. He's an average runner out of the box and above-average under way, and scouts have to do some projecting on his bat. For some, he lacks a plus tool. His injury may make him a summer follow, especially for a team with extra picks.
22 983 San Diego Padres Kyle Brule RHP Oklahoma Baptist Okla.
23 984 Texas Rangers Sam Robinson LHP Miami Fla.
24 985 Cincinnati Reds Mike Dennhardt RHP Boston College Mass.
Boston College righthander Mike Dennhardt was considered the region's premier college pitcher before he also had Tommy John surgery early in the season. The 6-foot-1, 200-pounder spent time in the Eagles rotation as a freshman in 2008, pitching for the first BC team to make regionals since 1967, and he had success in the Cape Cod League last summer. When healthy, Dennhardt sat at 92-94 mph with good plane on his fastball. He had an above-average curveball and a fringy changeup. Dennhardt, a 17th-round pick out of high school, could have been taken in the top five rounds this year, but now he'll likely return to Chestnut Hill.
25 986 Atlanta Braves Matt Kimbrel RHP Shelton State (Ala.) CC Ala.
26 987 San Francisco Giants Mike Mergenthaler OF Richmond Va.
27 988 Minnesota Twins Dylan Chavez LHP American River (Calif.) JC Calif.
American River JC has produced major league lefthanders Dallas Braden and Manny Parra, and its best prospect this year is another southpaw, Dylan Chavez. He's 6-foot-3, 190 pounds and his mechanics are a little herky-jerky, which adds some deception, and he doesn't throw anything straight. His 88-91 mph fastball has some run to it, and he mixes in a curveball and a changeup. Chavez tries to be too fine with his breaking ball and needs to learn the difference between a curveball that he wants to throw early in the count for a strike and one he wants to use when he's ahead to put hitters away. Chavez is committed to Mississippi.
28 989 New York Yankees Garrett Nuss RHP Mount Dora HS, Sorrento, Fla. Fla.
29 990 Tampa Bay Rays Ryan Turner RHP Tarleton State (Texas) Texas
Righthander Ryan Turner already has been drafted three times, twice by the Rays--in the 22nd round out of high school in 2007 and in the 30th round out of Midland (Texas) JC in 2008--and by the Braves in the 49th round out of McLennan (Texas) CC last year. He missed all of 2009 recovering from rotator-cuff surgery, but is back to throwing 88-92 mph with his fastball and complementing it with a good slider. He uses his 6-foot-5, 195-pound frame to throw the ball downhill. He's the grandson of Gerald Turner, who scouts for the Braves and is one of the winningest coaches in Texas high school baseball history.
30 991 Philadelphia Phillies Greg Herbst RHP St. Mary's (Texas) Texas