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Pick Overall Team Player Position School State Bonus
1 1292 Pittsburgh Pirates Willie Argo OF Illinois Ill.
After being one of Illinois' most reliable hitters in his first two seasons, outfielder Willie Argo slumped for the first two months of 2011 before righting himself and helping the Illini win their first Big Ten Conference regular-season title since 2005 and first tournament championship since 2000. An impressive 6-foot-1, 205-pound athlete, Argo earned 13 letters in four sports at his Iowa high school and holds the Iowa 4-A record for career touchdowns with 83. He's a plus runner with righthanded power potential, center-field range and average arm strength. Making more consistent contact will be crucial to his development as a pro.
2 1293 Seattle Mariners Marcos Reyna RHP Bakersfield (Calif.) JC Calif.
3 1294 Arizona Diamondbacks Alex Capaul RHP Hawaii Hawaii
4 1295 Baltimore Orioles David Reynolds RHP Edmonds (Wash.) CC Wash.
5 1296 Kansas City Royals Tyler Chism OF Gonzaga Wash.
6 1297 Washington Nationals Mitch Morales SS Wellington (Fla.) HS Fla.
7 1298 Cleveland Indians Geoff Davenport LHP Arkansas Ark. $100,000
8 1299 Chicago Cubs Jay Calhoun RHP Second Baptist HS, Houston Texas
9 1300 Houston Astros David Grimes OF Upton Lakes Christian HS, Clinton Corners, N.Y. N.Y.
10 1301 Milwaukee Brewers Clint Wilson RHP Navarro (Texas) JC Texas
11 1302 New York Mets Jacob Decker SS Piedmont (Okla.) HS Okla.
12 1303 Florida Marlins Drew Leenhouts LHP Northeastern Mass.
13 1304 Los Angeles Dodgers Alex Hermeling RHP Glenbrook North HS, Northbrook, Ill. Ill.
14 1305 Los Angeles Angels Kyle Mahoney C High Point N.C.
15 1306 Oakland Athletics Adam Frank LHP Field HS, Gilbert, Ariz. Ariz.
16 1307 Detroit Tigers Greg Fettes C Lamphere HS, Madison Heights, Mich. Mich.
17 1308 Colorado Rockies Garrett Brown OF Erwin HS, Asheville, N.C. N.C.
18 1309 Toronto Blue Jays Jake Eliopoulos LHP Newmarket, Ont. (No school) Ontario
Lefthander Jake Eliopoulos was a second-round pick of the Blue Jays in 2009 out of high school in Ontario, but it has been all downhill since then. Eliopoulos chose not to sign and went to Chipola (Fla.) JC last year, but he posted an 8.44 ERA and left the team before the season ended. He fell to the 15th round, where the Dodgers took him, and again didn't sign. He headed to St. Petersburg (Fla.) JC for 2011, but left school without playing a game. He has been working out for teams on his own. He has surely burned bridges with a lot of teams, but as a lefthander who has shown quality stuff in the past--89-91 mph fastball, curveball and changeup--he may get one more chance at pro ball.
19 1310 St. Louis Cardinals Chris Costantino RHP Walters State (Tenn.) CC Tenn. $100,000
20 1311 Chicago White Sox Joel Effertz RHP Madison (Wis.) JC Wis.
Joel Effertz was the state's No. 2-ranked prospect as a Ladysmith High senior in 2009, when the Dodgers drafted him in the 37th round. He spent a redshirt year at Arizona before transferring back home to Madison JC. He struck out 18 in a regional championship game against Kankakee (Ill.) CC, putting the Wolfpack in the Division II Junior College World Series. A 6-foot-3, 235-pound righthander, Effertz had his fastball velocity fluctuate this spring but sat at 91-92 mph at his best. He locates his fastball and improved his curveball, but he'll need to watch his weight.
21 1312 Boston Red Sox Brandon Downes OF South Plainfield (N.J.) HS N.J.
22 1313 San Diego Padres Cody Gabella SS Southeastern (Iowa) CC Iowa
23 1314 Texas Rangers Kaleb Merck RHP Texas Christian Texas
Several college pitchers expected to rank among the state's top prospects instead lost most or all of the season to arm problems: Texas Christian's Kaleb Merck (out with Tommy John surgery), Houston's Jared Ray (recovery from shoulder surgery), Texas' Austin Dicharry (diminished command after coming back from shoulder tendinitis) and Texas A&M's Ross Hales (lost his mechanics while rehabbing a shoulder injury). Merck hit 96 mph in the Cape Cod League last summer, albeit with a max-effort delivery.
24 1315 Cincinnati Reds Ty Washington 2B Plano (Texas) East HS Texas $300,000
Area scouts like Washington's plus speed, athleticism and makeup but wish he were bigger than 5-foot-9 and 160 pounds. He has the potential to hit for average, though he'll probably never have much power. He has good actions at shortstop but may lack enough arm to stay there, which could lead to a move to second base or center field. Washington has committed to both Oklahoma and San Jacinto (Texas) JC.
25 1316 Atlanta Braves Jake Lueneberg 1B Kishwaukee (Ill.) JC Ill.
26 1317 San Francisco Giants Drew Stiner C Owasso (Okla.) HS Okla.
Drew Stiner, Dylan Bundy's catcher at Owasso, has a well above-average arm and solid receiving skills. Scouts aren't as sold on the 6-foot-2, 210-pounder's bat speed and pull-happy approach from the right side of the plate, so he could wind up at Oklahoma State.
27 1318 Minnesota Twins Bobby O'Neill RHP Biola (Calif.) Calif.
28 1319 New York Yankees Tyler Farrell RHP Galesburg (Ill.) HS Ill.
Righthander Tyler Farrell has the best fastball/curveball combination among Illinois prep pitchers. The 6-foot-2, 180-pounder sits at 88-91 mph and touches 93, and he throws his curveball with good depth. His over-the-top arm slot and drop-and-drive delivery don't offer much deception. He originally committed to Evansville before switching to Western Illinois.
29 1320 Tampa Bay Rays Stayton Thomas RHP Texas Texas
30 1321 Philadelphia Phillies Austin Knight C Sumrall (Miss.) HS Miss.