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1 242 Pittsburgh Pirates Jason Creasy RHP Clayton (N.C.) HS N.C. $250,000
Jordan Ramsey, Logan Jernigan and Jason Creasy have all shown upper-80s stuff in the past, but didn't take a step forward as hoped this spring. Jernigan and Creasy are both committed to North Carolina State, while Ramsey will pitch for UNC Wilmington
2 243 Seattle Mariners Carson Smith RHP Texas State Texas $215,000
After having little success as a freshman at Grayson County (Texas) CC in 2009, Smith has been the Southland Conference pitcher of the year in each of his two seasons at Texas State. He ended the regular season with 12 straight quality starts, lowering his ERA to 1.98 with 114 strikeouts in 95 innings. Though he has three pitches and has had success as a starter, scouts project Smith as a reliever because of his delivery. He slings the ball with a lot of effort while keeping his elbow low and close to his side, and doesn't appear suited to durability or command. Smith came down with shoulder tendinitis in the offseason and has pitched through shoulder issues this spring. He also has a high leg kick that provides deception. The 6-foot-5, 215-pounder has been clocked at 97 mph coming out of the bullpen last year, compared to 90-93 mph early in games and 88-92 mph later in 2010. His low arm angle does add sink to his fastball and his changeup, and his slider can be a swing-and-miss pitch at times.
3 244 Arizona Diamondbacks Jesse Darrah RHP Fresno Pacific Calif. $105,000
Darrah has a nice pitcher's frame at 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds. He throws from a high three-quarter arm slot and there's some effort in his delivery, but he repeats well and it works for him. Darrah's fastball sits in the 90-93 mph range and he tops out at 95. His best secondary offering is his changeup and he also throws a slider and a curveball. When he mixed both of the breaking balls in, they were just average, but when he focused solely on his curveball, it showed flashes of being a power pitch with above-average potential. Darrah transferred to Fresno Pacific from Sacramento State this season and shows good intensity on the mound.
4 245 Baltimore Orioles John Ruettiger OF Arizona State Ariz. $160,000
The nephew of Dan "Rudy" Ruettiger, the Notre Dame football player who inspired the movie, Johnny Ruettiger has had a disappointing spring. He came into his junior season as a .354/.474/.509 career hitter, and he led the Cape Cod League in batting last summer at .369 and ranked as the league's No. 12 prospect. He has pressed this year for the Sun Devils, however, and was trying to show more power, which isn't a part of his game. He was batting .325/.406/.378 with no home runs this year. Ruettiger's approach at the plate should focus more on putting the ball in play and finding the gaps instead of trying to launch home runs. His speed grades out at 60 or sometimes 70 on the 20-80 scouting scale. He has mostly been used in left field for the Sun Devils, so scouts haven't been able to see him in center, where he projects best. He also needs to polish his basestealing, as he had stolen 21 bases this year but had been caught 11 times.
5 246 Kansas City Royals Evan Beal RHP South County HS, Lorton, Va. Va.
South County High spent time in the national rankings this year, thanks in large part to righthander Evan Beal, a South Carolina commitment. Beal has an ideal pitcher's frame at 6-foot-5, 195 pounds. His fastball velocity is below-average now at 85-87 mph, but his projection and ability to spin a breaking ball make scouts think he could take a big step forward. He just hasn't taken it yet. His breaking ball is a sharp slider.
6 247 Washington Nationals Greg Holt RHP North Carolina N.C. $34,000
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. Holt can work 89-91 mph, touching 92, and flashes a decent breaking ball out of the bullpen.
7 248 Cleveland Indians Stephen Tarpley LHP Gilbert (Ariz.) HS Ariz.
Lefthander Stephen Tarpley has been impressive this spring, sitting in the 89-91 mph range with his fastball and touching 93, with a hard curveball. He gets around the pitch at times, but it shows hard, downer action when he stays on top of it. Tarpley also mixes in a changeup and can throw all of his pitches for strikes thanks to his athletic, 6-foot, 175-pound frame. Scouts like him, but there are rumors he wants seven figures to forgo his commitment to Southern California. If he goes to school, some think he could be a first-round pick in three years.
8 249 Chicago Cubs Taylor Dugas OF Alabama Ala.
Outfielder Taylor Dugas was a first-team All-American in 2010, and at 5-foot-7, 165 pounds, he's a better college player than pro prospect. Hitting is his best skill. He has an excellent approach, having drawn 100 walks the last two seasons, and he earns comparisons to former Tide outfielder Emeel Salem, who reached Triple-A last season in the Rays system. Dugas is a slighlty above-average runner but plays a good center field. He's a tough profile whose arm is just fair, and his lack of power and game-changing speed limits him long-term.
9 250 Houston Astros Brandon Culbreth RHP Forsyth Country Day HS, Lewisville, N.C. N.C. $150,000
Culbreth has a good frame with broad shoulders at 6-foot-5, 200 pounds and generates solid velocity with his arm strength. He sits in the high 80s but could add more as he fills out. He has a slurvy breaking ball, but it has flashed sharp break at times. Inexperienced on the mound, Culbreth is a project but has the raw ingredients of an intriguing arm. He is committed to North Carolina State
10 251 Milwaukee Brewers Dustin Houle C Brookswood SS, Langley, B.C. British Columbia $150,000
Canada's best position prospect is third baseman Dustin Houle, who has an average body at 6-foot-1 and 185 pounds. He has a compact, line-drive swing from the right side of the plate and has shown he can catch up to quality velocity. He sometimes has a little bit of a bat wrap, and scouts question whether he'll be able to hit enough to stay at the hot corner. Some would like to convert Houle to catcher because of his soft hands, strong arm and dirtbag mentality. Houle is also one of the youngest players in this year's high school class, as he won't turn 18 until November.
11 252 New York Mets Danny Muno SS Fresno State Calif. $10,000
Senior infielder Danny Muno, a 26th round pick last year by the Cubs, has been remarkably consistent and has done nothing but hit at Fresno. He is an above-average runner who puts together smart at-bats with good bat speed from both sides of the plate. He played third base this year, but profiles better at second base or as a utility player.
12 253 Florida Marlins Dejai Oliver RHP Seminole State (Fla.) JC Fla. $200,000
Dejai Oliver is a 6-foot-1, 190-pound righthander and the son of ex-big league catcher Joe Oliver, and he has flashed a tight slider and feel for pitching while scraping the low 90s.
13 254 Los Angeles Dodgers Rick Anton LHP Utah Utah $25,000
Anton helped himself out with a great outing against John Stilson and Texas A&M. He pitches with a fringy fastball but has touched 92 mph as late as the fourth inning, with a four-pitch mix. In addition to the fastball, he throws a changeup, a curveball and a cutter that he added this year.
14 255 Los Angeles Angels Logan Odom RHP Southern California Calif. $60,000
As USC's Sunday starter, Logan Odom recorded wins this spring against Pac-10 powers Oregon State, Arizona State, Stanford and UCLA. A durable 6-foot-6, 240-pound strike-thrower, Odom attacks hitters with an 87-89 mph fastball and below-average but serviceable secondary stuff.
15 256 Oakland Athletics Colin O'Connell RHP Cal State Fullerton Calif. $150,000
Cal State Fullerton's stable of quality arms goes well beyond Top 200 prospects Noe Ramirez, Tyler Pill and Nick Ramirez. Righthander Colin O'Connell pitched sparingly as a freshman and primarily in relief as a sophomore, but his stuff improved as he grew into a 6-foot-6, 200-pound frame. His junior year has been up and down, and he found himself working as a weekend starter, a midweek starter and even in relief for four outings. He came on strong down the stretch and carried a 7-3, 2.42 mark into regionals. Scouts don't care for O'Connell's rigid, one-piece arm action from a high slot or his violent finish, but his funky, upright delivery does give him deception. He usually works at 90-91 mph but has flashed 93-94 mph heat on his best days. His sweeping slider is an average offering, and his changeup is fringy. His arm strength, size and ability to pound the strike zone should get him drafted inside the top 10 rounds, maybe as high as the fifth or sixth.
16 257 Detroit Tigers Jason Krizan OF Dallas Baptist Texas $50,000
Outfielder Jason Krizan's pure tools may not be spectacular, but his performance this spring has been. He set an NCAA Division I record with 37 doubles (breaking a mark shared by big leaguer Brad Hawpe, among others) and set a new Dallas Baptist standard with a 39-game hitting streak. At the end of the regular season, Krizan ranked first in D-I in hits (97) and doubles, second in OPS (1.255) and third in RBIs (76) and total bases (166). The 6-foot, 186-pounder makes consistent hard contact from the left side of the plate. He doesn't run well enough to play center field and may not have enough power to profile as a big league regular in right field, but he could provide nice value as a senior sign in the eighth to 10th round.
17 258 Colorado Rockies Roberto Padilla LHP San Jose State Calif. $110,000
Heading into regionals, just two pitchers could say they had beaten UCLA righthander Trevor Bauer this year. One was San Jose State lefthander Roberto Padilla, who pitched a complete game against the Bruins on Feb. 26. That surely boosted Padilla's stock, but he was already well known among area scouts and college coaches after he was the California junior college pitcher of the year at Ohlone (Calif.) JC in 2010. He led the state with 15 wins and helped the team win a state championship. Padilla's stuff matches his accolades. His fastball sits in the 87-89 mph range and tops out at 91. He throws two variations of his breaking ball--a hard slurve and a softer curveball--but it's his changeup that is his best weapon. He has command of all of his pitches, and scouts love his competitiveness.
18 259 Toronto Blue Jays Mark Biggs RHP Warren East HS, Bowling Green, Ky. Ky. $600,000
Some scouts thought Mark Biggs would have emerged as Kentucky's top prep prospect had he not fractured a vertebra in his back while lifting weights. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound righthander touched 94 mph in his first start before he got hurt, and returned before the end of his senior season. He needs to smooth out his high three-quarters delivery and improve his curveball, which is less advanced than his changeup. His athleticism and arm strength are promising. He's a good student who will both pitch and hit if he winds up at Louisville.
19 260 St. Louis Cardinals Danny Miranda LHP Miami Fla. $125,000
Daniel Miranda racked up 15 saves as Miami's closer this season. At 5-foot-11, 220 pounds, he's not projectable and thrived by commanding a mix of three lively pitches from a low three-quarters slot: an average fastball, decent curveball and changeup that was his best pitch. He walked just four in 30 2011 innings, and some scouts questioned his durability considering he was basically a one-inning guy.
20 261 Chicago White Sox Ian Gardeck RHP Angelina (Texas) JC Texas
In 2005, an unheralded pitcher transferred from an NCAA Division I program to Angelina JC and quickly blossomed into a top prospect. Gardeck has taken a similar path, and while he won't duplicate Clay Buchholz's rise and become a supplemental first-rounder, he has some of the best sheer arm strength in this draft. Gardeck didn't start pitching until his junior year at Crystal Lake (Ill.) South HS, and he occasionally touched 94 mph as a senior in 2009 and as a reliever at Dayton in 2010. The 6-foot-2, 225-pounder's velocity spiked when he pitched in the New England Collegiate League last summer, and he opened more eyes when he hit 98 mph in the fall after moving to Angelina. Because he's so new to pitching, Gardeck is still raw. Scouts don't like his arm action, which hampers his ability to throw strikes, as does his inability to maintain his arm slot. He pitched his way out of Angelina's rotation and into its bullpen this spring. He consistently pitches at 94-96 mph as a reliever. He'll show a mid-80s slider that's a wipeout pitch at times, but he struggles to harness it. With two pitches that grade at 70 on the 20-80 scouting scale at times but command that rates a 35, Gardeck's pro future also is in the bullpen. He'll attend Alabama if he doesn't turn pro.
21 262 Boston Red Sox Senquez Golson OF Pascagoula (Miss.) HS Miss.
Golson plays at the alma mater of Terrell Buckley, a former NFL defensive back who also played outfield at Florida State, and Buckley has worked with him throughout his high school career. Golson is also a two-sport athlete and has a football scholarship to Mississippi. Golson is an electric athlete with plus-plus speed (4.0 seconds flat to first base), present strength, broad shoulders and physical ability to burn. Apart from his athleticism, his best tool is his bat. He generates tremendous bat speed and has a short, compact swing in his 6-foot frame. With more experience, he could generate above-average power. He's raw but no more than other high school hitters, and scouts praise his high school coaches for helping polish Golson's game. Mississippi plans on having him play center field, and he has average arm strength. That said, football has been his primary sport, and he doesn't have a lot of experience against top pitching. He didn't fare well against Mississippi's top prep pitcher, Hawtin Buchanan, a fellow Ole Miss signee. Rebels football coach Houston Nutt has talked up Golson in the spring, saying he'll start at cornerback in the fall, and Golson's signability ultimately will determine where he goes in the draft.
22 263 San Diego Padres Kevin Quackenbush RHP South Florida Fla. $5,000
Among college closers, the pitcher who improved his lot the most was South Florida senior righthander Kevin Quackenbush, who came on strong after the addition of pitching coach Chuck Hernandez, a former big league pitching coach. Quackenbush found the strike zone more frequently this year with his 90-95 mph fastball and walked just seven this season, about a third of his past walk rate. His secondary stuff isn't special, but he throws his slider with some power and has added a changeup. He's the top draft prospect for the Bulls.
23 264 Texas Rangers Kyle Hendricks RHP Dartmouth N.H. $125,000
A few Ivy League pitchers from the Upper New England region have a chance to get taken, headlined by Dartmouth's Kyle Hendricks, a 6-foot-3, 190-pound righty from California. Hendricks was taken in the 39th round by the Angels in 2008, and he still shows the 90-95 mph fastball that piqued scouts' interest, though the pitch doesn't have much life. Hendricks has three offspeed pitches in his repertoire, including a curveball, hard slider and changeup. He could get taken in the top 15 rounds.
24 265 Cincinnati Reds Jon Matthews OF St. Petersburg (Fla.) JC Fla. $125,000
Matthews is a raw athlete with arm strength and speed who was committed to Charleston Southern. He was considered signable.
25 266 Atlanta Braves Tommy La Stella 2B Coastal Carolina S.C. $105,000
A fourth-year junior who sat out a year after transferring from St. John's, second baseman Tommy La Stella had a strong offensive season and swings the bat with authority from the left side. He's not athletic or strong enough to stay in the infield as a pro and is a bat-only player who figures to play left field, as he did in the Cape Cod League last summer.
26 267 San Francisco Giants Jean Delgado SS Caguas (P.R.) Military Academy P.R. $125,000
Delgado is smallish at 5-foot-11, 150 pounds and has middle infield actions. He lacks strength, but that doesn't stop him from taking a big hack and showing solid bat speed as well as good barrel awareness. His arm strength makes him profile better at second base than shortstop long term.
27 268 Minnesota Twins Jason Wheeler LHP Loyola Marymount Calif. $132,500
The younger brother of former Loyola Marymount slugger and current Diamondbacks Double-A third baseman Ryan Wheeler, Jason was hampered by poor command of his secondary stuff during his first two college seasons. He turned a corner in the Northwoods League last summer, winning the circuit's pitching triple crown and ranking as its No. 13 prospect. The hulking 6-foot-6, 260-pound lefty dominated hitters with an 88-93 mph fastball with good downward angle last summer, but he pitched mostly at 88-91 as LMU's Friday starter this spring. His changeup has developed into an average second pitch, but he's never shown the ability to consistently throw a quality breaking ball. He tinkered with it over the fall and spring and at his best he flashed a decent slider, but it needs refinement.
28 269 New York Yankees Phil Wetherell RHP Western Kentucky Ky. $122,500
With a fastball that ranges from 90-95 mph and a splitter that's a legitimate swing-and-miss pitch, Phil Wetherell has the weapons to be an effective reliever in pro ball. The 6-foot-5, 220-pound righthander gets hit more than he should because he pitches up in the zone with his fastball and lacks an effective breaking ball. He has little effort in his delivery, but scouts worry about his one-piece arm action. He spent the first year of his college career at Kaskaskia (Ill.) CC and pitched just 29 innings as a sophomore, so he hasn't gotten a lot of exposure.
29 270 Tampa Bay Rays John Alexander 1B Glendora (Calif.) HS Calif. $325,000
Six-foot-6, 200-pound first baseman John Alexander doubles as a standout volleyball player, but baseball is his passion, and he has committed to play baseball at UC Irvine. He's very athletic and has a chance to provide serious lefthanded power as he matures.
30 271 Philadelphia Phillies Austin Wright LHP Mississippi Miss. $125,000
Austin Wright has teased scouts for years as a first baseman/lefthander and was a 23rd-round pick twice--in 2008, out of an Illinois high school by the Pirates, and last year, by the Red Sox out of Chipola (Fla.) JC. He has never quite fulfilled his promise, but he's still likely to be drafted in the first 10 rounds because of his size (6-foot-4, 234 pounds) and his fastball, which at times sits in the low 90s, touching 94. His curveball gives him another average pitch to attack hitters. He threw more strikes this season than he had in junior college, but they weren't always quality strikes, and SEC hitters batted .293 against him.