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Pick Overall Team Player Position School State Bonus
1 272 Pittsburgh Pirates Clay Holmes RHP Slocomb (Ala.) HS Ala. $1,200,000
Holmes was being recruited by most of Alabama's mid-major programs such as Troy and Samford last year, but Auburn swooped in to grab his commitment after his stuff jumped up a notch this spring and he became the state's top propsect. A strong student, he is the state coaches association's student-athlete of the year, is his school's valedictorian and got a lot tougher to sign when Auburn entered the picture. Holmes is a classic raw arm from the South, with good size but plenty to learn in pro ball. At 6-foot-4, 225 pounds, he has present strength in his frame and in his arm, with an above-average fastball at 90-93 mph. He holds his velocity better at some times than others, typical of a high school pitcher, and has shown the ability to stay tall in his delivery and throw downhill. His slider has ranged from average with flashes of plus to terrible. Scouts who have seen it good like its power and occasional depth. His delivery has plenty of effort and is far from fluid, leading to bouts of wildness, but his arm is fast enough to overcome the flaws and he racked up plenty of strikeouts. Scouts also disagree about his level of athleticism.
2 273 Seattle Mariners Cavan Cohoes SS Patch HS, Stuttgart, Germany $650,000
Cohoes attends Germany's Patch High School, an American high school on the Patch Barracks, so he is the rare European prospect who is also draft-eligible. A 6-foot-2, 185-pound shortstop, Cohoes is extremely raw even by European standards but gets attention for his projectable body and excellent athleticism. He's one of the best athletes in Europe and a plus runner with an above-average arm. His hands need work but he has the speed to play center field if he can't stick at shortstop. Scouts' biggest question with Cohoes is his bat. He has a quick stroke, but he has trouble maintaining his swing and is raw at the plate. He has hit well against his high school competition but he hasn't had to face Europe's best prospects. He has a verbal commitment to Ohio State and would likely face a difficult transition to pro ball if he signs, but professional instruction could help him unlock his raw potential.
3 274 Arizona Diamondbacks John Leonard SS Connellsville (Pa.) Area HS Pa. $80,000
The younger brother of Joe Leonard, a third-round pick of the Braves in 2010, John needs to gain strength. An NC State signee, he is not considered to be on the same level as his brother.
4 275 Baltimore Orioles Devin Jones RHP Mississippi State Miss. $97,500
Righthander Devin Jones was Mississippi State's top prospect and entered the season with a chance to go in the first four to five rounds, but he wasn't able to hold down a spot in an injury-depleted Bulldogs rotation and missed time with a bout of food poisoning. He still has big stuff, with a live arm, pro body at 6-foot-3, 180 pounds, and a fastball that hits 95 mph in relief. He also has a power slider that has scraped 86 mph. Veteran scouts aren't enamored with Jones' lack of consistency, but his raw stuff could still make him a single-digit selection.
5 276 Kansas City Royals Aaron Brooks RHP Cal State San Bernardino Calif. $90,000
Cal State Bernardino junior righty Aaron Brooks, a physical 6-foot-4, 220-pound strike-thrower. He pitches with a fringy fastball at 87-90 mph, occasionally bumping 91-92, as well as a fringy slider and changeup. He's aggressive and durable but lacks upside.
6 277 Washington Nationals Dixon Anderson RHP California Calif. $95,000
Righthander Dixon Anderson was a sixth-round pick by the Orioles last year as a draft-eligible sophomore but returned to school and did little this year to improve his stock. He touched 96 mph last year year and had been more in the 90-91 mph range this spring, topping out at 93. He has learned to be more of a pitcher this year, instead of just a thrower, because he couldn't rely on simply blowing it by guys. He uses a two- and four-seam fastball, and his two-seamer is his biggest weapon because, when it's on, it really moves. It's not consistent, but at its best the pitch has above-average life and dives to his arm side. Anderson makes the mistake of throwing harder when he gets in trouble, but is better when he lets off the gas and trusts his movement. His secondary pitches are a curveball that is occasionally a plus pitch and a splitter. He worked in a cutter this year that he can throw for strikes and helped him against righthanders. Anderson has a workhorse frame at 6-foot-6 and 224 pounds. He worked this year to get more rhythm and looseness to his delivery, but it's still segmented and mechanical.
7 278 Cleveland Indians Jordan Smith 3B St. Cloud State (Minn.) Minn. $125,000
Third baseman Jordan Smith has hit .420/.480/.722 in two seasons at St. Cloud State, an NCAA Division II program. He has a big league body (6-foot-4, 210 pounds) and plenty of strength in his lefthanded stroke, though scouts think his swing is long and wonder if he'll catch up to good velocity. After a good summer in the Northwoods League in 2010, he'll try to prove himself against even tougher competition in the Cape Cod League this year. An outfielder as a freshman, Smith moved to third base this spring but may lack the first-step quickness to play there in pro ball. He has solid arm strength and instincts, but below-average speed. He's a draft-eligible sophomore.
8 279 Chicago Cubs Garrett Schlecht OF Waterloo (Ill.) HS Ill. $235,000
Outfielder Garrett Schlecht has the best combination of talent and signability among Illinois high school players. More physical than Charlie Tilson at 6-foot-2 and 198 pounds, Schlecht has a quick lefthanded bat and consistently barrels balls. A Middle Tennessee State recruit, he's a decent athlete whose fringy speed and arm probably will relegate him to left field.
9 280 Houston Astros Jonas Dufek RHP Creighton Neb. $40,000
Jonas Dufek won two games and MVP honors at the Missouri Valley Conference tournament, then improved to 12-1, 2.08 by beating Georgia with a 10-strikeout complete game in Creighton's NCAA regional opener. The 6-foot-5, 210-pound righthander's stuff and command improved this season. He boosted his fastball from 87-89 mph a year ago to 89-91, tightened his slider and did a better job of locating both pitches. He has a loose arm and a sound delivery.
10 281 Milwaukee Brewers Malcolm Dowell OF La Grange (Ga.) HS Ga. $100,000
Malcolm Dowell was a football and baseball star at LaGrange (Ga.) High and spurned Division I FCS offers to play football from the likes of Georgia Southern and Middle Tennessee State, who liked him as a defensive back. He's a speedy center fielder in baseball whose profile as a righthanded-hitting (and throwing) center fielder scared off some clubs. His best attributes are his plus speed and athleticism.
11 282 New York Mets Alex Panteliodis LHP Florida Fla. $175,000
The Gator bullpen features 6-foot-2, 230-pound Alex Panteliodis, a soft-bodied pitchability lefthander who was the Gators' ace in 2010, going 11-3, 3.51. At his best, Panteliodis has an average fastball that he commands to go with a solid curveball and decent changeup. He didn't respond well to losing his starting job this season.
12 283 Florida Marlins Austin Barnes C Arizona State Ariz. $95,000
Austin Barnes is a natural middle infielder who converted to catching two years ago and shows good athleticism behind the plate. He's undersized at 5-foot-9 and 174 pounds, and scouts have doubts about his bat. His uncle is Mike Gallego, who played in the big leagues for 13 years and is now the third-base coach for Oakland.
13 284 Los Angeles Dodgers Tyler Ogle C Oklahoma Okla. $100,000
Oklahoma has had nine catchers drafted in the first 10 rounds, most recently Jackson Williams (sandwich round, Giants, 2007) and J.T. Wise (fifth round, Dodgers, 2009), and the Sooners should have another one this year in Tyler Ogle. The 5-foot-11, 193-pounder stands out most for his offensive ability. He makes consistent hard contact and has solid power from the right side of the plate, and he controls the strike zone well. He's a decent defender with fringy arm strength.
14 285 Los Angeles Angels Nick Mutz RHP Cotati, Calif. (no school) Calif. $100,000
Mutz has one of the most interesting back stories of any player in the top 10 rounds. He left NAIA Dakota State last season and did not pitch for anyone this spring. The Angels received a tip on him, however, and brought him into a predraft workout. Mutz threw a 20-25 pitch bullpen session and that's all the Halos needed to see to pop the 6-foot-1, 190-pound righthander in the ninth round. Mutz showed an easy 94-95 mph fastball with life down in the zone and good angle for his size. Mutz also showed flashes of an above-average cutter. Mutz has a short arm stroke, almost like a catcher, but exceptional hand speed and deception. The Angels will follow Mutz's progress this summer in the Cape Cod League and, if he signs, will start him out as a reliever to ease him back into pitching, but he could start later on in his career.
15 286 Oakland Athletics Jace Fry LHP Southridge HS, Beaverton, Ore. Ore.
Fry is a slender 6-foot-1 and 185 pounds and pitched in the 87-90 mph range this spring. He has a good feel for pitching, but his secondary stuff needs work.
16 287 Detroit Tigers Chad Wright OF Kentucky Ky. $95,000
Outfielder Chad Wright is a good college player who set career highs across the board this spring, when he hit .359 with 16 steals, but he's more of a tweener than a regular by pro standards. He helped his cause by hitting .300 with wood bats for Cape Cod League champion Cotuit last summer. A 5-foot-10, 195-pound lefthanded hitter, he sprays line drives all over the field. He doesn't project to have much power with wood. A good but not plus runner with a below-average arm, he played left field for the Wildcats.
17 288 Colorado Rockies Ross Stripling RHP Texas A&M Texas
Righthander Ross Stripling was more of a football and basketball player at Carroll HS in Southlake until he broke his left leg as a senior. He got bored during his rehab and began fooling around on the mound with a cast on his leg. He went 14-0 in his first season as a pitcher, earned an academic scholarship to Texas A&M and joined the Aggies as a walk-on. He opened 2011 as their closer but since has become the best Sunday starter in college baseball, finishing the 2011 regular season tied with Texas' Taylor Jungmann for the NCAA Division I lead in wins at 12-2, 1.89. An athletic 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds, Stripling throws an 88-92 mph fastball from an over-the-top delivery. He spins his curveball for strikes and has a decent changeup. His stuff plays up when he comes out of the bullpen--he touches 94 mph and has a sharper curve--so that could be his destination in pro ball.
18 289 Toronto Blue Jays Andrew Suarez LHP Columbus HS, Miami Fla.
Scouts have watched Suarez for some time, and in some ways it seems they only look for his flaws now. He was Dade County's top pitcher as a sophomore in 2009, and scouts noticed his easy arm action and smooth delivery. He hit 92 mph easily, so scouts kept waiting for more out of the 6-foot-3, 185-pounder. Suarez still throws 92 mph and sits in the 88-92 range at his best. Like many prep pitchers, his fastball velocity has fluctuated, and he was up-and-down this spring. He shows a good feel for throwing his curveball for strikes and a solid changeup as well. The biggest question with Suarez is how much is left in his arm. Projecting on Florida high school pitchers can be dicey because they play year-round, and some area scouts question his athleticism. He has a strong commitment to Miami as well. Even if his fastball velocity doesn't improve, Suarez has a chance to be a physical three-pitch lefty, making him a first-five-rounds talent.
19 290 St. Louis Cardinals Tyler Mills RHP Michigan Mich. $100,000
Tyler Mills arrived at Michigan as an outfielder, redshirting in 2009 and getting just 11 at-bats last season. He opened scouts' eyes when he pitched two innings of relief in the season opener against Louisville, throwing a 94-96 mph fastball and an 84-87 mph slider. He threw 127 pitches in the third outing of his college career, however, and his stuff rarely was as sharp afterward. The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder worked more at 88-92 mph and with a shorter slider, and he couldn't hold his spot in the weekend rotation. Mills still looks like a position player trying to pitch, working out of the stretch and struggling to repeat a less-than-smooth delivery. He'll have to be a reliever in pro ball. He's a draft-eligible sophomore, which complicates his signability.
20 291 Chicago White Sox Matt Lane LHP Northwest Florida State JC Fla. $110,000
Lane is a Georgia prep product who started his college career at Mississippi State. After pitching 12 innings in 2010 and posting a 5.25 ERA, he transferred to Northwest Florida State, where he got a chance to start and took full advantage, going 8-5, 2.18 in 99 innings. The 6-foot-5, 180-pound Lane has room to fill out and added some velocity this season, bumping 90-91 on occasion and pitching consistently in the upper 80s at season's end from a high arm slot. He throws a solid curveball and changeup at his best but can be inconsistent with his secondary stuff when he loses his slot. He's committed to Tulane.
21 292 Boston Red Sox Travis Shaw 3B Kent State Ohio $110,000
Travis Shaw has the size (6-foot-4, 215 pounds) and lefthanded power that scouts want in a third baseman, plus good bloodlines. His father Jeff made two all-star teams and saved 203 games in a 12-year major league career. He gets pull-happy and doesn't always catch up to quality fastballs, so how much he'll hit in pro ball remains in question. To his credit, he batted a solid .260/.378/.402 in the Cape Cod League last summer. Though Shaw has the hands and arm strength for the hot corner, he lacks quickness and agility, so he'll probably have to move to first base as a pro.
22 293 San Diego Padres Justin Hancock RHP Lincoln Trail (Ill.) CC Ill. $100,000
Righthander Justin Hancock was a pleasant surprise for scouts this spring, as his fastball sat in the low 90s and touched 95 mph after he worked at 87-90 mph as a freshman at Lincoln Trail CC. The 6-foot-3, 175-pounder has a quick arm and gets good angle on his pitches. He lacks a reliable secondary pitch and may be more skinny than projectable, but his arm strength is difficult to ignore. He'll attend Indiana State in 2012 if he doesn't turn pro.
23 294 Texas Rangers Rashad Harlin OF Helix Charter HS, La Mesa, Calif. Calif. $100,000
Outfielder Rashard Harlin, a teammate of Top 200 prospect Jake Reed, is considered signable inside the top 10 rounds but has a chance to wind up at San Diego State, as well. He has a short track record and generated a bit of buzz this spring, showing slightly above-average speed and an average-to-plus arm. He is strong and athletic, while his bat is unrefined. Harlin is a bit of a wild card and could be drafted anywhere from the fifth to the 15th round.
24 295 Cincinnati Reds Cole Green RHP Texas Texas $90,000
The Tigers drafted Green in the fourth round last year after he won Big 12 Conference pitcher of the year honors, but he opted to return to Texas after turning down a reported $400,000. After shaking off a surprising shelling by Maryland in his first start of 2011, he has been just as effective this spring. The 6-foot, 210-pounder doesn't have a classic pro body or sexy stuff, but he competes and throws strikes every time he takes the mound. He pitches off his sinker, which sits at 88-92 mph and occasionally peaks at 94. His changeup grades out as his best offering and keeps lefthanders at bay, and he uses a late-breaking slider that runs from 79-82 mph. Green commands his pitches well, working in the bottom of the strike zone and generating groundballs. On pure stuff, he may project as no more than a middle reliever, but his feel for pitching may allow him to become a back-of-the-rotation starter. In part because he'll come at a discount as a college senior without much leverage, he should go around the fourth round again in 2011.
25 296 Atlanta Braves Chase Larsson OF Cameron (Okla.) Okla. $100,000
Cameron outfielder Chase Larsson led NCAA Division II in homers (29), RBIs (84), total bases (190) and slugging (1.000). He's a 6-foot-4, 220-pound lefthanded hitter whose bat will have to carry him in pro ball.
26 297 San Francisco Giants Derek Law RHP Miami Dade JC Fla. $125,000
Law scares off evaluators with his rough arm action and hard delivery, though he shows a fastball in the 89-93 mph range and holds his velocity. He dominated juco competition (8-5, 2.35, 121/16 SO/BB ratio in 92 innings) with his fastball and power downer curve.
27 298 Minnesota Twins Adam Bryant SS Troy Ala. $25,000
Teammate Adam Bryant is already a senior and was better defensively as a junior but has good hands and quick feet. He could stay at shortstop as a pro if he can make the most of his fringe-average arm, but he fits better at second base for most scouts. At 5-foot-11, 180 pounds, he is only a fair runner. A grinder who can hit, Bryant dipped from 25 to 11 home runs but his 25 doubles ranked among the nation's top 10 in 2011. He should go out between round 10 and 20.
28 299 New York Yankees Zach Arneson RHP Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) Idaho $20,000
In Idaho, Lewis-Clark State is prominent, as always. Righthander Zach Arneson transferred in from Cal State Bakersfield after the Giants made him a 21st-round pick last year. His brother Jamie played in the Reds system for three seasons. Arneson, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound senior, spent most of the season in the bullpen and sat in the 92-94 mph range, topping out at 96. He'll remain in the bullpen as a pro, as his arm action is a little stiff and his secondary stuff--a mid-80s cutter that he commands well--is fringy.
29 300 Tampa Bay Rays Matt Rice C Western Kentucky Ky. $25,000
Matt Rice doesn't have outstanding tools and doesn't do much in orthodox fashion, but he got the job done as a hitter and catcher for four years at Western Kentucky. He has a spread-out stance and an uphill righthanded swing, with a knack for putting the barrel on the ball and making line-drive contact. The 6-foot-3, 195-pounder has gap power and is the Hilltoppers' all-time leader in hits (309) and RBIs (223). His long release detracts from his average arm strength and his receiving skills are just decent, yet he keeps the running game in check and does a nice job of leading a pitching staff. Area scouts love his makeup, and one described him as a "low risk, high reward" prospect. An exceptional student, Rice carries a 4.0 grade-point average in mechanical engineering and was the baseball academic all-American of the year. He also was a Rhodes Scholar finalist in 2010, when the Yankees drafted him in the 50th round.
30 301 Philadelphia Phillies Logan Moore C Northeastern (Colo.) JC Colo. $100,000
Moore has a good catcher's build at 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds. His father, Brad, pitched briefly for the Phillies in 1988 and 1990. Moore is new to catching, having recently converted to the position from third base, but already shows a good feel for receiving and blocking. He also has above-average arm strength and a quick release. Moore's bat is a little light at this point, but there's strength projection in his frame and he could develop more gap power as he continues to fill out.