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Round Overall Team Player Position School Bonus
1s 43 Arizona Diamondbacks Andrew Chafin LHP Kent State $875,000
After missing all of 2010 recovering from Tommy John surgery, Chafin has bounced back so well that he should become the fourth Kent State pitcher (following Dustin Hermanson, Travis Miller and John Van Benschoten) selected in the first or sandwich round. Chafin dominated as a reliever in 2009 and has done the same as a starter this spring, going 6-1, 2.14 with 91 strikeouts in 71 innings through mid-May. His 81-83 mph slider can be unhittable and earns some 70 grades on the 20-80 scouting scale, and he commands a 90-95 mph fastball to both sides of the plate. When he was unable to throw a breaking ball during his rehab, he worked on a changeup, which now shows signs of becoming an average pitch. The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder repeats his delivery well and throws strikes. Chafin's only setback this spring came when he developed a tired arm after making nine consecutive starts, but his stuff looked crisp again when he took a week off and returned in a relief role. He has the stuff and makeup to become a No. 2 starter or a closer.
4 141 Chicago White Sox Kyle McMillen RHP Kent State $120,000
Andrew Chafin isn't the only Kent State arm attracting early-round attention. The Golden Flashes used McMillen as a two-way player in his first two seasons--he showed impressive raw power as a first baseman--but he has concentrated on pitching as a junior after breaking the hamate bone in his right hand last fall. He touched 94 mph in the Cape Cod League last summer and has done so repeatedly this spring, working at 91-94 mph. Kent State's Mike Birkbeck, a former big leaguer who's regarded as one of the top pitching coaches in the Midwest, has helped McMillen refine a slider that's a wipeout pitch at times. The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder is a good athlete but needs to do a more consistent job of throwing strikes. With the Flashes' starters dominating Mid-American Conference opponents all season long, scouts have had a hard time getting to see McMillen in action. But they've seen him enough that he should go in the first three rounds of the draft, possibly as high as the sandwich round.
7 233 San Diego Padres Matt Wisler RHP Bryan (Ohio) HS $500,000
Righthander Matt Wisler stands out as easily the best high school prospect in Ohio, but scouts don't think they can sign him away from Ohio State. The 6-foot-3, 175-pounder flashed a low-90s fastball on the showcase circuit last summer, but more often pitched at 86-88 mph for much of the spring before a strong finish. He also has shown a promising curveball and slider in the past, but both breaking pitches regressed in the early going. If he adds strength and consistency, he could be an early-round pick in 2014.
9 292 Boston Red Sox Travis Shaw 3B Kent State $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.
10 310 Houston Astros Kyle Hallock LHP Kent State $40,000
A Kent State lefthander was named Mid-American Conference pitcher of the year, but it wasn't Andrew Chafin. It was Kyle Hallock, who returned for his senior season after the Phillies drafted him in the 49th round last June. The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder is a craftsman who gets outs by throwing four pitches for strikes. He excels at pitching off his fastball, working both sides of the plate at 87-88 mph and peaking at 90. His changeup and slider are solid offerings, giving him a chance to remain a starter when he gets to pro ball.
11 333 Seattle Mariners Cameron Hobson LHP Dayton
Lefthander Cameron Hobson set Dayton records for single-season (105) and career (256) strikeouts this season. The 6-foot-1, 205-pounder usually pitches around 91 mph and touches 93 with his fastball. He improved his slider and filled the strike zone, but he still carries the reputation of being very good when he's on and easy to hit when he's not. The Yankees selected him in the 37th round as a draft-eligible sophomore in 2010.
16 501 Chicago White Sox Chris Bassitt RHP Akron
Scouts didn't know much about righthander Chris Bassitt prior to this spring, because he redshirted in 2008 and made just one appearance while focusing on academics in 2010. He's no longer anonymous after posting a 1.42 ERA and averaging 11.4 strikeouts per nine innings as a fourth-year junior. The 6-foot-5, 195-pounder lives off his 90-93 mph sinker, which he delivers from a low-three-quarters arm angle. His second pitch is a slider, which grades as an average pitch at times.
17 534 Texas Rangers Ryan Rua SS Lake Erie (Ohio)
18 559 Toronto Blue Jays Jon Berti 2B Bowling Green State
Jon Berti has hit .368, .423 and .356 in three seasons at Bowling Green State. He's a 5-foot-10, 175-pound sparkplug with a line-drive righthanded swing and well above-average speed. He has a knack for squaring pitches up and using the opposite field, though he doesn't have much pop and struggled with wood bats last summer in the Cape League. His hands and arm aren't quite up to snuff at shortstop, where he made 17 errors in 46 games this spring, so he'll likely shift to second base in pro ball.
20 609 Chicago Cubs Ben Klafczynski OF Kent State
Outfielder Ben Klafczynski is another solid senior sign for Kent State. He helped his cause by opening the season by going 7-for-13 with three straight multi-hit games against Georgia Tech's strong pitching staff. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound lefthanded hitter has been a starter for most of his four years with the Golden Flashes. While he's a good athlete, it doesn't quite translate to the diamond, where his tools are fringy to average across the board. A right fielder for Kent State, he may not provide enough offense to profile as a regular there in the major leagues.
20 625 Cincinnati Reds Dan Jensen RHP Cincinnati
24 742 Boston Red Sox Drew Turocy OF Akron
One of three brothers to play for Akron, outfielder Drew Turocy has led the Zips in most offensive categories in each of the last two seasons. A 6-foot-3, 185-pound lefthanded hitter he's similar to Ben Klafczynski in that he's a tweener with decent but not standout tools. Turocy may not have the range or routes to play center field as a pro, and he may not have enough power for an outfield corner. He was a two-way player in his first two seasons at Akron, which were sandwiched around a redshirt year in 2009 after he had Tommy John surgery.
26 804 Texas Rangers Ryan Bores RHP Cuyahoga (Ohio) CC
30 924 Texas Rangers Phil Klein RHP Youngstown State
34 1031 Milwaukee Brewers Adam Weisenburger C Miami (Ohio)
34 1047 San Francisco Giants Ben Thomas 1B Xavier
35 1054 Arizona Diamondbacks Ross Gerdeman RHP Bowling Green State
Though righthanders Nick Johnson and Ross Gerdeman hit 94 mph with their fastballs this spring, neither has had consistent success in college. Gerdeman is more physical (6-foot-3, 205 pounds) and has better command.
38 1158 Colorado Rockies Boo Vazquez OF Cardinal Mooney HS, Youngstown, Ohio
39 1190 St. Louis Cardinals Tyler Melling LHP Miami (Ohio)
41 1238 Cleveland Indians Brian Ruiz OF Lincoln West HS, Cleveland
46 1401 Chicago White Sox Mike Mancuso RHP Brecksville-Broadview Heights HS, Broadview Heights, Ohio