Baltimore Orioles

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Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 4 Dylan Bundy RHP Owasso (Okla.) HS Okla. $4,000,000
This draft is deep in college arms, and one scouting director opined that Bundy has a better overall package than any of them. Bundy has operated at 94-97 mph for much of the spring, reaching triple digits on multiple occasions. If hitters try to sit on his fastball, he can make them look foolish with an upper-70s curveball, a high-80s cutter or a mid-80s changeup. The curveball and cutter are plus pitches, and the changeup is already an average offering. Bundy's feel for pitching is as impressive as his stuff. He has exceptional body control, allowing him to repeat his balanced, effortless delivery and locate his pitches with ease. He's not the tallest pitcher at 6-foot-1 and 205 pounds, but he's strong and throws downhill, so his size is not an issue. His makeup and work ethic are off the charts, too. Though he told teams in mid-May that his asking price was a six-year, $30 million contract--which would shatter Stephen Strasburg's draft-record $15.1 million deal--Bundy is too talented to fall too far in the draft. The Orioles signed his brother Bobby as an eighth-round pick in 2008 and could consider Dylan with the fourth overall choice. If Baltimore passes, he probably won't make it past the Diamondbacks at No. 7.
2 64 Jason Esposito 3B Vanderbilt Tenn. $600,000
The Royals drafted Esposito in the seventh round out of high school in 2008, but he turned down a reported $1.5 million offer to attend Vanderbilt. He may not get that much this time around, but he'll be close. He got hot offensively this spring at the right time, hitting .376 in SEC play. Esposito is a college version of Marlins prospect Matt Dominguez in that his glove is ahead of his bat. He played some shortstop this spring but is an above-average defender at third with good hands and plus arm strength. Offensively, he has backed up a bit. An average runner with good instincts, he has been less proficient on the bases this year (11 SB, 10 CS) after going 51-for-60 his first two seasons, and stolen bases won't be a significant part of his game as a pro. He has struggled against velocity at times and lost his rhythm, which tends to happen with players with a big leg kick. Some scouts wonder if he's a natural hitter and believe he'll wind up as a utility player, with his glove as his calling card.
3 94 Mike Wright RHP East Carolina N.C. $363,300
In his first full season in the weekend rotation, Wright has been one of the Pirates' better arms. He has a good frame at 6-foot-5, 195 pounds and has a chance to remain a starter. He works with a sinker/slider combination, getting ground ball outs and keeping the ball in the park rather than racking up strikeouts. His sinker will work in the low 90s, and he throws strikes with both his fastball and slider. He has flashed a decent changeup this season, though it needs more consistency. Scouts like his competitiveness on the mound. He feeds off big situations and struck out Rice's Anthony Rendon twice, challenging him inside. Wright is probably best suited to a relief role and could get popped in the sixth round, but if a team thinks he can start he could go a little higher.
4 125 Kyle Simon RHP Arizona Ariz. $231,300
While he's a lot bigger than Oregon State's Sam Gaviglio at 6-foot-5 and 219 pounds, Simon has similar stuff, as a righthander with a lot of sink on his fastball and a good feel for pitching. Simon peaks at 93 mph, though he usually works between 86-89. He doesn't have a put-away pitch as Gaviglio does, and it shows up when comparing their strikeout totals. Simon's secondary offerings consist of a cutter at 84-87 mph and a changeup. Simon is big and sturdy with a lot of deception in his delivery. He could go to the bullpen and show more of those 93s, or he could stay in the rotation and get a bunch of groundouts as a back-of-the-rotation starter.
5 155 Matt Taylor LHP Middle Georgia JC Ga. $160,000
Georgia could get a boost next year if the state's top junior-college prospect doesn't get drafted high. Middle Georgia JC lefthander Matt Taylor is a 6-foot-2 sophomore who began his career at Alabama and ranked 17th on BA's Georgia draft list in 2009. He has pitched with an average to plus fastball in 2011, topping out at 93. His changeup is his best secondary pitch, and he throws both a slider and curveball, with the slider the better offering. He competes well and had a banner year, with 128 strikeouts in 82 innings during a 7-5, 3.31 season.
6 185 Nicky Delmonico 3B Farragut HS, Knoxville Tenn. $1,525,000
Delmonico comes from a baseball family. His father Rod was Tennessee's head coach for 18 seasons until 2007, and his brother Tony hit .374 for Florida State's 2008 College World Series team before embarking on a pro career with the Dodgers. Tony moved to catcher as a pro, and Nicky also has a chance to catch. Scouts aren't completely sold on his defensive ability, but he has the body and arm strength for the position. Delmonico is maxed out physically at 6-foot-3, 215 pounds and is 19 years old. He had a tough spring, hitting six home runs but disappointing scouts with his lack of impact offensively. His value is in his bat, and his swing has become more stiff in the last year, perhaps as a result of a nagging back injury he had from lifting weights. Some scouts consider his swing mechanical, while others believe he just lost bat speed due to draft pressure and trying too hard. Those who believe in Delmonico believe his above-average instincts, plus arm and adequate receiving skills will keep him behind the plate, making him an above-average offensive player for the position if his bat bounces back. He's signed to Georgia.
7 215 Trent Howard LHP Central Michigan Mich. $125,000
Trent Howard turned in some spectacular outings this spring, including a two-hit shutout of Indiana on Central Michigan's swing through Florida, a 13-strikeout gem against Miami (Ohio) and a duel with Kent State Andrew Chafin in which Howard fanned the first nine batters. He probably still will be the state's top draft pick, but he looked like a lock until he came down with biceps tendinitis in late April. After taking a week off, he got hit hard in two of his final three starts. A 6-foot-2, 198-pound lefthander, Howard is a craftsman who mixes four pitches. His sinker sits at 86-89 mph and touches the low 90s, his changeup is effective against both lefties and righties, and his slider acts like a cutter. He also has a curveball he can throw for strikes. His command is more notable than any of his individual offerings, and at times he gets too rotational in his delivery, which cause his stuff to flatten out. Howard's ceiling is no more than that of a No. 4 starter, but he has a good chance of reaching it.
8 245 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.
9 275 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.
10 305 Tyler Wilson RHP Virginia Va. $20,000
Tyler Wilson works with a fastball in the upper 80s and solid secondary stuff.
11 335 Adam Davis C Illinois Ill.
The Big Ten Conference tournament MVP, Adam Davis will be the fourth catcher drafted from Illinois in the last 10 years, following Patrick Arlis, Chris Robinson and Lars Davis (no relation)--all of whom are currently in the upper minors. Adam Davis didn't become a full-time regular until his third year with the Illini, but the 6-foot, 215-pounder has righthanded gap power and a strong, accurate arm. He has a short swing and flashes good receiving skills, though he needs to do a better job of making contact and holding onto the ball.
12 365 Jason Coats OF Texas Christian Texas
Coats had a banner 2010, setting a Texas Christian record with 99 hits, helping the Horned Frogs reach the College World Series for the first time and starring in the Cape Cod League. A strong encore might have carried him into the first round, but he has had a lackluster spring, leading scouts to wonder whether he has a true plus tool. After hitting .314 with wood bats on the Cape, he batted .324 with metal this season. His swing looked longer and his pitch recognition looked less sharp than it did a year ago. Six-foot-2 and 190 pounds, Coats has a sound approach and provides average raw power from the right side of the plate. His speed, arm strength and defense are fringy to average, so he fits best in left field. A team that envisions Coats becoming the .280/20-homer hitter he looked like a year ago could grab him in the second or third round, but he no longer figures to go higher than that.
13 395 Derek Jones OF Washington State Wash.
Jones has good bat speed and a nice swing from the left side that produces above-average raw power. He has a 6-foot, 207-pound frame and has to play left field because he's an average runner with fringy arm strength. He didn't hit too well on the Cape last summer, and the knock on him this spring was that his power is mostly to his pull side and he racks up strikeouts on soft stuff away.
14 425 K.J. Hockaday 3B Carroll School, Bel Air, Md. Md.
Third baseman K.J. Hockdaday has a big frame at 6-foot-3, 215 pounds. He profiles as a corner guy with a little power and good athleticism.
15 455 Eric Wooten LHP Central Arizona JC Ariz.
16 485 Mark Blackmar RHP Temple (Texas) JC Texas $100,000
The son of PGA senior golfer Phil Blackmar, Mark is an athletic 6-foot-3, 215-pound righthander with a nice three-pitch mix. His cutter/slider is his best pitch, and he also fills the strike zone with a lively 87-91 mph fastball and a developing changeup.
17 515 Nick Carmichael RHP Palomar (Calif.) JC Calif.
18 545 Brad Roney 3B Wetumpka (Ala.) HS Ala.
Two other hitters who could get picked include Golden's teammate, third baseman Brad Roney, and outfielder Jo-El Bennett. Roney is part of a strong Southern Mississippi recruiting class. He's a solid athlete who has present strength and hitting skills, and his above-average arm and agility should allow him to step in and play third as a freshman in Conference USA. He's raw at the plate but has excellent leverage in his swing and plus raw power. As Roney fills out his 6-foot-2, 190-pound frame, he may lose athleticism and get too stiff.
19 575 Dustin Ward LHP Central Arkansas Ark.
20 605 Marc Wik OF Chabot (Calif.) JC Calif.
21 635 Jose Rivera RHP Hill (Texas) JC Texas
22 665 Mike Miedzianowski SS Martin County HS, Stuart, Fla. Fla.
23 695 Adam Matthews OF South Carolina S.C.
South Carolina's top draft pick is likely to be outfielder Adam Matthews, the team's fastest player and best athlete. A hamstring injury sidelined Matthews for half the season, and he hasn't put it all together offensively, either with his raw power or on the basepaths (just 15 career stolen bases). Because of Bradley's presence and his own hamstring injury, Matthews hasn't played much center field, but that's where he profiles best as a pro. He has an average arm and could play right if he polishes up his hitting approach and gets to his plus raw power.
24 725 Jalen Simmons OF Camden County HS, Kingsland, Ga. Ga.
25 755 Mike Finnigan LHP San Bernardino Valley (Calif.) JC Calif.
26 785 Zach Davies RHP Mesquite HS, Gilbert, Ariz. Ariz. $575,000
Another Arizona State commit is righthander Zach Davies, who got multiple Mike Leake comparisons from scouts and college recruiters. Like Leake, Davies has a medium build at 6 feet and 165 pounds and shows good athleticism. When he's not pitching, he plays shortstop. Davies doesn't have huge stuff but knows how to pitch and has four pitches that should be at least average: fastball, curveball, slider and changeup. He doesn't have Leake's fastball movement, but the similarities with his athleticism and feel for pitching are obvious.
27 815 Chris Oliver RHP Shiloh Christian HS, Springdale, Ark. Ark.
28 845 Nate Raubinger 1B Arroyo Grande (Calif.) HS Calif.
29 875 Cameron Edman C Gonzaga Wash.
30 905 Mikey Reynolds SS Paradise Valley (Ariz.) JC Ariz.
31 935 John Costa RHP Summit Christian HS, West Palm Beach, Fla. Fla.
32 965 Ryan Meyer RHP Oviedo (Fla.) HS Fla.
33 995 Sander Beck RHP Maryland Md.
34 1025 Zach Fowler LHP Texas Tech Texas
35 1055 Lindsey Caughel RHP Stetson Fla.
Righthander Lindsey Caughel had come back from an ankle injury that caused him to miss four starts, and he was back on the mound for the postseason. Caughel's 88-91 mph fastball and curveball earn average grades when he's at his best, and he has a pro body at 6-foot-3, 195 pounds.
36 1085 Jeffrey Zona RHP Hanover HS, Mechanicsville, Va. Va.
37 1115 Nick Skala C Concordia (Ill.) Ill.
38 1145 Jerome Pena 2B Texas Christian Texas
39 1175 Pat Cantwell C Stony Brook N.Y.
40 1205 Bennett Parry LHP Poway, Calif. (No school) Calif.
41 1235 Chris Mariscal SS Clovis North HS, Fresno Calif.
Mariscal doesn't have the body scouts are looking for from modern shortstops like Cal Ripken, Alex Rodriguez or Troy Tulowitzki. Instead, he's more of a throwback at 5-foot-11 and 175 pounds. He flew under the radar a bit because he didn't play in a lot of showcase events last summer, choosing instead to focus on playing quarterback on the football team. Mariscal is a fluid defender with smooth actions and a definite chance to stay at shortstop. He has above-average speed to go with a plus arm. He's a little raw at the plate and doesn't project to hit for above-average power, but he should be able to hit for average. Marical's tools and ability to stay at a premium position may run him up into the third round. If he doesn't sign, he'll head to Fresno State and could be a first-rounder in three years.
42 1265 Jason McCracken RHP Pierce (Calif.) JC Calif.
43 1295 David Reynolds RHP Edmonds (Wash.) JC Wash.
44 1325 Patrick Merkling LHP Chattanooga State (Tenn.) JC Tenn.
45 1355 Andrew Millner RHP Feather River (Calif.) JC Calif.
Righthander Andrew Milner has a squat 6-foot, 230-pound frame. He sits in the 90-92 mph range, topping out at 94, and shows flashes of an above-average slider
46 1385 Mark Reyes LHP Jessieville HS, Hale, Ark. Ark.
Lefthander Mark Reyes, an Arkansas recruit, has a tremendous feel for pitching as well as athleticism and a knack for getting strikeouts. Reyes' fastball has touched 90-91 mph, but scouts like his ability to add and subtract from his heater more than his pure velocity. He had an 18-strikeout no-hitter in this year's state 3-A quarterfinals, and earned playoff MVP honors with a 17-strikeout two-hitter. His fastball sat in the low 80s for much of those games, according to evaluators, and he was able to reach back for 87-88 mph when needed. Reyes has deception in his delivery and a rubber arm that allowed him to pitch in relief frequently in the postseason in between his starts. His changeup is his best secondary pitch, though for some scouts that's just Reyes adding and subtracting off his fastball. He's considered a tough sign.
47 1415 Devon Conley OF New Mexico JC N.M.
The only other player in the state with a chance to be picked in the first 20 rounds is New Mexico JC outfielder Devon Conley. He is a sophomore who transferred in after getting 14 at-bats as a freshman at New Mexico. Conley has a 6-foot-1, 160-pound frame, and he's a center fielder with true 80 speed on the 20-80 scouting scale. He covers a lot of ground in center field and has an average arm. He has a short, contact-oriented swing from the right side of the plate and will have gap power, at best. The team that drafts him may try to get him to switch-hit to take better advantage of his speed.
48 1445 Tyler Hunter OF Lowndes HS, Valdosta, Ga. Ga.
49 1475 Ronnie Shaban RHP Virginia Tech Va.
Ronnie Shaban is a .322 career hitter for Virginia Tech, but he doesn't profile well as a position player and teams have interest in him as a righthanded reliever. There's effort to his delivery, but his fastball is 92-94 mph.
50 1505 Brendan Butler OF Carroll School, Bel Air, Md. Md.