Boston Red Sox

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Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 19 Matt Barnes RHP Connecticut Conn. $1,500,000
Barnes was an under-the-radar prospect and went undrafted coming out of high school in Connecticut, but after three years at UConn he has firmly established himself as a first-round talent. Barnes shined last summer, ranking as the Cape Cod League's No. 3 prospect during a stint with Wareham and going 3-0, 1.42 with 26 strikeouts in 19 innings for Team USA. Barnes added 6-8 mph on his fastball before his sophomore year, jumping his velocity to its current 92-96 mph range and 98 peak, which he holds deep into games. He has a loose arm and minimal effort in his delivery. Barnes gets good armside run on his two-seamer, and he also throws a cutter. He throws a sharp-breaking curveball that's plus at times and an average mid-80s changeup. Barnes is at his best when he eliminates his slider from his repertoire. His secondary stuff, along with his command and mechanics, need work, as he tends to alter his release point and miss high in the zone. Scouts love Barnes' 6-foot-4, 205-pound frame, and they still think he could add about 20 pounds.
1 26 Blake Swihart C Cleveland HS, Rio Rancho, N.M. N.M. $2,500,000
Swihart spent most of last summer with Team USA, and he led the team by batting .448/.492/.845 with six doubles and five home runs. The natural righthander picked up switch-hitting during his sophomore year of high school and started catching seriously just last summer. This spring he has split time between third base and behind the plate. Swihart is a good athlete who is an above-average hitter with average power potential. He hadn't put up gaudy numbers against inferior competition this spring, but he is clearly focused on the future: Swihart works on both of his swings by switching back and forth between hitting lefthanded and righthanded, regardless of the pitcher he's facing. Swihart's athleticism shows up behind the plate. He receives well and shows good footwork. He has a strong arm and has shortened his arm stroke this spring. He obviously would have more value at catcher, but his athleticism and potent bat may tempt a team to move him to another position. Swihart is 6 feet and 175 pounds and baby-faced, so some scouts think he'll get taller and stronger as he matures. He is committed to Texas, and would be eligible for the draft again as a sophomore if he goes to college.
1s 36 Henry Owens LHP Edison HS, Huntington Beach, Calif. Calif. $1,550,000
The top high school pitching prospect in Southern California by a landslide, Owens has a long track record of success against top competition in the biggest showcases and high school games. His 6-foot-7, 200-pound frame, easy arm action, deception, composure and advanced feel for pitching make him a potential late first-round or sandwich pick this June. Scouts have been waiting for his velocity to jump up from the 87-90 mph range for two years, and this spring it has bumped 94, though he still pitches at 88-91. He entered the spring with a loopy curveball as his second pitch, but his offspeed stuff has improved as the season progressed. His curveball has firmed up a bit, and midway through the spring he started throwing a slider and a low-80s cutter, demonstrating better feel for his craft. He also has a promising changeup, though he seldom uses it against overmatched high school hitters. Despite his size and arm action, scouts aren't convinced Owens has a ton of projection, and his lack of current plus stuff creates reservations.
1s 40 Jackie Bradley OF South Carolina S.C. $1,100,000
Bradley was South Carolina's best player his first two seasons, bashing 24 home runs, walking more than he struck out and overcoming an early hamate injury to lead the Gamecocks to the 2010 national championship. He was the Most Outstanding Player of the College World Series and then played for USA Baseball's college national team. Scouting directors saw him hit .318 and saw a premium defender in center field, with average speed but tremendous instincts, good routes and a plus arm. However, Bradley was struggling with the new BBCOR bats and slumping this season before he went down with a left wrist injury. He had surgery at the start of May to repair ligament and tendon damage and wasn't expected to return this season. Supporters point to his track record because his lone plus tools are his defense and his arm. He lost his feel for hitting this spring as he sold out for power, employing an uppercut that helped drop his average to .259. His believers give him above-average hitting grades for his bat speed and approach. Bradley looked to be sliding, perhaps out of the first round.
2 81 Williams Jerez OF Grand Street HS, Brooklyn N.Y. $443,700
Jerez moved from the Dominican Republic with his father two years ago. He originally drew interest as a lefthander, but he has more potential as a center fielder and has generated a lot of buzz this spring after playing in Florida for Hank's Yanks, a team sponsored by Yankees owner Hank Steinbrenner. Jerez's 6-foot-4, 190-pound frame is what one scout described as "about as good a body as you could imagine." He has a wiry strong build and should add bulk as he matures. He has average raw power, with loft and leverage in his swing, which has a tendency to get long. Some scouts worry how he will fare against premium velocity, but his bat speed has improved even since March. Jerez has a plus arm and plus speed, but it doesn't play down the line because he's slow out of the batter's box. There's no consensus on Jerez: Some scouts question his background and age and don't like his bat, while others project on his raw tools and athleticism.
3 111 Jordan Weems C Columbus (Ga.) HS Ga. $500,000
Weems has taken advantage of his bloodlines, his own improved play, the down year in Georgia and the dearth of catching to jump up draft boards. He helped lead Columbus High to a state championship in 2010, and he helped the team reach the state 3-A semifinals this season. He hopes to become the third member of his family to get drafted, joining father Rick (1980, 15th round, Cardinals) and brother Chase (2007, sixth round, Yankees). Weems is tall and lanky at a listed 6-foot-3, 180 pounds, and lacks present strength. Scouts have to project his hitting ability and power because of his lack of physicality. His arm gets easy above-average grades, and he posts sub-2.0-second pop times. He's a decent receiver now who projects to be average with more strength. Weems is committed to Georgia State.
4 142 Noe Ramirez RHP Cal State Fullerton Calif. $625,000
Ramirez was lightly recruited and undrafted out of Alhambra (Calif.) High in 2008, but he developed into a top-two-rounds candidate during three stellar seasons at Cal State Fullerton. Ramirez is 29-5 in his Fullerton career, and his 1.76 ERA this spring is the best of his career. He was slowed by elbow tenderness earlier this spring, and he missed two weeks with a sprained ankle later in the season, but he returned strong. Lean and wiry at 6-foot-3, 180 pounds, Ramirez has gotten stronger since high school, increasing his fastball velocity from the 86-88 mph range to the 88-91 range now, peaking at 92-93 early in games. He generally commands his fastball well, but his bread-and-butter is his offspeed stuff. Ramirez credits former Fullerton great Ricky Romero with teaching him his changeup grip, and he throws his 83-84 mph change with the same arm speed as his fastball, and it has splitter-like action and deception, rating as a plus to plus-plus pitch. His slider still gets sweepy at times, but it has improved as is now an average offering. Ramirez is a fearless competitor with outstanding feel for pitching and one of the best track records in the draft. He has the stuff and makeup to become a mid- to late-rotation starter in the big leagues.
5 172 Mookie Betts SS Overton HS, Brentwood, Tenn. Tenn. $750,000
Betts was the top signee for the embattled Tennessee program, which was headed for last place in the Southeastern Conference. He could be a college difference-maker for his hitting ability, speed and solid athleticism, the last of which helped him be an all-conference basketball player and the state's boys bowler of the year in 2010. The question was whether any of Betts' tools was a carrying tool. He's an above-average runner but not a true burner. However, he has good baserunning instincts, and his running ability should play in pro ball offensively. Some scouts believe the speed will play better defensively and want to shift him to cente rfield. Others believe his solid first-step quickness and quick-twitch athleticism give him a chance to stay in the infield, though more likely at second base than at short. He has some footwork issues to iron out to stay in the dirt. Betts has good hitting fundamentals and has excellent makeup and intangibles.
6 202 Miguel Pena LHP San Jacinto (Texas) JC Texas $85,000
Lefthander Miguel Pena is essentially the same pitcher he was when the Nationals made him a surprise fifth-round pick out of high school two years ago. He's still 6-foot-2 and 160 pounds, and he still has an 88-91 mph fastball, a sharp curveball and a solid changeup. He repeats his clean delivery well, allowing him to throw strikes with ease. He won 25 games in two years at San Jacinto, though getting sent home from the Cape Cod League last summer for disciplinary reasons hurts his cause. A 13th-round pick of the Padres in 2010, he should go in roughly the same area of the 2011 draft. If he doesn't sign, he'll attend Lubbock Christian.
7 232 Cody Kukuk LHP Free State HS, Lawrence, Kan. Kan. $800,000
In addition to being the best athlete in the draft, Bubba Starling is also the best high school pitcher in Kansas. Among those whose future will be on the mound, however, Kukuk stands out. He's a projectable 6-foot-4, 190-pound lefthander whose best days are ahead of him. For most of the spring, he pitched at 88-91 mph with good armside run on a fastball that has reached 93 in the past. He also shows a hard slider at times, though it gets slurvy. His changeup is a work in progress. Kukuk's biggest need is consistency, as his release point varies and affects the quality of his pitches and his control. In an effort to throw more strikes, he tried using a more compact delivery, frustrating scouts who wanted to see him cut loose as he had in the past. Though he's far from a finished product, loose and athletic lefties with quality arms are hard to ignore. A Kansas recruit, he could get popped as early as the third round.
8 262 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.
9 292 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.
10 322 Cody Koback OF Wisconsin-Stevens Point Wis. $85,000
Cody Koback is more toolsy than the typical Wisconsin position prospect. The 6-foot, 185-pounder has well above-average speed, though he's still learning to make the most of it on the bases and in center field. He makes consistent contact and has gap power from the right side of the plate, and his arm is solid. After an elbow injury limited him to nine games in 2010, he rebounded to bat .424/.516/.701 this spring. He proved himself against better competition last summer in the Northwoods League, where he hit .305 with wood bats.
11 352 Kevin Brahney LHP Chico State (Calif.) Calif.
Chico State senior lefthander Kevin Brahney has a physical, 6-foot-4, 225-pound frame and showed good arm strength this season. His fastball sits in the 91-92 mph range and topped out at 94. He mixes in a firm curveball with tight rotation and late break. He needs to work on smoothing out his max-effort delivery, so he may wind up in the bullpen.
12 382 Deshorn Lake RHP Menchville HS, Newport News, Va. Va.
Righthander Deshorn Lake, whose school plays in the same district as Jake Cave's, is from the Virgin Islands and moved to the Tidewater region of Virginia as a high school junior. He has a live but raw right arm and strong, athletic frame at 6-foot-1, 200 pounds. He was sitting 92-93 mph this spring. He lacks command and secondary stuff, has a long arm stroke in the back and he doesn't repeat his release point well, so teams might be content to check on him again after three years at East Carolina.
13 412 Matty Ott RHP Louisiana State La.
Ott has good raw stuff, though he has never quite had the electric slider or premium command he had as a freshman, when he emerged as the closer on the national championship team and posted a 69-6 strikeout-walk ratio. Ott was healthy this season but threw just 28 innings and had more walks than he did as a freshman in 50 innings. His fastball sits in the average 88-92 mph range, and at 6-foot-2, 195 pounds, he's had durability issues since shouldering a heavy load en route to a championship in 2009.
14 442 Mike McCarthy RHP Cal State Bakersfield Calif.
15 472 Braden Kapteyn RHP Kentucky Ky. $125,000
Braden Kapteyn had much more success as a first baseman (.300, six homers) than as a righthander (9.00 ERA in 17 innings) this spring, but scouts prefer him on the mound. He has a big league body (6-foot-4, 220 pounds) and a 90-92 mph fastball that touches 94, but his lack of success is puzzling, especially considering he posted a 0.64 ERA in the Cape Cod League last summer. Kapteyn is more of a thrower than a pitcher, and his slider regressed after showing flashes of being a wipeout pitch on the Cape. More strong than athletic, he has some effort in his delivery. Kapteyn also lacks finesse as a hitter, though he does offer impressive power from the right side of the plate.
16 502 Daniel Gossett RHP Byrnes HS, Duncan, S.C. S.C.
If not for Taylor Guerrieri, righthander Daniel Gossett would be the state's top prep draft pick. A Clemson recruit, he dominated all spring, going 9-0, 0.44 with 94 strikeouts in 49 innings before his final start, when his stuff was down and he gave up six runs (including two homers) in just three innings en route to losing the state 4-A championship game 11-0. At his best, Gossett pushes his fastball into the low 90s, sitting 91-93 mph at times despite a slim 6-foot, 165-pound frame. He has shown the hand speed to spin a curveball with downer action that could be a swing-and-miss pitch. His frame makes it hard to project on him, and it was unclear whether his present stuff was enough to prompt scouts to buy him out of Clemson.
17 532 Blake Forslund RHP Liberty Va.
Righthander Blake Forslund pitched at 92-95 mph in the fall, but inexperience and a knee injury made for a disappointing spring. A redshirt sophomore, Forslund made a single one-inning appearance for Virginia in 2009 before transferring. He sat out 2010 and was thrown right into the fire this season, but he struggled with his command and went 1-2, 8.31. He also missed time with the knee injury and threw just 22 innings. At 6-foot-4, 215 pounds, he has good frame and power stuff and can get his fastball into the mid-90s. But he doesn't work off his fastball enough and has a tendency to leave his pitches up in the zone.
18 562 Andrew Jones RHP Samford Ala.
A pair of righthanded relievers, Andrew Jones and Grant Sides, and are the team's top pitching prospects this year. Jones touched 93 with his heater while generally pitching with an average fastball with decent life. He throws a lot of strikes and has a solid-average changeup as well.
19 592 Sikes Orvis 1B Freedom HS, Orlando Fla.
20 622 Zach Good LHP Grayson County (Texas) CC Texas $140,000
Grayson County's best pitching prospect, lefthander Zach Good, threw eight shutout innings to beat McLennan 1-0 in the second round of the regionals. Long and lean at 6-foot-4 and 185 pounds, he has bounced back from Tommy John surgery in high school to show a 90-91 mph fastball and feel for a curveball. His command is still a work in progress.
21 652 Austin Davidson 2B Oxnard (Calif.) HS Calif.
Austin Davidson plays shortstop in high school and could handle the position in college, but he projects as an average defensive second baseman with an average arm in pro ball. He's a good athlete with fringe-average speed and a chance for an average lefthanded bat in time, and scouts praise his grinder mentality.
22 682 Joe Holtmeyer RHP Nebraska-Omaha Neb.
After leading NCAA Division II in strikeouts (152) and whiffs per nine innings (15.7) and then holding his own in the Cape Cod League in 2010, Joe Holtmeyer had early-round aspirations for the draft. But he changed his delivery in the Cape, going from a three-quarters arm slot to more over the top, and his stuff has suffered. Last year, the 6-foot-3, 240-pounder had a 91-93 mph fastball and a sharp curveball. Now he's pitching with more effort in his delivery, sitting mostly at 86-88 mph with his heater and using a slower curve. He's still racking up strikeouts, many of them with a changeup that has splitter action. He'll still get drafted, but it probably won't be in the first 10 rounds and he's not drawing Joe Blanton comparisons any longer
23 712 Jarrett Brown LHP Salem HS, Conyers, Ga. Ga.
24 742 Drew Turocy OF Akron Ohio
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.
25 772 Taylor Ard 1B Washington State Wash.
Ard has a long track record of mashing with wood, first at Mount Hood (Ore.) CC, then in the West Coast League two summers ago. Last summer, Ard was solid for Brewster in the Cape Cod League and he'll return there this summer if he doesn't sign right away. He has tremendous strength at the plate and has a knack for squaring balls up and not striking out a lot. On the downside, he's a righthanded hitter who is limited to first base. He's a well below-average runner who will need to watch his body so that his 6-foot-1, 228-pound frame doesn't get too soft.
26 802 Cody Dill RHP Los Osos HS, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. Calif.
27 832 Alex Massey RHP Catholic HS, Baton Rouge La.
28 862 Brenden Shepard RHP Stonehill (Mass.) Mass.
29 892 Matt Spalding RHP St. Xavier HS, Louisville Ky. $275,000
Righthander Matt Spalding's fastball sits at 91-93 mph and peaks at 95, and he has held his velocity deep into games and throughout the spring. He has significant effort and a head whack in his delivery and there's not much projection in his 6-foot, 180-pound frame. His slider lacks consistent bite, and he faces a future as a reliever in pro ball. He's a good athlete who'll get the chance to be a two-way player if he attends Western Kentucky.
30 922 Nick Moore 3B Brookwood HS, Snellville, Ga. Ga. $200,000
Moore was high school teammates with Cubs 13th-round pick Trey Martin, and both were committed to Kennesaw State before signing pro contracts. Moore is an above-average, but raw, athlete that was offered a scholarship to play defensive back at Air Force. He's a fringe-average runner, but his best attributes are his physical build and his big raw power from both sides of the plate. Moore is the Godson of his signing scout, Rob English.
31 952 Tyler Wells OF Lexington (Ky.) Catholic HS Ky.
32 982 Julius Gaines SS Luella HS, Locust Grove, Ga. Ga.
Florida International was hoping to get a top Georgia recruit in infielder Julius Gaines, who battled a shoulder injury all year that made him tough to evaluate. Gaines hurt his shoulder pitching but is a hitter all the way, with a chance to play shortstop with a solid-average arm and good infield actions. He's an average runner out of the box and above-average under way, and scouts have to do some projecting on his bat. For some, he lacks a plus tool. His injury may make him a summer follow, especially for a team with extra picks.
33 1012 David Chester 1B Pittsburgh Pa.
Scouts may find power in the bats of Jordan Steranka, Kevan Smith and David Chester. Chester doesn't have a great body, but has big power, leading the Panthers with 14 home runs.
34 1042 Sean Dartnell LHP Vauxhall (Alb.) HS Alberta
35 1072 Carlos Coste C Academia Bautista HS, San Juan, P.R. P.R.
36 1102 Jace Herrera RHP Wekiva HS, Apopka, Fla. Fla.
37 1132 Robert Youngdahl OF Hill-Murray HS, Maplewood, Minn. Minn.
38 1162 Tyler Poole RHP Hickory (N.C.) HS N.C.
39 1192 Corey Vogt RHP Keene State (N.H.) N.H.
40 1222 Jordan Gross LHP Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey, N.J. N.J.
Don Bosco Prep has taken over as the state powerhouse in the last few years, producing several Division I players including Virginia third baseman Steven Proscia, who ranks No. 144 on our Top 200 this year. The Ironmen have a strong junior class, and this year's top prospect is lefthander Jordan Gross, who is committed to Tulane. His fastball can range from 85-90 mph and he shows a solid curveball with some shape. He isn't considered signable, but scouts are intrigued to see what he could turn into in three years.
41 1252 Matt Marquis OF Maryland Md.
42 1282 Derek O'Dell 3B Canyon (Texas) HS Texas
43 1312 Brandon Downes OF South Plainfield (N.J.) HS N.J.
44 1342 Matt Martin C Pendleton School, Bradenton, Fla. Fla.
45 1372 Matt Gedman 2B Massachusetts Mass.
Matt Gedman, the son of former Red Sox catcher Rich Gedman, had a solid spring, hitting .397/.436/.571 for UMass. Also a backup goalie on the school's hockey team, Gedman is an athletic, scrappy third baseman who plays above his tools. He should get taken late as a senior sign, possibly by Boston, where he would get a chance to play for his father, who's also the hitting coach for the short-season Lowell Spinners.
46 1402 Mac Williamson OF Wake Forest N.C.
47 1432 Sam Wolff RHP JC of Southern Nevada Nev.
Righthander Sam Wolff was a rare high school prospect from South Dakota in 2009 and pitched just 16 innings at San Diego last year before transferring to Southern Nevada. At 6-foot-2 and 195 pounds, he has power stuff, including a fastball that sits 91-92 mph and tops out at 95. The ball explodes out of his hand and shows good two-seam action when he throws it in, and cutting action when he throws it to his glove side. Wolff also mixes in an above-average slider and a changeup that has a chance to be average. He's a quality athlete with a good delivery and is committed to New Mexico.
48 1462 David Sosebee RHP White County HS, Cleveland, Ga. Ga.
49 1492 Jadd Schmeltzer RHP Cornell N.Y.
50 1522 John Gorman RHP Catholic Memorial HS, West Roxbury, Mass. Mass.