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Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 11 George Springer OF Connecticut Conn. $2,525,000
Springer was largely overlooked in high school, taking a back seat to higher-profile New England draftees like Anthony Hewitt, Ryan Westmoreland and Chris Dwyer. The Twins took a 48th-round flier on him in 2008 but he went to Connecticut, and three years later he may have the best all-around tools of any college player in the last decade. At 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds, Springer has a skill set rarely seen among college players. He generates plus raw power with explosive bat speed. He has a plus arm and is a plus runner, and he's a smooth defender in center field. He struggled early in 2011, when his hands were tight to his body and his stance was narrow, and he collapsed on his back side. But he made adjustments and returned to form when Big East play started, showing scouts why he was the Cape Cod League's No. 2 prospect last summer. His early-season struggles scared some scouts who question Springer's swing mechanics, as he can be exposed with velocity on the inner half. He's raw for a college first-round pick, but Springer may have the highest ceiling in the draft.
2 69 Adrian Houser RHP Locust Grove (Okla.) HS Okla. $530,100
Houser's last high school outing was one of his best. He took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and finished with a 16-strikeout two-hitter in the Oklahoma 4-A quarterfinals, and two days later Locust Grove won its first baseball championship. Also a center fielder, he scored two of Locust Grove's four runs and threw out a runner at the plate in the semifinals, and made a nifty back-to-the-infield catch during the finale. An Oklahoma recruit, Houser has good size (6-foot-3, 200 pounds) and a quick arm capable of delivering 90-92 mph fastballs and topping out at 95. He also shows feel for a hard curveball but has a lot of work to do with his changeup. He uses his height and a high arm slot to throw on a steep downhill angle. Though he's athletic, Houser needs to do a better job of maintaining his delivery and command. His father Mike is the baseball coach at Locust Grove, and one of his cousins (Bob Davis) spent eights seasons in the big leagues as a big league catcher.
3 99 Jack Armstrong Jr. RHP Vanderbilt Tenn. $750,000
Armstrong will be one of the draft's most interesting calls. The son of former big league pitcher Jack Armstrong, who was a first-round pick in 1987, Junior has really been a significant contributor only as a sophomore, going 7-4, 4.71 in 2010. He has performed well for two summers in the Cape Cod League, earning the No. 6 prospect spot in 2009 and No. 23 in 2010, and he was a preseason third-team All-American in 2010. He has jumbo size at 6-foot-7, 225 pounds, yet he's athletic enough to do standing backflips. Armstrong hasn't been fully healthy in 2011 and didn't start pitching until mid-March while battling back woes. He hasn't flashed the mid-90s stuff he showed as a freshman, though he has still worked in the low 90s and at his best has shown plenty of stuff against good competition. His best outing came in a loss as he threw four hitless innings against Florida, though he walked four and had more balls (38) than strikes (36). Armstrong throws a curveball and changeup that have their moments, but he's more of a physical athlete than a polished pitcher at this point. Signability will matter a great deal for a player who has been better in the past than he is in 2011.
4 130 Chris Lee LHP Santa Fe (Fla.) CC Fla. $215,000
At 6-foot-3, 175 pounds, lefthander Chris Lee is a stringbean with room to fill out if his frame will allow it. At his best, Lee had the best fastball on the Santa Fe staff, which also included hard-throwing Ben O'Shea and state JC pitcher of the year Malcolm Clapsaddle. Lee touched 94 mph, sat 89-93 and at times had an above-average slider. He threw well at the state's JC tournament, raising his draft stock, but also was a known commodity, as the White Sox drafted him in the 37th round in 2010 out of a Tampa-area high school.
5 160 Nick Tropeano RHP Stony Brook N.Y. $155,700
Just about everywhere Nick Tropeano has pitched, he has posted gaudy numbers. He was named the top prospect in the Atlantic Collegiate League in 2009, tossed a complete game against Coastal Carolina in NCAA regional play last year and led Cotuit to a Cape Cod League title last summer by pitching seven innings of hitless relief with seven strikeouts in the championship game. He followed all that up with a strong spring as Stony Brook's No. 1 starter, going 12-1, 1.84 during the regular season with 119 strikeouts against 24 walks in 93 innings. Tropeano's statistics are better than his pure stuff, and he uses pitching savvy and competitiveness to get hitters out. His fastball sits at 86-90 mph and touches 92, and he relies heavily on his secondary stuff. He has arguably the best changeup in the college ranks, a plus pitch that he'll throw in any count, and a hard slider. He has worked on a sinker. At 6-foot-4 and 205 pounds, Tropeano has a prototypical pitcher's body and is an innings-eater, but if he doesn't boost his upper-80s fastball he'll need to have above-average command throughout his career to advance. Tropeano should get taken between the fifth and eighth rounds.
6 190 Brandon Meredith OF San Diego State Calif. $150,000
Some scouts are bullish on San Diego State outfielder Brandon Meredith, while others are lukewarm. A physical specimen at 6-foot-2, 225 pounds, Meredith looked like a potential high-round pick after hitting .383/.484/.542 with seven homers and 54 RBIs as a sophomore in 2010, but a blister problem and a lack of lineup protection helped cause him to slump to .272/.418/.471 with five homers and 38 RBIs in an uneven junior year. Scouts who like him say he's a quality athlete with above-average speed and above-average raw power, while others peg him as just a decent athlete with average speed and average raw power. His short, line-drive swing gives him at least a chance to be an average hitter, but he has holes and still tends to chase breaking balls at times. He has made a concerted effort to improve his plate discipline, with 40 walks and 46 strikeouts in 191 at-bats this spring. A corner outfielder by trade, he has played first base (and looked bad there) and even center field (and looked surprisingly good) this spring. He projects as a fringe-average defensive left fielder with a similar arm. Enough scouts like him that he could go as high as the third to fifth round but the consensus has him in the fifth to eight
7 220 Javaris Reynolds OF King HS, Tampa Fla. $150,000
Reynolds is a 6-foot-2, 210-pound lefthanded hitter with athleticism and above-average speed. He's physical and generates good bat speed. His raw approach at the plate and inconsistent swing may lead him to spend two years in rookie ball, but his upside is intriguing. He's committed to the State JC of Florida, formerly known as Manatee JC.
8 250 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
9 280 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.
10 310 Kyle Hallock LHP Kent State Ohio $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.
11 340 Justin Gominsky OF Minnesota Minn.
Outfielder Justin Gominsky looked like an early-round pick for 2011 when he hit .338 with 15 extra-base hits and 11 steals as a freshman, but he missed all but six games last year when he injured his right knee. He has been slow to recover from the layoff and adjust to the new bats, and batted just .307/.367/.381 as a redshirt sophomore this spring. Despite the lack of performance, the 6-foot-4, 185-pounder has easily the best package of tools among the state's position players. He has slightly above-average speed and arm strength, and he plays a fine center field. A righthanded hitter, he'll have to refine his approach and get stronger if he's going to do damage at the plate.
12 370 Miles Hamblin C Mississippi Miss.
Mississippi had plenty of physical, veteran hitters who didn't produce as expected. Catcher Miles Hamblin, a former star at Howard (Texas) JC, struggled offensively in the SEC, hitting .259/.378/.430 this season after batting .226 a year ago. He has plus raw power from the left side and good arm strength. Big and physical, he doesn't move well behind the plate and struggled to control the running game. Suffice it to say he didn't live up to expectations after being ranked as the top college player in Texas in the 2009 draft class. If he's drafted this year, it will mark his first time being picked.
13 400 John Hinson 2B Clemson S.C.
Hinson has good athleticism and tools, and he's a plus runner despite a back injury that caused him to take a medical redshirt in 2009. He's rough around the edges defensively, having stumbled at second and third base this season. He fits best as a utility player who focuses on the outfield, and some scouts soured on him after he turned down the Phillies as a 13th-round pick.
14 430 Gandy Stubblefield RHP Lufkin (Texas) HS Texas
Chris McFarland was supposed to be the main attraction at Lufkin HS this spring, but scouts came away more impressed with Gandy Stubblefield. He also upstaged Bryan Brickhouse, who entered the year as the state's top-rated pitching prospect, beating him with an 11-strikeout three-hitter in a mid-April matchup. Stubblefield is projectable at 6-foot-4 and 190 pounds, and he worked at 88-92 mph with a peak of 94 this spring. He also has promising velocity on his curveball, though it's inconsistent. A Texas A&M recruit, he still needs a lot of polish.
15 460 Zach Johnson 1B Oklahoma State Okla.
16 490 Scott Zuloaga LHP Scottsdale (Ariz.) CC Ariz.
17 520 Tyson Perez RHP Fresno CC Calif. $100,000
18 550 Kevin Miller RHP California Calif.
Righthander Kevin Miller has never been drafted, but should be a good senior sign this year. A torn labrum in his hip limited him the past two years, but he's back to 100 percent this year. He settled into the 88-92 mph range with his fastball and touched 94 earlier in the year. He has good command of his fastball and spots it to all quadrants of the strike zone. He also shows confidence in his 12-to-6 curveball and mixes in a changeup. Miller has had success as a starter--he took a no-hitter into the eighth inning against Coastal Carolina in his season debut this year--but most of his work with the Bears has been in relief, and that's probably where he profiles best with his stocky, 6-foot, 207-pound frame and injury history.
19 580 Mitchell Lambson LHP Arizona State Ariz. $100,000
Lefthander Mitchell Lambson can spot his fastball and has an above-average changeup, but he's underwhelming with velocity in the 85-86 mph range.
20 610 Matt Duffy 3B Tennessee Tenn.
21 640 Jimmy Howick SS Jacksonville Fla.
22 670 Drew Muren OF Cal State Northridge Calif.
Cal State Northridge's Drew Muren was expected to be an impact two-way player in college. While Gates wound up focusing on pitching, Muren focused on hitting and playing center field. Scouts are down on his bat--he needs to add strength to his skinny 6-foot-6, 195-pound frame--but he is a solid-average to plus runner who can track balls down in the outfield. He also has good arm strength, and there are scouts who like him as a sleeper on the mound. They just haven't gotten the chance this spring to see what he can do as a pitcher.
23 700 Ruben Sosa 2B Oklahoma City Okla.
24 730 Jesse Wierzbicki 1B North Carolina N.C.
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. Wierzbicki has shown some power in his two years in Chapel Hill, hitting 14 home runs in just over 400 at-bats.
25 760 Billy Flamion OF Central Catholic HS, Modesto, Calif. Calif.
Flamion played well on the showcase circuit last summer and showed some of the best bat speed in this year's high school class--and from the left side of the plate. He is also a football player and came into the spring a little rusty with some softness to his body. He pressed at times and didn't show the kind of production scouts hoped to see. He could be an above-average hitter with above-average power, and a team will have to buy into Flamion's bat because he doesn't show many other tools. He's a below-average runner and he has an average arm, so it's likely he winds up in left field. He also needs to work on making quicker adjustments. Once thought of as a supplemental-round talent, Flamion's stock has slipped and he's looking more like a third-rounder. It will likely take more than third-round money to buy him out of his commitment to Oregon.
26 790 Jared Fisher RHP Newport HS, Bellevue, Wash. Wash.
27 820 Alex Todd SS Sonoma State (Calif.) Calif.
28 850 Jordan John LHP Oklahoma Okla.
Another Tommy John survivor, lefthander Jordan John had his surgery just after his high school career ended in 2009. He redshirted at Oklahoma in 2010 and now, at age 21, he's a rare draft-eligible freshman. John has an ideal pitcher's build at 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds. His stuff is still on the way back, but he has found success throwing four pitches for strikes. A good athlete with a clean delivery, he gets good life on his 86-88 mph fastball and should add velocity as he matures.
29 880 Wallace Gonzalez OF Bishop Amat HS, La Puente, Calif. Calif. $120,000
30 910 Jordan Steranka 3B Penn State Pa.
Scouts may find power in the bat of Jordan Steranka.
31 940 Jarrod McKinney OF Arkansas Ark.
32 970 Zach Dando RHP Central Arizona JC Ariz.
Dando is raw and surprised scouts late in the year by touching 93 mph with his fastball. He shows potential with his slider as well, and is committed to Southern California.
33 1000 Dominique Taylor OF Salt Lake CC Utah
Taylor shows top-of-the-scale speed at times and has power potential, but he is a little raw as a pro prospect. His swing needs refinement and he has fringy arm strength.
34 1030 Dustin Kellogg RHP Caney Creek HS, Conroe, Texas Texas
35 1060 Chris Morales RHP Clear Creek HS, League City, Texas Texas
36 1090 Kevin Gonzalez C Texas A&M Texas
37 1120 Steve Martin RHP Texas A&M Texas
38 1150 Brad Propst RHP Oklahoma State Okla.
39 1180 David Haerle RHP JC of the Canyons (Calif.) Calif.
40 1210 Buddy Lamothe RHP San Jacinto (Texas) JC Texas
Righthander Buddy Lamothe, a Franklin Pierce (N.H.) transfer, was attracting attention at San Jacinto when he touched 93 mph and spun hard breaking balls. But he sustained serious neck and spinal cord injuries in a May 1 diving accident, and he has been hospitalized since.
41 1240 Chase Davidson 1B Georgia Ga.
Chase Davidson was a third-rounder out of high school in 2008 who won't be offered close to the $425,000 or so he would have received had he signed for slot back then with the Astros. At 6-foot-5, 250 pounds, Davidson has played a lot of DH in 2011 and heated up as the season went on, but he's streaky and a below-average athlete whose only plus tool is raw power. He has a career 133-33 strikeout-walk ratio in 347 at-bats for the Bulldogs.
42 1270 Hoke Granger OF Northside Methodist Academy, Dothan, Ala. Ala.
43 1300 David Grimes OF Upton Lakes Christian HS, Clinton Corners, N.Y. N.Y.
44 1330 Blake Ford RHP Lamar Texas
45 1360 Chris Epps OF Clemson S.C.
Epps has arm strength and power but swings and misses too much.
46 1390 Justin Shults 1B UC Riverside Calif.
47 1420 Zack Hardoin LHP Missouri Mo.
48 1450 A.J. Murray C Westfield (N.J.) HS N.J.
Catcher Andrew Murray was a two-sport standout at Westfield High, the same high school that Stanford righthander Chris Jenkins attended. Murray is well put together at 6-foot-2, 200 pounds thanks to his time as a football player, but he's let scouts know that he wants to play on the diamond. He has power and can handle the bat, but has below-average receiving skills and will likely end up as a first baseman or DH, putting a lot of pressure on his bat. He is committed to Georgia Tech.
49 1480 Dave Peterson RHP College of Charleston S.C.
Peterson has good arm strength, sitting at 91-94 mph as a starter with his four-seamer, but less control and pitchability than Mizenko. At 6-foot-4, 214 pounds, Peterson has pro size and fringy secondary stuff with his slider and changeup. He doesn't get a ton of swings and misses despite his fastball velocity.
50 1510 Colton Davis OF Lake Wales (Fla.) HS Fla.