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Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 6 Anthony Rendon 3B Rice Texas $6,000,000
Rendon entered the season as the draft's top-rated prospect and still sits atop our rankings, but his season hasn't gone as planned. After hitting a combined .391/.497/.750 with 46 homers as BA's Freshman of the Year in 2009 and College Player of the Year in 2010, Rendon hit .323/.526/.516 with five homers in the regular season this spring. He strained his throwing shoulder in the second week of the season and has played little in the field. Rendon hadn't given teams any medical information as of mid-May, leaving them in the dark about the severity of the injury. Though it has affected his swing and bat speed, he's still the best all-around hitter in the draft. The 6-foot, 190-pounder has tremendous strength in his hands and wrists, uncanny hand-eye coordination and exceptional strike-zone discipline. Teams have pitched around him all season, and he was the runaway NCAA Division I leader with 66 walks. His bat speed and ability to barrel balls give Rendon more usable power than any player in the draft, with scouts projecting the righthanded hitter to bat .300 with 25-30 homers a year in the major leagues. When healthy, Rendon is a gifted third baseman with above-average range and arm strength. He has drawn comparisons to Evan Longoria and Ryan Zimmerman, though he bears a closer physical resemblance to David Wright. Rendon tore ligaments in his right ankle in the 2009 NCAA regionals and broke the same ankle on a slide with Team USA last summer, but he has been running and moving as well as ever this spring. He has average speed and runs the bases well. Both ankle injuries came on fluke plays, so scouts don't consider him injury-prone. As frustrating as his season has been, Rendon remains a strong candidate to go No. 1 overall. If Pittsburgh goes in another direction, it's unlikely the Mariners would pass on him at No. 2.
1 23 Alex Meyer RHP Kentucky Ky. $2,000,000
The Red Sox offered Meyer $2 million as a 20th-round pick out of high school three years ago. While he had the arm strength to merit first-round money, most scouts believed he would need time to improve his secondary pitches, command and maturity. They were proven correct when he went 6-7, 6.34 in his first two seasons at Kentucky. Meyer started making the transition from pitcher to thrower this year, and as a result he could go in the first 10 picks. He's as intimidating as ever, a 6-foot-9, 220-pounder who works at 95-96 mph and can scrape triple digits with his fastball. His slider gives him a second plus-plus pitch at times, though it's still more of a chase pitch than a true strike. He also has unveiled an effective changeup. The Wildcats have helped Meyer repeat his delivery better, though that's still an issue at times because his levers are so long. His command may never be more than average, but it's a lot better than it was in high school. So too is his ability to compete. Meyer still isn't a finished product, but the huge strides he has made this spring have been encouraging. He finished strong, outdueling projected Vanderbilt first-rounder Sonny Gray with a five-hit shutout in early May and beating then-No. 6 ranked Florida in his final start of the year.
1s 34 Brian Goodwin OF Miami Dade JC Fla. $3,000,000
Goodwin has been under the microscope this year and has responded well. He was a 16th-round pick out of Rocky Mount (N.C.) High in 2009 but didn't sign and went to North Carolina, where he posted a solid .291/.409/.511 freshman season. Goodwin then went to the Cape Cod League and ranked as the No. 6 prospect after hitting .281/.364/.360. Then he was suspended for a violation of university policy at North Carolina, so he transferred to Miami-Dade JC. He got off to a slow start thanks in part to a tweaked hamstring, but Goodwin came on to earn comparisons to ex-big leaguer Jacque Jones. Goodwin has average to plus tools across the board, starting with his hitting ability. He's patient, draws walks and has present strength, and some project him to have future plus power. A plus runner who's not quite a burner, Goodwin has the tools for center field, but he played a corner spot at North Carolina and doesn't consistently display natural instincts in center.
3 96 Matt Purke LHP Texas Christian Texas $2,750,000
Purke opened the year ranked right behind Anthony Rendon and Gerrit Cole as a potential No. 1 overall pick, but where he'll go in the draft is now wide open. He left an April 16 start against San Diego State after his fastball dropped to 82 mph in the fifth inning, and was diagnosed with shoulder bursitis four days later by orthopedist Dr. James Andrews. Purke didn't pitch again until he threw three shutout innings against New Mexico on May 19. The 14th overall pick in the 2009 draft, he agreed to a $6 million deal with the Rangers, but Major League Baseball (which controlled the club's finances at the time) wouldn't approve the deal because of the team's financial problems. So Purke joined the Horned Frogs and led them to their first-ever College World Series berth in 2010, leading NCAA Division I in wins while going 16-0, 3.02 and winning Baseball America's Freshman of the Year award. He took the summer and fall off and was hampered this season by back and blister issues. Some scouts believe his shoulder problems came because he didn't build up enough arm strength. Others blame his delivery, as the 6-foot-4, 180-pounder slings the ball from a low three-quarters arm slot. His mechanics deteriorated this spring, as he worked from an even lower angle and threw across his body more than usual, causing his stuff to flatten out. When he's healthy, Purke pitches off a lively 91-94 mph fastball that reaches 96 and backs it up with an above-average slider. His changeup has the potential to become a solid third pitch, and he has average command. He exhibited his competitiveness by gutting through nine starts and going 5-1, 1.44. With concerns about his health and signability--he possesses added leverage as a draft-eligible sophomore--it's unclear where Purke might go. He may have to re-establish his value in summer ball, as Anthony Ranaudo did a year ago after a disappointing spring at Louisiana State. He rebounded in the Cape Cod League and got a $2.55 million bonus from the Red Sox as the 39th pick.
4 127 Kylin Turnbull LHP Santa Barbara (Calif.) CC Calif. $325,000
Turnbull showed up at Santa Barbara as a raw Oregonian and redshirted in 2009. The White Sox drafted him in the 30th round last year, and he took a leap forward in 2011, going 5-2, 2.47 with 92 strikeouts and 17 walks in 80 innings and generating third- to fifth-round buzz. He faded a bit down the stretch, whether due to either fatigue or pressure. Lean and loose at 6-foot-4, 195 pounds, Turnbull does a good job working downhill with his fastball and maintaining his arm slot. He typically works in the 88-91 mph range but has touched 93-94 this spring. His command was poor in his final outing during the state playoffs, and he settled into the 87-88 mph range after topping out at 91 early. He flashes an average split-finger at 80-84 mph and a fringy slider. Sometimes he'll throw it harder and it can be an out pitch that flashes plus, but other times it gets bigger and slower. Scouts are intrigued by Turnbull's fresh arm, size and stuff, but his inconsistent command is a concern. He's committed to Oregon.
5 157 Matt Skole 3B Georgia Tech Ga. $161,100
Hulking third baseman Matt Skole nearly made BA's Top 200, but a power slump pushed him off the list. He didn't homer in Atlantic Coast Conference play until the season's penultimate series, against North Carolina. Skole comes from a baseball family, as his grandfather played professionally. His father played at Georgia Southern, while his uncle Tony coaches East Tennessee State, and most famously, his younger brother Jake was a first-round pick of the Rangers in 2010. Matt Skole was one of the few veterans in a young Georgia Tech lineup and was pitched around all season. After hitting 37 home runs his first two seasons, Skole was down to nine in 2011. Still, he has plus raw power from the left side, has trimmed up his body over the last three seasons and has a polished offensive approach, drawing more walks than strikeouts the last two seasons. He's competent at third base but fits better at first base as a pro, which will require more offense. A February charge of driving under the influence hasn't soured scouts on his makeup.
6 187 Taylor Hill RHP Vanderbilt Tenn. $36,000
Hill has pitched in Vanderbilt's rotation for most of his four seasons on campus. A 30th-round pick of the Indians last year, he didn't sign and has maintained his rotation spot despite the Commodores' tremendous pitching depth. Hill earned and has kept his spot due to his ability to pound the strike zone with four pitches, and he has been rewarded with fewer home runs allowed due in part to the new bats. Hill's fastball has sink and boring action and can reach 93-94 mph, though he usually sits 87-92. His slider and changeup are solid-average secondary pitches, and every once in a while he'll mix in a split-finger pitch. Big and physical at 6-foot-4, 225 pounds, Hill profiles as an innings-eating, back-of-the-rotation starter.
7 217 Brian Dupra RHP Notre Dame Ind. $35,000
After hitting 96 mph in the Cape Cod League in the summer of 2009, righthander Brian Dupra was supposed to be the state's top pitching prospect last year. Instead, he lost his stuff and his confidence and slid to the Tigers in the 11th round. The 6-foot-3, 205-pounder made a huge turnaround this year and established himself as one of the better senior signs available in the entire draft. He turned in 11 quality starts in 15 outings, posting a 3.10 ERA that was less than half of the 6.40 ERA mark he had to show for the first three years of his college career. Dupra's fastball sits at 90-92 mph and touches 95 into the late innings, and scouts think it will play up if he comes out of the bullpen as projected in pro ball. He has more of a true slider than a slurve now, keeping hitters from sitting on his fastball, though it still needs more consistency. His command has improved too, and his changeup is effective enough that he'll probably get the chance to make it as a starter after he signs.
8 247 Greg Holt RHP North Carolina N.C. $34,000
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. Holt can work 89-91 mph, touching 92, and flashes a decent breaking ball out of the bullpen.
9 277 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.
10 307 Manny Rodriguez RHP Barry (Fla.) Fla. $115,000
Division II Barry (Fla.) converted Manny Rodriguez from third base to pitcher in the spring of 2010 and made him into both a prospect and their ace. He's a bit older, having redshirted a year at St. Thomas, then playing two years at Palm Beach JC. He dominated at times in the nation's deepest D-II league, going 7-3, 2.00 with 126 strikeouts in 113 innings. His fastball touches 95 and sits in the 90-92 range, and has shown some promise with his curveball and changeup.
11 337 Caleb Ramsey OF Houston Texas
12 367 Blake Monar LHP Indiana Ind. $125,000
A year ago, lefthander Blake Monar's career as a pitcher appeared finished. He injured his shoulder in Indiana's season opener and served as a reserve outfielder, then spent the summer lifting weights and honing his swing. But his arm bounced back in the fall, allowing him to return to the mound. The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder's out pitch always has been his curveball, and he sets it up with an 88-90 mph fastball that peaks at 92. His changeup is effective at times, though he'll need better command to remain a starter rather than becoming a lefty specialist. Despite his comeback, his medical history still concerns some teams.
13 397 Casey Kalenkosky 1B Texas State Texas
Kalenkosky hit 20 homers in two seasons at Cisco (Texas) JC and nearly matched that total during the regular season, tying the Texas State record with 18. The 6-foot, 195-pound righthanded hitter's power will have to carry him, however. He lacks the pitch recognition to hit for a high average and is a below-average runner and defender. He does have arm strength and has seen brief action as a catcher.
14 427 Cody Stubbs OF Walters State (Tenn.) CC Tenn.
Stubbs drew early-round interest out of high school in Waynesville, N.C., but headed to Tennessee after spurning the Red Sox as a 29th-round pick in 2009. Nothing went as Stubbs planned, as he drew sporadic playing time and hit just .241 with three home runs, then struggled in the Cape Cod League, hitting just .172 with one homer. He transferred to Walters State, Tennessee's top junior-college program, and got hot in the second half, showing the form that got scouts interested out of high school. Stubbs is big and physical at 6-foot-4, 220 pounds, and he has played mostly left field in junior college, indicative of his decent athleticism as well as his solid arm strength. He's a below-average runner and will fit better at first eventually as a pro. Scouts who like him buy the bat, with Stubbs' strength and leverage producing above-average power. His 12 home runs ranked in the top 20 nationally among juco players. He's committed to North Carolina if the draft doesn't work out for a second time.
15 457 Zach Houchins SS Louisburg (N.C.) JC N.C.
The best junior-college prospect in the state is either shortstop Zach Houchins or first baseman Tyler Molinaro. Houchins has good strength and bat speed and has consistently hit the ball hard this season. He has a good arm but lacks the speed and actions to stay at shortstop
16 487 Deion Williams SS Redan HS, Stone Mountain, Ga. Ga.
The state's top middle-infield challenger to Julius Gaines was athletic Deion Williams, who plays at Redan High, the same school that produced recent big league infielders Brandon Phillips and Chris Nelson. At 6-foot-3, 180 pounds, he's tall and lean with an excellent frame that should fill out well. He has bloodlines as the grandson of former big league slugger George Scott. His defense is his best attribute now, as he has arm strength and quick feet. He doesn't have great actions, and while his swing has some looseness, he doesn't drive the ball consistently. He's signed to Georgia State.
17 517 Esteban Guzman RHP San Jose State Calif.
18 547 Nick Lee LHP Weatherford (Texas) JC Texas
19 577 Hawtin Buchanan RHP Biloxi (Miss.) HS Miss.
Scouts flocked to Mississippi for a deep pool of high school talent this year, and the towering Buchanan seemed to be at his best when the heat was on. At 6-foot-8, he's athletic enough to have played quarterback in the fall, and he has room to fill out even though he's a listed 230 pounds. He repeats his delivery well for a prep pitcher of his size, and one evaluator called him the "definition of a big-body power arm." He elicits comparisons to former Ole Miss righthander Cody Satterwhite, who was similarly physical, but Buchanan may throw harder more consistently. After sitting 86-91 mph early in the spring, he was hitting more 93s as the season went along. His changeup is his best secondary pitch, and he hasn't shown much of a feel for his loopy, slow curveball. Some scouts are concerned about Buchanan's arm action in the back, as his elbow tends to get inverted, much as Stephen Strasburg's more celebrated arm does. Buchanan was at his best against the likes of Senquez Golson and Mason Robbins, two of Mississippi's top prep hitters. He's an Ole Miss legacy who is considered a tough sign.
20 607 Josh Laxer RHP Madison (Miss.) Central HS Miss.
In many years, Mississippi signee Josh Laxer would have been the top prep pitcher in the state. At 6-foot-1, 190 pounds, he pounds the strike zone with quality stuff, touching the low 90s and sitting around 88-89 mph with a fastball that has good armside life and sink at times. He spots his slurvy breaking ball well and knows how to pitch. His lack of physicality may make college ball a better fit.
21 637 Todd Simko LHP Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Texas
22 667 Travis Henke RHP Arkansas-Little Rock Ark.
23 697 Khayyan Norfork 2B Tennessee Tenn.
24 727 Kyle Ottoson LHP Arizona State Ariz.
25 757 Erick Fernandez C Georgetown D.C.
26 787 Shawn Pleffner OF Tampa Fla.
27 817 Bobby Lucas RHP George Washington D.C.
28 847 Ken Ferrer RHP Elon N.C.
Elon won the Southern Conference regular season but got bounced in two games in the tournament after losing a 20-inning contest in the first round. Righthanded arm strength was the team's strong suit with Ken Ferrer and Thomas Girdwood both sitting in the low 90s. Ferrer's fastball ranges from 90-94, but he lacks command thanks to a long arm stroke. His stuff can be electric and he has a strong frame at 6-foot-2, 230 pounds. His inconsistent command may relegate him to a relief role.
29 877 Sean Cotten C Tusculum (Tenn.) Tenn.
Cotten signed for a $1,000 bonus on June 10, but the contract was later voided.
30 907 Bryan Harper LHP South Carolina S.C.
The state has a notable older brother, too: lefthander Bryan Harper is the older brother of Nationals prospect Bryce Harper.
31 937 Josh Tobias SS Southeast Guilford HS, Greensboro, N.C. N.C.
Outside of Brett Austin, Josh Tobias is the most interesting hitter in the state. He has a short but strong build at 5-foot-10, 190 pounds, has shown the ability to hit and has good speed. His position is a big question. He plays shortstop for his high school but is better suited for center field or second base. While he has recorded good 60-yard dash times in showcases, scouts aren't sold on him being able to handle center. He is listed as a switch-hitter but rarely does it in games, sticking to the right side.
32 967 Billy Burns OF Mercer Ga.
33 997 Trey Karlen 2B Tennessee-Martin Tenn.
34 1027 Calvin Drummond RHP San Diego Calif.
Drummond, a 6-foot-3, 212-pound redshirt sophomore, was a 34th-round pick out Huntington Beach High in 2008, and he started college at Arizona State before transferring to Orange Coast CC for the 2009 season. He sat out 2010 after transferring to USD, then led Toreros starters with a 3.29 ERA this spring. He came out of the chute strong, impressing scouts with a 91-94 mph fastball, a good 85-87 cutter, and a serviceable curveball and change. He settled into the 87-91 mph range as the spring progressed, and his feel for pitching was spotty. His delivery has funk and effort, and he could benefit from more seasoning in college, though a team could make a run at him inside the top 10 rounds.
35 1057 Alex Kreis RHP Jamestown (N.D.) N.D.
36 1087 Ben Hawkins LHP West Florida Fla.
37 1117 Derrick Bleeker RHP Howard (Texas) JC Texas
Bleeker got only 15 at-bats and didn't pitch as a freshman in Arkansas in 2010, then opened eyes by touching 97 mph during fall practice at Howard. He prefers hitting and playing the outfield to pitching, however, and was hard to see this spring because he worked just 13 innings, when his fastball sat at 92-93 mph. The 6-foot-5, 220 pounder throws strikes and flashes a hard slider, but he doesn't miss many bats because he doesn't get much angle on his pitches. Scouts question his competitive fire and think he'll attend North Carolina rather than turn pro.
38 1147 Brett Mooneyham LHP Stanford Calif.
Lefthander Brett Mooneyham has been an enigma to scouts, showing great stuff as well as a lack of control and general inconsistency. With Team USA last summer, he pitched at 86-88 mph, not the low to mid-90s he had shown in the past. He did not pitch at all this year after he needed surgery to repair a cut middle finger on his pitching hand.
39 1177 Peter Verdin OF Georgia Ga.
40 1207 Cory Collum OF Cartersville (Ga.) HS Ga.
41 1237 Bryce Ortega 3B Arizona Ariz.
42 1267 David Kerian SS Bishop Heelan HS, Sioux City, Iowa Iowa
43 1297 Mitch Morales SS Wellington (Fla.) HS Fla.
44 1327 Matt Snyder 3B Mississippi Miss.
Six-foot-6 giant Matt Snyder also was well regarded when he entered Ole Miss and wound up as the team's leading home run hitter with nine this season. He's better suited for DH duty or first base.
45 1357 Richie Mirowski RHP Oklahoma Baptist Okla.
46 1387 Tyler Thompson OF Florida Fla.
Florida's deep roster has affected position players such as Tyler Thompson, who has not been able to maintain a regular job in the outfield. He's a solid athlete.
47 1417 Tim Montgomery LHP Rockmart (Ga.) HS Ga.
48 1447 Mike Bisenius OF Wayne State (Mich.) Mich.
49 1477 Hunter Cole OF Dorman HS, Roebuck, S.C. S.C.
Cole, a Georgia recruit, is considered a tough sign and had informed area scouts of his intention to go to college. He has the tools for third base defensively with solid hands and a strong throwing arm, and he's an average runner as well. He played a lot of outfield as a senior, and high school outfielders who aren't burners can be a tough sell. His power potential--he hit .525 with eight homers this spring--might have pushed him into the three-to-five round had he been signable.
50 1507 Tony Nix OF UC Riverside Calif.
Nix signed for a $1,000 bonus on June 11, but the contract was later voided.