New York Mets

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Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 13 Brandon Nimmo OF East HS, Cheyenne, Wyo. Wyo. $2,100,000
Simply getting drafted out of Wyoming is an accomplishment in itself--the state does not have high school baseball and has produced just two draft picks the past decade. Nimmo should become the state's highest pick ever. With a lean, 6-foot-3 frame with projection remaining, he's a good athlete and one of the best sprinters in the state. He tore his right ACL playing football during his junior year in 2009 and spent most of last summer playing with a brace on his knee. He's an above-average runner when he's healthy, which helps him on the basepaths and in center field, and there's more to his game than just speed. Nimmo has a pretty, efficient lefthanded swing. He's short to the ball and has outstanding barrel awareness, consistently squaring balls up and shooting line drives to all fields. He has a good eye at the plate and should be an above-average hitter. As he gets stronger, he could add loft to his swing to turn doubles into home runs. Nimmo worked out for teams in Arizona this spring and had some tendinitis in his knee. His American Legion team started playing in mid-April and their schedule goes right up to the signing deadline, and he has an Arkansas commitment to fall back on. The team that drafts him will likely follow him throughout the summer and make a call at the deadline.
1s 44 Michael Fulmer RHP Deer Creek HS, Edmond, Okla. Okla. $937,500
Oklahoma has its best high school pitching crop ever, highlighted by Dylan Bundy and Archie Bradley and featuring three other arms who could go in the first five rounds. Fulmer is the best of the second tier and has improved his stock to the point where he could be a top-50 selection. After pitching at 87-91 mph on the showcase circuit last summer, he has boosted his fastball to the mid-90s and topped out at 97 mph this spring. He maintains his velocity, often showing some 93s and 94s in the late innings. His slider also has gotten harder, improving from 78-80 mph to 83-85. Like many high school pitchers, he'll need to refine a changeup. His arm works well, though he could firm up his 6-foot-2, 200-pound frame.
2 71 Cory Mazzoni RHP North Carolina State N.C. $437,500
Mazzoni has been the Wolfpack's ace this season, and he leads a pack of righthanders in North Carolina because he has the best chance of remaining a starter at the pro level. Solidly built at 6-foot-1, 195 pounds, he has been durable and holds his velocity deep into games while doing a good job of repeating his delivery. He will typically sit at 90-94 mph with his fastball and can dial it up to 97 when he needs it. He also works with a power breaking ball that isn't always consistent but can be above-average, and a splitter. It's not a conventional package for a starter because he doesn't throw a soft pitch to his glove side. His 3-6, 3.93 record is misleading. In 92 innings, Mazzoni had 105 strikeouts and 27 walks while opponents were hitting .229 against him. Scouts like his competitive nature and think he could be a back-of-the-rotation starter or move quickly as a late-inning reliever. Mazzoni figures to go off the board around the third round.
3 101 Logan Verrett RHP Baylor Texas $425,000
Verrett positioned himself as a possible first-round pick with a strong performance in the Cape Cod League last summer. He hasn't quite pitched up to that standard this spring, though he did finish the regular season on a roll, not allowing an earned run in his final 21 innings. Verrett doesn't have an out pitch, but he has three solid offerings and mixes speeds and plans well. His best pitch is his slider, which generates some swings as misses. He has an average fastball, pitching at 88-92 mph and topping out at 94, though it lacks life. He gets more sink on his changeup. A 6-foot-3, 185-pounder, Verrett repeats his sound delivery well and throws strikes. Scouts also like the way he competes. Though he's athletic, he struggles to control the running game. While he showed a 93-95 mph fastball when he worked out of the bullpen as a freshman, Verrett has a future as a No. 3 starter.
4 132 Tyler Pill RHP Cal State Fullerton Calif. $200,000
Pill, the younger brother of former Fullerton star Brett Pill, has been a valuable two-way contributor for the Titans for three years, but his future in pro ball is on the mound. An elbow injury limited his pitching duties as a sophomore, and he played the outfield in the Cape Cod League last summer, but he returned to full strength as a junior and put together a fine season on the mound. Pill is physically unimposing but sturdily built at 6-foot-1, 185 pounds. His frame and stuff evoke Ian Kennedy, and his tenacity is a major asset. He pitches with a fringy fastball that ranges from 88-91 mph and bumps 92, but it plays up a bit because of his deception and command. He throws an average curveball and a solid-average to plus changeup, and he has enough feel with both pitches to throw them to righties as well as lefties. He also mixes in an 86-87 mph cutter that runs in on lefthanded hitters. Pill does not have huge upside, projecting as a back-of-the-rotation starter, but his feel for pitching and makeup should get him drafted around the fifth round.
5 162 Jack Leathersich LHP Massachusetts-Lowell Mass. $110,000
UMass-Lowell's Jack Leathersich has been in the Riverhawks rotation since his freshman year, but he's best suited to pitch out of the bullpen, which is where he had success in the Cape Cod League last summer. An arm-strength lefty, Leathersich struck out 31 batters in 21 innings of relief for Orleans, running his fastball up to 95 mph, while he works at 88-92 as a starter. He shows two fringe-average breaking balls, a slurve and a curveball, but he slows everything down in his delivery on secondary offerings. Scouts have concerns about Leathersich's mechanics, as he throws across his body with recoil and often loses his arm slot. Some talked him up as a potential top-five-rounds selection, but he'll probably be taken in the eighth- to 12th-round range.
6 192 Joe Tuschak OF Northern HS, Dillsburg, Pa. Pa. $250,000
As the draft drew closer, outfielder Joe Tuschak generated more buzz among scouts and now could sneak into the first 15 rounds. He's a lefthanded-hitting center fielder who is committed to Coastal Carolina. His best tool is speed and he has a solid frame at 6-foot-1, 185 pounds. He also played quarterback in high school and figures to be a project if he turns pro now.
7 222 Cole Frenzel 1B Arizona Ariz. $200,000
It was a banner year in the Dakotas--and the crop is even more impressive if you consider players that have since moved on to other states, like righthander Sam Wolff at JC of Southern Nevada and first baseman Cole Frenzel at Arizona. Frenzel was a 48th-round pick out of Dickinson (N.D.) High in 2009 and is now a draft-eligible sophomore. Frenzel shows some raw power, but mostly uses a flat, line-drive approach and doesn't utilize his lower half much in his swing. He has the arm strength to tempt a team to use him at third base, but probably winds up at first base, where his bat doesn't profile as well.
8 252 Danny Muno SS Fresno State Calif. $10,000
Senior infielder Danny Muno, a 26th round pick last year by the Cubs, has been remarkably consistent and has done nothing but hit at Fresno. He is an above-average runner who puts together smart at-bats with good bat speed from both sides of the plate. He played third base this year, but profiles better at second base or as a utility player.
9 282 Alex Panteliodis LHP Florida Fla. $175,000
The Gator bullpen features 6-foot-2, 230-pound Alex Panteliodis, a soft-bodied pitchability lefthander who was the Gators' ace in 2010, going 11-3, 3.51. At his best, Panteliodis has an average fastball that he commands to go with a solid curveball and decent changeup. He didn't respond well to losing his starting job this season.
10 312 Matt Budgell RHP Woodbridge HS, Irvine, Calif. Calif. $225,000
The lanky Budgell has an easy arm action that produced 90-91 mph fastballs and a promising curve in November.
11 342 Christian Montgomery RHP Lawrence Central HS, Indianapolis Ind. $250,000
Christian Montgomery entered the year with a first-round grade from the Major League Scouting Bureau, but scouts considered him the second-best righthander at Lawrence Central High as the draft approached. Montgomery created great expectations last summer, when he displayed a 90-95 mph fastball and an upper-70s curveball while on the showcase circuit. He touched 94 mph in his first start of 2011 but pitched in the mid-80s and topped out at 89 for most of the spring. He doesn't throw quality strikes with his fastball, and his breaking ball is now below-average. Scouts don't like his work ethic and worry that his 6-foot-1, 240-pound frame could get softer. He hasn't committed to a four-year school and is ticketed for Chipola (Fla.) JC.
12 372 Kenny Mathews LHP Diamond Bar (Calif.) HS Calif.
Coaches think lefthander/first baseman/outfielder Kenny Mathews will be the next in Fullerton's long tradition of standout two-way players. He throws strikes with a fastball that has below-average velocity and has good feel for his breaking ball and changeup. He'll need to shorten up his swing at Fullerton, but he has some feel for hitting.
13 402 Robert Gsellman RHP Westchester HS, Los Angeles Calif.
14 432 Xorge Carrillo C Arizona State Ariz.
15 462 Phillip Evans SS La Costa Canyon HS, Carlsbad, Calif. Calif. $650,000
A veteran of the showcase circuit, Evans went 2-for-3 in the Aflac All-American game last summer and entered his senior year as a preseason All-American. But he regressed this spring, showing less speed and strength than he had in the past, and hitting the ball with less authority. Scouts say he models his defensive style after Tony Wolters, a Southern California middle infielder who was drafted in the third round by the Orioles in 2010. But Wolters had better tools than the 5-foot-10, 180-pound Evans. A high school shortstop who could probably handle the position at San Diego State if he goes to college, Evans projects as a second baseman in pro ball. He has good hands and flashes average arm strength, but sometimes he drops his arm slot and flips the ball to first too casually. He lacks the range for shortstop but could be an average defender at second. Evans has shown average speed in the past, but he has consistently produced below-average running times this spring. He plays hard, though, and his speed plays up a tick because of his hustle. Evans has a simple, repeatable righthanded swing, and projections on his bat range from fringe-average to plus, depending on the scout. He has some strength in his forearms and projects for fringe-average power, despite his small stature. Evans lacks standout tools, but he's an instinctive player, and the sum is greater than the parts. Scouts say they wouldn't be shocked if Evans gets drafted in the top three rounds, but most of them seem more comfortable with him in the fifth- to seventh-round range.
16 492 Brad Marquez OF Odessa (Texas) HS Texas $325,000
A shortstop from Odessa (Texas) HS, Marquez has electrifying speed, which helps him on both sides of the ball. At the plate, he shows a clean, line-drive stroke. His speed makes up for below-average power and he profiles as a leadoff hitter that might be best defensively at second base or center field. One of the best athletes available in the draft, Marquez rushed for 2,210 yards and 29 touchdowns as a high school senior, and he also was a Texas state finalist in the long jump. He has a football scholarship to play wide receiver at Texas Tech.
17 522 Jonathan Clark OF Lee (Tenn.) Tenn.
18 552 Travis Taijeron OF Cal Poly Pomona Calif.
19 582 Dustin Lawley OF West Florida Fla.
20 612 Mason Robbins OF George County HS, Lucedale, Miss. Miss.
It wouldn't surprise area scouts if someone jumped up and drafted outfielder Mason Robbins or hard-throwing Brandon Woodruff in the first five rounds. Robbins is part of Southern Miss' excellent recruiting class and has a smooth, balanced lefthanded swing to go with a polished approach. He's a lefthanded thrower as well, and he'll be a two-way player if he makes it to Hattiesburg. He's an average runner who profiles as a center fielder in college, but pro scouts see him more as a corner bat. At 6 feet, 200 pounds, he's maxed out physically, so deciding whether he has enough power to profile there is the key for scouts and the crosscheckers who were rushing in to see Robbins in May. He hit just three home runs in 2010, but finished second in the home run derby at the Under Armour game in Chicago last summer and led the state with 14 homers this spring.
21 642 John Gant RHP Wiregrass Ranch HS, Wesley Chapel, Fla. Fla. $185,000
Originally from New York City, Gant was a transplant in Florida. He had committed to Long Island before the Mets signed him to an over-slot deal this summer. Gant has an athletic, projectable frame and a fastball that sits in the 87-91 mph range and topped out at 93. The pitch also shows good downward life and sink. Gant also flashes a solid-average breaking ball and has good upside.
22 672 Casey Turgeon SS Dunedin (Fla.) HS Fla.
23 702 Jeff Diehl C Cranston (R.I.) West HS R.I. $135,000
Cranston West HS produced Coastal Carolina's sandwich-round talent Anthony Meo in 2008, and this year it has Jeff Diehl, the top prep prospect in Rhode Island. Diehl is a raw, athletic 6-foot-4, 195-pound backstop with good catch and throw skills, though he probably won't stay behind the plate as his frame fills out and he gets stronger. As a catcher, Diehl is not polished and has stiff actions, so he profiles as a corner outfielder or first baseman. A broken finger kept him out of the Area Code Games, and he struggled during the summer but looked better in the fall and spring, showing good bat speed and raw power to the pull side. Diehl struggles with consistency but flashes potential, and he will likely be taken in the top 12 rounds. He has a commitment to Rhode Island, but scouts say he's likely to sign.
24 732 Tant Shepherd 1B Texas Texas
25 762 A.J. Reed LHP Terre Haute (Ind.) South HS Ind.
A.J. Reed set a Vigo County home run record with 18 as a junior, and when he came out throwing in the mid-80s this spring, some scouts wondered if he had a brighter future as a power-hitting first baseman. The 6-foot-4, 230-pound lefthander ended those thoughts when he started throwing 90-94 mph as the weather warmed up. Reed slings the ball from a low arm slot, and might find more velocity if he raises his arm angle. His slider also has added power, though it lacks consistency. He has committed to Kentucky.
26 792 Casey Hauptman RHP Nebraska Neb.
27 822 Randy Fontanez RHP South Florida Fla.
28 852 Jharel Cotton RHP Miami Dade JC Fla.
Cotton has a stabbing arm action that can be difficult to repeat, but at his best he touches 93 mph, sitting 88-91, and has a plus changeup.
29 882 Josh Ake SS Hunterdon Central HS, Flemington, N.J. N.J.
30 912 Jake Hansen LHP Walshe HS, Fort Macleod, Alb. Alberta
31 942 Chad Zurcher SS Memphis Tenn.
The Tigers' best performer was redshirt junior Chad Zurcher, one of the nation's most productive shortstops. He was leading the nation in batting and on-base percentage, batting .443/.547/.557. Zurcher, just 6 feet, 167 pounds, has no plus tool; scouts and even college coaches give him average grades for his bat despite his gaudy numbers. He has barrel control and plays hard and smart, maximizing what he has.
32 972 Carlos Leyva SS Cal State Dominguez Hills Calif.
33 1002 Tyson Seng RHP Oklahoma Okla.
34 1032 Seth Lugo RHP Centenary N.J.
35 1062 Chase Bradford RHP Central Florida Fla.
36 1092 Ryan Hutson 1B Texas-San Antonio Texas
37 1122 Craig Missigman RHP Olympic HS, Charlotte N.C.
38 1152 Dustin Emmons RHP UC Riverside Calif.
39 1182 Charley Thurber OF Tennessee Tenn.
40 1212 Alexis Mercado C Otay Ranch HS, Chula Vista, Calif. Calif.
41 1242 Mark Picca LHP Texas-Arlington Texas
42 1272 Greg Pron OF West Florida Fla.
43 1302 Jacob Decker SS Piedmont (Okla.) HS Okla.
44 1332 Clint Sharp RHP Howard (Texas) JC Texas
45 1362 Andrew Marra RHP St. Thomas of Villanova SS, LaSalle, Ont. Ontario
46 1392 Rich Ruff RHP Quincy (Ill.) Ill.
47 1422 Cole Limbaugh RHP Childersburg (Ala.) HS Ala.
48 1452 Malcolm Clapsaddle RHP Santa Fe (Fla.) CC Fla.
The state pitcher of the year, Clapsaddle has a memorable name and bumped 92 mph in the fall. His fastball velocity was less showy during the season, and his stuff generally earns fringy grades. He began his college career at Georgia and will go to High Point if he doesn't sign.
49 1482 Sean Buckle LHP Wilson HS, Long Beach Calif.
50 1512 Eddie Rohan C Winthrop S.C.