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Round Overall Team Player School State Bonus
1 3 Seattle Mariners Mike Zunino Florida Fla. $4,000,000
The son of Reds scout Greg Zunino, Mike has been a three-year starter for the Gators and was the Southeastern Conference player of the year in 2011, when he ranked seventh in Division I with 19 home runs. Zunino doesn't wow scouts with tools but beats opponents steadily with his strength, solid catching ability and professional approach. Zunino's bat projects to be above-average for a major league catcher. He has excellent strength in his 6-foot-2, 220-pound frame and has a short swing when he's locked in. Scouts generally give him 50-55 grades for his bat and 55-60 grades for his power on the 20-80 scouting scale. He has had some issues with breaking balls down and away this season, fairly typical for righthanded sluggers. His catch-and-throw skills are solid-average, though he'll box some balls and tends to have tailing action on his throws. Zunino grew up around the game and has superior intangibles and leadership skills, and scouts don't shrink from Jason Varitek comparisons. They rave about his feel for the game and presence as attributes that show up when you see the Gators on a consistent basis. Zunino isn't as exciting as recent top college catchers such as Buster Posey and Matt Wieters but isn't too far behind them in terms of ceiling. He figures to come off the board in the first three picks and is a candidate to go No. 1 overall.
1 26 Arizona Diamondbacks Stryker Trahan Acadiana HS, Lafayette, La. La. $1,700,000
Trahan once told Baseball America he comes "from a long line of catchers," as both his parents played the position. One scout lauded his "Cajun makeup," referencing his toughness and genial demeanor, fitting for a player named after a character in a Burt Reynolds film. He could be a first-round pick for a team that believes he can catch, but the consensus is that he'll need to shift to an outfield corner. At 6-foot-1, 220 pounds, Trahan has an ideal build for catching and an athletic frame with strong hands and forearms that allow scouts to put good grades on his power. His swing has lacked fluidity this spring and is more strength-oriented, but he may loosen up as he puts more distance between baseball and his football career; he was Acadiana's starting quarterback last fall. Trahan has above-average arm strength, which will play behind the plate or in right field, and he's an excellent runner for his size, often turning in above-average times to first base from the left side. His obstacle at catcher is his receiving ability, which is below-average, and scouts hoped to see more progress in an inconsistent senior season. A Mississippi commitment, Trahan has too many tools to fall far.
1 27 Milwaukee Brewers Clint Coulter Union HS, Camas, Wash. Wash. $1,675,000
To put it simply, Coulter is a beast. Runners will not want to encounter him at the plate, as the former state wrestling champion has a chiseled 6-foot-3, 200-pound frame. The size helps him in the batter's box. He's strong with leverage in his swing, above-average power and good pitch recognition. Like most catchers, Coulter has below-average speed, but he runs the bases well and shows good aggression and instincts. His size also limits him some defensively and he'll have to work hard to remain at the position as a pro. Coulter shows good athleticism for his size and has above-average arm strength and the intangibles teams look for in a catcher. He's a vocal leader on the field, takes instruction well and plays the game hard all the time. Coulter has learned from a good teacher, as Union's head coach is former big leaguer Tom Lampkin, but the Arizona State recruit needs to work on improving his agility, footwork and blocking.
1s 35 New York Mets Kevin Plawecki Purdue Ind. $1,400,000
Purdue is steaming toward its first Big Ten Conference regular-season championship in 103 years, thanks in large part to Plawecki, an offensive-minded catcher with enough defensive savvy to make it to the majors as a regular behind the plate. Plawecki has a mature approach, focusing on staying inside the ball and driving it back up the middle. Scouts marvel at his ability to make contact, as he has struck out just 28 times in 154 games over three seasons with the Boilermakers. A 6-foot-1, 215-pound righthanded hitter, he could develop average power once learns to backspin balls and turn on pitches. Defensively, Plawecki has fringe arm strength that plays up thanks to a quick release, and he has thrown out 40 percent of basestealers while making just one error this spring. He throws from a low three-quarters slot that costs him velocity and accuracy, and he developed a tired arm when he used a more traditional release point. He's an efficient receiver who calls his own pitches and takes charge of his pitching staff. Add it all up, and Plawecki draws comparisons to a righthanded-hitting version of A.J. Pierzynski.
1s 59 St. Louis Cardinals Steve Bean Rockwall (Texas) HS Texas $700,000
The University of Texas landed two of the top three high school catching prospects in its recruiting class, though neither Bean nor Wyatt Mathisen figures to arrive on campus. Bean has raised his profile as much as any prospect in Texas this spring, giving himself a chance to go in the top two rounds of the draft. His standout tool is an arm that grades as a 65 on the 20-80 scouting scale. He's improving as a receiver and projects to develop solid skills in that regard. A 6-foot-2, 190-pounder, Bean offers offensive potential from the left side of the plate as well. He makes consistent contact and has the wiry strength to grow into decent power. While he's a below-average runner, he's athletic for a catcher and plays with a lot of energy.
2 62 Oakland Athletics Bruce Maxwell Birmingham-Southern Ala. $700,000
Maxwell hit his way into one of Division III's top prospects. The lefthanded hitter has strength in his 6-foot-2, 230-pound body and surprising feel for hitting. He lacks athleticism but has arm strength. He's caught enough in college to merit a look behind the plate, but scouts doubt his agility back there. He may wind up as a slugging first baseman.
2 69 Pittsburgh Pirates Wyatt Mathisen Calallen HS, Corpus Christi, Texas Texas $746,300
Mathisen is the best high school catching prospect in the draft, though he hasn't seen much time behind the plate for Calallen High, which has deemed him more valuable as a shortstop and pitcher. There's no question his pro future is as a backstop, and he has the tools and desire to make it there. He has plus arm strength and the athleticism to become a good receiver, though his inexperience shows as he flinches at times when catching the ball. His makeup is off the charts, as he has the leadership ability to run a pitching staff and the work ethic to succeed. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Mathisen has the swing and strength to hit for average and power from the right side of the plate. He's a good runner for a catcher, grading as close to average, though he'll probably lose a step once he starts catching every day. Like crosstown Corpus Christi rival Courtney Hawkins, he's a Texas recruit.
2 70 San Diego Padres Dane Phillips Oklahoma City Okla. $450,000
Phillips earned all-Big 12 Conference honors as a sophomore at Oklahoma State in 2011, then led the Cape Cod League in RBIs (34) and finished second in the batting race (.349). Because he spent more time at DH than catcher for the Cowboys, though, he wanted to transfer to Arkansas, which had an opening behind the plate. The NCAA denied him a waiver to play immediately rather than sit out for a year, however, so he opted to play at NAIA power Oklahoma City instead. To no one's surprise, Phillips has continued to hit for the Stars and entered the NAIA postseason with .423/.514/.808 numbers. He's a 6-foot-1, 195-pounder with a quality lefthanded swing and an all-fields approach. He should have a least average power once he starts pulling more pitches. The question is where Phillips will play in pro ball. He has shared catching duties at Oklahoma City with senior Chad Carman, and his inexperience continues to show. Phillips has average arm strength but has a lot of work to do on his receiving, and he's not smooth or quick with his actions. The backup plan would be for Phillips to play on an outfield corner, and while his bat would work there it would diminish his value. He's a below-average runner and outfield defender.
2 94 New York Yankees Pete O'Brien Miami Fla. $460,000
O'Brien was little known at Miami's Braddock High, emerging as a sophomore at Bethune-Cookman when he hit 20 home runs, then four more to lead USA Baseball's college national team in the summer of 2010. He slumped a bit in 2011, dropping 80 points in batting average but was still a third-round pick of the Rockies. He didn't sign and transferred to Miami as a senior. O'Brien's spring got off to a tremendous start, first when the NCAA cleared him to play without having to sit out a year, then by hitting .354/.465/.677 with 10 home runs in his first 127 at-bats. He has plenty of strength in his 6-foot-5, 225-pound frame and doesn't have to pull the ball to hit it over the fence. He has good balance and the requisite arm strength to catch. At his size, though, O'Brien lacks agility and struggles to block balls in the dirt. Some scouts think he can hit enough to survive as a below-average receiver with inconstant throwing accuracy. A hairline fracture of his left wrist, sustained when he was hit by a pitch April 15, further complicated his draft status. Three weeks later, he had yet to swing a bat, though he hoped to return before the end of the regular season.
3 105 Colorado Rockies Tom Murphy Buffalo N.Y. $454,000
Murphy was playing against USA Baseball's college team for the New England Collegiate League when he caught scouts' eyes, turning on a fastball from Louisiana State righthander Kevin Gausman that went about 400 feet foul. Gausman came back with a slider that Murhpy waited on and launched over Fenway Park's Green Monster for a home run. Team USA then picked him up for five games against Japan, before he returned to Holyoke to finish with a .291/.364/.575 line. Murphy is a good athlete with a strong frame at 6-foot-1, 210 pounds. He runs well for a catcher, turning in a 6.75-second 60-yard dash last summer. He got off to a good start for Buffalo, though he tailed off at the plate and hasn't put up the numbers scouts hoped for and was hitting .250 in 116 at-bats against righthanders. He has good raw power and doesn't project to hit for much average, but will be an asset thanks to his solid defense. He has a plus arm and made strides behind the plate this season.
3 116 Atlanta Braves Bryan De La Rosa Bucky Dent Academy, Delray Beach, Fla. Fla. $408,300
De la Rosa will be one of the first catchers drafted, even though he doesn't have the desired size for the position at 5-foot-11, 190 pounds. The Puerto Rico native has some of the best catch-and-throw tools in the draft class, having posted a 1.71-second pop time to second base in a showcase last fall. His arm is strong and accurate, and he has agile feet and soft hands that allow scouts to project him as an above-average defender behind the plate. He has strength in his frame but will need to add more to handle the wear and tear of the position at the pro level. De la Rosa doesn't project as an offensive asset but won't be a zero either, with solid-average pull power and a decent swing. The Florida State recruit was hard to evaluate this spring while playing for the Bucky Dent Academy team, which had a somewhat erratic game schedule, but he got crosschecked enough for teams to take him in the first six rounds.
3 123 Texas Rangers Pat Cantwell Stony Brook N.Y. $50,000
Cantwell is a good defender with an above-average arm. His bat is questionable, but he could be serviceable as a backup.
5 163 Kansas City Royals Chad Johnson Galesburg (Ill.) HS Ill. $340,000
Johnson may not have a present average tool, but he could develop into a catcher with solid tools across the board. The 6-foot-1, 180-pounder has a nice lefthanded swing, and while he needs more strength, he did homer into the right-field seats at Busch Stadium when Galesburg played there in April. His slightly below-average arm strength plays up because of his quick release and he shows the aptitude to become a good receiver. The Illinois State recruit is considered one of Illinois' more signable high school prospects, and crosscheckers were coming to see him late in the spring.
5 174 Washington Nationals Spencer Kieboom Clemson S.C. $200,000
Scouts typically lament the amount of catching in any one draft class and this year is no different. But a team that thinks Kieboom can handle the bat may roll the dice on him as he is a sound defender with a good arm.
5 183 Arizona Diamondbacks Ronnie Freeman Kennesaw State Ga. $200,000
Freeman is a solid player who benefits from position scarcity. Competent college catchers get pushed up draft boards, and Freeman has shown he is competent. Offensively, he's more than that, showing good strength in his average-sized 6-foot-1, 190-pound frame. Freeman slugged .622 as a sophomore, adding 20 doubles to his 10 home runs, and thrived with wood last summer, batting .349 with six homers in the New England Collegiate League. He has been pitched around a bit more as a junior but still ranked sixth in the Atlantic Sun Conference in batting. He has a sound swing, above-average raw power and some feel for hitting. Defensively, Freeman has average arm strength and soft hands, but his stiff actions and lack of agility tend to betray him. He had thrown out 26 percent of basestealers this season.
6 202 Cincinnati Reds Joe Hudson Notre Dame Ind. $178,300
Hudson is the best defender among college catchers in the Midwest and one of the best in the entire draft. He gets easy plus grades for his arm, which can register pop times in the 1.85-second range and enabled him to throw out 38 percent of basestealers during the 2012 regular season. He is also a good receiver and does a decent job of blocking pitches. Known as a defensive specialist after batting a combined .245 with one homer in his first two seasons at Notre Dame, Hudson has helped his cause by hitting .340 with six homers this spring. The 6-foot-1, 205-pounder still has a long righthanded swing and tends to punish mistakes better than he handles quality pitching. He may never hit for a high average with wood but could produce double-digit homers. He lacks speed but isn't a bad runner for a catcher.
6 209 Atlanta Braves Josh Elander Texas Christian Texas $166,700
Pressed into catching duty with Team USA last summer after playing sporadically behind the plate in his first two college seasons, Elander got the job done defensively. Combined with enthusiasm about his bat and makeup, it seemed to give him a chance to be a first-round pick. Scouts continue to believe in his offensive potential, and while they laud his work ethic, they doubt he'll be able to catch in pro ball. A 6-foot-1, 215-pound righthanded hitter, Elander is starting to tap into his plus raw power while maintaining his discipline at the plate. He has average arm strength and a quick release, and he had thrown out 36 percent of basestealers through mid-May. He moves well behind the plate, too, but he has hard hands that lead to receiving issues. More athletic than most catchers and close to an average runner, he probably could handle the outfield and played primarily right field as a freshman. He has enough bat to profile on an outfield corner and to get drafted around the third round.
7 220 Minnesota Twins Jorge Fernandez International Baseball Academy, Ceiba, P.R. P.R. $150,000
Scouts believe Fernandez is a late bloomer who will add strength to his wiry, 6-foot-2, 185-pound build. He's an intriguing athlete because it's rare to see a player who plays center field and also catches. Fernandez runs well for his size, but isn't a burner and if he adds strength it would likely take away the option of playing center field. Going behind the plate full-time would require some work, but Fernandez obviously moves well and has at least an average arm. He's been switch-hitting for the past couple years and shows a smooth, handsy swing, especially from the left side, and could hit for average power once he matures. Fernandez is committed to Alabama State.
7 226 Pittsburgh Pirates Jacob Stallings North Carolina N.C. $10,000
A leader in the Tar Heel clubhouse, Stallings figures to go in the first 10 rounds thanks to his defense and power. With some added protection in the lineup, Stallings hit .299/.398/.457 with 23 doubles in 221 at-bats. He has a plus arm and is known for keeping opponents at bay on the base paths.
7 228 Colorado Rockies Wilfredo Rodriguez Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, Gurabo, P.R. P.R. $185,000
Rodriguez has a stocky 5-foot-10, 210-pound frame. His best tool is his bat. He has a short, compact swing with a knack for centering the ball and has performed well in big tournaments. Rodriguez has a flat swing plane and is a gap-to-gap, line-drive hitter. Like most catchers, he is a 20 runner on the 20-80 scouting scale. Rodriguez shows average arm strength, but is just an adequate defender and will need to work on his agility and blocking. Scouts believe he'll be able to handle the grind of catching in pro ball because he's a hard worker with good makeup. He has good baseball instincts, works well with his pitchers and is bilingual. Rodriguez is signed with Seminole State (Fla.) JC, but is expected to turn pro.
7 231 Chicago White Sox Jose Barraza Sunnyside HS, Fresno Calif. $146,300
Barraza lost some weight this spring, but still has a thick build at 6-foot-2 and around 220 pounds. Barraza has the arm strength to remain behind the plate, but he'll need to improve all around defensively to remain at the position. A team will be patient with that project because that's where he profiles best. If he had to move, it would be to first base, which would obviously put a lot more pressure on his bat. Barraza is a lefthanded hitter and offers intriguing raw power potential. The combination of size, arm strength and lefthanded power interests teams and Barraza is not committed to a college, so he is certainly signable.
7 237 Los Angeles Angels Chase Patterson Montgomery HS, Semmes, Ala. Ala. $144,300
Patterson is the son of Ricky Patterson, a former scout and minor league manager. He's a catcher with modest size at 5-foot-11, 185 pounds who plays the game with energy and instincts. He's committed to Pensacola (Fla.) State JC.
8 249 Houston Astros Tyler Heineman UCLA Calif. $125,000
After playing sparingly for two years as Steve Rodriguez's backup, Heineman assumed the everyday job this spring and had a breakout season. He hit over .400 deep into the season before cooling off late. With a stocky 5-foot-10 build that evokes Mike LaValliere or a Molina brother, Heineman is a hard-working, blue-collar player with a passion for the game. He's not a polished receiver but projects as an average defender with enough quickness to block balls in the dirt effectively. He handles pitchers well and controls the running game, thanks to an average arm and a quick transfer and release. Offensively, Heineman is a switch-hitter with a contact approach from both sides. He sprays the ball around the field and doesn't strike out often, but he doesn't offer any power. He profiles as a solid backup catcher in the big leagues.
8 260 New York Mets Tomas Nido Orangewood Christian HS, Maitland, Fla. Fla. $250,000
Nido isn't quite a one-tool player; the Florida State signee has average arm strength. But his calling card is plus-plus raw power, as he has strength and takes a big, powerful swing, generating above-average bat speed. He's a slow-twitch athlete, and it may be a stretch for him to stay behind the plate. He has a tendency to sell out for power, even though he doesn't need to with his strength. Nido had late helium and was doing some individual workouts for teams, and if he puts on a power display with wood, he could be drafted highly.
8 265 Toronto Blue Jays Tucker Frawley Coastal Carolina S.C. $5,000
Frawley is a good catch-and-throw guy for Coastal Carolina that has some similarities to North Carolina's Jacob Stallings. Scouts like the defense, but wonder how much he'll be able to hit. He hit .296/.411/.350 in 203 at-bats.
8 272 Tampa Bay Rays Luke Maile Kentucky Ky. $133,200
Maile is the biggest power threat on a Kentucky team that won its first 22 games and led the Southeastern Conference for much of the regular season. A 6-foot-3, 220-pound righthanded hitter, Maile has good strength and made some needed adjustments at the plate this year without compromising his solid pop. He has shortened his swing, made more consistent contact and caught up to better fastballs. He has good patience at the plate. Offense definitely is the strength of Maile's game, and scouts remain unconvinced that he can catch regularly in pro ball. He has shared duties behind the plate the last two years with Michael Williams while also seeing extensive time at first base. Maile has average arm strength but a long release, and he doesn't look pretty as a receiver. To his credit, he did throw out 56 percent of basestealers during the regular season. He also moves well enough to make left field a possible destination.
8 278 Philadelphia Phillies Josh Ludy Baylor Texas $15,000
Ludy didn't become a full-time regular for Baylor until his junior season in 2011, then blossomed into the Big 12 Conference player of the year this spring. He hit .368 with 15 homers--three times as many as he totaled in his first three seasons. The 5-foot-10, 210-pounder did a better job of tapping into his power this year after giving up switch-hitting and batting solely from the right side. A good receiver, he has an average arm and threw out 28 percent of basestealers this year entering super-regional play.
9 284 Chicago Cubs Chadd Krist California Calif. $10,000
Krist is a senior who shows good athleticism and agility behind the plate. He has a strong arm, but his bat is light, which makes him profile best as a backup in pro ball.
9 300 St. Louis Cardinals Rowan Wick Cypress (Calif.) JC Calif. $75,000
A 19th-round pick out of a Vancouver high school in 2010, Wick started his collegiate career at St. John's before transferring to Cypress. He created some buzz among scouts in the fall but had a pedestrian spring for Cypress, hitting .310 in just 87 at-bats, though he heated up down the stretch and finished with a team-best six homers. At 6-foot-4, 225 pounds, Wick stands out for his plus to plus-plus raw power, but his feel for hitting is a huge question mark. He also has an above-average arm and average speed. Wick's raw tools are intriguing, but he has a long way to go to harness them.
10 324 Washington Nationals Craig Manuel Rice Texas $25,000
Manuel isn't especially toolsy, but he's a lefthanded-hitting catcher with a tremendous work ethic, and that will give him the opportunity to play pro ball. The 6-foot-1, 205-pounder excels at putting the bat on the ball, though he offers little pop and has well below-average speed. A good receiver with a decent arm, he has erased 24 percent of basestealers in four years at Rice.
10 328 San Francisco Giants Trevor Brown UCLA Calif. $125,000
Brown's versatility has been a major asset for the Bruins, as he can play all around the infield and behind the plate. His primary role this spring has been as starting first baseman, but he catches on Tuesdays to give Tyler Heineman a break. Scouts aren't sold that the 6-foot-2, 195-pound Brown is agile enough to catch as a pro, but he does have a quick transfer and a serviceable arm. Whoever drafts him will likely give him a chance behind the plate, and his decent infield actions provide versatility. Brown has a nice righthanded swing and a feel for his barrel, giving him a chance to be a fringe-average hitter, but with well below-average power.
10 331 Boston Red Sox J.T. Watkins Army N.Y. $1,000
Watkins is a good defender behind the plate, getting praise for his receiving, blocking and ability to control the running game. He had a good year offensively, hitting .316/.390/.481 in 158 at-bats while catching about half of would-be base stealers.
11 349 Oakland Athletics Matt Gonzalez Harrison HS, Kennesaw, Ga. Ga.
If Gonzalez makes it to Georgia Tech, he'll likely get a shot at bolstering the Yellow Jackets' infield, and the 6-foot-1, 175-pounder is capable at all three spots at the college level. He had a slow start this spring after ankle surgery in the fall, but he never lost his sound, fundamental swing. He generated late draft interest when he worked out for teams as a catcher.
11 357 Los Angeles Angels Jonathan Walsh Texas Texas
11 359 Atlanta Braves Levi Borders Winter Haven (Fla.) HS Fla.
11 364 Detroit Tigers Bennett Pickar Oral Roberts Okla. $100,000
Pickar is one of the best defensive catchers in college baseball. He has a plus arm that he used to throw out 41 percent of basestealers entering the NCAA playoffs. He also has solid receiving skills and does a nice job of running a pitching staff. The 6-foot-2, 195-pounder is strong and durable, as he started all 60 games for Oral Roberts during the regular season and Summit League tournament. Pickar's bat relegates his ceiling to that of a backup catcher in the major leagues, however. He has a long swing and rarely hits the ball with much authority, though his .303/.420/.378 average this year were the best of his college career.
12 383 Cleveland Indians Jeremy Lucas Indiana State Ind.
The state of Indiana boasts three of the draft's better college catching prospects in Lucas, Kevin Plawecki (Purdue) and Joe Hudson (Notre Dame. Lucas, the 2012 Missouri Valley Conference player of the year, has raised his profile this spring by improving his power and defense. He has made consistent line-drive contact for three years at Indiana State, and now the 6-foot-1, 205-pound righthanded hitters is driving the ball more often. Lucas still has work to do behind the plate but looks like he belongs there. He has fringy arm strength and his throws sometimes tail on him, which is why he nabbed just 24 percent of basestealers in the regular season. He's a choppy receiver but has handled the ball better in 2012 than he had in the past. He moves decently for a catcher and projects as an offensive-minded backup.
12 387 Los Angeles Angels Zach Wright East Carolina N.C.
12 392 Tampa Bay Rays Taylor Hawkins Albert HS, Midwest City, Okla. Okla. $272,500
Two years ago, Carl Albert High produced a third-round pick in shortstop J.T. Realmuto, who hit 28 homers and set a national record with 119 RBIs. He since has moved behind the plate in the Marlins system, and one of the reasons he didn't catch at Carl Albert was the presence of Hawkins. Hawkins matched Realmuto with 28 homers this spring, including one in an Oklahoma 5-A state championship-game victory, and finished his career with 74, one short of Jeff Clement's national record. Righthanded power is the 6-foot, 200-pounder's most obvious tool, though he also has some arm strength and is more athletic than most catchers. He needs to clean up his defense behind the plate and is likely headed to college. Hawkins has committed to both Grayson County (Texas) CC and Oklahoma.
12 397 New York Yankees Chris Breen Winter Springs (Fla.) HS Fla.
13 402 Baltimore Orioles Wade Wass Meridian (Miss.) CC Miss.
13 415 Toronto Blue Jays John Silviano Summit Christian School, West Palm Beach, Fla. Fla. $100,000
13 423 Arizona Diamondbacks Phildrick Llewellyn Trinity Christian Academy, Lake Worth, Fla. Fla. $125,000
14 433 Kansas City Royals Parker Morin Utah Utah
Morin was an iron man this year, starting all of Utah's 56 games, including 43 behind the plate, and led the team in batting (.314). Yet his best attribute is his defense. He's a quality receiver with average arm strength and solid leadership. He shows good hand-eye coordination in his lefthanded swing, but not a lot of juice, so he'll be mainly a singles hitter at the next level. Overall, he profiles as a backup in pro ball, and Utah expects him back for his senior season.
14 437 Miami Marlins Michael Vaughn Fresno Pacific Calif.
Vaughn is a quadruplet and his uncle, Shawn Gilbert, spent 17 years in pro ball, including parts of three seasons in the big leagues. Vaughn has a solid frame at 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds and shows average receiving skills and above-average arm strength behind the plate. He has a wristy swing with some power and his bat profiles better for power than pure average. He started off the season hot, but his timing and pitch recognition were off a little after he broke his hamate bone. Vaughn is a hard-worker who calls his own game. In a year thin on catchers, Vaughn could be drafted in a good spot because of his ability to stay behind the plate and intriguing power potential.
14 449 Atlanta Braves Tyler Tewell Appalachian State N.C.
15 464 Chicago Cubs Carlos Escobar Nevada Nev.
Escobar has a sturdy, 6-foot-3, 200-pound frame and his calling card is his defense behind the plate. He receives and blocks well. His pure arm strength is just average, but he has a really quick transfer that allows it to play up. Escobar needs to work on his pitch calling, but unfortunately that's true of most college catchers these days. He has a quiet setup and a simple hitting mechanics, but his swing can get long at times. Escobar hit just .284/.371/.467, though with 14 doubles. Escobar did well with wood last summer in the Northwoods League, batting .345/.433/.533 with 16 doubles and seven home runs over 197 at-bats. Escobar was a 41st-round pick by the Astros out of Chatsworth (Calif.) High in 2009, where he was teammates with Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas two years prior.
15 478 San Francisco Giants Leo Rojas Miami Dade JC Fla.
17 530 New York Mets Stefan Sabol Orange Coast (Calif.) CC Calif. $100,000
Sabol's physicality and upside made him a high-profile prospect coming out of high school, but he elected to go to Oregon, where a broken bone his left hand spoiled his freshman season. He transferred to Orange Coast for his sophomore year but was sidelined by a broken hamate bone. His performance was pedestrian when he returned to action, but his raw tools haven't gone away. Though he saw some action behind the plate this spring, the overwhelming scouting consensus is that he lacks the agility, hands and footwork to catch. He figures to find a home at an outfield corner in pro ball, and he is a solid runner for his size. He has average or even slightly better raw arm strength, but it isn't particularly playable in games because of his long arm action and inaccuracy. Sabol's bat and power will have to carry him. He hasn't developed as a hitter, but he does have pitch recognition and plenty of bat speed, which leads to plus raw power. Unlocking that power in games will be key. Sabol is committed to Oklahoma State.
17 531 Chicago White Sox Sammy Ayala La Jolla (Calif.) Country Day HS Calif. $258,800
Ayala's three-sport prowess kept him somewhat under the radar in baseball circles, but he made a name for himself at the Southern California Invitational at the MLB Urban Youth Academy in June, hitting an inside-the-park homer against top prep lefthander Max Fried and an RBI single to the opposite field against righty Andrew Potter. A standout defensive end in football, Ayala has a physical, 6-foot-2, 205-pound frame. He projects for average or slightly better power down the road, but scouts are divided on whether he will hit. He tends to get pull-happy and is vulnerable against soft pitches away or hard pitches in. He'll look bad at times in the batter's box, but his feel for hitting has improved and should solidify once he focuses on baseball. Ayala's arm is above-average, but his receiving and blocking is a work in progress. He moves well enough to play a corner outfield spot, but plenty of scouts think he has a chance to stick behind the plate. A club that believes in his power and defense could take him as high as the second or third round, while other teams would be content to let him go to UC Santa Barbara.
17 532 Cincinnati Reds Jose Ortiz Colon HS, Comerio, P.R. P.R.
17 539 Atlanta Braves Chase Anselment Washington Wash.
17 546 Texas Rangers Chuck Moorman El Capitan HS, Lakeside, Calif. Calif. $100,000
18 549 Houston Astros Ricky Gingras Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.) Calif.
18 552 Baltimore Orioles Sam Kimmel Stetson Fla.
18 558 Colorado Rockies Aaron Jones Oregon Ore.
Aaron's brother, Chris, played two years for George Horton when he was the head coach at Cal State Fullerton. A 6-foot-1, 195-pound draft-eligible sophomore, Jones is a good athlete. A 38th-round pick by the Red Sox in 2010, Jones spent his freshman season in right field for the Ducks but returned to his high school position as catcher for part of this season. He has some things to smooth out defensively, but has above-average arm strength. At the plate, Jones has a little bit of a loop to his swing but does have some strength. If a team likes what they've seen out of Jones behind the plate, he could get a chance this year. But if teams think he's going to have to stay in right field, they'll likely want to see more out of his bat. Jones was mostly the team's designated hitter late in the season, as he recovered from a high ankle sprain.
18 566 Los Angeles Dodgers Eric Smith Stanford Calif.
Smith is relatively new behind the plate. He was a shortstop in high school and spent his first two years with the Cardinal as a backup infielder. As would be expected, he still needs work, but he has taken to the position, showing soft hands, a strong arm and the necessary athleticism to make adjustments. Smith has done a fine job handling a good Stanford staff this year and has been among the team's leaders in batting as well. He's a switch-hitter and scouts like his approach at the plate.
20 614 Chicago Cubs Blake Hickman Simeon HS, Chicago Ill.
21 640 Minnesota Twins Bo Altobelli Texas Tech Texas
21 654 Washington Nationals Austin Chubb Florida Southern Fla.
21 658 San Francisco Giants Ben Turner Missouri Mo.
22 670 Minnesota Twins Josh Graham Roseburg (Ore.) HS Ore.
Graham has scouts split on where he'll wind up. Some like him as a catcher, where he fits well with his 6-foot-1, 200-pound frame. He has some strength in his righthanded swing and arm strength--which also shows up on the mound, where he sits in the 90-92 mph range and tops out at 94. Graham was down in the 86-89 mph range late in the season and was pitching backward, and as a 6-foot, stocky righthander he has limited projection. Graham missed most of the summer showcase circuit with a broken hand and it's likely he'll wind up at Oregon.
22 687 Los Angeles Angels Anthony Bemboom Creighton Neb.
22 690 St. Louis Cardinals Casey Schroeder Ottawa-Glandorf HS, Ottawa, Ohio Ohio
23 705 San Diego Padres Chris O'Dowd Dartmouth N.H.
23 713 Cleveland Indians Richard Stock Nebraska Neb.
Drafted as a catcher in the 45th round out of high school three years ago by the Brewers, Stock hurt his shoulder as a freshman at Southern California. He did little catching for the Trojans or in 2011 at Pierce (Calif.) JC, but he had enough action behind the plate this year at Nebraska to pique the interest of scouts. He has more than enough arm strength to catch but would have to improve his receiving and footwork. If he can pull that off, he'd have much more value than he does as a first baseman. The 6-foot-2, 185-pounder offers lefthanded power and makes consistent contact, but scouts don't envision him providing enough offense at first base. The Cardinals drafted his brother Robert in 2009 and converted him from catcher to pitcher this year.
23 725 Milwaukee Brewers Paul Eshleman Cal State San Bernardino Calif.
24 730 Minnesota Twins Jose Favela Franklin (Texas) HS Texas
24 733 Kansas City Royals Beau Maggi Arizona State Ariz. $100,000
24 734 Chicago Cubs Jameson Fisher Zachary (La.) HS La.
24 755 Milwaukee Brewers Michael Turay Cal State Stanislaus Calif.
24 758 Philadelphia Phillies Chad Carman Oklahoma City Okla.
25 778 San Francisco Giants Sam Eberle Jacksonville State Ala.
27 830 New York Mets Zach Arnold Franklin County HS, Frankfort, Ky. Ky.
27 831 Chicago White Sox Zac Fisher New Mexico State N.M.
Fisher had a great season for the Aggies, leading the team by hitting .363/.442/.525 with 18 doubles and six home runs. His best tool is his lefthanded bat, and he has a good swing with some potential for gap power. That's particularly valuable for a catcher. He's raw behind the plate and will need to improve in that regard.
28 854 Chicago Cubs Lance Rymel Rogers State (Okla.) Okla.
28 859 Oakland Athletics Phil Pohl Clemson S.C.
28 865 Toronto Blue Jays Dan Klein Kansas State Kan.
29 881 Seattle Mariners Toby DeMello St. Mary's Calif.
29 890 New York Mets Austin Barr Camas (Wash.) HS Wash.
It's a banner year for catchers in Camas, Wash., as Barr and Clint Coulter play their home games less than five miles apart. Barr is a good athlete who shows impressive tools behind the plate. He's a leader on the field and also shows a good feel for hitting with power potential in his strong, 6-foot-2, 215-pound frame. He has type-1 diabetes and wears an insulin pump, so the grind of a full pro season could be difficult, but scouts should have three more years to figure that out. Barr is a 4.0 student and, like all Stanford commits, is considered nearly impossible to sign.
29 896 Los Angeles Dodgers John Cannon Houston Texas
30 910 Minnesota Twins Bryan Santy Washington Wash.
30 917 Miami Marlins David Cruz Miami (no school) Fla.
30 932 Tampa Bay Rays Michael Williams Kentucky Ky.
31 939 Houston Astros M.P. Cokinos St. Mary's (Texas) Texas
31 949 Oakland Athletics Ryan Gorton Oregon State Ore.
31 962 Tampa Bay Rays Taylor Ward Shadow Hills HS, Indio, Calif. Calif.
Ward has his supporters as one of the better prep catchers in Southern California's jumbled collection of raw backstops. His best tool is his plus arm strength, but he needs to quicken his exchange and release to make better use of it. He has plenty of learning to do as a receiver and blocker, but he is a decent athlete and has shown aptitude for it. Scouts have trouble evaluating his bat because he faces soft competition out in the desert. He has at least a chance to be a solid doubles hitter because his righthanded swing has some fluidity.
32 972 Baltimore Orioles Steel Russell Midland (Texas) JC Texas
32 976 Pittsburgh Pirates Max Rossiter Arizona State Ariz.
32 985 Toronto Blue Jays Jorge Saez Lee (Tenn.) Tenn.
33 1002 Baltimore Orioles Colton Plaia Loyola Marymount Calif.
Plaia overcame a sluggish start to emerge as one of Southern California's top college catchers this spring, along with UCLA's Tyler Heineman. His swing had been too long, so he worked hard to shorten it up, and he has flashed decent power this spring, hitting six home runs in a pitcher-friendly environment.   He still has holes in his swing but can punish balls that are down in the zone. At 6-foot-3, 225 pounds, Plaia is more physical than Heineman but does not have as much lateral movement behind the plate. Like Heineman, he has a chance to be an average defender with an average arm, but the jury's still out on his bat.
33 1006 Pittsburgh Pirates Carlos Leal East Central (Miss.) CC Miss.
33 1016 Los Angeles Dodgers C.J. Saylor South Hills HS, West Covina, Calif. Calif.
Saylor has been a famous name in Southern California for some time thanks to his defense. He's a polished receiver for a high school catcher, giving him a chance to be a slightly above-average backstop with a plus arm and quick release. Scouts have major reservations about Saylor's short, very stocky frame, which is generously listed at 5-foot-10, 180 pounds. His bat is also a significant area of concern, and few scouts project him as being better than a below-average hitter with occasional pop. Scouts also have been disappointed with his energy level this spring.
33 1017 Los Angeles Angels Sam Mulroy Princeton N.J.
33 1027 New York Yankees Saxon Butler Samford Ala.
Butler hits three-hole for Samford and has worked out as a catcher for scouts. He has hit the last two years and added 14 homers this spring.
34 1031 Seattle Mariners Alex Ross Bellevue (Wash.) CC Wash.
34 1038 Colorado Rockies Chris Cowell Richmond Va.
34 1043 Cleveland Indians Matt Fultz Lee's Summit (Mo.) West HS Mo.
An offensive-minded catcher with legitimate lefthanded power, Fultz could have played his way into the first 10 rounds. While he continued to show a nice swing and pop this spring, scouts were disappointed with the way his body and intensity regressed. They have serious questions as to whether the 6-foot-1, 225-pounder can stay behind the plate. He has a below-average arm and will have to work hard to improve his catch-and-throw skills. If not, he'll have a lot less value as a first baseman. At this point, he may wind up at Kansas State rather than getting picked high enough to turn pro.
34 1047 Los Angeles Angels Zac Livingston Arizona Christian Ariz.
34 1056 Texas Rangers David Lyon Kent State Ohio
34 1058 Philadelphia Phillies Darrell Miller Jr. Servite HS, Anaheim Calif.
35 1059 Houston Astros Jimmy Sinatro Skyline HS, Sammamish, Wash. Wash.
35 1069 Oakland Athletics Brett Sunde Bishop Foley HS, Madison Heights, Mich. Mich.
35 1076 Los Angeles Dodgers Austin Cowen Western Illinois Ill.
35 1077 Los Angeles Angels Pedro Pizarro Byrd HS, Shreveport, La. La.
35 1084 Detroit Tigers Jacob Kapstein Tiverton (R.I.) HS R.I.
36 1104 Washington Nationals Max Ungar Smith Jewish Day School, Bethesda, Md. Md.
36 1110 St. Louis Cardinals Alex Swim Elon N.C.
The 6-foot, 185-pound Swim has been an everyday player for the Phoenix since he walked on campus, starting 165 games in three seasons. He burst onto the scene as a freshman, hitting .310/.342/.403. His bat cooled as a sophomore, but he bounced back in 2012 by hitting .361/.402/.454 in 227 at-bats. His bat is light, but he handles it well. He is very difficult to strike out, fanning just 39 times in his career. Scouts take interest because he provides solid defense behind the plate. He has a strong arm that could improve with a shorter release. He runs a tick above-average and could be a fourth outfielder if he doesn't stick behind the plate.
36 1111 Boston Red Sox Miguel Rodriguez UNC Charlotte N.C.
36 1115 Milwaukee Brewers Alex Mangano Southwest Miami HS Fla.
36 1117 New York Yankees Dalton Smith University City HS, San Diego Calif. $100,000
36 1118 Philadelphia Phillies Charles Galiano Commack (N.Y.) HS N.Y.
37 1125 San Diego Padres Cristian Munoz Hector Udraneta HS, Ceiba, P.R.Hector Udraneta HS, Ceiba, P.R. P.R.
37 1130 New York Mets Benny Distefano Elkins HS, Missouri City, Texas Texas
37 1133 Cleveland Indians Jacob Morris Arkansas Ark.
37 1144 Detroit Tigers Charlie Neil Yale Conn.
38 1150 Minnesota Twins Austin Rel Campolindo HS, Moraga, Calif. Calif.
38 1152 Baltimore Orioles Jack Graham Kenyon (Ohio) Ohio
38 1171 Boston Red Sox Donald Smith Claflin (S.C.) S.C.
38 1172 Tampa Bay Rays Chad Nacapoy Cal State Los Angeles Calif.
38 1175 Milwaukee Brewers Chris Shaw Trinity Academy, Okotoks, Alb. Alberta
Shaw has an average build at 6-foot-1 and 185 pounds. He gave up curling to focus on baseball full-time and has improved greatly over the past year and a half. He has a compact righthanded swing with gap power, and his bat will play at the next level. He will need to work on his defense to stay behind the plate, which would give him the most value. His feet work well and he has arm strength, but he needs to improve his receiving, blocking and transfers. Shaw has the grinder mentality to catch every day and the work ethic to make those improvements.
39 1182 Baltimore Orioles Scott Kalush UC Davis Calif.
39 1187 Miami Marlins Marcus Greene Vista Del Lago HS, Moreno Valley, Calif. Calif.
Green's best asset is his athleticism, but like most of Southern California's prep catchers, he has a long way to go to develop his game. He doesn't block or receive well, though he has the natural agility to improve. Coming off a shoulder injury, Green's throwing was up and down this spring, sometimes flashing plus but usually rating as below-average. His bat is an even bigger question mark. He is a slightly above-average runner. Durability is also a concern with the 5-foot-11, 186-pounder, but his athleticism and signability could get him drafted in the top 15 rounds.
39 1194 Washington Nationals Mitchell Williams Coosa HS, Rome, Ga. Ga.
39 1196 Los Angeles Dodgers Korey Dunbar Nitro (W.Va.) HS W.Va.
West Virginia hasn't had a high school position player selected in the first 10 rounds since the Brewers took Sam Singleton in the seventh round of the 1995 draft, but Dunbar could break that streak if a team thinks they can lure him away from his North Carolina commitment. Dunbar is a well-rounded player with a physical frame at 6-feet, 185 pounds. His arm is average to a tick above and he has solid catch-and-throw skills to go with average power.
39 1197 Los Angeles Angels Justin Morhardt Gilbert School, Winsted, Conn. Conn.
The son of Angels crosschecker Greg Morhardt, Justin is committed to Oral Roberts and has good raw power. He'll likely have to move to first base in pro ball.
39 1202 Tampa Bay Rays Geoff Rowan Northwestern Ill.
39 1203 Arizona Diamondbacks Bubu Garcia Gilroy (Calif.) HS Calif.
40 1218 Colorado Rockies Brandon Montalvo Langham Creek HS, Houston Texas
40 1230 St. Louis Cardinals Ian Rice Madison Academy, Huntsville, Ala. Ala.
40 1235 Milwaukee Brewers Chucky Vazquez American Senior HS, Miami Fla.
40 1237 New York Yankees Sherman Lacrus Western Oklahoma State JC Okla.