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Round Overall Team Player School State Bonus
1 2 Minnesota Twins Byron Buxton Appling County HS, Baxley, Ga. Ga. $6,000,000
Buxton emerged last summer and fall as the top position player in the 2012 draft class, first with his premium, athletic body and blazing speed, then with his emerging power potential and intriguing bat. Buxton has a chance to be a true five-tool player if his bat develops as hoped. The 6-foot-2, 170-pounder has a high-waisted frame that oozes projection. He hasn't hit for big power this spring, with just two home runs, though he flashes plus raw power in batting practice and was runner-up (to Lewis Brinson) in last year's home run derby prior to the Under Armour All-America Game at Wrigley Field. Buxton's speed plays more presently, as he steals bases easily and covers acres of ground in center field. Some scouts have given him top-of-the-scale grades for both his speed (others call it well above-average) and at times for his throwing arm. He's shown a low-maintenance swing with a good path and premium bat speed that should allow him to hit for both average and power. Buxton will have to adjust to quality pitching, especially breaking balls. But as an amateur, he's shown the ability to sit back on offspeed pitches and hit them with authority the other way. Comparisons for Buxton range from Matt Kemp to a hybrid of brothers B.J. and Justin. Like Justin Upton, and he ranks as the top talent in his draft class.
1 6 Chicago Cubs Albert Almora Mater Academy, Hialeah Gardens, Fla. Fla. $3,900,000
Almora is a latter-day A.J. Hinch in that he has become a go-to player for USA Baseball national teams from a young age. Almora was USA Baseball's 2011 athlete of the year after being MVP of the 18-and-under Pan American Championships in Colombia in November 2011. He tied Hinch's USA Baseball record by playing on his sixth national team, and scouts love his grinder approach and in-game savvy. What's more, Almora has outstanding tools. The Miami signee, in one scout's words, "has no issues. He's got above-average tools everywhere, and they all play. He has tools and he uses them." He doesn't turn in blazing times when he runs in showcases (generally he's a 6.8-second runner in the 60), but his game instincts help him steal bases and cover plenty of ground in center field. Scouts consider his defense major league-ready right now, with plus grades for his accurate throwing arm. With natural hitting rhythm and plenty of bat speed, Almora is a line-drive machine with a loose swing who stays inside the ball, relishes velocity and handles spin. He should have 20-homer power down the line, sufficient if he slows down and can't play center, and a definite bonus if (as expected) he stays in the middle garden. He plays the game with both ease and energy and may have some projection left in his athletic 6-foot-1, 175-pound frame. The Miami signee is considered one of the draft's safer picks and could sneak into the first 10 selections.
1 10 Colorado Rockies David Dahl Oak Mountain HS, Birmingham Ala. $2,600,000
In terms of tools, Dahl rivals South Florida prep Albert Almora in many ways, though Almora's intangibles give him an edge over Dahl, an Auburn signee. A lefthanded hitter, Dahl fits the center-field profile with plus speed, an athletic 6-foot-2, 185-pound body and a cannon arm that earns above-average grades. His overall package elicits comparisons to Jeremy Hermida (as an amateur) and Andy Van Slyke. Dahl shined during the East Coast Pro Showcase, where his balanced, smooth swing and above-average bat speed helped him handle quality pitching, and teamed with Mississippi prep outfielder D.J. Davis on a travel team that played fall games against junior-college competition, at times dominating older pitching. He showed opposite-field power throughout the showcase circuit, though some scouts question how much usable, game power he has and would have doubts if he moved to a corner. They also aren't all sold on his instincts to be a center fielder, though most believe he'll stick in the position. Dahl's biggest weakness is his low-energy demeanor. Some scouts consider him simply unmotivated by middling high school competition, while others see a low motor and question his desire to be great. The tools are all there for a first-round power/speed center fielder.
1 13 Chicago White Sox Courtney Hawkins Carroll HS, Corpus Christi, Texas Texas $2,475,000
Scouts have coveted Hawkins since his performance as a sophomore in the 2010 Texas 5-A state playoffs. He bombed a ball into the upper-deck home run porch at Round Rock's Dell Diamond, then earned MVP honors in the clincher as a starting pitcher. Though he can run his fastball into the low 90s, he definitely will make his living in the batter's box. Hawkins is loaded with bat speed and uses his 6-foot-3, 210-pound frame to generate exceptional leverage from the right side of the plate. He'll need to tame his maximum-effort swing, stop sitting on fastballs and improve his pitch recognition. He'll rack up some strikeouts, though they'll be a worthwhile tradeoff for his home runs. More physical than most high school players, Hawkins also brings a plus arm and solid speed to the table. A center fielder in high school, he'll likely wind up in right field as a pro. Scouts praise his instincts and makeup as well as his tools. He's the most talented member of a University of Texas recruiting class that features the five best high school prospects in the state, and a lock to sign as a mid-first-round pick.
1 15 Cleveland Indians Tyler Naquin Texas A&M Texas $1,750,000
Naquin is the best pure hitter in the entire 2012 draft. He won the Big 12 Conference batting title (.381) and topped NCAA Division I in hits (104) as a sophomore, and he's leading the Big 12 in hitting (.397) again this spring. He has a quick lefthanded bat and a controlled approach at the plate, focusing on staying inside the ball and employing the opposite field. He also has the best throwing arm among college outfielders, earning 65-70 grades on the 20-80 scouting scale and a don't-run-on-him reputation in the Big 12. Additionally, he's a solid runner who flashes plus speed at times. Despite all those attributes, Naquin will last until the second half of the first round because most teams view him as a tweener who lacks the power for right field and the defensive chops for center. He has a 6-foot-2, 175-pound frame with narrow shoulders, and his ability to add strength and develop average power remains in question. He can drive the ball in batting practice but doesn't show the same kind of pop in games, hitting just seven homers in 173 college contests. His ability to play center field is undetermined because the Aggies use speedster Krey Bratsen there, and some scouts don't love Naquin's routes on fly balls.
1 17 Toronto Blue Jays D.J. Davis Stone HS, Wiggins, Miss. Miss. $1,750,000
Davis is fighting a difficult profile out of Mississippi. The state has produced 32 first-round and supplemental first-round picks since the draft's inception. But the only players drafted out of the Magnolia State in the first round who signed out of high school and reached the majors are outfielder Don Castle (1968 draft), who played four games in 1973, and Steve Pegues (1987 draft), who had a 100-game career. In fact, infielders Charlie Hayes (1983) and Bill Hall (1998) have had the best careers of Mississippi prep products in draft history. That history may move Davis down some draft boards, but his talent puts him squarely in the first round. He's faster even than Reds prospect Billy Hamilton, the state's current standard-bearer, turning in 6.4-second 60 times, and has more than enough range for center field, with below-average but playable arm strength. Moreover, Davis has good strength in his hands and forearms, with a real chance to hit for average. He's fast enough to be a slap hitter but isn't one. He has an old-fashioned handsy, whippy swing and has shown gap power and consistent hard contact against good competition, such as at East Coast Showcase and playing for the Mets scout team in the fall. He has better instincts more polish than the average Mississippi prep player, which gives some ammunition to counter the state's track record in the first round. He's considered signable, having committed to Meridian (Miss.) CC.
1 23 St. Louis Cardinals James Ramsey Florida State Fla. $1,600,000
Scouts have called Ramsey the Tim Tebow of Florida State baseball, referring to his leadership, strong Christian faith and big-play ability, and Seminoles coaches don't shrink from the comparison. The first player under 33-year head coach Mike Martin to wear a "C" on his uniform as team captain, Ramsey spurned the Twins as a 22nd-round pick last summer, turning down more than $500,000 from a club that wanted to shift him to second base. He has moved from right to center field as a senior and got off to a blistering start, and he was batting .401/.536/.731 to lead the Atlantic Coast Conference in all three categories. Scouts see Ramsey as much the same player he was last year, with average to above-average tools but no true plus tool. He's an above-average runner who might be able to stick in center field, though some scouts question his instincts and doubt he could stick there in a larger home park. He has an average, accurate arm sufficient for right field. Ramsey has average power but may not have corner power. He's a safe bet to be a big leaguer, with scouts split on just how much impact he'll have. He has yet to play the infield, but another club might want to follow the Twins' lead and try him at second in a Jason Kipnis redux.
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 28 Milwaukee Brewers Victor Roache Georgia Southern Ga. $1,525,000
Roache was the fourth-ranked player in the state of Michigan out of high school in 2009, and wound up heading South when he didn't sign as the homestate Tigers' 25th-round pick. After hitting .252/.408/.464 as a freshman, Roache exploded as a sophomore hitting 30 home runs to lead the nation and become the first Division I player to reach 30 since 2003. He did it despite the introduction of the less-potent BBCOR bats, in a year when offense in college baseball plunged by 50 percent, while slicing his strikeout rate. Roache struggled in the second half of the Cape Cod League last summer, then broke his left wrist diving to make a catch on Feb. 25. The complicated surgery required the insertion of six screws, two pins and a metal plate to repair the damage; as one scout put it, "This was closer to Cliff Floyd than a regular broken wrist." Roache has average speed and arm strength and plays hard. Teams ultimately are investing on a corner bat power profile, having to do so based more on what they saw last year than the six games (with two homers) Roache played in this season before the injury. Roache had indicated he would try to come back for the Southern Conference tournament, which could help determine whether or not he goes in the first round.
1 29 Texas Rangers Lewis Brinson Coral Springs (Fla.) HS Fla. $1,625,000
Brinson is an intelligent, hard-working player whose father died when he was just 11 years old. Scouts like his tools and his makeup, but his performance has driven his stock down a bit this spring. He looks the part in a uniform, with a long, lean, athletic body and 6-foot-4, 185-pound frame that evokes Padres center fielder Cameron Maybin. Brinson has fairly long arms and is a long-levered athlete, with advantages and disadvantages associated with that. He's a fluid runner with plus speed and range to spare in center field. He should become a premium defender, with a plus arm as well. Brinson showed strong offensive potential last summer, beating Byron Buxton in the home run derby at Wrigley Field in the Under Armour All-America Game. He also showed the ability to hit velocity in the Perfect Game showcase in Jupiter, Fla., last October. However, Brinson has disappointed scouts this spring with his lack of consistent hard contact. His long levers lead to a long swing with too many holes, and his bat speed has regressed as he has lost his way mechanically. Teams that like Brinson in the first 60 selections will have to be confident in their projections on his bat.
1s 36 St. Louis Cardinals Stephen Piscotty Stanford Calif. $1,430,400
For the teams that value track record, Piscotty has been a consistent performer. He's hit well all three years at Stanford, hit well in the Alaska League after his freshman year and led the Cape Cod League in batting last year. Piscotty has a strong frame at 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds. He has a soild, line-drive approach at the plate and projects as more of a doubles hitter than a home run threat. Piscotty's bat profiles better at third base than it does in a corner outfield spot. But if he has to move there as a pro--which is likely, since he moved to the outfield midway through the season at Stanford to make room at third for freshman Alex Blandino--then it's a tougher profile as a righthanded hitter with limited power potential. Piscotty has a strong arm and is a fringe-average runner and scouts like his makeup and work ethic.
1s 38 Milwaukee Brewers Mitch Haniger Cal Poly Calif. $1,200,000
The brother of former Georgia Tech slugger Jason Haniger, Mitch is a physical specimen who was a standout wide receiver in high school. He has has generated top-50-pick buzz this spring by showing two legitimate plus tools in his power and arm strength. His throws are low and accurate with good carry, leading scouts to believe Haniger can play right field in the big leagues, though he plays a decent center field for the Mustangs. Haniger racked up nine outfield assists through just 39 games this spring. He's a fringe-average runner and an average defender with a chance to be a fringe-average hitter. He has refined his setup this spring, getting his hands in better hitting position and staying in sync more consistently. He also has become more selective, walking as much as he strikes out and handling offspeed stuff much better than he did earlier in his career, especially with two strikes. His improved approach and pitch recognition has allowed him to make good use of his power--he had more home runs (11) through 12 weeks than the top two teams in the Big West combined.
1s 44 San Diego Padres Travis Jankowski Stony Brook N.Y. $975,000
One of the best athletes in this draft class, Jankowski stands out for his speed, bat and defense. He has a live body and stands at 6-foot-2, 190 pounds, and he's a plus runner who plays above-average defense in center field with an average arm. A lefthanded hitter, Jankowski has an unorthodox swing, but it works for him. It's a handsy swing similar to Dustin Ackley's, but Jankowski doesn't have the same power or strength. His five career home runs provide evidence of his well below-average power, but that won't be his game anyway. He has a knack for putting the ball in play and has the speed to beat out infield hits. He had 30 stolen bases in 35 attempts through 47 games and doesn't strike out much (15 in 177 at-bats).
1s 45 Pittsburgh Pirates Barrett Barnes Texas Tech Texas $1,000,000
Barnes has a chance to go in the first round and probably won't last past the sandwich round, which would make him the second-highest draft pick in Texas Tech history behind Doug Harris (fifth overall, 1989). Barnes' plus righthanded power and the possibility that he could stick in center field make him attractive. He packs a lot of strength into his 6-foot-1, 219-pound frame and offers a lot of bat speed. He's willing to take walks when pitchers don't challenge him, though he may not hit for a high average because his swing can get rotational and he's a dead-pull hitter. Barnes has plus straight-line speed (6.6-6.7 seconds in the 60-yard dash) but it doesn't always play that way. He does have 50 steals in 56 career attempts. If Barnes has to move to corner--likely left field because he has a below-average arm--he has enough power to profile there.
1s 49 Cincinnati Reds Jesse Winker Olympia HS, Orlando Fla. $1,000,000
Scouts like to call players like Winker "famous" because he's been seen a lot. He is a showcase veteran who played for USA Baseball's 18-and-under team last summer and fall, tossing a shutout against Aruba. He also has played at high-profile Olympia High and was a teammate of Yankees prospect Mason Williams in 2010 and the last three years with righthander Walker Weickel, who is expected to go in the first two rounds. Winker helped lift Olympia to a tremendous spring, though it fell in the playoffs after winning its first 29 games. Winker is a lefthanded hitter and thrower who plays center field in high school but will be a corner outfielder or first baseman down the line because of modest athleticism. While he's a fine hitter with good balance and loft in his swing, that profile puts his bat at a premium, and Winker had just three home runs this spring. He's physical and has strength that allows him to drive the ball to all fields, and scouts have seen him hit good velocity in showcases. They laud his makeup and work ethic. Signability was a major question mark for the Florida recruit.
1s 57 Cincinnati Reds Jeff Gelalich UCLA Calif. $825,000
Gelalich played alongside Astros 2009 first-round pick Jio Mier in high school in California, but he wound up at UCLA after being drafted by the Phillies in the 41st round that year. He showed flashes of potential before finally coming into his own as a junior, more than doubling his career home run total while lowering his strikeout-walk ratio from 2-1 over his first two seasons to 1-1 this year. Gelalich has a solid all-around tools package. He is a plus runner who plays a solid right field, though his average arm probably fits better in left at the big league level. He has a simple approach, with a wide base, a short stride and the ability to barrel up hard line drives from the left side. He has improved significantly at hitting the ball where it is pitched, taking sliders away to the opposite field while turning on fastballs in. He flashes good power, hitting home runs off the center-field batter's eye and atop the hitting structure at UCLA this spring, but most scouts project him as a solid-average hitter with average power.
2 68 San Diego Padres Jeremy Baltz St. John's N.Y. $625,000
Baltz burst onto the college scene in 2010 after hitting .396/.479/.771 with 24 home runs and earning first-team All-America honors as a freshman. His power production dropped off with the new bats in 2011, but he enjoyed a good tour in the Cape Cod League by hitting .321/.434/.457 with wood and remained one of St. John's top hitters in 2012. He was hitting .330/.416/.503 with six home runs and more walks (25) than strikeouts (18). His value lies in the bat. He has good bat speed and size (6-foot-3, 205 pounds) that produce above-average raw power. His approach should allow him to hit for average, but he's another college bat fighting the stigma of being a right-right corner player. Left field and first base are his only options, as he has a below-average arm, is a fringe runner and isn't overly athletic. A team that believes in his bat could take him in the fourth to sixth round.
2 73 Colorado Rockies Max White Williston (Fla.) HS Fla. $1,000,000
White gets compared to fellow prep Florida outfielder Brett Phillips as both are athletic, speedy center fielders. White is more of a wiry athlete at 6-foot-2, 175 pounds, and has a good profile as a lefthanded speedster with range and arm strength. He emerged as a prospect as a sophomore as both a pitcher and hitter, but left shoulder surgery limited him to just five games as a junior and limited his showcase exposure. His arm strength has started to return this spring, including some low 90s readings in short stints on the mound. Scouts like White's tools in center, as he's a consistent 6.5-second runner over 60 yards with improving instincts. He is adding strength and has batting practice power with surprising bat speed, but he has a raw approach at the plate and hasn't faced a lot of hasn't advanced pitching. Scouts have compared him to players such as former Florida outfielder Matt den Dekker (now with the Mets) all the way to Steve Finley if his power develops. He wasn't a consensus supplemental pick, but if he's considered signable away from a Florida commitment he could go that high to the right team.
2 77 Philadelphia Phillies Dylan Cozens Chapparal HS, Scottsdale, Ariz. Ariz. $659,800
Cozens has a huge frame at 6-foot-6 and 235 pounds. He is committed to Arizona for baseball and to play defensive end for the football team. He's likely to end up at first base in pro ball and scouts are banking on his bat. Cozens has plenty of lefthanded power. He hit 19 home runs on the season, the most in the state of Arizona, and his final bomb was a walk-off shot to help Chaparral High win the Division I state championship. But not all scouts are convinced the power will translate at the next level, as there is some stiffness to Cozens' swing.
2 83 Texas Rangers Jamie Jarmon Indian River HS, Dagsboro, Del. Del. $601,500
The last Delaware prep to be taken in the first 10 rounds was shortstop Derrik Gibson, a second-round pick of the Red Sox in 2008. A team that thinks Jarmon can stick in center field could pop him in the first five rounds, but they will have to be patient. He's a good athlete and may have a chance to play football in college, but his tools are raw and he lacks baseball instincts right now. He has run a 6.8-second 60-yard dash, but he doesn't get out of the box quickly and most scouts think his speed plays average to a tick above. He's physical and strong at 6-foot-3, 205 pounds and has average power that is acceptable on a corner, but he'll have more value if he sticks in center. He's had an up-and-down spring from a performance standpoint and tends to tinker with his stance too much, but he has bat speed. Early on, he was in a deep crouch and swung uphill, and he tends to struggle with offspeed stuff too.
2 88 Tampa Bay Rays Spencer Edwards Rockwall (Texas) HS Texas $554,400
At the outset of 2012, Edwards was more highly regarded than Rockwall teammate Steve Bean, who seemed destined to attend Texas. Now their positions have been reversed, with Bean figuring to go in the first two rounds and Edwards unlikely to go high enough to prevent him from becoming a Longhorn. If Edwards doesn't sign, he'll be draft-eligible as a 21-year-old sophomore in 2014. A switch-hitter, he stands out for his plus-plus speed and quick bat. He could develop gap power once he fills out his 6-foot, 180-pound frame, though a hitch in his swing leads to concerns about his offensive ceiling. Edwards plays shortstop at Rockwall but likely will move to center field at Texas or in pro ball. He has enough arm for shortstop but tends to flip his throws too much, and his hands are too hard for the infield.
2 89 New York Yankees Austin Aune Argyle (Texas) HS Texas $1,000,000
Aune led Argyle HS to the Texas 3-A football championship game, passing for 3,411 yards and 33 touchdowns while rushing for another 538 yards and nine scores. A solid college quarterback prospect with a Texas Christian football scholarship, he also has baseball potential and the intention of playing both sports for the Horned Frogs. If he's signable, he'll fit into the first five rounds of the draft. The 6-foot-2, 190-pounds Aune offers an impressive package of tools, starting with plus raw power and arm strength. He has a balanced lefthanded stroke and solid speed, and scouts praise his makeup as well. He's still raw and hasn't shined at showcase events because he has split his time between two spots and hasn't faced much in the way of baseball competition. A shortstop at Argyle, he may not have the hands to stick in the infield. While he could get a shot at third base or center field, he's likely destined for right field at either TCU or in pro ball.
2 92 Milwaukee Brewers Tyrone Taylor Torrance (Calif.) HS Calif. $750,000
A standout running back and safety for the Torrance football team, Taylor is an excellent athlete who figures to polish some of his rough edges once he focuses on baseball. A shoulder strain relegated him to DH duties and clouded his draft stock a bit, but Taylor has shown a solid-average arm and good instincts in center field when healthy. His above-average speed also plays on the basepaths, where he is aggressive and gets good reads. Scouts are a bit conflicted on Taylor's bat. He has an unusual load, rocking onto his back leg before moving forward, but he has a fairly efficient swing path and good bat speed. He has a tendency to push the ball, but some he has a chance to develop into a quality doubles hitter with fringy power potential as he matures. Taylor's bat carries risk, but his athleticism and all-around tools package could get the Cal State Fullerton recruit drafted between the second and fourth rounds.
2 93 Texas Rangers Nick Williams Ball HS, Galveston, Texas Texas $500,000
Scouts identified Texas high school outfielders Courtney Hawkins and Williams as potential 2012 first-round picks when both were sophomores. While Hawkins has lived up to that billing and likely will go in the middle of the first round, Williams has become the biggest enigma in the state. The 6-foot-3, 195-pounder still has first-round tools but rarely demonstrates the aptitude to use them. A lefthanded hitter, he has impressive bat speed and raw strength, but he doesn't use his hands well and is too spread out at the plate. He swings and misses too much and gets fooled by good breaking balls. He has been clocked in 6.5 seconds in the 60-yard dash, yet he has posted below-average running times from home to first this spring. Williams lacks instincts in all phases of the game, taking such poor routes in center field that he may have to move to a corner. With his fringy arm strength, his final destination could be left field. Some scouts think Williams isn't ready to play pro ball and won't go high enough in the draft for teams to sign him away from his Texas A&M--he originally gave a verbal commitment to the University of Texas--unless the tools-happy Rangers decide to take a run.
3 112 Toronto Blue Jays Anthony Alford Petal (Miss.) HS Miss. $750,000
Alford, a two-sport athlete, has committed to Southern Mississippi for both baseball and football. He's teammates in baseball with Garren Berry, son of USM baseball coach Scott Berry. And the Golden Eagles have a new football coach, Ellis Johnson, who has hired Alford's prep football coach onto his staff. In April Alford indicated he plans to go to college and play both sports. That's too bad, because many scouts considered Alford one of the class' elite athletes. Big and fast at 6 feet, 200 pounds, he was the Magnolia State's football player of the year as a quarterback and chose Southern Miss over such football powers as Louisiana State and Nebraska. He threw for more than 2,000 yards and ran for more than 1,700 as a senior, accounting for 44 touchdowns, but he's at least as intriguing on the diamond, where he's a 70 runner on the 20-80 scouting scale with power potential, too. He helped Patal High win back-to-back state 6-A championships before the team lost in the third round this spring, as Alford batted .483 with four homers.
3 115 San Francisco Giants Mac Williamson Wake Forest N.C. $390,000
While offense in college baseball has trended down with the new bats, Williamson's power has trended up. In 181 at-bats as a redshirt junior, Williamson had 17 home runs and a .608 slugging percentage. He puts out plus-plus raw power from his 6-foot-4, 240-pound frame. It comes with some swing-and-miss and scouts have reservations about his ability to hit, but he has toned down his strikeouts a little this season and walked at a solid rate. He plays center field for Wake Forest and runs well, but he fits best in right. He has a strong arm that would profile fine there.
3 119 Tampa Bay Rays Andrew Toles Chipola (Fla.) JC Fla. $394,200
Toles was part of the deep Georgia prep class of 2010 and was a fourth-round pick of the Marlins that June. He didn't sign and went to Tennessee, where his father Alvin and uncle Johnnie Jones played football. Alvin Toles, a linebacker, was a first-round pick in the NFL draft in 1985, and his son could go that high in the baseball draft thanks to his unique tools. A 5-foot-10, 180 pounds, he has tremendous speed and earns comparisons to Braves center fielder Michael Bourn for his overall tools. He's a well above-average runner who knows how to use his speed defensively and on the bases, where he can be an aggressive basestealer. He also has a solid-average arm. Toles lacks power yet has enough strength to fight off good fastballs. Scouts say he plays with energy and has shown a good work ethic, but he was dismissed last fall from the program at Tennessee, where talent like his is in short supply, and has had been benched and suspended at Chipola JC this spring. Signability will determine whether Toles goes out in the first four rounds as expected, but the weak class of college hitters should allow him to go out higher than he did out of high school.
3s 127 Miami Marlins Kolby Copeland Parkway HS, Bossier City, La. La. $367,200
Copeland is frequently compared to Arkansas' D'Vone McClure, though they bat from different sides of the plate. Copeland is a physical, explosive athlete with power and speed from the left side. At 6-foot-2, 195 pounds, he also was a fine high school football player, though his speed doesn't play as well in baseball, where he's an average runner. He's more notable for his bat speed and good swing path, as his bat stays in the hitting zone a long time. Copeland made a lot of hard contact and projects to have average or better power. His defensive tools are average but he may wind up in left field eventually, placing higher demands on his bat. Scouts who don't buy in say that he swings and misses too much. He sat out the first part of high school season serving a suspension stemming from an underage drinking and driving arrest in December, but he had performed well since returning.
4 136 Pittsburgh Pirates Brandon Thomas Georgia Tech Ga.
Thomas wasn't heavily scouted as a high school player and didn't earn consistent playing time as a Georgia Tech freshman. He emerged as a regular as a sophomore and ranked as the No. 13 prospect in the Cape Cod League last summer. Thomas has some obvious positives, starting with his big league 6-foot-3, 205-pound frame. A switch-hitter, he's an above-average runner with surprising baserunning savvy, as he's 38-for-44 stealing bases in his career. Thomas' swing from both sides is steady if a bit too strength-oriented and lacking in looseness. Some scouts think he could loosen up with a different conditioning program and develop average power. Thomas has a center-field profile but hasn't played center field at Tech with speedy Kyle Wren (also draft-eligible) playing there instead, pushing Thomas to left field. The team that drafts him will have to project on his ability to play center, or on his power. Center field is the safer bet for Thomas, who should go off the board in the first two rounds.
4 139 Oakland Athletics B.J. Boyd Palo Alto (Calif.) HS Calif. $300,000
Boyd benefited from playing right across the street from Stanford, making it easy for crosscheckers to see Boyd and the Cardinal's many prospects in one trip. Boyd has a compact, muscular frame at 5-foot-10 and 190 pounds. He starred on Palo Alto's football team as a running back, wide receiver and kick returner and his speed is above-average or maybe a little better. He has drawn Division I interest as a football player, but remained uncommitted and scouts believe he is more interested in baseball. His two-sport focus means he'll need instruction and reps at the next level, but he has tools and quick-twitch athleticism that can't be taught. He has put his above-average speed to use this year, stealing 25 bases in his team's 32 games. His speed helps him cover ground in center field, though he'll need to improve his routes, and his arm is below-average right now. He also has the elements to be an above-average hitter from the left side of the plate and projects to hit around 10 home runs annually as a pro.
4 143 Cleveland Indians D'vone McClure Jacksonville (Ark.) HS Ark. $765,000
Arkansas' top prep hitter, McClure put himself on the map in 2011 when he won several matchups with eventual Indians supplemental first-rounder Dillon Howard. McClure has consistently hit the top arms he has faced (including Trey Killian this year), and gave up football to sign a baseball-only scholarship offer to Arkansas. Few expect him to get to Fayetteville, though. Some scouts compare McClure to Austin Jackson, while others are unsure if he can stay in center field. Like Jackson, McClure takes a big swing and is just an average runner, at times turning in below-average times to first. He'll have to improve his instincts to play center as well as Jackson, but he should have more power. McClure has excellent bat speed and the handsy looseness scouts look for in hitters, and many project him to hit for plus power. Teams that aren't as high on McClure say he has an inconsistent motor and modest speed. Even teams that give him a chance to stay in center realize they are mostly buying the bat.
4 144 Washington Nationals Brandon Miller Samford Ala. $100,000
Miller started his college career at Georgia Tech as a catcher, then transferred to a junior college before winding up at Samford. He priced himself out of last year's draft and will likely have to lower his bonus expectations as a senior. He has two plus tools with righthanded power (36 home runs the last two seasons, including 20 this spring to tie for the Division I lead) and a 65 arm on the 20-80 scouting scale. He's made more contact this spring but isn't a big bet to hit for average. Scouts had a chance to work him out at catcher, but he hasn't caught in a game this spring.
4 149 Atlanta Braves Justin Black Billings (Mont.) West HS Mont. $300,000
Black's best tool is his speed. He has an athletic build at 6-foot-1 and 185 pounds and is a well above-average runner. He can track balls down in center field, but needs to work on his routes and has below-average arm strength. Being from Montana, Black is understandably raw, especially at the plate. He looked overmatched during most of his at-bats on the summer showcase circuit and scouts wonder if he'll ever put things together enough to hit. Since Montana doesn't have high school baseball, Black spent some time this spring playing with the Langley Blaze travel team from British Columbia and he showed improvement, but he's definitely going to be a project at the next level. Black has a solid commitment to Nebraska and since he's already 19, he'll be a draft-eligible sophomore in 2014.
4 153 Arizona Diamondbacks Chuck Taylor Mansfield Timberview HS, Arlington, Texas Texas $250,000
Taylor has plus speed that served him well as a quarterback at Timberview HS. He's a true center fielder and a basestealing threat, though his bat needs some time to develop. He's just 5-foot-7 but has some strength in his 185-pound frame. The switch-hitter has committed to Texas-Arlington.
5 159 Houston Astros Andrew Aplin Arizona State Ariz. $220,000
Aplin sets himself apart because he's one of the best defensive center fielders on the West Coast. Even though he has just fringe-average foot speed, Aplin gets great jumps and always takes proper routes to balls. He has a strong, accurate arm. Aplin has a 6-foot, 200-pound frame and some strength in his lefthanded swing, but he's a below-average hitter with gap power. He has good bat control, as he's struck out just 38 times over 446 college at-bats. Unless Aplin makes strides with his bat, his profile is that of a fourth outfielder.
5 165 San Diego Padres Mallex Smith Santa Fe (Fla.) JC Fla. $375,000
Five-foot-9 speedster Mallex Smith was a 13th-round pick last year and is essentially the same player this spring. Now he has added a year of junior-college performance, hitting .387/.472/.473 for Santa Fe (Fla.) JC while adding 31 stolen bases in 37 attempts. He's an 80 runner with some rawness to his game that shows up most on defense. Smith lacks the strength to drive the ball consistently now and has to get stronger to keep pitchers honest at the pro level. He has a below-average arm.
5 179 Atlanta Braves Blake Brown Missouri Mo. $222,000
Brown has one of the best packages of tools in the Big 12 Conference, but he doesn't always play up to them. The 6-foot-1, 185-pounder has plus speed and raw righthanded power to go with solid arm strength and center-field defense. The question is how much he'll hit in pro ball. He has a hesitant approach at the plate, struggles against breaking balls and whiffed 53 times in 52 regular-season games. He also needs to get more aggressive to get the most out of his physical ability, which remains tantalizing enough that he could go as high as the fifth or sixth round.
5 182 Tampa Bay Rays Bralin Jackson Raytown (Mo.) South HS Mo. $322,500
Scouts generally aren't enamored with position players who throw lefthanded and bat righthanded, but they made an exception for Jackson, who has a nice array of tools. His most impressive is his bat speed, which gives him plus power potential. The 6-foot-1, 185-pounder also has solid speed and arm strength, and a chance to play center field if he improves his routes. Jackson's athleticism stands out more than his instincts and he's raw at the plate. Most scouts see him as a player who will need two years in Rookie ball, which could drop him far enough in the draft to drive him to the University of Missouri.
5 186 Texas Rangers Preston Beck Texas-Arlington Texas $207,900
Two years after producing No. 10 overall pick Michael Choice, Texas-Arlington has another power-hitting outfielder. Beck can't match Choice's sheer pop, but he offers plenty from the left side of the plate and is a better pure hitter. With two weeks left in the regular season, Beck paced the Southland Conference in both homers (nine) and RBIs (50). The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder proved his ability to hit for power and average with wood bats last summer in the Cape Cod League before leaving with a hip injury that required surgery. An average runner with a plus arm, Beck fits comfortably in right field. He was clocked at 94 mph throwing from outfield during the Mavericks' scout day last fall. He stands a good chance of becoming one of the highest-drafted players in Texas-Arlington history, likely coming in behind Choice and Hunter Pence (64th overall, 2004).
5 188 Philadelphia Phillies Andrew Pullin Centralia (Wash.) HS Wash. $203,900
Like Drew Vettleson before him, Pullin is a former switch-pitcher who became a prospect as a corner outfielder. Pullin doesn't have Vettleson's bat, but he's no slouch. He has a unique setup, in that his bat points back toward the backstop in his stance, but once everything gets going he shows good hitting mechanics and a smooth stroke that is in the hitting zone a long time. Pullin is an advanced hitter with some raw power potential, even though he's just 6 feet and 185 pounds. He's an average runner and has an average arm, so he's limited to a corner outfield spot and doesn't fit the typical profile. Pullin plays in a weak high school conference, so it was tough for teams to get a good look at him this spring. Scouts believe he wants to sign, but if he doesn't he'll head to Oregon.
6 189 Houston Astros Brett Phillips Seminole (Fla.) HS Fla. $300,000
A 6-foot-1, 185-pound outfielder, Phillips has a good profile as a lefthanded hitter who throws righthanded and has plus speed. His fast-twitch athleticism helped him become an all-county football player as a senior--the only year he played varsity. He's also raw on the baseball diamond but has plenty of tools, including perhaps the state's best throwing arm. Some scouts give him 70 grades on the 20-80 scale for his arm and his speed, though that's more often on his jailbreak swings. He should be an above-average center fielder with experience. Scouts' biggest questions center on his bat. Phillips uses the whole field, but scouts have to project to give him even average power. He uses more of a contact-oriented swing at this point, though he will show power in batting practice. Phillips had draft helium in May, and scouts were trying to judge his signability. He has committed to a resurgent North Carolina State program, which spirited a similar player, Trae Turner, out of Florida last spring. He may have to go in the first three rounds to keep him away from college.
6 204 Washington Nationals Hayden Jennings Evangel Christian Academy, Shreveport, La. La. $100,000
Hayden Jennings, a Louisiana State signee, was a speedy two-sport athlete in high school who played wide receiver in football. He's a 60 runner with solid-average defensive tools. He's a 5-foot-10, 165-pounder who lacks physical projection. He has a fringe-average arm and fringy gap power.
6 216 Texas Rangers Royce Bolinger Gonzaga Wash. $50,000
Gonzaga recruiting coordinator Danny Evans grew up in Arizona and the Bulldogs have done well recruiting players from the Grand Canyon State up to Spokane, Wash., with the likes of Rays lefthander Ryan Carpenter and Bolinger. A senior, Bolinger has an athletic build at 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds. He comes from an athletic family. His father, Monte, spent five years in the Cardinals organization, reaching Double-A, and his uncle Russ was an offensive lineman for nine years in the NFL with the Lions and the Rams. Bolinger put together a great season, hitting .394/.446/.624 with 11 home runs--doubling his career total. Bolinger profiles in right field because his arm grades as a legitimate 70 on the 20-80 scale.
7 219 Houston Astros Preston Tucker Florida Fla. $100,000
Tucker has anchored the Gators' lineup since he stepped on campus. He's moved to right field from first base for much of the last three seasons and has improved his defense in right to become an adequate college defender. After a slow start to 2011, Tucker came on and finished among the nation's top 20 in home runs despite the bat changes. His slow start and high bonus demands helped push Tucker down to the 16th round (Rockies). He didn't sign and returned for his senior year. Tucker is a known commodity, a thick-bodied, strong power hitter with limited value beyond his bat. While he has some arm strength, his lack of mobility in his 6-foot, 220-pound frame prompts most scouts to see him as at best a left fielder, if not a first baseman or DH. He's a 20 runner, and his bat speed is just average, so he doesn't always catch up to premium velocity. His Cape Cod League track record with wood bats is poor. What he has is present strength, a feel for hitting (he's about to break Mark Ellis' Florida career hits mark) and plus raw power. At worst, Tucker should anchor a Triple-A lineup down the line and get some big league cups of coffee thanks to his bat. At best, he could be a second-division regular in the Brian Daubach mold.
7 223 Kansas City Royals Fred Ford Jefferson (Mo.) CC Mo. $125,000
Ford helped Jefferson (Mo.) CC reach the Junior College World Series, where he made the all-tournament team. He's fairly athletic and lean at 6-foot-5 and 225 pounds, and he stole 32 bases while hitting 13 homers. The biggest question with the righthanded hitter is whether he has enough power to profile at first base, and a pro team may try to move him to the outfield. He'll play at Western Kentucky if he doesn't sign.
7 232 Cincinnati Reds Beau Amaral UCLA Calif. $146,000
Amaral's father, Rich, was a second-round pick out of UCLA in 1983 and spent 10 years in the big leagues as a utilityman; he now works as a Southern California area scout for the Royals. Beau has all the intangibles you'd expect from the son of a big leaguer, and he has been a solid everyday center fielder for three years at UCLA. Though he is just an average or slightly better runner, Amaral is an above-average defender thanks to his ability to read the ball off the bat and take direct routes. His portfolio of diving and leaping catches has made him a fan favorite, though his arm is below-average. Offensively, Amaral is a bit too prone to swing and miss for a leadoff man (he has 134 strikeouts and 61 walks in his collegiate career), but he has learned to hit the ball up the middle and to the opposite field, giving him a chance to be an average hitter down the road. He'll never have better than below-average power, and he profiles as an extra outfielder with plenty of heart and baseball skills. In other words, a lefthanded-hitting version of his father, but without the versatility of being able to play the infield.
7 233 Cleveland Indians Josh Schubert Calhoun (Ga.) HS Ga. $250,000
Schubert is in the process of legally changing his last name from the current McAdams. By any name, he's one of the toolsier preps hitters in Georgia, a high-risk, high-reward player with significant upside. He's 6-foot-4, 215 pounds, and he runs well for his size, a tick above-average now, though he will wind up a fringy or below-average runner as he fills out. Otherwise, it's not hard to project on Schubert, a righthanded hitter who flashes plus raw power when he makes consistent contact. He'll likely wind up on a corner, and his strong arm makes right field a logical future location. Teams that believe in Schubert's bat have to believe he'll refine a raw approach at the plate, relying in part on his impressive batting-practice displays. He committed late to High Point, and scouts consider him signable, which may get him to get picked in the first two rounds even though the scouting consensus appears to peg him as a third- to fifth-round talent.
7 235 Toronto Blue Jays Ian Parmley Liberty Va. $5,000
Parmely is undersized outfielder at Liberty that profiles as an organizational filler. He's a plus runner that provides average defense. He has a below-average arm and is a below-average hitter with below-average power. He hit .312/.368/.405 in 250 at-bats and walked (36) more than he struck out (30).
7 236 Los Angeles Dodgers Theo Alexander Lake Washington HS, Kirkland, Wash. Wash. $144,600
Alexander has a lively build at 6-foot-2 and 195 pounds and a smooth, whippy lefthanded swing. Alexander's future will come down to his bat, because his secondary skills are average at best. He's an average runner with a below-average arm. If a team buys into the swing and wants to project on the bat, Alexander could be a single-digit pick. Other scouts view him as more of a tweener, but Alexander is considered signable away from his commitment to UC Santa Barbara.
7 242 Tampa Bay Rays Marty Gantt College of Charleston S.C. $17,500
Gannt makes for a good human interest story as his righthand is underdeveloped, leaving him without fingertips. It hasn't impeded his game, though, as he hit .375/.485/.612 line and 10 home runs in 224 at-bats. He's shown he can handle the bat and has a solid-average arm and speed.
8 253 Kansas City Royals Alfredo Escalera-Maldonado Pendleton School, Bradenton, Fla. Fla. $50,000
Originally from Puerto Rico, Escalero-Maldonado is a showcase veteran who has committed to Stetson. His best tool is his speed, as he's a plus runner who generally covers 60 yards in around 6.6 seconds. He's a good athlete who has a chance to stay in the infield at the college level but would profile better in center field as a pro. He's a righthanded hitter with decent strength and surprising pop in his 6-foot-2, 180-pound frame. He's young for his draft year at just 17.
8 255 San Diego Padres Brian Adams Kentucky Ky. $75,000
Adams is an intriguing athlete who doubles as a wide receiver on Kentucky's football team, but he's so raw that he got only 44 at-bats this spring. He's a 6-foot-4, 220-pounder who can run the 60-yard dash in 6.3-6.4 seconds and has plus raw power from the right side of the plate. He also has above-average arm strength. If he can solve his swing-and-miss issues, he could be a steal.
8 258 Colorado Rockies Derek Jones Washington State Wash. $35,000
Jones was a 13th-round choice last year by the Orioles, but returned to Wazzu for his senior year. With a stocky build at 6 feet and 225 pounds, Jones is limited to left field, as he's a below-average runner with fringy arm strength. He does have a nice swing with good bat speed. Jones looks more comfortable in the box this year than he did last year, and his numbers reflect that. Through 196 at-bats, he hit .337/.445/.577 and scouts believe he'll be a fringe-average hitter with average power. Teams looking to save money for other picks could bump Jones up their draft boards.
8 270 St. Louis Cardinals Yoenny Gonzalez Central Florida JC Fla. $50,000
Gonzalez is a 5-foot-11, 170-pounder whose carrying tool is his well above-average speed, including 6.5-second times over 60 yards. He's a switch-hitter with an average arm. He hit .317 this spring with surprising pop, hitting seven homers.
8 273 Arizona Diamondbacks Evan Marzilli South Carolina S.C. $132,900
A recipient of the grinder tag, Marzilli wins scouts over with how hard he plays. He's an above-average runner with a fringe-average arm and provides good defense in center field thanks to excellent instincts. The biggest question with him is the bat, as he was hitting .289/.382/.387 in 204 at-bats.
8 274 Detroit Tigers Jeff McVaney Texas State Texas $35,000
McVaney originally came to Texas State to play fullback but concentrated solely on baseball after his freshman year. He's a 6-foot-2, 210-pounder with an efficient righthanded stroke and some power potential. He's an average runner with good arm strength, and he runs his fastball into the low 90s as a lefthanded reliever. He went undrafted as a junior in 2011. His father John is a minority owner of the Astros.
8 275 Milwaukee Brewers Edgardo Rivera Inzarry de Puig HS, Toa Baja, P.R. P.R. $200,000
Rivera was essentially an unknown before playing in Puerto Rico's Excellence Tournament in May. He cemented himself as one of the island's top prospects there and reminded some scouts of 2009 first rounder Reymond Fuentes. Rivera isn't as polished, but he has similar tools, beginning with premium speed. Rivera is at least a 70 runner on the 20-80 scale and some scouts give him 80 grades. He lacks instincts in the outfield but has the speed to make up for bad jumps or reads. His arm is fringe-average but projects to be average or better with pro instruction and a throwing program. At the plate, Rivera has a short swing from the left side of the plate and the ball jumps off his bat. Power won't be a part of Rivera's game and he'll likely need two years in short-season ball, but he could be an average hitter. Because Rivera came on so late, teams might not have seen enough of him to take him in the first five rounds, but his tools are hard to ignore and he should be signable.
8 277 New York Yankees Taylor Dugas Alabama Ala. $10,000
Dugas had a storied career at Alabama, becoming the school's all-time hits leader. He was an eighth-round pick of the Cubs last year, and the 5-foot-8, 175-pound former All-American hit .360 in four seasons. He's a contact hitter with little power to speak of and is a 55 runner on the 20-80 scale. He has some similarities to Sam Fuld but doesn't have as much defensive ability.
9 292 Cincinnati Reds Daniel Pigott Florida Fla. $40,000
Senior outfielder Daniel Pigott has been a steady contributor the last two seasons with gap power and average speed. He should be a solid organizational player and stick around pro ball a bit longer than older brother Jonathan, who spent one year in the Braves system.
9 298 San Francisco Giants Shilo McCall Piedra Vista HS, Farmington, N.M. N.M. $200,000
McCall helped lead Piedra Vista to its third straight New Mexico 4-A title. He has a muscular, 6-foot-2, 205-pound frame, runs well for his size and has strength in his swing, though he has a tendency to pull off balls. He shows an average arm. Some scouts think there's too much stiffness to his game and don't think he's speedy enough for center field or powerful enough for a corner spot. McCall is committed to Arkansas.
9 302 Tampa Bay Rays Joey Rickard Arizona Ariz. $122,500
Rickard tracks the ball really well in center field, the position he's played for the Wildcats since he was a freshman. He's been a steady player all three years, has a leadoff-hitter's approach and led the Pacific 12 Conference in stolen bases. Rickard bats righthanded and throws lefthanded, so he's limited to the outfield and profiles best in a backup role. Scouts and coaches love Rickard's makeup and leadership.
9 304 Detroit Tigers Jake Stewart Stanford Calif. $125,000
Stewart was a phenomenal athlete coming out of Rocky Mountain High (Fort Collins, Colo.), but even then we wrote that there were questions about his bat. Three years later, Stewart isn't the same athlete he was out of high school and still has scouts wondering how much he'll hit, since he's never quite put it together at Stanford. Over his three years there, Stewart is hitting .258/.308/.373. Stewart has come up out of his Jeff Bagwell-esque low crouch this year, but still has some stiffness to his swing and is overly aggressive at the plate. Stewart has some strength in his frame, but projects to hit for gap power, not home run power. He is an above-average runner and plays a great center field. But if his bat doesn't develop, that's more of a fourth outfielder's profile, rather than an everyday player.
10 313 Kansas City Royals Alexis Rivera Montverde Academy, Kissimmee, Fla. Fla. $125,000
Rivera was a high school teammate of 2011 Indians first-round pick Francisco Lindor. The 6-foot-2, 220-pounder has above-average raw power as his calling card, and attended the 2012 Power Showcase as well. Hes a Florida International recruit whos an average runner underway and has average arm strength.
10 319 Oakland Athletics Brett Vertigan UC Santa Barbara Calif. $125,000
The catalyst for UC Santa Barbara's lineup, Vertigan hit .381/.454/.530 with 17 steals this spring. Undersized at 5-foot-9, 175 pounds, he endears himself to scouts with his high energy level and toughness, and his speed rates as a 60 or 65 on the 20-80 scale. His instincts play on the basepaths and in center field. His arm is fringe-average. The lefthanded-hitting Vertigan has an advanced approach, and he knows his game: putting the bat on the ball, bunting, working the middle of the field and poking the ball through the left side. His power will never be a factor, but he is strong enough to shoot balls into the gaps, explaining his nine triples and 14 doubles. Vertigan profiles as a scrapper in the Brett Butler mold.
10 325 Toronto Blue Jays Alex Azor Navy Md. $1,000
Azor is a good defensive outfielder that led Navy in hitting the last two seasons and had a .322/.419/.408 line this spring.
10 333 Arizona Diamondbacks Danny Poma Hofstra N.Y. $7,500
Poma has three plus tools in his speed, defense and arm. He hit .430/.500/.654 in 237 at-bats. He also stole 29 bases in 38 attempts.
11 344 Chicago Cubs Rashad Crawford Mundy's Mill HS, Clayton, Ga. Ga. $100,000
11 353 Cleveland Indians Logan Vick Baylor Texas $125,000
Vick slumped to .213 as a sophomore in 2011 when the NCAA switched to BBCOR bats, but he got back on track by hitting .337 in the Cape Cod League last summer and was the top regular season hitter (.347) this spring on a Baylor team that ran away with the Big 12 Conference title. He commands the strike zone well, though his lefthanded swing can get long at times. The 5-foot-11, 195-pounder's power comes more to the gaps than over the fence, which could make him a tweener unless he can move to the infield. Vick has a strong arm and solid speed, but perhaps not enough to stick in center field. He struggled playing third base on the Cape, but a club may give him a shot at second base. A good athlete, Vick was an all-state football kicker at Tivy High in Kerrville, Texas.
11 355 Toronto Blue Jays Grant Heyman Pittsford (N.Y.) Sutherland HS N.Y.
Also an accomplished football player, Heyman is a good athlete who needs baseball experience. He's strong and has a good frame at 6-foot-4, 185 pounds, and is a plus runner. He is committed to a prep school--Suffield (Conn.) Academy--for next year and is considered signable.
11 356 Los Angeles Dodgers Jeremy Rathjen Rice Texas
Rathjen might have gone in the first five rounds last year had he not torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in mid-March. After redshirting and turning down the Yankees as a 41st-round pick, he has returned to show an all-around tools package similar to what he had before the injury. The 6-foot-6, 195-pound Rathjen does a nice job of making contact for someone with such long arms and a lengthy swing. That's a tribute to his bat speed and hand-eye coordination, which give him average power. Rathjen's speed hasn't come quite all the way back, as its more solid than plus. He has moved from center to right field this season, more to accommodate teammate Michael Fuda's well above-average speed and subpar arm. Rathjen has a chance to play center field in pro ball, and his average arm will work in right field. Scouts praise his makeup and believe he'll be signable around the fifth round because he graduated in May.
11 358 San Francisco Giants Ryan Tella Auburn Ala.
A 34th-round pick in 2011 out of Ohlone (Calif.) JC, Tella fits the center-field profile. The 6-foot, 175-pounder bats lefthanded and is a plus runner who repeats his short swing. He sees a lot of pitches and needs to improve his two-strike approach to fulfill his potential as a leadoff threat. The eligible sophomore has shown surprising pop and has an above-average arm, leading to some comparisons to former Auburn outfielder Clete Thomas.
11 361 Boston Red Sox Jamal Martin Dwyer HS, West Palm Beach, Fla. Fla.
Florida State outfield recruit Jamal Martin is a 5-foot-9 sparkplug whose righthanded bat and above-average speed should make him a good college player. He has some bat speed but is a tough profile, and he's already 19.
11 362 Tampa Bay Rays Clayton Henning St. Thomas Aquinas HS, Overland Park, Kan. Kan. $100,000
12 369 Houston Astros Terrell Joyce Florida State JC Fla. $100,000
12 371 Seattle Mariners Mike Faulkner Arkansas State Ark. $100,000
Faulkner ranked second in Division I with 41 stolen bases and had been caught stealing only once. He's a 70 runner on the 20-80 scouting scale and turns in some 80 times on bunts and jailbreak swings, and his overall game resembles that of Juan Pierre. Faulkner lacks even Pierre's strength and hitting ability, however, as a weak-bodied 5-foot-11, 155-pounder with a well below-average arm. He'll have to get stronger to be a factor at the plate, but his speed will earn him plenty of chances.
12 389 Atlanta Braves Connor Lien Olympia HS, Orlando Fla. $375,000
Olympia High's 29-1 team wasn't just Walker Weickel and Jesse Winker. Lien had more athletic ability than either of his better-known teammates, and his 6-foot-3, 205-pound frame gives scouts plenty to dream on. Scouts convinced that Lien could hit could push him into the first three rounds, as he's a plus runner with solid arm strength and the strength to hit for power. But his swing and hitting timing aren't natural, and scouts have a lot of projecting to do with his bat. He's committed to Central Florida.
12 393 Arizona Diamondbacks Alex Glenn Arizona Christian Ariz.
12 398 Philadelphia Phillies Zach Taylor Armstrong Atlantic State (Ga.) Ga.
13 404 Chicago Cubs Bijan Rademacher Orange Coast (Calif.) CC Calif. $100,000
A Cal State Fullerton bounceback, Rademacher had a strong spring with the bat for Orange Coast, and he is a legitimate prospect as both a pitcher and position player. While he has pitched sparingly for OCC, he is most intriguing to pro scouts on the mound thanks to his 92-94 mph fastball. He has little feel for pitching at this stage and needs to develop secondary stuff as well as command. As a position player, he has athleticism and strength in his lefthanded swing, but his arm is his most intriguing asset. Rademacher is committed to Oral Roberts.
13 406 Pittsburgh Pirates Tom Harlan Fresno State Calif.
13 408 Colorado Rockies Kyle Von Tungeln Texas Christian Texas
Despite being one of Texas Christian's toolsiest players since arriving on campus, Von Tungeln was only a part-time starter in his first two seasons because he was too inconsistent at the plate. The 6-foot, 175-pounder's best tool is his plus speed, but he gets caught up trying to hit for power too often, leading to strikeouts. The lefthanded hitter lacks the strength and bat speed to be a power threat and instead needs to focus on reaching base. His basestealing technique needs improvement as well. He's a quality defender in center field with enough arm strength to keep runners honest.
13 413 Cleveland Indians Tyler Booth Central Arizona JC Ariz. $100,000
13 428 Philadelphia Phillies Steven Golden San Lorenzo (Calif.) HS Calif. $100,000
14 430 Minnesota Twins Jake Proctor Cincinnati Ohio
Proctor reminds scouts of former Louisville outfielder Josh Richmond, his former teammate at Oak Hills High in Cincinnati and a 12th-round pick of the Rangers in 2010. The two look alike and have similar builds and athleticism. Both also got hurt in their draft year, as Richmond had a hand injury and Proctor tore the meniscus in his left knee in late April. Arthroscopic surgery ended his season but won't prevent him from getting drafted. The 6-foot-2, 221-pounder's best tool is his plus-plus speed, though he could do a better job of using it. He has a lot of moving parts in his swing and doesn't control the strike zone, so he doesn't get on base or tap into his plus raw power as much as he should. He also doesn't take direct routes on flyballs in center field, though he does have a strong arm.
14 448 San Francisco Giants Tyler Hollick Chandler-Gilbert (Ariz.) CC Ariz.
Hollick, an Alberta native, put up video game numbers on his way to being named the region's junior college player of the year. Over 162 at-bats he hit .475/.605/.636 with seven doubles, eight triples and one home run. He drew 52 walks and stole 61 bases. Hollick has a 6-foot-1, 185 pound frame and came to Chandler-Gilbert as a pitcher and a second baseman. The Coyotes moved him to center field. He is an above-average runner, but his calling card is his lefthanded bat. He has a short, compact swing and always puts together quality at-bats. He's a gap-to-gap leadoff type, and some teams are interested in moving him back to second base. He is committed to Ohio State.
14 456 Texas Rangers Kwinton Smith Dillon (S.C.) HS S.C.
15 461 Seattle Mariners Dario Pizzano Columbia N.Y.
15 466 Pittsburgh Pirates Jon Youngblood Meridian (Miss.) CC Miss.
15 467 Miami Marlins Cody Keefer UCLA Calif. $100,000
Keefer's best asset is his lefthanded bat. He has a patient, balanced approach and an innate feel for his barrel, allowing him to make consistent line-drive contact. He has never hit for power in college (he has three career homers in 156 games) and is more of a doubles hitter. His lack of pop keeps him from profiling as an everyday left fielder. He's an adequate defender with fringy range and below-average arm strength, though he is an accurate thrower. He is an average runner, but scouts don't see him as a center fielder.
15 474 Washington Nationals Brandon Smith Woodbridge HS, Irvine, Calif. Calif.
15 486 Texas Rangers Jameis Winston Hueytown (Ala.) HS Ala.
Winston is part of a long line of Florida State quarterback signees who also have baseball as a possibility. The group incudes the likes of Chris Weinke, Danny Kannell, Joe Mauer and more recently D'Vontrey Richardson. Winston may be the most anticipated football prospect of them all, and his football prowess has clouded his baseball potential. He is one of the better athletes in the draft class, and at times it appears there's nothing beyond his reach. He's a 6.6-second runner in the 60 who switch-hits and has excellent arm strength, having touched 92 mph on the mound. Winston has shown premium bat speed in showcases as well, and at 6-foot-4, 210 pounds, it's easy to project him to hit for plus power down the line. He has not had a great spring, turning off scouts with his on-field demeanor and looking less polished than hoped. Winston has handled all the attention he has received --- much of it negative --- for being an Alabama football stud who spurned the Crimson Tide for Florida State. It's difficult for many scouts to imagine him turning down big-time college football, and many hope to check in again in three seasons to see how he has handled playing both sports for the Seminoles.
16 489 Houston Astros Dan Gulbransen Jacksonville Fla.
Dan Gulbransen should have ranked among BA's Top 500 due to his hitting track record. Adam Brett Walker's wing man the last three seasons at Jacksonville, Gulbransen is a lefthanded hitter without a plus tool other than his bat. He has excellent hand-eye coordination and barrel awareness, and he makes consistent contact with a fairly polished approach. At 6-foot, 200 pounds, he's not loaded with power and is a fringe-average runner, and his performance slipped in his junior season, from .370/.491/.546 in 2011 to .324/.414/.478 in 2012.
16 495 San Diego Padres Ronnie Richardson Central Florida Fla.
Listed at 5-foot-8, 180 pounds, Richardson is closer to 5-foot-6, according to scouts and opposing coaches. They also agree he's a better player than the last two times he was drafted, out of high school by the Twins (11th round, 2009) and last year as an eligible sophomore (31st round, Cubs). Richardson remains athletic and has improved his skills, drawing more walks and ranking second in the nation with 30 HBPs. He's a 60 runner but remains a less-than-efficient basestealer. Defensively, he can stick in center field with arm strength and average range. He's added strength and is less of a slap-and-dash hitter than he was previously.
16 498 Colorado Rockies Jeff Popick Colorado Mesa Colo.
Popick first put his name on the map two years ago in the Alaska League, ranking as the league's No. 10 prospect. He went undrafted last season but continued to rake, hitting .424/.524/.663 this spring. Popick has his work cut out for him as a right-right senior left fielder, but he has an athletic, 6-foot-4, 190-pound build with speed and strength. The buzz in the state is that the Rockies are high on Popick and would love to see him on the roster of their new Rookie-level affiliate in Grand Junction.
16 506 Los Angeles Dodgers Josh Henderson First Baptist Christian HS, Suffolk, Va. Va. $200,000
Henderson gained some attention on the showcase circuit last year as he has a knack for squaring balls up, but the rest of his game leads scouts to think he'll wind up in left field so they're not quite ready to buy him out of anything yet. His power doesn't profile for a corner spot right now and he's an average runner with a below-average arm.
16 509 Atlanta Braves Fernelys Sanchez Washington HS, New York N.Y. $210,000
One of the fastest players in the draft, Sanchez would have been well-tested in the National High School Invitational, but broke his fibula sliding back into a base just a few days before the tournament started. He wasn't expected to return to the field before Washington High's season was completed. Sanchez is a plus-plus runner and a very good defender in center field. He has a good frame at 6-foot-4 and 200 pounds, but there are a lot of questions about the switch-hitter's ability to hit.
17 521 Seattle Mariners Isaiah Yates Clovis (Calif.) East HS Calif. $100,000
Yates didn't make the Northern California team for the Area Code Games, but had some helium this spring after putting together another solid season. There's a split camp on Yates. Scouts who like him really believe he has a feel to hit and believe he'll grow into some power. But it's easy for others to write him off because of what he doesn't do. He's a little undersized at 5-foot-11 and 185 pounds, but scouts notice that Yates' father is a lot bigger and think he may continue to grow and fill out. Yates bats righthanded and throws lefthanded, so he's limited to the outfield. He's an average runner with an above-average arm. Yates is not committed to a college and is considered signable.
17 523 Kansas City Royals Ariel Estades Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, Gurabo, P.R. P.R.
17 527 Miami Marlins Bubba Keene Brookhaven (Miss.) Academy Miss.
Keene is a raw, 6-foot-4, 190-pound athlete who intends to play football and baseball at Copiah-Lincoln JC in Mississippi. He had some late looks from scouts because of his physical frame and above-average speed but was more athlete than baseball player at this point.
17 533 Cleveland Indians Andrew Calica Eastlake HS, Chula Vista, Calif. Calif.
Calica has raised his profile with scouts by playing hard, having fun and consistently performing at a high level. He is a quick-twitch athlete with a chance for four average tools and below-average power. The switch-hitting Calica isn't physical at 6 feet, 170 pounds, but he swings hard and has a knack for making hard contact to all fields. He has a chance to be an average hitter as he matures. Calica is just an average runner, but he has good outfield instincts that give him at least a chance to stick in center field. He is an aggressive defender who isn't afraid to lay out for balls in the gaps, and he has an average arm. Some scouts think Calica (who is also a standout student) would be best served by developing his body and refining his game for three years at UC Santa Barbara, but a team could make a run at him in the fifth-round range.
17 536 Los Angeles Dodgers Kevin Maxey Long Beach Poly HS Calif.
17 539 Atlanta Braves Chase Anselment Washington Wash.
17 543 Arizona Diamondbacks Yogey Perez-Ramos Miami Dade JC Fla.
Perez-Ramos is a 6-foot-2 slender athlete, listed as 25 years old, who actually played for Ciego de Avilas in Cuba's Serie Nacional for 46 games in 2009-2010. Instead of going the free agent route, Perez-Ramos played junior-college ball and hit .444 with nine triples and 27 stolen bases. He's interesting offensively with a polished approach, but has limited upside and is a modest defender.
18 551 Seattle Mariners Jabari Henry Florida International Fla.
Teams looking for toolsy college bats could do worse than Henry, a 6-foot-1, 200-pound right fielder who hit 22 home runs the last two seasons for Florida International. He has length in his swing and some holes that he just hasn't closed, so he also has 110 strikeouts in 369 at-bats in that span. He's a solid athlete with average speed and an above-average arm.
18 571 Boston Red Sox Shaq Thompson Grant HS, Sacramento Calif. $100,000
Thompson is one of the top football recruits in the nation, and his brother, Syd'Quan, is a cornerback for the Denver Broncos. Shaq was committed to California, but in January when the Bears' recruiting coordinator, Tosh Lupoi, headed north to Washington, his prize recruit followed suit. He's expected to be a safety in college, and at Grant he was also a running back, kick returner and punter. He also shows off his athletic ability on the baseball field, and a team may try to persuade him to play baseball in the minor leagues during the summer while playing football at Washington. An outfielder on the baseball field, Thompson is a 6-foot-2, 210-pound physical specimen. He needs a lot of work to improve his routes and jumps in the outfield, not to mention his approach at the plate.
19 580 Minnesota Twins Jonathan Murphy Jacksonville Fla.
19 589 Oakland Athletics Robert Martinez Quinones Medina HS, Yabucoa, P.R. P.R.
20 610 Minnesota Twins Zach Larson Lakewood Ranch HS, Bradenton, Fla. Fla. $190,000
20 613 Kansas City Royals Shane Halley Virginia Va.
20 619 Oakland Athletics Boog Powell Orange Coast (Calif.) CC Calif.
20 625 Toronto Blue Jays Dennis Jones Hillsborough (Fla.) CC Fla. $100,000
20 627 Los Angeles Angels Quinten Davis McLennan (Texas) CC Texas
20 630 St. Louis Cardinals Matt Young Cal State Dominguez Hills Calif.
21 639 Houston Astros Marc Wik Chabot (Calif.) JC Calif.
21 642 Baltimore Orioles Julian Service Sinclair SS, Whitby, Ont. Ontario
Service has a physical frame at 6-foot-3 and 195 pounds. He's a solid-average runner right now and projects best as a right fielder because of his potential with the bat and his well above-average arm strength. Service shows good bat speed and is beginning to show more power this spring. He projects to hit for average power as a pro. Service is considered signable and is committed to Northeast Texas CC.
21 656 Los Angeles Dodgers Jacob Scavuzzo Villa Park (Calif.) HS Calif.
22 672 Baltimore Orioles Will Howard Kennesaw State Ga.
22 679 Oakland Athletics Matt Hillsinger Radford Va.
22 685 Toronto Blue Jays Josh Almonte Long Island City (N.Y.) HS N.Y. $100,000
22 688 San Francisco Giants Brennan Metzger Long Beach State Calif.
22 692 Tampa Bay Rays Willie Argo Illinois Ill.
22 694 Detroit Tigers D.J. Driggers Middle Georgia JC Ga.
23 707 Miami Marlins Cameron Flynn Kentucky Ky.
23 711 Chicago White Sox Kale Kiser Nebraska Neb.
23 712 Cincinnati Reds Daniel Sweet Northwest Rankin HS, Brandon, Miss. Miss.
23 720 St. Louis Cardinals Tate Matheny Westminster Christian Academy, St. Louis Mo.
23 721 Boston Red Sox Brandon Magee Arizona State Ariz.
23 727 New York Yankees Vincent Jackson Luella HS, McDonough, Ga. Ga.
Jackson has earned comparisons to Domonic Brown, the Phillies prospect who is also out of metro Atlanta. Like Brown, Jackson is a raw, lean, tall, lefthanded-hitting outfielder, standing at 6-foot-5, 195 pounds. Jackson isn't as raw as Brown was coming out of high school, in part because he has focused on baseball, yet he remains far from his ceiling. He might make a quicker impact for Tennessee on the mound because he throws a lot of strikes, but his 84-88 mph fastball doesn't excite scouts as much as his raw power and hitting ability. Scouts that like Jackson are projecting on the bat based on his hand-eye coordination. His swing is long, like his arms and body, yet he makes hard contact and could develop impressive power with improved hitting mechanics. Just an average athlete, Jackson has average speed and arm strength. Most scouts see him as a corner outfielder down the line, and may choose to take a run at him after three seasons at Tennessee.
24 736 Pittsburgh Pirates Tyler Gaffney Stanford Calif.
Stanford has always been accommodating to two-sport athletes and Gaffney is a backup running back on the Cardinal football team who rushed for 449 yards last season over 74 carries with seven touchdowns. His future, however, is as an outfielder and some scouts prefer Gaffney to his teammate Jake Stewart. At 6-foot-1 and 225 pounds, Gaffney has a wide, muscular build because of football, so there is some tightness and stiffness to his game. A career .299/.406/.424 hitter at Stanford, Gaffney has good patience at the plate. Despite his strength, he profiles as a line-drive, gap-to-gap hitter, which makes him a little tough to profile as an everyday corner outfielder. He could become a solid fourth outfielder.
24 748 San Francisco Giants Andrew Cain UNC Wilmington N.C.
25 764 Chicago Cubs Rhett Wiseman Buckingham Browne & Nichols HS, Cambridge, Mass. Mass.
Wiseman caught the eye of scouts on the showcase circuit last summer with his premium bat speed and athleticism, but he's far from a finished product. He stands at 6-foot-1, 195 pounds with a chiseled physique, and he's a tireless worker with exceptional makeup. While scouts love his athleticism and raw tools, he swings and misses too often. He hasn't dominated against modest competition this spring, and he still has a lot to learn. He has made adjustments to his stance by adopting a wider base and putting more weight on his back leg, but he needs to learn to use the whole field and keep his body under control. He is a plus runner and should be a legitimate center fielder. He has a below-average arm now, but his motion is awkward so it could get straightened out with better instruction. He served as class president, excelled at an academically rigorous high school and is committed to Vanderbilt, so he figures to be a tough sign if he doesn't go in the top two rounds.
25 777 Los Angeles Angels Kyle Johnson Washington State Wash.
25 781 Boston Red Sox Khiry Cooper Nebraska Neb.
25 785 Milwaukee Brewers Lance Roenicke UC Santa Barbara Calif.
25 787 New York Yankees Ty Moore Mater Dei HS, Santa Ana, Calif. Calif.
Scouts love Moore's on-field and off-field makeup as well as his penchant for performing on the big stage, like when he starred this spring at the National High School Invitational in Cary, N.C. He has an unorthodox setup and swing, with a circular bat waggle and a double toe-tap, but he still manages to get the barrel on the ball consistently. He has a chance to hit for average if he can simplify his mechanics and timing. His best tool is his raw power, which rates as average to plus. The rest of his tools are lacking. He is close to a 20 runner with poor defensive skills and throwing ability from the outfield, though he does have some raw arm strength and reaches 88 mph off the mound. Moore has a chance to become a bat-only big leaguer in the Allen Craig mold, but scouts think he will be difficult to sign away from a UCLA commitment.
26 792 Baltimore Orioles Lucas Herbst Santa Clara Calif.
Herbst, a senior, doesn't have teammate Pat Stover's physicality or power, but he's a lefthanded hitter with more speed and a better track record for hitting. Herbst is 6 feet and 183 pounds and is an excellent athlete. He's dealt with a sore hamstring this year, but has shown plus speed in the past, running a 6.6-second 60-yard dash on scout day. Herbst is a solid defender with the above-average arm needed for right field, though he could fill in in center. Herbst has a compact lefthanded swing with gap power. He gets pull happy, as he struggles to go the other way, but has some bat speed and stays on breaking balls.
26 804 Washington Nationals Skye Bolt Holy Innocents' HS, Atlanta Ga.
A North Carolina recruit, Bolt has some rawness and projection in his 6-foot-2, 175-pound frame. Some scouts consider Bolt too flashy for his own good and see him as more of a workout star than a polished player. He'll turn in 6.6-second times in workouts but his plus speed doesn't always translate to the basepaths. His defense in center field might be his best present tool. He's a switch-hitter who needs to add strength and consistency to his swing from both sides of the plate. Area scouts indicated Bolt was going to be a tough sign.
26 805 Toronto Blue Jays Nathan DeSouza Drury HS, Milton, Ont. Ontario $100,000
DeSouza has a lot of whip to his lefthanded swing and has no problem catching up to quality fastballs. He hit a home run off Carson Fulmer in Florida last fall and performed well against pro competition with wood bats this spring. He has a muscular, 6-foot, 185-pound frame, and teams that believe in him are buying the bat. He could be an average hitter with solid-average power potential, and all his other tools are fringy. DeSouza missed time this spring with a back injury, and he is considered signable away from his commitment to Connors State (Okla.) JC.
26 814 Detroit Tigers Rashad Brown Westlake HS, Atlanta Ga.
Brown switched schools as a senior, leaving Douglas County High for Westlake. He has a toolsy profile as a lefthanded hitter with speed to burn in center field, and at 5-foot-11, 180 pounds, he has room to add strength. He'll need it because his bat is light at this stage, with inconsistent contact being the biggest problem.
27 819 Houston Astros Tanner Mathis Mississippi Miss.
Mathis is the opposite of teammate Zack Kirksey. The 5-foot-11, 180-pounder has a feel for the barrel and is a consistent hitter with excellent command of the strike zone and solid baseball instincts on the basepaths and in center field. Mathis has no home run power in his slap approach and doesn't run as well as a similar player, former Ole Miss leadoff man Jordan Henry.
27 829 Oakland Athletics Ryan Mathews North Carolina State N.C.
Mathews needed four years and four schools--Florida, Western Carolina, Santa Fe (Fla.) JC, and N.C. State--to finally break through and put some results together with his tools. A first-team all-Atlantic Coast Conference choice, he ranked third in the league in home runs with 14 (after hitting 15 last summer in the Coastal Plain League) and second in slugging at .628. He generates good bat speed with a whippy, wristy swing. He's also an above-average runner. His below-average instincts mitigate his tools and athletic ability, especially on defense. He was frequently used as a DH by the Wolfpack due to defensive mistakes. He is among the older prospects in this year's class as a 22-year-old fifth-year senior.
27 843 Arizona Diamondbacks Damion Smith Holy Names HS, Windsor, Ont. Ontario
27 844 Detroit Tigers Miguel Paulino Choctawhatchee HS, Fort Walton Beach, Fla. Fla.
27 847 New York Yankees Danny Oh California Calif.
28 867 Los Angeles Angels Joel Capote St. Thomas (Fla.) Fla.
28 868 San Francisco Giants Joey Rapp Louisiana-Monroe La.
Louisiana-Monroe got hot late to win the Sun Belt Conference tournament and automatic regional berth. Rapp, who belted nine home runs, was the team's top prospect entering the season and has been drafted twice before out of Chipola (Fla.) JC.
28 870 St. Louis Cardinals Dodson McPherson Wingate (N.C.) N.C.
28 871 Boston Red Sox Wes Rogers Mann HS, Greenville, S.C. S.C.
28 877 New York Yankees D.J. Stewart Bolles School, Jacksonville, Fla. Fla.
Another part of Florida State's intriguing recruiting class, 6-foot, 215-pound D.J. Stewart has power potential as a lefthanded hitter with a strong but long swing. A successful football running back, Stewart played mostly outfield in high school but drew more scouting interest when he caught for teammate (and fellow FSU signee) Hayden Hurst, showing he could handle velocity. He'd be an interesting conversion project if he can be pried away from Florida State.
29 891 Chicago White Sox Jason Coats Texas Christian Texas
Coats positioned himself as a possible first-round pick in last year's draft by helping Texas Christian to its first-ever College World Series and set a school record with 99 hits in 2010 before turning in a strong summer in the Cape Cod League. Instead, his righthanded swing got longer and his pitch recognition regressed, and he dropped to the Orioles in the 12th round. He nearly signed with Baltimore but ultimately returned to the Horned Frogs, where he turned in a season similar to his 2011 performance. Coats could be a slighty above-average hitter with average power, making him attractive as a senior sign. He fits best in left field with his fringy speed, arm and defense. He missed the Mountain West Conference tournament with a sprained right knee.
29 892 Cincinnati Reds Adam Matthews South Carolina S.C.
29 898 San Francisco Giants Shayne Houck Kutztown (Pa.) Pa.
29 904 Detroit Tigers Zach Kirksey Mississippi Miss.
Kirksey is a power-hitting senior with surprising athletic ability for his size. The 6-foot, 214-pounder has the advantage of hitting left-handed, but his defense is lacking. He was Ole Miss' DH much of the season and would be limited to left field as a pro. Kirksey's bat got exposed in Southeastern Conference play, and he batted just .189 in 74 SEC at-bats and struck out more than one-third of the time (23 K's).
30 911 Seattle Mariners Mike Yastrzemski Vanderbilt Tenn.
Yastrzemski is the grandson of Hall of Famer Carl and son of Mike. He had a solid junior season as a grinder with good bat-to-ball skills. He is at least an average runner and has instincts for the game, owing to his bloodlines. He has no carrying tool and might be a better fit as a senior sign.
30 912 Baltimore Orioles Anthony Vega Manhattan N.Y.
30 913 Kansas City Royals Ethan Chapman Cal State San Bernardino Calif.
30 914 Chicago Cubs Izaac Garsez College of Idaho Idaho
30 915 San Diego Padres Jacob Robson Massey SS, Windsor, Ont. Ontario
30 922 Cincinnati Reds Kyle Wren Georgia Tech Ga.
The son of Braves GM Frank Wren, Kyle Wren is a 5-foot-10, 166-pound speedster who was having an iffy sophomore season. He's 21 and eligible, and scouts said he's lost some speed from his high school days, though he's still a 65/70 runner on the 20-80 scale. He's an average defender with decent arm strength but little pop to speak of, and he needs to be a more efficient basestealer.
30 925 Toronto Blue Jays Devin Pearson Carmel (Calif.) HS Calif.
30 928 San Francisco Giants Michael Blanchard Austin Peay State Tenn.
Blanchard is a premium runner whose feel for hitting is short; he struck out 57 times in 234 at-bats. Despite his top-of-the-scale speed, Blanchard stole just 15 bases this spring.
30 936 Texas Rangers Barrett Serrato Purdue Ind.
30 937 New York Yankees Raph Rhymes Louisiana State La.
Rhymes has hit his way up draft boards and to the Southeastern Conference's player of the year award. Originally cut from LSU's program, he transferred to LSU-Eunice JC, helping the team win the Division II NJCAA championship. He transferred back to LSU after that one season and has done nothing but hit since arriving, though he did have a detour for Tommy John surgery in the middle. He also gave up his scholarship this year so the Tigers could recruit other players. The 6-foot, 180-pound righthanded hitter has a poor profile if he's just a left fielder, though some scouts would like to try him back at second base, where he's dabbled in the past. He's short to the ball, selective and strong enough to drive the ball consistently, resulting in a national-best .469 average. His .458 mark in SEC play was more than 100 points better than his closest pursuer.
31 940 Minnesota Twins Timmy Robinson Ocean View HS, Huntington Beach, Calif. Calif.
Robinson is the half-brother of Twins righthanded reliever Alex Burnett, who was a 12th-round pick out of Ocean View High in 2005. Robinson flew under the radar for most of his prep career, but his numbers this spring (.518 with 11 homers and 34 RBIs in 83 at-bats) attracted flocks of scouts down the stretch. Robinson has a strong, thick build at 6-foot-1, 235 pounds, and the star quarterback for Ocean View's football team is more athletic than he looks at first glance. Scouts disagree on his present speed, but either way he projects as a below-average runner as he matures, and he'll be tied to left field. He has decent defensive instincts, but his arm is below-average. Robinson has a chance to hit enough to make that work, and his plus or better raw power translates well in games. While his swing isn't pretty, he has decent timing and pitch recognition, and he shows enough feel for hitting that his power should play. His offensive upside should get the Southern California commit drafted in the fourth or fifth round.
31 953 Cleveland Indians Danny Holst Parkway South HS, Manchester, Mo. Mo.
31 964 Detroit Tigers Connor Harrell Vanderbilt Tenn.
Harrell hit two home runs in the 2011 College World Series, led Vanderbilt with seven this spring entering regionals, and is a plus runner at 6-foot-3, 215 pounds who can play center field. If he made consistent contact, he would go out in the first couple of rounds. Instead, Harrell struck out in more than a quarter of his at-bats. He doesn't recognize spin well or have a consistent two-strike approach. His tools still should get him drafted.
32 975 San Diego Padres Alexi Colon Tusculum (Tenn.) Tenn.
33 1004 Chicago Cubs Tom Pannone Bishop Hendricken HS, Warwick, R.I. R.I.
33 1008 Colorado Rockies Ryan Garvey Riverside (Calif.) CC Calif.
The son of former major league all-star Steve Garvey, Ryan was one of the biggest names in Southern California's recruiting class last fall, but he struggled in fall ball and transferred to Riverside CC at the semester break. He is much the same player he was a year ago: a physical corner outfielder with average to plus raw power, with a tendency to swing and miss, keeping him from making the best use of his pop. He'll need to improve his pitch recognition to become a serviceable hitter, but he can punish fastballs. Garvey is a below-average runner with a below-average arm, likely tying him to left field. Scouts think it's likely the Dodgers will draft the son of their franchise icon.
33 1019 Atlanta Braves Sam Gillikin Hoover (Ala.) HS Ala.
Scouts in the Deep South contrast Gillkin, an Auburn recruit who committed as a sophomore, with fellow Alabama prep Mikey White, who has superior baseball instincts. Gillikin, though, has a better profile and more prodigious tools. His athleticism played on the football field, where he was a wide receiver and then a quarterback as a senior. A lefthanded hitter, Gillikin could go out in the first two rounds to a team that saw him on the right day. He's a 6.6-second runner over 60 yards, with impressive bat speed and above-average raw power. He has maintained his tools despite several football injuries, including a broken collarbone and back issues that caused him to miss games. His football intensity is evident on the diamond. Some scouts question his pitch recognition and selectivity at the plate, and how usable his power will be in games when he faces more advanced pitching.
33 1021 Boston Red Sox Chris Carlson Orange Coast (Calif.) CC Calif.
One of the catalysts for Orange Coast's powerhouse team this spring, Carlson is a small and instinctive player, and his slightly above-average speed plays up on the basepaths and in the outfield. He has surprising strength in his lefthanded swing, given his 5-foot-10 build. Carlson's knack for making contact and advanced baseball skills give him a shot, but his size and modest raw tools mean he'll have to prove himself at every level. He is a New Mexico State signee.
34 1030 Minnesota Twins Bryan Haar San Diego Calif.
34 1032 Baltimore Orioles John Sewald Bishop Gorman HS, Las Vegas Nev.
34 1033 Kansas City Royals Marsalis Holloway Columbia State (Tenn.) CC Tenn.
34 1036 Pittsburgh Pirates Ryan Rand Langham Creek HS, Houston Texas
34 1040 New York Mets Mikey White Spain Park HS, Hoover, Ala. Ala.
White is a key piece of Alabama's recruiting class, a dirtbag in the best sense of the word with solid tools, and he went 8-2 on the mound as well. The second-leading hitter for USA Baseball's 18-and-under team last fall, batting .415, White profiles as a leadoff or No. 2 hitter with average speed, a polished approach and surprising pop in his 6-foot-1, 185-pound frame. He turns in average times down the line and doesn't wow scouts with range, but he turns it up when he needs to leg out a hit, take an extra base or make a play at shortstop. He has good instincts that help accentuate his improving actions and solid-average arm strength, and he plays with intensity. Some scouts don't know where he fits defensively if he can't stay in the middle infield, as he may not have enough speed for center field.
34 1049 Atlanta Braves Ben Johnson Westwood HS, Austin Texas
35 1065 San Diego Padres Wynton Bernard Niagara N.Y.
35 1067 Miami Marlins Chad Christensen Nebraska Neb.
Christensen projects as an outfielder in pro ball and Nebraska planned on playing him there this year, but the Cornhuskers eventually needed him back at shortstop. He got off to a hot start at the plate but slumped late, leading to questions about his bat, but he does have bat speed and some righthanded pop. The 6-foot-3, 206-pounder lacks the arm strength to play shortstop at the next level, but his plus speed gives him the chance to play center field. His athleticism and makeup could make him a utilityman.
36 1090 Minnesota Twins Brandon Bayardi Nevada-Las Vegas Nev.
36 1093 Kansas City Royals Raphael Andrades Lincoln HS, Tallahassee, Fla. Fla.
36 1094 Chicago Cubs Sly Edwards St. Brendan HS, Miami Fla.
36 1099 Oakland Athletics Conor Williams Bingham HS, South Jordan, Utah Utah
Williams should get drafted ahead of high school teammate Brady Lail because of his athleticism, two-way potential and arm strength. Utah is hoping Williams will get to campus and patrol its outfield next year, and he shows power potential with the bat, but pro scouts like him better on the mound. Utah would likely groom him to be a closer as well. He started pitching in the past year and shows intriguing arm strength, running his fastball up to 95 mph in short bursts. He flashes a tight breaking ball and will need to get more consistency and control. His arm strength is intriguing, as is his projectable 6-foot-3, 185-pound frame.
36 1109 Atlanta Braves Braden Bishop St. Francis HS, Mountain View, Calif. Calif.
St. Francis was loaded last year with Rays' supplemental first-round third baseman Tyler Goeddel, as well as later draft picks Richard Prigatano (now at Long Beach State) and Alex Blandino (now at Stanford). Bishop is a good athlete at 6-foot-1 and 180 pounds and had mild Division I interest as a wide receiver. Some scouts feel Bishop has above-average speed and can play center field with his plus arm. Those who like him say he'll be an average hitter. He projects as a doubles hitter with below-average home run power, though some scouts view him as more of a tweener, fourth-outfielder type. Regardless of how they grade his tools, all scouts agree that Bishop gets the most of his ability. Bishop is committed to Washington and reportedly has a high price tag, meaning it's likely he winds up on campus.
37 1122 Baltimore Orioles Derrick Bleeker Arkansas Ark.
37 1127 Miami Marlins Eddie Sappelt Southern Alamance HS, Graham, N.C. N.C.
37 1129 Oakland Athletics John Wooten East Carolina N.C.
37 1131 Chicago White Sox Thurman Hall Western Texas CC Texas
37 1133 Cleveland Indians Jacob Morris Arkansas Ark.
37 1139 Atlanta Braves Giovanni Brusa St. Mary's HS, Stockton, Calif. Calif.
Brusa stood out at the Area Code Games last summer for his muscular 6-foot-3, 195-pound physique and for his power during batting practice from both sides of the plate. His swing, however, was segmented and a little long. He smoothed things out this spring, allowing him to tap into his power more, and scouts loved that he hit with a wood bat. Not all scouts believe in Brusa, though. He's a good athlete but spent a lot of time this season at DH, rather than playing in the outfield. He has the tools to play there, and he's an average runner with fringe-average arm strength. Brusa is committed to Pacific, but scouts believe he wants to sign, which could help him move him up draft boards.
37 1140 St. Louis Cardinals Derrick May Tattnall School, Wilmington, Del. Del.
37 1143 Arizona Diamondbacks Breland Almadova Hawaii Hawaii
Almadova is the area's best prospect, with an athletic, muscular build at 6-foot-1 and 185 pounds. His quick-twitch athleticism makes him an above-average runner and he plays tremendous defense in center field. He hit well with wood last summer in the West Coast League, though he had a disappointing season for the Rainbows, hitting just .267/.383/.356. Scouts think it likely he'll return for his senior year.
38 1153 Kansas City Royals Carlos Urena Whitehall (Pa.) HS Pa.
38 1166 Los Angeles Dodgers Corey Embree Maple Woods (Mo.) CC Mo.
38 1173 Arizona Diamondbacks Cam Gibson Grosse Point (Mich.) South HS Mich.
38 1177 New York Yankees David Thompson Westminster Christian School, Miami Fla.
Westminster Christian third baseman David Thompson entered the spring as the state's career home run leader with 44 (two more than Prince Fielder had), and he was the Miami-Dade prep athlete of the year. A three-star quarterback recruit in football, he's committed to play both sports for the Hurricanes if he doesn't sign. The 6-foot-1, 195-pounder is a modest runner with average arm strength, and his home run power is his calling card. He's not a premium athlete on the diamond and lacks a true defensive home.
39 1180 Minnesota Twins Alex Liquori Whitewater HS, Fayetteville, Ga. Ga.
39 1183 Kansas City Royals Justin Leeson Georgetown D.C.
39 1185 San Diego Padres Anthony Renteria Cal State San Marcos Calif.
39 1189 Oakland Athletics Dalton Blaser Roseville (Calif.) HS Calif.
39 1199 Atlanta Braves Cullen O'Dwyer El Dorado HS, Albuquerque N.M.
39 1205 Milwaukee Brewers Derek Jones St. Marguerite d'Youville SS, Brampton, Ont. Ontario
Jones is actually a similar player to fellow Ontario outfielder Julian Service. Both have similar builds, both bat and throw righthanded and the two players have similar tools for the most part. The biggest difference is that while they're both solid-average runners now, Service is more physically mature and projects to remain an average runner in the future, while Jones has a leaner physique and could become faster as he gets stronger. For that reason, Jones has a chance at being a center fielder at the next level. Jones is considered signable and is committed to Rose State (Okla.) JC.
39 1206 Texas Rangers Tevin Johnson Henry County HS, McDonough, Ga. Ga.
39 1207 New York Yankees Bo Decker East Ridge HS, Clermont, Fla. Fla.
40 1212 Baltimore Orioles Ray Hunnicutt Central HS, Hampshire, Ill. Ill. $100,000
40 1216 Pittsburgh Pirates Zarley Zalewski Valley HS, New Kensington, Pa. Pa.
Western Pennsylvania doesn't churn out a lot of high school prospects, but each year there seems to be one guy that a team is willing to take a chance on in the middle rounds. Zalewski might be the one for 2012. He's a switch-hitter with a good frame at 6-foot-2, 180 pounds. He has some looseness to his swing and feel for handling the bat. He's a tough profile defensively as he has a fringy arm and doesn't run well. He is committed to Kent State.
40 1223 Cleveland Indians Anthony Hawkins Fresno HS Calif.
40 1224 Washington Nationals Ricky Gutierrez American Senior HS, Miami Fla.
40 1226 Los Angeles Dodgers Pat Stover Santa Clara Calif.
Stover was a 17th-round pick out of high school by the Athletics and, even with an inconsistent season, he should go higher this time around. With Stover, scouts are buying the bat--and after missing most of last season to injury, the redshirt sophomore was pressing early this season. His bat heated up a little later in the year and he was hitting just .297/.377/.427 through 192 at-bats. The tools are there--Stover has an upright stance with a good swing that produces above-average raw power to all fields. He shows above-average bat speed but is working on pitch recognition. Stover has a pro frame at 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds and is an average runner. Despite his athleticism, Stover will be limited to left field. He is a rough defender who gets bad reads on balls, is hesitant to dive for balls and has average arm strength. Just like Patrick Wisdom at St. Mary's, scouts believe in Stover's athleticism and track record for hitting and he'll still be drafted highly enough to consider signing.
40 1227 Los Angeles Angels Blake Amaral Hawaii Pacific Hawaii
40 1231 Boston Red Sox Kevin Heller Amherst (Mass.) Mass.
40 1237 New York Yankees Sherman Lacrus Western Oklahoma State JC Okla.