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Round Overall Team Player School State Bonus
1 4 Baltimore Orioles Kevin Gausman Louisiana State La. $4,320,000
Gausman ranked No. 50 on the Top 200 Prospects list in 2010 coming out of Grandview High in Centennial, Colo., but an uneven senior season, he slipped to the sixth round. The Dodgers failed to sign him, and Gausman headed to LSU, where he's made a leap forward after pitching for USA Baseball's College National Team last summer. New pitching coach Alan Dunn also has made some subtle tweaks to Gausman's repertoire this spring, shelving his slider earlier in the season in favor of a curveball before bringing back his slider later in the season. At his best, Gausman has two premium pitches with a fastball that sits 94-96 mph, touching 98, and he mixes in a low-90s two-seamer to get something with some armside run. Gausman's 85-86 mph changeup is a second plus pitch, but scouts do have significant questions about the development of his breaking pitches. He throws an upper-70s curve as an early-count offering and throws his inconsistent mid-80s slider as a chase pitch. An eligible sophomore, Gausman has made strides in his two college seasons and should go out in the first five to seven picks.
1 5 Kansas City Royals Kyle Zimmer San Francisco Calif. $3,000,000
Zimmer was one of the best surprises in this year's draft class. He put his name on the map during last year's regionals by out dueling Gerrit Cole to beat UCLA. He improved his stock over the summer in the Cape Cod League and continued to shine in a year when Northern California was already brimming with talent. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Zimmer is extremely athletic. Along with baseball, he also played basketball and water polo in high school. His father played baseball at UC San Diego and his mother ran track for San Diego State. Zimmer's little brother, Bradley, is a highly-touted outfielder for the Dons. Kyle was recruited as a position player and only pitched five innings his freshman year before transitioning into the role full-time last year and now he's a candidate to be picked first-overall. Zimmer's fastball typically sits in the 94-96 mph range and gets as high as 99 and his hammer curveball is just as good. His changeup shows flashes, giving him the chance for three future plus pitches and he'll mix in an occasional slider that could be an average offering. Zimmer pounds the strike zone and throws all four pitches for strikes. He has a business-like approach on the mound and pitches with a bit of a mean streak, which scouts love. Zimmer's athleticism also helps him on the mound. He repeats his delivery well and fields his position like an extra infielder.
1 8 Pittsburgh Pirates Mark Appel Stanford Calif.
It's never happened before, but this year the NFL draft and the MLB draft may feature players picked first-overall from the same school. Quarterback Andrew Luck already went first to the Colts. His buddy Appel, who has Houston roots, is in the running to go first this year to the Astros. Appel has the ingredients to be a frontline starter. He has a pro-ready body at 6-foot-5 and 215 pounds to go along with his mid-90s fastball that touches 98. He throws a hard slider that has the potential to be an out pitch and his changeup has improved. He is a solid athlete who played basketball in high school and is delivery is relatively clean. The knock on Appel is that he hasn't dominated like most highly-ranked pitchers have in the past. Hitters frequently square him up because, even with his arsenal, he's easy to see with his slow delivery, long arm action in the back, and a fastball that doesn't have a lot of movement.
1 14 Cincinnati Reds Nick Travieso Archbishop McCarthy HS, Southwest Ranches, Fla. Fla. $2,000,000
Travieso rivaled Zach Eflin for the most helium of any pitcher in the Southeast. Earlier in his prep career Travieso was a hitter and relief pitcher who showed velocity off the mound but little touch and feel, or secondary pitches for that matter. This spring, Travieso took off the training wheels, starting for Archbishop McCarthy and taking a big step forward in April after getting some innings under him. Travieso's fastball sits in the 91-95 mph range, and at times it's better than that, reaching 98. In his first year throwing a breaking ball, Travieso has developed a hard slider with power that scrapes 86 and sits in the low-to-mid-80s. He's still learning a changeup but already has shown the ability to manipulate the baseball, developing a fastball with two-seam action to help him get to his glove side. Previously considered more of a reliever, Travieso had late helium as his stuff jumped a grade. He could push his way into the first round. He's committed to Miami if teams still believe he's more of a reliever than a starter.
1 16 Washington Nationals Lucas Giolito Harvard-Westlake HS, Studio City, Calif. Calif. $2,925,000
Giolito established himself as the nation's premier prep prospect long ago, and by the fall and winter of his senior year many scouts were clamoring that he could be the best high school righthander in draft history. He came out of the chute in December and January throwing 95-99 mph and showing off a long-toss regimen that "makes Trevor Bauer's long toss look like kid stuff," in the words of one scout. He pitched between 92-99 through February, sitting comfortably at 94-96. Then he sprained his ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow in early March, ending his season and turning him into something of a wild card for the draft. Doctors worked with him on strengthening target areas during his rehabilitation, and he started throwing on flat ground by early May, with a plan to start throwing from 90 and 120 feet in the weeks leading up to the draft. The son of Hollywood actor/producer Rick Giolito, Lucas is expected to require a hefty bonus to sign him away from a commitment to UCLA, and a team will likely have to take him in the top 10 picks to have a chance to sign him under the new draft rules. His talent certainly merits that kind of investment; he has true No. 1 starter upside, with a premium fastball, a plus-plus curveball in the 82-86 range with depth and bite, and even a plus changeup at 82-84 that gives him a third swing-and-miss offering. Scouts are in love with his 6-foot-6 frame and easy delivery. He a tireless worker with a tenacious approach on the mound and a similar approach to his between-starts work. His injury may create a bit of risk, but the potential reward he offers is unparalleled in this draft.
1 19 St. Louis Cardinals Michael Wacha Texas A&M Texas $1,900,000
After the consensus top three college pitchers (Stanford's Mark Appel, Louisiana State's Kevin Gausman, San Francisco's Kyle Zimmer) go off the board, Wacha could be the next one selected. He owns the best changeup in the draft, a pitch that can be devastating when he sets it up with a 90-93 mph fastball that peaks at 96. His command also is as good as any pitcher in this crop, as is his competitiveness. He also has an athletic 6-foot-6, 200-pound frame and delivers his pitches on a tough angle to the plate. The only thing keeping him from being considered on the top tier of college arms is the lack of a plus breaking ball. Wacha made progress with a slider last summer under the tutelage of Team USA pitching coach Rob Walton, and he also throws a curveball. Wacha generally sticks with whichever breaking pitch is working best on a given day. Both pitches can get loose at times and project as no better than average at the big league level. Despite that one shortcoming, he still could find his way into the first 10 picks. He may not have the ceiling of Appel, Gausman or Zimmer, but Wacha has a higher floor.
1 20 San Francisco Giants Chris Stratton Mississippi State Miss. $1,850,000
Undrafted out of high school, Stratton just missed being eligible as a sophomore last year; he'll turn 22 in August, so he's a bit old for his class. Stratton went just 10-10, 5.25 in his first two seasons but gained needed confidence last summer in the Cape Cod League. He has a perfect pitcher's frame at 6-foot-2, 197 pounds, and has shown flashes of three above-average pitches this spring. He had everything working in a mid-March start against LSU, striking out 17, and has maintained a similar quality of stuff since then. His fastball sits in the 91-93 mph range with his fastball, regularly touching 95 and at times reaching back for a bit more. His fastball also features natural, late tailing action that he has learned to harness. His slider is his best secondary pitch, a true plus offering, but Stratton also throws a solid-average curve that at times is above-average as well, if a bit shy of plus. Scouts laud his poise and improved feel for pitching. He's able to throw his slider both for strikes and as a chase pitch, leading scouts to give him average to slightly above-average grades for his overall command.
1 21 Atlanta Braves Lucas Sims Brookwood HS, Snellville, Ga. Ga. $1,650,000
Sims has been a factor in this draft class since being invited to USA Baseball's 16U trials in 2010, and he pitched last summer in the Prospect Classic for the 18U team, tossing a scoreless inning against the Collegiate National Team. Sims has been the most consistent high school pitcher in Georgia this spring, pushing him up toward the back of the first round. He has a fairly clean arm action and no obvious or significant mechanical issues. Sims consistently flashed three plus pitches this spring, including a fastball that has touched 97 mph at times and generally sits in the 90-93 mph range. He struggles at times to finish his pitches out front, causing him to leave his stuff up in the zone. Sims throws his slider with power in the low 80s, and at times it has good depth as well. He has the ability to spin a breaking ball, and he's shown a solid curveball as well that's about 10 mph slower than his slider. A Clemson recruit, Sims figures to squeeze into the back of the first round thanks to his present stuff and track record.
1 22 Toronto Blue Jays Marcus Stroman Duke N.C. $1,800,000
An 18th-round pick out of a New York high school in 2009, Stroman's commitment to Duke and his size scared teams off. He was a two-way player in high school, but scouts always preferred him on the mound because of his low-90s fastball and compared him to Tom Gordon. After three years at Duke, Stroman has become one of the most electric arms in the country despite being 5-foot-9 and 185 pounds. He was 5-4, 2.36 with 119 strikeouts and 22 walks in 84 innings this spring for a bad Duke team. He is athletic and now sits at 92-94 mph as a starter and can touch 95-96. His best secondary offering is a nasty slider with depth. He has also mixed in a good changeup and a cutter that sits 88-90 mph. He can hold his velocity deep into games, but most scouts say he could be the first 2012 draftee to reach the big leagues if he goes to the bullpen. He worked as the closer for Team USA last summer and was 93-96 mph consistently, pitching 8 1/3 innings without giving up a hit while striking out 17 and walking one.
1 30 New York Yankees Ty Hensley Santa Fe HS, Edmond, Okla. Okla. $1,200,000
The Cardinals made Mike Hensley the 53rd overall selection in the 1988 draft, and his son Ty will beat him by about 30 picks this June. While several of this draft crop's high school righthanders have been injured or regressed this spring, Hensley has done nothing but help his cause. The 6-foot-5, 220-pounder has sat at 92-95 mph and touched 96-97 with his fastball all season--and it's not even his best pitch. That would be a 12-to-6 curveball that he spins in the upper 70s. Hensley's command isn't as impressive as his pure stuff, and he still needs to add some life and work down in the zone more often with his fastball. Before his velocity spiked, he showed a promising changeup as a sophomore, but he hasn't needed it this spring. A quality athlete, Hensley played quarterback at Santa Fe High before giving up football before his senior year. He's also a power-hitting switch-hitter who could get the opportunity to play both way in the unlikely event that he follows through on his commitment to the University of Mississippi.
1s 32 Minnesota Twins Jose Berrios Papa Juan XXIII HS, Bayamon, P.R. P.R. $1,550,000
In the history of the draft, only two pitchers from Puerto Rico have been drafted in the top two rounds--Jorge Lopez, who went in the second round to the Brewers last year and Luis Atilano, a Braves supplemental first-round pick from 2003. This year, there may be two more on that list and Berrios will likely be the first off the board. Berrios worked with a conditioning coach this fall and spring and added 20-25 pounds to his frame since the summer and now has a muscular, athletic 6-foot-1, 180-pound physique. The added muscle has allowed him to smooth things out and has boosted his fastball velocity. His fastball now sits in the 93-95 mph range and some scouts have seen him touch 98. He throws his fastball down in the zone, mixes in a sharp, 80-81 mph slider and shows the makings of a solid changeup with fading action. Berrios is getting buzz as high as the back of the first round, and it's unlikely he'll wind up honoring his commitment to Miami Dade JC.
1s 33 San Diego Padres Zach Eflin Hagerty HS, Oviedo, Fla. Fla. $1,200,000
Eflin was shaping up as a first-round wild card. The Central Florida recruit had added velocity over the course of the 2011 showcase circuit and was maintaining that velocity this spring, sitting in the 90-94 mph range and touching 96-97 at times. Eflin complements his fastball with one of the best changeups in the prep ranks and an inconsistent, slurvy curveball that nonetheless has decent shape and flashed average. Eflin missed the month of April due to triceps tendinitis, and an MRI on his elbow came back negative. Eflin returned to pitch three innings in his team's playoff finale and touched 94 while flashing a solid breaking ball. Eflin was pitching his way into the first round until his injury; his signability and performance at the Florida prep all-star game in Sebring likely will determine how high he goes in the draft, though he still had a shot to go out in the first round.
1s 37 Boston Red Sox Pat Light Monmouth N.J. $1,000,000
A New Jersey high school product, Light attracted attention on the showcase circuit in the summer of 2008, but he didn't get drafted until the 28th round in 2009 (by the Twins) and headed to Monmouth, where he has carved out a solid career. He has added weight to his projectable frame and is now listed at a physical 6-foot-6, 200 pounds. He has dominated his competition this season and was 7-3, 2.81 with 87 strikeouts in 86 innings. He throws a ton of strikes with a fastball that ranges from 90-96 mph and has walked 12 batters on the season. Both his slider and changeup need work but flash promise. If his secondary stuff progresses, he has the frame, arm strength and command to be a starter, but he could feature a plus-plus fastball in a late-inning relief role.
1s 39 Texas Rangers Joey Gallo Bishop Gorman HS, Las Vegas Nev. $2,250,000
Gallo is an enigma. There's thunder in his bat, and he can put on a show in batting practice. He became Nevada's state leader in career home runs this season after hitting his 60th, and he crushed the 10th-longest home run in Petco Park history at the Perfect Game All-America Game with wood last summer. But scouts wonder how he'll tap into that power in pro ball. He swings and misses a lot and sometimes looks overmatched against below-average stuff. Gallo has a big league body at 6-foot-5 and 205 pounds. He's not mobile at third base, so while his strong arm plays, his limited range and quickness would work better at first. That would put a lot of pressure on his bat. If he signs instead of heading to Louisiana State, Gallo will likely go out as a position player, but he has a fallback option as a pitcher. He's raw on the mound and has one of the strongest arms of any position player in this year's draft and has been clocked at 98 mph off the mound in short outings. He sits in the 93-95 mph range and mixes in an intriguing slider.
1s 40 Philadelphia Phillies Shane Watson Lakewood (Calif.) HS Calif. $1,291,300
Watson's two showdowns against fellow Southern California signee Chase DeJong were among the most heavily scouted games of the spring. DeJong has better feel for pitching presently, but Watson has higher upside, and he elevated his stock into sandwich round territory during his strong first half. Watson pitches with an 89-93 mph fastball and can reach back for 94-96 even in the late innings. When he's on (as he was for most of the spring), his 77-80 mph curveball is has tight rotation and sharp bite, and most scouts project it as a second plus pitch. His stuff wasn't quite as crisp in his second matchup against DeJong, when he pitched more in the 88-90 range and bumped 92, while his curveball has less power in the 73-78 range. Still, he has shown quality stuff often enough this spring, and scouts like his prototypical 6-foot-4, 190-pound frame and his competitiveness. He has some feel for a changeup that shows decent tumble at times, though he tends to throw it too hard at 84 mph. He has tinkered with a cutter at times as well, but the curveball is his bread and butter. While he has decent control, he needs to fine-tune his command. But his delivery and arm action work, suggesting his command will improve over time.
1s 41 Houston Astros Lance McCullers Jr. Jesuit HS, Tampa Fla. $2,500,000
McCullers' father was a second-round pick in 1982 out of Tampa's Catholic High and had a seven-year major league career, primarily as a reliever. His son emerged early on as one of the top members of the 2012 draft class and at one time rated as the class' top player. Built similarly to his father but bigger at 6-foot-2, 205 pounds, McCullers has a strong, athletic body and pitches with power and aggression. He was used mostly as a reliever the last two years in high school and had his outings limited to two- or three-innings regularly prior to this season. Now starting, he's learned to go through a lineup repeatedly and has improved his strike-throwing ability with both his fastball and his slider. Some scouts put 70 grades on both pitches, and that might be selling McCullers short. His fastball sits 94-96 mph deep into games, with reports that he's hit 100 several times this spring. His slider, also thrown with power in the mid-80s, has good bite and depth. McCullers has thrown a changeup but it's an unnecessary third pitch in high school. Most evaluators believed McCullers had no shot to stay in a rotation as a professional, but he's started to change some minds this spring with his improved pitchability. The majority of scouts still believe he's a future reliever, though, which makes it harder to find a first-round fit. McCullers has committed to hit and pitch at Florida if he slides too far.
1s 42 Minnesota Twins Luke Bard Georgia Tech Ga. $1,227,000
Bard's older brother Daniel attended North Carolina and was a 2006 first-round pick prior to reaching the major leagues with the Red Sox. Boston also drafted Luke out of high school, in the 16th round in 2009, but he didn't sign and attended Georgia Tech. Like his older brother, Bard has excellent arm strength and an iffy breaking ball. He's not as explosive as his brother but has plenty of power in his fastball, at times sitting 93-95 mph. He also flashed a power breaking ball with depth and late bite. Injuries and ineffective freshmen led Georgia Tech to give Bard a couple of starts, and he was effective while sticking to two pitches. He left a start against Duke on March 31 after 4 1/3 innings, however, and has not pitched since then. Doctors since diagnosed a torn lat muscle, and Bard isn't expected to return this season. At his best, he had a classic college reliever profile and big league bloodlines, so his injury probably will not be a long-term concern.
1s 43 Chicago Cubs Pierce Johnson Missouri State Mo. $1,196,000
Few colleges can match Missouri State's recent track record for producing pitchers. Since 2001, the Bears have had three hurlers drafted in the first or sandwich rounds and sent a total of seven to the big leagues. The next in line is Johnson, who started to come on at the end of his sophomore season a year ago and ranked sixth in NCAA Division I in strikeouts per nine innings (11.5) in mid-May. The 6-foot-3, 180-pounder misses bats with a lively 92-93 mph fastball that reaches 96 mph and a hard three-quarters breaking ball. He'll mix in an 86-87 mph cutter a few times per game and has improved his feel for his changeup. While scouts have no quibbles with Johnson's stuff, they do have some concerns, most notably his health. He missed two starts this spring with a forearm strain, an issue that also cropped up in high school and during the fall of his freshman year. He wasn't as sharp in his first three starts after his layoff, which could drop him from the first round to the supplemental first. He also dislocated a knee while warming up in the bullpen last summer in the Cape Cod League, and missed much of his high school senior season after breaking his hand on a comebacker. Johnson has just decent control and command, though he has improved in both regards this year. He also can fall in love with his breaking ball a bit too much.
1s 46 Colorado Rockies Eddie Butler Radford Va. $1,000,000
Radford has had just two players drafted in the first 10 rounds in its history, and Butler figures to be the third this spring even though he doesn't stand out physically and was averaging less than a strikeout per inning in the Big South Conference. Butler, 6-foot-2 and 165 pounds, has a heavy fastball with boring action that ranges from 90-96 mph, and he has shown aptitude by adding and subtracting from it. He'll sit around 93 mph and amp it up to 95-96 against the middle of an order. He has touched 97 mph late in games. He throws a slider that could be a good pitch but currently lags behind, and his changeup needs work, which could explain why he's not striking more hitters out. Teams will likely give Butler a chance to stick as a starter, but he could move quickly in a bullpen role.
1s 53 Texas Rangers Collin Wiles Blue Valley West HS, Stilwell, Kan. Kan. $975,000
After producing perhaps the best crop of draft talent in state talent a year ago, Kansas may not have a player drafted in the first 10 rounds in 2012. The Sunflower State's top prospect is Wiles, a Vanderbilt recruit who is considered all but unsignable and likely will slide in the draft. He's extremely projectable at 6-foot-4 and 180 pounds, and his athleticism and clean delivery allow him to command three pitches. He currently deals his fastball at 86-88 mph and tops out at 90, and he should sit comfortably in the low 90s once he fills out. He also has a promising slider and advanced feel for a changeup.
1s 54 Philadelphia Phillies Mitch Gueller West HS, Chehalis, Wash. Wash. $940,200
Gueller stands out on the field with his 6-foot-3, 205-pound frame, and some scouts regard him as the top athlete in the Northwest this year. He ran a 6.90-second 60-yard dash at the Area Code Games last summer and shows strength with the bat but is more advanced on the mound. The Washington State recruit pitches with a quick pace, already has an above-average fastball and shows flashes with his secondary offerings. Gueller doesn't face quality competition, but he has been up to 93 mph every time out and has touched 94. He shows flashes of an above-average breaking ball and changeup, too. The breaking ball can be a little slurvy right now and will likely be turned into more of a true slider in pro ball.
1s 55 San Diego Padres Walker Weickel Olympia HS, Orlando Fla. $2,000,000
Weickel answered USA Baseball's call several times in his high school career and stuck with the 18U national team last November after many other pitchers bailed on the program. Weickel was the best pitcher on the 18U team that won the Pan American championships gold medal. Tall and lanky at 6-foot-6, 200 pounds, Weickel grew almost two inches in the last year and uses his frame to pitch downhill with a heavy fastball. He also has feel for a curveball and changeup and uses pitch stuff in a mature manner. His stuff was down this spring, as he often pitched with a fastball in the upper 80s rather than the low 90s heat he showed in the past. Scouts said the ball wasn't coming out of his hands the way it had in the past, even though Weickel never lost for his undefeated Olympia High club. His curveball also needs more power, as he often threw it in the 68-72 mph range. Weickel's advocates point to his angle, track record and his late growth spurt as reasons for optimism. If he can regain some body control and if his strength can catch up to his frame, Weickel could still develop into a mid-rotation starter with three average-to-plus offerings. But that involves a lot of projection right now, perhaps dropping Weickel into the supplemental or second round.
1s 56 Chicago Cubs Paul Blackburn Heritage HS, Brentwood, Calif. Calif. $911,700
Blackburn stands 6-foot-2 and weighs 180 pounds. He is a good athlete and shows a clean delivery that he repeats well. His fastball sits in the 90-92 mph range and tops out at 94. Scouts can still project on Blackburn. His curveball and changeup show promise and he could eventually have three plus pitches. Because of his athleticism and smooth mechanics, scouts believe he will also eventually pitch with above-average control and command. He shows good feel and poise on the mound, too. Blackburn has consistently pitched well throughout the spring and is interested in professional baseball, so scouts don't believe he'll wind up at Arizona State, where he has committed.
1s 60 Toronto Blue Jays Tyler Gonzales Madison HS, San Antonio Texas $750,000
Gonzales has one of the best two-pitch mixes in the entire draft. After operating at 88-92 mph with his fastball in his first scrimmage of the year, he has worked at 93-95 mph and touched 97 consistently in games. He maintains velocity deep into games, pitching at 91-93 mph in the latter stages. He also has a big league slider that sits at 84-88 mph and has reached as high as 90. The nephew of Nationals crosschecker Jimmy Gonzales, Tyler is more wiry than physical at 6-foot-2 and 180 pounds. He generates his electric stuff with a considerable amount of effort in his delivery, which includes a head whack and detracts from his command. He locates his slider better than his fastball, and there's debate as to whether he'll wind up as a starter or a reliever. Gonzales has closer upside and might be at his best if a big league team just let him try to overpower opponents for one or two innings at a time. He does show a changeup while warming up in the bullpen but doesn't use it in games. He's another member of a banner University of Texas recruiting class who doesn't figure to make it to Austin.
2 65 Baltimore Orioles Branden Kline Virginia Va. $793,700
As a high schooler in Maryland, Kline came on strong late in 2009. He told teams he had no interest in signing, but the Red Sox tried anyway, drafting him in the sixth round. Kline stuck to his word and went to Virginia, where he pitched mostly in relief as a freshman and as the closer in 2011. He moved to the rotation as a junior and has seen mixed results. He was 6-3, 3.52 in 72 innings with 76 strikeouts and 31 walks, but had a stretch of starts when he allowed just 19 hits and eight walks in 34 innings while striking out 40. Kline has a good, lean pitcher's frame at 6-foot-3 and 195 pounds, with long limbs and projection remaining. Most of Virginia's pitchers adopt similar deliveries in which they start in a squat position and stay low throughout, and this style has prevented Kline from consistently staying on top of his pitches and commanding them. When Kline is on, his fastball can sit in the low 90s. His secondary stuff has been inconsistent and tends to blend together, but his slider can be a power pitch in the low 80s. Teams could try to iron his delivery out so he can reach his ceiling as a mid-rotation starter, but he could pitch with power stuff as a reliever as well.
2 67 Chicago Cubs Duane Underwood Pope HS, Marietta, Ga. Ga. $1,050,000
A Georgia signee, Underwood has plenty going for him. He has a quick arm and athletic frame at 6-foot-3, 210 pounds, and if he winds up in Athens, he has a chance to contribute as both a hitter (he's a solid-average runner) and on the mound. He's young for the draft class as well, as he turns 18 in July. Pro scouts see him as a pitcher and a potential first-rounder on the right day, but that had not happened often enough in his senior season. Underwood at his best has a fastball that sits in the 91-94 mph range and touches 97-98. He has shown the ability to spin a breaking ball, though his curve often is soft in the 73-75 mph range and he tends to overthrow it. He has a firm but effective changeup, and this spring it has been his best pitch, in part because it's the pitch he controls the best. Underwood's fastball command has been erratic this spring, and his velocity often drops off quickly into the 87-92 mph range, and he hasn't shown much feel for pitching this spring. His mechanics are sound, though at times he loses his tempo and rushes his delivery. Scouts also want to see him handle adversity better. Scouts like Underwood and he had some supplemental-round buzz, but his inconsistent spring could knock him back a bit.
2 72 Minnesota Twins J.T. Chargois Rice Texas $712,600
In his first two seasons at Rice, Chargois pitched a total of 34 innings and saw most of his action at first base, where he became a regular as a sophomore. The Cape Cod League's Brewster Whitecaps recruited him primarily as a hitter but wound up needing him on the mound and he blossomed as a closer, saving seven games and allowing one earned run in 17 appearances. Chargois is serving the Owls in both roles this spring but will give up hitting as a pro. His fastball usually operates from 93-95 mph and reaches 98 with some armside run and sink, though it dips to 90-92 when he works on consecutive days. His hard curveball creeps into the low 80s and grades as a plus pitch at times. Despite demonstrating some feel for a changeup in bullpen sessions, the 6-foot-3, 200-pounder profiles strictly as a reliever. Scouts don't like his arm action or the effort in his delivery, which limits him to average command and fringy control. He should develop more consistency once he focuses on pitching, and a team looking for a fast-track reliever could consider him in the sandwich round.
2 74 Oakland Athletics Nolan Sanburn Arkansas Ark. $710,000
Arkansas had one of the nation's deepest pitching staffs this spring, allowing the Razorbacks to use a premium arm like Sanburn in a relief role. He was just seventh on the team in innings pitched in May, but scouts had seen enough of him to put him toward the top of a large group of college relief pitchers. He cemented his place with a dominant outing against Missouri, striking out seven in four shutout innings and sitting in the 94-99 mph range. Sanburn hits 97 consistently with his fastball and has a power curveball in the low 80s, though he doesn't locate it well. He has dabbled with a slider and cutter to give him a breaking ball he can control better. He needs innings, having thrown just 62 in college so far after pitching and hitting in high school, where he was primarily an outfielder.
2 75 New York Mets Teddy Stankiewicz Fort Worth Christian HS, North Richland Hills, Texas Texas
Stankiewicz is a polished high school pitcher who fits in the third to fifth round on talent, but he may not be signable away from an Arkansas commitment outside of the top two. He flashes two above-average pitches that should improve as he fills out his projectable 6-foot-4, 190-pound frame. His fastball usually sits at 88-92 mph, topping out anywhere from 89-94 on a given day. His slider is very good at times and mediocre at others. He also uses a curveball as a show pitch and has the makings of a changeup. Stankiewicz has good body control and command for a high school pitcher and could contribute immediately as a freshman for the Razorbacks if he doesn't sign. Scouts like the way he repeats his delivery and competes.
2 76 Chicago White Sox Chris Beck Georgia Southern Ga. $600,000
Beck was a 35th-round pick of the Indians out of high school in 2009 but joined with Victor Roache to front a well-regarded recruiting class for Georgia Southern. After a 2-4 regular season as a freshman, Beck showed significant improvement in the Cape Cod League and dropped scouts' jaws in the fall, when he was throwing his fastball consistently at 95-96 mph while adding an unhittable cutter to go with an improved slider and a changeup that some scouts called his best pitch. He hasn't shown the same stuff this spring, though. He does rank seventh in the nation in strikeouts (97) and 31st with 10.31 strikeouts/nine innings, but he has lost his arm slot, throwing from a lower release point. His fastball has touched 93 mph but generally sits in the 86-91 mph range. His cutter also has not been as good, and all of his pitches have lacked life.
2 79 Cleveland Indians Mitch Brown Century HS, Rochester, Minn. Minn. $800,000
Brown could make history as the first Minnesota prep pitcher ever drafted before the second round. He looked like a first-rounder in his opening start of 2012, when he didn't throw a fastball under 90 mph and threw several at 94. He backed it up with an 87-88 mph cutter/slider and a curveball that both projected as plus pitches, and showed aptitude for a changeup that could become an average offering. Brown hasn't quite lived up to that standard in his subsequent outings, but he continues to display advanced feel for his four-pitch repertoire. Scouts gush about his focus and discipline as well. The son of a Korean powerlifter, he has a strong 6-foot-2, 210-pound build. There's some crossfire to his delivery, but it adds deception rather than detracts from his command. Brown has a scholarship from the University of San Diego that likely will become moot if he's selected in the first two rounds.
2 81 Toronto Blue Jays Chase DeJong Wilson HS, Long Beach Calif. $860,000
DeJong shined in front of a huge crowd at Blair Field in a matchup against Shane Watson of rival Lakewood on March 30, striking out 12 batters and allowing just one run but losing 1-0. He threw 8 2/3 shutout innings in the rematch a month later, a 3-0 Wilson victory. DeJong isn't quite as electric as Watson and doesn't have as clean a delivery, but he has more advanced feel for pitching. His fastball sits comfortably in the 87-91 range but can reach 92-93 at times, and his downer curveball is a plus pitch at times. He also has good feel for a changeup that has a chance to be better than average. DeJong has a physical 6-foot-5 frame, but scouts don't care for his one-piece arm action and head movement. He has cleaned up his delivery somewhat, not throwing across his body as much and softening his landing, which has freed him up a bit. DeJong's toughness and moxie are among his best assets. The Southern California recruit could be drafted between the second and fourth round.
2 84 San Francisco Giants Martin Agosta St. Mary's Calif. $612,500
Agosta pitched to Andrew Susac at Jesuit High (Carmichael, Calif.) before going on to have a successful career at St. Mary's, where he'll finish among the school's career wins and strikeouts leaders. He has won nine games this season, the Gaels' first nine-game winner since Toby Foreman won 10 in 1991, though he has been up and down from a scouting perspective. He showed above-average velocity in the fall, but has mostly pitched in the 90-92 mph range this spring. When he does reach back for 94-96, he usually leaves the ball up in the zone. His main secondary pitch is a cutter, and he mixes in a slider. He would need to add a changeup to profile as a back-of-the-rotation starter. That's why some scouts prefer him as a reliever in pro ball, where he can air out his fastball for an inning or two and just focus on his cutter and slider. Agosta has an average build at 6-foot-1 and 178 pounds, the ball comes out of his hand easily and his fastball shows good life. He has good control, but still needs to work on his command.
2 86 St. Louis Cardinals Carson Kelly Westview HS, Portland, Ore. Ore. $1,600,000
Oregon hasn't produced a high school player in the first three rounds since 1998 when righthander Steve Bechler went to the Orioles, but Kelly has the talent to end that streak. He is a two-way player, but more scouts prefer him as a position player. He's a below-average runner, but his other tools are solid. Kelly has a strong build and is already pretty well filled out. He has a nice line-drive stroke with good loft and power potential. He's not flashy, but he's a steady defender at third base and has a strong arm. Some teams would like to try Kelly behind the plate. On the mound, he sits in the 90-92 mph range and throws a curveball and changeup. The Oregon recruit is young for the class and won't turn 18 until mid-July but shows excellent maturity and leadership.
2 87 Boston Red Sox Jamie Callahan Dillon (S.C.) HS S.C. $600,000
South of the Border had some competition this spring as scouts bypassed the iconic Interstate 95 tourist trap to see Callahan pitch for Dillon High. He has a good pitcher's frame with projection remaining at 6-foot-2, 195 pounds. His fastball ranges from 88-92 mph and touches 93-94. Depending on the day, he can show two good breaking balls. He has a 12-to-6 curveball as well as a slider with short break and depth. He pitches with a high arm slot, so the curveball will likely be the better pitch for him down the road. He has shown some feel for a changeup that sits around 80 mph, but like most high school arms it's a pitch he'll need to work on. A South Carolina signee, Callahan won't be 18 until August, so scouts can dream a little more on his upside.
2 91 Detroit Tigers Jake Thompson Rockwall-Heath HS, Heath, Texas Texas $531,800
Thompson is having the best spring and is believed to be the most signable of the top players in a strong Texas Christian recruiting class that also includes Mitchell Traver and Austin Aune. He originally committed to Nebraska, then changed his mind after the Cornhuskers fired coach Mike Anderson. Strong and physical at 6-foot-4 and 235 pounds, Thompson pitches at 88-92 mph and touches 94, and he holds his velocity deep into games. He has improved his slider this spring, giving him a second plus pitch at times, though it lacks depth at others. His stuff and consistency should improve once he focuses on pitching. He also plays first base for Rockwall-Heath and offers plenty of righthanded power potential, though his future definitely is on the mound.
2 95 Philadelphia Phillies Alec Rash Adel DeSoto Minburn HS, Adel, Iowa Iowa
An Iowa native who moved to Alabama with his mother as a high school junior, Rash returned to Iowa for his senior season and is the state's best prospect since Jeremy Hellickson pitched at Des Moines' Hoover High in 2005. He'll go higher than Hellickson (fourth round) if a team believes it can sign him away from his commitment to Missouri and get him to control his electric stuff. Long and lean at 6-foot-5 and 195 pounds, Rash throws a 91-93 mph fastball that hits 95 and features heavy life, and he'll push his hard slider up to 83 mph. He is a quality athlete who also starred in football and basketball, but he is still learning to repeat his delivery. His arm is so fast that it gets ahead of the rest of his body, resulting in scattershot control. Scouts grade his present command as a 30 or 40 on the 20-80 scale, and his development will require patience. Rash's upside could drive him up to the second round, but his rawness and his signability mean he might fall significantly as well.
3 96 Houston Astros Brady Rodgers Arizona State Ariz. $495,200
Being at Arizona State almost hurts Rodgers because it's easy for scouts to compare him to another former Sun Devil and say, "Well, he's not Mike Leake." While Leake does have better stuff and athleticism, Rodgers still has plenty to offer. Like Leake, Rodgers is a bit undersized, and his stuff plays up because of his varied arsenal and pinpoint command. He fills up the strike zone with an 88-92 mph fastball and adds three solid secondary pitches: a curveball, slider and changeup. His slider is the best of the three and might be a tick above-average, but his command is better than his pure stuff. Scouts see Rodgers as a back-of-the-rotation starter and worry that his slender, 6-foot-2, 198-pound frame may not be able to withstand the grind of 180 innings and that over a full season his fastball might be below-average at times.
3 98 Seattle Mariners Edwin Diaz Caguas (P.R.) Military Academy $300,000
Standing 6-foot-3 and 163 pounds, Diaz is the definition of skinny, and scouts aren't sure how much weight he'll add because of his narrow frame. Diaz's body has pros and cons. His long arms allow him to whip the ball with surprising velocity. He sits in the 92-95 mph range and touched 97 twice in his first outing at Puerto Rico's annual Excellence Tournament in early May. But, like many tall, gangly pitchers, he has trouble coordinating his limbs, which leads to spotty control and an inconsistent curveball. He also hasn't used a changeup much. Taken together, those factors lead many scouts to believe he fits best as a power reliever in pro ball. Diaz is relatively new to pitching, having just started when he was 15 years old. His cousin, Jose Melendez, pitched in the big leagues for parts of five seasons in the 1990s for Seattle, San Diego and Boston.
3 101 Chicago Cubs Ryan McNeil Nipomo (Calif.) HS Calif. $425,000
The athletic McNeil started slowly this spring after playing basketball into mid-February, but his stock has been on the rebound. Early in the spring, his mechanics, command and fastball velocity were off and his slider was flat. His velocity picked back up down the stretch, sitting at 90-91 mph and touching 93 at times, and he has a chance to pitch with a solid-average fastball as he adds strength to his 6-foot-3 frame. He has done a better job staying on top of the ball lately, lending his fastball more life and improving his command. His slider shows flashes of being a solid-average pitch with good shape, but other times it gets slurvy or flat. He also has improved his feel for a changeup, though it's still a work in progress like the rest of his repertoire. Some clubs soured on McNeil early in the spring, but a team that likes his frame, athleticism and arm strength could take him around the fifth round and try to buy him out of a commitment to Long Beach State.
3 103 Pittsburgh Pirates Jon Sandfort Winter Springs (Fla.) HS Fla. $462,900
Sandfort had some late draft helium as he pitched well down the stretch, including a late-April win against Oviedo High in the district championship. He struck out 10 in that game and touched 94 mph, and he was starting to grow into his 6-foot-5, 220-pound body. The Florida signee generally sits more in the 88-91 mph range and doesn't always hold his velocity. When he throws his curveball with power in the 75 mph range, it's an effective pitch, and he has some feel for an intriguing changeup.
3 107 New York Mets Matt Koch Louisville Ky. $425,000
A swingman in his first two seasons at Louisville, Koch may have found his true calling in the Cape Cod League last summer. Used solely in relief by Chatham, he finished the summer with 15 1/3 straight scoreless innings, including an appearance in the Cape all-star game. The Cardinals have kept him in that role this season, which he opened by showing at 96-97 mph for one inning at the Big Ten/Big East Challenge in Florida. He has pitched at 92-96 mph this spring, though scouts have had a difficult time seeing him because he shares closing duties with Derek Self. Koch has been inconsistent with his secondary pitches, the main reason that opponents have hit a surprising .319 against him this year. He'll flash a plus changeup and a low-80s slider with depth, and some scouts think it's still worth trying to develop him as a starter. Koch is built for durability at 6-foot-3 and 204 pounds, leading to more credence for that belief. There's mixed opinion as to whether he's better than former Louisville closer Tony Zych, who signed for $400,000 as a Cubs fourth-round pick last year. Zych throws harder but Koch has a better body, a superior pitch and less effort in his delivery.
3 109 Cincinnati Reds Dan Langfield Memphis Tenn. $436,800
Langfield impresses scouts for his story and his stuff. A 6-foot righthander, he was one of New England's top arms three seasons ago out of high school. He also was thick-bodied and still had some baby fat. He headed to Memphis, trimmed up his body and improved the quality of his stuff while maintaining the toughness of a cold-weather Northeast pitcher. He has three strikeout pitches, though he delivers them with some effort. Langfield's fastball tends to be true but has plenty of power, touching as high as 97 mph and sitting in the 92-94 range. Some scouts prefer his hard slider, which has depth and cutter velocity at 85-87 mph. Most prefer his downer curveball, also thrown with power. He was leading Conference USA and ranked fifth in Division I in strikeouts with 99 in 79 innings. His control can be spotty, but he lowered his walk rate from 5.2 per nine innings last season to 3.9 so far in 2012. Langfield has a high slot that tends to cause his fastball to straighten out, and most scouts believe he'll wind up in the bullpen down the line. But his three-pitch repertoire will at least give him a chance to start.
3 110 Cleveland Indians Kieran Lovegrove Mission Viejo (Calif.) HS Calif. $400,000
Lovegrove has flashed outstanding stuff over the last two years, but the quality of his stuff can vary from outing to outing, or even from inning to inning. He was electric last summer, tired in the fall, then got off to a good start to the spring. He labored early in a May outing, working in the 86-91 mph range, then ran his heater up to 92-94 mph and flashed a vicious 86 mph slider in his final inning after his team took the lead. Lovegrove has plenty of projection in his lean 6-foot-4 frame, but durability is a concern for scouts. He often pitches around 90-93 and bumps 94, but he needs to prove he can maintain his velocity in order to be a starter. His slider can be a wipeout pitch in the 83-86 mph range, but it can also get slurvy and softer. He also has the makings of a decent changeup. Lovegrove's funky, complicated delivery and short stride probably contribute to his inconsistency, but if the Arizona State signee can iron out his mechanics and add strength, his upside is significant.
3 114 Los Angeles Angels R.J. Alvarez Florida Atlantic Fla. $416,300
Sun Belt Conference schools like Florida Atlantic don't get power arms capable of throwing 95-97 mph very often, so when the Owls got R.J. Alvarez to campus, they naturally put him in the rotation. The quick-armed 6-foot-1, 180-pounder made 26 starts and went 9-7, 5.17 in his first two seasons. In two summers pitching for Bourne in the Cape Cod League, however, Alvarez thrived in short relief roles, at times touching 97 mph with his fastball. Florida Atlantic moved him to that role this spring and he had similar success, going 5-0, 0.53 with 45 strikeouts and nine walks in 34 innings. The Owls use him for more than an inning or two, at times bringing him in during the middle innings and extending him, and he has shown consistent fastball velocity in the 92-97 mph range this spring with a hard slider in the 82-84 mph range with late bite. At times Alvarez gets around his slider, and like most high-effort relievers he has more control than command. He has a chance to move quickly as a pro.
3 118 Boston Red Sox Austin Maddox Florida Fla. $350,000
Maddox was a decorated amateur player who at one time projected as a first-round pick due to his power bat and arm strength. A high school catcher and pitcher, he fell to the 37th round of the 2009 draft (Rays) after ranking No. 81 on BA's Top 200 draft prospects. Maddox went to Florida and has helped the program make consecutive trips to Omaha while transforming himself as a player. Blocked at catcher by Mike Zunino, Maddox hit 17 home runs as a freshman corner infielder but tumbled to six in 2011 with the less-potent bats, and his lack of selectivity and a defensive position drove down his stock as a hitter. After not pitching as a freshman, he seized the closer role as a sophomore, and he remains there as a junior. Scouts now view him as a pitcher, though his background as an everyday player days comes through in his competitiveness. Maddox has closer makeup and mound presence to spare, with confidence and an attacking mentality. At his best, he features a 92-94 mph fastball that has reached 96, and he gets swings and misses in the strike zone with it. His arm action causes his offspeed stuff to be erratic, but scouts think his mechanics can be refined with a full focus on the mound. He throws a slurvy slider, which is effective when he stays on top of it, and a changeup that gives hitters a different look. He's had some rotator cuff tendinitis this spring but generally has handled a heavy workload well, and his 6-foot-3, 235-pound body should help him hold up under a pro workload.
3 120 Arizona Diamondbacks Jake Barrett Arizona State Ariz. $392,900
On talent alone, Barrett has first-round stuff. Pitchers in the Pacific-12 conference with fastballs that sit in the mid-90s and touch 98 to go along with above-average secondary stuff (a hard breaking ball and a splitter) don't typically last too long in the draft. Barrett also has prototypical physicality at 6-foot-3 and 230 pounds. But scouts have questions about his durability. At least two scouts have said Barrett didn't sign with the Blue Jays as a third-round pick out of high school because the team had questions about his physical, though he has never missed any time at Arizona State. A starter in high school and last year for the Sun Devils, Barrett moved to the bullpen this year, and that's where scouts believe he'll stay as a pro. He has the pure stuff to help a big league bullpen in a hurry.
3 122 Milwaukee Brewers Zach Quintana Arbor View HS, Las Vegas Nev. $325,000
Some teams won't have Quintana high on their draft boards simply because of his size: 5-foot-11 and 180 pounds. Teams that look past that will see a pitcher who throws his fastball in the 90-95 mph range with an easy delivery. His stuff has been inconsistent this year, in part because of a heavy workload. After throwing 129 pitches to beat local power Bishop Gorman High, Quintana was asked to start against them again on just two days rest. He has a hard breaking ball that can meander between a curveball and a slider, and a developing changeup. Quintana is a good athlete who plays shortstop when he's not pitching. He is committed to Nevada-Las Vegas, but is expected to sign if he's drafted between the fourth and sixth rounds.
3s 128 Colorado Rockies Ryan Warner Pine Creek HS, Colorado Springs Colo. $363,700
There must be something in the water . . . of the 48 players drafted out of Colorado to make the big leagues, 35 have been pitchers. That's a group that includes Goose Gossage, Roy Halladay, Jay Howell, Brad Lidge, Brandon McCarthy and Sergio Romo. Warner has a body scouts can dream on at 6-foot-7 and 185 pounds. He has room to fill out, which scouts love because Warner already has present stuff. His fastball sits in the 87-89 mph range and tops out at 91. He also throws a spike curveball with good downward bite, a pitch that has tightened up a lot since the summer showcase circuit. Warner is a great athlete, too, especially for his size. He was a standout wide receiver and quarterback on Pine Creek's football team that lost in the state championship and he patrols center field when he's not pitching. The athleticism shows on the mound, as Warner repeats his delivery well, shows good body control and gets sharp downward plane on his pitches from a three-quarter arm slot. He is still a project, however, as he needs to learn a changeup and prove himself against better competition, but a team that believes in him may push him up their board and keep him away from his commitment to North Carolina State.
4 130 Minnesota Twins Zack Jones San Jose State Calif. $356,700
Jones was a 24th-round pick out of high school in San Jose by the Royals in 2009, but chose to stay close to home instead of signing. He has pitched primarily out of the bullpen for the Spartans, though he has made eight starts this season, and scouts view him as a reliever because he has two pitches: a fastball that sits in the 94-96 mph range and tops out at 98 and a potentially above-average slider. He mixes in a curveball when he starts, but it's a soft, loopy pitch that probably won't work in pro ball. At 6-foot-1 and 180 pounds, Jones is more physical than Braves fourth-round pick J.R. Graham was last year coming out of Santa Clara, but Graham had a better feel for throwing strikes. Both pitchers lack plane on their fastballs at times, letting the pitch get flat. That's why Jones has never posted an ERA under 3.50, even with his electric arm. Jones came to San Jose State as a two-way player and is a good athlete, but his delivery is a little rough, which limits his ability to throw strikes.
4 134 Chicago Cubs Josh Conway Coastal Carolina S.C. $280,000
Conway was on his way to being an early-round pick before leaving a start against Liberty and needing Tommy John surgery. Against the Flames, scouts were buzzing as Conway was sitting 94-96 early with a nasty slider, but he left in the fourth inning and his fastball was down into the high 80s. Signs point to him being a reliever because of his slight, 6-foot, 175-pound frame and inverted elbow, but when he's healthy he has the makings of two plus pitches. He was 4-1, 2.14 with 50 strikeouts and 18 walks in 55 innings.
4 135 San Diego Padres Walker Lockett Providence HS, Jacksonville Fla. $393,000
Walker Lockett had some buzz as a big, physical righthander who performed this spring, helping lead Jacksonville's Providence High to a state 3A title. He threw a complete-game six-hit shutout against American Heritage High in the title game. Also a first baseman, he'd be a two-way player if he made it to South Florida, where he's committed, but he had pushed his fastball into the low 90s this spring.
4 138 Colorado Rockies Seth Willoughby Xavier Ohio $330,300
Breaking the hamate bone in his left hand may have been the best thing that ever happened to Willoughby. Xavier planned on using him as a two-way player for the second straight season, but when he hurt his hand in the third game of the season he no longer could serve as the Musketeers' cleanup hitter. Once he focused on pitching, his stuff took off. The 6-foot-1, 185-pounder has seen his fastball jump from 87-90 to 92-95 mph and his so-so slider turn into an 88-90 mph cutter that's a legitimate out pitch. He sometimes falls in love with the cutter, costing him fastball command. Through 24 appearances, he had a 1.12 ERA, a 40-11 K-BB ratio in 32 innings and a .170 opponent average. While Willoughby profiles strictly as a reliever, he could move quickly and earn a late-inning role in the majors. He has gone from not being on scouts' follow lists coming into the spring--they saw him more as a senior sign for 2013--to flying up draft boards, perhaps as high as the third round.
4 141 Chicago White Sox Brandon Brennan Orange Coast (Calif.) CC Calif. $320,800
Brennan had a strong season as a starter for a powerhouse Orange Coast team. His durable 6-foot-4, 220-pound frame gives him a chance to be an innings-eating starter, though he might fit better in relief as a professional. His fastball generally sits around 89-91 mph with solid sink, though he has run it up to 93-94 at times this spring. His slider is inconsistent, sometimes showing decent three-quarters tilt and flashing average or slightly better on occasion, but more often resembles a below-average spinner. He seldom uses his changeup, which has a chance to be serviceable. Brennan is most effective when he stays tall and maintains his high-three-quarters arm slot, but he has a tendency to get rotational in his delivery and drop his slot, causing his stuff to flatten out.
4 142 Cincinnati Reds Jon Moscot Pepperdine Calif. $317,800
Moscot transferred to Pepperdine from Cuesta (Calif.) JC after his freshman year and found a home in the weekend rotation as a sophomore. After tying for the Cape Cod League lead in strikeouts last summer, Moscot carried his momentum over into this spring, going 4-5, 3.39 with 79 strikeouts and 18 walks through 90 innings as the Waves' Friday starter. Moscot is a lanky 6-foot-4, 210-pound strike-thrower with good feel for pitching. Some scouts are turned off by the head whack and slight recoil in his delivery, but the funkiness adds deception, and he has proven durable so far in his career. Moscot pitches with an average fastball with decent sink in the 88-91 mph range, bumping 92 early in games and touching 94 at his best this spring. He throws both an average changeup and a split-finger with some drop, though the two pitches can be difficult to tell apart. His slider is average and can be an out pitch when it's on. His solid stuff across the board, competitiveness and command give him a chance to be a back-of-the-rotation starter in the big leagues.
4 145 Toronto Blue Jays Tucker Donahue Stetson Fla. $5,000
After an excellent junior season, Donahue slumped as a senior at Stetson. He had split time between the rotation and bullpen in 2011, but he was a full-time reliever this year. At his best, Donahue has good life on his sinking fastball, which generally sits at 90-92 mph. As a reliever, Donahue doesn't have to rely much on his fringy slider and changeup.
4 151 Boston Red Sox Ty Buttrey Providence HS, Charlotte N.C. $1,300,000
Providence High has churned out several prospects in recent years, including Clemson's Richie Shaffer and North Carolina State catcher Brett Austin, and scouts were back this spring to see a tall, projectable righty in Buttrey. An Arkansas signee, Buttrey is 6-foot-5, 205 pounds and had early buzz this spring after touching 96 mph with his fastball. His velocity dropped off a bit later in the spring, attributable to him being used as a reliever between starts, and had been sitting 90-93 mph. Buttrey works quickly, throwing 6 1/3 innings in a start in April that lasted less than 90 minutes. His second pitch is a hard knuckle-curve that has downer action and sits 77-79 mph. He also mixes in a changeup that shows good fade at times. Already 19 years old, Buttrey is one of the older players in the high school class.
4 152 Tampa Bay Rays Nolan Gannon Santa Fe Christian HS, Solana Beach, Calif. Calif. $202,500
Gannon, a San Diego State signee, is similar to Conor Baits--a bid-bodied righthander with some arm strength. Like Baits, the 6-foot-5, 195-pound Gannon hasn't distinguished himself this spring, but he has flashed potential. Gannon works in the 87-90 range, bumping 91, with some run. His 73-78 mph curveball has promising downer action at times and is slurvy at others, but the pitch is improving and could become an average offering. He also has a serviceable changeup that needs improvement. Scouts question Gannon's delivery, which features a high front side, a short stride, a lack of extension out front and some recoil. His stuff could jump if he improves his mechanics.
4 154 Detroit Tigers Drew VerHagen Vanderbilt Tenn. $392,500
VerHagen has found success at Vanderbilt, his third school in three seasons. He played at Oklahoma as a freshman and helped Navarro (Texas) JC win the NJCAA World Series last season before coming on down the stretch as a junior for the Commodores. Scouts don't like his arm action, which hinders the consistency of his breaking ball. VerHagen's positives start with his 6-foot-6, 225-pound frame and good fastball, which consistently hits 95 as a starter or as a reliever. His lack of a breaking ball results in a weak strikeout rate (34 in 62 innings).
4 155 Milwaukee Brewers Tyler Wagner Utah Utah $250,000
Wagner will likely be the first player drafted out of Utah. He has a solid pitcher's build at 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds. Used as the Utes' closer, Wagner didn't have a great year statistically, but his stuff was strong all season. His fastball sits in the 91-93 mph range and he touches 95-96. He flashes an above-average slider and has a good changeup, though he doesn't need it much.
4 156 Texas Rangers Alec Asher Polk County (Fla.) JC Fla. $150,000
Asher was a 23rd-round pick of the Giants out of high school in 2010, and was set to sign for $80,000 when his contract was voided due to a bone chip in his elbow. Asher, who had Tommy John surgery when he was 14, pitched at Santa Fe (Fla.) JC in 2011, then moved on to Polk County this spring, helping the school to its first Junior College World Series berth. He was named top pitcher of the state juco tournament after throwing 7 2/3 innings on three days' rest in the championship game. He has dominated juco competition (12-1, 1.39, 113-24 SO-BB ratio in 104 IP) working off a hard 89-94 mph fastball that consistently reaches 95 and has touched 97. He locates the pitch well and has shown an ability to pitch to both sides of the plate with it. Asher has gotten leaner since high school, and his 6-foot-4, 220-pound frame helps him maintain his velocity deep into games. None of his secondary pitches excites scouts. His curveball is more of an early-count pitch, and he doesn't regularly throw his decent slider for strikes. He hasn't needed much of a changeup. Asher's medical history pushes him down some boards, but the Division-II Tampa commitment is considered signable.
4 157 New York Yankees Corey Black Faulkner (Ala.) Ala. $215,000
Black has some surface similarities to 2004 No. 1 overall pick Matt Bush, starting with his 5-foot-11, 170-pound frame. He's slighter than Bush, who like Black first attracted attention at Mission Bay High in San Diego as a two-way player. Black wound up missing much of his junior season with Tommy John surgery and went to San Diego State, getting more time as a pitcher than a hitter. He pitched 121 innings in two seasons and went 4-5, 3.56 with 78 strikeouts and 42 walks in 73 innings as a sophomore, but he was taken off the Aztecs roster in the fall. He wound up showcasing himself at the Arizona Fall Classic and transferred to NAIA Faulkner so he would be eligible to pitch in 2012. Black has a quick arm and can run his fastball up to 94-96 mph at times, and he should sit there in a future bullpen role. Both his slider and changeup have their moments; his changeup developed into a reliable second pitch, with his breaking ball remaining inconsistent. Black's fastball should get him in the first five rounds despite his medical history and size.
5 160 Minnesota Twins Tyler Duffey Rice Texas $267,100
J.T. Chargois is Rice's main closer and projects as a top-two-rounds selection, but it's Duffey who's having a better season in the Owls' bullpen. Entering the Conference USA tournament, Duffey had a superior ERA (1.84 to 2.27), strikeout rate (11.7 per nine innings to 8.8) and opponent average (.172 to .214). He doesn't have Chargois' pure stuff, but Duffey has an 88-92 mph fastball that touches 94 and backs it up with an average slider. He has the makings of a changeup and a durable 6-foot-3, 210-pound frame, so a pro team could give him a chance to start. Scouts also love the way he competes.
5 166 Pittsburgh Pirates Adrian Sampson Bellevue (Wash.) CC Wash. $250,000
Sampson was a highly ranked prospect in high school but needed Tommy John surgery during his senior year, so he didn't get drafted and wound up going the junior college route instead of honoring his commitment to Oregon. Sampson's brother, Julian, spent four years in the Phillies system. Adrian was a 16th-round pick by the Marlins last year, but did not sign and projects to go significantly higher this time around. His fastball has been better than it was last year. He generally has been sitting in the low 90s and touching 94 mph, though he was more in the 87-91 mph in some stretches. His best pitch is his curveball, which is already an above-average pitch with sharp, late break, and he's showing improved feel for his changeup. Sampson pitches with above-average control and command and has the confidence to throw any of his pitches in any count. He is again committed to Oregon but is considered more likely to sign this year.
5 170 New York Mets Brandon Welch Palm Beach State (Fla.) JC Fla. $200,000
Welch was primarily an outfielder in high school, though he closed from time to time, and he played both ways as a freshman last year at Daytona State (Fla.) JC, posting a 5.68 ERA. He transferred to Palm Beach State JC as a sophomore, moving into the rotation and going 4-3, 2.83 with 79 strikeouts and 13 walks in 76 innings. The athletic, quick-armed Welch generated buzz early in the spring, showing one of the liveliest arms in Florida and sitting around 92-94 mph and touching 96 with his fastball. The separating factor was a power slider that at times reached 84-87 mph, with depth. With all the talent in the state's high school and college ranks, though, scouts had a hard time bearing down on juco players, and when they checked in at the state tournament in May, Welch's velocity had dipped into the 87-90 range. Welch, a Florida Atlantic signee, is a bit undersized at 6-foot-1, 185 pounds, so most scouts see him as a reliever at the pro level.
5 173 Cleveland Indians Dylan Baker Western Nevada JC Nev. $200,000
Baker has taken an uncharted path as a prospect. He went to Douglas High in Juneau, Alaska, before pitching at Tacoma (Wash.) CC last year and then winding up at Western Nevada this year. Baker has a good pitcher's frame at 6-foot-3 and 213 pounds and has put up fantastic numbers as the ace for the Wildcats, though scouts see him in the bullpen. His fastball sits in the 90-95 mph range, and his breaking ball shows flashes of being a plus pitch, though scouts would like for it to be more of a true slider. He mixes in an occasional changeup but is more of a two-pitch guy, which limits his role. Scouts don't love his delivery because he doesn't stay in line to the plate and shows effort, which limits his command and would seem to further suggest a future in the bullpen.
5 176 Los Angeles Dodgers Ross Stripling Texas A&M Texas $130,000
Stripling was mostly a football and basketball player in high school in Texas before breaking his left leg as a senior. Bored during his rehab, he began fooling around on the mound with a cast on his leg, then went 14-0 in his first season as a pitcher, earning an academic scholarship and walking on at Texas A&M. He tied for the NCAA Division I lead with 14 wins and helped the Aggies reach the College World Series in 2011, then returned for his senior season after failing to sign with the Rockies as a ninth-rounder. On the day (May 12) he was scheduled to graduate with a degree in finance, he threw a no-hitter against San Diego State. The scouting report remains the same on Stripling. He's an athletic 6-foot-3, 190-pounder who works at 88-91 mph with his fastball and gets outs with his 12-to-6 curveball. He uses an over-the-top delivery, which he repeats well, and has a decent changeup. He has the stuff and command to make it as a starter, and he's intriguing as a reliever because he hit 94 mph and featured a sharper curve when he came out of the bullpen in past seasons.
5 177 Los Angeles Angels Mark Sappington Rockhurst (Mo.) Mo. $218,000
Sappington threw in the mid-80s as a high school senior in Peculiar, Mo., so he was lightly recruited and wound up at NCAA Division II Rockhurst. In three years with the Hawks, he has developed into a 6-foot-4, 220-pounder whose fastball now operates at 92-93 mph and peaks at 96. He could have even more velocity if he shifts to the bullpen in pro ball, as most scouts believe he will. They love Sappington's body and arm strength but think the rest of his package fits best in a relief role. His delivery will need a lot of work, as it features a lot of twists and turns and effort. Better mechanics would improve the consistency of his slider, which shows the makings of becoming a solid second offering, and his command. He throws strikes but will need to improve the location of his pitches. Sappington earns kudos for his makeup and willingness to learn.
5 180 St. Louis Cardinals Cory Jones JC of the Canyons (Calif.) Calif. $220,300
Jones started his collegiate career at Pepperdine before transferring to Canyons, where he has shortened his arm stroke and improved his alignment by throwing across his body less. His arm strength has caught scouts' attention, making him a candidate to be a top-five round pick. At his best, Jones has touched 95-97 mph, but he works more consistently in the 88-93 range. His fastball command is spotty at best. His breaking ball is inconsistent, sometimes looking like a slightly above-average power curveball in the 80-83 mph range, sometimes getting slurvish, and usually rating below-average. He has limited feel for a changeup, and he profiles best as a reliever.
5 181 Boston Red Sox Mike Augliera Binghamton N.Y. $25,000
Augliera is a 6-foot, 200-pound senior that has a fastball in the high 80s and shows feel for a slider. While he doesn't light up radar guns, he does paint corners. In 83 innings, he went 6-7, 3.16 and struck out 83 while walking just seven.
5 185 Milwaukee Brewers Damien Magnifico Oklahoma Okla. $285,000
There may not be a pitcher in the entire draft who lights up radar guns as consistently as Magnifico, who regularly hits 100 mph. He reached triple digits 22 times in an April 10 start against Arkansas, working at 96-97 in the ninth and popping a 99 mph heater on his 103rd and final pitch. The question is what else he will bring to the table. His fastball lacks life and opponents see it and hit it well. He had just 27 strikeouts and a .282 opponent average through his first 43 innings this spring. Six-foot-2 and 195 pounds, Magnifico has made adjustments this spring. He'll flash a two-seam fastball with less velocity and more sink, and he's made progress with a cutter/slider, though it still grades as a well below-average pitch. He'll mix in a changeup, but it doesn't keep hitters off his fastball. A fifth-round pick by the Mets out of high school in 2009, Magnifico redshirted at Howard (Texas) JC in 2010 while battling a stress fracture in his elbow that required the insertion of screws. As a draft-eligible sophomore, he has more leverage than most college prospects.
6 193 Kansas City Royals Zach Lovvorn Oxford (Ala.) HS Ala. $275,000
Oxford High has three pitchers who could be drafted in Lovvorn and fellow righties Tucker Simpson (a 6-foot-7 Florida commit) and Jackson Stephens (an Alabama signee). Lovvorn was the team's No. 3 starter much of the season but started rising up draft boards with a strong one-hit effort in the National High School Invitational. The 6-foot-2, 180-pounder showed an average fastball that touched 94 mph at times and had above-average life. At his best, his slider gave him an average secondary pitch, and he throws a changeup. Lovvorn's stuff backed up as he came under more scrutiny late in the spring.
6 194 Chicago Cubs Trey Lang Gateway (Ariz.) CC Ariz. $165,000
Lang played both ways at Skyline High in Mesa, Ariz., and at Northern Illinois before transferring closer to home at Gateway CC. Head coach Rob Shabansky saw Lang as an outfielder with power potential, but when he ran short on pitchers during fall ball asked if Lang wanted to take the mound. His first pitch was clocked at 93 mph, and Shabansky knew that's where Lang belonged. Lang has a sturdy, muscular build at 6-foot-3, 235 pounds, after trimming down from 260 pounds at Northern Illinois. Lang has continued to play both ways for the Geckos and served as their closer this year, so he was sometimes tough for scouts to see. His fastball was in the 92-94 mph range and topped out at 96 at its best, and his slider was a wipeout pitch, but his stuff faded down the stretch. His fastball was in the 87-90 mph range and his slider wasn't as firm. That's understandable given his inexperience on the mound and the fact that he was also spending time in the outfield and at DH. A team that is patient with Lang could wind up with a quality bullpen arm. He is committed to New Mexico but most scouts think he'll sign.
6 198 Colorado Rockies Matt Carasiti St. John's N.Y. $185,200
While Carasiti has served as St. John's Friday starter this season, he has less of a chance to stick in a rotation than his teammate, Kyle Hansen. Carasiti fits better in a relief role, which he filled for St. John's in 2011. In 60 innings this spring, he was 4-4, 4.03 with 49 strikeouts and 25 walks in 60 innings. He has a big body at 6-foot-3, 205 pounds and a quick arm that generates low-90s fastballs with downhill plane. However, he lacks command and consistent secondary stuff. His second pitch is a slider, and at times he'll snap one off that has sharp break to it, but most will come out flat. He has alternated between a changeup and splitter for a third pitch, but won't have much use for either if he moves to the bullpen. His frame and arm strength give him a good foundation, and he's a hard worker so scouts see upside if he can put it all together. He could go anywhere from the fourth to sixth round.
6 199 Oakland Athletics Seth Streich Ohio Ohio $183,500
Streich has rarely been completely healthy this spring, pitching through hamstring and oblique injuries that cost him two starts. Neverthless, he has shown some of the best velocity in the Great Lakes. Streich can run his fastball up to 95 mph and sit at 92-93 mph throughout a game when he's at his best. He also can overpower hitters with an 85-86 mph slider. He has a strong pitcher's build at 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds. Streich lacks consistency with his pitches, in particular his control and command, and has gone just 9-16, 4.93 in three seasons at Ohio. He also has played first base and DH for the Bobcats, and scouts believe he'll improve once he concentrates on pitching. The Twins selected his brother Tobias as a catcher in the fifth round in 2009, and Streich should go in the same area of this year's draft.
6 201 Chicago White Sox Kyle Hansen St. John's N.Y. $250,000
The younger brother of Craig Hansen--Boston's first-round pick out of St. John's in 2005--Kyle won't go quite as high. He has large frame at 6-foot-8, 215 pounds, and figures to pitch out of the bullpen in pro ball just like his brother. He has a plus fastball that sits in the low 90s and gets up to 96 mph with good sink. His command is just fair, though he has been able to keep his walk rate under three per nine innings while striking out more than 11 per nine. Questions about his secondary stuff lead scouts to project him as a reliever. He flashes a slider with depth that can be average to plus at times, but it's inconsistent. He has also mixed in a changeup with sink that has improved, but probably won't be much of factor in pro ball. His mechanics aren't terribly clean and he has some funk in his delivery, but he makes it work. When he's on he gets out in front well and can be very difficult to pick up.
6 206 Los Angeles Dodgers Joey Curletta Mountain Pointe HS, Phoenix Ariz. $171,600
Curletta is a physical monster at 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds. He shows light-tower power from the right side of the plate, but scouts wonder how much he'll actually hit because his swing can be a little stiff and he struggles at times with pitch recognition. He's a 20 runner on the 20-80 scouting scale and will be limited defensively to first base. He has a small scholarship to Arizona and the Wildcats recruited him as a hitter. Curletta wants to hit, but he's also shown some intriguing arm strength (92-94 mph) and could wind up on the mound.
6 208 San Francisco Giants Stephen Johnson St. Edward's (Texas) Texas $180,000
The draft's best college prospect outside of NCAA Division I, Johnson had middling success in two years as a starter at Division II St. Edward's. He rocketed up draft boards when he worked as a reliever last summer for the California Collegiate League's Santa Barbara Foresters and helped them win the National Baseball Congress World Series. Johnson's fastball sat at 94-96 mph last summer and has been even better this spring, hitting 98 mph and topping out at 101 mph. He has been much more dominant coming out of the bullpen, leading D-II with 16 regular-season saves while striking out 63 in 36 innings and limiting opponents to a .131 average and two extra-base hits. The 6-foot-4, 205-pounder pitches mostly off his fastball, which features some run and sink, and his hard slurve parks at 81-85 mph when it's on. Johnson has a funky arm action with a stab in the back, resulting in just decent command and perhaps limiting his realistic ceiling to set-up man rather than closer. Diagnosed with a partial elbow tear as a Colorado high school senior three years ago, Johnson eschewed surgery and hasn't had any health problems in college.
6 210 St. Louis Cardinals Kurt Heyer Arizona Ariz. $165,100
Because they're from the same state and both get by on command and deception over stuff, Heyer is often compared to Arizona State ace Brady Rodgers. Heyer is more physical at 6-foot-2 and 211 pounds. He's also more aggressive on the mound, showing a better ability to attack hitters and a little bit of a mean streak. Even with those points in his favor, Heyer doesn't have Rodgers' four-pitch arsenal. Heyer pitches with a fastball in the 86-89 mph range and an average slider. He shows an occasional changeup and curveball, but mostly sticks to his two main pitches and relies on his above-average control and command. Heyer has some funkiness to his delivery, but shows exceptional work ethic, competitiveness and toughness. Heyer has been very successful as a starter at Arizona--he ranked second in the Pac-10 in strikeouts last year and ranks second again this year--but scouts believe his two-pitch repertoire and aggressive demeanor profile better in the bullpen as a pro.
6 211 Boston Red Sox Justin Haley Fresno State Calif. $125,000
Haley came to Fresno State via Sierra (Calif.) JC and was a pleasant surprise in the team's rotation this spring, going 7-4, 3.28 with 94 strikeouts and 39 walks over 93 innings. Haley has a workhorse build at 6-foot-5 and 225 pounds. He pitches in the 91-93 mph range and tops out at 95. Because of his size, his fastball has heavy downhill action. He mixes in a solid breaking ball and shows flashes of a quality changeup. Haley competes well and projects to be picked in the 5-7 round range, about 40 rounds higher than his 46th-round selection by the Indians in 2010.
6 212 Tampa Bay Rays Damion Carroll King George (Va.) HS Va. $187,500
Carroll is a good example of the adage, "If you're good, they'll find you." He was absent from the showcase circuit and pitched for his American Legion team last summer, but plenty of scouts were in on him this spring. An excellent athlete who also excels in basketball, Carroll is raw but physical at 6-foot-4, 205 pounds, drawing comparisons to a young Lee Smith. He has a strong arm and sits in the low 90s, touching 95 mph. His secondary stuff needs work, but he has shown two breaking balls with at least average potential. His curveball has power tilt with tight, three-quarters break when it's on. His changeup will need work. The jury seems to be split on Carroll and he lost some steam later in the season, but he has no Division I college commitment and should be signable in the fourth to sixth round.
6 217 New York Yankees Nick Goody Louisiana State La. $140,000
The Yankees drafted Goody in 2011 out of a Florida junior college and didn't sign him, and he should go much higher than the 22nd round this year. The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder has consistently pounded the zone with a 90-93 mph fastball and a short, late-breaking slider with good power. Goody fills up the strike zone, as evidenced by a 39-3 strikeout-walk ratio. He's strictly a reliever who could move to the majors quickly.
7 222 Baltimore Orioles Matt Price South Carolina S.C. $149,300
Another fixture on two national title teams, Price has been a stopper for the Gamecocks. He went unsigned as the Diamondbacks sixth-round pick last season and is now 22 years old. South Carolina started him in the rotation, but he returned to the bullpen where he's needed and gets better results. He's been up to 95-96 mph in the past, but sits 89-93 and has a low-80s, two-plane slider that is average to a tick above. Scouts wonder how he doesn't get hit more as his pitches are not true swing-and-miss offerings, but he feeds off of adrenaline and has swagger on the mound.
7 225 San Diego Padres Roman Madrid Central Florida Fla. $95,000
Madrid was drafted out of high school as a catcher but attended McLennan (Texas) JC instead, working primarily as a pitcher. He has a strong 6-foot-1, 200-pound frame and thrived as Joe Rogers' set-up man at Central Florida, pounding the zone with a 91-94 mph fastball. He kept hitters honest with a cutter-type slider that at times reaches 87 mph. Madrid has proven durable as well, working more than half of UCF's games (28 of its first 55) while maintaining his stuff throughout the year.
7 227 Miami Marlins Ryan Newell Shorter (Ga.) Ga. $147,600
A 6-foot-3, 215-pounder, Newell had a productive year at the NAIA level, going 9-4, 3.53 as a junior with 110 strikeouts in 82 innings. He also walked 58. Newell doesn't have a great feel for throwing strikes but has flashed good velocity with some 92-94 mph fastball readings at his best.
7 229 Oakland Athletics Cody Kurz Oxnard (Calif.) JC Calif. $147,000
Kurz garnered scholarship offers from Louisiana State and Washington as a football linebacker out of high school, and he is in his fist year bearing down on pitching. His 6-foot-4, 220-pound frame and arm strength are his best assets, and he has run his fastball up to 93-94 mph this spring, though he was working in the 88-91 range down the stretch. He flashes an average breaking ball and tends to get around it in games, making it more of a slurve. He has a long way to go to improve his consistency with the pitch and with his nascent changeup. As a fresh power arm with a physical frame, Kurz could get drafted near the back of the top 10 rounds, but his upside is limited to the bullpen, and he figures to be a long-term project.
7 230 New York Mets Corey Oswalt Madison HS, San Diego Calif. $475,000
Oswalt played in the 2011 PG All-American Classic as a position player, but he has emerged as a better prospect on the mound this spring. Though he's new to pitching, Reed has intriguing upside thanks to his prototypical 6-foot-4, 210-pound frame, smooth arm action and sound delivery. He currently pitches in the 88-90 mph range as a starter but touches 91-92, and he has some feel to spin a breaking ball, though he doesn't really know what he's doing with it, in the words of one scout. His changeup is in its nascent stages. Oswalt is a long-term project, and he could develop into a higher-level prospect with three years working with Andrew Checketts at UC Santa Barbara, if no team makes a run at signing him this spring.
7 234 Washington Nationals Robert Benincasa Florida State Fla. $145,000
The 1,000th overall pick in 2009 out of high school, Benincasa turned down the Blue Jays to attend Florida State, unlocking some of his potential as a junior relief ace. He made seven starts the previous two seasons and has a solid 6-foot-2, 195-pound frame and clean arm action that could return him to a starting role as a pro. He has mixed in a solid-average split-changeup but generally pitches off his 90-92 mph fastball, which regularly hits 93-94 and has good sink, and his slider, an above-average pitch with late action and decent depth.
7 238 San Francisco Giants E.J. Encinosa Miami Fla. $144,000
Miami's closer legacy is lengthy, but Encinosa hasn't been able to live up to it despite moving back to relief after starting last spring. With a physical 6-foot-5, 242-pound frame, he produces excellent sink and life on his 93-94 mph fastball, though at times the pitch isn't that firm. He lacks control, not to mention command, with15 walks, seven hit batsmen and five wild pitches in 28 innings en route to losing the closer role to A.J. Salcines. That said, Encinosa is hard to square up (one extra-base hit, .129 opponents average). His mound demeanor doesn't help matters; he's not shy about showing up his infielders if they make a mistake.
7 240 St. Louis Cardinals Kyle Barraclough St. Mary's Calif. $65,000
Barraclough had a solid four-year career at St. Mary's. He passed Tom Candiotti to rank second all-time for St. Mary's career strikeouts. Barraclough has a strong build at 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds. His fastball sits in the 91-93 mph range and touches 95 and he mixes in an above-average splitter that he uses as a changeup and an average slider. Barraclough smoothed out his delivery this year, but his control is below average, as he walked 47 batters over 79 innings. Barraclough will likely get a chance to start in pro ball, but profiles best in the bullpen. He was a 40th-round pick by the Twins last year, but is expected to go much higher this year, possibly even inside the top 10 rounds as a senior willing to cut a deal and give a team more spending flexibility.
7 241 Boston Red Sox Kyle Kraus Portland Ore. $1,000
Kraus pitches with a heavy 86-89 mph fastball and fills up the strike zone with four pitches. His slider is fringy and his curveball is below average, but he has an average changeup and gets a lot of groundballs. Kraus knows how to pitch, shows excellent competitiveness on the mound and repeats his compact delivery well.
7 244 Detroit Tigers Hudson Randall Florida Fla. $142,000
Randall has been Florida's ace for three seasons without owning a pitch that's plus on a pro scouting scale. What he has that's above-average is command and life on all his pitches. He cuts, sinks and runs his fastball to all four quadrants of the strike zone, a must because it tops out at 88-90 mph. The 6-foot-3, 180-pounder throws a changeup with similar action and throws strikes with his curve and cutter-type slider. He missed time with a dead arm this spring, but his performance (2.70 ERA, just 41 BB in 296 career IP) could get him off the board early.
7 247 New York Yankees Taylor Garrison Fresno State Calif. $10,000
Garrison has frequently been overshadowed by his twin brother Trent, a catcher for the Bulldogs. Taylor was a walk on at Fresno State as a freshman before earning a scholarship. Garrison is just 5-foot-10 and 160 pounds, but he has a fluid, efficient delivery with a loose, whippy arm. His fastball sits in the 91-93 mph range and touches 94. Garrison worked as the Bulldogs' closer this year and flashes good secondary stuff. His go-to pitch is an above-average cutter, but he also has a quality changeup and curveball.
8 250 Minnesota Twins Christian Powell College of Charleston S.C. $140,100
A 47th-round pick of the Indians in 2009, Powell's size and arm strength is lauded by scouts. He stands at 6-foot-5, 220 pounds and fires fastballs that sit 90-93 mph and touch 95-96 with sink. Powell has had success for the Cougars this season, and he was 8-3, 2.35 in 14 appearances (13 starts) and opponents were batting just .222 off of him. He throws strikes, but he doesn't have the strikeout numbers you would expect out of a hard thrower, with 66 in 80 innings. That is likely a product of his lack of command and secondary stuff. He has a questionable arm action that affects his velocity, command and breaking ball. His curveball is solid, but he doesn't command it and it's not an out pitch right now. He mixes in a hard changeup.
8 257 Miami Marlins Drew Steckenrider Tennessee Tenn. $137,900
Steckenrider annoyed area scouts in high school with his inconsistent effort while teasing them with his tools. After two subpar seasons at a sinking Tennessee program, Steckenrider shook some of his past reputation by performing well as a relief pitcher for new coach Dave Serrano. Physically gifted at 6-foot-5, 230 pounds, Steckenrider has huge raw power as a hitter but lacks the feel for the barrel to hit for average and fit a right-field profile. Instead, he'll go out on the mound, where he overpowers hitters with a 92-96 mph fastball. He may develop better secondary stuff once he gives up hitting and focuses on pitching full-time. He lacks the instincts to start despite pounding the zone with a plus fastball; his changeup improved under Serrano's tutelage but his breaking ball remains below-average.
8 259 Oakland Athletics Kris Hall Lee (Tenn.) Tenn. $137,200
Hall began his career at Division I Cleveland State, going 1-2, 11.36 as a freshman before transferring to NAIA Lee when Cleveland State announced it was shuttering its program. He helped the Flames reach the NAIA World Series last year as a reliever and did it this year as the staff ace, going 11-0, 1.52 with 115 strikeouts and 43 walks in 95 innings. Hall started putting it together last year, with his fastball jumping from the 86-88 mph range up to the low to mid-90s. His slider gives him a swing-and-miss pitch that at times is a true plus pitch at 86-87 mph, and he throws an effective hard curve as well. At other times his slider is flat and sweepy. Physical at 6-foot-3, 220 pounds, he maintained his stuff even as a starter this year, especially early in the season, though he endured a dead-arm period late in the spring. Hall's delivery remains unrefined, as do his changeup and control, and many scouts see him as a reliever, pushing him down to the fourth or fifth round.
8 261 Chicago White Sox Zach Isler Cincinnati Ohio $136,600
With a big frame and a plus fastball, Isler looks the part of a late-inning reliever and should get popped in the first five or six rounds of the draft. He's a 6-foot-5, 239-pounder whose heater ranges from 90-95 mph and often sits at 93-94, with the added benefit of heavy sink. He lives off his sinker, as his 82-84 mph slider is more notable for its velocity than its break. It has the potential to be an average second pitch. Isler has a decent delivery that he generally repeats, though he'll need to sharpen his control and command in pro ball. Injuries pressed him into Cincinnati's rotation at the end of the spring, and while he responded with a 1.61 ERA and averaged seven innings in four regular-season starts, he'll be strictly a bullpen option in pro ball.
8 263 Cleveland Indians Caleb Hamrick Cedar Hill (Texas) HS Texas $180,000
Another attractive Texas high school pitcher who probably can't be diverted from college, Hamrick is a 6-foot-3, 225-pounder who repeatedly has reached 93 mph with his fastball this spring. The Dallas Baptist recruit usually works at 88-91 mph with his heater and pairs it with a promising slider. Also a righthanded-hitting slugger, he has participated in the last two International Power Showcases.
8 266 Los Angeles Dodgers Scott Griggs UCLA Calif. $135,100
Griggs ranked as the No. 135 prospect in the BA Top 200 coming out of high school in 2009, based on his raw arm strength and upside. He struggled with his mechanics and control in his first two seasons at UCLA and pitched sparingly, issuing 29 walks in 26 innings. He made progress repeating his delivery and this year emerged as the Bruins' closer, going 1-1, 2.08 with a school-record 13 saves. His 52 strikeouts in 30 innings are an indication of his electric stuff is, but his 29 walks are illustrative of control that scouts still grade as well below-average. Griggs sits in the 91-93 mph range and tops out at 94-95, but an inconsistent delivery can make it difficult for him to command his fastball. He actually commands his curveball better, and it is a true power pitch in the 79-82 range with depth and bite. He dabbles with a changeup but rarely uses it in games. Griggs has made major strides with the mental side of the game as well, though he still needs to convince scouts he has the toughness to throw strikes consistently in big spots. Griggs comes with risk, and many scouts are convinced he'll never have enough command to be a big league closer, but his stuff will likely get him drafted in the top three to five rounds.
8 267 Los Angeles Angels Austin Adams South Florida Fla. $127,500
South Florida finished its season playing well thanks to a strong pitching staff led by 6-foot-8, 240-pound senior lefty Andrew Barbosa, a 24-year-old with a long medical history. Meanwhile, scouts had little to go on with set-up man Austin Adams, a quick-armed 6-foot-2, 185-pounder who has found the strike zone under the tutelage of Chuck Hernandez, the Bulls' veteran pitching coach. Adams had shown a fastball that has been in the 91-95 mph range to go with a 55 curveball. He'd walked 23 in just 10 innings his first two seasons and wasn't South Florida's closer this year, so he's hard to scout. But his 32-9 strikeout-walk ratio in 26 innings is a significant improvement from his past performance. His lack of track record clouds his draft status.
8 269 Atlanta Braves Dave Peterson College of Charleston S.C. $50,000
A 40th-round pick out of high school, Peterson shifted to the closer's role for his senior season. In 30 appearances, he had a 3.19 ERA and recorded 10 saves while striking out 39 and walking 15 in 37 innings. Peterson has a good frame at 6-foot-4, 215 pounds and sits 92-95 mph with his fastball. He throws strikes, but needs to do a better job of commanding his fastball. His best secondary pitch is a slurvy curveball that sits in the upper 70s.
8 276 Texas Rangers Cody Kendall Fresno State Calif. $5,000
Another senior, Kendall came on late for the Bulldogs. Mostly used in the bullpen, he was moved to the rotation late in the year and pitched a near complete game in the last series of the year (he came in out of the bullpen for the second batter of the game after the starter got hurt and pitched the rest of the way) and then a complete game in the Western Athletic Conference tournament. Kendall has a 6-foot-2, 210-pound frame. He overhauled his delivery last summer, which gave him a little more velocity on his fastball. The pitch now sits in the 91-93 mph range and touches 95 with heavy sinking life. He still needs to develop his secondary pitches, a changeup and a cutter.
9 279 Houston Astros Daniel Minor Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Texas $50,000
After two years at McLennan (Texas) CC, Minor made an immediate impact at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. He tied the school record for wins, going 10-3, 2.20 with 110 strikeouts in as many innings. Though he's small at 5-foot-11 and 180 pounds, he works at 88-90 mph with his fastball. He opened some eyes by hitting 93 during the Southland Conference tournament. He also spins a breaking ball well and throws strikes.
9 282 Baltimore Orioles Brady Wager Grand Canyon (Ariz.) Ariz. $125,000
Wager has a strong, physical build at 6-foot-2 and 205 pounds. His fastball ranges from 89-95 mph with above-average life at times. He mixes in a hard slider in the 83-86 mph range and a solid-average changeup. Wager will need to do a better job of throwing strikes, but profiles as a power arm out of the bullpen.
9 287 Miami Marlins Nick Wittgren Purdue Ind. $128,800
Not only did Purdue end a 103-year Big Ten Conference title drought this spring, but it also should have three players selected in the top 10 rounds of the draft for the first time ever. Catcher Kevin Plawecki and third baseman Cameron Perkins do most of the heavy lifting for the offense, while Wittgren has been lights out as a closer in two years with Boilermakers and in the Cape Cod League last summer. The 6-foot-3, 205-pounder repeatedly gets swings and misses with his fastball, which sits at 88-91 mph and peaks at 93. His deceptive delivery allows his heater to jump on hitters and seem much quicker. His curveball is an average second pitch, a hard 76-80 mph breaker that he can throw for strikes. A good athlete, Wittgren was better known as a shortstop in high school and became a full-time pitcher at Parkland (Ill.) JC in 2010.
9 288 Colorado Rockies Zach Jemiola Great Oak HS, Temecula, Calif. Calif. $128,500
Jemiola came out of the chute strong, flashing some 94-96 mph heat early in the spring, but his stock has slid precipitously since then. That's partly because he missed about three weeks after hitting hit by a pitch on his shoulder, and since he returned his stuff and command have dropped off. He still sits in the 88-90 mph range and bumps 91-92, and his slurvy slider has a chance to be average down the line. He has some feel for a changeup that he uses sparingly. Jemiola has become something of a mess mechanically--he has a short stride, an inconsistent arm slot and release point, a tendency to decelerate his arm and then recoil. Scouts seem content to let him to go to UC Riverside, where he has a chance to develop into a quality pick in three years, because his arm strength is undeniable.
9 289 Oakland Athletics Dakota Bacus Indiana State Ind. $128,200
Bacus has gone from not making the team at Moline (Ill.) High in his first two prep seasons to becoming the ace of an Indiana State that won its first-ever outright Missouri Valley Conference regular season title this spring. After spending two seasons at Southeastern (Iowa) CC, he opened 2012 by working at 86-88 mph with his fastball. As the weather heated up, so did Bacus, who pitched at 90-92 mph down the stretch. The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder also has transformed the rolling curveball he had at Southeastern into a sharp slider that grades as a plus pitch at times. His changeup is a solid third pitch. Bacus throws strikes but doesn't get a ton of swings and misses, so he profiles as a No. 4 starter. His stuff could play up in a relief role, and his slider could give him the ceiling of a set-up man.
9 293 Cleveland Indians Jacob Lee Arkansas State Ark. $2,500
Arkansas' No. 4 prospect last year, Lee wasn't drafted after an up-and-down spring. He was better as a sophomore, with more consistent velocity in the 89-91 mph range and even touching 93. His curveball remains his best pitch, earning 55 grades for its shape and consistency, and his changeup is fringe-average to better. The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder lacks upside but is a solid senior sign.
9 294 Washington Nationals Derek Self Louisville Ky. $25,000
Self hoped to sign with the Athletics as a 27th-round pick last year, so he skipped summer ball in favor of long-tossing and lifting weights. He never got a deal done with Oakland but did get stronger, which has paid off with improved stuff in his senior season. Scouts like Self more now than they did when he was winning the first 16 decisions of his Louisville career. The 6-foot-3, 210-pounder's fastball has gone from 87-91 mph to 92-95 and his so-so slider has transformed into an 87-88 mph cutter. He seems to be most effective when he sacrifices a little velocity for added sink. Self doesn't miss a lot of bats, but he doesn't beat himself with walks and he generates groundout after groundout. He's attractive to teams as a senior who belongs in the top 10 rounds and still can be had at a discount.
9 296 Los Angeles Dodgers Zach Bird Murrah HS, Jackson, Miss. Miss. $140,000
Bird's father Eugene lettered at Southern Miss, and the raw Bird was expected to follow his dad to Hattiesburg. The 6-foot-4, 190-pounder has touched 92 mph and has a projectable frame that scouts like. He's inexperienced, which shows in his inconsistent delivery and control as well as little things like fielding. He has his share of athletic ability, throws a curveball around 70 mph that could use more power but has fair shape, and the makings of a changeup.
9 299 Atlanta Braves Steven Schils Florida Tech Fla. $50,000
Schils is a physical 6-foot-2, 210-pounder who pitched 24 innings over two seasons at High Point. He transferred to Division II Florida Tech this spring to get playing time and opened the season as the team's closer before losing that role due to a bout of wildness that included 13 walks in his 10 innings. Despite a fastball that touched the mid-90s and that sits in the 91-92 mph range, he had just four strikeouts in the spring.
9 303 Arizona Diamondbacks Jeff Gibbs Maine Maine $90,000
There were high hopes for Gibbs this season with his arm strength and 6-foot-4, 215-pound frame. But Gibbs has struggled, going 3-4, 7.81 with 52 strikeouts and 38 walks in 55 innings. He also hit nine batters and threw 19 wild pitches. He sits 90-92 mph with ease and can get up to the mid 90s, but his fastball is a true pitch and he gets behind in the count a lot. His slider and changeup are average, but he tends to nibble too much and needs to pitch with more confidence.
9 305 Milwaukee Brewers Alex Lavandero Belen Jesuit Prep, Miami Fla. $125,000
Lavandero has a projectable pitcher's body at 6-foot-3, 180 pounds, and the Florida Atlantic recruit has solid athleticism. Some scouts subscribe to the theory that few Florida pitchers are projectable because of the Sunshine State's year-round play; Lavandero's frame, clean arm action and athleticism could make him an exception. He has some effort in his delivery that could lead to improved velocity if he becomes more efficient. He stays tall in his delivery, has touched 91-92 mph and generally sits 87-90 mph. He also throws a breaking ball and a changeup and has some feel for pitching.
9 306 Texas Rangers John Niggli Liberty Va. $10,000
Niggli is a strike thrower that sits 86-88 and can touch 90. He also mixes in a two-seamer and changeup. He went 9-4, 2.17 with a save in 104 innings pitched.
9 307 New York Yankees Derek Varnadore Auburn Ala. $10,000
Varnadore led Auburn in innings as a senior, after being a 17th-round pick last year. His deceptive arm action precludes him from having consistent command. He pitches off an 89-90 mph fastball with a slider and changeup, none of it consistent.
9 308 Philadelphia Phillies Jordan Guth Wisconsin-Milwaukee Wis. $50,000
Though Guth had an inconsistent season, it's easy to dream on a 6-foot-5, 215-pounder who can hit 94 mph with his fastball. His velocity dipped as low as 86 times this spring, when he continually battled his command. His slider, curveball and changeup all have their moments, but he's still figuring things out on the mound.
10 310 Minnesota Twins D.J. Baxendale Arkansas Ark. $125,000
Baxendale had come on strong down the stretch for Arkansas, which might mitigate an ugly start to a season that began with great expectations. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound righthander always has relied on an excellent curveball as his putaway pitch; it allowed him to thrive as a reliever as a freshman and post a 1.58 ERA as a sophomore starter. Baxendale was pitching at 88-90 mph with his fastball early in the season, while his breaking ball was down to the 69-72 mph range. He regained some zip later in the season, as he stopped overthrowing and trying to pitch to the radar gun. Baxendale figured to be picked later than his brother Blake, a prep catcher in Arkansas, but it's possible both players could suit up for the Razorbacks next season.
10 311 Seattle Mariners Grady Wood Western Oregon Ore. $40,000
Wood has a solid build at 6-foot-2 and 195 pounds and posted excellent numbers for the Wolves as a senior, going 12-0, 1.69 with 89 strikeouts and 12 walks over 96 innings to be named Great Northwest Athletic Conference pitcher of the year for the second straight year. Wood pitches with a fastball in the 90-91 mph range and he gets a lot of sink and late life on the pitch. He throws from a low three-quarters arm slot and mixes in a good slider and a changeup he added to his arsenal this year. Wood is an intense competitor and figures to be a groundball-producing back-end starter or a middle reliever at the next level.
10 314 Chicago Cubs Chad Martin Indiana Ind. $10,000
While Martin has size (6-foot-7, 240 pounds), arm strength (he can hit 95 mph) and the ability to spin the ball, he has yet to parlays those assets into consistent success. He'll pitch at 90-93 mph with his fastball early in games but dip quickly into the low 80s. His curveball and slider have their moments but lack consistency. His control and command regressed in 2012, and scouts wish he has more deception in his delivery and fire in his belly. He spent his first two college seasons at Vincennes (Ind.) JC.
10 316 Pittsburgh Pirates Pat Ludwig Yale Conn. $5,000
Ludwig has been up to 91, but sits mostly 86-87. He mixes in a curveball and slider, but would be better off concentrating on just one.
10 320 New York Mets Paul Sewald San Diego Calif. $1,000
Sewald spent most of his first three seasons at USD in the bullpen before emerging as the most consistent starter in the weekend rotation as a senior, going 8-4, 3.09 with 75 strikeouts and 27 walks in 84 innings. His stuff isn't overpowering, but he competes hard and throws strikes with a three-pitch mix. Sewald started off the year pitching in the 87-91 mph range, but he settled in around 85-88 down the stretch. He has a deceptive late-breaking slider around 77 mph and has developed a decent changeup at 80-81. Though he's a senior, Sewald's 6-foot-2, 180-pound frame might not be maxed out, and his stuff could play up in a relief role in pro ball.
10 321 Chicago White Sox Brandon Hardin Delta State (Miss.) Miss. $20,000
Hardin was a starter at Kaskaskia (Ill.) JC for two seasons, then again as a junior at Division II Delta (Miss.) State. As a senior, he shifted to the bullpen and thrived in the role, touching 95-96 at times and adding a breaking ball and split-finger pitch. The 6-foot, 210-pounder went 5-4, 1.03 with a 36-9 strikeout-walk ratio in 35 innings.
10 322 Cincinnati Reds Jeremy Kivel Spring (Texas) HS Texas $500,000
Kivel had the raw arm strength to pitch himself into the early rounds of the 2012 draft, but that chance ended when he blew out the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee while playing the outfield. He previously had surgery on the ACL in his right knee. A 6-foot-2, 200-pounder, Kivel is all about power. His quick arm delivers fastballs up to 95 mph and hard curveballs as well. He still needs a lot of polish. Assuming he doesn't turn pro, he'll attend Houston.
10 323 Cleveland Indians Josh Martin Samford Ala. $5,000
Martin is a veteran workhorse who broke through with a 12-1, 2.96 season as a senior. Scouts don't love his delivery, but he'll touch 92-93 mph at times with his fastball and throws strikes with his curveball.
10 334 Detroit Tigers Charlie Gillies The Masters (Calif.) Calif. $15,000
Gillies has generated buzz as a senior sign primarily because of his heavy sinker. He works in the 89-92 mph range, and it disappears underneath bats when it's really on. His secondary stuff is nothing special: a decent changeup and a below-average slider that tends to be more of a get-me-over slurve than a putaway pitch. It's serviceable as a complement to his sinker, and his 6-foot-2, 195-pound frame is durable.
10 336 Texas Rangers Casey Shiver Southern Polytechnic State (Ga.) Ga. $15,000
A 6-foot-3, 185-pound righthander, Shiver has a durable arm and two fringe-average pitches with an upper-80s fastball and low-to-mid-70s curve. He was an innings-eater at NAIA Southern Poly (Ga.) and in the Northwoods League the previous summer.
10 338 Philadelphia Phillies Kevin Brady Clemson S.C. $125,000
Brady was a draft wild card in 2011 and is in a similar situation again this season. He missed 70 days as a redshirt sophomore with a forearm strain and didn't sign as a 17th-round pick of the Indians. He was pitching well this season, but encountered hamstring issues in a series against Georgia Tech in late April and didn't pitch again until May 19 in a one-inning stint against Wake Forest. He finished the regular season at 1-2, 2.59 with 57 strikeouts and 22 walks in 59 innings. He was expected to be available for short outings in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, but scouts are hesitant given his medical history. He's young for a redshirt junior as he won't turn 22 until September. He has a good frame at 6-foot-3, 220 pounds and sits in the low 90s while touching 94-95 mph. He also throws a changeup and hard breaking ball, but both pitches are inconsistent.
11 343 Kansas City Royals Zeb Sneed Northwest Nazarene (Idaho) Idaho $110,000
Sneed has a power-pitcher's build at 6-foot-5 and 195 pounds. He has long legs, broad shoulders and still has room to add strength. His fastball tops out at 96 mph, but he lacks control right now. His best offspeed pitch is a fringy splitter. He throws an inconsistent curveball and tried to throw a slider this year, but didn't have a lot of feel for it. Sneed is athletic for his size and his delivery is fine, but he battles his tempo and his release point is inconsistent. Sneed started for the Crusaders but put up poor numbers for the stuff he has against Division II competition, going 7-4, 5.00 with 61 strikeouts and 46 walks over 67 innings. He wasn't good when Northwest Nazarene went down to Chico State early in the year, which may have stuck with some teams and kept him down some draft boards as a lot of crosscheckers were at the game because it was easy for them to triple-up that weekend considering how loaded Northern California was this year. Scouts who like Sneed buy into his athleticism, projection and arm speed and hope that with better coaching he'll learn how to throw more strikes and sharpen up his secondary stuff enough to be a threat out of the bullpen.
11 347 Miami Marlins Matt Milroy Illinois Ill. $100,000
Milroy has the best pure stuff of any draft-eligible pitcher in the Big Ten Conference this year, but his inability to harness it has relegated him to the Illinois bullpen. As a reliever, he can sit at 91-93 mph and touch 95 with his fastball, though he often has to dial down the velocity in order to find the strike zone. His 82-85 mph slider gives him a second plus pitch and can be more devastating than his heater, though he gets around his breaking ball at times. Scouts love Milroy's arm but wonder if he'll ever develop control, command, consistency and toughness.
11 348 Colorado Rockies T.J. Oakes Minnesota Minn. $100,000
Oakes is exactly what you'd expect from the son of a pitching coach. Todd Oakes has had 18 pitchers drafted (including big leaguers Glen Perkins and John Gaub) during his tenure at the University of Minnesota, including T.J., a 41st-round choice of the Twins a year ago as a 21-year-old sophomore. He'll go 30-35 rounds earlier in 2012, as his fastball has added 2 mph to 90-93. A strong 6-foot-5 and 225 pounds, he can maintain his newfound velocity deep into games and locate his fastball where he wants while cutting, running, sinking and tailing it. His slider and changeup are fringy but he can throw them for strikes.
11 350 New York Mets Logan Taylor Eastern Oklahoma State JC Okla. $150,000
Taylor began his college career at Northeast Texas CC in 2011, transferred to Arkansas last fall and moved on to Eastern Oklahoma State when he didn't survive the Razorbacks' final cut. He helped the Mountaineers come within an extra-inning defeat of advancing to the Junior College World Series, taking the loss in a 10th-inning relief appearance against Jefferson (Mo.) CC. Taylor ended the regional playoffs ranked third among national juco players in strikeouts (114) and strikeouts per nine innings (13.5). Taylor sometimes battles his control and command, but when he's on, he's tough on hitters with a 90-94 mph and a 12-to-6 curveball. He did a better job of keeping his 6-foot-5, 242-pound frame in shape this year. If he doesn't turn pro, he'll transfer back to Arkansas.
11 351 Chicago White Sox Eric Jaffe UCLA Calif. $100,000
Jaffe was a cornerstone of California's No. 11 recruiting class in the fall of 2010, but he transferred to UCLA after Cal announced plans to disband its program. He has pitched sparingly at UCLA due to control issues. At 6-foot-4, 235 pounds, Jaffe looks like a power-armed closer in the Jonathan Broxton mold, and he has arm strength to match, with a 90-94 mph fastball and a power curve. His delivery has minimal effort, but he simply struggles to throw strikes. If he can figure out the mental side of the game, he could provide good value after the 10th round. He is considered signable as a draft-eligible sophomore.
11 354 Washington Nationals Brian Rauh Chapman (Calif.) Calif.
Rauh has been a dominant force in Division III baseball for Chapman, and he could be an attractive sleeper for a numbers-oriented club. Though he has thrived as Chapman's ace, Rauh's delivery and stuff fit better in the bullpen. He pitches from a high slot, and most of his stuff seems to go north to south. He works in the 88-91 mph range and flashes an average (but inconsistent) slider, a serviceable downer curve and changeup with sink. He is physical and durable at 6-foot-2, 200 pounds, and he is a dogged competitor.
11 363 Arizona Diamondbacks Ben Eckels Davis (Calif.) HS Calif. $125,000
There's an abundance of undersized righthanders with good stuff this year. While Marcus Stroman is in a class of his own and Eckels isn't quite in the same class as Justin Garza or Zach Quintana. His fastball sits in the 90-92 mph range and touches 94 and he mixes in an above-average curveball and a changeup that projects as an average pitch. On top of that, Eckles is viewed as a bulldog of a competitor. The knock is just his size, as scouts say that if Eckels were 6-foot-3, he'd be a top pick, but he's three or four inches shorter and weighs 175 pounds. Eckels could get bumped up by a few rounds for a team that isn't concerned about his size because he is considered signable and is committed to Howard (Texas) JC.
11 365 Milwaukee Brewers Preston Gainey Navy Md.
11 366 Texas Rangers Eric Brooks McLennan (Texas) CC Texas $100,000
One of the highlights on the Texas junior college circuit this spring came when Brooks faced Weatherford's Jacob Stone in a matchup of two of the state's top juco arms on April 21. Brooks put up eight zeroes and Stone countered with nine as neither got a decision in a game Weatherford won 1-0 on an unearned run in the 12th inning. Brooks began his college career at Houston, where he pitched in the weekend rotation as a freshman in 2010 before missing the next year following labrum surgery. Brooks (6-foot-1, 195 pounds) dominated opposition this spring with his heavy fastball, which usually operates at 90-93 mph and peaks at 95. He's athletic and does a nice job of repeating his delivery and throwing strikes. His offspeed pitches aren't as advanced as his fastball and control, though his slider has its moments. Brooks will pitch at Texas A&M next year if he doesn't turn pro.
12 370 Minnesota Twins Alex Muren Cal State Northridge Calif. $100,000
Like his older brother Drew, Muren is a quality athlete who split time between hitting and pitching for Northridge in 2010 and '11, before focusing on pitching as a junior this year. Muren caught scouts' attention by running his fastball up to 96-97 mph in the fall, but he has pitched in the 90-94 range this spring. Despite his power arm, Muren hasn't missed many bats this spring, posting a 43-26 strikeout-walk mark through 84 innings. Scouts like his 6-foot-3, 190-pound frame and athleticism, but he lacks deception and pitches on a flat plane. His below-average slider/cutter sometimes show depth in the 80-83 mph range and can reach 85-87. However, he doesn't run the pitch in against righthanders, instead leaving it in a hitters' comfort zone over the plate. He lacks feel for a changeup, despite the Matadors' efforts to teach him a circle change. Muren's body and pure arm strength make him an intriguing sleeper, but one scout referred to him as "a block of clay." Given his lack of polish and underdeveloped secondary stuff, he profiles best as a reliever.
12 374 Chicago Cubs Justin Amlung Louisville Ky. $100,000
After an all-star summer in the Cape Cod League, Amlung agreed to terms as a 39th-round pick with the Reds only to have the deal fall apart over the club's insistence that the contract begin with the 2012 season. So he returned for his redshirt junior season at Louisville, where he ended the regular season ranked second in career wins (23) and ERA (2.74). Not bad for a player who didn't get a chance to walk on with the Cardinals until they lost recruit Jake Odorizzi to the Brewers as a sandwich-rounder in the 2008 draft. A catcher in high school, Amlung redshirted in his first year on campus. The 6-foot-1, 180-pounder's fastball has improved a tick or two in velocity this spring, sitting at 91-92 mph and touching 94. He backs his heater up with an average slider and a so-so changeup. His arm action is short and stiff, but it doesn't prevent him from commanding his pitches. He relishes pitching inside and does a nice job of missing bats.
12 380 New York Mets Rob Whalen Haines City (Fla.) HS Fla. $100,000
12 386 Los Angeles Dodgers James Campbell Stony Brook N.Y.
12 394 Detroit Tigers Julio Felix Pima (Ariz.) CC Ariz.
Felix has an undersized build at 5-foot-10 and 180 pounds, but he has a lively fastball that sits in the 92-93 mph range and has topped out at 95. He' doesn't throw enough strikes to pitch as a starter and profiles as a sinker/slider middle reliever in the mold of Juan Rincon.
12 395 Milwaukee Brewers Eric Semmelhack Wisconsin-Milwaukee Wis.
Semmelhack beats out fellow Wisconsin-Milwaukee righthander Jordan Guth as the state's best college prospect because he has shown more consistent velocity this spring. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Semmelhack pitches at 90-92 mph and reaches 94 mph, though his velocity somes with significant effort in his delivery. He'll show a decent slider but tends to get under it and his changeup too much, causing them to flatten out.
12 396 Texas Rangers Keone Kela Everett (Wash.) CC Wash. $100,000
Kela spent the first three years of his high school career in California before moving up to Seattle last year for his senior year. He was a 29th-round pick by the Mariners out of Chief Sealth High last June, but instead of signing and heading to Everett to pitch for the AquaSox, he headed to Everett Community College to pitch for the Trojans. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Kela pitched in the 88-91 mph range last year, but is now sitting 91-93 out of the bullpen and touches 95. He throws a slurvy breaking ball that shows flashes of being an average slider. Kela has some effort to his delivery but has worked this season to clean up his lower half, as he was locking up his front side and has some arm recoil. With the effort comes below-average control. With his two-pitch mix and his aggressive mechanics, Kela profiles as a middle reliever in pro ball.
13 400 Minnesota Twins Erich Knab Carolina Forest HS, Myrtle Beach, S.C. S.C.
A Spartanburg Methodist (S.C.) JC signee, Knab is considered signable, but he's a long-term project. He has a good frame at 6-foot-3, 190 pounds, and arm strength with a low 90s fastball that touches 95 mph. However, he has a stiff delivery that he doesn't repeat well and poor command. His secondary stuff is a work-in-progress and he doesn't show much aptitude for pitching.
13 401 Seattle Mariners Blake Hauser Virginia Commonwealth Va. $100,000
Coming out of high school in 2009, Hauser was the top prospect in Virginia because of his arm speed and low-90s fastball. He didn't sign as a 25th-round pick on the Indians and headed to Virginia Commonwealth. He has worked almost exclusively in relief and hasn't taken a big step forward, but scouts still like his fastball. He was 5-2, 3.48 this spring, with 60 strikeouts and 25 walks in 31 innings, and opponents were batting .130 with just five extra-base hits. Hauser was sitting around 93-95 mph early this spring, though he lost some velocity as the season went on. Scouts attribute that to how much he throws his slider, saying it's not uncommon to see 80 percent sliders in some outings. The slider is a potential plus pitch, but it can detract from his ability to snap off his fastball consistently. He's not very physical at 6-foot-2, 175 pounds and figures to stay in the bullpen, where he could have two plus pitches and move quickly if he shows better fastball command.
13 405 San Diego Padres Malcom Diaz International Baseball Academy, Ceiba, P.R. P.R.
13 407 Miami Marlins Blake Logan Eastern Oklahoma State JC Okla. $125,000
13 409 Oakland Athletics Stuart Pudenz Dallas Baptist Texas
Scouts may consider Jake Johansen the best prospect in the Dallas Baptist bullpen, but it's Pudenz who has had a much more effective year and serves as the Patriots' closer. He posted a 1.23 ERA and eight saves during the regular season, striking out 47 in 37 innings and limiting opponents to a .169 average. The 6-foot-5, 221-pounder works mainly with a 90-94 mph fastball and a splitter, occasionally mixing in a slider. He battled his command in his first two seasons at Dallas Baptist before making significant strides this spring, though scouts still aren't in love with his delivery.
13 410 New York Mets Matt Bowman Princeton N.J. $100,000
13 417 Los Angeles Angels Mike Morin North Carolina N.C.
A 40th-round pitch out of a Kansas high school in 2009, Morin was the top prospect in the MINK League the summer before he started college. He since has turned into a dominant college closer for the Tar Heels, and with one more save this season he would tie the North Carolina single-season record of 18, held by big leaguer Andrew Carignan. After allowing four home runs as a freshman, he has allowed just one in the last two seasons. As a pro, however, his potential could be limited if he doesn't develop a usable breaking ball. Morin has a good frame at 6-foot-4, 205 pounds and pitches with an average fastball, and he can reach back for more when the game is on the line. His changeup is an equalizer that sits in the mid-70s.
13 419 Atlanta Braves Nathan Hyatt Appalachian State N.C. $100,000
Hyatt appears on scouts' radars because of pure velocity despite a slight build at 6-feet and 180 pounds. The Mountaineers closer, Hyatt sits 92-95 mph with his fastball and touches 97. His fastball doesn't have much life to it, so it's hittable. He throws a slider, but it's not an out pitch right now. He also struggles with command. He recorded 15 saves in 26 appearances with 28 strikeouts and 21 walks.
13 421 Boston Red Sox J.B. Wendelken Middle Georgia JC Ga. $100,000
One of the nation's most effective relievers, Wendelken had allowed just one earned run in 44 innings, a 0.20 ERA. The 6-foot-1, 230-pound freshman has a short arm stroke and throws with lots of effort, but he repeats his delivery and attacks hitters with a 90-93 mph fastball. His short arm stroke gives him some deception, and at times he touches 94 mph.
13 422 Tampa Bay Rays Dylan Floro Cal State Fullerton Calif. $100,000
As a high school senior in Atwater, Calif., in 2009, Floro ranked as the No. 103 on BA's Top 200 Prospects list for the draft, but scouts say his stuff and mechanics have gone backward at Cal State Fullerton. He has performed at a high level anyway, anchoring the Titans rotation as a junior this spring, affirming his reputation as a competitor and a winner. Over the years, Floro's delivery has morphed from conventional, to funky, to downright out of whack. Scouts aren't as concerned with his extreme coil at the start of his delivery as they are with his crow-hop finish and violent recoil. His funkiness does add deception and life, helping his 88-91 mph fastball (which sometimes tickles 92 early in games) play up. Floro used to have a plus slider, but scouts now consider it a fringy offering in the 76-79 mph range. He has worked hard on developing his changeup in the last year, but it still rates as just another fringy offering. Floro's delivery causes scouts to project him as a reliever, and his good command, deception, movement and savvy give him a chance to be a big leaguer.
14 432 Baltimore Orioles Sean McAdams Cardinal Mooney HS, Sarasota, Fla. Fla. $100,000
14 434 Chicago Cubs Corbin Hoffner St. Petersburg (Fla.) JC Fla. $100,000
14 435 San Diego Padres Andrew Sopko Loyola Sacred Heart HS, Missoula, Mont. Mont.
Sopko has been tough to see this spring because Montana doesn't have high school baseball. He's been throwing bullpens, but his velocity was down in the 86-88 mph range. He shows some feel for pitching with a mid-70s curveball and a low-80s changeup, but he'll probably end up at Gonzaga after pitching for the Bend Elks in the West Coast League this summer.
14 436 Pittsburgh Pirates Walker Buehler Clay HS, Lexington, Ky. Ky.
Kentucky had its best-ever high school class in 2008, with four players who ranked among Baseball America's top 75 prospects and were led by Robbie Ross, now in the big leagues with the Rangers. After lacking any comparable prep talents in the next three drafts, the Bluegrass State is fruitful once again. Buehler belongs in the first two rounds this year and Woodford County High (Versailles) righthander Colton Hollon could be the first high school player drafted in 2013. The pair matched up in a May 1 game shortened by rain, with Buehler touching 94 mph with his fastball and Hollon topping him at 96. Buehler shows the potential for three plus pitches. At his best, he deals at 90-94 mph with his fastball, devastates hitters with an 80-81 mph curveball and confounds them with a sinking changeup. He's still skinny at 6-foot-2 and 160 pounds, so there are days when his fastball sits at 86-91 mph and his secondary pitches aren't as crisp. That leads some scouts to wonder how well he'll be able to maintain his stuff with an increased workload in pro ball, though they love his smooth arm action and polish. Though Buehler is a good student who has committed to Vanderbilt, teams believe he may be signable if drafted in the first couple of rounds.
14 438 Colorado Rockies Shane Broyles Texas Tech Texas
14 439 Oakland Athletics Austin House New Mexico N.M.
House was a 25th-round pick by the Red Sox out of high school, and he has been a bit of an enigma for scouts in college. He has a great build at 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds, but had an up-and-down year for the Lobos. Sometimes scouts saw him touching 93 mph, while others he was in the mid-80s. House also has a tendency to change arm slots during games. He has a good changeup and slider and sometimes pitched backward this year. He could profile as a back-of-the-rotation starter with improved command, but a team may move him to the bullpen and see if his velocity plays up in that role. A team that believes in his size and stuff could take House as high as the seventh round.
14 440 New York Mets Chris Flexen Newark (Calif.) Memorial HS Calif. $374,400
Still just 17 years old, Flexen already has an impressive body at 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds. He sits in the 90-91 mph range and tops out at 93 mph. Mostly a two-pitch guy right now, he scrapped his curveball in favor of a slider this spring and it shows flashes of being a plus pitch with nasty life at times. Flexen has some effort to his delivery and scouts say his arm action could be smoothed out, but they love his competitive fire on the mound. Flexen could be pushed up draft boards because it will likely take second-round money to buy him away from his Arizona State commitment.
14 441 Chicago White Sox Tony Bucciferro Michigan State Mich.
Bucciferro has been a reliable starter for four years at Michigan State, ranking first in Spartans history in starts (54) and innings (367), second in strikeouts (269) and third in wins (26) after the Big Ten Conference tournament. He's somewhat similar to righthander Kurt Wunderlich, a 20th-round pick by the Athletics as a senior last year, but Buccifero has a better body and pitchability. The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder throws strikes with all of his pitches: a fastball with life that operates at 87-88 mph and touches 91, a slider that elicits swings and misses and a changeup that keeps hitters off balance. He'll also mix in a curveball at times.
14 442 Cincinnati Reds Luke Moran Grayson County (Texas) CC Texas $125,000
Like McLennan righthander Eric Brooks, Moran started his college career at Houston before transferring and becoming one of Texas' top juco prospects. While he had more success as a hitter (.367/.465/.511) than as a pitcher (6-4, 4.36, 84 strikeouts in 74 innings) this spring, his pro future is definitely on the mound. He uses his strong 6-foot-2, 220-pound frame to generate fastballs that sit at 88-92 mph and touch 94. He's still working on refining a breaking ball, as he uses both a loopy curveball and a cutter/slider. He has committed to Oklahoma State for 2013.
14 443 Cleveland Indians Scott Peoples Western Oklahoma State JC Okla.
14 444 Washington Nationals Jordan Poole Chipola (Fla.) JC Fla.
14 446 Los Angeles Dodgers Matthew Reckling Rice Texas
Rice produced the first college senior drafted last year in lefthander Tony Cingrani, who went in the third round to the Reds. Reckling should be one of the first seniors to go this year, after turning down the Indians as a 22nd-round pick last summer. Scouts knew he'd be a tough sign because he's a good student and he comes from a wealthy family--Rice's stadium is named after his grandparents. Reckling didn't start pitching until his final year of high school and wasn't effective in college until the Owls eliminated the recoil in his delivery last year. He has won more games this year (eighth through mid-May) than he totaled in his first three seasons (seven) while averaging 10.5 strikeouts per nine innings. The 6-foot-4, 215-pounder sits at 88-92 mph with his fastball as a starter, and he has jumped as high as 97 mph as a reliever. His spike curveball shows flashes of being a plus pitch, and most scouts think he profiles best as a two-pitch reliever. Reckling's control and command have improved but don't project to be better than average, and his changeup is a mediocre third offering. Scouts don't believe his low-elbow delivery is conducive to starting in the long term.
14 453 Arizona Diamondbacks Derrick Stultz South Florida Fla.
14 454 Detroit Tigers Hunter Scantling Florida State Fla.
14 455 Milwaukee Brewers Ryan Gibbard Lynn (Fla.) Fla.
Lynn righty Ryan Gibbard had a productive spring; he throws three pitches for strikes, led by a fastball that has touched 93.
14 457 New York Yankees Andrew Benak Rice Texas $100,000
14 458 Philadelphia Phillies Ricky Bielski Servite HS, Anaheim Calif. $100,000
15 459 Houston Astros Erick Gonzalez Gateway (Ariz.) CC Ariz. $100,000
15 462 Baltimore Orioles Derick Velasquez Merced (Calif.) JC Calif.
Velasquez came to Merced from a small high school -- Los Banos (Calif.) High -- so he didn't get a lot of scouting attention last year. It has been a different story this year, as scouts see present velocity and lots of projection. Velasquez sits in the 88-92 mph range with his fastball. While he has been down into the mid-80s at times late in a start, scouts think it's because he's worn out from playing both ways. Standing 6-foot-3 and 185 pounds, he has a loose, athletic body scouts can dream on. He shows the potential for three plus pitches as he develops and continues to add strength and fill out. Velasquez throws a circle changeup and a curveball, and he hides the ball well and shows good command of his pitches. Velasquez is 18 and won't turn 19 until November, so he's younger than many of the top high school pitchers in this draft.
15 465 San Diego Padres Cory Bostjancic Marin (Calif.) CC Calif.
15 468 Colorado Rockies Scott Oberg Connecticut Conn.
15 469 Oakland Athletics Vince Voiro Pennsylvania Pa.
15 470 New York Mets Nicholas Grant Milford (Del.) HS Del.
15 472 Cincinnati Reds Ben Klimesh Trinity (Texas) Texas
Klimesh got cut from his New Trier HS (Winnetka, Ill.) team as a junior and barely pitched as a senior, but four years later he's the most dominant pitcher in NCAA Division III. He led D-III in wins (13) and strikeouts (154, breaking Mickey Mahler's Trinity record) and ranked second in whiffs per nine innings (1.39) through the end of the regional playoffs. Klimesh has good size and strength at 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds, and works at 90-91 mph with his fastball and can run it up to 95 when he comes out of the bullpen. He throws both a slurve and a changeup in the low 80s. He needs more consistency with his fastball life and command but has improved in both regards.
15 476 Los Angeles Dodgers Duke von Schamann Texas Tech Texas $100,000
The son of former NFL kicker Uwe von Schamann, Duke bounced back from Tommy John surgery in 2010 to post a 2.08 ERA this spring, the third-lowest at Texas Tech since the NCAA went to metal bats in 1974. The 6-foot-4, 215-pounder lives mainly off his sinker, which has late run, usually sits at 87-90 mph and has reached 93 in the past. A redshirt sophomore, he throws strikes, gets groundouts and competes. His slider and changeup are nothing special, but he uses them effectively to set up his sinker.
15 477 Los Angeles Angels Reid Scoggins Howard (Texas) JC Texas $100,000
Area scouts had to flock to Howard JC in mid-April amid reports that Scoggs was hitting 101 mph. The Major League Scouting Bureau graded his Overall Future Potential as 62 on the 20-80 scale, which would put him in the top half of the first round. When scouts got to Big Spring, they didn't see triple digits but did see a 91-96 mph fastball that could land him in the first five rounds. Scoggins is somewhat of a mystery because he missed 2011 recovering from Tommy John surgery and pitched only 20 innings in relief this spring. He has a strong 6-foot-3, 205-pound frame and a slurvy mid-80s slider with some depth that gives him the makings of an average second pitch. There's a lot of effort in his delivery, which features a pronounced head whack, and his mechanics lead to below-average command. Scouts wonder whether he'll throw enough quality strikes if his pro team leaves his delivery alone, or whether he'll lose velocity if a club tries to clean him up. Though he's committed to Florida International, Scoggins already is 21 and is believed to be signable.
15 479 Atlanta Braves Alex Wilson Wofford S.C.
15 481 Boston Red Sox Carson Fulmer All Saints Academy, Winter Haven, Fla. Fla.
Fulmer pitched with Walker Weickel, Jesse Winker and Nick Travieso as part of a Florida quartet of pitchers on USA Baseball's 18-and-under squad last November, winning the gold medal at the Pan American Championships in Columbia. At 6-foot-1, 190 pounds, Fulmer has athletic ability and strength but lacks a premium pitcher's frame. He does have premium stuff, with one of the best fastballs in the country. He has effort in his delivery but sits in the 92-93 mph range and regularly hits 95. At times, his breaking ball gives him a second plus pitch; it's a power slider that can reach the low 80s. Fulmer uses his thick lower half well in his delivery and harnesses his stuff to throw strikes, though he lacks true command. He has flashed a solid if firm change in the low 80s but will need to develop it more at higher levels. The effort in his delivery includes a bit of a head whack, and at times Fulmer backs off the velocity to find the zone more. He has shown some feel for pitching as well as competitiveness. A Vanderbilt signee, Fulmer will be a tough read in terms of his signability, but most scouts thought he was leaning toward playing pro ball.
15 482 Tampa Bay Rays Willie Gabay Herkimer County (N.Y.) CC N.Y.
At 6-foot-1, 180 pounds, Gabay isn't very imposing on the mound, but he's athletic and looks like he could play shortstop or center field. But that won't be necessary as he has a quick arm that generates a fastball that sits 91-94 mph. He has fringy secondary stuff, but his slider is serviceable. He was 6-1, 2.62 in 58 innings for the Generals with 91 strikeouts and 37 walks. He'll need to tone down the walks, but he stuff plays up out of the bullpen, where he profiles best.
15 483 Arizona Diamondbacks Blake Forslund Liberty Va.
15 485 Milwaukee Brewers Buck Farmer Georgia Tech Ga.
The aptly named Farmer (whose family has a long agricultural history) has raised his draft stock with his consistency for an injury-plagued Yellow Jackets pitching staff. An unsigned 46th-rounder of the Braves in 2009, Farmer will go at least 40 rounds earlier thanks to his durable 6-foot-3, 228-pound frame and above-average fastball. Farmer doesn't overpower hitters but throws a lot of quality strikes with his 88-92 mph fastball, at times touching 95. He competes well and challenges hitters with the fastball, though it's not a swing-and-miss pitch. His changeup has surpassed his slider in consistency as his best secondary offering, though he has feel for the breaking ball and locates it. Farmer has performed for three seasons and also threw well in summer ball in the Coastal Plain League (2010) and Cape Cod League (2011), though he was hit fairly hard in the Cape. He has some effort in his delivery and his arm action isn't clean, so despite his frame and track record of performance, scouts see him more as a reliever than as a starter. He still figures to go out in the first five rounds and perhaps as high as the third.
15 487 New York Yankees Dayton Dawe Lucas SS, London, Ont. Ontario $100,000
Dawe has an average build for a pitcher at 6-foot-2 and 180 pounds. He's a good athlete which allows him to repeat his clean, easy delivery. He has a quick and smooth arm action, which allows scouts to project on his 88-91 mph fastball. He throws both a two-seam fastball with some sink and a four-seamer with nice run and he's able to command the pitches to both sides of the plate. Dawe holds his velocity well into the later innings and mixes in a mid-70s curveball. He also has feel for a changeup. Dawe is committed to Maine but is expected to sign.
15 488 Philadelphia Phillies Zach Cooper Central Michigan Mich.
A successful starter at Central Michigan since midway through his sophomore season in 2010, Cooper profiles as a reliever in pro ball. He's just 5-foot-10 and 190 pounds and lacks the command to stick in a pro rotation, but he has the stuff to be a weapon out of the bullpen. He can maintain a 91-93 mph fastball deep into games and has hit 95 in the past, so his velocity figures to increase in shorter stints. He flashed a wipeout slider in the past but it's more of an average pitch now, occasionally flattening out. The Marlins drafted him in the 46th round a year ago.
16 491 Seattle Mariners Dominic Leone Clemson S.C.
16 492 Baltimore Orioles Luc Rennie Torrey Pines HS, San Diego Calif. $100,000
16 494 Chicago Cubs Mike Hamann Toledo Ohio $100,000
Hamann is more attractive as a prospect than his 5.80 ERA might indicate. He was slow to regain his form after arthroscopic shoulder surgery truncated his breakout sophomore season in 2011, but he recorded a 2.12 ERA over his final five starts as Toledo won the Mid-American Conference Western Division. When he's at his best, he can sit at 90-93 mph and touch 95 with his fastball deep into ballgames. At times, he'll work at 87-92 mph and not hold his velocity, so he needs to add strength to his 6-foot-3, 163-pound frame. He throws a pair of inconsistent breaking balls, with his slider ranking ahead of his curve and showing some late action when it's working well. His fastball command wavers as well. Though Hamann will get a chance to start in pro ball, his future may be as a reliever.
16 497 Miami Marlins Brian Ellington West Florida Fla.
16 500 New York Mets Myles Smith Miami Dade JC Fla.
Florida's junior college ranks were stronger on the mound than at the plate this spring, in marked contrast to 2011, when Cory Spangenberg and Brian Goodwin got seven-figure bonuses. Smith was one of the state's top arms, with an 89-92 mph fastball that touched 94, complemented by a changeup some scouts graded as plus. His below-average breaking ball contributed to a modest 67 strikeouts in 78 innings. Smith's 6-foot frame and inconsistent ability to spin it could lead him to make good on his Missouri commitment.
16 503 Cleveland Indians Cody Penny North Carolina N.C.
16 504 Washington Nationals Ronald Pena Palm Beach State (Fla.) JC Fla.
A transfer from College of Charleston, Pena has committed to go back to the Cougars as a junior if he doesn't sign in the draft. The 6-foot-3, 201-pounder touched 94 mph and can sit in the 90-92 range. His curveball and changeup have their moments. His command is below-average and just throwing strikes can be a challenge, but he was around the plate enough to compile a 2.72 ERA with 68 strikeouts in 76 innings.
16 508 San Francisco Giants Ian Gardeck Alabama Ala.
The University of Alabama's top prospect was supposed to be Gardeck, a juco transfer and unsigned eighth-round pick of the White Sox last June. His fastball has reached 98 mph and he's flashed a plus-plus slider, but neither of those were in evidence this spring. He was tough to scout as he didn't throw enough strikes to earn consistent innings for the Crimson Tide, even on a 21-34 team. He threw just 12 innings, walking 12 and striking out 16, and got just seven outs in Southeastern Conference play while walking four.
16 510 St. Louis Cardinals Joe Scanio Northwestern State La.
16 511 Boston Red Sox Stephen Williams Seminole State (Okla.) JC Okla. $125,000
16 517 New York Yankees Stefan Lopez Southeastern Louisiana La. $100,000
The nation's saves leader with 19 in 2012, Lopez attacks hitters with a lively fastball. He sits 91-92 mph and touches 93-94 with the pitch, which he throws 90 percent of the time. Lopez has some deception in his delivery and showed his toughness in 2011, finishing the season with a torn ACL in his knee. The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder has thrown a slider and changeup in the past; his change was the better pitch coming out of high school while the slider is better now. He throws his secondary stuff so infrequently, he's lost the feel for both.
16 518 Philadelphia Phillies Nic Hanson Golden West (Calif.) JC Calif. $100,000
17 519 Houston Astros Aaron West Washington Wash.
West is a redshirt junior who has had an up-and-down career for the Huskies. He had Tommy John surgery as a sophomore and has blossomed this year, putting together his best season. West went 7-5, 2.53 with 65 strikeouts and 18 walks over 96 innings. He throws his fastball in the 90-93 mph range and tops out at 95. His slider comes in around 82-84 mph with late tilt, and he also throws a changeup. West commands all three pitches and pitches down in the zone.
17 522 Baltimore Orioles Nick Grim Cal Poly Calif.
An unsigned 14th-round pick by the Marlins last year out of Monterey Peninsula (Calif.) JC, Grim ranked as the No. 9 prospect last summer in the California Collegiate League, where he struck out 51 in 32 innings. He never emerged as key piece of Poly's bullpen this spring, going 3-2, 4.74 with 20 walks and 19 strikeouts in 25 innings. Grim's 6-foot-3 frame lacks physicality, but he does have a quick arm, sitting at 90-91 mph and touching 93. His delivery has effort and his stuff can flatten out up in the zone, though his fastball does have some sink down in the zone. He flashes an average slider with depth, though it's slurvy when he gets on the side of it. His changeup is not an effective pitch at this stage. His mound presence, control and command must improve.
17 525 San Diego Padres Joe Church Marshall W.Va.
17 526 Pittsburgh Pirates Hayden Hurst Bolles School, Jacksonville Fla. $400,000
Hurst has already had Tommy John surgery, but at 6-foot-5, 225 pounds, he's a power arm, having touched 95 mph. More regularly, he sits in the 88-92 mph range with cutting action and life on the pitch. His slurvy breaking ball doesn't do much for scouts right now, though he has the hand speed to spin it. His early Tommy John surgery is likely to scare teams off his trail. He's committed to Florida State.
17 534 Washington Nationals Blake Schwartz Oklahoma City Okla.
17 537 Los Angeles Angels Yency Almonte Columbus HS, Miami Fla. $250,000
The 6-foot-4, 180-pound Almonte is the younger brother of Mariners farmhand Denny Almonte and generated heat early in the year before missing several weeks with a dead-arm period. He returned late in the year and hit 92 mph with his fastball as a reliever late in the spring as Columbus finished as the state's 8-A runner-up. He has a good, loose, projectable frame and has flashed potential with his slider and changeup when he was right physically. He's a Florida International signee.
17 538 San Francisco Giants Chris Johnson Portland Ore.
17 540 St. Louis Cardinals Chris Perry Methodist (N.C.) N.C.
17 541 Boston Red Sox Willie Ethington Mountain View HS, Mesa, Ariz. Ariz. $200,000
17 544 Detroit Tigers Slade Smith Auburn Ala.
Smith never got results from his 88-91 mph sinker, which he relies on heavily, along with his sweepy slider. He's a durable reliever but doesn't miss a lot of bats and gets punished when he misses up in the zone.
17 548 Philadelphia Phillies David Hill El Modena HS, Orange, Calif. Calif.
A strong spring for El Modena helped Hill emerge as something of a pop-up prospect this spring, and he signed with Long Beach State late. He has an athletic 6-foot-2, 180-pound frame and the makings of a good delivery, but sometimes he throws across his body, causing him to pull fastballs into the lefthanded batter's box and his breaking ball to get sweepy. When he stays on line he can be very good, showing a fastball that sits average and bumps 93 mph. His 80-83 mph slider also projects as an average pitch, and he has feel for a changeup that could give him a third average offering in time. Hill could be drafted in the top five rounds.
18 550 Minnesota Twins Will LaMarche Chabot (Calif.) JC Calif.
LaMarche played in high school with Stanford third baseman Stephen Piscotty and started out his college career at Long Beach State in 2010 but never pitched for the Dirtbags because he needed Tommy John surgery. A workout monster, LaMarche came back strong and has powerful thighs and a barrel chest as part of his 6-foot-3, 215-pound frame. Coming out of the bullpen, his fastball sits in the 94-96 mph range and he runs it up as high as 98, but he's still learning to harness his stuff. He's been used sparingly this year and doesn't have much in the way of secondary stuff. He's added a cutter this year, but he mostly tries to just blow hitters away with his gas. LaMarche has some funk to his delivery--he separates early, but has a really quick arm. With the delivery issues, below-average control and lack of secondary stuff, LaMarche is certainly a project and is committed to Louisiana State for next year if he doesn't sign.
18 553 Kansas City Royals Justin Alleman Holt (Mich.) HS Mich.
Add Alleman to the list of projectable high school pitchers who won't get drafted high enough and can't get paid enough under the new rules to have him turn pro. The Michigan State recruit is a 6-foot-3, 195-pounder who can hit 94 mph with his fastball and flashes a hard three-quarters breaking ball, but he's still raw on the mound. He doesn't repeat his delivery or arm angle, leading to command and inconsistency issues. He usually pitches at 89-90 mph and added some sink this spring. He has shown the makings of a changeup.
18 556 Pittsburgh Pirates John Kuchno Ohio State Ohio $125,000
Kuchno played only one year of high school baseball and began his college career as a redshirt walk-on at Wake Forest. After he grew four inches in a year and added velocity to his fastball, he caught the eye of Ohio State assistant Mike Stafford at a summer showcase and joined the Buckeyes. Now 6-foot-5 and 210 pounds, Kuchno works from 88-95 mph to 90-91 as a starter. He's still learning to command his hard curveball and profiles as a reliever with two potential plus pitches.
18 559 Oakland Athletics Derek De Young Oakton (Ill.) CC Ill.
18 562 Cincinnati Reds Jackson Stephens Oxford (Ala.) HS Ala. $100,000
Stephens played third base and pitched in high school and has similarities to former Alabama stalwart Jake Smith. He has solid righthanded power and decent agility at third, while sitting in the upper 80s with a solid changeup and soft curve on the mound.
18 563 Cleveland Indians Louis Head Texas State Texas
18 564 Washington Nationals David Fischer Connecticut Conn.
Fischer is a big-bodied guy (6-foot-5, 200 pounds) with arm strength. His fastball ranges from 88-94 mph and he has a decent breaking ball that can be slurvy at times.
18 575 Milwaukee Brewers Hunter Adkins Middle Tennessee State Tenn.
Adkins started well this spring but faltered down the stretch and has ugly career numbers at 8-17, 6.01 in 200 innings, with almost as many walks (95) as strikeouts (132). Adkins has shown two average pitches with an 88-91 mph fastball that bumps 93 and a slurvy breaking ball. His changeup remains inconsistent. He was crosschecked early and could go in the first 10 rounds thanks to his ideal 6-foot-4, 190-pound frame.
18 576 Texas Rangers Ryan Harvey Seton Hall N.J.
Harvey has a thick, durable frame at 6-foot-2, 215 pounds, but he lacks a plus pitch. His fastball has sat 86-90 mph this season and he's shown a solid slider.
18 577 New York Yankees Brady Lail Bingham HS, South Jordan, Utah Utah $225,000
Lail, an Arizona recruit, has a thin build at 6-foot-3 and 170 pounds. He'll flash above-average velocity but usually settles into the 85-88 mph range. The hand speed is there though, as Lail shows an above-average curveball and mixes in an occasional changeup. He has some effort in his delivery and the ball looks like it jumps out of his hand.
18 578 Philadelphia Phillies Tony Blanford Boulder Creek HS, Phoenix Ariz.
19 583 Kansas City Royals Andrew Triggs Southern California Calif.
19 586 Pittsburgh Pirates Michael Petersen St. Francis HS, Mountain View, Calif. Calif.
19 590 New York Mets Tyler Vanderheiden Samford Ala.
19 592 Cincinnati Reds Austin Muehring Palomar (Calif.) CC Calif.
19 593 Cleveland Indians Colyn O'Connell Dunedin (Fla.) HS Fla.
19 596 Los Angeles Dodgers Owen Jones Portland Ore.
19 597 Los Angeles Angels Aaron Newcomb Delta State (Miss.) Miss.
Newcomb was Delta State's leading winner in 2012, helping the team reach the Division II College World Series by going 11-4, 3.07. He throws strikes with a four-pitch mix that includes a fastball, cutter, changeup and curve. He's reached the 889-92 mph range with his heater, but most of the year the 6-foot-3, 195-pounder's velocity was down in the mid-to-upper 80s.
19 600 St. Louis Cardinals Steven Gallardo Long Beach CC Calif.
19 603 Arizona Diamondbacks R.J. Hively Mississippi Miss.
Hively is a fifth-year senior who started his college career at Cal State Fullerton, taking a redshirt year and then missing a year with a back injury. The 23-year-old righthander lacks a plus pitch, though he can throw his four-seamer, two-seamer and cutter to all four parts of the strike zone.
19 604 Detroit Tigers Will Clinard Vanderbilt Tenn.
Vanderbilt's strong finish helped get Clinard into more games; the team's closer early in the year struggled with inconsistent work as the team struggled. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound junior has two solid-average pitches, with a fastball that at times is a tick above at 90-93 mph and a solid, sweepy slider. Clinard has made just three starts in three seasons and hasn't commanded the strike zone enough as a reliever to show that he merits a shot at it, but he also has a fresh arm and 129 career strikeouts in 132 innings. He could be a tough sign as a Vanderbilt junior.
19 606 Texas Rangers Tyler Smith South Carolina-Sumter JC S.C. $135,000
Smith has a good pitcher's frame at 6-foot-2, 200 pounds and the arm strength to match. He sits in the low 90s and touches 95 mph with his fastball. He also mixes in a slider, but he still needs to develop the pitch more. He has a rough delivery and profiles as a reliever. Committed to attend Tennessee next year, Smith was 10-1, 1.13 with 102 strikeouts and 35 walks in 80 innings this season.
20 614 Chicago Cubs Blake Hickman Simeon HS, Chicago Ill.
20 615 San Diego Padres Cam Stewart Valley Christian HS, San Jose Calif. $100,000
20 616 Pittsburgh Pirates Kyle Haynes Virginia Commonwealth Va.
20 617 Miami Marlins Jordan Hillyer Hebron Christian Academy, Dacula, Ga. Ga.
20 620 New York Mets Tim Peterson Kentucky Ky. $100,000
20 622 Cincinnati Reds Brock Dykxhoorn St. Anne's SS, Clinton, Ont. Ontario
Dykxhoorn has an imposing presence on the mound at 6-foot-8 and 225 pounds. His fastball sits in the 88-91 mph range and shows good life. His breaking ball can get slurry, but he has a feel for spin and has deception. There's a little effort to Dykxhoorn's delivery which, along with his size, could mean a move to the bullpen is in his future.
20 623 Cleveland Indians Nick Pasquale Diablo Valley (Calif.) JC Calif.
20 626 Los Angeles Dodgers Jharel Cotton East Carolina N.C.
Cotton is a small righthander that profiles best out of the bullpen. He sits in the high 80s and can touch 90, but he also offers a good changeup that can keep hitters off balance.
20 628 San Francisco Giants Mitch Delfino California Calif.
20 630 St. Louis Cardinals Matt Young Cal State Dominguez Hills Calif.
20 631 Boston Red Sox Greg Larson Florida Fla.
Florida offers other intriguing draft possibilities beyond its stars, such as sidearming senior Greg Larson, who should be a look considering Darren O'Day went from submarining for the Gators to the big leagues.
20 632 Tampa Bay Rays R.J. Davis Sacramento State Calif.
Davis is a fifth-year senior who was previously at Sacramento CC and then Oral Roberts. He offers good size (6-foot-3 and 225 pounds) and a fastball that has been up to 96 mph. He shows flashes of a plus slider, but has below-average command and will need to move quickly because of his age.
20 636 Texas Rangers Josh McElwee Newberry (S.C.) S.C.
McElwee missed his junior season after undergoing Tommy John surgery and is now a redshirt senior who turns 23 in June. He has a strong frame at 6-foot-4, 205 pounds, fires fastballs in the low-90s and mixes in an average slider. He was 5-4, 3.99 with 97 strikeouts and 35 walks in 79 innings (13 starts) for Newberry. McElwee profiles as a reliever.
20 638 Philadelphia Phillies Matt Sisto Hawaii Hawaii
A senior, Sisto sits in the 85-89 mph range and fills up the strike zone with four pitches. He has a workhorse build at 6-foot-5 and 230 pounds and made 55 starts over his college career. His secondary stuff needs improvement, but he shows a solid changeup, good work ethic and competitive spirit.
21 644 Chicago Cubs Steve Perakslis Maine Maine
While his teammate Jeff Gibbs has the arm strength and size of a righthanded prospect, Perakslis was the one that had better results for Maine. He's solidly built at 6-foot-1, 185 pounds, and has a solid fastball that gets up to 93. He didn't show a true breaking ball this year, but that may have been hampered by a blister he had this spring. His changeup is average.
21 645 San Diego Padres Matt Chabot Riverside (Calif.) CC Calif.
21 648 Colorado Rockies Rayan Gonzalez Bethune-Cookman Fla.
21 649 Oakland Athletics Tyler Hollstegge UNC Greensboro N.C.
21 651 Chicago White Sox Adam Lopez Virginia Military Institute Va.
21 657 Los Angeles Angels Pat Lowery Columbia N.Y.
21 659 Atlanta Braves Jeremy Fitzgerald Tennessee Wesleyan Tenn.
21 662 Tampa Bay Rays Jon Weaver Central Michigan Mich.
21 665 Milwaukee Brewers Austin Blaski Marietta (Ohio) Ohio
Blaski won the championship game and most outstanding player honors at the NCAA Division III World Series in 2011. He threw six shutout innings in Marietta's opener at this year's World Series, a victory that gave him the D-III lead in wins (13), ERA (0.88) and starts (15). A 6-foot-4, 200-pounder, Blaski does a nice job of throwing his 88-92 mph fastball on a downhill plane. He throws strikes with his tight slider and changeup, and he's more than just a typical D-III senior sign.
21 666 Texas Rangers Jake Lemoine Bridge City (Texas) HS Texas
21 668 Philadelphia Phillies Drew Anderson Galena HS, Reno, Nev. Nev.
22 673 Kansas City Royals Alec Mills Tennessee-Martin Tenn.
Mills is a lean, lanky 6-foot-4, 170-pouder who built off his strong summer in the Texas Collegiate League. The former walk-on became the Skyhawks' ace based on his control of an upper-80s fastball that bumps 90 mph at times. He also throws a slurvy breaking ball and nascent changeup. He throws almost too many strikes, giving up nine homers and more than a hit an inning.
22 674 Chicago Cubs Eddie Orozco UC Riverside Calif.
22 675 San Diego Padres Kevin McCanna The Woodlands (Texas) HS Texas
Though McCanna can make a case for being the most polished high school pitcher in Texas, his smaller frame and strong commitment to Rice may mean that he won't even get drafted. He has advanced feel for three pitches: an 87-91 mph fastball that touches 92 and a slider and changeup that both have the potential to be big league average offerings. He should pitch right away for the Owls and also will contribute as a lefthanded hitter as well.
22 677 Miami Marlins Robert Ravago Arizona State Ariz.
22 678 Colorado Rockies Jordan Mejia Riverside (Calif.) CC Calif.
22 680 New York Mets Tejay Antone Legacy HS, Mansfield, Texas Texas
22 681 Chicago White Sox Cory McGinnis Auburn-Montgomery (Ala.) Ala.
22 682 Cincinnati Reds Avain Rachal Cy-Fair HS, Cypress, Texas Texas $100,000
22 683 Cleveland Indians Jim Stokes Elon N.C. $100,000
22 684 Washington Nationals Will Hudgins Notre Dame Ind.
22 686 Los Angeles Dodgers Alan Garcia Azusa Pacific (Calif.) Calif.
22 689 Atlanta Braves Shae Simmons Southeast Missouri State Mo.
While shortstop Kenton Parmley had the third-longest hitting streak in NCAA Division I history (47 games) and third baseman Trenton Moses finished the regular season leading the nation in on-base percentage (.549) and slugging (.802) at the end of the regular season, it's Simmons who's the top prospect at Southeast Missouri State. When he's on, he has three solid pitches in an 89-93 mph fastball, a hard slider and changeup with tumbling action. He doesn't hold his velocity deep into games or show much command as a starter because of his size (5-foot-11, 176 pounds) and has a lot of effort in his delivery. As a result, he profiles as a reliever, a role in which he has been clocked up to 96 mph in summer ball.
22 691 Boston Red Sox Joe Greenfield South Suburban (Ill.) JC Ill.
22 693 Arizona Diamondbacks Holden Helmink Willis (Texas) HS Texas
Helmink has a projectable frame and the makings of two plus future pitches, but he lacks the polish to get drafted early enough to sign him away from a Texas commitment. The 6-foot-4, 185-pounder first made his name at Willis as a slugging outfielder, and he's still learning to pitch. He has a quick arm, an 88-92 mph fastball and shows aptitude for spinning his curveball. Helmink still is learning on the mound, and he'll need to develop a changeup and improve his command. He could find innings hard to come by as a freshman on a deep Longhorns pitching staff.
22 696 Texas Rangers Travis Dean Kennesaw State Ga.
22 697 New York Yankees Brett Marks Wallace State (Ala.) CC Ala.
22 698 Philadelphia Phillies Jeb Stefan Louisiana Tech La.
A former NASA intern who as a fourth-year junior is closing in on his degree at Louisiana Tech, Stefan could prove to be a difficult sign. He's tough to see thanks to Tech's far-flung schedule. A physical 6-foot-4, 225-pound righthander, he had a 5.05 ERA but at his best sits in the 91-92 mph range with his fastball, touching 94. He's flashed an average slider and changeup.
23 699 Houston Astros Travis Ballew Texas State Texas
The Southland Conference pitcher of the year after leading the league in wins (11) and strikeouts (119 in 102 innings) in his first year as a starter, Ballew is a little guy with big stuff. The 6-foot, 160-pounder pairs an 89-94 mph fastball with a hard slider. Though he does a good job of throwing strikes, his size and the effort in his delivery lead scouts to project him as a pro reliever who could have two plus pitches.
23 700 Minnesota Twins Travis Huber Nebraska Neb.
Huber is a 6-foot-3, 225-pounder with a 90-92 mph fastball that touches 95. He gets hit more than someone with that velocity should because he relies heavily on his fastball and his command wavers. Though he flashes a hard slider and show some feel for a changeup, he profiles as a reliever. He missed a month this spring with shoulder soreness. The Marlins selected Huber in each of the last two drafts out of the JC of Southern Idaho, in the 47th round in 2010 and in the 39th last year.
23 701 Seattle Mariners Levi Dean Tennessee Wesleyan Tenn.
23 702 Baltimore Orioles Gene Escat Fresno State Calif.
23 703 Kansas City Royals Kevin Allen Texas Christian Texas
23 706 Pittsburgh Pirates Lance Breedlove Purdue Ind.
23 708 Colorado Rockies Andrew Brown Akron Ohio
23 709 Oakland Athletics Tucker Healy Ithaca (N.Y.) N.Y.
23 710 New York Mets Connor Baits Point Loma HS, San Diego Calif.
Baits has a big 6-foot-5, 210-pound frame and has flashed intriguing arm strength at times, touching 93-94 mph on the showcase circuit and in scout ball last year. He hasn't shown that kind of velocity this spring, working more in the 86-90 mph range with a decent hard slurve at 77-79 and a fair changeup at 82-83. Scouts have expressed concerns over his ability to maintain a funky delivery and arm action, leading some to believe he profiles as a reliever, where his aggressive approach would be an asset. Baits is committed to UC Santa Barbara but could be drafted as high as the fifth round.
23 716 Los Angeles Dodgers Lindsey Caughel Stetson Fla.
23 719 Atlanta Braves Kevin McKague Army N.Y.
Before an injury, McKague sat in the mid-90s out of the bullpen with a high-80s slider. Army has had to slowly work him back on the mound and he was sitting 88-91 mph this spring and was 1-0, 1.46 with 15 strikeouts, seven walks and five saves in 11 appearances (12 innings). He was also a force in the lineup, hitting .389/.487/.553 in 190 at-bats. He is a fifth-year senior and already 23 years old.
23 724 Detroit Tigers Drew Harrison Oklahoma Okla.
23 726 Texas Rangers Coby Cowgill Virginia Military Institute Va.
23 728 Philadelphia Phillies Geoff Broussard Cal Poly Pomona Calif.
24 731 Seattle Mariners Matt Vedo UC Santa Barbara Calif.
24 739 Oakland Athletics Kayvon Bahramzadeh Kansas State Kan.
24 740 New York Mets Andrew Massie Dyer County (Tenn.) HS Tenn. $100,000
24 742 Cincinnati Reds Mike Saunders Saginaw Valley State (Mich.) Mich.
Saunders has an 88-92 mph fastball and a decent curveball, and he knows how to use them. The 6-foot-2, 195-pounder ranked second in NCAA Division II this spring with a school-record 1.23 ERA. He should be the fourth Saginaw Valley State player ever drafted and the first since 1996, with a chance to beat Thomas Merkle (17th round, 1980) as the program's highest selection ever.
24 743 Cleveland Indians Walker White South Georgia JC Ga.
24 744 Washington Nationals Austin Dicharry Texas Texas
24 745 Toronto Blue Jays Matt Rose Palm Bay (Fla.) HS Fla.
24 747 Los Angeles Angels Garrett Bush Flagler (Fla.) Fla.
24 749 Atlanta Braves Mike Flores Grossmont (Calif.) JC Calif.
24 754 Detroit Tigers Nick Carmichael Palomar (Calif.) JC Calif.
24 757 New York Yankees Jose Mesa Jr. Flanagan HS, Pembroke Pines, Fla. Fla. $100,000
Physical righty Jose Mesa Jr. is already 6-foot-4, 225 pounds and lacks body control but does have some power in his average fastball, which features some cut and run.
25 761 Seattle Mariners Mark Bordonaro Fairfield Conn.
A 6-foot, 165-pound right-hander, Bordonaro profiles as a reliever and can get his fastball up to the mid-90s. He has effort to his delivery and his secondary stuff is inconsistent, but it's average at times.
25 765 San Diego Padres Corey Kimber Dudley HS, Greensboro, N.C. N.C. $120,000
25 767 Miami Marlins Dane Stone St. Thomas (Fla.) Fla.
25 769 Oakland Athletics Derek Hansen Augustana (S.D.) S.D.
25 771 Chicago White Sox Storm Throne Morningside (Iowa) Iowa
Iowa's best four-year college prospect hails from Morningside, which hasn't had a player drafted since future big leaguer Kory DeHaan in 1997 but can boast a 166-game winner in the major leagues (Paul Splittorff) and a No. 4 overall pick (Mike King). The 6-foot-7, 245-pound Throne doubles as a center on the Mustangs' basketball team and averaged 9.3 points and 4.7 rebounds per game last season. He doesn't have a lot of baseball experience, but he's huge and his athleticism gives him a chance to figure pitching out. Scouts heard rumors that he touched 97 mph last fall but saw him work at 88-93 mph this spring. His curveball, changeup and command all need considerable refinement. He's a quality student who may not just jump at a chance to sign as a junior.
25 773 Cleveland Indians Cameron Cox Weatherford (Texas) JC Texas
While scouts hold Weatherford teammate Jacob Stone in higher regard because he has better stuff, Cox has more projection remaining in his 6-foot-3, 185-pound frame. He has a promising three-pitch mix in an 88-91 mph fastball that should pick up more velocity as he adds strength, a curveball that has its moments when he stays on top of it and a solid changeup. He'll need to smooth out his delivery.
25 774 Washington Nationals Freddy Avis Menlo School, Atherton, Calif. Calif.
Avis attends the same high school that produced Stanford infielder Kenny Diekroeger and is set to also attend Stanford, which is just 10 minutes away from his high school campus. Avis has a well-proportioned build and an athletic, balanced delivery. He was rusty early in the season, having jumped straight from basketball to baseball, but at his best he shows good arm speed and throws a fastball in the low to mid-90s from a three-quarters arm slot. Avis mixes in a mid-70s curveball that shows potential but needs more consistency, and an occasional changeup. When he's not pitching, Avis plays shortstop, and some scouts like his swing from the left side of the plate, but he'd likely give that up if he heads to college--which most scouts regard as likely. He is considered a very difficult sign. Avis is also a talented musician.
25 780 St. Louis Cardinals Dixon Llorens Miami Dade JC Fla.
Miami-Dade had bigger pitchers with past expectations, such as former Top 200 talent Michael Heller (a Florida transfer) and righty Tyler Bodwitch, but the 5-foot-9 Llorens teamed with Myles Smith to give the Sharks a solid one-two rotation punch. A South Carolina recruit, Llorens lacks size but battles hitters with a low-90s fastball and good, hard slider. Both rate as 50 pitches on the 20-80 scale thanks to his control and bulldog approach. He'll be a contributor for the Gamecocks unless a team takes him fairly early this spring.
25 783 Arizona Diamondbacks Vince Spilker Lee (Tenn.) Tenn.
26 791 Seattle Mariners Aaron Brooks Edmonds (Wash.) CC Wash.
26 794 Chicago Cubs Jasvir Rakkar Stony Brook N.Y.
26 797 Miami Marlins Seth Grant Appalachian State N.C.
26 798 Colorado Rockies Adam Paulencu Embry-Riddle (Fla.) Fla.
26 799 Oakland Athletics Lee Sosa Binghamton N.Y.
26 802 Cincinnati Reds Chase Rezac Southern Utah Utah
26 803 Cleveland Indians Justin Garza Bonita HS, La Verne, Calif. Calif.
Undersized at 5-foot-10, 160 pounds, Garza attracted minimal interest from scouts and colleges until signing with Cal State Fullerton toward the end of the recruiting cycle. He raised his profile by showing some of the best stuff at the Southern California Invitational in February, and over the course of the spring scouts began to view him as a bona fide top-five-rounds prospect despite his lack of physicality. Garza has electric arm speed and an easy arm action. He isn't afraid to pitch inside with a 90-94 mph fastball that he commands well. His curveball projects as an average or slightly better pitch, and he has been tinkering with an 84-87 mph slider/cutter that scouts are intrigued by. He also has the makings of an average changeup. Scouts won't be as content to let him head to Fullerton as they would have been six months ago.
26 811 Boston Red Sox Jake Nelson Lake Stevens (Wash.) HS Wash.
26 812 Tampa Bay Rays Jason Wilson Western Oregon Ore.
26 813 Arizona Diamondbacks Chris Capper Brigham Young Utah
Capper went 3-6, 2.97 for Brigham Young this year with 50 strikeouts and 21 walks over 67 innings. He has some effort in his delivery, tops out at 92 mph and mixes in a slurvy breaking ball for an out pitch. Scouts think his stuff could play up out of the bullpen in pro ball.
26 817 New York Yankees Charlie Haslup Maryland Md.
Haslup has good size at 6-foot-4, 200 pounds, and he can sit in the low 90s with his fastball. He has a decent slider, though it's not a plus pitch by any means. He'll need to work on his command. In 44 innings he struck out 44 and walked 20 while allowing 44 hits.
27 823 Kansas City Royals Ashton Goudeau Maple Woods (Mo.) CC Mo.
27 824 Chicago Cubs Tyler Bremer Baylor Texas
27 826 Pittsburgh Pirates Jake Johansen Dallas Baptist Texas
From a physical standpoint, few college pitchers stand out like Johansen. He's a 6-foot-6, 216-pounder who works at 93-95 mph and peaks at 97 with a fastball that features armside run. At times, he'll show a sharp slider with late life that makes batters look silly if they try to sit on his fastball. Johansen redshirted in his first season at Dallas Baptist because he wasn't ready to pitch against Division-I competition, and he's still figuring out how to control his big body and his pitches. Command difficulties scrapped the Patriots' plans to use him as a starter this spring and limit him to a reliever profile in pro ball. If he can add some polish, however, he has the stuff to pitch in the late innings.
27 827 Miami Marlins Justin Jackson Sam Houston State Texas
27 828 Colorado Rockies Matt Flemer California Calif.
27 832 Cincinnati Reds Joey Housey Oregon Ore.
27 833 Cleveland Indians Ray Castillo Russell County HS, Seale, Ala. Ala.
27 834 Washington Nationals Cody Poteet Christian HS, El Cajon, Calif. Calif.
Poteet established himself on the showcase circuit, but his stock has fallen this spring. He passed on playing for his high school team to play in the same wood-bat league as Tanner Rahier. The 6-foot-1 Poteet has good strength in his frame and flashes tantalizing stuff. He works in the 88-92 mph range and tops out at 93-94, but his fastball lacks life and deception, and it was hittable this spring. His fastball is more effective when his changeup is on, diving down and away from lefthanded hitters. His calling card is a power curveball that flashes plus, and he mixes in a decent slider that he controls better than the curve. His overall command is spotty, in part because he doesn't do a great job finishing his delivery. Scouts also question his competitiveness, and some think he would benefit from three years at UCLA. A team that likes his upside could take a chance on him in the third to fifth round.
27 839 Atlanta Braves Chris Barczycowski Niagara County (N.Y.) CC N.Y.
27 840 St. Louis Cardinals Joey Cuda Eckerd (Fla.) Fla.
27 841 Boston Red Sox Quinn Carpenter Goshen (N.Y.) HS N.Y.
27 842 Tampa Bay Rays Alex Keudell Oregon Ore.
Keudell did not sign with the Twins as a 38th-round draft pick last year, returned to the Ducks and has been the team's ace as a senior. He was named Pacific-12 Conference pitcher of the year after going 10-4, 2.12 with 65 strikeouts and 26 walks over 110 innings. He gets things done mostly with funk and deception. His fastball sits in the 85-87 mph range and tops out at 89. He gets good sink on his pitches, but scouts aren't in love with his delivery. Keudell mixes in a slider and a changeup and stays away from the middle of the plate, as he gave up just one home run all season.
27 845 Milwaukee Brewers Tyler Duffie Texas Christian Texas
27 846 Texas Rangers Ryan Bores Kent State Ohio
28 850 Minnesota Twins Carson Goldsmith Northwestern State La.
28 851 Seattle Mariners Matt Brazis Boston College Mass.
Brazis hasn't pitched much the last couple of years, but his raw stuff will get him drafted. He pitches with a plus fastball and average slider, but the results haven't matched up in the past. In 17 innings this year he had a 3.18 ERA to go with 25 strikeouts and eight walks.
28 852 Baltimore Orioles Dennis Torres Massachusetts Mass.
28 857 Miami Marlins Casey McCarthy Cal State San Bernardino Calif.
28 858 Colorado Rockies Ryan Arrowood Appalachian State N.C.
28 860 New York Mets Jake Marks St. Clair SS, Sarnia, Ont. Ontario
28 861 Chicago White Sox James Hudelson Delta State (Miss.) Miss.
28 862 Cincinnati Reds Mo Wiley Houston Texas
28 863 Cleveland Indians Josh Pigg Franklin HS, Elk Grove, Calif. Calif.
Pigg is an athletic 6-foot-1 two-way player whom scouts are divided on. Someprefer him on the mound, where he shows an 87-89 mph fastball. He'll need to develop secondary stuff and harness his command. Others like him as a lefthanded hitter who shows quick hands and some potential with the bat. He has an above-average arm, but will need work to remain at the hot corner. He'll also need to tone down moving parts at the plate. He'll be a project, but he shows quick-twitch athleticism and is considered signable.
28 874 Detroit Tigers Josh Carr Kennesaw State Ga.
28 875 Milwaukee Brewers Martin Viramontes Southern California Calif.
29 879 Houston Astros Christian Garcia Florence-Darlington Tech (S.C.) JC S.C.
29 882 Baltimore Orioles Jake Pintar San Juan Hill HS, Cota de Coza, Calif. Calif.
29 883 Kansas City Royals John Walter Penn State Pa.
29 884 Chicago Cubs Austin Pentecost Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) Idaho
29 886 Pittsburgh Pirates Jake Post Chesterton (Ind.) HS Ind.
29 887 Miami Marlins Blake Barnes Oklahoma State Okla.
29 894 Washington Nationals L.J. Hollins Chipola (Fla.) JC Fla.
29 899 Atlanta Braves Jaden Dillon Texas A&M-Kingsville Texas
29 900 St. Louis Cardinals Andy Hillis Lee (Tenn.) Tenn.
29 902 Tampa Bay Rays Keaton Steele Iowa Western CC Iowa
29 906 Texas Rangers Brandon Kuter George Mason Va.
30 909 Houston Astros John Neely Texas Tech Texas
30 916 Pittsburgh Pirates Chase McDowell Rice Texas
30 918 Colorado Rockies Trent Blank Baylor Texas
30 920 New York Mets Dustin Cook Hargrave HS, Huffman, Texas Texas
30 931 Boston Red Sox Justin Taylor Farmville (N.C.) Central HS N.C.
Committed to East Carolina, Taylor is a raw, two-sport athlete who also lettered in basketball. He has a good frame at 6-foot-4, 190 pounds and solid athleticism. Some effort in his delivery leads to concerns about his chances of starting, but he has the makings of two good pitches. His fastball sits 88-92 mph, but can touch 94 and he has a decent breaking ball in his slider. It's a slurvy pitch now, but it has good spin and a chance to develop into a better offering. Like most high school arms, his changeup is a work-in-progress.
30 933 Arizona Diamondbacks Chase Stevens Oklahoma State Okla.
30 938 Philadelphia Phillies Jordan Kipper Central Arizona JC Ariz.
31 942 Baltimore Orioles Anthony Bazzani Eastern Kentucky Ky.
After going 1-9, 9.07 as a sophomore in 2011, Bazzani dominated as a closer in the summer Northwoods League, where his fastball reached 97 mph. The 6-foot-4, 195-pounder has topped out at 95 this year and hasn't been nearly as impressive while fighting his command. He has a quick arm but a sketchy arm action and flies open too fast in his delivery. He'll pitch at 91-94 mph and flash some sink, but he'll also leave a lot of flat fastballs up in the strike zone. His splitter also has regressed after looking solid last summer, and his curveball is too loopy.
31 943 Kansas City Royals Hayden Edwards Blue Valley HS, Stilwell, Kan. Kan.
31 944 Chicago Cubs Bryan Bonnell Centennial HS, Las Vegas Nev.
31 945 San Diego Padres Matt Shepherd Tennessee Tech Tenn.
31 946 Pittsburgh Pirates Jack Moffit Flower Mound (Texas) HS Texas
Committed to Navarro (Texas) JC, Moffit is the most signable of a quartet of Flower Mound righthanded pitching prospects that also includes Cody Gunter, Andrew Vinson and John Kresta. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Moffit missed part of the spring with a finger injury but impressed scouts with his arm action and stuff. He has an 88-92 mph fastball, a decent curveball and a splitter with some slider action.
31 948 Colorado Rockies Shawn Stuart Long Beach State Calif.
31 952 Cincinnati Reds Austin Salter Cisco (Texas) JC Texas
31 954 Washington Nationals Mike Boyden Maryland Md.
31 956 Los Angeles Dodgers David Graybill Brophy Prep, Phoenix Ariz.
31 958 San Francisco Giants Jason Forjet Florida Gulf Coast Fla.
31 959 Atlanta Braves Matt Kimbrel Southern Polytechnic State (Ga.) Ga.
31 960 St. Louis Cardinals Joey Donofrio California Calif.
31 961 Boston Red Sox Austin Davis Southern Mississippi Miss.
31 963 Arizona Diamondbacks Andrew Potter Eastside HS, Lancaster, Calif. Calif.
Potter generated buzz last fall when he pitched at 89-92 mph and touched 93-94 in scout ball, and flashed a decent three-quarters breaking ball. But he has regressed this spring, still bumping 93 mph at times but falling into the mid-80s by the third inning. He has struggled to throw strikes and miss bats, and his slurve has been inconsistent, though it flashes average. His changeup is developing, and he has some feel for it. His arm strength and 6-foot-2, 195-pound frame could still get him drafted in the eighth to 12th round, but many scouts seem content to let him go to UC Irvine.
31 967 New York Yankees Kevin Johnson Illinois Ill.
31 968 Philadelphia Phillies Chris Nichols Sioux Falls (S.D.) S.D.
32 977 Miami Marlins Ty Williams Sulphur (Okla.) HS Okla.
32 979 Oakland Athletics Ryan Dull UNC Asheville N.C.
32 982 Cincinnati Reds Christian McElroy Cincinnati Ohio
Though Cincinnati went 18-38 this spring, it could have three players drafted in the first 15 rounds (righthander Zach Isler, outfielder Jake Proctor and McElroy) for just the second time in school history. McElroy made just one appearance for the Bearcats during a redshirt 2010 season and spent last year at Sinclair (Ohio) CC. The 6-foot-4, 211-pounder lacks consistency with his stuff and command, but his stuff kicked up a notch in 2012. He has a sound delivery, and when he's on top of his game, he'll show a 90-93 mph fastball, a tight curveball and feel for a changeup.
32 987 Los Angeles Angels Robbie Powell Stetson Fla.
32 989 Atlanta Braves Adam Grantham Kennett (Mo.) HS Mo.
32 991 Boston Red Sox Hunter Wood Rogers (Ark.) Heritage HS Ark.
Wood has potential to be a two-way college player with a quick bat and solid power potential. He has more ability on the mound, with an average fastball in the 87-91 mph range that has bumped higher and a loose arm to go with a projectable 6-foot-2, 180-pound frame. His curveball lacks bite and power.
32 994 Detroit Tigers Blake McFadden Savannah (Mo.) HS Mo.
32 995 Milwaukee Brewers Nick Anderson Mayville State (N.D.) N.D.
32 998 Philadelphia Phillies Scott Firth Clemson S.C.
There were several players in the Carolinas that hit 95 or better on the radar gun this season and Firth was one of them, but his fastball is straight and he lacks secondary stuff and control.
33 999 Houston Astros Mike Hauschild Dayton Ohio
33 1000 Minnesota Twins Kaleb Merck Texas Christian Texas
33 1001 Seattle Mariners Logan Seifrit Vauxhall (Alb.) HS Alberta
Seifrit is undersized at 6 feet, 190 pounds, and he's also a diabetic, but he has the quickest arm in the country. He can run his lively fastball up to 93 mph and shows an above-average changeup. Scouts can project on his velocity because of his arm speed. His slider is below-average right now.
33 1003 Kansas City Royals Evan Phillips Clayton (N.C.) HS N.C.
33 1005 San Diego Padres Tony Wieber Michigan State Mich.
33 1007 Miami Marlins Steve Weber Eastern Michigan Mich.
33 1009 Oakland Athletics Tyler Johnson Stony Brook N.Y.
33 1010 New York Mets Jared Price Twin Valley HS, Elverson, Pa. Pa.
Northeast scouts saw flashes of big potential for Price this spring, but he was inconsistent with his delivery and results. His fastball will range from 87-93 mph, touching 94 on occasion, and he has a second plus pitch in his curveball. He's physical and strong, but not very projectable at 6-foot-1 and 195 pounds. His bow-and-arrow arm action raises some concerns among scouts, but they like his arm strength and ability to spin a breaking ball. He is committed to Maryland.
33 1012 Cincinnati Reds Justin Topa Long Island N.Y.
33 1015 Toronto Blue Jays Jonathan Harris Hazelwood Central HS, Florissant, Mo. Mo.
Another work-in-progress Missouri prepster, Harris is all projection at 6-foot-4 and 160 pounds. He'll pitch at 87-91 mph in the first inning of games, but because he lacks strength he'll dip quickly to 83-87. Though he's still growing into his body, he repeats his mechanics well and gets good leverage in his delivery. His curveball and changeup could use more power but show promise. He could blossom at Missouri State, perhaps the most underrated pitching factory in college baseball.
33 1018 San Francisco Giants Brandon Farley Arkansas State Ark.
33 1020 St. Louis Cardinals Ronnie Shaban Virginia Tech Va.
33 1022 Tampa Bay Rays Luke Goodgion Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) Idaho
33 1023 Arizona Diamondbacks Jonathan Pulley Spartanburg Methodist (S.C.) JC S.C.
33 1025 Milwaukee Brewers Austin Hall Brigham Young Utah
33 1026 Texas Rangers Ryan Burr Highlands Ranch (Colo.) HS Colo.
Burr has been on the prospect scene for a while, which often leads to players being nitpicked to death by scouts. In the summer, Burr was in the 91-94 mph range and there were reports of him touching even higher. He has an ideal pitcher's frame at 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds, still has a baby face and turns 18 just a few days before the draft. He settled into the 89-92 mph range this spring and mixed in a mid-70s curveball and low-80s changeup. Burr's delivery raises some eyebrows with scouts. He has a long arm action in the back with a big stab and a bit of a wrist wrap. He also tends to land on his heel and both factors make it difficult for Burr to throw strikes and show consistency with his secondary offerings. Those factors, in addition to his commitment to Arizona State, likely mean Burr will end up heading to college.
33 1028 Philadelphia Phillies Kyle Cody Chippewa Falls (Wis.) HS Wis.
Cody defines projectability with his lean 6-foot-6, 215-pound frame and size 17 shoes. Considered virtually unsignable at this point, he could blossom into an early-round 2015 draft pick after three years at Kentucky. Cody's arm works well and he has good body control for such a big teenager. He already throws 87-91 mph with more velocity to come as he gets stronger. He not only flashes a plus knuckle-curve, but he also does a good job of locating it. He doesn't need a changeup against Wisconsin high school competition, but he has shown the makings of one in bullpen workouts.
34 1029 Houston Astros Jordan Jankowski Catawba (N.C.) N.C.
34 1034 Chicago Cubs Christian Botnick Notre Dame SS, Brampton, Ont. Ontario
34 1041 Chicago White Sox Ryan Castellanos Archbishop McCarthy HS, Southwest Ranches, Fla. Fla.
34 1046 Los Angeles Dodgers Jordan Hershiser Southern California Calif.
34 1052 Tampa Bay Rays Ryan Garton Florida Atlantic Fla.
34 1053 Arizona Diamondbacks Jared Ray Houston Texas
34 1054 Detroit Tigers Matt Davenport William & Mary Va.
34 1055 Milwaukee Brewers Tommy Burns Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey, N.J. N.J.
35 1060 Minnesota Twins Jared Wilson UC Santa Barbara Calif.
35 1066 Pittsburgh Pirates Jackson McClelland East Valley HS, Redlands, Calif. Calif.
35 1070 New York Mets Brad Markey Santa Fe (Fla.) JC Fla.
Georgia Tech could have used 5-foot-11, 175-pound Markey this year; he transferred after tossing five innings for the Yellow Jackets as a sophomore. He was the workhorse for an intriguing staff at Santa Fe (Fla.) JC, touching 94 mph with a generally average fastball. He commanded the pitch as well as his curveball. He walked just nine in 87 innings. Most likely, he'll make good on his commitment to Virginia Tech.
35 1071 Chicago White Sox Kyle Martin Texas A&M Texas
35 1072 Cincinnati Reds Mike Sheppard Seton Hall Prep, West Orange, N.J. N.J.
35 1075 Toronto Blue Jays Devyn Rivera California Baptist Calif.
35 1078 San Francisco Giants Danny Grazzini San Mateo (Calif.) JC Calif.
35 1081 Boston Red Sox Pat Delano Braintree (Mass.) HS Mass.
35 1082 Tampa Bay Rays Kris Carlson Colorado Mesa Colo.
35 1083 Arizona Diamondbacks Robbie Buller Houston Baptist Texas
35 1088 Philadelphia Phillies Steven Wilson Dakota Ridge HS, Littleton, Colo. Colo.
36 1091 Seattle Mariners Trey Wingenter Jones HS, Madison, Ala. Ala.
Auburn has a loaded recruiting class and could lose several top-tier signees such as David Dahl, Addison Russell and Colin Rodgers. They hope to hold on to the projectable, 6-foot-7, 190-pound Wingenter. Scouts can dream on him, and they've seen 92 mph radar-gun readings. More commonly he reaches 88-89, and his curveball flashes good shape and some power in the mid-70s. His arm works well, and he should add power to his stuff as his thin body fills out.
36 1097 Miami Marlins Kendall Graveman Mississippi State Miss.
Graveman stepped into the weekend rotation this season and was an excellent wing man for ace Chris Stratton, complementing Stratton's power approach with average velocity on his two-seamer, usually sitting in the 87-89 mph range. Graveman doesn't miss a lot of bats, but he had given up only one homer all year. He has a decent slider and average to plus changeup with similar sink as his two-seam fastball. His best attribute is his smooth, easy delivery, which contributes to his excellent control (19 walks in 86 innings).
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 1101 Chicago White Sox Mitch Patishall Pendleton (Ind.) Heights HS Ind.
36 1103 Cleveland Indians Benny Suarez Hill (Texas) JC Texas
36 1107 Los Angeles Angels Kenny Hatcher Dallas Baptist Texas
36 1114 Detroit Tigers Clate Schmidt Allatoona HS, Acworth, Ga. Ga.
Schmidt has contributed to the unpredictable spring for high school talent in Georgia, as scouts try to gauge how his stuff will play as a pro and how strong his commitment to Clemson is. He is his team's best pitcher and best hitter despite a slight 6-foot-1, 175-pound frame, playing shortstop or center field when he isn't on the mound. His athletic ability produces a quick arm and excellent velocity at times, with 92-96 mph readings on the showcase circuit last summer. Schmidt also has shown feel for a breaking ball, flashing a plus curveball and a Frisbee slider. He hasn't been physical enough to maintain his stuff over the full high school season, though. He velocity fell off to the 86-91 mph range this spring, and scouts complained that he threw too many breaking balls, further sapping his velocity and feel for his fastball. He could be a two-way player for Clemson, as he's an above-average runner with the ability to stay in the infield in college, and it will be interesting to see if a team will sign him away from the Tigers.
37 1119 Houston Astros Michael Dimock Wake Forest N.C.
37 1120 Minnesota Twins James Marvel Campolindo HS, Moraga, Calif. Calif.
Marvel has a professional build at 6-foot-3 and 195 pounds. His fastball sits in the 90-92 mph range and he mixes in a curveball that has improved throughout the year and could be an above-average pitch in the future. He also has a developing changeup, though he hasn't needed a third pitch much in high school. Marvel has a good delivery and pitches with a quick tempo. He shows a good feel for pitching and scouts like him, but he's not likely to be drafted as high as his talent would dictate because of his solid commitment to Duke.
37 1122 Baltimore Orioles Derrick Bleeker Arkansas Ark.
37 1123 Kansas City Royals Jake Newberry Mira Mesa HS, San Diego Calif.
37 1124 Chicago Cubs Clayton Crum Howard (Texas) JC Texas
Crum was the No. 2 pitcher behind Matt Purke at Klein (Texas) High before he blew out his elbow, had Tommy John surgery in 2009 and missed most of his senior season. He didn't get on the mound in his freshman year at Texas but emerged as the No. 2 starter at Howard this spring. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Crum lacks consistency after hardly pitching the past two years, but at his best he'll throw a 90-94 mph fastball and flash a good slider and an average changeup. His fastball dips to 86-89 mph at times and can get straight. He'll need to refine his pitches and improve his control and command, but some scouts believe he has more upside than any member of the Hawks' talented pitching staff. He has committed to Oregon.
37 1126 Pittsburgh Pirates Jacob Waguespack Dutchtown HS, Geismar, La. La.
37 1137 Los Angeles Angels Matt Collins Central Florida Fla.
37 1142 Tampa Bay Rays Rob Finneran Bentley (Mass.) Mass.
37 1146 Texas Rangers Matt Withrow Midland (Texas) Christian HS Texas
37 1147 New York Yankees Charles Basford Samford Ala.
37 1148 Philadelphia Phillies Daniel Starwalt Granite Hills HS, El Cajon, Calif. Calif.
Starwalt emerged as one of Southern California's top prep arms last summer, when he ran his fastball up to 94-95 mph and consistently pitched with an above-average spike curveball in the 78-80 range. He got off to a slow start after suffering a stress fracture in his back this spring, and he has since worked in the 86-90 range while losing power on his curveball, which still rates as average when he stays on top of it. He's also had a tendency to scatter his fastball. He has some feel for a changeup, which has a chance to become an average offering. Starwalt, who doesn't turn 18 until February, could sink in the draft because of his strong commitment to Stanford and his lackluster spring, but his upside is very intriguing if he can return to form.
38 1154 Chicago Cubs Hassan Evans Herkimer County (N.Y.) CC N.Y.
Primarily a position player, Evans' pro future is on the mound. He resembles Edwin Jackson physically and has flashed a mid-90s fastball in the past, though he doesn't always know where it's going.
38 1156 Pittsburgh Pirates Matt Pope Science Hill (Tenn.) HS Tenn.
38 1159 Oakland Athletics Calvin Drummond San Diego Calif.
Drummond started his college career at Arizona State before transferring to Orange Coast CC for his freshman season in 2009. He was not eligible in 2010 after transferring to San Diego, but he has been a staple in the Toreros' weekend rotation the last two springs. He has shown better stuff early in the season before appearing to wear down in the second half of both seasons. Drummond ran his fastball up to 94 mph but settled in around 88-91 for much of the spring, bumping 92. He flashes a plus slider in the 81-83 mph range with hard tilt and depth, but it still has a tendency to flatten out up in the zone regularly. Drummond also mixes in a fringe-average downer curveball at 75-78 mph and a fringy changeup.
38 1162 Cincinnati Reds Daniel Poncedeleon Cypress (Calif.) JC Calif.
Ponce de Leon burst onto the prospect landscape as a Cypress freshman last fall, when he touched 94 mph with a promising slider/cutter and curveball. His stock dropped in the spring, when he settled into the 87-91 mph range and struggled with his control. At his best, he has shown a good curveball, but it has been slower and loopier for most of the spring. His 84-86 mph cutter can have late movement, but he cannot command either secondary pitch with any consistency. He also has a rigid one-piece arm action with effort, and scouts are not enamored with his emotional mound demeanor. Ponce de Leon is something of a lottery ticket with a chance down the road thanks to his 6-foot-4, 185-pound frame and makings of a solid repertoire, if he can ever refine it.
38 1163 Cleveland Indians Joshua Nervis Sonoma State (Calif.) Calif.
38 1164 Washington Nationals Jared Messer Malone (Ohio) Ohio
38 1167 Los Angeles Angels Jake Boyd Stetson Fla.
38 1168 San Francisco Giants Nolan Long Waterford (Conn.) HS Conn.
38 1169 Atlanta Braves Sean McLaughlin Northview HS, Johns Creek, Ga. Ga.
In a topsy-turvy spring in Georgia, the athletic McLaughlin had draft helium, despite his 5-foot-11, 184-pound frame. He's athletic enough to play center field, and if he makes it to campus for Georgia, he could use his 6.7-second speed and solid lefthanded bat to hit atop the lineup. However, pushing his fastball up to 95 mph and pitching at 91-92 with above-average life on the pitch made him move up draft boards. McLaughlin doesn't have a consistent secondary pitch but hasn't needed it yet. His athletic ability and aptitude give scouts hope he could develop one sooner than later.
39 1179 Houston Astros Mitchell Traver Houston Christian HS Texas
Traver established himself as a first-round candidate with a breakout performance at the World Wood Bat Association World Championship in Jupiter, Fla., last fall. He sat at 92-94 mph with hard sink on his fastball and backed it up with a hard curveball and a solid changeup. His 6-foot-7, 240-pound frame added to his intrigue. But Traver hasn't lived up to that standard this spring. He has operated mostly at 89-92 mph with his fastball, showing less life and command. His secondary pitches have been inconsistent too, as has his ability to repeat his delivery. Traver is more physical than athletic, struggling at times to stay on top of his pitches and to field his position. It's still easy to dream on Traver's upside, but he figures to go no higher than the third round--and that may not be early enough to sign him away from a Texas Christian commitment.
39 1181 Seattle Mariners Grayson Long Barbers Hill HS, Mont Belvieu, Texas Texas
39 1188 Colorado Rockies Justin Dillon El Dorado HS, Placentia, Calif. Calif.
39 1192 Cincinnati Reds Jacob Stone Weatherford (Texas) JC Texas
Stone originally committed to play quarterback at Emporia State (Kan.) before deciding to focus on baseball only at Weatherford JC. The Coyotes had the two best junior college freshmen prospects in Texas this spring in Stone and righthander Cameron Cox. While Cox has more projection remaining, the 6-foot-1, 205-pound Stone has better present stuff. He throws a 91-93 mph fastball that touches 95 and complements it with a good curveball. He'll need to hone his changeup and command to remain a starter in pro ball. His football background is evident in the way he competes on the mound.
39 1193 Cleveland Indians D.J. Brown James Madison Va.
39 1200 St. Louis Cardinals Mike Aldrete San Jose State Calif.
39 1201 Boston Red Sox Kurt Schluter Stetson Fla.
Stetson had high expectations coming into the season but saw righthanders Lindsey Caughel and Kurt Schluter take steps backwards from last season. That was especially true of Schluter, who won all eight of his decisions in 2011 but never regained that form after an oblique muscle strain last year. He's touched 94 mph in the past but didn't with any consistency in 2012.
39 1208 Philadelphia Phillies Austin Norris Trenton (Mo.) HS Mo.
40 1209 Houston Astros Joseph Shaw Ennis (Texas) HS Texas
40 1210 Minnesota Twins Brad Schreiber Purdue Ind.
40 1211 Seattle Mariners James Kaprielian Beckman HS, Irvine, Calif. Calif.
Kaprielian's feel for pitching and projection made him an intriguing sleeper coming into the spring, but no one's sleeping on him after a stellar spring, which has included two no-hitters. Kaprielian is a standout athlete who was an aggressive linebacker for the Beckman football team, and his mean streak translates well to the mound. He attacks hitters with an 88-91 mph fastball that bumps 92 and has some sink. He has good fastball command for a high school pitcher, in spite of a herky-jerky delivery that can throw off his timing occasionally. He commands his 12-to-6 curveball even better than his fastball, and it projects as a plus pitch. He also shows feel for a sinking, fading changeup, and it could be an average to plus offering. If Kaprielian showed a bit more velocity he would be a first-round pick, but that may come in three years. He's committed to UCLA and his signability may cause him to drop in the draft.
40 1213 Kansas City Royals Taylor Kaczmarek South Mountain (Ariz.) CC Ariz.
40 1220 New York Mets David Gonzalez Gainesville (Ga.) HS Ga.
Scouts like Gonzalez quite a bit, and the Georgia signee had a good spring, winning his first 11 decisions for a team that was 31-0 until losing in the state semifinals. Gonzalez touches 93 with his fastball, which usually parks in the 88-92 range. He's shown a feel for spinning a breaking ball, flashing above-average sliders and curveballs as well as a chance to keep the pitches separate. His biggest issue is his lack of projection. At 6-foot-1, 210 pounds, Gonzalez is physically mature. He could add a changeup but likely is what he is in terms of stuff. Scouts are in on the makeup but have to buy him away from the Bulldogs.
40 1221 Chicago White Sox Sam Mason Beverly Hills (Calif.) HS Calif.
40 1222 Cincinnati Reds Rafael Pineda Texas A&M Texas
40 1228 San Francisco Giants Tyler Ferguson Clovis (Calif.) West HS Calif.
Ferguson already has an imposing frame at 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds. He was up to 94 mph early in the year, but his stuff dropped off as the year wore on and was more in the 88-90 mph range. His slider wasn't consistent, though it has shown flashes of being a plus pitch. There's also some effort to his delivery. Ferguson could be a tough sign, as he's committed to Vanderbilt and reportedly has aspirations of being a doctor.
40 1229 Atlanta Braves Jimmy Herget Jefferson HS, Tampa Fla.
40 1232 Tampa Bay Rays Nick Sawyer Howard (Texas) JC Texas
Sawyer was 5-foot-11 and topped out at 91 mph in high school, and while he hasn't gotten any taller in two years at Howard, he has added some serious velocity. The 185-pounder has a lightning-fast arm that produces fastballs that sit at 92-93 mph and peak at 96. He gets too concerned with radar guns however, throwing at maximum effort and losing command. He also throws a hard slider and profiles strictly as a reliever. Sawyer has been drafted twice previously, by the Reds in the 37th round in 2010 and by the Rangers in the 23rd round last year. He originally planned on transferring to Oklahoma in 2012 before returning to Howard, and he'll play at Oregon in 2013 if he doesn't turn pro.
40 1233 Arizona Diamondbacks Zane Hemond Montrose (Colo.) HS Colo.
40 1236 Texas Rangers Paul Schwendel Emory (Ga.) Ga.
40 1238 Philadelphia Phillies Eric Hanhold East Lake HS, Palm Harbor, Fla. Fla.
Eric Hanhold has a projectable 6-foot-4 frame and has shown a fastball in the 90-92 mph range. He's a Florida recruit who was considered a tough sign. The same is true of Florida State outfield recruit Jamal Martin, 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.