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Round Overall Team Player School State Bonus
1 1 Houston Astros Carlos Correa Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, Gurabo, P.R. P.R. $4,800,000
With the record now at 17th overall, Correa should become the highest-drafted player ever to come from Puerto Rico. He already has a big league body at 6-foot-3 and 185 pounds, yet he's light on his feet and shows fluid actions with a cannon for an arm. For those reasons, the team that drafts him will allow him to stay at shortstop. While he may get a little bigger, his tools would also allow him to be a premium defender at third base. Correa has garnered comparisons to both Troy Tulowitzki and Ryan Zimmerman. At the plate, Correa shows excellent balance and rhythm, as well as patience, to go along with exciting bat speed and natural loft. His swing can get a little long at times, leaving him exposed to quality fastballs inside, but he's learning how to make adjustments and projects to hit for average and power. Correa is a plus runner now, but he could lose a step or two as he fills out. He is one of the youngest players in the draft class and shows excellent work ethic, dedication and maturity. Correa is committed to Miami, but it would be a shock if he winds up on campus.
1 11 Oakland Athletics Addison Russell Pace (Fla.) HS Fla. $2,625,000
Russell earned Juan Uribe comparisons last summer for his thick body, arm strength and power potential, as well as his profile as a player who will stick on the left side of the infield. Those comparisons no longer work physically, though, as he has lost at least 20 pounds and shaped up his physique considerably. Some scouts still think he will have to move to third, but most consider him a shortstop with soft hands, improved footwork and an above-average arm. Russell has bat speed and raw power, hindered by inconsistent swing mechanics. He's a tinkerer with his set-up and stance, and his swing can get long and loopy, leading to seven homers this spring but also a fairly modest .368 average. At other times, though, Russell will get locked in, wait on good breaking balls and make consistent, hard contact. Teams that have seen him on the right day as a shortstop with juice may buy the Boras Corp. client out of his Auburn scholarship.
1 12 New York Mets Gavin Cecchini Barbe HS, Lake Charles, La. La. $2,300,000
Cecchini's family occupies a unique place in Louisiana baseball, as his father and mother both coached him and his older brother Garin at Barbe High. Garin signed with the Red Sox for a $1.31 million bonus as a fourth-round pick in 2010. Gavin is likely to be drafted higher, in the first round, even though he's not as physical and his bat is much more in question. Wiry at 6-foot-1, 185 pounds, Cecchini's best attributes are his steadiness and defensive skills at shortstop. He has good hands and feet as well as the infield actions to stay at short, and excels at cutoff throws and being in the right spot defensively. His arm strength is a tick above-average and unfailingly accurate. His speed is about the same and plays up like his arm--he's a skilled baserunner who takes extra bases and steals bases intelligently. Cecchini's bat involves some projection, though. Some scouts believe he will be a bottom-of-the-order hitter despite his polished approach because of a lack of strength and impact bat speed. Cecchini is one of the safer bets in the high school class due to his polish, but scouts are mixed on his true upside.
1 24 Boston Red Sox Deven Marrero Arizona State Ariz. $2,050,000
As a junior in high school, Marrero played on a loaded American Heritage High (Plantation, Fla.) team that included third baseman Nick Castellanos, now with the Tigers, and first baseman Eric Hosmer, now with the Royals. Like Hosmer, Marrero committed to Arizona State, and after he slipped to the 17th round of the 2009 draft he headed to campus. Marrero has always been able to flash the leather, and he is this year's surest bet to stay at shortstop, with great range, easy actions and above-average arm strength. He shows promise with the bat, but he has been inconsistent this year and was batting .276/.335/.414 over his first 174 at-bats. Marrero has been frustrating for scouts this spring, not just because he has underperformed but because he has looked so nonchalant doing it. Scouts say Marrero has played without energy this year and has shown off his above-average arm strength only when he needs to. He has above-average raw speed but doesn't always go at full speed on the bases. Marrero shows power in batting practice, but profiles more as a gap hitter at the next level. While there questions about his bat, he still figures to be a first-rounder because there are so few surefire shortstops in the draft.
2 61 Houston Astros Nolan Fontana Florida Fla. $875,000
Fontana came to Gainesville in the summer of 2009 as part of a top-ranked recruiting class that included Mike Zunino, Brian Johnson and Hudson Randall, among others. Fontana became the everyday shortstop as a freshman and has helped take the Gators to back-to-back College World Series trips. Scouts see him as one of the draft's safest bets for his defensive and hitting skills, despite his lack of impact tools. One opposing coach likened Fontana to Novocain: "Give it time, it works." Fontana grinds through at-bats, seeing plenty of pitches and drawing walks. He has learned to punish mistakes and had nine home runs through April, after hitting eight in his first two seasons combined. Some scouts say Fontana has above-average speed, and all note his heady, smart baserunning. He's an efficient, surehanded defender at short who has made just three errors this season. He should play there as a professional, at least as a utility player, but profiles better as a second baseman due to his range and average arm. Fontana has no impact tool but should be a big leaguer for a long time, and should be the second college middle infielder drafted after Arizona State's Deven Marrero.
2 78 Cincinnati Reds Tanner Rahier Palm Desert (Calif.) HS Calif. $649,700
Rahier is the most prominent Southern California prospect who elected to play in a wood-bat club league this spring rather than play for his high school--a move that some scouts admit rubbed them the wrong way. But no one questions Rahier's passion for the game or his work ethic; as one scout put it, "He plays like a bat out of hell--he's like Pete Rose." Rahier is aggressive in every phase of his game--he runs hard, swings hard and is constantly in attack mode in the batter's box. That makes him prone to chasing pitches out of the zone at times, but he shows pitch recognition and excellent hand-eye coordination, helping the righthanded hitter barrel up hard line drives to left and center field. He is savvy enough to go the other way when the situation calls for it, but it isn't his forte. Rahier projects as an average to plus hitter with a chance for solid-average power as he matures. He'll need to grow into some pop, because few scouts give him a chance to stick at shortstop in the long term. Though his actions are unorthodox and "high-effort," as one scout put it, Rahier has sure hands and good instincts to go along with a plus arm. No better than a fringy runner, Raher's range is lacking for short. Some scouts think he could be a plus defender at third base, while others think he could be an above-average second baseman. Rahier is polarizing; some scouts like him as a sandwich pick, while others see him as a fourth- or fifth-round talent. The San Diego commit is considered signable.
3 99 Baltimore Orioles Adrian Marin Gulliver Prep, Miami Fla. $481,100
Marin would be a key recruit for a Miami program that needs an infusion of talent, and scouts had him pegged as a "good college player" until he smoked one of the nation's hardest throwers, Las Vegas two-way phenom Joey Gallo, at the National High School Invitational in Cary, N.C., early in the spring. That encounter raised Marin's profile with national evaluators, and area scouts already liked him as a heady player with no glaring weakness. Marin still has scouts trying to figure out his future impact with his bat. His hitting mechanics aren't ideal and he has swing-and-miss tendencies, and his below-average power means he'll either have to be a leadoff hitter or hit at the bottom of an order. Marin's best present tool is his speed, which is at least slightly above-average. He's a steady defender with average actions and shortstop and an average arm. Marin had early buzz to go in the first three rounds.
3 121 Detroit Tigers Austin Schotts Centennial HS, Frisco, Texas Texas $389,100
Like Cory Raley, Schotts is a speedy Texas high school shortstop who has starred on the gridiron (in his case, as a safety) and shot up draft boards after not drawing much attention before this spring. He's more advanced at the plate, while Raley has a better chance of sticking at shortstop. Five-foot-11 and 180 pounds, Schotts has a sound righthanded swing and more pop than the typical middle infielder. His power gets him into trouble at times when he lets his stroke get too big. A well above-average runner, Schotts covers enough ground at shortstop, but his fringy arm doesn't fit on the left side of the diamond. He could move to second base and has the speed for center field. He's committed to Oklahoma State.
4 140 New York Mets Branden Kaupe Baldwin HS, Wailuku, Hawaii Hawaii $225,000
Kaupe may be the shortest player in this year's draft. He's listed at 5-foot-7, but some believe he's actually a few inches shorter. Kaupe's best tool is his speed. He's a plus runner and may even be a 70 on the 20-80 scouting scale. Kaupe fits best defensively at second base and has good hands and solid-average arm strength. A switch-hitter, Kaupe has excellent bat control and strike-zone awareness. He will be a singles hitter, but does have some gap power and pullside loft. With a commitment to Central Arizona JC, Kaupe was considered signable and should agree to a below-slot deal.
4 150 St. Louis Cardinals Alex Mejia Arizona Ariz. $250,000
Mejia hit well for Arizona this year. He has a line-drive stroke with an all-field approach. Mejia is an average runner with good footwork and soft hands. His pure arm strength is below average, but he has a quick release, which makes it play up. Mejia could play shortstop some, but he profiles best as a utility player in the big leagues. Mejia's cousin is Brewers righthander Marco Estrada.
5 161 Seattle Mariners Chris Taylor Virginia Va. $500,000
Despite being the 3-A high school player of the year in Virginia in 2009, Taylor went undrafted and saw limited action as a freshman for the Cavaliers. He started all 68 games for Virginia as a sophomore, however, solidifying himself at shortstop after spending the first four games in the outfield. He had been up and down this spring and was hitting .279/.374/.448 in 201 at-bats. Taylor doesn't have one standout tool, but he gets attention with his defense and speed. He has a chance to stay at shortstop with good hands, a strong arm and good range, as he is a plus runner. The question is how much he will hit. He tends to stick with an inside-out approach and doesn't let loose as much as scouts would like. He has 21 extra-base hits, but he's a gap hitter as his home run power is below-average. He would be a useful utility player, but a team that thinks he can provide solid offense at shortstop could take him in the first four rounds.
5 167 Miami Marlins Austin Nola Louisiana State La. $75,000
Austin Nola has been drafted twice already, never higher than the 31st round. He was playing at a higher level as a senior, having played with younger brother Aaron, a righthander who should be a high draft pick in 2014. The 6-foot, 188-pound shortstop plays with confidence, especially on defense, where his hands are sure and his feet surprisingly nimble considering his below-average speed. He lacks impact with his bat, though he has improved his plate discipline and contact ability slightly over the course of his career. He's a career .296 hitter who gives consistent effort and performance while lacking upside.
5 168 Colorado Rockies Matt Wessinger St. John's N.Y. $75,000
After a doubleheader in which he committed six errors at shortstop, Wessinger moved over to second base and settled in defensively. He emerged as St. John's most dynamic offensive player and was hitting .348/.442/.491 with six home runs heading into regional play. He's a scrapper with a plus arm, can steal bases and a favorite among scouts.
5 171 Chicago White Sox Nick Basto Archbishop McCarthy HS, Southwest Ranches, Fla. Fla. $250,000
The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Basto was a three-year starter for a three-time state championship team at Archbishop McCarthy. He's a broad-shouldered athlete with good feet and an average arm. He could handle shortstop at the college level but profiles better at second or third as a pro, depending on the development of his bat. He'll need to show more raw power for scouts to see him at third. He's ticketed for Florida International.
6 197 Miami Marlins Anthony Gomez Vanderbilt Tenn. $187,000
At 6-0, 185 pounds, Gomez has average size and average tools with outsized confidence that serves him well. He's a college shortstop who fits better at second or as a utility infielder thanks to his contact-oriented approach and average tools. Gomez has average speed and handles the bat well. He has sure hands and is a consistent defender on balls he gets to. He has little power to speak of with three career home runs for Vanderbilt.
6 207 Los Angeles Angels Eric Stamets Evansville Ind. $169,900
Stamets offers two tools that are rare among college prospects: plus-plus speed and legitimate shortstop defense. He can get from the right side of the plate to first base in 4.1 seconds and has stolen 100 bases in three seasons at Evansville. He covers a lot of ground at shortstop, and he also has sure hands to go with a solid arm. A team that values speed and defense could grab Stamets as early as the fourth round, but he could last longer because of questions about his bat. The 6-foot, 185-pounder uses a short stroke and slaps at the ball. He has good hand-eye coordination and makes consistent contact but produces very little power. He had just two extra-base hits (both doubles) in 42 games with wood bats in the Cape Cod League last summer, and some scouts worry that he won't be able to handle good velocity in pro ball.
6 215 Milwaukee Brewers Angel Ortega International Baseball Academy, Ceiba, P.R. P.R. $157,400
Ortega has a wiry, 6-foot-2, 170-pound build and he stands out in Puerto Rico for his glove. He's an instinctual fielder with excellent range, pro actions and above-average arm strength. He's a high-energy player and an average runner. There are questions about Ortega's bat, as he has a little wrap in his swing and gets jammed in games. However, he shows good balance at the plate, has some bat speed and could develop into an average hitter as he fills out and receives better instruction. Ortega is committed to Alabama State, but is believed to be signable.
7 243 Arizona Diamondbacks Andrew Velazquez Fordham Prep, Bronx, N.Y. N.Y. $200,000
A small shortstop from New York City, Velazquez is committed to Virginia Tech. He's a singles hitter from both sides of the plate and showed below-average times down the line last summer.
8 264 Washington Nationals Stephen Perez Miami Fla. $100,000
Miami had high expectations for Perez, but he has not lived up to them in three seasons. He has solid-average power and some feel for hitting, and his defensive tools should make him an average defender at short. His inconsistency has proved maddening to coaches and scouts, however. An injury sapped his arm strength this spring, and he wound up at DH and second base frequently after botching routine plays. At the plate, he gives away too many at-bats and is strikeout prone. He's an above-average runner who has first-five-round tools without the performance to go with it.
9 286 Pittsburgh Pirates D.J. Crumlich UC Irvine Calif. $5,000
A four-year starter at UC Irvine, Crumlich has been a perfect fit in coach Mike Gillespie's system: a savvy gamer whose baseball skills stand out more than his tools. He is a patient hitter who works counts and sprays the ball around the field, and he can hit doubles into the gap on occasion, but he offers no home run power. Crumlich is a fringy runner who lacks the range and arm strength to play shortstop in the big leagues, but he a very sure-handed, instinctive defender, and he should be able to hold down short for a while in the minors. Scouts describe him as a steady-Eddie type player with an outside shot to grind his way to the big leagues, and he'll add plenty of value as an organizational player at minimum.
9 301 Boston Red Sox Mike Miller Cal Poly Calif. $5,000
The 5-foot-8 Miller is a prototypical scrappy gamer who plays above his tools. Miller led the Mustangs in hitting this spring (.354) while playing very steady defense at short (.967 fielding percentage). He has some looseness in his hands and an up-the-middle offensive approach. Miller is a below-average runner, but his quality instincts make him a good baserunner. He should be able to fill in at shortstop in pro ball, but his arm and range fit better at second.
10 312 Baltimore Orioles Joel Hutter Dallas Baptist Texas $10,000
Hutter has value as a senior sign who profiles as a third baseman or utilityman. The 6-foot-1, 210-pounder doesn't have a plus tool but he doesn't have a glaring weakness either. He offers some righthanded pop, decent speed and solid arm strength. He has infield actions but lacks the range to remain at shortstop in pro ball. He began his college career at Des Moines Area CC.
10 315 San Diego Padres Stephen Carmon South Carolina-Aiken S.C. $5,000
Carmon is undersized but has a track record of stealing bases and plays shortstop.
11 346 Pittsburgh Pirates Chris Diaz North Carolina State N.C. $100,000
Diaz hasn't received as much attention as other ACC shortstops but has quietly put together a strong year for the Wolfpack, hitting .374/.407/.509 with 23 doubles in 222 at-bats. He has a stocky build at 5-foot-11, 180 pounds and is a solid defender at shortstop, but not a lock to stick at the position. He makes the routine plays and is a fringy runner. His bat is light, but he consistently puts the ball in play.
11 349 Oakland Athletics Matt Gonzalez Harrison HS, Kennesaw, Ga. Ga.
If Gonzalez makes it to Georgia Tech, he'll likely get a shot at bolstering the Yellow Jackets' infield, and the 6-foot-1, 175-pounder is capable at all three spots at the college level. He had a slow start this spring after ankle surgery in the fall, but he never lost his sound, fundamental swing. He generated late draft interest when he worked out for teams as a catcher.
12 377 Miami Marlins Christian Rivera Nueva Superior Vocacional HS, Loiza, P.R. P.R. $100,000
12 382 Cincinnati Reds Brent Peterson Bakersfield (Calif.) JC Calif. $100,000
Peterson is a high-energy grinder with athleticism and versatility, giving him a chance to be a valuable utilityman in pro ball. He has decent infield actions and a solid-average arm, but he can play out of control at times, making a lot of throws off-balance and on the run. He may not be an everyday shortstop, but has enough tools to handle a variety of positions. Peterson is a quick-twitch athlete with plus speed and good hand-eye coordination. He takes a big swing and scouts aren't sold he'll hit at the higher levels of pro ball.
12 388 San Francisco Giants Jeremy Sy Louisiana-Monroe La.
12 391 Boston Red Sox Mike Meyers Silverado HS, Las Vegas Nev. $100,000
13 416 Los Angeles Dodgers Darnell Sweeney Central Florida Fla. $100,000
Sweeney had a chance to go in the first three rounds with a good spring. An athletic 6-foot, 170-pounder, he just didn't hit enough for most scouts to consider him in that range. He's a plus runner with solid defensive tools, including a plus arm, but lacks consistency with his footwork, leading to careless errors. He should be able to play shortstop at least in a utility profile. He's a switch-hitter who hasn't developed enough strength to drive the ball with any regularity.
13 420 St. Louis Cardinals Brett Wiley Jefferson (Mo.) CC Mo.
Wiley delivered the 10th-inning RBI double that sent Jefferson to the Junior College World Series for the second straight year. As a player with a chance to stick at shortstop and provide some offensive spark, he could fit in the first 10 rounds. A 6-foot, 180-pound lefthanded hitter, Wiley has a good approach at the plate. He offers patience, gap power, solid speed and baserunning savvy. He ranks among the national juco leaders in doubles (24) and steals (28), and he performed well in the Northwoods League last summer. He may need to cut down his swing a little to make more consistent contact in pro ball. He also has the arm and range to make the necessary plays at shortstop. A bench player at Evansville as a freshman, Wiley will transfer to Missouri State if he doesn't turn pro.
14 429 Houston Astros Joe Sclafani Dartmouth N.H.
14 431 Seattle Mariners Brock Hebert Southeastern Louisiana La.
Hebert was the Southland Conference's best infielder as a spry second baseman who might have enough arm strength for shortstop. The 5-foot-10, 170-pounder has fine athletic ability and above-average speed to go with plate discipline and excellent instincts. He's a premium, aggressive baserunner who ranked fifth in Division I in steals. Hebert has played second base for three seasons, but scouts want to see if he can handle shortstop. He'll never hit too many home runs with his short, level swing, but he's a line-drive machine with 21 doubles, peppering the gaps.
14 450 St. Louis Cardinals Anthony Melchionda Boston College Mass.
15 484 Detroit Tigers Jordan Dean Central Michigan Mich.
16 490 Minnesota Twins Will Hurt Lexington (Ky.) Catholic HS Ky. $100,000
16 496 Pittsburgh Pirates Max Moroff Trinity Prep, Winter Park, Fla. Fla. $300,000
16 499 Oakland Athletics Melvin Mercedes JC of Central Florida Fla.
16 513 Arizona Diamondbacks Landon Lassiter North Davidson HS, Lexington, N.C. N.C.
17 545 Milwaukee Brewers Alfredo Rodriguez Maryland Md.
18 554 Chicago Cubs David Bote Neosho County (Kan.) CC Kan. $100,000
18 568 San Francisco Giants Matt Duffy Long Beach State Calif.
19 595 Toronto Blue Jays Jorge Flores Central Arizona JC Ariz.
19 601 Boston Red Sox Iseha Conklin Iowa Western CC Iowa $100,000
19 608 Philadelphia Phillies Tim Carver Arkansas Ark.
20 621 Chicago White Sox Zach Voight New Mexico State N.M.
20 624 Washington Nationals James Brooks Utah Utah
20 629 Atlanta Braves Eric Garcia Missouri Mo.
Named the most outstanding player of the Big 12 Conference tournament after hitting .500 and leading Missouri to a surprising title, Garcia usually makes his mark with his glove. He has a live 5-foot-11, 175-pound body to go with sure hands and a solid arm. He did make 21 errors in his first 58 games this season, many early in the spring when he tried to do too much. He sometimes falls into the same trap as a hitter, spinning off the ball in an attempt to produce power. Scouts question how much he'll hit, though he does generate some backspin from both sides of the plate and has a knack for drawing walks. He's an average runner.
20 635 Milwaukee Brewers Mike Garza Georgetown D.C.
20 637 New York Yankees Mikey Reynolds Texas A&M Texas
22 671 Seattle Mariners Gabrial Franca North HS, Riverside, Calif. Calif.
23 715 Toronto Blue Jays Trey Pascazi East Rochester (N.Y.) HS N.Y.
24 729 Houston Astros Pat Blair Wake Forest N.C.
25 759 Houston Astros Ryan Dineen Eastern Illinois Ill.
25 760 Minnesota Twins Joel Licon Orange Coast (Calif.) CC Calif.
25 768 Colorado Rockies Alec Mehrten Fresno Pacific Calif.
25 770 New York Mets Leon Byrd Cy-Ranch HS, Cypress, Texas Texas
25 775 Toronto Blue Jays Jason Leblebijian Bradley Ill.
25 784 Detroit Tigers Jared Reaves Alabama Ala.
25 786 Texas Rangers Gabriel Roa Wabash Valley (Ill.) CC Ill.
26 789 Houston Astros C.J. Hinojosa Klein Collins HS, Spring, Texas Texas
Hinojosa planned to graduate early from high school last winter so he could enroll at Texas and become the Longhorns' starting shortstop this spring. But his academic load became overwhelming, so he opted to graduate with his class in June. Hinojosa has one plus tool: his righthanded bat. The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder has a quick bat and sees pitches well, allowing him to drive the ball to all fields with good pop for a middle infielder. His average speed and solid arm play up because of his instincts, which give him a chance to stick at shortstop in pro ball. He makes all the plays and would have pushed projected first-rounder Gavin Cecchini to second base on the U.S. 18-and-under team last summer had Hinojosa not injured his non-throwing shoulder. Scouts still don't think any team will be able to sign him away from Texas. They also were disappointed that he let his 5-foot-11, 185-pound frame get a little soft this year, though that didn't stop him from playing well before he had surgery to repair a dislocated left shoulder in April.
26 796 Pittsburgh Pirates Jimmy Rider Kent State Ohio
27 822 Baltimore Orioles Anthony Caronia Tampa Fla.
27 836 Los Angeles Dodgers Justin Gonzalez Florida State Fla.
Athletic and rangy, Gonzalez had a chance to go in the first 10 rounds with a big year. He has the tools to play shortstop, with good footwork, infield actions, arm strength and quickness. He adds solid-average raw power, if not a tick above, and he has good projection in his 6-foot-2, 200-pound body. But Gonzalez has all kinds of issues making consistent contact at the plate, with a grooved swing and pitch-recognition problems. He was leading the Atlantic Coast Conference in strikeouts for the second consecutive year.
28 864 Washington Nationals Hunter Bailey Oklahoma State Okla.
28 869 Atlanta Braves K.C. Clabough Florida Tech Fla.
29 897 Los Angeles Angels Caleb Bushyhead Oklahoma Okla.
29 903 Arizona Diamondbacks Adam McConnell Richmond Va.
30 919 Oakland Athletics Chris Wolfe Grambling State La.
30 921 Chicago White Sox Jake Brown Kansas State Kan.
30 923 Cleveland Indians Josh Lester Columbus (Ga.) HS Ga.
30 926 Los Angeles Dodgers Trent Giambrone King HS, Metairie, La. La.
31 947 Miami Marlins Lucas Hunter Central Catholic HS, Portland, Ore. Ore.
31 950 New York Mets Vance Vizcaino Wakefield HS, Raleigh N.C.
31 955 Toronto Blue Jays Derrick Chung Sacramento State Calif.
31 957 Los Angeles Angels Jeff Kemp Radford Va.
32 974 Chicago Cubs Tim Saunders Marietta (Ohio) Ohio
32 978 Colorado Rockies A.J. Simcox Farragut HS, Knoxville Tenn.
Simcox's father Larry was an assistant coach for Tennessee for 17 seasons, and A.J. served as a Vols bat boy on their trips to the College World Series in 2001 and 2005. He would likely be Tennessee's starting shortstop as a freshman if he makes it to campus. Simcox has emerged as the top hitter in the Volunteer State this spring by adding strength to his wiry frame; he's listed at 6-foot-1, 170 pounds but is closer to 180 now. He hit the weight room, resulting in harder contact from his improving swing. His feet and hands work well, and his average speed should be sufficient at the college level. He may not have the present speed or power for teams to buy him out of Tennessee, but his defensive ability and improved bat make Simcox an intriguing fourth-round talent.
32 983 Cleveland Indians Paul Hendrix Howard (Texas) JC Texas
32 990 St. Louis Cardinals Eduardo Oquendo Olney Central (Ill.) CC Ill.
32 992 Tampa Bay Rays Ben Kline Embry-Riddle (Fla.) Fla.
32 997 New York Yankees Garrett Cannizaro Tulane La.
33 1013 Cleveland Indians Cory Raley Uvalde (Texas) HS Texas
A dual-threat quarterback at Uvalde HS, Raley rushed for 1,470 yards and 20 touchdowns last fall. He hasn't played in many showcase events, and Uvalde is off the beaten scouting path in Texas, yet word of Raley's athleticism still spread this spring. His best tool is his well above-average speed, as he's capable of getting from the right side of the plate to first base in 4.0 seconds. The 6-foot-2, 185-pounder has the arm and actions to stay at shortstop, though his bat will need time to develop. That figures to happen at Texas A&M rather than in pro ball, because it may take a seven-figure offer to get Raley to sign. His brother Brooks was a two-way standout for the Aggies and now pitches in the Cubs system. Another brother, Russell, starred at Oklahoma and now coaches for the Sooners.
34 1039 Oakland Athletics Devon Gradford Downey (Calif.) HS Calif.
34 1045 Toronto Blue Jays Brandon Lopez American Heritage HS, Plantation, Fla. Fla.
Lopez joins a long line of recent American Heritage products, including Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer and Arizona State shortstop Deven Marrero. While Lopez plays shortstop in high school and has improved his defense this spring, he profiles as a third baseman as a pro. The righthanded hitter has added strength to his 6-foot-2, 185-pound frame and doesn't have the speed (7.0 seconds over 60 yards) to stay in the middle infield. Scouts who like him see power potential out of his fluid, balanced swing, particularly as he matures and gets stronger. He shows a willingness to use the whole field and can drive the ball to right field. Soft hands, nimble footwork and an above-average arm complete the third-base package. Teams that think Lopez will firm up his body and add power will buy him out of a Miami commitment.
35 1061 Seattle Mariners Tyler Krieger Northview HS, Johns Creek, Ga. Ga.
35 1073 Cleveland Indians Nick Hamilton Kent State Ohio
35 1079 Atlanta Braves Matt Creech Colquitt County HS, Moultrie, Ga. Ga.
35 1085 Milwaukee Brewers Jose Sermo Bethany (Kan.) Kan.
With a strong, athletic 6-foot, 190-pound frame, Sermo looks the part of a future pro. He's a switch-hitter with a nice stroke from bothsides of the plate. An erratic defender at shortstop, he lacks quickness and will have to move to third base or right field at the next level. Some scouts wonder if his cannon arm might be best suited to the mound. The Nationals drafted Sermo in the 49th round out of a Puerto Rico high school in 2009, after which he spent two years at Yakima Valley (Wash.) CC.
35 1087 New York Yankees Kyle Farmer Georgia Ga.
Farmer had a solid career at Georgia, setting a school record for fielding percentage by a shortstop. He's a capable, surehanded infielder with solid athleticism who profiles best as a utility infielder. The 6-foot, 195-pounder had a solid junior season but hit just .211 with wood in the Cape, and likely lacks the power to be an everyday third baseman. He's more of a gap hitter who needs to be a bit more selective after drawing just eight walks as a junior. He's a below-average runner who can play shortstop as a reserve but likely is not an everyday option as a pro. Some scouts would like to try him behind the plate.
36 1098 Colorado Rockies Kevin Bradley Hopewell Valley Central HS, Pennington, N.J. N.J.
36 1100 New York Mets Donovan Walton Bishop Kelley HS, Tulsa Okla.
36 1105 Toronto Blue Jays Brian Cruz Galveston (Texas) JC Texas
36 1112 Tampa Bay Rays Brett McAfee Panola (Texas) JC Texas
37 1132 Cincinnati Reds Zach Vincej Pepperdine Calif.
37 1138 San Francisco Giants Drew Jackson Miramonte HS, Orinda, Calif. Calif.
Jackson is the younger brother of Cubs prospect Brett Jackson. Drew is an above-average runner and a premium defender, but scouts aren't sure about his bat at this point, so teams will probably be content to let him head to Stanford.
37 1145 Milwaukee Brewers Taylor Smith-Brennan Edmonds (Wash.) CC Wash.
38 1151 Seattle Mariners Richie Martin Bloomingdale (Fla.) HS Fla.
38 1155 San Diego Padres Adam Ford Trousdale County HS, Hartsville, Tenn. Tenn.
38 1158 Colorado Rockies Dansby Swanson Marietta (Ga.) HS Ga.
Swanson has had a storybook career at Marietta High, serving two seasons as captain of the basketball team in addition to three seasons of varsity baseball--one as a teammate of 2010 Angels first-round pick Chevez Clarke. Swanson has shown the athletic ability and smooth infield actions that should allow him to stay at shortstop, at least in college. His arm strength may be shy for short as a pro, though other scouts think he'll be a more consistent thrower with more distance from basketball and added strength. An above-average runner, Swanson has good instincts and quick-twitch athleticism. Scouts also like his simple, fundamental swing. The downside is the 6-foot-1, 175-pounder's lack of strength and contact-focused approach. Swanson is a strong student with a GPA north of 4.0, so scouts expect him to follow through on his commitment to Vanderbilt, unlike fellow Georgia prep Matt Olson, another Vandy signee.
38 1161 Chicago White Sox DeJohn Suber Morgan Park HS, Chicago Ill.
38 1165 Toronto Blue Jays Nick Lovullo Newbury Park (Calif.) HS Calif.
39 1204 Detroit Tigers John Sansone Neshannock HS, New Castle, Pa. Pa.
40 1217 Miami Marlins Alex Polston Albert HS, Midwest City, Okla. Okla.
40 1219 Oakland Athletics David Olmedo-Barrera St. Francis HS, Mountain View, Calif. Calif.
40 1225 Toronto Blue Jays Jose Cuas Grand Street Campus HS, Brooklyn N.Y.