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Pick Overall Team Player Position School State Bonus
1 309 Houston Astros Joe Bircher LHP Bradley Ill. $20,000
It's unlikely that the Cape Cod League ever has had a strikeout leader with less fastball than Bircher. He fanned 48 in 44 innings last summer--and also finished second in the ERA race at 1.44--while working at 84-86 mph and topping out at 88. He arrived at Bradley throwing 78-81 mph and leaves four years later as the school's all-time strikeout king with 302, including 113 in 110 innings in 2012. The key to the 6-foot-4, 220-pounder's success is his fading changeup, which makes his fastball look like it's arriving in the low 90s. Though scouts aren't enamored with his athleticism or delivery, he's able to locate his entire four-pitch repertoire wherever he wants it. His curveball and slider are fringy but play up because of his ability to command them.
2 310 Minnesota Twins D.J. Baxendale RHP 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.
3 311 Seattle Mariners Grady Wood RHP 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.
4 312 Baltimore Orioles Joel Hutter SS 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.
5 313 Kansas City Royals Alexis Rivera OF/1B Montverde Academy, Kissimmee, Fla. Fla. $125,000
Rivera was a high school teammate of 2011 Indians first-round pick Francisco Lindor. The 6-foot-2, 220-pounder has above-average raw power as his calling card, and attended the 2012 Power Showcase as well. He’s a Florida International recruit who’s an average runner underway and has average arm strength.
6 314 Chicago Cubs Chad Martin RHP 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.
7 315 San Diego Padres Stephen Carmon SS South Carolina-Aiken S.C. $5,000
Carmon is undersized but has a track record of stealing bases and plays shortstop.
8 316 Pittsburgh Pirates Pat Ludwig RHP 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.
9 317 Miami Marlins Ron Miller 1B Serra HS, Gardena, Calif. Calif. $125,000
Miller, who opted to play in a wood-bat scout league this spring instead of for his high school, stands out for his raw righthanded power, which rates as above-average. Built like Charlie Hayes, he has an innate ability to hit and is learning to make adjustments, though he still chases pitches out of the zone too often. He plays third base now but has no chance to stay at the position, and he'll need a lot of work to be a passable first baseman. He does run well enough to play a corner outfield spot. Miller is considered very signable.
10 318 Colorado Rockies Ben Waldrip 1B Jacksonville State Ala. $25,000
Waldrip hit well in the Cape Cod League last summer, batting .276 with six home runs for Orleans. The 6-foot-6, 245-pounder compares well with fellow senior college sluggers such as Ole Miss' Matt Snyder or Florida's Preston Tucker, who like Waldrip, are already 22. Some scouts believe Waldrip has better feel for hit than them and like his swing, and he hit for more power this spring with 18 homers. However, he's done it against lesser competition, and he's not particularly agile around the bag at first.
11 319 Oakland Athletics Brett Vertigan OF UC Santa Barbara Calif. $125,000
The catalyst for UC Santa Barbara's lineup, Vertigan hit .381/.454/.530 with 17 steals this spring. Undersized at 5-foot-9, 175 pounds, he endears himself to scouts with his high energy level and toughness, and his speed rates as a 60 or 65 on the 20-80 scale. His instincts play on the basepaths and in center field. His arm is fringe-average. The lefthanded-hitting Vertigan has an advanced approach, and he knows his game: putting the bat on the ball, bunting, working the middle of the field and poking the ball through the left side. His power will never be a factor, but he is strong enough to shoot balls into the gaps, explaining his nine triples and 14 doubles. Vertigan profiles as a scrapper in the Brett Butler mold.
12 320 New York Mets Paul Sewald RHP 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.
13 321 Chicago White Sox Brandon Hardin RHP 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.
14 322 Cincinnati Reds Jeremy Kivel RHP 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.
15 323 Cleveland Indians Josh Martin RHP 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.
16 324 Washington Nationals Craig Manuel C Rice Texas $25,000
Manuel isn't especially toolsy, but he's a lefthanded-hitting catcher with a tremendous work ethic, and that will give him the opportunity to play pro ball. The 6-foot-1, 205-pounder excels at putting the bat on the ball, though he offers little pop and has well below-average speed. A good receiver with a decent arm, he has erased 24 percent of basestealers in four years at Rice.
17 325 Toronto Blue Jays Alex Azor OF Navy Md. $1,000
Azor is a good defensive outfielder that led Navy in hitting the last two seasons and had a .322/.419/.408 line this spring.
18 326 Los Angeles Dodgers Zach Babitt 2B Academy of Art (Calif.) Calif. $2,500
Babitt, a senior, started out at San Diego State after he was a 35th-round draft pick by the White Sox out of high school. He spent one year there before transferring to Sierra (Calif.) JC and then to the Division II Academy of Art in San Francisco. Babitt has a thin, 5-foot-8 frame. He has a good glove at second base and plays with a lot of energy. He has a line-drive lefthanded swing with a table-setter’s mentality. Babbit is a solid-average to plus runner who can create havoc on the basepaths. He has a high baseball IQ, as his father, Shooty, spent seven years in the minors and got to the big leagues with Oakland in 1981 and is now a pro scout with the Mets.
19 327 Los Angeles Angels Chris O'Grady LHP George Mason Va. $50,000
O'Grady is a big-bodied lefthander that sits in the mid to high 80s. He had a good season in the bullpen, striking out 51 in 37 innings, but needs to throw more strikes as he walked 20 batters in his 25 appearances.
20 328 San Francisco Giants Trevor Brown C UCLA Calif. $125,000
Brown's versatility has been a major asset for the Bruins, as he can play all around the infield and behind the plate. His primary role this spring has been as starting first baseman, but he catches on Tuesdays to give Tyler Heineman a break. Scouts aren't sold that the 6-foot-2, 195-pound Brown is agile enough to catch as a pro, but he does have a quick transfer and a serviceable arm. Whoever drafts him will likely give him a chance behind the plate, and his decent infield actions provide versatility. Brown has a nice righthanded swing and a feel for his barrel, giving him a chance to be a fringe-average hitter, but with well below-average power.
21 329 Atlanta Braves Mike Dodig 3B Columbia-Greene (N.Y.) CC N.Y. $50,000
Dodig is a physical player that will likely end up on a corner. He has power and hit a home run off Herkimer (N.Y.) CC righty Willie Gabay in front of a lot of crosscheckers. He hit .465 with three home runs in 99 at-bats.
22 330 St. Louis Cardinals Jacob Wilson 2B Memphis Tenn. $20,000
Wilson should be a good senior sign. He's athletic enough to fill in at shortstop and is a fine defender at third, with arm strength and good footwork. He had his best offensive season this spring, belting 17 home runs. The 5-foot-11, 190-pounder might be moved to second base as a pro.
23 331 Boston Red Sox J.T. Watkins C Army N.Y. $1,000
Watkins is a good defender behind the plate, getting praise for his receiving, blocking and ability to control the running game. He had a good year offensively, hitting .316/.390/.481 in 158 at-bats while catching about half of would-be base stealers.
24 332 Tampa Bay Rays Sean Bierman LHP Tampa Fla. $5,000
Bierman's college career began at Vanderbilt, where he pitched 60 innings over two seasons. He transferred to Tampa and is a fifth-year senior who has battled through a long injury history that includes Tommy John surgery after the 2010 season, causing him to miss 2011. He returned to go 8-3, 2.27 this season and showed above-average control despite his past surgery, walking just 11 and striking out 85 in 83 innings. A 42nd-round pick back in 2007 by the Reds, he's a four-pitch strike-thrower who throws a fastball, changeup, curve and slider.
25 333 Arizona Diamondbacks Danny Poma OF Hofstra N.Y. $7,500
Poma has three plus tools in his speed, defense and arm. He hit .430/.500/.654 in 237 at-bats. He also stole 29 bases in 38 attempts.
26 334 Detroit Tigers Charlie Gillies RHP 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.
27 335 Milwaukee Brewers Anthony Banda LHP San Jacinto (Texas) JC Texas $125,000
After turning down the Diamondbacks as a 33rd-round pick out of high school in 2011, Banda claimed a spot in the rotation on a San Jacinto team that finished runner-up at the Junior College World Series. The 6-foot-3, 185-pounder has yet to fill out, which bodes well for adding velocity to his 87-89 mph fastball. His sharp curveball is his best pitch, and he made strides with his changeup this spring. He has a long, loose arm but needs to do a better job of attacking the strike zone.
28 336 Texas Rangers Casey Shiver RHP 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.
29 337 New York Yankees Matt Snyder 1B Mississippi Miss. $10,000
Most of the top home run hitters in Division I are older, physical hitters who have the "man strength" needed to drive the ball with the new BBCOR bats. That description applies to the 6-foot-6, 215-pound Snyder. He has big league bloodlines with brother Brandon in the majors with the Rangers and his father Brian pitched in the big leagues. Matt Snyder led the Southeastern Conference with 10 homers in league play this spring, and while some scouts lament his lack of athleticism, he has strength and hitting smarts. He's improved defensively at first but is a 20 runner prone to hitting into double plays.
30 338 Philadelphia Phillies Kevin Brady RHP 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.