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Pick Overall Team Player Position School State Bonus
1 339 Houston Astros Hunter Virant LHP Camarillo (Calif.) HS Calif.
Virant is still fairly new to pitching, and his fresh arm, lean 6-foot-3 frame, smooth delivery and athleticism suggest he has plenty of projection remaining. He worked mostly at 87-89 mph early in the year and has shown more velocity as the season has progressed, running his fastball up to 93 at times. He could add velocity as he matures, but even if he pitches with average velocity his fastball will play up because of his downward angle and ability to locate it to both sides. His delivery helps him hide his changeup, which projects as a plus pitch with fade and sink and he learns to throw it more consistently. He flashes a decent slider, and it has shown more power at times. In the offseason and early in the year, his curveball was slow and loopy, but some scouts said it looked better later in the spring. Still, he needs to improve his feel for his breaking stuff. Some scouts suggest he could benefit from three years at UCLA, and he is considered an expensive sign.
2 340 Minnesota Twins Taylor Rogers LHP Kentucky Ky. $100,000
Rogers won't blow up any radar guns, but his pitchability made him a weekend starter for three years at Kentucky and helped him earn the win at the Cape Cod League all-star game last summer. At 6-foot-3 and 175 pounds, Rogers is more skinny than projectable, so his stuff isn't likely to get much better. He'll touch 90-91 mph with his fastball early in games but usually settles in at 87-88 mph. His curveball and changeup are effective, and he compensates for his lack of a plus pitch with outstanding command of his offerings. He has sound mechanics and repeats them well, though at times he's around the strike zone too much.
3 341 Seattle Mariners Kristian Brito 1B Quinones Medina HS, Yabucoa, P.R. P.R. $100,000
One of the youngest players in the draft, Brito doesn't turn 18 until December but already is 6-foot-5 and 230 pounds. He's limited to first base, so scouts are only worried about one tool: his bat. A righthanded hitter, Brito shows 70 raw power on the 20-80 scale, but getting that power to translate into games is his biggest challenge. He's likely going to be a below-average hitter. His swing can get long and he has a tendency to collapse his backside, which alters his eye level. He's a slow-twitch athlete, but scouts are intrigued because they believe he'll be able to make adjustments in pro ball and because that kind of power is hard to find.
4 342 Baltimore Orioles Kevin Grendell LHP San Pasqual HS, Escondido, Calif. Calif. $100,000
5 343 Kansas City Royals Zeb Sneed RHP 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.
6 344 Chicago Cubs Rashad Crawford OF Mundy's Mill HS, Jonesboro, Ga. Ga. $100,000
7 345 San Diego Padres Maxx Tissenbaum 2B Stony Brook N.Y. $100,000
8 346 Pittsburgh Pirates Chris Diaz SS 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.
9 347 Miami Marlins Matt Milroy RHP 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.
10 348 Colorado Rockies T.J. Oakes RHP 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.
11 349 Oakland Athletics Matt Gonzalez SS/C 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.
12 350 New York Mets Logan Taylor RHP 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.
13 351 Chicago White Sox Eric Jaffe RHP 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.
14 352 Cincinnati Reds Nolan Becker LHP Yale Conn. $100,000
15 353 Cleveland Indians Logan Vick OF Baylor Texas $125,000
Vick slumped to .213 as a sophomore in 2011 when the NCAA switched to BBCOR bats, but he got back on track by hitting .337 in the Cape Cod League last summer and was the top regular season hitter (.347) this spring on a Baylor team that ran away with the Big 12 Conference title. He commands the strike zone well, though his lefthanded swing can get long at times. The 5-foot-11, 195-pounder's power comes more to the gaps than over the fence, which could make him a tweener unless he can move to the infield. Vick has a strong arm and solid speed, but perhaps not enough to stick in center field. He struggled playing third base on the Cape, but a club may give him a shot at second base. A good athlete, Vick was an all-state football kicker at Tivy High in Kerrville, Texas.
16 354 Washington Nationals Brian Rauh RHP 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.
17 355 Toronto Blue Jays Grant Heyman OF Pittsford (N.Y.) Sutherland HS N.Y.
Also an accomplished football player, Heyman is a good athlete who needs baseball experience. He's strong and has a good frame at 6-foot-4, 185 pounds, and is a plus runner. He is committed to a prep school--Suffield (Conn.) Academy--for next year and is considered signable.
18 356 Los Angeles Dodgers Jeremy Rathjen OF Rice Texas
Rathjen might have gone in the first five rounds last year had he not torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in mid-March. After redshirting and turning down the Yankees as a 41st-round pick, he has returned to show an all-around tools package similar to what he had before the injury. The 6-foot-6, 195-pound Rathjen does a nice job of making contact for someone with such long arms and a lengthy swing. That's a tribute to his bat speed and hand-eye coordination, which give him average power. Rathjen's speed hasn't come quite all the way back, as its more solid than plus. He has moved from center to right field this season, more to accommodate teammate Michael Fuda's well above-average speed and subpar arm. Rathjen has a chance to play center field in pro ball, and his average arm will work in right field. Scouts praise his makeup and believe he'll be signable around the fifth round because he graduated in May.
19 357 Los Angeles Angels Jonathan Walsh C Texas Texas
20 358 San Francisco Giants Ryan Tella OF Auburn Ala.
A 34th-round pick in 2011 out of Ohlone (Calif.) JC, Tella fits the center-field profile. The 6-foot, 175-pounder bats lefthanded and is a plus runner who repeats his short swing. He sees a lot of pitches and needs to improve his two-strike approach to fulfill his potential as a leadoff threat. The eligible sophomore has shown surprising pop and has an above-average arm, leading to some comparisons to former Auburn outfielder Clete Thomas.
21 359 Atlanta Braves Levi Borders C Winter Haven (Fla.) HS Fla.
22 360 St. Louis Cardinals Trey Williams 3B Valencia (Calif.) HS Calif.
Williams' has been a high-profile prospect for years, and his father Eddie was the No. 4 overall pick in the 1983 and played in the big leagues for 10 years. Scouts began to sour on Williams this spring, however, frequently questioning his lack of energy and intensity. His pitch recognition needs improvement, leading to inconsistent contact (especially against breaking balls) and causing scouts to wonder if he'll be able to unlock his big raw power. He does have plus righthanded power potential, thanks to his natural bat speed and quick-twitch athleticism. Williams will have to move from shortstop to third base in pro ball, but his hands and feet work well enough to give him a chance to be a solid defender with a slightly above-average arm at the hot corner. He has shown the ability to handle slow rollers and throw from various angles. He's a below-average runner, and his speed sometimes plays down. Still, his upside and bloodlines make him likely to be drafted in the top three rounds.
23 361 Boston Red Sox Jamal Martin OF Dwyer HS, West Palm Beach, Fla. Fla.
Florida State outfield recruit Jamal Martin is a 5-foot-9 sparkplug whose righthanded bat and above-average speed should make him a good college player. He has some bat speed but is a tough profile, and he's already 19.
24 362 Tampa Bay Rays Clayton Henning OF St. Thomas Aquinas HS, Overland Park, Kan. Kan. $100,000
25 363 Arizona Diamondbacks Ben Eckels RHP 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.
26 364 Detroit Tigers Bennett Pickar C Oral Roberts Okla. $100,000
Pickar is one of the best defensive catchers in college baseball. He has a plus arm that he used to throw out 41 percent of basestealers entering the NCAA playoffs. He also has solid receiving skills and does a nice job of running a pitching staff. The 6-foot-2, 195-pounder is strong and durable, as he started all 60 games for Oral Roberts during the regular season and Summit League tournament. Pickar's bat relegates his ceiling to that of a backup catcher in the major leagues, however. He has a long swing and rarely hits the ball with much authority, though his .303/.420/.378 average this year were the best of his college career.
27 365 Milwaukee Brewers Preston Gainey RHP Navy Md.
28 366 Texas Rangers Eric Brooks RHP 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.
29 367 New York Yankees Caleb Frare LHP Custer County HS, Miles City, Mont. Mont. $100,000
Frare sits in the mid-80s with his fastball and mixes in a soft curveball. He has a nice build at 6-foot-2 and 195 pounds but tends to battle his control at times. Frare has an aggressive delivery with an exaggerated stride and the coaching staff at Utah will try to smooth things out to help him throw more strikes.
30 368 Philadelphia Phillies William Carmona 1B Stony Brook N.Y. $100,000
Carmona packs a punch in his 5-foot-11, 225-pound frame. He's strong and switch-hits, but teams are hard-pressed to find a position for him. He's not athletic and may be relegated to a DH role.