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Pick Overall Team Player Position School State Bonus
1 459 Houston Astros Erick Gonzalez RHP Gateway (Ariz.) CC Ariz. $100,000
2 460 Minnesota Twins Jarret Leverett LHP Georgia Southern Ga.
3 461 Seattle Mariners Dario Pizzano OF Columbia N.Y.
4 462 Baltimore Orioles Derick Velasquez RHP 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.
5 463 Kansas City Royals Dylan Sons LHP Halifax County HS, South Boston, Va. Va. $100,000
6 464 Chicago Cubs Carlos Escobar C Nevada Nev.
Escobar has a sturdy, 6-foot-3, 200-pound frame and his calling card is his defense behind the plate. He receives and blocks well. His pure arm strength is just average, but he has a really quick transfer that allows it to play up. Escobar needs to work on his pitch calling, but unfortunately that's true of most college catchers these days. He has a quiet setup and a simple hitting mechanics, but his swing can get long at times. Escobar hit just .284/.371/.467, though with 14 doubles. Escobar did well with wood last summer in the Northwoods League, batting .345/.433/.533 with 16 doubles and seven home runs over 197 at-bats. Escobar was a 41st-round pick by the Astros out of Chatsworth (Calif.) High in 2009, where he was teammates with Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas two years prior.
7 465 San Diego Padres Cory Bostjancic RHP Marin (Calif.) CC Calif.
8 466 Pittsburgh Pirates Jon Youngblood OF Meridian (Miss.) CC Miss.
9 467 Miami Marlins Cody Keefer OF UCLA Calif. $100,000
Keefer's best asset is his lefthanded bat. He has a patient, balanced approach and an innate feel for his barrel, allowing him to make consistent line-drive contact. He has never hit for power in college (he has three career homers in 156 games) and is more of a doubles hitter. His lack of pop keeps him from profiling as an everyday left fielder. He's an adequate defender with fringy range and below-average arm strength, though he is an accurate thrower. He is an average runner, but scouts don't see him as a center fielder.
10 468 Colorado Rockies Scott Oberg RHP Connecticut Conn.
11 469 Oakland Athletics Vince Voiro RHP Pennsylvania Pa.
12 470 New York Mets Nicholas Grant RHP Milford (Del.) HS Del.
13 471 Chicago White Sox Jordan Guerrero LHP Moorpark (Calif.) HS Calif. $100,000
Guerrero was something of a pop-up name this spring after running his fastball up to 92-93 mph early in the season, but his stock cooled down the stretch, when he has pitched more in the 85-88 range. He has a short, quick arm stroke, which helps make up for a small 6-foot-3, 165-pound frame, and durability is a significant question at this stage. His No. 2 pitch is a changeup that projects as an average pitch, and his curveball is loopy. He throws it with a high arm slot and tends to get too much on top of it and bounce it. As a lefthander who has flashed decent stuff, Guerrero could sneak into the top 10 rounds, especially because he is considered signable.
14 472 Cincinnati Reds Ben Klimesh RHP 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.
15 473 Cleveland Indians Nelson Rodriguez 1B Washington HS, New York N.Y. $100,000
Rodriguez has an extra-large frame at 6-foot-2, 250 pounds. He has power and can handle the bat a little, but he won't be able to catch at the pro level and scouts aren't sold on his bat enough to use an early pick on a high school first baseman.
16 474 Washington Nationals Brandon Smith OF Woodbridge HS, Irvine, Calif. Calif.
17 475 Toronto Blue Jays Ryan Borucki LHP Mundelein (Ill.) HS Ill. $426,000
Scouts considered Borucki comparable to Alex Young, the state's top prospect, until he was diagnosed with a tear in his pitching elbow following a no-hitter against Cary-Grove HS (Cary) in late March. Doctors initially thought he'd need Tommy John surgery, but he opted for rehab and pitched in a junior-varsity game before the end of the season. When fully healthy, the 6-foot-4, 170-pounder has a 90-93 mph fastball with very good life. He's still refining his slider and changeup, but he has come a long way since he was a 5-foot-8 sophomore topping out at 79 mph. Questions about his health may compromise Borucki's signability and make him more likely to follow through on his commitment to Iowa.
18 476 Los Angeles Dodgers Duke von Schamann RHP 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.
19 477 Los Angeles Angels Reid Scoggins RHP 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.
20 478 San Francisco Giants Leo Rojas C Miami Dade JC Fla.
21 479 Atlanta Braves Alex Wilson RHP Wofford S.C.
22 480 St. Louis Cardinals Bruce Caldwell 2B Spartanburg Methodist (S.C.) JC S.C.
Caldwell had a loud first year at Spartanburg Methodist JC, hitting .444/.520/.829 with 15 home runs, 26 doubles and 66 RBIs in 205 at-bats and more walks (33) than strikeouts (18). He isn't overly physical at 5-foot-11, 180 pounds but clearly has a knack for handling the bat. He lacks the arm and range to play shortstop as a pro and made 19 errors in 61 games this season, though he could play there in a pinch. He profiles as a utility player.
23 481 Boston Red Sox Carson Fulmer RHP 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.
24 482 Tampa Bay Rays Willie Gabay RHP 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.
25 483 Arizona Diamondbacks Blake Forslund RHP Liberty Va.
26 484 Detroit Tigers Jordan Dean SS Central Michigan Mich.
27 485 Milwaukee Brewers Buck Farmer RHP 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.
28 486 Texas Rangers Jameis Winston OF Hueytown (Ala.) HS Ala.
Winston is part of a long line of Florida State quarterback signees who also have baseball as a possibility. The group incudes the likes of Chris Weinke, Danny Kannell, Joe Mauer and more recently D'Vontrey Richardson. Winston may be the most anticipated football prospect of them all, and his football prowess has clouded his baseball potential. He is one of the better athletes in the draft class, and at times it appears there's nothing beyond his reach. He's a 6.6-second runner in the 60 who switch-hits and has excellent arm strength, having touched 92 mph on the mound. Winston has shown premium bat speed in showcases as well, and at 6-foot-4, 210 pounds, it's easy to project him to hit for plus power down the line. He has not had a great spring, turning off scouts with his on-field demeanor and looking less polished than hoped. Winston has handled all the attention he has received --- much of it negative --- for being an Alabama football stud who spurned the Crimson Tide for Florida State. It's difficult for many scouts to imagine him turning down big-time college football, and many hope to check in again in three seasons to see how he has handled playing both sports for the Seminoles.
29 487 New York Yankees Dayton Dawe RHP 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.
30 488 Philadelphia Phillies Zach Cooper RHP 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.