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Pick Overall Team Player Position School State Bonus
1 489 Houston Astros Dan Gulbransen OF Jacksonville Fla.
Dan Gulbransen should have ranked among BA's Top 500 due to his hitting track record. Adam Brett Walker's wing man the last three seasons at Jacksonville, Gulbransen is a lefthanded hitter without a plus tool other than his bat. He has excellent hand-eye coordination and barrel awareness, and he makes consistent contact with a fairly polished approach. At 6-foot, 200 pounds, he's not loaded with power and is a fringe-average runner, and his performance slipped in his junior season, from .370/.491/.546 in 2011 to .324/.414/.478 in 2012.
2 490 Minnesota Twins Will Hurt SS Lexington (Ky.) Catholic HS Ky. $100,000
3 491 Seattle Mariners Dominic Leone RHP Clemson S.C.
4 492 Baltimore Orioles Luc Rennie RHP Torrey Pines HS, San Diego Calif. $100,000
5 493 Kansas City Royals Austin Fairchild LHP St. Thomas HS, Houston Texas $350,000
Fairchild helped St. Thomas (coached by future Hall of Famer Craig Biggio) to consecutive Texas 5-A private-school titles in 2010 and 2011 and a runner-up finish this spring. Six-foot-1 and 175 pounds, he has added significant velocity in the past year and now works at 88-91 mph. He touched 94 last summer, though the extra heat has come with more effort and less fluidity in his delivery, which he struggles to repeat. He shows some feel for spinning the ball, though his breaker varies between a curve and a slider. He has committed to Texas Christian.
6 494 Chicago Cubs Mike Hamann RHP 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.
7 495 San Diego Padres Ronnie Richardson OF Central Florida Fla.
Listed at 5-foot-8, 180 pounds, Richardson is closer to 5-foot-6, according to scouts and opposing coaches. They also agree he's a better player than the last two times he was drafted, out of high school by the Twins (11th round, 2009) and last year as an eligible sophomore (31st round, Cubs). Richardson remains athletic and has improved his skills, drawing more walks and ranking second in the nation with 30 HBPs. He's a 60 runner but remains a less-than-efficient basestealer. Defensively, he can stick in center field with arm strength and average range. He's added strength and is less of a slap-and-dash hitter than he was previously.
8 496 Pittsburgh Pirates Max Moroff SS Trinity Prep, Winter Park, Fla. Fla. $300,000
9 497 Miami Marlins Brian Ellington RHP West Florida Fla.
10 498 Colorado Rockies Jeff Popick OF Colorado Mesa Colo.
Popick first put his name on the map two years ago in the Alaska League, ranking as the league's No. 10 prospect. He went undrafted last season but continued to rake, hitting .424/.524/.663 this spring. Popick has his work cut out for him as a right-right senior left fielder, but he has an athletic, 6-foot-4, 190-pound build with speed and strength. The buzz in the state is that the Rockies are high on Popick and would love to see him on the roster of their new Rookie-level affiliate in Grand Junction.
11 499 Oakland Athletics Melvin Mercedes SS JC of Central Florida Fla.
12 500 New York Mets Myles Smith RHP 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.
13 501 Chicago White Sox Abe Ruiz 1B Arizona State Ariz.
14 502 Cincinnati Reds Nick Routt LHP Mississippi State Miss.
15 503 Cleveland Indians Cody Penny RHP North Carolina N.C.
16 504 Washington Nationals Ronald Pena RHP 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.
17 505 Toronto Blue Jays Will Dupont 2B Lafayette HS, Wildwood, Mo. Mo. $105,000
Like Missouri's other top high school prospects this year, DuPont has intriguing physical tools and a need for polish. The 6-foot-1, 175-pounder has plus speed and a quick lefthanded bat, but he also has a long uppercut stroke and a pull-happy approach. There are mixed reports on his arm and his ability to stay at shortstop, so he could wind up in center field. He has committed to Mississippi State.
18 506 Los Angeles Dodgers Josh Henderson OF First Baptist Christian HS, Suffolk, Va. Va. $200,000
Henderson gained some attention on the showcase circuit last year as he has a knack for squaring balls up, but the rest of his game leads scouts to think he'll wind up in left field so they're not quite ready to buy him out of anything yet. His power doesn't profile for a corner spot right now and he's an average runner with a below-average arm.
19 507 Los Angeles Angels Kody Eaves 2B Pasadena (Texas) Memorial HS Texas $100,000
20 508 San Francisco Giants Ian Gardeck RHP 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.
21 509 Atlanta Braves Fernelys Sanchez OF Washington HS, New York N.Y. $210,000
One of the fastest players in the draft, Sanchez would have been well-tested in the National High School Invitational, but broke his fibula sliding back into a base just a few days before the tournament started. He wasn't expected to return to the field before Washington High's season was completed. Sanchez is a plus-plus runner and a very good defender in center field. He has a good frame at 6-foot-4 and 200 pounds, but there are a lot of questions about the switch-hitter's ability to hit.
22 510 St. Louis Cardinals Joe Scanio RHP Northwestern State La.
23 511 Boston Red Sox Stephen Williams RHP Seminole State (Okla.) JC Okla. $125,000
24 512 Tampa Bay Rays Tommy Coyle 2B North Carolina N.C.
25 513 Arizona Diamondbacks Landon Lassiter SS North Davidson HS, Lexington, N.C. N.C.
26 514 Detroit Tigers Josh Turley LHP Baylor Texas $100,000
Below-average fastball velocity hasn't stopped Turley from carving up opponents this season, as he allowed one earned run or less in 10 of his 14 starts through the Big 12 Conference tournament. He usually pitches at 85-87 mph and rarely cracks 90, but he succeeds with his plus changeup and command. He also has a good cutter and an effective curveball. The 6-foot, 190-pounder probably won't ever throw any harder, but he's attractive as a lefthander who really knows how to pitch.
27 515 Milwaukee Brewers Adam Giacalone 1B Neosho County (Kan.) CC Kan. $100,000
No junior college player has posted more impressive numbers than Giacalone over the last two seasons. As a freshman, he led the nation with 102 RBIs and ranked third with 18 homers while also going 10-1, 2.70. This year, he helped Neosho County make its first Juco World Series appearance in nine years by hitting .407/.537/.785 through regional play and going 8-3, 1.72 on the mound with an 85-4 K-BB ratio in 89 innings. Scouts like his bat more than his arm, and the 6-foot-2, 215-pounder has dropped 20 pounds from 2011. He makes consistent contact from the left side of the plate, with good but not great bat speed that portends average power. He's a below-average runner with good hands at first base, and a pro team could be tempted to try him at third base or possibly catcher. A righthanded pitcher, he succeeds more with finesse than power but can get his fastball up to 91 mph. He'll continue to play both ways if he attends Tennessee in 2013.
28 516 Texas Rangers JanLuis Castro 2B Hector Urdaneta HS, Ceiba, P.R. $100,000
29 517 New York Yankees Stefan Lopez RHP 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.
30 518 Philadelphia Phillies Nic Hanson RHP Golden West (Calif.) JC Calif. $100,000