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Pick Overall Team Player Position School State Bonus
1 519 Houston Astros Aaron West RHP Washington Wash.
West is a redshirt junior who has had an up-and-down career for the Huskies. He had Tommy John surgery as a sophomore and has blossomed this year, putting together his best season. West went 7-5, 2.53 with 65 strikeouts and 18 walks over 96 innings. He throws his fastball in the 90-93 mph range and tops out at 95. His slider comes in around 82-84 mph with late tilt, and he also throws a changeup. West commands all three pitches and pitches down in the zone.
2 520 Minnesota Twins D.J. Hicks 1B Central Florida Fla.
Hicks took a medical redshirt in 2010 after an undiagnosed collapsed lung required two surgeries to repair. The 6-foot-5, 250-pounder pitched and hit as a freshman but has focused on the bat since then, providing a reliable power bat in Central Florida's lineup. Scouts describe him as "lumbering" on defense, and he's too slow to move to the outfield, where his arm strength could be an asset. He's a first baseman/DH type with strength, plus raw power and some hittability whose overall package falls a bit shy compared to other big first basemen in the draft such as Ben Waldrip, Preston Tucker and Matt Snyder.
3 521 Seattle Mariners Isaiah Yates OF Clovis (Calif.) East HS Calif. $100,000
Yates didn't make the Northern California team for the Area Code Games, but had some helium this spring after putting together another solid season. There's a split camp on Yates. Scouts who like him really believe he has a feel to hit and believe he'll grow into some power. But it's easy for others to write him off because of what he doesn't do. He's a little undersized at 5-foot-11 and 185 pounds, but scouts notice that Yates' father is a lot bigger and think he may continue to grow and fill out. Yates bats righthanded and throws lefthanded, so he's limited to the outfield. He's an average runner with an above-average arm. Yates is not committed to a college and is considered signable.
4 522 Baltimore Orioles Nick Grim RHP Cal Poly Calif.
An unsigned 14th-round pick by the Marlins last year out of Monterey Peninsula (Calif.) JC, Grim ranked as the No. 9 prospect last summer in the California Collegiate League, where he struck out 51 in 32 innings. He never emerged as key piece of Poly's bullpen this spring, going 3-2, 4.74 with 20 walks and 19 strikeouts in 25 innings. Grim's 6-foot-3 frame lacks physicality, but he does have a quick arm, sitting at 90-91 mph and touching 93. His delivery has effort and his stuff can flatten out up in the zone, though his fastball does have some sink down in the zone. He flashes an average slider with depth, though it's slurvy when he gets on the side of it. His changeup is not an effective pitch at this stage. His mound presence, control and command must improve.
5 523 Kansas City Royals Ariel Estades OF Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, Gurabo, P.R. P.R.
6 524 Chicago Cubs Nathan Dorris LHP Southern Illinois Ill.
Dorris ran his fastball to 91 mph and threw his breaking ball for strikes when he was one of the state's top high school prospects in 2009, earning a scholarship from Vanderbilt. He lasted one semester with the Commodores and spent 2010-11 at Rend Lake (Ill.) CC, where his stuff and command regressed. Scouts still see him as a tease, but he pitched better down the stretch this spring, flashing some 90-91 mph fastballs and effective curveballs.
7 525 San Diego Padres Joe Church RHP Marshall W.Va.
8 526 Pittsburgh Pirates Hayden Hurst RHP Bolles School, Jacksonville Fla. $400,000
Hurst has already had Tommy John surgery, but at 6-foot-5, 225 pounds, he's a power arm, having touched 95 mph. More regularly, he sits in the 88-92 mph range with cutting action and life on the pitch. His slurvy breaking ball doesn't do much for scouts right now, though he has the hand speed to spin it. His early Tommy John surgery is likely to scare teams off his trail. He's committed to Florida State.
9 527 Miami Marlins Bubba Keene OF Brookhaven (Miss.) Academy Miss.
Keene is a raw, 6-foot-4, 190-pound athlete who intends to play football and baseball at Copiah-Lincoln JC in Mississippi. He had some late looks from scouts because of his physical frame and above-average speed but was more athlete than baseball player at this point.
10 528 Colorado Rockies Jason Stolz 2B Clemson S.C.
11 529 Oakland Athletics Tyler Olson LHP Gonzaga Wash.
12 530 New York Mets Stefan Sabol C Orange Coast (Calif.) CC Calif. $100,000
Sabol's physicality and upside made him a high-profile prospect coming out of high school, but he elected to go to Oregon, where a broken bone his left hand spoiled his freshman season. He transferred to Orange Coast for his sophomore year but was sidelined by a broken hamate bone. His performance was pedestrian when he returned to action, but his raw tools haven't gone away. Though he saw some action behind the plate this spring, the overwhelming scouting consensus is that he lacks the agility, hands and footwork to catch. He figures to find a home at an outfield corner in pro ball, and he is a solid runner for his size. He has average or even slightly better raw arm strength, but it isn't particularly playable in games because of his long arm action and inaccuracy. Sabol's bat and power will have to carry him. He hasn't developed as a hitter, but he does have pitch recognition and plenty of bat speed, which leads to plus raw power. Unlocking that power in games will be key. Sabol is committed to Oklahoma State.
13 531 Chicago White Sox Sammy Ayala C La Jolla (Calif.) Country Day HS Calif. $258,800
Ayala's three-sport prowess kept him somewhat under the radar in baseball circles, but he made a name for himself at the Southern California Invitational at the MLB Urban Youth Academy in June, hitting an inside-the-park homer against top prep lefthander Max Fried and an RBI single to the opposite field against righty Andrew Potter. A standout defensive end in football, Ayala has a physical, 6-foot-2, 205-pound frame. He projects for average or slightly better power down the road, but scouts are divided on whether he will hit. He tends to get pull-happy and is vulnerable against soft pitches away or hard pitches in. He'll look bad at times in the batter's box, but his feel for hitting has improved and should solidify once he focuses on baseball. Ayala's arm is above-average, but his receiving and blocking is a work in progress. He moves well enough to play a corner outfield spot, but plenty of scouts think he has a chance to stick behind the plate. A club that believes in his power and defense could take him as high as the second or third round, while other teams would be content to let him go to UC Santa Barbara.
14 532 Cincinnati Reds Jose Ortiz C Colon HS, Comerio, P.R. P.R.
15 533 Cleveland Indians Andrew Calica OF Eastlake HS, Chula Vista, Calif. Calif.
Calica has raised his profile with scouts by playing hard, having fun and consistently performing at a high level. He is a quick-twitch athlete with a chance for four average tools and below-average power. The switch-hitting Calica isn't physical at 6 feet, 170 pounds, but he swings hard and has a knack for making hard contact to all fields. He has a chance to be an average hitter as he matures. Calica is just an average runner, but he has good outfield instincts that give him at least a chance to stick in center field. He is an aggressive defender who isn't afraid to lay out for balls in the gaps, and he has an average arm. Some scouts think Calica (who is also a standout student) would be best served by developing his body and refining his game for three years at UC Santa Barbara, but a team could make a run at him in the fifth-round range.
16 534 Washington Nationals Blake Schwartz RHP Oklahoma City Okla.
17 535 Toronto Blue Jays Shane Dawson LHP Lethbridge (Alb.) JC Alberta
18 536 Los Angeles Dodgers Kevin Maxey OF Long Beach Poly HS Calif.
19 537 Los Angeles Angels Yency Almonte RHP Columbus HS, Miami Fla. $250,000
The 6-foot-4, 180-pound Almonte is the younger brother of Mariners farmhand Denny Almonte and generated heat early in the year before missing several weeks with a dead-arm period. He returned late in the year and hit 92 mph with his fastball as a reliever late in the spring as Columbus finished as the state's 8-A runner-up. He has a good, loose, projectable frame and has flashed potential with his slider and changeup when he was right physically. He's a Florida International signee.
20 538 San Francisco Giants Chris Johnson RHP Portland Ore.
21 539 Atlanta Braves Chase Anselment C/OF Washington Wash.
22 540 St. Louis Cardinals Chris Perry RHP Methodist (N.C.) N.C.
23 541 Boston Red Sox Willie Ethington RHP Mountain View HS, Mesa, Ariz. Ariz. $200,000
24 542 Tampa Bay Rays Ryan Dunn 3B Oregon State Ore.
25 543 Arizona Diamondbacks Yogey Perez-Ramos OF Miami Dade JC Fla.
Perez-Ramos is a 6-foot-2 slender athlete, listed as 25 years old, who actually played for Ciego de Avilas in Cuba's Serie Nacional for 46 games in 2009-2010. Instead of going the free agent route, Perez-Ramos played junior-college ball and hit .444 with nine triples and 27 stolen bases. He's interesting offensively with a polished approach, but has limited upside and is a modest defender.
26 544 Detroit Tigers Slade Smith RHP Auburn Ala.
Smith never got results from his 88-91 mph sinker, which he relies on heavily, along with his sweepy slider. He's a durable reliever but doesn't miss a lot of bats and gets punished when he misses up in the zone.
27 545 Milwaukee Brewers Alfredo Rodriguez SS Maryland Md.
28 546 Texas Rangers Chuck Moorman C El Capitan HS, Lakeside, Calif. Calif. $100,000
29 547 New York Yankees Tim Flight LHP Southern New Hampshire N.H.
30 548 Philadelphia Phillies David Hill RHP El Modena HS, Orange, Calif. Calif.
A strong spring for El Modena helped Hill emerge as something of a pop-up prospect this spring, and he signed with Long Beach State late. He has an athletic 6-foot-2, 180-pound frame and the makings of a good delivery, but sometimes he throws across his body, causing him to pull fastballs into the lefthanded batter's box and his breaking ball to get sweepy. When he stays on line he can be very good, showing a fastball that sits average and bumps 93 mph. His 80-83 mph slider also projects as an average pitch, and he has feel for a changeup that could give him a third average offering in time. Hill could be drafted in the top five rounds.