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Pick Overall Team Player Position School State Bonus
1 549 Houston Astros Ricky Gingras C Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.) Calif.
2 550 Minnesota Twins Will LaMarche RHP Chabot (Calif.) JC Calif.
LaMarche played in high school with Stanford third baseman Stephen Piscotty and started out his college career at Long Beach State in 2010 but never pitched for the Dirtbags because he needed Tommy John surgery. A workout monster, LaMarche came back strong and has powerful thighs and a barrel chest as part of his 6-foot-3, 215-pound frame. Coming out of the bullpen, his fastball sits in the 94-96 mph range and he runs it up as high as 98, but he's still learning to harness his stuff. He's been used sparingly this year and doesn't have much in the way of secondary stuff. He's added a cutter this year, but he mostly tries to just blow hitters away with his gas. LaMarche has some funk to his delivery--he separates early, but has a really quick arm. With the delivery issues, below-average control and lack of secondary stuff, LaMarche is certainly a project and is committed to Louisiana State for next year if he doesn't sign.
3 551 Seattle Mariners Jabari Henry OF Florida International Fla.
Teams looking for toolsy college bats could do worse than Henry, a 6-foot-1, 200-pound right fielder who hit 22 home runs the last two seasons for Florida International. He has length in his swing and some holes that he just hasn't closed, so he also has 110 strikeouts in 369 at-bats in that span. He's a solid athlete with average speed and an above-average arm.
4 552 Baltimore Orioles Sam Kimmel C Stetson Fla.
5 553 Kansas City Royals Justin Alleman RHP Holt (Mich.) HS Mich.
Add Alleman to the list of projectable high school pitchers who won't get drafted high enough and can't get paid enough under the new rules to have him turn pro. The Michigan State recruit is a 6-foot-3, 195-pounder who can hit 94 mph with his fastball and flashes a hard three-quarters breaking ball, but he's still raw on the mound. He doesn't repeat his delivery or arm angle, leading to command and inconsistency issues. He usually pitches at 89-90 mph and added some sink this spring. He has shown the makings of a changeup.
6 554 Chicago Cubs David Bote SS Neosho County (Kan.) CC Kan. $100,000
7 555 San Diego Padres Chris Burke 3B Iona N.Y.
8 556 Pittsburgh Pirates John Kuchno RHP Ohio State Ohio $125,000
Kuchno played only one year of high school baseball and began his college career as a redshirt walk-on at Wake Forest. After he grew four inches in a year and added velocity to his fastball, he caught the eye of Ohio State assistant Mike Stafford at a summer showcase and joined the Buckeyes. Now 6-foot-5 and 210 pounds, Kuchno works from 88-95 mph to 90-91 as a starter. He's still learning to command his hard curveball and profiles as a reliever with two potential plus pitches.
9 557 Miami Marlins Patrick Merkling LHP Lee (Tenn.) Tenn.
10 558 Colorado Rockies Aaron Jones C Oregon Ore.
Aaron's brother, Chris, played two years for George Horton when he was the head coach at Cal State Fullerton. A 6-foot-1, 195-pound draft-eligible sophomore, Jones is a good athlete. A 38th-round pick by the Red Sox in 2010, Jones spent his freshman season in right field for the Ducks but returned to his high school position as catcher for part of this season. He has some things to smooth out defensively, but has above-average arm strength. At the plate, Jones has a little bit of a loop to his swing but does have some strength. If a team likes what they've seen out of Jones behind the plate, he could get a chance this year. But if teams think he's going to have to stay in right field, they'll likely want to see more out of his bat. Jones was mostly the team's designated hitter late in the season, as he recovered from a high ankle sprain.
11 559 Oakland Athletics Derek De Young RHP Oakton (Ill.) CC Ill.
12 560 New York Mets Paul Paez LHP Rio Hondo (Calif.) CC Calif.
13 561 Chicago White Sox Thomas McCarthy 3B Kentucky Ky.
14 562 Cincinnati Reds Jackson Stephens RHP/3B Oxford (Ala.) HS Ala. $100,000
Stephens played third base and pitched in high school and has similarities to former Alabama stalwart Jake Smith. He has solid righthanded power and decent agility at third, while sitting in the upper 80s with a solid changeup and soft curve on the mound.
15 563 Cleveland Indians Louis Head RHP Texas State Texas
16 564 Washington Nationals David Fischer RHP Connecticut Conn.
Fischer is a big-bodied guy (6-foot-5, 200 pounds) with arm strength. His fastball ranges from 88-94 mph and he has a decent breaking ball that can be slurvy at times.
17 565 Toronto Blue Jays Alonzo Gonzalez LHP Glendale (Calif.) CC Calif. $100,000
18 566 Los Angeles Dodgers Eric Smith C Stanford Calif.
Smith is relatively new behind the plate. He was a shortstop in high school and spent his first two years with the Cardinal as a backup infielder. As would be expected, he still needs work, but he has taken to the position, showing soft hands, a strong arm and the necessary athleticism to make adjustments. Smith has done a fine job handling a good Stanford staff this year and has been among the team's leaders in batting as well. He's a switch-hitter and scouts like his approach at the plate.
19 567 Los Angeles Angels Ryan Dalton 3B Texas-San Antonio Texas
20 568 San Francisco Giants Matt Duffy SS Long Beach State Calif.
21 569 Atlanta Braves Ross Heffley 2B Western Carolina N.C.
22 570 St. Louis Cardinals Jeremy Schaffer 1B Tulane La.
Many scouts considered Schaffer a good senior sign last year, and he wound up coming back to Tulane and putting up almost identical numbers. He's proven he can hit with the BBCOR bats, slugging .552 and .551 the last two seasons. He's a below-average athlete and receiver with solid arm strength who threw out 32 percent of baserunners this spring. Schaffer's defensive shortcomings could force a move to first base, but he may hit enough to make up for his glove.
23 571 Boston Red Sox Shaq Thompson OF Grant HS, Sacramento Calif. $100,000
Thompson is one of the top football recruits in the nation, and his brother, Syd'Quan, is a cornerback for the Denver Broncos. Shaq was committed to California, but in January when the Bears' recruiting coordinator, Tosh Lupoi, headed north to Washington, his prize recruit followed suit. He's expected to be a safety in college, and at Grant he was also a running back, kick returner and punter. He also shows off his athletic ability on the baseball field, and a team may try to persuade him to play baseball in the minor leagues during the summer while playing football at Washington. An outfielder on the baseball field, Thompson is a 6-foot-2, 210-pound physical specimen. He needs a lot of work to improve his routes and jumps in the outfield, not to mention his approach at the plate.
24 572 Tampa Bay Rays Kevin Brandt LHP East Carolina N.C.
25 573 Arizona Diamondbacks Kevin Medrano 2B Missouri State Mo.
26 574 Detroit Tigers Dylan LaVelle 3B Lake Stevens (Wash.) HS Wash.
LaVelle joined Courtney Hawkins as the only two players to hit home runs at spacious Blair Field last summer during the Area Code Games. LaVelle has an average frame at 6-foot-2 and 185 pounds. Even with the home run and impressive power numbers in high school, scouts believe LaVelle's hit tool is better than his power, though both are average. He's a shortstop for his high school team but fits best defensively at third base, though his bat might not profile there. LaVelle can be a little stiff in the field, but has a strong arm. He is an average runner. He missed a few weeks this spring after dislocating his left shoulder diving for a ball at shortstop and will probably wind up honoring his commitment to Oregon State.
27 575 Milwaukee Brewers Hunter Adkins RHP Middle Tennessee State Tenn.
Adkins started well this spring but faltered down the stretch and has ugly career numbers at 8-17, 6.01 in 200 innings, with almost as many walks (95) as strikeouts (132). Adkins has shown two average pitches with an 88-91 mph fastball that bumps 93 and a slurvy breaking ball. His changeup remains inconsistent. He was crosschecked early and could go in the first 10 rounds thanks to his ideal 6-foot-4, 190-pound frame.
28 576 Texas Rangers Ryan Harvey RHP Seton Hall N.J.
Harvey has a thick, durable frame at 6-foot-2, 215 pounds, but he lacks a plus pitch. His fastball has sat 86-90 mph this season and he's shown a solid slider.
29 577 New York Yankees Brady Lail RHP Bingham HS, South Jordan, Utah Utah $225,000
Lail, an Arizona recruit, has a thin build at 6-foot-3 and 170 pounds. He'll flash above-average velocity but usually settles into the 85-88 mph range. The hand speed is there though, as Lail shows an above-average curveball and mixes in an occasional changeup. He has some effort in his delivery and the ball looks like it jumps out of his hand.
30 578 Philadelphia Phillies Tony Blanford RHP Boulder Creek HS, Phoenix Ariz.