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Pick Overall Team Player Position School State Bonus
1 669 Houston Astros Kenny Long LHP Illinois State Ill.
2 670 Minnesota Twins Josh Graham C Roseburg (Ore.) HS Ore.
Graham has scouts split on where he'll wind up. Some like him as a catcher, where he fits well with his 6-foot-1, 200-pound frame. He has some strength in his righthanded swing and arm strength--which also shows up on the mound, where he sits in the 90-92 mph range and tops out at 94. Graham was down in the 86-89 mph range late in the season and was pitching backward, and as a 6-foot, stocky righthander he has limited projection. Graham missed most of the summer showcase circuit with a broken hand and it's likely he'll wind up at Oregon.
3 671 Seattle Mariners Gabrial Franca SS North HS, Riverside, Calif. Calif.
4 672 Baltimore Orioles Will Howard OF Kennesaw State Ga.
5 673 Kansas City Royals Alec Mills RHP Tennessee-Martin Tenn.
Mills is a lean, lanky 6-foot-4, 170-pouder who built off his strong summer in the Texas Collegiate League. The former walk-on became the Skyhawks' ace based on his control of an upper-80s fastball that bumps 90 mph at times. He also throws a slurvy breaking ball and nascent changeup. He throws almost too many strikes, giving up nine homers and more than a hit an inning.
6 674 Chicago Cubs Eddie Orozco RHP UC Riverside Calif.
7 675 San Diego Padres Kevin McCanna RHP The Woodlands (Texas) HS Texas
Though McCanna can make a case for being the most polished high school pitcher in Texas, his smaller frame and strong commitment to Rice may mean that he won't even get drafted. He has advanced feel for three pitches: an 87-91 mph fastball that touches 92 and a slider and changeup that both have the potential to be big league average offerings. He should pitch right away for the Owls and also will contribute as a lefthanded hitter as well.
8 676 Pittsburgh Pirates Taylor Hearn LHP Royse City (Texas) HS Texas
9 677 Miami Marlins Robert Ravago RHP Arizona State Ariz.
10 678 Colorado Rockies Jordan Mejia RHP Riverside (Calif.) CC Calif.
11 679 Oakland Athletics Matt Hillsinger OF Radford Va.
12 680 New York Mets Tejay Antone RHP Legacy HS, Mansfield, Texas Texas
13 681 Chicago White Sox Cory McGinnis RHP Auburn-Montgomery (Ala.) Ala.
14 682 Cincinnati Reds Avain Rachal RHP Cy-Fair HS, Cypress, Texas Texas $100,000
15 683 Cleveland Indians Jim Stokes RHP Elon N.C. $100,000
16 684 Washington Nationals Will Hudgins RHP Notre Dame Ind.
17 685 Toronto Blue Jays Josh Almonte OF Long Island City (N.Y.) HS N.Y. $100,000
18 686 Los Angeles Dodgers Alan Garcia RHP Azusa Pacific (Calif.) Calif.
19 687 Los Angeles Angels Anthony Bemboom C Creighton Neb.
20 688 San Francisco Giants Brennan Metzger OF Long Beach State Calif.
21 689 Atlanta Braves Shae Simmons RHP Southeast Missouri State Mo.
While shortstop Kenton Parmley had the third-longest hitting streak in NCAA Division I history (47 games) and third baseman Trenton Moses finished the regular season leading the nation in on-base percentage (.549) and slugging (.802) at the end of the regular season, it's Simmons who's the top prospect at Southeast Missouri State. When he's on, he has three solid pitches in an 89-93 mph fastball, a hard slider and changeup with tumbling action. He doesn't hold his velocity deep into games or show much command as a starter because of his size (5-foot-11, 176 pounds) and has a lot of effort in his delivery. As a result, he profiles as a reliever, a role in which he has been clocked up to 96 mph in summer ball.
22 690 St. Louis Cardinals Casey Schroeder C Ottawa-Glandorf HS, Ottawa, Ohio Ohio
23 691 Boston Red Sox Joe Greenfield RHP South Suburban (Ill.) JC Ill.
24 692 Tampa Bay Rays Willie Argo OF Illinois Ill.
25 693 Arizona Diamondbacks Holden Helmink RHP Willis (Texas) HS Texas
Helmink has a projectable frame and the makings of two plus future pitches, but he lacks the polish to get drafted early enough to sign him away from a Texas commitment. The 6-foot-4, 185-pounder first made his name at Willis as a slugging outfielder, and he's still learning to pitch. He has a quick arm, an 88-92 mph fastball and shows aptitude for spinning his curveball. Helmink still is learning on the mound, and he'll need to develop a changeup and improve his command. He could find innings hard to come by as a freshman on a deep Longhorns pitching staff.
26 694 Detroit Tigers D.J. Driggers OF Middle Georgia JC Ga.
27 695 Milwaukee Brewers Taylor Wall LHP Rice Texas
28 696 Texas Rangers Travis Dean RHP Kennesaw State Ga.
29 697 New York Yankees Brett Marks RHP Wallace State (Ala.) CC Ala.
30 698 Philadelphia Phillies Jeb Stefan RHP Louisiana Tech La.
A former NASA intern who as a fourth-year junior is closing in on his degree at Louisiana Tech, Stefan could prove to be a difficult sign. He's tough to see thanks to Tech's far-flung schedule. A physical 6-foot-4, 225-pound righthander, he had a 5.05 ERA but at his best sits in the 91-92 mph range with his fastball, touching 94. He's flashed an average slider and changeup.