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1 96 Houston Astros Brady Rodgers RHP Arizona State Ariz. $495,200
Being at Arizona State almost hurts Rodgers because it's easy for scouts to compare him to another former Sun Devil and say, "Well, he's not Mike Leake." While Leake does have better stuff and athleticism, Rodgers still has plenty to offer. Like Leake, Rodgers is a bit undersized, and his stuff plays up because of his varied arsenal and pinpoint command. He fills up the strike zone with an 88-92 mph fastball and adds three solid secondary pitches: a curveball, slider and changeup. His slider is the best of the three and might be a tick above-average, but his command is better than his pure stuff. Scouts see Rodgers as a back-of-the-rotation starter and worry that his slender, 6-foot-2, 198-pound frame may not be able to withstand the grind of 180 innings and that over a full season his fastball might be below-average at times.
2 97 Minnesota Twins Adam Brett Walker 1B Jacksonville Fla. $490,400
A Wisconsin native, Walker comes from an athletic family, as his father (also Adam Brett) was an NFL replacement player in 1987 and a longtime football and track coach, while his mother was a college high jumper and volleyball player. Walker chose baseball and went South to play in college, helping lead Jacksonville to regionals in 2011 as the Atlantic Sun Conference player of the year. He hit .409/.486/.682 with 13 home runs and ranked in the top 10 in the nation in hits, RBIs and total bases. He also struck out 63 times, and then hit .216/.269/.336 with 56 strikeouts in 134 Cape Cod League at-bats last summer. Jacksonville has had a dreadful season with injuries but Walker has produced, though not quite as well as last season when the whole team was going well. Walker is an above-average runner who could move to the outfield if necessary, despite fringe-average arm strength. His value is in his bat, though, and he struggles to lay off breaking pitches or fastballs up and out of the zone. While he has cut his strikeout rate from 26 to 22.5 percent, his propensity to swing and miss may have cost him a shot at the first round.
3 98 Seattle Mariners Edwin Diaz RHP Caguas (P.R.) Military Academy $300,000
Standing 6-foot-3 and 163 pounds, Diaz is the definition of skinny, and scouts aren't sure how much weight he'll add because of his narrow frame. Diaz's body has pros and cons. His long arms allow him to whip the ball with surprising velocity. He sits in the 92-95 mph range and touched 97 twice in his first outing at Puerto Rico's annual Excellence Tournament in early May. But, like many tall, gangly pitchers, he has trouble coordinating his limbs, which leads to spotty control and an inconsistent curveball. He also hasn't used a changeup much. Taken together, those factors lead many scouts to believe he fits best as a power reliever in pro ball. Diaz is relatively new to pitching, having just started when he was 15 years old. His cousin, Jose Melendez, pitched in the big leagues for parts of five seasons in the 1990s for Seattle, San Diego and Boston.
4 99 Baltimore Orioles Adrian Marin SS Gulliver Prep, Miami Fla. $481,100
Marin would be a key recruit for a Miami program that needs an infusion of talent, and scouts had him pegged as a "good college player" until he smoked one of the nation's hardest throwers, Las Vegas two-way phenom Joey Gallo, at the National High School Invitational in Cary, N.C., early in the spring. That encounter raised Marin's profile with national evaluators, and area scouts already liked him as a heady player with no glaring weakness. Marin still has scouts trying to figure out his future impact with his bat. His hitting mechanics aren't ideal and he has swing-and-miss tendencies, and his below-average power means he'll either have to be a leadoff hitter or hit at the bottom of an order. Marin's best present tool is his speed, which is at least slightly above-average. He's a steady defender with average actions and shortstop and an average arm. Marin had early buzz to go in the first three rounds.
5 100 Kansas City Royals Colin Rodgers LHP Parkview Baptist HS, Baton Rouge La. $700,000
An Auburn signee, Rodgers had an up-and-down spring in terms of his velocity, and scouts who saw him with his best velocity like the 6-foot, 185-pound southpaw in the first three or four rounds. Rodgers' calling card last summer on the showcase circuit was his sharp breaking ball. At its best, it's a plus curveball thrown with some power in the 75-78 mph range. At times this spring Rodgers wore down and got on the side of his breaking ball, causing it to be a bit slurvier and less enticing for scouts. His fastball velocity usually resides in the 88-91 mph range, but at times Rodgers will pitch at 90 and touch 93, and he'll throw a lot of strikes with his two best pitches. Rodgers' changeup requires projection but he shows enough feel for pitching to get scouts thinking he can remain a starter.
6 101 Chicago Cubs Ryan McNeil RHP Nipomo (Calif.) HS Calif. $425,000
The athletic McNeil started slowly this spring after playing basketball into mid-February, but his stock has been on the rebound. Early in the spring, his mechanics, command and fastball velocity were off and his slider was flat. His velocity picked back up down the stretch, sitting at 90-91 mph and touching 93 at times, and he has a chance to pitch with a solid-average fastball as he adds strength to his 6-foot-3 frame. He has done a better job staying on top of the ball lately, lending his fastball more life and improving his command. His slider shows flashes of being a solid-average pitch with good shape, but other times it gets slurvy or flat. He also has improved his feel for a changeup, though it's still a work in progress like the rest of his repertoire. Some clubs soured on McNeil early in the spring, but a team that likes his frame, athleticism and arm strength could take him around the fifth round and try to buy him out of a commitment to Long Beach State.
7 102 San Diego Padres Fernando Perez 3B Central Arizona JC Ariz. $400,000
Perez put up impressive numbers at Central Arizona (.338/.399/.571), especially considering Arizona junior colleges use wood bats and he could have been a senior in high school. A Mexico native, he moved to California to live with his uncle in 2010, his sophomore year. He played two years at Otay Ranch High in Chula Vista, Calif., but had enough credits to graduate and joined childhood friend Jorge Flores at Central Arizona. Perez shared the middle infield with Flores, spending most of his time at second base, though he profiles better at third. He started hot with the bat, then went through a slump, but battled through the adversity. A lefthanded hitter, Perez got pull-happy during his slump, but generally has a smooth swing with good balance and bat speed. He made adjustments and knows how to use the whole field. Scouts see him as an average to plus hitter with average power potential. He has a strong arm and soft hands, but will have to work hard to remain at third base because of his thick lower half and questionable footwork.
8 103 Pittsburgh Pirates Jon Sandfort RHP Winter Springs (Fla.) HS Fla. $462,900
Sandfort had some late draft helium as he pitched well down the stretch, including a late-April win against Oviedo High in the district championship. He struck out 10 in that game and touched 94 mph, and he was starting to grow into his 6-foot-5, 220-pound body. The Florida signee generally sits more in the 88-91 mph range and doesn't always hold his velocity. When he throws his curveball with power in the 75 mph range, it's an effective pitch, and he has some feel for an intriguing changeup.
9 104 Miami Marlins Avery Romero 3B Menendez HS, St. Augustine, Fla. Fla. $700,000
Romero is committed to Florida, but he's not likely to get to school because of his bat, one of the best in a competitive pool of hitters in the Southeast. Romero is active in the batter's box and has an average frame at 5-foot-11, 190 pounds. He has hand strength, a short swing and hand-eye coordination that allow him to lash line drives from gap to gap, and some scouts project him to have above-average power. Others see him as an above-average hitter with average power and wonder where he profiles. His somewhat thick lower half and below-average speed will move him off shortstop, and he may not have enough power for third. He has the lateral quickness to stay in the dirt, possibly moving to second, and his plus arm makes some scouts wonder if he should try catching. Romero has resisted those suggestions to this point. Clubs that believe in his power see him as a third baseman and could jump on him early.
10 105 Colorado Rockies Tom Murphy C Buffalo N.Y. $454,000
Murphy was playing against USA Baseball's college team for the New England Collegiate League when he caught scouts' eyes, turning on a fastball from Louisiana State righthander Kevin Gausman that went about 400 feet foul. Gausman came back with a slider that Murhpy waited on and launched over Fenway Park's Green Monster for a home run. Team USA then picked him up for five games against Japan, before he returned to Holyoke to finish with a .291/.364/.575 line. Murphy is a good athlete with a strong frame at 6-foot-1, 210 pounds. He runs well for a catcher, turning in a 6.75-second 60-yard dash last summer. He got off to a good start for Buffalo, though he tailed off at the plate and hasn't put up the numbers scouts hoped for and was hitting .250 in 116 at-bats against righthanders. He has good raw power and doesn't project to hit for much average, but will be an asset thanks to his solid defense. He has a plus arm and made strides behind the plate this season.
11 106 Oakland Athletics Kyle Twomey LHP El Dorado HS, Placentia, Calif. Calif.
Twomey has boosted his stock with a dominant spring, highlighted by a 14-strikeout no-hitter in the National Classic in April--his third straight shutout. Skinny and loose with a smooth, high three-quarters arm action, Twomey projects to add velocity to his 87-91 mph fastball as he fills out. The pitch already plays up because of its deception and life, prompting comparisons to Cliff Lee's or C.J. Wilson's fastballs. His secondary stuff is below-average at this stage, however. His best offspeed pitch is a changeup that he turns over to create fading action, and he is learning to throw it with better arm speed. He needs to throw his big, sweeping curveball with more conviction. He also started tinkering with a cutter/slider for the first time during his no-hitter, keeping hitters off balance by running his two-seamer away from rigthies and running his cutter in on their hands. Scouts rave about Twomey's makeup and aptitude, making it easy to dream on him. The Southern California commit could be drafted as high as the sandwich round, though the second round is more likely.
12 107 New York Mets Matt Koch RHP Louisville Ky. $425,000
A swingman in his first two seasons at Louisville, Koch may have found his true calling in the Cape Cod League last summer. Used solely in relief by Chatham, he finished the summer with 15 1/3 straight scoreless innings, including an appearance in the Cape all-star game. The Cardinals have kept him in that role this season, which he opened by showing at 96-97 mph for one inning at the Big Ten/Big East Challenge in Florida. He has pitched at 92-96 mph this spring, though scouts have had a difficult time seeing him because he shares closing duties with Derek Self. Koch has been inconsistent with his secondary pitches, the main reason that opponents have hit a surprising .319 against him this year. He'll flash a plus changeup and a low-80s slider with depth, and some scouts think it's still worth trying to develop him as a starter. Koch is built for durability at 6-foot-3 and 204 pounds, leading to more credence for that belief. There's mixed opinion as to whether he's better than former Louisville closer Tony Zych, who signed for $400,000 as a Cubs fourth-round pick last year. Zych throws harder but Koch has a better body, a superior pitch and less effort in his delivery.
13 108 Chicago White Sox Joey DeMichele 2B Arizona State Ariz. $400,000
Scouts like to use the cliche that "hitters hit," as shorthand for a player who has always produced. They certainly use it for DeMichele, who hit .368/.412/.663 last year and was batting .335/.405/.562 this year with a compact, lefthanded swing. He has good barrel control and the ability to square everything up, and he is a tough out who has the ability to hit to all fields. At 5-foot-11 and 188 pounds, he'll be more of a gap hitter, though he has enough strength to hit the occasional home run. The questions come on defense, where DeMichele will have to work to remain at second base. He has an average arm and actions, but needs to improve his footwork and quickness. DeMichele has a track record of continual improvement, and he worked hard to improve his body and shows good makeup on and off the field. A team that believes he can play second base could take DeMichele as high as the second round.
14 109 Cincinnati Reds Dan Langfield RHP Memphis Tenn. $436,800
Langfield impresses scouts for his story and his stuff. A 6-foot righthander, he was one of New England's top arms three seasons ago out of high school. He also was thick-bodied and still had some baby fat. He headed to Memphis, trimmed up his body and improved the quality of his stuff while maintaining the toughness of a cold-weather Northeast pitcher. He has three strikeout pitches, though he delivers them with some effort. Langfield's fastball tends to be true but has plenty of power, touching as high as 97 mph and sitting in the 92-94 range. Some scouts prefer his hard slider, which has depth and cutter velocity at 85-87 mph. Most prefer his downer curveball, also thrown with power. He was leading Conference USA and ranked fifth in Division I in strikeouts with 99 in 79 innings. His control can be spotty, but he lowered his walk rate from 5.2 per nine innings last season to 3.9 so far in 2012. Langfield has a high slot that tends to cause his fastball to straighten out, and most scouts believe he'll wind up in the bullpen down the line. But his three-pitch repertoire will at least give him a chance to start.
15 110 Cleveland Indians Kieran Lovegrove RHP Mission Viejo (Calif.) HS Calif. $400,000
Lovegrove has flashed outstanding stuff over the last two years, but the quality of his stuff can vary from outing to outing, or even from inning to inning. He was electric last summer, tired in the fall, then got off to a good start to the spring. He labored early in a May outing, working in the 86-91 mph range, then ran his heater up to 92-94 mph and flashed a vicious 86 mph slider in his final inning after his team took the lead. Lovegrove has plenty of projection in his lean 6-foot-4 frame, but durability is a concern for scouts. He often pitches around 90-93 and bumps 94, but he needs to prove he can maintain his velocity in order to be a starter. His slider can be a wipeout pitch in the 83-86 mph range, but it can also get slurvy and softer. He also has the makings of a decent changeup. Lovegrove's funky, complicated delivery and short stride probably contribute to his inconsistency, but if the Arizona State signee can iron out his mechanics and add strength, his upside is significant.
16 111 Washington Nationals Brett Mooneyham LHP Stanford Calif. $428,500
Mooneyham has size (6-foot-5 and 215 pounds) and pedigree, and he was a premium prospect coming out of high school in California, coming in at No. 78--just ahead of Virginia-bound Danny Hultzen--in Baseball America's 2008 draft rankings. Mooneyham's father, Bill, was a righthander who signed with the Angels as a first-round pick in the secondary phase of the June 1980 draft and spent nine seasons in pro ball, reaching the big leagues with Oakland in 1986. His father was drafted five times, and this will be Brett's third pass through the draft. He didn't sign as a 15th-round pick of the Padres out of high school, and the Nationals took a flier on him in the 38th round last year, even after he missed the entire season following surgery to repair a cut on his left middle finger. It's hard for scouts to get a good read on him because his stuff has been up and down throughout his college career. He touched 94 mph in high school, was down in the 86-88 mph range with Team USA in 2010, and was in the 90-91 mph range and touching 93 this spring. He has a knack for spinning a breaking ball, switching between a curveball and slider this season, and shows a decent changeup. The biggest concern with Mooneyham is his control. As a big kid, his delivery is funky and can get out of sync. He works a lot of deep counts, but also gets a lot of uncomfortable swings. Scouts say Mooneyham has a great work ethic, though sometimes he tinkers with his delivery and his pitches too much.
17 112 Toronto Blue Jays Anthony Alford OF Petal (Miss.) HS Miss. $750,000
Alford, a two-sport athlete, has committed to Southern Mississippi for both baseball and football. He's teammates in baseball with Garren Berry, son of USM baseball coach Scott Berry. And the Golden Eagles have a new football coach, Ellis Johnson, who has hired Alford's prep football coach onto his staff. In April Alford indicated he plans to go to college and play both sports. That's too bad, because many scouts considered Alford one of the class' elite athletes. Big and fast at 6 feet, 200 pounds, he was the Magnolia State's football player of the year as a quarterback and chose Southern Miss over such football powers as Louisiana State and Nebraska. He threw for more than 2,000 yards and ran for more than 1,700 as a senior, accounting for 44 touchdowns, but he's at least as intriguing on the diamond, where he's a 70 runner on the 20-80 scouting scale with power potential, too. He helped Patal High win back-to-back state 6-A championships before the team lost in the third round this spring, as Alford batted .483 with four homers.
18 113 Los Angeles Dodgers Onelki Garcia LHP Los Angeles (no school) Calif. $382,000
Garcia left Cuba in January 2011 and expected to be declared a free agent like most other defectors. Instead, Major League Baseball put him into last year's draft, then withdrew him two days later and reviewed his case. In January 2012, Garcia once again was declared draft-eligible. In the meantime, he tried to stay in shape, often working out at Pierce JC in Los Angeles, near where Gus Dominguez, the former agent who represents him, lives. Garcia pitched in the Puerto Rican League last winter as well with some success, and in Puerto Rico and in the spring adult league he plays in, he has shown two plus pitches. Garcia's fastball sits at 90-93 mph, and his curveball, while somewhat inconsistent, is a true power pitch at its best. Garcia hasn't shown much of a changeup. Garcia has a physical 6-foot-2, 220-pound frame that needs no projection. At 22, he could move through a minor league system quickly as long as he comes out of the gate throwing strikes.
19 114 Los Angeles Angels R.J. Alvarez RHP Florida Atlantic Fla. $416,300
Sun Belt Conference schools like Florida Atlantic don't get power arms capable of throwing 95-97 mph very often, so when the Owls got R.J. Alvarez to campus, they naturally put him in the rotation. The quick-armed 6-foot-1, 180-pounder made 26 starts and went 9-7, 5.17 in his first two seasons. In two summers pitching for Bourne in the Cape Cod League, however, Alvarez thrived in short relief roles, at times touching 97 mph with his fastball. Florida Atlantic moved him to that role this spring and he had similar success, going 5-0, 0.53 with 45 strikeouts and nine walks in 34 innings. The Owls use him for more than an inning or two, at times bringing him in during the middle innings and extending him, and he has shown consistent fastball velocity in the 92-97 mph range this spring with a hard slider in the 82-84 mph range with late bite. At times Alvarez gets around his slider, and like most high-effort relievers he has more control than command. He has a chance to move quickly as a pro.
20 115 San Francisco Giants Mac Williamson OF Wake Forest N.C. $390,000
While offense in college baseball has trended down with the new bats, Williamson's power has trended up. In 181 at-bats as a redshirt junior, Williamson had 17 home runs and a .608 slugging percentage. He puts out plus-plus raw power from his 6-foot-4, 240-pound frame. It comes with some swing-and-miss and scouts have reservations about his ability to hit, but he has toned down his strikeouts a little this season and walked at a solid rate. He plays center field for Wake Forest and runs well, but he fits best in right. He has a strong arm that would profile fine there.
21 116 Atlanta Braves Bryan De La Rosa C Bucky Dent Academy, Delray Beach, Fla. Fla. $408,300
De la Rosa will be one of the first catchers drafted, even though he doesn't have the desired size for the position at 5-foot-11, 190 pounds. The Puerto Rico native has some of the best catch-and-throw tools in the draft class, having posted a 1.71-second pop time to second base in a showcase last fall. His arm is strong and accurate, and he has agile feet and soft hands that allow scouts to project him as an above-average defender behind the plate. He has strength in his frame but will need to add more to handle the wear and tear of the position at the pro level. De la Rosa doesn't project as an offensive asset but won't be a zero either, with solid-average pull power and a decent swing. The Florida State recruit was hard to evaluate this spring while playing for the Bucky Dent Academy team, which had a somewhat erratic game schedule, but he got crosschecked enough for teams to take him in the first six rounds.
22 117 St. Louis Cardinals Tim Cooney LHP Wake Forest N.C. $404,400
Undrafted out of high school, Cooney emerged as an early-round prospect last season when he went 7-3, 3.01 with 91 strikeouts and 18 walks in 99 innings for the Deacons. For Chatham in the Cape Cod League last summer, Cooney had 46 strikeouts to just eight walks in 48 innings. His junior season has been a different story, as he's been up and down throughout. In 13 starts he was 5-6, 3.76 with 76 strikeouts and 36 walks in 84 innings. Cooney relies on command, so he has been inconsistent because it has been inconsistent. He has a good delivery but seemed to be overthrowing this year. His fastball ranges from 87-93 mph, and he'll typically sit 88-91. He has good secondary stuff in a cutter, curveball and changeup. The cutter is an out pitch that can sit in the mid-80s, and he uses his changeup against righties. His curveball is inconsistent. Despite a rocky season, scouts like the package Cooney offers and his overall track record, and he still has a good chance to go in the first few rounds.
23 118 Boston Red Sox Austin Maddox RHP Florida Fla. $350,000
Maddox was a decorated amateur player who at one time projected as a first-round pick due to his power bat and arm strength. A high school catcher and pitcher, he fell to the 37th round of the 2009 draft (Rays) after ranking No. 81 on BA's Top 200 draft prospects. Maddox went to Florida and has helped the program make consecutive trips to Omaha while transforming himself as a player. Blocked at catcher by Mike Zunino, Maddox hit 17 home runs as a freshman corner infielder but tumbled to six in 2011 with the less-potent bats, and his lack of selectivity and a defensive position drove down his stock as a hitter. After not pitching as a freshman, he seized the closer role as a sophomore, and he remains there as a junior. Scouts now view him as a pitcher, though his background as an everyday player days comes through in his competitiveness. Maddox has closer makeup and mound presence to spare, with confidence and an attacking mentality. At his best, he features a 92-94 mph fastball that has reached 96, and he gets swings and misses in the strike zone with it. His arm action causes his offspeed stuff to be erratic, but scouts think his mechanics can be refined with a full focus on the mound. He throws a slurvy slider, which is effective when he stays on top of it, and a changeup that gives hitters a different look. He's had some rotator cuff tendinitis this spring but generally has handled a heavy workload well, and his 6-foot-3, 235-pound body should help him hold up under a pro workload.
24 119 Tampa Bay Rays Andrew Toles OF Chipola (Fla.) JC Fla. $394,200
Toles was part of the deep Georgia prep class of 2010 and was a fourth-round pick of the Marlins that June. He didn't sign and went to Tennessee, where his father Alvin and uncle Johnnie Jones played football. Alvin Toles, a linebacker, was a first-round pick in the NFL draft in 1985, and his son could go that high in the baseball draft thanks to his unique tools. A 5-foot-10, 180 pounds, he has tremendous speed and earns comparisons to Braves center fielder Michael Bourn for his overall tools. He's a well above-average runner who knows how to use his speed defensively and on the bases, where he can be an aggressive basestealer. He also has a solid-average arm. Toles lacks power yet has enough strength to fight off good fastballs. Scouts say he plays with energy and has shown a good work ethic, but he was dismissed last fall from the program at Tennessee, where talent like his is in short supply, and has had been benched and suspended at Chipola JC this spring. Signability will determine whether Toles goes out in the first four rounds as expected, but the weak class of college hitters should allow him to go out higher than he did out of high school.
25 120 Arizona Diamondbacks Jake Barrett RHP Arizona State Ariz. $392,900
On talent alone, Barrett has first-round stuff. Pitchers in the Pacific-12 conference with fastballs that sit in the mid-90s and touch 98 to go along with above-average secondary stuff (a hard breaking ball and a splitter) don't typically last too long in the draft. Barrett also has prototypical physicality at 6-foot-3 and 230 pounds. But scouts have questions about his durability. At least two scouts have said Barrett didn't sign with the Blue Jays as a third-round pick out of high school because the team had questions about his physical, though he has never missed any time at Arizona State. A starter in high school and last year for the Sun Devils, Barrett moved to the bullpen this year, and that's where scouts believe he'll stay as a pro. He has the pure stuff to help a big league bullpen in a hurry.
26 121 Detroit Tigers Austin Schotts SS Centennial HS, Frisco, Texas Texas $389,100
Like Cory Raley, Schotts is a speedy Texas high school shortstop who has starred on the gridiron (in his case, as a safety) and shot up draft boards after not drawing much attention before this spring. He's more advanced at the plate, while Raley has a better chance of sticking at shortstop. Five-foot-11 and 180 pounds, Schotts has a sound righthanded swing and more pop than the typical middle infielder. His power gets him into trouble at times when he lets his stroke get too big. A well above-average runner, Schotts covers enough ground at shortstop, but his fringy arm doesn't fit on the left side of the diamond. He could move to second base and has the speed for center field. He's committed to Oklahoma State.
27 122 Milwaukee Brewers Zach Quintana RHP Arbor View HS, Las Vegas Nev. $325,000
Some teams won't have Quintana high on their draft boards simply because of his size: 5-foot-11 and 180 pounds. Teams that look past that will see a pitcher who throws his fastball in the 90-95 mph range with an easy delivery. His stuff has been inconsistent this year, in part because of a heavy workload. After throwing 129 pitches to beat local power Bishop Gorman High, Quintana was asked to start against them again on just two days rest. He has a hard breaking ball that can meander between a curveball and a slider, and a developing changeup. Quintana is a good athlete who plays shortstop when he's not pitching. He is committed to Nevada-Las Vegas, but is expected to sign if he's drafted between the fourth and sixth rounds.
28 123 Texas Rangers Pat Cantwell C Stony Brook N.Y. $50,000
Cantwell is a good defender with an above-average arm. His bat is questionable, but he could be serviceable as a backup.
29 124 New York Yankees Nathan Mikolas 1B Bradford HS, Kenosha, Wis. Wis. $400,000
The top high school hitting prospect in the Upper Midwest, Mikolas has proven his ability to produce with wood bats by playing in the prestigious East Cobb (Ga.) summer program and performing well at numerous showcases. The 6-foot-1, 195-pounder has a balanced lefthanded swing and quality bat speed that give him the potential to become a plus hitter with average power. His value is tied up in his bat, as his athleticism, speed, arm and defensive ability are all below-average. He has a chance to play left field but likely will wind up at first base. A Louisville recruit, he's expected to sign if he goes in the first 10 rounds--and he could sneak into the first five.
30 125 Philadelphia Phillies Zach Green 3B Jesuit HS, Sacramento Calif. $420,000
Green certainly stands out on a baseball field. He has a pro-ready body at 6-foot-3 and 205 pounds and has been bigger and stronger than his peers since he was 12-years-old. With his long arms, Green can get leverage in his swing and flashes above-average power potential. But he also has a tendency to get tied up and struggled at times catching up to average velocity on the showcase circuit last summer. There are a lot of moving parts to Green's swing and he's a streaky player--sometimes he'll look like a future star and other times he'll look lost at the plate. He plays shortstop now, but definitely projects to move to third base either at Oregon State or in pro ball, so how much he'll hit is a big deal since he'll be playing a corner position. Green is a fringe-average runner with above-average arm strength. Green is a gamer with a strong work ethic and shows good leadership on the field.