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Pick Overall Team Player Position School State Bonus
1 126 Seattle Mariners Tyler Pike LHP Winter Haven (Fla.) HS Fla. $850,000
A Florida State recruit, Pike doesn't have a present pitch that wows scouts, but he grows on them with his athleticism, natural deception, three-pitch mix and ability to make hitters swing and miss. He sits around 88-89 mph with his fastball, but touches 92 and 93 both early and late in games. He raised his profile early in the season when he matched up with Tampa Jesuit's Lance McCullers Jr. and threw hard and well. He has natural deception in his easy delivery, and his ability to repeat helps him control the strike zone well. Pike projects to have average or better command of his fastball as well as his curve and changeup. He's added a bit of velocity to his curveball but could use more, and he has shown a solid feel for his changeup. Pike would be an asset as a two-way player for the Seminoles; he has a solid swing and is a 6.8-second runner in the 60, though he lacks power at the plate. He's considered a tough sign, but he could go in the first three rounds if teams think he'll pass up school.
2 127 Miami Marlins Kolby Copeland OF Parkway HS, Bossier City, La. La. $367,200
Copeland is frequently compared to Arkansas' D'Vone McClure, though they bat from different sides of the plate. Copeland is a physical, explosive athlete with power and speed from the left side. At 6-foot-2, 195 pounds, he also was a fine high school football player, though his speed doesn't play as well in baseball, where he's an average runner. He's more notable for his bat speed and good swing path, as his bat stays in the hitting zone a long time. Copeland made a lot of hard contact and projects to have average or better power. His defensive tools are average but he may wind up in left field eventually, placing higher demands on his bat. Scouts who don't buy in say that he swings and misses too much. He sat out the first part of high school season serving a suspension stemming from an underage drinking and driving arrest in December, but he had performed well since returning.
3 128 Colorado Rockies Ryan Warner RHP Pine Creek HS, Colorado Springs Colo. $363,700
There must be something in the water . . . of the 48 players drafted out of Colorado to make the big leagues, 35 have been pitchers. That's a group that includes Goose Gossage, Roy Halladay, Jay Howell, Brad Lidge, Brandon McCarthy and Sergio Romo. Warner has a body scouts can dream on at 6-foot-7 and 185 pounds. He has room to fill out, which scouts love because Warner already has present stuff. His fastball sits in the 87-89 mph range and tops out at 91. He also throws a spike curveball with good downward bite, a pitch that has tightened up a lot since the summer showcase circuit. Warner is a great athlete, too, especially for his size. He was a standout wide receiver and quarterback on Pine Creek's football team that lost in the state championship and he patrols center field when he's not pitching. The athleticism shows on the mound, as Warner repeats his delivery well, shows good body control and gets sharp downward plane on his pitches from a three-quarter arm slot. He is still a project, however, as he needs to learn a changeup and prove himself against better competition, but a team that believes in him may push him up their board and keep him away from his commitment to North Carolina State.