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Pick Overall Team Player Position School State Bonus
1 969 Houston Astros Tyler Manez LHP Plainedge HS, North Massapequa, N.Y. N.Y.
2 970 Minnesota Twins Andrew Ferreira LHP Harvard Mass.
3 971 Seattle Mariners Richard Palase 2B Lynchburg (Va.) Va.
4 972 Baltimore Orioles Steel Russell C Midland (Texas) JC Texas
5 973 Kansas City Royals Patrick Conroy LHP Marin (Calif.) CC Calif.
6 974 Chicago Cubs Tim Saunders SS Marietta (Ohio) Ohio
7 975 San Diego Padres Alexi Colon OF Tusculum (Tenn.) Tenn.
8 976 Pittsburgh Pirates Max Rossiter C Arizona State Ariz.
9 977 Miami Marlins Ty Williams RHP Sulphur (Okla.) HS Okla.
10 978 Colorado Rockies A.J. Simcox SS Farragut HS, Knoxville Tenn.
Simcox's father Larry was an assistant coach for Tennessee for 17 seasons, and A.J. served as a Vols bat boy on their trips to the College World Series in 2001 and 2005. He would likely be Tennessee's starting shortstop as a freshman if he makes it to campus. Simcox has emerged as the top hitter in the Volunteer State this spring by adding strength to his wiry frame; he's listed at 6-foot-1, 170 pounds but is closer to 180 now. He hit the weight room, resulting in harder contact from his improving swing. His feet and hands work well, and his average speed should be sufficient at the college level. He may not have the present speed or power for teams to buy him out of Tennessee, but his defensive ability and improved bat make Simcox an intriguing fourth-round talent.
11 979 Oakland Athletics Ryan Dull RHP UNC Asheville N.C.
12 980 New York Mets Jon Leroux 1B Northeastern Mass.
13 981 Chicago White Sox Steve Nikorak 3B Temple Pa.
14 982 Cincinnati Reds Christian McElroy RHP Cincinnati Ohio
Though Cincinnati went 18-38 this spring, it could have three players drafted in the first 15 rounds (righthander Zach Isler, outfielder Jake Proctor and McElroy) for just the second time in school history. McElroy made just one appearance for the Bearcats during a redshirt 2010 season and spent last year at Sinclair (Ohio) CC. The 6-foot-4, 211-pounder lacks consistency with his stuff and command, but his stuff kicked up a notch in 2012. He has a sound delivery, and when he's on top of his game, he'll show a 90-93 mph fastball, a tight curveball and feel for a changeup.
15 983 Cleveland Indians Paul Hendrix SS Howard (Texas) JC Texas
16 984 Washington Nationals Mike Mudron LHP Cal State San Bernardino Calif.
17 985 Toronto Blue Jays Jorge Saez C Lee (Tenn.) Tenn.
18 986 Los Angeles Dodgers Alfredo Unzue LHP Los Angeles (no school) Calif. $100,000
19 987 Los Angeles Angels Robbie Powell RHP Stetson Fla.
20 988 San Francisco Giants Chris Pickering LHP Rhode Island R.I.
21 989 Atlanta Braves Adam Grantham RHP Kennett (Mo.) HS Mo.
22 990 St. Louis Cardinals Eduardo Oquendo SS Olney Central (Ill.) CC Ill.
23 991 Boston Red Sox Hunter Wood RHP Rogers (Ark.) Heritage HS Ark.
Wood has potential to be a two-way college player with a quick bat and solid power potential. He has more ability on the mound, with an average fastball in the 87-91 mph range that has bumped higher and a loose arm to go with a projectable 6-foot-2, 180-pound frame. His curveball lacks bite and power.
24 992 Tampa Bay Rays Ben Kline SS Embry-Riddle (Fla.) Fla.
25 993 Arizona Diamondbacks Daniel Watts LHP Jacksonville State Ala.
26 994 Detroit Tigers Blake McFadden RHP Savannah (Mo.) HS Mo.
27 995 Milwaukee Brewers Nick Anderson RHP Mayville State (N.D.) N.D.
28 996 Texas Rangers Alex Young LHP Carmel Catholic HS, Mundelein, Ill. Ill.
Young is the top prospect in Illinois, but he may not be the first player selected from the state because of signability questions. A team could select him as early as the third round, but that may not be high enough to lure him away from a Texas Christian commitment. After three years with the Horned Frogs, he could go even higher because he's a projectable lefthander who's just starting to figure things out on the mound. His fastball ranges from 87-91 mph and has touched 93 in workouts. The projection and athleticism in his 6-foot-3, 190-pound frame hint at more velocity. With large hands and long fingers, he also shows aptitude for spinning a curveball. Young needs to improve his fastball life, curveball consistency and overall command, as well as a developing a changeup. But all of the ingredients are there.
29 997 New York Yankees Garrett Cannizaro SS Tulane La.
30 998 Philadelphia Phillies Scott Firth RHP Clemson S.C.
There were several players in the Carolinas that hit 95 or better on the radar gun this season and Firth was one of them, but his fastball is straight and he lacks secondary stuff and control.