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Pick Overall Team Player Position School State Bonus
1 129 Houston Astros Rio Ruiz 3B Bishop Amat HS, La Puente, Calif. Calif. $1,850,000
Ruiz gained a high profile as the star quarterback for Southern California football power Bishop Amat, but a hyperextended left knee cut his senior season short. Ruiz also starred on the baseball showcase circuit last summer and generated first-round buzz early this spring, but his spring was cut short when he had surgery to remove a blood clot in his neck in March. Ruiz projects as a third baseman in pro ball, and his sure hands, good instincts and body control give him a chance to be an average to plus defender despite his lack of lateral mobility. He is a below-average runner but owns an above-average arm, and he has touched 94-95 off the mound. Scouts like Ruiz's lefthanded swing, quick hands and bat speed, but his approach needs refinement, as he has a tendency to dive out over the plate at times. He has flashed plus raw power, and he projects as an average hitter with average to plus game power.
2 130 Minnesota Twins Zack Jones RHP San Jose State Calif. $356,700
Jones was a 24th-round pick out of high school in San Jose by the Royals in 2009, but chose to stay close to home instead of signing. He has pitched primarily out of the bullpen for the Spartans, though he has made eight starts this season, and scouts view him as a reliever because he has two pitches: a fastball that sits in the 94-96 mph range and tops out at 98 and a potentially above-average slider. He mixes in a curveball when he starts, but it's a soft, loopy pitch that probably won't work in pro ball. At 6-foot-1 and 180 pounds, Jones is more physical than Braves fourth-round pick J.R. Graham was last year coming out of Santa Clara, but Graham had a better feel for throwing strikes. Both pitchers lack plane on their fastballs at times, letting the pitch get flat. That's why Jones has never posted an ERA under 3.50, even with his electric arm. Jones came to San Jose State as a two-way player and is a good athlete, but his delivery is a little rough, which limits his ability to throw strikes.
3 131 Seattle Mariners Patrick Kivlehan 3B Rutgers N.J. $300,000
Kivlehan may be one of the better stories in the draft this year, as he hasn't played baseball since high school and came to the diamond this season after spending four years playing football for Rutgers. All he did in his first--and maybe only--college season was win the triple crown in the Big East's regular season by hitting .399/.484/.710 with 14 home runs and 50 RBIs. He's a good athlete and runs well. He has average to above-average power to the pull side, but did make adjustments to offspeed pitches late in the season and went the other way. He plays third base for the Scarlet Knights, but will likely move to the outfield as a pro.
4 132 Baltimore Orioles Christian Walker 1B South Carolina S.C. $349,900
Walker is no stranger to the big stage. He quietly won the home run derby that started the firestorm of Bryce Harper coverage and he went on to be a key offensive piece in South Carolina's back-to-back national championships. He gutted out a broken hamate bone in Omaha in 2011 and the injury hasn't affected his offense. He was hitting .335/.462/.559 with 10 home runs in 2012 and had more walks (38) than strikeouts (19). He doesn't have a great frame at 6-feet, 220 pounds and is limited to first base defensively. But he has a good feel for hitting and his power is average to a tick above.
5 133 Kansas City Royals Kenny Diekroeger 2B Stanford Calif. $500,000
Diekroeger's career has been a bit of a roller coaster. He emerged as one of the top high school prospects in 2009, showing great athleticism, and the Rays took him in the second round, but he turned down a reported $2 million offer to go to Stanford. He looked like he'd be one of the top prospects for 2012 when he hit .356/.391/.491 as a freshman, playing mostly at third base, but his performance since then has not matched expectations. While most scouts think he'll be an average hitter, he has never shown much power, and this season he was batting in the bottom third of the Stanford lineup. He did not play summer ball last year, instead working out to get in better shape, and scouts say he looked trimmer this year than he did at the end of last season. Diekroeger has soft hands and solid arm strength, and while he's athletic he's just an average runner, which limits his range defensively. He played shortstop as a sophomore and spent most of this spring at second base, though he had moved back to shortstop in recent weeks. He'll likely move to second as a pro, and some scouts say he'll end up as a utility player because his versatility is more valuable than his pure offensive or defensive skill. A team that believes he still has offensive upside will take him in the first five rounds, but he won't see another $2 million bonus offer.
6 134 Chicago Cubs Josh Conway RHP Coastal Carolina S.C. $280,000
Conway was on his way to being an early-round pick before leaving a start against Liberty and needing Tommy John surgery. Against the Flames, scouts were buzzing as Conway was sitting 94-96 early with a nasty slider, but he left in the fourth inning and his fastball was down into the high 80s. Signs point to him being a reliever because of his slight, 6-foot, 175-pound frame and inverted elbow, but when he's healthy he has the makings of two plus pitches. He was 4-1, 2.14 with 50 strikeouts and 18 walks in 55 innings.
7 135 San Diego Padres Walker Lockett RHP Providence HS, Jacksonville Fla. $393,000
Walker Lockett had some buzz as a big, physical righthander who performed this spring, helping lead Jacksonville's Providence High to a state 3A title. He threw a complete-game six-hit shutout against American Heritage High in the title game. Also a first baseman, he'd be a two-way player if he made it to South Florida, where he's committed, but he had pushed his fastball into the low 90s this spring.
8 136 Pittsburgh Pirates Brandon Thomas OF Georgia Tech Ga.
Thomas wasn't heavily scouted as a high school player and didn't earn consistent playing time as a Georgia Tech freshman. He emerged as a regular as a sophomore and ranked as the No. 13 prospect in the Cape Cod League last summer. Thomas has some obvious positives, starting with his big league 6-foot-3, 205-pound frame. A switch-hitter, he's an above-average runner with surprising baserunning savvy, as he's 38-for-44 stealing bases in his career. Thomas' swing from both sides is steady if a bit too strength-oriented and lacking in looseness. Some scouts think he could loosen up with a different conditioning program and develop average power. Thomas has a center-field profile but hasn't played center field at Tech with speedy Kyle Wren (also draft-eligible) playing there instead, pushing Thomas to left field. The team that drafts him will have to project on his ability to play center, or on his power. Center field is the safer bet for Thomas, who should go off the board in the first two rounds.
9 137 Miami Marlins Austin Dean 2B Klein Collins HS, Spring, Texas Texas $367,200
Klein Collins had legitimate state- and national-title aspirations until shortstop C.J. Hinojosa and lefthander Cody Geisler succumbed to shoulder injuries. The only Tigers star who stayed healthy was Dean, who moved from first base to second after Hinojosa went down. One of the top high school hitters in Texas, Dean makes consistent hard contact from the right side of the plate. The 6-foot-1, 185-pounder has the swing and bat speed to hit for both average and power. He has some athleticism and close to average speed, but a lack of arm strength and footwork limits him defensively and knocks him down draft boards a bit. Dean could get a chance at second base, though left field could be his ultimate destination. Like Hinojosa, he's expected to attend Texas rather than turn pro.
10 138 Colorado Rockies Seth Willoughby RHP Xavier Ohio $330,300
Breaking the hamate bone in his left hand may have been the best thing that ever happened to Willoughby. Xavier planned on using him as a two-way player for the second straight season, but when he hurt his hand in the third game of the season he no longer could serve as the Musketeers' cleanup hitter. Once he focused on pitching, his stuff took off. The 6-foot-1, 185-pounder has seen his fastball jump from 87-90 to 92-95 mph and his so-so slider turn into an 88-90 mph cutter that's a legitimate out pitch. He sometimes falls in love with the cutter, costing him fastball command. Through 24 appearances, he had a 1.12 ERA, a 40-11 K-BB ratio in 32 innings and a .170 opponent average. While Willoughby profiles strictly as a reliever, he could move quickly and earn a late-inning role in the majors. He has gone from not being on scouts' follow lists coming into the spring--they saw him more as a senior sign for 2013--to flying up draft boards, perhaps as high as the third round.
11 139 Oakland Athletics B.J. Boyd OF Palo Alto (Calif.) HS Calif. $300,000
Boyd benefited from playing right across the street from Stanford, making it easy for crosscheckers to see Boyd and the Cardinal's many prospects in one trip. Boyd has a compact, muscular frame at 5-foot-10 and 190 pounds. He starred on Palo Alto's football team as a running back, wide receiver and kick returner and his speed is above-average or maybe a little better. He has drawn Division I interest as a football player, but remained uncommitted and scouts believe he is more interested in baseball. His two-sport focus means he'll need instruction and reps at the next level, but he has tools and quick-twitch athleticism that can't be taught. He has put his above-average speed to use this year, stealing 25 bases in his team's 32 games. His speed helps him cover ground in center field, though he'll need to improve his routes, and his arm is below-average right now. He also has the elements to be an above-average hitter from the left side of the plate and projects to hit around 10 home runs annually as a pro.
12 140 New York Mets Branden Kaupe SS Baldwin HS, Wailuku, Hawaii Hawaii $225,000
Kaupe may be the shortest player in this year's draft. He's listed at 5-foot-7, but some believe he's actually a few inches shorter. Kaupe's best tool is his speed. He's a plus runner and may even be a 70 on the 20-80 scouting scale. Kaupe fits best defensively at second base and has good hands and solid-average arm strength. A switch-hitter, Kaupe has excellent bat control and strike-zone awareness. He will be a singles hitter, but does have some gap power and pullside loft. With a commitment to Central Arizona JC, Kaupe was considered signable and should agree to a below-slot deal.
13 141 Chicago White Sox Brandon Brennan RHP Orange Coast (Calif.) CC Calif. $320,800
Brennan had a strong season as a starter for a powerhouse Orange Coast team. His durable 6-foot-4, 220-pound frame gives him a chance to be an innings-eating starter, though he might fit better in relief as a professional. His fastball generally sits around 89-91 mph with solid sink, though he has run it up to 93-94 at times this spring. His slider is inconsistent, sometimes showing decent three-quarters tilt and flashing average or slightly better on occasion, but more often resembles a below-average spinner. He seldom uses his changeup, which has a chance to be serviceable. Brennan is most effective when he stays tall and maintains his high-three-quarters arm slot, but he has a tendency to get rotational in his delivery and drop his slot, causing his stuff to flatten out.
14 142 Cincinnati Reds Jon Moscot RHP Pepperdine Calif. $317,800
Moscot transferred to Pepperdine from Cuesta (Calif.) JC after his freshman year and found a home in the weekend rotation as a sophomore. After tying for the Cape Cod League lead in strikeouts last summer, Moscot carried his momentum over into this spring, going 4-5, 3.39 with 79 strikeouts and 18 walks through 90 innings as the Waves' Friday starter. Moscot is a lanky 6-foot-4, 210-pound strike-thrower with good feel for pitching. Some scouts are turned off by the head whack and slight recoil in his delivery, but the funkiness adds deception, and he has proven durable so far in his career. Moscot pitches with an average fastball with decent sink in the 88-91 mph range, bumping 92 early in games and touching 94 at his best this spring. He throws both an average changeup and a split-finger with some drop, though the two pitches can be difficult to tell apart. His slider is average and can be an out pitch when it's on. His solid stuff across the board, competitiveness and command give him a chance to be a back-of-the-rotation starter in the big leagues.
15 143 Cleveland Indians D'vone McClure OF Jacksonville (Ark.) HS Ark. $765,000
Arkansas' top prep hitter, McClure put himself on the map in 2011 when he won several matchups with eventual Indians supplemental first-rounder Dillon Howard. McClure has consistently hit the top arms he has faced (including Trey Killian this year), and gave up football to sign a baseball-only scholarship offer to Arkansas. Few expect him to get to Fayetteville, though. Some scouts compare McClure to Austin Jackson, while others are unsure if he can stay in center field. Like Jackson, McClure takes a big swing and is just an average runner, at times turning in below-average times to first. He'll have to improve his instincts to play center as well as Jackson, but he should have more power. McClure has excellent bat speed and the handsy looseness scouts look for in hitters, and many project him to hit for plus power. Teams that aren't as high on McClure say he has an inconsistent motor and modest speed. Even teams that give him a chance to stay in center realize they are mostly buying the bat.
16 144 Washington Nationals Brandon Miller OF Samford Ala. $100,000
Miller started his college career at Georgia Tech as a catcher, then transferred to a junior college before winding up at Samford. He priced himself out of last year's draft and will likely have to lower his bonus expectations as a senior. He has two plus tools with righthanded power (36 home runs the last two seasons, including 20 this spring to tie for the Division I lead) and a 65 arm on the 20-80 scouting scale. He's made more contact this spring but isn't a big bet to hit for average. Scouts had a chance to work him out at catcher, but he hasn't caught in a game this spring.
17 145 Toronto Blue Jays Tucker Donahue RHP Stetson Fla. $5,000
After an excellent junior season, Donahue slumped as a senior at Stetson. He had split time between the rotation and bullpen in 2011, but he was a full-time reliever this year. At his best, Donahue has good life on his sinking fastball, which generally sits at 90-92 mph. As a reliever, Donahue doesn't have to rely much on his fringy slider and changeup.
18 146 Los Angeles Dodgers Justin Chigbogu 1B Raytown (Mo.) South HS Mo. $250,000
Before this spring, Chigbogu was known mostly as an all-state defensive end. But scouts who went to see Raytown South outfielder Bralin Jackson came away marveling about Chigbogu's massive power potential. He probably would need two years in Rookie ball at this point, but he's a 6-foot-2, 230-pound athlete who crushes balls from the left side of the plate. While he's raw, he doesn't strike out excessively. He runs well for his size and perhaps could play left field, though he has a below-average arm. A Heartland (Ill.) CC recruit, he could be signable after the 10th round.
19 147 Los Angeles Angels Alex Yarbrough 2B Mississippi Miss. $302,800
Yarbrough hopes to join a parade of Mississippi infielders who have reached the majors in recent years, from Matt Tolbert to Cam Coghlan to Zach Cozart. He's closer to Coghlan as an offense-first infielder with modest athleticism and excellent hands, and he's hit his way into consideration for the first five rounds. His hands play on both sides of the ball; Yarbrough has excellent bat control and manipulates the barrel well. He has natural hand-eye coordination and a patient approach that helped him hit .389 through mid-May in Southeastern Conference play, second-best in the conference. Coaches consider him a calming presence defensively. He doesn't get to a ton of groundballs but makes the plays on balls he gets to, with no errors in league play and just two overall. He also showed solid pop in the Cape Cod League last summer, ranking second on Cotuit behind Victor Roache in home runs and doubles, and figures to hit his share of doubles. Yarbrough's arm strength is sufficient for second base and turning the double play; he's a fringy to below-average runner. He'll have to hit to be a regular, but plenty of scouts think he'll do just that.
20 148 San Francisco Giants Steven Okert LHP Oklahoma Okla. $270,000
The Brewers drafted Okert after each of his two seasons at Grayson County (Texas) CC, in the 43rd round in 2010 and in the 33rd round in 2011. If they want him this June, they're going to have to pull the trigger much earlier. Okert has blossomed after transferring to Oklahoma and moving to the bullpen a month into this season. A fastball that sat at 88-91 mph a year ago now resides at 90-93, consistently touches 95 and peaks at 97. He has added velocity to his slider, and it's death on lefthanded hitters. Some scouts think it's still worth giving Okert a chance to start in pro ball, though he may lack the changeup and command to make that work. They love his effortless delivery and note that he has firmed up his 6-foot-2, 219-pound frame.
21 149 Atlanta Braves Justin Black OF Billings (Mont.) West HS Mont. $300,000
Black's best tool is his speed. He has an athletic build at 6-foot-1 and 185 pounds and is a well above-average runner. He can track balls down in center field, but needs to work on his routes and has below-average arm strength. Being from Montana, Black is understandably raw, especially at the plate. He looked overmatched during most of his at-bats on the summer showcase circuit and scouts wonder if he'll ever put things together enough to hit. Since Montana doesn't have high school baseball, Black spent some time this spring playing with the Langley Blaze travel team from British Columbia and he showed improvement, but he's definitely going to be a project at the next level. Black has a solid commitment to Nebraska and since he's already 19, he'll be a draft-eligible sophomore in 2014.
22 150 St. Louis Cardinals Alex Mejia SS Arizona Ariz. $250,000
Mejia hit well for Arizona this year. He has a line-drive stroke with an all-field approach. Mejia is an average runner with good footwork and soft hands. His pure arm strength is below average, but he has a quick release, which makes it play up. Mejia could play shortstop some, but he profiles best as a utility player in the big leagues. Mejia's cousin is Brewers righthander Marco Estrada.
23 151 Boston Red Sox Ty Buttrey RHP Providence HS, Charlotte N.C. $1,300,000
Providence High has churned out several prospects in recent years, including Clemson's Richie Shaffer and North Carolina State catcher Brett Austin, and scouts were back this spring to see a tall, projectable righty in Buttrey. An Arkansas signee, Buttrey is 6-foot-5, 205 pounds and had early buzz this spring after touching 96 mph with his fastball. His velocity dropped off a bit later in the spring, attributable to him being used as a reliever between starts, and had been sitting 90-93 mph. Buttrey works quickly, throwing 6 1/3 innings in a start in April that lasted less than 90 minutes. His second pitch is a hard knuckle-curve that has downer action and sits 77-79 mph. He also mixes in a changeup that shows good fade at times. Already 19 years old, Buttrey is one of the older players in the high school class.
24 152 Tampa Bay Rays Nolan Gannon RHP Santa Fe Christian HS, Solana Beach, Calif. Calif. $202,500
Gannon, a San Diego State signee, is similar to Conor Baits--a bid-bodied righthander with some arm strength. Like Baits, the 6-foot-5, 195-pound Gannon hasn't distinguished himself this spring, but he has flashed potential. Gannon works in the 87-90 range, bumping 91, with some run. His 73-78 mph curveball has promising downer action at times and is slurvy at others, but the pitch is improving and could become an average offering. He also has a serviceable changeup that needs improvement. Scouts question Gannon's delivery, which features a high front side, a short stride, a lack of extension out front and some recoil. His stuff could jump if he improves his mechanics.
25 153 Arizona Diamondbacks Chuck Taylor OF Mansfield Timberview HS, Arlington, Texas Texas $250,000
Taylor has plus speed that served him well as a quarterback at Timberview HS. He's a true center fielder and a basestealing threat, though his bat needs some time to develop. He's just 5-foot-7 but has some strength in his 185-pound frame. The switch-hitter has committed to Texas-Arlington.
26 154 Detroit Tigers Drew VerHagen RHP Vanderbilt Tenn. $392,500
VerHagen has found success at Vanderbilt, his third school in three seasons. He played at Oklahoma as a freshman and helped Navarro (Texas) JC win the NJCAA World Series last season before coming on down the stretch as a junior for the Commodores. Scouts don't like his arm action, which hinders the consistency of his breaking ball. VerHagen's positives start with his 6-foot-6, 225-pound frame and good fastball, which consistently hits 95 as a starter or as a reliever. His lack of a breaking ball results in a weak strikeout rate (34 in 62 innings).
27 155 Milwaukee Brewers Tyler Wagner RHP Utah Utah $250,000
Wagner will likely be the first player drafted out of Utah. He has a solid pitcher's build at 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds. Used as the Utes' closer, Wagner didn't have a great year statistically, but his stuff was strong all season. His fastball sits in the 91-93 mph range and he touches 95-96. He flashes an above-average slider and has a good changeup, though he doesn't need it much.
28 156 Texas Rangers Alec Asher RHP Polk County (Fla.) JC Fla. $150,000
Asher was a 23rd-round pick of the Giants out of high school in 2010, and was set to sign for $80,000 when his contract was voided due to a bone chip in his elbow. Asher, who had Tommy John surgery when he was 14, pitched at Santa Fe (Fla.) JC in 2011, then moved on to Polk County this spring, helping the school to its first Junior College World Series berth. He was named top pitcher of the state juco tournament after throwing 7 2/3 innings on three days' rest in the championship game. He has dominated juco competition (12-1, 1.39, 113-24 SO-BB ratio in 104 IP) working off a hard 89-94 mph fastball that consistently reaches 95 and has touched 97. He locates the pitch well and has shown an ability to pitch to both sides of the plate with it. Asher has gotten leaner since high school, and his 6-foot-4, 220-pound frame helps him maintain his velocity deep into games. None of his secondary pitches excites scouts. His curveball is more of an early-count pitch, and he doesn't regularly throw his decent slider for strikes. He hasn't needed much of a changeup. Asher's medical history pushes him down some boards, but the Division-II Tampa commitment is considered signable.
29 157 New York Yankees Corey Black RHP Faulkner (Ala.) Ala. $215,000
Black has some surface similarities to 2004 No. 1 overall pick Matt Bush, starting with his 5-foot-11, 170-pound frame. He's slighter than Bush, who like Black first attracted attention at Mission Bay High in San Diego as a two-way player. Black wound up missing much of his junior season with Tommy John surgery and went to San Diego State, getting more time as a pitcher than a hitter. He pitched 121 innings in two seasons and went 4-5, 3.56 with 78 strikeouts and 42 walks in 73 innings as a sophomore, but he was taken off the Aztecs roster in the fall. He wound up showcasing himself at the Arizona Fall Classic and transferred to NAIA Faulkner so he would be eligible to pitch in 2012. Black has a quick arm and can run his fastball up to 94-96 mph at times, and he should sit there in a future bullpen role. Both his slider and changeup have their moments; his changeup developed into a reliable second pitch, with his breaking ball remaining inconsistent. Black's fastball should get him in the first five rounds despite his medical history and size.
30 158 Philadelphia Phillies Chris Serritella 1B Southern Illinois Ill. $200,000
Serritella was the state of Illinois' best college position prospect in 2011, but he missed the entire season after breaking his right wrist in an intrasquad game. After the Royals drafted him in the 31st round last June, he opted to play in the summer Prospect League, where he won MVP honors and the home run (15) crown. A redshirt junior, Serritella has continued to produce this spring, leading the Missouri Valley Conference with a .394 average in the regular season, ranking second with 11 homers and carrying a 21-game hitting streak into the MVC tournament. In a down year for college bats, he offers big lefthanded power. The 6-foot-3, 210-pounder doesn't always make consistent contact with his big swing, and some scouts think he punishes mistakes and wonder if he can handle quality velocity, but it's still hard to walk away from his pop. He isn't much of a runner and needs to improve defensively, but he has the hands to get the job done at first base.