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Pick Overall Team Player Position School State Bonus
1 1209 Houston Astros Joseph Shaw RHP Ennis (Texas) HS Texas
2 1210 Minnesota Twins Brad Schreiber RHP Purdue Ind.
3 1211 Seattle Mariners James Kaprielian RHP Beckman HS, Irvine, Calif. Calif.
Kaprielian's feel for pitching and projection made him an intriguing sleeper coming into the spring, but no one's sleeping on him after a stellar spring, which has included two no-hitters. Kaprielian is a standout athlete who was an aggressive linebacker for the Beckman football team, and his mean streak translates well to the mound. He attacks hitters with an 88-91 mph fastball that bumps 92 and has some sink. He has good fastball command for a high school pitcher, in spite of a herky-jerky delivery that can throw off his timing occasionally. He commands his 12-to-6 curveball even better than his fastball, and it projects as a plus pitch. He also shows feel for a sinking, fading changeup, and it could be an average to plus offering. If Kaprielian showed a bit more velocity he would be a first-round pick, but that may come in three years. He's committed to UCLA and his signability may cause him to drop in the draft.
4 1212 Baltimore Orioles Ray Hunnicutt OF Central HS, Hampshire, Ill. Ill. $100,000
5 1213 Kansas City Royals Taylor Kaczmarek RHP South Mountain (Ariz.) CC Ariz.
6 1214 Chicago Cubs Jacob Rogers 1B Mount Olive (N.C.) N.C.
7 1215 San Diego Padres Terrance Owens LHP Toledo Ohio
8 1216 Pittsburgh Pirates Zarley Zalewski OF Valley HS, New Kensington, Pa. Pa.
Western Pennsylvania doesn't churn out a lot of high school prospects, but each year there seems to be one guy that a team is willing to take a chance on in the middle rounds. Zalewski might be the one for 2012. He's a switch-hitter with a good frame at 6-foot-2, 180 pounds. He has some looseness to his swing and feel for handling the bat. He's a tough profile defensively as he has a fringy arm and doesn't run well. He is committed to Kent State.
9 1217 Miami Marlins Alex Polston SS Albert HS, Midwest City, Okla. Okla.
10 1218 Colorado Rockies Brandon Montalvo C Langham Creek HS, Houston Texas
11 1219 Oakland Athletics David Olmedo-Barrera SS St. Francis HS, Mountain View, Calif. Calif.
12 1220 New York Mets David Gonzalez RHP Gainesville (Ga.) HS Ga.
Scouts like Gonzalez quite a bit, and the Georgia signee had a good spring, winning his first 11 decisions for a team that was 31-0 until losing in the state semifinals. Gonzalez touches 93 with his fastball, which usually parks in the 88-92 range. He's shown a feel for spinning a breaking ball, flashing above-average sliders and curveballs as well as a chance to keep the pitches separate. His biggest issue is his lack of projection. At 6-foot-1, 210 pounds, Gonzalez is physically mature. He could add a changeup but likely is what he is in terms of stuff. Scouts are in on the makeup but have to buy him away from the Bulldogs.
13 1221 Chicago White Sox Sam Mason RHP Beverly Hills (Calif.) HS Calif.
14 1222 Cincinnati Reds Rafael Pineda RHP Texas A&M Texas
15 1223 Cleveland Indians Anthony Hawkins OF Fresno HS Calif.
16 1224 Washington Nationals Ricky Gutierrez OF American Senior HS, Miami Fla.
17 1225 Toronto Blue Jays Jose Cuas SS Grand Street Campus HS, Brooklyn N.Y.
18 1226 Los Angeles Dodgers Pat Stover OF Santa Clara Calif.
Stover was a 17th-round pick out of high school by the Athletics and, even with an inconsistent season, he should go higher this time around. With Stover, scouts are buying the bat--and after missing most of last season to injury, the redshirt sophomore was pressing early this season. His bat heated up a little later in the year and he was hitting just .297/.377/.427 through 192 at-bats. The tools are there--Stover has an upright stance with a good swing that produces above-average raw power to all fields. He shows above-average bat speed but is working on pitch recognition. Stover has a pro frame at 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds and is an average runner. Despite his athleticism, Stover will be limited to left field. He is a rough defender who gets bad reads on balls, is hesitant to dive for balls and has average arm strength. Just like Patrick Wisdom at St. Mary's, scouts believe in Stover's athleticism and track record for hitting and he'll still be drafted highly enough to consider signing.
19 1227 Los Angeles Angels Blake Amaral OF Hawaii Pacific Hawaii
20 1228 San Francisco Giants Tyler Ferguson RHP Clovis (Calif.) West HS Calif.
Ferguson already has an imposing frame at 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds. He was up to 94 mph early in the year, but his stuff dropped off as the year wore on and was more in the 88-90 mph range. His slider wasn't consistent, though it has shown flashes of being a plus pitch. There's also some effort to his delivery. Ferguson could be a tough sign, as he's committed to Vanderbilt and reportedly has aspirations of being a doctor.
21 1229 Atlanta Braves Jimmy Herget RHP Jefferson HS, Tampa Fla.
22 1230 St. Louis Cardinals Ian Rice C Madison Academy, Huntsville, Ala. Ala.
23 1231 Boston Red Sox Kevin Heller OF Amherst (Mass.) Mass.
24 1232 Tampa Bay Rays Nick Sawyer RHP Howard (Texas) JC Texas
Sawyer was 5-foot-11 and topped out at 91 mph in high school, and while he hasn't gotten any taller in two years at Howard, he has added some serious velocity. The 185-pounder has a lightning-fast arm that produces fastballs that sit at 92-93 mph and peak at 96. He gets too concerned with radar guns however, throwing at maximum effort and losing command. He also throws a hard slider and profiles strictly as a reliever. Sawyer has been drafted twice previously, by the Reds in the 37th round in 2010 and by the Rangers in the 23rd round last year. He originally planned on transferring to Oklahoma in 2012 before returning to Howard, and he'll play at Oregon in 2013 if he doesn't turn pro.
25 1233 Arizona Diamondbacks Zane Hemond RHP Montrose (Colo.) HS Colo.
26 1234 Detroit Tigers Ryan Longstreth LHP Central Michigan Mich.
27 1235 Milwaukee Brewers Chucky Vazquez C American Senior HS, Miami Fla.
28 1236 Texas Rangers Paul Schwendel RHP Emory (Ga.) Ga.
29 1237 New York Yankees Sherman Lacrus OF/C Western Oklahoma State JC Okla.
30 1238 Philadelphia Phillies Eric Hanhold RHP East Lake HS, Palm Harbor, Fla. Fla.
Eric Hanhold has a projectable 6-foot-4 frame and has shown a fastball in the 90-92 mph range. He's a Florida recruit who was considered a tough sign. The same is true of Florida State outfield recruit Jamal Martin, a 5-foot-9 sparkplug whose righthanded bat and above-average speed should make him a good college player. He has some bat speed but is a tough profile.