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Pick Overall Team Player Position School State Bonus
1 159 Houston Astros Andrew Aplin OF Arizona State Ariz. $220,000
Aplin sets himself apart because he's one of the best defensive center fielders on the West Coast. Even though he has just fringe-average foot speed, Aplin gets great jumps and always takes proper routes to balls. He has a strong, accurate arm. Aplin has a 6-foot, 200-pound frame and some strength in his lefthanded swing, but he's a below-average hitter with gap power. He has good bat control, as he's struck out just 38 times over 446 college at-bats. Unless Aplin makes strides with his bat, his profile is that of a fourth outfielder.
2 160 Minnesota Twins Tyler Duffey RHP Rice Texas $267,100
J.T. Chargois is Rice's main closer and projects as a top-two-rounds selection, but it's Duffey who's having a better season in the Owls' bullpen. Entering the Conference USA tournament, Duffey had a superior ERA (1.84 to 2.27), strikeout rate (11.7 per nine innings to 8.8) and opponent average (.172 to .214). He doesn't have Chargois' pure stuff, but Duffey has an 88-92 mph fastball that touches 94 and backs it up with an average slider. He has the makings of a changeup and a durable 6-foot-3, 210-pound frame, so a pro team could give him a chance to start. Scouts also love the way he competes.
3 161 Seattle Mariners Chris Taylor SS Virginia Va. $500,000
Despite being the 3-A high school player of the year in Virginia in 2009, Taylor went undrafted and saw limited action as a freshman for the Cavaliers. He started all 68 games for Virginia as a sophomore, however, solidifying himself at shortstop after spending the first four games in the outfield. He had been up and down this spring and was hitting .279/.374/.448 in 201 at-bats. Taylor doesn't have one standout tool, but he gets attention with his defense and speed. He has a chance to stay at shortstop with good hands, a strong arm and good range, as he is a plus runner. The question is how much he will hit. He tends to stick with an inside-out approach and doesn't let loose as much as scouts would like. He has 21 extra-base hits, but he's a gap hitter as his home run power is below-average. He would be a useful utility player, but a team that thinks he can provide solid offense at shortstop could take him in the first four rounds.
4 162 Baltimore Orioles Colin Poche LHP Marcus HS, Flower Mound, Texas Texas
Poche is a 6-foot-3, 190-pound lefthander who's mostly projection right now. He usually pitches at 86-88 mph and touches 91 with his fastball. His curveball and changeup have promise, and scouts like his athleticism and ability to locate his pitches. He has committed to Arkansas.
5 163 Kansas City Royals Chad Johnson C Galesburg (Ill.) HS Ill. $340,000
Johnson may not have a present average tool, but he could develop into a catcher with solid tools across the board. The 6-foot-1, 180-pounder has a nice lefthanded swing, and while he needs more strength, he did homer into the right-field seats at Busch Stadium when Galesburg played there in April. His slightly below-average arm strength plays up because of his quick release and he shows the aptitude to become a good receiver. The Illinois State recruit is considered one of Illinois' more signable high school prospects, and crosscheckers were coming to see him late in the spring.
6 164 Chicago Cubs Anthony Prieto LHP Americas HS, El Paso Texas $200,000
Prieto barely pitched in high school until his junior season and joined his first travel team last summer, when he reportedly reached the mid-90s at a tournament in Phoenix. Scouts haven't seen that kind of velocity out of the 5-foot-11, 180-pounder this season, when he missed the first six weeks with a forearm strain. Since returning, Prieto mostly has dealt fastballs at 88-90 mph. Though he's not physical, he generates his heat with an effortless delivery that allows him to throw strikes with three pitches. Both his changeup and curveball show promise. He has signed with Howard (Texas) JC.
7 165 San Diego Padres Mallex Smith OF Santa Fe (Fla.) JC Fla. $375,000
Five-foot-9 speedster Mallex Smith was a 13th-round pick last year and is essentially the same player this spring. Now he has added a year of junior-college performance, hitting .387/.472/.473 for Santa Fe (Fla.) JC while adding 31 stolen bases in 37 attempts. He's an 80 runner with some rawness to his game that shows up most on defense. Smith lacks the strength to drive the ball consistently now and has to get stronger to keep pitchers honest at the pro level. He has a below-average arm.
8 166 Pittsburgh Pirates Adrian Sampson RHP Bellevue (Wash.) CC Wash. $250,000
Sampson was a highly ranked prospect in high school but needed Tommy John surgery during his senior year, so he didn't get drafted and wound up going the junior college route instead of honoring his commitment to Oregon. Sampson's brother, Julian, spent four years in the Phillies system. Adrian was a 16th-round pick by the Marlins last year, but did not sign and projects to go significantly higher this time around. His fastball has been better than it was last year. He generally has been sitting in the low 90s and touching 94 mph, though he was more in the 87-91 mph in some stretches. His best pitch is his curveball, which is already an above-average pitch with sharp, late break, and he's showing improved feel for his changeup. Sampson pitches with above-average control and command and has the confidence to throw any of his pitches in any count. He is again committed to Oregon but is considered more likely to sign this year.
9 167 Miami Marlins Austin Nola SS Louisiana State La. $75,000
Austin Nola has been drafted twice already, never higher than the 31st round. He was playing at a higher level as a senior, having played with younger brother Aaron, a righthander who should be a high draft pick in 2014. The 6-foot, 188-pound shortstop plays with confidence, especially on defense, where his hands are sure and his feet surprisingly nimble considering his below-average speed. He lacks impact with his bat, though he has improved his plate discipline and contact ability slightly over the course of his career. He's a career .296 hitter who gives consistent effort and performance while lacking upside.
10 168 Colorado Rockies Matt Wessinger SS St. John's N.Y. $75,000
After a doubleheader in which he committed six errors at shortstop, Wessinger moved over to second base and settled in defensively. He emerged as St. John's most dynamic offensive player and was hitting .348/.442/.491 with six home runs heading into regional play. He's a scrapper with a plus arm, can steal bases and a favorite among scouts.
11 169 Oakland Athletics Max Muncy 1B Baylor Texas $240,000
Muncy had one of the best bats among Texas high schoolers in 2009, when the Indians took a flier on him in the 49th round, and three years later he has one of the best among college players in this draft. With a short lefthanded stroke and a disciplined approach, he barrels balls consistently. He has proven he can hit with wood, too, turning in a pair of solid summers in the Cape Cod League. Muncy has a strong build at 6-foot-1 and 205 pounds and shows pop to his pull side, though scouts hesitate to project him as having more than average home run power. That could be a problem if he's limited to first base, where he has started all but one game in his three years at Baylor. Muncy has decent speed and athleticism, enough to consider trying him at another position. The Bears gave him a look at second base during fall ball, and he gave catching a shot in high school.
12 170 New York Mets Brandon Welch RHP Palm Beach State (Fla.) JC Fla. $200,000
Welch was primarily an outfielder in high school, though he closed from time to time, and he played both ways as a freshman last year at Daytona State (Fla.) JC, posting a 5.68 ERA. He transferred to Palm Beach State JC as a sophomore, moving into the rotation and going 4-3, 2.83 with 79 strikeouts and 13 walks in 76 innings. The athletic, quick-armed Welch generated buzz early in the spring, showing one of the liveliest arms in Florida and sitting around 92-94 mph and touching 96 with his fastball. The separating factor was a power slider that at times reached 84-87 mph, with depth. With all the talent in the state's high school and college ranks, though, scouts had a hard time bearing down on juco players, and when they checked in at the state tournament in May, Welch's velocity had dipped into the 87-90 range. Welch, a Florida Atlantic signee, is a bit undersized at 6-foot-1, 185 pounds, so most scouts see him as a reliever at the pro level.
13 171 Chicago White Sox Nick Basto SS Archbishop McCarthy HS, Southwest Ranches, Fla. Fla. $250,000
The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Basto was a three-year starter for a three-time state championship team at Archbishop McCarthy. He's a broad-shouldered athlete with good feet and an average arm. He could handle shortstop at the college level but profiles better at second or third as a pro, depending on the development of his bat. He'll need to show more raw power for scouts to see him at third. He's ticketed for Florida International.
14 172 Cincinnati Reds Mason Felt LHP Hebron Christian Academy, Dacula, Ga. Ga. $317,800
Felt had draft helium, and the Oregon State signee was higher on some scouting boards. His fastball has touched 92 mph and his curveball has good shape, leading some to grade it as a future plus pitch. Other scouts don't see as much projection for the 6-foot-3, 190-pounder, who generally sits at 88-90 mph and throws his curve in the 69-72 range.
15 173 Cleveland Indians Dylan Baker RHP Western Nevada JC Nev. $200,000
Baker has taken an uncharted path as a prospect. He went to Douglas High in Juneau, Alaska, before pitching at Tacoma (Wash.) CC last year and then winding up at Western Nevada this year. Baker has a good pitcher's frame at 6-foot-3 and 213 pounds and has put up fantastic numbers as the ace for the Wildcats, though scouts see him in the bullpen. His fastball sits in the 90-95 mph range, and his breaking ball shows flashes of being a plus pitch, though scouts would like for it to be more of a true slider. He mixes in an occasional changeup but is more of a two-pitch guy, which limits his role. Scouts don't love his delivery because he doesn't stay in line to the plate and shows effort, which limits his command and would seem to further suggest a future in the bullpen.
16 174 Washington Nationals Spencer Kieboom C Clemson S.C. $200,000
Scouts typically lament the amount of catching in any one draft class and this year is no different. But a team that thinks Kieboom can handle the bat may roll the dice on him as he is a sound defender with a good arm.
17 175 Toronto Blue Jays Brad Delatte LHP Nicholls State La. $5,000
Brad Delatte was one of Nicholls State's better pitchers with a fastball in the 90-92 mph range and solid slider. Nevertheless, he pitched almost exclusively in middle relief, giong 0-2, 2.86 as a junior with 35 strikeouts and 18 walks in 35 innings.
18 176 Los Angeles Dodgers Ross Stripling RHP Texas A&M Texas $130,000
Stripling was mostly a football and basketball player in high school in Texas before breaking his left leg as a senior. Bored during his rehab, he began fooling around on the mound with a cast on his leg, then went 14-0 in his first season as a pitcher, earning an academic scholarship and walking on at Texas A&M. He tied for the NCAA Division I lead with 14 wins and helped the Aggies reach the College World Series in 2011, then returned for his senior season after failing to sign with the Rockies as a ninth-rounder. On the day (May 12) he was scheduled to graduate with a degree in finance, he threw a no-hitter against San Diego State. The scouting report remains the same on Stripling. He's an athletic 6-foot-3, 190-pounder who works at 88-91 mph with his fastball and gets outs with his 12-to-6 curveball. He uses an over-the-top delivery, which he repeats well, and has a decent changeup. He has the stuff and command to make it as a starter, and he's intriguing as a reliever because he hit 94 mph and featured a sharper curve when he came out of the bullpen in past seasons.
19 177 Los Angeles Angels Mark Sappington RHP Rockhurst (Mo.) Mo. $218,000
Sappington threw in the mid-80s as a high school senior in Peculiar, Mo., so he was lightly recruited and wound up at NCAA Division II Rockhurst. In three years with the Hawks, he has developed into a 6-foot-4, 220-pounder whose fastball now operates at 92-93 mph and peaks at 96. He could have even more velocity if he shifts to the bullpen in pro ball, as most scouts believe he will. They love Sappington's body and arm strength but think the rest of his package fits best in a relief role. His delivery will need a lot of work, as it features a lot of twists and turns and effort. Better mechanics would improve the consistency of his slider, which shows the makings of becoming a solid second offering, and his command. He throws strikes but will need to improve the location of his pitches. Sappington earns kudos for his makeup and willingness to learn.
20 178 San Francisco Giants Ty Blach LHP Creighton Neb. $224,500
Blach has been a steady starter at Creighton for three years, claiming a role in the weekend rotation as a freshman, winning 10 games in 2011 and leading NCAA Division I with 18 regular-season starts this spring. Though his stuff hasn't been quite as crisp as it was a year ago, he finished the regular season with a streak of 18 innings without an earned run. Blach's stuff isn't overwhelming, though in a down year for college lefthanders he's attractive as a southpaw who commands three average pitches. His fastball sits at 89-92 mph and occasionally hits 94. His changeup is more effective than his breaking ball, a hybrid between a curveball and a slider that usually arrives at 80-82 mph. There isn't room for projection in his 6-foot-1, 200-pound frame, so he's pretty much a finished projection, but as a potential No. 4 starter he could come off the board around the fifth round.
21 179 Atlanta Braves Blake Brown OF Missouri Mo. $222,000
Brown has one of the best packages of tools in the Big 12 Conference, but he doesn't always play up to them. The 6-foot-1, 185-pounder has plus speed and raw righthanded power to go with solid arm strength and center-field defense. The question is how much he'll hit in pro ball. He has a hesitant approach at the plate, struggles against breaking balls and whiffed 53 times in 52 regular-season games. He also needs to get more aggressive to get the most out of his physical ability, which remains tantalizing enough that he could go as high as the fifth or sixth round.
22 180 St. Louis Cardinals Cory Jones RHP JC of the Canyons (Calif.) Calif. $220,300
Jones started his collegiate career at Pepperdine before transferring to Canyons, where he has shortened his arm stroke and improved his alignment by throwing across his body less. His arm strength has caught scouts' attention, making him a candidate to be a top-five round pick. At his best, Jones has touched 95-97 mph, but he works more consistently in the 88-93 range. His fastball command is spotty at best. His breaking ball is inconsistent, sometimes looking like a slightly above-average power curveball in the 80-83 mph range, sometimes getting slurvish, and usually rating below-average. He has limited feel for a changeup, and he profiles best as a reliever.
23 181 Boston Red Sox Mike Augliera RHP Binghamton N.Y. $25,000
Augliera is a 6-foot, 200-pound senior that has a fastball in the high 80s and shows feel for a slider. While he doesn't light up radar guns, he does paint corners. In 83 innings, he went 6-7, 3.16 and struck out 83 while walking just seven.
24 182 Tampa Bay Rays Bralin Jackson OF Raytown (Mo.) South HS Mo. $322,500
Scouts generally aren't enamored with position players who throw lefthanded and bat righthanded, but they made an exception for Jackson, who has a nice array of tools. His most impressive is his bat speed, which gives him plus power potential. The 6-foot-1, 185-pounder also has solid speed and arm strength, and a chance to play center field if he improves his routes. Jackson's athleticism stands out more than his instincts and he's raw at the plate. Most scouts see him as a player who will need two years in Rookie ball, which could drop him far enough in the draft to drive him to the University of Missouri.
25 183 Arizona Diamondbacks Ronnie Freeman C Kennesaw State Ga. $200,000
Freeman is a solid player who benefits from position scarcity. Competent college catchers get pushed up draft boards, and Freeman has shown he is competent. Offensively, he's more than that, showing good strength in his average-sized 6-foot-1, 190-pound frame. Freeman slugged .622 as a sophomore, adding 20 doubles to his 10 home runs, and thrived with wood last summer, batting .349 with six homers in the New England Collegiate League. He has been pitched around a bit more as a junior but still ranked sixth in the Atlantic Sun Conference in batting. He has a sound swing, above-average raw power and some feel for hitting. Defensively, Freeman has average arm strength and soft hands, but his stiff actions and lack of agility tend to betray him. He had thrown out 26 percent of basestealers this season.
26 184 Detroit Tigers Joe Rogers LHP Central Florida Fla. $211,900
Rogers identifies Giants closer Brian Wilson as one of his favorite players, and he's had a Wilson-esque career at Central Florida, with plenty of saves but also bouts of inconsistency. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound southpaw was much more reliable as a junior, throwing more strikes with two pitches that earn 55 grades from scouts. He has an 88-92 mph fastball with lift that he commands much better than he did in the past, and a curveball he can bury or throw for strikes. Rogers has flashed a changeup, and some scouts would love to see him give starting a chance because his arm is clean and he repeats his delivery.
27 185 Milwaukee Brewers Damien Magnifico RHP Oklahoma Okla. $285,000
There may not be a pitcher in the entire draft who lights up radar guns as consistently as Magnifico, who regularly hits 100 mph. He reached triple digits 22 times in an April 10 start against Arkansas, working at 96-97 in the ninth and popping a 99 mph heater on his 103rd and final pitch. The question is what else he will bring to the table. His fastball lacks life and opponents see it and hit it well. He had just 27 strikeouts and a .282 opponent average through his first 43 innings this spring. Six-foot-2 and 195 pounds, Magnifico has made adjustments this spring. He'll flash a two-seam fastball with less velocity and more sink, and he's made progress with a cutter/slider, though it still grades as a well below-average pitch. He'll mix in a changeup, but it doesn't keep hitters off his fastball. A fifth-round pick by the Mets out of high school in 2009, Magnifico redshirted at Howard (Texas) JC in 2010 while battling a stress fracture in his elbow that required the insertion of screws. As a draft-eligible sophomore, he has more leverage than most college prospects.
28 186 Texas Rangers Preston Beck OF Texas-Arlington Texas $207,900
Two years after producing No. 10 overall pick Michael Choice, Texas-Arlington has another power-hitting outfielder. Beck can't match Choice's sheer pop, but he offers plenty from the left side of the plate and is a better pure hitter. With two weeks left in the regular season, Beck paced the Southland Conference in both homers (nine) and RBIs (50). The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder proved his ability to hit for power and average with wood bats last summer in the Cape Cod League before leaving with a hip injury that required surgery. An average runner with a plus arm, Beck fits comfortably in right field. He was clocked at 94 mph throwing from outfield during the Mavericks' scout day last fall. He stands a good chance of becoming one of the highest-drafted players in Texas-Arlington history, likely coming in behind Choice and Hunter Pence (64th overall, 2004).
29 187 New York Yankees Rob Refsnyder 2B Arizona Ariz. $205,900
Born in South Korea, Refsnyder went to Laguna Hills (Calif.) High, where he was teammates with Royals lefthander John Lamb. Refsnyder bats and throws righthanded and has a 6-foot, 200-pound frame. Scouts like his bat and think he could be an average hitter. He's always hitting--he holds his high school record for the highest career batting average and is a career .341 hitter over his three years with the Wildcats. The problem scouts have is that Refsnyder just doesn't profile as a corner outfielder in pro ball because he has a flat swing that's geared more for doubles than home runs. He's an average runner with an average arm, so scouts who like the bat are interested in getting Refsnyder to move back to second base, a position he played in high school.
30 188 Philadelphia Phillies Andrew Pullin OF Centralia (Wash.) HS Wash. $203,900
Like Drew Vettleson before him, Pullin is a former switch-pitcher who became a prospect as a corner outfielder. Pullin doesn't have Vettleson's bat, but he's no slouch. He has a unique setup, in that his bat points back toward the backstop in his stance, but once everything gets going he shows good hitting mechanics and a smooth stroke that is in the hitting zone a long time. Pullin is an advanced hitter with some raw power potential, even though he's just 6 feet and 185 pounds. He's an average runner and has an average arm, so he's limited to a corner outfield spot and doesn't fit the typical profile. Pullin plays in a weak high school conference, so it was tough for teams to get a good look at him this spring. Scouts believe he wants to sign, but if he doesn't he'll head to Oregon.