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Pick Overall Team Player Position School State Bonus
1 219 Houston Astros Preston Tucker OF Florida Fla. $100,000
Tucker has anchored the Gators' lineup since he stepped on campus. He's moved to right field from first base for much of the last three seasons and has improved his defense in right to become an adequate college defender. After a slow start to 2011, Tucker came on and finished among the nation's top 20 in home runs despite the bat changes. His slow start and high bonus demands helped push Tucker down to the 16th round (Rockies). He didn't sign and returned for his senior year. Tucker is a known commodity, a thick-bodied, strong power hitter with limited value beyond his bat. While he has some arm strength, his lack of mobility in his 6-foot, 220-pound frame prompts most scouts to see him as at best a left fielder, if not a first baseman or DH. He's a 20 runner, and his bat speed is just average, so he doesn't always catch up to premium velocity. His Cape Cod League track record with wood bats is poor. What he has is present strength, a feel for hitting (he's about to break Mark Ellis' Florida career hits mark) and plus raw power. At worst, Tucker should anchor a Triple-A lineup down the line and get some big league cups of coffee thanks to his bat. At best, he could be a second-division regular in the Brian Daubach mold.
2 220 Minnesota Twins Jorge Fernandez C International Baseball Academy, Ceiba, P.R. P.R. $150,000
Scouts believe Fernandez is a late bloomer who will add strength to his wiry, 6-foot-2, 185-pound build. He's an intriguing athlete because it's rare to see a player who plays center field and also catches. Fernandez runs well for his size, but isn't a burner and if he adds strength it would likely take away the option of playing center field. Going behind the plate full-time would require some work, but Fernandez obviously moves well and has at least an average arm. He's been switch-hitting for the past couple years and shows a smooth, handsy swing, especially from the left side, and could hit for average power once he matures. Fernandez is committed to Alabama State.
3 221 Seattle Mariners Taylor Ard 1B Washington State Wash. $149,700
The third time's a charm. Ard has been drafted twice before--in 2010 out of Mt. Hood (Ore.) CC in the 35th round by the Marlins and last year out of Washington State in the 25th round by the Red Sox. A redshirt junior, Ard is old for the college class, but scouts feel that he is ready to sign this time around. Ard has a thick, muscular build at 6-foot-1 and 229 pounds and he's limited to first base. His calling card is his power. Ard is a solid hitter with above-average power to all fields. He was the only player in the Pacific 10 conference to hit double-digit home runs last year and was battling Oregon State freshman Michael Conforto for the conference lead this year. Ard also has a good track record of hitting with wood--he raked at Mt. Hood, destroyed the West Coast League and had the fourth-most doubles in the Cape Cod League in 2010 (nine) and the fourth-most home runs there last summer (four), though his batting average was just .247 over those two summers.
4 222 Baltimore Orioles Matt Price RHP South Carolina S.C. $149,300
Another fixture on two national title teams, Price has been a stopper for the Gamecocks. He went unsigned as the Diamondbacks sixth-round pick last season and is now 22 years old. South Carolina started him in the rotation, but he returned to the bullpen where he's needed and gets better results. He's been up to 95-96 mph in the past, but sits 89-93 and has a low-80s, two-plane slider that is average to a tick above. Scouts wonder how he doesn't get hit more as his pitches are not true swing-and-miss offerings, but he feeds off of adrenaline and has swagger on the mound.
5 223 Kansas City Royals Fred Ford OF Jefferson (Mo.) CC Mo. $125,000
Ford helped Jefferson (Mo.) CC reach the Junior College World Series, where he made the all-tournament team. He's fairly athletic and lean at 6-foot-5 and 225 pounds, and he stole 32 bases while hitting 13 homers. The biggest question with the righthanded hitter is whether he has enough power to profile at first base, and a pro team may try to move him to the outfield. He'll play at Western Kentucky if he doesn't sign.
6 224 Chicago Cubs Stephen Bruno 2B Virginia Va. $150,000
At 5-foot-9, 165 pounds, Bruno doesn't look like a typical middle-of-the-order hitter, but he was the Cavaliers' leading hitter heading into regionals with a .362/.418/.549 line. His size is his biggest detractor as he isn't overwhelmed by velocity and is a solid runner. He's capable of playing third base, shortstop and second base so he could be a solid utility player at the pro level.
7 225 San Diego Padres Roman Madrid RHP Central Florida Fla. $95,000
Madrid was drafted out of high school as a catcher but attended McLennan (Texas) JC instead, working primarily as a pitcher. He has a strong 6-foot-1, 200-pound frame and thrived as Joe Rogers' set-up man at Central Florida, pounding the zone with a 91-94 mph fastball. He kept hitters honest with a cutter-type slider that at times reaches 87 mph. Madrid has proven durable as well, working more than half of UCF's games (28 of its first 55) while maintaining his stuff throughout the year.
8 226 Pittsburgh Pirates Jacob Stallings C North Carolina N.C. $10,000
A leader in the Tar Heel clubhouse, Stallings figures to go in the first 10 rounds thanks to his defense and power. With some added protection in the lineup, Stallings hit .299/.398/.457 with 23 doubles in 221 at-bats. He has a plus arm and is known for keeping opponents at bay on the base paths.
9 227 Miami Marlins Ryan Newell RHP Shorter (Ga.) Ga. $147,600
A 6-foot-3, 215-pounder, Newell had a productive year at the NAIA level, going 9-4, 3.53 as a junior with 110 strikeouts in 82 innings. He also walked 58. Newell doesn't have a great feel for throwing strikes but has flashed good velocity with some 92-94 mph fastball readings at his best.
10 228 Colorado Rockies Wilfredo Rodriguez C Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, Gurabo, P.R. P.R. $185,000
Rodriguez has a stocky 5-foot-10, 210-pound frame. His best tool is his bat. He has a short, compact swing with a knack for centering the ball and has performed well in big tournaments. Rodriguez has a flat swing plane and is a gap-to-gap, line-drive hitter. Like most catchers, he is a 20 runner on the 20-80 scouting scale. Rodriguez shows average arm strength, but is just an adequate defender and will need to work on his agility and blocking. Scouts believe he'll be able to handle the grind of catching in pro ball because he's a hard worker with good makeup. He has good baseball instincts, works well with his pitchers and is bilingual. Rodriguez is signed with Seminole State (Fla.) JC, but is expected to turn pro.
11 229 Oakland Athletics Cody Kurz RHP Oxnard (Calif.) JC Calif. $147,000
Kurz garnered scholarship offers from Louisiana State and Washington as a football linebacker out of high school, and he is in his fist year bearing down on pitching. His 6-foot-4, 220-pound frame and arm strength are his best assets, and he has run his fastball up to 93-94 mph this spring, though he was working in the 88-91 range down the stretch. He flashes an average breaking ball and tends to get around it in games, making it more of a slurve. He has a long way to go to improve his consistency with the pitch and with his nascent changeup. As a fresh power arm with a physical frame, Kurz could get drafted near the back of the top 10 rounds, but his upside is limited to the bullpen, and he figures to be a long-term project.
12 230 New York Mets Corey Oswalt RHP Madison HS, San Diego Calif. $475,000
Oswalt played in the 2011 PG All-American Classic as a position player, but he has emerged as a better prospect on the mound this spring. Though he's new to pitching, Reed has intriguing upside thanks to his prototypical 6-foot-4, 210-pound frame, smooth arm action and sound delivery. He currently pitches in the 88-90 mph range as a starter but touches 91-92, and he has some feel to spin a breaking ball, though he doesn't really know what he's doing with it, in the words of one scout. His changeup is in its nascent stages. Oswalt is a long-term project, and he could develop into a higher-level prospect with three years working with Andrew Checketts at UC Santa Barbara, if no team makes a run at signing him this spring.
13 231 Chicago White Sox Jose Barraza C Sunnyside HS, Fresno Calif. $146,300
Barraza lost some weight this spring, but still has a thick build at 6-foot-2 and around 220 pounds. Barraza has the arm strength to remain behind the plate, but he'll need to improve all around defensively to remain at the position. A team will be patient with that project because that's where he profiles best. If he had to move, it would be to first base, which would obviously put a lot more pressure on his bat. Barraza is a lefthanded hitter and offers intriguing raw power potential. The combination of size, arm strength and lefthanded power interests teams and Barraza is not committed to a college, so he is certainly signable.
14 232 Cincinnati Reds Beau Amaral OF UCLA Calif. $146,000
Amaral's father, Rich, was a second-round pick out of UCLA in 1983 and spent 10 years in the big leagues as a utilityman; he now works as a Southern California area scout for the Royals. Beau has all the intangibles you'd expect from the son of a big leaguer, and he has been a solid everyday center fielder for three years at UCLA. Though he is just an average or slightly better runner, Amaral is an above-average defender thanks to his ability to read the ball off the bat and take direct routes. His portfolio of diving and leaping catches has made him a fan favorite, though his arm is below-average. Offensively, Amaral is a bit too prone to swing and miss for a leadoff man (he has 134 strikeouts and 61 walks in his collegiate career), but he has learned to hit the ball up the middle and to the opposite field, giving him a chance to be an average hitter down the road. He'll never have better than below-average power, and he profiles as an extra outfielder with plenty of heart and baseball skills. In other words, a lefthanded-hitting version of his father, but without the versatility of being able to play the infield.
15 233 Cleveland Indians Josh Schubert OF Calhoun (Ga.) HS Ga. $250,000
Schubert is in the process of legally changing his last name from the current McAdams. By any name, he's one of the toolsier preps hitters in Georgia, a high-risk, high-reward player with significant upside. He's 6-foot-4, 215 pounds, and he runs well for his size, a tick above-average now, though he will wind up a fringy or below-average runner as he fills out. Otherwise, it's not hard to project on Schubert, a righthanded hitter who flashes plus raw power when he makes consistent contact. He'll likely wind up on a corner, and his strong arm makes right field a logical future location. Teams that believe in Schubert's bat have to believe he'll refine a raw approach at the plate, relying in part on his impressive batting-practice displays. He committed late to High Point, and scouts consider him signable, which may get him to get picked in the first two rounds even though the scouting consensus appears to peg him as a third- to fifth-round talent.
16 234 Washington Nationals Robert Benincasa RHP Florida State Fla. $145,000
The 1,000th overall pick in 2009 out of high school, Benincasa turned down the Blue Jays to attend Florida State, unlocking some of his potential as a junior relief ace. He made seven starts the previous two seasons and has a solid 6-foot-2, 195-pound frame and clean arm action that could return him to a starting role as a pro. He has mixed in a solid-average split-changeup but generally pitches off his 90-92 mph fastball, which regularly hits 93-94 and has good sink, and his slider, an above-average pitch with late action and decent depth.
17 235 Toronto Blue Jays Ian Parmley OF Liberty Va. $5,000
Parmely is undersized outfielder at Liberty that profiles as an organizational filler. He's a plus runner that provides average defense. He has a below-average arm and is a below-average hitter with below-average power. He hit .312/.368/.405 in 250 at-bats and walked (36) more than he struck out (30).
18 236 Los Angeles Dodgers Theo Alexander OF Lake Washington HS, Kirkland, Wash. Wash. $144,600
Alexander has a lively build at 6-foot-2 and 195 pounds and a smooth, whippy lefthanded swing. Alexander's future will come down to his bat, because his secondary skills are average at best. He's an average runner with a below-average arm. If a team buys into the swing and wants to project on the bat, Alexander could be a single-digit pick. Other scouts view him as more of a tweener, but Alexander is considered signable away from his commitment to UC Santa Barbara.
19 237 Los Angeles Angels Chase Patterson C Montgomery HS, Semmes, Ala. Ala. $144,300
Patterson is the son of Ricky Patterson, a former scout and minor league manager. He's a catcher with modest size at 5-foot-11, 185 pounds who plays the game with energy and instincts. He's committed to Pensacola (Fla.) State JC.
20 238 San Francisco Giants E.J. Encinosa RHP Miami Fla. $144,000
Miami's closer legacy is lengthy, but Encinosa hasn't been able to live up to it despite moving back to relief after starting last spring. With a physical 6-foot-5, 242-pound frame, he produces excellent sink and life on his 93-94 mph fastball, though at times the pitch isn't that firm. He lacks control, not to mention command, with15 walks, seven hit batsmen and five wild pitches in 28 innings en route to losing the closer role to A.J. Salcines. That said, Encinosa is hard to square up (one extra-base hit, .129 opponents average). His mound demeanor doesn't help matters; he's not shy about showing up his infielders if they make a mistake.
21 239 Atlanta Braves David Starn LHP Kent State Ohio $25,000
Starn arrived at Kent State as a walk-on, then went on to lead the Golden Flashes to a regional victory as a senior. He broke Dirk Hayhurst's school record for strikeouts and earns Jamie Moyer comparisons from the Kent State staff, which includes ex-big leaguer Mike Birkbeck as his pitching coach. The 6-foot-3, 190-pounder has a fastball that ranges from 82-88 mph and sits at 84 yet is effective because he has excellent command. He pitches inside effectively because he can cut and sink his fastball. His slider and changeup are nothing special, but he locates them well and will throw them in any count.
22 240 St. Louis Cardinals Kyle Barraclough RHP St. Mary's Calif. $65,000
Barraclough had a solid four-year career at St. Mary's. He passed Tom Candiotti to rank second all-time for St. Mary's career strikeouts. Barraclough has a strong build at 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds. His fastball sits in the 91-93 mph range and touches 95 and he mixes in an above-average splitter that he uses as a changeup and an average slider. Barraclough smoothed out his delivery this year, but his control is below average, as he walked 47 batters over 79 innings. Barraclough will likely get a chance to start in pro ball, but profiles best in the bullpen. He was a 40th-round pick by the Twins last year, but is expected to go much higher this year, possibly even inside the top 10 rounds as a senior willing to cut a deal and give a team more spending flexibility.
23 241 Boston Red Sox Kyle Kraus RHP Portland Ore. $1,000
Kraus pitches with a heavy 86-89 mph fastball and fills up the strike zone with four pitches. His slider is fringy and his curveball is below average, but he has an average changeup and gets a lot of groundballs. Kraus knows how to pitch, shows excellent competitiveness on the mound and repeats his compact delivery well.
24 242 Tampa Bay Rays Marty Gantt OF College of Charleston S.C. $17,500
Gannt makes for a good human interest story as his righthand is underdeveloped, leaving him without fingertips. It hasn't impeded his game, though, as he hit .375/.485/.612 line and 10 home runs in 224 at-bats. He's shown he can handle the bat and has a solid-average arm and speed.
25 243 Arizona Diamondbacks Andrew Velazquez SS Fordham Prep, Bronx, N.Y. N.Y. $200,000
A small shortstop from New York City, Velazquez is committed to Virginia Tech. He's a singles hitter from both sides of the plate and showed below-average times down the line last summer.
26 244 Detroit Tigers Hudson Randall RHP Florida Fla. $142,000
Randall has been Florida's ace for three seasons without owning a pitch that's plus on a pro scouting scale. What he has that's above-average is command and life on all his pitches. He cuts, sinks and runs his fastball to all four quadrants of the strike zone, a must because it tops out at 88-90 mph. The 6-foot-3, 180-pounder throws a changeup with similar action and throws strikes with his curve and cutter-type slider. He missed time with a dead arm this spring, but his performance (2.70 ERA, just 41 BB in 296 career IP) could get him off the board early.
27 245 Milwaukee Brewers David Otterman LHP British Columbia British Columbia $141,700
Otterman is the country's best college prospect. He has a solid build at 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds, throws his fastball in the 88-91 mph range and mixes in three other pitches. His slider is his better breaking ball and he doesn't use his changeup much, but his delivery is clean, has projection remaining and pounds the strike zone. Otterman is still raw, much more than the typical college junior, so he'll need time to develop.
28 246 Texas Rangers Cam Schiller 2B Oral Roberts Okla. $10,000
Schiller could draw interest as a senior sign because he's a switch-hitter with good pop for a middle infielder. The 6-foot, 195-pounder has average speed and sure hands at second base. He spent his first two college seasons as Yavapai (Ariz.) JC.
29 247 New York Yankees Taylor Garrison RHP Fresno State Calif. $10,000
Garrison has frequently been overshadowed by his twin brother Trent, a catcher for the Bulldogs. Taylor was a walk on at Fresno State as a freshman before earning a scholarship. Garrison is just 5-foot-10 and 160 pounds, but he has a fluid, efficient delivery with a loose, whippy arm. His fastball sits in the 91-93 mph range and touches 94. Garrison worked as the Bulldogs' closer this year and flashes good secondary stuff. His go-to pitch is an above-average cutter, but he also has a quality changeup and curveball.
30 248 Philadelphia Phillies Hoby Milner LHP Texas Texas $140,700
The Longhorns' streak of producing at least one player in the first five rounds of every draft since 1999 is in jeopardy this year. Milner is the only early-round candidate for Texas, and he pitched his way out of their rotation after three starts. A valuable swingman who appeared in 33 of Texas' 50 regular season games, Milner projects as a reliever because he hasn't been able to add strength or velocity in three years of college. A slender 6-foot-2 and 165 pounds, he works with an 86-88 mph fastball as a starter, sits at 88-89 and tops out at 91 when he comes out of the bullpen. His best pitch is a 75-78 mph curveball with good depth, and he uses a changeup to keep righthanders at bay. His stuff plays up because he commands it so well, and he delivers his pitches on a tough angle to the plate. He's the son of Brian Milner, who went straight from high school to the majors as an eighth-round bonus baby with the Blue Jays in 1978.