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Pick Overall Team Player Position School State Bonus
1 249 Houston Astros Tyler Heineman C UCLA Calif. $125,000
After playing sparingly for two years as Steve Rodriguez's backup, Heineman assumed the everyday job this spring and had a breakout season. He hit over .400 deep into the season before cooling off late. With a stocky 5-foot-10 build that evokes Mike LaValliere or a Molina brother, Heineman is a hard-working, blue-collar player with a passion for the game. He's not a polished receiver but projects as an average defender with enough quickness to block balls in the dirt effectively. He handles pitchers well and controls the running game, thanks to an average arm and a quick transfer and release. Offensively, Heineman is a switch-hitter with a contact approach from both sides. He sprays the ball around the field and doesn't strike out often, but he doesn't offer any power. He profiles as a solid backup catcher in the big leagues.
2 250 Minnesota Twins Christian Powell RHP College of Charleston S.C. $140,100
A 47th-round pick of the Indians in 2009, Powell's size and arm strength is lauded by scouts. He stands at 6-foot-5, 220 pounds and fires fastballs that sit 90-93 mph and touch 95-96 with sink. Powell has had success for the Cougars this season, and he was 8-3, 2.35 in 14 appearances (13 starts) and opponents were batting just .222 off of him. He throws strikes, but he doesn't have the strikeout numbers you would expect out of a hard thrower, with 66 in 80 innings. That is likely a product of his lack of command and secondary stuff. He has a questionable arm action that affects his velocity, command and breaking ball. His curveball is solid, but he doesn't command it and it's not an out pitch right now. He mixes in a hard changeup.
3 251 Seattle Mariners Nick Halamandaris 1B Stevenson HS, Carmel, Calif. Calif.
Halamandaris is a big, physical first baseman with a pretty lefthanded swing. He is a good athlete who runs well for his size. He has a feel to hit with some power potential, but scouts feel his swing is a little bit grooved and he's a medium-twitch athlete. As the game speeds up, he'll have to prove he can keep up. He needs more work against breaking balls and was believed to be a tough sign away from his commitment to California.
4 252 Baltimore Orioles Torsten Boss 3B Michigan State Mich. $139,500
Scouts agree that Boss is one of the best college bats in the Midwest, but opinions diverge from there. Supporters see him as a guy with solid tools across the board who will be able to handle third base, while others believe he doesn't have a true defensive home. Boss has a pretty lefthanded swing and can catch up to quality fastballs. He's patient enough to take walks when pitchers try to work around him. Boss hit a soft .237 in the Cape Cod League last summer, but he helped his cause with a pair of homers in front of several scouting directors early this spring. He hit an opposite-field drive off a 95 mph fastball from St. John's Kyle Hansen at the Big East/Big Ten tournament, then pulled a ball out of the park against Texas A&M's Michael Wacha. At 6 feet and 200 pounds, Boss has the strength and bat speed to have average power, though his swing can get long. He has spent most of his Michigan State career at third base and has started games at second base, center field and right field. He has enough arm strength for third, but his hands are hard and his infield actions aren't the smoothest. While he's a plus runner in the 60-yard dash (6.65 seconds), his speed plays closer to average and he didn't take good routes while playing center field at the start of this season. A team that sees Boss as a third baseman could take him as early as the third round.
5 253 Kansas City Royals Alfredo Escalera OF Pendleton School, Bradenton, Fla. Fla. $50,000
Originally from Puerto Rico, Escalero-Maldonado is a showcase veteran who has committed to Stetson. His best tool is his speed, as he's a plus runner who generally covers 60 yards in around 6.6 seconds. He's a good athlete who has a chance to stay in the infield at the college level but would profile better in center field as a pro. He's a righthanded hitter with decent strength and surprising pop in his 6-foot-2, 180-pound frame. He's young for his draft year at just 17.
6 254 Chicago Cubs Michael Heesch LHP South Carolina-Beaufort S.C. $10,000
Heesch has a big frame and a fastball that sits around 90 mph, but his slider and changeup are fringy pitches.
7 255 San Diego Padres Brian Adams OF Kentucky Ky. $75,000
Adams is an intriguing athlete who doubles as a wide receiver on Kentucky's football team, but he's so raw that he got only 44 at-bats this spring. He's a 6-foot-4, 220-pounder who can run the 60-yard dash in 6.3-6.4 seconds and has plus raw power from the right side of the plate. He also has above-average arm strength. If he can solve his swing-and-miss issues, he could be a steal.
8 256 Pittsburgh Pirates Kevin Ross 3B Niles West HS, Skokie, Ill. Ill. $130,000
Much like Charlie Tilson, Illinois' top high school prospect a year ago, Ross raised his profile with a strong showing at the Area Code Games. He won't land a $1.275 million bonus like Tilson did as a Cardinals second-round pick in 2011, but Ross could go as high as the fifth round because he's a signable prep player with athleticism and tools. Six-foot-1 and 195 pounds, Ross has a quick bat and the strength to provide plus raw power from the right side of the plate. He'll have to tone down his aggressive approach, as he gets pull-happy and takes a long stride. A shortstop in high school, Ross projects as a third baseman in college or pro ball because he has fringy speed and quickness. His above-average arm and soft hands should make him an asset at the hot corner. Ross may be fairly maxed out physically, but his present tools still profile well at third base. He has committed to Michigan.
9 257 Miami Marlins Drew Steckenrider RHP Tennessee Tenn. $137,900
Steckenrider annoyed area scouts in high school with his inconsistent effort while teasing them with his tools. After two subpar seasons at a sinking Tennessee program, Steckenrider shook some of his past reputation by performing well as a relief pitcher for new coach Dave Serrano. Physically gifted at 6-foot-5, 230 pounds, Steckenrider has huge raw power as a hitter but lacks the feel for the barrel to hit for average and fit a right-field profile. Instead, he'll go out on the mound, where he overpowers hitters with a 92-96 mph fastball. He may develop better secondary stuff once he gives up hitting and focuses on pitching full-time. He lacks the instincts to start despite pounding the zone with a plus fastball; his changeup improved under Serrano's tutelage but his breaking ball remains below-average.
10 258 Colorado Rockies Derek Jones OF Washington State Wash. $35,000
Jones was a 13th-round choice last year by the Orioles, but returned to Wazzu for his senior year. With a stocky build at 6 feet and 225 pounds, Jones is limited to left field, as he's a below-average runner with fringy arm strength. He does have a nice swing with good bat speed. Jones looks more comfortable in the box this year than he did last year, and his numbers reflect that. Through 196 at-bats, he hit .337/.445/.577 and scouts believe he'll be a fringe-average hitter with average power. Teams looking to save money for other picks could bump Jones up their draft boards.
11 259 Oakland Athletics Kris Hall RHP Lee (Tenn.) Tenn. $137,200
Hall began his career at Division I Cleveland State, going 1-2, 11.36 as a freshman before transferring to NAIA Lee when Cleveland State announced it was shuttering its program. He helped the Flames reach the NAIA World Series last year as a reliever and did it this year as the staff ace, going 11-0, 1.52 with 115 strikeouts and 43 walks in 95 innings. Hall started putting it together last year, with his fastball jumping from the 86-88 mph range up to the low to mid-90s. His slider gives him a swing-and-miss pitch that at times is a true plus pitch at 86-87 mph, and he throws an effective hard curve as well. At other times his slider is flat and sweepy. Physical at 6-foot-3, 220 pounds, he maintained his stuff even as a starter this year, especially early in the season, though he endured a dead-arm period late in the spring. Hall's delivery remains unrefined, as do his changeup and control, and many scouts see him as a reliever, pushing him down to the fourth or fifth round.
12 260 New York Mets Tomas Nido C Orangewood Christian HS, Maitland, Fla. Fla. $250,000
Nido isn't quite a one-tool player; the Florida State signee has average arm strength. But his calling card is plus-plus raw power, as he has strength and takes a big, powerful swing, generating above-average bat speed. He's a slow-twitch athlete, and it may be a stretch for him to stay behind the plate. He has a tendency to sell out for power, even though he doesn't need to with his strength. Nido had late helium and was doing some individual workouts for teams, and if he puts on a power display with wood, he could be drafted highly.
13 261 Chicago White Sox Zach Isler RHP Cincinnati Ohio $136,600
With a big frame and a plus fastball, Isler looks the part of a late-inning reliever and should get popped in the first five or six rounds of the draft. He's a 6-foot-5, 239-pounder whose heater ranges from 90-95 mph and often sits at 93-94, with the added benefit of heavy sink. He lives off his sinker, as his 82-84 mph slider is more notable for its velocity than its break. It has the potential to be an average second pitch. Isler has a decent delivery that he generally repeats, though he'll need to sharpen his control and command in pro ball. Injuries pressed him into Cincinnati's rotation at the end of the spring, and while he responded with a 1.61 ERA and averaged seven innings in four regular-season starts, he'll be strictly a bullpen option in pro ball.
14 262 Cincinnati Reds Seth Mejias-Brean 3B Arizona Ariz. $125,000
Mejias-Brean got some late attention for the Wildcats. He's an excellent defender at third base, helping give Arizona the best left side of the infield in the Pac-12. He has a solid, athletic build at 6-foot-2 and 210 pounds and put together a solid season offensively. Mejias-Brean has a little pop in his righthanded swing, but mostly profiles as a gap-to-gap, line-drive hitter.
15 263 Cleveland Indians Caleb Hamrick RHP Cedar Hill (Texas) HS Texas $180,000
Another attractive Texas high school pitcher who probably can't be diverted from college, Hamrick is a 6-foot-3, 225-pounder who repeatedly has reached 93 mph with his fastball this spring. The Dallas Baptist recruit usually works at 88-91 mph with his heater and pairs it with a promising slider. Also a righthanded-hitting slugger, he has participated in the last two International Power Showcases.
16 264 Washington Nationals Stephen Perez SS Miami Fla. $100,000
Miami had high expectations for Perez, but he has not lived up to them in three seasons. He has solid-average power and some feel for hitting, and his defensive tools should make him an average defender at short. His inconsistency has proved maddening to coaches and scouts, however. An injury sapped his arm strength this spring, and he wound up at DH and second base frequently after botching routine plays. At the plate, he gives away too many at-bats and is strikeout prone. He's an above-average runner who has first-five-round tools without the performance to go with it.
17 265 Toronto Blue Jays Tucker Frawley C Coastal Carolina S.C. $5,000
Frawley is a good catch-and-throw guy for Coastal Carolina that has some similarities to North Carolina's Jacob Stallings. Scouts like the defense, but wonder how much he'll be able to hit. He hit .296/.411/.350 in 203 at-bats.
18 266 Los Angeles Dodgers Scott Griggs RHP UCLA Calif. $135,100
Griggs ranked as the No. 135 prospect in the BA Top 200 coming out of high school in 2009, based on his raw arm strength and upside. He struggled with his mechanics and control in his first two seasons at UCLA and pitched sparingly, issuing 29 walks in 26 innings. He made progress repeating his delivery and this year emerged as the Bruins' closer, going 1-1, 2.08 with a school-record 13 saves. His 52 strikeouts in 30 innings are an indication of his electric stuff is, but his 29 walks are illustrative of control that scouts still grade as well below-average. Griggs sits in the 91-93 mph range and tops out at 94-95, but an inconsistent delivery can make it difficult for him to command his fastball. He actually commands his curveball better, and it is a true power pitch in the 79-82 range with depth and bite. He dabbles with a changeup but rarely uses it in games. Griggs has made major strides with the mental side of the game as well, though he still needs to convince scouts he has the toughness to throw strikes consistently in big spots. Griggs comes with risk, and many scouts are convinced he'll never have enough command to be a big league closer, but his stuff will likely get him drafted in the top three to five rounds.
19 267 Los Angeles Angels Austin Adams RHP South Florida Fla. $127,500
South Florida finished its season playing well thanks to a strong pitching staff led by 6-foot-8, 240-pound senior lefty Andrew Barbosa, a 24-year-old with a long medical history. Meanwhile, scouts had little to go on with set-up man Austin Adams, a quick-armed 6-foot-2, 185-pounder who has found the strike zone under the tutelage of Chuck Hernandez, the Bulls' veteran pitching coach. Adams had shown a fastball that has been in the 91-95 mph range to go with a 55 curveball. He'd walked 23 in just 10 innings his first two seasons and wasn't South Florida's closer this year, so he's hard to scout. But his 32-9 strikeout-walk ratio in 26 innings is a significant improvement from his past performance. His lack of track record clouds his draft status.
20 268 San Francisco Giants Joe Kurrasch LHP Penn State Pa. $134,500
Kurrasch was Penn State's best arm in 2012 after sitting out 2011 because he transferred from California. He went 4-2, 2.05 in 16 appearances (11 starts) and struck out 78 in 88 innings while walking 46. He has solid size at 6-foot-2, 205 pounds. He can get up to 92 with a solid changeup, but his breaking ball is below-average. He throws a little across his body and likely profiles as a reliever.
21 269 Atlanta Braves Dave Peterson RHP College of Charleston S.C. $50,000
A 40th-round pick out of high school, Peterson shifted to the closer's role for his senior season. In 30 appearances, he had a 3.19 ERA and recorded 10 saves while striking out 39 and walking 15 in 37 innings. Peterson has a good frame at 6-foot-4, 215 pounds and sits 92-95 mph with his fastball. He throws strikes, but needs to do a better job of commanding his fastball. His best secondary pitch is a slurvy curveball that sits in the upper 70s.
22 270 St. Louis Cardinals Yoenny Gonzalez OF Central Florida JC Fla. $50,000
Gonzalez is a 5-foot-11, 170-pounder whose carrying tool is his well above-average speed, including 6.5-second times over 60 yards. He's a switch-hitter with an average arm. He hit .317 this spring with surprising pop, hitting seven homers.
23 271 Boston Red Sox Nathan Minnich 1B Shepherd (W.Va.) W.Va. $10,000
Minnich is a bad body first baseman that has well below average grades in all facets except for his power. He hit .487/.645/.980 with 21 home runs in 152 at-bats, but has a very limited profile.
24 272 Tampa Bay Rays Luke Maile C/1B Kentucky Ky. $133,200
Maile is the biggest power threat on a Kentucky team that won its first 22 games and led the Southeastern Conference for much of the regular season. A 6-foot-3, 220-pound righthanded hitter, Maile has good strength and made some needed adjustments at the plate this year without compromising his solid pop. He has shortened his swing, made more consistent contact and caught up to better fastballs. He has good patience at the plate. Offense definitely is the strength of Maile's game, and scouts remain unconvinced that he can catch regularly in pro ball. He has shared duties behind the plate the last two years with Michael Williams while also seeing extensive time at first base. Maile has average arm strength but a long release, and he doesn't look pretty as a receiver. To his credit, he did throw out 56 percent of basestealers during the regular season. He also moves well enough to make left field a possible destination.
25 273 Arizona Diamondbacks Evan Marzilli OF South Carolina S.C. $132,900
A recipient of the grinder tag, Marzilli wins scouts over with how hard he plays. He's an above-average runner with a fringe-average arm and provides good defense in center field thanks to excellent instincts. The biggest question with him is the bat, as he was hitting .289/.382/.387 in 204 at-bats.
26 274 Detroit Tigers Jeff McVaney OF/LHP Texas State Texas $35,000
McVaney originally came to Texas State to play fullback but concentrated solely on baseball after his freshman year. He's a 6-foot-2, 210-pounder with an efficient righthanded stroke and some power potential. He's an average runner with good arm strength, and he runs his fastball into the low 90s as a lefthanded reliever. He went undrafted as a junior in 2011. His father John is a minority owner of the Astros.
27 275 Milwaukee Brewers Edgardo Rivera OF Inzarry de Puig HS, Toa Baja, P.R. P.R. $200,000
Rivera was essentially an unknown before playing in Puerto Rico's Excellence Tournament in May. He cemented himself as one of the island's top prospects there and reminded some scouts of 2009 first rounder Reymond Fuentes. Rivera isn't as polished, but he has similar tools, beginning with premium speed. Rivera is at least a 70 runner on the 20-80 scale and some scouts give him 80 grades. He lacks instincts in the outfield but has the speed to make up for bad jumps or reads. His arm is fringe-average but projects to be average or better with pro instruction and a throwing program. At the plate, Rivera has a short swing from the left side of the plate and the ball jumps off his bat. Power won't be a part of Rivera's game and he'll likely need two years in short-season ball, but he could be an average hitter. Because Rivera came on so late, teams might not have seen enough of him to take him in the first five rounds, but his tools are hard to ignore and he should be signable.
28 276 Texas Rangers Cody Kendall RHP Fresno State Calif. $5,000
Another senior, Kendall came on late for the Bulldogs. Mostly used in the bullpen, he was moved to the rotation late in the year and pitched a near complete game in the last series of the year (he came in out of the bullpen for the second batter of the game after the starter got hurt and pitched the rest of the way) and then a complete game in the Western Athletic Conference tournament. Kendall has a 6-foot-2, 210-pound frame. He overhauled his delivery last summer, which gave him a little more velocity on his fastball. The pitch now sits in the 91-93 mph range and touches 95 with heavy sinking life. He still needs to develop his secondary pitches, a changeup and a cutter.
29 277 New York Yankees Taylor Dugas OF Alabama Ala. $10,000
Dugas had a storied career at Alabama, becoming the school's all-time hits leader. He was an eighth-round pick of the Cubs last year, and the 5-foot-8, 175-pound former All-American hit .360 in four seasons. He's a contact hitter with little power to speak of and is a 55 runner on the 20-80 scale. He has some similarities to Sam Fuld but doesn't have as much defensive ability.
30 278 Philadelphia Phillies Josh Ludy C Baylor Texas $15,000
Ludy didn't become a full-time regular for Baylor until his junior season in 2011, then blossomed into the Big 12 Conference player of the year this spring. He hit .368 with 15 homers--three times as many as he totaled in his first three seasons. The 5-foot-10, 210-pounder did a better job of tapping into his power this year after giving up switch-hitting and batting solely from the right side. A good receiver, he has an average arm and threw out 28 percent of basestealers this year entering super-regional play.