|1||25||Tampa Bay Rays||Richie Shaffer||3B||S.C.||$1,710,000|
|Shaffer was a candidate for the first two rounds of the 2009 coming out of high school in Charlotte, and he dazzled scouts with his batting practice sessions because of his leveraged swing and plus raw power. But a broken hamate bone dropped him to the 25th round, and he declined to sign with the Dodgers and headed to Clemson. Three years later he was leading Clemson's offense with a .351/.481/.600 line and nine home runs, and more walks (47) than strikeouts (39), so his bat should get him into the first round. From a lean, 6-foot-3, 210-pound frame, Shaffer has big-time power that hasn't been affected by college baseball's less-potent bats. He also hits for average, succeeding even against premium velocity, and can use the whole field. He has a chance to stay at third and has the arm strength for the position, but most teams see him moving to first base. His arm and power would also profile in right field, and some teams like him better there.
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|5||174||Washington Nationals||Spencer Kieboom||C||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.|
|10||338||Philadelphia Phillies||Kevin Brady||RHP||S.C.||$125,000|
|Brady was a draft wild card in 2011 and is in a similar situation again this season. He missed 70 days as a redshirt sophomore with a forearm strain and didn't sign as a 17th-round pick of the Indians. He was pitching well this season, but encountered hamstring issues in a series against Georgia Tech in late April and didn't pitch again until May 19 in a one-inning stint against Wake Forest. He finished the regular season at 1-2, 2.59 with 57 strikeouts and 22 walks in 59 innings. He was expected to be available for short outings in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, but scouts are hesitant given his medical history. He's young for a redshirt junior as he won't turn 22 until September. He has a good frame at 6-foot-3, 220 pounds and sits in the low 90s while touching 94-95 mph. He also throws a changeup and hard breaking ball, but both pitches are inconsistent.|
|16||491||Seattle Mariners||Dominic Leone||RHP||S.C.|
|17||528||Colorado Rockies||Jason Stolz||2B||S.C.|
|28||859||Oakland Athletics||Phil Pohl||C||S.C.|
|32||998||Philadelphia Phillies||Scott Firth||RHP||S.C.|
|There were several players in the Carolinas that hit 95 or better on the radar gun this season and Firth was one of them, but his fastball is straight and he lacks secondary stuff and control.|