|2||94||New York Yankees||Peter O'Brien||C||Fla.||$460,000|
|O'Brien was little known at Miami's Braddock High, emerging as a sophomore at Bethune-Cookman when he hit 20 home runs, then four more to lead USA Baseball's college national team in the summer of 2010. He slumped a bit in 2011, dropping 80 points in batting average but was still a third-round pick of the Rockies. He didn't sign and transferred to Miami as a senior. O'Brien's spring got off to a tremendous start, first when the NCAA cleared him to play without having to sit out a year, then by hitting .354/.465/.677 with 10 home runs in his first 127 at-bats. He has plenty of strength in his 6-foot-5, 225-pound frame and doesn't have to pull the ball to hit it over the fence. He has good balance and the requisite arm strength to catch. At his size, though, O'Brien lacks agility and struggles to block balls in the dirt. Some scouts think he can hit enough to survive as a below-average receiver with inconstant throwing accuracy. A hairline fracture of his left wrist, sustained when he was hit by a pitch April 15, further complicated his draft status. Three weeks later, he had yet to swing a bat, though he hoped to return before the end of the regular season.
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|7||238||San Francisco Giants||E.J. Encinosa||RHP||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.|
|8||264||Washington Nationals||Stephen Perez||SS||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.|
|20||611||Seattle Mariners||Steve Ewing||LHP||Fla.||$100,000|
|34||1057||New York Yankees||Eric Erickson||LHP||Fla.|