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Round Overall Team Player Position School Bonus
1s 50 Toronto Blue Jays Matt Smoral LHP Solon (Ohio) HS $2,000,000
Smoral entered 2012 projected to go in the top half of the first round, and only enhanced his status in his first appearance of the season. In a March scrimmage on Solon High's football field, he worked off a portable mound in front of four dozen scouts. He sat at 90-93 mph with his fastball for three innings, then bumped it up to 94 mph in the fourth. He also showed a plus low-80s slider and command that day. But Smoral would make only one regular-season appearance, during which he was hampered by blisters, before being diagnosed with a broken fourth metatarsal bone in his right foot. He had surgery April 6 and isn't expected to be able to pitch before the July 13 signing deadline. Nevertheless, he still figures to land somewhere in the first round and forego a scholarship from North Carolina. A lanky 6-foot-7, 225-pounder, Smoral throw from a low three-quarters angle that presents difficult angle for hitters. He's still growing into his body and learning how to stay on top of his pitches, but he's athletic enough to eventually figure that out. He'll also have to improve his changeup, a pitch he had little use for against Ohio high school competition.
4 138 Colorado Rockies Seth Willoughby RHP Xavier $330,300
Breaking the hamate bone in his left hand may have been the best thing that ever happened to Willoughby. Xavier planned on using him as a two-way player for the second straight season, but when he hurt his hand in the third game of the season he no longer could serve as the Musketeers' cleanup hitter. Once he focused on pitching, his stuff took off. The 6-foot-1, 185-pounder has seen his fastball jump from 87-90 to 92-95 mph and his so-so slider turn into an 88-90 mph cutter that's a legitimate out pitch. He sometimes falls in love with the cutter, costing him fastball command. Through 24 appearances, he had a 1.12 ERA, a 40-11 K-BB ratio in 32 innings and a .170 opponent average. While Willoughby profiles strictly as a reliever, he could move quickly and earn a late-inning role in the majors. He has gone from not being on scouts' follow lists coming into the spring--they saw him more as a senior sign for 2013--to flying up draft boards, perhaps as high as the third round.
6 199 Oakland Athletics Seth Streich RHP Ohio $183,500
Streich has rarely been completely healthy this spring, pitching through hamstring and oblique injuries that cost him two starts. Neverthless, he has shown some of the best velocity in the Great Lakes. Streich can run his fastball up to 95 mph and sit at 92-93 mph throughout a game when he's at his best. He also can overpower hitters with an 85-86 mph slider. He has a strong pitcher's build at 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds. Streich lacks consistency with his pitches, in particular his control and command, and has gone just 9-16, 4.93 in three seasons at Ohio. He also has played first base and DH for the Bobcats, and scouts believe he'll improve once he concentrates on pitching. The Twins selected his brother Tobias as a catcher in the fifth round in 2009, and Streich should go in the same area of this year's draft.
7 239 Atlanta Braves David Starn LHP Kent State $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.
8 261 Chicago White Sox Zach Isler RHP Cincinnati $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.
14 430 Minnesota Twins Jake Proctor OF Cincinnati
Proctor reminds scouts of former Louisville outfielder Josh Richmond, his former teammate at Oak Hills High in Cincinnati and a 12th-round pick of the Rangers in 2010. The two look alike and have similar builds and athleticism. Both also got hurt in their draft year, as Richmond had a hand injury and Proctor tore the meniscus in his left knee in late April. Arthroscopic surgery ended his season but won't prevent him from getting drafted. The 6-foot-2, 221-pounder's best tool is his plus-plus speed, though he could do a better job of using it. He has a lot of moving parts in his swing and doesn't control the strike zone, so he doesn't get on base or tap into his plus raw power as much as he should. He also doesn't take direct routes on flyballs in center field, though he does have a strong arm.
16 494 Chicago Cubs Mike Hamann RHP Toledo $100,000
Hamann is more attractive as a prospect than his 5.80 ERA might indicate. He was slow to regain his form after arthroscopic shoulder surgery truncated his breakout sophomore season in 2011, but he recorded a 2.12 ERA over his final five starts as Toledo won the Mid-American Conference Western Division. When he's at his best, he can sit at 90-93 mph and touch 95 with his fastball deep into ballgames. At times, he'll work at 87-92 mph and not hold his velocity, so he needs to add strength to his 6-foot-3, 163-pound frame. He throws a pair of inconsistent breaking balls, with his slider ranking ahead of his curve and showing some late action when it's working well. His fastball command wavers as well. Though Hamann will get a chance to start in pro ball, his future may be as a reliever.
18 556 Pittsburgh Pirates John Kuchno RHP Ohio State $125,000
Kuchno played only one year of high school baseball and began his college career as a redshirt walk-on at Wake Forest. After he grew four inches in a year and added velocity to his fastball, he caught the eye of Ohio State assistant Mike Stafford at a summer showcase and joined the Buckeyes. Now 6-foot-5 and 210 pounds, Kuchno works from 88-95 mph to 90-91 as a starter. He's still learning to command his hard curveball and profiles as a reliever with two potential plus pitches.
20 609 Houston Astros Michael Clark LHP Kent State
21 665 Milwaukee Brewers Austin Blaski RHP Marietta (Ohio)
Blaski won the championship game and most outstanding player honors at the NCAA Division III World Series in 2011. He threw six shutout innings in Marietta's opener at this year's World Series, a victory that gave him the D-III lead in wins (13), ERA (0.88) and starts (15). A 6-foot-4, 200-pounder, Blaski does a nice job of throwing his 88-92 mph fastball on a downhill plane. He throws strikes with his tight slider and changeup, and he's more than just a typical D-III senior sign.
22 690 St. Louis Cardinals Casey Schroeder C Ottawa-Glandorf HS, Ottawa, Ohio
23 708 Colorado Rockies Andrew Brown RHP Akron
26 796 Pittsburgh Pirates Jimmy Rider SS Kent State
27 846 Texas Rangers Ryan Bores RHP Kent State
28 856 Pittsburgh Pirates Tommy Mirabelli 2B St. Edward HS, Lakewood, Ohio
32 974 Chicago Cubs Tim Saunders SS Marietta (Ohio)
32 982 Cincinnati Reds Christian McElroy RHP Cincinnati
Though Cincinnati went 18-38 this spring, it could have three players drafted in the first 15 rounds (righthander Zach Isler, outfielder Jake Proctor and McElroy) for just the second time in school history. McElroy made just one appearance for the Bearcats during a redshirt 2010 season and spent last year at Sinclair (Ohio) CC. The 6-foot-4, 211-pounder lacks consistency with his stuff and command, but his stuff kicked up a notch in 2012. He has a sound delivery, and when he's on top of his game, he'll show a 90-93 mph fastball, a tight curveball and feel for a changeup.
33 999 Houston Astros Mike Hauschild RHP Dayton
34 1051 Boston Red Sox Xavier Turner 3B Sandusky (Ohio) HS
Turner punished the ball on the showcase circuit last year but hasn't done so as consistently this spring. The 6-foot-2, 212-pounder still ranks as one of the best high school bats in the Great Lakes region, but scouts question whether he'll go high enough in the draft to give up his commitment to Vanderbilt. Turner has a quick righthanded swing and the strength for promising power potential. He also shows a willingness to use the middle of the field rather than just selling out for power in an attempt to impress scouts. He has solid speed, arm strength and athleticism, but he'll have to move off shortstop in college or pro ball. Turner profiles as a third baseman, but his hands may be too hard for the infield and could push him to an outfield corner.
34 1056 Texas Rangers David Lyon C Kent State
35 1073 Cleveland Indians Nick Hamilton SS Kent State
38 1152 Baltimore Orioles Jack Graham C Kenyon (Ohio)
38 1164 Washington Nationals Jared Messer RHP Malone (Ohio)
40 1215 San Diego Padres Terrance Owens LHP Toledo