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Round Overall Team Player Position School Bonus
1 13 Chicago White Sox Courtney Hawkins OF Carroll HS, Corpus Christi, Texas $2,475,000
Scouts have coveted Hawkins since his performance as a sophomore in the 2010 Texas 5-A state playoffs. He bombed a ball into the upper-deck home run porch at Round Rock's Dell Diamond, then earned MVP honors in the clincher as a starting pitcher. Though he can run his fastball into the low 90s, he definitely will make his living in the batter's box. Hawkins is loaded with bat speed and uses his 6-foot-3, 210-pound frame to generate exceptional leverage from the right side of the plate. He'll need to tame his maximum-effort swing, stop sitting on fastballs and improve his pitch recognition. He'll rack up some strikeouts, though they'll be a worthwhile tradeoff for his home runs. More physical than most high school players, Hawkins also brings a plus arm and solid speed to the table. A center fielder in high school, he'll likely wind up in right field as a pro. Scouts praise his instincts and makeup as well as his tools. He's the most talented member of a University of Texas recruiting class that features the five best high school prospects in the state, and a lock to sign as a mid-first-round pick.
1 15 Cleveland Indians Tyler Naquin OF Texas A&M $1,750,000
Naquin is the best pure hitter in the entire 2012 draft. He won the Big 12 Conference batting title (.381) and topped NCAA Division I in hits (104) as a sophomore, and he's leading the Big 12 in hitting (.397) again this spring. He has a quick lefthanded bat and a controlled approach at the plate, focusing on staying inside the ball and employing the opposite field. He also has the best throwing arm among college outfielders, earning 65-70 grades on the 20-80 scouting scale and a don't-run-on-him reputation in the Big 12. Additionally, he's a solid runner who flashes plus speed at times. Despite all those attributes, Naquin will last until the second half of the first round because most teams view him as a tweener who lacks the power for right field and the defensive chops for center. He has a 6-foot-2, 175-pound frame with narrow shoulders, and his ability to add strength and develop average power remains in question. He can drive the ball in batting practice but doesn't show the same kind of pop in games, hitting just seven homers in 173 college contests. His ability to play center field is undetermined because the Aggies use speedster Krey Bratsen there, and some scouts don't love Naquin's routes on fly balls.
1 19 St. Louis Cardinals Michael Wacha RHP Texas A&M $1,900,000
After the consensus top three college pitchers (Stanford's Mark Appel, Louisiana State's Kevin Gausman, San Francisco's Kyle Zimmer) go off the board, Wacha could be the next one selected. He owns the best changeup in the draft, a pitch that can be devastating when he sets it up with a 90-93 mph fastball that peaks at 96. His command also is as good as any pitcher in this crop, as is his competitiveness. He also has an athletic 6-foot-6, 200-pound frame and delivers his pitches on a tough angle to the plate. The only thing keeping him from being considered on the top tier of college arms is the lack of a plus breaking ball. Wacha made progress with a slider last summer under the tutelage of Team USA pitching coach Rob Walton, and he also throws a curveball. Wacha generally sticks with whichever breaking pitch is working best on a given day. Both pitches can get loose at times and project as no better than average at the big league level. Despite that one shortcoming, he still could find his way into the first 10 picks. He may not have the ceiling of Appel, Gausman or Zimmer, but Wacha has a higher floor.
1s 45 Pittsburgh Pirates Barrett Barnes OF Texas Tech $1,000,000
Barnes has a chance to go in the first round and probably won't last past the sandwich round, which would make him the second-highest draft pick in Texas Tech history behind Doug Harris (fifth overall, 1989). Barnes' plus righthanded power and the possibility that he could stick in center field make him attractive. He packs a lot of strength into his 6-foot-1, 219-pound frame and offers a lot of bat speed. He's willing to take walks when pitchers don't challenge him, though he may not hit for a high average because his swing can get rotational and he's a dead-pull hitter. Barnes has plus straight-line speed (6.6-6.7 seconds in the 60-yard dash) but it doesn't always play that way. He does have 50 steals in 56 career attempts. If Barnes has to move to corner--likely left field because he has a below-average arm--he has enough power to profile there.
1s 59 St. Louis Cardinals Steve Bean C Rockwall (Texas) HS $700,000
The University of Texas landed two of the top three high school catching prospects in its recruiting class, though neither Bean nor Wyatt Mathisen figures to arrive on campus. Bean has raised his profile as much as any prospect in Texas this spring, giving himself a chance to go in the top two rounds of the draft. His standout tool is an arm that grades as a 65 on the 20-80 scouting scale. He's improving as a receiver and projects to develop solid skills in that regard. A 6-foot-2, 190-pounder, Bean offers offensive potential from the left side of the plate as well. He makes consistent contact and has the wiry strength to grow into decent power. While he's a below-average runner, he's athletic for a catcher and plays with a lot of energy.
1s 60 Toronto Blue Jays Tyler Gonzales RHP Madison HS, San Antonio $750,000
Gonzales has one of the best two-pitch mixes in the entire draft. After operating at 88-92 mph with his fastball in his first scrimmage of the year, he has worked at 93-95 mph and touched 97 consistently in games. He maintains velocity deep into games, pitching at 91-93 mph in the latter stages. He also has a big league slider that sits at 84-88 mph and has reached as high as 90. The nephew of Nationals crosschecker Jimmy Gonzales, Tyler is more wiry than physical at 6-foot-2 and 180 pounds. He generates his electric stuff with a considerable amount of effort in his delivery, which includes a head whack and detracts from his command. He locates his slider better than his fastball, and there's debate as to whether he'll wind up as a starter or a reliever. Gonzales has closer upside and might be at his best if a big league team just let him try to overpower opponents for one or two innings at a time. He does show a changeup while warming up in the bullpen but doesn't use it in games. He's another member of a banner University of Texas recruiting class who doesn't figure to make it to Austin.
2 69 Pittsburgh Pirates Wyatt Mathisen C Calallen HS, Corpus Christi, Texas $746,300
Mathisen is the best high school catching prospect in the draft, though he hasn't seen much time behind the plate for Calallen High, which has deemed him more valuable as a shortstop and pitcher. There's no question his pro future is as a backstop, and he has the tools and desire to make it there. He has plus arm strength and the athleticism to become a good receiver, though his inexperience shows as he flinches at times when catching the ball. His makeup is off the charts, as he has the leadership ability to run a pitching staff and the work ethic to succeed. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Mathisen has the swing and strength to hit for average and power from the right side of the plate. He's a good runner for a catcher, grading as close to average, though he'll probably lose a step once he starts catching every day. Like crosstown Corpus Christi rival Courtney Hawkins, he's a Texas recruit.
2 72 Minnesota Twins J.T. Chargois RHP Rice $712,600
In his first two seasons at Rice, Chargois pitched a total of 34 innings and saw most of his action at first base, where he became a regular as a sophomore. The Cape Cod League's Brewster Whitecaps recruited him primarily as a hitter but wound up needing him on the mound and he blossomed as a closer, saving seven games and allowing one earned run in 17 appearances. Chargois is serving the Owls in both roles this spring but will give up hitting as a pro. His fastball usually operates from 93-95 mph and reaches 98 with some armside run and sink, though it dips to 90-92 when he works on consecutive days. His hard curveball creeps into the low 80s and grades as a plus pitch at times. Despite demonstrating some feel for a changeup in bullpen sessions, the 6-foot-3, 200-pounder profiles strictly as a reliever. Scouts don't like his arm action or the effort in his delivery, which limits him to average command and fringy control. He should develop more consistency once he focuses on pitching, and a team looking for a fast-track reliever could consider him in the sandwich round.
2 75 New York Mets Teddy Stankiewicz RHP Fort Worth Christian HS, North Richland Hills, Texas
Stankiewicz is a polished high school pitcher who fits in the third to fifth round on talent, but he may not be signable away from an Arkansas commitment outside of the top two. He flashes two above-average pitches that should improve as he fills out his projectable 6-foot-4, 190-pound frame. His fastball usually sits at 88-92 mph, topping out anywhere from 89-94 on a given day. His slider is very good at times and mediocre at others. He also uses a curveball as a show pitch and has the makings of a changeup. Stankiewicz has good body control and command for a high school pitcher and could contribute immediately as a freshman for the Razorbacks if he doesn't sign. Scouts like the way he repeats his delivery and competes.
2 88 Tampa Bay Rays Spencer Edwards OF Rockwall (Texas) HS $554,400
At the outset of 2012, Edwards was more highly regarded than Rockwall teammate Steve Bean, who seemed destined to attend Texas. Now their positions have been reversed, with Bean figuring to go in the first two rounds and Edwards unlikely to go high enough to prevent him from becoming a Longhorn. If Edwards doesn't sign, he'll be draft-eligible as a 21-year-old sophomore in 2014. A switch-hitter, he stands out for his plus-plus speed and quick bat. He could develop gap power once he fills out his 6-foot, 180-pound frame, though a hitch in his swing leads to concerns about his offensive ceiling. Edwards plays shortstop at Rockwall but likely will move to center field at Texas or in pro ball. He has enough arm for shortstop but tends to flip his throws too much, and his hands are too hard for the infield.
2 89 New York Yankees Austin Aune OF Argyle (Texas) HS $1,000,000
Aune led Argyle HS to the Texas 3-A football championship game, passing for 3,411 yards and 33 touchdowns while rushing for another 538 yards and nine scores. A solid college quarterback prospect with a Texas Christian football scholarship, he also has baseball potential and the intention of playing both sports for the Horned Frogs. If he's signable, he'll fit into the first five rounds of the draft. The 6-foot-2, 190-pounds Aune offers an impressive package of tools, starting with plus raw power and arm strength. He has a balanced lefthanded stroke and solid speed, and scouts praise his makeup as well. He's still raw and hasn't shined at showcase events because he has split his time between two spots and hasn't faced much in the way of baseball competition. A shortstop at Argyle, he may not have the hands to stick in the infield. While he could get a shot at third base or center field, he's likely destined for right field at either TCU or in pro ball.
2 91 Detroit Tigers Jake Thompson RHP Rockwall-Heath HS, Heath, Texas $531,800
Thompson is having the best spring and is believed to be the most signable of the top players in a strong Texas Christian recruiting class that also includes Mitchell Traver and Austin Aune. He originally committed to Nebraska, then changed his mind after the Cornhuskers fired coach Mike Anderson. Strong and physical at 6-foot-4 and 235 pounds, Thompson pitches at 88-92 mph and touches 94, and he holds his velocity deep into games. He has improved his slider this spring, giving him a second plus pitch at times, though it lacks depth at others. His stuff and consistency should improve once he focuses on pitching. He also plays first base for Rockwall-Heath and offers plenty of righthanded power potential, though his future definitely is on the mound.
2 93 Texas Rangers Nick Williams OF Ball HS, Galveston, Texas $500,000
Scouts identified Texas high school outfielders Courtney Hawkins and Williams as potential 2012 first-round picks when both were sophomores. While Hawkins has lived up to that billing and likely will go in the middle of the first round, Williams has become the biggest enigma in the state. The 6-foot-3, 195-pounder still has first-round tools but rarely demonstrates the aptitude to use them. A lefthanded hitter, he has impressive bat speed and raw strength, but he doesn't use his hands well and is too spread out at the plate. He swings and misses too much and gets fooled by good breaking balls. He has been clocked in 6.5 seconds in the 60-yard dash, yet he has posted below-average running times from home to first this spring. Williams lacks instincts in all phases of the game, taking such poor routes in center field that he may have to move to a corner. With his fringy arm strength, his final destination could be left field. Some scouts think Williams isn't ready to play pro ball and won't go high enough in the draft for teams to sign him away from his Texas A&M--he originally gave a verbal commitment to the University of Texas--unless the tools-happy Rangers decide to take a run.
3 121 Detroit Tigers Austin Schotts SS Centennial HS, Frisco, Texas $389,100
Like Cory Raley, Schotts is a speedy Texas high school shortstop who has starred on the gridiron (in his case, as a safety) and shot up draft boards after not drawing much attention before this spring. He's more advanced at the plate, while Raley has a better chance of sticking at shortstop. Five-foot-11 and 180 pounds, Schotts has a sound righthanded swing and more pop than the typical middle infielder. His power gets him into trouble at times when he lets his stroke get too big. A well above-average runner, Schotts covers enough ground at shortstop, but his fringy arm doesn't fit on the left side of the diamond. He could move to second base and has the speed for center field. He's committed to Oklahoma State.
4 137 Miami Marlins Austin Dean 2B Klein Collins HS, Spring, Texas $367,200
Klein Collins had legitimate state- and national-title aspirations until shortstop C.J. Hinojosa and lefthander Cody Geisler succumbed to shoulder injuries. The only Tigers star who stayed healthy was Dean, who moved from first base to second after Hinojosa went down. One of the top high school hitters in Texas, Dean makes consistent hard contact from the right side of the plate. The 6-foot-1, 185-pounder has the swing and bat speed to hit for both average and power. He has some athleticism and close to average speed, but a lack of arm strength and footwork limits him defensively and knocks him down draft boards a bit. Dean could get a chance at second base, though left field could be his ultimate destination. Like Hinojosa, he's expected to attend Texas rather than turn pro.
4 153 Arizona Diamondbacks Chuck Taylor OF Mansfield Timberview HS, Arlington, Texas $250,000
Taylor has plus speed that served him well as a quarterback at Timberview HS. He's a true center fielder and a basestealing threat, though his bat needs some time to develop. He's just 5-foot-7 but has some strength in his 185-pound frame. The switch-hitter has committed to Texas-Arlington.
5 160 Minnesota Twins Tyler Duffey RHP Rice $267,100
J.T. Chargois is Rice's main closer and projects as a top-two-rounds selection, but it's Duffey who's having a better season in the Owls' bullpen. Entering the Conference USA tournament, Duffey had a superior ERA (1.84 to 2.27), strikeout rate (11.7 per nine innings to 8.8) and opponent average (.172 to .214). He doesn't have Chargois' pure stuff, but Duffey has an 88-92 mph fastball that touches 94 and backs it up with an average slider. He has the makings of a changeup and a durable 6-foot-3, 210-pound frame, so a pro team could give him a chance to start. Scouts also love the way he competes.
5 162 Baltimore Orioles Colin Poche LHP Marcus HS, Flower Mound, Texas
Poche is a 6-foot-3, 190-pound lefthander who's mostly projection right now. He usually pitches at 86-88 mph and touches 91 with his fastball. His curveball and changeup have promise, and scouts like his athleticism and ability to locate his pitches. He has committed to Arkansas.
5 164 Chicago Cubs Anthony Prieto LHP Americas HS, El Paso $200,000
Prieto barely pitched in high school until his junior season and joined his first travel team last summer, when he reportedly reached the mid-90s at a tournament in Phoenix. Scouts haven't seen that kind of velocity out of the 5-foot-11, 180-pounder this season, when he missed the first six weeks with a forearm strain. Since returning, Prieto mostly has dealt fastballs at 88-90 mph. Though he's not physical, he generates his heat with an effortless delivery that allows him to throw strikes with three pitches. Both his changeup and curveball show promise. He has signed with Howard (Texas) JC.
5 169 Oakland Athletics Max Muncy 1B Baylor $240,000
Muncy had one of the best bats among Texas high schoolers in 2009, when the Indians took a flier on him in the 49th round, and three years later he has one of the best among college players in this draft. With a short lefthanded stroke and a disciplined approach, he barrels balls consistently. He has proven he can hit with wood, too, turning in a pair of solid summers in the Cape Cod League. Muncy has a strong build at 6-foot-1 and 205 pounds and shows pop to his pull side, though scouts hesitate to project him as having more than average home run power. That could be a problem if he's limited to first base, where he has started all but one game in his three years at Baylor. Muncy has decent speed and athleticism, enough to consider trying him at another position. The Bears gave him a look at second base during fall ball, and he gave catching a shot in high school.
5 176 Los Angeles Dodgers Ross Stripling RHP Texas A&M $130,000
Stripling was mostly a football and basketball player in high school in Texas before breaking his left leg as a senior. Bored during his rehab, he began fooling around on the mound with a cast on his leg, then went 14-0 in his first season as a pitcher, earning an academic scholarship and walking on at Texas A&M. He tied for the NCAA Division I lead with 14 wins and helped the Aggies reach the College World Series in 2011, then returned for his senior season after failing to sign with the Rockies as a ninth-rounder. On the day (May 12) he was scheduled to graduate with a degree in finance, he threw a no-hitter against San Diego State. The scouting report remains the same on Stripling. He's an athletic 6-foot-3, 190-pounder who works at 88-91 mph with his fastball and gets outs with his 12-to-6 curveball. He uses an over-the-top delivery, which he repeats well, and has a decent changeup. He has the stuff and command to make it as a starter, and he's intriguing as a reliever because he hit 94 mph and featured a sharper curve when he came out of the bullpen in past seasons.
5 186 Texas Rangers Preston Beck OF Texas-Arlington $207,900
Two years after producing No. 10 overall pick Michael Choice, Texas-Arlington has another power-hitting outfielder. Beck can't match Choice's sheer pop, but he offers plenty from the left side of the plate and is a better pure hitter. With two weeks left in the regular season, Beck paced the Southland Conference in both homers (nine) and RBIs (50). The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder proved his ability to hit for power and average with wood bats last summer in the Cape Cod League before leaving with a hip injury that required surgery. An average runner with a plus arm, Beck fits comfortably in right field. He was clocked at 94 mph throwing from outfield during the Mavericks' scout day last fall. He stands a good chance of becoming one of the highest-drafted players in Texas-Arlington history, likely coming in behind Choice and Hunter Pence (64th overall, 2004).
6 196 Pittsburgh Pirates Eric Wood 3B Blinn (Texas) JC $100,000
A 37th-round pick of the Athletics out of Canada in 2011, Wood didn't draw much attention at Blinn JC this spring but rose 31 rounds in the draft. He's a physical 6-foot-2, 194-pound righthanded hitter who batted .318 with four homers in 2012. He's a below-average runner but flashes some arm strength and pitched four innings for the Buccaneers.
6 208 San Francisco Giants Stephen Johnson RHP St. Edward's (Texas) $180,000
The draft's best college prospect outside of NCAA Division I, Johnson had middling success in two years as a starter at Division II St. Edward's. He rocketed up draft boards when he worked as a reliever last summer for the California Collegiate League's Santa Barbara Foresters and helped them win the National Baseball Congress World Series. Johnson's fastball sat at 94-96 mph last summer and has been even better this spring, hitting 98 mph and topping out at 101 mph. He has been much more dominant coming out of the bullpen, leading D-II with 16 regular-season saves while striking out 63 in 36 innings and limiting opponents to a .131 average and two extra-base hits. The 6-foot-4, 205-pounder pitches mostly off his fastball, which features some run and sink, and his hard slurve parks at 81-85 mph when it's on. Johnson has a funky arm action with a stab in the back, resulting in just decent command and perhaps limiting his realistic ceiling to set-up man rather than closer. Diagnosed with a partial elbow tear as a Colorado high school senior three years ago, Johnson eschewed surgery and hasn't had any health problems in college.
6 209 Atlanta Braves Josh Elander C Texas Christian $166,700
Pressed into catching duty with Team USA last summer after playing sporadically behind the plate in his first two college seasons, Elander got the job done defensively. Combined with enthusiasm about his bat and makeup, it seemed to give him a chance to be a first-round pick. Scouts continue to believe in his offensive potential, and while they laud his work ethic, they doubt he'll be able to catch in pro ball. A 6-foot-1, 215-pound righthanded hitter, Elander is starting to tap into his plus raw power while maintaining his discipline at the plate. He has average arm strength and a quick release, and he had thrown out 36 percent of basestealers through mid-May. He moves well behind the plate, too, but he has hard hands that lead to receiving issues. More athletic than most catchers and close to an average runner, he probably could handle the outfield and played primarily right field as a freshman. He has enough bat to profile on an outfield corner and to get drafted around the third round.
7 248 Philadelphia Phillies Hoby Milner LHP 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.
8 263 Cleveland Indians Caleb Hamrick RHP Cedar Hill (Texas) HS $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.
8 274 Detroit Tigers Jeff McVaney OF/LHP Texas State $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.
8 278 Philadelphia Phillies Josh Ludy C Baylor $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.
9 279 Houston Astros Daniel Minor RHP Texas A&M-Corpus Christi $50,000
After two years at McLennan (Texas) CC, Minor made an immediate impact at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. He tied the school record for wins, going 10-3, 2.20 with 110 strikeouts in as many innings. Though he's small at 5-foot-11 and 180 pounds, he works at 88-90 mph with his fastball. He opened some eyes by hitting 93 during the Southland Conference tournament. He also spins a breaking ball well and throws strikes.
9 281 Seattle Mariners Jamodrick McGruder 2B Texas Tech $130,500
McGruder is a 5-foot-7, 170-pound catalyst with plus-plus speed and the knowledge of how to use it. Though his lefthanded stroke can get long at times and leads to swings and misses, he understands that his job is to get on base. He ranked among the top 20 in NCAA Division I in triples (eight), walks (45), on-base percentage (.500) and steals (39 in 44 tries) during the regular season. He doesn't have much power, but the bigger concern is whether his hands are good enough to keep him at second base. He has plenty of range and enough arm strength for the infield.
9 283 Kansas City Royals Daniel Stumpf LHP San Jacinto (Texas) JC $125,000
Stumpf threw seven shutout innings in the Region XIV championship game to send San Jacinto to the Junior College World Series for the sixth time in seven seasons. The Gators are usually loaded with pitching prospects, but this year Stumpf is their lone player who projects to get drafted in the first 15 rounds. The six-foot-2, 198-pound Stumpf works at 88-91 mph with his fastball and touches 94, maintaining his velocity deep into games. He has some armside run on his heater, which he backs up with an average changeup and an effective cutter/slider. He does a good job of throwing strikes and commanding his pitches. At 22, Stumpf is older than most junior college sophomores. He took off a year in high school to work and spent a year at Stephen F. Austin State as a student. Committed to NAIA power Lubbock Christian (Texas) for 2013, he's expected to sign.
10 312 Baltimore Orioles Joel Hutter SS Dallas Baptist $10,000
Hutter has value as a senior sign who profiles as a third baseman or utilityman. The 6-foot-1, 210-pounder doesn't have a plus tool but he doesn't have a glaring weakness either. He offers some righthanded pop, decent speed and solid arm strength. He has infield actions but lacks the range to remain at shortstop in pro ball. He began his college career at Des Moines Area CC.
10 322 Cincinnati Reds Jeremy Kivel RHP Spring (Texas) HS $500,000
Kivel had the raw arm strength to pitch himself into the early rounds of the 2012 draft, but that chance ended when he blew out the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee while playing the outfield. He previously had surgery on the ACL in his right knee. A 6-foot-2, 200-pounder, Kivel is all about power. His quick arm delivers fastballs up to 95 mph and hard curveballs as well. He still needs a lot of polish. Assuming he doesn't turn pro, he'll attend Houston.
10 324 Washington Nationals Craig Manuel C Rice $25,000
Manuel isn't especially toolsy, but he's a lefthanded-hitting catcher with a tremendous work ethic, and that will give him the opportunity to play pro ball. The 6-foot-1, 205-pounder excels at putting the bat on the ball, though he offers little pop and has well below-average speed. A good receiver with a decent arm, he has erased 24 percent of basestealers in four years at Rice.
10 335 Milwaukee Brewers Anthony Banda LHP San Jacinto (Texas) JC $125,000
After turning down the Diamondbacks as a 33rd-round pick out of high school in 2011, Banda claimed a spot in the rotation on a San Jacinto team that finished runner-up at the Junior College World Series. The 6-foot-3, 185-pounder has yet to fill out, which bodes well for adding velocity to his 87-89 mph fastball. His sharp curveball is his best pitch, and he made strides with his changeup this spring. He has a long, loose arm but needs to do a better job of attacking the strike zone.
11 353 Cleveland Indians Logan Vick OF Baylor $125,000
Vick slumped to .213 as a sophomore in 2011 when the NCAA switched to BBCOR bats, but he got back on track by hitting .337 in the Cape Cod League last summer and was the top regular season hitter (.347) this spring on a Baylor team that ran away with the Big 12 Conference title. He commands the strike zone well, though his lefthanded swing can get long at times. The 5-foot-11, 195-pounder's power comes more to the gaps than over the fence, which could make him a tweener unless he can move to the infield. Vick has a strong arm and solid speed, but perhaps not enough to stick in center field. He struggled playing third base on the Cape, but a club may give him a shot at second base. A good athlete, Vick was an all-state football kicker at Tivy High in Kerrville, Texas.
11 356 Los Angeles Dodgers Jeremy Rathjen OF Rice
Rathjen might have gone in the first five rounds last year had he not torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in mid-March. After redshirting and turning down the Yankees as a 41st-round pick, he has returned to show an all-around tools package similar to what he had before the injury. The 6-foot-6, 195-pound Rathjen does a nice job of making contact for someone with such long arms and a lengthy swing. That's a tribute to his bat speed and hand-eye coordination, which give him average power. Rathjen's speed hasn't come quite all the way back, as its more solid than plus. He has moved from center to right field this season, more to accommodate teammate Michael Fuda's well above-average speed and subpar arm. Rathjen has a chance to play center field in pro ball, and his average arm will work in right field. Scouts praise his makeup and believe he'll be signable around the fifth round because he graduated in May.
11 357 Los Angeles Angels Jonathan Walsh C Texas
11 366 Texas Rangers Eric Brooks RHP McLennan (Texas) CC $100,000
One of the highlights on the Texas junior college circuit this spring came when Brooks faced Weatherford's Jacob Stone in a matchup of two of the state's top juco arms on April 21. Brooks put up eight zeroes and Stone countered with nine as neither got a decision in a game Weatherford won 1-0 on an unearned run in the 12th inning. Brooks began his college career at Houston, where he pitched in the weekend rotation as a freshman in 2010 before missing the next year following labrum surgery. Brooks (6-foot-1, 195 pounds) dominated opposition this spring with his heavy fastball, which usually operates at 90-93 mph and peaks at 95. He's athletic and does a nice job of repeating his delivery and throwing strikes. His offspeed pitches aren't as advanced as his fastball and control, though his slider has its moments. Brooks will pitch at Texas A&M next year if he doesn't turn pro.
13 408 Colorado Rockies Kyle Von Tungeln OF Texas Christian
Despite being one of Texas Christian's toolsiest players since arriving on campus, Von Tungeln was only a part-time starter in his first two seasons because he was too inconsistent at the plate. The 6-foot, 175-pounder's best tool is his plus speed, but he gets caught up trying to hit for power too often, leading to strikeouts. The lefthanded hitter lacks the strength and bat speed to be a power threat and instead needs to focus on reaching base. His basestealing technique needs improvement as well. He's a quality defender in center field with enough arm strength to keep runners honest.
13 409 Oakland Athletics Stuart Pudenz RHP Dallas Baptist
Scouts may consider Jake Johansen the best prospect in the Dallas Baptist bullpen, but it's Pudenz who has had a much more effective year and serves as the Patriots' closer. He posted a 1.23 ERA and eight saves during the regular season, striking out 47 in 37 innings and limiting opponents to a .169 average. The 6-foot-5, 221-pounder works mainly with a 90-94 mph fastball and a splitter, occasionally mixing in a slider. He battled his command in his first two seasons at Dallas Baptist before making significant strides this spring, though scouts still aren't in love with his delivery.
13 426 Texas Rangers Sam Stafford LHP Texas
14 438 Colorado Rockies Shane Broyles RHP Texas Tech
14 442 Cincinnati Reds Luke Moran RHP Grayson County (Texas) CC $125,000
Like McLennan righthander Eric Brooks, Moran started his college career at Houston before transferring and becoming one of Texas' top juco prospects. While he had more success as a hitter (.367/.465/.511) than as a pitcher (6-4, 4.36, 84 strikeouts in 74 innings) this spring, his pro future is definitely on the mound. He uses his strong 6-foot-2, 220-pound frame to generate fastballs that sit at 88-92 mph and touch 94. He's still working on refining a breaking ball, as he uses both a loopy curveball and a cutter/slider. He has committed to Oklahoma State for 2013.
14 446 Los Angeles Dodgers Matthew Reckling RHP Rice
Rice produced the first college senior drafted last year in lefthander Tony Cingrani, who went in the third round to the Reds. Reckling should be one of the first seniors to go this year, after turning down the Indians as a 22nd-round pick last summer. Scouts knew he'd be a tough sign because he's a good student and he comes from a wealthy family--Rice's stadium is named after his grandparents. Reckling didn't start pitching until his final year of high school and wasn't effective in college until the Owls eliminated the recoil in his delivery last year. He has won more games this year (eighth through mid-May) than he totaled in his first three seasons (seven) while averaging 10.5 strikeouts per nine innings. The 6-foot-4, 215-pounder sits at 88-92 mph with his fastball as a starter, and he has jumped as high as 97 mph as a reliever. His spike curveball shows flashes of being a plus pitch, and most scouts think he profiles best as a two-pitch reliever. Reckling's control and command have improved but don't project to be better than average, and his changeup is a mediocre third offering. Scouts don't believe his low-elbow delivery is conducive to starting in the long term.
14 457 New York Yankees Andrew Benak RHP Rice $100,000
15 472 Cincinnati Reds Ben Klimesh RHP Trinity (Texas)
Klimesh got cut from his New Trier HS (Winnetka, Ill.) team as a junior and barely pitched as a senior, but four years later he's the most dominant pitcher in NCAA Division III. He led D-III in wins (13) and strikeouts (154, breaking Mickey Mahler's Trinity record) and ranked second in whiffs per nine innings (1.39) through the end of the regional playoffs. Klimesh has good size and strength at 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds, and works at 90-91 mph with his fastball and can run it up to 95 when he comes out of the bullpen. He throws both a slurve and a changeup in the low 80s. He needs more consistency with his fastball life and command but has improved in both regards.
15 476 Los Angeles Dodgers Duke von Schamann RHP Texas Tech $100,000
The son of former NFL kicker Uwe von Schamann, Duke bounced back from Tommy John surgery in 2010 to post a 2.08 ERA this spring, the third-lowest at Texas Tech since the NCAA went to metal bats in 1974. The 6-foot-4, 215-pounder lives mainly off his sinker, which has late run, usually sits at 87-90 mph and has reached 93 in the past. A redshirt sophomore, he throws strikes, gets groundouts and competes. His slider and changeup are nothing special, but he uses them effectively to set up his sinker.
15 477 Los Angeles Angels Reid Scoggins RHP Howard (Texas) JC $100,000
Area scouts had to flock to Howard JC in mid-April amid reports that Scoggs was hitting 101 mph. The Major League Scouting Bureau graded his Overall Future Potential as 62 on the 20-80 scale, which would put him in the top half of the first round. When scouts got to Big Spring, they didn't see triple digits but did see a 91-96 mph fastball that could land him in the first five rounds. Scoggins is somewhat of a mystery because he missed 2011 recovering from Tommy John surgery and pitched only 20 innings in relief this spring. He has a strong 6-foot-3, 205-pound frame and a slurvy mid-80s slider with some depth that gives him the makings of an average second pitch. There's a lot of effort in his delivery, which features a pronounced head whack, and his mechanics lead to below-average command. Scouts wonder whether he'll throw enough quality strikes if his pro team leaves his delivery alone, or whether he'll lose velocity if a club tries to clean him up. Though he's committed to Florida International, Scoggins already is 21 and is believed to be signable.
16 493 Kansas City Royals Austin Fairchild LHP St. Thomas HS, Houston $350,000
Fairchild helped St. Thomas (coached by future Hall of Famer Craig Biggio) to consecutive Texas 5-A private-school titles in 2010 and 2011 and a runner-up finish this spring. Six-foot-1 and 175 pounds, he has added significant velocity in the past year and now works at 88-91 mph. He touched 94 last summer, though the extra heat has come with more effort and less fluidity in his delivery, which he struggles to repeat. He shows some feel for spinning the ball, though his breaker varies between a curve and a slider. He has committed to Texas Christian.
16 507 Los Angeles Angels Kody Eaves 2B Pasadena (Texas) Memorial HS $100,000
16 514 Detroit Tigers Josh Turley LHP Baylor $100,000
Below-average fastball velocity hasn't stopped Turley from carving up opponents this season, as he allowed one earned run or less in 10 of his 14 starts through the Big 12 Conference tournament. He usually pitches at 85-87 mph and rarely cracks 90, but he succeeds with his plus changeup and command. He also has a good cutter and an effective curveball. The 6-foot, 190-pounder probably won't ever throw any harder, but he's attractive as a lefthander who really knows how to pitch.
18 563 Cleveland Indians Louis Head RHP Texas State
18 567 Los Angeles Angels Ryan Dalton 3B Texas-San Antonio
19 579 Houston Astros Austin Elkins 2B Dallas Baptist
After slumping as a sophomore in 2011, Elkins got back on track with a strong summer in the Cape Cod League and has performed well in his draft year. The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder hit .356/.439/.629 during the regular season, making consistent hard contact from both sides of the plate. He has average speed and good instincts on the basepaths and in the field.
19 587 Miami Marlins Cody Gunter 3B Flower Mound (Texas) HS
Gunter entered the season as one of the better offensive prospects among Texas high schoolers. He still is, but scouts have taken more of a liking to him on the mound. He's still learning as a pitcher, but he shows the possibility for three solid offerings in his 90-92 mph fastball, slider and splitter. He's a good athlete with projection remaining in his 6-foot-3, 195-pound frame. Though he'll probably get drafted as a pitcher, he's also a lefthanded hitter who can produce for both average and power. He has the arm strength and agility to play a quality third base as well. If he doesn't turn pro, Gunter will attend Kansas State.
20 627 Los Angeles Angels Quinten Davis OF McLennan (Texas) CC
20 633 Arizona Diamondbacks Jacob House 1B Texas A&M
20 634 Detroit Tigers Logan Ehlers LHP Howard (Texas) JC $122,000
An eighth-round pick out of a Nebraska high school in 2010, Ehlers turned down an $800,000 offer from the Blue Jays. When the NCAA ruled that his adviser had negotiated directly with the team when he bumped into a Jays official at the Area Code Games, it suspended Ehlers for 60 percent of the 2011 season. Following a coaching change with the Cornhuskers and minor shoulder surgery last July, he transferred to Howard JC and became draft-eligible this spring. Hawks coach Britt Smith, who has sent several pitchers to Division I programs and pro ball, says Ehlers has the best combination of pitchability and stuff of anyone he has coached. He throws strikes with three pitches that all have a chance to become at least average big league offerings. He has a quick arm that delivers fastballs ranging from 88-92 mph and sitting at 90-91. His slider is a strikeout pitch at times but loopy at others, and his changeup is more of a show-me offering that he needs to use more often. The 6-foot-2, 220-pounder tends to spin away from the plate in his delivery, but he makes it work. He has committed to Texas Tech for 2013 but is expected to sign.
20 637 New York Yankees Mikey Reynolds SS Texas A&M
21 640 Minnesota Twins Bo Altobelli C Texas Tech
21 655 Toronto Blue Jays Colton Turner LHP Texas State
Turner doesn't do anything flashy, but he's a lefthander who can throw three pitches for strikes. The 6-foot-2, 185-pounder can pitch to both sides of the plate with an 87-88 mph fastball that occasionally hits 91 mph but could use some more life. He also has a mid-70s slurve with 2-to-8 break and a changeup with some fade. While he fills the zone, he'll have to improve the location of his pitches in pro ball.
21 660 St. Louis Cardinals Joe Almaraz 1B Angelina (Texas) JC
21 666 Texas Rangers Jake Lemoine RHP Bridge City (Texas) HS
22 675 San Diego Padres Kevin McCanna RHP The Woodlands (Texas) HS
Though McCanna can make a case for being the most polished high school pitcher in Texas, his smaller frame and strong commitment to Rice may mean that he won't even get drafted. He has advanced feel for three pitches: an 87-91 mph fastball that touches 92 and a slider and changeup that both have the potential to be big league average offerings. He should pitch right away for the Owls and also will contribute as a lefthanded hitter as well.
22 676 Pittsburgh Pirates Taylor Hearn LHP Royse City (Texas) HS
22 680 New York Mets Tejay Antone RHP Legacy HS, Mansfield, Texas
22 682 Cincinnati Reds Avain Rachal RHP Cy-Fair HS, Cypress, Texas $100,000
22 693 Arizona Diamondbacks Holden Helmink RHP Willis (Texas) HS
Helmink has a projectable frame and the makings of two plus future pitches, but he lacks the polish to get drafted early enough to sign him away from a Texas commitment. The 6-foot-4, 185-pounder first made his name at Willis as a slugging outfielder, and he's still learning to pitch. He has a quick arm, an 88-92 mph fastball and shows aptitude for spinning his curveball. Helmink still is learning on the mound, and he'll need to develop a changeup and improve his command. He could find innings hard to come by as a freshman on a deep Longhorns pitching staff.
22 695 Milwaukee Brewers Taylor Wall LHP Rice
23 699 Houston Astros Travis Ballew RHP Texas State
The Southland Conference pitcher of the year after leading the league in wins (11) and strikeouts (119 in 102 innings) in his first year as a starter, Ballew is a little guy with big stuff. The 6-foot, 160-pounder pairs an 89-94 mph fastball with a hard slider. Though he does a good job of throwing strikes, his size and the effort in his delivery lead scouts to project him as a pro reliever who could have two plus pitches.
23 703 Kansas City Royals Kevin Allen RHP Texas Christian
23 714 Washington Nationals Casey Selsor LHP Texas-San Antonio
23 722 Tampa Bay Rays Reid Redman 3B Texas Tech
24 730 Minnesota Twins Jose Favela C Franklin (Texas) HS
24 737 Miami Marlins Matt Juengel 3B Texas A&M
24 744 Washington Nationals Austin Dicharry RHP Texas
25 770 New York Mets Leon Byrd SS Cy-Ranch HS, Cypress, Texas
25 773 Cleveland Indians Cameron Cox RHP Weatherford (Texas) JC
While scouts hold Weatherford teammate Jacob Stone in higher regard because he has better stuff, Cox has more projection remaining in his 6-foot-3, 185-pound frame. He has a promising three-pitch mix in an 88-91 mph fastball that should pick up more velocity as he adds strength, a curveball that has its moments when he stays on top of it and a solid changeup. He'll need to smooth out his delivery.
25 776 Los Angeles Dodgers Danny Coulombe LHP Texas Tech
26 789 Houston Astros C.J. Hinojosa SS Klein Collins HS, Spring, Texas
Hinojosa planned to graduate early from high school last winter so he could enroll at Texas and become the Longhorns' starting shortstop this spring. But his academic load became overwhelming, so he opted to graduate with his class in June. Hinojosa has one plus tool: his righthanded bat. The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder has a quick bat and sees pitches well, allowing him to drive the ball to all fields with good pop for a middle infielder. His average speed and solid arm play up because of his instincts, which give him a chance to stick at shortstop in pro ball. He makes all the plays and would have pushed projected first-rounder Gavin Cecchini to second base on the U.S. 18-and-under team last summer had Hinojosa not injured his non-throwing shoulder. Scouts still don't think any team will be able to sign him away from Texas. They also were disappointed that he let his 5-foot-11, 185-pound frame get a little soft this year, though that didn't stop him from playing well before he had surgery to repair a dislocated left shoulder in April.
27 824 Chicago Cubs Tyler Bremer RHP Baylor
27 826 Pittsburgh Pirates Jake Johansen RHP Dallas Baptist
From a physical standpoint, few college pitchers stand out like Johansen. He's a 6-foot-6, 216-pounder who works at 93-95 mph and peaks at 97 with a fastball that features armside run. At times, he'll show a sharp slider with late life that makes batters look silly if they try to sit on his fastball. Johansen redshirted in his first season at Dallas Baptist because he wasn't ready to pitch against Division-I competition, and he's still figuring out how to control his big body and his pitches. Command difficulties scrapped the Patriots' plans to use him as a starter this spring and limit him to a reliever profile in pro ball. If he can add some polish, however, he has the stuff to pitch in the late innings.
27 827 Miami Marlins Justin Jackson RHP Sam Houston State
27 845 Milwaukee Brewers Tyler Duffie RHP Texas Christian
28 849 Houston Astros Angel Ibanez 3B Texas-Pan American
28 855 San Diego Padres Griffin Russell LHP Wichita Falls (Texas) HS $100,000
28 862 Cincinnati Reds Mo Wiley RHP Houston
29 889 Oakland Athletics Taylor Massey LHP Dallas Baptist
29 891 Chicago White Sox Jason Coats OF Texas Christian
Coats positioned himself as a possible first-round pick in last year's draft by helping Texas Christian to its first-ever College World Series and set a school record with 99 hits in 2010 before turning in a strong summer in the Cape Cod League. Instead, his righthanded swing got longer and his pitch recognition regressed, and he dropped to the Orioles in the 12th round. He nearly signed with Baltimore but ultimately returned to the Horned Frogs, where he turned in a season similar to his 2011 performance. Coats could be a slighty above-average hitter with average power, making him attractive as a senior sign. He fits best in left field with his fringy speed, arm and defense. He missed the Mountain West Conference tournament with a sprained right knee.
29 896 Los Angeles Dodgers John Cannon C Houston
29 899 Atlanta Braves Jaden Dillon RHP Texas A&M-Kingsville
29 908 Philadelphia Phillies Brad Wieck LHP Frank Phillips (Texas) JC
30 909 Houston Astros John Neely RHP Texas Tech
30 916 Pittsburgh Pirates Chase McDowell RHP Rice
30 918 Colorado Rockies Trent Blank RHP Baylor
30 920 New York Mets Dustin Cook RHP Hargrave HS, Huffman, Texas
30 929 Atlanta Braves Casey Kalenkosky 1B Texas State
31 939 Houston Astros M.P. Cokinos C St. Mary's (Texas)
31 941 Seattle Mariners Rusty Shellhorn LHP Texas Tech
31 946 Pittsburgh Pirates Jack Moffit RHP Flower Mound (Texas) HS
Committed to Navarro (Texas) JC, Moffit is the most signable of a quartet of Flower Mound righthanded pitching prospects that also includes Cody Gunter, Andrew Vinson and John Kresta. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Moffit missed part of the spring with a finger injury but impressed scouts with his arm action and stuff. He has an 88-92 mph fastball, a decent curveball and a splitter with some slider action.
31 952 Cincinnati Reds Austin Salter RHP Cisco (Texas) JC
32 972 Baltimore Orioles Steel Russell C Midland (Texas) JC
32 983 Cleveland Indians Paul Hendrix SS Howard (Texas) JC
33 1000 Minnesota Twins Kaleb Merck RHP Texas Christian
33 1013 Cleveland Indians Cory Raley SS Uvalde (Texas) HS
A dual-threat quarterback at Uvalde HS, Raley rushed for 1,470 yards and 20 touchdowns last fall. He hasn't played in many showcase events, and Uvalde is off the beaten scouting path in Texas, yet word of Raley's athleticism still spread this spring. His best tool is his well above-average speed, as he's capable of getting from the right side of the plate to first base in 4.0 seconds. The 6-foot-2, 185-pounder has the arm and actions to stay at shortstop, though his bat will need time to develop. That figures to happen at Texas A&M rather than in pro ball, because it may take a seven-figure offer to get Raley to sign. His brother Brooks was a two-way standout for the Aggies and now pitches in the Cubs system. Another brother, Russell, starred at Oklahoma and now coaches for the Sooners.
34 1036 Pittsburgh Pirates Ryan Rand OF Langham Creek HS, Houston
34 1049 Atlanta Braves Ben Johnson OF Westwood HS, Austin
34 1053 Arizona Diamondbacks Jared Ray RHP Houston
35 1071 Chicago White Sox Kyle Martin RHP Texas A&M
35 1074 Washington Nationals Cory Bafidis LHP Texas Wesleyan
35 1083 Arizona Diamondbacks Robbie Buller RHP Houston Baptist
36 1102 Cincinnati Reds Jarvis Flowers 2B Cy-Ranch HS, Cypress, Texas
36 1103 Cleveland Indians Benny Suarez RHP Hill (Texas) JC
36 1105 Toronto Blue Jays Brian Cruz SS Galveston (Texas) JC
36 1107 Los Angeles Angels Kenny Hatcher RHP Dallas Baptist
36 1112 Tampa Bay Rays Brett McAfee SS Panola (Texas) JC
36 1116 Texas Rangers Sterling Wynn LHP China Spring (Texas) HS
37 1124 Chicago Cubs Clayton Crum RHP Howard (Texas) JC
Crum was the No. 2 pitcher behind Matt Purke at Klein (Texas) High before he blew out his elbow, had Tommy John surgery in 2009 and missed most of his senior season. He didn't get on the mound in his freshman year at Texas but emerged as the No. 2 starter at Howard this spring. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Crum lacks consistency after hardly pitching the past two years, but at his best he'll throw a 90-94 mph fastball and flash a good slider and an average changeup. His fastball dips to 86-89 mph at times and can get straight. He'll need to refine his pitches and improve his control and command, but some scouts believe he has more upside than any member of the Hawks' talented pitching staff. He has committed to Oregon.
37 1130 New York Mets Benny Distefano C Elkins HS, Missouri City, Texas
37 1131 Chicago White Sox Thurman Hall OF Western Texas CC
37 1134 Washington Nationals Tyler Watson LHP Georgetown (Texas) HS
37 1141 Boston Red Sox Jonathan Dziedzic LHP Lamar
37 1146 Texas Rangers Matt Withrow RHP Midland (Texas) Christian HS
38 1174 Detroit Tigers Alex Minter LHP Brook Hill HS, Bullard, Texas
39 1179 Houston Astros Mitchell Traver RHP Houston Christian HS
Traver established himself as a first-round candidate with a breakout performance at the World Wood Bat Association World Championship in Jupiter, Fla., last fall. He sat at 92-94 mph with hard sink on his fastball and backed it up with a hard curveball and a solid changeup. His 6-foot-7, 240-pound frame added to his intrigue. But Traver hasn't lived up to that standard this spring. He has operated mostly at 89-92 mph with his fastball, showing less life and command. His secondary pitches have been inconsistent too, as has his ability to repeat his delivery. Traver is more physical than athletic, struggling at times to stay on top of his pitches and to field his position. It's still easy to dream on Traver's upside, but he figures to go no higher than the third round--and that may not be early enough to sign him away from a Texas Christian commitment.
39 1181 Seattle Mariners Grayson Long RHP Barbers Hill HS, Mont Belvieu, Texas
39 1192 Cincinnati Reds Jacob Stone RHP Weatherford (Texas) JC
Stone originally committed to play quarterback at Emporia State (Kan.) before deciding to focus on baseball only at Weatherford JC. The Coyotes had the two best junior college freshmen prospects in Texas this spring in Stone and righthander Cameron Cox. While Cox has more projection remaining, the 6-foot-1, 205-pound Stone has better present stuff. He throws a 91-93 mph fastball that touches 95 and complements it with a good curveball. He'll need to hone his changeup and command to remain a starter in pro ball. His football background is evident in the way he competes on the mound.
40 1209 Houston Astros Joseph Shaw RHP Ennis (Texas) HS
40 1218 Colorado Rockies Brandon Montalvo C Langham Creek HS, Houston
40 1222 Cincinnati Reds Rafael Pineda RHP Texas A&M
40 1232 Tampa Bay Rays Nick Sawyer RHP Howard (Texas) JC
Sawyer was 5-foot-11 and topped out at 91 mph in high school, and while he hasn't gotten any taller in two years at Howard, he has added some serious velocity. The 185-pounder has a lightning-fast arm that produces fastballs that sit at 92-93 mph and peak at 96. He gets too concerned with radar guns however, throwing at maximum effort and losing command. He also throws a hard slider and profiles strictly as a reliever. Sawyer has been drafted twice previously, by the Reds in the 37th round in 2010 and by the Rangers in the 23rd round last year. He originally planned on transferring to Oklahoma in 2012 before returning to Howard, and he'll play at Oregon in 2013 if he doesn't turn pro.