Texas Rangers

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Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 29 Lewis Brinson OF Coral Springs (Fla.) HS Fla. $1,625,000
Brinson is an intelligent, hard-working player whose father died when he was just 11 years old. Scouts like his tools and his makeup, but his performance has driven his stock down a bit this spring. He looks the part in a uniform, with a long, lean, athletic body and 6-foot-4, 185-pound frame that evokes Padres center fielder Cameron Maybin. Brinson has fairly long arms and is a long-levered athlete, with advantages and disadvantages associated with that. He's a fluid runner with plus speed and range to spare in center field. He should become a premium defender, with a plus arm as well. Brinson showed strong offensive potential last summer, beating Byron Buxton in the home run derby at Wrigley Field in the Under Armour All-America Game. He also showed the ability to hit velocity in the Perfect Game showcase in Jupiter, Fla., last October. However, Brinson has disappointed scouts this spring with his lack of consistent hard contact. His long levers lead to a long swing with too many holes, and his bat speed has regressed as he has lost his way mechanically. Teams that like Brinson in the first 60 selections will have to be confident in their projections on his bat.
1s 39 Joey Gallo 3B/RHP Bishop Gorman HS, Las Vegas Nev. $2,250,000
Gallo is an enigma. There's thunder in his bat, and he can put on a show in batting practice. He became Nevada's state leader in career home runs this season after hitting his 60th, and he crushed the 10th-longest home run in Petco Park history at the Perfect Game All-America Game with wood last summer. But scouts wonder how he'll tap into that power in pro ball. He swings and misses a lot and sometimes looks overmatched against below-average stuff. Gallo has a big league body at 6-foot-5 and 205 pounds. He's not mobile at third base, so while his strong arm plays, his limited range and quickness would work better at first. That would put a lot of pressure on his bat. If he signs instead of heading to Louisiana State, Gallo will likely go out as a position player, but he has a fallback option as a pitcher. He's raw on the mound and has one of the strongest arms of any position player in this year's draft and has been clocked at 98 mph off the mound in short outings. He sits in the 93-95 mph range and mixes in an intriguing slider.
1s 53 Collin Wiles RHP Blue Valley West HS, Stilwell, Kan. Kan. $975,000
After producing perhaps the best crop of draft talent in state talent a year ago, Kansas may not have a player drafted in the first 10 rounds in 2012. The Sunflower State's top prospect is Wiles, a Vanderbilt recruit who is considered all but unsignable and likely will slide in the draft. He's extremely projectable at 6-foot-4 and 180 pounds, and his athleticism and clean delivery allow him to command three pitches. He currently deals his fastball at 86-88 mph and tops out at 90, and he should sit comfortably in the low 90s once he fills out. He also has a promising slider and advanced feel for a changeup.
2 83 Jamie Jarmon OF Indian River HS, Dagsboro, Del. Del. $601,500
The last Delaware prep to be taken in the first 10 rounds was shortstop Derrik Gibson, a second-round pick of the Red Sox in 2008. A team that thinks Jarmon can stick in center field could pop him in the first five rounds, but they will have to be patient. He's a good athlete and may have a chance to play football in college, but his tools are raw and he lacks baseball instincts right now. He has run a 6.8-second 60-yard dash, but he doesn't get out of the box quickly and most scouts think his speed plays average to a tick above. He's physical and strong at 6-foot-3, 205 pounds and has average power that is acceptable on a corner, but he'll have more value if he sticks in center. He's had an up-and-down spring from a performance standpoint and tends to tinker with his stance too much, but he has bat speed. Early on, he was in a deep crouch and swung uphill, and he tends to struggle with offspeed stuff too.
2 93 Nick Williams OF Ball HS, Galveston, Texas 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.
3 123 Pat Cantwell C Stony Brook N.Y. $50,000
Cantwell is a good defender with an above-average arm. His bat is questionable, but he could be serviceable as a backup.
4 156 Alec Asher RHP Polk County (Fla.) JC Fla. $150,000
Asher was a 23rd-round pick of the Giants out of high school in 2010, and was set to sign for $80,000 when his contract was voided due to a bone chip in his elbow. Asher, who had Tommy John surgery when he was 14, pitched at Santa Fe (Fla.) JC in 2011, then moved on to Polk County this spring, helping the school to its first Junior College World Series berth. He was named top pitcher of the state juco tournament after throwing 7 2/3 innings on three days' rest in the championship game. He has dominated juco competition (12-1, 1.39, 113-24 SO-BB ratio in 104 IP) working off a hard 89-94 mph fastball that consistently reaches 95 and has touched 97. He locates the pitch well and has shown an ability to pitch to both sides of the plate with it. Asher has gotten leaner since high school, and his 6-foot-4, 220-pound frame helps him maintain his velocity deep into games. None of his secondary pitches excites scouts. His curveball is more of an early-count pitch, and he doesn't regularly throw his decent slider for strikes. He hasn't needed much of a changeup. Asher's medical history pushes him down some boards, but the Division-II Tampa commitment is considered signable.
5 186 Preston Beck OF Texas-Arlington Texas $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).
6 216 Royce Bolinger OF Gonzaga Wash. $50,000
Gonzaga recruiting coordinator Danny Evans grew up in Arizona and the Bulldogs have done well recruiting players from the Grand Canyon State up to Spokane, Wash., with the likes of Rays lefthander Ryan Carpenter and Bolinger. A senior, Bolinger has an athletic build at 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds. He comes from an athletic family. His father, Monte, spent five years in the Cardinals organization, reaching Double-A, and his uncle Russ was an offensive lineman for nine years in the NFL with the Lions and the Rams. Bolinger put together a great season, hitting .394/.446/.624 with 11 home runs--doubling his career total. Bolinger profiles in right field because his arm grades as a legitimate 70 on the 20-80 scale.
7 246 Cam Schiller 2B Oral Roberts Okla. $10,000
Schiller could draw interest as a senior sign because he's a switch-hitter with good pop for a middle infielder. The 6-foot, 195-pounder has average speed and sure hands at second base. He spent his first two college seasons as Yavapai (Ariz.) JC.
8 276 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.
9 306 John Niggli RHP Liberty Va. $10,000
Niggli is a strike thrower that sits 86-88 and can touch 90. He also mixes in a two-seamer and changeup. He went 9-4, 2.17 with a save in 104 innings pitched.
10 336 Casey Shiver RHP Southern Polytechnic State (Ga.) Ga. $15,000
A 6-foot-3, 185-pound righthander, Shiver has a durable arm and two fringe-average pitches with an upper-80s fastball and low-to-mid-70s curve. He was an innings-eater at NAIA Southern Poly (Ga.) and in the Northwoods League the previous summer.
11 366 Eric Brooks RHP McLennan (Texas) CC Texas $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.
12 396 Keone Kela RHP Everett (Wash.) CC Wash. $100,000
Kela spent the first three years of his high school career in California before moving up to Seattle last year for his senior year. He was a 29th-round pick by the Mariners out of Chief Sealth High last June, but instead of signing and heading to Everett to pitch for the AquaSox, he headed to Everett Community College to pitch for the Trojans. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Kela pitched in the 88-91 mph range last year, but is now sitting 91-93 out of the bullpen and touches 95. He throws a slurvy breaking ball that shows flashes of being an average slider. Kela has some effort to his delivery but has worked this season to clean up his lower half, as he was locking up his front side and has some arm recoil. With the effort comes below-average control. With his two-pitch mix and his aggressive mechanics, Kela profiles as a middle reliever in pro ball.
13 426 Sam Stafford LHP Texas Texas
14 456 Kwinton Smith OF Dillon (S.C.) HS S.C.
15 486 Jameis Winston OF Hueytown (Ala.) HS Ala.
Winston is part of a long line of Florida State quarterback signees who also have baseball as a possibility. The group incudes the likes of Chris Weinke, Danny Kannell, Joe Mauer and more recently D'Vontrey Richardson. Winston may be the most anticipated football prospect of them all, and his football prowess has clouded his baseball potential. He is one of the better athletes in the draft class, and at times it appears there's nothing beyond his reach. He's a 6.6-second runner in the 60 who switch-hits and has excellent arm strength, having touched 92 mph on the mound. Winston has shown premium bat speed in showcases as well, and at 6-foot-4, 210 pounds, it's easy to project him to hit for plus power down the line. He has not had a great spring, turning off scouts with his on-field demeanor and looking less polished than hoped. Winston has handled all the attention he has received --- much of it negative --- for being an Alabama football stud who spurned the Crimson Tide for Florida State. It's difficult for many scouts to imagine him turning down big-time college football, and many hope to check in again in three seasons to see how he has handled playing both sports for the Seminoles.
16 516 JanLuis Castro 2B Colegio Hector Urdaneta HS, Rio Grande, P.R. $100,000
17 546 Chuck Moorman C El Capitan HS, Lakeside, Calif. Calif. $100,000
18 576 Ryan Harvey RHP Seton Hall N.J.
Harvey has a thick, durable frame at 6-foot-2, 215 pounds, but he lacks a plus pitch. His fastball has sat 86-90 mph this season and he's shown a solid slider.
19 606 Tyler Smith RHP South Carolina-Sumter JC S.C. $135,000
Smith has a good pitcher's frame at 6-foot-2, 200 pounds and the arm strength to match. He sits in the low 90s and touches 95 mph with his fastball. He also mixes in a slider, but he still needs to develop the pitch more. He has a rough delivery and profiles as a reliever. Committed to attend Tennessee next year, Smith was 10-1, 1.13 with 102 strikeouts and 35 walks in 80 innings this season.
20 636 Josh McElwee RHP Newberry (S.C.) S.C.
McElwee missed his junior season after undergoing Tommy John surgery and is now a redshirt senior who turns 23 in June. He has a strong frame at 6-foot-4, 205 pounds, fires fastballs in the low-90s and mixes in an average slider. He was 5-4, 3.99 with 97 strikeouts and 35 walks in 79 innings (13 starts) for Newberry. McElwee profiles as a reliever.
21 666 Jake Lemoine RHP Bridge City (Texas) HS Texas
22 696 Travis Dean RHP Kennesaw State Ga.
23 726 Coby Cowgill RHP Virginia Military Institute Va.
24 756 Chase Mullins LHP Bourbon County HS, Paris, Ky. Ky.
After three years at Kentucky, Alex Meyer matured into a first-round pick in the 2012 draft. Mullins has a similar build (6-foot-9, 250 pounds) and potentially could do the same, and as a bonus he's lefthanded. He's still learning how to pitch and to control his big frame, so he probably won't get drafted high enough to lure him away from the Wildcats. At his best, Mullins will show a 90-92 mph fastball and a plus curveball, but he often works at 87-90 and lacks trustworthy secondary pitches and control. He does have clean arm action for such a big pitcher, adding hope that he'll figure everything out.
25 786 Gabriel Roa SS Wabash Valley (Ill.) CC Ill.
26 816 Austen Thrailkill LHP St. Petersburg (Fla.) JC Fla.
27 846 Ryan Bores RHP Kent State Ohio
28 876 Joe Burns LHP Samford Ala.
29 906 Brandon Kuter RHP George Mason Va.
30 936 Barrett Serrato OF Purdue Ind.
31 966 Zach Brill LHP Morris HS, Longview, Wash. Wash.
32 996 Alex Young LHP Carmel Catholic HS, Mundelein, Ill. Ill.
Young is the top prospect in Illinois, but he may not be the first player selected from the state because of signability questions. A team could select him as early as the third round, but that may not be high enough to lure him away from a Texas Christian commitment. After three years with the Horned Frogs, he could go even higher because he's a projectable lefthander who's just starting to figure things out on the mound. His fastball ranges from 87-91 mph and has touched 93 in workouts. The projection and athleticism in his 6-foot-3, 190-pound frame hint at more velocity. With large hands and long fingers, he also shows aptitude for spinning a curveball. Young needs to improve his fastball life, curveball consistency and overall command, as well as a developing a changeup. But all of the ingredients are there.
33 1026 Ryan Burr RHP Highlands Ranch (Colo.) HS Colo.
Burr has been on the prospect scene for a while, which often leads to players being nitpicked to death by scouts. In the summer, Burr was in the 91-94 mph range and there were reports of him touching even higher. He has an ideal pitcher's frame at 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds, still has a baby face and turns 18 just a few days before the draft. He settled into the 89-92 mph range this spring and mixed in a mid-70s curveball and low-80s changeup. Burr's delivery raises some eyebrows with scouts. He has a long arm action in the back with a big stab and a bit of a wrist wrap. He also tends to land on his heel and both factors make it difficult for Burr to throw strikes and show consistency with his secondary offerings. Those factors, in addition to his commitment to Arizona State, likely mean Burr will end up heading to college.
34 1056 David Lyon C Kent State Ohio
35 1086 Brad Stone LHP Ardrey Kell HS, Charlotte N.C.
36 1116 Sterling Wynn LHP China Spring (Texas) HS Texas
37 1146 Matt Withrow RHP Midland (Texas) Christian HS Texas
38 1176 Zack Fields 1B Annapolis (Mich.) HS Mich.
39 1206 Tevin Johnson OF Henry County HS, McDonough, Ga. Ga.
40 1236 Paul Schwendel RHP Emory (Ga.) Ga.