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Stanford righthander Mark Appel is the leading candidate to go No. 1 overall in the June draft, but with everything he brings to the table, scouts still wonder why he doesn't dominate college hitters more consistently. He got knocked around for seven runs on Friday night by Fresno State, taking his first loss of the season.

Appel is now 2-1, 3.68, though his strikeout rate (10.6 per nine innings) and opponent average (.169) have improved from 2011, when they were a more pedestrian 7.0 and .277. As assistant editor Conor Glassey noted on our Draft Blog, Appel had the second-lowest sophomore strikeout rate among college pitchers drafted in the top five or rated as a top-five pick by Baseball America in the last decade. It's easy to love his mid-90s fastball, plus slider and 6-foot-5 frame, but he lacks deception and sometimes his heater gets straight.

That I can do. Of the 100 prospects on the list, 94 were named on all eight Top 150 ballots submitted by BA editors. By contrast, Athletics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes wasn't listed on any ballot because he signed after we put together the first version of the list. Interestingly, Rays lefthander Matt Moore was No. 2 on all eight ballots, with Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper No. 1 on six (and No. 3 on two) and Angels outfielder Mike Trout No. 1 on three (and No. 3 on six).

Below are the high and low votes for every member of the Top 100:

Player, Pos, Team High Low
1. Bryce Harper, of, Nationals 1 3
2. Matt Moore, lhp, Rays 2 2
3. Mike Trout, of, Angels 1 3
4. Yu Darvish, rhp, Rangers 4 6
5. Julio Teheran, rhp, Braves 4 12
6. Jesus Montero, c, Mariners 5 11
7. Jurickson Profar, ss, Rangers 4 15
8. Shelby Miller, rhp, Cardinals 4 13
9. Trevor Bauer, rhp, Diamondbacks 5 19
10. Dylan Bundy, rhp, Orioles 9 16
11. Manny Machado, ss, Orioles 8 13
12. Gerrit Cole, rhp, Pirates 10 16
13. Tyler Skaggs, lhp, Diamondbacks 7 22
14. Yoenis Cespedes, of, Athletics signed after voting
15. Jameson Taillon, rhp, Pirates 9 25
16. Devin Mesoraco, c, Reds 7 37
17. Travis d'Arnaud, c, Blue Jays 9 27
18. Miguel Sano, 3b/ss, Twins 10 30
19. Anthony Rendon, 3b, Nationals 7 50
20. Taijuan Walker, rhp, Mariners 16 31
21. Danny Hultzen, lhp, Mariners 16 30
22. Jacob Turner, rhp, Tigers 19 36
23. Mike Montgomery, lhp, Royals 17 38
24. Bubba Starling, of, Royals 14 32
25. Archie Bradley, rhp, Diamondbacks 13 28
26. Jarrod Parker, rhp, Athletics 18 39
27. Carlos Martinez, rhp, Cardinals 20 42
28. Wil Myers, of, Royals 24 46
29. Manny Banuelos, lhp, Yankees 23 48
30. Drew Pomeranz, lhp, Rockies 20 44
31. Martin Perez, lhp, Rangers 22 61
32. Brett Jackson, of, Cubs 29 41
33. Yonder Alonso, of/1b, Padres 19 57
34. Jonathan Singleton, 1b/of, Astros 25 55
35. Zack Wheeler, rhp, Mets 25 49
36. Brad Peacock, rhp, Athletics 24 62
37. Francisco Lindor, ss, Indians 22 71
38. Gary Brown, of, Giants 21 84
39. Anthony Gose, of, Blue Jays 26 53
40. Arodys Vizcaino, rhp, Braves 34 56
41. Christian Yelich, of, Marlins 13 75
42. Nolan Arenado, 3b, Rockies 26 72
43. Mike Olt, 3b, Rangers 31 73
44. Hak-Ju Lee, ss, Rays 32 67
45. Nick Castellanos, 3b, Tigers 30 76
46. Randall Delgado, rhp, Braves 31 63
47. Anthony Rizzo, 1b, Cubs 40 63
48. Billy Hamilton, ss, Reds 29 68
49. Rymer Liriano, of, Padres 38 62
50. Jarred Cosart, rhp, Astros 44 60
51. Will Middlebrooks, 3b, Red Sox 40 77
52. James Paxton, lhp, Mariners 37 71
53. Yasmani Grandal, c, Padres 32 82
54. Matt Harvey, rhp, Mets 38 71
55. Jean Segura, ss, Angels 34 79
56. Wily Peralta, rhp, Brewers 39 76
57. A.J. Cole, rhp, Athletics 44 85
58. Xander Bogaerts, ss, Red Sox 30 69
59. George Springer, of, Astros 49 77
60. Josh Bell, of, Pirates 28 84
61. Javier Baez, ss, Cubs 32 74
62. Zach Lee, rhp, Dodgers 31 78
63. Dellin Betances, rhp, Yankees 44 75
64. Matt Szczur, of, Cubs 38 89
65. Sonny Gray, rhp, Athletics 47 85
66. Addison Reed, rhp, White Sox 43 93
67. Jake Marisnick, of, Blue Jays 44 87
68. Jake Odorizzi, rhp, Royals 48 88
69. Trevor May, rhp, Phillies 32 91
70. Taylor Jungmann, rhp, Brewers 47 102
71. Jed Bradley, lhp, Brewers 60 110
72. Blake Swihart, c, Red Sox 44 121
73. Starling Marte, of, Pirates 63 109
74. Oscar Taveras, of, Cardinals 51 121
75. Zack Cozart, ss, Reds 36 103
76. Casey Kelly, rhp, Padres 62 101
77. Nick Franklin, ss/2b, Mariners 59 108
78. Cory Spangenberg, 2b, Padres 61 107
79. Leonys Martin, of, Rangers 58 106
80. Michael Choice, of, Athletics 54 137
81. Gary Sanchez, c, Yankees 51 127
82. Jonathan Schoop, inf, Orioles 66 109
83. Garrett Richards, rhp, Angels 52 131
84. Cheslor Cuthbert, 3b, Royals 40 140
85. Mason Williams, of, Yankees 69 139
86. Chad Bettis, rhp, Rockies 73 149
87. Wilin Rosario, c, Rockies 56 NR
88. Zack Cox, 3b, Cardinals 73 113
89. Chris Archer, rhp, Rays 84 116
90. Taylor Guerrieri, rhp, Rays 48 126
91. Daniel Norris, lhp, Blue Jays 50 133
92. Andrelton Simmons, ss, Braves 78 129
93. Kolten Wong, 2b, Cardinals 80 138
94. Tyrell Jenkins, rhp, Cardinals 71 131
95. Allen Webster, rhp, Dodgers 79 131
96. Nate Eovaldi, rhp, Dodgers 53 NR
97. Matt Davidson, 3b/1b, Diamondbacks 79 NR
98. Jedd Gyorko, 3b, Padres 75 NR
99. Joe Benson, of, Twins 67 129
100. Christian Villanueva, 3b, Rangers 88 NR

    With all of the publicity around Braves catcher Evan Gattis in big league camp, where do you see the ceiling for this kid (even though he's 25)? Will he stay behind the plate? Will he stay with Atlanta because Brian McCann is rumored to be getting a contract extension? Is Gattis a legitimate prospect or just a flash-in-the-pan spring-training star?

    Adam Young
    Augusta, Ga.

We touched on Gattis' backstory in the 2012 Prospect Handbook, where he ranked No. 27 on our Braves Top 30 Prospects list. He originally committed to Texas A&M but was admittedly afraid of playing top-tier college baseball and never wound up with the Aggies. He spent a month in drug rehab because his parents worried that he smoked marijuana too often, then hurt his left knee while trying to get his career back on track at Seminole State (Okla.) JC.

Gattis spent three years doing odd jobs all over the country before resurfacing at Texas-Permian Basin, an NAIA program, in 2010. After hitting .403 with 11 homers that spring, he signed with the Braves for $1,000 as a 23rd-round pick. Last summer, he won the low Class A South Atlantic League batting title (.322) and homered 22 times in 88 games.

That's a great story and a great first full pro season, but as Adam mentions, Gattis is already 25. He hasn't proven he has enough plate discipline or can handle quality breaking balls from more advanced pitchers. He has the arm strength and hands to make it as a catcher, but he also threw out just 23 percent of basestealers in 2011, and he made 10 errors and 15 passed balls in 52 games.

At this point, Gattis projects more as an offense-first backup catcher/first baseman than a regular behind the plate, especially with McCann in Atlanta.

    When I looked at BA's preseason High School All-America teams, I was surprised that Westminster Christian (Palmetto Bay, Fla.) third baseman David Thompson wasn't on any of the three squads. He made the second team as a sophomore and the first team as a junior last year. Has he regressed?

    David Fackrell
    Eugene, Ore.

I turned this question over to assistant editor Nathan Rode, who oversees our high school coverage. Here's Nathan's response:

Though he has yet to play his senior season, Thompson already holds the record for career homers by a Florida high schooler, with 44. The previous mark of 42 was set by Prince Fielder, who was drafted seventh overall out of Eau Gallie HS (Melbourne) in 2002.

Thompson made our postseason All-America teams as a sophomore and junior but has been left off our preseason teams. That's simply because there are different processes for selecting those squads. Our preseason teams are selected by scouting directors, so pro potential has a big influence on them. The postseason squads are selected by BA editors based on their spring performances.

Scouts likely left Thompson off their preseason ballots because of where he ranks among third basemen (he's No. 69 overall on our High School Top 100 Prospects list Premium) and his own profile. He's a good prospect but there are other third basemen who offer higher upside.

Thompson's bat stays in the zone a long time and he has good strength and a quick swing that allow him to have power to all fields. Defensively, he's passable at third base and has a solid arm, but he could move to first base or an outfield corner down the line. He's also a star quarterback and would play both sports if he ends up at Miami.

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