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To go deeper than the Top 100 Prospects list, we decided to have all 11 members of the editorial staff draft the beginnings of their own farm systems, creating their own top 30s. The only guidelines were to build the most talented farm system possible, and you can select only players in the 2010 Prospect Handbook. That's a pool of 902 players—30 players from the 30 organizations plus Cuban defectors Noel Arguelles and Aroldis Chapman, who were in the appendix before they signed.

We think the results are illuminating, both in showing how we view talent as well as which organizations have more of it. After a rundown of the first five rounds of the draft, you'll find a recap of each person's draft, as well as a review of those efforts by an American League executive. He gave his opinions on each person's draft and ranked each group of 30 prospects, with J.J. Cooper taking top honors. It may be years before we can judge the ultimate results, but the arguments can start now.

Ben Badler's Top 30


Source of Talent: College: 10. High School: 11. International: 9.
My Philosophy: Select the best player available, unless I felt that a player might be undervalued and still available to draft with a later pick.
My Draft: I expected to have a more hitter-heavy group of prospects at the top of the draft, but four of my first six picks were pitchers. I came away with four potential frontline starters (Perez, Mejia, Parker and Vizcaino), two premium hitting prospects ready to contribute immediately (Posey and Taylor) and filled out my roster with mostly hitters and a handful of arms that I felt were undervalued.
Pick I Liked: I passed on Tyler Flowers with the 49th pick, figuring he would be available later, but Will Lingo got him five picks later. I should have grabbed him when I had the chance.
Pick I Questioned: I can't question Tanner Scheppers' arm strength, but I still think he's a two-pitch reliever with control issues and a major medical risk, so I wouldn't have taken him 56th overall, where Conor Glassey did.
Scout's View: Anthony Rizzo was one of the better picks after the 10th round, but he failed to get much impact potential. You have to like Buster Posey and Martin Perez, but Jennry Mejia was a reach in the fourth round. I liked the next two picks, Jarrod Parker and Arodys Vizcaino, more than Mejia. RANK: 8
BEN BADLER'S DRAFT
1. Buster Posey, c, Giants 11. Jonathan Lucroy, c, Brewers 21. Allen Webster, rhp, Dodgers
2. Martin Perez, lhp, Rangers 12. Alex Avila, c, Tigers 22. Ryan Strieby, 1b/of, Tigers
3. Michael Taylor, of, Athletics 13. Ian Desmond, ss, Nationals 23. David Freese, 3b, Cardinals
4. Jennry Mejia, rhp, Mets 14. Danny Espinosa, ss, Nationals 24. Allen Craig, of/3b/1b, Cardinals
5. Jarrod Parker, rhp, D'backs 15. Anthony Rizzo, 1b, Red Sox 25. Josh Thole, c, Mets
6. Arodys Vizcaino, rhp, Braves 16. Scott Sizemore, 2b, Tigers 26. Joe Benson, of, Twins
7. Jaff Decker, of, Padres 17. Jordan Danks, of, White Sox 27. Juan Urbina, lhp, Mets
8. Jay Jackson, rhp, Cubs 18. Wilking Rodriguez, rhp, Rays 28. Kyle Allen, rhp, Mets
9. Fernando Martinez, of, Mets 19. Carlos Carrasco, rhp, Indians 29. Caleb Gindl, of, Brewers
10. Danny Duffy, lhp, Royals 20. Carlos Perez, c, Blue Jays 30. Guillermo Pimentel, of, Mariners
Jim Callis' Top 30


Source of Talent: College: 8. Junior College: 2. High School: 12. International: 8.
My Philosophy: Nothing fancy. I just tried to pick the best prospect available with each of my picks, without regard to trying to fill positions or balance hitting versus pitching, more advanced players versus less advanced.
My Draft: I was reasonably happy with my draft when it was done, but as expected, there weren't many bargains to be had. I got just six players off my personal Top 50 list, and just eight of my top 65 prospects.
Pick I Liked: With all the North Carolina graduates in the office, I couldn't believe Dustin Ackley lasted 13 picks. Jim Shonerd went to North Carolina State and despises the Tar Heels, and even he couldn't pass Ackley up. I rate Ackley as the sixth-best prospect in baseball.
Pick I Questioned: James Darnell at No. 38 overall? Matt Eddy does our Padres list and ranked Darnell behind Donavan Tate and Simon Castro. Then he made Darnell the first Padres player selected.
Scout's View: The top end of this draft wasn't as good as it could have been, and he went to Kyle Gibson too early. But he dominated in rounds 15-30 with selections such as Ryan Kalish, Jose Iglesias, Alex Torres, Nick Barnese, Derrik Gibson, Drake Britton and Engel Beltre standing out. In some cases, they were much better than the earlier selections. RANK: 2
JIM CALLIS' DRAFT
1. Pedro Alvarez, 3b, Pirates 11. Matt Dominguez, 3b, Marlins 21. Derrik Gibson, ss/2b, Red Sox
2. Alcides Escobar, ss, Brewers 12. Rex Brothers, lhp, Rockies 22. Craig Kimbrel, rhp, Braves
3. Aaron Hicks, of, Twins 13. Chad Jenkins, rhp, Blue Jays 23. Luke Bailey, c, Rays
4. Kyle Gibson, rhp, Twins 14. Hector Rondon, rhp, Indians 24. Logan Watkins, 2b/ss, Cubs
5. Dee Gordon, ss, Dodgers 15. Ryan Kalish, of, Red Sox 25. David Renfroe, ss, Red Sox
6. Grant Green, ss, Athletics 16. Jose Iglesias, ss, Red Sox 26. Dae-Eun Rhee, rhp, Cubs
7. Josh Vitters, 3b, Cubs 17. Cody Scarpetta, rhp, Brewers 27. Drake Britton, lhp, Red Sox
8. Tim Beckham, ss, Rays 18. Alex Torres, lhp, Rays 28. Engel Beltre, of, Rangers
9. Noel Arguelles, lhp, Royals 19. Nick Barnese, rhp, Rays 29. Ryan Schimpf, 2b, Blue Jays
10. Ike Davis, 1b, Mets 20. Daniel Schlereth, lhp, Tigers 30. Gary Sanchez, c, Yankees
J.J. Cooper's Top 30

Source of Talent: College: 12. Junior College: 2. High School: 8. International: 8.
My Philosophy: I wanted to get power arms who have shown some feel. I also wanted to pick up as many good bats as possible, even if that meant sacrificing defense. And in the early rounds I wanted to focus on players who are relatively close to the big leagues. In the later rounds I went for high-ceiling young players as well as prospects coming off bad years or injuries.
My Draft: The draft rules were to not worry about filling out a complete team. My team is not balanced, but I like it as far as its overall talent. With 13 pitchers, almost all of whom have plus fastballs and solid control, I feel good about the chances of developing an interesting rotation.
Pick I Liked: Sergio Santos has already washed out as a prospect once, but Lingo's flier on him in the 30th round could pay off.
Pick I Questioned: Leventhal took Kyle Skipworth at pick No. 234. Maybe he figures it out, but he's yet to show any signs that his bat will allow him to make the majors. I'll let someone else take that risk.
Scout's View: My favorite draft. I didn't care too much for the final five to eight picks, but getting Trevor May, John Lamb and Jiwan James after the 10th round was an outstanding way to bolster an already strong top 10. RANK: 1
J.J. COOPER'S DRAFT
1. Jesus Montero, c, Yankees 11. Chris Heisey, of 21. Jiwan James, of, Phillies
2. Casey Kelly, rhp, Red Sox 12. Trevor May, rhp, Phillies 22. Max Ramirez, c, Rangers
3. Aroldis Chapman, lhp, Reds 13. Jake McGee, lhp, Rays 23. Zach Braddock, lhp, Brewers
4. Mike Montgomery, lhp, Royals 14. John Lamb, lhp, Royals 24. Yorman Rodriguez, of, Reds
5. Wilson Ramos, c, Twins 15. Mitch Moreland, of/1b, Rangers 25. Kelvin de la Cruz, lhp, Indians
6. Yonder Alonso, 1b, Reds 16. Slade Heathcott, of, Yankees 26. Yamaico Navarro, ss, Red Sox
7. Mat Gamel, 3b, Brewers 17. Carlos Gutierrez, rhp, Twins 27. Brad Boxberger, rhp, Reds
8. Austin Romine, c, Yankees 18. Chris Carpenter, rhp, Cubs 28. Jason Donald, ss, Indians
9. Zach Stewart, rhp, Blue Jays 19. Chris Dwyer, lhp, Royals 29. David Lough, of, Royals
10. Andrew Cashner, rhp, Cubs 20. Scott Cousins, of, Marlins 30. Oswaldo Arcia, of, Twins
Matt Eddy's Top 30

Source of Talent: College: 7. Junior College: 4. High School: 12. International: 7.
My Philosophy: I wanted to stress more advanced prospects who have had success in Double-A or Triple-A in the first half of the draft, and then take fliers on younger, unproven talent (and older players who slip through the cracks) in the second. I also sought to stockpile up-the-middle prospects and/or hitters and pitchers who possess that scarcest of attributes: power.
My Draft: The finished farm system probably merits a ranking in the middle of the pack. Lots of guys you can dream on, but then 17 of 30 picks finished the 2009 season at high Class A and above, meaning they could be ready to contribute sooner rather than later.
Pick I Liked: Fitt's selection of Justin Smoak at No. 17. He would have fallen just after Jennings on my board.
Pick I Questioned: Shonerd's selection of Peter Bourjos at No. 65. Lingering concern as to how his bat will play at highest level.
Scout's View: This is another draft that's very good up top, especially through the first 10 rounds. He did a good job finding upside value in Fabio Martinez, Jake Odorizzi, Randall Delgado and Michael Pineda. But he reached too much in the final 10 rounds, sacrificing some upside plays who were still on the board. RANK: 5
MATT EDDY'S DRAFT
1. Desmond Jennings, of, Rays 11. Adam Moore, c, Mariners 21. Michael Pineda, rhp, Mariners
2. Logan Morrison, 1b, Marlins 12. Brad Lincoln, rhp, Pirates 22. Nolan Arenado, 3b, Rockies
3. Christian Friedrich, lhp, Rockies 13. Fabio Martinez, rhp, Angels 23. Lou Marson, c, Indians
4. James Darnell, 3b, Padres 14. Josh Lindblom, rhp, Dodgers 24. Rene Tosoni, of, Twins
5. Austin Jackson, of, Tigers 15. Jon Niese, lhp, Mets 25. Jean Segura, 2b, Angels
6. Chris Withrow, rhp, Dodgers 16. Wynn Pelzer, rhp, Padres 26. Rymer Liriano, of, Padres
7. Simon Castro, rhp, Padres 17. Chris Owings, ss, D'backs 27. Tyler Chatwood, rhp, Angels
8. Wil Myers, c, Royals 18. Jake Odorizzi, rhp, Brewers 28. Jeff Bianchi, ss, Royals
9. Mike Moustakas, 3b, Royals 19. Randall Delgado, rhp, Braves 29. Chris Balcom-Miller, rhp, Rockies
10. Wilmer Flores, ss, Mets 20. J.R. Murphy, c, Yankees 30. Nick Hill, lhp, Mariners
Aaron Fitt's Top 30

Source of Talent: College: 22. High School: 7. International: 1.
My Philosophy: Given my background, I am most confident evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of college players, so those are the players I generally targeted. And I wanted to draft the best players available, regardless of position.
My Draft: I was delighted to land a pair of can't-miss stars with my first two picks. I was pleased to fill out my draft with high-upside athletes (Brett Jackson, Donavan Tate, Kentrail Davis, Jake Marisnick), front-of-the-rotation power arms (Jacob Turner, Alex Colome, Kyle Heckathorn) and safe bats (Derek Norris, Todd Frazier, A.J. Pollock, Marc Krauss).
Pick I Liked: I thought the ballyhooed top four prospects from the Rangers system were undervalued. Neftali Feliz, Martin Perez and Tanner Scheppers were all great picks where they went.
Pick I Questioned: There were no real surprises until the fourth round, when Mike Leake, James Darnell and Jenrry Mejia all raised my eyebrows a bit. I like all of those guys, but not inside the top 40.
Scout's View: The top four are about as strong as any team's. Donavan Tate, Jesus Colome, Drew Storen and Eric Hosmer were good selections, but after the 10th round the college-heavy focus didn't excite me at all. They should have drafted Grant Desme to pray for the best for this group. RANK: 9
AARON FITT'S DRAFT
1. Brian Matusz, lhp, Orioles 11. Eric Hosmer, 1b, Royals 21. Mike Belfiore, lhp, D'backs
2. Justin Smoak, 1b, Rangers 12. A.J. Pollock, of, D'backs 22. David Cooper, 1b, Blue Jays
3. Jacob Turner, rhp, Tigers 13. Kentrail Davis, of, Brewers 23. Kyle Heckathorn, rhp, Brewers
4. Derek Norris, c, Nationals 14. Dan Runzler, lhp, Giants 24. Tim Alderson, rhp, Pirates
5. Todd Frazier, of/2b/3b, Reds 15. Roger Kieschnick, of, Giants 25. Zack Cozart, ss, Reds
6. Brett Jackson, of, Cubs 16. Chase d'Arnaud, ss/2b, Pirates 26. Jake Marisnick, of, Blue Jays
7. Donavan Tate, of, Padres 17. Chris Marrero, 1b, Nationals 27. Charlie Blackmon, of, Rockies
8. Mike Minor, lhp, Braves 18. Eric Arnett, rhp, Brewers 28. Stephen Fife, rhp, Red Sox
9. Alex Colome, rhp, Rays 19. Lance Lynn, rhp, Cardinals 29. Jeff Kobernus, 2b, Nationals
10. Drew Storen, rhp, Nationals 20. Marc Krauss, of, D'backs 30. Brandon Crawford, ss, Giants
Conor Glassey's Top 30

Source of Talent: College: 7. Junior College: 2. High School: 16. International: 4. Independent: 1.
My Philosophy: I benefited from having the first pick, of course, but after that I really focused on targeting young, high-upside players. I drafted so many young guys that I think Chris Hansen might knock on my door.
My Draft: Overall, I'm really pleased with how things turned out. Obviously having the first overall pick helped, but I really like some of the guys I got in the later rounds, such as Nick Franklin and J.J. Hoover.
Pick I Liked: Nathan Rode's selection of righthander Madison Younginer, a high school pick from the 2009 draft with a lot of upside, in the 22nd round was a good one. I nearly picked him one round earlier, but thought I could wait one more round.
Pick I Questioned: J.J. Cooper's pick of Austin Romine in the eighth round looks a few rounds too high to me, especially considering the other catchers who were on the board at the time.
Scout's View: I love the way this draft starts with Jason Heyward and Tyler Matzek. After two safer, slightly less-upside picks, I really like the four picks between the sixth and ninth round: Tanner Scheppers, Mike Trout, Jordan Lyles and Hak-Ju Lee. He could have done better with his mid- and late-rounders—I don't see a lot of upside there. RANK: 4
CONOR GLASSEY'S DRAFT
1. Jason Heyward, of, Braves 11. Logan Forsythe, 3b, Padres 21. Garrett Gould, rhp, Dodgers
2. Tyler Matzek, lhp, Rockies 12. Matt Hobgood, rhp, Orioles 22. Trayce Thompson, of, White Sox
3. Brett Wallace, 3b/1b, Blue Jays 13. Robbie Ross, lhp, Rangers 23. Ryan Wheeler, 1b, D'backs
4. Mike Leake, rhp, Reds 14. Tommy Joseph, c, Giants 24. Jeremy Jeffress, rhp, Brewers
5. Michael Saunders, of, Mariners 15. Everett Williams, of, Padres 25. Clayton Mortensen, rhp, Athletics
6. Tanner Scheppers, rhp, Rangers 16. Edinson Rincon, 3b, Padres 26. Chris Archer, rhp, Cubs
7. Mike Trout, of, Angels 17. Trayvon Robinson, of, Dodgers 27. Mario Martinez, 3b, Mariners
8. Jordan Lyles, rhp, Astros 18. Wilmer Font, rhp, Rangers 28. J.J. Hoover, rhp, Braves
9. Hak-ju Lee, ss, Cubs 19. Nick Franklin, ss, Mariners 29. Drew Cumberland, ss, Padres
10. Tim Wheeler, of, Rockies 20. Garrett Richards, rhp, Angels 30. Max Walla, of, Brewers
Josh Leventhal's Top 30

Source of Talent: College: 4. Junior College: 2. High School: 13. International: 11.
My Philosophy: My plan was to take an Andy MacPhail approach to building a system by stockpiling pitching. In the middle and later rounds, I wanted to try and hit on some prospects who were coming off down years.
My Draft: I ultimately accomplished my original goal by filling 13 of my 30 spots with pitchers, even if I abandoned that philosophy with my first two picks by taking Stanton and Chisenahll over Matusz and Matzek. I'm hoping at least one of a series of prospects whose stock has dropped comes through: Lars Anderson, Carlos Triunfel, Gorkys Hernandez, Michael Ynoa, Kyle Skipworth.
Pick I Liked: Josh Bell had a solid 2009 season and should get an opportunity soon in Baltimore, so that's pretty good value for Jim Shonerd in the fourth round.Pick I Didn't Like: Though it is hard to go wrong with Jesus Montero at fourth overall, I think Carlos Santana may have been a better choice because of similar offensive production and superior defense.
Scout's View: This draft started very strongly with an impressive first few picks, beginning with Mike Stanton and Lonnie Chisenhall. Jarred Cosart will be one of the steals of the draft. It's a very consistent draft with impact upside. RANK: 7
JOSH LEVENTHAL'S DRAFT
1. Mike Stanton, of, Marlins 11. Ben Revere, of, Twins 21. Michael Ynoa, rhp, Athletics
2. Lonnie Chisenhall, 3b, Indians 12. Aaron Miller, lhp, Dodgers 22. Kyle Skipworth, c, Marlins
3. Wade Davis, rhp, Rays 13. Alex Liddi, 3b, Mariners 23. Juan Francisco, of, Reds
4. Casey Crosby, lhp, Tigers 14. Carlos Triunfel, 3b, Mariners 24. Dayan Viciedo, 3b/1b/dh, White Sox
5. Julio Teheran, rhp, Braves 15. Kasey Kiker, lhp, Rangers 25. Travis Wood, lhp, Reds
6. Zack Wheeler, rhp, Giants 16. Wilin Rosario, c, Rockies 26. Jarred Cosart, rhp, Phillies
7. Jiovanni Mier, ss, Astros 17. Eric Young Jr., 2b/of, Rockies 27. Jordan Brown, 1b, Indians
8. Jose Tabata, of, Pirates 18. Gorkys Hernandez, of, Pirates 28. Robert Stock, c, Cardinals
9. Trevor Reckling, lhp, Angels 19. Antonio Bastardo, lhp, Phillies 29. T.J. House, lhp, Indians
10. Lars Anderson, 1b, Red Sox 20. Adrian Cardenas, 2b/3b, Athletics 30. Stolmy Pimentel, rhp, Red Sox
Will Lingo's Top 30

Source of Talent: College: 11. Junior College: 2. High School: 12. International: 5.
My Philosophy: Have a good time . . . all the time. Oh, for this draft? Take the best prospect on my list and don't worry about position, though I did try to strike a balance between hitting and pitching.
My Draft: I'm happy with my arms, even beyond Stephen Strasburg, and look forward to the stories about Sergio Santos' emergence this year. But my position players aren't as well-rounded as I might have liked. I need those top four or five hitters to come through, as they're mostly bat-first guys.
Pick I Liked: Getting Ike Davis with the 107th pick could end up being a steal for Jim Callis. John Manuel's selection of Esmil Rogers in the 17th round is also interesting.
Pick I Questioned: I'm not sure why I felt the need to grab Jurickson Profar in the eighth round. I'm sure he would have been available at least a couple of rounds later.
Scout's View: After scoring big with Strasburg, he disappointed me with the remainder of his picks in the first 10 rounds. Chris Carter was the first pick in the draft who I thought was quite a bit early. I like the players but they have some limitations. Brad Holt and Phillippe Aumont were good values later, Reymond Fuentes and Hector Gomez could be steals, and Aaron Poreda was a great pick at 26. RANK: 10
WILL LINGO'S DRAFT
1. Stephen Strasburg, rhp, Nationals 11. Jaime Garcia, lhp, Cardinals 21. Isaac Galloway, of, Marlins
2. Chris Carter, 1b/of, Athletics 12. Brad Holt, rhp, Mets 22. Ross Seaton, rhp, Astros
3. Jason Castro, c, Astros 13. Phillippe Aumont, rhp, Phillies 23. Wilkin Ramirez, of, Tigers
4. Jared Mitchell, of, White Sox 14. Cory Luebke, lhp, Padres 24. Max Kepler, of, Twins
5. Tyler Flowers, c, White Sox 15. J.P. Arencibia, c, Blue Jays 25. Francisco Samuel, rhp, Cardinals
6. Brett Lawrie, 2b, Brewers 16. Brandon Allen, 1b, D'backs 26. Aaron Poreda, lhp, Padres
7. Dan Hudson, rhp, White Sox 17. Ivan DeJesus Jr., ss, Dodgers 27. Waldis Joaquin, rhp, Giants
8. Jurickson Profar, ss, Rangers 18. Reymond Fuentes, of, Red Sox 28. Ryan Tucker, rhp, Marlins
9. Jake Arrieta, rhp, Orioles 19. Jordan Walden, rhp, Angels 29. Keyvius Sampson, rhp, Padres
10. Thomas Neal, of, Giants 20. Hector Gomez, ss, Rockies 30. Sergio Santos, rhp, White Sox
John Manuel's Top 30

Source of Talent: College: 11. Junior College: 3. High School: 11. International: 5.
My Philosophy: I gravitated toward trying to attain a balance of power arms, solid college bats and players who have at least one plus tool. I wasn't looking for average players in a draft like this.
My Draft: I feel like I was too conservative at the end. I was happy to get several high-upside lefthanders and a mix of power, speed, different positions, defensive ability. The only glaring hole I see is a lack of a power bat at Double-A or above.
Pick I Liked: For me, Wilson Ramos is a top 50 prospect, so for J.J. Cooper to get him at No. 52 was good value. I felt similarly about Nathan Rode getting Jhoulys Chacin at 91 and Will Lingo getting Jake Arrieta at 98.
Pick I Questioned: Jaff Decker is not in my personal top 100, so I thought Ben Badler taking him at pick 71 was a bit premature. I was surprised Jim Shonerd took Tim Melville when Chacin was around.
Scout's View: Not that I don't like Madison Bumgarner, but I would have gone in a different direction. He scored big with Domonic Brown, Jeremy Hellickson, Nick Hagadone and Matt Moore after that. He made some of his better choices deeper in the draft, and Anthony Gose, Esmil Rogers, Danny Gutierrez, Angel Morales and J.C. Ramirez could work out better than some of the earlier picks. RANK: 3
JOHN MANUEL'S DRAFT
1. Madison Bumgarner, lhp, Giants 11. Brent Morel, 3b, White Sox 21. Brandon Erbe, rhp, Orioles
2. Domonic Brown, of, Phillies 12. Max Stassi, c, Athletics 22. Angel Morales, of, Twins
3. Jeremy Hellickson, rhp, Rays 13. Pedro Figueroa, lhp, Athletics 23. D.J. LeMahieu, ss/2b, Cubs
4. Nick Hagadone, lhp, Indians 14. Reese Havens, ss, Mets 24. David Bromberg, rhp, Twins
5. Matt Moore, lhp, Rays 15. Anthony Gose, of, Phillies 25. Michael McKenry, c, Rockies
6. Reid Brignac, ss, Rays 16. Tyson Gillies, of, Mariners 26. Kam Mickolio, rhp, Orioles
7. Jason Knapp, rhp, Indians 17. Esmil Rogers, rhp, Rockies 27. Bryan Petersen, of, Marlins
8. Miguel Sano, ss/3b, Twins 18. Jason Kipnis, of/2b, Indians 28. J.C. Ramirez, rhp, Phillies
9. Travis d'Arnaud, c, Blue Jays 19. Adrian Salcedo, rhp, Twins 29. Danny Farquhar, rhp, Blue Jays
10. Alex White, rhp, Indians 20. Danny Gutierrez, rhp, Rangers 30. C.J. Retherford, 2b, White Sox
Nathan Rode's Top 30

Source of Talent: College: 3 Junior College: 1. High School: 18. International: 8.
My Philosophy: I wanted to take the best talent available early and then work on a mix of available talent and positional balance. I like high upside guys that might be a little risky, but I also wanted to try and nab some safer bets as well.
My Draft: I was pleased with how my draft turned out and felt that I was able to get the balance I was looking for, except for third base. Borchering and Davidson are far away and it's still uncertain if they'll stay at the hot corner. I guess it's obvious what my coverage is for Baseball America.
Pick I Liked: Josh's selection of Wade Davis in the third round made several of us groan. He went early but can be easily overlooked because of a stacked system.
Pick I Questioned: I like Austin Jackson, but in the fifth round I thought there were some guys taken soon after that Matt Eddy would have been better off with.
Scout's View: I love the first three picks in Carlos Santana, Starlin Castro and Ryan Westmoreland. I also like the back-to-back picks of lefties Zach Britton and Chad James as two of the better value picks in the first 10 rounds. He also did a nice job adding more lefty depth in Manny Banuelos, Andy Oliver, Tyler Skaggs and Kyle Lobstein. RANK: 6
NATHAN RODE'S DRAFT
1. Carlos Santana, c, Indians 11. Christian Bethancourt, c, Braves 21. Matt Davidson, 3b, D'backs
2. Starlin Castro, ss, Cubs 12. Andy Oliver, lhp, Tigers 22. Madison Younginer, rhp, Red Sox
3. Ryan Westmoreland, of, Red Sox 13. Bobby Borchering, 3b, D'backs 23. Domingo Santana, of, Phillies
4. Freddie Freeman, 1b, Braves 14. Brandon Snyder, 1b, Orioles 24. Brody Colvin, rhp, Phillies
5. Shelby Miller, rhp, Cardinals 15. Tyler Skaggs, lhp, Angels 25. Gustavo Nunez, ss, Tigers
6. Josh Reddick, of, Red Sox 16. Sebastian Valle, c, Phillies 26. Mychal Givens, ss, Orioles
7. Zach Britton, lhp, Orioles 17. Zack Von Rosenberg, rhp, Pirates 27. Colton Cain, lhp, Pirates
8. Chad James, lhp, Marlins 18. Kyle Lobstein, lhp, Rays 28. Todd Glaesmann, of, Rays
9. Jhoulys Chacin, rhp, Rockies 19. Nick Noonan, 2b, Giants 29. James Jones, of, Mariners
10. Manny Banuelos, lhp, Yankees 20. Zach McAllister, rhp, Yankees 30. Steven Hensley, rhp, Mariners
Jim Shonerd's Top 30

Source of Talent: College: 9. High School: 12. International: 8. Independent: 1.
My Philosophy: Power arms and upside were the keys for me. I wanted to draft strictly on talent early, then fill in the gaps later on.
My Draft: My organization's offense might not be the most imposing, but I'll put my pitching up against anyone's. I didn't mind taking chances on guys in the later rounds like Jose Ceda, Henry Rodriguez and Andrew Brackman. I'll have steals there if they get going. If there's one thing I would change if given another try, I'd have taken a middle infielder sooner, assuming Dustin Ackley doesn't end up at second base.
Pick I Liked: There are question marks about him, but Julio Teheran could have three plus pitches and end up being a major steal for Josh Leventhal in the fifth round.
Pick I Questioned: I'm just not sure Mike Leake's ceiling is high enough to warrant going in the fourth round, where Conor Glassey took him. I would've waited a few rounds more before looking at him.
Scout's View: I can't argue with the top five picks in Neftali Feliz, Dustin Ackley, Kyle Drabek, Josh Bell and Aaron Crow, but there were a lot of mediocre picks the rest of the way. That turned this into just an OK draft. Brackman could prove to be a nice find in the 29th round. RANK: 11
JIM SHONERD'S DRAFT
1. Neftali Feliz, rhp, Rangers 11. Danny Valencia, 3b, Twins 21. Sean Doolittle, of, Athletics
2. Dustin Ackley, 2b/of, Mariners 12. Scott Elbert, lhp, Dodgers 22. Jose Ceda, rhp, Marlins
3. Kyle Drabek, rhp, Blue Jays 13. Nick Weglarz, of, Indians 23. Ehire Adrianza, ss, Giants
4. Josh Bell, 3b, Orioles 14. Tyson Ross, rhp, Athletics 24. Henry Rodriguez, rhp, Athletics
5. Aaron Crow, rhp, Royals 15. Michael Brantley, of, Indians 25. Henderson Alvarez, rhp, Blue Jays
6. Peter Bourjos, of, Angels 16. Andrew Lambo, of, Dodgers 26. Gaby Sanchez, 1b, Marlins
7. Ethan Martin, rhp, Dodgers 17. Junichi Tazawa, rhp, Red Sox 27. Kyle Russell, of, Dodgers
8. Hank Conger, c, Angels 18. Jemile Weeks, 2b, Athletics 28. Destin Hood, of, Nationals
9. Tim Melville, rhp, Royals 19. Eduardo Sanchez, rhp, Cardinals 29. Andrew Brackman, rhp, Yankees
10. Tony Sanchez, c, Pirates 20. Randal Grichuk, of, Angels 30. Freddy Galvis, ss, Phillies