Boston Red Caps

Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1s 40 Brett DeVall LHP Niceville (Fla.) HS Fla. $1,000,000
From Florida, a Team USA Junior Olympic team alum and a participant in the East Cobb League, Devall has been on the scouting radar for a long time. DeVall was an Aflac All-American in the fall and has distinguished himself this spring as the top pure high school lefthander in this draft. DeVall, at 6-foot-4, has the ideal pitcher's build and has an advanced understanding of how to pitch. His delivery and arm action are sound as he repeats his mechanics, leading to his plus command of three pitches. The velocity on his fastball typically stays between 88-89 mph but can touch the low 90s. His curveball has the makings of an average pitch at the very least and his changeup is advanced for a high school pitcher. While he has feel for each of his three pitches, none of them is presently labeled as an out pitch. DeVall is projected as a third or fourth starter at the big league level. With the development of a plus breaking ball or an increase in velocity on his fastball, DeVall could be a No. 2 guy in a major league rotation. He is committed to play baseball for Georgia.
2 64 Tyler Stovall LHP Hokes Bluff (Ala.) HS Ala. $750,000
The top high school pitching prospect from Alabama, Stovall is a projectable lefthander who has dominated competition. Stovall set the Alabama state record for wins (18) and strikeouts (227) in 2007, and he already had 12 wins and 170 strikeouts this season. He is a U.S. Junior National Team alum and is committed to play at Auburn. While his fastball sits between 89-91 mph, Stovall's go-to pitch is his curveball. He also has an advanced changeup. While his curveball is a plus pitch, he sometimes uses it too often. Scouts would like to see Stovall pitch more off his fastball, and if he doesn't, scouts could see him settling into merely a setup or relief role as a pro. However, with added velocity and reliance on his fastball, Stovall could be a starter in the big leagues. His makeup is a plus, and academically, he will graduate at the top of his high school class.
2 70 Zeke Spruill RHP Kell HS, Marietta, Ga. Ga. $600,000
Another Georgia native with the benefit of displaying his skills in the East Cobb League, Spruill impressed scouts last summer and has continued the trend this spring. Spruill has a fluid delivery that is clean and repeatable. He has been up to 93 mph and pitches at 91-92. His fastball has life with sink and is a plus pitch. Commanding all three pitches, Spruill also throws a curveball with slurvy action and a changeup. At 6-foot-4 and 184 pounds, Spruill has a pitcher's body with athleticism and projection. Scouts feel he could pitch closer to 93-94 by the time he reaches the big leagues. A Georgia commit, Spruill is known as a competitor and a winner with plus makeup. Spruill, along with Martin, has separated himself as one of the top two high school pitching prospects in Georgia.
3 96 Craig Kimbrel RHP Wallace State (Ala.) JC Ala. $391,000
Craig Kimbrel leads the list of junior college players in the state. At 6 feet, Kimbrel is an undersized righty with a lightning-quick arm, producing velocity in the mid- to upper 90s. Kimbrel has worked as a starter and closer and profiles to pitch out of the bullpen at the pro level. His slider is still developing as is his command. Kimbrel has overmatched juco hitters this spring, and with each strong performance it became less likely he'd be following though on his commitment to Alabama.
4 130 Braeden Schlehuber C JC of Southern Nevada Nev. $240,000
Catcher Braeden Schlehuber outperformed teammate Devin Shepherd this season, slamming five home runs, and showing the athleticism to steal 16 bases as well as solid catch-and-throw skills. He has an average to plus arm but wore down and needs to gain strength to catch every day as a pro. Offensively, Schlehuber gets his barrel on the ball consistently when he hits his pitch, and his hand-eye coordination can actually make him too aggressive. He often expands his strike zone and swings at pitches he can hit, rather than waiting for pitches he can drive. He's an Arkansas recruit, and one coach compared him to A.J. Pierzynski for his ability to get under opponents' skin.
5 160 Jacob Thompson RHP Virginia Va. $190,000
Thompson built an impressive resume and the reputation as a winner in his first two seasons at Virginia. Compiling double-digit wins in both his freshman and sophomore seasons, he had won 21 of his 32 starts coming into his junior year. He also pitched for Team USA's national college squad last summer, compiling a 1.27 ERA in five starts, and started against Cuba in the gold-medal matchup at the Pan American Games. He entered the season as a projected first-round pick, but a disappointing spring caused his draft stock to plummet. Thompson never showed overwhelming stuff, but when successful he mixed his low-90s fastball, plus slider, average curveball and changeup with superior pitchability and command. Creating steep plane from his 6-foot-6 frame, he pitched down in the zone and had a .198 opponent average his sophomore year. He has struggled with his command this year, though. Due to an inability to consistently get over the rubber and pitch downhill, Thompson's fastball has been left up in the zone and his secondary pitches have been flat. A team that drafts Thompson early will do so on his track record, but if he's drafted on the basis of this year's performance, he may slip past the point of being signable.
6 190 Adam Milligan OF Walters State (Tenn.) JC Tenn. $350,000
Drafted by the Braves in the 27th round last year, Milligan is athletic and has plus raw power from the left side. An average runner, he has improved his defense and projects as an average left fielder. He is committed to Vanderbilt for next season.
7 220 Paul Clemens RHP Louisburg (N.C.) JC N.C. $150,000
8 250 Brett Oberholtzer LHP Seminole (Fla.) JC Fla. $150,000
Brett Oberholtzer was drafted last year in the 47th round by the Mariners and is the top juco lefthander in the state. At 6-foot-2, 210 pounds, Oberholtzer has a durable build and throws a fastball with natural tail at 90 mph. He has a good feel for pitching, with an advanced changeup and a knockout slider, giving him a true three-pitch arsenal.
9 280 Kyle Farrell RHP Western Nevada JC Nev. $150,000
Western Nevada's top draft prospect, righthander Kyle Farrell, has one potential plus pitch with his spike curveball that he throws with some power and improved command. He throws strikes with a clean arm action and repeats his delivery. His fastball sits in the 87-91 mph range, and he has a physical, projectable frame that should allow him to add velocity. Farrell didn't dominate the wood-bat Scenic West Athletic Conference as someone with his stuff should have. He's just a freshman and could be back for his sophomore season if he's not a high pick.
10 310 J.J. Hoover RHP Calhoun (Ala.) JC Ala. $400,000
Hoover throws in the low to mid-90s. He is a strikeout pitcher, mixing his vastly improved slider, curve ball and changeup with his above-average fastball to create a solid four-pitch arsenal. Hoover has a pro body at 6-foot-4, and is committed to West Virginia.
11 340 Richard Sullivan LHP Savannah College of Art and Design (Ga.) Ga. $150,000
Lefthander Richard Sullivan is 6-foot-3, 235 pounds, and throws in the low 90s from an unorthodox delivery. He also has a plus curveball with depth and a changeup in need of polish. Pitching for an NAIA school, Sullivan hasn't gotten as much exposure as the typical Georgia prospect.
12 370 David Francis RHP Walters State (Tenn.) JC Tenn. $100,000
13 400 Travis Adair SS Cleveland State (Tenn.) JC Tenn. $117,500
14 430 Jake Hanson 3B Sabino HS, Tucson Ariz.
15 460 Layton Hiller OF Blinn (Texas) JC Texas
16 490 Billy Burns OF Walton HS, Marietta, Ga. Ga.
17 520 Mark Pope RHP Walton HS, Marietta, Ga. Ga.
Mark Pope throws a fastball that sits around 90 mph with sink. He also throws a curveball and has command of both pitches. Pope is committed to Georgia Tech.
18 550 Michael Palazzone RHP Lassiter HS, Marietta, Ga. Ga.
Palazzone is another East Cobb alum and was an Aflac All-American last fall. He has major league stuff that put him on the scouting radar in his freshman year. He's 6-foot-3, 190 pounds with room for projection, pitching at 89-92 mph now with the possibility of 91-94 in the future. The gem of Palazzone's arsenal is his curveball, a big breaker with late 11-to-5 dropping action. It's already close to major league ready and he can command it in the zone. His changeup is also advanced for a high school pitcher and could be above-average in the future. With three possible plus pitches, a durable frame and command, Palazzone projects as a starter if he can clean up his delivery. With a funky arm action, backward shoulder tilt and straight over the top release, scouts worry about inconsistency and injuries. He's still able to generate downward plane and leverage to the plate, however. Palazzone is committed to Georgia if he doesn't sign.
19 580 Zac Fuesser LHP York (S.C.) HS S.C.
20 610 Robert Brooks SS Wallace State (Ala.) JC Ala.
21 640 Tyler Barnett SS Eastern Kentucky Ky.
22 670 Dane Carter 3B Texas A&M Texas
23 700 Casey Hodges RHP Mount Olive (N.C.) JC N.C.
24 730 Shayne Moody SS Charlotte N.C.
25 760 Nick Fuller RHP Walters State (Ala.) JC Ala.
26 790 Calvin Culver OF Los Angeles Pierce JC Calif.
27 820 Anthony Rendon SS Lamar HS, Houston Texas
Anthony Rendon is one of the best high school hitters in the state. He led the Houston area with 14 homers as a junior and hit well over .500 this spring. Currently a shortstop, he'll probably move to second base or the outfield if he attends Rice, as expected. He has strong hands and wrists, and while he'll need to shorten his stroke a bit, he should be able to produce at the plate right away.
28 850 Quentin Cate C Cuesta (Calif.) JC Calif.
29 880 Josh Moody LHP Western Nevada JC Nev.
30 910 Chris Shehan OF Georgia Southern Ga.
Chris Shehan was the best hitter in the Southern Conference this season, batting .428 with 22 home runs for Georgia Southern. Shehan is strong and has plus bat speed with a chance to hit for power at the pro level. He is athletic with average speed and will likely play in the outfield.
31 940 Jason Stolz SS Kell HS, Marietta, Ga. Ga.
32 970 Pat Lenton RHP Minnesota State Minn.
33 1000 Justin Fowler RHP Texarkana (Texas) JC Texas
34 1030 Matt Price RHP Walker School, Augusta, Ga. Ga.
35 1060 Zach Osborne RHP New Mexico JC N.M.
36 1090 Cecil Tanner RHP Ware County HS, Waycross, Ga. Ga.
A 10-inch growth spurt and 10 mph velocity jump over the past two years put Tanner near the top of follow lists in Georgia. Now at 6-feet-6, 190 pounds, he is a projectable righthander still filling out and getting comfortable in his frame. He consistently throws in the low 90s, touching 95, but had a disappointing senior season in which he failed to pick up any wins. Consistently repeating is delivery has been a struggle for Tanner, affecting his command and secondary stuff. He has flashed feel for a breaking ball, but his curveball is currently below-average. Tanner has athletic bloodlines and his father Berry played at South Florida. He's committed to Georgia, and unless he's drafted early, signing him could be a challenge. He has plenty of arm strength but is also plenty raw, meaning three years of refinement in college could make him a much better prospect come 2011.
37 1120 Lucas Hileman OF Anna-Jonesboro HS, Anna, Ill. Ill.
38 1150 Jeffrey Richard RHP Coastal Carolina S.C.
39 1180 Taylor Wulf RHP Alvin (Texas) JC Texas
40 1210 Jesse Wierzbicki C Walters State (Tenn.) JC Tenn.
41 1240 Ian Gilley SS Northside HS, Fort Smith, Ark. Ark.
Shortstop/righthander Ian Gilley is a raw two-way player who hasn't signed with a four-year school. Committed to Texarkana (Texas) CC, he has arm strength (87-89 mph) and some pop in his bat. His tools haven't translated into performance yet, so he would have been a perfect player to draft-and-follow when those rules were in effect. He's 6-foot-1 and 195 pounds, so he may have more of a future as a shortstop.
42 1270 Stephen Foster LHP Bellevue (Wash.) JC Wash.
Foster is a lefthander with arm strength. He's behind in his development and has room for projection with a clean, loose arm. He's also not expected to play Division I baseball, and he sat out last season due to academic issues. His fastball velocity fluctuated all spring, and at his best he sat in the 88-90 mph range. His fastball has natural life and was a swing-and-miss pitch this spring, and his breaking ball showed sharp break at times. Command was a significant issue for him all spring, as he walked 46 in 58 innings yet also gave up just 24 hits while striking out 62.
43 1300 Adam Bullard RHP Gardner-Webb N.C.
44 1330 Taylor Hart RHP Madison County HS, Danielsville, Ga. Ga.
45 1358 Nick Croce C Mission Bay (Calif.) HS Calif.
46 1385 Matt Harrison SS Green Valley HS, Henderson, Nev. Nev.
North Carolina recruit Matt Harrison has the arm and high-energy approach to be a solid college shortstop. His bat and overall athleticism leave him short as a pro for now.
47 1412 David Walters RHP Francis Marion (S.C.) S.C.
48 1439 David Holman RHP Andale (Kan.) HS Kan.
49 1466 Josh Adams RHP Midland Valley HS, Graniteville, S.C. S.C.
50 1493 Dylan Lightell RHP West Hills (Calif.) JC Calif.