Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Team Player School State Bonus
1 4 Pittsburgh Pirates Tony Sanchez Boston College Mass. $2,500,000
Sanchez, who grew up playing with Miami shortstop Ryan Jackson in South Florida, dreamed of playing for the Hurricanes when he was younger, but he was overweight and overlooked by many recruiters out of high school. He's slimmed down by 35 pounds in three years at Boston College and made himself into one of the nation's premier college catchers. Sanchez is a slightly above-average major league defender with soft hands, quick feet and a solid-average to plus arm. He excels at framing pitches and blocking balls in the dirt. Offensively, Sanchez has solid-average power, but his bat is not a sure thing. He punishes fastballs but struggles mightily against breaking balls, though he's an intelligent enough hitter to lay off breaking stuff that he cannot hit. He has a mature approach at the plate and excellent makeup on the field and off.
1s 33 Seattle Mariners Steven Baron Ferguson HS, Miami Fla. $980,000
Baron is the centerpiece of Duke's recruiting efforts and has strong academic motivation. He always was considered a defense-first catcher, and that's still the case, but he has made significant progress offensively, pushing him toward the front of a crowded, competitive Florida prep catcher crop. Defensively, Baron stands out, with some scouts rating his arm a 70 on the 20-80 scale. He's an above-average defender with a smooth transfer and good footwork. Baron made strides tightening up his body and getting in better shape from fall to the spring, and scouts noticed. He has holes in his swing and doesn't project to hit for a high average, but a .250-hitting Baron could hit 15 home runs. At worst, Baron's defense should get him to the majors, but to buy him out of Duke, a team will have to believe Baron has enough offensive upside to become a regular.
1s 38 Chicago White Sox Josh Phegley Indiana Ind. $858,600
No college catcher has done more at the plate over the last two seasons than Phegley, who has hit .400 with 32 homers. He ranked second in Division I with a .438 average as a sophomore and had 17 home runs this spring. Phegley packs a lot of strength in his 5-foot-11, 215-pound frame and has the patience to draw walks and wait for pitches he can drive. Scouts aren't sold on his future production or his defense, however. Some think his bat is a little slow, and he didn't look impressive with wood bats during Team USA tryouts last summer or Indiana's scout day last fall. He bats out of an exaggerated crouch, which makes it difficult for him to catch up to velocity at the top of the strike zone. Phegley bulked up after batting .232 without a homer as a freshman, and his thicker build has cost him defensively. He has plus arm strength but a slow release, leading to average results in shutting down the running game. He has caught 31 percent of basestealers over the last two years. He is a below-average receiver who has been exposed this spring by Eric Arnett's explosive fastball and Matt Bashore's breaking pitches. He does block balls well. Phegley profiles only as a catcher, so he'll have to improve behind the plate. Scouts do rave about his makeup and believe he'll put in the work to do so. Phegley should be the second college catcher drafted (after Boston College's Tony Sanchez) and go off the board before the end of the second round.
2 55 San Francisco Giants Tommy Joseph Horizon HS, Scottsdale, Ariz. Ariz. $712,500
Hailing from the same Horizon High program that has produced Giants righthander Tim Alderson and Angels shortstop Brandon Wood, Joseph likely won't be a first-rounder like those two. But he shouldn't lag far behind. Having split time between catching and first base in the past, Joseph is behind the plate full time this year. At 6-foot-1 and 215 pounds, the Arizona recruit is a big kid with tree trunks for thighs. He has worked on his defensive fundamentals to stay behind the plate as a pro and is above-average in both arm strength and accuracy. He's been sitting lower and working on the mechanics for blocking. With comparisons to both Mike Napoli and Kelly Shoppach, Joseph's calling card is his bat. In the 2009 Power Showcase, an offseason home run derby, Joseph showed off his well-above-average power by putting a few balls in the upper deck at Tropicana Field, and hit a 465-foot bomb that fluttered the American flag hanging from the catwalk in the left-center field power alley.
2 67 St. Louis Cardinals Robert Stock Southern California Calif. $525,000
Stock is one of the draft's most intriguing players due to his background. He was Baseball America's Youth Player of the Year in 2005 when he was 15, and a year later, Stock skipped his senior year in high school to enroll at Southern California. He's a 19-year-old draft-eligible junior, and his college career has been one of valleys and recent peaks. He was the Trojans' starting catcher and sometime closer his first two seasons, showing modest power, a good fastball and good catch-and-throw skills. He showed raw power and catch-and-throw tools in his first two seasons, particularly arm strength. However, his draft stock suffered; after ranking No. 5 in our Cape Cod League Top 30 following his freshman season, he didn't even make the top 30 last summer, and scouts were stunned by his poor performance on scout day in fall 2008, when his bat looked slow and his pop times sluggish. When Stock got off to a slow start offensively in 2009, attention shifted to his performance on the mound. The Trojans turned to Stock as a starter this year, and he has delivered. He made his first start March 29 and beat Arizona State, striking out 10 in five innings, and hasn't looked back, registering a complete-game win at Arizona and showing surprising polish. His delivery is fairly easy, giving him good control of an 88-92 mph fastball that can hit 95 and a surprisingly good changeup that some scouts consider a plus pitch. His low-80s breaking ball also grades out as average, and Stock now figures to go out in the first three rounds as a pitcher--if he proves signable.
2 74 Milwaukee Brewers Cameron Garfield Murrieta (Calif.) Valley HS Calif. $492,200
In a banner year for prep catchers, Garfield stands out as one of the best pure defenders. At 6-feet and 190 pounds, Garfield is fit, strong and powerful. His pop times range from 1.85 to 1.90 seconds at showcase events, with one scout clocking a 1.78, and he has an above-average arm. Scouts' primary worry is that Garfield shines at showcases and struggles in games. He often puts on eye-opening power exhibitions during batting practice, but he has trouble carrying those results into games. He has a breathtakingly quick bat, but he often pulls off the ball and opens his front side, pulling the ball hard but foul. Failure to track the pitch and let it get deep throws off his timing, though he will occasionally show the ability to stay back on the breaking ball. Doubts may exist about Garfield's bat, but few doubts exist about his defense. His bat shows the promise of power, but he'll need improvement to bring it up to big league average.
2 76 New York Yankees John Ryan Murphy Pendleton School, Bradenton, Fla. Fla. $1,250,000
The scouting consensus seemed to be that Murphy had risen to the top of the pile of Florida prep catchers by the end of the season, after an amazing spring playing for the IMG Academy in Bradenton. Murphy hit .627 with 11 home runs in 102 at-bats, rapping 34 extra-base hits overall and striking out just four times. That built off a strong summer and fall performance, as Murphy starred for the Florida Bombers during Connie Mack play and the World Wood Bat tournament in Jupiter, Fla., in October 2008. Murphy's bat attracts most of the attention, as he has a short, sharp righthanded swing that generates good bat speed and plate coverage. Scouts grade his hit tool ahead of his power, though he's expected to produce average power with wood. He's also athletic, having made a shift from outfield (and occasionally third base) to catcher. He's shown he's more than capable of handling catcher, showing plus arm strength, solid receiving ability and a quick transfer. The Miami recruit has intelligence and makeup needed for the position, as well, and had hit his way into supplemental round consideration.
3 91 Kansas City Royals Wil Myers Wesleyan Christian Academy, High Point, N.C. N.C. $2,000,000
Myers emerged last summer and fall as one of the more intriguing bats in the class, and he earned first-round buzz as the year progressed despite poor private-school competition in North Carolina. Most clubs were judging him based on his strong showcase performance, where he showed the athleticism and feel for hitting to project as an average or above-average big league bat. Scouts consider him one of the draft's safer hitters, with a smooth swing he repeats and quick, strong hands. He has the bat speed and leverage to produce future power. A South Carolina recruit, Myers plays all over the field for his high school team--showing upper 80s velocity as a pitcher--but scouts want to try him behind the plate, where he's shown solid catch-and-throw tools. He has yet to handle premium stuff on a consistent basis, so there's no guarantee he'll remain a catcher. An average runner, he has even drawn Dale Murphy as a comparison, right down to a move to right or even center field if catching doesn't work out. Myers doesn't figure to last past the supplemental round.
4 119 Cincinnati Reds Mark Fleury North Carolina N.C. $249,300
Fleury was a reserve and part-time DH for most of his first two seasons at North Carolina, then emerged as one of the Tar Heels' most important performers as a junior. He'd started every game this spring and led the team in RBIs while throwing out 33 percent of basestealers. Fleury's lefthanded bat and solid catch-and-throw skills should push him up draft boards, particularly with so few college catchers available. He doesn't have a standout tool, but he was one of the better all-around catchers in the Cape Cod League last summer and built on that this year. He's a patient hitter with solid-average power, and his discipline gives him a chance to have a solid hit tool as well. He hangs in well against lefthanded pitchers, having seen plenty in North Carolina's lefty-heavy lineup. Fleury's arm earns mixed reviews, with some scouts rating it above-average and others as solid-average. He has handled velocity well at North Carolina and earns plaudits from scouts for his leadership skills and ability to lead a pitching staff.
4 123 Oakland Athletics Max Stassi Yuba City (Calif.) HS Calif. $1,500,000
Stassi carries on the family's baseball tradition, and he has a chance to be the best offensive catcher in this year's deep catching crop. He is related to Myril Hoag, an outfielder who played during the 1930s and '40s for the Yankees and St. Louis Browns and was an all-star in 1939, and Stassi's father is his high school coach. Stassi got off to a sizzling start this spring, hitting .593 with nine homers in his first 21 games. For a high schooler, he's an exceptionally advanced hitter. He attacks the ball, uses the entire field and has above-average bat speed. Defensively, Stassi is solid but not outstanding. Other catchers are superior in catch-and-throw skills, but scouts agree that Stassi should have no difficulty remaining behind the plate. A bothersome shoulder injury restricted him to DH duty for about a month, but he has since returned to catching full time.
4 139 Tampa Bay Rays Luke Bailey Troup County HS, LaGrange, Ga. Ga. $750,000
Bailey entered the season at the front of the national group of high school catchers, one of the strongest positions in the draft. He had shown a rare combination of hitting ability, raw power and arm strength, all of which graded above-average, as well as solid athleticism and surprising speed. Bailey's offense had slipped this spring, as he hit just three home runs. Scouts said he was tinkering too much searching for power, trying different strides and different timing mechanisms. Scouts had no questions about him defensively, where he ranks among the best athletes in the prep catcher group, and he showed toughness as a junior by playing through a broken rib. He has plenty of arm strength and was doing some ill-advised pitching for his high school team before going down with Tommy John surgery in April. Bailey has an Auburn commitment, having grown up a fan, but still was expected to be signable, much as the late Nick Adenhart signed after having had the surgery back in 2004.
5 144 San Diego Padres Jason Hagerty Miami Fla. $177,300
First baseman/catcher Jason Hagerty also could go in the first 10 rounds thanks to his average to plus power and ability to catch as well as play first base; he draws some comparisons to Greg Colbrunn.
5 157 Los Angeles Dodgers J.T. Wise Oklahoma Okla. $130,000
J.T. Wise switched schools (Louisiana State to Okahoma) and positions (third base to catcher) as a junior in 2008 and went undrafted. That won't happen again after he won Big 12 Conference player of the year honors this spring, when he batted .359 with 17 homers and threw out 52 percent of basestealers. A 6-foot-1, 207-pounder who bats righthanded, Wise has enticing power and arm strength. He'll need to make better contact and quiet down as a receiver in pro ball. A 45th-round pick by the Athletics in 2007, he's the great-nephew of 1960 World Series MVP Bobby Richardson.
5 162 Minnesota Twins Tobias Streich West Virginia W.Va. $150,000
West Virginia catcher Tobias Streich is the top player in that state based on his raw power and arm strength, but he's a below-average receiver and not everyone thinks his bat will play as a pro. He hit .322/.366/.488 with six home runs and 16 doubles for the Mountaineers this season.
6 176 Baltimore Orioles Justin Dalles South Carolina S.C. $150,000
Dalles has little power and is a baseclogger. But he plays a premium position with solid athletic ability, energy and a strong throwing arm, which scouts grade as above-average. His bat is solid, with enough power to project him at least as a backup.
6 183 Oakland Athletics Ryan Ortiz Oregon State Ore. $125,000
Catcher Ryan Ortiz has hit well, both in the Cape Cod League and during his time at Oregon State. Still, scouts see a long swing and ultimately view him as more of a backup if he makes it to the major leagues. The 6-foot-3, 205-pounder, a preseason third-team All-American, has solid athleticism and a quick release from behind the plate. He's just adequate defensively with an average arm, though he has consistent 1.95-2.0 second pop times and nabbed 32 percent of opposing basestealers this year. He's also handled velocity on the Beavers' talented staff.
6 187 Los Angeles Dodgers Jan Vazquez Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, Gurabo, P.R. P.R. $125,000
Jan Vazquez is athletic for a catcher and has experience at shortstop. He runs a 6.6-second 60-yard dash, which is excellent for a catcher. A hitch in his throwing mechanics slows down his pop times, but he has a plus arm. He's seen more as a catch-and-throw guy, but the bat is coming along. At the preseason showcase, he ripped a double off the wall against Rivera, and he hit well at the Excellence Tournament too. Vazquez shows good leadership and plays hard.
6 192 Minnesota Twins Chris Herrmann Miami Fla. $135,000
Herrmann was a 10th-rounder out of Alvin (Texas) JC last year, when he played some catcher. He didn't catch this year and projects as a corner infielder or left fielder, but defense isn't his best trait. He's a solid hitter with a short swing, patient approach and good strength.
8 254 New York Mets Taylor Freeman McNeese State La. $100,000
Taylor Freeman is a lefthanded-hitting catcher with some power, though his swing can get long at times. The 6-foot-2, 192-pounder has a solid arm but needs to improve his receiving and agility. He was drafted in the 41st round out of high school by the Tigers, and he spent his first college season at Seminole State (Okla.) JC.
8 261 Los Angeles Angels Carlos Ramirez Arizona State Ariz. $110,000
At 5-foot-11 and 210 pounds, Ramirez turns off scouts with his soft body. But he has hit with authority everywhere he's played, and his defense gets solid reviews. Ramirez was a 34th-round draft pick by the Angels last year after hitting .386/.471/.660 with a wood bat for Chandler-Gilbert (Ariz.) CC. He turned them down and spent the summer in the Northwoods League, leading the league with 10 home runs and earning league MVP honors. While coach Pat Murphy used two catchers last season, Ramirez came in and made a seamless transition, quickly learning the new staff and starting every game this season. He calls his own games and worked with two of the best college pitchers in the country this year. While he's a good receiver, his arm is average at best. The wear and tear of catching didn't slow him down at the plate, as Ramirez hit .344/.449/.693 with 17 home runs during the regular season. He also has the swagger and leadership you look for in a catcher, getting respect from opposing coaches who say he's the kind of player you hate on another team but would love to have on your own team.
9 263 Seattle Mariners Trevor Coleman Missouri Mo. $133,000
Catcher Trevor Coleman had a chance to go in the first three rounds after an all-star summer in the Cape Cod League, but he slumped offensively and defensively this spring. The 6-foot-1, 211-pounder is a switch-hitter with the strength to do some damage at the plate, but he doesn't put the barrel on the ball consistently and hit just .260 with six homers as a junior. Coleman's catch-and-throw skills weren't as sharp as usual this spring. He has caught past and projected first-rounders Max Scherzer (in workouts before he went to independent baseball), Aaron Crow and Kyle Gibson, and has the tools to be at least a solid defender. He missed 12 games with ankle and hand injuries but returned in time for NCAA regionals.
9 270 Detroit Tigers John Murrian Winthrop S.C. $100,000
Winthrop's starting catcher for the better part of three seasons, Murrian was a prep teammate of Matt Weiters and Justin Smoak. He followed Weiters as the catcher at Stratford High outside of Charleston, S.C., and had a solid three-year college career. He has solid-average catch-and-throw skills, with above-average raw arm strength that helped him throw out 37 percent of basestealers in 2009. He's a patient hitter with below-average power.
9 272 Kansas City Royals Ben Theriot Texas State Texas $100,000
Ben Theriot shut down the running game as well as any college catcher in 2009, throwing out 18 of 24 basestealers. His arm strength is just average, but he enhances it with quick feet and a fast release. He's a decent receiver. Six-foot-1 and 195 pounds, he's a lefthanded hitter with an inside-out approach.
9 278 Florida Marlins Jobduan Morales Jose S. Alegria HS, Dorado, P.R. P.R. $70,000
Jobduan Morales played third base most of the year, but can also play catcher. He needs to work on his body as it's very soft, which may cause him to end up at first base. That said, he's one of the best bats on the island this year with some pop from the left side.
9 284 New York Mets Jeff Glenn Winter Haven (Fla.) HS Fla. $150,000
9 290 Chicago Cubs Richard Jones The Citadel S.C. $110,000
The Citadel's 2010 fortunes will be considerably brighter if it can get a pair of juniors back as seniors next season. Slugger Richard Jones is a fringy catcher who spent time as a DH as well. He has arm strength but not enough accuracy and modest receiving ability, and opponents stole successfully 83 percent of the time. There's nothing fringy about his power, however, as he hit 17 in the Southern Conference's toughest hitter's park (Riley Park, also home of the low Class A Charleston RiverDogs). He'll go as far as his lefthanded power will take him.
10 295 Pittsburgh Pirates Joey Schoenfeld Santiago HS, Garden Grove, Calif. Calif. $195,000
Schoenfeld has a strong and muscular 6'2" 200 pound build, and his excellent athletic ability could permit him to play 1B, 3B, or perhaps a corner outfield spot. As a catcher, he will need to refine his catch and throw skills, for he has a tendency to push the ball from a near sidearm slot. At bat, Schoenfeld exhibits some quickness and bat speed, but is vulnerable to hard stuff in and soft stuff away. He hits out of a open stance and will need to narrow his strike zone, loosen his grip on the bat, and keep his front side closed longer. While raw, there is no doubt that Schoenfeld is a fine athlete, with strength and unusual speed for a catcher. He will need time to develop, but the long term payoff with Schoenfled could be dramatic.
10 299 Cincinnati Reds Tucker Barnhart Brownsburg (Ind.) HS Ind. $250,000
Brownsburg High has churned out more than its share of prospects in recent years. Lance Lynn, a 2005 graduate, went on to Mississippi and became a supplemental first-round pick of the Cardinals last June. Drew Storen, a 2007 graduate, now attends Stanford and could sneak into the first round in 2009. Barnhart won't go as high as those righthanders, but he could be a fourth- or fifth-round pick for a club that isn't scared by his commitment to Georgia Tech. He's a switch-hitter with a good stroke from both sides of the plate and some power as a lefthander. He's strong for his size (5-foot-10, 180 pounds) and very athletic for a catcher. His speed is below average but he moves well behind the plate and is capable of playing the middle infield. He has soft hands and solid arm strength, and scouts laud his aptitude, instincts and work ethic. Some worry about his size and think he may be maxed out physically, while others think he has enough tools to eventually become a big league regular.
10 306 Arizona Diamondbacks Tyson Van Winkle Gonzaga Wash. $70,000
The top catcher taken out of the Northwest will likely be Oregon State's Ryan Ortiz, but some scouts see Gonzaga's Tyson Van Winkle as a better value and a better bet to hit as a professional. Van Winkle was drafted as a sophomore last year in the 39th round by the Astros and is a skilled defender. The 6-foot, 185-pounder is athletic, with quick feet. He's a skilled blocker, and his pitchers trust they can bury any pitch and Van Winkle will block it. His arm lagged behind his footwork in the past, but they're more in sync this year and his pop times were in the 1.8- to 1.9-second range. Van Winkle isn't just a catch-and-throw guy. He hit .361/.424/.542 for the Zags this year and has power potential.
10 310 Toronto Blue Jays Yan Gomes Barry (Fla.) Fla. $85,000
Gomes, a south Florida prep product, was a highly-regarded recruit to Tennessee who started in the Southeastern Conference for two seasons. While he was relatively productive there, he wound up transferring to Division II Barry after coach Rod Delmonico was fired and after spending one season under new Vols coach Todd Raleigh. As a junior, Gomes predictably dominated, batting .405 with 21 home runs. His bat is ahead of his defense, though, and his below-average speed limits him to corner spots or catching. He profiles best behind the plate, and he threw out 14 of 29 basestealers at the D-II level this spring. However scouts generally consider his catching skills to be below-average, though he has the tools to be a fringe-average defender there.
10 316 Milwaukee Brewers Tyler Roberts Jones County HS, Gray, Ga. Ga. $90,000
11 326 Baltimore Orioles Mike Ohlman Lakewood Ranch HS, Bradenton, Fla. Fla. $995,000
Yet another prep catcher from Florida, Ohlman started to get national attention last fall playing for North Carolina's "Dirtbags" travel team, which featured Tar Heel State prep stars Brian Goodwin and Wil Myers. Ohlman showed premium power potential in the summer and fall and was snapped up in the early signing period by Miami. He's tall for a catcher at 6-foot-4, and his slender 200-pound body doesn't seem suited to the position for the long-term, scouts worry. But he has shown excellent athletic ability, and he should be able to remain a catcher at least through college. He has excellent arm strength, but his receiving skills are less advanced than his Florida prep rivals. He has improved his skills behind the plate but has a long way to go in terms of blocking, framing pitches and learning other nuances behind the plate. He's tall so he has some holes in his swing but has a good feel for hitting and hand-eye coordination. His best tool is his raw power, which might be sufficient for a move to a corner. Ohlman should be athletic enough to give outfield a try if catching doesn't take. He could go in the fourth-to-sixth round range.
11 340 Toronto Blue Jays Sean Ochinko Louisiana State La.
11 341 Houston Astros Bubby Williams Crowder (Mo.) JC Mo.
12 364 Texas Rangers Vin DiFazio Alabama Ala.
The rest of Alabama's roster includes several players who should be drafted in the eighth- to 15th-round range, such as senior Vin DiFazio, an offensive catcher with solid receiving ability and a below-average arm.
12 378 Boston Red Sox Michael Thomas Southern La. $120,000
Few position players in the 2009 draft can match Michael Thomas' raw arm strength, but the operative word in all phases of his game is "raw." Facing mediocre college competition, he threw out just four of 26 basestealers (15 percent this spring). He also needs to polish his receiving and make adjustments at the plate. Six-foot-4 and 220 pounds, he has plenty of strength and righthanded power potential, but he batted just .213 with wood bats in the Cape Cod League last summer. His bat speed is questionable and he doesn't use his lower half well in his swing. Thomas missed two months this spring with a broken left hand. He'll need plenty of development time in pro ball, though his ceiling is intriguing.
15 448 Atlanta Braves Bennett Pickar Eaton (Colo.) HS Colo.
16 474 San Diego Padres Griffin Benedict Georgia Southern Ga.
Georgia Southern's top prospect is Griffin Benedict, the son of former Braves catcher Bruce. A senior, Benedict is an adequate defender who has good instincts for the game and a solid lefthanded bat that helped him hit .312 with 14 homers this season. He's better at receiving and blocking than he is at throwing.
16 479 Cincinnati Reds Chase Fowler South Forsythe HS, Cumming, Ga. Ga.
16 483 Oakland Athletics Josh Leyland San Dimas (Calif.) HS Calif.
Surefire high school hitters are a scare commodity in Southern California and throughout the 2009 draft class, and that helps Leyland stand out. A 6-foot-3, 225-pounder, he may be the most mature and fundamentally sound high school hitter in the state. In an early season game, one coach told his team of Leyland: "These guys have an Adam Dunn over there." Two homers later the same coach lamented, "I shouldn't have pitched to him." Leyland has average to above-average raw power, which has been on display at showcases nationwide. He has done more in those events than hammer the ball in BP, also showing his power in game action. Few high schoolers are as advanced fundamentally as Leyland. His stance is well balanced, and his swing is short to the ball and long afterward. Leyland does not run well, so first base or catcher will be his future defensive home. While not a polished catcher, his hands work decently at that spot. His arm is acceptable, though he'll need work on his catch and throw technique. Whatever position he plays, Leyland's bat will always be his trump card. Few high school hitters can match his blend of raw power and technical precision.
16 487 Los Angeles Dodgers Mike Pericht St. Joseph's (Ind.) Ind.
16 488 Florida Marlins David Peters Lakewood (Calif.) HS Calif. $100,000
16 497 Philadelphia Phillies Andrew Susac Jesuit HS, Carmichael, Calif. Calif.
In a draft year bursting with promising high school catchers, Susac may be the best catch-and-throw receiver available. Big, strong and physical at 6-foot-2 and 220 pounds, Susac uses his quick release and powerful throwing arm to consistently record pop times in the 1.85- to 1.90-second range. Scouts look for catchers who are comfortable behind the plate, and whose receiving style is quiet and relaxed. Susac rates highly in both categories, showing the ability to handle all types of pitches in all locations with ease. Where he ends up getting picked will depend on how much a team believes in his bat. At times this spring, his balance was poor at the plate, he lunged at pitches and his timing was off. He has home run power potential, but he will need to made significant strides as a hitter. But Susac's catch and throw skills alone will carry him into the early rounds of the draft.
17 508 Atlanta Braves Jace Whitmer Kennesaw State Ga.
Catcher Jace Whitmer has handled premium velocity all spring, though not particularly well. He's a below-average receiver with solid arm strength and some raw power, having led the team with 13 home runs.
17 522 Minnesota Twins Nick Tindall O'Fallon (Ill.) HS Ill.
17 531 Los Angeles Angels Jeremy Gillan Jacksonville Fla.
18 537 San Francisco Giants Jonathan Walsh Coppell (Texas) HS Texas
Coppell High ranked No. 5 in Baseball America's preseason Top 50, but the team and its top prospects--catcher Jonathan Walsh, shortstop Chad Kettler and outfielder Jacob Morris--underachieved this spring. Walsh continued to show power from both sides of the plate, but he struggled with his throwing and receiving. The 6-foot-3, 210-pounder has enough athleticism to move to another position and may have to do if he attends Texas, which already has an offensive-minded catcher in Cameron Rupp.
18 540 Detroit Tigers Eric Roof Michigan State Mich.
18 545 Cleveland Indians Dwight Childs Arizona Ariz.
Catcher Dwight Childs has handled good pitchers during his three-year stint at Arizona. He was also a member of the 2005 USA Baseball junior team that included Clayton Kershaw, Brett Anderson, Lars Anderson and Grant Green, among others. After batting .193 last season, he hit the weight room in the offseason to get stronger and batted .331/.385/.529 this season. Still, scouts aren't sure he'll hit enough to be a big league regular. His calling card is his defense. A catcher his whole life, he's comfortable behind the plate and blocks balls well. With a plus arm and pop times in the 1.8- to 2.0-second range, some scouts have even been tempted to try him out on the mound.
18 546 Arizona Diamondbacks Roidany Aguila Colegio Nuestra Senora de la Providencia HS, Rio Piedras, P.R. P.R.
From Benito Santiago to Ivan Rodriguez and Jorge Posada to the Molina brothers and Geovany Soto, Puerto Rico has long been a breeding ground for catchers. This year is no exception. A handful of catchers could be selected in the top 10 rounds of the draft, and Roidany Aguila could be the first off the board. A Cuban who moved to Puerto Rico by way of Miami, Aguila is solidly built at 5-foot-11 and 175 pounds. He's a gamer with a good arm and good instincts behind the plate, with pop times in the 1.9-second range. He's more of a defensive catcher, but in Jupiter, Fla., last summer at the World Wood Bat Championship, Aguila turned around a 91 mph Tyler Skaggs fastball for a triple. He's committed to Bethune-Cookman.
18 549 St. Louis Cardinals Anthony Garcia San Juan Educational HS, San Juan, P.R. P.R.
18 555 New York Yankees Hector Rabago Southern California Calif.
With his distinctive pigeon-toed gait, Hector Rabago is easily recognizable. Rabago is versatile and has been a jack of all trades for USC. His terrific throwing arm allows him to profile at several spots on the field, but catcher or pitcher may be his best options. Because his bat remains below par (.257 this year, just nine extra-base hits), Rabago's low-90s fastball may be more attractive to pro teams. He didn't pitch at all for the Trojans this spring, however, and has pitched just six innings since his freshman season.
18 560 Chicago Cubs Matt Williams Duke N.C.
Catcher Matt Williams is a grinder with an opposite-field approach at the plate that limits his power. Williams is a good blocker and receiver behind the plate with average arm strength and a slow transfer that limits him to 2.1-second pop times. He is fairly accurate.
19 571 Colorado Rockies Dustin Garneau Cal State Fullerton Calif.
Appearing to be built out of concrete, Dustin Garneau is a workmanlike catcher who functions as an on-field manager. Never a big hitter, he still hit .296/.416/.444 this season with four homers. Defense is his forte, as he handles pitchers well. Garneau will drift into stretches where his release becomes too sidearm, but he still tossed out 59 percent of opposing basestealers, shutting down opposing running games.
19 579 St. Louis Cardinals Travis Tartamella Cal State Los Angeles Calif.
19 584 New York Mets Nelfi Zapata English HS, Jamaica Plain, Mass. Mass.
Another Massachusetts talent likely heading to a junior college power is catcher Neifi Zapata. A sturdy, physical backstop with a strong arm, Zapata has a chance to be a good receiver, though his actions are a bit stiff currently. Zapata's bat is raw, and he'll likely wind up at Miami Dade CC.
19 590 Chicago Cubs Sergio Burruel Browne HS, Phoenix Ariz.
Catcher Sergio Burruel wasn't a big name coming into the season, but got noticed when he hit 15 home runs in 27 games. His body is soft, similar to Yadier Molina, so he's not athletic behind the plate and will never be a threat on the bases. He has arm strength and can drive balls out of the yard. His receiving needs work, but he's bilingual, has soft hands and shows good leadership ability. He's thrown around some bonus figures that scouts think are too high, but has been crosschecked and could go in the top 10 rounds.
20 601 Colorado Rockies Dallas Tarleton Elon N.C.
22 672 Minnesota Twins Buddy Munroe Florida Fla.
22 677 Philadelphia Phillies Bronco Lafrenz Indiana State Ind.
23 699 St. Louis Cardinals Matt Adams Slippery Rock (Pa.) Pa.
Slippery Rock's Matt Adams had a huge junior year, batting .495/.566/.853 with 14 homers and 64 RBIs. A burly 6-foot-3, 245-pound slugger, Adams has a good swing and a mature offensive approach to go along with solid-average to plus power. He's adequate at best defensively at first base, and he's well-below-average behind the plate.
24 713 Seattle Mariners Carlton Tanabe Pearl City (Hawaii) HS Hawaii
Pearl City catcher Carlton Tanabe is a 6-foot, 190-pound catcher for Pearl City (Hawaii) HS. The solid defender has a strong arm, but needs to get stronger and work on his approach at the plate. He'll have a chance to do both with a full ride to Yavapai (Ariz.) JC next season.
24 717 San Francisco Giants Alex Burg Washington State Wash.
The Cougars, who reached regional play for the first time since 1990, have some good college players but thin out pretty quickly in terms of pro potential. Senior catcher Alex Burg shared time behind the plate and also played in the infield. A knee injury in late April didn't help his draft stock, but he returned in time for Washington State's regional trip.
26 779 Cincinnati Reds Trey Manz South Florida Fla.
27 805 Pittsburgh Pirates Wes Luquette Newman HS, New Orleans La.
If Wes Luquette were signable, he could go in the first seven rounds. But he had Tommy John surgery shortly before the draft and may want a seven-figure bonus to pass up a Louisiana State scholarship, so he'll plummet below where his ability would dictate. The 6-foot-1, 205-pounder is an extremely athletic catcher with plus-plus arm strength and solid receiving skills. He also put his arm to good use in football, starring at quarterback at Peyton and Eli Manning's alma mater. Luquette has a quick righthanded bat with some pop but will have to adjust to quality pitching both offensively and defensively after facing lackluster competition in high school. He's the grandson of Tabasco sauce tycoon Paul McIlhenny.
27 825 New York Yankees Jeff Farnham New Mexico State N.M.
Senior teammate Jeff Farnham also put up big numbers, hitting .371/.478/.612 with 13 home runs. The 6-foot-1, 195-pounder mainly plays behind the plate, but has some athleticism and is versatile defensively. He also spent time in the outfield and at second base and was second on the team with 18 stolen bases. He's a good catch-and-throw guy with 90 mph throws down to second and consistent 1.8-second pop times. At the plate, he has a patient approach and can catch up to fastballs over the plate, but an arm bar exposes him to velocity inside and has scouts questioning whether he'll hit as a pro.
27 827 Philadelphia Phillies Marlon Mitchell Hillsborough HS, Tampa Fla. $125,000
28 856 Milwaukee Brewers Geno Escalante Rodriguez HS, Fairfield, Calif. Calif.
29 873 Oakland Athletics Mike Zunino Mariner HS, Cape Coral, Fla. Fla.
Zunino was yet another option for scouts trolling Florida looking for prep catchers. One didn't have to go far, as his father Greg is a California alum and has scouted for the 22 years, currently working for the Reds. Zunino's a solid athlete and average present runner (4.3 seconds to first base from the right side), whose calling card is his raw power. Zunino can put on a show in batting practice, and the last two seasons, he's carried it over into games. He broke his own school record of 10, set in 2008, this spring with 11 home runs, leading Mariner High to back-to-back district titles. A solidly built 6-foot, 185-pound righthanded hitter, Zunino has committed to Florida as part of the Gators' immense, impressive recruiting class. He has improved his chances of being bought out of school by making significant strides defensively. Whereas last summer he was not a clean receiver and dropped a lot of balls, he showed improvement in the fall and has the potential to be an average defender, with above-average raw arm strength. He has some baseball savvy from his upbringing that makes him even more attractive.
29 875 Cleveland Indians Xorge Carrillo Central Arizona JC Ariz.
Catcher Xorge Carillo has a soft body that earns comparisons to Bengie Molina. While he's a bigger guy, he's a good receiver with an average arm. He makes consistent contact and has some gap power but doesn't run well. He's committed to Arizona State, where he would be a lighter hitter, but a better defender than Carlos Ramirez.
30 893 Seattle Mariners Brandon Bantz Dallas Baptist Texas
30 899 Cincinnati Reds Yovan Gonzalez Wabash Valley (Ill.) JC Ill.
30 901 Colorado Rockies Bryce Massanari Georgia Ga.
Georgia and Georgia Tech have more solid college players who aren't selling jeans--such as Bulldogs catcher Bryce Massanari--than players who get scouts excited. Massanari has tremendous hands that work for him as a catcher and at the plate, and he ranked second in the Southeastern Conference with 13 homers in league play. However, he's got a thick lower half, little mobility and plays with low energy.
30 912 Minnesota Twins Trayvone Johnson Los Angeles, Calif. Calif.
30 913 Chicago White Sox Rob Vaughn Kansas State Kan.
30 920 Chicago Cubs Danny Sheppard Downers Grove (Ill.) North HS Ill.
The best high school position player in the state is Danny Sheppard, an athletic catcher with the potential to shine offensively and defensively. A 6-foot, 180-pound righthanded hitter, he has good power but his bat may not be ready for pro ball. A center fielder as a junior, he moves well and has a strong arm behind the plate. He also played quarterback and middle linebacker for Downers Grove North, and he brings that football mentality to the diamond. He's an Iowa recruit.
31 927 San Francisco Giants Diego Seastrunk Rice Texas
31 940 Toronto Blue Jays Jack Murphy Princeton N.J.
Princeton catcher Jack Murphy is likely to go in the top 10 rounds based solely on his size (6-foot-4, 230 pounds) and power potential. A switch-hitter, he shows above-average power from both sides of the plate in batting practice, but it doesn't translate into games, as he hit just .291/.394/.455 with four homers in 134 at-bats this spring. His swing is stiff from both sides, and he needs to clean up his offensive approach, particularly from the left side. Murphy does have soft hands and an average arm behind the plate, though he lacks mobility.
31 947 Philadelphia Phillies David Doss South Alabama Ala.
32 962 Kansas City Royals Luke Voit Lafayette HS, Wildwood, Mo. Mo.
32 968 Florida Marlins Dallas Hord Missouri State Mo.
33 982 Washington Nationals Nick DeSantiago Hays HS, Kyle, Texas Texas
33 997 Los Angeles Dodgers Steve Cilladi Kansas Wesleyan Kan.
34 1021 Colorado Rockies Brandon Whitby Prairie View A&M Texas
34 1034 New York Mets Cam Maron Hicksville (N.Y.) HS N.Y.
35 1046 Baltimore Orioles Jeremy Lucas West Vigo HS, Terre Haute, Ind. Ind.
35 1048 Atlanta Braves Matt Hartunian Montclair Prep, Van Nuys, Calif. Calif.
35 1067 Philadelphia Phillies Phil Aviola Wilmington (Del.) Del.
35 1070 Chicago Cubs Kevin David Oklahoma State Okla.
36 1074 San Diego Padres Dylan Tonneson California Calif.
37 1102 Washington Nationals Josh Elander Round Rock (Texas) HS Texas
Josh Elander is more athletic than most catchers, and he showed off his all-around skills by winning the 14-year-old division of MLB's Pitch, Hit & Run competition in 2005. He also starred at wide receiver and defensive back for Round Rock High's football team. Though he has arm strength and works hard, he may have to move from behind the plate because he throws from a low arm slot and is inconsistent as a receiver. The 6-foot, 190-pound righthanded hitter may have the tools and the bat to move to the outfield, though he is still growing into his power. He did give a taste of his potential by leading all players with eight homers in the first round of the home run derby at the Under Armour All-America Game at Wrigley Field last August, including a blast that made it to Waveland Avenue. He has average speed. Elander has committed to Texas Christian and may not be signable outside of the first two rounds.
37 1110 Detroit Tigers Danny Canela Florida Christian HS, Miami Fla.
37 1129 Tampa Bay Rays Austin Maddox Eagle's View HS, Jacksonville Fla.
Having made the varsity as a sixth-grader at his private school, Maddox has been a high-profile player for much of his prep career, helping Eagle's View to a pair of state 1-A championships. He took a star turn with USA Baseball's 18U team, hitting .367 with a team-best six extra-base hits, including one of the team's two home runs. He hasn't held up as well under the scrutiny this spring. He's among the nation's most physical players, strong and built like an ox at 6-foot-3, 220 pounds, with two premium tools near the top of the scale. His raw power and arm both rate near 70 on the 20-80 scouting scale. He's strong and has a leveraged swing that allows him to drive the ball for home run power to all fields. He has reached 96 mph as a pitcher, though he's more of a prospect at the plate. His arm stroke has gotten longer, making him less accurate as a catcher and hampering his pitching. Maddox faces weak competition and hadn't dominated as hoped this spring. More telling, he has not shown enough athleticism, making some scouts wonder how long he'll remain behind the plate. If the Florida recruit is not a catcher, he likely will be limited to first base, where the offensive demands are much more significant.
38 1141 Colorado Rockies Brett Hambright Riverside (Calif.) JC Calif.
39 1167 San Francisco Giants Kyle Henson Mississippi Miss.
39 1191 Los Angeles Angels Ryan Hege Cowley County (Kan.) JC Kan.
40 1200 Detroit Tigers Ben Bechtol Neshannock HS, New Castle, Pa. Pa.
40 1201 Colorado Rockies Jason Bagoly Fitch HS, Austintown, Ohio Ohio
Catcher Jason Bagoly is a physical 6-foot-4, 220-pounder with an intriguing righthanded bat. He has power and arm strength, though he struggles receiving and isn't a lock to remain behind the plate. A Kent State recruit, he's the nephew of Yankees scouting director Damon Oppenheimer.
40 1203 Oakland Athletics Chris O'Dowd Regis Jesuit HS, Aurora, Colo. Colo.
40 1221 Los Angeles Angels Asaad Ali Niles (Mich.) HS Mich.
41 1230 Detroit Tigers Larry Balkwill Ursuline College Chatham SS, Chatham-Kent, Ont. Ontario
41 1232 Kansas City Royals Joey Lewis Georgia Ga.
Backup catcher and DH Joey Lewis hit 19 home runs and would be a nice sleeper pick if not for a below-average arm, slow transfer and a somewhat ugly swing. He collapses his back side to produce power, causing lots of swing and miss (67 strikeouts in 238 at-bats) but also above-average raw power.
41 1235 Cleveland Indians Max Muncy Keller (Texas) HS Texas
Max Muncy and Dane Phillips are gifted hitters who would be more attractive to pro clubs if scouts believed they could catch. Muncy, who's 6 feet and 185 pounds, has a lefty line-drive stroke and arguably the best bat among Dallas-area high schoolers. He didn't look good behind the plate in a trial with his summer team, so it would take a lot of projection to believe in him as a catcher. An infielder in high school, he has some arm strength and will play second base, third base or the outfield if he attends Baylor.
41 1241 Houston Astros Carlos Escobar Chatsworth (Calif.) HS Calif.
42 1256 Baltimore Orioles Joe Velleggia Old Dominion Va.
42 1270 Toronto Blue Jays Michael Reeves St. Peter's SS, Peterborough, Ont. Ontario
42 1274 New York Mets Ryan Gunhouse Clear Creek HS, League City, Texas Texas
43 1293 Oakland Athletics Ryan Lipkin San Francisco Calif.
43 1296 Arizona Diamondbacks Brooklyn Foster Walnut Grove SS, Langley, B.C British Columbia
43 1297 Los Angeles Dodgers Chad Gough-Fortenberry Northshore HS, Slidell, La. La.
43 1308 Boston Red Sox Luke Maile Covington Catholic HS, Park Hills, Ky. Ky.
The state's top high school player is catcher Luke Maile. Scouts love his athletic 6-foot-3, 200-pound frame, his arm strength and his leadership. The righthanded hitter has bat speed but isn't ready to solve pro pitching, so he probably won't get drafted early and will follow through on his commitment to Kentucky.
44 1325 Cleveland Indians Roman Madrid Memorial HS, Victoria, Texas Texas
44 1326 Arizona Diamondbacks Zach Varnell Arkansas-Pine Bluff Ark.
45 1351 Colorado Rockies Heath Holliday Bixby (Okla.) HS Okla.
45 1354 Texas Rangers Dale Anderson JC of Southern Idaho Idaho
45 1366 Milwaukee Brewers Richard Stock Agoura HS, Agoura Hills, Calif. Calif.
Stock, the younger brother of USC's Robert Stock, has been hobbled by injuries to his wrist, back and ribs. A top 200 prospect when healthy, he figures to follow Robert to USC, where he could develop into one of the nation's finest catchers and a first-round candidate in 2012. He has better size than his older brother at 6-foot-3, 185 pounds, and raw power from the left side to go with above-average arm strength.
45 1368 Boston Red Sox Kyle Arnsberg Lamar HS, Arlington, Texas Texas
46 1388 Florida Marlins Nick Ammirati Seton Hall Prep, West Orange, N.J. N.J.
46 1389 St. Louis Cardinals Jim Klocke Southeast Missouri State Mo.
47 1418 Florida Marlins Cody Miller River Valley HS, Yuba City, Calif. Calif.
47 1425 New York Yankees Shane Brown Central Florida Fla.
48 1432 Washington Nationals Zach Dygert Ball State Ind.
Catcher Zach Dygert doesn't have an outstanding tool but has a lot of decent ones and plays the game hard. He's a sturdy 6-foot-3, 215-pounder with average arm strength that would play better if he shortened his release. He has some righthanded power but not an especially quick bat.
48 1439 Cincinnati Reds Kenny Swab Young Harris (Ga.) JC Ga.
49 1463 Seattle Mariners Dane Phillips Central Heights HS, Nacogdoches, Texas Texas
Max Muncy and Dane Phillips are gifted hitters who would be more attractive to pro clubs if scouts believed they could catch. Scouts give Phillips high marks for his lefthanded bat, athleticism and work ethic, but they're still skeptical that he can catch. He has enough arm strength but has struggled to handle quality arms such as former high school teammate Trey Haley (an Indians second-round pick in 2008) and select squad teammate Matthew Purke (a projected first-rounder this June). Six-foot-1 and 195 pounds, Phillips has solid speed and could move to the outfield if catching doesn't work out. He has committed to Oklahoma State and is believed to want first- or sandwich-round money to sign.
49 1467 San Francisco Giants Austin Goolsby Embry-Riddle (Fla.) Fla.
49 1471 Colorado Rockies Mark Tracy Duquesne Pa.
49 1472 Kansas City Royals Zac Fisher Miller HS, Fontana, Calif. Calif.
50 1494 San Diego Padres Brett Basham Mississippi Miss.
50 1516 Milwaukee Brewers Darren Farmer West Lauderdale HS, Collinsville, Miss. Miss.
50 1519 Tampa Bay Rays David Wendt Dowling (N.Y.) N.Y.