Players signed indicated in Bold

Pick Overall Team Player Position School State Bonus
1 262 Washington Nationals Taylor Jordan RHP Brevard (Fla.) JC Fla. $99,500
Jordan has good size at 6-foot-3, 200 pounds, but he was something of a wild card entering the spring, as he missed a year of JC ball at Indian River (Fla.) CC, which he attended in 2007-2008 while he did not pitch. He hit 95 mph on the Brevard (Fla.) CC radar gun during the season and sits in the average range with his fastball, helping him strike out 88 in 80 innings during the spring while earning first-team all-conference honors.
2 263 Seattle Mariners Trevor Coleman C 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.
3 264 San Diego Padres Chris Fetter RHP Michigan Mich. $25,000
Chris Fetter made the all-Big 10 Conference team for the third straight season, but scouts didn't really warm up to the 6-foot-8, 230-pound righthander this spring. In the past, he neutralized his height by pitching from a low arm angle and peaked in the mid-80s. After raising to a high three-quarters slot and doing a lot of work with weighted balls and long toss, Fetter threw 90-93 mph with good run on his fastball as a fifth-year senior. He still drops down on occasion, but not nearly as much as in the past. His slider also improved but is average at best, so he may need to shift to a splitter in pro ball. Fetter finished his career in third place in wins (28-10) and strikeouts (281 in 332 innings) in Michigan history.
4 265 Pittsburgh Pirates Brock Holt 2B Rice Texas $125,000
A shortstop at Navarro (Texas) JC, Brock Holt moved to second base after transferring to Rice in deference to Rick Hague, a top 2010 draft prospect. He made a seamless transition to his new position and to batting leadoff for the Owls, hitting for average, controlling the strike zone and offering gap power from the left side of the plate. He's an average runner with the instincts to steal a few bases. A 5-foot-10, 170-pound scrapper, Holt has enough arm and range to tempt a pro team into giving him another shot at shortstop.
5 266 Baltimore Orioles Ryan Berry RHP Rice Texas $417,600
Berry doesn't have Stephen Strasburg's stuff, but he was the second-best pitcher in college baseball before he got hurt in mid-March. In consecutive complete-game wins over Texas A&M, Notre Dame and San Diego, he allowed just five hits, an unearned run and no walks while striking out 28. Then he strained a muscle beneath his pitching shoulder in his next start, which sidelined him for five weeks. The Owls eased him back slowly into the rotation and he looked like his early-season self in the Conference USA tournament, firing a two-hitter against Alabama-Birmingham. Two days later, he pitched the ninth inning to save the championship game. In the NCAA Division I regionals, he threw 126 pitches in a loss to Kansas State's A.J. Morris--his teammate at Humble (Texas) High--and pitched the final two innings of the clincher against the Wildcats on one day's rest. Berry's lone plus pitch is his knuckle-curve, yet he took a step forward this spring when he stopped relying on it so much. He has done a better job of throwing his 88-91 mph fastball to both sides of the plate to set up his curve, and he also mixes in a slider and changeup. His fastball has good life and touches 93 at times. He's not physical at 6-foot-1 and 195 pounds, but he does a good job of repeating his delivery and throwing strikes. His mechanics bother some scouts, as he lands stiff and upright, putting stress on his arm. While Berry's resurgence has him moving back up draft boards, it remains to be seen whether a club will take him high enough (top two rounds) to sign him. Before he was sidelined, teams already were leery of the health of Rice pitchers. Six of the eight Owls pitchers drafted in the first or supplemental first round this decade (Kenny Baugh, Jon Skaggs, Philip Humber, Jeff Niemann, Wade Townsend, Joe Savery) have had elbow or shoulder surgery in college or early in their pro careers.
6 267 San Francisco Giants Evan Crawford OF Indiana Ind. $110,000
Former infielder Evan Crawford looked more comfortable as an outfielder in his junior season, but his athleticism still has yet to translate well to the diamond. He makes good use of his plus speed on the bases but not as much in the outfield. He has yet to fill out his 6-foot-2, 165-pound frame, doesn't have much pop from the right side of the plate and doesn't control the strike zone.
7 268 Atlanta Braves Matt Weaver SS Burlington (N.J.) JC N.J. $105,000
Weaver flew under the radar among most Northeast area scouts despite hitting .452 with 13 homers and 28 stolen bases as a freshman at Burlington County CC. He offers some pull power and good speed. He also has good enough actions and arm strength to stick in the middle infield, though maybe not at shortstop.
8 269 Cincinnati Reds Brian Pearl RHP Washington Wash. $90,000
A converted third baseman, Pearl has flashed good stuff this year, but has also been wildly inconsistent in his first year of pitching full-time. The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder got two starts for the Huskies that didn't go well, so he mostly pitched out of their bullpen. A frustrating puzzle for scouts, sometimes Pearl would be 93-94 mph with his fastball and show a slider with good bite, while at other times he would come out and be in the mid- to upper 80s. He's not a big guy, but Pearl is athletic with a resilient arm. Control will never be his forte, though he can pitch on back-to-back days, has made good adjustments and shown body awareness that scouts like to see.
9 270 Detroit Tigers John Murrian C 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.
10 271 Colorado Rockies Wes Musick LHP Houston Texas $80,000
Baseball America rated Musick the state's top college starting pitching prospect a year ago, but he declined to sign as a draft-eligible sophomore after the Giants selected him in the 24th round. He has shown the same fastball velocity (86-91 mph) he had in 2008 but otherwise has regressed. He hasn't commanded his fastball as well, his changeup and curveball have been less effective, and his delivery hasn't looked as smooth. The 6-foot, 190-pound Musick went just 5-7, 5.97 as a 22-year-old junior, and his medical history may work against him as well. He developed a tender elbow shortly after arriving at Houston in the fall of 1995, then tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee while playing touch football in the outfield. A subsequent exam revealed a torn ligament in his elbow as well, and he had a knee operation and Tommy John surgery.
11 272 Kansas City Royals Ben Theriot C 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.
12 273 Oakland Athletics Myrio Richard OF Prairie View A&M Texas $90,000
Richard is an impressive 6-foot-1, 190-pound athlete who won player-of-the-year honors in both the Southwestern Athletic Conference and Texas Collegiate League last year. He didn't perform as well this spring, as his righthanded swing got longer and he rarely altered his dead-pull approach. He has plus speed, power potential and arm strength, but he needs polish in all aspects of the game. He should be able to remain in center field at the next level, though he often has to rely on his quickness to overcome bad routes on fly balls.
13 274 Texas Rangers Jabari Blash OF Miami Dade JC Fla.
Blash played some high school baseball in the Virgin Islands, enough to try to use baseball to go to college in the U.S. mainland. He attended Alcorn State for a year but wasn't academically eligible, due to transcript issues. He redshirted that season, then wound up transferring to Miami-Dade JC, where he didn't even earn a starting job when the season started. He's quite raw and has holes in his swing, owing in part to his large 6-foot-5, 210-pound frame. He also has big-time tools, and several observers called him Florida's best five-tool prospect. Blash has plus raw power, with 10 homers in just 102 at-bats this season, and above-average speed (he runs the 60 in 6.7 seconds) and throwing arm (it's a right field arm, if not the cannon reported earlier this spring). Some scouts dream on Blash's frame and see a future Jermaine Dye, who also was a JC player.
14 275 Cleveland Indians Preston Guilmet RHP Arizona Ariz. $35,000
A 22nd-round pick by the Athletics last season, righthander Preston Guilmet returned to Arizona for his senior year and pitched better than his 6-5 record would indicate. He struck out 93 and walked 34 over 91 innings while maintaining a 3.74 ERA. His stuff is essentially the same as last year, with a fastball in the 87-90 mph range. He mixes his pitches well, spots his fastball and changeup and knows how to pitch. For breaking balls, he throws a slider and a split-finger fastball, and while they can be difficult to tell apart they are both out pitches at times.
15 276 Arizona Diamondbacks Chase Anderson RHP Oklahoma Okla. $85,000
Righthander Chase Anderson helped his draft chances with a strong relief outing against Wichita State in the NCAA regionals, blanking the Shockers for 5 1/3 innings while allowing one hit and striking out six. He's not big (6-foot-1, 162 pounds) or overpowering, but he mixes four pitches and consistently fools batters with his changeup. The Twins drafted him twice previously, in the 42nd round out of high school in 2006 and in the 40th round out of North Central (Texas) JC in 2007.
16 277 Los Angeles Dodgers Bryant Hernandez SS Oklahoma Okla. $115,000
Shortstop Bryant Hernandez started just 39 games in his first two college seasons but broke out and batted .351 with 12 homers and 10 steals this spring. Though he's undersized at 5-foot-8 and 170 pounds, he generates surprising pop from the right side of the plate. He has good speed and the ability to make accurate throws from different angles. Hernandez sometimes tries to do too much, leading to strikeouts and errors.
17 278 Florida Marlins Jobduan Morales C 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.
18 279 St. Louis Cardinals Nick McCully RHP Coastal Carolina S.C. $100,000
19 280 Toronto Blue Jays Aaron Loup LHP Tulane La. $100,000
Aaron Loup is a study in contradictions. He's a 6-foot, 175-pound lefthander who throws from a low-three-quarters slot, yet he has a solid-average fastball and can touch 93 mph. Despite that heater, a sweeping slider and fine control (a 61-9 K-BB ratio in 59 innings this spring), he gets hit harder than he should (5.93 ERA, .284 opponent average, nine homers). His ERA has gotten progressively worse in three seasons at Tulane, but he has the stuff and strike-throwing ability to be a successful reliever in pro ball.
20 281 Houston Astros Ben Orloff SS UC Irvine Calif. $25,000
Orloff, a 19th-rounder a year ago, is a skilled California shortstop who handles the bat well, though his range may be short for pro ball.
21 282 Minnesota Twins Nick Lockwood SS Jesuit HS, Tampa Fla. $125,000
22 283 Chicago White Sox Matt Hopps RHP Cal State Dominguez Hills Calif. $29,500
Hopps is 23 and will be 24 in October, making him one of the oldest players in the 2009 draft. In High School, the 6'5" 240 pound righthander was a pitcher, first baseman and middle linebacker on the football team. Hopps began his career at CS Dominguez Hills, a D-2 school, as a position player and was named CCAA freshman of the year in 2005. His 7 homers and 45 rbis were offset by 64 strikeouts in 55 games, prompting a move to the mound. Injuries forced him to redshirt in 2007, but Hopps has been a solid starter in 2008 and 2009. Big, intimidating and physical, Hopps has no qualms about throwing inside. In a game against UCSD this year, he drilled a former High School teammate with the first pitch. Hopps fires a low 90's fastball and low 70's to high 80's curve, but mechanics and command have always been his nemesis. Hopps may begin his pro career as a starter, but he should easily transition into a middle relief role.
23 284 New York Mets Jeff Glenn C Winter Haven (Fla.) HS Fla. $150,000
24 285 New York Yankees Gavin Brooks LHP UCLA Calif. $125,000
A tall and rangy lefthander, Brooks has battled several injuries, primarily to his throwing shoulder, and missed his senior high school season. When healthy, he can sit in the low 90s and touch the mid-90s. He averaged a strikeout an inning in 2009, but also walked 20 in 36 frames, posting an unimpressive 0-4, 4.71 record. He rallied in a relief role, leading the Bruins with eight saves after imploding early in the season in a starting role. Clubs will have to satisfy themselves about Brooks' health, but hard-throwing lefties are hard to find.
25 286 Milwaukee Brewers Jon Pokorny LHP Kent State Ohio $82,500
With Smith going down with shoulder problems and Stillings falling apart down the stretch, lefthander Jon Pokorny could become the first Kent State pitcher drafted this year. Batters have a tough time squaring up the 6-foot-2, 220-pounder, who has an 88-90 mph fastball and a curveball that eats up lefties. He's a two-pitch guy who'll remain a reliever in pro ball, though he loses 2-3 mph velocity off both his pitches when he works on consecutive days.
26 287 Philadelphia Phillies Aaron Altherr OF Agua Fria HS, Avondale, Ariz. Ariz. $150,000
Outfielder Aaron Altherr has a tall and lean 6-foot-3 frame. He hasn't played a lot of baseball, and the game doesn't come easy to him. He's a project, but has athleticism you can't teach. He's committed to Arizona.
27 288 Boston Red Sox Kendal Volz RHP Baylor Texas $550,000
Expectations were high for Volz after he showed a 92-95 mph fastball and a low-80s slider with late break as Team USA's closer last summer. He didn't allow an earned run in 14 innings, saved the gold-medal game at the FISU World Championships in the Czech Republic and looked like a possible top-10 pick for 2009. But his stuff had gone backwards so much by May that he might not even go in the first three rounds. His fastball parked in the high 80s and flattened out, and his slider no longer was a weapon. His delivery looked different, containing some ugly recoil, and his command got worse as well. After he dropped his last three starts, Baylor used him out of the bullpen in the postseason. Volz has flashed an effective changeup and has a 6-foot-5, 225-pound frame built for a workhorse role, so he has the ingredients to be a starter at the next level--provided his previous fastball, slider and command return. If not, he looked well suited for a late-inning role last summer. But outside of his time with Team USA, he has been hit harder than someone with his stuff should.
28 289 Tampa Bay Rays Kevin James LHP Whitefish Bay HS, Milwaukee Wis. $625,000
There's no doubt that lefthander Kevin James is Wisconsin's best prospect, but it's unclear whether he'll get drafted high enough to bypass a Boston College scholarship. He's a projectable 6-foot-4, 187-pounder who drew attention by consistently hitting 90-91 mph while pitching against suspended Illinois high school lefty Ian Krol in a Wisconsin scout league in the spring. James' curveball and command still need a lot of work, and scouts can't figure out why he doesn't dominate weak high school competition. James went 0-8 as a junior, and while he won his first start as a senior, he still issued six walks in five innings.
29 290 Chicago Cubs Richard Jones C 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.
30 291 Los Angeles Angels David Carpenter RHP Paris (Texas) JC Texas $90,000
Righthander David Carpenter stands out with his 6-foot-3, 215-pound frame and a 90-91 mph fastball that has good sink and touches 94. Scouts don't love his arm action, though, and his slurvy slider and changeup need a lot of refinement. A 47th-round pick of the Mariners in 2007, he'll attend Abilene Christian if he doesn't turn pro.