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Round Overall Team Player Position School Bonus
1 3 San Diego Padres Donavan Tate OF Cartersville (Ga.) HS $6,250,000
Widely regarded as the top prep position player in the class entering the spring, Tate has done little to dissuade scouts of that notion. He earned that status with premium athletic ability, graceful actions, good bloodlines and emerging baseball skills. Tate showed his athleticism during a rigorous summer, playing for USA Baseball's 18U team, and in the Aflac and Under Armour games. The long summer prompted him to consider quitting football, but his father Lars played football at Georgia and in the NFL, and Tate has committed to play both football and baseball at North Carolina. So Tate changed his mind after one week and returned to the gridiron. His two-sport stardom has left his skills in need of some polish, particularly his hitting ability. He can get pull-happy and doesn't have a natural feel for hitting, but that doesn't significantly limit his ceiling. He has earned comparisons to fellow Georgia prep Jeff Francoeur for his athleticism, and has more feel for hitting than the Braves outfielder, with similar power potential. Tate has true bat speed and strength, and makes adjustments against better pitching. His other tools are outrageous: he's a plus-plus runner with Gold Glove potential in center field and a strong throwing arm that grades out above-average as well. Tate plays with supreme confidence that goes hand-in-hand with his well-above-average athletic ability. A Scott Boras Corp. client, Tate was considered a tough sign, and some teams wonder about his willingness to sign. Still, he remained near the top of every club's position-player board.
1 6 San Francisco Giants Zack Wheeler RHP East Paulding HS, Dallas, Ga. $3,300,000
Wheeler emerged last summer as the top pitcher in Georgia's East Cobb prep program and didn't let up this spring. He has a chance to be the well-regarded program's best starting pitcher ever, and he could allow Georgia to provide the top high school pitcher in the draft in consecutive seasons, following Ethan Martin (15th overall, Dodgers). Wheeler figures to go higher in the draft than fellow Georgia prep pitcher Ethan Martin did last year (15th overall) based on a picture-perfect projection body. Lean with long levers, Wheeler generates excellent arm speed and can produce mid-90s heat with his fastball, sitting in the low 90s. He has the athleticism and solid mechanics to produce average big league command. Wheeler pitches off his fastball and puts hitters away with a power breaking ball, most accurately called a slurve. It has late bite and depth, giving him a second plus pitch. Wheeler doesn't throw much of a changeup at this point. He's considered signable, having committed early to Kennesaw State with a fallback option of Chipola (Fla.) JC. His older brother Adam was a 13th-round pick in 2001 who spent four seasons in the Yankees system.
1 20 Toronto Blue Jays Chad Jenkins RHP Kennesaw State $1,359,000
While Kyle Heckathorn entered the year as the top prospect in the A-Sun, Jenkins and Brothers weren't far behind. A mid-80s guy in high school, Jenkins had a soft body but his arm worked well, and he has improved significantly in college. He had a strong sophomore season, first with Kennesaw State (5-5, 3.96), then in the Great Lakes League. Jenkins has firmed up his still soft body, and his velocity has caught up with his ability to throw strikes. He now has two or three plus pitches at times with good command, giving him serious helium. Jenkins has a great feel for pitching and now sits at 90-93 mph with his hard sinker and reaches back for 96 mph with a four-seamer at times. His sinker has boring action in on righthanded hitters when it's going well. His slider gives him a second plus pitch. His changeup is average. Jenkins repeats his delivery, and scouts see his big 6-foot-4, 225-pound body as a durable asset, particularly if he keeps getting in better shape. He resembles Phillies righthander Joe Blanton, with better command, and should go in the first 20 picks.
1s 47 Milwaukee Brewers Kyle Heckathorn RHP Kennesaw State $776,000
Heckathorn has been on scouts' radars since he started growing into his 6-foot-6, 240-pound frame. As a prep junior, he had an ankle injury that prompted many of the larger schools recruiting him to hesitate, while Kennesaw State kept after him. He reciprocated their loyalty and finally was having a breakout season as a junior, after several fits and starts. Heckathorn has raw stuff on par with anyone in the draft class, even Stephen Strasburg. He runs his fastball up to 99 mph as a starter, sitting in the 94-97 range into the eighth inning against Jacksonville in a May start. His slider can be similarly lethal, sometimes turning into a true cutter at 91-93 mph, other times getting decent depth in the 85-88 mph range. He doesn't throw much that's soft and actually throws too many strikes; he hasn't yet learned how to set up hitters to chase his slider or heater out of the zone when ahead in the count. Heckathorn's quick (two outing) departure from the Cape Cod League last summer raised some red flags for teams, as has his lack of consistent dominance in the Atlantic Sun. His command also is not what it should be. Most clubs consider Heckathorn, who has a short, quick arm action, a likely reliever as a pro, as a better (they hope) version of Kyle Farnsworth.
2 51 Seattle Mariners Rich Poythress 1B Georgia $694,800
After helping Georgia to the College World Series last season, Poythress has had an impressive follow-up season, hitting consistently as the anchor of Georgia's lineup. He recovered from a torn ACL in the fall of his freshman year to make 38 starts and hit .282. He's hit close to .390 the last two seasons with 36 home runs. Poythress does it more with strength, a polished approach and leverage in his swing rather than pure bat speed. He's more of a hitter rather than a slugger, lacking the raw power that Bulldogs shortstop Gordon Beckham showed. He ranked second in the Southeastern Conference in batting, slugging, on-base percentage and home runs while having a stellar junior season. His swing is geared to use the middle of the field, and he could hit for more power if he learns to pull for power better. Some scouts wonder if he'll hit for power against better velocity and consider him a solid hitter but more of a second-division player rather than a difference-maker. Poythress gave third base a whirl last summer in the Cape Cod League and in the fall but fits better defensively at first base, where his soft hands are an asset.
3 81 Washington Nationals Trevor Holder RHP Georgia $200,000
Holder was a 10th-round pick last season and should go in about the same range this June. He allowed 19 home runs in 92 innings as he failed to harness his improved velocity. Holder's fastball touched 95 and sat in the 91-94 mph range for much of the spring, but it's straight as an arrow at that speed, and hitters seemed to be running to the bat rack rather than being intimidated by the velocity. He has more movement when he throws it 88-91 mph, setting up a solid slurvy breaking ball and fringy changeup. Reliever Jeff Walters has a pro body at 6-foot-3, 192 pounds, and pro pitches with a 90-92 mph fastball and solid-average slider. A 30th-round pick last year out of St. Petersburg (Fla.) JC, his changeup has its moments and could help him start in pro ball. He lacks command of his stuff, and no pitch or trait separates him from the pack.
3 100 Houston Astros Telvin Nash OF Griffin (Ga.) HS $330,300
Head's biggest rival for top prep hitter this spring was Telvin Nash, a monstrous first baseman at 6-foot-3, 235 pounds. Nash runs below-average but isn't a slug, having played third base at times next to former prep teammate Tim Beckham, the shortstop drafted No. 1 overall last year. Nash has as much power as anyone in the state, with some scouts giving him a 70 grade for his raw power on the 20-80 scale. He has strength, leverage and good enough bat speed, but he's not considered an easy sign. He's committed to Kennesaw State and could come off the board around the fifth round to a team that believes he'll consistently tap into his power.
4 139 Tampa Bay Rays Luke Bailey C Troup County HS, LaGrange, 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.
7 202 Washington Nationals Dean Weaver RHP Georgia $124,500
Weaver struggled badly as a starter earlier in his college career but started unlocking his talent in the New England Collegiate League in 2007. The league also featured Stephen Strasburg, the No. 1 prospect, and probable 2009 first-rounder A.J. Pollock of Notre Dame. Weaver doesn't figure to go in the first round, but he should be the second player picked from Georgia after first baseman Rich Poythress. He was better suited to the setup role he filled last season in front of Joshua Fields, as he uses a three-quarters arm slot to fire a pair of plus pitches that nonetheless aren't strikeout pitches. Weaver throws strikes with a two-seamer that varies in velocity. At times he runs it up to 96 and pitches at 92-94 mph; in other appearances, he sits in the upper 80s. His slider can be a plus pitch at times as well, with solid tilt. He gets plenty of ground balls and has given up just seven home runs in 118 career innings. Weaver has flashed a changeup, and his 6-foot-4, 211-pound frame could possibly handle the load of starting if he ever got another shot at it. He figures into the fourth-to-sixth round range this June.
7 208 Atlanta Braves Robby Hefflinger OF Georgia Perimeter JC $125,000
Physical and strong at 6-foot-5, 235 pounds, Hefflinger was a Georgia recruit who a two-way player in junior college. While he went 7-0, 2.68 as a pitcher and threw a seven-inning no-hitter, his bat made more noise, as he hit 11 home runs. His arm strength and decent athletic ability gives him a chance to play a corner outfield spot, and he also was Georgia Perimeter's extra catcher after catching in high school.
7 214 Texas Rangers Braxton Lane OF Sandy Creek HS, Tyrone, Ga. $125,000
Another athletic outfielder, Braxton Lane, had a down spring. He's a 70 runner on the 20-80 scale and has committed to play football at Oregon. His father played football at Oregon State, and he's the nephew of former NFL running back MacArthur Lane. He switch-hits and would fit the profile of a center fielder if he could hit, though he has a below-average arm. The scouting consensus was that Lane can't hit enough to buy him out of his football commitment.
8 258 Boston Red Sox Shannon Wilkerson OF Augusta State (Ga.) $100,000
Grades and an ACT snafu cost Wilkerson some development time in college, but he made up for lost time. Wilkerson's best tool is his bat. The Division II national player of the year by the NCBWA, he has excellent bat speed and can turn on good fastballs. He has plenty of raw power and led his conference with 24 home runs this spring. He's too aggressive at the plate at times, leading to a pull-happy approach. His other tools profile him best as a left fielder.
10 316 Milwaukee Brewers Tyler Roberts C Jones County HS, Gray, Ga. $90,000
10 318 Boston Red Sox Brandon Jacobs OF Parkview HS, Lilburn, Ga. $750,000
The most anticipated prep showdown of the spring wasn't a pitching matchup. Rather it involved Donavan Tate and Auburn football signee Brandon Jacobs of Parkview High. Scouts flocked to see the state's two top athletes and weren't disappointed, as both hit home runs. Jacobs could be a premium pick if he indicated he wants to play baseball. He had not been in touch with Auburn's baseball program at all, so if he goes to college it will be to play football. He has plus raw power and speed that would need time to be harnessed, and he also has a 6-foot-3, 240-pound body that comes to baseball rarely.
12 371 Houston Astros Geoff Thomas RHP Stephenson HS, Stone Mountain, Ga.
The state's emerging sleeper prep pitcher was Geoff Thomas, who had a good spring to follow up a successful showcase circuit. He's lean and athletic at 6-foot-1, 185 pounds and has signed with Southern Mississippi, though scouts considered him signable. He's loose-armed with an average fastball that has reached 93 mph. He's raw in terms of repeating his delivery, spinning his breaking ball and commanding his stuff but had a chance to go out in the first 10 rounds.
13 383 Seattle Mariners Matt Cerione OF Georgia
Bulldogs outfielder Matt Cerione has tremendous energy and plus tools, physically matching up well with Florida's Matt den Dekker (though he's a bit behind den Dekker across the board in raw tools). The problem with Cerione's energy is that it often is aimed in the wrong direction, and he sometimes lets his emotions get the best of him. Georgia coach Dave Perno benched him in regionals and criticized him publicly for showy play rather than playing hard. A bigger issue for scouts is Cerione's bat. He is an average to plus runner and defender, but he hit just .248 in SEC play, has a big swing and lacks a mature approach at the plate. He may be drafted high for his tools, or he may not be drafted as a snub for his attitude.
13 402 Minnesota Twins Clarence Davis SS Campbell HS, Smyrna, Ga.
13 404 New York Mets Zach Dotson LHP Effingham County HS, Springfield, Ga. $500,000
Scouts had seen steady improvement from Georgia signee Zach Dotson, who sat from 87-88 mph with his fastball and touches 91. Both his curveball and changeup have flashed potential. Dotson tightened up his body thanks to a distance running program that helped him lose 25 pounds. He didn't show the same velocity this spring that he showed last summer, but he has athletic ability and has three average pitches, so he stands out among the state's pitching prospects.
14 422 Kansas City Royals Crawford Simmons LHP Statesboro (Ga.) HS $450,000
Crawford Simmons is a Georgia Tech signee who was considered a tough sign in the first five rounds. Simmons' fastball is a shade shy of average. but he's projectable at 6-foot-1, 180 pounds, and his curveball and changeup are solid-average with more potential.
14 429 St. Louis Cardinals Ross Smith OF Middle Georgia JC
15 442 Washington Nationals Corey Davis 1B Coffee HS, Douglas, Ga.
16 474 San Diego Padres Griffin Benedict C Georgia Southern
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 C South Forsythe HS, Cumming, Ga.
16 480 Detroit Tigers Kenny Faulk LHP Kennesaw State
Lefthanded reliever Kenny Faulk had touched 93 mph with his fastball and attacks hitters with it, usually in the 87-91 mph range. His breaking ball is short for a lefty reliever, but he should be a solid senior sign.
17 506 Baltimore Orioles Jeff Walters RHP Georgia
Reliever Jeff Walters has a pro body at 6-foot-3, 192 pounds, and pro pitches with a 90-92 mph fastball and solid-average slider. A 30th-round pick last year out of St. Petersburg (Fla.) JC, his changeup has its moments and could help him start in pro ball. He lacks command of his stuff, and no pitch or trait separates him from the pack.
17 508 Atlanta Braves Jace Whitmer C Kennesaw State
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.
18 538 Atlanta Braves Jakob Dalfonso 3B Middle Georgia JC
19 572 Kansas City Royals Ryan Stovall 3B Thomas (Ga.)
19 576 Arizona Diamondbacks Randy Hamrick RHP/SS Brewton-Parker (Ga.)
19 585 New York Yankees Luke Murton 1B Georgia Tech
The younger brother of former Georgia Tech star and big league outfielder Matt Murton, Luke Murton is a bigger, less athletic version of his brother. At 6-foot-4, 228 pounds, he's actually 20 pounds lighter than he was his first three years of college. Murton struggled to live up to the family reputation early in his career, striking out 95 times between the 2007-2008 seasons, when he hit 21 homers combined and was drafted twice (33rd round, 2007 as an eligible sophomore, 40th round 2008). Already 23, Murton doesn't have a ton of upside, but he does have righthanded power, more athleticism in his lighter frame and enough arm (it's fringe-average) and speed (below average) to play left field as a pro. He was solid as Georgia Tech's right fielder in 2009 after mostly playing first base or DH for the majority of his college career. His weight loss also has quickened Murton's bat, and he's trusting his hands more instead of constantly cheating on fastballs. That's allowed him to make more consistent contact and use the whole field. As a result, he entered the NCAA tournament with career-best numbers (.370, 17 HRs, 33 BB, just 28 SO). With plus righthanded power and the ability to stick in the outfield, Murton should become a draft factor in the fifth-to-sixth round as a top senior sign.
21 635 Cleveland Indians Jeff Rowland OF Georgia Tech
The two most intriguing Yellow Jackets are eligible sophomores Chase Barnett, who in a limited role has shown a live bat, and center fielder Jeff Rowland, who runs well and is a good defender in center field, albeit with a below-average arm. Scouts compare Rowland to former Jackets outfielder Danny Payne, who has struggled in the Padres system. The biggest question with Rowland is how much authority he'll have with wood bats; he didn't show much pop last summer in the Cal Ripken Summer League.
22 674 New York Mets Zach Von Tersch RHP Georgia Tech
Righthander Zach Von Tersch has three average to fringe-average pitches. His fastball, which sits at 88-92 mph, is his best offering. He hasn't filled out the projections scouts put on his 6-foot-5, 215-pound frame and didn't perform well this season.
24 719 Cincinnati Reds Derrick Lowery 1B Young Harris (Ga.) JC
25 744 San Diego Padres Ty Wright OF Georgia Southern
25 753 Oakland Athletics Chris Mederos RHP Georgia Southern
Slender, almost frail Golden Eagles ace Chris Mederos went 11-1, 3.83 by using a solid-average cut fastball as his bread and butter pitch. His 86-89 mph velocity could improve a touch or two if he gets stronger.
25 758 Florida Marlins Sean Teague RHP Southern Polytechnic State (Ga.)
25 771 Los Angeles Angels Michael Demperio 2B Georgia
26 787 Los Angeles Dodgers Alex McRee LHP Georgia
McRee was a crucial cog in Georgia's 2008 run to the College World Series finals, working as a lefthanded setup man. He made six starts during his first two seasons and 44 relief appearances, running his fastball into the mid-90s. His size (6-foot-6, 236 pounds) and velocity, plus being lefthanded, made McRee an easy target for scouts; scouting directors voted him a third-team All-American in the preseason. However, he had mononucleosis early in the season, and he's never gotten in a rhythm. While his fastball still has excellent life and downhill plane and has reached 94 mph, he has lacked consistency with it. He's pitching at 90-92 mph and still has a slurvy breaking ball, which some scouts want tightened up into a slider. His changeup has made significant strides, yet his pitchability has not. He was averaging 6.9 walks per nine innings and barely more than four innings per start, then got hammered for seven runs in less than an inning by Louisiana State in the Southeastern Conference tournament. McRee has a strong academic profile and has plans to go to medical school, and he wasn't expected to sign for less than supplemental first-round money. He hopes to return to school and replicate Joshua Fields' achievement of being a first-round pick as a senior out of Georgia.
26 798 Boston Red Sox Miles Head 3B Whitewater HS, Fayetteville, Ga. $335,000
If only Lane and Miles Head could share tools. Head has a bad body but is the best prep hitter in the state this year, in terms of pure hitting ability, and is a key Georgia recruit. He could go in the fifth to eighth round to a team that believes he can catch or hold down third base defensively. His arm is fringe-average, and he could be a playable defender at the college level. Then scouts could see if he improves his conditioning and tones up his body. He repeats his short swing and has some present strength, and he could contribute immediately with the Bulldogs next spring.
28 838 Atlanta Braves Eric Swegman RHP Young Harris (Ga.) JC
28 849 St. Louis Cardinals Justin Edwards LHP Kennesaw State
29 877 Los Angeles Dodgers Shawn Payne 2B Middle Georgia JC
29 887 Philadelphia Phillies Mark Doll RHP Southern Polytechnic State (Ga.)
30 901 Colorado Rockies Bryce Massanari C Georgia
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.
30 905 Cleveland Indians Bryson Smith 3B Young Harris (Ga.) JC
31 925 Pittsburgh Pirates Zach Taylor OF Statesboro (Ga.) HS
31 942 Minnesota Twins Cody Martin 3B Stephens County HS, Toccoa, Ga.
32 958 Atlanta Braves Jake Montgomery RHP Pope HS, Marietta, Ga.
32 966 Arizona Diamondbacks Will Harvil RHP Georgia
33 988 Atlanta Braves Tyler Stubblefield SS Kennesaw State
Shortstop/third baseman Tyler Stubblefield has surprising strength in his 5-foot-11, 180-pound frame. He's a good defender who could be a utilityman with his average speed and experience all over the infield.
35 1047 San Francisco Giants Brandon Graves LHP Valdosta State (Ga.)
35 1055 Cleveland Indians Chris Beck RHP Jefferson (Ga.) HS
35 1066 Milwaukee Brewers Matt Costello LHP Valdosta State (Ga.)
37 1111 Colorado Rockies Brandon Thomas OF Pace Academy, Atlanta
37 1118 Florida Marlins Alex Glenn OF Henry County HS, McDonough, Ga.
38 1142 Kansas City Royals Arthur Owens SS Sandy Creek HS, Tyrone, Ga.
39 1184 New York Mets Taylor Whitenton RHP Darton (Ga.) JC
39 1189 Tampa Bay Rays Dan April LHP Mercer
40 1211 Houston Astros Dan Sarisky RHP Oglethorpe (Ga.)
41 1232 Kansas City Royals Joey Lewis C Georgia
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 1234 Texas Rangers Forrest Garrett LHP Norcross (Ga.) HS
44 1315 Pittsburgh Pirates Dexter Bobo LHP Georgia Southern
Lefthander Dexter Bobo never put it together and could be a better value as a senior sign. He's a stocky, scatter-armed reliever who pumps his fastball at 90-92 mph at times, but who hasn't performed (6.55 ERA this spring).
44 1338 Boston Red Sox Derrick Thomas OF Roswell (Ga.) HS
45 1349 Cincinnati Reds Brian Adams OF South Forysth HS, Cumming, Ga.
46 1378 Atlanta Braves Buck Farmer RHP Rockdale County HS, Conyers, Ga.
46 1382 Kansas City Royals Hudson Randall RHP Dunwoody (Ga.) HS
46 1395 New York Yankees Tony Plagman 1B Georgia Tech
Slugging first baseman Tony Plagman has shown plus power with 32 homers the last two seasons, despite becoming steadily more aggressive and less selective. He fits better as a senior sign.
47 1405 Pittsburgh Pirates Justin Earls LHP Georgia
48 1439 Cincinnati Reds Kenny Swab C Young Harris (Ga.) JC
49 1474 Texas Rangers Cat Kendrick RHP Northgate HS, Newnan, Ga.
50 1495 Pittsburgh Pirates Matt Taylor LHP Columbus (Ga.) HS
Matt Taylor throws in the upper 80s, touches 91 and has a solid, if slow, curveball. Taylor is an Alabama signee.
50 1517 Philadelphia Phillies David Hissey OF Emory