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Round Overall Team Player Position School Bonus
17 520 Toronto Blue Jays Steve Turnbull RHP Iowa
18 534 San Diego Padres Shuhei Fujiya RHP Northern Iowa
19 575 Cleveland Indians Nick Kirk LHP Northern Iowa
Nick Kirk might have gone in the top 10 rounds last year if he hadn't hurt his forearm in early April, costing him the stuff that allowed him to throw a 15-strikeout no-hitter against Evansville. This spring, he regained his 89-91 mph fastball with nice run and sink, as well as a solid slider. As a 6-foot-1, 200-pound senior, he's not projectable, but he's a lefthander who throws strikes down in the zone.
20 597 San Francisco Giants Mitch Mormann RHP Des Moines Area JC
Scouts have flocked to see righthander Mitch Mormann since he touched 94 mph early in his freshman season of 2008. The 6-foot-6, 230-pounder can push his fastball into the mid-90s, but he remains a one-pitch pitcher who's still trying to figure things out, which is why he probably won't go in the first five rounds. His secondary pitches, command and delivery all need work and showed little improvement this spring, though he did flash a hard slider. He's committed to Louisiana State, and if he can add polish and succeed in the Southeastern Conference he could become a first-rounder in 2010. The Indians drafted him in the 17th round last year.
25 763 Chicago White Sox Mike Strong LHP Iowa Western JC
26 775 Pittsburgh Pirates Matt Dermody LHP Norwalk (Iowa) HS
28 832 Washington Nationals Matt Swynenberg RHP Black Hawk (Ill.) JC
34 1026 Arizona Diamondbacks Patrick Cooper RHP Des Moines Area JC
Righthander Patrick Cooper doesn't have Mormann's velocity, but he had much better strikeout numbers (106 in 72 innings, versus 71 in 77 frames for Mormann) at Des Moines Area CC. A 6-foot-3, 204-pounder, he has much better pitchability and athleticism than Mormann. Cooper has an 89-92 mph fastball, a solid slider and a decent changeup. He spent his freshman season playing for head coach at Elvis Dominguez at Eastern Kentucky and has committed to play for Dominguez next year at Bradley.
37 1128 Boston Red Sox Matt Koch RHP Washington HS, Cherokee, Iowa
The state's best high school prospect is righthander Matt Koch, but scouts think he's not ready for pro ball and would be better off fulfilling his commitment to Louisville. Koch, whose father Scott is his head coach at Washington High (Cherokee), is a projectable 6-foot-3, 185-pounder. He can touch 92 mph with good run and little effort, though he sat at 87-88 for much of the spring. He also has some feel for a slider. Koch is a four-sport standout, also lettering in football, basketball and track.
44 1329 St. Louis Cardinals Kyle Heim LHP Iowa
44 1331 Houston Astros Mike Schurz RHP Iowa
Righthander Mike Schurz has bounced back after missing all of 2008 recuperating from Tommy John surgery. The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder has a 90-93 mph fastball and a low-80s slider, though he'll have to improve his command. He spent his first two college seasons at Radford.
44 1337 Philadelphia Phillies Brian Feekin LHP Iowa Western JC
After redshirting at Nebraska in 2007, lefthander Brian Feekin has led Iowa Western to consecutive Junior College World Series berths. The 6-foot-6, 220-pounder threw harder on a more consistent basis in 2008, but toned down his delivery and worked more at 87-90 mph this spring. He's still working on his command and his slider. A 41st-round pick of the Rangers last year, he'll attend Louisville in 2010 if he doesn't turn pro.
45 1344 San Diego Padres Derek Landis RHP Iowa Western JC
45 1369 Tampa Bay Rays Cole Nelson LHP Des Moines Area JC