Milwaukee Brewers

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Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 5 Matt Hobgood RHP Norco (Calif.) HS Calif. $2,422,000
Hobgood first gained attention in Southern California when he outdueled Gerrit Cole (who went on to be a first-round pick) in a high school playoff game in 2008. That made him the local player of the year as a junior, beating out first-round picks such as Cole, Kyle Skipworth and Aaron Hicks. A 6-foot-4 245-pounder, Hobgood resembles a young Goose Gossage. He has tremendous power at the plate, but he realizes his future is on the mound. His raw stuff is electric, with a fastball ranging from 90-94 mph and peaking at 95. He maintains his velocity deep into games, and in a March start he was firing four-seamers at 92-94 mph in the fifth inning. His curveball shows sharp, late break, and he also has shown a changeup and slider. All three show promise, but his command is spotty and he'll need to develop and sharpen each one. Hobgood's mechanics are cleaner than most high school pitching prospects, though he still needs refinement. If his terrific stuff combined with a more projectable build, he would probably be drafted even higher, but as it stands he should go no later than the second or third round.
2 54 Mychal Givens SS Plant HS, Tampa Fla. $800,000
Givens started making noise as a prospect after his freshman season in high school, and he hasn't stopped. A veteran of the Aflac and Under Armour games from last summer, Givens has been evaluated at a national level repeatedly. Over time, he has evolved as a prospect, going from hitter to pitcher and back again. He has a strong, athletic body and physical frame, with elite tools including one of the best arms in the draft. He's reached 97 mph off the mound in short bursts and still shows above-average velocity from a low arm slot, pitching Plant High deep into the state playoffs. While some scouts do like him better on the mound, most see him as a reliever and see more value as a position player. He has strength and good hands that should allow him to hit for power down the line, though his swing will need tweaking. Defensively, Givens isn't smooth at short but has first-step quickness and plenty of arm. His Oklahoma State commitment isn't considered a significant impediment to him signing in the first three rounds.
3 85 Tyler Townsend 1B Florida International Fla. $417,600
Among hitters who improved their cause this spring, the fastest riser was Florida International's Tyler Townsend, who had a monstrous performance, batting .434/.512/.858 with 24 home runs and 77 RBIs. He hit with wood last summer in an MVP performance in the Valley League, and FIU coach Turtle Thomas compares him favorably to Brad Hawpe, whom he coached at Louisiana State. Scouts agree that Townsend has a smooth lefthanded swing that should translate to wood. The debate comes in whether Townsend can hold down right field, as Hawpe has as a pro. More likely, Townsend will be a fringy left fielder or first baseman, as he's a below-average runner with average arm strength. Teams looking for college hitters with a track record of performance could take Townsend in the first five rounds.
4 116 Randy Henry RHP South Mountain (Ariz.) JC Ariz. $365,000
Hailing from Arnett, Okla., Henry was slated to attend Texas Tech after high school. But he blew out his elbow, missed his senior season after having Tommy John surgery and ended up at South Mountain (Ariz.) CC. He's played second base for the Cougars this year, but his future is likely on the mound. At 6-foot-3, Henry has clean mechanics from a three-quarter arm slot. Just 18 months removed from surgery, head coach Todd Eastin gave Henry a very soft landing this year, allowing him to pitch out of the bullpen. Over nine games, Henry pitched just 11 innings this season. Because of his limited time on the mound this year, Henry has been tough to see, but those that have seen him walked away impressed. His fastball has shown good life, sitting at 90 mph every time out and even touching 94-96 late in the year. While Henry threw mostly fastballs and changeups this year, when he regained the confidence to throw a breaking ball, scouts said it was an above-average pitch with great tilt and snap.
5 146 Ashur Tolliver LHP Oklahoma City Okla. $200,000
NAIA power Oklahoma City usually has an interesting NCAA Division I transfer, and this year's prospect is Tolliver. He went just 2-5, 7.94 at Arkansas-Little Rock in 2008, but started to blossom in the Cape Cod League during the summer. He drew a lot of attention when his fastball sat in the low 90s and popped some 96s early in the spring, though he was working more at 88-92 mph as the draft approached. Scouts wonder about his durability because he's generously listed at 6 feet and 170 pounds. He has a very quick arm, though there's also effort in his delivery, and he ultimately may wind up in the bullpen. Tolliver's second-best pitch currently is his changeup. He showed some feel for a curveball in the fall but now employs a slurvy slider in the low 80s. He has a chance to become the highest-drafted player in Stars history, surpassing Grant Hansen, who went 89th overall to the White Sox in 2003. But Tolliver didn't help his chances by giving up eight runs in three innings against Louisiana State-Shreveport in the first round of the NAIA playoffs.
6 176 Justin Dalles C 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.
7 206 Aaron Wirsch LHP El Toro HS, Lake Forest, Calif. Calif. $200,000
Few scouts or college coaches know exactly what to make of Aaron Wirsch. Tall, lanky and projectable at 6'6" and 190 pounds, Wirsch is a righthanded hitting first baseman but also a lefthanded pitcher. Wirsch doesn't quite have enough stuff to be a slam dunk pitching prospect. His fastball sits in the mid 80's, peaking at 87 mph. Wirsch adds a 74 mph curve and a 77 mph change. Decent stuff, but despite his projectability, not quite enough to place Wirsch in an early round. At bat, Wirsch can put on jaw dropping batting practice exhibitions. His severe uppercut swing can produce towering bombs, and Wirsch's performance in the home run derby at this year's National Classic was remarkable. However, his swing is overly long and full of holes, and Wirsch struggles to make consistent contact. It is not outside the realm of possibility that any club drafting Wirsch may go the Mark Trumbo route. Trumbo was selected in 2004 by the Angels, and virtually every club reported him as a pitcher. The Angels recalled how well Trumbo had hit against hard throwing Matt Bush in an early season game. The Angels then had Trumbo take BP after drafting him and watched in awe as balls flew out all over the yard. Wirsch may cause that same reaction. The promise illuminated by the power of his BP shows may tempt a ball club to try him first as a hitter, putting him on the mound if that experiment does not pan out.
8 236 Devin Harris OF East Carolina N.C.
East Carolina's top prospect could go in the first five rounds or not until very late. Sophomore-eligible outfielder Devin Harris has big tools and looks the part of a prototypical right fielder. He's an average runner at 6-foot-3, 227 pounds, with a plus arm suited for right field. Harris has massive raw power as well and the athletic ability to make adjustments. He also struck out 60 times through regionals due to a lack of pitch recognition, and he tends to take bad routes in right field as he fails to pick the ball up off the bat quickly. Harris fits in the first five rounds for a team that believes in his bat, but could fall because of the signing leverage he has as a sophomore.
9 266 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.
10 296 Jake Cowan RHP San Jacinto (Texas) JC Texas $175,000
Despite a bout with elbow tendinitis that sidelined him for four weeks and cost him some sharpness on his pitches, Cowan has been plenty effective. He threw a complete-game one-hitter against Panola (Texas) JC in the regional playoffs, helping San Jacinto reach the Junior College World Series for the sixth time in the last eight seasons, then fanned 13 to beat Santa Fe (Fla.) JC as the Gators finished third in the nation. A 14th-round pick out of a Georgia high school by the Red Sox in 2007, Cowan spent 2008 at Virginia before transferring to San Jac. He worked with a low-90s fastball, but his arm problems have left him with a high-80s heater for much of the spring. An MRI revealed no structural damage, and Cowan should regain velocity once he fully recovers. There's also room for projection on his 6-foot-3, 175-pound frame. Cowan doesn't need to overpower hitters because the late boring action on his fastball makes it tough to square up, and he mixes four offerings. His slider is a low-80s strikeout pitch at its best, and he does a nice job of maintaining his arm speed when he throws his changeup, which has good fade and sink. His curveball is his fourth-best pitch, and it has some lost some velocity and tilt this spring, but it's still an effective offering. He has a clean delivery, so when he's 100 percent he can throw all four pitches for strikes. He also draws praise for his ability to compete without his best stuff. Cowan looked like a potential second-rounder in the fall. Though he's now more of a fourth- to sixth-rounder and has committed to Texas, he's still considered signable.
11 326 Mike Ohlman C 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.
12 356 Steve Bumbry OF Virginia Tech Va.
13 386 Ty Kelly 2B UC Davis Calif.
Versatile switch-hitter Ty Kelly won the Big West batting title a year ago (.397) but dropped to .307 this spring, albeit with 20 doubles. Kelly is versatile, having played center field in the Cape Cod League last summer and third and second base in college. He's a better fit at second with gap power, average speed and an average to above-average arm.
14 416 David Baker RHP Hemet (Calif.) HS Calif. $150,000
15 446 Garrett Bush RHP Stanton College Prep HS, Jacksonville Fla.
The state's prep ranks were much deeper in hitters than in pitchers, with less consensus among scouts on who the best prospects are. Some teams will like Garrett Bush enough to sign him away from an Auburn commitment. A catcher for his high school team, Bush emerged the last two years as a closer as well and has shown an electric arm, reaching 95 mph and at times flashing good sink and a breaking ball. Most teams consider him too tall to catch as a pro anyway at 6-foot-5, 190 pounds, and he's got more of a pitcher's body. Bush's velocity was inconsistent, but scouts love his arm strength.
16 476 Ryan Palsha RHP Diablo Valley (Calif.) JC Calif. $140,000
17 506 Jeff Walters RHP Georgia Ga.
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.
18 536 Jarret Martin LHP Bakersfield (Calif.) JC Calif. $250,000
19 566 Kipp Schutz OF Indiana Ind.
Along with Eric Arnett, outfielder Kipp Schutz walked on to Indiana's basketball team last winter, and he scored six points in 26 minutes of action. He's a 6-foot-4, 195-pounder who should have the leverage for good power, but he hit just five homers this spring. He did bat a team-high .392 from the left side. Schultz doesn't run or throw particularly well, so he's a liability in left field. A 26th-round pick out of high school by the Orioles in 2006, he's a redshirt sophomore who missed most of 2007 when he broke his collarbone crashing into an outfield wall.
20 596 James Brandhorst RHP Lamar Texas
21 626 Kevin Landry RHP William & Mary Va. $105,000
William & Mary righthander Kevin Landry was another potential top-five-round pick coming into the spring, but he hasn't reached the velocity he showed in the fall. He was 91-94 mph then but has been 87-90 this spring. Some scouts like his big, sweeping breaking ball, while others say it's no more than an average pitch. He went 4-6, 4.72 with 90 strikeouts and 30 walks in 76 innings for the Tribe this spring. He made 20 appearances but only seven of those were starts. Teams can still dream on his 6-foot-6, 210-pound frame.
22 656 Cameron Coffey LHP Houston Christian HS Texas $990,000
After pitching in the mid-80s last summer, Houston Christian HS lefthander Cameron Coffey popped some 94s and consistently pitched in the low 90s this spring. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound Duke recruit's stock was rising until he blew out his elbow and required Tommy John surgery in March.
23 686 Mike Mooney SS Florida Fla.
Middle infielder Mike Mooney has little power and is an average runner and defender. He profiles as a second baseman and likely fits better as a senior sign.
24 716 Justin Anderson LHP Louisiana-Monroe La.
25 746 Jay Johnson LHP Lethbridge (Alberta) JC Alberta
Lefthander Jay Johnson pitches for the Prairie Baseball Academy, which requires its players to take classes at Lethbridge (Alberta) CC. Johnson pitches at 89-91 mph and has been up to 93, but has a history of being injured. He is committed to Texas Tech.
26 776 Blake Mechaw LHP Shelton State (Ala.) JC Ala.
27 806 Mike Planeta OF Glendale (Ariz.) JC Ariz.
28 836 Kyle Hoppy OF Orchard Park (N.Y.) HS N.Y. $150,000
29 866 Brandon Alexander OF Oakville HS, St. Louis Mo.
30 896 Brenden Webb OF Palomar (Calif.) JC Calif. $250,000
31 926 Mike Flacco 3B CC of Baltimore County-Catonsville (Md.) Md.
Mike Flacco is the brother of Joe Flacco, the former Delaware quarterback who was a standout rookie for the Baltimore Ravens last season. The younger Flacco has an athletic frame at 6-foot-3, 215 pounds and batted .372/.431/.798 with nine home runs for Catonsville this season. He has some juice in his bat and projects as a corner infielder, though he'll probably end up at first. Working against him are a history of injuries and the fact that he's a 22-year-old freshman.
32 956 Matt Nadolski LHP Casa Grande HS, Petaluma, Calif. Calif.
33 986 Tyler Naquin OF Klein Collins HS, Spring, Texas Texas
34 1016 Malcolm Clapsaddle RHP Oviedo (Fla.) HS Fla.
35 1046 Jeremy Lucas C West Vigo HS, Terre Haute, Ind. Ind.
36 1076 Scott Firth RHP Stevenson HS, Lincolnshire, Ill. Ill.
Righthander Scott Firth's size (6 feet and 165) and signability (he's a top student committed to Clemson) may work against him, but scouts love his arm and competitiveness. He has a heavy 88-91 mph fastball that tops out at 93, and he backs it up with a solid slider. He'll probably spend three years with the Tigers before turning pro.
37 1106 Taylor Rogers LHP Chatfield HS, Littleton, Colo. Colo.
38 1136 Josh Dowdy RHP Appalachian State N.C.
39 1166 Kevin Alexander RHP Taravella HS, Coral Springs, Fla. Fla.
40 1196 Bobby Shore RHP Palomar (Calif.) JC Calif.
41 1226 Mason Magleby RHP Del Oro HS, Loomis, Calif. Calif.
42 1256 Joe Velleggia C Old Dominion Va.
43 1286 Brad Decater OF Cuesta (Calif.) JC Calif.
44 1316 Kyle Westwood RHP Palm Harbor (Fla.) University HS Fla.
45 1346 David Rivera OF Francisco Oller HS, Catano, P.R. P.R.
46 1376 Scott Swinson RHP Maryland Md.
The college crop has some interesting players, though no one with tremendous upside. One scout called Maryland righthander Scott Swinson a poor man's Mike Leake, referring to the smallish Arizona State righthander who led the nation in wins this year and is a possible first-round pick. Swinson, at 6-foot-1, 185 pounds, ranges from 86-91 mph with his fastball and typically sits 88-89, and he has a good changeup. He has plus command, as well as a great feel for pitching and strong competitiveness, helping his stuff play up. He learned a lot from Terrapins pitching coach Jim Farr after transferring from George Washington after his freshman season. He didn't have great numbers for a 27-27 Maryland squad, finishing 4-7, 5.54.
47 1406 Nolan Martz RHP McKendree (Ill.) Ill.
48 1436 Ryan Burnaman 3B San Jacinto (Texas) JC Texas
49 1466 Ashley Bulluck RHP South Broward HS, Hollywood, Fla. Fla.
50 1496 Tim Berry LHP San Marcos (Calif.) HS Calif. $125,000