Brooklyn Atlantics

Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1s 36 Aaron Miller LHP Baylor Texas $889,200
Baylor was supposed to have one of college baseball's best rotations, and instead it has been the biggest disappointment. Kendal Volz, a projected early first-rounder when the season opened, has seen his stuff regress. A pair of possible second-rounders, Shawn Tolleson (elbow issues) and Craig Fritsch (command woes and a lack of mental toughness), fared even worse, and the trio combined for just eight wins this season. Though he faded down the stretch, Miller was the Bears' best pitcher for much of the spring and pitched himself into the top two rounds in the process. Though he hadn't pitched regularly since high school, Miller repeatedly showed a 91-94 mph fastball and a nasty 82-83 mph slider. His command is spotty, but the 6-foot-3, 200-pounder has the athleticism to improve with more experience. Miller first emerged as a top pitching prospect when he threw 90-91 mph as a high school sophomore, but by his senior year he was more highly regarded as a right fielder in the mold of Paul O'Neill. Miller didn't want to pitch as a freshman for Baylor and made just six mound appearances in 2008. He still started in right field for the Bears when he wasn't pitching, and hit .310 while ranking second on the club with 12 homers and 47 RBIs. But it's clear now that his future will be on the mound.
2 56 Blake Smith OF California Calif. $643,500
California's lefthanded-hitting, righty-pitching Smith perplexed scouts all spring. At 6-foot-2, 220 pounds, he has premium size to go with athleticism. He had emerged as a premium prospect last summer with USA Baseball's college national team, when he hit .327 with three homers (second on the team) while also throwing nine scoreless innings, striking out 11. Smith flashes terrific stuff on the mound but struggled in getting hitters out. After early-season difficulties on the mound he has rarely pitched since, finally being relegated only to a DH role by a lat muscle strain. As a pitcher, Smith fires a 92-94 mph fastball, which exhibits fine arm side movement but is straight to his glove side. His 82-84 mph changeup resembles an old-fashioned palm ball, and that pitch shows both arm side movement and "drop dead" action. Unfortunately for Smith, he has poor command and control and gets behind hitters too often. A pitcher with his quality of stuff should not get hit as hard or as frequently as he did this year, when he walked 20 in 20 innings. As an outfielder, Smith has a well above-average right fielder's arm, and his long, sweeping lefthanded swing produces provocative home run power. However, the length and severe uppercut path of his swing may produce holes that professional pitchers can exploit. Observers who saw him regularly with Team USA last summer believe Smith might be better suited for the everyday player role than working on the mound, and see him as fitting the right-field profile perfectly if his bat emerges. However, plenty of scouts believe in Smith's future as a short stint relief man. To be successful in that venture, Smith must greatly improve his command. No one doubts he has the raw stuff to succeed in a middle relief capacity, but he may make it as a hitter as well.
2 65 Garrett Gould RHP Maize (Kan.) HS Kan. $900,000
Gould just keeps getting better and was quickly pitching his way into the first round. He was the Kansas 6-A pitcher of the year in 2008, when he broke big leaguer Nate Robertson's Maize High record with 95 strikeouts in 57 innings. He won MVP honors at the World Wood Bat Association championship last October, beating Shelby Miller in the quarterfinals and allowing just one hit and one walk while fanning 18 in eight shutout innings. After adding strength in the offseason, Gould has taken his fastball from 88-91 mph in 2008 to 91-94 mph this spring--and it's not even his best pitch. He has one of the best curves among this draft's high schoolers, a power breaker he delivers from a high three-quarters arm slot. He also dabbles with a changeup. Some scouts worry a little about effort in his mechanics, while others like how he stays tall and gets good extension out front. Gould is a quality 6-foot-4, 200-pound athlete who starred as a quarterback in football and as a forward in basketball before deciding to focus on baseball as a senior. He plays the outfield when he's not pitching and has enough righthanded power to play both ways for Wichita State should he attend college. But he'll probably go too high in the draft for that to happen.
3 96 Brett Wallach RHP Orange Coast (Calif.) JC Calif. $351,900
Wallach is the son of Tim Wallach, a 1979 first-round draft pick who was a longtime major leaguer with the Expos and Dodgers. Brett possesses a nearly ideal frame for a pitcher; at 6-foot-3 he's lanky and projectable. Right now his fastball ranges from 88-89 mph, and his body promises more velocity in the future. His secondary pitches are excellent. Wallach features a slurve, which when thrown well has quick and late break. His changeup is his best pitch, showing sudden late drop while thrown with the same arm speed as his fastball. He has a smooth delivery, and his fluid arm action permits the ball to leave his hand easily. Wallach presents scouts with a complete package. He combines a big league lineage, projectable frame, smooth delivery, and an excellent feel for three pitches.
4 127 Angelo Songco OF Loyola Marymount Calif. $225,000
Undrafted out of high school, Songco has been one of the hottest college hitters in California this spring. Hot bats translate to draft helium, and Songco may have hit his way into the first two rounds. He utilizes one of the most distinctive stances in college baseball, starting deep in the box, standing tall with his bat held high. He lifts his front right leg straight up and then drops it straight down before lashing at the ball with a quick bat. His power was evident with wood bats last summer, when he hit eight homers to rank second in the Cape Cod League. An aggressive hitter, Songco is vulnerable to offspeed pitches and has difficulty covering the outside corner. Early in the count, he looks for a pitch middle-in that he can hammer. He has average speed and is an average defensive outfielder. While he has played right field for Loyola Marymount, his arm probably dictates a move to left in pro ball. But he'll be drafted for thunder in his bat, possibly as early as the supplemental first round.
5 157 J.T. Wise C 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.
6 187 Jan Vazquez C 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.
7 217 Brandon Martinez RHP Fowler (Calif.) HS Calif. $125,000
Loose and lanky with an easy buggy-whip delivery, Martinez is a rail-thin but highly projectable 6-foot-4 righthander. He complements a 90-91 mph fastball with an 80-mph changeup and a sweeping mid-70s curve. Martinez was not challenged by the weak competition offered by his high school league, and scouts view him as a project.
8 247 Jon Garcia OF Luis Munoz Marin HS, Yauco, P.R. P.R. $120,000
Outfielder Jonathan Garcia has tools, allowing him to look like a stud in workouts, but he struggles in game action. He's undersized at 5-foot-11 and 185 pounds but has a hose--the second-best arm on the island to Sierra. In February, he put on a show in batting practice, hitting light-tower home runs, then looked awful against live pitching, swinging and missing at everything. He wasn't good at the Excellence Tournament, either. He's naturally strong, hustles and plays the game the right way. He's also a tough player who doesn't wear batting gloves and will run through a wall in the outfield.
9 277 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.
10 307 Andy Suiter LHP UC Davis Calif. $90,000
The Aggies' top prospect this year, lefthander Andy Suiter, went 0-2, 8.89 with 41 walks in just 26 innings. He does have big-time arm strength. He opened the season as a weekend starter and failed miserably, then rallied in a relief role, running his fastball up to 95 mph to go with a power curve that reaches the low 80s. Repeating his delivery remains an issue, but when he's down in the strike zone Suiter can overmatch even good hitters, striking out Brett Jackson and Blake Smith in a matchup at California late in the season.
11 337 Connor Powers 1B Mississippi State Miss.
Mississippi State's top draft pick will likely be corner infielder Connor Powers, who took a step back defensively this season, playing mostly first base instead of third. Powers' best tool is, appropriately, power. The 6-foot-2, 228-pounder ranked fifth in the SEC with 19 home runs, and he ranks with anyone in the league in terms of raw power. Most scouts see plenty of holes in his swing and say he has trouble handling velocity, and his body has gone backward.
12 367 Brian Cavazos-Galvez OF New Mexico N.M.
Senior outfielder Brian Cavazos-Galvez has been with coach Ray Birmingham since was a freshman, starting at New Mexico JC and then following his coach to New Mexico last year. At 6-foot-1 and 215 pounds, Cavazos-Galvez is strong and can muscle pitches down and away out of the yard to center field. His .392/.437/.737 line is distorted by his home park, as Albuquerque has a higher elevation than Denver. Cavazos-Galvez has an aggressive approach at the plate. He doesn't walk much, but makes good contact, so he doesn't strike out much either. He has average speed, good instincts on the bases and plays hard. He also has a hose in right field, firing 94 mph missiles to third base. His father, Balvino Galvez, pitched 10 games for the Dodgers in 1986. Cavazos-Galvez needs to work on the mental aspect of the game. He's hard on himself and often presses.
13 397 J.B. Paxson RHP Western Kentucky Ky.
14 427 Casio Grider SS Newberry (S.C.) S.C.
15 457 Jeff Hunt 3B St. Benedict Catholic SS, Cambridge, Ont. Ontario $125,000
Third baseman Jeff Hunt is 6-foot-2 and 185 pounds. He has good strength and an above-average arm, but has been inconsistent. Hunt is hard on himself, and while some players need to go to college to fill out, he'd be better served by going out and playing every day.
16 487 Mike Pericht C St. Joseph's (Ind.) Ind.
17 517 Steve Ames RHP Gonzaga Wash.
Junior righthander Steven Ames pitched well for the Bulldogs this year, sitting anywhere from 89-92 mph with his fastball with an aggressive approach.
18 547 Greg Wilborn LHP Louisiana-Lafayette La.
19 577 Nick Akins OF Vanguard (Calif.) Calif.
Here we go again as outfielder Nick Akins is back in the draft. Drafted twice previously out of high school and Riverside (Calif.) CC, Akins hit .314 this spring and led NAIA Vanguard with 13 home runs and 15 doubles. Akins is now a left fielder with the same strengths and weaknesses as before. His sculpted build can produce massive home runs, but his inability to handle breaking and offspeed stuff frustrates scouts as much now as it did when he was a showcase star in high school. Always a tough sign, Akins has only one more year of draft eligibilty remaining, so his window may be closing.
20 607 Daniel Palo RHP Houston HS, Germantown, Tenn. Tenn.
One prep righty who improved his stock is another Blue Raiders signee, Daniel Palo, who has good size at 6-foor-4, 210 pounds. He's a two-way recruit who has power as a first baseman, but his power arm is what attracts scouts. There are reports he hit 94 mph, and college recruiters and scouts confirmed him up to 93, sitting at 90-91. He has a loose arm that works well and has shown a feel for throwing his curveball for strikes. Scouts wonder if his body is too soft and his breaking ball too inconsistent to buy out of college, but his velocity could still get him into pro ball now.
21 637 Chris Henderson 3B George Mason Va.
George Mason dominated the Colonial Athletic Association this year, winning the regular-season title and an at-large regional bid. Outfielder Scott Krieger (.378) and catcher Chris Henderson (.416) shared CAA player of the year honors, and along with hulking first baseman Justin Bour (.336) combined to hit 51 of the team's 81 home runs. Henderson hits for average from the left side, but he doesn't have a great body and his arm is likely short for a pro catcher.
22 667 Stetson Banks OF Brigham Young Utah
23 697 Jimmy Marshall RHP Florida State Fla.
24 727 Chad Kettler SS 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. Kettler has the fewest tools among Coppell's stars but gets the most out of them. He's a 6-foot-1, 210-pounder with pop from both sides of the plate, and his lack of speed will dictate a position change. His hands and arm strength lead some scouts to believe he could make a nice catching prospect. He has committed to Oklahoma.
25 757 Richie Shaffer 3B Providence HS, Charlotte N.C.
Another player who might have gone in the first two rounds, Richie Shaffer, was one of the hardest players to peg this season. He has shown premium power tools both as a hitter and pitcher, and Clemson covets him as a two-way recruit. The Tigers' chances to get him improved when he injured his left hand in December and then had surgery at the end of March to repair a broken hamate bone. Scouts like Shaffer better as a position player because he has lots of leverage in his swing, plus raw power and a third-base arm. He pitched more this spring because of his hand injury and showed excellent stuff, with a 90-93 mph fastball that hit 94. He's also been in the upper 80s in other outings. He's a solid athlete with below-average speed. Shaffer likely would need top-three-round money to pass up his Clemson scholarship, and teams may be reluctant to pay that after his hand injury. He also could be a summer follow.
26 787 Alex McRee LHP Georgia Ga.
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.
27 817 Brian Johnson LHP Cocoa Beach (Fla.) HS Fla.
Scouts often lump Johnson and David Holmberg into similar discussions because both are lefthanded, big-bodied Florida Gators recruits. Johnson, whose sister Brooke plays softball for the Gators, had a dominating prep season, posting a near-2.000 OPS as a hitter for Cocoa Beach High while going 5-1, 0.76 with 102 strikeouts in just 55 innings on the mound. Johnson is big-bodied and physical at a listed 6-foot-4, 220 pounds, though many scouts consider him a bit shorter and heavier than his listed weight. While he lacks much in the way of projection, he could improve the quality of his stuff as he improves his conditioning. However, his present stuff is pretty strong. His fastball grades out as fringe-average for a lefthander, in the 85-89 mph range, and he's touched some 90s. He throws both a curveball and a changeup, and his curve is his most advanced pitch. It's a 12-to-6 breaker that works as a strikeout pitch when it's thrown with some power in the mid-70s. It could be a plus pitch down the line. Johnson's velocity wasn't consistently strong this spring, and he's not exactly a fast-twitch, quick-armed pitcher. He profiles more as a back-of-the-rotation innings-eater. Johnson also put out word that he anticipates going to college unless he's blown away financially. He's a top 200 talent but may not be drafted until late due to his signability.
28 847 Bobby Hernandez RHP Barry (Fla.) Fla.
29 877 Shawn Payne 2B Middle Georgia JC Ga.
30 907 Nick Gaudi RHP Pepperdine Calif.
Righthanded closer Nick Gaudi was the most pleasant surprise in a disappointing season for Pepperdine. The 6-foot-4, 202-pounder racked up 47 strikeouts in 35 innings and saved nine after having 15 saves in 2008. Scouts attribute his 2009 success to the development of his slider and split-finger fastball, which finish off hitters after he sets them up by throwing his 88-91 mph fastball for strikes.
31 937 Austin King OF Jackson State (Tenn.) JC Tenn.
32 967 Graham Miller LHP Master's (Calif.) Calif.
33 997 Steve Cilladi C Kansas Wesleyan Kan.
34 1027 Justin Dignelli RHP George Washington D.C.
35 1057 David Iden 2B California Lutheran Calif.
36 1087 K.J. Childs RHP Culver-Stockton (Mo.) Mo.
37 1117 Joel Effertz RHP Ladysmith (Wis.) HS Wis.
Scouts realized that righthander Joel Effertz was a work in progress, but they still hoped to see more out of him. He's an athletic 6-foot-3, 225 pounder who was an all-state kicker and star tight end in football and an honorable mention all-state forward in basketball. His fastball touched 93 mph and had heavy sink when he pitched with the Midwest Blazers scout team last summer, but his conditioning and velocity have been disappointing this spring. His arm action also worries scouts. He hasn't performed well enough to earn a bonus that would divert him from attending Arizona.
38 1147 Kirby Pellant 2B Corona Del Sol HS, Tempe, Ariz. Ariz.
39 1177 Ryan Hander RHP Lincoln HS, Sioux Falls, S.D. S.D.
40 1207 Ryan Christenson LHP South Mountain (Ariz.) JC Ariz.
41 1237 Chris Handke RHP Cornell N.Y.
42 1267 Tony Renda SS Serra HS, San Mateo, Calif. Calif.
43 1297 Chad Gough-Fortenberry C Northshore HS, Slidell, La. La.
44 1327 R.C. Orlan LHP Deep Run HS, Glen Allen, Va. Va.
45 1357 Stephen Piscotty SS Amador Valley HS, Pleasanton, Calif. Calif.
46 1387 James Smith 2B Second Baptist HS, Houston Texas
47 1417 Cole Pembroke OF Desert Vista HS, Phoenix Ariz.
48 1447 Travis Burnside OF Laurens (S.C.) District HS S.C.
49 1477 Christian Walker 3B Kennedy-Kenrick Catholic HS, Limerick, Pa. Pa.
50 1507 David Garcia SS Kennedy HS, Granada Hills, Calif. Calif.