Philadelphia Athletics

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Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 13 Grant Green SS Southern California Calif. $2,750,000
Local area scouts have long been familiar with Green, who was drafted by the Padres in the 14th round in 2006 out of high school in Anaheim. Now 6-foot-3 and 180 pounds, Green should move to the top of the first round this year, building on his terrific showing in the Cape Cod League last summer, where he was overwhelmingly chosen as the top prospect. He struggled early this season, perhaps due to a touch of draftitis as well as two nagging injuries: a rolled ankle and hand blisters. His average hovered near the Mendoza line early, but he rallied to .365/.436/.556 as the regular season wound down. After pounding nine homers in 2008, he had three this season. Potential five-tool middle infielders are rare at the college level, prompting comparisons to former Long Beach State stars Troy Tulowitzki and Evan Longoria. Green does not project to have the same thunder in his bat--compared with Longoria, in particular--but he is similar to Tulowitzki in his defensive skills and playmaking ability. He has excellent range, outstanding hands and the smooth and fluid actions of a possible Gold Glove defender. Green has a fine arm, though not quite the cannon Tulowitzki possesses. He's faster than either Longoria or Tulowitzki, frequently clocking in the 6.6-second range over 60 yards. While he doesn't profile as an offensive powerhouse, he should become a long-term middle-infield fixture, a solid .280-plus big league hitter who may produce 15-20 home runs annually. Such potential is extremely rare in a college player.
3 92 Justin Marks LHP Louisville Ky. $375,300
Marks started winning immediately at Louisville, quickly joining the rotation as a freshman in 2007 and earning victories in the Big East tournament and NCAA regional clinchers during the Cardinals' run to their first-ever College World Series. In three seasons, he has become the program's career leader in wins (29), ERA (2.96) and strikeouts (305 in 301 innings). He set another school mark with 11 victories this season. Marks doesn't have an overpowering pitch but he's a lefty with command of four solid offerings: a lively 90-92 mph fastball, a slider, a downer curveball and a changeup. Outside of a rough time in the Cape Cod League last summer, he has been very consistent. Marks has a good 6-foot-3, 195-pound frame, though there's some violence in his delivery from a high three-quarters slot. He could beat out more ballyhooed Chris Dominguez to become the first Louisville player drafted this year, with both figuring to go near the third round.
4 123 Max Stassi C Yuba City (Calif.) HS Calif. $1,500,000
Stassi carries on the family's baseball tradition, and he has a chance to be the best offensive catcher in this year's deep catching crop. He is related to Myril Hoag, an outfielder who played during the 1930s and '40s for the Yankees and St. Louis Browns and was an all-star in 1939, and Stassi's father is his high school coach. Stassi got off to a sizzling start this spring, hitting .593 with nine homers in his first 21 games. For a high schooler, he's an exceptionally advanced hitter. He attacks the ball, uses the entire field and has above-average bat speed. Defensively, Stassi is solid but not outstanding. Other catchers are superior in catch-and-throw skills, but scouts agree that Stassi should have no difficulty remaining behind the plate. A bothersome shoulder injury restricted him to DH duty for about a month, but he has since returned to catching full time.
5 153 Steve Parker 3B Brigham Young Utah $165,600
The first player likely to be selected out of the Beehive State is Brigham Young third baseman Steve Parker, who drew glowing praise from coaches and scouts. BYU recruiting coordinator Ryan Roberts said he likes Parker's chance to hit in the big leagues more than any other player he's coached in his 12 years in the business. The numbers back up the rave reviews. In 205 at-bats, Parker hit .361/.465/.595 with 13 doubles and nine home runs. He shows good pitch recognition and strong wrists. He can drive the ball the other way with authority and is short to the ball with a swing that spends a lot of time in the strike zone. Parker has worked hard to improve his defense at third base, cutting his errors in half this season. He's still likely to move off the position, perhaps to second base, but even if he goes to first base he is a pure enough hitter to warrant a Mark Grace comparison from one scout.
6 183 Ryan Ortiz C Oregon State Ore. $125,000
Catcher Ryan Ortiz has hit well, both in the Cape Cod League and during his time at Oregon State. Still, scouts see a long swing and ultimately view him as more of a backup if he makes it to the major leagues. The 6-foot-3, 205-pounder, a preseason third-team All-American, has solid athleticism and a quick release from behind the plate. He's just adequate defensively with an average arm, though he has consistent 1.95-2.0 second pop times and nabbed 32 percent of opposing basestealers this year. He's also handled velocity on the Beavers' talented staff.
7 213 Ian Krol LHP Neuqua Valley HS, Naperville, Ill. Ill. $925,000
Krol entered the year as the top-rated prospect in Illinois but never threw a pitch for Neuqua Valley High. He was suspended for the entire season in March after his second violation of the school's athletic code of conduct. He was found in the presence of alcohol when police pulled over the driver of a car Krol was riding in for suspicion of driving under the influence. After performing well on the showcase circuit last summer, he has spent this spring pitching in a scout league in Wisconsin on the weekends. Scouts who like him project him as a lefty who'll have command of three average pitches, while others hold his size, velocity and makeup concerns against him. Krol's out pitch is his hard, two-plane curveball, and some scouts grade his changeup as his second-best offering. He sat at 88-90 mph on the showcase circuit last summer but has pitched more at 86-88 mph this spring. At 6-foot-1 and 180 pounds, he doesn't project to add much more velocity, though he get s good sink on his fastball from a low-three-quarters angle. Krol has committed to Arizona, which will honor his scholarship despite his suspension. He projected as a possible third-rounder at the start of the season but now figures to go closer to the sixth round.
8 243 Rob Gilliam RHP UNC Greensboro N.C. $105,000
Gilliam could move up draft boards if he has strong workouts for teams, as he's an arm-strength pitcher who hasn't had a great deal of success in college. He grew up in San Jose, Calif., but moved to Chapel Hill, N.C., as a senior in high school and wound up staying in the area for college, attending UNC Greensboro. Playing in the extremely offensive Southern Conference, Gilliam has been a member of Spartans' rotation for three seasons. He consistently shows average to plus fastball velocity, touching 94 mph regularly and usually sitting in the 89-93 mph range. He has enough control and secondary stuff to lead the SoCon with a .224 opponents batting average, and he ranked seventh in strikeouts with 78 despite working primarily in relief. Gilliam throws a slow 12-to-6 curveball that has its moments, and the fact he's shown the ability to spin the pitch gives scouts some hope for his breaking ball. His changeup showed plus potential in the Cape Cod League last summer in shorter bursts. When he misses, he tends to miss up and was homer-prone, giving up 10 this spring. He wasn't easy to scout at UNCG, where he made 20 of his 24 appearances in relief and frequently pitched multiple innings out of the bullpen. Scouts like his toughness and see him in the bullpen down the line. He should go in the five-to-seven round range.
9 273 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.
10 303 Sam Dyson RHP South Carolina S.C.
Dyson was a 19th-round pick of the Nationals out of Jesuit High in Tampa in 2006, but he decided to attend South Carolina. He missed his freshman season after having labrum surgery but has regained his stuff and has been one of the Southeastern Conference's top starters the last two seasons. Dyson has an electric fastball more notable for its velocity rather than its movement. He generates easy heat, touching the upper 90s while sitting 93-95 mph. He has an athletic frame and quick arm. At times, Dyson has a second plus pitch with a hammer curveball, thrown with power and depth at 78-82 mph. It has lacked consistency, as has his changeup, which like his fastball is fairly straight. Dyson has solid control but lacks command, and hasn't quite figured out how to consistently put hitters away, leading to just 7.8 strikeouts per nine innings for his two healthy college seasons. Dyson's ability to maintain his velocity deep into games and chance for three pitches makes him a good candidate to start at the pro level, but his power arm and relative lack of pitchability could lead him to a bullpen role. Either way, he's one of the hardest throwers in the college ranks and won't last past the second round.
11 333 Mike Spina 3B Cincinnati Ohio
Third baseman Mike Spina broke Kevin Youkilis' Cincinnati single-season home run record with 21 in 2008, then upped the mark to 23 this spring. Spina has a lot in common with Youkilis: a similar build (6 feet, 209 pounds), a quality righthanded bat, the ability to work counts and entry into pro ball as a senior sign. Spina has more raw power than Youkilis did at the same stage of his career, though he's not as athletic or gifted defensively. He has enough arm strength and decent enough hands to be an adequate third baseman in pro ball. Undrafted in two years at Florida CC, Spina was selected in the 45th round by the Twins last June.
12 363 Connor Hoehn RHP St. Petersburg (Fla.) JC Fla.
13 393 Murphy Smith RHP Binghamton N.Y.
14 423 Drew Gagnier RHP Oregon Ore.
There's a common theme among Oregon's pitching staff: size. The Ducks are loaded with physical, pro-bodied hurlers, and righthander Drew Gagnier is the biggest at 6-foot-4, 225 pounds. Gagnier has the stuff to match his size. While some days his fastball is 89-92 mph, other times it's 92-95. Like many pitchers, his fastball tends to straighten out at higher speeds. He developed an 85 mph cutter/slider that he uses as an out pitch and has a changeup, though he rarely throws it. Gagnier has some head tilt during his delivery, which contributes to spotty control (he walked 25 batters over 30 innings this year). Because of his size and big arm, Gagnier projects to go in the top 10 rounds--his brother Lauren was a 10th-round pick by the Tigers out of Cal State Fullerton in 2006. As a draft-eligible sophomore, though, he could return to Eugene to work on his control with the hope of improving his stock.
15 453 Anthony Aliotti 1B St. Mary's Calif.
16 483 Josh Leyland C San Dimas (Calif.) HS Calif.
Surefire high school hitters are a scare commodity in Southern California and throughout the 2009 draft class, and that helps Leyland stand out. A 6-foot-3, 225-pounder, he may be the most mature and fundamentally sound high school hitter in the state. In an early season game, one coach told his team of Leyland: "These guys have an Adam Dunn over there." Two homers later the same coach lamented, "I shouldn't have pitched to him." Leyland has average to above-average raw power, which has been on display at showcases nationwide. He has done more in those events than hammer the ball in BP, also showing his power in game action. Few high schoolers are as advanced fundamentally as Leyland. His stance is well balanced, and his swing is short to the ball and long afterward. Leyland does not run well, so first base or catcher will be his future defensive home. While not a polished catcher, his hands work decently at that spot. His arm is acceptable, though he'll need work on his catch and throw technique. Whatever position he plays, Leyland's bat will always be his trump card. Few high school hitters can match his blend of raw power and technical precision.
17 513 Pat Stover OF Rocklin (Calif.) HS Calif.
18 543 Max Peterson LHP San Jose State Calif.
19 573 Daniel Tenholder RHP Austin Peay Tenn.
Austin Peay's top draft pick should be reliever Daniel Tenholder, a low-slot, durable sinkerballer who scrapes 90 mph.
20 603 Tyler Bernard SS Valley Center (Calif.) HS Calif.
21 633 Mike Faulkner OF Germantown (Tenn.) HS Tenn.
Speedy outfielder Mike Faulkner, an Arkansas State signee, has well-above-average speed, posting sub-4.0 second times to first base from the left side. He's a contact hitter with some Juan Pierre in him, making consistent if not hard contact.
22 663 Ryan Quigley LHP Northeastern Mass.
Some scouts are intrigued by Northeastern lefthander Ryan Quigley despite his poor numbers this spring (3-5, 6.35 with 80 strikeouts and 39 walks in 67 innings). Quigley's best assets are his 6-foot-4, 220-pound frame, deception and hard 1-to-7 breaking ball with good depth. His fastball velocity was disappointing this spring, as he worked mostly in the 85-88 mph range, and he struggles to throw strikes. Clubs that think Quigley could be a lefthanded reliever could look at him in the top 12 rounds and monitor his performance in the Cape Cod League this summer.
23 693 Kent Walton OF Brigham Young Utah
Kent Walton has also been a force for the Cougars this season. Coming off labrum surgery in the fall, he has not been able to play the field but has been fine at the plate, batting .377/.448/.583 as a senior. Walton put on some weight after the surgery, which has taken away from his speed a little bit. While he was running a 6.5-second 60-yard dash last year and playing center field, he's now at 6.7 seconds. The thicker lower half has given him a more solid base and increased his power, however. Walton has good plate discipline, can handle velocity and stays on hard breaking pitches. A 42nd-round pick in 2008 by the Athletics, he'll likely be a late-round pick again, especially since he didn't get back out into the outfield this year. His best profile as a pro might be as a second baseman.
24 723 Dan Straily RHP Marshall W.Va.
25 753 Chris Mederos RHP Georgia Southern Ga.
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.
26 783 Nathan Long RHP Texas-Arlington Texas
27 813 Michael Gilmartin 2B Wofford S.C.
28 843 Conner Crumbliss 2B Emporia State (Kan.) Kan.
29 873 Mike Zunino C Mariner HS, Cape Coral, Fla. Fla.
Zunino was yet another option for scouts trolling Florida looking for prep catchers. One didn't have to go far, as his father Greg is a California alum and has scouted for the 22 years, currently working for the Reds. Zunino's a solid athlete and average present runner (4.3 seconds to first base from the right side), whose calling card is his raw power. Zunino can put on a show in batting practice, and the last two seasons, he's carried it over into games. He broke his own school record of 10, set in 2008, this spring with 11 home runs, leading Mariner High to back-to-back district titles. A solidly built 6-foot, 185-pound righthanded hitter, Zunino has committed to Florida as part of the Gators' immense, impressive recruiting class. He has improved his chances of being bought out of school by making significant strides defensively. Whereas last summer he was not a clean receiver and dropped a lot of balls, he showed improvement in the fall and has the potential to be an average defender, with above-average raw arm strength. He has some baseball savvy from his upbringing that makes him even more attractive.
30 903 Royce Consigli OF Notre Dame HS, Welland, Ont. Ontario
31 933 Ian Texidor 3B Centro Especializado de Educacion Avanzada, Rio Piedras, P.R. P.R.
32 963 Garett Claypool RHP UCLA Calif.
33 993 Mike Bolsinger RHP Arkansas Ark.
Righthander Mike Bolsinger pitched five shutout innings of relief to beat Florida State in the first game of the NCAA super regionals. The 6-foot-2, 212-pounder has touched 95 mph in the past, but now operates at 88-90 mph with a sinker. He throws strikes with his two-seam fastball and a slurvy slider, and he competes. He projects as a middle reliever in pro ball.
34 1023 Dylan Brown OF Oklahoma State Okla.
35 1053 Paul Smyth RHP Kansas Kan.
36 1083 Jeremy Wells 2B Patten (Calif.) Calif.
37 1113 Colin Bates RHP North Carolina N.C.
The trickiest players for scouts on North Carolina's roster were relievers Brian Moran and Colin Bates. A redshirt sophomore who had a rib removed during thoracic outlet surgery in November 2006, Bates has low-90s velocity and bulldog tenacity out of the bullpen but doesn't hold his velocity on back-to-back days.
38 1143 Tristan Archer RHP Sullivan South HS, Kingsport, Tenn. Tenn.
39 1173 Ryan Lockwood OF South Florida Fla.
40 1203 Chris O'Dowd C Regis Jesuit HS, Aurora, Colo. Colo.
41 1233 Justin Hilt OF Elon N.C.
Justin Hilt has average speed, a plus arm and solid power. He also struck out 74 times in just 228 at-bats.
42 1263 Blake Crosby 1B Sacramento State Calif.
43 1293 Ryan Lipkin C San Francisco Calif.
44 1323 A.J. Huttenlocker LHP Missouri Western State Mo.
45 1353 Anthione Shaw OF St. Augustine's (N.C.) N.C.
46 1383 Joel Eusebio 3B Northeastern Oklahoma A&M JC Okla.
47 1413 Kyle Roller 1B East Carolina N.C.
48 1443 Addison Johnson OF Clemson S.C.
49 1473 Anthony Giansanti OF Siena N.Y.
50 1503 Tanner Biagini 3B Virginia Military Institute Va.