Pittsburg Alleghenys

Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 4 Tony Sanchez C Boston College Mass. $2,500,000
Sanchez, who grew up playing with Miami shortstop Ryan Jackson in South Florida, dreamed of playing for the Hurricanes when he was younger, but he was overweight and overlooked by many recruiters out of high school. He's slimmed down by 35 pounds in three years at Boston College and made himself into one of the nation's premier college catchers. Sanchez is a slightly above-average major league defender with soft hands, quick feet and a solid-average to plus arm. He excels at framing pitches and blocking balls in the dirt. Offensively, Sanchez has solid-average power, but his bat is not a sure thing. He punishes fastballs but struggles mightily against breaking balls, though he's an intelligent enough hitter to lay off breaking stuff that he cannot hit. He has a mature approach at the plate and excellent makeup on the field and off.
1s 49 Vic Black RHP Dallas Baptist Texas $717,000
Black may have cemented his status as Texas' top college prospect when he outpitched two of his main challengers, Texas A&M's Brook Raley and Alex Wilson, in front of a crowd of scouts in late April. Black allowed just one hit in the first six innings before tiring, topping out at 96 mph and sitting at 92-94. His fastball is pretty straight because he throws from a high three-quarters slot, and his control sometimes deserts him, but he has pitched in the mid-90s throughout the season. Black has improved his mechanics and command significantly from a year ago, when he struggled mightily at Dallas Baptist (1-6, 4.97) and in the Cape Cod League (0-4, 7.01). He had a good curveball as a freshman but lost it in 2008, and he now throws a slider. It has good tilt when he stays balanced over the rubber, and it was sharp against the Aggies.His changeup has been more effective this year, but it will require work in pro ball. His 6-foot-4, 204-pound frame is built for durability. The velocity and progress Black has shown this season could carry him into the end of the first round.
2 53 Brooks Pounders RHP Temecula (Calif.) Valley HS Calif. $670,000
Among California preps, Temecula Valley High righthander Brooks Pounders has split scouts more than any other player. Pounders' father Brad was a star at UC Riverside and played in the Padres farm system in the 1980s. Brooks is a jumbo-sized 6-foot-5, 240-pounder, who despite his intimidating size is not a fireballer. Instead, he has a feel for four pitches and advanced secondary stuff. His fastball ranges from 88-90 mph, peaking at 91. He throws both a tight curveball and hard slider, both of which have plus potential, and rounds out his repertoire with a changeup. Pounders' frame is not projectable, so he doesn't figure to throw much harder in the future. His fastball is fairly straight, and his command can be inconsistent. Those factors may combine to depress Pounder's draft position, and if he slides he'll end up at Southern California.
3 84 Evan Chambers OF Hillsborough (Fla.) JC Fla. $423,900
Originally committed to Florida after prepping in the Lakeland, Fla., area, Chambers wound up at Hillsborough CC after getting just eight at-bats in 2008 for the Gators. At 5-foot-9, 215 pounds, he has been getting compared to Kirby Puckett and Kevin Mitchell since his high school days for his short, thick, strong body. He's athletic and an above-average runner, which explains in part why he was a 19th-round pick of the Rockies out of high school in 2007. Chambers' thick frame helps him generate surprising raw power, which played with wood last summer, when he hit seven homers in the New England Collegiate League with Keene (N.H.). His speed helps him play a passable center field, and his arm is below-average but good enough for center. The whole question with Chambers is how he'll hit as a pro, as he has bat speed and has shown the ability to hit good velocity. He also has a choppy swing and some issues with pitch recognition. Scouts that think Chambers will learn to lay off breaking balls out of the dirt could push for him in the first five rounds, leaving those who doubt his bat--and have him turned in as a sixth-to-10th rounder--missing their chance.
4 115 Zack Dodson LHP Medina Valley HS, Castroville, Texas Texas $600,000
Baylor's top recruit, lefthander Zach Dodson, likely will make it to school because he has a seven-figure asking price. He has been inconsistent this spring, but when he has his mechanics in sync he can hit 91-92 mph with his fastball and demonstrates a solid curveball and the makings of a change. He's not big at 6-foot-1 and 190 pounds, so he generates velocity with some effort in his high three-quarters delivery. He's also a good athlete whose lefty bat also could help the Bears, and they should be able to smooth him out.
5 145 Nate Baker LHP Mississippi Miss. $176,000
As Barrett backed up, lefthander Nathan Baker and righthander Philip Irwin moved up. A 6-foot-3, 193-pounder, Baker showed better velocity this spring, sitting average with his 88-92 mph fastball and touching 93 at times. He also improved his slider, at times running his slider up to 78-79 mph, and his changeup gives him a third solid-average pitch. Baker worked mostly in shorter stints because he throws strikes consistently, but he's also around the plate a lot. Some teams have interest in stretching him out more as a starter and could reach up to get him in the first six rounds.
6 175 Zack Von Rosenberg RHP Zachary (La.) HS La. $1,200,000
Von Rosenberg doesn't light up radar guns like fellow Louisiana high school righthander Brody Colvin, but he's a much more polished pitcher with an exceptional track record of winning at the prep level. Von Rosenberg won state championships and pitched the clincher in each of his four seasons, a 5-A title at Barbe in 2006 and 4-A titles at Zachary the last three years. He has advanced command of three solid pitches: an 88-91 mph fastball with good life, a curveball with nice depth and a changeup with deception. He has a 6-foot-5, 205-pound frame and a clean delivery, so his velocity should increase, especially when he stops playing shortstop when he's not pitching. He did work in the low 90s more regularly late in the spring, and some area scouts prefer him to Colvin. Both players have scholarships from Louisiana State that they'll likely turn down when they go in the first two rounds of the draft.
7 205 Trent Stevenson RHP Brophy Prep, Phoenix Ariz. $350,000
Stevenson has the kind of body scouts dream on. In 2005, Stevenson was a 5-foot-10, 125-pound shortstop. He's sprouted up considerably since his freshman year and now stands 6-foot-6. Still rail thin at 165 pounds, he's been pitching at 88-91 mph, but was up to 93 in the fall. He also showed great command in the fall, but has been inconsistent this year. His slider has looked sharp at times, but has also been inconsistent and he has a tendency to drop his arm slot when throwing the pitch. He's a bit of a wild card in the draft. As a player who is still growing into his body and is relatively new to pitching, teams are baking on the projection with Stevenson. Scouts and college recruiters reported that he seemed to be a bit overwhelmed with the attention he received this spring and think he may end up at college.
8 235 Colton Cain LHP Waxahachie (Texas) HS Texas $1,125,000
On the right day, Cain can look like a first-rounder. He's a strong 6-foot-3, 225-pound lefthander who has can sit in the low 90s for a few innings and touch 94 mph with his fastball. He has improved his curveball to the point where some area scouts grades it as an average pitch and project it as a plus offering. He also has a strong track record, having starred with the U.S. youth and junior teams the previous two summers. Scouts who aren't as high on Cain have seen him overthrow trying to pitch to the radar gun, and didn't think as highly of his breaking ball or arm action. If Cain attends Texas, he may get more of an opportunity to contribute initially in the lineup than on a crowded pitching staff. He's a first baseman with plenty of strength and lefthanded power potential. He made more of an impression at the Area Code Games last summer with his bat, though scouts now prefer him more as a pitcher. They have some questions about his ability with wood bats and his defense. Cain reportedly wants a seven-figure bonus, which may be a bit rich for pro clubs.
9 265 Brock Holt 2B Rice Texas $125,000
A shortstop at Navarro (Texas) JC, Brock Holt moved to second base after transferring to Rice in deference to Rick Hague, a top 2010 draft prospect. He made a seamless transition to his new position and to batting leadoff for the Owls, hitting for average, controlling the strike zone and offering gap power from the left side of the plate. He's an average runner with the instincts to steal a few bases. A 5-foot-10, 170-pound scrapper, Holt has enough arm and range to tempt a pro team into giving him another shot at shortstop.
10 295 Joey Schoenfeld C Santiago HS, Garden Grove, Calif. Calif. $195,000
Schoenfeld has a strong and muscular 6'2" 200 pound build, and his excellent athletic ability could permit him to play 1B, 3B, or perhaps a corner outfield spot. As a catcher, he will need to refine his catch and throw skills, for he has a tendency to push the ball from a near sidearm slot. At bat, Schoenfeld exhibits some quickness and bat speed, but is vulnerable to hard stuff in and soft stuff away. He hits out of a open stance and will need to narrow his strike zone, loosen his grip on the bat, and keep his front side closed longer. While raw, there is no doubt that Schoenfeld is a fine athlete, with strength and unusual speed for a catcher. He will need time to develop, but the long term payoff with Schoenfled could be dramatic.
11 325 Aaron Baker 1B Oklahoma Okla.
First baseman Aaron Baker stands out for his power and patience at the plate. The 6-foot-3, 232-pound lefthanded hitter smoked 15 homers and drew 40 walks in 63 games this season. He also starts his hands low and has some holes in his swing, compromising his ability to make contact (50 strikeouts) and hit for average (.284). A below-average athlete and runner, Baker could offer some surprising defensive value. He caught in high school and played there at times this spring. He has an average arm and threw out five of 11 basestealers. He's the grandson of Jerry Mays, who played in two Super Bowls and was an all-American Football League performer as an offensive and defensive lineman.
12 355 Jeff Inman RHP Stanford Calif. $425,000
Inman started the year as a potential first-rounder after a solid sophomore season and good summer in the Cape Cod League. He never got it together this spring, though, going 2-6, 6.11 as opponents hit .307 against him. At his best in the past, he showed a low-90s fastball that touches 96, solid curveball and changeup, but he was never at his best this spring and scouts said he got worse as the year went on. Against New Mexico on May 10, his velocity dropped into the low 80s and he left after one batter, with reports that he had shoulder tendinitis. He didn't pitch the rest of the season, so teams' views of the condition of his shoulder could drive how high he's drafted.
13 385 Walker Gourley 3B Eastern Wayne HS, Goldsboro, N.C. N.C. $150,000
Eastern Wayne High teammates Walker Gourley and John Wooten were both committed to East Carolina, and led their team to the state 3-A championship series. Gourley was considered the better prospect, with a short swing from the right side and plus arm strength. He lacks the speed to go out as a pro middle infielder and might wind up at third base or perhaps behind the plate.
14 415 Marcos Reyna RHP Bakersfield (Calif.) JC Calif.
15 445 Peter Bako RHP Connors State (Okla.) JC Okla.
16 475 Matt den Dekker OF Florida Fla.
Den Dekker was recruited as a pitcher and hitter at Florida--in fact, Florida's official website still lists him as a pitcher--and he has a strong throwing arm that helps make him one of college baseball's better defenders in center field. He has easy plus range, tracks balls well and plays hard. A preseason second-team All-American, den Dekker played for USA Baseball's college national team last summer, hitting just .229 with one homer, and his offensive production has faltered this spring as well, making his draft position murky. Scouts still like his swing and struggle to explain his difficult season, as he was hitting .305 and slugging just .435 through 49 games. Den Dekker has solid raw power and the bat speed and strength to drive the ball consistently but still seems to fight his swing, which lacks fluidity. He's a plus runner and excellent basestealer, converting 34 of his last 35 attempts. Teams that believe in the bat could take den Dekker off the board by the sandwich round.
17 505 Jordan Cooper RHP Central HS, Shelbyville, Tenn. Tenn.
Cooper, a righthander, had late helium as his velocity jumped late in the year. While scouts questioned his maturity, his fastball hit some 94s and frequently sat at 92-93 mph. At other times, he lost the feel for his delivery and sat at 86-88. One scout described his mechanics as raw, and that affects his consistency. Cooper's hard slurve lacked a consistent shape or velocity, but when it's on, it's a good, hard breaker. He's committed to Kentucky and could go in the sixth- to eighth-round range on talent.
18 535 Ryan Beckman RHP Grayson County (Texas) JC Texas
19 565 Josh Urban RHP Dripping Springs (Texas) HS Texas
Josh Urban attracted a lot of scouts after he threw 91-93 mph in an early scrimmage, but he sat more at 86-89 mph for much of the spring. Still, he's a projectable 6-foot-4, 215-pounder who throws strikes. He needs to tighten and add more velocity to his curveball and develop his changeup, but it's not hard to envision him becoming a premium draft pick after three years at Texas.
20 595 Sam Spangler LHP Hawaii Hawaii
When lefthander Sam Spangler showed up at Hawaii, he was a skinny walk-on from New Mexico with a fastball in the 81-83 mph range. He redshirted and committed to the weight room, filled out, learned how to control his body and harnessed his delivery. He stays over the rubber longer, getting good leverage and load on his pitches, and his fastball is now sitting 88-91 and has touched 93. He throws strikes and has a firm curveball that he can locate.
21 625 Phil Irwin RHP Mississippi Miss.
Irwin, another big-bodied 6-foot-3, 215-pound pitcher, also has shown three average pitches and keeps the ball in the ballpark. He lacks a dominant offering.
22 655 Carmine Giardina LHP Tampa Fla.
23 685 Jose Hernandez INF Texas-San Antonio Texas
24 715 Jason Erickson RHP Washington Wash.
Senior righthander Jason Erickson was a 45th-round pick out of high school. He has fringy stuff but throws strikes and competes.
25 745 Aaron LaFountaine OF North HS, Riverside, Calif. Calif.
26 775 Matt Dermody LHP Norwalk (Iowa) HS Iowa
27 805 Wes Luquette C Newman HS, New Orleans La.
If Wes Luquette were signable, he could go in the first seven rounds. But he had Tommy John surgery shortly before the draft and may want a seven-figure bonus to pass up a Louisiana State scholarship, so he'll plummet below where his ability would dictate. The 6-foot-1, 205-pounder is an extremely athletic catcher with plus-plus arm strength and solid receiving skills. He also put his arm to good use in football, starring at quarterback at Peyton and Eli Manning's alma mater. Luquette has a quick righthanded bat with some pop but will have to adjust to quality pitching both offensively and defensively after facing lackluster competition in high school. He's the grandson of Tabasco sauce tycoon Paul McIlhenny.
28 835 Kyle Hooper RHP Saugus (Calif.) HS Calif.
29 865 Michael Heller RHP Cardinal Mooney HS, Bradenton, Fla. Fla.
Florida signed Heller--one of four Aflac All-Americans in the recruiting class, joining Austin Maddox, LeVon Washington and Michael Zunino--as an infielder/righthander, and his power and balanced swing would make him an effective two-way player in college. Pro scouts like him for his arm, though, which plays at shortstop but plays much better on the mound. Heller has one of the best arms in Florida, and he's perhaps the best combination of athleticism and arm strength among the Florida prep crop this year, exceeded perhaps only by Keyvius Sampson. Heller often sat in the 88-92 mph range with his fastball this spring, but at other times he showed exceptional stuff, with some reports he was hitting 97 mph and regular readings of 94-95 early. Heller has projection in his frame, so those radar-gun readings should become more consistent in the future. He uses a high three-quarters slot to throw an average curveball and nascent changeup. Heller's secondary pitches need work, both in terms of command and sharpness. So does his deliberate delivery, which was exposed in Sebring by opposing basestealers. Some scouts have concern that he has something of a head whack in his delivery that may be difficult to smooth out. It might take first three-round money to buy Heller out of his Gators commitment, as both his brothers went to school in Gainesville, as does his older brother.
30 895 Ty Summerlin SS Southeastern Louisiana La.
31 925 Zach Taylor OF Statesboro (Ga.) HS Ga.
32 955 Niko Spezial LHP Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey, N.J. N.J.
A trio of prospects from perennial power Don Bosco Prep are also likely headed to school. Lefthander Niko Speziale, a Wake Forest signee, is a big-game pitcher with a good body (6-foot-4, 210 pounds) and feel for pitching, but he lacks a quality breaking to go with his 86-91 mph fastball.
33 985 Pat Irvine OF Elon N.C.
Senior outfielder Pat Irvine should get drafted based on his feel for hitting. Irvine batted .402 this spring.
34 1015 Zac Fuesser LHP Walters State (Tenn.) JC Tenn. $125,000
35 1045 Chris McKenzie RHP San Jacinto (Texas) JC Texas
36 1075 Bobby Doran RHP Seward County (Kan.) JC Kan.
37 1105 Zach Nuding RHP Weatherford (Texas) JC Texas
38 1135 Jake Lamb 3B Bishop Blancet HS, Seattle Wash.
Seattle's Jake Lamb has played shortstop this year for Bishop Blanchet, a private powerhouse that also includes one of Washington's top 2010 players, outfielder Josh Sale. Lamb profiles as a third baseman, though some would like to try him out behind the plate because of his arm strength. He hit well this year and has a chance to hit as a pro, but because he's grown up in the shadow of UW he's expected to end up at Washington.
39 1165 Keifer Nuncio RHP Katy (Texas) HS Texas
If righthander Keifer Nuncio were a little bigger and a lot more signable, he could go in the first five rounds. He has an 88-91 mph fastball, a solid curveball and feel for a changeup, and scouts praise his bulldog nature as much as his stuff. He's listed at 6-foot-2 and 195 pounds (which may be generous) and uses a drop-and-drive delivery, so he doesn't get much downward plane on his pitches. Committed to Texas, he may want first-round money to sign.
40 1195 Brett Lee LHP West Florida HS, Pensacola, Fla. Fla.
41 1225 Tyler Cannon SS Virginia Va.
Shortstop Tyler Cannon is the best draft-eligible hitter for the Cavaliers, though pro scouts like him better as a catcher or third baseman. He's a switch-hitter who was batting .349/.442/.493 going into super regionals, but scouts aren't convinced he'll hit in pro ball. If he could stick behind the plate his offense becomes less of a concern. He also has the versatility to make him a useful utilityman, and he could be helped by the lack of college hitters in this draft.
42 1255 Marc Baca RHP Nevada-Las Vegas Nev.
43 1285 Edward Fallon RHP South Carolina-Upstate S.C.
44 1315 Dexter Bobo LHP Georgia Southern Ga.
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).
45 1345 Kevin Gelinas LHP Central Arizona JC Ariz.
Lefthander Kevin Gelinas passes the eye test on the mound with a 6-foot-5, 230-pound frame. Head coach Jon Wente has been taking it easy with Gelinas because he only threw nine innings last season and came down with the flu for two weeks in early April. Gelinas has a firm fastball at 90-93 mph, and a slider that has shown flashes of being a plus pitch but is inconsistent. He also has a developing changeup and can be overpowering when he's commanding his pitches.
46 1375 Parker Bangs RHP South Carolina S.C.
47 1405 Justin Earls LHP Georgia Ga.
48 1435 Blake Brown OF Normal (Ill.) West HS Ill.
49 1465 Yasser Clor RHP California Calif.
50 1495 Matt Taylor LHP Columbus (Ga.) HS Ga.
Matt Taylor throws in the upper 80s, touches 91 and has a solid, if slow, curveball. Taylor is an Alabama signee.