Washington Senators

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Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 14 Matt Purke LHP Klein (Texas) HS Texas
Purke rivals Tyler Matzek as the best lefthanded pitching prospect in this draft. He already throws a 92-95 mph fastball and could throw harder as he adds strength to his 6-foot-3, 180-pound frame. He backs up his heater with a hard slider that ranks among the best in the prep draft class. He doesn't have much experience throwing a changeup because he hasn't needed one. Last summer, Purke needed just nine pitches to work a perfect inning at the Aflac All-American Game and started the gold-medal game for Team USA at the World Junior Championship in Canada (albeit taking a 7-0 loss against Korea). Matzek has moved ahead of Purke for most clubs because he works with less effort. Purke throws from a low three-quarters angle that adds life and deception, but he has slinging action in his delivery. It's not violent, but it's not smooth either. Purke's stuff, track record and strong makeup combine to make him an upper-first-round talent, though teams still were trying to gauge his signability. If he follows through on his commitment to Texas Christian, he'd be eligible again as a sophomore in 2011.
1s 44 Tanner Scheppers RHP St. Paul (American Association) Minn. $1,250,000
Before Scheppers hurt his shoulder last April, he was on course to go in the first 10 picks of the 2008 draft. But the injury, initially reported as a stress fracture and later described as significant wear and tear, dropped him to 48th overall to the Pirates and caused him to miss Fresno State's improbable run to a College World Series championship. Scheppers opted for rehab over surgery and worked out for Pittsburgh, but his stuff hadn't bounced back enough for the club to meet his seven-figure asking price. He signed with the independent Saints last September and began to excite scouts again in preseason workouts at Golden West (Calif.) JC, displaying the mid-90s fastball and hard curveball he had before he got hurt. In his first two exhibition outings and three regular-season outings with St. Paul, Scheppers showed the same fastball and curve, though he battled his control. An athletic 6-foot-4, 200-pounder who initially signed with Fresno State as an infielder, Scheppers has good mechanics but sometimes rushes his delivery. "He's got the best arm action, delivery and stuff in this draft behind Strasburg, and it's a cleaner arm than Strasburg," one scouting director said. Scheppers is learning to harness his curveball and to throw an effective changeup. Though Dr. Lewis Yocum has given him a clean bill of health, teams considering Scheppers near the top of the draft still have some trepidation. He's a top-10 candidate once again, though he could slide if clubs worry about his shoulder and his asking price.
2 62 Tommy Mendonca 3B Fresno State Calif. $587,700
Mendonca is well known to college baseball fans for his tremendous performance--offensively and defensively--in last year's College World Series. He was the Most Outstanding Player in Fresno's unlikely run to the title in Omaha, and he has been nearly as good this season. Mendonca can be streaky both offensively and defensively. At 6-foot-1 and 210 pounds, he has unique power from the left side and puts on one of the best batting practice exhibitions in college baseball. He's a flyball hitter who looks to lift everything, and his opposite-field power is outstanding. On the 20-to-80 scouting scale, he already possesses 50 power, and projects to 60 raw power easily. He has a distinctive swing. He starts with his hands high, then drops them into an angled launch position. He can drive a ball out even if he doesn't get all of it. In an early-season game at Loyola Marymount, he was slightly fooled by a changeup, got out front and under the ball but still lofted it out of the park. Scouts worry about the fundamentals of his swing, however. He comes close to locking or blocking his hands out front in an arm bar action, and he shows a weakness with offspeed stuff, setting a Division I record with 99 strikeouts last season. There are similar questions about his defense, where he looks fluid going to his left but not to his right, and his arm varies from cannon to squirt gun. He doesn't run well. Still, the lure of Mendonca's power bat and record of rising to the occasion will entice an organization to select him as early as the second round.
3 93 Robbie Erlin LHP Scotts Valley (Calif.) HS Calif. $425,000
Erlin is a 5-foot-11, 170-pound lefthander from the Santa Cruz area, and several scouts have said the same thing about him: "If he were two inches taller, you'd be talking about him as a first-rounder." And while some scouts lament the cookie-cutter approach to drafting, it doesn't hurt Erlin as much because he's a lefty. Despite the small frame, he has life on his fastball, pitching at 89-92 mph. He commands the pitch to both sides of the plate and has an above-average curveball--a hammer he can throw for strikes in any count. He can get underneath his changeup a little bit, but it too has a chance to be above-average. Erlin is regarded as a great kid and is committed to Cal Poly.
4 124 Andrew Doyle RHP Oklahoma Okla. $234,000
Doyle has solid stuff and a craftsman's approach to pitching. The 6-foot-3, 210-pounder has the arm strength to dial a four-seam fastball up to 93-94 mph when needed, but he prefers to throw 89-91 mph two-seamers on the corners, allowing their sink to create groundouts. His slider isn't a swing-and-miss pitch but it is an out pitch, generating off-balance swings and more groundouts. His changeup gives him a third pitch that induces weak contact. Doyle has an easy delivery and is always around the plate. He doesn't have the sexiest arsenal, especially compared to flamethrowing but erratic teammate Garrett Richards, but Doyle does have 17 wins in two seasons in Oklahoma's rotation. He projects as a possible third-round pick and potential No. 3 starter in the big leagues.
5 154 Nick McBride RHP Ragsdale HS, Jamestown, N.C. N.C. $325,000
McBride, an East Carolina recruit, showed an average (87-90 mph) fastball and mid-70s slider at his best this spring, coupled with a projectable 6-foot-4, 180-pound frame.
6 184 Ruben Sierra Jr. OF San Juan Educational HS, San Juan, P.R. P.R. $125,000
Like his father, Sierra passes scouts' eye test, standing 6-foot-2 and 175 pounds with room to fill out. As that happens, Sierra will likely have to move from center field to right field. He certainly has the arm strength for right--his throws from the outfield have been clocked at 92 mph. His other tools are impressive as well. He runs a 6.4-second 60-yard dash and can put on a show during batting practice. It's a different story, however, against live pitching. As a lefthanded hitter, Sierra has a tendency to bail out--his step is toward first base--causing him to become exposed against pitches away. Despite his natural tools, Sierra sometimes looks like he's just going through the motions. Still, teams that value tools and projection are dreaming on Sierra, and he's seen as a player who will greatly benefit from getting into pro ball, getting better instruction and playing every day.
7 214 Braxton Lane OF Sandy Creek HS, Tyrone, Ga. Ga. $125,000
Another athletic outfielder, Braxton Lane, had a down spring. He's a 70 runner on the 20-80 scale and has committed to play football at Oregon. His father played football at Oregon State, and he's the nephew of former NFL running back MacArthur Lane. He switch-hits and would fit the profile of a center fielder if he could hit, though he has a below-average arm. The scouting consensus was that Lane can't hit enough to buy him out of his football commitment.
8 244 Braden Tullis RHP Skagit Valley (Wash.) JC Wash. $90,000
Skagit Valley righthander Braden Tullis flew way under the radar at Timberline High in Boise as a first baseman and closer. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound Tullis is a great athlete who also played linebacker on his high school football team and ran the fastest 60-yard dash for Skagit Valley this year. His future is on the mound. On the season, Tullis went 4-0, 0.33 with 27 strikeouts and 11 walks, good enough to earn him NWAACC MVP honors. Tullis has a fastball that sits 88-91 mph with armside run and sink. He has a good feel for a changeup that could be a plus pitch down the line and is working on his breaking ball. He keeps everything down in the zone and throws all three pitches for strikes. The stuff isn't exceptional, but he has good command and you know what you're getting--which is a rarity in the Northwest this year.
9 274 Jabari Blash OF Miami Dade JC Fla.
Blash played some high school baseball in the Virgin Islands, enough to try to use baseball to go to college in the U.S. mainland. He attended Alcorn State for a year but wasn't academically eligible, due to transcript issues. He redshirted that season, then wound up transferring to Miami-Dade JC, where he didn't even earn a starting job when the season started. He's quite raw and has holes in his swing, owing in part to his large 6-foot-5, 210-pound frame. He also has big-time tools, and several observers called him Florida's best five-tool prospect. Blash has plus raw power, with 10 homers in just 102 at-bats this season, and above-average speed (he runs the 60 in 6.7 seconds) and throwing arm (it's a right field arm, if not the cannon reported earlier this spring). Some scouts dream on Blash's frame and see a future Jermaine Dye, who also was a JC player.
10 304 Thomas Lemke RHP Northwest Christian HS, Phoenix Ariz.
Righthander Thomas Lemke stares down at hitters from atop the mound. He has a great pitcher's frame at 6-foot-7 and 205 pounds, but has gone backward this season. Sitting at 89-92 mph in the fall, his fastball was down to 85-88 this spring. He doesn't use his height well, and his fastball comes in flat. Scouts also question his passion and say he looks lethargic on the field. He's reportedly asking for $500,000, so teams will likely let him head to Nebraska and check back in three years.
11 334 Johnny Gunter RHP Chattahoochee Valley (Ala.) JC Ala.
Righthander Johnny Gunter, who was a catcher when he played at Troy, should go a bit higher after dominating this spring by going 10-3, 1.79 with 113 strikeouts and just 44 hits allowed in 81 innings for Chatthoochee Valley CC. He's a Division II Columbus State (Ga.) recruit who hit the mid-90s out of the bullpen with a shorter arm action.
12 364 Vin DiFazio C Alabama Ala.
The rest of Alabama's roster includes several players who should be drafted in the eighth- to 15th-round range, such as senior Vin DiFazio, an offensive catcher with solid receiving ability and a below-average arm.
13 394 Justin Jamison RHP Strongsville (Ohio) HS Ohio
Righthander Justin Jamison should be the first Ohio high school player drafted this year because he offers the best combination of ability and signability, despite his commitment to Ohio State. He's a 6-foot-8, 225-pounder who can hit 93 mph with his fastball but still is learning the art of pitching. Also a basketball standout, he has trouble maintaining consistency with his mechanics, command and secondary pitches.
14 424 Chad Bell LHP Walters State (Tenn.) JC Tenn. $450,000
Bell and Rothlin pitched at Walters State and both went 7-1, and the 6-foot-3, 205-pound Bell had the better year in terms of ERA and strikeouts. He has been drafted twice already (Brewers and Indians) and has good pitchability with an upper-80s fastball. He's committed to Tennessee.
15 454 Keith Campbell RHP Everett (Wash.) JC Wash.
Everett CC has produced some high draft picks over the past few years, from Mason Tobin to Zach Simons to Aaron Cunningham. This year's first pick for the Trojans will be righthander Keith Campbell. While most of Everett's players come from western Washington, Campbell came all the way from Taylorsville, S.C. After having Tommy John surgery and missing his senior year of high school, he rehabbed at a facility in sleepy Monroe, Wash., and got to know Everett head coach Levi Lacey. Campbell has shown he is healthy now by flashing an 89-93 mph fastball, along with a power slider and plus curveball. At 6-foot-2, 195 pounds, Campbell is a good athlete who runs a 6.9-second 60 and can dunk a basketball. He's also a fierce competitor who wants the ball in big-game situations. Coming from an over-the-top arm slot, Campbell's fastball shows good life. He repeats his arm slot when he throws his slider, and at 80 mph it looks like a fastball for the first 50 feet before taking a hard, sharp turn. He's working on his fastball command and developing a better changeup. Campbell has just six college starts under his belt, but he has already shown good velocity with tight breaking pitches and has room to improve.
16 484 Mike Revell 3B Florida HS, Tallahassee, Fla. Fla.
17 514 Paul Strong LHP Marina HS, Huntington Beach, Calif. Calif. $300,000
18 544 Mike Schaaf RHP Hill HS, Saginaw, Mich. Mich.
19 574 Jayce Boyd 3B Tate HS, Cantonment, Fla. Fla.
20 604 Jerome Werniuk RHP Neil McNeil HS, Toronto Ontario
Jerome Werniuk is a hulking 6-foot-6, 220-pound righthander. Because of his size, he has difficulty repeating his delivery and his fastball is just average right now. If it all clicks for him he has a chance to be special.
21 634 Chris Matlock RHP Central Missouri State Mo.
22 664 Sam Brown RHP North Carolina State N.C.
The Wolfpack has several other pitchers who could go in the first 15 rounds, such as righthander Sam Brown, a tease who was a seventh-rounder out of high school in 2006 and an 18th-rounder last year as an eligible sophomore. He has low-90s velocity from a low-three-quarters slot.
23 694 Danny Lima SS Barry (Fla.) Fla.
24 724 Shawn Blackwell RHP Clear Creek HS, League City, Texas Texas $300,000
Blackwell usually sits in the high 80s with his fastball and spins a promising curveball. At 6-foot-5 and 195 pounds, he has plenty of room to add strength on his frame. He has committed to Kansas.
25 754 Riley Cooper OF Florida Fla. $250,000
Florida's most complicated case is outfielder Riley Cooper, a premium athlete with tremendous speed who doubles as a wide receiver on the football team. He made little contact this spring with the bat, striking out 41 times in 89 at-bats. Cooper plans to play for Cotuit in the Cape Cod League this summer, rather than attend summer school like most football players do, so he's likely to be a summer follow.
26 784 Kevin Castner RHP Cal Poly Calif.
Cal Poly also contributes hard-throwing reliever Kevin Castner, who nearly signed with the Rangers last year as a 10th-rounder. Now a redshirt junior, Castner still throws hard--in the mid-90s consistently and at times more--but doesn't find the strike zone consistently. In 55 career innings in college, he walked 52.
27 814 Aaron Barrett RHP Mississippi Miss.
Ole Miss' other projected top prospect entering the season, righthander Aaron Barrett, had a poor season and has been passed by several teammates. He has a big league repertoire, at times sitting in the 90-93 mph range with his fastball and touching 94. He throws a hard slider and has a decent changeup as well, though he ditched it when he moved out of the weekend rotation. Barrett's slider has reached 85 mph out of the bullpen, which is probably his future role, as poor command has killed him as a starter. He's consistently behind hitters and gets hammered when he's up in the strike zone, which is often when he lands on a stiff left leg.
28 844 Derek Law RHP Seton LaSalle Catholic HS, Pittsburgh Pa.
Righthander Derek Law's father, Joe, reached the major league for four days in the late 1970s with the Athletics but never appeared in a game. The younger Law caught scouts' attention at the Perfect Game/World Wood Bat Championships in Jupiter, Fla., last fall, running his fastball up to 93 mph. He struck out 13 in a no-hitter in his first game this season, but his velocity has been down all spring, topping out at 88-90 and sitting in the 81-84 range down the stretch. His delivery needs work. His curveball and slider can both be better-than-average pitches when he's on, especially the curve. Law is committed to Miami Dade CC but is considered signable in the top 15 to 20 rounds.
29 874 C.C. Watson LHP Cleburne County HS, Heflin, Ala. Ala.
The top Alabama high school talents were lefthanders Luke Bole and Charles "C.C." Watson and Auburn signee and righthander Slade Smith. Bole and Watson are both Mississippi State signees, and both are expected to stay true to their college commitments. Watson is 6 feet, 185 pounds, and scouts see little future projection, yet he had a strong spring, winding up as the top player in the state. He throws in the 88-91 mph range and has bumped a bit better at times. He also spins a breaking ball well, a curveball with some power that has helped him to some gaudy strikeout totals, including a 21-strikeout game this spring. His delivery has some effort to it. Both Bole and Watson can hit enough to contend for at-bats as two-way players at Mississippi State.
30 904 Bryan Fogle OF Erskine (S.C.) S.C.
31 934 Shon Landry SS McNeese State La.
Landry agreed to a $1,000 bonus with the Rangers on June 17, but the deal later was voided, making him a free agent.
32 964 Reggie Williams Jr. OF Brooks-DeBartolo Collegiate HS, Tampa Fla.
Williams' father Reggie spent parts of four seasons in the major leagues with the Angels and Dodgers and played pro ball until 2001. The younger Williams has been a baseball enigma in some ways, as he didn't play high school baseball as a sophomore and junior. Instead, he focused on playing for his father's travel team, the Tampa-based Dawg Pound. This spring, he and his brother Jadamion (J.D.), a top 2010 prospect, suited up for Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate HS, a first-year charter school program in North Tampa founded by NFL linebacker Derrick Brooks and NFL ownership family the DeBartolos, formerly of the San Francisco 49ers. No matter where he played Williams' speed and bloodlines attracted interest, as he committed to Miami. Long and athletic at 6-foot-4, 190 pounds, Williams is a switch-hitter with speed, rating as a 70 runner on the 20-80 scale for most scouts. He's shown some 80 times as well such as running a 6.2-second 60, according to his high school coach, and 3.9-second times to first base. He led the state of Florida with 59 steals this spring in just 20 games while hitting .604. Williams' bat will be the question, as he's drawn some Gary Matthews Jr. comparisons both physically and in terms of his future potential. He hasn't shown much present power despite being an older prep senior (he'll turn 20 in the fall) as he hit only one home run this spring. The Yankees and Blue Jays worked Williams out this spring, and he even got hitting tips from Toronto manager Cito Gaston.
33 994 Kyle Rhoad OF Eastern Michigan Mich.
34 1024 Jared Prince OF Washington State Wash.
Senior outfielder Jared Prince battled injuries throughout his career and never matched the success he had as a freshman.
35 1054 Eddie Butler RHP Greenbrier Christian Academy, Chesapeake, Va. Va.
36 1084 Matt Carasiti RHP Berlin (Conn.) HS Conn.
All of the prep prospects in the region are expected to head to school, but several of them have intriguing upside. The best of the lot is righthander Matt Carasiti, a projectable athlete with plenty of arm strength. Carasiti works in the 88-91 mph range now but figures to add velocity as he matures. He flashes a decent slider and is working on a split-finger fastball, and he could develop into a premium pick in three years at St. John's.
37 1114 Charles Nading RHP Nevada-Las Vegas Nev.
Draft-eligible sophomore Chad Nading is spending time in his fourth state in as many years. He grew up in Alaska, redshirted his freshman year at Oregon State, transferred to Skagit Valley (Wash.) CC and spent this year with UNLV. He's a 6-foot-6, 215-pound righthander who has been up to 93 mph, repeats his delivery and has a good breaking ball.
38 1144 Anthony Hutting OF Tesoro HS, Rancho San Margarita, Calif. Calif.
39 1174 Jabari Henry OF Olympia HS, Orlando Fla.
40 1204 Taylor Vail 3B Cabrillo (Calif.) JC Calif.
41 1234 Forrest Garrett LHP Norcross (Ga.) HS Ga.
42 1264 Shane Zagarac LHP St. Joseph's (Ind.) Ind.
43 1294 Joe Bonadonna OF Illinois Ill.
44 1324 Tyler Christman RHP South Carolina-Sumter JC S.C.
USC Sumter's Tyler Christman was the most accomplished junior-college pitcher in the state, going 12-1, 1.73, and using an 89-91 mph fastball and power slider to rack up 104 strikeouts in just 78 innings. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound Christman has a medical history, having had both Tommy John surgery and another procedure to repair a torn ACL.
45 1354 Dale Anderson C JC of Southern Idaho Idaho
46 1384 Jerad Grundy LHP Johnsburg (Ill.) HS Ill.
With an 80 percent scholarship from Miami, lefthander Jerad Grundy is unlikely to turn pro out of high school. He gets good run on his 89-92 mph from a low arm slot. The 6-foot, 185-pounder throws with a lot of effort in his delivery, and while he throws strikes he projects as a reliever in the long run. He'll throw four pitches for strikes at times, but none of his secondary offerings is a putaway pitch.
47 1414 Tyler Higgins RHP Mount Pleasant (Mich.) HS Mich.
48 1444 Cole Frenzel 3B Dickinson (N.D.) HS N.D.
First baseman Zac Elgie, who's now at Kansas, surpassed Darin Erstad as North Dakota's highest prep draft pick ever last year, when the Athletics made him a 12th-round pick. Some talent evaluators say Cole Frenzel is a better prospect than Elgie because he hits lefthanded, has more bat speed and a purer swing. Six-foot-2 and 210 pounds, Frenzel offers big power and arm strength. His position is in question, as his below-average speed means he won't be able to play shortstop after high school. If he attends Arizona as expected, he'll probably move to third base, and he could try catching once he turns pro. He also starred in football and basketball and led Dickinson to the last two state Class A baseball championships.
49 1474 Cat Kendrick RHP Northgate HS, Newnan, Ga. Ga.
50 1504 Ronnie Melendez OF Cowley County (Kan.) JC Kan.