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Round Overall Team Player School State Bonus
1 12 Cincinnati Reds Yasmani Grandal Miami Fla. $2,000,000
Grandal has been on the radar a long time. He was an Aflac All-American and potential high draft pick whose Miami commitment and fair senior year caused him to fall to the 27th round in 2007, when the Red Sox drafted him. A native of Cuba who moved to Miami at age 11, he started as a freshman in 2008 for the Hurricanes' 53-11 club that entered the College World Series as the No. 1 seed and produced three first-round picks. Grandal didn't hit .300 in either of his first two seasons, though, and struggled at the plate for Team USA last summer, hitting just .182. Grandal has traded his all-pull approach for more contact and an all-fields swing in 2010, and the results have been dramatic. He has dominated the Atlantic Coast Conference, where he was hitting nearly .500 in league games, and he ranked among the national leaders in on-base percentage (.545) and walks (43). A switch-hitter, Grandal has some length to his swing but has shortened up from the left side and has solid-average raw power. Defensively, he plays with energy and is slightly above-average as a receiver. His throwing arm is his biggest concern, as some scouts have seen more 2.1-second pop times (below-average) than would be expected of a top draft pick. Grandal doesn't defend like fellow South Florida product Tony Sanchez, who went No. 4 overall last year, and his offense is not on par with previous ACC catching products Matt Wieters and Buster Posey. He still figures to go in the top half of the first round and was rumored to be in play as high as No. 4 overall to the Royals.
1 22 Texas Rangers Kellin Deglan Mountain SS, Langley, B.C. British Columbia $1,000,000
As a member of Canada's junior national team, Deglan has been steadily improving his stock as he has performed well in games against pro players in extended spring training exhibitions. Deglan has gotten bigger and stronger every year and has worked hard to maintain his balance and footwork behind the plate. He is an advanced receiver and has a strong arm, consistently displaying pop times around two seconds flat. Scouts do have a couple of questions regarding Deglan's swing. He has long arms, which can lead to a long swing, and he sometimes swings around the ball and can be attacked inside. But he also has a lot of strength and when he pulls his hands inside the ball, he can use his arms for leverage, which gives him intriguing power potential. When you combine all those things, it's easy to see why teams see a lot of potential in Deglan. He also has great makeup and the leadership qualities that teams look for in catchers. Because of his premium position and lefthanded power potential, Deglan could go as high as the back half of the first round, but grades out as more of a second- to third-round talent.
1 31 Tampa Bay Rays Justin O'Conner Cowan HS, Muncie, Ind. Ind. $1,025,000
Scouts had been split on whether O'Conner was a better prospect as a power-hitting third baseman or as a pitcher with a 93-95 mph fastball and a hammer curveball. When he began catching at the end of the showcase circuit last summer and played regularly behind the plate this spring, though, it settled any debate about his future. He's now the top high school catching prospect in the 2010 draft. His standout tool is his arm, which grades as plus-plus and is capable of producing 1.8-second pop times. The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder is agile behind the plate, though his inexperience shows in his receiving. O'Conner also generates above-average thunder with his tremendous bat speed, showing power to all fields in batting practice. He homered twice (while pitching a one-hitter) in a state Class A sectional championship game, tying the Indiana career home run record with 51. A righthanded hitter, he's pull-conscious in games and struggled at times against quality pitching last summer, so there's some question whether he'll hit for a high average. Even if he doesn't, his arm and power could make him an all-star catcher. And if he can't make it as a position player, he has an attractive fallback option as a pitcher. The Arkansas recruit is unlikely to make it past the first round.
1s 33 Houston Astros Mike Kvasnicka Minnesota Minn. $936,000
After catching sparingly in his first two seasons at Minnesota, Kvasnicka has seen semi-regular action behind the plate this spring while senior Kyle Knudson has recovered from offseason labrum surgery on both hips. Kvasnicka already was an attractive draft prospect as a 6-foot-2, 210-pound switch-hitter with a balanced stroke, good power potential and strike-zone discipline. Now his stock has jumped with the possibility that he could be a catcher rather than a right fielder. He has solid arm strength and accuracy, and he has the athleticism, hands and work ethic to become an average receiver. While he might have been a fourth-round pick as an outfielder, he now figures to go in the first two rounds as a catcher. If he winds up moving back to the outfield, he still has enough bat to reach the big leagues. Kvasnicka's father Jay was a Twins eighth-round pick in 1988--Minnesota drafted Mike in the 31st round out of high school--and reached Triple-A.
3 89 New York Mets Blake Forsythe Tennessee Tenn. $392,400
The younger brother of former Arkansas star and current Padres farmhand Logan Forsythe, Blake chose to stay in the Volunteer state after attending high school in Memphis. Forsythe broke though with a first-team all-Southeastern Conference sophomore season, showing his brother's trademark patience (40 walks) as well as above-average raw power. He followed that with a strong summer for USA Baseball's college national team and entered the spring as a potential first-round pick. He maintained the power production as a junior, but in most other facets of his game Forsythe was struggling. He came out of the gate slowly and scouts thought he was pressing. Forsythe always has had swing-and-miss issues and has struggled even more with breaking balls this season. His patience at times fell into passivity, leading to more strikeouts. Forsythe's defensive tools include a plus arm--he threw out 35 percent of basestealers this season--and fringe-average receiving and blocking skills. Forsythe performed better as the year wore on and would benefit from a regional bid for the Volunteers. With college catching always at a premium, Forsythe could go anywhere from the third round to the seventh.
3 97 Chicago Cubs Micah Gibbs Louisiana State La. $350,000
Gibbs has the best receiving skills among catchers in the 2010 draft, and those and his ability to handle a pitching staff earn repeated comparisons to Jason Varitek. He doesn't have a cannon behind the plate, but his arm strength is average and he enhances it with a quick release and good accuracy. However, he had thrown out just 14 percent of basestealers entering NCAA regional play, down from 32 percent in his first two seasons. His hitting has gone in the other direction, as he was batting .392, up from .306 the previous two years and .212 with wood bats in the Cape Cod League last summer. A 5-foot-11, 207-pound switch-hitter, Gibbs has spread out his stance, added more balance and simplified his swing. He has strength, but his swing can get loopy at times and he doesn't have an abundance of bat speed or power. He may not be more than a .260 hitter with 10-12 homers annually in the majors, but his defensive ability should make him a starter. The scarcity of catchers often enhances their draft status, so Gibbs could sneak into the first or sandwich round.
3 100 Detroit Tigers Rob Brantly UC Riverside Calif. $330,300
A draft-eligible sophomore, Brantly has a strong profile as a consistent backstop and patient lefthanded hitter. He enjoyed a breakout summer season in 2009 playing in the Northwoods League, batting .346/.411/.516 to earn top prospect recognition. Steady but not spectacular, Brantly is an exceptionally patient hitter. He does not have outstanding power, but he has the ability to drive the ball into the gaps and use the entire field. He employs a balanced and spread stance and may need to reduce the length of his stride. Drafted by the Nationals out of high school in the 46th round in 2008, Brantly is a good athlete for a catcher, and he runs well and has a mature backstop's frame. Defensively, Brantly has a strong, accurate throwing arm and quick release, with pop times that hover around 1.92 seconds, earning an above-average grade. He receives the ball well, is relaxed and comfortable behind the plate, and displays a knack for handling any pitch in any location without difficulty. Brantly's only below-average tool is power, which likely will relegate him to the bottom third of a big league order.
3 108 Philadelphia Phillies Cameron Rupp Texas Texas $287,000
Teams covet catchers with power and arm strength, which put Rupp in position to be a possible first-round pick. But he hasn't had the numbers to put him there, batting .313/.401/.498 though conference tournament play. Scouts have admired his strength since he won the home run derby at the 2006 Aflac Classic, though they aren't sure he'll be able to tap into his power as a pro. He has an arm bar in his righthanded swing that allows pitchers to tie him up inside with good velocity, and he chases too many offspeed pitches and offerings up in the strike zone. Rupp has worked hard to improve his defense and keep his 6-foot-2, 235-pound frame under control, but scouts still worry that his size and lack of athleticism will affect his long-term ability to remain behind the plate. He has plus arm strength and has shortened what once was a long release, and while it's still not compact, he has thrown out 40 percent of basestealers this year. He has gotten better as a receiver and calls most of the pitches for college baseball's most talented pitching staff. He's similar to Ryan Garko, who was a third-round pick out of Stanford, with more power and defensive ability than Garko had.
4 139 St. Louis Cardinals Cody Stanley UNC Wilmington N.C. $189,000
Stanley comes from a baseball family, as his father played both baseball and football at Elon, and his mother played junior-college softball. He was a high school punter at Clinton High, a powerhouse 2-A program in North Carolina, and was defensive player of the game in the state championship game. His draft credentials are less flashy, as Stanley has average tools across the board, but his profile is strong. He's a lefthanded hitter who has solid athletic ability at 5-foot-11, 192 pounds. He has a track record of hitting with wood and has handled a decent pitching staff with some hard throwers. Stanley hit .299/.409/.443 in the Cape Cod League last summer, and his polished approach was evident at the plate this spring, where he had 35 walks against 21 strikeouts. Stanley's a solid receiver and blocker with average arm strength. His release can get long, resulting in below-average times to second base, but he threw out 30 and 31 percent of opposing basestealers the last two seasons. Stanley has solid gap power and is a good runner for a catcher. While he has no glaring weakness, he also has no obvious strength, and for some his tools are only fringe-average. He still figures to go out in the first six rounds thanks to his profile and the lack of catching prospects.
5 153 Houston Astros Ben Heath Penn State Pa. $160,000
Heath was limited by a pulled quad muscle as a sophomore in 2009 and split time even when healthy, but he broke out as a junior, slugging 19 home runs to break Penn State's 32-year-old school record. He worked hard in the offseason to improve his flexibility, which has loosened up his swing and made him more agile behind the plate. No longer muscle-bound, Heath also improved his arm strength dramatically, to the point that it's now average. A few scouts say Heath's feet and receiving skills will eventually force him to move from behind the plate, but the consensus is that he can be an average defensive catcher with work. Offensively, Heath has an unorthodox set-up with a lot of pre-pitch waggle, but he quiets down just before his stride and gets his hands in good position to hit. He has a long, high finish, but his swing is actually compact through the zone. He'll have his share of strikeouts in pro ball and projects as a fringe-average hitter, but his above-average raw power is usable in games. Most scouts peg him as an eighth- to 10th-round talent, but he could go higher given the perennial demand for catching.
6 176 Washington Nationals Cole Leonida Georgia Tech Ga. $125,000
At one time, Leonida seemed to have the most draft helium, and he could still go out higher than his other teammates due to position scarcity. The Colorado prep product was a part-time player for two seasons and took over as the starter this year. He got off to a hot start but and his production this season slowed down as the spring wore on, and he was batting .302/.386/.526. Leonida lacks bat speed and has holes in his swing, though his long arms also help give him leverage and power. He's a take-charge catcher who leads the pitching staff, blocks and receives well, with a solid-average arm and good accuracy. He's always going to strike out a lot, and his bat fits the profile more of a backup than of a regular.
6 192 Seattle Mariners Christian Carmichael Mililani (Hawaii) HS Hawaii $150,000
Christian Carmichael is the top high school prospect in the state. An athletic catcher, Carmichael is a agile defender with quick feet and a strong, accurate arm. He has a line drive stroke, but defense is his calling card. He did not play this spring after switching from Kamehameha High to Mililani High in February because of transfer rules. Carmichael is committed to Hawaii, but a team that likes his defensive ability and has done its homework could draft him high enough to sign him away from that commitment.
6 193 Detroit Tigers Bryan Holaday Texas Christian Texas $115,000
Catcher Bryan Holaday is having his best season with the bat, hitting .357 with 12 homers through the Mountain West Conference tournament, where he was named MVP. He has an unorthodox righthanded stroke, yet he has barreled balls consistently in 2010. He already had established his strong catch-and-throw skills, and has lived up to his reputation by throwing out 51 percent of basestealers this year. His improved offense and usual fine defense will make him one of the better senior signs in the draft, and it's possible he could go as high as the fifth round.
6 196 Texas Rangers Brett Nicholas Missouri Mo. $125,000
Nicholas began his college career as a backup first baseman at Gonzaga, transferred to Scottsdale (Ariz.) CC and caught for the 2009 Division II Junior College World Series runners-up. He has seen time at catcher and third base after joining Missouri this spring. The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder has shown hitting aptitude and power from the left side of the plate. As a catcher, he has a solid-average arm and decent receiving skills with room for improvement. He's not particularly agile, so he fits better behind the plate than at the hot corner.
7 213 Houston Astros Roberto Pena Eloisa Pascual HS, Caguas, P.R. P.R. $150,000
Puerto Rico is known for its long lineage of catching talent, and Pena is the best catcher this year. A converted shortstop, he has been behind the dish for two years now and is already an advanced defender. He can really catch and throw with quick feet, a smooth transfer and above-average pop times down to second base. Pena's father Bert spent six seasons in the big leagues with the Astros as a teammate of Dickie Thon (whose son is the island's top prospect this year). Another switch-hitter, Pena is better from the right side, but some scouts say he won't hit enough to be a regular. His defensive skills mean he could at least be a backup. He plays hard, shows good leadership and enjoys playing. Pena profiles as a seventh-to-10th-rounder on talent, but he could go higher because of his defensive skills, signability and position scarcity.
8 238 Baltimore Orioles Wynston Sawyer Scripps Ranch HS, San Diego Calif. $300,000
Tall and projectable at 6-foot-3 and 195 pounds, catcher Sawyer has committed to UC Riverside, where he could take over the catching duties after Rob Brantly departs for pro ball. Sawyer has a smooth and whippy righthanded swing and profiles as an average to plus hitter with similar power. His bat is hindered by two factors: He swings down at pitches, preventing his cut from being on the same plane as the ball, and he wraps the bat barrel behind his head, adding length to his swing. As a catcher, Sawyer has handled quality pitches well, showing fine hands along with a comfortable, quiet receiving style. Teams aren't sure they want to buy Sawyer out of his Riverside commitment, in part because he needs to strengthen his throwing arm and quicken his release. His pop times hover around 2.12 seconds and will improve with the proper adjustments. If he continues to develop, Sawyer could follow Brantly's draft path in 2013.
8 240 Cleveland Indians Alex Lavisky St. Edward HS, Lakewood, Ohio Ohio $1,000,000
Lavisky and batterymate Stetson Allie could be the highest-drafted pair of high school teammates in the 2010 draft. Allie has pitched his way into the upper half of the first round, while Lavisky's all-around ability and makeup have created interest as early as the sandwich round. More likely, he'll go around the third. He's a strong, 6-foot-1, 210-pounder with plus power from the right side of the plate. He has a sound swing, though there are potential issues with his timing and bat speed that may hamper his ability to hit for a high average. Because Allie has an electric and sometimes erratic arm, Lavisky has gotten plenty of experience receiving pro-quality stuff and has developed into a quality receiver. He has slightly above-average arm strength and makes accurate throws, though he could stand to shorten his release. St. Edward's starting quarterback before he decided to give up football last fall, Lavisky is a better athlete than most catchers and has strong leadership skills. He's not afraid to get on the talented Allie when needed. Lavisky has committed to Georgia Tech and will be a draft-eligible sophomore in 2012 if he attends college.
8 253 Detroit Tigers Patrick Leyland Bishop Canevin HS, Pittsburgh Pa. $125,000
Another Terrapins signee, Leyland, is the son of Tigers manager Jim Leyland, so he'll almost certainly get drafted, but scouts don't think he's ready for pro ball yet. Leyland has worked hard to get his once-soft body into better shape, and he has improved his receiving skills, but his average arm is not accurate so he gets run on plenty. His bat is also a work in progress.
8 258 San Francisco Giants Joe Staley Lubbock Christian (Texas) Texas $95,000
Joe Staley has played at three schools in three years since turning down the Rays as a 39th-round pick out of high school in 2007. He was part of a Junior College World Series championship at Grayson County (Texas) CC in 2008, spent last season at Stephen F. Austin State, then transferred to NAIA power Lubbock Christian for 2010. The 6-foot-1, 230-pounder is an offensive-minded catcher who hit .443/.544/.710 this spring, finishing the season on a 24-game hitting streak. The highest-drafted position player in Lubbock Christian history, he has the strength and plate discipline to hit for some power and average. He's just a fair defender behind the plate, splitting the season between catcher and DH.
9 281 Tampa Bay Rays Jake DePew Granite City (Ill.) HS Ill. $460,000
Jake DePew is the best defensive catcher in Illinois this year, a quality receiver with an average arm. The switch-hitter is still a work in progress with the bat, and he'll have to make work hard to keep his 6-foot-1, 210-pound frame in shape. Though he has committed to Louisville, he's considered signable.
9 285 Minnesota Twins Kyle Knudson Minnesota Minn. $25,000
Though Mike Kvasnicka's catching potential got him drafted 33rd overall by the Astros, it's actually Kyle Knudson who was Minnesota's regular backstop for most of the season. After recovering from offseason surgery to repair the labrums in both of his hips, Knudson had easily the best season of his four-year college career, batting .342 with six homers and throwing out 40 percent of basestealers. The 2010 Big Ten Conference tournament MVP, Knudson is more advanced defensively than offensively. He has a strong, accurate arm and good leadership skills, and even calls his own pitches behind the plate. The 6-foot-3, 205-pounder has will have to make more consistent contact to make the most of his righthanded power potential.
9 292 Los Angeles Dodgers Steve Domecus Virginia Tech Va. $25,000
Domecus doesn't have great tools but has produced with the bat: he was hitting .372/.435/.641. He's unlikely to stay behind the plate and will likely move to left field. He's a redshirt senior who was last drafted in the 38th round in 2008 by the White Sox.
10 301 Arizona Diamondbacks Kawika Emsley-Pai Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) Idaho $70,000
Switch-hitting catcher Emsley-Pai was highly touted out of high school in Washington as a teammate of Travis Snider. He spent his freshman season at Texas before transferring to Lewis-Clark. Emsley-Pai hasn't hit as scouts expected him to coming out of high school, and he's no longer athletic enough to play center field. He had back issues this year that kept him from catching every day, so his medical reports will play a role in where he gets drafted.
10 309 Milwaukee Brewers Rafael Neda New Mexico N.M. $100,000
The school year got off to a rough start for Neda, as he came down with swine flu in the fall and lost 15 pounds. Neda has always been a gym rat, however, and as soon as he was healthy he got back to work and rebuilt his 6-foot-1, 220-pound frame. He has a rock-solid build without an ounce of fat. While offense can be difficult to judge in New Mexico's high altitude, scouts have no question Neda can hit, though his power is a question mark. In previous years he had a closed stance and a middle-away approach. This year, he narrowed and opened his stance a bit in an attempt to hit more home runs. He did that, though his contact rate suffered a bit and he still had just 10 homers on the season. He shows amazing raw power in batting practice, but scouts see him as a .280 hitter with average power. Defensively, Neda needs work. Early in the year he was setting up too deep behind the plate and had to stab at a lot of balls, but he is a solid receiver and adequate blocker, with soft hands. He has fringe-average arm strength, and his throwing is hindered by bad footwork. Some scouts expect him to lose a few pounds in the grind of catching a full pro season, which will help loosen him up and help his throwing. He's not the most vocal leader, but he is a smart player who leads by example. Neda profiles as a sixth- to 10th-round talent, but could go higher to a team that likes his bat and is willing to work with him behind the plate.
10 318 San Francisco Giants Dan Burkhart Ohio State Ohio $90,000
Ohio State signed catcher Dan Burkhart before starting to recruit his Moeller High (Cincinnati) batterymate, Alex Wimmers. After hitting 10 homers as a sophomore, Burkhart has hit just one in 277 at-bats between the Cape Cod League and his junior season at Ohio State. Though he has a good lefthanded swing and a fine sense of the strike zone, he lacks bat speed and can't turn around good fastballs. A good receiver with a fringe-average arm, he threw out 44 percent of basestealers this spring. Some scouts wonder if his 5-foot-11, 205-pound body could go south on him in a few years. Burkhart didn't have the season scouts hoped for, but a lefthanded-hitting catcher who provides sound defense figures to go in the top 10 rounds.
13 415 New York Yankees Tyler Austin Heritage HS, Conyers, Ga. Ga. $130,000
A longtime fixture on the travel-ball circuit, Kennesaw State recruit Austin was expected to be signable and could go out as high as the fourth round. He compares favorably to Miles Head, the Georgia prep slugger whom the Red Sox signed last year for $335,000. Austin's a similar hitter and is more athletic, with more defensive ability than Head. Austin is rough defensively behind the plate, negating his arm strength, and might be better served by a move to third base or perhaps a corner outfield spot. He has excellent raw pull power and runs well enough for a move to the outfield, though he figures to slow down as he matures and fills out.
14 420 Cleveland Indians Diego Seastrunk Rice Texas
14 424 San Diego Padres Tommy Medica Santa Clara Calif.
Had he not been injured last year, Santa Clara's Medica would have been drafted. He was granted a medical redshirt after a shoulder injury (non-throwing related) required surgery. The problem is that Medica was not throwing all that well during his sophomore year to begin with, which was hurting his value as a catcher, and this year he had caught just two innings. A career .367 hitter, Medica had a career-best 12 homers this spring but has below-average power for the professional level and fringe-average speed. He has been playing the outfield this year to protect his arm but has more value as a catcher. The 6-foot-1, 215-pound Medica is a well-above-average receiver, blocks well and has leadership qualities. His bat alone may not be enough to carry him beyond a utility role, which he could fill as an athlete with aptitude and the ability to play multiple positions.
14 428 Chicago White Sox Mike Blanke Tampa Fla.
Physical catcher/first baseman Mike Blanke likely will be the first Spartans position-player picked, though his defense lags behind his solid bat.
14 441 Philadelphia Phillies Chace Numata Pearl City (Hawaii) HS Hawaii
Numata is a slender, athletic 6 feet and 165 pounds. He's a switch-hitting shortstop and teams have flirted with the idea of trying him out behind the plate. He could certainly play both ways if he winds up at Central Arizona JC, but he's a better pro prospect on the mound, where he has been clocked as high as 94 mph as his team's closer. He sits more in the 89-91 mph range, with a curveball that falls off the table.
14 443 Boston Red Sox Mike Hollenbeck Joliet Township (Ill.) HS Ill.
Catcher Hollenbeck's receiving skills are raw, but he has a strong arm, lefthanded power potential and a pro body (6-foot-2, 210 pounds). The buzz is that the catching-needy Red Sox could take him in the first 10 rounds.
15 446 Washington Nationals David Freitas Hawaii Hawaii
Freitas is 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds and came to Hawaii from Consumnes River (Calif.) CC. He might get a shot late in the draft, but teams will likely wait on him as a senior sign.
15 448 Baltimore Orioles Joe Oliveira Pacific Calif.
15 458 Chicago White Sox Sean O'Connell Chatsworth (Calif.) HS Calif.
15 464 Atlanta Braves Cory Brownsten Pittsburgh Pa.
Behind the plate, Smith has an average to plus arm but raw receiving skills, which is why Brownsten handled the lion's share of the catching duties for the Panthers this spring. Brownsten also had a better offensive year, hitting .395/.460/.530, but scouts say he has a metal-bat swing that probably won't play at the higher levels of the minors. He's a good defender, however, who does a nice job blocking balls in the dirt and has a 55 arm on the 20-80 scale.
15 469 St. Louis Cardinals Geoff Klein Santa Clara Calif.
Santa Clara's Klein is a 6-foot-4, 215-pound lefthanded-hitting catcher who has hit for average and shown a knack for driving in runs, while flashing power. His defense needs work but has improved since he stepped into a starter's role after an injury to Tommy Medica last spring.
15 470 Colorado Rockies Will Swanner La Costa Canyon HS, Carlsbad, Calif. Calif. $490,000
A promising hitter with the potential to hit for average and power, Swanner has significantly improved at the plate in the past year by working with Deron Johnson, son of the National League's 1965 RBI king. He has good bat speed and a good approach to utilizing the entire field, though he has stretches when he flips his head and front side off the ball and collapses his back side. Swanner has great makeup and is mature enough that his coach lets him call his own game behind the plate. An athletic receiver, Swanner is projectable but does not have the classic squat catcher's build at 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds. He's relaxed and comfortable behind the plate, and his flexibility enables him to present a low target. He does an outstanding job of framing pitches. He will need to make some defensive adjustments, however, and his pop times are slowed significantly by his habit of pausing at the top of his delivery and then flipping the ball to second base. He also struggles with catching pitches to his left or right. Committed to Pepperdine along with his brother Michael, who's a righthander, Swanner is considered a tough sign. He offers enough upside behind the plate that a club may take an early gamble on him.
16 483 Houston Astros Chris Wallace Houston Texas
16 487 Cincinnati Reds Robert Kral College of Charleston S.C.
There was some draft interest in 5-foot-9 catcher Rob Kral, a redshirt sophomore who has plate discipline and solid power, but his below-average defense holds him back.
17 509 Kansas City Royals Ryan Jenkins Auburn Ala.
17 524 Atlanta Braves Stefan Sabol Aliso Niguel HS, Aliso Viejo, Calif. Calif.
Sabol is the cousin of Pittsburgh Steelers all-pro safety Troy Polamalu. One of the finest prep athletes in the nation, Sabol finished first in the SPARQ testing (which includes several tests that measure athleticism) at last summer's Area Code Games, with a 36.2-inch vertical leap and a 6.28-second time over 60 yards. Some scouts doubt the 60 time, though Sabol has well-above-average speed. Scouts also say that Sabol will not remain a catcher as a pro. While his arm is adequate behind the plate, his receiving skills are substandard. His tools fit comfortably as a corner outfielder. As a hitter, Sabol rarely has been productive with a wood bat. The switch from metal to wood may be a difficult transition for him, though he has the skills to succeed as a hitter. He flashes both bat speed and quickness despite a few problems in his hitting mechanics. His stride is too long, and he has a tendency to pull his head and front shoulder off the pitch. An Oregon signee, Sabol is the most athletic prep receiver available, but he does not figure to catch if he signs a pro contract in 2010. Instead, he profiles as a potential five-tool outfielder.
17 530 Colorado Rockies Ryan Casteel Cleveland State (Tenn.) JC Tenn.
Catcher Casteel entered the 2009 spring season as the top prep player in the state. He backed out of his Tennessee commitment and made the most of his opportunity at Cleveland State JC, improving his body and showing good athletic ability, strength and hitting ability. He's a year removed from a hamate bone injury that hampered him last spring, and he played with good energy behind the plate while hitting .353 with 14 home runs.
19 569 Kansas City Royals Kevin David Oklahoma State Okla.
A high school shortstop, Kevin David converted to catcher when he arrived at Oklahoma State and missed the 2008 season after having Tommy John surgery. He's still smoothing out rough edges behind the plate, but he does have arm strength and power potential. The 6-foot-1, 203-pounder is a better athlete than most catchers, too. He's a redshirt junior who turned down the Cubs as a 35th-round pick last year.
20 607 Cincinnati Reds Chris Berset Michigan Mich.
20 608 Chicago White Sox Jose Ramos Western Oklahoma State JC Okla.
20 623 Boston Red Sox Rock Shoulders Brandon (Fla.) HS Fla.
Massive corner infielder Roderick Shoulders, nicknamed "Rock," has as much raw power as anyone in the state and switch-hits on top of that. He could get himself in better shape but still generates plenty of strength and leverage at 6-foot-2, 225 pounds. He's been on the scene since youth ball and helped lead Brandon High to a deep playoff run as a sophomore in 2008 before missing most of '09 with a torn labrum in his left (non-throwing) shoulder. He has probably outgrown catcher, his former position, and projects more at first base, though he has the arm strength to try third. He's a below-average runner, which probably prohibits a move to the outfield.
21 642 Seattle Mariners Luke Guarnaccia St. Thomas Aquinas HS, Fort Lauderdale Fla.
22 658 Baltimore Orioles Tanner Murphy Mountain Ridge HS, Glendale, Ariz. Ariz.
22 663 Houston Astros Zach Dygert Ball State Ind.
22 669 Milwaukee Brewers Kevin Berard Barbe HS, Lake Charles, La. La.
22 670 Chicago Cubs Jeff Vigurs Bryant R.I.
Vigurs helped lead Bryant to the Northeast Conference title in its first year in the league. His defense stands out more than his questionable lefthanded bat, though he has a disciplined approach and uses all fields. Vigurs is a good receiver with a strong arm, quick release and good footwork.
22 671 Tampa Bay Rays Matt Koch Loyola Marymount Calif.
Loyola Marymount's Matt Koch, whose older brother Brady played for the Lions from 2001-2004, emerged as the team's best power hitter this season with 15 home runs. The redshirt sophomore's defensive skills as a catcher are not outstanding, but his raw power may appeal to clubs seeking a backstop with pop.
22 673 Detroit Tigers Jake Hernandez Los Osos HS, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. Calif.
Jake Hernandez, a Southern California recruit, is a solid, workmanlike receiver with a classic strong catcher's frame and quality catching skills. He's not a great athlete, recording only a 7.30-second time in the 60-yard dash and a 25.2-inch vertical leap at last year's Area Code Games. His showcase pop times were in the 1.95-2.00-second range, but he lowered those to 1.85-1.90 this spring. His release is quick and his throws have good velocity and straight-line carry. Hernandez is not the smoothest catcher around, but his receiving skills should grade out to major league average. Early on, some scouts dismissed Hernandez's bat as that of a backup catcher, but his bat had come around. In the MLB preseason scouts showcase in February at Compton, he ripped a long wood-bat triple to right-center on a day when pitchers dominated. Hernandez profiles as a reliable catcher defensively, and his ability to start will depend on his progress with the bat.
22 680 Colorado Rockies Mark Tracy Duquesne Pa.
The son of Rockies manager Jim Tracy, Mark spent his freshman year at Pepperdine, appearing in 20 games before opting to transfer to Duquesne. He hit just four home runs in 194 career at-bats entering this spring, but he slugged 12 in 224 at-bats as a senior. Tracy's righthanded swing generates easy raw power, and he can hit quality fastballs, but he swings and misses a lot and will never hit for average. He spent most of this season at first base, where he's a fringy defender, and is capable of filling in behind the plate.
22 684 Los Angeles Angels Francis Larson UC Irvine Calif.
23 694 San Diego Padres Xorge Carrillo Arizona State Ariz.
Catcher Carrillo has been drafted twice, but a forearm injury limited him to just 34 at-bats this season.
23 704 Atlanta Braves Evan Gattis Texas-Permian Basin Texas
23 712 Los Angeles Dodgers B.J. LaRosa Bucknell Pa.
23 715 New York Yankees Shane Brown Central Florida Fla.
Versatile UCF senior Brown also should go out in the 15th-20th round as a future utility player. He caught in high school, is serviceable at second base and the outfield, and handles the bat.
24 724 San Diego Padres Rocky Gale Portland Ore.
24 725 Oakland Athletics Ryan Lipkin San Francisco Calif.
Catcher Lipkin earned a surprise spot on Team USA after his sophomore season to put himself on the map. Lipkin throws well, has leadership qualities, competes well, has strength with the bat and is good behind the plate. He struggled as a junior, hitting just .266, then bounced back with a solid senior season in 2010.
24 735 Minnesota Twins Michael Quesada Sierra (Calif.) JC Calif.
Sierra JC catcher Quesada was considered a draftable prospect out of high school back in 2008 but decided to attend Arizona. Now draft-eligible again, Quesada will likely get a shot to sign. He is a defense-first catcher with good catch and throw skills and has flashed enough ability with the bat to think he can be at least a fair hitter.
24 737 Florida Marlins Gregg Glime Baylor Texas
24 742 Los Angeles Dodgers Andrew Edge Jacksonville State Ala.
26 778 Baltimore Orioles Austin Goolsby Embry-Riddle (Fla.) Fla.
26 795 Minnesota Twins Kelly Cross Pearland (Texas) HS Texas $100,000
26 798 San Francisco Giants Jeff Arnold Louisville Ky.
27 816 Toronto Blue Jays Eric Arce Lakeland (Fla.) HS Fla.
Scouts do agree that Seminoles signee Eric Arce is the top hitter of the bunch, with a polished approach and good plate discipline, allowing him to get to his solid raw power. Arce's a decent receiver, while his arm rates well-below-average. He's unlikely to catch as a pro, and scouts wonder what other position he could play. At 5-foot-11, 195 pounds, he's an unlikely fit for first base. The 18-year-old also was suspended after he was arrested in April on charges of lewd battery and lewd molestation, in connection with an incident involving an 14-year-old girl. He returned to action when prosecutors dropped the case. The whole package might lead him to Florida State, where he could hit in the middle of the lineup immediately.
27 828 San Francisco Giants Eric Sim South Florida Fla.
28 857 Florida Marlins Chad Keefer Louisiana-Lafayette La.
28 864 Los Angeles Angels Tim Helton Upland (Calif.) HS Calif.
29 869 Kansas City Royals Alex Marquez Alfonso Casta Martinez HS, Manaubo, P.R. P.R.
30 897 Pittsburgh Pirates Matt Skirving Eastern Michigan Mich.
31 926 Washington Nationals Jeremy Mayo Texas Tech Texas
31 939 Milwaukee Brewers Mike Melillo Elon N.C.
31 951 Philadelphia Phillies Jim Klocke Southeast Missouri State Mo.
31 953 Boston Red Sox Hunter Renfroe Copiah Academy, Gallman, Miss. Miss.
Hunter Renfroe hit 20 home runs this spring after sprinting out to a fast start. That set a single-season record for state's private-school ranks. He has big raw tools, led by his power and arm (he's been up to 94 mph off the mound), with a pro body and pro bat speed. Renfroe played against weak competition and got pitched around a lot, and he's raw defensively behind the plate. He has shown pop times below 1.9 seconds, but his receiving is well-below-average right now and he lacks experience handling velocity. He may be a better fit in right field in the short term, and his bat may be good enough to keep him there. He's a Meridian JC recruit.
32 962 New York Mets Patrick Farrell Regis (Colo.) Colo.
Teams always find jobs for catchers who can hit at least a little bit, and Colorado has two such players this year. The first is senior Patrick Farrell, a sturdy 6-foot-3, 210 pounder who transferred to Regis from Nevada-Las Vegas. He has a knack for getting the bat on the ball, as he struck out 14 times over 145 at-bats this season, and also has power potential. Farrell is a decent receiver and has average arm strength, but needs to improve his footwork. He has a strong, durable frame and works hard. He had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in early May--an operation that was performed by Pierce Trumper's father--but he's back to 100 percent now.
32 972 Seattle Mariners Andrew Giobbi Vanderbilt Tenn.
32 974 Atlanta Braves Ryan Delgado Azusa Pacific (Calif.) Calif.
32 977 Florida Marlins Eddie Rodriguez Oregon Ore.
Catcher Rodriguez consistently gets the bat on the ball and is a good receiver but had to work through a case of the yips this spring. He runs well for a catcher and has an average arm.
32 984 Los Angeles Angels Drew Beuerlein Nevada-Las Vegas Nev.
33 991 Arizona Diamondbacks Andrew Whittington Southern Arkansas Ark.
Whittington signed for a $1,000 bonus on June 13, but the Diamondbacks later voided his contract.
33 1011 Philadelphia Phillies Bob Stumpo West Chester (Pa.) Pa.
34 1042 Los Angeles Dodgers Joe Lincoln Missouri Southern State Mo.
35 1059 Milwaukee Brewers T.C. Mark Pinnacle HS, Phoenix Ariz.
Scouts are divided on catcher T.C. Mark. He didn't catch consistently for his high school team this year and his arm is average, at best, but some scouts think he'll be passable behind the plate, and if he is he offers an intriguing package. One scout compared him to Brad Fullmer, another bat-first prospect who tried to make it as a catcher before he became a corner infielder. Mark has strong forearms and a good line-drive approach from the left side of the plate. He has more of an up-the-middle and opposite-field approach now, and could hit for more power if he starts lifting and pulling the ball. He'll have to tone down his swing, as he has a lot of head movement and is inconsistent. He didn't crack BA's Top 200 but could get drafted in that range because catchers--especially those who can hit--get pushed up draft boards. If he doesn't sign, Mark will head to Arizona.
35 1064 Atlanta Braves Kenny Swab Virginia Va.
36 1103 Boston Red Sox Shane Rowland Tampa Catholic HS Fla.
In contrast to Arce, Miami recruit Rowland has excellent catch-and-throw skills, earning some comparisons to Steve Baron. The son of Donnie Rowland--the former Angels scouting director who now is the Yankees' director of international scouting--churns out above-average 1.9-second pop times. He earns praise for his energy, leadership ability and handling of pitchers. After pressing earlier in the season offensively, he came on in the second half and was showing a solid lefthanded swing with a patient approach. Rowland isn't the ideal size for a catcher at just 5-foot-10, 175 pounds, and scouts aren't sure if he's physically ready to grind out full seasons in the minors. If he hits velocity in Sebring at the state's all-star games, he could go off the board in the first five rounds.
36 1104 Los Angeles Angels Hampton Tignor Florida Fla.
36 1105 New York Yankees Nick McCoy San Diego Calif.
37 1107 Pittsburgh Pirates Will Allen Buchholz HS, Gainesville, Fla. Fla.
37 1115 Oakland Athletics Daniel Petitti North Georgia College and State Ga.
37 1120 Chicago Cubs Chad Noble Northwestern Ill.
37 1133 Boston Red Sox Aaron Jones San Clemente (Calif.) HS Calif.
Catcher Aaron Jones has attracted significant buzz late in this spring season, and some even liked him better than Stefan Sabol. While that may be a stretch, Jones is a powerfully built 6-foot-1, 205-pounder with interesting power potential generated from a sweeping uppercut swing. His release and catching skills are raw, unrefined and somewhat stiff. He employs a spread-out, crouching stance at the plate, with his hands held well beyond his back shoulder. An Oregon recruit like Sabol, Jones will be a tough sign.
38 1140 Cleveland Indians Tyler Pearson Monterey HS, Lubbock, Texas Texas
Tyler Pearson has the best catch-and-throw skills among Texas high school catchers. His bat needs a lot of work, but teams would be interested in him now if they didn't consider him unsignable because of his commitment to Rice. The hard-nosed 6-foot-1, 185-pounder also played running back for Monterey High's football team, which is coached by his father Todd.
38 1141 Arizona Diamondbacks Matt Roberts Graham (N.C.) HS N.C.
The 2009 draft featured the nation's top defender at catcher, Steve Baron, going off the board in the supplemental first round, even though many scouts had questions about his bat. Roberts isn't quite at Baron's level defensively but does grade as above-average for both his defense and his arm. He's a quiet, consistent receiver with consistent 1.85-1.9-second pop times. Roberts is clearly good enough to step in and play as a freshman at North Carolina defensively, but as the draft approached it seemed less likely that Roberts would make it to school. He homered off Austin Brice, one of the state's better arms, in a heavily scouted game in early May and had shown a smoother swing this season. Roberts' competition level wasn't high, and while he's a good athlete he lacks strength and may not ever hit for much power. He plays with energy and has shown leadership skills behind the plate. Roberts wasn't necessarily considered the top pure talent in the Tar Heel State, but he was expected to be its first prep player picked.
38 1146 Toronto Blue Jays Pierce Rankin Washington Wash.
38 1156 Texas Rangers Carson Vitale Creighton Neb.
39 1175 Oakland Athletics John Nester Clemson S.C.
39 1188 San Francisco Giants Tommy Tremblay Edouard Montpetit (Quebec) JC Quebec
40 1198 Baltimore Orioles Joe Velleggia Old Dominion Va.
40 1199 Kansas City Royals Dale Cornstubble Central Michigan Mich.
40 1204 San Diego Padres Justin Echevarria Stony Brook N.Y.
40 1224 Los Angeles Angels Drew Oldfield Dixie State (Utah) Utah
41 1235 Oakland Athletics Andrew Knapp Granite Bay (Calif.) HS Calif.
Switch-hitting high school catchers who profile as high-average hitters and above-average defensive players--not to mention having baseball bloodlines--are not very common. Andrew Knapp, whose father Mike caught professionally for 11 years, fits that description. He has a pure stroke on both sides of the plate and his set-up and mannerisms resemble Chipper Jones. He shows more raw power on the right side. Knapp is 6 feet, 175 pounds with wiry strength, and he physically should resemble Jason Kendall. He hits the ball hard to all fields and does so with flashes of extra-base power. Defensively he flashes the tools of an above-average catching prospect but also has plenty of room for improvement. His arm grades out near average, but if you watch him enough you see a plus arm on his snap throws behind runners. Knapp's receiving skills are presently fair due to occasional trouble on the glove side, but he projects above average. His arm stroke and footwork too often do not work together on his throws to second base, but like his receiving he has the ability to develop better skills. Knapp has committed to California.
41 1242 Seattle Mariners Billy Marcoe Cal State Fullerton Calif.
41 1253 Boston Red Sox Jayson Hernandez Rutgers N.J.
42 1259 Kansas City Royals Mike Botelho Chabot (Calif.) JC Calif.
43 1301 Tampa Bay Rays Ryan Hornback San Jacinto (Texas) JC Texas
Hornback has soft hands and a strong arm, but the 6-foot, 170-pounder needs more strength as well.
44 1334 Atlanta Braves Ryan Morrow St. Mary's (Texas) Texas
44 1343 Boston Red Sox Zac Kapstein Tiverton (R.I.) HS R.I.
45 1357 Cincinnati Reds Will Harford Notre Dame Ind.
45 1360 Chicago Cubs Devon Austin Coeur d'Alene (Idaho) HS Idaho
45 1363 Detroit Tigers Jake Morton Hudsonville (Mich.) HS Mich.
45 1366 Texas Rangers Johnathan Moore Houston Baptist Texas
46 1376 Washington Nationals Erick Fernandez Georgetown D.C.
The overall catching crop in this draft is mediocre, which could benefit Fernandez. He hit .317/.408/.483 in 180 at-bats this season, but scouts consider his bat light for pro ball. He's a converted infielder who profiles as a catch and throw specialist with an above-average arm. He'll likely get picked in rounds 6-10, and he profiles as at least a backup with his defensive ability, and more if he hits.
46 1377 Pittsburgh Pirates Ryan Wiggins West Seattle HS Wash.
46 1378 Baltimore Orioles Dan Torres Countryside HS, Clearwater, Fla. Fla.
46 1379 Kansas City Royals Drew Robertson Middle Tennessee State Tenn.
46 1389 Milwaukee Brewers Derek Goodwin Diamond Ranch HS, Pomona, Calif. Calif.
46 1401 Philadelphia Phillies Ty Ross Collier HS, Naples, Fla. Fla.
47 1419 Milwaukee Brewers Billy Schroeder Grand Canyon (Ariz.) Ariz.
48 1436 Washington Nationals Brandon Miller Northwest Florida State JC Fla.
48 1446 Toronto Blue Jays Nick Studer St. Michael's College HS, Toronto Ontario
48 1447 Cincinnati Reds Kaiana Eldredge Punahou HS, Honolulu Hawaii
Eldredge is another athletic catcher. This is his first year playing behind the plate, but he made the transition nicely because of his athleticism and arm strength. Before catching, he was a shortstop and a pitcher, sitting at 86-88 mph off the mound and touching 90. He's an average runner and a gap-to-gap hitter who is committed to Kansas.
48 1459 St. Louis Cardinals Hector Acosta Coffeyville (Kan.) JC Kan.
Hector Acosta is an athletic catcher with gap power, solid speed (he stole 38 bases) and arm strength.
49 1473 Houston Astros Kenny Diaz Angel David HS, San Juan, P.R. P.R.
49 1483 Detroit Tigers Tyson Kendrick Tabor (Kan.) Kan.
49 1486 Texas Rangers Juan Gomes Miami Southridge HS Fla.
49 1488 San Francisco Giants Dan Pellegrino UC Riverside Calif.
50 1499 Kansas City Royals Joe Jackson Mauldin HS, Greenville, S.C. S.C.
50 1502 New York Mets Bobby Eveld Jesuit HS, Tampa Fla.
50 1506 Toronto Blue Jays Kelly Norris-Jones Lambrick Park SS, Victoria, B.C. British Columbia
50 1525 New York Yankees Matt Rice Western Kentucky Ky.
Rice doesn't do anything pretty, but he gets the job done at the plate and as a catcher. His biggest complicating factor is that he's a candidate to become Western Kentucky's first-ever Rhodes scholar. Rice has a spread-out righty stance and an uphill swing that may not work well with wood bats, but he hits line drives, has gap power and set a school record with a 31-game hitting streak in 2009. His long release detracts from his arm strength, though he threw out 30 percent of basestealers this year. His receiving skills are just decent, but at 6-foot-3 and 195 pounds he's more athletic than most catchers. The Rhodes Scholarship is probably the most prestigious in the world, granting college graduates the opportunity to study at Oxford University in England. It could drive Rice down in the draft, however.