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Round Overall Team Player Position School Bonus
1 4 Kansas City Royals Christian Colon SS Cal State Fullerton $2,750,000
As a junior at Anaheim's Canyon High, Colon played second base and formed a double-play combo with Grant Green, the 13th overall selection in last year 's draft by the Athletics out of Southern California. Colon was a 10th-round pick of the Padres 2007. Disappointed that he was not chosen earlier, he went off to play at Cal State Fullerton, where the 6-foot, 200-pounder has emerged as one of the nation's premier middle infielders. Colon was enjoying a brilliant summer in 2009 when he broke his leg when sliding in a game against Canada. Chosen as Team USA's captain, Colon still earned Summer College Player of the Year honors, but the injury seemed to contribute to a slow start to his 2010 season. A three-homer game against Washington in late March seemed to revive his bat, though, and his numbers were back in familiar territory. One of the nation's better hitters, Colon uses a distinct upper-cut in his swing, looking to lift and drive the ball. That approach is not typical for a smaller middle infielder, but Colon shows terrific bat speed as his barrel connects with the ball. He also is patient and makes consistent contact; despite his power approach, he's one of the toughest players to strike out in Division I thanks to excellent barrel awareness. He's a skilled hitter who hits behind runners, bunts and executes the hit-and-runs effectively. Defensively, Colon's range is limited, and his speed and arm are below-average for a shortstop. He does exhibit fluid and quick fielding actions and his playmaking ability is outstanding. His frame offers little room for projection, and offensively he can be streaky. For scouts who focus on what he can do, his tremendous hands and footwork, as well as his bat control, make him a future big league regular, best suited as an offensive second baseman.
1 14 Milwaukee Brewers Dylan Covey RHP Maranatha HS, Pasadena, Calif.
Covey first grabbed the attention of California scouts at a San Gabriel Valley underclassman showcase in Alhambra in the summer of 2008. A sophomore at the time, Covey unleashed a series of throws from right field that exhibited his terrific arm strength. Not surprisingly, several scouts asked Covey if he was a pitcher and asked when he would be throwing next. Since then, Covey has matured, grown into his frame and improved his conditioning. The results have been sensational. Covey made all the standard showcase appearances in the past year, with uniformly outstanding performances. Covey, solidly built at 6-foot-2, 200 pounds, hammers the strike zone with a 93-94 mph fastball that can touch 96. He adds a wicked 81-82 mph slider and has steadily developed his curve and changeup. Covey's arm works smoothly and his has solid mechanics, though he will need to fight a tendency to pull his lead shoulder open when tired. Resembling a younger, lighter version of Giants righthander Matt Cain, Covey profiles as a No. 2 or No. 3 starter with four average to plus offerings. A San Diego signee, Covey ranks a notch above the rest in a deep Southern California prep pitching class and figures to take a shorter path to the majors than his peers.
1 23 Florida Marlins Christian Yelich OF Westlake HS, Westlake Village, Calif. $1,700,000
Yelich first gained widespread scouting attention in the summer of 2008, when he put on an eye-opening batting practice display with wood bats at a Major League Scouting Bureau showcase at the Urban Youth Academy in Compton, Calif. Bryce Harper overshadowed Yelich that evening, driving several balls off the batter's eye or into the parking lot, but Yelics held his own and has produced other highlights since then, such as the long, opposite-field homer he hit in 2009 off Tyler Skaggs, an Angels supplemental first-rounder last year. Tall (6-foot-3), angular and projectable and possessing a sweet lefthanded swing, Yelich is far more athletic than the usual lumbering first-base prospect, with above-average speed. He consistently runs a 6.75-second 60-yard dash in showcase events, and shows both range and a nifty glove around the bag. That kind of athleticism usually signals a position change, but Yelich has a below-average throwing arm that limits him to first. A Miami recruit, Yelich does not project to have the profile power organizations prefer in a first baseman, but he should develop into an above-average hitter with fringe-average power, along the lines of a James Loney or Casey Kotchman.
1 24 San Francisco Giants Gary Brown OF Cal State Fullerton $1,450,000
Grades and stats can be dry and don't tell the full story about Brown, one of the most electrifying players seen in Southern California in years. The 6-foot, 180-pounder is one of the fastest players in the nation at any level of amateur play. An early-season game found him blazing down the line from the right side in 3.69 seconds on a bunt attempt. On two separate infield grounders, Brown got down to first base in 3.91 and 3.94 seconds, giving him 80 speed on the 20-80 scale. The rap on Brown since he failed to sign with the Athletics as a 12th-round pick out of high school in 2007 has been his hitting ability, or perceived lack thereof. After slow but steady improvement in his first two seasons, he has exploded as a junior, ranking among the national leaders with a .449 average in mid-May. Brown has shown interesting pop with a slugging percentage well over .700 as well, and he projects as an above-average hitter as a pro. Brown owes his turnaround to a better stance. He keeps his feet planted to maintain his foundation at the plate, then simply lets his exceptionally quick hands work to attack the ball. An aggressive hitter, the only drawback in Brown's offensive game is his miniscule number of walks and below-average home run power. In the field, Brown has found a home in center field after playing the outfield corners, second and third base in previous seasons. He sports an average arm, and his combination of speed and fly-chasing skills permit Brown to project as a plus defensive center fielder.
1s 34 Toronto Blue Jays Aaron Sanchez RHP Barstow (Calif.) HS $775,000
Sanchez has lured scouts to Barstow, stuck in the middle of the California desert halfway between Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Only one player--Royals righty Matt Mitchell, a 2007 14th-round pick--has been drafted out of Barstow in the last 20 years. Sanchez, an angular and projectable Oregon recruit, should change that. He first drew the attention of scouts (and comparisons to Orel Hershiser) during last summer's showcase season, when he starred in the Area Code Games and the Aflac game. Utilizing an easy, mid-three-quarters arm action, Sanchez flashes a 91-93 mph fastball and adds a crisp curve. Mechanically advanced, Sanchez uses his legs well in his pitching delivery, avoids flying his front shoulder open and finishes strongly while creating a decent downward plane. As he progresses, the 6-foot-3, 175-pounder will need to develop more movement on his fastball, which is now too straight. His command is negatively affected by variances in his arm slot, and Sanchez will need to add at least a pitch and potentially two to his current arsenal. Sanchez profiles as a No. 3 starter. He may take some time to reach the majors, but his tantalizing upside is difficult for any organization to ignore.
1s 43 Seattle Mariners Taijuan Walker RHP Yucaipa (Calif.) HS $800,000
The 6-foot-5, 200-pound Walker doubles as an elite basketball player, averaging 21 points and 15 rebounds per game as a forward last season. He has great leaping ability, and his dunks on the court have made him into a local folk hero. As a junior, Walker pitched little but did play shortstop next to Diamondbacks supplemental first-rounder Matt Davidson, a third baseman. Obviously uncomfortable and ill-suited for the infield, Walker has since concentrated on pitching. Walker was terrific in a stint for the Angels Elite scout team in the fall of 2009, but since then he has been more erratic. His outings in the early part of this season were rocky, probably due to the transition from basketball to baseball. In later starts, Walker would start strongly and then struggle as a game went on. When right, Walker fires a 91-93 mph fastball that can touch 95, and adds a slider and curve. His whippy three-quarters arm action can be free and easy on some occasions, restricted and stiff on others. Scouts agree that Walker, who hasn't committed to a college yet, is a long-range project as a pitcher, but his combination of sparkling athletic ability, raw stuff and imposing build may make Walker a gamble worth taking.
1s 47 Colorado Rockies Peter Tago RHP Dana Hills HS, Dana Point, Calif. $982,500
Tago epitomizes Southern California cool. Oblivious to outside distractions, he calmly ambles off the team bus decked out in a hooded sweatshirt and wraparound shades with his iPod earphones firmly in place. He also worries little about high school hitters, whom he routinely dominates. His lanky 6-foot-3, 180-pound frame is ideally projectable, and Tago delivers the ball with an easy, relaxed throwing motion that is almost poetic. Tago, who switched his college commitment from UCLA to Cal State Fullerton in May, fires a 91-93 mph fastball, and his arm action and build indicate more velocity in the future. His curve exhibits nice shape and two-plane movement, but Tago will need to tighten the spin on that pitch. He can better incorporate his lower half into his delivery and clean up his arm stroke as well. He'll also need to develop a third pitch, such as a changeup. An Aflac and Area Codes alumnus, Tago provides a near perfect model of a prep righthander with a huge upside: projectable frame, easy arm action, calm demeanor and electric stuff.
2 51 Washington Nationals Sammy Solis LHP San Diego $1,000,000
During the majority of his tenure at USD, Solis was overshadowed by the likes of Brian Matusz and Kyle Blair. His coming-out party in 2009 never materialized due to a herniated disc in his back, which prompted him to take a medical redshirt. However, Solis, an unsigned 18th-round pick out of an Arizona high school in 2007, has bounced back to go 8-1, 2.49 in 2010. Most observers expect a pitcher of his 6-foot-5, 228-pound size to be a flamethrower, but Solis is instead a canny command, movement and control pitcher. His fastball varies from 88-92 mph and has good life up in the zone. He adds a fine changeup that dives down and away from righthanded hitters; it's his best pitch. Solis can add or subtract speed with his curveball, varying it from 72-78 mph, and at times it too is an out pitch. As Solis leaves his back injury behind, he could gain velocity and durability due to improved conditioning. A devout Catholic with a penchant for public service, Solis' family owns an AIDS orphanage in South Africa. A healthy Solis profiles solidly in the middle of a big league rotation.
2 58 Houston Astros Vince Velasquez RHP Garey HS, Pomona, Calif. $655,830
Doctors diagnosed a stress fracture and a ligament strain in Vincent Velasquez's right elbow in January 2009, so his arm was placed in a cast for six weeks and he then went on a lengthy rehab program. He played shortstop and the outfield and even tried throwing lefthanded, but he didn't pitch last season. His first serious return to the mound was at MLB's preseason showcase in February, and he was the star of the event with a sensational one-inning stint. He fired a 93 mph fastball and added a wicked curveball and drop-dead changeup. The 6-foot-3, 180-pounder's outings during the spring were uneven, to put it mildly, and he was dreadful in an early season start in front of 40 scouts. Velasquez is a legitimate two-way player and could also serve as a switch-hitting infielder at Cal State Fullerton if he doesn't sign. While his actions and arm are impressive on the left side of the infield, his range, speed and bat are not early-round material. Velasquez exhibits a loose, angular and projectable build, a fluid delivery and tremendous stuff when he's on. To sign him away from Fullerton, however, scouts will need to be convinced that Velasquez has completely committed to pitching.
2 61 Toronto Blue Jays Griffin Murphy LHP Redlands (Calif.) East Valley HS $800,000
As the 2010 spring season opened, Murphy quickly established himself as the premier lefthander in the Southern California prep ranks, and he joins Dylan Covey in San Diego's recruiting class. Strong and durable, in both frame and pitching style Murphy resembles Angels lefty Joe Saunders. While not a flamethrower, Murphy likes to establish his 89-92 mph fastball early in a game and work his other pitches off of it. He shows an uncanny knack for manipulating his fastball--he can run it in, run it away, sink it or turn it over. Few lefties can succeed without a quality curveball, and Murphy has one. His sweeping, 75 mph bender exhibits fine shape and two-plane movement, but he needs to work the curve down in the strike zone more consistently. Mechanically solid, Murphy loads up well on his back hip and does a fine job of accelerating his arm at release. A fast worker, he may benefit from slowing his motion down a shade and by improving his leg drive. Murphy's size (6-foot-3, 195 pounds), stuff and pitching smarts could easily push him up into the first two rounds.
2 66 Tampa Bay Rays Jake Thompson RHP Long Beach State $555,000
Due to California high school transfer rules, Thompson did not pitch varsity baseball in his junior season at Wilson High, which is directly across the street from Blair Field, Long Beach State's home field. He graduated from Wilson a semester early to play for the Dirtbags. Thompson's college career has been a mixed bag, with bursts of brilliance interspersed with wildness and control problems. Relying heavily on his fastball, Thompson is an aggressive hurler who resembles, in frame and style, former big leaguer Troy Percival. His 92-94 mph fastball peaks at 95, and Thompson adds an excellent changeup which he mixes in sparingly. Thompson's primary weakness is his curveball, a pitch he short-arms and doesn't finish off cleanly. Scouts think that Thompson's results don't match his talent because of his unusual arm stroke, which will need to be cleaned up, and a weak delivery finish in which he circles away from the plate. He has the arm and raw stuff to be a mid-rotation starter, but he will more likely end up in the bullpen.
2 72 Texas Rangers Cody Buckel RHP Royal HS, Simi Valley, Calif. $590,000
Residing close to Hollywood, Buckel relishes a good dramatic flourish. He begins his pregame warm-up by standing on the grass between the mound and second base with the ball in his hand. He races up the backside of the mound, down the front, and fires the ball plateward. A fledgling singer and actor when he isn't striking out hitters, Buckel is undersized for a righthander at 6 feet, 170 pounds. He does flash a big man's fastball at 92-94 mph. Buckel mixes in an excellent array of secondary pitches, with a curveball, changeup and cutter. His pitching idol is Tim Lincecum, and while his stuff is not as electric as the Giants ace's, he still displays the potential for four average to plus deliveries. The primary concern is durability, as he usually loses 3-4 mph on his fastball as a game progresses. Committed to Pepperdine, Buckel projects as either a back-of-the-rotation starter or set-up man in professional baseball.
2 73 Florida Marlins Rob Rasmussen LHP UCLA $499,500
In his first collegiate start against UC Santa Barbara in 2008, Rasmussen got hit on the foot by a crackling line drive through the box. He continued to pitch, but later came out and discovered the foot was broken. That is the type of competitiveness scouts love in Rasmussen, a 5-foot-11, 170-pounder who was the only junior in UCLA's weekend rotation this year, behind sophomore flamethrowers Gerrit Cole and Trevor Bauer. Taken by the Dodgers in the 27th round of the 2007 draft, Rasmussen's draft stock for 2010 received an enormous boost with his 2009 summer performance, when he went 4-0, 1.80 in the Cape Cod League. He stumbled out of the gate in 2010 but rebounded to average 11.1 strikeouts per nine innings and a nearly 4-1 strikeout-walk ratio. Rasmussen's arsenal consists of four pitches: a 91-93 mph fastball, a slider, a changeup, and an old-fashioned, over-the-top, two-plane low-70s curve. His command difficulties can be traced to inconsistent mechanics and a tendency to rush his delivery. Despite his smaller frame, Rasmussen comfortably profiles as a back of the rotation starter or situational lefthander, where his breaking balls would be deadly.
2 82 New York Yankees Angelo Gumbs OF Torrance (Calif.) HS $750,000
Gumbs wears No. 21 in tribute to his idol, Roberto Clemente, and plays with the same energy and abandon, slashing at the ball, diving into bags, cutting loose with powerful throws and making spectacular plays in the field. Gumbs also hails from a school with a strong baseball legacy, and its major league alumni include the father-son tandem of Fred and Jason Kendall. Gumbs has spent most of his high school career at shortstop, but the 6-foot, 200-pounder's future is in the outfield. His tools are impressive but not overwhelming. His 60-yard dash times were in the 6.75-6.85-second range in showcases last summer, and he zips down the line in about 4.15 seconds from the right side of the plate. His windmill delivery produces strong throws, and he has often made breathtaking catches on the scout ball and showcase circuit. At bat, Gumbs has improved immensely over the past year, working under the tutelage of professional coaches at MLB's Urban Youth Academy in Compton, and he has terrific bat speed. He got off to a blazing start this spring, only to be slowed in late April by a sore right elbow and flu symptoms, which reduced him to DH duty. He has struggled with offspeed stuff and breaking pitches, and battles a tendency to pull off the ball. Gumbs has the ability to be an electrifying outfielder with five average to plus tools. He's just 17, and the club that drafts him will need to be patient as he develops, but Gumbs could provide an enormous payoff.
3 85 Baltimore Orioles Dan Klein RHP UCLA $499,900
An outstanding quarterback at Anaheim's famed Servite High, the 6-foot-3, 190-pound Klein turned down numerous college football scholarship offers to play baseball at UCLA. Selected by the Orioles in the 24th round of the 2007 draft, Klein struggled in his first season at UCLA in 2008 and then took a medical redshirt in 2009 due to shoulder problems, so he is a draft-eligible sophomore. Pitching exclusively as a closer in 2010, Klein has found his niche and was having a terrific season at 5-0, 2.23 with nine saves, with 46 strikeouts and seven walks in 40 innings. While Klein may not project as a closer in pro ball, he is perfectly suited to work as a set-up man. He relies on three effective pitches: a 91-93 mph fastball which he uses to run in on a hitters' hands; a changeup and a downer curveball, which hitters find difficult to read and time.
3 87 Cleveland Indians Tony Wolters SS Rancho Buena Vista HS, Vista, Calif. $1,350,000
Wolters, a San Diego recruit, was the MVP of the 2009 Aflac All-American game at Petco Park in San Diego, an impressive accomplishment considering the field was filled with elite prospects such as Jameson Taillon and Bryce Harper. Undersized (5-foot-10, 180 pounds) for any position on the field except the middle infield, Wolters almost certainly will shift to second base as a pro. He is a sensational defensive player, displaying remarkable playmaking ability, fluid actions and quick hands. Wolters has enough arm for shortstop, but his below-average speed and range make him a better fit on the right side of the infield. He's smart with strong leadership qualities and baseball instincts. Wolters' batting stance and hitting style are unique. He begins with the bat in a straight up and down posture, his hands placed near his right hip. His wide, spread-out stance in his lower half gives Wolters a bit of a Gateway Arch look. As a pitch approaches, Wolters moves his hands into a launch position and then lets the bat fly, using a pronounced sweeping upper-cut. At times, he appears to release his top hand off the bat a fraction too quickly, in effect swinging with one hand. While his swing and set-up are not traditional, it is hard to quibble with the results. He is a patient and savvy hitter, showing a knack for extending pitch counts as he waits for the ball he wants to attack. Wolters projects as an average to slightly above-average hitter with slightly below-average power.
3 88 Arizona Diamondbacks Robby Rowland RHP Cloverdale (Calif.) HS $395,000
When scouts use the term "projection righthander," Rowland is exactly the type of pitcher they're talking about with his body type, athleticism and bloodlines. At 6-foot-6, 210 pounds, Rowland looks the part of a young Josh Johnson. He is one of the top basketball players in California and could have accepted scholarships to small Division I programs as a shooting guard. Rowland's father Rich is a former big league catcher (Tigers and Red Sox from 1990-1995), and his older brother is a college catcher. As for his actual abilities, Rowland pitches with an 87-90 mph fastball and touches 92. He uses a split-finger fastball as his primary out pitch, with an inconsistent overhand curveball, a changeup and recently developed cutter/slider. Rowland has a loose, easy, quick arm stroke from an overhand slot. When he takes his time to get out over his front leg, he gets good tilt and late run and his curveball then shows as future average pitch. He has signed with Oregon.
3 94 Cincinnati Reds Devin Lohman SS Long Beach State $363,600
Following a Dirtbags shortstop lineage that has included Bobby Crosby, Troy Tulowitzki, Evan Longoria and Danny Espinosa, Lohman is an intriguing talent if not quite in that league. Blessed with above-average speed, Lohman, 6-foot-2 and 195 pounds, is an excellent athlete who could easily transition to less demanding defensive positions. His arm grades out to solid-average. He has worked hard to improve his defense and has a chance to stay at shortstop, though second base is his more likely home. At bat, Lohman has altered his approach in 2010 to use the whole field and focus on hitting line drives. His earlier attempts to be a lift and pull power hitter were ill-suited to his natural inclinations. The changes had paid off and Lohman was batting .415 at the end of the regular season, a difficult feat considering that Blair Field is possibly the best pitcher's park in college baseball. He blends an average arm and glove with above-average speed, and his advancement at bat should boost his draft stock in a year that's thin in college position players, particularly on the infield.
3 95 Chicago White Sox Addison Reed RHP San Diego State $358,200
As San Diego State's closer last year, Reed led the nation with 20 saves. He often entered games after a fellow named Strasburg had finished his work for the day. Hitters who were overjoyed to see Strasburg leave--and who thought they would have a party when Reed came in--were severely disappointed. In 2010, Reed has made a seamless transition as the Aztecs' Friday starter, going 8-1, 2.07 with 77 strikeouts and just 10 walks in 65 innings. Opponents were hitting .197 off the 6-foot-3, 215-pound Reed, who delivers a 91-92 mph fastball that can peak at 93-94. Reed does an excellent job of moving the pitch around the strike zone--in, out, up, down. He adds an effective two-plane curveball, which he can use to saw off either edge of the plate. One scout said of Reed, "He doesn't have the best stuff in the world, but he's having a good year and knows how to get guys out." As a pro, Reed will get a chance to start, but his bullpen experience will serve him well if he fails in that role.
3 100 Detroit Tigers Rob Brantly C UC Riverside $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.
3 106 St. Louis Cardinals Sam Tuivailala SS Aragon HS, San Mateo, Calif. $299,700
High school talents that pop up the summer after their junior year quickly gain a lot of attention. Tuivailala attended a small showcase in Sacramento last summer and started a lot of buzz when he hit 93 mph on the gun. He also showed bat speed and strength as a position player and is being considered by some scouts as a third baseman. At 6-foot-2, 185-pounds, Tuivailala has good size and strength and a projectable frame. He has long arms and legs and has athletic agility. His secondary stuff is evolving. His curveball is a tweener pitch that should be a slider from his three-quarters slot, and he lacks a third pitch. He sits in the 88-89 mph range, with movement. He lacks a lot of mound time and an organization that is strong in pitching development will value him most. Tuivailala joins Judge in Fresno State's recruiting class.
4 120 Cleveland Indians Kyle Blair RHP San Diego $580,000
Blair was one of the top high school pitching prospects for the 2007 draft, and the Dodgers took him in the fifth round but did not sign him. His first two seasons at San Diego included bursts of brilliance, nagging injuries (shoulder inflammation in 2009 caused him to miss six weeks) and some struggles. In 2010, Blair has finally delivered on his promise. Earlier in his college career, Blair fought a tendency to overthrow, which caused his front side to pull down and open, lessening his velocity and command. Having improved his mechanics, Blair has also rediscovered his power slider. No longer hesitant to challenge hitters inside, Blair pounds the strike zone with a low to mid-90s fastball, complemented by a slider with depth. He has also added an overhand curve and firm changeup. Blair delivered a sensational one-hit, 15-strikeout masterpiece against Portland in his first May start and was finishing strong. He has matured and improved his fastball control, though he's still lacking in command. A free spirit who has traveled the world and worked with Habitat for Humanity to build homes in Honduras, Blair could still be a No. 3 starter.
4 122 New York Mets Cory Vaughn OF San Diego State $240,300
Vaughn is the son of Greg Vaughn, the former major league slugger who hit 355 career home runs. The younger Vaughn first caught the attention of scouts at the 2006 Area Code Games, where he flashed a powerful arm and plus speed, in the 6.7-second range. Blessed with an Adonis body at 6-foot-3, 225 pounds, Corey got off to a blazing start in his freshman year at San Diego State, but since has been something of an underachiever. He often struggles with breaking pitches and stuff down and away, though he looked better late this spring and ran his numbers to .378/.454/.606 with nine homers. Vaughn shows hints of his terrific tools, with 15 steals in 16 tries, but his swing-and-miss tendencies hinder his raw power. He had 55 strikeouts in 188 at-bats this season and 180 in 592 at-bats for his career. Still, Vaughn does have an athletic big league frame, and his arm, speed and power, combined with his major league lineage, will no doubt prompt a team to take a chance.
4 125 Oakland Athletics Chad Lewis 3B Marina HS, Huntington Beach, Calif. $300,000
Lewis would never fool panelists in a "What's My Line?" contest. At 6-foot-3, 200 pounds, with California blond hair and a prototypical third baseman's build, Lewis is an obvious athlete, and is the premier hot corner prospect in Southern California in 2010. A fixture on the showcase scene, Lewis' best offseason performance came at a showcase in Jupiter, Fla., last October. On a humid and windy day, he blasted a long, wood-bat home run into an unforgiving crosswind. Pro third basemen must hit, and Lewis shows promise with the bat. He has a fluid swing and exciting bat speed, but still needs to correct some technical issues. Lewis struggles with breaking balls and offspeed pitches and needs to improve his pitch recognition. Defensively, Lewis shows playmaking ability and easy fielding actions. His arm is strong and accurate, though his range is a tad short. Like many young players, Lewis loses his concentration in the field and will make errors he shouldn't. Time and experience should solve that problem. Below-average speed is Lewis' only glaring weakness. He profiles as a textbook third baseman with an above-average glove and arm, and average power and hitting ability.
5 150 Cleveland Indians Cole Cook RHP Pepperdine $299,000
Cook's father (known by his stage name Peter MacKenzie) is an actor who has appeared in dozens of Hollywood productions, including the movies "Major League: Back to the Minors" and "It's Complicated" with Meryl Streep. A high school teammate of Twins prospect David Bromberg, Cook was a 36th-round pick of the Mariners in 2007 but did not sign. He missed his freshman season at Pepperdine in 2008 after a freak accident when he broke his wrist while helping to roll up the field tarp on a rainy day. After Pepperdine ace Brett Hunter signed with the A's in 2008, Cook assumed the Friday starter's role in 2009 and 2010 and has performed well, moving to Saturdays of late after the emergence of lefty Matt Bywater. Cook's rangy 6-foot-6, 200-pound frame and low three-quarters delivery are reminiscent of the Weaver brothers. He fires a 91-93 mph fastball, with a changeup and a slurvy 77-78 mph breaking ball. His change is a decent pitch, and scouts agree that his weakness is his curve. It shows sharp break at times, but Cook has trouble controlling it, due in part to his low arm slot. A rare college pitcher with significant projectability, Cook will need to sharpen his mechanics, command and secondary pitches to succeed in pro ball. If he does that, he fits comfortably as a mid- to back-of-the-rotation starter.
5 169 St. Louis Cardinals Nick Longmire OF Pacific $144,000
He hasn't had the best statistical year among Northern California's college players, but there is no doubt that Longmire has the best package of tools. He had a great freshman year, struggled a bit as a sophomore, but has had a solid junior season. Longmire was considered a fringe prospect coming out of high school in San Diego and many Division I programs passed on him because they had concerns about his swing, which is how he came to be at Pacific. He was one of the state's home run leaders his senior year in high school and currently grades out as having plus raw power. At 6-foot-2, 210 pounds, Longmire not only passes the tools test, but also the eye test. He can be graded out above-average across the board, except for his ability to hit for average. His body type is not quite the same, but he could be compared to Diamondbacks center fielder Chris Young in terms of what scouts can envision him doing at the major league level.
5 171 Philadelphia Phillies Scott Frazier RHP Upland (Calif.) HS
Scant attention was paid to Frazier until a scout game at Southern California last November. One of the last pitchers to throw that day, Frazier sent scouts scrambling to restart radar guns that had already been packed. He began the 2010 spring campaign with a flourish, firing an 18-strikeout no-hitter. Frazier's next outing drew 50 scouts, and he breezed through an impressive first inning by striking out the side. After that, the wheels came off and he was knocked out of the game. Frazier's inconsistency can be traced to his mechanics, which are decidedly funky. He uses a high leg kick, drops his arm down, around and behind his body before delivering the ball by jumping at the hitter. It's hard to repeat, and all the energy causes him to quickly run out of petrol. Still, there is a great deal to like about Frazier, whose build resembles Stephen Strasburg's. At his best, Frazier delivers a 93-94 mph fastball and adds a sharp curveball and promising changeup. While his mechanics will need to be cleaned up, Frazier has an ideal, projectable pitcher's frame at 6-foot-6, 200 pounds. He has a Pepperdine commitment.
5 174 Los Angeles Angels Jesus Valdez RHP Hueneme HS, Oxnard, Calif.
Righthander Jesus Valdez gained traction as an elite prospect last June, when he impressed at a showcase at the Urban Youth Academy in Compton. At 6-foot-3, 180 pounds, Valdez works quickly, is aggressive and loves challenging hitters while being the center of attention on the mound. His heavy fastball ranges from 91-93 mph with late life. He adds an excellent curveball, but he'll need to improve his changeup. Lanky and projectable, Valdez has a buggy-whip arm action, with some funkiness and an awkward restriction in the back of his arm stroke that raises injury concerns among scouts. Valdez will begin his pro career as a starter, but he may profile best as a high-energy reliever.
6 178 Baltimore Orioles Dixon Anderson RHP California
Dixon Anderson's attributes are quite obvious. At 6-foot-5, 225 pounds, Anderson looks like what scouts and scouting directors want to see on the mound. He is not only the right size, but his build is also streamlined and well proportioned, and he has the stuff as well. Anderson can get his fastball into the mid-90s and does it with pretty easy effort. As a redshirt freshman in 2009, Anderson got into 20 games and scouts noticed him. He then went out in summer ball and threw the ball well, with 56 strikeouts in 56 innings, while showing the same good fastball, and established himself as a prospect to be considered for the upper rounds of the draft. Anderson also has a curveball and a split-finger fastball but both are inconsistent at this point. He was a projection righthander out of high school and was not heavily recruited, so scouts don't have a long track record with him. It's likely that Anderson is still just scraping the surface of his potential, so a drafting team will need patience, even though he is a Pac-10 weekend starter.
6 179 Kansas City Royals Scott Alexander LHP Sonoma State (Calif.) $125,000
Graded on stuff and talent alone, Alexander would be a lock for the top three rounds of this draft. But a bumpy college track record with an uneven history of performance clouds his resume. The younger brother of former Marlins pitching prospect Stuart Alexander, he was a highly scouted pitcher out of high school in Santa Rosa, Calif. He started his college career at Pepperdine but left after his sophomore year and enrolled at Division II power Sonoma State. Despite a fastball that gets up to 93 mph and a decent changeup, the 6-foot-3, 210-pound Alexander struggled early on for the Seawolves. He improved as the year went along but still finished with a 3-6, 4.50 record. Alexander's command improved as the year went along, due in part to lowering his slot a bit and getting more movement on his pitches. He continues to need to work on his breaking ball, which is a slider.
6 180 Cleveland Indians Nick Bartolone SS Chabot (Calif.) JC $125,000
Bartolone, the MVP of the Golden Gate Conference this season, is the kind of player a true scout can fall in love with because he brings an intensity and energy to the game. He's a plus runner and a smooth fielder with excellent baseball instincts. The question is whether he'll hit enough. He's small (5-foot-10, 160 pounds) with an average arm and well below average power. His speed should help his batting average, but he profiles best as a utility player.
6 183 Houston Astros Adam Plutko RHP Glendora (Calif.) HS
Since his emergence as a top prospect two years ago, Plutko had bedeviled scouts with his inconsistent performances. He wavers from terrific to downright pedestrian, with a mid-80s fastball and bland secondary stuff. His best performance may have been at last year's Area Code Games, where he touched 93 mph and snapped off a fiendish curveball. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound Plutko has been effective but not overwhelming this spring, and his fastball has ranged from 87-91 mph, with a curve, changeup and slider. His secondary offerings are decent, but will require a substantial amount of refinement to reach major league average. His fastball is straight and strays up in the strike zone too often, and he'll need more movement to be effective against advanced hitters. On his best days, Plutko flashes the stuff of a premium pick, but those days don't happen quite often enough. He is committed to UCLA, and if he doesn't sign a pro contract, Plutko should become a weekend starter immediately and could move into the top two rounds in 2013.
6 194 Atlanta Braves Joey Terdoslavich 3B Long Beach State $125,000
Joey Terdoslavich began his college career at Miami, hitting .293 with five homers in 123 at-bats as a freshman. After a successful tour in the Alaska League, he transferred to Long Beach State, forcing him to sit out last season. The nephew of ex-big leaguer Mike Greenwell, Terdoslavich is a big-bodied third baseman at 6-foot-2, 200 pounds. He started slow but rebounded, and he was hitting .323/.378/.484 with seven home runs, impressive numbers for Long Beach's cavernous Blair Field. From both sides of the plate, Terdoslavich employs the modern power hitter's swing. He loads up with a hard uppercut and a high finish, looking to put backspin on the ball and drive it out of the yard. During batting practice, pitches ricocheting off of his bat make a distinct, loud ping. Long Beach State has used him at the hot corner, though his hands and actions are short for him to stay there as a pro. A move to first base is likely. His arm is decent but his speed is below-average.
6 204 Los Angeles Angels Brian Diemer RHP California $100,000
If he had been more signable and more consistent, California reliever Diemer likely would have been drafted in the top 10 rounds after his redshirt sophomore year in 2009. The 6-foot-5, 235-pound Diemer has all the attributes of a pitching prospect and on his best days compares with some of the top pitching prospects in the nation. His arm is loose, strong and works easily from a high three-quarters slot. He can touch 94 mph and work in the 89-92 range deep into games, at times showing average life. Diemer started 10 games during his sophomore year but moved to the bullpen this spring due to the inconsistency of his secondary pitches. He will flash some average sliders, splits and changeups, so he keeps scouts interested, particularly with his body, arm action and good fastball. Diemer tends to give up too many hits and walks without missing as many bats as his stuff suggests he could. Focusing on pitching off his fastball in pro ball will be a good thing for him, and he will be a good pick as the draft moves past the third round.
6 205 New York Yankees Gabe Encinas RHP St. Paul HS, Santa Fe Springs, Calif. $300,000
Between showcase events last summer and fall and the spring season, Encinas boosted his stock significantly by improving his conditioning and mechanics. At 6-foot-4 and 200 pounds, he now looks the part of the classic lanky and projectable high school righthander. His stuff didn't significantly improve, but he can maintain it deep into starts now. Encinas delivers a fastball that sits comfortably in the 90-92 mph range, and he shows a nice feel for mixing in a crisp curveball and changeup, which is probably the best changeup among Southern California prepsters. With smooth mechanics and an advanced feel for pitching, Encinas does an excellent job of mixing pitches, speeds and locations, and altering pitch sequences from at-bat at-bat. The large flock of scouts who started following Encinas this spring--particularly in games against top prospects Angelo Gumbs and Austin Wilson--did not seem to faze him. He profiles as a mid-rotation starter, and a future bump in velocity could even improve that outlook. He's committed to Loyola Marymount.
7 208 Baltimore Orioles Matt Bywater LHP Pepperdine $195,000
Pepperdine's Matt Bywater will benefit from the lack of lefties in this year's draft. He began the 2010 season in brilliant fashion by pitching a shutout at Cal State Fullerton, shutting down top prospects Gary Brown and Christian Colon in the process. He has continued to pitch well despite a lack of run support from the Pepperdine hitters and led the nation in shutouts while going 5-5, 2.29 overall. Calm and composed, Bywater works at a steady pace, keeps his emotions in control and has a businesslike demeanor on the mound. A poor man's Brian Matusz, Bywater uses pitching savvy to make up for what he lacks in velocity. He works his 88-89 mph fastball to either side of the plate, and he can get it to run, sink or dip. His curve and change seem to disappear from hitters' view at the last instant. He shows an advanced ability to mix his pitches, change speeds and locations and vary pitching patterns. Profiling as a mid- to back-of-the-rotation starter or situational lefty, Bywater could move quickly through a club's system.
7 214 San Diego Padres A.J. Vanegas RHP Redwood Christian HS, San Lorenzo, Calif.
Among a solid crop of Northern California high school righthanders, Vanegas is the top talent and the most pro-ready. Listed at 6-foot-2, 205 pounds, Vanegas has the type of build that can hold up immediately in pro ball while allowing him to pitch with his best stuff more often than not. With his clean arm action, good arm speed and stout frame, he's expected to get stronger and continue to add velocity. Vanegas pitches at 90-92 mph and can dial his fastball up to 94, with good life through the strike zone. He pitches with a high three-quarters arm slot, with smooth, short backside arm action. When his delivery is on, Vanegas spots the fastball to all quadrants of the zone and finishes his pitches well. His best secondary pitch is a mid-70s curveball that has tight spin, good bite and tilt. He also has a changeup. Vanegas was scouted heavily in the summer and fall ball because his high school team did not face very good competition. He has committed to Stanford, which will force teams to do their homework when gauging his signability.
7 215 Oakland Athletics Jordan Tripp OF Golden West (Calif.) JC $125,000
Conversely, the bat of outfielder Tripp, a transfer from Cal State Fullerton to Golden West JC who has impressive tools and a pro frame, has finally started to fulfill his promise at bat this year, hitting .364 with more walks than strikeout and good speed for a man his size (6-foot-4, 210 pounds). Still just 20, he may return to a D-I school if he does not sign.
7 217 Cincinnati Reds Tony Amezcua RHP Bellflower (Calif.) HS $120,000
Many of the top high school programs in the Southland have their usual quota of top prospects. Righthander Amezcua hails from Bellflower High, the same school that produced Phillies prospect Anthony Gose. Tall and rangy, Amezcua delivers a low 90s fastball to go with a firm changeup and mid-70s curveball. He's already 19 and could draw attention in rounds eight to 15.
7 221 Tampa Bay Rays Michael Lorenzen OF Fullerton (Calif.) Union HS
Lorenzen is a potential five-tool talent, and his 6-foot-3, 190-pound build and skills draw comparisons to Jake Marisnick, a third-round pick of the Blue Jays last year out of nearby Riverside Poly High. Tall and projectable, Lorenzen has a howitzer arm. Clocked at 93 off of the mound, his throws from right field approached 100 mph at a showcase last fall, albeit with a running start. A fine defender who fits at any of the three outfield spots, he routinely ran 60 yards in the 6.7-second range at showcase events. The primary concern regarding Lorenzen is his bat. Scouts have reservations about his quickness at the plate, and he has rarely impressed in games or BP when using a wood bat and facing tougher pitching. At this stage, Lorenzen is a mistake hitter, able to hammer pitches left out over the plate but unable to handle much of anything else with metal or wood. He shows enough promise, however, that he will get every opportunity to succeed as an outfielder in pro ball. If he emerges as a hitter, he has the other tools to be a big league star. Given Lorenzen's tremendous all-around talent, a switch to the mound would occur only as a last resort.
7 223 Detroit Tigers Corey Jones 2B Cal State Fullerton $115,000
The phalanx of scouts who descended on CS Fullerton this season to see Christian Colon and Gary Brown couldn't help noticing Jones, a 2B who enjoyed a breakout season driving both of them in. A left handed hitter, Jones has hit .378 with 9 home runs so far in 2010, and just as impressive is his .601 slugging percentage and .465 on-base percentage. In the fall of 2008, Jones suffered a badly broken leg which forced him to take a medical redshirt in 2009. He rebounded in the summer of 09, being named MVP of the Northwoods league. Jones is a decent defender with acceptable speed.
7 225 Minnesota Twins Matt Hauser RHP San Diego $45,000
A senior, Hauser shared USD's closing duties this year with Matt Thomson. Hauser posted a 4-3 mark with 8 saves and a 3.67 ERA. He is stingy with walks, allowing only 9 in 41 innings of work. Hauser tosses an 89-92 fastball, adds a nice slider and an excellent spilt fingered fastball which acts as his change. He profiles as a strike throwing set up man in pro ball.
7 227 Florida Marlins Mark Canha OF California $300,000
Canha has long been known to scouts in Northern California based not only on his talent but also his ability to produce, first emerging as a sophomore at Bellarmine College Prep, the alma mater of Pat Burrell, when he led the West Catholic Athletic League in home runs. That's no small feat as the WCAL is the top conference in Northern California and one of the top conferences in California. He is a strapping 6-foot-2, 205 pounds and has a good combination of athleticism, strength, skill, and tools. That combination, along with his history of performance, makes Canha one of the safest picks in this draft. He can drive the ball out of the ballpark from pole to pole, and his power to right field really stands out. He's a good bet to hit for average and run production, with a realistic expectation to produce average power. He throws and runs slightly above-average and can man either outfield corner spot, as well as first base, drawing comparisons to Michael Cuddyer.
8 236 Washington Nationals Matt Grace LHP UCLA $125,000
Bruins lefty Grace has done a terrific job out of the bullpen this year, with an 88-89 mph fastball and wicked low 80s curveball.
8 238 Baltimore Orioles Wynston Sawyer C Scripps Ranch HS, San Diego $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.
8 248 Chicago White Sox Joe Terry 2B Cerritos (Calif.) JC
The state's best junior-college position player prospect is Cerritos second baseman Terry, a Cal State Fullerton recruit and unsigned 17th round pick of the Mariners in 2009. As a freshman at at Long Beach Poly High in 2005, Terry was a teammate of DeSean Jackson, a two-sport standout who is now a star wide receiver with the Philadelphia Eagles. Terry is not as fast as Jackson--who is?--but while the rap on Jackson as a baseball player was that he couldn't hit, that's not a problem Terry faces. A lefthanded hitter, he displays an exceptionally quick bat and the ability to hit the ball hard to all fields. An above-average runner with 6.7 speed, Terry is an aggressive baserunner with a knack for stealing bases and taking the extra bag. Defensively, Terry's arm is comfortably suited for second base. His fielding is a bit unrefined, but with experience his glove grades out to big league average. Early in the 2010 season, Terry missed time with a shoulder injury but returned to action in the middle of April. A healthy Terry profiles as an athletic and speedy second baseman, with the ability to hit, create headaches on the bases and play adequate defense.
8 259 St. Louis Cardinals Daniel Bibona LHP UC Irvine $45,000
UC Irvine's Bibona didn't sign as the Cardinals' 16th-round pick last year and had another banner season for the Anteaters, going 9-2, 2.10 with a 100-15 strikeout-walk ratio in 90 innings. He's 30-6 the last three seasons overall. Bibona is not physically imposing at 6 feet, 170 pounds, and he doesn't have dominant stuff, but he has a strong track record of performance. Reminiscent of Tom Glavine in build and approach, Bibona throws his fastball at 86-89 mph, with excellent movement and command. He can run into trouble when he attempts to overthrow the fastball, and he doesn't have the raw velocity to challenge hitters up in the zone. He has a solid feel for his changeup, and some scouts believe his curveball is his best pitch. Bibona can take vary its speed, down to 74 mph or up near slider speed at 78-79. Bibona can eat away both corners of the plate with both his fastball and curve.
8 261 Philadelphia Phillies Stephen Malcolm SS San Joaquin Delta (Calif.) JC $125,000
Malcolm has a wiry body and a quick arm, and he has some athleticism--he's a capable college shortstop who played two ways at San Joaquin Delta. He's run his fastball up to 91 mph, but because of his small size (he's 5-foot-11) he projects as a reliever.
9 271 Arizona Diamondbacks Zach Walters SS San Diego $97,500
Big and physical at 6-foot-3, 195 pounds, Walters is a lefty-hitting shortstop with fine tools but not a great deal of power. He's also battled injuries this year, including a dislocated thumb. Six-foot-2, 200-pound Mike Ferraro is a lefty-hitting outfielder with an ideal frame, excellent speed and a strong arm. His bat (.342/.409/.467) came to life this year after nagging physical problems the past three seasons, including his time at Orange Coast JC.
9 284 Atlanta Braves David Rohm 1B Fresno JC $125,000
Fresno CC first baseman Rohm is a talented and versatile late-round prospect. He is a strong, polished young hitter with a bat that will profile at first base, third base or as a corner outfielder. His father David pitched for two seasons in the Toronto organization. He hit .503, third in the state, with 21 doubles in his first 36 games.
9 291 Philadelphia Phillies Brenton Allen OF Gahr HS, Cerritos, Calif.
Allen was a regular at local High School Showcase events during his tenure at Gahr High School. He was often overmatched by the elite pitching at those events, but he still flashes provocative tools. Athletically built at 6'2" and 205 pounds, Allen shows both speed and power with a decent arm to boot. Allen is a project as a hitter, but his raw ability is enticing.
10 297 Pittsburgh Pirates Zack Weiss RHP Northwood HS, Irvine, Calif.
Weiss has a mature body at 6-foot-1 and 200 pounds but is still working on his mechanics. He has a power arm, firing a fastball that touches 93 mph and sits 90-92 in the early portion of a game. His curveball has fine shape and sharp downward two-plane drop, but it finds the dirt more often than the strike zone. His changeup is the weak link in his arsenal and will need refinement. Weiss' command is affected by his inability to repeat his mechanics. He cuts himself off in his delivery and will throw around or across his body. While he does a fine job of finishing out over his front leg, Weiss' arm action needs to be looser and easier. His velocity tails off significantly as a game wears on. Right now he profiles as a short reliever or back-of-the-rotation starter, but he could improve his outlook significantly if he honors his commitment to UCLA. With the glut of righthanded pitching in this year's draft, he may head to school and wait for 2013, when he could easily move into the top two rounds.
10 306 Toronto Blue Jays Tyler Shreve RHP Phelps County HS, Redlands, Calif.
Last summer, Shreve was brilliant in several showcase events, including the Area Code games. Later in August, he seemed tired and worn out during a one inning stint at the Aflac game, and was visibly upset with himself when returning to the dugout. Just as the 2010 spring baseball season was about to begin, Shreve was dismissed from his high school team after a run-in with his coach. If Shreve is forgiven for his transgressions, the club drafting him will receive a premium talent. Shreve fires a 91-93 mph fastball and adds a hard 77 mph curve and fine 83-85 mph change. While questions about this character and makeup will always hound Shreve among baseball people, his talent is undeniable. His immediate future is probably as a college quarterback (he's signed with Utah), but it is possible that one club may draft Shreve and take a gamble on him
10 314 Atlanta Braves Matt Lewis RHP UC Davis $100,000
UC Davis has struggled since its NCAA regional appearance in 2008, but will produce a few prospects this year. Righthander Lewis created buzz in the fall of his draft-eligible sophomore year, when he was up to 93 mph at scout day. He never did show that good stuff in the spring, so he went undrafted last year. The return of occasional mid-90s heat could allow him to sneak into the top 10 rounds, and he picked up seven saves as the Aggies' closer. He is an ideal 6-foot-3, 220 pounds, and his secondary stuff is a work in progress.
10 320 Colorado Rockies Brett Tanos 2B Santa Ana (Calif.) JC $75,000
Tanos was a high school teammate of Josh Vitters, now a top prospect in the Cub organization and the 3rd overall pick in the 2007 draft. Tanos is a hyper, high energy player with a strong, mature frame. An infielder, he profiles best at 2B or 3B but defense is not his best attribute. Tanos has a quick bat which generates excellent bat speed. He takes a big cut and will fail to square up many pitches, but his 10 home runs, .638 slugging pct. and .427 obp in JC ball this year give a hint of his offensive potential.
10 321 Philadelphia Phillies Mario Hollands LHP UC Santa Barbara $125,000
Fellow lefty Hollands of UC Santa Barbara has better size at 6-foot-5, 205 pounds, and resembles, in both build and delivery, David Price of the Rays. Of course, his stuff is not as electric, but Hollands figures to have value as either a starter or lefthanded relief specialist. Drafted by the Twins last year as a redshirt sophomore in the 24th round, Hollands has nothing overpowering but shows a five-pitch assortment. He displays an 88-91 mph four-seam fastball, 83 mph two-seamer, curveball, slider and changeup. The knock on Hollands is that he's susceptible to a big innings, which are usually attributable to sudden mechanical breakdowns such as opening his front side too soon, dropping his arm slot and losing his leg drive.
10 322 Los Angeles Dodgers Bobby Coyle OF Fresno State $95,000
Even during his highly decorated high school career at Chatsworth High, Coyle spent time in the shadow of teammates Matt Dominguez and Mike Moustakas, both first-round picks in 2007. Due to signability concerns, he slipped to the 19th round (Indians) that year and attended Arizona. Coyle transferred to Fresno State last fall and had a solid year for the Bulldogs after getting a waiver from the NCAA that allowed him to play without sitting out a year. At 6-foot-1, 215 pounds, Coyle has an attractive left/left profile. His stats (.344/.366/.545, 10 homers) do not reflect it, but he has average power. He has good pitch recognition skills, which means he has a chance to be a high on-base percentage hitter, but needs to exercise more patience and plate discipline, which is also reflected in his stats (nine walks). He is not a burner, but an above-average runner and projects as an average left fielder.
11 330 Cleveland Indians Hunter Jones OF Lakewood (Calif.) HS $225,000
Third baseman Jones is the son of Tracy Jones, a former big leaguer selected in the first round of the 1983 draft by the Reds out of Loyola Marymount. Like his dad, Hunter is a multi-tool talent and is committed to Loyola Marymount. With an athletic 6-foot-2, 195-pound frame, Jones has a powerful arm and well-above-average speed--4.0 to 4.10 seconds from the right side of the plate to first base with a clean start. His hands and actions aren't quite smooth enough for the hot corner, but a future move to the outfield should suit him well. Concerns about Jones' bat will move him down in the draft. He has bat speed but often drags the barrel through the zone, resulting in weakly hit balls toward the right side of the diamond. If his bat comes around, Jones could be a first-round candidate in 2013.
11 334 San Diego Padres B.J. Guinn SS California
Based on pure athleticism, Guinn rates as one of the top two or three players in Northern California this year. He was a 10th-round pick of the White Sox out of high school and almost certainly has improved his draft position three years later. Northern California scouts knew about Guinn even before he was in high school, as his father, Brian Sr., is a former professional player and local youth baseball coach. A switch-hitter with plus-plus speed and fluid, graceful actions, the 6-foot-1, 165-pound Guinn can make the game look easy at times. He started out at shortstop but moved to second base this season and looks like a natural there. If a team believes his bat will play, he could go earlier than expected. Guinn is a contact, line-drive hitter with occasional extra-base pop and has cut down on his strikeout percentage this year, which will stand out to scouts that like him. Those who believe in his bat can envision a Delino DeShields comparison.
11 345 Minnesota Twins Tyler Kuresa 1B Oakmont HS, Roseville, Calif.
Elite first basemen affect big league games with power bats as well as strong glovework, while players like James Loney and Casey Kotchman are impact defensive players but average offensive players because they do not provide the power expected in the first-base profile. Kuresa falls into the Loney/Kotchman category, or perhaps an Ike Davis type if he adds power. At 6-foot-4, 190-pounds, Kuresa is a lanky, athletically built player with plenty of projection left. He has a smooth lefthanded stroke and can occasionally drive the ball to the pull side, but does not project to have plus future power. Defensively he moves around the bag well, has soft hands and plays with passion in the field. His arm is an asset at the position as well. If all goes well, look for him to develop into a player similar to Loney or Kotchman, or at least Travis Ishikawa of the Giants. Kuresa has committed to Oregon.
11 351 Philadelphia Phillies Garett Claypool RHP UCLA
Drafted last year by the A's, righthander Claypool has been one of the best midweek starters in the nation for pitching-rich UCLA. Claypool has sharpened his command and bumped his velocity up into the low 90s.
11 352 Los Angeles Dodgers Joc Pederson OF Palo Alto (Calif.) HS $600,000
A young athlete with professional bloodlines, present tools and a football approach to the game, Pederson is a favorite among Northern California scouts. See him on the right day and you are seeing a borderline five-tool high school prospect, though the ceiling is basically average across the board. Pederson hits and throws lefthanded, has an average arm, above-average range, runs a bit above-average down the line, has plenty of bat speed, and at times shows projectable average raw power. He tends to tinker a lot with his swing and approach, which gets in the way of him just going out and trusting his tools. Pederson was a talented high school football player and brings that type of toughness to the ball field, and if he were from the Midwest or Northeast he might be even higher on draft lists because as a multi-sport athlete he would be seen as having tremendous baseball upside. Just because he lives in California doesn't mean the same projection shouldn't apply. He has committed to Southern California, where his father Stu also played before moving onto the professional level.
11 354 Los Angeles Angels Jake Rodriguez SS Elk Grove (Calif.) HS
Jake Rodriguez made the most of his opportunities with wood bats. Stoutly built at 5-foot-8, 190 pounds, Rodriguez has played up the middle and at third base and has even pitched, but has now settled in at catcher. He has an above-average arm, a strong baseball IQ and he can hit. His strong, compact swing drives the ball with power to all fields. He is not the prettiest guy in a uniform and physical projection is not on his side, but he can hit and as a high school catcher, his bat matters even more. Rodriguez has signed with Oregon State.
12 357 Pittsburgh Pirates Vince Payne RHP Cypress (Calif.) JC
12 365 Oakland Athletics Matt Thomson RHP San Diego
Thomson has enjoyed an excellent season coming out of the bullpen, striking out 56 in 41 innings. While his fastball is not blazing at 89 mph, he moves it around the zone and throws strikes.
12 370 Chicago Cubs Austin Reed RHP Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) HS $150,000
Younger brother of San Diego State ace Addison Reed, Reed is a tall and physical righty who has battled mechanical and command issues all spring. Reed's fastball sits in the high 80s and can peak at 90-91. He's also committed to the Aztecs.
12 379 St. Louis Cardinals Austin Wilson OF Harvard-Westlake HS, Los Angeles
In the summer after his freshman year at Harvard-Westlake, Wilson was invited to the Southern California preliminary Area Code tryouts at Orange Coast JC. At that tender age Wilson carried a bit of baby fat, and while he did not make the final roster (freshmen rarely do) he displayed a provocative arm and 7.15-second speed in the 60-yard dash. Since then, Wilson has developed into the finest right-field prospect the Southern California region has seen since 2007, when Mike Stanton, the current Marlins phenom, came out of another Sherman Oaks private school (Notre Dame). Sporting a chiseled pro corner outfielder's frame, Wilson displays a throwing arm that conservatively grades out to a 70 on the 20-80 scouting scale. He has lowered his 60 times to around 6.78 seconds, outstanding for a player of his 6-foot-4, 210-pound size. A stress fracture in his lower back, since healed, prevented him from touring the showcase circuit last fall. Before that setback, Wilson put on some of the more impressive wood-bat batting-practice sessions local scouts have seen in years. As one example, in the fall of 2008 at JC of the Canyons in Valencia, Wilson blasted about 20 balls out of the yard, leaving jaws dropping all over the ballpark. The main on-field reservation scouts have regarding Wilson is how his bat will play in games. He struggles with pitch recognition, needs to be more patient, has difficulty with balls down in the zone and will need to avoid committing his front side too soon. Much has been made of Wilson's background. Both of his parents hold advanced degrees from prestigious universities, and he has a Stanford commitment. He is perhaps the draft's most fascinating wild card. He has no adviser heading into the draft and scouts were having difficulty gauging his signability.
12 383 Boston Red Sox Garrett Rau RHP California Baptist
13 395 Oakland Athletics A.J. Griffin RHP San Diego
San Diego's Sunday starter, senior Griffin is a mature righthander with a fastball that ranges from the high 80s to low 90s. He has a tendency to elevate the pitch and giving up home runs but has had an excellent career, going 14-6 the last two seasons after racking up 25 saves his first two years. He also has a good changeup and throws two breaking balls.
13 396 Toronto Blue Jays Tyler Painton LHP Centennial HS, Bakersfield, Calif.
13 402 Seattle Mariners Jason Markovitz LHP Long Beach State
13 409 St. Louis Cardinals Colin Walsh 2B Stanford
14 422 New York Mets J.B. Brown 2B Pacific
Pacific's Brown can hit; he batted .378 and .390 the last two seasons despite drawing just 20 walks in more than 430 plate appearances, and he has looked like a good hitter since his appearance at the Area Code Games back in 2006. At 6-foot-1, 215 pounds, Brown is a strong, physical lefthanded hitter and has the bat speed to continue to hit as a pro. His power is to the gaps. If he stays at second base his bat profiles well.
14 424 San Diego Padres Tommy Medica C Santa Clara
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.
14 427 Cincinnati Reds Dan Wolford RHP California
14 429 Milwaukee Brewers Mike Walker 3B Pacific
Finding a talented senior with tools that profile well in the pro game is a valuable thing to a scout. Pacific third baseman Walker fits that description, as an athletic 6-foot-4, 215-pounder who can play the infield corners and possibly catch in pro ball. He has strength, fringe-average power, runs well and gets on base.
14 432 Seattle Mariners Tyler Linehan LHP Sheldon HS, Sacramento
Lefthander Linehan is yet another Fresno State signee who will get draft consideration. Scouts don't like his stocky build, but he is competitive and has good stuff. Linehan pitches with an overhand slot, has a fastball in the upper 80s and can really spin a big overhand curveball.
14 439 St. Louis Cardinals Cesar Aguilar RHP Miller HS, Fontana, Calif.
14 440 Colorado Rockies Taylor Reid RHP St. Mary's
15 448 Baltimore Orioles Joe Oliveira C Pacific
15 452 New York Mets Tillman Pugh OF Sonoma State (Calif.)
Sonoma State outfielder Pugh transferred from Arizona State but got sidelined by academic issues this spring. He is a plus-plus runner with some power, and he is still unrefined in a way that suggests he still has a significant ceiling left to reach.
15 458 Chicago White Sox Sean O'Connell C Chatsworth (Calif.) HS
15 467 Florida Marlins Ryan Fisher OF UC Irvine
15 469 St. Louis Cardinals Geoff Klein C Santa Clara
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 C La Costa Canyon HS, Carlsbad, 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.
16 478 Baltimore Orioles Brandon King OF Fresno (Calif.) JC
16 484 San Diego Padres Conor Hofmann OF St. Augustine HS, San Diego
16 491 Tampa Bay Rays Nate Garcia RHP Santa Clara
It was somewhat surprising that no one signed Santa Clara righthander Garcia as a junior. He has been a weekend starter most of his college career, and scouts respect his bulldog attitude on the mound. He profiles as a reliever with his 87-90 mph fastball and feel for a big overhand curveball.
17 510 Cleveland Indians Aaron Siliga OF Oceanside (Calif.) HS
Outfielder Siliga is threatening to eclipse the hitting records set at Oceanside High by Matt Cerda, a fourth-round pick of the Cubs in 2008. Similar to Cerda, Siliga is a compact and powerfully built lefthanded hitter who possesses bat speed and power. Siliga first came to the attention of scouts and recruiters with a terrific wood-bat BP session prior to a scout ball game in Orange County last fall. Considered signable, Siliga will probably attend Palomar JC if he goes to school.
17 517 Cincinnati Reds Brent Peterson SS Liberty HS, Bakersfield, Calif.
17 521 Tampa Bay Rays Cody Anderson RHP Feather River (Calif.) JC
Andersen has a great pro frame at 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds, so he looks the part. He also plays football. He's a switch-hitter with some strength, but he doesn't have a clearly defined position. He has also expressed interest in going on a Mormon mission, so teams might hold off on signing him.
17 524 Atlanta Braves Stefan Sabol C Aliso Niguel HS, Aliso Viejo, 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.
17 525 Minnesota Twins Devin Grigg RHP Cal State East Bay
18 538 Baltimore Orioles Sebastian Vader RHP San Marcos (Calif.) HS $150,000
18 561 Philadelphia Phillies Jeff Cusick 1B UC Irvine
18 563 Boston Red Sox Dallas Chadwick RHP Shasta HS, Redding, Calif.
19 576 Toronto Blue Jays Travis Garrett RHP Cypress (Calif.) JC $100,000
Cypress JC has its own power arm in Garrett, a 5-foot-11 dynamo who has dabbled in relief this season. A bit raw and unrefined, he has touched 93-94 mph with his fastball and struck out 34 in 32 innings.
19 578 Chicago White Sox Doug Murray RHP San Francisco
San Francisco has more draft-eligible prospects than any other NorCal college team. Righthander Murray is one of the more interesting college senior pitching prospects. He is highly competitive with tremendous baseball makeup and has won 17 games in his two seasons since transferring from junior college. Murray pitches from a low three-quarters slot and is a strike-throwing, groundball machine, with a mid- to upper 80s fastball and late-biting slider. He is 6-foot-2, 195 pounds and pounds the strike zone, having walked just 29 in 186 Division I innings.
19 582 Seattle Mariners Frankie Christian OF Upland (Calif.) HS
19 584 Atlanta Braves Tyler Hess RHP Sonoma State (Calif.)
19 593 Boston Red Sox Eric Jaffe RHP Bishop O'Dowd HS, Oakland
Jaffe stands out as the most likely Northern California high school player to be drafted. His size and present stuff immediately get attention. For the sake of comparison, it can be said that he is similar to Matt Hobgood, a first-round pick of the Orioles last year. Like Hobgood, Jaffe is a big-bodied righthander (6-foot-3, 230 pounds) with two plus present pitches. Also like Hobgood, Jaffe is an accomplished high school hitter with plus raw power, not to mention soft hands around the first-base bag. He likes to swing the bat and that could complicate his signability, because Jaffe likely will get the chance to hit if he attends California. However, it is his combination of a fastball that reaches up to 95 and a wipeout power curveball that has scouts preferring him on the mound. He has also added a split-finger fastball. Jaffe has displayed some command issues in the past but is a good athlete, and the more time he spends on the mound, the better the command will be.
20 598 Baltimore Orioles Matt Drummond LHP UCLA
20 601 Arizona Diamondbacks Michael Hur OF UC Riverside
Hur signed for a $1,000 bonus on June 11, but the Diamondbacks later voided his contract.
20 606 Toronto Blue Jays Art Charles LHP Bakersfield (Calif.) JC
20 617 Florida Marlins Alfredo Lopez SS Compton (Calif.) JC
20 625 New York Yankees Mike Ferraro OF San Diego
Six-foot-2, 200-pound Ferraro is a lefty-hitting outfielder with an ideal frame, excellent speed and a strong arm. His bat (.342/.409/.467) came to life this year after nagging physical problems the past three seasons, including his time at Orange Coast JC.
21 643 Detroit Tigers James Meador 1B San Diego
Senior outfielder Meador returned to USD after last year's draft. A compact righthanded hitter with pop in his bat, Meador is a bit unpolished as a defender but has a track record for hitting--he's batted at least .374 each of the last three seasons.
21 648 San Francisco Giants Zach Arneson RHP Cal State Bakersfield
21 650 Colorado Rockies Chris Giovinazzo OF UCLA
22 671 Tampa Bay Rays Matt Koch C Loyola Marymount
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.
22 672 Seattle Mariners Steve Landazuri RHP Carter HS, Rialto, Calif.
22 673 Detroit Tigers Jake Hernandez C Los Osos HS, Rancho Cucamonga, 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.
22 679 St. Louis Cardinals Steve Ramos OF Ohlone (Calif.) JC
22 684 Los Angeles Angels Francis Larson C UC Irvine
22 685 New York Yankees Trevor Johnson LHP JC of the Desert (Calif.)
23 691 Arizona Diamondbacks Roberto Padilla LHP Ohlone (Calif.) JC
Early in the spring, Ohlone lefthander Padilla was creating a lot of buzz off a good freshman season and the development of his fastball velocity and usable breaking ball. Padilla also finished well, beating El Camino JC in the opener of the state's final four championship round. He has a chance to be a complete lefthander, with a nice repertoire and projectable frame. His fastball has been up to 91 mph but his stuff fell off this spring, most often in the 85-88 mph range. His changeup projects as an above-average pitch at times, though it can be too firm. His curveball now projects as an average pitch. He has a short backside arm action that can be tough to pick up, and when spotting his fastball he is effective with the fastball/changeup combination. He has signed with San Jose State, where former Ohlone coach Tom Kunis is the pitching coach.
23 703 Detroit Tigers Dominic Ficociello SS Fullerton (Calif.) Union HS
Ficociello got off to a slow start to the showcase circuit last summer before breaking out with a five-hit performance during the Area Code Games in Long Beach. He drew more attention with a long, wood-bat home run off a 90 mph Cody Buckel fastball in the Jesse Flores Memorial All-Star game in November at Dedeaux Field in Los Angeles. A switch-hitter, Ficociello has a level swing from the right side, producing more of a line-drive effect, and a sweeping uppercut from the left, producing more fly-ball power. He does an excellent job of accelerating the bat head at contact, giving him unusual power for a 6-foot-3, 170-pounder. Ficociello has experienced an uneven 2010 season overall, though. He began in blazing fashion, belting four homers in his club's first six games before being suspended for venturing too far out of his dugout to celebrate a teammate's home run. He slumped badly afterward but rebounded in April with an enormous home run during a Lions Tournament game. He has intriguing raw power and offensive potential, which comes in handy considering his below-average speed (7.2 seconds over 60 yards) will prompt a move to third base as a pro. Defensively, Ficociello has an average arm and admirable fielding skills. He frustrates scouts with his lack of concentration in the field, which causes him to make silly errors that could be easily eliminated. However, they may be willing to put up with it because Ficociello's bat has the potential of becoming extraordinary. One observer noted his 400-foot smash at the Flores game and wondered, "When he is 25 years old and 20 pounds heavier, where would that ball have gone?"
24 720 Cleveland Indians Andrew Triggs RHP Southern California
Righthander Triggs needed Tommy John surgery as a prep senior and missed the 2008 season, but he rebounded nicely in 2009 by posting a 5-3, 3.96 mark for Southern California. After a solid summer in the New England Collegiate League last year, Triggs had a strong fall and was poised for a breakout season. Instead, he got off to a brutal start in 2010, causing his draft stock to plummet. He eventually regained his spot as USC's Friday night starter and finished the season 2-7, 3.95 with 62 strikeouts and 21 walks in 71 innings, numbers not terribly different than his sophomore season. Triggs' repertoire includes a 90-92 mph four-seam fastball that can touch 94, a changeup, curveball and slider. His most effective pitch is his mid- to high-80s two-seam fastball, which starts above a hitter's hands and suddenly drops down and under his swing. He gave up just five home runs in 145 college innings. Triggs' 6-foot-3, 210-pound build and stuff permit him to fit any one of three roles as a pro: mid-rotation starter, closer or most likely, a set-up reliever.
24 722 New York Mets Erik Goeddel RHP UCLA $350,000
Goeddel is the first player from this year's draft known to have signed for more than MLB's slot recommendation. A blue-chip prospect in high school, he needed about 24 months to recover from Tommy John surgery during his senior year at Bellarmine Prep in San Jose. He threw eight innings as a redshirt freshman in 2009, then went 2-0, 3.12 with 58 strikeouts and 23 walks in 49 innings of relief this spring, emerging as a key piece of UCLA's stellar bullpen. He came on especially strong down the stretch, catching scouts' attention in regionals and sitting in the mid-90s with a wicked 86-mph slider in the College World Series.
24 725 Oakland Athletics Ryan Lipkin C San Francisco
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.
24 731 Tampa Bay Rays Daniel Poncedeleon RHP La Mirada (Calif.) HS
24 732 Seattle Mariners Ben Whitmore LHP Concordia (Calif.)
24 735 Minnesota Twins Michael Quesada C Sierra (Calif.) JC
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.
24 740 Colorado Rockies Christian Bergman RHP UC Irvine
24 741 Philadelphia Phillies Chad Thompson RHP Orange Coast (Calif.) JC
24 744 Los Angeles Angels Jesus Campos SS Cal State Los Angeles
25 746 Washington Nationals Christian Meza LHP Santa Ana (Calif.) JC
25 752 New York Mets Peter Birdwell RHP Vanguard (Calif.)
25 756 Toronto Blue Jays Brando Tessar RHP Chaminade College Prep, West Hills, Calif.
Brando Tessar of Chaminade Prep is a showcase regular with fine speed, clocking around 6.72 seconds in the 60. A multi-position player, his best spot may be in the outfield but his bat will need to improve. He and righthander Jimmy Sherfy are headed to Oregon.
25 757 Cincinnati Reds Daniel Renken RHP Cal State Fullerton
For three years, righthander Renken has been a mainstay in Cal State Fullerton's weekend rotation. Early struggles this season got him bumped out of his usual Friday starter role by sophomore Noe Ramirez, but Renken settled into the Saturday starter's job and performed well. He was 10-2, 3.96 in 86 innings heading into regionals. No one would call Renken's delivery a work of art. His motion is funky, with an elaborate backswing in which he wraps the ball well behind his back leg. Renken then jumps at the hitter, appearing to decelerate his arm and push the ball toward the plate. While not overpowering, Renken gets good movement on his pitchers and has good secondary stuff, making him effective when his command is right. His fastball sits at 88-89 mph and can touch 91 with decent sink. His slider is a nice pitch with late break, but his best offering is his changeup, which drops suddenly and is hard for the hitter to recognize. He'll throw it to any hitter in any count. Renken has a tall and lean pitcher's frame and profiles as a back-of-the-rotation starter.
25 762 Seattle Mariners Ernesto Zaragoza RHP Kaiser HS, Fontana, Calif.
25 768 San Francisco Giants Brett Krill OF UCLA
Krill possesses a big league corner outfielder's frame at 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds. For a big man, he runs well and has a decent arm, but his bat rarely fulfilled its promise in previous seasons, as he didn't even homer and got just 38 at-bats in his first two years at Westwood. He made noticeable strides at bat in 2010. In a game against Southern California, Krill blasted a mammoth home run that cleared both the center-field fence and the tall hitting backdrop at UCLA's ballpark. For some scouts, Krill is still a tease, as he was batting just .297/.359/.480 with six homers this season. His intriguing package of size and tools gives him a shot at a single-digit round, though.
25 775 New York Yankees Casey Stevenson 2B UC Irvine
26 784 San Diego Padres Cory Hahn OF Mater Dei HS, Santa Ana, Calif.
26 788 Chicago White Sox Kevin Rath LHP Cal State Fullerton
26 790 Chicago Cubs Danny Muno SS Fresno State
Fresno State middle infielder Muno, the younger brother of San Diego infielder Kevin Muno, was the leadoff man and shortstop for the Bulldogs' surprise 2008 College World Series championship team as a freshman. Muno is a very good baseball player with athletic ability, the type of player who plays above his tools. Offensively he profiles best as a two-hole or even leadoff hitter with his good plate discipline and ability to steal some bags. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound Muno is a switch-hitter with well-below-average home run power, but he'll get his fair share of doubles and an occasional triple while profiling as an average hitter thanks to good plate discipline. At Fresno, he had a sterling 160-108 walk-strikeout ratio. Defensively, he is capable of playing either spot up the middle and will be at least an average defender. In some respects he compares with Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts.
26 796 Texas Rangers Chase Johnson RHP Fallbrook (Calif.) HS
26 799 St. Louis Cardinals Victor Sanchez 1B San Diego
Sanchez looked like a potential first-rounder as a freshman, but injuries (particularly to his shoulder) and inconsistency have plagued him in the past two seasons. While he frequently plays DH or first base instead of third, Sanchez has power in his sweet swing, and a club may take a gamble on him as the Cubs did in 2007 in the 25th round.
26 805 New York Yankees R.J. Hively RHP Santa Ana (Calif.) JC
Santa Ana JC has produced many fine players, among them Braves pitching star Kris Medlen. Rigthander Hively, a tall and rangy righthander, may follow in that tradition. He smoothly delivers a 88-89 mph fastball from a frame that promises more velocity in the future.
27 807 Pittsburgh Pirates Kevin Kleis RHP Grossmont (Calif.) JC
27 811 Arizona Diamondbacks Niko Gallego 2B UCLA
27 818 Chicago White Sox Pete Gehle LHP Azusa Pacific (Calif.)
27 825 Minnesota Twins Brandon Henderson OF Fresno JC
27 827 Florida Marlins Brandon Cunniff RHP Cal State San Bernardino
27 835 New York Yankees Martin Viramontes RHP Loyola Marymount
Loyola Marymount rigthander Martin Viramontes is an imposing physical specimen whose results have yet to equal his ability. His power fastball sits at 92-94 mph and often peaks at 95-96, and he adds a curveball and changeup with splitter action. Both of those offerings have potential, but Viramontes throws only about 20 percent of his curves for a strikes. He has never performed at a consistent level, with his career interrupted by an elbow injury in 2009 that forced him to take a medical redshirt after pitching six innings. Viramontes went 4-7, 7.53 this season and gave up 39 extra-base hits (including eight home runs) in 72 innings. Most of his struggles can be traced to mechanical issues. He can't find a consistent arm slot, affecting both the command and velocity of his pitches. He's advised by Boras Corp. and could be a tough sign. Viramontes could easily evolve into a closer, particularly if he solves his command issues.
28 845 Oakland Athletics Ryan Pineda 2B Cal State Northridge
The Big West's home run leader for much of the year was Cal State Fullerton's Christian Colon, but late in the year Cal State Northridge second baseman Pineda passed him. Pineda has offensive instincts, an aggressive swing and an aggressive approach at the plate. He stole 24 bases as a senior but is an average runner.
28 850 Chicago Cubs Joe Zeller RHP The Master's (Calif.)
28 851 Tampa Bay Rays Julio Espinoza SS Rialto (Calif.) HS
28 854 Atlanta Braves Kyle Mertins RHP Cal State Fullerton
28 856 Texas Rangers John Kukuruda RHP East Nicolaus HS, Nicolaus, Calif.
28 864 Los Angeles Angels Tim Helton C Upland (Calif.) HS
29 866 Washington Nationals Rick Hughes OF Marin (Calif.) JC
29 867 Pittsburgh Pirates Garret Levsen RHP Sonora HS, La Habra, Calif.
29 871 Arizona Diamondbacks Jake Floethe RHP Cal State Fullerton
29 873 Houston Astros Broughan Jantz OF Nevada Union HS, Nevada City, Calif.
29 874 San Diego Padres Mykal Stokes OF Orange Coast (Calif.) JC
Drafted out of Tustin High School by the Yankees, Orange Coast JC's Mykal Stokes has been viewed as a disappointment by most scouts. He has an ideal frame, a good arm and fine speed,but he has just never produced with the bat.
29 876 Toronto Blue Jays Jonathan Jones OF Long Beach State
30 899 Kansas City Royals Chad Blauer RHP Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.)
30 903 Houston Astros Kellen Kiilsgaard OF Stanford
Stanford outfielder Kiilsgaard had a good sophomore year (.313/.411/.527, 9 HR, 46 RBI) but slumped early and was benched this spring after going 4-for-24. Kiilsgaard is a big, physical lefthanded hitter with home run power and a chance to be an average left fielder. An organization will look to buy low on him.
30 908 Chicago White Sox Kylin Turnbull LHP Santa Barbara (Calif.) JC
30 912 Seattle Mariners Derek Poppert SS San Francisco
Senior Poppert, a shortstop, was a 28th-round pick by the Reds last year but came back to school to work on his defense and improve his draft stock. Poppert is a good athlete, with size, strength and ability. He has a chance to hit for average and has gap power. His defense has improved and he will have a chance to stay in the middle of the diamond.
31 928 Baltimore Orioles Adam Gaylord 3B Stanford
31 932 New York Mets Steve Winnick RHP Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.)
31 935 Oakland Athletics Aaron Judge 1B Linden (Calif.) HS
Six-foot-7, 225-pound Judge is reminiscent of former Astros flamethrower J.R. Richard. One look at Judge and his delivery is enough to hook most scouts, with the feeling they're looking at a future big leaguer. He pounds the bottom of the strike zone with tremendous tilt. His delivery is smooth and hitters tend to swing at his 87-90 mph fastball like it's 93, while his overhand curveball has good spin and late break. With his large hands, Judge has yet to master a changeup grip. He added a split-finger fastball that should be relatively easy for him to pick up. Judge is also a physical righhanded hitter with power and good speed, going down the line in times as low as 4.20 seconds. More scouts like him on the mound. He has committed to Fresno State.
31 937 Cincinnati Reds Dominic D'Anna 1B Cal State Northridge
31 942 Seattle Mariners Jake Schlander SS Stanford
31 949 St. Louis Cardinals Mike O'Neill OF Southern California
32 974 Atlanta Braves Ryan Delgado C Azusa Pacific (Calif.)
32 978 San Francisco Giants Kevin Couture RHP Southern California
32 983 Boston Red Sox Jordan Alexander OF Vista (Calif.) HS
33 986 Washington Nationals Ryan Sherriff LHP West Los Angeles JC
33 992 New York Mets Hunter Carnevale RHP Pacific
33 1005 Minnesota Twins Justin Parker LHP Consumnes River (Calif.) JC
The Red Sox took lefthander Justin Parker in the 25th round of the 2008 draft out of high school, but he went to Loyola Marymount instead before transferring to Cosumnes River JC. He is 6-foot-4, 235 pounds so scouts kept following him. Parker has been up to 90 mph this spring and went 5-1, 3.32 with 85 strikeouts in 65 innings, but the once-promising curveball he showed in high school has been below-average.
33 1014 Los Angeles Angels Eric Cendejas RHP Cal State Stanislaus
33 1015 New York Yankees Michael Hachadorian RHP San Diego Mesa JC
34 1020 Cleveland Indians Kyle Petter LHP El Camino (Calif.) JC
Coached by former Brigham Young ace Nate Fernley, El Camino JC reached its first state final four berth since 1951. Drafted twice previously, lefthander Petter was the team's top player. The 5-foot-10, 180-pounder hit eight regular-season homers and was 11-0, 1.74 entering the postseason. Fitter and stronger than in previous seasons, Petter tosses an 88-89 mph fastball that can touch 91 and an over-the-top, near 12-to-6 curveball. Committed to Division II Lynn (Fla.), Petter is reportedly signable.
34 1022 New York Mets Justin Schafer 2B UC Davis
Redshirt junior infielder Schafer is an above-average runner with a chance to hit for average but with a little pop. He profiles as a utility player. His older brother Logan is an outfielder in the Brewers organization.
34 1024 San Diego Padres Xavier Esquivel RHP Loyola Marymount
34 1031 Tampa Bay Rays Steve Tinoco 1B Long Beach State
34 1035 Minnesota Twins Kyle Necke RHP UC Irvine
34 1039 St. Louis Cardinals Matt Valaika 2B UC Santa Barbara
Shortstop Pat Valaika's older brothers Chris and Matt were drafted by the Reds out of UC Santa Barbara. He's similar to both siblings in that he doesn't have huge tools but is a instinctive baseball player. Valaika will probably take the college route as well, though he has committed to UCLA.
34 1043 Boston Red Sox Mike Gleason RHP Chico State (Calif.)
35 1047 Pittsburgh Pirates Drew Muren OF Cal State Northridge
35 1071 Philadelphia Phillies Eric Pettis RHP UC Irvine
35 1072 Los Angeles Dodgers Beau Brett 1B Southern California
35 1075 New York Yankees Will Oliver RHP Palomar (Calif.) JC
36 1078 Baltimore Orioles Brad Decater SS Cal State Northridge
36 1079 Kansas City Royals Mitchell Beacom LHP UCLA
36 1083 Houston Astros Ryan Halstead RHP Los Osos HS, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
36 1085 Oakland Athletics Bobby Geren 3B San Ramon Valley HS, Danville, Calif.
36 1088 Chicago White Sox Ben Griset LHP Gustine (Calif.) HS
Lefthander Griset is an interesting prospect in the Central Valley, at 6-foot-1, 180 pounds with one of the better curveballs in the state. He has a high overhand slot and a quick arm. His fastball is 86-88 mph, but it is the steep, tight spinning, hard biting curveball that has scouts on him. He has committed to St. Mary's.
36 1091 Tampa Bay Rays Robert Dickmann LHP Pepperdine
36 1096 Texas Rangers Jason Kudlock OF Cal State Bakersfield
36 1105 New York Yankees Nick McCoy C San Diego
37 1123 Detroit Tigers Carlos Lopez 1B Cal State Fullerton
37 1128 San Francisco Giants Jake Sisco RHP Davis HS, Modesto, Calif.
37 1132 Los Angeles Dodgers Cal Vogelsang 2B JC of the Canyons (Calif.)
37 1133 Boston Red Sox Aaron Jones C San Clemente (Calif.) HS
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 1137 Pittsburgh Pirates Alex Cox RHP Santiago HS, Corona, Calif.
38 1147 Cincinnati Reds Matt Leonard LHP Cal Poly
38 1148 Chicago White Sox Brad Salgado SS Great Oak HS, Temecula, Calif. $125,000
38 1149 Milwaukee Brewers Mike Schaub RHP Loara HS, Anaheim
38 1151 Tampa Bay Rays Will Anderson RHP Foothill HS, Pleasanton, Calif.
Fresno State has also put together a good recruiting class and righthander Anderson could be a key member. He has a good feel for pitching, with an upper 80s fastball that flirts with 90-91 on occasion and good movement. His curveball is a slurvy, and he also mixes in a split. Anderson's older brother John was drafted out of Chabot JC by the Blue Jays in 2008.
39 1168 Baltimore Orioles Travis Strong RHP Wildomar, Calif. (No school)
39 1169 Kansas City Royals Alex Rivers RHP Santa Clara
39 1176 Toronto Blue Jays Nick Vander Tuig RHP Oakdale (Calif.) HS
Righthander Vander Tuig would have gotten first-round consideration had he not injured his elbow last spring throwing from right field in a high school game. He had Tommy John surgery, and for a club to sign him this June would take a leap of faith. Prior to the injury, the 6-foot-3, 190-pounder showed a fastball in the 90-93 mph range with good sink. His slider looked capable of being an above-average pitch, though it was inconsistent. Vander Tuig's arm speed and lean, strong body are both attractive attributes, but he'll probably head on to UCLA.
39 1182 Seattle Mariners Josh Krist RHP Cal Poly Pomona
39 1194 Los Angeles Angels Jimmy Allen 2B Rancho Buena Vista HS, Vista, Calif.
40 1200 Cleveland Indians Jordan Casas OF Long Beach State
40 1206 Toronto Blue Jays Brandon Berl RHP St. Mary's
St. Mary's righthander Berl should be a good senior sign, with a fastball in the 88-92 mph range with two good breaking pitches, which fits a bullpen profile. He is a strike thrower with good makeup.
40 1217 Florida Marlins Dustin Emmons RHP UC Riverside
40 1220 Colorado Rockies Brandon Brennan RHP Capistrano Valley HS, Mission Viejo, Calif.
40 1223 Boston Red Sox Luke Yoder OF Cal Poly
41 1235 Oakland Athletics Andrew Knapp C Granite Bay (Calif.) HS
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 1237 Cincinnati Reds Jonathan Kaskow 1B Stanford
41 1238 Chicago White Sox Sam Phippen RHP UC Santa Barbara
41 1242 Seattle Mariners Billy Marcoe C Cal State Fullerton
41 1252 Los Angeles Dodgers Kevin Williams SS Crespi Carmelite HS, Encino, Calif.
42 1259 Kansas City Royals Mike Botelho C Chabot (Calif.) JC
42 1265 Oakland Athletics Louie Lechich LHP St. Mary's HS, Stockton, Calif.
A multi-sport high school athlete who shows Division I football talent and aptitude on the diamond will get plenty of interest from scouts, and Louie Lechich is just that type of athlete. At 6-foot-4, 195-pounds, Lechich looks the part on the mound and in the batter's box. For most scouts he was a pitching prospect before last summer, but the more they saw him topping out in the high 80s and relying on craft, the less they liked him on the mound. At the same time, he started swinging the bat well. He is strong and has a knack for getting the barrel to the ball, with the ability to drive the ball in the middle of the field. He is more of a line-drive, gap hitter but has home run strength, along the lines of a Ryan Sweeney. Lechich has signed with California.
42 1274 Atlanta Braves Ben Waldrip 1B Cypress (Calif.) JC
42 1278 San Francisco Giants James Roberts RHP Archbishop Mitty HS, San Jose
Though more scouts seem to prefer shortstop James Roberts as a pitcher, he has more value and ability as a position player. Roberts has a chance to be an impact middle infielder similar to another Silicon Valley shortstop/pitcher from a few years ago, Troy Tulowitzki. Roberts is a lean and wiry strong at 6-foot-2, 180 pounds, and is going to continue to fill out. He has plus bat speed and drives the ball to all fields, while consistently staying inside the ball. In the field he is capable of making the standout play but also has a tendency to unleash wild throws with his plus arm. Roberts is also an above-average runner, occasionally getting down the line in 4.2 seconds. He projects to have average power and above-average hitting ability. There will be growing pains in the field and if he can't stay at shortstop, he is a natural second baseman. He can get up to 92 mph on the mound and flashes an above-average curveball. Roberts has committed to Southern California.
42 1282 Los Angeles Dodgers Miles Williams 3B Windsor (Calif.) HS
43 1287 Pittsburgh Pirates Garrett Hicks RHP Yucaipa (Calif.) HS
43 1288 Baltimore Orioles Blair Dunlap OF UCLA
43 1304 Atlanta Braves LeJon Baker OF Crenshaw HS, Los Angeles
43 1312 Los Angeles Dodgers Chad Wallach RHP Calvary Chapel HS, Pacific Grove, Calif.
44 1322 New York Mets Kevin Gelinas LHP UC Santa Barbara
Gelinas, whose career has wound through Pepperdine and Central Arizona JC, is big lefty reliever who can touch 94 mph with his fastball--when healthy. He threw just five innings all season due to an elbow strain and had received a medical redshirt.
44 1325 Oakland Athletics Lonnie Kauppila SS Burbank (Calif.) HS
44 1328 Chicago White Sox Matt Chavez RHP San Francisco
44 1329 Milwaukee Brewers T.J. Mittelstaedt OF Long Beach State
44 1331 Tampa Bay Rays Mickey Jannis RHP Cal State Bakersfield
44 1336 Texas Rangers Shawn Stuart RHP Merced (Calif.) JC
44 1337 Florida Marlins Tyler Abbott LHP Royal HS, Simi Valley, Calif.
44 1339 St. Louis Cardinals Adam Melker OF Cal Poly
44 1340 Colorado Rockies Kyle Richter LHP Santa Margarita HS, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.
44 1341 Philadelphia Phillies Jesse Meaux RHP UC Santa Barbara
Junior righthander Meaux misses few bats but can reach the low 90s with his four-seamer and was a strike-throwing workhorse for the Gauchos, issuing just 14 free passes in 91 innings.
44 1342 Los Angeles Dodgers Nick Baker RHP Palm Desert (Calif.) HS
45 1348 Baltimore Orioles Nathan Williams RHP Scripps Ranch HS, San Diego
45 1351 Arizona Diamondbacks Javan Williams OF Contra Costa (Calif.) JC
Outfielder Williams has a chance to be the next Comet to get a shot at pro ball, though he is a later-round prospect. Williams is a lefthanded hitter with some tools and a legitimate chance to hit, and at 6-foot-2, 185-pounds he has size and strength.
45 1354 San Diego Padres Michael Fagen LHP San Diego Jewish Academy
45 1367 Florida Marlins Jeremy Weber RHP Chaffey (Calif.) JC
45 1373 Boston Red Sox James Kang SS Pomona-Pitzer (Calif.)
45 1374 Los Angeles Angels Vinnie St. John RHP Southern California
46 1380 Cleveland Indians Justin Haley RHP Sierra (Calif.) JC
Sierra JC righthander Haley was a largely unknown out of Bella Vista High in Fair Oaks, Calif., but at 6-foot-5, 230 pounds he sure is noticeable. He drew a lot of attention from D-I programs late in the spring, and scouts have peeked in as well. He has an average fastball that peaks around 93 mph, and as an 18-year-old freshman, he has plenty of development ahead of him.
46 1389 Milwaukee Brewers Derek Goodwin C Diamond Ranch HS, Pomona, Calif.
46 1397 Florida Marlins Daniel Johnston OF Canada (Calif.) JC
46 1402 Los Angeles Dodgers Bret Montgomery RHP Cal State Dominguez Hills
47 1415 Oakland Athletics Tony McClendon OF Fullerton (Calif.) JC
47 1416 Toronto Blue Jays Gabriel Romero RHP Roosevelt HS, Los Angeles
47 1421 Tampa Bay Rays Hector Montes 1B Bonita Vista HS, Chula Vista, Calif.
47 1428 San Francisco Giants Ray Hanson RHP Cypress (Calif.) JC
48 1438 Baltimore Orioles Alex Schmarzo RHP St. Mary's
Righthander Schmarzo, the Gaels' closer, is not a slam dunk to be picked as a junior, but with an 88-91 mph fastball and changeup that is average at times he has a chance to develop in pro ball. Has some deception in the delivery but struggles to repeat it, and he'll have to develop a better breaking ball.
48 1444 San Diego Padres Dan Child RHP Jesuit HS, Sacramento
Finding big league talent outside of the top few rounds is as good as gold to MLB clubs, which makes 6-foot-5, 230-pound righthander Child interesting. He can get his fastball up to 95 mph and sit in the low 90s, but he tends to pitch in the 88-91 range, striving for more control. Scouts who catch him on the right day will see a power downer breaking ball with good velocity and bite, somewhat reminiscent of a Brad Lidge slider. But his delivery is not easy on the eyes, and he is not a strike thrower, though he has gained more control while working with a private pitching coach. Child has below-average athleticism and had little high school success heading into his senior season. He is committed to Oregon State.
48 1445 Oakland Athletics Zach Johnson 1B Ohlone (Calif.) JC
48 1457 Florida Marlins Beau Wright LHP Orange Coast (Calif.) JC $125,000
48 1460 Colorado Rockies Hunter Greenwood RHP Franklin HS, Elk Grove, Calif.
Six-foot-2, 195-pound righthander Hunter Greenwood got on the map during the Northern California scout team schedule last fall. He has been up to 92 mph and has a strong, durable build. His secondary stuff is unrefined and he would be more attractive as a summer follow. He has committed to Sacramento State.
49 1475 Oakland Athletics Nick Rosso OF Lincoln HS, Stockton, Calif.
49 1482 Seattle Mariners Colton Keough OF Tesoro HS, Las Flores, Calif.
Son and grandson of former big leaguers, Colton Keough is an athletic outfielder with terrific speed. His family has been featured on the television show "The Real Housewives of Orange County." An intriguing talent, Keough has yet to hit on a consistent basis, reminiscent of his toolsy older brother Shane, who is in the Athletics organization.
49 1487 Florida Marlins Cody Lavalli RHP Granite Hills HS, Apple Valley, Calif.
49 1488 San Francisco Giants Dan Pellegrino C UC Riverside
49 1490 Colorado Rockies Brett Thomas RHP Poway (Calif.) HS
50 1498 Baltimore Orioles Philip Walby RHP Scripps Ranch HS, San Diego
50 1504 San Diego Padres Gunnar Terhune OF UC Santa Barbara