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Round Overall Team Player Position School Bonus
2 95 Philadelphia Phillies Alec Rash RHP Adel DeSoto Minburn HS, Adel, Iowa
An Iowa native who moved to Alabama with his mother as a high school junior, Rash returned to Iowa for his senior season and is the state's best prospect since Jeremy Hellickson pitched at Des Moines' Hoover High in 2005. He'll go higher than Hellickson (fourth round) if a team believes it can sign him away from his commitment to Missouri and get him to control his electric stuff. Long and lean at 6-foot-5 and 195 pounds, Rash throws a 91-93 mph fastball that hits 95 and features heavy life, and he'll push his hard slider up to 83 mph. He is a quality athlete who also starred in football and basketball, but he is still learning to repeat his delivery. His arm is so fast that it gets ahead of the rest of his body, resulting in scattershot control. Scouts grade his present command as a 30 or 40 on the 20-80 scale, and his development will require patience. Rash's upside could drive him up to the second round, but his rawness and his signability mean he might fall significantly as well.
19 584 Chicago Cubs Damek Tomscha 3B Iowa Western JC
The most dangerous hitter on an Iowa Western team that made its sixth straight trip to the Junior College World Series, Tomscha batted .446 with nearly as many homers (15) as strikeouts (18) through the regional playoffs. He's a strong 6-foot-3 and 223 pounds, though some scouts question whether the righthanded hitter will provide enough offense for third base when he faces better competition. He's a fringy runner but not a bad athlete, and he has improved defensively at the hot corner this spring. He has been clocked at 90-92 mph off the mound and 95 across the infield, and a number of clubs would like to try him on the mound, but he has had no interest in converting to the mound. Catching is another intriguing possibility. Drafted in the 50th round by the Phillies out of high school and in the 36th round last year by the Marlins, Tomscha will get selected again this June. If he doesn't turn pro, he'll transfer to Auburn.
19 601 Boston Red Sox Iseha Conklin SS Iowa Western JC $100,000
23 723 Arizona Diamondbacks Matt Dermody LHP Iowa
25 771 Chicago White Sox Storm Throne RHP Morningside (Iowa)
Iowa's best four-year college prospect hails from Morningside, which hasn't had a player drafted since future big leaguer Kory DeHaan in 1997 but can boast a 166-game winner in the major leagues (Paul Splittorff) and a No. 4 overall pick (Mike King). The 6-foot-7, 245-pound Throne doubles as a center on the Mustangs' basketball team and averaged 9.3 points and 4.7 rebounds per game last season. He doesn't have a lot of baseball experience, but he's huge and his athleticism gives him a chance to figure pitching out. Scouts heard rumors that he touched 97 mph last fall but saw him work at 88-93 mph this spring. His curveball, changeup and command all need considerable refinement. He's a quality student who may not just jump at a chance to sign as a junior.
29 902 Tampa Bay Rays Keaton Steele RHP Iowa Western JC
33 1014 Washington Nationals Mike McQuillan 2B Iowa