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Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 4 Kevin Gausman RHP Louisiana State La. $4,320,000
Gausman ranked No. 50 on the Top 200 Prospects list in 2010 coming out of Grandview High in Centennial, Colo., but an uneven senior season, he slipped to the sixth round. The Dodgers failed to sign him, and Gausman headed to LSU, where he's made a leap forward after pitching for USA Baseball's College National Team last summer. New pitching coach Alan Dunn also has made some subtle tweaks to Gausman's repertoire this spring, shelving his slider earlier in the season in favor of a curveball before bringing back his slider later in the season. At his best, Gausman has two premium pitches with a fastball that sits 94-96 mph, touching 98, and he mixes in a low-90s two-seamer to get something with some armside run. Gausman's 85-86 mph changeup is a second plus pitch, but scouts do have significant questions about the development of his breaking pitches. He throws an upper-70s curve as an early-count offering and throws his inconsistent mid-80s slider as a chase pitch. An eligible sophomore, Gausman has made strides in his two college seasons and should go out in the first five to seven picks.
2 65 Branden Kline RHP Virginia Va. $793,700
As a high schooler in Maryland, Kline came on strong late in 2009. He told teams he had no interest in signing, but the Red Sox tried anyway, drafting him in the sixth round. Kline stuck to his word and went to Virginia, where he pitched mostly in relief as a freshman and as the closer in 2011. He moved to the rotation as a junior and has seen mixed results. He was 6-3, 3.52 in 72 innings with 76 strikeouts and 31 walks, but had a stretch of starts when he allowed just 19 hits and eight walks in 34 innings while striking out 40. Kline has a good, lean pitcher's frame at 6-foot-3 and 195 pounds, with long limbs and projection remaining. Most of Virginia's pitchers adopt similar deliveries in which they start in a squat position and stay low throughout, and this style has prevented Kline from consistently staying on top of his pitches and commanding them. When Kline is on, his fastball can sit in the low 90s. His secondary stuff has been inconsistent and tends to blend together, but his slider can be a power pitch in the low 80s. Teams could try to iron his delivery out so he can reach his ceiling as a mid-rotation starter, but he could pitch with power stuff as a reliever as well.
3 99 Adrian Marin SS Gulliver Prep, Miami Fla. $481,100
Marin would be a key recruit for a Miami program that needs an infusion of talent, and scouts had him pegged as a "good college player" until he smoked one of the nation's hardest throwers, Las Vegas two-way phenom Joey Gallo, at the National High School Invitational in Cary, N.C., early in the spring. That encounter raised Marin's profile with national evaluators, and area scouts already liked him as a heady player with no glaring weakness. Marin still has scouts trying to figure out his future impact with his bat. His hitting mechanics aren't ideal and he has swing-and-miss tendencies, and his below-average power means he'll either have to be a leadoff hitter or hit at the bottom of an order. Marin's best present tool is his speed, which is at least slightly above-average. He's a steady defender with average actions and shortstop and an average arm. Marin had early buzz to go in the first three rounds.
4 132 Christian Walker 1B South Carolina S.C. $349,900
Walker is no stranger to the big stage. He quietly won the home run derby that started the firestorm of Bryce Harper coverage and he went on to be a key offensive piece in South Carolina's back-to-back national championships. He gutted out a broken hamate bone in Omaha in 2011 and the injury hasn't affected his offense. He was hitting .335/.462/.559 with 10 home runs in 2012 and had more walks (38) than strikeouts (19). He doesn't have a great frame at 6-feet, 220 pounds and is limited to first base defensively. But he has a good feel for hitting and his power is average to a tick above.
5 162 Colin Poche LHP Marcus HS, Flower Mound, Texas Texas
Poche is a 6-foot-3, 190-pound lefthander who's mostly projection right now. He usually pitches at 86-88 mph and touches 91 with his fastball. His curveball and changeup have promise, and scouts like his athleticism and ability to locate his pitches. He has committed to Arkansas.
6 192 Lex Rutledge LHP Samford Miss. $196,200
Rutledge ranked just behind Mississippi State's Chris Stratton among Mississippi high school pitchers in 2009, and he spurned the Brewers as a 26th-round draft pick to attend Samford. The Bulldogs made him a closer and he thrived in that role, going 5-1, 1.71 with 11 saves in 2010 and striking out 65 in 47 innings. Rutledge struggled with command when he moved into the weekend rotation in 2011 and moved back into the bullpen in 2012. Walks remained a problem, though, and he has 84 in 142 career innings with a 6.81 ERA this spring. Rutledge has thrown hard in two summers in the Cape Cod League, hitting 97-98 mph in short spurts. His fastball has resided more in the 91-93 mph range this spring but touched 95-96. If he throws strike with it, he can put hitters away with one of the draft's better curveballs, a power pitch in the 79-82 mph range with downer action. It's a swing-and-miss pitch that at times gets slurvy. He hasn't shown strong stuff when used on back-to-back days. He could go as high as the second round, but more likely will last into the fourth or fifth.
7 222 Matt Price RHP South Carolina S.C. $149,300
Another fixture on two national title teams, Price has been a stopper for the Gamecocks. He went unsigned as the Diamondbacks sixth-round pick last season and is now 22 years old. South Carolina started him in the rotation, but he returned to the bullpen where he's needed and gets better results. He's been up to 95-96 mph in the past, but sits 89-93 and has a low-80s, two-plane slider that is average to a tick above. Scouts wonder how he doesn't get hit more as his pitches are not true swing-and-miss offerings, but he feeds off of adrenaline and has swagger on the mound.
8 252 Torsten Boss 3B Michigan State Mich. $139,500
Scouts agree that Boss is one of the best college bats in the Midwest, but opinions diverge from there. Supporters see him as a guy with solid tools across the board who will be able to handle third base, while others believe he doesn't have a true defensive home. Boss has a pretty lefthanded swing and can catch up to quality fastballs. He's patient enough to take walks when pitchers try to work around him. Boss hit a soft .237 in the Cape Cod League last summer, but he helped his cause with a pair of homers in front of several scouting directors early this spring. He hit an opposite-field drive off a 95 mph fastball from St. John's Kyle Hansen at the Big East/Big Ten tournament, then pulled a ball out of the park against Texas A&M's Michael Wacha. At 6 feet and 200 pounds, Boss has the strength and bat speed to have average power, though his swing can get long. He has spent most of his Michigan State career at third base and has started games at second base, center field and right field. He has enough arm strength for third, but his hands are hard and his infield actions aren't the smoothest. While he's a plus runner in the 60-yard dash (6.65 seconds), his speed plays closer to average and he didn't take good routes while playing center field at the start of this season. A team that sees Boss as a third baseman could take him as early as the third round.
9 282 Brady Wager RHP Grand Canyon (Ariz.) Ariz. $125,000
Wager has a strong, physical build at 6-foot-2 and 205 pounds. His fastball ranges from 89-95 mph with above-average life at times. He mixes in a hard slider in the 83-86 mph range and a solid-average changeup. Wager will need to do a better job of throwing strikes, but profiles as a power arm out of the bullpen.
10 312 Joel Hutter SS Dallas Baptist Texas $10,000
Hutter has value as a senior sign who profiles as a third baseman or utilityman. The 6-foot-1, 210-pounder doesn't have a plus tool but he doesn't have a glaring weakness either. He offers some righthanded pop, decent speed and solid arm strength. He has infield actions but lacks the range to remain at shortstop in pro ball. He began his college career at Des Moines Area CC.
11 342 Kevin Grendell LHP San Pasqual HS, Escondido, Calif. Calif. $100,000
12 372 Billy Waltrip LHP Seminole State (Okla.) JC Okla.
Waltrip did little to impress scouts as a Seminole State freshman in 2011, working in the mid-80s and with below-average control as a reliever. He since has added 25 pounds and his fastball has gotten stronger as well, sitting in the low 90s and topping out at 95 mph. The 6-foot-2, 215-pounder shows promising feel for both a slider and curveball, and scouts believe he'll develop at least an average breaking ball. His changeup is very much a work in progress, and his command and control still need improvement. But there aren't many lefthanders who can hit 95 mph, and he should be signable out of junior college. If he doesn't turn pro, he'll pitch at Oklahoma in 2013.
13 402 Wade Wass C Meridian (Miss.) JC Miss.
14 432 Sean McAdams RHP Cardinal Mooney HS, Sarasota, Fla. Fla. $100,000
15 462 Derick Velasquez RHP Merced (Calif.) JC Calif.
Velasquez came to Merced from a small high school -- Los Banos (Calif.) High -- so he didn't get a lot of scouting attention last year. It has been a different story this year, as scouts see present velocity and lots of projection. Velasquez sits in the 88-92 mph range with his fastball. While he has been down into the mid-80s at times late in a start, scouts think it's because he's worn out from playing both ways. Standing 6-foot-3 and 185 pounds, he has a loose, athletic body scouts can dream on. He shows the potential for three plus pitches as he develops and continues to add strength and fill out. Velasquez throws a circle changeup and a curveball, and he hides the ball well and shows good command of his pitches. Velasquez is 18 and won't turn 19 until November, so he's younger than many of the top high school pitchers in this draft.
16 492 Luc Rennie RHP Torrey Pines HS, San Diego Calif. $100,000
17 522 Nick Grim RHP Cal Poly Calif.
An unsigned 14th-round pick by the Marlins last year out of Monterey Peninsula (Calif.) JC, Grim ranked as the No. 9 prospect last summer in the California Collegiate League, where he struck out 51 in 32 innings. He never emerged as key piece of Poly's bullpen this spring, going 3-2, 4.74 with 20 walks and 19 strikeouts in 25 innings. Grim's 6-foot-3 frame lacks physicality, but he does have a quick arm, sitting at 90-91 mph and touching 93. His delivery has effort and his stuff can flatten out up in the zone, though his fastball does have some sink down in the zone. He flashes an average slider with depth, though it's slurvy when he gets on the side of it. His changeup is not an effective pitch at this stage. His mound presence, control and command must improve.
18 552 Sam Kimmel C Stetson Fla.
19 582 Josh Hader LHP Old Mill HS, Millersville, Md. Md.
20 612 Ryan Ripken 1B Gilman School, Baltimore Md.
21 642 Julian Service OF Sinclair SS, Whitby, Ont. Ontario
Service has a physical frame at 6-foot-3 and 195 pounds. He's a solid-average runner right now and projects best as a right fielder because of his potential with the bat and his well above-average arm strength. Service shows good bat speed and is beginning to show more power this spring. He projects to hit for average power as a pro. Service is considered signable and is committed to Northeast Texas CC.
22 672 Will Howard OF Kennesaw State Ga.
23 702 Gene Escat RHP Fresno State Calif.
24 732 Tommy Richards 2B Washington State Wash.
25 762 Creede Simpson 2B Auburn S.C.
Simpson moved from the outfield to second base this season, then threw out a runner at the plate when the Tigers moved him back to right field for a game. His lack of selectivity hinders his offensive ceiling. If he adds plate discipline to improve his offensive profile, he would be an interesting prospect. He's a plus runner with arm strength and athleticism.
26 792 Lucas Herbst OF Santa Clara Calif.
Herbst, a senior, doesn't have teammate Pat Stover's physicality or power, but he's a lefthanded hitter with more speed and a better track record for hitting. Herbst is 6 feet and 183 pounds and is an excellent athlete. He's dealt with a sore hamstring this year, but has shown plus speed in the past, running a 6.6-second 60-yard dash on scout day. Herbst is a solid defender with the above-average arm needed for right field, though he could fill in in center. Herbst has a compact lefthanded swing with gap power. He gets pull happy, as he struggles to go the other way, but has some bat speed and stays on breaking balls.
27 822 Anthony Caronia SS Tampa Fla.
28 852 Dennis Torres RHP Massachusetts Mass.
29 882 Jake Pintar RHP San Juan Hill HS, Cota de Coza, Calif. Calif.
30 912 Anthony Vega OF Manhattan N.Y.
31 942 Anthony Bazzani RHP Eastern Kentucky Ky.
After going 1-9, 9.07 as a sophomore in 2011, Bazzani dominated as a closer in the summer Northwoods League, where his fastball reached 97 mph. The 6-foot-4, 195-pounder has topped out at 95 this year and hasn't been nearly as impressive while fighting his command. He has a quick arm but a sketchy arm action and flies open too fast in his delivery. He'll pitch at 91-94 mph and flash some sink, but he'll also leave a lot of flat fastballs up in the strike zone. His splitter also has regressed after looking solid last summer, and his curveball is too loopy.
32 972 Steel Russell C Midland (Texas) JC Texas
33 1002 Colton Plaia C Loyola Marymount Calif.
Plaia overcame a sluggish start to emerge as one of Southern California's top college catchers this spring, along with UCLA's Tyler Heineman. His swing had been too long, so he worked hard to shorten it up, and he has flashed decent power this spring, hitting six home runs in a pitcher-friendly environment. He still has holes in his swing but can punish balls that are down in the zone. At 6-foot-3, 225 pounds, Plaia is more physical than Heineman but does not have as much lateral movement behind the plate. Like Heineman, he has a chance to be an average defender with an average arm, but the jury's still out on his bat.
34 1032 Johnny Sewald OF Bishop Gorman HS, Las Vegas Nev.
35 1062 Duke Porter LHP Miami (No school) Fla.
36 1092 Peter Irvin LHP Skagit Valley (Wash.) JC Wash.
37 1122 Derrick Bleeker OF/RHP Arkansas Ark.
38 1152 Jack Graham C Kenyon (Ohio) Ohio
39 1182 Scott Kalush C UC Davis Calif.
40 1212 Ray Hunnicutt OF Central HS, Hampshire, Ill. Ill. $100,000