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2012 MLB Draft Outfielder Prospect Rankings

Rankings are fluid and highly subject to change. Additions to player notes will be made as necessary. Statistics will be updated periodically.

1. OF Byron Buxton (Appling County HS, Georgia): 93-94 peak FB; plus-plus (80) speed; dead pull hitter; loves to swing; raw, but immensely talented; above-average to plus arm, closer to above-average now but accurate; crazy quick hands; bat speed, bat speed, bat speed; BJ Upton comp from an athletic standpoint makes sense; weirdest comp ever: Mike Schmidt, at least in terms of distance from plate and current swing; tremendous athlete; plus raw power; CF range if his instincts catch up, otherwise a potential Gold Glove winner in RF; 80 speed/60-70 arm/70 range

2. OF Albert Almora (Mater Academy, Florida): plus arm strength; plus speed; shows all five tools; big upside at plate; lots of power, but swing needs retooling; almost plus range in CF; quick bat; aggressive base runner; some debate at start of spring about how good his tools really are, but he can play; should be above-average (with plus upside) in CF for a long time; great athlete, good instincts; above-average power with plus upside; above-average arm; average speed; hit tool is better than most HS guys, 70 upside with a great looking swing; so smart on bases, great at reading pitchers; really strong approach; 6-2, 180 pounds; R/R

3. OF David Dahl (Oak Mountain HS, Alabama): good speed; plus arm strength, clocked at 95 from outfield; strong defender; aggressive on base paths; uses whole field; very mature hitter; biggest question for me is power upside long-term; Colby Rasmus comp; enough instincts for CF; update: above-average speed; above-average arm; 6-2, 190 pounds; L/R

4. OF Courtney Hawkins (Mary Carroll HS, Texas): very muscular build; good speed; strong arm; more present power than majority of class; plus raw power; lots of swing and miss and some pitch recognition issues; average or better speed; RF professionally; has improved a great deal across the board in last calendar year, especially on defense; good instincts in CF, but might not be quick enough; plus arm; speed, power, and arm will take him far; reminds me so much of Adam Jones it’s scary; 6-2, 215 pounds; R/R

5. Georgia Southern JR OF Victor Roache: raw, but talented; plus athlete; plus raw power; a hair over average speed; average arm; willing to wait for his pitch and drive it; has had his swing doubted at every level, but has hit everywhere he’s been; much will be known about Roache’s medicals based on his draft position as his broken wrist is a concern going forward – if he goes on the first day, as expected, we can assume everything checked out more or less fine, but if he falls then the question about his long-term prognosis will be out there; his final position on this board is subject to change pending any news on his health, but Roache’s impact bat is one of the draft’s most overscrutinized and thus, in my opinion, underrated bright spots; 6-1, 225 pounds

2011: .309/.426/.743 – 38 BB/41 K – 230 AB
2012: .412/.600/.765 – 7 BB/1 K – 17 AB – 0/0 SB

6. Stony Brook JR OF Travis Jankowski: plus speed; great CF range; average at best arm; below-average present power, but I think there’s more pop coming; potential plus hit tool; great athlete; really good approach, especially with two strikes; awesome instincts, great first step; has struggled some on Friday nights, much better against lefthanded pitchers; I hate piling on with the obvious comp, but I think there are lots of similarities between Jankowski and the college version of Jacoby Ellsbury – to take it a step further, it wouldn’t surprise me to see a power spike similar to Ellsbury’s, though perhaps not quite as drastic, once Jankowski hits pro ball; 6-1, 190 pounds

2011: .317/.383/.419 – 19 BB/23 K – 186 AB
2012: .359/.428/.560 – 18 BB/17 K – 209 AB – 32/38 SB

7. Cal Poly JR OF Mitch Haniger: plus defensive upside in RF, can hang in center despite average at best speed; very strong arm; above-average raw power, 20+ HR upside; strong; average at best hit tool yet still better than expected (at least by me) coming into the year; good athlete; improved approach in 2012 as he has matured a great deal as a hitter throughout his college career; 6-2, 215 pounds

2011: .268/.367/.453 – 30 BB/30 K – 190 AB
2012: .342/.434/.618 – 34 BB/32 K – 199 AB – 5/11 SB

8. OF Lewis Brinson (Coral Springs HS, Florida): plus (70) to plus-plus speed; strong arm; great athlete; huge upside; big (60-65) raw power; very raw; great athlete; reminds me of Austin Wilson as a prep player but with the ability to play CF, though he could be plus RF; plus arm or better, depending on his release; Florida commitment; more of a baseball player than other toolsy prospects; quick bat; pull power; love his defense; Phillies kind of player; 6-4, 185 pounds

9. OF Jameis Winston (Hueytown HS, Alabama): plus arm strength; plus-plus athlete; plus speed; plus CF range; power upside remains to be seen; can really hit; super quick bat; others really like his power; think scouts got discouraged about his baseball future once it was clear he was going the football route at Florida State, but his baseball tools are outstanding; 6-4, 200 pounds; S/R

10. OF Nick Williams (Galveston Ball HS, Texas): plus athlete; advanced feel for hitting; patient approach; great athlete; impressive speed; long strider; average arm; see a lot of Dom Brown in his game, for better or worse; I’m stubbornly sticking with Williams as an elite prospect because the tools he showed before this spring’s struggles are still there; 6-3, 200 pounds; L/L

11. OF Anthony Alford (Petal HS, Mississippi): above-average power upside; plus-plus athlete; plus arm; can play any outfield spot, but could be great in corner (LF); above-average to plus (70) speed; strong; 6-2, 220 pounds

12. OF Jesse Winker (Olympia HS, Florida): projects as LF, but a really good one; above-average raw power; really strong hit tool; plus arm strength, above-average in total due to accuracy and iffy mechanics; lightning quick bat; pretty lefthanded swing; patient approach; love the bat here; opposite field power is no joke; present power is legit; 6-3, 200 pounds; L/L

13. OF DJ Davis (Stone HS, Mississippi): plus-plus (80) speed; gap power, more there; improved approach; interesting power upside (double digit); CF range; weak arm; plus CF range; 5-11, 170 pounds

14. OF Max White (Williston HS, Florida): above-average to plus (closer to plus) speed; plus hit tool; plus arm strength; has put on strength and added power; pretty swing; present hit tool is iffy, but bat speed is there; high level CF tools; 6-2, 185 pounds

15. Florida State SR OF James Ramsey: you’ll read lots of averages in his reports, which might not excite many, but those are actually a testament to the hard work he has put in since arriving on campus – Ramsey has come as far as any college player that I can remember in recent memory; above-average hit tool; average at best defender; average range; average at best speed; average arm; average power; was always considered a LF only professionally, but his range has improved a great deal in 2012 – can now play a decent enough CF to play there in a pinch; gets good jumps despite not having blazing speed; there were some rumors that he could be tried at 2B professionally, but I’m not sure the team that drafts him will want to mess with his bat that way; he now uses the whole field so much better than when I last saw him (100% pull-heavy) that he looks like a new player; still unsure of his pro ceiling, but I think his bat is good enough to find him a role in some capacity; 6-0, 200 pounds

2011: .372/453/.600 – 33 BB/49 K – 250 AB
2012: .388/.531/.712 – 47 BB/29 K – 170 AB – 7/11 SB

16. OF Andrew Pullin (Centralia HS, Washington): above-average arm; above-average speed; big raw power, but inconsistent in swing setup; more solid across the board than a standout in one area; little bit of Utley in swing; 6-0, 185 pounds; L/L

17. OF Kolby Copeland (Parkway HS, Louisiana): very good athlete; good power; strong arm; love his approach; 6-2, 185 pounds

18. OF Braden Bishop (St. Francis HS, California): good speed; great athlete; high level glove in center field; great smarts on bases; strong arm; gap power; strong hit tool; 6-1, 180 pounds; R/R

19. OF Josh Henderson (First Baptist Christian HS, Virginia): gorgeous swing; gifted natural hitter; patient approach; good power; average speed; stuck in OF corner; average arm; average range; plus bat speed; 6-0, 190 pounds; L/L

20. OF Austin Aune (Argyle HS, Texas): pretty lefthanded swing; great athlete; first round tools; football star who is a questionable sign; good runner; strong arm; can hit the ball anywhere it is pitched; 6-3, 190 pounds

21. OF Rhett Wiseman (Buckingham Browne & Nichols HS, Massachusetts): plus raw power; above-average to plus speed; good range in CF; iffy arm, but accurate; Johnny Damon and Brett Gardner comps; very raw at plate; also raw in field; swing needs work, inconsistent; have liked his showcase performances; 6-1, 200 pounds; L/R

22. OF Vahn Bozoian (Ayala HS, California): big righthanded power upside; questionable hit tool; plus-plus arm strength, but not always accurate; can handle big velocity; 6-5, 210 pounds

23. OF Fernelys Sanchez (George Washington HS, New York): plus-plus speed; can be too aggressive, but I like what I’ve seen out of his approach, especially as a spoiler; huge defensive tools; remain intrigued by hit tool; 6-3, 200 pounds

24. Chipola (FL) JC SO OF Andrew Toles: plus speed; plus arm; plus range in CF; kicked off team at Tennessee, but has rebounded nicely both on and off the field at junior college; easy player to like because his path to the big leagues is clear – he’s a defensive dynamo who can really run with enough pop to help keep his on-base abilities evolving over time; the popular comp (Michael Bourn) seems like a really fitting one; 5-10, 185 pounds

2011 (at Tennessee): .260/.286/.353 – 4 BB/22 K – 204 AB
2012: .367/.430/.554 – 18 BB – 166 AB – 29/36 SB

25. Rice rJR OF Jeremy Rathjen: above-average speed, power, and arm all give him the look and feel of a starting big league RF if he puts it all together; had reputation of being too aggressive at plate — mostly from being too jumpy early in counts, swinging at pitchers’ pitches — but has worked hard at Rice to hone his plate discipline; good defensive feel; coming off ACL injury, but you wouldn’t know it from breakout season; have heard comps to fellow native Texans Hunter Pence and Brad Hawpe; in a lean year for college bats, Rathjen stands out as one of the few potential starting-caliber players with All-Star upside; 6-5, 200 pounds

2011: .311/.368/.443 – 6 BB/8 K – 61 AB
2012: .349/.449/.570 – 31 BB/18 K – 186 AB – 6/7 SB

26. Texas A&M JR OF Tyler Naquin: plus-plus arm; pretty swing; above-average to plus speed; plus hit tool; reminds me a little of a super-charged version of Alabama OF Taylor Dugas – similar style of play, but every tool a grade (or more) better; better contemporary comparison may be Travis Jankowski; good enough to play CF, though he hasn’t gotten many chances to show it in college; can drill a fastball, but pitch recognition is an issue – like many non-big leaguers he struggles with good breaking stuff; started to show he can go the other way with the better breaking stuff as the year went on; emerging power, but will need to needs to continue to add muscle if he wants to drive the ball against professional pitching; currently his power plays mostly to the gaps; tons of plate coverage; as a CF, Naquin is a legitimate first day prospect; 6-2, 180 pounds

2011: .377/.450/.535 – 31 BB/33 K – 273 AB
2012: .369/.451/.535 – 25 BB/32 K – 217 AB – 18/23 SB

27. OF Bralin Jackson (Raytown South HS, Missouri): quick bat; good speed; good raw power; great athlete; above-average arm; good CF range that could be better with practice; bat is a work in progress; raw all-around, but athleticism and tools make him must follow; like the swing a lot, almost like a lefthanded swing in a righthanded hitting body; 6-0, 180 pounds; R/L

28. OF Ty Moore (Mater Dei HS, California): plus hit tool despite unorthodox swing; above-average (55ish) speed; strong enough arm; just knows how to hit; doesn’t have range for CF or power upside for corner, so tweener status limits his ceiling; 6-0, 185 pounds

29. OF Skye Bolt (Holy Innocents HS, Georgia): plus arm strength; above-average speed; interesting lefthanded power; good range; very good athlete; should be good CF in time, has speed to make up for mistakes; very accurate arm; 6-2, 180 pounds; R/R

30. OF Brett Phillips (Seminole HS, Florida): plus-plus arm strength; 55 speed; 6-1, 185 pounds; above-average range in CF with time; smart hitter; swing needs retooling; average power upside, but will have to work to unlock it

31. Texas JR OF Jonathan Walsh: advanced approach; strong arm; above-average power; big league bat speed; profiles as type of player with the chance to be a better pro hitter than he showed in college – raw physical tools have outpaced his production thus far; outside chance he’ll be announced at catcher, his high school position, on draft day – if that’s the case, expect said announcement to have come way before than many national outlets are currently predicting; from 2009: tremendous athlete with questionable defense behind the plate who is a prime candidate for a position switch; best speed in the catching class; advanced bat with ML-approach should and raw power wins him a place in my heart; I’ve heard a Jayson Werth comp that is just crazy enough for me to buy Walsh as a worthwhile high round draft pick; Texas commit; 6-3, 220 pounds

2011: .280/.375/.429 – 26 BB/34 K – 189 AB
2012: .328/.386/.527 – 17 BB/27 K – 186 AB – 11/11 SB

32. Wake Forest rJR OF Mac Williamson: impressive raw tools, emphasis on raw; above-average to plus arm strength; too aggressive at plate, gets himself out too often; I’ve long wanted to see him move back behind plate, but realize that dream is dead – as it is, he’s a good defender with the prototypical arm for RF; physically mature and very strong; plus power upside; above-average speed, but slow starter – once he gets underway, you see his speed; much improved as hitter in 2012, chasing fewer bad balls; Williamson is interesting for a lot of reasons, not the least of which being his consistently strong power performances and improved plate discipline; if it all comes together in pro ball, Williamson is a five-tool player (four of which are decidedly above-average, the most questionable tool being his bat) with big league starter upside – he profiles very similarly to Adam Brett Walker as a hitter and athlete, but with a higher floor based on his added defensive value; has also shown promise on the mound over the years: 88-92 FB, 94 peak; good sinker; good CB; shows CU; 6-4, 240 pounds

2011: .293/.389/.532 – 27 BB/55 K – 205 AB
2012: .288/.404/.603 – 24 BB/38 K – 184 AB – 13/16 SB

33. Jacksonville JR OF Adam Brett Walker: plus power upside; popular John Mayberry Jr. comps, especially in terms of frame makes a lot of sense; I’ll take the minority view and state that I think he has the chops to be an average RF as pro, but acknowledge that he could be very good defensively at 1B; average at best speed, but not for long as his body fills out; swing isn’t as long as you’d think and he’s a more refined ballplayer than often given credit; average hit tool; average at best arm; I think Walker gets an unfair reputation as a hulking all or nothing slugger who will have to hit 30+ homers to have any kind of long-term value; with a score of 45s/50s across the board, Walker’s game is relatively well-rounded – though, of course, it is still his power that will make him a potential big league regular or not; 6-5, 225 pounds

2011: .401/.481/.661 – 36 BB/61 K – 242 AB
2012: .348/.432/.586 – 30 BB/46 K – 210 AB – 19/20 SB

34. Texas Tech JR OF Barrett Barnes: plus raw power; good bat speed; above-average speed; by all accounts possesses above-average CF range, but I think his body will eventually send him to LF; good enough arm, though it is easily his weakest tool; good athlete; strong; 6-2, 220 pounds

2011: .276/.407/.481 – 43 BB/55 K – 214 AB
2012: .301/.401/.544 – 33 BB/36 K – 206 AB – 20/21 SB

35. OF Tyrone Taylor (Torrance HS, California): great athlete; above-average speed, really quick accelerator; interesting hit tool; big defensive tools; not a ton of power upside, but has some sneaky pop; leadoff future; gap power at his best; 6-2, 180 pounds

36. OF Vincent Jackson (Luella HS, Georgia): big personal favorite as hitter; can hit velocity; average speed; strong arm; 6-4, 200 pounds

37. OF Justin Black (West HS, Montana): good defender in corner, can play CF due to great first step quickness and positioning; plus speed; slash and dash at this point, but power could come as he fills out; 6-1, 185 pounds

38. St. John’s JR OF Jeremy Baltz: above-average raw power that is already playing to all fields – willing to go where the pitch is thrown; strong hit tool; plus bat speed; slow; average at best  arm; not very good in LF, so he has a ton riding on his bat; 6-3, 205 pounds

2011: .292/.431/.459 – 43 BB/46 K – 209 AB
2012: .329/.415/.507 – 28 BB/19 K – 213 AB – 16/20 SB

39. OF Theo Alexander (Lake Washington HS, Washington): quick bat; no problem with high velocity; strong; LF in pros; average speed; 6-2, 200 pounds

40. OF Steven Golden (St. Francis HS, California): good arm; very good speed; good instincts in OF combined with his speed give him plus range; line drive swing with very few moving parts – I like his hit tool more than most, though power upside is questionable; 6-3, 180 pounds; R/R

41. OF Giovanni Brusa (St. Mary’s HS, California): above-average arm; above-average speed; great athlete; big power upside; raw hit tool; could be league average defender in RF; 6-3, 200 pounds

42. LSU rJR OF Raph Rhymes: I think Rhymes gets downplayed as a prospect by national draft experts because they are guarding against casual fans overrating one of college baseball’s relatively well-known players; there’s really no denying that he is a wonderful natural hitter, though it is probably fair to say that his hit tool is his only above-average tool; I think he’ll be passable in left field with enough pop and plate discipline to potentially make it as a big league starter; he does run the risk of being an “all or nothing” prospect – if he can’t make it as a big league starter, then his ceiling drops down to pinch hitter only as he doesn’t fit defensively as a backup outfielder; 6-0, 180 pounds

2011: .364/.430/.495 – 25 BB/18 K – 214 AB
2012: .485/.538/.592 – 20 BB/10 K – 196 AB – 2/6 SB

43. Georgia Tech JR OF Brandon Thomas: above-average to plus speed; power upside largely untapped; really great athlete – if there’s one thing about his game that stands out, it is his athleticism; average hit tool with average power upside; good CF range; good enough arm, but far from special – not strong, but accurate; perfect world ceiling that a scout threw out: Andre Ethier; I think of him as a slightly lesser version of Barrett Barnes; 6-3, 205 pounds

2011: .322/.434/.449 – 38 BB/40 K – 205 AB
2012:  .360/.481/.548 – 32 BB/38 K – 186 AB – 13/18 SB

44. UCLA JR OF Jeff Gelalich: above-average runner; good range in corner; good athlete; solid all-around defender; above-average hit tool; has added strength; average to just above-average arm; can play CF, but best in corner – likely best in LF, but good enough to cover all over; seen by many as a potentially excellent reserve outfielder, but I think he’s got a strong enough all-around game to start down the line; 6-1, 200 pounds

2011: .262/.387/.410 – 26 BB/55 K – 183 AB
2012: .366/.456/.537 – 29 BB/32 K – 205 AB – 16/20 SB

45. OF Jamie Jarmon (Indian River HS, Delaware): average power upside; above-average RF arm; 55 speed; takes some weird routes in outfield, but could stick in CF with more reps; good athlete; 6-3, 205 pounds

46. Walters State (TN) CC SO OF Marcus Davis: from elite high school recruit to a stretch of injuries and ineffectiveness to finally putting up outstanding numbers in 2012; great approach to hitting, very smart ballplayer; below-average arm; plus runner; change in swing mechanics have helped unlock power; not a great defender, so likely limited to LF or even 1B as a professional; comparable to Adam Brett Walker in a lot of ways; 6-2, 215 pounds

2012: .440/.514/.766 – 31 BB – 218 AB – 14/16 SB

47. Howard JC (TX) SO OF Dexter Kjerstad: plus speed; good raw power; transfer from Texas; lots of untapped talent – has begun to flash tools more consistently to the point where he’s a certifiable draft sleeper; 6-1, 210 pounds

2012: .329/.426/.659 – 10 BB – 85 AB – 10/11 SB

48. Vanderbilt JR OF Connor Harrell: one of few college prospects in class with real five-tool potential, but has never been able to put it all together as amateur; really good defender in corner; also capable of playing an average CF; strong arm; above-average raw power; plus speed; big question for me remains approach at plate – not too many players are talented enough to get away with his kind of BB/K numbers; 6-3, 215 pounds

2011: .299/.367/.513 – 15 BB/43 K – 197 AB
2012: .265/.388/.477 – 17 BB/38 K – 132 AB – 3/4 SB

49. Stanford JR OF Jacob Stewart: you don’t need a program to identify Stewart as his special athleticism is evident right off the bat; if it all clicks, he’s one of the draft’s few players who can claim a legitimate five-tool ceiling; unfortunately, even after three years at Stanford, he’s still very, very raw; above-average to plus speed; plus range in center; strong arm; poor pitch recognition is what kills him – he’ll have some of the most painful at bats you’ll ever see; easy bottom line: star upside due to athleticism and range/speed in CF, but if he doesn’t hit, he won’t reach the big leagues – he’s the kind of player that makes me happy that my job isn’t on the line with these rankings; 6-3, 205 pounds

2011: .293/.347/.391 – 16 BB/51 K – 174 AB
2012: .306/.343/.510 – 8 BB/31 K – 157 AB – 3/4 SB

50. Baylor JR OF Logan Vick: so many players are draft-eligible each year that some inevitably blend together, but Vick’s profile makes him stand out as one of a kind; could excel at almost any defensive position (2B, 3B, potentially C) if given time; outstanding approach; plus runner; strong arm; currently a good CF, his most likely pro spot, strong instincts; smart hitter – knows when to take and when to let fly; Vick is a hard player to typecast, but a smart team will find a spot for him if he develops as expected; 5-11, 200 pounds

2011: .207/.330/.299 – 34 BB/32 K – 174 AB
2012: .352/.451/.503 – 37 BB/21 K – 193 AB – 16/21 SB

51. Washington SR OF Caleb Brown: extremely raw college senior who has improved a ton with the new coaching staff at Washington; legit speed, arm, and defense in CF; had scores of believers back when he was still a lump of clay, but many have forgotten about him over the years – he’s really talented and finally beginning to figure things out; 6-2, 225 pounds

2011: .190/.277/.226 – 6 BB/24 K – 84 AB
2012: .361/.462/.491 – 19 BB/16 K – 108 AB – 4/5 SB

52. OF Christian Dicks (Providence HS, Florida): plus speed; great athlete; great range in CF; pesky hitter, lots of foul balls; average arm; raw; 6-0, 190 pounds

53. OF Matthew Goodson (Oxford HS, Alabama): good CF range; above-average speed; strong arm; 6-0, 210 pounds

54. OF Rock Rucker (Russell County HS, Alabama): raw as a hitter, but shows a quick bat; average speed; RF arm; 6-5, 225 pounds

55. OF BJ Boyd (Palo Alto HS, California): plus (60) speed; average raw power, but still figuring out how to use it; above-average hit tool; good athlete; 5-11, 200 pounds; L/L

56. OF Jamal Martin (William T. Dwyer HS, Florida): knows how to hit; really quick hands; great athlete; above-average speed; gap power; 6-0, 180 pounds

57. Kentucky JR OF Brian Adams: plus-plus runner; plus athlete, arguably the best in this entire class; plus raw power; average arm; has the elite-level tools of a blue chip prep prospect, but the lack of attention paid to his baseball career (he’s a former football guy) puts him way behind where he should be developmentally; so much is talked about the scouting side of prospecting baseball talent, but Adams success or failure as a pro will be determined by the player development staff of whatever team takes the chance on him; circumstances and, let’s be frank, luck play a huge part in the outcome of any player subject to the draft – if it’s the right team with the right staff that selects him then he could really take off, but if it isn’t a good fit then we’ll look back and wonder what might have been; 6-4, 220 pounds

2011: .288/.373/.416 – 11 BB/40 K – 125 AB
2012: .227/.277/.341 – 3 BB/17 K – 44 AB – 1/2 SB

58. Gonzaga SR OF Royce Bolinger: plus professional RF-ready arm; above-average defender; average speed that gets pretty good when underway; big raw power with a swing that allows him to use it; arm is strong enough (95 peak off mound) that he could be tried on mound down the line; good athlete; has struggled to hit over the years, but big senior season has some thinking something has finally clicked at the plate; others put less stock in 200 senior at bats – I’d defer to area scouts on him, and would be happy to take him earlier than current industry consensus if the local guys fought for him; great instincts in outfield, can play CF in a pinch despite lack of prototypical CF foot speed – this gives him added value as potential power hitting fourth outfielder/platoon bat; 6-2, 200 pounds

2011: .293/.317/.408 – 8 BB/31 K – 191 AB
2012: .417/.471/.652 – 18 BB/19 K – 204 AB – 3/5 SB

59. Texas-Arlington JR OF Preston Beck: good power; average speed; plus arm strength; arm is very accurate as well; good athlete; fun fact: threw one perfect inning in 2011 with 2 strikeouts; pre-season FAVORITE who continues to produce and flash big league tools; 6-2, 190 pounds;

2011: .321/.420/.470 – 32 BB/24 K – 215 AB
2012: .350/.454/.586 – 34 BB/32 K – 203 AB – 4/10 SB

60. TCU SR OF Jason Coats: plus athlete; very strong; special bat speed; decent to average foot speed; average arm; plus raw power; corner outfielder with good range; pitch recognition could make or break him – has more or less broken him to this point, at least as far as national publications are concerned; in a tough spot as a college senior limited to LF who has been expected to hit enough to be worth it, but hasn’t done it; I think of him as an unfairly forgotten man who hasn’t been nearly as bad, from both a scouting and performance standpoint, as you’d hear some people tell it; 6-2, 200 pounds

2011: .365/.438/.578 – 26 BB/37 K – 249 AB
2012: .378/.425/.585 – 12 BB/20 K – 193 AB – 7/8 SB

61. OF Zach Gibbons (Saguaro HS, Arizona): solid in CF; above-average arm; line drive swing; some pop; no standout tool, but steady across board

62. OF D’Vone McClure (Jacksonville HS, Arkansas): average arm; above-average or better speed; great athlete; quick bat; good range in corner, average in center; 6-3, 190 pounds

63. Alabama SR OF Taylor Dugas: advanced idea of strike zone; above-average speed; good athlete; gap power; average at best arm; little power; good CF range; leadoff profile; earned one of my all-time all-caps FAVORITE designations going back to his sophomore season; drills high velocity with no problem; smart on bases; as much as I love him, I understand he has a limited ceiling and will have to  continually drastically outperform more physically talented players to keep moving up through a system; 5-7, 175 pounds

2011: .378/.483/.598 – 43 BB/21 K – 241 AB
2012: .357/.464/.517 – 25 BB/20 K – 207 AB – 8/13 SB

64. College of Charleston SR OF Marty Gantt: gap power with the wheels (above-average to plus speed) to leg out extra base hits; strong arm that profiles in any outfield spot; good, instinctual defender who isn’t afraid to get dirty chasing down fly balls; five words sum him up best: just knows how to hit; some guys have a knack for consistently barreling up – Gantt hits like he was born to do it; the splash of cold water comes when remembering that he’s an experienced college senior and a bit of a tweener from an offensive standpoint, but there’s no reason he can’t at least make it as a high level backup/platoon bat if he gets a few breaks along the way; 6-1, 180 pounds

2011: .333/.474/.511 – 56 BB/38 K – 237 AB
2012: .373/.484/.632 – 38 BB/30 K – 201 AB – 25/32 SB

65. Central Florida JR OF Ronnie Richardson: plus athlete; plus arm; plus runner; potential for some sneaky pop – he’s got really quick wrists and uses his lower body better than most; plus defensive tools in CF; generally viewed as a really good college player with little chance to amount to much professionally due to lack of physicality (he’s 5-6, 170 pounds), questionable swing mechanics, and, in turn, a hit tool that leaves most unimpressed, but, I don’t care – I’ve loved Richardson since he stepped on campus and will continue to tout him as a potential big leaguer who can run, defend, throw, and, thanks to a smaller than normal strike zone, really get on base

2011: .329/.456/.439 – 37 BB/42 K – 237 AB
2012: .299/.470/.508 – 36 BB/20 K – 187 AB – 21/28 SB

66. Virginia JR OF Reed Gragnani: good present gap power, could start knocking some over the fence in time; intriguing tools across the board, but hasn’t really been on the field enough to make the kind of impact many, myself included, thought he’d make on the college game; can also moonlight as a capable infielder – depending on how highly teams view his bat, it wouldn’t shock me to see a team move him back to either SS, 2B, or 3B; haven’t heard any indication one way or another about which way he is leaning heading into the draft, but Gragnani strikes me as the kind of player who could either really take off in pro ball or increase his draft stock by leaps and bounds with a huge, healthy senior season; 6-0, 175 pounds

2011: .287/.406/.353 – 20 BB/14 K – 136 AB
2012: .391/.447/.420 – 2 BB/10 K – 69 AB – 0/1 SB

67. Salt Lake (UT) CC SO OF Braden Anderson: plus-plus speed; strong arm; CF range; 6-0, 200 pounds

2012: .394/.492/.631 – 27 BB – 160 AB – 23/26 SB

68. OF Johnny Sewald (Bishop Gorman HS, Nevada): plus speed; leadoff approach; little power; great range in CF; average at best arm; 5-11, 165 pounds

69. Jacksonville JR OF Dan Gulbransen: good bat speed; fantastic approach to hitting – watching him work deep counts, spit on pitchers’ strikes, and driving his pitch to the gap is a lot of fun; approach remains consistent with each at bat, no matter the situation; playable range in CF, but average speed, arm, and power upside makes him a bit of a tweener on the whole; I like Gulbransen more than most – he’s a high floor, fourth outfielder-type with the chance for more; 5-11, 205 pounds

2011: .361/.486/.533 – 51 BB/21 K – 227 AB
2012: .324/.416/.478 – 30 BB/21 K – 207 AB – 5/8 SB

70. Michigan State JR OF Torsten Boss: moved from 3B to CF this year with generally positive results; good power; uses whole field as a hitter – really difficult to pitch to him when he’s on; above-average speed; plus arm strength; better fit in outfield for me personally – he could be really good in a corner in time; has also seen some time at 2B; defensive versatility and steady improvement as a hitter make him a really solid college position player with a relatively clear path to the big leagues, assuming continued good health and progression of tools to skills; 6-0, 200 pounds

2011: .374/.440/.594 – 28 BB/38 K – 219 AB
2012: .323/.439/.475 – 40 BB/41 K – 217 AB – 11/14 SB

71. Rutgers SR OF Patrick Kivlehan: plus athlete; has made really quick and impressive return to diamond after four years playing football; above-average speed; above-average raw power; has experience at 3B, but make more sense to let him run and throw in the outfield professionally; there isn’t much precedent for a prospect like Kivlehan, so following his career through the minors will be a lot of fun; 6-2, 210 pounds

2012: .401/.487/.706 – 21 BB/39 K – 187 AB – 24/28 SB

72. Oklahoma JR OF Max White: good strength; big league power; really good athlete; above-average speed; tried at 2B last fall, but moved to CF this year, where he has showed impressive instincts; easy to love his defensive versatility – can play anywhere but C and SS; 6-1, 200 pounds

2011: .259/.321/.388 – 7 BB/27 K – 147 AB
2012: .327/.391/.444 – 20 BB/25 K – 214 AB – 6/13 SB

73. Missouri JR OF Blake Brown: gifted natural hitter; above-average speed; above-average arm; good defender; smart base runner; plus raw power, but hasn’t shown it in games yet; too many swings and misses; more tools than production so far, but a pro team with a confident developmental staff may be willing to take a risk on his tools sooner rather than later during the draft; 6-1, 190 pounds

2011: .286/.420/.473 – 40 BB/58 K – 182 AB
2012: .281/.365/.468 – 21 BB/51 K – 203 AB – 14/19 SB

74. OF Sam Brown (Jackson HS, Washington): big hit tool; good speed; good base runner; 5-11, 185 pounds

75. OF Tate Matheny (Westminster Christian Academy, Missouri): obvious catching convert still learning ropes of outfield; good speed; has added strength and become legit prospect; 6-2, 185 pounds

76. OF Zach Coppola (Dowling Catholic HS, Iowa): plus speed; potential for plus range in CF; strong arm; reminds me of prep version of Patrick Biondi; 5-10, 160 pounds

77. OF Joey Curletta (Mountain Pointe HS, Arizona): plus arm strength; just average speed; raw power is there, but haven’t really seen it yet; 6-4, 230 pounds

78. OF Cullen O’Dwyer (El Dorado HS, New Mexico): quick bat; much improved over summer; good athlete; good hit tool; good arm strength

79. Chandler-Gilbert (AZ) JC SO OF Tyler Hollick: plus speed; good CF range; I like his bat, others not sold; crazy production in 2012 (below)

2012: .475/.605/.722 – 52 BB – 162 AB – 61/67 SB

80. Arizona State JR OF Andrew Aplin: pretty line drive swing; plus range in CF; above-average speed; strong arm; well below-average power; leadoff hitter profile; average or better upside with bat, but still largely untapped; 5-11, 185 pounds

2011: .284/.380/.404 – 20 BB/15 K – 141 AB
2012: .292/.376/.463 – 26 BB/11 K – 216 AB – 6/8 SB

81. Michigan JR OF Patrick Biondi: plus-plus speed, but doesn’t always use it as effectively as he could – check his SB%; outstanding defender in CF; strong arm; knows his role as a hitter – plays up the pesky, on-base skills and hits the ball where the ball is pitched; 5-9, 165 pounds

2011: .304/.382/.346 – 25 BB/26 K – 217 AB
2012: .312/.416/.416 – 30 BB/28 K – 221 AB – 32/44 SB

82. Texas A&M SO OF Krey Bratsen: 80 speed; plus arm; plus CF range; very raw in all other phases of the game; 6-0, 170 pounds

2011: .332/.397/.373 – 26 BB/51 K – 268 AB
2012: .234/.333/.293 – 26 BB/34 K – 184 AB – 22/27 SB

83. Orange Coast CC (CA) rSO OF Chris Carlson: he can hit; average speed; average defender; but he can really hit; 5-10, 170 pounds

2012: .438/.521/.723 – 17 BB/10 K – 137 AB – 11/14 SB

84. Tulane JR OF Brandon Boudreaux: plus speed; plus range; leadoff profile

2011: .260/.387/.333 – 27 BB/15 K – 150 AB
2012: .360/.454/.585 – 33 BB/21 K – 200 AB – 10/14 SB

85. UCLA JR OF Beau Amaral: strong defender in CF; leadoff profile; hard contact; well above-average runner; quick bat; iffy arm strength; good athlete; good range; whole field approach; carries himself with the confidence of a pro; does all the little things well; 5-10, 180 pounds

2011: .294/.402/.421 – 25 BB/48 K – 221 AB
2012: .293/.375/.428 – 20 BB/31 K – 222 AB – 12/18 SB

86. Vanderbilt JR OF Michael Yastrzemski: reminds me of opposite version of college teammate Connor Harrell; well-rounded set of tools, but nothing that stands out as plus; good defender in all three outfield spots; above-average speed; nice lefthanded swing that is built for line drives, not much loft or extension keeps him from hitting for big power; strong, accurate arm; uses whole field well as hitter; the type of player who grows on you with time; 5-11, 175 pounds

2011: .304/.433/.387 – 45 BB/41 K – 230 AB
2012: .291/.404/.411 – 24 BB/24 K – 175 AB – 5/7 SB

87. College of Charleston rSO OF Daniel Aldrich: good to plus raw power who puts together some monumental BPs and carries some, though not all, of it over to game action; his ultra-aggressive approach is what could be his undoing – the savvier pitchers in pro ball, armed with more detailed scouting reports, will know how to exploit the holes in his swing; poor arm keeps him stuck in LF; as a LF only, he’ll have to mash like he has as a college guy in the pros to survive; with his raw power he’ll have a chance, especially if he makes the right swing adjustments and works to improve his two-strike approach; 6-2, 200 pounds

2011: .351/.403/.743 – 18 BB/58 K – 222 AB
2012: .301/.394/.596 – 26 BB/47 K – 183 AB – 3/4 SB

88. Coastal Carolina SR OF Daniel Bowman: impressive plus raw power; strong enough arm for RF; decent speed; previously too much of a hacker with far too many empty swings, but toned down his aggression in a positive way this year; has a reputation, fair or not, as mistake hitter; carrying tool is his power upside which, if nothing else, gives him the edge over a fair number of mid-round college position players looking for work; 6-1, 210 pounds

2011: .281/.343/.512 – 18 BB/42 K – 242 AB
2012: .395/.479/.580 – 25 BB/27 K – 200 AB – 12/15 SB

89. OF Steven Duggar (Byrnes HS, South Carolina): good hit tool; good speed; strong arm; CF range; strong Clemson commitment; 6-2, 180 pounds

90. Lamar (CO) CC SO OF Jackson Gooch: good range in corner; average at best arm; really interesting upside with bat; 6-4, 200 pounds

2012: .417/.473/.775 – 15 BB – 218 AB – 7/10 SB

91. Stanford JR OF Tyler Gaffney: leadoff profile with great approach and plus speed; plus athleticism; plus range in corner, above-average in CF; strong hit tool despite unconventional swing – many hate the swing and say it won’t work at next level, but the complaints seem more based on performance (i.e. more grumbling this year than last) and I don’t personally foresee problems with the swing ahead; below-average arm strength, but above-average accuracy; 6-0, 220 pounds

2011: .337/.435/.487 – 31 BB/30 K – 199 AB
2012: .238/.395/.317 – 28 BB/25 K – 164 AB – 6/9 SB

92. Florida State JC at Jacksonville SO OF Terrell Joyce: good speed; can be too aggressive on both base paths and at plate; super raw; considered signable within first ten rounds – after that, his commitment to Virginia Tech will come into play; can also play infield corners, though unsure how well he defends at third; 6-3, 225 pounds

2012: .436/.503/.725 – 23 BB – 149 AB – 8/11 SB

93. Mississippi JR OF Tanner Mathis: leadoff hitter profile; some pop; above-average speed; good range; good hit tool; 6-0, 180 pounds

2011: .332/.384/.367 – 16 BB/10 K – 226 AB
2012: .352/.456/.405 – 36 BB/16 K – 227 AB – 8/8 SB

94. Hawaii JR OF Breland Almadova: true plus (70) speed; very good defensive tools (range, athleticism, instincts), definite CF range; have heard conflicting reports on arm, ranging from “weak” to “arm is an asset” – looked strong and accurate to me, and it has more fans than detractors from what I’ve heard; enough power to gaps to keep pitchers honest; great athlete with the ceiling of a leadoff hitting centerfielder and the more likely floor of reserve outfielder who can run and catch; 6-1, 200 pounds

2011: .356/.451/.492 – 31 BB/42 K – 191 AB
2012: .310/.422/.411 – 27 BB/34 K – 158 AB – 9/13 SB

95. Hawaii SR OF Collin Bennett: strong history with wood; good athlete; average at best in CF, above-average in corner; above-average arm, enough for RF; patient approach at plate, will wait for something to drive; defensive versatility could get him drafted, as he can also play a decent 3B; 6-1, 205 pounds

2011: .354/.424/.429 – 17 BB/29 K – 161 AB
2012: .381/.489/.456 – 24 BB/24 K – 147 AB – 4/8 SB

96. Santa Fe (FL) CC SO OF Trey Griffin: above-average speed; great athlete; still believe the bat will come on, but gets less likely with each passing year; like Stewart Ijames, Griffin has been a long-time favorite whom I’ve always looked at as a potential regular big league player – his progress has stagnated, so we’re left wondering what might have been if he had given pro ball an earlier shot; 6-3, 210 pounds

2012: .311/.413/.473 – 15 BB/27 K – 167 AB – 10/14 SB

97. Santa Fe (FL) CC FR OF Mallex Smith: plus-plus speed; interesting pop, but needs to put on some muscle; good approach, but could stand to be more patient and take on his role as a potential leadoff hitter; raw, but talented; 5-10, 175 pounds

2012: .380/.466/.540 – 16 BB/30 K – 163 AB – 31/37 SB

98. Salt Lake (UT) CC SO OF Dominque Taylor: plus speed; some power upside; average at best arm; very raw bat, but intrigued by hit tool; CF range; 6-0, 190 pounds

2012: .335/.413/.466 – 12 BB – 161 AB – 27/30 SB

99. OF Christian Keene (Brookhaven Academy, Mississippi): great athlete; above-average arm; above-average speed; intriguing raw power; 6-3, 200 pounds

100. OF Timothy Robinson (Ocean View HS, California): strong; 6-1, 235 pounds; LF only; weak arm; not fast; big raw power; inherent risk in any bat only prep player, but 60/70 power might be worth it

101. James Madison rSO OF Johnny Bladel: ranked 17th on my pre-season list – that might just go down as a miss on my end; above-average to plus speed; gap power; great approach; good defensive CF; plus arm; will have to answer for his suspension from the team, but by all accounts the incident was more youthful indiscretion than long-term concern; status as redshirt-sophomore combined with down season will make him a tough sign, but I still believe in him and will be first in line pumping him up on a 2013 draft list if it comes to it; 6-0, 175 pounds

2011: .336/.460/.493 – 42 BB/47 K – 211 AB
2012: .263/.432/.326 – 26 BB/19 K – 95 AB – 7/9 SB

102. Georgia Tech SO OF Kyle Wren: plus-plus speed; good CF range; ideal leadoff approach; needs to put on some weight and start driving some balls to keep pitchers honest in pro ball; considered a difficult sign, so wouldn’t be a surprise to see him drop and then return to Georgia Tech for another season; 5-10, 165 pounds

2011: .355/.429/.464 – 32 BB/30 K – 265 AB
2012: .272/.370/.386 – 33 BB/24 K – 228 AB – 17/23 SB

103. Arizona Christian JR OF Alex Glenn: plus-plus speed; good pop; tools are there to be elite defender; above-average arm; raw hitter, but lots of upside at plate; USC transfer

2011: .217/.357/.362 – 12 BB/29 K – 69 AB
2012: .351/.467/.580 – 30 BB/31 K – 174 AB – 23/25 SB

104. OF DJ Stewart (Bolles School, Florida): great athlete; good power; strong hit tool; 6-0, 215 pounds

105. Virginia Tech rJR OF Andrew Rash: plus to plus-plus righthanded power, some of the best of its kind in this year’s college class; for all that power and his excellent bat speed, the results have fallen off in a big way after his breakout redshirt-sophomore season; above-average arm; average speed and good instincts help him get by in CF, but profiles best in RF at next level; power will be his carrying tool, so if a team believes that he’ll enough long balls to make up for the overall deficiencies in his offensive game then I think he’ll go high enough to sign; 6-0, 200 pounds

2011: .330/.414/.696 – 19 BB/49 K – 191 AB
2012: .267/.330/.444 – 9 BB/38 K – 187 AB – 7/9 SB

106. Iowa Western CC SO OF Tanner Kreitemeier: very good CF; good speed; plus arm; Nebraska transfer; really interested in the bat; 6-2, 190 pounds

2012: .430/.478/.682 – 6 BB – 179 AB – 6/10 SB

107. Azusa Pacific (CA) SR OF Brent Warren: plus runner; good range in CF; above-average power potential, but the process of going from upside to reality has been more drawn out than you’d like to see; good athlete; high profile recruit and Oregon State transfer; even as a four-year college player Warren has untapped potential to his game – he can run, defend, and there’s still enough power yet to be unearthed to make him an interesting upside play; 6-3, 180 pounds

2012: .339/.411/.551 – 25 BB/44 K – 245 AB – 9/12 SB

108. Dallas Baptist rJR OF Boomer Collins: good RF arm; average speed, but good instincts helps it play up; average power upside; well-rounded backup outfielder type; Nebraska transfer; 5-11, 200 pounds

2012: .305/.419/.542 – 37 BB/43 K – 203 AB – 15/18 SB

109. Riverside CC (CA) FR OF Ryan Garvey: average speed; average arm, probably enough for RF; above-average power upside; strong hit tool; may or may not have the athleticism long-term to stay in outfield, but has experience at first; originally enrolled at USC, but wound up having disappointing year at junior college instead; believed to be much more signable this year; 6-0, 190 pounds

2012: .266/.325/.367 – 8 BB/23 K – 139 AB – 4/5 SB

110. OF Austin Anderson (Saguaro HS, Arizona): good athlete; CF range; good hit tool

111. OF Isaiah Yates (Clovis East HS, California): average speed; plus arm; strong hit tool; good power projection; 5-11, 185 pounds

112. OF Spencer Johnson (Parkview HS, Missouri): big raw power; good speed; 6-4, 210 pounds

113. Colorado Mesa SR OF Jeff Popick: good raw power, still largely untapped; good approach; average arm; average speed; 6-4, 200 pounds

2012: .424/.524/.663 – 31 BB/16 K – 184 AB – 8/11 SB

114. Florida International JR OF Jabari Henry: good arm capable of holding it down in RF; average speed; enough range for CF, but might be best in corner; big raw power, but a long way away from tapping in; 6-1, 200 pounds;

2011: .246/.390/.482 – 43 BB/61 K – 195 AB
2012: .301/.423/.566 – 35 BB/48 K – 173 AB – 4/6 SB

115. North Carolina State rSR OF Ryan Mathews: interesting prospect who has been consistently hyped dating back to his high school days, but has never been in one place and healthy long enough for scouts to get a good look; at his best he has shown scouts plus speed, average arm strength, and good athleticism; the knock on his game coming into the year was his present below-average power due to a hitch in swing, but the coaching staff at NC State did a good job helping him tap into his significant raw power by making some adjustments at the plate; good range in CF, but probably best in a corner professionally; has slimmed down and improved athleticism over past year; 6-3, 180 pounds

2012: .335/.391/.648 – 16 BB/32 K – 182 AB – 1/3 SB

116. Virginia Tech rSO OF Tyler Horan: intriguing power upside; can get too aggressive at plate, for better or worse; good athlete; average speed; good in a corner; plus throwing arm; 6-2, 225 pounds

2011: .396/.434/.771 – 2 BB/11 K – 48 AB
2012: .277/.398/.580 – 28 BB/44 K – 188 AB – 7/9 SB

117. Stony Brook JR OF William Carmona: plus raw power; below-average plate discipline; poor defender at present with below-average range, so a move to 3B, where I’m not sure he’d be much better, may be necessary; plus arm strength – has hit 94 off mound; 6-0, 225 pounds

2011: .326/.357/.545 – 10 BB/50 K – 224 AB
2012: .338/.415/.608 – 27 BB/29 K – 204 AB – 7/8 SB

118. Hofstra SR OF Danny Poma: good speed; strong arm; good range; gap power

2011: .348/.423/.483 – 16 BB/30 K – 178 AB
2012: .377/.455/.578 – 22 BB/14 K – 223 AB – 26/35 SB

119. Clemson rJR OF Thomas Brittle: plus speed; plus-plus range in CF; one of the most exciting players in college baseball, at least for my money – he’s the kind of guy you’d pay to watch chase down fly balls and run the bases; College of Charleston transfer; 5-8, 170 pounds

2012: .328/.416/.475 – 21 BB/21 K – 198 AB – 12/14 SB

120. Shippensburg (PA) SR OF Cody Kulp: plus arm; average speed; good range in RF; above-average raw power; below-average plate discipline, but has shown some improvement; 6-2, 200 pounds

.304/.392/.481 – 23 BB/21 K – 181 AB – 6/8 SB

121. South Carolina JR OF Evan Marzilli:  good athlete; plus speed; came into year thinking he had above-average range in CF and plus range in corner, but now think I like him as plus in CF as well – he’s a great, instinctual defender with speed to catch up to almost everything; solid plate discipline; strong hit tool; improving pop, mostly to gaps; though his numbers may not show it, he’s on the short list of most improved players in 2012; 5-11, 175 pounds

2011: .282/.370/.405 – 26 BB/60 K – 220 AB
2012: .290/.381/.397 – 28 BB/44 K – 214 AB – 11/15 SB

121. The Master’s (CA) SR OF Tanner Leighton: plus speed; great instincts on bases; experience all over diamond, but best in CF; average arm; 5-10, 175 pounds

122. OF Marcus Wirth (Grand Junction HS, Colorado): good range in CF; plus speed; some pop

123. OF Sam Gillikin (Hoover HS, Alabama): good athlete; above-average speed; average arm; like his hit tool; 6-2, 190 pounds

124. OF Kevin Connolly (Omaha Creighton Prep, Nebraska): good speed; plus arm; good athlete; interesting power; 6-1, 185 pounds

125. LSU JR OF Mason Katz: intriguing power upside, but currently mostly to gaps; average defender in RF; 5-10, 190 pounds

2011: .342/.376/.542 – 9 BB/33 K – 190 AB
2012: .343/.439/.608 – 31 BB/36 K – 204 AB – 8/10 SB

126. Arkansas rSO OF Jacob Morris: plus athlete; plus speed; covers lots of ground in OF; strong arm that could be tried on mound down the line; big raw talent, but hasn’t gotten at bats to show it; rare and beautiful underperforming college upside gamble, but difficult sign as redshirt-sophomore; 6-3, 215 pounds

2012: .229/.357/.393 – 22 BB/48 K – 140 AB – 5/7 SB

127. TCU JR OF Kyle Von Tungeln: good to plus speed; intriguing pop; average arm; from a strictly tools standpoint, Von Tungeln isn’t that far off from Travis Jankowski – it’s just that Jankowski is a much better ballplayer at this point who has converted more of his tools to skills; 6-0, 180 pounds

2011: .302/.392/.430 – 13 BB/15 K – 86 AB
2012: .333/.436/.454 – 26 BB/45 K – 183 AB – 10/15 SB

128. Mississippi SR OF Zach Kirksey: plus raw power that he has finally tapped into; plus speed; very quick bat; huge holes in swing, but improving ever so slightly; iffy defender

2011: .192/.283/.423 – 3 BB/24 K – 52 AB
2012: .291/.390/.661 – 18 BB/29 K – 127 AB – 1/2 SB

129. Arizona JR OF Robert Refsnyder: plus athlete; 55 speed; big raw power, but currently to gaps (10 HRs a year?); strong arm for RF; gets most out of tools; strong hit tool; 6-1, 205 pounds

2011: .274/.332/.427 – 17 BB/30 K – 241 AB
2012: .320/.414/.495 – 25 BB/18 K – 206 AB – 13/17 SB

130. East Tennessee State SR OF Matthew Scruggs: quick bat; good athlete; swings from heels, but with power lacking in college class could get a look late – too many empty swings for me personally; have heard it argued that he is not just a bat (solid defender in corner) though it is still clear what tool will make or break him; 6-1, 200 pounds

2011: .266/.356/.450 – 24 BB/62 K – 218 AB
2012: .244/.332/.549 – 21 BB/64 K – 193 AB – 8/10 SB

131. Amherst (MA) SR OF Kevin Heller: good athlete; good speed; good range; good arm; good power; 6-1, 200 pounds

2012: .374/.474/.523 – 17 BB/17 K – 107 AB – 4/5 SB

132. Duke SR OF Will Piwnica-Worms: good arm; gap power; good defender in corner; good speed; no carrying tool, but well-rounded overall; inability to play solid enough CF — he’s not bad there, but couldn’t do it full-time — may keep him from fulfilling backup outfielder upside; Piwnica-Worms has some pretty serious fans who strongly believe that he is a future big league player – as of now, I think they are seeing something I’m not, but the strong, persistent love for him out from the people who have seen him every weekend is something to keep in the back of your mind; 6-2, 220 pounds

2011: .274/.342/.401 – 13 BB/39 K – 197 AB
2012: .312/.431/.538 – 25 BB/27 K – 173 AB – 4/6 SB

133. OF Jake Cosart (Clear Creek HS, Texas): very similar to his brother Jared, at least on his throws from the outfield: 98 MPH from outfield, but, unlike his brother, only mid-80s from mound; once his body fills out, his career could go in any number of ways; 6-1, 145 pounds

134. OF Daniel Kihle (Andale HS, Kansas): plus speed; plus range

135. OF Edward Sappelt (Southern Alamance HS, North Carolina): line drive swing, but can also hit ball out

136. Florida International SR OF Pablo Bermudez: could play CF as pro, but iffy arm might keep him in LF; very raw for a college senior; power/speed combo with speed developed but power not yet full realized; can get too aggressive at times; inside-out swing limits his power ceiling – good pro coaching could go a long way; 5-11, 185 pounds

2011: .382/.497/.532 – 52 BB/48 K – 233 AB
2012: .310/.418/.433 – 37 BB/49 K – 203 AB – 12/18 SB

137. Middle Tennessee State SR OF Justin Guidry: plus speed; gap power; quick bat; strong arm; plus CU as a lefthanded pitcher (6.07 K/9 in 26.2 IP in 2011), but didn’t see any time on the mound in 2012

2011: .332/.380/.453 – 12 BB/27 K – 232 AB
2012: .358/.418/.480 – 18 BB/21 K – 229 AB – 11/14 SB

138. Connecticut rJR OF Billy Ferriter: above-average to plus speed; plus range in corner; strong hit tool; pressed as a redshirt-sophomore, but has really stepped his game up to help fill the void left by George Springer’s departure; 6-2, 200 pounds

2011: .315/.385/.350 – 17 BB/36 K – 197 AB
2012: .379/.443/.441 – 21 BB/26 K – 227 AB – 25/30 SB

139. Wright State SR OF Tristan Moore: average hit tool; above-average speed; very strong arm – has been 90-92 FB off mound; RF professionally; questionable power potential, but there’s something there; raw even after four years, but more naturally gifted than your typical senior sign; good athlete; too aggressive at times; great range in corner; 6-2, 205 pounds

2011: .329/.408/.529 – 25 BB/41 K – 210 AB
2012: .324/.395/.488 – 23 BB/40 K – 213 AB – 9/14 SB

140. Florida International JR OF Nathan Burns: good athlete; plus arm; plus speed; too many swings and misses, but has the size, athleticism, and defensive tools to intrigue; 6-4, 200 pounds

2012: .304/.405/.493 – 36 BB/47 K – 207 AB – 9/13 SB

141. Oregon SR OF Vernell Warren: limited baseball experience since high school, but might just be the best athlete in the entire draft; best raw tool is his plus-plus speed; hard to put future grades on his bat, but his speed and defense should get him chances for years to come; when you click his bio on the Oregon baseball website, his listed position is “Jumps,” a relic from his track and field past; 6-0, 165 pounds

2012: .353/.368/.412 – 1 BB/5 K – 17 AB – 0/0 SB

142. OF Austin Cipres (Murrierta Valley HS, California): plus arm strength; good athlete

143. OF Chris Akmon (Saguaro HS, Arizona): good power upside; good defender presently

144. OF Eric Stryker (Armwood HS, Florida): raw; great athlete; 6-1, 190 pounds

145. UNC-Wilmington JR OF Tyler Molinaro: strong hit tool, but has been inconsistent throughout amateur career; good glove in corner; impressive power, but all depends on whether or not he can make enough contact going forward; 6-2, 220 pounds

2012: .278/.339/.526 – 18 BB/57 K – 234 AB – 6/7 SB

146. Oregon JR OF Andrew Mendenhall: good athlete; high ceiling, but has yet to fulfill promise of power upside and above-average speed combination; even without showing much with the bat yet, Mendenhall’s plus CF range and plus arm make him an interesting mid- to late-round pick, though he could go higher with a big senior season; 6-3, 200 pounds

2011: .226/.359/.321 – 8 BB/10 K – 53 AB
2012: .277/.393/.362 – 9 BB/11 K – 47 AB – 3/6 SB

147. Cornell SR OF Brian Billigen: good bat speed; average power upside; above-average speed; above-average to plus arm; good defender in CF; no real weaknesses, but pitch recognition is sometimes an issue – will chase bad balls and get himself out; received a rare and beautiful pre-season Ivy League FAVORITE designation; 6-0, 175 pounds

2011: .308/.429/.617 – 17 BB/32 K – 120 AB
2012: .369/.448/.584 – 14 BB/28 K – 149 AB – 13/15 SB

148. OF Josh Schubert-McAdams (Calhoun HS, Georgia): plus arm; 6-4, 215 pounds

149. OF Nick Fatica (Marcos de Niza HS, Arizona): good speed; CF range; whole fields approach

150. OF Keaton Boysen (Desert Mountain HS, Arizona): strong hit tool only big tool

151. OF Shilo McCall (Piedra Vista HS, New Mexico): good speed; good athlete; strong; above-average arm; 6-2, 215 pounds

152. OF Josh Almonte (Long Island City HS, New York): plus speed; plus arm; 6-3, 200 pounds

153. Wilmington (DE) SR OF Joe Harbach: plus defender in CF; interesting raw power, but little has manifested thus far; 6-2, 185 pounds

2012: .380/.472/.583 – 22 BB/15 K – 192 AB – 12/16 SB

154. LSU JR OF Arby Fields: great athlete; plus speed; CF range; has some power upside, but hasn’t shown it since junior college days; made consistent hard contact even when piling up the outs this spring; reminds me a little bit of Kentrail Davis as a prospect and should get drafted much closer to where a prospect like that should be taken (i.e. far from the supplemental first); best days are ahead, but it remains to be seen if he’s signable after twice turning down the draft so far; 5-9, 210 pounds

2012: .237/.305/.331 – 10 BB/20 K – 118 AB – 10 BB/20 K – 3/5 SB

155. Texas State SR OF Jeff McVaney: average hit tool that some like a touch more, but that’s the high point of his game; power slightly below-average; average arm not quite as strong as you’d think coming from a decent pitching prospect; solid defender in corner, but stretched in CF; no true carrying tool, but could turn him in as solid org guy who could hang on just long enough to get a chance; 6-2, 210 pounds

2011: .307/.420/.471 – 35 BB/36 K – 238 AB
2012: .299/.358/.495 – 13 BB/34 K – 194 AB – 13/16 SB

156. OF Zach Larson (Lakewood Ranch HS, Florida): good athlete; good speed; good arm; CF range; raw; 6-4, 200 pounds

157. OF Anthony Kidston (Defiance HS, Ohio): plus arm strength plays well in RF; good range

158. Rice SR OF Michael Fuda: good gap power; plus speed that questionable base running instincts somewhat negate; good, versatile defender; strong arm; great athlete; plus OF range; has all of the non-hit tools you like to see, but doesn’t profile as a high-average guy and his approach at the plate is far below acceptable levels; 6-0, 190 pounds

2011: .261/.348/.304 – 19 BB/37 K – 161 AB
2012: .310/.341/.481 – 9 BB/49 K – 210 AB – 7/9 SB

159. St. Cloud State JR OF Brian Hansen: plus range in CF; good arm; little power upside, but can put it in the gaps when ahead in the count; good hit tool; 6-3, 200 pounds

2012: .344/.449/.591 – 33 BB/27 K – 215 AB – 11/13 SB

160. Columbia JR OF Dario Pizzano: above-average hit tool; average power; average speed; average arm; tools play up; LF in pros, but should be solid there; 5-11, 200 pounds

2011: .359/.443/.654 – 22 BB/18 K – 156 AB
2012: .347/.461/.533 – 31 BB/16 K – 150 AB – 3/5 SB

161. Manhattan JR OF Anthony Vega: plus speed; good range in CF; interesting raw power

2011: .255/.343/.359 – 15 BB/32 K – 145 AB
2012: .348/.424/.507 – 22 BB/25 K – 201 AB – 30/33 SB

162. OF Cam Gibson (Grosse Pointe South HS, Michigan): good speed; good athlete; CF range; work in progress with bat

163. OF Robert Martinez (Quinones Medina HS, Puerto Rico): interesting bat; 6-1, 185 pounds

164. OF Dylan Dore (Johns Creek HS, Georgia): plus arm strength; good speed

165. Utah SR OF Shaun Cooper: can hit a good fastball; quick hands; iffy arm; average speed; LF only as pro; needed to at least repeat his big power showing of 2011, but down year leaves him in draft day limbo; 5-10, 200 pounds

2011: .347/.408/.604 – 19 BB/46 K – 202 AB
2012: .236/.295/.423 – 12 BB/53 K – 208 AB – 4/7 SB

166. Marshall rJR OF Isaac Ballou: leadoff hitter profile; good approach; above-average speed; above-average range; iffy arm; little power, but slowly starting to emerge as body has filled out; 6-2, 200 pounds

2011: .283/.397/.396 – 32 BB/28 K – 187 AB
2012: .313/.454/.410 – 44 BB/40 K – 195 AB – 22/29 SB

167. Northeastern Oklahoma JC SO OF Mark Podlas: good athlete; good power upside; UVA transfer

2012: .343/.401/.587 – 15 BB – 172 AB – 8/9 SB

168. Georgia SR OF Peter Verdin: plus athlete; toolsy; plus-plus speed; plus arm; very good CF; interesting power potential; has been tried at C and could be tried there again in pros; 6-0, 200 pounds

2011: .270/.338/.348 – 9 BB/34 K – 178 AB
2012: .290/.392/.347 – 18 BB/30 K – 176 AB – 16/18 SB

169. Cal State Fullerton JR OF Anthony Hutting: good pure hitter; 6-0, 185 pounds

2011: .155/.262/.211 – 7 BB/13 K – 71 AB
2012: .292/.442/.434 – 22 BB/8 K – 106 AB – 3/5 SB

170. McNeese State SR OF Seth Granger: plus defender; gap power; average speed; too many swings and misses, but hit tool is strong

2011: .367/.435/.500 – 26 BB/38 K – 226 AB
2012: .332/.406/.488 – 22 BB/39 K – 211 AB – 14/17 SB

171. Charlotte rSR OF Shane Brown: leadoff hitter profile – strong approach, high contact skills, and great strike zone judgment; plus speed; 5-11, 160 pounds

2011: .299/.448/.358 – 16 BB/9 K – 67 AB
2012: .365/.445/.432 – 25 BB/12 K – 192 AB – 31/33 SB

172. Navy SR OF Alex Azor: great athlete; strong hit tool; good range in CF; strong enough arm

2011: .329/.404/.402 – 21 BB/14 K – 234 AB
2012: .316/.410/.401 – 24 BB/10 K – 152 AB – 3/4 SB

173. Wichita State rSO OF Micah Green: good athlete; plus speed; plus raw power; super duper raw across the board, but has the tools to get noticed; lack of playing time made scouting him difficult this spring, so another year of college might be best for all involved; 6-2, 215 pounds

2011: .241/.311/.317 – 12 BB/34 K – 145 AB
2012: .315/.361/.449 – 4 BB/21 K – 89 AB – 4/5 SB

174. Gonzaga JR OF Billy Moon: great athlete with speed and instincts to show CF range; like teammate Royce Bolinger, has the plus arm strength to potentially be tried on mound professionally (2012 stats: 5.92 K/9 | 0.95 BB/9 | 4.54 FIP | 38 IP); thought his sophomore season was a precursor to a breakout junior year, but things haven’t gone according to plan at plate; likely will head into 2013 as one of those senior signs with subpar college production that has way more tools than you’d expect; 5-10, 185 pounds

2011: .358/.410/.492 – 14 BB/22 K – 193 AB
2012: .234/.280/.299 – 8 BB/20 K – 107 AB – 2/3 SB

175. Morehead State SR OF Andrew Deeds: good athlete; strong arm; good speed; has made steady progress as hitter to the point where he is now a definite maybe on draft day; experience at third base could make him more attractive

2011: .283/.371/.473 – 19 BB/26 K – 184 AB
2012: .323/.393/.483 – 15 BB/16 K – 201 AB – 13/21 SB

176. Nebraska JR OF Josh Scheffert: good athlete; strong; intriguing raw power; questionable hit tool; 6-2, 200 pounds

2011: .220/.286/.340 – 11 BB/39 K – 150 AB
2012: .352/.405/.553 – 15 BB/24 K – 179 AB – 5/5 SB

177. North Carolina State JR OF Tarran Senay: plus raw power; iffy arm; below-average speed, but an underrated athlete and defender; still probably locked in as a professional LF; looked his best during his freshman year, but hasn’t been able to recapture that form since – any team considering drafting him will be banking on the talent he flashed earlier in his career; 6-0, 220 pounds

2011: .271/.401/.388 – 26 BB/38 K – 129 AB
2012: .224/.315/.417 – 18 BB/41 K – 156 AB – 1/2 SB

178. Jacksonville State SR OF Kyle Bluestein: good speed; picks his spots on bases well; plus arm, more than enough for RF; good range in corner; interesting power upside that scouts believe they haven’t really seen in game action yet, at least not with any consistency; still has too much swing and miss in his offensive game, but better tools than your typical late-round senior sign; 6-3, 205 pounds

2011: .333/.400/.597 – 17 BB/42 K – 159 AB
2012: .314/.386/.498 – 18 BB/47 K – 207 AB – 7/7 SB

179. Louisville SR OF Stewart Ijames: I always look back on guys like Mike Trout and Christian Yelich as some of my biggest draft misses, but of the guys I really advocated for who haven’t panned out the poster boy is probably Ijames; I’ll stubbornly stand by his bat speed and power upside, but admit defeat when it comes to his plate discipline, which has declined since his eye-opening redshirt-sophomore season; decent speed; strong arm; 6-1, 215 pounds

2011: .247/.327/.454 – 24 BB/45 K – 227 AB
2012: .261/.354/.486 – 30 BB/40 K – 218 AB – 6/8 SB

180. West Virginia JR OF Brady Wilson: plus-plus speed; raw defensively, but speed allows him to outrun mistakes; too aggressive at plate and hasn’t really embraced role of slash-and-dash, patient leadoff hitter; can also play 2B, but speed like his was made for CF; 5-10, 165 pounds

2011: .298/.390/.367 – 23 BB/24 K – 215 AB
2012: .243/.339/.344 – 27 BB/39 K – 218 AB – 10/17 SB

181. Orange Coast CC (CA) FR OF Boog Powell: patient, high-contact approach well-suited for leadoff role; plus speed; plus CF range; above-average arm; 5-11, 170 pounds

2012: .398/.432/.435 – 11 BB/10 K – 191 AB – 8/14 SB

182. Arkansas JR OF Matt Vinson: five-tool ceiling, but maddeningly inconsistent across board; plate discipline in 2012 was strangely a bright spot; big raw power; good defender; strong arm; has the physical gifts to go a long way in professional baseball, but his well below-average college track record may keep him from getting a shot just yet; some rawness was expected, but not so much that he’d be unable to hit his weight; 6-2, 210 pounds

2011: .221/.310/.390 – 10 BB/27 K – 77 AB
2012: .205/.382/.282 – 23 BB/23 K – 78 AB – 1/4 SB

183. South Alabama JR OF Nolan Earley: gap power that has increased with added bulk; above-average speed; above-average arm; good range in corner, can handle CF when he has to; no standout tool, but well-rounded skill set could make him valuable backup in time; 6-0, 190 pounds

2011: .312/.403/.434 – 28 BB/22 K – 221 AB
2012: .310/.410/.463 – 31 BB/30 K – 203 AB – 5/8 SB

184. Clemson SR OF Brad Felder: interesting power upside; plus speed; can play all three outfield spots; already 23, so he’ll have to move fast; 6-0, 200 pounds

2011 (at Citadel): .308/.385/.507 – 22 BB/56 K – 201 AB
2012: .259/.347/.429 – 19 BB/29 K – 147 AB – 10/11 SB

185. Washington State SR OF Derek Jones: very strong; decent speed; average at best arm; best future tool is power, which profiles as a touch above average at next level; great athlete; holes in swing lead to too many swings and misses; stuck in LF defensively, but should be decent there; improved approach over course of college career is encouraging; hard to put too high of a grade on a corner outfielder with a questionable hit tool; 6-1, 220 pounds;

2011: .254/.355/.440 – 23 BB/47 K – 193 AB
2012: .316/.430/.536 – 32 BB/43 K – 196 AB – 11/13 SB

186. Miami SR OF Rony Rodriguez: quick bat; above-average raw power; raw overall talent, especially when his age is considered; strikes me as the type of player who needed a big statistical season to make an impression; biggest thing in his favor may be his defensive versatility; 5-11, 210 pounds

2011: .338/.448/.646 – 30 BB/49 K – 198 AB
2012: .278/.378/.426 – 16 BB/38 K – 115 AB – 5/7 SB

187. Arkansas State JR OF Michael Faulkner: plus speed helps him excel in CF (plus range) and on the base paths; weak arm; little power upside; 5-11, 160 pounds

2011: .322/.400/.401 – 31 BB/22 K – 227 AB
2012: .295/.369/.343 – 24 BB/19 K – 207 AB – 38/39 SB

188. South Carolina SR OF Adam Matthews: plus speed; great athlete; good defender; good bat speed; shows big raw power during BP, but hasn’t come together during games; strong arm; super raw for a college product; more tools than production still, but could be late bloomer; 6-2, 210 pounds

2011: .264/.372/.391 – 17 BB/21 K – 110 AB
2012: .219/.306/.311 – 17 BB/34 K – 151 AB – 2/4 SB

189. Washington State SR OF Kyle Johnson: leadoff hitter profile; plus speed; line-drive swing; no power; special defender in CF, one of the best in the entire class; average arm; 5-10, 175 pounds

2011: .177/.301/.194 – 6 BB/8 K – 62 AB
2012: .284/.386/.369 – 14 BB/19 K – 141 AB – 17/21 SB

190. Missouri JR OF Dane Opel: strong hit tool; plus speed; strong arm; good defender; 6-2, 190 pounds

2011: .209/.300/.322 – 12 BB/29 K – 115 AB
2012: .261/.355/.484 – 21 BB/49 K – 184 AB – 2/5 SB

191. Georgetown SR OF Rand Ravnaas: above-average speed; average arm; good range; can be too aggressive, but flashes enough speed and pop to be an interesting prospect; 6-2, 200 pounds

2011: .343/.391/.531 – 17 BB/42 K – 213 AB
2012: .304/.379/.407 – 25 BB/31 K – 194 AB – 14/18 SB

192. Miami (Ohio) SR OF Alex Johnson: plus speed; CF range; plus arm; weird swing, but solid results; good athlete; big raw power; might struggle against better pitching; Cleveland State transfer; 6-2, 190 pounds

2012: .368/.390/.447 – 2 BB/5 K – 38 AB – 3/4 SB

193. Santa Fe (FL) CC SO OF Drew Doty: 5-10, 175 pounds

2012: .365/.447/.500 – 18 BB/9 K – 148 AB – 13/14 SB

194. Central Florida JR OF Jeramy Matos: some of the best, and most underrated, raw power in college class; average hit tool with a swing that works for him; very strong; has improved flexibility and athleticism since high school days; raw, under the radar talent, but enough power to get a look; 6-2, 210 pounds

2012: .301/.389/.530 – 10 BB/33 K – 83 AB – 5/6 SB

195. UNLV JR OF Brandon Bayardi: good power upside; LF only; 6-2, 210 pounds

2011: .282/.394/.515 – 22 BB/47 K – 163 AB
2012: .328/.437/.514 – 28 BB/34 K – 183 AB – 9/12 SB

196. Santa Clara rSO OF Pat Stover: will be a tough sign as a redshirt sophomore who hasn’t put it all together yet, but has enough power, speed, athleticism, bat speed, and brute strength to intrigue teams; 6-5, 215 pounds

2011: .175/.313/.275 – 6 BB/13 K – 40 AB
2012: .270/.349/.397 – 16 BB/31 K – 189 AB – 13/16 SB

197. New Mexico State SR OF Tanner Waite: former football player who is a really good athlete; interesting power/speed combination; RF arm strength; fascinating prospect who is a very raw talent, but has shown unexpected BB/K numbers; 5-10, 185 pounds

2011: .269/.413/.349 – 43 BB/28 K – 175 AB
2012: .229/.432/.313 – 69 BB/45 K – 192 AB – 2/5 SB

198. Illinois SR OF Willie Argo: good athlete; very strong; plus speed; good raw power; good range in CF; weak arm; 6-1, 220 pounds

2011: .265/.381/.373 – 28 BB/46 K – 204 AB
2012: .303/.420/.379 – 35 BB/39 K – 195 AB – 23/27 SB

199. Campbell SR OF Jim Brennaman: leadoff profile; great approach; one of three outfielders in Campbell lineup with above-average or better CF range and speed; I began the year liking Brennaman the least of the three, but his continued discipline at the plate, speed, and defense make him a viable late-round senior sign fifth outfielder/pinch runner/defensive replacement type

2011: .316/.488/.449 – 24 BB/30 K – 158 AB
2012: .271/.448/.399 – 37 BB/36 K – 188 AB – 28/30 AB

200. North Carolina JR OF Chaz Frank: above-average speed; line drive swing; leadoff profile; could be very good defender once he improves jumps – have heard he’s not quite strong enough to handle CF defensively; strong arm; good approach; strong hit tool; limited power; LF only in pros, but a solid one; I’d bet on a return to Chapel Hill in 2013, but that’s only on an educated hunch; 5-10, 160 pounds

2011: .296/.431/.370 – 46 BB/30 K – 230 AB
2012: .284/.420/.383 – 40 BB/28 K – 201 AB – 14/18 SB

201. South Florida rJR OF Alex Mendez: plus speed, but still figuring out how best to use it; above-average bat speed; easy CF range; strong arm – threw 90-93 as lefty in HS; Tommy John survivor; had major offers coming out of high school, so there’s not much questioning his physical gifts; 5-7, 175 pounds

2011: .298/.343/.383 – 6 BB/13 K – 94 AB
2012: .289/.393/.378 – 23 BB/27 K – 201 AB – 6/9 SB

202. Bethune-Cookman JR OF David Lee: above-average raw power; strong arm; enough range for CF; too many swings and misses; has rebounded from ugly sophomore year to put up respectable numbers in 2012; might need another productive year to get drafted; 6-3, 225 pounds

2011: .163/.333/.204 – 12 BB/21 K – 49 AB
2012: .286/.413/.411 – 35 BB/49 K – 192 AB – 12/17 SB

203. New Mexico State rSO 1B/OF Tanner Rust: great athlete; plus arm; good runner; power upside is there; likely a RF in pros, but might stick at either 3B or C with coaching; hasn’t hit enough to get picked high enough to turn pro as a redshirt-sophomore; 6-3, 215 pounds

2012: .242/.369/.352 – 22 BB/25 K – 128 AB – 0/0 SB

204. Florida Gulf Coast rSR OF Ryan Gebhart: good bat speed; very good defender; above-average speed; Missouri transfer; above-average arm; good range in CF; gap power; questionable hit tool; story of his career has been unfulfilled promise – there’s no guarantee he’ll get the chance to live up to said promise as a professional; 6-1, 180 pounds

2012: .285/.410/.380 – 36 BB/54 K – 200 AB – 8/11 SB

205. UCLA JR OF Cody Keefer: good runner; line drive stroke; really smart hitter; strong natural hit tool; good looking lefty swing; good range; LF arm; tweener who can hit, but not enough pop, patience, speed, or arm to profile professionally; 6-2, 205 pounds

2011: .299/.408/.388 – 33 BB/47 K – 201 AB
2012: .319/.395/.377 – 23 BB/32 K – 204 AB – 5/11 SB

206. Arizona JR OF Joey Rickard: conflicting reports on arm – ranges from plus to weak; plus speed; great instincts; leadoff hitter profile; good range in CF; not a ton of raw power; strong hit tool; level swing at his best, uppercut at his worst; 6-1, 185 pounds

2011: .298/.370/.379 – 23 BB/31 K – 248 AB
2012: .275/.354/.348 – 18 BB/24 K – 204 AB – 14/20 SB

207. Indiana State JR OF Robby Ort: strong hit tool; good speed; strong arm; good range in corner; plays above tools

2011: .324/.398/.563 – 28 BB/48 K – 222 AB
2012: .291/.347/.473 – 14 BB/40 K – 237 AB – 6/8 SB

208. Cal State Fullerton JR OF Ivory Thomas: above-average or better speed; impressive defensive tools in CF; great approach, but can get too passive; hit tool will make or break him – so far, he hasn’t shown enough to warrant a high enough pick to sign him away from his senior season; 5-10, 180 pounds

2011: .281/.443/.363 – 30 BB/41 K – 160 AB
2012: .275/.421/.317 – 21 BB/29 K – 120 AB – 9/12 SB

209. Appalachian State JR OF Tyler Zupcic:

2011: .327/.415/.427 – 32 BB/26 K – 220 AB
2012: .301/.408/.440 – 21 BB/17 K – 193 AB – 12/17 SB

210. Coastal Carolina JR OF Ted Blackman: high profile transfer from Miami did pretty much was expected out of him this year; came into year known as a prospect who fit the leadoff hitter profile well, and his patient approach backed it up; has more pop to the gaps than he delivered in 2012; doesn’t fit the leadoff profile all the way, as his speed is far closer to average than plus; still has the instincts to play CF, but the lack of foot speed may eventually push him to corner; if that’s the case, then his iffy arm will hurt him as he doesn’t really throw well enough for RF; if he can increase his speed a bit, prove to scouts he can handle center, and show a little more pop, then he could be in the mid-round senior sign mix next year; 6-0, 190 pounds

2012: .270/.401/.311 – 27 BB/29 K – 148 AB – 11/17 SB

211. Campbell JR OF Ben McQuown: very good speed; very good range in CF; smart base runner; sneaky pop; will probably have to come back and try it again next year after decent junior season; true claim to fame may be being one of five different “McQ’s” in Division I baseball: he joins McQuillan, McQuaig, McQueen, and McQuail; 5-10, 175 pounds

2012: .300/.382/.358 – 21 BB/23 K – 190 AB – 23/26 SB

212. South Florida rSR OF Todd Brazeal: scouts have long been intrigued by his hit tool, but long swing has resulted in too many swings and misses and not enough consistent contact; strong enough arm for OF, might even be moved to 3B professionally; one of the draft’s most highly regarded individuals in terms of makeup, if you’re into that sort of thing; 6-3, 225 pounds

2011: .273/.383/.402 – 25 BB/51 K – 194 AB
2012: .243/.354/.345 – 23 BB/32 K – 148 AB – 2/2 SB

213. Northwest Florida State JC SO OF Patrick McGavin: good raw power; showed below-average bat speed this year; decent athlete; strong arm with experience on the mound – scouts divided on whether or not he fits best in field or as a pitcher; Alabama transfer who was once a highly sought after high school recruit; 6-3, 200 pounds

2012: .226/.282/.398 – 8 BB – 93 AB – 0/1 SB

214. Dallas Baptist SR OF Landon Anderson: plus runner; very smart on base paths; good range in CF; 5-11, 175 pounds

2011: .292/.365/.456 – 22 BB/23 K – 250 AB
2012: .262/.343/.351 – 24 BB/26 K – 202 AB – 12/18 SB

215. North Dakota State SR OF Nick Anderson: good runner with average raw power

2012: .289/.358/.476 – 12 BB/30 K – 166 AB – 5/9 SB

216. Austin Peay State JR OF Cody Hudson: good speed

2011: .247/.364/.412 – 23 BB/42 K – 182 AB
2012: .284/.372/.456 – 21 BB/30 K – 169 AB – 19/25 SB

217. UNLV SR OF Marvin Campbell: good power upside; has always looked the part with a pro frame of 6-5, 235 pounds, but never really put it all together

2012: .222/.347/.381 – 9 BB/13 K – 63 AB – 0/0 SB

218. UNLV SR OF Trevor Kirk:

2011: .275/.357/.329 – 22 BB/33 K – 207 AB
2012: .311/.382/.446 – 15 BB/28 K – 193 AB – 5/7 SB

219. Fresno State SR OF Kenny Wise:

2011: .302/.373/.547 – 17 BB/36 K – 159 AB
2012: .320/.400/.453 – 12 BB/25 K – 128 AB – 0/0 SB

220. San Jose State JR OF Nick Schulz: average speed; plus arm; too many swings and misses; bat hasn’t come around as hoped; enough tools to have a chance as senior sign in 2013; 6-3, 200 pounds

2011: .273/.345/.299 – 7 BB/10 K – 77 AB
2012: .252/.366/.378 – 17 BB/18 K – 127 AB – 3/7 SB

221. Rice rJR OF Ryan Lewis: surprisingly good range in corner; patient, quiet approach; average speed; good athlete; not really enough there with bat – little power, average speed, and uninspiring hit tool make him an almost certain candidate to return to school in 2013; 6-3, 215 pounds

2011: .275/.393/.368 – 28 BB/26 K – 171 AB
2012: .248/.371/.350 – 22 BB/21 K – 137 AB – 4/6 SB

222. Oral Roberts SR OF Brandon King: interesting power upside and an above-average approach, but his disappointing senior year, especially in the power department, may have torpedoed any chance he had of getting drafted this June

2011: .314/.415/.511 – 34 BB/31 K – 229 AB
2012: .247/.371/.335 – 31 BB/25 K – 182 AB – 0/1 SB

223. Virginia rSO OF Colin Harrington: long shot to be drafted as unheralded redshirt sophomore, but has put up solid numbers whenever he’s had the opportunity to crack Virginia’s talented everyday lineup; tools aren’t overwhelming, but defensive versatility (can also play some infield) and good approach make him one to keep on eye on going forward; 5-10, 190 pounds

2011: .373/.467/.471 – 3 BB/6 K – 51 AB
2012: .320/.418/.401 – 18 BB/13 K – 147 AB – 2/8 SB

224. Bryant JR OF Kevin Brown: lots of averages or close to averages in his scouting reports, but that’s not such a bad thing when you consider how good big league average really is; average hit tool; average speed; average power; what hurts Brown’s prospect stock is his defense – he’s a LF only in the pros without the big bat to start; four years of above-average college production could give him a shot in pro ball; 6-0, 200 pounds

2011: .279/.345/.468 – 14 BB/22 K – 201 AB
2012: .281/.350/.515 – 21 BB/21 K – 196 AB – 9/14 SB

225. Florida SR OF Daniel Pigott: average hit tool; good defender in corner; could be tried behind the plate professionally; 6-2, 205 pounds

2011: .354/.399/.506 – 13 BB/29 K – 257 AB
2012: .359/.419/.548 – 19 BB/25 K – 217 AB – 8/12 SB

226. Georgia Tech SR OF Jarrett Didrick: all speculation on my end, as Didrick spent 2012 as a pitcher only; from a tools standpoint, he has shown promise as a speedy, plus defender with the arm strength you’d expect from a denizen of the mound; he also has ample raw power, but untapped potential is the name of the game with Didrick, the man with 25 total at bats in four years at Georgia Tech; 6-1, 190 pounds

227. Dixie State (UT) JR OF Garrett Nash: like many players on the list from this point on, Nash has plus speed and some degree of untapped upside, but such poor on-field production that his pro future is cloudy at best; once a big recruit, but hasn’t been able to recapture any high school magic since transferring out of Oregon State; 5-9, 180 pounds

2011 (at Oregon State): .217/.325/.349 – 12 BB/34 K – 106 AB
2012: .287/.373/.397 – 18 BB/26 K – 174 AB – 7/10 SB

228. Lynn (FL) JR OF Kamm Washington: like many players on the list from this point on, Washington has plus speed and some degree of untapped upside, but such poor on-field production that his pro future is cloudy at best; once a big recruit, but hasn’t been able to recapture any high school magic since transferring out of Florida; 5-9, 180 pounds

2012: .177/.292/.242 – 7 BB/24 K – 62 AB – 3/3 SB

229. North Carolina State SR OF Brett Williams: like college teammate Ryan Mathews, Williams has been a highly touted junior college standout with well-rounded tools, but never healthy and in one plate long enough to make a lasting impression; at his best he’s a plus defender with legitimate plus speed; the big question, besides how he’ll recover from 2012 surgery on his ACL, is how much contact he’ll make going forward – prior to the injury teams might have been more willing to gamble that his elite athleticism would be enough to carry him while he figured things out at the plate, but his injury presents a serious obstacle; 6-0, 185 pounds

2011: .290/.374/.450 – 16 BB/38 K – 238 AB

230. Coastal Carolina JR OF Bryce Dial: big raw power and a strong throwing arm, but the numbers below tell the story on Dial’s past season

2012: .129/.229/.290 – 3 BB/11 K – 31 AB – 2/3 SB

231. Winthrop SR OF Chas Crane: great approach; average power; has experience at 3B, but lacks range to play it at next level; average speed; average arm; 6-0, 200 pounds;

2011: .280/.415/.338 – 45 BB/46 K – 207 AB
2012: .280/.399/.406 – 27 BB/29 K – 143 AB – 3/3 SB

232. TCU SR OF Brance Rivera: good range in corner; gap power; great bunter; plus speed; average arm

2011: .365/.447/.574 – 22 BB/58 K – 244 AB
2012: .250/.367/.360 – 20 BB/45 K – 164 AB – 7/9 SB

233. East Tennessee State JR OF Andrew Green: good athlete; above-average speed; strong arm; good approach; will need a big senior year to get noticed as a corner outfielder (RF) without corner outfielder power; 5-11, 185 pounds

2011: .282/.349/.359 – 14 BB/23 K – 195 AB
2012: .260/.363/.361 – 17 BB/18 K – 208 AB – 22/30 SB

234. Cincinnati JR OF Jake Proctor: plus speed; good athlete; below-average arm; CF range; weird swing, but has been able to get it done at college level; 6-2, 215 pounds

2011: .273/.377/.373 – 25 BB/53 K – 220 AB
2012: .284/.340/.399 – 9 BB/40 K – 183 AB – 14/19 SB

235. Washington State SR OF Patrick Claussen: good pop; not very good defensively; may be candidate to switch to catcher, also has experience at third base; strong arm; 6-0, 190 pounds

2011: .239/.360/.326 – 12 BB/20 K – 92 AB
2012: .283/.371/.385 – 18 BB/39 K – 187 AB – 4/7 SB

236. Miami JR OF Chantz Mack: more power upside than his numbers indicate, but will have to show it sooner rather than later if he wants to play pro ball; strong arm; weirdly similar name and numbers when compared to fellow ACC outfielder Chaz Frank (UNC); 5-11, 205 pounds

2011: .254/.371/.362 – 24 BB/29 K – 138 AB
2012: .284/.411/.310 – 25 BB/18 K – 116 AB – 2/4 SB

237. Campbell SR OF Erick Gaylord: listed as one of my pre-season FAVORITES (yes, I really mark them by using ALL CAPS) and this was after coming off a horrific junior year (below); unfortunately, for both Erick and myself, the faith I placed in his tools wasn’t enough; those enticing tools include legitimate plus CF range, plus arm strength, a patient whole-fields approach to hitting, above-average to plus speed, and way more physical strength then you’d expect from such a punchless hitter; he’s no longer an official FAVORITE, but I wish him well in all his post-graduate endeavors all the same; 5-10, 180 pounds

2011: .177/.271/.306 – 4 BB/19 K – 62 AB
2012: .237/.361/.288 – 8 BB/12 K – 59 AB – 9/13 SB

238. Florida SR OF Tyler Thompson: plus speed; great athlete; iffy arm; good range in center; has hit well in limited at bats after getting more time during his first two seasons at Florida; ceiling likely tops out at fifth outfielder in the pros, but current swing at everything close approach doesn’t really lend itself to the role; 6-1, 190 pounds

2011: .282/.352/.382 – 12 BB/23 K – 110 AB
2012: .340/.385/.468 – 3 BB/8 K – 47 AB – 4/7 SB

239. San Jose State JR OF Andrew Rodriguez: plus speed with plus range in CF, but hasn’t been able to stay on field enough to show anything with bat

2011: .230/.460/.230 – 20 BB/13 K – 61 AB
2012: .200/.314/.300 – 3 BB/11 K – 30 AB – 3/5 SB

240. Austin Peay State SR OF Michael Blanchard: plus speed

2011: .291/.404/.407 – 29 BB/46 K – 189 AB
2012: .276/.382/.374 – 33 BB/50 K – 203 AB – 14/18 SB

241. Georgia Southern JR OF Scooter Williams: guys who go by Scooter tend to be on the speedier side and Williams is no exception

2012: .274/.413/.355 – 35 BB/44 K – 186 AB – 20/23 SB

242. Maryland JR OF Jordan Hagel: good defender who was used primarily as a backup in 2011 but was really impressive in limited at bats; stepped up game in both power and speed departments in 2012; completely off the draft radar, but I liked him when I saw him so he gets a spot near the end; 6-2, 200 pounds

2012: .332/.418/.498 – 24 BB/42 K – 205 AB – 16/20 SB

243. Texas JR OF Cohl Walla: missed 2012 season (torn ACL); big power potential; lots ofspeed; strong arm that has hit 92-93 on mound; could stick in CF; Drew Stubbs comps defensively, Jarrett Parker comps offensively; plus athlete; for all his tools, he’s done next to nothing as an amateur; 6-3, 180 pounds

2011: .250/.343/.313 – 15 BB/39 K – 144 AB

244. James Madison JR OF Cole McInturff: some power upside; good CF range; good speed; too many swings and misses, but cut down on them in 2012

2011: .270/.351/.343 – 20 BB/46 K – 178 AB
2012: .339/.408/.409 – 16 BB/23 K – 186 AB – 14/21 SB

245. Xavier rJR OF Mark Elwell: plus speed; great approach to hitting; can play all outfield spots well; 5-11, 170 pounds

2011: .292/.422/.347 – 22 BB/29 K – 144 AB
2012: .329/.431/.366 – 17 BB/23 K – 164 AB – 11/15 SB

246. Southern Mississippi SR OF Kameron Brunty: good runner; good power; below-average arm

2011: .292/.399/.441 – 36 BB/43 K – 236 AB
2012: .240/.322/.287 – 15 BB/19 K – 129 AB – 4/7 SB

247. Stetson SR OF Spencer Theisen: another player with leadoff-type skills at the plate; liked him as a sneaky 2012 breakout candidate, but performance actually went backwards; has some really good at bats and shows some surprising pop, but has never been able to put it together with any semblance of consistency; 5-11, 175 pounds

2011: .297/.371/.379 – 19 BB/31 K – 232 AB
2012: .261/.302/.305 – 14 BB/39 K – 203 AB – 10/12 SB

248. Wichita State rSR OF Kevin Hall: plus speed, but repeatedly unsuccessful in attempts to steal first

2011: .254/.368/.355 – 39 BB/56 K – 256 AB
2012: .257/.315/.311 – 11 BB/34 K – 148 AB – 18/26 SB

249. Elon SR OF Jake Luce: plus speed and a good college hitter, but not much more to see here

2011: .277/.382/.416 – 26 BB/32 K – 173 AB
2012: .308/.346/.462 – 9 BB/31 K – 169 AB – 4/11 SB

250. Elon JR OF Niko Fraser: had a tip from an Elon grad that Fraser was a good ballplayer ready for a breakout junior season, so I included him in my notes and jotted down his stats from last year – he gets included due to my “waste not, want not” principle of not wanting to do any work that doesn’t see the light of day

2011: .300/.413/.395 – 26 BB/26 K – 190 AB
2012: .236/.317/.301 – 6 BB/15 K – 123 AB – 10/11 SB

251. Oral Roberts JR OF Kevin Cho: good arm, good speed, good defender, but not yet a good enough hitter

2012: .242/.340/.274 – 27 BB/24 K – 186 AB – 8/10 SB

252. Monmouth SR OF Josh Boyd: plus speed and a good defender in CF, but the hit tool and approach aren’t strong enough for the pros; reminder on Boyd and any player without a real pro future on these lists, especially for anybody who thinks I’m being mean by saying somebody won’t play pro ball: the guy was a four-year starter for a Division I program who is better at baseball than 99.999% of general population; 6-1, 165 pounds

2012: .244/.317/.330 – 16 BB/42 K – 197 AB – 12/14 SB

253. North Dakota JR OF Riley Beck: plus speed and probably a nice guy, but not much beyond that; does have interesting tools and athleticism (aforementioned speed, good range in corner and playable in CF, above-average arm), so could get a look next year as a mid-round senior sign; 6-0, 200 pounds

2012: .240/.291/.253 – 8 BB/45 K – 146 AB – 13/13 SB

254. North Carolina State SR OF John Gianis: has shown gap power in past; good speed; strong arm; production dip makes it unlikely he’ll reach the same draft heights of last year (26th round); 6-3, 200 pounds

2011: .294/.393/.378 – 26 BB/39 K – 201 AB
2012: .213/.273/.246 – 4 BB/13 K – 61 AB – 0/0 SB

255. Texas JR OF Matt Moynihan: plus-plus speed; leadoff man profile; good discipline; speed and arm fit well in CF; great athlete; raw swing mechanics; 6-2, 205 pounds; well-traveled (San Diego to Orange Coast College) and has yet to suit up for Texas

256. Nebraska SR OF Khiry Cooper: gave up baseball for football, but is such a great athlete and runner that he gets the last spot just in case he changes his mind down the line

2011: .271/.403/.344 – 15 BB/35 K – 96 AB

Stats updated: 6/2/12

2012 MLB Draft Shortstop Rankings

Rankings are fluid and highly subject to change. Additions to player notes will be made as necessary. Statistics will be updated periodically.

1. SS Carlos Correa (Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, Puerto Rico): plus-plus arm strength; positive reports on glove, above-average tools across board defensively; very fluid defender; 6-3, 190 pounds; tons of projection; plus athlete; needs at bats; plus power upside; plus speed; crazy bat speed, no problem with velocity; good approach; R/R

2. SS CJ Hinojosa (Klein Collins HS, Texas): power upside is immense, due mostly to crazy bat speed (swing is level); steady defender at short with tools to be even better; really like his quick bat, but swing can get out of whack at times; impressive arm strength; think he’ll stick up the middle pretty easily; 5-11, 185 pounds

3. Arizona State JR SS Deven Marrero: advanced defender with plus tools (great range, soft hands, plus arm); average power potential, gap power at present; average speed, plays up a bit in game; he’d also  work well at 2B or 3B, though a position switch is not necessary; despite the down year, Marrero has impressed in by hitting a variety of stuff – i.e. he’s not struggling for lack of being able to hit a good fastball or misidentifying breaking balls; above-average hit tool; even though I’ve never been top-five pick high on Marrero as a prospect, it bears mentioning that he’s a ballplayer with no obvious below-average tool and a worthy first round pick – closer to the back than the front, but still worth a first round grade; interesting information from watching him/parsing the stats: he absolutely kills lefties, but struggles against righties; still living off his impressive freshman season to some extent, but scouts remain high on him as somebody who will settle in as one of the top 5-8 defenders at shortstop in the game while hitting better with wood than what he showed in college – his ceiling may not be as an All-Star caliber player, but he could still be a first-division starter; 6-1, 195 pounds

2011: .315/.354/.434 – 15 BB/28 K – 219 AB
2012: .279/.339/.431 – 18 BB/15 K – 204 AB – 10/13 SB

4. SS Gavin Cecchini (Barbe HS, Louisiana): good athlete; good speed; solid defender; more power than you’d expect, at least average as a pro; should be able to stick at shortstop, but more steady than spectacular there; above-average arm; plus hit tool; like his hit tool, not sure on the rest; I think he’ll have to move off SS, but we’ll see

5. SS Adrian Marin (Gulliver Prep HS, Florida): plus arm strength; confirmed plus speed; needs to add some bulk; steady defender who should stick at SS, could be very good at 2B; no problems with velocity; gap power; has “it” whatever that is; 6-0, 170 pounds

6. Florida JR SS Nolan Fontana: average to above-average speed; good defender who manages to get by without elite defensive tools – positioning and instincts go a long way; average hit tool; little power, but enough pop to run into one from time to time – big improvement in this area in 2012; highlight of his game is without a doubt his great approach; Fontana never takes off an at bat, always working deep counts and being sure to swing at pitches he knows he can handle and/or waste; more physical strength than given credit for; should have a long professional career in some capacity, whether it is as a starting middle infielder or an above-average utility player; as much as I like Fontana (and I really, really like Fontana), I have to pass along the comp I heard a scout who saw him play a lot this year throw on him: former first round pick Russ Adams, a similarly polished college shortstop who didn’t have enough punch to make a meaningful pro impact; 5-11, 185 pounds

2011: .309/.436/.457 – 56 BB/28 K – 256 AB
2012: .309/.429/.512 – 43 BB/21 K – 207 AB – 12/12 SB

7. Virginia JR SS Chris Taylor: plus arm strength; very athletic; steady defender capable of making majority of plays on balls hit at or near him while also pulling off the occasional highlight reel stop and throw; profiles best as leadoff hitter (if he has enough pop to maintain on-base skills) or seventh/eighth hitter in a better lineup; I think his speed has been exaggerated by some outlets, but it is still comfortably above-average; has some power to gaps, but likely never a double-digit HR power guy in big leagues; relatively high floor (utility guy) prospect with the enticing ceiling of everyday shortstop – I tend to err on the side of caution with respect to his upside, but still think he has such a well-rounded skill set that the odds of him reaching the highest levels of pro ball are all but assured; 6-0, 175 pounds

2011: .326/.407/.428 – 29 BB/43 K – 285 AB
2012: .302/.396/.484 – 32 BB/33 K – 215 AB – 11/13 SB

8. Miami JR SS Stephen Perez: plus arm strength, accuracy comes and goes; plus defensive tools, but inconsistent present ability – even his range varies from outing to outing, but the flashes are enough to make you think he can defend in the big leagues; good runner; fringe-average power upside, but currently below-average; have heard Cincinnati, the team that drafted him out of high school, is in on him again this year; 5-11, 185 pounds

2011: .286/.386/.394 – 29 BB/47 K – 175 AB
2012: .265/.388/.463 – 25 BB/36 K – 136 AB – 15/19 SB

9. SS AJ Simcox (Faragut HS, Tennessee): excellent range, especially to his left; strong arm; gap power; needs to add bulk and has the frame to do it; advanced hit tool; reminds me of a last year’s top prep from Tennessee Nick Delmonico a bit; average speed, maybe a tad more; he can definitely stay at shortstop, so if you buy the bat, and I do, he’s a keeper; 6-3, 170 pounds

10. SS Dansby Swanson (Marietta HS, Georgia): good athlete; plus speed; strong hit tool; good defensive tools; 6-1, 170 pounds

11. SS William DuPont (Lafayette HS, Missouri): plus-plus speed; swing needs some work; quick bat; plus defensive tools at 2B; plus range; can hang at SS; good pop; 6-1, 180 pounds

12. SS Cory Raley (Uvalde HS, Texas): plus speed; good athlete; 6-2, 185 pounds

13. SS Paxton De La Garza (Coronado HS, Texas): average speed; strong hit tool; good defensive tools; 6-0, 180 pounds

14. SS Brandon Lopez (American Heritage HS, Florida): no standout tools, but very well-rounded; good enough range; arm allows him to play deeper and cover more ground; more and more impressed with his defense with each look; low-90s peak FB; hit tool is a question; 6-2, 180 pounds

15. Evansville SS Eric Stamets: steady defender at SS, but could be even better at 2B if a team wants to go that route; well-rounded skill set highlighted by really good speed; great baseball instincts; easy player to like because he knows what he is – you won’t see many fly balls to the warning track or mile high pop-ups because Stamets understands his offensive game is about speed, speed, and more speed; 6-0, 185 pounds

2011: .302/.390/.392 – 24 BB/34 K – 212 AB
2012: .323/.408/.427 – 31 BB/17 K – 220 AB – 31/38 SB

16. LSU SR SS Austin Nola: above-average arm; very good defender – one of the few college shortstops expected to have little difficulty sticking at the position professionally; slightly above-average speed; gap power; it may be a stretch to peg Nola as a future starting big league shortstop, but he has the range, actions, and hands to play the position defensively at the next level with at least the prospect of having just enough bat to make it; jumped 17 rounds from high school to junior season (48th to 31st round) – in good position to make at least another 17 round jump in his senior season (31st to 14th round); 5-11, 185 pounds

2011: .301/.385/.418 – 29 BB/34 K – 196 AB
2012: .311/.432/.453 – 38 BB/25 K – 190 AB – 2/3 SB

17. Southeast Missouri State SR SS Kenton Parmley: plus arm; good defender; another player who has put up consistent strong collegiate numbers who deserves a shot in pro ball despite not being super toolsy; 6-1, 200 pounds

2011: .300/.366/.449 – 24 BB/31 K – 227 AB
2012: .344/.424/.537 – 25 BB/23 K – 227 AB – 12/15 SB

18. Florida State JR SS Justin Gonzalez: average speed, maybe a touch more; good range; fastball hitter only, but raw power is very intriguing; good athlete; good arm; question has and will continue to be about his hit tool – all of the other tools are fine, but his value hinges on how much contact he can make in pro ball; has more upside than many players above him, but also a higher risk of flaming out before AA; 6-2, 200 pounds

2011: .268/.388/.450 – 33 BB/69 K – 231 AB
2012: .256/.390/.435 – 28 BB/57 K – 168 AB – 14/16 SB

19. SS Mikey White (Spain Park HS, Alabama): good strength; should be able to stick at shortstop based on defensive actions; really strong arm; swing works with offspeed as well; no plus tool, but solid across board; can play all over

20. SS Landon Lassiter (North Davidson HS, North Carolina): good defensive tools; good arm

21. SS Zach Green (Jesuit HS, California): good defensive instincts, first step is always right on; strong hit tool; average speed; average at best arm; seen as a future 3B, but not sure he arm for it – think he can stay at SS anyway; 6-3, 205 pounds

22. St. John’s SR SS Matt Wessinger: above-average speed that he uses really, really well; better defender at second, but enough of a chance to stick at SS that I feel good about including him here; good arm; good athlete; solid pop for a middle infielder; strong utility possibility going forward; I liken him to a northern version of LSU SS Austin Nola; 6-0, 180 pounds

2011: .256/.346/.405 – 25 BB/32 K – 227 AB
2012: .327/.432/.474 – 35 BB/23 K – 211 AB – 33/35 SB

23. Central Florida JR SS Darnell Sweeney: plus athlete; very good runner; plus defensive tools; strong arm; interesting potential as leadoff hitter, but lack of power development is somewhat concerning – he needs to put on weight, badly; range is well above-average; defensive upside makes him a scout favorite, but he’ll still have to show he can hit; 6-0, 165 pounds

2011: .304/.384/.417 – 32 BB/40 K – 240 AB
2012: .250/.360/.356 – 33 BB/28 K – 188 AB – 16/23 SB

24. SS Casey Burns (Grand Junction HS, Colorado): good athlete; good range; strong arm; average speed; good hit tool; some pop

25. SS TJ Lemke (Grandview Prep, Colorado): good speed; good defensive tools; interesting pop

26. SS Angel Ortega (International Baseball Academy, Puerto Rico): plus defender

27. Oregon State JR SS Tyler Smith: very good glove; strong enough arm for left side; above-average speed; gap power; 6-0, 175 pounds

2011: .230/.389/.265 – 28 BB/22 K – 113 AB
2012: .353/.441/.439 – 28 BB/24 K – 187 AB – 9/11 SB

28. SS Spencer Edwards (Rockwall HS, Texas): plus speed; good pop; 5-11, 180 pounds

29. SS DC Arendas (Forsyth Country Day HS, North Carolina): good defensive tools; strong arm; 6-1, 180

30. Maryland SR SS Alfredo Rodriguez: good arm; really good defender; great approach and a much improved hit tool; little to no power; average arm, but enough for SS when combined with everything else well he does defensively; 6-0, 180 pounds

2011: .234/.357/.283 – 34 BB/27 K – 205 AB
2012: .310/.383/.416 – 26 BB/19 K – 197 AB – 17/20 SB

31. Bakersfield (CA) CC SO SS Brent Peterson: plus speed; good defensive tools; strong arm; questionable hit tool

2012: .374/.448/.497 – 16 BB/15 K – 155 AB – 12/18 SB

32. Pepperdine JR SS Zach Vincej: strong arm; steady defender; 5-11, 165 pounds

2011: .206/.302/.265 – 11 BB/30 K – 170 AB
2012:.378/.434/.498 – 18 BB/26 K – 217 AB – 8/10 SB

33. Texas A&M JR SS Mikey Reynolds: some pop; plus speed; good range up the middle; average arm; steady defender

2012: .308/.424/.410 – 29 BB/27 K – 195 AB – 19/21 SB

34. Vanderbilt JR SS Anthony Gomez: another player with lots of averages on his scouting card – this may look boring, but the bar for average is pretty damn high in professional baseball; steady defender; so-so runner; fringe-average raw power, but hasn’t shown up in games yet; good approach; hasn’t personally wowed me as hitter, but defensive versatility will get him drafted higher than I’d otherwise suggest; profiles as effective situational, bat control, contact bat with just enough pop to keep pitchers honest – could be one of those pesky, ten-year utility infielders if everything breaks right; 5-11, 185 pounds

2011: .346/.362/.406 – 9 BB/13 K – 286 AB
2012: .369/.424/.449 – 18 BB/13 K – 225 AB – 7/12 SB

35. SS Bobby Zarubin (Santa Fe Christian HS, California): good athlete; above-average speed; plus arm

36. SS Lucas Hunter (Central Catholic HS, Oregon): plus speed; 5-11, 160 pounds

37. SS Ryne Shelton (Timberline HS, Washington): plus speed; strong arm

38. North Carolina State JR SS Chris Diaz: average defender at SS with enough pop and speed to profile nicely as a potential utility player across the infield; 5-11, 180 pounds

2011: .310/.388/.412 – 24 BB/41 K – 216 AB
2012: .369/.406/.505 – 16 BB/31 K – 222 AB – 7/10 SB

39. Michigan JR SS Derek Dennis: I’m almost certainly alone on this, but I’m not sure there is that much a gap in talent between Dennis and the draft’s consensus top college shortstop Deven Marrero; talent alone, however, doesn’t make a good prospect a good prospect – Dennis’ underwhelming and frequently interrupted by injury run at Michigan has to be taken into consideration; at his best, he still flashes the tools that made him such a highly touted prep prospect; he has average or better tools across board offensively (maybe a little less in raw power at this point) and a flashy glove with good range at SS (when his head is screwed on right); Dennis’ major problems stem from his inconsistent performances inning-to-inning – the idea that he is still a pro prospect at all must drive Michigan fans crazy; 6-3, 190 pounds

2011: .230/.341/.264 – 20 BB/38 K – 148 AB

40. Wesley (DE) SR SS Rob Benedict: plus speed; strong hit tool; steady defender who should stick up the middle; patient approach; 5-11, 180 pounds

2012: .373/.440/.449 – 19 BB/6 K – 185 AB – 43/45 SB

41. Wake Forest JR SS Pat Blair: steady glove; average arm; some sneaky pop to the gaps, but power isn’t his game; great approach and little power likely adds up to a utility infielder ceiling, but Blair’s consistent year-to-year performances and average tools outside of the batter’s box give some indication he may just reach it; 5-10, 180 pounds

2011: .275/.453/.410 – 55 BB/39 K – 178 AB
2012: .292/.424/.394 – 48 BB/29 K – 216 AB – 23/27 SB

42. Texas-Pan American JR SS Angel Ibanez: strong hit tool – not a ton of power, but makes a ton of contact and controls the strike zone well; good speed; above-average arm; smart base runner; good athlete; can handle SS, but has shown defensive versatility to make utility future easy to see; 6-2, 200 pounds

2011: .344/.386/.489 – 13 BB/13 K – 221 AB
2012: .305/.341/.414 – 10 BB/15 K – 203 AB – 12/15 SB

43. Dallas Baptist SR SS Joel Hutter: steady defender with the chance to stick at SS; enough speed and pop to warrant late-round consideration; 6-1, 210 pounds

2011: .251/.353/.403 – 33 BB/34 K – 231 AB
2012: .283/.349/.475 – 20 BB/31 K – 219 AB – 7/8 SB

44. SS George Iskenderian (Don Bosco Prep, New Jersey): good speed

45. SS Caleb Wood (Valley Vista HS, Arizona): good athlete; good defensive tools

46. SS Connor Moore (Brophy College Prep HS, Arizona): steady defender; above-average arm

47. SS Vance Vizcaino (Wakefield HS, North Carolina): good fielder

48. Kent State SR SS Jimmy Rider: really steady defender; patient hitter; 5-9, 170 pounds;

2011: .273/.326/.367 – 20 BB/30 K – 267 AB
2012: .357/.432/.529 – 30 BB/31 K – 238 AB – 3/3 SB

49. Arizona JR SS Alex Mejia: flashy glove up the middle with great defensive tools; really strong baseball instincts, especially on defense – he knows when to move in on a ball, when to stay back, how much time he has to make a play, etc.; average speed, maybe 55 on a good day; strong arm; good range; there have been some reports that say he could be tried behind plate or at 3B (he could lack foot speed and/or grow off the position), but I think he’s fine sticking at SS; we’ve made it this far without mentioning his bat, so I’m sure you can guess what kind of projection he has as a hitter; be careful if you’re at work doing a Google Image search with SafeSearch off on “Alex Mejia”; 6-1, 210 pounds

2011: .287/.304/.361 – 4 BB/22 K – 230 AB
2012: .309/.340/.401 – 9 BB/18 K – 217 AB – 4/10 SB

50. Tulane JR SS Garrett Cannizaro: solid speed; good defender; potential plus glove at third;

2011: .275/.348/.350 – 21 BB/34 K – 200 AB
2012: .333/.400/.457 – 18 BB/23 K – 219 AB – 6/9 SB

51. Marietta (OH) SR SS Tim Saunders: steady defender; plus arm; good speed; 6-0, 175 pounds

2012: .441/.512/.667 – 35 BB/28 K – 213 AB – 41/47 SB

52. Oregon JR SS JJ Altobelli: some pop; plus arm; chance to be well above-average at SS; good speed; intriguing hit tool; 6-1, 190 pounds

2011: .251/.302/.320 – 14 BB/23 K – 203 AB
2012: .304/.368/.380 – 13 BB/11 K – 171 AB – 5/11 SB

53. SS Jordan Striegel (Indiana): strong arm; above-average range; good speed

54. SS Teddy Turner (Kingwood HS, Texas): strong arm; 6-3, 185 pounds

55. Georgia JR SS Kyle Farmer: good defensive tools, just enough to stick at SS; strong enough arm, average overall; average to just above-average range; good athlete; some pop; average speed

2011: .320/.378/.490 – 21 BB/30 K – 253 AB
2012: .290/.326/.437 – 8 BB/25 K – 245 AB – 3/3 SB

56. Cal State Fullerton JR SS Richy Pedroza: very strong defender; good range; strong arm; great bunter; plus speed, but doesn’t utilize it on the base paths like he could; can play all over the infield; makes good use of his small strike zone; 5-6, 140 pounds

2011: .319/.383/.393 – 14 BB/20 K – 163 AB
2012:  .346/.425/.401 – 21 BB/9 K – 162 AB – 1/2 SB

57. Central Arizona JC SO SS Jorge Flores: plus defensive ability alone makes him a prospect of note; contract-oriented, leadoff approach but hit tool isn’t particularly loud; smart on bases, but not really a burner (speed more good than great); 5-6, 160 pounds

2012: .286/.387/.411 – 19 BB – 192 AB – 27/35 SB

58. Long Beach State JR SS Matt Duffy: nice swing; can play average defense at least at all spots on diamond; utility future; 6-2, 170 pounds

2011: .313/.342/.341 – 10 BB/25 K – 214 AB
2012: .291/.385/.344 – 26 BB/15 K – 189 AB – 1/2 SB

59. SS Edgar Michelangeli (Florida Christian HS, Florida) good defender

60. SS Andrew Velazquez (Fordham Prep, New York): plus speed; great first step

61. UC Irvine SR SS DJ Crumlich: gap power upside; average speed; above-average defender; average to above-average arm; 6-0, 190 pounds

2011: .313/.414/.408 – 33 BB/30 K – 233 AB
2012: .316/.398/.398 – 25 BB/21 K – 206 AB – 7/9 SB

62. Lehigh SR SS Brendan McGaheran: good speed; good athlete; steady defender; strong hit tool;

2011: .300/.366/.417 – 14 BB/19 K – 180 AB
2012: .289/.364/.401 – 17 BB/21 K – 187 AB – 17/18 SB

63. Cal Poly SR SS Mike Miller: average arm; average speed; steady defender at SS, could be quite good at 2B; fantastic approach; 5-8, 165 pounds

2011: .299/.386/.375 – 15 BB/15 K – 144 AB
2012: .364/.420/.506 – 20 BB/27 K – 231 AB – 5/6 SB

64. Old Dominion rSR SS Josh Wright: much improved approach; good athlete; good speed; strong arm; 5-11, 200 pounds

2011: .354/.441/.662 – 26 BB/36 K – 198 AB
2012: .284/.397/.485 – 27 BB/45 K – 204 AB – 19/22 SB

65. High Point JR SS Willie Medina: good defender with soft hands and plus range; good athlete; plus speed; leadoff approach who doesn’t try to do too much at plate; 5-10, 170 pounds

2012: .324/.388/.391 – 17 BB/24 K – 179 AB – 17/23 SB

66. Southern Utah SR SS Bo Cuthbertson: strong hit tool; solid pop; average speed; average arm; might be best-suited for 2B in the long run, but can hang at SS for now; 5-9, 185 pounds

2011: .391/.457/.630 – 26 BB/34 K – 192 AB
2012: .257/.372/.426 – 36 BB/56 K – 183 AB – 11/19 SB

67. Embry-Riddle (FL) SR SS Ben Kline: steady defender; just enough hit tool to have some hope at utility future; slightly above-average speed; came to Florida after stopping first in Nebraska and Creighton; 6-3, 200 pounds

2012: .340/.396/.449 – 15 BB/21 K – 247 AB – 16/17 SB

68. Vanguard (CA) JR SS David Kiriakos: good speed; good approach; good arm; steady defender; Cal State Fullerton transfer; 5-11, 170 pounds

2012: .317/.439/.437 – 15 BB/13 K – 126 AB – 6/10 SB

69. SS Matt Gonzalez (Harrison HS, Georgia): plus arm strength; average speed; 6-0, 180 pounds

70. SS Will Hurt (Lexington Catholic HS, Kentucky): good speed; enough arm; good defensive tools

71. New Mexico State SR SS Ty Forney: gap power; above-average speed; plus defensive tools; average arm strength, but very accurate; good track record with wood; 5-9, 160 pounds

72. Houston JR SS Chase Jensen: good athlete; has gotten a lot stronger since high school days; really good defensive tools (the range he’ll show on occasion is eye-popping), but hasn’t put it all together on the defensive side for a consistent stretch as a college athlete; questions about his defense make it harder to overlook his disappointing offensive performances – when I’ve seen him, he has looked lost at the plate and very unsure on pitch types; 6-2, 185 pounds

2011: .328/.352/.443 – 6 BB/41 K – 244 AB
2012: .274/.322/.355 – 13 BB/31 K – 197 AB – 7/8 SB

73. Missouri State SR SS Travis McComack: very strong arm; good defender; sat out 2012 season while straightening out academics, but retained his final year of eligibility in the process; 5-9, 160 pounds;

2011: .298/.386/.346 – 26 BB/23 K – 191 AB

74. Austin Peay State JR SS Reed Harper: average speed; steady defender; strong arm; good range; some pop; 6-2, 185 pounds

2011: .288/.328/.428 – 13 BB/26 K – 222 AB
2012: .290/.345/.403 – 19 BB/29 K – 231 AB – 8/12 SB

75. Tennessee SR SS Zach Osborne: a fielder so good that you don’t mind the fact that he makes so many outs with such little power at the college level, but projecting the bat to anything that will get him out of the lower-minors is generous at this point; 5-8, 170 pounds

2011: .318/.372/.392 – 13 BB/16 K – 176 AB
2012: .242/.311/.288 – 18 BB/11 K – 198 AB – 8/9 SB

76. Arkansas rSR SS Tim Carver: similar to teammate and double-play partner Bo Bigham in that both are solid, high character college guys with little professional upside; gets in trouble trying to do too much at the plate at times; good speed; steady defender; 6-0, 185 pounds

2011: .226/.303/.266 – 17 BB/18 K – 177 AB
2012: .303/.343/.390 – 9 BB/24 K – 218 AB – 14/24 SB

77. Bradley JR SS Jason Leblebijian: too aggressive for his own good, but he’s been a hacker from day one so little chance he’ll change now; solid range; good arm; good athlete; good speed; has put on some muscle in an attempt at more power; 6-1, 190 pounds

2011: .300/.351/.384 – 11 BB/41 K – 203 AB
2012: .238/.302/.406 – 15 BB/41 K – 202 AB – 4/5 SB

78. Northeastern SR SS Jimmy Filter: good athlete; plus defensive tools; good approach to hitting; strong arm; average speed; could also play 3B or 2B; 6-0, 190 pounds

2011: .225/.274/.292 – 6 BB/27 K – 89 AB

79. Stetson JR SS Ryan Lashley: plus runner who doesn’t get on base enough right now to utilize it; strong arm that plays well on left side – has played all over infield; more power potential than your typical middle infielder, but will need to return to school to show it; 6-0, 185 pounds

2011: .255/.318/.332 – 20 BB/35 K – 184 AB
2012: .232/.276/.328 – 8 BB/21 K – 125 AB – 1/1 SB

80. North Carolina State JR SS Matt Bergquist: good defender who has improved a ton since enrolling at NC State, mostly through physical maturation; collapse in offensive production likely keeps him in college another season – this could be a blessing in disguise as he’ll get the chance for more consistent at bats next year; 6-0, 195 pounds

2011: .294/.362/.438 – 22 BB/48 K – 201 AB
2012: .202/.317/.261 – 18 BB/26 K – 119 AB – 1/1 SB

Stats updated: 5/2/12

2012 MLB Draft Third Base Rankings

Rankings are fluid and highly subject to change. Additions to player notes will be made as necessary. Statistics will be updated periodically.

1. 3B Trey Williams (Valencia HS, California): big hit tool; potential plus to plus-plus raw power; advanced idea of how to hit, e.g. big opposite field power threat; strong arm often categorized as plus; potential star defensively at third base; great reactions and instincts; outstanding athlete; plus bat speed; plus hit tool; slightly above-average speed; very strong; has that special sound; pitch recognition to be monitored; super quick bat, solid approach: very patient, lightning in wrists; swing needs some work, but what is there is a fine building block; strong arm, steady defender; below-average speed, but quick feet and reactions at third; should be an average defender at worst with much more upside than that; big-time raw power, personally I’m a believer; 6-2, 210 pounds; R/R

2. 3B Tanner Rahier (Palm Desert HS, California): plus arm strength; accurate arm; quick bat; good power; good fielder with well above-average range; intriguing raw power, above-average for me; not toolsy, but gets it done; ball jumps off bat, special sound; likely a 3B as a pro; impressive pitch recognition; Evan Longoria comp; only question for me is power upside, hit tool is outstanding; some believe he’ll stick at SS, Gold Glove upside at 3B; 6-2, 205 pounds; R/R

3. Clemson JR 3B Richie Shaffer: really good defender at first, but more average on a good day at third; plus raw power to all fields; plus raw arm strength (has hit 94 off mound), above-average in total after accuracy is factored in; made outstanding recovery from broken hamate bone, minimal power loss; good athlete; average runner; not entirely convinced he’s a third baseman forever, but believe he can play either 3B or a corner OF spot through his first big league (six year) contract; 6-3, 200 pounds

2011: .333/.459/.613 – 47 BB/50 K – 222 AB
2012:  .373/.504/.643 – 50 BB/37 K – 185 AB – 5/6 SB

4. 3B Joey Gallo (Bishop Gorman HS, Nevada): plus raw power from left side; good athlete; plus arm; no problem against quality arms, has hit both high velocity and big league quality breaking balls; similar to Richie Shaffer defensively – both have plus arms and enough athleticism to play third base for a bit before transitioning to right field; some prefer him on mound (88-93 FB; 94-98 peak with some of the easiest velocity of any prep in recent memory; good 74-76 CB; mid-80s CU; 77-81 SL needs work), but his kind of power is hard to pass up; not a perfect comp, but there’s some Kris Bryant to his game; really want to move him up over Richie Shaffer for the top spot, and for some organizations I think he’s worth the risk, but the relative safety of the college bat pushes Shaffer just ahead; 6-5, 220 pounds; L/R

5. 3B Rio Ruiz (Bishop Amat HS, California): very strong hands; plus arm; very quick bat; no problem with velocity; big league hitter; popular Eric Chavez comp that makes sense; 6-2, 200 pounds; L/R; good athlete; really intrigued by bat; patient

6. 3B Addison Russell (Pace HS, Florida): good athlete; consistent hard contact; plus defensive tools; excellent range; great bat speed; too aggressive at times, but has worked hard to improve approach; plus arm; really good athlete; has worked hard to put on muscle, looked like a corner infielder all the way; now they say he is athletic enough to stick up middle again though he still looks like a future 3B to me; very quick bat; 6-1, was up to 215 pounds; down to 185 now; above-average speed; huge raw power; questionable hit tool; R/R

7. 3B Corey Seager (Northwest Cabarrus HS, North Carolina): good athlete; strong arm; great feel on defense, could be star at third; line drive machine; swing holds back power upside for now, but if he grows into some power, watch out; already more pop than his brother; patient approach; 55 speed; 6-3, 200 pounds; L/R; should settle into average speed

8. Arkansas JR 3B Matt Reynolds: line drive machine who lacks present strength and swing plane for big power, but makes up for it with consistent hard contact all over the field; above-average speed that plays up on bases; outstanding defender with a strong arm and enough athletic ability to play up the middle at times; could even be tried at catcher, though I think a more likely conversion would be to 2B – could even be tried as an everyday SS if a team is feeling especially frisky; I think a player in-between Kyle Seager and Chase Headley is a realistic ceiling for Reynolds – some speed, some pop, but lots of value tied up in defense and on-base ability; 6-1, 200 pounds;

2011: .238/.360/.347 – 34 BB/40 K – 202 AB
2012: .332/.449/.510 – 39 BB/25 K – 196 AB – 13/18 SB

9. Stanford JR 3B Stephen Piscotty: gap power, but could be more with added strength; often too aggressive for his own good, but compensates by showing great plate coverage; impressive ability to use the whole field; average speed; good arm; above-average hit tool that I wasn’t sold on to start the year, but can now admit is one of the college class’ best – he’s really fun to watch hit; good enough defender at third to at least get a chance to start there in pro ball, but less likely to stick there long-term than Richie Shaffer – RF makes for a fine backup plan in the event a switch is necessary; like the hit tool, his power is better than I first gave him credit for – the gap power should give way to more over the fence pop as he focuses 100% on hitting professionally; not to keep repeating myself, but Piscotty’s bat has really impressed me more than I expected this year – he has a very quiet swing, mature approach, and is capable of hitting any pitch in any count, including pitchers’ pitches; above-average athlete; have personally compared him to James Darnell in the past, but should have higher ceiling; 6-3, 215 pounds

2011: .373/.433/.484 – 18 BB/25 K – 225 AB
2012: .344/.435/.502 – 28 BB/16 K – 209 AB – 4/4 SB

10. 3B Carson Kelly (Westview HS, Oregon): 88-92 FB; plus 78-82 CU with fade; 73-80 CB; low-80s SL with plus upside; can really swing the bat; plus bat speed; no problem with high velocity arms; plus arm; strong; agile; good approach; above-average defensive tools; can’t decide on his pro position, lean towards 3B; slow, but not glacial; 6-2, 210 pounds; R/R

11. 3B Daniel Robertson (Upland HS, California): potential plus defender, but more in the steady style and not so spectacular; plus arm; big hit tool; has raw power, but doesn’t know how to use it just yet; does show as much opposite field power as any high school hitter in recent memory; 6-1, 185 pounds; R/R

12. 3B Mitch Nay (Hamilton HS, Arizona): impressive bat; questionable defender, could wind up in RF; super strong arm; easy to love his bat speed; above-average power upside; slow; 6-3, 200 pounds

13. 3B David Thompson (Westminster Christian HS, Florida): huge power; good approach; really quick bat; quick enough for LF, but has chance to stick at third; strong arm befitting a QB; long swing

14. Washington JR 3B Jake Lamb: plus raw lefty power; average defender; plenty of arm strength; previous two points could be added together and lead to a potential switch to catcher professionally, though his progress with the bat has slowed this talk; has flashed big league tools for years and now production is finally catching up – should be a better pro than college player once adjustments are made to his swing; above-average big league starter upside; 6-3, 210 pounds

2011: .340/.399/.472 – 14 BB/30 K – 212 AB
2012: .352/.457/.480 – 29 BB/25 K – 179 AB – 4/8 SB

15. Purdue JR 3B Cameron Perkins: above-average power upside; interesting profile as a hitter: he’s a well-known hacker, but with low strikeout totals and a well above-average ability to hit for contact; average speed; average defender; could be very good in RF; lets ball get very deep on hands; strong arm; good athlete; 6-5, 200 pounds; bad-ball hitter; hard to strikeout; 6-5, 200 pounds

2011: .349/.419/.552 – 12 BB/29 K – 232 AB
2012: .406/.448/.613 – 12 BB/16 K – 217 AB – 8/11 SB

16. 3B Jackson Campana (Providence HS, North Carolina): plus arm; huge raw power; 87-89 FB; above-average defensive tools at third; 6-6, 200 pounds

17. 3B Corey Oswalt (James Madison HS, California): power is his best tool; nice swing setup; quick bat; great athlete; plus arm; tools to be at least average defensively; 88-90 FB, 91-92 peak; good 77-80 CB; 6-4, 215 pounds; R/R

18. 3B Dylan LaVelle (Lake Stevens HS, Washington): quick bat; good power; slow; tools to play a good third base; strong hit tool; power upside; 6-2, 200 pounds

19. 3B Xavier Turner (Sandusky HS, Ohio): great base stealer; good arm; above-average speed; gap power; good defensive tools; quick bat; like him a lot; swings like a hitter, not a slugger but can still hit it out; 6-1, 205 pounds

20. 3B JT Phillips (Columbus HS, Georgia): no problems with velocity; quick bat; plus arm that would play at either third or catcher; good athlete; like him as a defender at third, good reactions; interesting power; TJ survivor; 91-93 FB, 94 peak; 73-74 CB; 6-3, 200 pounds

21. 3B Cody Gunter (Flower Mound HS, Texas): plus arm strength; interesting upside with bat; good defensive tools; 6-3, 200 pounds

22. Central Arizona JC FR 3B Fernando Perez: above-average arm strength; good athlete; quick bat; nice swing; average or slightly better defensive tools; average at best speed; could also play 2B, but may grow too much to make this a realistic possibility; 6-2, 200 pounds

2012: .342/.403/.566 – 20 BB – 219 AB – 7/8 SB

23. Southeast Missouri State rSR 3B Trenton Moses: stronger hit tool than given credit for – he’s more than just an over-aged college slugger, though his experience and physical maturation advantages over current college competition should not be dismissed; patient approach, understands pitchers; well above-average raw power; much debate about defensive future, but think he is just athletic enough with just enough arm and just steady enough hands and actions to stick for a few years; if I thought he could hold his own as a corner outfielder, I’d feel a lot better about his future as a potential four-corners (1B/3B/LF/RF) utility guy; as it is, you could do a lot worse with a mid-round pick than to take an advanced college bat like this; 6-3, 230 pounds

2011: .384/.493/.661 – 28 BB/22 K – 177 AB
2012: .410/.531/.761 – 37 BB/31 K – 188 AB – 3/3 SB

24. St. Mary’s JR 3B Patrick Wisdom: solid speed; good defender; plus arm; very strong; plus power upside, big scouting community divide on hit tool; some speculation he could be tried behind plate, but I think his upside as a league average offensive and defensive third baseman shouldn’t be messed with; 6-2, 215 pounds

2011: .361/.432/.567 – 23 BB/41 K – 208 AB
2012: .277/.402/.463 – 35 BB/40 K – 177 AB – 3/5 SB

25. 3B Eric Neitzel (Gulliver Prep, Florida): good power; above-average speed; good enough athlete; iffy arm; like his bat

26. 3B Preston Scott (Hanford HS, California): really quick bat; big power upside; promising defender

27. 3B Kevin Ross (Niles West HS, Illinois): intense swing with lots of moving parts, but getting better as he makes adjustments; high level of contact; plus arm; interesting power upside; good range; whole fields approach; 6-1, 215 pounds

28. 3B Alex Raburn (Jordan HS, North Carolina): good speed; great athlete; good arm; good defensive tools; can also hold his own in CF

29. 3B Joe DeCarlo (Garnet Valley HS, Pennsylvania): plus bat speed; strong arm; physically strong, so present power shows up; plus defensive tools; Uggla comp; 86-89 FB; 81 CB; 80 SL; 6-1, 200 pounds

30. 3B Danny Rosenbaum (Chestnut Hill Academy HS, Pennsylvania): love his approach; strong arm; good defensive tools; 6-1, 200 pounds

31. 3B Kevin Bradley (Hopewell HS, New Jersey): strong arm; could catch; good power upside; strong hit tool; 6-2, 200 pounds

32. TCU rJR 3B Jantzen Witte: still has many who question his upside with the bat, but all he’s done is hit and hit and hit; has always maintained a patient approach and, for me, a solid line drive swing; one of the draft’s best defensive players at any position with the tools to be one of the best defenders in professional baseball once he signs contract; underrated name, both literally and figuratively; 6-1, 200 pounds

2011: .370/.434/.516 – 28 BB/31 K – 254 AB
2012: .375/.420/.500 – 6 BB/9 K – 120 AB – 0/0 SB

33. Louisburg (NC) JC rSO 3B Steve Nyisztor: plus athlete; has played SS in the past, but, despite showing better than expected actions at the spot, profiles best as 3B as pro; plus arm; plus defensive tools, but still erratic in footwork, which has led to inconsistent throws; gap power at present, above-average raw power; good speed; teams will have to really have a clear idea of who he is as a person before investing a top ten round pick on him; has the chance to be a big league starter at third base or perhaps an offensively-minded infield backup; 6-4, 200 pounds

2012: .349/.435/.446 – 22 BB – 186 AB – 22/27 SB

34. Iowa Western CC SO 3B Damek Tomscha: plus-plus arm strength; good power; great athlete; 6-3, 220 pounds

2012: .377/.444/.670 – 15 BB – 215 AB – 7/9 SB

35. Concordia (MN) SR 3B Bryan Lippincott: strong hit tool; good athlete; could profile as four-corner (1B/3B/LF/RF) type defensively if he doesn’t stay at the hot corner; plus arm; great approach; get really high marks for makeup and preparedness; has put up consistently great numbers and not exactly a slouch in the tools department – he’s a certifiable draft sleeper; 6-4, 210 pounds

2012: .494/.594/.864 – 28 BB/15 K – 154 AB – 9/12 SB

36. Spartanburg Methodist (SC) JC FR 3B Bruce Caldwell: gap power; strong arm; good athlete; currently at SS; tough to choice between the ultra-productive Caldwell and the more projectable Codey McElroy – the two prospects are very different, but close in overall value; 5-10, 185 pounds

2012: .434/.516/.823 – 32 BB/17 K – 198 AB – 12/15 SB

37. Kutztown (PA) SR 3B Shayne Houck: above-average hit tool; big raw power; can handle 3B and LF – stock goes way up if a team believes in him as a defender; 6-1, 200 pounds

2012: .329/.473/.588 – 37 BB/24 K – 170 AB – 0/0 SB

38. Eastern Oklahoma State JC FR 3B Codey McElroy: strong arm; good defensive tools, currently at SS; interesting upside with bat, especially in power department – easy to dream on his power coming around with a long, lean 6-6, 215 pound frame

2012: .280/.394/.474 – 33 BB – 175 AB – 4/4 SB

39. Louisburg SO 3B Zach Houchins: strong hit tool; strong arm; power upside; quick bat; love his approach; uses whole field well and hits consistent line drives; overshadowed somewhat by bigger name teammate Steve Nyisztor, but no secret that some scouts have come away from seeing both play preferring the less-heralded Houchins; like Nyisztor, Houchins will have to answer questions from pro teams about his off-field actions

2012: .394/.471/.587 – 26 BB – 218 AB – 16/18 SB

40. Manhattanville (NY) JR 3B Dan Fiorito: excellent defender; strong arm; intriguing bat with above-average power upside and plate discipline; big league body at 6-4, 215 pounds

2012: .411/.488/.760 – 18 BB/13 K – 146 AB – 21 SB

41. Seward County (KS) JC SO 3B Jake Barrios: arm and range both fit nicely at SS presently, but likely 3B in long run as his body fills out; big power upside dating back to his LSU recruitment; 6-3, 200 pounds

2012: .354/.398/.460 – 9 BB/14 K – 198 AB – 2/3 SB

42. Florida International SR 3B Mike Martinez: average at best defender who also has experience at 1B and corner OF spots; bat shows promise, but lack of defensive upside gives him the look of an offensive-first utility player at the next level; 6-0, 215 pounds

2011: .302/.361/.548 – 19 BB/30 K – 248 AB
2012: .382/.490/.586 – 34 BB/26 K – 191 AB – 7/8 SB

43. 3B Cabe Reiten (Olympia HS, Washington): good defender; 6-2, 175 pounds

44. 3B West Tunnell (Boulder Creek HS, Arizona): average speed; above-average arm; average hit tool; good approach; good feel for game

45. East Carolina JR 3B John Wooten: intriguing offensive tools including significant raw power; despite being viewed by some as a first baseman only, has displayed good range at third in limited looks; has the four-corners defensive versatility (1B/3B/LF/RF) that will help him get chances in pro ball; gets bonus points for strong wood bad showings in the past; one of those prospects that makes doing this fun – Wooten hasn’t gotten much, if any, national love, but area guys sure seem to like him and so do I; 6-4, 210 pounds

2011: .298/.369/.392 – 25 BB/52 K – 245 AB
2012: .324/.388/.488 – 21 BB/20 K – 207 AB – 2/5 SB

46. Memphis SR 3B Jacob Wilson: plus defender; plus arm; not a ton of raw power, but breakout senior season is getting him such well-earned attention; decent runner; 5-11, 190 pounds

2011: .276/.379/.419 – 34 BB/33 K – 217 AB
2012: .306/.390/.606 – 25 BB/21 K – 180 AB – 5/11 SB

47. North Carolina State JR 3B Danny Canela: has experience behind the plate, but I’m not sure he’s strong enough back there to be a consistent viable option professionally – if I’m wrong, that’s great news for Canela’s prospect stock; at third, he’s a good enough defender who plays the position as you’d expect a part-time catcher would (i.e. often steady, never spectacular); interesting power potential; quick bat; great arm is biggest defensive asset; 6-0, 210 pounds

2011: .267/.349/.443 – 17 BB/26 K – 131 AB
2012: .339/.448/.522 – 38 BB/30 K – 180 AB – 0/0 SB

48. Nebraska JR 3B Chad Christensen: steady glove; average arm; converted OF who is currently at SS, so versatility could be his ticket to advancing through minor league system; 6-3, 200 pounds

2012: .317/.379/.510 – 17 BB/31 K – 202 AB – 8/9 SB

49. Arizona JR 3B Seth Mejias-Bream: plus athlete; average speed; impressive defensive tools; above-average raw power that currently plays to gaps; 6-2, 205 pounds

2011: .272/.338/.323 – 15 BB/28 K – 195 AB
2012: .308/.364/.423 – 19 BB/16 K – 208 AB – 9/12 SB

50. Texas Pan-American SR 3B Vincent Mejia: underrated hit tool; great approach showed why I think he is worth a late pick – even as his average dipped in 2012, his on-base percentage remained above-average; average power upside, currently almost entirely to gaps; below-average speed; similar player to Trenton Moses, but not quite as much power upside or physical strength; 6-0, 215 pounds

2011: .337/.455/.479 – 38 BB/36 K – 190 AB
2012: .240/.384/.420 – 33 BB/19 K – 150 AB – 2/4 SB

51. Baylor rJR 3B Cal Towey: good plate discipline; high marks for work ethic; strong arm; solid strength that he’s worked hard to improve on since enrolling; average speed; has experience in the OF; no glaring weakness to his game, but no standout tool that screams big leaguer – biggest asset may be his defensive versatility; 6-2, 210 pounds

2011: .237/.405/.389 – 30 BB/46 K – 131 AB
2012: .297/.441/.481 – 35 BB/55 K – 185 AB – 8/14 SB

52. Stetson SR 3B Ben Carhart: hasn’t pitched much all that much at college level, but at his best he sits 90-94 with FB. good SL and a 75-77 CB; as a hitter, he shows a great approach, average power to gaps and below-average speed; he hits like a pitcher, but not in a bad way – he shows great knowledge of the strike zone and pitch sequencing, and squares up on balls consistently; I’ve long been a favorite, so why quit now?; 5-11, 190 pounds

2011: .347/.390/.486 – 17 BB/17 K – 251 AB
2012: .353/.422/.480 – 20 BB/20 K – 221 AB – 2/2 SB

53. 3B Sean Rubalcaba (Grand Junction HS, Colorado): above-average speed; good arm; great athlete; raw talent

54. 3B Evan Van Hoosier (Green Valley HS, Nevada): good speed; steady defender; strong hit tool; 5-11, 190 pounds

55. 3B Dalton DiNatale (Calvary Christian Academy HS, Florida): good arm strength

56. llinois rSO 3B Jordan Parr: above-average raw power; versatile defender; needs to get smarter on base paths; likely a year away from being signable, but Parr’s a good enough athlete to get some late round consideration down the line; 6-3, 200 pounds

2012: .333/.379/.498 – 14 BB/26 K – 201 AB – 6/16 SB

57. Central Florida JR 3B Chris Taladay: versatile defender who can also play spot duty behind plate and in corner outfield spots; big freshman season set the bar unrealistically high for his future play, but solid skill set and decent approach — not to mention the previously mentioned defensive versatility — give him some late round hope; 6-1, 215 pounds

58. 2012: .315/.357/.405 – 13 BB/21 K – 222 AB – 1/1 SB

59. Oklahoma State SR 3B Mark Ginther: favorite coming into the season who I can’t help but judge through the lens of the lofty, and perhaps unfair, expectations I had for him as a senior; best tool has always been his plus throwing arm; only average bat speed makes him a guess hitter more often than not; swing added too much length in what turned out to be an unsuccessful attempt to sell out for power; despite struggling with the bat, his arm strength, athleticism, and all-around defensive tools (hands, reactions, range) all fit in nicely on a professional diamond; he’ll never hit for a high average with his swing, but a team that believes he can run into a few more fastballs and mistake breaking pitches might give him a chance to impress at the lower levels; unlikely but not impossible he can exceed last year’s draft standing (14th round), but there could be a team that trusts his tools and can look past the down year to take him earlier than his numbers suggest (i.e. I expect him to get selected higher than some of the names above him on this list); 6-2, 200 pounds

2011: .301/.348/.530 – 17 BB/33 K – 236 AB
2012: .258/.311/.387 – 13 BB/30 K – 217 AB – 0/2 SB

60. Wake Forest SR 3B Carlos Lopez: consistent above-average performances with the bat; very quick wrists helps him generate above-average bat speed and raw power; difficult player to project because he’s seen almost universally as a really good college player without much of a pro future, but has a strong enough track record to warrant an opportunity to at least see what he’s got; 6-2, 220 pounds

2011: .287/.373/.567 – 23 BB/51 K – 178 AB
2012: .292/.414/.518 – 37 BB/33 K – 195 AB – 2/3 SB

61. Wisconsin-Stevens Point 3B Justin Jirschele: not considered super toolsy — average or below-average speed, power, arm — but strong hit tool may be enough to get him drafted; very interesting BB/K numbers –  he’s the opposite of a three-true outcomes player; 5-11, 200 pounds

2012: .347/.377/.477 – 9 BB/4 K – 176 AB – 5/8 SB

62. Texas A&M SR 3B Matt Juengel: quick bat, slow afoot; presently an unreliable defender due to frequent concentration lapses, but has shown flashes that he could be average in time; unfortunately, time may be running out as he has never put together a full season where he has shown all of his considerable — and, to me, underrated — offensive tools to use;  6-3, 175 pounds

2011: .304/.394/.486 – 27 BB/38 K – 253 AB
2012: .292/.377/.363 – 23 BB/29 K – 212 AB – 17/20 SB

63. Maryland SR 3B Tomo Delp: lots of upside with bat despite disastrous first season at Maryland; even during down year, still showed off an impressive approach; above-average raw power; former juco teammate of Bryce Harper, so he’ll have some good stories to share, if nothing else; 6-4, 220 pounds

2011: .178/.321/.224 – 14 BB/20 K – 107 AB
2012: .261/.393/.423 – 26 BB/23 K – 142 AB – 6/7 SB

64. Oregon State SR 3B Ryan Dunn: have long been intrigued by his bat, dating back to his days at Orange Coast College; strong arm and average range at third give him the chance to stick at the hot corner at the next level; 5-11, 185 pounds

2012: .307/.394/.503 – 28 BB/23 K – 199 AB – 1/4 SB

65. California JR 3B Mitch Delfino: average defender with what looks like a good enough arm once he gets his throwing mechanics retooled; has shown enough promise with the bat to get a look in the mid-rounds; 6-3, 210 pounds

2011: .281/.359/.427 – 18 BB/29 K – 192 AB
2012: .359/.415/.484 – 17 BB/24 K – 184 AB – 0/1 SB

66. North Carolina SR 3B Andrew Ciencin: uses whole field well; gap power; versatile defender who has plenty of experience on right side of infield; 6-0, 210 pounds

2011: .257/.327/.369 – 22 BB/29 K – 241 AB
2012: .266/.374/.405 – 30 BB/13 K – 173 AB – 4/5 SB

67. Elon SR 3B Garrett Koster: college shortstop who profiles best at 3B due to his plus arm and big raw power; good speed and smart base runner; hit tool and approach both need a ton of refinement, but his power and defensive tools are intriguing; 6-2, 185 pounds

2011: .223/.333/.432 – 19 BB/51 K – 139 AB
2012: .256/.361/.543 – 22 BB/61 K – 164 AB – 11/11 SB

68. Connecticut SR 3B Ryan Fuller: underrated prospect who has done enough since getting to UConn to get himself drafted; despite strong power numbers, not a big raw power guy – mostly to gaps, but average in total; more speed than typical 3B; good athlete; 6-1, 200 pounds

2011: .348/.407/.586 – 21 BB/55 K – 244 AB
2012: .359/.458/.560 – 33 BB/42 K – 209 AB – 9/17 SB

69. Kansas SR 3B Zac Elgie: above-average raw power; finally has sold me on his defense being acceptable at third, though I think he could be a plus defender at first base, his best position; more than a dead-pull hitter – Elgie uses the whole field well, and sprays line drives when at his best; shows just enough professional grade tools that you want to like him more than his numbers probably deserve – you need louder tools than he has when your approach is below-average; 6-2, 220 pounds

2011: .282/.326/.485 – 10 BB/36 K – 202 AB
2012: .264/.341/.451 – 15 BB/31 K – 144 AB – 3/4 SB

70. Parkland (IL) JC FR 3B Kevin Koziol: good raw power; strong arm; kicked off team at LSU

2012: .233/.281/.367 – 1 BB – 30 AB

71. UCLA JR 3B Cody Regis: strong defender; good athlete; good approach; strong arm; interesting power upside, especially with impressive past experience with wood, but 2012 collapse may keep him in college for another year; if he can play 2B as well, so much the better; 6-2, 225 pounds

2011: .278/.382/.443 – 36 BB/53 K – 194 AB
2012: .232/.359/.284 – 26 BB/29 K – 155 AB – 3/5 SB

72. Missouri SR 3B Conner Mach: good athlete with a strong hit tool and more power projection than he has shown, but he’s now at the point of his career when some of this promise needs to turn into production or else; has experience in the OF; 6-0, 190 pounds

2011: .297/.392/.405 – 27 BB/31 K – 222 AB
2012: .282/.377/.350 – 22 BB/30 K – 206 AB – 2/3 SB

73. Florida State SR 3B Sherman Johnson: patient approach that I love, but positivity that once surrounded hit tool has disappeared; above-average defensive tools; plus defender at 3B; can also play 2B and maybe some SS; strong hit tool; huge power drop from sophomore year numbers (2010) to junior and senior season stats (below) with new bats; good arm that will play around infield; Johnson was once a favorite, and his secondary skills remain strong, but below-average stick and power don’t help his cause

2011: .261/.422/.349 – 63 BB/47 K – 238 AB
2012: .256/.434/.356 – 55 BB/28 K – 180 AB – 4/5 SB

74. Cal State Northridge rJR 3B Adam Barry: good athlete; below-average speed; strong; unrefined baseball skills; might fit better behind plate professionally; not a ton of raw power; former football player; 6-0, 215 pounds

2011: .275/.328/.331 – 6 BB/16 K – 160 AB
2012: .270/.359/.365 – 19 BB/12 K – 137 AB – 3/3 SB

75. Central Arkansas SR 3B Blake Roberts: good defensive tools; strong arm; above-average speed for big man; good approach to hitting – uses whole field well; has enough in the way of tools to appear interesting and his size (6-6, 225 pounds) makes him stand out when you see him, but inability to put it all together at the college level makes him a long shot to be drafted, even late

2011: .243/.325/.364 – 6 BB/23 K – 107 AB
2012: .243/.343/.466 – 21 BB/36 K – 148 AB – 0/1 SB

76. Penn State SR 3B Jordan Steranka: plus arm; passable defender; good present power; 6-2, 210 pounds

2011: .327/.395/.548 – 25 BB/34 K – 217 AB
2012: .374/.403/.631 – 12 BB/36 K – 222 AB – 2/3 SB

77. Tulane SR 3B Nick Schneeberger: some power upside; decent defender; has always had impressive plate discipline; 6-1, 200 pounds

2011: .347/.409/.468 – 20 BB/25 K – 173 AB
2012: .367/.458/.518 – 34 BB/33 K – 218 AB – 12/17 SB

78. South Carolina JR 3B LB Dantzler: solid glove; average hit tool; good bat control; might fit at 2B professionally; 5-11, 205 pounds

2012: .257/.325/.444 – 21 BB/29 K – 214 AB – 0/1 SB

79. Texas-San Antonio JR 3B Ryan Dalton: good approach even when racking up strikeouts in 2011 – smart hitter who waits for pitch, uses whole field; above-average arm; really good defender; not a ton of raw power, but enough to keep pitchers on their toes; 6-1, 200 pounds

2011: .257/.320/.436 – 18 BB/46 K – 218 AB
2012: .257/.330/.406 – 22 BB/23 K – 202 AB – 1/4 SB

80. Kentucky SR 3B Thomas McCarthy:

2011: .376/.443/.590 – 20 BB/32 K – 210 AB
2012: .290/.382/.435 – 27 BB/44 K – 214 AB – 3/3 SB

81. Boston College SR 3B Anthony Melchionda:

2011: .320/.403/.470 – 25 BB/25 K – 181 AB
2012: .329/.410/.500 – 24 BB/31 K – 210 AB – 4/4 SB

82. Mercer JR 3B Evan Boyd: good defender; has some experience at SS; disciplined hitter without much raw power who profiles better as a hitter up the middle; 6-3, 180 pounds

2011: .240/.369/.325 – 31 BB/27 K – 200 AB
2012: .295/.431/.455 – 41 BB/27 K – 200 AB – 6/9 SB

83. Iona SR 3B Chris Burke:

2011: .341/.439/.568 – 20 BB/38 K – 185 AB
2012: .322/.394/.566 – 21 BB/34 K – 205 AB – 22/31 SB

84. Florida Atlantic JR 3B Kyle Newton: average or better power bat, but will have to cut way down on swings and misses if he wants to get a chance at professional baseball next summer

2012: .286/.345/.427 – 18 BB/49 K – 206 AB  – 2/3 SB

85. Baylor JR 3B Jake Miller: some power upside; good defender; strong enough arm; average speed; all of the tools won’t matter if he doesn’t improve his well below-average approach; 6-3, 200 pounds

2011: .289/.343/.401 – 16 BB/49 K – 187 AB
2012: .284/.319/.376 – 8 BB/46 K – 197 AB – 2/2 SB

86. Oral Roberts JR 3B Nathan Goro: gets a spot on the list for once being a much more highly regarded prospect (showed big raw power in high school, got drafted late in 2009, had recent transfer offers from Missouri State, Missouri, Baylor, and TCU, etc.), but has completely fallen apart at the plate; good defensive tools; Wichita State and Jefferson JC transfer; could resurface on lists next year if he can rediscover his stroke as senior in 2013; 6-0, 180 pounds

2012: .193/.254/.255 – 13 BB/45 K – 192 AB – 9/15 AB

87. Western Kentucky SR 3B Casey Dykes: better bat speed than you’d think based off his college numbers; above-average arm strength and accuracy; good defender; strong enough, but swing and pitch recognition issues have led to limited power production – without any thump in his bat, getting in the lineup as a third baseman will be very tough; lack of foot speed and agility will keep him from playing up the middle; gets the mention here for his hard work throughout his college career, but not a viable pro prospect; 5-11, 200 pounds

2011: .276/.369/.319 – 27 BB/29 K – 210 AB
2012: .280/.348/.376 – 21 BB/26 K – 218 AB – 0/2 SB

88. East Carolina SR 3B Corey Thompson:

2011: .328/.423/.454 – 34 BB/34 K – 229 AB
2012: .311/.378/.423 – 24 BB/36 K – 222 AB – 0/0 SB

89. Texas SR 3B Kevin Lusson: average or better defender at third; strong with a nice swing, so you can at least think about projecting above-average power but collegiate production doesn’t back it up; strong arm; will likely be tried behind plate professionally, as catching may be his only real path to the big leagues with his below-average offensive skill set; 6-1, 205 pounds

2011: .223/.326/.306 – 16 BB/17 K – 121 AB
2012: .229/.309/.344 – 11 BB/17 K – 96 AB – 1/1 SB

90. Hawaii JR 3B Pi’ikea Kitamura: good defensive ability who has seen majority of time at SS; 6-1, 200 pounds

2011: .250/.387/.333 – 38 BB/20 K – 192 AB
2012: .356/.414/.411 – 16 BB/28 K – 202 AB – 4/4 SB

91. Sam Houston State JR 3B Kevin Miller: plus defender; not much power; good college player; 6-0, 200 pounds

2011: .303/.391/.339 – 22 BB/23 K – 165 AB
2012: .326/.385/.374 – 16 BB/20 K – 187 AB – 1/2 SB

92. Oklahoma JR 3B Garrett Carey: plays big league quality defense with an arm to match, but even prime Adrian Beltre defense can’t get a guy drafted after a year like Carey had (below); 6-1, 210 pounds

2012: .192/.270/.228 – 12 BB/32 K – 167 AB – 2/2 AB

93. San Jose State JR 3B Tyler Christian: not enough bat, but plus arm and good defensive tools could help him get a chance in 2013; 6-1, 180 pounds

2011: .233/.359/.424 – 26 BB/38 K – 172 AB
2012: .178/.257/.302 – 8 BB/26 K – 129 AB – 0/0 SB

94. Northern Illinois SR 3B Troy White: plus defender; average speed plays up due to great baseball instincts; 6-0, 180 pounds

2011: .286/.370/.415 – 27 BB/41 K – 217 AB
2012: .289/.359/.422 – 18 BB/41 K – 187 AB – 7/12 SB

95. Georgia JR 3B Curt Powell: good defender; 5-11, 170 pounds

2012: .340/.424/.429 – 22 BB/35 K – 203 AB – 13/17 SB

96. St. John’s JR 3B Sean O’Hare:

2011: .216/.326/.250 – 17 BB/22 K – 116 AB
2012: .317/.429/.441 – 29 BB/28 K – 186 AB – 3/4 SB

97. Georgia SR 3B Colby May: has more power upside than he has shown, but clock is ticking; defensively versatile player who has experience all over the infield – plays a passable SS, but really good defense at 1B and slightly above-average here at 2B; 6-0, 200 pounds

2011: .222/.344/.352 – 8 BB/13 K – 54 AB
2012: .253/.350/.331 – 21 BB/30 K – 154 AB – 2/2 SB

98. William & Mary JR 3B Ryan Williams: above-average defender with an above-average arm – has hit the upper-80s off the mound; 6-2, 210 pounds

2012: .241/.324/.406 – 19 BB/37 K – 187 AB

99. George Mason SR 3B Brig Tison:

2011: .336/.376/.421 – 13 BB/25 K – 247 AB
2012: .338/.398/.395 – 20 BB/26 K – 228 AB – 13/21 SB

100. Mississippi JR 3B Andrew Mistone: gap power; good approach; great defender with an above-average arm could play 2B; didn’t do a whole lot in his first year at Division I level, but worth keeping an eye on as a late-round senior sign next year; 6-0, 190 pounds

2012: .239/.306/.294 – 10 BB/24 K – 197 AB – 3/6 SB

101. SO 3B Josh Anderson: played freshman season at Yavapai JC (AZ), but not listed on roster in 2012; very strong; plus raw power; plus arm; good defensive tools; solid approach to hitting; FAVORITE, but haven’t been able to find any updated information about him for 2012 so prospect status is in limbo; 6-0, 220 pounds

Stats updated: 5/2/12

2012 MLB Draft Second Base Rankings

Rankings are fluid and highly subject to change. Additions to player notes will be made as necessary. Statistics will be updated periodically.

1. Virginia JR 2B Stephen Bruno: good defender with plus range and plus arm – could be good enough to play shortstop professionally, though that’s currently the minority opinion; I’m in said minority, but put him with the 2B group (he could be a plus defender with more reps at 3B, by the way) to hedge my bets; above-average speed; plenty of pop; Bruno is one of my favorite players from this year’s college class – he’s a natural born hitter with emerging power and a good idea of the strike zone who rarely gets cheated during an at bat; if he doesn’t settle in as an everyday player anywhere, he has the high floor of a quality big league utility infielder; 5-9, 165 pounds

2012: .403/.456/.611 – 14 BB/20 K – 211 AB – 11/14 SB

2. California JR 2B Tony Renda: gifted pure hitter who was once considered a butcher in the field, but has improved a tremendous amount to the point that he is now considered at least average; will make all the plays hit at him, but range is nothing to brag about; has worked really hard to improve all-around, so makeup is not a question; now steady enough defensively to stick up the middle, though he’ll have to continue working as he progresses through minors – it’s admittedly a stretch, but I’ve heard his defense/desire to improve his defense (not great/off the charts) combination compared to a young Chase Utley, a player who few believed would ever be average at 2B but worked and worked until one day becoming one of the top defenders in the game in his prime; average at worst speed, has been timed slightly better; if his power comes as some expect, he could have enough bat to play LF; reminds me a little bit of last year’s favorite Tommy La Stella, but higher national profile will get him off board earlier; 5-10, 180 pounds

2011: .358/.392/.464 – 14 BB/27 K – 265 AB
2012: .382/.461/.534 – 21 BB/11 K – 178 AB – 11/14 SB

3. Texas Tech JR 2B Jamodrick McGruder: as you’d expect, the college 2B class is more steady than spectacular so any plus ability you see is worth getting super excited about – McGruder is a plus athlete with plus speed and a plus arm; he’s also a solid defender with the chance to improve as he gets more comfortable in the infield; some teams may view him as a potential CF due to his speed and arm; above-average hit tool with enough pop to play everyday at the next level; 5-7, 170 pounds

2011: .282/.464/.379 – 36 BB/38 K – 174 AB
2012: .332/.484/.461 – 47 BB/34 K – 193 AB – 40/45 SB

4. West Chester (PA) SR 2B Joe Wendle: pre-season FAVORITE who earned his all-caps designation; easily the best local (to me) player, so I got the chance to see him in person fairly regularly the past two springs; no clear above-average tool, but his present skills are excellent; average speed that plays up due to smart base running and instincts in field; really like the hit tool, swing likes a big leaguer; should be good defender at 2B in time – he’s not a natural, but he gets it done; solid arm; 6-1, 190 pounds

2012: .399/.479/.768 – 29 BB/5 K – 198 AB – 12/13 SB

5. 2B Alex Bregman (Albuquerque Academy, New Mexico): very strong; big power upside; gifted natural hitter; talented at all defensive spots, including short; really good athlete; nimble behind plate; outstanding approach; good speed; most likely a 2B professionally, but can also catch; improved defense behind plate before injury; average at best arm; showing some ability behind plate, but its early; wowed by his hitting ability; 5-11, 185 pounds; R/R

6. Kentucky JR 2B Alex Yarbrough: one of the draft’s strongest hit tools; some pop to gaps, certainly enough to keep pitchers honest; above-average runner without big speed – it plays up due to smarts and instincts on the bases; defense is biggest question, but has been steady at second in 2012 – he’s reliably sure-handed with passable range; had somebody compare him to present-day (i.e. not the amateur version) of Neil Walker, citing Walker’s rookie season (2010) as Yarbrough’s upside; 6-1, 175 pounds

2011: .346/.408/.537 – 22 BB/26 K – 214 AB
2012: .391/.447/.522 – 20 BB/20 K – 230 AB – 4/4 SB

7. Connecticut JR 2B LJ Mazzilli: above-average speed; good athlete; chance to be really good defender, but isn’t quite there yet – still think he’s better than many of the national outlets are reporting, but I get that there’s plenty of wiggle room in player evaluation; no discernible platoon split; 6-1, 190 pounds; I’ve long championed Mazzilli as a potential big league starting second baseman, so I might as well ride it out: Really impressed by 2B LJ Mazzilli‘s swing and approach at the plate. He has a little toe-tap timing mechanism that reminds me a little bit of Mark Reynolds’ swing, only without the swing-and-miss length. Good speed, good athleticism, and good hands should keep him up the middle, and a little physical maturation at the plate could help turn him into one of those super annoying scrappy middle infielders we all know and love (or hate, depending on the player).

2011: .375/.425/.535 – 21 BB/28 K – 275 AB
2012: .379/.443/.617 – 22 BB/28 K – 227 AB – 15/20 SB

8. 2B Chase Nyman (Pascagoula HS, Mississippi): lets ball get in very deep before swinging; very mature approach to hitting; born to hit; plus hit tool; no other tool stands out, but he can hit; room for added strength; 6-0, 185 pounds

9. Arizona State JR 2B Joey DeMichele: decent speed; for the longest time he was a man without a position, but settled in as the kind of second baseman who makes plays on balls hit him and not much more; his plus hit tool is one of the best in his class; above-average power with the chance to hit 15+ homers professionally; 5-11, 185 pounds

2011: .368/.415/.648 – 15 BB/26 K – 193 AB
2012: .337/.411/.558 – 20 BB/26 K – 190 AB – 10/13 SB

10. Stanford JR 2B Kenny Diekroeger: plus-plus athlete, one of the best of the college class; very quick bat; gap power; advanced approach that has come unglued since freshman season; average or better speed; average defensive tools – hands work, average arm for 3B; can play a solid 3B and a passable SS, but best fit 2B long-term; average or better power projection; has added needed strength this past spring; undeniable that swing needs fixing; any selection of Diekroeger will be done by a team who believes they can undo some of the damage done by the Stanford coaching staff, though recent rumblings place equal blame on the player’s unwillingness to put ego aside and adjust his own game; 6-2, 200 pounds

2011: 302/.367/.373 – 20 BB/34 K – 225 AB
2012: .307/.368/.425 – 15 BB/35 K – 179 AB – 2/4 SB

11. 2B Leon Byrd (Cypress Ranch HS, Texas): good speed; more quick than fast, but very quick; good defender at both second base and center field; great approach; leadoff profile; reminds me some of Shon Carson last year; 5-8

12. 2B Max Schrock (Cardinal Gibbons HS, North Carolina): line drive approach; really solid defensively; strong South Carolina commitment; nice pop for middle infielder; won’t wow with speed or arm  average at best speed, average at best arm; hate to resort to the cliché, but he’s a ballplayer – no crazy tools, not a premium athlete, not always aesthetically pleasing watching him play, but will do the things that help you win games…and, yeah, he can hit, too; 5-9, 180 pounds

13. 2B Jackson Willeford (Ramona HS, California): really mature approach to hitting; strong hit tool;

14. Florida State JR 2B Devon Travis: plus athlete; excellent defensive tools, inconsistent performance – still has a strong arm and above-average range; plus speed; leadoff approach; rave reviews this past fall, but hasn’t translated to the knockout junior season that many expected; 5-9, 180 pounds

2011: .338/.467/.532 – 48 BB/30 K – 231 AB
2012: .328/.396/.495 – 20 BB/32 K – 192 AB – 7/8 SB

15. 2B Avery Romero (Pedro Menendez HS, Florida): line drive swing; has the arm and quick release to potentially move behind plate; flashes impressive power; catcher’s body, short and squat; strong arm; strong hit tool; average speed, but came out closer to below-average in my looks

16. 2B Travis Maezes (Pioneer HS, Michigan): above-average arm; good speed; could catch; really strong hit tool; cold weather version of Avery Romero; 6-0, 190 pounds

17. 2B Austin Schotts (Centennial HS, Texas): plus-plus speed; good pop; average at best arm; 5-11, 180 pounds; similar player to Spencer Edwards

18. 2B Jesmuel Valentin Diaz (Puerto Rico Baseball Academy): average or slight above-average power; strong arm; no problems with high velocity; average speed; 5-10, 175 pounds

19. 2B Jalen Goree (Bibb County HS, Alabama): good defender; good athlete; gap power; average speed; average at best arm; Brandon Phillips comp; 5-9, 190

20. Georgia Southern SR 2B Eric Phillips: solid all-around skill set with no obvious weaknesses to his game; versatile defender who can step in and play a fine SS in a pinch, also has experience at 3B and could also be tried in OF; 6-2, 200 pounds

2011: .375/.452/.498 – 29 BB/20 K – 251 AB
2012: .379/.450/.548 – 24 BB/15 K – 219 AB – 27/31 SB

21. Pepperdine JR 2B Joe Sever: good speed; above-average pop; inconsistent defender, but has improved; has made a concerted effort to improve his approach (shorter to ball, more selective early in counts, better two-strike discipline) and the numbers bear it out; underrated prospect, but, like many on the list, will have to answer questions about defensive viability on the left side of the infield down the line

2011: .298/.359/.447 – 13 BB/45 K – 208 AB
2012: .431/.498/.584 – 22 BB/19 K – 197 AB – 9/9 SB

22. Michigan State rJR 2B Ryan Jones: good speed; good approach; limited power upside; already a good defender at 2B and can also play 3B effectively; no standout tool, but easy to walk away impressed with him as a heady, instinctive ballplayer who does the little things right; 5-10, 170 rounds

2011: .349/.446/.454 – 34 BB/12 K – 218 AB
2012: .369/.436/.498 – 32 BB/19 K – 241 AB – 8/11 SB

23. Southeastern Louisiana JR 2B Brock Hebert: strong hit tool; not much power; good speed; strong arm; leadoff profile but can get too aggressive at times; uses whole field well; great instincts; above-average range, also a capable SS; has evolved as a hitter over the years – he’s now much more disciplined and has learned when to and when not to be aggressive; prime candidate to hit the ground running in pro ball this summer and have people wondering how he fell as far as he did in the draft; 5-9, 170 pounds

2011: .325/.439/.425 – 28 BB/36 K – 200 AB
2012: .351/.455/.490 – 28 BB/29 K – 202 AB – 36/43 SB

24. 2B Joe Munoz (Los Altos HS, California): good athlete; strong arm; above-average speed; really impressive defensive tools; not super toolsy overall, but gets it done defensively; no standout tool, but good all over; 6-3, 180 pounds

25. 2B Nick Basto (Archbishop McCarthy HS, Florida): strong arm, but best utilized at second; some think he sticks at SS

25. 2B Tim Lopes (Edison HS, California): really good defender at second; strong arm; plus speed; emerging hit tool; has a chance to stick at SS; no raw power; consistently plays above his tools

26. Rice JR 2B Michael Ratterree: above-average raw power, though it is currently mostly to gaps; average runner; versatile defender with extensive experience in the outfield; question that has followed him for years goes back to his defense – he may or may not stick in infield long-term; for me, his actual defense (hands, actions, range) all work well at second, but it is the accuracy of his arm that will make or break him; smart hitter; good athlete; stronger than most middle infield prospects; 6-1, 195 pounds

2011: .335/.397/.492 – 23 BB/42 K – 260 AB
2012: .269/.403/.456 – 35 BB/28 K – 160 AB – 5/6 SB

27. Stony Brook JR 2B Maxx Tissenbaum: great approach; strong hit tool with a short swing well-suited for hard contact; improving defender, but may lack speed to pay up the middle – I think he can stick at 2B, but am not sold he can get by on the left side of the infield, thus limiting his utility potential; 5-11, 190 pounds

2011: .308/.400/.505 – 21 BB/12 K – 198 AB
2012: .344/.413/.472 – 18 BB/4 K – 195 AB – 0/1 SB

28. 2B Jordan Ebert (Baldwin County HS, Alabama): good defender; quick bat; 6-1, 180 pounds

29. 2B Jack Dunham (Fallbrook HS, California): good arm; whole field approach

30. 2B Richie Martin (Bloomingdale HS, Florida): good defender; average arm; plus speed; good athlete; some think he can stay at SS

31. Jefferson (MO) CC SO 2B Brett Wiley: good speed; strong arm; intriguing hit tool; may be pushed to 2B as pro

2012: .418/.519/.712 – 44 BB – 177 AB – 28/31 SB

32. Pensacola CC SO 2B Frankie Ratcliff: plus runner; some pop; good defender; kicked off Miami team, but has landed on his feet nicely; 5-8, 170 pounds

2012: .391/.521/.717 – 26 BB – 92 AB – 29/33 SB

33. Dartmouth SR 2B Joe Sclafani: average at best speed; average or slightly better arm; average defensive tools; power to gaps; good approach; all he’s done is hit in four years of regular duty at Dartmouth – his upside may not match some other names on the list, but at some point during the draft somebody will make the call to stop ignoring a guy who has produced like he has; 5-11, 185 pounds

2011: .337/.401/.552 – 18 BB/18 K – 172 AB
2012: .288/.398/.442 – 26 BB/15 K – 163 AB – 4/5 SB

34. North Carolina JR 2B Tommy Coyle: above-average speed; good athlete; line drive swing; steady enough at SS that he can play there at times, but better fit at 2B; some pop, but more of a slap hitter at this point – when he gets ahead, he’s fine, but his two-strike approach needs work; 5-9, 170 pounds

2011: .326/.429/.433 – 43 BB/24 K – 270 AB
2012: .226/.341/.317 – 34 BB/27 K – 208 AB – 13/14 SB

35. Auburn SR 2B Creede Simpson: legit hit tool; good defender at second; above-average speed; can also play SS and 3B, as well as all three outfield spots; if limited to one position defensively, he’d be an iffy draft, but his versatility has great value, especially for teams looking to fill low-minors rosters; 6-2, 185 pounds

2011: .265/.336/.407 – 20 BB/34 K – 189 AB
2012: .310/.372/.427 – 22 BB/36 K – 232 AB – 26/34 SB

36. Indiana (PA) JR 2B Robbie Zinsmeister: good power upside; plus speed; solid defender

2012: .326/.439/.617 – 30 BB/23 K – 175 AB – 25 SB

37. 2B Forrest Perron (Strongsville HS, Ohio): good approach; smart player

38. 2B Brian Almand (Paul VI HS, New Jersey): strong arm; good defender

39. 2B Zachary Lain (Cheyenne Central HS, Wyoming): good athlete; good speed; defensively versatile; 6-2, 185 pounds

40. Rice JR 2B Christian Stringer: average speed; solid defender

2012: .364/.470/.484 – 38 BB/25 K – 217 AB – 4/9 SB

41. Missouri State SR 2B Brent Seifert: prepare yourself for lots of averages with Seifert, a rock solid college ballplayer with some big league upside; above-average hit tool; average at best power; average at best speed, and that’s generous; average at best arm; above-average defensive tools, can also handle 3B but arm and range are both stretched to limits there; most impressed by what he’s done with wood; 6-0, 200 pounds

2011: .302/.360/.496 – 19 BB/31 K – 232 AB
2012: .286/.402/.447 – 36 BB/30 K – 217 AB – 1/3 SB

42. Missouri State SR 2B Kevin Medrano: above-average speed; power upside is limited; fringy arm suited for 2B – the inability to play on the left side limits his utility future; good range; plus bat speed helps him make consistent hard contact; 6-1, 160 pounds

2011: .340/.393/.398 – 21 BB/14 K – 206 AB
2012: .330/.385/.410 – 17 BB/23 K – 200 AB – 11/16 SB

43. Santa Fe (FL) CC SO 2B Shane Kennedy: has always hit, but uptick in power has scouts wondering how strong his Clemson commitment really is – as his body has filled out, power has come and come fast; defensive versatility and experience at all four infield positions is a point in his favor; part of me thinks he’s a legitimate draft sleeper right now while part of me wants to see what he can do in the ACC first; 6-2, 190 pounds

2012: .364/.486/.647 – 29 BB/42 K – 173 AB – 21/22 SB

44. Eastern Kentucky SR 2B Richie Rodriguez: solid defender; credited for having a tremendous approach and the numbers (below) bear it out; average speed, but uses it well; not the toolsiest player in college ball, but production warrants a look on draft day; 5-10, 180 pounds

2012: .330/.429/.616 – 32 BB/12 K – 203 AB – 12/14 SB

45. Dallas Baptist JR 2B Austin Elkins: good athlete; above-average speed; surprising pop for his size, but quick wrists and good pitch recognition helps him drive any type of pitch, hard or soft; interesting prospect on a team full of underrated players; 5-11, 185 pounds

2012: .298/.392/.522 – 26 BB/25 K – 205 AB – 7/10 SB

46. Western Carolina SR 2B Ross Heffley: still love his approach and think his hit tool is underrated by many; 5-8, 185 pounds; from 2011: My notes on Heffley always come back to two simple words: good hitter. Ask anybody about Heffley and those will be the first two words out of their mouths. His other tools may not compare to the bat, and there are some unanswered questions about his ability to play anywhere but second base, but many think he’ll continue to be a good hitter, at least through the low minors.

2011: .389/.457/.611 – 30 BB/22 K – 229 AB
2012: .314/.408/.465 – 34 BB/13 K – 226 AB – 16/18 SB

47. Georgetown rJR 2B Mike Garza: versatile defender with experience at all infield spots; above-average hit tool; Stanford transfer; 6-1, 200 pounds

2011: .297/.361/.411 – 19 BB/21 K – 219 AB
2012: .370/.413/.584 – 13 BB/23 K – 219 AB – 10/15 SB

48. Indiana JR 2B Micah Johnson: good athlete; more raw power than most middle infielders in this class, but currently most of his power plays to the gaps; good speed; average at best defender, but has the chance to get better in time – it is more about concentration and technique than physical tools; limited arm before arm injury, so teams will need to be sure he can stick at 2B before using a pick on him; 5-11, 190 pounds

2011: .306/.378/.440 – 25 BB/48 K – 209 AB
2012: .188/.278/.359 – 7 BB/20 K – 64 AB – 7/9 SB

49. Loyola Marymount JR 2B Cullen Mahoney: pretty swing; can get too aggressive; gap power; steady defender; good hit tool

2012: .277/.405/.376 – 34 BB/34 K – 173 AB – 4/7 SB

50. Appalachian State JR 2B Hector Crespo: so many prospects get labeled as having “plus speed” (I’m guilty of this as well), but wind up finishing the season barely scraping double-digits in stolen bases – Crespo is a burner who backs it up on the field; works deep counts, not afraid to hit with two strikes; underrated prospect with at least one big league tool, could have a second if you buy into his defense (haven’t heard much either way there); 5-10, 175 pounds

2011: .295/.412/.379 – 38 BB/29 K – 190 AB
2012: .275/.393/.372 – 39 BB/38 K – 207 AB – 30/32 SB

51. LSU SR 2B Tyler Hanover: way more pop than you’d expect from a hitter his size; very good defender; can play around infield, including an above-average 3B and a playable SS; above-average speed; makes consistent hard contact to the point where you start to believe he may just hang around long enough in the minors to eventually break through; 5-6, 160 pounds

2011: .316/.414/.342 – 33 BB/16 K – 193 AB
2012: .301/.385/.383 – 22 BB/24 K – 193 AB – 2/6 SB

52. Purdue rSR 2B Eric Charles: plus glove; steady performer with bat who often gets overlooked in potent Purdue attack; 5-10, 180 pounds

2011: .351/.416/.502 – 19 BB/19 K – 225 AB
2012: .415/.477/.491 – 21 BB/21 K – 212 AB – 16/18 SB

53. Texas SR 2B Jordan Etier: good speed; above-average defender; can also play an average SS; despite disciplinary incident off-field, no questions about his on-field makeup; 5-11, 180 pounds

2011: .260/.333/.377 – 15 BB/32 K – 215 AB
2012: .288/.378/.411 – 19 BB/26 K – 146 AB – 8/10 SB

54. Clemson SR 2B Jason Stolz: average or better speed; plus arm strength that will help him turn the double play at second; good defender at three spots – 2B, 3B, and SS; plus upside at 2B; has the great athleticism you’d expect from such a versatile player; for all the pluses he brings to the table defensively, it remains a big question whether or not he’ll ever hit enough to make it worth his while; 6-2, 205 pounds

2011: .301/.367/.373 – 18 BB/33 K – 193 AB
2012: .284/.348/.403 – 18 BB/41 K – 211 AB – 4/8 SB

55. Indiana State rJR 2B Koby Kraemer: surprising pop; plus speed; capable defender all over diamond; great athlete; 5-9, 175 pounds

2011: .322/.371/.466 – 18 BB/28 K – 236 AB
2012: .265/.322/.365 – 14 BB/45 K – 219 AB – 3/3 SB

56. Wright State SR 2B Zach Tanner: average defender on the left side of the infield with tools that could play up at 2B; decent bat speed with above-average pop for a middle infielder; 6-2, 200 pounds

2011: .341/.392/.514 – 15 BB/33 K – 214 AB
2012: .281/.341/.413 – 15 BB/27 K – 167 AB – 1/3 SB

57. Tulane JR 2B Brennan Middleton: solid speed; good defender

2011: .291/.379/.381 – 16 BB/17 K – 134 AB
2012: .377/.435/.455 – 17 BB/31 K – 191 AB – 14/18 SB

58. North Carolina A&T SR 2B Marquis Riley:

2011: .324/.405/.493 – 29 BB/4 K – 207 AB
2012: .324/.400/.408 – 26 BB/9 K – 213 AB – 11/16 SB

59. Central Florida SR 2B Travis Shreve: good speed; good defender; handles the bat really well; limited power

2011: .327/.387/.399 – 14 BB/28 K – 223 AB
2012: .345/.407/.420 – 10 BB/18 K – 174 AB – 14/22 SB

60. Gonzaga SR 2B Alex Stanford: one of the prettier swings in the college game; can hit it to all fields; good speed; needs to improve defensively and tighten up approach; has a chance to go late to a team that buys the bat and can be patient as he figures it out in the field

2012: .311/.370/.427 – 6 BB/26 K – 164 AB – 8/12 SB

61. Holy Cross JR 2B Alex Maldonado: reputation as good glove, iffy bat prospect well-earned; above-average speed; average at best arm fits better at 2B than it would at SS; 5-9, 180 pounds

2011: .274/.316/.325 – 11 BB/40 K – 197 AB
2012: .269/.345/.335 – 21 BB/44 K – 212 AB – 14/21 SB

62. UC Irvine SR 2B Tommy Reyes: no standout tool, but pesky hitter who finds a way to get on base at a consistently high clip

2011: .301/.414/.364 – 28 BB/35 K – 173 AB
2012: .277/.411/.390 – 28 BB/23 K – 141 AB – 7/8 SB

63. New Mexico State JR 2B Parker Hipp: raw totals are inflated by home park, but park/schedule adjusted numbers still show his tremendous plate discipline; getting him into pro ball may help him go back to a less power-oriented swing; solid glove

2011: .272/.407/.396 – 38 BB/17 K – 169 AB
2012: .246/.413/.324 – 49 BB/25 K – 179 AB – 4/6 SB

64. Virginia SR 2B Keith Werman: regular readers of the site know that I’m not easily impressed with players often labeled “scrappy,” “gritty,” or “gamers,” but even a cynical black-hearted monster of a man like me can appreciate and respect the way Werman plays the game; his strengths are fairly straight forward: he’s a plus defender who has experience all over the diamond (including both SS and C), he can run pretty well, and he knows how to tire a pitcher out; he’s also undersized (5-7, 150 pounds) with little to no power, and a swing that sometimes gets him in trouble; all in all, he’s an easy player to root for but one of the draft’s longest of long shots to make it in pro ball

2011: .239/.385/.264 – 33 BB/25 K – 197 AB
2012: .310/.425/.366 – 29 BB/19 K – 142 AB – 5/8 SB

65. Florida Southern SR 2B Cory Jensen: great approach; average at best speed; good baseball player with no weak tool, but also no strong tool to set him apart; 6-0, 200 pounds

2012: .335/.409/.473 – 20 BB/14 K – 167 AB – 5/5 SB

66. Miami JR 2B Michael Broad: above-average speed; sacrificed some power for a better approach in 2011, but discipline went back a step in 2012; has gotten stronger since enrolling in school; may or may not hit enough going forward, but the biggest current question he faces is about his defense – without mincing words, he’s not a very good defender right now; on the plus side, he’s defensively versatile – he can also play 3B, but. like 2B, not particularly well; 5-11, 200 pounds

2011: .272/.401/.440 – 24 BB/24 K – 125 AB
2012: .270/.369/.429 – 16 BB/27 K – 126 AB – 6/10 SB

67. Santa Fe (FL) CC rSO 2B Jacob Tillotson: plus arm that is enough for left side of infield if his drafting team thinks he has the athleticism for it; not an overall toolsy player, but has good track record of production

2012: .282/.431/.379 – 25 BB/43 K – 174 AB

68. Richmond rJR 2B Adam McConnell: good defender; good speed; can also play SS and 3B, so there’s at least a glimmer of a utility future here; area scouts who have seen him often vouch for him as a solid mid-round pick; 6-0, 190 pounds

2012: .251/.346/.327 – 22 BB/30 K – 199 AB – 12/17 SB

69. South Carolina JR 2B Chase Vergason:

2012: .253/.396/.354 – 14 BB/12 K – 79 AB – 0/0 SB

70. Maryland SR 2B Ryan Holland: expected to hit from Day 1 at Maryland as an advanced junior college bat, but has never quite lived up to lofty expectations offensively; has remained a steady defender – good at 2B, decent at 3B and SS; 6-0, 180 pounds

2011: .282/.392/.397 – 28 BB/50 K – 174 AB
2012: .242/.385/.343 – 17 BB/27 K – 99 AB – 1/3 SB

71. Stetson rSR 2B Robert Crews: no carrying tool, but strong college track record and decent approach

2011: .356/.414/.456 – 23 BB/52 K – 250 AB
2012: .325/.400/.409 – 24 BB/30 K – 203 AB – 7/10 SB

72. Georgia Tech JR 2B Sam Dove: above-average speed; steady defender

2011: .322/.411/.368 – 21 BB/32 K – 171 AB
2012: .333/.400/.421 – 25 BB/41 K – 228 AB – 12/13 SB

73. 2B Brandon Kaupe (Baldwin HS, Hawaii): good speed; 5-5, 180 pounds

74. Texas State SR 2B Tyler Sibley: collapse at the plate undermines his solid all-around skill set; strong hit tool; great approach; steady glove; can also play OF

2011: .324/.417/.461 – 37 BB/19 K – 256 AB
2012: .227/.332/.299 – 27 BB/14 K – 194 AB – 14/21 SB

75. Stephen F. Austin State JR 2B Freddy Villalobos: free swinger with decent pop by middle infield standards; average at best defender; 6-0, 190 pounds

2012: .335/.379/.453 – 6 BB/30 K – 179 AB – 3/6 SB

76. Georgia Tech SR 2B Conner Winn: good runner; good defender; can play both 3B and SS; disappointing season has submarined draft stock

2012: .180/.271/.230 – 8 BB/12 K – 61 AB – 4/5 SB

77. TCU JR 2B Josh Gonzales: plus speed; steady defender; will have to try it again in 2013 after lost 2012 season

2012: .216/.341/.216 – 7 BB/10 K – 37 AB – 0/0 SB

78. Wake Forest JR 2B Mark Rhine: good natural feel for hitting; little power; good speed; strong arm; will likely have to try again as a senior sign in need of a bigger 2013 season after uninspiring start to college career; 6-1, 185 pounds

2011: .180/.276/.210 – 7 BB/15 K – 100 AB
2012: .267/.339/.333 – 15 BB/20 K – 165 AB – 4/6 SB

79. Arkansas SR 2B Bo Bigham: smart base runner with decent speed; good athlete; steady defender; capable of playing around the diamond (3B and OF); has a good head on his shoulders, but likely not enough bat to stick; 5-10, 185 pounds

2011: .283/.349/.359 – 19 BB/35 K – 237 AB
2012: .270/.319/.328 – 10 BB/25 K – 174 AB – 7/10 SB

80. Liberty JR 2B Bryan Aanderud: strong hit tool; steady defender

2012: .363/.466/.453 – 30 BB/17 K – 212 AB – 4/5 SB

81. Radford SR 2B Brett Mollenhauer: good defender; good approach; average speed that plays up;

2011: .214/.261/.265 – 13 BB/20 K – 215 AB
2012: .303/.390/.374 – 30 BB/22 K – 211 AB – 3/5 SB

82. Louisiana-Monroe SR 2B Caleb Clowers: disciplined hitter, but not strong enough in any one area to break into pro ball

2011: .278/.339/.370 – 19 BB/21 K – 216 AB
2012: .279/.343/.320 – 20 BB/19 K – 219 AB – 9/12 SB

83. Vanderbilt SR 2B Riley Reynolds: strong glove, no stick; 6-1, 190 pounds

2011: .343/.398/.386 – 13 BB/23 K – 166 AB
2012: .214/.235/.306 – 3 BB/14 K – 98 AB – 2/2 SB

84. Oakton (IL) CC FR 2B Tyler Palmer: holding down an honorary spot in recognition of the hard work he put in to come back from a devastating injury; at his best he shows above-average speed, a strong arm, and not much power; a “serious arm laceration” put his future in jeopardy – he’s back, but not 100% as he still struggles with gripping a ball, he played OF after his recovery, his likely future home; I’m not sure what his future holds, but I still like his hit tool even after the injury

Stats updated: 5/2/12

2012 MLB Draft First Base Rankings

Rankings are fluid and highly subject to change. Additions to player notes will be made as necessary. Statistics will be updated periodically.

1. 1B Nathan Mikolas (Bradford HS, Wisconsin): strong hit tool; above-average power upside; good athlete; really smart young hitter; quick bat; can hit to all fields; questionable defender and athlete; best position is batter’s box; has also played some OF; 6-2, 200 pounds

2. Florida State JR 1B Jayce Boyd: long believed to have plus power upside in bat, but still developing; plus to plus-plus fielder; uncanny how gifted a natural hitter he is; well-earned reputation as more of a hitter than slugger, a distinction that could scare some teams off when projecting a first base bat; similar prospect in some ways to Christian Walker, but better physical projection, defense, athleticism, and power ceiling give him edge; 6-3, 200 pounds

2011: .351/.433/.563 – 38 BB/31 K – 245 AB
2012: .383/.448/.523 – 24 BB/19 K – 193 AB – 8/8 SB

3. 1B Ron Miller (Serra HS, California): great bat speed; above-average arm; plus raw righthanded pull-side power; pitch recognition to be watched; strong; 5-11, 215 pounds

4. 1B Khristian Brito (Quinones Medina HS, Puerto Rico): plus-plus raw power, but little else beyond that; does have a strong arm and better than you’d expect athleticism for his size; comparable to Keon Barnum, but has the edge in one key factor: age; 6-4, 230 pounds

5. 1B Keon Barnum (King HS, Florida): plus arm; plus power upside; Ryan Howard comp; solid defender; super strong; surprisingly athletic; compact swing; Jon Singleton comp; 6-4, 225 pounds; L/L

6. 1B Matt Olson (Parkview HS, Georgia): good power; no problems with big velocity; average arm; average defender; good swing; quick bat; body looks better; swing looks good; 89 FB; 6-4, 225 pounds

7. 1B Chris Shaw (Lexington HS, Massachusetts): easy raw power; strong arm; good athlete; decent runner; 6-4, 225 pounds

8. South Carolina JR 1B Christian Walker: power potential though still mostly to gaps, but driving it the alleys consistently enough that the overall power package might play despite the lack of home run pop; still a somewhat shaky defender, but has improved over years; like Jayce Boyd, Walker is a gifted natural hitter with a potential plus hit tool; can be too passive, but I appreciate patience, especially when it comes from a smart place (i.e. as the main power source in the Gamecocks lineup Walker knows he is being pitched around, so he’s not taking the bait and rolling over on soft junk away); far from a slam dunk future starting big league first baseman, but could be good value as a potential stopgap/platoon prospect later in the draft than his production warrants; 6-1, 220 pounds

2011: .347/.433/.539 – 38 BB/28 K – 271 AB
2012: .343/.473/.556 – 38 BB/16 K – 178 AB – 1/2 SB

9. Florida SR 1B Preston Tucker: plus power; good approach; stronger than you’d think hit tool; dead-pull hitter when it comes to hitting the ball out, but has shown increased ability to go the other way to the gaps and for singles; surprisingly competent corner outfielder, though likely will only see time in a spot other than first base in case of emergency in pro ball; his doubters raise fair points against him (bad body, limited projection, 1.5 tool player) but all he’s done now for years is hit – the bar for starting big league first basemen is sky high and, even though I’m a big fan, I don’t think Tucker quite meets the standard, but he’s earned the chance to get selected in the top ten rounds and sink or swim in pro ball; as a high profile slugger on one of college baseball’s most talented, and thus most heavily scouted, teams, Tucker has been talked about way too much to be called a sleeper, but he’s still worth mentioning as a potentially undervalued pick heading into the draft; 6-0, 220 pounds

2011: .329/.403/.584 – 30 BB/27 K – 286 AB
2012: .353/.437/.651 – 30 BB/24 K – 218 AB – 3/5 SB

10. Baylor JR 1B Max Muncy: line drive machine; solid power upside that has been upgraded as he’s added strength (15 pounds); average speed; good defender; great approach; athletic enough that he might work at 2B or OF, though now that he’s bulked up some a potential position switch might not be necessary/possible; Muncy won’t ever hit 30+ professional homers in a season, but could put together an overall package of skills (defense, speed, plate discipline) that make him a potential big league starter in time; 6-0, 205 pounds

2011: .308/.421/.498 – 39 BB/34 K – 227 AB
2012: .311/.421/.476 – 38 BB/24 K – 206 AB – 7/11 SB

11. 1B Austin Dean (Klein Collins HS, Texas): very interesting hit tool; good power; good enough athlete that 2B may be a realistic pro possibility; below-average arm strength; average speed; 6-1, 185 pounds

12. Washington State rJR 1B Taylor Ard: plus raw power; decent enough athlete who is underrated in this area by many; advanced approach; similar in some ways to Preston Tucker in that both players have been on the map for years and discounted as viable prospects for just as long, but just keep getting on base and hitting for power; 6-2, 225 pounds

2011: .316/.393/.551 – 19 BB/24 K – 196 AB
2012: .325/.402/.569 – 22 BB/20 K – 209 AB – 3/3 SB

13. 1B Dylan Cozens (Chaparral HS, Arizona): raw; big power upside; decent speed and good athleticism for big man; average arm; 6-6, 235 pounds; reminds me of Wallace Gonzalez from last year’s draft

14. Wichita State rJR 1B Johnny Coy: very quick bat; plus athlete; good speed for his size; strong arm; plus raw power potential, but has yet to really tap into it, strong 2012 season notwithstanding; too aggressive at plate, swings at too many bad balls with way too many swings and misses; a long shot to ever fulfill his once lofty promise, but the fact that he once had such promise is also what makes him so damn enticing still; life is too complicated to ever say a player should or shouldn’t have signed a pro contract from the outside looking in, but one has to wonder what type of career Coy could have had if he devoted himself full-time to professional ball out of high school; 6-7, 225 pounds

2011: .274/.344/.421 – 25 BB/52 K – 259 AB
2012: .335/.414/.553 – 31 BB/44 K – 206 AB – 0/0 SB

15. Southern Illinois rJR 1B Chris Serritella: despite longish swing, still shows good bat speed capable of hitting big velocity; when everything is working, his swing is one of the prettiest in amateur ball; plus power potential; above-average defender; strong arm; slow even by first baseman standards; strong hit tool; heard a scout compare him developmentally to current Diamondbacks 1B Paul Goldschmidt during his college days; recovered from broken hamate injury with little to no apparent loss in power; like almost every other player on this list, the road to a starting first base job is paved with obstacles – you never want to rule out players with his kind of raw power, but the most likely positive outcome is a bench bat/platoon player; 6-3, 200 pounds

2012: .384/.460/.653 – 33 BB/47 K – 216 AB – 3/3 SB

16. 1B Zach Ratcliff (Columbus Academy, Ohio): good athlete; solid speed; above-average power; 6-4, 225 pounds

17. Oregon State JR 1B Danny Hayes: makes the kind of consistent loud contact that has you thinking he was put on this planet to hit baseballs; doubles power with chance for more; has also seen time at 3B, where is generally regarded as below-average at the moment but could be pushed there if that’s the way his drafting team wants to go – I think allowing him to get healthy and focus on first base only could do wonders for his already potent bat; really tough player who deserves a lot of credit for playing through torn labrum in shoulder this year; 6-5, 200 pounds

2011: .286/.423/.443 – 32 BB/34 K – 140 AB
2012: .330/.488/.571 – 29 BB/17 K – 91 AB – 0/1 SB

18. Florida JR 1B Vickash Ramjit: one of the draft’s most underrated power sources – he hasn’t had the at bats to generate much draft discussion, but he’s made good use of his time on the field, showing plus power upside at the plate; good defender at first; like his teammate Preston Tucker, Ramjit can also play decent defense in the outfield corners; 6-5, 230 pounds

2011: .408/.451/.513 – 5 BB/13 K – 76 AB
2012: .313/.370/.510 – 9 BB/16 K – 96 AB – 2/4 SB

19. North Carolina JR 1B Cody Stubbs: good approach; love the easy power; can also hold his own in a corner outfield spot; has been on the scouting radar for years, first in high school, then Tennessee, then junior college, and finally in Chapel Hill, so those who have been fans have surely seen him enough to keep liking him, despite his disappointing junior season; full name: Roland Campbell Stubbs IV; 6-4, 215 pounds

2012: .256/.347/.398 – 24 BB/41 K – 211 AB – 6/7 SB

20. Birmingham-Southern JR 1B Bruce Maxwell: Division III superstar who put up video game numbers (below) in 2012; bat alone makes him a prospect; has hit since first day on campus; wasn’t alone in putting up big numbers on team, but its all relative – his year was in a different stratosphere compared to teammates; 6-3, 230 pounds

2012: .471/.619/.928 – 59 BB/11 K – 153 AB – 4/4 SB

21. Neosho County (KS) JC SO 1B Adam Giacalone: intriguing talent with a professional approach to hitting who is a better baseball player than he is a prospect at any one position – that isn’t meant to take away from his potential, which, if put in the right position on the field, is legitimate, but a comment on his versatility and positive attitude that allows him to succeed in multiple roles; plus arm; average hit tool; average power; above-average upside at 1B; 6-2, 215 pounds

2012: .396/.521/.754 – 45 BB/19 K – 187 AB – 2/3 SB

22. Jacksonville State SR 1B Ben Waldrip: big raw power; average arm; no other standout tools beyond bat – average at best glove, not particularly agile around bag, slow, but he can really hit; 6-6, 245 pounds

2011: .333/.404/.536 – 17 BB/35 K – 192 AB
2012: .318/.399/.662 – 20 BB/28 K – 201 AB – 1/2 SB

23. Central Florida rJR 1B DJ Hicks: ugly swing, but good bat speed and college production put him in the “if it ain’t broke…” category of young hitting prospects; his bat will be what carries him as his above-average hit tool (underrated, I think, and rare for such a big man) and plus power potential help him stand out in the crowd of college bats; plus arm strength; slow moving on bases and in the field; has shown promise on the mound with a fastball that sits 86-90 (92-94 peak), decent splitter, and slider with some promise; 6-5, 250 pounds

2011: .373/.449/.618 – 36 BB/47 K – 228 AB
2012: .325/.441/.547 – 49 BB/45 K – 203 AB – 0/0 SB

24. 1B Wade McNabb (Memorial Catholic HS, Indiana): good power upside; bat is best tool; defense a major question mark behind plate, so likely a first baseman professionally

25. 1B Matt Livingston (James Madison HS, Virginia): good defensive tools at first; power upside is there, but yet to be unlocked; 6-4, 200 pounds

26. Mississippi SR 1B Matt Snyder: mature approach pairs well with mature, physical, strong as an ox frame; well above-average raw power; average at best hit tool, but better than that of most college senior sign sluggers; below-average defender; below-average speed; 6-6, 215 pounds

2011: .301/.428/.517 – 29 BB/38 K – 176 AB
2012: .339/.410/.578 – 16 BB/26 K – 218 AB – 1/2 SB

27. Missouri State JR 1B Luke Voit: plus power upside; good athlete; strong arm; has ample experience catching, but defense behind the plate has always been a big question – scouts have waited around to see improvement, but it hasn’t come enough to have too many believing he’ll be able to catch full-time professionally, so 1B is likely his most frequent pro spot; could come back for one last year to polish defense behind plate, but has enough thump in bat to warrant mid-round consideration now; full name: Louis Linwood Voit III; 6-3, 225 pounds

2011: .296/.378/.448 – 23 BB/26 K – 203 AB
2012: .309/.376/.448 – 21 BB/37 K – 230 AB – 9/11 SB

28. Northeastern (CO) CC SO 1B Nick Miller: good defender; plus arm; above-average power with the chance to hit for average power and average contact ability; Nebraska transfer; 6-3, 200 pounds

2012: .433/.530/.671 – 32 BB – 164 AB – 0/0 SB

29. 1B Thomas Stallone (West Boca HS, Florida): good raw power

30. Azusa Pacific (CA) SR 1B Jordan Leyland: plus raw power; strong frame; has battled wrist injuries that have sapped power production in past; UC Irvine transfer; huge 2012 numbers must be viewed in proper context (team combined to hit .323/.400/.514 on season), but good bloodlines, experience, and power will get him drafted; 6-4, 235 pounds

2012: .419/.509/.802 – 41 BB/31 K – 222 AB – 8/10 SB

31. Kennesaw State SR 1B Andy Chriscaden: big power; too many swings and misses; not a great overall approach to hitting, but no questioning the power; decent speed; average at best glove; one of many bat-only (power-only, really) first base prospects in this year’s senior college class – where he goes will be determined on drafting team preference and/or an organizational need to get a power bat into the system as quick as possible; 6-4, 220 pounds

2011: .318/.402/.619 – 33 BB/48 K – 223 AB
2012: .338/.390/.605 – 18 BB/37 K – 195 AB – 0/0 SB

32. 1B Jeff Murray (Reynoldsburg HS, Ohio): big lefthanded power; strong arm

33. Louisville JR 1B Zak Wasserman: big raw power; long swing; strong arm; drills mistakes, but not sure how he’ll hold up when meatballs are fewer and farther in between; 6-6, 215 pounds

2011: .204/.292/.269 – 9 BB/14 K – 93 AB
2012: .301/.387/.472 – 12 BB/22 K – 123 AB – 1/1 SB

34. Texas State SR 1B Casey Kalenkosky: big raw power; could be tried behind plate once again in pros after college experiment flopped; slow; strong arm; not a great defender at 1B; will have to answer questions about big dip in production from junior to senior seasons; 6-0, 200 pounds

2011: .314/.396/.637 – 28 BB/49 K – 245 AB
2012: .235/.324/.432 – 24 BB/30 K – 183 AB – 0/1 SB

35. Utah Valley SR 1B Goose Kallunki: uses obvious physical strength to his advantage at plate, muscling balls out that other hitters might not be so lucky on; average arm; might just be athletic enough to play LF, but hardly an asset defensively in either spot; besides being a bat-only prospect, biggest concern is discrepancy between junior and senior statistics (below) – he made adjustments in the offseason, but also far to ask how much of his improvement was just a byproduct of beating up on younger competition; one of the draft’s few legit 80 names; 6-5, 240 pounds

2011: .243/.302/.333 – 20 BB/22 K – 222 AB
2012: .326/.394/.568 – 19 BB/25 K – 190 AB – 1/2 SB

36. St. Mary’s SR 1B Troy Channing: above-average raw power; lots of swings and misses, but, despite high career strikeout totals, a fairly patient, well-disciplined hitter; solid defender at first who has gotten a lot better over the years; not a body with much projection; looked like a potential statistical darling after first two college seasons, but numbers fell off a cliff from end of sophomore year onward; haven’t heard any recent reports on arm strength, but am intrigued with the idea of a potential conversion to catching; 6-0, 215 pounds

2011: .274/.368/.438 – 25 BB/50 K – 201 AB
2012: .413/.467/.569 – 8 BB/21 K – 109 AB – 0/2 SB

37. Georgia Tech SR 1B Jake Davies: above-average raw power to all fields who has emerged as a solid college middle of the order bat over the years; reminiscent of a slightly more talented version of Virginia 1B Jared King; also profiles as a pitchability lefthander with an upper-80s FB, good SL, emerging CU, and occasional CB; 6-0, 225 pounds

2011: .360/.432/.500 – 31 BB/45 K – 222 AB
2012: .329/.404/.533 – 25 BB/19 K – 210 AB – 0/1 SB

38. Arizona State SR 1B Abe Ruiz: good present power – can really hammer average fastballs, but has big trouble with anything else; average defender; has hit for nice power in three out of four college seasons, but questionable hit tool and substandard approach leave much to be desired; 6-3, 240 pounds

2012: .302/.389/.598 – 22 BB/30 K – 189 AB – 0/0 SB

39. Samford SR 1B Saxon Butler: unheralded junior college transfer who has hit a ton since getting to campus; above-average present power; not a lot of projection nor is there much to his game outside of the batter’s box, but should be quality pro hitter; 6-2, 225 pounds

2011: .355/.436/.588 – 27 BB/31 K – 228 AB
2012: .352/.443/.596 – 28 BB/35 K – 230 AB – 1/1 SB

40. Cal State Fullerton JR 1B Carlos Lopez: has worked his tail off to return from torn ACL in high school; uses both gaps consistently; natural born hitter; average speed that plays up due to great baseball instincts; Lopez is not a prototypical slugging first base prospect, but it’s not as if he’s had a prototypical path to this point, either; if a team thinks he can play an outfield corner, his value gets a boost; turns 23 in July, so he’ll have to hit right off the bat if he wants to have any shot going forward; 6-2, 220 pounds

2011: .329/.389/.468 – 16 BB/11 K – 158 AB
2012: .332/.414/.444 – 28 BB/19 K – 196 AB – 5/6 SB

41. UNC-Wilmington JR 1B Hunter Ridge: gap power; steady defender in an outfield corner despite lack of foot speed, but likely a 1B long-term; young college junior who still hasn’t shown all he can do – i.e. more upside than most mid- to late-round picks of his ilk; 6-0, 215 pounds

2011: .371/.449/.561 – 32 BB/26 K – 237 AB
2012: .343/.434/.460 – 32 BB/29 K – 213 AB – 3/8 SB

42. Chipola (FL) JC SO 1B Jordan Poole: big power; too many swings and misses; not really a fit defensively anywhere, but can at least hold his own at first; transfer from Mississippi; 6-3, 215 pounds

2012: .340/.425/.573 – 21 BB – 150 AB – 3/3 SB

43. 1B Cole Miller (Darlington HS, Georgia): good power; good approach; 6-4, 225 pounds

44. Texas A&M SR 1B Jacob House: average at best power, mostly to gaps; plus defender; 6-3, 190 pounds

2011: .298/.352/.404 – 24 BB/41 K – 272 AB
2012: .303/.372/.471 – 19 BB/30 K – 208 AB – 10/13 SB

45. Arkansas SR 1B Sam Bates: decent lefthanded pop; can also play in the outfield corners; one of the stronger players in senior class; 6-5, 230 pounds

2011: .237/.352/.339 – 11 BB/20 K – 59 AB
2012: .242/.340/.435 – 17 BB/32 K – 124 AB – 3/3 SB

46. Cumberland (TN)  SR 1B Mike Mandarino: big raw power; average defender; 6-1, 210 pounds

2012: .330/.432/.654 – 26 BB/25 K – 185 AB – 1/1 SB

47. Virginia rJR 1B Jared King: good organizational depth for a team in need of a professional-quality hitter with a patient approach and solid punch at the lower levels; 6-0, 205 pounds

2011: .339/.430/.479 – 25 BB/46 K – 165 AB
2012: .306/.457/.503 – 49 BB/37 K – 183 AB – 13/19 SB

48. Coastal Carolina rSR 1B Rich Witten: good defender at first; can also play passably at both 3B and C; will be 24 about a month after the draft; 6-1, 200 pounds

2011: .309/.388/.472 – 24 BB/28 K – 233 AB
2012: .342/.444/.467 – 29 BB/18 K – 184 AB – 8/11 SB

49. Longwood JR 1B Justin Lacy: too many empty swings, but can give it a ride when he makes contact; has actually improved in that area (contact) in 2012; good defender with soft hands and at least an average arm; experienced player who has started from Day 1 on campus and shown well during summer wood bat leagues; looks like a solid org bat with a better than even chance he’ll return to school in 2013; 6-2, 215 pounds

2011: .309/.354/.470 – 10 BB/29 K – 181 AB
2012: .370/.458/.532 – 24 BB/34 K – 173 AB – 0/0 SB

50. Oklahoma JR 1B Drew Harrison: limited at bats in 2012, but has shown significant raw power before; 6-4, 255 pounds

51. Wake Forest JR 1B Matt Conway: plus power upside; solid approach; potential plus bat; strong arm; injury early in season puts his draft status in doubt – seen as many as likely to return to Wake Forest in 2013 as redshirt-junior; 6-7, 225 pounds

2011: .272/.361/.451 – 27 BB/31 K – 195 AB

52. 1B Ryan Ripkin (Gilman HS, Maryland): outstanding defender; strong arm; holds hands way back in swing setup allowing him to spray line drives all over the field after letting balls get in deep; was able to catch him in action this past year and came away much more impressed than I had expected going in – he’s much more than Cal’s son and anybody claiming he’s only a well-known draft prospect because of his day is doing him a disservice; like I said about Trevor Gretzky last year, I think Ryan Ripkin would be considered a better prospect by many if is name was Ryan Smith; 6-5, 200 pounds

53. Ouachita Baptist (AR) SR 1B Brock Green: gap power now, average power upside; has experience at 3B, but a potential plus glove at first; 6-2, 200 pounds

2012: .312/.410/.489 – 29 BB/25 K – 186 AB – 5/6 SB

54. Embry-Riddle (FL) rJR 1B Matt Skipper: plus raw power; great approach to hitting, very patient; holes in swing; slow; poor present defender, but athletic enough to be average if allowed to continue to get reps and figure it out; once peaked at mid-90s with FB as RHP, but Tommy John had him out for all of 2011 and his return to the mound is still in question; after down season (below) at the plate, a return to pitching may be his only hope in professional baseball; 6-9, 250 pounds

2012: .236/.364/.319 – 12 BB/14 K – 72 AB – 0/0 SB

55. Miami (Ohio) JR 1B Kevin Bower: above-average lefty power; average at best defender; 6-4, 215 pounds

2011: .255/.305/.356 – 12 BB/41 K – 149 AB
2012: .350/.414/.465 – 24 BB/37 K – 200 AB – 0/1 SB

56. Washington State rSO 1B Adam Nelubowich (2012): pretty swing with good bat speed results in above-average raw power projection; average runner; average defender; likely another year away (at least) due to redshirt-sophomore status, prep background (he’s from Edmonton), and limited college at bats to this point, but a nice little sleeper name to store away for 2013 and beyond; 6-2, 185 pounds

2011: .221/.265/.312 – 3 BB/18 K – 77 AB
2012: .249/.309/.379 – 13 BB/31 K – 169 AB – 3/4 SB

57. Auburn JR 1B Garrett Cooper: plus defender with the size and strength to hopefully grow into more power; 6-6, 225 pounds

2012: .324/.422/.462 – 18 BB/29 K – 173 AB – 1/1 SB

58. Kent State JR 1B Jason Bagoly: physical strength has led to good power; strong arm; has experience behind the plate but was reliably told that he is “not a good catcher”; 6-4, 235 pounds

2011: .237/.308/.342 – 10 BB/31 K – 114 AB
2012: .261/.323/.455 – 6 BB/21 K – 88 AB – 0/1 SB

59. Toledo SR 1B Mark Lapikas: solid power upside; average speed; good arm; good athlete; 6-3, 210 pounds

2011: .281/.369/.493 – 19 BB/32 K – 146 AB
2012: .264/.361/.447 – 30 BB/49 K – 197 AB – 3/7 SB

60. Marshall JR 1B Nathan Gomez: intriguing hit tool with good loft in swing; 6-3, 200 pounds

2011: .252/.384/.387 – 24 BB/32 K – 119 AB
2012: .320/.414/.447 – 29 BB/34 K – 206 AB – 0/0 SB

61. Southern Mississippi JR 1B Blake Brown: good power due to physically mature, strong build and good bat speed; 6-5, 215 pounds

2012: .270/.380/.454 – 28 BB/60 K – 185 AB – 1/2 SB

62. Cal State Los Angeles rJR 1B James Wharton: because every draft needs a decent first base prospect who is also a swine flu survivor; 6-3, 215 pounds

2012: .305/.415/.512 – 26 BB/23 K – 164 AB – 1/4 SB

63. South Carolina-Aiken SO 1B Bill Gerstenslager: big guy with big power upside, but didn’t put up the dominating season many expected; his numbers (below) were fine, but they are less impressive when viewed in the proper context – he finished the year below team averages across the board (AVG/OBP/SLG); 6-6, 230 pounds

2012: .307/.375/.455 – 21 BB/34 K – 202 AB – 2/3 SB

64. Northwestern SR 1B Paul Snieder: interesting power upside; skilled defender; plus arm that is good enough for him to have some experience on the mound; cratered out from a performance perspective in 2012 after a strong 2011 season, so he’ll have to home that a team picking late had an area guy who saw him on his best days in ’11; 6-2, 220 pounds

2011: .330/.417/.500 – 26 BB/36 K – 176 AB
2012: .222/.309/.335 – 27 BB/50 K – 212 AB – 0/1 SB

65. UC Irvine SR 1B Jordan Fox: steady stream of line drives makes him an entertaining college hitter to watch; good defender; has the bat control and high contact rate to hit second, but that’s not exactly what pro teams want out of their first baseman; teams often don’t put too much stock in first base prospects who measure up at 5-9, 160 pounds

2011: .333/.411/.382 – 12 BB/6 K – 186 AB
2012: .318/.400/.410 – 13 BB/17 K – 195 AB – 10/14 SB

66. Valparaiso rSR 1B Will Hagel: excellent defender, but bat is too light to make it as a first baseman in professional baseball; 5-11, 185 pounds

2011: .303/.350/.398 – 18 BB/30 K – 201 AB
2012: .293/.363/.392 – 24 BB/26 K – 222 AB – 0/1 SB

67. Alcorn State SR 1B Eduardo Gonzalez: more hitter than slugger, despite being a physically imposing presence; power upside is currently limited due to swing; 6-3, 210 pounds

2011: .289/.365/.431 – 22 BB/18 K – 218 AB
2012: .274/.333/.456 – 14 BB/24 K – 215 AB – 7/9 SB

68. Kansas SR 1B Chris Manship: wild swinger who hasn’t shown the in-game power to warrant such a poor approach; included mostly because he has experience behind plate, so the ever so slight possibility that a team will want to bring him in for his potential defensive versatility exists; also worth noting he has hit better with wood in the past, but, again, his undisciplined approach doesn’t help him profile as a legit prospect in any way with the bat; 6-2, 225 pounds

2011: .241/.312/.339 – 11 BB/37 K – 112 AB
2012: .262/.313/.377 – 7 BB/31 K – 122 AB – 0/1 SB

69. Wofford SR 1B Konstantine Diamaduros: promising hit tool, but hasn’t produced; has played some OF, but likely limited to 1B professionally; slow but smart runner; iffy arm; smart man: favorite listed TV show is “Workaholics”; 6-1, 200 pounds

2011: .332/.382/.415 – 18 BB/22 K – 217 AB
2012: .237/.308/.384 – 20 BB/35 K – 211 AB – 6/9 SB

Stats updated: 5/14/12

2012 MLB Draft Catcher Prospect Rankings

Rankings are fluid and highly subject to change. Additions to player notes will be made as necessary. Statistics will be updated periodically.

1. Florida JR C Mike Zunino: legitimate plus raw power, but expected to be above-average in-game professionally as length in swing could cause some issues on high velocity arms; plus arm strength; good athlete for his height and weight; plus defensive tools behind plate, surprisingly mobile; calling card is his power, but underrated as a natural hitter; value comes on field, obviously, but added bonus of being a take charge leader is nice for the position; more than just a flashy strong arm, also really accurate; swing can get too long at times which could expose him against good breaking balls going forward; also gets bonus points for calling own pitches; I like Zunino a ton, so don’t take this comment as an attempt to hedge my bets, but rather an attempt to keep coverage fair and balanced: due to his inconsistent approach and reports of below-average physical conditioning, I think it is fair to have some serious doubt about Zunino as a sure-thing, franchise player, top five pick; if comps aren’t your thing, skip the short story I wrote on Zunino below; 6-2, 220 pounds

College sluggers tend to be among the best known draft prospects each year, so listing the reasons why Zunino is one of the 2012 draft’s top prospects is little more than academic at this point: we know that he has huge power (25-35 HR upside) that is already showing up against big-time college pitching, plus arm strength with above-average accuracy, and leadership qualities not seen since the likes of [insert the leader of your favorite team and/or political party] . Concerns with Zunino are three-fold: 1) his approach leaves a little something to be desired, 2) his swing, while shortened somewhat in 2012, still can get too long at times, leaving him exposed against good breaking balls, and 3) he’s a catcher, so all inherent risks that come with the position (injury, developmental stagnation, etc.) apply. One comp (obligatory comps are evil and irresponsible and spread obfuscate rather than illuminate) for Zunino that I particularly like: former state of Florida college catcher (Hurricanes, not Gators) Charles Johnson. Sticking with the Florida theme, fellow Gator (I had not idea this guy went to Florida when I thought up this comp, how about that?) Mike Stanley makes for an interesting historical comp of some merit, though I doubt we’ll see the same kind of patience from Zunino that Stanley exhibited as a pro. So, realistically I think a reasonable floor is something like Johnson or former Royal Mike MacFarlane (defense, leadership, .180ish ISO, .330ish wOBA – again, we’re talking floor, so take the power projection with a grain of salt), with the upside of Stanley or Phil Nevin (minus the position switch), and the middle ground of a modern guy like Chris Iannetta. He’s not the prospect that Matt Wieters (love that guy) was back in 2008, but I think the comparison between Zunino and Wieters makes a heck of a lot more sense than the silly Buster Posey comp I’ve seen thrown out (though, to be fair, it is often dismissed fairly quickly by the “expert”) around the internet. I could see a few years for Zunino like Wieters’ 2011 age-25 season (.262/.328/.450 with 22 homers) before his career is out., and that could still be underselling his long-term power. You’d really like to see a “can’t miss” college bat with better command of the strike zone (see concern 1 above) as Zunino’s combined BB/K ratio over the past two seasons is just 47 to 72 (park/schedule adjusted), but in a draft with so many question marks at the top, the Florida catcher’s power, defense, and leadership make him a premium pro prospect.

2011: .398/.469/.720 – 34 BB/49 K – 264 AB
2012: .355/.417/.716 – 24 BB/36 K – 211 AB – 9/10 SB

2. C Stryker Trahan (Acadiana HS, Louisiana): plus hit tool; honest above-average speed; plus bat speed; good arm; swing is textbook; lets ball travel deep, but quick hands allow it; athletic behind dish; shows plus raw power; most impressed by his power to all fields; if Blake Swihart could run, he’d be Trahan – also think the Wil Myers comps are warranted; the big question is all about his defensive future, but I think he’s athletic enough to be given the chance to work with pro coaches and get everyday reps; 6-1, 220 pounds

3. Purdue JR C Kevin Plawecki: tremendous approach, as good as any hitter in this year’s college class; still a raw defender, but above-average tools are there; average arm, but it plays up due to much improved footwork and a quick release; good athlete; above-average hit tool; hits consistent line drives tony and makes a ton of contact; like the power, but others aren’t solid his swing will allow for much more than gap power – I think there’s 20 homer upside here; there was some question heading into the year, but will definitely stick behind plate; uses the whole field well as a hitter; high marks for all things intangible; given the choice between Zunino in the first or Plawecki later, I’d wait it out and grab Purdue’s backstop who might have more long-term upside; 6-2, 210 pounds

2011: .336/.425/.431 – 18 BB/10 K – 211 AB
2012: .411/.492/.629 – 24 BB/8 K – 202 AB – 3/5 SB

4. TCU JR C Josh Elander: plus power potential; above-average arm strength but it plays up even more due to quick release; footwork behind plate still needs work; above-average foot speed; physically mature and very strong; one of the best overall tool sets of any college prospect, but Elander is no different from many other prospects of this archetype – with great tools often comes a high degree of rawness; I believe he’ll have no problems sticking behind the plate, and think he has a chance to be a starting caliber catcher; could follow the Eli Marrero career path if his defense continues to lag behind his bat; 6-0, 205 pounds

2011: .374/.461/.573 – 28 BB/35 K – 171 AB
2012: .371/.490/.587 – 34 BB/32 K – 167 AB – 11/18 SB

5. C Wyatt Mathisen (Calallen HS, Texas): strong and accurate arm; good defensive tools, but needs reps; really nice patient approach; quick bat; slightly below-average speed, but good for catcher; 6-1, 210 pounds

6. C Clint Coulter (Union HS, Washington): good defensive tools, but a little stiff behind plate; may or may not stick at catcher long-term, but I’m a believer; little Jeff Bagwell in his crouch and swing setup; good athlete; plus arm, but needs to polish up footwork; pro body; loud contact; strong; big league caliber defensive tools for me, not all agree; above-average arm; really interesting power; fun player to watch who impacts the game in a multitude of ways; 6-3, 220 pounds

7. Oklahoma City JR C Dane Phillips: has seen time in RF as well as behind the plate; average arm strength; above-average power upside, but better hit tool; slow, but, hey, he’s a catcher, right?; I’ve long been on record in believing in Phillips sticking behind the plate long-term, citing his progress year-to-year rather than his current ability; well known as a well-traveled man: transferred from OK State to Arkansas, where he was ruled ineligible, before landing at NAIA school Oklahoma City; tools are there to be a big league starting catcher; 6-1, 200 pounds

2012 (at Oklahoma State): .351/.404/.535 – 21 BB/50 K – 245 AB
2012: .417/.508/.779 – 32 BB/31 K – 204 AB – 2/4 SB

8. Miami SR C Peter O’Brien: nothing has changed when it comes to O’Brien’s basic scouting report: plus-plus power and a strong arm, but below-average everywhere else; what has changed is his level of competition – doing what he did in the ACC has opened some eyes, and rightfully so; his hit tool isn’t as strong and he’s a better bet to stick behind the plate, but I think a comparison between O’Brien and last year’s preeminent college power hitter CJ Cron has some merit – if O’Brien had been moved off of catcher coming into the year, I wonder if scouts would appreciate his bat more rather than focusing on the negatives of his defense; 6-5, 225 pounds

2011: .287/.365/.539 – 25 BB/53 K – 230 AB
2012: .362/.478/.717 – 25 BB/20 K – 127 AB – 1/3 SB

9. Buffalo JR C Tom Murphy: plus raw power; good athlete; good catcher speed, average overall; above-average arm strength; came into year with many calling his defense “passable,” but in need of improvement – well, he’s improved a lot in the past four months, and now the only question surrounding his defense is how good he’ll continue to get; Murphy is a well-rounded player with enough power to profile as a potential starting catcher; 6-1, 220 pounds

2011: .389/.448/.637 – 20 BB/26 K – 190 AB
2012: .332/.415/.649 – 30 BB/45 K – 202 AB – 6/9 SB

10. C Brian De La Rosa (Olympic Heights HS, Florida): advanced defender; very accurate arm; plus arm; good athlete; mobile behind the plate; good raw power; 5-10, 190 pounds

11. C Blake Baxendale (Rogers Heritage HS, Arkansas): improved defender with improved conditioning, always had above-average defensive tools; big present power; uses whole field as hitter; 6-3, 210 pounds

12. C Korey Dunbar (Nitro HS, West Virginia): good defensive tools; big raw power to all fields; plus arm; good athleticism; 6-1, 215 pounds

13. C Austin Barr (Camas HS, Washington): plus raw power; quick bat; good athlete; Stanford commit; 6-3, 215 pounds

14. C Steve Bean (Rockwall HS, Texas): best known for his plus arm and outstanding defensive tools, though he is still growing into the position defensively; good athlete; decent runner for a catcher, but not exactly fleet of foot in the grand scheme of things; interesting power upside that some scouts insist on and others don’t buy into; not just strong, but baseball strong – he’s built well, and he knows how to use it to his advantage on the diamond; prep catchers always carry risk, but Bean’s defensive upside negates some of it – I’m not as sold on the bat as others; 6-2, 190 pounds

15. C Scott Williams (Conestoga HS, Pennsylvania): interesting power upside; needs to get stronger; much improved over course of summer; well-rounded skills

16. C Charles Moorman (El Capitan HS, California): advanced defender; good arm, very accurate; good approach at plate

17. Kentucky JR C Luke Maile: good bat speed; big raw power; good arm; raw defensively; good athlete with room to grow into his body a little more; strong track record hitting against high velocity arms in SEC and summer league; lack of experience as backstop is worrisome, but has the tools to be a competent defender going forward; not quite enough bat to play first (at least as a starter), nor is he athletic enough to play anywhere but C/1B, so his future hinges on his ability to defend – I tend to think most questions of position switches at the amateur level tend to be answered in an unfavorable way sooner rather than later, but for some reason I’m less likely to move a prospect off catcher than any other position; long story short: Maile is a good enough defender with the chance to hit like an everyday player behind the plate; 6-3, 210 pounds

2011: .288/.369/.531 – 19 BB/47 K – 177 AB
2012: .319/.434/.545 – 31 BB/27 K – 191 AB – 9/11 SB

18. Oregon SO C Aaron Jones: has improved enough defensively that I have no doubt that he’ll stick; strong arm and more than athletic enough to play RF if he has to; interesting hit tool with above-average power upside; average speed; has intriguing track record with wood bats and a swing that should translate well to pro ball; some catchers are born, others made – Jones is one of the many 2012 prospects (Elander, Trahan, Sabol, Phillips) that fall in the latter category, but he has the tools to develop into a solid defender and an above-average hitter for the position; 6-1, 200 pounds

2011: .289/.388/.384 – 26 BB/39 K – 211 AB
2012: .320/.395/.522 – 20 BB/34 K – 178 AB – 5/9 SB

19. Washington JR C Chase Anselment: above-average arm; good approach; above-average power; like so many others in this class, Anselment has seen extensive time at a position other than catcher – in his case, he’s played a lot of RF for the Huskies; the high rate of failure for prep catchers has me thinking that the smart way to do it is to sit back and poach the one-time high school stars who do their developing in college – Mike Zunino is Exhibit A, but Anselment, Andrew Susac, Jonathan Walsh, and Dane Phillips all qualify; notes from Anselment’s prep days: “not known for his defensive talent, but should be middle of the order impact bat if he enrolls at school as expected; could be better suited as a big armed RF; Washington commit with plenty of projection left in his game”; 6-0, 210 pounds

2011: .270/.376/.421 – 21 BB/32 K – 159 AB
2012: .375/.444/.518 – 14 BB/17 K – 112 AB – 0/2 SB

20. Orange Coast CC SO C Stefan Sabol: premium athlete; plus arm strength, but sloppy throwing motion hinders utilization; plus raw power that hasn’t quite manifested yet in-game; potential above-average to plus hit tool, swing works with plenty of bat speed; transfer from Oregon; recovering from hamate injury; also has experience at 3B and in OF; 6-1, 200 pounds

2011 (at Oregon): .270/.388/.365 – 23 BB/28 K – 126 AB
2012: .250/.473/.359 – 26 BB/18 K – 64 AB

21. C Taylor Hawkins (Carl Albert HS, Oklahoma): big present power; good athlete; average speed; could also be tried at 3B and OF; 6-0, 200 pounds

22. C Sam Ayala (LaJolla County Day School, California): good speed for catcher; good arm; above-average power upside; good athlete; 6-2, 200 pounds

23. C Blake Hickman (Simeon HS, Illinois): plus arm strength (94 off mound); plus power upside, but really raw hitter; defense needs tons of work; good athlete; solid speed; 6-4, 210 pounds

24. C Matt Fultz (Summit West HS, Missouri): quick bat; good power; good defender; good athlete; strong; power is there, question is contact; average arm; 6-1, 210 pounds

25. C Collin Yelich (Westlake Village HS, California): plus arm, both in terms of strength and accuracy; strong hit tool; makes a lot of contact; 6-3, 185 pounds

26. UCLA JR C Tyler Heineman: mature approach to hitting, simply doesn’t waste at bats; strong defensive tools, already a steady defender behind plate; above-average to plus arm, strong and accurate; good agility behind plate, underrated athlete; far from a big bat, but should always hit enough to get by; breakout junior season has stock on the rise; 6-0, 200 pounds

2012: .382/.491/.466 – 19 BB/9 K – 131 AB

27. North Carolina SR C Jacob Stallings: outstanding defender; plus arm; big favorite last year who has scuffled some with the bat this year, but remains a potential backup catcher due to his great makeup, patience at the plate, and defensive ability

2011: .305/.419/.446 – 47 BB/38 K – 233 AB
2012: .268/.381/.421 – 30 BB/35 K – 183 AB – 3/4 SB

28. C Phildrick Llewellyn (Trinity Christian Academy, Florida): good athlete; really good speed for catcher; intriguing tools across board

29. Tulane SR C Jeremy Schaffer: plus power potential; strong enough arm; defense is raw and has been for years, but has made enough progress to at least be adequate (slightly below-average, really) behind plate, thought he won’t ever be anything more than that professionally; for all his defensive shortcomings, Shaffer does have the reputation of calling a good game and working well with a variety of pitching styles; as a bat-first catching prospect, he compares to a less-publicized version of Miami’s Peter O’Brien – also included in that family are Ronnie Freeman, Richard Stock, and Brandon Miller; 6-1, 210 pounds

2011: .386/.488/.633 – 40 BB/27 K – 210 AB
2012: .351/.455/.569 – 40 BB/31 K – 211 AB – 5/6 SB

30. Meridian (MS) CC SO C Wade Wass: strong arm; good defender; above-average bat speed; has tapped into his considerable power upside in a big way; reputation of free swinger didn’t match the reality of his 2012 season, though it would come as no surprise to hear that he was routinely pitched around; 6-0, 210 pounds

2012: .427/.568/.938 – 46 BB – 178 AB – 7/10 SB

31. Kennesaw State JR C Ronnie Freeman: very strong hit tool, a rarity for a backstop; above-average raw power, currently wears out the gaps; average at best arm, but makes up for it by being an instinctive, smart catcher; can get too aggressive at plate, which I think negates a big strength, but have been told coaches prefer him expanding his zone in order to look for something he can drive (i.e. it is alright to sacrifice some patience for power); good enough defender, but hardly a standout – his bat will carry him as an offense-first backstop; 6-1, 190 pounds

2011: .401/.496/.631 – 38 BB/30 K – 217 AB
2012: .344/.421/.462 – 23 BB/31 K – 186 AB

32. Indiana State JR C Jeremy Lucas: good athlete; improved defender; mature approach; pre-season all-caps FAVORITE despite a midwestern source (a close friend who won’t mind me calling him out here) who told me Lucas was a “solid college catcher, nothing more”; 6-1, 200 pounds

2011: .339/.428/.469 – 27 BB/19 K – 177 AB
2012: .363/.459/.571 – 30 BB/20 K – 212 AB – 5/6 SB

33. Nebraska JR C Richard Stock: plus arm; plus raw power; good athlete; has gone from USC to LA Pierce JC to Nebraska; value comes as catcher, so if he is forced to play predominantly first base then he’s in trouble; notes from Stock’s prep days: “has elicited Fred McGriff comps with his setup and swing; in a class of ridiculously hard throwers, Stock’s arm is on the short list of the strongest; gets sloppy behind plate due to overreliance on his pure arm strength; sloth-level speed; unfairly graded down because of struggles of his older brother, Robert”; 6-2, 185 pounds

2012: .338/.367/.515 – 7 BB/15 K – 198 AB – 1/2 SB

34. C David Houser (AC Flora HS, South Carolina): good defensive tools; intriguing tools at plate; quick transfer

35. C Chad Johnson (Galesburg HS, Illinois): plus defensive tools; strong arm; intriguing power upside; 6-1, 180 pounds

36. New Mexico JR C Mitchell Garver: one of the quicker bats I’ve personally seen this spring, really underrated bat speed and power projection; good approach; strong hit tool; not a standout defensively, but a decent athlete with an average arm; 6-1, 200 pounds

2011: .274/.362/.370 – 30 BB/26 K – 230 AB
2012: .349/.414/.577 – 23 BB/25 K – 241 AB – 6/8 SB

37. Princeton SR C Sam Mulroy: above-average speed; plus arm strength and elite athleticism also play well at 3B and OF; one of the players I’ve personally seen the most: big league bat speed with the tools to keep catching are what make him stand out; scouts seem to think he fits best as an outfielder at the next level, so don’t be surprised to hear him announced at that spot – I’d rather he stick behind the plate, but at least a position switch would save his speed; 5-11 205 pounds

2011: .337/.381/.556 – 12 BB/37 K – 178 AB
2012: .372/.463/.601 – 18 BB/32 K – 148 AB – 11/12 SB

38. Stetson JR C Sam Kimmel: really good athlete with the potential to be a plus defender behind plate; above-average arm strength that could lead to plus pop times as he cleans up his footwork; impressive speed for a catcher; draft lists like this are full of personal biases and Kimmel’s higher than you’d think placement shows one of mine: I value athletic, defensive catchers in a big way, and Kimmel is one of college’s best; 6-0, 180 pounds

2012: .346/.435/.427 – 31 BB/30 K – 211 AB – 9/14 SB

39. Samford SR C Brandon Miller: good present power; strong arm; good athlete; reminiscent of Dane Phillips when it comes to his defense – has seen time in the OF, where many think he profiles best as a pro, but I’d keep running him out behind the plate until he shows he can’t do it; 6-1, 210 pounds

2011: .270/.382/.582 – 33 BB/50 K – 196 AB
2012: .287/.375/.619 – 31 BB/47 K – 223 AB – 0/3 SB

40. C CJ Saylor (South Hills HS, California): 86-88 FB; quick feet; plus arm with a track record of cutting down base runners; mobile behind plate; really good defensive ability; very athletic behind plate; above-average hit tool; power upside in question – can he some to gaps, but that’s about it; potential plus defender, some would argue he’s already there; not a plus power/plus arm strength guy, but still talented; no problems catching velocity; 5-10, 180 pounds; R/R

41. C Jason Goldstein (Highland Park HS, Illinois): plus arm strength; highest level defensive tools; accurate arm; strong; fantastic footwork; quick bat; good approach; not a ton of power upside, but a professional hitting approach; 5-11, 190 pounds; R/R

42. Sacramento State rSR C Derrick Chung: really good athlete; strong arm; excellent mobility behind plate; converted infielder who has taken to catching well; retains above-average speed, but catching could beat that down over time; leadoff profile as hitter – patient approach, good plate coverage, unafraid of deep counts, line drive swing that leads to consistent hard contact; age (24 in February) works against him; 5-10, 170 pounds

2011: .282/.426/.385 – 38 BB/33 K – 195 AB
2012: .400/.463/.518 – 15 BB/13 K – 170 AB

43. Notre Dame JR C Joe Hudson: excellent defender with plus big league upside; plus arm strength and accuracy; some power upside; too many swings and misses, but improved performance with the bat in 2012, especially in the power department, helps him profile as a potential backup; 6-1, 200 pounds

2011: .239/.322/.325 – 17 BB/19 K – 163 AB
2012: .330/.434/.500 – 22 BB/30 K – 188 AB – 3/4 SB

44. Baylor SR C Josh Ludy: above-average present power, strong, compact build; has improved in two major areas this spring – first, his questionable glove now has a chance to be average with continued work, and second, his hit tool, previously below-average, has improved just enough to put his power to use thanks to a cleaned up swing; strong arm; good approach; not sure he has the defensive chops to work as a backup, but power and physical strength are intriguing; 5-10, 210 pounds

2011: .268/.346/.371 – 20 BB/38 K – 205 AB
2012: .342/.427/.553 – 25 BB/36 K – 190 AB – 1/1 SB

45. C Nelson Rodriguez (George Washington HS, New York): plus raw power; plus arm strength; quick release; plus bat speed; hits it to center and opposite field most often; has to keep that weight in check; looked better behind plate than I imagined, but still not good enough; 6-2, 230 pounds; R/R

46. C Chris Chinea (Gulliver Prep HS, Florida): strong arm; power upside; good athlete; strong; long swing; quick release; good enough defender; 6-0, 200 pounds

47. C Tomas Nido (Orangewood Christian HS, Florida): good defender; plus arm strength, above-average pop times; good raw power; swing is way too long – kills bad pitching, struggles against the good; BP power at this point; 6-0, 200 pounds

48. C Wilfredo Rodriguez (Puerto Rico Baseball Academy): strong arm; quick bat

49. Elon JR C Alex Swim: good defender; plus arm; love his approach; good runner for a catcher; has the swing, weight shift, and pitch recognition to hit for more power than he’s shown, but still needs to put on some muscle to turn some gappers into home runs; 6-0, 185 pounds

2011: .275/.312/.352 – 12 BB/11 K – 236 AB
2012: .357/.400/.449 – 19 BB/11 K – 227 AB – 6/9 SB

50. San Diego JR C Dillon Haupt: plus arm strength; good first year of Division I ball, but could really take off with another year of experience; 6-5, 225 pounds

2012: .287/.396/.467 – 22 BB/29 K – 167 AB – 3/4 SB

51. LSU-Eunice SO C Stuart Turner: very good defender; strong arm; only slightly below-average speed underway (impressive for a catcher, especially one his size), but smart on bases; has shown a quality approach, especially with two strikes; 6-2, 220 pounds

2012: .323/.452/.515 – 36 BB/20 K – 167 AB – 3/8 SB

52. Jacksonville State SR C Sam Eberle: decent defender who might fit best at 3B in pro ball; good athlete; strong; good runner for either defensive spot; bat could be above-average if allowed to catch at next level, but he’ll have to improve footwork and speed of release; 6-1, 220 pounds

2011: .340/.396/.526 – 22 BB/32 K – 247 AB
2012: .352/.462/.571 – 36 BB/21 K – 196 AB – 2/2 SB

53. Stanford JR C Eric Smith: took him two years to snag starting spot, but has taken the job and run with it this spring; above-average power to the gaps; good defensive tools that should play at a few different spots – has also seen time at 2B and 3B; 6-1, 190 pounds

2012: .341/.376/.461 – 8 BB/14 K – 167 AB – 0/0 SB

54. C RJ Ybarra (Riverside Poly HS, California): good power upside; above-average arm strength; 5-11, 200 pounds

55. C David Real (Boulder Creek HS, Arizona): good raw power; strong arm; good athlete; 6-0, 185 pounds

56. C Boomer White (Memorial HS, Texas): good power; above-average speed; good athlete

57. C Zack Bowers (Harrison HS, Georgia): strong arm; mobile behind plate; good athlete; I think he’ll stick, others don’t; interesting power upside; 6-2, 185 pounds

58. Appalachian State JR C Tyler Tewell: has seen lots of time in outfield where he is a well above-average defender, but strong arm and athleticism fit really well behind the plate in the long run; reminds me of Elon’s Alex Swim, especially in how both players are good enough all-around to advance through minors even if they have to move off catcher; 5-11, 185 pounds

2011: .237/.292/.340 – 6 BB/14 K – 97 AB
2012: .330/.405/.503 – 18 BB/18 K – 197 AB – 4/6 SB

59. Mount Olive (NC) JR C Geno Escalante: once a highly sought after high school prospect who has since bounced around; I don’t have much in the way of updated information on him outside of the numbers (below), but here’s what I wrote back when he was a prep catcher: defense-first catcher, with a bat that needs plenty of polish to even be considered average; name makes it sound like he should be an East Coast prospect, but he’s a California kid who is committed to attend Cal State Fullerton if he doesn’t get paid; lesser version of Steve Baron in my mind; 5-11, 215 pounds

2012: .436/.500/.662 – 21 BB/26 K – 225 AB – 4/8 SB

60. Nevada JR C Carlos Escobar: really good defensive abilities highlighted by excellent footwork and soft hands; above-average arm; despite underwhelming K/BB numbers, takes a really great approach to hitting into each at bat; pretty swing; well above-average bat speed; not a ton of raw power, but can wear out the gaps when locked in; 6-3, 200 pounds

2011: .268/.333/.401 – 13 BB/33 K – 142 AB
2012: .261/.352/.442 – 19 BB/39 K – 165 AB – 2/3 SB

61. Oklahoma City rSR C Chad Carman: plus defender who defends well enough to warrant late-round consideration as potential backup catching option; age (23 as of May 9) works against him, but still could be of value to a team in need of a quality, professional presence to work with young pitching in low-minors; 5-10, 185 pounds

2012: .391/.433/.641 – 14 BB/12 K – 220 AB – 2/3 SB

62. Loyola Marymount C Colton Plaia: flashes above-average defensive upside despite not being overly athletic behind plate; enough power and patience to profile as a potential backup catcher; 6-3, 225 pounds

2012: .322/.405/.459 – 21 BB/35 K – 183 AB – 1/5 SB

63. Michigan SR C Coley Crank: has always shown impressive power and physical strength, but it will be up to teams to decide if those positives outweigh the negatives of his strikeout-heavy approach; defensively, the versatility he showed this year speaks to his underrated (by me, I’ll admit it) athleticism; despite never being considered a classic plus defensive catcher, credit has to be given for his excellent 2012 season throwing out potential base stealers; I still don’t view Crank as a potential big league player (though I think continued defensive refinement would make him an interesting backup catching prospect), but there is a home in this draft for a player with power who can hold his own at three spots (C/1B/LF) around the diamond; 6-0, 220 pounds

2011: .289/.390/.500 – 29 BB/49 K – 194 AB
2012: .257/.369/.482 – 32 BB/40 K – 191 AB – 1/3 SB

64. C Jameson Fisher (Zachary HS, Louisiana): great athlete; strong hit tool; converted infielder

65. California SR C Chadd Krist: average or better power; inconsistent defender, but good enough when engaged in game; not sure about arm strength, as it sometimes plays average and sometimes is lacking; 5-11, 200 pounds

2011: .318/.398/.475 – 30 BB/37 K – 236 AB
2012: .302/.330/.444 – 6 BB/12 K – 169 AB

66. Air Force JR C Garrett Custons: great athlete; biggest surprise tool is his good speed; biggest tool you’d expect is a plus-plus throwing arm; approach needs some cleaning up and power upside is limited, but does enough well to deserve a shot; signability an obvious question; 5-11, 200 pounds

2011: .282/.371/.469 – 19 BB/42 K – 209 AB
2012: .269/.359/.421 – 17 BB/33 K – 171 AB – 7/12 SB

67. C Kholeton Sanchez (Piedra Vista HS, Colorado): plus speed; good defensive tools; questionable bat

68. Kent State SR C David Lyon: good raw power; can definitely hit at professional level, but defense is what will make or break him – as of now, he’s considered an average at best defender, so whether or not he can stick behind the plate remains an ongoing question in need of an answer, 5-11, 190 pounds

2011: .307/.377/.529 – 27 BB/36 K – 238 AB
2012: .288/.402/.551 – 38 BB/30 K – 198 AB – 3/3 SB

69. Long Island SR C Tyler Jones: good approach; average at best defender; doesn’t have a great track record when matched up against cream of the crop pitching; 6-1, 200 pounds

2011: .419/.538/.527 – 27 BB/29 K – 167 AB
2012: .312/.420/.497 – 19 BB/32 K – 199 AB – 4/5 SB

70. Army SR C JT Watkins: smart ballplayer with a reputation as a high character, hard worker but with tools that shouldn’t be dismissed; above-average power potential; well above-average defender; signability is no guarantee, but Watkins has pro-caliber ability; 6-0, 190 pounds

2011: .310/.357/.369 – 11 BB/23 K – 168 AB
2012: .311/.382/.477 – 11 BB/18 K – 151 AB – 5/5 SB

71. Stony Brook SR C Pat Cantwell: fun player to watch because he’s the anti-catcher (top notch athlete, good acceleration and speed, not much physicality or power) in many ways while still showing the defensive chops and strong arm necessary to stick behind plate in pro ball; four-year starter; has shown serious knack for getting hit by pitches (52 HBP in career); 6-1, 200 pounds

2011: .279/.346/.356 – 11 BB/23 K – 208 AB
2012: .271/.375/.384 – 11 BB/8 K – 177 AB – 10/12 SB

72. Otterbein (OH) JR C Wes Meadows: converted infielder (2B) who is still relatively new to catching; good athlete; strong arm; good speed; no one particularly loud tool, but no glaring weakness to his game either; 5-11, 200 pounds

2012: .368/.431/.632 – 15 BB/13 K – 133 AB – 2/3 SB

73. Fresno Pacific SO C Michael Vaughn: above-average power upside; good defensive tools; strong arm; 6-2, 190 pounds

2012: .291/.374/.570 – 9 BB/22 K – 86 AB – 0/1 SB

74. C Nick Thurman (Belle Chase HS, Louisiana): strong; good power upside; 6-2, 200 pounds

75. Duke JR C Jeff Kremer: solid defensively; great approach at plate; lack of power limits offensive upside

2011: .357/.472/.452 – 41 BB/27 K – 199 AB
2012: .300/.413/.380 – 19 BB/22 K – 150 AB – 1/2 SB

76. Rice SR C Craig Manuel: plus defender; strong hit tool; really good athlete; absence of power is a problem, especially as he begins to rise professionally and face better pitchers more likely to challenge him with strikes, but strong enough in areas that pro teams like (approach, situational hitting, defense) that he has an outside chance at becoming a backup catcher if he is willing to wait around in the minors; 6-1, 200 pounds

2011: .320/.432/.371 – 30 BB/8 K – 175 AB
2012: .274/.368/.356 – 16 BB/9 K – 146 AB – 0/0 SB

77. UCLA JR C Trevor Brown: good defensive skills; good athlete; smooth defender at first base; can also play 2B; lack of power limits his offensive ceiling, but defensive versatility and a competent bat could carry him farther up the chain than you’d think; 6-2, 200 pounds

2011: .208/.282/.236 – 8 BB/25 K – 106 AB
2012: .318/.378/.428 – 15 BB/27 K – 201 AB – 4/8 SB

78. Fresno State rJR C Trent Garrison: plus-plus arm strength; recovered nicely at plate after missing 2011 season due to ACL injury; have heard the Angels are looking to draft him again in a late round (50th round pick by LAA last year); 6-0, 185 pounds

2012: .331/.395/.425 – 15 BB/22 K – 160 AB – 0/1 SB

79. Utah JR C Parker Morin: strong arm; has experience calling his own pitches; like Dillon Haupt, could really take off as a senior sign in 2013 if pro teams don’t think he’s quite ready this June; 6-0, 200 pounds

2012: .322/.354/.424 – 11 BB/25 K – 205 AB – 1/3 SB

80. Virginia Tech rSO C Chad Morgan: seen as a potential breakout candidate coming into the year due to his big power upside, plus arm, and well above-average defensive tools, but hasn’t put it together as expected; bat was/is a major question mark – tools are great, but the number one question for any young player has been/will forever be “can he hit?”; almost as sure a 2013 college returnee as there is in this class; 5-11, 185 pounds

2011: .237/.333/.360 – 16 BB/34 K – 139 AB
2012: .184/.263/.255 – 9 BB/18 K – 98 AB – 0/1 SB

81. C AJ Kennedy (Savanna HS, California): true plus arm; defensive tools are there, but needs reps; questionable upside with bat; swing needs work as it gets too long; 6-0, 180 pounds; R/R

82. Kentucky SR C Michael Williams: above-average raw power, but doesn’t make enough consistent contact to make it worthwhile; will make his mark in pro ball on the strength of his well above-average defense and plus-plus arm strength – defense is so good that he has instant backup catcher upside; 6-2, 220 pounds

2011: .270/.326/.454 – 11 BB/32 K – 174 AB
2012: .285/.364/.376 – 20 BB/40 K – 186 AB – 0/1 SB

83. New Mexico State JR C Zac Fisher: bigger scout (and personal) favorite than the numbers might suggest; above-average raw power; advanced bat with a good approach; bat is currently way ahead of glove – still learning the finer points of what it takes to be a catcher, so, if drafted, time will have to be spent bringing his defense up to a more acceptable level; 6-3, 210 pounds

2011: .275/.345/.444 – 18 BB/28 K – 171 AB
2012: .266/.361/.383 – 32 BB/34 K – 214 AB – 2/2 SB

84. Dixie State (UT) SR C Joe Andrade: come into year with reputation as a good defender with questionable upside at the plate; his impressive 2012 season (below) may not have provided answers to all of his critics, but the strong showing may have been enough to get him drafted; 5-11, 180 pounds

2012: .330/.396/.483 – 16 BB/15 K – 176 AB – 0/1 SB

85. Central Arizona JC SO C Matt Jones: above-average raw power; 6-0, 175 pounds

2012: .375/.451/.526 – 17 BB – 152 AB – 3/3 SB

86. Clemson SR C Phil Pohl: turns 22 one month after pro career hopefully begins – it could be me, but that’s a surprise (would have guessed at least late-30s) as it feels like he’s been in school forever; steady, “professional” college player who could have a good impact on a young low-minors club despite not having a real shot at ever reaching the highest levels of professional ball; 5-11, 215 pounds

2011: .351/.409/.504 – 18 BB/27 K – 228 AB
2012: .309/.381/.466 – 17 BB/34 K – 223 AB – 2/5 SB

87. Oral Roberts JR C Bennett Pickar: potential plus defender; some power potential, but hasn’t really shown it yet; bat is below-average, but defense could be enough to push him into contention for a backup role somewhere down the line; 6-2, 200 pounds

2011: .193/.309/.280 – 22 BB/40 K – 150 AB
2012: .299/.416/.374 – 31 BB/41 K – 174 AB – 0/0 SB

88. C Austin Rei (Campolindo HS, California): really good defensive actions; soft hands; no problems hitting velocity

89. C Max Schuman (Arcadia HS, Arizona): good athlete; enough arm; bat is ahead of defense

90. San Francisco SR C Mason Morioka: really good defender, but light with the stick; one of the many potential backup catchers in this draft with pro-ready defense who will need some good fortune ahead of them to reach the big leagues; 5-10, 185 pounds

2012: .263/.365/.389 – 28 BB/42 K – 175 AB – 1/2 SB

91. Florida Gulf Coast JR C Mike Reeves: untapped power; improved defender; personal favorite who I think needs more reps behind the plate – think his learning on the job approach to defense may have led to some bat lag; down 2012 season makes it likely he’ll have to return for another crack at it next year; 6-1, 210 pounds

2011: .331/.423/.440 – 28 BB/24 K – 175 AB
2012: .271/.387/.288 – 30 BB/24 K – 170 AB – 0/1 SB

92. Clemson JR C Spencer Kieboom: good defensive tools have blossomed and he is now considered a plus thrower and plus defender; has a ready for the National League 8-hole hitter approach – smart enough hitter to know when not to swing when the pitcher is pitching around him; could still add some bulk and benefit from subsequent power spike, but looks like a really steady 2013 senior sign capable of catching bonus babies in the low-minors; 6-1, 200 pounds

2011: .300/.382/.382 – 23 BB/12 K – 170 AB
2012: .261/.333/.352 – 19 BB/15 K – 176 AB – 0/0 SB

93. East Carolina SR C Zach Wright: good arm; average at best glove; some power, but not a classic slugger by any stretch – mostly a gap-to-gap hitter who will occasionally run into one; he’s a catching “tweener” to me – not quite good enough defensively to profile as a backup, not enough bat to justify playing a less than outstanding gloveman; 6-2, 200 pounds

2011: .272/.379/.518 – 35 BB/57 K – 228 AB
2012: .292/.388/.432 – 25 BB/36 K – 192 AB – 8/9 SB

94. C Brian Mundell (Valencia HS, California): good athlete; strong; solid defender

95. C Jovan Hernandez (Rockwall Heath HS, Texas): decent runner; plus arm strength; good footwork; 5-10, 200 pounds

96. Connecticut rSR C Joe Pavone: solid defender who gets high enough marks for all the intangibles that he stands a good chance of getting drafted late and contributing in some way to an organization’s big picture goals of player development; 6-0, 210 pounds

2012: .287/.360/.420 – 10 BB/19 K – 143 AB – 3/6 SB

97. Columbus State (GA) C Brett Teschner: good power; strong arm; 6-2, 210 pounds

2012: .353/.430/.537 – 26 BB/27 K – 201 AB – 0/0 SB

98. Coastal Carolina SR C Mac Doyle:

2011: .300/.400/.568 – 27 BB/48 K – 213 AB
2012: .351/.449/.610 – 30 BB/48 K – 205 AB – 13/17 SB

99. Oregon rSR C Brett Hambright: good defender; strong arm; mature approach; weak bat; 6-0, 215 pounds

2011: .290/.395/.304 – 10 BB/10 K – 69 AB
2012: .258/.375/.297 – 20 BB/20 K – 128 AB – 1/2 SB

100. Arizona State JR C Max Rossiter: good defensive reputation, but reports of inconsistent performances behind plate this spring ; strong enough arm has been similarly inconsistent; bat doesn’t stand out, but makes consistent contact; 5-11, 185 pounds

2012: .312/.356/.394 – 7 BB/12 K – 109 AB

101. C Aaron Flanagan (Isle of Wright Academy, Virginia): strong arm; some power upside here

102. C Angel Merced (Puerto Rico Baseball Academy): raw defender; good athlete; interesting power; 6-1, 200 pounds

103. Kansas SR C James Stanfield: mature approach to hitting; good catch and throw guy, emphasis on the throw; converted infielder who is still raw in finer points of catching, but athletic enough to become average or better at position; might not hit enough to get the chance; 5-11, 185 pounds

2011: .307/.378/.439 – 10 BB/13 K – 114 AB
2012: .285/.369/.328 – 15 BB/15 K – 137 AB – 1/2 SB

104. Fresno State JR C Austin Wynns: excellent defender who wasn’t expected to do much with the bat, but stepped in nicely after Trent Garrison’s 2011 injury; likely 2013 late-round senior sign; 6-2, 190 pounds

2011: .337/.426/.423 – 24 BB/22 K – 175 AB
2012: .263/.328/.353 – 15 BB/22 K – 167 AB – 1/1 SB

105. Wichita State rJR C Ryan Hege: above-average arm; raw defensively; decent pop; 6-3, 220 pounds

2011: .237/.297/.323 – 2 BB/15 K – 93 AB
2012: .246/.333/.407 – 12 BB/14 K – 118 AB – 2/3 SB

106. Dallas Baptist JR C Duncan McAlpine: good approach; good defender; average but accurate arm; some power upside; hit tool has been a big letdown and will almost certainly keep him a college man for another season; 5-10, 190 pounds

2011: .224/.322/.362 – 25 BB/43 K – 174 AB
2012: .215/.333/.364 – 34 BB/48 K – 195 AB – 1/4 SB

107. Louisiana Tech rSO C Kyle Arnsberg: good athlete; above-average defender; Arizona State transfer who spent time at McLennan (TX) JC; 6-4, 215 pounds

2012: .222/.376/.296 – 18 BB/20 K – 81 AB – 1/2 SB

108. UC Irvine SR C Ronnie Shaeffer: average arm; above-average defender; intriguing bat that needs polish; 6-2, 195 pounds

2011: .274/.326/.317 – 15 BB/33 K – 208 AB
2012: .147/.268/.147 – 6 BB/3 K – 34 AB – 0/0 SB

109. Wake Forest JR C Brett Armour: fine athlete for a catcher with average or better speed for the position; also possesses a strong, accurate arm; looks like a pro catcher based on his defense – I really like his actions behind plate where his athleticism shines through; durable player with a track record of hitting with wood, but issues with bat make him a senior sign hopeful for 2013; 6-2, 185 pounds

2011: .197/.300/.274 – 19 BB/41 K – 157 AB
2012: .228/.279/.361 – 10 BB/34 K – 158 AB – 3/4 SB

110. Florida Southern rSR C Austin Chubb: plus defender; average arm; reminds me of a lesser version of Chad Carman – not quite as adept a hitter or a defender, but still a potentially useful late-round low-minors catcher worth a look; 6-2, 215 pounds

2012: .291/.339/.539 – 8 BB/27 K – 165 AB – 0/0 SB

111. Nebraska SR C Cory Burleson: plus arm; plus defender; not a plus hitter; 6-1, 200 pounds

2012: .264/.343/.336 – 7 BB/31 K – 125 AB – 3/3 SB

112. Charlotte rSR C Ross Steedley: really good college player who takes on more responsible than your typical amateur catcher – e.g. calls his own games; falls into the category of “org catcher you want catching your young prospect arms in A-ball”; 6-0, 200 pounds

2011: .316/.357/.418 – 8 BB/21 K – 158 AB
2012: .294/.351/.485 – 3 BB/10 K – 68 AB – 0/0 SB

113. Kansas SR C Alex DeLeon: above-average raw power; decent at best defender; really inaccurate arm, throws go all over; 6-2, 220 pounds

2011: .309/.400/.546 – 12 BB/26 K – 97 AB
2012: .260/.347/.390 – 18 BB/25 K – 146 AB – 0/1 SB

114. Texas State JR C Andrew Stumph:

2011: .294/.336/.403 – 15 BB/33 K – 238 AB
2012: .243/.317/.349 – 18 BB/29 K – 169 AB – 0/0 SB

115. Florida Atlantic JR C Mike Spano:

2012: .272/.381/.361 – 26 BB/32 K – 147 AB – 1/3 SB

116. Arkansas-Little Rock JR C Myles Parma:

2011: .363/.452/.469 – 23 BB/28 K – 160 AB
2012 .266/.427/.385 – 45 BB/38 K – 192 AB – 5/9 SB

117. Coastal Carolina SR C Tucker Frawley:

2011: .234/.333/.297 – 12 BB/27 K – 128 AB
2012: .307/.412/.365 – 29 BB/30 K – 189 AB – 5/8 SB

118. Florida State rSO C Stephen McGee: good bloodlines, strong defensive tools, and a great approach, but will almost certainly head back to Florida State for another two years to hone his craft; had to include him for his awesome BB/K ratio and to get a quick plug in for his brother, Mike, who is currently mashing in High-A (fine, he’s at High Desert, but still!) in the Seattle system – still like the elder McGee as a super sleeper, great draft value, and future big league backup outfielder/mop-up man; 6-3, 220 pounds

2012: .230/.460/.273 – 54 BB/22 K – 165 AB – 2/6 SB

119. Vanderbilt rSR C Drew Fann: included mostly because I just wanted to share his line (below) – if I told you there was a college catcher with pro size and quality defense who got on base 50% of the time he came to the plate, even in a small sample size, you’d be intrigued, right?; 6-4, 205 pounds

2012: .091/.500/.136 – 10 BB/10 K – 22 AB – 0/0 SB

120. UCLA JR C Richie Brehaut: great athlete with a plus arm who hasn’t seen much time on the diamond as he spends most of his athletic energy on playing QB for the Bruins; won’t be anything more than a late-round flier, if that, but he showed enough talent in high school as a ballplayer to at least give it a shot; more likely to come out next year, after his final season of football is complete, if he comes out at all; 6-2, 225 pounds

Stats updated: 6/2/12

Short Righthanders with Nontraditional Mechanics

This was originally going to be a Random Draft Thoughts post, but I’ve gone a little off the deep end with discussing one of my favorite 2012 draft prospects that we’ll step back and let the spotlight stay on him for the time being. Minor site announcement will be up in the next few days, so be on the lookout for that. Until then, let’s talk short righties…

Marcus Stroman and Lance McCullers can and should start professionally at the onset of their respective careers. That in and of itself isn’t particularly noteworthy — the pro-Stroman faction is growing with each passing day — so I’m happy to go a step further and state that I think both pitchers will thrive in the rotation as pros. I’ll stay off the soapbox and avoid discussing the unfounded majority views that certain players can’t work as starters because of their height/weight (malarkey!) and/or “reliever arm action” (I’m willing to entertain this thought, but, as I’ve always said, if the pitcher can repeat his delivery consistently, I don’t care how he looks throwing the ball), and I’ll instead choose to focus on the many things each guy does well. I feel like Stroman has been talked to death already (short version: plus fastball, plus slider, above-average change, holds velocity, gets ground balls, destroys righties, struggles against lefties), so lets focus on (the also widely discussed, but whatever) McCullers.

McCullers has a plus fastball that gets high marks for both its easy, late game velocity and much improved command. To wit, the young righthander had a a brief spell of “Mark Appel disease” last summer when he threw far too many hittable strikes, but has recovered to refine his pitch sequencing (I always give credit to young pitchers for this as their right of last refusal on the mound remains the last line of defense before a pitch is thrown…it may not happen a ton, but few things are more amusing when a star high schooler shakes off a sign that has been relayed to the catcher by the manager), establish his fastball in pitchers’ locations earlier in the count, and, most importantly, fine tune his secondary stuff to the point that he’ll now throw either his secondary or tertiary pitches in any count.

Hey, speaking of McCullers’ secondary pitch, his 79-84 spike curve is a true plus offering with outstanding shape and much improved command. I’m always impressed to see any pitcher, let alone a high school guy, throw knuckle curves with any kind of consistency. It took McCullers some adjustment time, but when the light when on with that pitch, his overall game really took off. I’m also completely on board with his mid-80s changeup. One of the downsides of being such a dominant prep pitcher is only really needing to rely on one or two plus offerings. McCullers hasn’t busted out the change in game action as often as some might feel comfortable with before slapping on a future 60 grade, but he’s shown enough in bullpens that I’m happy to go there. It doesn’t hurt that he’s showing it off more and more with each outing, of course. Smart kid.

So we’re left with a young righthander with two clear plus pitches and a third with the potential to be above-average or better in time. I know this isn’t exactly a revolutionary concept here, but, come on, this kid is a starting pitching all the way at this point. Enough people around the game now believe the same thing, so maybe I’m arguing against nobody here. I hope that’s the case because I’d really like to see what McCullers could do as a pro starting pitcher. How early will a team want to pull the trigger on actually drafting McCullers? To answer that, let’s take a look at his peer group. After Lucas Giolito, a pitcher with a few questions to answer himself, which righthanded prep arm has separated himself from the rest of the pack? Without yet giving away my personal preference list, I’d venture Zach Eflin, Walker Weickel, Nick Travieso, Mitchell Traver, Ty Buttrey, Shane Watson, Chase DeJong, Duane Underwood, JO Berrios, and Ty Hensley all warrant some consideration for ranking at such lofty heights. Is there one name that stands out above all the rest? The trio of Florida guys that kick the last group off all probably have the best shot to go second after Giolito (yes, I’m being stubborn on Weickel), but the field is truly wide open. Not sure where any of this leaves us with respect to McCullers, but it does give a nice segue into the aforementioned site announcement at the start of this rant. Stay tuned for that…