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Atlanta Braves 2011 MLB Draft in Review

Atlanta Braves 2011 Draft Selections

Florida State LHP Sean Gilmartin is definitely a grower. I saw him his freshman year, and thought he was a pretty good prospect. Then during his sophomore year, he improved to the point I was ready to drop the “pretty” qualifier and just call him a good prospect. When I saw him this past year, I was pretty damn impressed with the pitcher in front of me. By that logic, you’d think I’d be on board with the Braves popping the Florida State ace in the first round, right? Not so fast, my friend. His progression, in the eyes of this amateur evaluator, went from 10th rounder (freshman year) to 5th rounder (sophomore year) to 3rd rounder (draft day 2011).Gilmartin’s final destination as a first rounder was a legitimate surprise.

Most seem willing to give Atlanta the benefit of the doubt in taking the polished college lefty in the first round (something most did not do at the time of the Mike Minor selection, by the way), but it is a real head scratcher for me. My rankings are far from the final word in prospect evaluation, but I have to believe there was more value (value being an interesting topic in its own right) to be had with the 28th overall pick than my 53rd ranked pitcher. I loved the Minor selection at the time and have heard some compare the two college lefties, a comparison I don’t think I can get behind. At his best, Gilmartin throws four pitches for strikes — average FB, good CU, average SL, occasional above-average CB — and profiles as a solid back of the rotation arm. I’d want more upside out of my first round pick than that. However, and this is the fun part where I willing completely blow up my whole argument, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking this year about value. Value in a draft where picks cannot be traded is entirely up to the drafting team. If the Braves really liked Gilmartin and didn’t think he’d be there at their next pick, they did the smart thing in selecting him when they could. That may come off as a tad simplistic, but I think it is true. Trust your scouts, create your board, and get to picking. Haters (such as yours truly) are going to hate.

Florida State JR LHP Sean Gilmartin: 87-89 FB, peak 91-92; sweeping 73-77 above-average CB that he has deemphasized in favor of CU and SL; very good 74-76 CU that keeps improving; 80-81 SL could be average pitch with time; good athlete; good hitter; 6-2, 190

The biggest sure thing on Florida State’s roster heading into 2011 is JR LHP Sean Gilmartin, a four-pitch Friday night starter that I can’t help but consistently underrate. Even though he has a very good mid-70s changeup and an above-average low-70s curveball, his inconsistent fastball, both in terms of velocity (sits mid- to upper-80s, peaks at 91-92) and command, worries me against professional hitters. Does a so-so fastball really undo the positives that three other potentially average or better (his low-80s slider isn’t great presently, but has the upside as a usable fourth pitch) secondary pitches bring to the table? As a guy who championed the pre-velocity spike Mike Minor, I’m inclined to say no, yet my instincts keep me away from endorsing Gilmartin as a potential top three round prospect. 

Connecticut SS Nick Ahmed is a favorite of mine who certainly looks the part of a big league ballplayer. His ceiling is an above-average regular at shortstop (plus bat, average at best glove) or third base/center field (average bat, above-average or better glove). Worst case scenario would be a utility player capable of playing literally anywhere on the field (yes, I’ve heard the rumors that some teams like him pre-draft as a catcher) or a potential mound conversion with the three pitches and athletic delivery to someday start in the big leagues.

I try not to let a quick look at a player influence my opinion on him too much, but Nick Ahmed gave off that somewhat silly yet undeniable big league look when I see him play earlier this year. He’s got an easy plus arm, strong defensive tools and athleticism that should play at multiple spots, and enough bat speed to drive good fastballs to the gaps. My only “concern,” if you even want to call it that, is that he’ll outgrow shortstop. The reason why I’m not ready to call that a legitimate concern just yet is because, based on his current tall and lanky frame, I would hope any physical growth he experiences professionally would be accompanied by additional strength, especially in his upper body, to help his eventual power output. In other words, if he gets too big for shortstop then at least he’ll then have the chance of having the power bat needed to play elsewhere.

The Braves made it hard on me this year by selecting so many early round college guys that I’ve run out of things to say about. Texas State 3B Kyle Kubitza is a gifted natural hitter whose success will be defined by his ability to stick at third base. There is also the added bonus of Kubitza’s affiliation with Texas State, a school with a coaching staff that has received a lot of positive chatter about the way they prepare players for the pros.

Kubitza has many of the key attributes you’d want in a third base prospect – good raw power, solid arm strength, and a patient approach at the plate. The biggest question he’ll have to answer is on the defensive side, but I’m on board with the idea that good pro coaching can help him through some of his concentration lapses in the field.

Strikeouts and groundballs are a recipe for success in pro ball. Santa Clara RHP JR Graham gets both in bunches. I love seeing future relievers get starting pitcher workloads early on (doubly so when they excel in said role), but concerns about his frame (6-0, 180 pounds) and delivery temper some of the recent enthusiasm that he might stick as a starter. From a stuff standpoint, I think he can do it: he has the plus “rising” four-seamer, nasty sinking two-seamer, and enough of a head start on developing his slider (flashes plus, but inconsistent) and changeup (much improved in last calendar year). As I’m reviewing this year’s draft I’m beginning to wonder if college relievers, once overdrafted with alarming regularity, are now a sneaky undervalued draft commodity. I understand the relative value of relievers to other players, but also think a bullpen with three or four top ten round college arms with middle relief floors has value in a) the joys of a quick return on the investment, and b) cost certainty at a spot so many teams pay far more than necessary. If a fourth round pick like Graham winds up as a pitcher the manager trusts to pitch the seventh inning, you’ve got yourself three dirt cheap years of service and an increased opportunity to spend on any of the 24 other spots on the roster.

Santa Clara JR RHP JR Graham: 94-98 peak; average 83-85 SL with plus potential but still very inconsistent like the Billy Wagner get me over slider; developing sinker; has hit 100-101; really shown improvement with CU; 6-0, 180

Blinn JC (TX) C Nick DeSantiago can hit a little bit, but I’m not sure he’ll catch. The former Longhorn has gotten off to a rocky start as a pro.

Fifth-year senior Vanderbilt RHP Mark Lamm was 100% a signability pick, but that doesn’t make him a bad prospect. The sixth round still feels a little rich for a guy who wasn’t the best senior sign pitcher on his college team (Taylor Hill) or the best Vanderbilt reliever drafted by Atlanta (Navery Moore).

My notes on Lamm were short and sweet: 90-94 FB; Tommy John survivor. The development of a pair of above-average offspeed pitches — a slider and a change — got him drafted way ahead of where I would have guessed. He’s up there as one of the top senior signs around and could be a quick mover through the system.

Remember what I said about drafting college relievers early on becoming the new market inefficiency? Yeah, the Braves went a little overboard with that strategy. Gonzaga RHP Cody Martin is yet another senior sign reliever. He’s a physically mature righthander with a chance to pitch in a big league bullpen someday. Stop me if you’ve heard that one before.

Gonzaga SR RHP Cody Martin (2011): 88-90 FB, sitting 92-93 out of bullpen; good 70-75 slurve-like CB that is much better as firmer mid-70s CB in 2011; good 86 CU

This is a little bit like the Matt Harvey to the Mets thing from a few years ago; it is such a pain in the neck seeing prospects I’ve invested so much time covering wind up with hated division rivals. I had Coastal Carolina 2B Tommy La Stella as a fifth rounder, yet am already kicking myself for having him so low. There are at least a half dozen college second base prospects with the chance to start in the big leagues someday, La Stella included. If he can handle the position defensively, he has star upside.

The number one knock I heard on La Stella heading into the season was his tendency to get too anxious at the plate and swing at pitcher’s pitches too often. This clearly wasn’t reflected in the numbers — notice the awesome batting averages and BB/K ratios — but it was a concern from smart people who had seen him often. When I receive scouting tips that contradict what the numbers reflect, I get dizzy. Trust the reports from people who are paid to this, banking on the idea that sometimes a scouting observation shows up before a dip in on-field production? Or acknowledge that sometimes even the best see things that sometimes aren’t really there? In La Stella’s case, I’m inclined to go with the latter. La Stella’s pure hit tool is on par with darn near any college prospect in this year’s draft.

Tough to make it in this world as an all-bat prospect, but Cameron OF Chase Larsson has a chance. As good a natural hitter as he is, this is a worthy gamble at this point in the draft.

I never really followed up on Western Kentucky SS Logan Robbins despite jotting his name down as an interesting 2011 college shortstop to follow. He has the classic speed/range/arm trio that will get a guy plenty of middle infield looks professionally, but I’m less certain than most that he’ll ever figure it out at the plate. He’s a little bit like the Bizzaro-La Stella in that way.

Atlanta’s most significant late round addition was Vanderbilt RHP Navery Moore (Round 14). He is another player that I’m all out of original thoughts on, so I’ll do an ugly grammatical recap: love his never straight plus fastball, don’t love his control or lack of a reliable second pitch, still think he is smart and athletic enough to thrive in a big league bullpen after a year or three working on his breaking ball in the minors. Writing is much easier when you don’t have to worry about following the rules.

Vanderbilt JR RHP Navery Moore: 92-96 plus FB, 99 peak; plus 81-84 SL that comes and goes; flashes plus CB; iffy control; Tommy John survivor; very occasional CU; “Intergalactic” is his closer music; has the stuff to start, but teams might not risk it from a health and delivery standpoint; 6-2, 205

Moore’s velocity was down late in the year. That’s a significant problem when your most marketable skill is a big fastball. That said, I still think he’s a good bet to settle in as a big league reliever someday due to his good athleticism and above-average raw stuff. The drop in velocity has to be addressed, however, whether or not it turns to be a mere matter of fatigue (treatment: rest, rest, more rest…and perhaps a tweak or two to his delivery) or a more serious health concern (treatment: shut him down, get him to a top surgeon, and hope he comes out healthy on the other side).

Like Moore, Arizona LHP Matt Chaffee (Round 12) is another solid relief prospect coming off an injury plagued college career. His raw stuff isn’t as good as Moore’s, but he gets a boost for his consistency and for being lefthanded. If healthy I’d like to see him get a chance to start, but his future is likely in the middle innings.

Arizona JR RHP Matt Chaffee (2011): 89-92 FB; average CU; mid-70s CB

I’ve always liked Oklahoma City SS Kirk Walker (Round 26). He may be limited to second base professionally as he lacks the foot speed for shortstop and the arm for third. If a pro training program can tick up both areas just a notch, he could have a future as a utility infielder.

Oklahoma City SR 3B Kirk Walker: gap power; average arm; slow; good athlete; could play 2B

The Braves only signed one player past the 37th round. We’ll save ourselves a little bit of time and not focus on all of the ones who got away, and instead focus on two of the bigger names that didn’t sign. Iolani HS (HI) LHP Carlos Rodriguez (Round 20) had an up and down spring and a strong commitment to Oregon State, so he was considered a tough sign to begin with. He’ll wisely take his intriguing three-pitch mix and skinny frame to college. Another really tough sign was Army RHP Kevin McKague (Round 50). It should come as no surprise that an agreement wasn’t reached between the Army man and Atlanta. A return to health and a more clearly defined outlook on his military future could have the nearly big league ready McKague shooting up draft boards next year.

Army SR RHP Kevin McKague: 92-96 FB; mid-80s SL; great splitter; missed most of 2011 due to back injury; 6-5, 230 pounds

Late edit! I missed the 37th round selection of Austin Peay RHP Ryne Harper. He’s got the fastball/slider needed to make it as a bullpen contributor if he gets the proper breaks.

Austin Peay SR RHP Ryne Harper (2011): 94 peak FB; very good SL; had offer from Vanderbilt out of high school

Chicago Cubs 2011 MLB Draft in Review

Chicago Cubs 2011 Draft Selections

Despite some tense moments on deadline day the Cubs managed to knock out a deal with Arlington County Day HS (FL) SS Javier Baez (25th ranked draft prospect). It was a bit of a surprise to see him selected in the top ten, but Tim Wilkin and his staff couldn’t pass up the change of a dreamy potential Starlin Castro/Javier Baez left side of the infield. Still loving that Michael Young comp, but, as with any comp, your mileage might vary.

From watching Baez a good bit this spring, scouts are pretty confident that can run, throw, and hit for power. Much of his projection revolves around his defensive upside. Considering many think he has the requisite footwork and quick release to catch and perhaps the agility and range for shortstop, I have to believe he’ll be just fine at third base as a pro. A pretty cool outside the box comp I’ve heard on Baez is current Rangers infielder Michael Young.

Baez might someday be found chucking throws across the diamond at Wrigley to Bishop Verot HS (FL) 1B Dan Vogelbach (60th ranked draft prospect). Care of a scouting report on Vogelbach? How about this: power…and lots of it. Original, I know.

The popular comparison for Dan Vogelbach these days seems to be Prince Fielder. Now I’m as big a fan as comps as you’ll find and I think I get the basic idea behind this particular one – both guys showed plus to plus-plus power and minus to minus-minus (I just made that up…clever, right?) body types as prep stars – but the only way I could get behind comparing Vogelbach to Fielder would be if we specified that it is a “very poor man’s Fielder” comp. Maybe my hesitation to use Fielder as a comp for anybody has to do with using him as a point of reference for what I thought Bryce Harper can and will do as a pro. As a jumping off point for conversation, however, the Fielder comp is very interesting. Vogelbach does have tremendous raw power. He also has a distressingly large body that does not fit what most teams look for in a high school draft pick. Some (but not all) concerns about his body have been put to rest by a combination of his major weight loss in the past year (he’s no longer pushing three bills, so that’s a plus) and his outstanding makeup that has some teams believing he’ll do anything it takes (i.e. continue to work on reshaping his body) to succeed in pro ball. It is easy to envision Vogelbach as a 1B/DH capable of hitting 30 homers if everything goes to plan, but the risk factor here is high.

Miami OF Zeke DeVoss (127th ranked draft prospect) is one of my absolute favorite players in his draft class, so I’m pretty thrilled to see him drafted even higher than my generous (or so I thought) pre-draft ranking. Speedy defensive center fielders with pop and patience often find their way to the big leagues.

Miami SO OF Zeke DeVoss: plus to plus-plus speed; plus range; average at best arm; very raw with bat; 5-9, 170

I’m biased against college relievers, but even I can admit Louisville RHP Tony Zych (164th ranked draft prospect) is a good one. Though I tend to side with those who think of him more as a setup man than a closer, it is pretty undeniable Zych has the two plus pitches needed to get big league hitters out when on.

Louisville JR RHP Tony Zych: heavy 90-93 FB with sink, 95-98 peak; velocity up and sitting 93-96 now; plus 84-87 SL; violent delivery; good athlete; 6-3, 190

Notre Dame Prep (AZ) RHP Tayler Scott (214th ranked draft prospect) is the quintessential lottery ticket. Relatively new to baseball: check. Crazy athletic: check. Blessed with an arm that sits comfortably in the low-90s with limited coaching: check. There are issues here, to be sure, but the upside makes Scott’s lack of a consistent quality secondary offering worth it.

RHP Tayler Scott (Notre Dame Prep, Arizona): 90-92 FB; flashes plus CB but below-average on balance; very raw; plus athlete; 6-2

Puerto Rico Baseball Academy (PR) C Neftali Rosario was a fast rising prospect this spring who, stop me if you’ve heard this before, has shown impressive arm strength and raw power. He wasn’t a favorite for me in what turned out to be a good year for prep catching depth.  Fellow fast rising prospect Oaks Christian HS (CA) 1B Trevor Gretzky deserved better than the way the national media treated him this spring. I understand being the son of an all-time great athlete can bring undeserved media attention (and, thus, backlash) in the name of making a big story out of a lesser talent, but the onslaught of coverage cuts both ways. Gretzky was seen by too many as a novelty prospect destined to college and disappear after a few disappointing seasons. The kid can play, as his amateur career and lofty draft standing show. He’s not the next Great One or anything, and I actually think three years at San Diego State would have helped, but he’s still as worthy a gamble as any outside of the top few rounds.

I feel like this ranking might catch some heat because so many have completely written off Gretzky as a prospect propped up solely due to his famous father. I think there is something there with the bat, and his athleticism, second only to Wallace Gonzalez’s in this group, will really help in the transition to pro ball. The backlash he’s received in some scouting circles makes me think he’d be a better ballplayer to some if only his name was Trevor Smith.

Alabama OF Taylor Dugas (76th ranked draft prospect) is really good at playing baseball. Most scouts won’t put a plus grade on any of Dugas’ tools, but I’m confident that his quick hands, sweet swing, and outstanding approach add up to plus. The biggest issue with Dugas’ future is his eventual position; he’s a classic tweener who might not quite have the speed for center (though his instincts and first step quickness could make it work), the arm for right, or the power for left. As much as I like him, I’m not sure how he’ll get himself picked before round eight next year.

Alabama JR OF Taylor Dugas: advanced idea of strike zone; above-average speed; good athlete; gap power; good friends with Mikie Mahtook; by no means a tools guy, but ultimate grinder; plus hit tool for me; 5-7, 165 pounds

As a future pro left fielder, Waterloo HS (IL) OF Garrett Schlecht didn’t show enough this spring to warrant much consideration as an early round pick for me. I was equally unimpressed with Hebron Christian Academy (GA) SS Daniel Lockhart, a curious pick to net close to $400,000 in bonus money as the son of current Cubs scout Keith Lockhart. These iffy picks aren’t that big of a deal for two reasons. First, the obvious: I could very well be wrong on either or both players. It has happened before, believe it or not. The other, better reason: the Cubs opened up their wallets in a big way for some young talent later in the draft. Do I smell a segue?

The signings of Valley Christian HS (CA) OF Shawon Dunston Jr. (Round 11 and my 206th ranked draft prospect) and Pinecrest HS (NC) RHP Dillon Maples (Round 14 and my 65th ranked draft prospect) go a long way in making this one of the league’s stronger drafts. The signing of overslot high school talent goes such a long way with me that I’ll just look past the fact the both Dunston and Maples are flawed prospects. Both are talented young men, but Dunston’s below-average hit tool and Maples’ spotty command and inability to hold his velocity are major red flags. Considering the two prospects signed for a combined total of less than 4 million bucks (roughly less than one year of John Grabow), neither player needs to hit their ceiling to be a worthwhile investment. If Dunston winds up an athletic defensive whiz of a backup outfielder in the mold of, say, Endy Chavez, and Maples shows himself capable of “only” handling a relief role, then you’ve still worked the system and received a pretty nice, cost-controlled return. I think Dunston would be fortunate to hit that ceiling, and wish, for purely selfish reasons, he enrolled at Vanderbilt instead of signing. Maples, on the other hand, has many of the things you want to see in a young pitcher: flashes of a plus fastball/plus curveball combo, great athleticism, good size, and a well-earned reputation as a bat breaker. Outside of the Cubs first two picks, he’s the guy with the most upside and not nearly as much of a lock to relieve as many might lead you to believe. Any talk about messing with his throwing motion scare me, but I’ve long been a proponent of the old “if it feels good, do it” chestnut. Find the kid a consistent release point and let him fire away.

OF Shawon Dunston (Valley Christian HS, California): plus athlete; plus speed; plus range; iffy arm; limited power, but has shown more pop to gaps this spring; super raw

RHP Dillon Maples (Pinecrest HS, North Carolina): 90-93 FB, peak 94-96; velocity will sometimes dip to upper-80s; potential plus 77-82 CB that is already above-average pitch; 80-81 SL; iffy command; emerging CU that still needs work; bat breaker; good athlete: latest: great athlete; spotty FB command; 6-3, 195

The Cubs also landed State JC of Florida (FL) 1B Rock Shoulders (Round 25), a player considered my many a difficult sign. It’ll be interesting to see how the Cubs plan on divvying up playing time between Shoulders and Vogelbach as they advance through the minors together in the coming years.

I wonder if Franklin HS (TX) RHP Ricky Jacquez (Round 39 and my 193rd ranked draft prospect) was selected as an insurance policy in case a deal couldn’t get worked out with Maples. There are some similarities between the two prospects – most notably the big FB/CB pairing – but Jacquez’ size, or lack thereof, was a deterrent for many clubs. I’ve mentioned many times that I have no qualms showing some love to a short righthander and Jacquez is no exception. He reminds me a great deal of current Duke closer and 2012 draft early round prospect Marcus Stroman.

RHP Ricky Jacquez (Franklin HS, Texas): 90-93 FB, 95-97 peak; potential plus 78 CB that is already very effective pitch; promising CU; great athlete; 5-9, 160

From Seminoles to Cubs, Florida State C Rafael Lopez (Round 16) and Florida State OF Taiwan Easterling (Round 27) won’t have to go through that pesky adjustment period of playing on separate teams after college. Lopez’ big senior year with the bat has upgraded him from ceiling of backup catcher to ceiling of damn good backup catcher, if he gets the proper organizational breaks in pro ball. Easterling got six figures after reportedly turning down top five round money last year; as a 27th rounder, he makes a lot more sense than he would have in the top five. Good to see the Cubs realized that toolsy outfielders can be found later in the draft almost as easily as they can at the onset.

Lopez is a really good defender with a strong throwing arm, but little projection with the bat makes his best case scenario that of a backup catcher. 

JR OF Taiwan Easterling reportedly scared off a team interested in drafting him in the fourth last year because of his extravagant bonus demands. If that story is true, one can only imagine what kind of attention the super toolsy former football player could draw with a big spring on the diamond. As is, the plus runner is almost a complete tools gamble. 

I didn’t go in to the year expecting to be impressed with Connecticut OF John Andreoli (Round 17), but a few weekend series later and I was won over. A potential backup outfielder (some speed, good defense, strong arm, solid approach) is good value in the 17th round.

He’s no speed demon on the basepaths, he won’t approach double digit homers as a pro, and he’s not build like a prototypical professional outfielder, but, boy, JR OF John Andreoli can swing the bat. The way he controls the bat through the zone is a sight to behold. Some of the guy’s hits couldn’t have been rolled by hand into holes any better than he hits them. Beyond the pure hit tool, I asked around about certain players before the game, and almost to a man I was told to watch out for Andreoli’s bunting. One gorgeous second inning push bunt for a single might not be stone cold proof of anything, but it gave the pregame prognostication a little extra weight. He’s a well above-average defender in a corner that might be stretched some in center, though I’m not so sure his 55ish speed wouldn’t also work up the middle. Andreoli is probably nothing more than a late round organizational player at this point, but he could make for an interesting senior sign in 2012.

East Tennessee State 1B Paul Hoilman (Round 19) is a three true outcomes hero who is mashing right now for Boise. The real challenge will come as he moves up, of course, but I like what Chicago did in bringing in three potential big league first basemen (Hoilman, Shoulders, Vogelbach) at three different levels of play (college, junior college, high school). Sometimes it pays to play the odds and overload at one spot with the hopes of finding that one viable keeper. This isn’t a direct comparison, but Paul Goldschmidt of the Diamondbacks has given more hope than ever to guys like Hoilman.

Hoilman’s raw power is undeniable, but that’s about all he brings to the table. Over half of his senior year plate appearances ended in either a strikeout, walk, or homer. That’s fun.

Kent State OF Ben Klafczynski (Round 20) has scuffled badly in pro ball thus far, a big surprise for a senior sign expected by many to hit the ground running. I like him a lot as a prospect because of the way he got better as a player every time I saw him play. He’s a good athlete with a patient approach to hitting geared towards finding that one pitch to drive in every at bat. There’s not enough hear to project him as a starter, but he joins fellow draftees Easterling and  Andreoli as potential big league backup outfielders.

Kent State SR OF Ben Klafczynski: big power; really good athlete; really refined approach junior season; more raw talent than most; average speed; good arm

The stories of TCU RHP Steven Maxwell (Round 37) and College of Charleston RHP Casey Lucchese (Round 38) are sad ones, far as I can tell. Both pitchers were senior signs with some big league bullpen upside, but it seems neither will get the chance to show what they can do in pro ball. Hopefully the door isn’t shut forever for either talented guy. If baseball isn’t in the cards, best of luck in the real world. A healthy reliever prospect who did sign is Texas LHP Andrew McKirahan (Round 21). My notes on him after seeing him throw a few times: “LOOGY.” I think specialization will help him a great deal as a professional; it isn’t proof either way, but his pro numbers so far are leaps and bounds ahead of what he did at Texas in the spring.

TCU SR RHP Steven Maxwell (2011): Tommy John surgery survivor; 88-94 FB; above-average power 78-82 CB

College of Charleston SR RHP Casey Lucchese: 88-92 FB, 93 peak; good CB; 6-2, 210; has shrunk since entering school (was once listed as 6-4); never added third pitch to start, reliever all the way

Brookwood HS (GA) OF Trey Martin (Round 13) has the athleticism and center field range to play every day, but much of his development will come down to his currently below-average bat. La Jolla HS (CA) OF Bradley Zimmer (Round 23) is a similarly raw prospect, but will matriculate at South Florida in the fall with the hopes of getting popped early in 2014. I prefer the unsigned Zimmer’s upside (if he adds some strength he could hit in the middle of a lineup) to the signed Martin’s (more of a gap to gap leadoff type of hitter).

I have a really tough time ranking Canadian and Puerto Rican prospects. Power/St. Joseph HS (ON) C Justin Marra (Round 15), a complete pre-draft miss by me who will stick behind the plate and has shown enough of a hit tool to be interesting, is a prime example. If baseball ever moves towards a worldwide draft, I quit. Junior college prospects: another frequent blind spot of mine. The evidence to support this assestion: Hartnell JC (CA) RHP Michael Jensen (Round 26), Lamar CC (CO) RHP Arturo Maltos-Garcia (Round 30), and Des Moines Area CC (IA) RHP Austin Urban (Round 41). Little to nothing was written about these guys prior to the draft, but they all flash big league quality stuff. Jensen and Maltos-Garcia (a recent victim to Tommy John) both feature good bullpen approved fastball/curveball mixes. Urban, who I saw in person during his high school days, is my favorite long-term bet of the bunch and the most likely to remain a starting pitcher in pro ball.

Clemson RHP Scott Weismann (Round 46) and the Cubs had me on the edge of my seat as I waited to see whether or not my pre-season Clemson prediction (“Weismann, Schaus, and Hinson are also locks to get taken.”) would come to fruition or not. I’ve made many bad guesses over the years, including a few in the post that quote was taken from, but I’m happy for both myself and Weismann to have nailed that one. I guess I should talk about the prospect and not myself, huh? Weismann was a good college sinker/slider pitcher who will likely struggle to make it past AA as a pro.

I like to end on a high note when possible, so join me in recognizing Central Florida OF Ronnie Richardson (Round 31 and my 167th ranked draft prospect) as one of the three undersized college outfielders (along with DeVoss and Dugas) taken by the Cubs. The smallish outfielder thing could be part of a larger pattern, or it could have been just how the draft fell. I suppose it would be a little silly to think it part of a trend, especially considering Chicago failed to sign two of their three mighty mini outfielders. I’m a little bit out on an island with my love of Richardson, but I’m always happy to defend a great defensive center fielder with speed and pop. Devoss is probably the better version of Richardson, so you can’t fault the Cubs on leaving Ronnie unsigned. Their loss is Central Florida’s gain.

Central Florida SO OF Ronnie Richardson: plus athlete; plus arm; plus-plus runner; potential for some pop; plus defensive tools; 5-7, 175

2011 College World Series Preview: North Carolina Tar Heels

The first team to get the full College World Series preview is your North Carolina Tar Heels. The setup up for this is about as simple as can be: first category is for players drafted in 2011, second category is for players eligible for the 2012 draft, and the last category is for, you guessed it, players eligible for the 2013 draft. 

1.30 JR SS Levi Michael (Minnesota Twins) | 34th ranked prospect overall

I’ve mentioned it before, but it is so incredible to me that it bears repeating: Levi Michael graduated high school early to enroll at UNC mid-year, and then went on to tear it up as a freshman playing as a starter in the ACC. Occasionally we’ll see pitchers do this, and last year we had the whole Bryce Harper skipping his senior year to go destroy wood ball junior college ball thing, but it is still pretty rare to see a hitter do what Michael did in the manner he did (repeat: he smashed the ball all over the place back in 2009 as an 18-year-old) that it is worth pointing out over and over again. Michael has plenty of bat speed, double-digit homer upside, and the footwork and instincts to potentially stick at his junior season college position of shortstop.

Big fan of Michael the college player and Michael the new Minnesota Twins first round prospect. He’s a joy to watch as a big play college shortstop and team leader who also projects as a potential above-average regular with plus defensive upside at second. I’ve always been a sucker for guys with the kind of plate discipline that have you wondering if they know the strike zone better than the men in blue actually paid to call balls and strikes.

8.247 SR RHP Greg Holt (Washington Nationals)

Huge raw power, but one of three natural first basemen vying for playing time behind Dustin Ackley on 2009 team; Moneyball listed as favorite book, so he has that going for him

How’s that for a blast from the past? Back in March 2009 Holt was battling Tarron Robinson and Brett Thomas for whatever at bats could be had behind eventual number two overall pick Dustin Ackley. Now Holt is a relief prospect with a fastball that sits 88-91 (93 peak) and a good low-80s slider.

24.730 SR 1B Jesse Wierzbicki (Houston Astros) | 164th ranked prospect overall (2010)

Wierzbicki’s tools grade out as solid across the board, especially if you’re like me and willing to grade a catcher’s running speed on a curve. I tend to think of backup catchers falling into one of three general archetypes. The first group of backups are the sluggers (big raw power, capable of popping an extra base hit or two in that one start a week), the second are the defensive aces (nothing mesmerizes big league coaching staffs more than a catching with a plus arm), and the third are the players that do everything pretty well, but nothing great. Wierzbicki falls squarely in with that last category of player. He’s known for having power to the gaps, a consistent line drive generating swing, and a solid arm. He’s also a tireless worker who knows his own athletic limitations, two of those tricky intangible qualities that either mean a lot to a team or nothing at all.

That was written back in 2010 when I thought Wierzbicki could play behind the plate as a pro. I still think he’s got the athleticism and enough catch-and-throw ability to play back there. As a first baseman, however, I don’t see how his bat will work at all. Hopefully the Astros will be creative and try him in a utility role going forward.

25.768 SR RHP Patrick Johnson (Colorado Rockies)

Starter for UNC in the past, but profiles better as a reliever in the pros; too early to predict, but he could be on the Robert Woodard/Adam Warren four year path; good numbers, but has done it all against inferior mid-week competition; lack of size may doom him to the bullpen long-term, but his performance pitching largely out of the pen this season give hope that his stuff will play

Fairly prescient 2009 prognostication, if I do say so myself. Warren, who has been so much better as a pro than I ever would have imagined, is probably Johnson’s absolute best case scenario at this point. He throws an upper-80s fastball (92 peak), good upper-70s curve, and average change.

42.1285 JR C Jacob Stallings (Cincinnati Reds) | 158th ranked prospect overall

There is no question about Stallings’s plus defense; that alone could be his ticket to the show as a backup catcher. Like Kometani, there’s more raw power here than he has shown so far. Stallings isn’t really talked about as a top college catching prospect, but he’s a really talented prospect with a plus-plus arm that could make him an interesting mound conversion if things don’t work out behind the dish.

I won’t lie here. I’m baffled about Stallings falling as low as he did. I suppose acceptance that strange things happen during the draft is the only way to survive in these topsy turvy times. Players with a legit upside of backup catcher/middle reliever are more useful than his draft pick warranted. I haven’t heard anything to back this up, but perhaps his signability is in question.

*****

JR RHP Jimmy Messer (2012) | 10.80 K/9 – 3.60 BB/9 – 5.09 FIP – 10 IP

44th round pick in 2008; favorite foods are sushi and Swiss cake rolls, a winning combination if I ever heard one; fastball sits in the low 90s, above-average (present) curveball with definite plus potential; another top three round candidate

Messer hasn’t quite developed into the player many thought he would, but there is still time for the rising senior. His average fastball (88-90, 92 peak), above-average 75-77 slider, and solid command could make him an attractive mid-round senior sign relief prospect in 2012. If nothing else, we’ll always have that sushi and Swiss cake roll combo…

JR RHP Garrett Davis (2012)

Good size (6-4, 195); currently no spot for him in the rotation, but may be stretched out as starter next year; definitely has the repertoire to start; will be draft eligible next year as a redshirt sophomore, velocity has crept back up after TJ surgery in March 2008, but his command and availability to pitch back-to-back games remain question marks going forward

Deservedly lauded for great raw stuff, Davis has dealt with nagging injuries and bouts of wildness that have limited his college innings. Modern medicine has spoiled us into thinking Tommy John surgery always ends happily; hard as it is to say, we must now entertain the thought that Davis will never return to his high school, pre-injury form. Or we can continue to believe he’ll find a consistent release point and improve his control as a senior. I prefer the latter.

***

SO RHP Michael Morin (2012) | 10.05 K/9 – 2.40 BB/9 – 2.86 FIP – 60 IP

The good news is Morin’s changeup is a true plus pitch. The bad news is…well…there isn’t much bad news. Backed up by his solid fastball (88-92 with room for more), good sinking two-seamer, average curve, above-average athleticism, pro frame (6-4, 180 pounds), and outstanding college production, Morin is one of the best college arms of the 2012 class.

SO RHP Cody Penny (2012) | 10.69 K/9 – 4.50 BB/9 – 2.59 FIP – 16 IP

Penny has the present stuff of a dominant college reliever (mid-90s peak fastball and a really good spike curve), and the future stuff (CU and SL coming on) of a potential pro starter.

SO 2B Tommy Coyle (2012) | .337/.429/.451 – 37 BB/21 K – 19/25 SB – 255 AB

Coyle played his high school ball about fifteen minutes from where I grew up, so I was lucky enough to catch him a couple of times during his senior season. He’s got above-average speed and athleticism, a really solid line drive swing, and an outstanding batting eye. It is still really early in the process, but I think we’re looking at a player with the ceiling of a big league regular with the possibility of a utility future a realistic backup option. I’m looking forward to seeing where he stacks up against the rest of the 2012 college middle infield crop, but I have a feeling he’ll be up there.

SO RHP Cody Stiles (2012) | 7.54 K/9 – 2.92 BB/9 – 3.91 FIP – 37 IP

With two breaking balls with above-average upside, Stiles heads into his junior campaign with a chance to shoot up draft boards. This isn’t a realistic comp for a sophomore coming off a 37 inning regular season, but there is something about Stiles’ repertoire (94 peak FB, promising SL and CB, CU with sink) that reads a little like 2011 first round pick Matt Barnes.

SO LHP RC Orlan (2012) | 12.56 K/9 – 5.65 BB/9 – 3.54 FIP – 14.1 IP

Sometimes good college pitchers are just that. Other times they become good pro pitchers. On rare occasions, they become great pro pitchers. It may be easy to lump Orlan into that first category, but I think he ultimately could fall into the middle grouping. His raw stuff doesn’t jump out at you — upper-80s FB (92 peak), above-average mid-80s cutter, a pair of usable breaking balls — and his slight frame doesn’t scream big leaguer, but his total package is greater than the sum of his individual parts.

SO OF Chaz Frank (2012) | .287/.430/.349 – 43 BB/27 K – 11/14 SB – 209 AB

There may not be a whole lot of raw power here, but Frank has a good approach, above-average speed, and a solid hit tool. His best present tool is probably his defensive range in the outfield.

SO RHP Chris Munnelly (2012) | 7.84 K/9 – 3.73 BB/9 – 4.29 FIP – 70 IP

If I’ve learned one thing in doing this post, it’s that North Carolina’s pitching depth is crazy. I can’t even imagine how they’ll divvy up innings if some of their biggest recruits wind up on campus this fall. One of the top returning pitchers next year will be Chris Munnelly. Munnelly was counted on to throw a lot this past spring for North Carolina, and with good reason. His decent fastball (88-91) plays up because of plus command, and both his advanced change and rapidly improving breaking stuff could be even bigger weapons in time.

*****

FR 3B Colin Moran (2013) | .348/.459/.583 – 48 BB/29 K – 230 AB

When he enrolled at North Carolina last fall, Moran’s name jumped out as the younger brother of former Tar Heels reliever Brian and nephew of former Tar Heel and big league star BJ Surhoff. I also knew he was a well regarded high school prospect out of New York, but, since we’re all pals now and have no reason not to be honest with one another, had assumed that the family legacy bit had way more to do with his scholarship than his ability. Take a look at his freshman year stat line and laugh at how very wrong I was. Moran is the real deal as a prospect, a hitter with legit big league upside, a gorgeous lefthanded stroke, and a great approach at the plate. He is an average defender at present, but there is enough there in the way of tools that makes you think he can become an above-average third baseman in time. Physically, he reminds me a little bit of former Ranger Hank Blalock.

FR LHP Kent Emanuel (2013) | 8.56 K/9 – 2.01 BB/9 – 3.56 FIP – 89.1 IP

Emanuel is another prospect who has far surpassed my expectations as a freshman. One thing I’ve enjoyed about Emanuel’s excellent freshman season has been the answer to the question “What would happen if a Tyler Skaggs/Henry Owens type went to campus instead of turning pro?” Emanuel tacked on over thirty pounds to his 6-4 frame (now up to 205) and upped his sitting fastball a couple ticks (now at 87-89 MPH). His change is already an above-average college offering, and could be plus pro pitch with the way he throws it with fastball arm speed. His best bet at another above-average pro pitch is probably a slider, but that is something to be developed down the line; for now, his cut fastball works as a usable college offering just fine.

FR C Matt Roberts (2013) | .237/.310/.316 – 2 BB/10 K – 38 AB

If Stallings signs with the Reds — hardly a foregone conclusion as a 42nd round pick — then Roberts should take over full-time duty behind the plate in 2012. On paper he has everything you’d want in a young catching prospect: athleticism, above-average defensive upside, and good power.

FR RHP Andrew Smith (2013) | 10.04 K/9 – 3.12 BB/9 – 3.55 FIP – 26 IP

I can’t wait to see what the super talented Smith does in an expanded role next season. He reminds me a bit of Cody Stiles (93 peak FB, potential plus mid-70s CB, SL with promise) and could really take off next year if his changeup, a pitch I’ve heard looked good in practice this year, comes around.

FR RHP Shane Taylor (2013) | 10.25 K/9 – 2.75 BB/9 – 3.01 FIP – 36 IP

Woodard, Warren, Johnson…Taylor? His upper-80s sitting fastball, good mid-70s curveball, and really impressive control and command definitely bring back memories of former Tar Heels pitchability righthanded greats.

FR RHP Jake Cole (2013)

Cole’s arm strength (92-93 peak) and the makings of a hard upper-70s slider make him a name to remember. There were some rumors that he will be given a retroactive redshirt for 2011; if that’s the case, he’ll remain a freshman in 2012, but also remain draft-eligible in 2013.

FR OF Jeff Bouton (2013) | .282/.378/.410 – 4 BB/21 K – 3/3 SB – 39 AB

Bouton came to school with the reputation of a good power/speed prospect, but almost all the power/speed in the world won’t work with plate discipline like that. Just a freshman, there is plenty of time for him to figure it out going forward.

FR 1B/OF Thomas Zengel (2013) | .214/.338/.313 – 20 BB/16 K – 112 AB

Zengel is a bat-first prospect who will have to keep on hitting if he hopes to get noticed. He strikes me more of a potentially really good college player more than a future big-time pro prospect, but the plate discipline shown in 2011 has me a little intrigued.

FR C Brian Holberton (2013) | .267/.352/.400 – 11 BB/13 K – 75 AB

Matt Roberts was the high profile catching recruit in 2011 and the expected heir apparent to the job, but Holberton has a chance to alter those plans. His defense behind the plate is his biggest strength and his gap power has been better than advertised.

FR 1B/2B Parks Jordan (2013) | .179/.343/.214 – 6 BB/10 K – 28 AB

There could be room for Parks Jordan to get some time at second base next year if North Carolina decides to shift Tommy Coyle to shortstop (i.e. the Levi Michael Special). There is some upside with the bat, but his glove is a question mark.

FR LHP Tate Parrish (2013): LOOGY upside; 6-0, 165 pounds; (9.39 K/9 – 5.28 BB/9 – 2.70 FIP – 15.1 IP)

Parrish is by all accounts a great guy and tireless worker. I could say that about a lot of the players on this list, but, when asking around about Parrish for this piece, almost every person I spoke to commented on Parrish the person before talking about Parrish the player. They also said that he’s got the stuff to get college lefthanders out consistently and, with continued development, perhaps pro lefthanders as well. That last sentence is structured horribly, but I’m losing steam here…

FR LHP Hobbs Johnson (2013)

Johnson is a pitchability lefty with an upper-80s fastball. That’s all I’ve got.

2011 MLB Draft Prospect Scouting Report Database

While there are still occasional gems to be found on the last day of the draft, I think we can all agree the the bulk of the heavy lifting is now out of the way. Time to catch my breath once again and aggregate all of the relevant draft links in one handy spot. Before the links, a quick rant…

I hate linking to my own stuff and promise not to make a habit of it, but below I’ve listed all of the “scouting reports” compiled on the 474 players I managed to get to this year. The reason for the scare quotes around “scouting reports” is simple: I’m not a scout. I also want to make clear that I haven’t seen the vast majority of listed players firsthand, and therefore can’t claim to have personally “scouted” more than a handful of the prospects anyway. I’m only calling them scouting reports for lack of a better term. No disrespect to any of the professional scouts out there working hard doing the legwork needed to help this site stay alive. Alright, I feel better now. Thanks for putting up with that. Now the links…

Top 125 2011 MLB Draft College Pitcher Scouting Reports

Top 75 2011 MLB Draft High School Pitcher Scouting Reports

Top 20 2011 MLB Draft College Catcher Scouting Reports

Top 20 2011 MLB Draft High School Catcher Scouting Reports

Top 25 2011 MLB Draft College First Base Scouting Reports

Top 15 2011 MLB Draft High School First Base Scouting Reports

Top 20 2011 MLB Draft College Second Base Scouting Reports

Top 13 2011 MLB Draft High School Second Base Scouting Reports

Top 25 2011 MLB Draft College Shortstop Scouting Reports

Top 15 2011 MLB Draft High School Shortstop Scouting Reports

Top 25 2011 MLB Draft College Third Base Scouting Reports

Top 16 2011 MLB Draft High School Third Base Scouting Reports

Top 50 2011 MLB Draft College Outfield Scouting Reports

Top 30 2011 MLB Draft High School Outfield Scouting Reports

Final Shadow Draft Selections and Day Three Best Remaining (Unsignable) Prospect Big Board

Shadow drafting for the Phillies, here are my top thirty picks. Questions of signability almost render an exercise like this meaningless, but I tried to be as realistic as I could. I also tried to select backups for my most questionable picks (e.g. Preston Tucker reportedly has very high demands, so I grabbed Taylor Ard as a contingency plan). I also tried to stack positions with a college prospect and a prep prospect, as in the case with drafting Matt Skole and Matt Dean, both 3B, in back to back rounds. Here’s what I wound up with…

1.39 Kent State SO LHP Andrew Chafin
2.66 Academia la Milagrosa (PR) RHP Jorge Lopez
2.90 La Costa Canyon HS (CA) 2B Phillip Evans
4.151 Georgia Tech JR 3B Matt Skole
5.181 The Colony HS (TX) 3B Matt Dean
6.211 Texas State JR RHP Carson Smith
7.241 San Marcos HS (CA) C Riley Moore
8.271 St. John’s Prep (MA) RHP Pat Connaughton
9.301 Vanderbilt SR C Curt Casali
10.331 West Boca Raton HS (FL) SS Tyler Greene
11.361 TCU JR OF Jason Coats
12.391 Coastal Carolina JR SS Taylor Motter
13.421 Vanderbilt JR RHP Navery Moore
14.451 Downers Grove HS (IL) RHP Nick Burdi
15.481 George County HS (MS) OF Mason Robbins
16.511 Carroll HS (TX) RHP John Curtiss
17.541 Florida JR 1B Preston Tucker
18.571 Santa Fe CC FR OF Trey Griffin
19.601 Central Catholic HS (CA) OF Billy Flamion
20.631 Lake City HS (SC) 2B Shon Carson
21.661 Bishop Amat HS (CA) 1B Wallace Gonzalez
22.691 Central Florida SO OF Ronnie Richardson
23.721 Mississippi JR LHP Matt Crouse
24.751 Washington State JR 1B Taylor Ard
25.781 Winthrop JR RHP Tyler Mizenko
26.811 Minnesota SR RHP Scott Matyas
27.841 Rock Falls HS (IL) RHP Jake Junis
28.871 TL Hanna HS (SC) C Garrett Boulware
29.901 Parkway HS (LA) RHP Carson Baranik
30.931 Southeast Guilford HS (NC) OF Josh Tobias

…and here is a look at my best shot at a big board telling you who the best available prospects in the 2011 MLB are (alternate title: players who are in no way signable, but fun to dream about). I’ll add to this as the night goes on. In the meantime, if I included somebody who was already drafted then please let me know in the comments or via email…

  1. RHP John Curtiss (Carroll HS, Texas)
  2. RHP Pat Connaughton (St. John’s Prep, Massachusetts)
  3. RHP Benton Moss (Rocky Mount HS, North Carolina)
  4. C Elvin Soto (Xaverian HS, New York)
  5. C Garrett Boulware (TL Hanna HS, South Carolina)
  6. RHP Carson Baranik (Parkway HS, Louisiana)
  7. 2B Trent Gilbert (Torrance HS, California)
  8. SS Julius Gaines (Luella HS, Georgia)
  9. RHP Jake Reed (Helix HS, California)
  10. Santa Fe CC FR OF Trey Griffin
  11. 2B Shon Carson (Lake City HS, South Carolina)
  12. 1B Rookie Davis (Dixon HS, North Carolina)
  13. RHP Dylan Davis (Redmond HS, Washington)
  14. RHP Michael Cederoth (Steele Canyon HS, California)
  15. Rice JR OF Jeremy Rathjen
  16. North Carolina JR C Jacob Stallings
  17. Central Florida SO OF Ronnie Richardson
  18. OF Josh Tobias (Southeast Guilford HS, North Carolina)
  19. C Grayson Greiner (Blythewood HS, South Carolina)
  20. OF Sean Trent (Bishop Moore Catholic HS, Florida)
  21. Texas SO OF Cohl Walla
  22. Wichita State SO 1B Johnny Coy
  23. 3B Nicholas Howard (St. John’s College HS, Washington DC)
  24. RHP Jerrick Suiter (Valparaiso HS, Indiana)
  25. RHP Ricky Jacquez (Franklin HS, Texas)
  26. 2B Dante Flores (St. John Bosco HS, California)
  27. Arizona JR C Jett Bandy
  28. C Brandon Sedell (American Heritage HS, Florida)
  29. RHP Ryan Keller (West Ranch HS, California)
  30. RHP Danny Keller (Newbury Park HS, California)
  31. Stanford JR LHP Brett Mooneyham
  32. Texas JR RHP Austin Dicharry
  33. LHP Philip Pfeifer (Farragut HS, Tennessee)
  34. LHP Dillon Peters (Cathedral HS, Indiana)
  35. 3B Austin Slater (The Bolles School, Florida)
  36. 1B Ryan Krill (Portage Central HS, Michigan)
  37. TCU SO 3B Jantzen Witte
  38. SS Drake Roberts (Brenham HS, Texas)
  39. SS Mikal Hill (Mallard Creek HS, North Carolina)
  40. 3B Hunter Cole (Moore HS, South Carolina)
  41. RHP Taylor Nunez (Salmen HS, Louisiana)

Best Available for Round 20

Shadow drafting for the Phillies, here’s what I’ve got so far…

1.39 Kent State SO LHP Andrew Chafin
2.66 Academia la Milagrosa (PR) RHP Jorge Lopez
2.90 La Costa Canyon HS (CA) 2B Phillip Evans
4.151 Georgia Tech JR 3B Matt Skole
5.181 The Colony HS (TX) 3B Matt Dean
6.211 Texas State JR RHP Carson Smith
7.241 San Marcos HS (CA) C Riley Moore
8.271 St. John’s Prep (MA) RHP Pat Connaughton
9.301 Vanderbilt SR C Curt Casali
10.331 West Boca Raton HS (FL) SS Tyler Greene
11.361 TCU JR OF Jason Coats
12.391 Coastal Carolina JR SS Taylor Motter
13.421 Vanderbilt JR RHP Navery Moore
14.451 Downers Grove HS (IL) RHP Nick Burdi
15.481 George County HS (MS) OF Mason Robbins
16.511 Carroll HS (TX) RHP John Curtiss
17.541 Florida JR 1B Preston Tucker
18.571 Santa Fe CC FR OF Trey Griffin
19.601 Central Catholic HS (CA) OF Billy Flamion
20.631 Lake City HS (SC) 2B Shon Carson

…and here is a look at my best shot at a big board telling you who the best available prospects in the 2011 MLB are…

  1. RHP John Curtiss (Carroll HS, Texas)
  2. RHP Pat Connaughton (St. John’s Prep, Massachusetts)
  3. RHP Benton Moss (Rocky Mount HS, North Carolina)
  4. C Riley Moore (San Marcos HS, California)
  5. RHP Nick Burdi (Downers Grove HS, Illinois)
  6. LHP Amir Garrett (Leuzinger HS, California)
  7. C Elvin Soto (Xaverian HS, New York)
  8. C Garrett Boulware (TL Hanna HS, South Carolina)
  9. RHP Carson Baranik (Parkway HS, Louisiana)
  10. 2B Trent Gilbert (Torrance HS, California)
  11. SS Julius Gaines (Luella HS, Georgia)
  12. Florida JR 1B Preston Tucker
  13. RHP Aaron Nola (Catholic HS, Louisiana)
  14. RHP Jake Reed (Helix HS, California)
  15. OF Billy Flamion (Central Catholic HS, California)
  16. Santa Fe CC FR OF Trey Griffin
  17. 3B Taylor Sparks (St. John Bosco HS, California)
  18. 2B Shon Carson (Lake City HS, South Carolina)
  19. 1B Rookie Davis (Dixon HS, North Carolina)
  20. 1B Wallace Gonzalez (Bishop Amat HS, California)
  21. RHP Dylan Davis (Redmond HS, Washington)
  22. RHP Michael Cederoth (Steele Canyon HS, California)
  23. Rice JR OF Jeremy Rathjen
  24. San Diego JR C Zach Kometani
  25. North Carolina JR C Jacob Stallings
  26. Southern Cal JR RHP Andrew Triggs
  27. Central Florida SO OF Ronnie Richardson
  28. OF Josh Tobias (Southeast Guilford HS, North Carolina)
  29. C Grayson Greiner (Blythewood HS, South Carolina)
  30. Washington State JR 1B Taylor Ard
  31. 3B Matt Papi (Tunkhannock HS, Pennsylvania)
  32. OF Sean Trent (Bishop Moore Catholic HS, Florida)
  33. Texas SO OF Cohl Walla
  34. Wichita State SO 1B Johnny Coy
  35. 3B Nicholas Howard (St. John’s College HS, Washington DC)
  36. RHP Jerrick Suiter (Valparaiso HS, Indiana)
  37. RHP Ricky Jacquez (Franklin HS, Texas)
  38. RHP Jake Junis (Rock Falls HS, Illinois)
  39. Miami-Dade CC SO RHP Jharel Cotton
  40. 2B Dante Flores (St. John Bosco HS, California)
  41. 2B TJ Costen (First Colonial HS, Virginia)
  42. Arizona JR C Jett Bandy
  43. C Brandon Sedell (American Heritage HS, Florida)
  44. RHP Ryan Keller (West Ranch HS, California)
  45. RHP Danny Keller (Newbury Park HS, California)
  46. Stanford JR LHP Brett Mooneyham
  47. Texas JR RHP Austin Dicharry
  48. LHP Philip Pfeifer (Farragut HS, Tennessee)
  49. LHP Dillon Peters (Cathedral HS, Indiana)
  50. 3B Austin Slater (The Bolles School, Florida)
  51. 1B Ryan Krill (Portage Central HS, Michigan)
  52. TCU SO 3B Jantzen Witte
  53. SS Drake Roberts (Brenham HS, Texas)
  54. SS Mikal Hill (Mallard Creek HS, North Carolina)
  55. 3B Hunter Cole (Moore HS, South Carolina)
  56. RHP Taylor Nunez (Salmen HS, Louisiana)

Best Available for Round 8

Shadow drafting for the Phillies, here’s what I’ve got so far…

1.39 LHP Andrew Chafin
2.66 RHP Jorge Lopez
2.90 2B Phillip Evans
3.120 OF Senquez Golson
4.151 3B Matt Skole
5.181 3B Matt Dean
6.211 RHP Carson Smith
7.241 C Riley Moore

…and here is a look at my best shot at a big board telling you who the best available prospects in the 2011 MLB are…

  1. 3B Matt Dean (The Colony HS, Texas)
  2. RHP John Curtiss (Carroll HS, Texas)
  3. 2B Phillip Evans (La Costa Canyon HS, California)
  4. OF Senquez Golson (Pascaagoula HS, Mississippi)
  5. Texas State JR RHP Carson Smith
  6. RHP Pat Connaughton (St. John’s Prep, Massachusetts)
  7. Oklahoma JR RHP Burch Smith
  8. RHP Benton Moss (Rocky Mount HS, North Carolina)
  9. SS Tyler Greene (West Boca Raton HS, Florida)
  10. Georgia Tech JR 3B Matt Skole
  11. C Riley Moore (San Marcos HS, California)
  12. RHP Dillon Maples (Pinecrest HS, North Carolina)
  13. 3B Chris McFarland (Lufkin HS, Texas)
  14. Alabama JR OF Taylor Dugas
  15. TCU JR RHP Kyle Winkler
  16. RHP Nick Burdi (Downers Grove HS, Illinois)
  17. LHP Amir Garrett (Leuzinger HS, California)
  18. C Elvin Soto (Xaverian HS, New York)
  19. Vanderbilt SR C Curt Casali
  20. C Garrett Boulware (TL Hanna HS, South Carolina)
  21. Arizona JR 3B Andy Burns
  22. RHP Carson Baranik (Parkway HS, Louisiana)
  23. RHP Deshorn Lake (Menchville HS, Virginia)
  24. 2B Trent Gilbert (Torrance HS, California)
  25. SS Julius Gaines (Luella HS, Georgia)
  26. Florida JR 1B Preston Tucker
  27. RHP Aaron Nola (Catholic HS, Louisiana)
  28. LHP Andy Suarez (Columbus HS, Florida)
  29. RHP Jake Reed (Helix HS, California)
  30. RHP Matt Troupe (Northridge HS, California)
  31. Texas Christian JR OF Jason Coats
  32. Coastal Carolina JR SS Taylor Motter
  33. OF Mason Robbins (George County HS, Mississippi)
  34. OF Billy Flamion (Central Catholic HS, California)
  35. Johnson County CC SO RHP Vince Spilker
  36. Vanderbilt JR RHP Navery Moore
  37. Santa Fe CC FR OF Trey Griffin
  38. 3B Taylor Sparks (St. John Bosco HS, California)
  39. 2B Shon Carson (Lake City HS, South Carolina)
  40. 1B Rookie Davis (Dixon HS, North Carolina)
  41. 1B Wallace Gonzalez (Bishop Amat HS, California)
  42. RHP Dylan Davis (Redmond HS, Washington)
  43. RHP Christian Montgomery (Lawrence Central HS, Indiana)
  44. RHP Michael Cederoth (Steele Canyon HS, California)
  45. Clemson SO RHP Kevin Brady
  46. Rice JR OF Jeremy Rathjen
  47. San Diego JR C Zach Kometani
  48. North Carolina JR C Jacob Stallings
  49. Loyola Marymount JR LHP Jason Wheeler
  50. Southern Cal JR RHP Andrew Triggs
  51. Central Florida SO OF Ronnie Richardson
  52. Arizona State JR OF Johnny Ruettiger
  53. Oklahoma JR C Tyler Ogle
  54. OF Josh Tobias (Southeast Guilford HS, North Carolina)
  55. Coastal Carolina JR 2B Tommy La Stella
  56. RHP Kody Watts (Skyview HS, Washington)
  57. LHP Adam McCreery (Bonita HS, California)
  58. RHP Hawtin Buchanan (Biloxi HS, Mississippi)
  59. C Grayson Greiner (Blythewood HS, South Carolina)
  60. Washington State JR 1B Taylor Ard
  61. 3B Matt Papi (Tunkhannock HS, Pennsylvania)
  62. OF Sean Trent (Bishop Moore Catholic HS, Florida)
  63. Texas SO OF Cohl Walla
  64. Wichita State SO 1B Johnny Coy
  65. 3B Nicholas Howard (St. John’s College HS, Washington DC)
  66. RHP Jerrick Suiter (Valparaiso HS, Indiana)
  67. RHP Ricky Jacquez (Franklin HS, Texas)
  68. RHP Jake Junis (Rock Falls HS, Illinois)
  69. Miami-Dade CC SO RHP Jharel Cotton
  70. Texas A&M JR RHP Ross Stripling
  71. Kentucky JR RHP Braden Kapteyn
  72. OF Shawon Dunston (Valley Christian HS, California)
  73. 2B Dante Flores (St. John Bosco HS, California)
  74. 2B TJ Costen (First Colonial HS, Virginia)
  75. Clemson SR OF Jeff Schaus
  76. Arizona JR C Jett Bandy
  77. C Brandon Sedell (American Heritage HS, Florida)
  78. RHP Ryan Keller (West Ranch HS, California)
  79. RHP Danny Keller (Newbury Park HS, California)
  80. Virginia SR RHP Tyler Wilson
  81. Kansas JR RHP Colton Murray
  82. Stanford JR LHP Brett Mooneyham
  83. Texas JR RHP Austin Dicharry
  84. LHP Philip Pfeifer (Farragut HS, Tennessee)
  85. LHP Stephen Tarpley (Gilbert HS, Arizona)
  86. LHP Dillon Peters (Cathedral HS, Indiana)
  87. 3B Austin Slater (The Bolles School, Florida)
  88. 1B Ryan Krill (Portage Central HS, Michigan)
  89. Clemson JR 3B John Hinson
  90. OF Tyler Gibson (Stratford Academy, Georgia)
  91. OF John Norwood (Seton Hall Prep HS, New Jersey)
  92. TCU SO 3B Jantzen Witte
  93. Arizona State JR 2B Zack MacPhee
  94. SS Drake Roberts (Brenham HS, Texas)
  95. SS Mikal Hill (Mallard Creek HS, North Carolina)
  96. 3B Hunter Cole (Moore HS, South Carolina)
  97. RHP Taylor Nunez (Salmen HS, Louisiana)
  98. RHP Cole Wiper (Newport HS, Washington)
  99. Dayton JR LHP Cameron Hobson

Best Available for Round 4

My shadow draft picks for the Phillies so far…

1.39 LHP Andrew Chafin
2.66 RHP Jorge Lopez
2.90 2B Phillip Evans
3.120 OF Senquez Golson

…and an updated and hopefully correct big board of the 2011 MLB Draft’s best available players heading into round 4…

  1. 3B Matt Dean (The Colony HS, Texas)
  2. Oregon State JR LHP Josh Osich
  3. RHP John Curtiss (Carroll HS, Texas)
  4. 2B Phillip Evans (La Costa Canyon HS, California)
  5. OF Senquez Golson (Pascaagoula HS, Mississippi)
  6. Texas State JR RHP Carson Smith
  7. RHP Pat Connaughton (St. John’s Prep, Massachusetts)
  8. LHP Jake Cave (Kecoughtan HS, Virginia
  9. Oklahoma JR RHP Burch Smith
  10. Southern California JR RHP Austin Wood
  11. RHP Benton Moss (Rocky Mount HS, North Carolina)
  12. SS Tyler Greene (West Boca Raton HS, Florida)
  13. Georgia Tech JR 3B Matt Skole
  14. C Eric Haase (Divine Child HS, Michigan)
  15. C Riley Moore (San Marcos HS, California)
  16. RHP Kyle Smith (Santaluces HS, Florida):
  17. RHP Dillon Maples (Pinecrest HS, North Carolina)
  18. OF Derek Fisher (Cedar Crest HS, Pennsylvania)
  19. 3B Chris McFarland (Lufkin HS, Texas)
  20. Alabama JR OF Taylor Dugas
  21. TCU JR RHP Kyle Winkler
  22. RHP Nick Burdi (Downers Grove HS, Illinois)
  23. LHP Amir Garrett (Leuzinger HS, California)
  24. C Elvin Soto (Xaverian HS, New York)
  25. RHP Brandon Woodruff (Wheeler HS, Mississippi)
  26. Vanderbilt SR C Curt Casali
  27. C Garrett Boulware (TL Hanna HS, South Carolina)
  28. C Nicky Delmonico (Farragut HS, Tennessee)
  29. Arizona JR 3B Andy Burns
  30. Valparaiso JR OF Kyle Gaedele
  31. RHP Carson Baranik (Parkway HS, Louisiana)
  32. RHP Deshorn Lake (Menchville HS, Virginia)
  33. 2B Trent Gilbert (Torrance HS, California)
  34. OF Ben Roberts (Missoula Sentinel HS, Montana)
  35. SS Julius Gaines (Luella HS, Georgia)
  36. Florida JR 1B Preston Tucker
  37. RHP Aaron Nola (Catholic HS, Louisiana)
  38. Stony Brook JR RHP Nick Tropeano
  39. LHP Andy Suarez (Columbus HS, Florida)
  40. LHP Cody Kukuk (Free State HS, Kansas)
  41. RHP Jake Reed (Helix HS, California)
  42. RHP Matt Troupe (Northridge HS, California)
  43. Texas Christian JR OF Jason Coats
  44. Coastal Carolina JR SS Taylor Motter
  45. OF Mason Robbins (George County HS, Mississippi)
  46. OF Billy Flamion (Central Catholic HS, California)
  47. Johnson County CC SO RHP Vince Spilker
  48. Georgia Tech JR RHP Mark Pope
  49. Texas JR SS Brandon Loy
  50. Vanderbilt JR RHP Navery Moore
  51. Louisville JR 2B Ryan Wright
  52. Santa Fe CC FR OF Trey Griffin
  53. 3B Taylor Sparks (St. John Bosco HS, California)
  54. 2B Shon Carson (Lake City HS, South Carolina)
  55. 2B Christian Lopes (Edison HS, California)
  56. Oregon JR RHP Scott McGough
  57. UC Irvine JR RHP Matt Summers
  58. 1B Rookie Davis (Dixon HS, North Carolina)
  59. 1B Wallace Gonzalez (Bishop Amat HS, California)
  60. RHP Dylan Davis (Redmond HS, Washington)
  61. RHP Christian Montgomery (Lawrence Central HS, Indiana)
  62. RHP Michael Cederoth (Steele Canyon HS, California)
  63. Clemson SO RHP Kevin Brady
  64. Gonzaga JR LHP Ryan Carpenter
  65. Cal State Fullerton JR RHP Noe Ramirez
  66. Wichita State JR LHP Charlie Lowell
  67. RHP Mason Hope (Broken Arrow HS, Oklahoma)
  68. Rice JR OF Jeremy Rathjen
  69. San Diego JR C Zach Kometani
  70. C Tyler Marlette (Hagerty HS, Florida)
  71. North Carolina JR C Jacob Stallings
  72. Loyola Marymount JR LHP Jason Wheeler
  73. Cal State Fullerton JR RHP Tyler Pill
  74. Southern Cal JR RHP Andrew Triggs
  75. Louisville JR RHP Tony Zych
  76. Central Florida SO OF Ronnie Richardson
  77. Kansas State JR OF Nick Martini
  78. Arizona State JR OF Johnny Ruettiger
  79. Nebraska JR 3B Cody Asche
  80. Oklahoma JR C Tyler Ogle
  81. OF Josh Tobias (Southeast Guilford HS, North Carolina)
  82. Coastal Carolina JR 2B Tommy La Stella
  83. RHP Kody Watts (Skyview HS, Washington)
  84. LHP Adam McCreery (Bonita HS, California)
  85. RHP Hawtin Buchanan (Biloxi HS, Mississippi)
  86. C Grayson Greiner (Blythewood HS, South Carolina)
  87. Washington State JR 1B Taylor Ard
  88. 3B Matt Papi (Tunkhannock HS, Pennsylvania)
  89. OF Sean Trent (Bishop Moore Catholic HS, Florida)
  90. Texas SO OF Cohl Walla
  91. Wichita State SO 1B Johnny Coy
  92. Pittsburgh SR C Kevan Smith
  93. Virginia JR C John Hicks
  94. James Madison JR C Jake Lowery
  95. 3B Nicholas Howard (St. John’s College HS, Washington DC)
  96. RHP Jerrick Suiter (Valparaiso HS, Indiana)
  97. RHP Ricky Jacquez (Franklin HS, Texas)
  98. RHP Jake Junis (Rock Falls HS, Illinois)
  99. Green River CC SO RHP Cody Hebner
  100. Oklahoma State JR LHP Chris Marlowe
  101. Miami-Dade CC SO RHP Jharel Cotton
  102. Texas A&M JR RHP Ross Stripling
  103. Kentucky JR RHP Braden Kapteyn
  104. Villanova RHP Kyle McMyne
  105. OF Shawon Dunston (Valley Christian HS, California)
  106. 2B Dante Flores (St. John Bosco HS, California)
  107. 2B TJ Costen (First Colonial HS, Virginia)
  108. Clemson SR OF Jeff Schaus
  109. Arizona JR C Jett Bandy
  110. C Greg Bird (Grandview HS, Colorado)
  111. C Brandon Sedell (American Heritage HS, Florida)
  112. RHP Tayler Scott (Notre Dame Prep, Arizona)
  113. RHP Ryan Keller (West Ranch HS, California)
  114. RHP Danny Keller (Newbury Park HS, California)
  115. Virginia SR RHP Tyler Wilson
  116. Kansas JR RHP Colton Murray
  117. Santa Clara JR RHP JR Graham
  118. Stanford JR LHP Brett Mooneyham
  119. Texas JR RHP Austin Dicharry
  120. Vanderbilt SR RHP Taylor Hill
  121. LHP Philip Pfeifer (Farragut HS, Tennessee)
  122. LHP Stephen Tarpley (Gilbert HS, Arizona)
  123. LHP Dillon Peters (Cathedral HS, Indiana)
  124. 3B Austin Slater (The Bolles School, Florida)
  125. 1B Ryan Krill (Portage Central HS, Michigan)
  126. Clemson JR 3B John Hinson
  127. OF Tyler Gibson (Stratford Academy, Georgia)
  128. OF John Norwood (Seton Hall Prep HS, New Jersey)
  129. TCU JR SS Taylor Featherston
  130. Cal State Fullerton JR 1B Nick Ramirez
  131. North Carolina State JR 1B Harold Riggins
  132. TCU SO 3B Jantzen Witte
  133. Virginia JR 3B Steven Proscia
  134. Arizona State JR 2B Zack MacPhee
  135. SS Drake Roberts (Brenham HS, Texas)
  136. SS Mikal Hill (Mallard Creek HS, North Carolina)
  137. 3B Patrick Leonard (St. Thomas HS, Texas)
  138. 3B Hunter Cole (Moore HS, South Carolina)
  139. RHP Taylor Nunez (Salmen HS, Louisiana)
  140. RHP Cole Wiper (Newport HS, Washington)
  141. Dayton JR LHP Cameron Hobson
  142. Oregon State JR RHP Sam Gaviglio

2011 MLB Draft Day 2 Big Board


  1. LHP Daniel Norris (Science Hill HS, Tennessee)
  2. OF Josh Bell (Jesuit College Prep School, Texas)
  3. Oregon State SO C Andrew Susac
  4. RHP Jorge Lopez (Academia la Milagrosa, Puerto Rico)
  5. 3B Matt Dean (The Colony HS, Texas)
  6. OF Granden Goetzman (Palmetto HS, Florida)
  7. Oregon State JR LHP Josh Osich
  8. RHP Dillon Howard (Searcy HS, Arkansas)
  9. RHP John Curtiss (Carroll HS, Texas)
  10. 2B Phillip Evans (La Costa Canyon HS, California)
  11. 2B Johnny Eierman (Warsaw HS, Missouri)
  12. OF Senquez Golson (Pascaagoula HS, Mississippi)
  13. Texas State JR RHP Carson Smith
  14. RHP Pat Connaughton (St. John’s Prep, Massachusetts)
  15. LHP Jake Cave (Kecoughtan HS, Virginia
  16. Oklahoma JR RHP Burch Smith
  17. Vanderbilt JR RHP Jack Armstrong
  18. Southern California JR RHP Austin Wood
  19. RHP Benton Moss (Rocky Mount HS, North Carolina)
  20. SS Tyler Greene (West Boca Raton HS, Florida)
  21. Georgia Tech JR 3B Matt Skole
  22. Vanderbilt JR 3B Jason Esposito
  23. OF Carl Thomore (East Brunswick HS, New Jersey)
  24. C Eric Haase (Divine Child HS, Michigan)
  25. C Riley Moore (San Marcos HS, California)
  26. 1B Dan Vogelbach (Bishop Verot HS, Florida)
  27. RHP Kyle Smith (Santaluces HS, Florida):
  28. RHP Bryan Brickhouse (The Woodlands HS, Texas)
  29. RHP Dillon Maples (Pinecrest HS, North Carolina)
  30. Clemson JR SS Brad Miller
  31. TCU SO LHP Matt Purke
  32. OF Roman Quinn (Port St. Joe HS, Florida)
  33. OF Derek Fisher (Cedar Crest HS, Pennsylvania)
  34. Texas A&M JR RHP John Stilson
  35. 3B Chris McFarland (Lufkin HS, Texas)
  36. Connecticut JR SS Nick Ahmed
  37. Alabama JR OF Taylor Dugas
  38. TCU JR RHP Kyle Winkler
  39. Florida JR LHP Nick Maronde
  40. North Carolina State JR C Pratt Maynard
  41. RHP Nick Burdi (Downers Grove HS, Illinois)
  42. LHP Amir Garrett (Leuzinger HS, California)
  43. C Elvin Soto (Xaverian HS, New York)
  44. RHP Brandon Woodruff (Wheeler HS, Mississippi)
  45. Vanderbilt SR C Curt Casali
  46. Bethune-Cookman JR C Peter O’Brien
  47. Texas JR LHP Sam Stafford
  48. Southern Mississippi JR 3B BA Vollmuth
  49. C Garrett Boulware (TL Hanna HS, South Carolina)
  50. C Cameron Gallagher (Manheim Township HS, Pennsylvania)
  51. C Austin Hedges (JSerra HS, California)
  52. C Nicky Delmonico (Farragut HS, Tennessee)
  53. Arizona JR 3B Andy Burns
  54. Valparaiso JR OF Kyle Gaedele
  55. RHP Carson Baranik (Parkway HS, Louisiana)
  56. RHP Deshorn Lake (Menchville HS, Virginia)
  57. 2B Trent Gilbert (Torrance HS, California)
  58. OF Williams Jerez (Grand Street HS, New York)
  59. OF Ben Roberts (Missoula Sentinel HS, Montana)
  60. SS Julius Gaines (Luella HS, Georgia)
  61. Florida JR 1B Preston Tucker
  62. Miami JR 3B Harold Martinez
  63. RHP Aaron Nola (Catholic HS, Louisiana)
  64. Stony Brook JR RHP Nick Tropeano
  65. LHP Andy Suarez (Columbus HS, Florida)
  66. LHP Cody Kukuk (Free State HS, Kansas)
  67. RHP Jake Reed (Helix HS, California)
  68. RHP Matt Troupe (Northridge HS, California)
  69. Texas Christian JR OF Jason Coats
  70. Coastal Carolina JR SS Taylor Motter
  71. Indiana JR OF Alex Dickerson
  72. 1B Kevin Cron (Mountain Pointe HS, Arizona)
  73. OF Mason Robbins (George County HS, Mississippi)
  74. OF Billy Flamion (Central Catholic HS, California)
  75. Johnson County CC SO RHP Vince Spilker
  76. Georgia Tech JR RHP Mark Pope
  77. Baylor JR RHP Logan Verrett
  78. Texas JR SS Brandon Loy
  79. Vanderbilt SR 1B Aaron Westlake
  80. Miami SO OF Zeke DeVoss
  81. Coastal Carolina JR RHP Anthony Meo
  82. Vanderbilt JR RHP Navery Moore
  83. Louisville JR 2B Ryan Wright
  84. Santa Fe CC FR OF Trey Griffin
  85. 3B Taylor Sparks (St. John Bosco HS, California)
  86. 2B Shon Carson (Lake City HS, South Carolina)
  87. 2B Christian Lopes (Edison HS, California)
  88. SS Connor Barron (Sumrall HS, Mississippi)
  89. Oregon JR RHP Scott McGough
  90. UC Irvine JR RHP Matt Summers
  91. 1B Rookie Davis (Dixon HS, North Carolina)
  92. 1B Wallace Gonzalez (Bishop Amat HS, California)
  93. Southern California JR 1B Ricky Oropesa
  94. RHP Dylan Davis (Redmond HS, Washington)
  95. RHP Christian Montgomery (Lawrence Central HS, Indiana)
  96. RHP Michael Cederoth (Steele Canyon HS, California)
  97. Clemson SO RHP Kevin Brady
  98. Gonzaga JR LHP Ryan Carpenter
  99. Cal State Fullerton JR RHP Noe Ramirez
  100. Wichita State JR LHP Charlie Lowell
  101. RHP Jordan Cote (Winnisquam HS, New Hampshire)
  102. RHP Mason Hope (Broken Arrow HS, Oklahoma)
  103. Rice JR OF Jeremy Rathjen
  104. San Diego JR C Zach Kometani
  105. C Tyler Marlette (Hagerty HS, Florida)
  106. North Carolina JR C Jacob Stallings
  107. Long Beach State JR RHP Andrew Gagnon
  108. Loyola Marymount JR LHP Jason Wheeler
  109. Cal State Fullerton JR RHP Tyler Pill
  110. Southern Cal JR RHP Andrew Triggs
  111. Louisville JR RHP Tony Zych
  112. Washington State JR LHP Adam Conley
  113. Hawaii JR RHP Lenny Linsky
  114. Central Florida SO OF Ronnie Richardson
  115. Kansas State JR OF Nick Martini
  116. Arizona State JR OF Johnny Ruettiger
  117. Nebraska JR 3B Cody Asche
  118. Oklahoma JR C Tyler Ogle
  119. OF Josh Tobias (Southeast Guilford HS, North Carolina)
  120. Coastal Carolina JR 2B Tommy La Stella
  121. RHP Adrian Houser (Locust Grove HS, Oklahoma)
  122. RHP Kody Watts (Skyview HS, Washington)
  123. LHP Adam McCreery (Bonita HS, California)
  124. RHP Hawtin Buchanan (Biloxi HS, Mississippi)
  125. C Grayson Greiner (Blythewood HS, South Carolina)
  126. Washington State JR 1B Taylor Ard
  127. 3B Matt Papi (Tunkhannock HS, Pennsylvania)
  128. OF Sean Trent (Bishop Moore Catholic HS, Florida)
  129. Clemson JR OF Will Lamb
  130. Texas SO OF Cohl Walla
  131. Wichita State SO 1B Johnny Coy
  132. Pittsburgh SR C Kevan Smith
  133. Arkansas JR C James McCann
  134. Virginia JR C John Hicks
  135. James Madison JR C Jake Lowery
  136. 3B Nicholas Howard (St. John’s College HS, Washington DC)
  137. RHP Jerrick Suiter (Valparaiso HS, Indiana)
  138. RHP Ricky Jacquez (Franklin HS, Texas)
  139. RHP Jake Junis (Rock Falls HS, Illinois)
  140. Green River CC SO RHP Cody Hebner
  141. Oklahoma State JR LHP Chris Marlowe
  142. Miami-Dade CC SO RHP Jharel Cotton
  143. Rice SR LHP Tony Cingrani
  144. Texas A&M JR RHP Ross Stripling
  145. Kentucky JR RHP Braden Kapteyn
  146. Villanova RHP Kyle McMyne
  147. Oregon JR RHP Madison Boer
  148. Alabama JR LHP Adam Morgan
  149. California JR RHP Erik Johnson
  150. OF Shawon Dunston (Valley Christian HS, California)
  151. OF Charles Tilson (New Trier HS, Illinois)
  152. 2B Dante Flores (St. John Bosco HS, California)
  153. 2B TJ Costen (First Colonial HS, Virginia)
  154. Clemson SR OF Jeff Schaus
  155. Arizona JR C Jett Bandy
  156. C Greg Bird (Grandview HS, Colorado)
  157. C Brandon Sedell (American Heritage HS, Florida)
  158. RHP Tayler Scott (Notre Dame Prep, Arizona)
  159. LHP Kevin Matthews (Richmond Hill HS, Georgia)
  160. RHP Ryan Keller (West Ranch HS, California)
  161. RHP Danny Keller (Newbury Park HS, California)
  162. North Carolina State JR RHP Cory Mazzoni
  163. Virginia SR RHP Tyler Wilson
  164. Kansas JR RHP Colton Murray
  165. Santa Clara JR RHP JR Graham
  166. Stanford JR LHP Brett Mooneyham
  167. Texas JR RHP Austin Dicharry
  168. Vanderbilt SR RHP Taylor Hill
  169. LHP Philip Pfeifer (Farragut HS, Tennessee)
  170. LHP Stephen Tarpley (Gilbert HS, Arizona)
  171. LHP Dillon Peters (Cathedral HS, Indiana)
  172. 3B Austin Slater (The Bolles School, Florida)
  173. 1B Ryan Krill (Portage Central HS, Michigan)
  174. Clemson JR 3B John Hinson
  175. Texas State JR 3B Kyle Kubitza
  176. OF Tyler Gibson (Stratford Academy, Georgia)
  177. OF John Norwood (Seton Hall Prep HS, New Jersey)
  178. TCU JR SS Taylor Featherston
  179. Cal State Fullerton JR 1B Nick Ramirez
  180. North Carolina State JR 1B Harold Riggins
  181. TCU SO 3B Jantzen Witte
  182. Virginia JR 3B Steven Proscia
  183. OF Gabriel Rosa (International Baseball Academy, Puerto Rico)
  184. Arizona State JR 2B Zack MacPhee
  185. SS Drake Roberts (Brenham HS, Texas)
  186. SS Mikal Hill (Mallard Creek HS, North Carolina)
  187. 3B Patrick Leonard (St. Thomas HS, Texas)
  188. 3B Hunter Cole (Moore HS, South Carolina)
  189. RHP Taylor Nunez (Salmen HS, Louisiana)
  190. RHP Cole Wiper (Newport HS, Washington)
  191. Dayton JR LHP Cameron Hobson
  192. Oregon State JR RHP Sam Gaviglio
  193. Merced JC FR RHP Jake Sisco
  194. Johnson County CC SO RHP Jeff Soptic

Shadow Draft Big Board, Pick, and Rationale

I’m shadow drafting for the Phillies this year, a trick proposition considering I’ve had to wait around until the 39th overall pick to get started. Here’s where my up to the second big board is at:

  1. LHP Daniel Norris (Science Hill HS, Tennessee)
  2. OF Josh Bell (Jesuit College Prep School, Texas)
  3. Oregon State SO C Andrew Susac
  4. Kent State SO LHP Andrew Chafin
  5. RHP Jorge Lopez (Academia la Milagrosa, Puerto Rico)
  6. RHP Michael Kelly (West Boca Raton Community HS, Florida)
  7. SS Trevor Story (Irving HS, Texas)
  8. 1B Travis Harrison (Tustin HS, California)
  9. 3B Matt Dean (The Colony HS, Texas)
  10. Oregon State JR LHP Josh Osich
  11. RHP Dillon Howard (Searcy HS, Arkansas)
  12. RHP John Curtiss (Carroll HS, Texas)
  13. OF Granden Goetzman (Palmetto HS, Florida)
  14. 2B Phillip Evans (La Costa Canyon HS, California)
  15. 2B Johnny Eierman (Warsaw HS, Missouri)
  16. Texas State JR RHP Carson Smith
  17. 3B Tyler Goeddel (St. Francis HS, California)
  18. OF Senquez Golson (Pascaagoula HS, Mississippi)
  19. Stony Brook JR RHP Nick Tropeano
  20. SS Tyler Greene (West Boca Raton HS, Florida)
  21. Georgia Tech JR 3B Matt Skole
  22. Vanderbilt JR 3B Jason Esposito

The Phillies pick again at 66th overall, so I have some flexibility in knowing I’ll have another crack early on in the second round after 25 more guys go off the board. With 22 names on my big board, I’m pretty confident I’ll be in a position to land a second desirable player. Norris and Bell are the top names on my list; based on talent alone, I’d be all over either. Unfortunately, the draft doesn’t work like that in baseball, so I reluctantly take off the expensive/unsignable prep stars from the board for the sake of realism. Bummer. Susac is tempting as the top college player available, but, again, I’m staying away from the former Phillies late round pick because I can’t really see the real Phillies going down that road again. That leaves me Chafin, Lopez, Kelly, and Story as legitimate options. Chafin makes sense as a high upside, signable, injury surviving prospect. Lopez and Kelly are projectable high school arms, always an option for the Phillies early on. Given the dearth of quality middle infield prospects in the system, Story is perhaps the most intriguing name of the bunch.

Now it becomes a matter of deciding who will might make it to 66. Truthfully, I can’t see any of these players making it out of the sandwich round, but, if I had to choose one, I’d think Lopez has the best shot. I’ll cross my fingers and hope he is there at 66. By proxy, that eliminates Kelly from consideration. College starting pitcher or high school shortstop? My love of Chafin (I had him over Alex Meyer, a huge favorite, on my college pitcher rankings) wins out here. The potential for three plus pitches — mid-90s peak FB, big league ready SL, and a very good CU — makes Chafin a candidate to pitch near the top of a rotation someday. Throw in the fact that he still has room to improve (sharper breaking ball, better command) as he continues to recover from Tommy John surgery, and we’ve got our first pick. With the 39th pick in the 2011 MLB Draft, the Shadow Phillies select…Kent State SO LHP Andrew Chafin.

Sandwich Round Big Board – Best of the Rest


  1. LHP Daniel Norris (Science Hill HS, Tennessee)
  2. OF Josh Bell (Jesuit College Prep School, Texas)
  3. LHP Henry Owens (Edison HS, California)
  4. Oregon State SO C Andrew Susac
  5. Kent State SO LHP Andrew Chafin
  6. RHP Jorge Lopez (Academia la Milagrosa, Puerto Rico)
  7. RHP Michael Kelly (West Boca Raton Community HS, Florida)
  8. SS Trevor Story (Irving HS, Texas)
  9. 1B Travis Harrison (Tustin HS, California)
  10. 3B Matt Dean (The Colony HS, Texas)
  11. Oregon State JR LHP Josh Osich
  12. RHP Dillon Howard (Searcy HS, Arkansas)
  13. RHP John Curtiss (Carroll HS, Texas)
  14. OF Granden Goetzman (Palmetto HS, Florida)
  15. 2B Phillip Evans (La Costa Canyon HS, California)
  16. 2B Johnny Eierman (Warsaw HS, Missouri)
  17. Texas State JR RHP Carson Smith
  18. 3B Tyler Goeddel (St. Francis HS, California)
  19. Miami-Dade CC SO OF Brian Goodwin
  20. OF Senquez Golson (Pascaagoula HS, Mississippi)
  21. Stony Brook JR RHP Nick Tropeano
  22. SS Tyler Greene (West Boca Raton HS, Florida)
  23. Georgia Tech JR 3B Matt Skole
  24. Vanderbilt JR 3B Jason Esposito

2011 MLB Draft Top 250 Big Board


  1. Rice JR 3B Anthony Rendon
  2. UCLA JR RHP Gerrit Cole
  3. RHP Dylan Bundy (Owasso HS, Oklahoma)
  4. UCLA JR RHP Trevor Bauer
  5. OF Bubba Starling (Gardner-Edgerton HS, Kansas)
  6. RHP Archie Bradley (Broken Arrow HS, Oklahoma)
  7. Vanderbilt JR RHP Sonny Gray
  8. RHP Taylor Guerrieri (North Augusta HS, South Carolina)
  9. Texas JR RHP Taylor Jungmann
  10. LHP Daniel Norris (Science Hill HS, Tennessee)
  11. Georgia Tech JR LHP Jed Bradley
  12. Virginia JR LHP Danny Hultzen
  13. Connecticut JR RHP Matt Barnes
  14. C Blake Swihart (Cleveland HS, New Mexico)
  15. SS Francisco Lindor (Montverde Academy, Florida)
  16. OF Josh Bell (Jesuit College Prep School, Texas)
  17. LHP Henry Owens (Edison HS, California)
  18. RHP Robert Stephenson (Alhambra HS, California)
  19. Kent State SO LHP Andrew Chafin
  20. Kentucky JR RHP Alex Meyer
  21. Oregon State SO C Andrew Susac
  22. OF Brandon Nimmo (Cheyenne East HS, Wyoming)
  23. Connecticut JR OF George Springer
  24. SS Trevor Story (Irving HS, Texas)
  25. 3B Javier Baez (Arlington County Day HS, Florida)
  26. RHP Jorge Lopez (Academia la Milagrosa, Puerto Rico)
  27. RHP Joe Ross (Bishop O’Dowd HS, California)
  28. RHP Michael Kelly (West Boca Raton Community HS, Florida)
  29. Utah JR 1B CJ Cron
  30. 1B Travis Harrison (Tustin HS, California)
  31. 3B Matt Dean (The Colony HS, Texas)
  32. Hawaii JR 2B Kolten Wong
  33. OF Granden Goetzman (Palmetto HS, Florida)
  34. North Carolina JR 2B Levi Michael
  35. Oregon JR LHP Tyler Anderson
  36. Oregon State JR LHP Josh Osich
  37. RHP Dillon Howard (Searcy HS, Arkansas)
  38. RHP John Curtiss (Carroll HS, Texas)
  39. 2B Phillip Evans (La Costa Canyon HS, California)
  40. 2B Johnny Eierman (Warsaw HS, Missouri)
  41. 3B Tyler Goeddel (St. Francis HS, California)
  42. Miami-Dade CC SO OF Brian Goodwin
  43. OF Senquez Golson (Pascaagoula HS, Mississippi)
  44. Louisiana State JR OF Mikie Mahtook
  45. Texas State JR RHP Carson Smith
  46. RHP Pat Connaughton (St. John’s Prep, Massachusetts)
  47. LHP Jake Cave (Kecoughtan HS, Virginia
  48. Oklahoma JR RHP Burch Smith
  49. Vanderbilt JR RHP Jack Armstrong
  50. Southern California JR RHP Austin Wood
  51. RHP Benton Moss (Rocky Mount HS, North Carolina)
  52. RHP Tyler Beede (Lawrence Academy, Massachusetts)
  53. SS Tyler Greene (West Boca Raton HS, Florida)
  54. Georgia Tech JR 3B Matt Skole
  55. Vanderbilt JR 3B Jason Esposito
  56. OF Carl Thomore (East Brunswick HS, New Jersey)
  57. C Eric Haase (Divine Child HS, Michigan)
  58. C Riley Moore (San Marcos HS, California)
  59. 1B Jacob Anderson (Chino HS, California)
  60. 1B Dan Vogelbach (Bishop Verot HS, Florida)
  61. RHP Kyle Smith (Santaluces HS, Florida):
  62. RHP Joe Musgrove (Grossmont HS, California)
  63. RHP Kyle Crick (Sherman HS, Texas)
  64. RHP Bryan Brickhouse (The Woodlands HS, Texas)
  65. RHP Dillon Maples (Pinecrest HS, North Carolina)
  66. RHP Jose Fernandez (Alonso HS, Florida)
  67. Clemson JR SS Brad Miller
  68. SS Brandon Martin (Santiago HS, California)
  69. TCU SO LHP Matt Purke
  70. OF Roman Quinn (Port St. Joe HS, Florida)
  71. OF Derek Fisher (Cedar Crest HS, Pennsylvania)
  72. Texas A&M JR RHP John Stilson
  73. 3B Jake Hager (Sierra Vista HS, Nevada)
  74. 3B Chris McFarland (Lufkin HS, Texas)
  75. Connecticut JR SS Nick Ahmed
  76. Alabama JR OF Taylor Dugas
  77. South Carolina JR OF Jackie Bradley
  78. TCU JR RHP Kyle Winkler
  79. Vanderbilt JR LHP Grayson Garvin
  80. Florida JR LHP Nick Maronde
  81. North Carolina State JR C Pratt Maynard
  82. RHP Nick Burdi (Downers Grove HS, Illinois)
  83. LHP Amir Garrett (Leuzinger HS, California)
  84. C Elvin Soto (Xaverian HS, New York)
  85. RHP Brandon Woodruff (Wheeler HS, Mississippi)
  86. RHP Kevin Comer (Seneca HS, New Jersey)
  87. Vanderbilt SR C Curt Casali
  88. Bethune-Cookman JR C Peter O’Brien
  89. Texas JR LHP Sam Stafford
  90. Southern Mississippi JR 3B BA Vollmuth
  91. C Garrett Boulware (TL Hanna HS, South Carolina)
  92. C Cameron Gallagher (Manheim Township HS, Pennsylvania)
  93. C Austin Hedges (JSerra HS, California)
  94. C Nicky Delmonico (Farragut HS, Tennessee)
  95. Arizona JR 3B Andy Burns
  96. Valparaiso JR OF Kyle Gaedele
  97. RHP Carson Baranik (Parkway HS, Louisiana)
  98. RHP Deshorn Lake (Menchville HS, Virginia)
  99. 2B Trent Gilbert (Torrance HS, California)
  100. OF Williams Jerez (Grand Street HS, New York)
  101. OF Ben Roberts (Missoula Sentinel HS, Montana)
  102. SS Julius Gaines (Luella HS, Georgia)
  103. 1B Dante Bichette (Orangewood Christian HS, Florida)
  104. Florida JR 1B Preston Tucker
  105. Miami JR 3B Harold Martinez
  106. RHP Hudson Boyd (South Ft. Myers HS, Florida)
  107. RHP Aaron Nola (Catholic HS, Louisiana)
  108. Stony Brook JR RHP Nick Tropeano
  109. LHP Andy Suarez (Columbus HS, Florida)
  110. Florida State JR LHP Sean Gilmartin
  111. LHP Cody Kukuk (Free State HS, Kansas)
  112. RHP Jake Reed (Helix HS, California)
  113. RHP Matt Troupe (Northridge HS, California)
  114. Texas Christian JR OF Jason Coats
  115. Coastal Carolina JR SS Taylor Motter
  116. Indiana JR OF Alex Dickerson
  117. 1B Kevin Cron (Mountain Pointe HS, Arizona)
  118. OF Dwight Smith (McIntosh HS, Georgia)
  119. OF Larry Greene (Berrien HS, Georgia)
  120. OF Mason Robbins (George County HS, Mississippi)
  121. OF Billy Flamion (Central Catholic HS, California)
  122. Johnson County CC SO RHP Vince Spilker
  123. Georgia Tech JR RHP Mark Pope
  124. Baylor JR RHP Logan Verrett
  125. Texas JR SS Brandon Loy
  126. Vanderbilt SR 1B Aaron Westlake
  127. Miami SO OF Zeke DeVoss
  128. Indian River State College SO 2B Corey Spangenberg
  129. St. John’s JR 2B Joe Panik
  130. Coastal Carolina JR RHP Anthony Meo
  131. Vanderbilt JR RHP Navery Moore
  132. Louisville JR 2B Ryan Wright
  133. Santa Fe CC FR OF Trey Griffin
  134. Central Arizona CC SO OF Keenyn Walker
  135. 3B Taylor Sparks (St. John Bosco HS, California)
  136. 2B Shon Carson (Lake City HS, South Carolina)
  137. 2B Christian Lopes (Edison HS, California)
  138. SS Connor Barron (Sumrall HS, Mississippi)
  139. Oregon JR RHP Scott McGough
  140. OF James Harris (Oakland Technical HS, California)
  141. UC Irvine JR RHP Matt Summers
  142. 1B Rookie Davis (Dixon HS, North Carolina)
  143. 1B Wallace Gonzalez (Bishop Amat HS, California)
  144. Southern California JR 1B Ricky Oropesa
  145. RHP Dylan Davis (Redmond HS, Washington)
  146. RHP Christian Montgomery (Lawrence Central HS, Indiana)
  147. RHP Michael Cederoth (Steele Canyon HS, California)
  148. Clemson SO RHP Kevin Brady
  149. Gonzaga JR LHP Ryan Carpenter
  150. Cal State Fullerton JR RHP Noe Ramirez
  151. Wichita State JR LHP Charlie Lowell
  152.  RHP Jordan Cote (Winnisquam HS, New Hampshire)
  153. RHP Mason Hope (Broken Arrow HS, Oklahoma)
  154. RHP Michael Fulmer (Deer Creek HS, Oklahoma)
  155. Rice JR OF Jeremy Rathjen
  156. San Diego JR C Zach Kometani
  157. C Tyler Marlette (Hagerty HS, Florida)
  158. North Carolina JR C Jacob Stallings
  159. Western Kentucky SO OF Kes Carter
  160. Long Beach State JR RHP Andrew Gagnon
  161. Loyola Marymount JR LHP Jason Wheeler
  162. Cal State Fullerton JR RHP Tyler Pill
  163. Southern Cal JR RHP Andrew Triggs
  164. Louisville JR RHP Tony Zych
  165. Washington State JR LHP Adam Conley
  166. Hawaii JR RHP Lenny Linsky
  167. Central Florida SO OF Ronnie Richardson
  168. Kansas State JR OF Nick Martini
  169. Arizona State JR OF Johnny Ruettiger
  170. Nebraska JR 3B Cody Asche
  171. Oklahoma JR C Tyler Ogle
  172. OF Josh Tobias (Southeast Guilford HS, North Carolina)
  173. Coastal Carolina JR 2B Tommy La Stella
  174. RHP Adrian Houser (Locust Grove HS, Oklahoma)
  175. RHP Kody Watts (Skyview HS, Washington)
  176. LHP Adam McCreery (Bonita HS, California)
  177. RHP Hawtin Buchanan (Biloxi HS, Mississippi)
  178. C Grayson Greiner (Blythewood HS, South Carolina)
  179. Washington State JR 1B Taylor Ard
  180. McNeese State JR 2B Jace Peterson
  181. 3B Matt Papi (Tunkhannock HS, Pennsylvania)
  182. OF Sean Trent (Bishop Moore Catholic HS, Florida)
  183. Clemson JR OF Will Lamb
  184. Texas SO OF Cohl Walla
  185. Wichita State SO 1B Johnny Coy
  186. Pittsburgh SR C Kevan Smith
  187. Arkansas JR C James McCann
  188. Georgia JR OF Zach Cone
  189. Virginia JR C John Hicks
  190. James Madison JR C Jake Lowery
  191. 3B Nicholas Howard (St. John’s College HS, Washington DC)
  192. RHP Jerrick Suiter (Valparaiso HS, Indiana)
  193. RHP Ricky Jacquez (Franklin HS, Texas)
  194. RHP Jake Junis (Rock Falls HS, Illinois)
  195. Green River CC SO RHP Cody Hebner
  196. Oklahoma State JR LHP Chris Marlowe
  197. Miami-Dade CC SO RHP Jharel Cotton
  198. Rice SR LHP Tony Cingrani
  199. Texas A&M JR RHP Ross Stripling
  200. Stanford JR LHP Chris Reed
  201. Kentucky JR RHP Braden Kapteyn
  202. Villanova RHP Kyle McMyne
  203. Oregon JR RHP Madison Boer
  204. Alabama JR LHP Adam Morgan
  205. California JR RHP Erik Johnson
  206. OF Shawon Dunston (Valley Christian HS, California)
  207. OF Charles Tilson (New Trier HS, Illinois)
  208. 2B Dante Flores (St. John Bosco HS, California)
  209. 2B TJ Costen (First Colonial HS, Virginia)
  210. Clemson SR OF Jeff Schaus
  211. Arizona JR C Jett Bandy
  212. C Greg Bird (Grandview HS, Colorado)
  213. C Brandon Sedell (American Heritage HS, Florida)
  214. RHP Tayler Scott (Notre Dame Prep, Arizona)
  215. LHP Kevin Matthews (Richmond Hill HS, Georgia)
  216. RHP Ryan Keller (West Ranch HS, California)
  217. RHP Danny Keller (Newbury Park HS, California)
  218. North Carolina State JR RHP Cory Mazzoni
  219. Virginia SR RHP Tyler Wilson
  220. Kansas JR RHP Colton Murray
  221. Santa Clara JR RHP JR Graham
  222. Stanford JR LHP Brett Mooneyham
  223. Texas JR RHP Austin Dicharry
  224. Vanderbilt SR RHP Taylor Hill
  225. LHP Philip Pfeifer (Farragut HS, Tennessee)
  226. LHP Stephen Tarpley (Gilbert HS, Arizona)
  227. LHP Dillon Peters (Cathedral HS, Indiana)
  228. 3B Austin Slater (The Bolles School, Florida)
  229. 1B Ryan Krill (Portage Central HS, Michigan)
  230. Clemson JR 3B John Hinson
  231. Texas State JR 3B Kyle Kubitza
  232. OF Tyler Gibson (Stratford Academy, Georgia)
  233. OF John Norwood (Seton Hall Prep HS, New Jersey)
  234. TCU JR SS Taylor Featherston
  235. Cal State Fullerton JR 1B Nick Ramirez
  236. North Carolina State JR 1B Harold Riggins
  237. TCU SO 3B Jantzen Witte
  238. Virginia JR 3B Steven Proscia
  239. OF Gabriel Rosa (International Baseball Academy, Puerto Rico)
  240. Arizona State JR 2B Zack MacPhee
  241. SS Drake Roberts (Brenham HS, Texas)
  242. SS Mikal Hill (Mallard Creek HS, North Carolina)
  243. 3B Patrick Leonard (St. Thomas HS, Texas)
  244. 3B Hunter Cole (Moore HS, South Carolina)
  245. RHP Taylor Nunez (Salmen HS, Louisiana)
  246. RHP Cole Wiper (Newport HS, Washington)
  247. Dayton JR LHP Cameron Hobson
  248. Oregon State JR RHP Sam Gaviglio
  249. Merced JC FR RHP Jake Sisco
  250. Johnson County CC SO RHP Jeff Soptic

2011 MLB Draft Top 150 Pitching Prospects

  1. UCLA JR RHP Gerrit Cole
  2. RHP Dylan Bundy (Owasso HS, Oklahoma)
  3. UCLA JR RHP Trevor Bauer
  4. RHP Archie Bradley (Broken Arrow HS, Oklahoma)
  5. Vanderbilt JR RHP Sonny Gray
  6. RHP Taylor Guerrieri (North Augusta HS, South Carolina)
  7. Texas JR RHP Taylor Jungmann
  8. LHP Daniel Norris (Science Hill HS, Tennessee)
  9. Georgia Tech JR LHP Jed Bradley
  10. Virginia JR LHP Danny Hultzen
  11. Connecticut JR RHP Matt Barnes
  12. LHP Henry Owens (Edison HS, California)
  13. RHP Robert Stephenson (Alhambra HS, California)
  14. Kent State SO LHP Andrew Chafin
  15. Kentucky JR RHP Alex Meyer
  16. RHP Jorge Lopez (Academia la Milagrosa, Puerto Rico)
  17. RHP Joe Ross (Bishop O’Dowd HS, California)
  18. RHP Michael Kelly (West Boca Raton Community HS, Florida)
  19. Oregon JR LHP Tyler Anderson
  20. Oregon State JR LHP Josh Osich
  21. RHP Dillon Howard (Searcy HS, Arkansas)
  22. RHP John Curtiss (Carroll HS, Texas)
  23. Texas State JR RHP Carson Smith
  24. RHP Pat Connaughton (St. John’s Prep, Massachusetts)
  25. LHP Jake Cave (Kecoughtan HS, Virginia)
  26. Oklahoma JR RHP Burch Smith
  27. Vanderbilt JR RHP Jack Armstrong
  28. Southern California JR RHP Austin Wood
  29. RHP Benton Moss (Rocky Mount HS, North Carolina)
  30. RHP Tyler Beede (Lawrence Academy, Massachusetts)
  31. RHP Kyle Smith (Santaluces HS, Florida):
  32. RHP Joe Musgrove (Grossmont HS, California)
  33. RHP Kyle Crick (Sherman HS, Texas)
  34. RHP Bryan Brickhouse (The Woodlands HS, Texas)
  35. RHP Dillon Maples (Pinecrest HS, North Carolina)
  36. RHP Jose Fernandez (Alonso HS, Florida)
  37. TCU SO LHP Matt Purke
  38. Texas A&M JR RHP John Stilson
  39.  TCU JR RHP Kyle Winkler
  40. Vanderbilt JR LHP Grayson Garvin
  41. Florida JR LHP Nick Maronde
  42. RHP Nick Burdi (Downers Grove HS, Illinois)
  43. LHP Amir Garrett (Leuzinger HS, California)
  44. RHP Brandon Woodruff (Wheeler HS, Mississippi)
  45. RHP Kevin Comer (Seneca HS, New Jersey)
  46. Texas JR LHP Sam Stafford
  47. RHP Carson Baranik (Parkway HS, Louisiana)
  48. RHP Deshorn Lake (Menchville HS, Virginia)
  49. RHP Hudson Boyd (South Ft. Myers HS, Florida)
  50. RHP Aaron Nola (Catholic HS, Louisiana)
  51. Stony Brook JR RHP Nick Tropeano
  52. LHP Andy Suarez (Columbus HS, Florida)
  53. Florida State JR LHP Sean Gilmartin
  54. LHP Cody Kukuk (Free State HS, Kansas)
  55. RHP Jake Reed (Helix HS, California)
  56. RHP Matt Troupe (Northridge HS, California)
  57. Johnson County CC SO RHP Vince Spilker
  58. Georgia Tech JR RHP Mark Pope
  59. Baylor JR RHP Logan Verrett
  60. Coastal Carolina JR RHP Anthony Meo
  61. Vanderbilt JR RHP Navery Moore
  62. Oregon JR RHP Scott McGough
  63. UC Irvine JR RHP Matt Summers
  64. RHP Dylan Davis (Redmond HS, Washington)
  65. RHP Christian Montgomery (Lawrence Central HS, Indiana)
  66. RHP Michael Cederoth (Steele Canyon HS, California)
  67. Clemson SO RHP Kevin Brady
  68. Gonzaga JR LHP Ryan Carpenter
  69. Cal State Fullerton JR RHP Noe Ramirez
  70. Wichita State JR LHP Charlie Lowell
  71.  RHP Jordan Cote (Winnisquam HS, New Hampshire)
  72. RHP Mason Hope (Broken Arrow HS, Oklahoma)
  73. RHP Michael Fulmer (Deer Creek HS, Oklahoma)
  74. Long Beach State JR RHP Andrew Gagnon
  75. Loyola Marymount JR LHP Jason Wheeler
  76. Cal State Fullerton JR RHP Tyler Pill
  77. Southern Cal JR RHP Andrew Triggs
  78. Louisville JR RHP Tony Zych
  79. Washington State JR LHP Adam Conley
  80. Hawaii JR RHP Lenny Linsky
  81. RHP Adrian Houser (Locust Grove HS, Oklahoma)
  82. RHP Kody Watts (Skyview HS, Washington)
  83. LHP Adam McCreery (Bonita HS, California)
  84. RHP Hawtin Buchanan (Biloxi HS, Mississippi)
  85. RHP Jerrick Suiter (Valparaiso HS, Indiana)
  86. RHP Ricky Jacquez (Franklin HS, Texas)
  87. RHP Jake Junis (Rock Falls HS, Illinois)
  88. Green River CC SO RHP Cody Hebner
  89. Oklahoma State JR LHP Chris Marlowe
  90. Miami-Dade CC SO RHP Jharel Cotton
  91. Rice SR LHP Tony Cingrani
  92. Texas A&M JR RHP Ross Stripling
  93. Stanford JR LHP Chris Reed
  94. Kentucky JR RHP Braden Kapteyn
  95. Villanova RHP Kyle McMyne
  96. Oregon JR RHP Madison Boer
  97. Alabama JR LHP Adam Morgan
  98. California JR RHP Erik Johnson
  99. RHP Tayler Scott (Notre Dame Prep, Arizona)
  100. LHP Kevin Matthews (Richmond Hill HS, Georgia)
  101. RHP Ryan Keller (West Ranch HS, California)
  102. RHP Danny Keller (Newbury Park HS, California)
  103. North Carolina State JR RHP Cory Mazzoni
  104. Virginia SR RHP Tyler Wilson
  105. Kansas JR RHP Colton Murray
  106. Santa Clara JR RHP JR Graham
  107. Stanford JR LHP Brett Mooneyham
  108. Texas JR RHP Austin Dicharry
  109. Vanderbilt SR RHP Taylor Hill
  110. LHP Philip Pfeifer (Farragut HS, Tennessee)
  111. LHP Stephen Tarpley (Gilbert HS, Arizona)
  112. LHP Dillon Peters (Cathedral HS, Indiana)
  113. RHP Taylor Nunez (Salmen HS, Louisiana)
  114. RHP Cole Wiper (Newport HS, Washington)
  115. Dayton JR LHP Cameron Hobson
  116. Oregon State JR RHP Sam Gaviglio
  117. Merced JC FR RHP Jake Sisco
  118. Johnson County CC SO RHP Jeff Soptic
  119. Kansas State JR RHP Evan Marshall
  120. Indiana State JR RHP Colin Rea
  121. Lower Columbia JC SO RHP Jeff Ames
  122. RHP Thomas Robson (Delta SS, British Columbia)
  123. RHP Austin Robichaux (Notre Dame HS, Louisiana)
  124. RHP Vaughn Covington (Killarney SS, British Columbia)
  125. RHP Gandy Stubblefield (Lufkin HS, Texas)
  126. Mississippi JR RHP David Goforth
  127. RHP Matt Wisler (Bryan HS, Ohio)
  128. RHP Koby Gauna (St. John Bosco HS, California)
  129. Georgia Southern JR RHP Matt Murray
  130. South Carolina SO RHP Matt Price
  131. Georgia JR RHP Michael Palazzone
  132. Florida JR RHP Tommy Toledo
  133. Notre Dame SR RHP Brian Dupra
  134. LHP Zakery Qualls (Rancho HS, Nevada)
  135. RHP Tyler Arthur (Lexington Catholic HS, Kentucky)
  136. RHP Matt Spalding (St. Xavier HS, Kentucky)
  137. RHP Dakota Freese (Washington HS, Iowa)
  138. Gonzaga SR RHP Cody Martin
  139. Santa Barbara CC SO LHP Kylin Turnbull
  140. RHP Clay Holmes (Slocomb HS, Alabama)
  141. LHP Daniel Camarena
  142. LHP Blake Snell (Shorewood HS, Washington)
  143. Oxnard CC FR RHP Jesus Valdez
  144. Mississippi JR LHP Matt Crouse
  145. LHP Carlos Rodon (Holly Springs HS, North Carolina)
  146. Cal Poly JR RHP Jeff Johnson
  147. Longwood JR RHP Mark Montgomery
  148. Minnesota SR RHP Scott Matyas
  149. TCU JR RHP Erik Miller
  150. Catawba JR RHP JJ (Jordan) Jankowski

Final 2011 MLB Draft College Pitcher Rankings

1. UCLA JR RHP Gerrit Cole: 92-96 FB, peak 97-99; FB is true plus-plus pitch but gets in trouble when command slips; holds velocity exceptionally well; hits upper-90s at will; 92-94 two-seam FB; plus 81-85 added velocity to become outstanding 86-90 SL this summer; excellent sinking 83-87 hard CU with plus upside; 89-91 cutter; love the Max Scherzer comp; 6-4, 215

2. UCLA JR RHP Trevor Bauer: 88-92 FB, peak 93-94; began to hit 95-96 this past fall, has said he’ll hit 98 at some point; currently sitting 91-93, 95 consistent peak; plus 72-78 CB that he leans on heavily; good 80-84 CU; any one (and often more than one) of his 78-82 SL, cutter, 84-89 screwball/reverse slider, or 84-86 splitter is a plus pitch on a given day

3. Vanderbilt JR RHP Sonny Gray: plus FB in mid-90s (92-97) with excellent movement; currently rarely dips below 93-96 with nice sink; 81-85 plus to plus-plus CB; average command that comes and goes; 84-87 SL can be a weapon in time; 82-85 CU slow to emerge, but now a weapon more often than not; plus athlete; 5-11, 180

4. Texas JR RHP Taylor Jungmann: has touched 96-99, but regularly sits low-90s (91-93); new reports have him 92-95; can still reach back and crank upper-90s (like on opening day 2011), but sits most comfortably 92-93, occasionally dipping to 89-91; plus FB command; good sink on FB; plus 75-78 CB; plus CB command; good 85-87 CU; good SL; love the Jered Weaver comp

5. Georgia Tech JR LHP Jed Bradley: 88-92 FB with plus life and good sink, pretty steady peak up at 94-96; loves to cut the FB; has sat 91-93 at times; holds velocity late; good sink on FB; average 80-84 SL that flashes plus when velocity gets up to 86-87; good 77-79 CB; plus 79-83 CU that he has worked very hard on, but sometimes goes away from for too long; both the SL and CB are very inconsistent offerings; 6-4, 200 pounds

6. Virginia JR LHP Danny Hultzen: plus command of all pitches; 88-91, will definitely touch 94; velocity jump due to 20 pounds of added muscle since high school, currently sitting 91-93, peaking 94-95; will throw upper-80s two-seam FB with good sink; 77-78 CB; plus 78-82 CU; quality 82-85 SL that he leans on at times

7. Connecticut JR RHP Matt Barnes: 90-93 FB, 95-96 peak; has hit 97-98 in past; great movement on FB; great FB command; holds velocity well, still hitting 90-92 late; good 82-84 CU that gets better every time out; 72-76 CB that is now firmed up enough that  it is a potential plus 75-80 CB; 78-83 SL with plus upside, but doesn’t use it often; work needs to be on delivery and command of offspeed stuff; some debate on whether CB or SL is better breaking pitch, a good sign; uses CB more to get outs on balls in play, SL for swings and misses; 6-4, 200

8. Kent State SO LHP Andrew Chafin: missed 2010 after Tommy John surgery; 89-93 FB, 94-95 peak; potential plus 81-83 SL that is a big league ready pitch; very good CU; command slowly coming on after surgery

9. Kentucky JR RHP Alex Meyer: sitting 93-97 FB, dips closer to 92-94 later in games; inconsistent but plus 84-86 spike CB that works like a SL; 79-86 CU that flashes above-average when he throws it with more velocity; 92-93 two-seamer; all about command and control – if it is on, he’s incredibly tough to hit; FB is plus-plus down in zone, very hittable when left up; mechanical tweaks are likely needed; 6-9, 220

10. Oregon JR LHP Tyler Anderson: 88-92 FB, 93-95 peak; well above-average FB command; good 76-84 SL that is better when thrown in low-80s; average 80-83 CU that flashes plus but isn’t used enough; good 75-78 CB; good pitchability; repeats delivery well; good control; holds velocity well; 6-4, 215

11. Oregon State JR LHP Josh Osich: Tommy John survivor still capable of throwing 94-98 FB; has been consistently sitting 93-95, peaking 97-98; really good 79-82 CU that he relies on heavily; below-average 79-83 SL, but was solid pitch before surgery and is beginning to show signs of life once mroe; can’t wait to see return of CB; much better at holding velocity as season progressed, 90-94 late in games

12. Texas State JR RHP Carson Smith: very good athlete; 91-93 FB with great sink, 94-95 peak; sits 95-98 out of bullpen, 91-94 as starter; above-average potential with SL; CU with plus potential; commands CB well; 6-5, 215

13. Oklahoma JR RHP Burch Smith: starts hot with 95-96 sitting FB, but loses velocity and finishes 88-90; typically sits low-90s; 83-87 SL that flashes plus; good 79-80 CU; 6-3, 200

14. Vanderbilt JR RHP Jack Armstrong: 91-93 FB sitting, 94-97 peak; 80-82 flashes plus CU; 81-82 CB with promise but slow to develop due to injuries; clean mechanics; finally healthy, CB better than ever; 6-7, 230 pounds

15. Southern California JR RHP Austin Wood: 92-94 FB, 95-96 peak; interesting SL; emerging 80-82 CU that still needs work; average CB; 6-4, 215

16. TCU SO LHP Matt Purke: originally ranked 8th overall, but injury scare drops him; at his best throws 91-95 FB, 96-97 peak; command of FB needs work; potential plus 77-79 CU; solid CB; has shown plus 76-83 SL, but doesn’t use it anymore; SL was inconsistent, but best in upper-80s; plus makeup; sat 88-92 to start 2011, now down to upper-80s; loses feel for offspeed stuff quickly; 6-4, 180

17. Texas A&M JR RHP John Stilson: originally ranked 9th overall, but injury scare drops him; 92-95 FB, 97-98 peak out of bullpen; as starter sitting 92-94, 95 peak; plus 80-83 CU, but using it less in 2011; emerging 81 SL with plus upside; good athlete; holds velocity really well; using more of 78-82 CB; good all-around four-pitch mix; starts 92-94, have seen 91-93 FB late in games; up to 88 SL

18. TCU JR RHP Kyle Winkler: 89-92 FB; peak 93-94; FB is plus pitch because of movement; loses velocity early, falling to upper-80s; good deception in delivery; plus 86-88 sinker; decent 88 cutter; decent 75-76 CB that has largely been phases out in favor of cutter and SL; 81-83 SL that needs tons of work; SL gained velocity and now flashes plus-plus at 85-89; quality low-80s CU with plus upside, now more consistently plus; 5-11, 195 pounds

19. Vanderbilt JR LHP Grayson Garvin: started 87-89 FB, 90-91 peak; sitting 89-92 now, 93-95 peak; good FB command; 70-73 CB with upside if thrown harder; now up to 73-75 and above-average pitch; average 77-80 CU with room for improvement, could be plus in time; cutter; SL; good athlete; outstanding control; 6-6, 220

20. Florida JR LHP Nick Maronde: 90-91 FB, peak 93 as starter; now sitting 93-95, 96 peak out of bullpen; plus low-80s SL that he doesn’t use enough; CB; good 81 CU; relieved in college, but I like him as a starter; 6-3, 200

21. Texas JR LHP Sam Stafford: 88-92 FB, peak 94-95; FB command issues hold him back; holds velocity well; good 80-85 SL; 73-78 CB is ahead of SL; average 83-85 CU; 6-4, 190

22. Stony Brook JR RHP Nick Tropeano: 87-88, tops out at 90-91 with FB; velocity up a tick this year; better sink on FB; very good CU; very good SL with plus upside; advanced feel for pitching; relies very heavily on CU; 6-4, 205 pounds

23. Florida State JR LHP Sean Gilmartin: 87-89 FB, peak 91-92; sweeping 73-77 above-average CB that he has deemphasized in favor of CU and SL; very good 74-76 CU that keeps improving; 80-81 SL could be average pitch with time; good athlete; good hitter; 6-2, 190

24. Johnson County CC SO RHP Vince Spilker: 96 peak FB; good CB; solid or better CU

25. Georgia Tech JR RHP Mark Pope: upper-80s two-seamer with great sink; 90-91 four-seamer that hits 92; scrapped CB for emerging low-80s SL with plus upside that is gaining consistency; still uses slower mid-70s CB occasionally; straight 80-84 CU; great athlete; much improved command in 2011; 6-2, 205

26. Baylor JR RHP Logan Verrett: very good command when on; sitting 89-91, 92-94 peak FB with sink; good 77-79 CU with fade; big-time CB; uses 82-85 SL with plus potential more in 2011; good athlete; relies most heavily on FB/SL, with occasional CU and very rare CB; 6-3, 185

27. Coastal Carolina JR RHP Anthony Meo: last summer showed 89-94 FB with good life; now sitting 92-93, 96-97 peak that comes often; flashed plus 78-85 SL that is now plus-plus SL up to 87-90; 82-86 CB; occasional average straight 84-85 CU; 6-2, 185

28. Vanderbilt JR RHP Navery Moore: 92-96 plus FB, 99 peak; plus 81-84 SL that comes and goes; flashes plus CB; iffy control; Tommy John survivor; very occasional CU; “Intergalactic” is his closer music; has the stuff to start, but teams might not risk it from a health and delivery standpoint; 6-2, 205

29. Oregon JR RHP Scott McGough: 90-92 FB, peak 94-95; 78-79 CB; raw 83 CU; above-average 78-83 SL that flashes plus; potential plus 82-85 CU that is still very raw; working on splitter; great athlete; 6-1, 185

30. UC Irvine JR RHP Matt Summers: straight 90-93 FB, 96 peak; good 78-81 CU; flashes plus low-80s SL; plus athlete; average high-70s to low-80s CB

31. Clemson SO RHP Kevin Brady: straight 90-92 FB, touches 94-95; good FB command; good, but inconsistent SL; occasional CB; improved CU; offered third round deal from Red Sox out of high school; 6-3, 205

32. Gonzaga JR LHP Ryan Carpenter: at one time threw a heavy 92-94 FB, touching 95 with movement; now sits upper-80s, with rare peak of 92; above-average 81-82 SL, dominant at times; inconsistent but quickly improving 77-78 CU; low-70s CB that he uses very sparingly; 6-5, 225 pounds

33. Cal State Fullerton JR RHP Noe Ramirez: once straight 85-90 FB with occasional hard sink is now more consistently 88-92 (93 peak) with more consistent, more drastic sink; delivery is deceptive and adds miles to the FB; plus FB command; plus-plus 82-84 CU learned from Ricky Romero; paid it forward by helping Gerrit Cole with his CU grip; emerging 75-80 SL that has put on velocity and is now 82-85; SL is good but inconsistent; shaky command of offspeed pitches; 6-3, 180

34. Wichita State JR LHP Charlie Lowell: 89-92 FB, 93-94 peak; above-average SL; solid CU; 6-4, 235

35. Long Beach State JR RHP Andrew Gagnon: 89-91 FB, has hit 93-94; once promising slurvy breaking ball has turned into above-average 82-85 SL; rapidly improving 85-86 CU that is now at least an average pitch; plus command; 78-82 CB; breaking ball command an issue; 6-2, 188 pounds

36. Loyola Marymount JR LHP Jason Wheeler: 87-90, 92-93 peak FB with above-average movement; cutter; developing 76-81 CU that is now pretty good; inconsistent 74-81 SL; good athlete; 6-6, 260

37. Cal State Fullerton JR RHP Tyler Pill: 89-92 FB; very good 77-78 CB; plus command; quality 82 CU; great athlete; holds velocity well, 88-89 late; 6-1, 185 pounds

38. Southern Cal JR RHP Andrew Triggs: 94-95 peak FB; velocity way down in 2011, starting 89-91 with really good sink and falling to 84-86 late in some games; good 73-75 CB; also shows promise with SL; occasional 78-81 CU; Tommy John surgery in high school; 6-3, 210

39. Louisville JR RHP Tony Zych: heavy 90-93 FB with sink, 95-98 peak; velocity up and sitting 93-96 now; plus 84-87 SL; violent delivery; good athlete; 6-3, 190

40. Washington State JR LHP Adam Conley: 86-88 FB; peaks at 90-92; up to 94 out of bullpen this spring; hits 95-96 when amped up; above-average 79-83 CU; very rare CB that has now been phased out; SL being added and now used a lot; great command; 6-3, 175 pounds; big peak FB could have been opening day juice; sitting more often 88-92; 6-3, 190 pounds

41. Hawaii JR RHP Lenny Linsky: 94-97 peak FB with plus sink; plus upper-80s cut SL

42. Green River CC SO RHP Cody Hebner: 90-94 FB, 97 peak; shows above-average SL and CU; good athlete; 6-0, 160

43. Oklahoma State JR LHP Chris Marlowe: 89-92 FB, more commonly 91-93, legit 94-95 peak; plus-plus 83-87 SL that he leans on; plus 80-82 CU; great athlete; 6-0, 175

44. Miami-Dade CC SO RHP Jharel Cotton: low-90s FB; very good to plus 80-81 CU; good CB; turned down low six-figures from Dodgers last year; native of Virgin Islands; 5-11, 190

45. Rice SR LHP Tony Cingrani: was 88-90 FB, now sitting low-90s with revamped delivery with 94-96 peak; plus CU; above-average at times CB; 6-4, 190 pounds

46. Texas A&M JR RHP Ross Stripling: 90-94 FB; plus CB that he uses a ton; good athlete

47. Stanford JR LHP Chris Reed: 89-92 FB, sits 92-94 as reliever; good low-80s SL; emerging CU; 6-4, 205

48. Kentucky JR RHP Braden Kapteyn: 89-94 FB; hard 88 SL; potential above-average CU; lots of moving parts in delivery; great hitter; 6-4, 215 pounds

49. Villanova RHP Kyle McMyne: 92-94 FB, peak 96; above-average 82-84 SL that he relies on; sitting 94-96 in early going of 2011; flashes above-average 75-78 CB that works best as show-me pitch; occasional CU; 6-0, 210 pounds

50. Oregon JR RHP Madison Boer: 90-93 FB, 94-96 peak; two-seamer with good sink; good low- to mid-80s SL that flashes plus; wildly inconsistent CU, good when on and unusable when bad; good control, iffy command; occasional CB; 6-4, 215

51. Alabama JR LHP Adam Morgan: 86-90 FB, can hit 91-92 but not often; plus CB; good CU that keeps getting better; plus command; 6-1, 180 pounds

52. California JR RHP Erik Johnson: heavy 90-92 FB, 93-94 peak; emerging 76-78 CB that is now a weapon; 81-84 CU needs work, but is now plus pitch with added velo; command needs work; decent 85-88 SL that could also be a cutter; no sure fire plus offering; 6-3, 240 pounds

53. North Carolina State JR RHP Cory Mazzoni: 88-91 FB, touching 92; SL; good 70-76 CB; emerging splitter used as CU; good command; 6-1, 200 pounds

54. Virginia SR RHP Tyler Wilson: Wilson’s solid three-pitch mix (88-90 fastball, good sinking 80-82 change, average low-80s slider) gives credence to the idea he has value either in the bullpen or as a starter. Fastball plays up in short bursts (94 peak). 6-2, 190

55. Kansas JR RHP Colton Murray: heavy 91-94 FB, 95 peak FB; good cutter; plus 82-84 SL; decent CU; violent delivery; love the development of breaking pitch from CB to SL over three college seasons; 6-3, 220 pounds

56. Santa Clara JR RHP JR Graham: 94-98 peak; average 83-85 SL with plus potential but still very inconsistent like the Billy Wagner get me over slider; developing sinker; has hit 100-101; really shown improvement with CU; 6-0, 180

57. Stanford JR LHP Brett Mooneyham: 88-90 FB, 91-92 peak; sits 90-92 now; also seen 87-91; weak FB this summer at 86-88, 90 peak; average 78-80 SL; good 75-78 CB; good CU; 6-5; improved cutter; missed 2011 season due to finger injury

58. Texas JR RHP Austin Dicharry: 89-92 FB, 94 peak; very good CB; plus CU; missed lots of time throughout college career due to injury; 6-4, 200 pounds

59. Vanderbilt SR RHP Taylor Hill: 88-91 FB with plus sink, 93-94 peak that I’ve seen with my own two eyes, have heard rumors of him hitting 95; 79-85 plus SL; very good 78-83 sinking CU also called a splitter; mechanics need smoothing out; 6-4, 225 pounds

60. Dayton JR LHP Cameron Hobson: 87-91 FB with movement, sitting closer to 90-92 this year; good SL; solid CB; developing CU with potential; plus makeup; 6-1, 205 pounds

61. Oregon State JR RHP Sam Gaviglio: 89-91 FB with plus sink, mostly 87-88; really heavy ball; above-average hard 78-81 SL; developing 78-79 CU that flashes plus; plus command; 6-1, 180 pounds

62. Merced JC FR RHP Jake Sisco: 92-93 FB, 95 peak; 6-3, 200

63. Johnson County CC SO RHP Jeff Soptic: 93-96 FB, 98-100 peak; flashes plus 83-84 SL; average CU on his best day; control issues; 6-6, 200

64. Kansas State JR RHP Evan Marshall: 93-94 FB, 96 peak; plus SL; 6-1, 210

65. Indiana State JR RHP Colin Rea: 91-92 FB, 94 peak; solid CU

66. Lower Columbia JC SO RHP Jeff Ames: 92-95 FB, 97 peak; plus movement on FB; inconsistent offspeed stuff

67. Mississippi JR RHP David Goforth: 93-96 straight FB; has hit 97-99 in relief; average 79-83 SL that flashes plus; occasional CU; max effort delivery; good athlete; poor command; new 88-91 cutter has been effective; has been up to 98-100 in 2011; 5-11, 185

68. Georgia Southern JR RHP Matt Murray: 88-92 FB with heavy sink; ground ball machine; solid upper-70s SL; better than solid CU that has come on a lot since getting to school; CB; 6-4, 240 pounds

69. South Carolina SO RHP Matt Price: no plus pitch; really like his low-80s SL; CB; 89-92 FB; also like his CU quite a bit

70. Georgia JR RHP Michael Palazzone: 92 peak FB; plus CU; solid CB

71. Florida JR RHP Tommy Toledo: coming back from arm injury; 88-91 FB; took line drive off of face in 2010; 91-93 back and healthy; command comes and goes; really nice breaking stuff

72. Notre Dame SR RHP Brian Dupra: 91-95 FB; 88-91 cutter; good 79-81 SL; CU; 6-3, 205 pounds

73. Gonzaga SR RHP Cody Martin: 88-90 FB, sitting 92-93 out of bullpen; good 70-75 slurve-like CB that is much better as a firmer mid-70s CB in 2011; good 86 CU

74. Santa Barbara CC SO LHP Kylin Turnbull: 88-92 FB, 94 peak; loses velocity early; above-average low-80s splitter; SL need work; 6-4, 200

75. Oxnard CC FR RHP Jesus Valdez: 90-92 FB, 94 peak; good SL; emerging CU; 6-3, 180

76. Mississippi JR LHP Matt Crouse: 86-88 FB, rare 91-92 peak; above-average CB that he leans on heavily; good CU; very projectable, but mechanics need cleaning up; 6-4, 185 pounds; stuff down this spring

77. Cal Poly JR RHP Jeff Johnson: 92-95 peak FB; nasty 86-88 splitter; two pitch pitcher makes it work; 6-0, 200

78. Longwood JR RHP Mark Montgomery: 88-92 FB; peak 94; hard 82-84 SL with plus upside; really consistent numbers over three years; 6-0, 205 pounds

79. Minnesota SR RHP Scott Matyas: sits 88-91, 94 peak FB; above-average low-70s CB; good cutter; good command; mixes in upper-70s CU; really good athlete; 6-4, 220; Tommy John survivor

80. TCU JR RHP Erik Miller: 87-91 at new arm angle, 93-94 peak; good sink; good SL; good 81 CB; average CU; strong three year track record; has relieved, but could be seen as starter; 6-3, 210; Tommy John survivor

81. Catawba JR RHP JJ (Jordan) Jankowski: 88-92 FB with sink; above-average 80-81 SL; solid mid-70s CB that I really like; sinking mid-70s CU; low-70s splitter; 6-1, 200; transferred from Miami (Ohio); really good junior year numbers as starting pitcher; also has experience as catcher where I liked him better when I saw him in high school

82. Mississippi State JR RHP Devin Jones: low-90s FB, peaking at 93; 87-88 two-seamer with great sink; 82-84 SL could be plus pitch; CU is work in progress; breaking stuff hasn’t quite developed as hoped, but still peaks 94-95 with FB; 6-4, 180 pounds

83. Louisiana State JR RHP Matty Ott: 87-89 FB; does a lot with the FB, cutting it and sinking it very effectively; very inconsistent 78-81 SL; great command and deception; plus control; big problem is lack of an out pitch; 6-2, 200 pounds

84. Pittsburgh FR RHP Ray Black: 92-95 FB, 97-98 peak; potential plus mid-80s SL; command needs work and control is a major issue at present; 6-4, 220

85. Florida JR RHP Anthony DeSclafani: good 92-94 FB with plus life and great sink, 95-96 peak with four-seamer but two-seamer is better pitch; above-average 79-81 SL; mid-70s CB; occasional upper-70s CU; 6-2, 200 pounds

86. Texas SR RHP Cole Green: 87-91 FB; plus command; great sinker; plus control; plus SL; really good 79-81 CU that comes and goes; 75-77 CB

87. Mississippi JR LHP Austin Wright: 89-92 FB, 93-94 peak; once had both a distinct SL and CB with real potential; now seen as one big 78-81 slurve, more of a SL with average-ish upside; CU; poor FB command; Chipola transfer

88. Arizona JR RHP Bryce Bandilla: 90-92 FB, 93-95 peak in 2011; good breaking ball; good high velocity CU

89. Rice JR RHP Matthew Reckling: 90-93 FB at start, velocity dips to 86-89 quickly; good 79-81 CB, loses effectiveness when it dips to mid-70s

90. Liberty SO RHP Blake Forslund: 92-95 FB, 97-98 peak

91. San Diego SO RHP Calvin Drummond: 91-93 FB, 94 peak; 84-87 cutter/SL; 78-79 CB; 83-84 CU

92. Heartland CC (Illinois) SO LHP Jerad Grundy: 87-92 with movement; hard SL; promising CU; 6-0, 190; Miami transfer

93. BYU SO RHP Taylor Cole: mid-90s peak FB, sits 90-92 FB; 80-84 SL; CU

94. Florida International SO LHP Mason McVay: 89-91 FB; now up 92-94 after recovering from Tommy John surgery; solid potential with CB; mechanics need work; control is an issue; 6-8, 210 pounds

95. Wichita State SO LHP Brian Flynn: 86-90 FB, peak 92; new peak of 94; command needs work; 6-8, 245 pounds

96. UC Riverside JR RHP Matt Andriese: sinking 88-91 FB, 93 peak; quality SL; SF; great command; average CB; below-average CU; 6-2, 185 pounds

97. Old Dominion SR LHP Kyle Hald: 85-87 FB, peak 88; plus split-fingered CU; sharp SL; CB; great fielder, great pickoff move; nice mechanics; 5-11, 175 pounds

98. Georgia JR RHP Cecil Tanner: 91-94 FB with sink; 96-98 peak FB; good 77 SL; below-average command; Jonathan Broxton and Bobby Jenks body comps; hasn’t ironed out mechanics in three years at Georgia; 6-6, 260

99. South Florida SR RHP Kevin Quackenbush: straight 92-93 FB; trouble commanding low-70s CB; 80 CU; solid 75 SL; 6-3, 200; really good the past three years

100. Maryland JR RHP Sander Beck: straight 88-92 FB with good command; improving spike CB that I really like; solid straight CU; SL; 6-3, 200 pounds; control an issue

101. Oklahoma SR RHP Ryan Duke: 87-91 FB but can bump it up in tight spots; plus SL; plus command; strong four years of bullpen success; 6-0, 175

102. Tennessee JR RHP Matt Ramsey: low-90s peak in HS, now up to 96 peak FB; low-80s CB that flashes plus; converted catcher who PG compared to Russell Martin in high school; 5-10, 200

103. Winthrop JR RHP Tyler Mizenko: 92-95 FB with heavy sink; sharp 76-79 SL; solid CU; 6-2, 200 pounds; velocity down to 86-91 early on in 2011

104. Mississippi State JR LHP Nick Routt: good FB movement; relies heavily on FB; 91 peak; plus circle CU before injury, now just a good straight CU; SL with cut fastball action; plus command; ulnar nerve replacement surgery in 2010; really smart pitcher; 6-4, 210

105. Arkansas JR LHP Geoffrey Davenport: 87-90 FB, 91 peak; above-average 76 CB; decent CU; good command; 6-1, 180 ; Tommy John surgery in March 2011

106. Arizona State JR LHP Mitchell Lambson: outstanding 72-74 CU with outstanding arm action that sometimes dips into upper-60s; uses the CU a ton; 85-87 FB, 88-90 peak; plus command; plus control; maybe a little Josh Spence in him; 6-1, 200 pounds

107. Southern Mississippi SR RHP Todd McInnis: 88-92 FB; very good 12-6 CB; hard SL; decent CU; slight frame; outstanding fielder

108. Howard FR JC RHP Connor Sadzeck: 95 peak FB; 6-6, 200

109. Oklahoma State SO RHP Randy McCurry: 94-95 FB pre-injury, now back to 93 peak; finally healthy and hitting 96; SL, CB, CU

110. Austin Peay SR RHP Ryne Harper: 94 peak FB; very good SL; had offer from Vanderbilt out of high school

111. Connecticut JR RHP Kevin Vance: 88-92 FB; plus CB; plus command; good hitter; 6-0, 200 pounds

112. South Dakota State SR RHP Blake Treinen: 92-94 FB, 97 peak; improved SL; working on CU; improved command; 6-4, 220 pounds; didn’t pitch in first three years at Baker (Kansas) or Arkansas; had possible transfer to Florida voided last season;

113. Army SR RHP Kevin McKague: 92-96 FB; mid-80s SL; great splitter; missed most of 2011 due to back injury; 6-5, 230 pounds

114. Rice JR LHP Taylor Wall: upper-80s FB, peak 88; plus CU that he relies on heavily; average at best CB and SL; CB shows more potential; repeatable mechanics; 6-2, 200 pounds

115. Florida State JR RHP Hunter Scantling: Scantling is huge (6-8, 270 pounds) and athletic, but his stuff still doesn’t quite match his imposing frame. That could change in a hurry, but for now he’s still sitting in the same upper-80s with iffy breaking stuff that he was at back in high school. It’ll be interesting to see if he’ll get more consistent innings as a starter or if Florida State opts to keep him coming out of the bullpen in 2011. Update: 91 peak FB; emerging SL; CU; still huge at 6-8, 270

116. Missouri JR RHP Matt Stites: 88-92 FB, 93-95 peak; good SL; CB; CU; 5-11, 180

117. Davidson JR LHP Chris Lamb: 88-92 FB; good splitter; average CB; 6-1, 185

118. Elon SR RHP Thomas Girdwood: 92-95 FB; plus 82-84 SL

119. South Florida SR RHP Randy Fontanez: 88-91 sinking FB; quality CB and SL; splitter; great control; 6-1, 200 pounds

120. Washington JR RHP Andrew Kittredge: low-90s FB; strong breaking ball; CU; plus command; 6-1, 210 pounds; academically ineligible to start 2011, never returned

121. Louisiana Tech JR LHP Mike Jefferson: 88-93 FB with plus movement; slurve that should be plus SL in time; great move to first; 6-4, 185 pounds

122. UCLA JR LHP Mitch Beacom: 85-90 FB; 76-78 SL; could be a LOOGY as a pro; 6-8, 260 pounds

123. Charlotte SR RHP Bryan Hamilton: 89-92 FB, 94 peak; good 75-78 CB; 6-2, 210

124. South Carolina JR LHP Steven Neff: 92 peak; Tommy John survivor; good athlete; good hitter; missed lots of time late in 2011 with shoulder fatigue and bicep tendinitis; 6-2, 190

125. Northeastern JR LHP Andrew Leenhouts: 87-88 FB; good CB; average CU; command needs work; clean mechanics; 6-3, 200 pounds

Final 2011 MLB Draft High School Pitcher Rankings

1. RHP Dylan Bundy (Owasso HS, Oklahoma): 94-95 sitting velocity, 96-97 peak; good to plus 77-82 CB; CU with average upside at start of spring, may have surpassed that already; 85-87 SL that might have been the cutter; really like the FB/CB combo; smooth mechanics; plus 86-89 cutter; Dylan Covey comp?; extreme strike thrower, great control; now sitting 92-96, 97 peak; holds velocity late; 6-1, 205

2. RHP Archie Bradley (Broken Arrow HS, Oklahoma): 89-93 FB, hitting 94-97; power knuckle CB 80-86 with plus potential that improved drastically throughout spring; good SL; emerging circle CU; very easy 95 peak every outing; rumors of a 101 one-time peak in state title game; 6-4, 220 pounds

3. RHP Taylor Guerrieri (North Augusta HS, South Carolina): 87-90 FB last summer until sudden 97 peak this spring; now sitting 93-94 due to added physical strength with a consistent peak of 97-98, holds velocity late as well as any prep pitcher I remember; FB has plus life; emerging 77-83 CB with plus upside that has turned into a weapon already; heavy FB; very low effort mechanics; FB command greatly improved; mid-80s SL with upside; will show CU with upside and cutter; 6-3, 195 (up from 180)

4. LHP Daniel Norris (Science Hill HS, Tennessee): 90-93, 95-96 peak FB; very good to plus 73-77 CB; good 83 CU that keeps getting better, lots of deception; newly learned 70-74 SL with plus upside; great athlete, quick learner

5. LHP Henry Owens (Edison HS, California): 88-92 FB with more coming, 93-94 peak; crazy FB movement; plus FB command; plus control; potential plus 67-72 CB with big break, getting stronger each start; strong 77-79 CU with plus upside; shows 74-77 SL, but still a raw pitch; new cutter shows more promise; holds velocity well; Tyler Skaggs comp?; 6-5, 185 last summer, now up to 6-6, 200

6. RHP Robert Stephenson (Alhambra HS, California): 92-93 FB with great movement, 94-95 peak; plus 77-80 CB; 78-80 raw CU; has been seen sitting 94-97 early in games, still holding low-90s velocity late while hitting upwards of 94; 6-3, 185

7. RHP Jorge Lopez (Academia la Milagrosa, Puerto Rico): 88-91 FB with good command, 93 peak; very good 73-75 CB; plus CU; 6-5, 175

8. RHP Joe Ross (Bishop O’Dowd HS, California): 90-92 FB, peak 94-96; excellent 78-80 CB; above-average 82 CU; developing SL; good athlete; 6-2, 180

9. RHP Michael Kelly (West Boca Raton Community HS, Florida): 89-92 FB, peak 93-94; 74-78 CB with sharp break and plus upside; average 81-83 CU; good control; 6-5, 195 pounds

10. RHP Dillon Howard (Searcy HS, Arkansas): 90-92 FB, 93-95 peak; rumors of a 98 peak; also throws sinker that will break bats; outstanding sinking 81-83 CU; 76-78 CB; good 81-82 SL that he too often gets away from; good athlete; 6-3, 200

11. RHP John Curtiss (Carroll HS, Texas): 88-92 FB with good sink, peak 93-95; plus 77-78 SL; good 82-84 CU; strong Texas commit; 6-4, 190

12. RHP Pat Connaughton (St. John’s Prep, Massachusetts): 87-92 FB, 93-94 peak; 74-76 CB; really like his 78-80 SL; CU flashes plus; great athlete and basketball talent; strong Notre Dame commit; raw; 6-5, 190

13. LHP Jake Cave (Kecoughtan HS, Virginia): 88-91 FB, peak 93-94; 75-77 SL or CB; potential plus 74-79 CU; good athlete; power potential; good speed; strong LSU commit; 6-1, 180

14. RHP Benton Moss (Rocky Mount HS, North Carolina): 88-91 FB, 93 peak; plus mid-70s spike CB; good CU

15. RHP Tyler Beede (Lawrence Academy, Massachusetts): last summer was 86-90 FB, 91-93 peak; now sitting 90-92, 94-95 peak; holds velocity late; very good FB command; good two-seamer at 90; outstanding 79-84 CU; flashed above-average 74-77 CB; working on SL; 6-4, 200 pounds

16. RHP Kyle Smith (Santaluces HS, Florida): 88-92 FB with late burst, 93-95 peak; potential plus CU; excellent 77-78 CB; great pitchability; quick worker; good athlete; 6-0, 170

17. RHP Joe Musgrove (Grossmont HS, California): 87-89 FB, 91 peak; now sitting 90-92, 94 peak; rumors of 97-98 peak; very heavy fastball; 76 splitter used as CU; CB jumped from low-70s to 76-82 and is now weapon; groundball machine; 6-5, 225

18. RHP Kyle Crick (Sherman HS, Texas): 90-92 FB, 94 peak; now sitting 93-95, 96-97 peak; mid-70s CB flashes plus; 81 splitter; CU 72-73; above-average 81-83 SL; concern over dip in velocity; control an issue; too fastball reliant; 6-4, 225

19. RHP Bryan Brickhouse (The Woodlands HS, Texas): 88-92 FB, 94-95 peak; 75-77 knuckle CB; solid 80-85 SL with upside; emerging low-80s CU; good athlete; 6-2, 190

20. RHP Dillon Maples (Pinecrest HS, North Carolina): 90-93 FB, peak 94-96; velocity will sometimes dip to upper-80s; potential plus 77-82 CB that is already above-average pitch; 80-81 SL; iffy command; emerging CU that still needs work; bat breaker; good athlete: latest: great athlete; spotty FB command; 6-3, 195

21. RHP Jose Fernandez (Alonso HS, Florida): 90-93 FB, peak 94-97; good 80-83 CB; good enough FB/CB combo to pitch in bigs right now; 81 CU; learning a 78-79 SL; good hitter; 6-4, 235

22. RHP Nick Burdi (Downers Grove HS, Illinois): 90-94 FB with great life, 96-97 peak; solid to plus 80-85 SL; good 78-83 CU; control is a question mark; more of a thrower than a pitcher; 6-4, 210

23. LHP Amir Garrett (Leuzinger HS, California): 88-94 FB. 96 peak; very interesting low-80s CB; raw CU; very athletic; 6-5, 175

24. RHP Brandon Woodruff (Wheeler HS, Mississippi): 90-92 FB, 93 peak; above-average 79-81 CU with sink; solid 74-80 CB

25. RHP Kevin Comer (Seneca HS, New Jersey): 89-92 FB, 93-94 peak; mid-70s CB with upside; CU is coming around, could be above-average in time; impressive command; 6-3, 205 pounds

26. RHP Carson Baranik (Parkway HS, Louisiana): 87-89 FB, 90-92 peak; improved conditioning now has him sitting 91-93, 95 peak; 73-74 CB; 77-78 SL that needs tightening; low-70s CU; 6-3, 205

27. RHP Deshorn Lake (Menchville HS, Virginia): 88-91FB, 93-94 peak; good 77-82 SL; 80-81 CU with upside, but needs reps; raw, but lots of projection; 6-2, 180 pounds

28. RHP Hudson Boyd (South Ft. Myers HS, Florida): 91-93 FB, peak 94-96; good command of average 75-81 SL that flashes plus; above-average 80-84 CU; low-70s CB; good command; 6-3, 250

29. RHP Aaron Nola (Catholic HS, Louisiana): 88-92 FB; very good to plus 78-81 circle-CU; later in year sat upper-80s, 89 peak but great movement; solid but inconsistent 72 CB; funky arm action; 6-0, 170

30. LHP Andy Suarez (Columbus HS, Florida): 88-92 FB; good CB; good CU; good command; deceptive delivery; 6-2, 200

31. LHP Cody Kukuk (Free State HS, Kansas): 88-91 FB, 93 peak; good 78 SL; CB; CU; good athlete; 6-4, 185

32. RHP Jake Reed (Helix HS, California): 88-92 FB, 93 peak; good sinker; really good CU; average SL; Drew Cisco comp due to plus pitchability; 6-2, 175

33. RHP Matt Troupe (Northridge HS, California): 90-92 FB, 94 peak; very good CB; plus CU; SL; inconsistent FB velocity so he sometimes sits 87-88, peak 91

34. RHP Dylan Davis (Redmond HS, Washington): 90-93 FB, peak 94-95 with good sink; good 82-84 SL; 76-78 CB; CU; plus athlete; iffy command; 6-0, 200

35. RHP Christian Montgomery (Lawrence Central HS, Indiana): 89-93 FB, 95 peak; potential plus 72-81 CB that goes both hard and soft; low-80s CU; plus pitchability; 6-1, 240

36. RHP Michael Cederoth (Steele Canyon HS, California): 87-90 FB jumped up to 90-93 with 95-96 peak; average CB; 72 SL; good 86-88 cutter; very raw; violent delivery; 6-5, 185

37. RHP Jordan Cote (Winnisquam HS, New Hampshire): 88-90 FB, 92-93 peak; good CB; SL; raw CU; 6-5, 200

38. RHP Mason Hope (Broken Arrow HS, Oklahoma): 90-92 FB, 94 peak; flashes plus CB

39. RHP Michael Fulmer (Deer Creek HS, Oklahoma): 90-94 FB, 97 peak; 83-85 SL; CU needs work; 6-2, 200

40. RHP Adrian Houser (Locust Grove HS, Oklahoma): 90-93 FB with great sink, 95 peak; good CB; raw CU; good athlete; 6-3, 200

41. RHP Kody Watts (Skyview HS, Washington): 89-93 FB, 94-95 peak; good CB; average SL; above-average future splitter; 6-3, 185

42. LHP Adam McCreery (Bonita HS, California): 88-92 FB with some cutting action; very good 79 CB; good SL; interesting CU; injury plagued senior season; 6-8, 200

43. RHP Hawtin Buchanan (Biloxi HS, Mississippi): 89-91 FB with room to grow, 93-94 peak; good command; raw CB, but much improved as year went on; strong Mississippi commit; 6-8, 230

44. RHP Jerrick Suiter (Valparaiso HS, Indiana): 91-92 FB, 93-94 peak with very heavy sinking FB; 73 CU; good bat; iffy command; good athlete; 6-4, 220 pounds

45. RHP Ricky Jacquez (Franklin HS, Texas): 90-93 FB, 95-97 peak; potential plus 78 CB that is already very effective pitch; promising CU; great athlete; 5-9, 160

46. RHP Jake Junis (Rock Falls HS, Illinois): 88-91 FB; good upper-70s CB with plus upside; solid CU; great athlete; 6-3, 200

47. RHP Tayler Scott (Notre Dame Prep, Arizona): 90-92 FB; flashes plus CB but below-average on balance; very raw; plus athlete; 6-2

48. LHP Kevin Matthews (Richmond Hill HS, Georgia): 87-90 FB, jumps to 94-95 peak; above-average CB; great athlete; high effort delivery; 5-10, 160

49. RHP Ryan Keller (West Ranch HS, California): 87-91 FB with sink, 92 peak; good 73-76 CB; three quarters delivery; good 72 SL; average CU; 6-2, 210 pounds

50. RHP Danny Keller (Newbury Park HS, California): 88-92 FB, 94 peak; good sinker; raw but interesting CU; good 79-80 CB; 75 SL; raw; violent delivery; 6-5, 185

51. LHP Philip Pfeifer (Farragut HS, Tennessee): 87-89 FB, later up to 90-92; peak 93; good to plus 75-79 CB; CU; SL; splitter; 6-0, 200

52. LHP Stephen Tarpley (Gilbert HS, Arizona): 88-91 FB, 93 peak; good 74-76 CB needs polish; 81 CU; good athlete; 6-0, 170

53. LHP Dillon Peters (Cathedral HS, Indiana): 90-92 FB, 94 peak; good 80 CU; very good 73-76 CB; 5-10, 195 pounds

54. RHP Taylor Nunez (Salmen HS, Louisiana): 87-89 FB, 90 peak; reports of 93-94 peak made to stay quiet to keep his draft stock down; very good to plus upper-70s CB; 6-4, 175

55. RHP Cole Wiper (Newport HS, Washington): 88-91 FB, 93 peak; low-80s SL that ranges 83-86; potential plus 78-80 CB that is already above-average; uses splitter as CU;

56. RHP Thomas Robson (Delta SS, British Columbia): 88-92 FB, 93-94 peak; good 78-81 SL; CB; CU; 6-4, 200

57. RHP Austin Robichaux (Notre Dame HS, Louisiana): 87-89 FB, 90 peak; now sits 91-93 with lots of movement; good 75 CB; 6-5, 180

58. RHP Vaughn Covington (Killarney SS, British Columbia): 90-92 FB with good sink, 93-94 peak as starter and 96 peak in short bursts; promising CB; recovering from Tommy John surgery in September; 6-5

59. RHP Gandy Stubblefield (Lufkin HS, Texas): 6-4, 190; 88-92 FB, 94-95 peak; CB with upside

60. RHP Matt Wisler (Bryan HS, Ohio): 88-90 FB. 92 peak; good 73-75 CB; emerging CU; SL; 6-3, 175

61. RHP Koby Gauna (St. John Bosco HS, California): 90-91 FB with good movement; plus 77-78 CU

62. LHP Zakery Qualls (Rancho HS, Nevada): mid-80s FB, 89 peak; slurvy SL; CB; really good CU; three quarters delivery; 6-3, 155 pounds

63. RHP Tyler Arthur (Lexington Catholic HS, Kentucky): 88-89 FB; 75-77 CB; good 78-80 CU; good command; 6-3, 190

64. RHP Matt Spalding (St. Xavier HS, Kentucky): 91-94 FB, 95-96 peak; 73-77 SL; violent delivery; 6-0, 190

65. RHP Dakota Freese (Washington HS, Iowa): 88-90 FB, 92 peak; good CB; 6-4, 190

66. RHP Clay Holmes (Slocomb HS, Alabama): 90-93 FB with good sink; knuckle CB; inconsistent SL; good command; good athlete; 6-5, 220

67. LHP Daniel Camarena: high-80s FB with late life, 90-91 peak; above-average future 70-73 CB; average 70-75 CU; line drive hitter; good approach; power upside, but hasn’t shown too much yet; RF arm; 6-0, 200 pounds

68. LHP Blake Snell (Shorewood HS, Washington): 86-90 FB, 92-94 peak; slow CB flashes above-average; average CU; less polished than expected; good athlete; 6-4, 190

69. LHP Carlos Rodon (Holly Springs HS, North Carolina): 87-89 FB, peak 92-93; loses velocity early; 75-76 CB; good 76-80 SL; emerging CU; raw enough that he may be better off at NC State; inconsistent offspeed stuff; spotty command; good athlete; 6-2, 210

70. RHP Zach Davies (Mesquite HS, Arizona): 90 FB; CB; SL; CU; good athlete; 6-0, 170

71. LHP Corey Stump (Lakeland Christian HS, Florida): 85-88 FB, 89-90 peak; good 68-74 CB that has since added velocity and is now low- to mid-70s consistently; 6-5, 195

72. LHP Travis Radke (Oaks Christian HS, California): 86-88 FB, 90 peak; good 74-75 CB; emerging 70-72 CU; low-70s SL that needs tons of work

73. RHP John Taylor (Franklin County HS, Georgia): 89-91 FB; good 75-77 CB; 79 CU

74. RHP Jordan Ramsey (North Davidson HS, North Carolina): 87-88 FB, 91 peak; good 68-70 CB; 75 CU; 6-4, 180

75. LHP Max Homick (Rancho Bernardo HS, California): mid-80s FB, 87-89 peak; good low-70s CB; 73 CU; 6-2, 210 pounds