the draft ready to begin later this evening, here is how the top 100
prospects stack up, with a brief one-line scouting report.
natural athlete (6-4/190), ++ speed/defense/power potential; battle
looming with Nebraska FB.
GERRIT COLE, rhp, UCLA (Jr.)
No. 1 overall, ++ stuff (95-99 FB, + SL/CH), improved command,
performance issues (5-7, 3.27).?
ANTHONY RENDON, 3b, Rice University (Jr.)
in 2009-10, sore shoulder hindering 2011 (.323-5-33), still inspires
fear (76 BB/56 G), + defender.
DANNY HULTZEN, lhp, University of Virginia (Jr.)
LHP in draft (1.59, 96 IP/16 BB/136 SO); ++ pitchability, difference
in 2011 is spike in velo to 95-96.
DYLAN BUNDY, rhp, Owasso HS
national talent, 95-97 FB/T-100, ++ cutter, + CU, good CH,
outstanding command, quick path to majors.?
TREVOR BAUER, rhp, UCLA (Jr.)
Cole (10-2, 1.40, nation-leading 167 SO/109 IP), mid-90s FB, ++
nasty CU, unusual routines.?
DEREK “BUBBA” STARLING, of, Gardner-Edgerton HS, Gardner Kansas
FRANCISCO LINDOR, ss, Montverde Academy, Clermont
SS nationally, switch-hitter with surprising pop, + defensive tools,
smooth and quick, loves to play.
SONNY GRAY, rhp, Vanderbilt University (Jr.)
frame, but lively 92-96 FB, T-99 in relief; ++ shape/velocity on CU;
size, fringy command only issues.
ARCHIE BRADLEY, rhp, Broken Arrow HS
athlete at 6-4/225, 4-star QB; FB velo spiked late to 94-97, may
have best CU in country, hammer at 80-85.
TAYLOR JUNGMANN, rhp, University of Texas (Jr.)
back velo for + command, professional approach, spots 91-95 FB, +
SL/CH, 12-0, 0.95, 114 IP/109 K.
MATT BARNES, rhp, University of Connecticut (Jr.)
made huge strides in 3 years; FB now at 92-97, has developed
off-speed stuff; now commands 4 pitches.?
TAYLOR GUERRIERI, rhp, Spring Valley HS, North Augusta
jump up draft lists; loose, easy arm, FB at 93-97/T-98, ++ low 90s
SL, low-80s CU, No. 1 starter tools.
GEORGE SPRINGER, of, University of Connecticut (Jr.)
of best athletes/5-tool prospects in draft; power/speed best tools,
still needs to refine hitting mechanics.
JED BRADLEY, lhp, Georgia Tech (Jr.)
6-4 profile build; FB sits 92-93/touches 96, SL/CH are + pitches,
easy mechanics from high- ¾ release.
MIKIE MAHTOOK, of, Louisiana State University (Jr.)
all-around package, hits (.370-13-50), + approach(37 BB:29 K), runs
(26 SB), fields (0 errors, + range).
ALEX MEYER, rhp, University of Kentucky (Jr.)
size (6-9/215), raw stuff (95-98 FB, ++ SL); made huge strides in
TYLER ANDERSON, lhp, University of Oregon (Jr.)
LHP with ++ pitchability/poise/polish; commands 4 pitches, FB
90-92/T-95, has all UO SO records.?
JOSH BELL, of, Jesuit Prep, Dallas
frame, huge power potential, legit switch-hitter (.588-13-52), +
instincts, CF now, corner in future.
DANIEL NORRIS, lhp, Science Hill HS, Johnson City
2011 HS lefty, loose 6-3/180 body; fast arm, low 90s FB/tops 96, 2
types of CU, nice CH, ++ projects.
C.J. CRON, 1b, University of Utah
the whole package, except speed/agility behind plate; explosive bat,
power to all fields, ++ team player.
CORY SPANGENBERG, 3b/2b, Indian River State JC (So.)
transfer, offensive machine, LH bat with ++ swing/bat speed,
.477-5-32/33 SB, profiles as offensive 2B.
BLAKE SWIHART, c, Cleveland HS, Rio Rancho
Best value as
athletic/switch-hitting C; arm/speed/bat all grade out as high-end
tools, may still end up at 1B.
JAVIER BAEZ, ss/3b, Arlington Country Day HS, Jacksonville
Rican native, + offensive potential, RH hitter with power, flashy
defensive tools/skills, position TBD.
KOLTEN WONG, 2b, University of Hawaii (Jr.)
elite college 2B; quality, well-rounded skills; does it all at
plate/on bases/in field, even in 5-9 frame.
LEVI MICHAEL, ss, University of North Carolina (Jr.)
athleticism/6.6 speed have enabled him to settle in at SS; solid
offensive skills (.312-4-45, 44 BB, 14 SB).
JOSE FERNANDEZ, rhp, Alonso High School, Tampa
defector, ++ present stuff, FB to 97 mph, sharp SL, good CH, mature
pitchability, 10-1, 1.07/72 IP.
ANDREW SUSAC, c, Oregon State University (So.)
combination of power/arm strength of any college C in draft; broke
hamate bone, defense needs work.
ANDREW CHAFIN, lhp, Kent State University (So.)
surgery victim in 2010; ++ stuff, FB sits 93-95, + break; starter
this year, effort in delivery, profiles relief.?
ROBERT STEPHENSON, rhp, Alhambra HS, Martinez
+ loose/athletic frame, + quick arm, velo up to steady 93-95/T-97,
holds it, flashes + CU/nice CH.?
BRIAN GOODWIN, of, Miami-Dade JC (So.)
transfer, first-round tools, LH bat, + power/speed combo,
.367-8-32/13 SB, CF ability but BA instincts.
AUSTIN HEDGES, c, Junipero Serra HS, San Juan Capistrano
defensive C nationally, ++ arm strength, + agility/skills; bat
speed, but fair hitting skills; UCLA signee.?
JOE ROSS, rhp, Bishop O’Dowd HS, Oakland
of A’s RHP Tyson Ross; easy delivery, 91-94 FB/+ CU, projects +
command, 4-4, 1.13, 55 IP/75 K.?
Tyler Beede, rhp,
hurler, 3-pitch arsenal, 90-93 FB/T-95, 78 CU, flashes + CH, strike
thrower, good delivery.
DILLON HOWARD, rhp, Searcy HS
HS arm; strong build (6-4/205), FB 92-95, + power CU/developing CH,
SEAN GILMARTIN, lhp, Florida State University (Jr.)
draft as OF; excelled on mound (8-1, 2.36, 86 IP/15 BB/98 SO), ++
command of 92 FB, Glavine-like CH.
GRAYSON GARVIN, lhp, Vanderbilt University (Jr.)
6-6 frame; top arm on Cape (5-0, 0.74), ++ as JR (11-1, 2.08); throws
ton of strikes with 89-92 FB/T-95.
JOHN STILSTON, rhp, Texas A&M University (Jr.)
dominant closer in 2010, + starter in 2011 (5-2, 1.68, 91 IP/92 SO),
92-95 FB, + CH/CU, calmer delivery.?
HENRY OWENS, lhp, Edison HS, Huntington Beach
long limbed; + pitchability/+ performance; 88-92 FB/+ life,
improving CU/CH, projects physically.?
JOE PANIK, ss, St. John’s University (Jr.)
lean SS with ++ LH bat (.402-9-56,); rest of tools are average, but
comes to play, gets most of ability.?
JACKIE BRADLEY, of, University of South Carolina (Jr.)
first-rounder before wrist injury/subpar 2011 season; superior
defender, can hit for average/power.
TREVOR STORY, ss, Irving HS
5-tool SS, 6-2/175, + projects; 6.74 runner, ++ arm strength (96 mph
pitching), + bat speed/power.?
ANTHONY MEO, rhp, Coastal Carolina University (Jr.)
from 13 wins in 2010 to 7; FB still firm at 94-95, T-98, high-80s SL,
both lack + command, gets hit.
JOSH OSICH, lhp, Oregon State University (Jr.)
hi-risk/hi-reward; power LHP with 96-98 FB, but long medical record,
limited history of success.?
MATTHEW PURKE, lhp, Texas Christian University (So.)
first-rounder/2011 draft mystery; blister/shoulder issues hamper
stuff, delivery issues (5-1, 1.44, 44 IP).?
KYLE CRICK, rhp, Sherman HS
improved in 2011; 89-91 FB last summer/92-95 this spring, sharp
mid-80s SL, sound delivery/pitchability.
BRANDON NIMMO, of, Cheyenne East HS, Cheyenne
package; + hitter with + stroke/approach, power will come; all tools
to excel in CF (arm, ++ speed).
MICHAL FULMER, rhp, Deer Creek HS, Edmond
fast riser, 88-91 FB in summer/fall, now 91-96, downer CU is +
pitch, feel for CH, some effort in release.?
DILLON MAPLES, rhp, Pinecrest HS, West End
quick arm, nasty raw stuff, 91-94 FB/T-97, + 80-mph power CU; some
effort; father ex-minor league RHP.?
BLAKE SNELL, lhp, Shorewood HS, Shoreline
6-4/190 LHP; + downhill angle, 89-91 FB/T-94, OK SL, CH best
off-speed; 8-0, 1.00, 56 IP/118 K’s.?
KYLE WINKLER, rhp, Texas Christian University (Jr.)
bulldog RHP; + consistent as collegian (27-6 career); 91-94 FB
w/sink, + low-80s SL/CH. + command.?
TONY ZYCH, rhp, University of Louisville (Jr.)
in closer role (2.84/12 SV as JR; 0.89/12 SV on Cape) with 97 FB,
but has violent/funky arm action.?
WILLIAMS JEREZ, of, Grand Street Campus HS, Brooklyn
Dominican immigrant; ++ build (6-4/190), LH bat, big power potential,
solid CF tools, + speed/arm.
DWIGHT SMITH, of, McIntosh HS, Peachtree City
bloodlines (son of Dwight Sr.); very polished bat/line-drive machine,
average speed/arm, + performer.
KES CARTER, of, Western Kentucky University (Jr.)
5-tool talent; best hitter in state (.348-7-38), emerging power,
speed for CF, arm strength for RF.?
HUDSON BOYD, rhp, Bishop Verot HS, North Fort Myers
build; top performer (10-0, 0.37, 57 IP/100 K), dominates with heavy
91-94 FB, power CU, command.
NAVERY MOORE, rhp, Vanderbilt University (Jr.)
year (4-2, 1.05, 9 SV) for ex-TJ victim; ball jumps out of hand on
heavy 93-96 FB, + 82-84 SL.
ADAM CONLEY, lhp, Washington State University (Jr.)
as starter to become a complete pitcher, but stuff/makeup better
suited to close; + command of 95 FB.?
GRANDEN GOETZMAN, ss-of, Palmetto HS, Palmetto
way up as SR for 6-4/195 athlete; ++ power/speed package with loose,
fast swing, has future CF tools.
JASON ESPOSITO, 3b, Vanderbilt University (Jr.)
to all fields with fluid/easy stroke (.354-5-46); gifted 3B, + arm,
makes all plays; + instincts on bases.
MATTHEW DEAN, ss/3b, The Colony HS, Highland Village
with Story (No. 6) by scouts; Dean more physical, + power/6.81
speed, + defender, very agile athlete.?
CHRIS REED, lhp, Stanford University (Jr.)
lefty closer (4-2, 3.15, 6 SV) with starter profile; 91-94 FB/T-96,
flashes + SL/CH, effort in delivery.?
CARL THOMORE, of, East Brunswick HS
potential, 6-2/210, + speed, strong OF tools, + bat speed (.493-2-22,
25 SB, only 2 K’s), ++ makeup.
TYLER GOEDDEL, 3b, St. Francis HS, Hillsborough
+ projects; 6.6 runner, quick RH swing, strong arm, CF may be in
future, missed month with mono.?
JORGE LOPEZ – rhp, Academia la Milagrosa, Cayey
athletic 6-4/180, new to pitching, 89-92 mph FB, good feel for CU,
sound delivery, high-ceiling talent.
BRETT AUSTIN, c, Providence HS, Matthews
versatile athlete; switch-hitter, + bat speed on both sides,
calm/L-D approach, quick feet defensively, + arm.?
B.A. VOLLMUTH, 3b, University of Southern Mississippi (Jr.)
raw power, + arm for 3B are readily evident; slowed by hip flexor,
must prove his hitting skills are legit.
BRAD MILLER, ss, Clemson University (Jr.)
ability, arm, speed never been an issue; has satisfied questions
about true power potential, range at SS.
BRANDON MARTIN, ss, Santiago HS, Corona
by other SS in SoCal, + stronger; quick L-D swing/improved power;
6.8 speed/quick; solid defender.?
DREW GAGNON, rhp, Long Beach State University (Jr.)
6-4 righty, low 90s FB/T-94, improving SL/CU/CH, + FB command, lacks
+ SO pitch, 4-8, 2.83.?
CAMERON GALLAGHER, c, Mannheim Township HS, Lancaster
quick/agile behind plate at 6-3/210; + arm, strong swing/HR power;
brother in Dodgers system.?
LARRY GREENE, of, Berrien County HS, Nashville
strength/power in 6-1/230 build; bat is best tool/ball jumps at
contact, 6.8 speed; corner OF, OK arm.
DEREK FISHER, of, Cedar Crest HS, Rexmont
LH power in 6-3/215 frame (.484-11-28), RF tools, 6.65 runner, Jay
Bruce comparison; UVa recruit.
MICHAEL KELLY, rhp, West Boca HS, Boynton Beach
at 6-5/190; easy delivery, fast/loose arm, heavy FB to 95, + life
down, big CU, 8-4, 1.93 in 69 IP.
ERIK JOHNSON, rhp, University California (Jr.)
6-2/240 build; primarily power sinker/slider (low 90s/T-95 mph),
also CU/CH, 6-2, 1.94, 84 IP/80 SO.?
KEENYN WALKER, of, Central Arizona CC (So.)
improvement; ++ athlete, became ball player in 2011; ++ speed on
bases/CF, better contact.?
JAMES McCANN, c, University of Arkansas (Jr.)
athlete for C; + quickness/agility on defense, strong arm; bat speed
just fair (.308-6-31), flashes pop.
ROMAN QUINN, of/ss, Port St. Joe HS
player, excellent defensive tools/instincts, ++ runner (6.35/60),
switch hits, sprays ball to all fields.
C.J. MCELROY, of, Clear Creek HS, League City
of Chuck, ex-LHP; ++ athlete (track/FB standout), 80 speed/MLB
scale, RH bat/sound swing, LF arm.?
CHARLIE LOWELL, lhp, Wichita State University (Jr.)
frame (6-4/245), workhorse; solid mechanics, consistent stuff, low
90s FB/T-95, sharp SL, 10-4, 2.68.?
NICK AHMED, ss, University of Connecticut (Jr.)
player; solid defender at SS with ++ arm; bat is suspect; recovered
from collapsed lung.
CARSON SMITH, rhp, Texas State University (Jr.)
6-5/215 frame, low-¾ release, 91-95 FB, big power SL, shoulder
question, but 8-3, 1.98, 95 IP/114 SO.?
NICK DELMONICO, c, Farragut HS, Knoxville
build (6-3/215); injured wrist this spring, not shown ++ power, +
hitting potential, raw catching skills.
JEFF AMES, rhp, Lower Columbia JC (So.)
RHP, loose/power arm; FB routinely at 95-97 when used in short role,
power SL solid No. 2 pitch.?
RICKY OROPESA, 1b, University of Southern California (Jr.)
LH hitter, ++ bat speed/raw power, Cape 2010 HR leader(7), improved
contact (.330-6-36, 27 BB).
CHARLIE TILSON, of, New Trier HS, Winnetka
speed (6.54 in 60)/CF defense are best tools; strong LH swing, gap
power; high marks for hustle/effort.
NOE RAMIREZ, rhp, Cal State Fullerton (Jr.)
arm/+ competitor (8-2, 1.78, 75 IP/15 BB/83 SO); commands 88-92 FB,
solid CU, CH is best pitch.?
CHRIS MARLOWE, rhp, Oklahoma State University (Jr.)
nasty stuff at times in 6-1/170 build, 92-96 FB, ++ big/downer CU,
erratic command, 40 IP/30 BB/70 SO.?
ALEX DICKERSON, of, Indiana University (Jr.)
of top hitters/power threats in draft (47 HR/181 RBI in career);
speed/defense/arm all below average.?
J.R. GRAHAM, rhp, Santa Clara University (Jr.)
RHP, ex- SS; +++ arm, FB sits 95-97, touches 100 mph out of pen, SL
flat; strike thrower (53 IP/4 BB).?
TRAVIS HARRISON, of/1b, Tustin HS, Aliso Viejo
bat/aggressive hitter, proven offensive performer, one-dimensional
talent, arm limits him to LF/1B.?
BURCH SMITH, rhp, University of Oklahoma (Jr.)
flashes + stuff, FB to 95-96, sharp CU, solid CH; pitchability still
raw for college hurler (9-3, 3.91).
MADISON BOER, rhp, University of Oregon (Jr.)
arm with superior stuff (92-94 FB/T-96, + SL/CH); used in variety of
roles (3-6, 2.27, 3 SV).?
JOHNNY EIERMAN, ss/of, Warsaw HS
tools; + raw bat speed/power potential, 6.41 speed, 90-plus arm;
scouts debate 2B or CF in future.
TYLER PILL, rhp-of, Cal State Fullerton (Jr.)
2-way athlete, top 2 rounds as RHP (5-1, 2.29), top 5 as OF
(.321-0-22); ++ command/feel for pitching.?
MATT SUMMERS, rhp, UC Irvine (Jr.)
OF, superior athlete; power arm with 91-95 FB, improving SL/CU;
first-year as starter (8-2, 2.10).
CONNOR BARRON, ss, Sumrall HS, Hattiesburg
growth spurt in last year, now 6-3/190; Reid Brignac comparisons; ++
LH bat (.484-7-34), 80 runner.
ZACH CONE, of, University of Georgia (Jr.)
athlete with 5-tool potential; 6.45 in 60, excellent OF, + raw bat
speed, but very undisciplined hitter.
PETER O’BRIEN, c, Bethune-Cookman University (Jr.)
B-C draft in 28 years has 2 ++ tools (power/arm), but offensive
output fell (.380, 20 HR to .290, 12 HR).
EVAN MARSHALL, rhp, Kansas State University (Jr.)
role at K-State (5-5, 1.64); + easy, but deceptive delivery, 6-1/205
frame; FB at 91-96 mph, + SL.?
JOE MUSGROVE, rhp, Grossmont HS, El Cajon
athletic frame (6-5/230), + FB improvement, now tops 95/heavy sink,
upper 70s power CU, easy delivery.?