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Draft : : Top Prospects
Top 100 Prospects
Allan Simpson        
Published: Monday, June 06, 2011

With the draft ready to begin later this evening, here is how the top 100 prospects stack up, with a brief one-line scouting report.

1. GERRIT COLE, rhp, UCLA (Jr.)
Potential No. 1 overall, ++ stuff (95-99 FB, + SL/CH), improved command, performance issues (5-7, 3.27).?
2. ANTHONY RENDON, 3b, Rice University (Jr.)
Dominant in 2009-10, sore shoulder hindering 2011 (.323-5-33), still inspires fear (76 BB/56 G), + defender.
3. DANNY HULTZEN, lhp, University of Virginia (Jr.)
Top LHP in draft (1.59, 96 IP/16 BB/136 SO); ++ pitchability, difference in 2011 is spike in velo to 95-96.
4. DYLAN BUNDY, rhp, Owasso HS
Top national talent, 95-97 FB/T-100, ++ cutter, + CU, good CH, outstanding command, quick path to majors.?
5. TREVOR BAUER, rhp, UCLA (Jr.)
Overshadows Cole (10-2, 1.40, nation-leading 167 SO/109 IP), mid-90s FB, ++ nasty CU, unusual routines.?
6. DEREK “BUBBA” STARLING, of, Gardner-Edgerton HS, Gardner Kansas

Tremendous natural athlete (6-4/190), ++ speed/defense/power potential; battle looming with Nebraska FB.
7. FRANCISCO LINDOR, ss, Montverde Academy, Clermont
Top SS nationally, switch-hitter with surprising pop, + defensive tools, smooth and quick, loves to play.
8. SONNY GRAY, rhp, Vanderbilt University (Jr.)
Small frame, but lively 92-96 FB, T-99 in relief; ++ shape/velocity on CU; size, fringy command only issues.
9. 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.
10. TAYLOR JUNGMANN, rhp, University of Texas (Jr.)
Dialed back velo for + command, professional approach, spots 91-95 FB, + SL/CH, 12-0, 0.95, 114 IP/109 K.
11. MATT BARNES, rhp, University of Connecticut (Jr.)
Has made huge strides in 3 years; FB now at 92-97, has developed off-speed stuff; now commands 4 pitches.?
12. TAYLOR GUERRIERI, rhp, Spring Valley HS, North Augusta
Huge jump up draft lists; loose, easy arm, FB at 93-97/T-98, ++ low 90s SL, low-80s CU, No. 1 starter tools.
13. GEORGE SPRINGER, of, University of Connecticut (Jr.)
?One of best athletes/5-tool prospects in draft; power/speed best tools, still needs to refine hitting mechanics.
14. JED BRADLEY, lhp, Georgia Tech (Jr.)
Ideal 6-4 profile build; FB sits 92-93/touches 96, SL/CH are + pitches, easy mechanics from high- ¾ release.
15. 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).
16. ALEX MEYER, rhp, University of Kentucky (Jr.)
Top-of-rotation size (6-9/215), raw stuff (95-98 FB, ++ SL); made huge strides in developing CH/command.?
17. TYLER ANDERSON, lhp, University of Oregon (Jr.)
6-4/215 LHP with ++ pitchability/poise/polish; commands 4 pitches, FB 90-92/T-95, has all UO SO records.?
18. JOSH BELL, of, Jesuit Prep, Dallas
6-3/205 frame, huge power potential, legit switch-hitter (.588-13-52), + instincts, CF now, corner in future.
19. DANIEL NORRIS, lhp, Science Hill HS, Johnson City
Top 2011 HS lefty, loose 6-3/180 body; fast arm, low 90s FB/tops 96, 2 types of CU, nice CH, ++ projects.
20. C.J. CRON, 1b, University of Utah
Has the whole package, except speed/agility behind plate; explosive bat, power to all fields, ++ team player.
21. CORY SPANGENBERG, 3b/2b, Indian River State JC (So.)
VMI transfer, offensive machine, LH bat with ++ swing/bat speed, .477-5-32/33 SB, profiles as offensive 2B.
22. 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.
23. JAVIER BAEZ, ss/3b, Arlington Country Day HS, Jacksonville
Puerto Rican native, + offensive potential, RH hitter with power, flashy defensive tools/skills, position TBD.
24. KOLTEN WONG, 2b, University of Hawaii (Jr.)
Nation’s elite college 2B; quality, well-rounded skills; does it all at plate/on bases/in field, even in 5-9 frame.
25. 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).
26. JOSE FERNANDEZ, rhp, Alonso High School, Tampa
Cuban defector, ++ present stuff, FB to 97 mph, sharp SL, good CH, mature pitchability, 10-1, 1.07/72 IP.
27. ANDREW SUSAC, c, Oregon State University (So.)
Best combination of power/arm strength of any college C in draft; broke hamate bone, defense needs work.
28. ANDREW CHAFIN, lhp, Kent State University (So.)
TJ surgery victim in 2010; ++ stuff, FB sits 93-95, + break; starter this year, effort in delivery, profiles relief.?
29. ROBERT STEPHENSON, rhp, Alhambra HS, Martinez
6-3/180, + loose/athletic frame, + quick arm, velo up to steady 93-95/T-97, holds it, flashes + CU/nice CH.?
30. BRIAN GOODWIN, of, Miami-Dade JC (So.)
UNC transfer, first-round tools, LH bat, + power/speed combo, .367-8-32/13 SB, CF ability but BA instincts.
31. AUSTIN HEDGES, c, Junipero Serra HS, San Juan Capistrano
Top defensive C nationally, ++ arm strength, + agility/skills; bat speed, but fair hitting skills; UCLA signee.?
32. JOE ROSS, rhp, Bishop O’Dowd HS, Oakland
Brother of A’s RHP Tyson Ross; easy delivery, 91-94 FB/+ CU, projects + command, 4-4, 1.13, 55 IP/75 K.?
33. Tyler Beede, rhp, 

Lawrence Academy, Auburn

Polished/mature hurler, 3-pitch arsenal, 90-93 FB/T-95, 78 CU, flashes + CH, strike thrower, good delivery.

34. DILLON HOWARD, rhp, Searcy HS

 

Long-established HS arm; strong build (6-4/205), FB 92-95, + power CU/developing CH, better pitchability.


35. SEAN GILMARTIN, lhp, Florida State University (Jr.)
HS draft as OF; excelled on mound (8-1, 2.36, 86 IP/15 BB/98 SO), ++ command of 92 FB, Glavine-like CH.
36. 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.
37. 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.?
38. HENRY OWENS, lhp, Edison HS, Huntington Beach
6-7/200, long limbed; + pitchability/+ performance; 88-92 FB/+ life, improving CU/CH, projects physically.?
39. JOE PANIK, ss, St. John’s University (Jr.)
Long, lean SS with ++ LH bat (.402-9-56,); rest of tools are average, but comes to play, gets most of ability.?
40. JACKIE BRADLEY, of, University of South Carolina (Jr.)
No-brainer first-rounder before wrist injury/subpar 2011 season; superior defender, can hit for average/power.
41. TREVOR STORY, ss, Irving HS
Potential 5-tool SS, 6-2/175, + projects; 6.74 runner, ++ arm strength (96 mph pitching), + bat speed/power.?
42. ANTHONY MEO, rhp, Coastal Carolina University (Jr.)
Slipped from 13 wins in 2010 to 7; FB still firm at 94-95, T-98, high-80s SL, both lack + command, gets hit.
43. JOSH OSICH, lhp, Oregon State University (Jr.)
Classic hi-risk/hi-reward; power LHP with 96-98 FB, but long medical record, limited history of success.?
44. MATTHEW PURKE, lhp, Texas Christian University (So.)
?2009 first-rounder/2011 draft mystery; blister/shoulder issues hamper stuff, delivery issues (5-1, 1.44, 44 IP).?
45. KYLE CRICK, rhp, Sherman HS
+ improved in 2011; 89-91 FB last summer/92-95 this spring, sharp mid-80s SL, sound delivery/pitchability.
46. BRANDON NIMMO, of, Cheyenne East HS, Cheyenne
Complete package; + hitter with + stroke/approach, power will come; all tools to excel in CF (arm, ++ speed).
47. 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.?
48. 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.?
49. BLAKE SNELL, lhp, Shorewood HS, Shoreline
Lanky 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.?
50. KYLE WINKLER, rhp, Texas Christian University (Jr.)
5-11 bulldog RHP; + consistent as collegian (27-6 career); 91-94 FB w/sink, + low-80s SL/CH. + command.?
51. TONY ZYCH, rhp, University of Louisville (Jr.)
Excels in closer role (2.84/12 SV as JR; 0.89/12 SV on Cape) with 97 FB, but has violent/funky arm action.?
52. WILLIAMS JEREZ, of, Grand Street Campus HS, Brooklyn
?2009 Dominican immigrant; ++ build (6-4/190), LH bat, big power potential, solid CF tools, + speed/arm.
53. DWIGHT SMITH, of, McIntosh HS, Peachtree City
MLB bloodlines (son of Dwight Sr.); very polished bat/line-drive machine, average speed/arm, + performer.
54. KES CARTER, of, Western Kentucky University (Jr.)
Potential 5-tool talent; best hitter in state (.348-7-38), emerging power, speed for CF, arm strength for RF.?
55. HUDSON BOYD, rhp, Bishop Verot HS, North Fort Myers
XXL build; top performer (10-0, 0.37, 57 IP/100 K), dominates with heavy 91-94 FB, power CU, command.
56. NAVERY MOORE, rhp, Vanderbilt University (Jr.)
Breakthrough year (4-2, 1.05, 9 SV) for ex-TJ victim; ball jumps out of hand on heavy 93-96 FB, + 82-84 SL.
57. ADAM CONLEY, lhp, Washington State University (Jr.)
Used as starter to become a complete pitcher, but stuff/makeup better suited to close; + command of 95 FB.?
58. GRANDEN GOETZMAN, ss-of, Palmetto HS, Palmetto
Stock way up as SR for 6-4/195 athlete; ++ power/speed package with loose, fast swing, has future CF tools.
59. JASON ESPOSITO, 3b, Vanderbilt University (Jr.)
Hits to all fields with fluid/easy stroke (.354-5-46); gifted 3B, + arm, makes all plays; + instincts on bases.
60. MATTHEW DEAN, ss/3b, The Colony HS, Highland Village
Paired with Story (No. 6) by scouts; Dean more physical, + power/6.81 speed, + defender, very agile athlete.?
61. CHRIS REED, lhp, Stanford University (Jr.)
6-4 lefty closer (4-2, 3.15, 6 SV) with starter profile; 91-94 FB/T-96, flashes + SL/CH, effort in delivery.?
62. CARL THOMORE, of, East Brunswick HS
5-tool potential, 6-2/210, + speed, strong OF tools, + bat speed (.493-2-22, 25 SB, only 2 K’s), ++ makeup.
63. TYLER GOEDDEL, 3b, St. Francis HS, Hillsborough
6-4/175, + projects; 6.6 runner, quick RH swing, strong arm, CF may be in future, missed month with mono.?
64. JORGE LOPEZ – rhp, Academia la Milagrosa, Cayey
Very athletic 6-4/180, new to pitching, 89-92 mph FB, good feel for CU, sound delivery, high-ceiling talent.
65. BRETT AUSTIN, c, Providence HS, Matthews
+ versatile athlete; switch-hitter, + bat speed on both sides, calm/L-D approach, quick feet defensively, + arm.?
66. B.A. VOLLMUTH, 3b, University of Southern Mississippi (Jr.)
Big raw power, + arm for 3B are readily evident; slowed by hip flexor, must prove his hitting skills are legit.
67. BRAD MILLER, ss, Clemson University (Jr.)
Hitting ability, arm, speed never been an issue; has satisfied questions about true power potential, range at SS.
68. BRANDON MARTIN, ss, Santiago HS, Corona
Flown by other SS in SoCal, + stronger; quick L-D swing/improved power; 6.8 speed/quick; solid defender.?
69. DREW GAGNON, rhp, Long Beach State University (Jr.)
Workhorse 6-4 righty, low 90s FB/T-94, improving SL/CU/CH, + FB command, lacks + SO pitch, 4-8, 2.83.?
70. CAMERON GALLAGHER, c, Mannheim Township HS, Lancaster
Surprisingly quick/agile behind plate at 6-3/210; + arm, strong swing/HR power; brother in Dodgers system.?
71. LARRY GREENE, of, Berrien County HS, Nashville
Raw strength/power in 6-1/230 build; bat is best tool/ball jumps at contact, 6.8 speed; corner OF, OK arm.
72. DEREK FISHER, of, Cedar Crest HS, Rexmont
?Easy LH power in 6-3/215 frame (.484-11-28), RF tools, 6.65 runner, Jay Bruce comparison; UVa recruit.
73. MICHAEL KELLY, rhp, West Boca HS, Boynton Beach
Projectable at 6-5/190; easy delivery, fast/loose arm, heavy FB to 95, + life down, big CU, 8-4, 1.93 in 69 IP.
74. ERIK JOHNSON, rhp, University California (Jr.)
Thick 6-2/240 build; primarily power sinker/slider (low 90s/T-95 mph), also CU/CH, 6-2, 1.94, 84 IP/80 SO.?
75. KEENYN WALKER, of, Central Arizona CC (So.)
Across-the-board improvement; ++ athlete, became ball player in 2011; ++ speed on bases/CF, better contact.?
76. JAMES McCANN, c, University of Arkansas (Jr.)
Quality athlete for C; + quickness/agility on defense, strong arm; bat speed just fair (.308-6-31), flashes pop.
77. ROMAN QUINN, of/ss, Port St. Joe HS
Versatile player, excellent defensive tools/instincts, ++ runner (6.35/60), switch hits, sprays ball to all fields.
78. C.J. MCELROY, of, Clear Creek HS, League City
Son of Chuck, ex-LHP; ++ athlete (track/FB standout), 80 speed/MLB scale, RH bat/sound swing, LF arm.?
79. CHARLIE LOWELL, lhp, Wichita State University (Jr.)
XL frame (6-4/245), workhorse; solid mechanics, consistent stuff, low 90s FB/T-95, sharp SL, 10-4, 2.68.?
80. NICK AHMED, ss, University of Connecticut (Jr.)
High-energy/athletic player; solid defender at SS with ++ arm; bat is suspect; recovered from collapsed lung.
81. CARSON SMITH, rhp, Texas State University (Jr.)
Big 6-5/215 frame, low-¾ release, 91-95 FB, big power SL, shoulder question, but 8-3, 1.98, 95 IP/114 SO.?
82. NICK DELMONICO, c, Farragut HS, Knoxville
Strong build (6-3/215); injured wrist this spring, not shown ++ power, + hitting potential, raw catching skills.
83. JEFF AMES, rhp, Lower Columbia JC (So.)
Physical RHP, loose/power arm; FB routinely at 95-97 when used in short role, power SL solid No. 2 pitch.?
84. RICKY OROPESA, 1b, University of Southern California (Jr.)
6-3/225 LH hitter, ++ bat speed/raw power, Cape 2010 HR leader(7), improved contact (.330-6-36, 27 BB).
85. 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.
86. NOE RAMIREZ, rhp, Cal State Fullerton (Jr.)
Polished arm/+ competitor (8-2, 1.78, 75 IP/15 BB/83 SO); commands 88-92 FB, solid CU, CH is best pitch.?
87. 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.?
88. ALEX DICKERSON, of, Indiana University (Jr.)
One of top hitters/power threats in draft (47 HR/181 RBI in career); speed/defense/arm all below average.?
89. J.R. GRAHAM, rhp, Santa Clara University (Jr.)
6-0 RHP, ex- SS; +++ arm, FB sits 95-97, touches 100 mph out of pen, SL flat; strike thrower (53 IP/4 BB).?
90. TRAVIS HARRISON, of/1b, Tustin HS, Aliso Viejo
Power bat/aggressive hitter, proven offensive performer, one-dimensional talent, arm limits him to LF/1B.?
91. BURCH SMITH, rhp, University of Oklahoma (Jr.)
6-3/200, flashes + stuff, FB to 95-96, sharp CU, solid CH; pitchability still raw for college hurler (9-3, 3.91).
92. MADISON BOER, rhp, University of Oregon (Jr.)
Tall/projectable arm with superior stuff (92-94 FB/T-96, + SL/CH); used in variety of roles (3-6, 2.27, 3 SV).?
93. JOHNNY EIERMAN, ss/of, Warsaw HS
Intriguing tools; + raw bat speed/power potential, 6.41 speed, 90-plus arm; scouts debate 2B or CF in future.
94. 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.?
95. MATT SUMMERS, rhp, UC Irvine (Jr.)
Converted OF, superior athlete; power arm with 91-95 FB, improving SL/CU; first-year as starter (8-2, 2.10).
96. CONNOR BARRON, ss, Sumrall HS, Hattiesburg
Big growth spurt in last year, now 6-3/190; Reid Brignac comparisons; ++ LH bat (.484-7-34), 80 runner.
97. ZACH CONE, of, University of Georgia (Jr.)
Superior athlete with 5-tool potential; 6.45 in 60, excellent OF, + raw bat speed, but very undisciplined hitter.
98. PETER O’BRIEN, c, Bethune-Cookman University (Jr.)
Best B-C draft in 28 years has 2 ++ tools (power/arm), but offensive output fell (.380, 20 HR to .290, 12 HR).
99. EVAN MARSHALL, rhp, Kansas State University (Jr.)
Set-up role at K-State (5-5, 1.64); + easy, but deceptive delivery, 6-1/205 frame; FB at 91-96 mph, + SL.?
100. JOE MUSGROVE, rhp, Grossmont HS, El Cajon
XL athletic frame (6-5/230), + FB improvement, now tops 95/heavy sink, upper 70s power CU, easy delivery.?
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