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Draft  | State Preview  | 5/21/2011

State Preview: California

Allan Simpson      David Rawnsley     
Photo: UCLA

In the weeks leading up to the draft, Perfect Game will be providing a detailed overview of each state in the U.S., including the District of Columbia, as well as Canada and Puerto Rico. These overviews will list the state's strengths, weaknesses and the players with the best tools, as well as providing mini-scouting reports on all Group 1 and 2 players.

California State-by-State List

California Overview:
UCLA Pair of Cole, Bauer Stand Apart From Remaining California Talent

By California’s lofty draft standards, this could be one of the leanest years in history for the state. With the obvious exception of high-profile UCLA righthanders Gerrit Cole and Trevor Bauer, it’s possible that not a single other first-round pick might have come from the Golden State this year.

Cole and Bauer are both in the running to go first overall, and otherwise in the top five picks. But the next selection, likely to be one of four high-school prospects, isn’t expected to occur until late in the late first round, and possibly not even until the sandwich round.

Should that occur, it would mark draft history for California. In the preceding 46 years of the draft, the latest that the initial high-school pick from the state was taken occurred in 1987, when Ocean View High (Huntington Beach) righthander David Holdridge was selected with the 31st

Seven times in draft history, a California prep prospect has been taken first overall, the last being the rather infamous 2004 selection of Mission Bay High (San Diego) shortstop/righthander Matt Bush. But it is entirely possible that no high-school player from the state will hear his name called among the first 33 picks that make up the first round this year.

The four players who all have a reasonable, and perhaps, equal shot of being picked about the time Tampa Bay calls out the 31
st pick are righthanders Joe Ross and Robert Stephenson from Northern California, and catcher Austin Hedges and lefthander Henry Owens from the southern half of the state. But none is close to a sure thing.

Hedges, from Junipero Serra High, has outstanding defensive tools at a premium position, but scouts aren’t sure about his bat and are even less sure about being able to sway him from his strong commitment to UCLA. Stephenson (Alhambra High) and Ross (Bishop O’Dowd HS) both have late first-round credentials, but there is such a deep crop of both high-school and college pitchers nationally that they could get pushed downward. The same thought process applies to Owens (Edison High).

The California high-school crop differs from normal in another way this year as there may actually be more premium talent in Northern California than in Southern California. That is a rare occurrence, considering all the talent that typically flows out of the prep hotbeds in and around both Los Angeles and San Diego, notably in Orange County (just south of Los Angeles), long acknowledged as the single best talent area in the country.

This year, there are only two sure things in the state and they play for the same team, UCLA. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Cole has been mentioned prominently all spring in the discussion for No. 1 pick overall, but he has actually been outpitched by a substantial margin by his much-less physically imposing teammate Bauer, leading to almost daily suggestions that Bauer, and not Cole, is the player that the Pittsburgh Pirates should most seriously consider with the No. 1 pick.

Though Cole and Bauer are both juniors at UCLA and have started for the Bruins on weekends since they were freshmen, both come from completely-different backgrounds and have radically-different pitching styles.

Cole, who rejected a first-round offer in 2008 from the New York Yankees out of an Orange County high school, has impressed scouts all spring with his raw stuff, which includes a mid- to upper-90s fastball, plus slider and improving changeup, along with more consistent mechanics and command. He has frustrated scouts, to an almost-equal degree, with his spotty performance, though, as he is just 5-7, 3.27 with 19 walks and 99 strikeouts through 99 innings, very pedestrian numbers in the pitching-dominated world of college baseball in 2011.

Bauer, meanwhile, never went through the draft before enrolling at UCLA. He graduated from a high school north of Los Angeles a semester early, and joined the Bruins staff in 2009, just before that season began. Technically, he should be only a college sophomore, but no pitcher in the country has assembled a better resume over the last two years than Bauer.

He led the nation with 165 strikeouts a year ago, and has already blown past that total this season with 167 through his first 109 innings. His closest challenger was Virginia junior lefthander Danny Hultzen, with 121.

Bauer, who is 10-2, 1.40 overall and has allowed just 57 hits and 32, is on such an accelerated strikeout pace that he could conceivably break the NCAA single-season record of 234, set way back in 1979 by Hawaii lefthander Derek Tatsuno.

Scouts have been almost universally won over this spring by Bauer’s impressive raw stuff, consistency and performance, even as they remain somewhat cynical of his unconventional workout and warm-up routines, and somewhat unorthodox max-effort delivery.

Despite his unimposing 6-foot-1, 175-pound frame, Bauer can touch 97 mph, when he rears back for a little extra on his fastball, but his ultimate strikeout pitch is a hard curveball. He’ll also throw a slider, changeup and screwball-like pitch that he refers to as a “reverse slider.” He has near-impeccable command of each, and to call Bauer only “competitive” would be a vast understatement.

Bauer has become the most-dominant undersized pitcher in college baseball since Washington’s Tim Lincecum in 2006. The reference to Lincecum, the two-time National League Cy Young Award winner is somewhat apt as Bauer has patterned his game, in many ways, along the lines of Lincecum. He bears a striking similarity in style and approach.

Beyond UCLA’s sterling duo, there is plenty of pitching depth in the college ranks.

Stanford lefthander Brett Mooneyham was in line to be the first lefthander drafted heading into the year, but was lost for the season before throwing even a pitch when he sliced a ligament in his pitching hand opening a can of beans. The Cardinal should still provide the top college lefty from California, though, as 6-foot-4 closer Chris Reed has quietly replaced the injured Mooneyham as the state’s third college arm after Cole and Bauer. Though he has been used as Stanford’s closer, Reed has a starter’s mix and profile.

Long Beach State righthander Drew Gagnon and California lefthander Erik Johnson should also garner plenty of compensation-round interest, and undersized Santa Clara righhander J.R. Graham factors into that mix, as well, as he could be the hardest thrower in the entire draft. He touched 100 mph frequently this spring, although he probably lacks the physical profile and assortment of secondary pitches to be considered anything more than a second-round pick.

Despite the presence of Cole and Bauer at the front of its rotation, UCLA (29-20) probably ranks as no better than the state’s fourth- or fifth-best college team. Cole’s lack of dominance in his Friday role and the team’s anemic offense has hindered the Bruins, who finished second in last year’s College World Series.

Perennial national power Cal State Fullerton (37-14) is the top-ranked team in the state and has the talent to substantiate its high ranking, while also making it an early favorite to reach the College World Series. An especially-deep pitching staff includes junior righthanders Noe Ramirez (8-2, 1.76) and Tyler Pill (5-1, 2.29), the team’s two best starters and top prospects. They should be legitimate candidates for the second round. Two-way standout Nick Ramirez (.296-9-43, 1-0, 0.84, 14 SV), no relation to Noe, should fall in line no more than a round later, while less-heralded Titans pitchers Colin O’Connell, Jake Floethe and Chris Devenski are all candidates for the top 10 rounds.

The school that was expected to challenge Fullerton to be the top team in the state, Stanford, survived a rugged early-season schedule that included road series at Rice, Vanderbilt and Texas, but is a pedestrian 28-18 overall. Reed is the only Cardinal player expected to impact the early rounds of this draft, but Stanford’s influence on the process could be profound over the next two years.

The freshman- and sophomore-filled Cardinal roster should dominate the upper rounds of both the 2012 and 2013 drafts, but the reality is that most of the team’s young prospects still play like youngsters with their free-swinging ways at the plate (135 BB vs. 338 SO), limited impact base running (only 26 steals in 41 attempts as a team) and inconsistent defense (.965 team fielding).

Powerful sophomore righthander Mark Appel (4-6, 3.49) is a strong comparison to UCLA’s Cole, both in terms of stuff and present performance, while fellow Stanford sophomore shortstop Kenny Diekroeger (.316-2-29, 15 errors) has early first-round tools but is still learning how to use them.

Undoubtedly, the feel-good story of the 2011 season in California at the college level has been the unexpected reinstatement of the baseball program at the University of California, which was initially axed under controversial circumstances amidst the state’s huge on-going budget crisis.

A frantic fund-raising effort raised the necessary $10 million to save the program. Despite the near-season long uncertainty and distraction, the Golden Bears have been solid on the field all spring, going 30-16. Johnson (6-2, 1.94, 84 IP/80 SO), the team’s top prospect, heads a wave of potential California draft picks.

California’s junior-college ranks, meanwhile, continue to try and fight back from the fallout that resulted from the government-imposed, across-the-board 20 percent roll back in games played, mandated in 2010 as a result of the state’s budget crunch.

While Oxnard JC freshman Jesus Valdez, an unsigned fifth-round pick in 2010, was expected to command more than his share of attention because of his lofty draft position, he has actually been upstaged this spring by two other righthanded pitchers—Merced JC freshman righthander Jake Sisco and Santa Barbara CC sophomore lefthander Kylin Turnbull.

Like Valdez, Sisco was drafted out of a California high school a year ago, in the 34th round by the San Francisco Giants, and he has made a meteoric rise up draft boards this spring with a surge in the velocity on his fastball. Sisco has a realistic shot of being drafted in the top 100 picks overall.

California in a Nutshell:

College pitching.
WEAKNESS: Premium high-school talent, especially in southern half of state.
OVERALL RATING (1-to-5 scale): 3.

Cal State Fullerton.
BEST HIGH-SCHOOL TEAM: Edison HS, Huntington Beach.

Trevor Bauer, rhp, UCLA. Bauer’s unconventional pre-game routines and max-effort delivery are topics of discussion among scouts more than his raw stuff and overwhelming dominance. But the stuff and dominance finally appear to finally be winning over teams at the top of the draft.

PROSPECT ON THE DECLINE: Austin Wood, rhp, Southern California.
The Florida native was high on many potential first-round lists at the beginning of the season, but has struggled to repeat the success he enjoyed last summer in the Cape Cod League and seems miscast as a starter. He lacks a reliable off-speed pitch and command to go with his mid-90s fastball, and has gone just 4-6, 5.48 with 76 hits allowed and 42 strikeouts in 65 innings.

Austin Hedges, c, Junipero Serra HS, San Juan Capistrano. There are big-league teams that believe Hedges is the only first-round worthy high-school prospect in the state. But the defensive whiz is being advised by the Scott Boras Corporation and his commitment to UCLA is believed to be very strong, and it make take a significant seven-figure bonus to lure him away from a college career.

BEST OUT-OF-STATE PROSPECT, California Connection:
Andrew Susac, c, Oregon State University (attended high school in Roseville).
TOP 2012 PROSPECTS: Mark Appel, rhp, Stanford; Kenny Diekroeger, ss, Stanford.
TOP 2013 PROSPECT: Austin Wilson, of, Stanford University.

Draft History (all 1st round/1st pick): Steve Chilcott, c, Antelope Valley HS, Lancaster (Mets, 1966); Tim Foli, ss, Notre Dame HS, Canoga Park (Mets, 1968); Jeff Burroughs, of, Wilson HS, Long Beach (Senators, 1969); Darryl Strawberry, of, Crenshaw HS, Los Angeles (Mets, 1980); Phil Nevin, 3b, Cal State Fullerton (Astros, 1992); Adrian Gonzalez, 1b, Eastlake HS, Chula Vista (Marlins, 2000); Delmon Young, of, Camarillo HS (Devil Rays, 2003); Matt Bush, ss/rhp, Mission Bay HS, San Diego (Padres, 2004); Stephen Strasburg, rhp, San Diego State University (Nationals, 2009).
2006 Draft: Greg Reynolds, rhp, Stanford University (Rockies/1st round, 2nd pick).
2007 Draft: Mike Moustakas, ss, Chatsworth HS (Royals/1st round, 2nd pick).
2008 Draft: Brian Matusz, lhp, University of San Diego (Orioles/1st round, 4th pick).
2009 Draft: Stephen Strasburg, rhp, San Diego State University (Nationals/1st round, 1st pick).
2010 Draft: Christian Colon, ss, Cal State Fullerton (Royals/1st round, 4th pick).


Best Hitter: Tyler Goeddel, 3b, St. Francis HS, Mountain View.
Best Power: Travis Harrison, of/1b, Tustin HS, Anaheim.
Best Speed: Desmond Henry, of, Centennial HS, Compton.
Best Defender: Austin Hedges, c, Junipero Serra HS, San Juan Capistrano.
Best Velocity: J.R. Graham, rhp, Santa Clara University.
Best Breaking Stuff: Trevor Bauer, rhp, UCLA.


(Projected ELITE-Round Draft / Rounds 1-3)

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. TREVOR BAUER, rhp, UCLA (Jr.)
Overshadows Cole (10-2, 1.40, nation-leading 167 SO/109 IP), mid-90s FB, ++ nasty CU, unusual routines.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. HENRY OWENS, lhp, Edison HS, Huntington Beach
6-7/200, long limbed; + pitchability/+ performance; 88-92 FB/+ life, improving CU/CH, projects physically.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. 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).
12. 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.
13. TRAVIS HARRISON, of/1b, Tustin HS, Aliso Viejo
Power bat/aggressive hitter, proven offensive performer, one-dimensional talent, arm limits him to LF/1B.
14. 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.
15. 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).
16. 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.
17. 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.
18. JACOB ANDERSON, 1b/of, Chino HS
+ projectable 6-4 build, projects + power, some stiffness in swing; + 1B defense, also 6.7 runner, corner OF.
19. JAKE SISCO, rhp, Merced CC (Fr.)
Made major strides since late-round 2010 draft (11-1, 1.66, 108 IP/124 SO); 6-3/200; 93 FB, more in tank.
20. 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).
21. DANIEL CAMARENA, lhp/1b, Cathedral Catholic, Bonita
Velo + improved to steady 88-92, flashes + CU; 7-1, 0.67, 52 IP/5BB/78 SO, + competitor, also 1B prospect.
22. AUSTIN WOOD, rhp, University of Southern California (Jr.)
A puzzle to scouts; + frame, huge 2011 summer on Cape (95-96 FB, + SL), but regressed to old college form.
23. BOBBY CROCKER, of, Cal Poly (Jr.)
MLB body with all tools (+ power/bat, + CF/speed) to progress; has to be more productive (.333-3-18, 8 SB).
24. KYLIN TURNBULL, lhp, Santa Barbara CC (So.)
6-5 LHP extremely raw as 2010 reliever; has made huge strides (5-2, 2.47, 80 IP/92 SO), + 92-93 FB, + SL.
25. MITCHELL WALDING, ss, St. Mary’s HS, Stockton
6-3/190 frame with pure SS actions, ++ arm strength; easy LH swing (.436-0-15), also pitches (5-0, 0.40).
26. NICK RAMIREZ, 1b/lhp, Cal State Fullerton (Jr.)
2-way Titans standout (.295-9-41; 0.84, 14 SV); polished bat/+ power are best pro tools, also 87-90 mph, CU.
27. SHAWON DUNSTON Jr., of, Valley Christian HS, Fremont
Son of 1982 No. 1 overall pick; 6.58 runner, + defender in CF, LH bat, but needs to gain strength as hitter.
28. ADAM McCREERY, lhp, Bonita HS, La Verne
Projectable 6-8/200 LHP, missed 2 months/tender elbow, stock slipped, pitching again, low 90s, + SL/CU.

(Projected HIGH-Round Draft / Rounds 4-10)

29. MATT ANDRIESE, rhp, UC Riverside (Jr.)
Quality college arm; strike thrower with consistent stuff (91-94 FB, hard CU, + CH), + feel/mixes pitches.
30. MATTHEW TROUPE, rhp, Chaminade HS, West Hills
Ex-C with limited pitching experience (4-2, 1.14, 49 IP/74 SO), FB to 94 mph, throws + easy, solid SL/CH.
31. JAKE REED, rhp, Helix Charter HS, La Mesa
Stock jumped with improved velo (88-92), ++ CH/command; 6-0, 0.34, 56 IP/5BB/41 SO; slender 6-2, 175.
32. RYAN GARVEY, of, Palm Desert HS, Indian Wells
Son of Steve, scouts say Dodgers draft; + strong, corner athlete, + power potential, can drive ball to gaps.
33. BRETT MOONEYHAM, lhp, Stanford University (Jr.)
Wild-card draft; skilled 6-5 LHP, + stuff/bloodlines, missed 2011 season with sliced tendon/pitching hand.
34. JESUS VALDEZ, rhp, Oxnard JC (Fr.)
2010 fifth-rounder projects same draft spot; went 6-1, 2.80, 61 IP/66 SO; FB 89-91/T-94, now has SL/CH.
35. BILLY FLAMION, of, Central Catholic HS, Modesto
LH hitter, + bat speed, ball jumps; stock way down this spring (.375-4-22); also 6.76 in 60, upper 80s as LHP.
36. SCOTT LYMAN, rhp, UC Davis (Jr.)
Disappointing year (3-5, 4.72), but 6-4/215, flashes + stuff (FB to 95, sharp SL), command issues, also RF.
37. COLIN O’CONNELL, rhp, Cal State Fullerton (Jr.)
6-6 RHP has quietly made strides on ++ Titans staff; has sinking 90-93 FB, + SL, went 7-3, 2.49, 69 IP/6 BB.
38. DESMOND HENRY, -of, Centennial HS, Compton
Slender 6-1, 170 athlete; ++ speed is best tool, + base-stealing threat; quick hands, can drive balls, CF tools.
39. RASHARD HARLIN, of, Helix HS, La Mesa
Late riser, gotten ++ stronger, now 6-1/180; ++ raw speed/powerful runner, + bat improvement, + CF tools.
40. SCOTT SNODGRESS, lhp, Stanford University (Jr.)
Struggles to throw strikes (2-2, 4.11, 31 IP/26 BB), hot/cold, but 6-5 LHP with 95-96 FB in fall, 92 in spring.
41. CODY ANDERSON, rhp, Feather River JC (So.)
6-4/210 RHP, Rays’ 17th-rounder in 2010, FB at 90-93, needs better off-speed; went 6-1, 2.15, TCU recruit.
42. CHRIS JENSEN, rhp, University of San Diego (Jr.)
Just 3-6, 3.98 as JR (72 IP/68 SO), but 6-4/200 RHP with 92-94 FB/T-95, break improving, can be + at times.
43. KEVIN KRAMER, ss/2b, Turlock HS
+ athlete, dual-threat D-I QB, balanced BB tools (6.8 runner, solid arm, LH bat with pop, polished), more 2B.
44. CHRISTIAN LOPES, ss, Edison HS, Huntington Beach
Matured early, top HS player in state as soph, tools peaked; flashy SS tools, pop in bat, fringy average speed.
45. ROBERTO PADILLA, lhp, San Jose State University (Jr.)
Led Ohlone JC to state title in 2010, proven winner (8-5, 2.94 in 2011); + movement/deception on 91-92 FB.
46. DUSTY ROBINSON, of, Fresno State University (Jr.)
+ power at 6-0/195, big season at plate (.326-13-45, 19 2B, also 40 SO), has 6.6 speed in 60, + arm strength.
47. PHILLIP EVANS, ss, La Costa Canyon HS, Carlsbad
RH-hitting Tony Wolters; + skills/+polished; stock slipped, BA speed, 2B likely in future, + bat (.375-7-23).
48. CALVIN DRUMMOND, rhp, University of San Diego (So.)
SO-eligible RHP, DNP in 2010 (3-4, 3.27 in 2011); lacks experience, + arm, 91-94 FB, flashes + off-speed.
49. JAMES ZAMARIPPA, of, Rancho Cucamonga HS
Natural comp to Gary Brown (SF/first round, 2010); LH bat with ++ speed, CF tools, pop in bat (.378-3-22).
50. JAMES HARRIS, of, Oakland Tech, Oakland
Premium athlete, raw skills; 6.58 runner, + bat speed from still/stiff start, ball jumps off bat, CF range/tools.
51. J.D. DAVIS, 3b/rhp, Elk Grove HS
Legit 2-way prospect (.506-8-43; 5-2, 1.68); agile for size (6-3/210), big RH power, 89-92 FB, good CU.
52. DANTE FLORES, ss/2b, St. John Bosco HS, Norwalk
Deceiving strength in 5-11/170 frame; + bat/shows power, + polished; future 2B, 6.96/60, tight USC commit.
53. KENNY PEOPLES-WALLS, ss, Westchester HS, Los Angeles
Athletic 6-1/175 SS, late pop-up on draft boards; intriguing speed/power mix; hit .414-5-23, stole 14 bags.
54. JESSE DARRAH, rhp, Fresno Pacific University (Jr.)
Attracted ++ interest last fall as Sacramento State transfer, FB at 95; more 90-93 this spring, better CU/CH.
55. TAYLOR SPARKS, 3b, St. John Bosco HS, Bellflower
Solid athlete for size (6-3/200); 6.92/4.27 runner, quick 3B actions, playable arm, + raw power/+ bat speed.
56. AARON BROWN, of/lhp, Chatsworth HS, West Hills
6-2/200, + strong; 2-way standout as LH-hit OF/LHP; lift in swing, + power, 6.87 speed, upper-80s FB.
57. RILEY MOORE, c, San Marcos HS, Santa Barbara
Long, lean projectable build (6-2/180); switch-hitter, + bat speed/+ LH power potential, + arm strength.
58. BRAD ZIMMER, of/3b, La Jolla HS, San Diego
6-4/185, + LH bat/smooth swing, easy speed, projects as CF, similar player to Brian Humphries (see next).
59. BRIAN HUMPHRIES, of, Pepperdine University (Jr.)
Tops Wave in BA (.307), SB (11); solid CF in college, but below-average arm/power profiles him as LF.
60. JAKE FLOETHE, rhp, Cal State Fullerton (Jr.)
Pitching again (5-3, 3.45) after TJ surgery cost him most of 2009-10; 6-3 RHP, FB 93, mostly sinker/SL type.
61. NICK GRIM, rhp, Monterey Peninsula JC (So.)
FB peak at 95 in fall, more steady 92-93 this spring; 3 pitches, also CH, + CU; in 83 IP, 53 H/42 BB/95 SO.
62. MICHAEL CEDEROTH, rhp, Steele Canyon HS, Spring Valley
Lanky 6-5/180 frame, loose/fast arm, low-90s FB, tops 94-95; SL, off-speed still developing, raw delivery.
63. ANDREW TRIGGS, rhp, University of Southern California (Jr.)
USC Friday-night starter (4-3, 3.68); fourth-year JR, TJ in past; has sinking 94-95 FB, + SL; mixes pitches.
64. AARON BROOKS, rhp, Cal State San Bernardino (Jr.)
6-4/220 RHP has fluid, easy arm, nice 4-pitch mix, ++ pitchability; just 5-7 at D-II level, 92 IP/8 BB/78 SO.
65. CHRIS JOYCE, lhp, Santa Barbara CC (So.)
Well-traveled lefty continues to produce big numbers (6-0, 1.54, 70 IP/97 SO); lively 91-93 FB, + tight CU.
66. SCOTT BARLOW, rhp, Golden Valley HS, Santa Clarita
High ceiling in projectable 6-3/165 frame; loose/easy arm, 89-92 FB, good CH, CU developing, also a SS.
67. DANNY KELLER, rhp, Newbury Park HS
Long limbs/long arm action at projectable 6-5/185; 88-93 mph FB, flashes good CU spin, raw mechanics.
68. DAVID SCHUKNECHT, c, Palm Desert HS
Ryan Garvey HS teammate; well-rounded C tools, 6-1/185, + RH bat (.456-3-24), quick defensive actions.
69. ALEX BLANDINO, ss, St. Francis HS, Mountain View
++ pure baseball player, does it all, just not easily; + power/aggressive swing, arm strength, Stanford signee.
70. GABE SAQUILON, rhp, Houston Christian Academy, San Diego
Stocky/strong athlete at 6-0/175; 89-93 FB, hard/tight CU (5-1, 1.78, 51 IP/90 SO); also a SS (.506-7-32).
71. KYLE BARRACLOUGH, rhp, St. Mary’s University (Jr.)
6-3/180 RHP has produced so-so 5-5, 3.62 record (92 IP/29 BB/66 SO); should be better pro with 93-94 FB.
72. MARCUS SEMIEN, ss, University of California (Jr.)
Athletic MIF with speed, power, contact skills (.256-4-28, 24 SB); + agility, + arm in field; holes in his game.
73. MICHAEL JENSEN, rhp, Hartnell JC (Fr.)
Salinas HS teammate of Grim (No. 61); FB up to 95 in fall/92-93 this spring, ++ CU; 6-3, 2.00, 81 IP/76 SO.
74. AUSTIN DAVIDSON, ss, Oxnard HS
LH-hitting 6-0/185 SS; + pop, .456/10 HR as JR, pressed this spring, smooth defender, lacks speed for SS.
75. BRANDON MEREDITH, of/1b, San Diego State University (Jr.)
Better athlete than looks in 6-2/220 frame; + hitter/power (.271-4-34), intense player, strives under pressure.
76. DIXON ANDERSON, rhp, University of California (Jr.)
Not same guy who threw 96, had 4 quality pitches, went in 6th round in 2010; results (4-2, 4.28) tell it all.
77. NICK CARMICHAEL, rhp, Palomar JC (Fr.)
Lacks power arm of injured teammate Justin Bellez (95), pitchability of Ryan Wilkins, but nice blend of both.
78. WYATT STRAHAN, rhp, Villa Park HS
Stock up, late USC commit; good athlete, projectable frame at 6-3/190, FB to 92 mph, good CU; 6-4, 1.48.
79. TREVOR GRETZKY, 1b, Oaks Christian HS, Westlake Village
Son of the Great One; 6-4/190 LH bat, needs to add strength; smooth swing, but long; athletic, also + HS QB.
80. RYAN TELLA, of, Ohlone JC (So.)
Big season (.425-3-35, 20 SB) for 2010 state JC champs in return to Final 4; + hitter, power only tool absent.
81. MATT JENSEN, 2b, Cal Poly (Jr.)
10th-round out of HS, hitting .212-0-10; injury-prone (broken collarbone/FR, dislocated knee/SO, wrist/JR).
82. CHRIS DEVINSKI, rhp, Cal State Fullerton (Jr.)
Ex-JC SS, just learning to pitch; FB up to 96, best velo on ++ Fullerton staff; 2-0, 5.03, 2 SV, 20 IP/24 SO.
83. MATT KOCH, c, Loyola Marymount University (Jr.)
Gets edge over 3 + LMU arms (Gillingham, Viramontes, Wheeler); solid defender, + raw power (.299-3-33).
84. JORDAN LEYLAND, 1b, UC Irvine (Jr.)
Red-hot bat keyed Cotuit surge to 2010 Cape League title; + hitter/power (.292-3-31), runs well for 6-4/230.
85. RYAN KELLER, rhp, West Ranch HS, Castaic
Strong 6-3/210 build; cut FB up to 92 mph, mid-70s CU, OK CH, workhorse type, 6-3, 2.58, 54 IP/61K.
3-year starter; ++ defensive skills/tools, handles Cole/Bauer ++ easy; weak bat/contact only (.233-0-15).
87. ERIC SNYDER, of, Edison HS, Irvine
Slender 6-0 build, LH bat is + hitting tool, + bat speed, squares up everything; 6.74 runner, fringy CF tools.
88. NIC CUCKOVICH, ss, Riverside CC (So.)
Athletic Canadian MIF, has come on fast after slow start; L-D swing, 6.7 speed, Latin flair at SS, + arm.
89. KEVIN DAVIDSON, rhp/3b, Yucaipa HS
Younger brother of Matt, ex-sandwich pick; 2-way talent, .500-2-34, but coming on ++ as RHP (8-1, 2.13).