Draft : : State Preview
Friday, April 26, 2013

MLB Draft Preview: California

Todd Gold        
Photo: San Diego
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 scouting reports on all Group 1 and 2 players as ranked in Perfect Game's state-by-state scouting lists.  Please visit this page for all of the links to Perfect Game's 2013 Draft Preview content.



California State-by-State List

Not that the talent rich state needed it, but the return of Stanford ace Mark Appel gives California another elite draft prospect. He joins Kris Bryant of San Diego and high school first basemen Dominic Smith as three likely top ten picks. High school shortstop JP Crawford gives California an outside shot at an impressive four top ten picks, though that may be a bit of a stretch. A little over a month away from the draft, there are ten players from the state of California that have the potential to come off the board in the first round.

College baseball's leading home run hitter, San Diego third baseman Kris Bryant has been obliterating baseballs at a rampant pace and a strong case can be made that he is the best prospect in this draft. Yet, with the continued presence of Appel, Bryant falls to the No. 2 spot in the state-by-state rankings list. The quality of left handed pitching in the state is also quite evident, as high schoolers Matt Krook, Ian Clarkin, Blake Taylor and Jonah Wesely all have a shot at going in the top 50 picks. Further down the list there is still plenty more left handed pitching talent to be found, even when you exclude first baseman and left handed pitcher Dominic Smith, whose future is clearly at first base, despite owning a 92 mph fastball.

The biggest hole in California's class is the same as it is across the nation: the lack of legitimate shortstop prospects. In fact, the presence of JP Crawford gives California the only sure-fire first round shortstop prospect at this juncture. The catching crop is extremely strong throughout the nation, and California is no different, with several high quality backstops, though none has taken a step forward toward elite status. And as usual, the scouting adage that "kids from California can't run" holds especially true this year as there are very few plus runner in this class.


STRENGTH:
High end impact, left handed pitching, catching
WEAKNESS: Up the middle of the diamond position prospects, speed
OVERALL RATING (1-to-5 scale): 5

BEST COLLEGE TEAM:
Cal State Fullerton
BEST JUNIOR-COLLEGE TEAM: Santa Rosa
BEST HIGH SCHOOL TEAM: Mater Dei HS, Santa Ana

PROSPECT ON THE RISE: Phil Bickford, rhp, Oaks Christian High School.
A virtual unknown outside of Southern California this time a year ago, Bickford topped out at 92 mph at the 2012 Area Code Games in August. While he made a solid impression in Long Beach, it's the velocity spike this spring that has allowed him to make a big move up draft boards. He has touched 97 mph at times this spring, typically working in the 92-94 range with plus life. He has started to fill out his lean and angular 6-foot-4 frame, and his pre-game long toss program is an impressive sight.

WILD CARD: Austin Wilson, of, Stanford University.
In terms of raw tools and upside, Wilson has top 10 pick potential. But three years into his college career he has still yet to realize that potential. He's won't likely come off the board that high this June, not after missing a lot of cross-checking opportunities while out of the lineup for the first two months of the season, but he's a very talented player who will represent a high risk/high reward gamble somewhere in the top two rounds.


BEST OUT-OF-STATE PROSPECT, California Connection:
Trevor Williams, rhp, Arizona State University
Top 2014 Prospect: Michael Cederoth, rhp, San Diego State
Top 2015 Prospect: Kyle Molnar, rhp/of, Aliso Niguel HS

HIGHEST DRAFT PICKS

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, Woodrow 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); Gerrit Cole, rhp, UCLA (Pirates, 2011).
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).
2011 Draft: Gerrit Cole, rhp, UCLA (Pirates/1st round, 1st pick).

2012 Draft: Kyle Zimmer, rhp, University of San Francisco (Royals/1st round, 5th pick)

2012 DRAFT OVERVIEW

College Players Drafted/Signed:
89/84
Junior College Players Drafted/Signed: 31/24
High School Players Drafted/Signed: 82/39

BEST TOOLS

Best Athlete:
Michael Lorenzen, of/rhp, Cal State Fullerton
Best Hitter: Dominic Smith, 1b, Gardena Serra High School
Best Power: Kris Bryant, 3b, University of San Diego
Best Speed: Brian Carroll, of, UCLA
Best Defender: JP Crawford, ss, Lakewood High School
Best Velocity: Mark Appel, rhp, Stanford University
Best Breaking Stuff: Mark Appel, rhp, Stanford University
Best Command: Andrew Thurman, rhp, UC Irvine


TOP PROSPECTS - GROUPS 1 and 2

GROUP 1 (rounds 1-3)


1. MARK APPEL, rhp, Stanford University (Sr.)
After turning down the Pittsburgh Pirates, who made Appel the eighth overall pick in the 2012 draft, Appel returned to Stanford for his senior season. It's no secret that while Appel had the physical gifts to potential become the No. 1 overall pick last year, his signing bonus demands proved detrimental in the enviornment of the new CBA.  A Boras Corp. client, signability is still going to be a major factor in where Appel actually comes off the board this year as well. While the perception is that he'll have less leverage this time around as a college senior, Appel has the kind of talent that should get him serious consideration to be a top two overall pick. Appel has the stuff, size and track record to justify spending a major portion of a team's bonus pool to acquire his services, and appears to be as close to big league ready as any prospect in this draft. The 6-foot-5 righty consistently works in the mid-90s and can run his fastball into the upper-90s on occasion. He combines that with a changeup that frequently flashes plus in the mid-80s, and he has a vicious knockout slider that has allowed him to continue to pile up the strikeouts this spring (84 through first 70-1/3 IP). Click here to read Appel's detailed Draft Focus report.

2. KRIS BRYANT, 3b, University of San Diego (Jr.)
The top spot is a very hotly contested and debatable case between the best power bat in the draft and the best power arm. While Stanford's Mark Appel has plenty of merit for not only the top ranking spot in the state, it is far from a slam dunk. The nod ultimately goes to the senior with potential ace level stuff and the numbers to back it up. But Bryant is currently leading the nation with 21 home runs through his first 145 at-bats (one per every 6.9 ABs) in 40 games and is likely under at least some consideration for the No. 1 overall pick. Bryant has two question marks surrounding him: his strikeout/swing and miss rate, and his ability to stick at third base long term. Aside from those reasonable questions, he's arguably the top talent in the entire class. He has enough arm strength to make right field a potential fallback option, which would give him more positional value than if he were to move across the diamond to first base. And while he is likely to always strike out a lot in his career, he has also proven his ability to hit quality pitching on a consistent basis this year, and is currently hitting .350/.528/.823 this season. Even though he's not expected to compete for batting titles at the big league level, he has shown plenty of ability to utilize his top-of-the-scale raw power and turn it into in-game power production. Click here to read Bryan'ts detailed Draft Focus report.

3. DOMINIC SMITH, 1b, Gardena Serra HS
The most complete high school hitter in the draft, the only thing that scouts can really nitpick is the fact that he profiles as a first baseman long term. While he has plenty of arm strength for right field and works in the low-90s as a left handed pitcher (and posted pop times that rival the catchers projected for the first round in a brief stint behind the plate in Jupiter), he has the physical potential to be a gold glove caliber first basemen. And although there is a ton of pressure on Smith to hit enough to justify being drafted in the first round (especially in the top half) as a high school first basemen, Smith's bat should play at any position. While he has big raw power, Smith's in-game plate approach is typically one centered around making line drive contact and going with the pitch to utilize all fields. He has shown the ability to get aggressive and drive the ball with serious authority at times, though he is still working on keeping his head on mistake pitches and not pulling off. Once he becomes more consistent with punishing mistakes his rate of power production should see a spike. Not only does Smith have the ceiling to be an elite player at the major league level, he has off-the-charts makeup that suggests he's about as safe of a bet as anyone in the 2013 high school class to reach his potential. Click here to read Smith's detailed Draft Focus report.

4. JP CRAWFORD, ss, Lakewood HS

In a year devoid of legitimate up the middle prospects, Crawford has emerged as the biggest impact prospect at the shortstop position. He has the physical potential to develop into a legitimate five-tool player, though there are a lot of question marks to answer before doing so. He has been pitched around significantly this season, in spite of being moved to the leadoff spot in the order for Lakewood High School. That has led to some over-aggressive at-bats at times, which has in turn led to whispers about how well his hit tool will play at the next level. But if he didn't swing at the pitches he's been swinging at, he wouldn't get to swing much at all this spring. And he has all of the physical gifts to not only hit for average, but should continue to develop power as his lanky athletic frame fills out. He's also one of the safer bets to stick at shortstop, having played outstanding defensive throughout the spring, in addition to possessing all the tools to suggest he will be able to continue to do so once he reaches the professional ranks. Click here to read Crawford's detailed Draft Focus report.

5. AUSTIN WILSON, of, Stanford University (Jr.)
In terms of upside, Wilson is one of the more intriguing prospects in the entire state. But inconsistency in his early career at Stanford has been followed by missed time due to injuries, making him very difficult for teams to evaluate. Wilson returned from an elbow injury on April 8, and has since hit .405/.510/.738 in 12 games (9 starts). He has the potential to climb another spot or two if he can prove that he's healthy and show the ability to utilize his impressive tools. But his lofty current ranking will be difficult to justify if he suffers a setback, and that would leave open the possibility of following in the steps of teammate Mark Appel, in returning to Stanford for his senior season. There are a lot of possibilities that stem from the current uncertainty around Wilson's draft stock, but there is no question that he is one of the more dynamic talents in this year's draft class. His draft stock will fluctuate wildly with each game, and while he's behind the top two high school prospects (Smith and Crawford) and ahead of a group of quality arms right now, a whole lot can change over the final five weeks. Click here to read Wilson's detailed Draft Focus report.

6. MATT KROOK, lhp, St. Ignatius HS
Honors for top lefty in California are up for grabs between San Francisco's Matt Krook and Ian Clarkin of San Diego. After a quality showing against outfielder Jordan Paroubeck last week his stock is back on the upswing. He's a player with a relatively short resume in terms of national level events, though he had two very strong innings during a three inning outing at the 2012 Area Code Games. Krook reportedly touched 95 mph with his fastball earlier this spring and has typically worked in the 91-93 range and combines it with a plus curveball with 12-to-6 shape in the low-80s. His lack of experience on the mound shows at times, but it's also a positive in that he has less mileage (and corresponding wear and tear) on his arm than most of his peers in this draft class. His changeup is still a very new pitch to him and will be a key in his development, but he has the body, the arm and the makings of a repertoire that give him a great deal of upside. If he can learn to harness that potential with the help of a player development staff over the next few years, it is not out of the question that Krook could eventually become a front of the rotation starter.  Click here to read Krook's detailed Draft Focus report.

7. IAN CLARKIN, lhp, Madison HS
Clarkin's background is the opposite of Krook's, as he's been a well-established prospect on the national scene for years. He was long viewed as a quality projection lefty who had a chance to take a step forward, but he was generally viewed as a second tier prospect until he began to show significant improvement with his breaking ball. Clean arm action, sound delivery and advanced feel for pitching have always been trademarks of the young southpaw, but when his curveball picked up 4-5 mph and significantly increased bite, he took the next step forward to become a top tier prospect. Clarkin typically works in the 89-91 mph range with his fastball, topping out as high as 93 when he needs to reach back for more. He has good command, and as mentioned before his mid- to upper-70s curveball now gives him a potential out pitch. His changeup also flashes plus at times in the low-80s with good fading life, and he has the pitchability to utilize his arsenal effectively.  Click here to read Clarkin's detailed Draft Focus report.

8. ANDREW THURMAN, rhp, University of California Irvine (Jr.)
Thurman was already a solid prospect a year ago when he worked with average velocity at 89-91 and showed advanced command and pitchability. Fast forward a year and he's seen an increase in his velocity, while maintaining that pitchability. He has climbed into the mid-90s at times this spring while working with a quality four pitch arsenal. While he has never posted high strikeout rates at any point in his career at UC Irvine, he also has been very stingy on issuing free passes and most of the hits he's yielded have been of the single variety. He could continue to develop into a front of the rotation starter if his stuff continues to improve, but more likely profiles as a high floor mid-rotation starter. Click here to read Thurman's detailed Draft Focus report.

9. PHIL BICKFORD, rhp, Oaks Christian HS
One of the better power arms in the class, Bickford has seen a meteoric rise this spring. Having run his fastball as high as 97 mph, Bickford typically works in the 91-94 range comfortably, and the combination of arm speed and size makes him very intruiging. He has big depth on his sweeping breaking ball at 78-80, and it is a swing and miss pitch, though he will need to learn to develop better feel for it to force hitters to swing on it at the next level. He's also flashed a low-80s changeup at times, a pitch that has promise but is still in the early stages of development. In a draft class that is low on high school power arms, Bickford has picked up some momentum this spring and could continue to climb up draft boards as June approaches.

10. MICHAEL LORENZEN, of/rhp, California State University Fullerton (Jr.)

The top two-way prospect in the state surprisingly comes from the college ranks. Lorenzen earned billing as the top athlete in the state in the "Best Tools" section above, and is a well above average runner who plays a quality centerfield for the Titans. But for some scouts, it's Lorenzen's power arm that is most intriguing. He has run his fastball beyond the mid-90s at times and has quality secondary stuff to back it up. The biggest question regarding his future profile though is regarding what type of pitcher he can profile as. While you can find plenty of scouts who prefer him on the mound, most see him sticking with his current pitching role as a reliever. When you weigh the value of a relief pitching prospect, no matter the caliber, compared to that of a potential everyday right fielder, it becomes likely that whichever team selects Lorezen in the top two rounds will do so as an outfielder, even though there seems to be a slight lean towards the mound amongst the scouting community. Lorenezen's power potential, athleticism and arm strength give him the ingredients to be a high level position prospect in the professional game, but his ability on the mound also provides a built-in insurance policy as a reliever. Click here to read Lorenzen's detailed Draft Focus report.

11. AARON JUDGE, of, Fresno State University (Jr.)
An unusual prospect at 6-foot-7, Judge stands out physically right away. The height allows him to potentially create a ton of leverage to drive the ball with authority, though he has yet to do so on a consistent basis. But that size gives him a bigger strike zone and a longer swing, and thus there is a concern amongst scouts about how much he will swing and miss. He has struck out 38 times through 38 games to start the 2013 season, but his power rate is up, with seven home runs and a .592 slugging percentage, and he's also hitting .347 on the season. Judge is more than a bat only prospect.  While he's not a burner, he does move well enough for his size to stick in the outfield. He has some things in common offensively with Dominic Smith, in that while they both posses massive raw power, they both have front foot hitting approaches that focus far more on hitting hard line drives rather than trying to lift the ball. Judge has shown that his hit tool is at least solid, in spite of the strikeouts, but the question surrounding him is how often he'll be able to tap into his power and if the strikeout totals can remain in check at the next level. While there's some question marks that could potentially drop him out of the first round, he is a player with a lot of upside who could handsomely reward whichever team does take a chance on him. Click here to read Judge's detailed Draft Focus report.

12. CARLOS SALAZAR, rhp, Kerman HS
A year ago, Salazar was an unknown outside of the Central Valley. Salazar resides in a small farm town near Fresno, after an anonymously dominant junior spring, he suffered a foot injury that caused him to miss most of the summer. He remained under the radar until he returned from the injury in the fall and created a local buzz that spread. The Ohio Warhawks offered him a spot on their roster for the 2012 WWBA World Championship in Jupiter, where Salazar appeased a large crowd of scouts, nearly all of whom were getting their first look, by touching 96 mph. There's no doubt about how powerful Salazar's arm is, having touched 97 mph at the preseason showcase at the Urban Youth Academy in February, and he also flashed a quality breaking ball at the event. He had shown big velocity and the potential for a quality changeup, but his breaking ball was a major question mark. While he's shown flashes with the breaking ball this spring, he's still raw in several areas of his game, leaving his long-term role as a starter/reliever up in the air. If he can convince teams that he is a starter long term, he has a chance to work his way into the first round. The compensation or second round seems most likely at this point, as he's a high risk/high reward proposition. Click here to read Salazar's detailed Draft Focus report.

13. BLAKE TAYLOR, lhp, Dana Point HS

Taylor was a bit under the radar coming into the 2012 Area Code Games, after having sat out his junior season while transferring. That changed after his initial appearance, a quick 1-2-3 inning in which he topped out at 92 mph and spun a quality breaking ball. He threw another pair of quality innings, though he wasn't quite as electric as the one inning appetizer suggested he would  be. As the season has gone on this spring he's seen his velocity increase, having topped out at 95 mph. His curveball features plus spin and hard bite, and he's flashed a changeup that has good arm speed, but lacks enough velocity differential from his fastball to remain effective at the next level, though he has a good start on developing it. His development rate and young age relative to his graduating class suggest that Taylor still offers remaining projection, thus most view him as a high upside lefty.

14. RYAN MCMAHON, 3b, Mater Dei HS
The lanky 6-foot-3 left-handed slugging third basemen is already showing moderate in-game power to all fields, and his ahtletic frame portends for significant increases in physical strength with natural physical maturation. Which is to say that he has all of the ingredients for developing plus power. If McMahon can remain at third base after he fills out it would enhance his long term value further. With the potential to develop into an impact hitter, adding defensive positional value to the equation would make him really interesting. Even if he doesn't stick at third, his bat may develop enough to where it's not an issue. He's a player who could land in the first round if a team is convinced that he'll be able to hit and hold down third base at the big league level. And if they're right he'll be a steal.

15. JONAH WESELY, lhp, Tracy HS
A polished lefty with a four pitch mix, Wesely doesn't offer the exciting upside of the high school arms ranked above him. But what he has that all but Ian Clarkin don't have: present pitchability. Clarkin and Wesely are on par with several of the college pitchers in their class.  He's run his fastball as high as 94 mph, generally working comfortably in the low-90s, flashing the ability to locate to every part of the strike zone. Even though he's less likely to develop into a front line starter than the pitchers ranked ahead of him, he's more likely to reach the big leagues than most of them. A likely big league lefty starting pitcher is a pretty attractive draft profile for a prospect with a notably strong makeup, and he is likely to come off the board in the first two rounds as a result. Click here to read Wesely's detailed Draft Focus report.

16. ANDREW KNAPP, c, California (Jr.)

A switch hitter with pop from both sides, Knapp was a 41st round pick of the Athletics coming out of Granite Bay High School in 2010. Knapp was used primarily as a DH up until this spring, and while he's still somewhat raw behind the plate, he offers solid catch and throw tools, suggesting he may have a chance to stick there with development. His power bat could make him a potential impact player if he can reach his upside as a switch hitting catcher with power from both sides. Teams that are bullish on the possibility will be interested in him early on, and he's helped himself out by hitting .351/.428/.541 through 40 games.

17. AARON BROWN, lhp/of, Pepperdine University (So.)

Brown is a draft eligible sophomore who splits time between the mound and in the outfield. He missed some time early in the year with an oblique strain, adding to the unpredictability of an already volatile profile as a two-way sophomore. He has hit well in 33 at-bats (.333/.353/.455), but he's generally viewed as a primary left handed pitcher by the scouting community. He features a low-90s fastball that can touch the mid-90s on occasion. His lack of strikeouts indicate that his slider still hasn't developed into an out-pitch, which he will need in order to be more than an innings eater at the upper levels of the pro game. But as an athletic lefty who possesses the requisite size and velocity and an insurance policy as an outfielder, there will likely be a lot of interest in the second round. Click here to read Brown's detailed Draft Focus report.

18. AJ VANEGAS, rhp, Stanford University (Jr.)
After turning down the Padres as a seventh rounder out of high school in 2010, Vanegas has electric stuff, but his college career has been dampened a bit by nagging injuries. At his best, Vanegas can run his fastball into the mid-90s and back it with a power slider, giving him a pair of plus offerings that are the foundation for his high ceiling. He's posted good strikeout rates throughout his career, but he's also issued his share of walks. The question ultimately becomes whether he can harness his powerful raw stuff, stay healthy, and make the transition from the bullpen to a starting role. He's another Stanford wild card, joining high upside teammate outfielder Austin Wilson as a tandem of prospects that have been keeping scouts awake at night this spring. 

19. JORDAN PAROUBECK, of, San Mateo Serra HS

Paroubeck has one of the highest ceilings in the state. He has a large, athletic frame that projects for significant strength gains, and he already boasts tremendous bat speed from both sides of the plate. Paroubeck has little experience playing outside of the bay area, and while he put on one of the best displays in batting practice at the 2012 Area Code Games, crushing the ball with authority from both sides, he didn't do much in his game at-bats against high level pitching. He also was recently overmatched by left handed pitcher Matt Krook in a head-to-head matchup this spring. So while you can really dream on the upside, Paroubeck is a bit of wild card for top two round consideration. No question he has talent to burn (also a well above average runner with good instincts and a solid arm), but he remains a bit of a mystery with his limited resume and a development trajectory that isn't very well known to scouts. But his peak ceiling is that of a five tool player who may be able to stick in centerfield, and if a club is confident that their player development staff can get him anywhere near that peak, they will likely give him serious first round consideration.


20. CHRIS RIVERA, mif/rhp, El Dorado HS
Rivera has some things in common with the two players proceding him: he has plenty of upside but an unclear profile. While he has a very well rounded skill set, how exactly he best fits into an organization's system is a debatable topic. He has elite defensive tools for shortstop, though as a below average runner his range is a bit lacking to be a top two round shortstop in spite of consistently exceptional release times on throws combined with plus arm strength. While he has high level hitting tools, he hasn't put together a consistent season at the plate, hitting for either average (as a senior) or power (as a junior) but never both over a full season. He has a power arm and can run his fastball into the mid-90s as a reliever and has a promising breaking ball. But a 6-foot right handed reliever isn't a profile that gets many players drafted in the top five rounds. He has also shown a lot of potential behind the plate, where he popped a 1.71 during the workout of the MLSB SoCal Invitational Showcase in February, but he has very little experience behind the plate and will likely be given a chance to start his career as a middle infielder, with both ends of the battery as potential fallback options.  Click here to read Rivera's detailed Draft Focus report.

21. JEREMY MARTINEZ, c, Mater Dei HS
A polished receiver and defender, Martinez is a relatively sure thing for a high school prospect. He has a very lengthy resume that includes several gold medals as a member of three USA Baseball national  teams (2010-12) and high level events such as the PG National Showcase, Area Code Games, two Tournament of Stars appearances and the Perfect Game All-American Classic. Martinez established himself as a 2013 draft prospect following his sophomore season at Mater Dei, and sometimes he gets overlooked in favor of newly discovered exciting prospects, but come June he'll likely come off the board in the top five rounds as he not only offers an advanced skillset, but his track record of success will help cement teams' belief in his ability to both handle defensively and make hard contact against high level pitching. His stock suffers a bit as a result of the number of other quality catching prospects, which drives his market value down a bit, but he's one of the safest bets in this high school class to catch at the Major League level and will be drafted accordingly.

22. REED REILLY, rhp, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (So.)
A former two-way player, Reilly made the transition to the mound full-time while redshirting in 2011 and has thrived in his new role the past couple of seasons. He's been outstanding out of the Mustangs bullpen this year, racking up 52 strikeouts (compared to just 12 walks) in 48-1/3 innings thus far. He's served as the Mustangs closer, a role that he's had a lot of success with, but one that also limits his long term upside if he can't make the transition to a starting role as a professional.  He hasn't yet shown the kind of plus velocity to throw the ball past big league hitters as a reliever, but he has shown an ability to miss bats and has gained momentum as the spring has gone on.

23. CHASE JOHNSON, rhp, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (Jr.)

While teammate and Mustangs closer Reed Reilly (above) has been the superior pitcher from a performance standpoint this season, Johnson is the more prototypical pro prospect. Johnson has the higher long term ceiling, though he hasn't yet put together a full season of quality outings, being suceptable to streaks of wildness to this point. He has a power arm and can run his fastball a touch above the mid-90s. While he has an overpowering fastball, he has leaned on it in his relief role over the past couple of years, and his slider hasn't developed to the point where he can put away high level hitters. Until he is able to do so he will struggle to reach his high ceiling. That said, he has an unusual power arm that offers enough upside to be an interesting 3-5 round pick.

24. TREY WILLIAMS, 3b, College of the Canyons (Fr.)
Williams is the son of former 10-year big leaguer Eddie Williams, the fourth overall pick in the 1983 draft, and also a third baseman. A physically-mature presence since early in his teenage years, Williams was one of the first nationally-recognized prospects in the 2012 draft class and had realistic expectations of becoming an early-round pick in last year’s draft, only to slip to the 11th round. He chose not to sign with the St. Louis Cardinals or fulfill his commitment to Pepperdine, and instead enrolled in a local junior college to keep his options open for this year’s draft. To his misfortune, Williams got off to a rough start this spring as he was bothered by nagging injuries, but soon got on a roll and was hitting .336-5-21 by the third week of April. A strong, physically-developed player capable of generating excellent raw bat speed, Williams’ best tool is unquestionably his power potential and he can hit balls a long way when he squares them up, though his swing mechanics aren’t classic or smooth. While Williams has below-average running speed, he is deceptively quick and agile around the bag at third base, fields balls with confidence and has plenty of arm strength to remain at the hot corner.

 25. KEVIN FRANKLIN, 3b, Gahr HS
In terms of raw power, Franklin ranks along with fellow PG All-American Ryan Tellez at the top of the state's high school class, just behind Kris Bryant. His physicality leaves some to question whether he can remain on the hot corner long term, while others use it as a point of reference for comparisons to long time big leaguer Charlie Hayes. He's had a good spring thus far, hitting .433/.524/.866 with eight home runs through 21 games. He also routinely puts on displays of massive power in BP, and while he's not a fast straight line runner, he moves well for his size and has surprisingly good range at third to go with a plus arm.

26. RYAN TELLEZ, 1b/dh, Elk Grove HS

Tellez and Kevin Franklin have similar profiles: massive raw power with long term positional uncertainty. Franklin has a chance to stick at 3B, while Tellez's best case scenario would be to develop into a solid defensive 1B. Tellez makes up a lot of that ground by being a left handed hitter with equal power, but Franklin remains a slightly better prospect at this point, despite the similar high ceiling power corner profiles.


GROUP 2 (rounds 4-10)


27. TRAE ARBET, ss, Great Oak HS
In a draft with a shortage of quality shortstops, Arbet's stock gets a slight boost. He is a quality athlete with good defensive actions and plus range. His arm strength is solid, and may be enough to stay on the left side of the infield, though not a forgone conclusion at this point. He runs well and has a very quick bat, with good doubles power that could develop as he gets stronger. His swing actions are very athletic, though he can get over-aggressive at times and has a lot of moving parts, he controls them well and should continue to improve as a hitter once he gets into an organization's player development system.

28. BRIAN RAGIRA, 3b, Stanford University (Jr.)
While he has yet to fulfill his massive potential that he showed off during a Freshman All-American season in 2011, Ragira has big tools and has flashed the ability to use them at times. He's had a good showing this spring, not the dominant force that his raw tool set suggests he is capable of being, but he's certainly swinging the bat well with a line of .365/.408/.619 through 15 games (63 at-bats) in Pac-12 play. His lackluster performance last year as a sophomore and good but unspectacular beginning to this season has him just outside of Group 1 for the time being, though he could make a move upward with a strong finish to the season. Click here to read Ragira's detailed Draft Focus report.

29. DANE MCFARLAND, of, JSerra HS

McFarland's combination of size and speed are somewhat rare, and when combined with his power bat, make him a high upside prospect. He's missed most of the spring with a broken hand, as he's been easing his way back into the swing of things over the past couple of weeks. He has the physical tools to move up draft boards over the final month of draft preparation if he can prove that he's healthy and continue to show the high level tools he has shown in the past. He's a high risk/high reward type of pick who could pay big dividends as a power hitting corner outfielder.

30. SCOTT FRAZIER, rhp, Pepperdine University (Jr.)
The massive 6-foot-7 right hander is still developing his command, which tends to happen much later for pitcher's with such long levers to control while attempting to repeat their delivery. Frazier was a fifth round pick out of high school in 2010, and features impressive raw stuff when healthy. He can run his fastball into the mid-90s and create hard sink by using his length to create downhill leverage. He backs it with a power slider that features plus bite in the upper-80s at it's best, though the pitch is still a work in progress and he still doesn't command it well enough to be a legitimate out pitch.  If he can take that step in his development he has a chance to take off. Whether he can do that remains to be seen, though having stayed healthy all college season so far is a positive step in the right direction in itself. Click here to read Frazier's detailed Draft Focus report.

31. RYAN KIRBY, of/1b, Granada HS

Projectable power from the left side makes Kirby an interesting prospect who has a chance to significantly outperform his draft slot. He's a solid runner, and has enough arm to be a solid defender who is an ideal fit for left, but could possibly handle any of the three outfield positions as well as first base. His swing actions are very loose and easy, generating his bat speed with a fluid stroke.  He should increase his bat speed as he becomes more physical, allowing his solid present power to develop, giving him some upside and a potential value pick in the middle of the top 10 rounds. His value isn't tied completely to his power projection however, as he has a quality present hit tool, with plenty of hand speed that allows him to track pitches longer before pulling the trigger on his swing. If the develops the way scouts hope he could really take off.

32. DYLAN COVEY, rhp, University of San Diego (Jr.)

The former first round pick hasn't quite lived up to his potential thus far in his career at USD. He has however, begun to bounce back during conference play this season after a slow start that saw him lose Friday night starter honors to Michael Wagner. He's struck out 23 and walked nine through 23 innings (five starts) against West Coast Conference opponents. While it's not the dominance that you'd expect from a former first round pick, it's a positive step after managing a solid ERA (3.32) despite a poor strikeout-to-walk ratio (50:43 over 81-1/3 IP). While he has quality stuff, he's still learning to be efficient enough with his pitches to work deeper into games, something that is still an issue as a junior. It's important to consider the additional challenges that Covey has faced having been diagnosed with Diabetes prior to the start of his collegiate career and dealing with the added scrutiny and pressures that come with being a first round pick. It'll be interesting to see if he can build off of his recent momentum, and if he does so, whether he'll try his luck by coming back for his senior season with the intent of boosting his draft stock, or if a club is willing to jump up and pick him high enough to convince him to sign this time around. Click here to read Covey's detailed Draft Focus report.


33. MICHAEL WAGNER, rhp, University of San Diego (Jr.)
Most of the prospects in this range fall into one of two categories: high risk/high reward types, and high floor/low ceiling players with relative certainty. Wagner falls into the latter category as a command and pitchability righty with a good performance track record during his career at USD. While he isn't a soft tosser, Wagner's fastball features average velocity, with good commmand and and an above average slider with good feel. He's put up a very solid 59 strikeouts to 19 walks over 59-1/3 innings this season, though he's hit a bit of a rough patch of late. He's not a sexy pick by any stretch, but he should offer reliable quality of depth to the organization that selects him. Click here to read Wagner's detailed Draft Focus report.


34. TYLER ALAMO, c, Cypress HS

Alamo looks the part of a big league catcher, listed at 6-foot-4 and 205 pounds he has a long athletic frame with developing strength. He has the tools to hit, though his swing only produces doubles power currently, but he has a chance to develop a lot more power once he learns to use the length of his frame to create more leverage in his swing. He has a big arm behind the plate and moves especially well for his size with some polish to his receiving and blocking ability. While he's not as far along as Jeremy Martinez, he does offer the potential to eventually surpass him, and has a chance to be the best catcher to come out of the state's draft class this year.

35. KENNY MATHEWS, lhp, Riverside CC (So.)
Mathews broke in with a bang at the NCAA Division I level a year ago as a freshman, going 6-2, 3.68 with 16 walks and 60 strikeouts in 78 innings as a weekend starter for Cal State Fullerton. He was expected to dominate this spring in junior college after transferring to Riverside for his sophomore year, but was bothered by a strained lat muscle midway through the season, sidelining him at one point for 2-3 weeks. Mathews has been used in a variety of roles when healthy, going 2-0, 1.49 with three saves. In 42 innings, he has struck out 41 while walking just one. Though he has a strong, durable frame, the 6-foot-3, 200-pound Mathews never has thrown especially hard and his fastball generally has been in the 85-87 mph range all spring. But he has exceptional touch and feel for a lefthander, along with precise mechanics, and can pound the strike zone all day long with three pitches, with his changeup being his most dominant pitch. Mathews won’t be a consideration for clubs that emphasize velocity, but it’s possible he could add a tick or two to his fastball if he abandons a rigorous, unorthodox throwing program at the pro level that calls for him to throw every day.

36. BILLY ROTH, of/rhp, Vista HS

A true two-way prospect, Roth lists himself as a primary outfielder on his Perfect Game player profile page and is listed as such on the Vista HS roster. The majority opinion amongst the scouting community seems to be that he profiles best long term as a right handed pitcher, thanks to a loose arm action that can generate 92 mph fastballs and a hard upper-70s to low-80s curveball. This difference of opinion makes winding up in college a realistic possibility if Roth is more intent on playing everyday than organizations are about signing him as an outfielder. His commitment to Arizona as a two-way prospect will certainly be a major factor, as he has a chance to come off the board much higher than this spot if he can find an organization that matches up in terms of positional interest.  Or, he could go undrafted if teams feel certain that he won't sign out of high school. He has a power bat with an aggressive right-handed swing and his arm plays well in right field.

37. JASON MARTIN, of, Orange Lutheran HS

Shortstop isn't the only up-the-middle defensive position that is in short supply in California's 2013 class, as there are few outfielders who have a legitimate chance to stick in center. Martin is one of those few, and while he isn't quite a true burner, he runs plenty well, and his routes and reads allow his range to play up a tick beyond his above average speed.  He pairs quality up the middle defense with a good hit tool from the left side and flashes occasional pop.  

38. FRANCIS CHRISTY, c/of, Casa Grande HS
Mashing from the left side will be what gets Christy drafted in a signable round. His future position is up in the air, though his arm strength make third base and right field possible destinations if he is unable to stick behind the plate. He's a slightly below average runner, but his arm strength should make up for that to an extent, and even if his worst case scenario plays out as far as defensive position, his power should be plenty even for first base. If he starts his professional career behind the plate he may even hit his way to another position as an organization looks to find ways to get him more plate appearances.

39. NICK VANDER TUIG, rhp, UCLA (Jr.)

UCLA's Saturday starter gets a slight edge in terms of prospect ranking over Friday night starter Adam Plutko, though they are somewhat similar in terms of their professional prospects. Vander Tuig is a bit more projectable and has done a better job of avoiding the free pass this season. Though Plutko has also missed more bats and shows a better ability to generate called third strikes with well placed pitches, Vander Tuig tends to be more economical with his pitches and is more aggressive within the strike zone. It's difficult to project which one will come off the board first, though Vander Tuig appears to be a bit ahead at this juncture, as he has a better chance of becoming more than an innings eater of the two, though both likely project as mid-late rotation starters.

40. STEPHEN GONSALVES, lhp, Cathedral Catholic HS
It's starting to look like Gonsalves will wind up playing at one of college baseball's emerging national powerhouse programs, which happens to be located in his hometown at the University of San Diego. His lack of development with his secondary stuff combined with missed time late this spring will make it difficult for teams to allocate the kind of money it would take to keep the tall lefty from honoring his commitment to the Toreros. He has a lot of long term upside, as a 6-foot-5 lefty who has shown an ability to pound the strike zone in the low-90s at times and has the arm speed to eventually develop his secondary offerings to a point where he can be successful at the next level.

41. CHANCE SISCO, c/3b, Santiago HS

Another talented left handed hitter with a commitment to Oregon, Sisco doesn't have quite the same offensive impact that Francis Christy (No. 38) does, but he is a better bet to stick behind the plate. He's somewhat new to catching and his footwork is still improving, but he has good catch and throw tools and the athleticism to eventually become a quality defensive catcher. He's also a talented defender at third, and his left-handed bat is plenty interesting in it's own right. He's been a bit under the radar for most of his career, though that has begun to change over the past six months.

42. ADAM PLUTKO, rhp, UCLA (Jr.)
The proverbial polished college arm, Plutko isn't exactly a sexy prospect, possesing average velocity, a quality changeup and a breaking ball that is still a work in progress. But what sets Plutko apart is his command, with the ability to locate his fastball to every part of the strike zone. He has a tendency to nibble as a result, but is typically effective in doing so and he is able to induce a lot of weak contact with well located two-seamers down in the zone. His ceiling seems limited given his present arsenal, with a fastball that typically sits 88-90, generally topping out at 92 and lacking a true out pitch. Though it's worth considering how little effort he uses in his delivery to generate that velocity, and if an organization can teach him to generate more momentum to the plate without comprimising his plus command, he could see his stuff take a step forward.  That would give him a bit of a higher ceiling than the innings eating back of the rotation starter he currently seems to be on pace to become. Click here to read Plutko's detailed Draft Focus report.

43. JAKE BAUERS, 1b, Marina HS

An unknown commodity on the national scene, the University of Hawaii stole a big power bat out of SoCal. However, after playing with a lot of eyes on him at the WWBA World Championship in Jupiter, he has begun to be recognized for his talent outside of California. He has a chiseled build, listed at 6-foot-1 and a muscular 195 pounds, his prospect status is very much tied to his left-handed power bat. He's a serviceable defensive first basemen, but is neither a standout defender there nor the type of athlete who might be capable of moving to a more valuable position. While his defense doesn't boost his value, he offers enough power upside that his position is something of an afterthought. If he can develop enough as a hitter for his raw power to play, he has a very high ceiling, though he still has a lot to learn as a hitter before he'll be able to do that consistently against professional pitching.

44. TREVIN HASELTINE, rhp, Wood HS

Haseltine has all of the ingredients to develop into a high level pitching prospect. At 6-foot-5, 210-pounds, Haseltine has the frame to generate good downhill leverage. His violent delivery gives scouts some concern, but less than it does to opposing hitters who have a difficult time picking up the ball out his hand. He creates that leverage with a jerky delivery that he controls pretty well, and he should improve his repeatability over time given his natural athleticism. His arm is very quick and seems to have the physical capacity for more velocity than he's shown in the past and he also boasts a power curveball which is a potential swing and miss pitch at the professional level. The issue with Haseltine is going to be limiting his walks and improving his command if he is going to be a starter long term. His raw stuff should be good enough to be a successful reliever as a professional, but his upside is higher if he can remain a starter.

45. ALEX BALOG, rhp, University of San Francisco (Jr.)
Balog has followed a similar path of former teammate Kyle Zimmer (5th overall pick, 2012), enrolling at the University of San Francisco as a primary first baseman. A few years later he has emerged as a quality pitching prospect with the requisite size and stuff. He hasn't quite taken the step forward this spring that was hoped after his strong showing last summer with Team USA.  However, he has done a good job of working out of trouble and eating through innings in spite of being hit more than expected given his raw stuff. While his stock is down at this point, Balog has good upside for the draft round that corresponds with this ranking position and could represent a good upside gamble.

46. KORT PETERSON, of, St. Francis HS

An athletic outfielder, Peterson has fringe centerfield speed and a solid arm to go with promising offensive upside from the left side. A bit on the raw side as a hitter, he has plenty of projection, and his quick loose hands generate bat speed well. He has a short, low effort swing, the ball comes off the barrel well and he should continue to develop power as he matures physically. Peterson's commitment to UCLA will complicate draft status a bit, but his upside should draw strong pro interest.

47. PHILLIP WALBY, rhp, San Diego State University (Jr.)
With a big-time power arm, Walby works in the low- to mid-90s as San Diego State's Saturday night starter, but in short relief stints he can run it up higher than that. He lacks the consistent command and a quality third offering to be a likely bet to stay in a starting role long term, but has plenty of raw stuff to be a successful reliever as a professional. Without being able to reach back and throw with effort, Walby has had trouble putting away hitters and keeping his pitch count low, as a result he's walked more than he's struck out so far this season. This is as much of an indication of being forced to fill a role that isn't suited to his skillset as it is a lack of ability, as Walby has a big time arm that will draw draft interest.

48. CONNER GREENE, rhp, Santa Monica HS
While he can run his fastball up into the low-90s right now, the interest in Greene is more based on his long term projection rather than his present stuff. He has a quick, clean arm action and a lanky frame with room to fill, and he creates a good downhill plane to his pitches. His curveball has good 12-to-6 shape and above average present spin rate in the mid-70s, though he lacks the present feel to avoid making occasional mistakes with hanging it over the plate. He's also working on a splitter as a change of pace pitch, though that too is still a work in progress. He's the kind of projection arm who could take off under the tutelage of the right player development system.

49. GABE SPEIER, lhp, Dos Pueblos HS

Undersized and previously under the radar, the 5-foot-11 lefty is a projection high school arm who works in the upper-80s and occasionally climbs into the low-90s. He has a loose arm action and could develop more velocity as he matures physically. His breaking balls blend together a bit, but he shows the ability spin them both well at times. Speier gets good movement and shows feel for commanding lefty tail on his fastball. His lack of size and average present velocity may make it difficult for an organization to pull the trigger on buying him out of his ride to UC Santa Barbara, but he's an interesting projection lefty who teams will have an interest in for this draft, even if he won't ultimately sign for another three years.

50. GOSUKE KATOH, 2b, Rancho Bernardo HS

It bears noting that Katoh falls to this spot largely on the perceived difficulty in signing him. He is committed to play at national college baseball powerhouse UCLA, the in-state alma mater of both of his parents. That combination and the traditional hesitation on the part of most organizations to select high school second basemen in signable rounds causes him to land much further down on this list than his talent would otherwise dictate. Katoh has very advanced instincts and a high baseball IQ in every facet of his game, and should he choose to honor his commitment to UCLA, he could be an impact player in the Pac 12 from day one. If teams believe that he is willing to sign, he will likely come off the board much higher than this ranking suggests. His only weakness in his game is his raw arm strength, though his quick release makes up for it on most plays and he has enough arm to make most of the necessary throws on 6-4-3 double plays.  He also plus range, and aside from his below average arm, is a plus defender. Katoh is also a polished hitter who takes control of his at-bats and shows the ability to hit for power when the situation calls for it, and he is one of the very few above average runners in this year's California high school class
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51. PAUL PAEZ, lhp, Rio Hondo CC (So.)
At 5-foot-9 and 195 pounds, Paez does not have the preferred physical stature of a typical elite-level pitching prospect, but continues to dominate at every level of competition. A freshman All-American in 2011 at the University of San Diego, Paez subsequently transferred to Rio Hondo where he elected to sit out the 2012 season but dominated the Atlantic Collegiate League last summer like no pitcher in recent years, going 7-2, 1.65 with a league-high 82 strikeouts in 60 innings. This spring, he has been one of the top strikeout pitchers in the California junior-college ranks, with 83 punch-outs in 72 innings, while going 8-1, 2.35. Though his size may be held against him in the draft, Paez’ fastball tops out at 93 mph, though is more consistently in the 88-91 range. He throws four pitches (a cutter/slider, curve and change, in addition to his fastball) with command to both sides of the plate, and is able to alternately overpower or finesse hitters with equal ability with his advanced feel for pitching. He also has a lethal pickoff move. Even though he sat out the 2012 season while at Rio Hondo, Paez was taken in the 18th round of last year’s draft by the New York Mets, and should only enhance his value this year after coming off successful seasons at the summer-league and junior-college levels.

52. COLTON PLAIA, c, Loyola Marymount University (Sr.)
After turning down the Orioles as a 33rd round pick last year, Plaia returned to LMU for his senior season, and so far the returns have been solid though unspectacular. He has hit well, posting a line of .325/.386/.404, though he has been disappointing in the power department for such a physically imposing player. He's a solid receiver who has handled a talented Lions pitching staff well this year. He has a strong arm behind the plate and has been very successful shutting down opposing running games, throwing out nearly 50-percent of attempted basestealers.

53. WILLIE CALHOUN, 2b, Benicia HS

His lack of size and present position (second base) suggest he's likely to get overlooked come June. That would be great news for the defending national champion Arizona Wildcats, who managed to steal away an impressive ballplayer from the bay area. Calhoun doesn't have a big arm, and his short strides leave him with average range in spite of his quickness and angles. But he makes all of the plays defensively thanks to a high effort approach and he keeps himself under control well, even while at maximum effort. His left handed bat is his best tool, as he squared up hard line drives to all fields against high level pitching at both the 2012 Area Cod Games and at the 2012 PG World Series. He has doubles power with a line drive approach, but he puts enough of a charge into the ball that you can envision him hitting a decent number of home runs as well. Calhoun is a good runner with quick-twitch athleticism and should provide a good value pick if signable.

54. CHRIS VIALL, rhp, Soquel HS

The 6-foot-9 hurler is still growing into his frame and learning to develop control over his long levers. He obviously is able to create severe downhill leverage when he gets on top of the baseball. He worked 90-92 with his fastball at the 2012 Area Code Games, one of the few national level events he has pitched at. His Stanford commitment and strong academic track record suggests professional baseball will have to wait three/four years before getting a shot at signing him, but if he is interested in signing there is certain to be a number of suitors interested in getting him into their system. 

55. JAKE BRAY, rhp/3b, Feather River JC
Bray has played a valuable two-way role for Feather River as a freshman, leading Northern California’s Golden Valley Conference in batting (.363-2-15) while posting a 3-0, 0.77 record with three saves, along with 19 strikeouts in 12 innings as the team’s closer. He has the range of skills to go both ways at the major-college level, but pro scouts have targeted him as a pitcher only with his ability to throw three pitches for strikes, including a fastball that has been consistently at 91-94 mph this spring and even peaked at 96 early in the season. His 81-83 mph curve has been a dominant second pitch. Though Bray, whose fastball was generally in the 86-88 mph range at a Nevada high school, is not overly physical at 6-foot-1 and 175 pounds, he has drawn comparisons to under-sized 2011 Oakland Athletics first-rounder Sonny Gray for his slight, but powerful frame, overall athleticism and loose arm action.

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BRANDON TRINKWON, ss, UC Santa Barbara (Jr.)
Another example of the lack of middle infielders in this draft creating increased demand, Trinkwon is an athletic defender at short with a playable arm thanks to his quick release. His lack of size and lack of pop at the plate limit his upside, but he moves well and has good energy defensively and can provide depth up the middle to organizations that have limited opportunities to acquire it in this draft.

57. HENRY BAKER, lhp, Agoura HS

It's an indication of the depth of left handed pitching in the state of California when a lefty like Baker, who has reportedly seen an uptick in velocity this spring (into the low-90s) winds up this far down the list. He's a
young 2013 grad, and won't turn 18 until after the draft. He's seen steady improvement, and though he has a physical build already, he may still have more physical development to come. If he can develop his secondary stuff he will climb up future rankings, but for now he's a lefty with a good build and a loose arm that generates requisite prospect velocity, but remains a bit raw as a professional pitching prospect.

58. CHRIS KOHLER, lhp, Los Osos HS

A projection lefty, Kohler has touched 92 mph with his fastball this spring while generally working at 88-90. He had a strong showing at the 2012 PG National Showcase where he did a good job of working ahead in the count and staying around the strike zone with his fastball. He's had some ups and downs against quality competition, but he's flashed the kind of ability that should draw some strong draft interest. His curveball shows good depth at times, and his changeup flashes life to the arm side, though he's still developing feel for both pitches.

59. STEVEN FARINARO, rhp, Head-Royce HS

While he lacks prototypical size and velocity, Farniaro was utterly dominant against high caliber hitters at the 2012 Area Code Games. He showed plus command and good pitchability, while spotting up his fastball at 88-90 at will. He's touched 92 in the past and has a sharp mid-70s curveball with good shape and depth. Farinaro's profile is similar to that of Paul Blackburn's in 2012 draft, who was a mild surprise as the 56th overall pick, also out of the bay area. Farniaro could see a similar draft position, in spite of the lack of buzz in the early months. He's the type of prospect that can sneak up on people, getting lost in the shuffle by bigger pitchers who put up bigger numbers on radar guns.  However, Farniaro has proven that he can pitch on multiple high level stages, and that has not likely escaped the attention of all 30 organizations, though his commitment to UCLA will be a factor.

60. ARDEN PABST, c, Harvard-Westlake HS
With so many quality catching prospects in this year's draft, a lot of talented ones tend to get lost in the shuffle. Pabst certainly fits that description, and he's quietly putting together a very good senior campaign for one of the elite high school baseball programs in the country. Pabst doesn’t have the raw tools of Jeremy Martinez or Tyler Alamo, but he has a well-rounded skill-set. He is an advanced receiver with strong hands and quick feet. At the plate he makes a lot of contact and has begun to unlock his raw power and use it in games. His highlight of the spring to this point was hammering a low 91 mph fastball from potential first rounder Phil Bickford high and deep to left center for what proved to be a game-winning three run homer during the Easton Tournament in February.

61. CHANDLER EDEN, rhp, Yuba City HS

After becoming a primary pitcher during his junior season at Yuba City HS, Eden has seen significant strides and has gone from an unknown product to having worked his way into a potential signable round draft prospect. He topped out at 92 mph at the 2012 Area Code games, and generally pitches in the low-90s, though there are reports that he's topped out a bit higher than that this spring. He has a fast arm and a projectable frame, and if he honors his commitment to Oregon State he could be a player to watch for the 2016 draft. At this point in his career he's a quality projection arm, albeit one with a limited prospect resume, that should draw some interest this June if he indicates an interest in signing.


62. ZACH WEISS, rhp, UCLA (Jr.)
After turning down the Pirates, who made Weiss a 10th round pick out of high school in 2010, Weiss had split time between a starting role and coming out of the bullpen in relief during his freshman and sophomore seasons at UCLA. But he's worked exclusively in relief this season and he's been more successful, although while his strikeout rate has improved he's still only averaging under seven per nine innings. His walk rate has also dropped, a positive sign that he's learning to harness his above average stuff.

63. MIKE SWANNER, rhp, Pepperdine University (Jr.)

Swanner, Pepperdine's closer, has had a good spring to this point, strking out 19 while walking seven over 17 innings, allowing just three runs (two earned) on nine hits. He doesn't possess prototypical closer velocity, typically working in the low=90s, but he uses his arsenal well and has a good frame, listed at 6-foot-4, 190-pounds. His track record out of the Wave bullpen is strong enough to reassure organizations that he can use his solid but unspectacular stuff to get hitters out.


64. MICHAEL HOLBACK, rhp, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (So.)

One of the more interesting back stories in the state,  Holback didn't make Cal Poly SLO's roster as a freshman, spending the 2011 season pitching for the school's club team. He perservered and came back in the fall to try to walk on again, this time earning a spot on the Mustangs roster, though he never appeared in a game during the 2012 season. Now as a red-shirt sophomore, Holback is not only getting innings, he's making the most of the opportunity. He's second on the team in apperances with 15, second only to Reed Reilly (No. 22). He's racked up 37 strikeouts to 11 walks over 32-1/3 innings, with a 3.34 ERA so far.

65. JUSTIN BOHN, ss, Feather River CC
Bohn has not only teamed with freshman standout Jake Bray on the left side of the Feather River infield this spring, but the pair rank 1-2 in the Golden Valley Conference in batting. While Bohn, a 6-foot, 165-pound sophomore, is hitting a representative .348-2-20, his numbers actually pale compared to his freshman season for the Golden Eagles, when he hit .413-3-43 and led the conference in batting and RBI. With his 6.6-second speed in the 60, Bohn has also stolen 25 bases in 29 attempts as his team’s leadoff hitter, and been a stalwart in the field with his pure shortstop actions, athleticism and raw arm strength. An Oregon native, Bohn has a commitment to Oregon State to weigh against overtures to play professional baseball.

66. JAKE SWEANEY, c/of, Garces HS

A two-sport standout who hasn't had a whole lot of exposure to quality competition or scouts prior to this spring, Sweaney is a pop-up guy with a chance to climb up draft boards over the final month. His overall game is still understandably raw, but he's big and physical and has interesting hitting tools that give him some offensive upside. His arm strength is an asset behind the plate, which makes right field a potential fallback option as well.


67. ADRIAN DE HORTA, rhp, South Hills HS

Tall and projectable, De Horta doesn't have the present fastball velocity that jumps off the page and grabs attention. But what he does have is a projectable body, a quick arm and a quality changeup that make him an interesting prospect coming out of high school. He may not go high enough to be bought out of his commitment to Cal State Fullerton, but that will depend on his signing interest. He also flashes quality spin on his curveball with good depth in the mid-70s.


68. RYAN DEETER, rhp, UCLA (Jr.)

Deeter's fastball typically sits 91-93 with a low- to mid-80s slider that also show potential. He doesn't have lights out stuff and his performance this spring has been solid but unspectacular, but he has a quality arm and could continue to develop as a professional. The results have been pretty good overall this season, posting a 0.89 ERA in 30-1/3 innings, though his strikeout rate is surprisingly low for throwing a heavy fastball with late life. His delivery is violent, which has an affect on his command, but he throws enough strikes to be a successful reliever at the next level.

69. RYAN MILLER, c/rhp, San Bernadino Valley CC (So.)
Miller had a sound freshman season for San Bernardino Valley in 2012, and scouts and recruiters might have been a little slow in recognizing the 6-foot-2, 215-pound catcher’s impressive array of tools. With 6.6-second speed in the 60 and a consistent 1.8 pop time, along with ability to hit for both average and power, Miller finally beganing drawing his share of attention this spring as scouts started coming around in increasing numbers and he committed to play at Nebraska in mid-April. Miller’s most obvious tool is his raw arm strength, and while he has not pitched in college to this point he could eventually end up on the mound as he has been clocked up to 95 mph in side sessions.


70. JACOB NOTTINGHAM, c, Redlands HS

One of the more physical players in the class, Nottingham has turned down offers to play tight end at several major Division I football programs to pursue baseball. He can punish the baseball
with a long swing that generates good bat speed and utilizes plus strength at contact. His physicality raises questions as to his ability to stay behind the plate long term, and while he uses his powerful arm to make up for a slower release time, it remains to be seen how much he'll be able to improve his footwork to cut down on the release. He's a good enough athlete that moves well for his size that it would short-sighted to move him off the catcher position immediately. As a two-sport guy we may be seeing him in the early stages of his development trajectory, in which case he'll likely prove that he was underrated coming out of high school.

71. BRETT BINNING, ss, Monte Vista HS

Binning owns a strong infield arm with a quality, athletic build that projects well. He could make a jump with physical development, as he has good raw hitting tools to project upon and the potential to develop more power.  An interesting upside player, Binning is not particularly polished or physical coming out of high school, but has all the tools to develop. He could wind up being a player who makes big gains to his draft stock coming out of college.


72. JAKE HERNANDEZ, c, University of Southern California (Jr.)

Far from a finished product, Hernandez has made big strides from his sophomore to junior campaigns. He stands out for his strong 6-foot-3, 200-pound build, and his strong arm behind the plate is his biggest asset. He moves well enough for his size behind the plate and has improved his receiving and blocking, and if he can continue to do so it will increase his ceiling. His lack of power production is still surprising given the strength in his swing, as he hit his first career collegiate home run at USC this spring.

73. CAEL BROCKMEYER, c/1b, Cal State Bakersfield (Jr.)

The rare New Hampshire import has learned how to utilize his long levers to create power with his swing and has generated some draft interest for his power potential. At 6-foot-5 it seems unlikely Brockmeyer will be able to remain behind the plate as a professional, placing a greater emphasis on his right handed bat. He's performed well this spring and has some upside with the bat that could allow him to come off the board in a signable round.

74. JOHN RILEY, c, Willow Glen HS

In a class with abundant catching prospects, Riley is one of several quality backstops who may wind up on campus in the fall that otherwise would have been signed away in other draft years. Behind the plate he has a solid arm and good catch and throw mechanics. At the plate Riley flashes power and can drive the ball with authority to all fields.


75. TYLER COHEN, rhp/if, Agoura HS

A two-way high school prospect, scouts are somewhat split on his future position, though a small majority prefer him on the mound where his advanced pitchability makes up for average fastball velocity. He has good defensive actions and the versatility to handle any infield position, and if he makes it to college, he is expected to continue to serve as a two-way player at Loyola Marymount.

76. ERIC FILIA, of, UCLA (Jr.)

Lacking a true standout tool, Filia is a well rounded ballplayer who shows good instrincts and plays the game with intensity. He's an above average runner, and has a solid arm, though he's not an ideal fit to stick in right field, the position he currently occupies for UCLA, once he gets to professional baseball.


77. DAVID AMENDARIZ, of, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (So.)
Armendariz is a former two-way player, a primary right handed pitcher in high school that has run his fastball up to 94 mph in the past, but he has converted to a full-time outfielder this season. He's a draft-eligible sophomore that flashes power potential with interesting overall outfield tools, although the results this spring have been inconsistent.

78. LOUIE LECHICH, lhp/of, University of San Diego (Jr.)

A two-way player for the Toreros, Lechich is a player who really stands out in pre-game warmups for his lean angular build at 6-foot-4, 205-pounds. While he more than holds his own at the plate, his build and projection makes him a better pitching prospect long term. He had a hot streak offensively during the Cape Code League playoffs last summer that suggested he may be on the verge of breaking out with the bat, but that hasn't carried over to the spring. His low-90s fastball from the left side and ideal pitchers build suggest that the momentum has swung back toward his promise on the mound, possibly for good.

79. JIMMY ALLEN, if, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (Jr.)
Having started his college career as an outfielder, Allen has primarily played third base for the Mustangs, though he likely projects as a second baseman in pro ball. Drafted in the 39th round by the Angels out of high school in 2010, Allen is a quick-twitch left handed hitter with a contact oriented approach. His performance level has been inconsistent throughout his career, and he is prone to streaks both good and bad.  However, in a class that lacks middle of the diamond prospects, Allen is one of the few viable players from California who can add middle infield depth to an organization.

80. SHANE CARLE, rhp, Long Beach State (Jr.)

While he still lacks a strikeout pitch, Carle has a quick, projectable arm and a lanky build that suggest he has some untapped potential. He has posted solid numbers in first season at the Division I level after transferring from Cabrillo CC, though he has yet to prove he can put away hitters consistently, which is his biggest question mark.


81. JARED WILSON, rhp, UC Santa Barbara (Sr.)

Wilson returned to UC Santa Barbara for his senior season after being selected by the Twins in the 35th round last year. Although his numbers have regressed this season (5.06 ERA, 17 strikeouts and 16 walks in 16 innings), his 6-foot-4, 210-pound stature and overall upside make him interesting.

82. TYLER KURESA, 1b, UC Santa Barbara (So.)

Kuresa sat out 2012 after transferring from Oregon, and he has emerged as UCSB's leading hitter this season with a .296/.361/.428 slash line. While he has hit only two home runs so far through 39 games, as well as 10 doubles, his tall, angular 6-foot-4, 225-pound frame and smooth left-handed swing gives him the leverage that projects for a lot more power moving forward.

83. JEFF PASCHKE, of, Santa Barbara HS

A converted shortstop, Paschke is not only new to the outfield, he's new to the state of California after transfering into Santa Barbara High School from Arizona this year. Paschke is a solid hitter with good bat speed and a hard line drive approach. While Paschke's bat is his calling card, as he doesn't have any one standout tool, he is a solid overall athlete.

84. LOGAN
CAMPBELL, rhp, Bakersfield CC (Fr.)
Campbell initially enrolled at Bakersfield College as a corner infielder, and was immediately red-shirted because of a lack of offensive production. But he soon developed a feel for pitching in his time on the sidelines and has emerged this spring as a viable prospect in a closer role for the Renegades with five saves and an average of a strikeout an inning. At 6-foot-6 and 205-pounds with a fastball that has peaked at 93 mph, Campbell has intriguing upside but he still has a long way to go in his development as a pitcher. His fastball typically has been in the 88-92 mph range, but also dipped to 85-87 in a mid-April outing, and his secondary stuff has been erratic, though he has flashed a slider with good depth and bite, and the makings of a quality slider.

85. JOSH ADAMS, of, Pleasant Grove HS
Adams looks the part at 6-foot-2, 195 pounds with a lean angular build. He has a efty/lefty profile, and is a solid overall athlete, and profiles as an above average defensive left fielder in professional ranks. Adams has power potential with the bat, but is still learning how to utilize it.

86. TRENT PADDON, rhp, Yorba Linda HS
Paddon is a strong bodied righty who has run his fastball as high as 92 mph, and typically works in the upper-80s topping out around 90. His slider as a solid spin rate, and he also throws a changeup, which has led to a high level of success this spring.  Paddon is committed to play at Oregon.

87. ANDREW NELSON, rhp, Cuesta CC (So.)
Nelson went to Cuesta College as primarily a catcher, worked mostly in relief as a freshman, and has emerged this season as a dominant starter for the Cougars. He led all California JC pitchers in wins and strikeouts through mid-April, while going 9-4, 2.88 with 88 strikeouts in 94 innings. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Nelson won’t light up radar guns with a fastball that is mostly in the 87-91 mph range, but he can occasionally reach 93 and commands it effectively to both sides of the plate. His 80-83 mph slider and swing-and-miss change are effective complementary pitches, and his competitive approach on the mound further sets him apart as a pitching prospect.


PROSPECTS TO WATCH


ELLIOTT BARZILLI, ss, Pacific Palisades HS
The Georgia Tech commit has been playing in the ABD Spring League this season, and while he has high level athleticism and quick-twitch actions all around, his lack of size is a bit of a question mark, making it more likely he actually makes it to Georgia Tech's campus.

GAVIN COLLINS, c, El Toro HS

Another talented catcher who will likely get lost in the shuffle come draft day. Collins has a scholarship to play in the SEC at Mississippi State. That combined with the abundance of other quality options at the position make it seem unlikely that there will be a match with an organization willing to buy him out of that commitment. But based on pure talent alone he fits ahead of several of the catchers discussed in the above rankings and will be worth keeping tabs on at Mississippi State.


BILLY FLAMION, of/lhp, Grossmont CC (So.)

After turning down the Astros as a 25th round pick out of high school in 2011, Flamion spent 2012 at Oregon before transferring to Grossmont CC for his sophomore campaign. The results haven't been what scouts expected, but he has posted solid numbers at the plate. It will be interesting to see what route Flamion chooses this June. On the one hand, he will likely get some sort of opportunity to play professionally, though his stock has dropped quite a bit after a lackluster start to his career, so he may choose to spend another year in college trying to re-establish his prospect status.


DAVID FLETCHER, ss, Cypress HS

Lack of physicality and moderate offensive upside are likely to push one of the best defensive middle infield prospects to college. A Loyola Marymount commit, Fletcher would be a huge get for the Lions. He makes highlight reel caliber plays look almost routine on a regular basis, and while he doesn't have the biggest tools, he can flat out play the middle infield at a very high level. There may be concerns about his durability if he were drafted, signed and sent to rookie ball in the heat of the Arizona League or Gulf Coast League, but his talent level certainly is not an concern. Fletcher is a p
layer to keep a close eye on going forward, where it be in the pro ranks this summer or in college next spring.

LUKE PERSICO, of, Great Oak HS
Declared ineligible for his senior high school season by the California Interscholastic Fedration after transferring from Hart High School, Persico has stated his plans to enroll in school in the fall and continue his career in college before pursuing the draft. With big time power potential, and a thin athletic, projectable build, Persico has plenty of room to fill out and projects for significant strength gains.  The ball already jumps off the bat hard and he could develop into a legitimate home run threat over the next three seasons at UCLA.

SEVERIANO ROMO, mif/rhp, El Dorado HS
While he doesn't neatly profile at any one position right now, Romo has a long-limbed, athletic build with good life to his actions. He runs his fastball up to 89 while working in the mid- to upper-80s with good downhill plane. But he's somewhat newer to pitching, having earned his scholarship offer to the University of San Diego for his infield actions. He's a quality shortstop who has been moved off of the position in high school playing on the same team as PG All-American Chris Rivera.  Romo can handle just about any spot on the field and really swings the bat well. He'll be a player to watch at USD assuming he honors his college commitment.

MIKE THEOFANOPOULOS, of/lhp, California (Jr.)

Theofanopoulos, an intriguing two-way prospect was expected to draw solid draft interest  this spring.  Unfortunately his draft stock took a major hit when he went down for the year with a broken hand last week.  The athletic 5-foot-10, 190-pound Theofanopoulos was hitting .259 with one home run in 27 at-bats and an 0-1 record with a 6.00 ERA in three starts.

ALEX TURNER, of, Santa Monica HS

After missing time last summer, Turner didn't get onto the national travel scene last season and has flown mostly under the radar. That began to change when he posted a showcase best 6.69 60 yard dash time at the MLSB SoCal Invitational Showcase in February. He also hammered the ball with authority at that event in front of a very large contingent of scouts. But his lack of size, raw plate approach and brief prospect resume have left him as something of an unknown commodity on the national level. But there is a lot of upside here if Turner can start to put all of the pieces together, as he has a good combination of speed and power.

PAT VALAIKA, ss, UCLA (Jr.)

Like most of his teammates at UCLA, Valaika has suffered from a disappoointing power outage, and holds the dubious honor of leading the team in home runs with three. None of his tools are standout, but he's a solid all around ballplayer who is an important piece of the puzzle for one of the better college programs in the country.

CHAD WALLACH, c/1b, Cal State Fullerton (Jr.)

A very physical catcher with a large frame, Wallach has mad big strides with the bat this season, and if he can continue to produce at the plate while proving he can stick behind it defensively, he will will continue to see his stock rise. With the depth of the catching position in this class it doesn't seem likely that he'll be bought out of his senior season at Fullerton, but his recent play makes the scenario far more likely than it was a few months ago.  Having a big league pedigree as the son of former big leaguer Tim Wallach will aids his development.
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