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151. Blake Bivens
, rhp, George Washington HS
R-R, 6-2/215, Danville, Va.
College Commitment: Liberty

Bivens took his status as a prospect to another level in Jupiter last fall, turning in an outstanding outing for the Evoshield Canes late in the tournament. Bivens impressed at the Atlantic Coast Top Prospect showcase last August as well, but his overall stuff jumped up a notch in the fall. Bivens now works consistently at 90-93 mph with his fastball, only rarely dipping to 89. The righthander throws a very true fastball, but gets good extension and does an outstanding job of locating consistently in the lower quadrants of the zone. His delivery is highly repeatable and he can be relied upon to throw strikes with both his fastball and curveball. And, it’s that curveball that’s going to be a difference maker for the Liberty commit. It’s a hard, late-biting curve with good 12-to-6 depth. He can shorten it at times and throw it harder, working anywhere from 76-81 mph. It’s a pitch he locates just as well as his fastball and can make it very tempting for hitters, throwing it just out of the strike zone, and flashes true plus potential, or 60 potential on the 20-80 scouting scale. Bivens looks more the part of an advanced college pitcher with above average stuff than a high school pitching prospect.

152. Adam Haseley
, of/lhp, The First Academy
L-L, 6-2/180, Windermere, Fla.
College Commitment: Virginia

Haseley is one of the most talented two-way prospects in the country but seems to have convinced scouts that his long-term future is in the field, although expect him to play on both sides of the ball if he attends Virginia as anticipated. Haseley has been up to 91-92 on the mound from the left side with a hard 80 mph breaking ball, but his 6.5 speed and his very advanced barrel to ball skills give him a top of the order center field profile as a position prospect. Haseley’s swing is one of the more unusual among the top prospects in the class in that he keeps his hands low and tight to his body during his swing but his hand quickness enables him to square up to all fields. He led the gold medal winning USA 18u team in hitting last September with a .485 average, including six extra base hits.

153. Aaron Brown
, of/lhp, Pepperdine (SR)
L-L, 6-2/225, Chatsworth, Calif.
Previously Drafted: Pirates '11 (17), Indians '13 (30)

Brown is a two-way college player who really stands out for his strong imposing physicality, especially in the forearms. He generates low-90s fastball velocity on the mound with control to both sides, but the raw power and defensive ability make him a more attractive outfield prospect in the eyes of the majority of scouts. He lacks the straight line speed to be an impact defender in center field at the next level despite standing out there at the college level, though he should be able to handle center if pressed into duty there, though the corners are a better fit. He has the raw power to play at any position and the requisite arm strength for right field, the question is how much the power will play. He has an aggressive swing that is prone to swings and misses but allows him to generate impressive power when he does connect. Through 52 games this season he is hitting .319/.362/.575 with 12 home runs. The hope is that by giving up pitching and concentrating his full attention to being a position player that he may improve his contact rate to the point where he can unlock the rest of his raw power and hit for a high enough average to be an impact corner outfielder.

154. Zach Thompson
, rhp, University of Texas-Arlington (JR)
R-R, 6-6/210, Arlington, Texas
Previously Drafted: Pirates ’11 (48)

Thompson was a power hitting first baseman when he was drafted out of high school by the Pirates but has developed as a starting pitcher at Texas-Arlington. Velocity comes easily for the long and lean righthander, as he regularly pitches with plus velocity and has been up to 96 mph this season. That velocity plays down, though, as Thompson’s fastball tends to be straight and his secondary pitches are still in development. Thompson has the classic stat line this season for a pitcher with those attributes, going 4-4, 4.86 in 79 innings pitched for the Mavericks this spring, with 93 hits allowed and only 54 strikeouts. He’s likely to start his professional career as a starter to give him the innings to develop movement and his secondary pitches but is likely looking at a bullpen future.

155. Brandon Downes
, of, University of Virginia (JR)
R-R, 6-3/200, South Plainfield, N.J.
Previously Drafted: Red Sox ’11 (43)

It’s been a difficult spring for Downes, as he’s toughed it out through the injury bug, hitting .220 with six home runs over 177 at-bats. But, scouts still continue to have faith in his tools at the next level. And, he did have one of the most memorable moments of the college baseball season in 2014 early this spring with a two home run performance against ECU’s Jeff Hoffman. Downes is a 60 runner with 60 defense, above average power and plus athleticism. Players with tools like that will always get extra chances to perform.

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156. Zachary Sullivan,
of, Corning HS
R-R, 6-3/175, Corning, N.Y.
College Commitment: Stony Brook

Sullivan is one of those players that scouts love to dream on, given the high level of athleticism and the ultra-projectable frame. A center fielder, Sullivan shows more than enough speed and range to stay put at the next level, and with above average arm strength, offers a tool not commonly associated with center fielders. His speed/athleticism combo was put on display at the biggest stage last fall when he robbed Daz Cameron of sure extra bases with a diving catch, perhaps the best defensive play in Jupiter at the WWBA World Championship. The bat is just as intriguing, showing present power and a short, fast bat path, which are only going to improve as he starts to add strength to his 6-foot-3 frame. He has shown that he can drive the ball out of the park at present along with the ability of stretching a single into a double with his above average speed.

157. Max Povse
, rhp, UNC Greensboro (JR)
R-R, 6-8/220, Cary, N.C.
Previously Drafted: Dodgers ’11 (42)

The 6-foot-8 Povse commands immediate attention because of the leverage he generates in his long, extended frame, and ability to showcase two above-average pitches. He has a lively fastball that peaks at 95 and sharp, deep slider that is his primary strikeout weapon, and even has a low-80s changeup as a viable third pitch. For all his obvious assets, Povse has struggled to win in three years at the college level, posting a sub-.500 record and inflated ERA overall. He got off to an encouraging start this year, but struggled late in the season when he appeared to run out of gas and his 6-4, 5.10 record with 25 walks and 76 strikeouts in 72 innings was not indicative of how he pitched, at times. Even as he generally commanded his raw stuff better in the lower half of the strike zone this year than in the past, he tends to negate his potential height advantage by squatting in his delivery and coming from a low arm slot, and his pitches will often flatten out when he gets them up.

158. John Curtiss
, rhp, University of Texas (SO)
R-R, 6-4/200, Southlake, Texas
Previously Drafted: Rockies ’11 (30)

Curtis sat out the entire 2013 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in the summer of 2012 and was moved from the starter’s role he had as a freshman into the closers role this spring due to the depth on the Longhorns pitching staff. He understandably started slowly this spring but has been steadily improving in his raw stuff and has posted a 1-1, 1.80 record with eight saves in 30 innings pitched heading into the postseason. Curtiss’ fastball has been up to 95 mph frequently over the last month to go with a solid slider and good changeup. His repertoire on the mound and status as a red-shirt sophomore could tempt him to return in 2015 and take one of the spots in the Texas starting rotation that will be open due to graduation and the draft.

159. Jake Jewell
, rhp, Northeastern Oklahoma S&M CC (SO)
R-R, 6-3/200, Norman, Okla.
Previously Drafted: Never – College Commitment: Oklahoma

A young, undisciplined, laid-back Oklahoma country boy who didn’t take his craft seriously as a junior-college freshman, Jewell got serious about his natural pitching ability this year and began tapping into his considerable potential in a big way with a fastball that often topped at 96-97 mph. Cross-checkers quickly caught on to his act and came by in droves as he quickly emerged as the best JC talent in Oklahoma, and soon moved onto a short list of the best JC arms in the country. Jewell routinely worked this spring at 92-96 with an easy, effortless delivery, and capably mixed in an 82-83 slider, while going 3-3, 2.36 with eight saves in a closing role. In 27 innings, he walked eight and struck out 32. He still has work to do in refining and developing his secondary stuff, but scouts believe he could be stretched out to eventually become a starter.

160. Elliot Cary
, of, Clackamas HS
R-R, 6-2/180, Clackamas, Ore.
College Commitment: Oregon State

The Oregon high school class got a boost when Elliot Cary moved to the state from Florida before his senior season. He already had an Oregon State commitment under his belt and went from being a bit under the radar as a big fish in a big pond in a loaded 2014 Florida high school class to being the second ranked high school position prospect in the entire Northwest region. Cary is a highly projectable outfielder who has five tool potential, though there is still a significant gap between his present ability and future upside. His long lanky frame has plenty of room for added strength, and with that projected strength his power is likely to develop. At present he is more of a doubles type of hitter. Already with a quick bat, Cary's bat speed is likely to increase with physical development. He is also above average runner at present, and although he lacks the arm strength for right field it is playable at the other two outfield positions, with a chance for continued development in this area as well.

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