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Mets 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft analysis: Rounds 1 – 40

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Round: Pick: Player: Pos: School: Class: B/T: Ht: Wt: DOB:
1. 12 Gavin Cecchini SS Barbe HS, LA HS R/R 6'02" 180lbs 12/22/1993
1s. 35 Kevin Plawecki C Purdue, IN JR R/R 6'02" 215lbs 02/26/1991
2. 71 Matt Reynolds 3B Arkansas, AR JR R/R 6'01" 198lbs 12/03/1990
2. 75 Teddy Stankiewicz RHP Ft Worth Christian School, TX HS R/R 6'04" 200lbs 11/25/1993
3. 107 Matt Koch RHP Louisville, KY JR L/R 6'03" 205lbs 11/02/1990
4. 140 Branden Kaupe SS Baldwin HS, HI HS S/R 5'07" 175lbs 04/10/1994
5. 170 Brandon Welch RHP Palm Beach CC, FL J2 R/R 6'01" 185lbs 08/24/1991
6. 200 Jayce Boyd 1B Florida State, FL JR R/R 6'03" 200lbs 12/30/1990
7. 230 Corey Oswalt RHP Madison HS, CA HS R/R 6'04" 200lbs 09/03/1993
8. 260 Tomas Nido C Orangewood Christian HS, FL HS R/R 6'00" 200lbs 04/12/1994
9. 290 Richie Rodriguez 2B Eastern Kentucky U, KY SR R/R 5'09" 170lbs 02/15/1990
10. 320 Paul Sewald RHP U San Diego, CA SR R/R 6'02" 190lbs 05/26/1990
11. 350 Logan Taylor RHP Eastern Oklahoma State JC, OK J2 R/R 6'05" 230lbs 12/13/1991
12. 380 Robert Whalen RHP Haines City HS, FL HS R/R 6'02" 200lbs 01/31/1994
13. 410 Matthew Bowman RHP Princeton, NJ JR R/R 6'00" 165lbs 05/31/1991
14. 440 Chris Flexen RHP Newark Memorial HS, CA HS R/R 6'03" 215lbs 07/01/1994
15. 470 Nicholas Grant RHP Milford HS, DE HS R/R 6'01" 206lbs 12/18/1993
16. 500 Myles Smith RHP Miami Dade CC South, FL J2 R/R 6'01" 175lbs 03/23/1992
17. 530 Stefan Sabol C Orange Coast College, CA J2 R/R 6'00" 220lbs 02/02/1992
18. 560 Paul Paez LHP Rio Hondo Col, CA J2 L/L 5'09" 185lbs 04/29/1992
19. 590 Tyler Vanderheiden RHP Samford U, AL SR R/R 6'02" 174lbs 06/27/1990
20. 620 Timothy Peterson RHP U Kentucky, KY JR R/R 6'01" 190lbs 02/22/1991
21. 650 Gary Ward LHP Bethel U, TN SR L/L 6'01" 195lbs 09/13/1989
22. 680 Tejay Antone RHP Legacy HS, TX HS R/R 6'04" 205lbs 12/05/1993
23. 710 Connor Baits RHP Point Loma HS, CA HS R/R 6'05" 210lbs 01/03/1994
24. 740 Andrew Massie RHP Dyer County HS, TN HS R/R 6'01" 170lbs 01/27/1994
25. 770 Leon Byrd 2B Cypress Ranch HS, TX HS S/R 5'08" 165lbs 02/27/1994
26. 800 Chris Shaw 1B Lexington HS, MA HS L/R 6'03" 229lbs 10/20/1993
27. 830 Zach Arnold C Franklin County HS, KY HS R/R 6'02" 175lbs 11/28/1993
28. 860 Jacob Marks RHP St Clair SS, HS L/R 6'01" 160lbs 01/16/1994
29. 890 Austin Barr C Camas HS, WA HS R/R 6'02" 210lbs 09/05/1993
30. 920 Dustin Cook RHP Hargrave HS, TX HS R/R 6'05" 210lbs 11/03/1993
31. 950 Vance Vizcaino SS Wakefield HS, NC HS R/R 6'02" 200lbs 08/01/1994
32. 980 Jon Leroux 1B Northeastern U, MA JR R/R 6'01" 210lbs 09/19/1990
33. 1010 Jared Price RHP Twin Valley HS, PA HS R/R 6'03" 205lbs 10/05/1993
34. 1040 Mikey White SS Spain Park HS, AL HS R/R 6'01" 185lbs 09/03/1993
35. 1070 Brad Markey RHP Santa Fe CC, FL J2 R/R 5'11" 185lbs 03/03/1992
36. 1100 Donovan Walton SS Bishop Kelley HS, OK HS S/R 5'09" 165lbs 05/25/1994
37. 1130 Benny Distefano C Lawrence E Elkins HS, TX HS S/R 6'03" 215lbs 03/18/1993
38. 1160 Jeff Reynolds 3B Harvard U, MA SR R/R 5'10" 175lbs 07/28/1989
39. 1190 Patrick Ervin 2B Pace HS, FL HS L/R 5'10" 175lbs 02/17/1994
40. 1220 David Gonzalez RHP Gainesville HS, GA HS R/R 6'00" 204lbs 09/11/1993

Scouting reports, after the jump

  • I would like to thank Russ for retrieving the Baseball America and Perfect Game USA scouting reports, and Alex Nelson for doing the Amazin' Avenue Scouting Reports. Your efforts are very much appreciated.
  • SCOUTING REPORTS:

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    Round: Pick: Player: Pos: School: Class: B/T: Ht: Wt: DOB:
    1. 12 Gavin Cecchini SS Barbe HS, LA HS R/R 6'02" 180lbs 12/22/1993

    via www.perfectgame.org

    Amazin' Avenue Scouting Report

    MLB.com:

    Full Scouting Report | Gavin Cecchini makes consistent, hard contact and has good baseball instincts

    Bloodlines are always a good thing, so the fact that Cecchini's brother, Garin, was a 2010 draftee and now in the Red Sox organization doesn't hurt. The younger Cecchini, however, is more than making a sewaldname for himself.Cecchini has a quick stroke with good extension, enabling him to make consistent hard contact. He's got mostly gap power now and his speed plus instincts allow him to be a basestealing threat and take the extra base. Those instincts also help him defensively.While his hands are good and he grades out as average with his arm and range, some think a move to second might be better. Either way, this scrappy middle infielder is sure to get plenty of looks in the spring.

    Baseball America:

    Cecchini’s family occupies a unique place in Louisiana baseball, as his father and mother both coached him and his older brother Garin at Barbe High. Garin signed with the Red Sox for a $1.31 million bonus as a fourth-round pick in 2010. Gavin is likely to be drafted higher, in the first round, even though he’s not as physical and his bat is much more in question. Wiry at 6-foot-1, 185 pounds, Cecchini’s best attributes are his steadiness and defensive skills at shortstop. He has good hands and feet as well as the infield actions to stay at short, and excels at cutoff throws and being in the right spot defensively. His arm strength is a tick above-average and unfailingly accurate. His speed is about the same and plays up like his arm—he’s a skilled baserunner who takes extra bases and steals bases intelligently. Cecchini’s bat involves some projection, though. Some scouts believe he will be a bottom-of-the-order hitter despite his polished approach because of a lack of strength and impact bat speed. Cecchini is one of the safer bets in the high school class due to his polish, but scouts are mixed on his true upside.

    Perfect Game USA:

    Cecchini has been a high-profile prospect since his freshman and sophomore years at Barbe High, when scouts were focusing on his brother Garin, also a shortstop at the time, and now a top prospect as a third baseman with the Boston Red Sox, who drafted him in the fourth round in 2010. Gavin is a different type of athlete and baseball player than Garin, who is a bigger, more-physical player and a lefthanded hitter; Gavin is long and slender, a pure middle infielder and righthanded hitter. Cecchini’s most-prominent asset is his basic ability to play the game at a high level of competition, and especially play it with low effort. No single tool stands out in his overall package and scouting directors and national cross-checkers have invariably evaluated him higher than area scouts as a consequence. Cecchini hit .500-1-17 with 10 steals in 15 games last fall with USA Baseball’s undefeated junior-national team and was arguably the best hitter at last summer’s Area Code Games, as well. Not only is his brother a top-level prospect, but Cecchini’s parents are his high-school coaches in the nationally-recognized Barbe High program. There may not be a more-dedicated top prospect in the 2012 class and one scout made an apt across-the-board comparison to the Texas Rangers’ Michael Young when assessing Cecchini.

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    Round: Pick: Player: Pos: School: Class: B/T: Ht: Wt: DOB:
    1s. 35 Kevin Plawecki C Purdue, IN JR R/R 6'02" 215lbs 02/26/1991

    via mlb.mlb.com

    Amazin' Avenue Scouting Report

    MLB.com:

    Full Scouting Report | Kevin Plawecki is a contact first offensive-minded catcher who should hit for average

    Teams are always searching for soild options behind the plate, especially advanced ones from the college ranks. Plawecki was one whose name was on the rise as the Draft approached. Plawecki is an offensive catcher with a lot of ability with the bat. He makes consistent contact with a short swing that allows him to stay in the center of the field. With a contact first approach, Plawecki's power is fringy right now, but there's a lot of strength to potentially tap into in the future. While his arm is fringe average, at best, the other parts of his defensive game are more than fine to stay behind the plate. He works with pitchers well, calling his own game. He has good hands, frames pitches and blocks them well. He has the size and body frame you want from a catcher. With his arm his only real major flaw, Plawecki was getting a lot of looks as a very good option at a premium position as an offensive catcher who will be able to stay at his defensive spot long-term.

    Baseball America:

    Purdue is steaming toward its first Big Ten Conference regular-season championship in 103 years, thanks in large part to Plawecki, an offensive-minded catcher with enough defensive savvy to make it to the majors as a regular behind the plate. Plawecki has a mature approach, focusing on staying inside the ball and driving it back up the middle. Scouts marvel at his ability to make contact, as he has struck out just 28 times in 154 games over three seasons with the Boilermakers. A 6-foot-1, 215-pound righthanded hitter, he could develop average power once learns to backspin balls and turn on pitches. Defensively, Plawecki has fringe arm strength that plays up thanks to a quick release, and he has thrown out 40 percent of basestealers while making just one error this spring. He throws from a low three-quarters slot that costs him velocity and accuracy, and he developed a tired arm when he used a more traditional release point. He’s an efficient receiver who calls his own pitches and takes charge of his pitching staff. Add it all up, and Plawecki draws comparisons to a righthanded-hitting version of A.J. Pierzynski.

    Perfect Game USA:

    When Plawecki enrolled at Purdue, he was considered a defensive-minded catcher with the potential to develop into a middle-of-the-order run producer. His bat definitely has stepped forward as he now has a very sound approach to hitting, and the ability to consistently square up balls and drive them to the gaps. His power continues to emerge in concert with his improvement as a hitter. On the spring, he is hitting .361-5-40 with a team-high 20 doubles. Most remarkable perhaps, he has an impressive 24-to-8 walk-to-strikeout ratio and a .459 on-base percentage. In addition to his offensive prowess, Plawecki has developed into a vocal, take-charge catcher and is the visible leader of the Boilermakers. His leadership qualities serve him well behind the plate, as does his strong, flexible 6-foot-1, 215-pound frame. He shows good lateral movement and improving blocking skills, and his quick release overcomes the lack of ideal arm strength for the position.

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    2. 71 Matt Reynolds 3B Arkansas, AR JR R/R 6'01" 198lbs 12/03/1990

    via image.cdnllnwnl.xosnetwork.com

    Amazin' Avenue Scouting Report

    MLB.com:

    Full Scouting Report | Matt Reynolds has a solid approach at the plate with line-drive gap power

    Playing for a top-notch program in one of the best college conferences in the country, Reynolds has been seen by plenty of scouts. And while he might not be among the top tier of college bats in this class, he has some skills that could translate at the next level. With a balanced set-up at the plate, Reynolds has a good approach and hits line drives. He doesn't have a ton of power, mostly to the gaps, and is more consistent to the pull side. Without average power, Reynolds will have to learn how to hit to all fields. He's a heads-up baserunner who will swipe some bases even without particularly good speed. He's a very good defender, with the potential to be above average with his arm and fielding to go along with solid average range. Reynolds plays mostly third, but has seen time at shortstop, and that kind of flexibility will only help his value. If the bat doesn't progress, he could have a very good future as a utility type.

    Baseball America:

    Reynolds opened his college career as a shortstop before a torn thumb ligament short-circuited his freshman season. He has played more at third base since, both for the Razorback and for USA Baseball’s college national team last summer. He’s a solid athlete with a tweener profile: defensive tools suited for third and a bat that profiles better up the middle. Reynolds lacks third-base power, with a line-drive, gap-to-gap approach. He doesn’t have the proper load in his swing to produce more than fringe-average power. He responded well to last summer’s challenge of playing with Team USA and later in the Cape Cod League, improving his preparation and pushing himself to improve. He was Arkansas’ best hitter this spring (.350/.460/.541) thanks to a more consistent approach and better patience at the plate. He’s an average runner who can steal a bag as well. Reynolds may hit his way into an everyday role if he gets the chance to play shortstop or second base as a pro, as he has soft hands, good footwork and an above-average arm.

    Perfect Game USA:

    Nothing on Reynolds’ resume from his first two years at Arkansas would indicate his becoming a potential top 3-4 round draft pick. He hit .203 as a freshman and .243 as a sophomore while rotating between shortstop, second base and third base, but the Oklahoma native made noticeable across-the-board improvements last summer in the Cape Cod League and with USA Baseball’s collegiate-national team, and he has continued that success this spring, leading the Razorbacks in batting (.333), doubles (15) and walks (36), while tying for the team lead with five homers. Scouts and the Arkansas coaching staff have likened him to former Razorbacks third baseman Logan Forsythe, a supplemental first-round pick in 2008. Both are similar overall players and competitors, with Forsythe having a slight edge with the bat at the same point of their careers. Reynolds has no standout tools, but is the type of player who does everything well, and does it with relatively little effort. He has a controlled, easy swing to go with sound plate discipline, and is a sound, fundamental fielder with excellent hands and good arm strength. He also has enough speed to steal an occasional base and stretch singles into doubles. The big question about Reynolds’ future evolves around his position. While he has good doubles, gap-type power, Reynolds doesn’t project middle-of-the-order power production that teams want out of their third basemen. If scouts feel that Reynolds has the ability to play second base at the pro level, that could raise his draft stock a round or two.

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    Round: Pick: Player: Pos: School: Class: B/T: Ht: Wt: DOB:
    2. 75 Teddy Stankiewicz RHP Ft Worth Christian School, TX HS R/R 6'04" 200lbs 11/25/1993

    via www.perfectgame.org

    Amazin' Avenue Scouting Report

    MLB.com:

    Full Scouting Report | Teddy Stankiewicz has a good pitching frame with a four-pitch mix

    High school pitchers are often projectable. Sometimes, they have good pitchability. Every once in a while, there's one like Stankiewicz, who's a little bit of both. Tall and lanky, there's room for growth in the Texas prep right-hander's frame. That could mean a few more ticks to a fastball that can already touch 93 and sits in the 88-91 mph range. Stankiewicz backs up the fastball with plus pitching instincts, mixing in three other pitches for strikes. His slider is the better of his two breaking balls, but both could be at least Major League average. He may not throw the changeup that much at this level, but he shows a good feel for it. If the fastball develops into a plus pitch and his secondary stuff is average to go along with his outstanding command and mound presence, this is a Major League starter in the making.

    Baseball America:

    Stankiewicz is a polished high school pitcher who fits in the third to fifth round on talent, but he may not be signable away from an Arkansas commitment outside of the top two. He flashes two above-average pitches that should improve as he fills out his projectable 6-foot-4, 190-pound frame. His fastball usually sits at 88-92 mph, topping out anywhere from 89-94 on a given day. His slider is very good at times and mediocre at others. He also uses a curveball as a show pitch and has the makings of a changeup. Stankiewicz has good body control and command for a high school pitcher and could contribute immediately as a freshman for the Razorbacks if he doesn’t sign. Scouts like the way he repeats his delivery and competes.

    Perfect Game USA:

    Stankiewicz is closely-linked with fellow Metroplex righthander Jake Thompson (No. 21) in terms of location, as well as size and ability, and there are scouts who have Thompson ranked ahead of him as the top prep arm in the northern tier of Texas. At 6-foot-4 and 200 pounds, Stankiewicz has a loose, lean build and a conventional delivery with a high three-quarters release point. He pitches in the 90-93 mph range with good command of his fastball and shows a nice feel for using a changeup and changing speeds. His prospect status jumped significantly late last summer when he made an adjustment to add more power and a tighter spin to his slider, which now has classic slider shape and a late, hard biting action at 82-83 mph, as opposed to its previous 77-79.

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    Round: Pick: Player: Pos: School: Class: B/T: Ht: Wt: DOB:
    3. 107 Matt Koch RHP Louisville, KY JR L/R 6'03" 205lbs 11/02/1990

    via www.perfectgame.org

    Amazin' Avenue Scouting Report

    MLB.com:

    Full Scouting Report | Matt Koch has what scouts look for in a college reliever; a good fastball and a hard slider

    While Koch has shared closing duties with senior Derek Self at Louisville this season, he's still shown enough with a good two-pitch power repertoire to garner some attention. The lean, wiry and strong right-hander will throw his fastball up to 94 mph, sitting comfortably a tick below that. There's some good life to the heater as well, and he commands it well. He also throws strikes with a hard slider that has good bite and depth. Koch seems to have the right mentality for a life in short relief, showing a willingness to take the ball at the end of the game and go right after hitters. Two Major League average or better power pitches with good command should be enough to get Koch drafted early and should help him move up the ladder quickly.

    Baseball America:

    A swingman in his first two seasons at Louisville, Koch may have found his true calling in the Cape Cod League last summer. Used solely in relief by Chatham, he finished the summer with 15 1/3 straight scoreless innings, including an appearance in the Cape all-star game. The Cardinals have kept him in that role this season, which he opened by showing at 96-97 mph for one inning at the Big Ten/Big East Challenge in Florida. He has pitched at 92-96 mph this spring, though scouts have had a difficult time seeing him because he shares closing duties with Derek Self. Koch has been inconsistent with his secondary pitches, the main reason that opponents have hit a surprising .319 against him this year. He’ll flash a plus changeup and a low-80s slider with depth, and some scouts think it’s still worth trying to develop him as a starter. Koch is built for durability at 6-foot-3 and 204 pounds, leading to more credence for that belief. There’s mixed opinion as to whether he’s better than former Louisville closer Tony Zych, who signed for $400,000 as a Cubs fourth-round pick last year. Zych throws harder but Koch has a better body, a superior pitch and less effort in his delivery.

    Perfect Game USA:

    Koch ranked squarely among the elite crop of power closers last summer in the Cape Cod League, after working primarily as a starter as a sophomore at Louisville (5-5, 3.48, 67 IP, 21 BB/46 SO). He appeared to find his niche in an end-of-game role on the Cape by going 1-0, 1.19 with five saves (on a last-place club), along with 22 strikeouts in 23 innings, while allowing just 18 base runners (15 H/3 BB). With a running fastball at 92-95 mph and a second solid offering in his slider, Koch’s raw stuff seemed suited to close, as did his aggressive mindset. His loose, durable arm and live, athletic 6-foot-3, 205-pound frame only added to his appeal, and Koch entered the 2012 season with every expectation of becoming a possible first-rounder in June in his new role as Louisville’s closer. While his fastball touched 97 mph early in the year, Koch’s season hasn’t gone totally according to form, however, as senior righthander Derek Self has assumed the role as the Cardinals primary closer. In 18 appearances, Koch has saved four games while posting a 0-2, 4.38 record with eight walks and 26 strikeouts in 25 innings. In the process, some scouts have come back to the realization that his upside may actually be greater as a starter, that he has the three-pitch mix to potentially thrive in that role.

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    4. 140 Branden Kaupe SS Baldwin HS, HI HS S/R 5'07" 175lbs 04/10/1994

    via 4.bp.blogspot.com

    Amazin' Avenue Scouting Report

    MLB.com:

    No scouting report available.

    Baseball America:

    No scouting report available.

    Perfect Game USA:

    Scouts from the mainland got an early look at the top high-school talent in Hawaii, and left with the impression that the 5-foot-5, 175-pound Kaupe was the best talent in this year’s class. Despite his obvious lack of size, Kaupe showcased impressive speed and solid actions at shortstop, though he probably faces a shift across the bag to second base as he advances. Kaupe also showed some ability as a switch-hitter to drive balls.

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    Round: Pick: Player: Pos: School: Class: B/T: Ht: Wt: DOB:
    5. 170 Brandon Welch RHP Palm Beach CC, FL J2 R/R 6'01" 185lbs 08/24/1991

    via 2.bp.blogspot.com

    Amazin' Avenue Scouting Report

    MLB.com:

    Welch is one of the more intriguing prospects in the Draft. His fastball sits in the mid 90s, and he also has a hard slider. He has excellent command of both pitches and rarely walks a batter. However, Welch is not the biggest guy in the world, leading some scouts to think he will be a reliever at the next level. Either way, Welch's aggressive nature and pure stuff are what will get him drafted.

    Baseball America:

    Welch was primarily an outfielder in high school, though he closed from time to time, and he played both ways as a freshman last year at Daytona State (Fla.) JC, posting a 5.68 ERA. He transferred to Palm Beach State JC as a sophomore, moving into the rotation and going 4-3, 2.83 with 79 strikeouts and 13 walks in 76 innings. The athletic, quick-armed Welch generated buzz early in the spring, showing one of the liveliest arms in Florida and sitting around 92-94 mph and touching 96 with his fastball. The separating factor was a power slider that at times reached 84-87 mph, with depth. With all the talent in the state’s high school and college ranks, though, scouts had a hard time bearing down on juco players, and when they checked in at the state tournament in May, Welch’s velocity had dipped into the 87-90 range. Welch, a Florida Atlantic signee, is a bit undersized at 6-foot-1, 185 pounds, so most scouts see him as a reliever at the pro level.

    Perfect Game USA:

    Welch was a little-known outfielder in 2011 at Florida’s Daytona State JC, but his career took off last fall when he transferred downstate to Palm Beach State and was immediately moved to the mound. He won over waves of scouts this spring with a fastball that was a steady 91-94 mph and topped at 96, and a dynamite mid-80s, biting slider, his primary strikeout pitch. Though only 6-feet and 170 pounds, scouts have been impressed with Welch’s loose, athletic frame, his competitive approach to pitching and his ability to command the strike zone for someone so new to pitching. Through 76 innings this spring, Welch was 4-3, 2.83 with 13 walks and 79 strikeouts.

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    Round: Pick: Player: Pos: School: Class: B/T: Ht: Wt: DOB:
    6. 200 Jayce Boyd 1B Florida State, FL JR R/R 6'03" 200lbs 12/30/1990

    via grfx.cstv.com

    Amazin' Avenue Scouting Report

    MLB.com:

    Scouting Video | First baseman David J. Boyd out of Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL

    Baseball America:

    Boyd was an acclaimed prep player and has been a three-year starter for Florida State. He led the Atlantic Coast Conference in batting at .395 entering regional play. He has adjusted his approach and swing since high school, when he was a 19th-round pick as a third baseman. He has become a contact hitter with gap power, hitting 16 homers his first two seasons but just three this spring. He’s an above-average defender at first with good hands, but hasn’t gotten much exposure in college at third, which obviously would increase his value. His lack of home run power and righthanded-hitting first-base profile makes him tough to peg from a draft standpoint.

    Perfect Game USA:

    The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Boyd has been a consistent run producer for the Seminoles from the start of his freshman year, but has never developed the raw power scouts believe he has. He hit eight homers in each of his first two seasons, but has dropped to just two as a junior, even as he leads the Seminoles with a .393 average. Although Boyd has played third base in the past, he profiles best at first, and scouts continue to dream on his polished righthanded bat—and untapped power potential.

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    7. 230 Corey Oswalt RHP Madison HS, CA HS R/R 6'04" 200lbs 09/03/1993

    via www.perfectgame.org

    Amazin' Avenue Scouting Report

    MLB.com:

    Scouting Video | Pitcher Corey Oswalt out of Madison High School in San Diego, California

    Baseball America:

    Oswalt played in the 2011 PG All-American Classic as a position player, but he has emerged as a better prospect on the mound this spring. Though he’s new to pitching, Reed has intriguing upside thanks to his prototypical 6-foot-4, 210-pound frame, smooth arm action and sound delivery. He currently pitches in the 88-90 mph range as a starter but touches 91-92, and he has some feel to spin a breaking ball, though he doesn’t really know what he’s doing with it, in the words of one scout. His changeup is in its nascent stages. Oswalt is a long-term project, and he could develop into a higher-level prospect with three years working with Andrew Checketts at UC Santa Barbara, if no team makes a run at signing him this spring.

    Perfect Game USA:

    Oswalt has always been a highly-visible prospect in terms of the 2012 draft class, in large part because of his very athletic, 6-foot-4, 210-pound build. He earned an invitation to the 2011 Perfect Game All-American Classic as a third baseman, but scouts were already beginning to envision Oswalt as a future pitcher. Oswalt started pitching on an increasing basis over the last six months and has gone 2-0, 0.95 with 20 strikeouts in 14 innings this spring. His fastball has been up to 92 mph and he has shown an aptitude to spin the ball, and scouts are now sold that his future is on the mound.

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    8. 260 Tomas Nido C Orangewood Christian HS, FL HS R/R 6'00" 200lbs 04/12/1994

    via www.perfectgame.org

    Amazin' Avenue Scouting Report

    MLB.com:

    Scouting Video | Catcher Thomas Nido from Orangewood Christian High School in Maitland, Florida

    Baseball America:

    Nido isn’t quite one-tool player; the Florida State signee has average arm strength. But his calling card is plus-plus raw power, as he has strength and takes a big, powerful swing, generating above-average bat speed. He’s a slow-twitch athlete, and it may be a stretch for him to stay behind the plate. He has a tendency to sell out for power, even though he doesn’t need to with his strength. Nido had late helium and was doing some individual workouts for teams, and if he puts on a power display with wood, he could be drafted highly.

    Perfect Game USA:

    Along with de la Rosa (No. 26), Nido is the second catcher on the list who grew up in Puerto Rico and retains strong connections with his homeland. Cross-checkers who see the 6-foot-1, 195-pound Nido on the right day could have him higher than this as his raw power from the right side is a separator tool. He can put on shows in BP, but is a streaky in-game hitter who will swing-and-miss his share, but also crush balls on occasion against high-velocity pitching. His arm strength grades out as a plus behind the plate.

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    9. 290 Richie Rodriguez 2B Eastern Kentucky U, KY SR R/R 5'09" 170lbs 02/15/1990

    via www.ekusports.com

    Amazin' Avenue Scouting Report

    MLB.com:

    No scouting report available.

    Baseball America:

    No scouting report available.

    Perfect Game USA:

    Eastern Kentucky has made a serious run at an Ohio Valley Conference regular-season title this spring, in large part because of the steady two-way contributions of Rodriguez. He topped the Colonels in batting average (.357-2-26) and stolen bases (19) as a junior, but has significantly added to his power production as a senior by hitting .388-13-40, while also stealing a team-high 19 bags in his role as a leadoff hitter. His sound hand-eye coordination is reflected by a sterling 31-12 walk-to-strikeout ratio. Besides being an offensive threat for a middle infielder with average speed and sound base-running instincts, Rodriguez has pro-level level actions in the field, though projects as a second baseman in pro ball.

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    10. 320 Paul Sewald RHP U San Diego, CA SR R/R 6'02" 190lbs 05/26/1990

    via www.perfectgame.org

    Amazin' Avenue Scouting Report

    MLB.com:

    No scouting report available.

    Baseball America:

    No scouting report available.

    Perfect Game USA:

    No scouting report available.

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    11. 350 Logan Taylor RHP Eastern Oklahoma State JC, OK J2 R/R 6'05" 230lbs 12/13/1991

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    MLB.com:

    No scouting report available.

    Baseball America:

    Taylor began his college career at Northeast Texas CC in 2011, transferred to Arkansas last fall and moved on to Eastern Oklahoma State when he didn’t survive the Razorbacks’ final cut. He helped the Mountaineers come within an extra-inning defeat of advancing to the Junior College World Series, taking the loss in a 10th-inning relief appearance against Jefferson (Mo.) CC. Taylor ended the regional playoffs ranked third among national juco players in strikeouts (114) and strikeouts per nine innings (13.5). Taylor sometimes battles his control and command, but when he’s on, he’s tough on hitters with a 90-94 mph and a 12-to-6 curveball. He did a better job of keeping his 6-foot-5, 242-pound frame in shape this year. If he doesn’t turn pro, he’ll transfer back to Arkansas.

    Perfect Game USA:

    The 6-foot-5, 225-pound Taylor has been the most-dominant of the quartet of power arms on the Eastern staff this spring, and his nine-inning average of 13.9 strikeouts is second in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I ranks to only Western Nevada righthander Dylan Baker, a possible first-rounder in this year’s draft. Taylor’s fastball peaks at 94 mph, but is more commonly at 90-92 mph with good arm-side run. His dominant strikeout pitch is his sharp, 12-to-6 curve ball that he’ll typically serve up at 79-80 mph. Taylor, a Tulsa high-school product, spent his freshman season at Northeast Texas CC, before transferring to Arkansas for his sophomore year. When he didn’t make the Razorbacks’ 35-man roster last fall, he was on the move again, and has excelled this spring back at the junior-college level. He is 4-0, 1.80, but could stand to sharpen his command as he has averaged more than a walk every two innings.

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    12. 380 Robert Whalen RHP Haines City HS, FL HS R/R 6'02" 200lbs 01/31/1994

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    MLB.com:

    Scouting Video | Pitcher Robert Whalen out of Haines City High School in Haines City, Florida

    Baseball America:

    No scouting report available.

    Perfect Game USA:

    The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Whalen has a power pitcher’s build and power pitcher’s arm action, and gets plenty of leverage to the plate as a result. He generally works in the 90-93 mph range, and could be the type of pitcher that adds velocity with maturity, though his fastball has good sinking action. His curve and changeup show promise but he needs to develop more consistency with both, and may profile well to develop a power slider as his primary breaking ball. He has committed to Florida Atlantic.

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    13. 410 Matthew Bowman RHP Princeton, NJ JR R/R 6'00" 165lbs 05/31/1991

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    MLB.com:

    Scouting Video | Matthew Bowman has a fastball that can reach 91, which compliments a hard slider

    Baseball America:

    No scouting report available.

    Perfect Game USA:

    Bowman has doubled as a starting pitcher and shortstop over his three-year career at Princeton, and normally started the first game of Sunday doubleheaders this spring while playing shortstop the rest of the weekend. That is hardly an ideal arrangement for a pitcher, but Bowman generally held up well in going 4-2, 4.66 on the mound with 17 walks and 58 strikeouts in 56 innings, while spinning a pair of complete-game shutouts. He also hit .308-1-15. While Bowman’s fastball was regularly at 89-91 mph, scouts who saw him throw last summer for the Bethesda Big Train of the Cal Ripken Collegiate League may have a better reading for what he can do on the mound when he isn’t playing shortstop between starts. Working solely as a pitcher for the Big Train, the nation’s No. 1-ranked summer-league team, Bowman went 5-2, 0.82 with 46 strikeouts and only six walks in 55 innings, earning selection as the league’s top pitcher. His fastball was consistently a tick or two faster and topped out at 94 mph. He also mixes in three solid secondary pitches with his fastball, and stands out on the mound for his advanced approach to pitching. Bowman has been likened by numerous scouts to San Francisco Giants righthander Tim Lincecum, both for their lean, slender physical appearances and remarkably similar pitching mechanics.

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    14. 440 Chris Flexen RHP Newark Memorial HS, CA HS R/R 6'03" 215lbs 07/01/1994

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    MLB.com:

    No scouting report available.

    Baseball America:

    Still just 17 years old, Flexen already has an impressive body at 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds. He sits in the 90-91 mph range and tops out at 93 mph. Mostly a two-pitch guy right now, he scrapped his curveball in favor of a slider this spring and it shows flashes of being a plus pitch with nasty life at times. Flexen has some effort to his delivery and scouts say his arm action could be smoothed out, but they love his competitive fire on the mound. Flexen could be pushed up draft boards because it will likely take second-round money to buy him away from his Arizona State commitment.

    Perfect Game USA:

    At 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds, Flexen is an exceptionally-strong and solidly-built righthander who has moved steadily up draft boards this spring. His fastball has sat comfortably in the 88-92 mph range, topping at 94 on occasion, but Flexen hardly stops there as he features a four-pitch mix, with his slider being his best secondary offering. In 46 innings, he is 6-0, 0.46 with 10 walks and 60 strikeouts. Flexen’s mature approach to pitching and his command should make him an immediate contributor at Arizona State, if he chooses the college route, but a big-league team could pick him as early as the fourth round if they believe he is signable.

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    15. 470 Nicholas Grant RHP Milford HS, DE HS R/R 6'01" 206lbs 12/18/1993

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    MLB.com:

    No scouting report available.

    Baseball America:

    No scouting report available.

    Perfect Game USA:

    Grant is a big, strong and mature athlete at 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds, with the physical tools to be a two-way player in college should he end up at Liberty. He has a simple delivery from the stretch and a quick, compact arm action with some effort on release. Grant’s fastball is usually in the 89-92 mph area, and he throws a mid- to upper-70s curve that has improved significantly this spring. He rarely throws a changeup against high-school competition, but flashed a pretty decent one last summer. There were rumors of Grant touching 97 mph during the spring that have been largely discounted by scouts who, while respecting Grant’s arm and athletic ability, don’t see that being possible at this point in his development.

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    16. 500 Myles Smith RHP Miami Dade CC South, FL J2 R/R 6'01" 175lbs 03/23/1992

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    MLB.com:

    No scouting report available.

    Baseball America:

    Florida’s junior college ranks were stronger on the mound than at the plate this spring, in marked contrast to 2011, when Cory Spangenberg and Brian Goodwin got seven-figure bonuses. Smith was one of the state’s top arms, with an 89-92 mph fastball that touched 94, complemented by a changeup some scouts graded as plus. His below-average breaking ball contributed to a modest 67 strikeouts in 78 innings. Smith’s 6-foot frame and inconsistent ability to spin it could lead him to make good on his Missouri commitment.

    Perfect Game USA:

    Smith was the best all-around talent to come out of the Michigan high-school ranks in 2010, but made little headway as a freshman at Missouri while dividing his time between hitting and pitching. He elected to transfer to Miami-Dade last fall, with the initial intention of playing both ways, but soon decided to concentrate on pitching only and his career has taken off this spring. In 60 innings, he is 7-1, 1.64 with 16 walks and 50 strikeouts. His fastball, 88-92 mph at the start of the season, has often reached 94-95 of late, and he has developed an above-average change to go with it. His breaking ball also has promise, but is still in the work-in-progress stage.

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    17. 530 Stefan Sabol C Orange Coast College, CA J2 R/R 6'00" 220lbs 02/02/1992

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    MLB.com:

    No scouting report available.

    Baseball America:

    Sabol’s physicality and upside made him a high-profile prospect coming out of high school, but he elected to go to Oregon, where a broken bone his left hand spoiled his freshman season. He transferred to Orange Coast for his sophomore year but was sidelined by a broken hamate bone. His performance was pedestrian when he returned to action, but his raw tools haven’t gone away. Though he saw some action behind the plate this spring, the overwhelming scouting consensus is that he lacks the agility, hands and footwork to catch. He figures to find a home at an outfield corner in pro ball, and he is a solid runner for his size. He has average or even slightly better raw arm strength, but it isn’t particularly playable in games because of his long arm action and inaccuracy. Sabol’s bat and power will have to carry him. He hasn’t developed as a hitter, but he does have pitch recognition and plenty of bat speed, which leads to plus raw power. Unlocking that power in games will be key. Sabol is committed to Oklahoma State.

    Perfect Game USA:

    As a highly-athletic high-school catcher in 2010, Sabol drew plenty of early-round interest in that year’s draft, and participated in the 2009 PG/Aflac All-American Classic. After spending his first year in college at the University of Oregon, he transferred to Orange Coast and broke the hamate bone in his left hand just before the start of the 2012 season. Because of that Sabol hasn’t looked as strong as he tries to catch up, but still has promising athleticism and power potential at the plate with defensive versatility.

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    18. 560 Paul Paez LHP Rio Hondo Col, CA J2 L/L 5'09" 185lbs 04/29/1992

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    MLB.com:

    No scouting report available.

    Baseball America:

    No scouting report available.

    Perfect Game USA:

    2009 Scouting Report: Paul Paez is a 2010 LHP with a 5’9’’, 175 lb. frame from Baldwin Park, CA who attends Bishop Amat HS. Compact build with strength. Simple fast paced delivery, quick arm, hides ball well, 87-88 FB gets on hitters quickly, aired out a couple at 91 on last hitter to show he could. Tight CB at 71 mph, hard downer break when on top, SL was a little flat, tends to spin off on SL, did not see change. Shows good pitchability and mound awareness, should be successful immediately at next level. Good student, verbal to San Diego.

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    19. 590 Tyler Vanderheiden RHP Samford U, AL SR R/R 6'02" 174lbs 06/27/1990

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    MLB.com:

    No scouting report available.

    Baseball America:

    No scouting report available.

    Perfect Game USA:

    No scouting report available.

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    20. 620 Timothy Peterson RHP U Kentucky, KY JR R/R 6'01" 190lbs 02/22/1991

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    MLB.com:

    No scouting report available.

    Baseball America:

    No scouting report available.

    Perfect Game USA:

    No scouting report available.

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    21. 650 Gary Ward LHP Bethel U, TN SR L/L 6'01" 195lbs 09/13/1989

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    MLB.com:

    No scouting report available.

    Baseball America:

    No scouting report available.

    Perfect Game USA:

    No scouting report available.

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    22. 680 Tejay Antone RHP Legacy HS, TX HS R/R 6'04" 205lbs 12/05/1993

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    MLB.com:

    No scouting report available.

    Baseball America:

    No scouting report available.

    Perfect Game USA:

    No scouting report available.

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    23. 710 Connor Baits RHP Point Loma HS, CA HS R/R 6'05" 210lbs 01/03/1994

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    MLB.com:

    Scouting Video | Pitcher Connor Baits out of Point Loma High School in San Diego, California

    Baseball America:

    Baits has a big 6-foot-5, 210-pound frame and has flashed intriguing arm strength at times, touching 93-94 mph on the showcase circuit and in scout ball last year. He hasn’t shown that kind of velocity this spring, working more in the 86-90 mph range with a decent hard slurve at 77-79 and a fair changeup at 82-83. Scouts have expressed concerns over his ability to maintain a funky delivery and arm action, leading some to believe he profiles as a reliever, where his aggressive approach would be an asset. Baits is committed to UC Santa Barbara but could be drafted as high as the fifth round.

    Perfect Game USA:

    Baits entered the 2012 season with a chance to break into the top three rounds after touching 93 mph in the fall and impressing scouts with his strong, projectable 6-foot-5, 210-pound frame. As his mechanics and fastball velocity haven’t been as consistent this spring, Baits could end up becoming a key part of UC Santa Barbara’s impressive recruiting class.

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    24. 740 Andrew Massie RHP Dyer County HS, TN HS R/R 6'01" 170lbs 01/27/1994

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    MLB.com:

    No scouting report available.

    Baseball America:

    No scouting report available.

    Perfect Game USA:

    No scouting report available.

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    25. 770 Leon Byrd 2B Cypress Ranch HS, TX HS S/R 5'08" 165lbs 02/27/1994

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    MLB.com:

    Scouting Video | Infielder Leon Byrd out of Cypress Ranch High School in Cypress, Texas

    Baseball America:

    No scouting report available.

    Perfect Game USA:

    No scouting report available.

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    26. 800 Chris Shaw 1B Lexington HS, MA HS L/R 6'03" 229lbs 10/20/1993

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    MLB.com:

    No scouting report available.

    Baseball America:

    No scouting report available.

    Perfect Game USA:

    The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Shaw is a big lefthanded-hitting first baseman with excellent power potential that performed well in front of scouts at national-level events last summer and fall. Shaw flashes big-time power in batting practice, and can reach the fences to any part of the field. But he will often shorten his swing against better pitching, which reduces his stroke to more of a line-drive plane. Shaw is also an excellent hockey prospect—he might be the best hockey player among the country’s top baseball prospects, and could play at the collegiate level if it weren’t for baseball—and there is hope that he might improve his speed in time as he gets on a full-year baseball training program that emphasizes lower-half quickness. Coincidentally, Shaw has a college commitment to Boston College, the reigning NCAA hockey champion. A two-way player in high school, Shaw dominated this spring as both a hitter (.500-7-20 in 19 G) and pitcher (4-0, 1.20, 76 SO), and is capable of throwing in the mid- to upper-80s, although his arm strength isn’t much of a factor as a first baseman.

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    27. 830 Zach Arnold C Franklin County HS, KY HS R/R 6'02" 175lbs 11/28/1993

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    MLB.com:

    No scouting report available.

    Baseball America:

    No scouting report available.

    Perfect Game USA:

    2010 Scouting Report: Zach Arnold is a 2012 C/ with a 6-2 175 lb. frame from Frankfort, KY who attends Franklin County. Showed good energy and athleticism behind the plate, has a chance to be a very good defensive catcher at the next level. Showed gap power potential and showed the ability to go with the pitch and hit to all fields. Good student.

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    28. 860 Jacob Marks RHP St Clair SS, HS L/R 6'01" 160lbs 01/16/1994

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    MLB.com:

    Scouting Video | Catcher Jacob Marks out of Saint Clair School in Sarnia, Canada

    Baseball America:

    No scouting report available.

    Perfect Game USA:

    No scouting report available.

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    29. 890 Austin Barr C Camas HS, WA HS R/R 6'02" 210lbs 09/05/1993

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    Scouting Video | Catcher Austin Barr out of Camas High School in Camas, Washington

    Hailing from the same area as fellow Draft prospect Clint Coulter, Barr isn't quite on the same level as his neighbor, but he has plenty to like. He's strong and durably built for the position and has the defensive tools -- and leadership teams like to see -- to stay behind the plate long term. Barr has a good idea of what he's doing at the plate, and it looks like he should hit for average and power down the road. He is considered a very tough sign because of his commitment to attend Stanford in the fall.

    Baseball America:

    It’s a banner year for catchers in Camas, Wash., as Barr and Clint Coulter play their home games less than five miles apart. Barr is a good athlete who shows impressive tools behind the plate. He’s a leader on the field and also shows a good feel for hitting with power potential in his strong, 6-foot-2, 215-pound frame. He has type-1 diabetes and wears an insulin pump, so the grind of a full pro season could be difficult, but scouts should have three more years to figure that out. Barr is a 4.0 student and, like all Stanford commits, is considered nearly impossible to sign.

    Perfect Game USA:

    Barr’s draft stock has steadily risen in the scouting community this spring, in large measure because he compares favorably to Washington’s top prep prospect, Clint Coulter (No. 1), who catches for a neighboring high school in suburban Vancouver. Both have big, durable frames, and while the 6-foot-3, 215-pound Barr doesn’t feature a single standout tool, his overall athleticism is ideal for the demands of the catching position, and his bat speed and power potential are both a plus for a young catcher. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Coulter fits much the same profile. Barr’s draft worth isn’t close to Coulter’s, however, as he has two complicating factors. First, he is an outstanding student with a college ride to Stanford, a school that rarely loses anything but first-round-type talents to pro ball. Secondly, he is a Type-1 diabetic, an affliction that historically causes scouts to get a bit gun-shy, especially when it involves high-school prospects.

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    30. 920 Dustin Cook RHP Hargrave HS, TX HS R/R 6'05" 210lbs 11/03/1993

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    MLB.com:

    No scouting report available.

    Baseball America:

    No scouting report available.

    Perfect Game USA:

    2010 Scouting Report: Dustin Cook is a 2012 RHP/ with a 6-4 210 lb. frame from Huffman, TX who attends Hargrave. Cook has a good pitchers build, ball comes out of hand well, projects, has arm speed, more velocity in there, solid breaking ball kept hitters off balance. Very interesting RHP that needs to be followed very closely.

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    31. 950 Vance Vizcaino SS Wakefield HS, NC HS R/R 6'02" 200lbs 08/01/1994

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    MLB.com:

    No scouting report available.

    Baseball America:

    No scouting report available.

    Perfect Game USA:

    No scouting report available.

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    32. 980 Jon Leroux 1B Northeastern U, MA JR R/R 6'01" 210lbs 09/19/1990

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    MLB.com:

    No scouting report available.

    Baseball America:

    No scouting report available.

    Perfect Game USA:

    Righthander Andrew Leenhouts was expected to be Northeastern’s most-notable draft this year, especially after being selected by the Miami Marlins a year ago and reversing his record from 3-8 as a junior to 7-3 as a senior. But he was upstaged this spring by the inspired performance of Leroux, who effected an even greater turnaround in his performance from 2011, improving from a .236-3-20 sophomore season with 10 walks and 53 strikeouts, to an eye-opening .347-12-50 junior campaign. He topped Northeastern in every triple-crown category while producing an improved 12-35 walk-to-strikeout ratio. Leroux is mostly an offensive catcher and actually started the 2012 season in a DH role, but ended up taking over regular duties behind the plate and showed improvement in all aspects of catching. Leenhouts, meanwhile, should still be a solid senior sign after striking out 87 in 92 innings, but his fastball typically ranged from 85-90 mph.

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    33. 1010 Jared Price RHP Twin Valley HS, PA HS R/R 6'03" 205lbs 10/05/1993

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    MLB.com:

    Scouting Video | Pitcher Jared Price out of Twin Valley High School in Elverson, Pennsylvania

    Baseball America:

    Northeast scouts saw flashes of big potential for Price this spring, but he was inconsistent with his delivery and results. His fastball will range from 87-93 mph, touching 94 on occasion, and he has a second plus pitch in his curveball. He’s physical and strong, but not very projectable at 6-foot-1 and 195 pounds. His bow-and-arrow arm action raises some concerns among scouts, but they like his arm strength and ability to spin a breaking ball. He is committed to Maryland.

    Perfect Game USA:

    A strong, athletic, 6-foot-2, 190-pound righthander, Price has produced a split camp this spring among scouts. He has been seen up to 93-94 mph by some, while pitching consistently in the low-90s; he has also struggled to reach 90 for others, and his draft value has fluctuated depending on the day he was seen. Typically when at his best, Price has shown a clean, quick and compact arm action, with a loose, tension-free release out front. He also throws a hard breaking ball that has a chance to become a solid-average to plus pitch in the future, and he’s still working to develop his changeup, although he’ll flash a quality offering. Price has been difficult for scouts to see because of the erratic way he has been used this spring, but his easy athleticism and strong, physical frame have been easy to spot. He is a sub-7.0 runner and swings the bat with some authority. Price is a 4.0 student with a scholarship offer from Maryland, so scouts will have to be mindful of his signability, but the feeling exists that he may be the most-signable of the top group of Pennsylvania prep prospects, provided he is taken in the top 4-5 rounds.

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    34. 1040 Mikey White SS Spain Park HS, AL HS R/R 6'01" 185lbs 09/03/1993

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    MLB.com:

    Scouting Video | Infielder Mikey White out of Spain Park High School in Hoover, Alabama

    White gets the ultimate praise of being a "baseball player," a grinder who plays the game the right way. He has some tools, too, with the ability to hit for average, decent speed and more power than you'd think. His instincts help his tools play up, and he goes all out. He doesn't necessarily profile well at any one spot, but he's the kind of player that makes a team better.

    Baseball America:

    White is a key piece of Alabama’s recruiting class, a dirtbag in the best sense of the word with solid tools, and he went 8-2 on the mound as well. The second-leading hitter for USA Baseball’s 18-and-under team last fall, batting .415, White profiles as a leadoff or No. 2 hitter with average speed, a polished approach and surprising pop in his 6-foot-1, 185-pound frame. He turns in average times down the line and doesn’t wow scouts with range, but he turns it up when he needs to leg out a hit, take an extra base or make a play at shortstop. He has good instincts that help accentuate his improving actions and solid-average arm strength, and he plays with intensity. Some scouts don’t know where he fits defensively if he can’t stay in the middle infield, as he may not have enough speed for center field.

    Perfect Game USA:

    White was a standout for USA Baseball’s undefeated junior-national team last summer and fall, and his .415 average was second only to Louisiana infielder Gavin Cecchini, a potential first-rounder in June. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound White is a versatile player who has played second, third and the outfield in the past, but may project best at shortstop. An Alabama signee, White plays at a high skill level, though he doesn’t have a true plus tool. He has more strength and bat speed than a normal shortstop prospect, and has banged nine homers as a senior after going deep seven times as a junior.

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    35. 1070 Brad Markey RHP Santa Fe CC, FL J2 R/R 5'11" 185lbs 03/03/1992

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    MLB.com:

    No scouting report available.

    Baseball America:

    No scouting report available.

    Perfect Game USA:

    2009 Scouting Report: Bradley Markey is a 2010 MIF/P with a 5’10’’, 170 lb. frame from Bel Air, MD who attends C. Milton Wright. Markey has a solid athletic build, hits from a narrow stance, has good balance, short to the ball, has good bat speed with a line drive swing path, defensively, he has solid actions with a good arm. Markey also pitches, using a 3/4 arm slot, has a long arm action, arm really works well, throws downhill, curveball has 12-6 spin and is tight, clean mechanics. Markey is also a good student.

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    36. 1100 Donovan Walton SS Bishop Kelley HS, OK HS S/R 5'09" 165lbs 05/25/1994

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    MLB.com:

    No scouting report available.

    Baseball America:

    No scouting report available.

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    No scouting report available.

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    37. 1130 Benny Distefano C Lawrence E Elkins HS, TX HS S/R 6'03" 215lbs 03/18/1993

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    MLB.com:

    No scouting report available.

    Baseball America:

    No scouting report available.

    Perfect Game USA:

    2011 Scouting Report: Ben Distefano is a 2012 C/RHP, IF with a 6-3 215 lb. frame from Missouri City, TX who is home schooled. Big strong physical build. Switch-hitter, better bat speed and hitting rhythm from the left side. Nice swing plane from the left side, good extension, smooth and balanced with good present bat speed, can lift the ball and reach the fences. Still start right handed, still strong with some bat speed but more of a line drive/pull approach. Fairly polished catching actions, receives well, soft hands, quick efficient exchange, strong arm, 2.00 best pop time, will have to work on lower 1/2 quickness and footwork for the next level, tends to get body out in front of his feet throwing. Also pitched, full windup with pause at the top, long arm action, fastball steady at 82-84 mph, mostly straight, good bite on a low 70’s curveball, spotted both pitches down in the zone and was effective. Son of former ML’er Benny Distefano, probably a very similar tool set at the same age. Very good student.

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    38. 1160 Jeff Reynolds 3B Harvard U, MA SR R/R 5'10" 175lbs 07/28/1989

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    MLB.com:

    No scouting report available.

    Baseball America:

    No scouting report available.

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    No scouting report available.

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    39. 1190 Patrick Ervin 2B Pace HS, FL HS L/R 5'10" 175lbs 02/17/1994

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    MLB.com:

    No scouting report available.

    Baseball America:

    No scouting report available.

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    No scouting report available.

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    Round: Pick: Player: Pos: School: Class: B/T: Ht: Wt: DOB:
    40. 1220 David Gonzalez RHP Gainesville HS, GA HS R/R 6'00" 204lbs 09/11/1993

    via www.perfectgame.org

    MLB.com:

    Scouting Video | Pitcher David Gonzalez out of Gainesville High School in Gainesville, GA

    Baseball America:

    Scouts like Gonzalez quite a bit, and the Georgia signee had a good spring, winning his first 11 decisions for a team that was 31-0 until losing in the state semifinals. Gonzalez touches 93 with his fastball, which usually parks in the 88-92 range. He’s shown a feel for spinning a breaking ball, flashing above-average sliders and curveballs as well as a chance to keep the pitches separate. His biggest issue is his lack of projection. At 6-foot-1, 210 pounds, Gonzalez is physically mature. He could add a changeup but likely is what he is in terms of stuff. Scouts are in on the makeup but have to buy him away from the Bulldogs.

    Perfect Game USA:

    Gonzalez is a well-built 6-foot-1, 210-pound righthander and scouts were curious this spring which direction his body might develop. The consensus seems to be that he has evolved into a strong, powerful athlete, which has driven up his stock to potential top-five round status. Gonzalez works in the 89-92 mph range with his fastball, and will touch 93 on occasion. He also throws both a mid-70s curve and 83-mph slider, and while he seems to favor his curve, his slider has shown more potential due to its combination of power and shape. He also throws a low-80s changeup. Gonzalez, a Georgia signee, profiles as a durable workhorse.

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