I’ll use this thread to post brief bios and info on our next wave of picks.
226. Johnny Coy, 3B (Benson HS, MO)
Two of Missouri’s more interesting high school prospects have made bigger names in other sports. Outfielder Johnny Coy is an Arizona State basketball recruit. He’s athletic and has a lot of projectable power in his 6-foot-7, 190-pound frame, but he’s raw in all facets of the game. Coy is considered more signable than Kansas State football recruit Joe Kassanavoid, who may be done with baseball. Kassanvoid is a 6-foot-6, 210-pound righthander who can throw 90 mph with little effort.
256. Julio Rodriguez, RHP (Puerto Rico BB Academy HS)
Righthander Julio Rodriguez sat at 83-86 mph earlier in the year, but touched 90 in May and reportedly has been as high as 92, which has caught the attention of scouts. Throwing from an over-the-top arm slot, the 6-foot-4, 200-pound Rodriguez projects to have a plus fastball. Reports on the quality of his curveball are mixed. His changeup is a fringe-average pitch. Where Rodriguez goes in the draft depends on how many looks a team got on him and when those looks came.
286. Casey Overbeck, 3B (Mississippi)
The Rebels also boast a solid group of position players led by third baseman Cody Overbeck, who led the Rebels with a .350 average and 15 home runs during the regular season. An average defensive player, Overbeck might profile better at second base in the pros. He has a hitch in his swing that will prevent him for hitting for the power necessary at the next level.
316. Jean Rodriguez, C (George Washington HS, NY)
New York’s high school crop is its weakest in years. The best of the lot is catcher Jean Carlos Rodriguez, who could sneak into the top 10 rounds. Rodriguez has raw power and a plus arm behind the plate, but he’s unrefined as a hitter. He has a tall approach that doesn’t incorporate his legs well. He is a promising receiver but has plenty of work to do defensively. Another high school catcher, Cooperstown’s Philip Pohl, has average catch-and-throw skills and a little bit of power, but he’s likely headed to Clemson.
346. Michael Stutes, RHP (Oregon State)
Stutes rallied late to lower his ERA to 5.32, salvaging some of his draft stock. He has shown excellent velocity, hitting 94 mph at times and sitting at 89-92 mph. Even after four years of school, he’s still more thrower than pitcher, however, lacking fastball command and a feel for pitching. He threw more sliders this year than in the past and throws a curveball and changeup. At times all four are average pitches. His lack of consistency might push him back to the same range of the ’07 draft, when the Cardinals took him in the ninth round.
376. James Weber, RHP (Central Clearwater Catholic HS, FL)
At 5-foot-11, Ryan Weber is an undersized righthander with an oversized resume. He has arguably the best mix of command, feel for pitching and competitive nature in the country and has proven it on the international stage. Weber has pitched as the ace for both the youth and junior national teams for USA Baseball, but aside from his track record he doesn’t fit the pro mold, with a fastball in the high 80s. Weber has movement on all of his pitches, and commands his slider and changeup with pinpoint accuracy. Pitching out of a three-quarters arm slot, Weber has a loose delivery and is one of the most proven high school pitchers in the state. He is committed to Florida.
406. Brian Rosenberg, RHP (Louisville)
For the second straight year, Louisville has an intriguing fifth-year senior reliever. Following in the footsteps of Trystan Magnuson is righthander B.J. Rosenberg, who missed the Cardinals’ 2007 College World Series run after having surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder. He opened this spring in Louisville’s rotation and took off when he shifted to the bullpen in mid-March. Working in relief, Rosenberg boosted his fastball to 93-95 mph. If he had a more consistent slider and a better medical history, he’d be a sure bet for the first five rounds.
436. Michael Schwimer, RHP (UVA)
Schwimer saved 14 games in 26 appearances and finished with a 3-1, 1.72 mark. He profiles better as a set-up man at the pro level. His best two pitches are a fastball that sits between 90-93 mph and slider in the mid-80s. Schwimer also throws a split-finger pitch that acts as his changeup. He has command of all three pitches.
466. Damarii Saunderson, OF (Northville HS, MI)
Outfielder/lefthander Damarii Saunderson has the best tools among Michigan’s high schoolers, but he’s so raw that he’d be better served by attending Iowa Western CC than turning pro. He’s an athletic 6-foot-3, 195-pounder with power potential, arm strength and decent speed. He also has holes in his swing.
496. Troy Hanzawa, SS (San Diego State)
San Diego State stumbled down the stretch again and hasn’t made a regional trip under either Jim Deitz or Tony Gwynn since 1992. The Aztecs figure to lose the left side of their infield in junior Nick Romero and fifth-year senior shortstop Troy Hanzawa. Hanzawa is a wizard with the glove who excels with plays to his backhand and has a 60 arm (on the 20-80 scale) to go with average range. He’s much improved as a hitter but profiles as a bottom-of-the-order hitter with little power.
526. James Murphy, 1B (Washington State)
Jim Murphy has had a mercurial career, bouncing back as a senior to slug 16 homers. He’s an organizational player for most as he strikes out too much and lacks athleticism.
556. Tyler Cloyd, RHP (No School)
586. Stephen Susdorf, OF (Fresno State)
Fresno State outfielder Steve Susdorf and lefthander Justin Wilson both project as possible sixth- to 10th-round picks, and Wilson was at his best in a regional, beating Long Beach State. His fastball has average velocity, peaking at 93 mph, and exceptional life, so much so that he struggles to command the pitch. When he throws strikes with his heater and big-breaking curveball, he’s tough to beat. He added a short, sharp slider late in the season that he commands better than the curve, and it made a difference. Susdorf, whose older brother Bill starred earlier this decade at UCLA, has a solid lefthanded swing and average athletic ability. He’s best suited defensively to left field and lacks profile power, though he can shoot line drives from pole to pole and has shown pull home run power. One scout compared him to Aaron Guiel with less speed.
616. Eryk McConnell, RHP (NC State)
?? Ranked 37th best prospect in NC.
646. Sean Grieve, LHP (William and Mary)
?? Ranked 21st best prospect in VA.
676. Daniel Hargrave, 2B (UNC Wilmington)
?? Ranked 32nd best prospect in NC.
706. Brandon Haislet, OF (Hawaii)
Outfielder Brandon Haislet could be an excellent senior sign this year if he can show intensity to match his tools. He’s physically gifted, runs well enough to play a solid center field and throws enough to move to a corner if needed. Haislett has raw power but stiff actions at the plate. He has a good approach at the plate, ranking third in the Western Athletic Conference in batting and first with a .482 on-base percentage, but needs one on the bases to take better advantage of his speed.
736. David Noles, LHP (Columbus State)
?? Not in the top 60 GA prospects according to BA
766. Daniel Edwards, RHP (Kansas State)
?? Ranked 16th best prospect in Kansas
796. Ryan Bergh, RHP (Old Dominion)
?? Not among the 47 players ranked in VA by BA.
826. Chad Poe, RHP (Bossier Parish CC)
?? 15th ranked prospect in LA by BA
856. Jordan Ellis, RHP (Villanova)
Villanova righthander Jordan Ellis has battled arm injuries during his career and struggled as a senior, going 3-6, 5.72. Still, he could be a senior sign in the top 15 rounds thanks to a fastball that reaches 93 mph, a fringe-average slider and feel for a changeup. He has a physical 6-foot-2, 198-pound frame.
886. Keon Broxton, 3B (Lakeland High School, FL)
?? Ranked 61st best prospect in Florida by BA
916. DJ Henderson, SS (Southeastern HS, MI)
946. Spencer Arroyo, LHP (Modesto JuCo, CA)
Heading the next tier of juco pitchers are lefthander Spencer Arroyo and righties Skylar Crawford and China McCarney. Arroyo has athleticism and a good changeup, with too much projection left on his soft fastball and curve for most scouts’ tastes.
976. Sean Ellis, RHP (Polk CC, FL)
1006. James Simpson, 1B (Dowagiac Union HS, MI)
1036. Blaine O’Brien, RHP (Scituate HS, MA)
Scituate righthander Blaine O’Brien has considerably more projection in his 6-foot-7 frame, but he’s mostly a one-pitch guy now, relying on an 87-88 mph fastball that touches 90 occasionally. O’Brien could add velocity as he fills out a lanky frame that one scout compared to that of Tom Hanks’ Woody character from “Toy Story.” O’Brien is unlikely to be bought out of his commitment to Georgia
1066. Ruddy Rio-Nunez, OF (Edouard Montpetit HS)
1096. Michael Cisco, RHP (South Carolina)
1126. Matthew Johnson, OF (John W North HS, CA)
1156. Jarred Cosart, RHP (Clear Creek HS, TX)
As an outfielder, Jarred Cosart broke Jay Buhner’s Clear Creek High record for batting average this spring, hitting .506 to Buhner’s .480. But pro teams are more interested in Cosart as a loose, athletic 6-foot-3, 180-pound righthander. He reached 96 mph with his fastball in the fall, but he topped out at 92 this spring. He’s more of a project as a pitcher than he is as a hitter, as he has an awkward pause in the middle of his delivery that compromises his ability to throw strikes or refine his secondary pitches. He wanted top-three-rounds money to sign, which means he’ll likely attend Missouri, where he’ll play both ways.
1186. Joseph Pond, RHP (Judge Memorial Catholic HS, UT)
1216. Daniel Marrs, RHP (James River HS, VA)
The high school talent in the state comes mainly from the mound. Righthander Daniel Marrs is the top prep prospect from the state but is known as an arm strength guy in need of polish. He’s a projectable 6-foot-3, 200 pounds and was an Aflac All-American last summer, and he pitches in the low 90s but has been seen up to 96 mph. He lacks an average secondary pitch. He throws a curveball and split-finger but both lack consistency and command. Marrs is committed to Wake Forest, where he will likely end up in the fall.
1246. Michael Petello, OF (Scottsdale CC, AZ)
1276. Mike Bolsenbroek, RHP (No School)
Was drafted twice before, both times by the White Sox, in the 41st round in 2006 and the 26th round in 2007.
1306. Bryan Frew, OF (Nebraska-Omaha)
1335. Charles Law, RHP (Mainland Regional HS, NJ)
Likewise, righthander Charlie Law’s frame stands out more than his stuff, though he lacks Desclafani’s feel for pitching. Law is growing into his 6-foot-7, 225-pound frame, and he has boatloads of projection, but his attentions have been split between baseball and basketball in high school, so he remains raw. Law works in the 87-89 mph range and shows feel for a changeup and curveball, but he could use quite a bit of seasoning in college at Rutgers.
1363. Justin Zumwalde, 1B (Sabino HS, AZ)
1390. Giovany Soto, LHP (Advanced Central College HS)
1444. Mark Ginther, SS (Jenks HS, OK)
Mark Ginther quarterbacked Jenks High to the last two 6-A state football titles, leading the state’s passers with 2,467 yards and throwing for 15 touchdowns last fall. The athletic 6-foot-3, 185-pounder has a sound swing and approach to go with power potential, and he has been clocked as high as 91 mph on the mound. He’s a possible replacement for two-way star Jordy Mercer at Oklahoma State, but Ginther isn’t as smooth on defense and projects more as a third baseman than a shortstop.
1471. Michael Russo, RHP (Hun School, NJ)
?? Ranked 14th best prospect in NJ by BA
1498. Josh Hake, RHP (Park University, AZ)