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50Kobernus, JeffreyUC Berkeley2BR/R6'02"2101988-06-30JR
Comments: Kobernus is not the kind of elite college bat scouts might be looking for, but then again, that doesn't really exist in this class. He's got a real chance to be a prototypical No. 2 hitter. He's a solid second baseman who really turns the double play well. He may not be that premium hitter, but he's got some solid attributes that should have him off the board fairly early.
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51Poythress, RichardU Georgia1BR/R6'04"2351987-08-11JR
Comments: There's no question some teams will be intrigued by the monster numbers Poythress is putting up in the competitive SEC. Power is his calling card, but with a lack of great bat speed, there is some question how well it will play at the next level. There's no other part of his game that stands out, so someone will have to believe in his power to take him.
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52Williams, EverettMcCallum HS (TX)CFL/R5'10"2001990-10-01HS
Comments: Williams is a toolsy high school outfielder with some polish to his game. He's got excellent speed, but he's not a burner. He uses his speed well to play a good defensive center field and overall has enough skills to be an everyday guy at the next level. The one question, and it's a big one, is if he'll hit enough at the next level. Those who think he will might take a chance in June; those who aren't sure won't be as enamored because he doesn't have that blazing speed
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53Pounders, BrooksTemecula Valley HS (CA)RHPR/R6'04"2251990-09-26HS
Comments: Pounders might be more substance than style. He doesn't seem to have the best body in the world, but he's more athletic in his delivery than you'd think. He won't light up a radar gun -- something that might hurt his Draft status -- but he does have four pitches he can throw for strikes as a high schooler. That kind of pitchability doesn't grow on trees, especially from the prep ranks.
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54Givens, MychalH B Plant HS (FL)SSR/R6'01"1901990-05-13HS
Comments: Givens is one of the better all-around athletes in the Draft class who will get looks both at shortstop and on the mound on Draft day. He's a good defender with a plus arm who uses his athleticism well. A plus runner, he's got the kind of frame that should allow him to get stronger ... which could lead to more power. The key to unlocking that will be a better overall hitting approach. There is some risk with his bat, but if a team feels he'll hit, he'll go early.
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55Joseph, ThomasHorizon HS (AZ)CR/R6'01"2151991-07-16HS
Comments: In a deep class of prep catchers, Joseph hasn't gotten a ton of love, though his bat has been making more than enough noise. He's got serious offensive ability with light tower raw power. He's more of a question mark behind the plate. He's got an above-average arm, but this was the first season he's caught and he lacks overall quickness. His bat likely will play anywhere, but if a team feels he can catch, he could sneak into the first couple of rounds.
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56Smith, BlakeUC BerkeleyRFL/R6'02"2201987-12-09JR
57Hamilton, BillyTaylorsville HS (MS)SSR/R6'01"1601990-09-09HS
Comments: Hamilton is the quintessential high-risk, high-reward athlete at this level who is sure to interest many in June. A three-sport star in Mississippi, he's got all sorts of tools, though his hitting approach is a bit crude and he's got some holes in his swing. But the bat speed, strength and running speed would make any scout at least intrigued, especially if you think he can stay at shortstop. Someone will take a chance on that -- and that they can sign him away from his football commitment to Mississippi State on Draft day.
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58Oliver, AndrewOklahoma St ULHPL/L6'03"2101987-12-03JR
Comments: Oliver got a lot of attention when he was suspended by the NCAA for being represented by an agent, then got the suspension overturned in court. He's had an up-and-down junior season performance-wise, but scouts love his fastball-changeup mix. He can crank the heater up to 98 mph and the change is a plus pitch as well. More than anything, his fastball command is what makes him so intriguing, and it's his bread-and-butter, making up for the lack of a breaking ball. Lefties who throw that hard and command the ball that well aren't common, so he should go quickly on Draft day.
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59Arenado, NolanEl Toro HS (CA)3BR/R6'01"2051991-04-16HS
Comments: Arenado is a strong high schooler with some serious ability with the bat. He's quick to the ball and has excellent raw power. The main question is where that bat will play best as a pro. He plays shorstop now, but he'll be a third baseman or a catcher in the future. He's caught before, so it wouldn't be a conversion. Although he's not very experienced, his plus arm and quick feet have some believing he can do it. If a team is convinced he can catch, he could go off the board in the first couple of rounds.
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60Smith, EricU Rhode IslandRHPR/R6'03"1988-10-15JR
61Thompson, TrayceSanta Margarita HS (CA)CFR/R6'03"1951991-03-15HS
Comments: Thompson is the son of former NBA standout Mychal Thompson and this is the first year he's focused only on baseball and stopped playing basketball. As a result, he's improved tremendously and has shown glimpses of reaching the very high ceiling he has. He's got power potential and shown a good approach at the plate, though he will strike out quite a bit. A good center fielder now, if he reaches his potential, he'll be the quintessential corner outfielder. It looks like he might be just scratching the surface and a team is likely to agree and draft his potential fairly early.
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62Mendonca, ThomasFresno St U3BL/R6'01"2001988-04-12JR
Comments: Mendonca fits the profile as an athletic, left-handed power hitting third baseman. He takes advantage of a friendly home park, but the power should translate OK. Couple that with good defense at the hot corner and you're looking at one of the more interesting college infield prospects in the class. Only his tendency to strike out will hurt his status some, but he still should go well.
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63Kipnis, JasonArizona St UCFL/R5'10"1751987-04-03SR
Comments: It's hard to argue with the statistical success Kipnis has had at ASU, particularly in his junior season. But projecting him is a little more difficult. He's got average tools across the board and does tend to play above them. But he doesn't profile as an everyday guy at any one outfield position, making him more of a tweener or fourth-outfielder type. Still, he's tightened up his swing and his on-base ability should appeal to those teams who really value those skills.
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64Krauss, MarcOhio ULFL/R6'03"2351987-10-05JR
65Gould, GarrettMaize HS (KS)RHPR/R6'04"1991-07-19HS
Comments: Gould had a ton of helium as the spring wore on and his high school season in Kansas came to an end. He's got one of the best curveballs in the draft class and saw his velocity climb in his senior season as well. Add in a projectable body and excellent athleticism, and it seems extremely possible that some teams would not worry about some effort in his delivery and could take him at some point in the opening round.
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66Berglund, BryanRoyal HS (CA)RHPR/R6'04"1801990-11-02HS
Comments: Good feel for pitching, with three average to above pitches; good command and a projectable body. Doesn't have the fastball right now that some like to see from the top high school arms. Berglund is a step or two behind the top high school pitchers in this class, even in Southern California, but there's still a lot to like. He's got a tall and projectable frame, three pitches he can throw for strikes and a pretty good idea of how to pitch. While his fastball doesn't light up guns, there's a chance that, as he matures, he'll find more in the tank. He's not one of those high-octane arms you'll see go off the board in the top round, but he might not be that far behind.
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67Stock, RobertU Southern CaliforniaCL/R6'01"1951989-11-21JR
68Eliopoulos, JakeSacred Heart Catholic HSLHPL/L6'03"1851991-05-25HS
69Bushue, TannerSouth Central HS (IL)RHPR/R6'04"1801991-06-20HS
70Bullock, WilliamU FloridaRHPR/R6'06"2251988-02-27JR
71Holmberg, DavidPort Charlotte HS (FL)LHPR/L6'04"2201991-07-19HS
72Matz, StevenWard Melville HS (NY)LHPR/L6'02"1921991-05-29HS
73Walla, MaxwellAlbuquerque Academy (NM)RFL/L5'11"1951991-04-12HS
Comments: Every draft seems to have some high school players who are just plain hitters. Walla is one of those in 2009. Not the biggest guy in the world, he's stronger than you'd think and should hit for at least average power in the future. He can't run, so he'll be limited to a corner OF spot, but he's got the arm for it and should have more than enough bat as well. A really good student with plus makeup, he maximizes the tools he does have and could be a middle-of-the-order corner bat in the future.
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74Garfield, CameronMurrieta Valley HS (CA)CR/R6'00"1921991-05-23HS
Comments: Garfield is one more from the deep crop of high school catchers in this class. While an ankle injury threw him off and kept him from catching for a chunk of the season, scouts know all about his excellent catch-and-throw skills behind the plate. He does have some ability with the bat, though he sometimes tries to swing too big to get to some power. He admittedly struggled for much of his senior season, but healthy at the end, he was improving his Draft stock with impressive workouts for teams once his season was over.
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75Dugan, KellyNotre Dame HS (CA)CFS/R6'03"1951990-09-18HS
76Murphy, JohnThe Pendleton School (FL)CR/R5'10"1701991-05-13HS
77Wilson, WilliamTexas A&M URHPR/R6'00"2151986-11-03SR
Comments: Wilson red-shirted in 2008, his first season at A&M after coming over from Winthrop, following Tommy John surgery. If early starts were any indication, he seemed to be all the way back with an array of above-average pitches. He goes right after hitters and while he's a little maximum effort with his delivery, he maintains it deep into starts. He's the kind of college starter who could sneak up on people come Draft time.
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78Diekroeger, KennethMenlo School (CA)SSR/R6'02"1901990-11-05HS
79LeMahieu, DavidLouisiana St UIFR/R6'04"1961988-07-13SO
Comments: As a shortstop from a major college program, LeMahieu is going to get plenty of looks. Like most LSU products, he plays the game the right way and makes the most of his average tools. He's got a solid approach at the plate, but doesn't have a ton of raw power. That wouldn't matter, except for the fact he might have to move to third as he matures. Still, as a real "baseball player" who's excelled in a major program, he's bound to be drafted well.
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