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ROUND 1

Pick 14- RHP Jose Fernandez, Alonzo High School (Tampa, FL)--> Committed to University of South Florida. 6'5"/235 L/L  Fernandez is originally from Cuba, having arrived in the United States with his family prior to his sophomore year.  He is a big, power pitching righthander.  He is broad shouldered and has thick legs.  Fernandez generally works his fastball from 92-94, but can touch 97.  His curve is another quality pitch and he also throws a change in the low 80′s.  He will, on occasion, add in a slider.

Round 2

Pick 72- LHP Adam Conley, Washington State University--> This year’s draft is unusually deep in college lefthanders. As many as 7-8 such arms have drawn first-round scrutiny around the country this spring, and the existing record of six lefthanders in the first round (set on three occasions, most recently as 2007) may be in jeopardy of falling. The Pacific Northwest alone has four potential first-round lefthanders with Conley joined by Oregon’s Tyler Anderson, Gonzaga’s Ryan Carpenter and Oregon State’s Josh Osich. Though that quartet has been used as starters this season, that role is relatively new to Conley as he was used primarily as a reliever his in first two seasons with the Cougars. He saved 12 games as WSU’s primary closer in 2010, but was installed as the team’s Friday starter this year—mainly on the basis of team need. He has gone 5-6, 3.00 with 17 walks and 77 strikeouts in 87 innings in that role, and his performance faded a bit in the second half after a fast start. That may ultimately cost Conley his chance of going in the first round, but scouts have been quick to recognize that Conley’s stuff, high-energy delivery and competitive fire are probably better suited in a short role, that he simply ran out of gas this spring with his heavier workload. Though Conley can throw strides with uncanny routine, has a quick, live, loose arm and a fastball that is explosive and frequently reaches 95 mph, he is not physically imposing, even in an angular 6-foot-3, 185-pound frame. There’s also some undesirable violence in his delivery and Conley’s secondary stuff is just average by front-line-starter standards, though his slider continues to make strides towards becoming a legit second pitch. Working as a starter has provided him an opportunity to develop that pitch, along with his changeup. Conley’s bread-and-butter pitch, though, has always been his fastball—both a heavy, two-seamer at 89-93 mph with excellent sinking action, and a four-seamer that he can run up to 95. Conley is one of the few elite-level college players who abstained from playing in a summer college league following his sophomore season, but his career enjoyed a breakout in summer-league competition in 2009, when he was named the No. 1 prospect in the New England Collegiate League. That designation may have been more about his remarkable 0.00 ERA that he authored over a span of 34 regular-season innings than the quality of his stuff at the time. A 32nd-round pick of the Minnesota Twins in the 2008 draft out of an Olympia, Wash., high school, Conley went 2-0 in eight appearances (4 starts) for Keene that summer, while allowing one unearned run and limiting opponents to a .125 batting average. He walked 11 and struck out 37. Conley’s fastball was mostly in the 86-88 mph range, occasionally reaching 90-91, and his success stemmed mainly from his advanced understanding of how to pitch and work hitters. He has always worked quickly and confidently, and commands his fastball efficiently low in the strike zone. He excels at changing planes and getting hitters off balance—even making them look foolish, at times—with the deception he can create, especially in his unorthodox delivery. With Conley’s long, loose frame and long arms, it was evident to scouts even two years ago that he would eventually throw much harder, and that has proven to be the case. Now it’s simply a case of determining what role best suits Conley’s variety of skills.

Round 3

Pick 102- SS Conner Barron, Sumrall High School (Mississippi)--> Committed to Southern Mississippi. 6'1"/170 L/R  Connor Barron has made a huge jump up draft boards in the last year.  In that time, he has gotten bigger, stronger, and faster.  Barron makes solid contact and there is some power in his bat.  Barron looks good in the field.  He moves well and has a strong arm.  He should be able to stick at shortstop.

Round 4

Pick 133- 2B Tyler Palmer, Wayne County High School (Georgia)--> 6'0"/175  S/R 

Round 5

Pick 163- RHP Patrick Hope, Broken Arrow Senior High School (Oklahoma)--> 6'3"/190  R/R

Remaining Picks

  • Pick 193- LHP Charlie Lowell, Wichita State--> 6'04"/235   L/L
  • Pick 223- 1B Ryan Rieger, College of the Sequoias--> 6'2"/205   L/L
  • Pick 253- RHP Daniel Oliver, Sminole State--> 6'2"/200   R/R
  • Pick 283- C Austin Barnes, Arizona State--> 5'10"/190   R/R
  • Pick 313- RHP Scott Lyman, UC-Davis--> 6'4"/215   R/R
  • Pick 343- 2B Jacob Esch, Georgia Tech--> 6'4"/190  R/R
  • Pick 473- Ryan McIntyre, Cal St Bakersfield--> 6'2"/195  L/R
  • Pick 403- Josh Adams, Florida--> 6'0"/205  R/R
  • Pick 433- RHP Nick Grim, Monterey Peninsula College--> 6'3"/190  R/R
  • Pick 463- RF Jhomar Veras, Western Oklahoma St. College--> 6'0"/195  R/R
  • Pick 493- RHP Adrian Sampson, Bellevue CC--> 6'3" 200 R/R
  • Pick 523- RHP Derek Varnadore, Auburn--> 6'3"/215 R/R
  • Pick 553- LHP Greg Nappo, UConn--> 6'0"/190  L/L
  • Pick 583- 2B Connor Burke, La Serna High School (California)--> 6'1"/195  R/R
  • Pick 613- SS Devon Reed, Milford High School (Deleware)--> 5'6"/155  R/R
  • Pick 643- RHP Charles Wier, Stephen F. Austin--> 6'3"/205  R/R
  • Pick 673- RHP Collin Cargil, Southern Miss--> 6'2"/190  R/R
  • Pick 703- RHP Tyler Higgins, Lansing CC--> 6/3"/230  R/R
  • Pick 733- C Mitchell Caldwell, Auburn--> 5'10"/195  R/R
  • Pick 763- RHP Sean Donatello, UConn-Avery Point--> 6'2"/205 R/R
  • Pick 793- 3B Ryan Goetz, UC Riverside--> 5'10"/185  L/R
  • Pick 823- Frankie Reed, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo--> 6'1"/185  L/L
  • Pick 853- RHP Benjamin Mincey, East Carolina--> 5'11"/190  R/R
  • Pick 883- RHP Matthew Neil, Brigham Young--> 6'6"/225  R/R
  • Pick 913- C Jose Behar, FIU--> 6'1"/205  R/R
  • Pick 943- 3B Kenny Jackson, Texas A&M--> 6'4"/195   L/R
  • Pick 973- C Sharif Othman, California Baptist--> 6'0"/195   S/R
  • Pick 1003- RHP James Nygren, Oregon St--> 6'0"/195   R/R
  • Pick 1033- LF John Schultz, Pittsburgh--> 5'11"/195   L/L
  • Pick 1063- RHP Johnny Omahen, Cal St San Marcos--> 6'0"/190   R/R
  • Pick 1093- 3B Damek Tomscha, Iowa Western CC--> 6'2"/200   R/R
  • Pick 1123- RHP Jacob Ehret, San Dimas High School (California)--> 6'3"/190   R/R
  • Pick 1153- RHP Joseph Ceja, Marquette High School (Illinois)--> 6'4"   R/R
  • Pick 1183- RHP Travis Huber, College of Southern Idaho--> 6'3"/226   R/R
  • Pick 1213- SS Trent Gilbert, Torrance High School (California)--> 6'1"/175  L/R
  • Pick 1243- RHP Matt Anderson, Chaffey College--> 6'1"/210   R/R
  • Pick 1273- LHP Jerad Grundy, Heartland CC--> 5'11"/180   L/L
  • Pick 1303- LHP Andrew Leenhouts, Northeastern--> 6'3"/195   L/L
  • Pick 1333- SS Matthew LeNeve, Pine Richland High School (Pennsylvania)--> 6'0"   R/R
  • Pick 1363- RF Timothy Zufall, Lamar CC--> 6'4"/215   R/R
  • Pick 1393- RHP Zach Cooper, Central Michigan--> 5'10"/185   R/R
  • Pick 1423- C Joel Thys, Ohlone College--> 6'1"/190   S/R
  • Pick 1453- 2B Christopher Nunez, Goddard High School (New Mexico)--> 5'11"/165   R/R
  • Pick 1483- RHP Connor Little, Hawaii--> 6'6"/220   R/R
  • Pick 1513- LHP Cory Caruso Cal St San Bernardino--> 6'1"/190   L/L