2011 MLB Rule 5 Draft: A Comprehensive List of the Top Eligible Players

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The 2011 MLB Rule V (“Five”) Draft is set to take place on December 8th in Dallas, Texas. To view all of the top players available in this year’s draft, check out Rule V Draft Tracker Page.

While most teams use the Rule V Draft to fill bench and bullpen spots, rebuilding clubs with more flexible rosters often take un-protected prospects and young, toolsy players. In recent years, many teams have lucked out in the Rule V Draft, picking (future) All-Stars like Josh Hamilton, Joakim Soria, Johan Santana, Dan Uggla and Shane Victorino. While the talent pool in this year’s draft isn’t especially strong, toolsy prospects like Jiwan James (Phillies), Nick Barnese (Rays), Angel Morales (Twins), Caleb Brewer (Braves) and Tim Alderson (Pirates) have star-powered ability and could pan out if given the chance. For clubs looking for fresh arms, sideshow projects like switch-pitching Yankees reliever Pat Venditte and 7’1″ soft-tossing giant Loek Van Mil (Angels) along with hard-throwing lefties T.J. McFarland (Indians) and Philippe Valiquette (Mariners) lead a polished class of bullpen pieces that could fit the bill.

Top Twenty-Five Players

Caleb Brewer (23) RHP – Boasting a heater than can touch 95-96 MPH, a knock-out curveball, an above-average slider and a solid sinker, Brewer has a deep, flashy repertoire — particularly for a pitcher left unprotected from this year’s Rule V Draft. Armed with one of the best curveballs among right-handed pitching prospects, Brewer is no stranger to baseball scouts. His problems have generally revolved around his spotty injury history. A stress fracture in his thigh and hip injuries have limited his on-field performance and have hindered his development. A starter in the minor leagues, Brewer made the SAL Mid-Season All-Star team this past season, though he profiles better as power set-up man long-term. His filthy downer curveball, running mid 90′s heater, as well as his raw command fit the mold as a Jordan Walden-ish reliever. He’ll surely draw at least a handful of suitors come draft day, and if he can stay healthy, he could develop in to a valuable bullpen piece.

Jiwan James (23) CF – Converted from a pitcher to a full-time position player three years ago, James embodies the phrase “raw five-tool prospect”. His immense athleticism, plus-plus running speed and cannon arm strength make him a potential Gold Glove centerfielder, while his impressive hand-eye coordination and average raw power give him the tools to be a complete player in the big leagues. Still raw, he remains a bit of a project, but the twenty-two-year-old has done nothing but improve the past two seasons. If he can hone his plate discipline and pitch recognition, he could develop in to an Adam Jones or Randy Winn-type centerfielder with value on both sides of the ball. Rebuilding clubs looking for a premium athlete with a strong arm and plenty of potential in all facets of the game will select James come draft day.

Sandy Leon (23) C – Scouts rate Leon as one of the top defensive catchers in minor league baseball. Boasting a career 46% caught-stealing percentage and just 40 passed balls (allowed) through 316 starts behind the plate, Leon is surprisingly advanced for a twenty-two-year-old catcher. His performance at the plate doesn’t measure-up to his work behind it, though his career .647 OPS isn’t too shabby considering his age and position. He posted a career-high .304 wOBA (weight on-base percentage) last season, and used his strong, accurate arm to gun down 60 of 113 attempted base-stealers (56%). If the young switch-hitter can make develop his average raw power, he could eventually secure a job as an everyday defensive backstop. Regardless, his premium fielding ability should give him a long career as a Jose Molina-type back-up catcher.

Bryce Stowell (25) RHRP – Blessed with an electric arm, Stowell generates premium velocity with an athletic frame. He racks up strikeouts with knockout combo of an explosive 92-97 MPH fastball, and power slider. On the scouting radar since his days shutting down Central Illinois College League hitters, Stowell is a fairly polished power pitcher with a strong track record. Despite elbows problems and triceps tendinitis reducing his velocity lately, he holds a career 12.1 strikeouts per nine innings while allowing just 6.7 hits per nine. In 2011 he tossed 41.2 IP and posted a sparkling 0.86 ERA, 13.2 K/9, and allowed just 1 HR while pitching in the Eastern League (AA). If he can clean up his mechanics and stay healthy, he profiles as a shut-down set-up man in the big leagues.

Nick Barnese (22) RHP - Drafted by the Rays in the 3rd Round (95th overall) back in 2007, Barnese has the makings of a mid-rotation starter. His over-the-top delivery adds sink to his low 90′s 2-seamer and above-average changeup, and he posted an immense 2.42 groundball/flyball ratio in the Southern League last season. His command and breaking stuff is still a work-in-progress, but he’s an intelligent pitcher with a fastball-change combo that will definitely play in the big leagues. He does a nice job of holding runners on and slowing down the game. His slow curveball is inconsistent but flashes above-average. The only major red flag in Barnese’s game is the shoulder tendinitis and elbow trouble that suppressed his performance during the first two seasons of his pro career. If he can stay healthy and clean up his mechanics, Barnese has a bright future. He holds a career 3.07 ERA, 8.1 K/9, 2.75 K/BB, 1.19 WHIP and 1.63 G/F, and posted a 3.76 ERA through 117 IP with Montgomery last season.

Thomas Pham (24) CF – An athletic, cannon-armed outfielder, Pham started to take his raw tools onto the playing field in 2010 before breaking out last season. Armed with plus speed, and above-average raw power, Pham posted an .889 OPS while legging out eleven doubles and three triples in 143 at bats last season. Though he’s been slowed by injuries, particularly by a fractured wrist in 2010, the young athlete has managed to develop at a solid pace. Once he adds more loft to his swing, he could turn some of his doubles into home runs and he has the potential to hit 15-20 dingers annually in the big leagues. Though he only moved to the outfield full-time a couple of years ago, Pham has the makings of an above-average defensive centerfielder. Any ballclub with space on their bench and an interest in fortifying their future outfield could snag Pham on draft day.

Tim Alderson (23) RHP - Drafted by the Giants in the 1st round (22nd Overall) in ’08, Alderson has yet to develop in to the Chris Carpenter-type ace that many scouts predicted he would become. Still though, the lanky 6’6″ righthander has solid command over three average or better pitches. His 86-92 sinking fastball helped him post a career-high 1.64 groundball ratio in ’11, and his curveball is still an easy plus pitch. His changeup has developed in to a solid-average offering as well, though his move to the bullpen last season has allowed him to focus more on his fastball-curve combo. Still just twenty-three years old, Alderson’s 4.12 ERA though 72 IP in the Eastern League last season looks rock solid. His command, build and arsenal all fit the bill for a long big league career. For any team looking to strengthen their bullpen, Alderson should be good fit.

Brett Lorin (25) RHP - Drafted in the fifth round in 2008, Lorin is a tall (6’7″) sinkerballer with a workhorse frame– weighing in at a muscular 250 LBS. Despite his size, he doesn’t generate exciting velocity, but he can still hit 92-93 MPH when he’s loose. He relies primarily on a 87-91 MPH sinking fastball, and a plus changeup with good fade. Through 117 IP in the Florida State League last season, he posted a 2.85 ERA, 7.6 K/9 and a career-high 1.66 ground-out/fly-out ratio. He hides the ball well and his mechanics add plenty of deception. Particularly for a tall pitcher, Lorin’s command is rock-solid and he’s posted a 3.49 K/BB ratio in his FSL career. While he has the build and stuff to succeed as a starter in the MLB, his lack of experience above A-ball could relegate him to a bullpen spot in the short term.

Ryan Searle (22) RHP – Opening eyes with an All-Star campaign in the Florida State League in ’09, Searle is developing in to an exciting young power pitcher. While pitching for the Australian National Team during the 2011 World CupSearle dominated Team Canada through seven shut-out innings in the tournament’s second round. While pitching out of the bullpen in 2011, he put together a career-best season– posting a 3.03 ERA through 113 innings spent mostly in the Southern League. His bread-and-butter pitch is a plus 89-94 MPH fastball with heavy boring action. He’s also developing better feel for an above-average curveball and a power slider. While his command is still shaky, his power repertoire of three above-average pitches could make him a nasty big league reliever.

Johnny Monell (26) C – Monell holds a Career .796 OPS in pro baseball and he posted a solid .249/.334/.394 line with the Richmond Flying Squirrels (Eastern League) in 2011. An athletic catcher with above-average arm strength and average running speed, Monell has the makings of a big league catcher. He’s thrown out  30% of attempted base-stealers throughout his career and his receiving skills are nearly MLB-ready. A favorite of his coaches, Monell is a blue-collar catcher with a strong work ethic. Pitchers generally enjoy throwing to him and he’s did a better job of blocking the plate last season. At the plate, his plus power should translate nicely to the MLB.

Jon Gaston (25) OF – A true ballplayer, Gaston is blessed with a muscular build, plus-plus raw power, a rocket arm and impressive athleticism. Though he had an off year at the plate in ’11, he knows how to take a walk and he has good baseball instincts to out his raw toolset to game-use. His .278 batting average, 35 homers, .965 OPS in the California League in ’09 accounts for most of .762 career OPS, though he easily has enough bat speed, raw power and defensive ability to develop in to an everyday outfielder one day. If he can polish his pitch recognition and re-find his stroke, Gaston could earn a bench spot with a big league club this spring.

Mark Hallberg (26) 2B/SS – A former top prospect, Hallberg’s stock has dipped a bit recently. His tools were never overwhelming, but he’s a gamer with (arguably) the best batting eye and plate discipline among middle infielders in minor league baseball. He posted a ridiculous 5.1 K% in ’11 and he has walked far more than he’s struck out in his pro career. His career triple-slash line of  .277/.349/.375 is solid for a middle-infielder and his 164 strikeouts through 2,031 plate appearances suggests he could be a Mark Loretta-type ballplayer in the MLB. While he hasn’t developed as quickly as the D’Backs had hoped, he posted a .762 OPS and drove in 73 RBI in 129 Games spent mostly in the Pacific Coast League (AAA) in 2011. At the plate, his plus bat control and fringe-average power will certainly play in the MLB. He’s a capable defender in the field and could provide value as a pinch-hitting utilityman for an N.L. ballclub next season.

Diego Moreno (25) RHRP – A flat-out fireballer, Moreno consistently throws mid 90′s heat and his fastball touches 98-99 MPH when he’s loose. Though he’s an aggressive power-pitcher, he has above-average command of his fastball and he pitches to all four quadrants of the strikezone. On his heater and command alone, Moreno could make it as a Brian Bruney-type big league power reliever. He posted a 4.24 K/BB and 3.21 ERA through (33 IP) in the Eastern and Florida State Leagues in ’11, but his unrefined offspeed repertoire still keeps him from becoming a top prospect. If he can tighten up his slider, he could push his way up the bullpen ladder into a set-up man job within the next few seasons. Showing plenty of potential in the Venezuelan Winter League so far this offseason, Moreno should get a look in the Rule V Draft this winter.

Justin Fitzgerald (26) RHP – A closer in college, Fitzgerald has made his money as a workhorse starter during the past couple of seasons. His best pitch is an 87-92 MPH cut fastball and he does a nice job of generating weak contact (career 1.56 G/F) and limiting homeruns with it. He also throws a good slider in the low 80′s and a solid changeup. He posted a 3.51 ERA with the Richmond Flying Squirrels (Eastern League) in 2o11, and he looks to have back-of-the-rotation potential. Out of the bullpen, his heater can reach 94-95 MPH and his experience closing games in college makes him a fairly polished product. His knack for limiting homeruns, his above-average fastball movement and his solid offspeed arsenal should garner interest from clubs in need of a low-risk/medium-reward bullpen option during this year’s Rule V Draft.

T.J. Mcfarland (22) LHP – An extreme groundball-pitcher, McFarland employs an 87-92 MPH sinking fastball, a plus changeup, a cutter and a serviceable slider to generate a superb 2.65 ground-out/fly-out ratio throughout his career. Improved command and mechanics allowed him to post a G/F ratio around 3.0 last season, and his improving efficiency allows him to eat innings. As a young lefty with a good frame and room for a bit more velocity, the 2010 Carolina League Midseason All-Star profiles well as fourth or fifth starter in the MLB. His developing slider and cutter afford him a strong advantage against left-handed batters, and he could develop in to a valuable southpaw reliever as well.

Trevor Reckling (22) LHP- Reckling has taken a step back since his breakout 2009 campaign, but he still has the makings of a solid lefty reliever. His 85-90 MPH fastball should play up out of the bullpen, and his plus changeup and above-average curve give him an impressive repertoire of offspeed pitches. His deceptive mechanics keep left-handed batters on their toes, those his arm action makes his command inconsistent. His ugly 2010 season has tainted his prospect stock considerably, but Reckling’s career 3.98 ERA and 7.3 K/9 are still solid. Any club looking for a project that has Antonio Bastardo  potential should consider taking Reckling.

Angel Morales (22) OF – A toolsy outfielder, Morales has a strong, accurate arm, above-average running speed, and plus raw power. His swing mechanics lead to plenty of strikeouts, though he generates enough bat speed and swing power to belt 20-25 homers in the big leagues one day. His arm and speed suggest he could handle an everyday big league centerfield job, though he may lack the athleticism to stick there once he fills out. Injuries along with raw pitch recognition have slowed his development, but the ’07 third-round draft pick’s career .274/.355/.450 triple-slash line is still impressive and only a small sample of what he can do with his future. Any rebuilding clubs with an open spot in the outfield could take a shot on Morales come draft day, and the twenty-two year-old ballplayer has the makings of a solid big-leaguer.

Ryan Flaherty (25) 2B/3B/SS – Drafted 41st Overall in ’08, Flaherty played an invaluable role for a star-powered Vanderbilt team that boasted the likes of Pedro Alvarez and David Price. He’s a polished ballplayer with above-average offensive skills for a middle-infielder. He posted a .280/.347/.478 triple-slash line in the high minors last season and his strong build, above-average batspeed and career .809 OPS suggest he can carry his production to the MLB. He still lacks a defensive home, but his strong arm and athletic ability allow his glove to rate fringe-average at both third and second base. He can fill in at short and has even developed into a decent corner outfielder. Any ballclub looking for a utilityman with some power should grab Flaherty if given the chance.

Erik Komatsu (24) OF – The Brewers 2010 Minor League Player of the Year, Komatsu was sent to the Nationals in exchange for Jerry Hairston at last summer’s trade deadline. Komatsu is a four-time Minor League All-Star with uncanny plate discipline and above-average bat control. He has a knack for marking contact and he took home the Florida State League batting title in ’1o. An above-average baserunner and a solid fielder, Komatsu has the makings of a Matt Diaz-type fourth outfielder. His career  .302/.389/.434 triple-slash line should garner plenty of interest from clubs looking for a steady outfielder with enough polish to start.

Kyle Russell (25) RF – Russell is a tall, strong athlete blessed with long levers and powerful legs. His swing generates whirlwind batspeed, plenty of leverage, and he has enough raw power to hit 25 homeruns in the big leagues. The owner of the Longhorns single-season homerun record (28), Russell’s career .274/.364/.532 triple-slash is no mirage, and his .831 OPS in the high minors last season strengthens his stock. He’s a decent runner with an above-average arm and he plays a solid right field. Given the opportunity, Russell could develop in to an asset for any team looking for power off of the bench.

T.J. Steele (25) CF - Drafted 4th Round ’08, Steele was considered to be the top athlete in the Astros system only a couple of seasons ago. A premium defensive centerfielder with a plus arm, plus speed and above-average raw power, Steele still has big league starter upside. Slowed by nagging injuries, his .574 OPS in ’10, and .604 mark in ’11 suggest he still has work to do in the minor leagues, but a team looking for a fourth outfielder with upside has plenty to bet on in Steele. Despite the recent struggles, he still holds a career .254 batting average, .681 OPS and 47 SB.

Jay Jackson (24) RHP – A former top prospect, Jackson’s stock has plummeted during the past two years. An homerun-prone flyball pitcher, he doesn’t fit Wrigley Field–particularly as a starter– but his 90-94 MPH fastball and plus slider should play up in relief. An impressive athlete with tight mechanics, Jackson suffers from a flat fastball and lack of command, but he still has the power stuff to eventually make it as a power middle reliever.

Brad Meyers (26) RHP – An unheralded Nats’ prospect, the 6’6″ 195-pound Meyers is a polished pitcher with above-average command over four average or better pitches. He hides the ball with a deceptive delivery that adds life to his 87-92 MPH fastball and he does a fine job of keeping hitters off-balance with a solid-average changeup, tight slider and sweeping curve. His long-arms and high arm angle help him limit homeruns and keep the ball on the ground. His career 2.86 ERA, 7.5 K/9 and 3.60 K/BB give him a nice statline and he could go early in this year’s Rule V Draft.

Kyle Smit (24) RHRP – A weak 2011 campaign hampers Smit’s prospect status, but the young power reliever still has plenty of potential in his arm. Blessed with a lanky, athletic frame, Smit generates quality 91-96 MPH velocity on his fastball and uses his long fingers to spin a plus slider and a solid splitter. His impressive mound presence allows him to keep his cool with men on base, though he is susceptible to long home runs and big innings. His stuff generates a nice amount of groundballs, and if he can work on his command, he could develop in to a nasty middle reliever. Any team who can afford to develop a raw, power righty out of their bullpen will certainly kick the tires in this year’s Rule V Draft.

Ethan Martin (22) RHP - Drafted in the first round (15th overall) in 2008, Martin signed with the Dodgers for a hefty $1.73 million bonus. A highly-touted quarterback coming out of high school, Martin is athletic for a pitcher and he still has a bluechip repertoire. He’s struggled with mechanical issues and well-below-average control throughout his short professional career, however, and his stats give the Dodgers little to be excited about. Still, his 92-98 MPH fastball and sharp-breaking curveball keep his ceiling sky-high and he has the build and coordination to put it together. When he’s pitching well, he can blow-away opposing hitters with a riding mid 90′s heater and a wipeout curveball. Considering his age, his 5.42 ERA, 9.6 K/9 through 308 career innings isn’t all that bad, and a rebuilding team looking to get a high-risk/high-reward prospect out of the Rule V bargain bin could take a chance on him.


Angels

Robert Fish (24) LHRP – Power Lefty with Square Build; 91-94 MPH Heater with Hard Movement, Flashes Above-Average Curveball but Inconsistent; Poor Control, Raw Mechanics; LH Brian Bruney; Impressive 3.26 ERA, 41 K in 30.1 IP in Texas League (AA) in 2011 but Ugly 5.3 BB/9. Rule 5′d by Yankees in ’10

Steven Geltz (24) RHRP – Slight Build, Generously Listed at 5’10″ 170 LBS; 88-93 MPH Fastball with Good Run, Tight Slurve; Flyball Pitcher with Career 12.55 K/9, Tough on RHH

Trevor Reckling (22) – 3.98 ERA, 7.3 K/9 in Career; Recovered from Ugly 2010 Season with Solid Performance in Texas League; 87-92 MPH Fastball, Plus-Plus Changeup, Deceptive Mechanics Cause Control Problems

Jeremy Moore (24) OF- Career .277/.329/.473; Hit .298/.331/.545 in Pacific Coast League (AAA) in ’11; Impressive Athlete, Plus Fielder,  Blessed with Above-Average Speed, Hitting Ability and Potentially Average Power

Andrew Taylor (25) LHP – 89-94 MPH Riding Fastball, Above Average Slider and Solid Change; Tough on Lefties

Loek Van Mil (27) RHRP – Tallest Pitcher in Professional Baseball (7’1″ 220 LBS); 1.93 G/F, 2.04 ERA.1.15 WHIP; Underwhelming Stuff Plays Up in Relief

Astros

Xavier Cedeno (25) LHP – 4.52 ERA, 6.8 K/9, 1.87 G/F

Colin Delome (26) OF – .253, .780 OPS; .737 OPS at PCL in ’11; Good Athlete

Jon Gaston (25) OF – .278 35 HR .965 OPS in ’09 (CAL), .762 Career OPS; Plus Arm, Plus Raw Power.

Kyle Greenwalt (23) RHRP – Shaky in ’11; Smart Pitcher with Sinking 87-91 MPH Fastball, Plus Change and Slider

Ross Seaton (22) RHP - Drafted 3rd Round ’08; Iffy Mechanics but Power (6’4″ 215 LBS) Frame and 90-94 MPH Fastball; Good Potential as RP

T.J. Steele (25) CF - Drafted 4th Round ’08; .254 BA, .681 OPS, 47 SB; Plus Defender in CF, Plus Speed, Arm, Average Power Potential

Brandon Barnes (25) OF – Career .250/.312/.431, Good Athlete and Offers Above-Average Outfield Defense

Sergio Perez (27) RHP – Drafted 2nd Round in ’06

Kyle Greenwalt (23) RHP – 5.15 ERA, 1.71 G/F; 24 IP 1.85 ERA, 2.42 G/F pitching in CAL (A+) in ’11

Athletics

Travis Banwart (26) RHP – Drafted 4th Round 2007; 7.7 K/9, 2.58 K/BB, 4.85 ERA at AAA

Josh Horton (26) SS - Drafted 90th Overall in ’07, Injured for most of ’11, .298/.361/.400 in 2010; .710 Career OPS

Jonathan Joseph (23) RHP – 90-95 MPH Fastball, Plus Power Curve, Inconsistent Changeup. Raw Mechanics and Command Hurt Performance, but Back-End Bullpen Potential

Tyler Ladendorf (24) SS/2B - Drafted 60th Overall in ’08; Solid Fielding SS; .677 Career OPS

Jared Lansford (25) RHRP – Drafted 2nd Round in ’05

Petey Paramore (25) C – Drafted 3rd Round in ’08; 27 PB in 268 GS, 28% CS%, .661 OPS at AA

Shane Peterson (24) OF/1B – .279/.364/.402; Drafted 2nd Round (59th Overall) in ’08

James Simmons (25) RHP – Drafted 26th Overall in 2008; Missed ’10 to Shoulder Injury; ’07 AFL Rising Star, ’08 TL All-Star,

Justin Souza (26) RHRP – 4.38 ERA, 7.40 K/9

Blue Jays

Kevin Ahrens (23) 3B – Drafted 1st Round (16th Overall) in ’07 Draft; Improved OPS Annually since ’08; Plus Arm, Soft Hands, Good Fielder; .269/.330/.387 in AFL in 2011

Joe Bowen (24) C

Oliver Dominguez (23) 2B/3B – Career .697 OPS; Above-Average Speed

Scott Gracey (25) RHP

Justin Jackson (23) SS/OF – 1st Round (45th Overall) PIck in ’07 Draft; Plus-Plus Arm Strength, Above-Average Speed, Good Athlete

Andrew Liebel (26) RHP – 3rd Round (95th Overall PIck) in ’08 Draft; Intelligent 4-PItch PItcher, Polished Command

Marcus Walden (23) RHP – Tommy John Surgery 2010; 2.75 G/F, 3.21 ERA, 1.18 WHIP (100 IP) in Midwest League in ’11

Braves

Caleb Brewer (23) RHP – Fastball Up to 95-96 MPH, Plus Slider and Solid Sinker; Stress Fracture in Leg and Hip Injury Hampered Performance

Brett Butts (26) RHRP – Aggressive PItcher with Good Feel for 89-94 MPH Fastball, Plus Changeup and Solid Curve; TJ Surgery in 2010

Cory Harrilchak (24) CF – Scrappy Lead-Off Hitter, Average Speed but Smart Baserunner with Good Instincts in Centerfield

Aaron Shafer (25) RHRP – Short-Armer with Decent Command, Groundball Rates; 87-91 MPH Fastball; Career 3.66 ERA, 2.74 K/BB

Brewers

Evan Anundsen (23) RHP – 3.86 ERA, 2.19 G/F, 1.28 WHIP

Lee Haydel (24) OF – Capable of MLB-Caliber Defense in CF; Has Plus-Plus Speed, No Power but He’s Pesky with a Good Line-Drive Stroke

Lucas Luetge LHRP – 8.0 K/9, 3.14 ERA; 3.00 ERA, 9.00 K/9 (69 IP) at AA in ’11

Dan Meadows (24) LHP – 6’6″ 223 LBS; 3.19 K/BB,  3.86 ERA, 8.5 K/9; 49th round pick in ’08

Dan Merklinger (26) LHP – 4.01 ERA, 8.9 K/9; 162 IP, 3.99 ERA at AA

Cardinals

Steve Hill (27) 1B/C – .858 Career OPS with .518 SLG, Similar to Jake Fox as Power Bat as 1B/C Bench Player; Drives Ball to All Fields with Plus Power

David Kopp (26) RHP - Drafted 2nd Round (71st Overall) in ’07; 92-96 MPH Heavy Fastball and Plus Slider; History of Shoulder Trouble

Thomas Pham* (24) CF – .235/.323/.385; .314/.398/.527 at AA, .294/.372/.517 at AA in ’11; Plus-Plus Arm Strength, Above-Average Speed, Developing Above-Average Pull Power

Francisco Samuel (25) RHRP – 91-100 MPH Fastball, Plus Hard Slider, Poor Command; 11.4 K/9, 8.6 BB/9 in Career

Cubs

Abner Abreu (22) OF – .266/.310/.438, 42 SB, 27 3B (1620 PA)

Jeffry Antigua (21) LHP – 3.51 ERA, 8.1 K/9, 3.2 K/BB, 1.39 G/F; 2.92 ERA, 8.75 K/9, 1.56 G/F at A+ (83.1 IP) in ’11

Dan Berlind (24) RHP – 6’7″ 215 LBS; 4.91 ERA Career, 3.73 G/F as RP in ’11

Smaily Borges (27) 1B/OF

Michael Brenly (25) C – 31% CS%, 25 PB in 280 GS

Michael Burgess (23) OF – Drafted 49th Overall in ’07l .250/.343/.457; Plus-Plus Raw Power

Kyler Burke (24) LHP/OF – 2.86 ERA, 9.6 K/9 in ’11

David Cales (24) RHRP – 3.28 ERA, 7.8 K/9

Esmalin Caridad (28) RHP

Manolin De Leon (25) RHP – 3.23 ERA, 3.00 K.BB, 8.0 K/9, 1.28 WHIP; Injurred All of 2011

Eduardo Figueroa (23) RHP

Ryan Flaherty (25) 2B/3B/SS – .280/.347/.478 at AA/AAA in ’11, Career .809 OPS; Drafted 41st Overall in ’08; Strong Arm, Above-Average Power but Fringe-Average Infield Defense due to Slow Footwork

Marwin Gonzalez (23) SS/3B/2B/OF – Versatile Young Athlete with Solid Glove and Strong Arm; Switch Hitter with Career .258/.305/.382 Line but Hit .288/.343/.400 in Southern and Pacific Coast Leagues in ’11

Yohan Gonzalez (22) RHRP

Marcus Hatley (24) RHP – 4.18 ERA, 7.3 K/9, 6’5″ 220 LBS

Jay Jackson (24) RHP – 4.23 ERA, 7.8 K/9; 90-94 FB, Flashes Plus Slider

Blake Lalli (28) C/1B/P – Plus-Plus Arm; 2.70 ERA, 8.8 K/9; .303/.367/.420

Jordan Latham (25) RHRP

David Macias (26) 2B/OF

Oswaldo Martinez (23) RHP – 2.05 ERA, 1.06 WHIP at A+/AA in ’11 (52.1 IP), Good Secondary Stuff

Craig Muschko (26) RHP – 3.77 ERA, 1.17 WHIP through 177 IP in ’11, Career 3.86 K/BB

Nelson Perez (24) OF

Ramon Reyes (22) RHRP – 2.85 ERA at DOSL, 7.4 H/9, 8.1 K/9

Dae-Eun Rhee (22) RHP – Career 4.37 ERA, 7.1 K/9; 4.02 ERA at A+ in ’11; 86-91 MPH Fastball, Above-Average Command, Plus Changeup, Solid Curveball

Rebel Ridling (25) 1B/LF – 6’5″ 230, .309/.372/.515 at AA in ’11; Career .812 OPS

Ryan Searle (22) RHP – ’09 FSL Midseason All-Star, Australian National Team Star; 3.03 ERA (113 IP) in ’11; Above-Average 89-94 MPH Fastball, Above-Average Curveball, Power Slider.

Kyle Smit (24) RHRP – Lanky, Athletic Frame; Throws Hard 91-96 MPH Fastball, Plus Slider, Serviceable Splitter, Change; Inconsistent ’11 Taints Prospect Status but Still Has Bright Future

Marquez Smith (27) 3B/2B – .282/.355/.475, 33 RTZ at 3B, .778 OPS at AAA in ’11

Matt Spencer (26) LHP/OF – Drafted 3rd RD ’07

Ty Wright (27) LF - .322/.382/.479 at AA/AAA in ’11, Career .296/.357/.432; 42 OF Assists in 419 GS

Diamondbacks

Mike DeMark (28) RHRP – Polished Veteran Reliever Posted 1.75 ERA, 48 K in 36 IP with Mobile Baybears in ’11

Ed Easley (26) C – Drafted 1st Round (61st Overall) in 2007; Career-High .722 OPS, 32% CS% with Mobile (Southern League) in ’11

Jake Elmore (24) 2B – Lead-Off Hitter Type with Impressive Plate Discipline and Bat Control; Career .370 OBP, .734 OPS; Solid-Average Speed, Above Average Fielder

Mark Hallberg (26) 2B/SS – Best Batting Eye, Plate Discipline in Minors; 5.1 K% in ’11; Career .277/.349/.375164 Strikeouts in 2031 PA; Posted .762 OPS, 73 RBI in 129 Games in Southern and Pacific Coast Leagues in ’11; Good Bat Control, Fringe-Average Power, Solid Defense; Gamer Attitude Helps Fringy Speed, Athleticism Play Up

Taylor Harbin (26) SS/2B – .270/.328/.372 with Mobile (Southern League) in ’11; Uses 5’9″ Stocky Build to Generate Average Power; Scrappy Player and Solid Defender at both Shortstop and Second Base

Bryan Henry (27) RHP

Billy Spottiswood (27) RHRP

Dodgers

Nick Buss (25) CF – Career .284/.334/.434, .757 OPS; .328/.369/.511 28 SB at A+ in ’11; Athletic Left-Handed Hitting Centerfielder; Above-Average Speed, Has Improved Htting Dramatically Since Coming from Alaska League in ’08

Tony Delmonico (24) C - .285/.397/.449;.811 OPS at A+ in ’11; 33 PB in 102 GS, 28% CS%; Drafted 6th RD in ’08

Carlos Frias (22) RHRP – 4.40 ERA, 8.1 K/9, 4.6 BB/9; Plus Fastball, struggled last year

Austin Gallagher (23) 1B - Drafted 3rd RD in ’07; .292/.386/.451 at A+ in ’11, .286/.354/.418, .772 OPS Career

Pedro Guerrero (23) SS/3B – .274/.328/.376 at A+ in ’11

Chris Jacobs (23) 1B – .288/.393/.521 at A in ’11; 6’5″ 255 LBS; Career.792 OPS

Ethan Martin (22) RHP – Drafted 15th Overall in ’08; 5.42 ERA, 9.6 K/9, 6.1 BB/9 (308 IP); 91-97 MPH Fastball, Potential Knock-Out Curveball, Serviceable Changeup; Big-Money Draft Pick is Losing Career to Mechanics, Control Problems

John Michael Redding (24) RHP - Drafted 5th Round in ’08, 4.66 ERA

Jordan Roberts (26) LHRP – 3.22 ERA, 6.8 K/9

Kyle Russell (25) RF – Plus-Plus Raw Power, .274/.364/.532, .831 OPS at AA/AAA in ’11, 15 A vs 7 E in RF

Rafael Ynoa (24) SS/2B – .971 FP% .693 OPS

Giants

Jose Casilla (22) RHRP – Missed Most of ’11 to injury; 88-93 MPH Sinker, Above-Average Slider, Serviceable Curve; Groundball Machine; Brother of Santiago Casilla

Justin Fitzgerald (26) RHP – Former College Closer Was Converted to Workhorse Starter before ’10; 87-92 MPH Cut Fastball Limits Homeruns; Good Low 80′s MPH Slider and Solid Changeup. 3.51 ERA in 146.1 IP with Richmond (Eastern League) in ’11

Johnny Monell (26) C – Career .796 OPS, 30% CS%; Above-Average Arm, Athletic Catcher with Above-Average Power

Nick Noonan (22) 2B/SS/3B - Drafted 1st Round (3nd Overall) in 2007

Clayton Tanner (24) LHP – Uses 87-91 MPH Sinker, Above-Average Slider to Induce Groundouts; Effective Against LHH; Six Seasons with ERA Below 4.20

Jackson Williams (25) C – Good Defensive Catcher, Drafted 1st Round (43rd Overall) in ’07

Indians

Adam Abraham (25) 3B/C – Strong Arm, Athlete with Career-High .792 OPS in Carolina League (A+) in 2011

Elvis Araujo (20) LHP – Recovered from Injury-Riddled Career to Post 2.86 ERA, 2.4 G/F, 58 K in 63 IP in AZL (Rookie League); 6’6″ 215 LBS with Heavy 92-96 MPH Fastball

Rob Bryson (24) RHRP – Career 3.09 ERA, 11.9 K/9; Shoulder Surgery in ’08; 91-95 MPH Riding Fastball

Trevor Crowe (28) CF – 29 SB 7 CS Through 653 MLB At Bats, .754 Career OPS, 126 SB in 466 MiL Games

Kyle Landis (25) RHRP – Polished Reliever with Career 2.26 ERA, 10.5 K/9, 3.84 K/BB

T.J. Mcfarland (22) LHP – 2010 Carolina League Midseason All-Star, 3.79 ERA in Eastern League (AA), 2.48 GO/AO in 2011, 87-91 MPH Two-Seamer, Plus Changeup

Beau Mills (25) 1B – Former Top Prospect, Drafted 1st Round (13th Overall) in ’07; Plus Raw Power; Career .271/.355/.447

Marty Popham (24) RHP – 6’6″ 240 LBS Righty. Posted 4.19 ERA, 95 K in 96 IP at (Carolina League) Kinston in ’11

Bryce Stowell (25) RHRP – Career 12.1 K/9, 6.7 H/9; In 2011 Posted 41.2 IP, .86 ERA, 13.2 K/9, 1 HR Allowed in Eastern League (AA); Explosive 92-97 MPH Fastball, Power Slider; Elbow Strain, Biceps Tendinitis in 2010

Mariners

Denny Almonte (23) CF – Drafted 2nd Round in ’07; .268/.298/.490 with 24 HR (504 AB) in CALL in ’11; Strong Arm, Above-Average Power; Poor Batting Eye

Daniel Carroll (23) CF – Drafted 3rd Round in ’07; .299/.418/.477, 18 HR, 62 SB (76 Attempts) in CALL in ’11

Edilio Colina (23) 2B/SS/3B

Steve Hensley (25) RHP

Bobby Lafromboise (25) LHRP – 3.10 ERA, 53 K (61 IP) in Southern League (AA) in ’11

Mario Martinez (22) 3B – Career .271/.305/.399, .731 OPS in CALL in ’11

James McOwen (26) OF – .289/.339/.416 Career, .340/.393/.494 in ’09

Dennis Raben (24) 1B/RF - .330/.387/.599 in CALL in ’11, Career.306/.382/.581 in 709 AB

Erasmo Ramirez (21) RHP – Above-Average Command of 89-93 MPH Fastball, Plus Changeup and Solid Slider; Career 3.10 ERA, 5.36 K/BB

Nate Tenbrink (25) 3B/1B

Phillippe Valiquette (25) LHRP – 4.15 ERA, 52 K in 65 IP Split Between AA/AAA in ’10; Explosive 92-100 MPH Fastball, Playable Slider; Violent Mechanics Make Command Inconsistent; Missed 2011 to Injury; 2010 Futures Game Selection

Marlins

Peter Andrelczyk (26) RHRP – Career 3.02 ERA, 305 K/BB; Pitched for Team USA in 2011 World Cup,

Paul Gran (26) 3B/SS – Good Glove at 3B, .260/.360/.428 at Southern League (AA) in ’11

Jake Smolinski (23) 2B/3B/LF – Career .267/.347/.394 Line; Drafted 2nd Round (70th Overall) in ’07;

Mets

Mark Cohoon (24) LHP – Smart PItcher withPolished Feel, Plus Command of 86-89 MPH Fastball, Above-Average Changeup, Serviceable Curve

Rhiner Cruz (26) RHRP – Raw, Hard-Throwing Righty with Command Problems; 92-96 MPH Fastball, Nascent Offspeed Stuff; Career 3.44 ERA, 5.5 BB/9, 8.5 K/9

Brad Holt (25) RHP – Drafted 1st Round (33rd Overall) in ’08; Struggles with Command, Injuries but Still has Plus 91-94 MPH FB, 90-92 Cutter; Flashes Plus Curve.

Jefry Marte (21) 3B – Former Top Prospect, Above-Average Raw Power, Athletic but Slow Footwork at 3B

Colin McHugh (24) RHRP – Career 3.48 ERA, 3.21 K/BB

Brandon Moore (26) RHP - Suspended 50 Games in September ’11 for Drug Violation; Career 3.52 ERA, 8.6 K/9

Eric Niesen (26) LHRP


Nationals

Adam Carr (28) RHRP – 91-95 MPH FB

Stephen King (24) 3B/SS - Drafted in 3rd Round in ’06

Erik Komatsu* (24) OF – .302/.389/.434, 132 BB vs 127 K since ’10; Brewers 2010 Minor League Player of the Year, Won 2010 FSL Batting Title

Sandy Leon (23) C - Career 46% CS%, 40 PB in 316 GS, .647 OPS; Threw Out 60 of 113 Base-Stealers (56%) in ’11, Premium Defender

Jose Lozada (26) SS/3B – .755 OPS in Carolina League in 2011

Jeff Mandel (27) RHRP

Jack McGeary (23) LHP

Patrick McCoy (23) LHP

Brad Meyers (26) RHP – 6’6″ 195 LBS with Deceptive Delivery, Above Average Command of 87-92 MPH Fastball, 3 Average Offspeed Pitches; Career 2.86 ERA, 7.5 K/9, 3.60 K/BB

Adrian Sanchez (21) 2B/3B – .332/.351/.473 in Gulf Coast League, .654 OPS in SAL; Smart Switch Hitter, Potential Above-Average Glove at 2B

Josh Smoker (23) LHRP - Drafted 1st Round (31st Overall) in ’07; Improved Vastly as RP in ’11; 2.31 ERA, 5.7 H/9, 9.9 K/9 in 50.2 IP in Carolina League

Ryan Tatusko (27) RHP – 6’5″ 200 LBS with Strong Shoulders, Fastball consistent 92-94 MPH, Up to 96-97 MPH

Orioles

Tim Bascom (27) RHP

Eddie Gamboa (27) RHRP – Above-Average 87-91 MPH Sinker, Solid Cut Fastball, Average Changeup; Polished Pitcher with Plus Command; 2.90 ERA, 0.94 WHIP in 80.2 IP between NYPL and Eastern League in ’11

Tyler Henson (24) OF/3B – Athletic Outfielder with Above-Average Arm, Solid Speed and Defense; Career .263/.322/.387

John Hester (28) C – .816 Career OPS; 40 PB, 28% CS% in 378 GS (MiLB) at Catcher

Steve Johnson (24) RHP – 4.33 ERA, 8.3 K/9, 5.56 ERA at AAA in ’11

Caleb Joseph (25) C – Career .259/.321/.401; Above-Average Defender with Career 32% CS%, 34 PB 320 GS; Improved CS% Last Three Years.

Luis Lebron (27) RHRP – 91-97 MPH FB, Plus Slider; Inconsistent Command, Oft-Injured; Had TJ Surgery in ’09

Cole McCurry (26) LHRP – Polished Lefty; Career 3.44 ERA, 8.9 K/9, 2.91 K/BB

Greg Miclat (24) SS – .957 FP% at SS, .262/.344/.324; .718 OPS, 50 SB at AA in ’11; Switch-Hitting Slap-Hitter with Above-Average Speed. Quick Footwork at Short but Fringy Arm Strength

Dale Mollenhauer (25) 2B/3B

Wynn Pelzer (25) RHRP – Plus 91-95 MPH Fastball with Good Movement; Above-Average Slider; Show-Me Change; inconsistent Mechanics and Command; Potential MLB Set-Up Man

Billy Rowell (23) 3B/OF – Selected in 1st Round (9th Overall) in ’06;

Brandon Waring (26) 3B/1B – .261/.339/.492; Has hit 20+ HR Annually Since ’07

Padres

Matt Buschmann (27) RHP – 0.90 ERA, 20 K through 21 IP in Mexican Pacific League this Winter

Sawyer Carroll (25) RF – .276/.366/.439 Career Line, 18 HR, 48 XBH in 460 Texas League At Bats in ’11

Drew Cumberland (23) SS/2B – Scrappy gamer with .316/.380/.430 Career Triple-Slash-Line; Polished Plate Discipline, Above-Average Speed, Plus Hitting Ability and Solid Defense. Bilateral Vestibulopathy Caused Him to Miss 2o11 Season, Jeopardizes Career

Jose Depaula (22) LHP – Sinking 88-92 MPH Fastball, Plus Slurve; Can Dominate LH Batters; ’09 Elbow Stress Fracture; Career 3.37 K/BB

Jeremy Hefner (26) RHP – Intelligent Pitcher, 88-91 MPH FB with Good Cut, Solid Offspeed Stuff, Deceptive Mechanics; 2.95 ERA (167.2 IP) at AA Texas League in ’10

Pedro Hernandez (23) LHP – Career 5.37 K/BB, 8 K/9

Eddie Kunz (26) RHRP – Selected 42nd Overall by Mets in ’07 Draft; 6’6″ 255 LBS, 3.3 K/9 in ’11 but Improved HR Rate Anually Since ’08

Alexis Lara (25) RHRP – Missed Most of ’11 to Injury; Career 3.30 ERA, 9.4 K/9, 6.4 H/9; Athletic, Hard Thrower.

Aaron Poreda (25) LHRP – Former Top Prospect Draft in the 1st Round, (25th Overall) in 2007; Career-Long Injury, Control Problems; Fastball Still 91-97 MPH, Inconsistent Curve; 2.08 G/F in ’11

Nick Schmidt (26) LHP -6’5″ 245 LBS, 85-90 MPH Fastball up to 93 MPH in Relief; Above-Average 12-6 Curve;

Beamer Weems (24) SS/3B - .246/.331/.416 at AA Texas Leage in ’11, .864 OPS Away from San Antonio (Home) Ballpark; Steady Shortstop with 97% career FP%; ’09 CAL Postseason All-Star

Five-Tool Phillies centerfielder Jiwan James is expected to draw plenty of interest from clubs during this year's Rule V Draft.

Phillies

Miguel Alvarez (22) CF

Lendy Castillo (23) RHRP – Raw Pitcher Converted from Shortstop before ’10; 88-93 MPH Fastball, Tight Slider, Improving Command; Posted 2.54 ERA, 46 K, 1.3 G/F in 46 IP in South Atlantic League in 2011

Leandro Castro (22) CF – .277/.304/.481 in ’11; Athlete with Plus Raw Power, Running Speed; Strong Bat Control, Quick Wrists Produce Consistent Hard Contact but Can be Overly Aggressive; Adequate Defense in CF

Tyler Cloyd (24) RHP – 2.88 ERA, 1.055 WHIP at AA; Career 3.84 K/BB.; ’09 SAL Midseason All-Star

Jiwan James (23) CF – Premium Athlete with Plus-Plus Arm Strength and Running Speed; Future Top-Tier Defender; .690 Career OPS but Lofty Ceiling

Travis Mattair (23) 3B – Athletic Defender, .654 Career OPS

Shawn McGill (28) C – Tall but Good Receiver with Career .818 OPS

Cody Overbeck (25) 1B/3B – .277/.331/.475 at AA/AAA in ’11

Matt Rizzotti (26) 1B – Polished Left-Handed Hitter with Great Batting Eye, Plus Raw Power and Line-Drive/Contact Approach; .985 OPS in ’10, .903 OPS in Eastern League in ’11; Thick Body, Below-Average Athlete

B.J. Rosenberg (26) RHP – Career 3.08 ERA, 3.43 K/BB, 10 K/9; Command/Polish Pitcher

Colby Shreve (23) – Big Body with Good Changeup; Arm Trouble and Elbow Surgery Reduced Fastball Velocity from mid 90′s MPH to 90-94 MPH

Steve Susdorf (26) OF/1B – Smart Left-Handed Hitter with .304/.368/.448 Line

Pirates

Tim Alderson (23) RHP – 6’6″ 217, Drafted 1st RD (22nd Overall) in ’08, 4.13 ERA 490 IP, 6.6 K/9, 1.295 WHIP, 4.12 ERA (72 IP at AA in ’11)

Eric Avila (21) 2B/3B/SS – .261/.313/.377

Jesus Brito (24) P/3B/OF – 3.27 ERA, 3.8 K/9, 1.45 WHIP; .239/.346/.367

Michael Colla* (25) RHP – 3.97 ERA, 7.6 K/9, 2.77 K/BB, 1.246 WHIP, 3.70 ERA (134 IP) at AA in ’11, 90-92 FB, plus CH

Michael Dubee (26) RHP – 3.47 ERA, 8.1 K/9

Jeremy Farrell (25) 3B – .273/.349/.400, .713 OPS at AA in ’11

Zach Foster (24) RHP – 3.56 ERA

Brian Friday (26) SS/2B/3B – Drafted 3rd RD in ’07, .267/.355/.381, .956 FP% at SS, .679 OPS at AAA in ’11

Noah Krol (27) RHP

Andrew Lambo* (23) LF – Former Top Prospect, Drafted 4th RD ’07, .272/.337/.429, .236/.308/.375 at AA/AAA in /11

Quincy Latimore (23) CF – Drafted 4th RD in ’07, .252/.308/.416, .708 OPS at AA in ’11; Gamer with Above-Average Power, All-Out Style, Playable Game Tools Across the Board.

Brian Leach (25) RHP

Mike Loree (25) RHP – 6’6″ 226 LBS, 4.45 ERA

Brett Lorin (25) RHP – Drafted 5th RD ’08, 3.03 ERA 8.4 K/9, 3.49 K/BB, 2.84 ERA (117 IP) at A+; Tall Sinkerballer (6.7″ 245 LBS) with Heavy 87-93 MPH Fastball, Good Change and Deceptive Mechanics.

Jairo Marquez (24) C – 22 PB in 92 GS, 25% CS%, .287/.359/.404

Matt McSwain (26) RHP

Diego Moreno (25) RHRP – 2.41 ERA, 9.8 K/9, 4.24 K/BB, 3.21 ERA (33 IP) at AA in ’11, Plus-Plus 93-98 MPH Fastball, Above-Average Command, Unrefined Offspeed Stuff

Eliecer Navarro (24) LHRP – 5’9″ 177 LBS, 2.97 ERA, 9.8 K/9

Aaron Pribanic (25) RHP - Drafted 3rd RD ’08, Career 2.32 G/F; 3.53 ERA, 1.235 WHIP, 4.5 K/9, 3.88 ERA (153 IP) at Altoona in ’11; 87-93 4-Seamer, Plus Sinker, Solid Change, Developing Curve; Groundball Machine.

David Rubinstein (24) OF

Jhonathan Ramos (22) LHP – 5’8″ 156 LBS, 2.88 ERA, 6.9 K/9, 3.35 K/BB, 1.17 WHIP

Josh Rodriguez (27) 2B/SS – Drafted 57th Overall in ’06, .265/.351/.414, Solid Glove, Previously Rule-5 Drafted in ’10

Yunesky Sanchez (27) SS/3B – .286/.328/.367

Hunter Strickland (23) RHP – 6’5″ 200 LBS, 4.06 ERA, 5.9 K/9, 3.33 K/BB

Andy Vasquez (24) 2B/SS/3B/LF – .249/.294/.379, .717 OPS at A in ’11

Kris Watts (27) C – .259/.357/.386, 29% CS%

Rangers

Ramon Aguero (27) RHRP – Power 92-97 MPH Fastball, Average Changeup, Developing Slider; Missed Significant Time Passed Two Seasons with Elbow Injuries

Jared Bolden (25) 1B/OF

Wilfredo Boscan (22) RHP – 4.05 ERA, 3.36 K/BB

Jose Felix (23) C – Polished Receiver with Career 35% CS%, 49 PB in 399 GS; Threw out 55% of Baserunners in 2010, 36% in 2011; Career .253/.290/.313 with Below-Average Power; Smart with Good Makeup

Edwin Garcia (21) SS/2B

Jonathan Greene (26) 3B/LF – Career .797 OPS; .292/.354/.462 (Texas League) in ’11; .913 FP at 3B

Mitch Hilligoss (26) 3B/1B/SS/LF

Beau Jones (25) LHRP – 3.98 Career ERA

Ryan Kelly (24) RHP – 4.50 Career ERA; 91-95 mph fb, AFL, 81-84 sl

Kasey Kiker (24) RHP – Drafted 1st Round (12th Overall) in ’06, 4.53 ERA 9.3 K/9 in Career; 91-95 FB

Renny Osuna (27) SS/2B/3B – .294/.341/.745 at AA (Texas League) in ’11; Polished Fielder

Joe Ortiz (21) LHRP – 5’7″ Lefty Reliever with 87-92 MPH Fastball, Above-Average Slider, Solid Change; Career 2.32 ERA, 2.05 G/F; Tough on LHH

Ben Snyder (26) LHP – 3.34 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 7.43 K/9

Tomas Telis (20) C – .777 OPS, 24% CS%

Chad Tracy (26) 1B/LF – Career .806 OPS, 43 HR in 807 At Bats at AAA

Johan Yan (23) RHP – 3.10 ERA, 2.97 G/F, 8.25 K/9 sidearmer 85-90 fb, 1.22 WHIP

Rays

Chris Andujar (24) RHP – 4.46 ERA

Nick Barnese (22) RHP - Drafted 3rd Round (95th) in ’07, 3.07 ERA, 8.1 K/9, 2.75 K/BB, 1.19 WHIP, 3.76 ERA in 117 IP at AA in ’11

Joseph Cruz (23) RHP - 3.81 ERA, 8.8 K/9, 3.35 K/BB, 8.43 ERA at AA in ’11; 6’4″ 190 LBS with Heavy 90-95 MPH Fastball, Average Sweeping Curve and Serviceable Change; Strike-Thrower with Strong Frame.

Frank De Los Santos (24) LHP – 4.29 ERA, 6.0 K/9, 2.37 K/BB, 1.42 WHIP, 3.55 ERA in 78 IP at AA in ’11

Shane Dyer (24) RHP - Drafted 6th RD ’08, 3.98 ERA 5.9 K/9

Marquis Fleming* (25) RHRP – 3.14 ERA, 10.8 K/9, 6.8 H/9, 4.2 BB/9, 2.60 K/BB, 1.22 WHIP, 3.59 ERA 104 K in 80 IP at AA in ’11

Matthew Hall (25) SS/3B/2B/P – .209/.276/.290, 3.38 ERA (5.1 IP)

Jake Jeffries (24) C - Drafted 3rd Round (78th Overall) in ’08, .254/.318/.343, 23% CS% Bats Left

Kyeong Kang* (24) OF – Career .274/.360/.429; .390 OBP in ’09, .384 in AA (316 AB) in ’10

Josh Lueke (27) RHRP – 6’5″ 220 LBS, 10.7, 4.66, 3.11 in 220 Career IP (MILB)

Ryan Reid (26) RHRP - Drafted 7th RD ’06, 4.11 ERA (226 G, 405.1 IP), 9.1 K/9, 4.55 ERA 55.1 IP at AAA in ’11

Emeel Salem (27) CF - Drafted 6th Round ’07, .273/.343/.363, 100 SB 33 CS 1428 PA

Greg Sexton (26) 3B – .270/.333/.369, up to AA, 10th round in ’07

John Shelby (26) CF – Drafted 5th RD ’06, .269/.320/.454, 112 SB 39 CS, plus glove

Matthew Sweeney (23) 3B/1B – .247/.329/.423, .170/.262/.280 at AA (429 AB), .154 average in ’11; Lefty Bat with Plus Raw Power, Good Arm

Mark Thomas (23) C – 54 PB in 286 GS at C, 39% CS%, .253/.317/.397

Alejandro Torres (23) C – 15 PB in 145 GS at C, 47% CS%, (86 CS / 182 Attempts), .251/.291/.321

Henry Wrigley (25) 1B/3B/LF – .255/.293/.413, .274 .773 OPS at AA in ’11

Isaias Velasquez (23) CF – .280/.355/.365, 114 SB 35 CS

Reds

James Avery (27) RHP – 4.53 ERA, 5.7 K/9

Eric Campbell (25) 3B – .275/.352/.483 Career, .307/.387/.540 at A+/AA in ’11; Drafted 2nd Round (71st Overall) in ’04

Tom Cochran (29) LHP

Jerry Gil (29) SS

Daryl Jones (24) OF – Former Top Prosect, AFL Rising Stars and Futures Game in ’09; Above-Average Speed, Batting Eye and Bat Control, but No Power and Weak Arm

Cody Puckett (25) 2B/OF – Stocky Slugging Second Baseman, Aggressive Hitter with Good Batspeed, Uppercut Swing; Solid Baserunner, Career .264/.336/.467

Bill Rhinehart (27) 1B – .284/.377/.565 at AA in ’11

James Skelton (26) C/2B – .759 Career OPS

Travis Webb (27) LHP

Red Sox

Michael Almanzar (20) 3B – Former Top Prospect, .229/.278/.328

Anatanaer Batista (23) RHRP – 4.32 ERA, 8.8 K.9, 2.85 K/BB, 5’10″ 150 LBS

Cesar Cabral (23) LHRP- Previously Rule-5 Drafted in ’10, Career 3.61 ERA, 8.6 K/9, 3.11 K/BB 1.86 G/F; 90 MPH FB, Plus Slurve

Yeiper Castillo (23) RHP – Career .3.61 ERA, 8.5 K/9, 2.39 K/BB

Miguel Celestino (22) RHP – ’6’6″ 205 LBS with 90-95 MPH Riding Fastball and Heavy Low 90′s Sinker; High Release, Good Control; Innings Eater

Ryan Dent (22) SS/2BDrafted by Red Sox in 1st Round (62 Overall) in ’07, .221/.302/.342, 59 SB 27 CS, 10 RTZ at SS

Brandon Duckworth RHP

Justin Erasmus (21) RHP -Career 1.68 ERA, 5’10″; 1.11 ERA (40.2 IP) in SALL in ’11

Charlie Haeger RHP – Knuckleballer with Decent Arm; Struggled Recently

Brock Huntzinger (23) RHP – Drafted 3rd round in ’07

Will Latimer (26) LHRP – 3.28 career ERA, 3.28 Career ERA; Struggled at AA Portland

Michael Lee (25) RHP – 6’7″ 220 LBS, 4.70 career ERA

Leandro Marin (23) RHRP – Career 2.97 ERA, 5’11″ 165 LBS

Daniel Nava (29) OF – .317/.414/.496

Dennis Neuman (22) RHRP – 3.40 ERA 8.6 K/9

Michael Olmsted (24) RHRP – 9th Round ’07, 2.21 ERA 10.7 K/9, 6’6″ 245 LBS

Josue Peley C – 34% CS

Tony Pena RHRP – Former D’Backs, WhiteSox reliever

Wilfred Pichardo (22) OF – .270/.335/.340 149 SB 40 CS, at AAA

Eammon Portice (26) RHP

Ryan Pressly (23) RHP – 11th round ’07, 3.93 ERA, 343 IP

Charle Rosario (23) RHRP – 3.72 ERA, 8 K/9, 5’10″ 158 LBS

Jason Rice (25) RHRP – 3.91 ERA 9.8 K/9, 3.69 ERA and 9.4 K/9 at AAA through 85.1 IP

Manny Rivera* (22) LHP – 3.12 ERA 8.3 K/9, 1.16 WHIP

Reynaldo Rodriguez (26) 1B – .895 OPS, .304/.375/.520, .253/.302/.473 at AA

Pete Ruiz (24) RHP – Career 4.62 ERA

Nate Spears (26) 2B/3B/SS – .273/.361/.401, solid glove, at AAA Pawtucket

Chorye Spoone (26) RHP – Labrum Surgery in ’08; Smart Pitcher with 87-93 MPH Fastball, Sharp Curveball, Plus Changeup

Matt Spring (27) C – 30% CS%, .214/.282/.387, 11 HR in ’11

Tony Thomas (25) 2B – Drafted by Cubs in 3rd Round ’07, .260/.331/.426, 92 SB 30 CS, 20 RTZ, at AAA

Rockies

Marco Duarte (25) RHRP – Heady Mexican Leaguer with Career 1.9 G/F Rate, 7.85 K/9; Posting Career-Best 2.96 ERA in Mexican Pacific League (Winter) in ’11

Parker Frazier (23) RHP – Polished Strike Thrower with Low 90′s Sinker and Hard Slider

Cory Riordan (25) RHP – Good Command of 97-91 Riding Fastball; Career 4.20 ERA, 3.81 K/BB

Royals

Henry Barrera (26) RHP -92-97 MPH Fastball, Average Slider, Solid Command, Horrid Mechanics; Tommy John Surgery in ’09, Injuries Again in 2010

Jeff Bianchi (25) SS/2B – Drafted 2nd Round (50th Overall) in ’05; .281/.335/.410 Career Line; Smart Hitter with Knack for Barreling Balls; Above-Average Defense at Shortstop; Shoulder and Elbow Surgery Slowed Development

Irving Falu (28) 2B/SS/3B – .275/.342/.350

Nick Francis (26) OF – Unheralded Outfield Prospect; Muscular, Line-Drive Hitter, Improving Plate Discipline Annually, Thrived in Pitcher-Friendly Carolina League in ’11; Career .286/.340/.476

Blaine Hardy (24) LHRP – Career 2.96 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 8.0 K/p, 2.88 K/BB

Rey Navarro (21) SS- .931 FP%, .661 OPS

Brandon Sisk (25) LHRP – Career 2.60 ERA, 10 K/9, 1.11 WHIP

Carlo Testa (25) OF – Toolsy Outfielder with Strong Arm, Above-Average Speed, Plus Raw Power; Good Hitter with Polished Approach, Big-League Build; Career .286/.370/.468

Tigers

Brandon Douglas (26) 2B/SS – Career .313/.361/.406; Scrappy Lead-Off Hitter with Plus Bat Control, No Power

Jared Gayhart (25) RHRP

Justin Henry (26) Util – Slap-Hitting Utilityman; Career .291/.373/.363 Triple-Slash Line; Solid Defender in Outfield, Middle Infield

Cale Iorg (26) SS – Good Makeup, Premium Athlete with Cannon Arm; Never Put Raw Tools to Work

Gustavo Nunez (24) SS – Flashy Defensive Infielder with Soft Hands, Smooth Footwork, Strong Arm; Scrappy Hitter with Above-Average Bat Control, Advanced Pitch Recognition. No Power but Plus-Plus Baserunning Speed; MLB Future

Cody Satterwhite (25) RHRP – Missed 2010 (Shoulder Surgery), 3.60 ERA, 9.7 K/9

Robbie Weinhardt (26) RHRP

Twins

Andrew Albers (26) LHP – Played for Team Canada in ’11 World Cup; Career 1.80 ERA, 8.8 K/9 and 4.42 K/BB

David Bromberg (24) RHP

Steve Hirschfeld (26) RHP – Career 3.37 ERA, 1.22 WHIP

Angel Morales (22) OF – Drafted 3rd Round in ’07; Career .274/.355/.450; Plus Speed, Above-Average Power and Strong, Accurate Arm

Bruce Pugh (23) RHRP – Sidearmer with 90-94 MPH Fastball and Average Slider; Career 4.31 ERA, 9.8 K/9

Anthony Slama (28) RHRP – Polished Reliever with 2.08 ERA, 12.2 K/9 in MiLB Career (221 Games); Intelligent with 88-92 MPH Fastball, 75-80 MPH Slider, Solid Changeup

Tom Stuifbergen (23) RHP – Above-Averge Command of 88-91 MPH Fastball, Sinker, Plus Curveball and Solid Change; 4.79 K/BB

White Sox

Jordan Danks (25) CF – .322/.409/.525 in ’09 (Carolina League); Career.748 OPS; Above-Average Speed, Defense

Terry Doyle (26) RHP – 2.94 ERA, 8.1 K/9, 3.93 K/BB, 3.24 ERA (100 IP) at AA in ’11, 87-90 FB, Solid Cut and Curve

Ian Gac (26) 1B – Led Carolina League (A+) with 33 HR in ’11; Big Body Slugger with Career .251/.316/.458 Line

Jon Gilmore (23) 3B -Below-Average Fielder but Above-Average Hitter with Knack for Contact; Unexciting Power but Improving SLG% Over Last Three Seasons

Tyler Kuhn (25) LF/SS/2B/3B – .314/.368/.428; 55 SB, 31 3B (1806 PA); .804 OPS Through 216 Games at AA

Andre Rienzo (23) RHRP – Thin Brazilian Righty with Deceptive Delivery, Cutting 88-93 MPH Fastball, Curve; Change; Career 3.55 ERA, 9.8 K/9 in Low Minors

Brandon Short (23) CF – Career .285/.343/.434, .777 OPS, Above Average Baserunner, Solid Defense

Yankees

Abraham Almonte (22) CF – 144 SB in 488 Games, .268/.333/.382 in FSL in ’11; Plus Speed, Strong Arm and a Good Fielder

Jeremy Bleich (24) RHP – Recovering from March ’10 Shoulder Surgery; Pre-Draft Elbow Injuries; Polished Command of 86-91 MPH Fastball and Feel for Solid-Average Curve, Change; Intelligent Pitcher with 3.40 ERA in FSL (79 IP) in ’09

Dan Brewer (24) OF – Career .778 OPS; One of Top Athletes in Yankees System, 29 SB, .754 OPS in 2010; Good Hitter with Above-Average Speed, Athleticism, Arm Strength and a Solid Defender.

Jose Gil (25) C – .733 in Eastern League; .687 OPS, 60 PB in 405 GS, 33% CS% in Career; Good Athlete with Strong Arm, Quick Release; Developing Fringe-Average Power

Craig Heyer (25) RHP – Career 1.81 G/F, 3.48 ERA; Strike-Thrower with Good Command but Just 4.9 K/9

Tim Norton (28) RHRP – Career 2.41 ERA 1.07 WHIP, 10.8 K/9, 5.17 K/BB Ratio

Ryan Pope (25) RHRP

Kevin Russo (27) 2B/Util – .730 Career OPS; Utilityman with MLB Experience; Adequate Fielder at Multiple Positions.

Eduardo Sosa (21) CF – 70 SB (1028 PA), Raw Tools Prospect with Above-Average Speed (a Tick Above Under-Way); Strong Arm, Solid Fielder and Developing Power

Josh Schmidt (29) RHRP

Brad Suttle (27) 3B – Switch Hitter, Plus Arm; Career .256 ERA, .751 OPS. Above-Average Raw Power but Lacks Pitch Recognition due to Injuries Hampering Development

Pat Venditte (26) RP – Switch Pitcher; 2.28 ERA, 10.4 K/9, 4.57 K/BB in Career; 85-90 MPH Fastball, Average Curveball as RHP, 78-82 MPH Fastball, Low 70′s Slider as LHP; 2.63 ERA 28 K in 27.1 at Mexican Pacific League (Winter) in ’11

 

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