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Analyzing rounds 6-25

6/7/2011

A handful of Keith Law's Top 100 remained available when Round 6 began, but they are all off the board now.

Highlights: rounds 6-10

• The Diamondbacks made an intriguing pick at No. 184, the third choice in round six, with South Carolina closer Matt Price. Price touches the mid-90s often and could hit the Arizona bullpen as early as next season.

• Baltimore's selection of C/3B Nick Delmonico could be the steal of the sixth round if they can get him signed, which will be neither cheap nor simple. He's committed to the University of Georgia and could be a top 15 pick in two years as a draft-eligible sophomore.

• Florida's selection of left-hander Charlie Lowell out of Wichita State is intriguing because the there could be more velocity in his arm. He brings size at 6-foot-4 and 235 pounds and a solid assortment of offspeed pitches that he can throw for strikes.

• Texas played it safe and signable throughout the draft until taking outfielder Derek Fisher at No. 204. He's committed firmly to the University of Virginia and may take first-round money to get him to change his mind, but he offers power and chance to hit for enough average from a corner outfield spot.

• The Giants took a chance on lefty Josh Osich in round six, despite a history of elbow problems. He's had Tommy John surgery and the fourth-year junior was removed from his recent start with tightness in the elbow. He'll sit in the low-90s and touch 96 with his fastball and his changeup has progressed to an average pitch or better. His slider may be key to his future role and some see him as a reliever, anyway. San Francisco took Osich's catcher Susac earlier in the day.

• The Twins tabbed Ivan Rodriguez, Jr. in the sixth round, but oddly he's not a catcher, he's a center fielder. With such bloodlines, there is always a chance he works his way into the big leagues.

• Arizona's selection of outfielder Ben Roberts appears solid. He swings a mean stick from the left side and has the upside of a power bat.

• The Chicago Cubs, who took Shawon Dunston, Jr. in round 11, tabbed Trevor Gretzky in round No. 7. He's a left-hand hitting first baseman with strength and future power.

• Toronto picked shortstop Christian Lopes, a USC commit, and would be a great selection this late if they are willing to pay him. He wasn't on Keith Law's Top 100 but there's some ability there.

• Boston tabbed Cody Kukuk, who many believed was a third or fourth round talent, in the seventh round. He's a projectable left-hander out of Lawrence Free State High School with a commitment to hometown Kansas, but this is what the Red Sox do -- pay over slot for good talent.

• Tampa stayed with their affinity for northwest players, selecting Gonzaga left-hander Ryan Carpenter, who has some upside left if the Rays can get more velocity out of his fastball and clean up the breaking stuff.

• Texas State right-hander Carson Smith went with the second pick in round eight, and is potential relief option for the Mariners in a couple years. Smith's low three-quarters arm slot and high-effort delivery strongly suggest he belongs in the bullpen long term, but the stuff is solid, and he has a useful slider.

Ian Gardeck, a right-handed pitcher out of Angelina College in Illinois, went to the hometown White Sox in the eighth round, while the Red Sox took a high-ceiling athlete in Senquez Golson a pick later. Golson, a strong, speedy outfielder, projects to stay in center field.

• My favorite pick of the eighth round is Coastal Carolina second baseman Tommy La Stella, who offers a refined approach at the plate, a line drive swing and a chance to stay at second base. He reminds me of Mark Lemke, a former Braves infielder, so La Stella landing in Atlanta is fitting.

• Round nine included solid selections such as Washington's pick of Cal right-hander Dixon Anderson, the Dodgers' pick of Oklahoma catcher Tyler Ogle and Oakland's pick of Jace Fry, a prep left-hander out of Southridge High School in Oregon. Colorado's pick of Texas A&M right-hander Thomas Stripling is interesting, too, especially considering the numbers he put up this spring (13-2, 2.30 ERA). It wouldn't be surprising if Stripling is tossed into the bullpen in attempt to speed up his delivery and max out his good velocity.

• Arizona scraped TCU right-hander Kyle Winkler off the board in the 10th round and if he recovers from his elbow injury he can help at the big league level thanks to above-average velocity and a potentially plus breaking ball. Florida's selection of right-hander Scott Lyman is interesting despite his struggles with control and command this season. The stuff may be good enough for a role in a big league rotation.

Highlights: rounds 11-25

• Prep shortstop Tyler Greene is much higher on some draft boards than No. 361, which is where he went to Philadelphia in the 11th round. However, his commitment to Georgia is strong. He says he open to signing, which gives the Phillies a chance, but it's going to take at high six figures to get it done.

• Outfielder Jason Coats from TCU had a bit of a down year, but came in a possible first-day pick. Getting him in the 12th round could be a nice find for Baltimore, though Coats has some work to do.

• Tampa again cracked the tap on the northwest by selecting power-hitting first baseman Trevor Mitsui, who was believed to want second or third round money or he may have gone sooner. Mitsui projects to hit for power but brings no value defensively or on the bases and may have issues hitting for average.

• Toronto took The Colony High School (Texas) third baseman Matt Dean, who some scouts believe will be a major league hitter down the road, and would be a solid get if he signs with the club. Based on talent, Dean likely belonged in the first five rounds.

• Right-hander Dillon Maples from Pinecrest High School in North Carolina went to the Cubs in round 14, but unless he gets a high-round offer he's likely headed to UNC.

• The Mets' pick of La Costa Canyon High School shortstop Philip Evans in the 15th round is a strong selection, though he's considered a tough sign this late. He'll likely move to second base as a pro, but runs well and handles the bat. He's stronger than most prep middle infielders, despite standing just 5-foot-10.

• Liberty's Blake Forslund lasted until pick No. 532 after struggling early this spring and only pitching in nine games. He's a draft-eligible sophomore and could return to school but he's already 21 years old because he sat out 2010 following a transfer from the University of Virginia. He has a big fastball when he's right, which is what Boston will hope for if they get him signed.

• I like the Dodgers 18th-round pick of Chris O'Brien from Wichita State. He's a switch-hitter with a solid hit tool and a little power. He's adequate behind the plate despite slow feet and his arm is fringe-average at best. But the bat may turn him into Josh Bard, who has had a long career.

• Oakland's pick of Georgia righty Cecil Tanner may turn out to be a good one, considering he's 6-foot-6 and 250 pounds and sits in the low-90s with his four-seam fastball. The curveball is soft at 69-73 mph and the change lacks sink and fade, but he throws it with command.

• Downers Grove (Ill.) High School right-hander Nick Burdi is talented enough to have been chosen much earlier but landed with Minnesota in the 24th round. It's a good spot for him, as the Twins love strike throwers, but Burdi is likely headed to Louisville.

• Houston tabbed Central Catholic High School (Calif.) outfielder Billy Flamion in round 25. There's no plus tool but he does a little of everything. He belongs in left field due to a below-average throwing arm and is merely an average runner. But there's proven baseball skill in his game, and could blossom in pro ball.