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Analysis: Later-round draft steals

6/8/2010
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Keith Law scouts AJ Cole

Kieth Law checks on the Florida prep arm.

The Colorado Rockies took shortstop Josh Rutledge out of Alabama, and the Seattle Mariners tabbed another prep arm in Ryne Stanek after selecting Taijuan Walker with their first pick. Both were intriguing picks.

Meanwhile,
Micah Gibbs to the Chicago Cubs at No. 97 was a big-time get for scouting director Tim Wilken. Also in the NL Central, the Pittsburgh Pirates continued their stellar draft by getting Mel Rojas Jr. at No. 84.

The Los Angeles Dodgers' third-round pick, LSU CF Leon Landry, might be their only signable selection so far. The Philadelphia Phillies went with Texas catcher Cameron Rupp, who had a disappointing spring at the plate but has plus raw power and is expected to stick behind the plate long-term.

The New York Yankees' selection of Tulane third baseman Rob Segedin was interesting, even if he has to move to the outfield.

In Round 4, the Nationals took first-round-caliber talent A.J. Cole, who may be tough to sign because they'll undoubtedly spend a ton to get No. 1 pick Bryce Harper signed.

If they find a way to sign Cole, it'll be a huge get for them. Otherwise, he will head to Miami with a chance to be a top-10 pick in 2010.

The Arizona Diamondbacks tabbed James Madison's Kevin Munson at No. 121 overall. He was the top pure closer in the draft.

The Oakland Athletics selected third baseman Chad Lewis at a good value slot at No. 125, and South Carolina right-hander Sam Dyson to the Toronto Blue Jays at No. 126 qualifies as a solid pick, too. The Cincinnati Reds tabbed Brodie Greene, a shortstop from Texas A&M, but an area guy says he won't be a shortstop long-term. However, the scout believes in Greene's bat enough.