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Kyle Gibson could be one the top 4 prospects in this draft right now. There are guys with higher ceilings, but few that have the polish and the stuff. The Twins should be thankful for that stress fracture. Matt Bashore has similar stuff to Glen Perkins, who was drafted by the Twins a few years back. Low to mid 90’s FB with a decent change and a good breaking ball. Billy Bullock could be a replacement for Joe Nathan in a couple years. He has great secondary stuff and can hit the high 90’s when needed. He does need to use his 6’6” frame better. Derek McCallum had a breakout season for the hometown Gophers this year. I hope he can turn into a hard nosed Todd Walker with a lot less attitude. I hear Chase Utley comps, but I can’t see that. Tobais Streich and Chris Herrmann are college catchers who are decent defensive players. Herrmann is a better offensive player but probably will move to the OF in the pros. Streich can’t hit as well but is a better defender. I’m not sure what happened to Brad Stillings toward the end of the season, but he did very well at the start of the season and I think that is more of who he is. I think he is a top 3 round kind of guy and will be a good prospect in the Twins system. Brian Dozier is a second baseman in the long run and will struggle to be more than organizational depth. Nick Lockwood is an interesting pick in the 10th. He hit only .386 in HS and had a lot of errors. I don’t think he can stick at SS and will need time to develop. Blake Dean would have been a nice sign. Matt Tone could be a useful loogy. Nick Freitas has a lot of upside and is loaded with tools. Eric Decker and Aaron Senne would have made this a really, really great draft.

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Aaron Brown , OF , Chatsworth HS, Calif.
Aaron Westlake , OF , Vanderbilt
Aaron Collazo , SS , Lady Bird Johnson, San Antonio, TX
Aaron Deguire , C , El Camino College
Aaron Dunsmore , OF , Dayton
Aaron Fanning , SS , Northwest (TX) HS
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Aaron Johnson , LHP , Dunham, Baton Rouge, LA
Aaron Knapp , MIF , Granite Bay Granite Bay CA
Aaron Moore , RHP , Westwood Austin TX
Aaron Nola , RHP , Catholic, Baton Rouge, LA
Aaron Novak , OF/RHP , Germantown Academy (PA)
Aaron Thomassen , RHP , Nathan Hale Seattle WA
Aaron Westlake , 1B/OF , Vanderbilt
Abram Cartledge , LHP , Thomson, Thomson, GA
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Top 300- 2010 MLB Draft Prospects

Name POS Schools
1 Bryce Harper C Southern Nevada CC
2 Jameson Taillon RHP The Woodlands (Texas) HS
3 Anthony Ranaudo P LSU
4 Drew Pomeranz LHP Mississippi
5 Nick Castellanos 3B Archbishop McCarthy HS, FLA
6 Bryce Brentz OF Middle Tennessee State
7 AJ Cole P Oviedo HS, Orlando
8 Zack Cox 3B Arkansas
9 Austin Wilson OF Harvard-Westlake HS, CA
10 Deck McGuire RHP Georgia Tech
11 Karsten Whitson RHP Chipley HS, Bartow, Fla.
12 Christian Colon SS Cal State Fullerton
13 Matt Harvey P North Carolina
14 Levon Washington 2B/OF Chipola JC
15 Manny Machado SS Brito Prep, Miami
16 Josh Sale OF Bishop Blanchet HS, SEA
17 Chris Sale LHP Florida Gulf Coast
18 Jedd Gyorko 2B West Virginia
19 Brandon Workman P Texas
20 Stetson Allie 3B St. Edward HS, Lakewood, Ohio
21 Brian Ragira OF Martin HS, Arlington
22 Dylan Covey P Maranatha HS, Pasadena, CA
23 Derek Dietrich SS Georgia Tech
24 DeAndre Smelter P Tattnall Square GA
25 Kevin Gausman RHP Grandview HS, Aurora, Colo
26 Cameron Bedrosian P East Coweta HS, Sharpsburg, GA
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