Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Team Player Position State Bonus
1 8 Chicago White Sox Gordon Beckham SS Ga. $2,600,000
After he went undrafted out of high school, Beckham has improved as much as any player during his three years in college. He started from his freshman season at Georgia, and hit 12 home runs his first season to help the Bulldogs in the College World Series and land on BA's Freshman All-American team. His batting average and power numbers have increased each year since. He won the Cape Cod League home run title last summer, and has shown it was no fluke by hitting 22 homes so far this spring. He has been among the Division I leaders in batting, home runs and slugging percentage all season. At the plate, Beckham is a home run threat to all fields. He has powerful forearms and snap in his wrists that lead to his above-average bat speed. After being known as a hacker early in his college career he is now regarded as a professional hitter. He makes good contact and consistently squares up balls and uses the whole field. While no one questions his ability to hit, scouts are split on whether Beckham has the hands to stay at shortstop. He has the instincts and is athletic with enough range and arm strength to stick at the premium position.
1 20 Seattle Mariners Josh Fields RHP Ga. $1,750,000
Following his sophomore year at Georgia, Fields shined in the Cape Cod League, apparently setting him up for a high draft selection in 2007. However, command of his mid-90s fastball and low-80s breaking ball was too inconsistent during his junior season, scaring teams away. The Braves drafted him in the second round, but Fields opted not to sign and returned to Georgia for his senior season. When he returned to Athens, so did his command, and he is now considered the top closer in the country. He holds the Bulldogs' record for career saves and had struck out close to two batters per inning this season. His fastball still sits in the mid-90s, peaking at 98, and his hard downer curveball comes in between 81-83 mph. Scouts are still wary of command issues because his delivery is upright and has some effort. When he misses, it's up in the zone due to not being able to get over the rubber and finish his pitches. Also a concern is durability because of his slight build. When he's on, though, Fields has present major league stuff and the potential to be the first pitcher from this draft to reach the major leagues.
10 298 Florida Marlins Trevor Holder RHP Ga.
After a strong showing in the Cape Cod League last summer, when he went 4-1, 0.81, Holder was a hot commodity for scouts coming into the season. He allowed only one hit and struck out 10 in eight innings of work in the Cape championship game, earning league playoff MVP honors. A part-time starter for Georgia in 2007, Holder moved into the weekend rotation in 2008 as the Friday night starter. But he has not been overpowering this spring, offering a fairly straight fastball between 89-91 mph and below-average secondary stuff. With less than a strikeout per inning, Holder has not missed many bats and has relied on command and savvy to be successful. He has the ability to pitch to the corners and consistently pounds the zone. Holder has a projectable 6-foot-3, 195-pound frame, but his feel for pitching and track record are what separate him from teammate Stephen Dodson, who has similar stuff, and will make him more attractive on draft day.
10 317 Colorado Rockies Stephen Dodson RHP Ga. $100,000
Righthander Stephen Dodson had a breakout sophomore season in 2007 and has been the Bulldogs' Saturday starter this season. He's a projectable 6-foot-5, 210 pounds and typically pitches between 90-92 mph. A control pitcher, Dodson typically finds success by locating his upper-80s sinker down in the zone, inducing groundballs. His secondary pitches are fringe-average at best, as he throws a slider and changeup, rarely missing bats. When he elevates his pitches, Dodson is hittable, especially by lefthanded hitters.
11 326 Baltimore Orioles Nathan Moreau LHP Ga.
At 6-foot-4, 205 pounds and lefthanded, Nathan Moreau passes the eye test. Like Dodson, Moreau has a decent fastball and below-average secondary stuff. His fastball is up to 91 mph with natural tail, along with a curveball and changeup. He slings the ball from slightly below a three-quarters angle. He has deception in his delivery and projection to his body. With improved command and polish on his secondary pitches, Moreau would be an impact prospect.
12 377 Colorado Rockies Ryan Peisel 3B Ga.
Ryan Peisel is a solid college third baseman with an all-around game. However, none of his tools stands out and he doesn't fit a positional profile. He can hit but shows below-average power and average speed at best. He is a solid defender now but likely won't stick at the hot corner, making him an offensive second baseman at the next level. Peisel will get a shot this year as a senior sign.