Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Team Player Position State Bonus
3 99 Detroit Tigers Scott Green RHP Ky. $373,000
Green missed all of 2006 after Tommy John surgery and worked just 18 innings as a redshirt sophomore in 2007, but he positioned himself as a top prospect for 2008 with his performance in the Cape Cod League. The Red Sox, who drafted him in the 15th round, offered him $800,000 at the end of the summer, but Green turned them down in hopes of pitching his way into the first round this spring. That didn't happen because he was so inconsistent that he lost his spot in Kentucky's rotation. While his stuff was expected to take a step forward, Green looked stiff and sat mostly at 87-88 mph as a starter. The sink and armside run on his fastball were more impressive than his velocity. Once he moved to the bullpen, he reached the mid-90s at times, but he did so with a higher arm slot and more effort in his delivery. Green has flashed a good slider at times, but for the most part it has just been a decent pitch. While he has thrown strikes and missed bats, his command has been erratic and made him hittable at times. He still figures to go on the first day of the draft based on his size (6-foot-8, 240 pounds) and the potential he showed on the Cape, but his bonus won't be as high as it could have been last summer.
3s 111 San Diego Padres Sawyer Carroll 1B Ky. $125,000
After hitting a Southeastern Conference-best 23 doubles but just three homers in last season--his first at Kentucky after transferring from Seminole State (Okla.) JC--Carroll had hit 16 homers entering NCAA regional play. He also had 21 doubles and a school-record 78 RBIs. The 6-foot-4, 210-pounder is a quality lefthanded hitter, but scouts still wonder about his power with wood bats because he has average bat speed. His speed and arm are fringy tools, so his bat will have to carry him. The Nationals drafted him in the 18th round last year.
5 168 Arizona Diamondbacks Collin Cowgill OF Ky. $155,000
Cowgill missed all of 2007 with a broken hamate bone and has done nothing but hit since returning. He batted .290 in the Cape Cod League last summer, earning all-star honors and helping Yarmouth-Dennis win the championship, after which he turned down the Athletics as a 29th-round pick. Cowgill is just 5-foot-9 and 195 pounds, but he plays bigger than his size and tools, which aren't lacking. He has a discerning eye and plenty of bat speed, allowing him to wait on and attack vulnerable pitches. He hit 16 homers in 2006 and 18 more during the regular season this year. He's a slightly below-average runner out of the batter's box and a slightly above-average runner under way, yet his instincts allow him to steal bases and track down most balls in center field. He also has a strong arm for the position. Cowgill's demographics aren't ideal--he bats righthanded and throw lefthanded, and he's 22 after losing a year to injury--but his gritty makeup and the results he gets are reminiscent of Reed Johnson.
10 315 San Diego Padres Andrew Albers LHP Ky. $10,000
23 694 Oakland Athletics Chris Rusin LHP Ky.
Rusin, who has been the Wildcats' No. 1 starter ahead of Green the last two years, is a typical crafty lefty. He works at 87-88 mph with good life on his fastball, and his curveball is a solid second pitch. There's funk in his delivery, but it adds deception without detracting from his command. He also has an outstanding pickoff move, making him tough to run on.
23 710 New York Yankees Ryan Wilkes SS Ky.
41 1244 New York Mets Tyler Howe C Ky.