Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Team Player Position State Bonus
5 154 Oakland Athletics Jason Christian SS Mich. $182,000
Christian is one of the few shortstops in the draft with both offensive and defensive skills, and his all-around game could boost him as high as the second round. He has a loose swing, plenty of bat speed and some power potential to tap into once he adds some weight to his 6-foot-3, 170-pound frame. He uses the whole field and shows an aptitude for drawing walks. Once he gets on base, he's a slightly above-average runner who can provide an occasional steal. Unlike many of the better-hitting shortstops available, Christian won't have to switch positions. He has good actions at shortstop, along with plenty of range and arm strength. He missed three weeks with a stiff back, attributed to Michigan's long flights to Florida, Arizona and North Carolina on early-season road trips. Christian since has recovered and his back isn't a long-term concern.
5 171 Cleveland Indians Zach Putnam RHP Mich. $600,000
When Putnam is going well, he can be very good. In the NCAA super regionals last June, he no-hit eventual national champion Oregon State for 8 2/3 innings before suffering a 1-0 loss. He'll use five pitches, and they'll all have their moments. His fastball sits at 91-92 mph with heavy sink, and he can get to 95 mph with riding life on a four-seamer. His splitter can be devastating and his slider can hit the mid-80s. He also uses a curveball and changeup. Putnam's mechanics aren't the prettiest--he doesn't incorporate his lower half much and powers through his delivery--but they don't prevent him from throwing strikes. He has been a valuable hitter for Michigan, and he has the arm strength and power to profile as a right fielder at the next level, but pro teams want Putnam on the mound. They just aren't sure exactly what to make of him. His secondary pitches are inconsistent, and shoulder soreness cost him two starts at the beginning of the season. He also showed little desire to pitch or play the field in the Cape Cod League last summer, preferring to DH. Putnam's future is likely as a reliever, though it's also possible that his splitter and slider will become more dependable once he's a full-time pitcher. The Yankees are a possible destination for him with the No. 44 overall pick.
13 411 Cleveland Indians Adam Abraham 3B Mich.
Third baseman Adam Abraham showed promise as a defenseman in the Ontario Hockey League before deciding to focus on baseball during the NHL lockout. The heart and soul of the Wolverines, he's a quality athlete with strength in his bat and his arm. He tends to drift at the plate, which cuts off some of his power. Though he hasn't pitched much this spring, he has shown aptitude on the mound in the past, earning a win and a save against then-No. 1 Vanderbilt in Michigan's huge regional upset a year ago.
19 591 Cleveland Indians Nate Recknagel 1B Mich.
Undrafted a year ago, first baseman/catcher Nate Recknagel has made the most of his senior season, setting a Michigan record with 23 homers and earning Big 10 Conference player of the year acclaim. Scouts aren't sure how his maximum-effort swing will play with wood bats, but the 6-foot-2, 220-pounder's strength is undeniable. While he's stiff at first base, he may have a chance to make it behind the plate as an offensive-minded catcher. He needs to improve his receiving and blocking skills, but he throws well enough.
31 944 New York Mets Michael Powers RHP Mich.