Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Team Player Position State Bonus
1s 45 Boston Red Sox Bryan Price RHP Texas $849,000
Along with Andrew Cashner and Zach Stewart, Price is one of three Texas college relievers who looks like a first-rounder on his best days. Though he had a durable 6-foot-4, 200-pound frame and a promising fastball, Price worked just 17 innings over his first two years at Rice because he lacked secondary pitches, command and mound presence. He started to make strides at the end of his sophomore season, and this spring he has consistently shown a 90-95 fastball with sink. His hard slider has topped out at 87 mph, though it has devolved into more of a slurve at times. His control still needs work but has improved. He has an intriguing changeup but doesn't trust it enough to use it much in games. Some teams are interested in trying Price as a starter, and he was lights out for five innings against Texas State in his one start this year. However, he walked three of the four batters he faced in his next appearance, a relief outing five days later. His lack of a track record is a concern, though he'll probably go in the sandwich to second round.
7 217 Los Angeles Dodgers Cole St. Clair LHP Texas $100,000
St. Clair outpitched teammate Phil Hughes at Foothill High in Santa Ana, Calif., in 2004, after which Hughes signed with the Yankees as a first-round pick and St. Clair headed to Rice. St. Clair figured to match Hughes' draft status entering last season, but he injured his arm lifting weights. The exact nature of the injury is up in the air. It has been reported as a shoulder strain and biceps tendinitis, while some scouts maintain it was a labrum tear. St. Clair didn't require surgery, but his stuff hasn't been the same since. While with the U.S. college national team in the summer of 2006, he featured a 91-94 mph fastball and a plus curveball. Factoring in his size (6-foot-5, 225 pounds) and his makings of a changeup, and some clubs projected him as a pro starter. But for much of the last two years, he has pitched at 87-88 mph and topped out at 91 with his fastball. His curveball isn't as tight as it was previously. St. Clair has continued to succeed for the Owls, thanks to his command, deceptive high leg kick and his competitiveness. The Indians failed to sign him as a seventh-rounder in 2007, and though he has completed his eligibility and his economics degree, he still may be a tougher sign than most seniors. If he regains his previous stuff, he could be a steal.
7 225 San Diego Padres Adam Zornes C Texas $135,000
After turning down the Indians as a 24th-round pick last year, Adam Zornes will go roughly 20 rounds higher this June after becoming Rice's regular catcher for the first time. Zornes' best tools are his raw power and his solid arm. He probably won't hit for much of an average, and he needs to improve his footwork behind the plate.
9 275 St. Louis Cardinals Aaron Luna OF Texas $150,000
With nine homers entering NCAA regional play, Aaron Luna hasn't matched his power numbers from his first two seasons (29 total homers). That may drop him down far enough in the draft to render him unsignable away from what would be his senior year at Rice. But he did hit well with wood bats in the Cape Cod League last summer, and he's more athletic than his 5-foot-11, 200-pound frame might indicate. A former all-state running back at a top Texas program (Carroll High in Southlake), he plays a solid left field. Luna was Rice's regular second baseman in 2007, and he profiles better at that position.
11 351 Cleveland Indians Matt Langwell RHP Texas
13 403 Detroit Tigers Jared Gayhart RHP Texas $125,000
Jared Gayhart may be the best athlete on Rice, and he has served the Owls primarily as a center fielder and leadoff hitter. Though he had spent just six innings on the mound by the end of May, that was enough to draw the attention of scouts, and he may get drafted as a righthanded pitcher. Gayhart has a fastball that reaches 93 mph and a good slider, and he could get even better if he focused solely on pitching. As an outfielder, he's a blue-collar player who projects as a reserve if he were to reach the majors.
18 549 Toronto Blue Jays Bobby Bell RHP Texas
21 638 Milwaukee Brewers Lucas Luetge LHP Texas
24 721 Washington Nationals Chris Kelley RHP Texas
29 877 Los Angeles Dodgers Jonathan Runnels LHP Texas
44 1321 Washington Nationals J.P. Padron 1B Texas