Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Team Player Position State Bonus
8 237 San Francisco Giants Scott Barnes LHP N.Y. $100,000
Barnes has had an inconsistent spring, but he pitched better down the stretch after making mechanical adjustments. He was out of sync early in the season with his delivery, causing his arm to drag and limiting his extension, and he threw across his body to compensate. He worked in the mid-80s with his fastball and struggled to command his secondary stuff. But his alignment and tempo have improved in the second half, and his fastball has climbed into the 90-92 mph range with good sink. His delivery still has a head jerk, but scouts think his quirkiness adds to his deception. He shows an average slider with good tilt and good feel for a changeup, and he uses a slow curveball as a show pitch. Barnes stands out most for his competitiveness and his aggressiveness, but opinion on him is widely mixed. He could be drafted anywhere from the third to the 10th round.
14 423 Texas Rangers Justin Gutsie RHP N.Y.
Righty Justin Gutsie ran his fastball up to 94-95 last summer in the New England Collegiate League, where he ranked as the No. 4 prospect. He was inconsistent this spring, pitching up in the zone and showing little feel for pitching, and the Johnnies used him as a middle reliever, which made him hard for scouts to see. His fastball generally topped out at 91 this spring without much life. Every once in a while he flashes an excellent slider, but he cannot command it with any consistency.
22 658 Florida Marlins Jared Yecker RHP N.J.
27 815 St. Louis Cardinals George Brown LHP N.Y.
Lefthander George Brown went 9-0, 2.73 with a 58-9 K-BB ratio in 86 innings this spring, but he gets results with his competitiveness and command more than his stuff. Brown works between 82-88 mph with his fastball and has an above-average changeup with excellent fading action. His curveball is fringy at best but is effective against lefthanded hitters.
40 1215 San Diego Padres Colin Lynch RHP N.Y.
Righthander Colin Lynch has had an excellent career as St. John's closer, saving 24 games the last two years thanks largely to his competitiveness and feel for pitching. He pounds the zone with an 89-92 mph fastball and works in a slider with hard tilt, a 12-to-6 curveball and an occasional changeup. He's generously listed at 5-foot-11 and doesn't have good enough stuff to set him apart as an undersized righthander. He'll likely be back for his senior year, and St. John's should be thankful for that.