Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Team Player Position State Bonus
3 93 Los Angeles Dodgers Kyle Russell OF Texas $410,000
Russell topped NCAA Division I with a school-record 28 homers in 2007, yet that wasn't enough to answer questions about his bat. His poor history with wood bats and his seven-figure asking price dropped him to the Cardinals in the fourth round. When the two sides couldn't come to an agreement, he returned for an up-and-down junior season. Russell hit one homer in March and 12 in April, and scouts still aren't sure his swing and approach will work with wood. He offers power to all fields, though he has been more pull-conscious this spring. He's a decent athlete with a right-field arm, but it's his bat that will have to carry him to the majors. Russell could get drafted in the same area he did a year ago, though it's unlikely anyone will match St. Louis' reported willingness to give him an $800,000 bonus.
7 210 Chicago White Sox Jordan Danks OF Texas $525,000
Jordan Danks might have been a first-round pick coming out of high school had he not told teams he was set on attending Texas. He was one of the best prep power hitters in the 2005 draft, having beaten Cameron Maybin in the home run derby at the 2004 AFLCA All-America Game, where Danks hit several balls completely out of the park. Three years later, his power potential remains largely unfulfilled. The Longhorns' Disch-Falk Field doesn't favor hitters, but it's not the sole culprit for Danks' meager total of 12 homers in three college seasons. His bat speed and feel for hitting are just fair, though he has improved at driving balls to the opposite field this spring. If Danks was delivering the power scouts expected, he'd be an easy first-round pick because he's both big (6-foot-5, 205 pounds) and the best college athlete in this draft class. He runs well and shows better instincts on the bases and in center field than he does at the plate. The White Sox drafted Danks in the 19th round three years ago and are looking for athletes, so they could reunite him with his older brother John, who's in their rotation.
11 347 Colorado Rockies Kyle Walker LHP Texas
Most of the veterans on the Texas staff didn't pitch up to expectations this spring. Lefthander Kyle Walker's control never has been his strong suit, and he had such problems throwing strikes this season that he got buried deep in the Longhorns bullpen. He has a low-90s fastball and a devastating curveball but he can't get them over the plate. Nevertheless, his raw stuff could get him drafted between the sixth and 10th rounds.
12 372 Seattle Mariners Kenn Kasparek RHP Texas $100,000
Righthander Kenn Kasparek is another interesting fourth-year junior. Kasparek, who missed 2007 after having Tommy John surgery, started slowly this spring before no-hitting Texas State and throwing eight scoreless innings against Baylor in consecutive late-season starts. His 6-foot-10, 245-pound frame can be intimidating, but he pitches at 88-91 mph with a slurvy curveball. He consistently worked at 92-93 mph with a hard slider in the summer before his senior high school season, and scouts have been waiting to see that stuff since. The Nationals took a 34th-round flier on him a year ago.
30 901 Washington Nationals Casey Whitmer RHP Texas
42 1266 Minnesota Twins Riley Boening LHP Texas