Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Team Player Position State Bonus
1s 31 Minnesota Twins Shooter Hunt RHP La. $1,080,000
Hunt has been impossible to hit all spring for Tulane in trying to lead the Green Wave back to regionals, limiting opponents to a .144 average while averaging 12.2 strikeouts per nine innings through 12 starts. Batters just can't put the barrel on his lively fastball, which sits at 91-92 mph and tops out at 94, or his hard breaking ball, which features curveball break and slider velocity. A full-time catcher until his junior year in high school, Hunt still is learning the nuances of pitching. He nibbles at the corners and often pitches away from contact rather than attacking hitters. As a result, he had allowed more walks (42) than hits (38) this spring. A sturdy 6-foot-3, 200-pounder, Hunt should be more than capable of handling the demands of starting in pro ball. His biggest adjustment will be learning to trust his stuff so he can keep his pitch counts down. He flashes a plus changeup in the bullpen, though he doesn't use it much in games. He led the Cape Cod League in strikeouts after his freshman season, which he spent at Virginia. Hunt could go as high as No. 7 to the Reds, but more likely fits in the middle of the first round.
8 233 Tampa Bay Rays Anthony Scelfo 2B La. $107,000
Anthony Scelfo started nine games at quarterback for Tulane's football team last fall before playing six different positions for the baseball team this spring. His uncle Chris was the Green Wave's head football coach and his father Frank was the offensive coordinator when Anthony arrived on campus. At 5-foot-10 and 195 pounds, he has a more realistic professional future in baseball, and he has shown his dedication to baseball by playing in the Clark Griffith League the last two summers. Scelfo has a strong arm, average to plus speed and solid power. He led Tulane with 12 homers and showed unusual plate discipline for a player who hasn't committed full-time to baseball by drawing 53 walks. He projects most easily as a right fielder but may be able to handle an infield assignment.