Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Team Player Position State Bonus
1 2 Pittsburgh Pirates Pedro Alvarez 3B Tenn. $6,000,000
Alvarez entered the season as the top prospect in this year's draft class, and even after missing the first half of the season with a hamate bone injury, he maintains that status. The New York high school player of the year in 2005, Alvarez was ranked as a top 100 player as a senior and was drafted by the Red Sox in the 14th round that year. He elected to go to Vanderbilt instead, and he hit 22 home runs and drove in 64 runs, earning Freshman of the Year honors from BA. The trend continued into his sophomore year when Alvarez was named a first team All-American after hitting .386 with 18 home runs. He also spent two standout summers with Team USA. Alvarez has been one of the most feared college hitters for all three years he has been in school. Blessed with plus raw power, he is also an advanced hitter with a professional approach. At third base, his defensive skills and footwork have improved since he arrived at Vanderbilt. His arm is plenty for the corner and his athleticism is a plus. He is also known to be a great teammate with strong makeup. His bonus demands and status as a Boras Corp. client could affect his draft stock, however.
1s 41 Chicago Cubs Ryan Flaherty SS Tenn. $906,000
As a coach's son, Flaherty earns compliments as a "ballplayer" from opposing coaches and scouts. His father Edward Flaherty is in the ABCA Hall of Fame and has won two national championships as head coach of Division III Southern Maine's baseball team. Flaherty himself has a track record of winning, as following his senior year in high school, his summer team won the American Legion national championship. Flaherty was also named Mr. Baseball in Maine the same season. At Vanderbilt, Flaherty took over the starting shortstop role full-time his sophomore season. However, scouts feel Flaherty's range is not good enough for him to stay at the premium position into the pros, and he will most likely have to make a move to second base, which he played for Team USA last summer. At the plate, Flaherty swings from the left side and will hit for average. He holds the Commodores record for longest hitting streak at 35 games. Flaherty hit six total home runs in his first two years on campus and has close to doubled that total this season. He has showed signs of filling out his lanky 6-foot-3 frame and more strength is projected, but he will most likely never be considered a power hitter. His athleticism and makeup are a plus and should carry him into the major leagues.
4 133 Detroit Tigers Brett Jacobson RHP Tenn. $230,000
Jacobsen was the Arizona high school player of the year as a senior and rated by BA as the No. 93 prospect for the 2005 draft. Because of a dip in velocity and a strong commitment to Vanderbilt, however, he slipped to the Diamondbacks in the 11th round. He honored his commitment to the Commodores and made just six appearances--two starts--as a freshman. He split time between starting and relieving as a sophomore, but has seen more time in the pen this season, making only four starts and serving as Vandy's closer. Jacobsen has been a tough guy for scouts to figure out. As a starter he pitches between 88-91 mph, but as a reliever his velocity jumps to the mid-90s. He also throws a slurvy breaking ball and changeup, both with potential to be average. The inability to consistently throw strikes has been Jacobsen's downfall, keeping him out of a starting role, and that's the reason most scouts think he'll be a reliever in the pros as well. Jacobsen is 6-foot-6, 205 pounds and pitches from a three-quarters arm slot. He has effort in his delivery, but can pitch downhill with a steep plane when he's on. He's a high risk, high reward prospect.
11 336 Minnesota Twins Dominic De La Osa 2B Tenn.
De la Osa hit 20 home runs in 2007 and was drafted in the 10th round by the Tigers, but this season his batting and power numbers are both down, as he hit .297 with 10 home runs. De la Osa is a free swinger and somewhat streaky, making his bat his main question mark. He's a plus runner with arm strength, athleticism and raw power. He's also an advanced baserunner and uses his speed often, stealing 27 bases this season. De la Osa is a versatile defender and could play either in the outfield or second base.
19 581 Chicago Cubs David Macias OF Tenn.
Macias led the Commodores in batting this season at .356, with nine home runs. At 5-foot-9, 175 pounds, Macias is a switch-hitter and a sparkplug with athleticism and speed. He's an above-average defender
20 602 Houston Astros Shea Robin C Tenn.
Shea Robin is another Vandy senior who should get drafted. A solid catcher behind the plate, Robin handles pitching staffs well.
32 981 Cleveland Indians Nick Christiani RHP Tenn.
43 1307 Colorado Rockies Alex Feinberg 2B Tenn.