Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Team Player Position State Bonus
22 660 Chicago White Sox Jose Vargas 3B Calif.
43 1287 San Francisco Giants Zach Thornton RHP Calif.
Tall and big-bodied, Thornton has emerged as one of the top JC pitchers in the nation. He had more success than any California juco pitching prospect, winning 10 regular-season games and ranking second in the state in ERA. His fastball sits in the 89-92 mph range, peaking at 93. He is able to maintain velocity deep into games, consistently registering 91 mph in the sixth inning of an early-season contest. Thornton tosses an excellent sweeping curveball from a low three-quarters arm slot. His changeup shows promise as well. Like many amateur pitches, Thornton has a lower release point on his curve, tipping the pitch. He has bigger stuff than the big-bodied Whitmore, who showed a fastball reaching 91-92 mph last summer in the California Collegiate League. He transferred from NAIA Fresno Pacific to Fresno CC to take advantage of his rising draft stock but rarely touched the 90s this spring. He sat more in the 85-88 mph range, with a solid-average 12-to-6 curveball and straight changeup. He works to both sides of the plate, probably his greatest strength besides being lefthanded.