Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Team Player Position State Bonus
1 14 Minnesota Twins Aaron Hicks OF Calif. $1,780,000
A magnet for scouts since his sophomore season, Hicks is the finest prep outfielder/pitcher prospect in the greater Los Angeles area since Daryl Strawberry in the early 1980s. He most resembles Adam Jones, who was a first-round talent as both an outfielder and pitcher. As an outfielder, Hicks projects as a five-tool player, and his arm grades out to near 80 on the scouting scale. With his plus speed (6.6 seconds over 60 yards), Hicks is a daring and aggressive baserunner. His speed, easy range and arm mean Hicks will begin his career as a center fielder. Prior to the 2008 season, many scouts had reservations about his hitting ability. A switch-hitter, he's shown improvement by lowering his hands. His hitting mechanics and lightning reflexes permit scouts who believe in him to project him as an above-average hitter with above-average power. As a pitcher, Hicks' fastball sits in the 92-94 mph range, and in a mid-May start he was at 94-97. His curveball shows wicked movement and he adds a hard cutter and a change. Clubs were split on whether Hicks would pitch or hit, but either way, he's expected to go in the middle of the first round.
26 774 Pittsburgh Pirates Zach Wilson 3B Calif.
Long in the shadow of Wilson stars Ryan Dent and Aaron Hicks, Wilson is a legitimate prospect on his own merit. He has a prototypical, athletic 6-foot-2, 200-pound frame, and his 6.8-second speed in the 60 is rare for a third-base prospect. His primary tool is his bat. During the summer showcase season, Wilson began his swing from a dead start, with no hand movement or load. He now employs an inward leg kick, which led to dramatic improvement. Wilson's picturesque cut, which combines a short backswing with a long and level follow through, produces screaming line drives to all fields. He demonstrated his bat in a mid-April game when he drilled a 410-foot shot directly over the center-field fence at Redondo Union High. While his arm is adequate for the hot corner, Wilson will need to improve his glovework and footwork. Some organizations may be scared off by his Scott Boras Corp. representation and Arizona State commitment, but a lot of clubs are intrigued by Wilson's potential.