Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Team Player Position State Bonus
11 333 Oakland Athletics Mike Spina 3B Ohio
Third baseman Mike Spina broke Kevin Youkilis' Cincinnati single-season home run record with 21 in 2008, then upped the mark to 23 this spring. Spina has a lot in common with Youkilis: a similar build (6 feet, 209 pounds), a quality righthanded bat, the ability to work counts and entry into pro ball as a senior sign. Spina has more raw power than Youkilis did at the same stage of his career, though he's not as athletic or gifted defensively. He has enough arm strength and decent enough hands to be an adequate third baseman in pro ball. Undrafted in two years at Florida CC, Spina was selected in the 45th round by the Twins last June.
14 430 Toronto Blue Jays Lance Durham 1B Ohio
Another juco transfer broke another of Youkilis' records this spring. First baseman Lance Durham, whose father Leon was a big league all-star with the Cubs, surpassed Youkilis' single-season mark with 99 hits and set another school record with a .427 average. A lefthanded hitter who hooks a lot of balls but keeps more than his share in fair territory, Durham crushes fastballs and has trouble with offspeed pitches. He has a good approach and a discerning eye, though he can get too patient at times. Durham doesn't always turn his raw power loose, but when he does, he can drive the ball. He hit the longest ball in the history of Cincinnati's Marge Schott Stadium, an April 29 shot against Xavier that traveled an estimated 500 feet and landed on top of the school's basketball arena. Durham doesn't exactly have a pro body at 5-foot-10 and 233 pounds, and his speed, arm and range are all below average. But his bat and his bloodlines should get him drafted in the first 10-15 rounds. A 45th-round pick by the Tigers out of high school in 2006, Durham went undrafted in two seasons at Kaskaskia (Ill.) JC.
38 1148 Florida Marlins Kevin Johnson LHP Ohio