Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Team Player Position State Bonus
3 90 Colorado Rockies Ben Paulsen 1B S.C. $391,000
Paulsen's father Tom Riginos is Clemson's assistant coach and recruiting coordinator, and Paulsen has made him proud by being the Tigers' best hitter this season. He's more of a hitter in the Mark Grace mold, with a smooth lefthanded swing. He uses the whole field and ranked second in the ACC (behind only Dustin Ackley) in hits. Paulsen's ultimate value is tied to his power; he's just an average defender and is limited to first base. His lack of patience at the plate works against him in terms of getting to his power, as at times he doesn't work himself into power hitter's counts. Teams that focus on his strong Cape Cod League performance (.290/.335/.497, eight home runs) could pop Paulsen as high as the third round. Skeptics will recall Michael Johnson, a Clemson first baseman drafted 54th overall in 2002 whose slider bat speed made him a 4-A player.
4 122 Kansas City Royals Chris Dwyer LHP S.C. $1,450,000
After prepping with Phillies 2008 first-round pick Anthony Hewitt in Connecticut, Dwyer turned down the Yankees as a 36th-round pick last year to enroll at Clemson. Unlike most college players, he knew he wouldn't have to wait three years to re-enter the draft. Because of his background, which includes being held back in elementary school and an extra high school year at Salisbury Prep, he is a draft-eligible freshman, already 21 years old. Dwyer's physical maturity helped him dominate at times, including six straight strikeouts in his debut against Charlotte. Dwyer's maturity is still that of a freshman, however, in that he's been unable to sustain his top-shelf stuff from start to start. An excellent athlete who was a standout quarterback in high school, Dwyer has shown the ability to throw two plus pitches for strikes at times. His fastball can sit in the 90-94 mph range when he's at his best, and his curveball is a plus pitch and a true hammer. He didn't have too many instances of being in trouble or having runners on base in high school, and that lack of experience might be why he's susceptible to the big inning. He hasn't challenged hitters in conference play, with 21 of his 24 walks coming in nine ACC games. He hasn't quite figured out how to battle through jams and execute pitches when he needs to get out of trouble. Being a draft-eligible freshman also clouds his signability, but he has more stuff and pitchability than some of his lefthanded peers in the draft.
10 294 San Diego Padres Ryan Hinson LHP S.C. $15,000
Hinson was a Top 100 college prospect entering the 2008 season, having gone 6-2, 2.74 as a sophomore, followed by Cape Cod League tour that included 35 strikeouts in 35 innings pitched. However, Hinson was never the same pitcher his last two seasons at Clemson, losing his rotation spot in 2008, then moving into almost exclusively a relief role in 2009. A solid senior sign, at his best Hinson throws in the upper 80s with his fastball while pitching effectively inside to righthanded hitters with a mid-80s cutter. He lacks a putaway pitch when he gets ahead in counts.
14 435 New York Yankees Graham Stoneburner RHP S.C. $675,000
Stoneburner, a redshirt sophomore, has lacked consistency in his performance, though not with his velocity. He consistently hits 94 mph with his four-seamer, a sign that he's come back completely healthy from a torn ACL and back injury (fractured vertebra) from high school that caused him to miss his freshman season. At times, Stoneburner is just an arm-strength guy, with scattershot command and below-average secondary stuff. At other times, he throws strikes to all four quadrants at 94-95 mph, stays tall in his delivery well for a 6-foot, 185-pounder and keep the ball in the ballpark, as he'd allowed only two homers all spring. At times he shows some power on his slider, which still needs to add depth and tilt and doesn't project as anything more than an average pitch. His ability to pitch off his fastball was more successful in the bullpen, which was his primary role once the calendar turned to April. His changeup is a bit better than his slider, though it lacks life and is as straight as his fastball at times. Stoneburner's feel for pitching also is inconsistent, but his consistent velocity is as good as any college righthander in the Southeast, and he generally throws strikes, if not quality strikes. He had just 17 walks in 56 innings.
29 883 Chicago White Sox Trey Delk RHP S.C.
36 1086 Arizona Diamondbacks Mike Freeman SS S.C.
Clemson's greatest impact on the draft will come from its pitchers and first baseman Ben Paulsen in the top 200 picks. The Tigers did have a late riser in second baseman Mike Freeman, a transfer from Georgia. He's a patient hitter with gap power from the left side who is a reliable defender. He's got enough arm to turn two at second base and hit .500 in regional play.
41 1231 Colorado Rockies Matt Sanders 3B S.C.
48 1441 Colorado Rockies Clint McKinney RHP S.C.
48 1443 Oakland Athletics Addison Johnson OF S.C.