Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Team Player Position State Bonus
11 348 Boston Red Sox Jason Thompson SS Tenn. $300,000
Tennessee recruit Ryan Casteel and Germantown product Jason Thompson, a Louisville recruit, are the two top prep bats. The consensus has both being better served going to school, but they stand out in a weak year for hitters in the Volunteer State, and might get overdrafted as a result. Thompson, a switch-hitting 6-foot-1, 180-pounder, is a prep shortstop who profiles as a third baseman both in college and probably in pro ball, though some scouts like him as a second baseman. An Aflac All-American, Thompson has good athletic ability, is a plus runner and has a solid-average arm. His swing gets long and he hit a modest .406 this spring, making contact but driving the ball too inconsistently for scouts' taste. A hamstring tweak hurt hit performance late in the spring.
21 633 Oakland Athletics Mike Faulkner OF Tenn.
Speedy outfielder Mike Faulkner, an Arkansas State signee, has well-above-average speed, posting sub-4.0 second times to first base from the left side. He's a contact hitter with some Juan Pierre in him, making consistent if not hard contact.