Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Team Player Position State Bonus
37 1112 Kansas City Royals Tanner Poppe RHP Kan.
Poppe was much better known as a football and basketball star before he hit 93 mph at the World Wood Bat Championships in Jupiter, Fla., last fall. He had been recruited by NCAA Division I-A football programs as a tight end before giving up football as a senior, and he led Girard to runner-up finishes in the last two Kansas state 4-A basketball tournaments. His athleticism is evident on the mound as well, as he uses his 6-foot-6, 220-pound frame to throw low-90s fastball with little effort. Poppe is still a work in progress on the mound, as he works mainly with his heater and still is refining a curveball and changeup. He's an outstanding student, so he could be difficult to sign away from a Kansas scholarship. Poppe may not be signable enough to go early in the 2009 draft but could develop into a premium pick for 2012.