Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Team Player Position State Bonus
18 535 Pittsburgh Pirates Ryan Beckman RHP Texas
22 659 Cincinnati Reds Dave Stewart 1B Texas
Outfielder David Stewart was the best position prospect in Missouri when he came out of high school in 2007, then couldn't crack Nebraska's lineup as a freshman and transferred to Grayson County CC. His best tool is his lefthanded power, as he uses the strength and leverage in his 6-foot-5, 225-pound frame to drive balls. He's a good athlete for his size and has thrown 90 mph off the mound, but he could wind up at first base down the road.
35 1065 New York Yankees Brett Bruening RHP Texas
Along with San Jacinto's Jacob Cowan, righthanders Kendall Korbal and Brett Bruening entered the year as the state's best juco prospects. While Cowan maintained his status despite losing some velocity, Korbal and Bruening couldn't live up to expectations. Grayson County coach Dusty Hart says Bruening has more sheer arm strength than Jordan Walden, a former Viking who signed with the Angels for $1 million. A bit player on Grayson County's 2008 Junior College World Series championship club, he looked primed to contribute more as a sophomore after reaching 95 mph in fall practice. He flashed that velocity and even touched 96 this spring, but he has to dial his fastball down to 88-92 mph to throw strikes. His size (6-foot-6, 215 pounds) works against him because he has a hard time maintaining good balance and repeating his mechanics. He's still figuring out his delivery and command after missing two years in high school following elbow surgery. He also will have to develop reliable secondary pitches, as his curveball and changeup are mediocre. Pro clubs can't help but notice his fastball, but they may let Bruening spend a season at Louisiana State before investing heavily in him.