Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Team Player Position State Bonus
4 132 Minnesota Twins Derek McCallum 2B Minn. $209,700
McCallum had the best offensive season of any Minnesota player since future big leaguer Robb Quinlan in 1998, batting .409/.484/.741 with 18 homers and a school-record 86 RBIs. He foreshadowed his breakout with a strong summer in the Northwoods League, which he led with 81 hits while batting .328 with wood bats. McCallum handles the bat and controls the strike zone well, and he consistently generates hard line drives with a short lefthanded stroke. He had reached base in each of his final 46 games. His power blossomed this spring, and he drilled six homers in one five-game stretch after hitting five in his first two seasons. The 6-foot, 190-pound McCallum played hockey in high school and brings that kind of mentality to the diamond. He played second base as a freshman and shortstop as a sophomore, and he looked more comfortable after moving back to second this spring. Though he's a below-average runner, he has a quick first step, range to both sides and a good arm for the position. He shows keen instincts in all aspects of the game. A club that sees McCallum as a poor man's Chase Utley could take him in the fourth round.
27 822 Minnesota Twins Eric Decker OF Minn.
Outfielder Eric Decker packs plenty of strength in his sculpted 6-foot-3, 215-pound frame, and he can get from the left side of the plate to first base in 4.1 seconds. Yet where exactly he'll fall in the draft remains murky. He repeatedly has said he'll return for his senior season of football, and dividing his time between two sports has left him in need of polish on the diamond. Decker was an all-Big 10 Conference wide receiver last fall, when he set a school record with 84 receptions, breaking his own mark of 67 set in 2007. While he decided not to enter the 2009 NFL draft, he'll be a team captain as a senior when the Gophers open 50,000-seat TCF Bank Stadium, and he's not willing to become a full-time baseball player yet. He could sign a pro baseball deal this summer, then play one more season of college football before making a decision on his future. Decker withstood a lot of punishment last fall, sustaining a concussion, a sprained shoulder, a sprained ankle that caused him to miss a game, and a knee injury that required minor arthroscopic surgery. He looked banged up early in the spring but finished strong. If he pursues a career in baseball, Decker will have to incorporate his legs more into his swing and improve his instincts on the bases. He's a good center fielder with a playable arm. The Brewers drafted him in the 39th round a year ago.
29 885 New York Yankees Scott Matyas RHP Minn.
The state's best amateur pitching prospects are both draft-eligible sophomore righty relievers at Minnesota, Cullen Sexton and Scott Matyas. Matyas had a better season than Sexton, saving a school-record 15 games while posting a 2.22 ERA and a 45-7 K-BB ratio in 28 innings. His curveball is much better than Sexton's, while his fastball parks at 88-91. An athletic 6-foot-4, 215-pounder, he lettered in four sports (baseball, basketball, football, track) in high school. He had Tommy John surgery in 2005.
33 998 Florida Marlins Tom Buske RHP Minn.
37 1126 Milwaukee Brewers Cullen Sexton RHP Minn.
The state's best amateur pitching prospects are both draft-eligible sophomore righty relievers at Minnesota, Cullen Sexton and Scott Matyas. Scouts give Sexton the edge because he throws harder, sitting at 90-93 mph and touching 95, and has more projection remaining in his 6-foot-3, 195-pound frame. His arm action isn't pretty, costing him command, and he lacks a reliable secondary pitch, which is why he had a 5.16 ERA as a set-up man. His velocity could sneak him into the first 10 rounds, however.
38 1133 Seattle Mariners Matt Nohelty OF Minn.