Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Team Player Position State Bonus
8 253 Chicago White Sox Ryan Buch RHP N.J. $105,000
Buch broke out in 2007, when he went 9-2, 2.44 as a freshman at Monmouth and ranked as the No. 1 prospect in the Atlantic Collegiate League that summer. He's always had a prototype pitcher's frame and an excellent curveball, but his stock soared in April along with his velocity. Buch has reached the low 90s with his fastball since he was a freshman, and he has still pitched in that range for most of this spring. More recently he had run his fastball up to 95, sitting at 92-93. The velocity on his sharp, downer curveball has also spiked, reaching 84-85 mph. Even when he throws it slower--and some scouts report seeing a 74-77 breaker, while others have seen it at 81-82--it's still a true above-average offering. But when he throws it harder, it can rate as a 70 or better pitch on the 20-80 scouting scale. Buch is refining his fastball command, and he does not have a lot of feel for his changeup. But scouts can dream on him, and he seems likely to be drafted in the first two rounds in June.
10 305 Cleveland Indians Brett Brach RHP N.J. $70,000
Brach, the younger brother of former Monmouth ace Brad Brach (who signed with the Padres as a 42nd-round pick in 2008), stands out most for his ability to pound the strike zone, as evidenced by his 77-14 K-BB ratio in 75 innings as a junior this spring. His 88-91 mph fastball has some sinking life thanks to his low three-quarters slot, but he's not overpowering and took his lumps at times in the Northeast Conference, going 7-3, 4.78 in 2009. He also has some feel for a fringy 78-81 mph slider, and he has a durable 6-foot-3, 185-pound frame. Most scouts viewed him as a priority senior sign for 2010.