Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Team Player Position State Bonus
8 244 Texas Rangers Braden Tullis RHP Wash. $90,000
Skagit Valley righthander Braden Tullis flew way under the radar at Timberline High in Boise as a first baseman and closer. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound Tullis is a great athlete who also played linebacker on his high school football team and ran the fastest 60-yard dash for Skagit Valley this year. His future is on the mound. On the season, Tullis went 4-0, 0.33 with 27 strikeouts and 11 walks, good enough to earn him NWAACC MVP honors. Tullis has a fastball that sits 88-91 mph with armside run and sink. He has a good feel for a changeup that could be a plus pitch down the line and is working on his breaking ball. He keeps everything down in the zone and throws all three pitches for strikes. The stuff isn't exceptional, but he has good command and you know what you're getting--which is a rarity in the Northwest this year.
32 979 Tampa Bay Rays Alex Besaw RHP Wash.
Tullis' rotation-mates are both Oregon State transfers--righthanders Alex Besaw and Tyrell Poggemeyer. Besaw is the better prospect, though he was a little rusty after facing just two hitters for the Beavers last year. Then, right before the season started, he needed an emergency appendectomy and missed the first three weeks. He played for Bellingham in the West Coast Collegiate League, where Skagit Valley head coach Kevin Matthews spends his summers as the pitching coach. Besaw has a good frame at 6-foot-2 and 220 pounds, with big legs. He has a live arm and pitches in the 88-91 mph range, and was up to 93 last summer. He works both sides of the plate and has a good feel for a changeup. He needs to tighten up his slider for it to be an effective pitch at the next level.