Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Team Player Position State Bonus
11 323 Seattle Mariners Tim Morris 1B N.Y.
First baseman Tim Morris began his collegiate career at Clemson, where he was just 1-for-17 as a freshman in 2007 before transferring to St. John's. After a quiet sophomore year, he broke out last summer in the Atlantic Collegiate League, where he ranked as the No. 4 prospect. He carried that momentum over to this spring, batting .415/.492/.677 with 12 homers and 62 RBIs (all team bests). Despite his power surge and his professional build (6-foot-3, 220 pounds), many scouts aren't sold on Morris' raw power. He does have a good feel for hitting from the left side, and he's a solid defensive first baseman with an average arm, but he might not have the power to be a big league regular at the position.
19 581 Houston Astros Brian Kemp OF N.Y.
Morris' St. John's teammate, Brian Kemp, ranked as the No. 10 prospect in the New England Collegiate league in 2007, but his stock has tumbled this spring as his legs have slowed down. Once regarded as a 70 runner on the 20-80 scouting scale, Kemp has slowed to a 40 runner this spring as he added bulk to his 5-foot-11 frame. He still stole 16 bases in 21 attempts and hit .379/.470/.507, but it seems likely he'll be back at St. John's for his senior year in 2010.