Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Team Player Position State Bonus
19 582 Minnesota Twins John Stilson RHP Texas
Stilson has emerged as the top juco prospect in Texas this spring despite not showing enough to warrant making area scouts' follow lists last fall. A three-sport star at Texas High in Texarkana, he hurt his shoulder in his senior football season and it continued to bother him until he had surgery in July 2008. He wasn't 100 percent during fall practice while trying to work his way into Texarkana JC's plans as a middle infielder and pitcher. His future definitely is on the mound, as he has gone from topping out at 88 mph last fall to pitching at 88-90 mph early this spring to repeatedly topping out at 95 mph down the stretch. Though the 6-foot-3, 180-pounder is athletic--he shows good actions and has some pop as a shortstop--there's also a lot of effort in his delivery. He'll need to smooth out his mechanics to improve his command and the consistency of his hard breaking ball, which is a true, hard slider at times. Stilson doesn't have much of a changeup either, but he's also just in his formative stages as a pitcher. He projects as a fourth- to seventh-rounder, though he may not be signable at the low end of that range. He'll return to Texarkana for his sophomore season if he doesn't turn pro.