Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Team Player Position State Bonus
4 119 Kansas City Royals Kevin Chapman LHP Fla. $250,000
Since playing high school ball with Gators teammate Matt den Dekker, Chapman has been drafted twice, out of high school in 2006 (Tigers, 42nd round) and last year (White Sox, 50th round). Entering this season, he had thrown fewer than 50 innings for the Gators, thanks mostly to having Tommy John surgery in 2008. He pitched just 11 innings coming back from the surgery in the 2009 season and entered 2010 as a wild card. However, he emerged quickly as Florida's go-to reliever, replacing departed Billy Bullock, a 2009 second-rounder of the Twins. Scouts like Chapman's stuff better than Bullock's, and he could go higher if clubs sign off on his medical reports. Chapman attacks hitters with a 92-94 mph fastball that has touched 95, and his dastardly slider is a strikeout pitch with two-plane depth. Chapman throws a lot of fastballs, and his changeup works off it well, giving him a solid third offering that he rarely needs. Some scouts wonder if the repertoire and his solid 6-foot-4, 215-pound frame could lead Chapman to a starting role, but his medical history and strong results in relief have most projecting him as a pro closer. Chapman could be the first college closer selected.
5 152 New York Mets Matt den Dekker OF Fla. $110,000
Den Dekker was recruited as a pitcher and hitter at Florida, and he has a strong arm that helps make him one of college baseball's better defenders in center field. He has plus range, tracks balls well and plays hard. He was a preseason second-team All-American in 2009 after playing for Team USA the previous summer, but he never quite got going for the Gators and wound up falling to the 16th round of the draft after his junior season. He didn't sign and returned for his senior season, and has a chance to be one of the first seniors drafted. As one scout put it, "He still has the tools everyone talked about last year." Den Dekker is an excellent defender with plus speed (he's still a strong basestealer) and center-field range. He has made more consistent contact as a senior, leading Florida in batting (.361 entering the SEC tournament) and ranking second with 11 home runs. He has the bat speed for scouts to project him to have solid-average power as a pro. He still swings and misses more than he should and has some pitch recognition issues, and at times his swing gets choppy. He has played with more confidence as a senior and may just have had a bad case of draftitis in 2009. Den Dekker could go out in the first five rounds as a budget-oriented senior sign.
32 975 Minnesota Twins Tommy Toledo RHP Fla.
Florida's talent was concentrated in its freshman and sophomore classes, and two intriguing sophomore righthanders are draft-eligible. Tommy Toledo was an unsigned third-round pick in 2007 and missed the 2009 season after reconstructive shoulder surgery. Then he missed nearly two months this season when he was struck in the face by a comeback liner in a game against Charleston Southern. He returned from a broken cheekbone and broken nose, impressing scouts with his toughness. His velocity had returned to the 89-92 mph range, though his fastball tends to be straight, and he competes well.
36 1104 Los Angeles Angels Hampton Tignor C Fla.
41 1254 Los Angeles Angels Justin Poovey RHP Fla.
Eligible sophomore Poovey has more athletic ability and a better arm but gets his straight 94 mph fastball turned around with regularity. He's adjusted by dropping his arm slot to get some life and sill sits in the 90-92 mph range.
43 1297 Cincinnati Reds Matt Campbell RHP Fla.