Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Team Player Position State Bonus
6 185 Oakland Athletics Tony Thompson 3B Kan. $125,000
Thompson won the first triple crown in Big 12 Conference history a year ago, batting .389 with 21 homers and 82 RBIs. Hopes for an encore were dashed when he fouled a ball off his left kneecap in a February practice, sidelining him for the first 19 games of the season with a hairline fracture. He was overanxious when he returned, chasing too many pitches, but started to look more like himself toward the end of the season. Huge and strong at 6-foot-4 and 219 pounds, Thompson generates easy power to all fields. His swing can get long at times, but he doesn't strike out excessively like many sluggers do. Thompson's speed and mobility were below-average before he got hurt. While he has the arm strength to play third base, his range and agility are substandard. His regular-season fielding percentage was just .880, a further indication he's destined for first base as a pro. His bat should play well enough there for him to get drafted in the first five rounds.
13 401 Tampa Bay Rays Robby Price 2B Kan.
Price, whose father Ritch coaches the Jayhawks, has outstanding plate discipline and a line-drive approach with a little pop. He has soft hands and turns the double play well at second base.
20 618 San Francisco Giants Brett Bochy RHP Kan.
Kansas righthander Bretty Bochy would have been one of the top picks in the state had he not blown out his elbow and had Tommy John surgery in early April. Before he got hurt, the 6-foot-2, 180-pound redshirt junior was dominating hitters with his 91-93 mph fastball and his slider. He's the son of former big leaguer and current Giants manager Bruce Bochy.
22 656 Washington Nationals Cameron Selik RHP Kan.
31 933 Houston Astros Travis Blankenship LHP Kan.
41 1230 Cleveland Indians Brian Heere OF Kan.
Heere, a redshirt junior who turned down the Red Sox as a 48th-round pick a year ago, uses his plus speed to get on base and go get balls in center field. He doesn't have a lot of power or arm strength.
50 1505 Oakland Athletics T.J. Walz RHP Kan.
At times, Walz will flash a 91-94 mph fastball and a plus breaking ball, and he has won eight games in each of the last two seasons for Kansas. But the 6-foot, 175-pound righthander also confounds scouts, because there are games where he works at 88-91 mph and he has more of a slurve. His stuff, ability to throw strikes and his competitiveness earned him a spot on Team USA last summer, yet he was telling teams he plans on returning for his senior season.