Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Team Player Position State Bonus
4 124 San Diego Padres Chris Bisson 2B Ky. $234,000
Among players expected to remain at the position as pros, Bisson is the best second-base prospect in the 2010 draft. Ball State's Kolbrin Vitek is a likely first-round pick, but he's expected to move to the outfield. Bisson hit just .157 in a part-time role as a freshman before blossoming last year, leading Kentucky in most offensive categories during the spring before topping the Cape Cod League with 36 steals in the summer. He'll be a legitimate basestealing threat at the next level, too, with well-above-average speed and savvy on the bases. To be an effective leadoff man, he'll need a more consistent approach at the plate. The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder offers some lefthanded pop, but too often gets caught up trying to drive balls and overswinging. He's at his best when he stays on top of the ball and distributes liners and grounders all over the field. Bisson is a fast-twitch athlete with good infield actions, though his arm limits him to second base rather than shortstop. He also profiles as a possible center fielder.
6 195 Minnesota Twins Logan Darnell LHP Ky. $125,000
After 2009 sandwich pick James Paxton ran afoul of the NCAA and left for an independent league, Kentucky hoped fellow lefthander Darnell would assume his role as No. 1 starter. That didn't go as well as planned, as Darnell went 5-3, 5.62, missed two weeks with shoulder tendinitis and eventually returned to the bullpen. The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder profiles better as a reliever because he has one plus pitch, and his arm action and the effort in his delivery are better suited for shorter stints. As a reliever, Darnell works at 91-93 mph with his fastball. He'll flash a sharp slider intermittently, and his changeup is more effective. Projected as a top-five-round pick coming into the season, he now figures to go between the sixth and 10th rounds.
8 255 Minnesota Twins Lance Ray OF Ky. $125,000
First baseman Lance Ray had offseason wrist surgery that initially limited his effectiveness after transferring from Western Nevada CC to Kentucky. He was hitting just .182 before delivering a game-winning pinch-single against Alabama on April, and he finished the season on a .424 tear with nine homers in his final 26 games. Six-foot-1 and 200 pounds, he's a pure lefthanded hitter with some pull-side power. He's a good athlete for a first baseman and a smart baserunner.
28 859 St. Louis Cardinals Taylor Black SS Ky.
31 943 Detroit Tigers Matt Little RHP Ky.