Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Team Player Position State Bonus
6 196 Texas Rangers Brett Nicholas C Mo. $125,000
Nicholas began his college career as a backup first baseman at Gonzaga, transferred to Scottsdale (Ariz.) CC and caught for the 2009 Division II Junior College World Series runners-up. He has seen time at catcher and third base after joining Missouri this spring. The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder has shown hitting aptitude and power from the left side of the plate. As a catcher, he has a solid-average arm and decent receiving skills with room for improvement. He's not particularly agile, so he fits better behind the plate than at the hot corner.
10 317 Florida Marlins Aaron Senne 1B Mo. $25,000
Senne projected as a possible third-round pick before the 2009 season, but he dropped all the way to the Twins in the 32nd round after catching draftitis and batting .305 with six homers. After remaking his stance by coming out of a crouch and lowering his hands, he batted .400 with 16 home runs this spring and established himself as a quality senior sign. Missouri's all-time leader in hits, doubles, extra-base hits and total bases, Senne is a 6-foot-2, 199-pounder with lefthanded power. He played right field in his first three seasons with the Tigers and has more than enough arm for the position. He doesn't run well or take good routes, however, so he moved to first base in 2010.
14 436 Texas Rangers Nick Tepesch RHP Mo. $400,000
If Tepesch hadn't angled for a seven-figure bonus, he would have gone in the first three rounds of the 2007 draft coming out of high school. He was seen as the next in the recent line of Missouri first-round pitchers--Max Scherzer, Aaron Crow, Kyle Gibson--and while he won't get chosen that high, he still offers intriguing upside. He's a 6-foot-5, 225-pounder whose arm works well, and he added polish in the Cape Cod League last summer and with the Tigers this spring. He opened the season pitching in the high 80s, but his fastball has settled in at 90-92 mph and touched 94. He can run his fastball into the mid-90s, but has found better command and success not trying to max out his velocity. Tepesch's secondary pitches are getting better but still need work. His curveball is his No. 2 offering but is inconsistent, and he has made the most strides with his changeup this spring. He also throws a cutter. In part because of his size, Tepesch has a long arm action that makes it easier for hitters to pick up his pitches. He's still a work in progress, but he's also showing improvement.
21 629 Kansas City Royals Michael Liberto SS Mo.
24 733 Detroit Tigers Tyler Clark RHP Mo.