Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Team Player Position State Bonus
35 1067 Florida Marlins Taylor Ard 1B Ore.
First baseman Ard hit .496/.581/.848 with wood last year and was the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges player of the year, but he didn't get drafted. Then he went out and batted .387/.489/.595 in 111 at-bats in the West Coast Collegiate League, winning the league batting title and ranking as the league's No. 3 prospect. He played for the Corvallis club in the West Coast League and then committed to Oregon State, but he decided not to enroll and returned to Mount Hood. He got just six at-bats this spring after breaking the hamate bone in his left wrist during preseason batting practice. Ard's raw power is his calling card, grading out as well-above-average for some scouts. Some said a few balls he hit last summer traveled nearly 500 feet. His overall hitting rates as fringe-average. The 6-foot-2, 225-pound Ard has a baby face and is still maturing. A team that liked him last summer could try to make up for last year and sign him away from Washington State, his new commitment.