Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Team Player Position State Bonus
8 239 Kansas City Royals Michael Mariot RHP Neb. $100,000
Michael Mariot was the best pitching prospect on the Cornhuskers this season. He has a 91-92 mph fastball that tops out at 94, though it's fairly straight and hittable. He also has an effective curveball and decent changeup, and he does a good job of throwing strikes and competing. Though he's just 6 feet and 195 pounds, he showed his durability by pitching into the seventh inning in each of his final 12 starts.
16 485 Oakland Athletics Ryan Hughes LHP Neb.
17 531 Philadelphia Phillies Mike Nesseth RHP Neb.
Scouts have been interested in righthander Mike Nesseth since he showed a 92-95 mph fastball and peaked at 97 as a redshirt freshman reliever in 2008, but now they'll have to factor in his comeback from elbow surgery. Nesseth struggled trying to make the transition to the rotation in 2009, with his stuff and control regressing, and he turned down the Angels as a 15th-round pick. He threw 91-94 mph out of the bullpen early this spring, and after his velocity dipped to the high 80s, an MRI revealed ligament damage in his elbow that required Tommy John surgery. Besides his fastball, his other asset is his 6-foot-6, 226-pound frame, which allows him to work downhill. His slider and command still need work, and he may want to sign and finish his rehab in pro ball because he's already 22.
23 693 Houston Astros Adam Bailey OF Neb.
Adam Bailey began his college career as a pitcher at Arizona State and played both ways at South Mountain (Ariz.) CC before becoming predominantly an outfielder at Nebraska. A 6-foot-1, 201-pounder, he offers bat speed and lefthanded power. He led the Cornhuskers with 12 homers in 2009 and 18 this spring, though he sometimes struggles against good velocity. Bailey has arm strength, but his lack of speed likely will relegate him to left field as a pro.
24 743 Boston Red Sox Sean Yost RHP Neb.