Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Team Player Position State Bonus
1 10 Oakland Athletics Michael Choice OF Texas $2,000,000
Choice is a lock to eclipse Hunter Pence (second round, 2004) as the highest-drafted player in Texas-Arlington history, and he could be the first college position player drafted this year. He has the best power among four-year college players in this draft class. He starred for Team USA's college squad last summer, leading all players with three homers at the World Baseball Challenge, and was chasing the Southland Conference triple crown this spring. Texas-Arlington's career leader in homers (34), Choice has a strong 6-foot, 215-pound frame. He lets balls travel deep before unleashing his lightning bat speed and crushing them to all fields, though he can get pull-conscious and lengthen his righthanded swing at times. He racks up strikeouts but also draws walks, leading NCAA Division I with 76 entering regional play. That total was inflated by 21 intentional and several semi-intentional walks, but he's willing to take a base when pitchers won't challenge him. Choice has 6.6-second speed in the 60-yard dash, so some scouts believe he may be able to stay in center field. Others think he lacks the jumps and instincts for center and fits better on a corner. He may have enough arm strength for right field, and he definitely has the power profile to fit in left. One of the youngest college juniors in the draft, he won't turn 21 until November.
6 197 Florida Marlins Rett Varner RHP Texas $125,000
Righthander Rett Varner redshirted at Brigham Young in 2007 and turned down the Cubs when they took him in the 34th round as a draft-eligible sophomore a year ago. After a slow start, he came on strong in the second half, showing a better feel for pitching with a heavy fastball that peaks at 96. He also throws a good changeup, and a late-breaking slurve that lacks consistency. His 6-foot-4, 200-pound frame is another positive in his favor.
15 449 Kansas City Royals Jason Mitchell RHP Texas
Mavericks righthander Jason Mitchell turned in one of the more stunning performances of the college season, breaking Clay Hensley's Southland Conference record with 18 strikeouts and pitching 8 2/3 no-hit innings Missouri State on March 4. Mitchell's stuff isn't as overpowering as that outing would suggest, as he thrives by commanding an 87-90 mph fastball that tops out at 92, and mixing it with a fringy array of secondary pitches that includes a cutter, slider, curveball and changeup. His pitching savvy makes him a solid senior sign.
17 532 Los Angeles Dodgers Logan Bawcom RHP Texas