Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Team Player Position State Bonus
7 224 Atlanta Braves Matt Suschak RHP Ohio $125,000
Suschak didn't attract much attention in his first two years at Toledo. His fastball jumped from the high 80s in his freshman season to the low 90s a year ago, but he had no success on the mound, going a combined 2-4, 11.01. A different Suschak has emerged this spring, and this one likely will get drafted in the first five rounds. For the first two months of the season, when the Rockets brought him out of the bullpen, his fastball resided at 92-95 mph and touched 96. He backed it up with a hard breaking ball alternately described as a curveball or slider, and also showed glimpses of a changeup. Though his 6-foot-4, 203-pound frame is built for durability and Toledo moved him into its rotation in late April, his future is as a reliever. He was much more effective in that role, with a 1.40 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 26 innings, compared to a 5.60 ERA and 30 whiffs in 35 innings in six starts.
10 316 Texas Rangers Jared Hoying SS Ohio $85,000
Jared Hoying is a riddle. Scouts don't like his ugly lefthanded swing, which doesn't incorporate his lower half, but acknowledge his strength and tremendous bat speed. The combination results in a hitter who runs hot and cold, as evidenced by his career .284 average and 34 homers in three seasons. He has had success with wood bats, leading the Great Lakes League with a .750 slugging percentage last summer. Hoying has average speed and a strong arm, though repeated throwing errors dictated a move from shortstop to center field at midseason. The 6-foot-3, 189-pounder projects as a third baseman or right fielder in pro ball.