Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Team Player Position State Bonus
3 84 Pittsburgh Pirates Mel Rojas Jr. OF Ill. $423,900
Rojas is a lock to become the highest draft pick ever out of Wabash Valley CC, surpassing Toby Matchulat, a Cubs 11th-rounder two years ago. The son of the former big league closer of the same name, Mel Jr. could go as high as the second round to a team that views him as a five-tool athlete. He's the most debated prospect in the Midwest, as some see him as a tweener who doesn't fit the profile at any outfield position. A 6-foot-3, 200-pound switch-hitter, Rojas has good bat speed and strength, but his flat swing results in a lot of grounders and he doesn't barrel balls consistently. He led all national juco players with 61 steals in 64 attempts, though his naysayers don't think he'll be as prolific in pro ball because his pure speed grades out as just slightly above-average. He may not be quick enough to play center field at the major league level, though he has the arm strength to move to right field. The consensus among area scouts is that he's a fourth- to fifth-round talent, but he'll get picked higher than that. He turned down offers to sign out of the Dominican Republic, and went undrafted a year ago when he redshirted at Wabash Valley.
14 418 Baltimore Orioles Michael Mosby 3B Ill.
35 1046 Washington Nationals Tyler Oliver 1B Ill.
Bryce Harper may become the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, but entering the Junior College World Series, Oliver held a narrow 30-29 lead over him in the national juco home run race. Oliver, who also led all juco players with 103 RBIs, is a bad-bodied (6-foot-2, 230 pounds) first baseman who crushes mistakes. His righthanded power is his lone standout tool. After beginning his college career with stints at Marshall and Morehead State, he'll attend Kentucky next year if he doesn't turn pro.