Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Team Player Position State Bonus
6 182 Pittsburgh Pirates Dan Gamache 3B Ala. $125,000
Gamache had a hand injury late in the season that required surgery and ended his year early. He hit just .265 in Southeastern Conference play but has solid athleticism and is willing to take a walk. Gamache has good enough hands and arm strength to stay at third base.
11 353 San Diego Padres Casey McElroy SS Ala. $200,000
Auburn wound up missing regionals despite a solid, veteran roster, as the team's bullpen blew some close games and the Tigers wound up at .500. The team's top player, infielder Casey McElroy, is a good college player whose soft hands and hand-eye coordination make him an effective two-way player for the Tigers. He's somewhat oddly built with small hands and feet, and he's nimble while lacking athleticism and speed. McElroy has surprising pop, raked in Southeastern Conference play (.398/.451/.602) and has a tremendous feel for the barrel. A below-average runner, he's got a lot of similarities to Dustin Pedroia, right down to the size (listed 5-foot-8, 179 pounds), though he bats lefthanded. Defensively, he's solid at second base and lacks the arm strength to play on the left side of the infield.
17 523 Florida Marlins Derek Varnadore RHP Ala.
Auburn's other unusual draft prospect, righthander Derek Varnadore, has a deceptive arm action that scouts don't love, but he throws strikes with it. At 6-foot-4, 215 pounds, he has a pro body and a pro approach, pitching off an 89-90 mph fastball and using his deception well. His slider and changeup are fringy, and his signability was tough to gauge. He was not picked last year out of Chattahoochee Valley CC.
22 690 Tampa Bay Rays Brad Hendrix RHP Ala.
Among other Tigers, righthander Brad Hendrix has touched 96 mph from a low slot and has a fresh arm for a senior, having thrown just 28 innings this year (just eight in SEC play). He doesn't repeat his release point consistently enough to throw strikes
24 733 Florida Marlins Tony Caldwell C Ala.
30 919 Toronto Blue Jays Kevin Patterson 1B Ala.
Senior Kevin Patterson has improved his defense and is now passable at first base, and he has tremendous raw power. His all-or-nothing approach still produces scads of strikeouts (56 in 195 at-bats this season).