Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Team Player Position State Bonus
1 25 San Diego Padres Joe Ross RHP Calif. $2,750,000
Like Robert Stephenson, Ross' stuff has also been a little bit better this spring than it was on the showcase circuit this summer. Ross, whose older brother Tyson is a righthander for the Athletics, sat in the 91-93 mph range with his fastball this summer. This spring he's been as high as 96. The pitch has good life and comes out easily from Ross' smooth delivery. He has a hard curveball in the 78-80 mph range with 11-5 break and flashes a good changeup. While he doesn't have his brother's size, he still has a nice pitcher's frame at 6-foot-2 and 180 pounds. Ross is the total package--he is a quality athlete and he's also a very good student, so he'll likely be a tough pry away from his UCLA commitment.