Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Team Player Position State Bonus
1 11 Houston Astros George Springer OF Conn. $2,525,000
Springer was largely overlooked in high school, taking a back seat to higher-profile New England draftees like Anthony Hewitt, Ryan Westmoreland and Chris Dwyer. The Twins took a 48th-round flier on him in 2008 but he went to Connecticut, and three years later he may have the best all-around tools of any college player in the last decade. At 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds, Springer has a skill set rarely seen among college players. He generates plus raw power with explosive bat speed. He has a plus arm and is a plus runner, and he's a smooth defender in center field. He struggled early in 2011, when his hands were tight to his body and his stance was narrow, and he collapsed on his back side. But he made adjustments and returned to form when Big East play started, showing scouts why he was the Cape Cod League's No. 2 prospect last summer. His early-season struggles scared some scouts who question Springer's swing mechanics, as he can be exposed with velocity on the inner half. He's raw for a college first-round pick, but Springer may have the highest ceiling in the draft.
1 19 Boston Red Sox Matt Barnes RHP Conn. $1,500,000
Barnes was an under-the-radar prospect and went undrafted coming out of high school in Connecticut, but after three years at UConn he has firmly established himself as a first-round talent. Barnes shined last summer, ranking as the Cape Cod League's No. 3 prospect during a stint with Wareham and going 3-0, 1.42 with 26 strikeouts in 19 innings for Team USA. Barnes added 6-8 mph on his fastball before his sophomore year, jumping his velocity to its current 92-96 mph range and 98 peak, which he holds deep into games. He has a loose arm and minimal effort in his delivery. Barnes gets good armside run on his two-seamer, and he also throws a cutter. He throws a sharp-breaking curveball that's plus at times and an average mid-80s changeup. Barnes is at his best when he eliminates his slider from his repertoire. His secondary stuff, along with his command and mechanics, need work, as he tends to alter his release point and miss high in the zone. Scouts love Barnes' 6-foot-4, 205-pound frame, and they still think he could add about 20 pounds.
2 85 Atlanta Braves Nick Ahmed SS Conn. $417,600
With the spotlight on UConn teammates George Springer and Matt Barnes this spring, Ahmed made the most of his opportunities. The more scouts saw of him, the more they liked him, especially his old-school approach to the game. Ahmed got bigger and stronger before this season, adding muscle to his 6-foot-2, 205-pound frame. He's a good athlete, a plus runner and has a plus arm. There's nothing fluid about his actions at shortstop, but he has average range and makes every play. There are questions about how his bat will play at the next level, and he struggled with Bourne in the Cape Cod League last summer, but he has improved his bat control and the way his hands work to the ball. Ahmed also showed a 91-94 mph fastball in the Big East Conference tournament as a reliever last year. He suffered a collapsed lung in a collision at first base in late April, but the injury isn't a long-term concern. If anything, scouts were impressed with his fiery energy in that midweek game against Quinnipiac.
17 519 Chicago Cubs John Andreoli OF Conn. $134,600
Right fielder John Andreoli, whose dad has the same name and played in the NFL for one season with the New England Patriots, had a solid sophomore season but needed to reinvent himself with the less-lively bats this year. Andreoli, who is also Daniel Bard's cousin, improved throughout the spring, but scouts still question his bat, as he doesn't hit for much power. He's a plus runner timed in the 6.55-second range in the 60-yard dash, and he has a knack for bunting for a base hit. Andreoli is a good defender, and his arm strength is not that far behind George Springer's.
18 553 Florida Marlins Greg Nappo LHP Conn.
Gregg Nappo is a fifth-year senior whom teams talked to about drafting in the 10-15 round range last year, but he wanted to return to Storrs. At 6 feet and 195 pounds, he doesn't offer much projection, but he has been one of the Big East's best performers, going 9-2, 2.97 through 13 starts. He works at 86-90 mph with his fastball, cutting it and adding two-seam run at times. Nappo doesn't overpower hitters, but he gets outs by working both sides of the plate and sequencing pitches well. He has an average slurvy breaking ball and a firm changeup.
19 591 Chicago White Sox Kevin Vance RHP Conn.
Closer Kevin Vance performed well in the Cape Cod League for Chatham last summer, impressing scouts with a fastball that touched 94 mph. He showed similar velocity during UConn's scout day and intrasquad workouts, sitting 90-92, but during the spring he has mostly been in the 86-90 mph range. Vance still was one of the Big East's top bullpen arms, registering 12 saves and holding opponents to a .105 average through his first 23 appearances. He flashes an above-average curveball with good shape and a decent changeup. When he's on, scouts said Vance looks like Ricky Bottalico, though the drop in velocity could hurt his draft positioning.
21 641 Milwaukee Brewers Michael Nemeth 1B Conn.
Outside of UConn's big three draft prospects, Mike Nemeth figures to be the first Husky selected, thanks to his consistent track record with the bat. Nemeth set UConn's all-time hits record as a junior, and he continued padding his total this year, upping the number to 309 career hits through 55 games this year. At 6-foot-1 and 200 pounds, Nemeth has gap power and is a below-average runner. He's solid in the field and was named the Big East's top defensive first baseman before the season. He has drawn comparisons to Casey Kotchman, and he'll likely get taken in the 15-20 rounds range.
30 927 San Francisco Giants David Fischer RHP Conn.
David Fischer came out firing this season, working at 90-92 mph and touching 93 with his fastball on UConn's spring trip to Florida, which had some scouts projecting him into the first 10 rounds. Since then, his velocity leveled off and he has been inconsistent, making scouts think of him as more of a senior sign. His fastball has good tilt and sink, while his changeup is average.
35 1061 Milwaukee Brewers Doug Elliot C Conn.
Scouts have been impressed with the way senior Doug Elliott has handled UConn's pitching staff, which brought him into draft consideration. Elliott stepped into the starting job after incumbent catcher Joe Pavone tore his ACL in the preseason, and he was hitting .320/.371/.389 through 54 games. Elliott is a contact hitter with good receiving skills and an average arm.
39 1181 Milwaukee Brewers Elliott Glynn LHP Conn.
Lefty Elliott Glynn has been in UConn's weekend rotation since his freshman year, and he spent his first two seasons as a two-way player before concentrating on pitching full-time. He was drafted in the 46th round out of high school in Long Beach in 2007, and in the 49th round last year. He doesn't show as much velocity as Nappo, sitting at 86-88 mph with good sink, and he throws two breaking balls. Glynn has a 6-foot-1, 175-pound build and relies on his feel for pitching.