Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Team Player Position State Bonus
1s 37 Texas Rangers Zach Cone OF Ga. $873,000
Cone looks like a big leaguer but hasn't played like one this season. After hitting .363 as a sophomore, he was batting .283/.343/.382 as a junior, and scouts were saying more than just the new bats were at play. He appears to lack trust in his hitting ability, swinging early in counts and getting out on his front foot too often. Scouts question his pitch recognition, and he has drawn just 33 walks in three seasons. Cone's other tools range from good to outstanding. He's a plus runner with above-average range in center field. He has understandably played with less abandon after an early-season collision in the outfield that left teammate Jonathan Taylor in the hospital and partially paralyzed with a neck injury. He gets good enough jumps and reads in center field to profile as an above-average defender there. His arm has gone backward, playing fringe-average this spring after it was plus in the fall. Cone has solid raw power and strength, and ranks as one of the college ranks' best athletes, with physical ability comparable to fellow college outfielders such as Mikie Mahtook and George Springer. Even area scouts who see all his flaws expect Cone, who was a third-round pick out of high school in 2008, to improve on that by a round or so in 2011.
23 706 Oakland Athletics Cecil Tanner RHP Ga.
24 731 Milwaukee Brewers Michael Palazzone RHP Ga.
Georgia used a strong finish to the season to made it back to NCAA regional play after an up-and-down regular season. One key for the Bulldogs' improvement over a 16-win season last year was its starting pitching, keyed by righthander Michael Palazzone. He was an unsigned 18th-round pick in 2008 by the Braves--one round after Tech ace Mark Pope--but headed to school. He was a draft-eligible sophomore last year but lasted until the 32nd round thanks to a straight, low-90s fastball that got pounded to the tune of 4-6, 8.66. He was a rock in 2011, though, going 10-5, 3.14 after a loss in regional play. He pitched somewhat like Pope this year, commanding a fringy fastball at 87-89 mph, touching 91 and showing more life than he did in the past. He's done a much better job throwing his slurvy breaking ball and changeup for strikes, and his pitch patterns have improved significantly. He's expected to be drafted in the first 12 rounds.
33 1014 Texas Rangers Jonathan Taylor OF Ga.
34 1028 Cleveland Indians Tyler Maloof RHP Ga.
39 1177 Washington Nationals Peter Verdin OF Ga.
41 1240 Houston Astros Chase Davidson 1B Ga.
Chase Davidson was a third-rounder out of high school in 2008 who won't be offered close to the $425,000 or so he would have received had he signed for slot back then with the Astros. At 6-foot-5, 250 pounds, Davidson has played a lot of DH in 2011 and heated up as the season went on, but he's streaky and a below-average athlete whose only plus tool is raw power. He has a career 133-33 strikeout-walk ratio in 347 at-bats for the Bulldogs.