Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Team Player Position State Bonus
1 22 St. Louis Cardinals Kolten Wong 2B Hawaii $1,300,000
At 5-foot-9 and 180 pounds, Wong will likely be the smallest first rounder this year. What he lacks in size, he makes up for in tools, with his hitting ability standing out the most. With a compact lefthanded swing and good bat sped, Wong profiles as an above-average hitter who will spray line drives from foul pole to foul pole. He hadn't been pitched to much this year but hasn't gotten anxious or expanded the zone. He has a professional approach at the plate and a good understanding of the strike zone. He has surprising pop for his size and should hit 10-15 home runs a year as a pro. He's also willing to do the little things--he can bunt for a base hit and hit-and-run with the best of them. Wong has average speed and good instincts and is fearless on the basepaths. He's just as versatile defensively as he is with the bat. He profiles best at second base but could become a Chone Figgins type who moves around the field. He played center field as a freshman and has also started games at catcher and shortstop.
2 89 Tampa Bay Rays Lenny Linsky RHP Hawaii $392,400
Linsky was a decent prospect coming out of high school--though he wasn't drafted--but he has blossomed at Hawaii. He has improved each year and was nearly unhittable this spring, helping the Rainbows finish first in the Western Athletic Conference for the first time since 1992. His fastball has incredible sink, even at 92-94 mph, and he can run it up to 96 from a low three-quarters arm slot. Hitters frequently swing over his fastball, and he has a dominating slider that can get as high as 89 mph. One scout joked that hitters need a shovel if they want to elevate the ball against Linsky. He allowed just three extra-base hits during the regular season--all doubles. Earlier in the season, he was flying open and getting under his pitches, but a few mechanical adjustments fixed that problem and he was better the second half. Linsky has a durable frame at 6-foot-2 and 215 pounds and a closer's mentality. He could go as high as the sandwich round and should move quickly through the minor leagues.
11 351 Chicago White Sox Blair Walters LHP Hawaii
After Lenny Linsky, Hawaii's next-best arm is lefthander Blair Walters, who pitched the most innings out of the Rainbows bullpen. Walters intrigues scouts with the heavy sink on his 93 mph fastball, but his secondary stuff needs work.
16 484 Arizona Diamondbacks Michael Blake LHP Hawaii
36 1105 Cincinnati Reds Randall Yard RHP Hawaii
43 1294 Arizona Diamondbacks Alex Capaul RHP Hawaii
49 1483 Florida Marlins Connor Little RHP Hawaii