Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Team Player Position State Bonus
3 110 Chicago White Sox Jeff Soptic RHP Kan. $320,000
Few pitchers in this draft can light up a radar gun like Soptic can, but his lack of consistency likely will keep him out of the first couple of rounds. The 6-foot-6, 220-pounder's arm works easily, as he effortlessly delivers fastballs at 93-96 mph and peaks at 100. Velocity is the one constant with Soptic. His four-seam fastball is fairly straight and gets hit harder than it should. He'll flash a plus slider at times, but it's below-average more often than not. His changeup is a distant third pitch. Unless he can significantly improve his control and secondary pitches, Soptic probably will have to settle for being a reliever as a pro. Nevertheless, his arm strength and body are hard to ignore. Drafted in the 43rd round out of high school by the Royals but unselected when he maxed out at 94 mph as a freshman, Soptic will attend Missouri if he doesn't turn pro.
20 614 Los Angeles Dodgers Vince Spilker RHP Kan.
Jeff Soptic wasn't the only pitcher drawing scouts to Johnson County CC. Vince Spilker doesn't hit 100 mph like Soptic can, but he's a more well-rounded pitcher. He has gotten into better shape in two years of junior college, and the 6-foot-4, 220-pound righthander now works with a 90-94 mph fastball with armside run. He also throws a hard slider, and his curveball and changeup have potential as well. There is some effort to his delivery, which detracts from his control. The Rays drafted Spilker in the 49th round two years ago out of a Missouri high school.