Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Team Player Position State Bonus
1 23 Washington Nationals Alex Meyer RHP Ky. $2,000,000
The Red Sox offered Meyer $2 million as a 20th-round pick out of high school three years ago. While he had the arm strength to merit first-round money, most scouts believed he would need time to improve his secondary pitches, command and maturity. They were proven correct when he went 6-7, 6.34 in his first two seasons at Kentucky. Meyer started making the transition from pitcher to thrower this year, and as a result he could go in the first 10 picks. He's as intimidating as ever, a 6-foot-9, 220-pounder who works at 95-96 mph and can scrape triple digits with his fastball. His slider gives him a second plus-plus pitch at times, though it's still more of a chase pitch than a true strike. He also has unveiled an effective changeup. The Wildcats have helped Meyer repeat his delivery better, though that's still an issue at times because his levers are so long. His command may never be more than average, but it's a lot better than it was in high school. So too is his ability to compete. Meyer still isn't a finished product, but the huge strides he has made this spring have been encouraging. He finished strong, outdueling projected Vanderbilt first-rounder Sonny Gray with a five-hit shutout in early May and beating then-No. 6 ranked Florida in his final start of the year.
9 287 Detroit Tigers Chad Wright OF Ky. $95,000
Outfielder Chad Wright is a good college player who set career highs across the board this spring, when he hit .359 with 16 steals, but he's more of a tweener than a regular by pro standards. He helped his cause by hitting .300 with wood bats for Cape Cod League champion Cotuit last summer. A 5-foot-10, 195-pound lefthanded hitter, he sprays line drives all over the field. He doesn't project to have much power with wood. A good but not plus runner with a below-average arm, he played left field for the Wildcats.
15 472 Boston Red Sox Braden Kapteyn RHP Ky. $125,000
Braden Kapteyn had much more success as a first baseman (.300, six homers) than as a righthander (9.00 ERA in 17 innings) this spring, but scouts prefer him on the mound. He has a big league body (6-foot-4, 220 pounds) and a 90-92 mph fastball that touches 94, but his lack of success is puzzling, especially considering he posted a 0.64 ERA in the Cape Cod League last summer. Kapteyn is more of a thrower than a pitcher, and his slider regressed after showing flashes of being a wipeout pitch on the Cape. More strong than athletic, he has some effort in his delivery. Kapteyn also lacks finesse as a hitter, though he does offer impressive power from the right side of the plate.
16 511 Philadelphia Phillies Taylor Black SS Ky.
23 692 Pittsburgh Pirates Jordan Cooper RHP Ky. $100,000
Scouts don't know what to make of righthander Jordan Cooper. He opened the season in Kentucky's weekend rotation and pitched his way out of it after having little success with an 88-90 mph fastball and a mediocre breaking ball. Then the 6-foot-3, 215-pounder looked like a top-five-rounds pick in midweek starts against Louisville and Western Kentucky, dealing with an 89-94 mph sinker, a harder slider and a solid changeup. He didn't show the same stuff and lacked the same command when he returned to his Sunday slot. He has extra leverage as a 21-year-old sophomore, and the team that selects him likely will monitor his progress during the summer.
37 1137 San Francisco Giants Michael Williams C Ky.