Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Team Player Position State Bonus
4 129 Chicago Cubs Tony Zych RHP Ky. $400,000
Zych led the Cape Cod League with 12 saves last summer, when scouts voted him the circuit's top prospect after he dealt 97 mph fastballs during the all-star game. After using him sporadically as a starter in his first two seasons, Louisville has kept him in the bullpen this spring and he has thrived. He has worked at 94-97 mph all season, with a high of 99. His fastball gets on hitters quickly thanks to some funk in his delivery. Zych's arm action isn't pretty and puts some stress on his shoulder, but it adds to his deception and doesn't hamper his control. He's an athletic 6-foot-3, 188-pounder whom the Cardinals recruited as a two-way player who could contribute in the middle infield, where he saw some action as a freshman. Zych has the mental toughness to handle late-inning assignments and shouldn't require much time in the minors. Whether he becomes a closer or set-up man depends on how consistent his mid-80s slider becomes. He doesn't miss as many bats as he should because his fastball can get straight and his slider can flatten out.
5 175 Cincinnati Reds Ryan Wright 2B Ky. $225,000
Wright's best tool is bat, which he showed last summer when he led the U.S. college national team with a .361 average, including a .458 mark at the World University Championship. He has a smooth righthanded stroke, making consistent line-drive contract. The 6-foot-1, 194-pounder has fringy raw power and speed, yet he has reached double figures in both homers and steals in each of the last two seasons. He has good hands at the plate and in the field, and his instincts enable him to play above his tools. He has started at five positions--second base, shortstop, third base, left and right field--at Louisville, and projects as either an offensive second baseman or a utilityman. His arm and range are average at best, but he makes all the routine plays. Wright started slowly this spring but rallied to carry the Cardinals down the stretch, and he may have played his way into the second round in the process.
27 826 Oakland Athletics Derek Self RHP Ky.
37 1141 Philadelphia Phillies Mike Nastold RHP Ky.
Righthander Mike Nastold intrigued scouts early in the season when he showed a heavy 90-92 mph fastball that reached 94 and backed it up with a hard curveball. In his first year back after having Tommy John surgery in May 2009, he couldn't maintain that stuff and lacked fastball command and consistent feel for his curve. He has a strong 6-foot-3, 220-pound frame, but he has a long arm action and a stiff delivery. Another Louisville redshirt sophomore, he's considered more signable than his teammate Justin Amlung.
39 1195 Cincinnati Reds Justin Amlung RHP Ky.
Righthander Justin Amlung originally attended Louisville on an academic scholarship and didn't get an opportunity to make the team as a walk-on until the Cardinals lost prized recruit Jake Odorizzi as a 2008 sandwich pick to the Brewers. After redshirting in 2009, Amlung blossomed into Louisville's top starter. He's not physical at 6 feet and 174 pounds, and he doesn't have overwhelming stuff, yet he gets outs and misses bats. A catcher in high school, he succeeds by commanding an 89-91 mph sinker that touches 93, as well as a short slider. His signability as a draft-eligible sophomore remains to be seen.
49 1484 Los Angeles Dodgers J.J. Ethel C Ky.