Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Team Player Position State Bonus
7 221 Milwaukee Brewers David Goforth RHP Miss. $100,000
Goforth showed mid-90s velocity and thrived in a set-up role as a freshman in 2009, striking out 36 in 35 innings. He was a draft-eligible sophomore last season and imploded when he moved into a part-time starting role, with an 8.41 ERA. He couldn't throw his secondary pitches for strikes, but remedied that in 2011 when he added a cut fastball. Goforth's four-seamer still has plenty of giddy-up, at times reaching 97 mph even when he starts. He can throw strikes with the cutter, which sits 88-92 mph and gives him a power pitch with life. His four-seam fastball tends to flatten out. He still throws a curveball and changeup on occasion, but his approach is mostly to overpower hitters. He's thrown a lot more strikes this year thanks in large part to the cutter, and should be able to pitch mostly off his fastball and cutter as a pro reliever. A 31st-round pick a year ago, Goforth should go out in the fifth-round range this season.
8 271 Philadelphia Phillies Austin Wright LHP Miss. $125,000
Austin Wright has teased scouts for years as a first baseman/lefthander and was a 23rd-round pick twice--in 2008, out of an Illinois high school by the Pirates, and last year, by the Red Sox out of Chipola (Fla.) JC. He has never quite fulfilled his promise, but he's still likely to be drafted in the first 10 rounds because of his size (6-foot-4, 234 pounds) and his fastball, which at times sits in the low 90s, touching 94. His curveball gives him another average pitch to attack hitters. He threw more strikes this season than he had in junior college, but they weren't always quality strikes, and SEC hitters batted .293 against him.
12 370 Houston Astros Miles Hamblin C Miss.
Mississippi had plenty of physical, veteran hitters who didn't produce as expected. Catcher Miles Hamblin, a former star at Howard (Texas) JC, struggled offensively in the SEC, hitting .259/.378/.430 this season after batting .226 a year ago. He has plus raw power from the left side and good arm strength. Big and physical, he doesn't move well behind the plate and struggled to control the running game. Suffice it to say he didn't live up to expectations after being ranked as the top college player in Texas in the 2009 draft class. If he's drafted this year, it will mark his first time being picked.
24 737 Detroit Tigers Matt Crouse LHP Miss.
Lefthander Matt Crouse has a better feel for pitching and wound up as Ole Miss' most consistent starter, going 7-4, 3.41 in 90 innings. He throws strikes with an 88-91 mph fastball and pitches off his heater, commanding it, cutting it and running it to both sides of the plate. His crossfire delivery gives him deception, and his ability to add and subtract off his heater helps his fringy changeup and curveball play up.
24 749 New York Yankees Matt Tracy LHP Miss.
44 1327 Washington Nationals Matt Snyder 3B Miss.
Six-foot-6 giant Matt Snyder also was well regarded when he entered Ole Miss and wound up as the team's leading home run hitter with nine this season. He's better suited for DH duty or first base.