Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Team Player Position State Bonus
3 108 Toronto Blue Jays John Stilson RHP Texas $500,000
Stilson set a Texarkana (Texas) JC record by winning 12 games as a freshman in 2009, then led NCAA Division I in ERA (0.80) and ranked second in strikeout per nine inning (13.5) in his first season at Texas A&M last spring. He has made another successful transition this year, moving from the bullpen back into the rotation and serving as the Aggies' ace. His fastball ranges from 91-94 mph, and it touched 96 when he worked as a reliever. He has incredible feel for a dynamite changeup that outranks his heater as his best pitch. He throws a hard breaking ball, and he has the ability to vary the angle and shape of the pitch to make it a slider or a curveball. Six-foot-3 and 195 pounds, Stilson is a quality athlete who also starred in football and basketball in high school and played shortstop at Texarkana. He's an intense competitor who relishes the responsibility that comes with being a Friday starter or a closer. Stilson's delivery is the only reason he isn't mentioned with the top tier of college pitching prospects. He catapults off the mound and throws with some effort, but that doesn't prevent him from filling the strike zone. If the team that drafts him puts him back in the bullpen, he could be the first player from the 2011 draft to reach the majors. But Stilson has legitimate value as a No. 2 or 3 starter, and he'll probably get an initial opportunity to thrive in that role in pro ball.
9 288 Colorado Rockies Ross Stripling RHP Texas
Righthander Ross Stripling was more of a football and basketball player at Carroll HS in Southlake until he broke his left leg as a senior. He got bored during his rehab and began fooling around on the mound with a cast on his leg. He went 14-0 in his first season as a pitcher, earned an academic scholarship to Texas A&M and joined the Aggies as a walk-on. He opened 2011 as their closer but since has become the best Sunday starter in college baseball, finishing the 2011 regular season tied with Texas' Taylor Jungmann for the NCAA Division I lead in wins at 12-2, 1.89. An athletic 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds, Stripling throws an 88-92 mph fastball from an over-the-top delivery. He spins his curveball for strikes and has a decent changeup. His stuff plays up when he comes out of the bullpen--he touches 94 mph and has a sharper curve--so that could be his destination in pro ball.
13 415 Cincinnati Reds Nick Fleece RHP Texas
Righthander Nick Fleece spent his first year at Texas A&M as a reserve outfielder before finding a niche in the bullpen. He flashed arm strength in the past and the Mariners drafted him in the 27th round last June, but coaches and scouts questioned his work ethic because he carried close to 250 pounds on his 6-foot-3 frame. He has looked like a different guy this spring, dropping to 215 pounds and operating at 90-92 mph with his fastball, peaking at 95. He works off his fastball, which has good sinking life, and picks up deception from his funky arm action. He always has filled the strike zone, and his slider has improved, though it still gets slurvy at times. As a senior sign, he'll come at a discount.
25 779 New York Yankees Adam Smith RHP Texas $157,500
Smith looks the part of a big league third baseman with his 6-foot-3, 200-pound frame, raw righthanded power and arm strength. But he just hasn't hit consistently, batting .267 during his first two years and slumping to .209 this spring after missing the start of the season while recovering from Tommy John surgery. If he doesn't figure out how to make more consistent contact, he eventually could wind up on the mound in pro ball.
30 921 Chicago White Sox Brandon Parrent LHP Texas $100,000
31 943 Florida Marlins Kenny Jackson 3B Texas
36 1090 Houston Astros Kevin Gonzalez C Texas
37 1120 Houston Astros Steve Martin RHP Texas