Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Team Player Position State Bonus
2 71 New York Mets Matt Reynolds 3B Ark. $525,000
Reynolds opened his college career as a shortstop before a torn thumb ligament short-circuited his freshman season. He has played more at third base since, both for the Razorback and for USA Baseball's college national team last summer. He's a solid athlete with a tweener profile: defensive tools suited for third and a bat that profiles better up the middle. Reynolds lacks third-base power, with a line-drive, gap-to-gap approach. He doesn't have the proper load in his swing to produce more than fringe-average power. He responded well to last summer's challenge of playing with Team USA and later in the Cape Cod League, improving his preparation and pushing himself to improve. He was Arkansas' best hitter this spring (.350/.460/.541) thanks to a more consistent approach and better patience at the plate. He's an average runner who can steal a bag as well. Reynolds may hit his way into an everyday role if he gets the chance to play shortstop or second base as a pro, as he has soft hands, good footwork and an above-average arm.
2 74 Oakland Athletics Nolan Sanburn RHP Ark. $710,000
Arkansas had one of the nation's deepest pitching staffs this spring, allowing the Razorbacks to use a premium arm like Sanburn in a relief role. He was just seventh on the team in innings pitched in May, but scouts had seen enough of him to put him toward the top of a large group of college relief pitchers. He cemented his place with a dominant outing against Missouri, striking out seven in four shutout innings and sitting in the 94-99 mph range. Sanburn hits 97 consistently with his fastball and has a power curveball in the low 80s, though he doesn't locate it well. He has dabbled with a slider and cutter to give him a breaking ball he can control better. He needs innings, having thrown just 62 in college so far after pitching and hitting in high school, where he was primarily an outfielder.
10 310 Minnesota Twins D.J. Baxendale RHP Ark. $125,000
Baxendale had come on strong down the stretch for Arkansas, which might mitigate an ugly start to a season that began with great expectations. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound righthander always has relied on an excellent curveball as his putaway pitch; it allowed him to thrive as a reliever as a freshman and post a 1.58 ERA as a sophomore starter. Baxendale was pitching at 88-90 mph with his fastball early in the season, while his breaking ball was down to the 69-72 mph range. He regained some zip later in the season, as he stopped overthrowing and trying to pitch to the radar gun. Baxendale figured to be picked later than his brother Blake, a prep catcher in Arkansas, but it's possible both players could suit up for the Razorbacks next season.
19 608 Philadelphia Phillies Tim Carver SS Ark.
28 853 Kansas City Royals Sam Bates 1B Ark.
29 893 Cleveland Indians Randall Fant LHP Ark.
Fant lost his spot in Arkansas' rotation for part of the season before regaining it in the final third of the season. The 6-foot-4, 185-pounder has good size and two average pitches at 88-91 mph and a solid changeup. His breaking ball remains below average, which hinders his ability to profile as a reliever.
37 1122 Baltimore Orioles Derrick Bleeker OF/RHP Ark.
37 1133 Cleveland Indians Jacob Morris OF/C Ark.