Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Team Player Position State Bonus
8 261 Chicago White Sox Zach Isler RHP Ohio $136,600
With a big frame and a plus fastball, Isler looks the part of a late-inning reliever and should get popped in the first five or six rounds of the draft. He's a 6-foot-5, 239-pounder whose heater ranges from 90-95 mph and often sits at 93-94, with the added benefit of heavy sink. He lives off his sinker, as his 82-84 mph slider is more notable for its velocity than its break. It has the potential to be an average second pitch. Isler has a decent delivery that he generally repeats, though he'll need to sharpen his control and command in pro ball. Injuries pressed him into Cincinnati's rotation at the end of the spring, and while he responded with a 1.61 ERA and averaged seven innings in four regular-season starts, he'll be strictly a bullpen option in pro ball.
14 430 Minnesota Twins Jake Proctor OF Ohio
Proctor reminds scouts of former Louisville outfielder Josh Richmond, his former teammate at Oak Hills High in Cincinnati and a 12th-round pick of the Rangers in 2010. The two look alike and have similar builds and athleticism. Both also got hurt in their draft year, as Richmond had a hand injury and Proctor tore the meniscus in his left knee in late April. Arthroscopic surgery ended his season but won't prevent him from getting drafted. The 6-foot-2, 221-pounder's best tool is his plus-plus speed, though he could do a better job of using it. He has a lot of moving parts in his swing and doesn't control the strike zone, so he doesn't get on base or tap into his plus raw power as much as he should. He also doesn't take direct routes on flyballs in center field, though he does have a strong arm.
32 982 Cincinnati Reds Christian McElroy RHP Ohio
Though Cincinnati went 18-38 this spring, it could have three players drafted in the first 15 rounds (righthander Zach Isler, outfielder Jake Proctor and McElroy) for just the second time in school history. McElroy made just one appearance for the Bearcats during a redshirt 2010 season and spent last year at Sinclair (Ohio) CC. The 6-foot-4, 211-pounder lacks consistency with his stuff and command, but his stuff kicked up a notch in 2012. He has a sound delivery, and when he's on top of his game, he'll show a 90-93 mph fastball, a tight curveball and feel for a changeup.