Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Team Player Position State Bonus
33 1019 Atlanta Braves Sam Gillikin OF Ala.
Scouts in the Deep South contrast Gillkin, an Auburn recruit who committed as a sophomore, with fellow Alabama prep Mikey White, who has superior baseball instincts. Gillikin, though, has a better profile and more prodigious tools. His athleticism played on the football field, where he was a wide receiver and then a quarterback as a senior. A lefthanded hitter, Gillikin could go out in the first two rounds to a team that saw him on the right day. He's a 6.6-second runner over 60 yards, with impressive bat speed and above-average raw power. He has maintained his tools despite several football injuries, including a broken collarbone and back issues that caused him to miss games. His football intensity is evident on the diamond. Some scouts question his pitch recognition and selectivity at the plate, and how usable his power will be in games when he faces more advanced pitching.