Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Team Player Position State Bonus
7 223 Kansas City Royals Fred Ford OF Mo. $125,000
Ford helped Jefferson (Mo.) CC reach the Junior College World Series, where he made the all-tournament team. He's fairly athletic and lean at 6-foot-5 and 225 pounds, and he stole 32 bases while hitting 13 homers. The biggest question with the righthanded hitter is whether he has enough power to profile at first base, and a pro team may try to move him to the outfield. He'll play at Western Kentucky if he doesn't sign.
12 376 Pittsburgh Pirates Dalton Friend LHP Mo.
Jefferson made its second straight trip to the Junior College World Series this spring, with Friend earning the extra-inning win over Eastern Oklahoma State to advance to Grand Junction, Colo. Friend was 11-0, 2.93 with one save in 12 appearances entering the Juco World Series, ranking fourth nationally with an average of 13.3 strikeouts per nine innings. Scouts got excited when they heard reports that the 6-foot-3, 235-pounder was touching 95 mph, but they saw mostly 89-91 mph fastballs when they went to see him. Friend also throws a 12-to-6 curveball with nice shape but so-so power to it and has a four-pitch arsenal. Scouts project him as a two-pitch reliever because of his inconsistent over-the-top delivery and his medical history. He had arm issues in high school, lost most of 2011 to a shoulder injury that required arthroscopic surgery and missed time this year with a sore elbow. A redshirt sophomore, he has committed to Texas Tech for 2013.
13 420 St. Louis Cardinals Brett Wiley SS Mo.
Wiley delivered the 10th-inning RBI double that sent Jefferson to the Junior College World Series for the second straight year. As a player with a chance to stick at shortstop and provide some offensive spark, he could fit in the first 10 rounds. A 6-foot, 180-pound lefthanded hitter, Wiley has a good approach at the plate. He offers patience, gap power, solid speed and baserunning savvy. He ranks among the national juco leaders in doubles (24) and steals (28), and he performed well in the Northwoods League last summer. He may need to cut down his swing a little to make more consistent contact in pro ball. He also has the arm and range to make the necessary plays at shortstop. A bench player at Evansville as a freshman, Wiley will transfer to Missouri State if he doesn't turn pro.