Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Team Player Position State Bonus
3 107 New York Mets Matt Koch RHP Ky. $425,000
A swingman in his first two seasons at Louisville, Koch may have found his true calling in the Cape Cod League last summer. Used solely in relief by Chatham, he finished the summer with 15 1/3 straight scoreless innings, including an appearance in the Cape all-star game. The Cardinals have kept him in that role this season, which he opened by showing at 96-97 mph for one inning at the Big Ten/Big East Challenge in Florida. He has pitched at 92-96 mph this spring, though scouts have had a difficult time seeing him because he shares closing duties with Derek Self. Koch has been inconsistent with his secondary pitches, the main reason that opponents have hit a surprising .319 against him this year. He'll flash a plus changeup and a low-80s slider with depth, and some scouts think it's still worth trying to develop him as a starter. Koch is built for durability at 6-foot-3 and 204 pounds, leading to more credence for that belief. There's mixed opinion as to whether he's better than former Louisville closer Tony Zych, who signed for $400,000 as a Cubs fourth-round pick last year. Zych throws harder but Koch has a better body, a superior pitch and less effort in his delivery.
9 294 Washington Nationals Derek Self RHP Ky. $25,000
Self hoped to sign with the Athletics as a 27th-round pick last year, so he skipped summer ball in favor of long-tossing and lifting weights. He never got a deal done with Oakland but did get stronger, which has paid off with improved stuff in his senior season. Scouts like Self more now than they did when he was winning the first 16 decisions of his Louisville career. The 6-foot-3, 210-pounder's fastball has gone from 87-91 mph to 92-95 and his so-so slider has transformed into an 87-88 mph cutter. He seems to be most effective when he sacrifices a little velocity for added sink. Self doesn't miss a lot of bats, but he doesn't beat himself with walks and he generates groundout after groundout. He's attractive to teams as a senior who belongs in the top 10 rounds and still can be had at a discount.
12 374 Chicago Cubs Justin Amlung RHP Ky. $100,000
After an all-star summer in the Cape Cod League, Amlung agreed to terms as a 39th-round pick with the Reds only to have the deal fall apart over the club's insistence that the contract begin with the 2012 season. So he returned for his redshirt junior season at Louisville, where he ended the regular season ranked second in career wins (23) and ERA (2.74). Not bad for a player who didn't get a chance to walk on with the Cardinals until they lost recruit Jake Odorizzi to the Brewers as a sandwich-rounder in the 2008 draft. A catcher in high school, Amlung redshirted in his first year on campus. The 6-foot-1, 180-pounder's fastball has improved a tick or two in velocity this spring, sitting at 91-92 mph and touching 94. He backs his heater up with an average slider and a so-so changeup. His arm action is short and stiff, but it doesn't prevent him from commanding his pitches. He relishes pitching inside and does a nice job of missing bats.