Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Team Player Position State Bonus
16 515 Milwaukee Brewers Adam Giacalone 1B Kan. $100,000
No junior college player has posted more impressive numbers than Giacalone over the last two seasons. As a freshman, he led the nation with 102 RBIs and ranked third with 18 homers while also going 10-1, 2.70. This year, he helped Neosho County make its first Juco World Series appearance in nine years by hitting .407/.537/.785 through regional play and going 8-3, 1.72 on the mound with an 85-4 K-BB ratio in 89 innings. Scouts like his bat more than his arm, and the 6-foot-2, 215-pounder has dropped 20 pounds from 2011. He makes consistent contact from the left side of the plate, with good but not great bat speed that portends average power. He's a below-average runner with good hands at first base, and a pro team could be tempted to try him at third base or possibly catcher. A righthanded pitcher, he succeeds more with finesse than power but can get his fastball up to 91 mph. He'll continue to play both ways if he attends Tennessee in 2013.
18 554 Chicago Cubs David Bote SS Kan. $100,000
21 643 Kansas City Royals Matt Strahm LHP Kan. $100,000
Strahm helped pitch Neosho County to its first Junior College World Series since 2003, leading national juco players in strikeouts (124 in 92 innings) and complete games (10) through the regional playoffs. A lanky 6-foot-3, 170-pound lefty with a long wingspan, Strahm is extremely projectable and still growing into his velocity. His fastball sat at 85-88 mph early in the season and registered as high as 92 later in the spring. His slurvy breaking ball and changeup are decent secondary pitches that are showing improvement. The Nebraska recruit has a clean delivery enables him to control all his offerings well.