Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Team Player Position State Bonus
2 78 Cincinnati Reds Tanner Rahier SS Calif. $649,700
Rahier is the most prominent Southern California prospect who elected to play in a wood-bat club league this spring rather than play for his high school--a move that some scouts admit rubbed them the wrong way. But no one questions Rahier's passion for the game or his work ethic; as one scout put it, "He plays like a bat out of hell--he's like Pete Rose." Rahier is aggressive in every phase of his game--he runs hard, swings hard and is constantly in attack mode in the batter's box. That makes him prone to chasing pitches out of the zone at times, but he shows pitch recognition and excellent hand-eye coordination, helping the righthanded hitter barrel up hard line drives to left and center field. He is savvy enough to go the other way when the situation calls for it, but it isn't his forte. Rahier projects as an average to plus hitter with a chance for solid-average power as he matures. He'll need to grow into some pop, because few scouts give him a chance to stick at shortstop in the long term. Though his actions are unorthodox and "high-effort," as one scout put it, Rahier has sure hands and good instincts to go along with a plus arm. No better than a fringy runner, Raher's range is lacking for short. Some scouts think he could be a plus defender at third base, while others think he could be an above-average second baseman. Rahier is polarizing; some scouts like him as a sandwich pick, while others see him as a fourth- or fifth-round talent. The San Diego commit is considered signable.