Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Team Player Position State Bonus
5 177 Los Angeles Angels Mark Sappington RHP Mo. $218,000
Sappington threw in the mid-80s as a high school senior in Peculiar, Mo., so he was lightly recruited and wound up at NCAA Division II Rockhurst. In three years with the Hawks, he has developed into a 6-foot-4, 220-pounder whose fastball now operates at 92-93 mph and peaks at 96. He could have even more velocity if he shifts to the bullpen in pro ball, as most scouts believe he will. They love Sappington's body and arm strength but think the rest of his package fits best in a relief role. His delivery will need a lot of work, as it features a lot of twists and turns and effort. Better mechanics would improve the consistency of his slider, which shows the makings of becoming a solid second offering, and his command. He throws strikes but will need to improve the location of his pitches. Sappington earns kudos for his makeup and willingness to learn.