Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Team Player Position State Bonus
1 8 Pittsburgh Pirates Mark Appel RHP Calif.
It's never happened before, but this year the NFL draft and the MLB draft may feature players picked first-overall from the same school. Quarterback Andrew Luck already went first to the Colts. His buddy Appel, who has Houston roots, is in the running to go first this year to the Astros. Appel has the ingredients to be a frontline starter. He has a pro-ready body at 6-foot-5 and 215 pounds to go along with his mid-90s fastball that touches 98. He throws a hard slider that has the potential to be an out pitch and his changeup has improved. He is a solid athlete who played basketball in high school and is delivery is relatively clean. The knock on Appel is that he hasn't dominated like most highly-ranked pitchers have in the past. Hitters frequently square him up because, even with his arsenal, he's easy to see with his slow delivery, long arm action in the back, and a fastball that doesn't have a lot of movement.
1s 36 St. Louis Cardinals Stephen Piscotty OF/3B Calif. $1,430,400
For the teams that value track record, Piscotty has been a consistent performer. He's hit well all three years at Stanford, hit well in the Alaska League after his freshman year and led the Cape Cod League in batting last year. Piscotty has a strong frame at 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds. He has a soild, line-drive approach at the plate and projects as more of a doubles hitter than a home run threat. Piscotty's bat profiles better at third base than it does in a corner outfield spot. But if he has to move there as a pro--which is likely, since he moved to the outfield midway through the season at Stanford to make room at third for freshman Alex Blandino--then it's a tougher profile as a righthanded hitter with limited power potential. Piscotty has a strong arm and is a fringe-average runner and scouts like his makeup and work ethic.
3 111 Washington Nationals Brett Mooneyham LHP Calif. $428,500
Mooneyham has size (6-foot-5 and 215 pounds) and pedigree, and he was a premium prospect coming out of high school in California, coming in at No. 78--just ahead of Virginia-bound Danny Hultzen--in Baseball America's 2008 draft rankings. Mooneyham's father, Bill, was a righthander who signed with the Angels as a first-round pick in the secondary phase of the June 1980 draft and spent nine seasons in pro ball, reaching the big leagues with Oakland in 1986. His father was drafted five times, and this will be Brett's third pass through the draft. He didn't sign as a 15th-round pick of the Padres out of high school, and the Nationals took a flier on him in the 38th round last year, even after he missed the entire season following surgery to repair a cut on his left middle finger. It's hard for scouts to get a good read on him because his stuff has been up and down throughout his college career. He touched 94 mph in high school, was down in the 86-88 mph range with Team USA in 2010, and was in the 90-91 mph range and touching 93 this spring. He has a knack for spinning a breaking ball, switching between a curveball and slider this season, and shows a decent changeup. The biggest concern with Mooneyham is his control. As a big kid, his delivery is funky and can get out of sync. He works a lot of deep counts, but also gets a lot of uncomfortable swings. Scouts say Mooneyham has a great work ethic, though sometimes he tinkers with his delivery and his pitches too much.
4 133 Kansas City Royals Kenny Diekroeger 2B Calif. $500,000
Diekroeger's career has been a bit of a roller coaster. He emerged as one of the top high school prospects in 2009, showing great athleticism, and the Rays took him in the second round, but he turned down a reported $2 million offer to go to Stanford. He looked like he'd be one of the top prospects for 2012 when he hit .356/.391/.491 as a freshman, playing mostly at third base, but his performance since then has not matched expectations. While most scouts think he'll be an average hitter, he has never shown much power, and this season he was batting in the bottom third of the Stanford lineup. He did not play summer ball last year, instead working out to get in better shape, and scouts say he looked trimmer this year than he did at the end of last season. Diekroeger has soft hands and solid arm strength, and while he's athletic he's just an average runner, which limits his range defensively. He played shortstop as a sophomore and spent most of this spring at second base, though he had moved back to shortstop in recent weeks. He'll likely move to second as a pro, and some scouts say he'll end up as a utility player because his versatility is more valuable than his pure offensive or defensive skill. A team that believes he still has offensive upside will take him in the first five rounds, but he won't see another $2 million bonus offer.
9 304 Detroit Tigers Jake Stewart OF Calif. $125,000
Stewart was a phenomenal athlete coming out of Rocky Mountain High (Fort Collins, Colo.), but even then we wrote that there were questions about his bat. Three years later, Stewart isn't the same athlete he was out of high school and still has scouts wondering how much he'll hit, since he's never quite put it together at Stanford. Over his three years there, Stewart is hitting .258/.308/.373. Stewart has come up out of his Jeff Bagwell-esque low crouch this year, but still has some stiffness to his swing and is overly aggressive at the plate. Stewart has some strength in his frame, but projects to hit for gap power, not home run power. He is an above-average runner and plays a great center field. But if his bat doesn't develop, that's more of a fourth outfielder's profile, rather than an everyday player.
18 566 Los Angeles Dodgers Eric Smith C Calif.
Smith is relatively new behind the plate. He was a shortstop in high school and spent his first two years with the Cardinal as a backup infielder. As would be expected, he still needs work, but he has taken to the position, showing soft hands, a strong arm and the necessary athleticism to make adjustments. Smith has done a fine job handling a good Stanford staff this year and has been among the team's leaders in batting as well. He's a switch-hitter and scouts like his approach at the plate.
24 736 Pittsburgh Pirates Tyler Gaffney OF Calif.
Stanford has always been accommodating to two-sport athletes and Gaffney is a backup running back on the Cardinal football team who rushed for 449 yards last season over 74 carries with seven touchdowns. His future, however, is as an outfielder and some scouts prefer Gaffney to his teammate Jake Stewart. At 6-foot-1 and 225 pounds, Gaffney has a wide, muscular build because of football, so there is some tightness and stiffness to his game. A career .299/.406/.424 hitter at Stanford, Gaffney has good patience at the plate. Despite his strength, he profiles as a line-drive, gap-to-gap hitter, which makes him a little tough to profile as an everyday corner outfielder. He could become a solid fourth outfielder.