Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Team Player Position State Bonus
15 472 Cincinnati Reds Ben Klimesh RHP Texas
Klimesh got cut from his New Trier HS (Winnetka, Ill.) team as a junior and barely pitched as a senior, but four years later he's the most dominant pitcher in NCAA Division III. He led D-III in wins (13) and strikeouts (154, breaking Mickey Mahler's Trinity record) and ranked second in whiffs per nine innings (1.39) through the end of the regional playoffs. Klimesh has good size and strength at 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds, and works at 90-91 mph with his fastball and can run it up to 95 when he comes out of the bullpen. He throws both a slurve and a changeup in the low 80s. He needs more consistency with his fastball life and command but has improved in both regards.