Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Team Player Position State Bonus
1 17 Toronto Blue Jays David Cooper 1B Calif. $1,500,000
Another NorCal product, Cooper began his college career at Cal State Fullerton, helping lead the Titans to the College World Series. He had hits in seven consecutive at-bats in Omaha, earning all-tournament honors, but transferred after the season back closer to home, instantly becoming Cal's best player. He's evolved as a hitter since that season, going from two homers as a freshman to a Pacific-10 Conference-best 19 as a junior. Cooper's hitting ability stems from strong hands and forearms and excellent hand-eye coordination more than pure bat speed, and some scouts believe he'll be more susceptible in pro ball to big velocity because of it. Others believe his smooth, pure swing will let him catch up to any fastball. He has a polished, patient approach and absolutely mashes mistakes to all parts of the park. Cooper's value is in his bat; he's a well-below-average runner who could become a real baseclogger down the line. Defensively, he flashes average ability at first, but some scouts label him disinterested at worst and below-average at best. Cooper's bat could take him into the first round, though an American League club would be a better fit.
2 58 Oakland Athletics Tyson Ross RHP Calif. $694,000
Yet another NorCal Baseball alum, Ross stepped into California's weekend rotation as a freshman and has filled the Friday role for two years. He also pitched well for Team USA last summer and was the team's most consistent pitcher. His velocity was down during the summer in the mid-to-upper 80s, and has been erratic again this spring. He was at his best against Stanford in a May victory, touching 96 mph and sitting in the low 90s. Moreover, Ross worked off his fastball and used his changeup effectively against the Cardinal in a start that may convince teams to leave him as a starter. His best pitch is a plus slider thrown in the low-80s with short, hard break. At times it has two-plane break, and it's such a good pitch and he locates it so well that at times he throws it far too often, working off the slider instead of his fastball. The biggest question on Ross is his mechanics. His stride is exceptionally short for a pitcher his size (6-foot-5, 220 pounds), leading to stress on his arm and a lack of extension to finish off pitches down in the zone. Also, his arm action is short in the back, and it may be difficult to "fix" all those issues. Some scouts believe that would do more harm than good, though, and would send him to the bullpen as a pro to use that slider as a weapon.
6 194 New York Mets Josh Satin 2B Calif. $25,000
After two difficult springs Satin put it all together as a senior. Satin showed he can hit with wood in the Cape Cod League--he was the league's all-star MVP in 2006--and has above-average bat speed that produces excellent power. He has played mostly second base in college, though many scouts believe he's a better fit in the outfield as a pro due to fringy range and infield actions.
9 287 Colorado Rockies Craig Bennigson LHP Calif. $70,000
Cal also features lefthander Craig Bennigson, who had an up-and-down spring after showing average fastball velocity and an occasional power breaking ball in the Cape Cod League.
14 425 St. Louis Cardinals Charlie Cutler C Calif.
16 473 Tampa Bay Rays Matt Gorgen RHP Calif. $125,000
Bears closer Matt Gorgen isn't as polished as twin brother Scott, the starter at UC Irvine, but runs his fastball into the 90-92 mph range in relief and has shown excellent durability. He also throws a mid-80s cutter that he uses too often. If he had the same changeup as his brother, he could fit into a rotation as a pro but more likely will remain in relief.