Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Team Player Position State Bonus
1 9 Washington Nationals Aaron Crow RHP Mo.
In three years, Crow has gone from an undrafted high school senior to the best righthander in the 2008 draft, thanks largely to the best fastball package available. Other pitchers may throw harder, but no one can match the combination of Crow's velocity (92-96 mph with a peak of 98), hard sink, command and ability to maintain his fastball. He also has a plus slider, though he tends to rely on it too much. His changeup can become a solid third pitch, but he has had little use for it in college. He has control and command, keeping the ball down and throwing strikes to both sides of the plate. If there's a quibble, it's Crow's delivery, which has some effort but is cleaner than it was coming out of high school. Some teams wonder if his mechanics and size (generously listed at 6-foot-3 and 195 pounds) might make him more of a closer than a frontline starter. Crow led the Cape Cod League with a 0.67 ERA last summer and was the No. 1 prospect in the league. He threw 43 consecutive scoreless innings early this spring, and was tied for the D-I lead with 11 wins. He wasn't as sharp after the streak and was pulled from a start with back spasms, but he solidified his place at the top of the first round.
6 176 Baltimore Orioles Rick Zagone LHP Mo. $150,000
It was easy for Rick Zagone to get overshadowed on a Missouri staff that includes potential first-round picks in the next three drafts in Aaron Crow, Kyle Gibson and Nick Tepesch. But Zagone is a versatile 6-foot-3, 207-pound lefthander who could serve as a starter or reliever in pro ball. Tigers coaches blame themselves for his poor start this spring, as they encouraged him to try to add velocity and he lost pitchability. Zagone righted himself after a stint in the bullpen and returned to the rotation by the end of the year. As a starter, he's at his best pitching at 85-88 mph with good life and location on his fastball. In shorter outings as a reliever, he can dial his fastball up into the low 90s and flash a hard slider. His slider and changeup are ordinary, so he has to rely on command to succeed.
11 332 Houston Astros Jacob Priday OF Mo.
Missouri's school record-holder for career homers (49) and RBIs (240), Jacob Priday did a lot of damage in both categories when he went deep four times and drove in nine runs against Texas in mid-April. Priday, who played at Sikeston (Mo.) High with Dodgers rookie sensation Blake DeWitt, joined the Tigers as a catcher but tore his labrum in 2007. He has spent most of his time at DH since, but a pro team may put him back behind the plate, where he once showed an average arm and decent receiving skills. If not, he'll be a corner outfielder.
20 613 Detroit Tigers Ryan Lollis OF Mo.
32 971 Chicago Cubs Kurt Calvert OF Mo.
46 1377 Chicago White Sox Lee Fischer SS Mo.