Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Team Player Position State Bonus
3 98 Seattle Mariners Aaron Pribanic RHP Neb. $390,000
Pribanic showed a strong arm at Hutchinson (Kan.) CC in 2007, but he didn't have enough command or secondary pitches to attract any draft interest. That won't be the case this time around, as Pribanic has shown some of the best stuff among Sunday starters in college baseball. Strong and physical at 6-foot-4 and 200 pounds, he sits at 91-94 mph and tops out at 96 mph with his fastball. His arm works very well and it's fresh, because he redshirted his first year at Hutchinson and has pitched roughly 160 innings since leaving high school four years ago. Pribanic has developed some feel for a splitter that he uses as a changeup. He's still fiddling with both a curveball and a slider, and while they're not reliable, both breaking pitches have decent shape. The curve is the better of the two breaking balls, though it still has a long ways to go. He has thrown more strikes but still has bouts of inconsistency. He loses balance in his delivery, a fixable problem that could lead to further improvements. The grandson of former all-star pitcher Jim Coates, Pribanic won't rush through the minors but could deliver a nice payoff to a team that can clean him up. He was making inroads on the sandwich round at one point, but a late-season slump could knock him down to the third or fourth round.
9 268 Florida Marlins Dan Jennings LHP Neb. $145,000
Lefthander Dan Jennings has more projection remaining than most college juniors. There's room to add strength on his 6-foot-3, 183-pound frame, and he has a quick arm and clean mechanics. His best present pitch is his slider, which is more of solid offering than a swing-and-miss weapon. His fastball ranges from 86-90 mph and he keeps it down in the strike zone. Jennings, who has shuttled between the rotation and the bullpen for Nebraska, projects as a reliever in pro ball. He had a streak of 30 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings at midseason.
12 371 Chicago Cubs Jake Opitz 2B Neb.
Opitz is an outstanding defender who also has a good offensive approach and bat speed.
15 448 Florida Marlins Johnny Dorn RHP Neb.
Righthander Johnny Dorn may not overwhelm hitters, but he wins. His 36 victories entering the NCAA playoffs led all active Division I pitchers. He has plus-plus command and a feel for mixing four pitches. Dorn strained his elbow as a freshman at the 2005 College World Series, and he pitched with diminished velocity for two seasons before moving back up to 86-89 mph this spring. His slider may be his best pitch, and he also throws a loopy curveball and a changeup.
16 493 Detroit Tigers Thad Weber RHP Neb.
Weber was the only one of the three who was drafted in 2007, turning down the Reds as a 37th-rounder. Recruited out of Hutchinson (Kan.) CC as more of a first baseman than a pitcher, he has a legitimate out pitch in his curveball. He gets hit a lot harder than Dorn, though, because his high-80s fastball is straight.
19 590 New York Yankees Mitch Abeita C Neb.
38 1155 San Diego Padres Zach Herr LHP Neb.