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Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Team Player Position School Bonus
6 186 Minnesota Twins B.J. Hermsen RHP West Delaware HS, Manchester, Iowa $650,000
After reaching 93 mph with his heavy fastball and showing a nice slider last summer, righthander B.J. Hermsen projected as a possible sandwich-round pick. But he broke his collarbone as a football quarterback in the fall, which set him back. The 6-foot-6, 230-pounder hasn't been in top physical condition, and both his fastball (down to the mid-80s) and his slider regressed this spring. He did touch 92 mph at the Perfect Game Predraft Showcase in mid-May, but scouts saw a lot of effort in his delivery and still didn't like his slider. Unlikely to receive a significant bonus, Hermsen could join Warren at Oregon State.
11 343 Detroit Tigers Brandon Douglas SS Northern Iowa
Brandon Douglas has been the first-team all-Missouri Valley Conference shortstop in each of his three seasons at Northern Iowa, and this year he added league player of the year honors as well. He has good pop for a middle infielder, batting .396 with a school-record 25 doubles and 10 homers in 2008. He has a knack for making consistent hard contact, fanning just 14 times in 225 at-bats. His speed, arm and range are all average, though he may wind up moving to second base down the road. The Reds drafted him in the 37th round in 2007, when he was a redshirt sophomore hampered by hamstring injuries.
12 381 Cleveland Indians Guido Fonseca RHP Northern Iowa
14 417 San Francisco Giants Caleb Curry OF Iowa
Caleb Curry stole an Iowa-record 45 bases as a senior, ranking third nationally in that category entering NCAA regional play. He's a plus runner with good instincts on the bases and in center field, and he also gets the job done at second base. Though he's just 6 feet and 175 pounds, he has a little pop and isn't just a slap hitter.
17 531 Cleveland Indians Mitch Mormann RHP Des Moines Area (Iowa) JC
Several scouts went in to see righthander Mitch Mormann after reports that he touched 94 mph, but they came away underwhelmed after he struggled against Junior College World Series-bound Iowa Western. He's a 6-foot-6, 230-pounder with raw arm strength, but his secondary pitches, command and mound presence all need a lot of work.
27 814 Oakland Athletics Brent Warren OF Xavier HS, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Warren feared his baseball career was over when a routine physical during his junior year revealed that he had a congenital heart defect. But he was cleared to return to the diamond after surgery and re-established himself as a quality prospect for the 2008 draft. Extremely projectable at 6-foot-3 and 175 pounds, Warren is reminiscent of former Iowa prep standout Ryan Sweeney--and he's more athletic than Sweeney was. Though he still has room to add a lot of strength, the ball jumps off Warren's bat at times. He's an intelligent hitter with a sweet lefthanded swing that catches up to good fastballs. He's an above-average runner and center fielder, and while his arm isn't back to where it was before his heart surgery, it should be average in time. Pro clubs are focusing on Warren as an outfielder, but he could contribute as a two-way player if he attends Oregon State.
29 888 Arizona Diamondbacks Travis Meiners SS Des Moines Area (Iowa) JC
41 1233 Texas Rangers Brian Feekin LHP Iowa Western JC
The best prospect on Iowa Western, which qualified for the last two Juco World Series, is Brian Feekin. Feekin, who redshirted at Nebraska in 2007, is also a work in progress. A 6-foot-6, 225-pound lefty who can run his fastball up to 93 mph, he'd be a perfect target if the draft-and-follow process still existed.
42 1267 Los Angeles Dodgers Adam Moskowitz 2B Valley HS, Des Moines, Iowa
45 1356 Los Angeles Dodgers Ryan Arp C Upper Iowa
48 1450 Boston Red Sox Kevin Hoef 3B Iowa
Kevin Hoef helped his cause by hitting .317 with wood bats against top competition in the Cape Cod League last summer, but he may be more of a tweener. He moved from shortstop because he had below-average range and speed, and he doesn't have much pop for a third baseman. Adding strength to his 6-foot-2, 195-pound frame might help. He does have a strong arm, though his bet fit might be as an offensive second baseman. He played second base in the Cape all-star game.
49 1473 Arizona Diamondbacks Willie Argo OF Assumption HS, Davenport, Iowa