Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Team Player Position State Bonus
5 169 Tampa Bay Rays Jeff Malm 1B Nev. $680,000
The first thing out of everyone's mouth when talking about Malm is some variation of: "That guy can hit." Few high school players in the draft have a better track record of performance than Malm, who does it from the left side. Everywhere he goes, he hits, whether it's as the youngest player on the USA Baseball junior national team--where he saw more time at first base than Eric Hosmer--or as the only underclassman at the 2007 Cape Cod High School Classic. Playing for one of the nation's top high school teams, Malm was leading the state of Nevada with 15 home runs heading into the playoffs. The question is whether he will be able to hit for the same power with a wood bat. At a soft-bodied 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds, he's limited to first base and will need to produce power. He has a good arm--sitting at 87-89 mph as a pitcher--but can't play the outfield. As a lifelong Southern California fan with a long personal relationship with head coach Chad Kreuter, Malm's commitment to the Trojans is strong.
44 1341 Los Angeles Angels R.J. Santigate 3B Nev.
Shortstop R.J. Santigate has always tantalized scouts with his frame. At 6-foot-2 and 185 pounds, the lefthanded hitter has always been more projection than production, but this year he turned it on and hit like scouts always believed he could. He has grown up around the game, and his father coached Rockies pitcher Jason Marquis and Tottenville High to two consecutive New York City Public Schools Athletic League titles in 1995 and 1996. Santigate is expected to end up at Long Beach State.