Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Team Player Position State Bonus
4 129 St. Louis Cardinals Scott Bittle RHP Miss. $75,000
Ole Miss also has passed the Bulldogs in terms of pro talent, such as Scott Bittle. The 6-foot-2, 185-pounder was a first-team All-American a year ago and when he's healthy, he has one of the best pitches in the draft. He attacks hitters with a ferocious cutter in the 84-86 mph range, and should saw of plenty of bats in pro ball with the pitch. It has amazing depth for a cut fastball as well. His fastball can reach 92 mph in shorter stints, though he pitches in the upper 80s with sink as a starter. His changeup also has become an average pitch. Bittle's medical history makes it impossible to know where he'll be drafted. He redshirted in 2006 at Northeast Texas CC because of rotator cuff tendinitis, so his shoulder has been an issue--either keeping him off the mound or keeping him from signing in the draft--three times in the last five years.
5 145 Pittsburgh Pirates Nate Baker LHP Miss. $176,000
As Barrett backed up, lefthander Nathan Baker and righthander Philip Irwin moved up. A 6-foot-3, 193-pounder, Baker showed better velocity this spring, sitting average with his 88-92 mph fastball and touching 93 at times. He also improved his slider, at times running his slider up to 78-79 mph, and his changeup gives him a third solid-average pitch. Baker worked mostly in shorter stints because he throws strikes consistently, but he's also around the plate a lot. Some teams have interest in stretching him out more as a starter and could reach up to get him in the first six rounds.
7 215 Cleveland Indians Jordan Henry OF Miss. $100,000
Henry was a Freshman All-American two years ago, when his brother Justin (a second baseman who is now in the Tigers farm system) was a teammate, but he struggled as a sophomore for Mississippi. He rebounded to key the Rebels offense in 2009, leading the Southeastern Conference in walks and stolen bases to earn first-team All-SEC honors. Henry earns Jason Tyner comparisons for his slap-happy, speed-oriented approach. He's patient and can spoil pitchers' chase pitches with two strikes. He's a 70 runner whose speed also plays defensively, where he's a good defender in center field. Henry has enough arm to be a fourth outfielder, which is his likely future role unless he shows an ability to impact the ball with the bat. He has hit just two homers and has just 26 extra-base hits in three seasons. He could go as high as the fourth round due to his speed and improved performance this season.
18 548 Florida Marlins Brett Bukvich LHP Miss.
Senior lefty Brett Bukvich, a fifth-year senior who's already 23, is more notable for his size (6-foot-3, 237 pounds) and older brother (ex-big leaguer Ryan). He competes hard and is lefthanded, and he tends to get hammered when he doesn't hit his spots because of his fringy stuff.
21 625 Pittsburgh Pirates Phil Irwin RHP Miss.
Irwin, another big-bodied 6-foot-3, 215-pound pitcher, also has shown three average pitches and keeps the ball in the ballpark. He lacks a dominant offering.
22 666 Arizona Diamondbacks Evan Button SS Miss.
27 814 Texas Rangers Aaron Barrett RHP Miss.
Ole Miss' other projected top prospect entering the season, righthander Aaron Barrett, had a poor season and has been passed by several teammates. He has a big league repertoire, at times sitting in the 90-93 mph range with his fastball and touching 94. He throws a hard slider and has a decent changeup as well, though he ditched it when he moved out of the weekend rotation. Barrett's slider has reached 85 mph out of the bullpen, which is probably his future role, as poor command has killed him as a starter. He's consistently behind hitters and gets hammered when he's up in the strike zone, which is often when he lands on a stiff left leg.
30 909 St. Louis Cardinals Chris Corrigan RHP Miss.
39 1167 San Francisco Giants Kyle Henson C Miss.
49 1481 Houston Astros Matt Smith 1B Miss.
Another eligible sophomore for the Rebels, first baseman Matt Smith, attracts more attention as one of the better hitters available from the SEC this year. Smith looks the part at 6-foot-3, 210 pounds, and hit 14 homers as a redshirt freshman, a school record for the class. He also struck out 80 times as a freshman in 227 at-bats, and he had adjusted as a sophomore. A solid runner and good athlete for his position, Smith had improved his batting average by 65 points, cut his strikeouts nearly in half and increased his on-base and slugging percentages--though he had hit just six home runs entering regional play. As a sophomore Smith has leverage, and teams may not be willing to pay for a righthanded-hitting first baseman with just six homers.
50 1494 San Diego Padres Brett Basham C Miss.