Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Team Player Position State Bonus
3 87 Atlanta Braves David Hale RHP N.J. $405,000
A premium athlete with a prototype pitcher's frame (6-foot-2, 195 pounds) and a lightning-quick arm, Hale has split time between pitching and playing center field in three years at Princeton, and many scouts believe he could take off once he starts concentrating on pitching full-time in pro ball. The biggest knock on Hale is that he has never dominated in the Ivy League--he went 2-3, 4.43 with 47 strikeouts and 24 walks in 41 innings this spring--or in the Cape Cod League, but his power stuff is undeniable. Hale helped himself considerably in his final outing of the season in front of a bevy of scouts, holding his 92-93 mph fastball velocity into the sixth inning and regularly reaching 95-96. He has topped out at 97 this year and pitches with minimal effort, but some scouts say his fastball is flat and easy to pick up. At times he'll flash a plus slider in the 84-86 range, reaching 88, but other times the pitch is sweeping and he struggled to command it. Hale still needs to learn to command his stuff in the strike zone, and questions about his ability to do so lead many scouts to project him as a reliever, though he'll show some feel for a changeup every once in a while.
24 726 Arizona Diamondbacks Brad Gemberling RHP N.J.
From the college ranks, Princeton has more notable prospects than any other program in the state. David Hale will be drafted first based on his electric arm, but senior righty Brad Gemberling is more polished at this point. His ERA (6.67) was inflated by a horrendous final outing of the season against Cornell (0.2 IP, 9 ER). Gemberling throws strikes with an average fastball in the 88-91 mph range, bumping 92 on occasion. He also works in a fringy slider and changeup, as well as a curveball he uses as a show pitch. A few scouts would consider Gemberling in the top 10 to 12 rounds, but most regard him as a senior sign later in the draft.
31 940 Toronto Blue Jays Jack Murphy C N.J.
Princeton catcher Jack Murphy is likely to go in the top 10 rounds based solely on his size (6-foot-4, 230 pounds) and power potential. A switch-hitter, he shows above-average power from both sides of the plate in batting practice, but it doesn't translate into games, as he hit just .291/.394/.455 with four homers in 134 at-bats this spring. His swing is stiff from both sides, and he needs to clean up his offensive approach, particularly from the left side. Murphy does have soft hands and an average arm behind the plate, though he lacks mobility.