Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Team Player Position State Bonus
1 7 Atlanta Braves Mike Minor LHP Tenn. $2,420,000
Baseball America's reigning Summer Player of the Year, Minor vaulted into first-round consideration with a dominant performance for USA Baseball's college national team, including two victories against Cuba. Minor could be the third lefthander drafted in the first round out of Vanderbilt in the last six years, and he's more Jeremy Sowers than David Price. Like Sowers, Minor has more pitchability than stuff, with a fastball in the 86-89 mph range and a plus changeup that grades as his best pitch. His other strongest attribute could be his pickoff move, a weapon he broke out repeatedly against Cuba last summer. Minor's future may depend on his breaking stuff. He formerly threw a slider as his primary breaking ball, and at times it was an above-average pitch with depth. He showed he could throw the pitch for strikes or bury it. Minor added a solid curveball this fall and threw four pitches for strikes this spring, but some scouts think the curve has sapped some of the life off the rest of his offerings. Vanderbilt's catching problems--at one point they used a fourth-string catcher due to injuries--also limited Minor's repertoire, making him hesitant to throw his breaking balls as chase pitches. Minor will be all over draft boards in June, and could go anywhere from the first half of the first round to the back half of the second.
5 165 New York Yankees Caleb Cotham RHP Tenn. $675,000
Vanderbilt also had a disappointing season, though the Commodores at least made NCAA regionals. No pitchers after Minor stepped forward, though sophomore-eligible righthander Caleb Cotham showed flashes. He was a sinker-slider pitcher most of the time and missed time due to knee soreness. He came back working in more of a relief role and showed a plus slider at times out of the bullpen. He works off the slider and his 88-92 mph fastball with decent sink, though for many starts his velo was in the 87-88 range. Cotham throws a curveball and changeup as well, but he rarely has all four pitches working. That accounted for his 14 home runs allowed in 70 innings.
13 389 Cincinnati Reds Nick Christiani RHP Tenn.
Christiani still throws hard, consistently in the low 90s. His slider and changeup are both decent and he throws strikes, yet he's been hit fairly hard for four seasons.
15 462 Minnesota Twins Steven Liddle OF Tenn. $200,000
22 653 Seattle Mariners Drew Hayes RHP Tenn.
Sturdy, 6-foot-1 righty Drew Hayes has a bigger raw arm and runs his fastball up to 95 at times, usually sitting in the low 90s. A prep quarterback of some note, he's a solid athlete whose father Glenn coached baseball at Bethel (Ind.). He's a middle-relief profile with a modest changeup who was ill-suited to starting, but struggles by the likes of sophomore-eligible righty Chase Reid and senior righty Nick Christiani left the Commodores looking for answers in the rotation.
40 1197 San Francisco Giants Jonathan White OF Tenn.
Senior Jonathan White, a plus-plus runner and great athlete, hasn't figured it out with the bat. He also turns 23 in June, further lowering his value.