Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Team Player Position State Bonus
7 219 St. Louis Cardinals Kyle Conley OF Wash. $100,000
A physical 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds, right fielder Kyle Conley can do some damage at the plate. He puts on a show in batting practice and the power carries over into games. Conley hit 19 home runs for the Huskies this year, tying for the all-time lead at Washington with a career total of 42. Scouts describe his swing as mechanical and he has holes, but he's strong enough to muscle balls out of the yard and he's done it with wood--leading the New England Collegiate League with eight home runs last summer. The power, though, is all to the pull side, as Conley struggles to catch up with velocity on the outer half of the plate or sliders from righthanders. They love his makeup and work ethic. He hustles and is a good runner for his size, but his arm is below-average and he's a little clumsy in the field, meaning he's probably destined for a move to left field or even first base in pro ball. A 16th-round pick by the Dodgers last year as a redshirt sophomore, he has hit his way into the top 10 rounds this year.
9 269 Cincinnati Reds Brian Pearl RHP Wash. $90,000
A converted third baseman, Pearl has flashed good stuff this year, but has also been wildly inconsistent in his first year of pitching full-time. The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder got two starts for the Huskies that didn't go well, so he mostly pitched out of their bullpen. A frustrating puzzle for scouts, sometimes Pearl would be 93-94 mph with his fastball and show a slider with good bite, while at other times he would come out and be in the mid- to upper 80s. He's not a big guy, but Pearl is athletic with a resilient arm. Control will never be his forte, though he can pitch on back-to-back days, has made good adjustments and shown body awareness that scouts like to see.
10 321 Los Angeles Angels Jake Locker OF Wash. $200,000
The story in Washington is that the best player in the state--and one of the most gifted athletes in the draft--isn't even playing baseball. Jake Locker played outfield and pitched in high school, where he was a top-round talent, but fell to the 40th round because of signability. He ended up at Washington, where he stepped in as the Huskies' quarterback. Locker teased scouts by playing in the West Coast Collegiate League last summer, ranking as the league's top talent. Scouts believe that if he concentrated on baseball, he could be like a speedier Matt Holliday. He's not playing mind games with scouts; they know he has his heart set on playing in the NFL.
24 715 Pittsburgh Pirates Jason Erickson RHP Wash.
Senior righthander Jason Erickson was a 45th-round pick out of high school. He has fringy stuff but throws strikes and competes.
40 1193 Seattle Mariners Jorden Merry RHP Wash.
Senior righthander Jorden Merry was a 14th-round pick by the White Sox last year, but opted to return to school. It looked like a bad move when he lost his spot in the weekend rotation and ended up with a 6.08 ERA.
48 1461 Los Angeles Angels Jake Rife OF Wash.
With his signature purple do-rag and eye black, senior outfielder Jake Rife is a bulldog. A 5-foot-11, 200-pound lefthanded hitter, Rife led the Huskies in batting this year.