Players From

Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Team Player Position School Bonus
5 153 Oakland Athletics Steve Parker 3B Brigham Young $165,600
The first player likely to be selected out of the Beehive State is Brigham Young third baseman Steve Parker, who drew glowing praise from coaches and scouts. BYU recruiting coordinator Ryan Roberts said he likes Parker's chance to hit in the big leagues more than any other player he's coached in his 12 years in the business. The numbers back up the rave reviews. In 205 at-bats, Parker hit .361/.465/.595 with 13 doubles and nine home runs. He shows good pitch recognition and strong wrists. He can drive the ball the other way with authority and is short to the ball with a swing that spends a lot of time in the strike zone. Parker has worked hard to improve his defense at third base, cutting his errors in half this season. He's still likely to move off the position, perhaps to second base, but even if he goes to first base he is a pure enough hitter to warrant a Mark Grace comparison from one scout.
10 297 San Francisco Giants Jeremy Toole RHP Brigham Young $80,000
Toole has a commanding presence on the mound. Drafted in the 41st round by the Royals out of Huntsville (Texas) High in 2006, Toole instead headed to BYU. He came in overweight, but eventually dropped 20 pounds and is now 6-foot-3 and 235 pounds. Toole missed time at the end of last season with arm soreness, but he has been fine this season and lighting up radar guns. He touched 97 mph in the fall, and pitched more at 88-94 this spring, touching 95. Toole also throws a 12-to-6 curveball that breaks so much he sometimes has trouble controlling it. He's had difficulty with his command in general, walking 53 batters over 83 innings. Toole has some effort in his delivery, and some scouts are concerned about the violence in his mechanics, meaning he could end up as a reliever. Because he also has an 82 mph slider and a changeup, though, he'll be given every chance to succeed as a starter.
16 500 Chicago Cubs Keenyn Walker OF Judge Memorial HS, Salt Lake City
Outfielder Keenyn Walker is a great athlete. He runs well, has been up to 90 mph off the mound and plays football. He's a switch-hitter who has wiry strength and good bat speed, but his overall game is raw and he's expected to end up at Central Arizona CC.
22 667 Los Angeles Dodgers Stetson Banks OF Brigham Young
23 693 Oakland Athletics Kent Walton OF Brigham Young
Kent Walton has also been a force for the Cougars this season. Coming off labrum surgery in the fall, he has not been able to play the field but has been fine at the plate, batting .377/.448/.583 as a senior. Walton put on some weight after the surgery, which has taken away from his speed a little bit. While he was running a 6.5-second 60-yard dash last year and playing center field, he's now at 6.7 seconds. The thicker lower half has given him a more solid base and increased his power, however. Walton has good plate discipline, can handle velocity and stays on hard breaking pitches. A 42nd-round pick in 2008 by the Athletics, he'll likely be a late-round pick again, especially since he didn't get back out into the outfield this year. His best profile as a pro might be as a second baseman.
28 846 Arizona Diamondbacks Brian Budrow RHP Utah
Senior righthander Brian Budrow spent his first two seasons at Oregon State, where he was part of back-to-back College World Series winners, but he totaled just nine innings in those two years and transferred to Utah to get more time on the mound. He has shown scouts an 88-91 mph fastball with sink and a slider. He could get a chance as a senior sign.
31 951 Los Angeles Angels Jordan Whatcott RHP Utah
The Cinderella story of the conference tournaments this year was sixth-seeded Utah defeating San Diego State twice to earn its first regional berth since 1960. Leading the Utes was senior righthander Jordan Whatcott. He has a hard, thick body and repeats his delivery well. As a pitcher and second baseman at South Mountain (Ariz.) CC last year, he was 88-90 mph off the mound, and his stuff took a step forward this spring as he focused on pitching. His fastball sat between 90-92 mph, and touched 95, and he mixed in a firm, 83-84 mph slider that is an out pitch, as well as a work-in-progress changeup. His command needs work, but the biggest knocks on Whatcott are his size (6 feet and 200 pounds) and age. After serving a two-year Mormon mission in Brazil, he's older than most draft-eligible players. The team that drafts him will be giving him a nice present, as June 10 is his 24th birthday. So he'll need to be on a fast track, but he has a great work ethic.
33 1002 Minnesota Twins Nick Freitas OF Southern Utah
Southern Utah outfielder Nick Freitas is an enigma. He grew up in Hawaii and then spent a year at Miami before transferring to play for the Thunderbirds. He has big tools, running a 6.6-second 60-yard dash, throwing 96 mph from the outfield and showing above-average raw power. The tools have shown up in the statistics, too. Freitas hit .347/.424/.647 this year, though he put up similar numbers as a junior and didn't get drafted. Some scouts are skeptical about the move from Miami to Southern Utah and raised questions about his makeup.
36 1089 St. Louis Cardinals Justin Smith RHP Utah Valley
Righthander Justin Smith flies under the radar a little bit at Utah Valley. He has a smaller frame, but had success this season with a fastball that sat 88-91 mph and touched 93. He also has a plus slider and a changeup with good depth.
49 1491 Los Angeles Angels Chunner Nyberg RHP Dixie HS, St. George, Utah