Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Team Player Position State Bonus
2 64 Milwaukee Brewers Jimmy Nelson RHP Ala. $570,600
Nelson emerged as the Crimson Tide's top prospect, surpassing middle infielders Josh Rutledge and preseason All-American Ross Wilson. He has the size (6-foot-6, 250 pounds) and hard, heavy fastball to profile as a middle-of-the-rotation starter. Nelson has had an inconsistent career as he's honed his mechanics, and an inconsistent junior season, peaking with strong starts against Kentucky early in the season and with a complete-game gem against Mississippi in mid-May. The latter start was key, as many scouts weren't sure he wanted the ball in big-game situations. Nelson can run his fastball up to 95-96 mph at times, and he has learned to rely more on movement and less on velocity. When his fastball is in the 88-93 range, it has natural, hard sink. He complements it with an 80-84 mph power breaking ball that scouts call a slider, as at times it has some depth. At his best, both pitches grade out as above-average. His changeup remains below-average but has its moments, and he tosses in a curve from time to time that some scouts believe suits his arm slot better than the slider. Nelson's arm action is decent, but he still loses his release point from time to time and struggles to throw strikes. He has improved his mound demeanor and has matured so that fielding miscues or a lack of run support don't disrupt his rhythm as often. He failed in a try as a closer last season, and some evaluators believe being in a rotation suits him better. Teams that like him as a starter will be tempted starting in the second round, and he finished the regular season strong.
3 107 Colorado Rockies Josh Rutledge SS Ala. $295,000
Rutledge could go in the first three rounds to a team that believes in his bat. He's a smooth athlete with good infield actions, in the Adam Everett mold. Rutledge doesn't make the flashy play in the hole because he's better going to his left than to his right. He has enough arm and range for short. Offensively, he had a solid season and runs a tick above-average, with sound baserunning instincts. He lacks strength in his hands and forearms and may never drive the ball enough to be a big league regular, despite his good defense. He also lacks plate discipline and has trouble catching up to good velocity.
10 308 Chicago White Sox Ross Wilson 2B Ala. $115,000
Wilson, a two-time Preseason All-American, broke down physically at the end of last season, didn't make USA Baseball's college national team and wound up taking the summer off. He never got rolling in 2010, with a hairline fracture in his hand interrupting the season and costing him five games. A former prep quarterback who was featured on MTV's "Two-A-Days" reality show, Wilson hit just .259/.381/.413 and may have to be a senior sign.
15 471 Philadelphia Phillies Jake Smith 3B Ala.
Smith, a good defender with excellent power, has a swing too long for college ball, not to mention wood bats. He also has worked as a closer occasionally and runs his fastball up to 92 mph, with a decent breaking ball. If he wants to pitch, he'll get a chance in pro ball.
20 613 Detroit Tigers Tyler White RHP Ala.
White runs his fastball up to 94 mph at times but doesn't throw enough strikes.
26 791 Tampa Bay Rays Justin Woodall LHP Ala.
31 927 Pittsburgh Pirates Jason Townsend RHP Ala.
Townsend threw well at LSU, touching 94, and has a loose arm. Townsend lacks a feel for pitching and a consistent breaking ball.
32 973 Detroit Tigers Clay Jones 1B Ala.
First baseman Clay Jones has the least pro tools but was Alabama's best middle-of-the-order hitter, leading the team with 15 home runs. He's a solid college hitter and good defender at first base.