Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Team Player Position State Bonus
5 166 Texas Rangers Justin Grimm RHP Ga. $825,000
Grimm has many of the ingredients scouts look for in a college pitcher. He has a pitcher's body at 6-foot-4, 193 pounds; he's quick-armed and athletic; he has big-conference experience and was Georgia's Friday starter this season; and he touches 95 mph regularly with his fastball. The bad news: Grimm had a career 5.80 ERA over nearly 180 innings, and some scouts consider him much the same pitcher after three years at Georgia as he was in 2007, when he was a 13th-round pick of the Red Sox out of high school in Virginia. Grimm has above-average fastball velocity at 90-94 mph, but the pitch lacks life and command thanks to poor mechanics. He rushes through his delivery, leaving his pitches up in the strike zone. He's vulnerable to home runs because he finishes too upright and doesn't drive the ball downhill. Scouts do consider the flaws to be correctable. He has a sharp curveball that at times grades out as an above-average pitch, but he wasn't ahead of hitters enough to use it as a strikeout pitch this spring. Grimm's changeup remains his third-best pitch. He competed well this season despite Georgia's disappointing year, even pitching in midweek in relief to sew up a victory against Georgia State, then pitching a career-best eight innings in his final start, beating Kentucky. He's still expected to go in the first four rounds despite his career 6-12 record.
7 212 New York Mets Jeff Walters RHP Ga. $50,000
Physical senior righty Jeff Walters, who has a good body at 6-foot-3, 192 pounds, posted a 2-6, 7.90 season as he constantly elevated his plus fastball, which tops out in the mid-90s. Walters also has flashed a plus slider and has been drafted every year since 2006: out of high school in Orlando, twice out of St. Petersburg (Fla.) CC and last year out of Georgia as a 17th-rounder.
14 442 Los Angeles Dodgers Alex McRee LHP Ga.
Senior lefty McRee, once a potential first-round pick, fought chronic wildness and never got on track. He ended up working just 22 innings on the season, compiling a 7.25 ERA with 38 strikeouts and 32 walks.
31 946 Texas Rangers Justin Earls LHP Ga.
32 960 Cleveland Indians Michael Palazzone RHP Ga.