Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Team Player Position State Bonus
1 11 Toronto Blue Jays Deck McGuire RHP Ga. $2,000,000
McGuire is a Virginia product who was a mid-week starter as a freshman at Georgia Tech before settling in as the Yellow Jackets' Friday starter the last two seasons. He had more success for the first three-quarters of 2009 than he had at the end of last season, when he was hammered in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament and in regional play--he gave up nine runs to Southern Miss in the regional final working on two days' rest. McGuire's stuff hasn't been quite as crisp since then, and scouts have lowered their expectations for the 6-foot-6, 218-pounder, but most still see him as a No. 3 or No. 4 starter in the majors. McGuire commands a 90-92 mph fastball that hits 94, and he throws with a good downhill angle to the plate, making it tough to elevate. His fastball has a bit less life than it used to. McGuire also throws strikes with his curveball and harder slurve, and his changeup is average to fringe-average. He's an excellent competitor who doesn't fold up with runners on base. He's a proven college winner with a good track record of performance and durability; similar prospects rarely last through the first half of the first round.
2 79 Tampa Bay Rays Derek Dietrich 3B Ga. $457,200
Dietrich is one of three unsigned 2007 Astros draft picks--Arkansas' Brett Eibner and Texas Tech's Chad Bettis are the others--who figure to go in the first two rounds this year. Dietrich was the highest pick, a third-rounder, and could still fall to that round despite having his best college season. He's a difficult player for scouts to judge because he doesn't fit an obvious pro profile. His lefthanded bat brings value, as do his strong arm and developing power, and he tied his career high with 14 homers this spring. He plays hard and has been a serviceable college shortstop defensively. Scouts believe he lacks the footwork or athletic ability in his 6-foot-1, 196-pound frame to stay at short, though, and wonder if his footwork can improve enough for him to play at second. Most doubt that and believe third base is his best fit with the glove, and he may not produce enough power to profile as a regular there. He also could prove to be a versatile big leaguer in the mold of Geoff Blum or Scott Spiezio, who both had the advantage of switch-hitting.
6 176 Washington Nationals Cole Leonida C Ga. $125,000
At one time, Leonida seemed to have the most draft helium, and he could still go out higher than his other teammates due to position scarcity. The Colorado prep product was a part-time player for two seasons and took over as the starter this year. He got off to a hot start but and his production this season slowed down as the spring wore on, and he was batting .302/.386/.526. Leonida lacks bat speed and has holes in his swing, though his long arms also help give him leverage and power. He's a take-charge catcher who leads the pitching staff, blocks and receives well, with a solid-average arm and good accuracy. He's always going to strike out a lot, and his bat fits the profile more of a backup than of a regular.
9 267 Pittsburgh Pirates Brandon Cumpton RHP Ga. $124,500
Aside from McGuire and Jacob, Georgia Tech's next-best pitching prospect is righty Cumpton, who had trouble throwing his average 89-93 mph fastball and inconsistent curveball for strikes for much of the season but still was 8-2, 4.86 and pitched in the weekend rotation all season. Cumpton's delivery is so clean that he lacks deception and gets hit harder than his stuff would indicate. He has shown better velocity in relief stints, touching 95-96 mph in the past. He fits in the sixth- to 10th-round range.
9 283 Detroit Tigers Tony Plagman 1B Ga. $35,000
Senior slugger Plagman, the first baseman who led Tech with 19 home runs and 70 RBIs and has been a consistent power bat throughout his career, draws less interest from scouts. He has become more selective this season and was batting .357/.449/.709, and his track record will make him a senior sign.
12 363 Houston Astros Andrew Robinson RHP Ga.
Robinson served as Tech's closer when Jacob was out. He was 4-0, 2.45 with seven saves, though he had a .261 opponent average. His 90-92 mph fastball and slider have been sharper this season. He also has a decent changeup and has proven resilient, working twice on weekends if needed. He should get pick in the 10th-20th round.
16 504 Los Angeles Angels Thomas Nichols 3B Ga.
Nichols has moved around defensively (and even tried catching) without finding a home and probably will wind up in the outfield, though he could also become a utility player. He has plus arm strength and good bat speed. His best tool is his bat, as he's patient, has a feel for the barrel and surprising power. He led the Yellow Jackets in batting at .375/.509/.637. Burnette is more athletic, with average tools across the board and an arm that could grade as above-average. He was batting .350/.398/.664 but is viewed as too aggressive for his own good offensively and profiles as a fourth outfielder, complete with the lefthanded bat.
18 540 Cleveland Indians Chase Burnette 1B Ga.
Burnette is more athletic, with average tools across the board and an arm that could grade as above-average. He was batting .350/.398/.664 but is viewed as too aggressive for his own good offensively and profiles as a fourth outfielder, complete with the lefthanded bat.
18 565 New York Yankees Kevin Jacob RHP Ga.
Jacob started the year high on most clubs' follow lists after he was the top prospect in the Alaska League last summer, while other clubs don't like him at all due to his extreme mechanics. Jacob points his lead arm straight up into the sky and nearly reaches the ground with his throwing hand as he tilts back, giving him tremendous leverage toward home plate. He had made just 10 appearances this spring due to a weightlifting injury to his throwing shoulder that kept him out for two months. He has touched 98 mph in the past, and was sitting 94-97 when he returned in mid-May. He also throws a hard slider in the mid- to upper 80s that has some depth when he backs off it a bit. He also flashes a split-finger fastball to lefthanded hitters. Jacob's injury, odd mechanics and track record, as well as being advised by Boras Corp., make it tough to read where he'll go in the draft.
19 583 Detroit Tigers Jeff Rowland OF Ga.