Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Team Player Position State Bonus
1s 33 Houston Astros Mike Kvasnicka 3B/C Minn. $936,000
After catching sparingly in his first two seasons at Minnesota, Kvasnicka has seen semi-regular action behind the plate this spring while senior Kyle Knudson has recovered from offseason labrum surgery on both hips. Kvasnicka already was an attractive draft prospect as a 6-foot-2, 210-pound switch-hitter with a balanced stroke, good power potential and strike-zone discipline. Now his stock has jumped with the possibility that he could be a catcher rather than a right fielder. He has solid arm strength and accuracy, and he has the athleticism, hands and work ethic to become an average receiver. While he might have been a fourth-round pick as an outfielder, he now figures to go in the first two rounds as a catcher. If he winds up moving back to the outfield, he still has enough bat to reach the big leagues. Kvasnicka's father Jay was a Twins eighth-round pick in 1988--Minnesota drafted Mike in the 31st round out of high school--and reached Triple-A.
4 138 San Francisco Giants Seth Rosin RHP Minn. $191,700
Few pitchers who are Rosin's size (6-foot-6, 245 pounds) can match his body control. He repeats his delivery and throws strikes so easily that he posted one of the top K-BB ratios (88-12 through 95 innings) in NCAA Division I this spring. Rosin topped out at 96 mph in the Cape Cod League last summer and has pitched at 91-92 mph with a peak of 94 this spring. His fastball is pretty straight, which makes it easier to throw for strikes but also easier to hit. His curveball and changeup have improved but still are fringy, and he's going to need more fastball life and better secondary pitches to miss bats in pro ball. He may fit better in the bullpen, where he would project as a possible set-up man.
9 285 Minnesota Twins Kyle Knudson C Minn. $25,000
Though Mike Kvasnicka's catching potential got him drafted 33rd overall by the Astros, it's actually Kyle Knudson who was Minnesota's regular backstop for most of the season. After recovering from offseason surgery to repair the labrums in both of his hips, Knudson had easily the best season of his four-year college career, batting .342 with six homers and throwing out 40 percent of basestealers. The 2010 Big Ten Conference tournament MVP, Knudson is more advanced defensively than offensively. He has a strong, accurate arm and good leadership skills, and even calls his own pitches behind the plate. The 6-foot-3, 205-pounder has will have to make more consistent contact to make the most of his righthanded power potential.
40 1209 Milwaukee Brewers Scott Matyas RHP Minn.
Righthander Scott Matyas set a Minnesota record with 15 saves as a draft-eligible sophomore in 2009, then turned down the Yankees as a 29th-round pick to return to the Gophers. He showed more velocity this spring, working in the low 90s and commanding his fastball well after recovering from an early-season forearm strain. An athletic 6-foot-4, 215-pounder, he uses a loopy curveball as his second pitch. He had Tommy John surgery in 2005.