Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Team Player Position State Bonus
6 201 Philadelphia Phillies Gauntlett Eldemire OF Ohio $140,000
Eldemire's value is in the eye of beholder. On sheer physical ability, he could be a first-round pick. He's one of the best college athletes in the draft, a 6-foot-3, 195-pounder with above-average raw power and speed. That ability has translated onto the field, as he hit .398/.496/.726 with 16 homers and 16 steals this spring. Some scouts wonder how well his game will play at the pro level. He has natural strength and leverage, but he gears up for power and takes a big cut at the plate, which leads to strikeouts. He's unproven with wood bats, having hit .136 in seven games in the Great Lakes League in 2008 and bowing out of the Team USA trials last summer with a stress fracture in his left leg. Though he was clocked at 6.5 seconds in the 60-yard dash last fall, he goes from the right side of the plate to first base in a more pedestrian 4.3 seconds. He's more quick than instinctive in center field, and he tends to airmail throws with an arm that grades as playable. Eldemire has more upside than most college players, but he also is more raw than most college players. His tools package is enticing enough that he shouldn't last past three rounds.
18 547 Cincinnati Reds Robert Maddox OF Ohio
Robert Maddox outhomered Gauntlett Eldemire at Ohio this spring, leading the Mid-American Conference with 21 home runs. The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder offers raw lefthanded power and not much else. He crushes fastballs but struggles against offspeed and breaking pitches and is vulnerable against lefthanders. A below-average runner and defender, he moved from first base to left field and may be best suited to DH.
34 1044 Los Angeles Angels Jerod Yakubik 1B Ohio