Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Team Player Position State Bonus
3 101 Atlanta Braves Joe Leonard 3B Pa. $324,900
Leonard's father, John, was a first-round pick of the Orioles in 1982, and Joe stepped into Pitt's starting lineup as a freshman. After two solid seasons, Leonard exploded as a junior this spring, hitting .452/.507/.719 with eight homers and 60 RBIs though 199 at-bats. The 6-foot-5, 220-pound Leonard has below-average game power currently, but he has shown good pop with wood bats in batting practice and projects for average power if he can add loft to his flat swing. His swing is long, making him vulnerable against good fastballs on the inner half, but he has good bat speed and feel for hitting, so he barrels up balls consistently. He projects as an average hitter. Leonard also reaches 92-93 mph off the mound as Pitt's closer, and his arm is above-average at third base. He is not a finished product defensively but has good feet and solid instincts, and he projects as a solid-average defender. He is a below-average runner but not a clogger. Leonard projects as a second- to third-round pick.
15 464 Atlanta Braves Cory Brownsten C Pa.
Behind the plate, Smith has an average to plus arm but raw receiving skills, which is why Brownsten handled the lion's share of the catching duties for the Panthers this spring. Brownsten also had a better offensive year, hitting .395/.460/.530, but scouts say he has a metal-bat swing that probably won't play at the higher levels of the minors. He's a good defender, however, who does a nice job blocking balls in the dirt and has a 55 arm on the 20-80 scale.
17 522 Seattle Mariners Danny Lopez SS Pa.
Lopez, a four-year starter at shortstop for the Panthers, put together his best season as a senior this spring, hitting .349/.437/.488 with 24 stolen bases. Lopez is a spray hitter with some bat speed who draws his share of walks, but his 5-foot-11, 180-pound frame lacks strength. He's a flashy defender at short who sometimes boots routine grounders, and his fringy arm strength could make him a better fit as a second baseman or utilityman in pro ball.