Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Team Player Position State Bonus
5 160 Chicago Cubs Matt Szczur OF Pa. $100,000
A wide receiver for Villanova's football team, Szczur led the Wildcats to a Football Championship Subdivision national title last fall, earning MVP honors in the championship game after racking up 270 all-purpose yards. He is a legitimate NFL draft prospect as a receiver in the Wes Welker mold, which clouds his baseball signability, but he also could be drafted as early as the fifth round in baseball. Szczur is an electrifying athlete with true 80 speed on the 20-80 scouting scale. He is still learning to put his speed to use in the outfield--he arrived at Villanova as a catcher and has never concentrated on baseball full-time--and has played right field for the Wildcats, but he could become an adequate defender in center or left with work. His arm is well-below-average. Offensively, the 5-foot-11, 190-pound Szczur has an unorthodox, slashy swing, but he has a knack for barreling up balls consistently, and he projects as an average hitter with below-average power. He has a patient approach, and he can use all fields and make adjustments from at-bat to at-bat. Scouts love Szczur's intensity on the field, and coaches rave about his work ethic and ability to learn. He also has special makeup off the field; days after hitting for the cycle on April 27, Szczur donated bone marrow to a 1-year-old girl with leukemia, sidelining him for the next three weeks.
20 597 Pittsburgh Pirates Justin Bencsko OF Pa.
Bencsko's best tool is his speed. Bencsko's plus-plus speed helps him cover plenty of ground in center field, and it plays on the basepaths, where he has 24 steals in 31 tries. He's a contact hitter with strength through the strike zone, though he has below-average power.
37 1113 Houston Astros Brian Streilein RHP Pa.
45 1371 Philadelphia Phillies Mike Francisco LHP Pa.
Francisco, a 6-foot-5 lefthander, works at 88-91 mph and has improved his secondary stuff this spring. He scrapped his curveball in favor of a cutter and a slider, which are works in progress but are usable in games. Scouts seemed content to wait until his senior year to take a shot at him.