Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Team Player Position State Bonus
42 1284 Texas Rangers Joey Pankake RHP S.C.
A strong performer this spring, South Carolina signee Joey Pankake, had the tools to get drafted but like English lacks physicality. Pankake hit and pitched for Easley and was an all-state basketball player as well despite his 6-foot-1, 180-pound frame. He has played varsity since eighth grade and has shown excellent defensive versatility, playing all over the diamond. He has excellent arm strength and has bumped 92-94 mph as a closer, though in longer stints, his velocity fades into the mid-80s. He's a line-drive machine at the plate who makes a lot of contact, at times at the expense of power. He's probably a better fit at second or third base in pro ball, and his lack of power hinders his third-base profile.