Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Team Player Position State Bonus
9 307 New York Yankees Derek Varnadore RHP Ala. $10,000
Varnadore led Auburn in innings as a senior, after being a 17th-round pick last year. His deceptive arm action precludes him from having consistent command. He pitches off an 89-90 mph fastball with a slider and changeup, none of it consistent.
11 358 San Francisco Giants Ryan Tella OF Ala.
A 34th-round pick in 2011 out of Ohlone (Calif.) JC, Tella fits the center-field profile. The 6-foot, 175-pounder bats lefthanded and is a plus runner who repeats his short swing. He sees a lot of pitches and needs to improve his two-strike approach to fulfill his potential as a leadoff threat. The eligible sophomore has shown surprising pop and has an above-average arm, leading to some comparisons to former Auburn outfielder Clete Thomas.
17 544 Detroit Tigers Slade Smith RHP Ala.
Smith never got results from his 88-91 mph sinker, which he relies on heavily, along with his sweepy slider. He's a durable reliever but doesn't miss a lot of bats and gets punished when he misses up in the zone.
25 762 Baltimore Orioles Creede Simpson 2B S.C.
Simpson moved from the outfield to second base this season, then threw out a runner at the plate when the Tigers moved him back to right field for a game. His lack of selectivity hinders his offensive ceiling. If he adds plate discipline to improve his offensive profile, he would be an interesting prospect. He's a plus runner with arm strength and athleticism.