Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Team Player Position State Bonus
32 978 Colorado Rockies A.J. Simcox SS Tenn.
Simcox's father Larry was an assistant coach for Tennessee for 17 seasons, and A.J. served as a Vols bat boy on their trips to the College World Series in 2001 and 2005. He would likely be Tennessee's starting shortstop as a freshman if he makes it to campus. Simcox has emerged as the top hitter in the Volunteer State this spring by adding strength to his wiry frame; he's listed at 6-foot-1, 170 pounds but is closer to 180 now. He hit the weight room, resulting in harder contact from his improving swing. His feet and hands work well, and his average speed should be sufficient at the college level. He may not have the present speed or power for teams to buy him out of Tennessee, but his defensive ability and improved bat make Simcox an intriguing fourth-round talent.