Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Team Player Position State Bonus
4 147 Los Angeles Angels Alex Yarbrough 2B Miss. $302,800
Yarbrough hopes to join a parade of Mississippi infielders who have reached the majors in recent years, from Matt Tolbert to Cam Coghlan to Zach Cozart. He's closer to Coghlan as an offense-first infielder with modest athleticism and excellent hands, and he's hit his way into consideration for the first five rounds. His hands play on both sides of the ball; Yarbrough has excellent bat control and manipulates the barrel well. He has natural hand-eye coordination and a patient approach that helped him hit .389 through mid-May in Southeastern Conference play, second-best in the conference. Coaches consider him a calming presence defensively. He doesn't get to a ton of groundballs but makes the plays on balls he gets to, with no errors in league play and just two overall. He also showed solid pop in the Cape Cod League last summer, ranking second on Cotuit behind Victor Roache in home runs and doubles, and figures to hit his share of doubles. Yarbrough's arm strength is sufficient for second base and turning the double play; he's a fringy to below-average runner. He'll have to hit to be a regular, but plenty of scouts think he'll do just that.
10 337 New York Yankees Matt Snyder 1B Miss. $10,000
Most of the top home run hitters in Division I are older, physical hitters who have the "man strength" needed to drive the ball with the new BBCOR bats. That description applies to the 6-foot-6, 215-pound Snyder. He has big league bloodlines with brother Brandon in the majors with the Rangers and his father Brian pitched in the big leagues. Matt Snyder led the Southeastern Conference with 10 homers in league play this spring, and while some scouts lament his lack of athleticism, he has strength and hitting smarts. He's improved defensively at first but is a 20 runner prone to hitting into double plays.
14 451 Boston Red Sox Dylan Chavez LHP Miss.
Chavez is at his third school, having pitched one year at St. Mary's and spending 2011 at American River (Calif.) JC. The 6-foot-3, 190-pounder has some deception in his delivery and an average fastball that at times bumps 92 mph, with good life. At his best, he pitches off the fastball, making his slurvy breaking ball and nascent changeup play up. He's tried to start and struggled in the role, but he throws strikes out of the bullpen, almost to a fault.
19 603 Arizona Diamondbacks R.J. Hively RHP Miss.
Hively is a fifth-year senior who started his college career at Cal State Fullerton, taking a redshirt year and then missing a year with a back injury. The 23-year-old righthander lacks a plus pitch, though he can throw his four-seamer, two-seamer and cutter to all four parts of the strike zone.
27 819 Houston Astros Tanner Mathis OF Miss.
Mathis is the opposite of teammate Zack Kirksey. The 5-foot-11, 180-pounder has a feel for the barrel and is a consistent hitter with excellent command of the strike zone and solid baseball instincts on the basepaths and in center field. Mathis has no home run power in his slap approach and doesn't run as well as a similar player, former Ole Miss leadoff man Jordan Henry.
29 904 Detroit Tigers Zach Kirksey OF Miss.
Kirksey is a power-hitting senior with surprising athletic ability for his size. The 6-foot, 214-pounder has the advantage of hitting left-handed, but his defense is lacking. He was Ole Miss' DH much of the season and would be limited to left field as a pro. Kirksey's bat got exposed in Southeastern Conference play, and he batted just .189 in 74 SEC at-bats and struck out more than one-third of the time (23 K's).