Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Team Player Position State Bonus
11 343 Kansas City Royals Zeb Sneed RHP Idaho $110,000
Sneed has a power-pitcher's build at 6-foot-5 and 195 pounds. He has long legs, broad shoulders and still has room to add strength. His fastball tops out at 96 mph, but he lacks control right now. His best offspeed pitch is a fringy splitter. He throws an inconsistent curveball and tried to throw a slider this year, but didn't have a lot of feel for it. Sneed is athletic for his size and his delivery is fine, but he battles his tempo and his release point is inconsistent. Sneed started for the Crusaders but put up poor numbers for the stuff he has against Division II competition, going 7-4, 5.00 with 61 strikeouts and 46 walks over 67 innings. He wasn't good when Northwest Nazarene went down to Chico State early in the year, which may have stuck with some teams and kept him down some draft boards as a lot of crosscheckers were at the game because it was easy for them to triple-up that weekend considering how loaded Northern California was this year. Scouts who like Sneed buy into his athleticism, projection and arm speed and hope that with better coaching he'll learn how to throw more strikes and sharpen up his secondary stuff enough to be a threat out of the bullpen.