Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Team Player Position State Bonus
4 144 Washington Nationals Brandon Miller OF Ala. $100,000
Miller started his college career at Georgia Tech as a catcher, then transferred to a junior college before winding up at Samford. He priced himself out of last year's draft and will likely have to lower his bonus expectations as a senior. He has two plus tools with righthanded power (36 home runs the last two seasons, including 20 this spring to tie for the Division I lead) and a 65 arm on the 20-80 scouting scale. He's made more contact this spring but isn't a big bet to hit for average. Scouts had a chance to work him out at catcher, but he hasn't caught in a game this spring.
6 192 Baltimore Orioles Lex Rutledge LHP Miss. $196,200
Rutledge ranked just behind Mississippi State's Chris Stratton among Mississippi high school pitchers in 2009, and he spurned the Brewers as a 26th-round draft pick to attend Samford. The Bulldogs made him a closer and he thrived in that role, going 5-1, 1.71 with 11 saves in 2010 and striking out 65 in 47 innings. Rutledge struggled with command when he moved into the weekend rotation in 2011 and moved back into the bullpen in 2012. Walks remained a problem, though, and he has 84 in 142 career innings with a 6.81 ERA this spring. Rutledge has thrown hard in two summers in the Cape Cod League, hitting 97-98 mph in short spurts. His fastball has resided more in the 91-93 mph range this spring but touched 95-96. If he throws strike with it, he can put hitters away with one of the draft's better curveballs, a power pitch in the 79-82 mph range with downer action. It's a swing-and-miss pitch that at times gets slurvy. He hasn't shown strong stuff when used on back-to-back days. He could go as high as the second round, but more likely will last into the fourth or fifth.
10 323 Cleveland Indians Josh Martin RHP Ala. $5,000
Martin is a veteran workhorse who broke through with a 12-1, 2.96 season as a senior. Scouts don't love his delivery, but he'll touch 92-93 mph at times with his fastball and throws strikes with his curveball.
19 590 New York Mets Tyler Vanderheiden RHP Ala.
28 876 Texas Rangers Joe Burns LHP Ala.
33 1027 New York Yankees Saxon Butler 1B/C Ala.
Butler hits three-hole for Samford and has worked out as a catcher for scouts. He has hit the last two years and added 14 homers this spring.
37 1147 New York Yankees Charles Basford RHP Ala.