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Monday, August 15, 2011

Draft signings

Today’s the last day that 2011 draft picks can be signed. I would expect a rash of announcements as we get close to the midnight deadline.

Post ‘em here.

Mike Emeigh Posted: August 15, 2011 at 07:30 PM | 63 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Mike Emeigh Posted: August 15, 2011 at 07:46 PM (#3900509)
Mets have signed 15th-rounder Phillip Evans for $650K, the highest bonus they have ever paid below the second round. Evans is a shortstop from LaCosta Canyon HS in Carlsbad, CA who the Mets signed away from a San Diego State commitment. Good bat, solid glove, will probably stay in the middle infield.

-- MWE
   2. Der Komminsk-sar Posted: August 15, 2011 at 08:02 PM (#3900530)
I was a bit surprised Dean signed so cheaply with Toronto ($737.5K, TOR-13) ... I bet if teams thought he'd sign for that price, he'd've gone no later than round 2. Also surprised Camarena only needed $335K to ink with the Yanks (20th rd) - I agreed with those who thought that his stock could rise in college (as a polished two-way guy).
   3. billyshears Posted: August 15, 2011 at 08:21 PM (#3900555)
Nice to see the Mets signing Evans and Brad Marquez. They are finally being aggressive in the draft like they always should have been. Now they just have to get Nimmo done so I'm not forced to eat my words.
   4. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 15, 2011 at 08:32 PM (#3900567)
Royals signed 29th round pick RHP Jake Junis for $675k. He was a NC State commit. They also signed 4th round pick RHP Kyle Smith for $695k. He was a Florida commit. Couple nice gets. Will be interesting to see if they land Bryan Brickhouse, their third round pick. I'm fairly confident their first rounder Bubba Starling signs. In fact, it sounds Jim Callis sounded confident everyone will sign in the first round except perhaps Tyler Beede, and even he could sign.
   5. Mike Emeigh Posted: August 15, 2011 at 08:49 PM (#3900584)
Jon Heyman tweets that Gerrit Cole is looking for $15 mill, Danny Hultzen for $13 mill, and neither the Pirates nor the Mariners has gone to $10 mill yet. We all know where this is coming from, right?

-- MWE
   6. billyshears Posted: August 15, 2011 at 09:44 PM (#3900638)
I didn't think Boras represented Hultzen though?
   7. bfan Posted: August 15, 2011 at 09:58 PM (#3900652)
With 6 hours left, Cole needs to move about $833,000.00 an hour, and Hultzen about $500,000.00 an hour. I assume late faxes still don't count, and they have to be signed, sealed, delivered, offer and acceptance done by midnight.
   8. steagles Posted: August 16, 2011 at 12:35 AM (#3900772)
rumors are that the phillies have signed supplemental 1st rounder larry green, 2nd rounder roman quinn, and 17th rounder jesen dygestile-therrien. there's also been rumblings about 5th round pick mitchell walding and 15th round pick ryan garvey.
   9. cabintwelve Posted: August 16, 2011 at 01:31 AM (#3900799)
The Twins signed #55, Hudson Boyd for $1M. Slot was $653,400.

Boyd is a HS pitcher from Ft. Myers, FL. Committed to Florida.
   10. The Keith Law Blog Blah Blah (battlekow) Posted: August 16, 2011 at 01:42 AM (#3900809)
The Brewers signed 18th-round SS Chris McFarland for $315K. McFarland was a Rice commit, so that's a little surprising. 16th-round LHP Carlos Rodon will not sign, which Mike will enjoy because it means Rodon will head to NC State instead, and the Brewers are making a late run at 17th-round C Mario Amaral, an FSU commit.
   11. Der-K and the statistical werewolves. Posted: August 16, 2011 at 02:16 AM (#3900841)
Not to say anything that isn't obvious, but if you're wondering about a given guy - check if they have a twitter account.
   12. Der-K and the statistical werewolves. Posted: August 16, 2011 at 02:20 AM (#3900847)
Fish look like they've lost on Connor Barron.
   13. Der-K and the statistical werewolves. Posted: August 16, 2011 at 02:38 AM (#3900860)
rumor: 3rd rounder Matt Purke will sign a big league deal with the Nats. (He has been a big time prospect in the past but had shoulder woes this year ... rumored as a possible #1 next year if healthy)
   14. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 16, 2011 at 02:39 AM (#3900861)
KLaw says Tyler Beede and the Jays are seven figures apart.
   15. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 16, 2011 at 02:41 AM (#3900862)
Barron is a comp pick next year right?

Royals landed Brickhouse for$ 1.5 mill. Also like the Cards getting Charlie Tilson for $1.25 mill. He was a first rd talent til he got hurt and he could be in the st louis pen quickly.
   16. Der-K and the statistical werewolves. Posted: August 16, 2011 at 02:49 AM (#3900872)
Barron: yeah, 3rd rd.
Tilson is a CF - do you mean John Stilson (500k to Toronto)? I like him a lot if healthy (SLAP tear).
   17. MM1f Posted: August 16, 2011 at 02:53 AM (#3900874)
Grayson Garvin signed for only 375k in the supplemental-first, about 60% of what his slot was worth. I knew their was some drama going on with his signing, but I can't figure out what exactly. The situation makes it look like a pre-existing injury was discovered. BA had a blog post up but immediately took it down.. http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/draft/2011/08/vandy-duo-signs/

Fish look like they've lost on Connor Barron.

I'm always excited to see mid-major commitments (Barron is a Southern Miss signee) turn down big money and go to school.
   18. Der-K and the statistical werewolves. Posted: August 16, 2011 at 02:57 AM (#3900876)
Garvin: yeah, I saw that (bonus, not article) and thought 'what the hell?'. Makes sense...

Barron: I think his girlfriend goes there (stupid internet) + he'll start as a frosh w/ Vollmuth gone + he's reportedly a good student, so it makes sense. I think he's a real growth stock ... good hitting environment + nice tools.
   19. Der-K and the statistical werewolves. Posted: August 16, 2011 at 03:18 AM (#3900894)
Tweaking a BA tweet:

sdsuaztec4 Sam Clemens
45 minutes to go, 22 first-rounders yet to sign. #mlbdraft
   20. steagles Posted: August 16, 2011 at 03:35 AM (#3900902)
keithlaw keithlaw
Phillies signed fifth rounder Mitch Walding for $800k
KendallRogersPG Kendall Rogers
Some good news for #OleMiss. #Phillies 10th-round pick Jake Overbey will play for the #Rebels. #mlbdraft #MLB #SEC
mydesert_sports MyDesert Sports
PD baseball players David Schuknecht (Rockies) and Ryan Garvey (Phillies) pass on pro contracts, will attend college instead.
   21. Der-K and the statistical werewolves. Posted: August 16, 2011 at 03:38 AM (#3900904)
Greg_Schaum greg schaum
Basketball star and ST, Johns signee Amir Garrett signs 6 year 1 million dollar deal. He can still play hoops at ST. Johns #MLBdraft
   22. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 16, 2011 at 03:43 AM (#3900907)
Doh, meant Stilson.

Giants signed C Andrew Susac.
   23. cabintwelve Posted: August 16, 2011 at 03:44 AM (#3900908)
Twins also got #50 Travis Harrison tonight. Someone posted a link to a post on zoodig, which is apparently a new social media site for athletes. The post included this line:

Harrison has worked extremely hard the last couple of months and is in the best shape of his life.

Umm, yeah!
   24. Der-K and the statistical werewolves. Posted: August 16, 2011 at 03:46 AM (#3900910)
I dig Susac quite a bit if the hamate is ok.
   25. Der-K and the statistical werewolves. Posted: August 16, 2011 at 03:49 AM (#3900914)
Test.
I think I'm in Twitter viewing jail, which I've never heard of.
   26. spike Posted: August 16, 2011 at 03:58 AM (#3900917)
Bit of older news, but the Braves signing Navery Moore for 400k after drafting him 14th was a bit of a coup.
   27. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 16, 2011 at 04:03 AM (#3900919)
Nats ink Matt Purke. Around $4 mill. MLB deal. I like Purke a lot but a MLB deal seems like a bad idea
   28. AJMcCringleberry Posted: August 16, 2011 at 04:04 AM (#3900920)
Any Nimmo news?
   29. Der-K and the statistical werewolves. Posted: August 16, 2011 at 04:05 AM (#3900921)
Not yet, he'll sign
Maples (14th) got 2.5m over 5 yrs (2 sport deal)
   30. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 16, 2011 at 04:05 AM (#3900922)
Nats also land Brian Goodwin who was considered a tough sign.

Royals have already spent $5 mill before Bubba and not counting the $5 mill they handed out to theirr two top Latin signees.
   31. Der-K and the statistical werewolves. Posted: August 16, 2011 at 04:05 AM (#3900924)
Josh Bell to PIT for $5M!
   32. Der-K and the statistical werewolves. Posted: August 16, 2011 at 04:06 AM (#3900928)
I don't think Goodwin is worth $3M.
Think I'm okay w/ the Burke deal.
   33. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 16, 2011 at 04:08 AM (#3900930)
Wow, I didn't think there was any way Bell signed.
   34. billyshears Posted: August 16, 2011 at 04:08 AM (#3900931)
Keith Law tweeted that Nimmo signed for $2.1 mil.
   35. Der-K and the statistical werewolves. Posted: August 16, 2011 at 04:09 AM (#3900932)
Dan Norris for $2M (TOR) ... thought he'd get a bit more.
   36. Der-K and the statistical werewolves. Posted: August 16, 2011 at 04:10 AM (#3900934)
Callis: #Mariner get No. 2 pick Hultzen: 5 yrs, $8.5m guarantee, $6.35m bonus, max value $10.6m
   37. AJMcCringleberry Posted: August 16, 2011 at 04:11 AM (#3900936)
Keith Law tweeted that Nimmo signed for $2.1 mil.

Nice.
   38. Der-K and the statistical werewolves. Posted: August 16, 2011 at 04:11 AM (#3900937)
Jed Bradley to MIL: $2M
   39. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 16, 2011 at 04:12 AM (#3900939)
Bubba Starling signs for $7.5 mill. Dylan Bundy signs. Gerrit cole signs.
   40. Der-K and the statistical werewolves. Posted: August 16, 2011 at 04:12 AM (#3900940)
Swihart BOS/$2.5M, Springer HOU $2.525M... Beede didn't sign
   41. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 16, 2011 at 04:14 AM (#3900943)
$8 mill for Cole.

Mikie Mahtook signed. Archie Bradley signed for $5 mill. Jose Fernandez signed w TB for $2 mill
   42. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 16, 2011 at 04:16 AM (#3900946)
Pads sign Austin Hedges for $3 mill, Joe Ross for $2 mill
   43. Der-K and the statistical werewolves. Posted: August 16, 2011 at 04:17 AM (#3900947)
Golson didn't sign (had 7 fig offer). Jungmann?
   44. CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: August 16, 2011 at 04:18 AM (#3900948)
Sadly, the Cubs have signed second round pick Daniel Vogelbach to a hefty deal. "Hefty," in this case, is also an unfortunate pun, as Vogelbach weighed in at something like 5'11, 260 pounds. Huge power and great discipline.
   45. MM1f Posted: August 16, 2011 at 04:19 AM (#3900949)
Brett Austin to NC State! Yay!
   46. Der-K and the statistical werewolves. Posted: August 16, 2011 at 04:20 AM (#3900951)
And Rodon.

Cubs got a similar guy Rock Shoulders as well. I mention this 'cause his name is Rock Shoulders.
   47. Der-K and the statistical werewolves. Posted: August 16, 2011 at 04:21 AM (#3900953)
Bundy 6.225M, big league deal
   48. Der-K and the statistical werewolves. Posted: August 16, 2011 at 04:23 AM (#3900955)
BA: Nationals gave 1st rder Anthony Rendon big league deal: $6 mil bonus, $7.2 mil guarantee, 4 years plus option.
   49. Der-K and the statistical werewolves. Posted: August 16, 2011 at 04:24 AM (#3900956)
Jungmann signed too. I'll stop now...
   50. MM1f Posted: August 16, 2011 at 04:25 AM (#3900957)
MLB deal for a HS kid scares the buh-jeebies out of me, but Bundy SHOULD be worth it. Also, by being a teenager on the 40-man roster I assume he'll have four, instead of three, option years, which helps. Someone correct me if I'm wrong but I think if a player runs out of options before a certain age he is given a 4th option year.
   51. MM1f Posted: August 16, 2011 at 04:27 AM (#3900961)
Weird that Bundy, a HS pick, gets an MLB deal but Cole, #1 overall pick and a collegian, gets a minor league deal
   52. Der-K and the statistical werewolves. Posted: August 16, 2011 at 04:31 AM (#3900963)
50: It's experience driven instead of age but, yeah, that's right.
   53. Mark S. is bored Posted: August 16, 2011 at 04:34 AM (#3900965)
Adam Rubin says Mets 3rd rounder Logan Verrett signed for $425K.

Jim Callis says Mets 11th rounder Christian Montgomery signed for $250k.

Adam Rubin says Mets 12th rounder Kenny Mathews does not sign
   54. Der-K and the statistical werewolves. Posted: August 16, 2011 at 04:42 AM (#3900973)
Surprised Lindor only got 2.9M
   55. rlc Posted: August 16, 2011 at 04:49 AM (#3900982)
MLB deal for a HS kid scares the buh-jeebies out of me, but Bundy SHOULD be worth it.

Just like Adam Loewen was...
   56. Eric P. Posted: August 16, 2011 at 05:11 AM (#3901003)
So Beede's the only 1st rounder not to sign but the Jays did land Norris & a whole pile of other over slot guys. Hard to be too upset by that. Hopefully the local media doesn't try and spin it as comparable to the Paxton/Barrett/Eliopoulos clusterfrak.
   57. rlc Posted: August 16, 2011 at 05:30 AM (#3901012)
Oh, the O's also signed 3rd basemen Jason Esposito (2nd round, Vandy) and Nick Delmonico (6th, HS)
   58. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 16, 2011 at 01:28 PM (#3901110)

Oh, the O's also signed 3rd basemen Jason Esposito (2nd round, Vandy


$900k less than the $1.5 million bonus he and the Royals agreed on when he came out of HS, only to have him back out.
   59. Paul D(uda) Posted: August 16, 2011 at 01:40 PM (#3901122)
Hopefully the local media doesn't try and spin it as comparable to the Paxton/Barrett/Eliopoulos clusterfrak.

The Jays took Eliopoulos in the 43rd round this year, anyone know if they signed him?
   60. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 16, 2011 at 01:59 PM (#3901138)

The Jays took Eliopoulos in the 43rd round this year, anyone know if they signed him?


According to some tweets of people I don't know, he did not.
   61. Squash Posted: August 16, 2011 at 02:24 PM (#3901181)
It looks like the A's didn't sign a single overslot guy and only one high schooler, a 44th round guy who signed three weeks ago. Which makes sense, as it's not like they have to build through the draft or anything. Wolff is really all out to not tick off Uncle Bud. What a mess.
   62. steagles Posted: August 16, 2011 at 02:25 PM (#3901182)
nationals' first 4 picks:
anthony rendon: $6MM bonus
alex meyer: $2MM bonus
brian goodwin: $3MM bonus
matt purke: $4MM bonus

pirates top 2 picks:
gerritt cole: $8MM bonus
josh bell: $5MM bonus



i'm starting to think a hard slotting system might be a bit of a holdup in the next CBA.
   63. Mike Emeigh Posted: August 17, 2011 at 01:17 AM (#3901895)
The Jays took Eliopoulos in the 43rd round this year, anyone know if they signed him?


Baseball America says not.

i'm starting to think a hard slotting system might be a bit of a holdup in the next CBA.


In what sense? If MLB truly wants to bring signing bonuses down, hard slotting is the only way that will happen, and the MLBPA might very well be prepared to trade off something else - possibly removal of the Super 2 arbitration limit - in exchange.

-- MWE

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