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Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Jack Leiter signs with Rangers for over $7.9 million, highest bonus for pitcher in a decade

Two and a half weeks after being selected No. 2 overall by the Texas Rangers in the MLB Draft, former Vanderbilt pitcher Jack Leiter has signed the richest contract for a pitcher since 2011.


While exact bonus numbers have not yet been released, Jeff Passan of ESPN reported that Leiter’s bonus was over $7.9 million and just shy of the $8 million given to Gerrit Cole in 2011, the year before MLB implemented a bonus pool system.

The slot value for the No. 2 pick is $7,789,900, making Leiter’s deal slightly over slot.

Leiter signed just four days before the signing deadline of Aug. 1. His rotation-mate, Kumar Rocker, has not yet signed after a pre-draft physical reportedly contained concerns about Rocker’s elbow. Leiter is the fourth member of Vanderbilt’s 2021 team to sign, after catcher CJ Rodriguez, third baseman Jayson Gonzalez and pitcher Luke Murphy.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 28, 2021 at 01:01 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: jack leiter, rangers

Wednesday, April 07, 2021

Leiter vs. Rocker: Who’s better?

Kumar Rocker entered 2021 as the consensus top Draft prospect and has excelled over his first seven starts. He won all seven with a tidy 0.84 ERA, posting a .137 opponents’ average and a 61/12 K/BB ratio in 43 innings.

Fellow Vanderbilt right-hander Jack Leiter has been even better. He no-hit South Carolina for nine innings in his first career Southeastern Conference start and Missouri for seven innings before departing in his second. He also has seven wins in as many starts, and his numbers verge on the ridiculous: 0.43 ERA, .074 opponents’ average, 71/16 K/BB ratio in 42 innings.

“It’s like watching Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris from 1961,” an area scout who covers Vanderbilt said. “It’s two guys who are clearly elite in their field.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 07, 2021 at 12:14 PM | 13 comment(s)
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