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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) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: July 28, 2021 at 05:22 PM (#6031051)
Leiter gets heavier, film at 11.

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