Here’s today’s roundup of the top 39 draft picks (first round, extra round, competitive balance round A) who signed their first professional contracts. For more details, here is the full list of recommended slot prizes, and you can click on the links for full pre-draft rankings and scouting reports from Baseball America, Fangraphs, MLB Pipeline, The Athletic’s Keith Law and ESPN’s Kiley McDaniel.
- The sailors signed their picks from the first three rounds, according to Daniel Kramer of MLB.com (Twitter link). This includes the 21st pick overall Cole Young, which received a bonus of $3.3 million slightly above the price of the slot machine of $3,292,900. The high school shortstop was a consensus pick in the 12-20 range by evaluators, and is considered high ground as an all-around talent and future big leaguer, although there’s some question as to why. he has the skills to be a regular. hall.
- The White socks agreed to a left-handed chord Noah Schultz, according to Jim Callis of MLB Pipeline. (The Sox officially announced the signing of Schultz later in the day.) Schultz’s $2.8 million bonus is also slightly higher than the $2,789,400 awarded to the 26th overall pick. Homegrown product born in Napierville, Illinois, Schultz is already 6’9″ at 18 and boasts a plus slider and unconventional low-rise delivery. McDaniel was the top of the pundits on Schultz’s potential, ranking the 34th left-hander in the draft class.
- The Reds agreed sign Sal Stewart for $2,097,500, reports Callis. That’s below the $2,373,000 slot price tag attached to the 32nd overall selection, which could reflect a slight reach from the Reds – BA was highest on Stewart with a 58th overall, and Law had Stewart 59th. That said, McDaniel thought Stewart might be a tough sign due to his commitment to Vanderbilt, but the high school third baseman will instead drop out of college for the minor leagues.
- The Orioles announced the signing of Dylan Beavers, the 33rd selection overall. Nathan Ruiz of Baltimore Ruiz (Twitter link) reports that Beavers received a bonus of $2.2 million, giving the O’s savings under the slot price of $2,315,100. Pipeline ranked the Cal outfielder 22nd in their rankings, writing that “when Beavers is locked in, he’s the proverbial five-tool player”, although Beavers had some issues staying consistent.