Only 2 of top 300 MLB draft picks fail to sign by deadline
NEW YORK (AP) — Only two of the top 300 picks in baseball’s amateur draft failed to reach agreements by Monday’s deadline.
The highest selection not to sign was Oklahoma State third baseman Nolan McLean, selected 81st by Baltimore with the first pick of the third round, which had a slot value of $794,000.
Florida pitcher Brandon Sproat also failed to sign after the New York Mets selected him 90th, which had a slot value of $691,300.
The Orioles and Mets each will receive an extra pick following the third round of next year’s draft.
Last year, the Mets failed to sign pitcher Kumar Rocker, the 10th overall pick. He was selected third this year by Texas and signed for $5.2 million. The Mets used their compensation pick, No. 11 overall this year, on Georgia Tech catcher Kevin Parada, who signed for $5,019,735
Among late signings, Louisville catcher Dalton Rushing agreed to $1,956,890 with the Los Angeles Dodgers, slightly higher than the slot value of $1,951,900 assigned the 40th overall pick.
Michigan outfielder Clark Elliott, selected 69th by Oakland, agreed to $900,000, below the $977,500 slot.
Baylor infielder/outfielder Kyle Nevin, a son of Los Angeles Angels interim manager Phil Nevin, agreed with the Dodgers at $397,500 as the 345th pick.
UCLA right-hander Jared Karros, son of former major leaguer Eric Karros, agreed to $125,000 after he was taken 495th by the Dodgers.
Mason McGwire, son of 12-time All-Star slugger Mark McGwire, was selected 233rd by the Chicago Cubs and agreed at $200,000. He is a right-handed pitcher from Capistrano Valley High School in California.
Jared Beck, a left-hander from Saint Leo University who is 7 feet and would be the tallest player in big league history, agreed at $125,000 after Baltimore selected him 377th.
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