Oakland A’s sign most of their 2021 draft picks with a few higher draft picks still unsigned

The A’s brought first-round pick Max Muncy to take some batting practice and field baseballs with the big leaguers after inking him to a deal worth $2.85 million on Monday. Two days later, the A’s announced they’d signed 16 other of their 20 draft picks — and two un-drafted free agents.

Oakland has not yet signed their second-round pick Zack Gelof, a third baseman out of Virginia, fourth-round pick outfielder Denzel Clarke out of CSU Northridge and fifth-round pick CJ Rodriguez, a catcher out of Vanderbilt.

All MLB teams have until August 1 to sign their draft picks and if a player does not sign, their assigned slot value is deducted from teams’ player’s slot value is deducted from their overall bonus pool. Depending on where the player is selected, a team would receive a compensatory pick in the 2022 draft plus one as atonement.

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The A’s signed two un-drafted free agents. Nick Brueser out of Stanford, a 22-year old hit first baseman who hit .304 with 11 home runs and a .914 OPS in 52 games for Stanford this year. He played four years for the Cardinal. Auburn’s Jack Owen, a 23-year-old left-handed pitcher with a 5.47 ERA in 11 appearances in his senior year.

The A’s entered the draft with $6,188,900 in their bonus pool and have enough under the slot to sign the unsigned draft picks. Reports from broke down some of the signing bonuses for the rest of the A’s draft picks. The first 10 picks are assigned slot values, and teams can go over and under each assigned slot while staying under the overall bonus pool allotment for all 20 picks:

Third round pick RHP Mason Miller signs for $599,100, full slot value. Miller, out of Gardner-Webb University, can touch 99mph on his fastball.

Sixth round pick RHP Grant Holman from Cal signs for $375,000, above the $255,300 slot.

Seventh round third baseman Brett Harris from Gonzaga signs for $120,000, below the $200,100 slot.

Eighth round shortstop Drew Swift from Arizona State University signs for $125,000, below the $165,400 slot.

Ninth round catcher Shane McGuire out of San Diego University signs for $100,000, below the …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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