The Blue Jays have agreed to sign fifth-round pick Dickie Thon for $1.5MM, according to ESPN.com's Keith Law. Now that the Blue Jays have pried Thon away from his commitment to Rice, they have agreed to sign six of their top ten selections, though top pick Deck McGuire remains unsigned.
The Blue Jays won’t likely announce their agreement with Thon until August 16th or so, the deadline for signing draft picks. Otherwise, other draftees would be able to use Thon’s above-slot bonus as leverage. A $1.5MM bonus is mid-first-round money; no fifth-round pick signed for more than $680K last year, according to Baseball America.
The Blue Jays also signed 16-year-old third baseman Gabriel Cenas today. Baseball America's Ben Badler reports that the Jays signed the Venezuelan for $700K. The Blue Jays obtained Cenas through free agency (not through the draft), but both moves show that the club is spending aggressively on young players under GM Alex Anthopoulos. The Blue Jays reportedly signed Venezuelan righty Adonis Cardona soon after the July signing period opened.
Be sure to check out our complete list of top draft picks to sign.