The Rangers have agreed to terms with second-round selection Ti’Quan Forbes on an over-slot deal that will pay the high school shortstop $1.2MM, reports Jim Callis of MLB.com (Twitter link). That’s $242,100 north of the $957,900 slot value of the No. 59 pick in the draft.
ESPN’s Keith Law ranked Forbes, who had been committed to Mississippi, 41st among draft prospects. Baseball America pegged him as the 46th overall prospect in this year’s draft, while Jonathan Mayo and Jim Callis of MLB.com ranked Forbes 50th. Forbes received some first-round consideration in mock drafts, with Law projecting him to go 25th to the A’s in the final version of his mock.
Baseball America calls Forbes a “projectable player scouts can dream on,” noting that “everything about his game is based on projection.” A three-sport athlete, Forbes draws praise for his ability to hit the ball to all fields, strong wrists and plus bat speed (Law). MLB.com notes that he’s an above-average runner that can cover ground at short but may have to move off the position. All three outlets suggested that a move to third base could be in the offing, though it sounds like there’s enough potential in his bat for it to play at the hot corner as well.