The Royals have reached agreement with second-round choice (56th overall) Scott Blewett, according to Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com (via Twitter). Blewett lands a $1.8MM bonus, reports MLB.com’s Jim Callis (via Twitter), which lands well above his draft slot allocation of just over $1MM.
The 6’6 high school righty was placed as high as 20th on the pre-draft lists of observers, with ESPN.com’s Keith Law making that lofty assessment. Blewett landed at 51st on the list of Baseball America and at 55th on that of MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo and Jim Callis. He is said to have a mid-90s fastball.
The Royals entered with just over $8.6MM in possible achievable pool space. Blewett’s big payday still leaves Kansas City $113.5K beneath its total pool, according to a tweet from Callis, who notes that two draftees (first-rounder Brandon Finnegan and seventh-rounder Brandon Downes) are still playing in the College World Series.