The White Sox announced today that they have agreed to terms with nine of their top 10 picks in this year’s draft and 28 picks overall, including a new agreement with third-rounder Jace Fry. MLB.com’s Jim Callis reports (via Twitter) that Fry, a left-hander out of Oregon State that was selected 77th overall, agreed to an above-slot bonus of $760K. The assigned pick value for that slot had been $726K, per Baseball America.
Fry didn’t crack the Top 100 draft prospects of ESPN’s Keith Law, but he did rank 91st according to Baseball America and 93rd according to Callis and his colleague Jonathan Mayo on MLB.com’s Top 200. Fry underwent Tommy John surgery in 2012 but was healthy and effective in 2014, featuring a fastball that tops out in the low 90s, a curveball that he changes speeds on, and a changeup that will feature good sink when it’s at its best, per MLB.com’s scouting report. BA noted that he repeats his delivery well and has the chance to be a rare sinker/slider left-hander, adding that his fastball is effective more due to its late life than its straight velocity.
The Sox have yet to come to terms with No. 3 overall pick Carlos Rodon, the NC State left-hander and Scott Boras advisee that many felt had a chance to go No. 1 overall. Today’s release included the formal announcement that second-rounder Spencer Adams has been signed — a deal that reportedly guarantees him the full slot value of $1.282MM.