The Giants and second-round pick Andrew Suarez are in agreement on a full-slot bonus of $1,010,100, tweets MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo. A left-hander out of the University of Miami, Suarez was also selected in the second round of the 2014 draft but elected to return to Miami for his senior season rather than sign with the Nationals.
Suarez went from the 57th overall pick in 2014 to the 61st pick overall in 2015, although despite the slight step back in terms of his draft status, he may have come out slightly ahead, financially speaking. Slot value at No. 57 last year was $987,800, so his full-slot agreement is about $23K greater than a full-slot agreement would’ve been last year.
Suarez rated 62nd, 73rd and 75th, respectively, on the pre-draft rankings of Fangraphs, Baseball America and MLB.com. Suarez is said to have a 90-95 mph fastball with the potential for three above-average secondary pitches (changeup, curveball, slider), but there are some questions about his durability and he underwent shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum his freshman year.
With Suarez’s agreement set, the Giants have three of their top four picks accounted for. No. 31 pick Chris Shaw and No. 95 pick Jalen Miller have both agreed to bonuses, but 18th overall selection Phil Bickford remains unsigned.