Here are the latest notable signings from beyond the draft’s first round. For more on these players, check out pre-draft rankings and scouting reports from MLB.com, Fangraphs, ESPN.com’s Keith Law, and Baseball America.
- The Royals agreed to terms with 24 of their picks, The Athletic’s Rustin Dodd tweets. Sandwich pick Daniel Lynch (34th overall, the compensation pick K.C. received when Eric Hosmer signed with the Padres) and second-rounder Jonathan Bowlan (58th) were the highest selections among the players signed. No terms were announced, though MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan believes Lynch signed for close to the $2,066,700 slot value assigned to the 34th overall pick. The 58th overall selection has a $1,168,300 slot price. Lynch, a left-handed pitcher from the University of Virginia, received rather varied grades in the rankings, earning high placements from Fangraphs (23rd) and Law (26th), while MLB.com (77th) and Baseball America (111th) were more pessimistic. Bowlan, a right-hander from Tennessee, also had a wide range of opinions, with Law being the most bullish (69th) while BA only had Bowlan as the 230th-best prospect.
- The Mariners have agreed to terms second-round pick Josh Stowers, MLB Trade Rumors has learned. The deal is worth $1.1MM, slightly less than the $1,287,800 slot price attached to the 54th overall pick. Stowers caught fire late in the college season, which apparently rose his stock enough in Seattle’s eyes to merit a selection that substantially outpaced his pre-draft rankings — Law and Fangraphs didn’t include Stowers in their top-100 and top-130 lists, respectively, while Baseball America (124th) and MLB.com (146th) also delivered modest evaluations. The Louisville outfielder overcame his early-season struggles once he smoothed out his swing, and BA’s scouting report notes that “he doesn’t have one key carrying tool, but the sum of his parts gives him upside.” Long-term questions remain about Stowers’ power and his ability to stick as a center fielder.
- The Athletics have agreed to terms with 26 of their draft picks, as per a team press release. The highest-selected of these players was second-rounder Jameson Hannah, a center fielder from Dallas Baptist University. No financial terms were announced, though the 50th overall pick carries a $1,414,200 slot value. Hannah was rated between 32nd (from MLB.com) and 60th (Fangraphs) in the prospect rankings, receiving praise for his excellent speed and strong contact at the plate. Evaluators aren’t sure, however, whether Hannah’s contact skills will eventually lead to more power. It’s worth noting that first-rounder Kyler Murray was not included in Oakland’s list of completed draft signings, as though the two sides reportedly agreed to terms earlier this week, though no official contract had been signed at the time.
- The Angels announced that second-rounder Jeremiah Jackson has agreed to terms with the club. Figures weren’t released; the 57th overall pick carries a slot value of $1,196,500. Jackson ranked no lower than 57th (MLB.com) in the pre-draft listings, and he drew particularly strong praise from Keith Law, who ranked Jackson as the 23rd-best prospect and described him as “most promising [high school shortstop] in the class.” Law believes Jackson is athletic enough to remain at shortstop, though others feel a move to second or third base is necessary down the road. Jackson gained more notice for his bat, with a well-rounded hitting approach that will add some more power as he gets older.
- The Marlins have agreed a deal with catcher Will Banfield, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reports (via Twitter). Banfield was the 69th overall pick, chosen in Competitive Balance Round B. Heyman reports that the Georgia high schooler is expected to receive $1.8MM, which is more than double the $894.6K slot price of the 69th overall pick. An outstanding defensive catcher, Banfield’s stock might have dropped a bit due to something of a down spring at the plate; MLB Pipline’s scouting report noted that dropping further than the second round could have led Banfield to attend Vanderbilt, so the Marlins may have had to pay that extra bonus money to convince Banfield to begin his pro career. Banfield had solid placements in all four pre-draft rankings, finishing as high as 34th (MLB.com) and no lower than 68th (Fangraphs).