We’ll track today’s slate of signings from the 2020 amateur draft here…
- The Braves agreed to a full-slot deal with fourth-round pick Spencer Strider, tweets MLB.com’s Jim Callis. The Clemson righty, who returned from Tommy John surgery early this spring, will receive $451,800. The 6’0″, 195-pound Strider posted a 19-to-3 K/BB ratio in 12 innings before the NCAA season was halted, and Callis notes that he hit 95 mph multiple times in his first few showings. Strider didn’t rank inside MLB.com’s Top 200 or Baseball America’s Top 500, although that’s perhaps not much of a surprise given that he missed the entire 2019 season recovering from surgery. The Atlanta organization clearly liked what it saw in his brief return this spring — brief as it may have been.
- Astros third-rounder Tyler Brown announced on Twitter that he’s officially signed with the team. Callis reports that Brown received his full $577K slot value. Listed at 6’4″ and 242 pounds, the now-former Vanderbilt right-hander notched a 14-to-4 K/BB ratio with three earned runs allowed in 10 2/3 innings this spring, which seemed to be setting the stage for a strong followup to a nice sophomore season. In 2019, Brown tossed 41 2/3 frames out of the Commodores’ bullpen and logged 14 saves with a 2.59 ERA and an impressive 58-to-8 K/BB ratio. Brown ranked 99th on Baseball America’s Top 500 list and 133rd over at MLB.com. Both outlet’s scouting reports suggest that his size and four-pitch mix could make at least give him a chance to start, despite working as a reliever for most of his collegiate career. If Houston opts to leave him in the ’pen, though, his path the the Majors would likely be quicker.
always good to get a Vandy guu
As a Braves fan I’m happy with Strider in the 4th
Honestly, I don’t know much of him, but I keep seeing him panned by a lot of the experts, with many liking Elder in the 5th. I like the upside of all 4.
With Strider going full-slot, who is going under-slot?
So much for the BS reports on strategy to sign underslot to save for Elder. What a pitiful draft.
Their 1st 2 picks are most likely underslot guys – and they haven’t signed yet – so that still could be the case. It’s not like he went for overslot though.
Now the top 2 picks have been signed underslot for roughly $600k combined that should go to Elder. Just like it was written.
Strider… I hope he makes it and the scoreboard guy in Atlanta goes crazy with Aragorn References
Vanderbilt pitchers are so overrated. Big egos, not so much talent.
Walker buehler laughs in your face. He won the CWS with a torn UCL
Then came to the majors on the best team in baseball and was given the responsibility of winning 163 in 2018. And has only gotten better. Foolish comment so easily disproven
I think that was a sarcastic comment dude.