With the amateur draft limited to five rounds this year, hundreds of youngsters who would normally have been selected in a 40-round draft are now available to be signed by any Major League team for a $20K maximum bonus. Many of these players will end up continuing (or beginning) their college careers in the hopes of being drafted in 2021 or beyond, but many will also sign in the coming weeks and months. Baseball America has a full list of all agreements, and we’ll be highlighting some of the most notable deals here:
- The Royals signed catcher Kale Emshoff, D1 Baseball’s Kendall Rogers reports (Twitter link). Emshoff appeared on pre-draft prospect listings from MLB.com (146th) and Baseball America (174th), with BA’s scouting report citing his “plus-plus raw power.” After missing all of the 2019 season due to Tommy John surgery, Emshoff was off to a strong start in Arkansas-Little Rock’s first 17 games prior to the shutdown.