2:00pm: Miami has signed McCambley for a $775K bonus, Mish tweets, which comes in a bit shy of hi $831K slot.
6:23am: The Marlins had lagged the rest of the league in draft signings but now appear to be making progress. Second-rounder Dax Fulton and third-rounder Zach McCambley are putting the finishing touches on agreements, Craig Mish of Sports Grid reports (Twitter links).
Fulton’s deal comes in at a hefty $2.4MM, over half a million over-slot, so the Fish will be applying savings from other selections to make the bonus pool allocation math work. The high-school southpaw had been destined for the University of Oklahoma.
There’s a chance the Miami organization has come away with a steal in Fulton, whose risk profile changed after recently undergoing Tommy John surgery. Even given the added uncertainty, he placed 29th on the ESPN.com board and drew lofty grades from other pundits.
Getting Fulton to his ceiling will require some careful developmental work. Keith Law of The Athletic, who ranked Fulton lowest of the major outlets (#67), says the left needs to clean up his mechanics. Per Law: “There’s definite upside here, assuming his stuff returns, but also real risk if his arm action stays the same.”
As for McCambley, a Coastal Carolina product, the bonus value isn’t yet known. He was taken 75th overall, a pick that came with a $831,100 allocation. That’s precisely the range where most prognosticators expected him to be taken.
Like Fulton, McCambley is a potentially explosive lefty. In this case, the questions surround his ability to develop a third offering. Baseball America explains that McCambley features a plus heater and curve, but needs to re-work his change if he’s to progress towards a big-league rotation.