A few quick items before I head off for some much-needed sleep . . .
• Another Scott Boras client signed late. South Carolina righthander Wynn Pelzer (ninth round, Padres) signed for $190,000. Pelzer fractured his left kneecap when he was struck by a line drive while pitching in the Cape Cod League this summer.
• For all the effort MLB put into reducing bonus slots by 10 percent from a year ago and trying to strong-arm teams into toeing the line, the average first-round bonus went up anyway. All 30 first-rounders signed in both years, with the 2006 crop averaging $1,933,333 and this year’s group averaging $2,098,083. The 2007 average is also the highest since 2002 ($2,106,793).
• Matt Wieters (first round, Orioles) received the highest up-front bonus in draft history at $6 million, and the second-highest all-time to Justin Upton’s $6.1 million (spread over five years) from the Diamondbacks.
• New bonus records were set Wednesday for the fourth round (Brad Suttle, Yankees, $1.3 million), fifth round (Jake Arrieta, Orioles, $1.1 million) and sixth round (Jack McGeary, Nationals, $1.8 million). McGeary broke the record set by Cale Iorg (Tigers, $1.4975 million) on Tuesday. Carmen Angelini (Yankees) got the largest 10th-round bonus ever given to a non-draft-and-follow at $1 million, and the second-highest ever behind Luis Cota’s $1.05 million from the Royals.
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