Just like they did four years earlier, the Rockies have paid an above-slot bonus to land a multisport star in the 14th round.
Colorado signed The Baylor School (Chattanooga, Tenn.) outfielder Tyler Massey on July 22 for $525,000, luring him away from a baseball scholarship from Virginia. Massey also starred in football as a linebacker and quarterback and was heavily recruited in that sport as well. As a result, the Rockies were able to take advantage of MLB provisions for multisport athletes and spread his bonus over four years.
Massey’s bonus is the highest so far this year for a player drafted after the 10th round.
Massey drew raves from scouts for both his athleticism and his competitive makeup. He has a short lefthanded stroke, good feel for hitting and natural power. Colorado plans on using him as a corner outfielder.
In 2004, the Rockies drafted Dexter Fowler in the 14th round and signed him that August. Now the system’s top prospect, Fowler has risen to Double-A at age 22.
Though 12 first-round picks remain unsigned a little more than two weeks before the Aug. 15 deadline, a number of above-slot deals were struck last week. In addition to Massey, players established new highs for the fifth through eighth rounds in this year’s draft:
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