The Angels signed Flanagan High (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) shortstop Rolando Gomez on July 31 for $450,000, the fourth-highest bonus known to be given to a player drafted after the 10th round this year.
Gomez is a small (5-foot-9, 160 pounds) yet strong shortstop who has drawn comparisons to Rafael Furcal. He’s a lefthanded hitter with plus speed and some pop. While he’s a smooth fielder, some scouts wonder if his arm is better suited for second base. A cousin of former all-star shortstop Tony Fernandez, he had committed to Miami before signing.
The only players to receive higher bonuses after the 10th round this year are Wichita State shortstop Dusty Coleman ($675,000 in the 28th round from the Athletics), Tennessee high school outfielder Tyler Massey ($525,000 in the 14th round from the Rockies) and Kansas prep infielder Logan Watkins ($500,000 in the 21st round from the Cubs).
Coleman, whose imminent signing was reported the previous week, officially turned pro on Aug. 1. Regarded as a fourth- to sixth-round talent, he had extra leverage as a draft-eligible sophomore and that scared teams off. He has nice actions and a strong arm at shortstop, and good strength and power potential for the position. He helped himself by hitting .330 and earning all-star honors in the Cape Cod League this summer.
Other above-slot signings from last week included:
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