No first-round picks had officially come to terms by late evening Thursday, leaving 10 unsigned with the deadline looming at 11:59 p.m. EDT on Friday. But Thursday did see some action, highlighted by sixth-rounder Robbie Grossman getting a $1 million bonus from the Pirates.
Other above-slot signings:
• The Indians signed a pair of college righthanders, Michigan’s Zach Putnam (fifth round) for $525,000 and UC Irvine’s Bryce Stowell (22nd) for $725,000. Putnam was the Big Ten Conference pitcher of the year, while Stowell was one of the top starters in the Cape Cod League this summer. Industry sources also expect Cleveland to announce two more high-priced signings Friday, with Central Heights High (Nacogdoches, Texas) righty Trey Haley (second) getting a seven-figure bonus and Picayune (Miss.) Memorial High lefty T.J. House (sixth) receiving an $860,000 bonus.
• The Padres locked up their second-rounder, South Carolina third baseman James Darnell, for a $740,000 bonus. He has above-average power and was considered a better all-around athlete than fellow Gamecocks infielders Reese Havens and Justin Smoak, both of whom were first-round picks.
• The Twins inked West Delaware High (Manchester, Iowa) righthander B.J. Hermsen (sixth round) for $650,000. Projected as a possible sandwich-rounder entering 2008, Hermsen has a heavy low-90s fastball and a sharp slider when he’s at his best. He had committed to Oregon State.
• Texas outfielder Jordan Danks (seventh round) is expected to sign with the White Sox for $525,000 once he finishes playing in the National Baseball Congress World Series. The best college athlete in the 2008 draft, Danks would have been a first-rounder had he delivered on the power potential he showed in high school. He’s the brother of White Sox lefthander John Danks.
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