The Mariners have signed their highest draft pick so far, supplemental first rounder Steven Baron, a catcher from Ferguson High in Miami. Baron, the 33rd-overall selection, received a $980,000 signing bonus. That’s $44,000 more than the estimated slot for that spot.
Baron, who was committed to Duke, will also receive $200,000 for school and is guaranteed non-roster invitationas to spring training in 2010 and 2011. Baron is slated to start his professional career with Rookie-level Pulaski.
The Mariners showed significant interest in Baron before the draft. Scouting director Tom McNamara saw Baron play four times in Miami, farm director Pedro Grifol came in three times and Baron had a good relationship with area scout Mike Tosar. The Mariners even had roving catching instructor Roger Hansen work with Baron before he signed.
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