The Giants have signed Matt Graham for $500,000, the third-highest bonus in the sixth round this year. It’s the largest bonus San Francisco has given a draftee in 2009 and $350,000 higher than MLB’s recommended maximum for all picks after the fifth round.
A righthander from Oak Ridge High in Spring, Texas, Graham flashes first-round talent but lacks consistency. At his best, he’ll pitch at 90-93 mph with his fastball and back it up with a power curveball. He had committed to North Carolina.
San Francisco still has yet to sign three of its top five picks: East Paulding High (Dallas, Ga.) righthander Zack Wheeler (first round), Horizon High (Scottsdale, Ariz.) catcher Tommy Joseph (second) and Texas first baseman Brandon Belt (fifth).
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