James Needy became just the second 2009 draftee to sign for more than $100,000 over MLB’s slot guidelines. The sixth-rounder signed with the Padres on July 28 for $298,000. The commissioner’s office recommended a maximum of $150,000 for any player drafted after the fifth round this year.
Needy was a three-sport star at Santana HS (Santee, Calif.), playing quarterback in football and power forward in basketball. On the diamond, he’s a projectable 6-foot-6, 195-pound righthander with a fastball that tops out at about 92 mph. He drew some comparisions to fellow Southern California prep product Jon Garland. Needy had committed to San Diego.
The only other player known to have receive more than six figures above slot is Pirates seventh-rounder Trent Stevenson, who signed for $350,000.
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