No. 3 overall pick Donavan Tate has been sighted in San Diego, amid reports that a deal with the Padres is imminent. The Cartersville (Ga.) High outfielder was the best athlete in the draft and has a scholarship to play football at North Carolina. When he signs, it’s expected that he’ll receive a bonus worth roughly twice MLB ‘s estimated $3.25 million recommendation for his draft slot, spread over multiple years under MLB provisions for two-sport athletes.
Of course, just because a player is in town to complete a physical before tonight’s midnight ET signing deadline isn’t a guarantee that he’ll sign.
In other Padres news, the Ocala (Fla.) Star-Banner reported last night that fourth-round pick Keyvius Sampson had signed. We’ve been unable to pinpoint the Forest High (Ocala) righthander’s bonus, but it’s believed to be roughly $600,000, which is mid-second-round money.
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