The Phillies agreed to terms with third-rounder Kyrell Hudson on Sunday, luring him away from an Oregon State football scholarship with an over-slot bonus of $475,000. MLB’s bonus recomendation for the 106th overall pick is $299,700.
"Football’s a fun game, you know, but I really like that baseball is my career now and I can play harder," Hudson said.
Hudson’s inconsistent effort frustrated many scouts who watched the outfielder from Evergreen High in Vancouver, Wash., this spring. But they also couldn’t ignore the fact that he was one of the best pure athletes in the draft class. His best tool is his speed, as he runs the 60-yard dash in 6.4 seconds.
Update: Under MLB provisions for two-sport athletes, the Phillies will spread Hudson’s bonus over multiple years. MLB calculates the net present value of his deal at $447,377.
Philadelphia also signed sixth-rounder Steven Inch for $300,000 a week earlier. A righthander from Edmonton’s Vauxhall Academy, Inch was Baseball America’s No. 2-rated prospect from Canada in this draft. He’s a projectable 6-foot-4, 195-pounder with an 86-88 mph fastball and an advanced feel for pitching. He had committed to Kentucky.
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