The Reds have signed their top two picks in the draft, Arizona State righthander Mike Leake (first round) for $2.27 million and Southern California righthander Brad Boxberger (supplemental first) for $857,000.
Leake becomes the 16th of the 32 first-rounders to sign and just the fourth of those 16 to exceed MLB’s bonus recommendation. MLB’s guideline for the No. 8 pick was $2,043,000, and he received last year’s slot number.
Leake pitched the Sun Devils to the College World Series while leading NCAA Division I in wins (16-1) while ranking second in ERA (1.71) and strikeouts (162 in 142 innings). He has very good command of a lively 88-92 mph fastball, and his slider and changeup are also plus pitches at times.
Boxberger’s bonus also came in above MLB’s $789,300 recommendation for his slot (No. 43). His best pitch is his 91-94 mph fastball, and his curveball and circle changeup also have a chance to become above-average pitches.
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