Twelve first-round picks remain unsigned with a little less than three hours before the midnight ET deadline. The record for unsigned first-rounders in a single draft is four, in 1979: Juan Bustabad (No. 5, Athletics), Steve Buechele (No. 9, White Sox), Rick Luecken (No. 18, Giants) and Mike Stenhouse (No. 26, Athletics).
There have been four drafts with three unsigned first-rounders (1970, 1971, 1976 and 1989). Aaron Crow (No. 9, Nationals) and Gerritt Cole (No. 28, Yankees) made 2008 the first first round in seven years with multiple unsigned picks.
I’m still optimistic that most of the guys to whom the deadline applies (that doesn’t count Crow with the Royals at No. 12) will sign. We’re just going to have to wait a few hours longer to have that happen.
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