The Athletics and No. 10 overall pick Michael Choice have agreed on a $2 million bonus. Choice becomes just the 11th of 32 first-rounders to sign this summer, and the first since the Angels landed Chevez Clarke on July 2.
Choice's bonus is more than MLB's recommendation of $1.836 million for the No. 2 pick, making him and the Rays' Justin O'Conner the only first-rounders to receive over-slot deals to this point. At $164,000, Choice's bonus is the most above slot for any 2010 draftee so far.
An outfielder from Texas-Arlington, Choice eclipsed Hunter Pence (second round, 2004) as the highest-drafted player in school history. One of the best power hitters in this year's draft, Choice set a UTA record with 34 career homers and led NCAA Division I with 76 walks this spring. A strong 6 feet and 215 pounds, he has lightning bat speed and crushes balls to all fields. He also has 6.6-second speed in the 60-yard dash, so some scouts believe he may be able to stay in center field.
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