The Blue Jays have agreed to terms with seventh-round pick Mitchell Taylor on a $367,500 bonus. At $217,500 above MLB's recommended maximum for all picks after the fifth round, it's the most above-slot deal to date for any 2010 draftee, surpassing the $350,000 the Mets gave 24th-rounder Erik Goeddel.
A lefthander from Spring (Texas) High, Taylor boosted his draft stock by starring in the Texas 5-A playoffs. Though he's 6-foot-1 and 160 pounds, he has a whippy arm that delivers 88-93 mph fastballs and big-breaking curveballs. He's more polished than most high school pitchers. Taylor had committed to Houston before turning pro.
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