The Yankees have signed 12th-round pick Daniel Burawa for a $300,000 bonus. The sophomore-eligible righthander came out of nowhere to rack up 12 saves for St. John's this spring, thanks mostly to a 93-95 mph fastball with good armside run. He flashes an average breaking ball in the 75-78 range with some tilt and bite, but he's still learning to command it. Burawa has a long, funky arm action, but he has a loose 6-foot-3 frame and a fresh arm that one scout referred this spring as "a very loose cannon."
Burawa projected as a second- to fourth-round pick heading into the draft, and he signed for late third-round money. His $300,000 bonus is double MLB's recommended maximum for players drafted after the fifth round. He is reporting to Staten Island.
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