Joe Musgrove became the first early pick of the 2011 draft to turn pro, signing with the Blue Jays on Thursday for $500,000. Musgrove was a sandwich-round selection, 46th overall.
MLB's bonus recommendations are believed to be the same as they were in 2010, and last year's guideline at No. 46 was $751,500. Baseball America rated Musgrove as the 90th-best prospect in the draft, and his bonus is more in line with that ranking.
A righthander from Grossmont HS (El Cajon, Calif.), Musgrove usually works with a 90-92 mph sinker and his fastball has reached 98 mph. The 6-foot-5, 225-pounder also has flashed a hammer curveball. He had committed to San Diego State.
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