Cory Spangenberg became the first 2011 first-rounder to sign when he became a Padre on Friday. The 10th overall pick, he received a $1.863 million bonus—matching MLB's bonus recommendation for the No. 10 slot a year ago.
Spangenberg transferred from Virginia Military Institute to Indian River (Fla.) JC to become draft-eligible as a sophomore, a move that paid off. He quickly became regarded as one of the best pure hitters in the 2011 draft crop, and he also has well above-average speed. His defensive home is in question, and San Diego is expected to initially play him at second base.
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