The Blue Jays signed supplemental first-rounder Matt Smoral to a $2 million bonus on Monday, doubling the assigned value for his No. 50 slot. He's the fourth player in the 2012 draft to have signed for $1 million or more over his pick value, joining Astros sandwich pick Lance McCullers Jr., Cardinals second-rounder Carson Kelly and Red Sox fourth-rounder Ty Buttrey.
A lefthander from Solon (Ohio) HS, Smoral projected as a mid-first-round pick until he broke the fourth metatarsal bone in his right foot, an injury that limited him to one regular-season start. When healthy, the 6-foot-7, 225-pounder has shown a pair of plus pitches in his fastball and slider. He had committed to North Carolina.
Toronto now has signed four of its five selections before the second round, with No. 22 overall choice Marcus Stroman the lone exception.
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