A postdraft physical exam of Marlins supplemental first-round pick Matt Krook raised issues that the two sides have been unable to resolve. As a result, sources familiar with the negotiations say that Krook will decline the opportunity to turn pro and instead will attend the University of Oregon in the fall.
All 33 first-round picks likely will come to terms before the July 12 signing deadline, which would make Krook (at No. 35 overall) the highest unsigned selection in the 2013 draft.
Sources contacted by Baseball America didn’t want to talk on the record or discuss specifics beyond the fact that a physical issue did arise. Krook showed no signs of being hurt this spring at St. Ignatius High in San Francisco, establishing himself as one of the top lefthanders available in the draft.
The 6-foot-4, 195-pounder worked at 92-95 mph with his fastball and at 83-85 mph with his curveball in his final start of the season, and he showed similar velocity throughout the spring. Krook had some inconsistency with his delivery and command, but nothing that raised a red flag.
Per MLB rules, Krook would become a free agent and Miami would lose its compensation pick for not signing him (No. 36 in the 2014 draft) if the club didn’t offer him at least 40 percent of the assigned value for his selection. The allotment for the No. 35 choice is $1,587,700. Sources said the Marlins will meet the 40 percent threshhold ($635,080) to recoup the draft pick.