Rangers Sign Top Five For $5.9 Million

The Rangers came to terms with their top five draft picks on Tuesday. Lewis Brinson (first round), Joey Gallo (supplemental first), Collin Wiles (supplemental first), Jamie Jarmon (second) and Nick Williams (second)–all high schoolers–signed for a combined $5,951,500.

Brinson, an outfielder from Coral Springs (Fla.) HS, is a 6-foot-4, 185-pound athlete with plus speed, power potential and arm strength. He signed for $1,625,000, matching the assigned value for his No. 29 slot.

Gallo, a third baseman/righthander from Bishop Gorman HS in Las Vegas, has the best pure power in the entire draft as well as a fastball that has been clocked as high as 98 mph. He signed for $2,250,000, and the $925,200 spread between his bonus and his assigned value ($1,324,800 at No. 39) is the largest thus far in the draft.

Wiles, a righthander from Blue Valley West HS (Stilwell, Kan.), is very athletic and projectable at 6-foot-4 and 180 pounds. He usually pitches at 86-88 mph now but could have three solid to plus offerings once he fills out. He received a $975,000 bonus, slightly more than the assigned $954,800 value at No. 53.

Jarmon, an outfielder from Indian River HS (Dagsboro, Del.), is another quality athlete and drew interest from college footbal programs. He has a chance to have solid tools across the board. His $601,500 bonus equals the assigned value for his No. 83 pick.

Williams, an outfielder from Ball HS (Galveston, Texas), has impressive raw speed and power potential, though a lackluster spring knocked him down draft boards. He turned pro for $500,000, just under the $515,600 assigned value for his No. 93 selection.

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